Rockets hope ’Melo can help them to 1st title since 1995

first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew His tenure in Oklahoma City seemed to start going wrong before it even got started. He became a meme after the Thunder’s media day last year when he was asked about how he’d feel about coming off the bench and he responded with: “Who, me?”He laughed about that exchange Monday but he and coach Mike D’Antoni skirted questions about exactly what his role would be in Houston.“All the questions of coming off the bench, I don’t even want to answer those questions,” Anthony said. “At the end of the day whatever I have to do to help this team win a championship then that’s what’s going to be done.”Harden and Paul both seem thrilled to have the 34-year-old Anthony on their team. Harden had a simple answer when asked why he thought Anthony would be successful in Houston after struggling to fit in elsewhere.“He’s playing alongside me and Chris,” Harden said.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. General manager Daryl Morey has admired Anthony for years and tried to land him in the past before finally convincing him to join the Rockets this year. He believes Anthony will be a good fit in Houston.“Even if in recent past maybe they’ve had some bumpy roads where the fit maybe hasn’t been good. We feel like our players, Chris Paul and James Harden and our coaching staff can really get the most out of guys with talent,” Morey said. “We really look for players who they have talent in other places that maybe people aren’t appreciating but will work better when they’re here.”Anthony averaged a career-low 16.2 points in 78 games last season for the Thunder. The third overall pick in the 2003 draft has averaged 24.1 points, 6.5 rebounds and 3 assists in a 15-year career that also included stints with the Denver Nuggets and the New York Knicks, but many feel he has never lived up to his potential.Though Anthony tries not to let those who doubt him bring him down he did admit that the excitement everyone from Ferttita on down expressed when he signed with the team made him feel good.“I think everybody loves that feeling. We all need that feeling,” Anthony said. “We all need that validation of the hard work that we put in people see that and people recognize that and people to want you to be a part of what they’ve got going on. And also, they want to be part of what you have going on, too.”After plenty of ups and downs over the past few years, the veteran wants to put the past behind him and is only looking ahead to how he can help this team get over the hump.“I look at this as almost a clean slate for me and like a fresh start to get out there and have a new team, live in a new city, embrace new fans and also have fun playing basketball again,” Anthony said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college 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 Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Houston Rockets’ Carmelo Anthony holds up a sign while posing for a photographer during media day Monday, Sept. 24, 2018, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)HOUSTON — Houston Rockets owner Tilman Fertitta didn’t waste any time telling Carmelo Anthony why he wanted him on his team.“I’ll tell you exactly what I told him,” Fertitta said Monday. “‘We couldn’t win a championship without you last year. And if we win a championship with you this year you’re going to be the guy that got us over there. So, it’s all up to you.’”ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Warriors vow to live in the moment, chase another title Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES Anthony, who joined the Rockets this offseason after one disappointing season in Oklahoma City, chuckled when asked about that phone call. He was vacationing in South Africa with his family when the phone rang, and Fertitta delivered the message.“He put a lot of pressure on me,” Anthony said. “I’m not even going to lie.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissAnthony signed a one-year, $2.4 million deal with the Rockets in August after he was traded from the Thunder to the Atlanta Hawks in July before the Hawks released him.Fertitta and the rest of the Rockets believe that the 10-time All-Star could be the piece that will help them win their first NBA title since capturing back-to-back championships in 1994-95. But there are questions about how Anthony will fit in with a team that stars last year’s MVP James Harden and fellow star Chris Paul. View commentslast_img read more

