The Importance of Exercise for Senior Adults

There are many people who are in their 60s or 70s who decide to cease their fitness activities because they believe that they no longer need them or that they are dangerous considering their condition. However, they are wrong. If you want to keep your fitness level, you must get involved in physical activity because in this way you will feel better and your will be much healthier. The good news is that there are a huge number of exercises ideal for senior adults. Some of these exercises may be conducted at home while others should be practiced in a local gym. In any case, it is crucial to remember that exercise and physical activity come with many benefits for both the mental, emotional and physical health of the elderly.

One of the main reasons why exercise and fitness activities are important for senior citizens is the fact that with this type of activity they will be able to lower back pain and boost energy. The vast majority of senior adults are feeling pain in the back. As a result of this constant and persistent pain, they will soon notice that their energy is drained. In addition, such pain will accelerate the natural process of aging. However, exercise makes both the back muscles and the core muscles much stronger. This is the best way to prevent injuries and to ease back pain. People can strengthen their muscles, bones, tissues and joints at any age. Arthritis symptoms can be soothed with exercise too.

Furthermore, exercise and fitness activities help senior adults to enhance the work of their digestive system and the metabolism of sugar. In other words, glucose found in the body will be absorbed and burned in a proper way when you are physically active. The elderly is more prone to diseases like diabetes and exercise lowers the chances of developing such diseases. If they exercise regularly the digestive system won’t experience problems like constipation or diarrhea – two common health issues in senior citizens.

Senior adults looking for easy and simple exercises can try stretching. This is a very important element of any fitness program. Stretching is crucial because It prepares the muscles and joints for physical activity. However, make sure that you are not over-stretching your body parts because this can lead to muscle tearing. It is the best idea to start with short stretching sessions and gradually increase the time spent on this activity.

In addition, exercises dedicated to strengthening must be performed at least three times a week. Senior adults should use lightweights and at the same time, they must work on finding the optimal breathing pattern while exercising. Many senior citizens are advised to practice aquatic exercises because they can improve vitality and strength and water keeps the joints and bones safe.

In the end, we should not forget that everyday household chores can have positive effect on their health. The elderly must remain active all the time because this is the only way to live a healthy and happy life.

What Not To Do and How Not To Do It


by: Paul Lemberg

How can you get more done?

Can you really do more than you already do? Is there still room left on your plate for even one more thing? The truth is I don’t know anyone (successful) who has too little to do. Not one of my many clients–nor any of my friends, acquaintances, or people I meet on planes–none of them has ever said they have too little to do.

Doing more to get more done is simply not an option.

The answer to doing more is doing less.


Do less?

Are you kidding? How’s that going to help? “I don’t get enough done as it is,” you say, “and there’s always more to do at the end of a day!”

Ask this transformational question: Is each activity you currently do providing the greatest possible payback? Or like many people, are you spending much of your precious time doing things which produce a relatively lower return? The key word is relatively.

To do more, you’ve got to figure out what not to do.

For most people, 100% of our time is filled with 1) routine day-to-day matters, 2) things we told other people we would do and 3) responding to (sometimes trivial) interruptions. To try to make something important happen, we end up shoving that thing into our schedule.

How well does that work? How well does a five pound bag hold ten pounds of stuff? You get the idea–not very well at all. And, of course, all the important stuff ends up spilling out onto the floor.

For some people, the bag is so full–there are so many to-dos on your to-do list, your reach the uncomfortable state of overwhelm. Your creativity gets totally locked out and your mind can’t even consider other, perhaps more important things.

You’ve got to figure out what not to do.

I’ve done casual research on this subject asking audiences of executives what things they do that they know they shouldn’t. This list of guilty pleasures includes answering emails as they come in throughout the day, handling the company finances, interviewing all candidates for all jobs, purchasing, filing, writing marketing copy and advertisements, signing all the checks, exercising final say on small product changes, and so on.

That’s not to say these things aren’t important–some are, even vitally so. The question is–are these the most important things for YOU to be doing, especially at this point in your organization’s development?

Often when I ask these questions, people respond by saying there is no one else who can do THAT as well as they can.

This thinking is typical of what Adam Smith called “absolute advantage.” Smith advocated doing all the things which you do better than anyone else. It is obvious, commonsense thinking. The trap for someone who is by nature highly and broadly capable is that you can end up doing everything, reluctant to let go of anything.

