Donovan Mitchell’s big rookie season heads into the playoffs

first_imgValdez, La Salle players lead first volleyball national team tryouts “He wasn’t worried about starting. He just wanted to play, and he wanted to play well,” the coach said.Overall, Mitchell led Utah during the regular season with an average of 20.5 points a game, and he led all NBA rookies with an average of 23 points in March (ninth overall). He’s the first rookie to lead his team in scoring and into the playoffs since Carmelo Anthony with Denver.On Thursday, Mitchell was named the NBA’s Rookie of the Month for March and the first part of April. It was the fourth time he’d earned the award this season.He has 187 3-pointers heading into the postseason, which starts for the Jazz on Sunday in Oklahoma City.Mitchell and Ben Simmons are the top candidates for the NBA’s Rookie of the Year award (which Lillard won in 2013). The two have gotten into something of a war of words lately, with Simmons telling ESPN that he’d vote for himself: “If you look at the numbers, you’ll see. People who know the game know.”Mitchell responded by trolling Simmons with a pair of sweatshirts. The first one — worn before Tuesday’s game against the Warriors — was emblazoned with the definition of the word rookie. The second, which he wore into the Moda Center on Wednesday, exclaimed simply, “Rookie?”Simmons was the first overall pick by Philadelphia in the 2016 draft but broke his foot and missed his entire first season. So technically he counts as a rookie this season.Back in February, Lillard made his endorsement of Mitchell clear: “I think he should be Rookie of the Year, for sure. Not just because of his numbers, but his impact on their team. He’s basically leading them. It’s special to see a rookie be able to do what he’s doing out there.”Utah teammate Rudy Gobert said Mitchell has already proven his worth to the Jazz.“Whether he wins it or not, I don’t think it really matters. In five years we won’t care if he won it or not. He showed that he’s poised to be a superstar in this league and he will be,” Gobert said. View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell (45) attempts to drive past Golden State Warriors guard Quinn Cook (4) in the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, April 10, 2018, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Alex Goodlett)Over the course of Donovan Mitchell’s outstanding rookie season with Utah, Portland star Damian Lillard has become something of a mentor, regularly sending texts of encouragement.So Lillard really didn’t mind when Mitchell was the one who broke his rookie 3-point record.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil LATEST STORIES “He’s had a great season, not just for a rookie but for a guard in the NBA. I’m really happy for him,” Lillard said. “We’ve had some communication throughout the season. I like to see a guy that’s humble, a guy that works hard. Not many people were talking about him coming out of the draft. He wasn’t the talk of the draft.“But he just came out and he just showed. That’s what makes me a fan of him.”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 crownMitchell surpassed Lillard’s mark of 185 3-pointers on Tuesday night in Utah’s 119-79 victory over the Golden State Warriors.The next night, the two players were face-to-face in the final regular-season game. Portland claimed a 102-93 win on its home court, sending the Trail Blazers into a first-round playoff series against the New Orleans Pelicans, and the Jazz to a postseason matchup with the Oklahoma City Thunder. Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewcenter_img Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Mitchell, 21, described the end of the season as fun, with both the record and Utah’s push for the playoffs. The Jazz strung together an 11-game winning streak starting in late January to begin a run in which they lost just twice in a 23-game span.“The kid inside me has really enjoyed it,” Mitchell said. “I got the Defensive Player of the Year and Coach of the Year on my team and we’re the No. 5 seed and nobody thought we’d even be in the playoffs. So I’m excited to get this thing going.”Utah coach Quin Snyder said he was always confident in Mitchell’s ability, even back in early November when the rookie went 3 for 21 from the floor in a 104-97 loss to Philadelphia.“As much as anything, it wasn’t Donovan’s play. I mean it was — coupled with his mental makeup. You could tell this was a guy who was fearless, who was not afraid of the moment. And I think the Philly game, what he did the next game, how he moved the ball, his decisions were better.”Snyder said the Jazz staff focused on Mitchell’s progress and knew the results would come for the 6-foot-3 shooting guard out of Louisville.ADVERTISEMENT 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 P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast MOST READ Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flameslast_img read more

