Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James answers questions during the NBA basketball team media day, Monday, Sept. 25, 2017, in Independence, Ohio. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane)The NBA world was once again abuzz, as former NBA MVP Derrick Rose announced he’d be once again taking a leave of absence from basketball due to personal concerns.READ: Derrick Rose leaves Cavaliers to handle personal matterADVERTISEMENT Fight breaks out as Lady Warriors beat Tigresses for last finals slot This is the second time that Rose has requested a leave of absence due to personal matters, the first being when he was with the New York Knicks last season.His repeated actions have given life to speculations that the 29-year-old star could be possibly retiring from the sport.“We hope this ain’t the end, but if it is, I was happy I got an opportunity to spend a couple months with him and watch him be the great point guard that he once was,” James said.“But at the end of the day, a clearer head, there’s no substitute for that. We want the best for Derrick. … No matter if he comes back, no matter if he doesn’t, we want him as an individual, as a man, as a father to be just happy with whatever decision he makes.”Joining the Cavs as a free agent this season, Rose has only managed to suit up for seven of the team’s first 18 games, and has missed the past seven games due to a sprained left ankle.ADVERTISEMENT Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson MOST READ As of writing, he has yet to give out a statement regarding his decision. Khristian Ibarrola /raSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Earlier today, Cleveland Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue advised the injury-riddled guard to “take all the time he needs,” and it looks like LeBron James wishes the same for his troubled teammate.“We want, whatever he decides to do, we want the best for him,” James told ESPN’s Dave McMenamin shortly after the team’s 100-99 victory over the Charlotte Hornets on Friday (Saturday in Manila).FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBack on the throneREAD: James has triple-double, Cavs beat Hornets for 7th straight“At the end of the day, you can’t substitute nothing for happiness. And obviously, we know the injuries that he’s been going through his whole career,” he added. Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ LATEST STORIES 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 Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson View comments
Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal MOST READ After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Clutch Thompson downplays Game 5 heroics ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Peza offers relief to ecozone firms Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs LATEST STORIES 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 Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew “We’re just trying to bring them together for the first time,” said national team coach Yeng Guiao before practice at Meralco gym.“Probably, start of practice we’ll just be talking and making some announcements, reminding the guys what will happen the next few days and just familiarizing ourselves with each other.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Paul Lee, Stanley Pringle and Gilas captain Gabe Norwood led the attendees.They were joined by Rain or Shine’s James Yap, Chris Tiu, Beau Belga, Raymond Almazan, Maverick Ahanmisi, NLEX’s Asi Taulava, Blackwater’s JP Erram and Gilas cadets Kobe Paras and Ricci Rivero. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netThe Philippine team converged for its first practice on Monday night just eight days before the 2018 Asian Games comes off wraps in Jakarta, Indonesia.The almost every player in the 14-man pool attended training except for Fil-German Christian Standhardinger, who just played for San Miguel Beer in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals on Sunday night. ADVERTISEMENT Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ View comments In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Rivero came straight to practice despite going on a 17-hour flight from Serbia, where he and the rest of the University of the Philippines held their training camp.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next
George Weah has been installed as Liberia’s 24th President with all the ceremonies, pomp and pageantry befitting such an occasion. For most young Liberians, especially those at the margins of society, it is a dream come true-that one of their own is now at the helm of power.Filled with hopes and high expectations, thousands of youths turned out at the stadium with many of them walking miles to do so. Unfortunately, the joyous occasion was marred by reports of injuries and deaths of several persons ensuing from a stampede in an overcrowded stadium.But this is not the first time that injury and death have been reported due to overcrowding at the Samuel Kanyon Doe Sports Complex. Poor planning and poor crowd control measures are attributed as chief reasons for this latest tragedy just as on previous occasions. In cases like these blame is always attributed to the Police whose crowd control measures never seem to live up to the hype of “air tight security”.The question now, as like before, is how come authorities have consistently proved incapable of controlling the flow of persons into a stadium whose capacity is put at 35,000 and at most 40,000? Prior to yesterday’s occasion, the Police had served public service notice that entry into the stadium would be strictly controlled with admission granted only to those in possession of entrance tickets which more or less constituted a form of official invitation.So just how many tickets were printed and who were those in charge of distributing the tickets are questions begging answers. Further, why were authorities not keeping check on the number of people entering the stadium in order to guard against overcrowding as thousands of people were expected to turn out including those without admission tickets?It is indeed unacceptable that people would have to lose their lives each time in such situations with nothing being done to check it?This brings us to the point underscored in President Weah’s inaugural address when he declared his was an overwhelming mandate to end corruption in public service. He further declared that the most effective way to achieve the narrowing of the ever widening gap between rich and poor is to ensure that public resources do not end up in the pockets of government or public service