Oklahoma City forward Collison retiring after 15 seasons

first_imgFILE – In this Wednesday, April 11, 2018 file photo, Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook, left, addresses the crowd with teammate Nick Collison, right, before an NBA basketball game against the Memphis Grizzlies in Oklahoma City. Collison announced Thursday, May 10, 2018, that is retiring after 15 years with the Thunder. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)OKLAHOMA CITY — Oklahoma City Thunder forward Nick Collison is retiring after 15 years in the NBA.The 37-year-old Collison announced his decision Thursday through the team. The Thunder said Collison is among five NBA players to have spent the past 15 or more seasons all with one franchise.ADVERTISEMENT P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Thunder chairman Clayton I. Bennett said that after purchasing the SuperSonics, the first thing he saw in the gym was Collison practicing his jump shot. That moment stuck with Bennett, who thanked Collison for being the same person today as he was then. “The Thunder will forever be a better organization because he was here,” Bennett said.Collison started 177 of his 910 career regular-season games, averaging 5.9 points and 5.2 rebounds. He and Russell Westbrook are the only two players to spend the first 10 years of the relocated franchise in Oklahoma City.Collison thanked family, friends, teammates, coaches and fans for his career. “It would not have been possible to do it on my own,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT 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 Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nadal breaks McEnroe’s mark of straight sets won on surface Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ MOST READ View comments Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ LATEST STORIES “My goal was always to make a career out of basketball and I was blessed to be in the NBA for 15 seasons,” Collison said in a statement.The 6-foot-10 Collison did not give a reason for his retirement. He played in just 15 games this past season. His best season came in 2007-08, when he averaged 9.8 points and 9.4 rebounds in the last year before the Seattle SuperSonics relocated to Oklahoma City.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownCollison was selected No. 12 overall out of Kansas by the Seattle Supersonics in 2003.Thunder executive vice president and general manager Sam Presti said Collison was a player who set the course for the team at home in Oklahoma City. “Nick has helped define the standards we work by on a day-to-day basis, on and off the court,” Presti said. “He has become synonymous with the Thunder shield.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewlast_img read more

Legislature Urges Executive: ‘Declare State of Health Emergency’

first_imgFollowing an hour of an emotionally charged debate, the Senate plenary Thursday, July 17, voted to mandate its leadership to immediately join their House of Representatives counterparts to ask President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to declare “a state of health emergency,” in wake of the alarming spread of the Ebola disease.“The motion suggests that immediately upon the adjournment of this session, the leadership of the Senate proceeds to the House of Representatives, and that the two leaderships proceed to the President and ask that a state of health emergency be imposed, and that US$1.5 million be made available to the Ministry of Health to tackle the Ebola.”The Senate’s decision followed a report by the Chairman on the Committee on Gender, Health, Social Welfare, Women and Children Affairs, Dr. Peter Sonpon Coleman on the Ebola epidemic, in which he reported an increase in the spread of the disease.The Senators were unanimous in expressing dismay over the delay in finding money to help the health sector, with some painting gloomy pictures of what may happen if the Legislature fails to move immediately to make the necessary appropriation from the pending 2014/2015 national budget, if it comes to that.As a demonstration of their serious concern about the spread of the epidemic, some Senators suggested that the President declare an immediate state of emergency, while Senate Pro Tempore disclosed to his colleagues that in his recent interaction with President Sirleaf, he suggested that she declares a state of emergency.According to the report read to the Senate plenary during its 48th day sitting Thursday, said since March 22, 2014 to July 15, 2014, the total number of Ebola cases has reached 173, with Lofa County carrying the highest number of 110 cases; Montserrado County with 55 and Margibi five, while Bomi and Nimba Counties had two each; and Bong County one case. The total number of cases among health workers is currently put at 13; while the total number of death cases is put to 111, with Lofa and Montserrado Counties again carrying the highest number of 58 and 46, respectively, while Margibi and Bomi are reporting five and two.The Coleman-led Health Committee disclosed that the number of patients admitted in isolated units is 22; with a breakdown of 17 for Lofa and five for Montserrado.The report said the Ministry of Health has managed to trace 236 persons who may have been in contact with people with the Ebola case. Newly reported contacts as of July 15, 2014 are 25, according to the report.The committee’s report identified challenges in the areas of the number of burial teams in Montserrado and Lofa; the need to provide funding for compensation of contact tracers in the counties; the need to provide vehicles for supervision and contact tracing teams in the seven affected counties, Lofa, Montserrado, Margibi, Bomi, Nimba, Bong, and Grand Gedeh, referred to as response counties.The report further said the Ministry needs logistical support and training for other counties referred to as alert counties.With respect to finance to fight the epidemic, the report said the amount of US$100, 000 per affected county has been provided by the government of Liberia; while it said the US$500,000 pledged by the Nigerian Government has not yet been assessed.“It is evident that this epidemic has now spread to six of the 15 counties, and the number of deaths is increasing alarmingly and it is important that the necessary funding be provided to the health sector to stop the transmission of the virus and prevent avoidable death among our people.  We, therefore, appeal to our colleagues to get involved in social mobilization, awareness and sensitization campaigns to help halt the rapid spread of the epidemic.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Toddler drowns after slipping into canal

