Jeff Van Gundy on All-Star Game: Eliminate it

first_imgTom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil FILE – In this Sept. 17, 2018, file photo, U.S. basketball coach Jeff Van Gundy speaks from the sidelines of the team’s FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 qualifier game against Panama in Panama City. Van Gundy has an idea on how to fix the NBA All-Star Game. His plan: Eliminate it. Van Gundy, the former NBA coach and now longtime television commentator for ABC and ESPN, said what he’s seeing now from the game is embarrassing and “a bastardization of the game that is beautiful to watch.” The teams picked by captains LeBron James and Giannis Antetokounmpo combined to attempt a record 167 3-pointers in Sunday night’s game–and 96 of the 134 field goals in the game came off either 3s or dunks. (AP Photo/Arnulfo Franco, File)MIAMI — Jeff Van Gundy has an idea on how to fix the NBA All-Star Game.His plan: Eliminate it.ADVERTISEMENT Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra LATEST STORIES Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying MOST READ Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title UST head coach Kung Fu Reyes calls out UAAP officiating after loss to Ateneo Van Gundy, the former NBA coach and now longtime television commentator for ABC and ESPN, said what he’s seeing now from the game is embarrassing and “a bastardization of the game that is beautiful to watch.” The teams picked by captains LeBron James and Giannis Antetokounmpo combined to attempt a record 167 3-pointers in Sunday night’s game — and 96 of the 134 field goals in the game came off either 3s or dunks.“You can be a Division III player like myself and be All-Star MVP,” Van Gundy said. “All you have to do is drive in and shoot a layup.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night? SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsVan Gundy coached in the 2000 All-Star game, his Eastern Conference team falling to Phil Jackson and the Western Conference 137-126. There was no shortage of alley-oops tried in that game, though Tim Duncan, Alonzo Mourning and Shaquille O’Neal spent plenty of time defending the rim against those lobs as well.“I would name All-Stars, I would have All-Star weekend, they have all these things, introduce them … the players are great, they should be applauded,” Van Gundy said this week, while preparing to coach USA Basketball’s team picked for the final two games of qualifying for this summer’s FIBA World Cup in China. “But to take this game and shoot 160 3s, it’s an embarrassment. It’s an embarrassment.” Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Van Gundy said he doesn’t need to see a game with Game 7, playoff-level intensity.He just wants to see some effort.“The equivalent would be like Major League Baseball, a guy hits the ball, you throw it to him at 70 mph because you’re not trying,” Van Gundy said. “And then you hit it and no one chases it and you just let a guy circle and score and you have unlimited runs. You’ve got to try.”Players, including James and National Basketball Players Association President Chris Paul, along with NBA Commissioner Adam Silver all said after the 192-182 game two years ago that the All-Star game had to be more competitive.“Let’s just say it: They don’t want to play,” Van Gundy said. “Adam said, ‘It’s got to be fixed.’ There’s nothing fixed.”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 Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Last year went down to the wire, a 148-145 game that was well received. This year’s 178-164 game was won by James’ Team LeBron, which trailed by 20 points in the second half before rallying — largely behind the 3-pointer. James’ team took 65 shots in the second half, and 49 of those were 3-point tries.And players this year didn’t seem to mind the way the game unfolded.“It’s just about having fun,” Oklahoma City’s Paul George said Sunday night. “At the end of the day, it’s for the fans. It’s just to have fun.” View commentslast_img read more

