Jordan Brand Is Going Big on Bold Colorways and Adaptive Tech for the New ‘Fearless Ones’ Collection – Esquire

The Air Jordan 1 is...well, it's the "one." The one that helped launch modern sneaker as we know it, and the one that history has proven to be among the most timeless and versatile sneakers ever created. And from the many original releases in 1985 to countless retro variations and colorways since, the Air Jordan 1 is just as popular as ever. It's the shoe that still excites longtime collectorsand the reason many start collecting sneakers in the first place. It is, in short, an icon.

This holiday season, Jordan Brand celebrates the power and impact of the Air Jordan 1 franchise through a collection of new interpretations, colorways, and collaborations. Most of them are familiar, from OG retro highs (the AJ1 lover's favorite) to mids, lows, and KOs. But there's also something genuinely new in the mix: The Jordan 1 is the first product from the brand to feature Nike FlyEase technology. FlyEase was originally launched in 2012 to help those with disabilities easily get in and out of their shoes. And now the AJ1 High FlyEase will add the benefit of easy entry while staying true to the silhouette's OG looks.

That's not all, of course. The Air Jordan 1 family is growing in a big way this holiday season. Here's a closer look at what's coming.

It'll be the first-ever Jordan to feature a zipper-and-strap FlyEase System for easy, one-handed heel entry and exit, plus an adjustable eyestay hook and loop for top entry.

This version pays tribute to MJs basketball journey by combining the UNC and Bulls colors on a patent leather upper.

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Features a textured upper with metallic rose gold panels and a Fearless Ones branded insole. (Available 10/22.)

An iridescent upper means the color shifts with the light. Its also equipped with full-length Zoom Air for superior cushioning, plus an icy outsole.

Designed in collaboration with LA-based artist Blue the Great, this pair showcases his love for primary colors on a suede and corduroy upper with his BTG signature on the heel. Even though AJ1 mids are divisive, these are some of the best sneakers in the holiday collection.

This pair is the most unexpected in the bunch. Featuring bright pops of pink and Nike's React foam for cushioning, it's created in collaboration with the culinary collective Ghetto Gastro.

Japanese brand FACETASM's take on the AJ1 is inspired by the city of Tokyospecifically its expressive nature and bold style choices. The upper features crinkled leather, a signature look from FACETASM.

The uppers are covered with African-inspired design cues, a nod to the routes of the founder of Parisian lifestyle brand Maison Chteau Rouge. The result is a playful and exciting colorway.

The bright uppers sit atop a midsole with a hand-lettered quote reading, "If you knew what you had was rare, you would never waste it." It all comes courtesy of L.A.-based designer Melody Ehsani.

Clot founder Edison Chen dropped a fadeaway Swoosh on the woven nylon upper of this AJ1. It's a very simple and clean colourway packed with subtle details.

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Also Known As Shattered Backboard 3.0, this shoe has been getting a lot of negative feedback online before the release. Although, most of us (including myself) wanted the leather from the Shattered Backboard 1.0 along with this color blocking, I have to say: These shoes are much better in person. The crinkled patent leather upper may be hinting at the idea of shattered glassbut that's not official. (Available 10/26.)

A new take on the black-and-red colorway, perhaps the Jordan 1's most iconic. The red piping throughoutdesigned to highlight the iconic AJ1 silhouetteis super refreshing.

Done up in black leather and finished with bright red stitching, this AJ1 mid throws it back to the mid '90s for inspiration. Specifically, it's an homage to the classic Jordan campaign that asked, "Who said man was not meant to fly?"

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Jordan urged to stop imprisoning women for defying the wishes of men – The Guardian

Amnesty International has called on Jordan to end what it has described as an abusive system that jails women if they disobey their male guardians or have relationships deemed inappropriate.

Despite recent efforts to give women better protections, Amnesty said in a new report published on Wednesday that Jordan still allows the arbitrary detention of women, including when male family members usually fathers or brothers complain to the authorities that they have been absent without permission.

Under the male guardianship system, which Amnesty said is at the centre of a web of discriminatory provisions, men are empowered to control womens lives and limit their personal freedoms, while women could be subjected to degrading practices such as virginity tests, aimed at determining whether theyve had sex outside marriage.

The report accuses the Jordanian state of applying coercive and penal power to reinforce male guardianship, effectively colluding with male guardians to ensure male control over women.

Women can also be forcibly separated from their children if their babies are seen as illegal, when they are the result of an unsanctioned relationship. In Jordan, women require permission from a male guardian to get married if they are under 30 and sex outside marriage is punishable by up to three years in prison.

Similar practices are prevalent across the Middle East, but Amnestys 64-page report which interviewed 121 people, including women held in Juwaideh prison, the countrys main womens jail shows they are also taking place in Jordan, billed as a relatively safe and friendly country in an otherwise volatile region.

In 2017, Jordan joined an increasing number of Arab countries in scrapping laws that allowed rapists to escape punishment provided they marry their victims.

Amnesty said the country has in recent years carried out a number of reforms, including opening the Dar Amneh safety house for women at risk in July 2018, but the authorities continue to misuse the 1954 crime prevention law.

Imprisoning women for defying male authority amounts to a violation of their human rights, said the report.

Subjecting women to humiliating virginity tests was akin to torture.

The biggest punishment of all is saved for women who become pregnant outside of marriage the state sanctioned theft of their child, said the report.

I got pregnant and tried to marry the man. But the marriage wasnt approved because I have no guardian

Testimonies provided by Amnesty showed those jailed were, in many cases, fleeing abusive environments.

Sawsan (not her real name) was jailed for more than a year simply for fleeing her abusive father, according to Amnesty. I was stopped on the street in Amman and the police asked me for my ID. I didnt have it, so they said I had to come to their station, but when I got there they found a warrant for my arrest because I was absent, she said. The two police officers there beat me I was taken to the governors deputy He said I would go to Juwaideh prison until my father bails me out.

Ola (not her real name) encountered problems after hospital staff called the police to report her for being pregnant outside marriage.

I got pregnant and tried to marry the man. But the marriage wasnt approved because I have no guardian, she said. My parents are dead, and I just have younger sisters, no brothers I went to hospital and gave birth. The hospital asked if I was married and I said: No, so then they called the police. Thats how I ended up here.

Heba Morayef, Amnestys regional director for the Middle East and North Africa, said: Time has now come to end the detention and ill-treatment of women simply for disobeying their male guardian or transgressing gender norms.

The use of virginity tests by the police in Jordan reinforces a discriminatory idea that male family members have a right to monitor and control womens sexuality. Such unlawful practices must end in all circumstances.

Sadly, we have documented several cases of unmarried women who became pregnant as a result of rape, who were then imprisoned, forcibly separated from their child, or denied birth registration.

The office of the Jordanian prime minister told Amnesty that as many as 149 women are in prison for different reasons, but insisted there is no case where women have been apprehended for being absent from home without their guardians permission, unless this is combined with a complaint about committing a crime or an offence.

Hanan (not her real name), a woman aged almost 20, was also jailed for fleeing an abusive home alongside her sister. Every time we ran away, when we were arrested the police would take us to the hospital and my father would insist that they do the virginity tests on [us], she said. Family Protection [police] made it very clear anyway, if our father asks us to do the test, we have to do it. It is his right.

At least 85 women have been held in administrative detention so far this year for sex outside marriage to ensure their protection, the prime ministers office said, claiming that the majority had been released.

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The Air Jordan 1 Fearless Ones Collection Has Something For Everybody – Hip-Hop Wired

Though many painful Ls have been handed out by Jordan over his NBA career, none hurt fans more than the ones they hold whenever they miss out on exclusive Jordan releases and while 2019 has already sent many a sneakerhead home empty handed, prepare for more heartache as Jordan brand has more heat coming down the pike.This holiday season will see a bevy of new iterations of the classic Air Jordan 1 silhouette and though none of them have a Cactus Jack emblem stitched on them best believe theyll be a problem to copp when they drop.

The Jordan Fearless Ones collection is comprised of a gang of remixed versions of the Air Jordan 1s that have been created not just for men, but exclusives for women and children that men will also buy and try to pull off on their person.

As per Jordan Brand, the Fearless Ones collection follows this theme by highlighting communities,collaborators (cultural leaders from across the globe whoinspire people to reach new heights in their respective fields)and illuminating stories connected to MJsintrepid drive.

From LAs own Blue The Greats colorful vision in the Air Jordan 1 Mid SE Fearless to CLOT founder Edison Chens grey nylon woven based own AJ 1 Mid SE Fearless, the creations are a sight to behold and resellers cant wait to make a pretty penny off the limited stock once they get their hands on them.

Check out the collection below and let us know which ones will be on your radar once they drop throughout the remainder of 2019.

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How to Get the Shattered Backboard 3.0 Air Jordan 1 Thats Expected to Sell Out Fast – Footwear News

The Air Jordan 1 model remains one of the more popular silhouettes in recent memory, and the latest style draws inspiration from an unlikely source.

Unofficially known as the Shattered Backboard, this latest iteration of the Air Jordan 1 features new black and orange color blocking thats given a premium crinkled textured leather upper to mimic a worn-in look. The shoe features a cream-colored midsole that gives it a vintage appearance.

The Shattered Backboard colorway is inspired by the colorful uniform that Michael Jordan wore during a Nike basketball exhibition game in 1985 in Italy, where he literally shattered the glass on a backboard during a dunk.

The shoe will be released Saturday on the Nike SNKRS app as well as at select Jordan Brand stores for a retail price of $160. Fans will need to be quick to secure the sneakers because pairs are already going for upwards of $979 on the resell store Stadium Goods.

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The medial side of the Air Jordan 1 Retro High OG Shattered Backboard 3.0.


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25 years on, remembering the path to peace for Jordan and Israel – Brookings Institution

The 1990s were a decade of intensive peace process negotiations between Israel and its Arab neighbors. In Madrid and Oslo and Shepherdstown and Camp David, two American presidents tried to bring peace to the Middle East.

In the end it was mostly a failure, with one exception: the Jordan-Israel peace treaty of October 26, 1993. Twenty-five years ago, the treaty was signed in the Wadi Arava along the border between the two countries with President Bill Clinton as the witness. It has endured because it has strategic value to both countries and the United States.

The treaty is very much a derivative of the Oslo process. When the secret talks between Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) were divulged in 1993, Jordans King Hussein felt betrayed. For years he had been secretly meeting with the Israelis to broker peace; now he discovered that they were secretly meeting with the Palestinians and making a deal without consulting him. The PLO, fellow Arabs, had not consulted the king either. He was devastated.

