“Pop doesn’t like to see me lose. I like to see him lose. He’s had way too much success already,” Kerr cracked. “I think sometimes Pop needs to be humbled a little bit. So I’m looking to really rub it in and enjoy if we’re able to beat them.”Kerr added: “I want Pop to win against anybody else. We’re that close. He’s my mentor and he’s somebody I feel incredibly strongly about in terms of who he is and what he did for me in my life, and what he’s doing for my son right now.”NO CURRY OR KAWHIGolden State has gone without Curry for 16 of the last 17 games as he worked back from another injury to his troublesome right ankle only to sprain the medial collateral ligament in his left knee in his return March 23.Curry is scheduled to be re-evaluated Saturday yet Kerr noted that “he’s not close to playing.”The Warriors also aren’t expecting to see Spurs star Kawhi Leonard. He played in only nine regular-season games because of a lingering right quadriceps injury.DEFENSIVE SWAGGERDurant and Green insist it’s time to start taking defense more seriously.“Now we can focus in on what we always do good here, it’s flying around on defense, moving the basketball,” Durant said.The Spurs realize the challenges. Longtime trainer Roach ‘hurt’ by Pacquiao snub after split 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 P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident LATEST STORIES “They are smart, they are long,” Manu Ginobili said. “They are very quick to switch back to the matchups they want. They’ve got a lot of long wings that recover very quick. … There’s a reason why they’ve been winning so many games.”SPURS STRUGGLESWhile the Warriors endured a stretch of seven losses in 10 games, the Spurs dealt with their own eight-game skid down the stretch.And San Antonio went just 14-27 on the road.Even if the Spurs’ 2017 series with the Warriors was swift, this is a fresh chance.“It’s a new year,” LaMarcus Aldridge said. “This team has fought and put ourselves in a position to be here. Last year is last year.”CENTER BY COMMITTEEIt might be Zaza Pachulia. Maybe JaVale McGee. Or Kevon Looney. David West will get his minutes, too.Each offers something uniquely different as the Warriors go with a center-by-committee approach.Kerr isn’t saying which big man he will start — he’s not giving Popovich any early clues. And Kerr said he and Spurs staffer and son, Nick, are cutting off communication for a couple of weeks. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Some of that is what Kerr gained from Spurs coach Gregg Popovich: “You take whatever is in front of you and you embrace it.”Here are some key story lines for the Spurs-Warriors series, a rematch of last season’s Western Conference Finals swept by Golden State:A SPECIAL FRIENDSHIPKerr hardly played during four seasons with San Antonio late in his career.Still, Popovich is one of his favorite people — even if he wants nothing more than to eliminate his dear friend.ADVERTISEMENT Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr looks on in the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz Tuesday, April 10, 2018, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Alex Goodlett)OAKLAND, Calif. — Kevin Durant is confident Golden State’s struggles down the stretch might be just what makes the defending champions dominant on the postseason stage again.Maybe not quite 16-1 this time around, sure, yet plenty capable of another remarkable run.ADVERTISEMENT “I always knew everybody on our team had a good spirit, a good energy for the game,” said Durant, the reigning NBA Finals MVP. “We might have lost some games and had some tough stretches but that doesn’t define everybody here as an individual player. I’m kind of positive on, optimistic on each of these guys and how we approach the game no matter what the score of some of those games. I’m glad we can kind of learn from those tough times and continue to move forward.”The Warriors have been hurt and humbled. Beaten handily and beat up hard. Two-time MVP Stephen Curry is expected to be sidelined the entire first round with a knee injury. Four All-Stars — Curry, Durant, Draymond Green and Klay Thompson — were out together at times, too.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 crownOn Saturday afternoon, Golden State begins its championship quest with Game 1 of the best-of-seven first round against the San Antonio Spurs at Oracle Arena.“We learned a lot,” coach Steve Kerr said. “Every experience that you gain you can learn from. This has been such a chaotic month with all the injuries and the meaningless games. We’ve been frustrated. We haven’t performed very well. The good news is we have performed well for four years, so we know who we are. We know what we’re about. We know this team well, we know the Spurs well, so we know what we have to do. We’ve got to go do it. The last month is meaningless now. 