NBA: Kings’ exec vows to ‘step down’ if wrong about Cousins trade

first_img2 ‘bookies’ bet collectors held in Quezon Although deemed as quite a handful due to his mercurial attitude, the 26-year-old center has established a niche as one of the most talented players in the league today.Despite the constant ramblings regarding the slumping franchise’s eminent future, Divac remained confident in his decision and said he’s prepared to face the consequences, in the event that the team will indeed not be better off without their former superstar.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return“That’s my job, and I take responsibility. And I totally understand why some fans would be upset. They supported DeMarcus, and I like DeMarcus a lot. But I believe we are going to be in a better position in two years,” he told the Sacramento Bee over the weekend.“I want to hear again from these same people in two years. If I’m right, great. If I’m wrong, I’ll step down. But if I go down, I’m going down my way,” he added. Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite Sacramento Kings’ player-turned-GM Vlade Divac has no qualms about trading DeMarcus Cousins.  AFP file photo.A week after trading superstar DeMarcus Cousins to the New Orleans Pelicans, Sacramento Kings’ general manager, Vlade Divac, is still receiving flak for his decision.READ: Kings exec on Cousins trade: Winning begins with culture, character mattersADVERTISEMENT Valdez proud of what she left in Ateneo Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member LATEST STORIES Meanwhile, in their first game since the trade on Thursday (Friday in Manila), the Kings displayed a more free-flowing offense and emerged victorious against the Denver Nuggets, 116-100. However, the team floundered against Kemba Walker and the visiting Charlotte Hornets on Saturday (Sunday in Manila), losing 85-99.Cousins, on the other hand, has been winless since donning a Pelicans uniform, with lopsided defeats against the Houston Rockets, Dallas Mavericks and the Oklahoma City Thunder.  Khristian Ibarrola /raSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Taal Volcano continues to emit steam, ash from weak explosionscenter_img China counts sharp rise in coronavirus cases, 2 in Beijing Beggar dead in Quezon hit-and-run incident Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

Guyana-Japan US$3.8M grant for rehab of EDWC

first_imgThe US.8 million Japan grant for phase two of the rehabilitation of the East Demerara Water Conservancy (EDWC) was on Tuesday transferred to the National Drainage and Irrigation Authority (NDIA) at Flagstaff,Agriculture Minister Noel Holder, Japanese Ambassador Mitsuhiko Okada and NDIA CEO Frederick FlattsEast Coast Demerara.The project, which stemmed from an agreement by the Japanese Government and the previous Administration in 2007, was divided into two phases.Under phase one, eight excavators, two pontoons, aluminium boats along with engines, 4×4 trucks, GPS devices and laptops were procured.Under phase two, US$3.8 million was provided by the Japanese Government through the Japanese International Cooperation Agency for the rehabilitation of six structures within the EDWC, at Sarah Johanna, Nancy, Annandale, Hope, Shanks and Maduni.Making brief remarks at the handing over ceremony were Agriculture Minister Noel Holder, Japanese Ambassador Mitsuhiko Okada and NDIA Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Fredericks Flatts.Holder, in a statement released on the Government Information Agency site, said that “… after the 2005 floods, the East Demerara Water Conservancy’s Northern Relief Channel project was designed to provide the means to release excess water in the conservancy when it is in danger of overtopping and breach”.The Minister further explained that “rehabilitation of the East Demerara Water Conservancy- Component II” has realised construction and rehabilitation of six of the network’s 33 intake/relief structures to protect the EDWC dam from overtopping and collapsing during rainy seasons.Ambassador Okada said that climate change was a matter of great concern to all. “I would like to commend the efforts of the different agencies involved for bringing the project to completion. Japan is committed to supporting developing countries in overcoming vulnerabilities and creating strategies to withstand the effects of climate change as evidenced by this grant.”After being taken on his second tour to the project site by boat, the Japanese Ambassador expressed satisfaction and said his Government stood ready to help the people and Government of Guyana in the execution of suitable projects to aid in the country’s development.NDIA CEO Flatts made similar comments as Minister Holder, adding that the 20 engineers who were trained in dam management, flood control and repairs recently.These works will complement the Hope Canal project.last_img read more

