Trump withdraws Warriors invitation to White House

first_imgOSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson “Going to the White House is considered a great honor for a championship team. Stephen Curry is hesitating, therefore invitation is withdrawn!” Trump wrote.It was not immediately clear if the White House had formally extended an invitation to the Warriors to attend the reception, a tradition that goes back several decades.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogSpeaking on Friday, Curry said the Warriors could make a “statement” by declining to attend the White House reception if an invite was offered.“Obviously, you don’t wanna rush to a decision on understanding the magnitude of what this means,” Curry told ESPN. “We have an opportunity to send a statement that hopefully encourages unity, encourages us to appreciate what it means to be American, and stand for something.” How to help the Taal evacuees “Steph: consider this withdrawal a badge of honor!” NBAPA executive director Michele Roberts wrote on Twitter.Warriors players have been among the most outspoken against Trump’s administration.Last month, NBA Finals MVP Kevin Durant said he would boycott the White House if the Warriors were invited, accusing Trump of escalating racial tensions in the United States.“Nah, I won’t do that,” Durant told ESPN when asked whether he would attend the White House.“I don’t respect who’s in office right now…I don’t agree with what he agrees with, so my voice is going to be heard by not doing that.”Durant said he expected many teammates would follow suit. “That’s just me personally, but if I know my guys well enough, they’ll all agree with me,” Durant said, saying he believed Trump bore responsibility for stoking racial divisions.“He’s definitely driving it,” Durant said. “I feel ever since he’s got into office, or since he ran for the presidency, our country has been so divided and it’s not a coincidence. When (Barack) Obama was in office, things were looking up. We had so much hope in our communities where I come from because we had a black president, and that was a first.“So to see that and to be where we are now, it just felt like we took a turn for the worse, man. It all comes from who is in the administration. It comes from the top.”Trump a ‘blowhard’Warriors coach Steve Kerr has also been one of Trump’s most searing critics from within the ranks of the NBA, describing him as a “blowhard.”“Frankly, I think it’s why Trump couldn’t be more ill-suited to be president, because he’s a blowhard,” Kerr said earlier this year. Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry, left, talks with Kevin Durant, right, in the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Dallas Mavericks on Tuesday, March 21, 2017, in Dallas. APLOS ANGELES, United States — President Donald Trump said Saturday he was withdrawing a White House invitation to the Golden State Warriors after several players on the NBA championship-winning side voiced misgivings about attending a reception.Writing on Twitter, Trump singled out Warriors star Stephen Curry, who on Friday had signaled that he would vote against attending the White House reception in any team discussion.ADVERTISEMENT Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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None of that… To be a great leader, there have to be some qualities in there.“Has anyone ever thought that Donald Trump was a great leader?” /cbbSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Outspoken WarriorsSpeaking at the Warriors media day later Friday, Curry said simply: “I don’t wanna go.”Cleveland Cavaliers superstar LeBron James meanwhile took aim at Trump’s withdrawn invite.“U bum @StephenCurry30 already said he ain’t going! So therefore ain’t no invite,” James wrote on Twitter.“Going to White House was a great honor until you showed up!”The NBA Players Association also rallied swiftly behind Curry.ADVERTISEMENT It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ View commentslast_img read more

Andray Blatche, Mark Barroca return to Gilas pool for final World Cup qualifying window

first_imgIn fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netThe Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas on Tuesday announced the Philippines’ 14-man pool for the sixth and final window of the Fiba World Cup Asian qualifiers next month.Andray Blatche will be back as Gilas Pilipinas’ naturalized player with Fil-German big man Christian Standhardinger as the backup.ADVERTISEMENT Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup 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 Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Aside from Blatche the latest additions to the pool are Mark Barroca, Roger Pogoy and Raymond Almazan.“We are also happy to announce that Andray Blatche has committed to help our drive to qualify for the FIBA World Cup in China,” said Panlilio, adding that Blatche is expected to arrive first week of February.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 ChrissJayson Castro, Paul Lee, Scottie Thompson, Marcio Lassiter, Gabe Norwood, Troy Rosario, Japeth Aguilar, Poy Erram, June Mar Fajardo complete the pool.Gilas Pilipinas, which went 1-3 in its last four games, plays Qatar on February 21 and Kazakhstan on February 25 both on the road and are must-win.center_img Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra MOST READ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Kings overcome Damian Lillard’s 35 to frustrate Trail Blazers Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college View commentslast_img read more