I was in Aqaba when Clinton hosted the now iconic handshake at the White House between Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and PLO leader Yasser Arafat. The mood in the palace was grim. Clinton had sent me and a team of experts to assess Jordanian compliance with the United Nations sanctions on Iraq. Jordans tilt toward Iraq in the 1990 Kuwait crisis had poisoned American-Jordanian relations. Aid had been stopped, military support and logistics cut off, and the Jordanians only port at Aqaba was under quarantine to check for traffic transiting to Iraq via Jordan. The new administration wanted to see if the page could be turned on Iraq and the U.S. relationship with Jordan restored to normal. I visited the border crossing to see if the Jordanians were actually ensuring only U.N.-approved humanitarian goods were entering Iraq.

In September 1993, Rabin secretly came across the border from Eilat to Aqaba to address King Husseins concerns and assure the Jordanians that they would be kept informed about the future of the Oslo process. The meeting was arranged by Efraim Halevy, the deputy director of the Israeli intelligence service, the Mossad. Hussein had been dealing with the Mossad and Halevy for years as a trusted clandestine back-channel. He would be a key player in the treatys consummation.

Jordan would not be alone.

Gradually over the fall and winter of 1993-94, King Hussein and his brother Crown Prince Hassan bin Talal recognized that the Israeli-Palestinian talks were actually an excellent opportunity for Jordan. Hassan was to be the kings closest advisor in the talks with Rabin and Halevy. Jordan had long held back from a peace treaty with Israel because it did not want to get in front of the Palestinians. It did not want a separate treaty with Israel, like President Anwar Sadat had done for Egypt. But now Arafat was engaging in direct talks with the Israelis to make a peace agreement: Jordan would not be alone. Even the Syrians were engaging with Israel via the Americans. Jordan was free to negotiate a peace treaty with Israel after decades of clandestine contacts begun by Husseins grandfather King Abdullah without fear of a backlash from the other Arabs.

Moreover, the negotiation of a peace treaty with Israel would also open the way for a rapid restoration of ties with Washington. Clinton supported the peace process enthusiastically. A Jordanian treaty would get his support and help him sell the revival of bilateral relations with Jordan to Americans still angry over the Iraq war, especially in Congress. The king still did not truly grasp how badly his ties to Saddam Hussein had tarnished his image with the Americans.

In April 1994, King Hussein sent for Halevy to come across the Jordan River for another secret meeting. The king told him that he was ready to go for a peace treaty and engage in direct talks to settle the borders and all other issues. He wanted to move quickly. He also wanted Israeli help with Washington to restore relations, including the resumption of military aid and spare parts as well as delivery of a squadron of F-16 jet fighters for the Royal Jordanian Air Force.

The king also had tight constraints on how he wanted the negotiations to proceed. The Americans would not be in the room and not mediate the talks. Jordan and Israel would keep the Americans informed, but the king did not want Washington using its leverage in a negotiation process given the Americans closer ties to Israel.

He also wanted Halevy as the principal Israeli negotiator. Israeli Foreign Minister Shimon Peres was to be excluded from the talks. Hussein had bitter experience with Peres and believed he was a publicity seeker who could not keep a secret. Hussein was particularly upset that Peres could not deliver Israeli support for a secret agreement the two had signed in London in 1987. He also was well aware that Rabin and Peres were rivals.

It was an extraordinary message for the Mossad officer to deliver to Rabin. The timing was also bad: Two terrible terrorist attacks had just occurred in Israel. Some were erroneously blaming Jordan for harboring the terrorists leaders. But Rabin had met with the king secretly for almost two decades, and he was impressed by the message. The first round of talks began.

The Rabin-Hussein relationship was crucial to the success of the negotiations. Both trusted the other. Hussein saw Rabin as a military man who had the security issues under his command. He was convinced that he had a unique opportunity to get a peace treaty and Rabin was central to the opening.

The king also saw the negotiation process as almost more of a religious experience than a diplomatic solution to the passions of the Arab-Israeli conflict.

The king also saw the negotiation process as almost more of a religious experience than a diplomatic solution to the passions of the Arab-Israeli conflict. He spoke movingly of restoring peace between the children of Abraham. He wanted a warm peace, not the cold peace between Egypt and Israel.

Jerusalem was also a core issue for the Hashemite family. Despite losing physical control of East Jerusalem in 1967, the king had retained influence in the Muslim institutions that administered the holy sites in the city. The preservation of Jordans role in the administration of the third holiest city of Islam was a very high priority of Hussein then, and still is for his son King Abdullah today. In another secret meeting in May 1994, in the kings home in London, Rabin assured the king that Israel would abide by the Hashemite link to the city. It would be explicitly mentioned in the treatys article 9. It was the crucial breakthrough.

In Washington, the Clinton administration closely monitored the progress in the Jordanian track. Initially there was some skepticism that Hussein was really prepared for a treaty; he had held back before. Also, the king preferred to talk to the Americans through the Central Intelligence Agency rather than the State Department. Halevy, too, was more comfortable with the CIA. As the national intelligence officer for the Near East and South Asia back at the CIA, I found that I was better informed on the process than my colleagues in Foggy Bottom, often knowing the latest sooner than they.

In June, King Hussein came to Washington to tell Clinton exactly the progress made and lobby for resuming aid. He asked Rabin to send Halevy to help behind the scenes. The Jordanians provided the White House with a detailed and lengthy memorandum on the bilateral issues they wanted addressed.

On June 22, the king meet with the president. Clinton had studied the Jordanian wish list carefully. The top priority was for debt forgiveness, amounting to $700 million dollars. Clinton told Hussein that this would be a tough lift on Capitol Hill. If Hussein would meet Rabin at a public ceremony in the White House hosted by the president, Clinton said he could get the debt relief and progress on Jordans other requests.

The king told his aides that this was the best meeting he had had with an American president since his first with Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1959. On July 9, the king told the Jordanian parliament that it was time for an end to the state of war with Israel and for a public meeting with the Israeli leadership. He wanted the meeting to take place in the region.

The Americans wanted it in Washington. They were dangling fulfillment of Jordans wish list but wanted the dramatic public pictures to be in their capital. Hussein reluctantly agreed. The Jordanian and Israeli peace teams met publicly on the border to start the rollout, followed by a foreign ministers meeting at the Dead Sea in Jordan a way to bring Peres into the photo op but not the negotiations.

Those went on behind the scenes to craft a document laying out the principals that would frame the treaty. The Washington Declaration was very closely held. The Americans got a copy only on the night before the White House ceremony.

On July 25, 1994, Clinton read the declaration on the White House lawn and Rabin and Hussein signed it. It terminated the state of war. Israel formally undertook to respect the special role of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan in the Muslim holy shrines in Jerusalem. All three gave speeches, but the kings address got the most attention. His speech included a clear and unqualified statement that the state of war was over. He spoke of the realization of peace as the fulfillment of his life-long dream.

At the banquet that night, Clinton spoke of the kings extraordinary courage in pursuit of peace. He compared him to his grandfather, who had been assassinated for his talks with Israel. Hussein had witnessed King Abdullahs murder first-hand and had just narrowly escaped death himself in fact, the assassins bullet ricocheted off a medal his grandfather had insisted he wear that day. Hussein was visibly moved.

The next day, Rabin and Hussein addressed a joint session of Congress. Hussein spoke about his grandfathers commitment to peace. I have pledged my life to fulfilling his dream. Both received standing ovations. Behind the scenes, Halevy was lobbying Congress for debt relief. He returned to the region on the royal aircraft with the king and queen.

The kings jet was given clearance to overfly Israel en route to Amman, one of the agreements in the Washington Declaration. He was escorted by Israeli F-15 fighters. The aircraft flew over Jerusalem and circled it several times at 1,000 feet. It was the first time Hussein had looked at the city since 1967. The queen said it was a deeply moving moment, especially as they looked down at the Dome of the Rock.

Three months of intense negotiations began to finalize a treaty. Teams from the two countries met every day, mostly at the crown princes house in Aqaba. Hassan supervised the day-to-day talks for his brother.

The toughest issues were land and water. In the years after the 1967 war, Israel had encroached on Jordans land south of the Dead Sea, taking 380 square kilometers of land, roughly the size of the Gaza Strip but mostly empty of people. On October 12, Rabin and Hussein reached agreement on a compromise that Hassan and Halevy had worked out. The border would be slightly adjusted, but the Jordanians would get back the land. Jordan would also get a generous increase in water from the Jordan Valley.

The final issues were addressed at another Rabin-Hussein summit meeting in Amman on the evening of October 16. The two leaders got down on their hands and knees to pour over a large map of the entire border from north to south and personally delineated the line. Two small areas got special treatment: Israel would lease the two areas from Jordan so Israeli farmers could continue access to their cultivation. By 4am, it was done.

On October 26, 1994, Clinton witnessed the signing of the treaty on the border by the prime ministers of Israel and Jordan. It was only the second visit to Jordan by a sitting American president. (Nixon had visited in 1974 in a desperate effort to avoid impeachment by highlighting his role in the Middle East after the October 1973 war.)

In Amman, demonstrators waved black flags to protest the treaty. Many Jordanians felt it was dishonorable to make peace with Israel while the occupation of the West Bank continued. Some argue that it legitimates the Israeli occupation. It has gotten progressively more unpopular in the 25 years since the signing ceremony.

Rabins assassination a year later removed Husseins partner in peace. He attended the funeral in Jerusalem, his first visit to the city since the 1967 war. Two years later, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu dispatched a Mossad hit team to Amman to poison a Hamas leader. The botched murder attempt created a crisis in the new peace, and Halevy had to be called back from his new job in Brussels as ambassador to the European Union to smooth out the disaster and get the Mossad team released. He would then be appointed the head of the Mossad.

The king sent Crown Prince Hassan to Washington to assess the damage. Clinton used his leverage to get the crisis resolved. Hussein never trusted or respected Netanyahu after it, and the peace has been cold ever since. It was a defining moment.

But Husseins strategic goal of restoring bilateral relations with the United States was achieved. In 1995, I accompanied Secretary of Defense William Perry to Amman where he announced the forthcoming delivery of a squadron of F-16s to Jordan. Perry called the country the lynchpin of the Middle East. Debt forgiveness was already done. And in December 1999, I traveled with Clinton and three former presidents to attend Husseins funeral in Amman in a strong demonstration of Americas commitment to Jordan.

The Trump administration has tilted dramatically toward Israel on all the issues that concern Jordanians about the future of the Palestinian issue, especially the status of Jerusalem. The movement of the American embassy to Jerusalem was a particularly important shock to the peace treaty. If Israel begins to annex parts of the West Bank, as Netanyahu has promised, the Jordanians will be in a corner. The treaty may be more endangered today than ever before.

