Magic: I’ll step down if I don’t land free agents for Lakers

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They’ll show their plans to Jeanie Buss later in the week, along with numerous contingency plans for the short-term and long-term future.“If we can sign somebody this summer, we’ll do that,” Johnson said. “If it doesn’t happen, we’ve got to turn to next summer.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew “Next summer, if nobody comes and I’m still sitting here like this, then it’s a failure,” Johnson said after a news conference to introduce draft picks Moe Wagner and Svi Mykhailiuk.Johnson was put in charge of the Lakers’ front office by owner Jeanie Buss in February 2017, and the former superstar point guard immediately announced his plans to revive the struggling franchise by enticing the game’s best players to join as free agents.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 crownWith Paul George and potentially LeBron James headlining the market this summer, Johnson is leading the Lakers’ efforts to land both players this weekend. If they sign elsewhere, Johnson and the Lakers will pursue the large crop of 2019 free agents.And if he strikes out with every big name, Johnson said he will quit. Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 “Like I told you when I took the job, it’s going to be a two-summer thing for the Lakers,” Johnson said. “This summer, and next summer, and that’s it. And if I can’t deliver, I’m going to step down myself. She won’t have to fire me. I’ll step away from it. Because then, I can’t do this job. But so far, so good.”Although the Lakers are mired in the worst five-year stretch in franchise history and haven’t made the playoffs since 2013, Johnson and general manager Rob Pelinka have been successful in achieving their initial goals since they took over 16 months ago.They have solidified a decent core of talented young players — Brandon Ingram, Lonzo Ball, Kyle Kuzma and Josh Hart — to provide their potential free-agent signees with support. They have made several slick trades and personnel moves to clear enough salary cap room to offer two mammoth free-agent contracts this summer.Now comes the tough part: Persuading George or James or other big names to move to Hollywood. Johnson said he has no idea whether the Lakers’ pitch will be well-received, but he also feels confident in his task.“I’m Magic Johnson,” he said with his ubiquitous smile. “You know how many finals I’ve been in? So you think I’m worried about this? I played against Larry Bird in the Finals. I played in nine Finals.”ADVERTISEMENT Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan LATEST STORIES Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees Sharapova back at Wimbledon and at crossroads Los Angeles Lakers president of basketball operations, Earvin “Magic” Johnson, center, poses with Moritz Wagner, left, and Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk during a press conference to introduce the Lakers draft picks, in El Segundo, Calif., Tuesday, June 26, 2018. Magic Johnson is betting his job on his free-agent recruiting skills for the Los Angeles Lakers. Johnson says he will step down as the Lakers’ president of basketball operations if he can’t persuade an elite free agent to sign with his club within the next two summers. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)EL SEGUNDO, Calif. — Magic Johnson is betting his job on his free-agent recruiting skills for the Los Angeles Lakers.Johnson declared Monday that he will step down as the Lakers’ president of basketball operations if he can’t persuade an elite free agent to sign with the 16-time NBA champions within the next two summers.ADVERTISEMENT In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ MOST READ Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial View commentslast_img read more

3 being questioned by Police

first_imgMc Doom gas station robberyThe Shell Service Station at Mc DoomThree persons have been arrested and are being grilled in connection with the early morning robbery committed on a Shell Service Station at Mc Doom, Greater Georgetown.This was according to Crime Chief Wendell Blanhum who stated that the Police are questioning the men in an attempt to get additional information about the planning the execution of the robbery. He noted that investigators have several clues that they are working on to solve the crime.However, owners of the service station have boosted security at the gas station to avoid a reoccurrence. They are also of the view that the 911 emergency systems should be reexamined since the cashier on duty on the morning of the robbery called the number several times but the calls went unanswered. The Police however, have received the surveillance footage of the robbery and are continuing their investigations.According to information received, at about 02:30h on Friday, three armed men went to the gas station and held up three employees, relieving one of them of $51,000 and a mobile phone before engaging Police in a high-speed chase and exchange of gunfire. One of the gunmen was shot during the exchange and was apprehended by the PoliceHowever, the men managed to escape into the village after the exchange of gunfire. The Police, however, went in search of the men and based on information received, the ranks went to a house where they found an unlicensed 9mm Glock Pistol and 35 matching rounds and twenty-six .32 rounds of ammunition.The occupants of the house has since denied that the police retrieved the gun and ammunition in the yard and are of the belief that the police might have planted the weapon since they arrived at the house with a bag similar to the one that the contained the gun and ammunition.However, the Police are continuing their investigations into the robbery.last_img read more

