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Posts Tagged ‘Middle East.’

Steve Kerr hired to coach Golden State Warriors

Steve Kerr NBA (2007 photo by jmrosenfeld via wikipedia commons)

It had been rumored for weeks by the so-called NBA experts in the media, that when Phil Jackson took over as team president of the New York Knicks that he would hire Steve Kerr.

To some it seemed far-fetched that Jackson would actually hire Kerr, who has never been an NBA head coach, to lead the Knicks.

While Jackson was still deciding on who he would hire, Kerr was also negotiating with the Golden State Warriors.

As it turned out, the Warriors out-bid the Knicks and have hired Kerr away from his job as a TNT broadcaster to replace Mark Jackson as their head coach.

Kerr, according to his agent, will be paid $25 million dollars on a five-year deal.

The 48-year-old Kerr was born in Beirut, Lebanon while his dad, Malcolm was engaged in higher learning and research in the Middle East.

The former point guard played his college basketball at the University of Arizona for Lute Olson and his teammates included Sean Elliott, Tom Tolbert and Kenny Lofton.

As an NBA player, the 6’3, 175-pounder played for Phoenix, Cleveland, Orlando, Chicago, San Antonio twice and Portland. He scored 5,437 points and 1,658 assists. He won five NBA Championships.

Visa applications denied for Uganda Little League Team

 

(courtesy of Little League Baseball)

Little League International has been advised by the United States State Department that the Little League team from Kampala, Uganda that won the Middle East and Africa Region (MEA) Tournament, earning a berth in the 65th Little League Baseball World Series, will not be given visas to enter the U.S.

Due to privacy concerns, the State Department did not give Little League International a reason for the decision, except that the documentation provided by the team contained discrepancies.

The Rev. John Foundation Little League of Kampala won the MEA tournament by defeating a team from Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, 6-4, in the regional championship game on July 16. That game was played in Kutno, Poland after which the Kampala team returned home to Uganda.

The Little League Baseball World Series in South Williamsport, Pennsylvania begins on august 18 and concludes on August 28. Sixteen teams from around the world play to determine the world champion at the end of Little League’s International Tournament, featuring more than 16,000 games in six weeks of play.

 

Info courtesy of Little League International

Little League World Series to welcome first team from Africa

 

Uganda Flag (from Open Clipart website via wikipedia commons)

A Uganda youth baseball team will be the first from the continent of Africa to play in the Little League World Series.

The Reverand John Foundation Little League team from Kampala won the Middle East and Africa region this past Saturday, defeating Dhaharan, Saudi Arabia, 6-4.

The Saudi team had won the region the past 11 years in a row.

(courtesy of Little League Baseball)

Kampala will play the Canadian champion on August 19 in the first round in South Williamsport, Pennsylvania.

 

compiled from staff, Radio, TV & Little League News

 

clipart courtesy of OpenClipart.com

ENTERTAINMENT NEWS FOR WEDNESDAY MARCH 16, 2011: Almanac & Celebrity Birthdays

DAILY ALMANAC

Today is Wednesday, March 16, the 75th day of 2011. There are 290 days left in the year.

HISTORICAL HIGHLIGHTS FOR THIS DAY IN HISTORY

* On March 16, 1802, President Thomas Jefferson signed a measure authorizing the establishment of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York.

* In 1850, the novel The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne was published.

* In 1985, Terry Anderson, chief Middle East correspondent for the Associated Press, was abducted in Beirut; he was released in December 1981.

CELEBRITY BIRTHDAYS

Jerry Lewis (publicity photo by St. Eliot & Co. Filmmakers via wikipedia commons)

85 JERRY LEWIS, comedian

70 CHUCK WOOLERY, game-show host

62 ERIK ESTRADA,  actor from TV show CHiPs aka California Highway Patrol

57 NANCY WILSON, rock singer from the group, Heart

52 FLAVOR FLAV, rapper from the group, Public Enemy

44 LAUREN GRAHAM, actress from TV show, The Gilmore Girls

42 JUDAH FRIEDLANDER, actor from TV show, 30 Rock

38 TIM KANG, actor from TV show, The Mentalist

20 WOLFGANG VAN HALEN, son of Eddie Van Halen & Valerie Bertinelli; rock musician with the group, Van Halen

ENTERTAINMENT NEWS: Wednesday October 27, 2010, Almanacs & Celebrity Birthdays

DAILY ALMANACS

Wednesday was October 27, 2010, the 300th day in the year. There are 65 days remaining.

HISTORICAL HIGHLIGHTS ON THIS DATE IN HISTORY

* On October 27, 1787, the first of the Federalist Papers, a series of essays calling for ratification of the U.S. Constitution, was published in New York.

* In 1858, the 26th president of the United States, Theodore Roosevelt, was born in New York.

* In 1947, You Bet Your Life, starring Groucho Marx, premiered on ABC Radio.

* In 1978, Egyptian President Anwar Sadat and Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin were named winners of the Nobel Peace Prize for their progress toward achieving a Middle East peace accord.

* In 2009, Michael Jackson’s last work, the documentary Michael Jackson: This Is It, opened in theatres everywhere.

CELEBRITY BIRTHDAYS

Ruby Dee from 1962 (photo by Carl Van Vechten photographer via Wikipedia Commons)

86 Ruby Dee, actress who for years, teammed with her late husband Ossie Davis in all types of productions and  TV shows. Ossie died in 2005. Ruby Dee was born in Cleveland, Ohio in 1924.

68 Lee Greenwood, country singer who gained fame for the song, “God Bless the USA”.

61 Garry Tallent, rock musician of Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band.

52 Simon Le Bon, singer of the group Duran, Duran.

43 Scott Weiland, rock singer of the Stone Temple Pilots.

26 Kelly Osbourne, actress, singer and daughter of Ozzy Osbourne and Sharon Osbourne.