Quick Recap: Grizzlies fall to Knicks 118-104

The Memphis Grizzlies came into this game against the New York Knicks (one of the hottest teams in the league since April Fools Day), looking to avenge a bummer loss against the Orlando Magic. The Grizzlies entered this contest losing 3 of their past 4 games, something that’s not encouraging in the midst of a playoff push. However, could they turn their fortunes around against a Knicks team playing Thibs minutes off a back-to-back?

Unfortunately, that wasn’t the case. The Grizzlies fell victim to a hot game from Julius Randle and Derrick Rose, as they combined for 53 points on 8-13 shooting from deep.

The Grizzlies also got hit with a parade of technicals, as Taylor Jenkins and Ja Morant got 2 and the ejection — while Dillon Brooks got one too.

Here are takeaways.

The flashes of Jaren Jackson Jr.

If there was any bright spot in this game to take away, it is Jaren Jackson Jr.’s path back to normalcy. In the first half, he flashed the skillset that makes him such a tantalizing prospect — perhaps a unicorn.

He found his rhythm from outside, and he was taking Julius Randle off the dribble. Jackson was even doing a solid job of defending without fouling the probable All-NBA big man.

Granted, was there times he showed his youth? Sure, but for a young player that hasn’t played basketball in 9 months, you take the flashes.

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More flashes? Yup, with Desmond Bane.

Desmond Bane came into this game in a mini-slump from downtown. However, he came out and flashed the upside that made him such a draft darling with NBA Draft Twitter. He put the ball on the floor to make plays for himself and others. He also connected on 2 in-rhythm 3’s to bring some energy into a lifeless FedEx Forum.

When looking to achieve sustainable success, you take the flashes you get from your young players, especially ones of Bane’s skillset. It’s tough to find players of his skillset. The more comfortable he looks, the better for the team’s short-term and long-term success.

Quick Hitters

  • Dillon Brooks is unbothered. Dillon Brooks does not care what’s going on in the game — slump, run, big leads or deficits, whatever. He’s going to play his tail off from tip-off to the time the final buzzer hits. He was really the only starter to have any sort of offensive flow, using a big 3rd quarter to keep the Grizzlies in the mix. Put some respect on his name.
  • Smaller rotation? Xavier Tillman, Tyus Jones, and De’Anthony Melton all totaled 9 minutes — barely getting any run in the 2nd half. None of them lit the world on fire in the 1st half, but the shorter 2nd half rotation is a development to monitor down the playoff push.
  • Fatigue. Their defensive attention and the offensive struggles could be credited to fatigue. You can see it.They’re in a stretch of 40 games in 68 days, coming off a long road trip, and they’re working pieces together. It’s a grueling schedule, especially for the youngest team in the league.

The Grizzlies will travel to Minnesota to take on the Timberwolves Wednesday.

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Woman suing surgeon after ‘quick fix’ mesh operation

Claire Griffiths, pictured with her children, she is now suing her surgeon after a rectopexy operation left her in pain. (Supplied, Claire Griffiths)

Claire Griffiths, pictured with her children Kiera and Jack, she is now suing her surgeon after a rectopexy operation left her in pain. (Supplied, Claire Griffiths)

Claire Griffiths may have expected some level of discomfort when she woke up from an operation to correct a prolapsed bowel. But as the anaesthetic wore off, the married mother-of-two describes the sensation as “the most immense pain I’ve ever been in”.

“The nurses kept telling me that it was caused by the way they had positioned me in surgery,”’ says Griffiths, 39, from Herefordshire. 

“But I was in agony and they couldn’t control it, even with morphine and paracetamol. Childbirth was more manageable. This pain was like a burning sensation, all through my sacrum (the base of the spine) and despite the medication, it continued for around six weeks.”

Since Griffiths underwent a rectopexy operation she has suffered almost constant, debilitating pain. (supplied, Claire Griffiths)

Since Griffiths underwent a rectopexy operation she has suffered almost constant, debilitating pain. (supplied, Claire Griffiths)

Unfortunately for Griffiths, this intense pain was far from a one-off incident.

Since the rectopexy operation in April 2013, Griffiths now lives in almost constant, debilitating pain caused by the controversial ‘mesh’ technique used in the surgery. 

She has been forced to quit her job as an associated nurse practitioner due to ill-health. Her mother is now her carer and she requires crutches to walk and a wheelchair to travel any further than 20 yards.

Griffiths’ case is far from unique. The Rectopexy Mesh Victims And Support Group on Facebook has nearly 700 – mostly female – members. 

Read more: I Didn’t Even Know What Prolapse Was Until It Happened to Me


The Sling the Mesh campaign for other victims has nearly 9,000 members but those figures are thought to be the tip of the iceberg.

