JUST 30 TURN UP FOR CANDLELIGHT VIGIL FOR GYNAE WARD

first_imgJust 30 people turned up to hold a candlelit vigil outside Letterkenny General Hospital to mark the closure of the gynae ward.The vigil was organised by local woman Linda Cullen.Ms Cullen also organised last Saturday’s protest march in the town which saw more than 300 people take part. Ms Cullen said she as said last night’s vigil was forced to take place outside hospital grounds.However, she vowed she would continue her protests at the closure of the ward JUST 30 TURN UP FOR CANDLELIGHT VIGIL FOR GYNAE WARD was last modified: September 11th, 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:candlelight vigilLetterkenny General Hospitallast_img read more

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Cubs off to Kenya for another camp

first_imgSome of the Cubs players pose for a photo at Entebbe Airport on Sunday (FUFA Photos)CAF U17 AFCON14th-28th April 2019Dar es Salaam, TanzaniaENTEBBE – The Uganda Cubs on Sunday flew out of the country for Kenya where they will hold another camp in preparation for the upcoming CAF U17 AFCON finals.This will be their second camp outside of Uganda after holding one in Turkey early last month.The youngsters have been in residential training for eight days at FUFA Technical Centre, Njeru with the newly appointed head coach Paa Samuel Kwesi Fabin in charge.The residential training in Njeru commenced on Saturday, March 23.The Cubs have been at Njeru since the 23rd of March.While in camp, a trial match was played between the Cubs and Bright Stars FC Junior team.  The Cubs edged their opponents 2-1, with goals scored by Asaba Ivan and Idi Abdul Wahid and an own goal by Ssekimbegga Kevin.The team departed for Kenya aboard Kenya Airways to Nairobi where they will spend 9 days (1-9) before heading to Tanzania on 10th April for the U17 AFCON finals.The final tournament will kick off on 14th and end on 28th April 2019 in Tanzania.Uganda is in group A with the hosts, Nigeria and Angola.Their first game will be against Angola before taking on the hosts, Tanzania on Match-Day two.The mouthwatering clash against West African giants, Nigeria will be the last in the Group.The top two teams in each of the two groups in the tournament will qualify automatically for the U17 FIFA World Cup that will be held in Brazil.The 2019 U17 AFCON Groups:Group A: Tanzania, Angola, Nigeria, and UgandaGroup B: Guinea, Cameroon, Senegal, and MoroccoThe Cubs team that travelled to Kenya on Sunday:Goalkeepers: Oyo Delton (Kirinya Jinja SS FC), Jack Komaketch (Ndejje University FC), and Mubiru Patrick (Bright Stars FC)Rest of the Squad:Kevin Ssekimbegga (Express FC), Ibrahim Juma (KCCA FC), Kasozi Samson (Bright Stars FC), Kizito Mugweri Gavin (Vipers SC), Wasswanga Shafik (Ndejje University FC), Opira Innocent (Ndejje University), Ssekajja Davis (Bright Stars FC), Kakaire Thomas (Bright Stars FC), Iddi Abdul Wahid (Cagliari FC – Italy), Mwaka Polycarp (Ndejje University FC), Opaala Edrine Mukisa (Kirinya Jinja SS FC), John Kokas Alou (URA FC), Jarieko James (Paidha Black Angels FC), Asaba Ivan (Vipers SC), Najib Yiga (Vipers SC), Yasin Abdu Owane (Vipers SC), Mugulusi Isma (Kirinya Jinja SS FC), Mugisha Rogers (Mbarara City FC), Opira Justine(KCCA SA), Kawooya Andrew (Vipers SC)Team officials:Ariga Rasoul – Leader of DelegationPaa Samuel Kwesi Fabin – Head CoachMagera Jackson – 1st Assistant coachHamuza Lutalo – 2nd Assistant coachMubarak Kiberu – Goalkeeper coachOsei-Owusu Derrick – Physical fitness coachEmmanuel Nakabago – Team DoctorBashir Mutyaba – Team ManagerOmaria Bosco – Team Media OfficerBumpenje Frank – Kit ManagerComments Tags: AFCON U17 2019topuganda cubslast_img read more

