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

GWI survey shows persons illegally reconnect water

first_imgA recent survey conducted by the Guyana Water Incorporated (GWI) has found that a massive 60 per cent of some 700 sample residents in Georgetown illegally reconnected their water supply after being disconnected.The GWI, in a release to the media on Thursday, sought to highlight the major issue while noting that plans are afoot to intensify its disconnection and service removal campaign, in a bid to focus on customers who are determined to illegally reconnect their service.The water company explained that of the sample population of 700 Georgetown customers surveyed, 60 per cent have illegally reconnected their water service after being disconnected for overdue balances, thus the utility has intensified its disconnection and service removal campaign across the capital city with a particular focus on those customers who have illegally reconnected their service.According to the GWI, most of the customers who would have indulged in the illegal act are domestic customers.According to GWI, its customers are given 28 days after their bill is due to clear their balance, or utilise the option of taking advantage of the utility’s wallet-friendly payment plans.If they fail to do so, their service is disconnected, but they are given an additional 28 days to pay their reconnection fee before their service is removed. The cost for reconnection for domestic customers is $7,500, and for commercial customers$16,000; whereas the replacement fee for both categories is $20,000.It has been pointed out that GWI targets all categories of indebted customers, irrespective of whether they are domestic or commercial.last_img read more

The Subtle And Not So Subtle Dominance Of US Swimmers And Gymnasts

More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed If you’re a fan of our podcasts, be sure to subscribe on Apple Podcasts and leave a rating/review. That helps spread the word to other listeners. And get in touch by email, on Twitter or in the comments. Tell us what you think, send us hot takes to discuss and tell us why we’re wrong. Embed Code FiveThirtyEight We’re on the ground in Rio covering the 2016 Summer Olympics. Check out all our coverage here.Welcome to the latest episode of Hot Takedown, FiveThirtyEight’s sports podcast. On this week’s show (Aug. 10, 2016) we look at the different ways to appreciate the performances by U.S. swimmers and gymnasts at the Olympics. Is it better to marvel at the statistical dominance, or just sit back and be in awe of the athleticism on display? FiveThirtyEight’s very own Allison McCann also checks in from Rio, where she says things are going relatively smoothly. Then, an extended significant digit segment on Ichiro Suzuki, who just tallied his 3,000th hit in the majors. Neil Paine wonders: What would Ichiro’s career stats look like had he played his entire career in Major League Baseball?Links to what we discuss are here:Ben Morris on U.S. swimmer Katie Ledecky’s prowess, and how others may join her assault on the record books.Allison McCann’s dispatch from Rio: a bit rocky, but overall no different from other major sporting events.The New York Times breaks down how Simone Biles completes her signature floor move, “The Biles.”In a sport usually decided by fractions of points, the U.S. women crushed their gymnastics opponents.Neil Paine says Ichiro Suzuki is a rare combo: “old and good.” read more