Boxers’ House of Shame

first_imgThe national boxing gym is next to the Sports Commission, on Broad Street in Monrovia. A signboard announces to the visitor what is done there with significant finality: BABY JOE’S HOUSE OF PAIN.While the signboard evidently remembers one of Liberia’s boxing coaches, it nonetheless emphasizes, after a brief visit to the gym, what is all wrong in developing an effective boxing program to complement the country’s youth who are bent on improving on their image as boxers.“We train every day and every year,” commented welterweight George Henchman, “but nothing good happens to boxing and as a result it is dragged to the ground.”While Henchman’s statement tells in clear terms the ugly fate of boxing in Liberia, he hopes for proper material and financial support this year and what cannot be lost on us is the failure of the Liberia Boxing Association to have joined the fight against Ebola virus disease due to current ineffective administration.“If no one is interested in boxing,” Henchman told the Daily Observer during unannounced visit yesterday morning, “we are still here and praying that something positive could happen this year.” Though he has only hope of any positive change, sports officials have complained that the insidious Ebola virus disease has affected Liberia’s progress in several fronts, including support to sports.Reports have also indicated that even the U$500,000.00 previously allocated to the national soccer team, Lone Star, is halved, leading LFA officials to express challenges that are inherent in the team’s progress.Though boxing, like track and field, taekwondo, lawn tennis and table tennis, never received adequate financial support from past governments and that unfairness has continued to today, the brazen neglect of boxing has made many a boxing fan to wonder why.Sports officials are unable to give reason about the poor financial support to boxing, along with others considered as minor sports. And this suggests the clear neglect of those responsible to ensure that boxing too gains respect in Liberia.To imagine that Liberia as a nation does not have a boxing ring for its boxers to practice their sport is to question the responsibility of those charged to develop the sport. For the last three years, boxing has remained dormant in Liberia in every aspect of the game. “There used to be many boxers here,” Henchman told the Observer, “now they have all abandoned training.” Except those diehard ones, Henchman noted, who still hope something good could come in the end. Hence, the aptly described ‘House of Shame’ that at least should awaken somebody at the Ministry of Youth & Sports to provide some answers to boxer George Henchman and his colleagues about why the repeated neglect of boxing. And for God’s sake, don’t blame Ebola for this one, please!!!“We’re in a new year,” Henchman said, “and we don’t know if someone will listen to us and get us a boxing ring and other necessary gear.” And it is a wonder if the Ministry of Youth & Sports knows about the future of boxing in 2015.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Health, Electricity, Roads Top SDG Awareness

