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Daddy’s gal! Photos of Kobe Bryant and daughter Gigi who died in a helicopter crash




Gianna ‘Gigi’ Bryant, tragically passed away alongside her father Kobe Bryant in a helicopter crash in Calabasas on Sunday night.

Gigi, 13, like her father, loved the game. The two were heading to Kobe’s Mamba Academy for practice. Her father fondly branded her Mambacita.

After his 2016 retirement, Kobe took on the role coach of his daughter’s team “The Mambas”.

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In a past interview on “All The Smoke” podcast, Kobe fondly discussed GiGi’s love for the game.

He told hosts Matt Barnes and Stephen Jackson: “You know what’s funny, So before Gigi got into basketball I hardly watched it, but now that’s she’s into basketball, we watch every night.”

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“And I mean every game,” he then emphasised, before adding that “she watches everything,” on NBA League Pass.

Then asked by the hosts who her favourite players were, Kobe replied: “She likes watching Trae Young a lot, she watched Luka Doncic a lot, she watches James Harden, she watches Russell Westbrook, I mean she watches Bron [LeBron James].”

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How to keep kids in coronavirus lockdown entertained without losing the plot



With schools closed and social distancing, keeping children entertained will have its challenges

When you’re in isolation with children of any age, the weeks ahead will test your ingenuity to the limit.

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With schools closed up and down the country and ­social distancing rules in place, keeping children of all ages entertained will have its challenges.

However, don’t despair – there are plenty of fun, low-cost and free activities you can have up your sleeve.

Here are our top tips and ideas on how to keep kids busy, calm and upbeat during this testing time.

Age two to seven

1. Build a fort

Families are likely to be getting more deliveries than usual, so put the boxes to good use by designing a cardboard fort.

You may have to help with cutting out the doors and windows, but otherwise let your child’s imagination run riot.

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2. Colour your tablecloth

Colouring is a great way to help kids of this age develop motor skills. Invest in a giant colour-in tablecloth, which comes with wash-out fabric pens.

3. Bird and squirrel watching

Encourage your child to become a mini David Attenborough by observing nature out of the window.

Whether it’s tracking the movements of squirrels or learning to recognise different bird songs, encourage kids to make a project of their observations with photos or drawings.

Show how they can encourage wildlife to visit your garden or windowsill with a feeder made of half an apple, scooped out and stuffed with a mix of peanut butter and seeds.

Encourage your child to observe nature out of the window (Image: Getty Images)

4. Make a ‘calm down’ jar

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No matter how calm you try to keep things, at some point tempers are bound to flare.

Becky Goddard-Hill, co-author of new kids happiness activity book Create Your Own Happy, suggests parents help youngsters by making a ‘calm down’ jar.

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Dissolve three tablespoons of glitter glue, two teaspoons of fine glitter, a few drops of food colouring and some hand soap in hot water.

Pour it almost to the top of an empty jar, and screw the top on tightly.

When cooled, your child can shake it, then spend precious minutes watching the glitter swirl and settle, which should relax them.

5. Throw a disco

Children need to be active to keep their spirits up, says psychologist Dr Angharad Rudkin.

Suggest each member of the family makes a half-hour playlist, dims the lights and puts on a disco each day.

Or try online dance classes and learn a routine.

Age eight to 12

1. Grow a windowsill garden

Just because they are cooped up inside doesn’t mean children can’t keep learning about the natural world.

Inspire a love of nature by helping them grow some easy flowers and veg.

To get fast results, order cornflower or pot marigold seeds online, which germinate in as little as two weeks.

Alternatively, help them grow their own salad veg by planting quick-sprouting radishes or cress.

A fruit carton, cut in half, with holes in the bottom or even an old welly boot will do the trick if you don’t have any pots.

Setting up a daily reading time and take it in turns to be the storyteller 

2. Start story time

Digital distractions mean children are likely to get immersed in their phones and tablets.

Parenting educator Noel Janis-Norton, author of the Calmer Easier Happier Parenting series of books, suggests setting up a daily reading time.

Set a good example by picking up a book too.

Try 20 minutes at first and build up. Take it in turns to be the storyteller.

