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Dominica Nurses Association Solidarity Message

first_img Sharing is caring! Share The Dominica Nurses Association extends solidarity to all nurses, physicians and other health workers on Dominica, in the region and the world. Here you are front and centre doing what you do best, what you love to do, caring for your nations, as the COVID-19 pandemic races from continent to continent, country to country, savagely attacking our health and our wealth, stealing health workers and loved ones alike. It threatens the very root and future of our generation and profession, the reason we must fight it and fight it we must.I note, with pride, the applause and praises heaped on you over the past weeks and this is welcomed and appreciated. Gratitude is a must! I would also like to remind us that these, along with your dedication and commitment, are not sufficient ammunition to take on the COVID-19 battle. No soldier goes into battle without training and full armour, neither should nurses and health workers go into a pandemic without proper protective personal equipment, adequate training, psychological preparation and support, and everything else that lends itself to winning the COVID-19 war. Patient resources like beds and ventilators, supportive treatment and supplies are also paramount.Regretfully our army is small and already burnt-out, and some of us are exempted from the battle because of chronic underlying illnesses. Mindful of this, government has sought the assistance of a contingent of nurses and other health workers who arrived from Cuba on Sunday, 29 March. On behalf of the nursing fraternity, and you the public, I thank the government for this move. The Dominica Nurses Association endorses the closure of our borders, strict quarantine, and stay at home order for non-health and non-essential workers implemented by the Government of Dominica. I solemnly urge you the public to conform to these measures but to also continue practicing the following:Covering your cough and sneeze in paper tissue and throw tissue in bin;Washing hands frequently with soap and water;Cleaning surfaces frequently with approved cleaning solutions (1 gallon water to 10 ounces bleach, 70% and above Alcohol, or Lysol);Keeping hydrated, managing chronic disease, eating recommended servings of minerals and vitamins to boast you immune system, resting, and limiting alcohol consumption;Practicing Social Distancing.This is the only way we can “Flatten the Curve”.Nurse George Poe Williams watched colleagues die as Ebola killed over 8% of the Liberian health workforce in 2014. Now, he has a message for you and governments around the world facing the #CoronaVirus: #SafeWorkersSaveLives (PSI, 2019). “I am cognizant of the fact that many health workers are dying from COVID -19 but according to Rosa Pavanelli, Public Service International General Secretary, ‘We do not want health workers to become dead heroes.’ And we need as many health workers as possible to be alive and healthy to keep up the good work they are doing.” (PSI, 2020)The WHO Director General, Dr Tedros, also cautions us, “Even if we do everything right and we don’t prioritize protecting health workers, many people will die because the health worker who could have saved their lives is sick.” All this means, therefore, is that nurses and other health workers have a part to play and have a say. Seize your right and responsibility to protect yourself and brace yourself for duty and responsibility to fight COVID -19. It is not enough to say we are all in this together, I want us to do the right and best evidence-based practices together. I want us to support each other incompassionate, practical, spiritual and positive ways, so most, if not all of us, overcome this together. God’s continued blessing and favour upon you and your family, friends and loved ones today, tomorrow and forever. Share President, Mignon Rolle-Shillingford CoronavirusLifestyleNews Dominica Nurses Association Solidarity Message  by: – March 30, 2020 Tweet Share 88 Views   no discussionslast_img read more

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Arneson’s great night at Deer Creek ends with IMCA Modified Harris Clash checkers

