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Mike Budenholzer out as coach of Atlanta Hawks

first_imgP16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC MOST READ The decision was not totally unexpected as Budenholzer was granted permission to interview with other teams even though he is under contract with the Hawks for two more seasons.According to multiple reports, Budenholzer interviewed with the Phoenix Suns for their vacant coaching position last week before withdrawing his name from consideration. Budenholzer now may be a top candidate to coach the New York Knicks.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 crownBudenholzer was 213-192 in the regular season and 17-22 in the playoffs in five seasons with Atlanta. The Hawks were an Eastern Conference-worst 24-58 this season.The Hawks’ free-fall from a franchise-record 60 wins only three years ago to the bottom of the conference this season was startling. The team’s streak of 10 straight playoff seasons ended, but Budenholzer still carried the respect needed to earn interest from other teams looking for a coach. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ FILE – In this April 6, 2018, file photo, Atlanta Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer gestures during the second half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Washington Wizards in Washington. The Hawks and Budenholzer mutually agreed to part ways on Wednesday, April 25, according to the team. The Hawks announced the move Wednesday night in a brief three-sentence statement. (AP Photo/Nick Wass, File)ATLANTA — Mike Budenholzer wanted to coach elsewhere. The Atlanta Hawks finally agreed it’s a good idea.The Hawks and Budenholzer mutually agreed to part ways Wednesday in a move announced by the team in a three-sentence statement.ADVERTISEMENT Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Rockets eliminate Wolves Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames LATEST STORIES Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Even this season, when the Hawks tied with Dallas for the NBA’s third-worst record, they were rarely blown out. They lost 21 games by fewer than 10 points, with only seven losses by 20 or more points.Always passionate on the bench, at times to the point of earning rebukes from officials, Budenholzer showed no sign of giving up on the team.“I love what I do,” Budenholzer said on April 11, one day after the end of the disappointing regular season. “I love this team. I’m focused on what we just did and how we can get better going forward.”Golden State coach Steve Kerr, who played for the Spurs when Budenholzer was Gregg Popovich’s longtime assistant, said last month he has borrowed from Budenholzer’s strategy.“I didn’t really pick his brain but I definitely picked his playbook,” Kerr said. “I really did. Some of that is through Pop. They ran a lot of the San Antonio stuff when they got here to Atlanta. That’s the derivative. … He’s taken a lot of that San Antonio stuff and expanded on it and I’ve definitely stolen some stuff from him.”ADVERTISEMENT View comments Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Budenholzer was named NBA coach of the year for the 2014-15 season, when he led the Hawks to their first 60-win season, a division title and their first appearance in the Eastern Conference finals.He was promoted to president of basketball operations but then gave up that title when Travis Schlenk was hired as general manager in 2017. The loss of power may have been the first step in Budenholzer’s exit.The Hawks’ inability to retain such top players as Al Horford and Paul Milsap led to the team’s rapid decline. The Hawks fell to the bottom of the conference while leaning heavily on rookie center John Collins, second-year forward Taurean Prince and point guard Dennis Schroder.The Hawks have scheduled a news conference with Schlenk for Thursday.Schlenk declined an interview request from The Associated Press.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding 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 In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’last_img read more

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Security to be boosted as Wismar Post Office re-commissioned