Huntertown Man Arrested on 20 Child Porn Charges

first_imgDillon Douglas Kingsbery, 30, of Huntertown, IN was arrested on 20 felony charges earlier today by the Indiana State Police.All of the charges were for child pornography, the result of a nearly four-month long investigation into various allegations of crimes against children. An undercover investigation into peer-to-peer file sharing conducted by the Indiana State Police uncovered a substantial cache of child pornography during the execution of today’s search warrant at Kingsbery’s Huntertown residence.   The warrant was served by member agencies of the Indiana Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, inclusive of the Indiana State Police, FBI, Fort Wayne Police Department and the United States Postal Inspection Service.Forensic investigators were able to identify at least 6,000 files of alleged child pornography, bestiality and bondage stored on various computer devices.  Among the images recovered were a series of sexually explicit photographs and videos. Some of the recovered images allegedly involved victims previously identified by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC).As a result of Kingsbery’s arrest he has been preliminarily charged by the Allen County Prosecutor’s Office with 10 counts of Child Exploitation, all level 5 felonies and 10 counts of Possession of Child Pornography, all level 6 felonies.Investigators credit the collaborative effort of all of the agencies involved, especially that of the Allen County Prosecutor’s Office, in this complex and highly technical criminal investigation.Kingsbery remains held in the custody of the Allen County Jail with bail set at $200,000.last_img read more

The SATURDAY SIX looks at The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly of DISNEY+

