Finally finished: Cavs-Celtics modify, complete big trade

first_imgFILE – In this June 7, 2017, file photo, Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving (2) is guarded by Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) during the first half of Game 3 of basketball’s NBA Finals in Cleveland. Irving gets his new address and Isaiah Thomas gets to play with LeBron. They both can say they won in this Celtics-Cavs blockbuster deal. But the sum of the parts says Cleveland got the better of Boston in this swap of All-Star point guards. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane, File)CLEVELAND — The blockbuster trade, delayed and in jeopardy of dying, is done: Kyrie Irving is headed to the Celtics, Isaiah Thomas is coming to the Cavaliers and the NBA can take a well-earned, late-summer break.For a minute.ADVERTISEMENT Search on for 5 Indonesians snatched anew in Lahad Datu View comments Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Hotdog’s Dennis Garcia dies Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite Police seize P68-M worth of ‘shabu’ in Pasay National Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Bishop Baylon encourages faithful in Albay to help Taal evacueescenter_img Concerned with medical findings after looking at Thomas’ injured right hip, the Cavs have negotiated another draft pick from Boston to compete the mega-deal that stalled, the teams announced in a joint statement early Thursday.The teams modified the original deal and Cleveland will also get a second-round pick in 2020 from the Celtics, a pick it acquired from Miami.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? 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SEA Games conclusion sees early start to celebrations MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next After the teams finalize the deal with the league, the Cavs are expected to formally announce a trade that officially ends Irving’s star-crossed tenure in Cleveland.The former No. 1 overall pick grew into one of the NBA’s biggest stars with the Cavs, and he’ll always be remembered for making the go-ahead 3-pointer over Golden State’s Stephen Curry in Game 7 of the 2016 NBA Finals when Cleveland won the title — the city’s first major pro sports championship since 1964.But while he was adored by Cleveland fans, Irving struggled playing in the shadow of LeBron James, and shortly after the Cavs were beaten in this year’s Finals by the Warriors, a disgruntled Irving demanded a trade.He’s joining a Boston team that has been chasing Cleveland in recent years, and he’ll play alongside Gordon Hayward, signed as a free agent by the Celtics this summer.Thomas’ future is not as certain. The 5-foot-8 playmaker was beloved in Boston, but he’ll have to share the stage in Cleveland in a supporting role to James. Thomas is in the final year of his contract and could end up sharing playing time with newly signed Cavs guard Derrick Rose.And, of course, there’s always drama surrounding James, who will try to make his eighth straight Finals before possibly opting out of his contract next summer and hitting the free-agent market again.If he leaves, the Cavs have the first-round pick — maybe even the top pick overall — they got from Boston to help them rebuild.But that’s next summer. For the moment, this chaotic one has finally calmed down. LATEST STORIES The teams had a deadline of 10 a.m. Thursday to agree on the trade, which was prompted by Irving demanded to be dealt in July. New Cavs general manager Koby Altman pulled it off by sending the team’s second-best player to the Celtics for Thomas, forward Jae Crowder, center Ante Zizic and an unconditional first-round pick next year.The Cavs had balked at pushing the Aug. 22 trade through last week after Thomas underwent a physical. He tore a labrum last season in the playoffs against Cleveland, and it’s possible he might not be ready for the start of the season.On Tuesday, Thomas told ESPN he is “not damaged” and believes he will return to All-Star form.“There’s never been an indication that I wouldn’t be back, and there’s never been an indication that this is something messing up my career,” Thomas said. “Maybe I am not going to be back as soon this season as everyone wants me to be, but I’m going to be back, and I’m going to be the same player again. No doctor has told me anything different than that.”Thomas decided not to have surgery and has been rehabbing his hip this summer.ADVERTISEMENT Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titleslast_img read more

Death Traps Could Defeat Development If . . .

