Source: Wade to sign with Cavaliers, reunite with LeBron

first_img“He brings another championship pedigree, championship DNA,” James said at Cleveland’s media day. “He brings another player to the team who can get guys involved, can make plays and also has a great basketball mind. … I hope we can bring him here. I would love to have him.”Once Wade completes the waiver formality, he’ll be the latest new, high-profile player to join the Cavs, who traded for All-Star point guard Isaiah Thomas, signed former league MVP Derrick Rose and added two strong wing defenders in Jae Crowder and Jeff Green, wing players who may help them defend the Warriors if those teams get back to a fourth straight Finals matchup.Thomas isn’t expected to play until January because of a hip injury, but until he returns the Cavs have plenty of firepower in James, Wade, Rose and All-Star Kevin Love, who could thrive as Cleveland’s No. 2 scoring threat now that Kyrie Irving is in Boston.Wade agreed to a contract buyout earlier this week with the Bulls, who signed him before last season as a free agent.The Cavaliers emerged Tuesday as front-runners over the Heat and Oklahoma City Thunder to land the 35-year-old Wade, who many feel say has plenty of game left.ADVERTISEMENT Wade, a 12-time All-Star, is expected to clear waivers on Wednesday and then join the Cavs, said the person who spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal cannot be completed until Wade goes through the waiver process.In Cleveland, Wade will be reunited with James, his close friend, former Miami teammate and a player he confided in before signing with his hometown Chicago Bulls last year.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogWade and James won two NBA titles together during four seasons with the Heat and will now chase another one with the Cavs, who have been revamped after losing to Golden State in last season’s Finals.On Monday, James said he would “love” to play again with Wade. 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But the Bulls are in a rebuilding mode after trading Jimmy Butler this summer, and instead of paying Wade $23.8 million to play for what will likely be a struggling team they agreed this weekend to buy him out and let him find a better situation.In an interview with AP, Wade said that whatever decision he makes would be “a pure basketball decision and I’ll make the one that I feel fits me best at this point in my career and with what I feel I have to offer a team that needs what I have to offer.”Following practice on Tuesday, Cavaliers forward Tristan Thompson said Wade would be a “great” fit in Cleveland.“He’s a guy that’s proven, not just individually, but a team that won three championships,” Thompson said. “He’s pretty familiar with most of the guys on our team. … He’s always been a good locker room guy. We’ve never heard anything bad.“It would be great for our team to have another championship-mentality player.”Wade has averaged 23.3 points, 4.8 rebounds and 5.7 assists in 14 seasons. He averaged 18.3, 4.5 rebounds and 3.8 assists for the Bulls.One of the game’s premiere closers in the postseason, Wade has averaged 22.5 points, 5.3 rebounds and 5.0 assists in 172 playoff games. Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene DAY6 is for everybody Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours 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 How to help the Taal evacuees Dwyane Wade of the Miami Heat talks with LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers during the first half at Quicken Loans Arena on April 2, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio.Jason Miller/Getty Images/AFPCLEVELAND — Together again: LeBron and D-Wade. Just like old times.Dwyane Wade has decided to sign with the Cleveland Cavaliers and reunite with LeBron James, a person familiar with the situation told the Associated Press on Tuesday night.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Hotshots reach semislast_img read more

