Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailnazarethman/iStock(ANAHEIM, Calif.) — A college coach, his wife and daughter who all died in a helicopter crash alongside Kobe Bryant were honored at an emotional memorial service where friends and family shared tears and stories.Orange Coast College baseball coach John Altobelli and his wife, Keri Altobelli, were onboard the helicopter with their 14-year-old daughter, Alyssa Altobelli, who was a basketball teammate of the NBA legend’s daughter Gianna.All nine people onboard died in the Jan. 26 crash in California while en route to Bryant’s Mamba Sports Academy.John and Keri Altobelli are survived by two other children, son J.J. Altobelli — John Altobelli’s son from a previous marriage — and the couple’s 16-year-old daughter, Alexis Altobelli.In a video played at Monday’s service, J.J. Altobelli, with tears in his eyes, said the values he learned from his father are “really important to who I’ve become as a person, as a man. How I’m gonna be as a husband. And the role I’m gonna serve for Lexi going forward.”Keri Altobelli’s “devastated” brother, Derek Sanders, was choked up as he spoke to the mourners at Angel Stadium of Anaheim, saying, “My life was forever changed when Alexis and Alyssa were born. … I was completely smitten, my heart was taken.”“They were everything to me, and I’m so grateful I got to spend time with them,” Sanders said, crying. “My remaining’s life devotion will be to Lexi.”John Altobelli was a coach at Orange Coast College for 27 years and was known to be a mentor to players, whom he “treated them like family,” according to the school.He had a “continuous commitment to make a difference in young people’s lives,” his best friend of over 45 years, Clarke Smith, said at Monday’s service.He was also a dedicated family man, and would work out at 6 a.m. so he wouldn’t miss any time he could be spending with his daughters, said a co-worker.“Alto was nothing short of a saint,” said Sanders. “I saw a man who sacrificed tremendously because of the love and devotion he had for his family … we all idolized him.”Jeff Piaskowski Sr., a friend since childhood who went on to coach with John Altobelli, was overcome with emotion at the service as he recounted the last day he saw him, on the baseball field the day before the crash.“Please remember Alto for all the special moments he gave us,” he said. “He always treated me as if I was his brother. He embraced my family as if they were his. Thank you, Alto, for the opportunity. I love you, my friend.”His wife, Keri Altobelli, was strong, direct and bold, but also “loving and extremely loyal” and “embraced everything her family did,” said her friend, Lori Lever.“As the girls grew up, their personal passions became Keri’s passions. Managing the family schedule with baseball commitments for [her husband] Alto, basketball for Lyssa, tennis and academics for Lexi, supporting J.J. as he pursued a career in baseball like his dad,” Lever said. “And the demands of Keri’s own business left little time of anything else.”“Watching her do this effortlessly was nothing short of amazing,” Lever said.Alyssa Altobelli was a “devoted basketball player” with a hard work ethic, but she also “always had my back,” her friend Sammy Forbath said at the service.She recalled when they played on the same basketball team and Alyssa, and instead of shooting for her 12th basket of the game, would pass to her, “so I could make my first.”“And when I’d miss, she’d look at me with a smile and say, ‘Good try, you’ll get the next one,’” Forbath said. “She always was doing her best to make people happy and make them feel good.”“There is no way for me to put what they mean to me into words,” J.J. Altobelli said at the service. “The legacy they left will continue to live on through all of us.”Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved. February 11, 2020 /Sports News – National Emotional service honors Altobelli family killed in Kobe Bryant crash Beau Lund
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Photo: Justin Bazdarich Khruangbin has another few shows left in the states before they head to Europe to close out 2018. For a full list of Khruangbin’s upcoming tour dates, head here.Check out the photos from Sunday night’s show at Brooklyn Steel, courtesy of photographer Justin Bazdarich. Load remaining images Texas-native “Thai funk” trio Khruangbin rolled through Brooklyn, New York for a weekend run at Brooklyn Steel. On both Saturday and Sunday, pedal steel guitarist Will Van Horn joined the encore after providing opening support.Known for their laid-back, instrumental brand of world music, Khruangbin has slowly built up its fanbase over the past five years. The group released its debut album, The Universe Smiles