first_imgNonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year Griffin has arrived in Detroit now, and on Wednesday the Pistons introduced him and the two other players they received from the Los Angeles Clippers in the blockbuster deal earlier this week. Griffin, Brice Johnson and Willie Reed should be available to play Thursday night when Detroit hosts the Memphis Grizzlies, and that’s when the idea of Griffin in a different uniform will really become a reality.The Pistons sent Tobias Harris, Avery Bradley, Boban Marjanovic and two draft picks to the Clippers. The trade came seven months after Griffin signed a $171 million, five-year contract to stay with Los Angeles — a fact that’s been duly noted. LeBron James described the deal as “unfortunate” — pointing out that players are described as disloyal for leaving teams, but franchises don’t necessarily face the same criticism when trading players who have stayed committed to them.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkWhen asked if he regretted not having a no-trade clause, Griffin kept the focus on his future with his new team.“I want to play for an organization that wants me to play there,” Griffin said. “This is where I want to be, and this is the place that wants me.” LATEST STORIES MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track Detroit Pistons’ Blake Griffin, from left, Willie Reed and Brice Johnson pose with their new NBA basketball uniforms in Auburn Hills, Mich., Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — Blake Griffin described his reaction when he found out he had been traded.“Shocked is a good way to put it,” he said. “I didn’t know anything. I pretty much found out when everybody else found out. It just kind of took a second to realize, OK, like, everything’s changing.”ADVERTISEMENT 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 OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed But if Griffin stays healthy and productive, he could easily become a fan favorite in Detroit, where the franchise has long featured physical, blue-collar players willing to throw their weight around. Griffin was asked about a couple of those former Pistons — Ben Wallace and Dennis Rodman — and whether he could be comparable.“Somewhere in between Ben Wallace and Dennis Rodman,” he said, drawing a laugh. “Being a coach’s son and growing up playing for my dad, and him always demanding that I play hard and be a hard worker — both my parents are two of the hardest-working people I know. I think hard work is something that has been instilled in me from a young age, so I try to play that same way.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Detroit is in its fourth season with Stan Van Gundy as coach and team president, and the Pistons — without Griffin and the newcomers — snapped an eight-game losing streak with a win Tuesday night over Cleveland. If the season ended now, they would not make the playoffs, but they’re within striking distance with plenty of time remaining.An injury to point guard Reggie Jackson has been a big issue, and Van Gundy has cautioned against expecting any immediate surge after Griffin’s arrival. The trade was a risk because of Griffin’s big contract and his injury history, but owner Tom Gores indicated before Wednesday’s news conference that he understands it could take time for the deal to pay significant dividends.“My job probably should be to be a little patient, although Stan and I did talk yesterday, and our biggest job up front is to adapt as fast as possible,” Gores said. “Our expectation was always to win this year, so of course we want to win this year, but whatever happens this year, we have an asset for the long haul. This deal does not happen if Blake was on a one-year deal.”Gores said the deal wasn’t made to provide a short-term boost in fan support, although any added buzz is certainly welcome. The Pistons have played in front of plenty of empty seats at their new downtown arena this season, but a few more performances like Tuesday’s might change that.“I did consider the buzz it would bring to our players and our organization,” Gores said. “I didn’t think for a second about filling the stadium. That would be very short-term.”ADVERTISEMENT View comments Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases Ex-NBA player Rasual Butler, wife die in Los Angeles crash OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacsonlast_img read more

