Goran Dragic back with Heat after summer title for Slovenia

first_imgJake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ IOC tries to calm Olympic concerns amid North Korea tension The Heat had a strange season a year ago — starting 11-30, finishing 30-11 and missing the playoffs in a tiebreaker. Dragic averaged a career-best 20.3 points, and emerged as a locker-room leader as the year went along. He also did what he could to persuade Heat free agents like Dion Waiters and James Johnson to stay.“It’s a lot of new challenges ahead,” Dragic said. “I’m looking forward to come to Miami and to battle for a title in Miami. Nobody gave us a chance, the Slovenian national team. Nobody is going to give us a chance in Miami. But I always believe. Why not?”An estimated 20,000 people stood in the pouring rain to greet the Slovenian team when it arrived home. The medal ceremony after the championship game became Slovenia’s most-watched television event in the country, at least since ratings started being kept. Dragic was told 94 percent of the nation was watching.“I’m just proud of him,” Heat President Pat Riley said. “And I’m proud that we have him.”Before 1991, both Serbia and Slovenia were part of Yugoslavia. Hence, the family ties for Dragic still exist.“Playing for my national team for the past 12 years, you’re always waiting to achieve something, and as soon as we won the final all the burden from my shoulders fell down,” he said. “I felt so happy. And, of course, on the other side, I have family in Serbia. But I was born in Slovenia … it was not a question that I was going to do everything to bring them a title.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next FILE – In this Sept. 17. 2017, file photo, Slovenia’s Goran Dragic lifts the trophy after defeating Serbia in the Eurobasket European Basketball Championship finals in Istanbul. Here’s how Heat guard Goran Dragic spent his summer vacation. He led Slovenia, his mother’s homeland, to an improbable gold medal at the European Championships. (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel, File)MIAMI — A quick summary of the last few weeks in the life of Miami guard Goran Dragic:He led Slovenia, his mother’s homeland and the place he calls home, to an improbable gold medal at the European Championships. The title game came against Serbia, his father’s homeland and a place where he still has relatives.ADVERTISEMENT DAY6 is for everybody He was the tournament’s MVP . He received one of Slovenia’s highest civilian honors. He was brought to tears by a gift of a jersey from the mother of his idol, the late star Drazen Petrovic.And through it all, the words of Heat coach Erik Spoelstra echoed in his head — winning a championship is usually more demanding mentally than physically.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smog“Now I fully understand what he means,” Dragic said.It’s a lesson Dragic hopes to put to more use starting next week, when he returns to the U.S. and the Heatbegin training camp. The only true point guard on Miami’s roster, Dragic is going to be a major key if the Heat are to return to the playoffs and contend in the Eastern Conference. And coming off his MVP showing at EuroBasket, the Heat hope his game keeps elevating. 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Slovenia is a country of only 2 million.It’s smaller than the city of Miami. And to beat the powerhouses over there, but also to see how passionate Goran was about trying to lead this team to the title.”Dragic averaged 22.6 points and 5.1 assists in the nine games. His 35 points in the title game was the high for the tournament.He told Spoelstra in June he was all-in on trying to deliver Slovenia its first gold medal.“He trained extremely diligently for this,” Spoelstra said. “And he competed and led at such a high level. You could just see the emotions pouring out of him. I talked to him on the phone after they won and he said, ‘This is one of the hardest things I’ve ever done.’”The task that awaits in Miami won’t be easy.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scenelast_img read more

