Communal pastures should remain communal

first_imgDear Editor,There is now land giving away galore at the Office of the Guyana Lands and Surveys Commission (GLSC) at Corriverton.On February 13, 2018, nearly 800 prospective and current cattle and rice farmers flocked the GLSC’s office to apply for lands located at the #52/66 Communal Pasture. Some even came all the way from the USA allegedly making gifts to certain officials in an attempt to get preferential treatment. It is also alleged that many local applicants followed suit. There was a haste to dispense of monies for favours – a typical Guyanese sickness!This pasture comprises 17,000 acres and has been in existence for decades but in the last 12 years or so, there has been a gradual fencing of portions of this pasture by cattle farmers who have been trying to stake ownership.This was accelerated since this coalition took office. These cattle farmers have been digging and fencing huge areas which makes it impossible to drain the Pasture since water is now being trapped in these canals. The drainage and irrigation system bore no structured design. This was evident during the heavy rainfall last year. The savannah was heavily flooded and the water took a long time to recede.Unfortunately, this has now progressed to the stage where the GLSC at Corriverton has been inviting and receiving applications from farmers inviting them to show an expression of interest. The Application Form is on the GLSC letterhead. These prospective applicants have been told that they should apply for the lands at that particular location.On many occasions, Agriculture Minister Noel Holder would have made statements on his visits to Region Six in support of the development of our cattle and dairy farming. This was also supported by Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo and the Junior Finance Minister Jaipaul Sharma. However, from the applications made, it is evident that many of these applicants, nearly 90 per cent, are rice farmers and many applicants do not own any cattle, especially those from abroad. It is apparent also that those overseas applicants have real estate intentions or intentions to rent the lands at a later date, especially when it is a known fact that many of the lease land owners reside abroad and are renting their lands for hefty rental fees.Moreover, many cattle farmers would have complained to the PM’s representative in Region Six, Gobin Harbhajan, about the constant problems and struggles they face with rice farmers and it is clear that should rice be planted in localised areas within this savannah, then bloody and murderous conflicts may arise among these farmers.It is indeed baffling why the Commissioner of the GLSC, Trevor Benn has not seen it fit to discuss this matter at length with Regional Chairman David Armogan so that a collective decision can be made at the Regional Democratic Council (RDC) level. Many times, the GLSC would try to impose its will in the region and the RDC have had to block the applications after the matters were reported by the affected Neighbourhood Democratic Councils (NDC).I have two cases at the Kilcoy/Hampshire NDC where communal pastures of more than 200 acres have been applied for and claimed by avaricious individuals to the detriment of the residents who now have no pastures to rear their animals. Although the applications to the GLSC were blocked by the RDC upon my intervention, the individuals went ahead and fenced the lands.These communal pastures should remain as that and should not become the private property of greedy individuals. There are lands available in remote areas – let them apply for those. Everyone should have access to these pastures to rear their cattle and it is the function of the Government to provide access roads and proper drainage to facilitate this. Why would Trevor Benn desire to commit such an injustice?Yours sincerely,Haseef YusufRDC Councillor –Region SixChairman (Kilcoy/Hampshire NDC)last_img read more

