By Sharon OmahenUniversity of GeorgiaIf native plants, rare plants or wild flowers intrigue you, mark your calendar for the seventh annual South Georgia Native Plant and Wildflower Symposium March 28 in Tifton, Ga. Conservation botanist Linda Chafin will update participants on rare plants of Georgia. She has conducted rare species surveys throughout the Southeast. The author of “The Field Guide to Rare Plants of Florida,” she has now written a Georgia edition that will be released this year. Nurseryman Tommy Dodd will discuss native plants from a grower’s perspective. Born into a nursery family, Dodd has operated nurseries in Alabama and South Carolina. University of Georgia professor Jim Hook will discuss water conservation from a south Georgia perspective. A leader in water use and conservation, Hook serves on many state, regional and national water planning groups. Writer, naturalist and photographer Gil Nelson will cover wild flowers of the Southeastern coastal plain. Nelson is a field botanist at Florida State University’s Robert K. Godfrey Herbarium. The symposium will be at the National Environmentally Sound Production Agriculture Laboratory on the UGA campus in Tifton. It begins at 9:15 a.m. and ends with a 4 p.m. tour of the UGA Coastal Plain Arboretum. Space is limited, so register early. The registration deadline is March 21. The fee is $20, with an optional lunch for another $7. For more information, call Amy Carter at (229) 386-7274. Or visit the Web site (www.nespal.org/wildflower).The event is sponsored by the Garden Club of Georgia, Camellia District IV and the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.
Rock Eagle 4-H Center in Eatonton, Georgia, invites families to spend the day canoeing and brushing up on their pioneer skills during a special installment of Saturday @ the Rock. On Saturday, Oct. 17, the center will offer two adventures for the price of one. Families can start the day by exploring Rock Eagle Lake by canoe and then travel back in time to experience life in a pioneer’s shoes. Rock Eagle Lake’s picturesque scenery provides the perfect opportunity to see ospreys, turtles, fish and other exciting wildlife. Whether you are a novice looking to learn how to properly paddle or a veteran craving a relaxed morning on the water, Rock Eagle’s staff will be on hand to provide all the needed equipment and instruction. Next, participants are invited to roll their sleeves up to work on the early 1900s-era homestead. Rock Eagle’s costumed guides will lead a tour of the historic Scott Site, including the saddlebag farmhouse, blacksmith shop, smokehouse, chicken coop, outhouse and gardens. This is a chance to use tools from the turn of the century, experience what life was like as a pioneer and learn about the family that once called Rock Eagle home. After exploring the living site, families have the opportunity to sit around the campfire for storytelling and warm, cast iron skillet-baked cornbread. Admission is $5 per person. Canoeing will run from 3-5 p.m. and pioneer life will run from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Participants may attend one or both sessions. Guests may also visit Rock Eagle’s Natural History Museum preceding the activity. Advanced registration is required. For more information or to register, please contact Jessica Torhan at (706) 484-4838 or by email at email@example.com. Different Saturday at the Rock programs take place each month, excluding December. A complete list of sessions is online at rockeagle4h.org/ee/community/SaturdayattheRock.html.
