Former UCLA, NBA star Walt Hazzard dies

first_imgBRUIN CO-CAPTAIN—In this March 23, 1964 photo, UCLA’s Walt Hazzard, right, carries the NCAA’s basketball championship trophy as the team arrives from Kansas City at LAX in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Harold Matosian, File) He had a stroke in March 1996 and made a strong recovery, but became less publicly active. He made occasional appearances at UCLA games in recent years.Hazzard was co-captain of the 1964 national title team that went 30-0 under coach John Wooden. He averaged a career-high 18.6 points as a senior playmaking guard. He was chosen college basketball’s player of the year, having averaged 19.8 points in the NCAA tournament, where he was selected as the most valuable player.As a junior, Hazzard led the Bruins with a 16.3 scoring average and they won 20 games for the first time since 1957. In his sophomore season, he averaged 13.2 points and the Bruins reached the Final Four for the first time in school history, losing by two points to eventual national champion Cincinnati in the semifinals.In 1996, UCLA retired his No. 42 jersey.“Walt was one of the pillars of UCLA’s first championship team in men’s basketball,” current coach Ben Howland said. “He was a great player and an outstanding coach at UCLA. He is a huge part of the Bruin legacy, and he left life-long memories for the Bruin faithful.”Hazzard helped the U.S. win a gold medal at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics and played 10 years in the NBA, including a stint with the Los Angeles Lakers, who made him the No. 1 overall pick.Hazzard averaged 12.6 points and 4.9 assists during his career with the Lakers, Seattle, Atlanta, Buffalo and Golden State. He ranked among the league’s top 10 in assists during six of his seasons. In 1968, he averaged 23.9 points and 6.2 assists, culminating in an appearance in the All-Star game.During his four years as UCLA coach, the Bruins had a 77-47 record. In 1985, he led them to the school’s first NIT championship. In 1987, UCLA won the Pac-10 title and the league’s first postseason tournament with future NBA star Reggie Miller in the lineup. They finished with a 25-7 mark, losing in the second round of the NCAA tournament, with Hazzard selected league coach of the year.“Thoughts and prayers go out to the Hazzard family on your loss,” Miller tweeted Friday night. “Coach Hazzard was not only a STUD point guard at UCLA under Coach Wooden…But a great Coach as well. He helped shaped me into the ball player I was, thanks so much Coach..”“This is a sad day for the UCLA basketball family,” Bruins athletic director Dan Guerrero said.“Walt was the catalyst for Coach John Wooden’s first championship team and played the game with a style that excited Bruin basketball fans everywhere. He contributed to his alma mater in numerous ways, including as a student-athlete, coach and honored alum, and he will be greatly missed by all of us knew him.”Hazzard, a native of Wilmington, Del., starred at Philadelphia’s Overbrook High, where Wilt Chamberlain had played years earlier. During his three-year varsity basketball career, Hazzard led the school to an 89-3 record and two city titles. He also played baseball and ran track, and was student body president.Hazzard is survived by wife Jaleesa, a Bruins song girl during the 1964 NCAA title season, and sons Yakub, Jalal, Khalil and Rasheed. During his NBA career, Hazzard converted to Islam and changed his name to Mahdi Abdul-Rahman. He felt the change was poorly received and cost him professional opportunities so he returned to using his given name professionally while remaining a devout Muslim. by Beth HarrisLOS ANGELES (AP)—Walt Hazzard, the former UCLA and NBA star who played on the Bruins’ first NCAA championship basketball team in 1964 and later coached the team for four seasons in the 1980s, died Friday. He was 69.Hazzard’s family said he had been recuperating for a long time from complications following heart surgery. The school said Hazzard died at UCLA Ronald Reagan Medical Center.last_img read more

