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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Five South African human rights NGOs you should know about

first_imgNon-governmental organisations (NGOs), backed by academia, social justice advocates and the arts play an important role in upholding the ideals of human rights in South Africa and on the continent.Non-governmental organisations (NGOs) work with government and civil society tocoordinate strategies that promote social change, and promote a rights-based approach to social development. (Image: Pixabay)CD AndersonAs the country commemorates Human Rights Day on 21 March, access to justice remains an important theme for human rights NGOs and all efforts are directed towards helping individuals and groups from poor communities.As a result, a significant amount of financial and human resources are channelled to the establishment and support of community-based paralegal advice offices that provide people with wide-ranging legal and social advice.Human rights NGOs in South Africa are concerned with protecting civil rights in an effort to ensure the effective functioning of the country’s democracy. A fair number of organisations that provide legal and social services to disadvantaged communities are based in academic institutions around the country. They combine academic and applied research to lobby for social and economic justice.Moreover, within the context of a developing country, a significant group is emerging which argues that poverty is the manifestation of unfulfilled rights. Thus, a significant proportion of South African NGOs integrate human rights into broader development issues by advocating for a rights-based approach to development.In essence, this involves engaging in upstream strategies to promote social change. NGOs promoting a rights-based approach to development are commonly advocacy orientated, mobilising communities around various social justice campaigns.Here is an overview of some of the more prominent human rights NGOs in South Africa:Art for HumanityArt for Humanity (AFH) promotes human rights awareness through the mobilising of artists, writers and poets, both nationally and internationally, in creating artwork for social justice education and advocacy.You can now view our 3D Gallery up on our new and revamped site.Click here: https://t.co/p23G30wQLZ @janj49 pic.twitter.com/eP51hnFwfx— Art for Humanity (@afhSouthAfrica) February 8, 2016In addition to producing and curating books, multimedia artworks, exhibits and school workshops to encourage art as a means to communicate the human rights message, the organisation also works in partnerships with corporate entities, other non-governmental organisations and the government in developing community- based human rights events and discussions, and bridging the gap between the arts and the sector’s duty to speak for the human spirit.Dullah Omah Institute for Human RightsInitially called the Community Law Centre, it was founded in 1990 by renowned human rights lawyer and former government minister Dullah Omar. The NGO was a continuation of his work during the anti-apartheid struggle to put the human rights of ordinary citizens at the forefront of the developing new democracy in South Africa.Prior to 1994, the centre played a major role in the negotiations between the National Party government and the democratic parties, and in determining the country’s first democratic constitution, of which human rights is one of its most prominent pillars. The organisation included prominent activists, including Bulelani Ngcuka, Dr Zola Skweyiya, and Brigitte Mabandla.100 Greatest S A’s confirmed by public vote 76. Dullah Omar, politician pic.twitter.com/SN5hJ2L0QS— Levessor (@Levessor) September 17, 2014The organisation has continued to be a major contributor to policy formulation for South Africa’s constitutional order, while also advising on constitutional and human rights matters across the rest of Africa.Renamed in 2015 to honour its founder, who died in 2004, the Dullah Omar Institute for Constitutional Law, Governance and Human Rights produces more than 50 articles, books and research reports and hosts more than 20 workshops, conferences and seminars annually, focused on children’s rights, socio-economic rights, multilevel government, criminal justice reform and women’s rights.Operating under the University of the Western Cape’s Faculty of Law, the institute comprises 30 National Research Foundation-accredited doctoral and post- doctoral researchers, headed by accomplished legal and constitutional academic Professor Jaap de Visser.Prof. de Visser Director of Dullah Omar Institute, #CLC25 #DullahOmar @UWC_CLC @UWConline @NaylorNikki @donalddeya pic.twitter.com/aYbW8EELE3— Gladys Mukundi (@mukundigladys) August 19, 2015Lawyers for Human RightsLHR is at the People’s March against Xenophobia in Johannesburg #NoToXenophobia pic.twitter.com/BTx6VtNRK2— LawyersHumanRights (@LHR_SA) April 23, 2015Lawyers for Human Rights (LHR) is an independent human rights organisation with over 35 years of human rights activism and public interest litigation in South Africa. The organisation uses the law as a positive instrument for change and to deepen the democratisation of South African society. It provides free legal services to vulnerable, marginalised and indigent individuals and communities, both non- national and South African victims of unlawful infringements of their constitutional rights.LHR’s client received his passport after 5 year struggle for recognition of his #citizenship #iBelong #stateless pic.twitter.com/vI3hcSB8MA— LawyersHumanRights (@LHR_SA) September 2, 2015Operating since 1979, LHR achieved a proud record and formidable reputation for fighting oppression and abuse of human rights under apartheid. The organisation later assisted in the transition to democracy, particularly through voter education and election monitoring during the 1994 elections. Today, LHR is recognised as being the vanguard of South African civil society in its ever-evolving democracy.While the LHR recognises that NGOs need to enter into joint ventures with state institutions in order to promote human rights objectives, the organisation remains vigilant in its role as ombudsman and advocate for human rights causes.Centre for Human Rights, University of PretoriaEstablished by the University of Pretoria’s Faculty of Law in 1986, the Centre for Human Rights is both an academic department and a non-governmental organisation focused on human rights education throughout Africa. It has developed wide-ranging and influential academic literature on a variety of human rights themes, including creating greater awareness of human rights in Africa and the improvement of the rights of women, people living with HIV, indigenous peoples, sexual minorities and other disadvantaged or marginalised persons or groups across the continent.Nationally, the centre was one of the few internal institutions to speak out against human rights violations in South Africa during the apartheid years. Members of the centre participated in discussions with the liberation movements outside the borders of South Africa, organised conferences and were outspoken in efforts to promote human rights in South Africa.After 1994, it served as technical adviser to the interim and final Constitution writing processes.Today, the centre has realigned its focus on the continent, positioning itself as a primary mover in a network of practising and academic lawyers, national and international civil servants and human rights practitioners in Africa, specifically on the development of human rights law.In 2006, the Centre for Human Rights was awarded the Unesco Prize for Human Rights Education for its advancement and strengthening of human rights and democracy, particularly for the African Human Rights Moot Court Simulation Competition and its pioneering LLM postgraduate law degree in human rights and democratisation in Africa.Legal Resources CentreEstablished in 1979 by a group of prominent South African lawyers, including Arthur Chaskalson and Felicia Kentridge, the Legal Resources Centre (LRC) uses the law as an instrument of justice for vulnerable and marginalised communities.Other LRC alumni include some of the most prominent players in the country’s legal system, including Chief Justice and Constitutional Court judge Sandile Ngcobo, veteran human rights advocate George Bizos and retired High Court judge Chris Nicholson, who during his time at the LRC in the 1980s undertook challenges to apartheid-era pass laws and detention without trial causes.Enshrined in the belief that the Constitution is transformative and should continually be a living and relevant document that addresses the contemporary human rights needs of all South Africans, the LRC strives for effective and innovative solutions to law reform. The organisation focuses on land and housing rights, as well as environmental law and continental outreach.Its Working Paper series oversees the publication of academic writing, on topics in the public interest on local, continental and global levels.Source: NGO PulseWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

