Environment, Fishing, Oceans Article published by mongabayauthor At least 11 men from Indonesia’s Seriwe village, on the island of Lombok, have died in compressor diving accidents. Others have suffered varying degrees of paralysis.The accidents are made more likely because the divers use cheap, makeshift rigs that tend not to include pressure gauges.When their husbands suffer an injury and are unable to work, responsibility for providing for the family falls on the divers’ wives. SERIWE, Indonesia – Sunardi remembers the sky lit up red with sunset as he checked the bag his wife had prepared: Change of clothes, check. Cigarettes, dinner, check. He examined his other bag to make sure his diving equipment — flashlight, goggles, breathing tube — hadn’t been left behind. Check.He and four other men — another diver, a captain and two air-compressor operators — were ready to set sail that day in 2016 from his home village of Seriwe, on the island of Lombok, near the better-known island of Bali. They were headed for the waters off Gerupuk, another village 20 kilometers (12 miles) down the coast.The crew arrived after dark, which was good: Fish are easier to catch at night, and lobsters are more active too. Sunardi, 36, stood to earn up to 1 million rupiah ($67) on this outing — more than half the minimum monthly wage for this part of Indonesia. It depended on how many dives he was willing to do.In Gerupuk, the crew switched on the air compressor and attached a hose that ran 60 meters (200 feet) to a dive regulator. Sunardi was ready. With the moon high in the sky, he picked up his speargun, put the regulator in his mouth and slipped quietly into the sea.Sunardi started diving in elementary school. By the time he was an adult he had become known as a skilled compressor diver. It was a reputation that had won him work across the Indonesian archipelago, but which consistently tested the limits of his body.After that first dive in Gerupuk on that night in 2016, Sunardi felt a tingling in his left foot. It wasn’t an altogether unusual feeling. The locals had a name for it: aiq keram, or “the cramps.” But the condition isn’t as innocuous as it sounds. Aiq keram can presage the onset of decompression sickness, a much more serious condition that can be fatal.Sunardi was determined to keep going. He was trying to earn enough money to build a house.Midway through his third dive, at around 2 a.m., Sunardi began to feel claustrophobic and decided to ascend. He knew to be careful: coming up too quickly could cause decompression sickness.After climbing aboard the boat, he knew something wasn’t right. This time, it was both legs. He lay down and prayed. The crew took him to a hospital two hours away in the city of Mataram. There, Sunardi was placed in a hyperbaric chamber with three times the normal air pressure to help him recover. But his condition only seemed to worsen.The numbness had spread up both legs to his waist. His legs were spasming. At one point he looked down and realized with horror that he had soiled his pants.In the two years since, Sunardi’s been to the hyperbaric tube eight times, with little to show for it save a mounting pile of medical bills. He still can’t move his legs. To pay for the treatment, he’s had to sell his boat and valuable pieces of furniture.“If I step on a nail, it doesn’t even hurt,” Sunardi said, striking his calf. “It’s like I don’t have legs.”The island of Lombok is home to 3 million people, mostly Muslims. Image by Gunakarta/Wikimedia Commons.In Seriwe, Sunardi isn’t alone. The village is known for the high number of men who have been paralyzed, or worse, from diving.Locals recite the names of some of the men who died from complications related to unsafe diving: Jumasih, Amaq Gonda, Sahram, Bandi, Dadi, Munawir, Kero, Burhanudin, Rusman, Seman, Mastah.Among those who have suffered permanent injuries: Reji, Zaenal Abidin, Majmu, Halil, Nurman, Saidi, Joni, Combo. It’s a problem linked to the improvised dive equipment, lack of safety training, and the drive to push limits in order to earn more money.In recreational scuba diving, people are taught to diligently monitor air pressure and immersion time with the help of gauges and dive watches. Doing so ensures the body can adjust safely to changes in water