Colombia mobilized A-37 Dragonfly (fighters) and SR-560 Citation (air defense) airplanes, as the two sites collectively logged about 40 flight hours. Prior to the current NBDA, the BAF and CAF conducted two COLBRA exercises – the first in 2005 and the second in 2007. The third was held in 2009, after the standards were released. The last set of exercises had the same bearing and mobilization of personnel as 2007, according to Lt. Gen. Egito do Amaral. “Conducting this reconnaissance is a routine task for BAF units located along the border, and this determines the success of our efforts against drug trafficking and other crimes,”. Colombian authorities mobilized squadrons from the 2nd and 3rd Air Combat Command (CACOM-2 and CACOM-3) and the Amazonas Air Group (GAAMA, for its Spanish acronym). Arara (1º/9º Aviation Group (GAV), in Manaus, Amazonas); Combined exercises between the Brazilian Air Force (BAF) and the Air Forces of neighboring countries strengthen their cooperative efforts in the fight against drug trafficking and other crimes in border zones. They conducted their maneuvers in the Amazon region, which has dense vegetation and low population density. The airplane is well-suited to the characteristics of the Amazon region, which often has unpredictable weather that poses logistical difficulties, according to the Comdabra, which plans and mobilizes BAF personnel on missions with other countries as well. Brazil also conducts operations like COLBRA with Air Forces from Argentina, Bolivia, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay, and Venezuela. The air space was off limits to civilian flights during the maneuvers; guidance was released to civilians and Military alike via Notam (Notice to airmen) messages issued by air traffic control, according to the Brazilian Aerospace Defense Command (Comdabra, for its Spanish acronym). Likewise, Colombian air traffic controllers worked at the Military Operations Center 4 (COPM4) in Manaus. The simulation exercises tested the ability of Air Force personnel from the two countries to detect, intercept, and escort Air Traffic of Interest (TAI, for its Spanish acronym) as part of the effort to combat transnational crime he added, “Air Traffic of Interest refers to aircraft making allegedly irregular flights in the air space between Brazil and Colombia,” Cobra (7º Air Transport Squadron (ETA), in Manaus); Brazilian and Colombian air traffic controllers visit each others’ facilities During the program, BAF or CAF planes simulate a typical TAI flight by flying at a low speed and altitude. “The methods and means used are the same as those that the two forces use in planning air defense every day, meaning that the operation simulates detecting and escorting aircraft that might be intercepted on any given day,” Lt. Gen. Egito do Amaral said. DASG provided logistical support, lodging, and meals to service members who participated in the operation, and also made sure the airstrips they used were properly maintained. BAF air traffic controllers spent time during the operation at the GAAMA base in Leticia. The Brazilian team was comprised of the following squadrons: For their part Brazil mobilized A-29 Super Tucano (air defense), C-98 Caravan (logistical air transport), E-99 (flight control and alarm), and C-97 Brasília and C-105 Amazonas (mobilization and demobilization) airplanes, as well as H-60L Black Hawk helicopters (search and rescue), in case there was an accident during the mission, but the helicopters didn’t need to be utilized. Air reconnaissance Escorpião (1/3° GAV in Boa Vista, Roraima); The most recent example of joint training includes COLBRA IV, in which Brazilian and Colombian Air Force (CAF) personnel mobilized for simulated exercises at points up 90 kilometers from each side of the Brazil-Colombia border between July 13-17. FAC conducts actions with other activities Air Force authorities chose the Caravan to maximize the safety of the COLBRA IV participants in case they had to land on different types of air strips, such as grass, pebbles, or short strips that could be 800 meters in length. Harpia (7º/8º GAV in Manaus). “Control over air spaces is critical in the fight against the traffic of drugs between the two countries,” BAF Lieutenant General Antonio Carlos Egito do Amaral, Comdabra’s commanding officer, said. The exercise was based on the Brazil-Colombia Binational Aerospace Defense Standards (NBDA number 1 BR/CO), which became operative on June 3, 2009, and govern the regular coordination and cooperation procedures to control irregular air activity along the border between the two countries. “The goal is to share experiences and standardize procedures across different levels of operation,” Lt. Gen. Egito do Amaral added and “Experiences are shared, but without ever passing along classified information, which could affect Air Force actions on routine missions. Radar data are not shared with other countries, since they are for the exclusive use of Brazil in defending and controlling air traffic.” COLBRA IV has successfully promoted technical exchanges between personnel in the two Air Forces; Brazilian pilots and flight controllers performed exercises with Colombian