first_imgAustin Arneson added to his 2019 IMCA Modified accomplishments by winning the Tuesday night Harris Clash at Deer Creek Speedway. (Photo by Jim Zim­merline) Austin Arneson topped the 28th annual Harris Clash at Deer Creek Speedway, leading the last 11 of 30 laps and outrunning fellow North Dakota hotshoe Tom Berry Jr. in the dash to the checkers coming out of the final turn. Modifieds – 1. Austin Arneson, Fargo, N.D.; 2. Tom Berry Jr., Newburg, N.D.; 3. Cayden Carter, Oskaloosa, Iowa; 4. Jake O’Neil, Tucson, Ariz.; 5. Ricky Thornton Jr., Adel, Iowa; 6. Richie Gustin, Gil­man, Iowa; 7. Mike Mullen, Seymour, Wis.; 8. Brad Dierks, Clarence, Iowa; 9. Ethan Dotson, Bakersfield, Calif.; 10. Corey Dripps, Reinbeck, Iowa; 11. Joel Rust, Grundy Center, Iowa; 12. Brock Bauman, Eureka, Ill.; 13. Joe Duvall, Claremore, Okla.; 14. Matthew Meinecke, Jamaica, Iowa; 15. Jacob Bleess, Chatfield; 16. Cody Bauman, Eureka, Ill.; 17. Ethan Braaksma, Newton, Iowa; 18. Kelly Shryock, Fertile, Iowa; 19. Jared VanDeest, Holland, Iowa; 20. Benji LaCrosse, Green Bay, Wis.; 21. Aaron Johnson, Brainerd; 22. Jimmy Gustin, Marshalltown, Iowa; 23. Stacey Mills, Webb, Iowa; 24. Jeff Aikey, Cedar Falls, Iowa; 25. Kollin Hibdon, Pahrump, Nev. Berry had drawn the pole but it was the fourth starting Carter leading the pack up through the only cau­tion of the night on lap 14.  “I knew this was going to be a tough race. The track was perfect,” Carter said. ”I didn’t realize who won. I probably won by a foot.” Berry had caught race-long and defending Clash winner Cayden Carter for the lead on lap 18, then saw Arneson drive by the next time around.  SPRING VALLEY, Minn. (Aug. 6) – An IMCA Modified driver who’s been racking up some impres­sive wins this summer added another one to his resume Tuesday nigh Northern SportMods – 1. Brayton Carter, Oskaloosa, Iowa; 2. Colby Fett, Algona, Iowa; 3. Lo­gan Anderson, Oskaloosa, Iowa; 4. Zach Nitsch, Delia, Kan.; 5. Carter VanDenBerg, Oskaloosa, Iowa; 6. Jim Chisholm, Osage, Iowa; 7. Doug Smith, Lanesboro, Iowa; 8. Dakota Sproul, Hays, Kan.; 9. Jason Bass, Fort Dodge, Iowa; 10. Daniel Fellows, Keokuk, Iowa; 11. Jake McBirnie, Boone, Iowa; 12. Chris VanMil, Barnesville; 13. Brandon Schmitt, Beaver Dam, Wis.; 14. Austin Schrage, Cresco, Iowa; 15. Thomas Nelson, Aurora, Colo.; 16. Nate Chodur, Lake Mills, Iowa; 17. Joe Docekal, Dysart, Iowa; 18. Dan Paplow, Dundee; 19. Nicholas Carpenter, Leavenworth, Kan.; 20. John Foreman, Hospers, Iowa; 21. David Siercks, Princeton; 22. Bill Wegner, Arm­strong, Iowa; 23. Kyle Bentley, Fairbank, Iowa; 24. Jared Boumeester, Waseca. Logan Anderson, Zach Mitsch and Carter VanDenberg were scored next after Carter and Fett. The Northern SportMod feature stayed green after a lap two restart.  Brayton Carter collected the $1,200 Karl Kustoms Northern SportMod checkers, leading all 25 laps before electronic scoring showed him crossing the stripe all of .019 of a second in front of Colby Fett.center_img “This was pretty exciting,” said Arneson, winner of both the Legendary and Governor’s Cup last month at Dacotah Speedway. “The Harris Clash is pretty prestigious. This was one of my biggest wins.” And Richie Gustin won the Modified Race of Champions sponsored by Wehrs Machine and Rac­ing Products. That victory paid $1,000. He couldn’t quite make a last-shot slider stick, however, and had to settle for a close second. Carter, hard charger Jake O’Neil and Ricky Thornton Jr. completed the top five.  More than 140 race teams from 14 states saw action in front of another big Clash crowd at Spring Val­ley. “It was a great night for me. It was a fun race with a lot of sliding back and forth,” said Arneson, who earned $3,000 for the victory in addition to a 2020 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot berth. The post-race traffic Arneson planned to contend with was with fans and fellow drivers also headed to Dairy Queen for a Blizzard. Feature Results Berry was the first to challenge and then pass Carter, before giving way to Arneson. Frontrunners had to contend with traffic as the race wound down. last_img read more

