Field smarts, finesse thrust Rice into expanded attack role

first_img Related Stories Orange beats Hofstra, Holy Cross in scrimmages with early burst, depth Kevin Rice saw himself as a college basketball player. On the court, he displayed the same seasoned knack for positioning and finishing that helped him excel on the soccer and lacrosse fields.There was only one problem with that, though. Rice is just 5-foot-8.“I never wanted to say it couldn’t happen,” Rice’s father Steve said. “But I just felt that if he wanted to play at the highest level of a sport that would have to be lacrosse because of size.”Entering his sophomore season for Syracuse, Rice is set to play regular, meaningful collegiate minutes for the first time in his career. He’ll do so in his preferred feeding role from behind the net, orchestrating attacks with the skill, vision and quick first step that stays sharp regardless of his size. He started Saturday’s scrimmage against Hofstra and helped key the Orange’s early dismantling of the No. 17 Pride.Rice played just six games last year, and while he doesn’t tell his father about his blossoming starting prospects, when asked what the biggest change in his game from last season is, his answer was simply playing time.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textHe’s bulked up in preparation, but it’s his finesse and attacking instincts that are allowing him to challenge for a place in SU’s starting lineup.“Even last year as a freshman he was comfortable when he was given a shot,” junior attack Derek Maltz said. “I think the coaching staff and some of the older guys on this team knew what he was capable of doing.”In the first four minutes of the scrimmage against Hofstra, the Orange put the Pride under intense pressure, wildly dashing around Hofstra’s goal.Rice picked out Luke Cometti, who was losing his man and darting toward the goal. Rice tossed a simple pass to Cometti, who put the Orange up 1-0.He calmly exchanged passes with Billy Ward and JoJo Marasco behind the net, and found defense-splitting cutters Cometti and Maltz around the crease.The early goals showcased the time Rice spent in the fall practicing extra shots and cuts with Maltz, but it was also the product of a childhood full of watching his sisters Adrian and Stephanie practice, coached by their father. Car-ride conversations with his father, talking through different scenarios, plays and passing combinations sharpened his touch for the game.“You can find ways to beat defenders even when they’re more athletic than you are by knowing your sets and knowing the skillsets of the guys you’re playing with,” Rice said.Though Rice isn’t physically imposing, he has a pair of 6-foot-3, 200-pound targets in Cometti and Maltz constantly slashing in and out of the slot to feed.With four minutes remaining against Hofstra on Saturday, the Pride was within two goals. Hofstra left its starters on late against a reserve mix for SU, and the Pride was threatening to spoil an otherwise dominant Syracuse performance with a late push.Then SU head coach John Desko sent out some starters. Rice peaked around the left side of the net and scored a goal for his third point of the day.“He’s kind of a quarterback guy behind the goal,” Desko said. “He’s got very good vision, he can finish the ball and with some of the guys being lefties, he’s a righty back there giving us some balance.”Even against faster defenders, Rice’s first few steps are shifty enough to give him separation. And in his renewed natural role, a few steps are all he needs.“He came in this fall, he worked harder than most guys would ever work over the summer,” Maltz said. “He really wanted to come in and make an impact and he’s been doing that since day one.” Comments Published on January 29, 2013 at 11:34 pm Contact Jacob: jmklinge@syr.edu | @Jacob_Klinger_center_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

USC alumni pass state bar at highest rate of CA schools

first_imgThe Gould School of Law had the highest pass rate for graduates taking the July California Bar Exam for the first time out of all law schools in the  state, according to statistics posted this week.Of alumni taking the test for the first time, 91 percent passed. This compares with an 89 percent pass rate for graduates of Stanford Law School and an 87 percent pass rate for U.C. Berkeley’s Law School graduates.Kate Mock | Daily TrojanOf all first-time takers, 69.4 percent passed the bar exam.“For the last three or four years the top three schools have been us, Stanford and Berkeley,” Gould Dean Robert K. Rasmussen said. “This year was just our turn to lead the pack.”Students do not specifically prepare to pass the California Bar Exam in the vast majority of their classes, Rasmussen said.“Our goal is to encourage our students to think rigorously, be innovative and effectively communicate,” Rasmussen  said. “It turns out that those skills translate very well toward excelling on the California Bar Exam.”Rasmussen said the class of 2011 represented its alma mater well.“I’m very proud of the accomplishments of our students,” Rasmussen said. “They were a great group of students and are a great group of alumni.”last_img read more