counterparts units, and vice versa. Transnational criminal organizations often use the region’s airspace to transport drug loads, making cooperation between Colombian and Brazilian security forces crucial in the fight to stop narco-flights. One of COLBRA IV’s high points was the simulation of TAI identification when service members engaged in flight control and air defense maneuvers against unknown aircraft. Responding to TAIs is a key component of the COLBRA IV training. On the Brazilian side, the exercise was carried out from the São Gabriel da Cachoeira Detachment (DASG, for its Spanish acronym), the airbase of which is 852 kilometers from Manaus, the state capital of Amazonas. Lt. Gen. Egito do Amaral said “They were able to observe the control and defense techniques used by our neighbor,” . In Colombia, Air Force members conducted exercises at the CAF’s Amazonas Air Group (GAA, for its Spanish acroynm) structure. During this part of the operation, the CAF employed a C98 Caravan in an incursion into Colombian territory. The C98 was detected by a Colombian SR-560 Citation and intercepted by an A-37 Dragonfly fighter. After completing the action in Colombia’s air space, the simulated enemy aircraft from the BAF repeated the simulated incursion on the Brazilian side. Guardião (2º/6º GAV in Anápolis, Goiás); As part of its fight against transnational criminal organizations, the BAF collects intelligence on the air routes used by drug traffickers and the landing strips they often use. “In real-life situations, the aircraft is identified and interrogated,” he added, “If it is an irregular flight, it is ordered to change course to land at an airport controlled by air defense forces. After landing, police and Federal Revenue authorities board it, check the cargo, and make arrests if the cargo is illegal.” “[COLBRA] is a very important operational exercise to improve our training on fighting crime and acquiring great experience like that of the Brazilian Air Force in international exercises,” Amazonas Air Group Commanding Officer Jairo Orlando Orjuela Arélavo said. By Dialogo September 02, 2015 I am very sorry about the events around the world, but all I can do now is pray to God on behalf of our (incomprehensible), that God look over them. However, I can’t do anything because the crisis has affected my family and my life as well. Congratulations, beautiful report The CAF conducts similar exercises with Guatemala, Honduras, the Dominican Republic, Peru, Ecuador, Panama, the U.S., and Venezuela. Simulated suspicious flights Brazil is scheduled to engage in additional training when PERBRA, which is similar to COLBRA, will be conducted with Peru from August 24-28, marking the countries’ fifth training operation together, Lt. Gen. Egito do Amara concluded.
These successful people didn’t believe money had anything to do with the economy, their profession or the need to sacrifice their principles.If you have tried to change your financial habits and failed, that’s a sign you subconsciously believe you can’t be successful, Dr. James wrote. First you have to let go of the negative emotions and beliefs Iike the ones listed above. Then, after you’ve changed the way you think about money, set goals and take action to achieve them.Once you change your mind about money, your fortune will change too. Dr. James has extensively interviewed successful, wealthy people about their attitudes toward money. He found their beliefs to be very different from most people. They include:The world is abundant.The world wants me to prosper.All prosperity begins with belief.Money is energy and will appear as you really feel about it.Money demands attention. 33SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Heather Anderson Heather Anderson covers consumer financial news for CUInsight.com, offering readers tips on budgeting, setting and achieving financial goals, and developing a healthy relationship with money. She is co-founder of … Web: www.financialfeed.com Details Most people wish they were better with money. It doesn’t matter if you need to make more or spend less. Chances are, you feel like you’ve tried everything and gotten nowhere.Here’s a secret: It doesn’t matter how many times you try to stick to a budget or promise to give up your afternoon Starbucks run. The problem isn’t your habits. It’s your head.Our beliefs about money were developed when we were very young, taught to us by our parents and our culture. According to an article in Psychology Today by Dr. Matt James, many people have bought into negative cultural myths about money that are holding them back. He wrote that if you believe the following statements about money, you might be one of those people.It takes money to make moneyThe rich get richer and the poor get poorer.Money is the root of all evil.My financial success depends on the job market and the economy.Life is hard.Wealthy people are selfish penny-pinchers.It’s a dog eat dog world out there, survival of the fittest.To climb the ladder of success, you have to step on others along the way.You have to be in certain professions to make a lot of money.Only a few people (musicians, athletes, bloggers, actors, etc.) ever make it.
ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Nearly every credit union in the country is striving to be members’ primary financial institution. But one startup CU here has no interest in being a PFI.Instead, the brand new Maine Harvest Credit Union, which opened its doors with $2.4-million in assets, is seeking to serve the unique needs of the roughly 13,000 members of the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association and the Maine Farmland Trust by offering business loans to small farms, farmers and other food producers within its field of membership.The credit union is looking to fill a gap in the market by offering land-backed mortgages in the $100,000 to $400,000 range, small-business loans of $60,000 to $125,000 and equipment loans of $20,000 to $40,000.“We’re really focused on these types of business loans,” said CEO Scott Budde. “So, no traditional consumer lending, which is the mainstay of many credit unions. We are not offering checking, we’re just offering savings and CDs. We’re not trying to be people’s primary financial institution. It’s a very unique and specialized business model.” continue reading »
“Frankly, I’d just like to hear what went wrong,” Cardoza said. The discovery of the first piece of produce actually linked to a case in the outbreak was announced just 2 days ago by Colorado officials, who found the outbreak strain in a jalapeno from the home of a southwestern Colorado resident who had been sick. Editor’s note: In a statement released late on Jul 30, the FDA said that the Mexican farm where the contaminated jalapeno pepper found in Texas last week was grown is not the same one where the contaminated irrigation water and Serrano pepper were found, contrary to the report below. The farm where the contaminated Serrano pepper and irrigation water were found is in the state of Nuevo Leon and was identified through the trace-back of products linked to clusters of cases in the United States, the agency said. The FDA said the contaminated jalapeno found at a produce distributor in McAllen, Tex., was traced back to a different farm in Mexico; the location was not disclosed. Today’s congressional hearing was the first of two this week scheduled to focus on the outbreak and the response to it. Members of the subcommittee sharply questioned Acheson and King about various aspects of the outbreak investigation. Though no contaminated tomatoes have been found, Acheson said, “We have found contaminated jalapeno and Serrano peppers and have found . . . common distribution points. We’ve also identified a farm where all three are grown. So the possibility exists that this was on more than one commodity; we already know it’s two, so it could’ve been three.” The FDA first warned about possible Salmonella in jalapeno and Serrano peppers on Jul 9, after investigations of several case clusters pointed in that direction. Certain kinds of tomatoes were previously the main suspects in the outbreak, and investigators have not yet excluded a possible role for them early in the outbreak. A warning against eating tomatoes was canceled on Jul 17. The outbreak has grown to 1,319 cases in 43 states, along with Washington, DC, and Canada, Dr. Lonnie King of the Centers for Disease Control and Preveniton (CDC) reported at the hearing, which focused on the problems in tracing fresh produce in connection with disease outbreaks. Acheson said the contaminated jalapeno found at the Texas distributor was traced back through two different facilities in Mexico and finally to the farm, whose location he didn’t disclose. He said the farm distributes produce to “a number of other places” and added that the FDA investigators would try to identify those. Jul 30 FDA statementhttp://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/Newsroom/PressAnnouncements/2008/ucm116916.htm “Two hours ago we learned that we had got a positive sample in water used for irrigation” and also in a Serrano pepper on the farm, Acheson told the House Agriculture Subcommittee on Horticulture and Organic Agriculture, at a hearing that was streamed over the Web. Rep. Dennis Cardoza, D-Calif., chair of the subcommittee, set the tone at the beginning: “The investigation faltered almost from the beginning as investigators began asking patients what they ate before they became ill,” he said. “They used questionnaires that listed major food items but not all food items.” For example, the form included peppers but not jalapeno peppers specifically. When Cardoza asked if the warning on tomatoes was “an erroneous callout by your agency,” Acheson said, “No, there was a very clear, methodical scientific process whereby the CDC reached a statistical conclusion it