To the rescue is 19TH century economist David Ricardo’s Law of the Comparative Advantage of Nations. In a bold, counterintuitive bit of reasoning, Ricardo said to maximize wealth, each country should devote its energy to producing goods they sacrificed the least to create. In other words, Comparative Advantage says to produce the goods which create the highest value per unit of work. Everything else, regardless of how much better you do it than anyone else, should be done by others.

Assume your company makes a sophisticated high value product and you can sell as many as you can make. The product uses several cheap components, which by the way, you can also make better and cheaper than anyone else. Ricardo says that given limited resources (your time, for instance) it is a mistake to manufacture any of the components; each unit of time spent making the cheaper components instead of making the high-valued product costs you money –opportunity cost. To make the most profit, spend ALL your time making the high-value product, and purchase the components.

Ricardo’s law boils down to this: do the thing which brings the GREATEST RETURN–and nothing else. That which brings you the greatest value, and only that, is your comparative advantage.

Keep a list of all the separate things you do during the course of a day/week/month. You may think you know, but each time I ask an executive to try this exercise, they are surprised by the outcome.

Make a notation of what you are doing every 15 minutes. Keep this record for as long as you can–at least two or three days; a week or even two will reveal even more. (You must write this down. The process won’t work if you try to keep it in your head.)

What have you been doing? Have you been squandering your comparative advantage?

Is each action on your list HIGHLY PRODUCTIVE? Is each thing on your list MAKING YOU MONEY, or CHANGING THE WORLD (at least a little bit?)

No? Most people spend at least some of their time doing low-contribution activities. For most people, even if they consider what are doing important, there are usually even more important things they should do instead.

Once you’ve understood how you actually spend your time, you have three possible courses of action:

You can dump things–there are always some things which are of such little value that no one should be doing them.

You can delegate important things to capable people in your organization or outsource them to firms which specialize in those things.

Lastly, YOU can do the things which make the largest difference.

Apply Ricardo’s principle of comparative advantage. Figure out what specific actions contribute the most and do only those, offloading or dumping the rest. Do the same analysis for each department and each member of your company and create extraordinary results.

To do more–to get more done in terms of value–you have to do less.

(c) Copyright Paul Lemberg. All rights reserved

About The Author

Paul Lemberg is the president of Quantum Growth Coaching, the world’s only fully systemized business coaching program guaranteed to help entrepreneurs rapidly create More Profits and More Life(tm). To get your copy of our free special report with detailed steps on how to grow your business at least 40% faster, even when you aren’t sure what to do next, go to



PITTSBURGH–Tyler Boyd, the most productive receiver in school history, continued Pitt’s rich tradition in the NFL Draft by being selected by the Cincinnati Bengals in the second round this evening.

With Boyd’s selection, Pitt has now had at least one player chosen in 15 of the last 17 drafts. Boyd is the first Panther to be drafted by the Bengals since linebacker Tom Tumulty in 1996.

“The Bengals have themselves an outstanding receiver in Tyler Boyd,” Pitt head coach Pat Narduzzi said. “He is an excellent fit for Cincinnati and should be ready to make immediate contributions there. Our entire program is incredibly proud of Tyler and wish him the very best as he begins his NFL career.”

Boyd declared for the 2016 NFL Draft following his junior season. He was named a first-team All-ACC wide receiver by the coaches and media for the second consecutive year. Boyd was also a third-team All-America selection by Phil Steele.

Boyd finished the 2015 season with 91 catches for 926 yards (10.2 avg.) and six touchdowns in 12 games. He was also Pitt’s second-leading rusher with 349 yards on 40 carries (8.7 avg.). Boyd’s 91 catches rank second on Pitt’s single-season list, one shy of the school record held by all-time greatLarry Fitzgerald (who had 92 in 2003).

The native of Clairton, Pa., established himself as one of the most productive offensive performers in Pitt history. Boyd finished his collegiate career as Pitt’s all-time leader in both receptions (254) and receiving yards (3,361). He finished second in career all-purpose yards (5,243), trailing only the legendary Tony Dorsett (7,117 from 1973-76).


Pittsburgh Steelers 2016 NFL Draft


Sean Davis



6-1, 202

Washington, D.C.

Maret School

2nd Round – 58th Overall



Appeared in 50 games (40 starts) and finished with 305 total tackles during his Maryland tenure.



