Grizzlies fire coach David Fizdale day after benching Gasol

first_imgJo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ “If I’m not on the floor, I’m not valued,” Gasol said. “I’m sure (the coaching staff) knew that would hurt me the most.”The move caught the NBA by surprise. Dwyane Wade, who played with the Miami Heat when Fizdale was an assistant coach, wrote on Twitter that he needed answers . LeBron James retweeted a comment that called the move “stunning.”“I need some answers. Feels like my man was a fall guy,” James wrote.Golden State coach Steve Kerr said he was “shocked” by the firing.“I think David Fizdale is one of the best coaches in the league,” Kerr said. “He’s a brilliant guy, he’s got an edge to him, he’s tough, he’s smart. Their whole team is injured, Mike Conley is out. Like, this is what happens, you lose when your best players are out and when your whole team is wiped out. It caught meoff guard.”ADVERTISEMENT FILE – In this Nov. 24, 2017, file photo, Memphis Grizzlies head coach David Fizdale reacts as he calls a timeout while facing the Denver Nuggets in the first half of an NBA basketball game in Denver. The Grizzlies have fired Fizdale, with the team at 7-12 and a day after he benched center Marc Gasol for the fourth quarter of an eighth straight loss. General manager Chris Wallace announced the move Monday, Nov. 27, 2017. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)The Memphis Grizzlies fired coach David Fizdale on Monday, with the team at 7-12 and a day after he benched center Marc Gasol for the fourth quarter of an eighth straight loss.General manager Chris Wallace announced the move. Associate head coach J.B. Bickerstaff has been namedinterim coach.ADVERTISEMENT Portland coach Terry Stotts called Fizdale’s firing very disappointing.“Losing in this league and not meeting expectations in this league takes its toll on everybody,” Stotts said before a game in New York. “Owners, general managers, coaches, players, and handling that is a strain on relationships, and it’s disappointing. It’s probably the most difficult part of being in the NBA, is managing that part of the season.”Fizdale became the franchise’s 13th head coach on May 29, 2016, and he went 50-51.The Grizzlies reached the postseason for a seventh straight time in Fizdale’s first season, when they lost to the San Antonio Spurs. Fizdale was fined $30,000 by the NBA for a rant over officiating after a loss in Game 2.Memphis let Zach Randolph, Vince Carter and Tony Allen all leave as free agents and signed Ben McLemore, Tyreke Evans and Mario Chalmers to retool the roster around Gasol and point guard Mike Conley and giveFizdale a faster lineup.The moves appeared to be working when Memphis started this season an NBA-best 5-1. The Grizzlies stood atop the Western Conference with a win over the Golden State Warriors and two over Southwest Division rivalHouston.But Conley has been out since Nov. 17, resting an aching left Achilles tendon . Then the team lost its eighth straight on Sunday, matching the longest skid for this franchise since Feb. 11-March 3, 2009. Now Fizdale is the second NBA coach fired this season, joining Earl Watson, who was fired by Phoenix three games into the season.This will be the second time as an interim coach for Bickerstaff, who will start Wednesday night in San Antonio against the Spurs. He joined the Grizzlies in June 2016 after five seasons with the Houston Rockets, including an interim coach stint that lasted most of 2015-16 and included a playoff berth. Bickerstaff went 37-34 in that role.He also was an assistant coach with Minnesota and in Charlotte under his father, Bernie Bickerstaff. Gilas goes 2-0 in World Cup qualifiers, hurdles Taiwan “After a thorough evaluation, I decided a change in course was necessary to move forward and provide theteam and organization its best chance at success this season and beyond,” Wallace said in a statement.Gasol, given a maximum deal by the Grizzlies in July 2015, sat throughout the fourth quarter of a 98-88 loss to the Brooklyn Nets on Sunday. Gasol leads the Grizzlies in points, rebounds and assists, and he was an All-Star in Fizdale’s inaugural season. But the center spent plenty of time after the game making it clear to reporters how upset he was at sitting out a full quarter.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBack on the throne“It’s a first for me, trust me, and I don’t like it one bit,” Gasol said. “I’m more (ticked) than I can show and frustrated.”Fizdale explained his decision before Gasol spoke in the locker room and said he simply was trying to win a game while sticking with his reserves. Fizdale said taking a risk as head coach means sometimes upsetting a player or two. 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There are no real criminal cases to be made (Part 1)

