Australia proves fertile talent pool for NBA

first_imgFilipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite Argentina, Uruguay collide in South America qualifiers Hotdog’s Dennis Garcia dies “When they have guys that are prepared to sacrifice for their teammates and put their team above the individual… I think that attracts all the NBA teams to look to those characteristics,” said Andrew Gaze, one of the first Australians to play in the US college system.“It is great for our national team and it provides tremendous inspiration for the youngsters coming through, who know that if you play basketball in Australia, there is clearly a pathway you can end up as an NBA player.”The 1990s were a golden era for Australian basketball, with a handful of trailblazers, including Gaze (Washington Bullets and San Antonio Spurs), Bradtke (Philadelphia 76ers) and Luc Longley, who won three championships with the Chicago Bulls alongside Michael Jordan, playing in the NBA.The Boomers reached the Atlanta Olympic semi-finals in 1996 before losing a memorable encounter to the USA “Dream Team” and took fourth-place at Sydney four years later.Standards during this period were also bolstered by US talent looking for game time elsewhere, said Marty Clarke, associate head coach with Saint Mary’s College in California, where Australians Mills and Milwaukee Bucks’ guard Matthew Dellavedova graduated.Strong at the grassroots“Partly because of the influence of the USA, with import players going overseas and the coaches going to coach elsewhere, the distance between the USA and the rest of the world certainly shrunk,” said Clarke, also a former Boomers assistant coach.While Australia’s National Basketball League (NBL) struggled after the turn of the century as attendances dwindled, grassroots participation remained strong, producing a new generation of talent.“Whereas people (once) played another sport and made a transition to basketball, these kids have been around these big stadiums since they were babies,” Clarke added.Exum, Simmons, and Jonah Bolden, who was recently drafted to the Philadelphia 76ers, are all sons of former NBL imports. Police seize P68-M worth of ‘shabu’ in Pasay Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ A record eight Aussies (excluding Maker who was listed as South Sudanese) were listed on NBA rosters at the start of last season and hundreds of young men and women are now competing in the US college system, with many progressing to professional careers internationally.While no basketball nation can match the athleticism of the US, coaches say Australians have earned a reputation for selflessness and being team players.“I know that when we take kids to tours in America, the main thing that we struggle with is defending those super-athletic kids.“But then down the other end (Americans) struggle to defend our structure and our skill, and our decision-making,” said Melbourne Tigers coaching director Nick Abdicevic.Australia’s golden eraADVERTISEMENT Bishop Baylon encourages faithful in Albay to help Taal evacuees MOST READ Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles (FILES) This file picture taken on August 21, 2016 shows Australia’s Matthew Dellavedova (2nd L) going to the basket during their men’s bronze medal basketball game against Spain during the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. AFP PHOTO / Andrej ISAKOVIC / TO GO WITH Basket-AUS-USA-NBA, FOCUS by Daniel DE CARTERETIf you ask Australian youngsters who their favorite basketball player is, US superstars such as LeBron James or Kevin Durant are likely responses, with the mere mention of the NBA creating a buzz.But home-grown talent Ben Simmons (Philadelphia 76ers), Patty Mills (San Antonio Spurs), Dante Exum (Utah Jazz) and South Sudanese refugee Thon Maker (Milwaukee Bucks) have swelled Aussie numbers in the world’s top league and heightened the hopes of young Australians playing the game.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img National Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal The elite training program in Australia’s capital Canberra can take much of the credit for producing the country’s top talent.“We have got this hidden gem sitting in Canberra,” said Basketball Australia chief Anthony Moore.The academy has been lauded for producing an NBA talent pool whose numbers compare with some of the top US colleges.Recognizing this, the NBA in June teamed up with Basketball Australia to launch the NBA Global Academy there.“(Australian players in the NBA) have all had a touch point at some part with the AIS (Australian Institute of Sport) basketball program, so that holds us all in really good stead, and that certainly has drawn the NBA to us,” Moore added.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Search on for 5 Indonesians snatched anew in Lahad Datu “It definitely gives you something to aim for, knowing that they have started where you started and they made it all the way to the top,” Austin Bradtke told AFP after a narrow win at a recent basketball carnival in suburban Melbourne.“Experiencing American basketball, and also the crowds and stuff, it looks really enticing for a young player, that is where I am keen to go,” added the 17-year-old, whose father Mark was among the earliest Australians to play in the NBA.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? 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“Fistula is Women’s Worst Sickness” Campaign Ends in Sinoe County

