James Harden and Metta World Peace will meet again tonight.Tonight will not be so pleasant for Metta World Peace in Oklahoma City. And he does not plan to make it any easier.Instead of showing remorse about violently elbowing Oklahoma City’s James Harden three weeks ago – an act that earned the Los Angeles Lakers’ forward a seven-game suspension – the former Ron Artest said he will not offer an apologetic handshake to Harden.That only will make the booing he will hear every time he touches the ball.Why won’t he show more contrition?“I don’t shake hands with substitutes,” he said.Harden, who won the league’s Sixth Man of the Year Award last week, was not fazed. “I’m not worried about him or what he has to say,” Harden said.World Peace told reporters that mebers of the Thunder intentionally ignore the pre-game ritual of players shaking hands as a sign of mutual respect. “I shake everybody’s hand before the game, but Oklahoma City, they don’t shake hands … Kendrick Perkins and now (Russell) Westbrook don’t shake hands either.”Lakers captain Kobe Bryant admitted the OKC fans will use the situation as motivation. “The crowd is obviously going to have a field day with that (World Peace’s return). I’m sure their players will generate some type of energy from it. For us, we just got to keep our poise and do what we do.”
Hundreds gather for the service of San Diego’s own Brandon Stapper March 16, 2019 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Posted: March 16, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, KUSI Newsroom 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Hundreds of people showed up tonight to celebrate the life of a local entrepreneur who was killed in a tragic accident in Africa.Friends and family of Brandon Stapper gathered at the Air and Space Museum in Balboa Park to remember the man they say was “extremely good at what he did.”33 year old Stapper and 2 other men from San Diego were among a total of 5 people killed when their sightseeing helicopter crashed in a national park in Kenya.Strapper was known as a successful businessman in San Diego
Officials from March Air Reserve Base in Southern California and local authorities are hoping to avoid a potential conflict over a proposed textile plant that would be located in the airfield’s Accident Potential Zone 1.The project still is in the preliminary stages, but the commander of the air reserve base has said the $31 million, 185,000-square foot manufacturing plant could jeopardize the installation’s mission, reports the Press-Enterprise.At a meeting of the March Joint Powers Authority last week, Brig. Gen. Russell Muncy said locating a plant in the base’s accident potential zones would raise concerns about the safety of its flight operations.“The desire is to minimize density along these corridors,” Muncy said. “Ideally, if an airplane were to come out of the sky, you want it to hit nothing.”Ultimately, the plant could make the base vulnerable to realignment or closure, the commander said. “Encroachment is the quickest way to render any military installation ineffective,” he said.Danielle Wheeler, executive director of the joint powers authority, indicated the conflict could be resolved.“There’s been lots of discussions about [this] project today,” Wheeler said, referring to her office and officials from March and the neighboring city of Perris. “We’re making great headway.”Muncy similarly was optimistic a mutually beneficial solution to the issue could be found.“We’re looking at ways, ‘How can we get to a win-win for the community and still protect the base’s operational capability?’” he said. “I think we’ll get there on this. When you’ve got good communication you can work through anything.” Dan Cohen AUTHOR
“GMA” Interview: Kesha Finds Hope With ‘Rainbow’ Email Singer/songwriter reveals the deep personal connection she has to her upcoming album, as well as what it was like to collaborate with Dolly PartonRenée FabianGRAMMYs Aug 9, 2017 – 1:39 pm GRAMMY.comKesha’s highly anticipated Rainbow is slated for release on Aug. 11. Ahead of the album, Kesha is spreading some light on the interview circuit, including a sit-down with “Good Morning America.”Kesha dished about how the album’s title, Rainbow, symbolizes hope and represents a nod to the LGBTQ community. It doesn’t hurt Kesha hearts rainbows — she has many rainbow tattoos.To add to the dazzle of the record, Kesha collaborated with GRAMMY-winning country superstar Dolly Parton on a cover of her 1980 hit “Old Flames Can’t Hold A Candle To You” and gushed about the experience.”I’m still not over it,” she said. “So I’m just going to tell everybody about it forever.”While on set, Kesha also gave a live performance of her current hit single, “Praying” She explained to host Robin Roberts that this track, in particular, represents going through hard times and coming out the other side in one piece.”I think it’s just really important because it talks about me personally going through something really hard, lots of very hard things, making it through, not giving up and finding empathy on the other side, which is incredibly hard sometimes.”For Kesha, the meat of this album comes from the deeply personal meaning behind every track, which she hopes, in turn, helps other people.”I’ve written every song on this album, and they’re all so personal,” Kesha said. “I think this record is quite literally saving my life. And I hope you guys like it, and I hope you can hear it, and I hope it helps people.”Kesha, Arcade Fire, RAC: New Music You Need To Hear NowRead more Twitter Facebook News Hear Kesha Talk About ‘Rainbow’ gma-interview-kesha-finds-hope-rainbow
