Greek federation angrily condemns slur of NBA draft pick

first_imgATHENS, Greece (AP) – Greece’s basketball federation condemned remarks by the leader of an extreme right Greek political party who likened a recent NBA draft pick to a “chimpanzee.”The federation on Thursday described the remarks aimed at Giannis Antetokounmpo as “unacceptable and racist.”Antetokounmpo, an 18-year-old Greek shooting guard and the son of Nigerian immigrants, was selected by the Milwaukee Bucks. He was received this week in Athens by conservative Prime Minister Antonis Samaras.Nikolaos Michaloliakos, the leader of the far-right Golden Dawn party, likened the 6-foot-9 player to a “chimpanzee” during a television interview Tuesday.Antetokounmpo was selected 15th in the 60-player NBA draft on June 27. He was seen celebrating the news at the Barclays Center in New York, crossing himself in the Orthodox Christian fashion, waving a Greek flag and hugging family members.Golden Dawn has seen a recent surge in support as Greece endures a sixth year of recession. The party has mounted an aggressive campaign against illegal immigration and the austerity measures imposed under the country’s bailout program.In elections last year, the party won 18 seats in the 300-member parliament, and is currently the third-strongest in opinion polls.Prime Minister Samaras has frequently described Golden Dawn as “neo-Nazis.” It is a label which the party rejects, though leading members of Golden Dawn have in the past openly expressed admiration for Adolf Hitler and denied the Holocaust occurred.Samaras said he felt “great emotion” at his meeting this week with Antetokounmpo and his parents.“I thank you for honoring our national colors,” he said. “I hope you drive them crazy with your slam dunks. … All of Greece is so excited for you.” Milwaukee Bucks first-round draft pick Giannis Antetokounmpo speaks at a news conference June 28, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)last_img read more

After 32 years, UP makes it back to the UAAP Finals on skipper Desiderio’s heroics

first_imgIt was a game that will live long in the memory for University of the Philippines. Brave and resilient when it mattered, the Fighting Maroons ended a 32-year wait for a shot at the biggest prize in college basketball in the country.ADVERTISEMENT After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Adamson briefly took the lead with a Jonathan Espeleta split, before Desiderio nailed a wide open trey with 41 seconds remaining for an 87-85 lead.After Lastimosa’s two free throws, the Maroons put the ball in Desiderio’s hands and UP’s leader, who missed 16 of his first 19 shots, cemented his status as a legend with the shot that iced the final count.Gomez de Liaño fired a career-high 30 points, while Desiderio finished with 16 points and 11 rebounds. Hobbling in the second half, Akhuetie tallied 13 points and grabbed 17 rebounds.“This team will fight no matter what,” said Perasol. “The first overtime, a lot of us wanted to give up.“I told them this was a bridge we needed to cross in order to be considered a successful program,” said Perasol. “This was the bridge to greatness that we needed to cross.”The Maroons will have little time to prepare as they face the Eagles in Game 1 on Saturday at Mall of Asia Arena. This early, Perasol said he is embracing the underdog tag for his team.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom 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 View comments Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. In front of a mammoth crowd of almost 21,000, the Fighting Maroons outlasted the Adamson Falcons, 89-87, in overtime on Wednesday night to earn the right to face defending champion Ateneo in UAAP Season 81 finals at Smart Araneta Coliseum.All those winless seasons and heartbreaking defeats in recent years made the night even more meaningful for the UP faithful as Paul Desiderio, who made the game’s last five points, stood in front of the maroon gallery with his hands up in victory. At the far end of the court, coach Bo Perasol and his players fought back tears.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 Chriss“The burden is not winning the game, it’s all about making an impact on a community that is hungry for winning,” said Perasol. “For 30 years, we have been the butt of jokes. A lot of our alumni in UP are successful in politics, business and judiciary, but the basketball team didn’t have the bragging rights. We needed a moment that could unite them in a way.”For a change, it was tears of joy for the Maroons, who rode Juan Gomez de Liaño’s early explosion, before turning to Desiderio for the biggest shots down the stretch. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gamers’ time to rise: Esports now a regular event in SEAG Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Desiderio nailed the jumper from nine feet out over Sean Manganti with six seconds remaining as the Maroons completed their stunning reversal over the Falcons, who entered the Final Four with a twice-to-beat edge. That advantage was erased last Saturday when Bright Akhuetie hit the game-winner in a 73-71 victory.“I’m very, very happy especially since I am graduating already,” Desiderio said in Filipino. “Whatever chance we have in the Finals, we’re going to grab it.”Both teams traded big shots in regulation with Adamson guard Jerom Lastimosa sending the game into overtime by banking in a three-pointer with 2.6 seconds remaining.The Falcons took an 84-78 lead but Diego Dario knocked in a jumper out of the timeout, Juan Gomez de Liaño scored on an acrobatic layup and Bright Akhuetie tied the game at 84.But Diego Dario knocked in a jumper out of the timeout, Juan Gomez de Liano scored on an acrobatic layup and Bright Akhuetie tipped in a De Liano miss to tie the game at 84.ADVERTISEMENT Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazillast_img read more

