Back from China, Nets steer clear of controversy in remarks

first_imgDrilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Harris said one of his community events, a visit with children at a play area, still went on. So did the team functions planned by new owner Joe Tsai, the co-founder of Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba.Tsai posted a lengthy letter to fans on Facebook following Morey’s tweet, which Harris said the owner encouraged the players to read. He was around the team during the week getting the know players and staff.He made a good impression with his dinners, which Harris indicated were even better than Gregg Popovich’s while playing for the U.S.“I mean Pop had a lot of good dinners and stuff planned when we were out there too,” Harris said, “but I’d say Joe Tsai is probably a little more familiar with some of the dining establishments in Shanghai and Shenzhen.” /gsgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “At the end of the day we’re human and we see those things, so we just tried to stick together as much as we could,” guard Caris LeVert said.The Nets who did speak to reporters — Kyrie Irving wasn’t among them — said they hadn’t seen Morey’s tweet and couldn’t recall when they learned of it. Both teams met with NBA Commissioner Adam Silver shortly after arriving, where Harris said the commissioner outlined what was happening.“It’s not like he was standing in front of everybody and making some, like, dramatic commentary,” Harris said. “He was basically describing what we already knew was going on.”Irving spoke up in the meeting, but Harris said those remarks were not political but rather related mostly to basketball.“It was more just focusing on trying to get ready for the games,” Harris said.ADVERTISEMENT Becoming his own man Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Video captures shooting by Hong Kong police PLAY LIST 01:41Video captures shooting by Hong Kong police01:10Hong Kong’s leader rejects ‘police state’ label01:44Opposition heckles lead Hong Kong leader to abandon policy speech02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue A worker takes down a billboard advertising an NBA preseason basketball game on Thursday between the Los Angeles Lakers and Brooklyn Nets in Shanghai, China, Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2019. The NBA has postponed Wednesday’s scheduled media sessions in Shanghai for the Brooklyn Nets and Los Angeles Lakers, and it remains unclear if the teams will play in China this week as scheduled. (AP Photo)The Nets steered clear of any statements like those of LeBron James that could have further inflamed the situation. Players say they were not rattled by the turbulence they faced during their two exhibition games against the Los Angeles Lakers last week, which came as the NBA dealt with the fallout from Rockets general manager Daryl Morey’s now-deleted tweet in support of support for anti-government protesters in Hong Kong.Joe Harris was just in China last month for the Basketball World Cup and said this trip wasn’t much different.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practice“To be honest, you know there’s a lot of stuff going on but the atmosphere was really very similar to what it was during the World Cup,” Harris said. “The fans were extremely passionate. They love the game. They still sold out both games, so take out everything that was actually going on it really felt like almost exactly the same.”It was hard to ignore everything, with Chinese and NBA officials canceling events and news conferences, and advertising and local television coverage for the games in Shanghai and Shenzhen removed. LATEST STORIES DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyerscenter_img This jewelry designer is also an architect Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Unruffled feathers MOST READ NEW YORK – The Brooklyn Nets played well and ate great on their trip to China.That was the tenor of their comments Wednesday after their first practice back home, downplaying the impact the ongoing international tension between the NBA and China had on them.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Kerala celebrates 50 years of Special Olympics programme

first_imgThiruvananthapuram, Jan 12 (PTI) Organised by the Special Olympics Bharat ? Kerala Chapter in collaboration with the National Charitable Trust, 15000 athletes and 5000 coaches from 14 districts have come together to celebrate 50 years of the Special Olympics programme worldwide.Titled Ekata, the mega event brought together 15000 athletes and 5000 coaches and escorts at the Lakshmibai National College of Physical Education (LNCPE) Greenfield Stadium in different sporting and non- sporting activities.The three-day programme was inaugurated yesterday in the presence of the Member of Parliament Shashi Tharoor, who was the chief guest.The state ignited the Special Olympics torch of hope on January 1, celebrating 50 years of Special Olympics to kickstart the state athletic meet.The torch was lit in Kassargod and travelled through all the 14 districts, reaching Trivandrum on January 10.Close to 20,000 athletes, coaches, professionals, govt officials, law enforcers etc. participated in the event. PTI AH AHlast_img read more

UTSA box score infographic

first_imgThe grades are from me (Kyle) but everything else is Michael’s work. Give him a follow on Twitter at @michaellane.OSU Infographic Template_UTSA_Week2If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img

