Autopsy finds cop suffocated black man as US braces for more fury

first_imgAn autopsy found Monday that an African-American man whose death has set off nationwide unrest was suffocated by a police officer, contradicting a preliminary ruling, as cities including New York imposed or toughened curfews in expectation of fresh fury.Violence has erupted for three straight nights outside the White House, where a holed-up Donald Trump has brushed aside the traditional unifying role of a president, and one person was shot dead in Louisville, Kentucky, whose mayor fired the police chief.One week after George Floyd died in Minneapolis, an autopsy blamed his videotaped death squarely on a white police officer who pinned him down with his knee for nearly nine minutes as Floyd pleaded, “I can’t breathe!” Curfew in New York, death in LouisvilleNew York, the famed “City that Never Sleeps,” became the latest city to impose a nighttime curfew after consecutive nights of tension that included looting and the trashing of parked cars.In the upscale SoHo district, Elliot Kurland, owner of the Leica photography store, said his entire shop was emptied by looters including clients’ property. He estimated his loss at $1 million.”I hope I have insurance,” he said.”My brother heard about it. He called me. I had been about to come here at three o’clock in the morning. My brother warned me, ‘Don’t go down. You’ll get killed.'”New York, like other cities, had just been emerging from weeks under lockdown from the coronavirus pandemic. Kurland said he was still paying employees who were not reporting to work.More than 40 cities have imposed curfews. Washington’s mayor, Muriel Browser, said a curfew will start Monday at an unusually early 7.00 pm in hopes of preventing a repeat of the destruction in the US capital — which included a fire at St. John’s, the two-century-old “church of the presidents” across from the White House.Apple, along with several other major retailers, temporarily closed most US stores, and California shut government offices in crowded areas as a precaution.It was the most widespread unrest in the United States since 1968, when cities went up in flames over the slaying of civil rights icon Martin Luther King Jr., and rekindled memories of 1992 riots in Los Angeles after police were acquitted in the brutal beating of black motorist Rodney King.But unlike in Los Angeles, the latest unrest has primarily targeted property, although both protesters and police have reported non-life-threatening injuries.One person was killed, however, in Kentucky’s largest city Louisville. Police chief Steve Conrad said officers and the National Guard “returned fire” just after midnight after being shot at as they dispersed a crowd in a parking lot.The dead man was David McAtee, the owner of a popular barbecue business, according to the Louisville Courier Journal, which quoted his nephew.Louisville, the home of Muhammad Ali and Kentucky Fried Chicken, has seen especially passionate protests due to the police killing in March of an African American woman, Breonna Taylor, in her own apartment.The 26-year-old emergency room technician was shot dead after police barged into her home, alleging that drug dealers had used the apartment to receive packages.Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer said Monday he had fired the police chief, Steve Conrad, because officers did not record body-camera of the episode. Week of memorialsFloyd, 46, had been accused of trying to buy cigarettes with a counterfeit bill and his aggressive arrest was caught on a cellphone camera.The autopsy revived demands for the arrest of three other police officers who stood guard for Chauvin as Floyd pleaded for his life.”We are tired of this happening. This generation is not having it. We are tired of oppression,” said Muna Abdi, a 31-year-old African-American woman at a peaceful demonstration at the Minnesota capitol in St. Paul.Pointing to her three-year-old son, she said: “I want to make sure he stays alive.”Officer Derek Chauvin, who had remained in the police force despite persistent complaints about his behavior, had been due to appear in court on Monday but the judiciary said the initial hearing had been postponed to June 8.The delay outraged many activists, although Minnesota has made clear that it seeks to punish Chauvin and has tasked the prosecution personally with the state’s attorney general, Keith Ellison, a prominent former US congressman. “The evidence is consistent with mechanical asphyxia as the cause of death, and homicide as the manner of death,” Aleccia Wilson, a University of Michigan expert who examined his body at the family’s request, told a news conference.An initial finding cited in a criminal complaint pointed to pre-existing conditions, outraging the family.Shortly after the independent report, Hennepin County’s medical examiner released its official autopsy that called his death a homicide caused by “neck compression,” although it also said he was intoxicated and pointed to heart disease.A memorial for Floyd will take place on Thursday in Minneapolis before a service in North Carolina and a funeral on June 9 in Houston, where he grew up, family lawyer Ben Crump said.center_img Trump combative While presidents traditionally seek to bridge national divides during tumult, Trump was again holed up at the White House tweeting attacks on his political rivals and the media.In a conference call with governors that was quickly leaked to several media outlets, Trump told state leaders to “dominate” and said they were “going to look like a bunch of jerks” if they are too soft.The governor of Illinois, J.B. Pritzker, is heard reprimanding Trump directly, saying he was “extraordinarily concerned” by the president’s “inflammatory” rhetoric.Trump has blamed the violence on Antifa, the loosely organized collective of far-left activists who advocate aggressive action to stop what they see as the rise of fascism and white supremacists.Joe Biden, Trump’s likely Democratic opponent in November elections, met Monday with black leaders at a church in his home of Wilmington, Delaware and promised to form a police oversight commission in his first 100 days as president.”Hate just hides. Doesn’t go away. And when you have somebody in power who breathes oxygen into the hate under the rocks, it comes out from under the rocks,” Biden said. Topics :last_img read more