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French Open: Del Potro has ‘nothing to lose’ against ‘king of clay’ Nadal

first_imgArgentina’s Juan Martin del Potro celebrates after victory over Croatia’s Marin Cilic at the end of their men’s singles quarter-final match on day twelve of The Roland Garros 2018 French Open tennis tournament in Paris on June 7, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Christophe ARCHAMBAULTArgentina’s Juan Martin del Potro said that he will have “nothing to lose” in his French Open semi-final clash with Rafael Nadal on Friday, after not even knowing whether he would play in the days before the tournament.The former US Open champion, who almost retired from the sport two years ago after persistent wrist injuries, had said he would make a “last-minute decision” on his Roland Garros participation after suffering a leg injury at the Rome Masters.ADVERTISEMENT But fast-forward 12 days and the affable Del Potro is preparing to take on 10-time champion Nadal in his first French Open semi-final since 2009.READ: Nadal completes fightback to reach 11th French Open semifinalFEATURED 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 enormity of the situation clearly dawned on him after beating Marin Cilic in the quarter-finals on Thursday, as he sobbed tears of joy at the side of the court.“I’m feeling so, so happy to make the right decision to play here. I am doing well,” he said after edging out third seed Cilic 7-6 (7/5), 5-7, 6-3, 7-5. “I came here without big expectations, just seeing how my body feels match by match.“Now I’m (in the) semi-finals, which means something great to me. So I have nothing to lose tomorrow. We’ll see what can I do against the king of clay.”The fifth seed, who stunned Roger Federer to win the 2009 US Open at the age of 20, said he never imagined that the likes of the 20-time Grand Slam champion and Nadal would still be standing in his path at major tournaments almost a decade later.“I thought that after nine years I will play a different one, not Rafa or Roger,” he added.“But all my semi-finals in Grand Slams were against them. The last one in US Open I lost against Rafa. In Wimbledon I lost against (Novak) Djokovic. Here with Federer.ADVERTISEMENT Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours LATEST STORIES PH loses opener to Netherlands in women’s Fiba 3×3 World Cup Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trialcenter_img MOST READ “It’s amazing for the tennis, the tennis world.”Del Potro will be playing in a Grand Slam semi-final for the fifth time when he steps onto Court Philippe Chatrier, with a place in the final against either surprise package Marco Cecchinato or Dominic Thiem up for grabs.But reaching such heady heights would have seemed a long way off when he started his 2016 season ranked outside the world’s top 1,000.“Everybody knows that I was close to quitting this sport two years ago, but then I, for one reason, I never give up,” said Del Potro.“And I have been trying and trying every day to fix my problem in my wrist. And in the end, I got it, and now I’m having a great present, looking forward for the future.”Nadal has never failed to win the title when reaching the last four at Roland Garros, but knows that Del Potro, who he has lost to five times, is a dangerous opponent.“Del Potro has achieved great victories this year. He has fantastic potential,” said the 16-time Grand Slam champion.“I have to play aggressively. If I play defensively and I don’t take intensity, I will be lost.”Cecchinato has ‘lots in his favor’World number 72 Cecchinato stunned Roland Garros on Tuesday by following up his surprise wins over top-10 seeds David Goffin and Pablo Carreno Busta with a breathtaking victory against 12-time major champion Djokovic. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina View comments The Italian, who had never won a Grand Slam match before the tournament, faces seventh seed Thiem in the last four.Gustavo Kuerten clinched the first of his three French Open crowns as a little-known 66th-ranked Brazilian in 1997.“It’s kind of the same run. The advantage, of course, is you play (with) nothing to lose,” said Kuerten, who went on to become the world number one.“You know, you have a lot in (your) favor. And the lack of experience and knowledge of being on these last rounds, that’s always the risk. But I think he’s very enthusiastic.”But Austrian Thiem will see this as a fantastic opportunity to reach a maiden Grand Slam final, after losing to Djokovic and Nadal at the semi-final stage in each of the last two years in Paris.“I think for me it’s time to move on to make a great step, because I’m turning 25 (in September). I’m not that young anymore.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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 awardlast_img read more