University praised for Latino graduation rates

first_imgThe University of Southern California was named one of the country’s most successful universities at graduating Latino students. According to an analysis completed by the Education Trust and funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, USC has increased its Latino graduation rate by 19 points to a rate comparable to that of Caucasian students.USC is one of eight schools that the foundation uses as a model for graduating Latino students and is the only private institution listed in the report.“Across the country, 51 percent of Hispanic students who start college complete a bachelor’s degree in six years, compared to 59 percent of white students,” the foundation said in a press release.Senior art history major Alan Prieto said the university’s commitment to integrating minority students bolsters its reputation amongst the Latino community.“I think USC puts a lot of emphasis on promoting diversity within the residence hall so students can learn from each other and I think they do it in a way that’s genuine and really efficient to help students be introduced to a learning environment in a metropolitan area,” he said.In addition, Prieto said the school’s efforts to cater to students of specific races fosters a friendly and competitive environment on the campus.“USC offers a lot of programs that are culturally and ethnically specific and I think that helps promote academics,” he said. “I think USC does a better job at being able to provide more opportunities to a wider ethnic pool and looking at applications and looking at the capabilities of each student to fill a quota for a certain demographic.”Many low-income students such as freshman broadcast journalism major Mirian Fuentes come to USC because it provides myriad financial options. The university says more than two-thirds of its students receive financial aid, and Fuentes is on a full-tuition Trustee Scholarship.The Neighborhood Academic Initiative helps prepare low-income students in grades 6 through 12 for college-level work and 41 percent of the program’s graduates thus far have attended USC on full academic scholarships.“I think being a Latina here at USC is really empowering,” Fuentes said. “Especially in my culture, there’s not a lot of expectation to send people to main universities like USC. I feel like as a Latina I have a reputation to represent and make it known to other Latinos in high school that its possible to come here, but its not your race that gets you in as much as your determination.Fuentes said organizations like Destino — a spiritual resource for Latino students — and the Hispanic Scholarship Fund have also help her find her place as a new student.“Being part of Destino has made me really embrace being a Latina,” she said. “I had thought it was something about me I was going to have to change.”Gene Bickers, vice provost for undergraduate programs, expressed his hopes for Latino graduates in a press release.“We want all our students to graduate with academic programs that prepare them to meet their personal aspirations,” he said. “Our success with Hispanic students can be attributed to a holistic approach that brings together faculty, academic advisors and student life professionals to promote engagement and success.”This post has been updated to reflect that Gene Bickers is a male.last_img read more

Port Vale partner with Virtual Pro Gaming to launch esports team

first_imgPort Vale football club has launched an esports team in partnership with Virtual Pro Gaming. The partnership will see the Valiants sign eleven players to compete in the ‘Pro Clubs’ game mode.As part of the launch, fans are encouraged to sign-up and trial for Port Vale’s eleven-a-side FIFA team, with trials taking part in a live game on Saturday January 13th. The squad, once picked, will then compete on a regular basis in the VPG league against other organisations. The matches will be streamed on Port Vale’s YouTube channel on a weekly basis.Port Vale Sales and Marketing Manager, Chris Turner said: “We are excited to become a part of this movement. eSports is an expanding market, and a market that we definitely want to be a part of.“eSports is huge in Asia and it was not going to take long to travel over to us and we are eager to strike whilst the iron is hot and use this to our advantage.“It is also a great way to involve our younger market more.”Port Vale become the second club to join forces with Virtual Pro Gaming after Queens Park Rangers did so last year. It’s fair to say that eleven versus eleven FIFA is not the biggest name in the esports world, with the official FIFA esports format being one versus one. The FIWC, the pinnacle of esports in the football simulation world is played using FIFA Ultimate Team so this marks an interesting move from Port Vale.Esports Insider says: Certainly an interesting move from Port Vale as they enter the realm of eleven versus eleven Pro Clubs FIFA. We’re tempted ourselves to try out on Saturday. Fancy yourself as the virtual Danny Pugh? Get involved and become a Valiant.last_img read more

