Raptors president Masai Ujiri calls for racial equality after NBA Finals incident

first_imgFebruary 24, 2021 /Sports News – National Raptors president Masai Ujiri calls for racial equality after NBA Finals incident FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailABC NewsBy KELLY MCCARTHY, ABC News(NEW YORK) — In 2019, when the Toronto Raptors won their first NBA Championship title, the dream moment quickly turned into a nightmare for the team’s president, Masai Ujiri.ABC News’ Good Morning America anchor Robin Roberts sat down exclusively with Ujiri for his first interview since the courtside confrontation between he and a sheriff’s deputy who shoved him and later sued the basketball executive.“The game ends — I hurried behind the benches to go and meet my wife. Found her, we hugged, cried, prayed. That brought a sense of calmness,” Ujiri recalled. “There’s lot of chaos going on on the court — I walk up and that’s when I actually got stopped.”Alan Strickland, the sheriff’s deputy who halted Ujiri, was seen on body-camera footage shoving the team president twice as he reached for his credentials.“I was confused, you’re taken aback and you don’t even know how to react,” he said thinking back to the incident. “You just don’t buy a championship in Walmart or something. It’s something you’re trying so hard to do — you’re trying to figure out, ‘how do I go and celebrate with my guys?’ — You get this confrontation, and it confuses you.”Eventually, he was allowed to join his team on the court and players rallied behind him. But eight months later, Strickland filed a civil suit for monetary damages against Ujiri that claimed Ujiri was the aggressor and injured him.Ujiri’s lawyers filed a countersuit and called the deputy’s account of the encounter “a complete fabrication” that ultimately led to the release of the body camera footage in August 2020.“Seeing that tape, you are vindicated, you feel that yes this is the right story,” he explained. “People said you punched a policeman, you hit his jaw, you punched his jaw and all kinds of things, you begin to doubt yourself. As time goes on, you start to actually wonder what really happened.”Both lawsuits have been dropped after nearly two years since the encounter, but now, Ujiri said it has reignited his push for racial equality.“As much as we say this happened to me, it’s worse that happened to other people, right. George Floyd — I lost a moment, people lost their life,” he said. “I say it as humble as I can, there are some people who don’t have privilege or job to fight this. They’re wrongly accused, no bodycam, nobody sees what happens, they’re incarcerated, accused or charged. We have to fight for them.”Ujiri worked his way up in the NBA, starting as a scout before eventually becoming the general manager of the Denver Nuggets and has held the coveted spot as Raptors team president since 2013.The NBA executive, whose family is from Nigeria, is a humanitarian and has dedicated much of his career to philanthropy to empower youth in his homeland for nearly two decades with his organization, Giants of Africa.“We want to teach basketball – basic basketball fundamentals of it and we want to find talent,” he said. “They are incredibly young girls and boys who need a pathway. My job that the NBA has blessed me with I have to continue to do this – we teach the kids more life skills, being honest, on time, respect your elders and respect women.”As he continues to encourage the next generation to dream big, he said now he can move forward and hope for a future without discrimination.“I want people to really think about humanity and who we are as human beings,” he said. “It’s really important that we treat each other well.”Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved. Written bycenter_img Beau Lundlast_img read more

Press release: FCO statement on Iran demarche

first_img Email [email protected] A Foreign and Commonwealth Office spokesperson said: For journalists The UK and a number of European partners today jointly raised with Iran our deep concerns about hostile activities and plots being planned and perpetrated in Europe. Such actions are unacceptable and must have consequences. We informed the Iranian authorities that those responsible for the June 2018 bomb plot planned in France are being included on the EU list of persons, groups and entities involved in terrorist acts and will be subject to restrictive measures. We also condemned other illegal activities, including the recent thwarted assassination plot in Denmark and two assassinations in the Netherlands. We remain committed to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, for as long as Iran continues to implement it in full. This agreement remains central to international efforts to halt nuclear proliferation and is crucial for the security of the region. But we are clear that this commitment does not preclude us from addressing other hostile and destabilising activities. Follow the Foreign Office on Instagram, YouTube and LinkedIncenter_img Further information Media enquiries Follow the Foreign Office on Twitter @foreignoffice and Facebooklast_img read more