Consequential mistake made by Govt

first_imgDear Editor,As a true patriot of Guyana and an ardent supporter of the Government, I feel compelled to inform the Coalition Government of a grave and consequential mistake it has made since assuming office in 2015.The mistake I refer to was the appointment of the Public Relations Officer of the Mayor and City Council, Royston King, to the position of Town Clerk in the municipality of Georgetown back in 2015, not long after coming into office.In the first instance, the minister who issued a letter of appointment to King, which commenced on July 14, 2015, should have been aware that King did not have the requisite qualifications for the job, which necessitate that the candidate be legally trained. He is neither qualified nor experienced in public administration. His qualifications are strictly in the realm of communications, which was required for his job as Public Relations Officer.Secondly, it was public knowledge that the foregoing mayor had taken pains to write copiously, and to voice — every opportunity he had — about the unsuitability of the gentlemen to continue working as the Public Relations Officer of the Council, let alone to ever be promoted to the position of Town Clerk. The archives of the Ministry of Communities and the Georgetown Municipality must be overflowing with such letters, in which the former Mayor described the current Town Clerk as being indolent, incompetent, and lacking in moral standards.So why were these copious missives not taken into consideration when the appointment was being considered?Thirdly, one would have to ask why corrective actions or disciplinary measures were not taken since July 2015, when the current Town Clerk went over the edge. Why was there no insistence that audits be conducted at the Georgetown Municipality each year? Why, when contracts were consistently being awarded without a bidding process being undertaken, did no one ensure that Tender Board rules were adhered to? Why — when grand luxury trips were being undertaken around the world at significant costs to the citizenry and without the Council’s prior knowledge or permission — were checks and balances not put in place?Now that everything is falling apart, there seems to be some concerns being expressed. Workers are being paid late each month, and their statutory deductions are being withheld, No problem! The animals at the Abattoir are being slaughtered inhumanely, No problem! The Constabulary ranks are committing statutory rape on juveniles and the Town Clerk takes his own sweet time to report it to the Police and Child Protection Agency. No Problem! Contracts worth more than $100 million are awarded to clean the Cemetery without being tendered. No problem!Should we wait to close the stable door after the horse has bolted?Sincerely,Nadine Jerricklast_img read more

Shining Among Multitudes

first_imgPresident Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has lauded Montserrado County Representative Saah Joseph for his level of dedication and love exhibited for Liberia and Liberians especially during the peak of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) crisis when he, though being a legislator, took upon himself to make sacrifices in an effort to save the lives of his compatriots.President Sirleaf, in a retrospective tone, reflected on the Montserrado County lawmaker as one of the first responders on the Ebola frontline. “You were one of the first on the Ebola frontline and faced the virus when a lot of people did not know the disease well and were afraid and confused.“You and your team braved the storm when doctors, nurses and other healthcare workers as well as our citizens were dying in their numbers; you are a true servant and hero of our country,” President Sirleaf informed Representative Joseph.President Sirleaf made the statement when she received a 20-member team of the First Responders Emergency Medical Services Incorporated (FREMSI) of Representative Joseph at the Foreign Ministry in Monrovia.FREMSI is a medical services provider established and operated by the Montserrado District #13 Representative. It was established during the heat of the Ebola crisis in Liberia and is now being considered as one of the heroes of the fight against the scourge as a result of the cardinal role it played in the fight.Representative Joseph ran an emergency ambulance service during the Ebola crisis-being one of the first, when the international community was still asleep and not even thinking about how to intervene in the crisis to beef-up efforts to contain the virus.The FREMSI team was led to the President’s office by the Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) lawmaker himself. He had gone to inform President Sirleaf that his organization had concluded all arrangements for the deployment of a 20-member response team with three ambulances to aid the fight against Ebola in Sierra Leone.His effort is in support of the Liberian Government’s pledge to assist the people of Sierra Leone in their fight against the further spread of the deadly Ebola virus disease.President Sirleaf lauded Representative Joseph for his commitment to help eradicate the deadly Ebola virus disease not just from Liberia, but the entire sub-region and expressed government’s admiration and appreciation for the work of FREMSI.With a huge success in Liberia’s battle against Ebola, President Sirleaf weeks ago announced plans to assist the Sierra Leonean Government in its effort to eradicate the Ebola virus.She described the news of Liberia’s deployment in Sierra Leone by FREMSI as wonderful news that must be celebrated. She promised government’s support to the team and indicated that Liberia has already deployed a mobile testing lab to Sierra Leone and will send additional healthcare workers from the African Union team currently in Liberia.President Sirleaf recognized Liberia’s success in the Ebola fight but warned that the country should not be complacent. “We must all continue to follow the preventative measures and other rules that have impacted our success against the deadly Ebola virus disease,” she urged.Representative Joseph informed President Sirleaf that his team will basically facilitate the timely transport of sick persons to testing and treatment facilities in Sierra Leone and will not be involved with work activities in Ebola Treatment Units.He pointed out that though his effort was a private and personal initiative, the team will be representing Liberia. “This is why we thought it very important to meet with you and seek your blessings before departure for Sierra Leone. FREMSI is very happy and proud to be able to help our brothers and sisters on the other side on behalf of our country and people,” Representative Joseph informed President Sirleaf. He used the occasion to appreciate members of his team for their sacrifice and commitment to serving humanity even with risk to their personal safety and wellbeing. “You have served Liberia well and now prepared to do the same for your brothers and sisters in Sierra Leone in a show of great solidarity and I remain very proud of you all,” he declared.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Man City’s Champions League exit will not affect top four race, insists Van Gaal