first_imgOver 100 participants, including health workers, county officials, and officials from the youth, women and traditional council have been advised against early marriage, Sexual Gender Based Violence (SGBV) and other practices and conditions that lead to maternal mortality and morbidity in order to avoid fistula.The eight-day obstetric fistula prevention community sensitization and advocacy meeting with stakeholders ran from September 7 -14, in Balibo Kre, Juanzon Statutory District, Sinoe County.This is the first time that the sensitization on the obstetric fistula prevention was held in the county.Obstetric Fistula, which is also known as the “pupu and pee pee sickness” is an obstetric condition associated with abnormal opening leakage in women. This condition is very common in girls between 12- 18 as well as all women of child bearing age. Fistula is a devastating and preventable tragedy that primarily affects young, poor women who lack the means to access quality maternal care. About 20 percent of women with fistula also develop unilateral or bilateral foot drop that limits their day-to-day activities (UNFPA, 2010).The sickness, according to medical reports, is prevalent owing to early marriage, Sexual Gender Based Violence (SGBV) amongst others.The participants were also advised to encourage girls’ education, access and utilization of family planning services among others to improve the lives of women and fight against fistula.The training was funded by Zonta International through UNFPA and the Family Health Division of the Ministry of Health under the theme, “End FISTULA, Restore Women’s Dignity.”Sinoe County Health Community Department Director, Samson Wiah said the 8-day training also targeted women in reproductive age, expectant mothers and their partners, local authorities and the public.Some of the participants included Superintendent Thomas Romeo Quioh, Juanzon Statutory Superintendent Narroson T. Y. Kanyen, County Health Officer Dr. John S. Deodeh and Dr. Jeremais Naiene, County Coordinator, WHO. Facilitators included Madam Marline K. Tokpa, National Fistula Program Officer/Health Ministry; Madam Emma K. Katakpah, National Clinical Assistant, Madam Esther Karmo, Reproductive Health Supervisor; Madam Lorpu Sherman, National SGBV Coordinator and Madam Vera D. Weah, Health Promotion Focal person.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

K&VC owners take City Hall to court over removal notice

first_imgThe owners of the Island Snackette and Pizzeria, formerly K&VC Snackette, have taken City Hall to court to prevent them from being evicted. City Hall won a case against the owners in the High Court and they were expected to relocate earlier this month, but requested an extension, which was granted. However, they used the extension period to seek an injunction preventing the municipality from dismantling their building.The Island Snackette and Pizzeria, formerly K&VC SnacketteOn Monday, at the statutory meeting, Town Clerk Royston King informed the Council of the pending legal challenge, but added that the M&CC’s lawyers were seeking to have it quashed. He did indicate that the pending legal challenge would hinder works to the Stabroek Market Wharf since vendors were supposed to be relocated there.The spot identified, to have vendors relocated, is next door to the now demolished “Dread Shop”. In May of last year, City Hall dismantled the popular shop after the Council noted that the area in which it was located fell within that which is described under the Municipal and District Councils Act, Chapter 28:01 as a council area. It said that the proprietors of the demolished shop “had been informed by the Council that they were required to vacate the said area and had been given reasonable and sufficient notice to so do”.Following the demolition, the Island Snackette and Pizzeria, formerly K&VC Snackette, was left standing, but now it too has to remove after City Hall won a court case against the owners as well as the proprietor of Lance Photo Studio. The Photo Studio owners had until November 26 to remove and have since started moving.The dilapidated Stabroek Market Wharf, which faces the Demerara River, is a danger and eyesore to the thousands, with several sections collapsing over the years. However, the rapid deterioration of the buildings has not deterred persons from vending there.The Town Clerk previously stated that following the repairs the wharf would be rehabilitated to act as a mall-like facility complete with a boardwalk and entertainment area. Mayor Patricia Chase Green told Guyana Times that the project was expected to begin early next year with help from the Public Infrastructure Ministry.The “No-No Zone”Meanwhile, having removed vendors from the Stabroek Market environs, City Hall has now authorised the use of the area for the Christmas season. Seasonal vending has been approved on the eastern side of the road in front of the Stabroek Market – commonly referred to as the “No-No Zone”.Guyana Market Vendors Union President Eon Andrews said that the vendors were informed of the early opening on November 21 and City Hall would be collecting weekly rates. However, three days later, the administration was there to collect rates from the vendors ranging from $1500 to $5000.“The Guyana Market Vendors Union is of the view that it would have been more appropriate if a standard fee was charged for each spot… it is the Union’s opinion that even though this City Council exercise appears to have been done in good faith, implementing same contrary to the Council’s standard operational procedure is a recipe for corruption,” Andrews said in a statement.Town Clerk King said that the Markets and Public Health Committee was bypassed because such decisions did not fall within its purview. Chairman of the Committee, Deputy Mayor Lionel Jaikarran registered his disappointment with the decision and requested that the Committee be involved in the decision-making process.As it relates to the charges, King informed that vendors were charged per square foot.last_img read more

