Heat’s Bosh Glad Season Over

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first_imgSAN ANTONIO — About an hour after the season ended, Chris Bosh was standing near the bus ramp from where the Miami Heat would soon depart for the airport and the off-season.Miami’s two-year reign was over. And Bosh almost sounded relieved.The Heat got rolled in the NBA Finals by San Antonio, losing in five games, the last three of them lopsided, and for the first time since 2011 there would be no championship parade in Miami.The same team that the Heat wore down in the 2013 finals had all the answers, ushering in a summer for Miami that will be filled with questions about the futures of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Bosh.“I don’t think anybody really enjoyed this season like in years past,” Bosh told The Associated Press. “There was no, like, genuine joy all the time. It seemed like work. It was a job the whole year. Winning was just a relief. Losing was a cloud over us sometimes and then we’d break out of it — and then go right back. But we got here. We had a chance. They were just better.”That being said, and while hardly committing to a fifth season of the “Big 3” era in Miami, Bosh made it clear: the group wants to remain intact. Whether or not personal choices and financial realities of a salary-capped, luxury-taxed world will allow that to happen remain unclear.“We want to stay together, man,” Bosh said. “I’ll say that. It’s a great organization, great team and great city. And to have a chance, that’s all you can ask for.”James insisted he hasn’t thought about what decisions he has to make this summer. Wade has often expressed interest in remaining with the Heat. Bosh has said repeatedly that he wants to stay. But all can become free agents in the next couple weeks, and the Heat might be rooting for that to happen.By opting out, they could get new deals with the Heat and create financial flexibility for team President Pat Riley to lure new pieces into a locker room that will need new faces.“The whole league continues to get better every single year,” James said. “Obviously we would need to get better from every facet, every position. It’s just how the league works.”For as well as he played in Game 5 — 31 points and 10 rebounds in what would be the final game of Miami’s run as champion — James’ best display of defense came afterward, when pressed repeatedly about his future.“I will deal with my summer when I get to that point,” James said. “Me and my team will sit down and deal with it. I love Miami. My family loves it. But obviously right now that’s not even what I’m thinking about. You guys are trying to find answers. I’m not going to give you one.”The Heat aren’t expected to hold exit interviews until later this week.James and Wade shared the postgame podium on June 15, possibly for the last time. Wade seemed to be laboring in the last two games of the finals, shooting just 28 percent from the floor and 50 percent from the foul line.“It wasn’t just Dwyane,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said when asked about Wade’s struggles. “It was pretty much everybody except for LeBron.”Wade’s knees and health have been a concern all year, never more than in the finals. “I’m all right,” Wade said. “Can’t win them all. You try to, but you can’t win them all.”The Heat have known for four years that this summer of decisions and possible changes was looming, and have planned accordingly.Besides the “Big 3,” the locker room is filled with free-agents-in-waiting. Chris Andersen, who excelled for little money the last two seasons, will be getting a raise from someone.Mario Chalmers can leave, Ray Allen isn’t sure if he’ll play in Miami or anywhere else, Shane Battier is retiring and Udonis Haslem — who has been with the Heat for 11 seasons, just like Wade — also has an uncertain future.“It wasn’t a distraction,” Haslem said. ” We got here. And if someone had told me when I signed on the dotted line that I’d go to four straight finals, I’d take it.”The Spurs don’t see the Heat going anywhere. “They’re a class act and they’ll be back next year for sure,” Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. “I don’t think anybody would really doubt that.”Bosh can only hope he’s right.“I see why people were saying three-peating is hard. I get it now,” Bosh said. “I get it. There’s just so many other things you have to fight. The human psyche, the human condition. We’re all human. And it was a long, tough season.”(TIM REYNOLDS, AP Basketball Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Surajkund Mela: All about the world’s biggest craft fair

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first_imgThis mega affair will start on February 1 and will continue till February 17, and preparations are on in full swing. The famous International Surajkund Crafts Mela sees enthusiasts from all over the world and from across the country.Amid the celebrations, Union Minister of State for Railways and Communication Manoj Sinha released a special postage stamp of the Indian Postal Department on Kumbh Mela on February 02, 2019.Special Postage Stamp on #KumbhMela releasedRead here: https://t.co/RSypkeRRoo pic.twitter.com/jxjzklHrAO PIB India (@PIB_India) February 2, 2019The mela is organized by the Surajkund Mela Authority & Haryana Tourism in collaboration with Union Ministries of Tourism, Textiles, Culture and External Affairs.For the 33rd Surajkund International Crafts Mela-2019, the state of Maharashtra has been chosen to be the Theme State.At least 20 