Adam Silver: Changes to NBA All-Star Game ‘an earring on a pig’

first_imgEugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying The problem, Silver said, is how to make these other events meaningful.“The All-Star Game didn’t work,” he said, calling it “an afterthought” of the weekend despite changes like tinkering with the rosters through a player draft that was made public for the first time. “I get it. We put an earring on a pig.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsThe league is unlikely to make any changes — at least not any time soon — if only because a 70-game schedule like the one Silver discussed would require each team to give up six home games. Although players and coaches would love to see a shorter season, none is excited about taking a 20 percent pay cut.But the analytics conference in Boston’s Bay Bay convention center gives Silver the opportunity to think aloud about ways to make the NBA better. In past years he has addressed possible changes to the draft to discourage teams from tanking, but this year’s hot topic was New Orleans Pelicans star Anthony Davis. FILE – In this Feb. 16, 2019, file photo, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver speaks during NBA All-Star festivities in Charlotte, N.C. A person with knowledge of the matter says that the NBA recently sent a proposal to the National Basketball Players Association about lowering the minimum age to enter the NBA Draft from 19 to 18, as the sides continuing moving toward eliminating the “one-and-done” policy that has many elite players going to college for one season. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome, File)BOSTON — NBA Commissioner Adam Silver says he would consider shortening the regular season, but only if the league could develop something meaningful to do to replace the games — and revenue — they would be giving up.Speaking at the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference on Friday, Silver raised the idea of replacing the All-Star Game with a midseason or preseason tournament in which teams would compete for a separate championship, like they do in European soccer. Or groups of teams could compete in mini-tournaments in Asia or Europe.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college View comments Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title LATEST STORIES Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Silver said Davis’ public trade request (through his agent) was a problem for the league, but not all that different than other players who made the request behind the scenes. The more frequent shuffling of stars among teams was an unintended consequence of a collective bargaining agreement that was designed to shorten contracts so players wouldn’t be earning huge salaries long after they were productive.“Maybe that was a mistake,” Silver said.Davis told the Pelicans he would not accept an extension, but the team did not trade him before the deadline and then mulled whether to sit him out to minimize the risk of injury — and maximize its draft position. He is expected to be traded over the summer.“It’s a bad dynamic,” Silver said. “It’s a bit of a mess.”ADVERTISEMENT Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief Carlos Yulo caps off SEA Games stint with 3 silvers PLAY LIST 05:04Carlos Yulo caps off SEA Games stint with 3 silvers05:09Carlos Yulo bags 2nd gymnastics gold, settles for 2 silvers03:20SEA Games 2019: PH’s Mella, Babanto taekwondo poomsae mixed pair l (FULL PERFORMANCE)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 Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Celtics beat Wizards to end 4-game slidelast_img read more

Konneh’s Declaration on GOL Office Furniture: Where Are We?