Zahasmi disappointed with imports

first_imgSuper League Zahasmi not giving up yet on staying in Super League Ooi Kin Fai Last updated 2 years ago 07:00 21/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Natxo Insa, Indra Putra Mahayudin, Johor Darul Ta'zim, Kelantan, Super League FMLLP Super League Johor Darul Ta’zim v Kelantan Kelantan Johor Darul Ta’zim Kelantan’s head coach Zahasmi Ismail vows to keep fighting despite Kelantan dropping to one spot above the relegation zone Kelantan suffered their second straight loss after being handed a 3-0 beating by newly-crowned Super League champions Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT) on Wednesday. This came after they had been beaten 2-0 by Kedah in their last match in the Malaysia Cup.Qayyum Marjoni conceded a penalty early on but Khairul Fahmi came to the rescue with a superb save against former team mate, Mohammed Ghaddar. However, the Red Warriors only went on to suffer later as goals rained in from S. Kunanlan, Gonzalo Cabrera and Safiq Rahim. Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing After the match, Zahasmi Ismail paid compliment to their champions but rued the mistakes that his team made in allowing their opponent to have an easy run-out at Tan Sri Dato’ Haji Hassan Yunos Stadium.“We lost to a good team, a team who is complete from every side. It’s hard for any team to come here and play.”“We made mistakes to give them easy goals and allowed them too much time on the ball. The fight and the will to win were with JDT tonight [Wednesday],” said Zahasmi.With the defeat, Kelantan now sit in 10th place, just one spot above the relegation zone with one point separating them and 11th place, Sarawak.Only two rounds of matches remains for Kelantan to ensure that they stay in the top flight and Zahasmi vowed that his team will fight until the very end despite continued poor performances from his imports.“We can only use what we can [Kelantan’s imports] and I accept that but of course it’s disappointing to see such performances.”“But we have to try until the end, whatever happens. Anything can happen in football,” added Zahasmi.Kelantan’s next match will be a home match against PKNS on 30th September.last_img read more

UN presses Afghans to seize opportunity for dialogue despite recent setbacks

The United Nations envoy for Afghanistan today stressed the need to seize the window of opportunity for dialogue and reconciliation that exists, despite the recent killing of the former Afghan president who was spearheading peace efforts in the country. “The road to peace is never smooth,” Staffan de Mistura, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative and head of the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), said as he briefed the Security Council on the latest developments. He added that the assassination last week of Burhanuddin Rabbani, the former president who was also head of the High Peace Council, is not the end of the peace process. “It is a moment for the Afghans to recalibrate… a moment that calls for national unity among the leaders and people of Afghanistan,” noted Mr. de Mistura.“There is no alternative to a political solution,” he stressed. “And there’s been a window of opportunity for talks to begin, albeit very narrow and clearly fragile, and we need to pursue it.”The Special Representative added that peace is “a process, not an event,” and in order to be sustainable and deliver lasting results, it must be broad-based and include all Afghans. “The priority must continue to be a dialogue among Afghans themselves, led by them, with non-Afghans like all of us playing a supportive role, if and when required.”Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in his latest report on the situation in Afghanistan, released this week, that he remains “cautiously optimistic” about signals of an emerging dialogue as a prerequisite for the development of a broad-based peace and reconciliation process. “I therefore urge all Afghans not to succumb to the politics of mistrust, intimidation, fear or revenge, but rather to work together towards reconciling their differences by engaging in constructive dialogue and shaping the framework for a sustainable peace,” he wrote. “The momentum for dialogue and reconciliation may be increasing and we must seize this opportunity while it presents itself,” Mr. Ban added.The Secretary-General also noted that recent months witnessed “considerable political volatility and disconcerting levels of insecurity” for the Afghan people amid a process of transition to Afghan leadership and responsibility for security. He voiced deep concern about the increasing number of civilian casualties and the effect that the armed conflict is having on civilians who are caught in the middle. The overall volatile security situation also creates a challenging environment for national and international civilians, including UN and UNAMA personnel, to operate in and deliver on their mandates, he added.Mr. de Mistura echoed the concern about the human cost of the conflict in the lives of average Afghans. While the number of security and military incidents may be fewer, there is no question, he stated, that, as compared to the past, “the overall level of civilian casualties is still high – too high.” “The need for a surge in the protection of civilians needs to be constantly our focus,” he added.According to the Secretary-General’s report, as at the end of August, the average monthly number of incidents for 2011 was 2,108 – up 39 per cent compared with the same period in 2010. Armed clashes and improvised explosive devices continued to constitute the majority of incidents, and insurgents continued their campaign of intimidation, including through targeted assassinations of high-ranking security, political and religious officials.“Despite our efforts to stabilize our country, Afghans still suffer from an endless campaign of terror carried out by Afghanistan’s enemies,” the country’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Zalmai Rassoul, told the meeting.He affirmed that despite the assassination of Mr. Rabbani, the High Peace Council will continue its mandate for peace and reconciliation. “To help end the conflict, and meet the demands and aspirations of the Afghan people for a durable, dignified and inclusive peace, we will work to bring back to social, economic and political life all members of the armed opposition willing to renounce violence, sever ties with terrorist groups, and accept our constitution,” he stated. 29 September 2011The United Nations envoy for Afghanistan today stressed the need to seize the window of opportunity for dialogue and reconciliation that exists, despite the recent killing of the former president who was leading peace efforts in the country. read more

