Golden State Warriors win 2015 NBA title, Iguodala is MVP, after magical season

The Golden State Warriors shoed teamwork is needed to win NBA Finals 2015.

The Golden State Warriors showed that teamwork is needed to win NBA Finals 2015.

Stephen Curry has led his team with humility and poise.

Stephen Curry has led his team with humility and poise.

By Charles Glover, Jr.

The Golden State Warriors responded to a 2 -1 series deficit by winning three consecutive games to win their first NBA Championship since 1975 with a final score of 105 – 97 on Tuesday, June 16 in Cleveland. Regular season MVP Stephen Curry led the team with 25 points in the game, but the Warriors got great production from forwards Andre Iguodala and Draymond Green. Green notched a triple-double with 16 points, 11 rebounds, and 10 assists while Iguodala tied the team’s lead in scoring with 25 points and was named NBA Finals MVP.

Golden State Warriors' leader Stephen Curry has exemplified grace under pressure.

Golden State Warriors’ leader Stephen Curry has exemplified grace under pressure.

LeBron James finished the game with a near triple-double himself scoring 32 points with 18 rebounds and 9 assists. The Cavaliers clearly missed the injured Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love as they struggled to find consistent production throughout the series. The Warriors were able to capitalize on 16 turnovers by the Cavaliers to generate good ball movement that resulted in 28 team assists for the game.

Andre Iguodala was named NBA Finals MVP, beating out self-proclaimed "best player in the world" Lebron James from the Cleveland Caveliers.

Andre Iguodala was named NBA Finals MVP, beating out self-proclaimed “best player in the world” Lebron James from the Cleveland Cavaliers.

In the battle of first year NBA head coaches, the Warriors’ Steve Kerr was able to out-strategize the Cavaliers’ David Blatt. The series shifted after Kerr’s game 4 decision to start Iguodala and the Warriors never looked back. In all fairness to Blatt, the Cavaliers were not left with many options after losing Irving during game one, but the team still had their chances in the series. Cleveland has nothing to be ashamed of as they played valiantly through adversity and received extraordinary efforts from their leader James. One can only wonder what the series would have looked like if the Cavaliers were healthier.

Former Golden State Warriors Coach Mark Jackson set the foundation for the team's successful 2014-2015 season and NBA 2015 Finals win.

Former Golden State Warriors Coach Mark Jackson set the foundation for the team’s successful 2014-2015 season and NBA 2015 Finals win.

On the other hand, the win caps off a magical season for Curry, who becomes just the third point guard to earn regular season MVP honors and win the NBA title in the same season. The splash brothers, Curry and Klay Thompson, made their former NBA playing dads, Dell Curry and Mychal Thompson, proud just in time for Father’s Day.

Steve Kerr seems like a genius, in hindsight, for spurning the New York Knicks and choosing to lead the young Golden State Warriors team that former NBA coach and current TV Analyst Mark Jackson assembled.

Steve Kerr seems like a genius, in hindsight, for spurning the New York Knicks and choosing to lead the young Golden State Warriors team that former NBA coach and current TV Analyst Mark Jackson assembled.

There will be plenty of celebrating in the Bay Area in the next couple of days after a very exciting season. Congratulations to the Warriors, 2015 NBA champions, and congratulations to St. John’s product Mark Jackson who was instrumental in implementing the winning philosophy and culture that Kerr inherited in leading a young, talented, likeable team to the pinnacle of victory..–OnPointPress.net–

Charles Glover, Jr. is a sports aficionado and licensed insurance agent with HealthMarkets. Follow him on Twitter at @GloverIsGood.

Reggae Gold 2015, featuring a musical mix, is set for summer release

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By Tiffany Mea

For over 20 years, the world’s #1 Caribbean music compilation Reggae Gold brings the genre’s top hits into one must-have collection for the masses. 2015’s installment, out July 17, 2015 on VP Records, is filled with the season’s freshest sounds in roots, dancehall, lover’s rock and pop-fused reggae from a diverse group of talent.

