Jordan Clarkson likens being PH flagbearer to being in NBA finals

first_imgPalace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal Being the flagbearer at the opening of the Asian Games may have matched it.“It was probably one of the happiest days I’ve had in my career, in my life,” Clarkson said Sunday, a day after the opening ceremony in the Indonesian capital. “Just seeing everybody’s face, how happy everybody was.”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’Clarkson has an American father, and a mother with Filipino roots, which qualifies him to play for the Philippines at the Asian Games. The team takes on tournament favorite China on Tuesday.Clarkson lobbied for permission to play and the NBA, after a drawn-out negotiation, eventually let him board a flight to Jakarta a few days ago. “He’s an NBA player,” said Jaja Santiago, a Filipino volleyball player at the Asian Games who attended the media event. “He’s an inspiration for us and a morale booster. Maybe we can learn from him how to motivate ourselves, even if he can’t help us on the court.”   /vvpSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Phillippines flag bearer Jordan Clarkson marches into the Gelora Bung Karno Stadium during the opening ceremony for the 18th Asian Games , Jakarta, Indonesia, Saturday, Aug. 18, 2018. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)Clarkson said leading the Filipino delegation into the stadium, cheered by a crowd of 40,000, offered NBA-level excitement.“It was up there, definitely,” he said. “I haven’t seen something like that — ever. I didn’t know how big the Asian Games were until I came out of that tunnel.”Clarkson has suddenly turned the Philippines into a basketball contender. He says he’s not facing pressure, although he knows a lot is expected. The embassy of the Philippines in Jakarta hosted a media conference on Sunday in a five-star hotel, and Clarkson was the five-star attraction.“I don’t think there’s pressure for any of the guys,” he said. “You say all the pressure is going to be on me, but I don’t think so. We got a team full of players that are ready to come out there and compete.”Clarkson repeated a half-dozen times that it’s an ‘honor” to play for his adopted country, and repeatedly called his good fortune a “blessing.”It’s clear he’s given many Filipinos a boost.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Peza offers relief to ecozone firms 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 Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Four Japan athletes booted from Asian Games in prostitution scandal MOST READ DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Jakarta, Indonesia  — Jordan Clarkson says playing with the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA finals a few months ago was a “great experience.”ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

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Liberia’s Ambassador to Sierra Leone Is Dead

first_imgThe Ministry of Foreign Affairs has announced with profound regrets the death of Ambassador Thomas Brima, Liberia’s Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary accredited to the Republic of Sierra Leone.A Foreign Minister release says Ambassador Brima died May 12, 2014 at the Hannibal International Hospital in Tunis, Tunisia where he had gone for medical attention after a brief period of illness. He had been flown there for medical attention.The late Ambassador Brima was one of Liberia’s outstanding statesmen who served his country with dedication and commitment in several capacities including serving as Superintendent of Lofa County, Minister of Internal Affairs and in his last capacity as Liberia’s Ambassador accredited to the Republic of Sierra Leone. Prior to his accreditation to Sierra Leone in 2006, he served in several capacities at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The fallen Liberian Ambassador was the longest serving ambassador in that neighboring country which made him the Doyen of the Diplomatic Corps there.Meanwhile, his remains will be flown back home from Tunisia pending funeral and burial arrangements.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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Pimms Production Atom Flyers host DC

first_imgThe Pimm’s Production Atom Flyers (9 year olds) hosted the Dawson Creek Atom Jr. Canucks in an All Peace League game on Saturday at the Rec. Centre.  The game results are as follows: Korban Hamar opened the scoring for the Flyers at 18:36 of the first period with an assist from Spencer Zazulak.  Dawson Creek tied it up 2 minutes later.  At 6:09 of the first, Jacob Lang put the Flyers up 2-1.  The Canucks responded again 3 minutes later, sending the teams to the dressing rooms tied at 2 after 20 minutes.  At 15:53 of the second period, Aaron Kosinsky took a pass from linemate Adam Bowie and put the Flyers up by one.  The Dawson Creek Jr. Canucks tied it up again 2 minutes later, then jumped ahead with 2 more unanswered goals 36 seconds apart from each other midway through the second to take a 5-3 lead.  At 9:42 of the third, Jacob Lang scored his second of the game with an assist from Adam Bowie to bring the Flyers to within one. The Jr. Canucks sealed the game with an assurance goal with 2:57 left in regulation to take the win.  Final score – Dawson Creek 6, Pimms Production Atom Flyers 4.- Advertisement –  The Pimm’s Production Atom Flyers are attending the Dawson Creek Jr. Canucks Atom tournament next weekend.last_img read more