was tomatoes.” “We found a positive in Serrano peppers and we’re recommending that consumers not only not consume jalapeno peppers but also Serrano peppers,” Acheson said. Jul 30, 2008 (CIDRAP News) A Salmonella-tainted jalapeno pepper found last week in Texas has been traced to a Mexican farm, and investigators have found the outbreak strain of Salmonella in irrigation water there, a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) official told Congress today. House Agriculture Committee’s hearing schedulehttp://democrats.agriculture.house.gov/hearings/schedule.html Under questioning by Rep. Tim Mahoney, D-Fla., Acheson said there is no evidence that any tomatoes now on the market are contaminated, but the FDA can’t exclude the possibility that tomatoes played some role earlier in the outbreak. Under questioning by Cardoza, Acheson acknowledged that no contaminated tomatoes have been found, despite the weeks of warnings against eating certain kinds. See also: Later, he said about 1% of food items imported into the United States are “physically examined by an inspector.” Inspections and testing of imported foods are largely driven by the record of past problems, such as Salmonella in cantaloupe, he explained. David W. Acheson, MD, the FDA’s associate commissioner for foods, told a House subcommittee this afternoon that the contaminated jalapeno pepper found last week at a distribution center in McAllen, Tex., was traced back to the farm in Mexico. When Mahoney asked if there are any required inspections of the implicated farm in Mexico, Acheson said, “There’s not a requirement that I’m aware of for anyone to inspect those farms.”
Governor Wolf Recognizes Pennsylvania Police Officers for Reaching 1,000 Overdose Reversal Milestone Press Release, Substance Use Disorder Harrisburg, PA — Governor Tom Wolf today recognized police officers across the Commonwealth for reversing more than 1,000 opioid overdoses in over one year. The Wolf Administration made Naloxone available to State Police and other law enforcement and emergency personnel in April 2015.“Fighting Pennsylvania’s opioid and heroin epidemic is a top priority for my administration,” said Governor Wolf. “Our effort to make naloxone available to first responders is a key part of our strategy, and it is paying dividends in lives saved. I am proud of the work of my administration, and I am proud to stand here today with the people who have made this life-saving work happen, most especially our police officers.”Standing alongside uniformed police officers, Governor Wolf, along with Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs (DDAP) Secretary Gary Tennis, Physician General Dr. Rachel Levine, and representatives from the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD), Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association (PDAA), and the recovery community, thanked and praised police for their life-saving work.“I am here today to thank all of the police officers across the Commonwealth who are equipped with naloxone and who have saved lives,” Secretary Tennis said. “This is a bittersweet milestone. Our officers continue to fulfill their commitment to protect and serve and have saved many lives that, without their willingness to carry naloxone, otherwise may have been lost. For that we are grateful. But the sheer number of overdose reversals also demonstrates just how serious and devastating the opioid overdose death epidemic is and how much work remains to be done.“I am also here today to thank those who have enabled the police to carry naloxone – Governor Wolf for his commitment to addressing the epidemic and his order that all Pennsylvania State Police carry naloxone; Physician General Levine for her work on the standing orders that have made naloxone available to all Pennsylvanians; the legislators who worked hard to pass Act 139; the insurance companies who have so generously donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to pay for naloxone for the police; the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency for its funding support; the Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association and its members, who have been linchpins in the effort; and the Pennsylvania Chiefs of Police Association, which has been a conduit to municipal police across the Commonwealth.”Along with Physician General Levine, who signed a standing order giving law enforcement officers and firefighters the ability to access naloxone, DDAP raised more than $600,000 from health insurers across Pennsylvania to provide naloxone to police at no cost. Grant money provided through the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency also was used to