AP Source: Rockets, D'Antoni agree on 4-year deal

Mike D'Antoni is taking his ''Seven Seconds or Less'' offense to Houston, where James Harden is waiting to give his new coach the kind of weapon that could be a perfect fit for his system.

In some ways, both D'Antoni and the Rockets are looking for redemption.

The 65-year-old D'Antoni has long been thought of as one of the most innovative offensive minds in basketball. He led the Phoenix Suns to two Western Conference finals appearances in five seasons, with Steve Nash and Amare Stoudemire spearheading a break-neck scoring machine that put the entire league on its heels.

He wasn't as successful in ensuing stints with the New York Knicks and Los Angeles Lakers, going a combined 188-255 in six seasons and 0-8 in two trips to the playoffs.

He returned to the bench as an associate head coach in Philadelphia this season in hopes of getting another chance to run the show.

D'Antoni inherits a team in turmoil with the Rockets. They were one of the NBA's biggest disappointments this season, with discord in the locker room leaking on to the court and making the talented roster an incredibly frustrating team to watch.

With his ability to shoot from the outside, score in transition and get to the free throw line, Harden puts as much pressure on an opposing defense as any player in the league. But his ball-dominant approach and an inability to fully mesh with center Dwight Howard added a level of tension to the attack that was palpable.

After making the Western Conference finals in 2015, the Rockets barely made the playoffs this year and were eliminated by the Golden State Warriors in the first round.

Coach Kevin McHale was fired early in the season as GM Daryl Morey desperately tried to find the right buttons to push to get the team going. Interim coach J.B. Bickerstaff went 37-34 in McHale's place.

The Rockets conducted an exhaustive coaching search. Charlotte assistant Stephen Silas, Orlando assistant Adrian Griffin, San Antonio assistant James Borrego and TNT analyst Kenny Smith were among the candidates interviewed by Morey and owner Leslie Alexander.

D'Antoni is 455-426 in 12 seasons as a head coach, including a 50-game stint with the Denver Nuggets in 1998-99. He has led his team to the playoffs six times.

His offensive expertise should align well with Harden, the bearded face of the franchise known for his scoring and volume shooting. Like D'Antoni, Harden is occasionally chided for a perceived aversion to defense, but he remains so much more than a shot hunter. He averaged 7.5 assists this season to go with his 29.0 points and has served as the Rockets' primary ball-handler and playmaker ever since he was acquired in a trade with Oklahoma City in 2012.

There is also a familiarity between the two stemming from their time together with the U.S. Olympic team in 2012.

Howard is expected to opt out of his contract and become a free agent. It will be up to D'Antoni and Morey to find the right mix of players to surround Harden with, and D'Antoni is expected to bring in a coaching staff with experience on the defensive end to help balance his acumen on the offensive side.

Source: Yahoo Sports


Joseph Yobo conferred with chieftaincy title in Ogoniland

Former Nigeria defender Joseph Yobo has been conferred with a chieftaincy title in Ogoniland.

The honour was bestowed on him a day after he was given a grand exit from professional football by a stellar collection of football stars like Samuel Eto’o,Austin Okocha, Sulley Muntari, Stephen Appiah, Lomana Lualua and Laryea Kingston during his testimonial in Port Harcourt.

Yobo was conferred with the title of Mene Aborlo 1 of Ogoniland by King GNK Gininwa, with his wife Adaeze given the Waamene Aborlo 1 of Ogoni land.

"Honored to be conferred the title Mene Aborlo 1 of Ogoniland by my King, HRH GNK Gininwa and people #chiefyobo," he tweeted.

The former Nigeria international defender made his Super Eagles debut against Zambia in a 2002 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier on 24 March, 2001 in Chingola, Zambia.

He went on to amass 101 international caps, scoring seven goals in a career that spanned 13 years where he featured at three Fifa World Cups and six Afcon tournaments, leading Nigeria to victory in his last outing in South Africa.

At club level, he turned out for Standard Liège, Marseille, Everton, Fenerbahce and Norwich City between 1998 and 2014.

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Flooding, severe weather devastate Texas

Five people died and at least four others were missing Sunday after heavy rains in Texas and Kansas caused severe flooding. In one case near Austin, which received nine inches of rain this week, a vehicle with two people was swept off a flooded roadway. The occupants were two of the missing.

Threats of floods prompted authorities to evacuate thousands of prisoners near Houston, and inmates in another prison on Saturday fought with correctional officers after flooding caused a power outage.

Most of the deaths took place in rural Washington County, Texas, between Austin and Houston, where more than 16.5 inches of rain fell in some places late last week, the Associated Press reported. The bodies of two other missing motorists were found Saturday in separate parts of the county, authorities said.

NBC News reported that one of the victims, 64-year-old Lela Holland, died Friday when floods washed through her home, according to the Washington County Sheriff's Office. Most of the other victims died when their vehicles were overtaken by high water, according to police, including:


  • Jimmy Wayne Schaeffer, 49, who was killed when he drove his truck into high water;
  • Darren Mitchell, 21, a National Guardsman, whose vehicle was swept off the road by floods;
  • Pyarali Rajebhi Umatiya, 59, who was killed after his vehicle stalled in high water.

Two people in Travis County, Texas, were swept away in floodwaters Friday, County Emergency Services spokeswoman Lisa Block told NBC News. A witness reported that one person was holding onto a pole and was ripped away by the waters, while firefighters saw another person get swept away in a vehicle, Block said.

In hard-hit Houston, rising rivers and creeks prompted Harris County officials on Saturday to ask about 750 families in the Northwood Pines subdivision to voluntarily evacuate the Houston Chronicle reported.

North of Houston, officials warned residents living near the west fork of the San Jacinto River that rising waters were likely to flood homes, even those that are elevated.

"The skies are clear and things look good. But we want to make sure people understand that we are not out of the woods yet. We have to keep an eye on water that's coming through our bayou system," said Francisco Sanchez, a spokesman for the Office of Emergency Management in Harris County.

Texas Department of Criminal Justice prisoners are

Texas Department of Criminal Justice prisoners are evacuated from the Terrell and Stringfellow Units May 29, 2016, in Rosharon, Texas. (Photo: Jon Shapley, AP)


Northwest of Houston, students at Decker Prairie Elementary School in Pinehurst, Texas, had to spend the night after being stranded on campus because of flooding. Families were reunited Saturday afternoon, the Chronicle reported.

Southwest of Houston, Fort Bend County officials warned of possible record-setting floods on Tuesday, calling the event a "potential 100-year flood." Homes as far as four miles away from the swollen Brazos River are threatened, officials said. Memorial Day events were canceled as 20 inches of rain fell north of the river.

Rainfall was expected to "obliterate" a 1994 record in Simonton, Texas, where officials issued a mandatory evacuation order.

Near Austin in Travis County, Texas, aerial searchers were to resume looking for two missing people whose vehicle was swept off a flooded roadway, said emergency services spokeswoman Lisa Block.

Near Fort Worth, authorities were searching Sunday for a 10-year-old boy who fell into the Brazos River while fishing with friends. Officials told WFAA-TV that the river would typically be roughly three feet deep but is now about 13 feet deep.

Authorities at two prisons near Houston were moving an estimated 2,600 inmates, fearing that the rain-swollen Brazos River could flood. Inmates at the Terrell and Stringfellow Units in Rosharon, about 30 miles south of Houston, were being moved to other prisons with available space. Texas Department of Criminal Justice spokesman Jason Clark said inmates at a security camp nearby were being moved to the main prison building.

Clark said as many as 50 inmates at another prison northwest of Houston were involved on Saturday in a fight between inmates and correctional officers after flooding caused a power outage.

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FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Jordan Spieth has a win at home in the Lone Star State. Spieth won at Colonial after birdieing the last three holes Sunday for a 5-under 65, including a chip-in from behind the 17th green following a fortunate bounce off a marshal. He punctuated his first PGA Tour victory in Texas with a closing 34-foot putt when needing only a bogey to win. It was the eighth career win for Spieth, the world’s No. 2-ranked player, and came in only his third tournament since blowing a five-stroke lead on the back nine last month when trying to win the Masters for the second year in a row. He will try to defend his U.S. Open title in three weeks at Oakmont. At 17-under 263, Spieth finished three strokes ahead of Harris English (66) at the Dean & Deluca Invitational. Colonial member Ryan Palmer and Webb Simpson tied for third, both shooting 68 while in the final group with Spieth to finish at 13 under.

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Jordan Spieth has a win at home in the Lone Star State.

Spieth won at Colonial after birdieing the last three holes Sunday for a 5-under 65, including a chip-in from behind the 17th green following a fortunate bounce off a marshal. He punctuated his first PGA Tour victory in Texas with a closing 34-foot putt when needing only a bogey to win.

It was the eighth career win for Spieth, the world’s No. 2-ranked player, and came in only his third tournament since blowing a five-stroke lead on the back nine last month when trying to win the Masters for the second year in a row. He will try to defend his U.S. Open title in three weeks at Oakmont.

At 17-under 263, Spieth finished three strokes ahead of Harris English (66) at the Dean & Deluca Invitational. Colonial member Ryan Palmer and Webb Simpson tied for third, both shooting 68 while in the final group with Spieth to finish at 13 under.

Spieth started the back nine with three consecutive birdies before his only bogey, which could have been much worse after going into a bunker well left of the par-3 13th and then blasting a shot over the green. Then at 14, after hitting his drive into a fairway bunker and shouting after his shot short of the green, he saved par with a 14-footer that rolled just to the right edge before falling into the cup.

After a 20-foot birdie at the par-3 16th, Spieth hit a wayward tee shot at the 17th. The ball ricocheted off the lower leg of a marshal and into the first cut of rough instead of much heavier stuff. Spieth signed a glove “Thanks” to the marshal, but his approach from 173 yards sailed over the green before he chipped in after relief from a temporary structure.

Nearly two months before his 23rd birthday, Spieth broke a tie with Tiger Woods for wins at age 22 or younger. The only player with more that young was Horton Smith with 14 from 1928-30.

With the first-prize check of $1.2 million, Spieth has earned more than $24 million on the PGA Tour.

Colonial was Spieth’s third consecutive tournament since his month-long break after the Masters seven weeks ago. He missed the cut at The Players Championship before tying for 18th last week at the Byron Nelson, when he went into the final round alone in second place at the tournament where six years ago as a 16-year-old amateur he finished tied for 16th in his first PGA Tour start.

Spieth started Sunday with nine consecutive pars, including a 32-footer at the par-3 No. 8 after hitting his first shot into heavy rough.

His first curling 20-foot birdie at the 10th started his back nine before a pair of short birdies.

Spieth hit a wayward tee shot at the 192-yard 13th, almost immediately pointing his 7-iron to the left and shouting “Fore!” He then yanked his ball out of the bunker over the green before a chip to inside 3 feet for a bogey.

When the final group was introduced before teeing off at No. 1, in the shadow of the Wall of Champions, the applause and cheers for Palmer were as loud as those for Spieth.

Palmer opened with consecutive birdies to go a stroke ahead of Spieth for the lead. He got to 14-under after a 12-foot birdie at No. 7, which he followed by reaching back for a hand slap with caddie James Edmondson, the four-time Colonial club champion.

But Palmer had two bogeys and not another birdie until the last hole, after Spieth had already made his final putt.

Source: Yahoo Sports.com

U.N.: 700 migrants feared dead in Mediterranean shipwrecks

Horrific stories emerged Sunday about more than 700 migrants who drowned trying to cross the Mediterranean Sea since Wednesday, according to the United Nations refugee agency.

Rescuers saved 14,000 people at sea last week, by far the highest weekly number yet this year, said William Spindler, a spokesman for the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees.

"This is by far the busiest week this year in terms of operations, people rescued but also in terms of casualties," Spindler said Sunday.

The rescues involved a flotilla of ships from multiple nations, including Italy, Ireland and Germany, according to The Irish Times.

One incident Thursday involved two overloaded boats, one towing another that didn't have a motor, which smugglers had cut loose when the boat began to disintegrate and take on water, Spindler said.

The motorless boat was loaded with 675 people — and 25 of them jumped off and swam to the other boat. Rescuers later saved another 79 people and pulled 15 bodies from the water, he said. About 550 were missing and presumed dead, he said.

Police in the port city of Pozzallo, Sicily, where survivors were taken, arrested a Sudanese national, Adam Tarik, 29, on smuggling and murder charges, according to Ragusa police patrol chief Nino Ciavola, the Italian newspaper La Stampa reported.

The two old fishing boats had left from the Libyan port of Sabratha, according to La Repubblica,another Italian newspaper. After eight hours at sea, one boat began taking on water, and some passengers jumped. Many drowned, and more died when the tow rope was cut a few minutes later, the newspaper reported. One woman, whose body was later recovered, was almost decapitated by the rope that whipped around after it was cut, the paper said.

Another 100 people are missing from a smuggler's boat that capsized Wednesday, Spindler said. The boat capsized as the Italian navy approached, and passengers moved to the side closest to the approaching rescue ship. Photographs and video of the disaster were captured by Italian sailors and posted to the Internet.

Rescuers also recovered 45 bodies and saved 135 people from a third wreck on Friday, where an unknown number of people are missing, Spindler said.

Survivors were taken to the Italian ports of Taranto and Pozzallo and the Greek island of Lampeduza. One survivor was a 9-month-old girl named Favour, whose mother and father died at sea when their boat capsized, Spindler said. Many Italians have offered to adopt her, he said.

The International Organization on Migration estimates that 194,611 migrants and refugees entered Europe so far this year, with more than 1,475 missing.

Source: USA Today

Why your ex is still on your credit report

In the midst of your divorce, you’ve probably discussed separating your assets, but you might be less inclined to talk about who’s going to take responsibility for shared debts.

Most courts will divide up responsibilities for these during a divorce decree, giving one individual the ownership of each debt.

However, “the decree does not change the contractual relationship that you or your spouse may have with the creditor because the creditor is not a party to your divorce,” John C. Heath, credit expert and attorney for Lexington Law, a Credit.com partner, said.

That means that while only one of you may now be legally responsible for paying the debt, the other person’s name is still attached to it unless you let the creditor know to remove it. This could be why you’re still seeing your former spouse on your credit report.

How shared accounts get separated

Rules on how to divide joint accounts vary by state, but most places consider debts acquired during the marriage as shared property. It may be a sore subject, but it’s important to make dividing up your debts a priority.

Contact your financial institutions and close or separate all shared accounts, including credit cards, home loans and mortgages.

If you don’t, you and your former spouse will continue to be tied together financially. And if an ex-spouse runs up credit card balances and fails to pay or falls behind on a mortgage that still has your name on it, the negative marks will show up on both of your credit reports.

After closing out all joint credit cards, you can ask each financial institution to re-issue you a card in your name only. You can also refinance joint installment loans such as auto and home loans.

“Be diligent in refinancing debt or selling an asset that has debt against it, and in making certain that any assets get retitled,” Rebecca Zung, Esq. Marital and Family Law attorney in Naples, Florida, said.

It could be better to make these decisions between the two of you instead of letting a third party determine your financial future.

“You can agree to divide debts and account responsibilities and then take appropriate steps to remove the non-obligated spouse from divided joint accounts,” Heath said. “You are a better decision maker than a judge who may glance at your case prior to making a decision about your financial future.”

If you have shared credit card debts, you can find free tools online, like payoff calulators, to figure out a plan to pay off your debts.

One of the most common things that impacts credit scores after a divorce is when the person responsible for settling a joint debt doesn’t pay up, Heath said.

“If this failure to pay is on a joint account, it will affect both parties, including the innocent party’s credit reports,” Heath said in an email. “Even though the innocent party is not responsible for the debt, it is still reported as delinquent on their credit report.” 

If your ex isn’t paying the debt, and it’s messing up your credit, you can dispute the delinquency with the credit bureaus, Heath said. (You can go here to learn more how.)

Also, “you can ask the court to compel or find your ex in contempt for failure to pay,” he said. “You could also ask for your attorney fees and costs to do this.”

Monitoring your credit

As you update your accounts, it’s a good idea to make sure the changes take.

“Check your credit a few months after the divorce to be sure it is accurate,” Rebecca Zung said.