Busy Signal is featured on Reggae Gold 2015

Busy Signal is featured on Reggae Gold 2015

From the Canadian pop supergroup Magic’s #1 Billboard single “Rude” to comedian/actor/singer Eddie Murphy’s return to reggae on his latest single “Oh Jah Jah,” (following his 1993 Shabba Ranks collab “I Was A King”) – there is no shortage of crossover appeal on Reggae Gold 2015.

Chroniixx is featured on Reggae Gold 2015

Chroniixx is featured on Reggae Gold 2015

This year’s installation features a multitude female artists reigning in reggae today – from emerging stars like the Rastafarian singer Jah9 (“Avocado”), reggae pop princesses’ Toian (“Love It”) and Ikaya (“My Man”) to Jamaica’s leading ladies, like dancehall diva Spice (“Conjugal Visit” ft. Vybz Kartel), the soulful songstress Etana (“I Rise”) and roots reality lyricist Queen Ifrica (“I Can’t Breathe”). The latter song carries a strong message to stop police brutality and racial profiling worldwide.

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Etana is featured on Reggae Gold 2015.

The set also delves into exclusive new music from Jamaica’s top male artists. Jah Cure reveals his latest single “Made In California” off his upcoming album The Cure and the legendary crooner Beres Hammond delivers his stellar new anthem “Jamaican International Dance.” Singer-songwriter Christopher Martin turns heads with the island’s chart climber “I’m A Big Deal,” while overnight sensation Gully Bop proves ground with his popular tracks ” My God Dem Nuh Bad Like We” and “Body Specialist.” Dancehall star Busy Signal drops lyrical fire on the flirtatious fun track “Text Message,” and Gyptian unveils his latest steamy single “All On Me.” Every song counts on this collection.–OnPointPress.net.

 

 

 

 

 

Helpful tips for celebrating Father’s Day in a special, thoughtful way

Father's Day is June 21, are you prepared?

Father’s Day is June 21, are you prepared?

By Charles Glover, Jr.

Father’s Day is right around the corner and people are still struggling with ideas for the right gift to show their love and appreciation to their fathers. Mother’s Day is simple: Start with a card and flowers, then work your way up from there. Father’s are a different breed. We at OnPointPress.net are going to do our part to make those ugly ties and cheap cologne sets distant gifts of the past for Father’s Day. So if you are still stumped for your Father’s Day gift, here are a few ideas that you can fit into your own budget.

When dad gets on the grill, make sure he has something new form you. Leave the flowers for mom.

When dad gets on the grill, make sure he has something new from you. Leave the flowers for mom.

Anything related to the grill:  Many dads need very little excuse to show off their skills on the grill. With the weather heating up there are more opportunities than ever to cook outdoors, so get dad something to enhance his grilling experience. Whether it’s something simple like a funny apron or a new grill altogether, dad will be appreciative. And if you have one of those dads who has it all when it comes to grilling, then pick up some meat for the grill. Again, he will not be disappointed.

You don't have to get dad every tool in the store, just get something to make his job easier around the house.

You don’t have to get dad every tool in the store, just get something to make his job easier around the house.

Power Tools: Fathers everywhere are called on to be a handyman around the house from time to time. Getting him something that will make that job easier only makes sense. Ironically, this may have been a gift for dad years ago. However, just like everything else, there have been advancements and it would be appreciated by dad if he had the most current set of tools. Even if you purchase only one new power tool, it can make a difference if it makes the work around the house easier.

Your father might have seen every movie, read every book, or heard every song in the set, but he will enjoy having them at his disposal.

Your father might have seen every movie, read every book, or heard every song in the set, but he will enjoy having them at his disposal.

Box Sets: Dads across the world have various passions and those passions are usually easily detected. Whether your dad loves movies, music, sports, or reading, there are box sets that will have a group of his favorites. The box sets will keep him entertained for hours on end. The best part of box sets is they will have at least one your dad’s favorite included, which would make the others in the set bonuses.

