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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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Homeland Security Secretary Nielsen resigns

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WASHINGTON, DC (Diya TV) —   Kirstjen Nielsen, the US Homeland Security Secretary, is stepping down over major differences with the administration on how to implement President Trump’s immigration policies.

Meanwhile, President Trump continues to campaign around the nation to make the case for his re-election in 2020. Over the weekend, he told a Las Vegas crowd India is charging 100% tariffs to the U.S. on many things and he wants to reciprocate. He added the Senate is not doing enough to change what he calls “stupid trade.”

The South Asian Bar Association’s Northern California chapter held their annual fundraising gala, a chance for judges, attorneys and the next generation to network and honor their peers.

The NBA Champion Golden State Warriors are moving to San Francisco in the fall, so they held their final Bollywood Night in Oakland. We’ll take you behind the scenes and introduce you to a member of the Warriors Dance Team that choreographed an epic Bollywood dance.

And Ravi Ahuja, the former CFO of Fox Networks, is now Walt Disney Television’s CFO and president of business operations.

Ravi Kapur & Alejandro Quintana contributed to this report.

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University of Houston’s President, Renu Khator joins the NCAA Division I Board

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SAN FRANCISCO (Diya TV) —  Renu Khator, President & Chancellor of University of Houston, the first Indian American to lead a major research university in the U.S., is joining the NCAA’s Division I Board of Directors.

Framroze “Fram” Virjee is now permanent president of the California State University, Fullerton (CSUF). He was a private practice lawyer for nearly 30 years before becoming interim CSUF president last year.

Rutgers Law School announced Neal Katyal, the former Acting Solicitor General of the United States and Vanita Gupta, the former head of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division will both be 2019 commencement speakers.

George Jacob, the President & CEO of non-profit Bay.org behind the ambitious Bay Ecotarium, received the 2019 Louie Kamookak Medal from the The Royal Canadian Geographic Society for making Canada’s geography better known to Canadians and to the world.

Ravi Kapur & Alejandro Quintana contributed to this report.

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Golden State Warriors host first-ever Sikh Awareness Night

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OAKLAND, CALIF. (Diya TV) — Oracle Arena was the site of the first-ever Sikh Awareness Night as the Golden State Warriors cruised to a 117-101 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies Monday night.

It was the second one in as many weeks throughout the NBA as the Los Angeles Clippers introduced it to their home crowd last week.

Other teams and leagues have previously hosted Sikh Heritage Nights, including the San Jose Sharks, who were the first NHL team last year to hold such an event.

Aman Singh, part of the local gurdwaras organization to put the event together, was excited for the community to be represented.

“We contribute to society here, so it’s great to be able to be part of this, to be able to have exposure and allow other folks in the community to get an idea of our heritage, Sikh values,” Singh said.

Fans got there early enough to take pictures outside Oracle and awaiting them inside was an up-close view of Stephen Curry’s highly-anticipated shootaround.

Soon enough, Singh — who was also coaching the pregame scrimmage — would hit the Warriors hardwood with 16 young kids from the Sikh community to shot hoops.

For 13-year-old Gagandeep Kaur of Milpitas, it was an unforgettable moment to be out there.

“Being able to play on the same court as my inspirations means a lot,” she said.

The five-minute scrimmage right before players from the Warriors and Grizzlies hit the floor included some dazzling shots and a buzzer-beater as well.

Members of the two teams remained close by as they eventually stood in front of their inspirations during the National Anthem.

Additionally, right after halftime, they were greeted with high-fives from Kevin Durant, Draymond Green and among others coming out of the tunnel.

“It’s great to be part of something like this,” Singh said.

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