#newmusic NEW BLUE SIOUX – ‘Eat This’

Facebook Advertisement New Blue SiouxLIMERICK’S  New Blue Sioux are Mike Ryan (former Tuesday Blue frontman) and Geri Doyle Ryan. Together for over 15 years, ‘New Blue Sioux’ have lived and played/toured in USA/New York, UK and Ireland, including the Electric Picnic Festival, Oxygen Festival, with a long running residency in Cleere’s Theatre, Kilkenny. The track here is ‘Eat This’, the latest offering from New Blue Sioux. ‘Eat This’ has engaging evocative lyrical imagery played over a languid electronic beat. “I was born in a minor key, I can still remember the first words my mother said to me”. Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up A wonderful songwriting talent, New Blue Sioux play  Cobblestone Joe’s this Wednesday June 18.Audio Playerhttp://www.limerickpost.ie/site/wp-content/uploads/Eat-This-MP3.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Linkedin Twitter Print Previous articleLimerick Businesses Contributed over €280,000 to Local Charities and Community Groups in 2013Next articleLimerick students embrace step up to second level Eric Fitzgeraldhttp://www.limerickpost.ieEric writes for the Entertainment Pages of Limerick Post Newspaper and edits the music blog www.musiclimerick.com where you can watch and listen to music happening in the city and beyond. News#newmusic NEW BLUE SIOUX – ‘Eat This’By Eric Fitzgerald – June 18, 2014 638 WhatsApp Email read more

Conservation groups to sue Army Corps

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant “Most of the river remains in a natural state. Creatures are still living there. We don’t think it’s too late,” said Ileene Anderson, an ecologist with the Center for Biological Diversity, one of the groups filing the lawsuit. “It’s not like we’re asking for no development. We’re just asking for smart development, where we can build things without putting concrete in the river.” Army Corps of Engineers officials said they couldn’t comment on the anticipated lawsuit, but did defend their permitting process. “Our focus is protecting wetlands. We have a difficult job of trying to strike the right balance between environmental concern and human development,” said corps spokesman Jay Field. “Sometimes people have to look at the other side of the coin that property owners have some right to do what they seek to do with their land.” Regulatory Branch Chief Dave Castanon explained that the agency has recognized the development pressure on the river, and refused to issue permits to The Newhall Land and Farming Company a decade ago until the company developed a long-term plan to protect the river as it prepares to build the 21,000-home Newhall Ranch. “We have a lot better handle on (the cumulative impacts) than we’ve ever had before,” he said. The corps is also a partner in an $8.2 million study looking at how best to protect the 1,600-square-mile Santa Clara River watershed. But river advocates warn that the study could come too late. They say the corps and other water quality agencies are allowing developers to build in the floodplain and in areas too close to the river – opening the door to flood-control issues and storm-water pollution problems. “(Development) can be done in a way that doesn’t cause negative impacts, that doesn’t put us in the situation we’re in with Los Angeles,” said Melanie Winter with The River Project. “We just had to pass a half-billion-dollar Proposition O bond for water quality, and that’s just the first of many half-a-billion-plus bonds. (Santa Clarita) can avoid those problems and the money it costs to fix those problems.” The lawsuit is to be filed today in the U.S. District Court’s Central Division in Los Angeles by the Center for Biological Diversity, Friends of the Santa Clara River and the Wishtoyo Foundation/Ventura Coastkeeper. Kerry Cavanaugh, (818) 713-3746 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Worried that the Santa Clara River could end up as paved and polluted as the Los Angeles River, a group of environmentalists plans to file suit today charging that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has rubber-stamped development along the natural waterway without studying the ecological impacts. Running 100 miles from the hills of Acton to the ocean near Oxnard, the Santa Clara River is one of Southern California’s last natural waterways. But in the past few years, the corps has issued 120 permits to fill wetlands, build over the floodplain and pave the sides of the Santa Clara River in concrete. Environmentalists contend that the corps has not studied the cumulative impact of all that construction in and along the river. They believe the changes damage the habitat of rare and endangered plants and animals, and can reduce the amount of river water that seeps into the groundwater basin. last_img read more

