Point grad: Cavs’ Hill receives diploma during NBA playoffs

first_imgIn fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew BOSTON, MA – FEBRUARY 11: George Hill #1 of the Cleveland Cavaliers looks on in the second half during a game against the Boston Celtics at TD Garden on February 11, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts. Adam Glanzman/Getty Images/AFPINDEPENDENCE, Ohio — George Hill has gone from point guard to point grad in the NBA playoffs.Cleveland’s starting guard missed practice Saturday and had a good excuse for his absence — he graduated from college.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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 Hill joined the Cavs in February, coming over in a trade from Sacramento. He was slowed by back spasms and missed three games in the first round of the playoffs against Indiana, but returned and played a key role in the Cavs’ Game 7 win as well as Cleveland’s four-game sweep of Toronto.Hill, who also played in the postseason for San Antonio and Indiana, has helped settle a troubling position for the Cavs. Cleveland traded All-Star guard Kyrie Irving last summer to Boston and have used numerous point guards this season.The Cavs struggled without him against the Pacers, but Hill returned for the series finale. Although he was on a minutes’ restriction, he scored 11 points — all in the second half — and helped Cleveland advance.“He’s been great,” Lue said. “Just coming into Game 7 versus Indiana where he hadn’t played in 3 ½ games, to come out and play the half of basketball that he played, he was tremendous. So, just his experience of being in the playoffs, being in the Eastern Conference finals when he played for Indiana, playing against the Miami teams, he knows what it’s about. So, it’s great having a veteran like that on the team.”ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Hill received his diploma from IUPUI and took part in commencement ceremonies in Indianapolis while his teammates got in one last workout before heading to Boston for Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals.The 32-year-old Hill, who played for the Jaguars from 2004-08, a received his degree from the School of Liberal Arts. He was one of two student speakers to address the new graduates.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownOn his Twitter account, Hill showed off a “Jaguars” tattoo on his left arm.Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said Hill would rejoin the team in time for the series opener Sunday against the Celtics. Tiger Woods shoots 65, his lowest score ever at Players Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours MOST READ Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding View comments LATEST STORIES Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate fallslast_img read more

