Shaq names his ideal ‘Big 3,’ talks new ad, NBA predictions

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPhil Ellsworth / ESPN ImagesBy KELLY MCCARTHY, ABC News(NEW YORK) — Any former teammate of Shaquille O’Neal would likely tell you that having him on the court was the sports equivalent of a great insurance policy.The NBA Hall of Famer told ABC News’ Good Morning America that “trust and credibility were very important” throughout his 19-year NBA career, and now he’s applying those values to a new campaign with a brand that’s been by his side since college.“In 1989 when I bought a used Ford Bronco 2, I didn’t have insurance, went to all these places I couldn’t afford, then I went to The General and they gave me an affordable policy, and it was great. I never had to use it,” he said with a laugh. “But hey, I had the full coverage I needed.”Shaq first teamed up with the brand nearly a decade ago.“I’m watching Maury Povich, ’cause that was my routine every day, and I would hear the jingle with The General commercial, and I said, ‘Hey I’d love to let the world know about the quality insurance that your company offers’ — and we’ve been in a relationship every since,” he said.But now, the company known for its computer-animated ads is evolving its image with the help of the 15-time NBA All-Star and a couple of his friends from Inside the NBA.Shaq said “it was a lot of fun” filming on set with fellow NBA analysts Kenny Smith and Ernie Johnson.“We had a lot of outtakes. But it’s also great to tell your friends ‘I told you so,’” Shaq said. “A lot of people look at the commercial and think they’re too cheesy, but nope, they’re quality insurance.”Thinking about other famous basketball trios, the four-time NBA champion said if he could build his own Big Three with any other players of all time, it would be “Me, Michael Jordan and Jason ‘White Chocolate’ Williams.”One real-life matchup on Shaq’s calendar is his All Elite Wrestling in-ring debut. He’s wrestling Cody Rhodes on March 3 in a mixed tag-team bout, “so I’m gonna have to beat him up,” he said.When asked about his training, he said “I can’t tell ya, I’ll just have to show ya.”Although the 2020-21 NBA “season is still young” Shaq said that “Utah, the Lakers and Brooklyn are all playing well.”Shaq will be in on the All-Star Weekend action and back with Inside the NBA on TNT for the second part of the regular season, but he said “there are about four or five teams in contention to become champions.”“I’m biased,” he said after seeing the Lakers take home the title last season, “but I want to see the best players shine and the best team win.”Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved. February 25, 2021 /Sports News – National Shaq names his ideal ‘Big 3,’ talks new ad, NBA predictions Beau Lundcenter_img Written bylast_img read more

IAM Sold continues impressive growth

first_imgNorth East based IAM Sold continued to grow in the first quarter of 2016, increasing their workforce by 25 per cent since January – recruiting 22 additional staff at all levels to cope with the growth.The company has invested heavily in expanding their workforce, providing an array of job opportunities in areas such as sales, IT, administration, sales progression, corporate and business development. This increase in staff will aid the ever expanding nature of the company and enable the implementation of plans for the future.Jamie Cooke, Sales Director, said, “We are experiencing significant growth despite challenging stock numbers – testament to the dedication of our staff and partners. So we have expanded the workforce to ensure that our award winning customer service is retained.”IAM Sold growth iam-sold auctioneers May 14, 2016The NegotiatorWhat’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 40% of tenants planning a move now that Covid has eased says Nationwide3rd May 2021 Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 Home » News » IAM Sold continues impressive growth previous nextProducts & ServicesIAM Sold continues impressive growthThe Negotiator14th May 20160592 Viewslast_img read more


