Pelicans’ Davis keeps focus short-term, deflects speculation

first_imgTiger Woods winning adds to Ryder Cup buzz MOST READ Theoretically, Davis also could try to parlay his agency switch into a trade aimed at changing the balance of power in the NBA, but whether he does so remains to be seen.“I’m here,” Davis said. “I want to focus on winning this year with the squad that we have. We have a good squad.”The 25-year-old, 6-foot-10 Davis has embraced New Orleans since his arrival, dedicating himself to community service and enjoying local cultural traditions that revolve around music, food and festivals. On Monday, he posed for photos next to a painting depicting him as a saxophone player — a scene reminiscent of the city’s jazz clubs.But Davis hasn’t experienced an abundance of winning in the Big Easy. He has been to the playoffs twice in his six seasons since New Orleans drafted him first overall in 2012. Last season, Davis won both his first playoff game and playoff series — without the help of fellow All-Star DeMarcus Cousins, whose season was shortened by an Achilles tear.Cousins left for Golden State in free agency, as did veteran guard Rajon Rondo. The Pelicans moved to fill those voids with younger players who appear to fit the up-tempo style coach Alvin Gentry prefers: 6-foot-9 forward Julius Randle and 6-foot-4 guard Elfrid Payton.ADVERTISEMENT New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis (23) enjoys his portrait by artist Reuben Cheatem, left, during media day at the NBA basketball team’s practice facility in Metairie, La., Monday, Sept. 24, 2018. (AP Photo/Matthew Hinton)METAIRIE, La. — Anthony Davis swatted away the notion that his decision to hire new representation meant he was setting the stage for a change of scenery.With three seasons left on his contract and five All-Star nods to his name, Davis’ leverage to control where he plays is growing. So when he recently left the Wasserman agency that negotiated his current contract and joined Klutch Sports, which also represents Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James, it begged questions about the reasons for the switch.ADVERTISEMENT Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title View comments 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 With a roster also featuring guard Jrue Holiday and forward Nikola Mirotic, the Pelicans hope to be better.And if they continue to improve, so should their prospects for retaining Davis, Gentry said.“We have to try to make AD the best player that he can possibly be,” Gentry said. “We have to try to be successful as a franchise, and then if we do all of that, all of the other stuff takes care of itself.”Small forward Solomon Hill said teammates don’t concern themselves with Davis’ long-term outlook because they’re taking the type of short-term approach Davis has discussed.Speculation about Davis’ future is “going to happen all through the year,” Hill said, mentioning numerous reports about the Boston Celtics’ interest in orchestrating a blockbuster trade for New Orleans’ franchise player.“We’ve heard the past couple of years about the Boston thing and them trying to move on AD. I’m thankful that he’s here today,” Hill said. “But he’s a guy that’s committed to playing for the Pelicans, regardless of who is his agent.“We’re not going to let the stuff that flies in the air distract us from our ultimate goal.”Dell Demps was in his second year as general manager in New Orleans when the club —then called the Hornets — traded Paul to the Los Angeles Clippers rather than keeping the disgruntled star until the end of his contract and risk losing him for nothing in free agency.Yet when Paul left, New Orleans’ ownership was in flux, the team’s playoff prospects were uncertain and their practice gym was a temporary facility in a wing of a recreation center.Now the Pelicans are under the same stable ownership as the NFL’s Saints and have a plush, permanent practice headquarters on the same campus as the football club. LATEST STORIES Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California collegecenter_img Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal The move also stoked paranoia in New Orleans, the city Chris Paul left in his prime shortly after he changed agents.But Davis said the move was aimed primarily at helping him become the “the most dominant player in the league.”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“It was just for where I am right now in my career — what I’m trying to do — I thought the change was necessary,” Davis said Monday, when the Pelicans held media day on the eve of training camp. “That’s all it was.”Increasingly, agencies representing athletes are involved in player development, particularly during the offseason. A certain agency’s clients might work out together at preferred facilities or with particular trainers, for example. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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 Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Asked if he could appreciate fears in New Orleans that history might be repeating itself with Davis, Demps responded, “Good question. I’m not sure how to answer it.“I have told myself, ‘In the NBA, never be surprised.’ You never know what can happen. But we feel good about the team,” Demps said. “We feel good about the relationship with Anthony. We are really more focused on the team winning this year and putting ourselves in the right situation” for sustained success.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownlast_img read more