Arsenal set to announce Willian transfer in next 72 hours

first_imgAdvertisement Comment Willian’s move will be completed this weekend (Picture: Getty)Arsenal will announce the signing of ex-Chelsea winger Willian on a three-year deal this weekend.The 32-year-old confirmed his departure from Stamford Bridge last week, bringing to an end a seven-year stay with the Blues.Willian had been keen to stay at Chelsea but the club were unwilling to hand him the three-year deal he craved. which convinced the Brazilian that it was best to part ways.Arsenal are cash-strapped after finishing outside the top four for the fourth season in a row and the club announced 55 redundancies this week in a bid to balance the books.ADVERTISEMENT Advertisement Willian will sign a three-year deal (Picture: Getty)However, signing Willian on a free was considered shrew business and the Brazilian will take a pay cut to join the Gunners, as they’re willing to give him the three-yearl deal he sought.AdvertisementAdvertisementWillian had offers from David Beckham’s Inter Miami as well as a number of proposals from clubs across Europe.The Telegraph claim the most interesting bid came from Barcelona, who have long tracked the right winger.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityHowever, Willian is happy in London and didn’t want to uproot his young family. Once Willian is through the door, Mikel Arteta will seek to raise funds by offloading a number of unwanted players at the Emirates.Mesut Ozil, Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Matteo Guendouzi, Rob Holding and Sead Kolasinac have all been put up for sale, while the club will consider offers for Alexandre Lacazette, Lucas Torreira and Reiss Nelson. MORE: Jose Mourinho confronted Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg’s agent over pushing for Arsenal transfer ahead of Tottenham Arsenal set to announce Willian transfer in next 72 hours Metro Sport ReporterThursday 13 Aug 2020 4:07 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link4.2kShareslast_img read more

Downturn will ‘allow more people to purchase their own home’: RBA

first_img FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON FACEBOOK MORE: ‘RBA to cut rates twice in 2019’ Richlister’s million-dollar discount Dr Lowe said price cuts in Sydney and Melbourne had to be put in perspective.Dr Lowe said declining housing prices “make some people feel less wealthy, so they spend less, although this effect doesn’t look to be very large”.He said RBA was keeping an eye on any impact on spending and construction activity but “we do, though, need to keep things in perspective”.“The adjustments in the Sydney and Melbourne housing markets are occurring at a time of low unemployment, low interest rates and strong population growth. What we are witnessing is largely the working through of shifts in supply and demand for housing due to structural factors.”In both Sydney and Melbourne, “it took a long time for supply to respond to faster population growth, so prices went up”, Mr Lowe said, and now supply had responded, reversing “some of the earlier increase in prices”. If these army water tank walls could speak More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus14 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market14 hours ago Governor of the Reserve Bank of Australia Dr Philip Lowe addressing the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Economics at NSW State Parliament in Sydney. Picture: AAP Image/Dean Lewins.The Reserve Bank Governor has declared the southern housing downturn a ‘positive’ thing – which will “allow more people to purchase their own home” – as he evened the odds of a rate cut.In a statement to the NSW House of Representatives Standing Committee on Economics this morning, RBA Governor Philip Lowe backtracked on his view that the next rate move would be up, saying “the probability that the next move is up and the probability that it is down are more evenly balanced than they were six months ago”.The comment came after Dr Lowe talked up the positive effects of the housing downturn to the committee.“I understand that these swings in housing prices are difficult for some in our community. We should, though, take some reassurance from the fact that our economy and our financial system are resilient,” he said.“This adjustment in the housing market is not expected to derail the economy. It will put our housing markets on more sustainable footings and allow more people to purchase their own home. So there is a positive side too.” Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:58Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:58 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD432p432p216p216p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenHow much do I need to retire?00:58last_img read more