first_imgRev. Boimah Z. Karnley, officiating the home-going of Agetha Nelay Mamie Robertson told hundreds of mourners at the Logan Town Wesleyan Church that there are times when “death is precious” after widower Forster Robertson narrated the long and excruciating pain that his beautiful wife went through before her death.Forster, who said his wife complained of sharp pains invading her body, though doctors had reportedly said her pressure and sugar-level were normal, choked with emotion trying to repeat the instructions his dying wife gave him not to let anyone take her children from him.Rev. Karnley on the theme “When Death is Precious” quoted Psalm 116: 15 and told sympathizers that Agetha lived an exemplary life serving others; and though death is inevitable for the human race, “We’ll all face it.” Hence being a child of God makes the end of life precious in God’s sight, he said.Rev. Karnley said despite the eventuality of death, there are people who refuse to discuss the subject of death, who would not pass near a cemetery, who whenever the subject is mentioned, their usual response is ‘God forbid.”He said death can become precious when “we live responsibly, accountably and resourcefully.” ‘Responsibly’ means being purposeful in dealing with others and knowing that others deserve equal respect, he said.“We must be accountable to what we do to others in every sphere of our life, being always aware that we cannot do things our own way without considering how it affect others,” Rev. Karnley said, making reference to employees, family members and politicians who lead the country.“We must also be resourceful and bear good fruit to be able to reach out to others in our community because this is the way of God. Help those who are in need and we should not turn out back when we have the means to ease the suffering of others; and when we do these things, when death comes we would have succeeded far beyond the pain and uselessness that come.“Death becomes precious when we have lived according to the instructions of God and we would have accomplished what we came on to do on earth.” He noted that it was seven years and six days last Saturday when he officiated the union of Mr. and Mrs. Robertson; and with the death of Mrs. Robertson, he urged the family to hold together.Reading his mother’s life sketch, Daily Observer reporter Robin Dopoe Jr. told the gathering that he was strong due to the courage he had gained from his mother. Agatha Robertson was born on August 1, 1968 and died on May 13, 2016.Among the hundreds of sympathizers were her former employees from the National Port Authority, Rep. H. Boima Fahnbulleh of Montserrado District #4 and Mr. Kenneth Y. Best, Publisher and Managing Director of the Daily Observer newspaper. Burial took place in Caldwell, outside Monrovia.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgThe Lakers learned Monday that Walton won’t be joining them on this four-game road trip – he is now battling tendinitis in the ankle – but Jackson expressed optimism Tuesday that Walton will be able to return next week. “He’s pushing, pushing, pushing and trying to get back in the lineup,” Jackson said, “and he just needs to cool down and I think it’ll settle in and he’ll be OK.” “Without adversity, people don’t achieve greatness,” Farmar said last week. “Sometimes they don’t reach their potential if everything’s just given to them. It just makes me work that much harder and stay that much more focused and determined. My time will come.” Farmar, who played in the Rookie Challenge at All-Star weekend, said he has to find a way to make an immediate impact whenever he does play. (818) 713-3607 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! With forward Lamar Odom facing the prospect of season-ending shoulder surgery, the Lakers can’t get Walton back soon enough. Jackson noted that Walton has a history of playing well with Brian Cook, now starting in Odom’s place. Jackson all but ruled out Walton from Sunday’s game against Dallas, which makes a March 15 game at Denver a possibility for his return. For the first time in his life, rookie guard Jordan Farmar is having to cope with spending entire games on the bench. Farmar didn’t play Tuesday, the third game out of four he has sat out. It’s a new experience to say the least for Farmar, who led Taft High of Woodland Hills to a City Section title and UCLA to the NCAA championship game. Farmar and Sasha Vujacic lost their spots in the rotation to Shammond Williams and Aaron McKie. center_img MINNEAPOLIS – The loss of forward Luke Walton from the Lakers’ lineup with a sprained ankle has been so profound that coach Phil Jackson last week compared Walton’s playmaking to the “yeast in bread.” Walton was the key ingredient during the Lakers’ fast start to the season and his absence has coincided with his team’s downturn: The Lakers have gone just 6-12 since Walton injured his right ankle in a Jan.26 game. last_img read more

first_img Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet Dietmar Hamann has come to the defence of under-fire Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet, but has admitted the Reds may look to replace him if they begin challenging for top honours again.The Belgian stopper was handed a new five-year deal at the Merseyside club on Monday, much to the dismay and surprise of the Anfield faithful.Despite facing criticism from fans following a run of errors and unconvincing displays, manager Jurgen Klopp has maintained faith in the glovesman and now former midfielder Hamann has also given his backing, insisting his recent critics have been too harsh.Yet the German also believes the Belgian may not be good enough for the top level, and that Liverpool may seek to sign a world class keeper to replace Mignolet between the sticks if the team start competing for regular silverware in the near future.“I think Mignolet is a good goalkeeper,” the Champions League-winning star told the Colin Murray show. “Yes he has made a couple of mistakes but he’s been under pressure and I think people are being a little too harsh on him.“I still think he’s a very good ‘keeper. He’s not the problem Liverpool have at the moment, I think they have far deeper problems. It can’t be the easiest job playing behind their current defence.“Jurgen Klopp seems to believe in him, and I wouldn’t question his judgement if he wants Mignolet as his goalkeeper for the next five years. But you need a top class goalkeeper to win trophies.“I don’t think Liverpool are in a position to challenge for the Premier League, the Champions League or any trophy at the moment, even though they have a chance to go to the League Cup final.“Now, they need to focus at getting into the top four, and then I think Mignolet has done his job.“At the moment, however, they are far away from getting there.” 1last_img read more