To see where your credit currently stands, check your credit report online monthly — many sites (including Credit.com) offer this for free — so you can see how changes are affecting you as time goes on after your separation and if there are any other steps toward improvement that you need to make. You can generally improve your credit in the long-term by making all loan payments on time, keeping debt levels low and limiting new credit inquiries as your score rebounds.

Source: USA Today.com

Shell’s job losses now equal Facebook’s entire payroll

Royal Dutch Shell announced that it would eliminate another 2,200 positions, which means that its total job losses is roughly equivalent to the entire payroll of the tech giant Facebook.

By the end of 2016, Shell will have slashed 12,500 positions, a staggering total for one company. According to Statista, Facebook only employed 12,691 people as of 2015.

Much of Shell’s attrition is due to the collapse of oil prices, which has plunged the Anglo-Dutch oil major into a cash flow crisis. However, other job losses are due to its purchase of BG Group – synergies between the two companies will lead to the loss of around 2,800 positions, the company previously said. The combined Shell-BG company employed 94,600 people at the start of the year.

Source: USA Today.com

Sen. Marco Rubio now all in for Donald Trump

WASHINGTON – In March, Marco Rubio dismissed Donald Trump as a “con artist” and “the most vulgar person ever to aspire to the presidency.”

This past week, the Florida senator told reporters he’ll not only vote for Trump, he'd be willing to speak on his behalf at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland this summer. And he didn’t rule out the possibility of serving in a Trump administration.

Rubio said his apparent shift isn't that hard to understand. Supporting Trump as the presumptive GOP presidential nominee is an easy choice, he said, compared to the prospect of a Hillary Clinton victory at the polls in November.

"Donald Trump will sign the repeal of Obamacare. She won’t," Rubio told reporters Thursday. "I want the successor to Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court to be a conservative. I believe that’s the kind of judge that he’ll appoint, and I know she won’t. I want someone that will defend life. I know he will and she won’t."

Rubio said Trump earned his status as the GOP presumptive nominee at the ballot box.

"He campaigned and the voters chose him," he said. "I respect that process. And so I’m going to support him. I’m going to vote for him.”

Social media, of course, won't let him off the hook that easily.

“Rubio is truly a politician with no ideas, just a jumble of crap, ready to support any position, person, anything to help him get ahead,” progressive radio talk show host Mike Signorile tweeted.

“Stop Excusing Republicans Like Rubio For Supporting Trump Because Of A Stupid, Worthless Pledge,” tweeted the conservative blog Red State, referring to Rubio's frequent promise during the campaign to get behind the eventual nominee.

While Rubio was still a presidential contender, his rivalry with Trump featured highly charged, personal attacks.

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio speaks at a presidential campaign

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio speaks at a presidential campaign rally on March 14, 2016 in Miami on the eve of crucial primary voting. (Photo: AFP PHOTO, RHONA WISERHONA WISE, FP, Getty Images)


Trump, mocked the Florida senator as “Little Marco” and poked fun at his tendency to sweat on the debate stage and drink lots of water.

Rubio said Trump was unfit for the Oval Office, citing his inflammatory rhetoric, his past support for Democratic policies and his call for deporting undocumented immigrants.

He also criticized Trump’s physical features: “You know what they say about men with small hands ... You can't trust them.”

But Rubio also consistently said he would support whomever Republican voters nominated. And on Thursday, the Associated Press announced that Trump had captured the 1,237 delegates necessary to lock up the nomination.

Despite the heated campaign, Rubio said it’s time to move on.

“We were competitors," he said of Trump. "I don’t dislike him. I don’t have any negative feelings about him personally. I disagree with a lot of his positions. That was well established during the campaign. (But) I also think he happens to be substantially better than Hillary Clinton.”

Al Cardenas, former head of the Florida Republican Party and a Rubio confidante, said the possibility that he and many other Republicans will support Trump is a “work in progress.” But he’s not willing to judge Rubio.

“It’s a fairly quick turnaround in his conversion to becoming a supporter, but so be it,” said Cardenas, former chairman of the American Conservative Union. “I’m still not there. I guess Marco figured out a way to get there.”

Source: USA Today.com

Libertarians hope to lure Sanders supporters if Clinton is nominee

Libertarians, hoping for a better showing in the 2016 presidential campaign, see an opportunity for success by making inroads with supporters of Bernie Sanders, a party leader said Saturday.

Sanders has said he will not run as an independent if he doesn’t win the Democratic nomination. Arvin Vohra, vice chairman of the Libertarian Party, predicted many of Sanders’ supporters will be drawn to the Libertarian focus on individual rights and limited government if Hillary Clinton becomes the Democratic nominee, the most likely outcome given her delegate lead.

“We want to reach everybody but I do believe that a lot of the people who are currently supporting Sanders will be the ones with whom that message will resonate with the strongest,” Vohra said in a Saturday interview.

Libertarians are holding their presidential nominating convention in Orlando this weekend and will select their presidential nominee on Sunday. Gary Johnson, the former Republican governor of New Mexico, is favored to win this year’s nomination.

The Libertarian Party shares some similar goals with Sanders when it comes to ending the war on drugs, driving down college debt, and reluctance to use military action. The party and Sanders both opposed the Patriot Act.

But Sanders wants to make public colleges and universities tuition free with government subsidies, while Libertarians want to abolish government subsidies to universities. Sanders supported the use of force in the Balkans and Afghanistan; Libertarians say the military should be used only in defense and want all foreign bases shut down. And while Sanders has consistently fought trade deals, Libertarians want to remove government restrictions on free trade.

Vohra said Sanders supporters “have seen the horrors that government can do to individual lives,” and Libertarian policies will ultimately make sense to them.

“These are people who are open, they’re active, they’re excited, they're engaged,” he said. “I believe that our message will reach them and resonate with them.”

Johnson received almost 1% of the vote when he ran for president as a Libertarian candidate in 2012. A May 14-17 Fox News poll found 10% of respondents favored Johnson in a three-way matchup with Republican presumptive nominee Donald Trump (42%) and Clinton (39%). Johnson was favored by 8% of both Republicans and Democrats and 18% of independents.

The party has confirmed a place on the ballot in 32 states and expects to be on the ballot in 50 states, Vohra said.

“There’s so many people in this country who just want less government,” Vohra said. “They know at this point that neither Hillary nor Donald Trump have any intention of reducing the size and scope of government.”

Source: USA Today

At 96, Heimlich finally uses his life-saving maneuver

CINCINNATI — When he heard that a resident was choking, Perry Gaines, maître d’ at the Deupree House dining room, ran toward the table.

Gaines has been trained in the Heimlich maneuver and has performed it at least twice in the two years he has worked at the senior living facility here.

When Gaines arrived at the table, Dr. Henry Heimlich, a 96-year-old resident who invented the famous technique for clearing a blocked airway, was standing behind the woman, ready to perform it.

Typically, a staff member would step in. “But,” Gaines said, pausing, “it is Dr. Heimlich.”

Heimlich, who swims and exercises regularly, was able to dislodge a piece of hamburger that had become stuck in the airway of Patty Ris, 87.

Gaines said the entire room, filled with 125 diners, focused on the table, which was near the center of the room. Ris recovered quickly, and everyone returned to their meals.

Monday’s incident was the first time Heimlich, who has demonstrated the maneuver countless times since inventing it in 1974, used it to stop someone from choking, he said.

In a telephone interview Thursday, Heimlich recounted what happened. Ris had been sitting next to him at his table.

“When I used it, and she recovered quickly, it made me appreciate how wonderful it has been to be able to save all those lives," he said.

His son, Phil Heimlich, said his father regularly meets people who were either saved or saved somebody else.

“Just the fact that a 96-year-old man could perform that, is impressive,” he said.

Spokesman Bryan Reynolds of Episcopal Retirement Services, which owns the Deupree House, described the elder Heimlich as very active for his age. He has lived there about six years, Reynolds said.

“He goes to the dining room every evening,” Reynolds said.

In a video interview provided to The Enquirer, Ris said she penned a note to Heimlich.

It read, she recalled in the video: "God put me in this seat next to you."

Source: USA Today.com

New York (CNN)Rapper Troy Ave has been arrested after a deadly music hall shooting in New York on Wednesday night

New York (CNN)Rapper Troy Ave has been arrested after a deadly music hall shooting in New York on Wednesday night -- not long after he performed on stage, the New York Police Department said. Rapper T.I. had been scheduled to appear later in the show.

Troy Ave, who is Roland Collins, 33, was in police custody at a New York hospital after being arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and two counts of criminal possession of a weapon, Detective Annette Shelton said Thursday.
Collins, who was an opening act at the concert, is in stable condition with a gunshot wound to the leg, police said. He walked to New York University hospital, authorities said.
When reached by CNN early Thursday, Collins' father, also named Roland Collins, said his son was doing fine. CNN reached out to the Collins' family again for comment after his arrest and the man who answered the phone said, "No comment."
How Collins came to be shot is under investigation by the NYPD, Shelton said.
One man was killed in the shooting and two others were injured, Detective Hubert Reyes said. The victims' names have not been released.
No one else has been charged in the case.

Fistfight then a gunshot

The incident began as an argument that turned into a fistfight outside a room reserved for rappers at the concert, NYPD Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce said.
About five minutes after the fighting began, someone pulled a gun.
Police said Collins is the man seen on surveillance video entering a VIP area of the concert venue, Irving Plaza, Wednesday evening and firing his weapon once.
The video, released by the NYPD, shows several people cowering under a bar and couples embracing before a man enters the room.
A door swings open and a man carrying a gun enters the room, followed by two other men.
In the short video, the gunman raises his hand several times and fires a shot to the opposite side of the room as debris clouds the screen and people scurry around the room, knocking over chairs.
Other charges may be pending against Collins, Shelton said.
T.I., who didn't perform because of the shooting, wrote on Twitter on Thursday afternoon: "Rest In Peace Bro. God bless."
He posted the message with an image that included a longer, sentimental note.
"My heart is heavy today. Our music is intended to save lives, like it has mine and many others. My heartfelt condolences to the family that suffered the loss & my prayers are with all those injured," the image read. He did not give the victim's name.
Source: CNN.com

Baylor to fire football coach Art Briles amid sexual assault scandal

Baylor University is making sweeping changes to its athletic and academic leadership in the wake of a sexual assault scandal involving numerous football players.

The school announced Thursday it has suspended coach Art Briles with intent to terminate him after eight seasons.

In addition, school president Ken Starr has been removed as president and will transitions into role of chancellor; he remains a professor at the Baylor law school. Dr. David Garland has been named interim university president. Athletic director Ian McCaw has been sanctioned and placed on probation.

A report from Pepper Hamilton, an outside law firm hired by Baylor last fall, found the school "failed to take appropriate action to respond to reports of sexual assault and dating violence reportedly committed by football players. The choices made by football staff and athletics leadership, in some instances, posed a risk to campus safety and the integrity of the University."

he report also found Baylor administrators actively discouraged some complainants from reporting or participating in student conduct processes and in one case constituted retaliation against a complainant for reporting sexual assault.

Garland apologized to Baylor's students, alumni and supporters for the school's handling of sexual assaults.

Board of Trustees chair Richard Willis said on a teleconference Thursday that the school contacted the NCAA about potential rules violations related to the matter and that Baylor would cooperate with an NCAA inquiry.

A person with direct knowledge of the situation who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the matter said that the Baylor Board of Regents did not view any of the three key leaders involved in the sexual assault scandal — Briles, Starr or McCaw — as irreplaceable, and that the football program had reached a level of success that it would not backslide to the bottom of the Big 12 were Briles no longer the coach.

Baylor has gone 50-15 during the past five seasons under Briles, winning a pair of Big 12 Conference championships and reaching two New Year's Six bowl games. Overall, Briles went 65-37 during his eight seasons with the Bears, reversing the program's decades-long status as a perennial also-ran and moving the Bears into elite company among the nation's most successful teams.

But Briles had come under fire after two players in the program had been convicted of sexual assault and another was under investigation.

n 2014, defensive end Tevin Elliott was sentenced to 20 years in prison for two counts of sexual assault against a former Baylor student in 2012. Defensive end Sam Ukwuachu was convicted of sexually assaulting a women last year. Standout defensive end Shawn Oakman is currently under investigation on allegations he sexually assaulted a woman earlier this year.

More alleged transgressions by Baylor football players were alleged in a recent ESPN report. Briles, Starr and the team chaplain were aware of sexual assault allegations against former Bears running back Devin Chafin, but the school didn't hand down any discipline, according to the report.

Source: USA Today

Muhammad Ali, 'The Greatest,' dies at 74

(CNN)His hands and his mouth were furiously fast. His skill as a boxer made him "The Greatest" in his mind and in the minds of many others.

He antagonized opponents with his taunts, amused reporters with his boasts and angered government officials with his anti-war speeches. At the same time, he goaded a stubborn, hard-nosed society with his stinging jabs against pervasive racism.
Since the mid-1960s, he was one of the most famous faces on Earth, and even though his appearances in recent years were few, the name Muhammad Ali still sparked smiles all around the globe.
His death Friday at age 74 came after a lengthy battle against Parkinson's disease. Ali was diagnosed with the disease in 1984, three years after he retired from a boxing career that began when a skinny 12-year-old Louisville, Kentucky, amateur put on the gloves.
He is survived by his nine children, including daughter Laila, who, like her father, became a world champion boxer; and his fourth wife, Lonnie.
Ali was known in the ring for his lightning hand speed -- unusual for a heavyweight -- for his showmanship and for his brashness and braggadocio when a microphone was put before him. He taunted opponents before matches, trash-talked them during and proclaimed his greatness to reporters afterward.
Muhammad Ali: 'Will they remember me?'
He stayed on his toes, literally, during a bout, sometimes quickly moving his feet forward and backward while his upper body stayed in place. The mesmerizing move became known as the "Ali Shuffle."
Fans on every continent adored him, and at one point he was the probably the most-recognizable man on the planet.
But he also was a controversial figure at home, announcing his conversion to Islam and name-change after an upset title win over Sonny Liston, then refusing to enter the draft for the Vietnam War and publicly speaking about racism in the United States.

In youth, told he'd better learn to box

Ali was born January 17, 1942, in Louisville as Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr. His interest in boxing began at age 12, after he reported a stolen bike to a local police officer, Joe Martin, who was also a boxing trainer.
Martin told the young, infuriated Clay that if he wanted to pummel the person who stole his bike, he had better learn to box.
Over the next six years, Clay won six Kentucky Golden Gloves championships, two National Golden Gloves championships and two National Amateur Athletic Union titles.
Just months after he turned 18, Clay won a gold medal as a light heavyweight at the 1960 Olympic Games in Rome, convincingly beating an experienced Polish fighter in the final.
The story goes that when he returned to a hometown parade, even with the medal around his neck, he was refused service in a segregated Louisville restaurant because of his race. According to several reports, he threw the medal into a river out of anger. The story is disputed by people who say Ali misplaced the medal.
Thirty-six years later, he was given a replacement medal and asked to light the cauldron at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, something he said was one of the greatest honors in his athletic career.
Clay turned professional after the 1960 Olympics and quickly won 19 straight fights. For many of them, Clay -- then known as "The Louisville Lip" -- would make a rhyme to predict in what round his opponent would fall.
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U.S. Embassy in South Africa warns of 'near-term' attacks

(CNN)The U.S. Embassy in South Africa issued a statement Saturday warning U.S. citizens about the threat of "near-term attacks against places where U.S. citizens congregate in South Africa, such as upscale shopping areas and malls in Johannesburg and Cape Town."

The embassy said the warning was issued after ISIS called on its militants to "carry out terrorist attacks globally during the upcoming month of Ramadan."
The U.S. State Department updated a worldwide caution in March, saying ISIS and other terrorist groups continue to plan attacks in many areas of the world. The caution did not specifically mention South Africa.
In Germany Thursday, three Syrian men were arrested on suspicion of planning an attack that was ordered by ISIS. The German attorney general's office said the men wanted to attack the old town in Dusseldorf in western Germany with suicide bombings, guns and explosives.
Attacks claimed by ISIS left 32 people dead in Brussels on March 22, and 130 people were killed in Paris on November 13 in a series of attacks by several ISIS operatives.
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Trump on black supporter: 'Look at my African-American over here'

Redding, California (CNN)Donald Trump sought to tout his support among African-Americans on Friday by pointing out a black man in the crowd and calling him "my African-American."