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United Ways from Washington and Oregon Form Regional Organization

first_imgSubmitted by United Way of Thurston CountyUnited Way is a vital part of the support network for the community.United Way Associations in Washington and Oregon are joining together to have a stronger impact on education, income and health outcomes in the Pacific Northwest.Thirty-nine United Ways in the multi-state region, including United Way of Thurston County agreed to form United Ways of the Pacific Northwest last month and will participate in this enhanced regional trade association. Each local United Way is fully independent and focused on their local community. By coming together in this larger regional strategic collaboration, they will be able to do more for their local communities as well as have a wider impact regionally.  United Ways of the Pacific Northwest supports training and skill development for local United Way staff and boards, advocates for state level public policy and systems change and supports initiatives to grow the value and outcomes of United Ways across the region.“We’re excited about the possibilities moving forward,” said Executive Director of United Way of Thurston County, Paul Knox. “By working together, we will be able to do more for our communities,” he added. Knox was the Chair of United Ways of Washington in 2014 and will continue to serve on the executive committee of the newly formed organization.The current president and CEO of United Ways of Washington, Jim Cooper, will play the same role for the new, expanded organization.“At the end of the day, collaborating throughout the region will help us bring in additional resources and make it possible to have a larger impact on the communities we serve,” said Cooper.The new organization includes 23 members from United Ways of Washington and 16 from the Association of United Ways in Oregon. Two longtime members of United Ways of Washington are headquartered in Idaho.The full slate of officers for United Ways of the Pacific Northwest include:Chair: Dennis Smith (President and CEO of United Way of Snohomish County)Vice Chair: Keith Thomajan (President and CEO of United Way of the Columbia-Willamette)Treasurer: Peter Theisen (President and CEO of United Way of Whatcom County)Secretary: Debra Lancaster (Executive Director, United Way of Skagit County)Past Chair: Paul Knox (Executive Director, United Way of Thurston County) Facebook6Tweet0Pin0 The new organization can be found online , on Facebook  and on Twitter @UWPNW.last_img read more

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Rossland/Trail 1 cruises to Bantam House Hockey Title

first_imgBy The Nelson Daily SportsBoth Nelson teams were shut out of the medals at the West Kootenay Minor Hockey Bantam House Championship during the weekend in Nelson.Nelson 1 and Nelson 2 failed to make it into the medal round after round robin action.Rossland/Trail 1 proved to be too much for the rest of the field as the squad dumped Beaver Valley 6-1 to capture the West Kootenay Minor Hockey Bantam House Championship Sunday at the NDCC Arena.In five games Rossland/Trail 1 out scored the opposition 37-6.Nelson 2 felt the sting of the Rossland/Trail 1 offence after the Silver City squad bounced its regional rivals 10-2 Thursday to open the 10-team tournament.Austin Meehan gave Nelson 1 a 1-0 lead before Rossland/Trail 1 scored the next seven goals. Jacob Timmermans scored the final goal for Nelson 2.Saturday, Nelson 2 saw the West Kootenay Wildcats score the winning goal in the final minute of the game to post a 3-2 victory. Spencer Szabo and Justin Willness scored for Nelson 2.Later in the day, Nelson 1 tried to play spoiler but fell victim to a few late goals as Beaver Valley skated away with a 6-4 victory.Szabo scored twice with Cole Sutherland and Peewee House call up Kyle Hall adding singles.Beaver Valley snapped a 4-4 tie with two goals in the final five minutes of the game to pull out the win.Nelson 1 suffered the same results at their crosstown rivals.Nelson 1 lost 5-3 to Rossland/Trail 2 to open the tournament. Micah May scored twice with Jentry Bojey adding a single for Nelson 2.Grand Forks then stole a 4-3 win Saturday before Nelson 1 routed Castlegar 8-1 to close out the tourney with a 1-2 record.Nathan Moore and Lucas Rangust scored three and two goals, respectively, to lead Nelson 2. Bojey, Liam Sharelove and May also scored for Nelson 1.May scored all three goals during loss by Nelson 1 to Grand [email protected]last_img read more

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Remembering Mandoza: Kwaito star 1978 – 2016