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Warriors 120, Sixers 117: Warriors prevail in crunch time

first_imgPHILADELPHIA – Following a loud starting lineup introduction filled with cheers, boos and pyrotechnics, the arena’s public address announcer summed up the Warriors-Sixers game this way.“One of the most important games of the year!”Nearly 2 ½ hours later, the Warriors showed mixed feelings about that sentiment. As they did in marquee games in Boston and Milwaukee, the Warriors prevailed, finishing with a 120-117 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday. The Warriors (44-19) …last_img read more

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Darwin Was Wrong About Geology

first_imgField geologists have revisited a site Darwin visited on the voyage of the Beagle, and found that he incorrectly interpreted what he found.  A large field of erratic boulders in Tierra del Fuego that have become known as “Darwin’s Boulders” were deposited by a completely different process than he thought.  The modern team, publishing in the Geological Society of America’s December issue of the GSA Today,1 noted that “Darwin’s thinking was profoundly influenced by Lyell’s obsession with large-scale, slow, vertical movements of the crust, especially as manifested in his theory of submergence and ice rafting to explain drift.”  Lyell, in turn, felt vindicated: “Lyell celebrated these observations because they supported his idea of uniformitarianism—that continued small changes, as witnessed in the field, could account for dramatic changes of Earth’s surface over geologic time.”  In this case, though, a more rapid phenomenon provides a better explanation for the observations.    The observations consist of large granite boulders, up to 16m in diameter, scattered on the whole eastern coast of Tierra del Fuego.  Here’s Darwin’s story: as the land rose slowly over millions of years, icebergs carrying boulders from far away became stranded in the shallow water.  When they melted, the boulders were left behind.  The new story is much different: avalanches up in the Andes dropped the boulders onto glaciers, which ferried them many miles toward the coast.  When the glaciers melted, the boulders remained.  Notice the differences.  Darwin had the rocks underwater (subaqueous) and embedded in ice; the new account has them on top of the ice, exposed to the air (subaerial).  Avalanches occur suddenly, but Darwin envisioned land rising and subsiding slowly and gradually.  Rafted rocks in icebergs would come from some unknown distance; but now, the source of these boulders can be traced back to the Andes, a far “distance from any then-known glaciated region” in his thinking.  Today, geologists appreciate the potential of massive avalanches and long-distance glaciation.  Based on cosmogenic nuclide dating methods, the authors estimated the boulder deposits to be in the 22-74 thousand year range – not millions of years old.  Even so, they had their own problems: “our Bah�a San Sebastian dates reveal anomalously young ages (74.4 to 38.1 k.y.) for moraines previously interpreted to be ~1 m.y., thus requiring significant reworking.”    By saying Darwin got it wrong, the team certainly meant no disrespect toward the old naturalist.  In all fairness, Darwin lacked the detailed maps of the Andes first made in 1932 and substantially improved 60 years later and beyond.  Glacial theory was new in Darwin’s day.  There were no ways to estimate the dates of the rocks and the deposits.  The authors ended with a compliment to the old man for his good intentions: “‘Darwin’s Boulders’ are not ice-rafted blocks, but rather glacially transported detritus of alpine avalanches; yet, his accounts of them beckoned us to reexamine the deposits, thus reinforcing his intent to explain landscapes within the constraints of physical evidence.”  In another place they found space to praise Darwin despite his error:Here we report another example of Darwin’s predilection for interpreting landscape anomalies with inductive reasoning.  One-hundred-seventy years later, we share his fascination with the gigantic granitic boulders on the Atlantic coast of Tierra del Fuego.  Under Lyell’s influence, Darwin invoked the submergence�ice-rafting hypothesis to explain them, which was further supported by reports of icebergs transporting boulders.  His ice-rafting hypothesis is herein superseded by one involving supraglacial transport of rock avalanche debris from one coast of Tierra del Fuego to the other, where they were abandoned upon a coastal till plain.  Nevertheless, Darwin’s request to delay the voyage of the HMS Beagle in order to document the unusual boulders has led to a clearer understanding of Cordillera Darwin glaciodynamics and should serve to encourage geologists to explore unexpected encounters that fall beyond the defined tasks at hand.Modern readers may be surprised to learn that Darwin was first a geologist, thought of himself as a geologist, concentrated on geology on the voyage of the Beagle, and portrayed himself as a geologist for many years afterward.  “Influenced by Adam Sedgwick and Charles Lyell’s Principles of Geology (v. 1, 1830), Charles Darwin became established as a geologist as a result of his voyage on the HMS Beagle,” they said.  