"Oh, look at my African-American over here. Look at him," Trump said. "Are you the greatest?"
The remark didn't generate a noticeable response from Trump's audience.
Trump campaign spokeswoman Hope Hicks told CNN Trump was "just referring to a supporter in the crowd. There's no ill will intended, obviously." She added Trump was "grateful for this person's support."
Hicks also rejected the suggestion that Trump's use of the possessive "my" to refer to the supporter was racist, saying such a charge was "ridiculous."
Gregory Cheadle, a Republican California congressional candidate, confirmed to CNN he was the supporter to whom Trump pointed. He told the Record Searchlight, a local newspaper, he was happy to be cited by Trump.
"That was me seriously. I got two autographs out of that," Cheadle told the newspaper. He added, "To give the black folk the time of the day, I was happy."
Trump's remark came as he recalled an incident in March when a black supporter of his assaulted a protester at a rally in Arizona as he was being escorted out of the building by police.
The comment also comes as Trump is under fire for calling on the federal judge presiding over one of the lawsuits against Trump University to recuse himself because of his Mexican heritage.
Trump again argued Friday in an interview with CNN's Jake Tapper that the judge is inherently biased against him because of the presumptive GOP nominee's plan to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.
"If you are saying, he can't do his job because of his race, is that not the definition of racism?" Tapper asked him.
"No, I don't think so at all," Trump replied. "He's proud of his heritage. I respect him for that."
The presumptive Republican nominee has repeatedly hit back at charges that he is racist by insisting he is "the least racist person that you have ever met."
But Trump's rhetoric has repeatedly drawn charges of racism, xenophobia and Islamophobia.
In November, Trump retweeted a graphic of false crime statistics comparing percentages of "blacks killed by blacks" and "blacks killed by police" that included an image of a dark-skinned man wearing a bandana, military-style pants and holding a handgun sideways.
The graphic vastly overstated the number of homicides committed by blacks.
Trump kicked off his campaign by calling some undocumented immigrants from Mexico "rapists" and criminals and then stoked Islamophobic sentiment in December by calling for a "total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States."
Trump said in March that he believes "Islam hates us" and said last fall that a Black Lives Matter protester who disrupted his rally and was kicked and punched by Trump supporters probably "should have been roughed up."
Still, Trump has insisted that his campaign message will have enormous appeal among minority communities, particularly African-Americans and Hispanic Americans.
The de facto Republican nominee insists that his promise to bring jobs back to the U.S. and reduce unemployment in minority communities will draw those groups to his controversial candidacy.
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French Open: Garbine Muguruza upsets Serena Williams for women's title

Paris (CNN)A Spaniard was crowned champion at the French Open -- but it wasn't Rafael Nadal.

Garbine Muguruza upset Serena Williams 7-5 6-4 on Saturday to win the first grand slam of her career, while also depriving the American of tying Steffi Graf's Open Era record of 22 majors.
While Nadal is considered the greatest clay-court player of all time -- he owns a record nine titles at Roland Garros but had to withdraw with a wrist injury last week -- Spain hadn't produced a women's champion at the French Open since Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario in 1998.
"We were so sad when Rafa had to pull out," Conchita Martinez, Spain's Fed Cup and Davis Cup captain, told reporters. "If you know Rafa you know how much he wanted to play here.
"It was a sad day but the way Garbine was playing, you could see that she would have a chance to win this tournament, so Spain is very lucky to have these unbelievable tennis players," added the 2000 French Open finalist.
Sanchez-Vicario, part of the crowd on Philippe Chatrier court, earned the nickname "Barcelona bumblebee" from late tennis writer and historian Bud Collins. She was one of tennis' top movers, relying on counter-punching to frustrate and wear down rivals.
Muguruza tallies victories in dissimilar fashion, crushing balls from the back of the court. Her serve, when working, is a weapon. It came to the 22-year-old's aid more than once in the final, particularly when facing break points in the first set, although she also double faulted nine times.

Mind you, Muguruza clinched the trophy with a stunning backhand lob that Williams applauded.

Her ability to change direction in rallies and hit down the lines troubled Williams, who had downed Muguruza in the Wimbledon final last July but lost to her at the French Open in 2014.
They are sure to be celebrating in Venezuela, too. Muguruza was born in Caracas and only made the decision to represent Spain in team competitions two years ago.
If Nadal's wrist heals in time, he is expected to partner Muguruza in mixed doubles at the Olympics in August.
Williams, for the third consecutive major, didn't win the title. Roberta Vinci stunned Williams in the U.S. Open semifinals and in the Australian Open final, Angelique Kerber outlasted her.
That is, for the 34-year-old, a source of concern.
The aura of invincibility is fading, if only a little.
Williams kept the press waiting for two hours Thursday. On Saturday it was the opposite. Williams, unusually, went virtually straight from the court to the interview room. She didn't want to hang around.
Williams felt the pressure when attempting to reach 18 majors -- to tie Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova -- and is now struggling to match Graf.
Her coach, Patrick Mouratoglou, was convinced it's a matter of when, not if.
"You can't play a grand slam final for history like any other, even though one grand slam final is a lot," he told reporters. "So it's going to take the time it's going to take. But we're going to do it.
"The good thing is we'll have many (chances) because she's in finals almost every time."
Questions surrounded Williams' health ahead of the finale, with an adductor injury the issue. The world No. 1 appeared sluggish in the first set of her semifinal against Kiki Bertens on Friday and in the quarterfinals Thursday against Yulia Putintseva, when Williams was two games away from defeat in the second set.
She seemed to be moving better, though, against Muguruza but was outdone by the fourth seed.
"I'm not one to ever make excuses and say, 'Oh my adductor was hurting or whatever,'" said Williams. "At the end of the day I didn't play the game I needed to play to win and she did.
"I think she has a bright future, obviously. She knows how to play on the big stage and she knows how to ... clearly she knows how to win grand slams."
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LeBron James Shows Frustration on Bench During Game 1 Loss to Warriors

his year was supposed to be different for LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers.

After the Golden State Warriors beat them in six in the 2015 NBA Finals, Cleveland sans Kyrie Irving for all but one game and Kevin Love for the whole series, this season's healthy Cavs figured to have a better shot.

Thursday's Game 1 didn't provide much hope.

Golden State won 104-89 despite Steph Curry and Klay Thompson combining for just 20 points on 8-of-27 shooting.

James did what he could—23 points, 12 boards and nine assists—but it wasn't enough. The King's frustration was noticeable heading into the fourth quarter:

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African leaders urged to fight for economic independence

Accra, May 29, GNA - Nii Okwei Kinka Dowuona VI, the Paramount Chief of Osu Traditional Area, has called on African leaders to come together and ignite a passion for economic independence of the continent.

He said to be able to achieve this, there was the need to bring on board the traditional leaders, politicians and the clergy to fashion out policies that would be in the ultimate interest of the people.
Nii Kinka Dowuona, also the President of the Osu Traditional Council, made the call in an interview with the Ghana News Agency as part of the Council’s activities to round-off the African Union (AU) Day celebrations.
He said the eagerness with which the forefathers of Africa fought for independence should be reflected in the way “our current leaders are fighting for economic emancipation of the continent”.
He said during the fight for independence the leaders spoke with one voice and worked tirelessly for its achievement which also culminated in the creation of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) in 1963 now AU born in 2002.
“Both organisations have the same objectives which include harmonization of the political, diplomatic, economic, educational, cultural, health, and the welfare of   members to achieve a better life for the people,” he said.
“What do we see today, everybody has become individualistic which is crippling our economies and I wonder how the continent would look like in the next 10 years,” Nii Kinka Dowuona said.
He said African leaders had enacted policies that were in favour of foreign countries turning the continent into a dumping ground for European and Asian goods to the detriment of African products.
“We have lost touch of everything and we are following the wind. We cannot even produce or appreciate our own needs,” he said.
Using Ghana as the stand-point, he said the first president, Osagyefo Dr Kwame Nkrumah, visualised that by gaining independence “we will be bosses and managers of our resources.
“The first president built industries and made Ghanaians proud of producing locally manufactured goods, but now almost all the factories have collapsed because of our displaced priorities,” the Osu Mantse said.
He said the country had all the natural resources at its disposal yet the citizenry fought over finished products from outside which put monies into the coffers of  foreign nations.
Nii Kinka Dowuona said it was time the fire that burnt during the fight for  independence was re-ignited for the economic independence of Africa.

Source: Ghana News .com

Courts resume work after 10-day strike

Accra June 2, GNA- Courts in the country resumed work this morning (Thursday) after members of the Judicial Service Staff Association (JUSAG) called off their 10-day strike on Wednesday.

            When the Ghana News Agency visited the courts complex on Thursday, lawyers, litigants and members of JUSAG were busily attending to their respective roles.

             At the Supreme Court premises, fleets of vehicle were parked at the car park.

            Mr Prince Domena Attafuah, who had his case before one of the High Courts said his case was to be called last week however he decided to go to the court to see if it has been rescheduled.

            According to Mr Attafuah, the court clerks asked him to go and come back next week Wednesday for a date.

            Ms Abigail Asabea, a litigant was happy JUSAG members had called off their strike.

            Ms Asabea said she had been asked to come back to the court next week Tuesday for her case to take its course.

            Lawyer Edward Nana Asare was happy the strike action had been called off. He said calling off the strike would  rekindle the administration of justice and ensure that those litigants, who were using legal means to obtain justice have desires fulfilled.

            He said those who might have fallen foul of the law or otherwise would have their day in court to obtain justice or   other remedies appropriate.

            “As a nation it smacks failure for us to allow such a bastion of democracy to ground to a halt just because of government’s failure to address concerns established by the constitution to ensure the smooth administration of justice in the country.

            "Any such halt in the administration of justice makes litigation expensive to litigants and access to justice by suspects a mockery. The expense emanates from the fact that most schedules would have to be re-organised and served to other parties.

            On Wednesday, June 1, JUSAG called off their  10-day old industrial action with immediate effect to create room for the Government’s Presidential Committee to begin deliberations with their leadership.

                   Mr Alex Nartey JUSAG President at a press conference in Accra to call off the strike effect from June 1, urged members across the country to resume work immediately stressing that the association has concluded on the framework with government and management in addressing their demands.

                  He said: “In view of the above we are inclined to call of our industrial action effective June 1 to aid government’s Presidential Committee to begin deliberation; “all JUSAG leadership must see to the implementation process of our consolidated salary”.

                  The leadership on May 19 declared an indefinite nationwide strike over delays in the implementation of the consolidated salaries and emoluments for their members approved by the Judicial Council as established by law.

Source: Ghana News.com

First Lady promotes OAFLA programmes in Japan

Accra, May 19, GNA – The Organisation of African First Ladies against HIV and AIDS (OAFLA), has broadened its programmes beyond eliminating the disease to controlling and preventing breast and cervical cancers, Mrs Lordina Mahama, the First Lady has said.

Other areas of campaign include reducing maternal and child mortality and ending child marriages.

 A statement copied to Ghana News Agency in Accra said Mrs Mahama, who is the President of OAFLA, was addressing the Wives of African Heads of Mission, Female Ambassadors and Leaders of Japanese Women Groups in Tokyo, Japan on Wednesday.

She said despite OAFLA broadened programmes of activities, getting new HIV infections to zero, remained the organisation’s principal objective.

 She said new HIV infections among adolescents are not declining quickly enough, as compared to other segments of the population.

 Mrs Mahama said the concern prompted OAFLA earlier this year, to hold a meeting of OAFLA members and stakeholders in Accra.

 The meeting was under the banner of the 7th Africa Conference on Sexual and Health Rights, which launched a new campaign to tackle this challenge.

 She said OAFLA members were determined to ensure an HIV free generation for the continent through education, campaigns and the provision of anti-retroviral drugs, among others.

 The OAFLA President noted that as mothers, it is their duty to prevent children from being married off to men they do not know, love and who are far older than them.

 She said Ghana’s policy, is helping in ensuring that girls stay in school “and this my office works closely with the Ministry of Gender Children and Social Protection”.

 “This Ministry does a lot of work to empower women, support and promote children's rights, and gives assistance to the poor and vulnerable.”

  Mrs Mahama said the Lordina Foundation have been providing an influential support to the Ministry and work to supplement the ministry by implementing a well-developed set of interventions, to meet the objectives of my Foundation.

  “We have been working to empower our women and equip them with the necessary resources and skills to promote their own welfare, as well as cater for the needs of their children and other dependents.

  “Over the last couple of years, the Lordina Foundation has and will continue, to provide material and financial support to orphanages in the country and also facilitating the construction of modern accommodation for toddlers in two of the orphanages.”

  She said one of the high profile programmes of the organisation is the periodic medical outreach to under-served communities in to conduct free cervical, breast cancer and HIV tests, and provide education on these diseases for the general public, especially women.  

 “One of our popular modules involves providing skills and vocational training to create opportunities for girls and women.”

    Mrs Mahama said with the support of Medshare USA, the foundation support for deprived health facilities has been most successful with the distributed of medical supplies and equipment, to more than 50 District Hospitals and Health Centres, in Ghana.

“In education, we support schools and facilitate scholarships for needy students to study in Ghana and abroad and our most acclaimed programme is our work with the Gambaga 'witches' camp in the Northern part of Ghana.

   “The Lordina Foundation is currently constructing a vocational school with improve accommodation in the camp, to teach the women, and their children, useful skills in order to be self-sustaining.”

  OAFLA was formed by African First Ladies at the height of the HIV and AIDS pandemic and was meant as a vehicle for First Ladies of Africa to mobilise time, effort, education and resources to stop the AIDS disease from ravaging their people.

Source: Ghana Web.news

Minister calls on health workers to be efficient

Koforidua, June 2, GNA - Mr Alex Segbefia, the Minister of Health, has urged health workers to uphold the tenets of the profession to meet the expectations of their clients.

     He said, though workers work under tight budgets and limited resources there is the need to maintain the standard of delivery in the sector.

     Mr Segbefia said this, when he paid a working visit to the Eastern Region, where he visited Koforidua Regional Hospital, Suhum Government Hospital, Nankese Health Centre and Akote CHPS Compound.

     He also paid a courtesy call on the Regional Minister.

      Ms Mavis Ama Frimpong, the Regional Minister said good health care is the bedrock of the general development of a country and expressed the hope that the visit by the sector minister would help address some of the health challenges in the area.

     She said though government is constructing health facilities across the 26 districts and municipalities of the region and more communities are waiting for their turn.

      She appealed for more CHPS compounds, polyclinics and district hospitals to be constructed to help improve health delivery in the region.

     Dr Mrs Charity Sarpong, Regional Health Director said, out of the 26 districts and municipalities, 18 of them have access to a district hospital and by the end of the year  all the various  zones in the region  would have a CHPS compound to help complement  health care delivery.

    She however said the region is faced with challenges such as inadequate staff, as well as logistics to help health workers work effectively.

     Dr Sarpong called for the building of a robust system to offer quality health services.

     Dr Kwame Anim Boamah, Medical Superintendent of the Koforidua Regional Hospital said the hospital strives for excellence in service delivery.

Source: GhanaWeb. com

Black Star international film festival launched

Accra , Feb. 01, GNA -The Black Star International Film Festival, a film forum and advocacy platform, aimed at bridging the gap between the local and international film industry, has been officially launched in Accra.

     The launch was attended by key stakeholders from the Ghanaian and Nigerian movie industries, government agencies, and development partners; and the media.

         Speaking at the Ceremony, Juliet Asante, the Founder and Executive Director of the Black Star International Film Festival said:“ We believe that the images we see and the stories we tell, are important to who we, are as a people.

“ Through the Black Star International Film Festival, we are opening the door to stories that drive the narrative of Africa and for African film makers to share their experiences with an international audience while allowing international film makers to share in the rich culture of Africa’’.

