Sterling Will Fight Clippers Sale

first_imgLOS ANGELES — Donald Sterling won’t get to fight for his Los Angeles Clippers in front of NBA owners next week. His only chance now is in court.He could just pocket about $1 billion, his share of the proceeds from the record-breaking sale of a team that the league was prepared to take away from him. But don’t count on it. His lawyers say he’ll fight the league and his family to keep the team he bought for just $12 million in 1981.His estranged wife negotiated the deal to sell the Clippers for $2 billion to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, saying she owns half the team and controls the family trust.A person close to the family told The Associated Press that Shelly Sterling took over the family’s assets because Donald Sterling, 80, was stripped of his ability to act as a co-trustee after two neurologists determined he was suffering from dementia.The individual, who is familiar with the trust and the medical evaluations but wasn’t authorized to speak publicly, said Sterling was deemed “mentally incapacitated” according to the trust’s conditions because he showed “an inability to conduct business affairs in a reasonable and normal manner.”“There is specific language and there are protocols about what to do, and steps in order to get a sole trustee position and that’s what took place in the last couple of days,” the individual said.On May 30, the NBA canceled next week’s hearing to oust Sterling, instead moving forward to vote on whether to approve the sale to Ballmer. Also, Sterling’s attorneys filed a federal lawsuit against the league and Commissioner Adam Silver, asking for damages in excess of $1 billion.The lawsuit says Donald Sterling is still a co-trustee and doesn’t want to sell the team.“The assertion that Donald Sterling lacks mental capacity is absurd,” attorney Bobby Samini said. He would not give more details on Donald Sterling’s condition.The suit alleges that the NBA violated Sterling’s constitutional rights by relying on information from an illegal recording that publicized racist remarks he made to a girlfriend.It also says the league committed a breach of contract by fining Sterling $2.5 million and that it violated antitrust laws by forcing a sale.Shelly Sterling said that she had agreed to sell the team to Ballmer “under her authority as the sole trustee of The Sterling Family Trust, which owns the Clippers.”Donald Sterling can try to reinstate his trusteeship by appealing to the California Probate Court.The NBA said that the league, Shelly Sterling and The Sterling Family Trust had “resolved their dispute over the ownership of the Los Angeles Clippers.”“Under the agreement, the Clippers will be sold to Steve Ballmer, pending approval by the NBA Board of Governors, and the NBA will withdraw its pending charge to terminate the Sterlings’ ownership of the team,” it said.The league said that Shelly Sterling and The Sterling Family Trust also “agreed not to sue the NBA and to indemnify the NBA against lawsuits from others, including Donald Sterling.”That means whatever monetary damages Donald Sterling may receive under the suit — filed on behalf of Sterling and The Sterling Family Trust — may go out one pocket and back in the other unless he is reinstated as a trustee and can nullify the agreement.The medical evaluation was made earlier this month when Donald Sterling made voluntary visits to two neurologists who conducted tests, including brain scans, the individual said.Though Donald Sterling is no longer a co-trustee of The Sterling Family Trust, he still retains his 50 percent ownership and still receives proceeds from the sale, the individual said.But Sterling, already a billionaire, seems uninterested in the cash. His lawsuit seeks the elimination of his lifetime ban from the NBA.“Mr. Sterling’s lawsuit is predictable, but entirely baseless,” NBA General Counsel Rick Buchanan said. “Among other infirmities, there was no ‘forced sale’ of his team by the NBA — which means his antitrust and conversion claims are completely invalid. Since it was his wife Shelly Sterling, and not the NBA, that has entered into an agreement to sell the Clippers, Mr. Sterling is complaining about a set of facts that doesn’t even exist.”The ownership hearing had been scheduled for June 3 after the NBA charged Sterling with damaging the league with his racist comments. A three-quarters vote of owners to support the charge would have terminated the Sterlings’ ownership, and the league would have sold the team.Ballmer said in a statement that he is honored to have his name submitted to the NBA for approval. The price has blown past previous offers for an NBA team.“Obviously, I saw $2 billion. That gave me a reaction,” said Miami Heat star LeBron James, who had been vocal in calling for both Sterlings to be out of the league. “… Any time a ‘B’ goes after a number, man, you already know that you’re talking about some real money.”Ballmer and investor Chris Hansen headed a group that agreed to a deal to buy the Kings from the Maloof family in January 2013 with the intention of moving the team to Seattle, where the SuperSonics played until 2008.But Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson lobbied the NBA for time to put together a bid to keep the team in California, and though the Ballmer-Hansen group later increased its offer, owners voted to deny the bid for relocation and the Kings were sold to Vivek Ranadive.Johnson, who has been advising the NBA Players Association in the wake of Sterling’s comments, praised Ballmer in a series of tweets.“When the Clips play next season, players will be proud to wear the logo on their chest & fans will be proud to cheer for their hometown team,” Johnson wrote.___By Tami Abdollah. AP Basketball Writers Brian Mahoney and Tim Reynolds contributed to this report.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Risk of falling ice closes CN Tower for the fourth consecutive day