FIFA boss Infantino plans strategy to win new term

first_img0Shares0000FIFA President Gianni Infantino has his sights set on a second term at the head of the world football body © AFP/File / Luis ACOSTALAUSANNE, Switzerland, May 1 – FIFA chief Gianni Infantino is busily promoting money-spinning schemes for world football ahead of an expected bid for a second term, including a revamped Club World Cup and a so-called Global Nations League.Infantino faces a re-election vote in June next year, three years after he took control of world football’s governing body after long-time leader Sepp Blatter was ejected amid a bitter corruption scandal. With an eye to winning a new term at FIFA’s 2019 Paris Congress, Infantino has embarked on one new project after another to fill the coffers and bolster his reforming appeal.“He clearly has a political agenda,” said a analyst familiar with FIFA’s inner workings. “He has opened two main areas, one covering competitions and the other on rules, where he wants to work on transfers.”His marquee project is to boost the number of World Cup participating nations from the current 32 to 48 by 2026, a target that has now been brought forward for the 2022 edition in Qatar.“It is the president of Conmebol (the South American football confederation), Alejandro Dominguez, who proposed (bringing in the expansion for 2022) but you would be forgiven for thinking that FIFA was directly behind it,” said a former FIFA official, speaking on condition his name not be used.That proposal has left Qatar, already diplomatically isolated, scratching their heads and wondering how to host an expanded tournament that would likely involve staging matches in neighbouring countries.However, the expansion to 48 teams has its supporters and falls in line with the FIFA chief’s “political agenda”, according to the same source.– New-look club world championship –Infantino’s other key proposal is to revamp the Club World Cup, boosting it from seven clubs to 24 in a four-year format rather than retaining it as an annual event.At the same time, borrowing an idea from Europe’s governing body UEFA, Infantino has opted to launch a league tournament for nations, the Global Nations League, grouping the winners of international competitions in each of FIFA’s six regional confederations.Infantino pushed the proposals at a FIFA council meeting in Bogota in March, with the persuasive argument that sponsors were ready to pour $25 billion (20.7 billion euros) into the new league and expanded cup proposal.No names have been released but the Japanese bank-led sponsors’ consortium includes Chinese, Japanese and Saudi-Arabian backers.Infantino has been working behind the scenes to interest top clubs and spoke to a dozen including Real Madrid and Bayern Munich in Zurich recently. Faced with a cash windfall of between 50 million and 80 million dollars per club per tournament the response has been positive, according to a source who followed the discussions.Inside FIFA there are those who see the expanded club tournament as a farce and others who see it as a stroke of genius.Infantino’s new proposals were discussed Monday at a meeting in Zurich of top leaders of the six continental confederations “in a friendly and positive environment,” according to FIFA. A FIFA council meeting will also take up the subject in May.If Infantino appears to be in a hurry, it is because the $25 billion sponsorship offer will expire after 60 days and FIFA, whose financial reserves have shed $600 million in three years, needs the money, according to the source.Also Infantino would welcome a boost ahead of the vote to determine the host of the 2026 World Cup on June 13. Infantino’s favourite, the joint US, Canada, Mexico bid, is coming up against Morocco, an outsider which seems to be gaining traction, and is seen as progressing even further following tweets from Donald Trump.The US president appeared to threaten those who withheld backing from the US bid and could trigger an anti-US backlash, according to some experts.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

McCONALOGUE RAISES CONCERNS OVER FUNDING FOR ‘CHILDREN FIRST’ GUIDELINES

first_imgFianna Fáil Spokesperson on Children Charlie McConalogue TD has welcomed the publication of the revised Children First Guidelines, which follows on from a commitment contained in the Ryan Report Implementation Plan.However, he expressed his concern that the Minister for Children Frances Fitzgerald has not identified any additional funding to support the decision to place the Children First Guidelines on a statutory footing.Deputy McConalogue told donegaldaily.com: “I welcome the publication of the revised Children First 2011 National Guidelines by the Minister today. “However, I do have genuine concerns that there will be a need for more social workers and more financial and administrative resources to give effect to the legislation that will enshrine Children First in law.”The Donegal Fianna Fail TD warned: “There will clearly be a need for more social workers, over and above the 270 committed to in the Ryan Report Implementation Plan; 200 of these posts were filled last year and this number was the minimum estimated to ensure that each child in the care of the state would have a social worker assigned to them and a care plan in place.“The new Children First framework will carry a greater burden that will have to be addressed by increased resources.  It is worrying that the Minister failed to make any new commitment today in terms of the provision of additional resources.“International research indicates that when you move from a voluntary reporting system to a form of mandatory reporting there is an inevitable increase in the level of allegations, many of which will be unsubstantiated but have to be investigated nonetheless. “There are also concerns that the current structures in place wouldn’t be able to cope with any large increase in the volume of reports.The local TD added: “Unless the Government is serious about properly financing these additional protections, there is a real danger that the system will not be able to cope and we will not be assured that reports are properly acted upon in a timely manner to protect children. In that context, I would ask the Minister what discussions she has had at Cabinet level about ensuring there are sufficient resources put in place to support Children First.”McCONALOGUE RAISES CONCERNS OVER FUNDING FOR ‘CHILDREN FIRST’ GUIDELINES was last modified: July 16th, 2011 by gregShare 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)last_img read more