Over his career he published 20 geological articles.  Incidentally, he was awarded the Wollaston Medal, the highest honor of the Geological Society of London, in 1859 – the same year as the publication of the Origin of Species.  The authors noted that his push to publish his geological work delayed the publication of the Origin for years.    The authors also noted the influences on Darwin’s geological thinking.  Four times they said Darwin was “influenced by Lyell” – in one statement, they said he was “profoundly influenced by Lyell’s obsession with large-scale, slow, vertical movements….”  Yet they had to conclude that “Darwin incorrectly interpreted” Darwin’s Boulders.    Another Darwin geological interpretation has been debunked – this time by a creationist geologist, Dr. Steve Austin.  In his Darwin birthday present video that has been watched over 13,000 times on YouTube, Austin described another case where a catastrophic process produced an effect Darwin (influenced by Lyell) thought took millions of years – the production of the vast canyon of the Rio Santa Cruz in Argentina (02/12/2009).  This and other mistaken geological interpretations by Darwin are shown in the film The Voyage that Shook the World (Resource of the Week for 09/19/2009).1.  Evenson et al, “Enigmatic boulder trains, supraglacial rock avalanches, and the origin of ‘Darwin’s boulders,’ Tierra del Fuego,” GSA Today, 19:12 (December, 2009), pp. 4-10.So, Darwin was influenced by Lyell and got it wrong, but these guys were influenced by Darwin and got it right.  Bad examples can provide inspiration, presumably.  Notice that the authors did not have anything particularly nice to say about Lyell and uniformitarianism.  They were only mentioned once in the paper as “his idea of uniformitarianism—that continued small changes, as witnessed in the field, could account for dramatic changes of Earth’s surface over geologic time.”  There was nothing uniformitarian in their re-interpretation.  Avalanches occur in minutes.  Glaciers can transport rocks for miles in years, centuries or millennia.  It doesn’t take reckless drafts on the bank of time (07/02/2007) to explain them.  Before expecting us to accept their dates for the rocks at face value, let them explain their own anomalies.    The GSA would never have published this paper if it made Darwin look bad.  So the authors in effect said Darwin may have gotten his observations wrong, his facts wrong, his influences wrong and his conclusion wrong, but his intentions were pure inspiration.  That intent was: “to explain landscapes within the constraints of physical evidence.”  A very unfair insinuation is being made here.  Darwin is, of course, mostly known these days for his biological theory of evolution.  The GSA is dead-set against creationism and intelligent design.  It actively campaigns to keep critics of Darwin from being heard (10/17/2005).  The insinuation is that only followers of Darwin seek to explain landscapes within the constraints of physical evidence.  By implication, non-Darwinians must be invoking miracles left and right.  Anyone who believes that doesn’t know science history.  Nicholas Steno, the father of stratigraphy, was a creationist.  Many early geologists had a Biblical framework.  Even as Lyell was working surreptitiously to get geology divorced from Christianity (07/18/2009), most scientists in Darwin’s day maintained a profound reverence for the Bible (like Sedgwick) and were shocked by the agenda of the new secularists.  Sedgwick wrote a scathing review of the Origin, for instance, in which he castigated Darwin for abandoning the very thing these modern geologists praised him for – inductive reasoning (01/04/2009 commentary).    In addition, anyone who thinks Darwin skeptics explain natural phenomena without regard to the constraints of physical evidence hasn’t kept up with the creationist technical journals.  The Creation Research Society and the Institute for Creation Research have been publishing geological articles for decades.  Go ahead and count the miracles you find (cf. this ICR article).  Creation scientific papers, mostly by PhD geologists with extensive field experience, seek, as well, to explain landscapes within the constraints of physical evidence – just not filtered by the Lyellian uniformitarian world view – and they often do a superior job without the slow-and-gradual blinders on (cf. the GSA’s abysmal record on explaining the Grand Canyon, 11/30/2007).  Even the creation papers that describe a universal flood do so within the constraints of the geological processes involved.  CMI’s Journal of Creation has also printed geology papers for 25 years.  Answers in Genesis recently started up a technical journal, too.  If it weren’t for the Darwin Party’s totalitarian regime and thought police in control, these alternative publications would be enjoying hearty disputations among geologists.  Lyell was wrong; Darwin was wrong; nobody is free of the bias of their world view; so let’s let the modern Stenos have a chance back at the table.(Visited 65 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Kudos for African craft merchant