officials.Corruption has plagued and continues to plague the nation. When President Sirleaf for example first assumed office in 2005, she proclaimed a solemn pledge to treat corruption as public enemy number one. Twelve years later, corruption has grown even more entrenched than ever and the robust pledge to combat corruption and treat it as public enemy number one never did come to pass.Due to corruption, the pledge to protect Liberian owned businesses has over the past 12 years amounted to little more than a pledge. While Liberian businesses suffer to compete with foreign owned business and totter beneath the burdens of rising costs and repressive tax regimes, foreign owned businesses are given huge tax breaks some as long as a quarter of a century.The more than 60 bogus Concession agreements signed and passed into law during the reign of President Sirleaf was accomplished through corruption-outright bribery of legislators or else how can such be explained.In one case, to recall, a member of the 52nd Legislature (name withheld) wrote President Sirleaf a letter imploring her not to sign the ELENITO agreement granting a scrap company mineral rights to exploit the entire Western Cluster until sufficient due diligence had been done.The Legislator also wrote his colleagues imploring them not to ratify the agreement if the President sent it for ratification without doing the necessary due diligence. Both President Sirleaf as well as his Legislative colleagues ignored his premonitions and the agreement was signed into law. Only later it was discovered that ELENITO did not have the requisite financial capacity for such an undertaking but it was too late for reversal.Quite clearly, bribes had been received for the passage into law of such an agreement. Another instance involving bribes, as we are now being told by former officials, was the issuance by President Sirleaf, of Executive Order 84 which effectively reduced the Exclusive zone from 12 nautical miles to 6 miles thus according foreign fishing vessels to fish within just a few miles of shore bringing them into direct competition with small scale fishermen.The effect on the ordinary Liberian including fishermen and those in the local fishing industry has been disastrous to say the least. But President Weah has now pledged that all that would be a thing of the past. We would naturally expect that his first order of business would be to rescind Executive Order 84 which has so much bearing on the hardships that ordinary Liberians are experiencing daily.Going forward, Liberians would be able to gauge the sincerity and depth of President Weah’s commitment to end corruption when injury and death resulting from overcrowding at the SKD Sports Complex will be a thing of the past. The Daily Observer is aware that there are going to be future occasions, football games included, when thousands of people will converge at the SKD Sports complex so it will take some time to gauge.But more importantly and perhaps first and foremost will be President Weah’s decision to rescind Executive Order 84 which will have an immediate effect easing the burden of high fish prices thus making a valuable protein resource more easily available at affordable cost to the ordinary consuming public.Then Liberians will know for sure and rest assured in the belief that President Weah means what he said in his inaugural address….. “As officials of Government, It is time to put the interest of our people above our own selfish interests. It is time to be honest with our people. Though corruption is a habit among our people, we must end it. We must pay civil servants a living wage, so that corruption is not an excuse for taking what is not theirs. Those who do not refrain from enriching themselves at the expense of the people – the law will take its course. I say today that you will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.”Indeed this will be President Weah’s greatest test, as simple and trifling as it may appear.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
0Shares0000Saadi Kadhafi, son of former Libyan dictator Moamar Kadhafi, plays for Tripoli’s Al-Ittihad club against FC Barcelona in an April 2, 2003 match at Camp Nou in Spain © AFP/File / LLUIS GENETRIPOLI, Libya, Apr 4 – Tripoli’s court of appeals has acquitted Saadi Kadhafi, a son of former Libyan dictator Moamer Kadhafi, of murdering a football coach in 2005, a judicial source said Wednesday.The court’s criminal chamber acquitted Saadi Kadhafi on Tuesday of charges of “voluntary homicide”, the source said on condition of anonymity. The former ruler’s son was accused of murdering Bashir al-Rayani, a former footballer and coach of Tripoli’s Al-Ittihad football club, where Kadhafi played, in 2005.The judicial source added that the ministry of justice asked the supreme court Wednesday to submit an update on the other cases involving Kadhafi.Extradited from Niger on March 6, 2014, Kadhafi is also being tried, among others, for alleged involvement in the deadly crackdown on the revolt that toppled his father’s regime in 2011. The case has repeatedly been postponed.Rayani’s son, Ali, took to local media to denounce the court’s ruling, saying his family would appeal the decision “until justice is served”.“The case is clear. All the evidence and testimony confirm the responsibility of Saadi Kadhafi,” Ali al-Rayani told the 218News channel.“How is it possible that a criminal whose culpability is confirmed by concrete evidence can be acquitted… It’s impossible!” he said.“We could not get justice under his father’s regime, we will get it now, I’m confident!”Of Kadhafi’s seven sons, three died were killed during the uprising, as was their father.After playing with Libyan clubs, Saadi Kadhafi signed in 2003 with Italy’s Perugia club, whose management took him on at the request of then Italian president Silvio Berlusconi, who had close ties with the Libyan regime.But even though he was a part of the team, Saadi Kadhafi rarely stepped foot on the field, appearing only twice on the substitutes’ bench.He was suspended for three months in his second season with the team for doping.His greatest achievement was playing 15 minutes against Juventus in May 2004.In June 2005, he joined Udinese, with whom he played 11 minutes. The following year he joined Sampdoria of Genoa, where he played less than 10 minutes all season.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