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Official Images Of The Air Jordan 1 FlyEase – Sneaker News

First introduced by designer Tobie Hatfield in 2015 with the intention of assisting athletes of all ages and abilities perform better, the Nike FlyEase initiative is now transferring its energy to the Jumpman division as part of their recently unveiled the AJ1 Fearless collection. Fittingly dubbed the Air Jordan 1 FlyEase, this brand new silhouette sticks true to the original shape of the classic silhouette, but keeps its adaptive fit capabilities at the forefront. One-handed heel entries, zipper/strap lockdowns, and hook/loop entries all contribute to its innovative upgrades, in addition to a mid-foot overlay that tightens its constructions on the lateral side. An appropriate Chicago-themed color story is utilized on the rendition that will kick off this models launch and is arranged in similar fashion to the classic AJ1 Banned and Black Toe colorways. Mark your calendars for a November 1st release date, and enjoy an official look here below while you wait on their arrival.

Air Jordan 1 FlyEaseRelease Date: November 1st, 2019Style Code: CQ3835-001

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NBA 2K gives Jordan the nod in the never-ending GOAT debate – NBCSports.com

CHARLOTTE, N.C. --- Zach LaVine finally knocked down a 3-pointer, his only one of Wednesday night, pushing the Bulls ahead by 10 points with 6 minutes, 19 seconds left in the season opener.

The Bulls had rallied from a sluggish start, particularly at the defensive end, to take their second 10-point lead of the final quarter. Then, the wheels fell off.

The Hornets stormed back with a 15-1 run that featured all the elements that had defined the sluggish start---poor transition defense, lack of rotations to cover open 3-point shooters, more dribbling than passing offensively.

"We need to do a better job of executing down the stretch," coach Jim Boylen said. "When the ball sticks, were not as good a team. I thought the ball stuck a little bit at the end there. We gotta get good shots."

Consider this: The Bulls followed LaVine's 3-pointer with turnovers by LaVine and Coby White, who otherwise played well in his NBA debut with 17 points and seven asssists. Devonte Graham sank back-to-back 3-pointers around three point-blank misses by the Bulls, including Wendell Carter Jr.'s tip attempt of a missed driving layup by White. LaVine clanked two more 3-pointers. Otto Porter Jr. missed a 3-pointer. The Bulls inexplicably committed a shot-clock violation.

"We have to put the ball in our playmakers' hands," LaVine said. "I have to do a better job of commanding the ball, getting in pick-and-roll. Lauri had it going, put Lauri in the pick-and-roll. Spread them out. Were playing up and down. I think we got a little bit too happy because that was our first time really getting into the game and playing like that. Thats how we want to play. At that time of the game, we cant do that. We have to settle down. It really hurt us. We let them back into the game."

The Bulls slowed the bleeding by getting Markkanen to the line. He attempted six of his 10 free throws in the final 2 minutes, making five.But Dwayne Bacon sank the Hornets' franchise-record 23rd 3-pointer with 71 seconds remaining, which pushed their lead to four.

And then came the most curious decision of all. After Graham sank two free throws with 11.3 seconds left for a three-point lead, LaVine, with the Bulls out of timeouts, drove for a layup with 4.5 seconds left.

"I knew we were down by three. I was looking for the 3-pointer. Thats what I always look for," LaVine said. "Marvin Williams stepped out and they switched, so I knew there wasnt that much time left so I had to get something. I knew they werent going to foul me at the rim, and if they did it could have been an 'and-1' opportunity. Just trying to get something and then play the foul game."

Instead, the Hornets inbounded the ball to the backcourt and killed the clock. Ballgame.

Boylen confirmed he had called two plays during the previous timeout, giving LaVine the freedom to make the decision on whether to shoot a 3-pointer or attack the rim.

"I mean we had something called, but at that time youve got to create," LaVine said. "Itried to go out there and make a play, got what I could. Give us a chance at the end, like I said, to play the foul game, get a steal, something like that. Just something where well give ourselves a chance.

Instead, the Bulls came up short.

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The Air Jordan I ‘Fearless Ones’ Collection Is Here – Maxim

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Nike's Jordan Brand is releasing a new collection called Fearless Ones, featuring new interpretations of the iconic Air Jordan I with the first ever Air Jordan I High FlyEase.

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The Air Jordan I High FlyEase exemplifies the symbolic power of the AJI as a conduit for stories that share what it means to be fearless, Nike said in a statement.

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The sneaker upgrades the classic Air Jordan 1 silhouette by adding the new zipper and strap FlyEase System that helps you get the shoes on and off quickly. It also has an adjustable eyestay hook and loop for top entry.

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The rest of the Fearless Ones collection highlights communities, collaborators of cultural leaders around the world, and "illuminating stories connected to MJ's intrepid drive."

Air Jordan I Come Fly With Me

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From the collection, the Air Jordan I Come Fly With Me has a black leather upper and pays homage to a Jordan ad from the 90s that said Who said man was not meant to fly?

Air Jordan I Retro High Bloodline

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The Retro High Bloodline model has a black and white leather upper with red accents.

Air Jordan I High OG Black/Orange

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The Air Jordan I High OG Black/Orange has a black and orange shiny crinkled patent leather upper.

Air Jordan I High Zoom Fearless

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From the "Fearless Communities," the High Zoom Fearless model has an iridescent upper that shifts color in the light, and full-length Zoom Air cushioning for comfort.

Air Jordan I High OG Fearless

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The High OG Fearless is inspired by the first three Air Jordan 1 patent leather mid colorways, and honors Michael Jordan's basketball journey with a University Blue and Gym Red upper.

Air Jordan I Low React Fearless Ghetto Gastro

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The Air Jordan I Low React Fearless Ghetto Gastro was created in collaboration with culinary collective Ghetto Gastro.

Air Jordan I mid SE Fearless Blue the Great

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Designed in collaboration with L.A. based artist Blue the Great, the Air Jordan I mid SE Fearless Blue the Great features primary colors on a corduroy and suede upper.

Air Jordan I mid SE Fearless Facetasm

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The Air Jordan I mid SE Fearless Facetasm was created in collaboration with Japanese lifestyle brand FACETASM and has the brand's signature crinkled look on the upper.

Air Jordan I mid SE Fearless Maison Chateau

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Parisian lifestyle brand Maison Chateau Rouge helped create the Air Jordan I mid SE Fearless Maison Chateau, which has African-inspired details.

Air Jordan I mid SE Fearless Melody Ehsani

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Melody Ehsani, an LA-based designer, infused her signature style into the Air Jordan I mid SE Fearless Melody Ehsani which features a gold watch dubrae and hidden inspirational quotes on the shoe.

Air Jordan I mid SE Fearless Edison Chen

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The Air Jordan I mid SE Fearless Edison Chen was created in collaboration with CLOT founder Edison Chen, and has a nylon upper and fadeaway swoosh, as well as a Chinese token inspired design that spells "Jordan."

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Jim Jordan: impeachment inquiry has ‘finally reached a boiling point’ – Roll Call

Several House Republicans, who gathered outside a secure room in the basement of the Capitol Visitors Center Wednesday made a public attempt to force themselves into a secure area of the House they had been barred from entering.

The area, known as the Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility (SCIF), is where Republican and Democratic Members of the Intelligence, Foreign Affairs and Oversight Committees heard testimony from Laura Cooper, the deputy assistant secretary of Defense for Russia, Ukraine, and Eurasia. Cooper is the latest witness to provide testimony to the panels leading the impeachment investigation into President Donald Trump.

The SCIF is designed to be a secure space for members of congress to handle classified or sensitive materials.

After speaking briefly to members of the press, a group of 20-30 members, according to an estimate of one congressman involved, were able to gain access to the facility and interrupted the proceedings.

Most of themembers who tried to gain access are not on any of the three committees charged with overseeing inquiry, hence why they were not allowed in. Members interrupted the proceedings being held in the SCIF when they entered, according to one member involved.

Outside of the secure room Rep. Jim Jordan, who serves as the ranking member on the Oversight and Reform Committee, told reporters that the temperature between membershad reached a boiling point.

He accused the Democrats leading the inquiry of getting so petty, that they even took the chairs out,referring to the benches designated for staff members.

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Jordan to disregard IMF proposals inconsistent with its national interests – Middle East Monitor

Recent talks between Jordan and the International Monitory Fund (IMF) were important but Amman will not accept any proposals that are inconsistent with its national interests, the countrys minister of finance said on Tuesday.

Following the meeting in Washington, Ezzeddin Kanakriehsaid the talks included discussions about the financial situation and challenges that still face the national economy, most notably the modest economic growth rates and the cost of housing Syrian refugees.

He pointed out that Jordan is working on updating the plans related to promoting economic growth, noting that a request was made to the IMF to help with any proposals that would provide more job opportunities and reduce unemployment, Petranews agency reported.

READ: Jordans trade deficit declines 12.3%

The IMF mission is expected to visit Jordan in November to complete the talks to reach an agreement aimed at boosting economic growth through maintaining financial and monetary stability.

In August 2016, the IMF Executive Board approved arrangements for Jordan for a period of three years, whereby the kingdom would receive a loan of $723 million.

In the past two years, Jordan has pressed ahead with a series of steep tax increases, yielding $1.4 billion in additional revenue.

That angered an already disenchanted professionalmiddleclass and small and medium-sized businesses who form the backbone of the private sector, who felt they were bearing the brunt of raising taxes in a country with rampant corruption. A general strike by their unions launched the protests.

READ: Gas deal with Israel proves Jordan is still a client state

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Where To Buy The Air Jordan 1 Shattered Backboard 3.0 – Sneaker News

Probably one of the most talked about releases of 2019 due to the nature of its updated stylings, the Air Jordan 1 Shattered Backboard 3.0 is finally getting an official release this weekend. This updated design utilizes the popular black and orange color scheme but arranges its constructions with a fresh new look, remixing its patent leather uppers with a crinkled aesthetic. And while this newest iteration may have folks on the fence about its newest take, its quite possible that Jordan Brand is potentially challenging its consumers to see the classic silhouette in a new perspective, which is something you have to tip your hats off to. See a full store list here below to see where you can cop your pair, and expect these to drop on October 26th for $160 USD.

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What In God’s Name Happened To Jordan Tebbutt? – Deadspin

Steve Blake was eager for a game. Fresh off signing a deal with the Trail Blazers in the summer of 2014, the guard stepped onto the court at ClubSport Portland to commemorate his second stint in Rip City.

Across the street from the teams practice facility, the fitness center is the citys best spot for high-level pick-up ball, a multi-court mecca where ex-pros, college stars, and backyard savants regularly compete: 15-minute games, first to reach 21 points stays on the court. The facility is known for hosting current and former Trail Blazers; Blake just wanted to ball, so who better to go against than the 100 or so players that showed up on a summer Saturday morning to get a run?