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Can’t Amir provide bigger test for Manny?

first_imgLacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names What does he plan to do?“If it’s Pacquiao, it’s Pacquiao. If not, we will go to someone else.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Khan, a former Olympian, is scheduled to fight little-known Samuel Vargas in Birmingham, England, on Sept. 8.In his last bout in April, Khan blasted away a certain Phil Lo Greco in less than a minute. View comments Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West Khan continued to say Pacquao would be great and any fighter would love to do it.The closest Khan came to fighting Pacquiao came in April 2017, but negotiations fizzled out due to absence of proper funding.This subsequently led to Pacquiao clashing with Jeff Horn, the fight resulting into a dreadful upset that led to Pacquiao’s dethronement as WBO welterweight champion.Reports say Pacquiao plans to fight early December, before he turns 40.First names mentioned for the new WBA welterweight champion included Terence Crawford and Vasyl Lomachecko, both unbeaten and leading pound-for-pound stars.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team It’s not surprising that the name of former world boxing champion Amir Khan often lingers at the tailend whenever they do a list-up of Manny Pacquiao’s possible next opponents.“I’m sick of waiting,” Khan cried, “I’m just tired waiting around and hoping for a title fight.”ADVERTISEMENT In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Blu Girls blank WS rivals MOST READ ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced There was also tentative mention of Khan’s name among Pacquiao’s possible next foes.Pacquiao himself has not commented about his former stable mate in Freddie Roach’s famous Wild Card camp.But in a happy twist for Khan, his name was singled out by Pacquiao conditioning coach Justin Fortune, who noted the Bolton boxer would easily fill up the vast Wembley stadium in Great Britain if he happens to be paired against Pacquiao.Experts have noted that Khan should be able to provide a more interesting fight than dethroned WBA welterweight champion Lucas Matthysse of Argentina.Khan has been listed to have lost three times by stoppage. But all those falls were fighting defeats, with Khan making a gallant stand before ending up flat on his back.Matthysse was criticized for a gutless stand versus Pacquiao, when he suffered three knockdowns before inexplicably giving up on his knees in the seventh round in Kuala Lumpur last July 15.From veteran news correspondent Jun Velasco of Dagupan: My condolences to Atty. Jess Santiago on the passing of his wife, Dr. Teresita Reyna, 77, of Dagupan City. She was the daughter of the late former Mayor Liberato Ll. Reyna Sr.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

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Swimmer resumes Pacific crossing record attempt

first_imgPart adventurer, part environmentalist, Lecomte organized the swim to raise awareness of plastic contamination and ocean pollution.His support team is conducting a series of experiments on the trip, including collecting samples of plastic waste.When he suspended the swim, he said the scale of the pollution his team had already encountered made him all the more determined to complete the journey.“It’s more important now than ever that we make it to the Great Garbage Patch,” he said, referring to a massive vortex of trash that floats between the US states of Hawaii and California.“I want to show people why our oceans are so important.” ABADVERTISEMENT RELATED STORIES:Swimmer sets off in attempt to be first to cross PacificMichael Phelps praises 10-year-old Fil-Am Clark Kent for breaking record10-year-old Fil-Am Clark Kent breaks Michael Phelps’ swim recordSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced LATEST STORIES Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs French marathon swimmer Benoit “Ben” Lecomte in Choshi, Chiba prefecture. Image: Martin Bureau / AFPA Frenchman attempting to become the first person to swim across the Pacific Ocean said Wednesday he was resuming his bid, after storms forced him to suspend the ambitious undertaking.“Back in the water today! After avoiding a typhoon we’re finally back at the swim point and continuing on with the swim,” Ben Lecomte tweeted.ADVERTISEMENT Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Ex-Brazil football boss gets 4 years in prison in FIFA probe Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ Lecomte set off from Choshi in Japan on June 5 and planned to swim across the ocean to San Francisco in six to eight months.But nearly two months into the epic journey, severe storms forced the 51-year-old to head back to port in Japan.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’He and his team waited out several storm systems swirling through the region during the local typhoon season before heading back this week to where he cut the swim short, slightly more than 580 nautical miles east of Japan.He will be resuming a schedule of swimming for eight hours a day and consuming 8,000 calories daily to keep going. 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 Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal Peza offers relief to ecozone firms View commentslast_img read more