first_imgCD AndersonKwaito king and crossover hit-maker Mandoza passed away on 18 September 2016; his death follows a diagnosis of pharyngeal cancer a year ago. A consummate live performer, Mandoza appeared live for the last time at the SABC’s Thank You concert in Johannesburg a week before his death.He leaves behind a prolific body of work that included the smash hit Nkalakatha, loved by South Africans from all walks of life.Born Mduduzi Tshabalala in Zola, Soweto in 1978, Mandoza took his stage name from a popular 1990s cartoon character, Fat Dog Mendoza. His name was first heard as part of Chiskop, one of the groups at the forefront of kwaito’s rise in social consciousness during the early 1990s. Mentored by kwaito pioneer and impresario Arthur Mafokate, Mandoza began his solo career in 1999.Together with producer Gabi le Roux, he released the album Nkalakatha (kwaito slang for top dog) in 2000. The title track topped the charts on both black and white radio stations.The song, with its distinctive riff, catchy chorus and Mandoza’s street tough vocal delivery, become one of South Africa’s first genuine post-democratic crossover classics, an almost unofficial national anthem. It was heard across the country and the world. From international sporting events to shebeens, clubs and boerejols alike, Mandoza got all South Africans dancing, together.He sang in a number of local languages, including English and Afrikaans, which further cemented his wide appeal across the racial and language divide.Remembering his collaborator, Le Roux highlighted Mandoza’s unifying factor, telling IOL how the singer had the ability to find audiences even among the most “right-wing and racist” communities and making them think a little more about the rest of the country. “We can take Mandoza as an example that a good song and an artist like that can bring us together,” Le Roux added.A multiplatinum best-seller, Nkalakatha helped Mandoza sweep the 2001 South African Music Awards. He won five awards, including Song of the Year and Best Male Vocalist.While he never again reached the heights of the song that made him a household name in South Africa, Mandoza was nonetheless prolific and successful in his post-Nkalakatha career. He released an album a year between 2002 and 2011, including Godoba, Tornado and his popular collaboration with singer Danny K, Same Difference.In 2004, he was voted the 77th Greatest South African in a nationwide poll, alongside boxer “Baby” Jake Matlala and Nobel Prize-winning author Nadine Gordimer.Mandoza’s son, Tokollo Tshabalala, told SABC how proud he was of his father’s personal and professional accomplishments. “My dad died a proud man because he had everything he wanted in life. Every time he’d tell me that he never got a chance to spend time with his dad‚ so all he ever wanted was to raise his children.”Following his death, Arts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa spoke about how Mandoza had contributed immensely to nation-building through his music: ” (Mandoza) detailed his experiences, the mistakes he had made, and encouraged his audience to reach for their dreams, give back to their communities once successful.”Mandoza is survived by his wife, Mpho, and his children.#RIPMandoza: Twitter reactsGlad to have been part of the Generation that witnessed his greatenes. #RIPMandoza pic.twitter.com/yyuh96MzMP— Tlatsa video out!! (@PrinceMopheme) September 18, 2016Too many memories going through my mind tonight #RIPMandoza ? pic.twitter.com/0SDOU6O16H— Danny K (@dannykmusic) September 18, 2016Another music legend gone far too soon… Our thoughts are with all his loved ones. Rest In Peace #RIPMandoza pic.twitter.com/Gd9wQP0bnF— Mi Casa (@MiCasaMusic) September 18, 2016Really saddened to hear the news. Thank you for uplifting me and millions of others with your music. #RIPMandoza #Nkalakatha— Shaun Pollock (@7polly7) September 18, 2016#RIPMandoza Another legend gone too soon.— Gareth Cliff (@GarethCliff) September 18, 2016Five of Mandoza’s greatest hitsChiskop – KlaimarMandoza – Uzoyithola Kanjani; from his 1999 debut 9-II-5 Zola SouthM’du and Mandoza – 50-50Mandoza – TornadoMandoza and Danny K – FridaySource: ENCAWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SouthAfrica.info materiallast_img read more

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Lambing school next month

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Ohio Heartland Sheep Improvement Association (OHSIA) is sponsoring a lambing school on Saturday March 19 at the Mount Hope Livestock Auction Barn located at 8076 SR 241, Mt Hope, OH 44660 .  The lambing school will focus on both lambing and early lamb management and will run from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm.Dr. Eric Shaver, DVM, from East Holmes Veterinary Clinic in Berlin and Doug Clevenger, OSU/OARDC Beef and Sheep Research Manager and shepherd of the OARDC flock, will be teaching the school.   Dr. Shaver will cover care of the ewe and lamb from gestation through lambing and weaning.  Topics that will be addressed include nutrition, vaccinations, lambing supplies, handling lambing difficulties, tube feeding and getting the newborn lamb off to a good start.  Early lamb care including castration and tail docking will also be covered.   Doug Clevenger will cover sheep behavior with a focus on managing ewes and lambs at lambing time from a shepherd’s perspective.  A pizza lunch will be served at noon and following the meal participants can leave or they can stick around to have an informal discussion with the presenters and other experienced shepherds regarding lambing, lamb management and general sheep care.The cost to attend the lambing school is $25 for OHSIA members and $30 for non-OHSIA members.  For each additional person from the same farm or family who wants to attend and share handout materials, the cost is $15 for OHSIA members and $20 for non-OHSIA members.  The registration fee includes handout materials and a pizza lunch.  Registration opens at 8:45 am and the program begins at 9:30 am.  For more information about the lambing school contact Don Brown at 330-897-4320.last_img read more