first_imgOBITUARY OF GEORGE  FRANCIS LUMLEY Funeral Held Today At Ziemer Funeral Home North Chapel, Evansville Evansville, IN – George Francis Lumley, III, age 59, passed away on Thursday, May 23, 2019. George was born in Salem, Indiana, on August 28, 1959, to George Francis Lumley, Jr. and Martha Leona Farrell Lumley. He was a graduate of West Washington High School and Indiana University Southeast, served in the United States Air Force and the Kentucky Air National Guard, and was a Certified Public Accountant. He married Nancy Rebecca King on April 28, 1984, and she survives, along with daughters Martha Louise Stilwell (husband Jeffrey) and Rebecca Rose Miller husband Jeff, two beloved foster children, and a baby on the way.He was preceded in death by his father; uncles John “Jack” Farrell, Harry Farrell and Tom Lumley; and aunts Rosemary Janis and Alice Taylor. In addition to his wife, children, and grandchildren, he is survived by his mother, uncle Mark Lumley, and his siblings and their families: Mary Pankey (Dennis); Cathy Eastridge (Marty); Beth Mauck (Herb); Patricia Van Meter (Burl Stewart); Teresa Ebeling (Brian); Diane Wood (Art); Steve Lumley (Vanessa); Lisa Reed (Bob); and Patrick Lumley (Charlene).George enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren. In his retirement, his passion became community gardens and teaching children about growing food. He also enjoyed fishing, canning, cooking, and genealogy.Visitation will be from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm CST Sunday, May 26, 2019, at Ziemer Funeral Home North Chapel, 6300 N. First Ave., Evansville, IN 47710. A memorial service will begin at 3:00 pm CST at the funeral home with Rev. Andy Payton officiating.In lieu of flowers, you may make memorial contributions to Seton Harvest, 9400 New Harmony Road, Evansville, IN 47720 or Borrowed Hearts Foundation, 1144 Indy Court, Evansville, IN 47725.Condolences may be made online at www.ziemerfuneralhFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

“CMT Presents Jennifer Nettles With 2016 Next Women of Country Tour” with Brandy Clark…

first_img“CMT Presents Jennifer Nettles with 2016 Next Women of Country Tour,” and the sought-after ticket will include Brandy Clark and special guests Lindsay Ell and Tara Thompson. The tour is an extension of CMT’s Next Women of Country campaign, an effort thatseeks to give more attention and airplay to female country artists. Tickets go on sale to general public Friday, January 29 at 10 AM.Nettles has racked up over 22 million in worldwide record sales since exploding onto the music scene in 2004, amassing eight #1 hits and countless accolades and awards. She recently embarked as headliner on the “Playing with Fire Tour” with Brandy Clark and Ryan Kinder. She’s also a vocal supporter of females in the industry.CMT first launched its “Next Women” campaign in 2013 in an effort to emphasize undiscovered female artists in the male- dominated format. The campaign showcases emerging female artists across screens throughout the year, and several alumnae – Kacey Musgraves, Brandy Clark, Cassadee Pope and Ashley Monroe included – have achieved both commercial and critical acclaim. In 2015, CMT expanded the franchise to include its first-ever female-powered tour featuring Jana Kramer and Kelsea Ballerini.Tickets can be purchased at Ford Center Ticket Office, or by phone 800.745.3000### FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Bakery charged over contaminated water

first_imgIrish bakery brand Easibake Food has been found guilty of using contaminated water in its products at its Pontypool facility in Wales.The bakery, owned by Evron Foods, was found by Torfaen Environmental Health officers to be using water that was contaminated by the chemical trichloroethene (TCE).The water was being used as an ingredient in some bakery products, including four par-baked breads which were ready to be supplied to multinational food retailers. This led to the withdrawal of bread products from across the UK.Easibake Foods pleaded guilty to two charges for the unlicensed abstraction of water and failure to ensure food was not contaminated.A spokesman for Easibake Foods has stressed the company had co-operated fully with Torfaen County Borough Council, and said it had acted swiftly to stop using water from its private supply and had undertaken a precautionary withdrawal of bread products made at Pontypool. He added the issue had posed a very low risk of adversely affecting human health and, since the incident, the water borehole had been closed.The spokesman said: “Easibake Foods takes very seriously its responsibilities for maintaining the highest quality levels in relation to all aspects of their manufacturing processes. Regular tests have taken place since the incident all of which have resulted in exemplary reports.”Councillor Gwyneira Clark, executive member for housing, planning and public protection at the council, said: “In this particular case, it was not just a case of protecting the public health of Torfaen residents but those consuming bread products across the UK.”last_img read more