first_imgDear Editor,Articles such as “Minister Sharma laments SOCU sloth”, and “Sharma annoyed by SOCU’s performance with forensic audits”, which appeared in the local press, are the latest in about two years of weekly and sometimes daily haranguing declarations and denouncements by many members of our Cabinet and Government in Parliament, committing to jail the members and administrators of the past PPP/C Administration.There has been no lacking in expressions of determination; and from time to time, as little, if any, progress is evident, we have had glimpses of the contentious blame game being played out between the various actors: Honourable Ministers, the Guyana Police Force, SOCU, SARA, the Police Legal Adviser, the overseas expert adviser, the DPP, and anyone on whom some blame could be hung, for the seeming lack of progress with the touted charges.This lament, the expressions of dissatisfaction and annoyance, the blame game, altogether would prompt experienced persons to wonder whether a number of the actors are not beginning to question how much substance there may be in these allegations of corruption; whether in the passion of the aftermath of our 2015 elections, mountains were not being made of molehills in the forensic audits.But no one wants to blow the whistle, no one wants to bell the cat!Editor, perhaps it is time that Honourable Minister Sharma opens his mind to the possibility that, really, there are no criminal cases of any substance to be made. And so too, perhaps, should all of us Guyanese open our minds.As former President Donald Ramotar allowed very early, we all only being humans — and Guyanese at that; some levels and instances of corruption were likely to happen, (suspicious cases would need to be investigated) but the allegations of corruption of a hundred billion dollars each year (about half of our national budget) against PPP/C Ministers and Administrators was very grossly exaggerated.It is time we recognise that these wild corruption charges took root in the context of intensely adversarial political contest (PPP/C going it alone as a minority Government after our 2011 elections), and fundamental differences in the policies and attitudes to inculcate and nurture development of our people and country. There was intense frustration and anger among then Opposition members and supporters when, after the Opposition passed a motion in Parliament forbidding the expenditure of Government/Consolidated Fund money on the Marriott, the PPP/C found a legal and legitimate way to complete a first phase of the Marriott Hotel project utilising money obtained from the sale of shares in GTT, all transactions falling within the umbrella of the PU/NICIL group. Would we Guyanese and Guyana have been better off if the Marriott had been abandoned half-built, somewhat like the intended Cacique Hotel aback of the Ramada Georgetown Princess at Providence?Editor, the charges laid against my colleagues: the former Finance Minister Dr Ashni Singh and the former CEO of PU/NICIL, Mr Winston Brassington, are nothing but clutching at straws. There is no allegation of any money reaching their pockets or the pockets of any other. None did. They carried out, in a lawful manner, legitimate decisions of our PPP/C Government. The development of Guyana and Guyanese altogether has been our purpose and our driving force, and in the pursuit of which, we exercised even-handedly and openly the judgement and discretion that were lawfully and legitimately within our authority.Sincerely,Samuel AA HindsFormer PrimeMinisterand Former Presidentlast_img read more

Avoid 96 street today because of construction

first_img Motorists are advised to avoid 96 street from 98 a avenue to Tim Horton’s today.- Advertisement -Construction crews have blocked off the street in order to re-surface the road. Lights at 93 ave and the entrance to Walmart will be flashing and motorists should obey either flaggers in the area or treat the intersections as a four way stop.Construction is expect to last all day Friday.last_img

Refugee footballer becomes Aussie citizen after Thai ordeal

first_img0Shares0000Hakeem al-Araibi has become an Australian citizen © AFP / WILLIAM WESTMELBOURNE, Australia, Mar 12 – A refugee footballer who was detained in Thailand and threatened with extradition to Bahrain said he feels sure “no one can follow me now,” after becoming an Australian citizen on Tuesday.Hakeem al-Araibi, who was granted refugee status and residency in Australia in 2017 after fleeing Bahrain, became an Australian at a ceremony in Melbourne. The 25-year-old shot to international fame when he was arrested while on honeymoon in Thailand last year.He was wanted by Bahrain on offences linked to the 2011 Arab Spring uprisings.Amid a worldwide outcry, he was eventually allowed back to Melbourne, where he plays semi-professional football.Spotting a big smile on his face and a salmon-pink jacket, al-Araibi posed for photos with Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Foreign Minister Marise Payne after the ceremony at Federation Square in Melbourne.“I am very grateful to you, now I feel save. NSydneyo one can follow me now,” al-Araibi wrote on Twitter Tuesday.“It’s a wonderful and awesome feeling to gain all this respect in my citizenship ceremony, I’m really proud to see Marise Payne… and other government representatives participating in my ceremony it make me feel secure.”Payne told the ceremony the massive outpouring of support for the footballer “played an enormous part in ensuring he was returned to Australia”.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Wakiso Giants, URA handed full license ahead of 2019/2020 season

