George insists comments were intended to motivate Pacers

first_imgOn the edge of America, census begins in a tiny Alaska town Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Inside the locker room, it appears everything was understood. Stephenson and coach Nate McMillan say there were no hurt feelings.Game 3 is Thursday at Indiana.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite Dozens wounded as Iraqi protesters up pressure on government LATEST STORIES FILE – In this March 10, 2017, file photo, Indiana Pacers’ Paul George reacts to a call during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Milwaukee Bucks, in Milwaukee. Paul George isn’t happy. He’s upset that the Pacers have to fight their way back from a 2-0 deficit against LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers. And he’s upset about what put the Pacers in this hole _ the play of his teammates. (AP Photo/Aaron Gash, File)NDIANAPOLIS — Indiana Pacers star Paul George is attacking critics of his recent postgame comments.George calls the notion that he threw teammates under the bus “completely ignorant.” The four-time All-Star insists he was only trying to motivate other players to perform better after losing the first two games in their first-round playoff series against Cleveland.ADVERTISEMENT Canadian military mobilized to help Newfoundland dig out More Taal volcanic quakes recorded despite weaker eruptionscenter_img MOST READ SpaceX launches, destroys rocket in astronaut escape test Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte Warriors take 2-0 series lead on Blazers, win without Durant Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely READ: NBA: Pacers’ George calls out teammates after Game 2 lossThe questions began after George criticized C.J. Miles for taking the final shot in a one-point loss in Game 1 at Cleveland. George said he should have taken the shot.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnGeorge also called out Lance Stephenson and Myles Turner following a Game 2 loss.READ: NBA: Irving shines as Cavs take grip on Pacers View commentslast_img read more

Unravelling? – Morrison’s Reggae Boyz future in doubt after unanswered Suriname invitation

first_imgReggae Boyz head coach Theodore ‘Tappa’ Whitmore said that he is disappointed in the unavailability of Ravel Morrison, noting that he was looking forward to the former English youth player being part of the squad, which is preparing for the upcoming CONCACAF Nations League match against Suriname. Whitmore was speaking at the press launch at the Montego Bay Sports Complex yesterday ahead of the contest, which is set for the same venue on Saturday starting at 7:00 p.m. “With Ravel Morrison, we have written to his club and haven’t gotten a response, so we just have to move on,” said Whitmore. “We were definitely trying to get him in for the Suriname game, but as I said, unfortunately, that situation arose and we just have to move past that and be positive going forward,” he added. Promising player Morrison, 25, earned a reputation as one of England’s most promising youngsters after rising through the ranks at the Manchester United Academy. He signed to West Ham before playing on loan at several clubs, eventually transferring to Italian outfit Lazio. He most recently featured on loan from Lazio in the Mexican top flight with Atlas, with rumours suggesting that the Italians are looking to terminate the midfielder’s contract. Nevertheless, Whitmore underlined that the door is not closed on the former Manchester United and West Ham midfielder or any other player who has an interest in representing the national team, including the controversial Bayer Leverkusen winger Leon Bailey, who has been at the centre of a dispute between the Jamaica Football Federation and his agent and father, Craig Butler. “We need all players once the players are committed … it’s not just about talent. Once they are committed and want to play for the national team, then that would be a plus for both me and the technical staff,” said Whitmore. “The players have to want to come to play for the national team and wear the national colours with pride. That’s the sort of players we have been looking for, not only talent. So no, the door is not shut on any player who wants to play for us,” said Whitmore. Whitmore, speaking specifically in regards to Bailey, pointed out that the player’s commitment is key moving forward but was quick to point out that his focus is on getting the full complement of players to meet their potential and achieve success. “(Leon) Bailey is another situation where the door is not closed. We sent out a press release a few weeks ago about the selection policy, and once Bailey meets the criteria (we can move forward). As I mentioned before, what we want is committed players,” said Whitmore. “It’s a team game, and whether Bailey is here or not, it has to go on. If Bailey was here, it would not be him alone or even with Butler (Kyle). The two of them alone can’t play, we have to think about the team. We are all one, working for one goal, so until Bailey realises that, then we can’t move forward,” he added.last_img read more

