Lebron James declared his support for the re-election of President Barack Obama Monday night, despite being advised beforehand making his vow publicly could be “bad for the brand.”James makes millions of dollars each year off his endorsements, Nike being his biggest endorser. Nike, along with other endorsers, felt that announcing his backing of the President would be a negative reflection to the deals that he has in place.“I’ve been second guessed,” James said after Monday’s 124-99 victory over the Phoenix Suns on the eve of election. “They’re saying it’s bad for the brand. If I feel like I want to support someone, then go for it.”James signed a seven-year, $93 million contract with Nike in May 2003. In March 2010 the brand signed him to an extension for an undisclosed amount.James has made it known that he is not afraid to take a stand as an athlete.“I just think it’s about knowledge if you know what’s going on,” James said. “I’ve always said I feel like it’s important for me to do it because that’s just who I am. I got out there and I learned a lot about it in ’08 and I learned a lot about it now.”In 2008, the three-time NBA MVP said he researched Obama before voting for him, but adds he has done the same this time around.Heat president Pat Riley and James are on two different sides of the aisle when dealing with politics. Riley has donated $2,500 to Republican challenger Mitt Romney.James was asked if he thought about throwing an event such as Bruce Springsteen did to rally support for Obama. The NBA champion said that his busy schedule during the summer, preseason and now regular season have prohibited him from being able to organize an event.“It’s kind of late now, but I’ve been able to send out a few tweets and support (Obama),” he said. “But I’m supporting him and I think his camp knows that and everybody that knows me knows that.”James is glad that he did not let endorsers influence his decision to speak out, but issued a challenge to everyone who can vote and hasn’t voted.“I think it’s a very important election for everyone,” James said. “Everyone, they talk about having a right to vote. Just don’t talk about it, actually go out and do it. And let your voice be heard, and I’m happy to be in the position I am.” read more

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR The Navy’s plan to add 36 EA-18G Growlers at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island in northwest Washington would trigger a four-field increase in field carrier practice landings at Outlying Landing Field Coupeville under the service’s preferred option for expanding its fleet of electronic warfare aircraft. The move faces strong opposition, however, from some residents on Whidbey Island over noise and the strain on local resources resulting from an influx of personnel, reports the Seattle Times. The Navy is scheduled to publish an environmental impact statement later this year, followed by a final decision on the planned expansion by the Navy secretary.Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Scott Woodlast_img read more

first_imgCNG stations Prothom Alo File PhotoRoad transport and bridges minister Obaidul Quader on Thursday said the CNG stations across the country will remain open for 24 hours for 13 days to ensure hassle-free journey for the Eid holiday makers.“CNG stations will remain operational nonstop for seven days before and five days after the Eid. The authorities concerned have already been asked to take necessary steps to implement the decision,” he said at a meeting.The movement of heavy vehicles will remain suspended for three days before the Eid, the minister said, adding but vehicles carrying essential goods, garments and medicines will ply on the streets as usual.The Eid-ul-Fitr is likely to be celebrated on 5 June subject to moon sighting.last_img read more

first_imgPolice and forensic workers work outside Masjid Al Noor after Friday`s mosque attacks in Christchurch, New Zealand on 16 March. Photo: ReutersA pair of rural New Zealand police officers dramatically arrested the suspected Christchurch gunman 36 minutes after authorities were alerted, it emerged Saturday, as the prime minister hailed their bravery.Jacinda Ardern said the alleged attacker, 28-year-old Australian Brenton Tarrant, would surely have killed even more people than the 49 worshippers he massacred in two mosques were it not for the policemen.”The offender was mobile, there were two other firearms in the vehicle that the offender was in, and it absolutely was his intention to continue with his attack,” Ardern told reporters in Christchurch.Grainy video apparently shot from a passing car shows the gunman’s light-coloured vehicle at the side of a busy road, rammed against the kerb by a police car and with one of its front wheels suspended in the air.Two police officers — one of whom appears to be armed only with a handgun — can be seen pointing their weapons at the open passenger-side door.”They were rural community cops I understand from Lincoln (a nearby town) who were present here. Anyone who has seen the footage… they put New Zealand first,” Ardern said.”The individual charged was in custody 36 minutes from receiving the first call,” she said.The officers can be seen dragging a black-clad figure away from the vehicle, as motorists slowly drove by on the other side of the city carriageway.Police Commissioner Mike Bush also praised the officers who brought the massacre to a halt.”I would also like to commend — and some of you would have seen, the brave actions on social media of police staff who responded to this incident,” he said.”I’m extremely proud of what they’ve done today.”Ardern said 39 people remained in hospital, of whom 11 were in intensive care.Tarrant, 28, flashed a white power gesture as he appeared in court Saturday charged with one count of murder. Further charges are expected to follow.last_img

