Stephen Curry, John Legend join Barack Obama for Oakland event this month


first_imgFormer President Barack Obama is bringing some star power with him when he comes to Oakland later this month.Warriors star Stephen Curry and musician John Legend will join the president at an event promoting mentoring among young men of color from Feb. 18 through 20, the Obama Foundation announced Tuesday. It’s part of My Brother’s Keeper Alliance, an initiative launched by Obama after the fatal shooting of black Florida teenager Trayvon Martin.President Barack Obama poses with Golden State …last_img

Katzy’s leads Rosebank revival


first_imgSamson MulugetaFind out more about using materialDinner has been polished off, bottles of wine flattened, and although tomorrow is Friday and still a work day, the weekend beckons not far behind. In other words, a 30-plus Joburger who hasn’t gone out partying in months feels a bit like dancing Thursday night away.For the past several years, the place to show off that fancy footwork to Johannesburg’s mature crowd has been Katzy’s, a smoky and crowded bar with a live band for those who still pine for the glory days of seventies, eighties and nineties pop.The bar is located at the Firs shopping mall in Rosebank, a short walk from the Park Hyatt Hotel. It is across the hall from the famous Grill House of Rosebank. In fact, the bar is named for owner Joel Katz, who also co-owns the Grill House.“It’s like the song from Cheers,” Katzy said. “It’s a place where everybody knows your name.”The same songs are repeated every week at Katzy’s, but the patrons don’t seem to mind: lots of Lionel Ritchie, Motown, Bob Marley, and Lou Rawls.“Romeo and Juliet,” croons the singer, “Samson and Delilah!” the crowd hollers back.One wag describes the crowd of professionals who gather at Katzy’s as those “whose sell-by date is fast approaching”. Maybe that explains the intensity with which the dancers crowd the tiny dance floor, boogying hard even as waiters laden with Amstel lager and buffalo wings jostle past, odorous cigar smoke hangs in the air and the girl with the glittery faux crown screams it’s her birthday.Most of the patrons turn up at Katzy’s every few weeks. Others show up at the bar faithfully every week. One group of regulars take dancing lessons at the nearby Dance Junxion and then head to Katzy’s to practise their moves. They usually stake their place near the entrance. The waiters know their routines and appear with an ice bucket filled with Heinekens.Another regular group is the crew from Lufthansa who stay at the nearby Park Hyatt Hotel. The faces change, but a half a dozen or so Lufthansa crew is always on hand. You are also bound to bump into company CEOs and newspaper executives from the nearby Avusa building, owners of the Sunday Times and what feels like half of South Africa’s media.For the past few months, the area around Katzy’s has been under major construction. Owner Investec Property is spending R500-million (US$61-million) to refurbish the entire mall as part the City of Johannesburg’s effort to turn the Rosebank area into a transportation node. The regulars at Katzy’s are so devoted they would not stop coming even as construction for the Gautrain rapid rail project ripped the place apart. Week after week, the entrance to the venue would be diverted by new labyrinth of pathways that ended up at the bar.But that ended in late March as the final bit of construction was began and Katzy’s was shut down. For the next few weeks, Katzy’s regulars were rudderless, not knowing what to do with themselves on Thursday nights.But the drought ends on 10 June as the brand new and expanded Katzy’s opens its doors in what its owner hopes will be a continuation of one of Joburg’s most beloved watering holes.Regular patrons will be surprised by the new Katzy’s. First, it has been physically moved from across the hall from the Grill House to adjacent to it. The new space starts with a long L-shaped corridor with its brick wall decorated by large framed paintings of jazz-era icons. Inside, the main area is divided in three distinct sections each furnished with overstuffed leather couches and small stools. A U-shaped bar is in the back, and large French windows lead to a large patio filled with tables, chairs and large umbrellas.The centrepiece of the venue is a small stage for live performances. The new Katzy’s can accommodate up to three times the number of people of the old venue.“This is a purpose-built space for live performance,” said Saul Katz as he took a visitor around the new space. “Rosebank is booming. The Gautrain is coming. A big office building and new hotel are going up, and three new restaurants are opening nearby. And I’m just mentioning a few of the projects planned around here.”Katz plans to feature a live band every day except Sunday, when the venue will be closed.“Katzy’s came into existence by accident,” Katz said. “We wanted more space for tables for the Grill House and we wanted to take out the bar stools across the hall … almost like a waiting area. But it grew and grew, and now has its own identity.”That identity will include a full food menu and a separate staff.Before the official opening on 10 June, Katzy’s quietly opened its doors on Tuesday 2 June with a performance by the band Atmosferic jazz quartet led by Wendy Twyford.As the band sped through The Girl from Ipanema, the bossa nova song from the 1960s, and Twyford, dressed in a slinky black cocktail gown, wowed the crowd, one of Katzy’s regulars was mesmerised.“I love this place,” he said.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Email Mary Alexander at marya@mediaclubsouthafrica.comRelated articlesSouth Africa’s rainbow salsa Dakar: cosmopolitan capital Soweto’s state-of-the-art theatreSouth African musicUseful linksKatzy’s and The Grill HouseThe MallRosebankGautrainlast_img read more