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Cansino, UST unfazed despite precarious position in UAAP Final Four race

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. The Tigers will still face UP in their next game. where a win could put them in a prime position to contend for the no.4 spot. But they would also need for to FEU lose and overcome Ateneo in their final assignment.Cansino has a been a picture of strength for UST, toughing it out despite writhing in pain over an ankle injury against the Falcons. He was able to come back and walk out the game venue without any assistance.“There’s some pain but I just endure it, I drank some medicine and it alleviated the pain,” said Cansino who had 17 points, 12 rebounds, and six assists against the Falcons. “We have to win, so I never thought of the pain, I just wanted to win.”ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines?center_img LATEST STORIES The Growling Tigers sit at the sixth spot with a 5-7 record, a full game behind fourth placers University of the Philippines and Far Eastern University.A win can help UST’s cause of surprising the top four but a loss could practically eliminate them from contention, but that precarious situation doesn’t deter rookie CJ Cansino.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“There’s still some hope for us,” said Cansino in Filipino after their frustrating 96-63 loss to Adamson University. “We’ll still do everything in our power, take it a game at a time, and compete until we can reach the Final Four.”Things aren’t that bleak for the Tigers in their bid to return to the Final Four. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew 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 Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Miesha Tate joins ONE Championship as vice president View comments With the UAAP entering its final stretch, University of Santo Tomas can either stay in contention for the Final Four picture or get eliminated after one misstep.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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James Harden, Rockets overwhelm lowly Cavaliers

