HomeFeaturedConstruction begins at Las Flores affordable housing community Feb. 04, 2021 at 6:00 amFeaturedHousingNewsConstruction begins at Las Flores affordable housing communityClara Harter4 months agoaffordable housingcommunity corporation of santa monicaDE Architectslas florespicoR.D. Olson Construction began last week on the Las Flores housing project — a sleek and environmentally friendly building set to bring 73 affordable housing units to the Pico Neighborhood.The 94,000-square-foot project is located at 1834 14th Street and led by the Community Corporation of Santa Monica in partnership with R.D. Olson Construction and DE Architects.The building, which is slated to open in fall 2022, will offer 35 one-bedroom, 19 two-bedroom and 19 three-bedroom units alongside an underground parking lot, playground, exterior decks, garden space, and community rooms.It is designed with both beauty and the environment in mind. The building will meet LEED Platinum standards and incorporate solar panels and recycled materials in its construction.“We’re attempting to make it a zero net energy project, so there won’t be any gas in the building — it will be all electric,” said Community Corporation of Santa Monica Executive Director, Tara Barauskas. “We focus a lot on wellness and health. We want to make sure that we’re not using VOCs inside the unit, so there is good indoor air quality.”The environmental features and Covid-19 safety protocols add several challenges to the construction process.The sustainable outdoor skin requires a tactful blending of four different material types, while the stormwater filtration system requires a special tank be installed within the concrete structure.Factory shutdowns due to Covid-19 have limited the supply of building materials and at times driven up costs. Construction companies also need to ensure that they have adequate supplies of PPE and develop strict protocols for staff working on the interior of buildings.Despite these challenges, President of R.D. Olson Construction Bill Wilhelm said the team is well up to the task.“One thing I will say is I’m very proud of my company because we run a very tight ship on safety and truly practice safety protocol,” said Wilhelm. “We want everyone who goes to our job sites to return home the same way they left in the morning.”Rents in Las Flores will range from $600 to $1,400 a month with housing priority given to people facing no fault evictions and people who live or work in Santa Monica.The project benefits from AB 1763, which exempts affordable housing projects from certain zoning limits. This allowed CCSM to add an additional floor to the original design, creating 73 units as opposed to the proposed 55.The building will contribute to CCSM’s existing stock of over 1,800 affordable housing units, helping more essential workers live in Santa Monica and allowing more families to benefit from the high quality public schools.“Affordable housing benefits the whole community,” said Barauskas. “If you put housing near jobs people won’t have to commute as far and it will free up traffic congestion and improve air quality. Affordable housing in affluent neighborhoods like Santa Monica creates diverse and inclusive communities.”Barauskas said that CCSM’s projects also benefit the community by transforming dilapidated properties into beautiful and sustainable buildings. In this instance, the Las Flores community is built on a parcel of land formerly occupied by an old warehouse and a dog grooming salon.“Some people say ‘I don’t want affordable housing in my neighborhood’, and I think this comes from a misunderstanding of what affordable housing really is,” said Wilhelm. “If you study the architectural designs, you’ll see these are not cheap properties that are going to degrade, but absolutely beautiful buildings.”[email protected] :affordable housingcommunity corporation of santa monicaDE Architectslas florespicoR.D. Olsonshare on Facebookshare on Twitteradd a commentAll You Need Is Your Phone for New Dial-a-Story Service from Santa Monica Public LibraryDefend or rebuke? House GOP faces difficult vote over GreeneYou Might Also LikeFeaturedNewsBobadilla rejects Santa Monica City Manager positionMatthew Hall5 hours agoNewsBruised but unbowed, meme stock investors are back for moreAssociated Press16 hours agoNewsWedding boom is on in the US as vendors scramble to keep upAssociated Press16 hours agoNewsCouncil picks new City ManagerBrennon Dixson16 hours agoFeaturedNewsProtesting parents and Snapchat remain in disagreement over child protection policiesClara Harter16 hours agoFeaturedNewsDowntown grocery to become mixed use developmenteditor16 hours ago
