Cannabis – the case against legalisation.

first_imgAndy Cook – CEO – Centre for Social Justice UK, 8 Dec 2018Family First Comment: “Today the Centre for Social Justice pushes back against the increasing narrative of legalisation with a new report outlining why we are against this. The research in this report shows that legalisation would mean more than a million new users under 25, a sharp uptick in frequency of existing users, and hundreds of thousands of people gripped by addiction. The report shows that legalisation would greatly increase use, that arguments around a regulated market are at best a hope, and that the idea of it ending criminal networks are a pipe dream.”Yep! #SayNopeToDopewww.VoteNo.nzWhen I co-founded the charity TwentyTwenty, its focus was on supporting disadvantaged 16–21-year-olds who were not in education, employment or training. These were kids with learning difficulties, crumbling home environments, disabilities, personal trauma, caring responsibilities, you name it. It was a difficult job. But when those kids turned up stoned, it was an impossible job.The debate around cannabis use and legalisation is often debated in theory. At TwentyTwenty we lived it every single day and saw the enormous harm it could do, both in the disruption to the daily slog and the long term damage to kids’ brains.Today the CSJ pushes back against the increasing narrative of legalisation with a new report outlining why we are against this. The research in this report shows that legalisation would mean more than a million new users under 25, a sharp uptick in frequency of existing users, and hundreds of thousands of people gripped by addiction.The report shows that legalisation would greatly increase use, that arguments around a regulated market are at best a hope, and that the idea of it ending criminal networks are a pipe dream.The expectation that drug dealers will simply see the error in their ways and become estate agents is neither based in reality nor in the evidence slowly emerging from other countries, where criminals have simply diversified.Instead we must refocus the cannabis debate on educating about the harms and investing in treatment. Our recommendation of a drug awareness day, akin to the existing speed awareness course, would serve as a meaningful alternative to imposing a fine or issuing a caution. While for some cannabis users, it may never become an addiction, it would offer the chance for early intervention in those for whom it is a problem and simultaneously raise much needed funds for the struggling addiction treatment sector. The reality is that when the CSJ voices its opposition to cannabis legalisation among the power brokers and high thinkers of Westminster, we are seen as an outlier.But when you meet the people whose lives have been devastated by it, when you spend time in the UK’s addiction clinics and Pupil Referral Units, the prisons and police cells, it’s hard to reach any other conclusion than any increased use is a risk too great to take.READ THE FULL REPORT https://www.centreforsocialjustice.org.uk/core/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/CSJJ6711-Cannabis-Report-181207-WEB.pdflast_img read more

Man who killed former Iowa State golfer gets life sentence

first_imgAMES, Iowa (AP) — The man who killed a former Iowa State University golfer has been sentenced to life in prison without possibility of parole.A Story County judge pronounced the mandatory sentence Friday on 22-year-old Collin Richards. He’d pleaded guilty on June 14 to first-degree murder for the Sept. 17 slaying of 22-year-old Celia Barquin Arozamena. Police say Richards stabbed her while she was playing on a course near the campus in Ames, leaving her body in a pond.Richards had been staying at a homeless encampment in nearby woods.Barquin Arozamena was a top golfer in Spain as a teenager and came to Iowa State to pursue her career.A lawyer for her family told The Des Moines Register that relatives hope Richards’ sentencing will let them attain some closure.  Celia Barquin Arozamena.last_img read more

