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He’s going to be a problem for teams for a long time, and is the biggest reason why the Nuggets entered Wednesday atop the Western Conference.The NBA has utilized a ‘USA vs. The World’ format in what used to be called the rookie game at All-Star weekend since 2014, and maybe it’s time to think about doing something like that in the varsity matchup as well.Think about this possibility: Antetokounmpo, Doncic, Embiid, Jokic and Ben Simmons starting. Select Rudy Gobert, Clint Capela and Nikola Vucevic as the backup big men. Ricky Rubio, Danilo Gallinari, Buddy Hield and Bojan Bogdanovic as backup guards and wings. Jamal Murray, Jonas Valanciunas and Boban Marjanovic would be snubbed on this 12-man mythical roster.And that scenario even has Australian-born Kyrie Irving playing for the U.S. side in this made-up game.The U.S. team led by LeBron James, Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, James Harden, Kawhi Leonard and Anthony Davis would probably still win. But it might be worth the NBA taking a look at this sort of format before too long.“You’ve got guys coming from everywhere and anybody now in the world, you know if you work hard you can come play in the NBA,” said Charlotte’s Tony Parker, who was born in Belgium.There’s a myriad of theories on why this is happening.The one that makes the most sense is that the game is basically beamed in real time right now to every phone in the world. Young players like Doncic can see fellow Europeans succeed in the NBA while oohing and aahing over their basketball heroes — and for the Mavericks rookie, it was LeBron. Embiid went slightly more old school, saying his favorite all-timer is former MVP Hakeem Olajuwon. Antetokounmpo modeled some of his game after Scottie Pippen.The seeds have been planted over these last 20 years.It was only a matter of time before they bore this sort of fruit. Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Some words from the coach inspire Naomi Osaka’s quarterfinal win Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college MOST READ View comments No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom The NBA international imprint just keeps getting bigger, providing the sort of transformative impact the likes of which the league probably hasn’t seen since the ABA merger.One of the MVP front-runners at this point is Greece’s Giannis Antetokounmpo, who has led Milwaukee to the NBA’s best record entering Wednesday. Dallas’ Luka Doncic looks like an overwhelming favorite to become the first Slovenian rookie of the year. Cameroon’s Joel Embiid might be the dominant big man in the league, and keeps getting better for Philadelphia.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissThese aren’t just some guys taking up roster spots, either.These are franchise players. At least one-third of the league’s teams have a foreign-born player who would classify as its best, or at least its most important. After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk “We just know what this game is about,” Doncic said of the young foreign cluster of stars. “I don’t know if people think international players aren’t that good, but I think we showed up.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption FILE- In this Dec. 22, 2018, file photo Milwaukee Bucks head coach Mike Budenholzer, left, talks with forward Giannis Antetokounmpo during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Miami Heat in Miami. In Antetokounmpo, the Bucks have a go-to franchise player capable of getting the team out of any hole. Averaging 26.6 points and 12.8 rebounds, Antetokounmpo was hitting 66 percent of his two-point shots thanks to length and athleticism that makes him nearly unstoppable in the paint. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File)Go back to the 1999-2000 NBA season, and there were only two foreign-born players in the NBA who averaged 15 points per game: Dirk Nowitzki and Tim Duncan.This season, there are 24 names on that list — by far the most in league history.ADVERTISEMENT “It’s been fun to watch over the last two decades, where the game started internationally and where it is now,” said Dirk Nowitzki, the German who became the biggest star in Dallas Mavericks’ history. “I think the game has grown globally, China, Australia, Africa, Europe, South America. I think we’ve got 150 international players in the league or more. It’s been fun to watch.”Just take a peek at Tuesday’s boxscores to see the impact.— There were six guys with 12 or more rebounds, five of them born outside the U.S.— There were six guys with seven or more assists, all of them born outside the U.S.— There were four guys with three or more blocks, all of them born outside the U.S.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew
A twenty eight member Liberian football delegation has arrived in the Guinean capital, Conakry ahead of the CAF Under-20 Nations Cup preliminary round return leg.The delegation is being led by Deputy Technical Director of the LFA J. Kaetu Smith and consists of 19 players, 7 technical staffers and LFA Communications Consultant Horatio Bobby Willie.Members of the technical staff include Christopher Wreh Head Coach, Oliver Makor Deputy Coach, Varmah Kpoto Assistant Coach and Lucretius Togba Goalkeeper Trainer.Others are Tommy Johnson Administrative Manager, Boakai Kamara Medic and Timothy Z. Garyeazon Caretaker.The 19 players are Sekou Bayoh, Emmanuel Deanneh, Sam Jackson, Marvin Blapoh, Titus Yeah, Solomon Zeah, Aaron Jallah and Edward Selebeh.Others are Terrance Tisdell, Fallah Sheriff, David Tweh, Markey Morgan, Ketu Jerbo, Prince Balde, Mustapha Y.Lomell, Edward Dean, Joshua Milton, Stephen Seameh and Frank Ble.Liberia faces Guinea this Sunday April 24, in Conakry in the return leg of the CAF Under -20 qualifiers.Guineans beat Liberia 2-0 in the first leg two weeks ago in Monrovia at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Some 300 educators from across the country will be granted duty-free concessions as part of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) which was signed between the Guyana Teachers Union (GTU) and the Education Ministry.Director General of the Ministry of the Presidency, Joseph Harmon, made this disclosure during a post-Cabinet briefing on Thursday. He announced that the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) had requested Government’s consent for approval to the duty-free waivers for educators.GTU President Mark Lyte and General Secretary Coretta Mc DonaldAs such, it was deliberated and the decision was taken for concessions to be granted on vehicles up to 1800cc, boats with outboard engines up to 75 horsepower and all-terrain vehicles (ATV) for the hinterland communities.Harmon stated, “The Commissioner General of the Guyana Revenue Authority had requested Cabinet’s consent for the approval of the concessions. The approval caters for the granting of duty-free concessions on motor vehicles up to 1800cc engine capacity, outboard engines up to 75 horsepower for persons in the riverine areas and ATVs for persons in the hinterland.”The education officials who stand to benefit are principals and deputy principals of Grades A and B schools; and headteachers of Grades C, D and E schools after three consecutive years of their appointment and within three years before retirement.Educators can now benefit from duty-free concessionsAll senior educators, lecturers and heads of department of the Cyril Potter College of Education (CPCE) and technical institutions are also eligible, having served six consecutive years in the same position after their appointment.However, the Director General sought to point out that one of the eligibility requirement mandates that a person must be a member of the GTU for no less than three years.“All of these persons must be members of the Guyana Teachers Union for no less than three years and have at least three years remaining before retirement.”The regional make-up of the 300 persons include one person from Region One (Barima-Waini), 24 from Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam), 58 from Region Three (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara), 41 from Region Four (Demerara-Mahaica), 18 from Region Five (Mahaica-Berbice), 48 from Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne), seven from Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni), two from Region Eight (Potaro-Siparuni), three from Region Nine (Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo) and 11 from Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice).For Georgetown, 78 persons are said to benefit from the concessions and nine from the CPCE and the Guyana Technical Institute.Initially, the Memorandum of Understanding covered the years 2016 to 2018. The GTU’s initial request was 200 concessions annually but this was reduced by 50 per cent after Cabinet deliberations.In the recent time, Government’s relationship with the Union took a turn after teachers staged a countrywide protest for salary increases and their debunching monies.After days of protesting on the streets and even calling for the removal of the Education Minister, Government bowed to the pressure of having classrooms without teachers.It was only on October 24, 2018, that the GTU signed an agreement with the Education Ministry to accept a 12 per cent increase in salaries for 2016 and an eight per cent increase for 2018.According to the agreement, for the year 2016, teachers who earn below $100,000 per month will benefit from a 12 per cent increase while teachers who earn $100,000 and over monthly will gain an eight per cent increase.For the year 2017, teachers who earn below $100,000 per month will get an eight per cent increase and those who earn above this amount will receive a six per cent increase.Meanwhile, for 2018, there will be an across the board eight per cent increase for all teachers.