Prem clubs already in the red BEFORE £1billion coronavirus hit

first_img6THE MAJORITY of Premier League clubs were facing huge losses BEFORE the coronavirus crisis.Of the 20 clubs in England’s top flight, TWELVE went into the 2019/20 season in the red.⚠️ Read our coronavirus in sport live blog for the latest news & updates66 Chelsea chief Roman Abramovich will want some silverware if he is to put up with financial deficitCredit: Getty – ContributorSunSport reported how Premier League supremo Richard Masters says top-flight clubs stand to lose £1BILLION from the pandemic.Manchester United will be the biggest financial losers of all 20 Premier League clubs if the season is scrapped.Overall, according to figures from the Daily Mail, the Old Trafford club would lose £116.4m.That is made up of £48m from TV cash, £17.6m for matchday revenue and a further £50.8m from commercial and retail.And now The Athletic have studied all the club’s accounts, taking into consideration figures from 2017/18, to work out club’s respective finances heading into the current season.6 Everton owner Farhad Moshiri has bankrolled some pretty extensive rebuildingCredit: Getty6And it makes for grim reading.Over half of the clubs were in the red before a ball was even kicked this season, according to the research.Everton and Chelsea fans won’t like looking at the stats – the Toffees are the hardest hit with a loss of £107m with Roman Abramovich footing a £101.8m deficit at Stamford Bridge.As a result of the coronavirus, you can add in losses of £91m for Chelsea and £42.6m for Everton for the current suspension.Aston Villa are also chasing their tails with a £68.9m loss with £24.2m added on to that as a result of the virus.At the other end of the spectrum, Tottenham and Liverpool, two clubs who recently announced plans to furlough staff, were sitting pretty on profit heading into the campaign.Give now to The Sun’s NHS appealBRITAIN’s four million NHS staff are on the frontline in the battle against coronavirus.But while they are helping save lives, who is there to help them?The Sun has launched an appeal to raise £1MILLION for NHS workers.The Who Cares Wins Appeal aims to get vital support to staff in their hour of need.We have teamed up with NHS Charities Together in their urgent Covid-19 Appeal to ensure the money gets to exactly who needs it.The Sun is donating £50,000 and we would like YOU to help us raise a million pounds, to help THEM.No matter how little you can spare, please donate today herewww.thesun.co.uk/whocareswinsappealSpurs come in with £87.4m in the black, while Liverpool, after being blasted for furloughing and then reversing that decision, are £41.9m positive.But an £83m loss for Daniel Levy’s Londoners and an £102.6m deficit for US-owned Liverpool means both won’t come out well from the pandemic.Speaking to The Athletic John Purcell, the co-founder of financial analysis firm Vysyble pulled no punches in his analysis of the state of English football.He said: “The accounts are awful. The numbers had fallen off a cliff for some of the clubs long before this crisis.”And Dr Dan Plumley, a sports finance expert at Sheffield Hallam University, added that “the financial shock of COVID-19 has brought to light just how stretched the industry is and how many clubs live from hand to mouth”.This ties in with Premier League executive Masters’ opinion, believing that there is a real danger some teams could go bust if the lockdown forces the cancellation of the current season.Most Read In FootballTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battleTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’ExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidNEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticTottenham, Newcastle, Bournemouth and Norwich have already turned to the state for help.And FA chairman Greg Clarke fears the sport is in danger of being “decimated” by the coronavirus crisis.It came after a dramatic weekend when the Prem demanded PFA  members  agree a 30 per cent wage deferral but the bid was rejected.6 FA chief Greg Clarke claims England football could be decimated by coronavirusCredit: PA:Press AssociationCORONAVIRUS CRISIS – BE IN THE KNOWGet the latest coronavirus news, facts and figures from around the world – plus essential advice for you and your family.To receive our Covid-19 newsletter in your inbox every tea time, sign up here.To follow us on Facebook, simply ‘Like’ our Coronavirus page.last_img read more

