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Gordon Hayward says rehab ‘most difficult thing I’ve done’

first_imgThe Celtics’ top free-agent acquisition of the 2017 summer, Hayward was injured in the first quarter of the first game of the season when he landed awkwardly on his left leg, breaking his tibia and dislocating his ankle. He may have been able to return before the end of the season, but then he needed more surgery in May.Other players did their best to keep up his spirits: One time, Aron Baynes brought back some Krispy Kreme doughnuts from a road trip and drove them over to Hayward’s house.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 Chriss“There’s so many days where I wake up and it’s like, ‘Man, here we go again,’” he said. “It was the most difficult thing I’ve done.”Speaking at the new practice facility named for Red Auerbach, Hayward said he celebrated each bit of progress — the walking boot coming off, or shooting baskets standing up, instead of sitting in a chair. Within the past two weeks, he has been able to play five-on-five basketball. Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Boston Celtics’ Gordon Hayward waves as he steps off the basketball court after speaking with members of the media and taking part in a photo shoot, Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018, at the team’s practice facility, in Boston. Hayward is working his way back from a broken leg. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)BOSTON — The Celtics were in sunny Los Angeles, it was another sub-zero winter day back in Boston, and Gordon Hayward was stuck in rehab, shooting baskets from a chair and picking up marbles with his toes to work his surgically repaired ankle back into shape.“The hardest part of the whole process has been the mental challenge,” Hayward said Thursday, reporting that he is 100 percent healthy and preparing to be on the court for the Oct. 16 opener against the Philadelphia 76ers. “I think you find the fight within yourself.”ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Lift of faith Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil 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 “With each step I get some joy,” said Hayward, who then slipped into his Celtics uniform and took part in a photoshoot.Now, he said, he is ready to get back in the green for real.“I expect to be out there,” he said. “I would say I’m basically 100 percent. There are certain things that I think are going to take time. Even if I was 100 percent healthy, I’m not 100 percent basketball-wise, just because I haven’t played in a year. I’m trying to figure those things out.”Despite losing both Hayward and, later, point guard Kyrie Irving, the Celtics earned the No. 2 seed in the East last season and took Cleveland to seven games in the conference finals.“Watching the guys last year just gave me a lot of confidence in our team and what I think we have the ability to do,” he said. “I’ve been playing with some of them these last two weeks, and we have a lot of talent on this team. … It’s going to be a fun year.”ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

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IBEX Facilitates Over US$608,000 in Loans to SMEs

first_imgThe Chief of Party at the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) funded—Liberia Investing for Business Expansion (IBEX) Program, has disclosed how her organization helped Liberian-owned micro, small-and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to obtain over US$608,000 in loans from the various banks in Monrovia since its inception in 2012. IBEX’s COP Watchen Harris Bruce made the disclosure recently at the just end two-day IBEX’s impact investing training seminar for SMEs and bankers in the country.The seminar was held on the theme: “The Basics of Impact Investing” for Bankers and SMEs.” Mrs. Bruce, however, observed that most SMEs found it difficult to access credit from various banking institutions, and as such, they were unprepared to present themselves for loan.According to her, IBEX was literally doing business diagnosis to identify, and analyze SMEs’ problems, and come up with appropriate prescriptions for solutions by providing financial services that include technical assistance and capacity-building for SMEs in the country.“Our focus is on cash flows, record keeping, business planning, financial projections (plan) and financial statements analysis to show profitability and break-even analysis for them (business people),” she disclosed. She told the gathering that the goal of IBEX is to, among other things, make Liberian businesses bankable as well as help them understand business management. Mrs. Bruce, however, said her organization is in the country to train, mentors, and give pieces of advice to SMEs in its seven program sectors to make them bankable.“Our programs,” Mrs. Bruce said, “include Agribusiness, Clean Renewable Energy, Construction, Infrastructure, Logistics/Transportation, General Merchandise/Trade, and Hospitality.”IBEX, she said, also trains bankers to acquire skills and knowledge that is necessary for cash flow analysis, profitability and financial statements of banks.As experienced banker like her, Mrs. Bruce said, many young people who are now entering into the banking sector do not really understand their customers’ requests in order to do comprehensive financial analysis and craft doable (achievable) credit deals. “The bottom-line is”, she emphasized, “know your customers.”Meanwhile, Mr. Bob Bragar, lead facilitator at the seminar said that the two-day IBEX seminar challenged the participants to take into documentary evidence, and good governance when sourcing out for social investors for financing.“The objective of the seminar is to show people what they need to do, where they should go and what they need to show in order to attract international impact investors,” said Mr. Bragar. He added that there is a strong desire on the part of USAID and IBEX to see that the impact investing knowledge comes to Liberia.According to him, social investors have committed themselves to up holding ethical principles in finance and information on them is available on the internet. Mr. Bob Bragar is Founder/Principal at Strategies for Impact Investors based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.              Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Excavator operator placed on $1M bail

