Magic Johnson on why he won’t ask Lonzo Ball to change his shot

first_imgLaVar Ball wants son Lonzo to shoot more: ‘You’re not going to make it if you don’t take it’Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson 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 Los Angeles Lakers draft pick Lonzo Ball, right, and Magic Johnson smile as they answer questions during the NBA basketball team’s news conference, Friday, June 23, 2017, in El Segundo, California.  AP/Jae C. HongLonzo Ball attributes his early shooting woes as a psychological issue and it looks like Los Angeles Lakers President of Basketball Operations Earvin “Magic” Johnson agrees with him.READ: Lonzo Ball says ongoing shooting issues ‘just in my head’ADVERTISEMENT Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Although he recently became the youngest player to post a triple-double, the 20-year-old point guard currently averages a horrid 31 percent field goal shooting based on his past 10 games.Appearing on the talk show Mike & Mike, the Laker legend-turned-executive shared why he has no intentions of asking his playmaker to change his peculiar shooting form.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smog“We can break it down with him, but we don’t want to mess with his shot. He’s proven that he’s knocked that shot down. And we want to encourage him to keep shooting,” Magic said, as relayed by USA Today.“I think it’s a fine line because what you have to do is first, he’s been shooting that way his whole life. So what we wanted to do is let him play his game,” Magic added. Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson But if his struggles continue throughout the season, Johnson said he might change his tone and help Ball become a more consistent shooter come next year.“Let him shoot the way he’s been shooting and hopefully they’ll go in. And so, we’re not gonna mess with it. We’re gonna let him shoot and play his game,” he stressed.“ If after the season, and he’s not shooting well, then we’ll sit down with him and say, ‘Hey, let’s maybe look at different way or let’s try to improve the way you are shooting.’”  Khristian Ibarrola /raRELATED STORIES:Coach Luke Walton: It ‘would be silly’ to tinker with Lonzo Ball’s shooting styleADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Dismay, disbelief as Italy miss World Cup for first time since 1958 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

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Why are Guyanese not investing in oil companies?

first_imgDear Editor,Firstly, let me say that I am an investor (not a major investor) in CGX Energy which is searching for oil in Guyana. We already know that Guyana has oil from seven successful wells drilled by ExxonMobil. Should CGX Energy discover oil in Guyana then its shares (may) go up which I hope to capitalise on. That is (my) belief.The question is, are Guyanese prepared to capitalise on newly discovered oil? If not, why not?I understand that investing from Guyana may be an issue. But I am sure that there are many companies in Guyana, like Guyoil, that can invest in companies abroad to make a profit in time. But just be careful as investments can go up as well as go down. So you can end up with losses.A one per cent share in CGX Energy could cost about US$200,000 which (may) go up as the share price increases especially (if) oil is discovered (that is my belief).There are other oil companies exploring for oil in Guyana that people can choose to invest in. And, we should really be looking at buying into some of these companies so that Guyanese benefit more should the value of these companies increase.Yours faithfully,Sean Orilast_img read more

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Leguan resident remanded for trafficking of narcotics

first_imgMunalica Moore of Lot 13 Phoenix, Leguan Island, Region Three (Essequibo Islands/West Demerara), on Thursday made her first court appearance before Magistrate Sunil Scarce at the Leguan Magistrate’s Court to answer possession of narcotics for the purpose of trafficking charge.She pleaded not guilty to the charge which stated that ranks from the Leguan Police Station conducted a search on her premises. During that search a quantity of leaves, seeds and stems suspected to be cannabis and a quantity of ‘creamish hard, rock light substance’ suspected to be cocaine were found on a table. The cannabis was weighed and amounted to 22 grams while the cocaine amounted to 10 grams. She was subsequently arrested, where she denied the police allegations.Magistrate Scarce remanded her to prison until July, 28, 2016. Moore was represented by attorney Kimberly Hairwood.last_img read more