Ghana, thus Ms Asante said, was  poised to welcome filmmakers from around the globe annually to celebrate the Art of Filmmaking.

     Femi Odugbemi, an award-winning Filmmaker, Writer, Producer, and a respected voice in the Nigerian movie industry, expressed admiration for the initiative and pledged his support to the success of the Festival.

     Madam Dzifa Gomashie, the Deputy Minister of Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts, noted that the Film Festival was a timely platform being created to help take the movie industry to the next level.

     ‘’I encourage all stakeholders to make the initiative a resounding success, the need for intellectual discourse around the opportunity the festival offers cannot be over emphasised and I am very happy that this initiative is taking off”, she said.

     She gave the assurance that the Ministry would support the festival for it to gain grounds.

     The BSIFF’s overarching theme is, ‘Face Forward’ , while the goal this year is to highlight the importance of film as a cultural diplomacy tool, as a global connector, as a trade enabler and as an employment creator.

     The Black Star International Film Festival (BSIFF), was set up to research global industry policies, to mobilise and sensitise stakeholders and to identify partners to advocate industry friendly policies.

     The annual festival would bring together filmmakers from all over the world, would screen and celebrate films and their makers, it would work at helping to close the gaps through that the industry faces through workshops, stakeholder engagements and advocacy.

Source: Ghana Web.news

Ghana Alternative Market to benefit SMEs

Accra, June 2, GNA – The Ghana Alternative Market (GAX) would provide credible and efficient market for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and a parallel market that offer opportunities to investors for investment.

Ms Magdalene Apenteng, Director of the Public Investment Division of the Ministry of Finance said listing an SME on the GAX increases visibility, provides liquidity for shareholders, facilitates innovation and growth and also comes with tax benefits.

The GAX is the alternative stock market administered by the Ghana Stock Exchange (GSE) targeting small businesses “with potential for growth”.

She said in complementing government’s efforts, the Ministry of Finance is playing its traditional coordination role to support the GSE and to ensure that more SMEs get listed on the GAX, which serves as the alternative avenue for SMEs to raise the much needed long term capital for expansion.

Mrs Apenteng made the remarks at the launch of the Capital SME, an initiative by the British High Commission aimed at growing SMEs and boosting capital market activity in Ghana.

The primary objective of the project is to encourage more SMEs to list on the GAX.

Further stages of the project include increased engagement with government ministries, departments, and agencies (MDAs) and financial institutions to support capital market development; and hosting informative conferences and related networking events.

Capital SME’s current target is to support a minimum of five SMEs in listing on the GAX within one year of implementation.

Mrs Apenteng noted that SMEs would continue to remain the backbone of the economy due to the important role of stimulating domestic demand through job creation, innovation and competition.

“There is no doubt that SMEs have the potential to mobilise domestic resources and boost international trade and demand,” she said.

“Prioritising SME development is therefore critical for promoting inclusive economic growth globally,” she added.

Mrs Apenteng said it is unfortunate that SME’s are still vastly challenged by numerous factors and so they are not able to play the desired role with a lot of untapped potentials.

“The main challenge of lack of access to sustainable finance remains a key constraint that has to be addressed to enable the SMEs deal head-on with issues of financing innovative business projects that are to enhance job creation and help expand the economy’s output,” she stated.

“For these reasons, we welcome Capital SME to partner the many initiatives currently being implemented in providing SMEs with access to critical business infrastructure,” she added.

Mrs Apenteng said some of the important market deficiencies and imperfections that Capital SME seeks to address are to provide a platform for information sharing, creating a networking avenue to take advantage of business opportunities, bringing more clarity to the operations of GAX and sharing experiences of other listed SMEs on the GAX.

She affirmed government’s commitment in supporting the rapid growth of the SMEs sector to position it to play the desired role in Ghana’s pursuit for efficient, vibrant and liquid capital market.

Mr Jon Benjamin, the British High Commissioner, said an economic growth that brings job creation is the best way of helping developing countries to eradicate poverty.

He said what Ghana and other developing countries need is to create jobs.

He said due to population growth, creating jobs for today and tomorrow’s youth is extremely important.

Dr Adu Anane Antwi, the Director General of the Securities and Exchange Commission said the 2013 Banking Survey Report estimated that about 90 per cent of companies registered in Ghana were SMEs and that the sector contributed about 49 per cent of Ghana’s gross domestic product in 2012.

Source: Ghana Web news.com

Cocoa purchases to increase by 50,000 metric tonnes this year

Accra, June 02, GNA- Cocoa purchases by the Ghana Cocoa Board (COCOBOD) for the 2016/2017 crop season is to increase by 50,000 metric tonnes over the 850,000 metric tonnes purchased last year.

This increase, which brings the expected total purchases for this year to 900,000 metric tonnes, would be made possible with the approval by Parliament, on Wednesday, of a GHC2 billion loan facility to be sourced from a consortium of financial institutions.

The institutions include Deutsche Bank, Natixis of France, Nedbank Limited of South Africa, Standard Chartered Bank, Societe General, The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishe UFJ Limited, with the DZ Bank AG of Germany as Co-Arranger.

The facility would also enable COCOBOD to make payments to some stakeholders.

COCOBOD is expecting to purchase the cocoa beans at an average price of 3,100 dollars per metric tonne. The loan would be used to collateralise about 645,162 metric tonnes of cocoa.

It is also expecting an estimated revenue of 2.79billion dollars, out of which about 72% represents the two billion-dollar facility.

Part of the funding would be invested to boost cocoa roads that lead to cocoa-growing areas and to shore up other activities relating to the transportation of the raw material from the farms to various destinations.

A Deputy Finance Minister, Mr Cassiel Ato Forson, in a debate in the House, approved the facility, commended cocoa farmers in Ghana for adopting better agricultural practices that had led to increased cocoa yields, which would enable the COCOBOD to purchase more beans this season.

He expressed confidence that the COCOBOD had the capacity to repay the loans owing to the availability of the beans during the season.

He explained that Agency was confident in achieving its target in the 216/2017 crop season.

The COCOBOD last year borrowed USD1.8 billion for the 2015/2016 crop season to purchase an estimated 850,000 metric tonnes of cocoa.

Source: GhanaWeb.com

Lifestyle: 5 things every woman should absolutely deny a man

There are things that no woman should do to please a man. These are the things that compromise her character and kill her personality. If a man asks you to do any of these five things, avoid him at all costs – whether he’s an acquaintance, friend or even a stranger.

Accept everything he says

He has the right to his opinion and you have the right to yours. You don’t have to accept everything someone else says in order to be a friend. In fact, a man and woman connect the most when they share their different ideas and beliefs. If he doesn’t care about what you have to say, he doesn’t care about you. And if he argues with all of your opinions, he is a control freak. You should be equal partners. You both have a place in the relationship, and that space must be respected. Obviously in a good relationship you both make sacrifices, but this doesn’t mean he has the right to control you.

Send compromising photos

“Nude” seems to be normal in relationships nowadays. Many girls send compromising photos for men they don’t know and have never seen in person, and there is also a high risk that someone unwanted will see them as well. Respect yourself and your privacy; never send these types of photos! In the future, you’ll regret it.

Change your appearance It’s natural to want to feel beautiful and desired. You can accentuate your natural beauty with make-up and look extra stunning by dressing up and doing your hair, but it’s a problem when a woman’s confidence only comes from pleasing her man. If he is more focused on how you curl your hair, how many calories you eat, how you do your makeup or the clothes you wear, don’t waste your time with him. He only likes you for how you look. Find someone who appreciates you for who you are.

Give up your dreams

Every woman has hopes and dreams for the future. Don’t give up or forget your dreams just because you met someone and started a relationship. Your relationship and dreams can come together. You can achieve anything you want – even in a relationship.

Avoid family and friends

Your family and friends are part of your life and any man in your life needs to know this. If a man forces you to push your family and friends aside, he doesn’t respect you. If he really liked you, he would never cause you the pain of choosing between him and others. If he likes you, he will try to be nice to those you love the most.

Source: GhanaWeb.com

Popular Ghanaian actor opens up about his cocaine addiction

Ace Ghanaian actor, Timothy Bentum who is known for his atrocious character in movies, tells his story of drug addiction and the saving grace that delivered him from the dungeon of sin and drugs. According to Timothy, the journey of his 12 years addiction to drugs, with cocaine as his major, began after taking his first jolt of cigarette when he was only 13 years. The rest, he says, “is history”.

“I was in school one time and we had to do a play on drug abuse and one of my friends said ‘charley, this place, we for high before we go oo’. You see the irony of the story? Going to do a play on drug abuse and then in reality we were taking it in,” he revealed.

The undying love of a parent

Though born into a home in which the Christian faith was hallowed, Timothy, blinded by sin and the unprofitable pleasure that drugs gave him, flouted the rules of the truth into which he was born. “I grew up in a home where morning devotion was held every day. You would either be part of it or move out, and even if you were dying, you’d still go to church. My parents were staunch Christians,” he says.

“It’s always been my parents’ prayers that kept me alive. Probably, I would have been long gone. I heard them almost every night begging God and seeking His face on my behalf,” he adds. But in spite of the spiritual groaning of his parents, Timothy would not hesitate to cause them further trauma by selling their belongings to buy drugs. He reminisces how he took his parents through certain depressing episodes, but according to him, “my parents were very patient with me, never gave up and still kept praying for a change to come.” “I know that sometimes answers to prayers take a long time to manifest but I guess this is the prayer of my parents manifesting now,” he adds.

Sowing the seed

For Timothy, his transformation from sin to grace was not the fast kind. He describes it as “a slow and tugging one.” “Anytime I go past a church and I hear them singing worship, something inside of me moves. It’s all the result of the seed sown by my parents,” he recollects.

“This is where I would pause to advise that, parents and guardians take time to plant the seeds of Christ in their children and even if they go wayward, because the seed is there, they will end up coming back to Jesus,” he advises parents.

Transformation from sin to grace

“The truth of the matter is that I did not have that kind of Paul experience on the way to Damascus or Jesus coming down in bright light and saying ‘Timothy, my son it’s time to come home’,” he clarifies. “One Sunday morning, I was walking to the ghetto to get some cocaine and then I met a friend who used to come to my house to eat. He was going to church with his wife and kids and then I wondered what had changed for him because we used to be together,” he recalls. It was at this point that the reality check struck at Timothy, as he realised the need for him to get back to God.

“The devil has a cunning way of stealing you away so slowly that you don’t know how fast or far you have fallen until the light of God comes through. It always start with a little desire for something and then you realise you are craving for it the more. “That morning, there was a blast in my head. I went back home and I cried. I told God that if He could hear me, then it was time for Him to take me back. God came through for me,” he tells the Revelation.

It is very unusual to find a drug addict of 12 years coming clean without a relapse or withdrawal symptoms but according to Timothy, his recovery came as a miracle—no twitches, fever whatsoever and even the doctors and psychoanalyst would not believe his recovery. All he had to do was to eat properly to heal the scurvy look that years of cocaine consumption had marred him with.

Life after transformation

According to Timothy, most of his colleagues did not take the change in good faith. While some cut off completely from him, others are waiting patiently for him to snap out of the ‘Jesus fever’ and come back to the world. “Some are very critical of me and I hear them say ‘oh! leave him, he only went in to get money and women; he will soon be back’,” he reveals.

Even though Timothy is going about his ‘father’s business’, he is still acting and directing movies. Nonetheless, he is very critical about the role he plays. “I can’t go about kissing every girl in the name of acting, no.”

He also says that his transformation made him realise that even in the showbiz, people use diabolical powers to work. “When you come around with a positive energy, it affects them and they don’t want you around because there is a spiritual clash,” he reveals.

Timothy Bentum Ministries (TBM)
God’s plans for Timothy fell in pleasant places, with the Lord calling him into a ministry of delivering people from drug addiction.

According to him, he was not called to pastor a church but to evangelise to the world about how God saved him, and to reach out to them with the message of the cross. The Timothy Bentum Ministry has been in existence for about four years, and it aims spreading the gospel.

The TBM undertakes programmes, including “Fame and Faith” – in which Christian celebrities reached out to students in the second cycle tertiary instutions. Every year, the TBM also organises the Actors, Presenters, Professionals and Musicians for Christ (APPMC) event, a time when players in the entertainment industry gather to seek God’s face and to spread the gospel.

“The kind of impact Majid would have when he preaches the gospel may even be greater than that of an Archbishop. That’s why I get celebrities on board and they are passionate about Christ,” he explains.


Timothy finds it easier to relate with drug addicts because he has been down that road before.

“Gays, addicts and prostitutes reach out to us for help and the change that comes is awesome,” he submits. “We have crazy testimonies. Some of the transformations are slow but just like taking a basket of rice to the river to wash, with intention of fetching the water but by the time you get to your destination all the water is drained. You go back to fetch and it’s the same story but unknown to you, the rice is being washed,” he adds. Timothy is married to Gloria Maa Efia Bentum and they are blessed with two children. His message to all is simple and profound: “There is no dungeon so deep that the love of Christ can’t reach.”

Source: GhanaWeb.com

Merqury Quaye releases debut single, 'Remember'

Ghana's leading hype man and radio presenter, Merqury Quaye has released the highly anticipated inspirational single titled 'Remember'.

The Hitz FM presenter and a professional master of ceremonies (MC), who continues to add value to his brand, will blow the minds of many who never knew his song composition and rap abilities, when they listen to the track which is already receiving massive radio airplay in the capital, Accra.

The highly inspirational song was premièred by BET Awards nominee, MzVee, on Hitz FM, when she sat in for Merqury on AU Day.

The song ‘Remember,’ produced by Dr Ray with great vocals by Choirmaster (Formerly of Praye’s fame), talks about appreciating people for the contributions they make in the lives of others.

In the first verse, Choirmaster touches on the need for us to cherish the pot that once gave us water whiles the Commander of the famous #TurnUpArmy, Merqury Quaye jumps on the second verse to talk about the need not to bite the hands that once fed you in his cool and collected rap.

Merqury Quaye is the host of #CruiseControl, a flagship drive time show aired on Accra-based Hitz 103.9 FM between 3 and 7pm from Monday – Fridays.

He doubles as host of the Urban Hitz show on Saturdays from 10 am to 1:00 pm. The song has received positive reviews since it's release.

Source: Ghanaweb.com

Man shot outside baggage claim at Dallas Love Field Airport

The condition of the victim is not known.
Witness Bryan Armstrong said it appeared the man was approaching the officer with a large rock when he was shot.
An officer told the man to "drop the rock and stop walking," but he continued to approach the officer slowly as people came through the terminal door unaware of what was happening, Armstrong told CNN.
Nine shots can be heard on a video Armstrong posted to Instagram. A woman is crying in the background of the video as someone screams, "Get down!"
After the sound of gunshots, a male voice can be heard shouting, "Stay down, stay down!"
Dallas police told CNN they had no immediate information on the circumstances surrounding the shooting.
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Hillary Clinton clinches Democratic presidential nomination

(CNN)Hillary Clinton clinched the Democratic presidential nomination, according to CNN's delegate and superdelegate count, and will become the first woman in the 240-year history of the United States to lead the presidential ticket of a major political party.