Rialto stops Fohi for first victory

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 “He just played at an incredible intensity level when we needed him to,” Hornback said. “He had quite a game. Actually, all of the guys had quite a game.” Fontana fell to 0-5, 0-2. Hornback, who took over at Rialto just before the season began, said there was nothing quite like that first victory. “The kids have worked so hard and we’re still trying to put new things in,” he said. “They’ve responded and it’s just a very good feeling. It’s exhilarating. “There’s still a lot of things we need to work on, but that’s OK, we won. “I think he’s a legitimate Division I player,” first-year Rialto head coach Brad Hornback said. “I think both he and I learned something about what he’s capable of tonight. I didn’t even start him.” Romero scored on runs of 33 and 10 yards in the second half, but his most critical play may have come on defense when he knocked the ball from Fontana running back Sumner Fife’s hands on the third play of the second half. Rialto’s Tony Hosey scoped up the ball and scampered 19 yards for a touchdown to put the Knights ahead, 13-12. FONTANA – Kenny Romero rushed for 145 yards, scored a pair of second-half touchdowns and forced a fumble that led to another as Rialto rolled to a 26-18 victory Friday night over Fontana in a Citrus Belt League game at Steeler Stadium. Romero, a 6-foot-1, 200-pound junior, did most of his damage in the second half, which was good news for the Knights (1-4, 1-1), who found themselves trailing 12-7 at the half. center_img The Knights, however, nearly self-destructed on penalties (15 for 135 yards) and turnovers (4). Rialto came out firing on all cylinders, scoring on its first drive as Reginald Simpson used the same off-tackle run to chew up yards and set up his own 1-yard TD run just 2:15 into the game. Simpson, who finished with 84 yards on 12 carries, picked up 57 yards on the drive. Fontana, however, clamped down on defense and then made the Knights pay for a pair of turnovers in the second quarter – both fumbles that set the Steelers up inside the Rialto 35. Fife, who finished with 121 yards on 19 carries, made the Knights pay for the first one with a 39-yard scoring run the closed the gap to 7-6, and just 40 seconds later Steelers quarterback Malcolm McFarland hit Kirk Fitzhugh with a 27-yard scoring pass to put Fontana up 12-7 with just 15 seconds to play in the half. Behind Romero’s second half running, however, the Knights came storming back. Hosey’s TD and Romero’s first score with 8:15 to play in the third quarter put the Knights up 19-12, but the Steelers responded by once again converting on a Rialto turnover – this time an interception by Fontana’s LaRonzo Coleman. A pass interference penalty and roughing penalty helped move the Steelers along and Fife’s 27-yard run set up Coleman on a 3-yard TD run that cut the Rialto lead to 19-18 with 7:46 to play in the game. Rialto, however, drove 60 yards on eight plays to put the game out of reach. Romero was a workhorse on the drive, converting a second-and-15 with a 29-sweep, and then running the final 10 yards up the middle for the TD. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

HARPS’ HEARTS BROKEN BY LATE LONGFORD WINNER

first_imgA late free kick from Glen O’Connor earned Longford Town a deserved 1-0 victory over Finn Harps in their Airtricity Division One clash at Finn Park tonight.Longford had the better chances in the first period.First, David O’Sullivan headed wide from a pinpoint cross from Don Cowan in the 32nd minute. O’Sullivan went close again a minute later when he flashed a shot just over.Harps lived dangerously in the early stages of the second period and were lucky not to go behind in the 52nd minute when Flynn headed wide from a superb cross from Salmon.They eventually did concede when Glen O’Connor fired home a cracking free kick in the 85th minute.Harps manager Ollie Horgan replaced Caoimhin Bonner and Josh Mailey with Gareth Harkin and Darah Black for the last five minutes in a desperate attempt to grab an equaliser but Longford held on to leave Ballybofey with all three points. There was a minute’s applause before the kick-off for Oisin Merritt, the young Harps reserves player who is critically ill in a Spanish hospital following a fall in the early hours of Monday morning last.Finn Harps: Conor Winn, Caoimhin Bonner (Gareth Harkin 87), Ciaran Coll, Keith Cowan, Damien McNulty, Michael Funston, Josh Mailey (Darah Black 87), Pat McCann, Ruairi Keating, Kevin McHugh.Unused substitutes: Graham Fisher, Mark Forker, Paul McVeigh, Shaun Patton, Carel Tiofack.Longford Town: Paul Hunt, James Mulhall, Pat Flynn, Pat Sullivan, Willie Tyrell (Glen O’Connor 34), Kevin O’Connor, Don Cowan (Peter Hynes 68), Stephen Rice, Mark Salmon, David O’Sullivan, Gary Shaw.Unused substitutes: Conor O’Brien, Noel Haverty, Chris Bennion, Sean Russell, Lorcan Shannon. Referee: Ben Connolly.HARPS’ HEARTS BROKEN BY LATE LONGFORD WINNER was last modified: June 13th, 2014 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:donegalfinn harpsLongford Townlast_img read more