“We are graduating the facility into commercial service,” said VG CEO George Whitesides. “We want to have this be a remarkable historic facility that when people arrive at they feel, ‘Yes, this is the place that I’m going to be going to space from.'”Virgin owner and billionaire mogul Richard Branson announced that his company was ready to “come home” to New Mexico at a press conference with Gov. Michelle Lujan-Grisham and Sen. Tom Udall in Santa Fe in May. With the unveiling of its new interior, Virgin Galactic says Spaceport America’s Gateway to Space “is now functionally operational.” Now playing: Watch this: Share your voice 1:26 Sci-Tech Comment A 23rd-century tourist guide to the galaxy First look inside Virgin Galactic’s space passenger terminal As part of its move to New Mexico, the Virgin Galactic launch vehicle VMS Eve recently landed at the Spaceport, which it will call home from now on.The company says the remainder of its test flight program, which has largely been conducted in California’s Mojave Desert until now, will take place at Spaceport America in preparation for its first commercial flights to space in the coming months. 17 Photos Virgin Galactic announces long-awaited move to Spaceport… 2:28 Virgin Galactic’s Gaia lounge will host space tourists. Virgin Galactic The world got its first glance at what commercial space travel will look like on Thursday, and it’s a significant upgrade from the arduous trip through today’s airports. The Gateway to Space includes an interactive walkway. Virgin Galactic Virgin Galactic welcomed members of the press into its newly completed mission control, briefing room and ground-floor Gaia lounge. Gaia is centered on a posh marble and oak “Barista Island” where space tourists, their friends and family will mingle with VG employees and pilots over breakfast and coffee as they contemplate cutting the tether of Earth’s gravity for the first time.Upstairs and overlooking Gaia and the runway is the Cirrus level, home to mission control, the mission briefing room and the pilot corps. VG’s operation is housed inside the Gateway to Space building, a futuristic facade that looks something like an alien spaceship itself. The building is the centerpiece of New Mexico’s Spaceport America, a state-owned facility that has been quietly waiting for several years in the empty desert next to the White Sands Missile Range for Virgin Galactic to finally move in. 1 Now playing: Watch this: Tags Space Richard Branson Virgin Galactic
Justin BieberReutersJustin Bieber is either getting impatient or losing it as he escalated his demand to fight Tom Cruise by posting a video of him fighting the “Mission Impossible” star.It looks like Tom Cruise stepped up to Justin Bieber’s call to action after all. Okay, so that might be an exaggeration. But we did get to see what could happen if the actor took on Justin Bieber in a fight.Reportedly, a day after Justin bizarrely challenged Tom Cruise to an MMA fight via Twitter, a fan showed that Tom “answered” the Biebs’ call. Borrowing the iconic boxing scene from Tom’s 1992 flick, Far and Away, Justin’s face was edited onto Tom’s opponent.And those familiar with the plot of “Far and Away”, Tom Cruise knocks out his challenger. The implication is clear, Tom Cruise would beat Justin Bieber in a fight. And it looks like Justin Bieber is finally realizing that fact as the pop star captioned the video, “Damn Tom this didn’t go as planned.” Tom Cruise makes a special theater visit at the ‘Mission: Impossible – Fallout’ Seoul Screening at Lotte Cinema on July 17, 2018 in Seoul, South Korea.Getty ImagesJustin Bieber showed some humility with the caption but we’re still wondering why Justin Bieber challenged Tom Cruise to a fight in the first place. Was it a weird PR move of some sort, or has the popstar really lost his marbles? There were others who wanted the fight to take place as well, namely MMA fighter Conor McGregor who apparently even offered to host the fight. Tom Cruise did not comment or respond to Bieber’s absurd challenge, but if the “Top Gun” star had responded or better yet accepted the challenge, fans would have gone crazy. Talk about pay-per-view. You can check out the video here: Damn Tom this didn’t go as planned https://t.co/C2cXfVHZyM— Justin Bieber (@justinbieber) June 10, 2019
Foreigners too join the celebration of Pahela Baishakh on Dhaka University campus. Photo: Galib Ashraf.As the dawn breaks, all the city roads lead to Ramna and Dhaka University’s faculty of fine arts area, people in thousands gathering to celebrate the Bengali New Year Pahela Baishakh.Women and girls wearing colourful saris and men in punjabis throng the DU area while the parade, Mangal Shobhajatra, carries along to the Rupashi Bangla intersection from fine arts institution.Alongside the large number of youths, there are many of the older generation too in DU’s faculty of fine arts, Ramna Park and Suhrawardy Udyan area. Children were waiting in long queues to enjoy the traditional rides.Lakshan Babu who works of a private company and is in his 50s, was taking a break with his five-year-old son near Batmul of Ramna. He recounted the celebrations of Baishakh from the past.