Upon You, in 2015 to much critical acclaim, while their latest effort, Con Todo El Mundo, was released earlier this year and was met with huge success.Khruangbin Releases Groovy “Christmas Time Is Here” With Music Video [Watch]Nearing the end of their North American fall tour, Khruangbin has kept close with their original catalog in the live setting. With little variation in their venue-to-venue setlists, fans have been treated to the band’s signature sounds and influences. Toward the end of each set, the trio would branch out and deliver an impressive hip-hop medley that included signature takes on Dr. Dre‘s “The Next Episode”, Ol’ Dirty Bastard‘s “Got Your Money”, A Tribe Called Quest‘s “Electric Relaxation” Sade‘s “The Sweetest Taboo”, “Toni”, Ice Cube‘s “It Was A Good Day”, Warren G‘s “Regulate”, Leon Haywood‘s “I Want’a Do Something Freaky”, Dr. Dre’s “Nuthin’ but a ‘G’ Thang”, Chris Isaak‘s “Wicked Game”, and Kool & The Gang‘s “Summer Madness”. The multi-song encore typically included “Christmas Time Is Here”, their cover of the Vince Guaraldi holiday classic.You can watch fan-shot videos from Sunday night’s show, courtesy of Evan’s Funky Space:
Ernest Shackleton Loves Me View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on June 11, 2017 Related Shows ‘Ernest Shackleton Loves Me’ (Photo: Jeff Carpenter) Get ready for an Antarctic journey: The new musical Ernest Shackleton Loves Me is set for a limited off-Broadway engagement beginning April 14 at the Tony Kiser Theatre. Described as an epic musical adventure, the show stars Valerie Vigoda (who also wrote the lyrics) and Wade McCollum (Wicked; national tour of Priscilla Queen of the Desert) and is directed by Lisa Peterson. Ernest Shackleton Loves Me will open on May 7 and run through June 11.The new musical features a book by Tony Award winner Joe DiPietro (Memphis, Nice Work If You Can Get It, All Shook Up, Living On Love), music by Brendan Milburn and lyrics by Vigoda, the electro-violinist of GrooveLily. The creative team includes Alexander V. Nichols (production design), Chelsea Cook (costume design) and Rob Kaplowitz (sound design and original compositions).Vigoda is cast as a sleep-deprived single mom and video game music composer who is contacted across time by the famous polar explorer Ernest Shackleton (McCollum). Inspired by her music, he shares his epic Antarctic journey with her in video and song, and the two discover that their greatest inspiration lies in each other. The off-Broadway production will use green screen technology to present vintage photography from Shackleton’s 1915 expedition, placing the actors in the actual Antarctic landscape faced during the explorer’s perilous journey.Ernest Shackleton Loves Me arrives off-Broadway after successful productions at Seattle Rep, George Street Playhouse in New Jersey and Paramount/Arts Emerson in Boston.
By Leanne Thomas/U.S. Army South/Edited by Diálogo Staff November 13, 2020 U.S. and Brazil army-to-army staff talks, a weeklong series of meetings held to strengthen professional partnerships and increase interaction between armies, was inaugurated at the Army South headquarters on October 20.The U.S. Army Staff Talks Program serves as a bilateral engagement for military discussion between respective armies. This year marks the 36th time the U.S. Army and the Brazilian Army have met for staff talks, which have been instrumental in enhancing the interoperability and cooperation between the two partners.“On behalf of the chief of Staff of the [U.S.] Army, General James McConville, I am deeply honored and proud to have this opportunity to continue strengthening our enduring army-to-army partnership,” said Major General Daniel R. Walrath, commanding general, U.S. Army South. “These talks continue to develop our army-to-army partnership and, as of last year , with our newest major non-NATO ally.”These staff talks serve as the U.S. Army’s premier annual engagement for U.S. Army South, Brazilian planners, and key leaders to discuss and prepare bilateral security cooperation agreed-to-actions for approval by both armies.“As we adapt to the COVID environment, our armies continue to demonstrate flexibility, agility, and adaptability to address these new challenges while maintaining our strategic relationship,” said Maj. Gen. Walrath. “These staff talks embody the deep partnership between our armies, which was forged during the difficult Italian Campaign of World War II.”“We will continue the security cooperation momentum our armies began during World War II that has been nurtured over the past 35 years through these bilateral staff talks, which strengthen our partnership, enhance regional security, and improve the readiness and interoperability of our two armies,” said Maj. Gen. Walrath.