ProperMaid to feed British troops

first_imgA range of ProperMaid’s cakes have been selected as one of the Navy, Army and Air Force Institutes’ (NAAFI) Best of British foods to feed the forces.The Huddersfield-based firm, which appeared on BBC Two’s Dragon’s Den last December with its Christmas Dinner cake, has begun supplying 12 of its traditional cakes with a twist to British troops around the world this month.Products include a dandelion and burdock cake, inspired by Huddersfield’s most famous export, as well as a sticky ginger and fudge cake, which is based on the traditional Yorkshire Parkin recipe.Other cake varieties include passion fruit cake, Mother’s Day orange and almond battenberg, fresh ginger and lemon, cappuccino and walnut, liquorice cake, beetroot and white chocolate, courgette and lime, and a sticky toffee tray bake with a salted caramel drizzle.Allison Whitmarsh, managing director at ProperMaid and former dinner lady, said: “We’re over the moon that our cakes have been chosen as a taste of home for the troops. It’s wonderful to think that ‘our boys’ – and girls – working hard in other countries will be able to tuck into a good ol’ British brew and a bake.”ProperMaid’s cakes will be supplied to NAAFI’s coffee shops, initially in Germany, and thereafter in other overseas locations starting with the Falklands.NAAFI, the official trading organisation of HM Forces, provides retail and leisure services to the military including restaurants, bars and shops.Nick Spencer, head of food and beverage at NAAFI, said: “We’re all about providing a taste of home and access to products that servicemen and women would not necessarily be able to purchase. ProperMaid’soriginal flavours, handmade products and the good story behind them really interested us.”last_img read more

Ben & Jerry’s Share Origins Of Phish Food On 20th Anniversary [Watch]

first_imgBen & Jerry’s came out with their famed “Phish Food” ice cream 20 years ago today. The two business owners, Ben and Jerry, considered themselves “lucky to be associated” with the band, their fans, and the culture that comes along with Phish, even joining them on stage in 1996 at Clifford Ball. The history of the ice cream brand is pretty unique, and the story is told in this newly released video.The ice cream company is the only time that Phish has given their name to a product, drummer Jon Fishman explains in the video interview. They decided to do so as an alternative way to raise funds that could be donated to charity. In 1997, Phish established The WaterWheel Foundation with royalties of Phish Food.The WaterWheel Foundation chooses non-profits from a large sphere of needs including social services, primarily those benefitting women and children; environmental, with a focus on clean water and land conservation with public access; as well as food banks, urban gardening and the like. Thanks to the generosity of the fans, since its creation WaterWheel’s Touring Division has donated over $1,000,000 to more than 425 groups.Watch the full video below:last_img read more