first_imgThe Wismar Post Office which was partially gutted by fire following a foiled robbery last year reopened its doors to the public on Monday with emphasis placed on boosting security at the entity.The Post Office which utilises the lower flat of a two-storey building has been completely rehabilitated with a new perimeter fence.Last month, four months after the entity was torched, rehabilitation works began after the inking of a contract funded by Government and facilitated by the RegionalThe newly-commissioned Wismar Post OfficeDemocratic Council (RDC).Regional Chairman Renis Morian had stated that he was not pleased with the inconvenience and discomfort experienced by the community’s senior citizens who depend on the services offered at the location.Pensioners were forced to utilise services at the Mackenzie Post Office following the incident, which was reportedly plagued by overcrowding and other issues.Following the fire, the RDC had lobbied for the swift repair of the Wismar Post Office and has since made calls for it to become an agency to be budgeted for, in light of difficulties in securing funding to conduct the repairs.The interior of the building was reportedly set alight in the wee hours of August 2, 2018, after bandits forced their way into the building. They reportedly encountered difficulties in accessing monies from a safe which was believed to contain old-age pension payments.The safe, however, withstood the attempts and it is believed that the bandits then set the building alight. Pensioners who turned up to receive their old-age pension were unable to access payments due to the closure.The incident has led to calls by residents and officials for more security since the entity has been hit by numerous robberies in the past. No arrests were made in relation to the 2018 fire and attempted robbery.Meanwhile, the simple re-commissioning ceremony was attended by Postmaster General Karen Brown, Chairman of the Guyana Post Office Corporation (GPOC) Raphael Massiah and Director Martin Gaul.In addition, Regional officials including Chairman Renis Morian, Vice Chairman Elroy Adolph, pensioners and members of the GPOC were also present.last_img read more

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Residents uneasy over prison break

first_img… as Joint Services conduct manhunt for escapeesIn light of yet another prison break, which saw the escape of 13 inmates, who were detained at the Lusignan Prison on Monday, citizens residing within the vicinity of the East Coast Demerara backlands are troubled by a series of alarming activitiesGDF ranks heading into the backlands during the search operationwhich continue to unfold within the area.This is since the massive fire that razed the Camp Street Prison, leaving hundreds of inmates displaced while a number of high-profile criminals remain on the run.Such a state of national crisis has forced the Joint Services to heighten security measures, especially along the coast, often resulting in ranks now being seen patrolling certain areas at odd hours of the day. This is paired with a number of spontaneous search operations, leaving residents questioning the severity of matters which have drawn the manhunt to their communities.One such situation manifested on Monday, when hours after the news broke of the Lusignan Prison break, ranks were seen conducting search operations in the backlands of Success on the East Coast of Demerara.When Guyana Times visited the area, residents were seen frantically overlooking the activities, awaiting news as to whether or not the officers were successful in the search to capture the escapees.Speaking to this publication were two women of the community, who had chained their gates and were seeking refuge behind their fences. The concerned residents told this newspaper that the Police showed up enquiring about the spotting of four strange individuals within the area.Moments later, a helicopter was seen hovering over the backlands beyond the community, which was followed by an army of reinforcement who quickly progressed into the sugarcane fields. At the time of the search operations, a groupJoint Services ranks in the backlands during the operation at Successof youngsters were swimming in the trenches adjoining the fields and they were rushed out of the backlands by the ranks carrying high- powered weapons.Subsequently, a small crowd accumulated at the entrance to the backlands, during which the residents expressed their concern regarding their safety. One resident revisited a recent incident which took place as her family member was heading into the backlands on his regular fishing trips. She relayed that the man was greeted by an individual wearing a disguise, with only his eyes visible. The woman noted that her relative did not hesitate to flee the area. Meanwhile, a member of the Community Policing Group (CPG) indicated that he received a report that ranks were acting on the suspicion that prison escapees were seeking refuge in the backlands within the environs of Success. However, the search operations conducted in the area on Monday were to no avail.The manhunt continues as Police officials on Monday indicated that security measures would be beefed up along the coast. On that note, the Guyana Police Force is calling on residents to desist from venturing into the backland areas while urging farmers to reduce the amount of time they spend in the backlands. At the same time, they are advising that the public remains calm but alert as the search intensifies and to report cases of any suspicious activities.last_img read more