Arjuna – (Takes his eyes off the laptop monitor, looks up to relax the neck muscles and then at his watch) Oh my God! (Lord Krishna pops up in the screen).Krishna – Why did you call me, my son?Arjuna – What? I…. called…? When? Oh my God!Krishna – Look, you are calling again!Arjuna – Oh! You mean that! It is just a manner of speaking. I say so very often to express not only surprise but also happiness, sadness…Krishna – What is it this time?Arjuna – Not really frustration, just pressure of work.Krishna – What is that urgent work, if I may ask so?Arjuna – You belong to Dvapar Yug, right? This is the computer age. How can I make you understand my work?Krishna – You mean I am outdated. I have more advanced software than what you know. You are a descendant of a tiny cell of primordial protoplasm, which I created three and a half billion years ago. With the help of built-in software, it is evolving by itself into so many forms methodically without the need of any upgrade patch. You cannot make one like that.Arjuna – Oh yes I should not have asked that question! I thought that science and religion are opposed to each other.Krishna – That is not true. Vedic scriptures are woven with scientific concepts. They appear to be mere hymns of worship, but they have huge scientific treasure in them. A verse in Rig-Veda, तथा च स्मर्यते योजनानां सहस्त्रं द्वे द्वे शते द्वे च योजने एकेन निमिषार्धेन क्रममाणं नमोऽस्तु ते॥ indicates the speed of light and Tulsidas has indicated the distance of the Sun from the earth in his Hanuman Chalisa, जुग सहस्र जोजन पर भानु, लील्यो ताहि मधुर फल जानू || NASA has confirmed their validity. There is a unique verse In Rig Veda; if you read normally, it is a salutation to Lord Vishnu. When you read from right to left, it is a salutation to Lord Shiva. If you do the parsing of words differently it gives you the value of pi up to 32 decimals.Arjuna – Wow! I’m amazed!Krishna – You might have seen in thousand-year-old Navagraha shrines. The sun is in the centre and the other planets are around him facing different directions meaning that they are spinning around on their axes and orbiting at the same time around the sun (heliocentric model of the solar system). You can see the principles of astronomy sculpted in stone in the Sun temple Konark, the Virupaksha Temple in Hampi. (Karnataka) and also in ancient observatories in Delhi Jaipur Ujjain and Varanasi.Arjuna – Is there a single book from which I can learn about what you are saying?Krishna – You can read the book ‘Pride of India.’ That will give you complete information. You can find similar excerpts in “Lost Discoveries: The Ancient Roots of Modern Science–from the Babylonians to the Maya” by Dick Teresi.Arjuna – Let me note down. I will read when the time permits.Krishna – read and share! There is a lot beyond these books. It is not possible to give everything in one place. Year after year, archaeological excavations being carried out around the world come out with new evidence of your ancient history. You can analyze, why the earth is called bhugol in Hindi and Sanskrit. Gol indicates the spherical shape of the earth. So, this information is as old as the languages themselves. The Iron Pillar of Delhi is standing there 1600 years without rusting in spite of pollution and rains, indicating the superiority of the technology at that time.Arjuna – I have seen that, yes.Krishna – There are many twin stars in the sky. Among them Arundhati (Alcor) and Vashistha (Mizar) are unique. In other pairs one star is stationary and other revolves around it, while Arundhati and Vashishtha revolve around each other in synchrony. Your forefathers adored that as a symbol of an ideal couple with marital fulfilment and loyalty. In marriages, the priest points out this constellation to the couple to follow as a role model in their life.Arjuna – (looks at the ceiling) Yes I too looked up, but I did not know its significance.Krishna –You have a big computer in your head; do you agree?Arjuna – Yes.Krishna – If that doesn’t work well, you can’t sit in front of this man-made computer. Isn’t it so?Arjuna – Yes.Krishna – Very good! What is worrying you now?Arjuna – We are developing software. The company wants to release it next week. Life is tough these days. Why?Krishna – Do not question, why and why not! Try to improve it with your skill.Arjuna – Sometimes things are unclear. I am clueless.Krishna – Things keep