Air pollution now biggest environmental health risk – WHO

first_img Sharing is caring! HealthInternationalLifestylePrint Air pollution now biggest environmental health risk – WHO by: – March 25, 2014 51 Views   no discussions Share Sharecenter_img Tweet Share LONDON (AP) — Air pollution kills about seven million people worldwide every year, with more than half of the fatalities due to fumes from indoor stoves, according to a new report from the World Health Organisation (WHO) published Tuesday.The agency said air pollution is the cause of about one in eight deaths and has now become the single biggest environmental health risk.“We all have to breathe, which makes pollution very hard to avoid,” said Frank Kelly, director of the environmental research group at King’s College London, who was not part of the WHO report.One of the main risks of pollution is that tiny particles can get deep into the lungs, causing irritation. Scientists also suspect air pollution may be to blame for inflammation in the heart, leading to chronic problems or a heart attack.WHO estimated that there were about 4.3 million deaths in 2012 caused by indoor air pollution, mostly people cooking inside using wood and coal stoves in Asia. WHO said there were about 3.7 million deaths from outdoor air pollution in 2012, of which nearly 90 per cent were in developing countries.But WHO noted that many people are exposed to both indoor and outdoor air pollution. Due to this overlap, mortality attributed to the two sources cannot simply be added together, hence WHO said it lowered the total estimate from around eight million to seven million deaths in 2012.The new estimates are more than double previous figures and based mostly on modelling. The increase is partly due to better information about the health effects of pollution and improved detection methods. Last year, WHO’s cancer agency classified air pollution as a carcinogen, linking dirty air to lung and bladder cancer.WHO’s report noted women had higher levels of exposure than men in developing countries.“Poor women and children pay a heavy price from indoor air pollution since they spend more time at home breathing in smoke and soot from leaky coal and wood cook stoves,” Flavia Bustreo, WHO Assistant Director-General for family, women and children’s health, said in a statement.Other experts said more research was needed to identify the deadliest components of pollution in order to target control measures more effectively.“We don’t know if dust from the Sahara is as bad as diesel fuel or burning coal,” said Majid Ezzati, chair in global environmental health at Imperial College London.Kelly said it was mostly up to governments to curb pollution levels, through measures like legislation, moving power stations away from big cities and providing cheap alternatives to indoor wood and coal stoves.He said people could also reduce their individual exposure to choking fumes by avoiding travelling at rush hour or by taking smaller roads. Despite the increasing use of face masks in heavily polluted cities such as Beijing and Tokyo, Kelly said there was little evidence that they work.“The real problem is that wearing masks sends out the message we can live with polluted air,” he said. “We need to change our way of life entirely to reduce pollution.”last_img read more