first_imgIt’s Harden’s 15th straight game with at least 30 points, his franchise-record 13th game with 40 points this season and the seventh in the last nine games as he has carried the team with Chris Paul and Eric Gordon out with injuries.Ante Zizic came off the bench to score 18 for the Cavaliers, whose season-long skid extended to 12 games.“We just couldn’t stop them,” Cavaliers coach Larry Drew said. “They were raining 3s all over the place. They broke us down off the dribble. They are in a rhythm now and playing very good basketball.”Harden needed less than 2 1/2 quarters to reach 30 points on Friday night, hitting a 3 with 7:41 left in the third to give him 32 points and push Houston’s lead 91-58. He joins Kobe Bryant (16 games in 2003) as the only players to score 30 points in at least 15 games in a row since the 1972-73 season.About three minutes later, he pushed his total to 40 after he was left wide open to drive into the lane for an easy layup to make it 99-68. Harden grabbed his 10th rebound with about 90 seconds left in the third quarter to give him his sixth triple-double this season and the 41st of his career.ADVERTISEMENT Later, Harden was asked if Tucker deserves dinner for helping him get his triple-double.“I took P.J. to dinner, movies, Europe,” Harden said laughing. “I take P.J. everywhere with me. He gets enough already.”UP NEXTCavaliers: Visit Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday night.Rockets: Visit Orlando on Sunday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Harden played just 29 minutes and 34 seconds, and made eight 3-pointers to extend his NBA record to 12 games in a row with at least five.“The step-back 3s, he’s perfected that,” coach Mike D’Antoni said. “He’s got 16 3s and they’re all step-backs. I don’t know how he does it … everybody knows what he’s doing and he still gets them off, and they’re kind of open. They’re not forced, so he’s just an incredible player.”Clint Capela added 19 points on 7-of-8 shooting after making just four of 16 field goals in a loss to Milwaukee on Wednesday night.Harden and fellow starters Capela and Tucker also sat out the fourth quarter with Houston up 113-81 entering the fourth. Even with the trio watching the final quarter from the bench, the Rockets maintained a huge lead and their 141 points were a season high and the most Cleveland has allowed this season.TIP-INSCavaliers: Rodney Hood returned after missing the last three games with a sore left Achilles tendon. He had six points, two assists and two rebounds in 18 minutes. … Cedi Osman had 15 points and Collin Sexton added 14. … Jordan Clarkson and Jalen Jones added 12 points each.Rockets: Paul missed his 10th game in a row with a strained left hamstring. … Gordon missed his sixth straight game with a bruised right knee. … It’s the sixth time this season Houston has scored 70 points or more in the first half.DATE NIGHT?Tucker boxed out a couple of Cavaliers and avoided grabbing the ball to help Harden collect his 10th rebound on Friday night. Tucker joked that Harden might owe him for the move.“Dinner, movies. I need a date,” Tucker joked. 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 Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) drives to the basket past Cleveland Cavaliers guard Collin Sexton, right, during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Jan. 11, 2019, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)HOUSTON — The Houston Rockets still have a way to go to reach their goal of earning the top seed in the Western Conference.But it seems far more attainable than it was just a month ago.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil LATEST STORIES In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ James Harden had 43 points, 10 rebounds and 12 assists in 29 minutes — the first player in NBA history to have a 40-point triple-double in less than 30 minutes played — to lead the Houston Rockets to a 141-113 rout of the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday night for their eighth win in 11 games.“I think we’ve all had that in the back of our mind. It was just a far reach earlier in the season,” Harden said. “Now it’s pretty close. We’ve just got to continue to do what we’ve been doing. Playing well, taking care of opportunities like this tonight. Just continue to get better, strive to get better.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissThe Rockets, who were in 14th place in the West in early December, are 4 ½ games out of first place and tied with the Clippers for fifth.After the Cavaliers got a 117-108 win in the first meeting with Houston this season, the Rockets were determined to take care of business this time around. They did that, racing out to a 28-point lead after scoring a season-high 77 points in the first half behind 24 points from Harden. Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titlecenter_img Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Domantas Sabonis sharp again at MSG as Pacers beat Knicks Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

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Look Who’s Criticizing the UN!

first_imgFor many years Eritrea was part of Ethiopia. After going through a series of colonizations, including Italian until World War II, and the British, who captured Eritrea in 1941 it became federated with Ethiopia in 1952. Eritrea became an Ethiopian province in 1962. A civil war broke out against the Ethiopian government, led by rebel groups who opposed the union and demanded independence for Eritrea. When in 1991 the Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front deposed the country’s communist dictator Mengistu Haile Merriam, the Eritrean People’s Liberation Front, without Mengistu’s troops to battle against, gained control of Asmara, the Eritrean capital, and formed a provisional government. In 1993 a referendum on Eritrean independence was held, supported by the United Nations and the new Ethiopian government. The voters opted for independence and Ethiopia recognized Eritrea’s sovereignty on May 3, 1993 and sought a new era of cooperation between the two countries.But this did not last. The two countries soon started fighting each other over border demarcations. The United Nations later accused Eritrea of attacking Ethiopia.But after achieving sovereignty, the leadership of Eritrea’s war for independence soon turned on its people, its neighbors, and its own professed ideals. Isaias Afwerki, the guerilla commander and now Eritrea’s president, proved repressive, authoritarian, with a penchant for war. After its liberation from being a province of Ethiopia, an Eritrean constitution was adopted but never implemented. Elections were never held, and civil liberties never fully allowed. Skirmishes with Yemen and Djibouti ensued, as did a temporary break in relations with Sudan. Years later Eritrean announced support for Islamist rebels in Somalia, for which the United Nations Security Council in 2009 imposed an arms embargo and other sanctions on Eritrea.The grave and persistent repression of President Afwerki against his own people has quickly and effectively changed the hopeful tide that Eritrea’s newly found sovereignty had begun. In the beginning, hundreds of thousands of Eritreans, scattered all over the world, especially in Ethiopia, returned home to help rebuild their country. But President Afwerki turned against his own people, beating them, jailing them without trial for years and murdering them for no reason. This has once more proven the truism of a headline Time Magazine published in 1975: “In Africa, things always go backward.” Today and over the past several years, most of the same Eritreans who flocked back to help rebuild their newly sovereign nation have been fleeing the country, seeking refuge anywhere they can be welcomed, even if in the most excruciating conditions. Thousands, especially young, bright Eritreans, are fleeing the country every month, when they can get away, but many, especially those trying to go to Ethiopia, are shot on the spot.Worse yet, thousands of Eritreans are drowning in the Mediterranean in a fatal attempt to enter Europe.United Nations has lately been very critical of the Eritrean Government over it’s mistreatment of it’s citizens; but that government has been heavily critical of the UN for this.How can an African leader, particularly President Afwerki, be so mean-spirited, so inhumane, so wicked to his own people? What is he trying to accomplish? There is nothing he can do to gain anyone’s respect around the world—nor do we think he even cares. But to what avail? Why would a leader be determined to take his own country through the dark ages of despair, hopelessness, retrogression and death, in the same way Samuel Doe and Charles Taylor did Liberia?We call on the United Nations, all the leading governments of the world—the United States, the People’s Republic of China, the African Union, the European Union—to bring pressure to bear on President Afwerki and Eritrea to change their ways, return to sanity and stop mistreating their own people. If they refuse, then economic and trade sanctions should be imposed to intensify the pressure.Maybe that will work but failing that, pressure should continue to be mounted against this despicable regime until positive change can come about.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Regulating minibuses