Chris Robinson Brotherhood Announce Second Leg Of National Tour

first_imgThe Chris Robinson Brotherhood are on quite a roll, adding a 35-date second leg to their 50+ show calendar in support of their new studio album – due out July 21. The Barefoot In The Head tour, which stretches from September through November, covers much of the U.S. with stops across the Gulf Coast, Southeast, Northeast and Midwest.Along the way, the Chris Robinson Brotherhood will return to The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, NY, make their first ever performance at the historic Columbus Theatre in Providence, RI and play three two-night stands at Variety Playhouse in Atlanta, GA, Lincoln Theatre in Raleigh, NC and Ardmore Music Hall in Ardmore, PA.In addition to their previously announced dates, which includes a performance with Donavon Frankenreiter at the Stone Pony Summerstage, the Chris Robinson Brotherhood will kick off the September run off with three shows in Florida supporting Blackberry Smoke. The remainder of the dates will be “An Evening With…” headline performances featuring two sets each night.“After six years of solid touring with this band, we can still roll into Fayetteville, Arkansas on a Tuesday night and have the most fun of any musical thing I’ve ever been a part of. We don’t have the weight of responsibility or nostalgia, which means we’re in the very psychedelic situation of getting to be totally honest and create everything in the moment,” says Chris Robinson in a press release. “The music that we make, the concerts that we play, it’s this world we’ve created for ourselves and our people. We want everybody to understand that no matter where you are in your life that you can always be barefoot in your head. There’s always this other place you can go.”Listen to Chris Robinson Brotherhood’s latest single “High Is Not The Top” from their upcoming album below, and head to the band’s website for more information.CHRIS ROBINSON BROTHERHOOD (new dates are bold)Barefoot In The Head U.S. Tour DatesJuly 7 – Veneta, OR – Oregon Country FairAugust 5 – Petaluma, CA – Petaluma Music FestivalAugust 9 – Wilmington, NC – Greenfield Lake AmphitheatreAugust 10 – Asheville, NC – The Orange PeelAugust 11 – Virginia Beach, VA – Shaka’s LiveAugust 12 – Charlottesville, VA – Jefferson TheatreAugust 13 – Annapolis, MD – Rams Head On StageAugust 15 – Portsmouth, NH – The Music HallAugust 17 – Manunuck, RI – Ocean MistAugust 18 – Asbury Park, NJ – Stone Pony Summerstage **August 19 – Boston, MA – House of BluesAugust 20 – Holyoke, MA – Gateway City ArtsAugust 22 – Pittsburgh, PA – Mr. Small’s TheatreAugust 23 – State College, PA – The State TheatreAugust 24 – Ithaca, NY – The HauntAugust 25 – Woodstock, NY – Bearsville TheaterAugust 26 – Washington, DC – The 9:30 ClubSeptember 7 – Pompano Beach, FL – Pompano Beach Amphitheater * September 8 – St. Augustine, FL – St. Augustine Amphitheater * September 9 – St. Petersburg, FL – Jannus Landing * September 10 – Orlando, FL – The Social September 12 – Pensacola, FL – Vinyl Music Hall September 14 – Atlanta, GA – Variety Playhouse September 15 – Atlanta, GA – Variety Playhouse September 16 – Macon, GA – Cox Capitol Theatre September 17 – New Orleans, LA – The Civic TheatreSeptember 19 – Chattanooga, TN – Revelry Room September 21 – Oxford, MS – The Lyric Oxford September 22 – Charlotte, NC – Neighborhood Theatre September 23 – Louisville, KY – Bourbon & Beyond FestivalSeptember 24 – Knoxville, TN – Bijou Theater September 26 – Greensboro, NC – The Blind Tiger September 28 – Charleston, SC – Charleston Music Hall September 29 – Raleigh, NC – Lincoln Theatre September 30 – Raleigh, NC – Lincoln Theatre October 1 – Nashville, TN – Third & Lindsley October 3 – Baltimore, MD – Soundstage October 5 – Norfolk, CT – Infinity Hall October 6 – Ardmore, PA – Ardmore Music Hall October 7 – Ardmore, PA – Ardmore Music Hall November 2 – Westbury, NY – The Space at Westbury November 3 – Port Chester, NY – Capitol Theatre November 4 – Hartford, CT – Infinity Hall November 5 – Burlington, VT – Higher Ground November 7 – Portland, ME – Port City Music Hall November 9 – Providence, RI – Columbus Theatre November 11 – Cleveland, OH – House of Blues November 12 – Grand Rapids, MI – The Intersection November 14 – Columbus, OH – Newport Music Hall November 16 – Minneapolis, MN – Fine Line Music Cafe November 17 – Milwaukee, WI – Turner Hall Ballroom November 18 – Chicago, IL – Thalia Hall November 19 – Madison, WI – Barrymore Theatre* w/ Blackberry Smoke** w/ Donavon Frankenreiter[photo by Andrew O’Brien]last_img read more