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Hofstra University went from hosting no debate at all to being the site of the most-watched presidential showdown in history. Monday evening’s bout between Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump at Hofstra University in Hempstead was watched by 84 million viewers across 13 networks, including three Spanish-television stations. Hofstra, initially selected as an alternate, was awarded the debate in July after Wright State University dropped out due to budgetary concerns. It has now hosted a record-setting three consecutive presidential debates.Media watchers had expected record-breaking ratings for the first contest between two nominees who provoke wide-ranging emotions from a deeply polarized electorate. Despite the strong performance, the 84-million viewership fell significantly short of last February’s Super Bowl—the most viewed television event ever, with 118.5 million viewers. HistoryStill, the Clinton-Trump melee did something no debate has done in 36 years: supplant the Ronald Reagan-Jimmy Carter matchup in 1980, which drew 80.6 million eyeballs. Also for comparison, the first debate between President Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney in 2012 was watched by 67 million Americans. Nielsen, which measures television viewership, released its findings late Tuesday. The debate aired live on all the major networks, as well as PBS, CNN, Fox News, Fox Business Network, CNBC, and MSNBC, plus Univision, Telemundo and TV Azteca. The event was also believed to be watched by many people internationally concerned with the outcome of the American presidential election. CNN Money reported that NBC attracted the largest haul of viewers, with 18 million people tuning in. NBC’s big night, as CNN Money noted, could partly be attributed to “NBC News” anchor Lester Holt moderating the debate. ABC ranked second (13.5 million) and CBS third (12.1 million), while Fox News won the cable-TV showdown with 11.4 million viewers. CNN and MSNBC claimed 9.9 and 4.9 million viewers, respectively. TV remains America’s primary outlet for tuning in to high-profile events, but nascent live stream technology also came into play during this debate. A variety of social media sites also streamed the event live on Monday evening, meaning many millions more watched the event but were not included in the final TV viewership tally. Important first impressionHow Americans feel the two candidates fared in the initial showdown could be crucial considering 37 states, plus Washington, D.C., offer early voting. In 2012, it was estimated that about a third of the country voted prior to Election Day, either through a mail-in ballot or at a physical polling site.The consensus among many in the media was that Clinton prevailed over Trump, though surrogates for the GOP nominee maintained Monday evening after the debate that Trump won out. Afterward, Trump complained Holt was harder on him than Clinton and speculated that his microphone was “defective.” Trump had complimented Holt immediately after the debate but before pundits graded the competitors, saying: “I thought Lester did a great job.” RELATED: Hofstra Students: Clinton Beat Trump In Presidential DebateCorporations also bet big on the debate attracting a wide audience. According to The Washington Post, networks sold ad spots of more than $200,000 for just 30 seconds of airtime. Since debates do not feature commercial interruptions, advertisers were wagering that viewers would check in before the 9 p.m. hour in which the debate began and for post-debate analysis—a spectacle in it of itself. The two remaining presidential debates are scheduled for Oct. 9 at Washington University in St. Louis and Oct. 19 at University of Nevada in Las Vegas. The single vice presidential debate is Oct. 4 at Longwood University in Virginia. Below is a sampling of some ads that aired on debate night at Hofstra: Embed from Getty Images
Two weeks ago, at a meeting in Sofia on the occasion of Bulgaria’s presidency of the Council of the European Union, at the summit of all EU tourism ministers, Minister Cappelli proposed on behalf of the Government of the Republic of Croatia a unique initiative in the field of European tourism. He presented a proposal for the establishment of a special EU Tourism Fund which would facilitate the use of EU funds to finance investment and sustainable development in tourism, reduce the impact of climate change, education and other areas important for the development of tourism in Europe. He also introduced the idea of founding Working groups for tourism within the EU institutionswithin which to discuss how to address the many challenges facing the tourism sector.And now the initiative has received support at the 5th Mediterranean Tourism Forum “Mediterranian Blue”, which