File-This Dec. 10, 2018, file photo shows Memphis Grizzlies forward Chandler Parsons (25) in the first half of an NBA basketball game in Denver. Grizzlies general manager Chris Wallace said Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019, that Parsons has chosen to continue rehabilitation in Los Angeles out of the options Memphis gave the 30-year-old forward. Wallace issued a statement Sunday night after ESPN.com reported that the Grizzlies and Parsons had agreed to a split.(AP Photo/David Zalubowski)Grizzlies general manager Chris Wallace says Chandler Parsons has chosen to continue rehabilitation in Los Angeles out of the options Memphis gave the 30-year-old forward.“We will continue to monitor Chandler’s progress,” Wallace said in a statement Sunday night.ADVERTISEMENT Wallace issued his statement just hours after ESPN.com reported that the Grizzlies and Parsons had agreed to a split, with Parsons leaving Memphis while his agent, James Dunleavy, and the team negotiate an end to his contract.The Grizzlies GM says they met with Parsons and spoke with both the forward and his representation numerous times during the forward’s rehab on how to “integrate a healthy and effective Chandler” back on the court.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 Chriss“In the last of these conversations, we presented Chandler clear options for him and his representatives to choose, which included a short three-home-game stint for the Memphis Hustle or rehab either in Memphis or in Los Angeles with the training team of his choice,” Wallace said. “Chandler subsequently chose to continue his rehab in Los Angeles.”Parsons has played three games in the third season of the four-year, $94 million contract he signed in July 2016. Limited by injuries, he played a combined 70 games over the first two seasons of that contract, but Dunleavy told The Commercial Appeal on Dec. 28 that Parsons had been cleared and was ready to play. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college MOST READ Reporter nabs NBA job she’s dreamed of since age 11 LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:15DOH wants a drug rehab center in every region01:48NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers02:14Carpio 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? Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil It’s been a busy few days for the Grizzlies.Wallace apologized Thursday for an apparent altercation in the locker room between Garrett Temple and Omri Casspi after a loss to Detroit the night before. Hours later, the Grizzlies traded for guard Justin Holiday , sending guards MarShon Brooks and Wayne Selden Jr. along with second-round picks in 2019 and 2020 in the deal.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Dunleavy did not immediately return messages from The Associated Press on Sunday night.Parsons was the Grizzlies’ big free agent signee in July 2016, with Memphis believing it finally had the 3-point threat the team has lacked for years. Parsons has been nothing but a disappointment with injury after injury. Before signing with Memphis, Parsons had never played fewer than 61 games in a season in the NBA with stints in Houston and Dallas.At media day in September, Parsons said he thought his knee issues were past him after playing with no limitations during the summer.“Let’s face it, the last two years have gone horribly and not the way I planned, but the reasons why I came to Memphis are still all intact,” Parsons said then.Parsons last played for Memphis on Oct. 22, going scoreless in just over six minutes in a win at Utah. Now the Grizzlies have lost five straight and are 2-8 over their last 10 games. They have dropped to 12th in the Western Conference after sitting atop the West at 12-5 in late November.ADVERTISEMENT Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers View comments
MOST READ Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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 Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Renaldo Balkman had a team-high 19 points on top of seven rebounds, five assists and two steals while reigning two-time Local MVP Ray Parks also scored 15 for league-leading Alab, which upped its record to 14-3.Parks buried 10 of his 15 points during a pivotal second quarter run that turned a seven-point deficit into a 49-35 halftime lead.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsAlab improved to 3-0 against the Warriors, who are currently at the bottom of the standings with a 2-16 card.Mike Bell had 22 points, 14 rebounds and six assists for the Warriors, who shot just 37 percent from the field and allowed Alab to hit 51 percent from the floor including 12-of-26 from downtown. Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil LATEST STORIES Photo from ABLPJ Ramos returned and San Miguel Alab Pilipinas got back on the winning track after a 105-79 rout of the Zhuhai Wolf Warriors in the 2019 Asean Basketball League Friday night at Doumen Gymnasium in Zhuhai, China.Ramos, who came back from a one-game absence due to food poisoning, tallied a triple-double with 15 points, 14 rebounds and 11 assists as Alab bounced back from an 88-83 loss to Hong Kong Eastern on Wednesday.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Curry ‘family reunion’ has special start at NBA All-Star Weekend View comments
