Thunder big man out to inspire kids; roots for Boston to win NBA championship

first_imgWildlife rescuers asked to turn over animals to DENR View comments Despite their defeat, Kanter said his teammate, Russell Westbrook, who finished the season with triple double averages in points, assists and rebounds, should be the Most Valuable Player of the season over James Harden.“He’s an amazing player,” Kanter said of Westbrook. “It’s amazing to see how he makes himself better, his teammates and the organization. He doesn’t take a day off.”Asked which team he is picking to win the title, Kanter said he was rooting for the Boston Celtics.“Any team just not the (Golden State) Warriors,” Kanter said, referring to the team that former OKC star Kevin Durant joined last year. “But I like the Celtics to win.”ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Taal Volcano evacuees warned against going home Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite Bulacan town gears up for biggest cookie jar Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Tiu, Quimpo rule southern series Ex-Bulacan town vice mayor, village chief shot dead Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte For about an hour on Thursday, Oklahoma City Thunder forward Enes Kanter played pick up basketball, posed for selfies and signed autographs for young, aspiring players in San Juan City.The 6-foot-11 Turkish big man loves being around kids and taking the long trip to this basketball-crazy country is more than worth it.ADVERTISEMENT Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ “It’s amazing how welcoming this country is,” said Kanter. “You can already see their love for basketball.”Kanter is in Manila for a brief visit in line with his advocacies under the Enes Kanter Light Foundation, which was launched almost two years ago.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnSPORTSBreak new ground“I want to give kids hope and confidence” said Kanter. “I want them to dream big and help them achieve this dreams.”The Thunder suffered a first-round exit in the NBA playoffs last month, bowing to the Houston Rockets. Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendlast_img read more

Crime has not decreased

first_imgDear Editor,The recent robbery at the Hardware Emporium General Store is a very troubling incident that needs a detailed investigation, and to be handled firmly by the Guyana Police Force.The news reports mentioned that bandits had torched their way into the Hardware Emporium after disconnecting the company’s electricity, disabling all alarms and made off with a safe.The Guyana Times newspaper carried a very in-depth article about the robbery, stating that it had occurred a day or two after the store had installed their security system.It was also noticed that the perpetrators had been very aware of the location of the security system and the safe, making it seem as if the job had an internal staff conspiracy.Reports also stated that the thieves locked the caretaker in his room.The technique of this robbery is something for this nation to be very worried about. This is a serious matter that needs to be pursued with strict urgency.In Lamaha Gardens and Bel Air, it has been proven that one suspect has been responsible for the various robberies in the respective areas, yet the Police have still been unable to apprehend this individual. According to information, the face and body of the individual were exposed on several closed-circuit television cameras in the area.We know that in other countries, persons do terrible things during riots and protests, and through photographs alone, within days, hours or even minutes, the perpetrator(s) is/are apprehended.Not too long ago, when my company had a serious incident and one of our guards was attacked by bandits, the vehicle was robbed, and one of our personnel was severely injured and almost died; I had made an offer to the Government of Guyana and the Private Sector Commission to donate a million dollars to start a fund for apprehending these criminal individuals. The aim was to offer an award for information leading to the apprehension of criminals involved in robberies, murders and national sabotage.But no one, not of the private sector or Government bothered with the idea, not realising that people would divulge more confidential information for cash reward. Especially if it is made in such a way that the award is big enough that even relatives may bring forth each other for the incentive.At this time, my offer is no longer on the table, because of the economic crisis we are facing in recent times.However, the offer was made. Maybe it can be done again with team work and fundraising activities, and monthly contributions from the private sector.The funds can be managed by the private sector in collaboration with the Guyana Police Force.From all appearances, this writer does not believe that crime has made a serious decrease in this country, however, Public Security Minister and the Guyana Police Force’s data say otherwise, saying that there has been a reduction of 16 per cent.Nevertheless, this robbery of the Hardware Emporium has caused a specialist in the security sector and also the head of a private law enforcement agency to wonder and ponder the future of Guyana as it relates to criminality and the mental comfort of its citizens’ peace of mind.Sincerely,Roshan KhanCEO/Founder/ChairmanRK’s SecurityServiceslast_img read more