“Dumping” specialty hospital was my biggest disappointment – Indian diplomat

first_imgOutgoing Indian High Commissioner Venkatachalam Mahalingam…says such facility needed in GuyanaBy Vahnu ManikchandOutgoing Indian High Commissioner to Guyana, Venkatachalam Mahalingam, said he was disappointed that the Specialty Hospital Project, which had been marred in controversy since its initial stage, did not take off ground.The US$18 million project, which was being funded by the India Export/Import (EXIM) Bank via a line of credit (LOC), was dropped in 2016 after the contracted company, Fedders Lloyd Corporation Limited – which was handpicked by the coalition administration— was blacklisted by the World Bank until 2020 over fraud and corruption practices.The Guyanese Government subsequently announced that the project was “dead”. This, according to High Commissioner Mahalingam, was his biggest disappointment.“The revival of the specialty hospital would have been my biggest achievement and dumping the specialty hospital a second time was the biggest disappointment for me,” the Indian Diplomat said during an exclusive interview with Guyana Times.The Special Hospital Project started under the People’s Progressive Party/Civic administration (PPP/C) and back in 2012, the contract was awarded to India-based Company, Surendra Engineering Corporation Limited. However, citing instances of alleged fraud and delays, the Donald Ramotar administration in 2014 announced that it had terminated the contract with the India-based company and subsequently filed a lawsuit against it for failing to honour its obligations.Scrapped projectWhile in the Opposition, both the A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) and Alliance for Change (AFC), before they collated, had opposed the US$18 million project and upon their assumption to office in 2015, decided to scrap the project, which had already expended some US$4 million on certain preliminary works. The coalition Government then approached India to divert the remaining $13.8 million towards improving the country’s primary healthcare service by upgrading three public hospitals across the country.According to Mahalingam, he had assured the then new Government that both projects can be pursued.“I told them that Government of Guyana can do both projects because both are required and they agreed. Then we went back to the original listing and we saw how we can do it. One of the bidders, who was willing to do the project, was identified… Then when we made the final decision about reviving the project and the contractor was awarded the contract for constructing the specialty hospital, that contractor was blacklisted by the World Bank. It was just on the last few days and that was really a disappointment for me and you can see till today the specialty hospital is not there,” he asserted.Guyana needs a specialty hospitalHowever, the Indian diplomat noted that such a facility is much needed in Guyana, especially with the upcoming economic development the country is about to experience as a result of the oil boom when production commences early next year.The PPP/C regime was hoping that the specialty hospital would be a catalyst in creating “health tourism” here in Guyana by pulling foreigners and overseas-based Guyanese to Guyana.“With the oil coming in and with Guyana’s economy going to develop far better than anyone can imagine, a specialty hospital is required… There will be good demand for such services, and not just for Guyana,” High Commissioner Mahalingam posited.Asked whether his Government would be willing to still fund such a project should it be picked up in the future, the Indian diplomat responded in the affirmative but explained that it would have to be an entirely new project and not the continuation of the previous one.Nevertheless, Mahalingam noted that he will not rule out this ever happening. In fact, he revealed that after the project was cancelled, some Indian investors had approached him about reviving the project but nothing ever materialised. Today, however, the Indian diplomat said he would encourage anyone interested to go ahead.When asked, Mahalingam, who has concluded a five-year tenure in Guyana, told this newspaper that the specialty hospital project would’ve been his biggest achievement in Guyana had it been pursued.“When I revived a kind of a dead project and then it was moving forward and was about to taken off (a second time), I thought that this is going to be an iconic structure that I would leave as a High Commissioner of India… I thought definitely this project will go through because it was going to be done in one and a half years, and I had more than that before I had to leave… It was my greatest disappointment also when the specialty hospital fell through…,” the Diplomat asserted.Meanwhile, the Texila American University (TAU) in Guyana had announced back in 2017 that it was mulling constructing a specialty hospital at its Providence, East Bank Demerara complex. Guyana’s growing popularity as the destination of choice for overseas medical studies was a driving factor behind this consideration, the University had explained.In fact, TAU President, Saju Bhaskar, had stated at the time that the institution was undertaking a market study for the planned project to examine the prospects of such a facility, which would cater for the provision of medical services such as neurology, urology and cancer treatments.An artist’s impression of the scrapped specialty hospitallast_img read more

Huskies fall to Navs in NWJHL Finals Game 1

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — The Fort St. John Huskies fell to the North Peace Navigators in Game One of the NWJHL Finals Wednesday night.The Huskies opened the scoring just over nine minutes into the first period. Matthew Apsassin scored unassisted after picking up a loose puck and deking out Navs’ goalie Ryan Noble. The two teams set a physical tone in the game, with several big checks thrown during the first. With 3:10 left in the frame, the Navigators tied the game at one apiece with a shot from in close. At the end of the first period, the Huskies had narrowly edged the Peace River team in shots on net, 13-9.The Navs managed to get their first lead of the game just five minutes into the second period after a shot from the point deflected off one of Fort St. John’s players and squeaked its way past Zak Babin. The Huskies kept up the pressure, which caused the Navs to take several penalties during the middle stanza. Aidan Tegart lead the way in the physical play, landing several big bodychecks.- Advertisement -On one of those powerplays with just under four minutes remaining, Jacob Lang managed to tie the game at two’s with a shot from above the face-off dot during a rush into the Navs’ end. Apsassin and Jared Loewen tallied the assists on that second goal. The Huskies continued to apply pressure on North Peace in the final minutes of the period, but with 27 seconds left the Navs managed to pick up the puck during a scramble in front of the Huskies’ net to make it 3-2.Carrying the momentum into the final 20 minutes of play, the Navs appeared to be in charge of things. North Peace was also playing a physical game, and Fort St. John’s Dane Bateman got caught with his head down in the defensive zone. A big open-ice hit sent Bateman off to the dressing room in a daze, though he would return to play later in the period.Though the Huskies kept peppering the Navs’ goalie with shots, penalty trouble cost the team several chances, and the Navigators managed to shut the door. An empty-netter in the final seconds sealed the deal for North Peace, who took Game 1 of the best-of-seven series 4-2.Advertisement The Huskies will travel to Peace River for Game 2 against the Navs on Friday night. Puck drop is at 8:00 p.m., with the game being live-streamed on the Huskies’ Ustream page: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/huskies-hockey.last_img read more