first_imgOur Senior Reporter C.Y. Kwanue, who has over the years shown that he has a wide eye for societal problems, did it again last week Monday when he observed a “death trap” at  Benson and Lynch Streets. A rotten light pole there had been hit by a speeding lorry and was hanging dangerously over the busy intersection leading from the ever busy Benson Street to the Antoinette Tubman Stadium and the Red Cross headquarters.  And where were the people responsible for light poles in the country? They were probably too busy rehabilitating the power generation plants on Bushrod Island, or perhaps the Mount Coffee Hydro.  Meanwhile, the rotten pole, with live electric wires, hung perilously over the street, putting at risk pedestrians, automobiles and nearby buildings.Thankfully the LEC management, on seeing Mr. Kwanue’s story on the Daily Observer’s back page Thursday morning, rushed its technicians to Lynch Street and took down the threatening pole.  They did it efficiently, so that there was no mishap.But LEC is not alone.  Road contracters are notorious for this kind of behavior, and so are other agencies on whom we rely to push our development agenda, the Liberia Water and Sewer Corporation (LWSC) included.  Too often LWSC technicians dig up holes in the middle of the street or on the side walk with absolutely NO warning signs.  If anyone slips into such a hole and sustains a broken leg or other injury, he or she is on his own.  The identical thing happened to a woman named Elsie Weah who was leaving her place of work, the Ministry of Finance a few years ago.  She broke her leg and had to be responsible for her own hospitalization and treatment.A group of technicians who are currently putting people and motor vehicles at risk are the Chinese contractors undertaking the Red Light-Ganta road construction.  All along the highway from Paynesville to Kakata and beyond, there are huge ditches as well as heavy equipment on both sides of the road, with several detours for vehicles.  The trouble is: there are NO danger signs anywhere—not even adequate reflectors, which are cheap and easily available.   The absence of danger signs at such places portrays a callous (coldhearted, uncaring) attitude toward precious human life.  Are they waiting for a vehicle loaded with passengers to plunge into a detour ditch and die before they do something about it?We call on Public Minister Gyude Moore, whose Ministry has oversight of ALL construction throughout  the country, as well as for ZONING everywhere, to issue an ordinance making it MANDATORY that ALL construction works are protected with properly lit signs, sufficiently and fully visible throughout the day and night to prevent unnecessary accidents.  For one broken leg or death incurred unnecessarily at a construction site could negate (counteract, go against) development efforts which are designed not to harm or to kill, but to improve the lives and livelihood of the people.We wish further to remind the new Public Works Minister—if he has not already found out— that one of the most inactive or dysfunctional areas of his Ministry is its Zoning Section.  From time immemorial this Section at Public Works has been inactive and woefully ineffective. That is why people have been allowed to build shacks and concrete structures not just in Monrovia and other cities but  all over the country—on other people’s land, in alleys, in the open street, wherever.  Because there are NO zoning regulations or the total lack of enforcement thereof, people have gotten away with total impunity.About two years ago the President herself, in total frustration, admitted that the concessions involved in the Western Cluster mining—in Bomi and Grand Cape Mount counties—could not rebuild the railway to convey iron ore  to the Freeport of Monrovia because squatters had built structures all along the way.  It would take a lot of time and over US$30 million to clear the way for this railway to be built, she said. We trust that Minister Moore and his entire staff, and all those involved in construction of any kind on the streets and highways of the country will take heed and remember the costly and potentially deadly consequences of their failure to do the right thing to protect lives and property.   Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Stanford OKs ‘living wage’ concessions

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PALO ALTO – Stanford University officials agreed to pay its “living wage” to all contract workers, ending a nine-day hunger strike by some student protesters. Officials on Friday revised the school’s policy to include all employees hired through contractors. Loopholes in the wage policies previously allowed the university to pay less than the “living wage” – $11.15 to $12.59 per hour – to contracted employees who work less than 30 hours per week. Protesters with the Stanford Labor Action Coalition celebrated with food and music at their 10-tent encampment in the campus’ White Plaza after Friday’s meeting announcing the changes. last_img read more

The Poppy Campaign October 25th – November 11th, 2019

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Royal Canadian Legion and the Royal Canadian Army Cadets were presented with a proclamation for the Poppy Campaign at Council on Monday.The Poppy Campaign Flag raising took place on Friday, October 25th, 2019.Speaking to Council, it was shared that every year, from the last Friday of October to November 11, Canadians wear a Poppy as a visual pledge to honour Canada’s Veterans and remember those who sacrificed their lives for freedom.- Advertisement -The efforts to continue the Poppy Campaign are possible because of the efforts of the volunteers in the community, by seeing that Poppies are distributed and funds are then picked up.The Poppy Campaign is a local initiative for the Legion with funds staying within the local community to support Veterans and their families. Last year 11 Veterans have financially assisted thanks to the fundraising efforts of the campaign.last_img read more