first_imgDear Editor,Conveniently, a letter was penned by one Rowena A. Elliot clarifying the increase by the minibus in regard to the editorial published the day before.Whist the writer finds time to make the clarification, nothing was mentioned about the increases that have already taken place on certain routes by the minibus operators, or how to remedy these situations.As it stands presently, the increase would cause some commuters at least $160 more a day, whilst the buses will be earning at least $300 more per trip. With all the glorious plans of enhancement as promised by the minibus union, I would like to know what percentage of bus owners the union represents, and if it’s in all the zones.Most of the minibuses operate without conductors, and they still hold out to transport the minimum of 15 passengers. At Vreed-en-Hoop that is very much prevalent, and the monitor assigned there assists in loading these buses. Now passengers are forced to be in discomfort of opening and closing the door, and extra time is being wasted by this act. Already, the increase has started before the stipulated time, and with the increase, buses are still being overloaded. There are still bus operators telling you a fare which is far above the agreed fare, and this occurs mostly when buses are limited to passengers, especially in the evenings at the Route 32 Park in Georgetown.Editor, since the authority responsible for monitoring the speedboats has begun publishing the rules, fares and numbers for complaints, massive changes could be seen by the boat operators, especially on the Georgetown/Vreed-en-Hoop route. This has all come about because the authorities are fed up with receiving complaints, and now people have access to telephone numbers that they could call immediately and report.Perhaps the Guyana Police Force could explore the possibility of doing likewise, and establish centres within the Traffic Department of each station, and assign for each station a direct number that commuters can call and lodge complaints. Commuters can call a station, and the ranks could go out and wait for the oncoming bus, and press charges if the complaints are found to have merit.With all the planned changes the union has promised, I am certain that most of those plans will not materialise. In order for bus operators to regulate themselves, they would have to be monitored closely, and a quick contact with the station is one of the best options in my opinion.As for the dress codes, I surely hope to see the day that happens. If all the minibus operators cooperate and work in an orderly fashion, there would be no need for touting. While touting is illegal, I see the union and Ministry have plans to help enhance this.Sincerely,Sahadeo Bateslast_img read more

