Jeff Van Gundy set for final game of USA qualifying rounds

first_imgNadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Knicks beat Spurs to end 18-game home losing streak Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “That coaching fire never went away,” Van Gundy said. “It’s always been about timing and fit. It hasn’t worked exactly. But that’s all right, too, because I am so lucky to do what I’m doing.”TOURNAMENT UPDATEThere will be 32 teams playing in China this summer, and 29 of those spots have now been claimed.Serbia, the world’s No. 4-ranked team, finally clinched its spot out of the European qualifiers with a 97-76 victory over Israel on Sunday in the last qualifying game for both teams. Russia also clinched its spot Sunday, needing a late 33-11 run to rally past Finland 91-76.Other qualifiers Sunday included Ivory Coast, Japan, Jordan, Iran and the Philippines. Brazil, Senegal, Italy and Poland also clinched their spots in the field over the weekend. Ivory Coast won three games in three days to get in, and needed to beat Mali on Sunday in that last game by more than 13 points to qualify — getting the job done with a 69-49 win to grab the fifth and final spot allocated to the African qualifying region.China got in automatically as the host. Tunisia, Nigeria, Greece, Germany, the Czech Republic, Lithuania, Australia, France, Angola, New Zealand, South Korea, Spain, Turkey, Venezuela, Canada, Argentina and the U.S. qualified before this final window as well.World No. 7 Slovenia and No. 9 Croatia were the top-ranked teams that failed to qualify.WHO’S LEFTThe last three World Cup berths will be won on Monday.Europe gets 12 teams, and the last of those berths will go to Montenegro or Latvia. Those nations play Monday, and Latvia must win by nine points or more to earn a trip to the World Cup. Otherwise, Montenegro goes. Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Van Gundy — the coach for all six two-game qualifying cycles for the U.S. and who led the Americans into the field for this summer’s tournament in China without navigating any serious trouble — will send his team out to face Argentina at Greensboro, North Carolina, on Monday night in the final qualifying game for both nations.Both teams have already clinched spots in the World Cup. All that’s at stake in the finale is first place in Group E; both teams go into Monday night with 9-2 records. Van Gundy has gotten the Americans to that point despite being handed a very different roster for each qualifying cycle, and he has used more than 50 different players with “USA” across their chests so far in the tournament.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“Jeff Van Gundy was a perfect selection for us as it relates to put together a squad, or squads,” USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo said. “I had the privilege of watching a few practices to see how he put all those things together, all those pieces together and how quickly he got people to buy in. I just think he’s done an outstanding job. We could not have done any better.”Van Gundy hasn’t coached in the NBA since the 2006-07 season. He’s been a television analyst for ESPN and ABC since, and is generally considered one of the best commentators in the game. He’s part of the lead crew on ESPN, often working with Mike Breen, Mark Jackson and Doris Burke. “I don’t love TV. I love the people I work with,” Van Gundy said last week, as the U.S. qualifying team was breaking training camp at the University of Miami. “I love coaching. I like TV. Whenever you try an alternative job that you’re not trained in and you don’t really have an expertise in, it’s all about who you work with.”Burke has been with Van Gundy for some of his practices, and she marvels at how well he teaches and how fast he processes the game.“He is able to see all 10 guys on the floor through an entire possession,” Burke said. “He’s one of the best I’ve ever seen. I just love the man.”It’s likely that Van Gundy will remain involved with the U.S. team for the World Cup in some capacity. The team that will play in China starting on Aug. 31 will be coached by San Antonio’s Gregg Popovich, who’ll have a roster stocked with NBA superstars — while Van Gundy went through qualifying with G League players. Popovich, countless times over the last several months, has lauded the job Van Gundy has done.Van Gundy said coaching the U.S. in qualifying didn’t necessarily stoke his desire to keep coaching. He’s never wavered on that.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying And the last two of seven spots out of the Americas Region will also be decided on the final day. The Uruguay-Puerto Rico winner is certain to get one, and the Dominican Republic is likely to get the other.The draw for the World Cup is March 16 in China. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio 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 FILE – In this Sept. 17, 2018, file photo, U.S. basketball coach Jeff Van Gundy speaks from the sidelines of the team’s FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 qualifier game against Panama in Panama City. Van Gundy has an idea on how to fix the NBA All-Star Game. His plan: Eliminate it. Van Gundy, the former NBA coach and now longtime television commentator for ABC and ESPN, said what he’s seeing now from the game is embarrassing and “a bastardization of the game that is beautiful to watch.” The teams picked by captains LeBron James and Giannis Antetokounmpo combined to attempt a record 167 3-pointers in Sunday night’s game–and 96 of the 134 field goals in the game came off either 3s or dunks. (AP Photo/Arnulfo Franco, File)CORAL GABLES, Fla. — Jeff Van Gundy is about to coach his final game for the United States in the qualifying rounds for this summer’s FIBA World Cup.From there, who knows when he’ll coach again.ADVERTISEMENT Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