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LATEST STORIES 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 Vargas battles through cuts to retain WBC title NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 21: Sergey Kovalev takes questions from the media at a media presser for the upcoming fight between him and Vyacheslav Shabranskyy at the Renaissance New York Midtown on September 21, 2017 in New York City. Abbie Parr/Getty Images/AFPNEW YORK — Sergey Kovalev will defend his light heavyweight title against Eleider Alvarez on Aug. 4 in the first professional boxing match at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City.The match was announced Saturday at a press conference in New York. The venue in Atlantic City, New Jersey, is set to open June 28.ADVERTISEMENT China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film MOST READ Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding View comments Kovalev (32-2-1, 28 KOs) has fought three times in Atlantic City, including a 2014 victory over Bernard Hopkins in which he unified three of the four 175-pound titles. The Russian has bounced back from his consecutive losses to Andre Ward to win two in a row, regaining the WBO’s version of the title.Alvarez (23-0, 11 KOs) has been the No. 1 contender for the WBC belt, but hasn’t gotten the opportunity to fight for that title so instead took the bout against Kovalev.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 crownThe fight will be televised on HBO. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’
(Top L) Yemen’s midfielder Ahmed Al-Haifi, Yemen’s goalkeeper Saud Al Sowadi, Yemen’s forward Mohammed Ba Rowis, Yemen’s defender Alaadin Mahdi, Yemen’s defender Mohammed Fuad Omar, Yemen’s forward Emad Mansoor and (Bottom from L) Yemen’s defender Mudir Abdurabu, Yemen’s forward Ahmed Al Sarori, Yemen’s midfielder Ala Al Sasi, Yemen’s midfielder Wahid Al Khyat Yemen’s forward Abdulwasea Al Matari pose for a group photograph prior to the start of the 2019 AFC Asian Cup Group D, football match between Yemen and Iran at the Mohammed Bin Zayed stadium in Abu Dhabi on January 07, 2019. (Photo by KHALED DESOUKI / AFP)Yemen coach Jan Kocian was left scratching for positives after the war-torn country’s first-ever Asian Cup outing ended in a 5-0 thrashing by Iran.Hopelessly outclassed, Yemen went into halftime down by three goals in Abu Dhabi on Monday night and Kocian’s players were out on their feet by the time substitute Saman Ghoddos volleyed home Iran’s fifth 12 minutes from time.ADVERTISEMENT 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 Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers LATEST STORIES In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Others Yemen national team players have died, among the tens of thousands killed in a conflict exacerbated by famine and disease.Under the terms of his contract, Kocian won’t step foot inside Yemen but his job remains a logistical nightmare.“We hardly have the chance to train together and we didn’t have enough time to prepare for the Asian Cup,” said the former Slovakia head coach after a Mehdi Taremi double helped Iran to an easy victory.“This game was very hard for us. Team morale fell after we conceded two quick goals to go in 3-0 down at halftime but I told my players to keep their heads up.”Yemen, who lost five of six games in the build-up to the Asian Cup, will look to salvage pride in their next two group matches against Iraq and Vietnam and provide some brief solace for their war-ravaged country.ADVERTISEMENT Syria and, notably Iraq, have shown in recent years how teams can come through extreme hardship to raise their game — the latter famously lifting the Asian Cup in 2007 in a fairytale success.Yemen’s next two matches look likely to be more of an exercise in damage limitation for the world’s 135th-ranked side, based on Monday’s ragged performance.But Kocian understandably called for a little perspective.“Iran’s players play in the best leagues in the world,” he shrugged. “We came here with two months of preparation — we just have to leave this game behind and move on.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Australian Open: History beckons as Serena Williams shoots for Slam history “We have to live with this result but we have two more games to play and we can play better,” said the Slovakian, striking a defiant tone despite their Group D mugging.“Iran were physically superior to us — they are a team that plays at the World Cup. We have no such experience.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissGiven the parlous state of football in Yemen, where players have been kidnapped by extremists or gone off to fight in the civil war, just qualifying for the Asian Cup was an astonishing achievement for Yemen.The local league has been suspended and stadiums reduced to rubble, forcing players to work as taxi drivers or in supermarkets to feed their families. MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil View comments
Dear Editor,Some urgent intervention is needed to remedy the plight of workers at the Lethem Town Council.The structure in place at the Lethem Town Council is incapable of processing positive inputs to strengthen the weakened administrative system that was created in recent times.The Lethem Town Council is operating on a shoe string basis, under financial strains and handicapped in its human resource capacity.The interests of the workers are seriously neglected and compromised in the area of occupational safety and health, which contributes to counter-productive services to the citizenry of the Lethem municipality. Inappropriate and random decisions made frequently by the Town Clerk are allowed and puts the workforce in an awkward position to function effectively, where the fear of expressing one-self is evident.Not so long ago, I