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Supervisors seek probe of sheriff

first_imgOfficials said the department created nearly 300 unfunded positions, then filled them by paying deputies overtime to work at all seven county jails. “This is a rogue operation,” Yaroslavsky said. “You simply can’t be creating phantom positions, creating 300 positions, and paying for them with overtime without getting any authorization to do that in county government, especially when we appropriated the money and you did not use the money for jail purposes. “I know this is a shot across everybody’s bow. This could be just the tip of the iceberg. You can’t have that kind of management breakdown and not potentially have other problems in other aspects of the organization.” Baca did not return a call, but spokesman Steve Whitmore defended the agency against Yaroslavsky’s accusations. “It’s an operation where we report regularly to the board about our budgets and what is going on,” Whitmore said. “We are there every week, and \ are fully aware of what we’re doing with our business. … The sheriff has long said the Sheriff’s Department has nothing to hide.” With their chairman calling the Sheriff’s Department a “rogue operation,” Los Angeles County supervisors called Tuesday for an investigation into excessive overtime expenses and whether Sheriff Lee Baca has misused funds designed to upgrade the jails. Board Chairman Zev Yaroslavsky said supervisors have invested more than $250 million in the $2.1 billion county Sheriff’s Department in the last three years to hire deputies to staff overcrowded jails. But Yaroslavsky said a recent confidential audit indicated some of those funds may have been redirected. In addition, the department’s overtime costs are projected to hit a record $213 million this fiscal year – $135 million over budget, according to Yaroslavsky and county documents. During the supervisors’ meeting, Baca denied the allegations and asked Yaroslavsky to prove his charges. “It’s real easy to get up in front of all of us and say this is what we think is happening and let’s create a big storm out of smoke and mirrors,” Baca said. In a letter last month to Chief Administrative Officer David Janssen, Baca wrote that an increasingly violent jail population has challenged the department. An in an effort to avert federal court intervention in the crowded jails, Baca wrote, managers created 285 unfunded positions, then filled them by paying deputies to work overtime at all seven county facilities. “You have to understand the word `unauthorized,”‘ Supervisor Gloria Molina said. “That’s significant and important. The sheriff, even though he’s an elected official, does not create his own budget. He’s not allowed to create unauthorized positions.” Baca wrote that creating the unfunded positions helped quell jail violence. Without paying deputies overtime to do the work, the department could risk federal court intervention. From 2005 to 2006, the number of inmate assaults dropped from 2,527 to 2,158, he said. Meanwhile, jail homicides decreased from six to three, and inmate-staff assaults decreased from 301 to 255, he said. Baca also wrote that he stopped paying overtime for the 285 unfunded jobs on Feb. 15. To resume paying overtime, Baca asked Janssen for an additional $12.8 million this fiscal year and $34.4 million more next fiscal year. Yaroslavsky said he was irked by the letter, noting the board had given Baca $250 million more in the last three years to address jail problems. He noted Baca’s budget has grown from $1.6 billion in the 2003-04 fiscal year to $1.9 billion last year. He said Baca’s budget has outpaced the overall county budget in the last 10 years, growing an average of 6 percent a year compared with 5 percent. In a follow-up letter to Janssen on Tuesday, Baca wrote he had identified $7 million in cuts in services and supplies and $6 million in fixed assets to help balance the department’s budget. After emerging from a closed session Tuesday with Baca, Yaroslavsky said Baca also intended to close the budget gap by freezing some expenditures. “He’s not going to come to the general fund for money,” Yaroslavsky said. “That’s the commitment he made to the board and CAO.” During the earlier discussion, member Michael Antonovich said the Board of Supervisors was to blame for the problems because it had not adequately funded the Sheriff’s Department in prior years. “Due to the failures of this board, we’ve had a large exodus of deputies,” Antonovich said. “Secondly, we have overcrowded conditions in the jails, and it’s not a secret that we had to pay additional overtime.” Antonovich said county supervisors should continue to increase the sheriff’s budget to improve response times in unincorporated areas and protect the public. Despite efforts to hire 1,000 deputies last year, officials said the department still has 800 vacancies, and every sheriff’s deputy has been working overtime. Floyd Hayhurst, vice president of the Association of Los Angeles Deputy Sheriffs, said supervisors should focus on public safety first. “I don’t know where \ is spending his money, but I know we can’t cut back on the budget when it comes to staffing levels,” Hayhurst said. “It’s going to create a situation where somebody is going to get hurt.” troy.anderson@dailynews.com (213) 974-8985 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img
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Saturn moon mystery solved?