first_imgTORONTO – The CN Tower is closed for a fourth consecutive day due to the risk of ice falling from the Toronto landmark.The downtown attraction was first closed on Monday after chunks of ice fell onto streets and buildings below.“We are all working around the clock to monitor the situation,” officials with the CN Tower said in an email Thursday. “Based on this morning’s inspection, the majority of the ice has come off the tower and the situation has improved considerably.”However, officials said for safety reasons, the CN Tower will remain closed until “further notice.”“Our top priority is the safety of guests, employees and neighbours and we continue to collaborate with the authorities and our partners,” they said.The falling ice has affected traffic and neighbouring businesses, including Ripley’s Aquarium, which has also been closed since Monday.“If you’re wondering how our animals are doing through the closure — rest assured they’re safe,” Ripley’s Aquarium said in a tweet Thursday. “Our husbandry team has been hard at work to ensure they’re fed and thriving.”The tumbling ice also made a hole in the roof of the nearby Rogers Centre on Monday, forcing the cancellation of a baseball game between the Toronto Blue Jays and the Kansas City Royals.The stadium opened for games Tuesday, but certain entranced were blocked off.The closures come following a weekend ice storm that hit much of southern Ontario, causing widespread power outages, as well as hundreds of collisions and flight cancellations in the region.last_img read more

Two Places To Buy Christmas Trees In Wilmington

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Looking to purchase your Christmas tree in Wilmington? Residents have TWO local options this holiday season.Beginning Friday, November 23:Where: Wilmington United Methodist Church, 87 Church StreetWhen: Thursdays & Fridays: 4pm to 8pm, Saturdays: 9am to 8pm, Sundays: 10am to 6pmWho Benefits: Proceeds go towards various causes supported by the church’s Outreach CommitteeBeginning Saturday, December 1:Where: Colonial Plaza (As Good As It Gets parking lot), 35 Lowell StreetWhen: Weekends: 10am-8pm; Weekdays: 4pm-9pmWho Benefits: Boy Scout Troop 56 of WilmingtonNote: Selling BOTH trees & wreathsLike Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Related2 Places To Buy Christmas Trees In WilmingtonIn “Community”Two Places To Buy Christmas Trees In WilmingtonIn “Community”Two Places To Buy Christmas Trees In WilmingtonIn “Community”last_img read more