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Kevin de Bruyne Focus

first_imgKevin de Bruyne made his full debut for Manchester City in their Premier League defeat to West Ham on Saturday. With David Silva injured in the warm-up, De Bruyne was given the chance to play in the number 10 position he loves so much. It soon transpired that Manuel Pellegrini had given him licence to roam, however, as he ended up occupying all three positions behind Sergio Aguero at different times during the match. His task was to sit just behind the City striker and pick holes in the West Ham back four, which he did superbly well even though City lost the match. PASSING: De Bruyne earned his big-money move to City because of his assists record for Wolfsburg. Last season he set up more goals than any player in the top five leagues in Europe and he was a constant menace to the West Ham back four all evening. With little more than three minutes on the clock he had whipped in two dangerous crosses. A stunning cross-field pass then drew an error from Aaron Cresswell, but Aguero could not capitalise. De Bruyne completed the simple passes well to keep City’s tempo high, and he also produced a number of stunning efforts, like the one that slipped Jesus Navas into the box in the 65th minute. The only black mark against his name was a poor corner just after the hour which failed to beat the first man. SHOOTING: De Bruyne’s main role was a creative one, but he also found the net with an impressive low drive in first-half injury-time. With City 2-0 down, they needed a boost and De Bruyne delivered it, striking a peach of a right-footed shot into Adrian’s right-hand corner from 20 yards. IMPACT: City lost their 100 per cent record but at least De Bruyne provided them with some reason for optimism. The Belgian floated around the front third of the pitch, attempting to slice open the West Ham defence to good effect. He took his goal superbly, too. He may have cost a club-record fee, but on this evidence, the money looks well spent. Press Associationcenter_img Here, Press Association Sport looks at how the £54million signing fared at the Etihad Stadium. MOVEMENT: last_img read more

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Edris ends Farah’s invincibility in final race

first_imgBy Ian ChadbandLONDON (Reuters) – Mo Farah’s aura of invincibility after six years of unrelenting success was finally cracked in his very last major track race on Saturday as he lost his world 5,000 metres title to Ethiopia’s Muktar Edris.Seeking a fitting end to his matchless long-distance racing career before moving to marathon running, the 34-year-old Briton’s bid for a fifth straight global 10,000/5,000m double was scuppered as he had to settle for the silver.Yet even in defeat, Farah demonstrated his champion’s spirit as he fought back in the dying metres when it looked as if he would be shut out of the medals completely.In a thrilling finale featuring four athletes careering towards the line, Farah snatched back second place behind Edris, who clocked 13 minutes 32.79 seconds after a searing final lap of 52.6 seconds.“I gave it all but I had nothing left at the end,” a crestfallen and emotional Farah said.“It’s been a long journey but it’s been incredible. It doesn’t quite sink in until you compete here and cross the line – I had a couple of minutes to myself – that this is it.“To be honest with you it takes so much out of me. It’s not an excuse, but it took a lot more out of me than I realised.”It was a glorious win for 23-year-old Ethiopian Edris, the fastest man in the world this year, who had lost all his five previous meetings with Farah.Yet just like Usain Bolt in the 100 metres the previous weekend, it did look a race too far for the weary Briton.To rub in his victory after years of the Ethiopians being tormented by Farah’s brilliance, Edris even gave an impression of his rival’s famed “Mobot” celebration as he crossed the line.“I was highly prepared for this race and I knew I was going to beat Mo Farah,” Edris said.“After the 10km he was maybe tired so he did not have enough for the last kick. I was stronger.“I didn’t have much support but we did it. I did the Mobot out of respect as well for him.”Behind Edris, Farah dug deep to battle back from fourth to second when space opened up on the inside over the last few metres to take silver in 13:33.22.LATE BURSTKenyan-born American Paul Chelimo claimed bronze in 13:33.30 while Farah’s late burst also consigned another Ethiopian Yomif Kejelcha to fourth place in 13:33.51.It was a poignant sight after so many Farah celebrations down the years to see him lying on his back, exhausted and forlorn with his arm draped across his face, but his rivals were not about to let the moment pass without celebrating him.Edris hauled Farah to his feet as his other rivals all wanted to give him a hug of consolation.It was the great man’s first defeat in a major championship race since the 2011 world 10,000 metres final when he also won silver – and, once again, it took dazzling speed to beat him over the last lap.For once, Farah had been found wanting tactically in the denouement, failing to cover Kejelcha and Edris as they opened up a three-metre lead down the back straight.Stretching out desperately to hold on but maybe feeling the exertions of his 10,000 metres title win eight days earlier when he was spiked and suffered a knee injury, Farah was also overtaken by Chelimo.Down the home straight all looked lost for Farah as he appeared blocked in until Kejelcha drifted out from the inside lane trying to block Chelimo, which allowed the Briton the chance to battle through on the inside.“Tactically, I was trying to cover every move,” said Farah, after being consoled by his wife and four children at trackside.“They had the game plan: one of them was going to sacrifice themselves. That’s what they did tonight, and the better man won on the day.“My legs had it on the home straight. I got boxed in early on – it doesn’t normally happen – and couldn’t get out.”last_img read more

