Big Wheels: Colin James in a McLaren 570S

first_imgLike any son of the Prairies who followed his creative muse, Colin James has logged the miles, first as a 17-year-old splitting driving duties with his mom during a massive family trip of the U.S. southern states, then on many a cross-Canada jaunt with his early band the Hoodoo Men, and more recently on European and North American tours.He also admits to a love of speed, though two years of riding motorcycles — first a Honda Shadow, then a BMW 1200 sport bike — scared him enough to satiate the thrill of going fast. That, and being pulled over by West Van police on a couple of occasions — and not for his autograph.Tamped down as it might be, that primal instinct does reveal itself now and then during his time in the McLaren 570S. No surprise when you read the specs on this model: the aforementioned 562 ponies from a fire-breathing, mid-mounted 3.8-litre twin-turbo V8; a seven-speed, seamless shift dual clutch gearbox with paddle-shifters; a carbon-fibre monocell chassis weighing just 75 kilos; a sub-10-second sprint from zero to 200 km/h; and a top speed of 328 km/h. Little wonder Colin James is smiling.“Tight as a tick,” he marvels at one point en route to Lions Bay, a community his family called home for 18 years before moving down to the North Shore a few years ago. “Just wish I could come out of a corner faster than I am able to today. Just to get a better feeling for its weight and everything. But it seems light.” He’s right. At just 1,313 kilograms, its power-to-weight ratio is a whopping 428 brake horsepower per tonne. Translation: Hang on!McLaren Automotive’s namesake is Bruce McLaren, a New Zealand-born race car driver who got into the car-building business in 1964, the same year Colin James was born in Regina.I stop asking questions for a few minutes, but keep the voice recorder running. The only sound is the whine of the V8 filling the cabin, interrupted only by exclamations from the driver.“Ohhh. To wind out a corner hard in this thing…can you imagine?!“So much fun!“Can you imagine how much fun you could have with this going through some mountainous region in Europe? Going through Tuscany and the back roads around there?“Oh, feel that. Nice!” Music, no doubt, to the designers and engineers who created this “entry level” car.The 570S was unveiled at the 2015 New York International Auto Show as the first of three models in the new entry-level Sports Series, joining the existing Super Series (650S Coupe and Spider) and Ultimate Series (P1 and P1 GTR) in the McLaren stable. The 540C and 570GT have joined the 570S to round out the Sport Series, which the automaker expects to account for two-thirds of annual sales volume in 2017. The 570S starts at $219,750, but the loaded one James is piloting is a little north of $260K.According to McLaren, the 570S is designed to deliver “day-to-day usability and driveability.” Meaning it behaves itself at low speeds, has good interior storage and even comes with leather seat options. And it has a front trunk that James could fit an amplifier in. All in all, it’s a model that bodes well for McLaren’s future.As for James’ future, he’s celebrating his 25th wedding anniversary this month, he’s got that new album out — his 18th — and is off to the U.K. next month for an eight-show tour in support of Beth Hart.“We’re playing in London at the Royal Festival Hall, where London Philharmonic play,” he says with the same enthusiasm he has for the McLaren. “So that will be whack!“When I get back from England I’m off for just one day then go off on the Christmas Train from Chicago all the way up to Regina.”That would be the CP Holiday Train, where he and Kelly Prescott will showcase their talents at whistle-stops between the two cities from Dec. 2nd to the 15th. Proceeds from the annual tour, which has been going on for two decades now, benefit local food banks and shelves.“We usually do two shows a day, and one of the [train] cars rolls out into a stage and we play to kids and people. And I’m living on the train. I’ve done it once before and it’s great.”In the New Year he embarks on a Live Nation, coast-to-coast tour in February and March with dates in Vancouver, Victoria, Kelowna and Nanaimo. Planes and tour buses will be his mode of transportation for those gigs.Doing them in the McLaren 570S? To steal the Bluesman’s phrase, “That would be whack!”COLIN’S CARSFirst cars: “I actually first learned to drive manual when I was 10 years old in the Kootenays in a VW Bug. Once I got my license the car I drove was my mom’s [mid-60s Plymouth] Valiant. I drove all over Saskatchewan in that thing, hauling gear and the Hoodoo Men around. Then we had some band vans, using those to cross Canada probably about 15 times or so.”First new car: “It was a red 1989 Mazda RX-7, and I bought it with royalty money from Voodoo Thing. It was being used as a prop car on the Beachcombers, and when I bought it I had to wait a couple of days to get it. That was hard. I loved everything about that car. The Wankel rotary engine. The manual gearshift. The pop-up lights. Had it for about five years, then we had kids and that was the end of that.”Current cars: “I’ve got a 2016 Audi S4, and it’s a great car. It’s practical but also a real driver’s car. And I just love the guttural exhaust sound. My wife has a [VW] Tiguan and we really like it. I took it on tour last