Inside Conditions…Tempered Steel

first_imgMike Tyson and Aubrey Bruce (Photo by Julio Torres)To define former boxer turned promoter Mike Tyson as an “enigma” would be at the least an understatement. He has evolved from one of the most powerful punching machines in boxing history to possibly one of the most visible athletic personalities in the 20th century.However, at the conclusion of his career, he was looked upon as one of the most reviled and feared athletes in sports history. From a high profile marriage and divorce to actress Robin Givens, to being charged and convicted of rape, to an act of what many laughingly look at as an act of “cannibalism” while in the heat of battle during a bout versus Evander Holyfield, Mike Tyson in his limited time on earth has seen and lived, “9 lives.”Through it all Tyson has now reinvented himself and reclaimed a popularity that just a short time ago many would have thought to be next to impossible.Recently,Tyson was in town to promote The Pride Of Pittsburgh, part of his Iron Mike Productions boxing series. It appears that Mike Tyson and his partners have found a niche to profile and profit from his persona and celebrity.The day before the fights took place, a meet and greet took place at ‘Smoker Friendly,’ a cigar aficionado’s establishment, located in Pittsburgh’s uptown section just a stone’s throw from the Consol Energy Center where the fights were held on August 8, 2014.As I approached the venue there was a line of Tyson fans at least 3/4 of a block long lining the outside of the store waiting to be admitted to see, be photographed with and get personal articles autographed by the boxing icon.As I entered I was ushered to a room at the rear of the store. When I entered the designated V.I.P. area it seemed as if I had boarded a time machine and had been transported to the ‘golden years’ of boxing.There were a few men puffing and chomping on cigars seated comfortably on expensive leather chairs. There were not any boxing deals being crafted, at least as I could tell but nevertheless the “champ” was surrounded by his “handlers,” and the room had a “aroma of tobacco.”I can’t say smoke filled room because “Smoker Friendly” had one of the better ventilation systems that I have seen in quite a while. I was also pleasantly surprised to see two of my childhood friends from Lawrenceville, Cornell Royster and his brother “Jones,” as part of the Pittsburgh “Iron Mike” inner circle.The Royster brothers were the purveyors of fine cigars long before it was fashionable.After I was seated, I witnessed fan after fan enter the room with objects to be signed, no not just signed but sanctioned. Tyson also seemed to validate periods of the lives of these fans through osmosis, just the simple act of “rubbing of elbows” with the “champ.”During my chat with Tyson he was raw yet sensitive in regards to the positives and negatives of his life.“I don’t know whether you can say my career was revitalized but I just grew up and now I am dealing with responsibilities. Responsibility was hard to deal with because I never had to deal with responsibility before. Now I have to deal with my kids making sure that they get to school on time, things I did not have to deal with before.”Tyson also pointed out that focusing on his children helped to increase the focus in other areas of his life. “Focusing on my kids also helped to keep me from backsliding into my old habits like the drugs because there were things that are now more important. I’ve become more humble, I know that if you even mention the word “humble” it might mean that you’re not, but kids will humble you as well as having to think about doing things for other people. You know buying presents for my family and friends and just doing things for other people, has helped me get away from selfishness.”Tyson also pointed out that he didn’t deal with success as a young kid very well. “I come from the sewage of Brooklyn, New York,” he says matter-of-factly, “and the next thing you know by the time that I am fourteen I am an internationally successful fighter. Only the Lord knows how you can handle that because just like a lot of these pro football athletes come from broken homes and all of a sudden they are famous with all of this money.”Tyson got a little shimmer in his eye when I asked him, What would Cus D’Amato be saying to him [Tyson] if he was still alive?“He would have me fighting. He would say “you should be fighting. There is nothing wrong with you, get in the gym and lose some weight, you should be fighting.” He would take my son, my daughter who trains in the gym with us. With Cus everybody would have to fight.”Mike Tyson has won and lost many battles, admitting that he; “sniffed cocaine off of the butts of strippers” something many men would secretly love to do, to battling and defeating drugs, volatile relationships and quite simply periods of self destructive behavior, but the biggest victory that Tyson seems to have achieved is having won the battle with himself.Aubrey Bruce may be reached at: [email protected] or 412.583.6741Follow him on Twitter @ultrascribelast_img read more

