Deal close on 4-player trade with Suns, Rockets

first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Ryan Anderson #33 of the Houston Rockets uses a NBA towel on the bench during the first half of the NBA game against the Phoenix Suns at Talking Stick Resort Arena on November 16, 2017 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Rockets defeated the Suns 142-116. Christian Petersen/Getty Images/AFPPHOENIX — A person with knowledge of the situation says Phoenix and Houston are close to finalizing a trade that would send forward Ryan Anderson to the Suns and point guard Brandon Knight to the Rockets.Phoenix also would send former first-round pick forward Marquese Chriss to Houston and the Suns would get guard De’Anthony Melton from the Rockets.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ 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 DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Peza offers relief to ecozone firms ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California collegecenter_img Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal View comments Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? You’ll know when I know: Federer not thinking retirement The person asked for anonymity Thursday night because the deal had not been completed.If the trade goes through as expected, Anderson could be the starting power forward for Phoenix. He averaged 9.3 points last season and has two years left on a four-year, $80 million contract he signed with the Rockets in 2016.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Knight, who appeared to be in line to start at point guard for the Suns after missing last season with a knee injury, figures to see time as a backup to Chris Paul in Houston. Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

7 Receive Ellen’s Recognition Award

first_imgSeven Liberians chosen for their excellence in the fields of   academics, business, entertainment, sports, and youth development have been recognized in an award ceremony for their dedicatory roles demonstrated over the years in serving Liberian society.The special award is named in honor of Africa’s first female President, Madam Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.The occasion took place at the Monrovia City Hall on Friday, November 8, and was attended by several top government officials and members of the public.The event featured performances by Liberian musical artists and was organized by the African and American Women for Peace, (AAW Peace) Youth Empowerment and Cultural Exchange. AAW Peace Youth Empowerment and Culture Exchange is a network of women committed to accelerating peace and socio-economic development in Liberia through the implementation of youth-focused programs in entrepreneurship, education, and media among other areas.Those receiving awards at the program included: Daniel Ankrah, who won the best radio presenter award; Prince Corvah and Matilda Parker were the male and female winners for the awards in humanitarian services; Aaron Clinton and Musulyn Myers were honored as the best male and female entertainers; while Nehwon Suah and his female counterpart Kimberlyn Boe won the best scholar awards.Giving an overview of the program, the executive director of AAW Peace, Barkue Tubman, explained that the nominees were chosen in a transparent manner.“We worked with several youth organizations, universities, religious bodies, and political organizations in identifying the nominees to be given awards for their dedicated services. We considered the excellence of those nominated in their particular fields the key factor in the process of selection,” she stated.      She said that there are lots of Liberians, contributing immensely to making the society a better one; and therefore need recognition.“We are learning about entrepreneurs and young people who are doing some amazing things in their places of work or communities that we are highly impressed with,” she said.She disclosed that her institution was pleased to showcase the work of these Liberians as a way of encouraging them and others to know the importance of serving their country.Speaking at the awards program, Matilda Parker, the managing director of the Freeport of Monrovia, said that the award did not come as a surprise, because she has remained steadfast and dedicated to ensuring that the Liberian youth have the opportunity to improve their lives.She called on other Liberians to join her in the effort to upgrade the lives of less-fortunate Liberians, stating that “by such the country will move forward.”Also speaking, was Prince Covah, who was also given the humanitarian award.Covah said the honor came as a surprise, stating that he was not aware that his activities were being noticed by others.He said that he sees the award as a call to service and therefore reaffirmed his commitment in working for the country.Daniel Ankrah of Fabric FM stated that the honor given him came through hard work and commitment.  Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

