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Butler made his move—now it’s Wolves’ turn

first_imgLATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil View comments Butler has told the Minnesota Timberwolves that he has no intentions of re-signing with the club next summer, his way of saying “trade me now” or “lose me for nothing later.” The Athletic first reported Butler’s decision.It’s a power move that players can make.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 ChrissThing is, it comes with risk — because what happens next is not up to Butler.This was the lesson learned from the Kawhi Leonard situation, from the Kyrie Irving situation, from the Paul George situation. Leonard supposedly was hoping for a trade from San Antonio to the Los Angeles Clippers. Irving wanted to be sent by Cleveland to either San Antonio and Miami. George was widely assumed to leave Indiana for the Los Angeles Lakers. FILE – In this Feb. 11, 2018, file photo, Minnesota Timberwolves forward Jimmy Butler (23) watches in the third quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Sacramento Kings in Minneapolis. Butler isn’t the first NBA star to ask for a trade, nor will he be the last. But it’s far from guaranteed that even if he succeeds in forcing Minnesota into making a move he’ll wind up in a place he wants. (AP Photo/Andy Clayton-King, File)MIAMI— Jimmy Butler knows that NBA players can force their way into trades.Forcing their way into a trade that suits the player, that’s an entirely different story.ADVERTISEMENT ONE: Against toughest foe yet, Jomary Torres wants to let her fight do the talking MOST READ Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown It should be easy to deduce that Butler can see himself with the Clippers, New York or Brooklyn, since all of those teams will have the cap space to give him the $140 million (or $190 million) max contract he’s seeking.Miami would interest him as well, since Butler has raved about the city in the past and he’s still very tight with fellow Marquette alum and former Chicago teammate Dwyane Wade. Toronto is believed to be on his radar. Playing alongside LeBron James with the Lakers is something that hardly anyone in the NBA would sneeze at.A person with knowledge of the Timberwolves’ situation said that Minnesota has been talking to multiple teams, gauging the Butler market. The person spoke to The Associated Press Thursday on condition of anonymity because talks are ongoing. The Timberwolves aren’t exactly in a position of strength, since now everyone knows that Butler wants out and training camps start in a few days. But that doesn’t mean Minnesota doesn’t control how this will play out.When Leonard asked for his trade, the Spurs had the luxury of time and wound up getting a very good deal from Toronto. The Cavs and the Pacers also had plenty of time to work out something to their likings when moving Irving and George.Minnesota doesn’t have that same cushion. That’ll eventually lead to Butler being asked why he waited until the final days of the offseason to inform the team of his unhappiness, because not only did he potentially limit Minnesota’s options but he could have limited his own.“You should always try to get a perennial All-Star,” former NBA forward Caron Butler told TMZ Sports, adding that he thinks Jimmy Butler is “a real winner.”The Timberwolves can basically make any of the following decisions:— Move Butler right away and start camp without distraction;— Hang onto him for a while and see if he changes his mind;— Work out a sign-and-trade; Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum — Make him play out the year.Butler was their leading scorer last season. He’s an All-Star. He helped them end a 14-year playoff drought. Losing him, no matter what they get back, wouldn’t seem to help the Wolves’ chances of returning to the playoffs in a still-loaded Western Conference.Sometimes, even irreconcilable differences work out.Houston won NBA championships in 1994 and 1995, led by Hakeem Olajuwon. People forget that in 1992, he demanded a trade in a very ugly situation sparked by the Rockets thinking that he was faking a hamstring injury. They mended fences and won titles.Most of the time, though, when a player wants out, they get out.Dwight Howard demanded to be traded by Orlando in 2012, and got his way. Shaquille O’Neal wanted to leave the Lakers in 2004, got sent to the Heat, and then eventually forced them to send him to Phoenix. Chris Paul and Chris Webber have forced trades, too. And it’s not a new thing — Wilt Chamberlain and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar wanted trades and got them.Butler got his trade ball rolling.Where it goes, at least this season, that’s up to Wolves coach and president Tom Thibodeau — whose own future in Minnesota might be hanging by a thread as well right now — more than anyone else. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Leonard is in Toronto , at least for one season.Irving got sent to Boston , and is a free agent next summer.George landed in Oklahoma City, and probably will be there for years.Not a whole lot of people saw those exact moves coming. But the teams did what was best for them. In all three cases, the Spurs, the Cavs and the Pacers got the best deal they could make.Now it’s Butler’s turn.ADVERTISEMENT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California collegelast_img read more