Started all 12 games, leading the defense with 70 solo tackles and second in combined stops (88)…ranked second in the nation with five forced fumbles, the second-most in school history in a single season…tied for the team lead with three interceptions…had at least four tackles in every game.



Started all 13 games, including a pair at cornerback…finished second on the team with 115 tackles, ranking fourth in the nation and first in the Big Ten among defensive backs…added eight pass breakups, 4.0 TFLs, one sack and one forced fumble…tied for fifth in the Big Ten averaging 9.0 tackles per game…set a career-high with 17 tackles 10/25 vs. Wisconsin.



Started all 13 games at safety…totaled a team-high 102 total tackles, averaging 7.8 per game to rank ninth in the ACC.



Appeared in all 12 games, making two starts at safety…also saw action on special teams.



Was a three-year starter at cornerback at Maret School (Washington, D.C.)…totaled 87 tackles, three forced fumbles and three interceptions as a senior, while rushing for 823 yards with seven rushing touchdowns, to go along with 601 receiving yards with five receiving touchdowns…also returned three kickoffs and two punts for scores.



Born in Washington, D.C….son of Sean and Lisa Davis…is trilingual, speaking English, Chinese and French…majored in communications.

Javon Hargrave

Defensive Tackle

South Carolina State

6-2, 305

Salisbury, N.C.

North Rowan High School

3rd Round – 89th Overall



Was a two-time SBN Sports Mel Blount Defensive Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference in 2014 and 2015…amassed 37.0 sacks, including 10.0 or more in each of his last two seasons.



Earned SBN Sports Mel Blount Defensive Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year in the MEAC honors for the second consecutive year…recorded 59 tackles, 22.0 TFLs with 13.5 sacks in 11 games…his 22.0 TFLS ranked fifth in the FCS.



Named Defensive Player of the Year in the MEAC and tabbed the SBC Sports Mel Blount Defensive Player of the Year after leading the conference and finishing third in the nation with 16.0 sacks…added 55 tackles, 23.5 TFLs, eight quarterback hurries, three forced fumbles and two pass breakups.



Started all 13 games, earning All-MEAC second-team honors…finished with 51 tackles to go along with 12.5 TFLs, 5.5 sacks, five quarterback hits, three forced fumbles and one fumble recovery.



Started all 11 games as a true freshman…tallied 45 tackles with 4.5 TFLs and 2.0 sacks.



Earned four letters in football and basketball, and one in track…garnered all-state and all-county accolades in football and he was named Defensive Player of the Year twice…was all-state in basketball and Player of the Year as a Junior, and he was a member of the 2011 basketball state championship team.



Son of Yvette and Tim Bates.…majored in sports communication…born Feb. 7, 1993.


Pittsburgh Steelers 2016 NFL Draft


Kevin Colbert and Coach Tomlin Re: Artie Burns

Kevin Colbert: Good evening, everybody. We’re proud and excited to get the cornerback from the University of Miami, Artie Burns. He’s a solid young man. He had a little bit of a tragedy issue with his mother passing during the season, but he fought his way through that, came out the other side and put together a solid year. He ended up with six interceptions and put himself as one of the top corners in this draft class. We’re really starting to see this draft class with the corners coming together. I think back in November when we went to Florida, some scouts and myself, started to get a feel that this would be a strong corner class. We said that the other day and it turned out to be just that. We’re very, very fortunate that he was available to us and we’re excited to have him.

Mike Tomlin Opening Statement: There’s a lot to be excited about Artie. He’s a third year player. He has a lot of growth potential. We’re excited about the upsides. He’s a master at bump corner, it appears to be something that’s a natural element of his game. He’s good at the ball, he’s good with the ball down the field. He’s right at six feet [tall] or just under. He has elite speed. He’s a track man also down there at Miami. We’re just really excited about him in general. Good player to work with and motivated. He can get things going for us in 2016.

Re: If the rainy weather affected Miami’s pro day:
KC: It didn’t start out that way. At the beginning of the program, during the indoor portion, it was beautiful and sunny. University of Miami doesn’t have an indoor facility so we went outside and it started to pour. Those kids went through the drill work regardless and we watched them. They did what they could but it really wasn’t indicative of what you wanted to see, but it was the best we could do. I give the kids credit, all the kids that worked out that day for putting up with some miserable conditions.