The Carl Parker case: Response to Red Thread’s President

first_imgIt is with interest that I read Red Thread’s recent letter in the Guyana Times. Albeit the focus on my use of legal jargon that, considering the context in which I wrote my last column, is irrelevant, I believe the tone does warrant a response.To begin with, while in my capacity as President of GEPAN, I made myself entirely available to the victim, and as recent as last Wednesday requested that any clarification, if necessary, be provided to rectify the information I would have received since the matter erupted last year, she has to date made no attempt in this direction. And whereas the court did not order the victim to procure a lawyer (the only technicality requiring clarification), the case was on the verge of being dropped due to reported inadequacies of the police prosecutor.The letter claims that “the complainant [whom I referred to as the “victim”] had previously written to the leadership of her political party to report his assault, and it was this report to which Minister Amna Ally responded.” Social Protection Minister Amna Ally did meet with the victim on January 27, 2017, although the victim’s ordeal occurred in September 2016. However, it was omitted that the matter was reported to the police, the party, and by extension the Government, as early as November 2016. Pursuant to the reports, inaction encouraged the victim to solicit President Granger’s intervention. In November, PNC Chairman and Attorney General Basil Williams also gathered knowledge of the matter in Lethem. Therefore, whatever plea for justice and help Ally might have responded to was definitely not the victim’s first, nor was her response of great assistance in moving forward.Interestingly, I note the letter’s detailed and defensive account of what transpired at the Social Protection Ministry. Yet, regardless of the nature of the meetings which unfolded between de Souza/Red Thread, Minister Ally, and the victim, no guarantees of commitment to justice or assistance from the Ministry were forthcoming.Nevertheless, Red Thread mentioned being “totally supportive of the complainant throughout the process, from her reporting to the police to the present court hearing.” This is good news, since the victim must receive all the support she can get. However, it has been almost a year since Parker was accused, and Red Thread’s public attempts to call out the Government on the anomalies surrounding the case to date probably resume to less than 5 published letters and articles in the press. And while accompanying the victim to court hearings is indeed a welcome and supportive gesture, it might be considered insufficient to valorise the organisation’s commitment. I am happy, nevertheless, to witness the organisation’s newfound vigour.Meanwhile, GEPAN has been intensely vocal on this issue via several platforms, including the media, the organisation’s website, and social media. Additionally, the organisation petitioned, on behalf of the victim, both Communities Minister Ronald Bulkan and President Granger himself. Prior to this, the organisation petitioned the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Indigenous Peoples, to draw the attention of the international community on the violations of indigenous peoples’ rights in Region #9, which included complaints of sexual assault on women allegedly committed by Parker prior to the one for which he is currently being judged.It must be understood that, beyond the legal advice which was provided to the victim, GEPAN has been relentless over the past months in its call for a lawyer to represent the victim gratuitously. It is with deep satisfaction that the organisation notes its efforts were not in vain, and that the Director of Public Prosecutions was informed during the course of this past week of the victim’s interest in having a lawyer represent her.So, instead of sarcastically focusing on my personal “zeal” and use of legal jargon, perhaps Red Thread’s President should invest her energies in a more impacting campaign against Parker’s apparent status of impunity.As she rightly stated, “This is the first time we know of that court proceedings relating to a sexual offence are ongoing against a prominent official of a ruling administration”. Consolidating efforts in civil society would therefore achieve much more than pettiness. De Souza must understand that this is not an individualistic competition for merit, but rather a move to set precedence in Guyana for all those who believe that abuse of power can go unpunished. GEPAN is committed to the people of the Rupununi who have suffered under Parker, and we welcome all cooperation, including from Red Thread.And the Arrow will continue to share in this cause.last_img read more

Congratulations to NAPS

first_imgDear Editor,On Saturday, November 25, 2017, I saw a large contingent of Guyanese and a few foreigners who took to the streets of Georgetown for the annual AIDS awareness walk. Interestingly, there was little or no hype about this activity and, yet, it attracted a large turnout.There was no senior functionary of the Public Health Ministry to demonstrate strong political will and leadership, especially to those who are living with the deadly virus which was detected in Guyana for the first time in 1987.The national AIDS Programme must be commended for a great job well done to bring people from all walks of life to make this event a successful one and it was great to see members of the LGBTI community and Persons Living with AIDS contributing to the large attendance without the politicians.Congratulations to the NAPS for a job well done.Sincerely,Brian Singhlast_img read more