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Lowenfield was not legally directed to commence House-to-House Registration

first_imgDear Mr Lowenfield,We have asked several times for a meeting with you. We write now as a result of GECOM having officially announced the commencement of House-to-House Registration as of July 20, 2019. We have sought legal advice on this matter and it is our understanding that you have not been legally directed by the Commission to proceed as you are doing and that to conduct House-to-House Registration is unlawful.We have also noted that GECOM’s internal counsel has advised that GECOM would be in contempt of the ruling of the CCJ to carry out any instruction in this regard from former Chairman James Patterson, whose appointment by the President has been ruled to be flawed.You must also be aware that you are also taking this approach when there is a clear constitutional requirement to hold elections within three months of the validation of the No-Confidence Motion. The effect of GECOM’s action on electoral democracy and broader democratic governance cannot be lost on you.We wish to remind you that the Private Sector Commission has been an accredited elections observer since 2001. We have met and closely followed GECOM’s decision and activities all these years, meeting with Chairpersons and CEOs of GECOM, including yourself and former Chairman Patterson.You will be aware of the fact that the PSC participated in the consultations involving civil society, political parties and the international community in 2008 to undertake House-to-House Registration for the establishment of the current National Register of Registrants Database (NRRD). The decision to conduct House-to-House Registration was inclusive and respectful of all national actors and the subsequent exercise involved full involvement of political parties’ scrutineers in house-to-house visits.There has been, in this instance, a total absence of consultation with the political parties’ scrutineers and, therefore, political parties’ scrutiny of the exercise of registration you have now presumed to conduct, essential to establishing a credible NRRD. We cannot have a credible database if these elements are completely absent from the current house-to-house exercise you are embarking on.GECOM’s present conduct is a complete break from its history of inclusivity and respectful engagement with all the relevant stakeholders. GECOM is failing to meet its duty to communicate, provide facts and justify its actions to the public. You must be aware that undertaking House-to-House Registration without proper consultation and ventilation of the alternative approaches with stakeholders undermines your credibility and trustworthiness as an elections agency and your credibility and trustworthiness as Chief Elections Officer.Quite apart from the fact that, as we have pointed out, you are proceeding to conduct this registration unilaterally, unlawfully and in contempt of the fact that GECOM is without a Chairman and is not meeting as a Commission, we know that GECOM has not conducted a field test of the existing NRRD.GECOM is not, therefore, in a position to state with credibility that some 200,000 entries on the NRRD do not belong there. This advice to the President begs the question not only of why would anyone tell the President that but also why would a register under your custody since the 2015 elections, one that gave us a credible election in 2015 and has gone through cycles of Continuous Registration, has suddenly become so corrupted.We must remind you of your statement to observers in 2015 when the size of the voters’ list was 570,787. Asked about this list size, you said GECOM had opened more registration centres and was more efficient at registering persons, many of whom were also able to get birth certificates and requisite documents to register.GECOM, at that time, admitted to a lag in removing deceased persons and those who migrated permanently, but you personally assured us, and we know this to be true from our experience, that the procedures for voting, with the presence of political parties’ scrutineers etc, made it practically impossible for anyone to double vote or vote as an imposter.You confirmed that GECOM staff and parties’ scrutineers are given folios at every polling station with the particulars of voters registered at that station, including photographs. Thus, while it was ideal to keep the register scrubbed, you were not concerned then that the size of the list would undermine a free and fair election.Indeed, the 2015 election with a voters’ list of 570,787 electors and 412,012 valid votes cast gave us credible National and Regional Elections. In 2018, the voters’ list of 573,923 that was generated from our continuously updated NRRD also gave us a credible Local Government Election. You nor anyone else expressed concerns about a bloated list and credibility of an election on the basis of the list size relative to our population as recorded in the 2012 national census.We have had two voters’ list above 500,000 that gave us two credible elections. Now you are attempting to reason that a list of similar size cannot give us a credible election and that the only remedy is the most extreme of options – House-to-House Registration to create a