‘Several Factors Pose Danger to our Health,’ Observes Rep. Domah

first_imgRep. Domah briefs the press shortly after the ceremony.Nimba County District #7 Representative, Roger Domah has outlined several factors, which he said pose hazard to the country’s health system.Domah’s observation was contained in a remark he made at the program marking the 2nd anniversary of the Esther and Jereline (E & J) Medical Center in Ganta on July 6, where he outlined some of the factors hampering the country’s health sector as importation of foodstuff that include rice, frozen food and drugs for use at health facilities.Rep. Domah said that most of the rice business people import into the country go through several processes involving chemicals used for preservation before shipping those commodities to Liberia.“Most of the food that are imported into the country are processed, and once food are processed, some chemical contents are being added to it. Whether we like it or not, regarding how good is it or not, it will have some health implications,” the lawmaker said.He therefore called on locals to produce their food, rather than relying on imported food, “because you know how to preserve your own home-grown food.”Rep. Domah, who spoke on the topic, “Self Building Services in the Health Sector,” said there are limited health workers in the country, a situation he said government needs to improve by training health practitioners to specialized in various fields.Currently, Domah said there are about 300 medical doctors in a country with a population of about four million, “so the ratio of patient to doctor was too huge.”He added that among the doctors, about 203 were Liberians, while 95 of them were foreign nationals that include 72 females and 91 specialized ones, while about 207 were general surgeons.The E&J Medical Center resumed operation on July 1, 2016, but statistics there have shown that since that time, the facility has handled about 905 cases of ailment.The hospital is in partnership with Hernia International, a medical organization that has performed 1,372 surgeries on those with hernia “free of charge.”The chief Medical Doctor, Dr. Peter George said the partnership with Hernia International is still strong and by November and December this year, another team of doctors are expected to conduct “free medical surgeries on people diagnosed of hernia.”Dr. Peter Esther Barleah, who the administration crowned as “Staff of the Year.”The administrator, Victor Kpaiseh has praised the employees for remaining committed to their calling, in spite of the hard economic situation or other challenges they are faced with.He said the hospital is improving sewer system and is also embarking on the construction of a storey building as training center for nurses.Meanwhile, the E & J has named Madam Esther Barleah, a technician, as “Staff of the Year” because of her dedicated services.The facility was constructed by Representative Jeremiah K. Koung of Nimba Electoral District #1, as a means to improving the country’s health delivery system.The occasion was attended by local county officials, including Superintendent Dorr Cooper and representatives of several other civil society organizations (CSOs).Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Climate change office hampered by lack of technical staff – parliamentary report

first_img– but developing strategies to protect against climate changeTasked with developing policies to help Guyana mitigate the challenges of climate change, the Office of Climate Change (OCC) is not without challenges of its own, as articulated in the Parliamentary Sectoral Committee’s fifth periodic report.In the report, head of the Office of Climate Change, Janelle Christian explained that some of the constraints under which her office works include a lack of technical staff and the need for improved technology at the regional and national levels.But also, when it comes to preparing the low coastal plain region from the effects of climate change which could include overtopping of the seawall, Christian revealed that a draft Climate Change Resilient Strategy was awaiting Cabinet’s approval.Head of the Office of Climate Change, Janelle Christian“Also, the Office of Climate Change would be pursuing how to prepare farmers and the various communities for the natural disaster of flooding.” She further stated that a project financed by the Pan-American Health Organisation (PAHO) through the Ministry of Public Health would be working with various health centres around the coastal areas to ensure that they’re equipped and trained to handle any flood situation.She also spoke of a project supported by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and financed by Japan, which would support disaster risk reduction for crop and livestock farming in the agriculture sector.It was only a few weeks ago that the office, based in the Ministry of the Presidency, hosted a stakeholder validation workshop on the National Climate Change Policy and Action Plan.The workshop, which was hosted at Cara Lodge and saw several stakeholders in attendance, was aimed at pursuing sustainable management of forest resources, which is a major source of mitigation to the change in climate.Guyana’s climate change policy is intended to integrate the socio-economic and environmental challenges of climate change into national sustainable development planning that generates strategic actions at all levels for adaptation, mitigation and resilience.The national goals for addressing climate include the reduction of climate-related loss and damage across productive sectors, promoting community development and redirecting economic activities away from vulnerable areas. It also aims at reducing poverty, loss of livelihood and food insecurity and promoting a clean environment for all.Some of its other objectives include targeting the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions across sectors and transitioning to climate resilient infrastructure and integrated physical land use plans. It also seeks to promote holistic development planning by utilising environmentally friendly materials and adopting new technologies and early warning signs.Further, it also aims to develop and implement sustainable land management best practices to combat land degradation with focus on the hinterland and improved availability and access to climate change data and information.last_img read more

