Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban reacts to a call during the second half of an NBA basketball game between the Mavericks and San Antonio Spurs in Dallas, Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016. APDALLAS, Texas—Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban is again expressing frustration with NBA officials, although this time his criticism has nothing to do with his own team.Prior to the Mavericks’ game Wednesday night against San Antonio, Cuban complained about missed traveling and double-dribble calls in the first 15 seconds of the Clippers-Nets game Tuesday night – Brooklyn’s Bojan Bogdanovic committed both uncalled violations within feet of referee Ken Mauer.ADVERTISEMENT “The quality of officiating matters in this game. Standings are impacted. Mistakes happen, lots of calls are hard, but not all of them. Some of them is a lack of focus and attention, and that’s the one thing you should be able to avoid at all times, particularly from a serious ref.”Cuban would not elaborate on what he thought the problem was.The league did not immediately respond to a request for comment.ADVERTISEMENT Mainland China virus cases exceed 40,000; deaths rise to 908 Whiteside’s double-double lifts Heat over Nuggets, 106-98 Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ EDITORS’ PICK Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports Shanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modes “I’m almost ready to get fined after watching that double-dribble yesterday,” said Cuban, who has been fined more than $1.5 million over the years for comments about officiating.“That was a classic. If that was us, I probably would have protested it, even if we would have lost, because then every SportsCenter would have played it over and over and over again. That was ridiculous and hopefully they take action. … That call at the beginning of the game, right in front of him, that wasn’t an error in judgment.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSFreddie Roach: Manny Pacquiao is my Muhammad AliCuban said he thinks those missed calls were a “symptom of a problem,” but would not elaborate on what he thinks the problem is.“Refs are going to miss things, because there are other things going on,” he said. “But there was nothing else going on. It was the first or second play of the game, and he was standing right there all by himself. Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town We are young Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PH among economies most vulnerable to virus Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan PLAY LIST 01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUND As fate of VFA hangs, PH and US forces take to the skies for exercise Senators to proceed with review of VFA View comments
Dear Editor,Permit me to express my concern, as an ex-employee, over the issue of abuse of power relative to discriminatory and corruption practices in GPL Inc. There has been outright and open corruption by a certain network of individuals within the GPL staff structure who have been placed to manage the affairs and develop the company’s economic contributions to the country.I have seen privileges given to some individuals in GPL Inc to manage the affairs of this company being misused and abused, creating dynasties of malfeasants. Some have enriched themselves and their cronies and in turn, neglected the very employees who are the pillars to satisfying the daily operations of the company.Many of these employees are now saddled with fear of victimisation and discrimination should they resist the tyrannical behaviours of many of the Executive Directors and some Senior and Junior Managers of this company called GPL Inc. In my opinion, it’s frustrating to experience these repeated behaviours and nothing being done to alleviate the biases and abuse of authority of some Senior Management officials of GPL Inc (surprisingly much of these behaviours are perpetuated from the Human Resources Divisional Heads, enabled by Senior Managers in the very structure).Employees with the right aptitude, initiative, drive, commitment, dedication, honesty, integrity, loyalty and those who are deserving of jobs are not recognised or selected due to displayed nepotism and coupled with unethical labour practices. Up to recent times, we see competent employees with years of experience and qualifications being left out of interviews, just to fuel senior officers’ quest for power, nepotism and cronyism.GPL Inc is ever so often under intense scrutiny and is perceived by the general public as always ready to entertain corrupt practices. Over the years, many of the management and non-management employees have lost sight and focus on their primary jobs and have resorted to unethical and counter-productive performance behaviours in ways unheard of and unprecedented; which has led to inefficiencies in the company.It is time to analyse all that is happening in GPL Inc as we hold the key to our rise in glory or our fall in utter despair.There must be a renewed and objective approach by the Board of Directors and to some extension, the Minister with