The first games were relatively easy, barely enough to keep Blake interested. But then he matched up against a team led by someone he immediately took to be a ringera guard with muscles rippling in his 6-foot-5 frame. The game quickly devolved into one-on-one, Blake versus the ringer. The pro assumed his opponent must have played in college, and at least a pro stint overseas, but no matter: this was his court. The newly minted Blazer used his agility and shifty dribble to drive past the mystery guard, but on defense, Blake was at the mercy of the ringers athleticism and strength, unable to stop him from getting to the block and scoring with ease in the paint. The game went back and forth, neither team building much of a lead, and while it doesnt matter which team actually won the gameand frankly, no one remembersit was clear this anonymous hoopster could ball. So Blake asked him, Whered you play?

As a high school freshman in 2009, Jordan Tebbutt ranked as one of the nations top 10 players. College coaches were enamored with his freakishly dominant skillset, and envisioned a bright future for whichever school could get his commitment. Because Tebbutt played at Horizon Christian School, a loosely religious school of 100-plus students 20 minutes south of Portland, his high school coach often brought him as a ninth-grader to train with the Trail Blazers; he was too good to practice against even local college competition. And he similarly held his own against higher-ranking high school peerslike Terrence Jones, whod later play for Kentucky, against whom Tebbutt scored 24 points. He spent each summer playing for hyperselective AAU teams and at invitation-only tournamentshe seemed unfazed, no matter the competition.

According to Landen Lucas, an Oregon native who was friendly with Tebbutt and who later played at Kansas, From about the age of 16, he had a NBA-ready body and the athleticism to go with it.

By his sophomore year, Tebbutt ranked as the class of 2012s 19th-best prospect, and led his team to a high school state title (an accomplishment he repeated his junior year), effortlessly posting 40-point games throughout the season. He had transformed tiny Horizon Christian into the ultimate David, a squad others in Oregon and nationally dreaded facing.

By his senior year, though, Tebbutt was looking for more of a challenge before what he and his peers assumed would be a one-and-done season at a high major school like Washington, Virginia, or Georgetown (all among the schools heavily pursuing him), so he transferred to Oak Hill Academy, a Virginia-based basketball powerhouse. At Oak Hill, Tebbutt teamed up with DVauntes Smith-Rivera, Jordan Adams, and AJ Hammons (among other high-major future D-I recruits) to go undefeated, winning the 2012 national high school title.

This is typically the point in the story in which the player either shines in college, fulfilling a destiny that has been 18-plus years in the making; or when the plan falls apart in a way that no one could have predicted. But what happened with Tebbutt was more complicated, harder to explain: he just disappeared.

He completely ghosted on friends, former teammates, and coaches. According to one member of that vaunted Oak Hill squad, No one has spoken to him in five years, and we dont know what happened with him, so some of us worry.

Austin King first met Tebbutt in junior high school, and its been more than four years since he last heard from Tebbutt, one of his closest friends at Horizon Christian. All of us cared about him, and wanted to make sure he was not going to be taken advantage of, King says. When he then cut all of us out of his life, it was just weird.

Tebbutt was famous before he understood what being famous truly means. Identified early in his development by recruiting services as a prospect with immeasurable upside, that hype slowly paralyzed him even as it seduced him. He was overwhelmed and confused, and by the time he should have made his commitment to a college, those same teams had moved on, and the foundation of Tebbutts entire life up to that point appeared to have failed him.

Some people are gifted with a unique ability to play basketball, says CBS Sports reporter Gary Parrish. But after a while, that dream can become a burden, and when it doesnt work out, it can become damaging, even devastating.

How does a highly decorated prospect just vanish from organized basketball altogether? God only knows.

Tebbutt was raised in a religious family. His parents Brad and Jennifer spent years answering Gods call through various missionary trips in locales like Guatemala. At some point, the couple decided to augment their religious commitment with adoption, first with a daughter and then, two years later, adding Jordan, who was born in Arkansas. From the start, basketball appeared to be Tebbutts calling: In an article several years ago, Brad recalled buying sneakers for the newborn. How funny, he thought, if we went out and got him Air Jordans for his first shoe?

Brad struggled to find full-time work stateside and bounced around western Oregon before landing a job in the mid-2000s as the bible teacher at the just-opened Horizon Christian School, a non-denominational religious academy that had opened on 40 acres outside of Portland. The family settled into a school-owned house nearby its campus, and like any other new student, there was curiosity about Tebbutt when he enrolled as a seventh graderespecially since rumors quickly swelled that the 5-foot-9 newcomer had NBA-level talent.

By the time he arrived at Horizon Christian Tebbutt had already begun training with Dony Wilcher, a local hoops fixture raised on the courts of Los Angeles, where he balled daily against Schea Cotton and Paul Pierce. Tebbutt was a gangly pre-teen wearing dozens of Livestrong bracelets when he first started working out with Wilcher, but by the seventh grade, he already looked the part of once-in-a-generation talent. We grinded hard, Wilcher remembers. He was a workhorse.

Dave Brown was an early believer. Brown has coached high school basketball for 50 years, starting in southern California, where he won more than 500 games, and in 2006, he became Horizon Christians new basketball coach and athletic director. As Brown walked the campus grounds, wondering how to build another hoops dynasty, he bumped into Tebbutt. Other than the kids physique, Brown says didnt pay Tebbutt much mind. That is, until another teacher mentioned that he was ranked as the nations fourth-best eighth grader.

I didnt realize players were ranked that young, Brown recalls, but I was interested. I always thought God gives us gifts, and expects us to use those gifts properly, and God certainly gave Jordan ample gifts.

By the mid 2000s, around the time Brown first met Tebbutt, the ranking of middle school (and younger) players was largely an afterthought. Sneaker company executives didnt see the value of catering to pre-teen hoops prodigies: As George Dohrmann recounted in Play Their Hearts Out, when Joe Keller partnered with Adidas to launch his Junior Phenom campwhich introduced an AAU-like structure to sixth through eighth graders in 2004most thought the idea was unnecessary and somewhat foolhardy.

According to Dohrmann, It was hardly revolutionary, yet no one idea had tried it before, in part because it was difficult to identify the top players. Who really knew who the best sixth, seventh, and eighth graders were? But the 2010 creation of Nikes Elite Youth Basketball League (EYBL), which housed the nations premier 15-, 16-, and 17-year-old hoops talents, helped solidify the need for a systemlike Kellers camps, worth a reported $30 million as of 2015to identify talent at younger and younger ages.

Tebbutt wasnt regarded as a prodigy yet, and he was content to showcase his game at the local level and play with Wilchers Showtime Athletics, a non-profit club program in Portland. Eventually, though, those appearances were eye-opening enough to begin drawing interest from talent evaluators and recruiting analysts. His parents had some reservations: they didnt want him to fully immerse himself in the AAU scene. They had seen the basketball culture, and its way of forever altering people. They believed that the constant travel and exposure would be a detriment to his spiritual growth. In essence, he would lose himself.

There was always a fine print of we want everything you want to give us, but we want to do it our way, says someone close to his family at the time, who requested they not be identified for this story.

Still, when Wilcher explained to Tebbutts parents that he wanted to partner with another local AAU team and further Tebbutts game, they were interested. And therein lay the tension: For all the protestations and fears that the dog-eat-dog world of amateur hoops would corrupt their son, Tebbutts parents truly did believe his hype. While neither had a background in sports, they understood their son had a gift, and to not use his God-given talent would be spiteful. Theyd foster his skills no matter what setbacks they endured on his path, because they knew that path would end with Tebbutt outfitted in an NBA jersey. After all, they had prayed on it.

The Tebbutts practiced an Evangelical charismatic brand of Christianity that closely aligned with Pentecostalism, a belief system centered on decision-making through prayer. Whenever the Tebbutts needed to make a choice, they relied on prayer and scriptureby releasing everything into Gods hands, as another family friend puts it. Brown, Tebbutts high school coach, remembered that as Christians, they relied on Gods direction for daily direction who function after praying on Gods word in scripture. Their decisions werent based on man-made background but from thoroughly praying. And once a path has been decided upon, it wasnt easily changed. Brad and Jennifer would say weve thoroughly prayed it through, and it was Gods will for his life.

So Tebbutts parents went along with the plan to get Jordan on the grand stage, as Wilcher puts it.

Wilcher organized a game with the Oakland Soldiers, one of the west coasts most influential AAU programs. The game, which was played in Oakland, was supposed to be Tebbutts coronation, but the guard was punked, says Wilcher, who remembered aunties and uncles in the crowd talking trash and heckling the visitors. Tebbutt had never experienced anything like that and had a complete breakdown. Though the Oregon team only lost by a handful of points, the setback was enough to fracture the relationship the trainer had built with the Tebbutts over the years, and forever alter the familys viewpoint toward the basketball landscape.

Brad and Jennifer were trying to tailor this perfect environment where Jordan never heard no and never had to face resistance, says a family friend. They fell into this mindset that the world needs to be one in which Jordan always succeeded What happens when life becomes a curveball?

Or, to put it another way, what happens when prayers dont come true?

There werent many curveballs once Tebbutt began playing for Brown as a high school freshman. His struggles in Oakland were a distant memory by that point. Tebbutt could have gone to Central Catholic, Jefferson, or a handful of other Portland high schools with more storied basketball traditions, but he chose Horizon Christian simply because it was where his father taught. There wasnt much of a discussion about it. His parents didnt know how to loosen the leash, as one friend describes it. They feared that any freedom had the potential to derail the path that had been so carefully laid out for him.

Jordan was going to be an important person, and his parents had to figure out how to care for and protect him, says King, Tebbutts friend from junior high. But he was also nave and socially awkward, and he needed to go to a school where he could focus on basketball without any other distractions. That level of control also extended to social media (he shared an account with Brad and Jennifer) and cell phones (He never had a permanent phone, it was always a burner that Tebbutt would change every few months, King remembers).

An AAU coach recalls, One time, Jordan says, I have to use the bathroom, and his mom goes with him. It was a very controlled environment.

He was pretty isolated, King says. Church, home, basketballthats all he did. He didnt have any other interests, and didnt have any connecting points to grow his personality.

I kind of view [the gym] as a sanctuary, Tebbutt told a reporter in 2010. Im there to worship God, and then Im there to do it on the basketball court, too.

That laser-focused nature was a blessing on the hardwood; during his freshman and sophomore seasons, Horizon Christian won 51 games. He was amazing, says Brown of his star guard. Tebbutt idolized Brandon Jennings and modeled his skillset after the lottery pick, replicating the dominance he saw when Jennings and Oak Hill played at the Les Schwab tournament, Oregons preeminent high school event. In another era, Tebbutt would have been labeled a tweener, a player whose overall attributes didnt fit within a defined position, but he was perfectly suited to what was then an evolving college and NBA game. Tebbutt had enough foot speed to drive past bigger players, and his strength overwhelmed any opposing guard in the post. Tebbutts size-18 feet suggested that he was still growing, and his parents told friends that he was expected to reach 6-foot-7.