A strong showing in Puerto Rico's Democratic primary on Sunday and additional support from superdelegates put Clinton, 68, over the top on Monday night to become the presumptive nominee. She has secured 1,812 pledged delegates and 572 superdelegates for a total of 2,384 delegates -- one more than needed for the nomination.
Clinton's delegate count will grow Tuesday when six states, including delegate-rich California and New Jersey, hold contests. Speaking in Long Beach, California, on Monday, Clinton said she was still focused on the states where voters head to the polls Tuesday.
"We are on the brink of a historic, historic unprecedented moment but we still have work to do, don't we?" she said. "We have six elections tomorrow and are going to fight hard for every single vote, especially right here in California."
After three decades at the center of American politics as a pioneering -- and deeply controversial -- feminist icon, the victory brings Clinton within reach of finally cracking the "highest, hardest glass ceiling" she lamented eight years ago when she conceded the Democratic race to Barack Obama. The former first lady, senator from New York and secretary of state will officially become the Democratic nominee at next month's convention and will face presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump in a general election battle that is already shaping up as one of the nastiest campaigns in modern U.S. history.
Clinton has pounced on Trump's business record, character and tendency to use his platform to wage personal grudge matches to try to define him early on in the minds of voters as unfit for the presidency. Trump, for his part, is aiming to portray Clinton as a consistent liar who can't be trusted.
Though Clinton already has Trump in her sights, she has work to do in her own party, and has pledged to unite Democrats after a grueling nominating battle against Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders. The self-declared democratic socialist confounded expectations that he was little more than a fringe candidate and mounted his own crusade against the political establishment that electrified the party's progressive base. He goes into the final Super Tuesday contest of the campaign this week vowing to fight on until the convention in July, despite being mathematically eliminated from the race.
"It is unfortunate that the media, in a rush to judgment, are ignoring the Democratic National Committee's clear statement that it is wrong to count the votes of superdelegates before they actually vote at the convention this summer," Sanders campaign manager Michael Briggs said in a statement Monday. "Secretary Clinton does not have and will not have the requisite number of pledged delegates to secure the nomination. She will be dependent on superdelegates who do not vote until July 25 and who can change their minds between now and then."
The CNN delegate tally is based on the pledged delegates apportioned after coast to coast nominating contests this year and a project spanning the entire campaign to canvas superdelegates -- party officials and lawmakers -- on how they will vote at the Democratic National Convention. Clinton will remain the presumptive nominee until the convention in Philadelphia next month.
Although Sanders is vowing to fight to try to get superdelegates to abandon Clinton, there are signs that the Democratic establishment is moving to shut the primary down after Tuesday in order to train its exclusive fire on Trump. Obama spoke to Sanders on Sunday, a Democratic source told CNN. And on Tuesday, House Democratic minority leader Nancy Pelosi endorsed Clinton on the day of her home state primary.
"I'm a voter in California and I have voted for Hillary Clinton for president of the United States and I'm proud to endorse her for that position. But I hasten to say that it's not over until it's over," Pelosi told ABC's "Good Morning America."
As for Obama's endorsement, White House spokesman Josh Earnest said Monday that he didn't have any announcements to make. Pressed by CNN's Michelle Kosinski whether Obama would indeed endorse someone on Wednesday, he answered: "I don't know. Maybe he will."
Earnest acknowledged Tuesday that media organizations, including CNN, have now called Clinton the presumptive nominee, but added that the most important "superdelegate" -- Obama -- is not prepared to make a public endorsement "at this point."
"However at this point there is at least one superdelegate. The one who works in the Oval Office who is not prepared to make a public declaration about his endorsement at this point. But stay tuned and we'll keep you updated," Earnest said at the White House briefing.
Earnest also shot down the possibility of a meeting with Obama and Clinton tomorrow while the President is in New York.

A political life

Politics has been entwined with Clinton's life since she was a precocious student who gave the commencement address to Wellesley College's class of 1969 and met the shaggy-haired young man who would become her future husband, the 42nd President of the United States, and lifelong political soulmate in the Yale Law library.
Back when she was a deeply polarizing political figure as first lady during the political wars of the 1990s, it would have seemed unthinkable that Clinton would eventually reinvent herself as the presidential nominee of her party.
But it's a mark of the hold the Clintons have maintained on the Democratic Party and their sheer political longevity that she will go to Philadelphia next month to accept the nomination at the Democratic National Convention.
Clinton enters the general election boasting one of the most impressive resumes of any recent presidential hopeful. She witnessed the late night pressures and the personal burdens of the presidency from a closer vantage point at the side of her husband, former President Bill Clinton, than any other previous nominee. She has also survived multiple political crises by drawing on almost supernatural resilience and is renowned for her mastery of policy.

Significant liabilities

Still, she has significant liabilities: Polls show that Clinton, like Trump, is one of the most unpopular presumptive nominees in history.
The scandal over the private email server she used as secretary of state has renewed questions over her transparency and honesty that have swirled throughout her public life. And Republicans believe her foreign policy record, tainted by her dealings with Libya and Russia while secretary of state, could turn into a huge opening for their candidate.
She must also unify a Democratic Party that has shown signs of a deep divide between the establishment and progressives, who helped Sanders surge to victory in dozens of states. Many Sanders supporters believe the party unfairly conspired against Sanders and stacked the deck in favor of Clinton.
Clinton's elevation to presumptive nominee status based on the declarations of superdelegates -- party officials who can vote however they choose at next month's convention -- and ahead of major contests in California and New Jersey Tuesday could only intensify that anger.
Sanders blasted the superdelegate process Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union" in an interview with Jake Tapper.
"My problem is that the process today has allowed Secretary Clinton to get the support of over 400 superdelegates before any other Democratic candidate was in the race," Sanders said. "It's like an anointment."
Clinton desperately needs a united Democratic showing in November, as she tries to lock in an electoral map currently favoring her party, and counter the surge of new Republican voters the Trump campaign insists that it will attract to the polls.
Her victory formally draws the battle lines for a deeply contentious November general election battle with Trump. Recent surveys of an angry, rebellious electorate, show the rivals locked in a tight race, after Clinton's initial wide early lead evaporated when the real estate billionaire gathered his party around him.
Nevertheless, Clinton, who is certain to add hundreds more delegates to her total in Tuesday's primaries, can savor her political comeback, after losing the 2008 Democratic primary to Obama. After serving as his first term secretary of state, she embarked yet again on the grueling presidential trail in January 2015 — following two years on the lucrative celebrity speakers circuit, piling up personal wealth that has emerged as a liability in a presidential campaign dominated by voter fury at political and financial elites.
Vowing to fight for an equitable economy and to keep Americans safe with her hawkish foreign policy instincts, Clinton noted at her announcement rally on Roosevelt Island, New York, that though she might not be the youngest candidate in the race she would be "youngest woman president in the history of the United States."

Path strewn with obstacles

Like much in Clinton's life, the path to the nomination was strewn with obstacles -- and many of her challenges were self-inflicted, whether they related to her email server, her resistance to press scrutiny or her often criticized campaigning skills.
As she was in 2008, Clinton was viewed as the inevitable nominee -- but again faced an unexpected, grassroots challenge from her left, in the unlikely shape of Sanders, a septuagenarian self-declared Democratic socialist.
The opening nominating clashes in the snows of winter set the tone, from her wafer-thin victory in the Iowa caucuses to her humiliating defeat in the New Hampshire primary, for a tight, increasingly bitter nominating race.
She was able to clinch the nomination, however, on her strong performance in the Deep South and strength in big states like New York and Pennsylvania along with her advantage among superdelegates.
Source: CNN.com

Valedictorian: I am an undocumented immigrant

A Texas high school valedictorian’s tweet boasting about her impressive academic accomplishments and undocumented status landed her in the middle of an online firestorm over immigration.

Mayte Lara Ibarra shot off the polarizing tweet last Friday after graduating from Crockett High School in Austin.

“Valedictorian, 4.5GPA, full tuition paid for at UT, 13 cords and medals, nice legs, oh and I’m undocumented,” she wrote.

The tweet included several graduation pictures and a few emojis: a medal, the Mexican flag, Hook ’em horns for the University of Texas, and a graduation cap. It swiftly went viral, receiving more than 400 retweets and nearly 20,000 likes before her account (@maytelara29) was deactivated.

What was probably intended to be another innocuous graduation post proved deeply controversial — drawing censure and praise.

Conservatives, namely supporters of presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, were inflamed that an undocumented immigrant was getting a free ride on the University of Texas, presumably on the taxpayer’s dime. Much of the outrage invoked Trump’s plan to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.

Source:Yahoo News.com

Why 'lone wolf' attacks are almost impossible to prevent

Ray Rivera, a DJ at Pulse Orlando nightclub, is consoled by a friend, outside of the Orlando Police Department after a shooting involving multiple fatalities at the nightclub, Sunday, June 12, 2016. (Photo: Joe Burbank/Orlando Sentinel via AP)

Shortly before opening fire inside a crowded Orlando nightclub, Omar Mateen called 911 and pledged his allegiance to the Islamic State.

While law enforcement officials have yet to confirm ties between the 29-year-old and the terrorist organization FBI agent Ron Hopper told reporters Sunday that Mateen had been on the FBI’s radar since 2013 when coworkers reported him for making “offensive” comments about islamic extremism.

After two interviews, Hopper said, agents could not prove that Mateen was connected to any terrorist groups. The FBI questioned him once more in 2014 about ties to a suicide bomber, but again let him go after determining that their “contact was minimal.”

Mateen’s ability to still carry out the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history despite this record highlights the uniquely impenetrable threat of “lone wolves.”

Yahoo News talked to terrorism experts about what makes lone wolf attacks so difficult to prevent.

Simply put, the answer is that lone wolves are so hard to detect because they’re, well, acting alone.

“There are no co-conspirators by definition,” said Michael German, a former FBI agent specializing in domestic terrorism, now a fellow with the Brennan center for Justice’s Liberty and National Security Program. “It is less likely that information about the plot will leak to others, so it could be reported to law enforcement.”

Scott Decker, a professor of criminology and criminal justice at Arizona State University, elaborated.

“Law enforcement is organized to work through multiple sources of information to identify suspects and understand the characteristics and motivations of crimes, especially violent crimes,” said Decker, who focused his research on the similarities between gangs and terrorist organizations.

“The more contacts an individual has, the more sources of information law enforcement has at its disposal,” he said. In the same vein, “The more people involved in an attack, the more likely it is that there will be ‘traces’ of evidence regarding the attack or information that could lead to individuals involved in an attack.”

Jeffrey Simon, a visiting lecturer in UCLA’s Political Science department and author of the book “Lone Wolf Terrorism: Understanding the the Growing Threat”, noted that in recent years, lone wolves have shown that while they prefer to work alone, they still like to talk—mostly online.

“So many lone wolves, prior to an attack, have published very extremist types of blogs, sometimes indicating that they’re thinking about doing violence,” Simon said. “But often times these postings are right before they perpetrate the attack and it’s too late for the authorities to intercept.”

Even when law enforcement is able to detect such signs of potential violence before an attack, Simon points out that free speech complicates the issue.

“We don’t know yet how to separate those individuals who may be espousing extremist views or hate type of views from those who are actually going to follow through with an attack,” he said.

Filtering through online comments for legitimate threats is just one way which, Decker and Simon argue, the internet has made lone wolves easier to cultivate and harder to identify.

“The internet has played a central role in the spread of terrorism, particularly individuals in the U.S. who have become radicalized or adopted extremist views,” said Decker, pointing to the use of discussion boards, social media and email by radical Islamic groups as well as right-wing extremist organizations.

“The lack of direct contact makes both the prevention and solving of such incidents more difficult,” he said.

Decker also noted that, “While much electronic communication (online and via telephone) can be tracked, the controversy between Apple and the FBI regarding the San Bernardino shootings illustrates that identifying such information is not always straightforward.”

Simon agreed that “the internet is really the game-changer in today’s terrorism, especially for the lone wolves,” and said “ISIS has proven incredibly savvy in using social media and the internet to spread their ideology, to call for violent attacks.”

But German argues that the sort of “leaderless resistance” strategy employed by ISIS and other groups is neither new nor impressive.

“It was pioneered by white supremacists in the 1990s, and followed by all sorts of other groups since,” German said. “The strategy is a sign of weakness, not of strength.”

At the same time, German warned, “We should also be careful not to give troubled, angry people the idea they can become newsworthy by claiming allegiance to ISIS or any other terrorist group before they act violently.”

In lieu of being able to stop individuals from carrying out violent attacks, some countries, such as Scotland and Australia, have enacted bans on automatic weapons in the wake of their own mass shootings.

Decker pointed out that the U.S., in fact, also enacted an assault weapons ban in 1994, but that 10 years later Congress allowed the ban to expire.

Today, Decker said, “it may be possible to implement some restrictions on weapons with high capacity magazines, but it likely would take a great deal of political will.”

Though people are often mobilized in the aftermath of tragedies like the shooting in Orlando, he said, “that appears to be short-lived.”

“There are more than 300 million guns in the United States,” Decker said. “Reducing the scarcity of high capacity assault rifles would be a difficult task and likely take a considerable amount of time.”

Even then, Simon argued, the problem would hardly be solved.

“Preventing access to automatic weapons might help prevent the casualties toll from rising in some of these attacks, but we’ve got to realize that a determined terrorist, whether it be a lone wolf or an organized group, will find weapons to commit their violence,” Simon said. “If they can’t get guns, they may use bombs. We saw in the Boston Marathon bombing that there was a homemade pressure cooker bomb that was used.”

Had Mateen not been able to get his hands on a gun, Simon suggested, “he might just as easily put a homemade pressure cooker bomb into a backpack and walked into the club and exploded it.”

So what can be done?

Surveillance and security are the two best steps forward, Decker said. Though, he acknowledged, “expanding those will pose debates about the extent of personal liberties.” Simon added that we’re going to see an increase in security at many public venues in the next few weeks, but as the months go when we let “our guard down” it will open us up to future attacks.

“We need to treat all violent crime more seriously,” he said. “Half the violent crime goes unsolved each year, including more than a third of the homicides. …If we reduced the unsolved violent crime, all American communities will be safer from violence.”

Source: Yahoo News.Com

Orlando shooting: 50 killed, shooter pledged ISIS allegiance

Orlando, Florida (CNN)An American-born man who'd pledged allegiance to ISIS gunned down 50 people early Sunday at a gay nightclub in Orlando, the deadliest mass shooting in the United States and the nation's worst terror attack since 9/11, authorities said.

* The gunman, Omar Mateen, 29, of Fort Pierce, Florida, was interviewed by the FBI in 2013 and 2014 but was not found to be a threat, the FBI said.
* Mateen called 911 during the attack to pledge allegiance to ISIS and mentioned the Boston Marathon bombers, according to a U.S. official.
* Orlando police shot and killed Mateen.
* Mateen's ex-wife said she thinks he was mentally ill.
Mateen carried an assault rifle and a pistol into the packed Pulse club about 2 a.m. Sunday and started shooting, killing 50 people and wounding at least 53, police said.
After a standoff of about three hours, while people trapped inside the club desperately called and messaged friends and relatives, police crashed into the building with an armored vehicle and stun grenades and killed Mateen.
"It appears he was organized and well-prepared," Orlando Police Chief John Mina said early Sunday. Authorities said they haven't found any accomplices.

'An act of hate'

There has been no claim of responsibility for the attack on jihadi forums, but ISIS sympathizers have reacted by praising the attack on pro-Islamic State forums.
"We know enough to say this was an act of terror and act of hate," President Obama said in an address to the nation from the White House.
While the violence could have hit any American community, "This is an especially heartbreaking day for our friends who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender," he said.
Omar Mir Seddique Mateen was born in 1986 in New York. Most recently he lived in Fort Pierce, about 120 miles southeast of Orlando. Fearing explosives, police evacuated about 200 people from the apartment complex where he lived while they looked through his residence for evidence.
Mateen's parents, who are from Afghanistan, said he'd expressed outrage after seeing two men kiss in Miami, but they didn't consider him particularly religious and didn't know of any connection he had to ISIS.
He was married in 2009 to a woman originally from Uzbekistan, according to the marriage license, but he filed documents to end the marriage in 2011.
Sitora Yusufiy, interviewed by CNN in Boulder, Colorado, said she and Mateen were together about four months, though it took a long time to complete the divorce because they lived in different parts of the country after separating.
Mateen was a normal husband at the beginning of their marriage but started abusing her after a few months, she said. She said Mateen was bipolar, although he was not formally diagnosed. She also said Mateen had a history with steroids. He was religious but she said she doesn't think his religion played in to the attack.
Mateen had worked since 2007 as a security officer at G4S Secure Solutions, one of the world's largest private security companies.
A message posted in Arabic on a dark web site associated with the ISIS news agency Amaq said "the armed attack that targeted a gay night club in the city of Orlando in the American state of Florida and that bore more than a 100 killed and wounded was carried out by an Islamic state fighter."
But CNN's Salma Abdelaziz, who translated the message and closely monitors ISIS messaging, cautioned about taking the message at face value.
She said the language is inconsistent with previous ISIS announcements and that the Arabic word for gay was used rather than an epithet normally used by ISIS. Also, there was no claim that the attack was directed, just an after-the-fact claim the gunman was an ISIS fighter, she said.
At a Sunday afternoon news briefing, FBI Assistant Special Agent Ronald Hopper said the agency was aware of Mateen. The FBI interviewed him in 2013 and 2014 after he expressed sympathy for a suicide bomber, Hopper said.
"Those interviews turned out to be inconclusive, so there was nothing to keep the investigation going," Hopper said.
Pulse nightclub
Mateen was not under investigation at the time of Sunday's shooting and was not under surveillance, Hopper said.
In the past two weeks Mateen legally purchased a Glock pistol and a long gun, ATF Assistant Special Agent in Charge Trevor Velinor told reporters.
It's not known if those weapons were used in the attack.
"He is not a prohibited person. They can legally walk into a gun dealership and acquire and purchase firearms. He did so. And he did so within the last week or so," Velinor said.