A sledgehammer blow to free speech

first_imgDear Editor,The Cyber Crimes Bill with its obnoxious and evil “sedition clause” will unleash a sledgehammer blow to free speech and deny citizens their God-given right to criticise the Government of the day and demand accountability in public office.The sedition clause criminalises statements or words “either spoken or written, a text, video, image, sign, visible representation, or other thing, that brings or attempts to bring into hatred or contempt, or excites or attempts to excite disaffection towards the Government established by law in Guyana.” This looks very strange to me.Who decides what words or statements evoke “hatred or contempt” against the Government? Who decides what words or statements “excite disaffection” against the Government? By what criteria will this be decided? Will the very same Government being criticised define what constitutes seditious words or statements?Honourable Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan contended that the Bill allows for criticisms of the Government and its Ministers, but sedition will apply for words or actions that cause civil strife, disorder and violence. Tell me, brother Ramjattan, is it sedition if legitimate criticism or exposure of gross Government crimes or misconduct provokes public anger and civil unrest?Also, when the sedition clause refers to “the Government established by law in Guyana” my alarm bells go off. Every election in Guyana from the 1950s up to now, even the last one in 2015, was tainted by public allegations of fraud. But whether or not there really was fraud, the winners of elections always became “the Government established by law”.My point is: Suppose there is a rigged election and this fraud creates public outrage with citizens calling, online and elsewhere, for the vagabonds to be resisted and kicked out. What is to stop that criminal regime from claiming to be “the Government established by law” and using the sedition clause to get rid of citizens who legitimately condemn and resist them?I do not know if it is by design or by accident, but I can see clearly that the proposed Cyber Crimes Bill and controversial sedition clause can be abused by corrupt politicians to suppress criticism of any sitting Government. As a long-time fighter to make Guyana a peaceful, democratic, free and open society, this is totally repugnant to me.I noticed that Telecommunications Minister Cathy Hughes said persons raising concerns had two years to do so before the Parliamentary Sub-Committee submitted its proposal. This delay does not matter to me; better late than never. We were very fortunate to find out about the controversial sedition clause in time to oppose it before it became law.I expected the sub-committee that crafted the Bill to focus on protecting the public from serious dangers on the Internet such as terrorist recruitment, extreme violence, pornography, paedophilia, gambling and online scams aimed at stealing people’s hard-earned dollars. I did not expect to see a sedition clause to suppress persons’ right to criticise and oppose governments that they have hired and they have a right to fire and criticise.Any Government that wants to shut down criticism and opposition on the Inter is a Government that needs to be questioned. Trying to block public discourse and journalism because of politics will only bring a backlash of international ridicule on our beloved nation from lovers of democracy worldwide.I call on the coalition Government to scrap the entire Bill and replace it with a better plan to deal with cybercrime and promote the peaceful and democratic development of Guyana.Sincerely,Roshan Khan Srlast_img read more

“Lawrence Was a Born Down-to-Earth Person”

first_imgSenator Nyonblee Karnga-Lawrence, widow of the late Rep. Adolph Lawrence, sits grief-stricken with her children near the casket bearing the mortal remains of her husband.Sympathizers acknowledge Rep. Adolph Lawrence’s lifestyle of simplicityAt the funeral service of the late Montserrado Electoral District #15 Representative, Adolph Akwe Lawrence, sympathizers, including high ranking government officials, religious leaders, friends and family members, on Friday, April 26, 2019, lauded the simplicity exhibited by the fallen Lawmaker in his dealings with people while he was alive.at the well-arranged and crowded funeral at Sacred Cathedral in Monrovia,Some of the sympathizers referred to him as a “friend of the poor; others called him a humble honorable, while his surviving colleagues from the Independent Legislative Caucus described him as a staunch Legislative floor fighter, a champion of justice and a hero whose mission solely dwelt on fighting for the good of society.Vice President Jewel Howard-Taylor, in her tribute, said she will forever remember the late Lawrence for his fight in favor of the rule of law.The Vice President said the fallen Lawmaker cared about the improvement of institutions, rather than building up a team of strong people.“Hon. Lawrence was very true to his word, because he never minced them whenever he spoke on issues affecting our country. He was a hero, who did not fear anything, but to do wrong. We will all miss him,” VP Taylor lamented.She aded, “now that Lawrence is dead, what is next for everyone to take as a lesson is the most important thing ahead, which is for the family and all of us, who knew him personally, to continue holding together.”“Whatever the situation may be; whether you truly loved Adolph or hated him, or pretended that you loved him; the lesson we all have come to learn should be the life he lived, which was characterized by his love for all, free from hatred but being people-centered person,” she said.Chief Justice Francis Korkpor, in his tribute on behalf of the judicial branch of government, also described fallen Rep. Lawrence as “a pillar that supported, not only the two Houses of the Legislature, but the judicial system as well.”“As many of the sympathizers have said, “I too agree that Rep. Lawrence fought for all of us by upholding the rule of law to the extent I personally can speak on his behalf that he was a selfless leader, who did not only serve the people of District #15, but other communities through his advocacy at the Capitol,” Korkpor said.He said the late Lawmaker was like a brother to him.Therefore, he called on everyone, regardless of position in society, to appreciate the services the fallen Lawmaker rendered to the country.The Catholic Archbishop of Liberia, Lewis Jerome Zeigler, said a man may lack the power to fight for himself, but God who created everyone and everything is not asleep, neither against those who fall prey to the evil doings of their fellow men.With text of his sermon taken the Book of Psalms Chapter 35 verses 1-16, Zeigler said God fights for those who fight against His followers, and reserves a special place for those who suffered and died doing the Lord’s will.“The Psalm tells us that David asked God to ‘Contend, Lord, with those who contend with me; fight against those who fight against me.’ His prayer was never a weak prayer, but a very strong one to his creator whenever he wanted help,” the Archbishop Zeigler said.He added, “take up shield and armor; arise and come to my aid. Brandish spear and javelin against those who pursue me. Say to me, I am your salvation. May those who seek my life be disgraced and put to shame; may those who plot my ruin be turned back in dismay.” Zeigler said that the Bible continues by saying that King David’s prayer was never short of answers from God, his creator.“Whether Akwe died a normal death or not, it is not ours to judge anyone. But we are told by the Bible that no sin goes unpunished and nothing is done without God’s will power ever ready to discern between good and evil and sets a place and a moment for everyone to give account of his doings,” he said.He admonished the Senator Nyonblee Kangar-Lawrence, widow of the deceased, to be strong and believe that there is a life after death, in which she will one day have a reunion with her husband in the kingdom of God.The elder brother of late Rep. Adolph Lawrence, Emmanuel Lawrence, said it will require God’s intervention to console his entire family as they mourn the loss of his brother.He said inasmuch he (Emmanuel) was the elder brother, Adolph was always their leader.“We made him our leader because he proved to us that he was a man of meaningful ideas. Therefore, we all tapped on his vast knowledge to ensure that we move on with our struggles as a family,” Mr. Lawrence said.Thousands of people bade the late Rep. Adolph Lawrence farewell as a fleet of vehicles accompanied his remains to Kaiser Memorial Cemetery in Brewerville, for interment.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Bourda Street under rehabilitation