have noticed workers from the Lethem Town Council, working tirelessly in the baking sun; putting in place booths and structures for security, etc, in preparation for the recent Lethem Town Week Celebration 2018.Editor, I am privy to some information emanating from the labour force, of the Lethem Town Council, where workers are not being paid for their long hours of overtime, despite of many promises made by the Town Clerk.The Lethem Town Week celebration has now become the biggest and longest event in Region Nine (Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo), without the input of the labour force from these workers, the Lethem Town Week celebrations could not have materialised.This unjust treatment meted out to the workers of the Lethem Town Council is unacceptable and must not be allowed to go un-noticed for the second-time round.This situation warrants the attention of the relevant authorities, more so, Local Government Elections will be in less than two weeks’ time; as this issue appears to be self-inflicting, for one reason or the other.If the Lethem Town Council does so jeopardise its workers welfare, then by definition it’s no longer providing a service; thus, losing its legitimacy and defeating its purpose and motto “Working Together Harmoniously To Promote Equality And Transparency For The Benefit And Well Being Of All”.These workers deserve a handsome reward for their hard work.Sincerely,Concerned citizen ofLethem
In support of the fight against the deadly Ebola virus in the Mano River Union basin, the Government of the People’s Republic of China Monday, August 11, donated US$1.7 million worth of assorted anti-Ebola materials to help support the efforts of the Government and people of Liberia.Speaking Monday at the handing over ceremony held at the Roberts International Airport in Margibi County, the Chinese Ambassador to Liberia, Yue Zhang, said Liberia and China are one community and the government of China will continue to be a partner to Liberia.“The government of China is donating drugs, personal protective equipment, thermometer guns and sanitizers among others, to help support the Government of Liberia efforts in combating the deadly Ebola virus from Liberia.”According to the Ambassador, the Chinese government is providing US$5 million worth of assorted materials to the Mano River Union MRU nations of Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea, to help contain the epidemic.He further disclosed that, in addition to supporting the fight against the deadly Ebola virus, the Government of China is sending three health experts to help provide the basic expertise and the training of local health workers on the uses of the donated assorted materials.“They are coming to help the health workers in Liberia, because some of the products are made in China and so, they need to advise the health practitioners on how to use those things as well as other necessary support that will kick the epidemic from Liberia,” Mr. Zhang said. The Chinese Ambassador said, the drugs provided to the Government of Liberia to combat the deadly Ebola virus will help to suppress the epidemic and those affected by the virus. “The equipment donated to Liberia is valued US$1.7 million in addition to donation we provided to the fight against the deadly Ebola virus,” the Ambassador disclosed. “The Government of China also provided a special cargo jet to deliver these assorted materials to the three countries and on time.”Asked whether the Chinese government had plans to evacuate its citizens from Liberia due to the epidemic, Amb. Zhang said his government is not advising its citizens to leave Liberia, rather he urged them to follow the advice given by Liberian health authorities, including hand-washing, avoidance of bodily contact and reporting of suspected cases, among others, for the safety of those in Liberia.According to the ambassador, China and Liberia, as well as the rest of Africa are one common community with the mind of holding each other, especially during such an emergency, adding that in 2010, the African countries were equally there for China.Receiving the assorted materials among others on behalf of the Government of Liberia, acting Minister for Foreign Affairs, Sylvester Grigsby, expressed thanks and appreciation to the Government of the People’s Republic of China, describing it as timely in the fight against the deadly Ebola virus.Mr. Grigsby said the assorted materials donated will help the government contain the epidemic in Liberia and ensure that more lives can be saved in the process.“This will enhance the government’s efforts in supporting the fight against the deadly Ebola virus in Liberia. We are very happy as it will help us reach the various counties and fight the virus.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