first_imgOver a year ago Finance Minister Amara Konneh made a  heartwarming declaration that lifted the spirits of Liberian furniture makers around the country.  He said the government, as a matter of priority, would make it a policy to equip all GOL offices with locally produced furniture.In a recent editorial we stated that the government, which is the biggest employer in most countries, is the one institution that lifts all boats.Just imagine what terrific impact Minister Konneh’s declaration would have had, had it been implemented forthwith.  It would have energized the nation’s carpenters and cabinet makers and got them busy planning, organizing, designing and producing every imaginable furniture piece needed in government offices   around the country.  The vocational schools, including the Booker Washington Institute (BWI) and the Monrovia Vocational Training Center (MVTC), too, would have gotten into the act, and busied their students in both training and production to meet the ever growing demands.We are reminded of Minister Konneh’s declaration by our Senior Reporter C.Y. Kwanue’s article on the Gompa United Wood Association (GUWA), published in our Friday, January 3 edition.  During his tour of the association’s facilities, he was impressed with their creativity and resourcefulness. The US$35,000 loan for which they applied through the Central Bank of Liberia’s loan empowerment program for Liberian businesses is shortly to be disbursed. However, the association’s leaders have gone ahead and installed an improvised wood processing facility using fuel oil to help process the wood.  Wood processing is important so that whatever furniture is produced will be long-lasting.We commend the Gompa United Wood Association for their vision and initiative and we pray that they will remain UNITED and conscientiously pursue their objectives so that their customers and the whole nation, including local customers, the banks and the Liberian government, will take them seriously.GUPA’s success will inspire other carpenters and woodworkers around the country to unite and work together to effectively implement the broad vision of turning Liberia into world-class furniture producer.Alas! We observe that GOL agencies are still advertizing bids for imported furniture.  This is why we ask, how serious has the Finance Minister taken his declaration?The naysayers will quickly dismiss the goal of locally produced furniture as another empty dream; but we say this dream is based on something concrete that we have seen, something that is being done that has promise.  Being undertaken in faraway Ganta, we feel it is important for the GOL, especially Finance Minister Konneh and his co-workers and other stakeholders, to move quickly and give encouragement to GUWA.At the policy level, the GOL should seriously consider imposing, at some appropriate point, a moratorium (halt) on imported furniture.  This could be a tangible way of encouraging local production.In addition, GOL should, as a matter of deliberate policy, work through the Ministry of Education and the Booker Washington Institute to recruit cabinet making experts from the sub-region and abroad to boost the staff BWI’s Wood Work Department.  When this is done, Liberians from all over the country could come and improve their skills on furniture manufacture.  Should this proposal be agreeable to Minister Konneh, money could be found to beef up the Department’s shop   equipment, so as to enable the trainees to leapfrog into efficient furniture manufacture. Liberia has the wood.  All we need is the training and soon, there would be no need to import furniture into Liberia.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Openers, spinners pilot Guyana to 93-run win

first_img2018 CWI Regional Super50 Championships…A marauding Guyana Jaguars continued their prowl for 50 Over glory this season when they mauled defending Champs Windward Volcanoes by a massive 93-run deficit in Group A’s Day/Night match played at the Brian Lara Cricket Academy on Thursday.Sherfane RutherfordSpin was the weapon of choice of Jags skipper Leon Johnson, who unleashed his trio of spinners in: Ramaal Lewis, who starred with 4-25; veteran left-arm spinner Veerasammy Permaul, who bagged 3-32; and left-arm all-round Ricardo Adams, who returned 2-22. Fast-bowler Clinton Pestano produced another fine spell with figures of 1-13, bagging the prized wicket of Volcanoes opener Devon Smith, who was bowled for 2.The champs had flexed their top-heavy batting order in previous games, but it was opener Tyrone Theophile — who remained consistent with a run-a-ball 32, which included 7 fours — who was their main batsman. Ex-Windies batsman Kirk Edwards battled for his 29, which had three fours; while Roland Cato chipped in with 22 to round off the Volcanoes’ primary list of contributors.Trevon GriffithVolcanoes, who were 99-6 at one point, were in pursuit of a relatively gettable target of 231 which Guyana made earlier on batting first in some good conditions in Tarouba. The Jags’ new-look opening combo of Trevon Griffith and Windies ODI selectee Sherfane Rutherford added 121 for the opening stand with their wide array of shots.Both left-handers were in fine touch, with Griffith, who recently returned to Guyana after a few seasons with the Jamaica Scorpions, cracking 64 from 73 balls with six fours and a six. Rutherford was a bit more aggressive, celebrating his call up for the limited overs leg of India series by smashing 10 fours and a big six in his blitz of 69 from 61, which helped lay a solid foundation for the Jaguars.Veerasammy PermaulWith the exception of skipper Leon Johnson, who has been a bit short of runs so far, Guyana’s top-order are in impeccable batting form despite only their openers clicking for them. Veteran all-rounder Chris Barnwell who was left stranded on 99 a few nights ago, hit a four and a six in his 29, with Windies left-arm all-rounder Raymon Reifer scoring a boundary-less 28 down the order.Ramaal LewisLeft-arm spinner Larry Edwards was the bogeyman, snaring 4-34 including the scalp of the Jaguars captain, as he operated well with the more seasoned ex-Windies Test spinner Shane Shillingford, who bagged 3-47. West Indies limited overs specialist seamer Kesrick Williams claimed two wickets, while Alick Athanaze was the other lone wicket-taker.With another commanding win under their belt and 15 points to their credit, the second placed Jaguars will seek to pounce on the fiery table-leaders, Trinidad & Tobago Red Force, today when the two old rivals meet from 11:30h at Tarouba. (Clifton Ross)last_img read more