changing continuously. Today is actually tomorrow of yesterday and it will be a thing of the past tomorrow. If you keep questioning, you will not get an answer. You must keep pace with change.Arjuna – Uncertainty is the cause of all problems.Krishna – Unpredictability adds spice to your life. Adversity brings wisdom. You must learn to master them or else you will be a slave. It is your choice.Arjuna – Sometimes, even after completing the task successfully, there is no appreciation if not done on time.Krishna – कालो हि दुरतिक्रमः | Time is insurmountable. It is awake and keeps ticking. So you have to work like a clock. You people study all branches of management, but the management of time depends on the management of your mind. If the mind is not trained well, you cannot manage the others. The scriptures teach this first. सिंहवत्सर्ववेगेन पतन्त्यर्थे किलार्थिनः॥ You must cast yourself on the task with all possible speed, like a lion.Arjuna – How to work with enthusiasm during a crisis?Krishna – In addition to intelligence quotient, perseverance and vision, you need emotional quotient also to accomplish the task efficiently.Arjuna – Do you like the way, we live these days?Krishna – Yes. If you are unsuccessful and sad, you ask me why. If you succeed, you rush to the 5-star hotels. Further, you are the only creation of mine that is interfering with the very process of evolution and creating problems for the creator. I am very much upset about that. Ultimately you are the loser.Arjuna – What is the best way to a good quality living?Krishna – Think well before doing anything! If you get an affirmative answer for why then only do it. If it is not needed, then don’t do it. Don’t do anything just because everyone is doing it. Learn to live for yourself! Evaluate the past with no regrets! Focus on the present. Face the future without fear!Arjuna – There are sufferings all around.Krishna – This is not my making; it is a man-made disaster.Arjuna – I am not referring to this pandemic. Even otherwise good people are also suffering. Why?Krishna – That is a process of refinement; gold and diamond have to go through that before becoming a finish the product. They will not be disappointed; will succeed in the test.Arjuna – Does everyone need to experience it? Can’t live without such obstacles?Krishna – Yes. Experience is the best teacher. First I test people and then teach. These are meaningful. Like ‘speed breakers’. These teach many important lessons such as mental strength, endurance, and courage.Arjuna – Well. I got new motivation and energy now. Your unexpected visit is a blessing. I got confidence and hope. Thank you so much! Namaste!
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Aside from Ladon and Palicte, also in the national team’s roster are veteran Mario Fernandez (56 kgs), Eumir Marcial (75 kgs), Joel Bacho (69 kgs), Carlo Paalam (49 kgs), and women boxers Irish Magno (51 kgs) and Nesty Petecio (57 kgs).Ed Picson, executive director of the Association of Boxing Alliances in the Philippines (ABAP), is optimistic that the Philippine boxing team can deliver a medal in the tournament.“As always, we picked boxers who we feel have a chance to win a medal. We were initially allowed 10 boxers but we decided to send only eight,” said Picson.“We’re upbeat about this team. They’ve performed well in several international competitions this year as well as in training camps,” he added. “Hopefully, these will translate into medals in Jakarta.”During the 2014 edition, the Filipino boxers only took home one medal — a bronze courtesy of Fernandez, while the last time the Philippine delegation won a gold was in 2010 courtesy of Rey Saludar.Philippines’ best finish in Asian Games boxing was in the 1994 Hiroshima Games when it won a total of three gold medals courtesy of Negrense Mansueto Velasco (light flyweight), Elias Recaido (flyweight) and Reynaldo Galido (light welterweight)./PN MANILA – Negrense boxers Rogen Ladon and James Palicte will lead the eight-man Philippine boxing team in the 2018 Asian Games which opens today in Indonesia.The Bago City native Ladon, a 2017 Rio Olympian, will be competing in the 52 kg class. He is coming from a silver medal finishes in Kalpori Cup in Indonesia and the 2018 President’s International Boxing Cup in Astana, Kazakhstan recently.Palicte, who also hails from Bago City, will be participating in the 60 kg weight category.On his way to Asian Games, Palicte finished with a silver medal in the 1st Thailand Open International Boxing 2018 in Bangkok, Thailand.