first_img Tags: bright stars fcBul FCBusoga United FCExpress FCKCCA FCKyetume FCMaroons FCmbarara city fconduparaka fcpolice fcproline fcSC VillaStarTimes Uganda Premeir LeagueTooro United FCtopURA FCvipers fcWakiso Giants Wakiso Giants is one of only two clubs to be fully licensed so far. (PHOTO/File)KAMPALA – Wakiso Giants may be just over a year old but continue to be front runners in Uganda football.On Wednesday, the Purple Sharks were handed a full license to take part in the StarTimes Uganda Premier league (SUPL) 2019/2020.Wakiso were not the only side to achieve the fate as URA FC were also given the license.It was confirmed that 11 of the 16 SUPL teams submitted their necessary documentation to get the approval but only two were passed.The clubs in question are KCCA FC, Proline FC, Vipers SC, Tooro United FC, Mbarara City FC, Maroons FC, Wakiso Giants FC, Bright Stars FC, Express FC, BUL FC, and URA FC.The submission of Club Licensing minimum requirements by clubs within the timeline was granted qualification for inspection of their infrastructure. The process was completed by 17th July 2019.However, Onduparaka FC, Kyetume FC, Police FC, Busoga United FC (Kirinya JSS) and SC Villa failed to submit the minimum requirements within the deadline and therefore they did not qualify for the inspection exercise.In line with the Club Licensing road map for 2019/20 season, the First Instance Body (FIB) held a meeting on Tuesday 23rd July 2019 at FUFA House – Mengo and evaluated the inspection report.The body confirmed that four (4) clubs (KCCA FC, Vipers FC, Maroons FC and Proline FC) were granted provisional Licenses.For Bright Stars FC, Express FC, Tooro United FC, BUL FC and Mbarara City FC), they were denied Licenses for upcoming season.Express were one of five clubs to be denied a license.Clubs with provisional licenses and those that have not yet met the minimum requirements have been given an extended period of up to Friday 26th July 2019 to have an inspection of their infrastructure conducted.Failure by the club to meet the listed requirements as per earlier communication within the deadline shall mean denial of a license for the 2019/20 season.A club that is denied a license shall have a right of appeal to the FUFA Club Licensing Appeals Committee.More so, the deadline for 1st Division Club Licensing process is Friday 26th July 2019. No further inspections will be conducted after the deadline.The resolutions made by the Licensing Committee-Wakiso Giants, and URA FC get full license for 2019/20 season-4 clubs KCCA FC, Vipers FC, Maroons FC and Proline FC granted Provisional Licenses-Bright Stars FC, Express FC, Tooro United FC, BUL FC and Mbarara City FC denied Licenses as they have a few requirements to meet-Onduparaka FC, Kyetume FC, Police FC, Busoga United FC and SC Villa failed to submit the minimum requirements within the deadlineComments last_img read more

Listen: Nominations close this Friday for Donegal Sports Star Awards

first_imgThe nominations for the 42nd Donegal Sports Star Awards is this Friday, November 24 – and sports organisations are urged to get their submissions in.Only achievements in the calendar year from January 1st 2017 to 31st December 2017 will be eligible for consideration. The only exception is the schools categories, which will be the academic year September 2016 to June 2017.“The standard of competition is extraordinary,” Donegal Sports Star Awards PRO Declan Kerr said. “We have had a good response so far, but it’s always the final week when a lot of people get their nominations in.”Over 700 guests have attended the last two Donegal Sports Star Awards functions and demand will again be high this year.Nominations can be made on-line from the nominations page and emailed to or by completing a simple Nomination form, which can be downloaded and posted to Paul McDaid, Post Office, Ramelton. Those not using the on-line can post their nominations to Paul McDaid, Post Office, Ramelton.Listen to the full interview below …  Listen: Nominations close this Friday for Donegal Sports Star Awards was last modified: November 21st, 2017 by Chris McNultyShare 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