Saints’ Sean Payton says 49ers’ Jimmy Garoppolo ‘clearly’ a winner

first_imgBRADENTON, Fla. — Jimmy Garpopolo’s history with Sean Payton traces, of course, to their roots as Eastern Illinois quarterbacks.“I met him, he probably doesn’t remember it, but my freshman year. He came back and got his number retired at Eastern,” Garoppolo recalled.Has Garoppolo’s No. 10 jersey hasn’t gotten the same treatment at their alma mater?“No. No. I think I’ve got to do a little more, first. Ha!” Garoppolo said. SANTA CLARA, CALIFORNIA – NOVEMBER 24: Quarterback Jimmy …last_img

The White Zulu on stage in SA

first_imgUbuhle Bemvelo (beauty of nature) wasreleased in 1982. Clegg receives his honorary doctoratein music from Wits University.(Image: SAMRO) A poster for a concert in the UK showsClegg in full indlamu flight. Clegg demonstrates a dance move duringa visit to Dartmouth College, US, where hedelivered a lecture on Zulu culture in 2004.(Image: Dartmouth College) An early picture of Juluka. Sipho Mchunustands at the back, while Clegg is front left.(Image: Talking Leaves)Janine ErasmusSouth African music icon Johnny Clegg takes to the local stage again in September, in a new production titled Heart of the Dancer. Clegg is a trailblazer in South Africa’s music industry, having cofounded Juluka, the country’s first racially mixed group, with Sipho Mchunu in 1979, and thereby changing the face of South African music.After a successful run in Johannesburg, Heart of the Dancer is set to take Cape Town by storm, playing two shows in September 2008 at the Cape Town International Convention Centre. The show takes a look at Clegg’s career, and particularly the role that dance has played in his music and live performances.Clegg has used various styles of traditional dance in his songs, each style imbuing his live shows with excitement and energy. Today, at 55 years of age he still dances as enthusiastically as ever, although he jokes that the muscles “get a little sore”.As a solo artist, with his Juluka (isiZulu for “sweat”) collaboration with Mchunu and his later group Savuka (isiZulu for “we have awakened”), Clegg combined traditional African musical structures with folksy Celtic lilts and rock music to create an accessible and hugely successful world music sound. At the same time he managed to encourage deeper respect for Zulu culture.In the liner notes for the 1992 recording of Juluka’s performance with Ladysmith Black Mambazo at the Cologne Zulu Festival, Clegg was described as “symbolising the positive utopia of a freely integrated society”. In 2007 he received an honorary doctorate of music from his alma mater Wits University. The citation read, “Johnny Clegg’s life and productions give meaning to the multiculturalism and social integration South Africans yearn for.”Singing and dancingThe indlamu is a Zulu dance performed traditionally at celebrations such as weddings. Derived from the war dance of Zulu warriors, it is danced by men and calls for full traditional dress and the accompaniment of drums.The dance is characterised by dancers lifting one foot high above the head, and bringing it crashing down to the ground. Clegg and Mchunu would perform this dramatic movement to enthusiastic acclaim from audiences worldwide in songs such as Impi, which tells the story of the battle of Isandlwana. In KwaZulu-Natal on 22 January 1879 British forces were slaughtered by Zulu warriors in the largest single military defeat of the British Empire ever, although it was a Pyrrhic victory for the Zulus. An impi is a body of armed men – not necessarily Zulus.Other dance styles used widely by Clegg include the ibhampi, a lighter form of the indlamu where the dancer lightly bumps his foot down, and the inqo-nqo, which evolved in the crowded hostel environment. Here the dancer lifts his foot only a little way off the ground, brings it down hard enough to make an audible sound, and then throws himself backwards to land on his bottom.Defying the systemClegg, a social anthropologist who completed an honours degree at Wits University, was born in 1953 in Rochdale, near Manchester, England. When he was a year old his father left home and was never seen again. His mother moved to then-Rhodesia, now Zimbabwe, her homeland, before moving to Johannesburg. Clegg was seven at the time.While still in his teens he encountered the culture of the Zulu migrant workers who lived in Johannesburg hostels. Mentored by Charlie Mzila, a flat cleaner by day who played music in the street near Clegg’s home in the evenings, the youngster became fluent in isiZulu, the Zulu language, and mastered the maskandi style of guitar-playing. He also gained a deep understanding of and respect for Zulu culture, later earning the nickname White Zulu.So interested was the young Clegg in the hostel musical culture that he often entered such premises illegally, as the Group Areas Act was still in force, and even took part in dance competitions.Around this time Clegg met gardener and musician Sipho Mchunu, a migrant labourer from Kranskop in KwaZulu-Natal. The two formed an acoustic musical duo which later grew into the successful group Juluka, named after a bull owned by Mchunu – but which also implied that much of South Africa’s wealth was built on the sweat of migrant labourers. The group’s first release was Universal Men in 1979.