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Clemson LB Ben Boulware Calls Out Twitter Troll, 3 Years Later, Regarding His Success

first_imgBen Boulware tweet.ben boulware takes on twitter trollClemson junior linebacker Ben Boulware, a former four-star recruit, has accomplished a great deal in his short career. Monday, he made sure that one of his doubters recognized that fact.Boulware, who was named Orange Bowl defensive MVP after his performance against Oklahoma, tweeted out a list of his accomplishments and tagged a Twitter troll who told him, back in 2012, that he would never even start for the Tigers.ACC champ, Orange Bowl MVP, 1st Team All-ACC…I hope you didn’t think I was going to forget @TrippWilliams60 pic.twitter.com/1l0j9abN2p— Ben Boulware (@benboulware7) January 25, 2016 Boulware likely still has one goal left in college – to win a national title. We’ll see if he can prove everyone wrong again in 2016.last_img read more

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Lily Cole Urges World Leaders To Take Action On Global Illiteracy Crisis

first_imgInternational actress, activist and businesswoman Lily Cole yesterday gave a speech to British politicians and American embassy representatives at the United Kingdom Houses of Parliament calling for urgent action to tackle the global illiteracy crisis, which afflicts one in 10 people alive today and means that one in four American children leave primary school unable to read or write.Lily Cole arrives at the Houses of Parliament in Westminster, London, to give a speech on behalf of Project LiteracyShe unveiled the ‘Alphabet of Illiteracy’, a new body of evidence showing illiteracy is the root cause of almost every major problem humanity faces, from A-Z. The full Alphabet can be explored here, but examples, drawn from a wealth of academic research and data, include:Gender inequality • Women are disproportionately likely to be unable to read or write: two thirds of the world’s illiterate adults (520 million) are female. • Each additional year of schooling a girl receives increases her earning ability by 10-20% and reduces the probability of postnatal child mortality by 10%.Infant mortality• Four to six years of literacy and education for women can lead to a 20% drop in infant deaths.Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)• In studies of female genital mutilation, more than 80% of the victims and up to 92% of mothers were illiterate and unemployed. • Educated and literate women more often support the discontinuation of FGM than uneducated/low-educated and illiterate peers.Radicalization• Studies of Boko Haram’s impact in Nigeria ranked illiteracy as the second highest factor in preventing youth radicalisation.Famous for her vocal belief in the importance of education, Cole was speaking in her role as Global Ambassador for Project Literacy – a campaign backed by 40 charities and education organizations, including UNESCO, the Bill, Hillary, and Chelsea Clinton Foundation, Microsoft and the World Literacy Foundation, convened by founding partner, Pearson.In her speech, Lily Cole said: “In our alphabet, A is for AIDS, because if you can’t read or write you are five times less likely to understand how people contract HIV. B is for bloodshed, because the rate of violent crimes such as murder and sexual assaults is almost double among the illiterate population. C is for child brides, because if all women had a primary education, child marriages would reduce by a sixth.”Explaining her support for the campaign, Cole said: “Illiteracy is not just a ‘developing world’ problem. It’s affecting children in the U.K and U.S, with one in four American children growing up unable to read or write. Illiteracy is also statistically related to many other global development issues. If we want to tackle many of the global challenges our world faces, we need to begin by properly addressing education and literacy.”The research forms part of a wider campaign to raise awareness about the devastating impact of illiteracy and to encourage the United Nations to create a more measureable illiteracy target within the Sustainable Development Goals.Dr. Dan Wagner, UNESCO Chair in Learning and Literacy at the University of Pennsylvania, said: “Literacy is a key component in achieving the UN’s sustainable development goals. Without literacy, each of the 17 goals will be limited by the inability of citizens to be sufficiently informed on key issues, and less empowered to take action. There is a strong argument that tackling illiteracy and low literacy, as a ‘foundational’ social problem, would pay greater dividends than tackling each issue separately.”Kate James, Chief Corporate Affairs Officer for Pearson and spokesperson for Project Literacy, said: “Illiteracy is a global challenge and we all need to pull together if we are to combat its devastating impact. Our hope is that Project Literacy will provide the umbrella for a global coalition of charities, businesses, and government who together can ensure literacy helps solve some of the world’s most pressing problems.”People can show their support by signing the Project Literacy petition at projectliteracy.com/petition. Created on behalf of the 757 million people around the world who cannot read or write, Project Literacy aims to gather one million signatures by International Literacy Day in September, when they will present it to the United Nations.To mark the launch, Project Literacy has created a film that outlines the serious issues that lie at the core of the Alphabet of Illiteracy, which improved literacy can positively impact. You can view the short film here.last_img read more