Bloggers take a trip back to humanity’s origins

first_imgHosted by Brand South Africa, bloggers are being introduced to hi-tech developments across the country, including the Square Kilometre Array. At the Hyatt Regency in Rosebank, on 24 March, they met Andrea Leenen, the chief executive of the Palaeontological Scientific Trust (Past), and American Professor Emeritus of Evolutionary Anthropology Robert Blumenschine, the chief scientific, education and fundraising strategist at Past. Both took the opportunity to discuss the stark realities of evolution. (Images: Melissa Jane Cook)• Sandisiwe GugushePublic RelationsBrand South Africa+ 27 11 712 5007sandisiweg@brandsouthafrica.comMelissa Jane CookRetracing our past was the perfect introduction to a group of foreign journalists and bloggers who are exploring innovation in South Africa.Hosted by Brand South Africa, they are being introduced to hi-tech developments across the country, including the Square Kilometre Array. At the Hyatt Regency in Rosebank, on 24 March, they met Andrea Leenen, the chief executive of the Palaeontological Scientific Trust (Past), and American Professor Emeritus of Evolutionary Anthropology Robert Blumenschine, the chief scientific, education and fundraising strategist at Past. Both took the opportunity to discuss the stark realities of evolution.“Africa is the birthplace of humankind and the continent [preserves] a fossil record for our origins and ancient heritage found nowhere else in the world,” said Leenen. Past, based in Johannesburg, is a public benefit organisation. Since 1994, it has been dedicated to protecting, preserving and promoting Africa’s ancient cultural and natural heritage for the benefit of Africans and all humans.Past is the world’s largest independent organisation that supports the study of human origins. It uses its position to educate, turning to a physical theatre group to explore our origins. The actors move around the stage imitating monkeys and the evolution of humanity. The jumps, tumbles and other body movements prove that physical theatre is an extraordinary way to break barriers. It is also a means of communicating that everyone, regardless of language, can understand.Leenen explained that Past’s signature educational initiative and the foundation of its overall mission was the Walking Tall project. “It offers workshops for secondary school students and teachers that increase scientific literacy through an understanding of the origins of life and humankind.”Africa’s advantageIt showcased the origin sciences as a career track in which Africa’s geographical advantage in the field could and should result in global scientific leadership. “It exposes students to applied evolution and related emerging career opportunities in agriculture, medicine and environmental remediation. It addresses Africa’s critical role in shaping humanity and uses humankind’s recent origin in Africa as a transformative tool to instil dignity in the continent and promote equality among all people,” she said.Blumenschine added: “We use theatre to teach science, to show that it is not a dry and academic subject, but [is] fun and interesting.”The student workshops feature the physical theatre production, which takes its audience on a 4.6 billion year journey through time from the origins of Earth to the present day. The show is followed by a scientific session in which the basic principles of evolution and the origin sciences are explained. These are key elements of life sciences curricula across Africa. The workshops conclude with a question and answer session. Complex issues are raised, such as skin colour as an environmental adaptation that cannot be used to define race, and conflicts between science and religion.