“Universal Men still sounds fresh,” said the late bass guitarist Sipho Gumede, who performed on the album, in 2000. “It’s one of those albums that will be there for life. It was an innocent album. We went into the studio with the aim of making great music. No one was thinking about how many units we would sell. We just thought about the music.”Juluka contravened the apartheid laws of the time and the authorities took a dim view of the group. Clegg and Mchunu were arrested on a regular basis and their music was censored and banned, but they pressed on regardless, fighting against the system in their own way. Their music was a statement of political defiance. Songs like Asimbonanga from the 1987 album Third World Child and One (Hu)Man, One Vote from 1990’s Cruel Crazy Beautiful World carried profound messages, as did many of Clegg’s songs of the time.The iconic song Asimbonanga (“we cannot see you”) was a call for the release of Nelson Mandela and paid tribute to other heroes of the liberation struggle such as Steve Biko, Victoria Mxenge, and Neil Aggett.Released in 1990, One (Hu)Man, One Vote was Clegg’s reminder that voting is a basic human right that was denied for so long to millions of South Africans. “The right to vote has become a hassle for a lot of people in the West, it’s taken for granted,” Clegg said of the song. “With One Man, I tried to emphasise that this is a universal right that people fight and die for in other parts of the world.”Taking the world by stormJuluka disbanded in 1985. Clegg immediately formed another band, Savuka, which was a direct response to the tense situation in South Africa at the time and featured a more conventional pop-rock sound as well as more explicitly anti-apartheid songs. Savuka was launched just one month before South Africa declared a national state of emergency in 1985. The group began touring abroad extensively and by the end of 1987 was the leading world music group touring the francophone countries.Savuka broke up in 1994 after great international success, including a 1993 Grammy nomination for best world music album for its final release Heat, Dust and Dreams. Clegg felt that the group had lived up to its name. “The Savuka project is over,” he said in 1996.Juluka reformed for a short time, and Clegg and Mchunu released their last album as Juluka, Ya Vuka Inkunzi (The Bull has Risen) in 1997.Clegg then embarked on a solo career, releasing albums such as New World Survivor and One Life. The latter, released in 2006, features the singer’s first-ever Zulu/Afrikaans tune, Thamela. The album also included the anti-Mugabe statement The Revolution Will Eat Its Children (Anthem for Uncle Bob).“The private and political choices we make affect how our one life influences the greater whole,” said Clegg of the album, ”and so the songs look at the politics of betrayal, love, power, masculinity, the feminine, survival and work. We each have a story to tell and many of the songs take on a narrative structure to emphasise the story telling nature of how we make meaning in the world.”Describing the South African experienceIn spite of the political nature of many of his songs, Clegg has never viewed himself as political. “It’s very important to understand that I’m not a spokesman for South Africa,” he said in 1990. “All I’m doing is describing the South African experience. There are already too many politicians in South Africa; it doesn’t need another.”Clegg is a published academic, with papers such as “The Music of Zulu Immigrant Workers in Johannesburg: A Focus on Concertina and Guitar” and “Towards an understanding of African Dance: The Zulu Isishameni Style”, published in 1981 and 1982 respectively.He was honoured by the French government with its Chevalier des Arts et Lettres (Knight of Arts and Letters) in 1991, and in 2007 received an honorary doctorate in music from Wits University.Do you have queries or comments about this article? 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Google to put Africa online