South Africa’s Aids action plan

first_img15 March 2007South Africa is finalising an ambitious plan to spend as much as R44.9-billion on halving the rate of new HIV infections in the country by 2011 and providing treatment, care and support to at least 80% of people living with HIV/Aids and their families.A draft of the new five-year National Strategic Aids Plan was discussed by government, business and civil society leaders at a consultative conference in Johannesburg on Wednesday.The final document is expected to be adopted by the South African National Aids Council, which is headed by Deputy President Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, by the end of March.Significant departureThe new plan – drafted in close co-operation with some of the country’s top scientists, actuaries, clinicians, health economists and activists – marks a significant change in South African government policy on the epidemic.The plan places a new emphasis on treatment and prevention, and makes no mention of the dietary recommendations previously cited by the health ministry as key to fighting Aids.It also spells out clear, quantified targets, and places a high priority on monitoring and evaluation. Business Day reports that a special unit is to be set up in the health department to monitor the implementation of the plan, with a mid-term review scheduled for 2009.“There is a new mood and energy in government,” Dr Nomonde Xundu, the department’s chief director for HIV/Aids, told Business Day.Congress of SA Trade Unions general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi told Wednesday’s gathering that, if supported by business and civil society, the plan would be “the boldest, most comprehensive strategic plan on Aids in the world.”Massive spendingAccording to Business Day, Treasury calculations contained in the draft plan put the costs at almost R45-billion – far exceeding the R14-billion the government has already allocated to Aids programmes over the next three years – with up to 40% of this earmarked for Aids drugs.Xundu indicated to Business Day that the government was likely to increase its funding, but would also look to the private sector and foreign donors for assistance.Speaking at Wednesday’s conference, Xundu emphasised that prevention remained key to South Africa’s fight against HIV/Aids.“The intention of the plan is to ensure that the large majority of South Africans who are HIV-negative remain negative,” she said, adding that there was a strong focus on reducing the number of new infections among people in the 15- to 24-year age group.Young people’s choices“The future course of the HIV/Aids epidemic [in South Africa] hinges, in many respects, on the behaviour young people adopt and the contextual factors that affect those choices,” Xundu said.The plan also aims to reduce the HIV infection rate among children under the age of five by expanding the prevention of mother-to-child transmission programme and providing antiretroviral therapy for pregnant women.On treatment, the aim is to increase the reach of the country’s antiretroviral treatment programme from the current estimated one-quarter of HIV-positive people to at least 80% of people living with HIV/Aids as well as their families.In order to lessen the impact of Aids on familes and communities, the plan also aims to expand community-home-based care and palliative care programmes, as well as social safety network programmes for orphans and vulnerable children.‘Formidable partnership’ needed“Nothing less than a formidable partnership between government and civil society can assist us to achieve our goal of reversing the tide of this pandemic,” Mlambo-Ngcuka said on the release of the first working draft of the plan on World Aids Day in December.“Too many people have been infected and too many have died, but if we work together, Aids can be beaten.”According to that draft of the document, HIV/Aids is one of the main challenges facing South Africa, which had an estimated 5.54-million people – 18.8% of the adult population – living with HIV in 2005.“Although the rate of the increase in HIV prevalence has in past five years slowed down, the country is still to experience reversal of the trends,” the document stated. “There are still too many people living with HIV, too many still getting infected.”According to the document, the “immediate determinant of the spread of HIV relates to behaviours such as unprotected sexual intercourse, multiple sexual partners and some biological factors such as sexually transmitted infections.”However, the “fundamental drivers” of the epidemic in South Africa “are the more deep-rooted institutional problems of poverty, underdevelopment and the low status of women, including gender-based violence, in society.” reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

What is the Partnership?

first_imgOne of the biggest impacts from hosting the 2010 FIFA World Cup will come from the phenomenal marketing and communication opportunity it will offer the country and continent. As world attention focuses on the first African World Cup this is an opportunity for Africans to tell their own stories.The 2010 National Communication Partnership is a joint effort of communicators across society and in the many creative and communication disciplines to take advantage of this communication opportunity of a lifetime to benefit our country and continent.The 2010 Tournament itself is FIFA’s event, made possible by sponsorship in return for exclusive marketing rights for the tournament itself. The Partnership respects absolutely these marketing rights.The Partnership’s communication is in a different sphere. Its communication objectives are to take advantage of this opportunity of a lifetime to express and further build unity and pride amongst South Africans; to inspire our youth; to market the country and continent to the world; to build African solidarity and to create a communication climate that helps use this chance to speed up development and expand opportunities.The Partnership is one of the ways people across sectors in South Africa and Africa are coming together to prepare for the greatest sporting event on earth.The Role of the PartnershipThe Partnership’s role is to promote coordinated local and international communication, so that the many communication agencies and role-players speak with one powerful voice to maximise the benefit of hosting the 2010 FIFA World Cup for the country and continent.The Partnership provides a strategic framework for communication – a point of reference – for communicators in the period leading up to and during 2010.Its function is to promote coherence of message and to provide forums for information sharing and coordination, mutual support for campaigns, strategy formation, and to jointly address issues as they arise.The Partnership is not a new communication agency. Its many member entities – SA Tourism, the International Marketing Council, Dept of Sports and Recreation, South African Airways, Government, Proudly South African, the Organising Committee, private sector and civil society – will embark on communication in the context of 2010 as per their respective mandates and roles.But communication will be more powerful because communicators are working together in partnership, sharing a common vision and common messages.last_img read more

