Wild: LeBron going to the Lakers only adds to West test

first_imgVolcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding LATEST STORIES Just like that, the West got even wilder.Day 1 of NBA free agency was not lacking for fireworks or firepower, led by James’ decision to leave Cleveland for a second time and join the Los Angeles Lakers. James agreed to a four-year deal worth $154 million, meaning his streak of eight consecutive Eastern Conference championships — four with Miami, four with the Cavs — will end next year.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 crownHe could still go to the NBA Finals, of course. He’s just going to have a much tougher time getting there out of the West.Compared to his past free-agent decisions, James moved super swiftly — it took him eight days to reveal in 2010 that he was going to Miami, 11 days in 2014 to say he was going back to Cleveland. This time, it took about 20 hours. 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By the time he announced, just over $900 million worth of new deals had been agreed upon, based on figures confirmed to the AP by people involved in the various decisions — almost all of that money getting committed by teams in the West.And all those clubs — Golden State, Oklahoma City, Houston, the Lakers, even Denver by locking up Nikola Jokic for $150 million and Will Barton for $54 million — could definitively say they were thrilled. More big moves in the West are possible, especially with DeMarcus Cousins still available in free agency and a candidate to return to New Orleans.Durant’s move means the Warriors not only got to keep the 2017 and 2018 NBA Finals MVP, but they also get some financial flexibility in the deal since he could have gotten more money had the deal been structured differently.For the Thunder, the win was that their risk paid off. Trading for George a year ago was panned by some critics, presumably because of the belief that he was already focused on joining his hometown Los Angeles Lakers in free agency.That move isn’t happening.Not now, anyway, and barring a trade not for at least three years in what will be considered a massive victory for the Thunder and general manager Sam Presti.“I’m here to stay,” George told the crowd at the party.In Houston, Paul has told Rockets fans the same thing.“UNFINISHED BUSINESS,” Paul wrote on Twitter at the exact moment that the calendar flipped to July 1 in the East, meaning the NBA’s free agency frenzy was officially open for the summer.Houston took Golden State to seven games in the Western Conference finals back in May. Paul missed the last two games of that series with an injury, and the Rockets wasted big leads in both of those games — then had to watch the Warriors sweep Cleveland for the NBA title. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees Paul averaged 18.6 points and 7.9 assists last season with the Rockets, who went 65-17 led by Paul and newly minted NBA MVP James Harden. ESPN reported he is signing a four-year deal that will be worth $160 million.They were the initial wave. Sunday evening, James made his move.He flew to Los Angeles on Saturday, creating a frenzy without saying a word.Turns out, James was flying to his new home James spent the week vacationing in Anguilla. He’s the next superstar to follow in the legacy that Wilt Chamberlain, Jerry West, Shaquille O’Neal, Kobe Bryant and Magic Johnson built for the Lakers.Philadelphia star Joel Embiid weighed in on Twitter saying, “The Lakers are FOREVER gonna be Kobe’s and Magic’s team…. Process that.”The 76ers met with James’ representatives Sunday, obviously to no avail. Embiid’s opinion notwithstanding, the Lakers are James’ team now.And the East, for the first time in nearly a decade, will have a new king next spring. View comments Durant, George and Paul were way faster than that.The bonanza started Saturday night when Durant decided to sign a two-year, $61.5 million deal with the two-time defending champion Golden State Warriors, one where he’ll make $30.5 million this season. The terms were confirmed by a person familiar with the situation who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the deal cannot become official until the league’s offseason moratorium ends this week.The deal comes with a player option for 2019-20, so Durant can — and likely will — become a free agent again next summer.George and Paul made their announcements known not long afterward. George told a party in Oklahoma City that he’s staying with the Thunder, after agreeing to terms on what is a $137 million, four-year deal that comes with an option for the final season. Paul made his intentions known on Twitter at exactly midnight EDT Sunday, saying he’s staying with the Houston Rockets after agreeing to a four-year contract worth $160 million.All three of those players will have designs on a title next season.ADVERTISEMENT In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James fields questions before an NBA basketball practice, Wednesday, May 30, 2018, in Oakland, Calif. The Cavaliers face the Golden State Warriors in Game 1 of the NBA Finals on Thursday in Oakland. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Kevin Durant, Paul George and Chris Paul all made quick decisions to stay put and remain in the Western Conference.And now LeBron James is joining them.ADVERTISEMENT Taal victims get help from Kalayaan town MOST READlast_img read more