Share This!The light in Walt’s apartment window above the Disneyland Fire Dept.One of the many things I love and appreciate about the Disney Parks is that, while they are constantly evolving and improving, they stay true to their history and even celebrate it; and when I’m at Walt Disney World, I’m always looking for it. Much to my family’s chagrin, I have this inner need to educate them about the history of each attraction we find ourselves waiting in line for or about the individual windows on Main Street, U.S.A., or about the original name of Cinderella’s Royal Table or…well…you get the idea. As you can imagine, this self-pronounced Disney World Historian was beyond thrilled to experience her first trip to the Disneyland Park to finally walk in Walt’s footsteps, a literal treasure trove of Disney History and the original. So stay tuned for A Disney World Historian’s Guide to the Disneyland Park.Walt’s BenchMain Street, U.S.A.There is so much history for the Walt Disney World fan to appreciate on the original Main Street, U.S.A., more than I could ever mention in one article! However, a personal favorite of mine has to be Walt Disney’s Griffith Park Bench found just inside the Opera House. According to Walt, he was sitting on a bench in Griffith Park watching his daughters ride the merry-go-round when he first dreamed up a Disney-themed park where families could have fun together.The Opera House is also where guests can take in Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln, the predecessor to the Hall of Presidents at the Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World. Walt originally wanted audio-animatronic American Presidents in a show, but the technology just wasn’t available at the time for such a large-scale show. It was possible, however, when Walt Disney World opened and The Hall of Presidents was somewhat of a fulfillment of Walt’s original vision. Therefore, Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln is something every Disney World Historian should check out and is sure to create an even greater appreciation for The Hall of Presidents.The Sherman Brothers Door on Main Street, U.S.A.One of the most famous, and meaningful, historical details on Main Street, U.S.A. is the light in the window above the Disneyland Fire Department. The space above the fire station was Walt’s private apartment and the light is kept lit all the time in memoriam of Walt. It’s something every Disneyland guest, and especially Disney World Historians, should take note of each time they visit the park.Lastly, I have to talk about the windows (and doors) on Main Street, U.S.A. Disney World Historians know that the windows above the Magic Kingdom’s Main Street, U.S.A. are rich in park and Disney legend history, and that is certainly true of the windows on Disneyland’s iconic street too. I loved finding the Sherman Brothers’ door, the songwriting duo who wrote the songs for Mary Poppins and park attractions.Concept Art for the Jungle CruiseAdventurelandWhile exploring the Disneyland Park, I was surprised to find that the Magic Kingdom’s Adventureland actually has more historical attractions than at Disneyland’s Adventureland. The Magic Kingdom’s Adventureland has the Jungle Cruise, Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room, Pirates of the Caribbean, and the Swiss Family Treehouse. The original Adventureland at Disneyland, however, only has two historical attractions, The Enchanted Tiki Room and the Jungle Cruise, since Swiss Family Treehouse has been converted into Tarzan’s Treehouse and its Pirates of the Caribbean is in New Orleans Square. But don’t get me wrong! Disneyland’s Adventureland still is brimming with historical details, and one in particular that stood out to me was the Dominguez Tree! The Dominguez farm was part of the land purchased for the construction of Disneyland back in the 1950s. A particular tree on the Dominguez farm, which had been given as a wedding present to the family, was preserved for the family’s sake and is still standing even today! You can find it to the right when you enter the standby queue for the Indiana Jones Adventure. But that’s not the end of the story… Ron Dominguez, of the same Dominguez family, became a character and a ride operator at Disneyland and later Executive Vice President of Walt Disney Attractions. I guess he was the only Cast Member who can say he worked from home!Be sure to listen for the telegraph message!New Orleans SquareDisneyland’s New Orleans Square was the first land added after the park’s opening day in 1955 and has never been replicated at any other Disney Park. Yes, it’s one of a kind! New Orleans Square is a beloved corner of Disneyland and is home to two of arguably the most popular and iconic attractions in Disney