first_imgA 37-year-old excavator operator of Crabwood Creek, Corentyne, Berbice, was on Friday granted M bail when he appeared at the Number 51 Magistrate’s Court on a manslaughter charge.Vijay Arjunandan pleaded not guilty to the charge, which said that on August 1, 2016, at the Number 63 Beach, he caused the death of Veeren Mootoosammy, 9, of Lot 1 Mibicuri South, Black Bush Polder, while riding his jet ski.Magistrate Charlyn Artiga also ordered that the accused lodge his passport and report to the Number 51 Police Station every Friday as a condition of his bail.Dead: Daniel MootoosammyIt had been reported that the little boy lost his life after an alleged accident at the Number 63 Beach, as families went there to celebrate Emancipation.Mootoosammy, a grade four student of Yakasary Primary, had gone with two of his brothers and an uncle for the outing to the beach when tragedy struck.last_img read more

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Gov’t Strategizes to Bridge Import, Export Gap

first_imgIt is no secret that the state of the Liberian economy is on a downward spiral with evidence of incapacities at some level of government.This situation is adversely effecting the population as the prices of commodities and the exchange rate between the United States and Liberian dollar continues to soar.The weakness of the economy is also being exposed further as the state experiences its third successive budget shortfall, an indication of  lack of revenue generating power.This in no way put any well-meaning government at ease and President Sirleaf admitted to some uneasiness in regards to the economy, especially the country’s exporting strength.But let no one ignore the fact that this bizarre situation for the most part, can be attributed to the huge gap that exist within the nation’s balance of trade and this is where President Sirleaf at the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise (MSME) Conference strongly stressed the need to address the situation in order for Liberia to become a strong export-oriented country.The MSME conference was recently held in Monrovia, under the theme: “From Vision to Implementation – Buying Liberian, Building Liberia.”The ironic part about the issue is that government had just begun to give tentative consideration of breaching this gap by investing more in the agriculture sector; something it thought could be done by attracting huge investment in the extractive industry.This new move will however lead to the increment in the country’s Gross Domestic Products (GDP) and put more money in local farmers’ pocket.Formally launching the Liberia National Trade Policy (LNTP) 2014-2019 and the Liberia National Export Strategy (LNES) 2014-2019, which outlines government’s strategy for creating inclusive growth through trade competitiveness, President Sirleaf said there is a need to generate export diversification.President Sirleaf said the LNTP is government’s overarching strategy for steering the country towards regional integration into ECOWAS and multilateral integration into the World Trade Organization.“Let me say we have a very strong commitment to government’s accessing the World Trade Organization because it has multiple benefits and open markets create new opportunities not only domestically but regionally and internationally,” she said.The Liberian leader indicated that to support these businesses; the LNES will provide support to six key sectors where the best opportunities exist to generate export diversification.President Sirleaf named rice, oil palm, rubber, cocoa, cassava, and fisheries. “Through implementing this strategy, we expect to create a vibrant and diversified export basket and open new markets and opportunities for business owners.”She emphasized that the success of MSMEs is fundamental to the future of the country’s economy. She noted that though the number of formal SMEs remains small, it continues to grow each year. Statistics however show that Liberia currently has over 10,000 formally registered businesses.President Sirleaf used the occasion to announce that the existence of the National Small Business Empowerment Act and the Bureau of Small Business pointing out that this new Act will legally ensure implementation of the commitment made when she delivered her Annual Message in January.The Liberian President committed her government to ensure that small Liberian-owned, including Liberian women-owned businesses are granted 25 percent of the government’s public procurement opportunities, and that the Ministry of Commerce and Industry is equipped with a services center to help businesses to qualify to access these markets.“This time, it’s a law. It’s one thing to have a policy. It’s one thing to have a strategy; but if you don’t make it enforceable, it becomes mere words. So, this time it’s a law,” the Liberian leader stressed.The Liberian President also disclosed that the first project under the Liberia Innovation Fund for Entrepreneurs (LIFE) where Government through the Liberia Bank for Investment (LBDI) in collaboration with the Government of Japan have provided funds to construct a modern weaving facility to be known as the Lofa Women’s Weaving Center in Voinjama, Lofa County.“To make that business grow, it needs to be nurtured with new investment, strengthened with new staff properly trained, and adapted to new ideas,” she warned adding more importantly, “it requires you to commit your time, dedication, hard work and honesty. Through this combination, you can grow your business to generate profit, create jobs and incomes not only for yourselves but for others.”Speaking at the occasion, the Executive Director of the International Trade Center (ITC), Ms. Arancha Gonzalez said MSMEs is at the heart of the Liberian economy and by supporting these small entrepreneurs the country prospers because more money will come in country.She said at the ITC, key to assisting Liberia’s MSMEs, is the need to unlock productivity, marketability, competitiveness, value-addition to ensure that they become the engines for job creation in the country and they are able to move their operations beyond the confines of their towns and cities in which they operate.She stressed that to make that happen, there had to be the launch of a National Trade Policy and a National Export Strategy. “These are not just bureaucratic documents; they are a compass to achieve greater competitiveness starting with priority areas where Liberian companies, enterprises, entrepreneurs have a comparative advantage on which they have to build,” she said, adding that this is not the end but a start from somewhere. Two other sectors they are contemplating on including are the tourism and furniture sectors which hold huge potentials for MSMEs in Liberia.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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26 Win Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Raffle Draw