Cabinet Approves Reforms

first_imgThe Liberian Cabinet has endorsed a number of recommendations in line with the ongoing reforms of the civil service. When fully implemented, the recommendations will bring an end to the practice of the dual payroll system, collapse various benefits such as gas slips and scratch cards into one compensation package for political appointees, and ensure uniformity in general allowances across the public bureaucracy.According to a release from the Ministry of Information, Cultural Affairs and Tourism, the Cabinet, under the leadership of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, reached the decision on Friday, November 15, after hours of deliberations, during which the Minister of Finance presented a comprehensive report on the current state of the Liberian economy, and the Director-General of the Civil Service Agency informed about the extent of ongoing reforms in the civil service.The two officials confirmed that while the changes will lead to an uptick in the salaries of political appointees – currently amongst the lowest in the sub-region and which have not been improved for years – the exercise will also reduce the increasing recurrent costs of operating the government, including costs of vehicle repairs and maintenance, scratch cards and gas slips which will be collapsed into a single compensation by which the political appointees, rather than the government, will assume these costs.The recommendations, which will be fully implemented by the end of January next year, could see Cabinet Ministers earn US$6,000 monthly; Deputy Ministers and Ambassadors, US$4,500; and Assistant Ministers, US$3,000 and all would pay directly for their scratch cards, gas slips and vehicle repairs and maintenance. The full implementation will also see the end of disparities in the disbursements of general allowances. The projected increase is also tied to the scrupulous implementation of the performance contracts signed between political appointees and the President.In welcoming the decision, President Sirleaf reminded the Cabinet of the urgent need to lower the recurrent expenditure of the government so as to invest the savings in much-needed Public Sector Investments Projects (PSIPs). These projects, which include roads, ICT, power and ports, the President said, will have multiplying effects in expanding the economy, lowering the costs of living and doing business in the country, and will provide new opportunities for employment for all Liberians.According to MICAT, the President directed the Cabinet to cooperate with and assist in accelerating ongoing efforts to clean up the payroll of the government, as well as increase the salaries of civil servants and service personnel, including teachers and health workers, whom she referred to as the unsung heroes and heroines of the ongoing transformation of the country.Meanwhile, the Government of Liberia has included over two thousand health workers on its payroll. The health workers were previously paid by a number of international non-governmental organizations.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

GBTI commences annual children’s summer camp

first_imgThe Guyana Bank for Trade and Industry (GBTI) on Monday commenced its annual summer camp for Early Savers at their Bel Air recreational facility, where teenagers and younger children will be engaged in fun-filled activities for five days.Children engaging in outdoor activities during GBTI’s summer campPublic Relations and Marketing Manager, Pamela Binda expressed that the venture is part of their annual mission to give back to youths. Children from the Early Savers group were randomly selected to partake in craft, sports and learning activities.“We have an annual summer camp that our Early Savers club members benefit from. It is an account that we have for children, for infants to children that about 16 years old. Every year we do this and what we do is select account holders and we treat them to one week of summer camp,” she explained.As part of the programme, the younger group is facilitated in the morning, followed by the teenage group in the afternoon. This year, a sport was added to the list in the form of tennis for participants to experience all-round growth.“They do literacy sessions, arts and craft but this year we’ve added an outdoor component which is tennis. We’re really big on including children and ensuring that they have a holistic development and not just indoor activities,” Binda added.At the end of the programme on Friday, parents will be invited to view the works of the kids and also note the progress that was made in just a few days. An exhibition will display their artworks and other creative items that were made.This is the second consecutive year that the Kids Today Leaders Tomorrow (KTLT) programme has collaborated with the bank to assist with the learning sessions.“We have been in partnership with KTLT for about two years and we have been enjoying that partnership with them and so it will continue.”last_img read more