first_imgThe Mayor and City Council (M&CC) has embarked on a new project to rehabilitate Bourda Street, which has been in an execrable state for quite some time. As such, while some vendors believe that this is a good initiative, the views of others differ.Some of the works being undertaken at Bourda StreetThe works are being done in collaboration with the Public Infrastructure Ministry.A vendor, who requested to be anonymous, revealed that due to the works being done, there has been a significant reduction of customers in that particular area as they cannot access the street. In the past days, business has been ‘slow’ and sometimes, the produce is not being sold so she incurs a loss. She believes that they should’ve been advised not to sell in the area until the rehabilitation of the street is completed.Meanwhile, a number of other merchandisers expressed their satisfaction with the new asphalt street and stalls; and have given their full cooperation until this project is completed.This, they said, will be an improvement and the market will see more customers and sales in the future, as the appearance of the area will be much better than it was before. They also think that the infestation of rodents will also be eradicated.“Excellent. I believe they’re doing an excellent job and they need to continue what they’re doing. There will be new stalls and they will be doing it in concrete so we won’t be having rats and these things no more,” Alfred Mack related.For now, the entrances to the stalls have been moved to the western pavement and vendors were asked not to use their current stalls after these works are completed.Vendors were told by M&CC Town Clerk Royston King, that new stalls will be constructed as per the M&CC’s specifications, as it relates to the dimension of each stall.As a result, taxes will also be increased on the upgraded stalls, to improve the services and facilities such as water, lightS and security being offered.last_img read more

RCMP looking for Stolen Vehicle

first_imgThe Fort St. John RCMP are looking for a stolen car.The 1997 Neon was taken from 8604 89 ave in Fort St. John.  The vehicle is blue in colour and has the following BC licence plate JLX 579.If you see this vehicle call the RCMP at 250-787-8140.  You can also contact Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).- Advertisement –last_img