View comments Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Registration fee for the 5K OCR is P2,500 for the elite category and P2,300 for the open category, with finishers getting shirts and medals. The 1.5K fee is P1,200, inclusive of a timing chip, race shirt, and finisher’s mug.Spectators may also visit the Allianz Explorer Village in the venue. Romina S. AustriaSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The Ninja division will have individual (male and female), team, kids and dogs categories with varied distance, difficulty and obstacle types per category.READ: Top 10 finishers in 1st PH OCR Open earn national team pool slotsFEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsLast December, the Pilipinas Obstacle Sports Federation (POSF) announced it will make its debut in the 30th SEA Games which the country is hosting from Nov. 30 to Dec 11.POSF head Al Agra said they will form a pool composed of 10 male and 10 female athletes, leading to the final roster. Six gold medals will be at stake in Clark–two in the 100 meters (10 obstacles), 400 meters (12 obstacles) and 5K (20 obstacles). MOST READ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:30Trending Articles02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)08:07Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball05:21Drama in karate: Tsukii ‘very sad’ over coach’s bullying, cold shoulder03:24PH’s James Palicte boxing light welterweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief Clippers edge Pacers at home for 1st time since 2014 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history National team pool slots for this year’s Southeast Asian Games will be up for grabs in the Allianz Obstacle Course Races on March 31 at Filinvest City in Alabang.The five-kilometer Conquer Challenge, classified as an entry-level obstacle race, will have 20 obstacles as well as a 1.5K category involving eight obstacles while the Ninja OCR will be a series of short distance OCR sans running.ADVERTISEMENT The event also marks the second straight year that Allianz Philippines has partnered with Conquer Challenge Philippines. Last year, the partnership staged three legs, capped by the Clark Global City race in Pampanga where 20 Aeta students, aged 16 to 21 years old, from Villa Maria Integrated School participated. Five Aetas from that batch will join anew this year.READ: Aetas show endurance, skills in Allianz ‘Conquer Challenge’ raceThe school located atop the mountains in Porac, Pampanga, is being supported by Allianz-Philippine National Bank Life“As a company that uses sports to connect with communities, Allianz Philippines saw how the spirit of the sport is strongly aligned and consistent with our brand belief to give people the courage to move forward and triumph over obstacles,” said Gae Martinez, Allianz-PNB chief marketing officer, during Wednesday’s event launch at Pretty Huge Obstacles in SM Aura.Conquer Challenge’s James Bungubung, Allianz Philippines’ Rei Abrazaldo and Gae Martinez, PH Obstacle Sports’ Noel Agra and course designer Jay Lim during Wednesday’s event launch at SM Aura in Taguig.Registration will be accepted until March 25. Participants as young as seven years old may join the races.ADVERTISEMENT Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title
Dear Editor,The PNC/APNU have proven themselves that horrible state in politics because they cannot fight a fair fight in clean, fair political combat without violence and intimidation being their main strategy. Whenever they are backed into a corner, they lash out like wounded animals. It started with their founder leader Burnham and was perpetuated by Desmond Hoyte and now David Granger; this is their modus operandi and mantra. Burnham, helped by the external powerhouses at the time, brought Guyana to its knees with those burning of political opponents’ properties, while mercilessly beating and looting their business places.Insecurity made them more repressive and evil in all that they did, so to hold on to that usurper power they set out on a task of massively rigging every election thereafter. We are all too familiar with Hoyte’s “slow fiah, mo fiah” and his “kith and kin” jargon as Georgetown and its environs became a towering inferno with those “channa bombs.” The first is a signature statement of the party, while the second solidified their claim to the armed forces that they should not keep the peace, but allow thugs and vile persons to decimate the capital. Drive fear and intimidation into the hearts and minds of the people. So, fast forward to the Granger era and his own version of PNC repression. He is using force as well as an admixture of what I would call “legal proceedings” to the latest witch-hunting vendetta. It has come in the form of the old with some new tactics, I make mention of SOCU and SARA; these are the newest undercover tools this Granger Government is using to good advantage.No wonder SOCU and SARA are out in force to incarcerate “all” political opposition they can lay hold of. They are looking hither, thither and yon hauling persons before the courts on trumped-up charges, hoping that one of these charges would stick. But charges are not convictions, and this is a major headache for the administration: how to convict those they have forced the courts to charge.As the situation worsens in Guyana, we are going to experience more of these coarse, cruel and stupid acts of a desperate regime. Respectfully,Neil Adams