Finn Harps goalkeeper Lee McCarron celebrates the Centenary Shield success with Mickey McGlynn.A strong Donegal connection was present as the Republic of Ireland Schoolboys side won the Centenary Shield for the first time since 2010 following a 1-1 draw with Scotland in Edinburgh this evening.Finn Harps goalkeeper Lee McCarron played the full 90 minutes for Ireland and produced a solid display.Finn Harps manager Ollie Horgan, coach Willie O’Connor and physio Mickey McGlynn were all apart of the Irish backroom team. Ireland were actual crowned champions last week against England at the Sligo Showgrounds, so tonight’s fixture lacked the competitive edge the international fixture usually would have.However, the Irish side showed why there worthy champions and produced a polished and professional performance throughout.Cork City player Conor Ellis put Ireland ahead at half-time, but a spirited Scotland side battled back and deservedly equalised in the second-half.Congratulations to the Irish side and to all the Finn Harps contingent involved in the team’s success. FINN HARPS CONTINGENT INVOLVED AS REPUBLIC OF IRELAND SCHOOLBOYS WIN CENTENARY SHIELD was last modified: April 24th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:Centenary ShieldFinn Harps FCIreland SchoolboysnewssoccerSport
President Michael D Higgins has indicated his intention to run in the next Presidential election. According to the Irish Times, sources at Leinster House have suggested that Higgins will officially announce his wish to serve a second term in July, with Higgins’ political allies being advised to begin preparing for an Autumn campaign.The announcement is contentious as when elected in 2011, Higgins said that he wished to only serve one term. Galway Senator Gerard Craughwell has already signaled his intention to challenge Higgins.The next Presidential election is due to take place in November of this year.What do you think? Would you like Michael D. Higgins to serve another term?YesNoUnsureVoteView ResultsCrowdsignal.com
The Department of Tourism has launched a travel map to guide and assist people from around the world who may be looking to visit South Africa to “walk in Nelson Mandela’s footsteps”. “To make it as easy as possible for people to personally experience Mandela’s story, we have developed the ‘Madiba-inspired tourist attractions’ map, which encapsulates the key points on his life’s journey,” Tourism Minister Marthinus van Schalkwyk said in March. He was speaking at the launch of the travel map at Drakenstein Correctional Centre (formerly Victor Verster Prison) in Cape Town – the last place where Nelson Mandela was held captive before he took his first steps to freedom on 11 February 1990. Developed by South African Tourism in partnership with the Nelson Mandela Foundation, the map highlights tourist sites as well as general places of interest in the four main provinces that defined Mandela’s life. These include the Eastern Cape, where he was born, grew up and attended Fort Hare University; Gauteng, where he worked as a human rights lawyer and became instrumental in South Africa’s political struggle; KwaZulu-Natal, where he was captured; and the Western Cape, where he was imprisoned and ultimately freed. Since Mandela was released from prison in February 1990, a number of world-class museums, monuments and precincts have been developed to help bring his story to life and to cater for the demand to better understand South Africa’s history. The map includes well-known attractions such as the Unesco world heritage site Robben Island, where Mandela was imprisoned, and Mandela’s house on Vilakazi Street in Soweto, which is the only street in the world to have had two Nobel peace prize winners, Mandela and Desmond Tutu, as residents. It also features some lesser-known attractions, such as the Kliptown open-air museum, also in Soweto, which marks the spot where the Freedom Charter was adopted by the Congress of the People, as well as the Nelson Mandela youth and heritage centre in Mandela’s childhood home, Qunu, where he was laid to rest on 15 December. “Mandela’s integrity and spirit of hope, reconciliation and love have touched the lives of millions of people,” Van Schalkwyk said on Tuesday. “This year, we celebrate 20 years of democracy and freedom, and we look forward to welcoming many tourists from around the world to share the South African story and Mandela’s legacy with us. “Not only was Nelson Mandela an incredible man and leader, but he remains a truly global icon. Since 1994, visitors from all corners of the globe have come to South Africa to seek out the places that shaped his remarkable life. His name alone put South Africa on the map; today, we are returning the favour in a literal sense.” According to the Department of Tourism, International visitors to the country increased from 3.4-million in 1993 – the year before Mandela became South Africa’s first democratically elected president – to 13.5-million in 2012, with close to 9.2-million of those being tourists (people who spent one or more nights here). “The numbers aside, what has perhaps been the greatest legacy for tourism is that Mandela has encouraged people from all corners of the globe to come and experience South Africa for themselves,” Van Schalkwyk said. It was also thanks to Mandela, the minister said, that the world “now knows South Africa for more than just our incredible wildlife, amazing scenic beauty and excellent value for money. Since 1994, the world has come to realise that what really sets this country apart is Mandela’s people, whose warmth and hospitality leave all who visit us touched by the ‘Madiba magic’.” SAinfo reporter View the map online at mandela.southafrica.net
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest We are completely done. We finished the Friday before Thanksgiving with our crops and we finished up our custom work the day before Thanksgiving. We got done and moved stuff home that Sunday and started with the custom work on Tuesday and everything has dried up since.The last field we were in was wet and we will have to do some tillage where some places are torn up depending on how dry things get. There are people working ground around us right now.We had a little grass in the corn up at New Paris where the water stood and drowned out the corn. That hurt yields some. We had a good bit drowned out with the fields where we did our custom work too.The corn ended up around 190 bushels or 200 and the beans were 64 or 65 bushels overall. We thought corn would be around 165 and the beans would be around 50 and when we got into them we were really surprised. Things ended up really decent.The beans held up well through harvest. We had a big wind that broke the tops out of a lot of the corn right above the ears. It seemed like the harvest was never ending because every time you turned around it was raining.We are going to clean out dryer and work on some end of the year jobs now.