first_imgStudents at the ongoing SDGs awareness MFDP targets 60,000 studentsThe director of the Monitoring and Evaluation Unit at the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning (MFDP), D. Emmanuel Williams, II, said health, electricity, roads and education are among the other top priorities of students across the country on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Africa 2063.The SDG was formally launched in Liberia in 2016 as a means to end poverty and hunger,  improve nutrition, and to ensure inclusive quality education for all Liberians. The government’s priority works with the popular agenda, “Leave no one behind.”Against this backdrop, employees of the Budget and Development Department at MFDP have been taking the goals of the SDG to students  for assessment.At Thursday’s event, a cross section of students from various schools in Brewerville, Central Monrovia and Barnersville communities expressed appreciation for the SDGs. They expressed the hope that current and future governments will see reason to implement their objectives.Students have begun appreciating the SDGs, which were initiated to meet the needs of the current generation without reducing the ability of future generations to meet their needs.Following the meeting with employees of the MFDP at the Brewerville City Hall, students of Nathan E. Gibson Memorial High School and others said they were coming across literature on the working document of the SDG for the first time.“I think this is good for our country. Actually, this working document is good for  us young people,” Moses Peter of Paynesville Community High School told the Daily Observer at Thursday’s ceremony.Earlier, the students engaged the MFDP employees with questions intended to clear some of their doubts about the SDGs.When the students asked about the achievements of the Agenda for Transformation, a component of the Ministry’s strategy for national development, the director for Plan Development and Coordination, P. Morris Kromah, named electricity, the county service stations, and the construction of additional schools across the country as some of the achievements.Mr. Kromah said even though many more achievements are needed to complete the SDGs, “those achievements are making positive impacts on the population, particularly the youth.”When asked about the achievements of the SDGs, Mr. Kromah said the SDGs have thus far not made much progress as anticipated, but said much of their implementation is left for the next government.“What we are doing is to prepare something for the next government. But for now we are doing fragility assessment and then pass it over to the next government,” Mr. Kromah told the students.D. Emmanuel Williams, II, Director for Monitoring and Evaluation Unit at the Ministry of Finance and Development PlanningMr. Williams said Liberia has committed itself to domesticate both SDGs and Africa 2063, thereby carrying out awareness to get the people’s input.As part of the domestication, he said, “Liberia as a country has decided to implement one plan, which is to develop the national plan and incorporate SDGs relevant to Liberia and Africa.“It’s important for the citizens to know what the SDGs are and their importance to Liberia, and how Liberia can domesticate them. The current campaign targets students, unlike the previous awareness that captured everyone, including business people, students and others,” Director Williams said.Sidiki Quisia, Officer-In-Charge of the SDGs at the MFDP, said the goals address the needs of people in Liberia and other developing countries, emphasizing that no one should be left behind.He said the agenda addresses three dimensions of sustainable development: social, economic and environmental, as well as important aspects related to peace, justice and effective institutions.Mr. Quisia said the 17 SDGs build on the eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which specifically aim to eradicate extreme poverty and hunger; achieve universal primary education; promote gender equality and empower women. Its other goals are to reduce child mortality; improve maternal health; combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases; ensure environmental sustainability; and develop a global partnership for development.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Enerplex to add bleachers

first_imgPhoto: The first floor of the Enerplex will get some bleachers, after the City received a $22,000 grant – File photoA recently announced $22,000 grant will add extra bleachers to the Enerplex in Fort St. John.City Manager Dianne Hunter made the announcement at the regular City Council meeting on Monday afternoon.- Advertisement -But, Director of Facilities & Protective Services Jim Rogers says it’s unknown how many bleachers will be purchased, because the City wants some of that money to go to increased accessibility.[asset|aid=2106|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=d46cd7b540d4ec3bbfd09f40f30b32c4-Jim Rogers 1_3_Pub.mp3]The funding is through a ‘Rink Grant’ from the Northern Development Initiative Trust.Meanwhile, during the routine Enerplex update, Rogers said a compliance team from Vancouver will be visiting the facility on Tuesday. The team will inspect the building and make sure the City is getting its money’s worth. Although paving is set for sometime next year, Rogers says the front parking lot is nearing completion.Advertisement So far, only the first floor is open to the public. [asset|aid=2107|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=d46cd7b540d4ec3bbfd09f40f30b32c4-Jim Rogers 2_4_Pub.mp3]Rogers says the padding of the oval is in production, and the first of six padding shipments begin next week.The City announced last month that the official grand opening of the facility will be postponed until September of 2010. City Manager Dianne Hunter says, so far, the plan to phase-in the opening of sections in the Enerplex has been successful.[asset|aid=2108|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=d46cd7b540d4ec3bbfd09f40f30b32c4-Dianne Hunter 1_2_Pub.mp3]Advertisementlast_img read more