brand new NRRD. You have ignored the fact that the existing NRRD has been continuously maintained and has not expired. You have, instead, inexplicably, discounted the reasonable statutory option of Claims and Objections for an election to bring the register up to date for constitutionally due elections.You are also aware of the policy decision taken for cycles of Continuous Registration, which include Claims and Objections periods being undertaken to update and maintain the database so that it would be in a condition to produce a voters’ list whenever necessary.In fact, evidence will show that GECOM took the policy decision for cycles of registration specifically because it wanted to be in a position to hold elections at any time. Ten Continuous Registration exercises were carried out since 2008. In 2018, you carried out the 10th Continuous Registration and Claims and Objections period prior to the Local Government Elections in 2018. In 2017, the ninth ‘Claims and Objections’ was carried out in a non-election year. GECOM has been continuously refreshing the NRRD, which does not expire.You have not professionally justified this attempt at this extreme and dangerous action you have taken. The exclusive and non-transparent way you are going about it will not produce a credible NRRD. In fact, experience shows that such an exercise would take far more than the three months you have scheduled to properly include registrants.In 2008, the whole process took one year, with six months of registration followed by fingerprint crosschecks etc, before ID cards could be issued. You are undertaking it during school holidays and the wet season, additional factors that will present challenges.Undertaking a complete revamp of the NRRD in such a relatively short span of time before an election will more than likely disenfranchise voters, particularly domestic migrant workers, persons abroad for medical, school and other reasons. Evidence and experience indicate that you are not going to be able to create a credible voters’ list within a year by scrapping the existing NRRD and creating a new one.The laws were amended in 2005 to introduce a continuous cyclical registration process using the database created in the 2001 House-to-House Registration as the base. House-to-House Registration is the very antithesis of Continuous Registration. They cannot coexist. To break the cycle and discard the database is, therefore, clearly illegal. Names can only be removed from the National Register in accordance with the Act, for example by death, insanity etc.In 2008, when it was decided to conduct another Hous- to-House Registration after the 2005 Amendment, the law was amended in 2007 to permit that exercise. It could not have been lawfully done without that amendment.The Private Sector Commission calls upon GECOM to immediately suspend the House-to-House Registration exercise until a Chairperson of GECOM has been named and can inclusively and respectfully decide the best way forward.It is the responsibility of GECOM and the Government to canvass the positions of all the political parties for a decision that is in the best interest of the country. The ruling of the Caribbean Court of Justice must be respected.In the meantime, we call on you as Chief Elections Officer to discharge your duty professionally and objectively and provide information to the public to correct misinformation about the voters’ list and voting process.Our country’s commitment to democratic principles, respect for the rule of law and free and fair elections must rest on a truly independent electoral agency. GECOM’s conduct at this moment in our history will be consequentially long into our future. Every employee of GECOM must withstand public scrutiny regarding their impartiality. We trust you understand that this is being closely monitored in the public’s interest.Sincerely yours,Capt Gerald GouveiaChairmanlast_img read more

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Roadside brawl lands women in court

first_imgThree women were on Friday all charged with assault and wounding when they made their appearance at the Vreed-en-Hoop Magistrate’s Court before Magistrate Christel Lambert.Aesha Jacobs, 23, of Lot 198 Anna Catherina West Coast Demerara (WCD) and Tricia Rodney, 36, of 42 Gas Station Street, Anna Catherina, WCD, pleaded not guilty to the offence, which alleged that on June 4, they unlawfully and maliciously wounded and assaulted Shelize Gaskin with intent to cause bodily harm.The court heard that on the same day and at the same location, both women unlawfully and maliciously assaulted Nikita Gilks with intent to cause bodily harm.Meanwhile, Shelize Gaskin 23 of 377 Section C Sophia, Greater Greater, pleaded not guilty to the charge which alleged that on June 4, she unlawfully and maliciously assaulted and wounded Aesha Jacobs and Tricia Rodney with intent to cause bodily harm.The prosecution’s case contended that on the day in question, the women were involved in an argument that spiralled out of control, as such a fight ensued.They were all arrested and charged after the matter was reported to the Police by eyewitnesses.They were all released in $30,000 bail each. The case will continue on June 23, 2016.last_img read more

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