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Liverpool winger leaves for Dubai side Al Ahli

first_imgLiverpool winger Oussama Assaidi has left Merseyside to sign for Dubai side Al Ahli, the Premier League club have announced.The Moroccan’s exit ends a forgettable spell at Anfield, having made just 12 appearances for the Reds since arriving from Dutch outfit Heerenveen in 2012 for £2,400,000.The 26-year-old struggled to force his way into Brendan Rodgers’ first team, and spent time on loan at Stoke City last season in search of regular football.Assaidi scored five goals in 25 games for the Potters and returned to the Britannia Stadium the start of the current campaign after agreeing another deal.But his loan stay was ended early in order to complete his switch to the Middle East with the UAE Premier League champions.The highlight of the winger’s Premier League career came in December 2013 when his ferocious last-minute strike earned the Potters a dramatic 3-2 win over Chelsea. 1 Oussama Assaidi last_img read more

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Brazilian Ronaldo close to buying Spanish club: newspaper

first_img0Shares0000Ronaldo scored two goals against Germany in the 2002 World Cup final. Now he is poised to go into club ownership. © AFP / DAMIEN MEYERMADRID, Spain, Sep 1 – World Cup winner Ronaldo has reached a deal to buy 51 per cent of La Liga club Valladolid a regional daily reported on Saturday, citing “sources close to the operation.”El Norte de Castilla, which is based in Valladolid said Ronaldo was paying 30 million euros ($34.8 million) and would complete the deal next week. “The Brazilian star reached an agreement with Carlos Suarez, owner of more than 60 per cent of the shares of the company, on Thursday evening,” the newspaper wrote.Ronaldo’s press secretary, David Espinar, told AFP by email that he was not prepared to comment on the story.The Spanish media have been reporting the former Real Madrid and Barcelona striker’s interest in Valladolid round the time the club won promotion back to the Spanish first division in May.The newspaper said Ronaldo was attracted by the way the club is being run and that the takeover would not “lead to great changes in the club structure” and that Suarez, who has run the club for 17 years, would continue as president and Sergio Gonzalez would remain head coach.“Ronaldo does not want to be the visible head and prefers to stay in the background,” the newspaper wrote.The report said the two sides had tried to negotiate as discretely as possible to avoid having an impact on the club’s dealings in the summer transfer window, which closed on Friday.Ronaldo, who is 41, was the tournament’s top scorer as Brazil won the World Cup in 2002 and was also part of the winning squad in 1994. His long list of individual honours include winning the FIFA player of the year three times and the Ballon D’Or twice. “Il Fenomeno” retired in 2011.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Prosecution’s witnesses barred in Moussaoui trial

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE‘Mame,’ ‘Hello, Dolly!’ composer Jerry Herman dies at 88 Brinkema imposed the sanctions after being informed that a lawyer in the federal Transportation Security Administration, Carla Martin, had urged seven witnesses from the Federal Aviation Administration to read trial transcripts and had prepared them for certain questions on cross-examination. ALEXANDRIA, Va. – The judge in the Zacarias Moussaoui trial dealt a serious blow to the government’s death-penalty case Tuesday, barring roughly half of the prosecutors’ key witnesses because a federal lawyer improperly coached several of them on their testimony. U.S. District Judge Leonie Brinkema rejected a Moussaoui defense request that she go further and dismiss the government’s death-penalty bid for the al-Qaida conspirator outright. She put off resumption of the trial until Monday to give the government a chance to appeal. Justice Department spokeswoman Tasia Scolinos said the ruling was being reviewed. While not addressing the likelihood of overturning it, she added that “it is important to remember” Moussaoui has pleaded guilty and at a minimum will be imprisoned for life with no chance of release. Testimony from the barred witnesses was to make up about half of the government’s case, prosecutors have said. last_img read more

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Liverpool youngster running in training as he edges closer to return

first_imgLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has been handed a boost on the fitness of Rhian Brewster, who has started running in training.The striker, 18, has been nursing an ankle injury since January but could return to action before Christmas to boost the Merseyside club’s attacking options. 1 Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT huge blow The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star Latest Liverpool FC News Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update latest Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury gameday cracker Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Liverpool vs Red Star Belgrade match previewcenter_img REVEALED REVEALED REVEALED Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? RANKED Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars shining Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Brewster won the Under-17 World Cup with England in October 2017 Brewster suffered a setback over the summer but is now running and light training as he targets a return in six weeks.And Klopp could use Brewster for his first-team plans in the second half of the season when the club could be challenging on three points.Brewster won the Golden Boot when England Under-17s won the World Cup in October 2017 before agreeing a professional contract with the Reds in the summer.Liverpool have a number of injuries ahead of their Champions League encounter at home to Red Star Belgrade on Wednesday night – Jordan Henderson and Naby Keita are out with hamstring issues, while Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is a long-term absentee.last_img read more