responsibility for the electricity sector, to rapidly come up with solutions to the overwhelming problems plaguing this company’s inept leadership, incompetence, poor decision-making/accountability, lack of vision, counter-productive and unethical work practices as these solutions are vital in the development of GPL Inc and the country.Furthermore, I am sure that there are employees within the company and some stakeholders who wish to see GPL Inc flourish and not diminish with corrupt, unethical behaviours, incompetence, poor leadership and decision-making/accountability. All this will put GPL Inc in good standing.For this to happen, we must first put, without a doubt, in our minds, the right persons, processes, and systems in place to run the company and not run it down the drain. The Board of Directors should seek to ensure that the right individuals with the right mindset who are willing and able to get the job done exactly how it should be done are employed and placed within the right areas of the company’s management structure.It’s time for eyes to be wide open and stop being fooled, we must analyse the strategic direction and obligations of GPL Inc and see if the principles of maximising the company’s performance are moving in upward mobility or downward mobility or if they are moving opposite of each other. The ideal outcome is that the company is lifted.In conclusion, there must be a stop to the many company officials who choose to mismanage and haemorrhage the resources of the company and at the same time victimise and discriminate against employees who are not willing to participate in the mediocre and repulsive performance behaviours.I recommend the restructuring of the staff hierarchy to carefully place the right individuals with the right mindset and qualifications to maximise GPL’s performance in the right direction that is beneficial to the greater population rather than focusing on personal gains. A true focus on true development of GPL Inc is necessary right now and not the lackadaisical work being done by so many individuals within the company. Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely and should the Board of Directors fail to plan then consequently, there will be a plan to fail.Sincerely yours,An ex-employee
0Shares0000LONDON, England, October 27 – QPR officials on Thursday denied reports that three players had given evidence against John Terry in the FA’s investigation into allegations of racist abuse involving the Chelsea and England star.The Daily Mail reported Thursday that Rangers trio Paddy Kenny, Clint Hill and Shaun Derry had all spoken to FA investigators probing claims that Terry racially abused QPR defender Anton Ferdinand. The report claimed all three had provided statements to FA offcials which appeared to contradict Terry’s version of events during Sunday’s stormy west London derby at Loftus Road.However a spokesman for QPR issued a strong denial of the reports, saying none of the three players named had given evidence.“There is no truth in these stories whatsoever,” the QPR spokesman said. “None of the three players have been called to give evidence or will be called to give evidence.”Terry is the subject of FA and police investigations after video footage emerged on the Internet on Sunday appearing to show the England captain making racist comments at Ferdinand.Although Terry has not denied using the words involved, the Chelsea defender insists his comments were taken out of context and that he had actually been denying using the slur in question.English FA officials have said they have no plans to suspend Terry from international football while inquiries are ongoing and say he will lead the team out in friendlies against Spain and Sweden next month.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
In a later message it said Mascherano had taken part in a training session at the squad’s Ezeiza training ground but Messi had not.The football association said members of the squad would give a press conference at 1530 GMT at the training ground, south of Buenos Aires.Argentina host Honduras on Friday in the western city of San Juan.That will be a farewell to the home fans before the squad heads to the United States for the Centennial Copa America international tournament, from June 3 to 26.Between Friday’s game and the start of the Copa, however, Messi will have to return to Spain where he is summoned to face tax evasion charges in a trial scheduled to start on May 31.He is expected to rejoin the squad before its first game of the tournament, against Chile in California on June 6.Argentina and Chile are in Group D, along with Panama and Bolivia.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Lionel Messi.PHOTO/FileBUENOS AIRES, Argentina, May 25 – Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi joined the Argentina squad on Wednesday as it prepared for a friendly with Honduras ahead of next month’s Copa America tournament, the country’s football association said.The Argentina Football Association said Messi, 28, and his Barcelona teammate midfielder Javier Mascherano had joined the squad, in a Twitter message on Wednesday morning.