first_img# 4 – The Good: The Imagineering Story, Legend of the Three Caballeros, Noelle, and Lady & the Tramp headline an impressive catalogStar Wars was just the tip of the iceberg for what Disney+ brought to the table. There was literally something for everyone. Theme park fans were in for a surprise with the debut of the documentary series The Imagineering Story. I was hesitant going into this thinking it would be a fluff piece, but the series is surprisingly candid. It celebrates the rich history of Disney Imagineering, warts and all.  The Imagineering Story is what you show people who don’t understand why you keep going back to theme parks on your vacations. It is a tale of regular people doing extraordinary things, leaving an impact that will be felt by generations. I have to admit I’ve teared up several times in just the first couple episodes, as each show is not just an informative look at how the parks we visit today were created, but also a love letter to the men and women behind them. One exciting part of The Imagineering Story is that the show opens the door for other series that we might get down the road.  How about spending an hour with Imagineer Joe Rohde on Pandora: The World of Avatar? Tony Baxter on Splash Mountain? Kathy Magnum on Cars Land? What about Imagineers going over in detail the history and importance of Tiki Room, Jungle Cruise, or its a small world? The possibilities are endless and now I’m looking forward to more behind-the-scenes glimpses of the parks we know like the back of our hand.In episode two of The Imagineering Story, we were told what it was like for the Disney company to go through the loss of Walt. Here, Walt shows a scale model of Haunted Mansion, an attraction that would be completed after his untimely death.There’s so much on Disney+ that it can be overwhelming. Case in point, the animated series Legend of the Three Caballeros. Back in 2018, Disney fans found out this series was released on a Disney app available only in South America. The reaction? Many desperately wanted to see it here. Well, thanks to Disney+ we now have it, and for the most part it’s tumbleweeds across the fandom. Why? Because we have so much other stuff as well!Christmas movies have become a cottage industry for several television stations, and Disney+ brought out the big guns for its first holiday release Noelle. Starring Anna Kendrick and Bill Hader, Noelle is a progressive take on the tale of someone taking over for Santa Claus. It’s a perfectly acceptable Christmas movie, and FAR better than the average release on the Hallmark Channel or Lifetime, but it also doesn’t reach the heights of a true classic. The good news is that Disney+ is also loaded with some all timers in the Christmas Hall of Fame, including A Muppet Christmas Carol, the original Santa Clause, and Jonathan Taylor Thomas in I’ll Be Home For Christmas. (Okay, maybe I’m the only one who’s a sucker for that film.)Noelle‘s own Anna Kendrick.You can probably count on one hand with some fingers left over of the animated classics Disney’s hasn’t remade into a live action version. I really want to dislike this trend, but for every Dumbo there is an Aladdin (which was a real surprise).  Beauty & the Beast was “okay” but Jungle Book was really good (in some ways better than the original). Lady & the Tramp falls into the “perfectly acceptable” category with something like Cinderella.Live action Lady & the Tramp.When Disney announced High School Musical: The Musical: The Series, it almost seemed like a practical joke. Surprise! It’s actually pretty good! But there are so many TV shows on Disney+ to choose from, including: DuckTales, Rescue Rangers, Goof Troop, Boy Meets World, Kim Possible, Hannah Montana, The Suite Life of Zach & Cody, Jessie, Gravity Falls, and more! If you grew up with it, there’s a great chance it’s on Disney+.Meta moment in High School Musical: The Musical: The Series. # 2 – The Bad: The rollout hasn’t been exactly flawless…Before Disney+ arrived, many people (including Yours Truly) predicted it could be a disaster in waiting. For me personally, this was based on my history with the Disney Company basically screwing up every piece of technology that consumers have to interact with. Aside from a long history of disasters (ESPN phone anyone?) even recent things like MyDisneyExperience can become an endless source of frustration. However, there was another segment of the community that said this was all “much ado about nothing,” and that Disney+ would definitely arrive with no problems whatsoever.Well, there were some problems. The reaction to The Simpsons aspect ratio was so overwhelmingly negative that Disney has already said they will change this in 2020, presumably giving people the opportunity to choose between 4:3 and widescreen formats. Not sure if they are going to put the same level of time and effort into converting episodes of The Little Mermaid TV show. # 5 – The Bad: “Maclunkey” makes Star Wars viewers long for the halcyon days of “Greedo shot first”Sometimes you hear things and think “that can’t possibly be real,” and it turns out it is. When word was going around on social media that Star Wars once again changed a scene in A New Hope, I assumed it was all a practical joke. Turns out, it was 100 percent real.First, some backstory for those who aren’t hardcore fans. When the original Star Wars came out in 1977, it introduced the world to Han Solo. Definitely in the top 10 movie characters of all time, Han was established as a bad ass early in the film when he was confronted by the bounty hunter Greedo. After a tense discussion, Han killed Greedo before the bounty hunter had a chance to shoot him. When the special edition of Star Wars was released in 1997, the scene was changed. In the new version, Greedo shoots at Han first. Somehow Greedo misses his shot despite being approximately 24 inches away. Han then immediately shoots Greedo back and kills him.For theme park fans, this was the equivalent of replacing Horizons with Mission: SPACE. The new “moment” was hated across the board. This is what George Lucas wanted though, so it was staying, no matter what. Whatever, the rest of the movie is so great that you can overlook one mystifying decision. But Star Wars wasn’t done. Not by a long shot.In 2004, the scene was slightly tweaked so that instead of Greedo deliberately shooting first and Han afterwards, the two shot simultaneously. This change did not make the scene better or worse. But this had to be the last change, right?Wrong.When A New Hope made its debut on Disney+ the scene was changed AGAIN. This time Han moves a little bit, and Greedo says “Ma Klounkee” right before being shot.Ma Klounkee.Almost everyone watching assumed Greedo said “Maclunkey.” Now, that word makes no sense. What also makes no sense is Star Wars thinking anyone watching would know that Greedo was actually saying “Ma Klounkee.” For the .0001% of Star Wars fans who know the Huttese language, Ma Klounkee means “the end of you.”The general reaction to “Ma Klounkee” was very similar to the reaction to the original “Greedo shoots first.” Unfortunately for Disney, the new change took place during the era of Twitter. In response to the