Neymar returns as Mbappe flattens Monaco in title party

first_imgNeymar’s return at the start of the second half replacing Layvin Kurzawa is the cherry on the cake for Thomas Tuchel’s side, who had been without the Brazilian superstar since January 23 with a right foot injury.Edinson Cavani also returned to action as a second half substitute, having a late strike correctly ruled out for offside, meaning that PSG’s famed front three are back together following months apart.Mbappe has thrived in the absence of his strike partners, and gave his side a 2-0 first-half lead with two neat finishes, the first coming in the 15th minute and the second seven minutes before the break after a beautiful pass from Dani Alves.The World Cup winner then put the three points beyond doubt when he tapped in Alves’ low cross nine minutes after the break.Aleksandr Golovin rolled home a consolation for the away side, who remain in trouble in 16th place and are only four points away from the relegation play-off spot.On Sunday afternoon Lille ended their challenge with a goalless draw at Toulouse that left them 16 points behind PSG with only five games to play and allowed capital club to celebrate the title after missing chances to seal it in their previous matches.The Parisians have struggled with key injuries in recent weeks and they lost Italian international midfielder Marco Verratti with what looks like a knock to his left ankle.PSG took the field wearing a shirt with a large image of Notre Dame replacing the usual sponsor’s logo. “Notre-Dame” replaced the player names on the back of the shirts.The iconic Paris cathedral was damaged in a spectacular blaze last Monday.The club said that they would put a limited edition of the shirts on sale on line during the match for 100 euros each. The club said the money “will be donated to associations related to firefighters”.The club also posted a “Hommage to Notre Dame” video on their web site in which players praised the team-work of the Paris fire brigade and made a gesture that imitates the two famous towers that form part of the cathedral’s facade.The club said it was also using Sunday’s game to thank the firefighters.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Neymar made his return for newly-crowned Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain as Kylian Mbappe fired a hat-trick past Monaco © AFP / FRANCK FIFEPARIS, France, Apr 21 – Neymar joined the Paris Saint-Germain title party on Sunday when he made his first appearance since January as Kylian Mbappe swept aside Monaco with a hat-trick in a 3-1 win for the newly-crowned Ligue 1 champions.Mbappe took his league tally for the season to 30 following his treble, which came just hours after PSG were crowned champions for the sixth time in seven years when closest challengers Lille dropped points.last_img read more

Premier League forward issues warning to team-mates ahead Republic of Ireland play-off

first_img Ireland face Dzeko’s men in Zenica on Friday evening in the first leg of their Euro 2016 play-off 1 Edin Dzeko has warned Bosnia and Herzegovina to beware the Republic of Ireland after their shock victory over world champions Germany.Ireland face Dzeko’s men in Zenica on Friday evening in the first leg of their Euro 2016 play-off with a trip to France next summer awaiting the victors.They will do so without vastly-experienced keeper Shay Given and Shane Long, the match-winner against the Germans through injury and central defender John O’Shea and striker Jonathan Walters through suspension.However, Manchester City striker Dzeko, who is currently on loan at Roma, insists they will still be a threat to his country’s hopes of making the European Championship finals for the first time.He said: “Maybe some of their most important players are not playing in the first game, so it’s a big problem for them, but they have other good players who can jump in, so I don’t think it’s a big advantage for us.“They have some important players, some experienced players, who can bring something different to the team – like they did against Germany, because it’s not easy doing it against them.“If you win, you must be a good team.”Bosnia skipper Dzeko is well placed to assess the dangers in the Ireland squad having come up against most of Martin O’Neill’s players during his time in the Barclays Premier League.O’Neill was delighted to have been drawn to play away in the first leg, although his selection problems have eaten into that perceived advantage, although Dzeko believes not significantly.Asked if the Bosnians are favourites to progress, he said: “No, I think it’s 50-50.“It doesn’t matter that some of our players are playing in the Champions League because Ireland have players with a lot of experience who have already played in big games.“I know almost all the Irish players – they all play in England in the best league in the world and they are there because they have their individual qualities, they are good players.“Even if some of them are missing, they are a good team which will definitely never give up, I know that.“They will be two very interesting games because we want to go to the Euros, they want to be there as well, so it will be interesting to watch.“[It would be] the first time to go to the Euros. We achieved to go to the World Cup in Brazil and that was our first big competition, and now we want to go to the Euros as well.”The game will be played at the 11,800-capacity Bilino Polje Stadium, where a hostile reception for the visitors is assured.Dzeko said: “This place is something special for us, something that gives us even more power to give everything we can.“We love this place – we have won so many games here and hopefully we can do the same tomorrow.”last_img read more