New Ma Juah Market Dedicated

first_imgThe government of Liberia, through the Ministry of State for Presidential Affairs has finally relocated marketers of the Ma Juah market, who for the past eight years have been temporarily squatting on a parcel of land inVai Town near the Gabriel Tucker Bridge that connects Monrovia to Bushrod Island.President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, on Friday, officially dedicated and turned over to the leadership of the old Ma Juah market the newly renovated premises that previously hosted the Liberia Tractor Company (LIBTRACO) in Waterside.The new site was secured through a lease arrangement between the office of the President and the owners of the property on a long term basis. She promised to make the first buy as soon as the marketers have completed their relocation and begun to use the facilities.President Sirleaf admitted that it took a long time to secure a new long term site but was delighted that this was finally resolved. “For close to eight years we had a problem finding premises that would be really suitable to accommodate the large number of people and to give them a place where they could do their business with some comfort, space and facilities including water and latrines,” she said, adding, “We had to make sure when we moved the marketers, we moved them into a better place,” President Sirleaf said.She praised the collaboration of all those who worked with the Ministry of State to make the relocation a success, noting that as a result of all parties working together as a team with a very strong commitment, today she can say that her promise has been fulfilled. “I’m so glad that we finally did it,” she said.In separate remarks earlier, the Monrovia City Mayor Clara Doe Mvogo, president of the Liberia Marketing Association Lusu Sloan, and the supervisor of the Ma Juah Market, Dad Sumo Wonkulah thanked President Sirleaf for sponsoring the initiative and stated that they were very appreciative of the new premises. They said that although it had been eight years in the making they were also happy that the relocation finally became a reality.The building was turned over to President Sirleaf by Albert Saingbe, head of finance and administration at the Liberia Reconstruction and Development Company.It is very easy for markets to spring up in Liberia as there seem to be no enforced policies or regulations that dictate how or where a market should be established in Liberia. Marketers search for front views where their produce and merchandises can’t be missed by customers. As a result, most often they end up crowding the main streets right in front of pedestrians. This might have been the same factor that led to the establishment of the Ma Juah market in Vai Town, though market authorities say it was not the case.According to them, marketers began selling at the Vai Town location initially on an Easter Sunday in 2006 when their market tables were broken down in the Waterside market by officers of the Liberia National Police (LNP) under the directive of Munah Sieh-Brown, who was Police Director at the time.Meanwhile, prior to the relocation exercise, marketers at the Ma Juah Market, which is named in honor of the grandmother of President Sirleaf, have been protesting the move complaining that the space in the new premises is inadequate for them and the location lacks the potential for business to boom.  Some of the sellers have expressed their disappointment over the process as well as the environment designated for the relocation.There were about 500 to 600 marketers occupying the old site in Vai Town, but the new location, according to reliable sources, can only host between 200 and 250 vendors. They also complained of the poor drainage system at the new site.Besides the drainage being too small, during heavy downpour of rain, people have to wear boots to enter market area. It is also no secret that during continuous rainfall, the nearby Messurado River overflows and runs through pipes that are connected to the building thereby causing serious havoc, reports say.Market authorities told reporters in Monrovia that they are not against development even though any relocation process carries its own pains, losses and benefits.  However, if the process must be welcomed by the beneficiaries, somewhere better should already be set aside because relocation has its own impact on business people.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

After 172 Years of Independence, the Nation Has Yet to Become Independent

first_imgLiberians celebrate 172 years of independence on Friday, July 26, 2019 against a huge welter of concerns about the direction in which the nation appears to be headed with inflation spiraling out of control and with a Presidency that appears to be accreting powers unto itself that lie outside the Constitution of the Republic. Some analysts are quick to point to what they claim as emergent signs of a creeping dictatorship.American historian Arthur Schlesinger, out of concern that the US Presidency had gone out of control and was assuming powers beyond those provided in the US Constitution wrote a book entitled, “The Imperial Presidency”. He defines an Imperial Presidency as one which relies on powers beyond those allowed in the Constitution. The US Constitution, just like the Liberian Constitution, established a system of government made up of three separate but co-equal branches of government in order to avoid the arbitrary exercise of power. This form of government according to him was intended to replace or address the deficiencies inherent to the imperial rule of the king of England.The debate about excessive presidential powers exercised by the US government bears strong relevance to Liberia where an imperial presidency has been a part of Liberia’s political culture since the founding of the Republic. During the colonial period, the Governor, in addition to powers exercised as head of government, who was more or less a surrogate of the American Colonization Society, The Governor also served as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. Additionally, the iron fisted policies of Colonial Governors, presiding over what was then the colony of Liberia, left an enduring legacy of autocratic tendencies adopted by successive national leaderships even up till today.Claims by some legislators that the Legislature is not independent but controlled the President is strongly reminiscent of President Tubman’s 27-year rule, during which the legislative and judicial branches of government were inextricably tied to him and to the pursuits of his personal interests. President Tolbert made some efforts but with very limited success to move away from the imperial presidency as it was. In a way it can be said that most Western nations did not find an imperial presidency a revulsive idea. This was largely because the imperial presidency resonated strongly with Western backed corporations which had entered into lopsided concession agreements that wrought huge returns on their investments but with no tangible benefits for the Liberian people.These claims of Presidential predominance over the other branches of government are not without foundation. Critics point to the rather “4-G” passage of loan agreements under this government that turned out to be worth nothing more than the paper on which they were written as examples of legislative subservience to the Executive. Critics also cite the passage into law of 66 deeply flawed concession agreements under the watch of former President Sirleaf.Admittedly, such dominance of the other branches by the Executive can be traced to provisions in the Constitution. Article 34 section (ii) for example provides as follows: “no monies shall be drawn from the treasure except in consequence of appropriations made by legislative enactment and upon warrant of the President; and no coin shall be minted or national currency issued except by the expressed authority of the Legislature. An annual statement and account of the expenditure of all public monies shall be submitted by the office of the President to the Legislature and published once a year; (iii) no loans shall be raised by the Government on behalf of the Republic or guarantees given for any public institutions or authority otherwise than by or under the authority of a legislative enactment”.From the above provision, no matter how much the Legislature allocates in the national budget for whatever purpose, not a penny can be withdrawn or spent without warrant of the President. And historically, the President has used this provision to wheel the legislature into line with his/her personal inclinations. And this has often tended to produce a constitutional crisis. Liberian scholar Ibrahim Al Bakri Nyei observes that to date, there has been little or no effort to address key governance issues through constitutional reform.In theory, the 2011 referendum should have addressed all such issues but again, as Al Bakri Nyei notes, the referendum was organized to protect certain special interests. He argues, for example, that the 2011 referendum was structured to ensure change in the residency requirements in order to enhance the ability of President Sirleaf and others to run for office in 2011 despite TRC lustrations barring them from contesting or holding political office for a period of 30 years.With the nation now poised to celebrate 172 years of existence, the Daily Observer, unlike last year’s independence celebrations, will not ask what is there to celebrate. Instead, the Daily Observer is calling on all Liberians to deeply reflect on the nation’s past and ponder its future amidst huge uncertainties and anxious national cravings for a better tomorrow.Simplistic postulations about what our problem is simply reveals the depth of our ignorance and inability to grasp the reality of our situation. The nation is indeed in deep crisis, thus leaving a distinct impression that, after 172 years of independence, the nation has yet to become independent.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Linden man on trial for narcotics possession