first_imgGoogle’s ambitious project will see the company striving to provide internetaccess for 3-billion unconnected people,with the help of HSBC and Liberty Global.(Image: O3b Networks)Janine ErasmusInternet search engine firm Google and partners HSBC and Liberty Global have invested in an ambitious plan to connect people in Africa through a Channel Islands-based project called O3b Networks. The new company’s name hints at the scope of the project – to connect the other 3-billion people on earth who have no internet access.Greg Wyler, O3b founder, said that coverage will extend between the latitudes of 40 degrees north and south, or from Spain to South Africa. This includes large parts of South America and Asia as well as all South Pacific Islands.Work has already started on the construction of 16 Low Earth Orbit communications satellites at the facility of Cannes-based Thales Alenia Space, which received the green light in mid-September 2008. Deployment of the satellites is expected to be completed by the end of 2010.The satellite network will connect to existing cellular towers or WiMax (communications technology that allows wireless transmission of data in a variety of ways) stations to provide connectivity in areas where it is currently not commercially feasible or simply impractical to lay fibre cables.It is expected that the new system could reduce bandwidth costs for communications operators and internet service providers by up to 95% of current rates, according to Google. This will consequently enable them to offer their customers high-speed access at a low cost. Thales claims that the network will offer speeds of up to 10 Gigabits per second, with a combined total capacity of more than 160 Gigabits per second.The design of the satellite network allows for its possible expansion at a later date, since the height of its orbit clears it from other space traffic and insertion of extra satellites is possible. The project’s cost is estimated at $750-million, while initial equity of $65-million has already been raised by O3b’s group of backers.Changing the face of telecommunicationsO3b said that the new satellite constellation will change the economics of telecommunications infrastructure in the world’s fastest-growing markets for communications services. It is widely known that lack of communications infrastructure and poor online access are two of the factors retarding growth and development in emerging countries.Google, meanwhile, is currently engaged in a global expansion drive and is taking up the cause for more widespread internet access, as this will also aid the company in its bid to increase its user base.“An important aspect of Google’s mission is to make information universally accessible,” said Larry Alder of Google’s Alternative Access Team. “Unfortunately, in many less developed areas of the world, particularly in Africa, access to the internet is scarce and expensive.”Alder noted that because the O3b network will comprise a network of medium-orbit satellites, data can be quickly transmitted to and from even the most remote locations, such as land-locked African countries or small Pacific islands.“The satellites will orbit the earth at about one-third the altitude of a geosynchronous satellite, which means it takes less time for data to travel up and back,” he commented. “This low latency translates into better voice connections as well as a snappier web experience.”Bridging the information gapThe project has been welcomed by South Africa’s current Minister of Finance Trevor Manuel. Speaking in early September at a conference in Berlin, Germany, on the United Nations Millennium Development Goals, Manuel said that any initiatives that strive to close the information gap must be supported.“Any initiative that can leapfrog over traditional means of getting information to people must be encouraged. Information is power and it supports democracy and it supports decision-making,” he said.In South Africa it is estimated that just 11% of the population of some 47-million has internet access, out of around 1.5-billion internet users around the world.Google gadgets for AfricaIn a related story, Google has just released the first of its gadgets developed especially for South Africa. Gadgets are small applications that can be embedded on an iGoogle home page or Google-enhanced desktop – and there are more than 30 000 to choose from, ranging from functional to frivolous.The gadget collection was developed by Quirk e-Marketing, which has already collaborated with Google in the development of the local Google Maps layer for South African Tourism.Google operates a South African office and has worked with local developers on a number of occasions. In addition to Google Maps, iGoogle users can give their home page that special South African touch using the Madiba theme created by artist and designer Desré Buirski, known for her casual yet stylish shirts custom-made for former South African president Nelson Mandela.South Africa has been represented at projects such as the Google Summer of Code, while 16-year-old South African computer scientist Federico Lorenzi was a recent grand prize winner in the Google Highly Open Participation Contest.The first set of South African-centred gadgets allows users to convert the South African rand to any currency, or become more knowledgeable about South African proverbs or the colourful local slang.Working with LifeLine Southern Africa, the Southern African HIV Clinicians Society, and the South African National Tuberculosis Association, Quirk also developed a gadget that delivers daily health tips and disease-specific advice on HIV and tuberculosis.According to Google, the purpose of creating the first four South African gadgets is to inspire the creation of many more South Africa-specific gadgets by users, students and developers.“We know the creativity is out there,” said Marion Gamel, Google marketing head in South Africa. “We aim for iGoogle to become the obvious, useful, personal, and fun base from which a satisfying internet experience happens for South African users.”Do you have queries or comments about this article? 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International certification for SA dairy

