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Minister Rejects Call For ‘Alcohol Zone’

The total contribution from the sectors under the Ministry of Industry and Primary Resources only generates one per cent of the Gross Domestic Product in Brunei Darussalam.

This was revealed by YB Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Utama Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Yahya, Minister of Industry and Primary Resources, adding that the sectors comprise agriculture, fishery, forestry and tourism.

He said this in response to YB Pehin Kapitan Lela Diraja Dato Paduka Goh King Chin’s query on the allocation of $1.5 million to promote the tourism sector.

YB Pehin Dato Goh said, “We must attract tourists from Asia, such as China, Japan, Taiwan, Hong Kong and South Korea. Together these countries represent a total population of at least 1.6 billion. I think the current allocation of $1.5 million to promote tourism is not enough.”

YB Pehin Dato Goh also asked about the possibility of setting up a `special zone’ for non-Muslim tourists to purchase alcohol in Brunei.

“This area will include restaurants and other amenities for non-Muslim tourists only” and emphasized “not for Bruneians”.

He elaborated further saying that these restaurants would not be permitted to sell alcohol without proper permits from the tourists and that these beverages could only be consumed in these ’special zones’. YB Pehin Goh cited the example of other Islamic nations, such as Dubai, who have already implemented such a scheme successfully.

In response, YB Pehin Dato Hj Yahya said that alcohol is not a segment targeted by the ministry for the development of tourism in Brunei, whereas it is more focused on tourists who are searching for peace and tranquility, as well as a healthy lifestyle.

“The ministry lays more emphasis on areas in the development of tourist infrastructure such as airports, visa approval, and upgrading the quality of services in hospitality,” added the minister.

According to the minister, tourism in Brunei is focused on the unique Islamic credibility that the country has to offer and not on “mass tourism” and that the government’s effort to limit and control alcohol consumption is to prevent negative elements taking advantage of the situation.

“These restrictions are in line with the national concept of becoming a country of Dzikir, as well as to promote the Brunei Halal Brand in the Islamic world,” said the minister.

There Are Sober Ways To Boost Tourism

A senior minister's rejection of a call made by a Legislative Council member earlier this week to set up an `alcohol zone' to boost the country's tourism sector received positive public responses.

YB Pehin Kapitan Lela Diraja Dato Paduka Goh King Chin during the LegCo sessions asked about the possibility of setting up a 'special zone' for non-Muslim tourists to purchase alcohol.

He also cited the example of other Muslim nations like Dubai which have already implemented such schemes.

Rejecting the suggestion the Minister of Industry and Primary Resources YB Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Utama Dato Seri SetiaAwang Hj Yahya said alcohol is not a segment targeted by the Ministry for the development of tourism in Brunei and that tourism in Brunei is focused on the unique Islamic credibility.

An economist interviewed by the Weekend Bulletin cited several other ways, which he felt, would increase. GDP without the need for an "alcoholic zone" to attract tourists, mentioning that Brunei still intends on sticking to its trademark as a Malay Islamic Monarchy where alcohol is considered 'haram'.

"Firstly, Brunei is renowned for being a Malay Islamic Monarchy. And the world knows that Brunei is a true Muslim country. And for us to allow the sale of alcohol would affect the name and integrity of the Malay Islamic Monarchy. Secondly, income from alcohol is considered ‘haram' as it is a 'haram product'," pointed out the economist.

He felt that if the sale of alcohol were permitted in Brunei, the haram money would multiply in a bad way. He felt that there are many other areas Brunei that cant be targeted to improve its tourism sector.

"One area Brunei should excel in is nature. Our flora and fauna is incomparable with any country in the world our coral reefs are one of the best in the world. And we don't need alcohol to swim, we don't need it to dive, and we don't need alcohol to trek through jungles," he added.

"Brunei is going for the halal meat market. If Brunei were to promote its halal meat market the same year it allows the sale of alcohol, it would contradict each other and would reduce the halal meat market status for Brunei and would affect our market credibility," he said.

A university student did not agree with the minister's comments regarding the issue during Wednesday's LegCo session where he said that his ministry is "More focused on tourists who are searching for peace and tranquility, as well as a healthy lifestyle".
"Even though alcohol is not a segment targeted by the Ministry for the Development of its tourism sector, which is instead targeting tourists who are searching for a peaceful and healthy lifestyle, the ministry still needs to come up with a solution to increase its current contribution of one per cent towards the country's annual GDP.

"The tourism sector says they are targeting tourists who are out for a healthy lifestyle. Where exactly will they direct these tourists?

"Let's face it, if we want to promote tourism, we should go all out to make sure tourists go back to their countries and have something good to say. We can't be half-hearted.

Because at the moment, our tourism industry is not going anywhere and whatever decision the government makes, it still has to come up with a solution to diversify its economy effectively so that it can reduce its dependence on the oil and gas sector," the student said.

A local entrepreneur, said "There are two sides. it depends on the goals of the nation. One of the goals diversification of the economy and tourism plays a part in it."

Brunei Remains Firm On No-Alcohol Policy

The Ministry of Religious Affairs yesterday reaffirmed that the current policy of alcohol consumption and entry into the country will be maintained to ensure the nation's safety.

Pehin Jawatan Luar Pekerma Raja Dato Seri Utama Dr Ustaz Hj Mohd Zain Hj Serudin clarified several issues in his closing remarks at the State Legislative Council (LegCo) meeting, including the need to maintain the current policy of bringing in alcohol into the country.

He said that neighbouring countries who do not have similar policies were enjoying remarkable returns based on submitted tourism datas.

"This is a fact that cannot be denied," he said.

The minister then reiterated the explanation made by Minister of Industry and Primary Resources Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Utama Dato Seri Setia Hj Yahya Begawan Mudim Dato Paduka Hj Abu Bakar on the alcohol policy, which was in line with the nation's objective to remain and maintain the philosophy of Malay Islamic Monarchy (MIB) as well as the intention to become a Zikir nation.

The policy also goes in harmony with the Sultanate's mission of developing its own halal brand, explained the ministry.

He added that Brunei cannot be corresponded to neighbouring countries in this area.

An establishment of an alcohol zone in the country could lead to other forbidden activities in Islam in the future.

"It (being alcohol-free) can lead to developing nightclubs and then, a prostitution zone and ultimately, casinos," Pehin Dato Dr Ustaz Hj Mohd Zain said, adding that all these factors would destroy the nation in the future.