history: Pirates of the Caribbean and the Haunted Mansion. Surprisingly, when the land opening in 1966, these attractions didn’t exist yet! This is true of Disney World’s version of Pirates of the Caribbean because it didn’t exist either when the park and its respective land opened in 1971.When exploring New Orleans Square, Disney World Historians should look for the location of the famously exclusive Club 33 Restaurant and the Disneyland Dream Suite, which is the park’s version of the Cinderella Dream Suite at the Magic Kingdom. Although, the Dream Suite is located above Pirates of the Caribbean! Pretty cool, right? Finally, Disney World Historians should pay close attention when waiting for the train at the New Orleans Station. The telegraph message you hear is Walt Disney’s opening day speech!Davy Crockett’s Explorer CanoesCritter CountryThis is another land that you won’t find at Walt Disney World and it’s one of my favorites! Critter Country was previously known as Bear Country, mostly because of the Country Bear Jamboree. However, Disneyland’s Country Bear Jamboree closed its doors years ago, even though Big Al is singing “Blood on the Saddle” over at Walt Disney World. Today, Critter Country features Davy Crockett’s Explorer Canoes, Splash Mountain, and The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh.Davy Crockett’s Explorer Canoes is a must-do for Disney World Historians because it’s truly a piece of 1950s Disneyland culture that’s still alive and well today. Almost every kid in the 1950s was caught up in the Davy Crockett phenomenon, which Disney had created and which was one of his greatest successes. Taking up a paddle on the Davy Crockett’s Explorer Canoes is like taking a trip back to the early days of the park and is an experience you can’t get at Walt Disney World. Note: Davy Crockett’s Explorer Canoes will be closed for refurbishment beginning January 11, 2016.One of the most unique anniversary gifts ever given.FrontierlandWhen I first visited the Disneyland Park, I was surprised at just how different its Frontierland looked in comparison to Walt Disney World’s, particularly the land’s entrance which looks like a fort! Of the two, Disneyland’s is definitely my favorite. Anyway, while these two versions of Frontierland differ in appearance, of course they have similarities too, such as the Horseshoe Restaurants and Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. The Horseshoe Restaurants, as I refer to them, are Wild West music halls offering entertainment and quick meals in the Frontierlands. The Magic Kingdom’s version is known as the Diamond Horseshoe while Disneyland’s is called the Golden Horseshoe. Disneyland’s Golden Horseshoe is probably the superior of two as it offers hilarious live entertainment courtesy of the Laughing Stock Co., while Disney World’s only has a self-playing piano. Also, the Golden Horseshoe is where Walt celebrated his and Lillian’s 30th anniversary right before the park opened in 1955 and is in the Guinness Book of World Records for the longest-running live stage show.Secondly, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad sort of evolved out of earlier Disneyland Frontierland attractions, but Disneyland pays homage to its history through the little town your train thunders past. It’s the remnant of attractions who once occupied this space, such as Nature’s Wonderland and the Rainbow Caverns Mine Train. Tracks from these earlier attractions can still be seen along the Rivers of America too! Finally, Disney World Historians who have studied the life of Walt Disney will appreciate checking out the petrified tree displayed down by the Rivers of America. It was a gift from Walt, to his wife, Lillian Disney, which she then presented to the Disneyland Park. As a huge fan of Walt, it was fun seeing something personal from his life present in the park.Maleficent’s shadow in the Sleeping Beauty Castle Walkthrough…FantasylandLike Frontierland, Disneyland’s Frontierland and Disney World’s are very different; and not just in regards to layout and attractions, but also in atmosphere. I think that Disneyland’s Fantasyland still holds that vintage charm of the early days of the Disney Parks in that it’s cozier, intimate, and truly makes you feel as if you’ve stepped into a storybook. Also, many of the current Fantasyland attractions were operating on the day Disneyland Park first opened to guests in 1955, such as Peter Pan’s Flight, Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride, Mad Tea Party, and Snow White’s Scary Adventures, even though they have been updated or even had a name change since then.Peter Pan’s Flight was one of Disneyland’s opening day attractions and still fills up the queues todayFantasyland is also home to the famous Matterhorn