 

Speakers: Father’s tend to take delight in having the sound in their homes and cars at optimum levels. They may have addressed their speakers to some extent but there is always room for enhancement. And if your dad has addressed the speakers in the home and car, consider upgrading the sound for his phone or tablet.

Mom may not love the idea of deafening sound throughout the house but dad is all for it.

Mom may not love the idea of deafening sound throughout the house but dad is all for it.

Sunglasses: Your dad may be proud of his cheap shades because he has held on to them for a whole month without losing them, but that does not mean he would not appreciate an upgrade. In fact, your gift sunglasses should come in a pair, one set of his cheap ones and some stylish ones for him to wear on special occasions. That way, when he loses or breaks the cheap ones, he can still network in style.

Your dad can grab his old shades when he gets on the grill but when it comes to a night on the town, those new sunglasses will come in handy.

Your dad can grab his old shades when he gets on the grill but when it comes to a night on the town, those new sunglasses will come in handy.

Keep these tips in mind when you consider what is best for your father on Father’s Day. However, do not hand your father his gifts without completing the Father’s Day experience.

Make the Day a Special Experience: Mothers are pampered and allowed to rest on their day, fathers deserve the same. Make sure that if you take dad out for a meal he is not driving, that’s right not driving. He spends hours every week as the resident driver, taking members of household to various appointments and events. On Father’s Day, let him enjoy the opportunity to relax and be a passenger for a change.

As for me, I'll be getting my dad a Homey D. Clown sock, because my dad "don't play that" either.

As for me, I’ll be getting my dad a Homey D. Clown sock, because my dad “don’t play that” either.

Give Him Space: Last but not least, give dad some peace and space. Let him have an hour to do whatever he wants all by himself. He will probably end up around his family anyway, but give him the option. Even if he does not receive any of the gifts suggested, he will truly enjoy his Father’s Day if he can just relax for while, read his thoughtful cards and savor his reflections on his journey to fatherhood. For many fathers, the opportunity to spend time with their children is the ultimate Father’s Day gift but each father is different so give your father what your knowledge of him tells you he will enjoy most.

And don’t forget to pay the bill for the meal, fill up the car tank with gasoline, and get the car washed if you can while you’re at it. Remember, you want your father to enjoy the day and recognize that his daily sacrifices for you and the family are noticed and appreciated. Happy Father’s Day to my dad and to all the other fathers on this special day–OnPointPress.net–

Charles Glover, Jr. is a senior writer and a licensed insurance agent at HealthMarkets. Follow me @GloverIsGood on Twitter.com. Check out www.HealthMarkets.com/cglover for your insurance needs and concerns.

Exciting reggae band Third World releases new music with Damian Marley

 

Third World

Jamaica’s beloved reggae band Third World releases new music, produced by Damian Marley.

By Tiffany Mea

As Black Music Month is celebrated across the globe, Jamaica’s iconic reggae band Third World is celebrating a very significant milestone–more than 40 years in music. Long admired as one of the most pivotal reggae bands of all time, Third World will release its first major song of the year “YimMasGan” on June 16, 2015 on Ghetto Youths International.

The song is produced by Damian Marley and will also be accompanied with a new music video directed by Jamaica’s own Ras Kassa, is a fresh take on the 1974 original track by The Abyssinians. Yim mas gan means let him be praised in the ancient Ethiopian Amharic language. This is the second song written by The Abyssinians that Third World recorded. The first was “Satta Massagana,” released in 1975 on Chris Blackwell’s Island Records.

Reggae band Third World bas been providing musical excellence for more than 40 years.

Reggae band Third World bas been providing musical excellence for more than 40 years.

“This song is almost as if we have come full circle. When we recorded ‘Satta Massagana,’ it was one of our very first recordings. In fact, it was the lead song on our first self-titled album,” said Founding member Cat Coore. “This song is giving praise and thanks to the most high, Jah Rastafari, for his presence, ever-guiding hand and inspirational vibration that we all feel within the Rasta community. Recording this song with Jr. Gong makes it even more special to us. With Damian’s production skills mixed with his musicians that helped create the song, we feel it is one of the best covers not just done by Third World, but ever done by anyone.”