countries and all the states of India will be participating in the Mela.A large number of renowned national and international folk artistes and cultural groups present day performances at both the Chaupals, the open-air theatres, located in the mela premises.Also, enthralling cultural evening programmes are held at the main Chaupal during each of the Mela evening.The Mela is indeed a custodian of the heritage crafts involving use of traditional skills that are fading away due to cheap machine made imitations, and a special section is earmarked for showcasing of these heritage crafts.The multi-cuisine food court provides ethnic cuisines from all over the world, which are immensely popular with visitors. There are designated places for amusement, adventure sports and joy rides to make it a must visit event for the young.advertisementAIMS AND OBJECTIVESTo organise, manage and run the Surajkund International Craft Mela at Surajkund Faridabad with a view to promote handicrafts, handlooms with the aid of craftsmen invited from all over the countryTo identify languishing and lesser-known crafts and to introduce them to patronsTo display crafts and loom techniques by organising demonstration sections in the Mela groundsTo undertake the promotion of export of handlooms and handicraftsTo set up an environment in which rural crafts traditions could be displayed and to project the traditional rural ambience of a typical village near Delhi for travellers who may not have the time or means to visit an Indian villagePartner Nation for 33rd Surajkund International Crafts Mela 2019Thailand is the Partner Nation Country for the Year 2019. Thailand is a Southeast Asian country. It’s known for tropical beaches, opulent royal palaces, ancient ruins and ornate temples displaying figures of Buddha.Thailand art and craft is woven into the country’s rich cultural heritage and is an inherent part of Thailand’s history and national identity. With skills having been passed on for generations, Thailand art and craft is an enduring reflection of the Thai people’s attention to detail and creativity. Surajkund Mela: All you need to know about the world’s biggest craft fair (Image source: haryanatourism.gov.in)Partner Nations over the yearsEgypt became the Focus Nation in the 23rd Surajkund Crafts Mela-2009. That’s how the idea was mooted to introduce a country/nation as a Focus NationThailand was introduced as the first Focus Nation during the 26th Surajkund Crafts Mela-2012A group of African Nations participated as Focus Nations in the 27th Surajkund International Crafts Mela-2013Sri Lanka was chosen as Focus Nation for 28th Surajkund International Crafts Mela-2014Lebanon was chosen as Focus Nation for the 29th Surajkund International Crafts Mela-2015China and Japan was choosen as Focus Nation for 30th Surajkund International Crafts Mela -2016Kyrgyzstan was choosen as partner Nation for 32nd Surajkund International Crafts Mela-2018.Theme State this year:The novelty of the Surajkund International Crafts Mela is that one of the Indian states gets the honour to occupy the position of the Theme State each year. The Theme State was conceptualized broadly with a view to promote and focus on art, craft and cuisine of each state of India every year.For the 33rd Surajkund International Crafts Mela-2019, the state of Maharashtra has been chosen to be the Theme State.Cultural programmes list:DateDayPerformance1st Feb.FridayWitness a Classical on Shivaji Maharaj by “Ganimi Kawa”.2nd Feb.SaturdaySway to the tunes of famed Bollywood singer Akkankksha3rd Feb.SundayWitness Haryanvi themed cultural Programme and Fashion Show directed by Prop. Rajvir Singh, Dharohar Heritage, Kurukshetra4th Feb.MondayJive to the scintillating performances by artists from Thailand5th Feb.TuesdayEnjoy cultural programme by Rajasthani artists6th Feb.WednesdayJoin the National Day celebration of Sri Lanka with cultural performancesadvertisement7th Feb.ThursdaySway to the earthy moves of artists from Maharashtra8th Feb.FridayGet mesmerized by the performance of famed classical singer Mrs. Malini Awasthy9th Feb.SaturdayEnjoy the flavours of Kavi Sammelan by famous poets co-ordinated by Sardar Manjeet Singh, Poet Surender Sharma, Dr. Surendra Dubey, Suresh Awasthi, Gajender Solanki and Budhi Prakash Dadhich10th Feb.SundayBe enthralled by classical dance performance by Ms. Anu Sinha11th Feb.MondayResonate to the melodious songs of the golden era and Sufi Qawwalis.Enjoy riveting dance performance by Mrs. Ranju Prasad and Party.Swing to the beat of the scintillating performance by WOW Womania Folklores Band12th FebTuesdayCatch the live performance of Sa Re Ga Ma fame singer Dr. Rinku KaliaGroove to the pulse of Rajashthani Folk performers13th FebWednesdaySoak in the soulful Sufi songs by renowned Punjabi Artists.Relive the evergreen melodies of Mohd. Rafi, Mukesh, Kishore Kumar, Lata Mangeshkar etc. by various artists14th Feb.ThursdayGyrate to the tunes of electrifying performance by Paddy boys Band15th Feb.FridayMedley of performances by international artists16th Feb.SaturdayExperience an eclectic fusion of instruments and classical vocals by Subhash GhoshSurajkund Mela 2019: Essential InformationTickets: INR 120 (Weekdays), INR 180 (Weekends)Celebrated at: Surajkund, District FaridabadCelebrated during: 1st Feb to 17th FebruaryVisit timings: 10:30 AM-8.30 PMMain attractions: Rich showcase of regional and international crafts and traditionsFor more details you can visit Surajkundofficial website: http://www.haryanatourism.gov.inlast_img read more