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David Stern, father of the modern NBA, dies at 77

first_imgPhotograph: Reuters David Stern, commissioner of the NBA from 1984 to 2014 and commissioner emeritus since then, died on Wednesday at age 77 as a result of of “a cerebral hemorrhage” that suffered “final December,” as introduced by the NBA itself.Stern is taken into account a key man in the modern improvement of the greatest basketball league in the world and one of the most vital individuals in NBA historical past. Born in New York and a lawyer at Columbia College, he started working with the league in 1966, joined in 1978 and have become commissioner in 1984, succeeding Larry O’Brien. The NBA grew as by no means throughout its 30-year time period. His successor and present commissioner, Adam Silver, issued a press release of condolences and respect “recalling the significance of David’s passage by means of the NBA and expressing condolences in the direction of his spouse, kids and household.”“For 22 years, I had a seat on the edge of the courtroom to see David in motion. He was a mentor and one of my greatest mates. We spent numerous hours in the workplace, in stadiums and on airplanes, wherever sport takes us Like all NBA legends, David had extraordinary abilities, however with him it was largely about the fundamentals: preparation, consideration to element and exhausting work, “says the be aware.“David took management over the NBA in 1984, with the league in the center of a crossroads. However all through his 30 years as Commissioner, he sowed the path of the modern and world NBA. He launched media and advertising alliances that broke the mould, digital sources and social accountability packages that introduced the sport to billions of individuals round the world. As a result of of David, the NBA is a very world model – making it not just one of the greatest sports activities commissioners of all time but in addition one of the most influential enterprise leaders of his era, “he provides.“Each member of the NBA household is a beneficiary of David’s imaginative and prescient, generosity and inspiration. Our deepest condolences go to his spouse Dianne, his sons Andrew and Eric and his entire household, and we share our ache with everybody these whose life was touched by him “, ends.center_img The ex-commissioner suffered a mind hemorrhage in DecemberHe was in cost of the league for 30 years and modified it utterlylast_img read more

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PPP warns voters not to sign more than one candidate list

first_img– to lodge complaint with GECOM over alleged electoral fraudThe People’s Progressive Party (PPP) plans to lodge an official complaint with the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) over what it described as acts to commit electoral fraud.PPP Executive Secretary Zulficar MustaphaChief Scrutiniser and Executive of the political party, Zulficar Mustapha, said he was reliably informed by several people that some political parties are on the ground misleading voters around the country.From the complaints received, he noted that the Alliance For Change (AFC), United Republican Party of Guyana (URP) and the A partnership for National Unity (APNU) are the perpetrators.Mustapha told Guyana Times on Tuesday that before a candidate can contest a constituency of a Neighbourhood Democratic Council (NDC) area, he or she would have to have certain amount of backers.“For the NDC you have to have 20-30 signatures of persons who live in that constituency. The entire list for an NDC area requires 30 backers but each. In the municipality the number of backers for constituency candidate is 60 and number for entire municipality list which is proportional representation part is 110.”The PPP executive said his party was informed that many persons who have signed onto the PPP list of candidates are going around telling people they can sign more than one list of candidates.He said, “That is wrong! If you sign on more than one list of candidates, those lists can become nullified and invalid. In Rose Hall we had people from URP who went and mislead people, telling them that they are from the PPP… so they were suspicious of their movement and URP activist and we doubled checked.”Mustapha feels people are rejecting the coalition parties, particularly the AFC and URP, “and now they using cover under the PPP to dupe people.” He therefore warned potential voters against signing any list that they don’t feel comfortable with and to ensure they verify the authenticity of the list.“I know there are many persons that people are willing to sign on our list, and AFC and APNU people are reluctant to sign on their list to back their list of candidates. This is a trend that might take place before Local Government Elections and we are monitoring the situation carefully,” he added.The PPP chief scrutiniser said these complaints are not just limited to one particular areas but were spread out across various regions, including Region Three (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara); Region Four (Demerara-Mahaica); Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne); and Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni).“It seems as though this is a national ploy to mislead people. We are saying also that GECOM has a role to play, they could only sign on one list of candidates,” he said. Mustapha said during his next meeting with the Chief Elections Officer of GECOM, Keith Lowenfield, he will raise this issue. He also plans to write the GECOM CEO.GECOM has already been accused of encouraging gerrymandering of boundaries to favour APNU/AFC. Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo pointed out that changing the number of Local Authority Areas (LAAs) is the privilege of Communities Minister Ronald Bulkan, but it is the role of GECOM to constitute new LAAs where they are created, and reconstitute existing ones where they have been changed.He stressed that in seeking to undertake such, it must be done fairly and in consultation with political stakeholders. This, according to him, has not been the case. Jagdeo pointed to a few examples, in Region Two (Pomeroon-Supernaam), Region Three and in Region Six.Jagdeo explained that by merging the constituencies where the PPP won, GECOM is reducing the number of seats won by the PPP in that particular LAA. He said by not merging the constituencies where the APNU/AFC won, where there are less voters, GECOM is providing for an increase in the number of possible seats APNU and AFC could win, based on the results at the 2016 Local Government Elections.The PPP is challenging the Minister’s decision in court.last_img read more

