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Posted by: | Posted on: January 19, 2020

NBA: Damian Lillard would rather not win a title than move to star-studded team

first_imgSteam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours “Like I said, I’m not joining nobody. I would not win a Championship before I go and team up and do all that,” he said. “Unless it was like something that I couldn’t control. But I wouldn’tve did that.”With his prime years still ahead of him, Lillard was asked if he’d change his stance once he gets up in age.Still, the Weber State product held his ground and made it known he won’t join any “super team” anytime soon.“I’m saying this because this is how I feel, not how I feel at the moment. That’s just how I feel about it,” he explained.“I think if that’s what somebody wants to do, I’m not mad at them for doing it. I’m just telling you what I’m not going to do. That ain’t how we get down”  Khristian Ibarrola /raADVERTISEMENT In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide LATEST STORIES OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson NCAA: Arellano stays in Final 4 hunt, downs EAC How to help the Taal evacuees Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson In an appearance on Complex’s “Everyday Struggle” show, the two-time NBA All-Star revealed that he’d rather “not win a championship” than join the other superstar-caliber players from other teams.Lillard first pointed out his former teammate LaMarcus Aldridge, who decided to jump ship and join the perennial contenders San Antonio Spurs in 2015, in an attempt to win a ring.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smog“I mean, like I said about [LaMarcus Aldridge], I wouldn’t have done it. For me, I’m not joining nobody,” he said.When asked if he would entertain the idea of playing with LeBron James, the 2013 NBA Rookie of the year kept his stance. DAY6 is for everybody Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard acknowledges the crowd during the second half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz in Portland, Oregon, Saturday, April 8, 2017. Lillard scored a franchise-record 59 points as the Blazers won 101-86.  We in(AP Photo/Steve Dykes)The trend of creating “super teams” or NBA superstars forming an alliance remains to be the fastest way to a championship in today’s game.But as far as Portland Trail Blazers point guard Damian Lillard is concerned, he won’t go to such lengths in pursuit of the Larry O’Brien trophy.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: January 15, 2020

Repressive Laws to Be Shown the Door at Last

first_imgIn her Annual Message to the Legislature on  Monday, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf announced that she was sending for enactment several bills, including some for the repeal of all laws found in the statutes and in decrees of the defunct People’s Redemption Council (PRC) that militated against free expression and press freedom.She reminded the Legislature that Liberia had been among the first African nations to ratify the Table Mountain Declaration calling for the repeal of repressive anti-press freedom laws.She signed this Declaration in Monrovia on Saturday, July 21 2012, becoming the second sitting African Head of State to do so,   after Niger President Mahamadou Issoufou.The Declaration seeks to abolish insult and criminal defamation laws in Africa and set  a free press higher on the agenda.As she signed the Declaration, President Sirleaf cautioned then Press Union of Liberia president Peter Quaqua to “act now to establish self-regulating measures, as many other countries have done, to ensurethat the media acts responsibly by the granting of these freedoms. Both of us have that responsibility, if this Declaration will be more than the piece of paper that I sign, or we can make it a live instrument to protect the rights of all– journalists as well as any other citizen.”During the regime of President Charles Taylor, the Legislature repealed one of Liberia’s worst  anti-press laws,  Decree 88A.  It was passed in the mid-1980s by the PRC regime of Head of State Samuel K. Doe. The law was so terrible that it stipulated that no one could say, write or publish anything offensive against any  head of state, Liberian or foreign, or against any diplomatic representative, or any government official, even if what was being published were true. That gave Samuel Doe and cohorts the freedom to commit any crime against the state or the people, and go scot free, without even a mention in the press.A similar law which we hope has been sent forward for repeal is the Criminal Malevolence Act of 1978.  The legendary pamphleteer Albert Porte wrote a pamphlet about  Criminal Malevolence, in which he called it “a Nightmare with Foreboding.”  It was intended by the Tolbert administration to tighten “internal security.”In his book on Albert Porte, Kenneth Y. Best records the full text of the law as contained in Mr. Porte’s pamphlet.   The law stated that “A person has committed a first degree misdemeanor if he accuses anyexecutive authority, judicial authority, member of the Legislature or any public authority either by word or mouth, writing or by public broadcast or conduct which constitutes the commission of a crime, provided that at the time of such accusation:- a) the conduct charged  is untrue; b) the purpose of the actor is to thereby injure the official in his reputation and undermine his official status . . .””Criminal Malevolence,” Mr. Porte said in his pamphlet, “is the latest large and heavy bundle of straw tied tightly on the back of the poor, weak, ailing, amenic, emaciated democratic camel.”Albert Porte declared that the new law signaled an intensification of Liberia’s democratic decline; and instead of blaming one another, we should take action now! “We cannot stand idle while this democraticship of state catches fire,” Mr. Porte wrote. That is exactly what  would happen should the law remain on the books, he warned.As Mr. Best mentioned in his book, Albert Porte himself probably did not realize that the “fire” he predicted “had literal potency and would, in a short while, actually burst into uncontrollable flamesthat would engulf the whole nation and beyond.”A year later April 14, the Rice Riots,   occurred; and the following year the coup, killing President Tolbert and his topmost officials and leading to the civil war that would spread far beyond Liberia.Criminal Malevolence, though still on the books, lay largely quiescent (inactive, dormant).  But it is still there and the sooner it is removed the better. Its removal   and that of others like it would go a long way to make this first independent African republic more democratic, more peaceful, more stable, yea, more prosperous.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: January 12, 2020