first_imgThe distraught mother standing in disbeliefThe motionless body of a 23-month-old boy was on Monday pulled from a trench close to his Berbice home moments after he disappeared.Dead is Bryston Akrie of No. 52 Village Cortentyne, Berbice, whom might have slipped into the pond as he was making his way to join his other three siblings a short distance away. He was found floating face down by his mother, Patricia Devi, at about 15:00h.When Guyana Times contacted the mother on Tuesday, she was at the time speaking with Police detectives who are investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of the child.She however explained that the child asked for some tea and as such, she left him with his grandmother as she went to the kitchen. However, as she returned, she saw her mother fast asleep and the child was missing.She explained that the child would normally go out to play with his siblings and thought that he was with them. It was not until one of her other children returned home that she realized that he never joined the others. She said she frantically woke her mother and raised an alarm.“Meh search all ova… upstairs, down stairs, in the back yard…and we nah see he… Meh mother and so start to help search but we nah see he,” she recalled.She said that she decided to check around the pond where she was confronted by her biggest fear. Upon seeing the child in the water, she reportedly jumped overboard and retrieved the child.At that time, she recollected his body was pale and there were no movements or signs that he was alive. Her father, who heard her screams as he was heading home from work, ran towards her and as he picked up his grandson, he realized that the child was dead.The mother, grieving the lost her last child, said that on his way to meet his siblings, he might have stopped by the pond to play with the water and it then slipped in.“We carry he in the house, bathe he and change he clothes and by then the police come do them checks…we then carry he to the hospital mortuary,” the distraught woman added.She further told Guyana Times that she and the father of her four children had separated three months ago and in order for her to take care of her children, she was forced to look for a job. She is presently employed with an aunt to clean fish glue. The other children are ages eight, six and four.A Post-Mortem is expected to be performed shortly.The canal in which the child was pulledlast_img read more

Annual nativity scene display this weekend

first_img– Advertisement -The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints on 100 St. in Fort St. John is holding an open viewing of various different nativity scenes.There are more than 300 different Christmas nativity scenes from around the world both outside and inside the church.Church officials say the different scenes are owned by members of the congregation and some have been collected from various parts of the world.The church will also be holding a Christmas concert at 7 p.m. on Friday for anyone interested.The church will be open for anyone to view the different scenes until Saturday.Advertisement Photo:  Just some of the nativity scene displays at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Da Saints – Kimberley Molinalast_img

Chelsea team v Stoke: Mourinho has a decision to make over star’s inclusion despite clean bill of health

first_imgChelsea v Stoke is live on talkSPORT at 5.30pm on Saturday 4 April, 2015.If Arsenal beat Liverpool in the early Premier League kick-off, they could move to within four points of Chelsea, who will still have two games in hand by the time the Blues welcome Stoke to Stamford Bridge.For this reason the visit of the Potters, as well as the following fixture against QPR are hugely important, arguably more so than the clashes against Man United and Arsenal before the end of the month.Six points from the following two games will increase the gap at the top of the Premier League by the time United arrive on 18 April and manager Jose Mourinho has reported a clean bill of health for most of his players, although Jon Obi Mikel will be rested for the Stoke match.Diego Costa is available, but the boss revealed a decision on whether he starts or not will be delayed as a result of a recent hamstring injury.Possible Chelsea line-up against Stoke: 1 1 How do you think the Blues will start? Click here to listen to the game live from 5.30pm on Saturday 4 April. Diego Costa is available for the Stoke match last_img read more