Former Man United captain Keane: I should never have apologised to Sir Alex Ferguson

first_img1 Roy Keane and Sir Alex Ferguson Roy Keane says he regrets apologising to Sir Alex Ferguson over the notorious MUTV interview which hastened his acrimonious departure from Manchester United.Ferguson criticised Keane in his autobiography last year and Keane has hit back at the former United manager with a host of barbs and criticisms in his own book.Keane was the main recipient of the hair dryer treatment in Ferguson’s book and it appears the Irishman has returned the favour by hitting out at his former boss in The Second Half.Keane says Ferguson was ill-advised to pursue a legal case against John Magnier and JP McManus over the stud fees from the Rock of Gibraltar racehorse.And the former United captain effectively withdrew an apology he gave to Ferguson after the MUTV interview in which Keane was alleged to have criticised several of his team-mates.”Now I kind of wish I hadn’t (apologised). Afterwards I was thinking, ‘I’m not sure why I f****** apologised’. I just wanted to do the right thing,” Keane writes, according to the newspaper websites.Ferguson claimed Keane challenged his authority with the criticism of several members of the United squad, including Rio Ferdinand, Darren Fletcher and Alan Smith.But Keane, who claims in the book that someone at United leaked details about the tape, says his criticisms were not harsh.“The idea that I was in the studio ranting and raving, no… I was told the interview was being pulled. They couldn’t believe what I had said. I didn’t think it was too bad. I thought everyone was overreacting.”Keane does not try to play down the severity of a row with Ferguson, and his assistant Carlos Queiroz, who apparently accused the former United skipper of disloyalty.Keane writes about his exchange with the Portuguese: ”I said, ‘Don’t you f****** talk to me about loyalty, Carlos. You left this club after 12 months a few years ago for the Real Madrid job. Don’t you dare question my loyalty’.”The Irishman then directed his ire towards Ferguson, who had stepped in to stop the row between his assistant and captain.”You as well gaffer. We need f****** more from you,” Keane claims he said to the United manager. ”We need a bit more, gaffer. We’re slipping behind other teams.”Keane, who moved to Celtic to play out the final five months of his career, claims his departure from United cost him a lot of money because he was due to receive a £1million bonus if he had played in 50 per cent of the first-team games in that 2005-06 season.When Keane was called into Ferguson’s office in November 2005, he says he knew the manager was going to inform he wanted him out of the club.Keane writes: ”I said to Ferguson, ‘Can I play for somebody else?’ And he said, ‘Yeah you can, cos we’re tearing up your contract’. So I thought, ‘All right – I’ll get fixed up’. I knew there’d be clubs in for me when the news got out. I said, ‘Yeah – I think we have come to the end’. I just thought, ‘F******’ p****’ – and I stood up and went ‘Yeah. I’m off’.”In the book, Keane also writes about a drunken fight with Peter Schmeichel, hits out at Rio Ferdinand for missing a drugs test, and claims he does not regret making the tackle that effectively ended Alfe-Inge Haaland’s career – although the Irishman says he never intended to hurt the former Manchester City midfielder.last_img read more

Burnley suffer major blow as key man ruled out for remainder of the season

first_img1 Dean Marney in action for Hull [left] Burnley’s hopes of avoiding relegation from the Premier League suffered a major blow on Tuesday when Dean Marney was ruled out for the remainder of the season.The experienced midfielder, 31, exited the 2-2 with West Brom at the weekend with a knee injury and scans have since shown he suffered cruciate ligament damage.Marney has been a key part of Sean Dyche’s side this season, making 22 appearances in all competitons, and will not be easy to replace.It is cruel luck on Burnley, who lost defender Kevin Long to the same injury last month, while striker Sam Vokes missed the first part of the season as he recovered from a ruptured cruciate.A club statement read: “Burnley midfielder Dean Marney has been diagnosed with a cruciate ligament injury that will see him miss the remainder of the Barclays Premier League campaign.“Marney picked up the injury during Sunday’s 2-2 draw against West Bromwich Albion at Turf Moor and scans have since revealed the extent of the injury.“The 31-year-old will now be seeking specialist advice this week and everyone at Burnley Football Club wishes him a speedy recovery.”last_img read more