first_imgSeveral witnesses for the prosecution on Tuesday testified in the case in which Quacy Giddings has been charged with possession of narcotics for the purpose of trafficking.Giddings is accused of having had in his possession 49 grams of cannabis sativa for the purpose of trafficking, on Friday, November 3, 2017 at the Mackenzie market in Linden.The Prosecution contends that, on the day in question, Police officers on foot patrol at the Mackenzie Market observed the accused acting suspiciously, and conducted a search of his person. They allegedly unearthed a pink and white plastic bag containing leaves, seeds and stems suspected to be cannabis. Nine small Ziploc bags containing leaves, seeds and stems of the plant were also found on his person, as was a quantity of empty small Ziploc bags.Giddings is being represented by attorney at law Yondessa Welcome. The trial is set to continue on May 22.last_img read more

Small businesses learn how to get consumers’ attention online

first_imgAttention was the new currency, said Linah Maigurira, one of the speakers at the National Small Business Chamber Summit. For brands to get customers, they had to pay attention to consumers’ behaviour and be where they were.Linah Maigurira of Google South Africa says engagement on social media with consumers is important. “Invite your audience to connect.” (Image: National Small Business Chamber, Facebook)Melissa JavanGrabbing the attention of consumers online was vital for your brand, Linah Maigurira, the industry manager of Google South Africa, said at the National Small Business Chamber Summit, held on 15 and 16 February 2017 in Midrand, Johannesburg.Maigurira was one of the speakers who shared valuable knowledge and expertise with the more than 30,000 attendees.The National Small Business Chamber (NSBC) said that by 7 February, a total of 32,127 people had registered for the conference. Of them, 14,806 were existing business owners and 17,321 were about to start a business.Nadia Malan and Erick Letshwene of Easy Debit at the NSBC Summit business expo in February 2017. Their business has been running for five years and specialises in collecting payments from business’s clients via debit orders. (Image: Melissa Javan)The summit also hosted the My Business Expo, Business Start-Up Expo, Access to Finance Indaba, The Franchise Show and Trading Across Borders.Is your business mobile-ready?Maigurira spoke about rethinking marketing for the digital age. She said that customers no longer went online – they lived online. “Audiences are looking for authentic connections.”Customers were increasingly mobile, she added. For example, 55% of queries to Google came from smartphones. “Use technology and make sure your business is mobile ready.”In addition, consumers were more empowered. “They are doing preliminary research, narrowing down people or brands they might buy from.” She gave statistics, including that 73% of South Africans found information of a brand online, and 88% had discovered products or a brand online.Be visible onlineMaigurira’s advice to entrepreneurs was that they should be present where their customers hung out online. “Be there when they (the consumers) are searching and browsing for ideas. Decide on the moments you are going to claim for your business.” For consumers, those moments included “I want to know”; “I want to buy”; and “I want to find”.“Think about your customers, their needs and how you are going to capture them,” she said.The role of social mediaLeanne Rhodes, head of creative and social media at the NSBC, spoke on the topic: “Fast-track your business success with social media”.Leanne Rhodes, head of creative and social media at the NSBC, says business owners and brands should tell their stories on social media. “Nothing beats passion. Social media is word of mouth with a microphone.” (Image: Melissa Javan)Social media gave you access to a large audience on a shoestring budget, Rhodes said. The NSBC didn’t use traditional advertising for the summit; instead, it mainly used social media and its newsletter.She warned though that social media could be overwhelming. “Remember social media is only free if you don’t value your time. Clarify how much time you are willing to spend on social media per week. Set a timer if you have to.“Clarify what you want to achieve and who your audience is. Who would you like them to become?”Entrepreneurs should think about how they wanted their audience to think and feel, Rhodes said. “If you have given them what they want, you can sell to them what they need.”Other information she gave included how the Facebook algorithm worked. Not many of your followers would see your posts unless they had great engagement. “Great images and videos are seen by more people on Facebook. So make use of video and creative visuals.”It took three seconds to get someone’s attention on social media, Rhodes said. “Give people something that they won’t get anywhere else. Facebook Live, for example, is getting seen by more and more people.”More about the NSBCThe chamber was established in 2007 as a non-profit membership organisation. It fuels small business growth.Pride Maloba and Mothusi Kibe of Easy Biz Quickbooks exhibit their business at the NSBC Summit Business Expo, in February 2017. Easy Biz sells accounting software and courses related to it. (Image: Melissa Javan)The real purpose of the organisation is fostering the sustainability and growth of the SME sector, growing job creation, alleviating unemployment and nurturing the country’s entrepreneurial spirit.It has a base of more than 106,000 small- and medium-sized enterprises and 50 big brands as national partners.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa materiallast_img read more

