Thomas to start for Cavs, Rose could return soon

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Thomas scored 17 points in 19 minutes off the bench in a win over the Portland Trail Blazers on Tuesday and said that “for the most part” he feels fine.“I’m a little sore and I expected to be sore and a little stiff but for the most part, my body feels good,” Thomas said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkThomas sat out the Cavs’ next game, a 102-88 loss to the Celtics in Boston.But Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue said his insertion into the starting lineup — and the return of veteran Derrick Rose — should bolster a Cleveland team that has lost five of its last seven games despite the best efforts of superstar LeBron James. MOST READ Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense LATEST STORIES Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson 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 OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacsoncenter_img Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone View comments “Playing D-Wade on a lot of back-to-backs has been tough for him,” Lue said. “Some games he doesn’t feel great, but we don’t really have the extra ball-handler to sit him.“So when D-Rose gets back, he’ll definitely help with that and help with D-Wade getting his rest and being able to feel good on the floor.” Cleveland Cavaliers’ Isaiah Thomas (AP Photo/Tony Dejak, File)LOS ANGELES — Point guard Isaiah Thomas will make his first start for Cleveland on Saturday as the Cavaliers seek a bounce-back win against the Magic in Orlando.Thomas, traded to Cleveland from the Boston Celtics prior to the season, was idle until this week as he recovered from a nagging hip injury.ADVERTISEMENT Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals Finally on court in Lithuania, Ball brothers eager to play Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “Having IT out — an NBA second-team guy who averaged 29 points a game and an All-Star — having him out, having D-Rose out, our backup point guard, the whole season, I think we’ve done a good job holding the fort down,” Lue said.“Once we get our full team, get healthy, then things are going to change and things will be different.”Rose has played just seven games this season after suffering a sprained left ankle in the second game of the campaign. He missed four games, then after a premature return has been sidelined since November 7.Rose, the 2011 NBA Most Valuable Player, won’t play in Orlando, but could return during Cleveland’s five-game road-trip.When he does come back, Lue said, he’ll be used to give 35-year-old veteran Dwyane Wade a little more down-time.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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Cellcom Selects 10 Winners for World Cup, Brazil

first_imgShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) The winners include Korto Williams, Henry Ashitey, John Boley, Celestine Poney, Jackson Musa, Dan Angelo George, Jeremiah Johnson, Wonder Freeman,  CharaFeddine V. Camille and Sateyea Quaye. Cellcom Telecommunications has announced the ten lucky winners who will get to travel to Brazil for an all-expense paid trip to experience the World Cup live.  The winners were announced at an extravagant outdoor concert held at the Cellcom headquarters on the Capital Bypass.  The trip to Brazil promotion is the third of its kind that Cellcom has implemented in the last several months.  Cellcom recently sent ten winners to New York and Casablanca, while 5 lucky couples spent a week in Ivory Coast and Paris.   The trip to Brazil promotion allows the ten winners to travel to Brazil with airfare, accommodations and tickets to the games paid.The event, which was held before a live audience and was also broadcast live on several local radio stations was geared at providing transparency on how Cellcom picks and announces its winners.  Each of the winners were called from an official Cellcom telephone number with the first six digits of 777 777.The well attended event featured five Liberian musicians including Kzee, Mighty Blow, Lady Mouthphy, Deng and, Lady Faith.   It was also attended by the CEOs of the Liberia Coca Cola Bottling Company, Cellcom and the Ambassador of Brazil to Liberia.During their remarks, both the Ambassador and Head of Coca Cola congratulated Cellcom for the promotion and the winners who they said were certain to have an exciting trip to Brazil.   The CEO of Cellcom Mr. John Vasikaran also congratulated the winners and cautioned the Liberian population to be aware of fraudsters claiming to be from Cellcom and asking for money or scratch cards in return for a prize.   Mr. Vasikaran noted on this issue:  “Let me make it emphatically clear that Cellcom has never and will never request any scratch cards or any money or anything in return from the legitimate winners.   Please, if you get any message saying you have won something from Cellcom and you need to send money or scratch cards, please do not do it and please report this number to us so that we can block it.”For his part, the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Cellcom, Mr. Avi Zaidenberg recounted Cellcom’s long commitment to supporting football in Liberia and said that the trip to Brazil promotion was another step in promoting the spirit of football in Liberia.   Mr. Zaidenberg said:  “As you already know, Cellcom is the company in Liberia that truly cares about football.    In fact, I know Cellcom has provided more support for football in Liberia than any other commercial company in Liberia.    Altogether, Cellcom has invested more than 2 million United States dollars into promoting football in this countlast_img read more