first_imgTwenty six persons have won Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated’s second raffle draw. The raffle was intended to fast track processes that would lead to the completion of the Omega Market project in Paynesville, outside Monrovia.The president of the sorority, Madam Candace B. Eastman, said the sisterhood remains committed to the relocation of marketers from the congested Red Light Market to a state-of-the-art marketplace through the raffle draw which is expected to bring in extra funds for the project.Madam Eastman called on every Liberian to take part in the raffle, which she described as a “history-making initiative,” by purchasing at least a raffle ticket for as low as L$100 at designated places “because every contribution counts.”“We have decentralized the sale of the ticket points in such a way that everyone is able to have easy access to purchase their tickets,” Madam Eastman noted. She said that there are 18 places around Monrovia where individuals can purchase tickets, including the ones located at ELWA Junction, Sethi Brothers in Vai Town, AMEU Campus on Camp Johnson, Port Truckers and Broker at the National Port Authority, and Royal Hotel on 14th Street in Sinkor.Lavele Zazay and Fatu Sheriff, winners of the first and second raffle draws, appreciated the organization for initiating such a project that allowed them to make meaningful contributions to the Omega Market Project.“I never believed in the raffle draw from the start. But because I wanted to contribute personally to the relocation of marketers from the Red Light area to Omega Market, I decided to take part in the raffle draw as a means of contributing to the process,” Fatu Sheriff said. She expressed gratitude that her name is now “part of history.” She called on other Liberians to participate by purchasing at least a ticket to be a part of history, too.For his part, Lavele Zazay appealed to the sorority to extend the raffle draw throughout the country before the final draw is held in December “so as to enable every Liberian to get involved.”The Omega Market project was initiated in 2008 by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to become a “state-of-the-art” marketplace that would host over 3,000 marketers, but since then, the project has been moving at a snail’s pace.In 2010, the sisters of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority donated US$500,000 as their initial contribution to fast track the market project, with the vision of expanding the market and developing the Omega Village to include additional amenities such as housing, schools, warehouses, and a transport terminal.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Coalition partners yet to meet on impending elections

first_imgAFC PM Candidate Khemraj RamjattanThe two parties in the Governing coalition – A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) and the Alliance for Change (AFC) – are yet to meet despite the possibility of the country having to go to polls within a few months’ time.Last month, AFC, the minority party in the coalition, elected Khemraj Ramjattan to be its next Prime Ministerial Candidate – replacing Moses Nagamootoo.However, Volda Lawrence, the Chairwoman of the People’s National Congress Reform (PNCR) – the largest party in the APNU alliance – said that the two parties are yet to meet on this new development.“The party welcomes the fact that the AFC party was able to have their conference and elect their new candidate for the Prime Ministerial position. The coalition and the AFC have not reached that stage in terms of discussion on the Prime Ministerial candidate,” she noted.In accordance with the Cummingsburg Accord between the two parties, AFC will have the Prime Ministerial position while the Presidential post goes to APNU. However, there are some who believe that APNU would sidestep AFC and go the route of choosing a Prime Ministerial candidate from within its own grouping. The APNU alliance consists of five parties with the PNCR leading. The others are: The Working People’s Alliance (WPA), Justice for All Party (JFAP), National Front Alliance (NFA) and the Guyana Action Party (GAP).Nevertheless, following the AFC’s National Executive Conference on June 15 last, the party’s newly elected General Secretary David Patterson told reporters that Ramjattan’s nomination will have to be accepted by the majority APNU.“The Alliance for Change is a political party in its own right. The AFC has MADE a recommendation it will stick by. So just like we did in 2015, we will do in 2019 or 2020, if we stay in a coalition… If we’re in a coalition and we’re governed by an agreement and that agreement is currently in effect, it says the AFC shall nominate a Prime Ministerial candidate. There’s nowhere in that agreement that says we’ll nominate a Prime Ministerial candidate who the coalition accepts or not,” Patterson had stated.While the APNU fraction of the coalition earlier this year had already signalled support for its leader David Granger to return as Presidential Candidate, it was reported that sections of the AFC’s delegations felt that incumbent Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo’s performance over the years has not been up to par.However, prior to last month’s conference, AFC’s then leader and current Chairman Raphael Trotman had warned against replacing Nagamootoo, saying that it would undermine the coalition Government in the eyes of the people, by seeming to validate the Government’s failings and the passage of the No-Confidence Motion (NCM).“The No-Confidence Motion was a direct challenge on the Granger-Nagamootoo leadership. In my view, if we were to jump to replace either gentlemen in an emotive way, we would be openly conceding that the motion and vote were justified and valid,” Trotman had stated in sections of the media back in February.With the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) having already ruled that the No-Confidence Motion was validly passed against the coalition back in December, there is a possibility that early elections could be called this year.In fact, the Trinidad-based regional Court is expected to hand down consequential orders on the way forward based on its June 18 rulings. This will be done when the matter is called up again on July 12. At the last hearing on June 24, the Court had given parties up to July 1 to make written submissions on the consequential orders not exceeding 20 pages, which would be considered before those orders are handed down next Friday.PNCR Chairwoman Volda Lawrencelast_img read more