Tim Zimmer and U17 Team B.C. finish 2nd place at U18 Canadian Rugby Championships

first_img“It was unbelievable, it was like me coming from a couple months ago playing high school for North Peace to Team B.C. in just a matter of months was just incredible.” WINNIPEG, M.B. – Tim Zimmer and the U17 B.C. Rugby team were in action two weekends ago at the U18 Canadian Rugby Championships in Winnipeg.Zimmer’s team finished with a 4-1 record on their way to second place in the entire tournament.The team started the event by defeating Team Manitoba, they then narrowly edged out Team Alberta, next was Team B.C. U18 which was their only loss of the tournament. Zimmer’s tournament concluded with wins against Team Saskatchewan and a second Alberta team.- Advertisement -Zimmer explained that though his goal was to finish with a gold medal, second place was nothing to scoff at.“We got second place which is pretty good,” said Zimmer. “We pretty much beat every team except for the B.C. U18’s which for us as a U17 team that’s pretty good considering were playing in a U18 tournament.”Zimmer added that the excitement he had wearing the B.C. crest was like nothing he had ever experienced before.Advertisementlast_img read more

Bennett Dam Settlement

first_imgNative grievances dating back forty years, over the W-A-C Bennett Dam, have finally been settled. Members of the Kwadacha First Nation near Hudson’s Hope have voted to accept a settlement, with the province and B-C Hydro. The agreement addresses damages caused by the building of the dam and Williston Reservoir, back in 1968. The deal provides a one time payment of about 15 million dollars to the first nation, future annual payments and, business and employment opportunities for members of the band. – Advertisement –last_img

