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All-Star game marks latest milestone for Michael Jordan

first_img‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes But Peterson never saw this coming: His roommate becoming an NBA owner and hosting the league’s All-Star game in his home state of North Carolina.“You know, staring across the dorm room at him back then, no, I never would have thought this would happen,” Peterson told The Associated Press.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesJordan didn’t either.“Frankly, no,” Jordan said Tuesday in a news conference previewing the All-Star game. “Growing back up as a kid here in North Carolina, the first thing is play basketball. Then things just evolved from there.” Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants His Hornets have yet to win a playoff series since he took over as majority owner nine years ago and they remain mired in NBA mediocrity while struggling to compete in a small market.But Jordan wants to change any negative perceptions of the Hornets or of Charlotte. It’s one reason he aggressively pursued the All-Star game, hoping the showcase will help attract marquee players in the future. He said Kemba Walker being an All-Star game starter also helps.“It’s an illustration of the type of players we are trying to draft and grow from within,” Jordan said. “So from a Hornets standpoint, that is on display this week. We have a lot of work to do and choices to be made to get to that (championship) level, but it starts with the presentation of what the city is all about — for other people to see and understand that this may be a small market but it is a unique city to be in, and that the fan base tremendously comes out and supports the game.”Dell Curry is expecting Jordan to go all-out for this weekend’s festivities.“He’s excited for the NBA to come to his home state and play in the building of the team he owns,” said Curry, the Hornets color commentator and former NBA player. “So he is going to roll out the red carpet. He only knows one way to do it, and that is big time.”Jordan’s is known to embrace a challenge.On the court, after not being able to make his school varsity as a sophomore, Jordan went on to become a two-time All-American, NCAA champion and the national college player of the year in 1984. He is a two-time Olympic gold medalist and won three straight NBA titles — and after a stint in minor league baseball — returned to the league and won three more.Off the court, Jordan marketed his on-court success into a fortune.“He has always had incredible determination — always,” said Fred Lynch, Jordan’s former junior varsity basketball coach at Wilmington’s Laney High School.Michael Jordan’s older brother, James Jordan Jr., said it comes from their parents. He describes Michael as a “country boy” who never lost sight of his work ethic. He was the youngest of the three boys who relished a challenge, and James Jr. said their parents, James Sr. and Deloris Jordan, always taught the boys to go after their dreams.“Our parents taught us that you can achieve anything you want, but you have to have drive, that motivation — and you have to work hard at it,” said James Jordan Jr., who now works as an executive for the Hornets after spending 31 years in the military.Jordan changed the shoe game when Nike created Air Jordan, which he later spun off into the Jordan Brand.Now, when fans see the Jumpman logo, they think of Jordan.“I think it was easy to envision Michael doing anything at that point,” said former Chicago Bulls teammate Steve Kerr. “He was conquering the NBA world as a player and as a shoe salesman and endorser, so I think we all just felt like the sky was the limit.”Forbes Magazine estimated Jordan’s net worth in 2018 at $1.6 billion and Hornets president Fred Whitfield said he anticipates the All-Star game will have a $100 million economic impact on Charlotte.It should all make for an entertaining weekend.“I think when it’s all over,” James Jordan said of his brother, “he will sit back and relax and maybe smoke a cigar and say ‘that was a great event,’ and just be really proud of himself that he made it happen.” Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town MOST READcenter_img LATEST STORIES Trae Young leads Hawks past LeBron James, Lakers Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Charlotte Hornets owner Michael Jordan speaks to the media about hosting the NBA All-Star basketball game during a news conference in Charlotte, N.C., Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Buzz Peterson knew Michael Jordan as well as anyone when they were in college.Roommates and teammates at North Carolina, they spent countless days competing on the basketball court in practice and endless hours talking hoops. Their nights often included shooting pool and tossing cards in their Granville Towers South dorm room. There often were arcade games — before the home video game craze hit — at the Pump House on Franklin Street in downtown Chapel Hill.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes While maybe unexpected, Peterson said he isn’t shocked by what Jordan has achieved.“Michael has always been very sharp, very smart,” said Peterson, now an assistant general manager for Jordan’s Charlotte Hornets. “He’s a very good listener. He gathers information and opinions and then makes decisions. And once he makes the decision to go after something, he goes all out. He is absolutely driven to be successful in whatever he chooses.”The All-Star game will be played on Sunday — Jordan’s 56th birthday.“It’s a constant reminder that I am getting old,” Jordan joked. “The All-Star game is always around my birthday and I wish it could be postponed a week.”The only thing seemingly that has eluded Jordan is ultimate success as an executive and team owner.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

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BSJ Restructures Operations

first_img “With the changes, the BSJ will be able to facilitate business growth and efficiency through the application of standards and quality practices. This is in line with international best practices,” he shared. The Bureau of Standards Jamaica (BSJ) has restructured its operations from an inspection and enforcement agency to a trade facilitator and business enabler.Speaking at a JIS ‘Think Tank’, today (June 7), Executive Director of the BSJ, Stephen Wedderburn, said the restructuring will see the National Compliance and Regulatory Agency (NCRA) taking on the regulatory arm of the Bureau, and the BSJ will drive standards development.“With the changes, the BSJ will be able to facilitate business growth and efficiency through the application of standards and quality practices. This is in line with international best practices,” he shared.Mr. Wedderburn said the repositioned Bureau will also assist businesses through the development, promotion and use of standards.He further noted that training, testing, label assessment and calibration services, as well as certification through the NCRA will be added functions to support the new directive of the agency.The Executive Director noted that the refocused roles of the BSJ should see significant benefits to the local business community, adding that the use of standards is an important tool for increasing innovation, quality, consistency and business competitiveness.He further encouraged businesses to take advantage of the Bureau’s new thrust to guide companies in becoming standard-bearers in the industry.Mr. Wedderburn explained that separation of the functions was necessary for the country’s compliance with international considerations of the World Trade Organization (WTO) Technical Barriers to Trade Agreement.“The BSJ was once seen as the ‘policing agency’. Businesses would be reluctant to turn to the Bureau for help to improve their quality practices. The new move will see us helping businesses to understand standards and how to integrate these best practices in their operations,” he noted.For his part, Director in the Science and Technology Division at the BSJ, Dr. Dwight Ramdon, said the rebranded BSJ will focus on the scientific and engineering laboratories.He said the BSJ will be more responsive to the needs of the various industries that it serves.“We want to drive this change in the mindset of Jamaicans, starting with the staff of the BSJ who focus on service and support to businesses rather than regulations,” the Director said. The Bureau of Standards Jamaica (BSJ) has restructured its operations from an inspection and enforcement agency to a trade facilitator and business enabler. Speaking at a JIS ‘Think Tank’, today (June 7), Executive Director of the BSJ, Stephen Wedderburn, said the restructuring will see the National Compliance and Regulatory Agency (NCRA) taking on the regulatory arm of the Bureau, and the BSJ will drive standards development. Story Highlightslast_img read more

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