first_imgAltan singer and fiddle player Maireád Ní Mhaonaigh is set to lead the celebration’s at Letterkenny’s Irish-speaking primary school, Gaelscoil Adhamnáin, when the school marks its twentieth anniversary later this month.From it’s humble beginnings at the VEC car park in Ard O Donnell to the modern building at Glencar, there are now almost 400 pupils and 19 teachers at the school.RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta is set to broadcast from the school on September 28th and a special prayer service and blessing will start the anniversary celebrations. Special guest Maireád Ní Mhaonaigh will launch a CD of songs recorded by pupils for the occasion.Current and former pupils and their parents and all those part of the school community are also invited to attend a mass in St Eunan’s Cathedral at 5.30pm on October 1st.Later that evening on October 1st at 7pm a buffet, live music and disco have been organised at the Clanree Hotel to end the celebrations. Tickets are 20 euro and available from the school. Tel: 0749126117.ALTAN STAR TO LAUNCH CD TO MARK 20 YEARS OF GAELSCOIL ADHAMNÁIN was last modified: September 16th, 2011 by BrendaShare 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:20th birthdayAltangaelscoil ADHAMNÁINMaireád Ní Mhaonaighlast_img read more

first_imgTHIS is the ‘brilliant’ couple found murdered in their homes in Carndonagh this morning.Jimmy and Kathleen Cuddihy suffered a horrific death.They were in their 70s. Jimmy was a retired schoolteacher who was originally from Kilkenny but was very much local, having taught Maths at school and in later years.Kathleen was retired nurse who worked as a paramedic.Both were found murdered at their home shortly after 9am today. A man was arrested on the mountain road outside Carn later.He is still being questioned by Gardai in Buncrana. A pathologist and forensic experts remain at the home on the Buncrana Road in Carndonagh this afternoon.“They were just the most brilliant people,” said one neighbour.“We are struggling to come to terms with what happened to them.”Local councillor Martin McDermott summed up the mood in the town today.“There is a deep sense of shock and it will be some time before we all take this in,” he said. TRIBUTES PAID TO ‘BRILLIANT’ COUPLE FOUND MURDERED IN THEIR HOME was last modified: October 24th, 2014 by John2Share 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:Carndonaghmurderlast_img read more

first_imgFor months now the future of out-of favor KCCA FC player Brian Majwega has been uncertain. But it has since emerged that the player’s hard-line stance to exist Lugogo seems to have scaled significant strides for his part.PML daily has learnt that the pacy winger is on the verge of agreeing a season-long term loan deal with URA FC that includes the obligation of retaining him on a permanent deal.Sources claim the Lugazi-based side are expected to reach a point of compromise with KCCA FC, with whom the player has ten months remaining to his two-year contract.The Uganda Cranes international joined KCCA in April 2016 on a two-year deal to mark his second stint with the yellow boys, having initially been on their books in 2014.His troubles with KCCA FC came to light in the dying embers of the 2016-2017 UPL season when the former absconded from club activities for close to four weeks without Coach Mike Mutebi’s consent, and he relayed his intentions to leave Lugogo with an inflammatory transfer request citing KCCA FC ‘s reluctance to remit his transfer sign-on fees reported to be UGX10 million.The jilted player, for his part, accused KCCA FC of failure to meet part of their deal.The sequence of events severed the players’ relationship with his employers to the point of no repair. He turned out a pantomime villain of sorts in the eyes of KCCA FC faithful. Certainly, it would take a brave or foolhardy coach to keep hold of such volatile character, and the writings were on the wall that Mike Mutebi, a renowned strict disciplinarian, will ship him out- much to the player’s delight.SC Villa and Vipers SC have been monitoring Majwega’s situation with keen interest while his former coach at KCCA FC, Abdullah Mubiru, was hoping to re-unite with the player at Police FC, but it looks the tax collectors have swiftly ascended ahead of the queue of suitors with a succulent deal.The financial nitty gritty of the deal remain undisclosed but sources indicate Majwega will be smiling all the way to the bank for a hefty pay. Zambian Outfit Zesco United had initially inquired about the aviability of the player, but opted to sign Ugandan counterpart Davis Kasirye.Coach Ibrahim Kirya is said to be an admirer of Majwega’s repertoire. His audacity to run directly to opposing defenses, the art of cut-inside and go for a curler and delivering crosses would bolster URA FC’s attacking force. The prospect of fielding Majwega in tandem with Shafik Kagimu is a tantalizing one.URA FC are undergoing a resounding re-building process as they seek to launch a title bid for the upcoming 2017-2018 UPL season. The Ibrahim Kirya coached side have already beefed up their ranksCommentslast_img read more

