If you can’t go to Disney’s theme parks, then just build your own.As many families are dealing with the coronavirus pandemic by going through a period of self isolation, many are finding unique ways to spend their time. With the Disney parks closed, one family decided to recreate one of the company’s most famous rides in their living room.
FILE – In this Nov. 5, 2011 file photo Northwestern quarterback Kain Colter, left, shakes hands with Nebraska wide receiver Kenny Bell after an NCAA college football game in Lincoln, Neb. Colter has become the face of a movement to give college athletes the right to form unions and bargain. After a decision this week by a regional director of the National Labor Relations board, he also could leave a legacy as the athlete who formed the foundation of a dramatic overhaul of college sports that could potentially give athletes a chance to fight for a piece of an industry that generates billions based on their performance. (AP Photo/Lincoln Journal Star, Laura Pales, File)Nobody knows the trouble I’ve seen, glory hallelujah! Now you may think that I don’t know, but I’ve had my troubles here below. One day when I was walkin’ along. The sky opened up and love come down. (From 1867 book Slave Songs of the United States)Last week a regional office of the National Labor Relations Board backed a bid by football players at Northwestern University to unionize. “I find that all grant-in-aid scholarship players for the Employer’s football team who have not exhausted their playing eligibility are ’employees’ under” the National Labor Relations Act” wrote Peter Sung Ohr, director of the board’s Chicago regional office in his ruling.Aubrey BruceAs part of the ruling Ohr also wrote that; ”walk-on players — those without scholarships — do not qualify as employees.”The ruling pointed out that; “scholarship football players at Northwestern [basically qualify as] employees: that they perform services for the benefit of their employer and receive compensation (in the form of a scholarship) in exchange and that scholarship players are “subject to the employer’s control in the performance of their duties as football players.”Ohr also differentiated the case of Northwestern’s football players from those of graduate teaching assistants at Brown University (in which the NLRB ruled for the university in 2004) because “the players’ football-related duties are unrelated to their academic studies unlike the graduate assistants whose teaching and research duties were inextricably tied to their graduate degree requirements.”“The players spend 50 to 60 hours per week on their football duties during a one-month training camp prior to the start of the academic year and an additional 40 to 50 hours per week on those duties during the three or four month football season,” the NLRB ruling said.“Not only is this more hours than many undisputed full-time employees work at their jobs, it is also many more hours than the players spend on their studies.”Wow 50 to 60 hours per week on their football duties and 40 to 50 hours per week on those duties during the three or four month football season, that is a lot of time to work for nada, zilch, nothing.Training camp 50-60 hours a week let’s take the middle road. 55 hours a week for 4 weeks of training camp; 220 hours for one month equals $2222.00 just for one month of training camp. Now 40-50 hours a week of practice, film studies and conditioning; let’s again take the middle road and say 45 hours a week during the 4 month football season, 45 hours a week time 4 weeks monthly come out to be 180 hours a month multiplied by 4 equals 720 hours times $10.10 is $7272.00 and that is the bare minimum.Players that perform in the pro football ranks have roughly the same training and practice schedule and ya know what ladies and gents? The minimum salary for rookies in 2012 was $390,000.00. In 2013, 2012′s rookies were scheduled to earn $480,000.00 in salary as second year players in the NFL, if they make a squad as an active player.In 2014, the 2012 rookies will earn $570,000.00 in salary, if they make a squad as an active player.Hey if college players get injured they won’t even have a chance to receive the theoretical $7272.00 base salary that they should receive yearly.Remember Terrelle Pryor, the Western Pennsylvania and Ohio State standout, (now currently being paid to play for the NFL Oakland raiders)? On December 26, 2010 espn.com news services published an article titled; “Ohio State football players sanctioned.” “Welcome to Tattoo U. What started out as a trip to a Columbus tattoo parlor by a couple of football players has created all sorts of mayhem for star quarterback Terrelle Pryor and Ohio State. Pryor and four teammates were suspended by the NCAA for the first five games of  season for selling championship rings, jerseys and awards. They also received improper benefits — from up to two years ago — from the tattoo parlor and its owner. Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith said.“As a student-athlete, you’re not allowed to use your persona to get discounted services.” Oh, but Mr. Smith what are you allowed to receive?”It is time for the takers to become the borrowers and the low to become the high. It is time for the NCAA to be tied to the economic whipping post singing; “Nobody knows the trouble they are about to see. Will the NCAA pay the costs of future litigation from the blood, sweat and tears of scholarship players? Love is not coming down for the NCAA. The “freedom” chickens are on their way home to roost, later.(The sources for this article were insidehighereducation.com, Associated Press and espn.com news services)Aubrey Bruce can be reached at: [email protected] or 412.583.6741
RED BANK — A proposal to construct a six-story hotel at the borough’s northern entrance, which has seen its share of wrinkles, developed ano encountered another on Monday when Ron Gasiorowski, an attorney representing an objector to the application, said that the height of the proposed structure exceeds what is permitted under borough ordinances.The planning board had been scheduled to continue hearing the application by RBank Capital LLC to construct a 76-room Hampton Inn, at the Highway 35 and Rector Place intersection, overlooking the Swimming River.But after a discussion between representatives for the developer, the objector and the planning board attorney the hearing was adjourned until January.The hearing was placed on hold when a representative for the objector discovered a provision in a borough ordinance that restricts a building’s height to 50 feet in the zone if it falls halfway between the river and the nearest parallel roadway, with the ordinance pertaining to such roadways as Front Street, Riverside Avenue, Rector Place and Shrewsbury Avenue.According to prior testimony, the height of the proposed hotel is approximately 80 feet.Following the adjournment, Planning Board Attorney Michael Leckstein said that when hearings resume, the attorney for the developer, Martin A. McGann Jr. will have to show that the project does not violate the ordinance.“I’m not aware of that section,” (of the applicable ordinance) and would have to review it, Leckstein said. Board Engineer Christine Ballard agreed, noting that the language of the ordinance was not clear. “It’s very fuzzy,” she said.McGann said afterwards that the issue at hand is “a very technical point,” but one “I think we’ll be able to address it at the next meeting,” on Jan. 18.This is the latest development in the long hearings on this matter, which over the months has seen a debate over whether it should be heard by the zoning board or planning; over the zoning of the property, and if this would be deemed a permitted use, and the borough council’s decision to change the zoning in hopes of clarifying the issue. A borough resident also brought a lawsuit against the board and developer seeking to block the project, expressing concerns over the size and scope of the plan and arguing it should go before the zoning board to seek a use variance. There also was considerable debate over who is actually the objector, with the objector’s attorney, Ron Gasiorowski, acknowledging there is another party that is paying for the lawsuit, but the lawyer refuses to name that additional party.If the application does violate the ordinance provision, it could mean the application would have to go before the borough zoning board of adjustment (as the named objector, borough resident Steve Mitchell, has maintained in his suit) to seek a variance for a non-permitted use, which has a considerably higher burden of proof than would be required before the planning board. That would mean the process would have to start from the beginning before the zoning board.The developer would like to construct the hotel on the site of a former Exxon gas station, which has been vacant for approximately 14 years. Mitchell, the objector, has argued the project violates existing zoning, is too large for the site, as well as raising issue with contamination of the property.