Fort St. John closer to getting new Energy Centre

first_imgFort St. John is getting closer to having a new Energy and Culture Centre.On Wednesday, August 17th,  at a council meeting, Duckworth and Associates presented their final report regarding fundraising funds to build the new center. The Company had been assigned the task to find out whether or not there was enough interest in both the corporate and public world to fund the building of the Energy Centre, and overall, they found there was.- Advertisement -The report, composed over the last few months, was based on interviews conducted with both individuals and corporations here in the Peace region, as well as in Vancouver and Calgary. Some key recommendations through the report were that Centre, while possible, needst be smaller than originally planned, and cost roughly 7.6 million dollars, instead of the proposed 17. The report also suggested that the Centre consolidate some of the features that they had initially proposed, and focus instead having a few key features. Despite that though, the report also found that there is wide support for the project, and that there is a large volunteer base that can secure the funding needed to construct the center.The report is now in the hands of the Fundraising Study Steering Committee, a local committee chaired by Councillor Bruce Christensen, who will discuss the findings among themselves, and then make a recommendation to the City council as to go to forward with the project or not. While there is no definite timeline, Committee Member and City Manager Diane Hunter says that the committee would like make their recommendation to the city by October.last_img read more

Tiger hasn’t yet decided on Nissan

first_img“The streak is an unbelievable accomplishment,” Gore said. “This is his hometown tournament. There’s no reason he shouldn’t play. There’s no reason he shouldn’t win. It would be great to see him, but he’s a big boy. He’ll make his own decision.” Woods finished third at the Dubai Desert Classic, then headed home to Florida to work on his putting. Woods made a reference to the need to fix his putting game before he would compete again. “I can’t imagine he wouldn’t play,” said Paul Goydos, who won the Sony Open this year. “It’s his hometown event. … I think that’s going to drive him to play. He’s not the type of guy that says, `I’m not showing up there.’ He’s one of the guys that will say, `This is my place. I want to play there, and I want to win there.”‘ 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “We have to see if he skips L.A.,” golfer Luke Donald said. “If he skips L.A., it might be more important than he is letting on. He’s never won there. Seven PGA Tour events in a row, that’s very impressive. Not much more I can say about that. “I would love to have a record like that this year. Maybe next year. Any year, really.” The Nissan won’t be hurting for some of the game’s best players even if Woods is a no-show. Six of the top nine players in the world have committed. Adam Scott, who won in 2005, will play, as will Retief Goosen, who recently won the Qatar Masters. Ernie Els, another former champion, will be there, along with Jim Furyk, Donald and Padraig Harrington. Rory Sabbatini will defend his title and John Daly will play on a sponsor’s exemption. But the guy who sells tickets and has made purses skyrocket worldwide is still undecided. Tiger Woods has two more days until he has to make a decision about the Nissan Open. Woods has yet to announce whether he’ll play at next week’s tournament at Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades. Woods has played there nine times as a professional and two as an amateur – and never won. center_img He’s not playing at this week’s AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am and hasn’t played here since 2002. Woods has missed the Nissan Open just onetime – in 2002 – since turning pro in 1996. His absence would likely raise some eyebrows because of “the streak.” Woods has won seven consecutive PGA Tour stroke-play events and could make it eight wherever he plays next. He has said publicly that the streak isn’t all that significant because he lost the World Match Play Championship and has lost other non-PGA stroke-play events, but time will tell. last_img