incredible negative response, Disney threw George Lucas right under the bus saying it was a change made to the film before they bought Lucasfilm.We’ll always have the memes and YouTube videos making fun of this change. Unfortunately, we’ll also still have the actual change in the movie too.Greedo in Star Wars: A New Hope.This one is for the wrestling fans.. # 3 -The Good:  Surprising ExtrasOkay, we knew Disney+ was going to start with a TON of movies. In fact it’s jawdropping the amount of content they have film wise. However, we didn’t know they were also going to have “DVD extras” available for many of the movies! With deleted scenes, behind-the-scenes featurettes, and even audio commentary, this is going above and beyond because Disney could have easily included zero extras and no one would have said a word. Instead you can watch extra content from animated classics like Dumbo and Peter Pan, all the way to newer movies like Avengers: Endgame. In fact there were so many people having issues that Disney had to make a statement.center_img # 1 – The UGLY: The Simpson Aspect RatioOne complaint that went viral on the debut of Disney+ is something that Fox already had to deal with. It concerns The Simpsons television show, which is still something odd to see on Disney+. For those of you who aren’t audio/visual nerds, for a long time just about everything was presented in a 4:3 ratio. Let’s refer back to the picture of Walt going over the Haunted Mansion in The Imagineering Story earlier in the article.  You’ll notice that there are black bars on the side of the picture. That’s because TVs now are widescreen, and everything is filmed in a widescreen format. The first 19 seasons of The Simpsons were presented in the 4:3 format, but when Disney released them on Disney+, they stretched out the picture so it would fit widescreen. What this does is cut off part of the picture. For many shows, this isn’t that big of a deal, but for a show like The Simpsons that uses a lot of visual humor, it can be a HUGE deal.The Simpsons as it originally aired, with a joke showing that all three types of Duff Beer are coming out of the same tube.Simpsons on Disney+ ruins the joke. The issues became so well known that even The Daily Show on Comedy Central made fun of them.The Daily Show.When people starting playing around with Disney+, they also found some things that probably should have been caught long ago, such as typos…(screencap by @mattobrien37)The “search” system for Disney+ is riddled with things that will drive you bonkers. Share This!This week’s SATURDAY SIX takes a look at Disney+: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly!Disney+, the highly anticipated streaming service, made its debut on November 12. Like many reading this fine blog series, we were there on Day One to check it out. Unlike many, I do not consider myself a “cord cutter.” In fact, we added a “cord” by getting a second DVR for the house. I’m personally not a huge fan of streaming, and am the old man yells at cloud while clinging onto my precious physical copy Blu-Ray DVDs. I’ve enjoyed Netflix, and have sampled other streaming services (including CBS All Access for Star Trek: Discovery and Hulu for Runaways) only to drop them relatively quickly. As a person who already owns a significant collection (my girlfriend would say “way too many”) of Disney media already, Disney+ was going to have to impress me.SPOILER ALERT: it did impress me. A lot.But it wasn’t ALL sunshine, unicorns, and rainbows, so this week we’re going to look at the good, the bad, and the ugly of Disney+, starting with…# 6 – The Good: The MandalorianAs mentioned above, I have no problem getting a streaming service to watch a show I think is great. Netflix got me with Daredevil, and for HBO Go it was Westworld (currently it’s Watchmen). The program on Disney+ that finally got me to pull the trigger was The Mandalorian. I’ve been a Star Wars fan my whole life, and I’m also a huge fan of Jon Favreau, the showrunner behind Mandalorian. Favreau has directed Elf (one of my all time favorite Christmas movies), the original Iron Man (the film which began the Marvel Cinematic Universe), and the recent live action remake of The Lion King (which was better than it had any right to be).The first episode of The Mandalorian hit me “in the feels,” similar to when The Force Awakens came out. For me, THIS is Star Wars. For whatever reasons, the movie Solo and to an extent Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge have not connected with fans in a way that The Mandalorian has. There has been almost universal acclaim for the new show, and it is well deserved. The show has a “slow burn” feel of a great western, with the titular character being someone you want to spend more time with. As of this writing, three episodes of The Mandolorian have aired and I am all in.The Mandalorian.Carbonite freezing.The Mandalorian’s ship.A character similar to the one above was introduced in Empire Strikes Back. The bounty hunter IG-88 always looked cool, but never actually did anything in the movies. In The Mandalorian IG-11 shows this character is cool and made me think the price for IG-88 action figures are going to sky rocket.For comic book fans like myself, The Mandolorian and “Baby Yoda” have a Lone Wolf and Cub feel.From episode three, a wonderful moment reminded me of the movie Heat. At the end of that film, Robert De Niro gives a great performance as a character who should just walk away from something, but just can’t. You can see everything going through his mind just by his body language. The Mandalorian accomplishes the same thing, except its character is wearing a helmet. Fantastic storytelling. Honorable Mention – Mea Culpa 2.0We’re going to be seeing a lot of this in the days and years to come, as society reflects back on what was acceptable in the past, but not today.  Warner Brothers has a similar “context explanation” before some of their Looney Toons shorts.So there you have it: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly of Disney+! See you next weekend for the latest installment of the SATURDAY SIX, where we’ll look at something fun from the world of Disney and Universal. If you enjoyed yourself, be sure to check out The Magic, The Memories, and Merch! articles, or, for your listening pleasure, check out the E-Ticket Report podcast. You can also follow Your Humble Author on Twitter (@derekburgan).If you enjoyed this article, you will surely like the following: 6 times THE SIMPSONS totally nailed what its like to be a theme park fanSATURDAY SIX SPECIAL INVESTIGATION: An in-depth look at theme park photographySpecial Thanks to The Elite Brandon Glover, the bio-est of all reconstructs @bioreconstruct, Captain Cruiseline Scott Sanders of the world famous Disney Cruise Line Blog, my personal protege Hunter “Elvey” Underwood, the SAT SIX Fun Squad of Parkscope Joe and Nick, hot shot Michael Carelli, and Hermione Granger’s tutor Megan Stump for their invaluable assistance with this article. The SAT SIX is inspired each week by goofballs Aengus Mackenzie and LitemAndHyde and you Potterheads will  enjoy Meg’s other blog work over at the Central Florida Slug Club.last_img read more

