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Guessing game on LeBron James at its peak

first_imgLeBron James becomes a free agent soon. So where is he headed next?Will he surprise everyone by staying on the range in Cleveland with the Cavaliers? Or will he leave home for the bright lights of Houston or Hollywood?ADVERTISEMENT Viray zooms ahead by three at Malarayat Anyway, speculators about King James’ prospects include two of the biggest American daily newspapers—USA Today and the Los Angeles Times.USA Today said chances are grim for LeBron to stay in his home state.But with former NBA Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard wanting out of San Antonio and wishing to play for his hometown team—the Los Angeles Lakers—conversations about LeBron coming to LA now have “an entirely different decibel level.”If the Lakers trade for and land Leonard, who grew up in Moreno Valley outside LA and attended San Diego State, another superstar of his caliber would be reason enough for LeBron to relocate “to the place where his business empire is already headquartered and where he could be seen as the savior of a fallen franchise,” USA Today said.LeBron’s many business interests include television production companies in Hollywood, not to mention two mansions in the $20 million plus range each in the fancy LA neighborhood of Brentwood.ADVERTISEMENT Taal victims get help from Kalayaan town Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES 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 Your guess is as good as mine. So jump right in.Speculating about the next move of the world’s best basketball player has become a cottage industry.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 crownSo why not join the traditional news media reporters, social media trolls and bloggers, and everybody in between with the purported last word about LeBron’s destination?You have nothing to lose. As a kibitzer, you have no worry if you’re wrong. In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 Meantime, LA Times columnist Bill Plaschke has urged Lakers basketball operations chief Magic Johnson to drop everything and grab James now that Leonard wants to come home to Southern California to play for Jennie Buss’ team.“If Leonard comes, potential free agent Paul George would come. And if George comes, you bet LeBron James would come,” Plaschke wrote.“With those three players, they (Lakers) would end their five-year playoff drought, challenge Golden State and Houston in the West, potentially get back to the Finals for the first time in nine years,” according to Plaschke.”“For the first time since the days of Kobe and Shaq, they would be a nationally hated Super Team, and, man, wouldn’t that be super?”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding View commentslast_img read more

Social cohesion is like a kith and kin affair

first_imgDear Editor,I read your editorial of December 6, 2019, titled “Purpose of Social Cohesion Dept” with interest and felt compelled to share an observation hereto: Any Guyanese with a clear understanding of social cohesion should look no further nor anticipate any fulfilment of national unity under the APNU/AFC regime, as it was well-exhibited from the onset at Mr David A Granger’s presidential inauguration at Providence National Stadium in 2015. A country of six peoples; the entire ceremony was dominated by one ethnic group (like a kit and kin affair). Undoubtedly, anyone can draw his or her conclusion on the APNU/AFC position on social cohesion as it is clear as crystal for all to see.Sincerely,Paul Ramrattanlast_img read more