“Nobody really knows how many are suffering because the NHS and the regulatory body the MHRA has not kept a database of how many women have had the operation and how many are suffering,” says Sling the Mesh’s founder Kath Samson. 

“A third of women in the support group have experienced mesh erosion – where it has sliced through the vagina walls and cut into bowels, bladders, wombs and urethras. 

“Some women now have stomas and colostomy bags where they have had to have organs removed – and all this for what was supposed to be a 20-minute simple operation to fix an embarrassing health problem.”

Watch: Mesh scandal: ‘Truth is traumatic’

Griffiths’ story began in 2012 when, after years of suffering from constipation, she was told she had a bowel prolapse. 

“My consultant said there was this new ‘quick fix’ where mesh is attached to the sacrum with pins and that’s attached to the vaginal wall to hold it into place,” she says. 

“I’d never heard of it before but I trusted the consultant and wasn’t warned of any complications or adverse effects.

“After the initial six weeks of pain after waking up from surgery, I was well for about a year but then the pain returned. 

“At first, it was manageable but eventually it became so uncomfortable that I went to see a gynaecological consultant who put it down to ‘female problems’ and told me to lose some weight.”

“But by 2017 – the year I got married – I was having to take time off from work because I was in so much pain. 

“I would get severe bloating where I’d look nine months pregnant. When Jason and I went on a cruise to Madeira, I woke one day and I couldn’t walk for the pain. My back and legs were burning. I knew it couldn’t just be ‘female problems’ and I even went back to my original surgeon who examined me and said that everything seemed to be fine with the surgery. I was at my wits’ end.”

Read more: Menstrual cup misuse ‘may trigger pelvic organ prolapse’

Claire Griffiths with her husband Jason. (Supplied, Claire Griffiths)

Claire Griffiths with her husband Jason. (Supplied, Claire Griffiths)

It wasn’t until Griffiths spotted a news report that everything changed. 

“I was watching television and heard about other women suffering from mesh surgery and I broke down in tears because I realised it wasn’t just me suffering with this pain,” she says. 

“I went back to my GP and told her I thought it was the mesh causing the problems and she prescribed low level pain medication.

“But I knew I needed further help. I was lucky as my parents paid for me to see private surgeons who examined me and said my insides are a mass of adhesions and mesh. 

“My bowel is tucked to my uterus, the mesh in incredibly tight and that’s where the pain is coming from. I have burning in my legs, no feeling in the tops of my legs, nerve damage to my stomach and rectum. I couldn’t open my bowels for six weeks so last July I had to have a stoma fitted and I have to self-catheterise seven times a day. 

“At some point in the future I will have to have an operation which will close up my anus, rectum and colon. 

“It’s too risky to remove the mesh as my tissue has grown around it so now I’m with a pain consultant who is looking at infusing lidocaine to take some of the pain away.

The surgery has not only these horrific physical but also mental scars.

Claire Griffiths, pictured with her family, feels immense mum guilt due to all the things she now can't do due to the pain (supplied, Claire Griffiths)

Claire Griffiths, pictured with her family, feels immense mum guilt due to all the things she now can’t do due to the pain (supplied, Claire Griffiths)

“The mum guilt about not being able to do things like shopping with my daughter or watching my son play football is huge,” says Griffiths. 

“And seeing my mum care for me when she should be enjoying her retirement is very upsetting.

Griffiths is now suing the surgeon with the help of Thompsons Solicitors.  

“Some women who have had mesh surgery have killed themselves because of the pain and although there have been times where I feel fed up of fighting to be heard, I am strong and I need to stay here for my husband and children,” she says.

 “Hopefully, I’ve got a long life ahead of me and if the pain can be managed better, I can have a better quality of life.”

Watch: Medical safety review into medical interventions such as pelvic mesh is a ‘wake-up call’

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Spain holidays: UK to be ‘one of first to return’ to Majorca after quick vaccine rollout | Travel News

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G Adventures boss says rapid tests are key for quick return to travel

Bruce Poon Tip, founder of G Adventures, predicts rapid Covid-19 tests will be a ‘game-changer’ for the swift return of travel this summer.

Alongside the deployment of vaccines, he said the “number one thing we need” is rapid testing.

Speaking on a Travel Weekly webcast, he said rapid home kits that are currently being developed will enable holidaymakers to be tested during trips, ahead of their return home and at airports.

“The technology does exist. It’s just not being manufactured and being mass produced and available right now,” he said.

“I think we’re going have it in the next couple of months, according to what I’m reading. They’re starting to manufacture home tests.”

He also hopes that quarantine periods for returning travellers will get shorter to encourage more bookings.