year for a few shows in Western Canada and it was perfect.”Next car: “Well, I lease my Audi, so it’s looking like the new S4. But the [exhaust] sound is a little muted compared to my current one, so I’m not sure.”Dream car: “That’s a hard one. More like dreams cars. I’d love an old one like a Fairlane, all square and everything. And a muscle car for sure.”THE SPECS: 2016 McLaren 570SStyle: Rear-mid engine sports carSeats: TwoEngine: 3.8-litre twin-turbo V8 (562hp/443 lbs-ft. of torque)Transmission: 7-speed Seamless Shift dual clutch Gearbox (SSG)Fuel economy (L/100km): 16.6 city; 8.1 hwy RELATED TAGS570McLarenCoupeSupercarLifestyleSupercarsNew VehiclesPeopleSupercarsVancouverAudi AGAudi S4Beth HartBMW 1200British ColumbiaBruce McLarenCanadaChicagoColin JamesEnglandEuropeForza MotorsportHonda ShadowJUNO AwardsKelly PrescottKelownaLions BayLive Nation Inc.London (England)Mazda RX-7McLaren GroupMotorsportsNanaimoNew York International Auto ShowNew ZealandNorth VancouverOceaniaRegina (Saskatchewan)Royal Festival HallSaskatchewanSportsTuscanyUnited KingdomUnited StatesVancouverVancouver SunVolkswagen BeetleVolkswagen TiguanWestern CanadaWestern EuropeWhistler (British Columbia) COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS Big Wheels is an occasional Postmedia series putting a person of accomplishment into a new vehicle for a drive, to learn more about the subject’s love of cars — and driving them.LIONS BAY, B.C. — This wasn’t what he had in mind when he named his new album Blue Highways. Colin James is a little downcast behind the wheel of the McLaren 570S as we head up the Sea to Sky Highway on an overcast Saturday morning.“Man, I just wish there wasn’t so much traffic,” the multi-Juno award winner is lamenting. “Can you imagine what this would be like if they could close this off to Whistler and let us rip? Man!” Buy It! Princess Diana’s humble little 1981 Ford Escort is up for auction An engagement gift from Prince Charles, the car is being sold by a Princess Di “superfan” Trending in Canada We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information.center_img I must admit that half-an-hour earlier I was a little uneasy about handing James the key fob to this 562-horsepower supercar. I’ve driven many a powerful car on tracks, yet I felt a certain intimidation factor when strapping into this street-legal race car. How would a “civilian” handle it? My concerns were first allayed when I pulled into the driveway of his North Vancouver heritage house and spotted a black Audi S4. “Okay, that’s a good sign,” I thought to myself.Then, after just a block of James in the driver’s seat, I was totally at ease. During the proceeding hour driving up to Lion’s Bay and back, I came to appreciate that James is as comfortable behind the wheel, or the handlebars, as he is when performing in front of thousands of music fans.“Yeah, I love to drive. Always have,” he says, noting that he’s also a big fan of Forza Motorsport. “I’ve gone pretty far into it, pretty much up to the point you start engineering tires and stuff.”Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Colin James’ 18th album, Blue Highways, was released two weeks ago. He describes it as a tribute to his idols, including Howlin’ Wolf, Jimmy Reed and Robert Johnson. advertisement Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Colin James was very comfortable behind the wheel of the McLaren 570S, though was a little blue from the traffic on the highway.Andrew McCredie, Driving Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2The two icons share a moment overlooking Howe Sound in Lion’s Bay.Andrew McCredie, Driving Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2A musician like Colin James would appreciate how McLaren has collaborated with audio experts Bowers & Wilkins to offer an outstanding surround sound system. This dash-mounted tweeter is part of the 12-speaker set.Andrew McCredie, Driving Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2At just 1,313 kilograms, the 570S’s power-to-weight ratio is a whopping 428 brake horsepower per tonne.Andrew McCredie, Driving Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Rear lights shaped in the McLaren logo are one of the unique features of this supercar.Andrew McCredie, Driving Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Plenty of room for a guitar amp in the front trunk.Andrew McCredie, Driving Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Unlike other supercars, the McLaren’s controls are simplicity personified.Andrew McCredie, Driving Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2As if you need a reminder that you are in a track car, there’s this helmeted figure on the climate control display.Andrew McCredie, Driving Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2In normal drive mode — is there such a thing in this car? — the display provides all you need to know, and fuel level is represented as ‘kilometres until empty’ (at right).Andrew McCredie, Driving Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2In track mode, the display is all business, with rpms becoming more prominent and the fuel gauge switching to a percentage (far right).Andrew McCredie, Driving Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2The key fob to the 570S is as elegant as the car itself.Andrew McCredie, Driving Price (base): $219,750  ‹ Previous Next ›last_img read more