UL Places 10,000 Students on Probation

first_imgTo streamline its academic activities in order to produce higher calibre graduates, authorities at the University of Liberia (UL) have with immediate effect, notified more than 10,000 undergraduate students that they have been placed on probation due to their “poor academic performance,” a UL Relations official has confirmed. The probation list was released a few weeks after the UL announced the names of its “good academic standing list,” which showed that more than 1, 400 students acquired cumulative Grade Point Averages (GPA) of at least 3.0 and above, while 16 students had perfect GPAs of 4.0.            In a statement issued yesterday, UL authorities said the probation notice serves as a strong warning for students to perform better during the current semester. “When grades are tabulated for the current semester, those on double probation will be suspended from school for one semester, while those in the category of three successive failures (semester GPA below 2.0) would lead to academic expulsion in keeping with the UL Student Handbook,” the UL statement stipulates.The lists were compiled by the office of Enrollment Management.  The first list showed that 5,349 students are on single probation after failing to maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 or scored grade “C” for the 2nd semester of academic year 2012/2013. Names of students on probation are being concealed.  Instead, the public will identify them by their identification numbers or their major courses of study that are already posted on the UL bulletin board.    According to the UL Student Handbook Chapter IX, “A student is placed on Probation…, if his/her GPA for any semester falls below 2.0 or scores “C” at the end of the semester.” Therefore, for students on double probation, the Handbook says, “…he/she may remain at the university if the cumulative average is not less than 2.0 at the end of successive two semesters.” The double probation list shows that the Business College, with an enrollment of 11,242 students, has 1,955 or 17 percent on probation. The College of Agriculture and Forestry with an enrollment of 3,551 accounts for 755 or 21 percent on double probation; while out of the 8,000 in the Science College, 1852 or 23 percent of them are being placed on double probation.  Liberia College has a total enrolment of 5,524, but 598 or 10.8 percent of them are on double probation.As for Teachers’ College with 1, 993 students, there are 186 or 0.9 percent on double probation.  A further breakdown by departments shows the double probation affects 819 representing 15.33 percent of students from the Accounting Department; General Agriculture has 342 students, representing 10.14 percent; Biology Department has 533 students representing 10.35 percent, and Geology Department shows 532 students or 9.9 percent. However, based on the rules, students on the double probation list are likely to be suspended for one semester, but after serving the suspension, they will have the opportunity to apply for re-admission. Additionally, the Handbook states that a student is dropped from the university when at any time following the readmission after serving the suspension, his/her cumulative GPA remains less than 2.0 at the end of the semester.   That student will be dropped permanently from the university. The UL statement, signed by the vice president for UL Relations, Noris Tweah, added that presently, the university has more than 35,000 students on five campuses. Following the outbreak of the Ebola Virus Disease, the university reopened on March 17.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Prince George RCMP investigate fatal motor vehicle accident

first_imgPRINCE GEORGE, B.C. – Police in Prince George are investigating a fatal collision between a tractor trailer and a bicyclist.At around 9:30 this morning, police received a call that a motor vehicle collision had happened near the intersection of 15th Avenue and Carney Street.Emergency responders and RCMP attended the scene to find the bicyclist deceased. The tractor trailer was also still on the scene when police arrived. The BC Coroners Service and Commercial Vehicle Safety Enforcement unit were called to help with the investigation.- Advertisement -At this time, police say it appears that the bicyclist was not wearing a helmet.The intersection of 15th Avenue and Carney street is expected to be closed for hours while police investigate.If you have any information about this collision or if you witnessed the incident, please contact the Prince George RCMP at (250)561-3300 or anonymously contact Crime Stoppers at 1(800)222-8477.Advertisementlast_img read more

International return for Neuer in Austria friendly

first_img“These are matches he needs, it’s a real test. Afterwards, it will be up to us to decide if it’s all OK.”Germany coach Joachim Loew has already said that Neuer would only travel to Russia for the June 14-July 15 World Cup as the number one goalkeeper.Loew has taken 27 players with him for their training camp, including four ‘keepers, with four to be cut before the list of the official 23-man squad is delivered to FIFA on Monday.Neuer, 32, took to the field for the first time since his injury on Monday, playing 30 minutes in a friendly against the German under-20 side. He was to repeat that against the same opposition on Wednesday.“Manuel needs these matches to once again be on 100 percent top form. They’ll help him to refind his confidence,” said Koepke.The assistant coach added: “In training, you can’t see any difference (with Neuer), it’s as if he’s never had a break.”Should Neuer come back, Barcelona ‘keeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen will find himself relegated to the bench after a year of filling in at number one.“He knows the situation,” Koepke said of Ter Stegen, with whom he and Loew have had talks over potential selection issues.“Manu is our captain, a world champion. We’re trying everything so it works out for him. Obviously Marc-Andre would love to play, but he can manage the situation.”0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Manuel Neuer hasn’t played competitively for club or country since September due to injury © AFP/File / MIGUEL MEDINABERLIN, Germany, May 29 – Germany’s captain and goalkeeper Manuel Neuer will return to international action in Saturday’s World Cup warm-up match against Austria after more than eight months on the sidelines because of a fractured foot.“Manuel will play, there’s nothing against that,” said goalkeeping coach Andreas Koepke from Germany’s training base in Eppan, Italy.last_img read more