first_img “This modern technology resulted in the exclusion of various steps in the production process, with subsequent cost savings and environmentally-friendly results.” The technology, known as OneStep, particularly allows for savings in water and energy consumption and improves production efficiencies. ISO 22000 FSSC was the first single standard to attain worldwide recognition. It was introduced in 2004 to guarantee safety systems in companies that process animal products, perishable vegetable products, products with a long shelf-life, food ingredients with additives, vitamins, bio-cultures and food packaging material manufacturing. “Since investing in the Coega IDZ, the dairy has produced exceptional results – from over delivering on environmental standards compliance, creating jobs and expanding operations – this accolade is another feather in the cap of one of our most successful investors,” said head of marketing and communications for the Coega Development Corporation, Ayanda Vilakazi. SAinfo reporter Coega Dairy is also unique in the country for its ultra-high temperature (UHT) processing plant. “We are the first dairy company to invest in a plant design that is significantly more efficient than conventional UHT milk processing solutions available in other South Africa plants,” the company said.center_img “To be the first South African dairy to receive the sought-after international ISO 22000 FSSC certification is an exceptional honour for us,” chief executive officer of Coega Dairy, Hennie Kleynhans, said in a statement. “Before certification we completed an audit for the ISO 22000 Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) accreditation, which required a paper trail and quality checks from the farmer to the household.” 3 October 2012 The Eastern Cape province’s eco-friendly Coega Dairy has become the first South African dairy to be awarded an ISO 22000 Food Safety System Certification, a sought-after international standard for food safety management, the company announced on Monday. Located in the Coega Industrial Development Zone (IDZ) just outside Port Elizabeth, the dairy produces Coastal View UHT milk and butter and has the smallest carbon footprint of any dairy throughout the southern hemisphere. The Coega Dairy factory has also been certified as Kosher and Halaal.last_img read more

Woodlands Dairy and COYSA play their unconventional part in preserving the environment

first_imgWoodlands Dairy food group is committed to spreading the message of environmental health. The company recently embarked on a clean-up campaign that invited participants in the creative sector to get their hands dirty. The end result? A clean city and an eye-catching billboard made from recycled material.Woodlands Dairy saw an opportunity to use graphics to demonstrate the impact of littering. As part of their ongoing ‘clean up your hood for good’ campaign, Woodlands Diary (First Choice) partnered with Colours of You South Africa (COYSA), an organisation that seeks to promote both artistic talent and all things South African by bringing people together through art & design, to create this artwork that can be found on the R303 as motorists leave the N2 and enter Humansdorp in the Eastern Cape.A crew of just over 50 people were challenged to clean up this stretch of road (R303 between the N2 and Humansdorp). The cleanup kicked off at the end of October last year, and has been on-going.Tinus Pretorius, Woodlands Dairy/First Choice GM: sales and marketing shared the campaign objective with MarkLives.com: “We wanted to involve local creatives to help us drive awareness about the benefits of cleaning up their neighbourhood. We need to get the public’s attention when it comes to littering, and what better way they to use the rubbish that’s thrown away? It also gives people a taste of the amazing work from the Port Elizabeth arts community.”About Woodlands DairyWoodlands Diary is situated along the South African Garden Route, right in the heart of the Eastern Cape dairy region in Humansdorp. With a team of +-1400 people, they pride themselves in innovative thinking, the speedy development of new products and excellent customer service.Their range includes various cheeses, butter, cream, amasi, custard, flavoured milk and extended shelf life (ESL) fresh milk, UHT Milk, dairy desserts, dessert toppings and ice cream.Additional reporting: Marklives.comlast_img read more