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Guyana urged to increase victim assistance efforts – US report

first_imgRecognising that more needs to be done to meet the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking, the United States Department of State has outlined a number of recommendations for Guyana to increase its capacity to efficaciously address such cases.In its Trafficking In Persons 2016 Report, which was published on Thursday, Guyana was ranked in Tier Two on the Watch List.The document pointed to the fact that Government increased protection efforts, but victim assistance remained insufficient, especially in areas outside the capital city and for male victims.In this regard, the report suggested that Guyana continued to vigorously investigate and prosecute sex and labour trafficking cases and hold convicted traffickers accountable – including complicit officials –by imposing sentences that commensurate with the severity of the crime, denying bail, and ordering restitution, where appropriate.It called on the Government to finalise and issue written procedures to guide and encourage front-line officials, including Police, health, immigration, labour, mining, and forestry personnel, to identify and protect victims of forced labour and sex trafficking.The report also called for Government to implement training for law enforcement, judiciary officials, and front-line responders, especially those working outside the capital, on victim identification, referral to services, and victim-centred investigations.The report also underscored the need to allocate additional staff to the Inter-Ministerial Anti-Trafficking Unit and to provide sufficient funding and resources for it to investigate trafficking in the mining sector and conduct awareness campaigns. The need for additional protection for victims to enable them to appear in court and testify against traffickers in a way that does not further endanger them was also alluded to in the report and in this regard, Government was urged to increase funding for Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) that identify and assist victims.The report also highlighted that there needed to be increased efforts to ensure that victims were not summarily deported without the opportunity to assist in a trial against their traffickers and they were not penalised for crimes committed as a result of being subjected to trafficking.Government was also encouraged to “develop child-sensitive investigation measures and court procedures that protect the privacy of children and minimise their re-traumatisation; regularly convene the Inter-Ministerial Taskforce and finalise and implement the 2016-2017 national action plan; offer increased protection and assistance for victims near mining communities outside the capital; and continue to raise awareness of trafficking among civil society”.In the report, it was highlighted that Guyana was a source and destination country for men, women, and children subjected to sex trafficking and forced labour.The document reported that victims were subjected to forced labour in the mining, agriculture, and forestry sectors, as well as in domestic service and shops.It said while both sex trafficking and forced labour occurred in interior mining communities, limited Government presence in the country’s interior rendered the full extent of trafficking unknown.With regard to children, the report said this group was particularly vulnerable to sex and labour trafficking.Additionally, the document said Guyanese nationals were subjected to sex and labour trafficking in Jamaica, Suriname, and other Caribbean countries, and some Police Officers were complicit in trafficking crimes. The report also noted that corruption impeded anti-trafficking efforts.last_img read more

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Housing Starts in BC Drop

first_imgAccoring to CMHC Housing starts in BC are down in June compared to last June.Housing starts for all of British Columbia totaled 2,630 last month, down 10.8 percent from June of 2007. According to CMHC construction of new homes is at a record level, despite the drop in Junes housing starts.Fewer foundations were poured of both single-detached and multiple-unit homes in the second quarter. High land and building costs are two of the factors contributing to the downtrend in home starts.- Advertisement –last_img read more

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