Linden Mayor outlines plans for town

first_img– toll booth, reduction of debt major parts of agendaBy Utamu BelleNewly-elected Mayor of Linden Carwyn Holland has outlined a number of plans to improve conditions in the community, revealing that the re-establishment of the toll booth at Kara Kara forms part of the immediate agenda of the council.The mayor said he is presently putting the logistics in place to facilitate the return of the toll-booth which was ordered close under the previous administration.Mayor Carwyn HollandConstruction of a municipal mall is also part of initiatives the council is targeting. The council is also targeting other areas such as health, job creation, youth empowerment and community clean-up; however Holland disclosed that presently the municipality is faced with a bill of over $100 million, inherited from the previous administration.As a matter of fact the Council is still involved in a battle at the Linden Magistrate’s Court over National Insurance Scheme (NIS) and other monies owed.“My target is to get rid of this burden and free up the council a bit so that we can have space to pay increase salaries and I’m targeting next month. I’m hoping and praying that we can achieve that to raise salaries of the workers, even if by an incremental by next month”, he said.Job creation and youth empowermentCreating jobs in the community and promoting investments also form part of the top priorities of the newly-elected council, as outlined by Holland who indicated that already a company has expressed interest in setting up a massive computer store in Linden. This, he said can create jobs in the Information Technology sector however space for setting up the factory is an issue.“I’ve already had talks with Caricom and Caricom will be doing some training on entrepreneurship to help these young entrepreneurs who are struggling in Linden. We’re already in the process of inviting investors to come… We’re looking for space right now for some of these investors.”Youth empowerment is important, as he recalled students who travel on a daily basis to attend the University of Guyana. Holland said a section of the campus in the community would be bargained for, given the high costs associated with travel.“I personally am not satisfied with people working for under $55,000 per month. I am not happy about that at all and this is one of the reasons I’m working hard to see if we can bring business. I’m collaborating with Renis Morian, Regional Chairman; I’m working with Miss (Sandra) Adams of the CDC… with other stakeholders, the MP Jermaine Figueira and we’re trying to do several things…”, he saidHolland also spoke of a bottled water initiative which he hopes to see come to fruition.“Some of the water we see selling, they come from out of Guyana. We have so much water in Guyana, we can start producing bottled water in Linden and that is one of the projects we’re working on that we can get youths employed, through such a project and many other projects”.Clean-up campaignIn an effort to rebrand Linden, he said a cleanup is necessary, more so with observances such as Guyana’s 50th Independence anniversary, the town’s anniversary, as well as the 100th year of bauxite mining in the air. He said there are some old machinery at the Council which are not in working condition but help was sought from Bosai Minerals Group Guyana Incorporated (BMGGI) in having those repaired.“In the meanwhile, I argued and I begged the Government already, we’ll get some machines… within a couple of weeks or so to start some work in the town… We’re looking to de-bush many places, have the drainage going. The CIIP programme is going on. The DNI project will be returning… .”He added that works are also ongoing to re-establish the pound, following complaints by residents of stray animals.HealthThe mayor said he learnt that 90 per cent of patients receiving dialysis treatment in Georgetown are from Linden and as such he will be seeking to have the Linden Hospital furnished with the necessary equipment. He said he would be making this known at a meeting with the President and others.He outlined that a disadvantage for some people in outlying areas, is that they have to past through Linden to receive treatment in Georgetown, hence it is important to put proper healthcare systems in place in the community.Showcasing Linden’s rich heritage is also on the agenda as Holland noted that a programme would be crafted to encourage businesses to showcase the cultural and historical aspects of the town.But one of his immediate plans include building the self-esteem of people in an attempt to achieve maximum work output.last_img read more