He went on to say that what people should fear the most was to incur the wrath of Allah (SWT) as these actions are considered as maksiat (acts that are offensive in Islam), where not only the offenders would be punished, but also the public in the nation.

"That is why we need to maintain the nation as a peaceful nation (through the policy)," the minister said.

Minister Slams Proposal To Create ‘Alcohol Zone’

The suggestion for a special zone to serve alcohol to support the tourism industry in Brunei came under intense criticism and disapproval from the Cabinet Ministers at the Legislative Council meeting.

YB Pehin Jawatan Luar Pekerma Raja Dato Seri Utama Dr Ustaz Haji Md Zain bin Haji Serudin, Minister of Religious Affairs, yesterday said, … because the tourists know, when they want to consume alcohol, they can do it more freely in their own countries. Not only can they drink it, they can even take a bath in it too”.

“Today they want this zone, later they may want clubs, then what else? Prostitution zone? Then casino zone,” the minister asked.

“All these elements will bring bad name to the country,” he added.

There was also a call to review the policy on bringing in alcoholic drinks to Brunei, proposed by a representative the previous day, as a measure to curb empty beer cans discarded at beaches, roadsides and recreational areas.

The proposal to create an “alcohol zone” during this year’s LegCo session surprised many public members.

The Minister of Religious Affairs offered a justification for his disapproval and displeasure on the suggestions.

Economically speaking, according to YB Pehin, such an allocation or allowance will jeopardise the country’s prestige in the global Halal market and be counterproductive to the Halal branding of the country. Religiously speaking, it is a transgression against the religion and a sin not only to those who serve but also everyone in the country for allowing it to happen.

While disapproving the proposal, YB Pehin Jawatan Luar Pekerma Raja Dato Seri Utama Dr Ustaz Haji Md Zain acknowledged the contribution of tourism industry towards the economic development that is clearly seen from the economic data of neighbouring countries.

However, he downplayed the need to establish such a special zone stating that the nation’s tourism industry does not rely on alcoholic drinks.

“The tourism policy in this country had been clearly explained by the Minister of Industry and Primary Resources, that is to limit the importation of alcoholic beverages into the country is in line with the principal of Malay Islamic Monarchy (MIB),” YB Pehin said.

“The policy is also in line with the aspiration of the nation to become `Zikir’, the minister said.

“What we are most afraid of is the wrath of Allah,” the minister added. “The wrath of Allah will not only come for the doer but others as well,” he stated.

“This is why we need to fight to maintain Brunei as a peaceful country called The Abode of Peace,” he concluded.

What do you think? Honestly, this is defeating the idea of diversifying the economy since we have just smashed the idea down before thoroughly weighing the pros and cons on a practical level. Plus I thought tourism is catering what the tourists want, not what we want but through the available means possible? I guess ignorance is bliss in this respect.


17 Reasons Why Having Sex Is Good for Your Health

Sex is a pain reliever, 10 times more effective than Valium.

Sex is also a good remedy against stuffy nose, being a natural antihistamine that helps combating asthma and high fever. It also helps you lower cholesterol, lose weight, gain muscle, become more attractive to the opposite sex (as you release pheromones), improve your mental health, and reduce the chances of getting certain types of cancer!

The sound you just heard is 100,000 men rushing from wherever they are and return home to their spouses, leaving behind stains on the keyboards with Tara Patrick playing on the monitor.


Sex seems to be more than a hormonal discharge and some short moments of pure pleasure. Scientists show that sex is extremely beneficial for our health, while the lack of an active sex life might have negative effects. But too much sex, can also be harmful: more than thrice a week it can weaken the immune system, making us vulnerable to infections...

1. Our mental and emotional health balance is clearly influenced by sex. Abstinence is known to cause from anxiety to paranoia and depression... In fact, in case of light depressions, after having sex the brain releases endorphins, that decrease stress, inducing a state of euphoria.

2. Sex can be a beauty treatment. While having sex, a woman's body doubles the estrogen level, and this makes her hair shine and the skin becomes softer.

3. A 10-year research carried on 1,000 middle-aged men at Queens University in Belfast, Ireland, showed that sex on a regular basis increases the humans' lifespan. For the same age and health, those who had orgasms more frequently had half the death rate of men who did not have such frequent orgasms. This could be due to the plummeting stress hormones, reaction that installs after we have sex.

3. Sweating while having sex cleanse the skin pores, making the skin brighter and decreasing the risk of developing dermatitis.

4. Sex can make us lose weight. You burn all that fat and carbohydrates from the romantic dinner. Quickies of 20 minutes weekly mean 7 500 calories annually, that's as much as you consume on 120 km (745 mi) of jogging. A sex session can burn about 200 calories. This is like running 15 minutes on a treadmill!

5. Sex strengthen our muscles. You can imagine the effort made by your muscles through those pushes and flexions. It depends on your stunts in bed, of course. And it's clearly a lot more fun than running for miles.

6. The more active your sex life is, the more attractive for the opposite sex you are. High sexual activity makes the body release more pheromones, chemicals that attract the opposite sex.

7. Sex sharpens our senses, at least the smell. Following the orgasm, a rise of the hormone prolactin makes the brain's stem cells form new neurons in the olfactory bulb, boosting a person's olfactory abilities.

8. Sex is also a pain reliever, ten times more effective than Valium: immediately before orgasm, levels of the hormone oxytocin rise by five times, determining a huge release of endorphins. These chemicals calm pain, from a minor headache to arthritis or migraines, and with no secondary effects. Migraines also disappear because the pressure in the brain's blood vessels is lowered while we have sex. So now we see that actually, a woman's headache is rather a good reason for having sex, not against it.

9. Kissing your partner daily means less visits to dentist. Kissing stimulates salivation, which cleanses food left between the teeth and lowers the acidity in the mouth, the main cause of the tooth decay.

10. A good sex session can be a good remedy against stiff nose, being a natural antihistaminic that helps combating asthma and high fever.

11. Having sex regularly drops the cholesterol level, balancing the ratio good cholesterol: bad cholesterol.

12. The hormones released while we have sex helps both men and women; estrogen protects a woman's heart but on the long term, it can be efficient also against Alzheimer's disease and osteoporosis while testosterone strengthens the bones and muscles.

13. Sex is not beneficial not only for the heart, but also for the blood circulation, especially in the brain, because of the increased heart rate and deep breathing.

14. The sexual activity lowers the risk of getting colds and the flu. 1-2 intercourses weekly means 30 % higher levels of the antibody immunoglobulin A, that spurs the immune system.