Cal slows UCLA, 68-61

first_img That’s something the Bruins never really accomplished, thanks in part to Powe, who had 12 rebounds, 11 on the defensive end. Powe’s five points were a season low. The Bruins double-teamed him aggressively every time he touched the ball, but the Bears stayed patient. Cal’s four other starters combined to make 18 of 29 shots and Ubaka finished with 19 points, including two free throws that gave Cal a 64-59 lead with 21.5 seconds left. “You really get tested when things don’t go your way,” Farmar said, “so this will be a good test for us going forward.” UCLA NOTES: Farmar’s status for the game had been in doubt after he aggravated an ankle injury in Thursday’s victory over Stanford, but Farmar convinced Howland that he could play and took to the court wearing extra tape and a small brace on his right ankle. … One bright spot for the Bruins was the play of freshman forward Alfred Aboya, who missed the first six games of this season while recovery from knee surgery. Aboya played a season-high 20 minutes, made all four of his shots from the field for eight points and grabbed three offensive rebounds. “I thought Aboya came in and gave us a spark,” Howland said, “but we didn’t have much of an inside attack.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “They took it to us physically,” UCLA coach Ben Howland said of Cal, which earned its first two-game sweep in Southern California since 2000. “They beat us on the glass. We seemed to be a step slow.” UCLA (11-2, 1-1), ranked No. 11, shot a season-low 36.7 percent from the field (18 of 49) and were especially let down by their guards, who needed to take charge in a game that featured Cal’s Powe and DeVon Hardin, two of the best post players in the Pac-10 Conference. UCLA handled Leon Powe pretty much the way it hoped to on defense, as the Bruins held Powe, Cal’s leading scorer this season, to one field goal and five points Saturday afternoon. Only one, not-so-slight problem though. The Bruins didn’t do much else right, and even their attempt to slow Powe didn’t really turn out that well, since Powe simply turned into a facilitator. The young and hobbled Bruins, flummoxed by the combination of Cal’s tenacious defense and ultra-patient offense, couldn’t make enough big plays down the stretch and Cal took advantage and earned a surprising 68-61 victory over the Bruins before 10,129 at Pauley Pavilion. center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson But it didn’t happen for the Bruins. As expected, the big Bears mucked things up in the paint defensively. and the Bruins’ shooters had no answer. Jordan Farmar, who played despite a sprained ankle, missed 9 of 11 shots. Josh Shipp, still not 100 percent after hip surgery, missed 6 of 9 and Arron Afflalo scored 19 points but made just 1 of 5 shots in the second half. Despite all this, the Bruins had a good chance to win. Neither team led by more than six points until Ayinde Ubaka made two free throws to put Cal up 58-51 with 2:34 left. The Bruins hung tough though, until a crucial error cost them. Cal led 62-60 with about 40 seconds left when Afflalo stripped Ubaka of the ball. UCLA’s Darren Collison had a chance to grab the ball but seemed to hesitate, and Ubaka took it back and drove in for a layup and a 62-58 lead with 37 seconds left, a basket that essentially clinched the victory. “Darren made some great plays today, but he needed to be more aggressive there,” Afflalo said. “I feel like if we had picked up that ball, we would have had some momentum on offense.” last_img read more