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Promoting Human Dignity in Policy and Culture

first_imgLiberia has been and continues to be a victim of human indignity and all forms of abuses. For almost two (2) centuries now, the visibility of human dignity is yet too far from its shore as humiliation, degradation and dehumanization permeates nearly every facet of the society. There is a resounding public outcry currently to guarantee the rights of all citizens and non-citizens as our nation proceeds toward 2017. Considering existing realities and available facts, we cannot overemphasize the pressing need to promote human dignity through public policy and culture. It is time for Liberia to shift from compromising human dignity to protecting it. Too often, we give impunity free space to stifle human dignity. Too often, we bury justice to protect culprits of human rights violations. Too often we forget to promote equal rights and privileges. The respect for human rights and dignity in Liberia is fundamental to sustaining peace and genuine national development. We cannot hope for a better Liberia when our women and girls are abused each day by atrocious elements. We have no grounds to brag about human dignity in Liberia when improved conditions are not created for our brothers and sisters with visual impairment to access quality education in institutions of higher learning. I thought we took an oath to uphold the values of human dignity, parity and justice. Sadly, after 168 years of sovereignty and nationhood, we are still witnessing the mass murder of these inherent ideals. Many are now asking ‘when will our nation triumph over rape, harassment, intimidation, torture, labor abuse, social exclusion, trafficking, exploitation, and poverty?’ These degrading and inhumane treatments have become entrenched in our society as a result of weak laws, corrupt systems and unrefined cultural practices. Liberia can only rise above these existing challenges and budding risks if its citizens are willing to promote equality, human dignity, diversity and justice. If only these tenets and ethical standards were put in action yesterday, our nation and its people would not have gone through fifteen (15) years of bloodletting and brutality. Today, we are mourning the deaths of over 250,000 Liberians as a result of our failure to adopt the culture of human dignity. Whenever state actors give less attention to protecting human rights, it breeds a volatile society. The fragile peace Liberians currently enjoy is only possible beyond the drawdown of UNMIL next year if inclusive and realistic modalities are employed to bridge the gap between the haves and the have-nots. The wave of abuses in Liberia since 2003 especially against vulnerable people is too disturbing. If it is not sexual exploitation, it is trafficking. If it is not trafficking, it is forced marriage. If it is not forced marriage, it is labor abuse. It is a time for us to sincerely stand up against these visible cruelties if Liberia must regain its status among the comity of nations. If rape is humiliating, then it means female genital mutilation (FGM) is also humiliating. If sex for grades is dehumanizing, then it means sex for money is also dehumanizing. We cannot continue to live in a country of equal citizenship, but unequal opportunities. It is only in the midst of equal opportunities that human dignity will emerge victorious in Liberia. The social, economic and political plan of our country must reflect human dignity at all times. We must never make mistake to derive a roadmap without including those basic principles of dignity. The message of equal rights and respect for all human beings is essential to maintaining national stability and mutually. Peace starts and ends with human dignity. The denial of one’s rights and privileges is the beginning of conflict and disintegration. Everyone deserves a happy life full of respect and honor. It is wrong to humiliate, dehumanize and degrade people simply because of their status, creed, culture, sex, age, physical abilities and political affiliation. The best solution to our problem in Liberia is to treat everyone with respect and dignity. We cannot talk about human freedom without talking about human dignity. Today, our Constitution and other international protocols guarantee human dignity at all levels. The 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights also guarantees human dignity. The Charter of the United Nations, which came into force on October 24, 1945, is in total support of human dignity, equality and justice. The first pillar of the Millennium Development Goals, which highlights the need to eradicate poverty and hunger globally, is in adherence to the doctrine of human dignity. The respect for cultural diversity is very paramount to any democratic society. Considering the variation in traditional beliefs, it is crucial to promote human dignity through culture. There can be no harmony if respect for one’s culture is overlooked and suppressed. However, every culture must take into keen consideration human dignity and fundamental human rights. Today, in Liberia, certain cultural practices are in total violation of human dignity and basic human rights. We agree that there are some good cultural practices, but there are also some bad ones. We must work along with local and traditional leaders to alleviate bad cultural practices such as female genital mutilation, forced labor, forced marriage, etc. Having outlined few practices contrary to human dignity that remain ingrained in our society today, we would like to henceforth recommend the following:1. That a National Stakeholder and Dialogue Conference be held on Human Dignity, Equality, and Equity.2. That a Taskforce or Committee be established in each electoral district or county to exclusively promote Human Dignity.3. That tougher legislations or laws be enacted to ensure total adherence to the principles of human dignity.4. That Human Dignity and Human Rights be taught in secondary and tertiary institutions around the country. About The Author: Martin K. N. Kollie is a Liberian youth activist, student leader, an emerging economist, and a young writer. He is currently a student at the University of Liberia reading Economics.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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JFK Hospital Refutes Claims of Abuse, Deaths