Business earnings continue to grow

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinals“The nice thing about this quarter is that while the numbers continue to be good, it isn’t focused all on energy,” said Jeff Kleintop, chief investment strategist for PNC Financial Services Group in Philadelphia. “We’re seeing strength in industrials, retailers, telecom. Even health care had a decent quarter.”Furthermore, despite the belief of economists and market watchers that economic growth will start to decline as early as this quarter, fewer companies have issued profit warnings.According to Thomson, the ratio of negative to positive profit forecasts stands at 1.9-to-1 for the S&P 500 companies, and 1.5-to-1 for all companies that have reported first-quarter earnings. The historic average ratios stand at 2-to-1 for the S&P 500 and 2.2-to-1 for all companies.“Overall, we still expect annual earnings growth of about 8 percent year-over-year, and it’s likely we may edge that number up a little bit,” said Scott Wren, equity strategist for A.G. Edwards & Sons. “Yes, there’s some economic slowdown coming, but it’s really looking pretty good, all things considered.”Wren said high gasoline prices, which are expected to remain a long-term problem, won’t have a pronounced effect on consumer spending. With 70 percent or more of the economy based on consumer spending, there had been a concern that high energy prices would force consumers to curtail their purchasing habits. “Maybe if it gets to $6 per gallon, and I’m not saying it will, but maybe then we’ll see people cut back,” Wren said. “But right now, I just don’t see it.”Instead, the slowdown in corporate earnings will come from higher costs incurred by businesses, including higher energy costs. Companies will be hesitant to pass along their higher costs to consumers for fear of losing business in a competitive market.Yet despite a recent trend of higher dividends and increased share-buyback programs, companies are still investing their excess cash in new products and processes. Growth in capital spending has risen about 10 percent from last year, which is healthy, Kleintop said.Still, this could be the final quarter of double-digit profit growth as companies start to conform to their historic averages.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! NEW YORK – A surge in consumer spending helped corporate America achieve its 16th straight quarter of double-digit earnings growth, and even the return of $3-per-gallon gasoline hasn’t deterred companies from issuing upbeat forecasts for future quarters. As of Friday morning, with 423 companies in the Standard & Poor’s 500 index reporting earnings for the first quarter, 285, or 67 percent, beat Wall Street forecasts. An additional 66 companies, or 16 percent, matched expectations, while 72 companies, or 17 percent, failed to meet analysts’ estimates.The results extended a corporate winning streak: Over the past eight quarters, 66 percent of S&P 500 companies have beaten estimates, with 15 percent matching and 18 percent below estimates.The highlight of the quarter was ExxonMobil Corp. posting the fifth-highest quarterly profit in history, but other industries and sectors have outperformed as well. Earnings rose an average of 14 percent from a year ago, nearly double the historical average, according to Thomson Financial.last_img read more

Univision in real-life drama

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los AngelesLos Angeles-based Univision was looking for a buyer, and Televisa – already owning 11 percent of the company and supplying the network with much of its programming – began putting together a bid. But Televisa claims it was repeatedly shut out of negotiations. When Univision’s board announced in late June that it had accepted a $12.3 billion offer from a consortium of private investors – most of whom probably never followed a telenovela in their lives – Televisa issued a terse statement saying it was “disappointed.” In response, the network threatened to sell its stake in Univision, which would free the Mexican broadcaster to look for business opportunities in the United States. It also filed its second lawsuit in a little more than a year against Univision, looking for the right to distribute programming in the U.S. The relationship had already begun to sour before the sale. In May 2005, Televisa sued Univision to get out of a 25-year licensing agreement that gave Univision the exclusive U.S. rights to the Mexican broadcaster’s programming. That trial is scheduled to begin in June. Televisa telenovelas are wildly popular, airing in 50 countries on five continents, and making Mexican soap stars household names in China, Nigeria, and Uzbekistan. In the U.S., popular Spanish-language shows often beat their English-language network competitors. MEXICO CITY – They were the ultimate power couple: ambitious, successful and watched by the world. But mistrust, disagreements and jealousies began eating away at the relationship. Their breakup has millions of Spanish language soap opera fans wondering: What next? The unhappy divorce of the top U.S. Spanish language network, Univision Communications Inc., and Latin America’s biggest producer of hit shows, Grupo Televisa SA, could be a plot lifted directly from the telenovelas that made both wildly successful. Now Telemundo, once relegated to a supporting actor role, is trying to win over viewers and emerge ahead of its rival, Univision. The cliffhanger? The future of U.S. Spanish language programming, a market that has grown to more than 35 million Hispanics who make up at least 14 percent of the U.S. population and are driving the United States’ population growth. Analysts predict that advertisers will spend $1.4 billion this year to get their attention, a 10 percent increase over last year, and the competition among networks is expected to lead to more programming options. This divorce started, as it would in most good soap operas, with a power struggle. “The soap opera is what the audience most wants and is the most effective in terms of cost and sales, especially when they are produced in Latin America,” said Julio Rambaut, a former consultant to Univision. “For example, the Mexican soap operas have a big audience in the United States, but they are produced with pesos and sold in dollars.” If Univision doesn’t have access to shows like “La Fea Mas Bella,” or “The Prettiest Ugly Girl” – one of the most popular telenovelas in Televisa’s history – what will Univision put on the air? Univision executives declined to comment, but many speculate that the network will expand its original programming, much of it targeting younger, more assimilated Hispanics. Televisa’s message to U.S. Hispanics? Don’t worry. We will come to you. Alfonso de Angoitia, executive vice president at Televisa, told analysts last month that Televisa would use its “expertise, content and capital” to become “the leader in entertainment and information in the U.S. Hispanic market.” The network said it’s exploring distributing shows on the Internet, a delivery method that is still only reaching a small percentage of the market. Other rumors abound: the creation of its own U.S. Spanish language channel, or even a surprise partnership with an English-language network, or perhaps with Telemundo – although Telemundo says that isn’t being considered right now. Televisa executives also haven’t ruled out a new offer for Univision, although that seems increasingly unlikely. Univision expects to close the deal with the private consortium in May. Some blame bad blood between Emilio Azcarraga, Televisa’s chairman and president, and Univision Chairman and CEO A. Jerrold Perenchio. The two never hit it off, and their relationship became especially strained in May 2005, when Azcarraga resigned from Univision’s board to protest Perenchio’s decision to hand-pick the company’s next president without consulting Azcarraga. Others say U.S. regulations prohibiting foreign ownership of U.S. networks could complicate any deal.160Want 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

