Vanessa Bryant, Kobe Bryant estate end 18-year partnership with Nike

first_img Beau Lund Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailmatimix/iStock(LOS ANGELES) — After 18 years, Kobe Bryant’s long-held partnership with Nike has come to an end.Vanessa Bryant, the late basketball star’s widow, and the Kobe Bryant estate confirmed on Monday that the contract would not be renewed after his five-year, post-retirement contract ended April 13.“Kobe and Nike have made some of the most beautiful basketball shoes of all time, worn and adored by fans and athletes in all sports across the globe,” Vanessa Bryant told ESPN. “It seems fitting that more NBA players wear my husband’s product than any other signature shoe.”The Los Angeles Lakers legend first signed with the global athletic brand in 2003 after previously being partnered with Adidas under a six-year contract.Together, Bryant and Nike released 11 signature shoes, such as Zoom Huarache 2K4, Hyperdunk and Kobe 4s.“Kobe Bryant was an important part of Nike’s deep connection to consumers,” Nike shared with “GMA” in a statement. “He pushed us and made everyone around him better. Though our contractual relationship has ended, he remains a deeply loved member of the Nike family.”Vanessa Bryant expressed her hope is to allow Kobe’s fans to always have access to his products.“I will continue to fight for that. Kobe’s products sell out in seconds. That says everything,” she said.“I was hoping to forge a lifelong partnership with Nike that reflects my husband’s legacy,” she continued. “We will always do everything we can to honor Kobe and Gigi’s legacies. That will never change.”Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.center_img April 20, 2021 /Sports News – National Vanessa Bryant, Kobe Bryant estate end 18-year partnership with Nikelast_img read more

Housing ministry confirms Leicester lockdown exempts house moves and estate agents

first_imgHome » News » COVID-19 news » Housing ministry confirms Leicester lockdown exempts house moves and estate agents previous nextCOVID-19 newsHousing ministry confirms Leicester lockdown exempts house moves and estate agentsMHCLG official contacts senior industry figures to say that new Covid restrictions in the city do not apply to housing market.Nigel Lewis3rd July 202006,292 Views The Ministry of Housing, Local Government and Communities (MHCLG) has confirmed that the health protection regulations published this afternoon to cover Leicester’s lockdown do not prevent home moves, require agents to close their branches or stop viewings.This afternoon a senior civil servant from the ministry wrote to industry leaders to reassure them that the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (Leicester) Regulations 2020 make it clear that ‘there will be no additional restrictions placed on moving home’.“Agents must however, adhere to the existing Regulations and Propertymark Best Practice guidance on house viewings, moves and maintenance in order to avoid being subject to far more stringent restrictions,” a statement from Propertymark says.The MHCLG update also expands on the lockdown regulations, saying: “People in Leicester (pictured, above) will still be allowed to leave home to move and also to leave home to facilitate a house move,” the statement says.It goes on to confirm that both agents and landlords will be able to continue to support people when they move home as long as they take all the necessary precautions to prevent the spread of infection.The guidance from MHCLG is important because, as well as giving information to home movers, landlords and agents in Leicester, it points to future ‘flare up’ lockdowns also continuing to allow homes moves.Housing minister Christopher Pincher recently explained why the property industry is being given special treatment, revealing that it employs 2.3 million and was a major contributor to GDP.Read the Leicester regulations in full.MHCG Leicester Lockdown propertymark July 3, 2020Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021last_img read more

Tool & Mastodon Supergroup, Legend Of The Seagullmen, Drop Debut Album [Stream]

first_imgOn Friday, the supergroup Legend of the Seagullmen—composed of composed of Mastodon frontman Brent Hinds, Tool drummer Danny Carey, and animator and director Jimmy Hayward—will release their self-titled debut album via Dine Alone Records.For a number of years, Legend of the Seagullmen has been a relatively inactive project, with the group forming and releasing a number of songs in 2015 and falling off the map shortly after. However, the group made waves a few months ago when they were announced as support for Primus’ “A Goblin In The New Year” New Year’s Eve celebration in Oakland, marking the band’s live debut as an ensemble.Following the announcement of their live New Year’s Eve performance, in early December, Legend of the Seagullmen announced that they’d be releasing their debut album in February of 2018. Now, with the official release of Legend of the Seagullmen just a few days away, the group has released the entire eight-track LP to stream via Kerrang!As the band told Kerrang! for the album’s premiere:The lore is real…This is the self-titled debut from Legend of The Seagullmen! We are the very men who have been anointed by the Seagullgod King to deliver pure rock fury and save you from the deep dark depths. Fifty-foot mutant deep sea divers, enraged giant squid and bloodthirsty killer Orcas are on their way and nothing stands between you and a certain briny death but the Seagullmen! BOW DOWN AND FOREVER BASK IN THE GLORY OF THE SEAGULLGOD KING!You can listen to the supergroup’s first-ever album in its entirety below:[H/T Consequence of Sound]last_img read more