Santa Clarita Halloween Calendar

first_img“Frankenstein” will be presented, 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through Oct. 29 at the Canyon Theatre Guild, 24242 San Fernando Road, Newhall. Tickets: $10-$13 for adults and $8-$10 for students and seniors. Call (661) 799-2702. “I Sincerely Doubt That This Old House is Very Haunted” will be presented, 2 p.m. Saturdays and 6:30 p.m. Sundays through Oct. 30 at the Canyon Theatre Guild, 24242 San Fernando Road, Newhall. Tickets: $10-$13 for adults and $8-$10 for students and seniors. Call (661) 799-2702. Lombardi Ranch will offer thousands of pumpkins to choose from, wagon rides, face painting, a petting zoo, pony rides and Scarecrow Alley, Saturdays and Sundays in October at 29527 Bouquet Canyon Road, Saugus. Admission is free, with a small fee for certain activities. Call (661) 296-8697. Fright Fest will feature live entertainment, ghosts, goblins, mazes and plenty of spooky special effects, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays in October and Oct. 31 at Six Flag California’s Magic Mountain, 26101 Magic Mountain Parkway, Valencia. Admission: $49.99. Parking: $10. Call (661) 255-4111. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Fall Festival will feature carnival games, a magic show, a silent auction, food, an obstacle course and a costume parade, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. today at the Castaic Sports Complex, 31230 Castaic Road, Castaic. Call (661) 294-1242. Molar Manor, a haunted-house fundraiser, will feature entertainment and an “evil clown carnival,” 5-10 p.m. today in the Valencia Industrial Center at 27820 Fremont Court, Unit 1, Valencia. Cost: $5 for spectator pass, $10 for general admission and $20 for a fast pass. Proceeds will benefit the Children’s Dental Health Foundation, the Children’s Liver Association for Support Services and Community and Law Enforcement Aware Response. Call (661) 259-6142. Halloween program will feature stories, a short movie, a craft and treats, 3:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Newhall Library, 22704 W. 9th St., Newhall. Wear your costume and get a treat. Call (661) 259-0750. Golftoberfest will feature golf played at night with glowing golf balls, a dinner of bratwurst, sausages and sauerkraut served with Octoberfest beer and an auction, all to benefit the Samuel Dixon Family Health Center, 5-11 p.m. Friday at Vista Valencia Golf Course, 24700 Trevino Drive, Valencia. Call Sara Hagen at (661) 678-5116. Monster Mash Dance will feature dancing to the music of Jimmy Sax and Flat Broke, 7:30-10:30 p.m. Friday at the SCV Senior Center, 22900 Market St., Newhall. Costumes are encouraged. Cost: $5. Call (661) 259-9444. Halloween Costume Contest & Dance, 7:30 p.m. Friday at Suburbia, 26846 Oak Ave., Canyon Country. Cost: $10. Visit www.hlproductions.com. Santa Clarita Valley Business Group Fall Fest Expo will feature a pancake breakfast, business booths, a bounce house and more all with the theme “Trick or Treat,” 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Oct. 29 at Creative Years Nursery School, 21710 Golden Triangle Road, Santa Clarita. Call Katri Tyni at (661) 254-0718 Or Kym Cappi at (661) 251-5929. Spooky Family Crafting event will feature Halloween stamping on cookies, 1-2:30 p.m. Oct. 29 at Timeless Memories, 24922 Anza Drive, No. B, Valencia. Cost: $15 for one adult and one child; $2 for each additional cookie and $5 for each additional child. Call (661) 295-8490 or visit www.timelessmems.com. Halloween Funfest and costume contest, 4-5:30 p.m. Oct. 29 at Chesebrough Park, 23505 Sunset Hills Drive, Valencia. Call Steve Treatman at (661) 297-1699. Halloween Party for kids, 5-7 p.m. and for adults 21 and over, 8 p.m.-close Oct. 29 at The Londoner, 18511 Soledad Canyon Road, Canyon Country. Cost: $5. Proceeds will benefit the Yes I Can program at Golden Valley High School. Call (661) 755-4813. Parents Without Partners Halloween party, 7 p.m. Oct. 29 at the home of club President Melda Somers, 23939 Windward Lane, Valencia. Call (661) 253-1301. Haunted Jailhouse & Halloween Carnival will feature department displays, game booths, a costume contest and hauntingly fun jail cells, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 30 at the Santa Clarita Valley sheriff’s station, 23740 W. Magic Mountain Parkway, Valencia. A $1 donation is requested. Call (661) 255-1121. Harvest Party will feature games, food and candy with the theme “Hail to Our Heroes,” 6-8 p.m. Oct. 31 at New Life Assembly of God Church, 27053 Honby Ave., Canyon Country. Call (661) 251-2770. To submit an event to the Daily News Halloween Calendar, contact Sharon Cotal at (661) 257-5256, fax her at (661) 257-5262, e-mail her at [email protected] or write her at 24800 Avenue Rockefeller, Valencia, CA 91355. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Flabbergast: “Primitive” Human Ancestors Were Sailors