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Willett, Fitzpatrick lead Euro Masters by 2

first_imgCRANS MONTANA, Switzerland – English golfers Matthew Fitzpatrick and Danny Willett will carry a two-shot lead into the final round of the European Masters. Willett started the third round on Saturday with a one-shot lead, but had two bogeys and a double bogey in his first four holes. There were two more bogeys coming in, but a 30-foot eagle on the 15th limited the damage to a 1-over-par 71. He was at 12 under for the tournament with Fitzpatrick, the former U.S. Amateur champion who came through Q School to enjoy his first year on the European Tour. Fitzpatrick climbed into contention with a 64. Four-time tour winner Raphael Jacquelin of France was third at 10 under thanks to a 68, and defending champion David Lipsky of the U.S. was alone in fourth on 9 under after a 69, despite starting and finishing with bogeys. Patrick Reed (69), Sergio Garcia (66), and Lee Westwood (68) trailed by seven shots in a big group tied for 16th.last_img read more

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2013 crash cost Dario Franchitti more than his racing career

first_imgFormer Indy 500 winner Dario Franchitti retired from racing after a bad crash in 2013. Now, he is an advisor to Ganassi Racing, coaching 20-year-old Sage Karam (right).Former Indy 500 winner Dario Franchitti retired from racing after a bad crash in 2013. Now, he is an advisor to Ganassi Racing, coaching 20-year-old Sage Karam (right).Five specific weeks of Dario Franchitti’s memory are lost. Words he tries to fetch sometimes don’t come. He draws blanks on the names of people he surely knows, and even some of their faces aren’t as recognizable as they once were.The losses are lingering effects from the multiple head injuries Franchitti suffered in his racing career. But the Scotsman forced into retirement after a crash in Houston in the fall of 2013 accepts his lot.“To me, it’s a little thing,” he told The Indianapolis Star during a quiet moment last week at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. “I’m sitting here having this chat, sitting at the Speedway.“To me, I’m so lucky to be in this position. The other stuff is minor inconveniences.”Franchitti turns 42 Tuesday, and three Indianapolis 500 victories have earned him royalty status in these parts. Next to Helio Castroneves, Franchitti is the most recognizable and revered champion of this era, and he wears the nobility well, like the checkered flag ring proudly displayed on his finger (it’s the 2010 500 ring).FILE -- Dario Franchitti talks about his decision to retire from racing during a news conference at Target Chip Ganassi Racing headquarters, Dec. 19, 2013.FILE — Dario Franchitti talks about his decision to retire from racing during a news conference at Target Chip Ganassi Racing headquarters, Dec. 19, 2013.Franchitti is reserved and guarded by nature, so talk of these mental struggles is difficult. But he recently detailed his challenges to his hometown newspaper, The Scotsman. For one, his concentration fades as he tires.“My decision-making isn’t as razor sharp as it was,” he told the Edinburgh paper. “I will repeat myself; my memory’s not great, I forget words. I always bump into people that I’ve met, not great friends, but … (people) I’ve known and I won’t recognize them. It can be embarrassing at times.“That sort of stuff happens, but it beats the alternative. I could have died.”Franchitti told The Star he hasn’t suffered headaches with this concussion, and he hasn’t had vertigo symptoms like the night years ago when he sped a Rolex 24 sports car through the 31-degree corner banking at Daytona International Speedway.“You’d go, ‘Whoa!’ ” he said of the inner-ear sensation. “Vertigo is a horrible thing.”Franchitti jokes that forgetting names was a problem even before his first big accident. In fact, it takes a conversation like the one he’s having on this day at IMS to remember he even has a problem.FILE -- Dario Franchitti holds up three fingers in Victory Lane after winning the 96th running of the Indy 500 in 2012.FILE — Dario Franchitti holds up three fingers in Victory Lane after winning the 96th running of the Indy 500 in 2012.Most of the time he looks and feels fine, enjoying the finer, less-stressful points of being a retired champion, like having dinner with Mario Andretti and sharing stories with Rick Mears.“It’s not something keeping me awake at night,” he said of those minor inconveniences. “But yeah, it’s part of it. It’s there, but it’s not. Just little things you notice.”Franchitti doesn’t remember the Houston accident or others like it in his career. He remembers attending a wedding in Portland, Ore., a couple of weeks before the crash, but he told The Scotsman “there’s nothing there” after that. He described the memory loss as “a big, black hole.”It shouldn’t be like that. Franchitti was driving through the sweeping corner around Houston’s iconic Astrodome on the last lap of the doubleheader when he came upon Takuma Sato’s slowing car. Disaster happened quicker than Franchitti could blink, but somehow he turned the car enough to avoid hitting Sato squarely. Sato wasn’t hurt, but Franchitti suffered a broken back and ankle. The ankle injury still nags him.Dario Franchitti’s Career-Ending Crash *Live*Through recovery, Franchitti has carried on with the dignity that defines him. As he realized, retirement was already near, a Hall of Fame career long since assured. He left IndyCar with 31 race victories and four season championships.Franchitti is enjoying his role as adviser to Ganassi Racing, coaching 20-year-old Sage Karam and supporting Scott Dixon, Tony Kanaan, Charlie Kimball and Sebastian Saavedra.Tightly wound as a competitor, Franchitti is at peace post-accident. That alone is something to celebrate.Follow Star reporter Curt Cavin on Twitter: @curtcavin.DOWNLOAD: Get our new Indy 500 app for your mobile devicelast_img read more

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College softball: BPCC hits 40-win mark after splitting DH with Baton Rouge CC

first_imgHailey Pence and Ally Klein also had two hits each. Stacey Landry had a double. Bossier Parish Community College split a non-conference doubleheader against Baton Rouge Community College on Monday in Baton Rouge. The Lady Cavs raised their record to 40-16 with the Game 2 victory. Former Benton star Abi Cole had two hits, including a home run, and two RBI. Emily Hardy went 2-for-4 with a double and three RBI. Rebecca Shepherd went 2-for-4 with a double. Game 2 went into extra innings tied at 1. BPCC scored three in the top of the ninth, but BRCC put four across in the bottom of the inning to win. Jenna James scattered eight hits and struck out nine.center_img Perfect-Dating.comAre You Ready to Meet Cool Guys in Tung Chung?Perfect-Dating.com|SponsoredSponsoredUndoTheTopFiveVPNThe Secret Netflix Doesn’t Want You To Know To Unblock RestrictionsTheTopFiveVPN|SponsoredSponsoredUndoAspireAbove.comRemember Abby from NCIS? Take A Deep Breath Before You See How She Looks NowAspireAbove.com|SponsoredSponsoredUndoNews gadgetThis watch takes the whole country by storm! it’s price? Ridiculous!News gadget|SponsoredSponsoredUndoTheTopFiveVPNThe Trick Netflix Doesn’t Want You To Know To Unlock RestrictionsTheTopFiveVPN|SponsoredSponsoredUndoCelebsland.com9 Celebrity Before-And-After Plastic Surgery DisastersCelebsland.com|SponsoredSponsoredUndo Six Lady Cavs had multiple hits as BPCC pounded out 16 hits in Game 1. Hailey Ebey went 3-for-5 with a double and two RBI. The Lady Cavs got just three hits, all singles. The Cavs lost to the first game 5-4 in nine innings and won the second 12-7.last_img read more