Liberia to Seek Election to International Maritime Council

first_imgIMO Secretary General Mr. Kitack Lim and Ambassador Isaac JacksonLiberia’s Permanent Representative to the International Maritime Organization, Ambassador Isaac W. Jackson Jr., has announced the country’s intention of seeking re-election as a Category C Member of the International Maritime Council.Ambassador Jackson made the declaration at a Friday meeting with the Secretary General of the IMO, Mr. Kitack Lim, in London.Amb. Jackson said this ambition is a further expression of Liberia’s commitment to the global partnership that works towards a safe and collaborative environment for the development of the Maritime industry.Speaking from London, he noted that a place on the 40-member Council would grant Liberia voting rights and enhance the nation’s involvement with the IMO. Liberia already has one of the largest shipping registries in the world, second only to Panama.Ambassador Jackson recalled Liberia’s active role from the formation of the IMO back in 1959, noting that as a traditional leader in the global maritime infrastructure, Liberia will remain steadfast in contributing in whatever way to strengthen the sector and increase its value in the world.Jackson appreciated the significant benefits that the maritime sector brings to Liberia, especially through trading vessels that call daily at Liberia’s ports, as well as training opportunities through the Integrated Technical Co-operation Program (ITCP) towards attaining uniform global technical standards.Jackson expressed hope that working together in pursuance of IMO’s mandate, they will succeed in making the maritime industry more sustainable, safer and more responsive to changing security, technological and environmental approaches.Ambassador Jackson also conveyed the kindest regards of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and the people of Liberia, and added that his appointment has a global outreach, and a further indication of the government’s continued determination to collaborate with other Member States and the Secretariat.For his part, the Secretary-General of the IMO, Mr. Kitack Lim, expressed satisfaction for the high quality standards being used in the management of the Liberian maritime program, stating that said standards was contributing to maritime safety in the world. He then praised Liberia’s representation at the IMO, describing it as outstanding.He concluded by saying that Liberia has a rich maritime history and as such, he was looking forward to working with its new Permanent Representative.Ambassador Jackson was accompanied to the meeting by the Alternate Permanent Representative Mr. Harry T. Conway; Senior Advisor, Dr Gustav Barnard; and Minister Counselor for Press & Public Affairs, Mr. Albert Jaja.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Floral tributes today to mark Hoyte’s 15th death anniversary

first_imgToday (Friday) will mark the 15th anniversary of the death of late PNC Leader and President Mr Hugh Desmond Hoyte, S.C. The People’s National Congress Reform (PNCR) has said it would be holding a ceremony of Floral Tributes inPNC Leader and President Hugh Desmond Hoytecommemoration of Mr Hoyte’s death anniversary at his graveside, the Seven Ponds, Place of Heroes, in the Botanical Gardens.This commemoration event is slated for 07:00h this morning. Mr. Hoyte was a former President of the Co-operative Republic of Guyana (1985-1992); former Leader of the main Opposition Party, the People’s National Congress Reform; and former Leader of the Opposition in the Parliament of Guyana.last_img

Gas Prices Continue to Drop Locally

first_imgLocal gasoline prices came down a bit more over the weekend, dropping two cents a liter and, putting the common posted price in the city, at a dollar ten point nine cents.That’s makes a three cent drop in Fort St. John prices in the past week but, it’s still only 50 percent of last week’s decline, in the national average price.Across BC the latest check shows prices as low at 86 point nines cents a liter at a Costco outlet in Abottsford, and as high, as a dollar 26 point nine in Fort Nelson.Overseas today, Asian stock markets logged strong gains, bolstered by China massive new stimulus plan, announced over the weekend.It also jump-started oil prices again and, at last report they were up more than three dollars a barrel, to 64 dollars and 14 cents U.S.That’s also put a charge into the Canadian dollar, which is up more than a penny from Friday’s close, to 85.46 cents U-S.However, there’s still plenty of economic concern in the country and, it will top the agenda today, when Prime Minister Harper hosts his provincial and territorial counterparts in Ottawa.While Mr. Harper’s office is downplaying any firm action, coming from this first-ministers’ meeting, the federal finance minister suggests something may have to be done soon.Jim Flaherty says the economy has worsened considerably, even compared to a month ago and, he suggests Ottawa and the provinces may need to start putting together, an economic stimulus plan. – Advertisement –last_img read more