Bobsleds, an attraction that can be seen from multiple locations in the park and which was added in 1959. Walt saw the actual Matterhorn peak for himself when working on a new film and knew he had to have it in his park. The attraction made roller coaster history in that it was the first tubular steel continuous track coaster. It’s also one of a kind! Yes, no other Disney Park, including Walt Disney World, has the Matterhorn Bobsleds.Lastly, I believe that all Disney World Historians should experience the Sleeping Beauty Castle Walkthrough. I love the artistic dioramas that tell the Sleeping Beauty story. I could literally look at them all day and is the perfect tribute to classic Disney animation. Besides that, the Sleeping Beauty Walkthrough is located inside of Sleeping Beauty Castle! I mean, what Disney history buff wouldn’t want to go in the first Disney castle?Finding Nemo Submarine VoyageTomorrowlandDisneyland’s Tomorrowland has changed a lot since the park first opened. In fact, Autopia is the only original Tomorrowland attraction still in operation and the predecessor of the Tomorrowland Speedway at the Magic Kingdom. Disney World regulars may note that the Carousel of Progress and PeopleMover are absent; but the remains of a the classic PeopleMover track still runs above the land. In 1959, the Disneyland Monorail, Submarine Voyage, and the Matterhorn first opened in Tomorrowland and quickly became park icons. Fortunately, they all are still there today, except for the fact that the Submarine Voyage is now the Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage and the Matterhorn Bobsleds is now considered part of Fantasyland. Those who are fans of the Disney World Monorail should absolutely check out the Disneyland Monorail. It has a retro-futuristic different design and seating in the middle of the cars facing the windows. Monorail guests are also still allowed to ride in the front or rear car.Of course, this Disney World Historian’s Guide to the Disneyland Park has only scratched the surface of all the history packed into the happiest place on earth. But if you’re a walking, talking Disney World trivia book, then these are some of the highlights you must check out Walt’s park. What do you think? What history or historical spots in the park should Disney World fans check out when they visit? Share your wealth of knowledge!
By City Times staffMARSHFIELD – The Columbus Catholic Dons grabbed their sixth regional title in a row, as they trounced Wisconsin Valley Lutheran, 9-1, on Oct 20 at Griese Park, Marshfield.Game SummaryShots: Columbus 41, WVL 2Shots on goal: Columbus 26, WVL 1Corners kicks: Columbus 12, WVL 1Columbus scoring summary: First half: Kellen Delaney (Dylan Porter) and Nadim Torbey (Kellen Delaney) Second half: Evan Dieringer (Dylan Porter), Evan Dieringer (Nadim Torbey), Nadim Torbey (unassisted), lf Nadim Torbey (Kellen Delaney), Nadim Torbey (Zach Olson), Dylan Porter (Nadim Torbey), Dylan Porter (Nadim Torbey)Kellen Heinzen was in goal for Columbus and had 0 saves; Caleb Gustafson was in goal for WVL and had 17 savesThe Dons will next face Arcadia in sectional semifinal competition on Oct 25, 3:30 p.m., at Griese Park.
Share on Twitter Deontay Wilder knocks out Bermane Stiverne in the first round during their rematch for Wilder’s WBC heavyweight title in November. Photograph: Al Bello/Getty Images Boxing Ortiz is cut from different cloth. As a Cuban amateur he was as accomplished as many of his compatriots, although he could not get the better of the then estimable Odlanier Solís in five attempts. As a professional he soon became the ogre nobody wanted or needed and he toiled anonymously until two years ago when, in sight of challenging the winner of the world title fight between Wladimir Klitschko and Tyson Fury, he failed a drugs test. Then another. In stepped Anthony Joshua. Out went Klitschko. On foraged Ortiz.On Saturday night he emerges from the shadows again in his 29th paid outing, indignant still at what he regards as a slur on his reputation and ready for a more physical examination of his spirit. Between them the champion and the challenger have 67 unblemished performances, with a bone-chilling 38 and 24 knockouts respectively.At the final press conference in New York they exchanged the usual pleasantries, as well as an inordinately long stare-down, and it was generally agreed Wilder, younger by six years even if callow in boxing terms, was the rightful favourite.In a schedule that has rarely taken him far from his home state of Alabama Wilder has ventured across the Atlantic occasionally – to spar with David Haye among others – and was scheduled to fight Dereck Chisora at Wembley in 2013 but was arrested in Las Vegas for domestic assault. When he did visit he knocked