first_imgHenry is still winless as Monaco managerThierry Henry’s will be hoping an injection of oomph can jump-start his nascent Monaco managerial career when the principality club travels to Reims on Saturday night.The France World Cup winner was appointed to replace title-winning boss Leonardo Jardim with the 2017 Ligue One champions languishing in the bottom three following an inauspicious start to the season.Three games into the former Belgium national team assistant manager’s tenure, Monaco are yet to enjoy the taste of victory. But results are improving. A one-all draw away to Club Brugge in the Champions League was followed by a 2-2 stalemate with fellow strugglers Dijon in a game in which they twice had to fight back from going down.Champions Paris Saint Germain set the ball rolling when they host Christophe Galtier’s second-placed Lille on Friday.Thomas Tuchel’s Parisians have won eleven games in a row to equal the record set by the great Saint Etienne side of the 1970s.The match up with Lille promises goals as both sides boast firepower aplenty. PSG duo Kylian Mbappe and Neymar, together with Lille pair Jonathan Bamba and Nicolas Pepe are in the race for the Ligue One golden boot.Another mouthwatering fixture takes place on Sunday night in Montpellier where the high flying hosts battle Rudi Garcia’s Olympique de Marseille. Both sets of fans expect them to bounce back from defeat.  Montpellier suffered a humbling 0-3 hiding at the hands of Nantes in the Coupe de La Ligue whereas Marseille fell 0-2 to PSG at Stade Velodrome last time round.At the Parc Olympique Lyonnais, Bruno Genesis’ vastly talented former champions will be gunning for all three points off visitors Bordeaux. With off season recruit Dembele finally getting into his element along with Memphis Depay and Burkinabe winger Bertrand Traore, Lyon’s attack should prove too hot to handle for Bordeaux.The rest of Ligue One fixtures see rejuvenated Nantes host basement club Guingamp, Saint Etienne welcome Angers, Caen confront a Rennes outfit inspired by Hatem Ben Arfa and Patrick Vieira’s Nice welcome Amiens.FRIDAY: -Paris Saint Germain v Lille MetropoleSATURDAY: -Olympique Lyon v Bordeaux @10:45pm-Caen v Rennes @07:00pm-Dijon v Nimes @10:00pm-Nantes v Guingamp @10:00pm-Nice v Amiens @10:00pm-Reims v Monaco @10:00pm-Strasbourg v Toulouse @10:00pmSUNDAY: -Nantes vs Guingamp @05:00pm-Saint Etienne v Angers @07:00pm-Montpellier v Olympique Marseille @11:00pmComments Tags: French Ligue Onetoplast_img read more

first_imgThe National Office for Suicide Prevention’s Annual Report for 2016 has shown that the rate of suicide in Donegal is increasing slightly.Last year there were 399 deaths by suicide, 318 of which were men.Although this was a decrease from the 451 deaths in 2015, and the 486 deaths in 2014 – the figures for Donegal show a slight increase. Men are four times more likely to die by suicide than women, and in Donegal men were also more likely to self-harm.The highest suicide rate is among those aged 45-54. This trend is the case since 2010. In 2016, the self-harm rate remains 10% higher than the pre-recession rate in 2007.DonegalPieta House North West officially opens today, having helped over 100 people since its establishment in May. They have also announced longer opening hours. Currently they are open Monday-Friday, from 9am to 5pm, however from October 2nd the centre will be open until 9pm on Mondays and Wednesdays.Moreover, Connecting for Life Donegal are hosting their second annual conference next week, which will specifically address the way in which men can be helped.The conference, next Friday, will include a speech from Anne Sheridan, Mental Health Promotion/Suicide Resource Officer HSE, and a presentation of research on engaging with young men in Donegal by Oona McCardell, NUI, Maynooth.AwarenessThe report also outlined the benefits of increasing suicide awareness.An evaluation of the #littlethings campaign found that after viewing the ads: 35% of respondents did something to look after their mental health, and 17% talked to a G.P. about how they were feeling.More than 6,500 individuals completed safeTALK training and 2,500 completed the ASIST training. Suicide prevention training continues to be part of the programme for trainee Gardaí in the Garda College, Templemore. By 2021 it is anticipated that one-third of the force will have completed safeTALK and ASIST training.If you have been affected by any of the topics raised in this article please do not hesitate to reach out to the following: • Contact your local GP. If it’s late in the evening or night-time, contact NowDOC at 1850 400 911• Go to the Emergency Department, Letterkenny General Hospital• Contact emergency services by calling 999 or 112• Call the Samaritans, the FREE 24-hour listening service, to talk to someone now about what’s on your mind. Call 116 123.• Contact Pieta House on 1800 247 247.Figures show slight increase in suicide rate in Donegal last year was last modified: September 29th, 2017 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:connecting for life donegaldonegalPIeta HousestatisticsSUICIDElast_img read more

first_imgCLICK HERE if you are having trouble viewing these photos on a mobile deviceAs usual, Nicole Lacob brought her iconoclastic fashion A-game to hang out courtside with her husband, Golden State Warriors owner Joe Lacob, at Game 4 of the NBA Finals Friday.Lacob, also as usual, brandished the Warriors’ team colors, notably donning gold thigh-high boots, a gold Cleopatra-like neck collar and bracelets, and other jewelry with plenty of bling.Jay-Z and Beyoncé talk with Nicole Lacob during the …last_img read more