World Bank Re-affirms Commitment to Liberia

first_imgWorld Bank Country Manager, Inguna Dobraja has reaffirmed the Bank’s commitment to closely work with the Government of Liberia in the successful implementation of the Bank’s Country Partnership Strategy for Fiscal year 2013-2017, which was designed together with the Government to support the country’s Agenda for Transformation (AfT).Ms. Dobraja made the statement on Monday, June 17, during the officially opening of World Bank new office at the German Embassy compound in Congo Town.She said: “It is indeed a great honor for us all to be celebrating the opening of a new office today for the World Bank.  This simple and fine architectural gem represents more than a place of work for our staff and a meeting place for our varied in-country partnerships.”“In all of its granite, aluminum and concrete solidity; in its eerie resonance of Monrovia’s architectural vernacular and landscape; and in its pleasing proportions, this cluster of buildings is more than fitting physical projection of the World Bank Group’s commitment to the long term and strategic partnership with Liberia.  We are here to stay and be a good partner for as long as it takes,” she noted.She said that infrastructure carries a huge pay stub and the involvements of other development partners in addressing the infrastructure challenges have been pivotal. “In this regard, I would like to commend the Liberia Reconstruction Trust Fund (LRTF) for their support to Liberia’s infrastructure agenda. As perhaps all of you know, the LRFT is a multi-donor trust fund for infrastructure, which is supported by contributions from the European Union, and the governments of Great Britain, Sweden, Ireland, Norway and Germany, and the World Bank.”“The LRTF is administered by the World Bank and it is supervised by an Oversight Committee comprising the ministries of Finance and Public Works, Development Partners, and the World Bank.  Let me also commend your Government, Honorable Minister Ngafuan for the very evident progress you have made in the intervening years in executing your infrastructure rehabilitation and investment agenda. “According to her, the World Bank will remain engaged with Liberia in supporting economic growth and poverty reduction.  “This commitment was manifested in our current Country Partnership Strategy for Liberia spanning 2013-2017, which we have closely aligned with Liberia’s Agenda for Transformation (AfT).”She further said, “This Strategy focuses on financing investments in infrastructure, especially energy and transport, along with building the human and institutional capacity necessary to deliver results.”She said over the time, the World Bank has seen strong growth in the size and depth of its program in Liberia – a growth that was foreseen after the country’s successful completion of the HIPC process in 2010.”The building, Ms. Debraja said, was originally built at a time when Liberia was in the forefront of West Africa in such areas as provision of health care, rice production and cutting edge iron ore production.  It was built for a German company, Bong Mining Company that was operating in Bong Mines in Bong County.    “We actually took possession at the beginning of this year and, as expected,   it has taken several months to complete the finishing touches, including developing the gardens and green spaces of this beautiful compound.    I am happy to report that we are now fully operational and have the pleasure to see many of you here for meetings and other events,” she disclosed.She also lauded chief architect, Ms. Christian Furler and her team as well as   the ADI Contractors who did the renovation works. “I will also like to express our appreciation to our many Bank colleagues, both here and in Washington, who have worked tirelessly to make this new office a reality.  Special thanks to Mrs. Maria Ponce de Leon who is the Bank’s architect in charge of this project.”Also speaking, Foreign Minister Augustine K. Ngafuan said the establishment of a new and better Office Complex in Liberia by the World Bank represents a huge vote of confidence in Liberia’s future.By this,“You the WB has joined others including the British Government that last year reopened its Embassy in Liberia with a resident Ambassador after almost two decades of closure.  He also said other countries including Sweden, Qatar and Brazil, amongst others, opened their embassies near Monrovia.Acknowledging the World Bank contribution to Liberia, Minister Ngafuan said the movement of the World Bank’s Country Office from Mamba Point considered as the diplomatic enclave, to Oldest Congo Town   far away from the diplomatic enclave and the center of the city testifies to the ever deepening stability and security that Liberia has been experiencing for a little over ten consecutive years.According to him, World Bank was the biggest partner that assisted in crafting Liberia’s development frameworks – the IPRS and the PRS, and the recent Vision 2030 and its five-year slice – the Agenda for Transformation.Moreover, the Foreign Minister said the Bank was also a key player followed by the IMF in driving Liberia through the HIPC  debt relief process which eventually saw Liberia being unshackled from itsUS  almost 5 billion dollars debt burden. Furthermore, the Bank contributed half of the funds which enabled the Liberian Government to clear commercial debts of over 1billion dollars through debt buy-backs.The Bank has contributed to the rebuilding of critical infrastructure including the paving of Monrovia’s streets under URIRP Project, support to the Monrovia City Corporation under the Emergency Monrovia Urban Sanitation project (EMUS) that provides solid waste services.Meanwhile, Liberia joined the World Bank in 1962, becoming its 75th member. The country later received its first funding to finance the construction of two new roads, including the highway from Monrovia to the Roberts International Airport, and financing for equipment and materials to maintain Liberia’s entire road system.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Evangelical pair accused of bilking followers