Phish Shares Video Of “Bathtub Gin” > “You Sexy Thing” Reprise From Alpharetta Finale [Pro-Shot]

first_imgPhoto: Emily Butler Load remaining images On Sunday night, Phish closed out a top-notch three-night run at Alpharetta, GA’s Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park. From the performance’s opening moments, everyone watching—both in person and from their couches—knew this show was going to be special.Phish came out of the gates with Hot Chocolate‘s “You Sexy Thing”, marking the first time one of the many donut-themed cover debuts from last summer’s Baker’s Dozen residency has made its way onto a post-Dozen setlist. The set continued in unusual fashion, as the band launched into the “Tweezer Reprise” that went missing from Friday’s show in the two-slot. The momentum didn’t slow from there, as the band moved into “What’s The Use?” and a well-played (and weather-appropriate) “Petrichor”. Next, the band lit into Vida Blue‘s “Most Events Aren’t Planned”—the third Phish rendition of the Page McConnell side project staple—followed by excellent readings of “Vultures”, “Reba”, and “Sand”.Cutting to set two, after opening with the first “Taste” in just over a year (since 8/2/2017), Phish set out on an exploratory version of “Golden Age”, bringing ’round the miracles that set one taught us to believe in. The set continued through “Twist”, “Waves”, “Fuego”, and a rare “Mango Song” before finally landing in “Bathtub Gin”, marking just the second time in its last 11 appearances that the song appeared in the second set. This “Gin” refused to disappoint, as the band came together for a laser-focused jam. When they returned to the song’s closing theme, rather than close out the set, Trey Anastasio led the band back into a reprise of “You Sexy Thing” to bookend the performance, smiling widely as he played. You can watch pro-shot footage of “Bathtub Gin” > “You Sexy Thing” Reprise below:Phish – “Bathtub Gin” > “You Sexy Thing” Reprise [Pro-Shot][Video: Phish]The encore continued with yet more “miraculous” hijinks, as a vocally flubbed “Fee” led Trey to invite the audience to sing along to the second and final encore number, a song they “remember all the words to.” The song, it turned out, was the instrumental “2001”, which they crafted into a funky reprisal of the show’s earlier highlights, incorporating elements of “You Sexy Thing” and “Tweezer Reprise”—at one point simultaneously. You can listen to a full soundboard recording of the show via LivePhish.Phish’s summer tour continues tonight with the first of two performances in Camden, NJ. For more information on upcoming dates, head to the band’s website.You can also check out a gallery of photos from the show below via Emily Butler Photography.Setlist: Phish | Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre At Encore Park | Alpharetta, GA | 8/5/2018Set One: You Sexy Thing, Tweezer Reprise > What’s The Use? > Petrichor, Most Events Aren’t Planned, Vultures, Reba, SandSet Two: Taste > Golden Age > Twist > Waves > Fuego > The Mango Song > Bathtub Gin > You Sexy ThingEncore: Fee, 2001Notes: Reba did not contain the whistling ending and featured You Sexy Thing quotes from Fish. Trey teased What’s The Use? and You Sexy Thing in Taste. Golden Age contained Reba whistling and teasing. Fee featured Trey on megaphone. Trey forgot some of the lyrics of Fee and told the crowd after the song, “We’d like to end the show now with something we remember all the words to.” He then began 2001 (an instrumental), encouraging the fans to help them out.Phish | Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre At Encore Park | Alpharetta, GA | 8/5/2018 | Photos: Emily Butlerlast_img read more

A breadth of learning

first_imgIf your New Year’s resolution involves learning more about Einstein or the history of the blues, you’re in luck! Harvard’s Online Learning gateway houses all of the University’s open online learning opportunities under one roof for the first time, and anyone can access the breadth and depth of Harvard’s learning content. Featuring both free courses and courses for credit, the platform also offers museum collections, lectures, podcasts, and popular programs such as “CopyrightX” and Michael Sandel’s “Justice.”“With the site, we have created a path for Harvard faculty to showcase their incredible teaching, for schools to highlight a single course or a full degree program, and for learners, in particular alumni, to dive deep into any subject imaginable,” said Peter Bol, vice provost for advances in learning and Charles H. Carswell Professor of East Asian Languages and Civilizations.“As, for example, a typical college student graduates after completing 32 courses out of the hundreds possible, we want to make it possible for them to continue to learn in their chosen fields, but also to explore new possibilities long after they have left the campus,” he said. “While ‘lifelong learning’ has become the buzzword in higher ed, it is more than a fad. Technology has liberated learning for everyone.”Enrollment dates are flexible, and courses range from introductory to advanced in all areas of study, and can be narrowed from high to low engagement.last_img read more