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Hunters punished with 24-0 thrashing

first_imgRUGBY LEAGUE: THE Hunters started the day on the back-foot when winger Gairo Kapana fumbled the first ball from a towering kick-off by Clifford. The error including missed tackles on the Hunters 10m red zone that also contributed to its consequences that saw the visitors scoring their first try through winger Mathew Musumeci on the far left edge within two minutes. Four minutes later, the Hunters were punished again – this time a poor defensive effort saw an unmarked William Bugden heading to the tryline following a quick dummy half play by hooker Connor Jones. Hunters had several opportunities at hand but their halves combination of Charlie Simon and William Mone who are still trying to work out a combination, continued to struggle to steer their attack. Errors in ball handling, defensive sets and off-sides resulted in the visitors claiming four penalties while the home side had six in open half. The visitors had the last say in the opening half with a 31st minute try to centre Shawn Bowen as Clifford stamped his mark in making it 3/3 conversions for an 18-0 lead at halftime. The Hunters have failed for the second time in their five-year participation in the Intrust Super Cup to post any points at half-time. The Hunters were more determined in the second half and were persistent in scoring points but were continuously denied by the visitors on several occasions. The Pride withstood the Hunters’ attack causing into ball handling errors which they continued to capitalize on. The latter saw Pride fullback Jack Murphy crossing over on the far right edge of Hunters tryline in the 54th minute. Clifford missed the conversion but managed to extend their lead with a successful penalty conversion. Tries scored Northern Pride 24 (Mathew Musumeci, William Bugden, Shawn Bowen, Jack Murphy. Jack Clifford 3/4 conversions, 1 successful penalty) defeated SP PNG Hunters 0. In the curtain raiser match, which is also the Digicel Cup trial match Gulf Isou beat Central Dabaris 18-12. Hunters will host their second home game on Sunday (March 24) against Melbourne Storm feeder club Sunshine Coast Falcons.last_img read more

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Concussion group says ex-NFL player Bubba Smith had CTE

first_imgSmith also played for the Oakland Raiders and Houston Oilers. This is a 1972, file photo, showing Baltimore Colts defensive end Bubba Smith. The Concussion Legacy Foundation says former NFL defensive end Bubba Smith was diagnosed with the brain disease CTE by researchers after his death. (AP Photo/File) Smith also played for the Oakland Raiders and Houston Oilers. He became an actor and is best known for playing Moses Hightower in the “Police Academy” movies.,Smith died in 2011 at 66. He is one of 90 former NFL players diagnosed with Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy since 2008 at a brain bank affiliated with Veteran Affairs, Boston University and the foundation. Out of four stages of the disease, the foundation says Smith had stage 3 CTE.Other former NFL players diagnosed with CTE include Hall of Famers Frank Gifford, Ken Stabler, Mike Webster and Junior Seau.A 1966 All-American for Michigan State who later was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame, Smith was the first overall pick in the 1967 NFL draft by the Colts. A fearsome pass rusher, he made two Pro Bowls with them and won a Super Bowl for the 1971 season. Smith died in 2011 at 66. He is one of 90 former NFL players diagnosed with Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy since 2008 at a brain bank affiliated with Veteran Affairs, Boston University and the foundation. Out of four stages of the disease, the foundation says Smith had stage 3 CTE.Other former NFL players diagnosed with CTE include Hall of Famers Frank Gifford, Ken Stabler, Mike Webster and Junior Seau.A 1966 All-American for Michigan State who later was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame, Smith was the first overall pick in the 1967 NFL draft by the Colts. A fearsome pass rusher, he made two Pro Bowls with them and won a Super Bowl for the 1971 season. BOSTON (AP) — Former NFL defensive end Bubba Smith was diagnosed with the brain disease CTE by researchers after his death, the Concussion Legacy Foundation said Monday. He became an actor and is best known for playing Moses Hightower in the “Police Academy” movies.last_img read more