Liberia’s Culture Ambassador Wants Citizens Embrace the Culture of Peace

first_imgLiberia’s Culture Ambassador, Juli EndeeAhead of Liberia’s 15th peace anniversary celebrations, the Executive Director of the Liberia Crusaders for Peace (LCP), Ambassador Juli Endee, has called on Liberians to embrace the culture of peace and denounce violence. Madam Endee said peace is a pivotal instrument of development and must be embraced by all Liberians.Speaking to journalists ahead of the Kukatonon peace festival, which will take place in Buchanan City, Grand Bassa County, the LCP boss said it is about time that all Liberians build up the real and practical spirit of patriotism as well as nationalism for their motherland.Despite the current economic situation in the country, Ambassador Endee is of the conviction that the people of this nation are ready and prepared to sustain and maintain the peace, evidenced by a 15-year uninterrupted peace that they now enjoy since the signing of the Accra Peace Accord on August 18, 2003.Peace, she told reporters, is not what people wish for. Rather, it is what they say, do and demonstrate. As such, she used the occasion to urge residents across the fifteen political subdivisions of Liberia to now demonstrate a true degree of love for each other and country, which she said would be a driving force to achieving  genuine peace.She commended President George Weah and former President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf for playing a key role towards the current peace that Liberians enjoy.As part of his immense contribution to Liberia’s peace process, President George Weah, during the official celebrations of the day, will walk away with the “ICON-OF-PEACE-MEDAL AWARD.”Meanwhile, activities leading to the celebration of the Kukatornon peace festival is said to be well on course, noted Madam Endee. On Wednesday, a special thanksgiving service will be held at the St. Peter’s Lutheran Church on 14th Street, in Sinkor.Rev. Christopher Toe, Secretary General of the Liberia Council of Churches, will deliver a special message, while the chief Imam of Liberia, Ali Krayee, will conduct a special thanksgiving service for the Muslim Community at the Benson Street Central Mosque.The historic fifteen years of uninterrupted peace in Liberia has superseded the dark fourteen years of armed conflict. As such, Ambassador Juli Endee encouraged all Liberians and residents of the land and beyond to come on Saturday, August 18, 2018, at 12 noon with a white handkerchief, cloth or any other white object as a sign of embracing the culture of peace and saying no to war.She at the same time called on Liberians to turn out in en masse on Saturday, August 18, 2018, in Buchanan City, Grand Bassa County, to attend an official ceremony where Dr. George Weah is expected to deliver a special peace message to the people of the land.Additionally, citizens and women’s groups from neighboring Sierra Leone, Ivory Coast and Guinea, including local women’s and youth’s groups in Liberia are expected to be in full attendance to grace the unique occasion.It may be be recalled that in 2003, in Accra, Ghana, women of this country, during the peace accord, were instrumental in working towards the  realization of the current peace of this nation. August 18, 2018, will mark exactly fifteen years since that historic decision was made.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Bar Association warns about rushing process