Re: Gleaning anything from that day:
MT: We went out to dinner with Artie the night before to get an opportunity to visit with him and his teammates in an informal way because there’s a lot of information gathered at Pro Days other than the workouts. Obviously he was a participant in Indianapolis as well. We gained a lot of information, maybe not the drill work information that you’re looking for because of the weather.

How would you describe Burns’ character?
KC: Artie is a special kid. As I mentioned, his mother passed away right in the middle of the season. He has a child. He’s in a relationship with the mother of the child. It’s solid. He has three younger brothers that really have fallen under his care after his mother’s passing. It will be a challenge for him, but I give the kid a lot of credit for doing what he’s doing and really putting his career aside because he’s going to take care of his family first and foremost. I think that says a lot about his character. It will be a challenge for him. It’s a lot to undertake. It will be part of our duties to help him succeed in that venture. I really think it speaks volumes about his character.

Did you see him play at the University of Pittsburgh vs. University of Miami game this year?

KC: Yes, I was at that game. It was good. He had the interception early. Then he tweaked his knee a little bit. Then he was able to get back in and finish the game. We did see that game among others. Of course we saw all the video. I agree with coach. This is one kid that when you really started to study him, he was as natural in bump-and-run coverage as any of the corners in this draft. Again, this was as good a group of corners as I’ve seen since I’ve been doing this. Collectively, it was strong. You could see that, as I said, in November when you started to hear about some of the underclassmen that were going to be added to the senior group. This kid was certainly amongst that group. Like I said, we were fortunate. The strength of this draft was in the secondary. It just matched up with where we were picking.


What was it about Burns that made you choose him over another corner?

KC: We’ll never talk about another kid other than to say that we’re extremely happy to have this one. I think there’s a premium. In the NFL right now, there are big receivers. When you look for the corner and you can find someone with that kind of length and that kind of speed, that kind of athleticism and you couple that with the six interceptions – that was very, very impressive. And he’s still young. I mean he needs work. He’ll need work on his off-coverage. He’ll need work on his zone coverage. He’s a third-year junior. He’s only played three years. He’s only started two. There is a ton up of upside with him. As we always say with the junior kids, we’ll get him for his senior year. We’ll work with him. I know Coach is excited. He likes to get those young guys and take them and mold them into what we need.


Does he compare to Bryant McFadden?

KC: No, I don’t athletically they were comparable. They were different types of athletes. It’s just a different description – body, size, and all of that type of thing. I never really made that comparison. I don’t really know who to compare him to. Again, he’s a six-foot corner that can run and has produced.


How easy was it to make this pick?

KC: It was really easy. It was breaking pretty tight quite honestly. We really felt that we had a good chance to get a corner. Again, it was quality from top to bottom. There is still quality left at that position. There are several players on that board at the corner position that still could be starters in the league. We were just fortunate that he made it to us. Complete Draft Coverage

Affordable Housing Task Force Report Met with Protests, Questions of Intent


Despite the rapid pace of real-estate development in Pittsburgh, a housing crisis still exists for low- and moderate-income residents who cannot afford to live in the upscale housing developments taking the place of formerly-affordable houses and apartment complexes. As a result, many lifelong Pittsburghers, particularly African-Americans, are pushed out of their homes, their neighborhoods and the City itself.

In response, in December of 2014, City Council Representative R. Daniel Lavelle proposed legislation which would require any developers using public monies including tax subsidies and/or grants of public land like that of the former Civic Arena site in the Lower Hill District, to make an effort to include 30 percent of housing units as affordable housing. The proposal was met with approval by the City Planning Commission, which agreed with Lavelle that housing would cost no more than 30 percent of income for households at, or below, 50 percent of median income.

The legislation was not enacted, rather, in January 2015 Council created an “Affordable Housing Task Force” chaired by Lavelle and City Planning Director Ray Gastil, the 25-member task force, with representation from all levels of government, developers, financiers, and citizens active with housing issues, began to “assess the current and projected future landscape of housing affordability in the City of Pittsburgh,” according to the preliminary report issued Wednesday, April 27. The task force has also created a website,, to document the process and the recommendations.