Kerr readies for ‘massive six weeks’ at Gor

first_imgWhen they return, back to back home games against Yanga in the CAF Confederation Cup await them before they face Rayon Sport at home and fly to North Africa to take on USM Alger in Algeria.On top of that, the club will travel to Liverpool, United Kingdom where they are scheduled to play a friendly match against English Premier League side Everton. This will come at a cost as they will have to squeeze into midweek catch up ties in the league.Also, the record 16-time Kenyan Premier League champions are in the round of 16 for the Football Kenya Federation Cup where they have been pooled against Posta Rangers.“It’s a massive task that we set ourselves into and we need to ensure we are up to the challenge. The next six weeks are going to be big for us and we need to be at our best. It has been tough already because we have played three matches within a week and it is taking a toll on us,” the tactician said.Gor Mahia head coach Dylan Kerr issues instruction to skipper Harun Shakava during the Sportpesa Super Cup at the Afraha Stadium in Nakuru in June 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluHe added; “We need to find the right balance, use the players we have very wisely and give a shot at every challenge we have.”Kerr has expressed desire to battle for both the league and cup double but the biggest on their minds is progressing to the Group Stages of the Confederation Cup. This, he knows will come at a cost.“We will get beaten at some point so the matter of going unbeaten is not really on our minds. The most important thing is that we get to achieve our targets,” he noted.The tactician has been rotating his squad throughout the season, using his best 11 sparingly and handing the rookies more playing time in the league and cup assignments.On Thursday against Sony Sugar, Boniface Oluoch, Harun Shakava and Humphrey Mieno were all rested. It is expected that he will also rotate the squad during the Kagame Cup in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.Gor Mahia midfielder Ernest Wendo in action against Sony Sugar during a Kenyan Premier League match at the Moi Stadium in Kisumu on June 29, 2018. PHOTO/CourtesyJacques Tuyisenge struck the lone goal against the Sugar millers to send the club 15 points clear on top of the standings with the pending derby against arch rivals AFC Leopards meaning they have played a match less.Meanwhile, the club has completed the signing of striker Francis Mustafa who arrives from Rwanda top tier side Kiyovu Sports, with the Burundian international set to replace Meddie Kagere who left to join Simba SC in Tanzania.“Gor Mahia is a big club with good players and l am happy to be part of the club. It’s a great opportunity for me to better what l did in Rwanda. I will work hard to help the team to achieve the best,” Mustafa told the official Gor Mahia website after penning his contract in Nairobi.Mustafa’s signing is the only transfer business K’Ogalo will transact with the transfer window set to be close on July 2.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Gor Mahia head coach Dylan Kerr reacts during a training session at the Camp Toyoyo Ground in Jericho on April 5, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Jun 29- Gor Mahia head coach Dylan Kerr believes the next six weeks will be massively important in shaping up how they end the season, calling on players to brace themselves for a bumpy ride.Just after their 1-0 victory over Sony Sugar in Kisumu on Friday evening to extend their lead on top of the Kenyan premier League standings, Gor Mahia flew directly to Nairobi from where they will depart to Tanzania for the two-week CECAFA Kagame Cup.last_img read more

