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City finance director resigns

first_img RelatedCity seeks to address $1 million budget deficitBy DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com During a special meeting held to discuss a preliminary proposal of the 2015 -2016 fiscal budget, the Port Isabel City Commission learned the City is currently operating at a loss of more than $739,000 and is projected to have a budget deficit of…July 25, 2015In “News”Tensions rise at City meetingCity Secretary issue leads to divided discussion over salaries By DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com Even before the meeting could be called to order, a debate was already being waged inside the Port Isabel City Commission meeting room Monday. Earlier that afternoon, Interim City Manager Jared Hockema informed City…October 16, 2015In “News”City to change recycling center hoursBy DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com Changes continue in Port Isabel as the City Commission seeks to remedy a budget deficit and increase efficiency in City operations. Among those changes will be new hours of operation for the recycling center. Currently, the center is open six days a week…August 17, 2015In “News” Share By DINA ARÉVALOPort Isabel-South Padre Presseditor@portisabelsouthpadre.comAmid a discussion of budget proposals during Tuesday’s regular meeting of the Port Isabel City Commission, a footnote of a comment by Mayor Joe E. Vega announced the resignation of Finance Director René Nava.Vega made mention of a message he had received prior to the meeting before continuing on with the budget discussion.Speaking after the meeting, Interim City Manager Jared Hockema said Nava submitted his letter of resignation on Monday. “He’s resigning for personal reasons,” Hockema said. “He has a home-based business he’s trying to start.” Nava’s resignation is effective Aug. 11.In the letter, which he addressed to Hockema, Nava said he will be available on a part time basis after August 11, if necessary. He also thanked the City. “The time has come for me to move on to other endeavors and at this time I would like to thank you, the city commission and staff for the opportunity to work for the City of Port Isabel,” Nava said in the letter.Nava’s resignation comes in the wake of news that the City is currently operating at a loss of more than $739,000 and, without intervention, is expected to face a budget deficit of more than $1 million for the current year. The City has posted losses for four of the last five years.Though the City has begun advertising the finance director position, there was some discussion at Tuesday’s meeting that the position may remain vacant. As part of Hockema’s solutions proposed to address the City’s budget woes is the implementation of a hiring freeze that would leave vacated positions unfilled. The hope is that the savings garnered from wages that would have been paid for those positions could be used to lessen the deficit and also allow the City to consider increasing the wages of its minimum wage employees.As finance director, Nava drew the second largest salary in the City, making $61,817 annually. After including benefits, however, the finance director position’s total cost to the City comes to $73,668.27. Nava began as finance director in March 2013 after previously being hired as a staff accountant in February 2012.To view Nava’s resignation letter, visit us online at www.portisabelsouthpadre.com.Want the whole story? Pick up a copy of the Port Isabel-South Padre Press, or subscribe to our E-Edition by clicking here.last_img read more

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Cavs Have Pre-Draft Workouts with UCF Center Fall and FS Shooting Guard Mann

first_img Matt Loede has been a part of the Cleveland Sports Media for over 21 years, with experience covering Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association, the National Football League and even high school and college events. He has been a part of the Cleveland Indians coverage since the opening of Jacobs/Progressive Field in 1994, and spent two and a half years covering the team for 92.3 The Fan, and covers them daily for Associated Press Radio. You can follow Matt on Twitter HERE. As the NBA Draft gets closer, the Cavs are doing their homework as they have brought in Central Florida center Tacko Fall and Florida State shooting guard Terance Mann according to AmicoHoops.netThe team has already had a number pre-draft workouts as they look to see who is going to be the best fit for the team with the fifth overall pick. Amico points out that both players have been “climbing the charts over the past couple of weeks,” and both players were at first projected as second-round picks. Along with the 5th overall pick, the Cavs also have the 26th overall pick (via a trade with the Houston Rockets). The Cavs do not have a second-rounder this year.Fall is 7-foot-6 and 311 pounds and a native of Senegal. He averaged 11.0 points, 7.7 rebounds a whopping 2.6 blocked shots this past season as a senior at UCF.He was a straight-A student and if basketball doesn’t work out, Fall has dreams of becoming an engineer for a large electronic company such as Microsoft.He said he will also work out for the Los Angeles Lakers, New York Knicks, Indiana Pacers and Charlotte Hornets. He has already worked out for the home state Orlando Magic.Meanwhile, Mann is 6-7 and also coming off his senior year. He showed vast improvement each season with the Seminoles, averaging 11.4 points and 6.5 rebounds this year as Florida State reached the Sweet Sixteen of the NCAA tournament.Mann finished his career as the third player in program history to accumulate at least 1,200 points, 600 rebounds, 200 assists and 100 steals.The NBA Draft is set for Thursday, June 20th. Related TopicsCavsNBA DraftTacko Fallcenter_img Matt Loedelast_img read more