first_imgBut Sao Paulo state prosecutor Jose Reinaldo Guimaraes Carneiro, who is seeking the couple’s extradition on charges of money laundering, larceny, embezzlement and fraud, says they built a personal fortune with the money they took from congregants’ donations. The donations, according to local press reports, average than more than $770,000 a month. Neither government nor church officials would comment on the value of the Hernandeses’ assets or the amount of their personal wealth. The couple’s U.S. lawyers declined comment on the case in Florida and their lawyer in Brazil did not return a call seeking comment. Launching their church in 1986, the pair capitalized on the increasing popularity of evangelical Protestant churches, which have drawn millions through their dynamic services appealing to younger, working- and middle-class Brazilians. “Reborn in Christ is an exponent of the same Pentecostal line created by American televangelists like Rex Humbard, Jimmy Swaggart and Jim and Tammy Bakker,” said Edin Sued Abumanssur, a religious studies professor at Sao Paulo’s Catholic University. “They all preach or preached the gospel of prosperity according to which the more one gives to God and the Church the better are his of her chances to prosper.” Jim Bakker was sent to federal prison in 1989 for bilking supporters of $158 million. He was released six years later. But the prosperity message has growing appeal in this country of 187 million with one of the widest gaps between rich and poor in world. According to the 2000 census, 74 percent of Brazilians classified themselves as Roman Catholics, down from 84 percent in 1990. At the same time, 15 percent classified themselves as evangelical Protestants, up from 9 percent in the 1990 census. Abumanssur said because most of their followers view them as martyrs, the Hernandeses’ legal woes are unlikely to damage the church’s popularity. Most of the faithful do not care if their donations are used for charity or to buy a yacht for the founders of the church, he said. “The average parishioner feels that he completes his part of his prosperity bargain with God when he seals his donation in the contribution envelope,” he said. “What happens to his money afterward is of no concern.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The former Xerox marketing executive and his wife started the Reborn in Christ Church in the back room of a Sao Paulo pizza parlor, building over the course of two decades an evangelical empire that now boasts newspapers, TV and radio stations, a recording company and the Brazilian patent on the word “gospel.” The church now claims hundreds of thousands of followers around the world and some 1,200 temples in Brazil, the United States, Argentina and Italy. Its “March for Jesus” rally last year drew about 3 million faithful – twice as many as in 2005. The Hernandeses’ followers say they see their arrest in Florida and the charges in Brazil as part of general persecution against evangelicals in Brazil, the world’s largest Roman Catholic country, and proof there are demonic forces at work. “I can’t imagine anyone who can build a church like this one can be guilty of any evil. I feel the apostle and bishop are innocent and Jesus will prove them innocent,” said Alessandra Vieira, a 22-year-old student, as she stood outside the church’s cavernous Sao Paulo temple peddling bracelets and necklaces bearing the church’s motto “God is Faithful.” SAO PAULO, Brazil – As Brazil’s most infamous evangelical couple waits in electronic ankle bracelets for a cash-smuggling trial in U.S. federal court, Brazilians are taking a closer look at the husband and wife team whose case has been compared to that of Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker in America. Their adoring followers refer to them as Apostle Estevam and the Bishop Sonia. But Brazilian authorities say Estevam Hernandes Filho and Sonia Haddad Moraes Hernandes used the faithful’s donations to buy mansions, horse farms and other luxury properties in Brazil and the United States. Brazil is now seeking to extradite the couple from Florida, where they await trial Monday in Miami on federal charges that they smuggled $56,000 cash – including $9,000 stashed in a Bible and $10,000 in their son’s backpack – on a flight from Sao Paulo. The two pleaded not guilty and have been confined to a 4,634-square-foot house, worth $717,325 as of last year, in an upscale Boca Raton gated community on the edge of the Everglades. Ankle bracelets allow authorities to track their whereabouts. last_img read more

‘He loves beating Tottenham!’- West Ham fans react to BIG NEWS

first_imgWest Ham United have announced Slaven Bilic will replace Sam Allardyce as the club’s manager after flirtations with several other bosses.It’s a move that many of the Upton Park faithful are behind given the Croatian’s year-and-a-half spell in east London as a player in the 1990s.But even though he was the manager of Croatia when they stopped England qualifying for Euro 2008, some aren’t so sure given his inexperience managing in major European leagues.His best spell as a boss was his time at Hadjuk Split, athough he did a decent job at Besiktas too, while his troubled time with Lokomotiv Moscow will worry some Hammers fans.To see how West Ham fans reacted to his appointment check out the best of the tweets below… Slaven Bilic 1last_img read more