Kenyan football admin Swaleh dead in Ethiopia plane crash

first_img0Shares0000FKF President Nick Mwendwa confirmed the sad news in a tweet on Sunday afternoon. Photo/TwitterNAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 10 – Hussein Swaleh, a former Football Kenya Federation (FKF) General Secretary is among the 32 Kenyans who died in the early morning Ethiopian Airline plane crash on Sunday.FKF President Nick Mwendwa confirmed the sad news in a tweet on Sunday afternoon, “Sad day for football. You were doing what you loved most. Fare thee well my chairman. Until we meet again.”Sad day for football. You were doing what you loved most. Fare thee well my chairman. Until we meet again.— Nick Mwendwa (@Nmwendwa) March 10, 2019Swaleh was connecting to Nairobi from Alexandria, Egypt where he was the match commissioner in Friday night’s CAF Champions League clash pitting Ismaily and Congolese giants TP Mazembe at the Borg el Aram Stadium.“According to the itinerary, that was supposed to have been his flight and the general assumption is that he boarded it. We will have to wait for the full manifest from Ethiopian Airlines on who was on board the airplane for us to officially confirm,” a source told Capital Sport on Sunday.The former Secretary General now turned CAF accredited match commissioner had travelled with the other referees from Cairo and they are reported to have landed safely at the Bole International Airport in Addis Ababa from where all would board planes to their respective countries.The Ethiopian Airline plane ET 302 had been scheduled to arrive at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport at 10:30am Sunday morning but according to a statement released by the airline, it lost contact just six minutes after it took off.It was later officially reported that all 157 on board the plane died on the crash with eye witnesses telling the BBC that the plane which crashed 62km away from the Capital Addis exploded loudly and was engulfed in flames.Photos emanating from the crush scene show an apocalyptic image of a plane wreckage burnt to ashes.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Belgium vs Japan: World Cup 2018 match preview, predicted team line-ups and more

first_imgHaving topped Group G with a win over England, Belgium now take on Japan as they bid to reach the World Cup 2018 quarter-finals.Roberto Martinez’s side are favourites but will need to be wary of their opponents given the recent shocks at the tournament. 4 Belgium star Adnan Januzaj celebrates scoring the winner against England. Good times Latest World Cup 2018 news Leicester City and Japan forward Shinji Okazaki in action at World Cup 2018. LU BEAUTY With their formidable goal threat, the Belgians will need Romelu Lukaku, Eden Hazard, and Dries Mertens to all be on top form but the Samurai Blue’s defending has been fairly decent in Russia, which could lead to a stalemate – but something has to give in these fraught knockout matches.You can hear commentary of the action unfold live on talkSPORT from 7pm.What the managers are saying:Roberto Martinez (Belgium): “I think there is a belief; we’ve been undefeated for a long long time.“There is a real understanding among the players and it’s an opportunity to face the best teams in the world… I think we’ve done everything we can as a group to prepare ourselves.” Watch every goal England scored at the 2018 World Cup Southgate makes young England fan’s day by replying to his letter Pure class 4 Predicted teamsBelgium: Thibaut Courtois; Jan Vertonghen, Vincent Kompany, Toby Alderweireld; Axel Witsel, Kevin De Bruyne, Yannick Carrasco, Thomas Meunier; Dries Mertens, Eden Hazard; Romelu Lukaku.Japan: Eiji Kawashima; Hiroki Sakai, Maya Yoshida, Gen Shoji, Yuto Nagatomo; Makoto Hasebe, Gaku Shibasaki; Genki Haraguchi, Shinji Kagawa, Takashi Inui; Yuya Osako. 4 Dele Alli reveals pre-match rituals and lucky charms he has before matches Why does Luis Suarez kiss his wrist when he celebrates a goal? misery Olivier Giroud confirms N’Golo Kante is the nicest man in football Arsenal star Laurent Koscielny admits he didn’t want France to win World Cup Akira Nishino (Japan): “There are many different aspects, and it is really tense when it comes to a penalty shootout. Therefore, I don’t think it is really useful to practice for a penalty shootout, per se. We haven’t actually practiced them.“In terms of PKs, or the penalty shootout, it is important to prepare ourselves, but I think it is the mental aspect that really counts.”What the players are saying:Dries Mertens (Belgium): “With the qualities of Romelu [Lukaku] and Eden [Hazard], we can create a great deal of danger.“We are doing really well. We like to score a lot of goals.” Learn the words for England’s catchy Gareth Southgate song 4 Fallon d’Floor SUPERSTITION NO JOY talkSPORT will be with listeners all day and all night at this year’s 2018 FIFA World Cup™ with over 800 hours of World Cup content and all 64 games live across the talkSPORT network. Paul Pogba buys France World Cup winners specially designed rings ‘It could have been me’ – Allardyce admits World Cup was tough to watch You’re the one Belgian forward Dries Mertens celebrates scoring against Panama. Shy guy A reminder to Liverpool fans about the very comical threat Neymar offers Japan head coach Akira Nishino takes training. Maya Yoshida (Japan): “It will be more difficult for our opponents if we play to our strengths, which is our speed. But if we let them play to their strengths it will be tough for us so we have to take the initiative.”How can I listen?Click here to listen to our live commentary of the action as it happens on talkSPORT.Team newsFor the Belgians, Romelu Lukaku returns from an ankle injury, while fit again Thomas Vermaelen and Vincent Kompany are attempting to take the place of Dedryck Boyata in defence. Meanwhile, for the Japanese, Shinji Okazaki is a doubt. diamond geezer last_img read more