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DNR to Release Concept Design for Kasilof Parking Improvements

first_imgHe says that large lot will accommodate approximately 132 parking spots, a significant decrease of the previous proposal. Southcentral Regional Land Manager Adam Smith with DNR says the chosen concept, which is a combination of site concept one and three, will be released to the public within the next week. While the road, turnaround, and beach access will remain a gravel surface, the parking lot will be paved along with a handicap accessible pedestrian path to the mouth of the river. Smith: “What we’ve settled on is keeping the lower parking lot out of what we were referencing as US Survey 83 and making sure that area is going to be minimally developed, so there is basically just going to be a turnaround at the end of the road with two spots for emergency services vehicles to base out of. The majority of the parking area is going to be in the northwest part of the plan area.” FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Department of Natural Resources has chosen a concept design for improvements to the north side of the Kasilof River, where a majority of activity for the personal use fishery on that river takes place.center_img The approved concept will also include approximately 3,000 linear square feet of fencing around the higher sandy beach sections to discourage people from walking and driving on the dunes. Concept 1Concept 3. These two have been combined to create the one approved by DNR which is expected to be released within the next week. Smith: “We are going to have guardrail installed along the road, especially in the lower part of the road closer to the route, within the U.S. 83 parking area. We’re going to be limiting vehicles from driving out into the wetlands. The goal is to keep people from parking on the shoulders of the road, we want to keep access open to emergency vehicles. The road will be 30 feet wide so it should accomodate two directions of traffic.”last_img read more

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Photo gallery: 2016 Camping World Independence Bowl, N.C. State vs. Vanderbilt

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Teams urged to pay up

first_imgSoftball BY JASON PAISOI DWU JOURNALSIM STUDENT The Port Moresby Women’s Softball Association is advising all clubs to pay part of their registration fees. Association president Ian Soweni in a circular email yesterday reminded clubs who are paying their affiliation fees by installments to pay 50 percent (K600) by tomorrow. “The clubs who have not paid any amount yet please be reminded that by the start of round 2 next year all affiliation fees have to be paid in full or your clubs will be penalised if you fail to pay,”he said. Soweni said the competition goes for a break on December 14 for the Christmas and New Year season and will resume on January 11 for the last game of round one. The deadline for team affiliation fee is on January 18, which also sees the start round two. He reminded the clubs to pay their stall fees of K20 and urged them to follow requirements set by the management committee. The planned initiative by the POM Women’s Softball Association to hold a HIV/AIDS fundraiser and awareness campaign this weekend has now been postponed to December 14. He said this is because they (POMWSA) have not received any response from the National Aids Council Secretariat on the availability of representatives to attend and witness the event. Meanwhile, Bears and Saints will head into overdrive in a rematch of last season’s semi final where the Bears side lost. This time Bears have stamped their dominance to take the lead while Saints on the other end are struggling to keep up.last_img read more

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West Ham v Chelsea player ratings