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Cllr. Tweh Warns CU Graduates of ‘Education Piracy’

first_imgCllr. Oswald N. Tweh, Managing Director of Pierre, Tweh and Associates, Incorporated, a law firm in Monrovia, has warned of ‘education piracy’ that often leads to problems in the country.Cllr. Tweh warning was contained in his speech delivered on Saturday, July 30 at Cuttington University’s 55th Commencement Convocation held at the university’s main campus in Suakoko, near Gbarnga, Bong County.“In our world of short morals and integrity, the importance of honorable and ethical conduct without regards to ethical obligations and standards is like piracy that often leads to lots of problems, some of which are very prevalent in our society,” Cllr. Tweh told the 721 CU graduates. According to the lawyer, the same can be said of the lack of ethics in the professional life of anyone, irrespective of career, profession or vocation. Based on that, Cllr. Tweh cautioned each of the graduates to take serious their respective ethical obligations in dealing with others, and to ensure that their word remains their bond.“Know that your position within society will rise in direct proportion to the quality of your work, and the way in which you conduct yourself. Let your actions serve as an example to everyone,” Cllr. Tweh urged the applauding graduates.Tweh also emphasized the need for discipline and integrity, “Because without either of them, it is impossible to succeed in an honorable and durable way.”He observed that it is true that some may ‘succeed’ without integrity or discipline, but such ‘success’ is almost always dishonorable and at the cost of damaging one’s own name or that of his/her family’s; “moreover, it could lead to injury to others, or to the shedding of their blood.”As a CU alumnus, Tweh is of the conviction that only success achieved honorably – and with discipline – is worthy of the admiration and respect that society and history bestow.“Notwithstanding their utmost importance,” Cllr. Tweh said, “discipline and integrity are two life-building and enriching dynamics that are in short supply in a modern world in which the search for material things, free living, and alternative lifestyles are challenging traditional moral values and threatening our existence as a cohesive society.”Even in Liberia, he said, everyone (young and old) is in a craze in the quest, albeit the race, for wealth, fame and freedom.According to Cllr. Tweh, wealth is pursued by many at the cost of their character and integrity, “because, so many allow themselves to be tempted, giving in to shameful acts such as theft…”RebellionTweh also observed that the pursuit of freedom by young people, on the other hand, has meant rebellion against all forms of social control. This includes rejecting parental control, discipline at school, and sometimes even general disdain for law and public authority.He said in some cases, it has led to the use of violence, adding that the race for wealth, fame and unbridled freedom has eroded discipline in our families, communities, schools and society.“It has also undermined our individual and collective sense of decency and integrity,” he added.He said what is even more troubling is that some of the graduates will be captivated and begin to emulate the so-called ‘success’ – that almost never lasts – of individuals openly engaged in some of the most despicable, undisciplined and indecent behaviors. Of the graduates, 308 came from the Graduate School and Professional Studies, 385 from the Undergraduate Program, while 28 of them came from the Junior College in Kakata, Margibi County. Prior to the holding of Saturday’s convocation, a special ceremony marking the official end of Dr. Evelyn Kandakai’s interim presidency of Cuttington (November 2015 – July 2016) was held at the college campus in Suakoko, where she formally turned over authority to the incoming president, Rev. Dr. Herman Browne, former Dean of Trinity Cathedral.Saturday’s ceremony brought together several high profile individuals, among them the CU Board of Trustees and some lawmakers of the 53rd Legislature. 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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Liberia Prepares for Biodiversity Data Gathering

first_imgA professional workshop on Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF) that is aimed at providing anyone, anywhere open access to biodiversity data information about all types of life on earth, is currently taking place at the Forestry Development Authority (FDA) Headquarters in Monrovia.Coordinated through its Secretariat in Copenhagen, GBIF provides data-holding institutions around the world with common standards and open-source tools that enable these countries to share information about where and when species have been recorded.Accordingly, this organization’s index of hundreds of millions of species occurrence knowledge derives from many sources, including everything from museum specimens collected in the 18th and 19th century, to geotagged smartphone photos shared by armature naturalists in recent days and weeks.The GBIF network draws all these sources together through the use of the Darwin Core Standard, which forms the basis of GBIF organizations index of hundreds of millions of species occurrence records.Those who manage to publish their data provide open access to their datasets, using machine-readable Creative Common license designations, which allow scientists, researchers and others to apply the data in hundreds of peer-reviewed publications and policy papers each year.Many of these analysis, which covers topics from the impact of climate change and the spread of invasive and alien pest to priorities for conservation and protected areas, food security and human health, would not be possible without this.A Professor from the William Richard Tolbert College of Agriculture and Forestry, University of Liberia, John T. Woods providing the background of the project, said in 2017, a concept note was prepared by Fauna and Flora International (FFI), Kansas State University (KU), University of Liberia (UL) and the FDA.A project, worth 3.9 Euro, was approved by the European Union to develop biodiversity information for conservation data.He said participating institutions have expressed their willingness to gather and share data from their various research carried out.Professor Woods said the objective of the workshop is to bring all biodiversity information in Liberia together and in one place.“As of now, all the biodiversity data in Liberia are scattered all around the world in different universities and other locations, and consultants who did research in the past have all of the data in their possession and are not willing to release them,” Woods recounted.Benedictus Freeman, a Liberian PHD Student studying Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Kansas University, United States of America, said that the workshop is intended to mobilize Liberia’s biodiversity data collected from different research projects as far back as when Firestone and other huge concessions, non-governmental organizations, individuals and many others participated in the clearing of the ecosystem containing biodiversity.Freeman said that Liberia signed up to the GBIF, comprising a network of countries across the world that signed up to share biodiversity data.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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“I have nothing to say” – Mayor