“Walking Tall is a mobile, cost-effective and lasting educational intervention and outreach mechanism that since 2002 has reached almost one million people, primarily students and teachers in South Africa, but also audiences in Namibia, Tanzania, Kenya, Belgium and Sweden,” said Blumenschine. The show is an effective education tool, and can be performed in an auditorium or under a tree.Blumenschine has conducted archaeological and wildlife research in east Africa, southern Africa and India. He co-directed the Olduvai Landscape Palaeoanthropology Project at Olduvai Gorge in Tanzania and has embarked on a pan-African campaign, working in Tanzania, Ethiopia and Kenya. He supports research and education. “We want to spread support as here, in South Africa, there is such a wonderful heritage. I get so dismayed by people who don’t appreciate fossils; people must be proud of their heritage,” he said. The student workshops feature ‘The Walking Tall’ performers and their physical theatre production, which takes audiences on a 4.6 billion year journey through time from the origins of Earth to the present day. The show is followed by a scientific session in which the basic principles of evolution and the origin sciences are explained.Common ground“Origins is a positive message that allows us a common ground, it is the basic foundation for all of us. Pre-democracy, the government prohibited the teaching of evolution. Here, we have a rich understanding of our origins. Africa is the custodian of this world heritage and people must know this.”The organisation offered a fresh angle into science, Leenen explained. “People are always after the headline story, but it’s so much bigger than this. It links all people on the planet. It is the African story. People always think science is complicated, that it’s natural selection and genetics.“[But] teaching like this crosses boundaries. It’s not an old guy in a lab coat, or a doctor or a geneticist. This is accessible to all. It is the mother of all sciences and the gateway for kids.”Understanding ancient heritage is critical to central aspects of modern society. Past urges us to use our origins to instil pride in South Africa and for an African identity. “We must promote our unity amid diversity. Our shared African roots should be a potent source of global unity. This is the rainbow nation and that is a scientific fact,” Blumenschine said.African roots, global relevanceFocused originally on South Africa, Past has recently implemented a development plan to expand its education and research programmes throughout Africa. Named Scatterlings of Africa, after the song by Past champion Johnny Clegg, its longer term aim is to bring the organisation’s education and public outreach initiatives to global audiences.“We want to inspire scientific curiosity and an appreciation for ancient heritage among Africa’s youth, and to develop global scientific leadership by African origin scientists,” said Leenen. “Past also uses the origin sciences as a powerful tool for building African pride and dignity as well as promoting racial harmony and environmental conservation.“The first spark of human consciousness was from Africa and only this continent tells the human story which lies in fossil bones.”Our shared African roots are seen in our 99.9% genetic similarity to one another. Biologically, humans are all the same; there are only superficial differences on the exterior. Leenen maintained that when the group spoke to and performed for underprivileged children, these children saw that they had potential – “they see that we are all the same. Our similarities far outweigh our differences.” This was a fundraising campaign to “leave a legacy as timeless as our past”.Moving forwardMiller Matola, the chief executive officer of Brand South Africa, said we are ready to be taken on a journey in welcoming “home” the foreign visitors. He introduced Collins Chabane, the minister for performance monitoring and evaluation in The Presidency, who said: “We have moved forward and South Africa is a better place to live. Our experience is different from anywhere in the world and we have all laid the foundation to build our legacy.”Chabane said that the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) was very beneficial for South Africa. The SKA is a series of radio telescopes, which look like large satellite dishes. Radio telescopes are used in radio astronomy, the branch of science concerned with radio emissions from celestial objects – galaxies, stars and the like – which are used to determine their size, mass and chemical composition. The SKA infrastructure is expected to encourage schoolchildren and students to take up science and technology subjects, leading to the growth of a new class of scientists.Leenen concurred that “with SKA, and Past, looking into the origins of life and origins of the universe, here, we can offer answers to both of those”.Brand South Africa was established in August 2002 to help create a positive and compelling brand image for South Africa.last_img read more