purchase naloxone. The PDAA and PCPA managed the money and worked with municipal police departments and county district attorneys to pay for the medication.With nearly 2,500 overdose deaths in Pennsylvania in 2014 according to the Pennsylvania Coroners Association and estimates that the 2015 total will be higher, police are instrumental in saving the lives of anyone who overdoses on prescription pain medication or heroin. According to a Center for Rural Pennsylvania survey of police departments, police are first on the scene of an overdose approximately 70 percent of the time.Naloxone is a medication that can temporarily reverse an overdose that is caused by an opioid drug (prescription pain medication or heroin). When given during an overdose, naloxone blocks the effects of opioids on the brain and restores breathing within two to eight minutes. Naloxone has been used safely by medical professionals for more than 40 years and has only one function: to reverse the effects of opioids on the brain and respiratory system in order to prevent death.“Naloxone has no potential for abuse,” Physician General Dr. Levine said. “A person can’t get high or become addicted to it, and it is safe to use. It’s important to remember that although police and other first responders now have access to naloxone, family members and friends can also access this medication by obtaining a prescription from their family doctor or by using my standing order, which is a prescription written for the general public, rather than specifically for an individual. Often times, it’s a family member or friend who is first to find the overdose victim, and minutes can be the difference between life and death. I encourage anyone who is suffering with an opioid addiction or is regularly taking prescription opioids for pain, as well as their families, to have naloxone in their homes.” June 13, 2016 SHARE Email Facebook Twitter
UK North Sea oil firm EnQuest has informed that its director Phillip Nolan will be stepping down from his role to take up a new position in Associated British Ports Holdings Limited.EnQuest said on Thursday that Nolan would step down with effect from July 4.At that time, he will assume new responsibilities as a non-executive chairman of Associated British Ports Holdings Limited, the direct holding company of Associated British Ports.Nolan spent 15 years with BP working in the UK, the USA, Australia, and Southeast Asia. Later, he was responsible for acquisition and disposals for BP Exploration worldwide and was managing director of Interconnector Limited which built and operates the gas pipeline between Bacton and Zeebrugge.He joined BG Group where he was chief executive officer of Transco which runs the UK gas pipeline network and was also an executive member of the BG Group board. On demerger from BG Group, Nolan was the chief executive officer of the Lattice GroupJock Lennox, chairman of EnQuest, said: “Since 2012, Phil has played a significant role in the development of EnQuest, including most recently the milestone of first oil at the Kraken project. I would like to thank him on behalf of the Board for his unstinting and valuable contribution to the Company and wish him well for the future.”EnQuest added that, in conjunction with an independent search firm, the process of building on the company’s rotation plans continues.
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Read More5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksWhat Is A Black Hole And Is It Dangerous For Us All?7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterThe Highest Paid Football Players In The WorldWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?The Best Cars Of All Time11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table TopTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The WorldA Guy Turns Gray Walls And Simple Bricks Into Works Of ArtFantastic-Looking (and Probably Delicious) Bread Art10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do Loading… Then it was James’s turn, his voice solemn as he recited the names of all nine killed when the helicopter went down in the rugged hills of Calabasas in suburban Los Angeles: Gianna’s basketball teammates Alyssa Altobelli and Payton Chester, Alyssa’s parents John and Keri Altobelli, Payton’s mother Sarah Chester, basketball coach Christina Mauser, pilot Ara Zobayan and, finally, Kobe and Gianna Bryant. “I’ve got something written down,” James said. “They asked me to kind of stay on course or whatever the case may be. “But Laker Nation, I’d be selling y’all short if I read off this shit so I’m gonna go straight from the heart,” he added to cheers from the crowd of 18,997. “The first thing that comes