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LA-Bron: James agrees to 4-year contract with Lakers

first_imgThe Los Angeles Lakers have a new superstar — L.A.-Bron.The four-time NBA MVP announced Sunday night that he has agreed to a four-year, $154 million contract with the Lakers, joining one of the league’s most storied franchises and switching conferences to try and dethrone the Golden State Warriors and grow his own legacy.For the second time in his career, James is saying goodbye to the Cleveland Cavaliers, who drafted the teenage sensation from Akron in 2003 and have to be satisfied with winning just one title in the 11 years they had him.Unlike his two previous forays in free agency, James did not drag out his decision and made the announcement less than 24 hours after NBA free agency opened.This Summer of LeBron was barely a fling.His management agency, Klutch Sports Group, announced his agreement with the Lakers with a simple, short release. It was a stark contrast from eight years ago, when a poorly conceived TV special to announce his departure from Cleveland backfired and damaged James’ image. CLEVELAND (AP) — LeBron James is leaving home for Hollywood and an iconic team. In this Sunday, March 11, 2018, file photo, Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James, left, shoots as Los Angeles Lakers guard Lonzo Ball defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game, in Los Angeles.  (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)center_img Four-time NBA MVP LeBron James announced Sunday night that he has agreed to a four-year, $154 million contract with the Los Angeles Lakers. He’s leaving the Cleveland Cavaliers. Los Angeles fans celebrated on Sunday. (July 2)James isn’t planning any more comments and there won’t be a welcoming press conference or celebration in Los Angeles, a person familiar with his plans said Sunday night on the condition of anonymity. James will make his next public comments on July 30 in Akron when he opens a public school started by his family foundation.It was all different this time.The game’s biggest star will now lead a young Lakers team — run by Lakers Hall of Famer Magic Johnson — that has been overmatched in recent years while rebuilding. But the Lakers will instantly rise with James, a three-time champion who after being swept by the Warriors in this year’s NBA Finals said he is still driven and very much in “championship mode.”James wasn’t planning to have any face-to-face meetings, but Saturday night he met with Johnson, who sold him on his vision for the Lakers, the person told AP. Earlier in the week, Johnson seemed resigned to the possibility he might not get James or Paul George, who ended up re-signing with the Oklahoma City Thunder.But Johnson was confident he could pull something off.“I’m Magic Johnson,” he said.The Lakers’ rich legacy is something that has always appealed to James and it wasn’t long after his announcement that he heard from Kobe Bryant, who won five titles during 20 seasons with Los Angeles.FILE – In this Jan. 15, 2015, file photo, Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant, right, and Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James hug before the start of an NBA basketball game, in Los Angeles. The Los Angeles Lakers have a new superstar — L.A.-Bron. The four-time NBA MVP announced Sunday night, July 1, 2018, that he has agreed to a four-year, $154 million contract with the Lakers. “Welcome to the family (at)KingJames,” Bryant said on Twitter . “(hash)lakers4life (hash)striveforgreatness.” (Paul Rodriguez/The Orange County Register via AP, FIle)“Welcome to the family @KingJames,” Bryant said on Twitter . “#lakers4life #striveforgreatness.”James and Bryant were Olympic teammates and there has been a perceived rivalry between the pair of alpha males. They’re now linked like never before and if James wants to prepare for his eventual life after basketball, who better to learn from than Johnson, who has made a fortune as a business entrepreneur, or Bryant, an Academy Award winner.The massive Los Angeles market will also provide James with a grander platform for his philanthropy and social activism. He already owns two homes in Southern California and has a film production company.This is the third time in eight years James has changed teams. After bolting from Cleveland in 2010, he returned in an emotional homecoming four years later, determined to make the Cavs champions. The 33-year-old had previously said he wanted to finish his career in Ohio, and although he’s leaving again, Cavs fans are more forgiving after he ended the city’s 52-year sport title drought in 2016.Shortly after the announcement, which came in a surprising manner, James posted a three-photo tribute to Cleveland fans on his Instagram account.“Thank you Northeast Ohio for an incredible four seasons,” James wrote. “This will always be home.”But there will always be a portion of Cleveland fans disappointed that James left again and that he wouldn’t give the Cavs a longer commitment. His deal with the Lakers is his longest since he signed for six years with Miami in 2010.And unlike eight years ago when he ripped James for leaving, Cavs owner Dan Gilbert thanked him. Gilbert opened his comments by referring to Cleveland’s 2016 title as “a championship that united generations of Clevelanders, both living and passed.”“LeBron, you came home and delivered the ultimate goal,” Gilbert said in a statement . “Nothing but appreciation and gratitude for everything you put into every moment you spent in a Cavaliers uniform. We look forward to the retirement of the famous #23 Cavs jersey one day down the line…”On Friday, James informed the Cavs that he was not exercising his $35.6 million option and becoming a free agent. While in Los Angeles following a family vacation, he spoke to Cavs general manager Koby Altman moments after free agency opened on Sunday, and it appears that was more a courtesy than a chance for Cleveland to make one last pitch.Cleveland’s roster was exposed during this year’s finals, and James may not have seen a way for it to improve enough to win a fourth title.James gave Cleveland something to remember in his final season. He played in all 82 regular-season games and then somehow carried a team that underwent several transformations to a fourth straight conference title and matchup against the Warriors.As has been the case in the past, James didn’t have enough help as the Cavs were swept, dropping him to 3-6 in the NBA Finals — a record sometimes used to compare him to Michael Jordan.His stay with the Cavaliers will best be remembered for 2016, when he rallied the Cavs from a 3-1 deficit in the finals to stun the Warriors. James helped seal a Game 7 win with a chase-down block of Andre Iguodala, the signature moment of a career that has shown no signs of decay.With the Lakers, James will be playing in the Western Conference for the first time and just down the Pacific Coast Highway from the Warriors, the team that has stymied him three times in the past four finals.The chance to play for one of America’s most storied franchises is a new challenge for James, who prides himself on knowing the game’s history. In Los Angeles, championships are the standard and he’ll feel new pressure in upholding the legacies of Johnson, Bryant, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Jerry West and other Lakers greats.It’s now his turn.___More AP NBA: apnews.com/tag/NBAbasketballlast_img read more