Saddam name displayed on death orders

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant One letter stated, “It was discovered that the execution of 10 juveniles was not carried out because their ages ranged from 11 to 17 years old. We recommend executing them in a secret manner in coordination with the management of the prison and the Mukhabarat.” An arrow runs from that sentence to the margin, where it is written by hand: “Yes. It is preferable that they are buried by the Mukhabarat.” The handwriting is Saddam’s, the prosecutor said, though he did not offer independent handwriting analysis or other proof to back his claim. Prosecutors say most of the documents are originals obtained after the fall of the regime. The tribunal’s statutes do not require guilt to be proved beyond a reasonable doubt, and human rights groups have raised questions about whether the trial can meet international standards in Iraq’s current state of chaos. The chief judge is the final arbiter of the documents’ authenticity, though he listens to both sides before making a decision. Other letters showed that intelligence officials mistakenly printed a death certificate for a 14-year-old boy. When they discovered he was still alive, they had him brought to Baghdad and hanged, according to the letter, addressed to Barzan Ibrahim, Saddam’s half brother and fellow defendant. Saddam, who in previous sessions often burst out laughing or sprung to his feet to deliver lengthy tirades, said almost nothing Tuesday. Dressed in a dark suit, he looked gaunt and subdued as he watched the documents, and never stood up. He said at one point, “I want to tell the media – there is no letter from me.” But his voice could scarcely be heard. BAGHDAD, Iraq – As Saddam Hussein watched quietly from the dock, prosecutors displayed on Tuesday what they said was his signature on orders of execution for 148 men and boys, some as young as 11, in what appeared to be the first evidence linking the former dictator to large-scale crimes since his trial began in October. The presentation was a striking turnaround for a trial that had been widely dismissed as a farce, with the defendants and their lawyers alternately refusing to appear and delivering angry tirades in court. The new material and more orderly atmosphere also suggested that the trial – which has come under strong criticism by Iraqi officials and human rights groups – may yet fulfill American hopes for a credible public forum on the crimes of Saddam’s rule. But it remains unclear what standard of proof they are using in authenticating the evidence. An unaccustomed hush fell over the courtroom as the lead prosecutor, Jafar Musawi, leafed through page after page of documents – displayed on a screen – in which mass executions are discussed as calmly as purchase orders. Many bore the letterhead of Iraq’s feared intelligence service, the Mukhabarat. Others were scrawled out by hand. Until now, much of the trial has been a flamboyant battle of wills between the chief judges on the one hand, and Saddam and Ibrahim on the other. But on Tuesday, Musawi quickly established himself as a new force in the courtroom. When Ibrahim began bickering with the current chief judge, Raouf Abdel-Rahman, the prosecutor interceded, pointing at Ibrahim and loudly demanding that he listen to the documentary evidence. As the documents were being read, the defendants stayed in their seats, seemingly stunned by the sight of their own names and signatures. “Does that document have the logo of the office on it?” Ibrahim interrupted at one point. When the prosecutor explained that the letter was an inter-office memo that would not have been written on letterhead, Ibrahim merely replied, in a weak voice, “these papers are not official.” Of the 148 men and boys whose death warrants Saddam is accused of signing, 96 were hanged in the Abu Ghraib prison, the documents showed. Forty-six died under torture, including four additional inmates who were accidentally added to the group. Ten boys and adolescents were executed in 1989, after they reached the legal age. For the first time, at least one of the defendants seemed to acknowledge a connection to the executions, which took place after an assassination attempt in the Shiite village of Dujail in 1982. “I have sentenced the 46 but I have no idea about the others,” said Awad al-Bandar, another defendant who was head of the revolutionary court when it ordered the executions. It was not immediately clear why al-Bandar believed this admission would be exculpatory. The trial’s resumption after a two-week adjournment – the latest of many – was something of a triumph for American officials. The sectarian violence that broke out last week after a bombing at a major Shiite mosque in Samarra had pushed the country to a full-scale crisis, with government operations largely shut down during three days of full-time curfew. It was uncertain until Monday night whether the trial would resume on Tuesday. “Particularly after all this turmoil, we think it’s a good sign that we were able to move forward” with the trial, said an American diplomat familiar with the court. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