first_img27 November 2003Hannafrica, an online catalogue business, has tapped into the West’s insatiable appetite for African crafts to become a South African export success story.The company, which started operations in 2000, exports upmarket African furniture and merchandise, and has helped to pave the way for small South African businesses get their products to overseas markets.Jewellers, artists, furniture manufacturers and craft makers have all benefited from selling their goods through Hannafrica.The big breakthrough for owner Greg Hanna came when he secured a contract to supply Walt Disney’s Animal Kingdom lodge and a 1 300-room hotel in the United States.But it was no easy task. Hanna had to make numerous trips to the US to convince Disney that they could do the job. “At first they did not believe a little country in Africa could deliver,” Hanna told The South African Exporter.Now, Disney is looking to acquire a new range of products offered by Hannafrica, and the company is reportedly also starting to work with Disney on a big jewellery project.The company is also looking to expand into the interior design market in the US, and hopes to start selling its products in the Middle East and Japan.As Hanna told the Sunday Times: “With Japan being the world’s second-biggest economy, this is definitely a market we will break into over time.”Hannafrica has notched up numerous awards along the way. The company recently won the Gauteng 2003 Exporter of the Year award. It has also won a President’s Award for the most successful new entry in the export market.Says Hanna: “We have the creativity and passion to continue creating exciting and fresh product for export.”SouthAfrica.info reporterlast_img read more

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HIV project aims to reduce new infections among young women