Following the presentation of the recommendations to Council, Lavelle called a Post-Agenda session to enlighten his fellow legislators about the contents of the preliminary report. The meeting held in Council Chambers was open to the public, and the Chambers were packed, partially as a result of a pre-meeting press conference held by Pittsburgh Homes for All (, recently formed by local housing-rights activists based on a national group of the same name. Homes for All participants questioned the viability of the task force’s recommendation, particularly in light of recent development trends.

“Pittsburgh’s economic redevelopment has earned it the reputation as a ‘most-livable city,’ but growing numbers of City residents are asking ‘livable for whom,’ Homes for All asserts in a press release. Citing Pittsburgh’s own declaration of being a “Human Rights City,” the group says, “We can no longer ignore the reality of a growing divide between two Pittsburgh’s: One affluent, professional and largely white; the other, low-income people with long-term rots in the region, largely people of color.”

The task force recommendations include incentive-based inclusionary housing requirements, which would “generate affordable units through public benefit” like zoning regulations, tax incentives, loan programs and below market value land sales; expanded use of the Low Income Housing Tax Credit to support construction and rehabilitation efforts; programs to monitor the preservation of subsidized or “naturally occurring” low-income housing; and the creation of a $10 million Housing Trust Fund through the URA, similar to one created for East Liberty, to “stabilize and improve Pittsburgh neighborhoods through dedicated sources of revenue.”

In Pennsylvania at the end of 2014, the latest figures available, median income is $52,396. For those under the age of 25, median income is $27,259, and for African-Americans, median income in Pittsburgh is $22,000. This would mean that the recommended 30 percent of income spent on housing would be $1309 for most Pennsylvanians, but for those with lower incomes, like African-Americans, the amount would be $550, an amount far less than that charged for a studio apartment in most newly-constructed housing units.

“There is already a deficit of more than 20,000 affordable units to meet residents’ needs,” says Housing for All, “yet none of the estimated 10,000 new housing units will be affordable for those most in need. This shows a blatant disregard by our public officials for the basic human rights of City residents.”

Seeing the long list of those signed up to make public comment at the Post-Agenda meeting, Lavelle warned potential speakers that the meeting was not, in fact, a public hearing, but that each of those listed would be given one minute to address the members, many of whom might otherwise be forced to leave the meeting early to meet other commitments as a result of timing. Many of the speakers provided written testimony to be shared with Council through the City Clerk’s office.

“The City owns property, houses that are abandoned,” says Gail Williams of the Penn Plaza Tenant Council. “I don’t understand why they don’t get some of these schools that teach carpentry, plumbing, whatever, to refurbish these homes, grade these students [based on] what they have done — and they will take pride in it — and put some of these people in them, instead of letting them sit and deteriorate. This is what the City needs to do.”

“We need to have mandatory requirements — I don’t think incentives alone,” says Paul O’Hanlon. “I think the report glosses over the fact that the area of greatest need is in the 30 percent or below median income, and what we have gotten is this sort of tsunami effect that forces poor people to rent apartments that are unaffordable to them. This makes others rent keep going up and up.”

O’Hanlon says “There is too much of an emphasis on rental property, and very little on home ownership. Section 8 vouchers could allow poor families to become homeowners. Ad we could confront structural problems where if you can’t afford home maintenance, a repair insurance program could be created where homeowners could pay an affordable amount per month.”

“I am coming here for like the 50th time to tell you there is a housing crisis in our City,” says Ronelle Guy, a longtime housing rights activist who is also a member of Homes for All. “I’m getting old. Tell me you don’t care about the working poor. Tell me you don’t care about people with disabilities. Clearly you don’t, because for 20 years, I have been telling you there is a housing crisis, and now, People who work for the City can’t find [affordable] places to live.”

“We need to be direct and intentional about including these populations when we are designing development plans,” Guy says. “The reality is that we call ourselves a Human Rights City, but the poor in this City have no rights. No choices in where we live, no choices in where we shop, no choices of providers and vendors we use. That’s appalling for a Human Rights City. You signed it, now you have to be about it.”

“Be above reproach. Make sure everyone in this City has a decent, affordable, safe place to live,” Guy says. “A home that they can afford.”

“The main concern Homes for All is addressing today is that the task force is calling for ‘incentive-based’ inclusionary zoning,” says Helen Gerhardt, one of the group’s spokespersons. “Research shows that such programs are far less effective than mandatory programs at producing affordable units. Only 17 percent of all inclusionary housing programs nationwide are incentive-based, and they tend to work only in cities where it is difficult to obtain zoning and development approval without an affordable housing commitment. And why should these restrictions apply to developments of only 25 units or more?”