15. Sex leads to a better control of the bladder, by strengthening the pelvis muscles controlling the flow of urine.

16. After orgasm, especially in the evening, we become sleepy. This is the effect of some good sex: it increases sleep quality. Following an orgasm, the body of both males or females becomes completely relaxed, so they may have a good deep sleep.

17. Sex fights cancer! Various researches have shown that a high ejaculation frequency and sexual activity are linked to a lower risk of prostate cancer later in life. A study found out that men who ejaculated 13 to 20 times monthly presented a 14% lower risk of prostate cancer than men who ejaculated on average, between 4 and 7 times monthly for most of their adult life. Those ejaculating over 21 times a month presented a 33% decreased risk of developing prostate cancer than the baseline group.

So the next time your partner pulls the "I have a headache" card, you'll know what to do.

Source: Stefan Anitei, 17 Reasons Why Having Sex Is Good For Your Health, Softpedia, 4 October 2007.

The Hoops Whisperer

LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony and Chris Paul are among the players getting an earful from Idan Ravin, who has no playing or coaching pedigree but knows just what they need to hear.

Idan Ravin never orders stars like Carmelo Anthony (left) to run at the end of a session; he asks if they have it in them. They always say yes.

It takes one kind of trainer to take a raw recruit and hone his basic skills. It takes quite another kind to tell LeBron James he can't dribble.
In the summer of 2008, on the recommendation of Hornets point guard Chris Paul, James worked out for the first time with Idan Ravin, whose NBA clients have included Paul, Carmelo Anthony, Gilbert Arenas and Elton Brand. When James and Ravin met at a gym in New Orleans to work out with Paul and a few other players, the trainer (whose name is pronounced ee-DON rah-VEEN) knew he had to make an immediate impression on James. Ravin, a 38-year-old former lawyer, boasts none of the credentials that carry weight in the NBA world. He didn't play the game (at least not past high school), never coached (unless you count junior high kids), hasn't worked for an NBA team and isn't even certified as a trainer. Nor does he look the part. The son of an Israeli mother and a Russian father, Ravin is neither tall nor particularly athletic-looking, and in conversation he comes off more as a sociologist than as a basketball expert. Thus his first goal with any new player is to humble him, and do so quickly.
James's weakness, Ravin believed, was his dribbling, so he immediately ran the Cavaliers' star forward through a series of intricate ball-handling exercises. Whenever James looked down to locate the ball, Ravin gently tapped him under the chin, a reminder to keep his head up. Granted, this exercise could go horribly awry -- you want to tell LeBron James he can't dribble? But as long as Ravin's critique is correct (and in this case it was), his method establishes him as an authority figure.
"The only way to tame a 10,000-pound tiger is to immediately show a level of control," says Ravin, drawing an analogy from the novel Life of Pi. "When LeBron's head goes down and I tap his chin up -- nobody does that to him. He's not used to it."
Next, Ravin ran James through grueling conditioning drills, all related to game situations, because he'd noticed that James was a bit out of shape (at least by Ravin's high standards). By the end of the hourlong workout, the Cavaliers' star was lying on the floor, gassed. Only then did Ravin address him. "You are far and away the most talented player in the league, way more talented than Kobe," the trainer said. "But you don't even have a go-to move in isolation, you can't handle the ball that well, and you can't shoot, really. Think about that."
James sat silent, biting his fingernails and looking "sort of pissed," as Ravin remembers it. "Look, I'm not here to hurt your feelings," Ravin continued. "But I'm not on your payroll, either. I'm not trying to be mean, I'm trying to help you get better. You're a 30, eight and eight guy, and there's so much yet to do. That's exciting."
James came away impressed. "It was tough but it was good," he said later. "I see why a lot of NBA guys work out with him."
They work out with him because Ravin isn't afraid to tell them what they need to hear. "I try to convey [that] it's not about anyone else, it's about you," explains Ravin. "Guys like LeBron can cut all the corners and still get an A on the exam. Eighty percent of Chris Paul or LeBron is better than 99 percent of anyone else. But I ask them, 'What if you maximized it? What if you were 99 percent? Isn't that interesting?' I try to intrigue them. I say, 'What if?' "
In NBA circles Ravin inspires a wide range of reactions. Some coaches, such as the 76ers' Eddie Jordan, see him as a resource. A few years ago, when Jordan was coaching the Wizards, he had a hard time talking with Brendan Haywood, the center who was then sharing minutes with Etan Thomas and was none too happy about it. "Brendan loved working out with [Ravin]," Jordan remembers, "so I went to Idan and asked, 'How do you keep a positive relationship with Brendan?' "
Ravin explained that Haywood merely wanted to be involved, to be part of the process. "You think he's challenging you, but all you have to do is ask his opinion," Ravin said. "Brendan's a cerebral guy. Empower him."
Jordan took the advice to heart. "I carried it over to my daily regimen, the idea that this is what I have to do with Brendan," he says, "and by the end we had a great relationship."
Other coaches, however, dismiss Ravin because he is not part of the basketball fraternity. (Ravin says the Bobcats' Larry Brown in particular challenged him about his credentials.) True, Ravin has not played for or apprenticed under a legendary coach or paid his dues as an assistant. But the players don't care. They see him as a welcome alternative to the hierarchical player-coach relationship in the NBA. The Nuggets' Anthony flies Ravin in for workouts during the season (and calls him Crouton because "[Idan] rhymes with crouton, but he's a lot cooler than a regular cracker"). Suns guard Jason Richardson swears by Ravin, and the Wizards' Arenas used him for almost all of his knee rehab during the 2008-09 season.
If high school and college coaches teach fundamentals, Ravin is the final step in a player's development. His is a business of refinement. His training methods can be exotic, but what sets him apart is the way he relates to players, particularly those like Anthony who have a history of being difficult to reach -- at least to more traditional basketball types. "He knows the game so well and in turn knows his clients so well that he knows exactly how to get into their heads," says Anthony. "Especially mine. Not only does he push me physically but he also pushes me psychologically."
This ability to reach the unreachable is why Ravin got the half-joking nickname the Hoops Whisperer. "People say, 'What you do is not rocket science,' and it's not," says Ravin. "But you get Carmelo on the plane, get him to fly to L.A., get him to show up at 8?a.m., get him to run through a wall, get him to pay you? Now, that's rocket science."
Ravin often works out clients in Potomac, Md., at the house of Andy Gold, a friend of his who works in finance. But house doesn't do the place justice. Deep in the woods of D.C. suburbia, Gold's estate has, among other amenities, a spacious indoor gym. Built in 2000, the basketball floor is roughly three quarters of regulation length and features breakaway rims, glass backboards, a scoreboard and a booming sound system. Ravin uses the gym because it's private, it's motivational ("The players are trying to make the kind of money Andy has," Ravin says) and it's free.
Gold used to play in the games himself, living out every fortysomething guy's fantasy. (This is a dude who's been to five Michael Jordan fantasy camps, at $15,000 a pop.) But one morning last April, Gold stayed upstairs in his office -- "trying to pay for this house," he joked -- while Ravin skipped down a spiral staircase to the gym followed by the day's clients, collegians Sam Young of Pittsburgh and Jack McClinton of Miami. Both players had been sent to Ravin by their agent, Lance Young at Octagon Sports. They were early in their preparations for the 2009 NBA draft and were eager and optimistic. Young was hoping to be a lottery pick -- in mock drafts he was pegged as a late first-rounder -- and McClinton, who was projected as a second-rounder, was trying to move up to the first round.