Only a few videos featuring Tebbutts play from that time exist online, but his game is obvious. An athlete of his caliber, everyone knew Jordan was going to score, but he still would get 50 points a game, says Gregg Gottlieb, who, as an assistant coach, recruited Tebbutt to Oregon State. And yet, he was also so skilled getting his teammates involved so it wasnt just Jordan on the court, says former Washington State head coach Ken Bone.

The footage is grainy, and lacks the editing finesse inherent to a high-major prospects highlight reel, but the clips underscore Tebbutts promise, a player uniquely capable of taking over a game, no matter the opponent, with a variety of moves. Like an array of jump shots, inside-out dribbles and counters (like his go-to hesitation crossover) to better hone his ball-handling, and nonstop physical work had produced a player capable of propelling a tiny 3A school like Horizon Christian to the top of Oregons high school rankings.

One day in seventh grade, Jordan asked me what he could do to get stronger, Wilcher remembers. I told him to do 250 push-ups a day. Within a week, he was up to 370. He was a man-child.

There werent many on the prep level that could contend with him, says Matt Prehm, a recruiting analyst for 247 Sports whose specialty was the Pacific Northwest. He looked like he was playing with fifth graders. Physically, no one could match Jordan.

Jordan was amazing, says Brown. For us, a small school, playing against schools of 2,000 with athletic budgets, that was when he really shined. And win or lose, Tebbutt always put on a show. Like against Terrence Jones in 2010, in which the sophomore scored more than half his teams points in a loss. Or the 201011 Les Schwab tournament, in which Tebbutt scored 41 points in the teams first-round matchup; through four games, Tebbutt averaged better than 27 points, outshining Shabazz Muhammad, Kyle Wiltjer, and the handful of other high-major recruits in the field.

According to teammate Michael Loomis, who later starred at the NAIA level, At our school, to have a talent like Jordan was very unusual. Students and strangers would constantly come up to him and ask, When are you going to the NBA? It was extreme.

Recruiting analysts realized that Brown had unearthed a diamond, and soon, so did college coaches. Scouts began showing up to games that were, according to King, literally in the middle of nowhere. UW coach Lorenzo Romar was so enamored with Tebbutt that, hours after the team defeated California for the 2010 Pac-10 tournament title, the coach attempted to bring the entire squad to Horizon Christians state championship game. (The gym was at capacity, so only Romar attended.) Brown can tick off (in a cadence that suggests he has recited the list more than once) the high-major coaches that attended the teams early Saturday morning practices: Ritchie McKay (Virginia), Scott Duncan (UCLA), Donny Daniels (UCLA), and Kevin ONeill (USC). There were scores of coaches from other schools, including Georgetown, Oregon, Oregon State, and Arizona.

Tebbutt was featured in a 2011 Sports Illustrated feature on college basketball recruiting. As Raphael Chilliousthen an associate head coach at Washingtontold Bruce Schoenfeld, I was the first person [Jordan] saw this morning. Other coaches are here for the game, but they werent here at 8:15. That stuff adds up. (That comment ultimately resulted in a two-month investigation by the NCAA, which docked Chillious with a secondary recruiting violation for publicly mentioning a high school recruit by name.)

Tebbutt began to lose interest at Horizon Christian. By his junior season, he had already reached 14th on the states all-time scoring list. He was a big fish in a puddle, and while he was excited about the high-major college offers he had received, he and his parents believed that he needed to part ways with Brown to start hearing from the truly elite college programs. Tebbutt told friends he expected to spend just one year in college and then it was off to the NBA. Through daily prayer, he had realized the only way to achieve that goal was to leave his small-school roots and transfer for his senior year.

His identity was tied up in his ego, says Loomis. He wanted to play at the highest level or no level. Or, as King explains, He always thought Oregon State was beneath him. The same with Washingtonhe felt that he was better than UW.

What Tebbutt wanted most, he told friends, was to be recruited by Kansas and Duke, and though the Jayhawks were intrigued by his potentialI thought he was a young Jimmy Jackson, says KU assistant coach Kurtis Townsendthe lack of competition, with Horizon winning games nightly by 30 or 40 points, was a concern. So, in the summer of 2011, during which Tebbutt ranked as one of the nations top 50 recruits and spent a week competing at the Adidas Nations camp (where he suited up with current NBA player Kyle Anderson), he transferred to the famed Oak Hill Academyjust like his idol Brandon Jennings had done five years prior.

Horizon isnt the best competition, Tebbutt once said of transferring to Oak Hill. God provided the opportunity, and it is a one-in-a-lifetime thing, and if He provides the opportunity, youve got to take it.

His parents also believed Oak Hill would further enhance Tebbutts spirituality, which was crucial to them agreeing to the transfer, as this would be the first time in his life they wouldnt be with him. Though both had life experiences, spending a chunk of their lives as missionaries, friends felt that they didnt entirely trust the outside world. [They] were afraid of the world, and how it can corrupt you, says King.

Tebbutt had been raised in a religious cocoon at home and at Horizon Christian, and his parents looked askance at basketball culture, which they believed was corrupted by vice and temptation, and which they feared was capable of swallowing a lesser individual, even someone with a robust spiritual background. They had sheltered Tebbutt his entire life, imposing a strict curfew or only allowing him to watch movies rated PG. One friend mentioned that Tebbutts parents monitored his computer usage because they were afraid random girls would think he was high-profile and want a piece of him.

Now hed live across the country without a support system. Even Tebbutts friends thought the situation seemed perilous. That sort of controlling didnt allow Jordan to mature or grow emotionally, says King.

From the moment Tebbutt stepped onto the 270-acre campus, he felt out of place. This was his first real experience of life beyond Oregonthe AAU tournaments and camps had each only meant a long weekend awayand he was shocked. Tebbutt told friends that his teammates didnt possess the same Christian spirit. Mass marked the beginning and end of the teams religious education. This was a world away from both how he had been raised, and what he had been told life at Oak Hill would bethere were no daily prayer sessions and certainly no one on the team was living life through Gods scripture.

Midway through his season, Oak Hill coach Steve Smith was quoted as saying, Its been a transition for him, but I think he understands the sacrifice of being away from home and what this means Hes a very dedicated young man, very committed to his schoolwork, maybe even more so than basketball. Thats kind of refreshing. (Smith did not respond to numerous requests for comment. Thats not surprising. Per Rivalss recruiting analyst Eric Bossi, coaches who run big-time high school programs whose guys go to big-time places dont want to advertise a guy that didnt meet those dreams. The last thing you want is some guy from Montverde pulling up article on [Jordan] about him not making it.)

When he spoke with friends back home, Tebbutt said he was lonely and felt isolated, mentioning that he rarely left his dorm room at the very back of the team house, nowhere near the common area where his teammates congregated nightly. Hed distance himself from us, says Tyler Lewis, the teams point guard, who would later play at North Carolina State and Butler. Other than play basketball there isnt much to do at Oak Hill, so you have to have a close friend group, and Jordan faded into himself. He hardly left his room.

This discomfort ultimately wouldnt have mattered if Tebbutt had continued to dominate on the court. But, says one source close to the Tebbutt family, Jordan was sold a bill of goods. The family didnt research who was already on the team, and how those same players who started the previous season would likely start even with Jordan on the roster.

The team, which Smith proclaimed at the time as his deepest in his then-nearly three decades at the school, already had Lewis in the backcourt with Jordan Adams (UCLA) and DVauntes Smith-Rivera (Georgetown) at the wings; the only open position left was at power forward, next to AJ Hammons (Purdue) in the paint. According to a source, Tebbutt had been told hed run Oak Hills offense, so shifting to the frontcourt was a change of plans that felt like a demotion. Even Lewis was confused when he heard Tebbutt would attend Oak Hill, saying, I always got the sense he wanted to play point guard, and that he wanted the ball in his hands more, but he never really got that opportunity, and the reason to go to Oak Hill is to get yourself ready for the next level. He didnt have a chance to do that.

Though Oak Hill subsequently went undefeated and won the 2012 national Fab 50 high school title, Tebbutt largely played out of position and was often relegated to the bench. His talent, according to multiple teammates, was on par with theirs, but friends noticed a different player when Oak Hill returned to Oregon to play in the 201112 Les Schwab tournament. Tebbutt was a shell of himself, says Loomis. He averaged just five points; in the final, he attempted one field goal and played just 13 minutes.

King spoke with Tebbutt and his family following the tournament, and there was talk that he might not return to Virginia, but ultimately, his parents were steadfast: You prayed to God and he guided you to this commitment.

But now a dark cloud loomed over Tebbutts future. There was the sense that if Jordan couldnt do well at Oak Hill, and against top players, what does that say about Jordan for college recruiting? recalls King.

Indeed, Tebbutt was one of two unsigned seniors on Oak Hills roster. There was mounting tension to make a college decision, but his spotty play worried those same coaches who had coveted him for years. UCLA stopped recruiting him, and other interested school like Washington, Washington State, and Oregon State also moved on. Those supposed scholarships from Kansas and Duke? A mirage. His scouting report, which once glowed, now read of unfulfilled promise: His foot speed wasnt good enough, so he couldnt guard guys on the perimeter, and he had gotten heavy, says one assistant that recruited Tebbutt.

When coaches started watched him again, he was just a part-time player, says one family friend. Those assistants and head coaches couldnt see where he needed to be. It cost him. Or, as another assistant puts it, Kids are like stocksthey rise and falland Jordan fell.

Even though Tebbutt was no longer a prospect for the Bruins, then-assistant Scott Duncan says Brown asked him to speak with Tebbutts parents, who were confused by the sudden lack of recruiting interest in their son. (When asked about this, Brown denies having asked the assistant to reach out to the Tebbutts.) He explained that schools like UCLA recruit multiples of players at a position, and are just trying to land one. Sure, the Bruins had liked Tebbutt, but he no longer fit the profile of what they needed. At UCLA, we were playing for a national title every year, and Jordan could no longer help us accomplish that goal anymore, he says.

He adds, Recruiting is a nasty business, and his parents were nave. They were confused by the why nots. Jordan was a bright and nice kid, but society eats up people in all walks of life.

In Tebbutts mind, he had one remaining option: Hed enroll at Kansas and force coach Bill Self to give him a scholarship. Tebbutt believed that he still possessed the talent that had ranked him amongst the nations best, and those who suggested he consider mid-major schoolsI thought he should have gone to Portland State, lead the Big Sky conference in scoring, and then transfer to Oregon or another high major, says Duncandidnt understand that Tebbutt considered Kansas part of his plan, and Gods.