“The record has a lot of meaning to Third World because it’s giving praises to Ethiopia and the King. The writing of the Abyssinians music was so spiritually high, that is like a prayer. It is like a chant and we just connect with it. Also, Damian Marley adding his touch to the whole thing brings a new light to the music and its meaning,” said group member Richard Daley.

“I’m honored to be working with some of my musical heroes. Third World has played a great role in my development as an artist and I’m proud to be a part of their latest project,” expresses Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley.

Vintage Third World image.

Vintage Third World image.

With 10 Grammy nominations, sold-out tours worldwide, a loyal fan base and a catalog of Top 40 Billboard charted smash hits including “Now That We Found Love,” which was remade with much success by the late Jamaica-born rapper Heavy D and the fan favorites “Try Jah Love,” and “96 Degrees in the Shade,” Third World has been one of the most consistently successful reggae bands. Third World’s reggae fusion style mixes R&B, funk, pop, rock, dance hall and hip-hop into the genre, making the group one of Jamaica’s most popular crossover acts among international audiences.

The band has toured and worked with the late great Bob Marley, including opening for Marley’s first world tour in 1978, Stevie Wonder, who produced two of the groups’ albums in the 80’s which were released with CBS, Carlos Santana and the Jackson Five, opening for their first concert in Jamaica. Third World has also shared the stage with the likes of Bono of U2, Sting, The Police, Whitney Houston, Wyclef Jean, Lauryn Hill, Jimmy Buffett, Eric Clapton and Marc Anthony and landed national TV performances on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Late Night with David Letterman, Arsenio Hall Show and many more. Third World lost its distinctive lead singer William “Bunny Rugs’ Clarke to cancer February 2014, during Reggae Month.

Connect with the group on social media @FB | www.Facebook.com/ThirdWorldBand,
Twitter | www.twitter.com/ThirdWorldBand and IG | www.instagram.com/ThirdWorldBand–OnPointPress.net.

 

Atlanta honors legendary singer Gladys Knight with street-naming event

Gladys Knight has received numerous honors throughout her career, having a street named after her is a first though.

Gladys Knight has received numerous honors throughout her career, having a street named after her is a first.

By Charles Glover, Jr.

Gladys Knight has won multiple awards during her illustrious singing career and has been recognized for her humanitarian efforts and entrepreneurial success, but Tuesday June 9, was a first for Knight as the city of Atlanta named a street in her honor.

“Gladys Knight Highway” will not only stand as a testament to the success of the Georgia native, but also serve as a reminder of Knight’s presence in the first place she called home and immortalized in her hit song “Midnight Train to Georgia.”

Knight (c) is surrounded by the numerous city officials that supported the bill that allowed for the street to be named in honor of Knight.

Entertainer Gladys Knight (c) is surrounded by the numerous city officials who supported the bill that allowed for the street to be named in her honor.

“I am most happy for all of us, all of you. When you ride down the street and see my name, have some pride in it to know that you have a piece of it, ” Knight said in accepting the award.

A number of invited guests and media gathered at the Georgia State Capitol building to witness the unveiling of the street named in Knight’s honor. Among those gathered were members of the state Senate, which unanimously passed the bill that would name State Route 9 from Peachtree Street to 14th Street Gladys Knight Highway.

Knight poses with state Senator Donzella James.

Singer Gladys Knight poses with state Senator Donzella James.

Senator Donzella James, describing the inspiration for the event, said that her late husband Elmo was a huge fan of Gladys Knight and the Pips and would surely “be smiling down from heaven right now.” Senator James said that it was important for Knight to be able to enjoy her honor rather than have the dedication posthumously, as is often the case.

Other public officials, including Lieutenant Governor Casey Cagle, offered warm memories on the impact Knight’s music and other ventures have had on the state of Georgia and Atlanta specifically.

Knight poses with some of her family that joined in her celebration, her cousin James (c) and her brother Bubba (r).

Gladys Knight poses with some of her family members who joined in the celebration, her cousin James (c) and her brother Bubba (r).