first_imgSee also:Chelsea stunned by late Hammers doubleBenitez standing by Torres after defeat Chelsea are still looking for their first win under Rafael Benitez after they were beaten by two late West Ham goals. Here’s how we rated the players in their 3-1 defeat at Upton Park. Petr Cech: 7Did well against West Ham’s aerial assault at set-pieces and produced a couple of very good saves, including the parry which led to West Ham’s third goal.Cesar Azpilicueta: 7Has been a real positive for Chelsea during a troubled spell for the club. Showed his defensive qualities, especially in the first half, although Matt Jarvis did have more success against him in the second as the game became more stretched.AdChoices广告Branislav Ivanovic: 7Did well until Chelsea crumbled late on. Was unlucky for West Ham’s first two goals, as he was clearly fouled by Carlton Cole for the first and the second went through his legs.Gary Cahill: 7A technically sound defender who can also put his body on the line when required, as he proved by getting a boot in the face for his troubles.Ashley Cole: 6A mixed day for the left-back. Rescued Chelsea on a couple of occasions, not least when clearing a goal-bound effort. But gave Matt Taylor too much space at times in the second half and gave the ball away in the build-up to West Ham’s third goal.John Mikel Obi: 5Struggled against West Ham’s determined midfield, especially during an all-important period in the second half when the game swung towards the home side.Ramires: 7Also had problems containing West Ham but was effective going forward, bursting into the opposing half and using the ball well.Victor Moses: 7Was involved in Chelsea’s goal, finding Fernando Torres with a great pass. Dangerous throughout the first half but faded somewhat before being taken off late on.Juan Mata: 8Classy finish for the opening goal and was unlucky not to restore the Blues’ lead with a free-kick which hit the post. Always a threat to West Ham’s defence.Eden Hazard: 6Was lively for the first 35 minutes or so and was unlucky with a long-range effort. Became less effective before being replaced by Oscar for the final 17 minutes.Fernando Torres: 6Again struggled in front of goal but set up Mata for the opener and was unlucky with a second-half header. 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Follow West London Sport on Twitter Find us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Question about Columbus Crew crest