20 new dental assistants graduate

first_imgTwenty new dental assistants have graduated from the Division of Health Science Education’s one-year Dental Assistant Programme.Speaking at the simple graduation ceremony, Programme Coordinator Debra Patterson-Skeete pointed out that the training allows for graduates to have practical experience in dentistry.The new dental assistantsShe said that the assistants have been introduced to dental X-rays and so “they are well capable of doing correct infection control methods”.The graduates hail from Region One (Barima-Waini), Region Three (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara), Region Four (Demerara-Mahaica), Region Five (Mahaica-Berbice), Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni), Region Eight (Potaro-Siparuni), Region Nine (Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo) and Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice).The best graduating student from the programme was Nafeeza Benn of Berbice. In addressing her peers, she spoke of the many challenges and sacrifices she had to make to successfully complete the programme.“I had to leave my family and my comfortable home and sometimes late at nights I had to study…sometimes I wanted to go out and then you had exams so I had to study for my exam and today to be the top student is a dream come true,” Benn said.Copping the most improved student was Dwayne Barry. Barry said he always wanted a career in the dentistry field and with the help of his family he was able to pursue.Some of the areas covered in the course included training in sterilisation, patient care, ethics & communication, anatomy, oral health promotion and care of equipment among other areas.last_img read more

Millions from state for schools

first_imgThis is the first time schools will receive money specially designated for physical education and the visual and performing arts, state officials said. “High-quality arts education and improved physical fitness can support academic achievement in all areas of a student’s education,” state schools Superintendent Jack O’Connell said. “With these funds, teachers can expand their content knowledge and teaching skills in physical education and visual and performing arts through professional development, and students can benefit from enhanced equipment and supplies that increase the quality of learning experiences.” Districts may bring together teachers, administrators, parents and students to assess needs and develop a plan on how to use the money. Shepard said the high school district has not come up with a plan yet. “The items can be purchased one time. It can’t be a continuing cost,” Shepard said. “Probably what we’ll do is since we have a mix of new and old schools, we will look at all the schools and needs and whether they have been receiving money for this purpose and maybe do a weighted allocation to the sites.” karen.maeshiro@dailynews.com (661) 267-5744 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LANCASTER – For the first time, California public schools will receive state funding specifically for art, music and physical education programs, and Antelope Valley schools are in line to get more than $6.9 million. School officials said they were excited about getting extra money for areas that often are first to be cut during budget crunch times. “We are very pleased to have the opportunity to make purchases in areas that we have not been able to address for some time,” said Cathy Shepard, chief financial officer for the Antelope Valley Union High School District. “The money that supports those areas comes from the general fund, and the general fund is 85 percent tied up in labor. It doesn’t leave a lot for purposes of art music, and P.E. for extras. It’s an opportunity we could not have been able to address if this special money had not come through.” The money is part of $500 million in state funding for professional development, equipment and supplies to improve instruction in the arts, music and P.E. The grants, approved as part of the 2006-07 state budget, will provide each school district, charter school, and county office of education with $83.04 per student. Each district will be required to spend at least $2,500 per school site. Acton-Agua Dulce Unified School District will receive $153,301; the high school district, $1.8 million; Eastside, $224,962; Hughes-Elizabeth Lakes, $32,490; Keppel, $241,948; Lancaster, $1.2 million; Palmdale, $1.7 million; Westside, $676,000; and Wilsona, $161,858. In Kern County, Mojave Unified School District will be allotted $228,695; Muroc, $186,763; and Southern Kern, $261,300. There is no deadline on spending the funds and they can be carried over to future fiscal years. last_img read more

Why this Liverpool and Man United target has been compared to Messi!

first_img1 Emre Mor, the 18-year-old, is interesting Man United and Liverpool Emre Mor, the Danish sensation whose skill and finishing, has already seen him compared to Lionel Messi, is reportedly interesting both Man United and Liverpool.Check him out in action in the video below.Name: Emre MorDate of birth: 24/07/1997Position: StrikerClub: FC NordsjaellandWhat’s the latest?Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has reportedly been an admirer of Mor since his days in charge of Borussia Dortmund, and the German side have retained thier interest, putting them in competition for the young striker’s signature with the Reds and Man United.Scouts from a number of leading clubs in Europe have been sent to watch him in recent weeks, with the race hotting up.Mor is tipped by many to become a future star, so you can expect to hear more about him as the winter transfer window edges closer.Video evidence:In the Danish Under-19 Cup final in May, the teenager scored a sublime Messi-esque goal from outside the box with his left foot.And this video shows exactlly why he has Europe’s major clubs fighting for his signature.For Liverpool or Man United fans, it could be a very exciting month!last_img read more

