JR Smith #5 of the Cleveland Cavaliers. Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images/AFPINDEPENDENCE, Ohio — Chicken noodle or tomato? J.R. Smith didn’t serve up any explanation.Cleveland’s mercurial shooting guard declined an interview request Friday, a day after the Cavaliers suspended him one game for throwing a bowl of soup at assistant coach Damon Jones.ADVERTISEMENT The soup toss came following Thursday’s shootaround at the team’s training facility, hours before the Cavs played the Philadelphia 76ers, a person with direct knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press on Friday. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the team has not disclosed details.Smith was with his teammates Friday — the Cavs didn’t practice, but watched film — and after getting in some extra shots, he told a team spokesman he will address the media at Saturday’s shootaround before the Cavs play Denver.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkUntil then, what triggered his brothy outburst remains a mystery.ESPN.com first reported the reason for Smith’s suspension. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said Smith did not address the team over the latest drama for a team that has had no shortage of theater this season.“I had a little discussion with him,” Lue said before refusing to say if he was the one who suspended Smith.The 32-year-old Smith, who served his suspension while the Cavs were beaten by the Sixers, had a history of fines and other issues before arriving in Cleveland by a trade in 2015. However, he’s had few problems with the Cavs and has been a key member of three straight Eastern Conference championship teams. Smith has endeared himself to Cleveland fans with his hustle and knack for knocking down big shots.But Smith hasn’t been himself this season. He’s always been a streaky shooter, but his shot isn’t falling as often. In 59 games (56 starts), Smith is averaging 8.3 points — the second-lowest average of his career — and shooting 39 percent.An emotional player and person, Smith was clearly bothered by the arrival before the season of Dwyane Wade, who briefly took his starting spot. Wade was traded to Miami at the deadline, and the move seemed to invigorate Smith.ADVERTISEMENT Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View comments Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings ‘It is gonna be a classic’ Rodney Hood started in Smith’s place against the Sixers and scored 11 points on 5 of 14 shooting. Before Thursday’s game, Lue said Smith will return to the starting lineup following his suspension.Smith’s target, Jones, previously played for the Cavs and is in his second season as an assistant on Lue’s staff. Jones played in the NBA for 11 seasons for 10 teams.Before Thursday’s clash with Smith, the talkative Jones engaged in a lively shooting contest with point guard George Hill.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano 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 UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES
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“I still have never directly spoken to Manny,” Roach said earlier Tuesday.“I’m not going to make a move until Manny calls me. I’ve been like a father to Manny for 15 years. If he can’t call me, there will be no deal.”Speaking at a media roundtable in Los Angeles on Tuesday, Pacquiao said he hoped Roach would work in a supervisory capacity, with long-time associate Buboy Fernandez taking the lead role in training.“I don’t have any problem with Freddie Roach,” Pacquiao said. “All I say is that I think the other work in training should be assigned or designated to Buboy.“Freddie can supervise or instruct Buboy, this is what we’re going to do,” the 39-year-old added. /cbbADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “Manny reached out directly,” Roach was quoted as saying. “We sat together one-on-one. I’ll be in his corner Jan 19.”Roach and Pacquiao split abruptly after a 16-year partnership following the Filipino’s defeat to Jeff Horn in 2017.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissRoach was reported to have been upset by his dismissal, and was caught by surprise when Pacquiao announced on Monday that he planned to rehire the trainer for his January 19 fight in Las Vegas against Broner.At that point, the two had apparently not talked since 2017. MOST READ Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony PLAY LIST 00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)03:30PH’s Rogen Ladon boxing flyweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)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 Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title LATEST STORIES Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Tams make it Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines sits in his corner with trainer Freddie Roach between rounds of his WBO welterweight championship fight against Jessie Vargas at the Thomas & Mack Center in this November 5, 2016, file photo taken in Las Vegas, Nevada. AFP FILELOS ANGELES, United States – Veteran trainer Freddie Roach has agreed to reunite with Manny Pacquiao for the Filipino fighter’s bout with Adrien Broner in January, it was reported on Wednesday.A Sports Illustrated report, citing a text message from Roach, said he had agreed to work with Pacquiao again following late-night talks with the fighter on Tuesday.ADVERTISEMENT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college View comments