first_img 531 SportsLogos.Net So the Columbus Crew have one of the most stable identities in MLS, although I hear they’re up for a rebrand. A lot of people don’t like their crest, but I love it. However, I think there’s a misunderstanding involved with the crest. The trouble is, I don’t know who is the one misunderstanding.When the team’s name and crest were first announced back in the day, I thought the branding was perfect. “Crew” tied in with Christopher Columbus and sailing. Christopher Columbus’s crew consisted of 15th-century explorers. And the crest, showing three men in pith helmets, depicted 20th-century explorers.Except that’s not what it seems other people see. It seems most folks think the three guys are wearing construction-crew helmets. Which doesn’t make a whole lot of sense to me. I don’t see how construction ties into Columbus, and the rims on the hats just look too big to me to be construction helmets, but look just right for pith helmets.So who is right? Am I missing something? Thanks. Posted May 24, 2014 5,026 Question about Columbus Crew crest Sign in to follow this   Writing when I should draw, drawing when I should write Moderators 11,788 posts Prev 5,026 Whittier S Next Share this post Share on other sites Link to post Link to post 22,252 posts ColeJ 5,026 IceCap 5,026 Posted May 25, 2014 1 0 Share this post Favourite Logos:Hartford Whalers (’93-’97), Milwaukee Brewers (’78-’93), Portland Timbers (’15- ) 154 0 Link to post 21,575 sonny 7,532 posts Posted May 25, 2014 3,303 posts MJWalker45 Members Link to post 12,787 posts Share on other sites oldschoolvikings Link to post Recommended Posts Share this post Link to post Forums Home 369 154 Location:A Nice Place to Live Favourite Logos:Hartford Whalers (’93-’97), Milwaukee Brewers (’78-’93), Portland Timbers (’15- ) Grand Pooba of Walksylvania Billy B Posted May 25, 2014 Share this post 0 Location:detroit Link to post Posted May 25, 2014 Whittier S Share this post 531 16,001 121 kewp80 23,667 posts Members wonderbread Share on other sites Whittier S 3,303 posts Sport Location:San Antonio, Texas Location:Columbia, MO 0 Members Members 13,075 Members 531 MJWalker45 Share this post So I can’t get the multipost to work right.Rim in the front. Not like this pith helmet:4I had not seen a hardhat with a rim that goes all the way around until the ones just posted. So that makes sense now. Thanks. I’m dead, inside and out; I’m still dead Share this post The only way I can see the Christopher Columbus motif working is if they use a profile of the Santa Maria and placed it on a crest similar to Manchester United and Manchester City. It would still need to be integrated with other aspects though, so it’d end up being swallowed up by the rest of the logo. 0 Members Link to post kewp80 1,259 Link to post 7,674 posts Share on other sites Members Share on other sites 419 5,026 64 369 45,948 posts 1 1,259 Share on other sites Posted May 25, 2014 Posted May 25, 2014 Oh, it’s definitely a construction crew. Ship’s crew? I’ve never heard that one before.I always assumed that the Crew were inferring firefighters. Something about the logo’s shading and these men’s chiseled features struck me as “firefighting.”I was later confirmed of my beliefs by the Crew’s 9/11 logo:http://www.sportslogos.net/logos/view/1543/Columbus_Crew/2001/Memorial_Logo Members Share on other sites oldschoolvikings Grand Pooba of Walksylvania 16,001 Link to post 531 Share on other sites Share on other sites Posted May 25, 2014 5,026 Posted May 25, 2014 MJWalker45 16,001 Link to post Writing when I should draw, drawing when I should write Share this post Share this post 531 5,026 Question about Columbus Crew crest Link to post Posted May 25, 2014 Members 0 It’s not ideal, but I don’t think it’ll put a dagger Member of the Right Brigade Share on other sites oldschoolvikings Share on other sites Link to post 121 Location:Cincinnati Favourite Logos:Hartford Whalers (’93-’97), Milwaukee Brewers (’78-’93), Portland Timbers (’15- ) Share this post hard hats have always seen them as hard hats Location:Columbus, OH Forums Home 0 Posted May 25, 2014 dbadefense1990 Share on other sites 531 Share on other sites 3,303 posts Members Share this post 16,001 Followers 1 26,438 posts Location:Minneapolis, MN Share this post Share this post 64 Whittier S Members 5,026 Question about Columbus Crew crestcenter_img Sonny 669 posts Share on other sites 0 Banned 382 Whittier S 21,575 This topic is now closed to further replies. 2 Sport Link to post Soarindude 0 I think the original intention behind the name was Columbus’ Crew, but they went with a construction theme instead?It’s in dire need of an update. Overly detailed, copperplate, that dumb notch for “THE”. I’m almost certain they took a photograph of three guys in hardhats and then hit live trace. Location:San Antonio, Texas Share on other sites 0 Members oldschoolvikings MJWalker45 Members All Activity Lee. I would prefer they either clean up the crest and focus on one player or use the current wordmark within that same badge with a skyline above it. I don’t think the club would use Christopher Columbus because of the mixed views on his role in Spanish expansion in the New World. And I want them to keep the team name instead of changing to something else that’s in the European styled naming conventions. . I also hope they go with a black change strip and maybe a gray jersey similar to what Newcastle just debuted as a nod to their time at Ohio Stadium. The black shorts and grey socks with yellow accents would make for a good look. Link to post Followers 1 118 419 Needschat Grand Pooba of Walksylvania 2,305 posts Posted May 25, 2014 209 smith03 531 Favourite Logos:Caribous of Colorado, Tulsa Roughnecks, San Antonio Gunslingers 0 382 I’m guessing this question comes about because of my crest over in the concepts forum. I’ve just always seen the guys as construction workers. Like the wikipedia article said Columbus and Ohio as a whole puts out a blue collar, rust belt vibe.I may be in the minority here but I’ve grown to like the construction crew identity. I just hate the clip-arty datedness of their current crest. I hope they embrace the whole state some how and the state flag would always be something interesting as a crest IMO. A Christopher Columbus or explorer/ship theme wouldn’t make much sense for the area. 531 531 Not affiliated with sportslogos.net Share this post SportsLogos.Net 0 Page 1 of 2   29 Share on other sites 118 Share on other sites 121 Share this post sonny 13,075 29 A Big Member The logo has crew members wearing full brimmed helmets, more common before the 70s. 3,236 posts 22,252 posts 29 No, not a ship’s crew.20th-century explorers. Think Africa and David Livingstone and all that.Columbus’s crew = 15th century explorers. Ship explorers wearing plumes and pantaloons and all that. NOT in this logo.Columbus Crew logo = 20th century explorers. Land explorers wearing rolled-up sleeves and pith helmets– http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pith_helmet –and all that.See the rim of the hats? I don’t ever see those on hardhats. I do on pith helmets. Posted May 25, 2014 Or you could stay away from Christopher Columbus imagery entirely, since he contributed to the genocide of indigenous peoples.This is why I suggesed avoiding it in an earlier post. Some consider him to be important to bringing the old and new worlds together. Others ahare the sentiment shown above. It’s a complicated topic which the Crew should work to avoid. Posted May 25, 2014 Location:Waxahachie, Texas 118 Posted May 25, 2014 Share this post Link to post 0 MJWalker45 Link to post ColeJ Sports Logos Location:Minneapolis, MN Yeah… Hardhats and a T-shirt all day long. Also one of my least favorite logos in sports. Needschat Members Members Needschat Members Oh, it’s definitely a construction crew. Ship’s crew? I’ve never heard that one before.No, not a ship’s crew.20th-century explorers. Think Africa and David Livingstone and all that.Columbus’s crew = 15th century explorers. Ship explorers wearing plumes and pantaloons and all that. NOT in this logo.Columbus Crew logo = 20th century explorers. Land explorers wearing rolled-up sleeves and pith helmets– http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pith_helmet –and all that.See the rim of the hats? I don’t ever see those on hardhats. I do on pith helmets. Link to post Location:Minneapolis, MN 16,001 419 Go To Topic Listing Share on other sites dbadefense1990 Share this post Soarindude Share on other sites Or you could stay away from Christopher Columbus imagery entirely, since he contributed to the genocide of indigenous peoples. Posted May 25, 2014 Sports Logo News 0 1,259 12,787 posts Oh, it’s definitely a construction crew. Ship’s crew? I’ve never heard that one before. 20th-century explorers. Think Africa and David Livingstone and all that. Livingstone explored Africa in the 19th century. Link to post Writing when I should draw, drawing when I should write Location:detroit Share this post 369 Location:San Antonio, Texas Location:upstate NY 22,252 posts 21,575 We the North! Location:Tampa, FL All Activity 2 4,442 posts Posted May 25, 2014 Posted May 25, 2014 382 Here in Columbus, something is always under construction. While not the inspiration for the crest, it certainly is serendipitous. For the rebrand, I would hope they embrace the Columbus explorer direction and lean a little bit toward a more classic European style football identity. Share this post MJWalker45 Whittier S Share this post Link to post 1 0 0 Sports Logo News Yeah… Hardhats and a T-shirt all day long. Also one of my least favorite logos in sports.Same here. They don’t need an update, they need a complete overhaul. I don’t see any way the new one looks good if they keep anything besides the colors and name around. By Whittier S, May 24, 2014 in Sports Logo News Location:Canada’s Vacation Paradise 0 16,001 Posted May 25, 2014 Location:Minneapolis 64 5,026 Page 1 of 2   Billy B Wikipedia knows all.side note: I wouldn’t mind if their rebrand went with a Christopher Colombus theme over the blue collar theme though. however, I’m not sure how the perception of that would be. Members Favourite Logos:All NBA Playoffs and Finals logos, late 1980s-early 2000s. 13,075 209 wonderbread Share on other sites smith03 Lee. Prev 209 6,476 posts Next Sports Logos You dont see ridges like that on a pith helmet, but on some hard hats you do see them shaped like that or the did it to identify it more as a hard hat, you are the only person i know who has ever thought of it as something other than a wrecking/construction crew Sign in to follow this   what the hell is ccslc? Posted May 25, 2014 0 154 1 Members IceCap 545 postslast_img read more