Floating classroom

first_imgPutting problem sets, papers, studying, and exams behind them, a small group of Harvard students brought together by Professor Melissa Franklin built their own boat, going from raw materials to finished product in just five days and then launching the vessel on the Charles River.“It didn’t sink,” said Franklin, the Mallinckrodt Professor of Physics, with a laugh. “Getting that tiny boat out on the water was more fun than they expected because it was something they built themselves. I think every American at some point in their lives wants to build a boat and float down the Mississippi or drift away someplace.”Franklin said the idea behind the project was to give students an atypical Harvard experience, and to explore the possibility of expanding the exercise into a class.“I had this idea that every student at Harvard should build something with their hands because there just aren’t a lot of opportunities to do that here. These students had never held a jigsaw before they started this project,” said Franklin, who is also chair of the Physics Department. “I can imagine a course where you build a boat from a set of plans, and then move on to maybe designing a boat and using advanced tools. Part of the idea of doing projects is to allow the students to learn through their hands, and for me, to use pedagogy like a glue gun and squeeze it out in the right places.”For Phillip Yao, a recent graduate of the College who is preparing to continue his studies at the University of Oxford on a Rhodes Scholarship, the challenge was unique — and rewarding.“I have never built anything like this before, so it really has been an interesting experience for me,” said Yao, a physics concentrator. “At first, it seems like we were just creating these random pieces and I wasn’t really sure how they were going to all fit together. But it’s been really cool to see it all come together.”Yao’s roommate and fellow ’13 grad Nolan Pollock said the project demanded high concentration and thinking — and fixing — on the fly.“You really have to pay attention to detail because you have pieces with delicate angles and your cuts have to be precise. And when they’re not, you have to problem-solve, which really taught me a lot.”The other students on the project were Jessica Rucinski, who will graduate from the College in December, Piotr Galuszka ’14, and Laura Jeanty, who just received her Ph.D. in physics.Working with designs provided by California-based Stevenson Projects, the students started with a sheet of plywood that had to be cut, bent, and shaped. They sanded, assembled, sealed the seams, and primed and painted. The boat was named S.S. Franklin in honor of their teacher.“When you make something from scratch it really makes you appreciate all of the work and the quality of materials that goes into it. It really makes me realize how difficult it is to get quality, hand-crafted products now,” said Jeanty. “And this has been great because it has been a week when you’re not in front of the computer.”Getting into the tiny boat was not easy, and adjustments had to be made so the students wouldn’t hit their legs when they pulled the oars. But its maiden voyage was a successful one.“I really do think this idea has the potential to go places,” Franklin said.last_img read more

The world’s surgeon

first_imgJohn Meara has been named the inaugural incumbent of the Kletjian Professorship in Global Surgery at Harvard Medical School, among the first global surgery professorships to be established at an academic institution.The professorship is funded by a $4 million gift from the Steven C. and Carmella R. Kletjian Foundation.“John Meara is a leader in the field of global surgery and an outstanding member of our faculty,” said Jeffrey S. Flier, HMS dean. “We are grateful for the generosity of Carmella Kletjian and the Kletjian Foundation for creating this professorship, which honors John and which will help establish and expand an academic foundation for global surgery. I am delighted that they chose to do this at HMS.” Read Full Storylast_img