out Audley Harrison in a round. Topics Support The Guardian Share on Messenger By accident or design there is only one exit from Camagüey, the ramshackle city in central Cuba where Luis Ortiz was born nearly 39 years ago. Myth has it the confusing web of alleyways leading nowhere in particular was designed to trap raiding pirates, luring them on to hopelessness and destruction.True or not, the story is an apt metaphor for Ortiz’s career. A heavyweight southpaw with educated power, he is the ultimate boxing nightmare and is as hard to avoid as he is to find. Of the 28 opponents who have tried to corner him only four have finished the assignment standing up, none with a victorious hand raised.On Saturday night at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn Ortiz hopes to entice Deontay Wilder into a web from which he cannot escape – because, for all his knee-knocking presence and achievements, the WBC champion retains some of the rawness he brought with him from the briefest of amateur careers. This is the seventh defence of his title; it could prove the most difficult. Twitter Pinterest Share on Facebook … we have a small favour to ask. 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We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Deontay Wilder: ‘I want to fight Anthony Joshua, but Eddie Hearn doesn’t want to risk his gravy train’ Since you’re here… US sports features Facebook Read more Share via Email Reuse this content Share on Pinterest Share on WhatsApp Thereafter he steadily built an aura of fear, winning 19 of his fights in the first round. Others, probably, were won before his opponent set foot in the ring. He was not quite Mike Tyson but he was wild and free-wheeling in the ring. “Bomb squad!” became his loud and funny calling card.And now he meets an almost equally respected foe, an undefeated veteran who, like the streets of Camagüey, is going nowhere, if he does not emerge with the biggest scalp of his career. They will play to their known strengths. If Wilder can find a way around Ortiz’s artful right-hand lead and avoid his left hook he should prevail by stoppage. If not, he will lose on points.Something else besides an ability to render opponents unconscious binds them: personal sorrow. Wilder took up boxing at 18 only to earn money for his ailing daughter, Naieya, who was born with spina bifida.Contrary to the defection script Ortiz turned professional not to escape communism but to pay for medical care for his daughter, who was born with a necrosis of the fingers. Amputation was considered. Ortiz said in a 2016 interview with seensportmagazine.com that he would have had his fingers removed, too, if that happened, “so that, when she was born, she could say I am just like my daddy”.There are not many like her daddy; nor are there many like the man he will try to knock out on Saturday night. It should be some fight. Share on LinkedIn
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Aalesund coach Lars Bohinen dreams of Nottingham Forest jobby Paul Vegas17 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveAalesund coach Lars Bohinen admits he covets the Nottingham Forest job.The former Norway midfielder played for Forest, Blackburn Rovers and Derby in England. But it is Forest where Bohinen would like to return.”That’s the dream, yes,” he told VG.”It would have been most fun if I had the opportunity with Nottingham Forest. But then I must probably have to do a little more to prove myself than training Norwegian teams between the two top divisions.”I have a lot of different experience, but I’ve only worked as a football coach for seven years, so I got late into the job I like best.”
OMAHA, NE – MARCH 23: The Syracuse Orange mascot “Otto the Orange” performs during the first half in the 2018 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament Midwest Regional between the Duke Blue Devils and the Syracuse Orange at CenturyLink Center on March 23, 2018 in Omaha, Nebraska. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)Eric Devendorf left Syracuse to pursue a pro career after the 2009 season, but he never quite gave up on his goal of graduating from college. Devendorf finished his degree this spring, and on Friday, he was able to present his mother with his SU diploma.Been waiting 2 do this for awhile now! Moms couldn’t be any happier which makes it even better @SyracuseU #diploma pic.twitter.com/CbuZdpx8zb— Eric Devendorf (@edeven23) August 14, 2015Devendorf isn’t the only memorable former Orange player to finish off his degree this year. Derrick Coleman surprised his mother with his diploma back in May. While some fans scoff at the notion of players leaving school early, both of these Orange greats prove that they can always go back and finish their education.