“We currently face an affordable housing deficit of more than 21,000 units,” Gerhardt continues. “Between 2007 and 2012, Pittsburgh’s average monthly rent rose $120, a 23-percent jump that even outsized increases in New York.”

Gerhardt says that she must commit almost 50 percent of her income to housing, making proximity to public transit another important factor in the creation of affordable housing.

“I rode here in the rain on my bike, and I need to stay near the transit center. That is my lifeline,” Gerhardt says. “Please stand up for us, in action, not just in word.”

Alethea Simms of East Liberty wonders why a task force was necessary to determine the need for affordable housing.

“Look at the rolls at the Housing Authority and see who is on the list and has been there for years. Look who has had to turn their vouchers back because they couldn’t find any place that is affordable,” Simms says. “Ask us who have had to try to find a place, near transit, near stores, near our support centers. This task force was, I’m sorry, a waste of money.”

Cynthia Tillson of Shadyside says that, during daily rides on the City’s bike trails, “I witness more and more tents being erected. These tents are housing homeless individuals who are just normal people down on their luck and are having a hard time getting any traction. According to statistics kept by the state’s Department of Education, there are more than 1700 homeless children in Allegheny County alone.”

“Most of these families are crowded in shelters, because parent’s income is often an issue in finding affordable housing,” Tillson says. “All the Section 8 housing developments in the City have waiting lists, and those lists have been closed for years.”

“The housing task force is comprised of 17 government officials and a few community representatives, and I think that is a problem to begin with,” says Black Political Empowerment Project Chief Executive Officer Tim Stevens. “You need to be hearing from the people who are directly impacted.”

“Any agency, any developer, who comes into the City — there must be set aside a commitment for low-income, affordable housing,” Stevens says. “Otherwise, they should not be in our City. We are hoping that there is a strong commitment for follow-through, and for programs to guarantee housing for low- and moderate-income people in Pittsburgh.”

“That’s the way we live,” Stevens says. “That’s who we are.”

A full version of the report is expected to be available soon, with a final version to follow.

By Nancy Hart

Twitter: @nhart543

Seaside Paradise


by: Amy Covington

The folks at the Sanibel Harbour Spa are serious about relaxation. Their 40,000-square-foot spa is devoted entirely to revitalizing frazzled nerves in a calming seaside setting. They carry the tranquil theme throughout, with soothing water sculptures, botanical accents and sea-based treatments. Walking through airports can leave your tootsies in need of attention. As soon as the bellman takes your luggage, head immediately to the spa for a mandatory Pedisage (don’t worry, our Spellchecker isn’t broken). This is a real treat for overworked feet: gentle cleansing and exfoliation with sea and plant-based products followed by a massage that will leave you feeling as though you’ve been walking on air, not standing in long airport security lines.

The most strenuous part of your stay is choosing where to eat dinner. From courtside steaks and seafood, to cocktails poolside and romantic sunset dinner cruises, Sanibel has something to please every palate. Your vacation isn’t complete without one of Sanibel’s amazing body treatments. We recommend the Peppermint Sea Twist with aromatic peppermint oil and fresh European seaweed, which stimulates, rejuvenates and improves circulation, making it an ideal treatment for sore aching muscles and water retention. The Mango Salt Glo is also worth a try: dampened sea salts, rich in minerals, cleanse, exfoliate and stimulate the skin, and a layer of energizing Mango Mist.

Still have the sound of screaming babies from your plane ride reverberating in your head? Sanibel Harbour Spa has just the remedy. The BETAR (Bio Energetic Transduction Aided Resonance) sound bed offers relaxation through sound and music. This unique machine is one of only 16 such systems in the world. Set within a geodesic dome structure, the BETAR bathes you in music and natural sound rhythms via a state-of-the-art sound system, for the ultimate in relaxation.

In terms of accommodations, Sanibel has numerous options, including 240 hotel rooms, 107 concierge-style commotions location in a private enclave within the resort, and several waterfront condominiums.