Drake Road Races Participants to Receive Free Photos Courtesy of Delta Dental of Iowa

first_imgDelta Dental of Iowa is a member of the Delta Dental Plans Association, the leading national network of independent dental service corporations. The Delta Dental member companies provide dental benefits to more than 78 million Americans in more than 146,000 employee groups throughout the country. For more information, visit the website at Print Friendly Version DES MOINES, Iowa — For the first time in its 51-year history, participants in the 2019 Drake Road Races will receive customized race photography at no additional charge, courtesy of Delta Dental of Iowa.In October, Drake University announced a new partnership with EnMotive, offering new technology that identifies bibs and faces in race photos and delivers branded, personalized alerts to each participant as their photo is captured.  Thanks to Delta Dental of Iowa, runners and walkers in the Drake Road Races will be able to download and share their photos immediately after the event.  Race photography will be available for all three distances at the Drake Road Races – the half-marathon, 10k and 5k – with all races finishing on the iconic Blue Oval in Drake Stadium on Saturday, April 20.”As a health and wellness company, it’s a perfect fit for Delta Dental of Iowa to sponsor the use of the latest technology to enhance the participant experience of this historic Drake Relays event,” said Jeff Russell, president and CEO of Delta Dental of Iowa. “I am excited to run in this year’s race and we hope this new feature encourages participants to show off their miles of smiles on race day, cheered on by neighbors and friends.””The excitement grows daily for the Drake Road Races as our entire team reimagines the future of this historic event.  Today’s announcement elevates the excitement and participant experience even further.  We’re proud to partner with Delta Dental of Iowa to lead in the running community in Central Iowa and beyond,” said Blake Boldon, the Franklin P. Johnson Director of the Drake Relays.The Drake Road Races will serve as the starting line for the Drake Relays presented by Hy-Vee, which includes a full week of events for the 110th running of America’s Athletic Classic. The date also allows every competitor to be one of the first athletes to cross the finish line on the Blue Oval. All finishers of the 5k, 10k and half-marathon races receive a commemorative Drake Relays Road Races 51st anniversary finishers medal, a long-sleeved pullover and free admission to the Thursday night Distance Carnival at the Drake Relays presented by Hy-Vee, plus other exclusive special promotions and benefits.Registration information is available at  About Delta Dental of Iowa:Delta Dental of Iowa, a not-for-profit health and wellness company, provides dental and vision benefits to more than one million Iowans. Locally focused and nationally networked, Delta Dental of Iowa invests in oral health and wellness projects through the Delta Dental of Iowa Foundation and community giving that focus on access to care, prevention, education and research. Since 2002, Delta Dental has invested more than $38 million to improve the oral health and overall health of Iowans.center_img                                                                                                          # # #About the Drake Relays presented by Hy-Vee:For one week a year, the Drake Relays presented by Hy-Vee brings together Iowa’s top high school athletes with the best collegiate and professional performers from across the nation and around the world. The Drake Road Races, an iconic event in Des Moines for more than 50 years, serves as the starting line for the week-long celebration of athletics in Iowa’s Capital City.  It is followed by one of the nation’s largest 1-mile road races, the Grand Blue Mile, which has hosted the USATF 1-Mile Championship four times since its inception nine years ago. The week concludes inside historic Drake Stadium, where the competition is fierce, the athletes spectacular and the performances legendary. Fans have packed the stands for 109 years, witnessing the fall of 14 world records, 51 American records and 56 national collegiate records and countless feats of athletic excellence. It is this combination of unmatched atmosphere and the spirit of competition that truly makes the Drake Relays “America’s Athletic Classic”. For more information, visit read more