Stunning Ronaldo claim! Boss behind Man United deal claims CR7 is ‘best ever’

first_imgCristiano Ronaldo is not only best footballer in the world right now but can also lay claim to being the greatest in the history of the game, former Real Madrid president Ramon Calderon has told talkSPORT.Ronaldo picked up the prestigious Fifa Ballon d’Or for the third time on Monday after an incredible year that saw him plunder 61 goals to help Real win the Champions League, La Liga, the Copa del Rey and Uefa Super Cup.Calderon, who took the Portuguese superstar to the Bernabeu from Manchester United, admits the 29-year-old has exceeded even his own expectations despite the fact that he paid a world record fee for Ronaldo in 2009.And, after seeing him receive his latest honour, he claimed Ronaldo has now surpassed Barcelona’s Lionel Messi and is on course to be remembered as the best player ever to grace the game.Speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, Calderon said: “He has deserved what he has got up to now, not only for his skill and talent, which are huge, but mainly for his determination, stamina, sacrifice and his endeavour to be better than the day before.“I am very proud and very happy that after a lot of hard work with him and Man United I managed to bring him to Real Madrid. He has gone much further than we expected.“We knew at the time he was one of the best in the world but nowadays I don’t have any doubts that he is the best player in the world, and perhaps the best player in history.“I can’t think of any other player that has done the same that he is doing, with all the goals and helping the team to win the titles.“Every day he gets up thinking he can be better than the day before. He is an example to young people and even to all of us. He reminds us every day that nothing important in life can be achieved without all the virtues I noted before.”last_img read more

Can you help us find this dog’s owner?

first_imgThis female Yorkshire Terrier was found at 11 o clock this morning on the roadside near DM Waste, Corkey Manorcunningham.She is safe and well and is wearing a red collar.If you have any information that can help us get this dog home please contact Anita on 0892190919. Can you help us find this dog’s owner? was last modified: February 11th, 2017 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:found dogLost DogmanorcunninghamYorkshire Terrierlast_img read more

DUNGLOE INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL – AIMEE COYLE SELECTED AS THE NEW YORK ‘MARY’

first_imgA wonderful New York ‘Mary from Dungloe’ evening was celebrated in Astoria, Queens, New York on Saturday, May 17, 2014, which ended with Aimee Coyle being crowned the 2014 New York ‘Mary’. Aimee, is a 19-year-old nursing student at Mount St. Mary College. She plans on going forward for a masters degree to become a nurse anesthetist.Both her parents are from Donegal, The Mary from Dungloe festival has always been one of the highlights of her holidays and at the age of three she won the Bonny Baby competition in Dungloe.Aimee always wanted to participate in an event that represented her heritage.In the past Aimee volunteered as a greeter at the NY Mary from Dungloe Irish Gala Dance and truly saw what is was all about, an experience that encouraged her to take part in our NY Mary from Dungloe competition. We wish Aimee good luck in the upcoming Mary from Dungloe international festival.The New York Mary from Dungloe Irish Gala Dance committee would like to thank all our patrons and to those who travelled great distances to support our Irish Gala Dance and fundraiser Mount Sinai Queens Breast Health Program for the uninsured.FB NY Mary from dungloe www.maryfromdungloe.comDUNGLOE INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL – AIMEE COYLE SELECTED AS THE NEW YORK ‘MARY’ was last modified: June 3rd, 2014 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:EntertainmentFeaturesMary From Dungloenew yorknewslast_img read more