Muir, Arcadia play to 2-2 tie

first_imgWith the draw, Muir goes to 6-4-1 and 1-0-1 in Pacific League play, and Apaches is 9-5-3 and 1-0-1. “It was a good game; Arcadia is a very improved team,” Altounian said. “I’m sure they’re disappointed they didn’t get the win and we’re disappointed we didn’t win. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita“They had a few more chances than we did, but they couldn’t convert. But being a man down for more than a half, the tie was more to our benefit than Arcadia’s, so we’ll take it, especially on the road.” Muir’s Freddy Cabezas tied the score when he poked a heading cross just past midfield and raced past the Apaches backline, giving himself a great look on a breakaway, which he finished in the 32nd minute, to tie the score, 2-2. But Cabezas was ejected moments later when he ran past the Apaches sideline to taunt their players and coaches, and as a result forced the Mustangs to play defense in the second half down a man. “You can’t taunt,” Altounian said. “You score the goal and you come back and celebrate with your teammates. You can’t run by someone’s bench and taunt them. That’s uncalled for.” Early on, it looked as if the Apaches were going to run away with it. ARCADIA – Considering that the Muir High School boys soccer team had to rally from two goals down and play a man short for more than 50 minutes at Arcadia High on Thursday, Mustangs coach Warren Altounian was more than satisfied to escape with a 2-2 draw. The Apaches had several chances to win the game in the final 10 minutes and injury time, but Apaches forward Aaron Galvan couldn’t poke in a couple head tries and defender Donnie Capps missed a chance to convert a corner kick in the closing moments. center_img At the top of the penalty box, Apaches midfielder Kyle Conrad slid a pass left to Rogelio Gonzalez, and he found a seam, rifling a right-footed shot past Mustangs goalkeeper George Cervantez in the fourth minute for a 1-0 lead. A few minutes later, the Apaches earned a questionable penalty kick on a hand-ball call, and Galvan converted it, steering it in the right side for a 2-0 lead in the 10th minute. The Apaches had a goal called back for offsides that would have given them a 3-0 lead, and Galvan just missed another opportunity in the 22nd minute. The missed opportunities allowed the Mustangs to creep back in it, and they finally caught a break when the Apaches were called for a hand-ball in the 27th minute, which Jose De La Torre converted to cut the Apaches’ lead to 2-1. Apaches coach Jason Franz was disappointed with the outcome because the trio of Galvan, Conrad and Gonzalez created all kind of chances, but they couldn’t find the net. “Give Muir credit, they played hard in the second half,” Franz said. “We had a lot of opportunities to finish the game, but we couldn’t finish the game. “But this is what this league is going to be like week in and and week out. It will be a dogfight until the end.” The Mustangs also had to play without starter Armando Robles, who was sitting out a one-game suspension for an ejection earlier in the week. fred.robledo@sgvn.com (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4485 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

Donegal doll company Lottie signs up with Penguin Books!

first_imgDonegal company Lottie Dolls has signed a major agreement with one of the world’s biggest book companies, Penguin Books. The company, which is based at the CoLab in Letterkenny, has announced they will now become part of the Puffin collection at Penguin, Lottie and Finn’s adventures to be expanded by the world-famous publisher.Lottie Dolls, are award winning dolls created to empower children to be themselves, to be imaginative, adventurous and most of all to have fun!Arklu have recognised how precious childhood is, and with growing societal pressures, how short it can be. Arklu have made it their mission to protect childhood and inspire learning through play with Lottie, Finn and friends.The brand are excited to announce that they will now become part of the Puffin collection at Penguin, Lottie and Finn’s adventures to be expanded by the world-famous publisher. Ballybofey man Ian Harkin, Managing Director and Co-Founder of Arklu, Lottie Dolls, said  “Our vision of childhood is simple, we dream of a place where kids can be kids, where the great outdoors is there to be explored, where curiosity-led discoveries and imagination run wild and where the only limit is bedtime!Ian Harkin, CEO of Lottie Dolls“Childhood should be an inclusive place for every girl and boy, and our publishing deal with Puffin at Penguin will be a perfect extension of our message! We are delighted to be in the company of much-loved authors such as Roald Dahl, Jeff Kinney (Diary of a wimpy Kid) and Jacqueline Wilson, and are excited to announce our partnership with the enthusiastic team at Penguin.”At play with LottieLeanne Gill, Publisher of Licensed Properties at Penguin Random House Children’s, who acquired the publishing deal with the brand, said they are delighted to be the publishing partner for Lottie Dolls.“At Penguin Children’s, we, of course, share Lottie’s love of reading, but also her passion for inspiring exploration, creativity and individuality and a desire to promote positive role models for children. We can’t wait to bring Lottie to a wider audience through our fiction and activity books launching in summer 2017.”Leanne has negotiated a three year term for the contract with Penguin Random House Children’s; with the Penguin Random House Rights team showcasing initial plans for the Lottie Dolls books in Frankfurt this October. The partnership is due to launch with two titles in May 2017; one being a fiction title for young readers, and one a sticker dressing-up book, which will be focused on stargazing and space.A further two titles will then follow in September 2017 – again, one fiction, one activity book (format/concept to be confirmed). Penguin Random House Children’s are dedicated bringing the quality and individuality of the dolls into their publishing range, and create really special books that readers will treasure.A massive achievement for the Donegal based start-up, who this year celebrated having a doll in space, and winning Google’s Adopt a Start-Up competition, Lottie and Finn were recently stocked in Arnotts, Dublin and extend their thanks to Donegal people for their support to date. Donegal doll company Lottie signs up with Penguin Books! was last modified: October 14th, 2016 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:donegalLottie dollsPenguin bookslast_img read more