This weekend (April 3-5, 2015) the focus of most Christian denominations will be the Good Friday and Easter events. Christians all over the world are commemorating and reenacting these events of great significance to them and they believe the world. What really happened on that first Good Friday and Easter Day? What significance (bearings) and relevance do they have for the world today? This article will seek to explore a little bit below.The Holy Scripture and Christian history bear abundant testimony that that fateful first Good Friday and that first Easter Sunday Jesus was killed in one of the most gruesome manners the world has even known but rose again from death. The events leading up to his death are vividly described as causing agony and distress to his physical body and his soul. He was arrested and maltreated by the Roman soldiers and the Jewish religious authorities, betrayed by one of his own disciples, Judas Iscariot, deserted by most of his male disciples, denied by Peter, the de facto head of the disciples, went through several trials of travesty, and murdered like a common criminal. His enemies thought they had finished him up but they were wrong!On the third day after crucifying him he rose from death to the surprise of his enemies and even his own disciples. He appeared in different ways to different numbers of his disciples and in various places to prove to his followers that he is indeed alive and has conquered death!These momentous events mean that he came on earth, lived as the greatest servant of God and man and died in mankind’s place for pay for its sin that it could not otherwise pay for by itself and in itself. Christian experience and the Scripture teach that by his death and resurrection Jesus Christ has made the perfect, once for all, sufficient sacrifice for the sins of the world and conquered death for all. By his rising to life from death Jesus now has a new existence, a new spiritual body that is not subject to physical hurting and decay and can pass through things and places that could not be possible in a normal human body and existence.This new form of existence is promised to all who believe and obey him when they too rise from death. The resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth achieves many great things for humans. What he achieves include salvation, forgiveness of sin, unhindered access to the throne and grace of God twenty-four-seven, power to cope and do what one ought to, and a source of a living hope.It is this last point we want to expand on a little below. The resurrection of Jesus Christ is a source of living hope for those who by faith and obedience own the resurrection. Peter puts it like this: “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. By his great mercy he has given us a new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead” (1 Peter 1:3).This does not mean in any way that those who believe in the resurrection will not experience problems and challenges in life. They may still experience bereavement, terrible illnesses, disappointments and temporary failures, and their enemies may at time seem to have won over them for a while but the faithful believers know that they will ultimately win. Because their Master won over the worst of challenges including physical death they too will win no matter the battle and the enemy.This living hope gives them strength to keep hanging in there till the victory comes at God’s own choosing. No matter how great the fall they experience they rise again and again. They are certain that he that is in them is by far greater than he that is in the world (1 John 4:4). No amount of difficulties or good things can take away this hope from them. Their hope is indestructible. It does not depend on material things or circumstances or other people’s attitude. It is rested on what God in Christ has done and has promised.Therefore belief in the resurrection should be able to revive any unfortunate situation or condition the believer faces. This does not make grieving or coping with any distress easy but bearable and conquerable. The resurrection makes the believer to bear the unbearable and to achieve what was thought impossible from the human point of view. It is my prayer that during these commemorations of Good Friday and Easter each believer will endeavor to own the hope and power of the resurrection and let it enable him/her to cope with any eventuality and to live for their Master and others. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs, Elias B. Shoniyin has termed recent media report of improprieties at the ministry as a distortion of facts and shifting of blame, and a blatant and deliberate attempt to damage and besmear his reputation.Making the disclosure last Thursday to newsmen at the Foreign Ministry, Mr. Shoniyin said there are certain individuals at the ministry who, for their own ulterior motives, have resorted to misinformation, disinformation and twisted facts to politicize the developments purposely to damage his reputation.Minister Shoniyin was responding to a publication of “financial improprieties” at the Foreign Affairs, particularly within the position he previous held before his ascendency as Deputy Minister.Local media early this month published stories of financial improprieties with a little over US$400,000 provided by the Government of Japan for institutional capacity building among others.