DEATH DRIVER MCGRENAGHAN TRIED TO BLAME MISSING DAD FOR TRAGEDY

first_imgTEENAGE killer Jamie McGrenaghan tried to blame his missing father for the death of tragic Garda Robbie McCallion.The Kerrykeel tearaway, 19, was jailed for seven years after being found guilty of dangerous driving causing the death of Garda McCallion, 29, in Letterkenny on March 27th, 2009.McGrenaghan, then just 17, struck Garda McCallion and sent him flying 15 feet into the air with his car causing him horrific head injuries which he died from two weeks later. Now it has been revealed that McGrenaghan of Gortnathraw, Cashel, has never met his father and his mother doesn’t know where he is.McGrenaghan’s barrister Denis Vaughan Buckley claimed the man with him on the night he killed Garda McCallion, Cathal Dunleavy, had since become a father figure to him.“He has never known his father and this man Cathal Dunleavy, who had 45 previous convictions, became his mentor or his father figure if you like.“That’s what happened. He simply came under the influence of this man and now he is paying for that,” he said.McGrenaghan’s mother Margaret said she had tried her best to raise her only child and that she was very sorry to the McCallion family for all that had happened.“I just want to say how sorry I am to them. I have lost a son now so I know what it feels like. I am very, very sorry for all they have gone through.“I have tried my best. Jamie was not a bad lad. He looked after his elderly mother while I was at work and he works on the small farm that we have.“I’m so sorry for all that has happened,” she said.But the brother of slain Garda Robbie said he simply could not accept any apology from the McGrenaghans“The contempt I hold for that person is indescribable. No apology, sorry, or remorse for what he has done can remedy or mend the utter devastation he has caused.Our lives were shattered the night the car hit Robert. He was 29 and would have been 30 soon. Instead of planning a party for him, we were laying wreaths on his grave,” said John.EndsDEATH DRIVER MCGRENAGHAN TRIED TO BLAME MISSING DAD FOR TRAGEDY was last modified: February 15th, 2011 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Harry Kane’s chance to join Real Madrid is fading away, claims Germany great

first_imgHarry Kane should move to Real Madrid within the next two years if he wants to play for the LaLiga giants in his career, according to Germany great Lothar Matthaus.The Tottenham striker has been linked with a Bernabeu transfer in recent years thanks to his splendid form for the Premier League club and England. 4 The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer Kane has 146 goals in 187 games for Spurs Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti 4 Matthaus believes Kane’s form against Spain shows he is ready for a move to Real Madrid “The question is whether Kane wants to leave Spurs, England, the Premier League. He’d never leave Spurs for another Premier League club.“It would have to be something special for him to leave the club. But if it’s going to happen, it will have to be soon.”Matthaus went on to say how Real made an approach for him when he was an Inter Milan player in 1991, however, Inter president at the time Ernesto Pellegrini would not let him go.But the 1990 World Cup winner believes Spurs chairman Daniel Levy would let Kane go if the striker really wanted the move. Latest Transfer News RANKED Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade REVEALED 4 LATEST center_img Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Kane and Spurs have a crunch Champions League match at PSV Eindhoven – a game you can listen to live on talkSPORT –  on Wednesday night knowing anything other than a win will effectively end their hopes of reaching the last 16.A failure to make a mark in Europe’s elite competition could lead to an exodus of Spurs players including the likes of Kane.However, when asked by a Marca journalist after England’s Nations League win over Spain if he would like to move to Real Madrid, Kane replied: “Sorry, not today.”But Matthaus believes the prospect of moving to arguably the biggest club in the world will be hard for Kane to turn down. Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland 4 Kane and Spurs came up short against Real’s fierce rivals Barcelona in the Champions League earlier this month targets Matthaus suggested Daniel Levy would be willing to sell Kane if the right offer came along LIVING THE DREAM Matthaus added: “It would be different if Harry went to Daniel Levy and said he really wanted to play for Real.“Levy knows what Harry’s done for the club.“It wouldn’t surprise me if there is an understanding, a gentleman’s agreement, between them.“He would not have anything written into his contract. He is not that sort of player.“But if he knocked on Daniel’s door, at the right time, and there was a truly serious offer on the table, it may be different.” IN DEMAND moving on Writing in his column for The Sun, Matthaus said: “He [Kane] is 25 now. If he does not go in the next two years, by the time he is 27, he will never leave.“If he did, Real are the only club that would be right for him. Real shine brighter than any other club in the world.“Let’s be honest, it’s not a question of whether he would be ready next summer or the one after, or the following year. He was ready last week.“He has the quality and the experience, he knows how to score against anybody. He has that confidence in himself. Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January targets last_img read more

