AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreThis Canadian easily makes the cut as the most accommodating barber in Québec for the way he makes haircuts bearable for super-sensitive children with autism.A recent photo of the good-natured barber, Franz Jacob, shows him down on the floor with Wyatt, whose mother posted on Facebook praising the “everyday hero” for the care he gives his special clients.RELATED: Plane Passengers Are Left “In Awe” of Woman’s Kindness Towards Agitated Boy With AutismThe six-year-old is both hyposensitive and hypersensitive, so having his hair touched can feel unbearable, his mom, Fauve Lafrenière, told CBC News.Jacob’s salon Authentischen Barbier is the only shop where Wyatt gets the welcome and sensitive care he needs.Determined to get the job done, Mr. Jacob follows him around the salon with his tools—and kindness— so he can finish the cut.(WATCH the video below)Trim the Negativity in Your Friends, Click to Share… AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore
Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, long known for its demonstrations around the country protesting military funerals and other events it ties to its fervent anti-gay agenda, is coming to Roeland Park Sunday.St. Agnes Catholic Church in Roeland Park has seen Westboro protests previously.The Roeland Park City Council’s introduction of an anti-discrimination ordinance just last week ignited the Westboro action, but the protests are aimed at Roeland Park churches rather than the city council. In particular, Westboro has announced plans to mount short protests at St. Agnes Catholic Church and the Roeland Park United Methodist Church Sunday morning. In addition, it plans to protest at Trinity Lutheran Church which is in Mission, not Roeland Park.On March 3, the Roeland Park council had its first discussion over adding sexual orientation and gender identity to its anti-discrimination ordinance. An April 21 vote is expected on the ordinance with a potential town hall public meeting sometime before that.Westboro opposes the concept of the city ordinance. It released a statement asking, “Where are the churches of Roeland Park on the matter? They are silent…. The Lord … has no use for lukewarm churches.” It does not explain why the church in Mission is included and Westboro did not respond to requests for clarification this morning.“This group will end up drawing more attention to these ‘issues’ and inadvertently cause discussion and a great deal of support for the very things they oppose,” Roeland Park Mayor Joel Marquardt said in an email today. This is not the first time Westboro has mounted protests in Roeland Park. It is at least the third time that St. Agnes has been notified. Once, the protest did not materialize. On another occasion, Westboro protested a military funeral at St. Agnes.Roeland Park Police Chief John Morris said, “we are going to treat them like anybody else. They have a constitutional right to voice their opinions.” Police will be present to maintain order and keep people safe just like any other gathering, Morris said. Westboro protests are traditionally “non-confrtontational” and do not block entrances or impede traffic, he added. Westboro notified the city of its plans in a letter this week.The Roeland Park churches are taking the protests in stride and are not making any special plans for Sunday. “It’s not a worry,” was the reaction at the St. Agnes office.Westboro’s “God Hates” campaign extends beyond sexual orientation to other groups as well. Its sister sites target Islam, Jews, the media and others.
Faraday Structures has formally announced the launch and their initial product offerings. This newly formed company encompasses decades of both private and federally funded development into a comprehensive protective shielding solution for an increasingly congested and insecure wireless environment.Cyber and electronic security are at cross roads of physical and software protection, where hacking and spoofing technologies are at a point where no one’s wireless information is safe. The only sure way to protect wireless information is to physically deny access to it. There is a growing worldwide demand for electromagnetically secured facilities impervious to high frequency RF emanations and other electromagnetic threats.Faraday Structures offers innovative, electromagnetically protected, physically secured wireless communication environments. Its “Faraday Shielded” rooms use newly developed, electromagnetically enhanced products that incorporate proprietary technologies that allow customers to physically deny outsiders from accessing wireless communications in their facilities. The Faraday Structures approach is pioneered to create a new paradigm, for both cost and performance, in protecting today’s agencies and enterprise companies against an ever increasing and evolving threat landscape.They provide wireless security solutions to prevent unauthorized transmission of communications. Faraday Structures provide innovative end-to-end solutions to detect, alert, restrict, and forbid unapproved signals and communications from being released outside of or intruding into facilities and personnel. Their solutions are designed to secure companies from the emerging and evolving threat landscape of telecommunications and information security.The principals of Faraday Structures have already completed multiple installations of shielded facilities. Immediate capabilities and services include consultation, inspection and assessment, installation, testing, Faraday certification, and new product development. To learn more about Faraday Structures, click here.