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Bicentennial Event at Crown Hill Cemetery June 17

first_imgIn conjunction with the Indiana Bicentennial, the Indiana Archive and Records Administration (IARA) is planning to honor the 43 pioneer delegates, who met in Corydon 200 years ago, to compose Indiana’s first constitution and establish our statehood.  Washington County’s ceremony will take place on Friday, June 17th, 2016, from 11:30 am to 1pm, in the old section of the Crown Hill Cemetery.This event is free and open to the public.  State, County and City officials and employees, along with youth groups and the members of the historical society are strongly encouraged to attend. Please come out and pay your respects to these truly historically significTo commemorate the contributions of our state’s founding fathers, the IARA will be holding public graveside ceremonies between June 10 and June 29, 2016, the same dates as the original Constitutional Convention.Ceremonies will feature an IARA staff member serving as Master of Ceremonies, a keynote speaker, a flag ceremony, wreath-laying and military honors, where applicable.Washington County has 2 of these men, interred in eternal rest, at the Crown Hill Cemetery in Salem.The first of these men was Washington County Delegate; General John DePauw, who laid out the town of Salem, built Washington County’s 1st courthouse, was commander of the county’s militia (1814-16), a Washington County delegate to the state legislature and his descendants donated the ground that today serves as DePauw Park.The other delegate is Judge Benjamin Parke, who at that time represented Knox County, before his relocation to Salem.Judge Parke was a veteran of the Battle of Tippecanoe and the War of 1812, he was the first Attorney General for the Indiana Territory, the first Judge of the General Court of the Indiana Territory and the Indiana Territory’s first delegate to Congress.Later, he was appointed the first U.S. District Judge of Indiana, assisted greatly in the establishment of Vincennes University, the Vincennes Public Library, the Indianapolis Law Library and the Indiana Historical Society, serving as its first president.last_img read more