3. Stage a premiere

There’s no avoiding the fact your children will be watching more TV than usual but try to make it a little bit special on occasions.

Make some popcorn, dim the lights and put on your favourite family film.

Arrange your chairs in front of the screen like a movie theatre, and ask the kids to make tickets for your showing.

Then all sit down and watch it together.

You don’t need a telescope to do some nightly stargazing (Image: AFP via Getty Images)

4. Learn to star and cloud-gaze

Do some nightly stargazing to spot planets such as Venus and Mars, identify the major constellations and chart the phases of the moon.

You don’t need a telescope either.

Even a pair of binoculars will allow you to see the mountains and craters on the lunar surface.

You point your phone at the sky and it gives an instant guide to what you are looking at.

During the day, children can also learn to identify the dozens of different types of clouds and collect them with help from The Cloud Collector’s Handbook.

Age 13 to 16

1. Write letters

Being stuck inside could be the perfect way to reintroduce the lost art of letter writing, says parenting expert Becky Goddard-Hill, who is also author of Be Happy, Be You, which has 50 science-backed happiness-boosting tips for teens.

It’s a great way to encourage teenagers to think of other people who might feel lonely during this time and reach out to them.

With some calming music on in the background, writing letters can be a really relaxing way to chill out.

2. Take virtual tours

The museums and art galleries may be closed but if your teenager wants to expand their horizons, there are now virtual tours of thousands of the world’s most important museums, including the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam and the Guggenheim in New York.

The tours are so good it’s like you are actually wandering through the corridors and you can zoom in to view any masterpieces you fancy.

Moths are every bit as beautiful as butterflies and observing them and recording pics on your phone will keep kids enthralled (Image: Getty Images)

3. Try moth catching

Moths are every bit as beautiful as butterflies and the easiest way to observe them up close is to hang a sheet outside.

Wait until it’s dark, then shine a light onto the sheet.

Leave it for an hour before popping out to see your moth visitors.

Take pictures and build an album on your phone comparing their amazing wing patterns.

Don’t touch them though as their wings are easily damaged.

4. Create a family tree

Researchers discovered that finding out about relatives and ancestors can help give young people more perspective and learn resilience.

Look at the lives of relatives who are in living memory and put together their pictures and stories to create mini biographies.

Ringing elderly relatives to ask for their recollections is also a great way to keep in touch if they are also in isolation.

It can be a useful reminder of the difficulties your family has overcome.

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List of bad habits breaking your marriage




While some people are dying to get married, others are desperate to get out. Marriage should be beautiful, a wife should be welcoming but that is not always the case.

Below are habits that might be pushing your man away from you.

1. Embarrassing him in public

Women chose the worst of places to embarrass their men, something that does not sit well with husbands. It is not shocking anymore to see a woman criticize her man in front of visitors.

Men have a soft ego, don’t embarrass him in any way especially in front of your kids, colleagues, or other family members.

2. Bringing up past mistakes in all arguments

Women never forget; forget their birthday, anniversary or any important days in their lives and you will become sworn enemies.

But hey ladies it’s never that serious if your man forgets your birthday, just forgive him and move on, bringing it up in every argument doesn’t help.

3. Playing mind games

Just tell him what you want..period. Wives should quit playing those mind games where they assume,”If he really loves me he should be able to know what I want.”

4. Trying to compete with the neighbours

Just because you are in the women’s guilds in your local church does not mean that your man should join men’s fellowship. He is a grown up for Gods sake let him do whatever he wants.


Nagging him everyday to buy the latest car like your neighbours will only make him resent you.

Trying to keep up with the Kardashians will only make your blood pressure rise and your man leave you.

Na vile men are hard to come by now-days.

5. Silent treatment

Choosing the silent treatment as a means of protesting, showing you are aggrieved or as a tool of manipulation  can cause more harm than good. Speak up woman – world war is long gone love.

6. Denying him the cookie

Sex is paramount in a relationship, the temptation for women to deny their men sex is very high but it is not the best idea my dear ladies.

If you do not give it to him someone else will do the work for you and do it good. Men hate it when you deny them conjugal rights maybe just because he denied you money to go to the salon.



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