Qiyun.Z QIYUN : Fantastic wig Best quality


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Justifying a corn fungicide application


first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Grey Leaf Spot and Northern Corn Leaf Blight were yield robbers in Ohio corn fields in 2014. Conditions so far this year are causing both of these diseases to show up again.Bill Mullen of Seed Consultants says a check of the fields will indicate what actions, if any, need to be taken, considering the current farm economics.last_img

First Nations have ability to paralyze country by shutting down trade routes


first_imgAPTN National NewsThe commissioner of the Ontario Provincial Police has taken to YouTube to defend his department’s handling of the Idle No More movement in light of criticism thrown at it by the courts and media.Ontario’s top cop said it’s important to understand the overall strategy and that First Nations hold a lot of the power.“First Nations have the ability to paralyze this country by shutting down travel and trade routes,” said Chris Lewis in the video posted Tuesday morning. “It is a difficult situation no matter how we view or address it.”Lewis said there have been more than 60 demonstrations to date under the Idle No More banner and there hasn’t been a report of a single injury to a protestor, member of the public or officer.The OPP was criticized last week by Ontario Superior Court Justice David Brown after failing to respond to a court injunction in Tyendinaga where a small group of Mohawks shutdown the Via Rail line for seven hours.Justice Brown also slammed police in Sarnia for not acting on two injunctions he issued to have a blockade removed there. In both cases, the protestors removed the blockade and police refused to move in on them.In Tyendinaga, the OPP said it was “too dangerous” to respond to the injunction. The protestors said they made the right choice because if they had they would have stayed longer and if they would have tried to make arrests there would have been a fight.Lewis said arrests will be made after the protests if warranted. Police told Tyendinaga protestors they were under investigation for mischief.“These concepts and strategies developed from experience, hard work and common sense are difficult and complex to explain to the general public,” said Lewis.last_img read more

Dairy Queens Miracle Treat Day August 8th 2019


first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Tomorrow, August 8th, 2019, is Dairy Queen’s Annual fundraising event, Miracle Treat Day.To participate in #MiracleTreatDayHead to Dairy Queen and purchase a BLIZZARD Treat and the net proceeds from each BLIZZARD go towards local Children’s Miracle Network Canada hospitals such as BC Children’s Hospital. To view social media, CLICK HERElast_img