ALMOST €300,000 IN FUNDING GIVEN TO FANAD LIGHTHOUSE DEVELOPMENT

first_imgFanad Lighthouse.Fanad Lighthouse is to receive a further €299,000 in funding from the Government.Fine Gael Minister of State Joe McHugh TD has welcome the news.The announcement was made today by the Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Michael Ring TD. Minister McHugh said “As I outlined recently, while attending the Great Lighthouses of Ireland event with Minister for Tourism Paschal Donohoe TD, Fanad Lighthouse is the Gateway to the Gaeltacht, not only in West Donegal and the Islands, but right down through Connemara and Co Cork. It is the first Gaeltacht point on the Wild Atlantic Way and plays a key role in promoting not just the Irish language, but our history and our culture.“I have also been liaising with both the Dept and Failte Ireland regarding Malin Head, which is another Signature Point on the Wild Atlantic Way and a key tourism attraction in the area. I understand that plans for the site are currently under review and once feedback has been relayed, Failte Ireland hope to progress the project.”He added that this is another example of community efforts resulting in positive projects happening in Donegal.“We recently had the Mulroy Drive launch of Ireland’s first sub-route to Wild Atlantic Way and the impressive work being done by Kerrykeel’s Tidy Town community volunteers. “We also received the green light this week from the Office of Public Works for a tourism initiative for Doe Castle and both DLDC and Moving Mevagh Forward are taking a lead role, as well as a TUS representative facilitating tours of the Castle throughout the day.”He also recently welcomed confirmation that both Donegal County Council and Údarás na Gaeltachta are to financially support the Fanad Lighthouse Company in their goal to become a leading tourism centre.“This is a clear result of the local community and organisations, working together to ensure that our natural landscape, historical and heritage landmarks are as important now as ever and we are ensuring this continues for future generations.“I would like to acknowledge all the hard work by the Fanad Lighthouse Company over the last number of years towards the development at the lighthouse, and I would like to thank Failte Ireland on securing this much needed funding.”The news has also been welcomed by Deputy Dinny McGinley. ALMOST €300,000 IN FUNDING GIVEN TO FANAD LIGHTHOUSE DEVELOPMENT was last modified: July 2nd, 2015 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:donegalfanad lighthousefundinglast_img read more

MAN BROKE SISTER’S WINDOW WITH SHOVEL AFTER DRINKING VODKA

first_imgA man broke a window at his sister’s home with a shovel after drinking two bottles of vodka.The current Letterkenny courthouse.Charlie Connors, of Canal Road, Letterkenny, Co Donegal, admitted criminal damage at his sister’s home at 3 Canal Road on March 31st last. When quizzed by Gardai, Connors said that he could not recall the incident but said if his said it was him then he accepted that.Solicitor Patsy Gallagher said Connors, 27, had a problem with drink which he was trying to address.He asked for time to allow Connors to pay his sister compensation for the damage to her sitting-room window.Judge Paul Kelly adjoined the case until September for a community service and probation report.MAN BROKE SISTER’S WINDOW WITH SHOVEL AFTER DRINKING VODKA was last modified: June 15th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Remember these deals? 25 most expensive Premier League signings, year-by-year