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Badger volleyball to take on Marquette, Baylor at home

first_imgThe No. 4 University of Wisconsin volleyball team will be participating in the HotelRED Invitational at the UW Field House this weekend. The tournament will also feature No. 11 Marquette (3-0), No. 17 Baylor (2-0) and unranked Syracuse (0-0).Wisconsin (2-0) is coming off a weekend in which they dominated ACC opponents Florida State and North Carolina in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge. The Badgers won both matches in straight sets led by juniors Dana Rettke and Sydney Hilley, both of whom earned Big Ten Player of the Week honors.Women’s Volleyball: Wisconsin looks to take a step forward after Elite Eight exit last seasonThe University of Wisconsin women’s volleyball team just got their season underway following the Big Ten/ACC Challenge against Florida State Read…Rettke has continued to perform as one of the best college volleyball players, combining for 35 kills in the two matches over the weekend. Setter Sydney Hilley has helped to contribute to this success, combining for 78 assists against FSU and UNC.The Badgers will look to continue this success into the weekend, as they will have tough battles with Marquette and Baylor the next two nights.Marquette managed to take down BYU on the road, the Cougars’ first home loss since 2017. They also swept Boise State on Friday evening on the road.Baylor has also impressed out of the gates in 2019, winning in straight sets against UCLA and Creighton last weekend.The semester that was in Wisconsin athleticsThe spring of 2019 saw a blend of success and disappointment in Wisconsin athletics. With summer fast approaching, we asked Read…Despite Wisconsin’s displays of dominance last weekend, don’t be surprised if Marquette and Baylor put up quite a fight against the Badgers, as both teams held their own in competitive matchups last week.Wisconsin has never lost to Marquette in their storied history, including a 3–0 victory last September in a matchup in Milwaukee. The Badgers all-time record against the Golden Eagles is 20-0, and they will look to continue their winning ways in a Thursday night matchup.In the Badgers’ only historical matchup with Baylor, Wisconsin lost in four sets on the road last September. Baylor sophomore Yossiana Pressley led that match with 32 kills, so look for her on the court this time around as Wisconsin aims to redeem themselves at home.Baylor and Syracuse will battle it out Thursday at 4 p.m. followed by the Marquette v. Wisconsin match at 7 p.m. The invitational will conclude Friday night when Wisconsin takes on Baylor at 8 p.m. All matches will take place in the UW Field House.last_img read more

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O’Shea linked to Galway hurling role

first_imgThe former Tipperary manager is touted as being part of a Michael Donoghue ticket that has emerged as the clear favourite to succeed Anthony Cunningham. Donoghue is well though-of in the county, having led Clarinbridge to an All Ireland title in 2011. A temporary three-man team of Malachy Hanley, Damien Coleman and Tex Callaghan are in charge for the AIG Fenway Classic with Dublin in Boston.last_img

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Ferdinand close to joining QPR, but he will not be captain

first_imgRio Ferdinand’s long anticipated reunion with Harry Redknapp at Queens Park Rangers is edging ever closer to actuality, reports the Daily Mail. However, despite speculation that the former Manchester United man could be given the armband at Rangers, the latest indications are that he will not be made captain.Ferdinand parted company with Manchester United this summer, having been a part of the club for some of its most historic successes. Despite being linked with various moves outside of England, Ferdinand was thought to be keener on a switch within the Premier League, and has been heavily linked with QPR for some time.Should he join the Hoops then he is expected to take a dramatic wage cut from the weekly pay packet he had been receiving at Old Trafford, which made him one of the best paid footballers in the world. A move to Loftus Road will also represent a reunion with Redknapp, a manager who first gave Ferdinand his chance as a schoolboy at West Ham.However, despite the relationship already enjoyed between the pair, the Mail suggests that Ferdinand will not be made Redknapp’s on-field leader. Clint Hill is the current captain at QPR, and the honour is not about to be taken away from him. Should Ferdinand complete his move to the London club then he should stand to receive first-team opportunities, but he will not be granted a comparable level of leadership to that which he sometimes enjoyed at United.last_img read more