first_imgBy The Associated PressGREENWOOD, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina man who swapped out a town’s segregated World War I plaque says he was tired of the city receiving negative attention for the memorial.Trey Ward spoke Saturday to a group of Democrats in Greenwood about installing a new plaque that listed the names in alphabetical order instead of separating “colored” soldiers, according to The Index-Journal.In a July 7, 2018 photo, State Rep. Anne Parks, D-Greenwood, and local resident Trey Ward stand next to a recently desegregated war memorial in Greenwood, South Carolina. Ward swapped out nameplates of fallen World War I and World War II soldiers listed by race with ones that display the names alphabetically. Ward says he was tired of the city receiving negative attention for the memorial. (Adam Benson/The Index-Journal via AP)“The reason I got involved in this, every time national media came to Greenwood, the first thing they did is go down to the square and write about the monument that lists the valor of dead Black soldiers as ‘colored.’ It was a in a way, our calling card on our Main Street,” Ward said.Several local men had previously filed a lawsuit in 2015 to have the monument revamped, and the mayor had raised money to pay to have a new plaque made.“I really, really do not deserve any credit for this at all. All I really did was turn some screws on a plate, and I stand on the shoulders of a lot of great people in this community that really did this,” Ward told the group of Democrats, who honored him at their monthly meeting.Ward, who accepted a symbolic $1 to do the modification job, also said he was inspired to action by growing up in the era when schools were integrated.State law generally prohibits alterations to monuments without state approval. That law was enacted to protect monuments during debate over removing the Confederate flag from atop the Statehouse.A judge ruled in favor of the veterans group seeking to have the listing on the monument changed. However, the issue was still being litigated when Ward took action.The judge noted the monument was privately owned by the American Legion, even though it sits on public property. The judge said private ownership allows for changes despite the state law known as the Heritage Act.State officials initially asked the judge to reconsider because they think the decision could leave other monuments unprotected. After the monument was changed, the defendants asked the judge to vacate his ruling, saying that after the plaque switch the issue is moot.“Simply put, there now is nothing left for the Court to do and nothing left for the Court to enforce,” the defendants’ attorneys wrote in a motion to vacate a ruling. “The plaques were replaced by a person not a party to this case and, thus, the case was mooted by a non-party without regard to the actual legal issues pending in this case.”last_img read more

first_img17Jan Rep. VanderWall attends State of the State Categories: VanderWall News,VanderWall Photos State Rep. Curt VanderWall, R-Ludington, is joined by his wife, Diane, to listen to the governor’s State of the State address on the House floor on Tuesday evening.###last_img

first_imgMonday, Aug. 218 to 9 a.m. at Daniel’s Restaurant, 55 E. South Ave. in Hesperia;10 to 11 a.m. at One East Main, 1 E. Main St. in Fremont; andNoon to 1 p.m. at the Newaygo County Building, Board of Commissioners room, 1087 E. Newell St. in White Cloud.             Rep. Scott VanSingel of Grant invites residents to attend his upcoming office hours during the month of August.“Being in touch with residents is one of my top priorities,” VanSingel said. “I encourage anyone who has ideas or concerns about our state government to attend my upcoming office hours.”Rep. VanSingel will be available at the following times and locations:Monday, Aug. 149 to 10 a.m. at Iron’s Café, 5408 W. 10 ½ Mile Road in Irons;10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Luther Public Library, 115 State St. in Luther; andNoon to 1 p.m. at the Lake County Building, Board of Commissioners room, 800 10th St. in Baldwin. No appointments are necessary. Those unable to attend may contact Rep. VanSingel’s office at (517) 373-7317 or by email at ScottVanSingel@house.mi.gov. Categories: VanSingel News 07Aug Rep. VanSingel announces August office hourslast_img read more