RESIDENTS DEMAND ILLEGAL DUMPERS BE TRACKED DOWN BY COUNCIL

first_imgJust some of the rubbish dumped at the back of the Gleann Rua estate in Letterkenny.These are the disgusting scenes after illegal dumpers off-loaded rubbish beside a Letterkenny housing estate.The mounds of household rubbish has been dumped at the rear of the Gleann Rua housing estate.Everything from mattresses to paint tins to wood is included in the mounds. Some of the illegal rubbish mounds up close.Locals have now called on the county council to examine the rubbish in a bid to find the culprits.The council have actively been engaged in cleaning hop many areas across the county.They recently told Donegal Daily that they will activate investigate illegal dumping and will clean up areas if informed by the public.A spokesman for locals outraged by the illegal dumping close to the Gleann Rua estate said the culprits could easily be found. “A little bit of investigation work would easily identify who is behind this illegal dumping.“There is all sorts of personal items which would indicate where exactly this rubbish came from.“These people should be tracked down and brought before the courts,” he said.RESIDENTS DEMAND ILLEGAL DUMPERS BE TRACKED DOWN BY COUNCIL was last modified: April 26th, 2015 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)last_img read more

DataStax Brisk, Hadoop, and the Ever-Evolving Database

first_imgklint finley Tags:#cloud#Trends Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Yesterday at the GigaOM Structure Big Data conference in New York City, Apache Cassandra parent company DataStax announced a new product that integrates Cassandra, Hive and Apache Hadoop. The new product, called Brisk, essentially uses Cassandra to replace Hbase and the Hadoop storage layer. “There’s a lot of nice properties about using the Hadoop programming model on top of a Cassandra layer, especially if you’re already using the database and want to do more large-scale batch processing,” says ReadWriteWeb resident big data expert Pete Warden.This new permutation of Hadoop represents the ongoing evolution of the database.A Cambrian Explosion of new programming languages, frameworks and databases has been underway in recent years. RedMonk’s Stephen O’Grady attributes this to a shift in preference from general purpose tools to specialized tools. Relational database systems are general purpose tools that have ruled for decades. Now non-relational databases are showing up for many special purposes, and new methods of interacting with datastores – such as Hadoop – are emerging to deal with the data.What we’re seeing now is not necessarily a consolidation in the market, though that’s happening in the columnar database space and elsewhere. More importantly we’re seeing technologies converge, as projects split apart and combine to form new tools. The process is already underway, as Cassandra itself combines concepts from Amazon.com’s Dynamo and Google’s BigTable.The merger between CouchOne and Membase is another example. This was both a market and technical consolidation: the forthcoming Couchbase Elastic Server will combine Membase and Apache CouchDB.Hadoop and Hbase have been around for a few years now, and Google has been using MapReduce and BigTable for even longer. But the relational database paradigm has been around for about four decades. These new databases, and the algorithms for manipulating them, are still remarkably new.Projects like Brisk and Couchbase are likely only the beginning of the forks, mergers and strange offshoots we’ll see in coming years.center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more