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The Browns Have A Tight End Whos Defying Time

Jerry Williams311954LH6668610 RECEIVING YARDS Barnidge has 667 receiving yards for the Browns through 10 games (on pace for 1,067), plus seven touchdowns. That’s more than the 603 yards he totaled in his first seven seasons. This kind of late blooming is rare: The table below shows all players who had at least 500 receiving yards in a season after turning 30 and in that season surpassed their career total up to that point.1We looked at players with at least 1 receiving yard before their breakout year. Woodley Lewis331958RE9690642 M.L. Harris301984TE5759487 Mervyn Fernandez301989WR31,0691,041 Cleveland Browns tight end Gary Barnidge is 30 years old. Most would call him a young man — a millennial, even! He was 4 when the Berlin Wall came down, one of his favorite actors is Jonah Hill, and he’s participated in a reality TV dating show.In NFL years, though, he’s a geezer. Our perceptions of the average age of an NFL player are sometimes skewed by visibility — the best players tend to have the longest careers. But only 19 percent of active players are 30 or older, and most players peak in their mid-to-late 20s. Which is why it’s impressive that Barnidge is having the best season of his career, by far: Gary Barnidge302015TE8667603 Pat Curran301975TE761983 Willie Miller311978WR376757 PLAYERAGEYEARPOSSEASON #IN SEASONCAREER PRIOR Jim Jensen301988WR8652414 These are not exactly household names — it’s tough to build a memorable career with such a late start, and most of these players had just the one good NFL season to their name. Barnidge’s closest comp is probably Pat Curran, another tight end with a particularly belated breakout season (seven years in, to Barnidge’s eight). Curran faded after 1975, tallying 349, 123 and 92 yards in his last three seasons, but Barnidge could be on pace for a lot more yardage in his breakout year. Although the list above can’t make anyone optimistic about his prospects, the Cleveland end is in uncharted territory. Lou Piccone301979WR6556537 read more

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Mens Basketball Keita BatesDiop leaves lasting legacy as first star of Holtmann