“You be the judge,” he said. The rate increase hits Angelenos on top of an automatic bump in rates approved last year to pay for energy-efficiency programs. Humphreville said DWP customers should not be surprised if their bills were 25 percent higher in the next two years. Jeffery Peltola, director of budget, rates and efficiency for the DWP, said the rate increases were desperately needed to maintain quality service. “If we don’t fix things now, make no mistake, we will be in crisis mode, and it will be more expensive,” Peltola said. Several neighborhood representatives suggested appointing a DWP customer advocate to avoid future communication problems. They also demanded better accountability from the giant city utility. “There are so many areas that we weren’t told about, so many things we don’t understand,” said Dan Wiseman of the Van Nuys Neighborhood Council. “We need one person that can advocate for the average person.” San Fernando Valley neighborhood councils did celebrate one victory: A Valley rate zone that will allow Valley DWP customers to use more power without paying more for it. The Valley zone will allow customers to remain in lower-cost rate tiers for longer periods of energy use. For example, a Valley homeowner will pay 13 cents an hour to use up to 1,500 kilowatts during the summer, versus 15 cents an hour for a West L.A. homeowner who uses a third less power. “In the Valley, the climate is different,” said Leonard Shaffer, a Tarzana neighborhood council member. “Air-conditioning is not luxury for most – it’s a necessity.” [email protected] (661) 257-5254160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The increase came during revelations the average DWP worker makes nearly $77,000 a year – nearly 20 percent more than the average civilian city worker. Most neighborhood council representatives said their communities were against the rate hike, mainly because of a lack of clear rate information from the DWP. “DWP is a public company, and as its owner we have a right to know what’s going on,” said Jack Humphreville, chairman of the DWP Oversight Committee. “The way the rate was spun conflicted with the what’s really going on.” Humphreville said hidden fees – such as energy cost increases that are automatically passed on to customers – could leave many people paying a lot more than the $1.75 a month more that DWP officials touted. HOLLYWOOD – Neighborhood council members Saturday questioned a controversial Department of Water and Power rate increase that many said was confusing – and misleading. “Our council voted down this increase because there was just too much we didn’t understand,” Woodland Hills representative August Steurer said at a monthly neighborhood council congress in Hollywood. “The average person doesn’t understand the DWP; (it has its) own language.” This week, the DWP board approved its first rate increase in 15 years. The plan would increase electric rates by 9 percent over the next three years, and water rates would increase 6 percent over two years.
South African artist Mbongeni Buthelezi recycles plastic litter, adds some heat and melts it all on to his canvas to create some of the most audacious pieces of art. A regular exhibitor on the local and international art scenes for almost 20 years, he has been hailed as one of the country’s most innovative artists.‘Self Portrait’ by South African artist Mbongeni Buthelezi, who creates Pollockesque canvases using recycled plastic. (Image: Mbongeni Buthelezi)• South African art: a history • African art scene blooms in South Africa• Artists give their impression of Madiba• Using the arts to build an inclusive South Africa• South African artists draw international interest “I use rubbish to create something beautiful from it. I collect something that has no value and give it new life. That’s what we can do with ourselves and our lives,” is how artist Mbongeni Buthelezi introduces himself on his website portfolio, and for 16 years he’s made a name for himself as one of South Africa’s boldest and most original artists.He chose to work with plastic during his art school days as a way to draw attention to the medium and as a way to stand out in the often crowded local art scene. The combination of the tangible method of sculpting plastic on to canvas was also a way for him to work through his creative process. He told Euronews recently: “With watercolour and other mediums… that I have experimented with in the past, there was a time where I felt that I’m hitting the ceiling, I’m not growing anymore. I wanted to be noticed and I wanted to catch attention, because I knew also that I’m moving into a career where you have to be really special to be able to even make a living out of it.”‘Winter in Kliptown’ by Mbongeni Buthelezi, exhibited at the Seippel Gallery in Koln, Germany. (Image: Mbongeni Buthelezi)Buthelezi has been a regular and popular exhibitor on the South African art circuit for years, and has garnered positive attention from international galleries and art schools. Art lovers are intrigued by his use of discarded consumer plastic in crafting vibrant and engrossing African story-portraits. In these works, he makes bold statements about the world as he sees it, addressing social and environmental issues.In 2010, the Live Out Loud website said Buthelezi’s work “reflects humanity’s often detrimental impact on the environment, but his original use of discarded objects to depict an often forgotten group of people truly sets him apart”.His artistic process involves melting down strips of coloured plastic on to the canvas surface, itself often also made from plastic. He understates the creation process as simple and haphazard, but the final Pollockesque pieces speak for themselves, enjoyable and provocative on all levels, from all distances. “I’m interested in finding the details in the painting, but also, as you step away from the piece it really comes together,” Buthelezi told BBC News at his latest exhibition in Johannesburg this week.‘Hula Hoop III’ by Mbongeni Buthelezi is an example of the artist’s attention to detail. He uses melted recycled plastic to tell engrossing African story-portraits. (Image: Mbongeni Buthelezi)Buthelezi may be the only artist – that he knows of – who works in this medium, but he appreciates this singularity as it doesn’t give him an outside point of reference that may hinder his originality. Yet he still believes the melted plastic method is a way to make art creation easily available to anyone who wants to experiment, but who may not be able to access or afford traditional art materials. “(Anyone) can gather waste plastic and start painting,” he says, “and construct something out of nothing.”When it comes to appreciating the role art has played in his life, Buthelezi is philosophical, telling the BBC he sees himself as “a mirror for the society I live in, and I want to make a meaningful impact on that society”.‘Church’ by Mbongeni Buthelezi. Of his art he says he is interested in “(finding) the details close up, but also see the whole story as you view it from afar”. (Image: Mbongeni Buthelezi)In addition to being recognised with a number of local art awards during his career, including semi-finalist in the 2007 Sasol Wax Art Awards, Buthelezi has also won a Visi Design award and a Mail & Guardian Green Trust award for “commitment and contributions to the environment (with) social conscience and creativity”.He is artist-in-residence at the Omni International Arts Centre in New York City and for the South African National Arts Festival. He has exhibited in Germany, the US and Holland, and has been commissioned to make exclusive works by companies such as Mercedes Benz South Africa and the Daimler art collection in Stuttgart, Germany.