Liberia Signs ‘First-Ever’ MOU on Peacekeeping Partnership with UN

first_img(L-R) Under-Secretary-General for the United Nations Department for Field Support, Atul Khare, and Ambassador Dee-Maxwell Saah Kemayah, Sr.The Government of Liberia (GoL) and the United Nations have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), formally acknowledging and declaring Liberia as an Official United Nations Peacekeeping Contributing Country, a release from the mission has said.The MOU, according to the release, establishes administrative, logistics, and financial terms and conditions to govern the contribution of personnel, equipment and services provided by the GoL in support of the Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA); and specifies United Nations Standard of Conduct for personnel provided by the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL).Liberia’s Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Dee-Maxwell Saah Kemayah, signed on behalf of the government, while Atul Khare, UN Under-Secretary-General for the Department of Field Support, signed on behalf of the agency.Amb. Kemayah described the signing of the MOU as a significant milestone for the GoL; and in particular, the AFL.“It has been a long process; leading up to this day; a long time coming; and we are grateful that the first ever MOU between the GoL and the UN to fortify the support of the AFL in MINUSMA, has finally been realized through the support of President George Weah, and the UN family,” Kemayah said.He said that the MOU will mutually reinforce the commitment between the GoL and the UN to the peacekeeping initiatives in MINUSMA, and further enhance the capacity of the AFL to adequately provide personnel, equipment and services; in support of its mission in Mali.Amb. Kemayah expressed appreciation that the MOU supports the expansion in the remuneration or re-imbursement capacity of the AFL in relation to MINUSMA.He recalled that Liberia’s contribution to the peacekeeping efforts in Mali was a conscious decision, propelled by the good will of the global community in their assistance, and resolve to ensure the restoration of peace, security, and democracy in Liberia after a protracted civil conflict.Liberia first deployed in Mali in 2013 as a platoon-size infantry of 45 officers; embedded within the Nigerian contingent; under the Africa International Support Mission in Mali (AFISMA); and subsequently; under Tactical Control (TACON) of the Togolese Battalion (TOGBATT).Today, the Liberian contingent stands at 105 Officers–a feat that Amb. Kemayah attributes to the commitment of President Weah, the government and People of Liberia to the cause of restoring peace and security in Mali.“The February 11, 2018 pronouncement by President Weah, during program marking the Armed Forces Day; which subsequently actualized an increase in the size of the Liberian Contingent in MINUSMA from 78 to 105 officers; is evidence of the steadfast and unwavering commitment that the GoL affixes to the advancement of peace and security in Mali; and in Africa at-large,” Kemayah said.The current composition of the Liberian contingent, which also comprises of 12 military staff officers serving in various positions within MINUSMA, is testament of the level of skills, knowledge and experience the Liberian soldiers have acquired over the years; developing the Liberian battalion into a “Force for Good,” in the United Nations Super Camp in Timbuktu, Mali”“As I sign this MOU, I do so, paying tribute to the memory of our fallen officer of the AFL, Private First Class Ousman Sheriff; and honoring the courage and bravery of our injured; and our gallant men and women of the AFL, who in the line of duty made; and continue to make the ultimate sacrifice for peace and security in Mali. I also sign this MOU; paying tribute to all fallen men and women; and honoring all the injured; and those currently serving in Mali and other peacekeeping missions around the world; in pursuit of the much needed global peace and security,” Kemayah said.Mr. Khare declared that the signing of the MOU was an acknowledgement that Liberia has formally transitioned to a peacekeeping contributing country with a deployed force protection unit company in Timbuktu, Mali.He thanked President Weah for the “great contributions” the country is making towards the attainment of international peace and security; and expressed gratitude that Liberia–a country which recently hosted peacekeeping operations, is now repaying by contributing to restoring peace in Mali.The signing ceremony was witnessed by Lt. Colonel Daniel Holman Jr. of the AFL, and officials of the United Nations Department for Field Support.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Commemorative stamps released in honour of Guyanese composer