first_imgCould the headline be any more shocking if it read, “iPod found in King Tut’s tomb”?  Heather Pringle began a report in National Geographic News with, “It wasn’t supposed to happen like this.”  Stone tools alleged to be up to 130,000 years old have been found on the island of Crete.    Since Crete is believed to have been surrounded by Mediterranean waters for five million years, this means that human ancestors thought to be too primitive to show modern behavior were intentional seafarers.  Moreover, the hundreds of stone tools found at nine locations suggest that groups of them came over to set up sustainable populations.  They did not drift out there accidentally.  This implies intent, purpose, “curiosity, and the desire for exploration.” How will this affect current theories on the origin of humans?It’s been thought that the early humans of this time period were not capable of devising boats or even simple rafts—technology considered an expression of modern behavior.  Homo sapiens practicing modern behaviors, such as wearing jewelry and making art didn’t begin to appear until around a hundred thousand years ago.    But the new discoveries hint that these human ancestors were capable of much more sophisticated planning, cooperation, and construction—in this case, boat building—than their simple stone tools would suggest.“I was flabbergasted,” [Curtis] Runnels [Boston U] said.  “The idea of finding tools from this very early time period on Crete was about as believable as finding an iPod in King Tut’s tomb.”According to the evolutionary timeline, the sailors must have been Homo neanderthalensis or even Homo erectus.  Human ancestors were thought to have walked out of Africa.  Now, it shows they could have boated, too.  The find will no doubt buttress controversial claims that Homo erectus was capable of boat-building (see, for example, 10/20/2003), and that the “Hobbits” arrived on the island of Flores over sea.    Anthropologists who never thought to look for evidence on islands may have to start looking.  “If ancient humans were crossing the Mediterranean, Runnels said, then they certainly could have crossed other water barriers, such as the Red Sea or the Gulf of Aden,” Pringle wrote.  Runnel added, “And that means that the assumptions that we have had—that the peopling of Eurasia was done by early hominins moving overland through the Near East, into India and down—will have to be revisited.”Enough surprises like this are equivalent to a Precambrian rabbit (02/11/2010).  If evolutionists won’t pay attention to the elephant in the room, don’t expect them to notice the rabbits hopping all around their feet, let alone the pharoahs with iPods.    A simple application of Bayes’ Theorem can assess the fate of the evolutionary hypothesis in light of this new evidence.  The hypothesis is that modern man emerged from primitive ancestors over millions of years.  The prior probability of this hypothesis has been deemed high by most evolutionary anthropologists.  The evidence is stone tools on an island requiring sophisticated seafaring skills.  The probability of the evidence is one, since it is observed.  The probability of this evidence given the hypothesis is very low.  The probability of the hypothesis has just been substantially reduced.  Therefore, the posterior probability of the hypothesis, given the evidence, being the product of the probability of the evidence given the hypothesis and the probability of the hypothesis, divided by the probability of the evidence, has been substantially reduced.  The Darwinian hypothesis is rejected.    Using the same updating of probabilities, we can assess the likelihood of the creation hypothesis.  It states that man has always been intelligent and capable of purposeful, symbolic behavior.  An adjunct of the creation hypothesis is that human technology suffered a substantial setback during the Flood, so would have shown slow advancement wherever it is found – having had to start from scratch again.  Because the probability of the evidence given the hypothesis is high, the probability of the hypothesis given the evidence is increased.  The posterior probability of the creation hypothesis has then increased by the new evidence.  The creation hypothesis is confirmed.(Visited 9 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Tariff threats from China frustrating agriculture