Sri Lanka condemns launch of missile by DPKR

The Government today condemned the launch of a long range missile by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea on 07th February 2016.Sri Lanka called upon the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea to abide by its international obligations and desist from any action that would adversely impact on the peace and security of the Korean Peninsula. (Colombo Gazette)

China warns US investment curbs would hurt global growth

BEIJING — China warned Monday that possible U.S. moves to limit investment ties would disrupt the global economy following a report the Trump administration might be considering options including removing Chinese companies from American stock exchanges.The foreign ministry appealed to Washington to “meet us halfway” and resolve disputes amid a tariff war that threatens to depress global economic growth.Stock markets slid after Bloomberg News reported last week that U.S. officials were considering restricting investment ties with China. It said other options including banning investments in Chinese companies by government pension funds.“To exert extreme pressure and even attempt to force the decoupling of China-U.S. relations will definitely damage the interests of U.S. and Chinese enterprises and people, cause financial market turmoil and endanger international trade and the world economic growth,” said a foreign ministry spokesman, Geng Shuang.Negotiators are due to meet next week in Washington for a 13th round of talks aimed at resolving the tariff war over complaints about Beijing’s trade surplus and technology ambitions.The two sides have announced conciliatory measures including lifting or postponing punitive tariffs. But there has been no sign of progress toward settling their core disputes. Economists say a temporary agreement is possible but a permanent deal is unlikely this year.“We hope that the United States will work with China to deepen economic, trade and financial co-operation between the two countries,” Geng said. “We hope the United States will meet us halfway to work out a resolution in a constructive manner.”The Associated Press read more

Sliding energy stocks mixed earnings news push Toronto stock market lower

TORONTO – The Toronto stock market closed lower Thursday, depressed by earnings reports and sliding energy stocks.The S&P/TSX composite index dropped 110.37 points to 14,546.03, led by a 2.76 per cent drop in the energy sector.There was no apparent reason for the tumble — data showed an unexpected decline in U.S. crude inventories last week while total commercial stock levels remained close to the record 399.4 million barrels seen for the previous week. Oil remained above the US$100 mark, with the June contract shedding 51 cents to US$100.26 a barrel and analysts suggested the slide was as much due to profit taking as anything else.As of Wednesday, the sector had run up almost 17 per cent year to date, making it the best-performing TSX sector.The Canadian dollar gained 0.61 of a cent to 92.4 cents US.U.S. indexes were mixed as the Dow Jones industrials gained 32.43 points to 16,550.97.The Nasdaq was down 16.18 points to 4,051.5 and the S&P 500 index slipped 2.58 points to 1,875.63.On the corporate front, Scotiabank (TSX:BNS) is buying a 20 per cent stake in Canadian Tire’s financial services business (TSX:CTC.A) for $500 million in cash as part of a strategic partnership. Scotiabank shares rose 15 cents to $66.71 while Canadian Tire dipped 16 cents to $107.69.“It’s a good deal,” said Fred Ketchen, manager of equity trading at ScotiaMcLeod.“Financing is a big deal and if you’re going to finance a lot of stuff, you have to have someone who will make a long-term relationship.”At the same time, Canadian Tire posted net income attributable to shareholders of $70.6 million, or 88 cents per share, down from $73 million, or 90 cents a share a year ago, which was five cents below analysts’ forecasts. Revenue met expectations, rising 3.8 per cent to $2.57 billion.Valeant Pharmaceuticals International (TSX:VRX) posted a quarterly net loss of $23 million or seven cents a share, compared with a loss of $27.5 million, or nine cents per share, a year ago. On a cash earnings per share basis, adjusted income was $600 million or $1.76 per diluted share, an increase of 35 per cent over the prior year and four cents ahead of estimates. Revenues jumped 77 per cent to $1.9 billion, up from $1.06 billion year-over-year and its shares fell $2.99 to $142.07.Telus Corp. (TSX:T) was ahead 40 cents to $39.85 as the telecom reported a first-quarter net profit up 4.1 per cent from a year ago at $377 million or 61 cents per share, which met expectations. Revenue was up five per cent to $2.9 billion and exceeded expectations of $2.87 billion. Telus is also raising its dividend to 38 cents per share, an 11.8 per cent increase year-over-year.Auto parts giant Magna International (TSX:MG) reported quarterly net income attributable to the company was $393 million and diluted earnings per share were $1.76, far below the $2.05 that analysts had expected. Sales were up seven per cent to $8.96 billion and its shares dropped $1.20 to $106.15.The base metals sector led advancers, up one per cent amid data showing that China’s exports rose 0.9 per cent during April from the previous year, compared with a 6.6 per cent decline in March. Imports also grew after a contraction in March but at a subdued level. July copper edged up three cents to US$3.06 a pound.The gold sector faded about 0.84 per cent as June bullion fell $1.20 to US$1,287.70 an ounce. Sliding energy stocks, mixed earnings news push Toronto stock market lower AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Malcolm Morrison, The Canadian Press Posted May 8, 2014 7:53 am MDT The Toronto Stock Exchange Broadcast Centre is shown in Toronto on June 28, 2013. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Aaron Vincent Elkaim read more