gathered in Malta over a thousand guests from political life and the tourism sector around the world to promote peace, cooperation and prosperity through regional cooperation. During his stay in Malta, Minister Cappelli met with Marie Louise Coleiro Preca, President of the Republic of Malta which supported the Croatian proposal for the establishment of a single European Tourism Fund and the Working Group and committed to further present this initiative to fellow presidents from other European countries, but also to help gain the support of the Minister of Finance who should advocate this initiative in EU institutions.At the meeting, which was also attended by the President of the Mediterranean Tourism Foundation Tony Zahra pointed out that tourism for all the countries of the Mediterranean circle was a strong driver of economic recovery at a time when Europe was facing the challenges of the economic crisis. They also agreed that tourism is very important for generating employment and encouraging the development of small and medium-sized enterprises, which currently have limited opportunities to represent their interests within the EU institutions. “By realizing our initiative, for the first time, tourism would get its General Directorate within the EU budget, which would enable the Ministry of Tourism to directly finance tourism projects with EU funds. In cooperation with representatives of the tourism sector, they would then have the opportunity, in accordance with their needs, to create specific tenders for financing the hotel industry, tour operators and other investments in tourism.” pointed out Tourism Minister Gary Cappelli. In his official address to the participants, Minister Cappelli emphasized the importance of promoting peace in the Mediterranean and strengthening the security aspect for all visitors and the population. He also reminded of the important role of women who, with their vision, innovation and exceptional commitment, give additional value to tourism.Photo; MintMinister Cappelli pointed out that tourism is one of the fastest growing economic activities in the EU with a great impact on growth, society, development and employment, and that as such it deserves a better position within the institutions of the European Union. “The main goal of the European Union’s tourism policy must be to keep Europe as the world’s leading tourist destination. However, in previous EU documents, tourism is not considered a priority, but a tool for raising the competitiveness of the overall European economy. Tourism does not have its own Working Body within the European Commission and in the Multiannual Financial Framework 2014-2020 there is no special position or possibility of direct financing of its activities, which we believe should be corrected in the new budget framework. Direct financing of the tourism sector would make it easier to respond to increasing challenges, while at the same time facilitating investments in tourism, which are also in the focus of the European Commission.” Cappelli pointed out.On the sidelines of the Mediterranean Tourism Forum, Minister Cappelli also met Taleb Rifai, until recently Secretary General of the UNWTO, who praised Croatia’s activities in the field of tourism so far and supported the initiative for stronger joint cooperation. Additionally, during his stay in Malta, Minister Cappelli met with István Ujhelyi, Vice-President of the European Parliament’s Committee on Transport and Tourism. The meeting discussed further steps in presenting the initiative to establish the fund, to which Mr. Ujhely also provided strong support, according to the Ministry of Tourism. “Given that tourism is a horizontal sector, it often serves as a tool for faster development of other economic sectors and society, and is rightly considered the driving force of the economy and one of the pillars of sustainable development. However, European tourism is also facing increasing challenges, from political, through economic, to environmental. That is why it is very important to strengthen it with joint initiatives and I believe that the initiative to establish a single European Tourism Fund and Tourism Working Group within the EU institutions, which we further presented at this forum is an excellent impetus to ensure further tourism development in Europe., said Cappelli.The Mediterranean Tourism Forum “Mediterranian Blue” was established as a platform for the exchange of experiences, best practices and challenges of tourism in the Mediterranean region based on dialogue, education and promotion of cultural, entertainment and sporting events. The fact that almost one third of international tourist arrivals were recorded last year in this region, which generated 342 million arrivals, testifies to how attractive the Mediterranean is in terms of tourism.