Culturalist Challenge! What Are Your Top 10 Stephen Schwartz Songs?

first_imgThe staff is crazy for Culturalist, the website that lets you choose and create your own top 10 lists. Every week, we’re challenging you with a new Broadway-themed topic to rank.Stephen Schwartz will celebrate his birthday on March 6. In honor of the composer of such beloved musicals as Wicked, Pippin, Godspell and more, we are thinking about which Schwartz songs we love the most. This Culturalist challenge is a YouTube spiral waiting to happen: from scrolling through the incredible number of homemade “Defying Gravity” videos or get lost in the many “Meadowlark” covers, but why stop there? Make your a list ranking your faves on Culturalist, and we can all “Thank Goodness” Stephen Schwartz was born. (Note: This is not a complete list! We simply pulled together Schwartz’s most popular songs. We know about popular.) News Reporter Ryan McPhee kicked off this new challenge with his top 10. Now it’s your turn!STEP 1—SELECT: Visit Culturalist to see all of your options. Highlight your 10 favorites and then click “rearrange list” (or, if you have nothing to rearrange, go right ahead and hit “publish”).STEP 2—RANK & PUBLISH: Reorder your 10 choices by dragging them into the correct spot on your list. Click the “publish” button.Once your list is published, you can see the overall rankings of everyone on the aggregate list.Pick your favorites, then tune in for the results next week on! View Commentslast_img read more

Shumlin names Brian Searles as Transportation Secretary and Sue Minter as Deputy Secretary

first_imgBurlington International Airport (BTV),Governor-elect Shumlin today announced his “transportation team.” Brian Searles will be the Agency of Transportation’s next Secretary; Sue Minter will serve as Deputy Secretary. Searles, former Transportation Secretary under Governor Dean, currently is director of Burlington International Airport. He has led the airport during several rounds of infrastructure improvements and increases in passenger boardings.Dick Mazza, Brian Searles, Governor-elect Shumlin and Sue Minter at the transition office in Montpelier Monday afternoon. Photo: VBM Vermont Business Magazine.‘Brian Searles has the experience, talent and leadership abilities necessary to rebuild our state’s aging infrastructure and revitalize our public transit system in a cost effective manner,’ said Governor-elect Shumlin. ‘His leadership on this critical issue will be instrumental to our mission of job creation. I am thrilled that Brian has agreed to join my administration and thank him for his willingness to serve.’Brian has worked in the public sector for more than 40 years as a police chief, city manager and airport director. He has 13 years experience in state government including Exec Dir of the Vermont Criminal Justice Training Council, Commissioner of Personnel, Deputy Secretary of Administration and Secretary of Transportation. For the past five years he has been Director of Aviation at Burlington International Airport. Brian Searles grew up in Essex Jct and received an M.S in Administration from St. Michael’s College. As Secretary of Transportation, Brian’s salary will be approximately $115,000.Searles will continue in his post at the airport until he is sworn in as secretary. The head of the airport is appointed by the mayor of Burlington, typically after a recommendation of the airport commission. The airport is part of the City of Burlington.Searles said that after 18 months in which air transport has suffered around the nation, and to some extent at BTV, passenger boardings in Burlington increased the last three months. He also said that Southwest Airlines buying AirTran could likely be a good thing for Burlington, as it would extend Southwest’s market to places like Burlington. AirTran had served Burlington from 2008 to 2009. ‘Sue Minter has incredible experience and an inspiring vision for the future of transportation in Vermont,’ said Governor-elect Shumlin. ‘Her understanding of the complex issues surrounding transportation make her uniquely qualified for this important role. I am grateful that Sue has agreed to take on this challenge.’As a member of the House Transportation Committee, Minter traveled around Vermont and was instrumental in drawing attention to the problem of Vermont’s deteriorating roads and bridges. For the last two years, she has served on the House Appropriations Committee, where she has overseen the budget of the Vermont Agency of Transportation. She has been widely respected in the Legislature for her ability to work across party lines to pass key transportation initiatives.Sue Minter received a BA from Harvard University, and a masters in Urban and Community Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. As Deputy Secretary, Minter’s salary will be approximately $85,000. Also in attendance was Dick Mazza of Colchester, who is the longtime chair of the Senate Transportation Committee.With federal stimulus money drying up and the economy still sluggish, the administration and the Legislature will have fewer dollars with which to work. Shumlin stressed the need to “work smarter” with the limited resources available. He emphasized that maintenance of existing roads and bridges would be the priority over new, big ticket projects. As for the such big ticket items, he said he would not commit one way or the other to the Circumferential Highway in Chittenden County, but would gather interested parties to see what could be done. He said he did not want to be bogged down by a project that had frustrated every governor since Richard Snelling’s first term. The Circ was in the news last week following a negative report from the EPA over the Circ’s impact on local waterways. Another common theme during the press conference was the need to account for climate change, not only in the use of public transportation but also in the planning and development of downtowns.last_img read more