‘DRINK-DRIVER’ CLEARED AFTER BEING ILLEGALLY HANDCUFFED IN DONEGAL LEGAL PRECEDENT

first_imgA CO Donegal man has made legal history after being cleared of drink-driving – despite being TWICE the legal drink drive limit.Lee Gibson (24) from Fr Arnold Terrace in Manorcunningham had fought the case against him at Buncrana District Court on the grounds that his rights had been infringed when handcuffed by Gardaí.Mr Gibson was stopped in the car park of Lidl in Buncrana on September 13 last year. Garda Tom Duggan said he had gone to the car park after reports that a damaged vehicle was in the area. Mr Gibson was arrested, handcuffed and taken to Buncrana Garda Station where a reading of 80mg/ml was recorded – the limit is 35.Solicitor Frank Dorrian however challenged the legality of the Garda behaviour on the day, saying his client should never have been handcuffed in the first place.Under cross-examination from Mr Dorrian, Garda Duggan claimed he had arrested Mr Gibson because he had tried to run away.But Mr Dorrian said that both the sworn statement of the garda and his notebook had never referred to Mr Gibson “running” from the scene.In fact, said the solicitor, both statements had said Mr Gibson was walking away from the car. Mr Dorrian put it to Garda Duggan that he had said his client was “staggering.”He wanted to know how it was possible for Mr Gibson to be running, walking and staggering all at the same time.Under re-examination by Inspector David Murphy, the garda said he had handcuffed Mr Gibson on health and safety grounds.But Mr Dorrian – using case law from another case (DPP v Cullen) – objected to the legality of the arrest in the first place.He said it was clear that Mr Gibson had in fact been compliant at all times with gardai. He had never tried to flee the scene.Mr Gibson hadn’t tried to “run away” as had been claimed – and this wasn’t in any Garda statement.Under the law a Garda can only handcuff someone when there was “a real and reasonably held belief” that someone was fleeing the scene.Mr Gibson, he said, was not.Mr Gibson had not run away, nor attempted to run away.Judge Paul Kelly agreed with the defence solicitor’s argument saying he found it “unusual” that gardai would claim in court that someone had tried to flee a scene but had not stated the same thing in either the notebook or in a subsequent statement.Judge Kelly dismissed the case.‘DRINK-DRIVER’ CLEARED AFTER BEING ILLEGALLY HANDCUFFED IN DONEGAL LEGAL PRECEDENT was last modified: April 13th, 2014 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:buncranaDistrict CourtDorrianGardaiJudge Paul Kellylegal historySolicitor Frank Dorrianlast_img read more

Newcastle believe offer for Austin will be accepted, reports say

first_imgA round-up of the latest transfer speculation involving QPR…Speculation continues over the future of Charlie Austin – and Newcastle continue to be linked with the QPR striker.Newcastle have not made an approach for Austin despite numerous reports that the Magpies and several other clubs have attempted to sign him.The Daily Mirror and the Daily Express say Newcastle will offer QPR £13.25m and want reassurances over Austin’s previous shoulder injury – and that the Premier League club believe the offer will be enough to take him to St James’ Park.Newcastle have been linked with Austin but have not made an approachThe north-east media have consistently reported that Newcastle boss Steve McClaren is keen to sign Austin and has made approaches to Rangers.The Newcastle Chronicle now say McClaren is ready to test the water with a bid below QPR’s £15m asking price.McClaren is keen to sign the 26-year-old but is in no rush to do a deal, according to the Northern Echo.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Lisa Haydon’s fitness obsession is making us go green with envy