“It interests me that an official will submit a secret report to the Foreign Minister on July 31 for Presidential submission, and few days later on August 10 a verbatim of that same report in popular daily under the guise of investigative reporting. This raises question of integrity and professionalism of that official who lacks the audacity to openly assert his values through a press,” Minister Shoniyin said.He explained further that this despicable situation has now subjected the conservative solitude for which the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has turned into a arena of disrepute, describing it as “unfortunate saga that has now turned into a campaign of smear.”He said by the kind gesture of the Government of Japan, the Department of International Economic Cooperation and Integration of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs was provided a grant of US$731,412 on April 22, 2014, to implement a project, “Institutional and Human Resource Support for Efficient Operation of the Department.”A document in possession of the Daily Observer shows that Minister Thomas Kaydor, Deputy Minister for International Cooperation and Integration, has been receiving traveling allowances from the Government of Liberia, Foreign Affairs particularly, as well as from the Japanese project.Minister Shoniyin said upon ascendency to his present position, he wrote the Afriland First Bank’s Manager transferring signatory powers to Mr. Kaydor as Signatory ‘A’, Madam Wede Elliot Brownell, Deputy Minister as signatory ‘B’, and Augustine Nyanplu, Project Manager as signatory ‘C’, effectively.He explained that following several months in his new portfolio, an audit under his period of the project, revealed that not a single integrity issue but concerns on internal controls weakness and oversights and the copy was served to his successor for his actions to address those system concerns.“These exchanges were happening in late July while checks on the account of the project started bouncing in early June. Deputy Minister Thomas Kaydor left inactive, and it took the action of Minister Ngafuan instructing with immediacy that Mr. Kaydor write that bank requesting full disclosure on the account of the project, that he then acted,” Minister Shoniyin said.He said the ministry became more alarmed when it was discovered that two checks drawn on the same account had bounced.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Students giving back: The fund was created in order for the President to “assist other youths coming after those who have benefited.It was a teary eye event watching hundreds of young proud pupils marching the streets of Monrovia singing their hearts out in tribute and thanks to the Liberian government and Madam Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, for rescuing ‘beneficiaries’ who were eager to learn, but not having a helping hand to go to school.The parade was climaxed by a program at the Monrovia City Hall on August 4, when many students were able to express their stories about how their lives were changed dramatically for the better because of the President’s assistance.Attending the program were Madam Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Vice President Joseph Boakai, , MCC Mayor Clara Mvogo, Minister of Education George Werner, Minister of Agriculture and Culture and scores of beneficiaries from the Ricks Institute, United Methodist University, Cuttington University and the University of Liberia. Others beneficiaries were from the African Methodist Episcopal University, Bromley Mission, Stella Maris Polytechnic, Starz Institute, the Catholic run School System as well as other secondary institutions of learning in the country.According to a press release from the executive mansion the beneficiaries opened a L$200,000 Endowment Account named “The Ellen Johnson Sirleaf Scholarship Foundation” for the purpose of assisting other less fortunate students coming after them in the Liberian society.Vice President Joseph N. Boakai thanked the students for lessons learned and made a commitment of L$100,000 to buttress what had been deposited by the students to the Scholarship Foundation. He said “it is good and remarkable to give back something.”Joyce Kapahn, Assistant Minister for Culture and chairperson for the organizing committee, said the fund was created in order for the President to “assist other youths who would follow their footsteps one day. The idea of doing this is to give back because Madam Ellen gave back to us; this will be of service to our country,” she stated.President Sirleaf who initially turned down the scholarship beneficiaries’ request to honor and appreciate her benevolence, according to the release, said she was compelled to be at the ceremony because of the insistence of the students, some of whom are currently working in government, the private sector and are self-employed.“We saw the future in you, and so that is why we did it,” President Sirleaf told the audience. She said for them, the future is bright because each one had a personal life story. Majority of the youths broke down in tears as they told their sad stories of being from remote parts of the country and never knowing that they would “ever come from the ashes of darkness and poverty to light,” referring to President Sirleaf as: “aunt, mother, grand-ma, and our everything.”They also used the occasion to commend President Sirleaf and her family: “Thank you plenty Aunty Jennie Bernard, GSA Director General Mary T. Broh, the late Dr. Edward B. McClain of the Ministry of State for Presidential Affairs, as well as the members of the National Legislature for closely working together in addressing our plight.”It became an emotional moment when President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf commended all branches of government for working together and arranging the necessary paperwork as well as finding the resources through the right channels to support the nation’s youthful population in pursuit of their education in spite of constraints. “I know how some of you here today and your parents suffered to put food on your tables. Some of you here don’t have ma, pa, no money to pay your school fees, no jobs, no money to pay rent, among others,” she said. President Sirleaf said the project was not executed by her alone, and commended all of the people who did the paperwork, ranging from the Ministry of State to the National Legislature that pushed “us in supporting these students, as well as the students,” for what she called their honesty and sincerity.President Sirleaf concluded by cautioning the young people of Liberia to always be determined in whatever they want to be in life, if they should reach their full potential, because “Everything in life is about how focused you are and to be what you want in life.