Idan Ravin will push Chris Paul by saying, "Gilbert Arenas ain't resting right now.

As the players put on their gear in silence, Ravin walked the court arranging a couple dozen small orange cones. The trainer has a shaved head, a prominent nose and large, hangdog blue eyes. He wore a Dallas Mavericks workout shirt over a Washington Wizards sweat suit, none-too-subtle reminders of both his credentials and the goal at hand.
Ravin was raised in the D.C. area in a traditional Jewish household. After graduating from Maryland and from California Western School of Law, he joined a New York City law firm. But he soon soured on the field, and during his 20s, after moving to San Diego, he began coaching kids two nights a week at a YMCA, using unconventional drills of his own creation. Soon enough, as he recalls, all the kids wanted to be on Mr. Ravin's team.
A few years later, back in the D.C. area, Ravin used those same drills while casually running some workouts for college-level players. His big break came when Steve Francis, then a star at Maryland, showed up at a workout and got hooked. He in turn brought a friend who was also NBA-bound, Elton Brand. One referral led to another, and Ravin's client base grew. Before arriving at Gold's home gym last April, both Young and McClinton had heard about Ravin's techniques from Grizzlies forward Rudy Gay, so they knew what to expect. Or so they thought.
The workout began without a warmup. Going one at a time, Young and McClinton dribbled the length of the court through staggered sets of cones and finished with layups. Each time up and back they performed a different move: crossover, then behind the back, then hesitation. As they worked out, Ravin ran in front of them, commanding them to call out the number of fingers he was holding up (to ensure that the players kept their heads up), then behind them doing the same thing (to make sure they were aware of defenders). He had them finish with jump shots.
It's an elementary drill, but Ravin's process can seem counterintuitive. For starters, his workouts rarely last longer than an hour. Rather than subject players to hours of running or repetitive drills, Ravin focuses on applying lessons to game situations (remember, the players are already accomplished), using exercises designed to provide both conditioning and skill development. When Richardson first hooked up with Ravin, he was a bit bewildered. "It was only 45 minutes, but it felt like two hours," the Suns guard said. "It was weird. It was basketball, but at the same time it was conditioning. It was a whole bunch of things mixed up into one. I was like, I don't really know what all this is, but it helps."
Many of Ravin's drills are intended to create a state of confusion. In one he throws tennis balls at a player, who must catch them while maintaining his dribble. (Ravin could be seen doing this in a Nike ad with Anthony a few years back.) The goal is not to improve hand-eye coordination but rather to create sensory overload. "You make the player focus on everything else except the game, so that the game skills become automatic," explains Ravin. "You try to make the unreasonable feel reasonable."
With Young and McClinton, for example, Ravin set up 13 cones within the key, to the top of the circle, and had the players dribble among the cones without hitting them. With two balls. Moving forward and backward, left and right. Then bouncing one high and one low. This was Young and McClinton's fifth day of this drill, and upon seeing Ravin set it up, McClinton said, "This is some hard-ass s--- right here."
Indeed, it looked like a nearly impossible drill, like riding a bike through the pieces of a chessboard. Still, both players fared pretty well, only occasionally backing into a cone. "You should have seen us when we started," McClinton said.
Ravin dispensed subtle draft tips and motivation as he went. While Young ran sprints, Ravin shouted, "Lengthen your strides! Show them you're an athlete!" As McClinton ran: "Avoid your heels when you run. It makes you look heavy and slow."
He threw in references to draft position -- "Let's say you're picked 10th," Ravin said at one point to Young -- trying to keep them aspirational but realistic. "You never want to lower expectations," he explained later. "You're stepping on dreams here." When criticizing, Ravin didn't raise his voice. He said, "Terrible shot, Jack," in just the same calm tone as, "Finish strong, Sam."
Jordan, the 76ers' coach, believes this is an undervalued aspect of Ravin's approach. "The voice is important these days, whether you're a head coach or an assistant coach," Jordan says. "It's crucial that players know that you respect them. They've been yelled at so much during AAU and on up. You need a confident, direct voice, and [Ravin] has that."
Ravin also kept the workout moving at a brisk pace. He didn't use a chalkboard, didn't lecture and did most of his talking during the action. When he introduced a drill, he didn't explain it but ran it himself to demonstrate. Once the players understood what to do, he provided verbal reinforcement, saying, "Sit! Sit!" to remind them to stay low when dribbling, or "Feet parallel!" during crossover drills.
"You have to give them bits," says Ravin. "They all have ADD. They can't sit through two hours of coaching theory. Not one kid wants coaching theory." Instead Ravin makes everything interactive. "I have ADD too," he says. "As a player I'd rather do it and fail, do it and fail, than have a coach move my hand to [show me] what to do. These guys learn by movement."
The higher the skills of his clients, the more evolved the drills. When working with NBA players on finishing at the rim, for example, Ravin addresses a common shortcoming: On a drive to the basket, most players bring the ball down as they prepare to jump, exposing the ball to the defense. So Ravin has them keep the ball high as they begin their ascent.
To drill the move, Ravin stands to the side of a player, let's say Carmelo Anthony; as Anthony runs, Ravin keeps his hand waist-high, where the ball is. "I tell him to visualize Earl Boykins [defending]," Ravin says, referring to the superquick, 5' 5" former Nuggets guard. "You have to give them someone in the league they recognize to visualize. They all know Boykins and Brevin Knight, guys who have quick hands. So if I say, 'Brevin Knight is here,' they think, F------ Brevin Knight, if the ball gets too low, he strips it."
After an hour Ravin told Young and McClinton they were done. Both were drenched in sweat. McClinton stayed on the court to work on a dribble move, while Young showed off his post pivot fake. Then they and Ravin fell into an easy conversation. There was no formal evaluation, just five or 10 minutes of small talk, with Ravin mostly listening. The players talked about teammates, mutual friends, eating habits.
To Ravin, post-workout time is essential. This, he has found, is when he learns the most about his players. "That's when you can understand the guys," he says. "What do they want? How did they get here? And they're pretty candid. You see where they struggle and excel." From that he knows which buttons to push. "You try to emphasize the struggle, because that creates the humility and the rawness, which allow people to see where they're not so good," he says. "From there, you learn by how [a player] responds. Does he talk, does he complain, does he curse? Does he show up the next day earlier?"
Ravin rarely asks questions of his NBA athletes. "It's about understanding where they're coming from and how they learn, and those answers don't come from direct questions," he says. "Even something so small as a guy telling me that he's going to make sure he takes his mom out for Mother's Day -- now maybe I come at him in a more sensitive way."