Guyana Times sets the record straight… reporters have a responsibility to reflect issues in a truthful manner – Jagdeo Former President Bharrat Jagdeo on Friday rubbished a glaringly inaccurate report in the Kaieteur News, which sought to give the erroneous impression that that publication’s reporters at a press conference he hosted on Thursday were somehow restrained from asking questions.Former President Bharrat JagdeoIn the article headlined “Jagdeo bars Kaieteur News from asking questions at press conference,” the reporter sought to convey the impression that she had been somehow restrained when in fact, she opted to storm out of the press conference when not allowed to pose questions at the time she wanted to pose her question. Subsequently, her colleague from the same news entity followed her.In the article published in the Kaieteur News, it was reported that the first question Jagdeo entertained was posed by a reporter attached to the Guyana Times newspaper. This publication wishes to place on record the fact that its journalist had in fact signalled an intention to ask questions even before the Opposition Leader had finished making his opening remarks.Kaieteur News Editor in Chief Adam HarrisThe Kaieteur News report suggested that Jagdeo entertained two questions from that reporter. What in fact did transpire is that the Guyana Times reporter sought clarification on a matter raised by the former President in his opening statements – a question that sought clarification on two fronts.The Kaieteur News article then went on to say that the moderator, Zulfikar Mustapha, then asked if any other reporter wished to pose further questions and that the two reporters representing Kaieteur News at the press conference simultaneously indicated, by raised hands, that they wished to question the Opposition Leader.What the Kaieteur News report did not detail is the fact that when the reporter from that publication was given her chance, the reporter posed five separate initial questions to the Opposition Leader and was also afforded follow-up clarifications.A reporter from HGP Nightly News was also afforded an opportunity at this point in time to get in a quick clarification.Kaieteur News conveniently left out these details from its report but went on to say that when their representative attempted to pose questions to Jagdeo, he responded by saying, “No, no, no, you cannot ask any questions. Your colleague already asked questions.”What in fact transpired is when the second reporter from Kaieteur News attempted to pose a question, she was informed that a representative from the newspaper had already posed a number of questions and as such, she should allow other media houses present to be given an opportunity to have their questions fielded also.The moderator at the time identified a reporter from Stabroek News followed by a representative from an online media house at which point in time, the Kaieteur News reporter quipped “discrimination.”The former President responded to the ‘discrimination’ quip by pointing out that Kaieteur News had already had a chance to pose five questions and opted instead to field a question from Stabroek News saying “no, no, no, let me go with (SN reporters).”That reporter was allowed to pose questions to clarify something the Opposition Leader had said.By the time the former President had finished addressing the Stabroek News reporter, the Guyana Times reporter attempted to solicit a clarification but was quickly objected to by the Kaieteur News reporter who was immediately told by the Guyana Times reporter, “go ahead (Name), go ahead (Name).” The former Head of State intervened, however, and reminded that the reporter from the online media house was identified for the next substantive question but this person declined at this point since the question was already answered.The upset Kaieteur News reporter – who coincidentally waltzed into the press conference several minutes late – opted to instead storm out of the press conference to no doubt write an emotionally charged and wholly inaccurate report. The Opposition Leader has since called the report by that publication as “reflective of uninspired hyperbole, as is characteristic of the Kaieteur News.”Meanwhile, the Opposition Leader by way of a public missive on Friday also lambasted a second article in the Kaieteur News’ Friday, October 21, 2016, edition, where that newspaper contends that in addressing Guyana’s current economic challenges, no solutions were offered by the Opposition Leader. According to Jagdeo, “Again, the newspaper ignored facts… I defined elements of a matrix that could address the current slowdown in the economy.”He recalled too that “Of note is that I gave this explanation after a question was posed by the Kaieteur News… I explained that the matrix would feature three primary factors – consistent policies and incentives; uniformed applicability of policies; and a focus by the Minister of Finance on growth rather than managing for ratios. I also pointed out that to define this matrix further would take up a great deal of time which I was prepared to do, but not at a press conference.”The former President has since remarked that “Of note too is that the misrepresentations published by the Kaieteur news followed my explanation for the consistent personal attacks, as well as attacks on the political Opposition.”According to Jagdeo, “The role of the media has been accepted as a critical one in a democracy. However, reporters also have a responsibility to reflect issues in a truthful manner.”