Ohio State redshirt junior forward Keita Bates-Diop (33) looks to drive in the first half the game against Penn State in the Big Ten tournament quarterfinals on Mar. 2 in Madison Square Garden. Ohio State lost 68-69. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorFour years ago, forward Keita Bates-Diop was preparing to begin his Ohio State career along with a highly touted recruiting class. The second-highest ranked member of the Buckeyes’ class, Bates-Diop came in with lofty expectations along with the other three players that were expected to form the core of a championship contender. They were coming to a team that had just lost in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, but had just made it to six straight tournament appearances.But, on Monday, as the redshirt junior forward sat at the table in the media room of the Schottenstein Center announcing he would leave the team early for the NBA draft, he reflected a tumultuous time in Columbus. One that began with promise, stalled out and returned to prominence in what became his final season in scarlet and gray. Though that 2014 recruiting class never came all that close to leading Ohio State to a championship, it laid the foundation for a strong program in the beginning of the Chris Holtmann era at Ohio State.“I think that’s the best feeling and kind of one of the best parts about all this,” Bates-Diop said. “Because like I said the last couple years have been down for Ohio State basketball and to do what we did and what I did individually and to kind of leave on that note is a bittersweet feeling, but it’s probably the best way to go.”The class itself each had members go in varying directions. Dave Bell transferred after his redshirt sophomore season at Ohio State, D’Angelo Russell left after one season to become the second pick in the 2015 NBA Draft and both Bates-Diop and Jae’Sean Tate stuck around for four years.Tate was always a consistent presence for Ohio State. He never became a star for Ohio State, but he remained a steady leader for the team.Bates-Diop was not necessarily that player. He was the 29th-best player in the class, but struggled in his first season before beginning to flash his tools in the sophomore season.Right when people began to view him as a potential breakout candidate, he fractured his leg and didn’t to return to action. Instead of playing through the injury, he opted to undergo surgery and take a medical redshirt for the season.In hindsight, that was the best decision he made during his time at Ohio State.“I could’ve played through it, but I don’t think I would be here today if I had,” Bates-Diop said.Holtmann said coaches talked with him before the season about how Bates-Diop had the tools to become a standout player for the team. The only questions they had were in regard to his motor and his toughness.But as soon as Holtmann had time to work with him, he said he could tell Bates-Diop had a strong enough work ethic and desire to improve in order to turn himself into a great player. Even with the potential Bates-Diop had shown, the hype was no longer surrounding him three years after he began his Buckeye career, especially coming off a season-ending injury. If there was any narrative around Bates-Diop heading into his redshirt junior season, it was that he would be counted on by a brand new coaching staff to provide solid production in the hopes of keeping the team afloat in the Big Ten.Instead, he became a star for the team, claiming the Big Ten Player of the Year honors after averaging 19.8 points, 8.7 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game. Though still not becoming the vocal leader in the locker room that Tate was, Bates-Diop led the Buckeyes by example and was the star Holtmann needed in his first season to prove to potential recruits he can maximize a player’s talents.“He developed, and I think hopefully he feels like that we helped him get there and whatever we can do that,” Holtmann said. “That’s something that sure is good that we can communicate to recruits and say look at what Keita and JT, look at how they were developed in just the one year that we had with them. He’ll be a good example for that in recruiting.”Tate and Bates-Diop, the final two members of the 2014 class, will depart Ohio State both having gone through some ups and downs for the program. Both played key roles in helping turn what could have been a rebuilding process into a quick rebound and lay the foundation for Holtmann to build upon.“The good ones here that we recruit as a coaching staff will all realize that they stand on the shoulders of those really good players that came before,” Holtmann said. “And I think he realized that and so did JT, and that’s why I think they felt an obligation in a lot of ways to kind of put this to make the program relevant again.“They stand on the shoulders of all those guys that have done it so well before them. So what he now can leave here, he can now leave here knowing that he did that.” read more

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Tevez promises angry Messi for World Cup

first_imgCarlos Tevez reckons that an angry Lionel Messi will have a “great” World Cup for Argentina and he also believes that it won’t be the Barcelona’s star’s final oneThe five-time Ballon d’Or winner inspired Argentina to the World Cup final in Brazil four years ago, before they narrowly lost 1-0 to Germany after extra time.Since then La Albiceleste have lost two Copa America finals in succession to Chile.Therefore, despite a trophy-laden career at Barcelona, international honours have eluded Messi.But Tevez feels that can change this summer.FC Barcelona, Valencia CFMatch Preview: Barcelona vs Valencia Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Is derby time in La Liga, as Barcelona welcomes Valencia to the Camp Nou Stadium tonight at 21:00 (CET).“I am sure that this is Messi’s World Cup,” said the forward, according to The Express.“He has a lot of anger in his body, even if he does not show it.“I don’t think this will be his last tournament, but I expect a great World Cup.“Argentina is one of the favourites. Only Germany and Brazil are at our level.”Argentina will face off against Iceland in their World Cup opener on Saturday.last_img read more