Idan Ravin won over Carmelo Anthony in part by teaching 'Melo's fiancee how to improve her shot.

To be successful, Ravin realized, he had to see the world through each player's eyes. "The biggest mistake you can make is thinking these guys are stupid and inarticulate," he says. "Whatever language they speak, they speak it well. And it's not incumbent on them to understand me; it's up to me to understand them."
His approach was evident in the different ways he communicated with McClinton and Young during their workouts. McClinton was eager and unafraid to fail; Young was more guarded. "It's just how each guy learns," says Ravin. "With McClinton, I can give him the whole platter right away, and he'll dig in. With Young, I just need to cut up the steak bite by bite. And it's up to me to figure that out." (Both players would end up being drafted in the second round, Young by the Grizzlies and McClinton by the Spurs.)
Failure to understand a player's psyche is a flaw Ravin sees in the disciplinarian style of some coaches. Rather than empowering a player, they strip him of his authority. "At the end of the workout, I'll give players the option to run," explains Ravin. "I'll say, 'I think you've got more in you, but it's your choice.' They'll always run if you present the option in a fair way. And then when they're done, I'll say, 'I'm impressed with you. I think you have half a tank of gas left. I think it'd be great if you did another one.' And they'll say, 'Really?' And they'll do it. Players want to be part of the process."
Ravin's rapport with his clients comes in part from spending time with their families and friends. Sometimes they too have to be won over. When Ravin first met Anthony's fiancée, deejay LaLa Vasquez, who'd played hoops in high school, she was skeptical. She looked him up and down and demanded, "What do you know about basketball?"
"Let me show you," Ravin said, and the two headed down to the gym in the basement of Anthony's house. (A home gym comes in handy in these situations.) For half an hour Ravin worked with Vasquez on her shot. When they emerged, she said to Anthony, "O.K., he's all right."
"In minutes he improved my shot," Vasquez recalls, "and I knew he was the one."
On April 22 the Nuggets faced the Hornets in Game 2 of the first round of the Western Conference playoffs. Ravin watched the game -- and two of his prized pupils -- at a hotel bar in Bethesda, Md.
Right off the bat Ravin noticed an edge to Chris Paul as he walked onto the court. His Hornets were down 1-0 in the series. Ravin noted the way Paul was chewing his gum, as if he were trying to crush walnuts.
Paul is perhaps Ravin's most intense client. The two began working together in 2005, after Paul left Wake Forest to prepare for the NBA draft, and Paul is so familiar with Ravin's drills that he does the workouts by himself when he travels. "For six weeks," says Ravin, astonished. "It's a Navy SEAL type of attitude. He has an inexhaustible spirit."
Paul, in turn, appreciates that Ravin pushes him. "When I get tired, he'll motivate me to push through," Paul says. "He'll say, 'Gilbert Arenas ain't resting right now. Steve Nash isn't resting.' "
Ravin compiles a mental dossier of sorts on each client. He quickly learned, for example, that Arenas is very inquisitive and needs validation -- "You're great doing this, but you could be greater or the greatest," Ravin says by way of illustration. Anthony, on the other hand, is emotional and needs to be persuaded to do certain things; with him, says Ravin, "there has to be more dialogue."
Paul, for his part, needs neither validation nor persuasion. "He has a natural chip on his shoulder, so all you have to do is remind Chris that just as he has evolved, so will other people," Ravin says. "There's always another kid out there who's just as hungry. He may be in high school, but he's coming."
On the TV at the hotel bar, Anthony hit a pull-up jumper on his first touch. After the first game of the Nuggets-Hornets series -- which Denver won even though Anthony played poorly, shooting 4 for 12 -- this shot was a good omen. "Gonna be a long night for the Hornets," Ravin said. "He didn't rely on the catch-and-shoot. He put the ball on the floor. And believe me, that's an important first bucket for 'Melo. When you're the star player and you play poorly and the team still wins, part of you says, 'I want to be a part of this.' "
It was a pivotal time for Anthony, in Ravin's eyes. After five years as an NBA wild child, he was trying to be taken seriously. He'd never taken the Nuggets past the first round of the playoffs, but this looked like the year he would. He'd even recently cut off his cornrows. "That's the evolution of 'Melo," said Ravin. "We're seeing him mature in front of the world."
That, Ravin said, is a side of NBA players that fans rarely understand. Despite the stereotype, money is not the driving force for the great ones. "All these guys have a certain ambition," Ravin said. "They've made generations' worth of money. Motivation is no longer money. You can only have so many bedrooms in your house that you can sleep in. Instead, these guys are consumed with being the absolute best at what they can do."
In some respects Ravin sees money as a demarcation line. "The average player may talk about girls or cars," he said. "You give me the great players, and money's never part of the discussion. The great ones want to win a ring, want to make an All-Star team. They're motivated by each other. [Paul] is wondering what Kobe is doing right now. Gilbert is thinking about LeBron."
Now it was the middle of the first quarter, and Anthony passed for the second consecutive time out of isolation. "That's the evolution on the court," said Ravin. "He's making the pass there. Count his touches per shot -- that's how you know how well he's playing." A minute and a half later Anthony hit a catch-and-shoot from the right side after one pump fake. "He's the most efficient wing scorer in the NBA," said Ravin. "Watch, and you'll see that he takes limited dribbles on everything. No more than three dribbles."
As Anthony continued to score, Ravin watched the player's body language: "Here he goes again. He's on fire. If I'm George Karl, I let him play until he misses because if not, 'Melo will get pissed. I wouldn't pull him until early in the second. You have to remember, 'Melo's had five years of not getting past the first round. He's very excited. He's very motivated. Especially after a bad first game. You want him to feel like he's a big part of this."
Paul was having a harder time. The Hornets fell behind early. Still, watching his other client play, Ravin pointed out a couple of moves they had worked on together. At one point Paul shot a running two-hand floater. "We work on doing that off either foot, so the defense can't time it," Ravin said. Later, Paul busted a "dribble-skip" move on the perimeter: He dribbled sideways, almost skipping before punching through the defense. "Watch how he never crosses his feet on the perimeter, so he's always in shooting position," Ravin said. Then Paul got a mismatch and dribbled back before attacking, to give himself a bigger speed advantage against the taller player. "Derrick Rose does that a lot too," Ravin said.
By the end of the third quarter it was clear that Denver was the better team this night. "This one's over," Ravin declared, and indeed it was. The Nuggets would go on to win the game 108-93 and the series 4-1. As Paul walked off the floor he scowled, scrunching up his face like a man whose wallet has just been stolen.
"Tell you what," Ravin said, shaking his head. "I don't think you need me to interpret that expression."