World’s largest passenger plane arrives in LAX

first_imgLOS ANGELES (AP) — The world’s largest passenger plane completed a bicoastal American debut Monday, touching down at Los Angeles International Airport minutes after a sister aircraft landed in New York. The massive Airbus A380 descended out of a dank, gray sky and made a picture-perfect landing in Los Angeles just before 9:30 a.m. as spectators cheered from both sides of the airport. About 15 minutes earlier, an A380 touched down on the other side of the country, at John F. Kennedy International Airport. “Pretty exciting day,” Airbus North America Chairman Allan McArtor said as he greeted Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, who watched the arrival with company officials and other dignitaries. “This is going to be a very significant airplane for the future of air travel and tourism,” Villaraigosa said. The A380 seats as many as 550 passengers and can fly some 8,000 nautical miles. Airbus has 166 orders from 15 airlines for the new plane, which already has made tests flights in Europe and to Asia. The Los Angeles airport, the fifth-busiest worldwide, is expected to be the first U.S. destination for the A380 when it enters commercial service. The inaugural Los Angeles flight, operated by Australian airline Qantas, was devoid of passengers and crew, save for those in the cockpit. Toulouse, France-based Airbus said the plane will undergo tests at LAX, including airfield maneuvers, docking at the terminal gate and ground and gate handling exercises. The New York flight carried 550 people, including four pilots, four Airbus crew members, 23 Lufthansa cabin crew and 519 passengers, mostly Airbus and Lufthansa employees along with some reporters. The flight was operating just as if it were a commercial trek, with full dining and entertainment services. Los Angeles officials fought hard to host the A380’s inaugural landing, writing a letter to Airbus earlier this year urging executives to reconsider plans for an initial landing only in New York. Los Angeles officials contended Airbus was reneging on a promise to make the first U.S. stop in Los Angeles, which kept its word to speed up construction of new $9 million gate for the giant jet. Airbus relented just three weeks ago. The Los Angeles airport agency ultimately plans to spend about $121 million to prepare for the A380, and already has written checks for about $50 million to improve runway and taxiway intersections. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

107 key passes, 10 goals and 20 assists – Aguero’s perfect supplier next season?

first_img Kevin De Bruyne has been linked to Man City Kevin De Bruyne has been tearing it up in Germany this season and as a result, has been linked with a £35m transfer to Man City. Here, WhoScored.com runs the rule over the 23-year-old. For lots more great football stats, check out WhoScored.com.Manchester City failed to defend their Premier League crown this season, so the pressure will be on them to come back stronger next term and wrestle the title back from Chelsea.The Citizens have been linked with a host of big name players in Europe to adequately strengthen their challenge and, given their financial power, are expected to be busy in the summer transfer window.An overhaul in the attacking third is rumoured. Frank Lampard will leave for MLS at the end of the season, while James Milner may depart the club having, so far, failed to sign a new contract with the former champions.In a bid to swell their creative ranks, Manuel Pellegrini’s side have been linked with a move for Belgian Kevin De Bruyne, who has enjoyed a fine campaign with Wolfsburg, reinforced by his impressive 7.95 rating on WhoScored.com this season; only Arjen Robben (8.48) has gained better in Germany’s Bundesliga.“At the moment, I’d call him unsellable,” Wolfsburg CEO Klaus Allofs said following Die Wolfe’s 2-1 win over Borussia Dortmund on Saturday. De Bruyne’s 20 assists is more than any other player in Europe’s top five leagues this season and a player of his ilk would undoubtedly benefit a City side looking to improve.Of the other City players, Jesus Navas and Sergio Aguero have the most league assists at the club this campaign with eight. However, given Aguero’s goalscoring ability, he should not be the player tasked with creating chances for his team-mates. The Argentine has scored 25 Premier League goals, more than any other player in England’s top tier this term, and a creator of De Bruyne’s quality would likely add to that figure.Only Dimitri Payet with 127, has played more key passes in Europe’s top five league this season than De Bruyne’s 107, accentuating his statistically calculated strength in this area on WhoScored.com. With Aguero able to consistently score, the chances De Bruyne creates would not be wasted.It is not just De Bruyne’s creative capability that stands him in good stead either. Ten league goals is a commendable return for the Belgium international and is beaten only by Aguero and David Silva, who has scored 12 times, of all City players this season.De Bruyne is one of only nine players in Europe’s top five leagues this campaign to register double figures for both goals and assists, with his finishing and creative ability both of the standard expected of one of the most sought after talents on the Continent.Wolfsburg are reluctant to sell their prized asset this summer, but, barring any Financial Fair Play regulations, City boast the spending power to convince the Bundesliga side to part with De Bruyne. The former Chelsea attacker has been, without question, one of the star performers in Germany this season and at just 23 years of age, will only improve. If City indeed opt to revamp their midfield this summer, they would be wise to target the Wolfsburg star as they look to rejuvenate their ageing squad in a bid to secure glory next season.For more stats on reported Manchester City target Kevin De Bruyne, click here to view his WhoScored.com player page 1last_img read more