first_img1 Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal does not believe Manchester City’s Champions League exit will have any bearing on the battle to finish in the top four.City’s European dream died meekly in the second leg of their semi-final against Real Madrid, going down 1-0 at the Bernabeu with little attacking threat.And while that might have an impact on their morale, it also leaves City with clear objectives between now and the end of the campaign. A priority will be to maintain the gap that keeps them in the Barclays Premier League’s Champions League spots and ahead of their neighbours.That stands at four points going into the weekend, with United having three games left to City’s two.“The situation has not been changed by the defeat of Manchester City. It is the same situation,” said Van Gaal.The Dutchman is right to suggest the mathematics of the equation did not shift in Madrid, though there is a psychological aspect to City’s defeat that is harder to quantify.It remains to be seen how much effect defeat in Spain will have on a squad who had prioritised Europe, while manager Manuel Pellegrini’s interest in the club’s fortunes is now on a short clock, as he prepares to leave at the end of the season.But Van Gaal knows from recent experience that defeat in one competition need not cast a shadow over another.When United were ousted from the Europa League by Liverpool in March, they rallied with a 1-0 away success over their city rivals just three days later.Asked if he expected Pellegrini’s side to experience any sort of hangover, Van Gaal said: “It’s dependable on the team and the way you recover in your head also.“We have done that several times after a big defeat. That’s why I said I’m proud of my players at the (end-of-season) gala, they have the spirit to show that after a big defeat.”For their part, United must simply look to take three points at Norwich on Saturday and at West Ham in their last match at Upton Park to ramp up the pressure heading into the final weekend.And given they have lost seven of their 17 league games on the road, that will be no simple task.“Now we have to win three games in a row, (with two) away games,” said Van Gaal.“We don’t win too many away games. When we want to be champions we have to improve in the away matches, and win first away against Norwich and then West Ham United.” Manchester United are four points adrift but have a game in hand last_img read more

TRANSFER FIGHT! Atletico Madrid and Liverpool both chasing Monaco starlet

first_imgAtletico Madrid and Liverpool are ready to battle it out for Monaco starlet Thomas Lemar.The winger, who has been capped six times for France at under-21 level, has enjoyed an impressive season in Ligue 1.The 20-year-old has bagged five goals, while he has also weighed in with three assists.And, according to L’Equipe, Atletico Madrid and Liverpool both want to snap up Lemar this summer.The pair made enquiries back in January, but Monaco were reluctant to do business during the middle of the season.However, the French side are now willing to sell if they receive an offer which matches their valuation of over £10m. Thomas Lemar in action for Monaco 1last_img read more