Don’t put faith in happiness

first_imgBy Betsy Hart Studies typically find that religious people are “happier” than others. As an evangelical Christian, I think that’s fine. But I can’t help but ask. So what? Is this relevant? Should it be? Time magazine recently delivered a so-called bombshell when it revealed the previously secret life of the revered Mother Teresa. That her own letters show that for most of her life, she felt very distant from God, experiencing “darkness” and “sadness.” This news apparently left many with a very cynical taste in their mouths. I don’t know about Mother Teresa’s spiritual struggles, except what an amazing faith she must have had in spite of them. But I did marvel at a column by scholar Arthur Brooks of Syracuse University. He sought to essentially answer the Time piece by writing in The Wall Street Journal this week that whatever was going on with Mother Teresa, she was the “exception.” He echoed my evangelical brethren who like to point out that people who embrace a religious tradition and practice are in fact more likely to be happy than those who don’t. Enter our “all about me” culture. Even our increasingly “all about me” religious culture. More and more, it’s less about making the case for “what’s true” than about making the case for “what makes me happy.” So there was an almost triumphant tone in at least one conservative radio commentator I heard talking about the Brooks column. But then an anti-religious caller to the show showed why he is (and I think should be) unconvinced by the “religion and happiness” focus, how taken to its logical extension it’s meaningless, even dangerous. He asked: “What if it could be shown that being white made one happier than being black – would it be better to be white?” Maybe it’s the term “happy” that bothers me. As our culture seems to define it, it’s all about our circumstances and “right now.” I think that in focusing on that sense of happiness, we can miss deeper abiding joy that sometimes comes from, well, denying ourselves. The Apostle Paul repeatedly exhorted the early Christians to “rejoice” in their tribulation and suffering because of the work it did in their hearts. Was Mother Teresa really an aberration, as Brooks wants us to believe? I don’t know. The Psalms of King David (“a man after God’s own heart”) are oozing with angst, heartbreak and dark moments. And Christ himself was described as “a man of sorrows.” Isn’t there just something about the reality of a fallen world that, well, should be a bit depressing sometimes? Maybe that’s why great figures of the church, even men like Martin Luther and John Bunyan (The Pilgrim’s Progress), suffered real, ongoing mental anguish. But today, “suffering”? “Tribulation”? Are you kidding? Too many of us modern religious types can’t even deal with a little delayed gratification. In too many churches it seems it’s not about what’s true or who God is – it’s about what God can do for you. Yes, I’m also grateful for the testimony of joy in the lives of so many of God’s people through the ages. It just makes sense to me that they would often experience greater peace and joy than those who are not religious. But the trumpeting of the “happy faithful” data by my like-minded brethren makes me a bit nervous. Is that what it’s all about? Does that mean if we’re not happy we’re not faithful? Is the point of believing in something because it makes one happy – or because it’s true? What if it turns out something else makes me ? happier? Look, I’m all for happiness. In fact, I’m grateful that “happy” seems to be a fairly natural set point for me. But we live in a culture that’s all about pursuing “what makes me happy in the moment.” And I think our religious culture should be combating such an “all about me” trend, not contributing to it. Betsy Hart hosts the “It Takes a Parent” radio show on WYLL-AM 1160 in Chicago. She can be reached through her Web site, www.betsysblog.com.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

Man United transfer news: AC Milan star rules out move

first_imgNigel De Jong has ended talk of him joining Manchester United by extending his contract with AC Milan.The midfielder’s previous deal was due to expire at the end of the month and there had been speculation he could leave the San Siro.United had expressed an interest, with Louis van Gaal keen to team up with the midfielder after working with him during his time in charge of the Dutch national side.However, the 30-year-old has now snubbed any interest from the Red Devils in favour of staying with Milan.The former Manchester City man has signed a three-year contract extension until 2018. Nigel De Jong 1last_img

Congress stiffens anti-secrecy rules

first_imgWASHINGTON – Congress on Tuesday struck back at the Bush administration’s trend toward secrecy since the 2001 terrorist attacks, passing legislation to toughen the Freedom of Information Act and increasing penalties on agencies that don’t comply. The White House would not say whether President Bush will sign the legislation, which unanimously passed the House by voice vote Tuesday a few days after it sailed through the Senate. Without Bush’s signature, the bill would become law during the congressional recess that begins next week. It would be the first makeover of the FOIA in a decade, among other things bringing nonproprietary information held by government contractors under the law. The legislation also is aimed at reversing an order by former Attorney General John Ashcroft in the wake of the attacks, in which he instructed agencies to lean against releasing information when there was uncertainty about how doing so would affect national security. The overwhelming congressional support for the legislation owes in part to administration allies who successfully insisted on stripping out language explicitly reversing Ashcroft’s order. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champThat victory, said Rep. Tom Davis, R-Va., is evidence that “we’ll continue to try to balance national security with the vital interests of open government.” With or without the Ashcroft provision, one of the sponsors said, the rewritten version that cleared Congress on Tuesday will have the intended effect of reversal. “No matter who is the next president, he will have to run a government that is more open than in the past” if the bill becomes law, Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., said on the Senate floor. A previously passed version was rewritten this month to meet House concerns about how government agencies would pay for attorneys’ fees when they lose or settle a FOIA lawsuit. That money will now have to come from other programs within each agency. Supporting changes in the law were dozens of media outlets, including The Associated Press. “After years of growing government secrecy, today’s vote reaffirms the public’s fundamental right to know,” said Rick Blum of the Sunshine in Government Initiative, which represents 10 media organizations. “This bill makes common-sense changes to help the public know what government is up to.” “People worldwide have admired America for its openness in government, yet in past years we’ve moved backwards toward secrecy,” said Dave Ledford, president of The Associated Press Managing Editors and editor of The News Journal of Wilmington, Del. “This bill is a positive step forward.” Last year, the government received 21.4 million requests for information under the 40-year-old law, according to statistics provided by the Justice Department. Agencies processed nearly the same number of requests, which was almost 1.5million more than processed during the previous fiscal year, according to the department. The bill restores a presumption-of-disclosure standard committing government agencies to releasing requested information unless there is a finding that such disclosure could do harm. Agencies would be required to meet a 20-day deadline for responding to FOIA requests. Their FOIA offices would have to forward requests for information to the appropriate agency office within 10 days of receiving them. It they fail to meet the 20-day deadline, agencies would have to refund search and duplication fees for noncommercial requesters. They also would have to explain any redaction by citing the specific exemption under which the blacked-out information qualifies.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