pressure, so as to prevent decompression sickness, also known as the bends.The divers of Seriwe cannot afford such equipment. They use cheap, makeshift rigs that tend not to include pressure gauges. Combined with the incentive to spend extended time in deep water chasing big fish, these men put their lives, and the livelihoods of their families, on the line.A fisherman in Gerupuk and his makeshift diving equipment. Image by Fathul Rakhman for Mongabay.When a diver from Seriwe dies or becomes disabled, more often than not it falls to his wife to make up for the lost income. Sainah, Sunardi’s wife, found work harvesting and drying seaweed. The village is renowned for its seaweed production, but the job is seasonal, and when there’s no work to be had, Sainah turns to family for loans.“I just make do with menciro,” Sunardi says — handouts for helping other fishermen tie up their boats after returning from sea.Women sort through seaweed in Seriwe. Image by Fathul Rakhman for Mongabay.Herawati, a graduate of Australian National University who has researched the economy of Seriwe, said such financial challenges are exacerbated by gender norms that limit the ability of households to adapt.In many cases, the disabled men in Seriwe could easily take jobs as seaweed farmers, Herawati found. But the widespread belief that seaweed farming is “women’s work” prevents them from doing so.Gender norms can also prevent female heads of households from accessing loans. Creditors “just assume they won’t be able to pay the loan back,” Herawati said. This includes the Indonesian Ministry of Fisheries, which commits considerable resources to poverty alleviation, but targets the programs at male heads of households as the recipients, Herawati said; women are rarely able to gain access to these services on their own.“These families should actually be getting special targeting given the disruptions to their lives,” Herawati said.In Seriwe, it’s a common story. Despite the risks compressor diving poses to men and their families, the industry continues to hold sway; the rewards of good money continue to outstrip the risks of death, injury and poverty.Sunardi’s family used to be relatively well off. When he could dive, the family could afford nice things. They were planning to send their children to college.Though it remains unclear if the feeling in his legs will ever return, Sunardi is sure of one thing.“I can’t go to sea again,” he says.Sunardi walking on crutches. He lost the use of his legs in a diving accident. Image by Fathul Rakhman for Mongabay.Correction (Sept. 29, 2018): An earlier version of this article referred to the activities undertaken by Sunardi and his neighbors as scuba spearfishing. By definition, scuba refers to an underwater breathing apparatus that is completely independent of any surface supply. The fishermen’s craft is more accurately described as compressor diving.The story was reported by Mongabay’s Indonesia team and was first published on our Indonesian site on Sept. 20, 2018.FEEDBACK: Use this form to send a message to the author of this post. If you want to post a public comment, you can do that at the bottom of the page. Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsored
By Paul LeckerSports ReporterMARSHFIELD — Riley Geiger tossed a five-hit shutout to lift Loyal to a 7-0 victory over Marshfield Columbus Catholic in a Cloverbelt Conference East Division baseball game Thursday at Hackman Field.Loyal scored one run in the first and added a pair in the third, fourth, and sixth innings to pull past the Dons (3-3 overall and Cloverbelt East).Geiger struck out five and walked two and also had three hits at the plate for Loyal (4-4, 4-3 Cloverbelt East).Kienan McIntee suffered the loss for the Dons, giving up all seven runs in 5 1/3 innings.Columbus plays at Colby on Friday.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)Greyhounds 7, Dons 0Loyal 102 202 0 – 7 8 1Columbus Catholic 000 000 0 – 0 5 4WP: Riley Geiger. LP: Kienan McIntee.SO: Geiger 5; McIntee (5 1/3 inn.) 9, Bailey Keffer (1 2/3 inn.) 2. BB: Geiger 2; McIntee 3, Keffer 0.Top hitters: L, Geiger 3×4; Brandon Collins 2×4; Jake Waldhart 2B. CC, Matthias Gouin 2×4.Records: Loyal 4-4, 4-3 Cloverbelt East; Columbus Catholic 3-3 overall and Cloverbelt East.