Press Statement from the Office of the Leader of the Opposition

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, January 6, 2018 – Providenciales – I was taken to task by the Chairman of the PDM because I had the audacity to demonstrate leadership where his party has failed to do so.   My intervention focused on the history of the development of the entire area know as Chalk Sound including the fact that it was under my administration that Belongers were given the opportunity to take up ownership of their own land hitherto seemingly reserved for others.  My real intention though was to appeal for cool headedness at a time when an property owner in Taylor Bay was being wrong and strong in his understanding of the reality, and the vehemence with which he threatened those who had every right to enjoy their heritage albeit no right to trespass over private property.  At my press meeting I indicated that I was undertaking research to better clarify the situation and would inform the public once I had better information.  I now have that information and recount below the important events leading up to today.The Sapodilla Bay and Taylor Bay Community came into being through a Conditional Purchase Lease between TCIG and Condor Real Estate Limited in 1978 – a company 100% owned by Canadian Developers.   The condition being the pushing of a quarry graded roadway servicing the property along with what would be an extremely low price by today’s standard.  Subsequent to that the narrow strip of land not in Condor Real Estate ownership was itself the subject of a Conditional Purchase Lease.Below is the chronology of the various conveyances of the land directly abutting Taylor Bay Beach and the adjacent beach assess:October 17, 1984 parcels 60400/9 & 10 are transferred from the Crown to Clearwater Holdings Ltd. (a company owned jointly by foreign and local developers in return for the construction of road works in the Bight.September 5, 1989 Worldwide Hotel Holdings Ltd. has a caution registered as purchaserNovember 2, 1989 Worldwide Hotel Holdings Ltd. changes name to Paradise Cove Ltd.March 4, 1991 parcels 60400/9 & 10 are transferred from Clearwater Holdings Ltd. to Paradise Cove Ltd. (Dick Clark)October 3, 2007 parcels 60400/9 & 10 are transferred from Paradise Cove Ltd. to MWE Holdings Ltd. (a member of the Ashcroft Group of Companies).March 2, 2016 parcels 60400/9 & 10 are mutated into parcels 60400/394-398. Since then a number of easements have been granted by MWE to homeowners in the area givin them access to the Beach.The following is the Chronology of beach access parcel 60612/90 at the heart of the controversyDecember 20, 1988 parcel 60612/90 is created from a mutation of parcel 60612/52 then owned by Condor Real Estate LimitedMarch 21, 1989 parcel 60612/90 is transferred from Condor Real Estate Limited to Gibraltar Investments Ltd.December 5, 2007 parcel 60612/90 is transferred from Gibraltar Investments Ltd. to MWE Holdings Ltd.(a member of the Michael Ashcroft Group of Companies).The intention all along seem to have been the prevention of the public – and in particular the local population from accessing the beach – with the full knowledge that the common law position has been for time immemorial and remains that the beach belongs to the public.  My research has uncovered that were private property abuts the edge of vegetation and there is accretion the accreted land becomes the property of the Crown.  Also, where private land is loss because of erosion and this results in an encroachment of the beach on to the boundary of the private property the principle remain that it becomes public.  In all and every case the beach belongs to the public.  However, when challenged in some common law jurisdiction the plaintiffs were successful.So, despite what Don thinks the Taylor Bay Home owners do not own the beach.  However, they do own the access and that is the mischief that has to be cured; that is where the focus of attention ought to be placed.  The pressure must be applied to the Government to use existing legislation to compulsory acquire 60612/90 and any other property it deems necessary to secure access to the beach.   Attacking the Leader of the Opposition is not the answer, neither is a party on the beach. Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

OBITUARY Judith M Hezlitt 66

first_imgNORWOOD, MA — Judith M. Hezlitt, age 66, passed away in the Norwood Hospital in Norwood, Massachusetts on Sunday, December 30, 2018. Born in Arlington, Massachusetts on July 28, 1952, she was the daughter of the late Robert P. and Bernice M. (Chaplin) Hezlitt. She was raised in Wilmington, Massachusetts, where she graduated from Wilmington High School with the Class of 1970.Following graduation, Judy took a secretarial position with Raytheon in their Bedford office. While working at Raytheon, Judy took classes at Northeastern’s University College, earning her Bachelor’s Degree with a focus on sociology/anthropology. She continued with Raytheon, later transferring into the Human Resources Department and retiring in 2017.Throughout her life, Judy was an avid Boston sports fan, and particularly loved following the Red Sox, Bruins, and Patriots. After meeting the love of her life, Norman P. DeSalvo, she made her home with him at the Medway Senior Housing in 1999. She and Norm loved spending time together, often taking rides in their van to see the sights. Together they enjoyed visiting the apple orchards in Stow, Massachusetts and they always looked forward to spending the Fourth of July at the Cape Cod Canal, watching the fireworks displays.Judy is survived by the love of her life, Norman P. DeSalvo, of Medway and her brother, Robert Hezlitt and his wife, Gesina,, of Batavia, New York,, her nieces, Rhonda Grammatico and her husband, Matthew, Rebecca Despard and her husband, Gregg, and Renee Breeze and her husband, David, as well as many friends.Relatives and friends attended Judy’s visiting hours on Monday, January 7, 2019 from 4 to 7 PM in the James H. Delaney & Son Funeral Home, 48 Common Street, Walpole. A Funeral Home Service was held on Tuesday, January 8, 2019 at 11:00 AM. Interment followed in Terrace Hill Cemetery in Walpole. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to: The MSPCA, 350 S Huntington Ave, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130.(NOTE: The above obituary is from James H. Delaney & Son Funeral Home.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedOBITUARY: Deborah A. Clark, 66In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Judy L. Kenson, 73In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Susan A. (McNeil) Roy, 49In “Obituaries”last_img read more