SUNNY & GORGEOUS! THE DD EASTER WEEKEND WEATHER REPORT WITH THE MOUNT ERRIGAL HOTEL

first_imgDONEGAL Daily Weekend Weather Report, in association with The Mount Errigal Hotel, Letterkenny, Tel 07491 22700.Outlook – Lovely weekend ahead for Donegal.FRIDAY … The day is starting very cold, with a grass frost in most inland areas as temperatures fell overnight to 1C or 2C. But it’s all uphill from there with a lovely sunny day across Donegal, with temperatures expected to rise to 14C or 15C by the afternoon in just light breezes. SATURDAY …More sunshine again for Donegal on Saturday; however there will be a bit more cloud around, but a gorgeous day nonetheless. Temperatures again reaching towards 14C and 15C by Saturday afternoon. Cloud will clear overnight on Saturday so temperatures will drop to around 5CSUNDAY: Sunday will see a return to Friday’s weather with bright sunshine once again. Another glorious sunny day but a stronger breeze will keep temperatures around 12C.Next week: Monday is looking like more of the same. Sunshine and cloud and mainly dry.ENJOY…wonderful food from Donegal’s only Josper Grill, making mouth-watering meals for you and your family. To book a table at Dexter’s call The Mount Errigal Hotel, Letterkenny, Tel 07491 22700. SUNNY & GORGEOUS! THE DD EASTER WEEKEND WEATHER REPORT WITH THE MOUNT ERRIGAL HOTEL was last modified: April 17th, 2014 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:donegal daily weatherdryEaster weekendsunshinewarmlast_img read more

Women’s Tennis Ready For MVC Individual Championship

first_imgAll six Bulldogs will also play doubles with Lomas and Brills teaming up in Flight 1, Herder and Williams in Flight 2 and Jaglarz and Sogard in Flight 3. The first round of doubles will kick off the event on Saturday at 9 a.m., followed by two round of singles. Print Friendly Version The whole squad will be in action this weekend as Tess Herder will square off with Bradley’s Ari Dechter in the first round of the Flight 1 singles draw. Summer Brills opens the tournament against Diana Tkachenko from Evansville in the Flight 2 singles, while Joely Lomas faces off with Missouri State’s Alye Darter in the first round of the Flight 3 singles. Kenya Williams will compete in Flight 4 and begin her run against Alexa Brandt from Bradley. Mela Jaglarz will take on Valerjia Gercar from Illinois State in the first round of the Flight 5 draw. Freshman Abigail Sogard will make her collegiate debut against Missouri State’s Alexia Meyer in the Flight 6 draw. DES MOINES, Iowa – The Drake University women’s tennis team is set to play at the Missouri Valley Conference Individual Championships on Saturday through Monday in Evansville, Ind.center_img MVC Individual Championship Draws Story Linkslast_img read more