2 April 2013South Africa captured the Tokyo Sevens rugby title on Sunday, their second tournament victory in three events, after a superb second half effort lifted them past New Zealand by 24 points to 19.It was a remarkable turnaround for the Blitzbokke, who after winning the Las Vegas Sevens, were very disappointing in the Hong Kong Sevens where they finished bottom of their pool. However, a 31-0 thrashing of eventual runners-up Wales in Hong Kong showed what Paul Treu’s charges were capable of.Commenting on the victory in Japan, Treu said: “It’s unbelievable. We’ve been so unlucky at times throughout the season and to come back again after a disappointing tournament in Hong Kong, to bounce back and give this kind of performance – it’s not every day that you’re going to beat New Zealand twice [consecutively] in the final.”‘Happy’“Every win that comes your way is huge. I think we can go back to South Africa a happy team,” he added.It wasn’t all smooth going in Tokyo, however, as matters got off to a poor start when Fiji beat South Africa 29-12. There were opportunities for the Blitzbokke to win, but they were undone by errors and the bounce of the ball.Still not on top form, they returned to winning ways with a 12-0 win over Portugal before hitting their stride with a 42-7 pummelling of Spain. That left the Blitzbokke second in Pool A and saw them into the quarterfinals of the Cup.Day twoOn day two, they came back from 12-0 down to defeat Samoa 19-12 to reach the semi-finals. They followed that up with a narrow 14-12 win over France to book their place in the title-decider.Up against table-topping New Zealand, South Africa, like they had in the quarterfinals, fell behind 12-0. However, they were a different team in the second half, running in three tries and slotting a penalty before the Kiwis managed a converted try after the final hooter had sounded to finish within a try of the Blitzbokke.It was a repeat of the Las Vegas final and the win moved the Springbok Sevens onto 100 World Series points, up to second spot on the log, 32 points behind New Zealand and two ahead of third-placed Fiji.Tournament winsSouth Africa and Fiji are now the only teams to have won two tournaments so far this season.Treu said finding consistent form was the goal the Blitzbokke now need to focus on.“It’s still difficult for us to be consistent,” he said. “To become consistent like New Zealand, we need those key players [like Kyle Brown and Paul Delport] and we just hope they can recover soon and get back into this team as quickly as possible, especially for the World Cup in June.”Following the Tokyo tournament, the International Rugby Board confirmed the pool draw for round eight of the HSBC Sevens World Series, the Emirates Airline Glasgow Sevens at Scotstoun Stadium on 4 and 5 May 2013.CrucialIt’s a crucial tournament, which will decide which of the current teams will need to re-qualify as core teams next season.South Africa are in a very tough Pool A, up against Samoa, Kenya and Canada. Pool B includes the hosts, Scotland, New Zealand, England and Portugal.Australia, who beat France 31-7 to finish third in Tokyo, are in Pool C with Fiji, Argentina and Spain. Pool D is made up of France, the USA, Wales and Russia.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material
A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… When it comes right down to it, Demo Day is just that. A day. It is not like these companies build their products at breakneck speeds for four months and then cease to be companies. Demo Day is the unofficial graduation for TechStars companies and there is the requisite amount of celebrating afterward. Entrepreneurs drink champagne and beer in the office, eat catered food, and pat each other on the back after Demo Day is over. There is much to be happy about, especially for those companies that used Demo Day to raise additional funding. But it is really just the beginning. “What happens beyond that is that they are trying to get investors. They have to build investor stories and then they also have to build customer stories. When they go up to a customer, they have to be able to tell their story. Same with investors. Same with Demo Day,” Rae said.When preparing CEOs for Demo Day pitches, Rae urges the aspiring executives to be themselves. When it comes to pitches, there is a lot of information available on the Web, and CEOs can trap themselves into thinking that their pitch needs to look exactly like somebody else’s perfect pitch. Rae tries to cull that out of people and focus on getting them to tell their story. “Some people take that too far,” Rae said. “Come up with crazy ideas about coming in from the ceiling and things that are kind of cutesy. And some of them just take it too far. Some of that is OK. If it doesn’t match your company, you shouldn’t do it. If you are not funny, you shouldn’t try to be funny.”The most impassioned, if unorthodox, pitch of the day came from Libboo’s Howard. He said he was coached to provide a lot of data in his pitch because it is a little difficult to understand the concept. He had a full deck of slides waiting to go on Friday before the presentation the next Thursday. In the end, he tossed that pitch, something he had been working on for the better part of a month, and went with his heart. In the end, it was not about the marketing and stats of his platform but rather an emotional soliloquy about his journey and his company.