A NATIONAL SYMBOL FOR UNITY

first_imgIn 1822, a group of settler colonists sponsored by the American Colonization Society (ACS) and approved by the government of the United States of America reached the coast of West Africa and landed on Providence Island, today a part of the Republic of Liberia.The purpose of their journey from the United States was to find a settlement on the continent of Africa for freed African “slaves” or their descendants in America. This settlement would come to be regarded by them as the “Promised Land.”In 1847, having declared the independence of the fledgling nation of Liberia, the settlers adopted as part of the nation’s symbol a crest engraved with the motto: “The Love of Liberty brought us here”.As time went on this nation came to incorporate more and more of the indigenous peoples the settlers had encountered on their arrival.This nation grew to become one of the two independent nations on the continent of Africa. A fact, that brought pride to all of its peoples.  Yet, as some indigenous citizens of the nation became educated and developed political consciousness, they effectively came to participate in the political life of the new nation.  In time, they began to feel that there was something outdated in the motto, “The love of Liberty brought us here.”  They saw the motto as excluding them symbolically from the establishment.  Thus, in the era of the late President Tolbert, the issue of reviewing the motto was raised.  However, no noticeable action was taken to address it.On the 165th celebration commemorating the founding of Liberia, Professor Elwood Dunn, national orator, appealed for a review of the national symbols on the spirit of the efforts at reconciliation and peace building.  In response, the President (Madam Ellen Johnson Sirleaf) commissioned a review panel to look into the matter with Professor Dunn as its chair.The thoughts expressed in this article reflect a view held by a significant number of our citizens.  They believe that it was high time that the motto was revised/reviewed so as to include all of the nation’s citizens irrespective of their origin.Symbols are very important in the art of political communication.  They are like Totems, which represent the spirit or soul of a people.  They are used to identify a people and their outlook. They should not be taken lightly.  If well chosen they can contribute immensely to particularly uniting and solidifying a nation made of diverse ethno-cultural communities.  This was done in the case of South Africa at the end of apartheid.Liberia, a fragmented pluralistic society needs more effective political integration to make for better policy making choices arising from a commonly held political culture.  It will also serve to endow the political system with substantial legitimacy.Peace building requires that we take the issue of the national symbol seriously, adopting measures to correct any misperception.  This should be considered as a part of the efforts to not only reconcile the nation after 14 years of civil conflict but also to re-write a comprehensive history of Liberia.The views expressed here are not intended to be critical of any group or segment of our citizenry.  The motto as it stands is understandable for the period at which it was adapted;  since the founders of the new nation then were the settler colonists (today referred to as Americo-Liberians) whose sentiments were reflected in the motto: “The love of liberty brought us here.”  There is no doubt their descendants will understand the need for a change.What I propose as a replacement for the motto is to keep the reference to and good regard for Liberty which we all share.  Hence, I wish to suggest one of the following alternatives as a motto:1. “For the Love of Liberty We Stand Together”2. “For the Love of Liberty We Stand as one People”3. “For the Love of Liberty We Stand United”4.  “The Love of Liberty Unites Us”I will invite the readers to make their own suggestions as a fitting contribution to resolving this issue.  Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