Energy Minister says court cases won’t affect Site C construction

first_imgJoe Foy, supporter of the court cases and member of the Wilderness Committee, says it’s “mind-blowing” that Minister Bennett would “bumble forward” with the project.Follow this link to read the entire Globe and Mail report. “As far as I’m concerned, they’re starting construction soon – in the summer,” Minister Bennett said during the gathering – declining to cite a specific start date.There’s been contention surrounding Site C since it’s been formally in the works, and now the Peace Valley Landowners Association and Treaty 8 First Nations – among others – are trying to block construction in B.C. Supreme Court.Constructing the $8.8 billion dam involves flooding a portion of the Peace River to create an 83-kilometre-long reservoir. More than 5,500 hectares of land is expected to be flooded, according to an environmental impact statement. This will result in First Nations heritage sites being washed out, as well as approximately 20 families being forced to move.- Advertisement -The province says Site C will produce enough energy to power 450,000 homes once completed in 2024.The Landowners Association’s court case is set for April 20, 2015 while the Treaty 8 case is being heard on April 23, 2015.Minster Bennett did however backtrack a bit on his aforementioned statement while talking to reporters – saying he’s “cautiously optimistic.”Advertisementlast_img read more

FBI site targets corrupt officials

first_imgSAN DIEGO – The FBI has established a Web site to make it easier for the public to pass along tips on corrupt government officials, FBI Director Robert Mueller said Thursday. More than 1,000 corrupt government employees have been convicted in the last two years as a result of FBI investigations, many of which begin with tips, Mueller said. While there are 2,200 federal, state and local public corruption cases pending, Mueller said even more went unreported out of indifference, fear of retribution or because witnesses were unsure what to do with the information. “There is a growing intolerance by the American people of public corruption – an intolerance reflected in the willingness to come forward and report abuse of public office,” he said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsMembers of the public can now submit tips through the Internet at Public corruption became the FBI’s top criminal investigative priority following the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, Mueller said during a speech in San Diego, a city he said showed the results of the FBI’s focus on wrongdoing by elected officials. Former San Diego-area Congressman Randy “Duke” Cunningham pleaded guilty last year to accepting $2.4 million in bribes from defense contractors in return for government contracts. He was sentenced in March to more than eight years in prison. FBI investigations also led to the conviction of a former city councilman and the indictment of several former members and officials of the board overseeing San Diego’s pension fund.last_img read more

Red Hughs host Junior Strictly Come Dancing this Friday night

first_imgRed Hughs Clubnotes 17/10/2016Lotto & 100+ Club Results 13/10/2016Numbers Drawn 7,2,3,8,5,4,6,1There was no winning sequence, Lucky Dip winner Eamon Mc Cormick Owengaoragh €30Next weeks jackpot is €2000This weeks winner of the 100+ Club was number 56 Stephen Browne The Cross €100Thanks to everyone for your continued support.Bucket CollectionThe bucket collection in aid of the Caolan Melaugh Fund at Sundays County Final managed to raise €1,620. We would like to thank everyone who helped out on the day and anyone who donated to this very important cause. Junior Strictly Come DancingThe junior strictly come dancing will take place in Jackson’s Hotel Ballybofey on Friday the 21st of October with doors opening at 7:30pm and show starting at 8pm.This is a Night not to be missed. Thirteen young couples will battle it out to see who will be King and Queen of the dance floor. Tickets now on sale in Bradley’s shop or from any of the dancers. Under 16 Tickets €6 Adult Tickets €15U16 BoysRed Hugh’s U16 boys exited the championship at the quarter final stage on Sunday. This was always going to be a tough battle for the boys against a strong, physical good footballing Malin side. Malin got off to a blistering start kicking 4 unanswered points before Red Hugh’s got off the mark through James Callaghan after some excellent play from Tiarnan Kelly and Dylan Lafferty in creating the chance for James to convert. Red Hugh’s then got the next score of the boot of Jack Bradley and then had calls for a penalty where Jack Gillespie was pulled down. The referee judged it to be outside the box with Jack Gillespie converting the free. With 20 minutes gone the scores lay at 5 points to 3 with all to play for. In the last 10 minutes of the half Malin hit a purple patch again and pushed into a 11 point lead through a goal and some well taken points. Half time score Red Hugh’s 0-3 to 1-11.With all to do in the second half for Red Hugh’s and typical of the character in this team they came out fighting in the second half outscoring Malin in this half with points from Jack Gillespie and a penalty converted by Darragh. Final Score Red Hugh’s 1-04 Malin 1-14. Overall the boys can be proud of their season but will be disappointed in missing out in some silverware. Ryan, Damien, Gerard and Ciaran would like to thank the boys for their effort/commitment throughout the year and no doubt this group of players have big futures ahead of them. Book LaunchThe launch of Donal Reids new book ‘Confessions of a Gaelic Footballer’ will take place in the Abbey Hotel, Donegal Town on Saturday, 22nd October at 8pm. There is a bus leaving The Cross at 6:30 pm on the night. All proceeds from the sale of the publication will go towards Pieta House.Fundraiser MatchTickets for the Cappry Rovers v Red Hughs first half soccer second half gaelic match in aid of the Caolan Melaugh Fund are now available from any senior team players or from Bradleys Shop, the tickets are €5. The match is taking place in Cappry Park on Sunday the 30th of October with kick off at 6:30pm. There are refreshments and an auction in the Roadhouse Bar afterwards at 9pm You can also donate at the gate on the night.Online ShopRed Hugh’s online shop is now available to all in time for the Christmas shopping. More styles will be added as O’Neills update their range for the coming year.…/…/ireland/red-hughs.html  Red Hughs host Junior Strictly Come Dancing this Friday night was last modified: October 18th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare 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:GAARED HUGHS.Sportlast_img read more