‘No Need For Re-run Election’

first_imgBong County senatorial candidate, Dr. Henrique F. Tokpa, has declined to participate in the re-run election which, as ordered by the Supreme Court, should take place at three of the polling precincts in Lower Bong County.At a news conference yesterday in Gbarnga, Dr. Tokpa said his decision not to participate in the re-run is due to consultations and advice from his supporters and national stakeholders.He added that the pursuit of his case to the Supreme Court was in no way intended to ascend to political position, but to expose irregularities in the election process, which he observed has been achieved.For that reason, he wants the money allocated by the National Elections Commission (NEC) for the re-run to be used for the completion of the Bong County Technical College.He added that though many of his supporters intended protesting against the election result, he urged them to remain calm on grounds that he wanted to pursue his case through the legal means.“Despite winning six of the seven electoral districts, it was only district seven that was overshadowed with fraudulent activities on the part of election workers in favor of the incumbent Senator, Jewel Howard Taylor,” he told a news conference.The former Bong County Senatorial candidate added that during preliminary hearing at the commission’s headquarters, the NEC knew it was in the wrong, but could rule against itself.Dr. Tokpa added that the Supreme Court’s ruling is a clear sign that there are laws on the book that are being followed.Meanwhile, Dr. Tokpa has commended his supporters for the level of support given him during the course of the electoral process.Recently, the Supreme Court instructed the NEC to conduct an election re-run at three of the polling places in Lower Bong due to fraud discovered in the mid-term election conducted in those polling places.Since the ruling, some Bong citizens have expressed mix-reactions. Some want Dr. Tokpa to file law suit against the NEC, while others argue that Senator Taylor should not be recognized as the county’s legitimate senator on grounds that the election that saw her re-elected had huge irregularities and far from the will of the people of Bong County.However, some believe that the NEC needs a strong overhauling ahead of the 2017 crucial general and presidential elections.Also, at a recent press conference, Bong County Representative George Sylvester Mulbah called on Dr. Tokpa to boycott the pending re-run election as ruled by the court.The Bong County lawmaker told reporters on Capitol Hill that it will be prudent for Dr. Tokpah to boycott the election and sue the NEC for the irregularity, or cheating, which occurred at the polling places in the county.The lawmaker said the lawsuit against NEC was to prove to the public that the 2014 senatorial election was marked by cheating—over-stating numbers.He said he would advise his candidate not to become part of the election, but sue NEC for the loss he and his party incurred during the electoral period.The Bong County legislator accused NEC of lacking the will to conduct free and fair elections in the country, citing the 2014 senatorial election as a case study.Winning the case in the court, Representative Mulbah said, clearly suggests that the 2014 election was marked by fraud instituted by NEC officials.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more


first_imgFinn Harps Football Club is set to launch a Youth Development Plan, which will see the club working with kids in the 10 – 18 year old age bracket.Currently, Harps have three teams – one playing senior football in the Airtricity League First Division, one playing intermediate football in the Ulster Senior League and one team competing in the Airtricity under-19 league.However, below the age of 17 or 18 years, Finn Harps have had no recognised structure. The club have been in discussions over the last year with various stakeholders in the North West including the Donegal Schoolboys League, Inishowen Schoolboys League, and clubs and schools from Derry and Tyrone along with representatives from the Schools.Finn Harps Chairman, Joey O’Leary, said that the Youth Development Plan is vital as the club seeks to move forward.“The Youth Development Plan is vital to the development of the club and a key component of the Club Licensing procedure. We will be working with underage players from age 10 up to 18 and working closely with schools, clubs and the Schoolboys Leagues in Donegal.”Finn Harps Manager, Peter Hutton commented: “The development of an underage structure is extremely important for the club to progress and strengthen going forward. “The Northwest region has always been a hotbed for young talented players and we now hope to help nurture that talent and give young players a platform from which they can reach their potential. We look forward to working with the various footballing stakeholders throughout the Northwest in what will be exciting times ahead for all involved.” FINN HARPS SET UP AMBITIOUS YOUTH DEVELOPMENT PLAN was last modified: April 26th, 2013 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:finn harpsYouth Development Planlast_img read more