Knight was joined by many family members as she received the rare honor. Among the many who were able to attend were her brother Merald “Bubba” Knight, and cousin whose nickname will forever be associated with Gladys Knight, James “Pip” Woods.

Bubba and Knight’s son Shanga Hankerson spoke at the welcoming ceremony. Hankerson is the manager of Gladys Knight Chicken and Waffles restaurants.

Knight displays the street sign bearing her name while standing with her husband William McDowell.

Gladys Knight displays the street sign bearing her name while standing with her husband William McDowell.

While Knight was surrounded by siblings, children, and extended family, she was supported during the entire ceremony by her proud husband, William McDowell.

“I might be biased, but I do believe my wife deserves this honor,” a beaming McDowell stated.

The street-naming recognizes Knight as a celebrated and accomplished daughter of Atlanta, Georgia.–OnPointPress.net–

Charles Glover, Jr. is a Licensed Insurance Agent at HealthMarkets. Follow me @GloverIsGood on Twitter.com.

Caribbean organization, CSF, appeals for sponsorship of STEM students

 

Caribbean students participating in SPISE program.

Caribbean students participating in SPISE program.

Carmen Glover

The ability for some students to participate in an annual immersion program, scheduled for July 18 to August 15 at the Barbados campus of the University of the West Indies, is in jeopardy, according to a letter from Cardinal Warde, MIT professor and interim executive director of the Caribbean Science Foundation (CSF). The immersion program is geared towards Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) careers  In an effort to generate support for the students who cannot afford to participate in the program, Warde made an email appeal for sponsorship. The edited email appears below:

“Each summer the Caribbean Science Foundation CSF) offers the Student Program for Innovation in Science and Engineering (SPISE) to the most gifted 16 and 17- year- old Caribbean students who are interested in pursuing careers in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) disciplines. The goal of SPISE is to groom these youngsters to become the next generation of high-tech science and engineering leaders and entrepreneurs in the region.

Caribbean Science Foundation's logo.

Caribbean Science Foundation’s logo.

“The long-term overall goal of the CSF is to help diversify the economies of the region by stimulating more technology-based entrepreneurship, creating more high paying jobs, and thereby raising the standard of living of the people. SPISE uses the facilities of the campus of the University of the West Indies (UWI), Cave Hill, Barbados. Key important partners for SPISE are the UWI – Cave Hill Campus, and the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC).

The purpose of this e-mail is to solicit a contribution in support of the five remaining students who are currently wait-listed for admission into the 2015 SPISE. This year we have capacity to serve 20 students. Fifteen students have already been fully sponsored into the 2015 SPISE, thanks to generous contributions so far from this year’s sponsors. The  five unfunded students are from Jamaica, Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, St. Kitts & Nevis and Grenada.

Participants in the SPISE immersion workshop.

Participants in the SPISE immersion workshop.

 

“The full cost of sponsorship for one student is US$ 6,000 plus round trip air travel to Barbados. With full sponsorship, we brand the student as the SPISE 2015 scholar of his/her sponsor.”

Online contributions can be made by credit card at the CSF Website (via CADSTI) at http://caribbeanscience.org/donation/. Checks made payable in US dollars or Barbados dollars to the Caribbean Science Foundation may be mailed to Caribbean Science Foundation, CARICOM Research Building, UWI Cave Hill Campus, St. Michael, Barbados, West indies By wire to: Bank Name: BANK OF NOVA SCOTIA
SWIFT Code: NOSCBBBB, Bank Key (bank + branch code): BANK OF NOVA SCOTIA (40055), Bank Address: Broad Street, Bridgetown, Barbados, Account Name: Caribbean Science Foundation, Account Number: 9013083.

SPISE participants.

SPISE participants.

SPISE is modeled after the well-known and highly successful MITES program at MIT (http://web.mit.edu/mites/) for which Professor Cardinal Warde also serves as the Faculty Director.  Please view the video, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=75UUowD7-oM, from SPISE 2012 to capture the real spirit of SPISE. More specifics about SPISE can be found at http://caribbeanscience.org/projects/spise.php. The CSF Website is http://caribbeanscience.org.