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Across the nation those involved in agriculture are expressing frustration (to put it mildly, in some cases) about the escalation of a trade dispute that has resulted in China’s announcement of a proposed 25% tariff on imported U.S. soybeans.It does not take many guesses to figure out the topic of most concern heard by U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue as he toured Ohio yesterday.“[President Trump] understands that agriculture, based on its bountiful production, is always the tip of the spear on retaliatory measures. He is convinced that this will not be the case this time. He asked me to tell the farmers in Ohio, Kentucky, and Michigan exactly that,” Perdue said. “We have a renewed agreement with Korea and we have maintained that business. I do think there is optimism regarding NAFTA, which will help reduce that anxiety a little. Then we cope with China. These announcements are just the beginning. Hopefully the announcements from both sides will bring both countries to the table to address some of the unfair trade practices we believe China has engaged in, particularly intellectual property theft. Most farmers are Americans first and patriots. They want people to play by the rules. They do and they expect others to play by the rules. President Trump is the first President who has called out China for not playing by the rules. I think most farmers understand that, they just don’t want to be the only ones sacrificing in that arena.”But at a time when commodity prices are mired in the worst agricultural economy in 16 years, a trade war with by far the largest importer of U.S. soybeans is a big ask for agriculture. China said that its 25% tariff will only go into effect based on the course of action the administration takes moving forward.U.S. agriculture is nervous and calling upon President Trump to counter China’s policies on intellectual property in a way that does not require tariffs and engage the Chinese in a constructive manner that will achieve a positive result for soybean farmers.“A 25% tariff on U.S. soybean exports to China not only will have a devastating effect on every Ohio soybean farmer, but it will also hurt every Ohioan who relies upon a healthy rural economy,” said Scott Metzger, Ohio Soybean Association first vice president and Ross County soybean farmer. “This retaliatory action by China was both predictable and avoidable, and it is the reason soybean farmers asked the Trump Administration not to impose tariffs against China in the first place.”OSA (along with pretty much everyone else involved with agriculture) is calling on the White House to reconsider proposed tariffs imposed upon China that led to this retaliation. China purchases 61% of total U.S. soybean exports and more than 30% of overall U.S. soybean production.“It is a big concern. China doesn’t have to enact a wholesale abandonment of U.S. soybeans to have a significant impact on the profitability of the U.S. soybean farmer. All that is required is a percentage of their historic sales shifting to Brazil or Argentina. If that happens it can be the difference between soybeans being at a profitable level or being 50 cents less and going into the red,” said Mike Steenhoek, executive director of the Soy Transportation Coalition. “The rise of China has been a real boon to the U.S. soybean farmer. It would be nice if our government was a facilitator to that and not a barrier.”Soybeans are Ohio’s largest crop and top agricultural export. According to the Ohio Development Services Agency, Ohio’s $1.8 billion in soybean exports in 2017 accounted for more than 3.5% of all Ohio commodity exports. Soybean futures following the announcement quickly dropped nearly 40 cents a bushel, which, at a projected U.S. 2018 crop of 4.3 billion bushels, cost American soybean farmers $1.72 billion in value.“I knew it was coming,” said Ian Sheldon, an agricultural economist, who serves as the Andersons Chair in Agricultural Marketing, Trade and Policy with The Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES). “This is obviously going to hurt farmers.”If the China does follow through with the tariff threats and American soybean prices in China go up, other countries could step up to supply more soybeans to China, and they could be sold cheaper without the tariffs. In the long term, that could cause the United States to permanently lose a significant share of the soybean market, Sheldon said.“U.S. farmers may not be able to grab that market share back,” he said.Across the United States, about one in every three rows of soybeans grown is exported to China, said Ben Brown, who runs CFAES’s farm management program, which provides farm policy and market information to Ohio farmers and others. A 25% tariff on American soybeans in China would change that ratio to one out of every five soybean rows grown going to China, Brown said.“The soybeans that don’t get sold to China are going to need a buyer somewhere,” he said.Soybeans are one of 106 U.S. products with proposed tariffs in China announced on April 4. In addition to agriculture, the other two main areas targeted are aircraft and automobiles.China’s tariff threat is the latest move in an ongoing back and forth with China that began March 8 when President Donald Trump imposed 25% tariffs on imported steel and a 10% tariff on imported aluminum from most countries, including China.If the Chinese impose the tariff on soybeans, as well as on other agricultural products that they have announced, including pork and wine and a proposal to add beef, it could change farmers’ opinion of Trump, which has been largely supportive, Sheldon said.“This may be the straw that breaks the camel’s back,” he said. “I think farmers haven’t walked away from the administration yet, but they might, in time.”last_img read more