Non-English scores meet federal levels

first_imgLANCASTER – Antelope Valley Union High School District students for whom English is not their native language have met annual federal academic requirements. The number of English learners in the high school district has grown from 462 in 1999 to 3,567 this year. The district has a total student population of about 24,250. “I think a lot of it has to do with greater attention being paid to subgroups at the respective school sites,” said Anthony Martinez, English learners program coordinator. “The expectations for students have risen and we are focusing on standards-based lessons across the curriculum.” The federal benchmarks are part of the No Child Left Behind Act and pertain to districts that receive federal funds that are used to help students learn English. The district annually receives about $225,000 in Title III funds, Martinez said. The high school district met all three so-called “annual measurable achievement objectives” for the 2004-05 year. Other eligible school districts that did not were Eastside Union, Keppel Union, Lancaster, Palmdale and Wilsona school districts, a district staff report said. Schools were required to have 51.5 percent of their English-language learners make annual progress in learning English. A total of 79.6 percent of high school students did so, records show. Schools were required to have 30.7 percent of English learners attain English proficiency on the California English Language Development test. More than 44 percent of high school students attained proficiency on the test. The high school district also was required to have at least 95 percent its English learners take the language and math portions of the state high school exit exam, and meet proficiency levels of 22.3 percent in language and 20.9 percent in math. The high school district students met the participation rate and scored 29.3 percent in language and 22.3 percent in math. Martinez also credited the program’s success to using a state board-approved English-language development intervention program and, starting last year, having a teacher oversee the English learner program at each school. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week160Want 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

With D’Angelo Russell leading, the Warriors are finding their way on offense

first_imgClick here if you’re unable to view the photo gallery on your mobile device.OKLAHOMA CITY — When the Warriors signed D’Angelo Russell to a four-year, $117 million contract, speculation mounted as to whether or not Russell, the 23-year-old All-Star point guard accustomed to having the ball in his hands, could fit within Golden State’s motion offense. Now, the Warriors are tailoring their offense to him.Facing injuries to offensive fulcrums Stephen Curry (hand) and Klay Thompson (knee), among …last_img read more

“The Twins” empowering young women

first_imgPopularly known as “The Twins”, Play Your Part ambassadors Hlelo and Ntando Masina have been doing impressive work to empower young women in South Africa.Hlelo and Ntando Masina are helping young women in high school become active citizens in their communities. (Image: Ntando Masina Instagram page)Hlelo and Ntando Masina’s co-founded the nationwide Campaign for Girls together with their partner Bianca Williams in August 2010. It has become one of South Africa’s biggest online youth information centres.Hlelo and Ntando have taken pride in the way that this initiative has empowered a myriad of young women in various stages of high school and inspired them to become active members of society.You can follow @HleloMasina and @NtandoMasina on Twitter and Instagram to follow their endeavors.last_img read more