Good news for local traders as Sterling rises to new high against Euro

first_imgA COMEBACK by Sterling has seen the pound rise to its highest level against the Euro since September today.Early trading on the markets today saw the pound jump.A euro now buys just 84p – with £1 worth €1.18. Many market analysts believe the euro could drop back to 82p or 81p in the coming days.That makes shopping north of the border less attractive in the crucial run-up to Christmas for Donegal businesses.It’s also good news for workers employed in the North who have seen their real wages decline since the collapse of the pound following the Brexit vote.At one stage there were fears the two currencies could head towards parity. But most economic commentators were today saying sterling will get stronger in the short to medium term against the euro.That’s also good news for exporters. Good news for local traders as Sterling rises to new high against Euro was last modified: November 24th, 2016 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:donegaleuro sterlingexchange ratelast_img read more

GRACE CHOSEN TO REPRESENT GLASGOW AT MARY FROM DUNGLOE FESTIVAL

first_imgGlasgow Mary Grace SweeneyOne of the highlights of the week was crowning Ms Grace Sweeney as the Glasgow representative to the 46th Mary From Dungloe Festival . Grace is no stranger to Dungloe and the Rosses …..her parents are from Meenacross and MeenaBhaoil.The committee including Mrs Angela Medford and Mrs Breeda Ojo introduced Grace on stage at Saturday’s Festival St Patrick’s Day festival in Glasgow and there was a huge applause.Grace said: “I am thrilled to be representing Glasgow , I have been to the festival so many times and admired the Marys. “I can hardly believe I am going to be a part of it this year . I can’t wait. My parents are so proud and we are looking forward to a very exciting week in Dungloe”.Glasgow was a sea of Green on Saturday.The Donegal and Irish families celebrated their national day in style at the Merchants Square in the centre of Glasgow with Irish traditional music & ceilidh.Mr Danny Boyle and the Irish Heritage Association started the week long festival at the Marriott Hotel , hosting special guest Manus Boyle from the 1992 All-Ireland winning Donegal team and the Sam Maguire Cup.  GRACE CHOSEN TO REPRESENT GLASGOW AT MARY FROM DUNGLOE FESTIVAL was last modified: March 18th, 2013 by BrendaShare 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:GlasgowGRACE CHOSEN TO REPRESENT GLASGOW AT MARY FROM DUNGLOE FESTIVALSam Maguirelast_img read more

WHISTLEBLOWER’S IDENTITY WILL REMAIN A SECRET, JUDGE RULES

first_imgJudge KellyA WHISTLEBLOWER who tipped off Donegal County Council about allegations of illegal dumping by the county’s biggest waste collection company will be allowed to remain anonymous, a judge has ruled.Judge Paul Kelly made his decision at a sitting of Letterkenny District Court in a case being brought by the council against Manorcunningham man Jim Ferry, owner of Ferry’s Refuse. Mr Ferry is facing 12 illegal dumping charges dating back to 2010 and 2011.A barrister for Mr Ferry had asked the court for the identity of the person whose information led to the allegations. He also wanted to know if the person was a disgruntled former member of staff.Patrick McMullin, solicitor for the council, said releasing the name of the whistleblower would damage the council’s relationship with members of the public who were the eyes and ears of the council.Judge Paul Kelly agreed and ruled the identity of the informant should remain secret. He also refused to make comment on whether or not the person was an ex-employee of Ferry’s Refuse.WHISTLEBLOWER’S IDENTITY WILL REMAIN A SECRET, JUDGE RULES was last modified: February 6th, 2013 by BrendaShare 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:ferry’s refusejim ferryJUDGE RULESWHISTLEBLOWER’S IDENTITY WILL REMAIN A SECRETlast_img read more