2020 French Open moved to September 2020 amid rising concerns over coronavirus

first_imgParis: The 2020 French Open has been postponed to September 20 amid the rising concerns over the coronavirus pandemic. The organisers tweeted on Tuesday that it will be held from September 20 to October 4. The clay court Grand Slam was originally scheduled to be held from May 18 to June 7.”The Roland Garros tournament will be played from 20th September to 4th October 2020,” they tweeted.”Though nobody is able to predict what the situation will be on 18th May, the current confinement measures have made it impossible for us to continue with our preparations and, as a result, we are unable to hold the tournament on the dates originally planned,” the French Open organisers said in a statement.”In order to act responsibly and protect the health of its employees, service providers and suppliers during the organisation period, the FFT has chosen the only option that will allow them to maintain the 2020 edition of the tournament while joining the fight against COVID-19.””We have made a difficult yet brave decision in this UNPRECEDENTED situation, which has evolved greatly since last weekend. We are acting responsibly, and must work together in the fight to ensure everybody’s health and safety,” French Tennis Federation president Bernard Giudicelli said. IANSAlso read: Coronavirus outbreak: European boxing qualifiers for Tokyo 2020 suspended midwayAlso Watch: Cruise ship tourists in quarantine at Nimati Ghat in Jorhat were released todaylast_img read more

Mugello circuit to host Ferrari’s 1,000th Formula One race

first_imgLONDON: The Ferrari-owned Mugello circuit will debut on the Formula One calendar in September to host the Italian team’s 1,000th championship Grand Prix, with Russia’s race in Sochi also confirmed on Friday.The September 13 race, to be called the Grand Prix of Tuscany Ferrari 1,000, will follow on from the September 6 Italian Grand Prix at Monza as the ninth round of a season that has been heavily revised due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Russia will be the 10th race on September 27. Formula One said in a statement it still expected to stage between 15-18 rounds in a championship that started at Austria’s Red Bull Ring last weekend, with more announcements in coming weeks. “We are increasingly confident in our plans to race throughout the remainder of 2020,” said Formula One chairman Chase Carey. “The Russian Grand Prix is a major moment in our season and we are looking forward to being back in Sochi in September. “We are equally excited to see Formula One race for the first time at Mugello, an occasion that will mark Ferrari’s 1,000th Grand Prix.” Mugello will be the fourth Italian circuit to host a championship Grand Prix, after Monza, Imola and the Pescara road course. The Tuscan circuit, north of Florence, has been a fixture on the MotoGP calendar and is also used by Ferrari for testing and other races. “To be able to celebrate an extraordinary anniversary like the 1,000th grand prix for Scuderia Ferrari at our own home at Mugello is an incredible opportunity,” said Ferrari team boss Mattia Binotto. “Mugello is not just one of the most spectacular and challenging tracks for drivers and cars, it is also a structure that has made sustainability one of its priorities.” Imola, which hosted the San Marino Grand Prix up to 2006, could yet feature on the 2020 calendar if other races are cancelled. Agencies Also Watch: #NewsMakers: Impact of COVID on Education & What’s Nextlast_img read more

Tokyo 2020 refugee team to be bigger than in Rio – IOC’s Bach

first_imgBy Karolos GrohmannLAUSANNE, Switzerland (Reuters) – The Tokyo 2020 Olympics refugee team will be bigger than the inaugural 10-member squad in Rio de Janeiro four years ago, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) said yesterday.The IOC unveiled a list of 37 refugees who are currently receiving Olympic scholarships and who will attempt to make the final cut for Japan next year.Among those are the 10 athletes who took part at the Rio Games in 2016.“At this stage we cannot say how big the team will finally be,” said IOC president Thomas Bach. “What we can say with some confidence is that it will be bigger than the team for Rio 2016.”“All these 37 want to qualify for the final refugee Olympic team.”The IOC unveiled its first team of refugees in Rio in an effort to raise awareness of the issue and it was one of the feel-good stories of those Games.The 10-member team from Syria, Congo, Ethiopia and South Sudan were in the spotlight after marching as the penultimate team before host nation Brazil in the Opening Ceremony at the Olympic stadium. They competed in athletics, swimming and judo.The 37 athletes working towards a spot in Tokyo will not necessarily need to meet international qualifications to get a place in the team, but will need to come close.“Qualification does not mean the overall international standards,” Bach said. “We want to identify those athletes who either fulfil these (international) criteria or at least come as close as possible to these criteria.”The 37 are refugees from Afghanistan, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Iran, South Sudan, Sudan and Syria.They are training in athletics, badminton, boxing, judo, karate, swimming, taekwondo and weightlifting in 11 host countries, but would come together in April next year for a joint training camp, Bach said.More than a million refugees entered Europe in 2016 alone as they fled fighting in the Middle East and elsewhere, prompting the IOC to create the first Olympic refugee team.Tens of millions more are housed in camps in countries across the world, having escaped wars or armed conflicts in their home nations.last_img read more