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Falkowski’s late layup gives Norse girls a dramatic 44-42 win over Hesperia

first_img (1) ENDS IN Report a problem This item is… Other Shares Ads by Amazon Shop Related Products Inappropriate / Offensive Inappropriate / Offensive Not relevant ENDS IN Not relevant DEAL OF THE DAY Bestseller Thank you! This will help us improve your ad experience. We will try not to show you such ads again. Other × Share (1537) Mail Layup – EP $11.99$15.95 × Displayed poorly Inappropriate / Offensive Not relevant Report a problem This item is… Inappropriate / Offensive Bestseller Add Comments (Max 320 characters) $9.99 Thank you! This will help us improve your ad experience. We will try not to show you such ads again. $2.99 LocalSportsJournal.comChandler Falkowski hit a layup in the closing seconds to give  the North Muskegon girls basketball team a 44-42 non-conference victory over Hesperia on Tuesday.The contest was tightly contested throughout, with the Norse leading 24-23 at halftime and Hesperia up 33-32 after three quarters.The Norse had the ball with 11 seconds left and the game tied at 42-42. North Muskegon’s Jaala Duncan took the inbound pass up the court and was able to find Falkowski with a cross-court pass, and she scored with under two seconds left to give her team the dramatic win.Falkowski had 17 points and 14 rebounds to lead North Muskegon.Emily Bayle carried the load for Hesperia with 23 points, eight rebounds, seven steals, and six assistsNorth Muskegon improved to 6-14 overall on the season. Hesperia fell to 8-11. Displayed poorly Share Ads by Amazon × Norse Mythology Not relevant × Displayed poorly Add Comments (Max 320 characters) (5917) Thank you! This will help us improve your ad experience. We will try not to show you such ads again. 0 Norse Tales of Odin and Thor Bestseller $5.94 ENDS IN Report a problem This item is… Other Report a problem This item is… (58) ENDS IN DEAL OF THE DAY Other Add Comments (Max 320 characters) Thank you! This will help us improve your ad experience. We will try not to show you such ads again. Bestseller DEAL OF THE DAY Add Comments (Max 320 characters) Beowulf Displayed poorly DEAL OF THE DAYlast_img read more