Roma paid an initial fee of 26.65 million euros (30 million euros) for Nzonzi, who featured in five of France’s seven games at the World Cup, including an appearance off the bench in the 4-2 win over Croatia in the final.“I feel very happy to be here, and to be a new Roma player,” Nzonzi told the club’s official website.“I really felt that the club wanted me to come. I will give my best on the pitch, and hopefully be a very good player for this team.“I always want to improve – regardless of age, the most important thing is to give your best and work hard. I want to do that, to become a better player and help the team with my play and experience.”Nzonzi joined Sevilla from English club Stoke in 2015, and was part of the team that beat Liverpool 3-1 in the Europa League final in 2016.“Steven is a footballer with a mix of physical and technical qualities that we think will really add to the players that we already have here,” said Roma sporting director Monchi, who left a similar role at Sevilla for Italy last year.“With his arrival, we have even more quality and competition in midfield.”Roma, who finished third in Serie A last season and reached the semi-finals of the Champions League, begin the new campaign away to Torino on Sunday.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Steven Nzonzi came on as a substitute for N’Golo Kante in France’s 4-2 victory over Croatia in the World Cup final © AFP/File / CRISTINA QUICLERROME, Italy, Aug 14 – France international Steven Nzonzi, a World Cup winner in Russia, completed his switch to Roma from Sevilla on Tuesday after signing a four-year deal with the Italian side.The 29-year-old midfielder was greeted by dozens of Roma supporters as he arrived at the airport in the Italian capital, before the club posted images of the player having a medical.
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A computer lab worth R820 000 has been handed over to Masiza High School in Mbaula, Limpopo. Grade 12 pupil Khanyisa Chauke thanks SANParks on behalf of the students and hands over a certificate to Mr Sibiya.(Images: SANParks) MEDIA CONTACTS • William Mabasa SANParks head of public relations and communications +27 12 735 4363 RELATED ARTICLES • New Sanparks educational centre • Free entrance to SA national park • Kruger Park booked out for 2010 • Vultures need our helpMusa M MkalipiA computer laboratory for Masiza High School in Mbaula, Limpopo, worth nearly a million rand; an administration building at Dumisani High School in Cork, Mpumalanga, worth just over two million rand – these are just two of the corporate social investment (CSI) projects of South African National Parks (SANParks).The group’s CSI programmes focus specifically on improving the lives of people neighbouring its wildlife reserves. “In the past, our approach to community development was more of providing access to benefits that accrued from our business,” explained the Kruger National Park’s managing executive, Abe Sibiya. “We have now added the issue of corporate social investment whereby we have begun to provide facilities and resources that can benefit the whole community.”A total of R820 000 ($81 390) was spent on 32 computers as well as the refurbishment of the building in which the computers are kept at Masiza High School. The aim was primarily to benefit the pupils, but also to help the community of Mbaula Ranch as a whole. “The school applied for the project and on the basis that we are today living in the information age, a computer lab was the most appealing to us,” said William Mabase, the head of public relations and communications at SANParks.CSI is not the only way SANParks is promoting education. The organisation introduced its Social Ecology Programme in 1996, which was aimed at creating opportunities for communities that surrounded national parks so that they could also benefit from the parks’ activities. “Since then, communities have been benefiting in many ways, but in 2012, after SANParks adopted a new vision of ‘SANParks connecting to society’, the CSI department was created to give effect to the new vision,” explained Mabase.The aim was to uplift the standard of living of people, especially those in poor communities. According to SANParks, for the next five years its CSI programmes will focus on education through the provision of required infrastructure, libraries, science laboratories, extra classes as well as water tanks. At Dumisani High School, for example, R2.2-million ($21 8383) was donated for the new administration block.Educating the youthFor poor and rural communities, SANParks has pledged to support the implementation of programmes that promote access, benefit sharing, and socio-economic development towards the improvement of communities next to national parks. Environmental education is crucial in this context.SANParks has various programmes