Juventus line up contract offer for former Chelsea star

1 Juventus are lining up a move for Samuel Eto’o Juventus are lining up a contract offer for Samuel Eto’o following his release from Chelsea at the end of the season.Eto’o was not offered a new Chelsea deal after just one year at the Bridge, during which manager Jose Mourinho questioned the Cameroon striker’s age.He is now on the hunt for a new club but, at 33, it has been reported that he will only join a side who are willing to offer him a two-year deal.And now Tuttosport have claimed that Juventus may be willing to grant him his wish after a knee injury to Alvaro Morata, which he sustained in his very first training session after joining from Real Madrid.It has been suggested that new manager Massimiliano Allegri has identified Eto’o as an ideal candidate and is ready to make his move for the striker, who scored 33 goals in 67 Serie A outings for Inter Milan between 2009 and 2011. read more

Cameroon to face Nigeria as Ghana pinch top spot

first_img0Shares0000Jordan Ayew (2nd-R) set Ghana on the way to a win that clinched top spot in Group F © AFP / FADEL SENNAISMAILIA, Egypt, Jul 2 – Defending Africa Cup of Nations champions Cameroon will meet Nigeria in a clash of continental giants in the last 16 after Tuesday’s 0-0 draw with Benin allowed Ghana to finish top of Group F.Cameroon stuttered to a second goalless stalemate in succession as Ghana, who drew their opening two games, beat Guinea-Bissau 2-0 to finish ahead of the holders on goals scored. The Black Stars will take on the runners-up from Group E, where all four teams remain in contention, for a place in the quarter-finals while Benin scraped through as one of the best third-place sides.Saturnin Allagbe replaced Fabien Farnolle in goal for Benin and produced fine saves to deny Ambroise Oyongo and Cameroon captain Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting but the Indomitable Lions again looked worryingly blunt in attack.Clarence Seedorf’s side have scored just twice in Egypt, in the opening 2-0 win over Guinea-Bissau, and their path to retaining the title grew increasingly more difficult with a wounded Nigeria now awaiting them in the next round and hosts Egypt likely facing the winner of that tie.Jordan Ayew struck for the second time in three matches in the group’s other game in Suez as Ghana sent Guinea-Bissau home without a point or a goal.Richard Ofori made a sharp stop to prevent former Liverpool youth team forward Toni Silva giving Guinea-Bissau a shock lead but Ayew, who endured a miserable season at Crystal Palace, has rediscovered his form for his country.Ayew collected a ball down the left-hand side right at the start of the second half and ran towards goal as the defence backed off before picking out the corner of the net.Mamadu Cande rattled the woodwork for Guinea-Bissau while Ayew twice hit the post for Ghana before Thomas Partey slid in to convert Baba Rahman’s cross 20 minutes from time to send the four-time champions through as group winners.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Is it Ozil? Kagawa? Pjanic? Top 10 players with the most assists in Europe

first_img Joint 5th. Wes Hoolahan of Norwich City has five assists in the Premier League so far this season 10 Joint 5th. Wahbi Khazri of Bordeaux has five assists in Ligue 1 so far this season Joint 2nd. Raffael of Borussia Mönchengladbach has six assists in the Bundesliga so far this season 10 Mesut Ozil registered his ninth Premier League assist of the season, as the midfielder helped Arsenal to a 3-0 victory over Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium.The Germany international has now registered more assists in England’s top flight than any other player since his debut in September 2013, with 22. So, in light of Ozil’s fine form, talkSPORT has taken a look at how he compares with the top assist-makers in Europe’s top leagues so far this campaign. Find out the players that have set up the most goals in the 2015-16 season by clicking the yellow arrow above, right. All statistics correct up to 2 November 2015 10 Joint 5th. Miralem Pjanic of AS Roma has five assists in Serie A so far this season Joint 2nd. David Silva of Manchester City has six assists in the Premier League so far this season 10 10 10 10 10 Joint 5th. Giacomo Bonaventura of AC Milan has five assists in Serie A so far this season Joint 5th. Shinji Kagawa of Borussia Dortmund has five assists in the Bundesliga so far this season Joint 2nd. Douglas Costa of Bayern Munich has six assists in the Bundesliga so far this season 10 1. Mesut Ozil of Arsenal leads the way in Europe with nine assists in the Premier League so far this season 10 Joint 5th. Riyad Mahrez of Leicester City has five assists in the Premier League so far this season last_img read more