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Lukaku ends big game doubters to outshine Morata

first_img0Shares0000Manchester United’s Belgian striker Romelu Lukaku has now scored 22 times in all competitions since completing a £75 million move from Everton in July © AFP / Oli SCARFFMANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Feb 26 – Romelu Lukaku quietened questions over his ability to deliver against the best opposition by scoring and setting up the winner for Jesse Lingard as Manchester United came from behind to beat Chelsea 2-1 on Sunday.Lukaku hadn’t netted in any of his six previous matches against top six Premier League opponents for United leading to suggestions the Belgian was a flat track bully. However, he has now scored 22 times in all competitions since completing a £75 million move from Everton in July.“It’s not bad, but you can always improve,” said Lukaku of his return so far.“I want to do better for the team. At the end of the day, I’m at Manchester United and I want to win trophies. That’s the most important thing.”United manager Jose Mourinho was effusive of his praise for Lukaku, as his personal performance mirrored the hosts’ overall display after a fast start by Chelsea.The visitors deservedly lead through Willian’s strike just before the half hour mark as once again United failed to get the best out of Alexis Sanchez and Paul Pogba in a new four-man diamond midfield.But Lukaku got his break six minutes before half-time when he slotted home Anthony Martial’s pass.He nearly had a spectacular second when his overhead kick was turned over by Thibaut Courtois midway through the second period.But Courtois was helpless when Lukaku showed his abilities outside the box to cross for Lingard to head home.“I think he played fantastically well,” said Mourinho. “He was little bit lost but then he went together with the team.“The team was improving, improving, improving…he ended the game with the image of a hand in the goal.”– Morata misses out –But for a late change of course from United in the summer, Lukaku and Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata could have been lining up for opposite sides on Sunday.The Spaniard was high on Mourinho’s wish list before United eventually decided on moving for Lukaku to pave the way for Morata to move to Stamford Bridge from Real Madrid for a club record fee just a week later.Morata scored the only goal when the sides last met in November, but is now without a goal in two months as a lack of fitness and form has derailed his first season in England.“Like the other players, he tried to put everything on the pitch,” said Chelsea manager Antonio Conte. “For sure he can improve. He can improve a lot.”Morata’s best chance came after just four minutes when he turned Marcos Alonso’s low cross against the crossbar.He also had the ball in the net five minutes from time, but had already been flagged for a debatable offside decision that saw Conte intensify his calls for video assistant refereeing (VAR) to be introduced to the Premier League.“This type of situations can change the final result,” said the Italian.“For this reason I am very positive to introduce VAR, especially in England.“We have to have this system to help the referees avoid this big mistake.”However, Conte defended the decision to give Morata the full 90 minutes on his first start for six weeks and instead replace Eden Hazard 17 minutes from time.“Hazard was a tactical decision,” added Conte.“You have to keep the same performance for 90 minutes. We didn’t have a great balance and every single player has to work with and without the ball, otherwise we lose our balance and lose the game.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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‘Kid to a legend’: Torres bids Atletico farewell with two goals