For more information about sponsorship, opportunities please contact Professor Cardinal Warde, Interim Executive Director of CSF at warde.csf@gmail.com, Tel. 617-699-1281–OnPointPress.net.

 

 

Transcript of Sepp Blatter’s resignation gives important clues about future

Sepp Blatter announced that he will resign after arranging special committee of potential individuals who will run to lead the organization. His resignation is expected to take effect by the end of 2015 or early 2016.

Sepp Blatter announced that he will resign after arranging special committee of potential individuals who will run to lead the organization. His resignation is expected to take effect by the end of 2015 or early 2016.

By Carmen Glover

Although FIFA president Sepp Blatter announced on Tuesday, June 2 that he plans to resign, amid reports by the New York Times that he is the focus of a joint investigation by the FBI and Swedish officials for corruption, his resignation statement offers important clues about his view point of his legacy. The full transcript appears below:

“I  have been reflecting deeply about my presidency and about the forty years in which my life has been inextricably bound to Fifa and the great sport of football.
I cherish Fifa more than anything and I want to do only what is best for Fifa and for football. I felt compelled to stand for re-election, as I believed that this was the best thing for the organization. That election is over but Fifa’s challenges are not. Fifa needs a profound overhaul.

US informant Charles Blazer in happier times with FIFA President Sepp Blatter.

US informant Charles Blazer in happier times with FIFA President Sepp Blatter.

“While I have a mandate from the membership of Fifa, I do not feel that I have a mandate from the entire world of football – the fans, the players, the clubs, the people who live, breathe and love football as much as we all do at Fifa. Therefore, I have decided to lay down my mandate at an extraordinary elective Congress. I will continue to exercise my functions as Fifa President until that election.

Football (soccer to some), used to play the beautiful game.

Football (soccer to some), used to play the beautiful game.

“The next ordinary Fifa Congress will take place on 13 May 2016 in Mexico City.
This would create unnecessary delay and I will urge the Executive Committee to organize an Extraordinary Congress for the election of my successor at the earliest opportunity. This will need to be done in line with Fifa’s statutes and we must allow enough time for the best candidates to present themselves and to campaign.
“Since I shall not be a candidate, and am therefore now free from the constraints that elections inevitably impose, I shall be able to focus on driving far-reaching, fundamental reforms that transcend our previous efforts. For years, we have worked hard to put in place administrative reforms, but it is plain to me that while these must continue, they are not enough.

In Qatar, migrant workers have died at a rate of more than one per day, according to reports, as they prepare for the World Cup.

In Qatar, migrant workers have died at a rate of more than one per day, according to reports, as they prepare for the World Cup.

“The Executive Committee includes representatives of confederations over whom we have no control, but for whose actions Fifa is held responsible. We need deep-rooted structural change. The size of the Executive Committee must be reduced and its members should be elected through the Fifa Congress. The integrity checks for all Executive Committee members must be organized centrally through Fifa and not through the confederations. We need term limits not only for the president but for all members of the Executive Committee.

“I have fought for these changes before and, as everyone knows, my efforts have been blocked. This time, I will succeed. I cannot do this alone. I have asked Domenico Scala to oversee the introduction and implementation of these and other measures. Mr. Scala is the Independent Chairman of our Audit and Compliance Committee elected by the Fifa Congress. He is also the Chairman of the ad hoc Electoral Committee and, as such, he will oversee the election of my successor. Mr. Scala enjoys the confidence of a wide range of constituents within and outside of Fifa and has all the knowledge and experience necessary to help tackle these major reforms.

fifa world cup trophy

FIFA World Cup trophy

“It is my deep care for Fifa and its interests, which I hold very dear, that has led me to take this decision. I would like to thank those who have always supported me in a constructive and loyal manner as President of Fifa and who have done so much for the game that we all love. What matters to me more than anything is that when all of this is over, football is the winner.”–OnPointPress.net