‘Welcome back, Lad’ – Some West Ham United fans rally round Carroll after taunts

first_img Latest Football Stories RANKED Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade Andy Carroll scored his first goal since April in West Ham’s win over Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars And the colossal forward’s header earned him a huge amount of supporter from the Hammers fans, who were intent on protecting him from some of the hate he had received during the match. REVEALED Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card All the Andy Carroll haters hitting the delete tweet button 😂⚒️ pic.twitter.com/QAGQWyQktK— ⚒ Andy B ⚒ (@northwesthammer) January 5, 2019 Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Andy Carroll saved a goal with a goal-line header, fluffed at least one chance, and scored a good headed goal at the end of playing 70+ minutes. Not a bad effort. Let’s not kick him out just yet. If he stays fit (I know, I know) he’s a £20M+ acquisition.— John Brown (@Johnrevisionist) January 5, 2019 REPLY West Ham United are through to the fourth round of the FA Cup after they beat Birmingham City 2-0 at the London Stadium.Marko Arnautovic netted the opener after two minutes and the second came from Andy Carroll after 90 minutes. BEST OF getty Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Andy Carroll scored his first goal this season after multiple injury setbacks. He gets an opportunity to play the most minutes he has since January 2nd. Scores the goal that seals the win for West Ham and celebrates with relief and grace. Still slagged off by some… inexplicable— Green St. Hammers (@GreenStHammers) January 5, 2019 no dice Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury ADVICE huge blow shining I see the haters have suddenly changed their tune towards Andy Carroll— mark speller (@supersonic_mark) January 5, 2019 REVEALED An emotional celebration from @AndyTCarroll as he scores to book @WestHamUtd’s place in the Fourth Round. 🙌 pic.twitter.com/bwKAW69Mrt— The Emirates FA Cup (@EmiratesFACup) January 5, 2019Carroll was emotional after scoring his goal, his 34th for the club in 136 games during an injury hit six-year spell in east London.There have recently been reports linking him with a return to Newcastle United, in a swap deal with Jonjo Shelvey but for the moment he remains a Hammer, with manager Manuel Pellegrini insisting he will stay at the club.And, as you can see below, fans were thankful he was still around at the London Stadium. 1 Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ Andy Carroll, you’re a God.— Wolf Nine (@Wolf_Nine9) January 5, 2019 Andy Carroll has deserved that goal, he’s played well and worked so hard today. Also a relief to go through! #COYI— Mike Atkins (@MikeAtkns) January 5, 2019 Absolutely delighted for Andy Carroll – lovely goal — welcome back lad #COYI— John J. Foxe (@JohnnyFoxe) January 5, 2019 Andy Carroll has been unreal to be fair— The Notorious (@bradleywilson9) January 5, 2019 Thank u andy Carroll for a goal better late than never and now we can relax and enjoy the rest off the weekend and look forward to round 4— mark weir (@hammer_upton) January 5, 2019 Andy Carroll with a beautiful header to put West Ham into the hat for the 4th round. ENJOY THE REST OF YOUR SATURDAY ⚒⚒— Harry. (@1997HWHU21) January 5, 2019 Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? MONEY last_img read more