first_imgThe management of the John F. Kennedy (JFK) Medical Center yesterday expressed what it described as “utmost disgust” over a series of programming content aired on the Costa Show (Voice FM Liberia and Radio LIB in the USA) on the mornings of April 6, 7 and 8. “These programs,” the hospital said, “did not only present gross misrepresentation, half-truths and many out right falsehood, but also failed to observe the fundamentals of professional broadcasting by contacting the Center for its side to whatever story or allegations the stations had.” According to the hospital, this attitude on the part of the presenters of the program is not only a gross abuse of the public trust and the public right to know, but also a calculated attempt by the presenters and elements of the society to divert attention from the alleged criminal syndicate that has been busted at the JFK, many of whom have been arrested and are facing the full rigors of the law.“The JFK also takes particular notice of comments made by Daylue Goah, a former employee of the JFK who served as communication specialist from September 2012 till the termination of his employment in December, 2014,” the hospital said.JFK, in a release issued in Monrovia, refuted and condemned all claims made by Mr. Goah, stating that at no time, within his two years of service at the Center was Mr. Goah coerced, instructed or persuaded to lie to or deceive the people of Liberia on any matter relating to the operations at J.F.K. adding, “Mr. Daylue Goah is not a wanted man by the JFK neither is he a whistleblower, but rather someone who has brought his own credibility and integrity to serious question.”The release clarified that, “on November 14, 2014, Daylue Goah requested a one week leave of absence from the JFK management in order to ‘take his mother’s adopted son, Lloyd Urey, to the United States’. Due to the State of Emergency declared as a result of the Ebola crisis at the time, the JFK management agreed to grant Mr. Goah two weeks leave of absence with pay (instead of the one week he requested).“It was based on Mr. Goah’s prolonged absence from work, coupled with the many flimsy excuses he was presenting for not being able to return to work, that the JFK management (on March 26, 2015) mandated its human resource department to effect the termination of his employment effective December 28, 2014, that being the date he should have reported to work. But Mr. Goah, in a quick response yesterday on his Facebook page said, “I have been reliably informed that the management of JFK has hired a PR firm headed by James Paykue from ELBC to start character assassination on me. They have also self-generated emails that I was begging to get my job back… hahahah… the JFK management according to my sources from the hospital, has invested over US$20,000 and has bought pages in four local newspapers for the publication. Don’t be surprised to see such evil act from the hospital tomorrow, but I am not moved and will not stop until I see change for our people. US$20,000 could have gone a long way in saving lives, but they prefer fighting me to keep their jobs.” BackgroundThe public statement by the JFK management comes in the wake of a series of appearances on the Costa Show by Goah, who suggested that JFK’s earlier explanation in death of Mr. Ballah Scott, an employee of the hospital who was also admitted there for treatment, was far from the truth. Mr. Scott, who served as Assistant Personnel Director and worked for the JFK for about 21 years, was found dead on the compound of the Hospital weeks after he fell sick. He was admitted at JFK after he complained of abdominal pain. Scott’s death sparked controversy with family members alleging that their relative was killed at the hospital while undergoing treatment. At the time the management of JFK refuted the claims, saying that Scott was discharged before his death. On the Costa Show last week, Goah questioned why the body of Scott, who Dr. MacDonald claimed was discharged (alive), was found on the hospital compound.He told the Costa Show that the autopsy pronounced by the JFK Management on the body of Mr. Scott to determine the cause of his death, was never conducted. Goah also claimed that following Scott’s death, the JFK Management allegedly conspired with the International Bank (IB) and withdrew money from Scott’s account, making it to appear that Scott had been withdrawing from his bank account since he was discharged from the hospital.Responding to JFK’s recent press statement on Goah’s remarks, Henry Costa, host of the morning show, said JFK “failed… to address or respond to the corruption and deplorable conditions at the hospital, or any of the widespread abuse and neglect at the nation’s supposedly number one referral hospital.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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LAF Celebrates ‘World Athletics Day’ in Bomi County Today