Scene inside the club

Pulse describes itself as "the hottest gay bar" in the heart of Orlando. Hours before the shooting, the club urged partygoers to attend its "Latin flavor" event Saturday night. The club is a vast, open space that was hosting more than 300 patrons late Saturday and into Sunday morning.
People inside the cavernous nightclub described a scene of panic made more confusing by the loud music and darkness.
"At first it sounded like it was part of the show because there was an event going on and we were all having a good time," clubgoer Andy Moss said. "But once people started screaming and shots just keep ringing out, you know that it's not a show anymore."
Christopher Hansen said he was getting a drink at the bar about 2 a.m. when he "just saw bodies going down." He heard gunshots, "just one after another after another."
The gunshots went on for so long that the shooting "could have lasted a whole song," he said.
When the shots erupted, Hansen hit the ground, crawling on his elbows and knees, before he spotted a man who had been shot.
"I took my bandana off and shoved it in the hole in his back," Hansen said, adding that he saw another woman who appeared to be shot in the arm.
urvivors provided CNN with dramatic accounts of how they avoided death. One person hiding in the bathroom covered herself with bodies to protect herself. Some entertainers hid in a dressing room when the shooting started and escaped the building by crawling out when police removed the air conditioning unit.
One of the bartenders said she hid under the glass bar. Police came in and said, "If you are alive, raise your hand." Then police got her and others out.
After the initial shooting, police surrounded the club while Mateen was inside with clubgoers hiding in bathrooms and other parts of the building. People inside the club were communicating on their phones with law enforcement from that time until around 5 a.m., when authorities used an armored vehicle to break down the door of the building.

Hospital swamped with victims

Thirty-nine people and Mateen were pronounced dead at the scene, with two bodies found in the parking lot, Mayor Buddy Dyer said. Eleven people were taken to hospitals and pronounced dead there, he said.
The City of Orlando is posting names of the deceased on a website after next of kin are notified. The youngest person among the first seven named, Luis Omar Ocasio-Capo, was 20 years old.
Forty-three of the wounded people were patients on Sunday afternoon at Orlando Regional Medical Center, a hospital spokesperson said, with 26 operations being performed.
Before Sunday, the deadliest shootings in U.S. history were at Virginia Tech in 2007 and Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012, with 32 and 27 killed. Fourteen people were killed December 2 in an attack in San Berardino, California.
National media attention was already focused on Orlando over the weekend because of Friday night's fatal shooting of Christina Grimmie while she signed autographs after a show. She was an up-and-coming singer who had appeared on NBC's "The Voice." Her shooter then killed himself. The Pulse shooting happened only a few miles from the Plaza Live theater, where Grimmie was killed.
Dyer, the mayor, called for the city to come together. "We need to support each other. We need to love each other. And we will not be defined by a hateful shooter," he said.
President Obama called for flags to be lowered to half staff and Florida Gov. Rick Scott called for a moment of silence across the nation at 6 p.m. Sunday. States of emergency were declared for the city of Orlando and for Orange County.

Santa Monica arrest

Also on Sunday, authorities in West Hollywood, California, arrested 20-year-old James Wesley Howell. They said they found an arsenal in his car that included, three assault rifles, high-capacity magazines, ammunition and a five-gallon bucket with chemicals that could be used to create an explosive device, officials said. At 5 a.m. PT, police got a call about a prowler and found Howell, who told authorities he was looking for a friend to attend the LA Pride festival.
There was no indication the arrest was related to the Orlando attack.

Police on leave

Eleven Orlando police officers and three sheriff's deputies who exchanged gunfire with the suspect will be temporarily relieved of duty pending an investigation.
One officer suffered an eye injury when a bullet struck his Kevlar helmet, said Danny Banks, special agent in charge of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement's Orlando bureau. The helmet saved the officer's life, Banks said.
Source: CNN.com

USA Swimming bans Brock Turner for life

(CNN)The U.S. governing body for the sport of swimming on Friday banned ex-Stanford University swimmer Brock Turner, whose six-month jail sentence for sexually assaulting an unconscious woman has stirred widespread outrage.

Condemning Turner's "crime and actions," USA Swimming said that he is not a current organization member and is ineligible for membership.
"Brock Turner's membership with USA Swimming expired at the end of the calendar year 2014 and he was not a member at the time of his crime or since then," USA Swimming spokesman Scott Leightman said. "As a result, USA Swimming doesn't have any jurisdiction over Brock Turner."
Turner, 20, was convicted in March of the intent to commit rape of an intoxicated/unconscious person, penetration of an intoxicated person and penetration of an unconscious person.
Prosecutors had asked that Turner be sentenced to six years in prison for the January 2015 assault.
But Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge Aaron Persky said Turner's age and lack of criminal history made a six-month jail sentence with probation more appropriate. Turner also has to register as a sex offender.
"A prison sentence would have a severe impact on him," Persky said last week. "I think he will not be a danger to others."
The outcry over a sentence seen as lenient by many was compounded by widely circulated letters to the judge from the victim and Turner's father.

(CNN)The U.S. governing body for the sport of swimming on Friday banned ex-Stanford University swimmer Brock Turner, whose six-month jail sentence for sexually assaulting an unconscious woman has stirred widespread outrage.

Condemning Turner's "crime and actions," USA Swimming said that he is not a current organization member and is ineligible for membership.
"Brock Turner's membership with USA Swimming expired at the end of the calendar year 2014 and he was not a member at the time of his crime or since then," USA Swimming spokesman Scott Leightman said. "As a result, USA Swimming doesn't have any jurisdiction over Brock Turner."
Turner, 20, was convicted in March of the intent to commit rape of an intoxicated/unconscious person, penetration of an intoxicated person and penetration of an unconscious person.
Prosecutors had asked that Turner be sentenced to six years in prison for the January 2015 assault.
But Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge Aaron Persky said Turner's age and lack of criminal history made a six-month jail sentence with probation more appropriate. Turner also has to register as a sex offender.
"A prison sentence would have a severe impact on him," Persky said last week. "I think he will not be a danger to others."
The outcry over a sentence seen as lenient by many was compounded by widely circulated letters to the judge from the victim and Turner's father.
A Change.org petition to recall Persky, a possibility in California, where judges are elected, has been signed by more than 1 million people by Friday morning.
"Judge Persky failed to see that the fact that Brock Turner is a white male star athlete at a prestigious university does not entitle him to leniency," the petition read. "He also failed to send the message that sexual assault is against the law regardless of social class, race, gender or other factors. Please help rectify this travesty to justice."
Stanford University released a statement Monday deflecting criticism of its handling of the case. The school did "everything within its power to assure that justice was served," from immediately investigating the case to referring it to the Santa Clara County district attorney's office for prosecution, the statement said.
A probation officer has interviewed Turner because of his conviction for a felony.
Turner said he was "sorry for what he put the victim and her family through during the trial," according to the officer's report, which CNN obtained.
He told the probation officer that he "didn't want to victimize her at all," the report reads.
Turner also told the officer, "That was just my attorney and his way of approaching the case. I didn't want to degrade her in any way. I regret that. I'm sorry for her having to go through this entire process and having to even think about this for a second, all because of my actions that night. I can't believe I imposed such suffering on her and I'm so sorry."
In a searing letter read before Turner's sentencing, the 23-year-old victim described feeling "closed off, angry, self-deprecating, tired, irritable, empty" after the sexual assault.
he implored Persky not to be lenient.
"My life has been on hold for over a year, a year of anger, anguish and uncertainty, until a jury of my peers rendered a judgment that validated the injustices I had endured," she wrote.
She told of going to a fraternity party near Stanford in January 2015, drinking and then not knowing what happened to her between the time of the party and being conscious in a hospital with pine needles in her hair. She described the traumatic and humiliating experience of enduring an hours-long forensic exam for sexual assault.
A letter from Turner's father, Dan, asking the judge to go easy on his son, also has been widely shared and criticized on social media. In it, the father dismissed his son's crime as "20 minutes of action."
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Orlando police ID man who killed 'Voice' singer Christina Grimmie

Orlando, Florida (CNN)Florida authorities answered one of the major questions in the shooting death of Christina Grimmie, the 22-year-old singer who made her name on NBC's "The Voice."

The man who killed her was Kevin James Loibl, 27, of St. Petersburg, Florida, according to Orlando police.
But they didn't give any background on Loibl or offer a possible motive.
CNN affiliate WFTS photographed a handwritten note posted on Loibl's family home. It reads, "Deepest sorrow for lost (sic) to the family, friends and fans of the very talented, loving Christina Grimmie. No other comments."
Grimmie was signing autographs late Friday after a show at The Plaza Live theater when a man approached and opened fire, police spokeswoman Wanda Miglio said.
She was rushed to a hospital, where she died.

'More than my sister'

Loibl fatally shot himself after the singer's brother, Marcus Grimmie, tackled him, police said in a statement. About 120 people were at the meet-and-greet, and the brother's quick action may have saved other lives, police said.
Marcus Grimmie paid tribute to the singer in a Facebook post, saying he has no words.
"Christina was more than my sister. She was a partner in life," he posted. " A superstar. A goofball. Introverted. And a friend to everyone. Genuinely. But above all...she was my baby sister."
The shooter had two handguns, two additional loaded magazines and a large hunting knife, police Chief John Mina said.
Mina said investigators were going through the man's computer, phone and other belongings to see whether they can find information about a motive. There's no evidence Grimmie and Loibl knew each other, police said.
Police said the suspect drove to Orlando, apparently to commit the crime, and "then had plans to travel back to where he came from."

Theater suspends shows

It's unclear how the gunman got a gun into the venue or whether attendees were checked for weapons.
"We don't know if he was just a crazy fan that followed her on Twitter or on social media," Miglio said. "We really don't know ... it's undetermined at this point."
Security measures are in place at The Plaza Live, police say, but there are no metal detectors and people are not patted down.
"As far as security, The Plaza does have security guards who wear polo shirts. They are unarmed," Mina said. "They do check bags and purses as people enter."
The Plaza Live issued a statement extending condolences to the victims and indicating all activities and events have been suspended "until further notice."
"Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of those lost as well as those that witnessed and aided in the recovery after this senseless act," the statement said.
Grimmie posted a video hours before her last performance in which she jovially invited fans to see her show.
She was discovered on YouTube, where she amassed more than 3 million followers. Grimmie went on to win a spot on Season 6 of NBC's "The Voice" after her show-stopping performance of Miley Cyrus' "Wrecking Ball" during a blind audition captivated the attention of all four contestant judges.

Shooting exposes political divide

(CNN)The rampage at a gay nightclub in Orlando Sunday drew universal condemnation from both parties but exposed deep divisions over how to respond, with President Barack Obama urging new gun laws and Republicans largely silent on the issue.

At least 50 people were killed and 53 more wounded in what is now the deadliest mass shooting in American history. Democrats, led by President Obama, made a now-familiar call for tighter gun laws. Many Republicans simply expressed their condolences and condemned the attack while Donald Trump blasted Obama and Hillary Clinton for refusing to blame the violence on radical Islam.
Here's a look at how the political world responded to the attack.


Obama called the shooting an "act of terror" that served as a "sobering reminder that attacks on any American, regardless of race, ethnicity, religion or sexual orientation is an attack on all of us."
In remarks from the White House briefing room, Obama said, "No act of hate or terror will ever change who we are or the values that make us Americans."
He also waded into the gun control debate. The Orlando shooting rampage, he said, is a reminder of how easy it is for someone to get a hold of a weapon that could kill people in a "school, or a house of worship, or a movie theater, or in a nightclub."
"And we have to decide if that's the kind of country we want to be," Obama added. "And to actively do nothing is a decision as well."
The President was briefed Sunday morning by several officials, including FBI Director James Comey and Lisa Monaco, Obama's homeland security and counterterrorism adviser, according to the White House. He also ordered American flags to be lowered to half staff to honor the victims.


Vice President Joe Biden was also briefed on the shooting and canceled a planned trip to Miami, Florida, to attend a fundraiser for Democratic National Committee chairwoman, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz
Biden "offered his prayers for all those killed and injured in the shooting and sends his condolences to all the families and loved ones of the victims," according to a statement from his spokesman.


Trump, the presumptive Republican nominee, said Obama was far too timid in his White House appearance. Trump called on Obama to step down from the presidency and challenged Clinton to ratchet up her language about terror threats.
"President Obama disgracefully refused to even say the words 'Radical Islam,'" Trump said in the statement. "For that reason alone, he should step down. If Hillary Clinton, after this attack, still cannot say the two words 'Radical Islam' she should get out of this race for the Presidency."
Trump's campaign canceled a planned rally Monday in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, "due to the horrific tragedy that has just taken place in Orlando, Florida," a campaign statement said. But the candidate will pivot the focus of a scheduled Granite State speech the same day. The speech will no longer focus on what Trump has called a litany of scandals involving Bill and Hillary Clinton. Now, according to a Trump campaign statement, it will "address this terrorist attack, immigration, and national security."
Trump initially responded to news of the shooting through a series of tweets, including one that noted his early condemnation of radical Islam.
"Appreciate the congrats for being right on radical Islamic terrorism, I don't want congrats, I want toughness & vigilance. We must be smart!"


Clinton's campaign issued a hard-hitting statement accusing Trump of politicizing the shootings.
"This act of terror is the largest mass shooting in American history and a tragedy that requires a serious response," said campaign spokeswoman Jennifer Palmieri. "Hillary Clinton has a comprehensive plan to combat ISIS at home and abroad and will be talking to the American people in the coming days about steps she would take to keep the country safe. In contrast, Donald Trump put out political attacks, weak platitudes and self-congratulations. Trump has offered no real plans to keep our nation safe and no outreach to the Americans targeted, just insults and attacks. In times of crisis more than ever, Americans are looking for leadership and deserve better."
Clinton and Obama postponed a rally scheduled for Wednesday in Green Bay, Wisconsin, which would have been their first joint appearance since she became the presumptive Democratic nominee last week.
Clinton echoed Obama's language in a separate statement Sunday, calling the shooting an "act of terror" and an "act of hate."
"For now, we can say for certain that we need to redouble our efforts to defend our country from threats at home and abroad," she said. "That means defeating international terror groups, working with allies and partners to go after them wherever they are, countering their attempts to recruit people here and everywhere, and hardening our defenses at home. It also means refusing to be intimidated and staying true to our values."


The LGBT congressional caucus issued a statement saying they were "horrified by the tragic shooting."
"Though details are still emerging, an attack during Pride Month against Pulse, an iconic gathering place for LGBT Floridians, has a particularly insidious impact on our entire community. Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone affected by this tragedy," said Roddy Flynn, executive director of the LGBT Equality Caucus.
Florida Sen. Marco Rubio said attackers like the shooter in the Orlando massacre are "the new face of the war on terror."
"They have said openly that they intend to target us here, and one of the hardest parts of this war is the individual who carries out an attack by themselves in a soft target like this, basically, in Orlando, Florida," Rubio said in a phone interview with CNN's Jake Tapper on Sunday.
A top Senate Democrat, Chuck Schumer of New York, wrote on Twitter: "Horrified and saddened by the appalling attack at Orlando LGBT nightclub. Praying for the victims and their families."
Sen. Elizabeth Warren, a leading Trump critic, tweeted a series of mostly positive messages. The Massachusetts Democrat didn't directly confront Trump, but criticized his message obliquely.
"That's the message of Pride. That's who we are. That's how we'll defeat hate, & how we protect America. #loveislove"
"America is strongest when we unite & celebrate our diversity. When we promote those values abroad & live them here at home. #loveislove"
The runner-up to Trump in the Republican primary field, Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, issued a lengthy statement calling for all Americans to "unite in defeating radical Islamic terrorism."
"The next few days will be sadly predictable," Cruz said. "Democrats will try to use this attack to change the subject. As a matter of rigid ideology, far too many Democrats -- from Barack Obama to Hillary Clinton -- will refuse to utter the words 'radical Islamic terrorism.' They will claim this attack, like they claimed every previous attack, was isolated and had nothing to do with the vicious Islamist theology that is daily waging war on us across the globe."