Nyangweso, speaking to Capital Sport believes the pint-sized goal poacher will play a massive role for his side this season, especially partnering up with the on-form Samuel Onyango as the soldiers look to break their trophy drought.“I am very pleased with how he has performed because he has stayed for long without playing and coming back to score four goals in three matches is something great. Not many players can do that after being out of action for a while,” Nyangweso noted of the striker.“His experience has come of age and he is back to the old Waruru I know because I was with him from 2011 and 2012 when he was the top scorer,” added the military man.Waruru had been off the team for close to two seasons after going for military duty and his return has come in timely especially after the soldiers lost the services of striker John Mark Makwatta who left for a professional stint in Zambia.Ulinzi Stars players celebrate one of their goals during the 5-1 win over Mathare United in a Kenyan Premier League match on April 23, 2017. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluUlinzi were massive 5-1 winners over Mathare United last weekend, their biggest win since the 4-0 thumping of AFC Leopards last year in the GOtv Shield quarter finals.The tactician was pleased with the result especially coming on after complaining time and again about his forward line’s poor conversion rate.“It was a great match where everything worked out well for us. We took our chances and that is what I have been asking from the players every day. Hopefully this will spur us on in the upcoming matches and entire season,” Nyangweso added.His side will be taking on the long trip to Mumias where they take on hosts Kakamega Homeboyz at the Mumias Complex on Wednesday.The soldiers have never beaten Homeboyz in Premier League history with all four matches they have faced each other in ending in draws, three of them goalless. They will be expecting a similar tough battle as they aim to keep their unbeaten record clean and Nyangweso is confident they will get a first win.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Ulinzi Stars striker Stephen Waruru listens to words from head coach benjamin Nyangweso during their Kenyan premier League match against Mathare United on April 23, 2017. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 25 – Stephen Waruru has returned to the Ulinzi Stars starting team in emphatic fashion, firing in four goals in three matches, something that has delighted the military side’s head coach Benjamin Nyangweso.The 2012 Kenyan Premier League golden boot winner played his first match this season in the 1-1 draw against Tusker on April 15 and it didn’t take him more than 30 seconds on the pitch before he opened his account.
BURNABY, B.C. – The RCMP arrested protesters when officers enforced a court injunction early Thursday ordering the removal of all structures from a site where the Trans Mountain pipeline ends in Burnaby.RCMP Cpl. Daniela Panesar said police began enforcing the B.C. Supreme Court injunction that was obtained by the City of Burnaby last week.“For safety reasons, we can’t have people there, so there have been arrests of people that have refused to leave,” she said in a phone interview.- Advertisement -Police “maintained a dialogue with the residents of the camp in the hopes that they would obey the injunction and vacate the location” within a 48-hour deadline set by the court, the RCMP said in a news release.That deadline passed Sunday night but protesters at the encampment, known as Camp Cloud, said Monday they were prepared to protect a sacred fire, which has been burning since the camp was set up late last year. They also said they were prepared to tie themselves to structures rather than obey the injunction.Panesar said police and the city worked together to enforce the court order and an exclusion zone, which also applied to the media, was established around the camp as the work began. She said the exclusion zone allowed city workers to bring in heavy equipment to remove structures that include a two-storey wooden building, a cabin, an outdoor shower, more than a dozen tents and multiple vehicles and trailers.Advertisement The RCMP news release said “violence or disorder” was not expected and Panesar said she had not heard of any issues during the early hours of the camp’s removal.The camp has grown since last November when opponents of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion parked a single trailer at the gates of the Kinder Morgan tank farm on Burnaby Mountain.The camp has become a rallying point for demonstrators opposed to the pipeline, which will more than triple the amount of bitumen and other oil products moving from Edmonton to Burnaby before it is shipped overseas by tanker.The federal government approved expansion of the pipeline in 2016 but environmental and B.C. government opposition led Kinder Morgan, the pipeline’s original owner, to announce it would back out of the project.Advertisement The federal government offered $4.5 billion to purchase the project and Kinder Morgan is presenting that offer to its shareholders, with expectation the sale will be approved later this month or in September. The purchase price, which includes the existing pipeline, pumping stations, rights of way, and the Westridge marine terminal in Burnaby, does not cover the construction costs of building the new pipeline, previously estimated at about $7.4 billion.
160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LANCASTER – A Palmdale ex-convict has been ordered to stand trial on a charge of murder in the death of his girlfriend’s 3-year-old son, who coroner officials said died from blunt force trauma to his abdomen. Ladrill Bogan, 33, is accused of murdering Jeremiah McKenney, who died Sept. 20 in a hospital where he was taken by authorities after a 911 call reporting a child not breathing at a Palmdale Boulevard motel where the family had been staying. A coroner official testified at a preliminary hearing Monday that the victim was either kicked or punched in the abdomen, prosecutors said. Bogan has pleaded not guilty to murder and assault on a child resulting in death. According to Bogan’s attorney, Bogan told investigators the boy was injured when he fell out of his car seat and hit his chest on the door frame of a sport utility vehicle as Bogan was getting ready to drive away from a friend’s home. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECalifornia’s bungled $1 billion accounting system Prosecutors said the victim had a severed intestine, a torn stomach, lacerations on his liver and pancreas and numerous bruises.