Chinese live stream platform DouYu has acquired the media rights to BLAST‘s Counter-Strike: Global Offensive tournament, BLAST Premier.The deal lasts for the remainder of 2020 and sees DouYu receive the exclusive broadcast rights to the event in the Mandarin language. Photo credit: BLASTRELATED: Betway supports BLAST’s expansion into Dota 2DouYu is said to have had 163.6 million monthly active users in 2019 and it reportedly accounts for a large portion of the total viewership that BLAST Premier receives.Alexander Lewin, VP Distribution and Programming for BLAST, spoke on the deal in a release: “Our partnership with streaming giant DouYu is further testament to the rapidly growing popularity of BLAST Premier in China. The Chinese market continues to play an integral role in the global esports world, and we are delighted to team up with DouYu to entertain millions of BLAST fans in China.”RELATED: BLAST raises €12.5M in funding roundEarlier this year, BLAST sold the Latin American media rights for BLAST Premier to Argentine television sports channel TyC Sports. It also holds broadcast deals with the likes of DAZN, TV 2 Denmark, Winstrike, RTP, and ES1.The tournament organiser hasn’t allowed the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic to stop it in its tracks. Despite not being able to host LAN tournaments as planned, it has expanded into Dota 2, launched new online events for CS:GO, and raised €12.5 million (£11.1 million) in investment.Esports Insider says: BLAST has done a wonderful job in ensuring it’s still active throughout the global pandemic, making moves not many would’ve expected, and it’s good to see it’s still determined on ensuring its events are viewed by as many people as possible. Media rights deals such as this are bolstering tournament organisers’ revenue and that is a great – and much needed – thing.Follow ESI on Instagram
Like us at https://www.facebook.com/pages/New-Pittsburgh-Courier/143866755628836?ref=hlFollow @NewPghCourier on Twitter https://twitter.com/NewPghCourier BILL NEAL:10—Of course this is not a shoutout to the likes of Hosea Champine, Norm Nixon, John Marshall, Kirk Bruce, Ron Carter, Sam Clancy, Myron Brown, Bobby Franklin, B.B. Flenory, Magic Mike Williams, Kenny Durrett, Bobby Byrd or Billy Varner…your legend was already in place! No, this is “a call to arms for the other 5,060 or so players that played in the nationally-recognized, top 10-rated Connie Hawkins Summer League that more than likely may have never been recognized beyond your last glorified high school game. On Saturday, May 5, we will honor and memorialize the late great Connie Hawkins. Do the right thing man and come pay your respects to the man that put you on the map!:09—Sooooo, while I have your attention, here’s your info for the next to last time. Friday, May 4, “Live” at The Savoy Restaurant (2623 Penn Avenue, zip code 15222). Come one, come all to welcome home the 1968 ABA World Champion Pittsburgh Pipers. 6 p.m. until, $5 cover, free parking, cash bar, cash kitchen, dress to impress. Saturday, May 5, noon press conference at the Marriott Hotel City Center, Downtown Pittsburgh. Then at 2 p.m., the Pittsburgh Bullets ABA team will showcase a tribute exhibition game and clinic for kids at the Thelma Lovette YMCA (2114 Centre Avenue, zip code 15219) in honor of the champions. Then at 6 p.m., cocktail reception for the event at the Marriott. Then at 7 p.m., dinner and awards presentation honoring the Pipers, Connie Hawkins and the 2018 Connie Hawkins Hall of Fame Inductees. Special guest speakers include the legendary Billy Knight, former L.A. Laker Ron Carter and former Boston Celtic B.B. Flenory. $50 in advance, $75 at the door, not formal. Dress to impress. Parking at cost. For additional information, please call Achieving Greatness Inc. at 412-628-4856, Monday through Saturday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.:08—Hey, while I am shouting out stuff, let’s have a shoutout for all the people that helped make this historic night possible. Major Mark Whited. The Mark Cuban Foundation. The New Pittsburgh Courier. The Phoenix Suns. The Pittsburgh Penguins. State Representative Austin Davis. City Councilman R. Daniel Lavelle. Chuck Sanders Charities. Gary White. Frank B. Fuhrer