“The 1-J will not open the market”

first_imgThe legal director of FIFA, the Spanish Emilio García Silvero, stressed that due to the effects of the coronavirus crisis the situation has changed and that on July 1, contrary to what has usually happened “the market will not open “of transfers.García Silvero acknowledged that FIFA cannot extend the contracts already signed beyond June 30 and, therefore, the players could leave their club. However, they could not join another team because the transfer periods are going to change.“FIFA cannot extend the contracts beyond June 30, but the transfer windows will not be the same and the players will not be able to be registered. On July 1, the market does not open,” stressed the Spanish leader in an interview with the Cape Cope program “Playtime”.García Silvero indicated that a player on loan may return to his home club on June 30, when the loan ends. However, your card will not be processed for you to play. “If a loan ends on June 30, the player, theoretically, should return to his club but the registration window would not be open and the card would not be processed,” added García Silvero. The coronavirus crisis that affects the world of football leaves any plan on the market in the air. It remains to be seen when some normality can be restarted and the resumption of some competitions that have yet to end. García Silvero leaves open the possibility that there will be several periods to contract and adapt the needs of the entities. “There may be several windows. It will depend on the start and end of each competition. The idea is that the windows end just before each championship begins and they do not have to coincide”he ventured.The coronavirus crisis has disrupted the sports calendar for the year. It has canceled the Euro Cup and the Olympic Games, among many other events, carried over to 2021. This has meant that the new Club World Cup set for next year has had to be postponed to 2022 or 2023. “The new format for the Club World Cup has had to be postponed. We are still analyzing the date. It is a very exciting process”García Silvero indicated.Third windowThe International Football Federation (FIFA) has indicated that it would “deal flexibly” with the option of a third transfer window on its calendar, due to the current relocation of tournaments due to the COVID-19 pandemic.James Kitching, Director of the FIFA Regulatory Corps, told German ARD television that un third transfer period “could be a possibility” for member federations.“This would be handled with flexibility as long as the total transfer period of 16 weeks is not extended.”, has been nuanced, since the current windows cover a maximum of 12 weeks between seasons and four weeks mid-season.last_img read more

Bolt, Thompson win Sportsman, Sportswoman crowns

first_imgUsain Bolt joined Michael McCallum as the most successful male athlete in the history of the RJR Sports Foundation National Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year Awards, while Elaine Thompson signed off on a brilliant year with her first hold of the top sportswoman title at Friday’s glitzy ceremony at the Jamaica Pegasus. Bolt, who helped himself to three gold medals at the Rio Olympic Games was as expected handed his seventh Sportsman of the Year award, while Thompson’s double sprint gold, sprint relay silver, 60m World Indoors bronze and 100m Diamond Race victory earned her a first hold on the prestigious award. 110m hurdles Olympic champion and 60m hurdles World Indoor champion Omar McLeod and swimming star Alia Atkinson, who broke the short course 50m breaststroke world record, equalled the 100m breaststroke world record and won three medals at the World Swimming Championships were named as runners-up to the Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year. Bolt was delighted with his latest triumph and left the stage with a message to the youth.  “I am from Trelawny. I never thought I would be on this stage as one of the greatest ever, hard work pays off so if you want to be great, work towards what you want, never give up. I have gone through a lot but I have never given up once, use me as n example to work to be the best you can be,” Bolt said.  Thompson was thankful for her win. “Huge thank you to my coach Stephen Francis in motivating and believing in me and for investing his time in me. Thanks to my fans in Jamaica and across the world for their invaluable support,” Thompson shared. Super athletics coach Stephen Francis was presented with the Sagicor Iconic Award, while champion trainer Wayne DaCosta was the recipient of the Chairman’s Award. Triathlete Llori Sharpe won the inaugural VMBS Youth Award, while chairman of the RJR Sports Foundation selection committee Mike Fennell was presented with the Global Lifetime Achievement award for his year’s of service to sports administration. The People’s Choice Performance of the Year award went to Calabar’s Christopher Taylor for his anchor leg run, which led his team to a win in the 4x400m Open relay at Champs 2016. Awards were also presented to teams as well as category awards to each sporting discipline.  Certificates of Merit were presented to Douglas Beckford (squash), David Bernard Snr (fitness instruction and cricket), Lawrence Henriques (motor sports), Audrey Thompson (sport in western Jamaica and netball) and Susan Wates (equestrian). Guest Speaker Olivier Gers, the recently appointed CEO at the IAAF hailed Jamaica’s impact and success in international track and field and spoke to the association’s efforts to reform athletics and develop it into a leading global sport.last_img read more