Hoffman, Stander claim Argus Cycle Tour wins

first_imgWomen Nolan Hoffman (RSA) 2:39:31Meron Teshome Hagos (Eri) same timeHB Kruger (RSA) stNicholas Dougall (RSA) stFran Rabon (Cze) stJayde Julius (RSA) stShaun-Nick Bester (RSA) stKarl Platt (Ger) stDarren Lill (RSA) stCosta Seibeb (NAM) st 10 March 2014 Nolan Hoffman claimed his first win in the Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tour and Cherise Stander her third victory in the women’s race in Cape Town on Sunday. The Cycle Tour, which starts and finishes in Cape Town and takes place around the picturesque Cape Peninsula, is the largest individually timed cycle race in the world.Bunch sprint Team Abantu’s Hoffman, who had previously finished on the podium on three different occasions, finally made it to the top step after winning in a bunch sprint in two hours, 39 minutes and 31 seconds. He was followed over the finishing line by Eritrea’s Meron Teshome Hagos, riding for the MTB Qhubeka Feeder Team, and HB Kruger of Team Bonitas. Hoffman used his track speed to claim the line honours after excellent work from his team put him in position to top the finishing sprint. Some disorganisation among the other teams also helped.‘Perfect for me’ “There was sort of chaos among the MTN boys and that fell into my hands because they had the numbers,” Hoffman said afterwards. “They pretty much controlled it, which was perfect for me. I can hold myself in a sprint and I can see which wheels to follow. “Knowing there weren’t any strong guys, I had the confidence to sprint against these guys, but it wasn’t easy.”Women’s race While the men’s race finished in a sprint, Stander, riding for team RECM, secured a much more convincing women’s victory after taking an early lead that she never relinquished. The closest her title challenge came to being undermined was right at the finishing line when two cyclists in the group she was riding in went down in a hard crash. “I am extremely happy,” she said in a post-race interview. “Today, personally for me, it was quite difficult. Last year [after the death of my husband Burry], everything was such a blur and I lost my gran last year as well, and…she was quite the anchor in my cycling career. She was with me [in it] since I was nine years old and she died on the 15th of August. “Just over Suikerbossie, I kept thinking about her and Burry and how much I wanted this win for both of them and I was extremely happy [to win]. They were the motivation that got me over the line.”Winning time Stander’s winning time was two hours and 51 minutes, with seven-time winner Anriette Schoeman claiming second place, 31 seconds behind her. Dee Joubert ended third, just over a-minute-and-a-half further back.RESULTS MEN center_img Cherise Stander (RSA) 2:51:00Anriette Schoeman (RSA) 2:51:31Dee Joubert (RSA) 2:53:03last_img read more

Sahara India group now entering Indian polo

first_imgEven as the suspense over the Sahara India group supporting Indian cricket continues, there are indications that they will now enter the Indian polo scenario.Sources on Wednesday confirmed that a new team called Sahara Warriors will be seen in action at the Indian Polo Association championship to be held in the Capital over the month-end.This event is virtually treated as the national championship where top teams compete. It includes the 61st Cavalry, the Jindal group and also a team from Piramal.According to sources, wellknown rider Adhiraj Singh will be playing a major role with the Sahara Warriors team and could be one of the riders.Four riders will be required for each team competing in the Indian Polo Association event, which means apart from Adhiraj and two other Indians, there will also be a foreign rider.Sources also told Mail Today that the horses or ‘ponies’, which are usually imported from Argentina, cost around $ 15,000 each. On an average, each team has around 25 to 30 horses.While the exact number of horses being imported by Sahara is not clear, what is certain is that they will also be competing in other polo events in India on a big scale.Ever since Sahara made their intentions clear that they were not interested in being sponsors of the Indian cricket team, there has been speculation as to which other sport they will support.Indian hockey was one recent Sahara beneficiary as the group decided to increase its support on the eve of the Olympic qualifiers.advertisementCompared to Rs 3.34 crore per match on the national cricket team, the money to be spent on the entire hockey set- up is not estimated to be more than Rs 8 crore per year.But if one takes into account Sahara’s huge investment in Formula One team Force India and now their foray into polo, it’s clear they are going to be seen in more sporting arenas.Equestrian circles are also speculating if Sahara will be spending more on horses as the ones used for showjumping cost much more than the polo ponies.s. kannan@mailtoday.inlast_img read more