first_imgThe World Athletics Day (WAD), an annual worldwide athletics festival, will be observed in Liberia on Friday, May 12, on the campus of the Gertude Yancy High School, in Clay, Bomi County.The Liberia Athletics Federation (LAF) has said in a release that today’s event will be the 22nd celebration of the Athletics Day in Liberia.The LAF stated that the WAD is celebrated with youth participation. Liberia will join other 116 countries, members of the International Athletics Associations of Federation (IAAF).LAF further said this year’s program will bring about 120 athletes from eight (8) public and private schools together under the theme: “Taking Athletics to the People.”The participating schools are Semoggaga Catholic School, Gertrude Yancy, Bessie Williams, Musa Touree and Tema Foundation.Others are Seah Town Public School, Garmodayan Public School, and Guah’s Town Public School.Coach Frederick Massaquoi, the chairman of the 2017 Organizing Committee of WAD, said the event would comprise of two events: Kids Athletics and Youth Athletics.Coach Massaquoi said the age-range for the Kids Athletics is from 7 – 12, while the Youth Athletes is from 13 –15.He indicated that the events for the Kids Athletes include javelins, formula 1, long jump, rope skating, medicine balls, springs and hurdles.Then for the Youth Athletics, 50m dash, 4x60m relay, hurdles, long jump, among others.World Athletics Day is part of the IAAF’s social responsibility project for a better world, harnessing the extraordinary commitment and energy of youths worldwide to inspire development.The goal of the celebration is to establish a firm link between the youth, athletics and the environment.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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7 PPP supporters say they were tricked to sign APNU LGE forms

first_imgSupporters of the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) are claiming that they were tricked into signing forms which put them as candidates for the A Partnership for National Unity team to contest the November 12 Local Government Elections (LGE).Seven persons have reported this to the party’s regional office in New Amsterdam.According to them, the incident occurred at the Plegtanker/Koortbradt NDC on the East Bank of Berbice.A declaration signed by one of the persons whose names appears on both the PPP and APNU listOmesh Kumar is one such person. According to him, he did sign a form to indicate that he will be a candidate for the PPP but on Nomination Day, his name also appeared on the A Partnership for National Unity’s (APNU) list of candidates.Meanwhile, Tulapersaud Heeman Kumar claims that he was tricked into signing a second form. He told Guyana Times that following a consultation meeting which the PPP held last week, he was nominated to be one of its representatives. However, the following day, a prominent villager who once supported the PPP, and whom he later learnt now supports APNU, went to his home and gave him a similar form to sign. According to him, the man told him that there was a mistake on the form he had signed for the PPP and he had to sign it again.Heeman Kumar said he was unaware that the second form he was signing was going to be taken to APNU. Other persons from the community also gave this publication simulate stories.The persons have since signed affidavits indicating their choice of party they wish to support. The PPP is expected to present this alleged fraud to the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) on Monday.While the LGE Nomination Day when smoothly in several parts of Guyana, in Berbice, Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne) there were several hiccups.At the Plegtanker/Kortberaadt NDC on the East Bank of Berbice – one of two new NDCs in the region – the PPP is contending it had arrived at the NDC with its list since 20:00h on Thursday, but the security guard there reserved a place for A Partnership for National Unity (APNU), which arrived sometime after 05:30h on Friday – the same time at which the returning officer arrived – and the Returning Officer allegedly allowed APNU to submit its list first, which according to PPP Member of Parliament, Adrian Anamayah, is an act that has raised concerns for his party.According to Anamayah, APNU members had fooled persons and had caused them to sign documents which APNU members used to indicate that those persons were APNU candidates. He said that had his party been allowed to be the first to submit its documents, as should rightly have been the case, some of those names would not have been allowed on the APNU list.Meanwhile, at the other end of the region, a similar situation played out, wherein the PPP said it was at the office first and was given the number one tag, but the Returning Officer asked for APNU to be first to submit its list after members of that party began to behave unruly in the GECOM compound.Again, Anamayah is contending the PPP was denied its right to be the first to submit its list and he is alleging that GECOM already is acting in a seemingly biased manner.According to the parliamentarian, the PPP will be challenging the actions of the Returning Officer in court. (Andrew Carmichael)last_img read more