first_img0Shares0000Thanks for the memories: Atletico Madrid’s Fernando Torres acknowledges the fans on his last appearance for the club on Sunday © AFP / GABRIEL BOUYSMADRID, Spain, May 20 – Fernando Torres scored twice on an emotional final outing for Atletico Madrid on Sunday but was denied a victorious farewell as Eibar snatched a 2-2 draw.Torres struck in each half much to the delight of his adoring fans at the Wanda Metropolitano but a Lucas Hernandez red card helped Eibar claim a point on the last day of the La Liga season. Atletico finish the campaign second in the table, Eibar sit 10th.Enrique Garcia had given the visitors a surprise early lead and Ruben Pena capitalised on the numerical advantage by equalising late on, but this match was always going to be about Torres.On his 404th appearance for Atletico, his goals were his 128th and 129th for the club, coming 17 years after his first, scored against Albacete in the Segunda Division in June 2001.Torres has yet to declare his next move but this display — speedy, sharp and clinical — will have caught the eye of many interested parties.In truth, the 34-year-old’s fairytale ending had already arrived on Wednesday, when he lifted his first Atleti trophy after the triumphant Europa League final against Marseille.But this double added some extra sparkle in front of his own supporters, who stayed on after the final whistle to watch the team form a guard of honour as the striker left the pitch.He had walked out the same way, with his three children, through a corridor formed by the Eibar players as Atletico’s fans displayed the words, ‘De Nino A Leyenda’, meaning ‘from a kid to a legend’.Outside the ground, fans had posed for photos next to Torres life-size cut-outs and peered at message boards, detailing the player’s greatest moments.This, after all, was a boyhood Atletico fan, who first watched his team with his grandfather as a child, and who, when he returned to the club for a second spell in 2015, drew a crowd of more than 40,000 just for his presentation.He missed an early chance, and it was a good one too, after nicking the ball away from Eibar’s David Lomban, only to drag the finish wide of the far post.Eibar threatened to spoil the party when Garcia gave them the lead in the 35th minute. Stefan Savic attempted to clear but connected only with the air and Garcia snuck in ahead of Juanfran to slide home.Atletico were enjoying the lion’s share of possession, however, and Torres’ moment came two minutes before the interval.Saul’s clipped ball over the top caught Eibar napping and Angel Correa might have shot, with only the goalkeeper to beat. Instead he squared right for Torres, who celebrated by kissing the badge and applauding the fans.His second on the hour required more of his own work. Diego Costa, sent on with Antoine Griezmann a minute before, played the through-ball but Torres showed speed to outrun Paulo Oliveira and a cool head to finish past Marko Dmitrovic.This time he ran into the fans behind the goal, for which he picked up a yellow card. Three minutes later, referee Alfonso Alvarez produced another booking, for Hernandez, who had already been cautioned when he obstructed Ivan Alejo and Atleti were down to 10.Eibar were level within seven minutes, Pena unleashing a superb strike from the edge of the area that Jan Oblak could only palm into the top corner.Atleti pushed for a winner late on but the spoils were shared as the tributes to Torres continued after the final whistle.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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PICTURE SPECIAL: BURTONPORT AND KINCASSLAGH WATER SAFETY AWARDS

first_imgA big WELL DONE to all the children who took part in the Burtonport-Kincasslagh water safety this year.The training took place over two seperate weeks at The Blockyard Beach in Keadue and at the Bridge in Cruit.In total 170 swim certificates and 99 rescue and endurance certificates were awarded over the two weeks. A big THANK you to all the instructors who helped out in any way. PICTURE SPECIAL: BURTONPORT AND KINCASSLAGH WATER SAFETY AWARDS was last modified: August 18th, 2013 by John2Share 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:burtonportKINCASSLAGHwater safety awardslast_img read more

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Woman charged in man’s slaying