Labour survey worrisome, serves as eye-opener – FITUG

first_imgGovernment is being urged to take heed of the stark realities facing the country and to address in a pragmatic and comprehensive manner the terrible conditions revealed in the Guyana Labour Force Survey as at September 2017, which was produced by the Bureau of Statistics.The Federation of Independent Trade Unions of Guyana (FITUG) said having reviewed the report, the organisation is convinced that the regular publication of such statistics is important but is critical for policymakers to come up with appropriate policies to address the day-to-day challenges people face.FITUG President Carvil DuncanFor the FITUG, the survey was certainly an eye-opener and brought out several important concerns which policymakers should not lose sight of. FITUG said the statistics are not comforting, especially taking into account the developments since the conclusion of the survey.It said while mention was not made of the poverty rate, it was disclosed before that 53 per cent of Guyanese either live in poverty or are vulnerable to impoverishment.Interestingly, the survey pointed out that less than half of the working-age population is actually employed. The Federation said it therefore begs the question what are the other half doing to get by. Moreover, the survey noted a decrease in the male employment rate between the 2012 census and the end of September 2017 and an increase in the female employment rate in the same period.While the coalition Government has been persistent in its appeal for Guyanese to become entrepreneurs as a means to achieving the ‘good life’ objective, the survey’s findings, on the other hand, has painted a very different picture, FITUG said. “We dismayingly learn that the self-employed, on average, earn about 23 per cent less than their counterparts who are in salaried employment. At this time, when the people are being pushed in this direction, is such a decision rational bearing in mind the realities that are prevailing?”Based on the survey, the unemployment rate has remained relatively unchanged falling marginally from 12.5 per cent in 2012 census to 12 per cent at the end of September 2017. FITUG said it would therefore be interesting to see what the rate would be at the end of March 2018 following the implementation of the mass redundancy in the sugar industry, which began in late 2017.According to the Federation, the survey also revealed that women represented more than half (50.7 per cent) of the unemployed though they account for 39.9 per cent of the labour force. This means that women have both a lower chance of getting a job and a higher possibility of being unemployed. As for youth unemployment, that figure remains alarmingly high and stood at 21.6 per cent last year.“For the thousands of graduates emerging from high school and university, this is not good news and belies the Government’s promise of jobs for youths. The situation of the youth is especially worrying considering that the survey advised that half the population is under 25 years and a quarter of those between 15 and 24 years are enrolled in educational institutions,” the FITUG added.Based on this survey, the Federation said it is convinced that a vast number of young people are looking for work or have become fed up with job hunting and may be encouraged or forced to take another path.The report also indicated that jobs are becoming more difficult to come by.Notwithstanding a national 40-hour work week, workers are working beyond the stipulated time, the survey also concluded.FITUG believes that the findings in this survey also serve to expose the fact that workers are forced to work beyond their normal time. This indicates that low rates-of-pay are being offered and the workers must work the extra hours in order to make ends meet.last_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: January 12, 2020