Kohli not shrewd franchise skipper cant be compared to Dhoni Rohit


first_imgNew Delhi: Virat Kohli is not a “shrewd captain” who could be compared to his national team deputy Rohit Sharma or former skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who have won three IPL titles each, feels former KKR captain Gautam Gambhir. The former India opener, who led Kolkata Knight Riders to two IPL trophies in 2012 and 2014, feels that in result oriented franchise environment, Kohli has been “lucky” to have survived despite Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) never winning the coveted title in his eight years as skipper. “I don’t see him as a shrewd captain. I don’t see him as a tactful captain (tactician). And he hasn’t won the IPL. So ultimately, a captain is only as good as his record,” Gambhir told on host broadcasters’ ‘Star Sports’ show ‘GamePlan’. Gambhir’s comments is specific to Kohli’s success as a leader in IPL since he is the first captain who has led India to a Test series win on Australian soil. “There are people who have won the trophy three times. MS Dhoni and Rohit Sharma. So I think he has a long way to go. You cannot compare him to someone like Rohit or Dhoni at this stage,” Gambhir said. “He has been a part of RCB, and captaining RCB for the last seven to eight years, and he has been very lucky and should be thanking the franchise that they stuck with him. Because not many captains have got such a long rope where they haven’t won a tournament,” said Gambhir, who had to part ways with KKR in 2018 after seven long years and two titles.last_img read more

Fiscal deficit crosses 134 of budget estimate at Febend


first_imgNew Delhi: The country’s fiscal deficit touched 134.2 per cent of the full-year revised budgeted estimate at the end of February 2019, mainly due to tepid growth in revenue collections, official data showed Friday. In absolute term, fiscal deficit for April-February 2018-19 was Rs 8.51 lakh crore as against the revised estimate (RE) of Rs 6.34 lakh crore for the entire year, according to Controller General of Accounts (CGA) data. However, Economic Affairs Secretary S C Garg told reporters that the government is committed to restrict the fiscal deficit at 3.4 per cent of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) as envisaged in the Budget. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalThe CGA data revealed that revenue receipts of the central government was Rs 12.65 lakh crore or 73.2 per cent of the revised budgetary estimate (BE) at February end. In the same period last fiscal, the revenue collection was 78.2 per cent of the estimates. The government’s tax revenue stood at Rs 10.94 lakh crore and non-tax revenue was Rs 1.7 lakh crore. Total expenditure incurred by the government during April-February 2018-19 was Rs 21.88 lakh crore (89.08 per cent of RE), of which Rs 19.15 lakh crore was on revenue account and Rs 2.73 lakh crore on capital account. Out of the total revenue expenditure, Rs 5.01 lakh crore was on account of interest payments and Rs 2.63 lakh crore on major subsidies. Meanwhile, the finance ministry in a statement said that Rs 5.96 lakh crore has been transferred to the state governments as devolution of share of taxes by the central government up to February, which is Rs 67,043 crore higher than the corresponding period of last year 2017-18.last_img read more