Analyzing 2017 yield data to make 2018 decisions

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest As soon as harvest season wraps up, farmers will begin to make decisions on seed for 2018. In this week’s DuPont Pioneer Field Report, Territory Manager Kevin Forrest visits with the Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins about how to analyze 2017 yield data to make those hybrid and variety selections for next year.last_img

2017 Open Trans Tasman Flag Beareres Announced

first_imgAustralian Men’s Open player, Matthew Prowse and Women’s Open player, Emily Hennessey have been named the Australian Flag Bearers for the 2017 Open’s Trans Tasman Test Series.Emily Hennessey from the Women’s Open Team first represented Australia as a 16-year-old in the 2004 Youth Series in New Zealand, followed by the 2005 Youth World Cup. She was then selected in the Australian Women’s Open team for the 2009, 2010 and 1013 Trans Tasman Test Series and the 2011 and 2015 World Cup. She has been capped at open level on 24 occasions. Returning to the highest level of our sport after each of her three pregnancies is an indication of her character and her determination, motivation and dedication.Matt Prowse was first selected into the Australian Men’s Open team in 2009 and subsequently represented Australia at the 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2016 Trans Tasman Test Series and at the 2011 and 2015 World Cups. During his nine years of representation in the Australian Men’s Open team, Matt has been capped on 37 occasions. TFA wishes to congratulate Matt and Emily on this accolade, one that is thoroughly deserved.Keep up-to-date with all the latest news and information from the 2017 Trans Tasman Series:Website – – – (#transtasman17)Instagram – – LinksFlag Bearerslast_img read more

10 months agoBrahim Diaz says he can handle Real Madrid pressure

first_imgBrahim Diaz says he can handle Real Madrid pressureby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBrahim Diaz says he can handle pressure of being a Real Madrid player.The 19-year-old former Manchester City midfielder had his official presentation on Monday and was able to train with his new teammates for the first time on Tuesday morning, though he was clearly still in a state of excitement about the move.”Real Madrid are the best club in the world and you have to perform at the highest level every week,” he said to Madrid’s official television channel.”Each week you must try to score goals and give assists and, above all, contribute to the team union that is what leads you to winning titles at the end.”There are great players and world stars here.”I’ve come from a big club, but this is another step forward.”Brahim provided an insight into where he believes he plays best, too.”[I’m comfortable] in all attacking positions,” he added.”I really like to play behind the striker because I’m a link-up player.”I like the attacking side of the game and being able to play one-twos, arriving from midfield and score goals.”Goals and assists are very important for a club like Real Madrid. TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

9 days agoBournemouth set for Aston Villa payment after Mings debut

first_imgBournemouth set for Aston Villa payment after Mings debutby Freddie Taylor9 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBournemouth are set to earn a windfall from Aston Villa as part of the Tyrone Mings transfer.When the player left to join Villa, there was a clause that included a payment after his first international appearance.Mings made his debut for England in the 6-0 win in Bulgaria this week.And the Telegraph says that it means Bournemouth will get an extra £250,000 from their Premier League rivals.The payments will continue if Mings plays three more games for England, as the clause stipulated £250,000 for each of his first four international appearances.Mings struggled for game time at Bournemouth, but has turned around his career since joining Villa. About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more