Yahoo Reportedly Looking To Buy Tumblr For That Magic $1B

first_imgRelated Posts A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit readwrite The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Yahoo is in talks to acquire the fast-growing blogging site Tumblr for as much as $1 billion, AllThingsD reports. This could be the “big deal” Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer has reportedly been looking for.center_img Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Tags:#now#Yahoo last_img

Durant gets chance to follow Lebron’s path to title

first_imgEvery 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers is guarded by Kevin Durant #35 of the Golden State Warriors at ORACLE Arena on January 16, 2017 in Oakland, California. Ezra Shaw/Getty Images/AFPKevin Durant’s first trip to the NBA Finals ended with him watching LeBron James celebrate his first title as Miami downed Oklahoma City for the 2012 crown.Now five years later and with two different clubs, both superstars are back in the finals, Durant still seeking his first title and James again blocking the path.ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games MOST READ French Open takes player’s credential for harassing reporter “It’s a little different, definitely. I can’t lie,” Durant said of his latest trip to the finals compared to his first. “I went when I was 23 years old, and it felt like the Western Conference Finals was almost like the championship.READ: Warriors ready for third straight NBA Finals appearance“So it’s a little different now, obviously. We have a bigger goal in mind. But you’ve got to enjoy everything, man. When we look at it, this is just a blip on the radar in terms of our whole life. So every moment is definitely important and you want to embrace it and enjoy it.”And just as James struggled in building chemistry in Miami with “Big Three” teammates Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, Durant and his new Golden State teammates had to make adjustments to maximize the contributions of Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green as well.“Our chemistry is getting better and better,” Durant said. “We’re going to need it even more now.”ADVERTISEMENT Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP “He didn’t make the decision he made to go to the finals. He made the decision he made for his own life and what he wanted to do, but also to win a championship. To go win. Not just go to the finals. No one remembers second place. It’s about winning.”Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue has been impressed with what he has seen from Durant with the Warriors.“When Steph and Klay have a bad game, which is not very often, then you can give the ball to Durant and he can go get his own basket and his own shot,” Lue said.“You have that third player, definitely one of the top three players in this league, that can go get his own shot at anytime and that’s what makes them more dangerous.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Durant and the Golden State Warriors will be favored to dethrone the James-led Cleveland Cavaliers when the best-of-seven championship series begins Thursday at Oakland, California.READ: NBA Finals coverage still hangs FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingInstead of James having drawn criticism for jilting Cleveland for Miami in order to become a champion, this season it was Durant who aroused the ire of many fans by ditching fellow star Russell Westbrook and Oklahoma City for the Superteam spotlight of the Warriors.And just as a move paid championship dividends for James after a prior finals loss, it could do the same in June for Durant. Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games ‘It’s going to be a battle’The Warriors have the best start in NBA playoff history at 12-0. They are the ninth team in league history to reach the finals undefeated, in eras with fewer games needed to make the championship round, but only five of the first eight won the title.“I’m just proud of the work we’ve put in from the beginning of the season,” Durant said. “We just kept grinding. We didn’t talk about championships or anything. We just wanted to build good habits and have fun playing some basketball. Simple as that.“We want to take it to the next series and try to be great and see what happens, but 12-0 really doesn’t matter going into the next series,” Durant said.READ: Cavs-Warriors Part III joins past championship trilogies“We know it’s going to be a battle.”Durant took heat for leaving behind a solid Oklahoma City squad that pushed the Warriors to the brink of elimination in last year’s Western Conference final, but the move has paid off so far.Durant is averaging 25.2 points, 7.8 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 1.2 blocked shots a game in the Warriors’ perfect playoff start.“Happy to be sharing this moment with him after all he’s gone through with joining the squad and leaving OKC,” Green said. “To be headed to the NBA Finals is a great way to combat all that talk. To win it would be even better.READ: Underdog Cavs insist they have plenty of bite for Finals BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast View commentslast_img read more