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FUNERAL OF TRAGIC CHURCHILL BOY TAKES PLACE TODAY

first_imgThe funeral takes place today of young Jamie Toner who was killed in a tragic farm accident at the weekend.The 11 year old from Churchill will be buried at Templedouglas Cemetery following 1pm mass at St Colmcille’s Church in Glendowan.Among those who will attend Jamie’s mass are his heartbroken teachers and fellow pupils at Stramore National School where he was a hugely popular young boy. Jamie died followed an accident at his uncle’s farm at Glenvar in Kerrykeel on Saturday afternoon last.Among the chief mourners at today’s funeral will be Jamie’s parents James and Roisin and his sister Lynn.Deepest sympathy is expressed to the family at this time.  FUNERAL OF TRAGIC CHURCHILL BOY TAKES PLACE TODAY was last modified: July 18th, 2012 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:Churchillfarm accidentfuneralJamie Tonerlast_img read more

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Shangri La Casino as а Part of a New Concept of Modern Tbilisi

first_imgEmbed from Getty ImagesAlong the Kura River Embankment is the cultural center of the Georgian capital – Rhike Park, Peace Bridge over the Kura River and Shangri La, the best Tbilisi Casino.One of the buildings that attracts attention is a complex shape building, resembling two connected glass corridors. Designed by Italian architects and designers, this building houses a concert hall and spaces for organizing exhibitions and other events. Once in this glass and metal structures building, you can simultaneously enjoy a theatrical production or a concert and views that open behind transparent walls.The new concert hall forms a modern architectural complex with another building made in the future architecture style – the Bridge of Peace. The Bridge of Peace is spread over Kura and leads from Herakli II Street in Rhike Park to the new concert hall building. The bridge is only for pedestrians. Its length is 156 m. The steel frame is hidden under a spectacular dome of glass of a complex asymmetric shape.Bridge of Peace construction was carried out in 2008-2010, designed by Michele de Lucca – an architect from Italy. From the Bridge of Peace, you can admire Kura, a beautiful city located on its two banks, and the mountains tops.The lighting system at the Bridge of Peace was designed under the guidance of a French engineer and designer Philippe Martino. Like many architectural sites in Tbilisi, the Bridge of Peace looks spectacular in the sunlight and at night.Tbilisi, like many modern capitals, is a city of contrasts. In the center along the Kura River there are modern buildings, life boils, and on the mountain slopes there are magnificent antiquity monuments, which preserve the great history memory of the Georgian people. From the Bridge of Peace, we see the medieval temples domes and the Mother Georgia sculpture.From the picturesque green promenade stretched up the Old City quarters, the ancient Narikala walls. Above the quarters is a funicular connecting the past and the present.The Bridge of Peace is a popular object, actively visited by tourist groups and wedding processions, which after passing over the bridge begin the road to a bright and beautiful future.The Bridge of Peace backlight is unique. The lighting system is designed to transmit the chemical elements names that form each person body in the Morse code signals form into outer space. This is a symbolic call for peace and harmony — after all, regardless of belonging to a nation or race, all people are the same, which means they should not fight.Shangri La Tbilisi, which is run by Michael Boettcher’s Storm International, is a casino that is located near the Bridge of Peace and fits into the style of modern Tbilisi architecture thanks to the glass walls of a round building. The casino attracts visitors with an interior decoration wealth, a high level of service, and a comfortable atmosphere.In the casino of Tbilisi, you can have a good time, having experienced yourself in classic gambling, as well as visit a restaurant with exquisite national and European cuisine. The restaurant attracts not only those who like author’s dishes, but also panoramic windows. Through them it is pleasant to observe the city center and the river, and of course the Bridge of Peace in full view.Atmospheric places connoisseurs will appreciate Shangri La not only from the inside but from the inside. This is a stylish European casino with a great service. Art Deco interiors look elegant and expensive. At the same time there is no feeling of superfluous pathos, only comfort and refinement. Naturally, there are all kinds of classic games here: roulette, blackjack, poker, dozens of slots, said Darren Keane, Storm International CEO.You can stay in the casino for a week or even more by ordering a junket tour. For the chips price, guests receive all the game features, room and board at the 5-star level, excursions and entertainment. A great option to spend a vacation in Tbilisi in its very center, to get acquainted with the main city beauties. Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebookby Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksRecommended for youFood Eat SafeThe Foods To Eat To Prevent CancerFood Eat SafeUndo10LikesTop 10 Smartest Interior Design Secrets10LikesUndoActive Feel8 Skincare Tips Your Dermatologist Doesn’t Want You to KnowActive FeelUndoNinjaJournalist35 Resignation Letters Giving Everyone InspirationNinjaJournalistUndoEliteGadgetInsiderIs This the Solution To Hong Kong’s Mosquitos We’ve All Been Looking For?EliteGadgetInsiderUndoFood PreventSix Best Foods to Promote Hair GrowthFood PreventUndoMiss Penny StocksWho’s Wesley Snipes’ 14 Year Long Partner?Miss Penny StocksUndoRelocation Target7 New Cars You Could Buy Cheap in Hong KongRelocation TargetUndolast_img read more