first_img25 years of the Premier League has flashed by and we’re reminiscing on the seasons that have passed, namely the brilliant transfers we’ve seen go through.Could you, from memory, name each summer’s most expensive signing since the Premier League was formed in 1992?Featuring a few names you may have forgotten or are surprised by, scroll through the gallery above to take a look at the priciest deals of the last 25 summers in England’s top flight.Also see: 25 best Premier League summer signings, year-by-year 25 25 Summer 2007: Fernando Torres to Liverpool in a £26.5m deal from Atletico Madrid 25 Summer 2002: Rio Ferdinand to Manchester United in a world record £30m deal for a defender, from Leeds United Summer 2011: Sergio Aguero to Manchester City in a £38m deal from Atletico Madrid 25 Summer 1995: Stan Collymore to Liverpool in an £8.5m deal from Nottingham Forest Summer 1999: Thierry Henry to Arsenal in an £11m deal from Juventus Summer 1997: Stan Collymore to Aston Villa in a £7m deal from Liverpool Summer 1994: Chris Sutton to Blackburn Rovers in a £5m deal from Norwich City Summer 2001: Juan Sebastián Verón to Manchester United in an English record £28m deal from Lazio The most expensive signing in the summer of 1992 was Alan Shearer, who moved to Blackburn Rovers in a £3.6m deal from Southampton – click the arrow above, right, to see each summer’s priciest transfer since Summer 2006: Andriy Shevchenko to Chelsea in a £30m deal from AC Milan 25 25 25 Summer 2015: Kevin De Bruyne to Manchester City in a £55m deal from Wolfsburg Summer 2013: Mesut Ozil to Arsenal in a £42.4m deal from Real Madrid Summer 2014: Angel Di Maria to Manchester United in a then British record £59.7m deal from Real Madrid 25 25 25 Summer 2003: Damien Duff (front right) to Chelsea in a £17m deal from Blackburn Rovers 25 25center_img Summer 1996: Alan Shearer to Newcastle United in a then world record £15m deal from Blackburn Rovers 25 getty Summer 2012: Eden Hazard to Chelsea in a £32m deal from Lille Summer 1998: Dwight Yorke to Manchester United in a £12.6m deal from Aston Villa 25 Summer 2008: Robinho to Manchester City in a £32.5m deal from Real Madrid 25 25 25 Summer 2000: Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink to Chelsea in a £15m deal from Atletico Madrid 25 Summer 2010: David Silva to Manchester City in a £25m deal from Valencia 25 25 25 Summer 2009: Carlos Tevez to Manchester City in a £25.5m deal 25 25 25 25 Summer 2005: Michael Essien to Chelsea in a £26m deal from Olympique Lyonnais Summer 1993: Roy Keane to Manchester United in a £3.75m deal from Nottingham Forest Summer 2004: Wayne Rooney to Manchester United in a record £27m deal for a teenager, from Everton Summer 2016: Paul Pogba to Manchester United in a world record £89m deal from Juventuslast_img read more

Neymar suggests he could be fit to face Liverpool in Champions League

first_imgNeymar could be passed fit for Liverpool’s Champions League clash against Paris Saint-Germain, after the Brazilian said the injury he suffered on Brazil duty is ‘nothing serious’.The Reds appeared to be handed a big boost ahead of Wednesday’s trip to the French capital with news PSG could be without star duo Neymar and Kylian Mbappe. Neymar hobbles off the Stadium MK pitch for Brazil 3 3 After the game, Brazil boss Tite would not discuss the injury and said the former Barcelona man would be assessed by PSG.But the player himself said in a message posted on Instagram: “Thanks to everyone who sent me messages wishing a good recovery, I think it was nothing serious.”The full post read: “We closed the year happy for the work done so far, these last games were important to recover from the biggest hit that was the World Cup, we remained strong, focused and aiming to be increasingly better. Congratulations guys, for everything.“Thanks to all who sent me messages wishing me a good recovery, I think it was nothing serious.“I am very happy and proud to reach my 100th cap, always very honoured to defend the WORLD’S GREATEST team.”Brazil team doctor Rodrigo Lasmar also suggested the issue was not a major one.Lasmar was quoted by SporTV as saying: “He (Neymar) has been evaluated, has already initiated the treatment. (He) will need a little more time for a better evaluation, an image exam, but at first it is nothing important.”Neymar lasted just eight minutes on the pitch before he was replaced by Everton’s Richarlison, who went on to score the winning goal for Brazil just before half-time. Everton star Richarlison was on target for Brazil 3 World Cup winner Mbappe was forced off in France’s 1-0 win over Uruguay with a shoulder injury after an awkward landing.Meanwhile, Brazil forward Neymar came off in the early stages of Tuesday’s 1-0 friendly victory over Cameroon at Stadium MK with a groin problem. PSG’s injury blow has dealt Liverpool a huge boost ahead of Wednesday’s Champions League clash last_img read more

GARDAI INVESTIGATE SEX ATTACK ALLEGATIONS

first_imgGARDAI are investigating allegations that a woman was the victim of a serious sexual assault in Ballyshannon.Detectives have been told the attack took place in the town late on Sunday night.The scene of the alleged incident on Main Street was searched yesterday by the Divisional Scenes of Crime Unit. Superintendent Jimmy Coen said: “I can confirm that an investigation is taking place, however we are at the initial stage and I won’t be making any further comment at this time.”GARDAI INVESTIGATE SEX ATTACK ALLEGATIONS was last modified: October 4th, 2011 by BrendaShare 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:Ballyshannonsex assault allegationslast_img read more