Jesse Jackson endorses Hillary Clinton

ashington (CNN)The Rev. Jesse Jackson endorsed Hillary Clinton on Saturday, continuing a recent string of high-profile endorsements for the presumptive Democratic nominee.

Jackson, speaking in Chicago, said he trusts that Clinton will look out for the interests of marginalized communities including refugees, immigrants and the poor.
"We trust her to work on health care, to fight for the poor ... for the willingness to fight for civil rights," Jackson said.
Jackson, who unsuccessfully sought the Democratic nomination for president in 1984 and 1988, endorsed Clinton at the site of a memorial recognizing the hundreds of children killed in the city in recent years. The civil rights activist said in a news release that he was making the endorsement independent of his non-profit organization, Rainbow PUSH Coalition, a civil rights group.
Jackson told CNN last month that he had been in touch with advisers to both Clinton and her primary challenger, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, to emphasize the importance of party unity as Democrats prepare for a general election fight against Donald Trump.
Sanders "must support the winner, Hillary, over Donald Trump. That's his very public position and I hope he will hold that position," Jackson said back then.
After emerging as the presumptive Democratic nominee on Tuesday, Clinton has sought to coalesce Democratic and progressive support around her candidacy. On Thursday, President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren threw their support behind Clinton, and on Friday, the AFL-CIO, the nation's largest labor federation, moved toward backing her.
Source: Cnn.com

Penguins vs. Sharks: Game 6 Live Score, Highlights for 2016 Stanley Cup Final

Penguins 3, Sharks 1—Final

The Pittsburgh Penguins defeated the San Jose Sharks 3-1 in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final and won the series, 4-2.

Brian Domoulin gave Pittsburgh a first-period lead before Logan Couture notched the equalizer in the second frame. However, Kris Letang responded just 79 seconds later, scoring what ultimately was the game-winning goal.

Patric Hornqvist's empty-net tally pushed the Penguins to a 3-1 lead with 1:02 remaining in regulation. San Jose—which managed two shots on goal during the third period—couldn't close the gap.

Matt Murray stopped 18 of the 19 shots he faced, finishing the playoffs with a 6-0 record following a loss.

Bleacher Report provided scoring updates and highlights. Please add your thoughts in the comments section.

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Draymond Green Suspended, LeBron James Given Technical Foul for Game 4 Incident

The NBA announced it has suspended Draymond Green and assessed LeBron James with a technical foul for an incident that occurred in the fourth quarter of the Golden State Warriors' 108-97 win in Game 4 on Friday.

ESPN.com's Marc Stein reported the incident was under review on Saturday.

Chris Haynes of Cleveland.com reported the Cavaliers were "pushing hard to see to it [Green is] punished appropriately" for the incident, and the league was receiving pressure from both teams.

As the Warriors created separation down the stretch Friday night, tempers flared when James attempted to blow up a screen Green was setting for point guard Stephen Curry. The two then exchanged words after Green fell to the floor and appeared to make contact with James' groin area.

"[James] stepped over me and I felt like that was disrespectful," Green told Spears. "I don't disrespect you on the court. Don't disrespect me. There's no love lost. It is what it is. It's a battle out there. I'm going to battle with whoever it is."

However, James didn't appear to be concerned with the physicality of the altercation. Rather, he said he wasn't pleased with Green's words, per ESPN.com's Brian Windhorst

Draymond just said something that I don't agree with. I'm all cool with the competition. I'm all fine with that, but some of the words that came out of his mouth were a little bit overboard. Being a guy with pride, a guy with three kids and a family, things of that nature, some things just go overboard, and that's where he took it, and that was it.

Citing a source, ESPN.com's Dave McMenamin (via Windhorst) reported that James grew frustrated when Green called him a "b---h." 

Green was one flagrant foul or two technical fouls away from receiving an automatic one-game suspension.

"I don't know what should happen," James said of punishment prior to the league's announcement, per Windhorst. "It's not my call. That's the league office. They'll take a look at it. We all saw it in the locker room. You know, like I said, as a competitor, I love going against Draymond, and I'm all about going out there and leaving it out on the floor."

Based on recent precedent, it is a bit of a surprise that the league slapped Green with a flagrant foul and prevented him from suiting up for a potential closeout game.

Although Green's flagrant-1 foul for kicking Oklahoma City Thunder center Steven Adams in the groin was upgraded to a flagrant-2 by the league, that play involved more conclusive contact and was considered an offense that could have garnered a suspension on its own.

However, Green's status as a repeat offender in physical altercations may have played a role in the NBA's decision

Source: CNN.com


Liverpool Transfer News: Latest Sadio Mane and Joao Teixeira Rumours

Liverpool are reportedly ready to offer winger Jordon Ibe as bait in their bid to tempt Southampton into selling Sadio Mane this summer. Elsewhere, Joao Teixeira looks set for a permanent switch to FC Porto.

According to the Daily Star, the Reds will looking to include Ibe as part of a deal that would see Mane move to Merseyside in return, with the Saints said to value their man at £30 million (h/t Liverpool Echo's Chris Beesley).


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Mane scored 11 Premier League goals last season.


Ibe was expected to become a more prominent member of the Liverpool lineup last season following Raheem Sterling's £49 million move to Manchester City, but he managed just 12 Premier League starts in 2015-16.

Meanwhile, Mane excelled at Southampton and scored 11 goals in 37 league appearances, but he could become the latest Saint to make the move north to Merseyside from St. Mary's Stadium.

Ibe sparked speculation of a move away from Anfield in April, when he removed any reference of his allegiance to Liverpool from his official Twitter account, as reported by the Independent's Mark Critchley.

Manager Jurgen Klopp would be getting his hands on a more experienced star in Mane, 24, but as BBC Sport's Oluwashina Okeleji recently pointed out, 20-year-old Ibe is also a hugely valuable asset:

t's worth noting any inclusion of Ibe wouldn't come close to financing Liverpool's move for Senegal's Mane, but would instead merely soften the blow of paying for his £30 million valuation.

Bleacher Report's Jack Lusby recently showed Mane has been an important attacking figure for his clubs in recent years, although his goal involvement has declined as the past few seasons have rolled by:

Meanwhile, Portuguese youngster Teixeira is expected to reject the new terms he's been offered at Liverpool and will instead move back to his native land with Porto, according to Portuguese daily O Jogo (h/t Liverpool Echo's Beesley).

The Merseysiders will reportedly nab £250,000 in compensation if the 23-year-old does leave on a free transfer this summer, and Liverpool podcaster Jack Sear has sympathised with the youngster:

Teixeira has made just eight senior appearances for the Reds since joining their academy from Sporting Lisbon for a fee of £830,000 in 2012, and his frustrations have seemingly grown beyond his control.

A return to his native Portugal may provide the springboard into first-team football Teixeira has long desired, and Primeira Liga giants Porto will look to prove Liverpool should have had more faith in their playmaker.

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James Corden at Tony Awards: 'Hate will never win'

"Hate will never win," James Corden said. "Together, we have to make sure of that."

Corden began Sunday's 70th annual Tony Awards with a heartfelt message about the horrific terror attack in Orlando, Florida, that had unfolded 18 hours earlier.


He said "tonight's show stands as a symbol and a celebration of that principle."

Immediately following Corden's remarks, the cast of "Hamilton" performed an opening number on stage, with one significant change: Their usual prop muskets were set aside. The Tonys, Broadway's biggest night of the year, began on time at 8 p.m. ET, televised by CBS.

"The Broadway community really wanted to continue with this, as did we," CBS chief executive Les Moonves told CNNMoney. "It's important that the show go on. And the show's being done in honor of the victims."

One of the early Tony winners, Lin-Manuel Miranda, the creator of "Hamilton," held back tears during his impassioned acceptance speech Best Original Score.

The "Hamilton" star's speech was an emotional reading of a sonnet he wrote for his wife which focused on the mass shooting that took place in Orlando early Sunday morning.

"When senseless acts of tragedy remind us that nothing here is promised. Not one day," he read. And the sonnet concluded: "Love is love is love is love is love is love it cannot be killed or swept aside. It cannot be killed or swept aside... now fill the world with music, love, and pride."

Outside, the scene on the red carpet before the program began was noticeably subdued. Still, hundreds of fans shouted as Broadway stars arrived and posed for photos. Some attendees wore silver ribbons to commemorate the terror attack.

And a few dozen members of the group Everytown for Gun Safety held up signs with messages decrying gun violence.

Corden set the tone for the evening by saying, "On behalf of the whole theater community and every person in this room, our hearts go out to all of those affected by this atrocity.

"All we can say is, you are not on your own right now," he said. "Your tragedy is our tragedy," Corden said. "Theater is a place where every race, creed, sexuality, and gender is equal, is embraced, and is loved."

Related: 50 killed in Florida nightclub, shooter pledged ISIS allegiance

Corden was responding to the shooting spree at the Orlando gay nightclub Pulse, which has left an estimated 50 dead and another 53 injured. It is the worst mass shooting in U.S. history.

Frank Langella echoed those feelings when he accepted the award for Best Actor in a Play for "The Father."

Rather than thank a "litany of names," Langella said, "Today we had a hideous dose of reality and I urge you, Orlando to be strong because I'm standing in a room full of the most generous human beings on Earth and we will be with you every step of the way."

"Tonight, every note I sing will be in remembrance of the lives taken in Orlando," actress and Tony nominee Laura Benanti tweeted Sunday afternoon.

While she was preparing, longtime Tony voter Colleen J-Roggensack wrote, "I am reminded theatre heals and tonite we will celebrate the good in the world."

When the attack was first reported, there was speculation that the show or the red carpet might be delayed or changed in some way.

Moonves confirmed that discussions took place early Sunday morning about what to do.

But the organizers said in a mid-morning statement that the show would go on.

"Our hearts are heavy for the unimaginable tragedy," the producers said. "Our thoughts are with the families and friends of those affected. The Tony Awards dedicate tonight's ceremony to them."

The first comment from the man who's expected to be the biggest winner of the night, "Hamilton" creator and star Lin-Manuel Miranda, was an image of a rainbow-colored heart and the word "Orlando."

Source: CNN.com

Gayle King Reveals Nearly 28-Pound Weight Loss

Looking good, Gayle King!

The CBS This Morning co-anchor shared her weight-loss success on Instagram on Friday, revealing she's lost nearly 28 pounds since September.

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"In 9 months have a baby? Or lose 27.7 lbs on @weightwatchers," King wrote. "I chose to count points. It all began 9-12-15…almost there."

Source: Yahoo.com

LeBron James named unanimous Finals MVP after Cavs' Game 7 win

Over the seven-game series, James averaged 29.7 points, 11.3 rebounds and 8.9 assists, with an effective field goal percentage of 53.3. He became the third player to have a triple-double in Game 7 of the Finals, joining Jerry West in 1969 and James Worthy in 1988.

"Best player on the planet,'' Cavs teammate Kyrie Irving said.

James previously won two consecutive Finals MVPs in 2012 and 2013, when he notched his first two titles with the Miami Heat. He then returned to Cleveland as a free agent in July 2014. In addition to delivering the city its first major sports championship since 1964, James also led the Cavs in becoming the first team in NBA history to rally from a 3-1 series deficit to win the Finals.

When asked by ESPN's Doris Burke why this title is different, James said, "I'm home. I'm home. This is what I came back for."

James punctuated his historic Finals performance with a dramatic final two minutes of Game 7. With the game tied at 89-89, James pursued the reigning Finals MVP, Andre Iguodala, on a Warriors fast break and recorded one of his trademark "chasedown blocks" as he rejected Iguodala's layup attempt.

Moments later, with the Cavaliers leading 92-89, James took a hard spill to the floor after being fouled by Draymond Green. He writhed in pain and held his right wrist before returning to his feet, then draining one of two foul shots to extend Cleveland's lead to 93-89 with 10 seconds remaining.

"You see his basketball talent, the way he can control a game," Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue said. "But the reason why he deserves this is because he has a great heart ... and great things happen to great people."

James is now 4-2 all time in Game 7s, including 2-0 when those ultimate games come in the NBA Finals.

Source: ESPN.com

At last! Cleveland's fans rejoice in first Cavaliers title

CLEVELAND -- They laughed. They hugged. They cried.

This was unfamiliar territory for Cleveland sports fans.

Celebrating a real-life championship team. But after over four decades of heartbreak, they were finally rewarded for their undying loyalty.

Behind Akron's own LeBron James and his sidekick Kyrie Irving, the Cavaliers snapped Cleveland's 52-year championship drought by becoming the first team in NBA history to rally back from a 3-1 deficit in the Finals to capture the title.

On Sunday night, Cleveland defeated defending champion Golden State 93-89 in Game 7 at Oracle Arena with Irving delivering the game-winning 3-pointer with 53 seconds remaining. The final buzzer sounded a short time later and a euphoric celebration began.

"I can't wait to get back home," said James, who delivered on his promise to get one for supporters in Northeast Ohio two seasons after returning to Cleveland.

So, about all that anger ... all seems forgiven now.

More than 20,000 Cavs fans gathered inside and outside Quicken Loans Arena to watch it on the Jumbotron.

This is their forever moment.

"This is a miracle," said John Polance, 70, of Mogadore, Ohio. "For LeBron to come back and deliver us this championship, he deserves everything he gets."

Polance was in college at Bowling Green when the Cleveland Browns won it all in 1964. He listened to that game on the radio. This, he said, was better.

"Dear God, thank you so much," Ann Domeck said.

"I have tears in my eyes," said Kevin Hodge, a 34-year-old barber from Cleveland Heights.

Tickets for the watch party were sold out in a couple of minutes.

Alec Wilson, 18, received a pair from his mother, who got them from the secondary market, where they were fetching a couple hundred dollars each, and went with his father. The two had a Father's Day they'll never forget.

"I'm in disbelief," said Wilson, of Youngstown. "LeBron should be on Mount Rushmore."

As fans hit the streets after the title game, rumors swirled that a fire truck had been stolen in Cleveland. The police department dispelled that.

Source: ESPN.com

Spain seem to be Euro 2016 favourites as contenders struggle for form

Now that we're roughly halfway through Euro 2016, a fuller picture has emerged regarding the quality of the top teams in the competition. Months of discussion around their main issues have finally given away to some hard evidence -- and results.

While the history of the European Championship, and the fact it's an open knock-out, means there could yet be a surprise, there still look to be a group of sides above the rest.

So, from what we've seen so far, who will be celebrating on July 10? Based on the games so far, the defending champions look to have the best chance of winning it all again.


They are the team to put in by far the most convincing performance so far, and have the best performing player in Andres Iniesta, who has been so glorious as the orchestrator. The cohesion he brings is lifting Spain to another level; they look like a different team compared to the state they were in during the World Cup in Brazil two years ago. This is a reborn Spain, one that might also have a new cutting edge.

In scoring twice against Turkey, Alvaro Morata has really stood out in this tournament as a striker who actually strikes. That, combined with their cohesion and Iniesta's brilliance, could well mean they retain this trophy again. No-one has yet put in a performance to match theirs against Turkey.


They have so many brilliant players capable of creating an instant difference. They can lean upon home advantage and the emotional energy of so many late goals, too, but the wonder remains whether that can all add up to a title-winning team.

France haven't yet touched the level of Spain -- or perhaps even Italy against Belgium -- and Didier Deschamps still has tactical issues to solve, though France do have clear potential to grow. Could they eventually peak at the right time?