Big miners get CORESafety

first_imgSafety is the focus of one of the major articles in the November issue. Over recent months since July Coeur Mining, Newmont and Freeport McMoran have become the latest mining companies to be recognised by The National Mining Association (NMA) for receiving independent certification under its CORESafety® system. CORESafety’s approach to safety and health emphasises accident prevention using a risk-based management system anchored in leadership, management and assurance. The CORESafety framework is designed to go above and beyond what is required by regulations, instead focusing on a goal of continuous improvement. Its objective is zero fatalities and a 50% reduction in mining’s injury rate within five years of implementation. Since its inception in 2011, CORESafety participants have seen a 74% reduction in fatalities.CORESafety is a voluntary mine safety and health initiative developed and facilitated by the NMA, the US mining industry’s national trade association. CORESafety participants agree to: commit to the CORESafety system; implement a functionally-equivalent version of the CORESafety safety and health management system; submit to NMA annual self-assessments of progress toward implementation of the CORESafety safety and health management system; and, if the company elects to become or maintain CORESafety certification, complete a third- party assessment of its safety and health management system to verify that it is functionally equivalent to CORESafety and submit the assessment report to NMA. Coeur was the fifth NMA member company to complete each step of this process.“NMA congratulates Coeur Mining on this noteworthy achievement,” said Hal Quinn, President and CEO of NMA. “Coeur has proven it is fully committed to continuous improvement in safety performance.”“We are committed to the well-being of everyone who sets foot on our mines or projects,” said Mitchell Krebs, Coeur’s President and CEO. “The CORESafety system has helped us reduce our injury rates by over 75% since 2012. We look forward to using it as the framework for even further health and safety improvement going forward as we continue to pursue a higher standard in all aspects of our business.”The NMA has also recognized Newmont Mining Corp for receiving independent certification under its CORESafety® system. Newmont is the fourth NMA member company to complete each step of this process. Safety is a core value for Newmont, and it has made excellent progress towards achieving its goal of zero harm by lowering injury rates by more than 50% since 2012. In fact, Newmont’s injury rates are among the lowest in the mining sector.“We congratulate Newmont on this noteworthy achievement and want to recognize and thank Gary Goldberg for his role in the development of CORESafety,” said Quinn. “The company has been an early developer and adopter of the CORESafety framework and has gone above and beyond to implement its tenets at the company’s operations across the globe.”On September 26, The NMA recognized Freeport-McMoRan’s achievement of independent certification under CORESafety. Freeport-McMoRan joins six other companies in receiving independent certification under NMA’s signature safety initiative.“We congratulate Freeport-McMoRan on this laudable safety milestone,” said Quinn. “This certification demonstrates Freeport-McMoRan’s commitment to putting worker safety and health at the forefront of all of its operations and to continuously improving its safety performance year after year.” CORESafety was a natural progression of Freeport-McMoRan’s safety program that has been certified under OHSAS 18001 for some years, said Red Conger, President and Chief Operating Officer-Americas.“At Freeport-McMoRan, we have a deep commitment to safe production and a strong belief every job and every task can be performed safely,” Conger said. “We are proud to receive this independent certification under the NMA’s CORESafety system. A safety management system using CORESafety will help assure we have a systematic and repeatable approach to safe production. Ultimately, that means employees work safely and return home to their families at the end of each shift.”last_img read more