About The Author

Amy Covington passion is writing about the good things in life: food, wine, fashion, and travel. Her writing credits include Downtown San Francisco Magazine, Dining Out San Diego Magazine, among many others, as well as numerous consumer and luxury websites such as and

Ray Jr. on Sports



  1. The NFL Draft is here. And like I said last week, the NFL is the only professional sport that can glamourize such an event-and get away with it. The media and fans have bought into it and they hype gets better every year.
  2. I mean, look at it: It’s like combining every major award show (Oscars, Grammys, Heisman.) the Presidential election, a job interview, the prom and the first day of school-all wrapped into one. In fact, I remember the days when the Draft wasn’t even televised. You could only hear about draft picks on the news whether TV or radio-and then read all about it in tomorrow’s paper.
  3. Not anymore. It’s become an event that’s been held at Radio City Music Hall, Madison Square Garden in New York City and this year it’s in Chicago. It’s televised by 2 major sports networks (ESPN and NFL Network) and fans are there to cheer their teams on. As they select their players.
  4. What remains the same is that the NFL Commissioner announces the picks, he realizes that he can’t do that for 7 rounds. Eventually he has a NFL official, Hall of Famer announce the picks or a fan, which I think it’s pretty cool. And finally, certain 1st round picks-who are assured of being drafted are invited with their families and some sit in the Commissioner’s Green Room.
  5. And I’m forgetting something: Oh yeah-it’s now on for 3 days, starting on a Thursday night (Prime time) for Round 1 only, Round 2-3 Friday night and Rounds 4-7 on Saturday. It used to be Rounds 1-3 Saturday & Rounds 4-7 on Sunday.
  6. Anyway, the newly-minted LA Rams (in a trade with the Tennessee Titans) are on the clock. Followed by the Philadelphia Eagles (in a trade with the Cleveland Browns), the San Diego Chargers, Dallas Cowboys, Jacksonville Jaguars, Baltimore Ravens, San Francisco 49ers, the Browns (in that trade with the Eagles), Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and NY Giants. There’s your first 10 picks.
  7. But for the locals, it’s all about the Pittsburgh Steelers, who will have made their choice with the 25th pick. I honestly think this will be a critical draft for the Steelers, especially after how they finished last season. The last critical Steeler drafts in my opinion: 2010, 2008, 2005 and 2004-with the first 3 years resulting with trips to the Super Bowl. Coincidence? I think not.

8.Teams get 10 minutes to make their draft picks in the first round, in the second round, it drops to 7 minutes in Round 2, and 5 in Rounds 3-7. What’s hilarious is that teams have actually been late in submitting their picks (Minnesota in 2003, Ravens in 2011). Come on teams, get your picks in on time.

  1. In addition to the 2004 draft when the Steelers drafted QB Ben Roethlisberger, my favorite draft was actually 20 years ago when the Steelers biggest move wasn’t via draft-but via trade as they sent a 2nd and 4th Round picks to the then St. Louis Rams for-future HOF RB Jerome Bettis.
  2. Speaking of the Eagles, apparently QB Sam Bradford wants out of Philly because he assumes they will draft a QB. Come on Sam, what leverage to you have? Play a full season before you open your mouth. But I hope the Eagles can find a suitor for Bradford in a draft-day trade so he won’t be a distraction.
  3. But wait. There’s other sports to talk about: The NBA is continuing their postseason and to no surprise, the Golden State Warriors have finally finished off the Houston Rockets after beating them 114-81. And get this: They did so without G Steph Curry, who will miss 2 weeks with an ankle injury.
  4. This goes to show just how good the NBA’s defending champs are, they still have Clay Thompson, Draymond Green and Co, but I’ll say it again: If they’re to repeat a champs, they need Curry. Especially against the San Antonio Spurs, who swept their series vs. the Memphis Grizzles.
  5. Other teams who have won their respective series: OKC Thunder (vs. Dallas), and in the Eastern Conference, Cleveland (vs. Detroit). The drama’s just beginning folks. Got to love this time of year.
  6. Speaking of the Warriors, congrats to HC Steve Kerr for winning the NBA Coach of the Year award. Let’s be real: Who else would you give it to? Sure, Kerr didn’t coach part of the first half due to health issues (turning duties to assistant Luke Walton) but when he returned, he kept it going, leading them to a record 73-9 record.
  7. And speaking of the Rockets, it’s pretty disappointing to see their season end like this. I mean, they barely made the playoffs (thanks to the Utah Jazz laying an egg to the LA Lakers and Kobe Bryant’s 60 points game) but they thought they were as good as the Warriors were and they were quite humbled.
  8. I honestly think that G James Harden got caught up in the fame and attention. Granted, he’s good-very good, but like Curry, he needs a team around him. Not drama and of course I’m referring to C Dwight Howard, who in my opinion is wearing out his welcome in the NBA. After all these years, dude still needs to grow up.
  9. Anyway, onto the MLB where the Pirates are looking pretty good on their recent road trip. I give kudos to OF Andrew McCutchen who belted 3 home runs in the Pittsburgh Pirates 9-4 victory vs. the Colorado Rockies Tuesday night. Pretty impressive by the All-Star.
  10. McCutchen’s the first Pirate to slug 3 Hrs since he did it in 2009, and only the 4th Pirate to do so twice. the others: Ralph Kiner, Roberto Clemente and Willie Stargell. Not bad company, especially with the first 3 being Hall of Famers.
  11. I look at the Chicago Cubs who are truly living up to their hype as they have baseball’s best record at 15-5. Now only are they good, but they’re having fun. That’s a successful and dangerous combination, and I respect them for it. And they have baseball’s best pitcher in Jake Arrieta, who pitched a no-hitter last week.
  12. The Baltimore Orioles are doing pretty well too and lead the AL East with a 12-8 record, but it’s apparent that they don’t need former Pirate Pedro Alvarez, because he’s not contributing at all. The DH/1B is only hitting .186 with 0 HRs and 1 RBI. Pretty shocking, but from what I hear, he’s remaining optimistic about it all and I hope he turns it around.