Towns, Wolves return home in big hole against Rockets

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ “I live my life very Amish-like,” Towns said. “Other than video games, I don’t think I have a reason for electronics. It’s a life that I’ve always loved.”___76ERS AT HEAT76ers lead 2-1. Game 4, 2:30 p.m. EDT, TNTNEED TO KNOW: It’s simple: The team that has imposed its will is 3-0 in this series. Philadelphia took the pace where it wanted it in Games 1 and 3. Miami out-toughed the 76ers in Game 2. The Heat have to find a way to keep Philadelphia’s 3-point shooting in check; the 76ers made 18 shots from beyond the arc in Game 3. Joel Embiid is back from a concussion and a broken bone around his eye, and an already-confident Philadelphia bunch seems to have even more swagger now.KEEP AN EYE ON: 76ers guard Marco Belinelli. The 76ers are 25-6 when he plays and 14-1 when he scores at least 15 points. In this series, he’s 13 for 27 on shots from 20 feet and deeper, and many of those makes have been daggers for Miami.PRESSURE IS ON: Heat center Hassan Whiteside . Backups Kelly Olynyk and Bam Adebayo have played a combined 145 minutes in this series, while Whiteside has played only 41, with 11 points, nine fouls, seven turnovers and three field goals in the three games. There’s no room for error now for Miami, so either Whiteside will figure it out fast in Game 4 or the Heat will get someone else into his spot.HISTORY LESSON: This is the fourth time in Dwyane Wade’s career that the Heat have trailed an Eastern Conference opponent 2-1. In the three previous Game 4s in that scenario, Miami has won all three with Wade averaging 26.7 points in those second-round games against Indiana (2004 and 2012) and Toronto (2016).___TRAIL BLAZERS AT PELICANS MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Broner: Vargas fight ‘very important for my career’ P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC LATEST STORIES Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flamescenter_img Pelicans lead 3-0. Game 4, 5 p.m. EDT, TNT.NEED TO KNOW: The sixth-seeded Pelicans are on the cusp of a surprising sweep of the third-seeded Blazers, and their margin of victory has grown in each game. They dominated Game 3, leading by as many as 20 points in the first half and 33 in the second. Veteran guard Rajon Rondo has masterfully run the offense, and the Pelicans have played unselfishly with a different scoring leader in each game: Anthony Davis with 35 in Game 1, Jrue Holiday with 33 in Game 2 and Nikola Mirotic with 30 in Game 3.KEEP AN EYE ON: Portland’s body language, intensity and aggressiveness. Guard Damian Lillard challenged the Blazers to ramp up those aspects of their game, stressing that the Pelicans were “a lot more aggressive than we were and we didn’t dish it back out. I think in the playoffs and in a situation like this, when a team is coming for you like that, you’ve got to maybe go out of your way to do it back, even if that means foul trouble or some altercations happen out there.”PRESSURE IS ON: Lillard. The Pelicans have sold out to stop the Portland star, who missed nine of 14 shots in Game 3. “It’s either going to be a tough shot, or I’ve got to give the ball up,” Lillard said. “I’ve got to trust making the right play, and when it comes time I’ve got to take my chances and I’ve got to take those tough shots.”INJURY UPDATE: Blazers starting forward Evan Turner missed Game 3 because of a toe injury in Game 2. The team did not update his status on Friday.___ROCKETS AT TIMBERWOLVESRockets lead 2-0. Game 3, 7:30 p.m. EDT, ESPN.NEED TO KNOW: The Rockets cruised to a 20-point victory in Game 2 despite only 12 points on a staggering 2-for-18 shooting performance by James Harden. After squandering their chance to steal Game 1 on the road in a three-point loss, the Wolves are back home in a big hole against the team with the best record in the NBA. They’ll need a big boost from a home crowd celebrating the team’s return to the postseason to send the series back to Houston for a Game 5.KEEP AN EYE ON: Gerald Green. The 32-year-old journeyman, once acquired by the Wolves in the franchise-altering 2007 trade that sent Kevin Garnett to Boston, made five 3-pointers in Game 2 for postseason career-high 21 points. 