Sweep your mum off her feet this weekend with 10% off

first_imgGet the perfect gift this Mother’s Day with 10% OFF at Greenes.This Sunday, March 26th, is Mother’s Day. It’s that time of year again to shop for the most important woman in your life. For the woman who’s always on the go, let her relax and put her feet up this weekend with the perfect pair of shoes from Greenes Shoes. Greenes Shoes stock a large variety of brands from Amy Huberman, Ecco, Kate Appleby, Gabor, Skechers and many many more. With all the latest Spring/Summer ranges now in store, they have a large variety to choose from.As mums do so much for us all year through, it is nice to take the chance to let them know how special they are with the perfect gift; so call into any Greenes Shoes stores and get 10% OFF any purchase of ladies shoes this weekend.Shop now on our website with free delivery nationwidehttps://www.greenesshoes.com/ Keep up to date with all our latest news and competitions on our facebook page https://www.facebook.com/Greenesshoes/?fref=tsSweep your mum off her feet this weekend with 10% off was last modified: March 23rd, 2017 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more


first_imgMichael Ferry, right, being taken into court in Donegal Town todayA NOTORIOUS Gaoth Dobhair paedophile serving 14 years for child sex abuse was jailed again today after sickening details were given of how he defiled and abused another young boy up to three times per week at a school where he worked as a caretaker.Michael Ferry, 58, from Carrickboyle, was jailed at the Central Criminal Court in Dublin in 2011. Brave victim Derek Mulligan waived his right to anonymity in that case so that Ferry could be named.The paedophile had a previous conviction for sex attacks but kept his job with Colaiste Cholmcille, an Irish language college, which was based at the former school Ardscoil Mhuire.The victim in the case before Donegal Circuit Court today came forward to Gardai after Mr Mulligan spoke out.It was confirmed in evidence today that Ferry – who sat with his head down in court – had worked as a teacher of religion, physical education and gave talks to students at Pobailscoil Gaoth Dobhair on sexual education.He groomed some of his victims there.Ferry pleaded guilty to 15 sample counts of sexual abuse today.Garda Detective John Gallagher read a heart-breaking victim impact statement to the court in which the victim spoke of the effects of the abuse on him.He said that he had been in a sex education class in Pobailscoil Gaoth Dobhair where Ferry had discussed the 18-rated movie ‘Porkies’ with the class and the sexual scenes in the film.Looking back, said the victim, the class was totally inappropriate.Ferry later groomed him and launched his first attack at the Ardscoil Mhuire building in March 1984.The man could remember the date because he had bought an Irish language poetry and songbook that month and had written his date inside it.The attacks continued up to three times per week until 1987.After the first attack, Ferry gave his victim £2.One another occasion the victim was stripped naked and photographed on a stage at the Irish language college.Ferry, he said, would develop the photographs in a ‘dark room’ on the premises.Desmond Murphy, SC, said his client admitted all the offences when interviewed by Gardai.Reading from statements made by Ferry, Ferry said he was “possessed by evil.”He had fallen into “a spiral of evil.”Mr Murphy said Ferry had joined the priesthood in 1974 but had left Maynooth in 1979 after “a disagreeable incident.”He had returned to Gaoth Dobhair and had landed on his feet.Judge John O’Hagan, summing up the case, said the victim had been subjected to horrific abuse.He said Ferry as a teacher was in a position of trust at a time in Ireland when people were taught to look up to educators.“The breach of trust in a case like this is one of the most aggravating factors of this case,” said the judge.“He taught religion, PE and sexual education; all matters of trust.”Judge O’Hagan said Ferry would take pictures and tell his victim: “These are worth money.”Ferry would take boys camping to Gola Island.“His persistence and planning was quite remarkable,” said the judge.Ferry would make payment with cigarettes “for his disgusting self-gratification.”Judge O’Hagan recalled an incident where the victim was being abused when another boy arrived for a maths grind and interrupted the incident.The other boy said to the victim: “Have you been looking at Micky’s porn?”“I’m delighted to know that he (Ferry) has accepted he was possessed by something evil,” said the judge.The judge said if Ferry had pleaded not guilty he would have imposed the maximum 10 years imprisonment.“I hope he never has any involvement with any young people ever again,” said the judge.He jailed Ferry for 7 years on each count to run concurrently, with sentences to run from today.EVIL PAEDOPHILE MICHAEL FERRY JAILED AGAIN FOR SICKENING SEX ATTACKS ON BOY was last modified: December 12th, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:GweedorejailedMichael Ferrypaedophilelast_img read more