first_imgJudicial appointments…says action outside Constitution voidWhile encouraging both Government and the Opposition to work towards reaching a consensus, the Bar Council of the Guyana Bar Association (GBA) has warned that if President David Granger acts outside of the Constitution in appointing a Chancellor and a Chief Justice, then it would be void.The GBA reinforced that the appointment of the Chancellor and Chief Justice is governed by Article 127 of the Constitution of Guyana, the country’s supreme law, which states that these persons shall each be appointed by the President and in agreement with the Opposition Leader.Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo“Any action outside of the said Article 127 is unconstitutional, void, of no legal effect and would have embarrassing consequences,” the GBA said on Tuesday, while explaining that Article 127(1) of the Constitution, which reinforces that, is also clear in its meaning and effect.According to the Association, the current climate surrounding the offices of the Chancellor and Chief Justice is repugnant and shakes the public confidence in the legal system. “It further unfairly undermines the dignity of the offices and office holders,” the GBA opined.It was also noted that if for whatever reason the President and Opposition Leader cannot reach agreement under Article 127(1), only then is Article 127(2) is invoked. The GBA reminded that an acting appointment is made by the President after “meaningful consultation” with the Opposition Leader also.According to Article 127 (2) of the Constitution; “If the office of Chancellor or Chief Justice is vacant… then, until a person has been appointed…, those functions shall be performed by such other of the Judges as may be appointed by the President”.President David Granger“This has been done and therefore Article 127(2) has been fulfilled and exhausted. It is only if any of the provisos in the said Article 127(2) occur can it be invoked once again, failing which, the acting appointments continue until a substantive appointment can be made under Article 127(1),” the GBA added.The association therefore reasoned that acting Chancellor Yonette Cummings-Edwards and Chief Justice Roxane George cannot be removed and replaced by other acting appointees.Given the current circumstances surrounding this issue, the GBA has urged both parties to work to break the impasse and arrive at a consensual resolution, especially in keeping with the spirit and intent of Article 127 of the Constitution, which it reminded was amended from its original form to foster collaboration.Following Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo’s rejection of the nominees for the Chancellor of the Judiciary and Chief Justice posts, President David Granger has publicly stated that he wants to rid State offices of acting appointments, and as such, he will be meeting with his legal team to ascertain the way forward as it relates to the appointments of these two top judicial positions.Jagdeo in a letter addressed to the President, which was released to the media, said after having duly considered the nominations of Justice Kennett Benjamin and Justice Yonette Cummings-Edwards under Article 127 (2) of the Constitution, he was unable to offer his agreement for their appointments.His decision followed after a request was made to conduct background checks for one month. However, Jagdeo had since indicated his willingness to further engage the President on substantive appointments to these positions.But Minister of State Joseph Harmon had announced recently that President Granger could go ahead with the appointment of Justice Kennett Benjamin as Chancellor and Justice Cummings-Edwards as Chief Justice, as “Government will be relying on provisions within the Constitution going forward.”Harmon could not say whether the President will appoint his nominees in an acting or substantive role under those constitutional provisions.The President also said he does not believe that the courts should be “paralysed by the behaviour of one person,” referring to Jagdeo’s rejection of the nominees. Jagdeo has since responded to the President’s comments stating that he (President) is either being dishonest or losing his memory when it comes to the issue of substantive appointments of the key judicial positions.He recalled that Granger himself, who was leader of the then Opposition People’s National Congress (PNC) refused to agree to these very appointments of persons in those positions when the People’s Progressive Party/Civic was in office.The Opposition Leader accused the President of being the one who stymied the system for close to six years and only when he asked for one month; the blame has suddenly shifted to him.Given the Government’s insistence to have these appointments done, the Opposition has vowed to challenge any unconstitutional move by President Granger.last_img read more