first_imgSeveral commemoratives stamps were on Thursday unveiled in honour of the 100th Birth Anniversary of famous Guyanese composer Valarie Roadway.In a simple event held in the auditorium of the National Library, some who had personally known Roadway and others who had heard of her gathered to reflect on her life.Roadway had composed several National Songs, including “O Beautiful Guyana,” “Kanaïma,” “Hymn for Guyana’s Children,” “Arise, Guyana,” and “Guyana the Free”.She also put to music the famed Guyanese Independence poem by Martin Carter, “Let Freedom Awaken.”Roadway, who had also been a teacher, died in 1970. She was awarded the Cacique Crown of Honour (CCH) for her contributions to the country.Earlier this year, Government commissioned the Valerie Rodway House on Carmichael Street in Cummingsburg, Georgetown. The house was previously the home of the Foreign Affairs Ministry, and had been an annex to the Governor’s House.Delivering remarks, Public Telecommunications Minister Catherine Hughes noted that Guyana’s history is sprinkled with contributions from remarkable women, one of whom was Roadway.The Minister noted that the event is the celebration of the great strides that Roadway had made to the development of Guyana with respect to its identity.“She was a Guyanese who never got tired of the beauty of our country, a true lady to who everything was a thing of beauty. Every sound had a musical note; she wrote about it, she put music to it, and in the 1960s helped to bring about a period in Guyana’s history when national songs were sung by everyone and all the time,” Hughes reflected.The Minister further encouraged Guyanese to read a short biography on the life of Roadway written by Dr Vibert Cambridge and published. According to her, it would increase appreciation for the composer.“…to read a portion of the article, titled Women in History, and I quote: ‘Her music gave the words of our poets a special kind of majesty. She probably selected poems that encouraged and nurtured positive values, service to the nation, respect of our heritage, and the creation of a caring society’, end quote”, the Minister paraphrased.Speaking on behalf of the Rodway family, a niece of Roadway reflected on the life of her aunt. She revealed that event though Roadway died when she was just 12 years old, her memories of her aunt entail music.“I do remember going to her house for Christmas carols, and I remember visiting (an) event when she was in a choir; but from the time she was a small child, she used to make up music, I remember my uncle saying. And her music was really prolific during the last 10 years of her life; and as you can see, her music transcends time, it is as current now as it was back then,” the woman reflected.Over time, becoming one of Guyana’s most celebrated patriotic and classical music composers, Roadway’s work is widely known and valued for its qualities of diversity, national pride and commitment.last_img read more

Events taking place today

first_imgThings to do in Fort St. John today:09:00 AM-01:00 PM Pancake Breakfast09:30 AM ‘Art in the Peace’ Workshops01:00 PM Terry Fox Run07:00 PM Dayna ManningAll Day Event 10th Annual Rivers Day Photo ContestAll Day Event Telus Tour for the CureFor more upcoming events visit energeticcity-beta.mystagingwebsite.com/events- Advertisement –last_img

GAA: NAOMH COLUMBA GAA NOTES

first_imgNaomh Columba 11.10.2011Well done to our seniors, who picked up two all-important points on Sunday last, with a home win over Bundoran. This Sunday sees us contest the County Intermediate Championship Final: Naomh Columba v Naomh Náille, Sunday, October 16th, Páirc Thír Chonaill, Donegal Town, 4pm. Please get out in force to support the lads, and best of luck to all involved. Hard luck to our reserves, who exited the championship on Saturday last, losing out to Carndonagh in the semi-final. Their league game v Bundoran was cancelled on Sunday. Maidin Chaife: the club will host a charity coffee morning in the clubhouse this Saturday, October 15th, from 11am until 2pm. All proceeds are in aid of Our Lady’s Hospital for Sick Children, Crumlin. We would really appreciate any donations of baked goods, and these can be left in the club kitchen on Saturday morning. Please come along & support this worthy cause. Also, we will have club flags, car flags, hats & wristbands available to purchase on Saturday morning, in preparation for Sunday’s final. Buíochas: many thanks to everyone who attended last Sunday’s underage presentation night. Thank you in particular to Patrick Mc Brearty, who made the presentations on the night. A special word of thanks also to Garda Odie Mc Bride, who sponsored the under 8 medals for the occasion. Míle buíochas. Coláiste na Carraige: at the time of going to press we had word of an under 16 school fixture, v Abbey Vocational School, on Friday, October 14th. Please check locally for further details re time & venue, and best of luck to the lads. Scór na nÓg: Naomh Columba will take part in the regional heats of Scór na nÓg this Saturday, October 15th, in Gleann Fhinne. We were awaiting further details at the time of going to press, so please check facebook for bus times etc. We hope to see a good gang from the club travel to support our young people. Ádh mór guys! Cúrsaí lotto na seachtaine seo caite: Uimhreacha 5-15-18-30. Duaiseanna Aitheantais: €50 Anne Byrne, Teileann€30 Breid Kennedy, Mín an Aoire. €20 Joe Joe Boyle, Mín na Croise. €20 Bríd Ní Bheirn, Málainn Mhór. €20 Nicole Cunningham, An Charraig. Duaischiste na seachtaine seo ná €5300.GAA: NAOMH COLUMBA GAA NOTES was last modified: October 11th, 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:GAA: NAOMH COLUMBA GAA NOTESlast_img read more