Source: Chris Ballard, The Hoops Whisperer, Sports Illustrated, 26 October 2009.

11 of the Most Unusual Themed Bars & Nightclubs Worldwide

Around the globe, party-goers can find some bizarre yet cool places to have a drink. Here are some of the strangest yet most unique places to drink, dance, and tie one on from around the world.

1. Sunland Baobab (Limpopo, South Africa)

You don’t see bars like this everyday. In fact, unless you go to Limpopo, South Africa, you may never visit such a pub. This amazing bar is inside the hollow 155 ft circumference trunk of a 72 ft tall Baobab tree. This tree is over 6,000 years old, but Baobabs naturally hollow out after a 1,000 years. The owners found remains of a Bushmen bed made from rocks, possibly built in the 1700s. 54 people once squashed into the Baobab bar, but it’s not recommended. The Baobab Bar is located on Sunland Farm, yet it’s doubtful you could miss the massive tree. It’s so wide, it took 40 adults with outstretched arms to encircle it. The theme is somewhere between get-away-from-it-all to this-is-damn-cool.

2. Guacara Taina a.k.a. The Cave (Santa Domingo, Dominican Republic)

If the bar inside a hollowed out tree was not the oldest on the globe, then perhaps this Santa Domingo, Dominican Republic, cave bar is. Guacara Taina (The Cave) theme is caveman-like only much more cool. 60 feet below the earth’s surface, as many as 3,000 club-goers drink and dance on three different floors among natural stalagmites and stalactites. If you need to catch a breather, there is seating in subterranean club. Light shows and ancient yet natural-made acoustics within the limestone cave will make Guacara Taina a nightclub you will never forget…providing you don’t drink so much that you pass out underground.

3. The Soggy Dollar (St. Thomas)

On the pristine white beaches of White Bay beach, The Soggy Dollar Bar is a must-see. From St. Thomas, you can take a boat or swim, either way, there is no dock. You will get wet. Soggy Dollar Bar got its name from all the people swimming to shore and paying for drinks with sopping-wet dollars. Try the infamous Painkiller cocktail. Catch some sun, kick back in a hammock, or stroll on the beach that is “white sugar” soft, or swim in the stunning turquoise sea. The theme is something like Gilligan’s Island-meets-paradise.

4. Route 36 Cocaine Bar (La Paz, Bolivia)

Coke-out speedathon is the euphoric theme of this bar where some backpackers stay for days. Route 36 in La Paz, Bolivia, is the world’s first cocaine bar. Water is always on the house, but besides alcoholic beverages being served, customers can order from two types of packeted cocaine – diluted or pure. The bar is located at an altitude of about 13,123 feet or 4000 meters above sea level, but Route 36 often changes the location of their controversial club.

5. Espit Chupito (Barcelona, Spain)

Espit Chupitos in Barcelona, Spain, is anything but tame. Yes, you can order a shot here just as you could in a million other bars. But here they have over 500 types of shots and the bartenders set your shot on fire. Still too tame? The bartenders also set the bar on fire, breathe flames, and keep it a hot-themed place for fun and games. What kind you might wonder? Order the Monica Lewinski and find out, or there are plenty of other shots (chupito) involving whipped cream and sex toys.

6. Icebars

At a constant temperature of -5°C, 23°F, the theme might be Brrrr, but Absolut Icebars and other Icebars are catching on in several locations around the globe. In Barcelona, Honningsvåg, Monterrey, Mexico City, Panama City, Orlando, Amsterdam, London, Paris, Athens, Saint Tropez, Seoul, Hong Kong, Mumbai and Dubai, you can come inside and have a shot. The “glasses” are made out of crystal clear ice that was harvested from the frozen Torne River in Jukkasjarvi, Northern Sweden.

7. Museum HR Giger Bar a.k.a. Alien Skeleton Bar (Gruyères, Switzerland)

This otherworldly environment in Gruyères, Switzerland, is the Museum HR Giger Bar. It was designed by Hans Rudi Giger who worked as a designer for the Alien movies. While inside this cavernous, skeletal structure, the theme is to make you feel like you have been transported into “the remains of a mutated future civilization.” Double arches of “alien” vertebrae crisscross the vaulted ceiling of an ancient castle as well as skulls lining some of the walls. Eat, have a drink, but don’t freak out. Have fun at the Giger Skeleton Bar and Museum.

8. Club Aquarium (London, England)

Club Aquarium is themed for party-going water-lovers. Bring your bathing suit, or plan to wear something skimpy, for outrageous is the name of the game. There are four different bars as well as a swimming pool and Jacuzzi. People dress up according to the theme nights. They offer Eastern European Night, Redlight, Carwash, Adonis Cabaret and Wetyourself. This is the place to go, renowned for concerts, video shoots, fashion shows and more. It’s a great place to cop a buzz. Smoking is allowed throughout the private gardens of both Club Aquarium and Bar Aquarium.