Ogle Int’l Airport to be renamed today

first_img… NATA keeps up resistanceDetermined to fight till the end, the National Aircraft Transport Association (NATA) continues to protest the decision to rename the Ogle International Airport even as the official rebranding ceremony is set for today. In a public announcement, NATA noted with deep disappointment that the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) government blatantly ignored their pleas for a reconsideration of the decision to rename the Airport after Guyana’s first Public Transport Minister Eugene Correia, a name which coincides with that of the Chairman of the Ogle Airport Inc. Michael Correia.According to NATA, this will add to the already filled vessel of complaints regarding anti-competitive behaviour of the Board of Ogle Airport Inc.Ogle International AirportThe Private Sector Commission (PSC) recently came out and supported this position.However government has totally disregarded those concerns, insisting it does not need approval from the aircraft operators on the renaming of the facility.NATA is made up of nine operators of the ten aircraft owners, accounting for 90 per cent of the aircraft located at the Ogle Airport and for this reason, the organisation is deeply worried that the government refused to hold consultations with them on the matter.Moreover, NATA pointed out that the rash decision to rename the airport will result in unnecessary expenses.It contended that a name change requires coordination and cooperation by all concerned since every billboard, statutory and other paraphernalia will need to be adjusted accordingly, at costs some of which will have to be borne by government.NATA said it plans to do all in its power to influence the reversal of the renaming. Already, the body has matters pending before the High Court and the Court of Appeal.Meanwhile, the renaming ceremony of the Ogle Airport is slated to commence at 17:00h today during which President David Granger and Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson will be delivering remarks.Last year when the issue first surfaced, President Granger met with a group after the proposal met strong objections from most of the airline operators who work out of the Ogle Airport. They pointed to the fact that one of the airlines at Ogle, Trans Guyana, is owned by the Correia Group and that group’s owner is already the Chairman of the Airport.last_img read more

Council discusses Farmers Advocate initiative with Ministry

first_imgNortheast B.C. may soon have an Independent Farmers Advocate.The Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources is looking to provide a provincial service for rural residents, industry and government. The Independent Farmers Advocate would resolve problems and emphasize facilitation, negotiation or mediation. Meanwhile, the advocate would provide an independent gateway to existing services that address the concerns of rural residents. The Province wants to have the advocate position in place as of October 1st, 2009. – Advertisement -Fort St. John City Councilors took part in a conference call on July 14th with representatives from the Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources. During the meeting, Community Relations for the Ministry Richard Sawchuck said the advocate would be working out of an office in Dawson Creek. But, Councilors were concerned over the location, considering that Fort St. John is identified as Energy B.C., and that it hosts the oil and gas training centre. Sawchuck confirmed that the location is meant to be mobile, and that the person holding this position will be traveling a lot. He said the intent is that the office will be going to the landowner rather than the other way around. Advertisement Now, the group also discussed the possibility of initiating the Good Neighbor Initiative in the area.The goal of the initiative would be to alleviate concerns from landowners regarding the oil and gas activity. Basically, this would be an industry-led initiative and will be a coordinated effort to raise awareness both in industry and public. Council argued that there needs to be repercussions to companies who do not participate in this program. But the Ministry said those regulations have yet to be written, and that the Ministry will be encouraging the private sector to develop these initiatives. Now, City Councilors have until July 31st to send out a completed questionnaire, which will provide feedback for the proposed initiatives.Advertisementlast_img read more

Local fundraiser for teenager seeking medical treatment in the U.S.