Man United fan Gary Neville’s simple solution to Paul Pogba

first_img Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade It doesn’t appear likely that Paul Pogba will stick around at Manchester United for long and Gary Neville thinks the club will be fine without him.The midfielder has a fractious relationship with his manager, Jose Mourinho, and has been given subtle hints about an eventual exit – ‘dickhead behaviour’ according to boxer and United fan Anthony Crolla. Pogba’s future at Manchester United is uncertain England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won Neville spent his entire playing career at Manchester United Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? possible standings Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card REVEALED Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won huge blow Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City 3 Most popular Premier League news silverware Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars REVEALED no dice smart causal gameday cracker tense “If I was still in that dressing room giving personal advice it would be, ‘Paul, it’s obvious you want to play somewhere else but be professional. Don’t be someone who is seen as a mercenary or a mutineer. You don’t need to do that.’“So there are four ways to look at it — pundit, owner, fan, a personal word.” Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Pogba was linked with moves away in the summer, with Barcelona striker Luis Suarez claiming he would be welcome at the Camp Nou, though the World Cup winner insists it is just talk.“My future is currently in Manchester, I still have a contract, I’m playing there at the moment, but who knows what will happen in the next few months,” he said.And when asked if he had a tense relationship with Mourinho, Pogba nodded before replying: “We have a pure coach-player relationship, that’s right.“One thing I can assure you: I will always give 100 per cent, no matter which coach I always give everything for United – I can not say more.” shining 3 Speaking about the player, Sky Sports pundit Neville, a United fan and former player said: “Neville the pundit on Pogba would say, ‘He’s a talented player but I want to see more consistency and leadership,’” he told The Times.“As a fan, honestly, part of me is that no one is bigger than the club and I am not interested in people who are looking left and right.“So Paul, if you want to go play somewhere else, let’s make that work for you because Manchester United will be fine, don’t worry about that.“The owner in me would do what United are doing at the moment, saying he is not for sale. They have to protect their asset but privately they might be doing a deal because they want to get their £90 million back. Neville now works for Sky Sports and is a well respected football pundit How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures 3last_img read more


first_imgA man has been quizzed by Gardai after a woman claimed she was sexually assaulted.The alleged incident happened this week in Milford.The woman contacted Gardai and made a formal complaint against the man. He was arrested and was interviewed by Gardai.He was later released without charge.A file on the matter has been prepared and is to be sent to the Director of Public Prosecutions.The DPP will decide if a case is to be brought before the courts.MAN QUIZZED BY GARDAI AFTER SEXUAL ASSAULT CLAIM was last modified: August 30th, 2013 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:GardaiMilfordsexual assaultlast_img read more