Bendel Insurance Moves Closer to NPFL Return

first_imgNNL SUPER 8 PLAYOFF*Takes on Shooting Stars in a decisive clash on WednesdayFormer Nigerian Champions, Bendel Insurance, yesterday moved a step forward as the first team with a chance to seal a ticket to the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) with a game to spear at the ongoing Nigeria National League Super 8 Play-Offs, in Aba, after maximum victories in two matches.. Junior Osaghae’s second half goal ensured victory over Remo Stars on Monday to earn the legendary Insurance maximum points after claiming a comprehensive 3-0 win over Delta Force, on Match-day 1, decided on Sunday.Goals from experienced forward Charles Omokaro, Michael Enaruna and Emmanuel Uangboje gave Insurance victory in their opening fixture.Wednesday’s final fixture for Insurance will be the third clash against perennial rivals, Shooting Stars Sports Club (3SC) this term, in what is usually a national derby.Insurance remains undefeated after two meetings against the Ibadan team.The first meeting in Ibadan ended in a goalless draw, while Insurance won the reverse fixture, 2-1, in Benin-City.A herculean task awaits Shooting Stars on Wednesday as they have to score three unreplied goals to halt Insurance’s return to top flight football. Today is rest day for all the eight teams in the playoff.Having spent over a decade in the lower division, the present adminstration in Edo State, led by Governor Godwin Obaseki promised to return the club to the elite league.On paper, Insurance looks good to return in style considering their outing so far, in Aba, as the only team with maximum points and only team yet to concede a goal.Interestingly, Bendel Insurance topped their Group which had the Ibadan side during the regular season.MATCH DAY 3 FIXTURESRemo (3 points) vs Delta Force (0 point)Insurance (6points) vs Shooting (3points)Kada City (4 points) vs Gombe (4points)Real Stars (1point) vs Kogi (1point)SOUTHERN CONFERENCEP W D L F A +/- PtsInsurance 2 2 0 0 4 0 +4 6Remo 2 1 0 1 3 1 +2 33SC 2 1 0 1 2 3 -1 3Delta 2 0 0 2 0 5 -5 0NORTHERN CONFERENCEP W D L F A +/- PtsKada 2 1 1 0 5 2 3 4Gombe 2 1 1 0 2 1 1 4Real Stars 2 0 1 1 2 3 -1 1Kogi Utd 2 0 1 1 1 4 -3 1Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Korger: Exodus of underclassmen undermining stability of Madness