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Supermarket owner to be charged

first_imgTampering of expiration datesA supermarket owner who was recently discovered to be tampering with expiration dates on products, and even repackaging foods in unsanitary conditions, is expected to make a court appearance soon.Head of the GA-FDD, Marlan ColeThis is according to Head of the Government Analyst Food and Drug Department (GA-FDD), Marlan Cole, on Monday during an interview with this publication.Cole said the GA-FDD has concluded its investigations, and the matter is now being treated as a criminal one.The owner of the embattled supermarket was busted on October 5, 2018 during an inspection exercise conducted on the East Coast of Demerara.According to the GA-FDD, the proprietor of the supermarket, which was only recently established, was discovered to be repackaging foods under unsanitary conditions, selling expired foods, and also tampering with expiration dates. This businessperson was found extending the date mark on condensed milk products.The GA-FDD disclosed that fifty-one 395g tins of condensed milk which had the date marks tampered with were seized and removed from the premises. Those tins just had the manufactured date and the expiry date, whereas those products that were not tampered with carry a barcode along with the manufacture and expiry dates.Criminal proceedings have been instituted against the proprietor in question in the East Demerara Magisterial District in accordance with the laws of Guyana – Food and Drug Act Chapter 34:03, Section 35.Part II (5) of this law states: “Any person who sells an article of food that is unfit for human consumption; or was manufactured, prepared, packaged or stored under the unsanitary condition, is guilty of an offence.”Part II (6), Food and Drug Act, Cap 34:03 of 1971 went on to outline that: “Any person who labels, packages, treats, processes, sells or advertises any food in a manner that is false, misleading or deceptive, or is likely to create an erroneous impression regarding its character, value, quality, composition, merit or safety, is guilty of an offence.”“Consumers are again asked to ensure that all items of food have a label that is English translated, and to ensure the dates are closely examined and (found to be) not altered or tampered with,” the Department warned.The GA-FDD is calling on consumers to pay closer attention to the expiry dates on products being sold, particularly in supermarkets along the East Coast, East Bank, and West Coast of Demerara, as a result of the recent discovery.last_img read more

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Russian footballers cleared after FIFA doping probe

first_img0Shares0000FIFA said it could find no evidence of doping among players from World Cup host nation Russia’s squad © AFP/File / FABRICE COFFRINILAUSANNE, Switzerland, May 22 – FIFA has ended a doping investigation into Russian footballers named in the country’s provisional World Cup squad after finding “insufficient evidence” of any wrongdoing, it said on Tuesday.World football’s governing body launched a probe into “possible anti-doping rule violations” by players “against whom a suspicion had been raised” following the publication of the McLaren report on mass doping in Russia. The enquiry was part of a broader investigation into players likely to participate at the World Cup, the result of which was “that insufficient evidence was found to assert an anti-doping rule violation”, FIFA said in a statement.FIFA added it had “informed the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) of its conclusions, and WADA in turn has agreed with FIFA’s decision to close the cases.”The report by Canadian lawyer Richard McLaren, produced at the request of WADA, revealed a “state-sponsored” doping system in Russia that reached its peak during the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.The bombshell revelations prompted the suspension of numerous Russian athletes with several stripped of medals, while the country was formally banned from the 2018 Winter Games in Pyeongchang, where Russian competitors were only allowed to take part as ‘neutrals’.Several Russian footballers were named in the McLaren report, although they were never publicly identified.As part of the probe, FIFA said it carried out “an assessment of all information and evidence contained in the McLaren report, with the support of scientific and legal experts.”FIFA also got in touch with McLaren “to obtain further details from him” and sent questions to Grigory Rodchenkov, the Russian whistleblower who served as the former head of Moscow’s anti-doping laboratory.Samples taken by FIFA and confederations which were stored in WADA-accredited laboratories of players listed in the McLaren report and “high-level” players were re-analysed for banned substances.Samples seized by WADA from the Moscow laboratory were also retested.“All results were negative,” FIFA said.In addition, FIFA performed unannounced doping controls during the process of the investigation, with the Russian squad “one of the most tested teams” ahead of the tournament.FIFA said it was also still working alongside WADA on an investigation into several players who will not be involved at the World Cup.0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Prolific Bakambu puts China transfer saga behind him