Carl Jenkinson says Arsenal team-mate is in same league as Ronaldo and Messi

first_imgCarl Jenkinson believes Arsenal team-mate Alexis Sanchez is in the same league as Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.The West Ham defender is on loan from the Gunners and he described the Chilean forward as a ‘special’ player.Sanchez has scored ten goals in his last six games for club and country, including a goal in Arsenal’s win at Watford last weekend, just days after returning from international duty in South America.  “I think he’s up there with the best in the world, you can put him in the same sort of bracket as the Ronaldos and Messis,” Jenkinson told Drivetime.“Obviously I still watch Arsenal and I watch him play and he’s the sort of player that affects every single game.“There’s players out there that can produce magical moments, but it’s the best ones that do it game in, game out.“You always know with Sanchez that he’s going to affect the game in one way or another and he does it every single game to be honest.“His appetite for the game is phenomenal, he looks so hungry, he wants to play in every single game and it’s a special thing to have in a footballer. “Every Arsenal fan would say he is a joy to watch.”Carl Jenkinson also told Drivetime how he thinks West Ham are capable of a top-four finish, read more here.last_img read more

Mandela posters show world’s respect

first_imgDimitris Anapliotis of Greece submitted his, one of 700 submissions. (Image: Mandela Poster Project) MEDIA CONTACTS • Mohammed Jogie   Founder and co-curator  +27 82 880 6074/ +27 11 782 4297 RELATED ARTICLES • Liliesleaf remembered 50 years on • From Liliesleaf to Robben Island • Mandela’s head rises in Howick • Travelling the Mandela RouteRudo MungoshiA special art initiative called the Mandela Poster Project has been launched to celebrate the life of former South African President Nelson Mandela, and the unexpectedly abundant response is a measure of how the statesman is admired and respected around the world.The project was initiated by two South African designers, Mohammed Jogie and Jacques Lange – the pair wanted to honour Madiba and raise money for his dream, a children’s hospital in Johannesburg, through a simple social media exercise.According to them, this would show how the world views the iconic figure of Mandela through the medium of graphic design.Jogie and Lange put out a call for poster designers about two months ago with the hope of collecting 95 posters, one for every year of Madiba’s life.The project garnered so much interest that it attracted designers from more than 70 countries, including Australia, Ecuador, Mexico, Hungary, Romania, Spain and Italy. All in all, 700 designs were received over the 60 days.The winning posters come from Argentina (1), Australia (2), Bahrain (1), Belgium (1), Bolivia (1), Botswana (2), Brazil (7), Canada (6), China (3), Colombia (2), Cuba (1), Democratic Republic of the Congo (1), Denmark/UK/South Africa (1), Egypt (1), France (5), Germany (1), Greece (4), Honduras/El Salvador (1), India (2), Iran (3), Israel (2), Italy (3), Kenya (1), Malaysia (1), Mexico (6), Netherlands (1), Slovenia (2), South Africa (18), South Korea (2), Taiwan (2), Trinidad and Tobago (1), UK (1), US (8), Venezuela (2), and Zimbabwe (1).Celebrating Mandela’s spiritJogie described the project as a “pure artistic expression of Madiba”, adding that they had been overwhelmed by the response. “It’s is a celebration of his spirit and his contribution to humanity.”Despite the deadline for entries having passed a month ago, Jogie said they still continued to receive posters from those who had shown a keen interest in the project.“We are now considering publishing a coffee table book that will show all the posters submitted,” he said, “once we get sponsorship.”Contributors were asked to send their posters as an A2, 300dpi PDF file, and to be careful not to infringe any copyrights.The exhibition can be viewed from Thursday 18 July to Monday 22 July, at the University of Pretoria’s Department of Visual Arts. Gallery hours are between 09h00 and 18h00, and there is no entrance fee. Two walkabouts will take place on 20 and 21 July at 15h00.Supporting the Mandela Children’s HospitalThe initiative was open to all and entrants had to agree to donate their poster without charge to the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital Trust and allow the trust to exhibit and reproduce copies as part of its fundraising programme.The trust will respect the intellectual rights of all contributors and will not sell copies of the artwork.The winning 95 posters will be printed in a single special edition and launched online on the eve of Mandela’s birthday, before being auctioned off by the trust.Another set of posters will form part of a travelling exhibition. Invitations for the exhibition to visit have already been received from Brazil, Mexico, the US, and China.The project has also been endorsed by Icograda (International Council for Communications Design), as part of its 50th anniversary celebrations.last_img read more