Teen gets 10 years jail for killing CD vendor

first_imgEighteen-year-old Eton Calistro was on Monday sentenced to 10 years imprisonment by High Court Judge Sandil Kissoon for stabbing a a CD vendor to death July 18, 2015 at Soesdyke, on the East Bank of Demerara.Jailed teenager: Eton CalistroUpon the State’s murder indictment, Calistro, who plead not guilty to the murder of 21-year-old Leroy Moore, called “Jim Carrey”, admitted guilt to the lesser count of manslaughter.State Counsels Abigail Gibbs and Mandell Moore appeared for the prosecution while attorneys George Thomas and Sonia Parag defended Calistro. According to the facts of the case presented by Prosecutor Gibbs, the labourer, who was just 15 years old at the time of his crime, went to a bar with his two brothers and while there, the deceased, Moore “hustled” a female, which annoyed Calistro. The court heard that the two had an exchange of words, after which, Calistro left with his siblings. Moore was with seven other males at the time.The prosecutor further explained that after they left the bar and went to Soesdyke, the accused and the deceased met up and had a scuffle. Moore was stabbed twice and succumbed whilst being transported to hospital. A post-mortem examination revealed he died from perforation to the heart and lungs due to stab wounds.In plea of mitigation, the defence attorney, George Thomas, informed the court that his client was defending himself as Calistro saw himself as a victim in the matter. Thomas pointed to alcohol consumption being a notable factor of the incident while his client begged the court’s mercy. Prosecutor Gibbs observed that even though the killing was unfortunate due to ages involved; persons must face the consequences for their actions. She contended that a period of incarceration could give the offender an opportunity to reflect on what he had done so that he would not repeat his crime.After a brief adjournment, Justice Kissoon passed down sentence, observing the impact that alcohol had on the events that led to the outcome. He started at a base of 25 years for manslaughter and deducted one-third of the sentence for acceptance of guilt; three years for time spent on remand and three years, six months for his age and other mitigating factors.In July, Calistro appeared before Justice Brassington Reynolds and pleaded not guilty to both murder and manslaughter after reportedly telling his then lawyer, Stanley Moore that he indented to plead guilty to manslaughter. Those proceedings were discontinued, and he was ordered to appear before another Judge.Moore was a former resident of Caneview Avenue, South Ruimveldt Gardens.last_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: January 12, 2020

Become a foster parent, provide a home for positive upbringing – MoSP urges

first_imgResidents within Region Five (Mahaica-Berbice) are urged to take a leap of faith and become a foster parent.Acting Senior Probation Officer Lauristan ChoyActing Senior Probation Officer Lauristan Choy of the Ministry of Social Protection (MoSP), at a recent outreach, appealed for well-meaning persons to house the less fortunate, to provide them with a home for positive upbringing.“There is a lot of children in institutional care and while we are equipped to provide them with necessary necessities … We would love for people to come and apply to be foster parents so that the children can become a part of a family setting for a positive life,” Choy is quoted by the Department of Public Information (DPI) as saying.Choy stressed that the Ministry remained committed to bringing families together, and steps were being taken to achieve this goal.According to the acting Senior Probation Officer, child negligence is the highest form of child abuse within the region, and the Ministry hopes to reduce it.He explained, according to the DPI, that specialised parental training is one of the many programmes offered to parents to achieve the Ministry’s goal of helping parents to understand their roles and responsibilities. It was highlighted that this training is set to tackle all forms of child abuse.“We [the Ministry of Social Protection] are trying to move from corporal punishment. We want to push positive discipline hence, a focus on alternative discipline. We want to change that narrative where parents can see that those same punishments lead to violence. Whenever the child gets older, they exhibit the same kind of behaviour to their loved ones. This often times lead to many unfortunate events, because of that mind-set.”The acting Senior Probation Officer is optimistic that this narrative will help to create positive young people and, by extension, a positive Guyana.last_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: January 3, 2020