in place to teach students and equip them with skills to take care of the environment in which they live that attract more than 170 000 pupils a year. Through its Kudu Green School Initiative (KGSI), for example, students are taught about the significance of climate. KGSI started in 2010 and targets urban areas. These regions are targeted, Sibiya said, because residents here were not exposed to national parks and awareness of conservation. By 2012, SANParks had hosted a total of 22 808 participants, 95% of whom – 21 633 – were students. Numbering 1 175, teachers made up the balance.Seven schools in Gauteng are involved in KGSI at present. They are learning about waste management, food gardening, recycling, water conservation and greening. KGSI is supported by the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund and is endorsed by the Department of Basic Education.Another programme, Kids in Parks, is a partnership between the national Department of Environmental Affairs, SANParks and Pick n Pay, the second largest supermarket group in South Africa. It provides opportunities for pupils and teachers to use national parks as learning environments. Kids in Parks workshops deal with topics such as environmental ethics on three-day sponsored tours to national parks.Each year, Kids in Parks takes 5 000 children to parks, exposing them to activities such as mountain climbing and horse riding. According to Pick n Pay, the goal of the programme is to broaden the perspectives of under-privileged children by investing in the beauty of the land so that future generations can enjoy a sustainable environment.SANParks also runs the SANParks Social Science Student Support Programme at the University of Pretoria, a multi-year programme that supports tertiary learning and research. Through its own initiatives and support from the National Lottery Distribution Fund, bursaries are offered to students. The programme started in 2011 and focuses on students in the social sciences and heritage conservation fields.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is targeting the New Haven, Connecticut, area for tougher enforcement of rules designed to protect children from the hazards of lead in paint.Some 200 renovators and painting contractors, property management companies, and landlords in the area were invited by the EPA to a meeting on April 16, 2014, to learn more about the Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) Rule, part of the Toxic Substances Act.The rule took effect in 2010. It requires training and certification for renovators who work in pre-1978 housing and facilities used or occupied by children, where they are likely to encounter lead-based paint. The EPA says New Haven has one of the highest rates of childhood lead exposure in New England.In addition to scheduling the informational session, the EPA said it would follow up by inspecting a number of the companies in June. “The inspections may be followed up with enforcement,” the agency said in a news release.At the New Haven meeting, the EPA said it also would introduce what it called an “expedited settlement offer” for a single violation of the RRR rule. No details were offered, and the EPA’s regional press contact wasn’t available to explain it. The Journal of Light Construction, however, said it probably would be similar to settlements made under an earlier pilot program in which contractors agreed to reduced penalties for minor violations of the rule.The EPA’s tougher stance in New Haven follows earlier crackdowns in the Northeast in 2012, and another involving 35 home renovation contractors this February.
Ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Manipur on January 4, security measures have been beefed up on an unprecedented scale. The police and paramilitary forces, including Assam Rifles, are conducting pre-dawn cordon-and-search operations at several places. During a search on Saturday evening, insurgent leader Anand Laishram, 21, of Chajing Karam near Imphal was arrested by the joint forces. Election ploy: Cong.Mr. Modi is likely to announce a slew of developmental projects during his visit lasting a few hours. However, Congress MLA N. Loken said: “It is too late. Mr. Modi and other BJP leaders may announce some projects involving huge amounts. This is mere election ploy. Because no construction work can be taken up in view of the forthcoming Lok Sabha election.”Police sources said the search operations would continue. Identification papers of all youngsters are being verified.The police said the arrested insurgent leader, Anand Laishram, took part in the June 4, 2015 ambush against soldiers at Paraolen in Chandel district, in which 18 Army men were killed on the spot and 11 others were seriously injured. Authorities had announced a reward ₹2 lakh for information leading to his arrest, the police said.