Transfer report: AC Milan hoping to beat Tottenham to international midfielder

first_imgAC Milan are hoping to seal a move for Tottenham target Milan Badelj this summer, according to reports in Italy.The Croatian is a long-term target for Spurs, while Chelsea have also expressed an interest in the Fiorentina midfielder in the past.La Fiore insist the 27-year-old will not be sold but his agent Dejan Joksimovic has told the Gazzetta dello Sport that Milan want to sign him.Badelj made 27 Serie A appearances last term, scoring once, and remains under contract until 2018.Joksimovic said: “Fiorentina do not want to sell and do not understand why we have asked to leave.“Milan want him, but we shall see what happens from now until August 31.” 1 Milan Badelj impressed at Euro 2016 last_img read more

Motorists warned as icy conditions continue to cause disruption

first_imgMotorists are encouraged to exercise caution today as wintry showers and frosty conditions continue to render the roads treacherous.A Met Éireann snow-ice warning is currently in place with many in Donegal waking up this morning to a heavy dusting of snow.Donegal Daily readers have warned us that there is quite heavy snowfall in Letterkenny this afternoon. DD Motoring columnist Brian McDaid says: “Main Street in Letterkenny is like a bottle, gritters are needed.” The Mountain Top area is also a particularly bad spot, with a heavy blanket of snow covering the roads.Kilmacrennan and the surrounding areas are also perilous with extreme care urged.The wintry showers will continue into the evening with more accumulations of snow expected, and frost and icy patches developing. Lowest temperatures of 0 to -3 degrees.Donegal County Council began gritting at 6 this morning. A spokesperson for the Council asks that motorists assume that no road is ice-free. Donegal County Council’s gritting route for this morning, Sunday the 11th February 2018. Sourced via Twitter @donegalcouncilTo keep up to date with gritting information, you can check out Donegal County Council’s interactive map by clicking here.In light of the inclement weather, AA Roadwatch advises: “Slow down and remember that stopping distances are up to ten times longer on icy roads. Allow plenty of extra time to de-ice your car before your journey.” Do you have a road update you’d like to share? Drop us a line at or send us a message on Facebook.Motorists warned as icy conditions continue to cause disruption was last modified: February 12th, 2018 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:donegalfrostgrittersiceROADSsnowupdatelast_img read more

Dozens trapped in apartment block after arson attack, court hears

first_imgDozens of people were trapped in an apartment block in Letterkenny after two men set an underground car-park on fire, a court has heard.The pair set fire to two cars at the car park at Rosemount in Letterkenny before it spread to buildings causing €500,000 of damage. One of the men appeared at Letterkenny Circuit Court where he was charged with arson and reckless endangerment.Paul McGinley, of Glen Hola, Gortahork, pleaded guilty to the charges while the court was told that his co-accused had since passed away.Garda Brendan McCann told the court that on the evening of September 29th, 2016, McGinley and the other man, Owen McFadden, of Cavanconnor, Falcarragh, tried to steal a car from the car park of the building just before 1.30am.It had no petrol so they stole some from a nearby shed but then poured the petrol on one of the cars which quickly spread to a total of nine vehicles.Paul McGinley of Gortahork who is charged in connection with a massive fire in Letterkenny. Pic by Northwest Newspix.The fire then spread upwards to other buildings sending panic amongst residents.A total of 17 apartments were filled with smoke as 30 residents including ten children tried to flee.Some of the residents became trapped o the upper floors of the apartment block and had to be rescued by the fire service.Luckily there were no serious injuries but some did suffer smoke inhalation.Two well-known local businesses, Watson’s Menswear and O’Hehir’s Bakery were badly damaged as a result of the fire and had to close for some time afterwards.The residents were evacuated to nearby Dillon’s Hotel where they were looked after by staff.However, for several weeks afterwards some of the residents had to be rehoused by the council while others stayed in the hotel.Although both businesses were covered by insurance, many of the residents were at a loss for personal items and did not have adequate insurance.McGinley, aged 32, and McFadden were arrested after Gardai studied CCTV footage in and around the building and both admitted starting the blaze.An Garda Siochana including forensic officers and Insp Goretti Sheridan, who is leading the investigation, at the scene where 9 cars were destroyed in Letterkenny. (North West Newspix)The barrister for the accused, Richard Lyons said his client has a history of mental illness and had been admitted to psychiatric services on ten occasions.He said something sparked his history of mental health problems when he was just 17 but that he has never spoken about it.He has six previous convictions ranging from public order, to burglary to drugs offences.Mr Lyons said “He is not a well man and that can be seen. He is wholly irrational and he endangered lives.”Having heard the plea, Judge John Aylmer adjourned sentencing until next week.Dozens trapped in apartment block after arson attack, court hears was last modified: April 29th, 2018 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:arsoncourtdonegalGardailetterkennyPaul McGinleylast_img read more