Nintendo Wii Us death spiral continues as Amazon Prime Video pulls support

first_img Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Sarah Tew/CNET JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) Share your voice Tags $6 at Tidal $999 Read Lenovo Smart Clock review TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express Amazon Prime Amazon Nintendo,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Even though Nintendo’s successor console, the Switch, outsold the Wii U long ago, it still doesn’t support Prime Video or Netflix. Amazon didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment on that.Nintendo unveiled a bunch of new Switch models in recent weeks — a version with better battery life arrives in August and the portable-only Switch Lite is coming in September. A Disney-themed special edition console will be available in Japan as well. Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Read the AirPods review Turo Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. See It Sarah Tew/CNET 29 Photos Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. The Amazon Prime Video app won’t work on Nintendo Wii U starting Sept. 26. Sarah Tew/CNET You won’t be able to use Amazon’s Prime Video app on Nintendo Wii U game console starting Sept. 26, the e-commerce giant said Wednesday in an email. Amazon said it can’t keep supporting “certain” devices as it upgrades its service, and Nintendo has long admitted that Wii U was a failure.Amazon offered to make it up to Wii U users by handing out a $25 credit promo code they can apply to Amazon streaming devices Fire TV Stick, its 4K sibling or Fire TV Cube until Nov. 1. $155 at Google Express Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) Share your voice The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. Read Google Home Hub review Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. See It $520 at HP $60 at Best Buy Nintendo Switch Lite first impressions Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) Tags $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express $59 at eBay $999 Best Buy $999 $210 at Best Buy An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. Commentscenter_img CNET may get a commission from retail offers. The Cheapskate 8:34 2 Read DJI Osmo Action preview Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) $999 Boost Mobile Rylo What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. $299 at Amazon Read the Rylo camera preview Consoles Internet Services TV and Movies DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. Sprint See at Turo I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. Now playing: Watch this: Amazon Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. See It Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. See at Amazon Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) Angela Lang/CNET Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). See it Apple iPhone XS 7 HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) Sarah Tew/CNET The 29 best games on the Nintendo Switch Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Turo: Save $30 on any car rental Chris Monroe/CNET Sarah Tew/CNET Commentslast_img read more

Large section of persons arrested by ACC are govt officials

first_imgA large section of persons arrested in drives conducted by the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) over the last three years are government officials.These accused officials are serving in the departments of land administration, finance, health, education, electricity, gas, passports, banks, WASA, customs, roads and transport.The commission, after Iqbal Mahmud took office as its chair in 2016, detained 641 persons. Among them, 361 were government officials while 141 bank and insurance officials, 75 businessmen, and 31 politicians.Transparency International Bangladesh’s (TIB) 2018 household survey said around Tk 106.89 billion were exchanged in bribes.It also identified the law enforcement as the most corrupted institution in the country while the passport office, BRTA, judicial service and land services followed.According to the TI corruption index, corruption rose in 2018. In 2017, Bangladesh ranked 17th on the most corrupted countries’ list while it ranked 13th this year. ACC sources said, around 2.1 millions allegations were received through the ACC hotline in the last 20 months. Other than this, a total 17,000 written complaints were filed with the commission in 2018 while the number was 17,983 in 2017, and 13,000 in 2016, and 10,415 in 2015. More than half of the allegations were brought against government officials.”As the ACC deals with embezzlement of government funds, corruption and bribery, it is only natural to receive more allegations against government officials,” ACC commissioner (investigation) Mozammel Haque Khan said, adding, “Though bribery is more common among the government officials, corruption involving larger sums of money takes place more outside.”Following allegations received through hotline, ACC conducted drives at government hospitals, BRTA, Titas Gas, WASA, RAJUK, airlines, civil aviation, LGRD, REB. Since September 2017, 40 government officials were suspended by the ACC enforcement team and 45 were detained so far. Also, 7.1 million taka which exchanged hands illegally, had been returned.The commission also set up 50 traps to catch 50 government officials. Two chief engineers of the shipping department and Ansar commandant Ashikur Rahman were among persons detained in such sting operations.Corruption has increased as there is hardly any precedence of punishment for corruption, TIB executive director Iftekharuzzaman said. Over the last three years, top government officials, bankers, representatives were among the detainees. In 2016, a number of 388 persons were arrested while 182 and 57 were arrested respectively in 2017 and 2018. This year 14 persons have been arrested so far.The arrest spree declined somewhat following the public service 2018. According to the act, the concerned authority’s permission is required before arresting any government official even if they commit a criminal offence while in service.Prominent among those arrested over the last three years by ACC are chairman of the Farmers Bank audit committee Mahbubul Haque Chisty, chairman of AB Bank M Wahidul Haque, Citycell CEO Mehbub Chowdhury, former RAJUK chairman Iqbal Uddin Chowdhury, National University proctor HM Tayehid Jaman, Hallmark Group chairman Jesmin Islam, former coastguard director general Shafiq Ur Rahman, Partex Group director Shawkat Aziz Russel, former director of the passport directorate Munshi Muyeed Ikram, former Agrani Bank managing director Mizanur Rahman Khan and others.last_img read more