first_imgCity Hall probeActions taken by the Local Government Commission (LGC) to launch a Commission of Inquiry (CoI) into the spending and other operations at City Hall has left quite a stir, as officials of the Mayor and City Council (M&CC) are retreating from sharing their observations.The Inquiry was requested along with the fact that Town Clerk Royston King be sent on administrative leave, which will take effect from September 21.“I have no comments,” were the words of Mayor Chase Green as she remained tight-lipped when confronted by sections of the media for a comment at Monday’s statutory meeting.The Town Clerk also displayed similar sentiments, as he also refused to comment on the matter.This move comes just two months ahead of Local Government Elections where a new executive body will be elected to oversee the activities at the Council.However, it was claimed that this was necessary since numerous complaints were made by staffers of the Council and other agencies, regarding the expenditure and decisions which were taken by the Council.During the meeting, Mayor Chase Green read an excerpt from the letter that was issued by the LGC which stated that the organisation “took a decision to carry out an investigation based on multiple complaints and adverse reports received from workers of the municipality and a number of agencies with respect to the administration of the municipality of Georgetown.”Headed by Justice Cecil Kennard, the public hearings will commence on September 24 and are expected to conclude on October 31. The necessary actions will be taken by the Commission after conclusions are drawn from the Inquiry.Over the years, City Hall has complained over lack of funds which is a mere contradiction to its excessive spending. Concerns were raised over this issue, noting that while the building is in need of repairs, millions of dollars have been squandered excessively.This year, $57 million was allocated to the Council by Central Government to facilitate community projects. Additionally, some $58 million was used to buy furniture for the office of the Town Clerk and other large sums were set aside to purchase vehicles and machinery for the said office.King’s office was also given $4 million for overseas trips and $550,000 for local travel expenses; all approved by the Council. Electricity charges also spiked this year from $5 million to $9 million.The excessive spending continues with another $17 million which was allocated to the Council’s ‘City Week’ celebration a few weeks ago. This even comes in light of the fact the funds are desperately needed to restore City Hall’s building since sections of the structure have been deemed as “unsafe” with many anticipations that the historical structure is soon to crumble if it is not restored.Despite these large sums, King mentioned in April that the Council is running on a shoestring budget, calling for staffing restructure. At that time, the average monthly revenue of City Hall was between $78 and 80 million, while its monthly wage bill was $112 million.last_img read more

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Land affected by Keystone pipeline leak bigger than thought

first_imgTC Energy has put up berms around the affected area and is excavating contaminated soil from the entire site, at depths of up to 6 feet (1.8 metres), Suess said. The oily soil is being stockpiled and will be taken to a landfill in Sawyer, North Dakota, he said.“We really don’t have any risk of anything spreading at this point,” he said.Crude began flowing through the $5.2 billion pipeline in 2011. It’s designed to carry crude oil across Saskatchewan and Manitoba, and through North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas and Missouri on the way to refineries in Patoka, Illinois and Cushing, Oklahoma. It can handle about 23 million gallons (87 million litres) daily.It is part of a system that also is to include the proposed $8 billion Keystone XL pipeline designed to transport the oil from western Canada to terminals on the Gulf Coast.The proposed Keystone XL pipeline has drawn opposition from people who fear it will cause environmental damage.Advertisement The company reported late Sunday that it had recovered about 337,550 gallons (1.2 million litres) of oil, along with 141,834 gallons (536,900 litres) of oily water, Suess said.Cleanup crews and state regulators remained at the site on Monday. Some wetlands were affected, but not any sources of drinking water, he said.TC Energy has said people were at the site working around the clock to clean up the spill. Suess said the cleanup work was cut to daylight hours on Monday.The company has referred questions to its website but has not updated it in more than a week.Advertisement James MacPherson, The Associated Presscenter_img BISMARCK, N.D. — A crude oil spill from the Keystone pipeline in eastern North Dakota has turned out to have affected almost 10 times the amount of land as first reported, a state regulator said Monday.North Dakota environmental scientist Bill Suess said the leak reported on Oct. 29 is now estimated by state regulators to have affected about 209,100 square feet (19,426 square meters) of land near Edinburg. State regulators had said the leak affected about 22,500 square feet (2,090 square meters) of land.Calgary, Alberta-based TC Energy, formerly known as TransCanada, estimated its pipeline leaked an estimated 383,000 gallons (1.4 million litres) of oil. Suess said that estimate has not changed.- Advertisement -The cause of the spill is still unknown. An affected portion of the pipe has been sent to a third-party laboratory for inspection, as required by federal regulators.TC Energy said the pipeline returned to service on Nov. 10 after approval of a repair and restart plan by the U.S. Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration.The company has not given an estimate on the land that was affected, Suess said. The initial estimate by state regulators was “a quick and dirty look at it,” he said. “We did have some surface expansion since then.”Advertisementlast_img read more