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Scientists believe heat from radioactive decay inside a tiny, icy Saturn moon shortly after it formed billions of years ago may explain why geysers are erupting from the surface today. The Cassini spacecraft last year beamed back dazzling images of Yellowstone-like geysers spewing from a warm section on Enceladus, raising the possibility that the moon, which has an overall surface temperature of about minus-330 degrees, may have an internal environment suitable for primitive life. However, scien tists have been stumped by the origin of Enceladus’ interior heat. Now a new model suggests ancient radioactive decay played a key role in shaping the moon’s warm south pole region, where plumes of water vapor and ice crystals periodically vent. last_img read more

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Bayern Munich set to beat European clubs to teen starlet

first_img1 Martin Odegaard Bayern Munich are confident of securing a deal for Norwegian teenager Martin Odegaard, according to reports in Germany.The playmaker has been attracting interest from clubs all over Europe and has spent the past few months touring their facilities.Odegaard has had trials at Ajax and Liverpool, while Real Madrid have also been in touch with the player’s representatives.At just 15 years of age Odegaard is yet to sign a professional current with his club Stromsgodset, meaning he is able to speak with other teams.And, according to German broadcaster Sport 1, Odegaard is on the verge of completing a move to Bayern Munich.The Norway international has spent the past week with the club and is reportedly impressed by the setup and contract on offer to him.last_img

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Miami voters will have say on Beckham MLS stadium plan

first_imgThe proposal by retired England star Beckham and his business partners includes a 25,000-seat stadium for an expansion MLS club, along with 23 acres of youth football pitches with artificial turf, a 750-room hotel, restaurant, retail and office space plus a 58-acre public park.The commission delayed a vote last week after a presentation by the investment group was followed by hours of public comment both for and against the plan.Those opposed included a group from the First Tee Miami youth golf program based at the Melreese Country Club site.Wednesday’s move by the commission will let voters decide whether to allow the city to change its laws and waive competitive bidding and authorize the commission to negotiate a 99-year lease of the site.If voters approve, a lease agreement must gain approval of four of the five commissioners.On Wednesday, Beckham business partner Jorge Mas went through a list of new provisions added since last week’s presentation. That includes an agreement that no city funding would be used for toxic soil cleanup, a cost that is estimated at $35 million.The group also offered assurances that First Tee Miami could stay put, with a driving range on the site and access to a nearby 18-hole golf course.The Melreese site is just the latest that Beckham has seriously pursued. More than a year ago the England icon had proposed a stadium in a downtown Miami neighborhood in a project that drew criticism over lack of parking and potential increased traffic chaos and sparked fears that low-income residents would be discplaced.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000The Miami City Commission voted 3-2 to place a referendum on the November 6, 2018 ballot that would open the door for the Major League Soccer stadium complex on city-owned land that is now occupied by a municipal golf course © Getty/Getty Images/AFP/File / JOE RAEDLEMIAMI, United States, Jul 19 – Miami voters will have their say in November on David Beckham’s latest plan for a Major League Soccer stadium development in the city, after a vote by city commissioners on Wednesday.The Miami City Commission voted 3-2 to place a referendum on the November 6 ballot that would open the door for the complex on city-owned land that is now occupied by a municipal golf course.last_img read more