This post was published on the Military Families Learning Network Blog on September 18, 2013. Join the Personal Finance group for a 90-minute webinar on September 25 that will focus on the impact our behavior has on our finances. Dr. Lois Vitt will present Behavioral Economics at 11 a.m. ET.The web conference, “Ferryboat Captains and the Case for Behavioral Strategies in Teaching Financial Decision-Making,” will give conference participants tools that can help their clients and other learners—and couples—make more self-enhancing spending, saving and investing decisions. Using research from behavioral finance, Dr. Lois Vitt identifies and contrasts the social factors that shape and influence everyone’s financial behaviors and choices. In contexts unique to military service members and their families, she examines the concept of feeling “entitled” to spend money, to buy unaffordable items, and act out over money issues despite knowing better. She also tackles the psychology of guilt in its many guises that interferes with clear-headed decision-making. Guilty feelings can trigger reactionary financial decisions that sabotage even the best personal relationships and spoil chances for building one’s future financial security. She introduces webinar participants to ideas and resources that can help calm already anxiety-producing situations of deployment, homecoming, and beyond.Lois A. Vitt, Ph.D is the Founding Director of the Institute for Socio-Financial Studies (ISFS). She is an author, educator, and researcher in behavioral finance, consumer financial decisions, and the finances of aging and retirement. Prior to founding ISFS, Dr. Vitt was an executive in financial firms and a government official. She earned an Executive MBA at Pace University in New York and her Ph.D. in sociology and social psychology at American University in Washington, DC.Dr. Vitt is the author of books and articles on the psychology of consumer financial decisions, and she has given talks about the social effects of consumer finances and education before audiences around the world. She is Editor-in-Chief of the 2-Volume, Encyclopedia of Retirement and Finance (Greenwood Publishing Group, 2003).Dr. Vitt has been featured at NPR, Oprah and Friends, and MarketWatch, and in the following selected publications, Cosmopolitan, Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, New York Times, Barron’s, Realtor Magazine, Chicago Tribune, Boston Globe, Toronto Globe and Mail, San Francisco Chronicle, LA Times, San Diego Union-Tribune, HousingPredictor.com, Women and Health, and AARP Magazine.To join this web conference, visit the event page. If you plan to join the conference and are not located on a military installation, security certificates may be required. Find out more here.Alternatively, this presentation will be streaming on the Military Families Learning Network’s Ustream Channel. View it here.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate a statue of Sardar Patel, described by the Gujarat government as “the world’s tallest”, on the birth anniversary of India’s first Home Minister on October 31, Chief Minister Vijay Rupani said on Sunday. Talking to reporters on the sidelines of the BJP’s national executive meeting, he said the statue with a height of 182m will be a symbol of the country’s unity and integrity. Mr. Rupani said the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) had collected iron, soil and water from across the country to use them to build the statue, a decision announced by Mr. Modi in 2013 when he was the Chief Minister of Gujarat. In an apparent reference to the issue of Naxalism following the arrest of some activists for allegedly collaborating with Left ultras, Mr. Rupani said the statue will highlight Patel’s works for the country’s unity. He said that the Opposition had termed it “empty talk” when Mr. Modi announced that his government would build the world’s tallest statue to commemorate Patel. Mr. Rupani said while the Congress had sidelined Patel, Mr. Modi brought him and his works in front of the world. Patel, a Congress leader, has become a revered figure for the BJP, which has sought to project an ideological connect between its espousal of nationalism and his efforts at national integration.