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‘Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker’ and ‘Cats’ among this week new releases

first_imgLucasfilm(NEW YORK) — Opening nationwide on Friday:* Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker — The final chapter in the Skywalker series, starring Mark Hamill, the late Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega and Kelly Marie Tran, and directed by J.J. Abrams, finds Ridley’s Rey continuing her Jedi training while searching for her true parentage. Meanwhile, Driver’s Kylo Ren is trying to find the source of messages he’s been receiving…from long-thought-dead Emperor Palpatine.  Rated PG-13.* Cats — This musical film, based on the Broadway hit of the same name, follows a tribe of cats called the Jellicles making what is known as “the Jellicle choice” and deciding which cat will ascend to the Heaviside Layer and come back to a new Jellicle life.  The ensemble cast includes James Corden, Judi Dench, Jason Derulo, Idris Elba, Jennifer Hudson, Ian McKellen, Taylor Swift and Rebel Wilson.  Rated PG.* Bombshell — John Lithgow stars as the late Fox News CEO Roger Ailes in this drama, expanding nationwide this week, about several women at the network who set out to expose the alleged culture of sexual harassment there.  Charlize Theron, Nicole Kidman and Margot Robbie co-star, along with Kate McKinnon, Connie Britton, Malcolm McDowell and Allison Janney. Rated R.Opening in limited release:* She’s Missing — When her best friend goes missing at a rodeo, Heidi, played by Godfather of Harlem‘s Lucy Fry, goes on a search across the desert, digging up secrets and encountering the violence of life on the road. Josh Hartnett and Christian Camargo also star. Not rated.Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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Michelle Obama discusses life after the White House during Oprah Winfrey’s 2020 Vision tour in New York

first_imgCourtesy of WW, George Burns(NEW YORK) — Oprah Winfrey brought out former first lady, Michelle Obama, during the fifth stop of her 2020 Vision: Your Life in Focus Tour with WW on Saturday, and it’s safe to say, Mrs. Obama has been “living her best life” since the White House.“It is so good, y’all,” Obama laughed. “No, it is really good,” she said playfully to the sold out crowd at Barclays Center on Saturday when asked about her life with her husband, former President Barack Obama, now that the two have officially become empty nesters. Both of their daughters, Sasha, 18, and Malia, 21, are currently in college and away from home.In the hour-long chat, which centered around wellness and self-care, Oprah was able to get the former first lady to open up about a variety of subjects including life after the White House, her relationship with Mr. Obama, and her thoughts on her best-selling memoir, Becoming, which has sold more than 11.5 million units worldwide and recently won a Grammy Award.“I was afraid no one would show up,” Mrs. Obama said, sharing some of her Becoming book tour concerns with Winfrey. During that time, Mrs. Obama questioned if she was truly “likable” and if people would actually come out to support her.“They called me angry,” she added, referring to some of the criticism she endured during her time in the White House.The crowd of 15,000, which included celebrity guests like Lupita Nyong’o, Niecy Nash, Hoda Kotb, Nate Berkus, Merle Dandridge and Winfrey’s BFF Gayle King, quickly countered Mrs. Obama’s moment of doubt with a loud applause and shouts of affirmation.Now, Mrs. Obama admits she’s less concerned with what people think and more focused on “walking [her] walk” which includes empowering the next generation of leaders. She also talked about some of her superpowers, which include making young people feel “seen and heard” and her strong sense of empathy.“I try very hard, even in these times, to understand what people are going through when they’re angry when they’re hateful or when they’re doing things that just don’t feel right,” Obama said. “I try to stand in their shoes and say there’s got to be a context that I can understand that helps me see how you see the world so I can connect with you on some level.”Offering some words of wisdom, Mrs. Obama shared some important advice, which she said she also gave to her daughters before heading off to college.“The House didn’t define us, its the value that defined us,” she said.Oprah’s full interview with Mrs. Obama will air on Wednesday, February 12 at 8 p.m. ET as part of WW’s Wellness Wednesday Series on Oprah’s Facebook page.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more