“I have been joining the Baishakh celebrations in Ramna batmul since the early 90s. The celebration has evolved so much since then. Though the participation has increased, the inherent spirit has decreased,” he said.According to him, the cultural engagement was much more in the past.“Different musical organisations used to sing Baishakhi songs in every nook and corner of the Ramna Park and Suhrawardy Udyan. A lot of individual folk singers were also seen here and there.”Abdur Rahim, 65, a retired banker came to Dhaka University campus from Narayanganj with his grandson.“Though I still enjoy Baishakhi celebrations but I miss the way it used to be celebrated decades ago,” he said adding, “It was not a single day celebration back then; we used to celebrate it for more than week. As my father was a trader, haalkhata (closing the annual accounts ledge) celebrations were very significant. And how can you forget the taste of those sweets prepared at the Baishakhi fair in the market?”A number of foreigners were also seen enjoying the celebrations.Randy Mikko, founder of Mikko Foundation, was taking photographs of the jubilant people.“I am amazed to see such a huge gathering. Mangal Shobhajatra is an unique celebration,” he said.Another group of young students from there Netherlands were also enjoying the celebration and taking selfies with the local people. They say they were excited about Mangal Shobhajatra as they know the parade has UNESCO recognition.UNESCO recognised Mangal Shobhajatra as intangible cultural heritage in 2016.
A Myanmar team will arrive in Bangladesh next week to discuss the mass exodus of Rohingya, an official said Tuesday, amid huge diplomatic efforts to find a durable solution to the crisis.The team are “coming early next week,” Bangladesh’s Foreign Secretary Shahidul Haque told AFP, saying they would be working on the Rohingya issue but not giving further details.A senior foreign ministry official said the team was expected to be led by Myanmar’s Minister of the Office of State Counselor, Kyaw Tint Swe.Dhaka had earlier invited the minister for talks before the latest eruption of violence in Myanmar’s Rakhine state triggered one of the world’s worst refugee crisis in recent decades.The announcement comes as the UN said 480,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled to Bangladesh’s southeastern border region since August 25.Between the new arrivals and some 300,000 Rohingya who were already living in the area due to previous violence in Myanmar, there are now nearly 800,000 refugees in camps around the Bangladesh border town of Cox’s Bazar that are bursting at the seams.The situation has forced new arrivals into makeshift shelters in grim conditions, and sparked warnings that epidemics, including cholera, could easily spread.The bilateral talks come as Dhaka mounts a huge diplomatic effort to find a permanent solution to the Rohingya problem and make Myanmar take back all the refugees to their homeland in Rakhine.The latest military operation was sparked by attacks carried out by Rohingya militants on police posts on August 25.Bangladesh’s prime minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday proposed creating UN-supervised safe zones inside Myanmar to protect Rohingya Muslims fleeing a military crackdown.Hasina accused Myanmar authorities of laying landmines on the border to prevent the Rohingyas from returning and said the United Nations must take immediate measures to find a solution to the crisis.She laid out a five-point plan that called for the protection of the Rohingyas in “safe zones that could be created inside Myanmar under UN supervision.”The United Nations has described the military operation as “ethnic cleansing” and French President Emmanuel Macron went further, describing it as a “genocide.”Myanmar must stop the violence and “the practice of ethnic cleansing”, agree to allow a UN fact-finding mission, ensure the return of refugees and abide by a report that recommends citizenship for the Rohingya, said Hasina. Rohingya are currently denied Myanmar citizenship.There has been mounting international outrage over the plight of the Rohingya, prompting the UN Security Council this month to call for an end to the violence.
Laura IsenseeMarina Marri is an editor at the Express-Tribune. She’s part of the growing workforce of reporters in Pakistan. The number of working journalists here has jumped from 2,000 in 2002 to 18,000 in 2013.There’s a lot of growth in Pakistan’s journalism, particularly on the TV side, along with a lot of energy from journalists.An example is Marina Marri, editor of the Express-Tribune. The journalists there have been resilient and tenacious in the face of violence.And Marri not only manages a newsroom, but also plays soccer.In order to keep fostering new generations of journalists in the country, there’s an effort to start up a Master’s Degree and the U.S. has a strong role in it.We invite you to listen to Laura’s latest dispatch above.She is participating in a fellowship for reporters sponsored by ICFJ— the International Center For Journalists. Think of it as a student exchange for journalists.You can also follow her journey on Twitter and Facebook.And check out Laura’s earlier entries on the special page on our website. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: X 00:00 /03:24 Listen Share