Wholesale Co. Attorney Glenn Mahone. Attorney William Goodrich. Attorney Jack Goodrich. J.T. Thomas. The Tribune Review. Larry Richert of KDKA Radio.:07—Lord, please don’t let Kevin Cameron be right about the Pittsburgh Pirates, but if the pitchin’ don’t hold up, the bats don’t mean jack. Now that’s teamwork.:06—Yeah, I know the NFL draft is on Thursday, April 26, but I won’t be watching. Call me when we’ve made our selection, then you got my attention.:05—But if you really want to know who, what, when, where and why, tune into Soul Take—Champions Live Sports Talk Show every Wednesday…go to urbanmediatoday.com and get reminded of how much you don’t know, but you think you know. Brought to you by Urban Media Today, the New Pittsburgh Courier and Cameron Professional Management. Starring Kevin Cameron, Bill Neal and a cast of the greatest sports minds in the business. To get on board – [email protected] or call Achieving Greatness Inc. at 412-628- 4856.:04—Man, you know the Black Panther is all that if it’s still playing at theaters and at prime time slots. It’s been over a month. They used to call that “Black Power!!!”:03—BTW, if you still have doubts about me proclaiming Jim Thorpe the greatest athlete of all time, just pull up or rent the movie Jim Thorpe—All American. You – Will – Be – Amazed. Look, the man and one other Native American beat an entire track team by themselves . . . just Google it.:02—To the world, and to my good friend, and the family and close friends of the late great “Super Champion” Bruno Sammartino, farewell to a true legend!!! (FYI – he sold out Madison Square Garden 108 times . . . C’mon man!)Dexter Westbrook driving against “The Hawk”:01—In continuing to showcase the members of the Pittsburgh Pipers World Champions, pictured here are Dexter Westbrook driving against “The Hawk” before getting traded to the Pipers weeks later, and sharp shooter Barry Leibowitz.Barry Leibowitz:00—GAME OVER.
In this Nov. 2, 2018, file photo, Pittsburgh quarterback Kenny Pickett (8) hands off to running back Qadree Ollison (30) during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Virginia in Charlottesville, Va. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)PITTSBURGH (AP) — Kenny Pickett isn’t offended by the term “game manager.” Last the Pittsburgh sophomore checked, the phrase isn’t an insult but a job description.“Every quarterback needs to manage the game first,” Pickett said.Pickett’s pre-snap checklist is lengthy. Is the protection right? Does he need to audible? Are the other 10 guys lined up in the right spot? What defense are the opponents in?“There’s a lot that goes on,” Pickett said.Each decision is vital in determining whether the ensuing play does or doesn’t work, one of the reasons why Pickett doesn’t get too caught up in what he does — or more specifically, what he doesn’t do — once the ball is in his hands. If he needs to throw it, great. If he doesn’t, even better. Pickett insists he’ll never get caught up in his own numbers.“My whole mindset is to find a way,” he said.One the 20-year-old has no plans on changing Saturday when he leads the Panthers (7-5) onto the field to face No. 2 Clemson (12-0) in the ACC Championship game in Charlotte, North Carolina.While Pickett’s first full season as a starter largely lacked the dazzle of his spectacular coming-out party — he accounted for all three Pitt touchdowns in an emphatic stunner over then second-ranked Miami in the 2017 finale — he hardly cares. He passed for just 1,825 yards, the fewest since 1996 by a Pitt quarterback who played in at least 10 games.Not that it matters to Pickett. He committed to the Panthers because he believed in what coach Pat Narduzzi is building, not to mount a Heisman Trophy campaign. By that metric, this year has been a success.