Ronaldinho has officially announced his retirement from football.The Brazilian was without a club for nearly three years, and revealed in December that 2018 would be the year he officially retired.The 2002 World Cup winner wants to spend time focusing on his football schools and pursue a career in music.His brother and agent, Roberto de Assis Moreira, confirmed the news on Tuesday night.His last professional club was Brazilian club Fluminese – although the 37-year-old left just three months into his contract.Ronaldinho started his career with Gremio before earning a move to Europe with Paris Saint-Germain in 2001.It wasn’t long before his talent became evident and a bigger move beckoned for the superstar after his heroics helped Brazil lift their fifth ever World Cup in 2002.Although he came close to signing for Manchester United, it was Barcelona who snapped him up in 2003.The forward dazzled at the Camp Nou, scoring 97 goals for the club as he helped them to two consecutive league titles in 2005 and 2006 – as well as the Champions League in 2006.It was a great period personally for Ronaldinho as well as he won the FIFA World Player of the Year Award two years running in 2004 and 2005.After five seasons with the Catalan club, Ronaldinho enjoyed a spell in Italy with AC Milan although his physical condition was often called into question – even if his talent couldn’t be.Despite a reported offer from Blackburn Rovers, a return to his native Brazil in 2011 followed as he enjoyed a brief spell with Flamengo before joining Atletico Mineiro just a year later.During his time with the club, the mercurial talent showed glimpses of his best form as he lead the club to it’s first ever Copa Libertadores and was also crowned South American Footballer of the Year for 2013.Spells with Mexican side Querétaro and Fluminese followed before he accepted a full-time ambassadorial role with Barcelona in February 2017. 1 Ronaldinho lifts the 2006 Champions League trophy
The Football Association would be ‘wrong’ to punish Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero for his clash with a Wigan fan, according to former Premier League referee Mark Halsey.Aguero was involved in a physical exchange with a supporter as thousands of fans spilled onto the field following Wigan’s stunning 1-0 victory in the FA Cup fifth round on Monday night.The Argentina international was on his way to the tunnel when he was approached by a handful of fans, and he reacted angrily after one of them appeared to aim a punch at the City star.Aguero had to be restrained and was eventually led off the pitch by Man City coach Mikel Arteta.Wigan have confirmed they will launch a full investigation in the pitch invasion and it is expected the FA will also look into Aguero’s post-match tussle, as well as manager Pep Guardiola’s conduct after he raged at match officials over Fabian Delph’s red card.But Halsey says Aguero was only defending himself and should not be punished for his actions.Speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, he said: “I can’t see the FA doing anything with Aguero and I think it would be wrong if they did, because he’s the innocent party in all this.“Anybody would have done what Aguero did.“Once you feel threatened and the fans come on the pitch like that, what protection have the players got? They’ve got none whatsoever.“I think Aguero has done what any of us would have done to protect ourselves.“Wigan have got to identify this guy and give him a lifetime ban.“Wigan should be held fully accountable for what happened at the end of that game with all of those fans coming ono the pitch.”READ MORE: ‘He always gets away with it’ – Neil Warnock takes aim at Pep Guardiola over FA Cup red card outburst
Share This!Guests can book rooms at Disney’s Riviera Resort (a Disney Vacation Club property located by Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort) today online on the Walt Disney World web site or with a travel agent. Availability begins December 16, 2019. Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge should be open around this time as well.Disney Vacation Club members will be able to book rooms at the Riviera using points soon according to an email members received from DVC earlier this month.The Riviera has studios, 1-, 2-, and 3-bedroom units in a tower configuration and will also be served by the Disney World Skyliner gondola. Pricing for the week of December 16, 2019, begins at around $545/night for a standard view studio.