“I was really genuine when I said that I want people to understand ‘the who’ and ‘the why’ more than ‘the how’ and ‘the what.’ That is so important to me. Everybody says, team, team, team, team, team, and that is true, and everybody does invest in a team. As an early-stage startup, for me, you are never going to change your founders or CEO, and it is about team but it is more about founders and CEOs. So, I wanted to create a pitch that is more about me than the product itself,” Howard said. TechStars ends with Demo Day. For the companies, Demo Day is just the beginning. The skills that companies learn will be carried with them for as long as they exist. As Rae said, if a company cannot nail the pitch, they are done. That is a lesson that extends well past the day those companies leave TechStars. As a startup, “if you cannot nail a presentation, you’re done.” That is what Katie Rae, managing director of TechStars Boston, said after the accelerator’s Demo Day yesterday. 13 TechStars companies went on stage to pitch their products to investors, and every single pitch passed with flying colors.Getting the pitch right is one of the most important parts of a startup’s life cycle. It is vital to nail the Demo Day pitch, of course, but learning how to give a thoughtful, dynamic presentation is a skill that pays benefits far beyond the stage.The pitches at Demo Day Boston were as varied as the companies presenting them. Timothy Ericson, the CEO of Zagster, the “Zipcar for bikes,” rode out on stage on a branded bicycle. K Young, CEO of Mortar, a company working to “fix” Hadoop, stood in solemn profile describing how his company is going to create tools to make big data usable to any company. The pitch for Libboo, a book publishing and promotion platform, started with a stirring poem from slam poet Marshall “Soulful” Jones before CEO Chris Howard gave an impassioned speech about the problems his company is trying to solve. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#start#StartUp 101#startups#Venture Funding 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Not every company from the spring class of TechStar’s Boston 2012 is going to go on to fame and fortune. There are a couple very strong companies and a few others that may have trouble surviving in crowded markets. But, when it came to the pitch, nearly every one of them earned an “A” for the day.Rae and the TechStars staff prepare companies for the Demo Day pitch from Day One at the accelerator. It starts with the elevator pitch, where teams present their idea and then get drilled with hard questions to see how well the pitch, and by extension the company, holds up. In the third month of TechStars, CEOs start practicing their pitches nearly every day for a month before the fateful Demo Day. “It is never a simple process. The first days of TechStars is like, ‘Are you sure you are on the right track?’ That is where you pitch your idea and pitch your company to a hundred really hard people and have them ask really hard questions,” Rae said. “The second thing is to really dig in and to make sure you are getting the right data and customer development. And then the third thing is that once you know you are on the right track, how do you tell a story? How do you get across to the other people why you care about it, why it is important to you and what you are trying to do. That’s is where I start. Why do you care and why should I care?” dan rowinski Related Posts “I think the first [mistake] is that they get very robotic and they think their pitch needs to look like the last person that did a great pitch and they need to copy it. Never works. So we often have to rewind people out of that. ‘Wait, but Jeff did a pitch just like that and it was perfect.’ But that is not your story. It has to be authentic or it will flop,” Rae said.Another mistake is trying to cram too much data into a presentation. Companies create decks of dozens of slides, trying to get everything they possibly can into the pitch. Those crowded decks often look terrible, especially when projected on a 20-foot screen behind the CEO. Here, the “KISS” principle comes into play: Keep It Simple, Stupid. There is also a degree of showmanship to a pitch. Demo Day’s first presenter, CEO Winston Mok of Simply Good Technologies – a company working on mobile couponing based on influence – showed plenty of charisma and showmanship on stage. That works for Mok and his product. It might not work for Michael Nugent of Bison Alternatives, a company working on a database for alternative investments. Ericson riding out on a bike works. Dropping from the ceiling? Not so much.