“I wanted to get back to a championship here,” Pickett said. “It’s where this university has been and where it needs to be, winning championships.”Pitt won the Coastal Division for the first time thanks in part to Pickett avoiding mistakes — he threw just five interceptions — and the ever-churning legs of running backs Qadree Ollison and Darrin Hall. If Pickett spends most of Saturday turning around and stuffing the ball into the midsection of his backfield mates, he stressed he will do it “with a smile on my face.”A smile Pickett has tried to maintain during a sometimes uneven year. The Panthers played a daunting nonconference schedule that included losses to Penn State, Central Florida and Notre Dame, games in which he was largely a nonfactor. He averaged just 115 yards passing in the setbacks and his regular season ended with him watching from the sideline after Miami sacked him six times in a 24-3 defeat that took some of the momentum out of Pitt’s run to a division title.Call it part of the maturation process, one Pickett understands was unavoidable, pointing out “some things you can’t learn until you go through it.” He believes the growing pains have helped make him a better player. Asked to describe the difference between where he is now and where he was a year ago, Pickett responded, “I’m a lot more confident in what I’m seeing and slinging it.”Clemson defensive coordinator Brent Venables is wary. The Tigers have one of the most dominant defensive lines in the country but gave up 510 yards passing last week to South Carolina’s Jake Bentley and have had issues this season with quarterbacks like Syracuse’s Eric Dungey, who are efficient if not dynamic.“So Pickett, he’s a good football player,” Venables said. “He’s tough, he’s instinctive. Throws a good ball. He’s a mobile guy. Plays with a good edge to him, very competitive. Don’t know him from Adam, but you can tell all those things from tape. Just kind of a baller.”A moniker Pickett has earned nearly from the moment he stepped on campus in January 2017. He spent most of his freshman year as the third option behind Max Brown and Ben DiNucci. Yet his teammates noticed a swagger about Pickett that belied his inexperience.Defensive back Dennis Briggs caught a firsthand look last fall while Pickett was running the scout team in practice.Briggs came in on a blitz and figured he had Pickett cold. One problem. When Briggs went to wrap Pickett up, Pickett spun out of the way and vanished.“Almost broke my ankles,” Briggs said. “I’m like, ‘Who is this dude?’”Briggs laughs at the memory, mostly because he understands he’s hardly the only one who’s been embarrassed after underestimating Pickett. It happened to Miami last fall. The Tigers understand they can’t afford to let it happen to them if they want to reach the College Football Playoff for a fourth straight year.Pitt is a 25-point underdog. That’s fine by Pickett. Defying the odds is kind of his thing. He watched on TV two years ago when the Panthers stunned Clemson in Death Valley. His view will be far different this time around. A win and the Panthers take another step closer to achieving the vision Narduzzi outlined to Pickett on the recruiting trail, a vision set on winning, not mind-boggling stats. Just the way Pickett likes it.“We’re finding who we are, finding our identity as a program,” Pickett said. “I’m just doing my part to step up as a leader of the offense.”___AP Sports Writer Pete Iacobelli in Clemson, South Carolina, contributed to this report.___More AP college football: https://apnews.com/Collegefootball and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25
by Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire Senior [email protected] Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant and his daughter, Gianna Maria Onore, were among nine people killed in a helicopter crash on Sunday, January 26, 2020.Bryant was 41, and his daughter, affectionately known as GiGi, was only 13.“As the reports came in on the death of Kobe Bryant, his daughter and the other passengers on board his helicopter we all were shocked and saddened by the news of a life gone far too soon,” stated Danny J. Bakewell, Sr., the chairman and executive publisher of NNPA member newspaper, the Los Angeles Sentinel. “Whether you were a Laker fan or not, the news seemed surreal.”Bakewell continued:“This tragic death of a young man dying in the prime of his life is a reminder to us all of just how precious life really is and how we must all embrace life, love and family and never forget what is really important.“Kobe was a warrior on the basketball court, and he seemed to ease his way into retirement life with the same passion and enthusiasm that we all admired when he was playing in the NBA.