Drafting Gore: there’s something in the air

first_img“He’s too good for presidential politics and too smart to run,” Malone said. “That’s why we have to draft him.”Malone tried unsuccessfully to draft Gore for the race in 2004. But he is convinced that Gore will see he’s the only hope for the Democratic party this time. Malone’s got a good point. Democrats don’t have much to offer in the primary campaign. Hillary Clinton might make a good candidate at some point in the future when she won’t be lambasted simply for being a tough woman. We might have come a long way, baby, but a country still seriously considering rolling back basic rights for women isn’t ready for a woman in the Oval Office.Nor do the likely Republican candidates look all that strong. Rudy Giuliani might have gotten national attention after Sept. 11, but he hasn’t done much in the five years since. Sen. John McCain does have the valuable vet and moderate thing going for him, but what has he done to save the world lately? And Newt Gingrich may have reinvented himself, but he still has a hard-right conservative edge and weird hair. The Democrats certainly couldn’t do much better than the man who gets rock-star treatment on his book tour. His famous wooden persona has relaxed from years performing before a live audience. And his earnest wonkiness has suddenly become an asset in a country that’s starting to realize it has a gasoline addiction that is extremely hazardous to its health. Plus, he won once. He might be able to do it again.Mariel Garza is a columnist and editorial writer for the Los Angeles Daily News. Write to her by e-mail at local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! A very suspicious (and perhaps a tad demented) person might see more than just evidence of global warming in this heat wave that’s crisping up the country of late. Clearly, there’s a mysterious scheme afoot to get Al Gore elected — or, re-elected if you like — as president of the United States in 2008.Laugh if you like, but chew on this: Can it be mere coincidence that a “An Inconvenient Truth,” a movie about a PowerPoint presentation that consists of mostly scientific exposition, by a guy once so stiff he made John Kerry seem like a drag queen, is a big box-office hit, while the new film by the “Sixth Sense” guy is such a dud? Or that the hottest summer in recent memory is also the summer when gas prices rose to absurd heights and stayed there? Is it at all possible that a rare confluence of such disparate factors — Al Gore as a movie star and best-selling author, record-breaking killer heat and a mad rush on hybrid cars before the ice caps melt and, whoops, there goes Florida — is anything but part of a vast left-wing conspiracy? Well, all you naysayers, it turns out there is indeed such as scheme. It’s just not very mysterious or secret. In fact, the loosely affiliated “Goristas” behind, the most organized grass-roots draft-Gore campaign so far, want people to know exactly what they are up to. And what they are up to is trying to convince the world and the man himself why 2008 is the year of the Gore. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2For one thing, Gore couldn’t have bought this kind of political timing with all of Warren Buffet’s fortune.“We’re in the midst of the most brilliant campaign launch in history, even if he didn’t mean it,” said Dylan Malone, chairman of, the Internet home of a growing group of “Gore to the Core” loyalists. Malone and his group are hoping to capitalize on Gore’s current celebrity to build a vast grass-roots network of Gore supporters and raise money. So far, they have collected $10,000 in one month just through Internet donations, Malone said.Malone first became a fan of Gore in 2000, when he and his wife appealed to the presidential candidate for help when their insurance company denied his severely disabled son, Ian, the care he needed. Gore took on the issue of Ian’s plight as a core of his campaign and developed a friendly relationship with the Malones that continues to this day. When Ian died last year from the complication of his injury, the first consolation call that came in was from Gore, Malone said, even before the grandparents. Malone and other Goristas (their own nickname for themselves) aren’t the only ones who are starting to think that Gore has a real shot in 2008. Martin Peretz, editor of The New Republic magazine, last week penned an editorial saying that not only is Gore a good choice, but he is electable. Earlier, Washington Post columnist George Will wrote “the likelihood that Gore will seek the presidency is suggested not only by the logic of what he says but also by what he does not say.” Officially, Gore isn’t running for anything other than Savior of the World. His only campaign is against global warming and the emissions that cause it. So what if the main opponents of his climate change campaign are Republicans? Coincidence, surely.last_img read more