Tags:#Blogging#Google#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… “We are excited to announce our first version of the Blogger Android App,” writes Vinay Sekhri, technical lead at Google. “Using the app you can easily compose a post, attach a photo that you just took with your phone, and either save it as a local draft for later or immediately publish it to your blog.”The app can handle multiple accounts, if you’re one of those with multiple online identities, gives you the ability to preview your posts while on the go. Everything beyond that looks pretty standard – quickly post text and pictures to your Blogger blog using your phone, view your content, share your stored photos and even share you location. The best part, however, might be the platform integration. By installing the Blogger app on your Android device, it becomes one of the default sharing options, alongside Picasa, Gmail, and others. Whenever you come across a photo in your gallery or on a website, you can share directly to blogger from the sharing menu.The Blogger app is available in the Android Market. On another note, isn’t it nice that we can just give you a link to that Android app and not make you scan a QR code and check out the details on your phone? And, if you click on that link in your Android phone, it will take you to the Android Market app, not the website. (To read more about Google’s updated Web-based Android Market, check out yesterday’s live blog of it’s unveiling.) mike melanson Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Blogger, the Google-owned blogging platform, announced today that it finally has an Android app. The funny part, of course, is that Android is Google’s smartphone platform and Blogger has had an iPhone app since September 2009. That said, Google loyalists rejoice! You can now update your Google-powered blog on your Google-powered Android phone! Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market
Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa KD and Dray have formed quite a bond since way back, when Green was part of the strategic recruiting process to bring Durant to the Bay Area from Oklahoma City before last season.They’ve had a few heated moments, too, and both say they are better for it.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAnd there’s no official count — that has been shared, anyway — on who owes who what for losing those friendly wagers.“Yeah, I’m not in those bets,” teammate Shaun Livingston said. “It could be a shot to start the practice, in the corner, anything. It doesn’t matter. Wherever. They just walk up to each other all the time, ‘Bet, bet it, bet it.’” Green, part of the Warriors contingent in the Hamptons to meet with Durant before the big July 4 decision announcement last year, lit into Durant during a loss to Memphis back in January. Then they got into it again in a three-point defeat at Sacramento on Feb. 4.“Hollered at me? Ha! We’re grown men, ain’t nobody hollering at me,” Durant said good-naturedly after a recent practice when asked about the animated back-and-forth, as surrounding media members erupted into laughter at his response.He then chose far more colorful language — and expletives — to describe their heated exchange during a timeout.Green acknowledges being mad that night. He and Durant are thriving now.“It just shows the trust that we have in each other, the relationship we have that we can go at each other,” Green said. “No one takes it personal. You say what you got to say, I say what I got to say. We figure it out and then we move on. That’s kind of what that was. You want to grow from moments like that if you’re a strong team, if your chemistry’s strong, you grow from moments like that. Chemistry’s not so strong, you’re not much of a together team, you can crumble from situations like that. But our chemistry is one of the things that makes us special.”ADVERTISEMENT Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday PLAY LIST 03:12Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday01:43Who are Filipinos rooting for in the NBA Finals?02:25Raptors or Warriors? PBA players take their pick of NBA champ01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Green raised his right arm in the air on back-to-back possessions in the fourth quarter of a Nov. 13 win against the Magic, knocking down a 3-pointer from the top of the arc before a layup moments later.“He’s unique from the standpoint of Steph, Klay and KD are guys that can go for 60. But Draymond just impacts the game in so many ways that you’ve just got to compete against him. You’ve got to understand that he can do it all,” Orlando coach Frank Vogel said.Green and Durant spent time together as 2016 Olympians in Rio. KD couldn’t wait to play with Green regularly — even if they went at it back on Feb. 4 in Sacramento.