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Report Antonio Candreva could still leave Inter Milan

first_imgKeita Balde joined Inter Milan from AS Monaco today on a €5 million loan deal. Initial reports suggested that Inter Milan wanted to use Antonio Candreva in the deal.Even though the Keita loan deal does not include Antonio Candreva at all, but there is a high probability that the Italian winger could still leave according to Calcio Mercato.Antonio Candreva will not be included of Inter Milan’s squad for the UEFA Champions League; prompting him to decide that now is the right time to leave.Romelu Lukaku, Serie A, Inter MilanCapello calls Lukaku “a modern striker” Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 The former Italian manager believes Romelu Lukaku is perfectly suited for Antonio Conte’s Internazionale Milan in the Serie A.Monaco and Inter Milan are understood to be in communication about the transfer of Antonio Candreva, yet Inter Milan will only consider a ‘top offer’ for the deal to go through.Having performed well in the pre-season, Candreva initially wanted to remain at Inter Milan but, it seems his time is finally up at Inter, and the French league is calling.Antonio Candreva has made 74 appearances for Inter Milan and has scored 6 goals.last_img read more

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Solskjaer praises Tottenhams Pochettino and Kane

first_imgAs next Sunday’s Tottenham Hotspur vs Manchester United match approaches, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wanted to praise Pochettino and Harry Kane.Despite doing a great job so far at Manchester United, caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has never stopped hearing the constant connections between his current position and manager Mauricio Pochettino.With the Tottenham Hotspur vs Manchester United match approaching, it was only natural that members of the press would question the Norwegian manager about the links but he doesn’t seem to mind about them.In fact, Solskjaer has a demeanor that exudes humbleness and he has no problem in praising the Argentine manager for the work he’s been doing for Spurs in the last few years.As a sane person would react to these links, the Red Devils’ current boss knows that people are talking about Pochettino possibly taking on the role in the future because he is currently part of an elite group of coaches who are being considered in case he doesn’t cut it.But Ole Gunnar Solskjaer seems to have won over pretty much all of the players, as he took the whole squad to a mini-camp in Dubai in order to get decompressed after the hell everybody went through with Jose Mourinho.Solskjaer acknowledges Pochettino speculation and offers cryptic Man Utd transfer update https://t.co/wuaVLAZzBS pic.twitter.com/PuMN9EW0I4— Cleansheet (@Cleansheet) January 10, 2019The results for Manchester United presented themselves quickly, the Red Devils are a completely different squad than they were under the Portuguese manager and the Norwegian coach is the person who can be deemed responsible for this achievement.All the players have been responding very well to the new treatment they are getting from their new boss, Ole is even making his best attempt to recover players such as Alexis Sanchez or Romelu Lukaku, who seemed like lost causes at this stage of the season.But the time to get a little more serious is upon the novice manager, he knows that the moment of truth will be on Sunday against Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley Stadium.When asked about the links between Pochettino and the Red Devils, Solskjaer responded with grace: “It’s not my job to rate different managers but he has done a very good job,” said Solskjaer via BBC Sport. “The speculation is there for a reason.”“Harry Kane? He’s not bad is he?” added the Norwegian.“He is a fantastic goalscorer, one of the best in the world. From the outside, it looks like he never misses chances really. We have to make sure he doesn’t get any against us.”“They are a top, top side and if we want to get close to them or go past them we will need a good result,” he concluded.Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…”The speculation is there for a reason.”Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has had some big praise for Mauricio Pochettino.More here: https://t.co/ElO1vdJnI1 pic.twitter.com/aBAnYN4SlN— BBC Sport (@BBCSport) January 10, 2019Now that things seem to be working properly, the Red Devils have returned to Manchester from their flash trip to Dubai with their hopes on getting some points they lost back and become one of the title contenders as soon as they possibly can.The result from next Sunday’s match at Wembley will be a great indicator of what could happen to the manager’s future at the club, but the Manchester United players have another idea in mind for their visit to Spurs.None of them have forgotten about the match during the first half of the season they lost at Old Trafford, more than one of them are eager to prove a point and get those three points back from Wembley.We are bound to see how key players like Paul Pogba, Marcus Rashford, Jesse Lingard, or Anthony Martial react to this new challenge.Every single one of those footballers has recovered their best form, we might get a glimpse of it against another one of the most competitive sides in English football today.🗣 “He’s [Pochettino] done a very good job. The speculation is there for a reason because he’s done well but it’s not my job to rate different managers. My focus is on me and my team.”– Ole Gunnar Solskjaer on Mauricio Pochettino. #MUFC pic.twitter.com/6vdZG6lbQS— Football Tweet (@Football__Tweet) January 10, 2019What do you expect from the match between Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United at Wembley Stadium next Sunday? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.last_img read more

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