first_imgWomen in their late teens and early 20s make up a large percentage of new HIV infections in South Africa, despite ongoing awareness programmes. Now, an initiative will test the effectiveness of preventative medication in that group.Helen Rees, head of Wits Reproductive Health and HIV Institute, says PrEP is just one facet of a comprehensive HIV programme. Image: Wits)Sulaiman PhilipIn 2016, there were seven million HIV-positive South Africans. In spite of ongoing treatment and the largest programme in the world, as well as awareness programmes, there were 270,000 new infections last year.A large percentage of those new infections – 1,745 a week – are women in their early 20s. A new project beginning in January by the Wits Reproductive Health and HIV Institute, funded by Unitaid, will test the effectiveness of an oral medication to prevent HIV infection.Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) will be given to 6,640 women and young girls between the ages of 15 and 24 in areas with the highest number of new HIV infections in that age group. Medication is just one part of a programme that includes comprehensive health services and counselling.Professor Helen Rees, executive director of the institute at the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits), said once the three-year, R143-million project proved successful in reducing the rate of new infections, it would be integrated into the national Health Department’s She Conquers campaign.“New HIV prevention technologies could make a major difference to the trajectory of the HIV epidemic. If we have new tools, even if they are partially effective, we must consider introducing them into the public sector if we want to stop new infections,” Rees explained at the launch of the PrEP programme.An HIV/Aids awareness billboard in Hoedspruit, Limpopo. (Image: Chris Kirchhoff)She ConquersThe project leader, Dr Saiqa Mullick, shares the objectives of She Conquers. Like the Department of Health programme, the PrEP initiative is working to reduce new HIV infections and decrease the incidence of teenage pregnanies and school droput rates. For Mullick, an important hoped-for outcome would be a reduction in gender-based violence by improving access to services and support for young women.“Adolescent girls and young women are a priority, high-risk population, particularly in east and southern Africa, but few programmes have been implemented for them on a large scale, and many questions remain about how to reach young women to initiate and sustain HIV-prevention options.”According to Mark Heywood, director of the Section 27 NPO, programmes such as She Conquers and the new Wits programme are important because there is “shockingly, a decline in knowledge of HIV among young people. It is like we have taken our foot off the accelerator, in certain respects.”A recent UNAids report found that young and adolescent women made up a quarter of new HIV infections in sub-Saharan Africa. The agency said poverty, lack of education and violence meant the demographic was at “particularly high risk”. In South Africa, these women often have transactional sex relationships with older men who can afford to buy them gifts, food and clothing.Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) is a one-pill-a-day antiretroviral treatment that has proven to be 70% successful in reducing the risk of infection. There have been five international PrEP studies; the South African study differs in that researchers are looking at how PrEP works among populations that are already accessing health programmes. The programme, run by Wits, will give researchers insight into cost effective modelling to help guide national policy decisions.Said Unitaid executive director Lelio Marmora: “Our longer-term objective is to lay the groundwork for wider adoption of PrEP in high-risk groups. At scale, this project is expected to avert 3,000 HIV infections a year and save nearly $20-million (R267-million), the difference between the cost of PrEP and that of adhering to HIV treatment for a lifetime.”Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

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Air Leakage Through Spray Polyurethane Foam

first_imgMany builders use spray polyurethane foam as an air barrier, raising the question: How thick does the spray foam layer have to be to stop air flow? There’s a follow-up question, of course: Is the answer different for open-cell spray foam than for closed-cell spray foam?As with most building science questions, there is a short answer and a long answer. The short answer is that closed-cell spray foam needs to be at least 1 or 1.5 inch thick to act as an air barrier, while open-cell spray foam needs to be between 3.0 and 5.5 inches thick to act as an air barrier.We’ll get to the longer answer after some presenting some definitions and data. What’s the definition of an air barrier? Most building codes define an air barrier material as a material that has an air leakage rate below 0.02 liters/sec-m² @75 Pa (0.004 cfm/sf @ 1.57 psf) when the material is tested according to either ASTM E2178 or ASTM E283.This definition was adopted by the 2009 International Residential Code as the basis for the code definition of an “air-impermeable insulation.”Joseph Lstiburek, a principal at Building Science Corporation in Westford, Massachusetts, told me that he helped develop this definition. “The .02 number was based on a suggestion from Gus Handegord,” Lstiburek told me. “He suggested that an air-barrier material should be defined relative to drywall. We tested drywall and the air leakage rate for drywall was a bit under .02. So that was the basis of the standard.” (For more information on the development of this definition, see Is OSB Airtight?) Differences between open-cell spray foam and closed-cell spray foam The main difference between open-cell spray foam and closed-cell spray foam is foam density. Open-cell spray foam usually has a density of 0.5… Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details. This article is only available to GBA Prime Memberscenter_img Start Free Trial Already a member? Log inlast_img read more