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Africa: ‘harness FDI for development’

first_img27 July 2012Africa is sitting on the cusp of increasing investment, but needs to take advantage of this to drive a more sustainable developmental path for the continent, says South African Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies.Davies was speaking at the launch of the South African United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (Unctad) Investment Policy Framework for Sustainable Development (IPFSD) at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg on Thursday.Unctad’s IPFSD is a guideline for national and international investment policy-making to support more sustainable, development-friendly policy-making.It was established to assist policy-makers to design policies that effectively mobilise investment and ensure their positive contribution to sustainable development.Benefits of FDI ‘not automatic’Davies said that while foreign direct investment (FDI) could make a positive contribution to sustainable development, “the benefits to host countries are not automatic”.Regulations were needed, he said, “to balance the economic requirements of investors with the need to ensure that investments make a positive contribution to sustainable development in the host state.“The associated benefits of investment as they relate to technology transfer, skills development and research, among others, need to be purposefully built into the investment regime, and not taken for granted.”Davies said that a recent Unctad report indicated that global foreign direct investment (FDI) showed global FDI flows exceeded the pre-crisis level, averaging US$1.5-trillion in 2011.According to the International Monetary Fund, emerging economies – including those in Africa – are projected to grow by 5.5% this year, and Africa is the second fastest growing continent after Asia.Seeking out new investment opportunitiesSouth Africa’s inclusion in Unctad’s list of top prospective host economies for FDI over the next two years was a positive reflection of the country, as well as the continent’s growth and development potential, Davies said.South Africa has seen growing investment from India and China, and the country is also seeking out new investment opportunities.“We are trying not to make [the attraction of investment into the country] a step- child. There is an incredible amount of negotiation going into it,” he said.“We are sitting on a cusp where there’s growing investment in Africa and South Africa.”Davies attributed the growth on the continent to the mineral products boom, consumption, infrastructure development and that the continent had been spared a sovereign debt crisis.“Although FDI increased across all major economic groupings in 2011, it’s striking that developing economies now account for 45% of global FDI,” he said. Most of the investment was in sub-Saharan Africa.South African companies were also investing into the continent, with direct investment increasing from R3.8-billion in 1994 to R115.7-billion in 2009.Source: SANews.gov.zalast_img read more

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