first_imgOne look at her and you know she is into sports or dance or both. Sporting a slender frame, curves that take dedication, and an attitude that is more than liberating, Lisa Haydon has a body to die for!The model-turned-actress has always been into fitness, and she once said, “I got bored of doing aerobics at home, so I started running. I also started yoga at the age of 14.”Not only that, Lisa believes in waking up before sunrise and practicing yoga every day or she prefers to simply go out for a run. And if you didn’t know, Lisa is a trained ballet dancer too.To top it all, she is an avid Pilates performer and sways on the Reformer like cool breeze. Phew! This girl has got some talent and dedication!Also read: Malaika Arora Khan’s diet journal is so inspiring that you’ll end up eating all these superfoods in one go  We looked through her Instagram profile and were hooked onto her fit and toned body. Check out all her fitness avatars right here.Is that a stretch or what? Picture courtesy: Instagram/LisahaydonofficialLisa can be seen practising the ballet barre here with her sister. Picture courtesy: Instagram/LisahaydonofficialShe called this her best ever yoga session. Picture courtesy: Instagram/LisahaydonofficialWarming up before a run, Lisa deserves all the appreciation for her fit bod. Picture courtesy: Instagram/LisahaydonofficialPuma brand ambassador, Haydon can be seen wearing some cool athleisure before a run. Picture courtesy: Instagram/LisahaydonofficialadvertisementLisa training with her Pilates instructor Namrata Purohit. Picture courtesy: Instagram/LisahaydonofficialThis is how Lisa gears up for a stepathlon challenge. Picture courtesy: Instagram/LisahaydonofficialSoulcycle has a new fan. Picture courtesy: Instagram/LisahaydonofficialRocking it up in her running shoes even on a holiday! Wow! Picture courtesy: Instagram/LisahaydonofficialLisa is a pro at Pilates and we can certainly see that. Picture courtesy: Instagram/LisahaydonofficialThat’s how you train that butt. Picture courtesy: Instagram/LisahaydonofficialDance rehearsals be like. Picture courtesy: Instagram/Lisahaydonofficiallast_img read more

Hindu outfit leader shot dead in Amritsar

first_imgAmritsar, Oct 30 (PTI) A Hindu outfitleader was shot dead in full public view by four unidentified men in the Bharat Nagar locality on the Amritsar-Batala road here today, police said.Hindu Sangarsh Sena district chief Vipan Sharma (45) was standing with a friend outside a shop in the bustling Bharat Nagar locality when around a dozen bullets were pumped into him, the police said.The killing comes within a fortnight of the gunning down of RSS leader Ravinder Gosain in Ludhiana on October 17.Two of the four masked youths, including one sporting a turban, pumped bullets into Sharmas body and fled the spot on their motorcycles, police said.Sharma was rushed to the Escort Hospital where he was declared brought dead.”He was brought to the emergency wing of the hospital where a team of doctors declared him brought dead. There were around 15 injury marks on the deceaseds body, including 8 bullet marks,” the hospitals director, Dr H P Singh, said.Police Commissioner, Amritsar, S S Srivastava said the CCTVs installed at various locations had captured the incident. The footage from these cameras had been procured and the police was trying to identify the accused by making their sketches, he said.He said the exact number of bullets shot could be ascertained only after the post-mortem report but initially it could be said that nearly 12 bullets were shot on the spot which directly hit the victim.”It is a targeted killing and we are verifying all the aspects particularly a past threat perception if any,” he said.advertisementFew of the deceaseds relatives and friends claimed that he had recently applied for police protection, since he was active in raising his voice against the Ghalughara week (Operation Blue Star anniversary), the police commissioner said.The deceased was a cable operator by profession and was running his business for the last many years in the city.Meanwhile, the Punjab Shiv Sena flayed the gunning down of the Hindu leader.In a statement, the Senas state vice president Rajesh Palta alleged that the killing of Hindu leaders one after the other was indicative of revival of terrorism in Punjab.”If Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh does not tackle the issue with an iron hand, and instead carries on with the SAD-BJP policy of soft-pedalling over religious fundamentalists, then Punjab will again plunge into the dark days of terrorism like in the past and there will be danger to national integrity and amity,” he claimed. PTI CORR VSD ADSlast_img read more