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Phoenix trial begins for NBA players accused of assault

first_imgForward Markieff Morris #5 of the Washington Wizards celebrates during Game Six of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals against the Atlanta Hawks at Philips Arena on April 28, 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mike Zarrilli/Getty Images/AFPPHOENIX — A trial will begin for NBA players Marcus and Markieff Morris, who allegedly assaulted a man outside a Phoenix recreation center two years ago.Maricopa County Superior Court officials announced the trial’s upcoming jury selection will start Wednesday morning.ADVERTISEMENT E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  View comments UAAP: Tamaraws trounce Warriors for first win MOST READ Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:48NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight The Morris brothers are accused of helping three other people beat 36-year-old Erik Hood on Jan. 24, 2015.Hood told Phoenix police that he was repeatedly punched and kicked while sustaining a fractured nose, abrasions and a large bump on his head.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutHood is an acquaintance of the Morris brothers and reportedly had a falling-out with them in 2010.The 6-foot-9 Morris twins became teammates in 2013 when Marcus was traded to the Suns.center_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Marcus was traded to the Boston Celtics in July 2017, and Markieff is now with the Washington Wizards. Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Read Nextlast_img read more

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Knicks overhaul: Mills, Perry changing franchise’s identity

first_imgDo not bring these items in SEA Games venues Like everyone else in the league, the two men want to win. But even before that, they want the Knicks to develop the traits of a model franchise, not the model of dysfunction that they had come to be their identity.“I knew there were a lot of things that needed to change here and we’re in the process of doing that,” Mills said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSo far, so good. The Knicks are 16-14 heading into their game against Boston on Thursday (Friday Manila time) — not bad for a team that parted ways with its team president on the eve of free agency and then traded its leading scorer on the eve of training camp.“Hats off to my good friend Steve Mills. He is doing an excellent job,” Johnson wrote in a tweet after the Knicks beat the Hall of Famer’s Lakers on Dec. 12. “The future is promising for his young Knicks.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. They surprised Anthony with a video tribute before his first game back at Madison Square Garden last Saturday, then the Knicks showed their former star how much things have changed by routing Oklahoma City.“I like the potential that they have,” Anthony said. “For me, just to see those guys having fun again, knowing that it wasn’t fun. The fun was lost over the past couple of seasons.”Mills had a firsthand view of it while serving as Jackson’s general manager. Another 50-loss season ended with the Knicks getting a clear signal of how fed up people were when Kristaps Porzingis, the young star who was being groomed to replace Anthony as the face of the franchise, skipped his exit meeting after the season.“Everyone was frustrated. One of our players was obviously frustrated. Our fans were frustrated, we were frustrated, and so it led us to think we have to do something different and I felt strongly about it,” Mills said. “I addressed it with Phil and our coaching staff and our entire staff, that in my view we weren’t a team that really stood for anything in particular and that needed to change.“If it meant changing the triangle, it if meant changing our day-to-day stuff, we had to become more definable by something. When someone sees the Knicks, when someone’s going to play against the Knicks, what are you going to experience when you play that team?”For Perry, the hope is a team like the Pistons of the early 2000s, who won an NBA title and went to the Eastern Conference finals every season he was their director of player of personnel. One thing he’s insistent the Knicks won’t become are losers on purpose, as he and Mills rule out tanking for a high draft pick even though both have said they want to build with youth.“Ultimately our goal is to become a championship-type organization and I have just yet to see in my time in the NBA teams that embrace tanking that ultimately will be champions,” Perry said.Mills, who played at Princeton and worked for 16 years at the NBA, and Perry, who worked previously for four NBA franchises, have plenty of friends throughout the league on both the player and team side. Both can usually be found courtside on game nights talking to people, a far cry from recent seasons when Knicks management was often unseen and unheard.And in another change, Knicks management is also talking to fans, either directly or through the media.“I think sometimes we put the players in a tough situation. We clearly put Jeff in a very difficult situation last year,” Mills said, referring to coach Jeff Hornacek. “It’s not fair to him that every question about what’s going on within the organization he has to deal with.” MOST READ Mills said at some point the fans need to hear from management.“We have a vision for where we want to take this team,” Mills said. “We want them to believe in it and feel good about it and see what we’re trying to get accomplished.”On and off the court. This file photo shows New York Knicks general manager Scott Perry, left, and president Steve Mills posing for a picture after a news conference in Greenburgh, N.Y. Mills and Perry are trying to change the identity of the New York Knicks. APNEW YORK — Magic Johnson noticed. Carmelo Anthony, too.The once misguided New York Knicks seem to have a plan. The franchise that’s been good at producing chaos but not much else has the look of a professional NBA organization under president Steve Mills and general manager Scott Perry — and that’s not just on the court.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LATEST STORIES And, it appears, much different from the past.Mills and Perry want the Knicks to be known as a team that competes hard, works hard, defends hard. They insist on players that will be accountable to the team and a team that will be accountable to its fans.The only identity the Knicks had in recent years was of a laughingstock.“People say, ‘Can you win first and then have a culture?’ Well, what is the foundation you’re building to fall back on when you talk about being sustainable?” Perry said. “So what we want to be is a sustainable team that’s good year in and year out.”Mills returned to the team president role he briefly held after Phil Jackson was ousted in late June and then hired Perry as his general manager shortly after. They went to work on fixing the Knicks’ roster and reputation, trading Anthony but earning praise by showing him respect Jackson didn’t during a tumultuous final season together.ADVERTISEMENT Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closedcenter_img ‘Best in history’ Ronaldo put to test by Messi in ‘clasico’ Read Next Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Cayetano: 4 social media groups behind SEA Games ‘sabotage’ View commentslast_img read more