“Change for Hope” was President George Weah’s slogan and rallying cry throughout his presidential campaign. Whatever way he and members of the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) interpret it, anyone coming across the slogan during the campaign will understand it as an imperative phrase telling the people to change the existing leadership for hope for a better future.This hope, as the slogan portrays, evokes the enthusiasm that it is the CDC that can provide it, and therefore voters had no choice but to prioritize electing George Weah and the CDC into national leadership.In compliance with the dictate of the slogan, candidate Weah received overwhelming votes in both the first and second rounds of the 2017 election, thereby leading him to the highest seat of the land.The change has now come and it is time to hope, but what do we hope for?This question brings to mind many answers: free education, reduction in prices of basic locally produced and imported commodities, low transport fares, drastically lower the foreign exchange rate, and the list goes on.All these and many others cannot be done miraculously in a day; they rather take time and hard work to accomplish.Nevertheless, there are few urgent priorities to consider that are expected to impact mainly the youth of Liberia. The first and foremost is to institute a strong, enforceable law against the importation and sale of narcotic substances that are overwhelming the country. As though to underscore the very serious challenges facing this new Weah Administration, just before the inauguration, some aliens were caught at the Roberts International Airport with different kinds of narcotic substances.These illegal substances are brought into the country and the vulnerable youth, popularly referred to as “ZOGOS,” have become addicted and prone to various psychological and medical illnesses. As evidence shows, those young men and women taking in these drugs are all over the city in filthy appearances, committing theft of phones and purses and other items, from innocent people. These are people who have pledged their loyalty to you, Mr. President, for hope after change has been made. In a country where there is hardly any efficient and effective mental home or psychiatric institution, creating a law to restrict the importation and consumption of narcotic substances is one way of bringing hope to our youth.Another thing to consider, Mr. President, is refining the education sector, which will ensure that our young people are going to acquire knowledge. As your predecessor noted several years ago, Liberia’s “education system is a mess,” and since this pronouncement in March of 2012, there has been no effective reform in the sector up to the time the Sirleaf Administration came to an end last Monday, when you took the oath of office as Liberia’s President. Most Liberian students are functionally illiterate because there are no libraries or even available books they can read. One of President Sirleaf’s Education Ministers, George Werner, who happens to retain his job under the Weah Administration, is on record for stating publicly in local Kru language that “Education is nonsense.” This clearly shows how this cardinal sector that is the bedrock of any society has remained in ruins for the past 12 years without much attention.The concern for revamping the education sector for the youth should not only be a matter of bringing books, building new schools and training more teachers; the government must also institute measures to fight academic malpractices, including sex and money for grades.We feel compelled also to mention at this point the nation’s premier university, the University of Liberia. It has over time been marred by violent protests that some have no substantial reasons for carrying out. As a result of the violent protests all too frequently at the UL campus, academic activities are often delayed, to the detriment of many students who wish to study within the four-year scope set by this university.In his Inaugural Address yesterday, President Weah said that he is prepared to fight corruption to the end; warning that any official caught stealing public funds will be fully prosecuted in accordance with the law.Good!Many people expected to hear what President Weah had to say in his Inaugural Address on the economy, culture, transportation, infrastructure and even a robust program to revive national sports and other critical issues. But this issue of corruption was the only one he emphasized. It is a cardinal issue that affects all sectors and it must be addressed to give Liberians hope – that this Administration has truly come with genuine “hope for change” – positive and real change, devoid of the cancerous evil of corruption that has caused Liberia to remain for generations a failed state.However, the Daily Observer is also convinced that addressing the two issues raised in this Editorial — fighting the proliferation of drugs that are destroying our young people’s future, and education — are matters which, if effectively and seriously addressed by this new administration, will bring real hope to Liberian youth, setting them on a deliberate and sustained path to a better future.When President Weah was speaking to a group of “ZOGOS” on the day Vice President Jewel Howard-Taylor celebrated her birthday, January 18, he made a very serious point: “If there would be change as we all expect,” he told them, “you [yourselves] should also be willing to change.”This is a challenge to the “ZOGOS,” but how do they change when what is leading them into their unpleasant, even destructive situation remains unaddressed? This is why we are also suggesting that if there would be change and hope for a better future for our youth, government must take actions to address the two issues that may impede, even frustrate the change we all, but most especially our youth, hope and yearn for.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