8 Liberian Entrepreneurs Will Join Global Investors at 4th Annual TEF Forum

first_imgFlashback: Fellows of the 3rd edition of the Tony Elumelu Entrepreneurship Programme.At least eight Liberian entrepreneurs, who were selected early this year by the Tony Elumelu Foundation (TEF) entrepreneurship support program, are expected to travel to Lagos, Nigeria to attend its 4th annual forum. The eight entrepreneurs include Berlyn Sanusie, Daniel Johnson, Gabriel Zargo, Gonda Wamah, Jr., James Tarnue, Jr., Michaelyn George, Moses Davies and Saah Hendrix Johnson.The TEF forum, which will be held on October 25, 2018, is the largest gathering of African entrepreneurs and the broader entrepreneurship ecosystem will unite over 5,000 entrepreneurs, global investors, leaders from the African public and private sectors and developmental organizations at the Federal Palace Hotel, Lagos, a release from the the United Bank for Africa (UBA) Liberia branch has said.According to the bank, the event will be a unique opportunity for beneficiaries to generate ideas, forge networks and bring policymakers and the private sector together, in a spirit of robust debate and interaction.The bank’s release said the 2018 cohort from the Tony Elumelu Entrepreneurship Programme, as well as mentors and partners, will be present, as the culmination of their intensive twelve-week induction.In keeping with the Foundation’s track record―most recently with President Macron of France―of bringing politicians face to face with the new generation of young business women and men shaping Africa, the Forum will include an interactive session with President Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya and President Nana Akufo-Addo of Ghana, moderated by TEF Founder, Tony O. Elumelu.The Forum will also feature the launch of the TEFConnect, the world’s largest digital platform for African entrepreneurs, dedicated to connecting African entrepreneurs and the entrepreneurship ecosystem.Founder, Tony O. Elumelu, CON, stated: “In just four years, we have directly impacted 4,460 entrepreneurs, and we are beginning to see the results – job creation, ripple effects, but most importantly a recognition that Africa’s economic well-being is driven by entrepreneurs: female and male, large and small–they are the engine of our continent’s transformation. We will be championing and celebrating them. This year, we are truly achieving scale and impact; we received over 150,000 applications in 2017 alone, up from 20,000 applications in 2015. We are now calling on the current generation of African success stories and others to partner with us to see how we can all further create impact, genuinely transform millions of lives and increase the number of inspiring stories we will be hearing in Lagos.”TEF CEO, Parminder Vir OBE stated: “The TEF Entrepreneurship Forum is the only event across the continent that brings together the complete African entrepreneurship ecosystem, demonstrating our commitment to capturing the whole continuum – from the entrepreneurs themselves, governments who must provide enabling environments, to capital, advice and perhaps most importantly access and network.”Inspired by Tony Elumelu’s economic philosophy of Africapitalism and his vision to institutionalize luck and democratize opportunity for a new generation of African entrepreneurs, the Tony Elumelu Foundation has implemented one of the most ambitious entrepreneurship programs globally.The Programme is a 10-year, US$100 million commitment to identify, train, mentor, and fund 10,000 entrepreneurs. Its goal is to invest in businesses that will generate at least 1,000,000 new jobs and contribute at least US$10 billion in new annual revenues across Africa.In its 4th year, TEF Entrepreneurship Programme has empowered 4,460 entrepreneurs with a total investment of US$20 million; 4,000 funded directly by the Foundation and 460 have been funded by partners.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Kuru Kururu residents decry unstable water pressure