31 Consecutive Days of Geocaching? Challenge Accepted

first_imgNothing says we mean business more than an orange sweatband.Some will call us crazy. Others will say we’ve lost our minds. Our grandmothers may even go so far to say we’re off our rockers. But we, the Geocaching HQ staff, consider ourselves audacious…with a sprinkle of scrappy thrown in the mix. Why? Because when asked about 31 days of (consecutive!) geocaching, we said “challenge accepted.”Partner Programs Manager Annie Love (Username: Love) says, “My longest streak before this was 10 days so this is a good challenge to top that. If I can succeed that will definitely be a thumbs up moment! I will be setting myself calendar reminders everyday to be sure I don’t forget.”For now, we’re busy plotting our strategy and mentally and physically preparing for the month of August (see video below). We can guarantee you that come Wednesday, when we are not in the office, we will be out frantically trying to log one…more…find. And we know that many of you will be doing the same!Over the next four weeks, we will be sharing our stories – our triumphs and failures, bumps and bruises, and (of course) all the muggles and nanos – as we log our way one day at a time to success. We are proud to be a part of the global geocaching community and we are honored to  be able to share in this crazy month of geocaching with you …we just hope that we can keep up! Most of all, we are excited to hear your stories because we know they will help to inspire us when the going gets tough. Best of luck to you and yours.Let the games begin.– Geocaching HQ StaffShare with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedDear Geocaching Diary: Orange Headbands for the WinSeptember 1, 2013In “Community”2020 Geocaching HQ souvenir momentsDecember 10, 2019In “Learn”Inside Geocaching HQ Podcast Transcript (Episode 3): Geocaching® app & retirement of Classic appMay 10, 2018In “Community”last_img read more

Wedoist Introduces Real-Time Contemporary Project Management

first_imgAmir Salihefendic, the mastermind of Todoist and Plurk, has introduced another -ism with Wedoist. Wedoist is a real-time project management tool – think along Basecamp lines. Amir has folded into the system a number of tech trends, hoping to point the product into the future. Wedoist offers the following features. Real-time updates on everythingStatus updatesTask managerGroup chat “I think one of the most interesting things about Wedoist is the technology stack, which uses Comet for all updates, said Wedoist’s developer Amir Salihefendic. “This means that each change gets broad-casted to everyone in a team instantly.” In tackling online project management, Amir and friends are entering a crowded field. Aside from Basecamp, there is the well-established Zoho, PBWorks, LiquidPlanner, Huddle, Clarizen and ActiveCollab.Perhaps the real-time features will keep it in the field, but will they allow it to stand out? Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting curt hopkins A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#enterprise#web Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Rose talks fame, fatherhood, Cavs and redemption