first_imgA JUDGE told a Donegal businessman he is not a fit person to hold a waste collection permit.Jim FerryFerry Refuse Collection Ltd was appealing against the refusal last year by the National Waste Collection Permit Office (NWCPO) to granthim a licence. Tullamore District Court was told yesterday that Jim Ferry, managing director of the company, of Rossbracken, Manorcunningham, had previously been convicted of breaches of the waste management regulations.In addition to being fined, he twice received six-month suspended sentences and is currently paying €800 a week to Donegal CountyCouncil to discharge the financial penalties.He also previously paid €15,000 costs to Offaly County Council,operator of the NWCPO, and must pay another €5,000 in costs arisingfrom the latest court hearing.Judge Catherine Staines was told the first conviction in 2005 relatedto the burial of at least one lorryload of household waste on anunauthorised site owned by Mr Ferry.In 2013, after Donegal County Council had gathered video evidence ofillegal dumping at Doire Ui Frill, Falcarragh, in 2010, he wasconvicted again.Tullamore District Court was told that 213 tonnes of mixed municipalwaste was removed from the unauthorised site at Mr Ferry’s mother’shouse.Michael McGarvey, senior engineer with the County Council, said anotice requiring the removal of the waste which was issued in October,2010 was not complied with until November, 2014.Mr Ferry told the court that he did not have the money at the time tocomply with the notice and when he did it cost him €50,000 in landfilllevies.He said he would not commit a similar offence again, had paid for aconsultant’s report on his business and was going to undertake acourse of training in England at a cost of £5,000 sterling.Referring to the first offence, Judge Staines said Mr Ferry had made acommercial decision to dump waste and avoid paying landfill charges.That had given him a commercial advantage in “flagrant breach” of thewaste management regulations.‘These regulations are so important in maintaining the integrity ofour beautiful country but also to protect the health of our citizens,’said the judge.Despite being convicted and being given a suspended sentence, he wenton to commit another offence.‘This is a deliberate and conscious decision made for financialreasons, fully aware that he was breaching the waste management law,’said Judge Staines.She noted that Leo Duffy, manager of the NWCPO, had given evidencethat Mr Ferry’s case was the first waste permit refusal of its kindand she said the Donegal man had only removed the waste which wasdumped in 2010 after his permit was refused in September, 2014.The court was also told that Mr Ferry’s company had 50 employees andserviced 10,000 customers.Judge Staines said she had heard evidence that his daughter had beengranted a waste permit licence.Ferry’s Refuse Collection Recycling Ltd, also based at Rossbracken,was granted a permit last December.“I hope, though it’s not a matter for the court, that his employeeswill find employment with her company,”  she said.She added that perhaps Mr Ferry’s daughter could service the 10,000customers but she hoped she had learned lessons from the mistakes madeby her father.DONEGAL BUSINESSMAN TOLD HE IS NOT FIT TO HOLD A WASTE COLLECTION PERMIT was last modified: July 14th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegaldumpingFalcarraghFerry’s Refuse Collectionjim ferrymanorcunninghamrubbishvideolast_img read more

Jason Quigley up to third in World Rankings and ‘ready for mega fights’

first_imgJason Quigley (14-0, 11KOs) has moved into third spot in the WBC World rankings – and says he is ready for ‘mega fights’.The Donegal man returned to the ring after a year out of action when he defeated Daniel Rosario in March.Quigley KO’d Rosario in the sixth round at the Marina Bay Sportsplex in Quincy, MA, on Easter Saturday night. A year earlier, the unbeaten Irish middleweight overcame a busted right hand and the durable Glen Tapia to claim the NABF’s middleweight title.“I’m rising the ladder and ready to climb even higher to lift those straps,” said Quigley, currently at a training camp at the Ingle Gym in Fuerteventura.“I’m ready for the mega fights now. This is what all my years in the amateurs and my hard work so far as a professional have been for.“These are the times I’ve been waiting for. I feel I belong at the top of these rankings and I plan to get there.” Quigley is based now in Sheffield under the watch of Dominic Ingle and the Golden Boy Promotions fighter is itching to get back through the ropes again.He said: “My team at Golden Boy and Sheer Sports have me on the right path and I know we are on the way to the top.”Jason Quigley up to third in World Rankings and ‘ready for mega fights’ was last modified: May 12th, 2018 by Chris McNultyShare 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:BallybofeyDaniel RosarioDominic IngleGlen TapiaGolden Boy PromotionsJason QuigleyQuincySheer Sports Managementlast_img read more