Trump pledges prioritizing transportation infrastructure

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Transportation infrastructure has long been a priority of U.S. agriculture and President Donald Trump pledged to address the longstanding issue in a visit to Cincinnati on June 7.“It’s time to recapture our legacy as a nation of builders, and to create new lanes of travel, commerce, and discovery,” President Trump said at a speech in Cincinnati on the Ohio River.On hand at the event was Mike Steenhoek, executive director of the Soy Transportation Coalition who was asked to lend some expertise to the effort. He was pleased with the president’s interest in the topic.“We were very appreciative, No. 1 that the president even talked about infrastructure, No. 2 that he was talking about the inland water system and No. 3 that he really made sure to drive home the message about the connectivity between agriculture and this critical mode of transportation,” Steenhoek said. “The U.S is increasingly a spending nation not an investing nation — there is a big difference between the two. We’ve been unwilling to make the kinds of allocations of resources for future benefit and that is what is required to have a viable infrastructure. Certainly with our inland waterway structure you can see the results of that mentality with the dilapidated locks and dams. You don’t have to be a professional engineer to go to some of these sites and conclude that it is not if there is going to be a failure, but when.”Of course, inland water transportation is of vital importance to agricultural export markets.“This is a major issue for agriculture and other industries that rely on the system,” Steenhoek said. “We rely on that to access our international markets and we need to do a lot of work to upgrade the systems. It starts with an investment mentality.”Inland waterways are also vital to the U.S. as a whole due to the reduction of traffic on congested roads and railways with use of barge transportation.“We want to continue this work to get something done on this issue. There is a lot of work that remains to take an aspiration and turn it into an outcome. We need more funding and we need just as much predictability of funding,” Steenhoek said. “If you are building very expensive project that takes years to complete, you need reliability of funding provided by Congress and the Administration so that you can start work and complete it on time within the budget. The piecemeal way we provide funding is a recipe for cost overruns and project delays.”The Cincinnati announcement was a great step in the right direction for infrastructure improvements. The next steps include determining the viability and suitability of private/public partnerships for these kinds of projects, prioritizing the project needs, and finding the extensive funding.“It remains to be seen how the President intends to provide $200 billion in federal funding and design a system that generates an additional $800 billion in private equity to address our transportation challenges. Both are ambitious amounts,” Steenhoek said. “To provide some context, the Highway Trust Fund  — the funds generated via the federal gasoline and diesel tax every time a motorist fills his or her tank — generates approximately $35 billion each year.”Such a large investment, in an arena of stiff competition for federal dollars, will be challenging politically.“A concern that I and so many others have on this issue and a host of others is whether all of the political oxygen will get sucked out of the room due to all the time and energy being devoted elsewhere. Regardless of one’s political persuasion, it continues to be discouraging that the long ‘to do list’ on behalf of the American people continues to be insufficiently addressed,” he said. “But any time a president talks about the inland water system, that should be really encouraging. I think agriculture needs to stand ready and willing to be of assistance and maybe we can move the needle in the future.”last_img read more

Teen fencers deliver silver, bronze for PH

first_imgLOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Catantan, a two-time MVP awardee in the UAAP fighting for University of the East, barged into the semis along with 16-year-old teammate Maxine Isabel Esteban.Esteban also bowed to Berthi, 15-9, in the semis en route to the Singaporean’s gold medal triumph.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutCatantan bested Nicole Mae Wong Hui Shan also of SIngapore, 15-14, in the semis. WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Samantha Kyle Catantan of the Philippines (R) competes with Singapore’s Amita Marie Nicolette Berthi during the women’s foil individual final of the 29th Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games) in Kuala Lumpur on August 21, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Adek BERRYKUALA LUMPUR A pair of teenaged fencers gifted the Philippines a silver and bronze in the women’s fencing foil event of the 29th Southeast Asian Games Monday at MITEC Hall 6.Fifteen-year-old Samantha Kyle Catantan dropped a 15-7 decision to SIngapore’s Amita Marie Nicolette Berthi, 15-9, in the finals.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program LATEST STORIES LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games View comments UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension MOST READ Read Next PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH PLAY LIST 05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games PH salvages silver in women’s wushu eventlast_img read more