Revealed: The most expensive transfers ever using today’s inflation rates

first_img Alf Common moved from Sunderland to Middlesbrough for £1,000 in 1905 – Common was the first £1,000 player, but with the cost adjusted to inflation his price would be £112,000. 13 Willie Groves moved from West Brom to Aston Villa for £100 in 1893 – With talk of the world transfer record being broken once again, talkSPORT looks at the world record transfer fees from 1893 to the present day, taking into account the ones considered to have broken one of the major milestones. With help from our friends at Dream Team FC and the use of a historic inflation calculator, we can see what players past and present would cost today. Therefore, trailblazer Groves’ move to Villa in 1893 would increase to £11,700. Zinedine Zidane moved from Juventus to Real Madrid for £46.6m in 2001 – Cost adjusted to inflation: £72.3m Bernabe Ferreyra moved from Tigres to River Plate for £23,000 in 1932 – Taking into account the historic inflation rate calculator, Ferreyra would cost £1,442,100. That is 47 years before Trevor Francis moved to Forest for £1m and Giuseppe Savoldi joined Napoli for the same amount in 1975. Kaka moved from Milan to Real Madrid for £56m in 2009 – Cost adjusted to inflation: £68.88m 13 13 Giuseppe Savoldi moved from Bologna to Napoli for £1.2m in 1975 – According to the adjusted inflation figures, Savoldi is the first £10m player (£11.5m). Jean-Pierre Papin moved from Marseille to Milan for £10m in 1992 – Cost adjusted to inflation: £19.7m We could see the transfer record broken again when the 2017 summer window opens.Kylian Mbappe, Cristiano Ronaldo, Harry Kane, Dele Alli are among the players who, if they ever did decide to leave their clubs, are likely to cost close to £100m.Looking at the world record transfer fees from 1893 to the present day, and taking into account the ones considered to have broken major milestones, a historic inflation calculator has been used to calculate what players would cost today.Figures courtesy of Dream Team FC 13 13 13 Alan Shearer moved from Blackburn to Newcastle for £15m in 1996 – Cost adjusted to inflation: £26.55m 13 13 13 13 13 Diego Maradona moved from Barcelona to Napoli for £5m in 1984 – Cost adjusted to inflation: £15.5m Cristiano Ronaldo moved from Man United to Real Madrid for £80m in 2009 – Cost adjusted to inflation: £98.4m 13 David Jack moved from Bolton to Arsenal for £10,890 in 1928 – Jack’s move to London appalled some people due to the money Arsenal spent on him, but with the cost adjusted to inflation this deal would set the Gunners back £627,264. Gareth Bale moved from Tottenham to Real Madrid for £86m in 2013 – Cost adjusted to inflation: £92.88m 13 Paul Pogba moved from Juventus to Man United for £89m in 2016 – Cost adjusted to inflation: £90.78mlast_img read more

Brave Donegal woman speaks out about her horrific rape

first_imgA young Donegal woman who was tied up and raped in a hotel meeting room says she bravely waived her anonymity to expose what her attacker did and to warn others.Dominique Meehan (24), is “delighted” the man who attacked her is in custody after he pleaded guilty to raping her while she was preparing for a presentation at a gaming convention in a West Dublin hotel. “I had fears that he could corner me while he was out on bail. But now that I know he is behind bars I can feel safe again,” she told the Irish Independent.“I felt I had to expose what he did because there are still a lot of people in the gaming world who follow him on Facebook and I wanted them to know who he is so that they could be safe.”Keith Hearne, from Allenton Drive, Tallaght, Dublin 24, pleaded guilty to two counts of rape, one count of oral rape and one count of falsely imprisoning Ms Meehan at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Blanchardstown on July 4, 2015.He has now been placed in custody until his sentencing date later this year.Ms Meehan was attacked as she prepared for a presentation during a busy gaming convention called ArcadeCon.She did not know Hearne, but had recognised him from a previous convention she had attended.The Central Criminal Court heard how Hearne bound Ms Meehan’s hands with his tie and raped her. When she screamed he told her he had a knife in his bag and would use it if she wasn’t quiet.“He told me he had a weapon. In my mind it was pre-meditated, especially when you take what was in the bag into consideration,” Ms Meehan told the Irish Independent.The attack stopped only when another conference worker entered the room using a hotel key card. Gardaí were called and Hearne was arrested at the scene.Ms Meehan told the court how she woke up every night crying for months after the attack, “thinking he had come back to finish the job”.She added that she is gay, and as such feels that more was taken from her in the attack. Mr Justice Patrick McCarthy adjourned Hearne’s sentence hearing to June 19.Brave Donegal woman speaks out about her horrific rape was last modified: April 26th, 2017 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)last_img read more