Celtics Power Past Wizards in Game 7, 115-105

first_imgBOSTON (AP) — Isaiah Thomas said he didn’t feel any pressure entering the first Game 7 of his career.His play backed up his confidence and with the help of Kelly Olynyk and the Boston Celtics bench, Thomas earned the biggest win of his career.Thomas scored 29 points and had 12 assists while Olynyk scored a career-playoff high 26 points as the Celtics used a big fourth quarter to outlast the Washington Wizards 115-105 in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference semifinals Monday night.“I knew it would be a big time game tonight. I knew it wouldn’t be easy at all,” Thomas said. “And we came out on top.”Led by Olynyk, the Celtics got a huge lift from their bench, outscoring their Wizards’ counterparts 48-5. Boston also connected on 11 3-pointers, including 8 of 13 in the second half.Washington Wizards forward Otto Porter Jr., front, and Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart, behind, contend for a rebound during the second quarter of Game 7 of a second-round NBA basketball playoff series, Monday, May 15, 2017, in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)“We needed it,” Olynyk said. “That’s a tough team that we played seven tough games against and they can score. We needed to help out the starters, help out Isaiah.”Boston advances to the Eastern Conference finals where it will host the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 1 on Wednesday. It’s the Celtics first appearance in the conference finals since 2012.“What a special opportunity to get a chance to compete against them,” Boston coach Brad Stevens said.For Thomas it serves as the ultimate validation for a team that many felt was unworthy of the conference’s top seed. It also marked the latest big performance by Thomas, in a playoff run that began in the haze of his younger sister’s death in a car accident. The 28-year-old All-Star has called the basketball court his sanctuary and he continues to credit his teammates for giving him the strength to perform at a high level.“That says a lot about the team we are and we believe in each other,” Thomas said. “The game wasn’t always what we wanted it to be and it wasn’t a perfect game. But we kept going and stayed the course.”Bradley Beal led the Wizards — which was playing it its first Game 7 since 1979 — with 38 points, including 24 in the second half.“I don’t care how well I played,” Beal said afterward. “I don’t care if I played bad. The end result…the only thing that matters is getting a win.”Boston Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas makes a pass while sprawled on the floor as Washington Wizards forward Otto Porter Jr., top, defends during the second quarter of Game 7 of a second-round NBA basketball playoff series, Monday, May 15, 2017, in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)Otto Porter added 20 points. John Wall and Markieff Morris each finished with 18. But Washington also had 15 turnovers, leading to 17 Celtics’ points.Boston trailed 76-72 late in the third quarter before ending the period on a 13-3 spurt. The run grew to 22-5 in the opening minutes of the fourth as the Celtics’ lead became 94-81.But Washington quickly responded, scoring seven straight in just 51 seconds to get back within six.Washington stayed close as Beal continued to score, including a four-point play. But Olynyk then took over. He scored 11 of 13 points for Boston as the Celtics stretched their advantage to 110-100.“He just made shots,” Marcin Gortat said of Olynyk. “He was the difference today — a huge difference.”Brooks played Beal and Wall 46 and 45 minutes respectively but said it was necessary to try to stay in the game.“I knew it would come down to the last six minutes of the game,” Washington coach Scott Brooks said. “They had that little run at the start of the fourth quarter.”The Celtics had the largest lead of the first half at 10-2 but that gap was quickly erased by Washington as Boston started to accumulate fouls.Marcus Smart, Amir Johnson and Olynyk all were whistled for three fouls in the opening 24 minutes, though Smart did inject some life into a second unit that outscored their Wizards’ counterparts 19-5.Wall and Beal each were beneficiaries scoring eight and nine points respectively in the second quarter to help the Wizards take a two-point lead into halftime.“It’s tough. We came out here Game 7 and gave everything we had. Just came up short,” Wall said. “Our goal was to get to Eastern Conference finals and we came up one game short. So it’s not a satisfied season to me.”KYLE HIGHTOWER, AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

First Neymar, next €1 billion mega transfer – Bosz

first_imgTransfers First Neymar, next €1 billion?! Dortmund boss predicts insane transfer Joe Wright Last updated 2 years ago 19:55 10/8/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) neymar - cropped Getty Images Transfers Bundesliga Borussia Dortmund v RB Leipzig Borussia Dortmund Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang The Dutch coach does not believe escalating transfer fees will stop at the €222 million that PSG paid for Neymar Borussia Dortmund head coach Peter Bosz expects the €1 billion mark to be reached in the transfer market before too long.The most recent transfer window saw Paris Saint-Germain smash the world record by paying €222 million to bring Neymar to Ligue 1 from Barcelona.Dortmund 2/1 to win Bundesliga Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. The Catalans replaced the Brazil star with Dortmund’s Ousmane Dembele, who became the second most expensive player in history after completing a move for an initial €105million.Spending has escalated since Cristiano Ronaldo’s move to Real Madrid for a then-record €94m in 2009, with eight of the nine most expensive transfers in history taking place in the last four years.PSG’s huge investment also included a deal for Kylian Mbappe that will see them pay a reported €180m to make his loan move a permanent one next year, prompting UEFA to open an investigation in relation to possible Financial Fair Play breaches.However, rather than expect teams to be put off by the potential repercussions of matching such exorbitant fees, Bosz believes a 10-figure sum for a single player is not out of the question.”I think we will experience a football player being transferred in a total package worth €1bn,” he told Bild.Dynamic duo #PSGFCB#ICICESTPARIS pic.twitter.com/MoqNgrnLAZ— PSG English (@PSG_English) September 27, 2017Another Dortmund player to be linked with a big-money move is Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who was the subject of interest from clubs in the Chinese Super League during the transfer window and is also a reported target for Liverpool.The Gabon star decided to stay at Signal Iduna Park and has started the season in stunning fashion, scoring 13 times in 11 appearances in all competitions.Bosz admits there are few more vital players to Dortmund than the 28-year-old.”He’s not only important to the team because he scores goals, but because he always gives 100 per cent, whether it’s in games or in training,” he said.”He’s almost more than a footballer. He’s a great man and a real leader.”last_img read more