“It’s just two teammates in the heat of the moment, both needed, at that point, that game, we were all bad,” Durant said. “We needed energy somehow. We kind of both sensed that. We came back to the huddle and got after it.”Still, that fire is what Durant loves about his intense teammate. Not to mention the work he puts in shooting from every spot on the floor.“It means a lot,” Green said. “You have to have those guys’ trust. If somebody sees you working, they have more trust in that. Obviously as one of the leaders of this team, you should be one of the hardest workers.”In the past three seasons, Green has notched five games with at least five points, five rebounds, five assists and five blocks.“You understand how impactful he can be without really scoring a lot of points or having any ooh or aah moments on the offensive end,” Stephen Curry said. “He has a lot of ooh and aah moments with the hustle plays and defensively. It seems like he’s always kind of in the play somehow. We appreciate every little bit of that effort and the results he prides himself in every single time he’s out there on the floor. His stat lines sometimes look like this where he’s so well-rounded across the board — points, rebounds, assists, blocked shots and whatnot — and he’ll bang down three, four 3s every once in a while. You appreciate what he brings to the squad every single night and his energy and his passion.” Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ LATEST STORIES Golden State seemed to build from those moments, and the defending NBA champs withstood Durant’s absence for 19 games shortly thereafter because of a knee injury.Livingston is the guy who stood between them that night in the Golden 1 Center, and notes, “They’re cut from the same cloth in a sense.”“It’s good to have that type of relationship, honestly, because when adversity strikes and things hit, they’re not afraid to say anything to each other,” Livingston said, “and you need that.”The Warriors’ emotional leader has been doing a bit of everything.After a recent outing, Green stole a look at his stat line and grinned.He certainly appreciated that performance: 10 points, 10 rebounds, seven assists, a season-best five blocked shots, two steals and just one turnover in 31 impressive minutes.“I like a line like that,” he said. “It kind of shows that you did everything on the floor and not just one thing. I definitely enjoy having a stat line like that if it means anything.”It means plenty to the Warriors, who are still working to find a consistent flow this season. They have struggled at times to take care of the ball and handle the basic fundamentals.That’s also typical Green, who lately is also having games in which he catches defenses off guard by knocking down 3-pointers. His teammates love it all.“I knew he would make my job way easier and I knew I could help him,” Durant said. “I knew that his intensity was going to up the level of everybody on the floor, the way he approaches the game, his passion and love for the game. That stuff stood out more than anything. Obviously he’s quick for his position, he’s got long arms, he can shoot the 3, he can pass, he can rebound, but just his passion and love for the game that kind of shines bright, and it’s contagious.” Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Messi receives 4th Golden Shoe as Europe’s top scorer MOST READ Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Draymond Green. AFP FILE PHOTOOAKLAND, California — Draymond Green and Kevin Durant bet on just about anything.“Life,” Green explained, “who drives home faster from the practice facility, who gets to the game earlier. You want us to tell you our whole life?”ADVERTISEMENT View comments Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Don’t miss out on the latest news and information.
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd boss Solskjaer: Angel Gomes deserved chanceby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says Angel Gomes deserved his chance last week.Gomes featured in victory over Huddersfield.Solskjaer said, “It sends a signal to the boys that ‘you are close’, because they are. “They’ve done really well in training. When you get the chance to put a player out there for 15 minutes at Old Trafford to give him that experience, Angel was, of course, the one I wanted to put on. And we probably would have still done it if we’d needed a goal, as well, because he’s that sharp.”
Keown: Daniel James will be regretting Man Utd moveby Paul Vegas18 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal title winner Martin Keown says Daniel James will be regretting his move to Manchester United.Keown reckons the Wales international is United’s youngest but best player. Heaping praise on James, Keown said on Match of the Day: “Daniel James must be thinking ‘who have I signed for here?’ “He’s their youngest player, but he’s their best player.”Manchester United were beaten 1-0 by Newcastle on Sunday. About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say