VOTING ON DONEGAL’S ISLANDS DELAYED AFTER HELICOPTER ENCOUNTERS TECHNICAL PROBLEMS

first_imgVoting has been delayed on two of Donegal’s islands after the helicopter carrying the ballot boxes was forced to return to base after a technical difficulty.Tory IslandIt is understood the helicopter, an Augusta Westland 139,  from Baldonnell Airport was not far from Falcarragh when a warning light was noticed on the helicopter.The pilot decided to return to base at Baldonnell and use another helicopter. Another chopper is now en route to Falcarragh to collect the ballot boxes and some members of the media.The ballot boxes will be dropped by helicopter at Inishboffin and Tory Islands.The incident with the helicopter has now delayed voting on the islands.The voting times was due to be from 11am until 3pm but this will now be from 12.30pm until 4.30pm.  VOTING ON DONEGAL’S ISLANDS DELAYED AFTER HELICOPTER ENCOUNTERS TECHNICAL PROBLEMS was last modified: May 22nd, 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:delayeddonegalhelicopterislandsvotinglast_img read more

Pinehill Studios launch Mega New Year Giveaway

first_imgPinehill Studios’ facilitators have come together for a Mega New Year Giveaway of 78 prizes for 12 lucky winners.Starting on December 26th, Pinehill Studios have rolled out their Mega New Year Giveaway over 12 days until 6th of January.Each day will see the prizes accumulate from 1 prize for 1 winner on the first day to a generous 12 prizes for 1 winner on the final day. Prizes consist of vouchers, free classes and merchandise from the following facilitators at Pinehill Studios:-Pinehill Studios, Dance Addictions, ArtFarm, Baby Sensory Donegal, Dance with me baby, Katriona McNamee School of Dance, Michaela Allen School of Dance, Bricks 4 kidz Donegal, Victoria Massey Pilates & Yoga, On Cue Cultural & Performing Arts, Hayden School of Irish Dance, Healing Flow Yoga with Jacqueline Toner.Will you be the lucky one to receive a gift from Pinehill Studios this New Year?Keep a very close eye on their facebook page here for the daily competitions www.facebook.com/pinehillstudioss Pinehill Studios launch Mega New Year Giveaway was last modified: December 27th, 2017 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:new year giveawayPinehill Studioslast_img read more

FDI Via Mauritius Dives In First Half, Singapore Gains

first_imgMauritius, the favourite hotspot of foreign investors to route their investments to India, has witnessed a 69.3 per cent decline in foreign direct investment (FDI) in the first six months ended September 2018, according to data released by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI). Singapore which overtook Mauritius has turned out to be the preferred country for routing FDI with a 77.77 per cent jump in investments.Read it at Indian Express Related Itemslast_img