first_imgResidents in Kuru Kururu on the Soesdyke Linden Highway have for several years been battling with the annoying issue of slow-running faucets and now they are angered further by the unstable water pressure they are receiving, especially at this time of the year.One resident, whose only name was given as Esther, told Guyana Times that for several years she has been living in the village, facing the same issue year in, year out. According to her, for reasons unknown, the water pressure tends to drop as the Christmas season draws nearer.This would result in a number of residents being unable to carry out their cleaning and other Christmas related activities without the use of a water pump.Another disgruntled resident who lives in the area, Anita Singh, recently related her woes. According to her, the water scarcely runs from her taps. Singh said she relies on her water tanks, especially in the mornings for water, as the water would only drip from her pipes, heavily impacting her duties as a mother of four and a housewife.Indira Dowlat, another resident, said she has gotten quite accustomed to the water level coming at a snail’s pace. The 50-year old resident said she spent just about half of her life in the community and knows fully well she cannot rely on the water pressure as it is. She noted that most residents in her area use water pumps in an effort to speed up their access to water.Atona Sam, another villager told Guyana Times that she is frustrated by the lack of a decent water pressure. According to her, on most days, her family would have to fetch buckets of water into their homes to carry out their daily activities, as the water pressure is so low that it does not even reach the pipes in their home.The frustrated residents are calling on the Guyana Water Incorporated to look into their woes and improve the services offered to the community.last_img read more

City, BCGEU reach tentative deal

first_imgRashid Hasan, the city’s human resources director, said he is working on arranging a meeting with mayor and council to ratify the deal on the city’s end. That meeting could happen as early as today. The city and its union have reached a tentative deal following a day of mediation over contract negotiations on Wednesday.Brent Camilleri, a representative of the B.C. Government and Service Employees’ Union, says the union will meet with membership on Friday to accept or reject the deal.“We’ve reached a tentative settlement,” Camilleri said this morning.- Advertisement -“We’re not releasing any details until we’ve concluded our meeting with our members.”City workers have been working without a contract since Dec. 31, and negotiations stalled in May over financial matters, including wages and benefits.Earlier this month, union members voted 97% in favour of strike, which the union said gave it a “strong mandate to press for a reasonable settlement.”Advertisementlast_img read more

Barcelona star heaps praise on Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool

first_img 1 Barcelona defender Gerard Pique believes Liverpool have the best chance of ripping the Premier League title away from Manchester City this season.The ex-Manchester United centre-back heaped praise on the side who used to be his rivals and their progression under manager Jurgen Klopp. REVEALED Latest Liverpool News How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won gameday cracker shining RANKED England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury huge blow “I think Jurgen Klopp is doing a great job at Liverpool,” Pique told the Daily Star.“The style of play is the opposite of Guardiola. They like to counter attack and have very quick players up front who score goals – like Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane.Looking at the 2018/19 campaign, the 31-year-old predicted a gripping English league title race, unlike the past two seasons.“It will be a challenge for City as Liverpool have a great team,” he continued. “I think it will be quite exciting.”center_img Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update smart causal Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT possible standings silverware latest REVEALED Pique spent four years at Manchester United as a youngster between 2004-2008 Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade When quizzed over whether he would ever leave Barcelona to play in the Premier League again, Pique admitted: “I don’t think so. I’m very happy here.“It’s my home, with my family and friends, and playing for the club I always dreamed to play, and I hope to win more titles here.”last_img read more