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Clemson fans take free tickets reserved for charity and military to mock South Carolina

first_img“The Athletics Department, in an effort to increase attendance and give our football team a more memorable experience in their final home game of the season, sent a link for complimentary upper deck tickets to various community groups and military personnel intended for their use only. The Athletics Department hopes that our fans respect the intention of the offer of complimentary tickets to community groups and the military. Tickets are on sale at the Gamecock Athletics Ticket Office.”MORE: College Football Playoff rankings: Plotting six scenariosHowever, according to WIS News, the athletic department accidentally made the free tickets available to the general public.  Because of an error, some free tickets for Saturday’s game between South Carolina and Akron were apparently taken by fans of the Gamecocks’ rival — Clemson.South Carolina is hosting Akron for its final home game this Saturday as a makeup game after the Sept. 15 matchup against Marshall was canceled because of Hurricane Florence. The athletics department for South Carolina explained the decision to give away free tickets to special fans. Seeing this error, some rival Clemson fans jumped at the opportunity to snag the tickets for themselves, just so the stadium looks empty. These fans then went on a South Carolina message board and bragged about taking the free tickets, which were intended for charities and military members.@RayTannerSC thanks to your ticket mishap this is what is happened. Congrats your athletic department gave away free tickets to Clemson fans who of course won’t use them. Just purchased them to make a joke out of your athletic department. @ClemsonTom pic.twitter.com/r2ExwQpDGJ— Matt Barber (@dixiefriedsport) November 30, 2018A user on another Clemson message board regarding the topic wrote: “They must have discovered that I was using over 2,000 email addresses to order over 16,000 tickets that will not be used. I think I cleaned out an entire section.”It’s unclear just how many Clemson fans took this route, but it’s certainly not a good look and a bad mistake on South Carolina’s part.last_img read more

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Heisler: Clippers become an elite team, but it wasn’t easy

first_imgAs Coach Doc Rivers mused recently, there are all sorts of seasons, from ones where nothing goes right, like the Clippers in the Sports Arena days … to ones where you run away and hide like Doc’s 2007-08 Celtics, who went 66-16 and beat the Lakers in a one-sided six-game Finals. Doc remembers watching newly acquired Kevin Garnett throw himself around the court in the first exhibition and telling assistant coach Tom Thibodeau, “We’re going to win it this year, I’m sure of it.”Then there were Doc’s Celtics who staggered down the stretch in 2010, dropping to No. 4 in the East … but still made the Finals and led the Lakers by 13 points in the second half of Game 7 before losing.Now come Doc’s Clippers, who have spent half a season laying off any sense of disappointment by noting their injuries … even if they signed up for that, knowing Kawhi Leonard and Paul George had health issues.When healthy, they’re formidable: 24-7 with both Kawhi and Paul for a 63-win pace, just behind the Lakers’ 64-win pace.Unfortunately for the Clippers, there were 31 other games, in which they went 19-12 … a disappointment to all concerned that tested their system.There have been some flops, like their two home losses to Sacramento … the 142 points they gave up in a loss to Minnesota that Rivers called “an awful, awful effort” … the 140 they gave up in a home loss to Memphis, sending Doc over the edge again (“I get all the injuries and no practice and all that, but, having said that, that doesn’t change your spirit. … They came to win the game. We showed up and we thought we were just going to win.”)“Spirit” had officially become an issue. After the Jan. 4 loss to Memphis, Montrezl Harrell was asked if there were issues in their dressing room.“I don’t know, brother,” he said. “I don’t know. And that might be another problem right there.”It was another problem, all right … or, at least, talking about it was … with Rivers reportedly chastising Harrell for discussing internal issues.Of course, Doc, the league’s master communicator, is used to speaking for his team with his ability to mesmerize entire press rooms and his players picking up the party line.(It’s a game they play with the press, with players instructed to say polite nothings. Even knowing we’re getting the fluffy treatment, we put their quotes in our stories … which is why you’re always reading that every team has exemplary character, because they tell us they do.)Trez’s surprising candor, on the other hand, was potentially nuclear … a mainstay of last season’s overachieving team questioning the spirit of this one … and, by implication, the contribution of Leonard and George.Of course, acquiring Kawhi and PG had been an incredible coup, health issues or no health issues, with the Lakers hotly pursuing both of them, George in 2018 and Leonard last summer.Leonard arrived with an understanding concerning his “load management,” continuing as the only NBA player held out of all back-to-backs.George missed the first four weeks after surgery on his shoulders. With the injuries he has suffered since, he would play only 60 games if he doesn’t miss any more … unlikely as that looks with Rivers limiting his minutes to 27 per game since the All-Star break, nine fewer than last season in OKC.Evolving as the Clippers are, their lineup has been in a constant state of change. With their vaunted front office beating everyone to 3-point shooter Marcus Morris at the trade deadline, their current starters (Leonard, George, Morris, Ivica Zubac, Patrick Beverley) didn’t make their first appearance together until Feb. 24 … but they have since gone 5-0, winning by an average of 17 points.“Chuck Daly used to say all the time, ‘Sometimes you have to go get your team,’” Rivers said of the former Detroit Pistons coaching great. “‘Sometimes you have to wait on your team. Sometimes you have to know the difference. This group has not been together. It just hasn’t. …“Like I told our guys, ‘It’s happened and so what? The key is being ready, trying to win as many as you can and be ready when it really counts because that’s all we can do.“That’s the hand we have been dealt and we have to play that hand. And we can play that hand and still win it.”Actually, Trez’s blowoff suggests the key is keeping them together while sorting out their issues and winning enough games to change their ambiance.Nevertheless, Doc is right. It’s not how you start, or how you look at midseason. It’s certainly not about which local team looks more impressive during the regular season to impress local fans.Like the lordly Lakers, the earnest little Clippers’ challenge is still up ahead and awaiting them. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Meanwhile, in Clipper Nation, it’s the best of times and the worst of times, as well as the most recent of times that I copped a lead from “A Tale of Two Cities.”Yes, this is about the local NBA teams, both elite contenders at the same time for the first time.No, for once it’s not about the Lakers, who remain the local glamour entry, not to mention that of the league.Yes, it’s about the Clippers, the earnest little team in town with the niche audience, now No. 2 in the West.center_img No, the Clippers aren’t the favorites they were before the season when 80 percent of coaches, executives and scouts in an ESPN poll picked them to win the Western Conference title.Yes, this could be the first time they play the Lakers in the playoffs.No, it’s not the likeliest scenario with both teams needing to hack their way to the Western finals if the Lakers remain No. 1 and the Clippers No. 2.Yes, the Clippers are meshing.No, it hasn’t been easy.last_img read more