They're the world champions and probably the best team in the competition when actually at their best, but the oddity is how rarely that seems to happen. There often seems to be a confusing complacency surrounding Germany and they tend to give teams a chance. Their opening 2-0 win over Ukraine summed it up. There were portions of the game when they were playing supremely and looked unbeatable, but also extended spells when they were under real pressure and so unconvincing.

That has been the case since winning the World Cup and hasn't been helped by the lack of a striker, as Mario Gotze in the false nine role hasn't really worked out so far. Germany becoming double champions depends on them finding what should be their true level or they could be caught out.


They might have one of the weakest Italian squads for some time but still retain the best defence in the tournament and, most importantly, the best manager in Antonio Conte.

That also means Italy are one of the few teams with anything like a modern cutting-edge system, which gives them a significant advantage over many more talented sides, as Belgium found out. Can Conte maintain their intensity of application long enough for weaknesses not to tell? The slightly patchier 1-0 win over Sweden suggested that is the balance he has to strike.


Against Ireland, manager Marc Wilmots overcame a week of controversy following the defeat to Italy and finally, after three years of trying, found a formation that worked and actually maximised his players' quality. Kevin De Bruyne and Eden Hazard burst into life, while Romelu Lukaku showed a killer instinct in an impressive 3-0 win.

If Belgium can keep that up, they can beat anybody, but it remains to be seen whether they can maintain this balance. Wilmots was in bullish form after the Irish game as if this had been a grand plan all along. That is stretching things. It might be a stretch to expect him to maintain this fragile balance in the side.



They looked like they might be potential champions in the first 170 minutes of their tournament until controversy erupted at the end of their match with Czech Republic, followed by a collapse that saw them draw 2-2.

All the problems around that, however, are not the only issues around this team. They already seemed like they were lacking a striker and the brilliant Luke Modric is now out of the final group game with Spain. If Croatia do not win that match, their potential route to the final will be Italy, Germany, France.


They boast one of the most balanced teams in the tournament, with a lot of promising but still-ready young talent like Grzegorz Kyrchowiak boosted by a peak world-class star in Robert Lewandowski.

They showed their ability to compete with the elite by drawing 0-0 with Germany, having also beaten the world champions 2-0 in qualifying, and look like they could be strong candidates to reach a semifinal. From there, they have enough about them for anything to happen.


Before they even think about winning it, they have to think about how to finally get beyond the quarterfinals. Roy Hodgson now believes he has found a system that works, although the only testing ground has been a moderate Wales team.

England's problem has never been failing to beat weaker teams than them. The issue has repeatedly been losing to the first good side they face.


Cristiano Ronaldo isn't firing, so neither are Portugal. It is not a coincidence that they haven't won a game and he hasn't scored. If that doesn't change, they have no chance in this tournament.

Source: ESPN.com

13 Snacks That’ll Boost Your Metabolism!


You will never meet another person more in favor of the avocado and it should be in every weight loss plan and guide on how to lose weight. Avocados are high in fat but it is monounsaturated fat which is great for your body. The fat in avocados helps to raise your metabolism while dealing you a healthy serving of protein, fiber, and fat all in one tasty and handheld green skin. Make guacamole with low fat ingredients or merely add avocado to your sandwiches in order to get an instant boost to your diet.


High Fiber Cereal

Cereals that are high in fiber have been scientifically shown to be the perfect breakfast item for those people looking to improve their metabolism in a healthy way. According to the Journey of American Dietetic Association, women who ate cereal regularly were 30% less likely to be overweight. High fiber cereals digest slowly and also boost your metabolism, meaning they keep you full and energized much longer. The fiber in the cereal also keeps your insulin levels on the regular which prevents the addition of fat to your body, as well.


Adding low fat cheese to your fridge, sandwiches, and entrees can be a great way to spike your fat burning potential without ever having to sacrifice flavor for effectiveness. The boost of calcium and protein do wonders to your diet and the ease with which these cheeses can be integrated into a complex diet is almost impressive. There are trap cheeses, however, so stick to the low fat ones for the biggest fat burning effect.

Jalapeno Poppers

If you don’t mind adding a little bit of heat to your diet then consider Jalapeno poppers. Jalapenos are full of a chemical known as capsaicin that does wonders to your metabolism. The chemical will increase your heat rate, boost your metabolism, and make enduring the heat of the pper well worth it by the time you are done. Avoid heavily fried poppers, however, as they are heart attack traps waiting to happen. Opt for oven cooked snacks for the best middle ground between effect and tastiness.


Milk is an unorthodox addition to the metabolism boosting list of snacks but it fits in all the same. So long as you are getting good milk and avoiding chocolate or other artificial flavors you should be good. Milk is full of calcium and it helps you energize your complex carbohydrates. Switch out your bottle of soda at dinner with a glass of tasty milk. Milk will prevent weight loss and boost your fat burning abilities. Avoid adding cookies to your snack! if you want to boost the treat, however, you can add a splash of protein powder to make the snack into a filling meal with the same goal of losing weight.

Lean Meat

Beef has gotten a bad rep in the weight loss world thanks to foods like hamburgers, lasagna, and gigantic and juicy steaks. However, lean meats like beef, chicken, and turkey can all be looked at as supporters of metabolism growth. The big reason why these foods are so helpful in metabolism boosting is the fact that they take so long to digest and thus expend a large amount of energy. The protein that you will imbibe also means that you will be burning fat, not muscle, so that you will maintain a measure of your form and figure. Lean turkey, in the proper serving, can give you access to 26 grams of protein versus just 1 gram of fat and a total of 120 calories. This is an effective and life changing ratio.

Greek Yogurt

Get an extra blend of protein into your diet by adding Greek yogurt to your snack plans. Greek yogurt has almost 18 grams of protein per 6 ounces and it is usually devoid of all the filler and additives that is prevalent in other yogurt products. This is a quick filling way that works well with other snacks on this list. Adding in oats or berries can turn this snack to the maximum level of fulfilling. Avoid chocolate chips, in general but if you must then add only a few of the dark chocolate variety, which are full of antioxidants.


Garlic, though foul smelling, should be considered a must add in your diet. Garlic is full of health benefits that range against disease fighting all the way to immunity boosting. Not to be skimped over ,garlic also helps you to shed weight. Garlic is found in many common daily foods that lead to the body’s production of fat. Don’t eat garlic by the clove, however, as you must still opt for moderation. Add garlic to your pasta dishes as a way to get a lot of flavor while also doing your body a big favor. The Journal of Nutrition shows a direct link with calories burned during daily activities and meals that included garlic that were consumed prior to said activities. Make sure to bring some minty gum to get the smell out!


Just about any kind of berry will be at home in your metabolism boosting diet but we highlighted raspberries for a reason. Raspberries contain 8g of fiber by the cup and sit at only 60 calories per serving. This sweet little snack is perfect to round out on the go lunches or to add in the repertoire of picky eaters. Raspberries are sweet and easy to eat and most of all affordable at the supermarket. Stock up on raspberries or any other berry that is high in fiber (strawberries, blueberries) in order to reap the benefits down the line. To make this a minor treat add a little bit of whip cream and oats to your bowl. The oats will boost your fiber content while the whip cream will add some sweetness.


Oranges are a popular snack that have been the cornerstone to on the go lunches forever. This citrust fruit is stocked full of vitamin C that helps you to metabolize fat quicker than ever. Your daily dose of vitamin C should sit at 60 MG per day but if you consume upwards of 500 MG then you can see your fat burning abilities boost by almost 50%. Eat an orange with your pre-workout meal and reap the benefits when you start to sweat over the machines for the next hour. Studies show that eating oranges for 12 weeks will result in rapid weight loss.


At this point in the scientific advancements of nutrition salmon should be a staple in the diet of most people. This fish is full of great oils, nutritious, and loaded with Omega-3 Fatty Acids. Salmon helps to reduce your bodies leptin hormone levels and in turn prompts your body to burn more calories. Not only will eating salmon instead of red meat, for example, help you lose weight but it will also do wonders for your hair and skin. If you don’t like the taste of salmon or just fish in general you can instead opt for fish oil capsules. These capsules are easy to consume, lacking in odor, and an effective replacement for the actual salmon itself.

Green Tea

When speaking comparatively, green tea is goign to beat the heck out of most common beverage options available in the grocery store. From pop to sugar filled juices, there are very few ready to drink consumables that will help your metabolism. Green tea is a great replacement to coffee because it doesn’t rely on caffeine in order to boost your metabolism. A chemical called EGCG boosts the activity inside of your brain, kickstarts your nervous system, and starts the burning of calories that will last throughout the day. Green tea is a bland drink but can be spiced up with minor amounts of honey for a tasty lunch beverage.


Grapefruit has gotten a sort of gimmicky reputation thanks to the uber popular but ultimately failed grapefruit diet that circulated the internet a few years back. This failed diet doesn’t disprove how effective grapefruit is when used as a metabolism booster. This citrus laden fruit is filled with fiber t hat leaves you fuller for a longer period of time. The galacturonic acid inside of the grapefruit also helps your body breakdown stored fat in your body. Adding a grapefruit to your breakfast routine could go a long way toward cutting the LBs and looking better than ever.

Source: HealthTip.com

Season full of history ends in misery for Golden State

OAKLAND, Calif. -- In a game for everything, the Golden State Warriors couldn't stay even-keeled enough to win, losing Game 7 of the NBA Finals to the Cleveland Cavaliers 93-89. Perhaps they would be holding another trophy if Stephen Curry was in top form, but he wasn't (17 points on 19 shots) and ultimately couldn't compensate for the Warriors' shaky stretches.

Steve Kerr appeared to have wasted his $25K in ref complaints, as Curry, again, picked up three first-half touch fouls. The beginning was concerning for Golden State; they were getting outplayed, save for 3-pointers. Eventually, it cost them.

OAKLAND, Calif. -- In a game for everything, the Golden State Warriors couldn't stay even-keeled enough to win, losing Game 7 of the NBA Finals to the Cleveland Cavaliers 93-89. Perhaps they would be holding another trophy if Stephen Curry was in top form, but he wasn't (17 points on 19 shots) and ultimately couldn't compensate for the Warriors' shaky stretches.

Steve Kerr appeared to have wasted his $25K in ref complaints, as Curry, again, picked up three first-half touch fouls. The beginning was concerning for Golden State; they were getting outplayed, save for 3-pointers. Eventually, it cost them.

Today that dream ended. Nobody, or at least extremely few, will describe the 2015-16 Warriors as the best team ever. Fair or unfair, they needed a title to validate that sentiment to the greater public.

Maybe the Warriors were already on borrowed time by Game 7 of the NBA Finals. They faced elimination three times against Oklahoma City and narrowly escaped. In theory, that bolstered their resolve.

But their initial stumble also showcased eventual issues. The start of that series featured Green on tilt, Curry rarely finishing at the rim and a slew of careless turnovers. It was tempting to think that what didn't end the Warriors' season just made them stronger, but instead, it was foreshadowing.

Beyond the brilliance of LeBron James (who became just the third player to notch a Finals Game 7 triple-double), the 2016 Warriors were felled by their tragic flaw: recklessness. Steve Kerr has been saying it for two years now: His team walks the line between explosive and reckless. Golden State seemingly had this Finals wrapped up before Green tried something from the latter category.

As James stepped over Green in the waning moments of an already-decided Game 4, Green could have done nothing. He could have, but that isn't him. That's not indicative of the burning, furious pride that has allowed a wing-sized man to excel as a part-time center. And so, Green reached out and swatted -- and the NBA swatted back.

Today that dream ended. Nobody, or at least extremely few, will describe the 2015-16 Warriors as the best team ever. Fair or unfair, they needed a title to validate that sentiment to the greater public.

Maybe the Warriors were already on borrowed time by Game 7 of the NBA Finals. They faced elimination three times against Oklahoma City and narrowly escaped. In theory, that bolstered their resolve.

But their initial stumble also showcased eventual issues. The start of that series featured Green on tilt, Curry rarely finishing at the rim and a slew of careless turnovers. It was tempting to think that what didn't end the Warriors' season just made them stronger, but instead, it was foreshadowing.

Beyond the brilliance of LeBron James (who became just the third player to notch a Finals Game 7 triple-double), the 2016 Warriors were felled by their tragic flaw: recklessness. Steve Kerr has been saying it for two years now: His team walks the line between explosive and reckless. Golden State seemingly had this Finals wrapped up before Green tried something from the latter category.

As James stepped over Green in the waning moments of an already-decided Game 4, Green could have done nothing. He could have, but that isn't him. That's not indicative of the burning, furious pride that has allowed a wing-sized man to excel as a part-time center. And so, Green reached out and swatted -- and the NBA swatted back.

Source: ESPN.com


Katie Holmes and Jamie Foxx's Relationship Finally Confirmed

We now have confirmation of Jamie Foxx and Katie Holmes' relationship.

The former Real Housewives of Atlanta star, Claudia Jordan, joined the Allegedly podcast on Tuesday and revealed that Foxx is, in fact, dating Holmes.

When asked about the Annie actor, Jordan said, "[He's a] good friend of mine. Never [hooked up with him]." When asked about his relationship with Holmes, Jordan added, "He is very happy with her. I like that he seems very happy."

The confirmation comes after Holmes sparked engagement rumors in January when she was spotted wearing a ring on that finger, recirculating speculation that she's been seeing Foxx after her split from Tom Cruise.

It all started in 2013 at a charity event, the 4th annual Apollo in the Hamptons,where Jamie and Katie were photographed dancing together. Then, earlier this year, a report claimed the stars have "been hooking up on the DL" for the past year and a half. Both Holmes and Foxx remained mum on the speculation at the time, but the actor wasn't afraid to speak out about it in March, promising it's all tabloid rumors.

"Oh come on, you guys have been trying to get that to stick for three years," Foxx told an inquiring paparazzo in Los Angeles at the time. When asked for clarification, Foxx reassured the shutterbug that the two are "just friends" and are actually working together on an upcoming animated project. "That's all it is," he added.

ost recently Holmes' rep called a report that their wedding plans were on hold due to Holmes' pregnancy "categorically untrue." Foxx's rep also told E! News that he is "not engaged, not getting married and not having another child."

But just because they aren't engaged or expecting a child doesn't mean they aren't something.

In fact, multiple sources have told us that they are dating, with one insider saying it's been going on for years, and it's "not a secret among their friends." They have remained most careful not to be seen in public together and they strategically coordinate their arrivals and departures in able to be at the same place at the same time but not attract too much attention.

And according to Claudia Jordan, that's the truth!

Source: E News Online.com

Rihanna Breaks Down in Tears During Dublin Concert

Rihanna let her guard down and got extremely emotional tonight.

The singer took the stage in Dublin, Ireland, as part of her Anti World Tour Tuesday night, and at one point broke down in tears to the point where she couldn't even continue singing her song to the fans. In Instagram videos captured by a user at the concert, RiRi is seen singing the first few lyrics of her famous hit song with Eminem "Love the Way You Lie" with tears in her eyes.

As the crowd proudly sings the song back to the star, she gets overwhelmed with emotion and steps back with her hand in the air. She attempts to continue belting the track, but kept getting choked up. As for why Rihanna was so emotional—it's not entirely clear, but it seems as though the celeb was just taken aback by all the love she was getting from the crowd.

Regardless of the reason, it was a very sweet moment.


Iggy Azalea Never Towed Ex Nick Young's Car—but She Is Moving Out of His House

Iggy Azalea is setting the record straight.

After photos surfaced of a towing company retrieving a blue 1962 Chevy Impala from the celeb's home, the Aussie rapper took to Twitter (of course) to the clear the air on recent rumors that she had ex Nick Young's car, which she gave to him for Christmas in 2014, towed out of her driveway following their split.

"I never had anyone's car towed nor did I kick nick out of 'my' house," she wrote. E! News learns that Swaggy P's vintage ride was actually being taken to get repaired for mechanical issues.

Iggy continued to share that the property actually belongs to the NBA star, and she'll be the one packing up and leaving. "The home belongs to nick, I am the one moving. Thanks."

Source: ENewsOnline.com