“My thoughts and prayers go out to his parents, his wife, his children and all those who admired Kobe Bryant not only as a basketball star but as a Man, a Son, a Husband and Father.”Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr., the president and CEO of the NNPA, said the Black Press joins with the rest of America in mourning Bryant’s death.“The National Newspaper Publishers Association expresses our profound sympathy and sincerest condolences to the family of Kobe Bryant,” Chavis stated.Denise Rolark Barnes, the publisher of the Washington Informer also offered her condolences to the Bryant family. “Our hearts cry out for Kobe Bryant and his family,” Rolark Barnes stated. “Our memories of his phenomenal life and career will never die.”TMZ reported that the 5-time NBA Champion was en route to his Mamba Academy for a basketball practice when the crash occurred. The academy is north of Los Angeles in the city of Thousand Oaks.In a statement, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said Bryant was a giant who inspired, amazed and thrilled people everywhere. “He will live forever in the heart of Los Angeles and will be remembered through the ages as one of our greatest heroes,” Garcetti stated.“This is a moment that leaves us struggling to find words that express the magnitude of shock and sorrow we are all feeling right now, and I am keeping Kobe’s entire family in my prayers at this time of unimaginable grief.”The helicopter, an S-76 owned by Bryant, crashed and caught fire at about 10 a.m. Pacific time, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.Rescue crews were on location within moments, but officials said it was too late to save anyone aboard.“He’s way too young,” Laker legend Earvin “Magic” Johnson stated. “I was supposed to pass away before him. He’s gone way too soon. It’s a devastating loss for all of us.”Another Lakers legend, Kareem Abdul Jabbar, who played against Bryant’s father, Joe “Jellybean” Bryant, said he was stunned.“Most people will remember Kobe as the magnificent athlete who inspired a whole generation of basketball players,” Jabbar tweeted. “But I will always remember him as a man who was much more than an athlete.”Shaquille O’Neal, who won three NBA titles with Bryant and the Lakers from 2000 to 2002, tweeted that his late and former teammate was much more than an athlete. “He was a family man. That was what we had most in common,” O’Neal wrote. “I would hug his children like they were my own and he would embrace my kids like they were his. His baby girl Gigi was born on the same day as my youngest daughter, Me’Arah.”Current Lakers star LeBron James was seen leaving the team’s airplane in tears. He didn’t address reporters.A spokesperson for the Lakers said the team plans to address the heartbreaking matter “soon.”Ken Miller, the publisher of the Inglewood, California-based NNPA member newspaper, Inglewood Today, said he was also in shock and devastated by the news.Miller covered Bryant for years for the Los Angeles Sentinel and said the superstar had previously given him his personal cell phone number.“We are going to do a special edition of our newspaper that will be totally dedicated to Kobe Bryant,” stated Miller, who coincidentally wore a Westchester High School basketball sweatshirt during last week’s NNPA Mid-Winter Training Conference in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The conference concluded just one day before the Bryant tragedy.Years earlier, Nike outfitted Westchester High School’s basketball players with Kobe Bryant’s Zoom Kobe IV sneakers that matched the Westchester’s black and red colors.“When Jerry West drafted Kobe at the age of 17, no one knew exactly what the franchise was getting,” Miller stated. “He evolved to [become], I would say, the greatest Laker of them all, and I had the opportunity to cover and meet him personally and at one time just out of the blue as a reporter. I was so starstruck by him by his air, by his intelligence, and he had a reclusiveness to him as well, that I just walked up to him and asked him for his personal cell phone. He gave it to me, and it was at a time when Shaquille O’Neill was gone, and the Lakers had just won three championships. He ultimately wanted to connect with the African American