Bryant’s focus still an issue

first_imgIs it any wonder the young man is limping after Bryant put the weight of the world on his shoulders by sneering about the Lakers hesitating to include him in a trade for Jason Kidd? The biggest symbol, of course, is Bryant. He symbolizes so much to so many, ranging from the poster boy for the spoiled, world-revolves-around-me athlete to remaining the hope the Lakers have for their future. Bryant famously went ballistic in an orchestrated series of radio rants in May. His bottom line: I want the Lakers in my rear-view mirror. The most important point Monday was Bryant was there. The Lakers won. Bryant lost. The Lakers will never put it so bluntly. That’s why they won. They gave their prodigal son wiggle room and he wiggled back into the fold. Because Bryant is present, because a light could go on for him, because players could stay healthy and because there is room for improvement, they actually could go from dysfunctional to functional and enjoy success this season. This said, it must be noted Bryant showed up 24 minutes late Monday. How’s that for a negative symbol? Naturally, there was an excuse. Make that two excuses. First, it was the traffic from Orange County. Then it was a physical he was required to take that held him up. The traffic excuse ignores the fact that everyone who travels our treacherous freeways knows you leave early and probably arrive early to make sure you’re not late. The doctor’s appointment excuse ignores the fact that his teammates were as curious about where he might be as everyone else when he did not show up on time. When Bryant did arrive, he was smiling, cooperative, happy, hugging (old-new teammate Derek Fisher), saying all the right things. One question. As always. Was he listening to himself? “I’m ready to go,” he said. That never is a question. Is he ready to go as part of the team rather than being ready to go and expecting the team to mold itself around him? The Lakers can be good by molding themselves around Bryant. He’s that good. They can be better if he ever learns to fit in as part of the team. “I think the important thing for everybody to understand is I want to bring a title back to Los Angeles,” he said. As good as the statement sounds, it smacks of his public relations people preparing him to appeal directly to the people, the fans of the Lakers who desperately want to believe he’s in this for the duration and that he wants no more than they want for the team. He has yet to say he’s sorry for verbally slapping Bynum and others around. About his mouth running wild in May? “I was frustrated,” he said, “so I blew up.” At some point, he’s the one who needs to understand. He needs to understand that, at 29, he’s past the age when he can blame temper tantrums on frustration. This is a man who prides himself on how cool and controlled he is under fire. Yet he was frustrated, so he blew up. Until he changes, it must be said he feels entitled above and beyond everyone else. Remember when it was said Bryant above all wanted to be Michael Jordan? That was wrong. He sees himself as Caesar. “Hopefully, we’re on the same page,” he said in response to a question about management. His history is he’ll be on the same page as long as it’s his page. “I know they tried,” he said of the trade market. “It wasn’t lack of effort. That means a lot to me.” Isn’t this gracious of him? One sobering piece of news. Asked about clearing the air with Bynum, Bryant said, “Andrew and I didn’t talk. We texted each other. I was in Rome. I texted him, told him I was sorry about the way things came out. He said he understood.” Bynum had a blank look when asked about the messages. “Did Kobe text you?” he was asked. “No,” he said. You understand what this symbolizes. mwsptcol@aol.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Symbols, symbols, symbols. All over the place. You had no choice. You had to notice them at Lakers HQ in El Segundo when Kobe Bryant met with reporters on media day – Phil, Andrew, Derek, the whole gang was there – late Monday morning. Phil Jackson, esteemed coach, is walking with a cane. Will a cane be needed by the team during the coming season, courtesy of Bryant, the petulant, willful, etc. star? Or will Bryant take the cane, knock everyone in the NBA on the head and lead the Lakers upward and onward to more victories than anyone anticipates? It’s possible. Holding your breath until it happens is not recommended. Still, it is possible. Andrew Bynum, until the 27th of this month still a teenage 7-footer, has a strained muscle in his right knee. last_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: December 29, 2019

LETTERKENNY CHILDREN’S ORCHESTRA HIT THE RIGHT NOTES

first_imgThe Letterkenny Children’s Orchestra presented last Friday 8th April a lovely recital at the Regional Cultural Centre, Letterkenny.The event was included as part of the National celebrations of LOVE:LIVE MUSIC IRELAND’S NATIONAL MUSIC DAY 2011.The show called LETTERKENNY CHILDREN’S ORCHESTRA & FRIENDS offered a colorful evening of Classical Music featuring the children of today who will entertain and delight coming generations in Donegal. We listened small ensembles (quartets, duets) by members of the Donegal Chamber Orchestra and the Donegal Youth Orchestra performing pieces by Vanhal and Purcell plus a beautiful solo recorder sonata by Haendel.The concert finished with the Junior ensemble on the stage playing seven joyful pieces by Suzuki, Gluck and Bach.At the end of the concert all the performers came together to celebrate this “Fiestade la Música” in Donegal.ends LETTERKENNY CHILDREN’S ORCHESTRA HIT THE RIGHT NOTES was last modified: April 10th, 2011 by gregShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: December 26, 2019