Team Columbus downs Team Cleveland in the Battle for Ohio basketball game


Matchups that Ohio basketball fans could only dream of became a reality on the Ohio State campus Saturday. It was an all-Buckeye State theme during the Ohio Homecoming Battle for Ohio basketball game at St. John Arena, which saw Team Columbus eek out a 94-91 victory against Team Cleveland. The game saw former OSU teammates David Lighty and Jon Diebler guarding each other on the perimeter as well as university alumnus and Philadelphia 76er Evan Turner run the court with the Cleveland Cavaliers’ Tristan Thompson. Thompson was dominant in the contest, leading all scorers in the game with a double-double that included 27 points on 11-of-16 shooting and 10 rebounds for Team Cleveland. Team Columbus countered with a team-high 18 points from Ron Lewis and 17 points from Turner. A coaching staff that included former No. 1-overall NBA Draft pick Greg Oden, former OSU player Ron Stokes and Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman saw five players hit double digits on the way to the victory for the Columbus squad. Afterward, Turner called the contest a great game and a great opportunity to lock horns with former teammates and current NBA foes. Turner, who had fourth-quarter shots blocked by former OSU teammate Dallas Lauderdale and came up smiling after each rejection, called the game “fun.” “It’s great for the city,” Turner said. “Hopefully we keep doing this game every single year.” The high-paced celebrity All-Star game saw Team Cleveland control the opening eight minutes of play, but only until J.J. Sullinger, older brother of recently-drafted OSU product Jared Sullinger, struck for Team Columbus. J.J. Sullinger, sporting a thicker build than during his playing days at OSU during the 2004-2006 seasons, stuck a 3-pointer home to give Columbus the lead, 22-21, late in the first quarter. Columbus pulled ahead by half behind Turner’s 14 first-half points. Diebler, in a display familiar to OSU fans, connected on 2-of-3 3-pointers while contributing six points to the Team Columbus effort. Diebler’s day from behind the arc was just getting started. During halftime, Diebler dominated the 3-point shooting contest by scoring 5-of-5 shots on his first rack of balls before doing the same on his final rack to win the competition. Diebler defeated Dru Joyce, a high school teammate of the Miami Heat’s Lebron James at St. Vincent-St. Mary’s and player at Akron from 2003-2007. The 3-pointers for Diebler were his first in a competitive game at St. John Arena since a December 2010 win against South Carolina. Of the game and his return to St. John Arena, Diebler, a member of the winning Team Columbus side, said that he too enjoyed himself. “We were talking before the game – it was pretty awesome to get everyone together,” he said. “It was great to be back. I love this gym.” Scoring slowed in the second half – the two squads combined for 32 points in the fourth quarter – but Team Columbus forced a turnover in the closing seconds as it defended a 93-91 lead and held on for the win. Former OSU forward Dallas Lauderdale, a member of the losing Team Cleveland side, agreed with the rest, saying that the game was a memorable one. “I thought it was a great time. Playing against former teammates – it was a lot of fun,” Lauderdale said. Lauderdale, who is returning from playing professionally in Poland and will compete with the NBA’s Golden State Warriors in summer league play, added that Saturday’s game was reminiscent of practice sessions during his time at OSU. “It wasn’t weird going against (former teammates) at all,” he said. “We did it every day at the Schottenstein Center, so to be able to go out there and talk a little trash, it was fun.” There was statewide appeal for the Saturday event with cities and towns from around Ohio represented on the two teams’ respective rosters. In addition to J.J. Sullinger, Turner and Diebler, Team Columbus featured former OSU letter winners Brian Brown (1999-2002), Terence Dials(2002-2006) and George Reese (1999-2000) as well as Scoonie Penn and Columbus natives Antonio Daniels and Samaki Walker. Team Cleveland featured former Buckeyes Lighty (2007-2011), Lauderdale (2008-2011), Tony Stockman (2004-2005) and Damon Stringer (1995-1998; Cleveland State 1998-2000) in addition to Thompson, Keith McLeod (Bowling Green, 1999-2002) and Ryan Patton (Youngstown State 1999-2002). read more

Pogba insists future is with Man Utd


first_imgPaul Pogba is certain that his future is at Manchester United, despite the reported interest from Paris Saint-GermainThe France international joined United for a second spell in the summer of 2016 for a then-world record fee of £89.3m, but has struggled to replicate his impressive performances with Juventus on a consistent basis at Old Trafford and found himself benched recently by Jose Mourinho for his lacklustre displays.Due to his ongoing struggles, PSG are reportedly keeping a close watch on the situation and his agent Mino Raiola is is believed to have offered his client to the Ligue 1 champions recently.While it is rumoured that Mourinho would be happy to sell the midfielder in the summer, Pogba has now insisted that his only focus is on United.“Right now, I am at Manchester United and I am honestly only thinking about the present. Transfers are not in my head,” he told Canal Football Club (via Football365).harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…“You know, if I listened to everyone, I would be everywhere.“We are in the [FA] Cup final and the World Cup is around the corner.“I don’t have a problem with him, and I don’t think he has a problem with me.“He’s the coach and he has to make choices. I am a player and I accept them. I have to answer on the pitch.”last_img read more