Liverpool latest: Klopp to reunite with World Cup winner and teen set for exit

first_imgLiverpool have been linked with a number of players as they bid to strengthen both their squad and position at the top of the Premier League table.Jurgen Klopp’s side have suffered two defeats in as many matches, which included being dumped out the FA Cup by Wolverhampton Wanderers. Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move The loss highlighted the issues they have in defence and it is there which they will hope to reinforce before January is out.But what does all the latest gossip concerning Liverpool say? Find out below 4 Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti IN DEMAND no dice Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury huge blow BEST OF targets ADVICE Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Latest Transfer News shining moving on MONEY LIVING THE DREAM Liverpool may turn to Mats Hummels to solve defensive crisisAfter Dejan Lovren was forced off in the 2-1 FA Cup defeat to Wolves, it left Liverpool looking slightly threadbare at the back with both Joe Gomez and Joel Matip both already injured.Virgil van Dijk is the only available senior centre-back and former Premier League striker Jan Aage Fjortoft tweeted his suggestion as to who the league leaders could turn to. Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ Will Liverpool take a centrehalf on loan now?Maybe Hummels. Not playing at Bayern. Klopp knows him of course— Jan Aage Fjortoft (@JanAageFjortoft) January 7, 2019“Will Liverpool take a centrehalf on loan now? Maybe Hummels. Not playing at Bayern. Klopp knows him of course,” he wrote on his Twitter page.Klopp signed Mats Hummels from Bayern Munich for Borussia Dortmund in January 2008 with the pair winning two Bundesliga titles and the DFB-Pokal, as well as reaching the Champions League Final, during their time together at the club.Hummels has found himself out of favour at the Allianz Arena this season, starting just eight Bundesliga games. 4 LATEST The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star 4 Liverpool unlikely to sign Abdulkadir OmurA deal for Trabzonspor winger Abdulkadir Omur is unlikely to happen after the club stated that Liverpool had not made a substantial offer.The Reds have been linked with a £27million swoop for the talented 19-year-old who has been dubbed the ‘Turkish Messi’.Omur said: “Liverpool are a great club, one of the greatest in the world. These offers are something Trabzonspor need to discuss.“If the club give the go-ahead, talks can be held. The club’s interests take precedence. I’ll do whatever is in the club’s best interests.“If the club say leave, I’ll leave. If they say stay, I’ll stay.”Omur, who is under contract until 2022, enjoyed a breakthrough season in 2017/ appearing 32 times for Trabzonspor. Mats Hummels could solve Liverpool’s defensive issues 4 Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Camacho made his senior debut against Wolves REPLY Abdulkadir Omur will not be heading to Liverpool French goalkeeper Dominique Youfeigane interesting KloppLiverpool are reportedly keeping an eye on highly-rated goalkeeper Dominique Youfeigane.The France youth international, who is only tied to Guingamp on a trainee contract, has also attracted the interest of fellow Premier League sides Leicester and Brighton, while French giants Marseille and Monaco are also keen. Latest Football Stories RANKED Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January Rafael Camacho set to quit the club days after making his debutThe teenager is set to leave Anfield just days after being handed his senior debut.Camacho appears ready to seal a move away from Merseyside in the coming days and join Sporting in his hometown of Lisbon.A deal is believed to have been agreed which would see Camacho sign for Sporting on loan until June 2020 – with his Liverpool contract expiring at the end of that month. REVEALED Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland REVEALED Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp will hope to strengthen his defence REVEALED RANKED targets Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? last_img read more

Hamilton’s leaders have been missing too often says Michael Devlin

first_img“I think we have a really good changing room and we do have leaders but at difficult times throughout a game you need people to step up. Maybe at times this season, for whatever reason, that’s not happened.” “Given the start we made to the game, that’s when you need strong characters in the team to stand up and be counted and drag the team through a sticky patch,” Devlin said. “Going 1-0 down is fine, that happens in the game, but what you can’t do is go on and concede two, three or four goals and give yourself no chance. “The disappointing thing is the way we get beat, it tends to be 3-0 or 4-0. I’m not sure why it is, maybe it is a lack of character at times. “You need leaders on the park to stop things like that from happening and unfortunately for us that’s not been the case this season. Michael Devlin says the leaders in the Hamilton Accies dressing room have often been missing when they are needed most this season. His manager Martin Canning said there was a lack of character shown in the 4-0 defeat to Kilmarnock on Saturday especially after such an inspirational win over Dundee United the previous weekend. The result has opened up the fight to avoid the Premiership play-off spot as Accies now lead Kilmarnock by just four points with three games remaining. Devlin agrees with his boss’ comments, saying he knows the dressing room has strong characters but they have been failing to be heard lately.last_img read more