“It is troubling given the perilous financial situation facing the city and all local government. They have to be careful in what they are promising workers and the public.” But City Administrative Officer Karen Sisson, who headed the city’s negotiating team, said she believes the proposal is fair to both sides. “We require the unions to find specific savings that will continue year after year for them to get certain benefits,” Sisson said. “And while we agreed to sit down and talk if our revenues exceed expectations, there is no requirement that we increase the contract.” The deal calls for salary increases of 14.25 percent over the next five years for all workers, with an additional 8.25 percent for workers at top pay levels in the last three years of the contract. The deal means thousands of city workers will see salary increases of about 23 percent – well above the controversial 16.8 percent salary deal recently negotiated for Department of Water and Power workers. Total cost of the six-union salary deal is estimated at $273 million. In a statement on its Web site, union coalition leaders said the contract is unprecedented “not only because of what we fought hard to get, but because of how we got there.” “By working as a coalition, city unions were able to support each other, increase our strength and earn greater respect from the city. “Instead of letting the city pit one union against another, we stuck together and were able to negotiate a better package that works for everybody.” Few details of the package have been released as union membership debates whether to ratify the deal. The contract also must still be approved by the City Council and Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. The union Web site says the contract includes an increase in “flex cash” payments in the last year of the deal if workers find $25 million in savings or efficiencies. It would provide monthly payments of $115 for full-time and $57.50 for part-time workers. Kyser said he is concerned about the contract because it comes amid a drop in the housing market and property values, which are reflected in lower tax revenues to local government. “I would expect to see people asking the Assessor’s Office to revalue their property to try to reduce their property taxes,” Kyser said. “If that happens on a large scale, then the cities and school districts will be losing a lot of money.” He also noted the deal is coming as the city is asking voters to approve retaining a telephone-users tax and as the DWP is looking to raise both water and electric rates. “We are facing perilous times in local government,” Kyser said. But Councilman Bernard Parks, chairman of the council Budget Committee and one of the council’s more fiscally conservative members, defended the proposed agreement. “You have to look at this in a couple of ways,” Parks said. “If you consider that these are the same workers who three years ago agreed to take no pay increase and this is a five-year contract, then we are looking at it in an eight-year window. “Also, these are some of the lower-paid workers in the city. If we are going to seek parity with the DWP, we have to begin somewhere with these workers.” Parks said he does not believe the contract will set a precedent for deals with police and firefighters – the highest-paid workers in the city. “We are going to have to get a message out that we are holding the line,” he said. firstname.lastname@example.org 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LOS ANGELES: Economist calls city agreement with cash incentives troubling. Councilman says “these are some of the lower-paid workers.” By Rick Orlov STAFF WRITER A five-year salary deal with six Los Angeles unions includes incentives that could boost the cost of the contract by 10 percent to nearly $300 million, city officials conceded Wednesday. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Details of the proposed deal, outlined on the union coalition’s Web site, include flexible payments to approximately 22,000 workers if they find $25 million in cost savings citywide by the final year. City officials have hailed the cost-saving provision of the deal, but admitted Wednesday that the cash payouts to workers would offset most, if not all, of the savings. The contract also calls for salary negotiations to be reopened if city revenues top projections by 3 percent, an unprecedented provision since most contracts are based on cost-of-living or inflation measures. It also does not allow terms of the contract to be reduced if city revenues drop. “It’s a pretty rich contract,” said Jack Kyser, chief economist of the Los Angeles Economic Development Corp.