According to a family friend, Tebbutt told Self upon arriving on campus that he was finally ready to play for the team. He also checked in with Townsend, the assistant coach who had recruited him while at Horizon Christian, and asked whether he could walk on to the team that fall of 2012. Townsend was noncommittalthe team already was flush with walk-ons: Tyler Self, Evan Manning, and Niko Roberts, all the sons of Kansas coaches, had claimed the coveted spots. I told Jordan to stay in shape and try out next season, explains Townsend, adding that Tebbutt would have been a great walk-on.

It would have been a situation without much precedent. I dont know of any former top 25 players who decided to walk on to a team, says Bossi. Even a program like Kansas. His friends couldnt understand his continued obsession with the Big 12 school. The normal thing is if you want Kansas but they dont want you, you sign with someone else, which Jordan could have done, says Brown.

He began training with ex-Jayhawk Aaron Miles, and playing pick-up with who he expected to be his future teammates. He bumped into Landen Lucas, then a freshman, on campus, and was invited to work out with the team during a few open gyms. [The] only thing I remember is he looked great and almost dunked on Joel Embiid twice, Lucas says.

Tebbutt easily outperformed the other walk-on candidates during the tryout the next summer, and entered his first KU preseason practice in 2013 believing he was close to achieving his destiny of earning a roster spot. The morning session of the two-a-day, though, was a disaster. After two-plus hours of constant drills, Tebbutt simply didnt return for the afternoon session.

When Townsend called to ask where he was about his no-show, Tebbutt complained of full-body cramps. He said he was almost dying, says Townsend. A follow-up call from Tebbutts mother didnt help: I wondered why he didnt come back and get thermal plunges and other treatment from our trainers. His mom said he couldnt move, but that shouldnt be the reason he doesnt make the team.

Townsend adds, Dont get me wrong, he would have been as good a walk-on talent-wise as weve ever hadmost walk-ons cant really play at allbut we get 30 guys who want to be a part of the team every year, and if he cant make it through one practice, he cant help us.

That was around the time Tebbutt began to disconnect from those who had known him the longest; six years later, those same friends continue to wonder what happened to him. I interviewed nearly 20 sources for this article, people who had known Tebbutt at every stage of his life, and the consistency of his absence is glaring.

Jordan married me and my wife, says Dony Wilcher. Shes now my ex-wife, and even she asked a little while ago, Whatever happened to that Tebbutt kid?

Calls placed to several phone numbers connected with Tebbutt over the years either got not-in-service messages or went unanswered. Tebbutts father didnt respond to numerous phone calls or emails seeking comment, and according to sources at the International House of Prayer in Kansas City, where Brad Tebbutt now works, the Tebbutts had no interest in participating in this story. According to the University of Kansas, Tebbutt graduated with a bachelors degree in general studies in 2017, and then enrolled in a graduate programbeyond that, Tebbutt is a digital ghost.

I talk to college coaches all the time, and they all ask what happened to Jordan, and I say, I really dont know, says Dave Brown. One college coach who recruited Tebbutt was more blunt: To be that elite a player at a young age, and be recruited at the level he was, and then to fall off the map, Ill never understand.

Its tempting to view what happened to Tebbutt as a byproduct of the hype, especially for players years away from college. Maybe some of us got too excited and misevaluated him, and maybe he peaked too early, but I will never be able to explain how Jordan never played anywhere on scholarship, says Bossi. Kids develop self-esteem from rankings, and for those like Jordan who steadily slide down the rankings as they move through high school, something they feel good about is also steadily being taken away from them. As scouts, we need to take some ownership of this.

The back-to-back failures at Oak Hill and Kansas were proof that Tebbutt had perhaps spent his life preparing for a future that would never exist. And that weighed on Tebbutt. All that training and all those daily prayers hadnt protected him from public embarrassment. He didnt want to repeat the process of failing again, says Austin King.

Tebbutts life was of course driven by faith, but that spiritual foundation was buttressed by the faith, specifically, that he was going to be a success on the basketball court. When that didnt happen, his belief in those convictionshis sense of selfcrumbled.

Michael Loomis, his high school teammate, adds, He was comfortable being comfortable, and he had succeeded his entire life in that space. Oak Hill was his first taste of discomfort, that playing basketball might not work out the way hed envisioned. It wasnt just Jordanthe entire familys life was built around Jordan and basketball. It had to be a shock.

When friends did hear from him, he told them that he was still in shape, playing pick-up basketball whenever he could, and was ready to give college hoops another chance, but whether that was true was murky: With Jordan, you never knew what was actually going on, says King.

Colleges were still interested. Before he was fired from Washington State, Ken Bone again tried to land Tebbutt, a player he had first recruited as a middle schooler, even going so far as to organize a Christian night with the universitys youth ministry group during the visit, but Tebbutt declined the invitation.

When Wayne Tinkle was hired as the new head coach at Oregon State in 2014, his staff similarly reached out with a scholarship offer, but Tebbutt demurred. Loomis, who became an All-American at Northwest Christian University, thought he and Tebbutt could rekindle the chemistry and success they had shared at Horizon Christian, but Tebbutt was even more disengagedif he wasnt going to play at Kansas, then he wasnt going to play at all.

Everyone at Oak Hill wondered, This dude can go anywhere in the country and play basketball, says Lewis. Why would you want to turn that down?

And so the basketball world moved on. Wilcher still trains the next generation of high-major hopefuls. Loomis decided against pursuing a professional basketball career, while Lucas, fresh off stints playing in Japan and Estonia, is attempting to become a professional poker player. After tearing his ACL twice, King retired from the sport, while Brown coached until this past season, ultimately winning his 800th career game before leaving the Horizon Christian and relocating to Florida. Romar and Bone are both now at Pepperdine. As for Tebbutt, though, no one knows.

According to Brown, Tebbutts religion was the scaffolding on which his basketball future was built, and his life now cant be separated from that. Though his decision is almost heretical for the basketball community, its understandable for the faith community, Brown says. If you had a chance to talk to him, it makes all the sense in the world. God is in charge, and he has other plans for Jordans life. I suspect there is very little Jordan looks back on or is disappointed with.

Brown says he thinks about Tebbutt constantly, and in three separate conversations he mentioned the pickup game against Steve Blake in Portland. Left unsaid each time was that Tebbutt should have been his hoops masterpiece, the retired number hanging from the Horizon Christian rafters. I am a professional at this, and not some dad that just stumbled into coaching, Brown tells me during our final interview. Ive coached a lot of players at the highest levels, but he was special. God gave him a gift and he didnt use it.

Matt Giles is a writer for Longreads, and he also freelances for several other publications, including the New York Times, New York magazine, the Washington Post, Bleacher Report, and FiveThirtyEight.

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Jordan Peterson Pulls Out of Politicon 2019, Citing Ongoing Health Concerns – Newsweek

Canadian psychologist Dr Jordan Peterson has pulled out of the "unconventional political convention" Politicon this year, citing ongoing health concerns.

The controversial University of Toronto professor, who rose to international attention as a result of his stance against gender-neutral pronouns, checked into a rehabilitation facility in New York last month after he started taking the drug Clonazepam.

The 57-year-old father and grandfather was prescribed the strong medicationusually given to epileptics to control seizures and convulsions but also prescribed to control panic attacksafter his wife's cancer diagnosis in April of this year.

She has since made a "miraculous" recovery following numerous operations, surgical complications and months in and out of different hospitals, daughter Mikhaila Peterson said in a video announcing Peterson's admission into the facility, adding he was forced to do so after suffering "horrific" physical withdrawal symptoms from trying to wean himself off the drug.

Clonazepam, often sold under the brand name Klonopin, is highly addictive and those that stop taking it can experience seizures, mood swings, shaking and muscle cramps.

Announcing his withdrawal from the event, which takes place in Nashville, Tennessee, this coming Saturday and Sunday, Peterson said: "Dear Politicon attendees and speakers, unfortunately I will no longer be able to attend this year's event, as I am still recovering from a serious health issue.

"I apologize to those who were expecting to see me, and encourage you to continue your valuable political discourse.

"I'll share more information upon my return, and will continue to rely on my team to keep up my work in the meantime."

Politicon, which bills itself as an "unconventional political convention," will feature a number of high-profile speakers, including Al Franken, the former Democratic Senator who resigned after he was accused of sexual impropriety, but has since re-emerged in public life following a New Yorker profile investigating the allegations against him.

Also due to attend is James Comey, the former FBI director fired by President Donald Trump, but the event will also feature some of the president's staunchest defenders.

These include television pundits Sean Hannity, Ann Coulter and Tomi Lahren, in addition to former White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders.

Charlie Kirk, a 25-year-old Republican darling who tours the country campaigning for Trump with Turning Point USA, is also expected to speak.

Politicon co-founder Simon Sidi said the event aimed at producing "robust and rousing conversation" from both sides of the aisle.

"In our current political climate, each year gives us so many exciting new people to welcome," he said in a statement promoting the convention.

"Where else can you see someone fired by Donald Trump together with someone who used to be his mouthpiece.

"I can't think of a better city to host this bipartisan political lineup than a blue city in a red state."

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Jordan: End arbitrary detention of women who disobey male guardians or have unsanctioned relationships – Amnesty International

Jordanian authorities must stop colluding with an abusive male guardianship system to control womens lives and limit their personal freedoms, Amnesty International said in a new report published today.

Imprisoned women, stolen children: policing sex, marriage and pregnancy in Jordan documents how women accused of leaving home without permission or having sex outside marriage risk detention and humiliating virginity tests if male family members complain to the authorities. Women pregnant outside marriage also face forcible separation from their newborn children.

The time has now come to end the detention and ill-treatment of women simply for disobeying their male guardian or transgressing gender norms

The Jordanian government should urgently address these shameful violations that national womens organizations have been battling for decades, starting with the zealous use of detention powers by provincial governors, and the discriminatory male guardianship system that allows adult women to be arrested for leaving home without permission, said Heba Morayef, Amnesty Internationals Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa.

Over the past several years, the government has adopted several important reform measures to address gender-based violence, including through the opening of the Dar Amneh shelter for women at risk, but the time has now come to end the detention and ill-treatment of women simply for disobeying their male guardian or transgressing gender norms.

Amnesty International interviewed a total of 121 people in Jordan between June 2018 and October 2019 for the report. The organization also met with 10 governmental officials in February 2019 and shared key research findings with the Prime Minister. The Jordanian governments response, received on 14 October 2019, is provided as an annex to the report.