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Mahaica accountant murder trialThe High Court trial into the 2015 murder of Suresh Nandkishore also called “Ravo” continued on Wednesday with the two accused, Sukhdeo Dharamdat called “Toney” and his son, Eshwardat Dharamdat called “Bruddow”, at the High Court before Justice Navindra Singh.Deceased:Suresh NandkishoreThe State’s case is being led by Prosecutor Tuanna Hardy in association with Teriq Mohammed and Abigail Gibbs, while defence attorneys include Pamela De Santos, Brandon De Santos and Alanna Lall.At Wednesday’s proceedings, Government Pathologist Dr Nehaul Singh took the stand to offer evidence pertaining to the matter.During his testimony, Dr Singh informed the court that while performing Nandkishore’s post-mortem, he observed a laceration to his head measuring about 8cm. He further stated that he died as a result of subgaleal or under-scalp haemorrhaging, which is bleeding in the potential space between the skull, as a result of head trauma.Meanwhile, the older Dharamdat (Sukhdeo) who led his defence by offering evidence into the matter, told the court that on the day in question (February 3, 2015) he and his son (Eshwardat) were working when his smaller son (Chaitram) informed him that the Nandkishores were repairing the fence on their plot of land.He further stated that when he approached the victims to inquire about what they were doing, a heated argument ensued and as a result, he and his smaller son were attacked by the deceased brother, Parmanand Nandkishore, who was armed with a cutlass which he used to inflict a chop to his face.The accused claimed that Eshwardat was nowhere around at the time of the attack.Murder accused: Eshwardat Dharamdat (left) and his father Sukhdeo DharamdatHowever, while under cross-examination by State Prosecutor Tuanna Hardy, the accused admitted to picking up a piece of wood and throwing it in the direction of the deceased as well as cuffing the dead man’s brother even though he posed no threat.He, nevertheless, denied that he started the argument and that his sons attacked the now dead man, his father and brother. The accused further stated that he did not say “we ga kill all them men before we go to jail” as he explained that he tried to save Bhopaul Nandkishore (deceased father) who was injured unknowingly to him and fell into the trench.On the other hand, the second accused, Eshwardat Dharamdat, led his defence by an unsworn statement in which he stated that he had no involvement in the attack but only went to his father’s rescue after being alerted.At the conclusion of the accused’s testimony, both defence attorney and State prosecutor delivered their closing address to the 12-member jury on behalf of their respective clients, after which the panel of jurors is expected to deliver a verdict as the matter is to be summed up today.
Watson had to wait around after playing the 18th early in the morning and said he was feeling the effects of the cold. “I was so tired, but it was so cold that I woke up really quickly,” Watson said. “I’ve never been this cold, even at the British Open.” Watson finished at 4-under 209 and earned $240,000 for his ninth career Champions Tour title. Haas shot a 69, and Bean closed with a 72. Haas started the round three shots off the lead and played the back nine at even par before making his move with birdies on the 12th and 18th to close within one. “Today was more about survival than trying to make a run at the scoreboard,” Haas said. “You just have to survive on days like this and not try to attack. I needed more putts to drop.” Bean was tied for the lead before a double-bogey on the 14th hole when he shanked a short chip shot sideways. His par chip from the rough came up 10 feet short and he missed the comebacker and Watson had his first lead of the day. Bean had been playing steady golf all day and was even for the round when he came to the 14th. “I was in perfect position and that’s what cost me,” Bean said. “I was right where I needed to be. I was pleased with every shot I hit all day except for the ones at 14.” ADELAIDE, Australia – Scott Sterling parred the 18th hole and David Lutterus had a bogey to give the American a one-stroke victory in the Jacob’s Creek Open on Sunday. Sterling finished with a 1-under-par 71 on the Kooyonga Golf Club course, where Australian Lutterus – a 21-year-old part-time bartender – has been a member for seven years. Sterling finished with a 12-under 276 total. “It’s unbelievable,” Sterling said of his first Nationwide Tour victory. “We all play to win, but until you actually do it … you always have some kind of doubts because you haven’t done it. “Knowing that you can do it and actually doing it is nice, very rewarding.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LUTZ, Fla. – Tom Watson won the Outback Steakhouse Pro-Am for his first professional victory in Florida, closing with a 1-under 70 in cold and windy conditions Sunday to take a one-stroke margin over Jay Haas and Andy Bean. The round was played in temperatures reaching the low 40s, with 30 mph gusts. Six players, including Watson, started play at 7:30 a.m. to complete their second rounds after darkness suspended play Saturday. Watson, the five-time British Open champion who entered the week 0 for 93 as a pro in Florida, birdied the final hole in the second round shortly after frost cleared on the TPC Tampa Bay course to pull within a stroke of the lead. “I guess after all I’ve played in Florida it has just never been cold enough,” Watson said. “It took Kansas City weather to make it happen.”