Top 10 stories of 2017: #4

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest 4. 50th Sale of ChampionsFifty years ago, it started with a dream to support the Ohio State Fair’s youth livestock exhibitors. Gov. Jim Rhodes was the mastermind behind the event that would help build the legacy of Ohio livestock exhibition on a national and international stage — the Ohio State Fair Sale of Champions. Rhodes recognized the hard work, long hours and vast leadership potential of the top livestock exhibitors at the Ohio State Fair and he wanted everyone else to do the same. He also wanted to establish a way to help those young exhibitors benefit from their incredible achievements financially. With these goals in mind, Rhodes teamed up with the Ohio Expositions Commission and well-known auctioneer Merlin Woodruff. The first Sale of Champions in 1968 was designed to provide a one-stop event to showcase the fair’s top youth livestock exhibitors, provide an attraction to promote agriculture and attract the interest of buyers who could afford the type of funding required to reward excellence. This tradition continues today!last_img read more

UAE Announces 10-Year Residency Visa for Investors, Science Specialists

first_imgThe United Arab Emirates has launched a 10-year residency visa for investors and specialists, the country’s government announced on May 20. The long-term visa, valid for 10 years, will be offered to specialists such as doctors and engineers, exceptional students, and entrepreneurs.“The UAE will remain a global incubator for exceptional talents and a permanent destination for international investors. Our open environment, tolerant values, infrastructure and flexible legislation are the best plan to attract global investment and exceptional talents to the UAE,” Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, said while announcing the decision, Gulf News reported. The decision, announced by Shaikh Mohammad following a Cabinet meeting, aims to strengthen the UAE’s position as an attractive destination for global investment and talent.Sheikh Mohammed also posted on the social media that global investors can have full ownership of their companies in the country.Those eligible for the 10-year visa under the new policy include specialists in medical, scientific, research and technical fields, scientists and innovators, and entrepreneurs, the Khaleej Times reported. The visa validity will also apply for families of the people falling in these categories, the report added. Five-year residency visas will also be offered to students studying in the UAE, while top performing students will be eligible for 10-year visas.At today’s Cabinet meeting, we decided to allow 100% foreign ownership of companies in UAE, with a 10 year visa for investors,scientists, doctors, engineers, entrepreneurs and innovators.The UAE has always welcomed, and always will, innovators and business leaders— HH Sheikh Mohammed (@HHShkMohd) May 20, 2018The changes will come into effect by the third quarter of this year.This decision will be enforced by third quarter this year .Our open society, tolerant values, excellent infrastructure and flexible legislation offer the best environment for international investment and exceptional talent.— HH Sheikh Mohammed (@HHShkMohd) May 20, 2018Sheikh Mohammed has also directed officials to review the current residence visa scheme so that dependents can be offered an extension of the duration of visa validity after they have completed their university studies in order to facilitate their future residence in the UAE.This will give them the opportunity to study their practical options in the future.The move was welcomed by leading businessmen in the country.“This is a landmark announcement (and is) sure to further boost the UAE’s image as the most investor-friendly economy in the region,” LuLu Group chairman Yusuffali MA, was quoted as saying by the Khaleej Times. “This new long-term visa will go a long way in attracting and retaining not only investors but also top notch professionals who are very essential in today’s highly competitive world,” the UAE-based Indian-origin billionaire added.“Ten-year visa – this is great news as it will further boost the confidence of investors. UAE has always been in the forefront of taking pragmatic, business friendly and investor friendly decisions,” the publication quoted Al Maya Group Director Kamal Vachani, another Indian-origin businessman, as saying. Related ItemsDubaiUAElast_img read more