Provincial governors in Jordan misuse a draconian piece of legislation, the Crime Prevention Law, to administratively detain scores of women at any one time. The Prime Ministers offices response to Amnesty International stated that there are 149 women in administrative detention, and that 1,259 women had been released from administrative detention over the first six months of 2019. They are detained for a number of reasons including being absent from home without their male guardians permission and sex outside marriage (zina).

The Jordanian government should urgently address these shameful violations that national womens organizations have been battling for decades, starting with the zealous use of detention powers by provincial governors, and the discriminatory male guardianship system that allows adult women to be arrested for leaving home without permission

The Prime Ministers office told Amnesty International that 85 women have so far been administratively detained in 2019 for zina, but denied that women were ever imprisoned for absence, unless they were also suspected of an additional offence.

However, Amnesty Internationals documentation and the work of Jordanian lawyers shows that governors order the detention women for absence, often based solely on the request of the guardian.

In February 2019, Amnesty International visited Juweideh prison, the main womens prison in Jordan, and met 22 women jailed without charge or trial who said they were arrested for absence or accused of zina. Most said they had been imprisoned for months and were waiting for a male family member to bail them out. As recently as September 2019, informed sources confirmed to Amnesty International that at least 30 women remained detained in Juweideh for absence and zina.

Almost all described fleeing abusive environments, or said they ran away after their guardian blocked their choice of marriage partner. According to Jordanian law, women under the age of 30 require the consent of their male guardian (normally their father, brother or uncle) to get married.

*Sawsan told Amnesty International she had been jailed for over a year after her father complained to the authorities that she had run away with a man. In fact, she had run away to escape his abuse.

I was stopped on the street in Amman and the police asked me for my ID. I didnt have it, so they said I had to come to their station, but when I got there they found a warrantfor my arrest because I was absent.Thetwopolice officers there beatme I was taken to thegovernors deputy in [location withheld].He said I would go toJuweidehprisonuntil my father bails me out, she said.

Four women that Amnesty International met in, or after their release from, administrative detention said hospital staff called the police because they were pregnant outside of marriage.

*Ola, in her twenties, explained:

I got pregnant and tried to marry the man. But the marriage wasnt approved because I have no guardian. My parents are dead, and I just have younger sisters, no brothers I went to hospital and gave birth. The hospital asked if I was married and I said no, so then they called the police. Thats how I ended up here.

Two unmarried pregnant women separately said they were being held in administrative detention until they gave birth so the authorities could collect DNA evidence from their baby. This was because the alleged father wanted to exonerate himself from zina accusations.

Ministry of Interior officials told Amnesty International in meetings in February 2019 that governors detain women for absence and zina for their own protection, as their family members may want to kill them. They added that the newly established Dar Amneh shelter would end protective custody.

Civil society organizations have widely credited Dar Amneh for reducing the numbers of women at risk in administrative detention. As of mid-September 2019, the facility had hosted 75 women. However, as noted above, Dar Amneh has not ended the practice of women being detained for absence and zina, many of whom appear to be detained to punish and coerce them to return to their male guardian.

Women are also at risk of being prosecuted for the crime of zina, which carries a prison sentence of 1-3 years. While both men and women may be prosecuted if their spouse complains to the authorities, a woman can also be prosecuted following a complaint by her male guardian. This gives male family members another tool to punish and control women.

*Rana, in her mid-twenties, told Amnesty International that she was arrested and prosecuted for zina after she ran away with a man she loved but wasnt permitted to marry, and her father pursued a case against her.

Unmarried women detained for absence told Amnesty international that they were taken by police to do a virginity test. This is an invasive examination performed under the unscientific belief that it can determine if the woman has had vaginal intercourse and violates the prohibition on torture and other ill-treatment under international law.

*Hanan, aged around 20, told Amnesty International she had fled her abusive home on three occasions with her sister and explained:

Every time we ran away, when we were arrested the police would take us to the hospital and my father would insist that they do the virginity tests on [us]. We agreed to it each time, as we knew we had to show our father that we were virgins. Family Protection [police] made it very clear anyway, if our father asks us to do the test, we have to do it. It is his right.

The use of virginity tests by the police in Jordan reinforces a discriminatory idea that male family members have a right to monitor and control womens sexuality. Such unlawful practices must end in all circumstances

Some women described being ordered to submit to the tests by Family Protection or family members. Even in the absence of obvious forms of coercion, women who are in detention cannot give free consent.

The use of virginity tests by the police in Jordan reinforces a discriminatory idea that male family members have a right to monitor and control womens sexuality. Such unlawful practices must end in all circumstances, said Heba Morayef

Women who are pregnant outside marriage face the added risk that their child will be forcibly taken into state care. While the Prime Ministers office told Amnesty International that a child is only removed where he or she is assessed to be at-risk, womens rights activists and lawyers told Amnesty International the opposite: that Family Protection take the children of unmarried women to Ministry of Social Development care homes as a matter of institutional practice, in the absence of individualized assessment.

Five women who gave birth while unmarried told Amnesty International that their newborn children had been taken away by police without their consent. A Ministry of Social Development-run kindergarten in Juweideh prison allowing women to keep young children with them excludes illegal babies.

At best, unmarried women can seek to be reunited with their children as a foster parent.

Two migrant domestic workers told researchers they gave birth at home to prevent their child being taken away from them. An NGO told Amnesty International they knew of 20 such cases. Unmarried women struggle to register their childrens birth and gain legal identity for them.

Forcible removal of children from unmarried mothers amounts to torture and must immediately stop

A woman who married an abusive partner, who had raped her, in order to register her children said she did so on the advice of an NGO, given her lack of other options.

*Amy told Amnesty International: I didnt want to marry [my husband] but I was advised to do so. I am worried one day he will beat me to death. But I have no choice, I must stay with him. The lawyer said I had to marry him so I can register the [children].

Heba Morayef said: Sadly, we have documented several cases of unmarried women who became pregnant as a result of rape, who were then imprisoned, forcibly separated from their child or denied birth registration.

Forcible removal of children from unmarried mothers amounts to torture and must immediately stop. Instead of actively contributing to the stigma attached to children born outside of marriage, the authorities must work to eliminate it and help unmarried women who want to bring up their children.

Amnesty International is calling on the Jordanian authorities to double-down on their efforts to protect womens rights, in collaboration with civil society organizations.

The opening of Dar Amneh is a positive step that appears to have resulted in less women being detained in so-called protective custody and shows political will to protect womens rights

The opening of Dar Amneh is a positive step that appears to have resulted in less women being detained in so-called protective custody and shows political will to protect womens rights. What is needed now is a comprehensive review of laws and policies to ensure women are trusted to make free decisions about their sexual and reproductive lives; rather than being criminalized, punished and marginalized, said Heba Morayef

* Real name withheld to protect her identity

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Kyle Costa’s Linguistic Journey to Jordan and Lebanon The Heights – The Heights

Theres often a certain look to the typical American college studentmaybe theyre sitting at a dining hall table, papers strewn about in front of an open laptop, coffee in hand. As you walk across any university campus, youll see thousands of these archetypes.

But there are some students, like Boston College senior Kyle Costa, MCAS 20, who have an entirely different world of experience beyond this stereotypical university student profile. While most BC students were walking to Gasson for their first class, Costa was speaking Arabic with Syrian refugees. As they meandered into the dining halls, Costa was spending the night in a Bedouin camp in Jordan. As some students listened to a political science lecture about Middle Eastern conflict, Costa was approaching the Israel-Palestine border and crossing over into the West Bank.

A political science and Islamic civilization and societies major from Cincinnati, Ohio, Costa started his Arabic journey during his freshman year. He had learned the Arabic alphabet the previous summer, which inspired him to take courses in the language upon his arrival at BC. Unlike romance languages like Spanish, French, and Italian, which are often studied in high school, Costas Arabic class was mostly a group of beginner, non-native speakersthis made it much easier for Costa to get his footing.

After going through the elementary and intermediate levels offered at BC, Costa decided he needed more of a challenge. He applied to study the Arabic language through the Center for Arab and Middle Eastern Studies (CAMES), a leading interdisciplinary learning center at the American University of Beirut (AUB) in Lebanon, where he spent the summer following his sophomore year.

Costa was drawn to this particular program both because of its reputation and his desire to put his Arabic skills to useCAMES provides interdisciplinary learning in Middle Eastern studies and the Islamic world, along with Arabic language study. Here, Costa spent time further developing his language skills beyond the classroom and immersing himself in a society of Arabic speakers.

Following a successful summer in Lebanon, Costa took an Arabic seminar at BC, and then planned to spend his junior spring semester abroad in Aman, Jordan, for more Arabic language study. He chose Jordan because he wanted to maintain consistency with the dialect he had begun developing while at AUB the previous summer. The logistics, however, were far from convenientBC itself offers a fairly small amount of abroad programs to the Middle East due to potential safety concerns, and the selective nature of majors that specifically relate to the region.

Lebanon is considered a level three [travel safety alert] from the State Department, which means its more dangerous, he said. But a lot of that is pretty political I think, its a really safe country. It has a lot of issues but its an amazing place to be abroad.

For Costa, this meant finding a previously unapproved external program, petitioning for the University to allow him to go, and starting his planning process months in advance (since then, Costa has added a new external program to the list of abroad destinations for BC students, should any future students want to travel to Aman to further their study of the Arabic language).

Kathleen Bailey, associate director of the Islamic civilization and societies department and Costas senior thesis adviser and mentor, said that she would never forget her meeting with Costa before he began his travels.

He was so surprised when I said we have all these options, and every time I mentioned a different program, his eyes opened wider, she said. I think he realized he could apply for these things because hes qualified, and he got a little bit more confident. I feel like I created a Frankenstein monster, because after that he just applied for everything.

This past summer, Costa decided to return to Lebanon, yet again, for language study. He headed back, this time to practice his Arabic in a teaching role. Working with a non-governmental organization in a school called Al-Jusoor, Costa helped provide educational services to prepare Syrian refugee children living in Lebanon for the Lebanese school systems.

Though an overwhelmingly interesting volunteer opportunity, Costa noted the difficulties of witnessing aspects of the refugee crisis first-hand.

Were not using emergency education strategies in these schools anymore, he said. Its literally crisis strategies, because there are so many kids who dont have access to education anymore, and they dont have those resources available to them.

With this humanitarian crisis in mind, Costa was required to take on a strict instructor-style position while working at Al-Jusoor. Having participated in BCs Appalachia Volunteers program freshman and sophomore yearwhich emphasized emotional connection to the community at handthis mindset required a bit of a mental switch. He explained that, although meaningful relationships can always occur as an instructor, the goal was to reserve his feelings as much as possible to provide a sense of stability for his students.