three armed bandits tied up and robbed three security guards attached to a Neighbourhood Democratic Council (NDC) office on the East Coast of Demerara, after breaking into the entity in the wee hours of Thursday.According to one of the security guards, Seeraj Beemsingh, at approximately 12:45h, he noticed a white 212 motor car on the road in front of the Mon Repos-Investigators at the NDC robberyLa Reconnaisance NDC, while he was conducting his routine checks.“What happen is the car left, so while I was doing my routine checks and so forth, everything seemed to be okay and I came back to my location and about 10 minutes after, I heard the dog barking. I see the dog look at the southern direction, and I just came out back to make a second check and I confront two of the bandits,” Beemsingh recalled.He told this publication that one man held a gun in his hand, and instructed him not to scream. The second bandit was reportedly armed with a crowbar, while the third emerged from behind a tractor. The second and third bandits, according to Beemsingh, had kerchiefs over their faces, while the one with the gun was unmasked.The security guard related that his attackers were of East Indian descent, and he provided a description to Guyana Times.“[The one with the gun] lil fair and he weighs about 135lbs and he was about 5’4″, and the next two of them – they was 5’7″, 5’8″ and thin,” he said.Beemsingh further related that the perpetrators tied his legs and hands, and then enquired as to how many other guards were on duty. He stated that the men then informed him that they came for “some money inside the office”.“’Don’t scream’, they cuss up and thing and so, they bond my hands at the back and tie my feet and said don’t scream, don’t say a word, put your face down at the bottom,” the security guard related, noting that the bandit with the gun stayed with him, while the other two scanned the premises and brought two other security guards to be tied up as well.The man recalled that shortly after, he heard the men breaking into the NDC. However, they reportedly came back to the three security guards empty handed and they were overheard saying “the girl wired them and tell them that they have $16 million and they ain’t get nothing from there. No money at all.”In what appeared to be an effort to leave with something of value, the three bandits took the brush cutter which was on the premises, and proceeded to rob the security guards of $1500 in cash, two cellular phones, and a bag of medication. They then fled in the same vehicle they arrived in. The Police were contacted and they responded promptly. Investigations are ongoing.
0Shares0000Gor Mahia captain Shakava screams in celebration after scoring Gor’s only goal in their 1-0 Super Cup win over AFC Leopards at Afraha Stadium on January 28, 2017. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 19- When the draw of the group stages of the CAF Confederation Cup will be conducted on Saturday afternoon in Cairo, Gor Mahia’s name will be in one of the 16 balls dipped in the four pots for the first time in their history.Despite all the pre-match drama that surrounded their travel to South Africa for their playoff return leg clash against SuperSport United, Gor defied all odds and ensured they secured a group stage slot on the away goal rule after a 2-2 aggregate. Two of Gor’s key players were denied visas, one was suspended, another is on a go slow, arrived in Pretoria 17 hours to the match due to visa and ticket problems, but still fought like gallant soldiers.“I am so proud of the team because we created history. It was a tough match but we had the belief, we had the drive and we had the desire to do something for the club and Kenyan football. It was long overdue because we had tried and failed before but this time we fought,” Shakava told Capital Sport from Pretoria.“As a leader, I am proud of this team and this is a huge historic part of my career,” added the defender.Gor Mahia Captain Harun Shakava clearing the ball. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYAShakava was unfortunate to turn a cross into his own net for the opener, but Francis Kahata wiped his blushes with a sublime goal almost immediately. Despite Thabo Mnyamane’s second goal for Matsatsantsa, Gor defended well and secured the ticket.“It was an unfortunate deflection but I am happy we defended well till the end. As a leader I still pushed the team ahead and character made us winners at the end. I still believe this is the start of better things for us,” the defender who looks up to Real Madrid serial winner Sergio Ramos as a role model added.Congratulatory messages flew all over social media Wednesday night with all sundry wanting a beat off the K’Ogalo victory tune.The team is expected to return home to a heroic welcome on Thursday night and will immediately embark on plans to ensure a positive performance in the group stages.They will also have their Kenyan Premier League title defense to think about with a league fixture against Thika United beckoning on Sunday in Machakos.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
0Shares0000Bayern Munich’s Polish forward Robert Lewandowski, the top-scorer in the Bundesliga last season, reportedly wants to leave to seek a ‘new challenge’. © AFP / Christof STACHEBERLIN, Germany, May 30 – Bayern Munich’s star striker Robert Lewandowski wants to leave the Bundesliga club this summer to seek “a new challenge”, his agent told Sport Bild on Wednesday.“Robert feels that he needs a change and a new challenge in his career,” Pini Zahavi told the weekly. “The managers of Bayern know about it.”Lewandowski, 29, whose Bayern contract runs until 2021, has been linked with Real Madrid while Qatari-backed Paris Saint-Germain and Premier League giants Chelsea and Manchester United are also understood to be interested.“I want to focus on preparing for the World Cup, I’m not thinking about club matters, I have a manager for that,” Lewandowski told reporters in the mountain resort of Arlamow, where the Polish team is preparing for the World Cup.He was the Bundesliga’s top scorer in the just-completed season with 29 goals, the third time he has won the trophy after success in 2015/16, also with Bayern, and 2013/14 while at ex-club Borussia Dortmund.In late February, the Poland international parted ways with his previous agent of 10 years, Cezary Kucharski, and signed up with Zahavi, one of the most powerful agents in world football.Zahavi said that “Robert’s motivations are not money or a specific club, because almost all top clubs would like to sign up the world’s best striker.”He said he hoped Bayern president Uli Hoeness and CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge would understand the player’s position.