“I do believe that travel is going to go come back quicker than people think,” he said.

“It’s not going be back to normal numbers but there are early adopters and a lot of people that want to travel before crowds start again.

“There is going to be a lot of people that are motivated to travel early as soon as they can. We’re seeing that already.”

G Adventures is currently operating group tours in Tanzania and passengers are “absolutely loving it”, he added, as there are no crowds.

“Once we get this whole vaccine sorted out, I think that confidence is going to come back quicker than people think,” he said.

“There’s just so many doom-and-gloom people right now saying there are no travellers till 2022. I don’t believe that.

“We were seeing a very strong case to say that we’re going to get significant travellers this summer.”

He said the operator saw “green shoots” of a return to travel last year as it was able to run European tours in September and October, then tours to destinations such as Tanzania, Maldives and Costa Rica later in 2020.

“It is great to dip our toe in the water again, and there are a lot of positive attitudes on our communication channels internally now that we’re running trips again,” he said.

The operator is liaising with governments around the world to keep updated with restrictions and plans for a return to travel.

It is working with the Peruvian government to run test trips with officials on the Inca Trail, to ensure new protocols are effective.

He also highlighted how Japan – which hopes to host the Olympics – has advanced plans for the safe return of travellers.

“We want to be part of that, before and after the Olympics,” he said.

“We want to be in the forefront of convincing people to start travelling again.”

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Quick tips for flying and hotel stays during the pandemic | Your Life Arizona

Last month I did two things that I have missed so much. I flew and I checked into a hotel. It was great! But it was different so I want to share my personal quick tips for traveling during this pandemic. I also want to compliment the two businesses that I experienced…Southwest Airlines and the Marina del Rey Hotel in Marina del Rey, California.

Both Southwest Airlines and Marina del Rey Hotel mostly get a thumbs up from me after my trip.

First, my flying quick tips…

*Don’t forget your mask and pack extra masks in case you lose or drop yours. Most airlines are strict about mandating the mask requirement.

*Pack a pair of socks in your carry-on bag. I forgot to do that and I had to go barefoot through the security check since I wore flip flops. Oh, the germs on that airport floor…ugh!

*Pack a travel size hand sanitizer and a pack of cleaning wipes. I was thrilled to find a small pack of Clorox wipes at Target. I just checked Target to see if some are still available, but they are sold out. However, it pays to search online often for this item. Several times a week I check multiple stores in search of Clorox or Lysol wipes. I usually find at least one container. Make your own small pack with several cleaning wipes packed in a quart size plastic sandwich bag. Then bring an empty bag to put the soiled wipes in so you have somewhere to dispose of the wipes until they can be thrown away. As soon as I found my seat, I quickly wiped down the seat and arm rests. This also indirectly let my seatmate know that I would be respectful of protecting him from potential germs and I hoped that he would take the hint and reciprocate.

*Eat and drink before your flight. The gentleman behind my row kept sneezing. I was glad that he was masked… and I was happy to leave my mask on so I did not remove it for drinking or eating.

*Decide how you want to be seated on board by researching the airlines pandemic seating plan before you book. I appreciated that Southwest Airlines had left the middle seats open when I traveled last month. They are no longer limiting the middle seats as of December 1st, so be aware of that. That day, I was happy to have that space between myself and my seatmate (he sat in the aisle seat and I sat in the window seat) as he wore his mask, but it only covered his mouth. With his nose exposed the entire flight, I appreciated that there was an empty seat between us.

*Set up touchless technology on your devices before you travel like Apple Pay on your phone or Apple Watch. Most of the merchants I encountered at the airport take Apple Pay. Many stores and restaurants were closed but a few were open for business, thank goodness. I loved being able to pay with a quick wave of my wrist since I wore my Apple Watch.

*Bring your own pen! I cannot stress this enough. Just when I thought most places offer touchless technology, I still had to use the pen they provided at times. I visited an open airport restaurant preflight for a quick cocktail (cheers!) and I had to use the bartender’s pen to add a tip. I did not notice any sanitizing of the pens bar side. I also had to use a pen when I checked into the hotel, received room service, etc. Add pens to your essentials to keep on your person.

*Turn the overhead air vent on as soon as you take your seat. My mother-in-law shared this tip with me. Turning the overhead air vent on creates sort of an unseen air barrier around you that can redirect potential virus particles away from you to instead down to the floor. I also read this interesting tip in a Business Insider article.

*Travel light if you can. I did not have to grab anything from the overhead bin so I was able to deplane quickly. I was glad that I traveled lightly and didn’t need the overhead bin space. Passengers did tend to crowd each other when exiting the aircraft. I also sat close to the front as well so I was able to avoid the cluster that occurs when people are ready to deplane.

