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Golden State Warriors Break Ground on $1 Billion Chase Center

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SAN FRANCISCO (Diya TV) — The morning after crushing their rival Cleveland Cavaliers 126-91 in a rematch of last year’s NBA Finals, the Golden State Warriors celebrated another victory Tuesday after they broke ground on their new, $1 billion arena, the Chase Center.

Set to open for the 2019-20 season, Warriors front office brass, along with head coach Steve Kerr, Kevin Durant and San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee, attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony in the Mission Bay neighborhood.

Construction of the arena is being funding entirely by private money, the 11-acre project includes an 18,000-seat venue and 600,000 square feet of office space, as well as a new 5.5-acre public park. The arena was approved by San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors in 2015, but had been stalled by litigation and design issues ever since. But earlier Tuesday, the California Supreme Court declined to review the case, giving owner team owner Joe Lacob the go-ahead to proceed with the project.

Kerr highlighted the fact, as mentioned, that the arena is being built entirely with private funding. That means no tax dollars will be spent on the construction or planning of the Chase Center.

“(That is) a tremendous financial risk, almost unheard of these days in professional sports,” Kerr said. “The best way to mitigate that risk is to put a really good team on the floor.”

“This is an incredible franchise that has only begun to scratch the surface,” Kerr said.

The site is near the University of California at San Francisco Medical Center and the UCSF Benoiff Children’s Hospital. Team president Rick Welts thanked members from both during his remarks, but several of the university’s employees and hospital patients have been skeptical of the environmental impacts of the Chase Center’s construction in the Mission Bay neighborhood.

The Mission Bay Alliance, one of the main opponents of the arena’s construction, is comprised of UCSF donors, doctors and stakeholders who have contended the Chase Center will impede access to the hospital and increase noise and air pollution.

It was that group’s lawsuit that the state supreme court killed on Tuesday, effectively clearing the way for construction.

Many postings on the team’s Facebook page worry that the move across the Bay from its home in Oakland will result in ticket price hikes, traffic and parking nightmares and the loss of the current arena’s special, boisterous atmosphere. The Warriors have been playing home basketball games in the East Bay for more than four decades.

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Bucks bycott Game 5 in wake of Jacob Blake shooting, NBA season now in limbo

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Milwakee Bucks issue a statement

ORLANDO, Florida (Diya TV) — As the video of George Flyod’s killing spread across social media, the Black Lives Matter movement grew stronger & folks took to the streets to protest against police brutality. The NBA’s coronavirus-halted season resumed last month in Orlando. This Sunday, in Kenosha, Wisconsin, a police officer shot Jacob Blake, an unarmed Black man, seven times in the back.

Outraged, the Milwaukee Bucks players, decided to boycott Game 5 of the playoff series against the Orlando Magic. They forfiet the game, but the Magic refused to accept the Bucks’ forfeit and instead, both teams stood united, and the Bucks called Wisconsin’s Attorney General and Lieutenant Governor during “game time”.

The news spread quickly and other teams followed suit, notably the Rockets and Thunder, after Russell Westbrook and Chris Paul discussed the boycott.

Coincidently, four years ago today, former 49er Colin Kaepernick first kneeled during the national anthem. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell finally said that he that he wished they “had listened to Kaepernick earlier.” Kaepernick, who was essentially exiled from the league, has been receiving a lot of praise after today’s boycott.

The players took the “game time” to call the Attorney General Josh Kaul & Lieutenant Governor Mandela Barnes.

Twittersphere saw a barrage of reactions from players, coaches to former president Barack Obama

The 29-year-old, Jacob Blake was shot repeatedly in the back as he attempted to get into his car, while his three children sat inside. Protests have erupted in Kenosha since the shooting, with two people killed after a teenager opened fire on demonstrators with an assault rifle on Tuesday.

After the historic walkout, a players meeting was organized that continued past midnight in Orlando & sources say there was some frustration in the meeting among the players with the Bucks blindsiding everyone with their walk-out plan. Bucks’ guard, George Hill admitted he first sparked conversation pregame to boycott and his teammates supported.

As the teams voted on the status of the season, the LA Clippers & LA Lakers voted to boycott the NBA season, with LeBron James walking out of the meeting. He was soon followed by all the players from the LA teams.

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India, Pakistan spar over women’s rights in Kashmir

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NEW YORK (Diya TV)  — At the United Nations, both India and Pakistan’s representatives took shots at their counterpart over women’s rights. Islamabad’s outgoing envoy to the UN, Maleeha Lodhi, said the women in Jammu and Kashmir were suffering due to the communication blackout in the state. India’s First Secretary to the UN Paulomi Tripathi said, without naming Pakistan, these “baseless statements” were ironic given the amount of honor killings that take place there annually.

Rajeev Majumdar is the new president of the Washington State Bar Association, becoming the first state bar president of South Asian descent in the United States.

For the first time, India entered the ranks of the top ten countries sending visitors to the United States, with tourists from India spending nearly $16 billion in the U.S. in 2018 alone.

And while the Kings and Pacers played two entertaining games in Mumbai, their legacy will include supporting five under-resourced schools in and around the region, outfitting them with Smart Classrooms, STEM training and new basketball courts.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Gandhi 150th birth anniversary noted around the world

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NEW DELHI (Diya TV) —  Celebrations for Mahatma Gandhi’s 150th birth anniversary have been ongoing for the past year, but culminated with a ceremony in New Delhi featuring Prime Minister Modi and another in Washington at the Library of Congress. And France’s government worked with the Indian Embassy there to issue a stamp in honor of his birth anniversary.

US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and India’s Commerce and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal are meeting this week to continue the US-India discussion on trade and investment.

Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb came to New Delhi to strengthen ties between the Hoosier State and India. Infosys has already made a large commitment there. Holcomb is part of a large delegation of Americans now heading Mumbai to take in the first-ever NBA preseason games in India featuring the Indiana Pacers and the Sacramento Kings.

Bollywood turned Hollywood actor Anupam Kher came to the Bay Area to keynote the Akshay Patra annual fundraising gala that helps feed children in India a hot meal during the school year.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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