BeautyMNL open its first mall pop-up packed with freebies, discounts, and other exclusives View comments “When we lose our guys get a little angry and then their talent takes over,” Kerr said. “Nothing magical about it.”It wasn’t easy keeping that streak going.Sacramento trailed by 14 before pulling to 89-88 with 7:55 remaining following three consecutive baskets by Buddy Hield.Omri Casspi stopped the slide for the Warriors with a driving layup, Draymond Green added a three-point play and Nick Young made a 3-pointer. Durant then scored the next 10 points for Golden State, including back-to-back 3s.The Warriors committed 25 turnovers but the Kings rarely took advantage and finished with 19 points off the miscues.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games: PH still winless in netball after loss to Thais Kevin Durant scored 13 of his 33 points in the fourth quarter and matched his season-high with six 3-pointers, and the Warriors held on to beat the Sacramento Kings 119-104 on Friday night.“You can see the light at the end of the tunnel for a little refresher but at the end of day we’ve got work to do to get to that break so we have to find a way,” Curry said. “If we don’t build the right habits and have the right spirit around our team going into the break, that could carry over and you don’t want to have that kind of negative energy around the team.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingThree nights after getting blown out in Utah while suffering their worst loss of the season, the Warriors looked a little sluggish early before pulling away to even the season series with Sacramento and give coach Steve Kerr his 248th career victory.Golden State also improved to 11-0 in games following losses while spoiling Sacramento coach Dave Joeger’s return to the bench. NU recovers, beats Adamson in season opener Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim MOST READ LATEST STORIES Do we want to be champions or GROs? – Sotto ‘We cannot afford to fail’ as SEA Games host – Duterte “It’s a lot of stuff that we can correct,” Durant said. “Stick to our fundamentals and we’ll cut those turnovers down. But for the most part I like where our defense was.”Curry added 23 points and six assists, Klay Thompson scored 20 points and Green had 13 points, nine rebounds and six assists for Golden State.Both teams were playing the front end of back-to-back games.Durant, who missed an easy uncontested layup on a drive from the baseline, fueled the win despite sitting out much of the first half following Golden State’s slow start. He scored 15 points in the second quarter on 6-for-7 shooting, had a key three-point play early in the fourth and then helped the Warriors close out the win late.Zach Randolph had 18 points and seven rebounds, Justin Jackson scored 17 and De’Aaron Fox added 16 point and six assists for Sacramento.Joerger, who was called for a technical in the fourth quarter, returned after briefly dropping to his knees during Sunday’s game in San Antonio. Joerger missed the remainder of that game and did not coach in New Orleans on Thursday.“It was a good game,” Joerger said. “I was propping up my beverage over there to keep me hydrated.”DEEP AND DEEPERThe Warriors won another lopsided game despite being without Shaun Livingston (personal reasons), Jordan Bell (left ankle), Andre Igoudala (rest) and David West (rest).“That’s just the beauty of having a deep team,” Durant said. “We could give guys like (Kevon) Looney and Omri (Caspi) and Patty (McCaw) those minutes. It’s an opportunity for the young guys to step up. It’s only going to make us better as a group.” Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims TIP-INSWarriors: It wasn’t the crispest of games but it was a much better effort than Golden State had in their 129-99 loss to Utah. Most encouraging for Kerr’s team was that they rallied after falling behind by double digits early in the first, with the comeback coming while four of the starters were on the bench. That depth continues to be the Warriors best weapon.Kings: Sacramento had a chance to take control early in the game but couldn’t sustain the early momentum. The defense, which helped start the comeback in the fourth, fell apart late and allowed the Warriors to shoot 55 percent for the game.UP NEXTWarriors: At Denver on Saturday.Kings: Host Dallas on Saturday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next PH military to look into China’s possible security threat to power grid Sacramento Kings center Willie Cauley-Stein, left, and Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry go for the ball during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game Friday, Feb. 2, 2018, in Sacramento, Calif. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Stephen Curry said it’s understandable that the Golden State Warriors are easing up a bit as the All-Star break approaches.The two-time NBA MVP also realizes it’s critical that the defending champs push through the tough times.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information.