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Pep has changed me for the better- Aguero

first_imgThe striker says that although Pep is very demanding as a coach and wants the best results, he has managed to change his game and play according to how his manager wants City to play.The Argentine believes that there is always a learning process in the game and is always willing to take on new directives to help him improve as a player.“I think being able to adapt to Pep’s playing style has a large contributing factor in my form this season.“I’m driven to keep on learning, and I have always been able to absorb the lessons of other coaches and put them to practice.“Pep is very demanding, but I simply had to adapt my game and mindset and change how I play to his style,” Aguero told the Manchester City website.“That means helping recover the ball, press, pass it around more, search for my teammates and remain open for passes to find the goal.“It’s a continuous learning process, and I value that kind of thing as it helps me improve as a player,” he said.Aguero recently recovered from a knee injury, and made a second-half appearance against Manchester United in the 3-2 derby loss, where he was unlucky not to be awarded a late penalty.He is set to play in the second leg of the Champions league quarter-final clash against Liverpool, where the Reds hold a 3-0 advantage, and hopes his side will be ready for what their Merseyside opponents bring to the challenge.“This has been a very intense season and the final stretch will likely be demanding as well,” he explained.“We’re prepared, and the whole staff is doing a great job to face what’s up ahead. I have a great deal of trust in the team, and the Champions League remains one of our objectives.“There is everything to play for.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000That’s my boy: Manchester City coach Pep Guardiola and striker Sergio AgueroLONDON, United Kingdom, Apr 10 – Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero says playing under Pep Guardiola this season has changed his style of play.Aguero has been in exceptional form during the 2017/18 campaign, scoring 30 goals in 37 games. He is now just four away from reaching a career-best season tally and says adapting to Guardiola’s tactics has greatly contributed to his current form.last_img read more

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Colchester land England youth international on loan from West Ham

first_imgWest Ham rookie Leo Chambers has joined Colchester on loan for a month.The England youth international has made three appearances for the Hammers, all in the Capital One Cup, but will now get the chance of some league action with the Essex club.Chambers, who joined West Ham at the age of seven, is a centre-back who has represented his country at under-16, under-17, under-18, under-19 and under-20 level.Colchester have suffered a string of defensive injuries and Chambers will help bolster their options at the back during his month with the club. 1 Leo Chambers in action for West Ham in pre-season last_img read more

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Manchester City team news: Confirmed XI v Paris Saint-Germain – Joe Hart starts!

first_imgManchester City take on PSG in the Champions League at 19:45, a game you can listen to live on talkSPORT.Manuel Pellegrini’s men are looking to take the upper hand in their quarter-final tie, netting an away goal and hopefully stealing a result at the Parc des Princes.They head into the game on the back of a resounding victory over Bournemouth, and the manager has opted to risk both Kevin De Bruyne and Joe Hart, who starts his first game since March 20th.The full line-ups are below:Paris Saint-Germain XI: Trapp; Aurier, Thiago Silva, David Luiz, Maxwell; Rabiot, Motta, Matuidi; Di María, Ibrahimovic, CavaniSubstitutes: Sirigu, Van der Wiel, Kurzawa, Marquinhos, Stambouli, Lucas, AugustinManchester City XI: Hart, Sagna, Otamendi, Mangala, Clichy, Fernando, Fernandinho, Navas, Silva, De Bruyne, AgueroSubstitutes: Caballero, Zabaleta, Demichelis, Kolarov, Delph, Bony, Iheanacho 1 Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart last_img read more

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