“Everyone in the Bayern club leadership has their own great career to look back on. They should understand his situation,” he told Sport Bild.However, Bayern’s bosses have made it clear that Lewandowski will play for them next season.Rummenigge told Kicker magazine earlier this month that Bayern fans “do not have to worry about Robert Lewandowski and the relationship with Bayern… We have a very good one.”“We know what we have in him and I’m very happy that we still have such a long-term contract,” added Rummenigge.“There’s no need to worry, he’ll play here in Munich again next year.”Magazine Kicker also pointed out that Bayern’s senior bosses have repeatedly informed Lewandowski that there is no possibility of leaving before his contract expires.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
Former Arsenal midfielder and ex-Reading manager Brian McDermott has branded the timing of Saturday’s FA Cup semi-final between his two former sides ‘ridiculous.’The Gunners and the Royals are scheduled to kick off at 5.20pm, while Chelsea and Manchester United get started just ten minutes later in a crunch Premier League clash.Understandably, there is a consensus that the tie could be overshadowed by the Premier League showdown, and McDermott believes the decision doesn’t make any sense.“It’s ridiculous. I can’t get my head around why a game of such magnitude, a semi-final of the FA Cup, is kicking off at that time and a massive Premier League game is kicking off just ten minutes later,” said the 54-year-old.“It just doesn’t really make any sense to me.”McDermott insists the move serves as evidence to the waning influence and interest in the FA Cup, citing a double standards from the authorities behind the decision.“Managers get criticised for picking weakened teams in the FA Cup and then you get a situation like this. That can’t be right,” he added.McDermott spent 13 years in total at Reading in various roles and eight years at Arsenal as a player, while he now works at the Emirates as a scout, so his loyalties are split evenly.Arsenal are experiencing a fantastic run of form having won their last ten domestic fixtures but, while Reading are struggling in the Championship, McDermott insists Arsene Wenger’s side are not underestimating their opposition.He said: “They are really taking this game seriously and they’ve left nothing to chance as far as the scout reports of Reading are concerned.“It’s the semi-final of the FA Cup – the only thing they are trying to do is get to Wembley.”
The $286 billion bill also is under a veto threat from President George W. Bush. Rickey Bearden, a cotton producer on 5,000 acres on the South Plains of Texas, said getting a farm bill finalized is vital as farmers prepare their next year’s financial picture. “We just need to be able to make plans,” said Bearden, board chairman of the Plains Cotton Growers, which serves a 41-county region in the world’s largest contiguous growing patch. “If they don’t make any changes it won’t be such a big deal. The more changes they make, the more it could affect us and how we have to adjust our operations accordingly.” The five-year farm bill expired Sept. 30, but Congress provided a stopgap measure to keep farm subsidies and other programs such as food stamps funded for a while. Some spending watchdog groups oppose the bill. Steve Ellis, vice president for Washington, D.C.-based Taxpayers For Common Sense, said many of the growers who receive farm payments have little to do with the Thanksgiving dinner Americans are eating today. “What they want you to believe is that the subsidies are providing the feast that’s on our tables,” Ellis said. “In reality, the subsidies are going to a very small percentage of the total number of farmers. A lot of farmers in the fruit and livestock industry are being left out of the loop.” Increased immigration enforcement has some farmers experiencing worker shortages, with worries that the situation could get worse as Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff fights a judge’s ruling that stopped his plan to crack down on employers that hire illegal immigrants. More than half of U.S. farmworkers admit on U.S. Labor Department surveys that they are not legally authorized to work in the country. Some groups believe about 70 percent are illegal. The administration is proposing revisions to the existing H2A visa program for farmworkers. Less than 1 percent of U.S. farm employers used the program last year because of high costs and the difficulty of using the program, Sharon Hughes, executive vice president of the National Council of Agricultural Employers, said in a letter to Bush this summer. But the administration’s effort to appease agriculture employers has worried farmworker advocates such as Bruce Goldstein, executive director of Farmworker Justice Fund Inc. He fears the changes are going to weaken protections for farmworkers. “We in America should remember the hardworking people who put the food on our tables and yet, earn very low wages and labor in one of the most dangerous occupations in this country,” he said.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LUBBOCK, Texas – As Americans feast on Thanksgiving meals, the agriculture industry and workers who supplied the bounty have a plate full of worries. Farmers are caught in a political stalemate over a farm bill designed to provide a safety net for production of their crops, some of which are being enjoyed across the country today. Many agriculture employers fear crackdowns on illegal immigrant workers will leave them with labor shortages. Meanwhile, farmworkers are nervous about planned changes by the Bush administration to a visa program that dictates their pay, work conditions and job competition. Fingers are being pointed at Congress, which failed to pass a comprehensive immigration reform bill this summer and left for a two-week recess without renewing the farm bill.