9. La Fira (Barcelona, Spain)

If you like to drink while inside a museum, then La Fira in Barcelona, Spain, is the place to go. It has a vintage carnival feel, music cranking, drinks flowing, while every nook and cranny has antique funfair treasures. Some of the seats inside this bar are vintage bumper cars, carnival-like carousel relic seats, or swings instead of barstools. Fun house mirrors add to the distortions, the fun, the chaos if you decide to tie one on at La Fira.

10. Club Surya Eco-Bar (London, England)

The plasma screen and drink refrigerators are powered by solar electricity. Furniture is repurposed and the dance floor uses the concept of piezoelectricity, where crystals and ceramics create a charge to generate electricity. Club Surya in London is the an eco-nightclub. Theme – save the planet, brought to you by Dr. Earth and club4climate. See more in a video about Club Surya.

11. Jagermeister’s Flying Bar (Germany)

A flying bar? The theme was a fantastic but fleeting Woohoo Wee! The summer of 2009, at the German Outdoor Festival, Jägermeister pulled off this promotion. They traveled around with a flying liqueur bar, hoisted and hanging from a crane, allowing festival-goers to have drinks 164 feet above the concert. What a terrific way to see the stage, but it would be a long way down to the festival ground if you got the urge to stand up and dance.

Aokigahara Forest

Aokigahara is a woodland at the base of Mount Fuji in Japan that makes The Blair Witch Project forest look like Winnie the Pooh's Hundred Acre Wood.

It probably has something to do with all the dead bodies scattered around.
What Niagara Falls is to weddings, Aokigahara is to suicide. How many suicides does it takes for a place to get that reputation? A dozen? Fifty?

Called "the perfect place to die," the Aokigahara forest has the unfortunate distinction as the world's second most popular place to take one's life. (The first is the Golden Gate Bridge.) Since the 1950s, Japanese businessmen have wandered in, and at least 500 of them haven't wandered out, at an increasing rate of between 10 and 30 suicides per year. Recently these numbers have increased even more, with a record 78 bodies in 2002.

The trend has supposedly started after Seicho Matsumoto published his novel Kuroi Kaiju (Black Sea of Trees) where two of his characters commit suicide there. More recently, a book titled Kanzen Jisatsu Wataru Tsurumi Manyuaru (The Complete Manual of Suicide, 1993), which has sold 1.3 million copies in that country, was recommended as the perfect place to kill themselves. In 2004, the director made the film Tomoyuki Takimoto Ki no Umi, which told the story of four people who decided to commit suicide in this forest. After that-always eager to prove they are bizarrely susceptible to suggestion-hundreds of Japanese people have hanged themselves among the countless trees of the Aokigahara forest, which is reportedly so thick that even in high noon it's not hard to find places completely surrounded by darkness.

In 1971, the Japanese government began to organize search parties to find the remains of the dead. Annually, a team of firefighters and police officers exceeding 300 personnel enter Aokigahara to remove the corpses that have been found throughout the year for visitors and rangers. A police van rounds the forest patrol daily in search of possible suicide.

Besides bodies and homemade nooses, the area is littered with signs displaying such uplifting messages like "Life is a precious thing! Please reconsider!" or "Think of your family!"

In the 70s, the problem got national attention and the Japanese government began doing annual sweeps of the forest in search of bodies. In 2002, they found 78. But who knows how many they missed? In all likelihood there probably is a hanged person somewhere in Aokigahara on any given day. By the way, if an entire dark forest full of hanged corpses wasn't bad enough, a few years ago some people noticed that a lot of the dead in Aokigahara probably had cash or jewelry on them. Thus began the proud Japanese tradition of Aokigahara Scavenging where people are running around the Death Forest, looking for dead guys to loot.

The first mile is very polluted by humans, because the number of suicides that take place in the forest. But beyond the first kilometer of the forest, everything is in almost original condition, without obvious signs of human contact. It is said that almost no sound but the wind playing through the leaves.

Last Person on Earth -- What Would You Do?

For those who have misguidedly failed to develop an Armageddon plan, it's not too late. Eschuk, a user on the social media site Reddit, has created a detailed, eight-phase, 1600-word survival plan in response to the question, "If you became the last person on Earth, what would you do? Realistically." Eschuk's vision is nothing if not realistic. We owe Web sites like Kottke for salvaging this nugget from the dustbin of Internet history. We'll let Eschuk tell you about it himself:

I'm not a survivalist, but I did stay at a Holiday Inn Express Last Night.

I've played this over in my head before and decided there are two lifestyles. Nomadic and Static. The following considers staking out a territory for a "home base" where one is secure for the rest of his days. It also assumes "the grid" is down. No electricity or internet, some plumbing works.

Pre-Phase Phase (I'm not good with phases)
  • Before Anything: Eat Exotic Fresh Fruits while they are around. They come from so far away that, odds are depending where you live, you will never ever get to have Banana, Pomegranite, Starfruit or Mango again in your life. Savor every bite. Make Fruit Leathers and Freeze what you cannot stomach to consume. You will also need to bone up on Vitamin C while you're doing the most work.
  • Unless you plan on maintaining and protecting cows for the rest of their/your life... you're unlikely to have a fresh glass of cold milk ever again. There are dehydrated milks (Klim) but it's not the same.
  • Bacon. Eat all of what you can find. Cook it all up and dehydrate what you cannot stomach. Even if you hate it. You may never have the opportunity to eat bacon again.

Phase 1 - Fuel for your Future
The world is going to be vastly different in only 5-years time. Buildings will collapse from non-maintained roofs. Cars and Trucks won't operate off of stale fuel. Uncut lawns will overgrow and cripple streets along with freeze/rain cycles. Animals will grow unchecked and rampant predation will resume. Insects will rule the fields. There is no more weather channel, internet or food store. It will become an inhospitable world very shortly, you need to prepare.
  • Refined Gasoline and Diesel will be useless in 2 years. You CAN make your own fuels (Combustion/Steam, Biodeisel) but there is a much much simpler answer.
  • Propane is everywhere and it's shelf life is longer than yours. Walmarts, Home Depots and Millions of Tanks behind people's homes, half full from the previous Summer's BBQ Season. Safely, stockpile the conventional tanks (using trucks while they're still useful) making sure to properly maintain them.
  • If you're lucky enough to be near gas stations with those huge above ground tanks, secure passage to them and secure their protection. Map out every one of them in a 50-mi radius. Expend the furthest ones first. O-Rings and valves can corrode and fail on the conventional ones, but the big boys aren't as likely to fail. Don't ever think about moving them.
  • Store canisters away from your domicile but within reasonable distance with good ventilation. Keep Oil-Based paint nearby and paint them every few years to stave off rust.
  • Go out and find Propane Powered Appliances. Forklifts, Bobcats, Refrigerators, Lanterns, Ovens, Weed Wackers, Generators.
  • Yes, if you really want to you can dick around with Solar Panels / Wind Turbines and work on a battery farm and keep some modern conventions. DVDs will work for 10-40 years depending on the press and plastics involved.
  • Keep growth down inside the compound. The rest of the world will become overgrown, last thing you want are a ton of thornbushes and poison ivy invading your space. Keep your paths clear with weedwackers and machetes. The roads won't completely overgrow in your lifetime, but at least clear the cars out of the way with bulldozers while you still can.

