Golden State’s Curry wins second straight NBA MVP award

first_imgOAKLAND, California (AP): Stephen Curry is adding a second straight MVP award to his record-setting season. A person with knowledge of the award said Curry will be announced as the winner perhaps as soon as today. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the NBA has not revealed the winner. With his unmatched long-range shooting and slick ball-handling, Curry led the Warriors to an NBA record 73 wins in the regular season as both he and his team somehow improved after he won the MVP and led Golden State to their first championship in 40 years the previous season. The honour comes as no surprise as Curry has been the front-runner since early in the season. The only drama remaining is whether he will become the first player ever to win the award unanimously. “I kind of felt bad today because I didn’t tell him congratulations because I felt like I knew since December,” teammate Draymond Green told reporters at a shootaround before Game Four of Golden State’s second-round series at Portland. Curry led the league in scoring with 30.1 points per game and shattered his own record for three-pointers by making 402, becoming the first player in league history to top 300 and 400 in a season. But Curry is more than just a scorer. He averaged 6.7 assists and 5.4 rebounds per game, led the NBA with 2.1 steals per game, while shooting 50.4 per cent from the field, 45.4 per cent from three-point range and 90.8 per cent from the foul line. PUT ON A SHOW More than the numbers, Curry put on a show almost every night during Golden State’s record-setting season that started with 24 straight wins and ended with the Warriors breaking the single-season wins record of 72 set by Chicago in 1995-96. “The way that I play has a lot of skill, but is stuff that if you go to the YMCA or rec leagues or church leagues around the country, everybody wants to shoot, everybody wants to handle the ball, make creative passes and stuff like that,” Curry said after winning AP Male Athlete of the Year earlier this season. “You can work on that stuff. Not everybody has the vertical, or the physical gifts to be able to go out and do a windmill dunk and stuff like that. I can’t even do it.” Curry has become one of the world’s most intriguing and popular athletes, playing golf and doing public-service announcements with President Barack Obama.last_img read more

Kaieteur grenade attack PI begins

first_imgThe Preliminary Inquiry (PI) into the case involving the grenade attack on Kaieteur News Publisher Glenn Lall commenced before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan on Thursday at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts. Alfie Garraway, 36, of Norton Street, Lodge, Georgetown; Janiel Howard, 20, of Lot 322 Section C Turkeyen, East Coast Demerara and Leroy Williams, 25, of Lot 11 Durban Backlands are accused of conspiring with other persons to cause an explosion by way of grenade, likely to endanger lives and cause damage to property.Alfie GarrawayJaniel HowardLeroy WilliamsConstable Darson Larose took the witness stand where he gave evidence for the prosecution. He related that he only observed the crime scene at its initial stage and shortly after, handed over his investigation to his superior, Corporal Hosanna.Under cross-examination by the defence team, it was established that Larose did not follow proper police procedure by penning the necessary entries into the station diary; however, he noted that he made entries in his personal diary that he has no qualms releasing to the court.The prosecution’s second witness, Constable Dillon Pyle told the court that he was up to date with the investigation. He added that he saw one of the defendants, Janiel Howard, in the vicinity of the Linden bus park in Georgetown and arrested him after identifying himself as a “plain clothes” Police Constable.He continued that he read the charge to him which says “he conspired with others to cause an explosion by way of grenade, likely to endanger lives and cause serious damage to property” and arrested Howard.The defence team put forward to Pyle, as he was under cross-examination, that he was not up to date with the investigation, since he failed to let Howard know who he conspired with to cause the explosion. The defence team added that the day before Pyle made his arrest, Garraway was taken into custody and if Pyle was up to date with the investigation, he would have known such information.According to the prosecution, a number of other witnesses are yet to take the witness stand to give evidence. The PI continues on September 9, 2016 before Chief Magistrate McLennan.last_img read more