first_imgWATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:48NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police 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 Games Rose is past his latest surgery, one that repaired his meniscus and, probably mercifully, ended his season with the Knicks. He isn’t worried about how the now-tenuous trade between Boston and Cleveland with the principals being star point guards Kyrie Irving and Isaiah Thomas works out; Rose is willing to play with either one.Cavaliers general manager Koby Altman said when signing the 6-foot-2 Rose that he would be a good fit. Altman added he knew Rose could have signed with a number of teams, but he signed with Cleveland because of “his specific mindset, goals and total focus and commitment to winning.”Rose, 28, has no doubt he’ll be ready for the season.He has been working out at least five days a week, strength work some days, agility work other days, along with on-court work.Last year fuels him, in many ways. It started with him facing a civil trial in Los Angeles over a rape allegation that a jury did not believe. It ended with him playing for a bad team in New York, the Knicks season dominated by drama off the floor — the Jim Dolan-Charles Oakley mess, the eventual departure of Phil Jackson and the still-going talk of Carmelo Anthony getting traded someplace.“On the court was when it was the craziest to me,” Rose said. “Some of the strategies and all that, I didn’t understand. It was confusing. It was just a learning experience.”Rose’s rise was meteoric: Grew up amid poverty in Chicago, then saw basketball as an escape route and way to take care of his mother and family. In 2006, he hit a shot to win an Illinois state high school championship. Only five years later, he was MVP of the NBA.Then came the injuries : the ACL tear in 2012 and three meniscus surgeries since, along with back, hamstring, ankle and foot issues as well. Out of a possible 164 games in the 2012-13 and 2013-14 seasons, Rose appeared in 10. The love affair in Chicago between a native son and the Bulls was clearly waning. He finally got traded to New York in June 2016.The lowest of the low points in Chicago, on the injury front, may have been when he made the statement about how he didn’t want to be sore at his son’s graduation. He doesn’t regret saying it, or the fallout that it caused.What Rose was trying to do was illustrate how being active in his son’s life matters to him. It just came out less than perfectly, and he believes the message got twisted. LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa “He’s the only reason that I’m playing this game,” Rose said of his son. “My dad wasn’t around. So my mom was that figure for me. I want to be the example to my son, the dad that I didn’t have. He’s going to do what he wants to do, but sometimes he’s going to be like, ‘Damn, Pops was right all these times.’ It’s going to hit him one day.”Thing is, Derrick Rose’s son will never grow up poor like the way Derrick Rose did. His father has earned somewhere around $300 million in contracts and endorsements.“He gets joy just being around immediate family and reminiscing about how things used to be financially before now,” Reggie Rose said. “You can see the glow in his face when he talks about the old times.”He gets the same glow when he talks about what’s coming next.Rose knows people doubt whether he can still play. He doesn’t share those doubts. And though he won’t say so, he wouldn’t mind proving some wrong.“When I get on a good team and I’m still hooping the same way, what are you going to say then?” Rose said. “The only thing that you’ll can say is that I can still play.” Most people don’t know these things. Rose doesn’t care if people know these things.Here’s what Rose hopes people know, or at least soon know: He believes he’s still among the NBA elite. So for Rose, this season alongside LeBron James with the Cleveland Cavaliers is a reset, maybe a redemption, maybe even a reinvention. He made $21 million last season; he’ll make about $2 million this season after signing for the minimum, even after averaging 18 points with the dysfunctional New York Knicks a year ago.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 shutoutNow — recovered from a fourth knee surgery — Rose is set to start anew and resume chasing what would be his first NBA title.“I’ve always been into movies,” Rose said. “And I’ve always asked why you don’t see famous actors all the time. Why don’t you see George Clooney? For real, why don’t you see him? It always comes back to how they don’t want the fame. So when I got into the NBA, I never wanted to tap into that. LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. In this Friday, Aug. 25, 2017, photo, Cleveland Cavaliers point guard, Derrick Rose poses for a photo at his agent’s Wasserman Media Group offices in Los Angeles. Rose, 28, the former MVP is coming off a fourth knee surgery, though now will be pairing with LeBron James and joining a team that has made three consecutive trips to the NBA Finals. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)LOS ANGELES — Derrick Rose has some secrets.He often plays chess online against random people who have no idea that their king is being attacked by the 2011 NBA MVP. He was a decent tennis and baseball player in high school. He’s spent a good amount of time this summer studying the life of Albert Einstein. He watches documentaries.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief MOST READ Philippines pitiful as usual Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses View comments Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension “Personally, that’s just not me.”In an interview with The Associated Press about his offseason and his future, Rose said he believes he’s misunderstood by many, but realized long ago that he’s not interested in changing those misconceptions.“I’m stubborn,” Rose said. “I like moving at my own pace. So as long as I’m not harming anybody, I feel like I’ve got the right to do that. People think that I’m cocky, reckless, unruly. That’s not me. That’s not who I portray myself as. But it’s not up to me to care or worry about that. My family and friends know the person that I really am.”Rose is a self-described introvert, someone who rarely posts on social media. He does his own thing, without apologies. He arrives in China this week to promote his latest adidas shoe, is hopeful to have a place to live in Cleveland picked out by the time he gets back to the U.S. from that trip, and has been so busy this summer with on-court work that there’s been little time for much else — not even a haircut or shave, both of which he thinks are desperately needed.“I’m not going to lie to you; the last two or three years, Derrick has been through a lot mentally,” said his older brother, Reggie Rose. “When you’re losing more than you’re winning, it can get difficult. So with him going to be in a winning environment again now, able to see how LeBron prepares himself, the things LeBron does with his body, Derrick can incorporate that into his own game.”ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Ind vs Eng: Swann promises there will be no let-up