Comment Charlie Nicholas wanted Brendan Rodgers as Arsenal manager but praises ‘second-choice’ Mikel Arteta Advertisement Arsenal looked at Rodgers before pursuing Arteta (Picture: Getty)‘I didn’t want Arsenal to go down the Manchester United route, which was to throw money at a few big-name coaches. You might win a couple of trophies but you build nothing in the long-term.‘Arsenal need to build a project so I’m very happy that Arteta has agreed to join.’The Gunners face Everton on Saturday but Arteta will watch the Premier League match from the stands, with interim boss Freddie Ljungberg remaining in charge until Sunday.MORE: Unai Emery speaks out on Arsenal’s decision to appoint Mikel ArtetaMORE: Josh Kroenke explains why Arsenal chose Mikel Arteta as new head coach ADVERTISEMENTOver the past two weeks, Arsenal have focused their attentions on Arteta and confirmed on Friday that the former midfielder had agreed a three-and-a-half year deal with the club.Reacting to the appointment, Arsenal legend Nicholas said: ‘My original choice was Brendan Rodgers.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘But it looked as if they couldn’t get him and Arsenal were scared of being embarrassed if they pursued it.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘My second-choice was Arteta. This is a project so I have no problem with that.‘Arsene Wenger came with no reputation and look what happened to him. Arteta has been groomed by the best coach in the world [Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola] for three years.‘This is an intelligent guy. He’s got an opinion and he’s a leader. He fits all the criteria. Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterFriday 20 Dec 2019 4:53 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link300Shares Charlie Nicholas wanted Brendan Rodgers at Arsenal instead of ‘second-choice’ Mikel Arteta (Picture: Getty)Charlie Nicholas wanted Brendan Rodgers as Arsenal’s new manager but has praised ‘second-choice’ Mikel Arteta following his appointment.The Gunners were said to be interested in bringing former Liverpool and Celtic boss Rodgers to the Emirates after sacking Unai Emery at the end of last month.Rodgers quickly committed his future to Leicester City, however, signing a new deal with the Foxes running until 2025.Welcome back, Mikel! 👋Head coach of The Arsenal 👔 pic.twitter.com/lhsAfQ7cfq— Arsenal (@Arsenal) December 20, 2019
Make sure you get a clearance certificate if you are thinking of selling, especially if it goes for more than $750,000.Homeowners selling after July 1, can do one simple thing to ensure they are not at risk of losing tens of thousands in the transaction.From that date anyone selling a property in Australia for more than $750,000 will have to provide a clearance certificate to the buyer to prove they are Australian.If that certificate is not provided the buyer is forced by the Australian Taxation Office to withhold 12.5 per cent – which on a $750,000 sale would equate to $93,750.Currently the rules apply only to transactions for more than $2 million and only 10 per cent is with held.The aim of the certificate is to capture foreign owned property transactions.Real Estate Institute of Queensland CEO, Antonia Mercorella is concerned not enough vendors know about the pending changes, which were just announced a few weeks ago.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home4 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor4 hours agoAntonia Mercorella is warning all sellers they could lose tens of thousands if they don’t follow new processes for sellers.The REIQ is quickly changing its contracts to reflect the changes and alerting its agents to make sure no vendors end up significantly out of pocket.She is concerned with the substantial drop in the threshold that many more property owners will be caught up and it could take longer to gain a certificate than at the moment.Her advice for anyone selling or thinking of selling is to apply now.Mrs Mercorella said the certificate was valid for 12 months and could be done on line for free.While the law is aimed at foreign residents it could impact Australian residents.“The REIQ is advising all agents to get their clients to apply as soon as possible to avoid risk of delay.“The ATO will only issue a clearance certificate to a seller that is not a ‘foreign person’ for taxation purposes.’