MAN ACQUITTED AFTER JURY HEARS HE PASSED OUT FROM TAKING BLOOD PRESSURE TABLETS

first_imgAn 81 year old West Donegal man charged with dangerous driving causing serious harm has been acquitted after a jury heard he passed out from taking blood pressure tablets.William Barr crashed his car killing his wife and putting a little girl in a wheelchair after a horrific crash in Dunlewey in 2008.A jury at Letterkenny Circuit Court yesterday found that Mr Barr was not in control of his car when it crashed in Dunlewey in May, 2008. Mr Barr’s defence team claimed he had fainted at the wheel as a result of taking blood pressure tablets and that he was automatous during the crash.The horrific crash left 4 year old Noirin Nic Gairbheith in a wheelchair for life after her spinal chord was severed.Mr Barr’s 83 year old wife Maggie also died in the crash.Expert evidence given by retired Professor of Pharmacology Michael Ryan said it was possible that the drug Biscopine could have caused Mr Barr to faint while driving.The court heard that Mr Barr was returning from Letterkenny with his wife when the accident occurred.Mrs Sonia Nic Gairbheith from Gaoth Dobhair told how she came around a bend at Dunlewey to find a Volkswagen Jetta car on her side of the road.There was a head-on collision and Mrs Nic Gairbheith’s car which contained her two children Noirin, 4 and Aodan, 2 was pushed back into a ditch.The car caught fire and the mother and two children had to puled from the car by passers-by moments before it was completely destroyed.Mr Barr said he could not remember crashing and only remembers coming around at Letterkenny General Hospital.The court heard how Mr Barr had been on five different drugs to keep his blood pressure under control as he had suffered from hypertension and had cardiac trouble.Mr Barr, of Middletown, Derrybeg, had been put on the medication by his GP Dr Anthony Delap and had suffered a number of fainting incidents.His dose of Biscopane had been increased from 10mgms to 15mgms and this may have contributed to him passing out at the wheel, said Professor Ryan.Professor Ryan said this was the only drug which could have caused him to faint and lose control of his car.Barrister Peter Nolan said there was no other explanation as to why Mr Barr’s car veered more across the road in a straight line.“He has a clean driving license, the car was mechanically sound and the driving conditions were good.“Something catastrophic happened on that day and the only explanation is that Mr Barr fainted. That is what happened,” he said.However Barrister for the State, Ms Patricia McLaughlin challenged the evidence of Professor Ryan and said advice given to patients taking Biscopine is that it was not common for them to faint as a result of taking the medication.Judge John O’Hagan sent the jury out and told them they had to first consider if Mr Barr was automatous or that he was not in control of himself when his car crashed.If they could not find this they would have to consider if he was guilty of dangerous driving or said they could also consider a charge of careless driving.The jury of seven men and three women took just fifteen minutes to return the ‘not guilty’ verdict in accordance with the claim that Mr Barr was ‘autonomous.’Judge John O’Hagan said “This was an extremely harrowing case on both sides and two people have been scarred forever.”Speaking after the case Barrister Peter Nolan said “This is a landmark case which will have ramifications for both the medical and legal profession.”EndsMAN ACQUITTED AFTER JURY HEARS HE PASSED OUT FROM TAKING BLOOD PRESSURE TABLETS was last modified: July 15th, 2011 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:crshDunleweyNoirin Nic GairbheithWilliam Barrlast_img read more

MOYA BRENNAN TO HEADLINE THE 2012 KILCAR FLEADH

first_imgClannad lead singer Moya Brennan is to take to the stage with her family as part of this year’s Kilcar Fleadh.She will in be in concert in the Kilcar Parish Hall on Wednesday August 8th.Other artistes appearing at this year’s Fleadh include Tom Byrne, Martin McGinley and Gavin Whelan, plus a host of traditional musicians from south west Donegal. The Fleadh commences with a concert on Saturday, August 4th and concludes with a concert on Saturday, August 11th.Workshops in fiddle, accordion, tin whistle, guitar, singing and dancing commence on Monday, August 6th.The week long festival also includes a cross roads dance, illustrated talks, a heritage day, book launch and the unique Echoes of the Glen.Full details are available on the website www.kilcaronline.com  MOYA BRENNAN TO HEADLINE THE 2012 KILCAR FLEADH was last modified: May 9th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:MOYA BRENNAN TO HEADLINE THE 2012 KILCAR FLEADHlast_img read more

DDTV – PACKIE BONNER ON WHY PEOPLE SHOULD VISIT DONEGAL

first_imgCeltic and Ireland goalkeeping legend Packie Bonner tells the world why people should come home to Donegal during the year of The Gathering.    DDTV – PACKIE BONNER ON WHY PEOPLE SHOULD VISIT DONEGAL was last modified: January 19th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Packie BonnerThe Gatheringlast_img read more