community.”Born in Philadelphia in 1978, Bryant was initially drafted by the Charlotte Hornets with the 13th overall pick of the 1996 NBA draft, but forced a post-draft trade to the Lakers, stating it was the only team he’d join.Bryant spent his entire career with the Lakers, winning five NBA championships and the 2008 MVP Award. He topped Michael Jordan for third place on the NBA all-time scoring list in December 2014 and retired in 2016 after scoring 60 points in his final game.His uniform numbers 8 and 24 were both retired by the franchise, making him the only NBA star to have two numbers retired with the same team. In 2018, Bryant earned an Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film for Dear Basketball.The late superstar supported at least seven charities and foundations, including After-School All-Stars, Aid Still Required, Cathy’s Kids Foundation, and the Kobe and Vanessa Bryant Family Foundation, where he and his wife are dedicated to improving the lives of youth and families in need, both domestically and globally.The foundation provides financial resources and develops unique programs that serve to strengthen communities through educational and cultural enrichment opportunities.Even as a lifelong New York Knicks fan, a team that saw Bryant crush their hopes on many a night, the death of the man known as “The Black Mamba” is as stunning as any this reporter has seen. In 1979, in a similarly shocking tragedy, during a season in which they were trying to defend their World Series title, the New York Yankees lost their beloved captain, Thurman Munson, in a plane crash.While Munson was only one of the cogs in a Yankee team that had captured back-to-back titles in 1977 and 1978, Bryant was the unquestioned leader of the Lakers, one of the most storied franchises in sports, who turned out such superstars as Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul Jabbar, James Worthy, and Shaquille O’Neal.“He was the greatest of all Lakers,” Magic Johnson statedBryant is survived by his wife, Vanessa Laine Bryant, and children Natalia, Bianka, and Capri.
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Advertisement jop2NBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs5o1mr76Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E0bb( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 8avq7Would you ever consider trying this?😱a8oijtCan your students do this? 🌚uh3vRoller skating! Powered by Firework With Bundesliga giants all set to rope in Chelsea’s prized teen forward Callum Hudson-Odoi this month, the Blues have resorted to their final fall-back plan to retain their star academy graduate. The London based club have offered the teenager a whopping £70,000 a week deal to persuade him to stay at Stamford Bridge. Advertisement With the offer Chelsea have made, and should he choose to accept it, Hudson-Odoi will go on to become the Premier League’s most paid teenager. This also appears to be quite the odd deal considering that the 18-year old Blues forward hasn’t started a single game for the club yet.Chelsea have fended off all of Bayern’s previous three attempts to rope in Hudson-Odoi. And the desire to have young blood in their steadily ageing squad keeps the multiple Bundesliga champions persistent in the hunt for the teenager. Their fourth attempt this month saw the German club’s offer shoot up to £35million in exchange for the young Englishman.Advertisement But taking into consideration the fact that Hudson-Odoi has been continuously stalling the signing of a new contract which will extend his stay at the Stamford Bridge, the club’s top hierarchy are pressured to resort to anything that can produce an output regarding his future, since he might leave for nothing when his deal expires in the next 18 months.And Chelsea would rather keep him than risk the possibility of losing him on a free. But Hudson-Odoi might explore life out of London in lieu of getting more play time, and eventual better starting opportunities at Bayern, who will be hoping to rejuvenate the team with all they can.Advertisement Read also:-Bayern Munich confirm Benjamin Pavard signingChelsea want £100 million for Eden Hazard if Real Madrid come knocking Advertisement
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