Reporter nabs NBA job she’s dreamed of since age 11

first_imgIs Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? Her salary was $22,000 a year, and while $22,000 stretches a lot farther in Meridian, Miss., than it does in Atlanta or Charlotte, it still wound up stretching ShahAhmadi pretty thin. And with working late most nights, Monday and Tuesday as days off, and little vacation time, she rarely drove the 4-1/2 hours home to see the family.She lived like this for two years. Then: another job in Mississippi — and another two years. In 2016, she made it to a bigger market, Jackson, Miss., but now it was six hours home and … she’d about had it.Near her contract renewal date this spring, ShahAhmadi made her daily call to her mother, and unsuccessfully fought back tears. “I just kind of feel like I’ve plateaued here,” she told her mom. There was nowhere higher to go in Mississippi. She was stuck.‘Literally jumping for joy’She wasn’t going to settle for anything, she says: She really was prepared to move back home while she kept looking.But in April, she got a lead on a digital reporting job at Fox Sports South in Atlanta. She combined a short trip home (for brother Aryon’s wedding) with a meeting with Randy Stephens, executive producer at Fox Sports and its affiliates.She told him about her love of basketball and her childhood dream of working an NBA sideline as a reporter. “She was also well aware,” Stephens says, chuckling, “that that’s not (the job) we were talking about.”Still, he was impressed by her passion, initiative and stick-to-it-ness in Mississippi. So he hired her as an Atlanta-based reporter and host, focusing on Fox Sports South’s internet and social media presences.This wasn’t the job she’d dreamed of, but it felt like a dream job: In her first months, she was sent to Washington D.C. for the Major League Baseball All-Star Game and to Cooperstown for Atlanta Braves great Chipper Jones’s induction into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.So when Stephens asked her to start commuting to Charlotte to host Fox Sports Southeast’s pre- and post-game Hornets shows — joining analyst/sideline reporter Stephanie Ready — she had to pinch herself again. (For the record, though, the traditional way to say her last name is “Shah-AHK-meh-dee,” with a throat-clearing ‘kh’ sound. “I just Americanized it to make it easier,” she says.)Her father, a native of Iran, emigrated to the United States when he was 14 and grew up to marry Cheryl Rebischke of Saint Cloud, Minn. Ashley, the middle of their three children, was born two years after her brother Aryon and seven years before her brother Brandon. She learned a bit of Persian from her grandmother, but otherwise, there wasn’t much Iranian influence on her life; if the family went to religious services, it was to Catholic church on Christmas and Easter.It’s always been a tall family — Ashley, Aryon and Brandon are 5-10, 6-3 and 6-6, respectively — and they’ve always been basketball fans. But Ashley was the one who took the game most seriously.Although she developed into a shot-blocking force as a forward at Marietta’s Kell High School, she calls a middle-school game — in which she scored half of her team’s points — her most memorable moment as a player.And it was an NBA game she attended as a middle-schooler that was the seminal moment in her life, she says.ADVERTISEMENT She was in seventh grade, with the whole family at an Atlanta Hawks game (her first), in great seats, thanks to a work connection of her dad’s. So it was easy for ShahAhmadi to spot the sharply dressed woman holding the microphone up to the Hawks’ head coach courtside.“In my head, I was like, ‘That has to be the coolest job ever.’”Cheryl ShahAhmadi remembers it like this: “Ashley goes, ‘Mom, that is what I want to do. I want to be a sideline reporter in the NBA.’”Cheryl didn’t think much of it at the time.Yet, she says, Ashley stayed steadfastly focused on the dream — through her father walking out her freshman year of high school; through Cheryl’s struggle to raise three kids, paycheck to paycheck, as a waitress who worked nights and weekends; through Ashley working at Chick-Fil-A all through high school and college to help pay her tuition at the University of Georgia’s broadcast journalism school.And in 2014, ShahAhmadi graduated and started looking for work. The first job she landed covering sports was in Meridian, Miss. — a city whose entire population wouldn’t fill up Spectrum Center (where the Hornets play) twice.It’s about as far away from an NBA sideline as a sports journalist could get.Starting at the bottomBut, she says, it was a fantastic opportunity for a newly minted college graduate. At WTOK-TV, she was on-air