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Delta water issue needs real solution

first_imgIGNORING environmental-protection laws has become a standard response from developers and government agencies who prefer profits and an increased tax base to preservation of an endangered species. But this time, a federal judge in Fresno refused to roll over. As a result, California faces a Katrina-like calamity of our own making. U.S. District Judge Oliver Wanger last week ordered a major decrease – perhaps as much as one-third – in the amount of water pumped out of the Sacramento/San Joaquin Delta. His ruling came in a suit involving the near-extinction of the delta smelt, whose sole habitat is the delta. Wanger’s decision threatens California’s economy. If the ruling stands, the state project that delivers water to 25 million Californians will be significantly crippled in the near future. But the judge had no option in light of the law and the failure of government agencies to properly respond. A flawed biological report presented earlier this year to Wanger by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the California Department of Fish and Game might have caused this draconian ruling. In rejecting that report, Wanger characterized it as “arbitrary, capricious and contrary to law,” and ordered the agencies back to the drawing boards. Their tardy report, which made necessary the judge’s ruling, should have been finished as much as a year ago. Another overdue review, from the state Department of Water Resources, is the critical Delta Risk Management Study. The department claims it is finished, but insiders hint that the Governor’s Office embargoed the report for political reasons. Nor is the Legislature above reproach in the matter of delta water delivery and environmental protection. Legislators have deliberately delayed action on bills vital to the delta’s future. Such legislative, administrative and gubernatorial complacency must end. Incentives for fixing the state’s plumbing should not come from court rulings. Judges, experts in interpretation of the law, are poorly equipped to analyze complex scientific questions or to substitute their judgment for the timely work product of citizen advisory committees composed of experts in the field. Wanger’s decision should be appealed. Unfortunately, new evidence is rarely accepted by higher courts. A more desirable choice would be to remand back to the trial level for a more thorough rehearing. Our water supply and economy must be protected from this legal morass. State pumps may not be the real culprits in the decline of the delta smelt. Other, more significant triggers for the decline could be water chemical toxicity and endocrine disruption. Poor water quality has been proven to actually change the sex of fish in many parts of the world. Other explanations exist for the smelt’s near disappearance. Invasive foreign species and plants threaten native flora and fauna. Open-water species, such as the smelt, may be in decline because they are no longer robust enough to survive in their natural competitive environment. Additionally, the avalanche of recent, locally controlled land-use rezoning has severely impacted delta species. Irresponsible development and the general trend toward urbanization of the delta have so compromised the smelt habitat that the future viability of the species is in doubt. Extinction may be inevitable. Land-use control, the province of city councils and towns, was ignored by the court. Concerned citizens of all stripes must force bureaucrats to do their work in a more timely fashion. R. William Robinson is director of the Upper San Gabriel Valley Water District. Ralph E. Shaffer is a Cal Poly Pomona professor emeritus.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

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Roy Hodgson’s warning for new Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp – Alan Brazil best bits

first_imgListen back to the highlights of Friday’s Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast. Alan Brazil and John Hartson were joined on today’s show by Roy Hodgson ahead of Friday’s clash between England and Estonia, with the Three Lions boss reacting to Jurgen Klopp’s appointment as the new manager of Liverpool.Former Republic of Ireland and Liverpool midfielder Ray Houghton also shared his thoughts on the news, plus reaction to Ireland’s shock victory over Germany, while Andy Gray reflects on Scotland’s failure to qualify for Euro 2016.last_img

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TRIBUTES PAID TO BEAUTIFUL BROGAN SISTERS KILLED IN HOUSE FIRE

first_imgJody BroganTHERE is widespread shock in Co Donegal at the deaths today of the “beautiful” Brogan sisters who died in a house fire in Letterkenny this morning.Jody Brogan and her big sister Anngeline perished in the blaze at their home at Ceannan View in the town.A man in the house managed to escape without injury and raise the alarm. Donegal fire service crews rushed to the scene just after 11.10am today and found the house ablaze.One of the sisters was pronounced dead at the scene whilst the other died a short time later at Letterkenny General Hospital.Gardai believe the fire began in the front living room of the house and spread to the bedroom upstairs where the girls were.Letterkenny Mayor Paschal Blake said the town was in mourning. “This is the most terrible tragedy and the community will rally around the family in the coming days and weeks as they come to terms with what happened,” said Cllr Blake.Social media sites tonight are carrying heartfelt tributes to the sisters.“You were two beautiful people and heaven has two more angels,” said one friend.Another wrote: “Can’t believe you are gone. We’ll miss you both so much.”AnngelineTRIBUTES PAID TO BEAUTIFUL BROGAN SISTERS KILLED IN HOUSE FIRE was last modified: January 4th, 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:anngeline broganhouse firejody broganletterkennylast_img read more

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