Arboretum collecting expedition sources Midwest native plants

first_img Read Full Story The Arnold Arboretum’s 281-acre landscape is a living museum, displaying plants sourced from all corners of the temperate world for conservation and study. To expand and refine these collections, staff participate in plant exchanges with sister botanical gardens and plant conservation partners, and whenever possible, collect seed directly from the wild. Recently, the Arboretum mounted a fall expedition in the US Midwest in search of naturally occurring native plants to expand holdings and fill gaps in its collections inventory.The documentation, or backstory, associated with each of the Arboretum’s accessioned plants—the 15,000 plus trees, shrubs, and vines that are recorded, mapped, and tracked by curatorial staff—is a good indication of its value to the Arboretum and science. Knowing precisely where a plant comes from can be important data to researchers. Wild-collected individuals carry the genetic characteristics of their source population, which can aid efforts to conserve and reintroduce threatened and endangered species to their habitats. For these reasons, the Arboretum has sent staff into the field—particularly throughout temperate Asia and North America—for more than a century in search of new species, as well as expand the genetic diversity of species already in cultivation.This work continues to drive much of the Arboretum’s strategy for plant acquisition today, with renewed vigor since the opening of research facilities on the Arboretum grounds at Weld Hill. In late September, curator of Living Collections Michael Dosmann was joined by former curatorial fellow Jonathan Damery to scout and collect woody plant species in southern Illinois and Indiana. In their five days in the field, the pair collected propagation material in the form of fruit and seed for 24 species, including hickory (Carya spp.) and maple (Acer spp.), two of six national collections held at the Arboretum for plant conservation. Among other compelling acquisitions are three new vine species for the Leventritt Shrub and Vine Collection—wild yam (Dioscorea quaternata), greenbriar (Smilax rotundifolia), and woodbine (Clematis virginiana)—as well as a native burning bush species, Euonymus atropurpureus. Voucher specimens including fruits were also obtained to document the species collected for the Arnold Arboretum herbarium.last_img read more