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Mbala on La Salle departure: ‘It’s final’

first_imgMVP chants as Beasley scores 32 to lead Knicks past Celtics LATEST STORIES Read Next Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netFor La Salle big man Ben Mbala, it was time to move up the ranks.Speaking for the first time since announcing his decision to turn pro in Mexico, the Cameroonian center believes that it’s just the right time for him to leave the confines of Taft.ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Deaf personalities everyone should know PLAY LIST 04:26Deaf personalities everyone should know05:01What the Deaf want the hearing to know01:24Life lessons the hearing can learn from the Deaf01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH MOST READ 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq “It’s final,” he said in an interview with Sports Desk. “I feel like it’s time to get to the next level. It’s been a long time for me in college and I feel like it’s time for another level.”Mbala admitted that it was a hard decision for him to part ways with the Green Archers, which have been his family for the better part of the last five years.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“La Salle is like a family,” he said. “They’ve been there for me since day one when I wasn’t playing. Even when I got suspended, they still got my back. Leaving La Salle is really hard, but I know the people there understood. I know my teammates, coaches, and management will understand and support me.”But the turn of events over the past year, especially the doubts that surrounded his eligibility for UAAP Season 81, made sense for Mbala to accept the job in Mexico with Fuerza Regia as he will now be a reinforcement for the squad in top-tier Liga Nacional de Baloncesto Profesional. “It all started when my last year was not really sure. With the rules that have been coming out, I had to talk to my family and the people at school. I felt that it’s time for me to get to the next level instead of wasting one year not doing anything. I decided to try my luck in the pro league and see how it goes,” said the 6-foot-8 slotman.And so far, Mbala is having a blast as he now gets to showcase his talents on a professional level in Mexico.“Everything is going fine. The guys really welcomed me the right way and they are very understanding patient with me, especially I’m the new face. They are giving me a lot of advice,” he said.Mbala, however, isn’t ruling out a possible return to the Philippines somewhere along the way, may it be for a vacation or as an import.“Why not? I love the Philippines,” he said. “It’s not like I’m leaving the Philippines forever. I will visit from time to time. If I get an offer to play in the Philippines, why not? I’ll grab it.”ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano: 4 social media groups behind SEA Games ‘sabotage’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

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