five nights a week, anchoring the 6 and 10 o’clock sports reports, and got to cover college teams at Alabama, Mississippi State, Ole Miss and Southern Miss (plus a fair amount of high school sports).The pay and the schedule were not so fantastic. SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño LATEST STORIES Then in May, Atlanta-based Fox Sports South hired her as a digital host and producer. Four months later, she was tapped to host pre- and post-game coverage of Hornets home games. And in December, longtime Hornets sideline reporter/analyst Stephanie Ready announced she was leaving.And there it was: Her dream job, open. She’d been imagining this — not kind of this, not sort of this, but exactly this — ever since she was in the seventh grade. But was she ready?FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion‘That has to be the coolest job’In case you’re wondering, she pronounces ShahAhmadi so it rhymes with comedy: “SHAH-meh-dee.” SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “11-year-old Ashley is literally jumping for joy,” she tweeted on Sept. 24. “Ever since I went to a Hawks game as a kid and saw the hosts/reporters, I have dreamed of the day I would be able to cover a NBA team.”Of course, she had originally been a bit more specific than that — which makes what happened less than two months later more incredible.On Dec. 12, Ready announced that she’d be leaving for a job at Turner Sports at the end of the week, after working Hornets games almost exactly as long as ShahAhmadi had dreamed of being an NBA sideline reporter.How many NBA sideline reporting jobs are there in the world? A few dozen, maybe?Well, one was finally open, and ShahAhmadi was in the exact right place at the exact right time.A happy ending … and beginningWhether you’ve seen ShahAhmadi on TV or in person at a Hornets game (she and her on-air partners broadcast live from the pop-up booth on the Spectrum Center concourse), two things probably stood out.One, her look isn’t typical. “It’s always like, ‘You’re not from around here,’ as soon as they see my last name,” she says. “But also just ’cause I have olive skin and darker hair. No one ever guesses Persian. … So that’s a nice conversation-starter.”Two, smiling’s her favorite.“Her on-camera personality is, I think, really something that everybody enjoys,” Stephens says. “She’s always so bubbly, and so enthusiastic, in every situation. PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krausscenter_img TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening “It’s almost — ” he pauses, then laughs. “You know, I never want to discourage people from being happy, but I’m sometimes telling her, ‘Calm down. Not so much.’”But she does have much to be excited about.She’s no longer living paycheck to paycheck. She shares a roof again with family members, yet she also gets some space, with all the trips to Charlotte, a city she’s quickly fallen in love with. And after spending four years rarely seeing the outside of Mississippi, ShahAhmadi is about to become a very frequent flier, since her new role requires her to travel with the team.Oh, and did we mention she’s finally, really, truly in her dream job?“It’s insane. I mean, it’s insane,” ShahAhmadi says, after wrapping up her first night in her new job as an NBA sideline reporter, a Dec. 19 Hornets win over the Cleveland Cavaliers.“I’m just so grateful… I cannot believe that this is my job. I can’t believe I made it.”As she says this, she’s not literally jumping for joy — not like 11-year-old Ashley, who most certainly is — but 26-year-old ShahAhmadi is smiling a smile that viewers will be seeing a whole lot more. Kei Nishikori, Karolina Pliskova win Brisbane International titles Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue In this Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2018 photo, Ashley ShahAhmadi broadcasts from the baseline during a break in the Charlotte Hornets game against the Cleveland Cavaliers at the Spectrum Center in Charlotte, N.C. ShahAhmadi is in her first season with Fox Sports South as the host of the network’s pre- and post-game coverage of Charlotte Hornets games. (David T. Foster III/The Charlotte Observer via AP)CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Eight short months ago, Ashley ShahAhmadi was covering high school baseball games and track meets at the local ABC affiliate in Jackson, Miss. — and desperately working on an exit strategy.At 26, after four years of working small ones, she had to land a bigger job soon, she’d decided — or move back home to Georgia, in with her mother and younger brother, and start over.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting View commentslast_img read more