My Hotel Tips

I love to stay at hotels. Always have. Always will. So when I decided to finally venture back out there in the midst of the pandemic we are forced to continue to still live with, I decided on The Marina del Rey Hotel located in pretty…you guessed it…Marina del Rey, California.

First let’s dive into why I recommend the Marina del Rey Hotel and then I will share tips to know to prepare for a hotel stay during this very unique time. Do note that at the time of this published article (December 2020), California is on strict lockdown now due to the hospital capacity concern, so make sure to check with the hotel (and others nationwide) before booking so that you know what to expect.

*The location! Beautiful Marine del Rey is lovely on its own and is also just minutes away from several nice beaches. This includes Manhattan Beach, my personal fave. I chose a room with a view of the marina and I highly recommend that. The view was terrific both day and night.

*The room service food! I really like the menu that the property restaurant, SALT, offers. With Covid19 still around, the hotel still offers room service with all food served in takeout dishes. I did miss the feel of a glass coffee mug in the morning, but the coffee was good and my selections were very tasty. Eating on my room balcony with a view of the lovely boats and the faint sounds of the people visiting and happy seals barking was the perfect ambience for me, especially right now. The room service dinner options were also terrific. I also enjoyed eating my entrees on the patio. I loved every bite of the Cavatelli pasta dish that is made with sea bean, fennel, Chinese broccoli, and smoked rye. It was delish! The brussels sprout slaw was exactly right with a satisfying mix of the brussels complimented with green apple, marcona almond, pickled papaya and manchego cheese. SALT, the hotel restaurant, offers tasty fare in a nice space that has perfect views of the bay. The hotel’s vibe struck me as a combination of modern flair balanced with some LA and California history, too. I liked the combination of themes as I toured the property.

I also loved the rooms with views of the marina. SALT restaurant sits right at the edge of the marina so the views are great to take in while dining.

Now that I have shown you the parts of the hotel that I experienced, let us talk about some tips to know if you are planning to travel during the pandemic. Things are different out there, including hotels.

A Few Things To Know That Are Different Due To The Pandemic

*Don’t forget your mask and extra ones, too. It is a strict rule in most hotels to wear a mask when you are outside of your room.

*Bring your own pen if you do not want to touch hotel pens. I had to sign at check-in and the tab whenever I received room service.

*Each hotel has different pandemic policies so be sure to check the website or the property or call ahead to know what to expect. At the Marina del Rey Hotel noticeable precautions are followed to try to keep employees and customers healthy. The restaurant had outdoor seating only, reduced capacity and only offered menus on request. Instead, a handy bar code is scanned into personal smart phones so that the menu can be viewed that way. I like that. The remote in my room was wrapped in plastic. Hotel employees all wore face coverings and the waiters also wore face masks plus face shields and gloves.

*Another thing that was different at this property is that housekeeping was not an automatic daily service unless requested 24 hours in advance. Since I stayed for four days, I requested maid service on my 3rd morning and that worked out fine. Valet parking is also not offered at this time. Parking is close and plentiful at this hotel so that was also fine with me.

*At some properties, you can request to be in a room that has not been occupied for a day or two. I have done this twice with two different hotels when I traveled in September and in November.

The bottom line is that hotels are doing their best to offer customers a nice getaway stay while also balancing the required regulations to practice pandemic safety. Not an easy thing to do, in my opinion. The Marina del Rey Hotel did both well. I was comfortable, certainly well fed and found my views of the marina to be very relaxing. I am anxious to return post-pandemic to experience the Marina del Rey Hotel at full service…but I plan to go back even before then because I really enjoyed my stay!

I am holding off on travel for now until the virus surge is over and hospitals across the nation have more capacity. I look so forward to getting back up in the sky again and checking into my next hotel. Until then, stay safe and happy travels to all when travel resumes.

For more travel information, hotel reviews, tip, recipes and more be sure to check my blog at managedmoms.com. Stay safe and Happy Holidays to all.

Overall, I found flying to be a calm experience that I have missed. Perhaps I use the word calm because folks are social distancing and not crowding like the pre-Covid days. I kind of like that. Southwest Airlines has folks line up to board in groups of 10 with distance between each person. I also appreciated that practice during this crazy time.

Those are my quick tips for flying during this pandemic. What travel tips do you find helpful? Share in the comments section.

Stay tuned for my blog post this weekend about my hotel experience. There are some details that will surprise you and I look forward to sharing my experience. It was good to check into a hotel again. If you are headed back up in the air soon, I wish you a healthy and happy return to the skies. Stay healthy everyone. Unfortunately, cold and flu season is straight ahead. Perhaps all the hand washing and mask wearing will result in a mild season. Fingers crossed!

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