Fixing Michigans roadways will take innovation

first_img03May Fixing Michigan’s roadways will take innovation Categories: Annette Glenn News,Glenn News By state Rep. Annette Glenn of Williams TownshipGovernor Whitmer’s proposed 45-cent per gallon gas tax ran her 2019-20 state budget off the road in Lansing and nothing – including her threat to shut down state government unless lawmakers agree – will pull it out of the ditch. The Mackinac Center for Public Policy calculates Whitmer’s tax increase will severely damage our economy, eliminating 22,500 private sector jobs. It will hit those who can least afford it the hardest: seniors and other citizens living on fixed incomes, working families, college students and our ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) population. An April poll by Marketing Resource Group found 75 percent of Michigan voters oppose Whitmer’s tax hike—89 percent of Republicans, 78 percent of Independents and even 58 percent of her fellow Democrats.   In the fall of 2015, the Legislature approved a sweeping plan intended to provide a long-lasting solution to Michigan’s road funding crisis. The initiative will not be fully phased in until 2021, adding $1.2 billion per year to road repairs through new and existing revenue. In addition to the increased funding from 2015, the Legislature in recent years – through responsible budgeting – has committed even more resources to accelerate road repairs. All combined, Michigan is making record-high investments in road repairs and is expected to spend $4 billion in 2019. It’s evident if we are to truly repair our state’s roadways, it’s going to take more than just throwing record amounts of money at the problem. It’s going to take innovation. Americans have managed to build a rover that lasted 15 years on Mars, yet we can’t construct roads that hold up longer than a few years before needing to be repaired in Michigan? We all understand the impact freeze-thaw cycles and the punishing winters have on our roadways.  It gives us all the more reason to explore new options on types of asphalt mixtures and to find longer-lasting solutions. If you look at other states, you will find Dow Chemical is currently creating a new use for post-consumer recycled plastic to pave roads. While deeming the project a success and will take more years of evaluations, the preliminary results look promising. Drivers rolling atop an asphalt mixture composed of discarded shopping bags could be mainstream. If Michigan were to follow suit on this, we wouldn’t just be finding a cheaper remedy for our roadways – we would be finding a use for the millions of pounds of plastic that would otherwise be clogging our communities’ landfills. Another innovative asphalt mixture even uses old tires! We can be proactive in finding common-sense and fiscally responsible solutions to improve our roads. That begins by using existing tax dollars entrusted to us in the most efficient and effective methods possible, so we don’t further burden Michigan drivers and their families with even more taxes. As your state representative, I encourage people to reach out with ideas. You can also watch the House Transportation Committee at http://www.house.mi.gov/htv.asp to follow the progress of this discussion.  If you have suggestions on road funding or any other state-related issue, please contact my office at (517)-373-1791 or AnnetteGlenn@house.mi.gov.last_img read more

Tvinci will exhibit at IBC on stand 3C46

first_imgTvinci will exhibit at IBC on stand 3.C46 Pay-OTT Platform provider Tvinci will showcase its fully-deployed social and personal OTT 2.0 platform at IBC.Tvinci said it will demo the platform in a bid to show how pay TV operators, telecoms operators and media companies can create personalised, social pay-TV experiences for consumers across a range of connected devices.“We are the first platform provider to give media companies and operators the ability to manage each end user within the household. This enables consumers to enjoy a personal TV service with favourites, social newsfeeds, notifications and many other features which can only be deployed once we have an understanding of each individual’s preferences, social interactions and viewing history,” said Ido Wiesenberg, co-founder and VP business development, Tvinci.Tvinci’s OTT 2.0 platform is currently being deployed by telecoms and TV operators including Eutelsat, who will be rolling out a wholesale deployment for 300 affiliate companies, Chellomedia with their Film1 Go offering in the Netherlands and MediaCorp, which uses Tvinci to power its cross-device lifestyle service, Toggle.last_img read more