Inderski Records A Career-High 21 Kills, But Volleyball Falls, 3-1

first_img Full Schedule Roster Next Game: Preview Buy Tickets Live Stats Watch Live Bradley 11/21/2015 – 3:00 PM The Valley on ESPN3 DES MOINES, Iowa – Drake’s Kyla Inderski (Urbandale, Iowa) recorded a career-high 21 kills but it was not enough to propel the Drake University volleyball team past visiting Loyola in a 3-1 loss Friday evening in the Knapp Center.Loyola (20-10, 9-8 MVC) held off the Bulldogs (14-20, 5-12 MVC) by set scores of 30-32, 25-14, 25-20, 25-16. Inderski’s 21 kills came off a career-high 62 attacks as she hit .226 in the loss and added 13 digs for her 15th double-double of the season. Makena Schoene (Seattle, Wash.) added 10 kills. Loyola, which has clinched its  spot in the MVC Championships, was led by Maureen Carls with 19 kills while her teammates Sami Hansen and Morgan Reardon tallied 13 each. Caroline Holt totaled 53 assists. The first set featured 16 ties and six lead changes before Drake was able to build up the two point lead necessary to beat Loyola 32-30. Schoene led the Bulldogs with six kills, followed by Inderski with three in the set that saw Drake open with a quick 8-4 lead.  Drake opened the second set with a pair of errors, allowing Loyola to have a two point lead to begin the set. Drake kept it close until Loyola had a 6-0 run to pull ahead by eight at 13-5. Loyola continued to hold its lead over the Bulldogs to win the set 25-14. Inderski tallied another four kills, while Katie Allen (Mokena, Ill.) had six. Loyola started with a 5-1 lead in the third set when Drake had a 4-0 run to tie the set behind Allen’s serves. Drake took its first lead, 13-12, since the first set after three-consecutive points behind Grace Schofield’s serving.  Loyola eventually took back the lead and did not relinquish it, winning the set 25-20. Inderski had eight kills along with Chandelle Davidson’s (Gretna, Neb.) seven assists. The fourth set continued to be close, but was eventually controlled by the Ramblers, who had an eight point or greater lead throughout most of the set. Drake briefly amassed a 4-0 run to cut into the lead, but despite six kills from Inderski the Bulldogs weren’t able to overtake the Ramblers’ lead. Loyola won the set 25-16 to defeat the Bulldogs, 3-1. The Bulldogs will finish their season Saturday afternoon against Bradley at 3 p.m. In the Knapp Center. The contest, which will serve as the Bulldogs’ ‘Senior Day’ will be broadcast on The Valley on ESPN3. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Telkom mobile to launch soon