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Trump administration proposing major rollback of water rules

first_imgWASHINGTON — The Trump administration is poised to withdraw federal protections for countless waterways and wetlands across the country. Tuesday’s scheduled announcement at the Environmental Protection Agency headquarters would make good on President Donald Trump’s campaign pledge to relax some landmark water protections.Environmental groups say the proposal would have a sweeping impact on how the country safeguards the nation’s waterways and drinking water. President Bob Irvin of the American Rivers environmental non-profit calls the proposed changes a “Christmas gift to polluters.”White House talking points obtained by The Associated Press say the administration will propose withdrawing large categories of wetlands and waterways from oversight by the EPA and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.Supporters of a rollback say the protections are an obstacle to farmers and businesspeople.Ellen Knickmeyer, The Associated Presslast_img read more

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Early Years Health Roundup taking place March 7th for children aged zero

first_imgIf you can help, contact Heather McBryan, Early Years Community Development Coordinator at [email protected] or (250) 261-6278. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Early Years Health Roundup will be taking place on at the Totem Mall.The event is for kids up to the age of five, and runs from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The event is free to attend and includes dental and vision checks, hearing information, face painting, early literacy activities, infant development information, a hand washing demonstration, resources and community information, a developmental questionnaire, as well as experts on car seat safety and from the local fire department.The event is currently looking for volunteers and face painters to help out.last_img read more

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7 Indian players to play County cricket before World Test Cship opener

first_imgNew Delhi: Seven of India’s Test specialists may play a few games for various English county sides to prepare for the inaugural World Test Championship series in July and August. The players that BCCI have zeroed in are Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Prithvi Shaw, Hanuma Vihari, Mayank Agarwal, Ravichandran Ashwin and Ishant Sharma, who will play County cricket. Pujara already has a three-year contract with Yorkshire and is set to play there again. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh”Pujara’s contract was a deal between him and the county and it’s a long term deal,” a senior BCCI official said on Friday. As far as Rahane is concerned, he is likely to sign a deal with Hampshire in the coming week and is waiting for the approval of all three Committee of Administrators. “CoA head Vinod Rai has already given his approval but Diana Edulji and Lt General Ravi Thodage are yet to give their approvals,” the official said. “With India set to play against the Caribbean in about fortnight after the end of the World Cup, the BCCI has prepared a proposal wherein their Test specialists can play some red ball cricket in months of June till mid July,” the senior official added. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterSome of the counties that BCCI is talking to include Leicestershire, Essex, Nottinghamshire. “During the last Test series in England, the BCCI has had discussions with the CEOs of all major counties so that our top Test players can play there in summers,” said the official. Ideally, the BCCI is looking at three to maximum four first class games for its players before the West Indies series. “The conditions are completely different save that they will playing with red Dukes which will also be used in the West Indies. It’s just that they will get game time. We are hopeful that all our seven Test players will be playing either Division 1 or 2 of the English county,” he said. India skipper Virat Kohli was supposed to play for Surrey last year but could not do so due to an injury.last_img read more

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