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Grizzlies stars Marc Gasol, Mike Conley address trade rumors

first_imgConley, on the other hand, simply said, “It’s part of the business.””It’s where we’re at, I guess,” Conley explained. “When I signed back a couple years ago, that’s a thought that goes through your head that, ‘Man, I could play in the same place for 14 or 15 years. That’d be awesome, and hopefully retire one day as a Grizzly.'”You also understand that in three, four years a lot can happen and a lot can change. Memphis is all I know. This is my home. I love everybody here and my teammates and the organization. I don’t know any better. This is new grounds for me, so we’ll just see how it plays out.” “It won’t change to me,” Gasol said Wednesday, via the Memphis Commercial Appeal. “My relationship with the Grizzlies might change, but my relationship with Memphis won’t. What I feel inside and how I feel about Memphis and its people, it has nothing to do with the franchise or a temporary thing. … That’s not going to change.”When asked about the possibility of playing his entire career with Memphis, Gasol, 33, said he’s not even thinking about it because it’s beyond his control. Related News “Does it feel like it’s up to me right now?” Gasol said when asked about the possibility of playing his whole career in Memphis. “No. So why even think about it. It’s irrelevant. You go out there and do your job. That’s plain and simple. I don’t want anyone to use this as an excuse not to do so.”Gasol also questioned why his teammate Conley was part of the discussions, adding he’s “one heck of a player” that the franchise needs.”I don’t understand why Mike is in those talks either,” Gasol said. “We’re going to need good players moving forward. I don’t understand why Mike is in this.” Grizzlies center Marc Gasol and point guard Mike Conley, who have been at the center of the franchise for more than a decade, addressed recent rumors around their futures with Memphis. Gasol appeared to be emotional while discussing the idea his tenure with the franchise where he started his career could come to an end before the Feb. 7 trade deadline after ESPN reported earlier this week the Grizzlies are listening to offers for him and Conley. He said his view and commitment to the Grizzlies won’t change, despite recent speculation. NBA trade rumors: Grizzlies will listen to offers for stars Marc Gasol, Mike Conleylast_img read more