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 Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast And they want a win.The Timberwolves host the Rockets on Saturday night in Game 3. Earlier in the day, Miami takes on Philadelphia in the Eastern Conference and New Orleans hosts Portland, both in Game 4. Later, Utah visits Oklahoma City in Game 3.Towns tried his best to shrug off the bad vibes and stinging rebukes when speaking with reporters on Friday.“You dwell too much on the past, you forget that you’ve got to take care of the present,” Towns said.The chatter on TV and Twitter, he said, has escaped him.ADVERTISEMENT Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) drives to the basket over Minnesota Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns during the first half in Game 2 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series Wednesday, April 18, 2018, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The first taste of the NBA playoffs for Timberwolves All-Star Karl-Anthony Towns has been rather bitter, thanks to the 3-point-happy Houston Rockets.The two-game totals tell a frustrating story for the 22-year-old: just 13 points, 5 for 18 shooting and a 2-0 deficit in the series against the Rockets. Towns has found himself the subject of pointed criticism from analysts, fans and even his own team.ADVERTISEMENT PRESSURE IS ON: Timberwolves coach Tom Thibodeau. Though cornerstones Towns and Andrew Wiggins are getting their first taste of postseason, Thibodeau and veterans Jimmy Butler, Jamal Crawford, Taj Gibson and Teague he brought in last summer have plenty of playoff experience. The Wolves have been largely directionless on offense against the Rockets and their underrated defense.INJURY UPDATE: Rockets forward Ryan Anderson, who has sat out the first two games with a sprained ankle, is likely to play in Game 3. Forward Luc Mbah a Moute, who dislocated his shoulder in the second-to-last game of the regular season, said this week he wouldn’t rule out a return in this series.___THUNDER AT JAZZSeries tied 1-1. Game 3, 10 p.m. EDT, ESPN.NEED TO KNOW: In the first two games, the higher-rebounding team has been the winning team, with Game 1 going to Oklahoma City and Utah taking Game 2. A critical part of this trend will be Thunder center Steven Adams and his presence on the floor. He played just 22 minutes in Game 2 before fouling out. The Thunder will have to do better against Utah center Rudy Gobert and forward Derrick Favors, who combined for 31 rebounds in Game 2.KEEP AN EYE ON: Russell Westbrook. He has taken a secondary role at times in this series, but that might change. With Oklahoma City’s inability to close in Game 2 after leading in the fourth quarter, Westbrook could look to be more of a scorer in Game 3. He’ll need more help from Carmelo Anthony, who has made just 11 of 31 field goals in the series.PRESSURE IS ON: George. The man who called himself “Playoff P” before the series began came out with 36 points and eight 3-pointers in the opener. He followed that with a dud, just 18 points on 6 for 21 shooting.INTRIGUING MATCHUP: Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell vs. Thunder guard Corey Brewer. Mitchell used his speed to slice through the Thunder defense for 13 of his 28 points in the fourth quarter of Game 2 . He was essentially unstoppable once he decided to stop shooting 3-pointers. The Thunder could be forced to put George on him more if Brewer struggles defensively again. The switch-heavy Rockets have double-teamed Towns to a stifling effect, and the Timberwolves sure haven’t helped their 7-footer out by getting him the ball in favorable situations in the post.“They’re coming to double. He knows that. He has to face up, be strong with the ball, make quick moves,” point guard Jeff Teague said. “But we have to figure out how to get him running, get him some easy buckets.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownThe team’s struggles have taken a little luster off Minnesota’s first postseason home game in 14 years, but the fans who remember the Timberwolves reaching the Western Conference finals in 2004 will surely be eager to witness the playoffs in person no matter the daunting challenge in this first round.“This organization, all of our fans, they deserve this moment,” Towns said. View commentslast_img read more

