Mariana Kovacevic will not be part of the Ghana delegation at the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations.The Serbian traditional healer has been part of the Black Stars set up for recent tournaments as an auxiliary medical staff.Koavcevic is renowned for her specialized horse placenta treatement which accelerates the recovery of injured athletes.She was first brought on board for the 2010 World Cup after being introduced by ex Ghana coach and compatriot Milovan Rajevac.It was based on her excellent works in South Africa – notably for getting influential Kevin-Prince Boateng fit for matches after suffering several knocks – that she was again contracted for the Nations Cup in Gabon and Equatorial Guinea.Kovacevic remarkably got Asamoah Gyan fit for the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations after a four-hour session when the Al Ain striker was originally ruled out for up to a month with a hamstring injury. She has also been credited for the accelerated recovery of Yossi Benayoun, Nigel De Jong, Vincent Kompany, Pablo Zabaleta and Robin Van Persie in the past.The Black Stars’ medical team led by Dr. Adam Baba have however decided the Serb’s services will not be required for the 2013 AFCON which kicks off on January 19.Ghana is drawn in Group B which will be based in Port Elizabeth alongside Mali, Niger and DR Congo.The Black Stars open their bid to end a 31-year wait for an African title against the Congolese on January 20 at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium.
The league’s lockout has stretched on for more than 100 days, causing the cancellation of the first two weeks of the season and threatening to derail the entire year.“The NBA’s infamously egocentric commissioner seems more hell-bent lately on demeaning the players than solving his game’s labor impasse,” Gumbel said on the show. “Stern’s version of what has been going on behind closed doors has of course been disputed, but his efforts were typical of a commissioner who has always seemed eager to be viewed as some kind of modern plantation overseer, treating NBA men as if they were his boys.”Shaun Powell, commentator for ESPNNewYork.com, criticized Gumbel’s claims, saying Stern is the “the last person” that should be given such a label.“So let’s get this straight: The only commissioner in sports who constantly pushed for and finally secured Black ownership within his league is somehow linked to a slave master?” Powell wrote. “David Stern, who made more Black men rich than anyone in history, lives in the Big House?”Gumbel has a history of stirring up controversy. In 2006, he made headlines when he criticized a lack of diversity at the Winter Olympics.“Try not to laugh when someone says these are the world’s greatest athletes, despite a paucity of Blacks that makes the Winter Games look like a GOP convention,” he said.(Reprinted from the Afro American) (NNPA)—Bryant Gumbel, host of HBO’s “Real Sports” lashed out at NBA Commissioner David Stern for his treatment of players during the league’s ongoing lockout.According to NBC New York, Gumbel spoke out against Stern during the closing commentary of the Oct. 18 show, blaming Stern for the NBA’s current woes. BRYANT GUMBEL
Facebook0Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Olympic National ForestWith the drought and wildfires continuing to tap firefighting resources in the Northwest, managers on the Olympic National Forest have re-visited the need for additional campfire restrictions.Campfires continue to be prohibited in dispersed back country sites, as well as Lena Lake, Elkhorn, Campbell Tree Grove, and Littleton Horse Camp Campgrounds.Campfires will, additionally, be prohibited in at the Klahanie Campground and Seal Rock Campground.The Klahanie Campground is an unstaffed campground on the west side of the Peninsula, east of Forks. It is semi-remote off the beaten path without cell phone coverage. Combined with the existing vegetation, a fire start in this area could quickly spread without prompt notification and action.The Seal Rock Campground is on the east side of the Peninsula, south of Quilcene. Although accessible from Highway 101, local emergency response could be untimely if a fire start is driven by winds from the Hood Canal. This is a particular concern for the adjacent homeowners. This restriction will also align with that of the neighboring Dosewallips State Park.Where not prohibited, campfires are only allowed in Forest Service installed metal fire rings within Forest Service campgrounds. Campfire must be kept inside the metal ring with flames not more than 12 inches above the rim of the fire ring.These restrictions will remain in place until rescinded, after substantial and prolonged moisture.For more information contact Evelyn Morgan, Prevention, Olympic National Forest, 606-776-0604.