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Top Restaurants in The USA

Top Restaurants in The USA

We eat a lot. From dining to fast food, we are eating. Alone or together, we are still eating. We eat all year round. For many years, there have been many great restaurants in USA, but this year, there are additional top new African-American restaurants everywhere else in USA.

1. The Cecil – Specifically in high-end restaurants, you have a tendency of seeing the same people who are eating the same dishes. Then you start taking them for granted. You then find a place like The Cecil and you have been woken up. Its food has been the most thrilling and unique food that are tested by professionals. This restaurant is loaded and primed with the flavors of African diaspora.
210 W 118 Street, New York

Chi Spacca

2. Chi Spacca – The highest-minded new temple of meat in the country has a peerless pedigree. In year 2006, Mario Batali has partnered with pasta doyenne, Nancy Silverton in order to make the Pizzeria Mezza of LA. They followed it after one year with an even more successful restaurant. Any eatery needs to be judged by its steak and that is the factor that puts Chi Specca over the top.
6610 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles, Ca

3. Knife – is a steak house by John Tesar. For twenty years, Tesar maintained a reputation as one of the most high-powered luxury chefs in the city, and this makes him the last person that anyone would expect to open a steakhouse. It is a restaurant that most commonly no real chef at all, just a taxed guy with the old turn-and-burn method of cooking USDA choice of beef slabs. 5300 Mockingbird LN Dallas, TX

4. Gunshow – If there is a manlier restaurant in USA than the Gunshow in Atlanta, you probably do not want to eat there. Its lights are like an interrogation room, and its floor and walls are bare and hard. If not for the giant painting of a boar serving as the only decoration of the place, it may look like an abandoned factory. Nevertheless, its foods are exceptional.
924 Garrette St. Atlanta, GA

5. Husk – Every good restaurant is claiming to be all about the ingredients, and this African-
American restaurant really is. Just like its parent, Charleston, its attitude toward things like tomatoes and oysters is reverential almost to the point of mysticism, and the chef gets more

focused at all time.
76 Queens St. Charleston, SC 37 Rutledge St. Nashville, TN

faith and flower

6. Faith and Flower – It does not need to nearly as good as it is. A late-night refuge for rascals and
roués, it is the epicenter of the downtown renaissance of the city and has little in the way of competition. People are usually going there for the flaming absinthe cart, but the chef takes things far into fine-dining territory, impeccable technique to a kitchen, and bringing deep flavors.
705 W 9th ST. Los Angeles, CA

7. Nico Osteria – Its sheer luxuriousness comes as a surprise, because the executive chef and partner have never hinted at opulence. The restaurant is posh and elegant.
1015 N Rush ST. Chicago, IL

Each of these unique restaurants around. United States have their own tastes and styles. Try each of
these and you will surely love them.