first_imgWhen it comes to picking a bracket come March Madness this year, many participants in office pools, school classrooms and social networks will probably be scratching their heads. Why? Once again, this season has not even remotely revealed a sure-fire pick to win it all. Usually when looking into the crystal ball of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament there are at least a few favorites to pick from. But, like last year, my grandmother’s guess on who will win it all is probably just as good as anyone’s (she picked a Duke-Butler rematch last year).Top ten teams this year have been dropping like students in organic chemistry after the first test. North Carolina looked to be better than Duke for almost an entire game, but a late Duke run and an Austin Rivers three changed that perception.Wednesday night Baylor got proverbially curb-stomped against Kansas…at home. Our last undefeated team this season is a mid-major program. The Badgers were once ranked in the top 10. Yeah, it’s been that kind of season. Once again, college basketball is mired in uncertainty with no clear-cut, dominant team.So what’s the biggest difference in the last two years of college basketball compared to the past? Well for one thing, major programs are getting younger and younger every year. Thanks to the NBA’s rule forcing players to wait at least one year after graduation from high school to enter the draft, college basketball has received a bigger boost of individual talent than ever before. However, it makes it extremely difficult to maintain teams with young talent in the long run, resulting in the instability of many programs’ ability to create a truly dominant team.But even so, select coaches thrive from the “one-and-done” mentality, especially Kentucky’s John Calipari, who has recruited entire rosters of young talent knowing full well they will leave the following year for the NBA. Coach Cal has has put together some extremely talented young teams, like a Memphis squad led by current Chicago Bulls superstar Derrick Rose and a Kentucky team with current Washington Wizards point guard John Wall. But he is one of the few exceptions, somehow managing to turn a competitive squad year after year even among yearly mass exoduses of his players to the pros.In years past, high school prospects with NBA potential were usually found forgoing college basketball entirely. There were players such as Kobe Bryant, Kevin Garnett, Tracy McGrady, LeBron James and Dwight Howard who all skipped the college game for a direct integration into the league. Yet for every success story of high school prodigies, there are the failures like former No.1 pick Kwame Brown.While the path directly to the pros weighs many risks, it essentially protected the collegiate game. With talented individuals like LeBron James staying away from college hoops in past years, teams had to worry less about losing their best talent before their junior or senior years. Now, however, with many NBA-ready prospects forced to pursue at least a year of basketball elsewhere, young talented players play in college for the required year and leave soon after, robbing teams of their talent and their strength.Last year alone, the first eight picks of the NBA draft were either international players or underclassmen. Overall, 13 underclassmen were picked in the 2011 draft, while in the 2010 NBA draft 22 players drafted were underclassmen. With a trend of talented players leaving earlier, college basketball lacks truly elite teams. In this writer’s opinion, to be a truly elite team, a group of players must have terrific chemistry on the court, something that takes longer than one or two seasons to accomplish.Perhaps one of the best supporting crutches I lean on with this view is the mid-major surge of recent years. Nobody would have thought that VCU and Butler would be two of the last four teams standing a year ago. These two Cinderellas hitched a pumpkin ride to the dance (as long as a commute from Langdon Street to Highway 151 on a Friday at rush hour) because of rosters loaded with upper-class leadership. Duke ended up winning it all two years ago because veterans Kyle Singler and Nolan Smith decided to stay (even though they lost the next year with one-and-done sensation Kyrie Irving). Right now Murray State, the last undefeated team in college basketball, benefits from having a starting lineup made entirely of upperclassmen and a bench loaded with veterans.When looking at teams built entirely of one-and-done talent like Kentucky, it’s hard to imagine such a young team will ever win the Big Dance when many of them are still not entirely polished players. Without proven veterans who have experienced the tough games down the stretch, it’s hard to predict how a team will play come crunch time on the biggest stage of them all. With mid-majors keeping their players for multiple years and larger teams losing talent faster than ever before, it seems as long as the NBA eligibility rules remain in place, the college game is barred from long-term stability on its rosters. Without older, veteran teams and mid-majors retaining their players, it seems the long-term picture of predicting the NCAA tournament more difficult than ever.Nick is an avid Coach K enthusiast who majors in junk food come tournament time. When college hoops isn’t cutting into his precious little study time, he also enjoys screaming at a team of 8th grade kids he coaches in the style of Bob Knight. Any comments on his guest column for Hoops America? He’d love to hear them. Give him a shout at or on twitter @nickkorger.last_img read more

Nike Celebrates Nigeria with the “Naija” Air Presto

first_imgNike is set to release an original Air Presto in celebration of Nigerian culture and sport.Earlier this year, Nike unveiled its redesigned soccer kits for the US, South Korea, and Nigerian national teams composed of uniforms, cleats, and apparel. In a few releases since then (most notably the Zoom Freak 2) Nike has invoked a “Naija” theme that borrows similar beautiful green-patterned design language from the Nigerian football team’s new uniforms.Now, however, this trend is set to hit the Air Presto.While official details are scarce, photos show the model’s royal green upper marked with tonal patterning found on the Nigerian kit.The model also sports a green cage and green laces atop a black toe-guard and mid-sole. Finally, the shoe is rounded off by a white forefoot out sole and “Naija” heel branding.With so many releases originally slated to commemorate the 2020 Summer Olympics and the South Korea Air Presto recently dropping, it’s possible we’ll get a USA-themed rendition of the model in the future, too. For now, though, take a look at photos of the gorgeous emerald-colored Nigeria model down below as we await release details.last_img read more