Tamang set to meet North Bengal Varsity authorities to resolve impasses

first_imgDarjeeling: Binay Tamang, chairman, Board of Administrators, Gorkhaland Territorial Administration, will convene a meeting with the authorities of University of North Bengal and principals of various hill colleges affiliated to the university on September 8 at the Lalkothi, the GTA secretariat in Darjeeling.The meeting is aimed at finding a solution to the impasses that have cropped up, with the university having introduced the Choice Based Credit System (CBCS). College authorities apprehend that the winter vacations will have to be done away with, under the CBCS. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeHill college students, anticipating multiple problems, especially in winters, had appealed for intervention by both the state government and Gorkhaland Territorial Administration (GTA). The students of Southfield College (formerly Loreto College, Darjeeling), recently submitted memorandums to the MLA, Darjeeling and chairman, GTA, requesting them to take up the matter with the state government. “The meeting will be attended by the Vice-Chancellor, registrar and secretary, Undergraduate Council of the University of North Bengal. The GTA aims at creating a conducive environment for students, hence the meeting has been convened to find a way out,” stated Tamang. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe GTA had written to the university for a meeting to resolve the impasse. In reply, the registrar, University of North Bengal, in a letter dated August 20, confirmed the participation of the university authorities on September 8. “The University of North Bengal has to conduct all the undergraduate examinations for its affiliated colleges, irrespective of locations of the hills and the plains. The stipulation of 90 teaching days per semester have the mandate of the UGC, which has to be followed while the undergraduate examinations are conducted,” stated the letter. The letter further stated that the university believes in deliberations and democratic practices. “The Vice-Chancellor shall certainly hear from the hill college principals to resolve the issue in the joint meeting,” added the letter. Under the CBCS system, examinations will be held every six months. Sessions will be from July to December and from January to June. The duration of each class will be for an hour, with 5 classes a day. There is no break in this system. Under the annual system, the hill colleges would break for winter recess in January and restart in mid-February. “We are anticipating curtailment of winter recess to accommodate this new system. This will cause numerous complications for students, especially girls,” stated Dipika Thapa, student representative, Southfield College.last_img read more

Want to Cheat the System Call Yourself a Tech Company

first_img 3 min read Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now August 22, 2016 This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience.center_img A variety of factors contributed to Theranos’s prolonged public deception, though they’re often summed up by “tech hype.” The company’s founder, Elizabeth Holmes, was a Stanford dropout who dreamed of “making a difference in the world.” Her company was valued at nearly $10 billion. She was hailed as the “next Steve Jobs.”Blogger and media entrepreneur Anil Dash explains that Theranos successfully drummed up buzz about its faulty products “because the company, its founder and its investors all shielded themselves under the cultural cover of being a glamorous member of the ‘tech industry’ rather than a prosaic medical supplier.”Related: The 10 Best U.S. Cities for Tech JobsIt’s absurd to refer to companies that specialize in vastly disparate goods and services all under the umbrella of “tech,” Dash argues in a Medium post titled, “There is no ‘technology industry.’” If Theranos had been treated as a blood-testing company rather than a tech company, his argument follows, it would have been under far more scrutiny from day one.It’s not simply an imprecise description, Dash notes. He emphasizes that this overarching label obscures the reality that there is no such thing as the tech industry, in terms of a common set of regulations for the companies that supposedly exist within it.“Mature industries develop their own regulatory frameworks, their own systems for self-regulation, and their own standards for monitoring transgressions within the industry,” Dash writes. “Today, tech as an industry is almost completely lacking in all of these areas.”In other words, a “tech company” in pursuit of “disruption” is not exempt from the law. See: Uber and its disregard for background checks based on its self-designation as a technology company rather than a taxi service.Obviously Dash is not the first to make the argument that the tech industry is a misnomer for a nonexistent collective. In a May 2012 Slate piece, “It’s Official: There’s No Such Thing as a Tech Company,” journalist Matt Yglesias wrote of Apple and Amazon, “they’re in different lines of business, so there’s no ex ante reason to expect them to [be] valued in a similar way.”In March 2013, reporter David Yanofsky wrote in Quartz, “To stay competitive in today’s marketplaces, every company, by the current standard, could be called a tech company, which of course, is another way of saying that none of them should be.”Related: 10 Tech Companies to Watch – Entrepreneur’s Brilliant 100Yet in the third quarter of 2016, the phrase “tech industry” persists, as companies continue to incorporate technology, in the broadest most literal sense of the word, into their business operations and consumer products. Now that technology is omnipresent, it’s time to start conceiving of tech companies based on their sub-industries — transportation, information, food and beverage — and impose restrictions on them based on the specific services they provide.Every company occupies the “business” space, but society does not treat all of these companies as though they exist on the same plane. The same should be true of “tech.” Embrace the reality that your company is more than a “tech company” and establish what differentiates you from all of the tech startup bandwagoners out there. Enroll Now for Freelast_img read more