PPP accuses Govt of blatant acts of gerrymandering

first_imgLGE 2018…says new NDCs, reduced constituencies a major concernWith the time for Local Government Elections (LGE) fast approaching, the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) has raised concerns in relation to possible gerrymandering by Government.PPP Executive Gail TeixeiraThe Party said it is concerned over the recent decision to declare Mahdia, Region Eight (Potaro-Siparuni) a new town and add a number of new Neighbourhood Democratic Councils (NDCs) in several areas.PPP Executive Secretary, Zulfikar Mustapha told a media conference on Monday that these issues were raised with the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM).Mustapha said the PPP has also raised the issue of reduced constituencies in some areas, believing it might be a ploy by the coalition Government to have a stronger showing at LGE.Communities Minister Ronald Bulkan announced plans to have the number of constituencies reduced from 16 to 14 in existing Local Government Areas (LAAs).This makes them the subject of re-designation with proposed redemarcation by GECOM, giving the coalition Administration an electoral advantage at the upcoming LGE.“Having closely examined the specific constituencies which have been reduced and which will now have to absorb or merged into other Constituencies in these LAAs,” he said.PPP Executive Secretary, Zulfikar MustaphaMustapha said the PPP is of the firm opinion that the proposed changes, as reflected in the Ministerial Order, would give an electoral advantage to the governing party.Recently, Bulkan announced the creation of one new township and eight new Neighbourhood Democratic Councils – an increase of nine LAAs, bringing the total LAAs to 80.By doing this, the PPP has asserted that the Minister has failed to observe the constitutional provisions enshrined in Article 13 of the Guyana Constitution.This mandate “providing increasing opportunities for the participation of the citizens, and their organisations in the management and decision-making processes of the State.”In addition, Mustapha also stressed that no consultations have been done prior to the changes, nor has the Minister made a move to provide reasons for his reduction of the LAAs. This is even though some two months has elapsed since the change was made.The media was also informed that a meeting was held with the PPP and the Chief Elections Officer of GECOM, Keith Lowenfield, on July 30, 2018, to address some concerns the party has.In their list of approximately 13 observations and concerns, the Opposition noted that GECOM has not informed them as to what the specific re-demarcations in the constituencies are.“This is causing serious delays in commencing and finalising the identification of candidates for the 2018 LGE as the geographic identity of the proposed constituents remains unknown.”In addition, the PPP had informed Lowenfield of the need for security markers to be placed on all requisite forms to be used as part of the process for the upcoming November 12 LGE.The Party said it strongly believes this would help to safeguard the integrity of the process.However, the Opposition expressed astonishment having learned that the GECOM Commissioners, appointed by the People’s National Congress (PNC), vehemently opposed this suggestion.“This has obviously raised concerns causing the PPP to question whether forms without any security mark are being used by the APNU operatives from the 2016 elections,” the Party added.The PPP has also asserted that it remains convinced that these developments point to gerrymandering of the boundaries of the constituencies in 14 LAAs and the attempt to increase the APNU’s balance of votes through the creation of 10 new LAAs.“Unfortunately, after the LGE, many of these new LAAs will be severely challenged to be sustainable due to the small size of the population and limited resources available,” they said.The Party also posited that the “Government is clearly unconcerned about the post-election consequences to these communities and are focused on their overriding objective to ensure they aren’t slaughtered in the 2018 LGE as they were in the 2016 LGE.”Mustapha said it might be an attempt to interfere with the electoral process, but the PPP is ready to do battle.PPP Executive Gail Teixeira said while the party is not contemplating any move to the court at this time over the issue, it is an opportunity for the GECOM to “pull its socks up.”She said the PPP is very prepared for the upcoming elections and she is convinced that the Party will once again have a strong showing at the local polls, point out that in the 2016 elections.She is hoping that the matters being raised by her party will be addressed soon by GECOM.The PPP captured more than 60 per cent of the local democratic organs at the last LGE. It won seven of the 10 Regional Democratic Councils at that very last election.last_img read more

Midget Predators to hold Fundraiser on February 28

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Northeast B.C. Midget Predators will be holding a Midget Female Provincial Championships Fundraiser on February 28.It was announced in January that the Predators would be hosting the Championships from March 21 to the 24 in Fort St. John.In order to host the Championships, funds are needed.- Advertisement -North Bar and Grill will be having a Burger and Bevie Night on February 28 to help raise funds.Tickets will be on sale soon. Be sure to follow the Predators Facebook page for further announcements.For more information, you contact Brook Goulet by email at read more