MCGUINNESS SENDS OUT SOS TO CLUBS TO SIT DOWN AND PLOT CLUB GAMES ROUTE

first_imgDonegal manager Jim McGuinness has said he wants to sit down with all clubs in the county and map a way forward for the coming season.The Glenties man was left hugely frustrated last season when the Competitions Control Committee refused a request to cancel club games which featured many county stars.In one such game, Naomh Conaill player Leo McLoone received a serious injury and was ruled out of a number of vital inter-county games. The appeal by the Donegal football boss was the main point in his address to county delegates at last night’s county board meeting in Jackson’s Hotel, Ballybofey.He said he understood how some clubs were not completely behind the county team but he said the only way around this was by siting down and finding a solution.“I would really like to see the views of managers and administrators and we will show you where we are at and together we can make a conscious decision that we can get behind club and county football.“I know for a fact there was people begrudging the county team because they were taking players from their club. I don’t blame them for that. Their team is their number one team but I want to bring everyone with us, he said. In a long-ranging address, the former Donegal midfielder said he plans to bring a total of 39 players into his squad for the coming season.“If clubs feel they have a player or players who they think we should have a look at then they should contact us and we will consider it,” he said.He also added that following the incident last year in which the county team stayed in the Slieve Russell Hotel, he said he would like to repeat the stay this year.He said players were prepared to fundraise for such stays and he thanked Tony McFadden who had funded this year’s stay at the Cavan Hotel.He also thanked the supporters who followed Donegal to the All Ireland semi-final at Croke Park. “We started off with 7,000 at MacCumhaill Park and it got to the stage where we had 30,000 supporters at Croke Park against Dublin. That filled the players with so much pride.“I would like to thank al those supporters who came out for us on all those occasions,” he said.© 2011 donegaldaily.com, all Rights ReservedFollow us on www.twitter.com/donegaldaily Follow us on www.facebook.com/donegaldailySell anything on www.donegaldailyclassifieds.comMCGUINNESS SENDS OUT SOS TO CLUBS TO SIT DOWN AND PLOT CLUB GAMES ROUTE was last modified: November 8th, 2011 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:club championshipCroke ParkJim McGuinnesslast_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: December 25, 2019

To protect and to serve

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PALMDALE – Los Angeles County firefighters will help raise money Thursday for the Antelope Valley Special Olympics during the seventh annual Tip a Firefighter Day. Firefighters will wait on tables from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Greenhouse Cafe restaurants in Lancaster and Palmdale. The restaurants are at 1169 Commerce Center Drive in the Target shopping center in Lancaster and in the Antelope Valley Mall, 1233 Rancho Vista Blvd., Palmdale. All tips will go to support the Antelope Valley Special Olympics programs, which provide athletic training and competition year-round in 10 sports. The program also organizes social events for mentally handicapped youth and adults. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Last year’s event raised more than $3,500. last_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: December 25, 2019

The advent of l.a. live

first_img “Staples has been the best thing since sliced bread, and l.a. live is going to continue the enormous impact Staples has had on our renaissance,” Schatz said. “Not only will it provide a place for people driving in to spend money and go, it also has great importance for the residents who have moved downtown.” — Beth Barrett, (818) 713-3731 beth.barrett@dailynews.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake AEG spokesman Michael Roth said work is progressing on l.a. live, but he had no comment on talks involving a new equity partner for the hotel, on which estimated construction costs have climbed to more than $500 million. Chief Legislative Analyst Gerry Miller, who has worked on the deal for the city, said the entertainment complex will boost economic development downtown, with the public financing package for the hotel carrying minimum risk for the city. The city agreed to forgo about a quarter-billion dollars in hotel transient occupancy taxes over 25 years, a $16 million loan from the Community Redevelopment Agency and $4 million in city fee waivers. “It’s certainly providing for … job creation, and providing housing including affordable housing in the area to further the development of downtown as a residential community, as well as development of amenities such as movie theaters that are in short supply in the area,” Miller said. Carol Schatz, president and CEO of the Central City Association, said l.a. live will have far-reaching benefits for downtown Los Angeles and all of Southern California. The languishing Convention Center and surrounding area got a boost in September when ground was broken on a $4.2 billion sports and entertainment complex near Staples Center, although negotiations soon broke down over a 56-story marquee hotel planned for the project. AEG, the development company owned by Denver billionaire Philip Anschutz, has committed $1 billion to the l.a. live complex, which is expected to rival New York’s Times Square with theaters, a cinema complex, restaurants, bars and housing. But the project was dealt a blow in November, when negotiations for a 1,100-room Hilton hotel broke down, despite a quarter-billion-dollar public-financing package. City officials say they expect AEG will find an equity partner to replace Apollo Real Estate Advisors of Century City, which initially was expected to provide about $60 million for the hotel.last_img read more