New SMC sustainable farm offers ecological, educational benefits

first_imgCourtesy of the Office for Civic and Social Engagement Students worked to prepare Saint Mary’s new sustainable farm for its grand opening last Friday.Senior Ana Martinez discussed how the compost for the farm was generated. She said since the spring of 2017, the College’s compost crew had saved over 30,000 pounds of food to be used for the farm.Cobb then explained that the farm would begin as a series of raised beds and would continue into the recently acquired field adjacent to them.In a follow-up interview email, Cobb said the farm had been in the making for the last five years.“The project began out of conversations on campus around food, sustainability, education, and spirituality that were sparked by programming created by the Center for Spirituality under Elizabeth Groppe’s direction in 2014 to 2015,” Cobb said. “Around August of 2015, a group of 5 or 6 people got together to have a conversation about what it would take to establish a sustainable farm at Saint Mary’s, and the project unfolded from there.” According to Cobb, setting up the farm was a multi-stage process. After creating a business plan, the group had to prepare the land, find an interested farmer to work with them, and obtain the funding to keep the project going. Cobb explained how the farm sets itself apart by being ecologically and economically sustainable.“Ecologically, [sustainable farming]  improves the soil, sequesters carbon, and fosters biodiversity while providing healthy, nutritious food to people,” he said. “Economically, it will provide a living for a farmer working the land sustainably through the sale of produce and by providing hands-on environmental education opportunities. By being sustainable in both these ways, the farm should be able to continue indefinitely on the land where it is situated while maintaining the health of the land, the people who work it and the people who eat from it.”Cobb noted that the farm can be used by a variety of communities now that it is open.“The farmer, Saint Mary’s classes, students and faculty who do research or volunteer, and members of the local community can use the farm,” he said. “The farmer, with assistance from interested members of the Saint Mary’s community will maintain it. The College will be responsible for maintaining the buffer zone around the sustainable farm.”Cobb explained the dangers of unsustainable farming to soil fertility and crop production.“Unsustainable farming practices damage the land being cultivated through loss of topsoil and damage to the microbiotic communities that maintain soil fertility,” he said. “When land becomes too damaged to grow food crops, it is lost as farmland. Since our lives depend on food grown on farms, using up the land on which we can grow food is a very serious, long-term problem.”In Cobb’s opinion, sustainable farming is the solution to the shrinking amount of cultivable farmland in the world.“The world is running out of suitable, uncultivated land, and converting all that land to agriculture is devastating for biodiversity, on which human health also depends,” he said. “Sustainable farming, then, is essential to a healthy future for our human civilization… The work we are doing at Saint Mary’s is a very small part of this larger, essential project of protecting agricultural land, the human food supply, and global biodiversity by transforming unsustainable industrial agriculture into a sustainable agriculture system.”Junior Lindsey Shank spoke about how she got involved in the farm this year.“I am really just getting involved with the start of the farm this year in my Sustainability position for Student Government, besides participating in compost maintenance in previous years, but I am passionate about agro-ecology, so it has all been super exciting,” Shank looks forward to the possibilities that the farm now offers the community.“Having a sustainable farm on campus is so exciting, because there are great opportunities for ecological research and hands-on learning for students,” Shank said. “In addition, the farm provides us an opportunity to use the organic food waste we produce in the dining hall for compost, which ultimately reduces our carbon footprint as a campus.”Tags: compost crew, farm group, going green committee, president katie conboy, SMC sustainable farm, sustainability Last Friday, Saint Mary’s Going Green Committee and the Farm Group hosted the inauguration of the College’s new sustainable farm. The farm is located on the north side of campus near the athletic fields.To begin the event, College President Katie Conboy welcomed attendees and expressed her excitement about the farm’s completion, as well as the project’s cooperation with the Sisters of the Holy Cross.“We are so pleased to be working and farming the land that has meant something to the Sisters for a very long time,” Conboy said.She then introduced English professor Chris Cobb who explained the significance of the farm as well as how it will benefit the College.“[The farm] is two acres being used to grow produce sustainably using compost from the dining hall as a fertilizer for food that is going to be grown at the site and that students are going to eat,” Cobb said.Attendees were then invited to walk over to the site of the compost pile and the sustainable farm.last_img read more

Listen to the Hairspray Live! Cast Album

first_img We now have the perfect distraction while we count down the hours until the Hairspray Live! broadcast on December 7. Masterworks Broadway/Epic Records has just released the original soundtrack of the NBC television event, which includes studio recordings of the musical numbers that the starry company will perform on the night itself. Click below to stream a sneak peek of what we can expect from Kristin Chenoweth, Ariana Grande Jennifer Hudson, Harvey Fierstein, Derek Hough, newcomer Maddie Baillio and more. You can’t stop the beat! View Comments ‘Hairspray Live!’last_img