first_imgWhile praising Rahul Dravid for his resolute batting, England off-spinner Graeme Swann today said that there will be no let-up from their side when the fourth and final Test against India starts here on Thursday.”We are not thinking (the) series is over. Any backslapping and pat on the back can save itself for November,” Swann, whose side has already taken an unassailable 3-0 lead in the series and the world No. 1 ranking, said.Swann cited the example of last Ashes series in Australia where England entered the final Test in Sydney with the 2-1 advantage in the series, but showed no signs of complacency, winning the game by an innings and 83 runs.”After Melbourne Test, everyone said the hard work had been done and wouldn’t blame England for taking their foot off the pedal. But we reserved our best in Sydney.”If we are at the halfway mark in this Test, we would be doing very well. Besides, nobody would like to be in the room with (coach Andy) Flower if we did take our foot off.”As far as Dravid was concerned, the offie was full of praise. “He has been exceptional. He has challenged our bowlers the most. He has used his feet and crease very well. He’s looked in real good form. He’s the wicket which is cherished the most. Once you get him, you sense it should send shockwave through the Indian batting. The wall or rock or whatever you call him is gone. You sense you’re a little further into their batting,” Swann said.advertisementEngland’s pace bowling has been devastating in the series but they were dealt a blow after James Anderson was reported unfit for the Oval Test.”He’s fine. I didn’t know he was injured. He didn’t seem to be limping when out of car. He said it was just stiffness.When he’s doing well, he is hungry to keep it going. If not, he doesn’t mind a week’s off.”Despite the Anderson blow, England are not worried as they have a strong bench strength.”When we missed Chris Tremlett, we thought it as a big loss but (Chris Bresnan) Bressi has been unbelievable over the last two Tests. We have a vast stock of fast bowling ? I don’t know from where they all are coming but they all are around at the same time.”While his side has dominated India in all the three Tests, Swann himself hasn’t had a very good series, picking up four wickets at 80.25.”It would be nice to play a bit more role. I did bowl well at Edgbaston but was disgusted with my bowling at Trent Bridge. It’s my home ground but you feel like taking leave when Tests come around at that venue.”It hasn’t been a hot and dry summer. Someone up there looked after us by giving cloudy and moisture conditions. I hope it’s dry out there but there are 3-4 guys hoping it’s a bit damp.”Despite the Indian batting’s failure to reach the 300-mark in six innings here, Swann felt the visitors could give a better account of themselves at the Oval.”The break India had from Test cricket worked in our favour. India went to West Indies which is 100 degrees and not swinging. Conditions are completely different here. I certainly wouldn’t write off Indians. We need to be on top of our games to keep them under 300.”Swann also found it hard to believe that the series has panned out in a way he had wanted, but added that the real test would be the tour of the sub-continent where they play against Pakistan, Sri Lanka and India later this year.”When we went to Loughbrough (cricket academy), if anyone had looked how we plotted, he would have found it incredibly implausible given the results we have had. Anyone would’ve seemed sensationalist what we had on the board but it has panned out exactly so.”The litmus test though would be where we are as a team if we do well in those very hostile conditions.”- With inputs from PTIlast_img read more