‘Pink Panther,’ ‘Victoria’ producer Adams, 52

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! NEW YORK – Tony Adams, a producer of many of the films of director Blake Edwards including six “Pink Panther” movies, “S.O.B.,” “10” and the screen and stage versions of “Victor/Victoria,” has died of a stroke. He was 52. Adams died Saturday at Beth Israel Hospital, said Peter Cromarty, a spokesman for the producer. Adams was a partner in Hello Entertainment, a theater production company, which develops and produces Broadway shows. Born in Dublin, Ireland, Adams started in motion pictures as an assistant to director John Boorman on “Deliverance” (1972) and later went to work for Edwards as an associate producer on “The Return of the Pink Panther” (1975). AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Among the other “Pink Panther” movies he produced or co-produced were “The Pink Panther Strikes Again” (1976), “Revenge of the Pink Panther” (1978), “Trail of the Pink Panther” (1982), “Curse of the Pink Panther” (1983) and “Son of the Pink Panther” (1993). Adams also worked on several films starring Edwards’ wife, Julie Andrews, including “10,” “S.O.B” (1981), “Victor/Victoria” (1982), “The Man Who Loved Women” (1983) and “That’s Life!” (1986). He also produced “Julie,” a short-lived television series, starring Andrews, in 1992. In 1995, Adams co-produced the stage version of “Victor/Victoria,” starring Andrews and Tony Roberts on Broadway. The musical ran for more than 700 performances. Survivors include Adams’ third wife, actress Anne Runolfsson, and four children.last_img read more


first_imgFianna Fáil Education spokesperson Charlie McConalogue has expressed alarm at the low level of apprentices signing up for programmes in the construction sector.Charlie McConalogue TDAccording to reports only 10 plasterers, bricklayers and painter/decorators will qualify in their trades in 2018, despite a planned construction drive over the next 10 years.Deputy McConalogue commented, “These figures are extremely worrying, particularly given the housing shortage this country is facing. Only this week the ESRI stated that we need to build 12,500 housing units a year to cope with demand, however, the lack of qualified tradespeople will put serious pressure on those targets. “Ten years ago, we had 700 bricklayers and 300 plasterers in training programmes. While the downturn in the construction industry has had an impact on the numbers entering trades, the introduction of fees for FÁS apprentices has also served as a major deterrent.“The Government is now facing a major crisis. There are around 100,000 people on the social housing list because of the Government’s failure to act on the issue. Earlier this year the Taoiseach launched the Construction 2020 project, however, without skilled labour, this strategy will fall well short of the mark.”The Inishowen-based TD said Ministers need to adopt a plan to encourage more people into apprenticeships if the social housing emergency is to be addressed effectively.He added that confidence in the construction sector needs to be restored and apprenticeships must be marketed as a viable option for the thousands of people still on the Live Register. “Apprenticeships should be used as a method of getting job seekers to up-skill, learn new trades and get back into the workplace. Many have been deterred by the introduction of fees in the last Budget, and steps must be taken to address this. People on the Live Register will find it extremely difficult to come up with the €540 fee, which were brought in this year, and steps must be taken to encourage more people onto apprenticeship programmes.“According to the figures, only 4 people have taken up a plastering apprenticeship, there are three studying to be bricklayers and a further three on the painting and decorating programme. There are no new floor and wall tiling apprentices this year. If the apprenticeship uptake remains at these chronically low levels, we’ll be facing a massive skills shortage at a time when the country is about to embark on a housing construction drive.“The Government cannot afford to sit back and allow this situation to continue. Unless urgent action is taken, the housing crisis will continue to spiral out of control and the numbers languishing on social housing lists will increase. Tradespeople are essential in tackling this crisis and it is up to Ministers to ensure we have the skillset in this country to enable its recovery.”LOW LEVEL OF APPRENTICESHIPS WILL HAVE IMPACT ON GOVT HOUSING TARGETS – McCONALOGUE was last modified: August 8th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:apprenticeshipsCharlie McConalogue TDdonegallast_img read more