Finding Coal Secrets

first_imgThe bones arrived on a Friday afternoon.As a wildlife biologist, it’s not uncommon for people to bring me oddities they find here in the Virginia woods. I’ll get a turtle shell from time to time, maybe a deer skull or a fossil imprint frozen in a lump of coal. But something was different about the handful of bone fragments a local student brought us after hiking an old railbed above the Powell River. It only took a few minutes for us to figure out why they seemed so strange: they were from a human leg.Certain things happen when you discover human remains. The police are called. Evidence is collected. Questions are asked. Was this a murder victim? How long had the bones been there? No one seemed to know, so we waited while investigators pieced together their history.Artifacts are a core part of our identity in Appalachia. I teach at a small college in the southwest Virginia coalfields, and I’m often asked why those of us in coal country focus so much on the past. It’s a common refrain. J.D. Vance’s bestselling Hillbilly Elegy recently touched off a national discussion about our region being stuck in a regressive cycle of poverty and dependency. Even the 2016 presidential election seemed to be a referendum on whether Appalachia should look forward or inward to its roots. Media profiles have been dissecting us ever since.When I get those kinds of questions, I often point back to that handful of bones. We can’t avoid the past here because it’s everywhere, hiding unnoticed above a riverbank or in plain sight in the ragged scar of a surface mine. The scattered remains of those mines, in fact, are about all my county is known for outside of the mountains. Read a piece on coal country in the New York Times or Washington Post, and chances are it will be accompanied by a panoramic image of the guts of a surface mine from here in Wise County. When photographers turn their lens on our people, they’ll find the most poverty-stricken neighborhood or visit the free health clinic we host each summer, where folks file into stalls at the county fairground to get teeth pulled and their vision checked.But rarely mentioned in those articles is what lies beyond the poverty and outside of a mine. Hidden behind the camera in those jarring images of mountaintop removal often isn’t more coal extraction but tens of thousands of acres of national forest. Long-forgotten trails trace faintly into shadowed coves that hold secrets, some of them cloaked in virgin timber. And those same people so often caricatured in photo essays and stump speeches are working to enhance our outdoor assets into a sustainable alternative for an industry in its death throes.When you’re born and raised in coal country, though, one-sided perceptions take a toll. My students often complain about having nothing to do in this part of the mountains. For many, their degree is a path out of an area that seems too far gone for any real hope. With so much emphasis on our region’s problems, it can be difficult to see past them.So, we take a hike. I’ll walk them up those overgrown trails to see hemlocks some three centuries old. We’ll sample wild brook trout from a mountain stream or climb to a lookout tower to not only look at distant surface mines but also peer into the high country of North Carolina and Tennessee. We don’t get into the woods to forget or minimize our region’s issues; we go there to explore the treasures we still have and what’s at stake if they’re lost. “I’ve driven by this trailhead a thousand times and never thought about stopping,” one of those students told me after a local field trip this spring. “I’ll be coming here a lot more now.”Few of us are naive enough to think that simply getting onto the trail could save the coalfields. But our hope is that in helping people realize what we still have here, we can each find something out in those woods, whether that means developing a new regional identity or just discovering a missing part of ourselves.Or, perhaps, stumbling across an odd group of bones.It took several months for the investigation into the remains we received to reach a conclusion. The bone fragments were old—ancient, in fact—dating back at least five hundred years to when a Native American man came to rest on a lonely sandstone ledge above the Powell River. A rail line was built just a few yards away after coal was discovered several centuries later. That rail line eventually closed as the industry boomed and faded away, leaving the remains of two eras lying side-by-side in a forgotten part of the mountains that most of our youth have never known.This spring, work began to convert that abandoned railbed into a trail that will be used to attract hikers, mountain bikers, and perhaps one more round of rebirth to these hills. Will it work? It might take a generation to find out, but in the meantime we’ll do what we know best: we’ll look to where we’ve been to see if we can figure out where we’re going. In a place that’s been built on uncertainty, transitions are more familiar than they seem.last_img read more