Campus-wide Stations provide Lenten reflection

first_imgIn a public display of devotion, students and faculty traversed campus last night to participate in the annual campus-wide Stations of the Cross.Assistant director of undergraduate ministry Kate Barrett said if students have not previously participated in Stations as part of their Lenten experience, the event provides the opportunity to see “one of the oldest and most treasured ways that we as a Church throughout the world enter into Jesus’ passion.”“Even if they have grown up participating in the Stations of the Cross in their home parishes, this is a unique way to celebrate the holiest week of the Church year,” she said.According to Barrett, the event began 20 years ago through the efforts of Notre Dame Folk Choir director Steve Warner and Fr. Tom McDermott.In recent years, Barrett said most of the planning starts in the winter and involves getting as many people as possible involved as readers, cross-bearers and musicians.“The Glee Club, the Chorale and groups of trumpet players from the Notre Dame Band all help provide music along with the Folk Choir,” she said. “Typically groups of students from many halls, led by the hall liturgical or spiritual commissioners, take on the responsibility of ‘sponsoring’ the various stops along the way – so they find the readers and cross-bearers for each station.”Reflections for the event are written by Holy Cross priests Kevin Grove and Drew Gawrych, Barrett said.“[The reflections] are beautiful and give us a great connection to the spirituality of our founding religious community,” she said.Over the years, Barrett said students have visited residence halls including Sorin and Lyons, academic buildings such as Bond Hall and campus landmarks such as the reflecting pool at the Hesburgh Library.“Even when it’s really cold out, like this year, the experience is well worth it,” she said. “They may never have the opportunity again to participate with such a large group of people.”Senior Maria Corsaro said she attended the Stations of the Cross event the past two years.“I go to this event year after year because I think it’s a good way to connect with my faith and to remind myself of Jesus’s journey on Easter,” she said. “I think that sometimes we forget just how much Jesus went through on Easter for all of us.“The campus-wide Stations of the Cross helps me to remember everything that Jesus suffered through. I really like the feeling of being a part of the large community of people on this journey around campus.”Corsaro said her favorite part of the experience is the sense of community that accompanies the journey around campus with a large group of people.“I love the sense of community that comes from so many people being together like this,” she said. “With students and families from South Bend, I really feel that everyone comes together for this event.”Even after the Easter season, Corsaro said she continues to associate different areas on campus with the Station of the Cross she saw there.“I think that this is something special and unique to this event,” she said.Junior Katelyn Virga said she decided to partake in the campus-wide event for the first time this year.“Stations of the Cross is a powerful way to honor the passion of Jesus,” she said. “It reminds us of Jesus’s sacrifice in a very tangible way, and it provides us with an excellent opportunity to reflect on the season.”Virga said she would absolutely recommend the event to other students.“Stations of the Cross is a moving way to celebrate your faith with others, and to ‘walk with Jesus’ in an almost literal sense,” she said. “Notre Dame is a great place to grow in faith, and Stations of the Cross is a unique way to do that.”Tags: Easter Season, Lent, Stations of the Crosslast_img read more

Annie Baker & More Tapped for Signature Theatre’s 2016-17 Season

first_imgAnnie Baker(Photo: Bruce Glikas) Works from Pulitzer winner Annie Baker, Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, Will Eno and more have been slated for Signature Theatre’s 2016-17 season. The productions will all play at off-Broadway’s Pershing Square Signature Center.Baker’s The Antipodes is one of a trio of world premieres scheduled. Directed by Lila Neugebauer, the production will begin on April 4, 2017. Meanwhile, Jacobs-Jenkins’ Everybody, a modern riff on one of the oldest plays in the English language, is set to bow for the first time on January 31, 2017, also helmed by Neugebauer. Eno’s A New Play will make its debut on February 7, 2017.Other shows joining the lineup include “Master Harold” … and the boys, written and directed by Athol Fugard, which will begin on October 18 as part of the Legacy program. In a small tea shop in South Africa, two black men and a young white boy joke and dance together, defying the brutalities of apartheid through their joyous love. But festering issues of family, race, and power are not so easy to ignore, and a single phone call can trigger catastrophe.As previously announced, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Suzan-Lori Parks is the 2016-17 Residency One playwright: productions attached to her tenure include The Death of the Last Black Man in the Whole Entire World, Venus and The Red Letter Plays: In the Blood and Fucking A. View Commentslast_img read more

CUNA continues engagement as CHOICE markup proceeds

first_imgThe markup of Rep. Jeb Hensarling’s (R-Texas) Financial CHOICE Act continued Wednesday with votes on a number of amendments, most of which did not pass. During discussions, Rep. Ann Wagner (R-Mo.) cited a credit union member who wrote to her about the importance of regulatory relief for credit unions.Wagner quoted an employee of First Community CU, Chesterfield, Mo., who said she was unable to meet the mortgage needs of a longtime member looking to purchase a new house.“[The credit union] wrote to me and wants to know why they can’t give, under CFPB rules, a loan to a member in good standing, with credit that was perfect, a home mortgage loan?” said Wagner, who chairs the House Financial Services subcommittee on oversight and investigations.The committee considered, but ultimately voted down, an amendment that would remove language from the CHOICE Act that would repeal the Department of Labor’s (DOL) fiduciary rule.CUNA backs repeal of the rule, as it has concerns about the possible impact on credit union members’ ability to receive services to invest and save. 9SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »last_img read more