Phase 2 - Secure your Food
There's a ton of food still around in the world that'll be good for the next decade. Rice and Beans, Canned Fruits and Veggies. The Average Domesticated Human relies on these foods and cannot subsist "off of the land."
  • One of the first things you should consider doing is getting a freezer farm up and operating off of generators (or using propane freezers which can be found for RVs.) Scour the lands for processed meats, hoping that they're still in a frozen state. Fruits, Veggies, Variety. Nobody will be farming these things anymore and odds are, the world will eventually become too inhospitable for you to maintain a farm without insects plaguing it.
  • Sysco Trucks are refrigerated and can probably stay cool a week or two, and are likely chock full of the meals you'd otherwise be served after they've been microwaved at Olive Garden, Johnny Carino's, Applebees, TGIFridays, McDonalds, etcetc. If they haven't been looted already, they're a great solution to a "freezer farm." Now that you have all the time in the world, figure out how to use RV Propane Freezers to keep these trucks cool. Move them to your home, reinforce them in concrete and keep them free of bugs and animals.
  • The Nearby Ocean may become tarnished in 2-5 years as runoff from humanity's downfall pours off the coasts and out of the unmaintained sewers. If you're a sailor and can sail out a couple miles for some mahi-mahi to freeze, that's awesome. Also, after the death of Gasoline, you can probably rig a Propane-Powered Weed-Wacker to be an Outboard Motor for a boat.
  • Hunting is useful if you know what you're doing. Avoid protein poisoning by eating fats. Cook well-done, always. There's no cure for food poisoning now.
  • Find a nearby river where no humanity is upstream for your water source. Use a Propane Forklift to carry a water back in a large container. Treat it with Chlorine Dioxide, Bleach or use Ceramic Filters. There's probably still usable water in water towers but no telling if whatever killed humanity has contaminated those.
  • Incinerate your leftovers (there shouldn't be any...) to keep down on insect infestation.

Phase 3 - Home Compound
Insects and animals will grow plentifully without humans now. Wild Dogs, Bears, Coyotes, Mountain Lions, Feral Cats are all now the enemy. Malaria, Lymes Disease, Bebesia can be carried by insects and with Rabies, will likely grow out of control without human intervention.
  • Secure an area, preferably within a high-walled region to keep bears and other predators away. Chain Link Fences need to be painted to prevent rusting. Paint them with motor oil a couple of times in the summer (if you don't give a rat's ass about the environment now)
  • Drive Vehicles over to your Compound while they still work. Mobile Homes, School Buses, Fire Engine Tankers & Ladders, Electrical Contractor Cherry Pickers (for Hunting Blinds), Flatbeds, Box Trucks.
  • If you can do it singlehandedly, transport the biggest few Yachts you can find to your compound. Ever see the inside of those things? Home away from home. Might be a nice place to spend the night if you need to feel like you're civilized again.
  • Construct a cinder-block-based shelter away from Hurricane-Prone or Earthquake Prone Areas. Something very secure that'll survive hard rains, winters, and can keep out animals and insects, but simple to maintain and secure.
  • Use Carbon Monoxide Detectors hooked up to a battery system. All this propane will generate Carbon Monoxide.
  • If you can remove the septic tank, use RVs for their bathrooms then drive out with the forklifts and dump it somewhere... downwind.

Phase 4 - Self Preservation
  • Stockpile Medicine. Most pills will lose effectiveness after 2 years. Painkillers should be kept nearby. Doxycyclene for Lymes Disease will (effectively) last 2 years. Some Pharmacies may have Mepron which is for Malaria.
  • Treat every wound as if it's going to infect and kill you. Alcohol Wipes and Topical Antibiotics in small packets are long-lasting as well.
  • ALWAYS BRUSH YOUR TEETH. Learn to brush your teeth with Baking Soda. Toothpastes will inevitably harden in their tubes or liquify into an unusable congealment. There are no dentists anymore. If you get a cavity, you're probably screwed bigtime and will need to take care of it yourself.
  • Hone your skills. You're now the worlds only Mechanic, Electrician, Farmer, Hunter, Gatherer and Doctor. Books are a remarkable resource.

Phase 5 - Recreation
  • Find the closest highway and burn all the gasoline you can syphon out of all the cars around in a Maserati, Ferrari or Ford Focus by risking your fucking life. This insane maneuver might help you keep some sanity... but in 2-years-time gasoline will have gone stale and most cars will sit where they were.
  • There are some propane based cars and Go-Karts. Offhand, I don't know where I'd find one around here so I'm in a bad position... the internet will be down and "propane go-karts" won't be found in phone books.

Phase 6 - Keep your mind busy
  • Write about what you've done. Every day. Write your thoughts, your transgressions, your hopes, your angers. As you fill books, put them in some permanent enclosure of sorts, sheltered from the elements.
  • Gather up Atlases, Medical Books, Dictionaries, Encyclopedias, Put them all in the same place. Who knows what evolution has in store? Perhaps in a couple hundred million years, some badger learns to make fire and read. It's your legacy and you can't accept the fact that this is the end of intelligent life. Write for them. Explain what transpired. If only to keep your mind busy and your heart steady.

Final Phase - Seal your fate.
You are the last of your kind. Evolution may replace humans with another Sentient Creature capable of interpreting the past, but for now, this is it. As representative for humanity, you do not want to suffer. No sense in bleeding to death over the course of several days pinned underneath a mountain of rubble.
Always have the ability to kill yourself nearby. Holster a classy 6-shooter in your shoulder, at your ankle or your hip at all times.

Source: Eschuk, If you became the last person on Earth, what would you do? Realistically., AskReddit, 11 March 2010.