Stoke City star hands in transfer request amid West Ham interest

first_img1 Marko Arnautovic reportedly wants to leave Stoke this summer Stoke forward Marko Arnautovic has handed in a transfer request, it is understood. The 28-year-old has asked to leave the bet365 Stadium with West Ham interested in signing him.Arnautovic, who only signed a new four-year deal at Stoke last summer, is currently with the squad in Switzerland for their pre-season training camp.Stoke have made no decision over the request and Arnautovic is due to play against Neuchatel Xamax on Monday as the Potters kick off their pre-season programme. The Austria international was linked with Everton last year before signing his new deal and Stoke would be unwilling to have another transfer saga. With the current inflated transfer market Arnautovic would be expected to command a large fee should Stoke even be tempted to sell.Arnautovic joined from Werder Bremen in 2013 and has made 145 appearances, scoring 26 goals, for the Potters. He netted seven times in 35 games last season. Stoke are already chasing Manchester City midfielder Fabian Delph as they look to reshape their squad following last season’s 13th placed finish in the Premier League.last_img read more

Sane benched: Netherlands v Germany live talkSPORT commentary and team news

first_img Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Getty MONEY ADVICE Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade BEST OF Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions FOOTBALL LATEST silverware Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade 1 RANKED England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won Then again, at least they made it – the Dutch weren’t at the finals and were beaten by France in their opening game of this competition.The Germans played out a goalless draw with the world champions back in September and haven’t lost to Holland since 2002.What time is kick-off?This Nations League clash is set for Saturday, October 13.Kick-off is at 7.45pm.It’s six years since the sides last met in a 0-0 stalemate following Euro 2012.How can I listen on talkSPORT?We will have live commentary of this game on talkSPORT 2 from 7.30pm.Tune in using the mobile app, our web player, or on your DAB radio. What is the team news?The hosts have named a strong line-up which includes Liverpool duo Virgil van Dijk and Georginio Wijnaldum.Meanwhile, ex-Manchester United pair Daley Blind and Memphis Depay start alongside former Liverpool striker Ryan Babel.Germany have named a strong XI too with Toni Kroos, Mats Hummels, Manuel Neuer and Thomas Muller all starting.Manchester City star Leroy Sane is only on the bench, however.Netherlands: Cillessen, Dumfries, de Ligt, van Dijk, Blind, de Roon, de Jong, Wijnaldum, Bergwijn, Depay, BabelSubs: Hateboer, Zoet, de Vrij, Aké, Strootman, van de Beek, de Jong, Promes, Vilhena, Danjuma Groeneveld, BizotGermany: Neuer, Ginter, Boateng, Hummels, Hector, Can, Kimmich, Kroos, Müller, Uth, WernerSubs: Kehrer, Gnabry, Draxler, Brandt, Leno, Schulz, Süle, Sané, Tah, Rudy, ter Stegen Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? The Netherlands and Germany resume an old rivalry in a mouth-watering UEFA Nations League clash at the Amsterdam ArenA.There is a lot at stake as both sides are currently out of form with the Germans still digesting their embarrassing exit from the 2018 World Cup. REVEALED Low has kept his job despite a shambolic World Cup last_img read more