Speed, flying power the stars at Mugu air show

first_imgAnd though the Thunderbirds, with their red-white-and-blue F-16s and razor-sharp precision moves, were the nominal headliner, many in the crowd seemed much more interested in the debut of the F-22 Raptor. The stealth fighter, rarely seen at air shows, managed to impress even seasoned pilots like Conners and Campbell. As it cruised down the runway, its twin turbofan-engines humming, a palpable sense of excitement bubbled among the enthusiasts clustered at one end. “The Raptor’s going up now,” one hollered. “Now the show really starts!” And then it did, as Maj. Paul “Max” Moga threw open the throttles and the plane shot forward like a Corvette peeling out off the line. As it cleared the ground, Moga pulled up sharply until the F-22 was accelerating nearly straight up. Back and forth, back and forth, Moga worked the new jet across the field, executing tight turns and skids that would have made a Formula One driver envious. The crowd ate it up. “I’ve never seen a plane turn like that in my life,” marveled Markus Michelson, a mechanical engineer and recreational pilot from Camarillo. “I’d definitely like to get a ride in one of those things.” He stared heavenward at the Raptor, which seemed to hang motionless at the top of its arc. Then Moga kicked in the afterburners and jerked the graceful plane away. (818) 713-3738160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! NAVAL BASE VENTURA COUNTY – First Lt. Russ Campbell’s head snapped around, tracking the F-15E Strike Eagle as it dove in low toward the runway. As the fighter raced above the tarmac, engines roaring like a thunderclap, Campbell broke into a grin and cheered his fellow Air Force pilot. “How do you put that into words?” he yelled. “It feels like there’s someone pounding on your chest, you feel the force washing out of the jets, your heart starts to pound.” Earlier in the day, Campbell was working, pulling on his olive-drab flight suit and a radio headset and talking his partner through a demonstration of the A-10 Thunderbolt II attack jet. But as the Eagle made its runs back and forth before the cheering gallery, Campbell was just one of more than 70,000 excited fans at the Naval Base Ventura County Air Show at Point Mugu. The show, aided by sunny weather and a popular headliner with the USAF Thunderbirds flight demonstration team, packed in visitors across the air station’s vast runways. Sons tried on their first pairs of aviator sunglasses as their dads puffed cigars. Grey-bearded men set up lawnchairs and sipped beer from plastic cups as younger guys hooted and bellowed with each pass of a screaming fighter jet. Wives and girlfriends dutifully snapped pictures of dudes posing in front of aircraft from another era. “It’s the speed, the noise, the near-death experience with the airplanes so close together,” said Capt. Brad Conners, a Navy fighter pilot who now serves as commanding officer of the base. “You get to see this stuff up close and personal.” last_img read more

Accrington Stanley striker joins Northampton on loan

first_img1 James Gray in action for Accrington Stanley Accrington Stanley striker James Gray has joined League Two rivals Northampton on loan until the summer.The 22-year-old started the season with a bang, hitting five goals in the first eight games.But he has not scored since September and has not even appeared for Stanley since January.So he has decided to up-sticks in search of regular first-team football and has now agreed a loan switch to Northampton.Incidentally, Gray’s last appearance came in a 5-1 home defeat against the Cobblers, who sit seven points and five places above Stanley in the League Two table.last_img read more

Grandpa had the last word

first_imgWhen she finally cracked open the faded cover, she found an action-packed tale of cowboys and cattle barons, shootouts and watering holes, soft-spoken but hard-fisted heroes and chaste women ever in need of protecting. She also found the desire to connect with the man who wrote the book. “I read the novel. Now I wanted to get to know him better,” said Laurie Powers, 49 and living in San Pedro. “It was just something I needed to know.” She searched the Internet and discovered a vast archive of Western books at Syracuse University, including several by her grandfather. She made arrangements to visit and view the collection. “I thought I’d find five of them, but when I got there, there were 80,” she said. More research revealed that Paul Powers had also written under pseudonyms, including Ward M. Stevens. In fact, Wild West Weekly, a popular pulp magazine, published 430 of his rambling tales. As part of her research, Laurie reached out to her aunt, Pat Binkley of Garden Grove, who turned over the box containing her late brother’s personal possessions. “I opened these plastic bins,” Laurie recalled. “In the bottom was his memoir. This is it. This is what I’ve been looking for.” Appropriately titled “Pulp Writer: Twenty years in the American Grub Streets,” the book chronicles Powers’ life as a writer during the Great Depression. “He was an anti-conformist,” Laurie Powers said. “He wanted to live life his way. He made money as a writer. That’s pretty amazing. Every time I get a phone call about the book, I wish he were here to enjoy it.” 310-543-6638160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! He was a mean old cuss, a drunkard and a drifter, with a penchant for threatening suicide during his frequent dark moods. Although he vanished from her life before she turned 10, memories of her grandfather – mostly bad – haunted Laurie Powers. Still, somewhere in the shadows, there were tantalizing and exciting memories that tugged at her own sense of failed ambition as an author. Paul S. Powers was a prolific “pulp” writer, spinning Wild West yarns for magazines and cranking out novelettes from 1928 to ’43 before publishing a novel, “Doc Dillahay,” in 1949. Laurie had had a copy of the book since childhood but anger and resentment toward her grandfather prevented her from reading it until after his death in 1971. last_img read more