The country’s second in command has seemingly found some love with the Harambee Stars, inviting them over for breakfast at his residence just less than two days after watching them lift the CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup in a nervy penalty shoot-out on Sunday.Harambee Stars players and the Deputy President braved the early morning chill. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluDespite the chilly morning weather, the atmosphere in the reception area was warm, and became warmer when the Deputy called up captain Musa Mohammed, fist-bumping him before handing over the Sh5mn promise in cash.“Tukiwa Machakos niliwaambia ntawapatia barua kidogo, nilimwambia Yule captain. Sindio boss? (When we were in Machakos I told you I would give you something small. Isn’t it so, Captain?). I congratulate you, I congratulate our keeper Matasi (Patrick) he did us proud,” the Deputy President said.The players were elated with the meeting and more so being appreciated in kind by the country’s top leadership.Harambee Stars captain Musa Mohammed made a request to teh Deputy President that Harambee Stars gets a bus. PHOTO/Timothy Olobulu“For a long time, players were not being appreciated and this is really something great for us. We are very happy and this is a challenge for us to keep working hard. The support is very important and now, the focus is on AFCON,” skipper Mohammed said.When he stood up to speak, Mohammed made a request that the government avails a team bus and with no hesitation, the DP promised that in two weeks it will be sourced.FKF boss Nick Mwendwa however said the bus will be sourced from Germany and it should be in the country in two months time.The high table during Deputy President William Ruto’s breakfast meeting with Harambee Stars. PHOTO/Timothy Olobulu“It will be a comfortable bus with all necessary gadgets and facilities and finally our players will now be treated with a bit more dignity,” Mwendwa said.Ruto also narrated how the government was almost giving up on football, but says the re-birth of the game which started with the CECAFA win will spur them into more support, including sourcing for sponsors.Tuko Pamoja! Deputy President William Ruto promised to accompany the team if they qualify for the 2019 African Cup of Nations in Cameroon. PHOTO/Timothy Olobulu“We were almost giving up with this football but now things are looking up. So tafadhali msitulet down. This time round we must go to Cameroon. If you qualify, I will come along,” the DP said.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Deputy President William Ruto addresses Harambee Stars players and FKF officials during a breakfast meeting at his official residence in Karen on December 19, 2017. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 19- “For those of you who read the newspaper, you have heard that this place is called ‘the hustler’s mansion’. You are very much welcome here, tukule breakfast kidogo halafu bas.” Those were the welcoming words of Deputy President William Ruto when he welcomes national football team Harambee Stars to his official residence in the outskirts of Nairobi town Tuesday morning.
The woeful performance against Carlisle United in the League Cup earlier this week has left a large number of Liverpool supporters demanding that manager Brendan Rodgers be sacked. Carlo Ancelotti and Jurgen Klopp – both currently taking a break from management – continue to be heavily linked with taking over in the Anfield dugout. Klopp looks to be a firm favourite to replace Rodgers and reports have claimed he is eyeing a job in the Premier League.However, it seems not all Reds supporters are keen on the German – drawing attention to his underwhelming final season with Borussia Dortmund.Have a read of the thoughts of those who DON’T want Klopp. Do you think Klopp would be a gamble appointment for Liverpool? Let talkSPORT know your view by leaving a comment below… Some Liverpool fans are unsure if Jurgen Klopp is the man to take over at Anfield 1