first_imgTelkom will launch its mobile service inSouth Africa. Telkom’s mobile network will also offerinternet connection services.(Images: Bongani Nkosi)MEDIA CONTACTS• Pynee ChettySpokespersonTelkom+27 12 311 5247RELATED ARTICLES• Cheaper phone rates for SA• MTN launches R8.1bn shares scheme• Telkom teams up with AT&T• Talk 11 languages on your phoneBongani NkosiA new mobile service network, owned and operated by South African telecommunications giant Telkom, is well on its way to becoming a reality in the country.Telkom had planned to introduce the new mobile service before the end of 2010, but its spokesperson Pynee Chetty could not give an exact date. Initial expectations were that it would launch on 14 October.Outgoing CEO Reuben September confirmed to the media in June that plans for the new venture were already advanced and said they would introduce it within the 2010 calendar year.Telkom has invested R6-billion (US$857-million) in the venture, which will be used as capital expenditure over the next five years.As part of preparations for introducing the network, Telkom signed a national roaming agreement with its prospective competition, MTN, in April, enabling it to use MTN’s infrastructure to launch its services.Applauding the agreement, MD of MTN Karel Pienaar said it demonstrated the two companies’ continued commitment to provide mobile phone connectivity for all South Africans.Telkom negotiated a similar agreement with Vodacom, another South African mobile service provider. The agreements will allow Telkom to introduce services such voice, text and multimedia messages, 2G and 3G data nationally when it launches.Telkom will roll out its own mobile base stations once its service is operational.Online publication Tech Central reported on 2 October that Telkom has already named its new service Heita, which is township slang for “How are you?”, but Chetty could not confirm this.Dispute likely to delay mattersThe launch of the new network is likely to be delayed by a dispute between Telkom and MTN, which is being handled by the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa’s (Icasa) complaints and compliance committee.Icasa spokesperson Paseka Maleka confirmed that the dispute relates to pricing of interconnection fees. There are three interconnection complaints laid by Telkom, Maleka said. “The major one is a complaint from Telkom that MTN is unwilling to agree that the wholesale rate for the termination on Telkom’s network of calls, which originate on MTN’s network, should be 93 cents, [excluding value-added tax].”Telkom wants the rate to be fixed at 89 cents. MTN is arguing that it would be financially disadvantaged if it were to terminate calls on its network originating from Telkom at that rate. “According to MTN, this would give rise to the disparity of four cents between the amount received and the amount paid,” added Maleka.The committee held hearings on 2 October and “will make its findings known within 90 days”.Declining fixed-line revenueTelkom, traditionally a fixed-line operator, sees the new venture as a way to increase its cash flow, which was constrained in the previous financial year.It said it has learnt that traditional fixed-line voice revenues are declining in various countries, and groups have realised that “a successful operation requires an integrated mobile business”.The company faces “intensifying competition” from existing mobile services. The fixed-to-mobile replacement trend accounted for 9.3% drop in Telkom South Africa’s traffic revenue in 2009/10, it said.“This continuing trend justifies the need to enter the mobile market, particularly the mobile data market,” said September when delivering Telkom’s financial year-end results in June.The development of a mobile service is a strategy of winning back traffic on to the Telkom network, according to the company.It believes there are “tremendous market opportunities” in South Africa for its network, as “mobile voice and, especially, mobile data are still experiencing growth”.But industry analysts are not predicting an easy ride for Telkom, as it would face stiff competition from the three established local service providers Vodacom, MTN and Cell C. Telkom recently netted R40.5-billion ($5.8-billion) from the sale of its stake in Vodacom.Independent telecommunications analyst Richard Hurst argued in iWeek on 22 September, a business technology magazine, that the service would be disadvantaged due to the timing of its launch, pointing out that Cell C, which came on stream after Vodacom and MTN, has battled to penetrate the market.last_img read more