The 263-pound linebacker signed with the Raiders. The team’s doctors told him to get to an ER immediately.

first_imgArmonty Bryant nailed the interview. But the physical was a bombshell.Bryant, a linebacker drafted by Cleveland in 2013, played three seasons with the Browns and part of one with Detroit. The Lions cut him midway through the 2017 campaign.Last year about this time, Bryant arranged a visit with the Raiders. They were interested enough to give him a physical. They subsequently signed him.However, according to ESPN, not long after Bryant’s visit with the Raiders, team doctors called him with an …last_img read more

Is the SABC promoting social cohesion?

first_imgThe SABC’s role in promoting social cohesion and non-racialism was explored at a seminar in Johannesburg.Bessie Tugwana, acting chief operating officer at the SABC, speaks at a seminar exploring the public broadcaster’s role. (Image: Priya Pitamber)Priya PitamberThe South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) was there to serve its people, said the acting chief operating officer, Bessie Tugwana. This was one of the messages that came out of a seminar on the SABC’s Role in Promoting Social Cohesion.The event was hosted by the Ahmed Kathrada Foundation and the Institute for the Advancement of Journalism. Alongside Tugwana, other panellists included Emeritus Professor Pieter Fourie, a research fellow in the department of communication science at the University of South Africa, and Dr Caryn Abrahams from the Wits School of Governance.Sound policyFourie opened the discussion by commending the Broadcasting Act of the 1990s. “These policies were state of the art, especially coming out of apartheid,” he said.The seminar took place in Johannesburg on 29 August.If the SABC would stick to its policy, said Fourie, there should not be any problems. He described the current issues facing the broadcaster as systematic and structural, referring to the SABC’s financial situation and leadership crisis.But he said the broadcaster was doing a good job of promoting non-racialism and upholding journalistic professionalism. “I can still tune in to a news bulletin every night on TV, and radio shows.”Fourie: As a user of the SABC despite issues, still doing good. #ReportingRace— Kathrada Foundation (@KathradaFound) August 29, 2017However, the SABC needed to justify its privileged position and adapt to a new media environment, he said. “Network communication is about interactivity, and it plays a bigger role. The SABC needs to take that into consideration.”In agreementAbrahams agreed that the broadcaster helped to build a cohesive society and promote a national identity.– @carynabe says SABC does create a sense of social cohesion, based on govt definition of social cohesion. #ReportingRace— Kathrada Foundation (@KathradaFound) August 29, 2017“The SABC has done well in terms of language inclusion,” she said, using the example of Takalane Sesame.– @carynabe – in terms of programming, esp language inclusion, SABC does quite well. #ReportingRace— Kathrada Foundation (@KathradaFound) August 29, 2017Showing the audience an SABC advertisement from the 1990s, where the script was flipped between black and white people in South Africa, she said the SABC provided South Africans with a platform to discuss race.See the ad:Tugwana admitted that the SABC was not where it wanted to be, but pointed out that public broadcasting was essential. “[It] has to be the eyes and ears of the nation. Public broadcasting has to reflect what is, and not change it. That is the challenge.”South Africa’s democracy still needed to be nurtured because it was so young. “Therein lies the role of the public broadcaster.”Responding to Fourie’s comment about the new media environment, she said the organisation was looking into how it could enhance what was already done, even in the social media space.The SABC was also about promoting languages, she said, picking up on comments from Abrahams.“We see languages being eroded, but a language is an integral part of your being. When you lose it, you lose your essence.“When you talk in your language, you are more confident and you are free to engage in dialogue.”Accountability and credibilityTugwana said the public broadcaster had a calling, a unique role, but agreed that it had lost credibility. “We started to rebuild it through engagement. The SABC is currently engaging the nation on the review of its editorial policies.“We at the SABC need to earn the respect of the nation.”Tugwana – we (SABC) need to go back to people to ask them what they want to hear and see. #ReportingRace— Kathrada Foundation (@KathradaFound) August 29, 2017Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more