first_img0Shares0000The French-born Congolese striker joined Chinese Super League (CSL) side Beijing Guoan from Villarreal earlier this year in a protracted move shrouded in mystery © AFP / Greg BakerSHANGHAI, China, Jul 29 – Cedric Bakambu says that he made “a good choice” leaving Spain for the riches of Chinese football — and he is proving it by hitting 11 goals in as many games.The French-born Congolese striker joined Chinese Super League (CSL) side Beijing Guoan from Villarreal earlier this year in a protracted move shrouded in mystery. The cost of the transfer was never disclosed, but reports in Spain and France said that 40 million euros was paid to release Bakambu from his Villarreal contract, allowing him to move on a free transfer.The Chinese Football Association (CFA) consequently announced in February that clubs who evade their 100 percent levy on incoming foreign players face crippling point deductions.The 27-year-old, who by some estimations became the most expensive African footballer ever with the move to the Chinese capital, has been an instant hit and played a major part in helping Roger Schmidt’s side top the CSL with half the season gone.Speaking on the eve of Saturday’s 2-2 draw at Shanghai Shenhua — Bakambu was again on the scoresheet — the forward said: “I think I made a good choice to come here.“It is a new experience and I enjoy a lot my new life here in China.”Speaking to AFP after the game, the former France under-20 international said he did not care what people thought about him moving to China from La Liga at the pinnacle of his career.He is thought to earn about 18 million euros a year and previously admitted the cash was a major incentive.“I know why I am here and it does not matter what others think,” he said in his first substantive comments to international media since arriving in China.“I do what I want to do and the most important thing in life is that I am happy, the rest does not matter.”Unlike some other foreign players who move to China, Bakambu brought his family with him.“I like my life here in China and Beijing because I have good friends in my team, I am with my family, I am scoring goals and we are winning a lot of games,” said Bakambu, reportedly on the radar of English Premier League clubs before choosing China.– ‘That’s quality’ –Bakambu is among a cast of overseas players lured to the Asian country on handsome contracts that most clubs in Europe cannot match.But his transfer was more unusual than most, dragging on for weeks as Guoan refused to say that he had signed even though he was pictured training with them.German coach Schmidt, who took over at Guoan a year ago following his sacking by Bayer Leverkusen, was fulsome in his praise of Bakambu.“He’s a very, very good striker and he does not need many opportunities to score,” said the 51-year-old, whose side have lost just once in 14 games this season.Bakambu on Saturday put Guoan in front with a predatory close-range finish, but the visitors conceded an injury-time equaliser.“It was very hard to get great chances to score but at the right moment he was there and that’s not a coincidence — that’s quality,” said Schmidt.“He has done that very often this season, so he was a very good transfer for our club.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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City Council: Elephants to stay at Zoo

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event The Council voted 13-2 for the exhibit, with Councilmen Dennis Zine and Bill Rosendahl voting against it. “When I look at what we’re doing to them in the zoo, I don’t think …it’s a appropriate,” Zine said. “They belong in natural environment, not an enclosure.” Funding for the project includes $17.7 million in voter-approved park bond money, $4.5 million donated by the Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association and $2.3 million from the sale of private property donated to the zoo association. The city will allocate $14 million borrowed from the city’s Municipal Investment Corp. To repay the loan, the city will pay $1.2 million each year from the General Fund for 20 years, or about $24 million. Animal rights activists yelled “Free the Elephants” as the City Council votes were tallied, and Catherine Doyle with the Los Angeles Alliance for Elephants said the group will continue pushing the city to move the elephants to a sanctuary. “This is a big loss for taxpayers and an even bigger loss for the elephants.”— Kerry Cavanaugh, (818) 713-3746 kerry.cavanaugh@dailynews.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Despite pleas to free the elephants, the City Council voted today to keep pachyderms at the Los Angeles Zoo and spend nearly $40 million on a new exhibit, complete with grasslands and waterfalls. Animal activists have urged the city for the last year to send the zoo’s three elephants — Ruby, Gita and Billy — to a sanctuary where the animals would have more space. But an overwhelming majority of the council was convinced the elephants are crucial to the zoo experience and that they would thrive in the 3.5-acre Elephants of Surin exhibit. “We have three elephants at the zoo… Right now we have to make it better for them, safer for them,” said Councilman Tom LaBonge, who pushed the council to approve the project. “The people of Los Angeles should be very proud of their City Council. They’re going to have a world-class zoo.”last_img read more

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