The Way forward for Liberian Raw Materials

first_imgOur young reporter Gloria Tamba reported Tuesday that China Union was shipping out to China 15,000 tons of iron ore from the Bong Mountain Range.  Her story carried a vivid photo of  raw ore being shipped out of the country.  It was a photograph all too familiar in Liberia.  The identical photo could have been retrieved from the archives of the Liberia Mining Company  nearly seven decades ago—68 years to be exact—when this American company shipped its  first  consignment of iron ore to the United States from Bomi Hills in now Bomi County.Today, nearly seven decades later, we are still shipping our iron ore abroad and, amidst a cruel and twisted paradox (inconsistency, absurdity), we, Africa’s oldest independent republic, are unable make a single steel rod  or sheet of zinc!The time has come in this country for us to say NO MORE OF THAT!  As we say in our popular Quadrille dance, “Reverse the whole,” we need to step back and start demanding that we are no longer prepared to allow all of our iron ore shipped out of here lock stock and barrel.  WE MUST HAVE SOME VALUE ADDED to the bountiful blessings that the God of nature has bestowed upon us.  After nearly seven decades, it is about time.But how do we do it, when this government, thanks to Richard Tolbert and others, in the rush bring in US$16 billion investments,  have signed away our natural resources to foreign companies to do anything they wish—and of course, we know exactly what they wish: to develop their own industries and leave Africa as the perpetual raw materials supplier.For true?  Is that what God ordained for us, or is what we, shortsighted, listless (lazy) and unpatriotic, have ordained for ourselves?The Chinese are our friends.  Why do we say that?  Because not long ago they were  exactly where we are today, poor, underdeveloped, deprived.  But the Chinese have three things we Liberians lack: the Chinese are patriotic, they are hard working and they have a sense of personal and national purpose.He was here not long ago, but we have already forgotten him and the candid and serious advice he gave us before departing.  Chinese Ambassador Zhou Yuxiao advised Liberians to use our natural resources to go into manufacturing.  Few Liberians, including the Daily Observer, thanked him for his advice; but we apparently forgot it immediately after he left. Two weeks ago this newspaper reminded Finance Minister Amara Konneh to make good his pledge to equip all government offices with locally produced furniture.  But a year later we see bid after bid calling for imported furniture for GOL offices.  Yet the National Carpenters Union, including the branch in Ganta, Nimba County, is ready to produce furniture for local consumption.  Yes, the Union is, admittedly, like all Liberian cabinet makers, handicapped by lack of modern training and inexperience.  Yet so is China even today.  We right here in Liberia, like people in other parts of the world, including America, we complain about “these cheap Chinese goods.”But guess what: the Chinese are proud and happy because the goods, however cheap, however inferior, are made not in America, Italy or Japan, BUT IN CHINA!It is about time that we start making things in Liberia and being proud of them.  That is beginning in industry, the beginning of self discipline, the beginning of self reliance. Today, China is the world’s second largest economy, next to the United States!  And the Americans are not taking kindly to the prospect that the People’s Republic will one day soon become  the world’s leading economy.We Liberians must realize that WE HAVE GOT TO START FROM SOMEWHERE. The Ellen administration, which brought in the current investments, China Union, the Western Cluster, the oil palm investments that have swapped up millions of hectares of Liberian land, must begin NOW  to renegotiate these agreements, so that some value added will be established and Liberians will, at long last, begin to MAKE SOMETHING and cease from being perpetually on the receiving end of industry.This is the way forward for Liberian raw materials.  But the matter is in our own hands—nobody else’s.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more