Partick Thistle ease to comfortable win over Formartine Utd

first_imgPartick eased to a comfortable Scottish Cup victory over Highland League side Formartine United with a 4-0 win at Firhill.The tie was as good as over mid-way into the first-half as a Chris Erskine brace and a Steven Lawless strike gave the home side a well-earned 3-0 lead.Abdul Osman’s second-half finish added gloss to the performance in a match where the visiting Highlanders failed to test Jags keeper Tomas Cerny.The home side took the lead on 10 minutes when Erskine rolled the ball into the net following a neat-cut back from David Amoo on the byline. Erskine should have had his second shortly after, scuffing the ball wide when through on goal after a neat interchange with Kris Doolan.The Jags did net a deserved second goal on 29 minutes when Lawless arrowed home a low drive following patient build-up play in the midfield.And seconds later, a fine solo run and finish from Erskine effectively sealed the victory for Thistle after the forward was played through by strike-partner Doolan on 30 minutes.Early in the second half, Erskine struck a ferocious half-volley past the near post as the front-man chased his hat-trick. Thistle added a fourth goal on 64 minutes when the impressive Lawless chipped a ball into the box for Osman to convert with a first-time finish.The Jags controlled the remaining half hour of the game, however Scott Barbour should have netted a consolation for Formartine as he flashed a shot with the goal at his mercy.In the dying moments of the game, Ade Azeez was nearly rewarded for his strong display as he struck a low drive inches wide of goal, before the returning Mustapha Dumbuya fired a shot narrowly over the bar after an enterprising run.last_img read more

State Sen. Erin Houchin joins Gov. Holcomb  for INSPECT Announcement

first_imgState Sen. Erin Houchin (R-Salem) joined Gov. Eric Holcomb and the Indiana Commission to Combat Drug Abuse Thursday, Aug. 24, to announce the statewide integration of Indiana’s prescription drug monitoring program, INSPECT, into electronic health records. The integration of INSPECT will enable prescribers to quickly and efficiently search a patient’s previous prescription history at no cost to the facility or individual practitioner. Indiana will be the seventh state to implement this type of program.Senate Enrolled Act 408, authored by Houchin, urged the study of INSPECT practices and integration. “Under the leadership of Gov. Holcomb and with the assistance of my colleagues in the General Assembly, we will ensure prescribers have the resources they need to make these searches as seamless as possible,” Houchin said.“I hope this integration will increase searches, save lives, and cut back on the number of opioids flooding our communities, contributing to addiction, crime, and broken families. This is a powerful step in our multi-front approach to combating the drug epidemic.”In 2016, 15.1 million prescriptions for opioids were written in Indiana, accounting for over 1 billion opioid doses distributed — an average of 160 pills for every man, woman, and child in the state.If used properly, INSPECT can determine whether patients are “doctor hopping” for multiple prescriptions, if they are using their prescriptions at a higher rate than recommended, or if they are at risk for overdose.last_img read more

Pick n Pay scoops international award

first_img“Retailers who succeed in carving out a place for themselves in a world where there is so much competition should be commended,” Mullin said in a statement. South African retail chain Pick n Pay has won the NRF International Retailer of the Year, a coveted international award given to a firms that achieve a global reputation for excellence and service to the retail industry. The NRF is the world’s largest retail trade association, representing more than 100 organisations in the US and abroad, covering retailers and suppliers from specialty, discount, catalogue, internet, independent, chain, chemist and food stores. 13 January 2009 Pick n Pay, with 162 supermarkets, 127 family stores and 19 hypermarkets across South Africa, registered turnover of over R23-billion for the year ended August 2008, representing year-on-year growth of 16.4%. It was added to the JSE’s Top 40 Index in December. SAinfo reporter center_img Badminton said the award was “an acknowledgement of an incredibly supportive board, management team, and thousands of exceptional employees.” The Washington DC-based National Retail Federation (NRF) made the announcement at their annual convention in New York this week, where NRF CEO Tracy Mullin presented the award to Pick n Pay CEO Nick Badminton. Unlike many other retail awards, those awarded by the NRF involve a selection process by global industry leaders. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more