to mind, man, is it’s all about family. LeBron James spoke for everyone as the Los Angeles Lakers honored the memory of franchise icon Kobe Bryant on Friday, delivering the simple message: “Not forgotten.” LeBron James speaks during the Los Angeles Lakers ceremony to honor Kobe Bryant before their NBA game against the Portland Trail Blazers In a night of ceremony and tears at Staples Center, the Lakers hosted the Portland Trail Blazers in their first NBA game since a helicopter crash claimed the lives of Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter Gianna and seven others on Sunday. Portland’s 127-119 victory – fueled by Damian Lillard’s 48 points, nine rebounds and 10 assists – seemed little more than a footnote. “We all wanted to win this game really bad,” Lakers coach Frank Vogel said. “Our guys poured their guts out, out there. So I’m disappointed we didn’t get the win, but I couldn’t be more happy and more proud of our guys’ effort and their performance.” Lakers star Anthony Davis admitted he felt anxious and nervous going into a night that Trail Blazers coach Terry Stotts said was “about Kobe Bryant.” Fans were greeted by a sea of Bryant jerseys – one draping each seat. In the darkened arena, a purple-tinged spotlight picked out the Bryant jerseys hanging in the rafters – his numbers 8 and 24 both retired by the Lakers. Bouquets of red roses held open two courtside seats in honor of Bryant and Gianna, while yellow roses sculpted the numbers of 8 and 24 in massive arrangements on the court. As Usher sang “Amazing Grace,” a hush fell over the crowd. Los Angeles Philharmonic cellist Ben Hong then played as a video montage of Bryant interviews, interspersed with on-court moments and intimate family pictures, was played on the massive scoreboard. After a 24.2-second moment of silence, Boyz II Men – from Bryant’s hometown of Philadelphia – brought James to tears with their performance of the Star Spangled Banner in the dimly lit arena. Usher sings Amazing Grace during the Los Angeles Lakers ceremony to honor Kobe Bryant before their NBA game against the Portland Trail Blazers In their memory, Kobe Bryant and daughter Gianna’s seats were covered with flowers, and the two players’ jerseys Staples Center officials had asked fans without tickets to watch the tribute from home, but many couldn’t stay away. Thousands thronged the downtown arena and the neighboring LA Live entertainment complex, some adding to the memorials of flowers, stuffed animals, balloons and candles that have sprung up and some just finding comfort in being there. Many wrote on massive paper-covered boards erected for the purpose, although pavements were also black with written messages. Impressionist painter Reza Safa said his reconstruction of a photograph showing Bryant carrying Gianna on his shoulders was a gift for Bryant’s wife, Vanessa. “Tonight, I’m not going to the game,” Safa said. “I’m just going to paint.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 “As I look around this arena, we’re all grieving, we’re all hurt, we’re all heartbroken. When we go through things like this the best thing you can do is lean on the shoulders of your family.” James said the time for a Bryant memorial would come, but that he considered this night “a celebration” of Bryant’s 20-year career – all spent with the Lakers – and of the life he was making since he retired in 2016. “This is a celebration of the 20 years of the blood, the sweat, the tears, the broken down body, the getting up, sitting down to everything, the countless hours, the determination to be as great as he could be. “Tonight we celebrate the kid who came here at 18 years of age, retired at 38 and became the best dad we’ve seen over the last three years.” “The fact that I’m here now means so much to me,” James added. “I’m going to continue with my teammates to continue his legacy not only for this year but as long as we can continue to play the game of basketball that we love, because that’s what Kobe Bryant would want. “So in the words of Kobe Bryant: ‘Mamba Out,’” James said, recalling Bryant’s sign-off when he retired. “But in the words of us: ‘Not forgotten.’ Live on brother.” – ‘just beautiful’ – And Bryant lived in symbols all over Staples Center – a special KB logo painted on the court, and Lakers team introductions in which every player was introduced “From Lower Merion High School, No. 8, Kobe Bryant.” James had prepared for the game with Bryant’s No. 24 jersey hanging next to his locker – the same locker Bryant used when he helped Los Angeles win five NBA titles. “What he said was just beautiful,” Vogel said. “It represented who he is and really who we are as a team, as an organization.”