Ireland’s Best Bar has been revealed… and it’s in Donegal!

first_imgA local pub has this week won an award that’s worth raising a pint to – just in time for the Bank Holiday weekend!Farren’s Bar at Malin Head has been named as the Best Bar in Ireland at Tuesday’s Irish Hospitality Awards 2018.Farren’s has become world famous in recent years as it became a favourite drinking house of Star Wars fans, cast and crew. Mark Hamill famously stopped by to meet owner Hugh Farren after filming wrapped on The Last Jedi in 2016. The pub is a must-visit for Star Wars tourists as it contains memorabilia and a massive Yoda mural on the wall! Hugh Farren and Mark Hamill. Photo via DonegalTVIt’s no surprise then, that the ‘Out of this World’ pub has been celebrated among the best of the best at the Irish Hospitality Awards 2018.Hugh and the family celebrated the win at the gala awards ceremony at the Crowne Plaza in Dublin on Tuesday. Thanking their customers on Facebook, they said: “Well what can we say on behalf of everyone here from Farren’s to everyone that helped make us the ‘Best Bar in Ireland’ a massive thank you to all of our customers, family and friends!!”Photo: Farren’s Bar FacebookIreland’s Best Bar has been revealed… and it’s in Donegal! was last modified: May 3rd, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:best pubFarren’s Barirish hospitality awardslast_img read more

NHL Preview: Are Ovechkin, Caps still beasts of the East?

first_imgIt seems that no one in the Eastern Conference wants to be considered the team to beat.Taylor Hall relishes that his Devils were counted out last year before making the playoffs. Alex Ovechkin would love for all the Capitals’ doubters to chime in again.“Last year, nobody believe in us and we won the Cup,” Ovechkin said. “I hope you guys don’t believe in us again.”There’s more outside belief in the Lightning, Maple Leafs and, of course, Sidney Crosby’s Penguins to come out of the East than …last_img read more

The community of Hout Bay reclaims its shared social spaces

first_imgBrand South Africa through its Constitutional awareness campaign #InspiredByMyConstitution, aims to ensure that the values enshrined in the widely admired constitution, are indeed a lived experience by all parts of society.On Friday, 01 March 2018, Brand South Africa in collaboration with its Play Your Part ambassador, Imraan Christian were in the community of Hout Bay in the Western Cape to reclaim shared social spaces through art.The activation was hosted at Salamander Park in Hout Bay with the community’s children out in their numbers to creatively express in their social spaces.“Many parks in South African communities, have been widely prone to house social ills and misuse. It was, therefore, a significant gesture to creatively reclaim this space for what it’s intended for, this includes constructive social interaction, artistry and youth development”, said Brand South Africa’s Strategic Relationship Manager for Government, Ms Toni Gumede.The day began with a pop quiz to the youth that was to engage the youth in understanding what positivity means for their community, on the importance of being active citizens and knowing their rights which challenged the children to express themselves in dance and art.Speaking on how the event was received; Play Your Part ambassador Imraan Christian said; “it was a huge success and overwhelming to see so many young people coming together to reclaim their space through art, seeing their talent and their togetherness was inspiring.”Imraan further emphasised that we all have responsibility for positive change, “do what you can, positive acts no matter how small have a ripple effect that can really affect not only our own world but the greater world.”The Brand South Africa constitution awareness programme intends to foster an appreciation for the Constitution and the role that it plays in our individual lives as well as its impact on society as a whole.“Brand South Africa is promoting freedom of expression through art and social cohesion through constructive use of shared community spaces” adds Ms Gumede.Join in the conversations #InspiredByMyConstitution @Brand_SA or @PlayYourPart to learn more.last_img read more