Are you aged between 13 – 18 and interested in improving your communication skills?Well now is the perfect time to get involved in Junior Toastmasters.Junior Toastmasters Letterkenny will be holding their Junior Toastmasters meeting in the Mount Errigal Hotel on Sunday the 2nd of February at 4pm (usually 5pm). Everyone is WELCOME to come along. And of coarse bring along your friends! Toastmasters International (TI) is a nonprofit educational organization that operates clubs worldwide for the purpose of helping members improve their communication, public speaking and leadership skills in a FUN and interesting way.This club is open to second level students.For more details contact Emma Rose Callaghan/ Sean Harkin PR Officers (age 16) with the support from adult mentorsKaren Murphy 086 6043040 and Conor Crossan 087 1332680. RAISE A GAVEL TO LETTERKENNY’S JUNIOR TOASTMASTERS was last modified: January 28th, 2014 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:Letterkenny Junior Toastmasters
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card At the heart of the protest: 12 caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad first published in Denmark’s Jyllands-Posten in September and reprinted in European media in the past week. One depicted the prophet wearing a turban shaped as a bomb with a burning fuse. The paper said it had asked cartoonists to draw the pictures because the media was practicing self-censorship when it came to Muslim issues. The drawings have touched a raw nerve in part because Islamic law is interpreted to forbid any depictions of the Prophet Muhammad. Aggravating the affront, Denmark’s Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen has said repeatedly he cannot apologize for his country’s free press. But other European leaders tried Saturday to calm the storm. Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel said she understood Muslims were hurt – though that did not justify violence. “Freedom of the press is one of the great assets as a component of democracy, but we also have the value and asset of freedom of religion,” Merkel told an international security conference in Munich, Germany. The Vatican deplored the violence but said certain provocative forms of criticism were unacceptable. “The right to freedom of thought and expression … cannot entail the right to offend the religious sentiment of believers,” the Vatican said in its first statement on the controversy. The United States called the burnings “inexcusable” and blamed the Syrian government for security failures. “Syria must act decisively to protect all foreign embassies and citizens in Damascus from attack,” White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan said in a statement. “We will hold Syria responsible for such violent demonstrations since they do not take place in that country without government knowledge and support.” But Denmark and Norway did not wait for more violence. With their Damascus embassies up in flames, the foreign ministries advised their citizens to leave Syria without delay. “It’s horrible and totally unacceptable,” Danish Foreign Minister Per Stig Moeller said on Danish public television Saturday. No diplomats were injured in the Syrian violence, officials said. But Swedish Foreign Minister Laila Freivalds – whose country, along with Chile, has an embassy in the same building – said she would lodge a formal protest over the lack of security. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! DAMASCUS, Syria – Thousands of Syrians enraged by caricatures of Islam’s revered prophet torched the Danish and Norwegian embassies in Damascus on Saturday – the most violent in days of furious protests by Muslims in Asia, Europe and the Middle East. In Gaza, Palestinians marched through the streets, storming European buildings and burning German and Danish flags. Protesters smashed the windows of the German cultural center and threw stones at the European Commission building, police said. Iraqis rallying by the hundreds demanded an apology from the European Union, and the leader of the Palestinian group Hamas called the cartoons “an unforgivable insult” that merited punishment by death. Pakistan summoned the envoys of nine Western countries in protest, and even Europeans took to the streets in Denmark and Britain to voice their anger.