You try and keep it as professional as you can, because it is only a three- or four-week program, so you try to keep the attachment at a minimum, Costa said. Just because you dont want these kids to feel like, This person is coming into my life, and then you leave.

Having immersed himself in two different Middle Eastern nations, Costa has unavoidably acquainted himself with some of the regions biggest challenges. Whether that be language and dialect changes between each nation or variations in cultural traditions, there is much to be said about the outside perspective of the Middle East and the refugee crisis. In many cases, these nations are largely generalized and lumped together as sharing one overarching culture and painted as one violent zone of conflict, he said.

My experiences in both countries were really different, and I think thats another stereotype that people have, is that they lump all the countries in the Middle East together, and assume theyre all kind of the same, he said. But theyre so different. So many different ethnic and religious groups.

From Costas experience, Lebanon seemed to be comparatively more culturally liberal and Jordan more culturally conservative, even in small details like alcohol consumption and pricing. In addition to these social differences, Costa found a new social world attending school with a primarily Muslim campus on the other side of the world at AUB.

I guess now its pretty common for men and women to kind of hang out together on [AUBs] campus, but before the young men would stand over here, he said, gesturing to his left side, and the women would stand over here.

Even linguistically, Jordan and Lebanon differ in terms of phrases and accents as well. Although boths dialects fall under the Levantine Arabicthe main dialect of Arabic spoken near the Levantine Seas eastern coast, which includes regions of Jordan and Lebanonit was still difficult to adjust initially.

While BC teaches written, formal Arabic, native speakers rely on colloquial speech to communicate. Costa affirms that the formal Arabic taught at BC is still hugely important, as prospective Arabic speakers do still need to learn to read, but these forms are not generally used in verbal conversation.

In spite of all these differences, internal or external, Costa fondly recollects that travel has helped him understand cultural differences. His journeys abroad have also helped him realize that, regardless of these cultural divides, people have a shared humanity that makes them more or less no different than the people he knows from home.

I think that the more you travel the more you realize that people everywhere are pretty much the same, Costa said. Outside of, you know, basic cultural differences, most people care about family, people care about food, especially in Middle Eastern culture.

Not only does Costa see faces of humanity where outsiders might see political unrest, but he also finds trust where others might find suspicion. In fact, Costa felt that developing self-reliance, particularly in an area of the world that so many people view with mistrust, was one of the most influential aspects of time abroad.

I feel like a big thing that I took away from my abroad experience, was realizing that I can travel from Jordan to Israel, and maybe no one along the way will speak English, but I can make it happen and I can follow through the steps and I can do what I want to do.

Despite how dangerous this type of travel might seem, he finds that trust in others is the biggest factor. Particularly from the perspective of students who have traveled somewhere assuredly safe and with a large group of people, or who have never traveled at all, the idea of relying on others and forgoing the advantage of language familiarity is daunting.

So much of that is just trusting people too, Costa said. No matter where you go, whether thats England, France, or wherever, having faith in the people around you is huge. You cant travel and not rely on the people around you.


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Where To Buy The Air Jordan 10 Seattle – Sneaker News

Often looking back on its archives for inspiration and with good reason Beaverton further dives into the history of the Jumpman line-up, bringing back the Air Jordan 10 Seattle after an almost 25 year hiatus. Bearing a similar color execution as the Orlando-inspired creation, the latest is more a neutral offering accented by standout tones. Bases of white tumbled leather add contrast within the lines of two opposing hits of black. Eye stays and midsoles, which take on this tone, standout despite a similar material execution with same-colored webbing and branded embroidery sticking close to this mostly colorless design. The statement green, despite its mostly sparing usage, fully pays homage to the Seahawks with its lining and parts of the tread bearing that ever-recognizable green tone. Grab a detailed look at the pair here and find it hitting the select retailers below as well as Nike.com on October 19th.

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Watch: Former Seattle Seahawk, Oregon Duck Dion Jordan working toward return to the NFL – OregonLive

Former Seattle Seahawks defensive end and Oregon Ducks star Dion Jordan is working hard for what he hope will be another chance to play in the NFL.

The former Oregon Ducks star, currently serving a 10-game suspension for taking Adderall, could be reinstated in a few weeks, according to a report. In the meantime, Jordan is working out and looking very fit. Watch.

Jordan, 29, was suspended in May for violating of the NFLs policy on performance-enhancing drugs and an arbitrator denied Jordans appeal of the suspension.

Jordan, who played for the Seattle Seahawks during the 2017 and 2018 seasons, had previously been approved by the NFL to take Adderall to treat ADHD, but his therapeutic use exemption expired. Jordan told nfl.com that he took the drug to help combat a number of difficult issues that had surfaced in his personal life.

Jordan has had problems with drugs in the past. The No. 3 pick of the 2013 NFL draft was suspended twice in 2014, resulting in him missing six games. Jordan was suspended for the entire 2015 season for multiple violations of the leagues drug policy. Jordan was reinstated by the league in 2016 after serving the one-year suspension, but knee issues prevented him from playing a down in 2016.

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Rep. Jim Jordan is among those who should be held accountable for the abuse by Dr. Richard Strauss – cleveland.com

Regarding the Oct. 18 column from 78 survivors of abuse by the late Dr. Richard Strauss at Ohio State University, I agree with their demand for accountability.

In pursuing the case, let us not forget U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan, who, while on the universitys wrestling staff, dismissed allegations because they were heard in a locker room. This self-righteous and finger-pointing member of Congress should be judged by the same standards as any other complicit individual. He should be removed from his seat as others have been removed for much less. He was trusted to take care of kids and he failed. Get rid of him and make him accountable as a citizen. We certainly need to do better in this state.

Mary Ann Jelenic,

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Seattle Sounders forward Jordan Morris on the new position, and new attitude, that have fueled his comeback – MLSsoccer.com

TUKWILA, Wash. Before his 2018 season even started, Jordan Morris was dealt the biggest setback of his career.

The Seattle Sounders Homegrown attacker and 2016 MLS Rookie of the Year was nearing the end of his first game of the year a Concacaf Champions League match in El Salvador when he went down late in the second half with what turned out to be a torn ACL. That injury kept him out for the entire 2018 MLS campaign.

Coming on the heels of a disappointing and injury-plagued 2017, whether or not Morris would be able to regain the form that had seenhim hailed as one of the most highly-touted prospects in US Soccer was an open question.

With a clean bill of health in 2019, Morris has answered that question emphatically. He started 24 games for Seattle this regular season, logging 10 goals and seven assists. But the best was yet to come.

On Saturday, he struck a memorablehat trick,including the game-winning goal that sentthe Sounders to a 4-3 victory over FC Dallas in Round One of the Audi 2019 MLS Cup Playoffs.

And on Tuesday, it was announced that Morris had won the 2019 MLS Comeback Player of the Year Award.

You have those dreams when youre coming back and youre visualizing this kind of stuff, Morris told reporters after Sounders training on Monday. You always have those doubts, you never know what the knee is going to feel like or if youre going to come back being the same player. Obviously, those doubts happen everyone once in awhile, so to be where I am now, I was looking back talking to my family and my girlfriend about where we were a year ago and to be here now is obviously super special.

In addition to simply being healthy, Morris said an increased comfort level with his role at both the club and international level has helped fuel his comeback campaign.

After coming up as a pure striker, both the Sounders and US men's national team have deployed Morris out on the wing full time since his return to action. Out wide, hes used the blinding speed that remains his biggest asset to not only free himself up for looks on goal, but also set up teammates.

After previously resisting the change, Morris says hes grown to embrace it and now enjoys the multi-faceted nature of his new role.

When I was playing [on the wing] in the past it was kind of like an obligation and I would have rather been up front, Morris said. But now I see that as my position and moving forward and its where I want to play. I definitely see myself as a winger now and Im enjoying it.

I think Im playing with a confidence and a new energy, kind of a new fire this year, he added. I think last year, sitting out for a year, I told myself I was going to have a new fire and new energy and appreciation for the game coming back, and I definitely have that.

The Sounders took a gamble by signing Morris to a lucrative contract extension in the offseason after the ACL injury, betting that he would be able to recapture his old form and help lead the team on another MLS Cup run.

So far, it seems to be paying off. Morris said the overall body of the work that hes achieved since signing with Seattle which includes a Rookie of the Year Award, an MLS Cup title and now the Comeback Player of the Year is evidence that he made the right decision when he chose to join his hometown club over opportunities he had to play overseas.

I have no regrets at all, Morris said, Players are different and I feel like Im continuing to progress here and get better here. Different players choose different paths and need different things and for right now, I definitely have no regrets and Im really happy to be here. I love playing for my hometown team and fighting for championships here and winning it in 2016.

No regrets at all, just super happy to be here."

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Second round of tests deems South Jordan’s water supply safe to use and drink – Salt Lake Tribune

After drawing samples from more than 20 sites and inspecting them for more than 30 different elements, including contamination by chromium-6, a metallic element that in excessive amounts can cause skin burns and more serious diseases, the city has determined its supply is not the cause of the skin problems some residents have complained about in recent days.

We feel good about eliminating our water system as a source for these health concerns residents are experiencing, said Raymond Garrison, associate public works director for South Jordan City, in a video update posted to the citys website Wednesday afternoon.

That means the water is "safe to drink and safe to use, said Rachael Van Cleave, a spokeswoman with the southwest Salt Lake County city.

The water inspections began after several residents two of them in Daybreak, one just outside and one in another area of the city filed formal complaints to the city, while others raised concerns and questions on Facebook.

One of the Daybreak residents tested the water with a consumer test strip on Sunday and saw results indicating the presence of chromium-6. That resident also said family members had experienced skin irritation.

An initial test of the water gave early signs the water wasnt contaminated, but Van Cleave said the city wanted to make sure we left no stone unturned with our testing.

The city initially reported an estimated cost for the tests at $6,000, but with rush fees and when all testing was completed, the cost ended up being more than $11,000, according to a news release from the city.

The city has invited the Jordan Valley Water Conservancy District to do its own independent testing, which Van Cleave told The Salt Lake Tribune is expected to be completed sometime Thursday.

The water in nearby Sandy was contaminated early this year after a fluoridation pump malfunctioned because of a power outage at one of the citys wells. The response to that incident was much slower, with several residents expressing frustration that they were allowed to drink possibly tainted water for a week before they heard about problems with the water supply.

South Jordans water testing has ruled out the possibility of over-fluoridation and also tested for chlorine, full metals and other chemicals.

While the source of residents skin irritation remains unclear, the city is encouraging anyone experiencing symptoms to fill out a survey providing more information. The city plans to share those details with the Salt Lake County Health Department, which will be looking for trends or anything they can pinpoint thats going on, Van Cleave said in the video.

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