Living a More Purposeful Life at Emerson Commons Cohousing in Crozet, Virginia

first_imgMedical researchers and self-help writers point to how a purposeful life helping others can lead to greater happiness and longevity. We all have our own private energy-efficient homes with solar panels, private backyards and private spaces. But our homes also have a high happiness-per-square-foot due to the functioning community.  Emersoon Commons, Crozet, Virginia Emerson Commons in Crozet, Virginia (near Charlottesville) is an example of such a community.  “Below is a picture of a socially-distanced HOA meeting at Emerson Commons. One of the major points of cohousing is a balance between privacy and community.  All homes have private backyards with forests, creek and/or mountain views. As one eight year old in the photo below said, “We work together, which makes everything easier. And we play together, which makes everything more fun!” A beautiful pool, walking trails by a creek, orchard, raised bed gardens, and multiple playgrounds give us further excuses to connect with our neighbors. Brooks mentions cohousing as an alternative to isolated nuclear families. In cohousing, everyone owns their private homes but intentionally plan to interact as a community. “Strange is our situation here upon earth. each of us comes for a short visit, not knowing why, yet sometimes seeming to divine purpose. From the stand point of daily life, however, there is one thing we do know; that we are here for the sake of others.” – Albert Einstein We live a purposeful life by helping others.  As Einstein stated, we are here primarily for the sake of others. Our main life purpose might be volunteering or mission-oriented career.  But we gain a bonus extra meaning in our lives when we also contribute to the lives of the people immediately around us. Deep front porches allow easily taking the time to stop and chat. A beautiful club house allows us to have potlucks and neighborhood events together. At Emerson Commons in Crozet, we have designed a pedestrian-oriented neighborhood where we cross paths with each other often. Friendships span across the generations from age 1 to 81. As an ecovillage, it will be the first all-solar community in Virginia.  But what really sets this community apart are the many characteristics that encourage community and neighborliness, and therefore life purpose.  ​Neighbors co-manage the community and meet each other that way. For example, people can attend landscaping workdays. Working together with your neighbors rather than hiring a management company both saves money and builds connections. Emerson Common still has houses for sale and rent so please check out our website, including bios of neighbors at They typically focus on “how” to live a more purposeful life.  But they often overlook “where” to live a more purposeful life.  The “where” can also provide meaning in our lives. An excellent recent article that focuses on the “where” is by David Brooks in the Atlantic, called The Nuclear Family Was a Mistake. Brooks describes how subdivisions and housing in the U.S. have caused us to become too separated from one another. We no longer have easy access to friends, family, or a support structure as was the case 100 years ago or currently in other parts of the world. This separation and isolation have, of course, intensified in these COVID times. last_img read more