Medical experts want Rio Olympics delayed or moved due to Zika

first_imgMore than 100 medical experts, academia and scientists on Friday have called for the Rio Olympic Games to be postponed or moved because of fears that the event could speed up the spread of the Zika virus around the world.Their assessment counters the view of some leading experts of infectious disease who say that as long as the necessary precautions are taken there is no reason to cancel the Games. On Thursday, Dr. Tom Frieden, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, declared there was no public health reason to cancel or delay this summer’s Games.In a public letter posted online, the group of 150 leading public health experts, many of them bioethicists, said the risk of infection from the Zika virus is too high. The letter was sent to Dr. Margaret Chan, director-general of the World Health Organization, and urged that the Games, due to be held in Rio de Janeiro in August, be moved to another location or delayed.”An unnecessary risk is posed when 500,000 foreign tourists from all countries attend the Games, potentially acquire that strain, and return home to places where it can become endemic,” the letter said. It can be found at rioolympicslater.org/Bioethicists study ethical problems arising from biological or medical research. Professor Arthur Caplan, director of the division of medical ethics at New York University School of Medicine and one of four who authored the letter, said he is skeptical Brazil has the resources to protect the public and is equally skeptical of “general assurances” from public health officials.advertisementThe letter called on the WHO to convene an independent group to advise it and the International Olympic Committee.”I believe in informed consent,” Caplan said in an interview. “Let’s have an independent set of scientists look at this and let everyone hear the arguments.”Citing the “greater concern for global health”, the letter also said, “The Brazilian strain of Zika virus harms health in ways that science has not observed before.”Speaking at a lunch at the National Press Club in Washington on Thursday, Frieden said there was no reason to delay the Olympics.He was responding to a paper by a Canadian professor published earlier this month in the Harvard Public Health Review which called for the Games to be canceled or moved because it could speed the spread of Zika.”The risk is not particularly high other than for pregnant women,” Frieden said.Zika infection in pregnant women has been shown to be a cause of the birth defect microcephaly and other serious brain abnormalities in babies.The connection between Zika and microcephaly first came to light last fall in Brazil, which has confirmed more than 1,400 cases of microcephaly.Frieden’s view is shared by many infectious disease experts. A recent editorial in The Lancet Infectious Diseases journal noted that the Zika outbreak has been concentrated in northeastern Brazil, away from Rio. Moreover, it added, the infection-carrying mosquito is not particularly active in August and athletes and spectators are likely to spend their time in places purged of mosquito breeding sites.”Available evidence indicates that for games participants, risk of exposure to Zika virus and subsequent adverse health outcomes will be low,” it said.last_img read more

Redmi flagship’s full specs leak: 32MP pop-up selfie cam, Snapdragon 855, 48MP rear camera and more

first_imgRedmi General Manager says that the upcoming Snapdragon 855 powered Redmi phone will be a combination of performance and price. Rumours suggest that it will be the cheapest Snapdragon 855 phone yet. This is also the reason why some rumours hint that this phone may come to India as Poco F2. However, Xiaomi is yet to reveal more details on the India version of the phone.The Redmi Snapdragon 855 phone is expected to launch by June – that may actually be true considering now the full specs sheet of the phone has been leaked. Let’s take a quick look at everything that the leaked specs sheet reveals about the Snapdragon 855 powered Redmi phone.–First, the phone will be powered by Qualcomm’s flagship processor Snapdragon 855 – that will be seen inside the upcoming OnePlus 7 series too.–The specs sheet reveals that the Redmi phone will come packed with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage.–There will be a pop-up selfie camera on this Redmi phone. Having said that this Redmi phone will be the first pop-up selfie camera phone from Xiaomi so far.–The leak suggests that on the front the Redmi phone will sport a 32MP selfie camera. So far we have seen Vivo and Oppo bring 32MP camera phones. In the days to come even the OnePlus flagship is said to come with 32MP selfie shooter.–The Redmi Snapdragon 855 is expected to come with a 6.39-inch full-HD+ display with screen resolution of 1080×2340 pixels.–As for the camera, the Redmi flagship phone is tipped to come with three cameras on the back panel. The leaked specs sheet suggests that the phone will include a primary 48MP sensor, secondary 8MP sensor and third will be a 13MP sensor. As of now there’s no clarification which one will be a wide-angle lens or telephoto lens, or an ultra-wide-angle lens.advertisement–On the software front the Redmi flagship phone is said to run on MIUI 10 based on Android 9 Pie.–Previously Weibing confirmed that the Redmi flagship will come with a 3.5mm headphone jack.–Meanwhile, some rumours suggest that the Redmi phone may come packed with an in-display fingerprint sensor.It is worth noting that as of now there’s no information regarding the battery setup that this Redmi flagship may pack inside.Back in February this year Weibing confirmed the coming of Redmi Snapdragon phone. However, the launch timeline is yet to be revealed by the company. Some rumours suggest that the Redmi’s flagship phone may launch sometime between May and June this year. This launch may be exclusive to China for the time being. Meanwhile, some other rumours reveal that this Redmi flagship phone may come as Poco F2 in India. Will it? Well, for that we’ll need to wait until the company officially announces details about it.ALSO READ | Nokia 8110 4G Banana Phone gets WhatsApp and Facebook globallyALSO READ | iPhone 11 or iPhone XI final CAD renders show triple camera setup, same notchALSO READ | WhatsApp rolls out group privacy settings and others to its Business applast_img read more