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! I just love anti-globalization demonstrators. Not only do they provide an endless well of material and bring a touch of tear gas to otherwise dull World Bank and G-8 meetings, but they’re always full of surprises. The surprise isn’t that they’re protesting at the drop of a hat, but how the venues picked for their rabble-rousing can have so little relation to the topic of protest. Like the Olympics. Italian authorities didn’t so much fear al-Qaida-style disruption of the Turin Games, but have been on edge about the anarchist and anti-globalization contingents doing what they do best at one of the most inopportune times. Perhaps worry stemmed from the January incident in which protesters snatched the Olympic torch from Italian track star Eleanora Berlanda as the flame passed through the town of Trento. “I tried to hold on to the torch but they were pulling on it, and my wrist was being turned, so I had to let go of it,” she told the AP. Protests against a high-speed rail link from Turin to Lyon, France, forced organizers to change the Olympic torch route. At another stop, two protesters tried to smother the flame with a banner. God, they hate that torch! Might they think it symbolizes the all-consuming flame of capitalism eating away at their vision of utopia? In reality, the ultra-left, ultra-insistent protesters only need one occasion to engage in uncivil disobedience: a camera rolling. And – gasp! – corporate sponsors. The Olympics have them in spades – 39 percent of revenue for Turin, according to BusinessWeek. Because, as any good globalization opponent will tell you, it’s all the corporations’ fault. Everything. The Anti-Globalization Games are pretty much the same in winter and summer, and they’d never wait two years for the games to begin. When not perfecting their Molotov-cocktail throwing or boxing skills with local law enforcement, participants may be found competing in the Run from the Rubber Bullets, the Windowpane Smash-a-thon or Auto Rocking. The medals look more like handcuffs, and the podium ceremony is likely to be in a courtroom. These protesters were en force at the Athens Games, holding banners aloft reading “Destroy Olympics” and defacing walls with sayings such as “f— the Olym-pigs.” “With regard to the Olympic Games we say that Greece’s transformation into a fortress, NATO’s involvement, the presence and activities of foreign intelligence units show clearly that (the Olympics) are not a festival like Games organizers say, but it’s a war,” a group named Revolutionary Struggle – which began bombings in Greece in 2003 – said in a statement at the time. The Open Assembly of Anarchists-Antiauthoritarians in Athens wrote, “The olympic games are a front-window of capitalism and domination itself. An advertisement for the world of class slavery and for the means to impose it. A global gala, sealing in one more level the cooperation of the local bosses with multinational corporations, international political staffs and agencies of repression. … The olympics, as the bosses’ Grand Idea, propagandized by the whole spectrum of the authoritarian system (political parties, financial institutions and the Media) is a contemporary ideological machine to extract social consent, consisting of the most conservative figures, such as nationalism, to the most modern ‘values’ of consumerism and ‘voluntary’ offer of unpaid labor in the service of the bosses.” Still awake? And here we thought the Games were figure skating and the luge! So to the legions of black-shirted, bottle-wielding protesters, I say, give it a rest, and let people play some games in Turin. Maybe we can find some willing corporate sponsors for the next Anti-Globalization Games – matchbook companies, banner-makers and glass-repair services. Bridget Johnson writes for the Daily News. E-mail her at email@example.com.
REVEALED LATEST TRANSFER NEWS IN DEMAND Due to a contract dispute with City the youngster didn’t play any academy football last season but represented the Three Lions.Now he has departed tohe Etihad and is expected to follow his cousin and Anfield icon Steven Gerrard in wearing the red of Liverpool.In a statement posted to his Instagram account, Duncan said: “It’s been an amazing 6 years at Manchester City.“It was a difficult decision for me and my family but the time is right for a new challenge and to fulfil my dreams and potential elsewhere.” The bizarre reason why Man United didn’t sign new Liverpool playmaker Minamino targets RANKED take zlat Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti The youngster could be moving to Liverpool Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January LATEST Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ blunder Steven Gerrard’s cousin is set move from Manchester City to Liverpool after announcing his departure from the Premier League champions.Bobby Duncan, who has represented England at Under-17 level, has been on City’s books for the last six years. targets 1 Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Zlatan Ibrahimovic in ‘advanced talks’ to complete Premier League comeback Duncan is rated as one of the most talented teenagers in the English game.Losing him is another blow for City’s academy after they were unable to keep hold of another starlet, Jadon Sancho.Sancho, also an Under-17 England international, joined Borussia Dortmund last summer having believed City would not be the best place for his development.
Martin McDermott, the man convicted of the manslaughter of Garda Gary McLoughlin, has been handed back to Gardai.He had absconded from Loughan House in Cavan and was found in Derry the following day.He was jailed for four months but was officially handed back to Gardai by the PSNI this morning. The Raphoe man may face a further sentence for absconding from the low security prison.He is behind bars at Castlerea tonight.MCDERMOTT HANDED BACK TO GARDAI BY PSNI was last modified: June 1st, 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)