Transit-Oriented Growth Is No Universal Cure-All for Villages on Long Island

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York On the North Shore, the Village of Bayville is looking to keep young professionals on Long Island, and so it plans to allow additional apartments in its downtown business district to attract them.On the South Shore, the Village of Lindenhurst is seeking to reinvigorate its downtown, and so it is working with the Lindenhurst Economic Development Committee to explore its growth options.Bayville’s residents reportedly aren’t happy with even the prospect of additional growth. Lindenhurst’s villagers seem more open to the idea of future development, but are cautiously optimistic.Although these two villages differ in size and background, they both want to take a similar approach to revitalization: transit-oriented development. The question is not about their similarity but their difference, and whether the same approach makes sense for each community.Bayville is a small beachfront village with more than 6,700 residents living within its 1.4-square miles. It takes more than an hour to reach the community from New York City via the Long Island Rail Road and a cab ride. Its relative isolation and the cyclical nature of its local economy make it hard to envision Bayville as a transit-oriented destination, let alone a vital hub. After all, Halloween only comes once a year and even its Bayville Adventure Park has to adapt to the seasons to stay viable.Understandably, citing a commercial property vacancy rate of 40 percent, Bayville’s Mayor Paul Rupp wants to reduce blight, but his approach to doing so—letting new apartment buildings contain up to nine units in the business district—highlights the lack of cohesive planning guidance that Nassau County provides each little municipality within its domain. Left on their own, these village officials too often spout the faulty concepts of Brain Drain, and a new inductee into the Hall of Buzzwords, Revitalization. Given that census figures don’t exactly support the notion of a mass exodus of 20-somethings, it is a faulty foundation on which to build policy upon—especially when it comes to the legitimate concern of nurturing the next generation of suburbia.From a planning perspective, placing apartments on the storm-vulnerable spit of land occupied by Bayville, which is already limited in both LIRR and road access, is not only a bad application of the “cool downtown” cliché, it is also irresponsible.Instead of trying to reinvent itself, Bayville should further embrace its identity. The village should maximize its assets, revel in its seasonality, and in this instance, grasp the sentiment shared by its residents. A cohesive business district isn’t the worst idea, but shoehorning additional density into a tight space in order to lure those ever elusive “young professionals” certainly is.Though Lindenhurst has around 27,000 residents within the village limits and another 11,500 people living to its north, it is similar to Bayville in certain regards. Both waterfront communities are roughly an hour or so from Penn Station. But what Bayville has in isolation, Lindenhurst shares with many South Shore communities directly east and west of it: being another stop along the well-used Babylon branch of the LIRR.Bayville’s residents are reportedly protesting the mere notion of growth, and in response the village board has postponed the vote on the mayor’s apartment-zoning proposals until next month. Lindenhurst’s Economic Development Committee is issuing surveys and taking stock of the community’s existing assets. Those actions signify a respect not only for the village residents, but for the urban planning process, which is fueled by public input, as a whole.Bayville has limited transportation options both in and out of the village thanks to Mother Nature, but Lindenhurst is constrained by the man-made suburbia that surrounds the municipality. Pursuing growth in Lindenhurst isn’t so much a question of whether it’s possible—as it is in Bayville—but whether the area’s overburdened transportation network can adequately handle it.Given the different challenges facing each community, is transit-oriented growth appropriate?Every small village on Long Island seems to want to emulate the sterling example of the Village of Patchogue, which revitalized its downtown, but without considering the unique factors that made that revitalization possible as well as the impacts that the sought-after success can bring.Could Bayville or Lindenhurst handle the consequences of copying Patchogue’s success? Rapid growth raises questions like where to place suddenly much-needed additional parking capacity, how to fill the vacant new developments and its accompanying retail frontage, and just as important, how to compete with other downtowns trying to follow the same model? What’s going to make this place unique? Until the village officials can answer these issues with data-backed studies, they’re taking a risk by plunging into the unknown.Rich Murdocco writes on Long Island’s land use and real estate development issues. He received his Master’s in Public Policy at Stony Brook University, where he studied regional planning under Dr. Lee Koppelman, Long Island’s veteran master planner. Murdocco will be contributing regularly to the Long Island Press. More of his views can be found on www.TheFoggiestIdea.org or follow him on Twitter @TheFoggiestIdea.last_img read more

Address two important cybersecurity questions

first_img continue reading » 10SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr In recent years, governmental agencies and the legal system have demonstrated decreasing degrees of leniency toward organizations with cybersecurity shortcomings—whether in their actual defenses, or even misrepresentations of those defenses.Some enforcement actions have included fines of $100,000 or more, and in many jurisdictions plaintiffs no longer need to demonstrate actual damages for the courts to consider their lawsuits.Against that backdrop, Patrick Sickels of CU Answers says credit union boards must ask two crucial questions: “Do you have a problem with your cybersecurity defenses, or are you misrepresenting your cybersecurity practices to the public?” he says. “Either one of those can get you into some pretty significant hot water.”The regularity of major incidents in recent years has stripped some of the shock value from breaches, and has changed the way organizations view and structure their defenses.last_img read more

HMDA reporting bill would provide needed relief, CUNA says

first_img continue reading » 9SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr CUNA wrote in support of a Senate bill that would provide regulatory relief from Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA) reporting requirements Wednesday, a bill titled the Home Mortgage Disclosure Adjustment Act (S. 1310). The bill, introduced by Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) would raise the threshold for reporting requirements to 500 closed-end and 500-open end mortgages.“These [HMDA reporting] requirements impose significant burdens on credit unions beyond what Congress envisioned when enacting the Dodd-Frank Act. Credit unions will undertake significant expense to bring their systems into compliance with a rule that does very little–if anything–to provide credit union members with meaningful additional protection,” wrote CUNA President/CEO Jim Nussle. “This proposal will undoubtedly add to the compliance costs credit unions must pay – a cost that was $7.2 billion in 2014 – and will lead to mortgage credit and other credit union services being that much more expensive and possibly less available.”The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau currently requires credit unions that have originated 25 or more closed-end or 100 open-end mortgage loans the prior year to report HMDA data. The data points required by CFPB are dozens more than are required by Dodd-Frank.last_img read more