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SAN FERNANDO – A Canyon Country woman was charged Tuesday with murdering her husband and held with bail set at $2 million. Speaking through a Spanish-language interpreter, Esperanza Castro appeared in court Tuesday in San Fernando to enter a plea of not guilty on counts of murder and conspiracy to commit murder. Deputy District Attorney Tannaz Mokayef asked Commissioner Gerald Richardson to maintain Castro’s no-bail status to keep her in the area. “She is unemployed and considered a flight risk with several connections to Mexico,” Mokayef said. “She has $2 million at her disposal and will flee to Mexico.” Mokayef argued unsuccessfully, saying the seriousness of the crime – the use of a handgun and pipe to kill Ramon Castro – should warrant no bail. Richardson denied the request, setting bail at $2 million. About 25 people filled the courtroom gallery, many of them Esperanza Castro’s siblings, as well as her children, stepchildren and family friends. Castro is accused of killing her husband of 19 years, a popular landscaper in the Santa Clarita Valley. His body was found March 23 in the bed of his landscaping truck, which was abandoned on Sierra Highway near the Antelope Valley Freeway. Esperanza Castro had reported him missing the night before. Esperanza Castro’s brother, Willie Rodriguez, said 10 of her 12 siblings were in the courtroom, but that their mother is in fragile health and unaware that her daughter was in serious trouble. “It was a shock to everyone,” he said. “We were shocked to hear they were getting divorced. She has a great heart and was always good to us.” Lita Dboynosoff, Esperanza’s hairdresser and longtime friend, said her friend helped people when they needed food or jobs. “I know she is a very good person,” she said. “What happened is a great tragedy.” Dboynosoff said she helped Esperanza’s daughter Vanessa clean up the family home so the Castros’ two teenage children could come in and get their things. “We went in and cleaned up the blood. The rest of the house was immaculate, but there was a lot of blood in the bedroom and the steps going down to the den and in the driveway.” “The kids loved their father so much and I don’t want them to lose their mother,” she said. An employee of Castro’s landscaping firm who did not want to give his name said Ray Castro was one of the best people he’d ever met and that he didn’t have any enemies. One of Castro’s attorneys, Victor Toscano, said prosecutors did a “rush job” on the case and accused them of going off “half-cocked” in charging his client. He also said detectives tried to tire his client by keeping her at the sheriff’s station for nearly 24 hours after receiving the initial 911 call and responding to the Evron Avenue home. Esperanza Castro is due back in court next Tuesday for a bail reduction hearing. carol.rock@dailynews.com (661)257-5252last_img read more

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Carlos Bacca LATEST: Agent of Arsenal and West Ham target makes Marseille hint

first_img1 The agent of Arsenal and West Ham target Carlos Bacca has hinted his client may consider a move to Marseille.The striker looks set to leave AC Milan this summer after almost jumping ship a year ago.Back then it was West Ham who were fighting hard to sign the Colombian, while Arsenal were also thought to be keeping tabs on the 30-year-old.Now it is Marseille who have emerged as contenders to land the forward and Bacca’s agent, Sergio Barila, has hinted they could be an option as his client looks to leave Milan.“Ligue 1 has become an attractive league, as more and more clubs are trying to compete with Paris Saint-Germain,” Barila told RMC.“The presence of a great like [Marseille sporting director] Andoni Zubizarreta proves that OM have a serious and ambitious project.“This is the World Cup year and Carlos wants to participate with his Colombia. That means he must choose a club that can guarantee him visibility.” Carlos Bacca last_img read more