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Free wi-fi for South Africa’s taxi commuters

first_img13 June 2014South African commuters using the country’s most popular form of public transport – the minibus taxi – will now be able to update their Facebook status, check their e-mail and surf the internet through a free wi-fi connection on their way to work.On Thursday, the South African National Taxi Association (Santaco) started rolling out a free service that, it says, will see 1 500 taxis and 50 taxi ranks across the country fitted with wi-fi access points within six months, and universal coverage in all its taxis and taxi ranks within three years.Each commuter will receive 50 MB of free wi-fi per month on 3G and 4G platforms, with the option of buying more if they run out. Once a commuter’s mobile device is connected with the wi-fi network, they will be able to use their 50 MB in any connected taxi or taxi rank.South Africa’s taxi industry transports over 15-million commuters daily with an average of 45 minutes per trip.“We want to keep our 15-million daily commuters and attract more people back to using public transport in general and taxis in particular,” Santaco president Philip Taaibosch said at the launch of the initiative in Soweto on Thursday.Sanaco is partnering with Telkom Mobile and technology company Wi-Taxi to drive the service, which was successfully piloted in Johannesburg in April and May.According to Wi-Taxi’s website, the service will have no effect on taxi fares, nor will it increase the risk of fraud or theft as “all devices are network locked and can only connect to the Wi-Taxi services”.Gauteng’s transport minister, Ismail Vadi, also speaking at Thursday’s launch, praised the “novel” initiative, saying an urban province such as Gauteng should have a high rate of internet connectivity.His remarks were echoed by independent telecoms analyst Spiwe Chireka, who told technology news website ITWeb that the taxi association’s move was “an indication of innovative ways that, as South Africa, we are able to use to drive access.”SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

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Social Networking Profiles as Billboards with SocialVibe

first_imgA Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Related Posts josh catone 1 SocialVibe is an online popularity contest that turns corporate advertising into money for charity. Users compete for status and prizes by shilling for their favorite brands, while a cut of the proceeds goes to a charity of their choice. The more popular you are on social networks or elsewhere on the web (for example, if you author a popular blog) the more money you can raise for charity and the more chances you can earn to win prizes.SocialVibe, whose parent company West Hollywood, CA-based Archetype Media raise $4.12 million from Redpoint Ventures in February, offers users a flash-based widget that they can embed anywhere that accepts flash widgets. Specifically, the company encourages users to embed them on Facebook and MySpace. The widget displays brand advertising (for brands like Coca-Cola, Nike, Sprint, or E*Trade) via logo art designed with the social networking set in mind or flash video.In exchange for displaying the ads on their social networking profiles, users are rewarded with points. The more views or the longer an advertising badge stays up on a site, the more points users earn. Some sponsors also offer prizes for anyone who displays their ad widget. While users are earning points and prize drawing entries, a charity of their choice is earning cash. It sounds like a good deal for everyone involved, and it seems to be working pretty well — most charities on the site have raised at least a couple of thousand dollars, and will continue to be able to do so as long as SocialVibe can demonstrate a good ROI for advertisers. Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verificationcenter_img The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos From Facebook: “You understand that except for advertising programs offered by us on the Site (e.g., Facebook Flyers, Facebook Marketplace), the Service and the Site are available for your personal, non-commercial use only.“From MySpace: “Prohibited Content includes, but is not limited to, Content that, in the sole discretion of MySpace … involves commercial activities and/or sales without prior written consent from MySpace such as contests, sweepstakes, barter, advertising, or pyramid schemes.“Because SocialVibe’s business model relies almost exclusively on the ability for its ad widgets to be spread virally across social networks, acceptance by those networks will be crucial to its success or failure. Tags:#advertising#Product Reviews#social networks#web While there’s something a little odd about a site that lets you endorse Nike while simultaneously raising money to fight child labor, there is a more pressing concern. SocialVibe specifically encourages users to put its advertising widgets on MySpace and Facebook, but both companies prohibit that sort of use by users in their terms of service.last_img read more

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