first_img“She lacks collagen in her skin; she basically has no glue, no strength in her connective tissues,” explains Teves. “And connective tissues are a crucial component of every system in our body; from your lungs, heart, ligaments – everything is held together with collagen and she doesn’t have that.”Teves says the doctors and specialist she’s seen in Canada seem to be stumped by Hudson and her condition.“In the past year we’ve been in three hospitals, and everybody is kind of coming back that Hudson is this anomaly and they don’t understand the complexities of things happening in her body,” Teves goes on to say. “So we need to take her out-of-county to a specialist, and because Canada Health won’t cover it, we have to pay out-of-pocket.”- Advertisement -Teves hopes by going to the States, she and her daughter will acquire some answers, find solutions, and help Hudson get back her quality of life.“We’ve just noticed a big change since all of this we’ve gone through in the past year,” says Teves of Hudson’s once up-beat personality. “It’s made things a little bit difficult trying to figure out what to do next when there are not a lot of answers available to her.”Teves adds, “She’s just trying to keep really strong and upbeat – especially for the sake of her [younger] brothers.”Advertisement Teves still describes Hudson as “bright, natural girl” who often has people gravitating towards her – “especially animals.”The Walk for Hudson will take place at the Pomeroy Sport Centre’s Northern Vac Track on March 15, 2015 – commencing at 10:00 a.m.“It’s a chance for people to come down, maybe see Hudson and talk to us,” Teves concludes. “We’re looking forward to it.”The suggested pledge is $5.00 a km or $25.00 for the entire walk.Advertisement You can print a pledge sheet by following this link, and you can make an immediate donation by visiting her online fundraiser.Click here for Hudson’s official webpage.‘Hero of Hope’ t-shirts will be also be made available for purchase the day of the walk.Visit the Hope for Hudson Facebook page for all the latest details.last_img read more

Bolton sign Aston Villa’s Herd on loan deal

first_img Chris Herd in action for Australia Bolton have signed midfielder Chris Herd from Aston Villa on a loan deal until November 8.Herd only made two appearances for Aston Villa last season and the Australia international was keen to get some regular first-team football.The 25-year-old has already had loan spells at Port Vale, Wycombe and Lincoln and hopes to impress Dougie Freedman during his short spell at the Macron Stadium.Herd becomes the third arrival at Bolton in the last week following the signings of Paddy Kenny and Max Clayton and can face Chelsea in the Capital One Cup on Wednesday night. 1last_img

Are you being well-served? In L.A., it’s a mixed bag

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.L.A. fared much better in a separate study by J.D. Power and Associates in Westlake Village that focused on customer service at department stores. The study compared eight stores in two categories, upscale and midscale, across Atlanta, L.A. and New York. Local upscale merchants such as Nordstrom’s and Bloomingdale’s were a close second to the top-ranked Atlanta, but could improve their merchandise display. L.A.’s midscale merchants, such as Macy’s and Kohl’s, however, ranked last. That’s partly because customers gave low marks to what they said was the most important part of the shopping experience – interacting with the sales staff. Midscale department stores could boost their ratings if their salespeople were more courteous, friendly and speedy, the study found. Midscale stores could also improve their standings by updating the stores. Customers surveyed said they wanted more checkout counters, a cleaner store and a better layout and design. “Usually people in coastal areas tend to be very critical,” said Michael De Vere, executive director of emerging industries at J.D. Power. But “customers that are shopping in L.A. tend to rate them higher” than at the same stores in New York or Atlanta. Los Angeles customer service bites, or does it? Depends on who you talk to. According to hundreds of secret shoppers who surveyed 10 major U.S. cities, L.A. was outdone only by the rude capital of the world, New York City. Shoppers who participated in the study reported their experiences to Grass Roots Performance Measurement, a company based in the United Kingdom. Grass Roots weighed the comments to calculate a score for various business sectors. L.A. drugstores bottomed out at 49 out of 100 points. Department stores were not far behind, receiving just 67 points. Anonymous testers did find exceptions, however. Realtors received 97 points while bartenders racked up 88 points. “What did surprise us was the wide variation of standards in different cities in the U.S.,” said Jane Edwards-Hall, general manager of Grass Roots in the United States. “Some of our cities have a lot of catching up to do.” J.D. Power looked at thousands of surveys filled out by customers who had shopped at a department store in the past six months. The study focused on customers’ sales experience, but also looked into the image shoppers had of each store, and why customers left stores without purchasing anything. (818) 713-3735160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more