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ORANGE HALL BLAZE WAS STARTED DELIBERATELY – GARDAI

first_imgGardai have confirmed that a fire which destroyed an Orange Hall in Newtowncunningham was started deliberately.The Orange Hall in Newtowncunningham after is was badly damaged by fire this morning. Pic by Denis Hutton.The fire was first spotted at 7am on Sunday morning.The roof of the building and much of its contents was completely destroyed in the blaze. The hall had only been completely refurbished last year and was used up until last friday when a party party had taken place in te building which is located on the village’s Main Street.There was a previous arson attack on the hall in 2010.Gardai have now appealed to locals who may have seen anything suspicious to contact them.Responding to confirmation from An Garda Síochana that the fire that devastated Newtowncunningham Orange Hall in County Donegal was an arson attack local Sinn Féin TD Padraig Mac Lochlainn described it as an attack on the entire community. Speaking after inspecting the damage at the hall with members of the local Orange and Protestant community Deputy Mac Lochlainn said those responsible for this attack represent nobody but themselves.“Anybody with any information relating to this incident should bring it immediately to An Garda Síochana.“I sincerely hope that those responsible will be brought to justice.“I also want to convey the solidarity of the entire community in Donegal with the minority Protestant community at this time. I have no doubt that that community will unite together and rebuild the hall.”  ORANGE HALL BLAZE WAS STARTED DELIBERATELY – GARDAI was last modified: September 15th, 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:blazeGardaiNewtowncunninghamOrange Halllast_img read more

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Grand-son of Express founder appointed club Chairperson

first_imgKiryowa Kiwanuka is the grand-son of Jolly Joe Kiwanuka (file photo)The Grand-Son of Express FC founder Jolly Joe Kiwanuka, Kiryowa Kiwanuka has been appointed the new Chairperson of the Club.Kiryowa who is a City Lawyer replaced Hajji Hassan Bulwadda in the role, barely a year after the later took over the role from Hon. Nakiwala Kiyingi.This comes as a surprise due to the fact that Bulwadda had been rumored to have secured the role for five years.Kiryowa who holds a Master’s Degree in Petroleum Law and Policy from the University of Dundee, Scotland confirmed the developments on his twitter handle.“I have taken over the leadership of Express (red eagles) as its chairman, read the tweet.“I would like to thank all those that have worked hard for Express over the years and call for the support of the Express fans and the entire footballing fraternity.With Express FC problems looking miles away from being sorted after the controversial sacking of former coach Shafic Bisaso, Kiryowa who was appointed through a board meeting this week, will have a lot on his table in order to ensure that the club restores its past glory.Bisaso who secured the club’s status in the top tier claims that he did not receives official communication about his departure yet the club has already appointed former Bul tactician Kefa Kisala as head coach.Express FC survived relegation to the second tier of Uganda football last season after a 1-0 final match day win over Masavu FC in Bugonga.The appointment of Kiyowa is a sign that Express FC indeed want to get back to where they belong but the football fraternity will have to wait and see where this all leads the troubled side.Who is Kiryowa Kiwanuka:Kiryowa Kiwanuka is a partner at K&K Advocates. He is one of the two pioneer partners at the firm having started K&K Advocates in October 2001 with Edwin Karugire.Kiryowa has practiced Commercial Law, Labor Law and Energy Law for over 18 years and although his focus is mainly on Oil and Gas law currently, he is still very passionate and active in Commercial Litigation.Outside the law firm Kiryowa loves to play golf at any one of the golf courses that he is a member of; Entebbe Club, Uganda Golf Club, Kampala Golf Club and Jinja Golf Club.Furthermore, he has served in various capacities in golf administration. He has been the Secretary and Chairman of the Entebbe Club and also served as the Vice President and President of Uganda Golf Union.During his tenure as President of the Uganda Golf Union Uganda, Kiryowa was able to win the coveted Zone VI Golf Championship; also winning as the East African Champions two years in a row.Beyond golf, Kiwanuka is a die-hard supporter of both Express Football Club (where he served as Secretary for a year) and Arsenal Football Club in the premier league.Comments Tags: Express FCKiryowa Kiwanukalast_img read more

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Focus on Seattle: Russell Wilson, better than ever, is huge obstacle for 49ers

first_imgThe 49ers may have seen a lot of Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson over the years, but they’ve never gotten a close look at this Russell Wilson.Ready or not, they’ll get a dose of the Wilson who’s suddenly become the NFL’s leading MVP candidate, the guy with the unbelievable statistics and the unprecedented contract.The showdown between the two NFC West powers is set for next Monday at Levi’s Stadium, and the 49ers’ unbeaten existence may depend on stopping the much-improved Wilson.One …last_img read more

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