2nd juvenile escapee recaptured

first_imgThe second of three juvenile escapees who fled the Sophia Juvenile Holding Centre over the weekend has been recaptured while the other is still on the run.On Sunday, Acting Commander of ‘A’ Division, Marlon Chapman told Guyana Times that escapee number two was found in Berbice, Region 6 (East Berbice/Corentyne) just one day after the other accomplice had been nabbed in Rose Hall, Corentyne .While security at the facility is said to be “quite secure”, an insider suggested that more measures need to be employed in light of the breakout. Meanwhile, this newspaper understands that the police are “close” to capturing the final escapee.The hole in the wall via which the three young men made their brazen escape on SaturdayThe three teens were taken to the facility on Friday after they had been transported from Essequibo and Berbice. Two of the lads were reportedly charged with break and enter offences and one was arraigned for robbery.Guyana Times reported in its Sunday edition that the three young men had opened a hole in the wall of the lower flat of the holding centre and made their escape through it by scaling the security fence.Police on Saturday confirmed that the first recaptured juvenile was a resident of Adventure, Essequibo Coast, who was on remand for robbery under arms. When Guyana Times visited the scene on Saturday, the managers were unavailable to give an official comment. However, at that time, several children were seen in the compound of the correctional institution.Additionally, there were also several Police officers were stationed at the centre monitoring the events that unfolded.When contacted acting Commissioner of Police, David Ramnarine explained that the Police were making “every effort” to recapture the escapees. Police in all districts are still on alert to recapture the third young man.The juvenile facility houses children who would have committed criminal offences, instead of placing them with adults at state penitentiaries.The Juvenile Offenders Amendment Act, passed two years ago, makes provisions for Holding Centres for Juveniles. Section 20 (a) of the Act says that the Public Security Ministry may establish and maintain as many centres as may be necessary as the Holding Centres for Juveniles for the reception, care and custody of children and young persons under the orders of the court or for any other appropriate reasons as the Minister may determine.last_img read more

‘Old-age School Enrollment Hampers Learning’

first_imgMr. Sheldon Yett, Country Representative of United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), has attributed Liberia’s low level of education to the enrollment of overage students in pre-primary classes.According to him, there is clear and ample evidence that those are years that determine the rest of the children’s lives, “because those are years that they develop values and behavior that will stay with them throughout their entire lives.”Mr. Yett said he believes that if children receive the best start in their earliest years of life, they are more likely to develop their capacity to learn to the fullest potential, develop the behavioral attributes necessary for success, complete school, and lead a productive, rewarding life.He noted that out of 446,000 pre-primary age children, only 105,000 are accessing Early Childhood Development (ECD) services in Liberia’s schools.“Of this number of children, more than 88 percent are older than the appropriate age for their level, thereby hampering effective instruction and efficient learning,” Mr. Yett disclosed. He said it is clear the foundation for a sustainable increase in access to quality ECD opportunities is in place, but much more is needed.“What happens—or doesn’t happen—to children in the first five years of their lives has a profound impact on their immediate well-being and on their longer term future,” Mr. Yett observed.The UNICEF Country Rep made the disclosure on Wednesday, April 23, when he presented a paper at a one-day National Symposium on Higher Education and ECD.The day-long symposium was hosted by the Ministry of Education (MOE) on the theme, “Higher Education and Early Childhood Development—the Awakening.” Mr. Yett’s paper was called: “National Week of the Young Child.”According to him, the first five years in the life of a child is a period of great opportunity, but, “if neglected, it can be a period of vulnerability.”“It is about education, but is also about nutrition and health, about social environments and parental care, generating the best conditions to ensure balanced physical, and emotional and cognitive development for each child,” he explained.“As such,” Mr. Yett said, “it is time to use evidence-backed research to put a national program into action. This should be done with a budget sufficient to empower effective trainers and caregivers, who can prepare Liberia’s next generation of informed, engaged, and responsible citizens.”By his tally, there are nearly 450,000 children of pre-primary age demanding appropriate basic services and effective parenting skills.Mr. Yett, therefore, called the government’s attention to the need for further investment in improving access to quality early childhood development programs across the country.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Lakers to play exhibition in Anaheim tonight

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.The Lakers have played at least one exhibition game at the Honda Center every year since 1999, posting a 4-5 record. Last year, the Lakers played twice at Honda Center, defeating the Seattle Supersonics, 104-101, Oct. 12 and losing to the Denver Nuggets, 126-108, Oct. 26. ANAHEIM – The Los Angeles Lakers will play their annual exhibition game at the Honda Center tonight, facing the Utah Jazz, but the possibility of Anaheim having an NBA team of its own is not in the immediate future. The NBA has no plans to expand, according to Tim Frank, the league’s vice president for basketball communications. The Seattle SuperSonics, the league’s only team considering moving, are looking to Oklahoma City and Kansas City, Mo. to be their new home. Honda Center officials have been actively interested in trying to lure an NBA team for several years. The then-Vancouver Grizzlies were one possibility, but the team moved to Memphis in 2001. Anaheim was an alternative as the temporary home for the New Orleans Hornets after Hurricane Katrina forced their temporary move in 2005, but they chose Oklahoma City instead. “We continue to explore opportunities as they arise and are eager to speak with the NBA and team owners anytime regarding all that Honda Honda Center and Anaheim have to offer,” said Tim Ryan, the Honda Center’s president and chief executive officer. “We believe our first-class facility would make a great NBA home and know that Orange County is ready and willing to embrace a franchise.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Young newsies tackle big topics

first_imgKID NATION NEWS: Global Broadcast 4 Kids ( features grade-school contributors talking about topics ranging from greenhouse gases to recent health studies. GBK’s mini-journalists explain today’s headlines and give condensed lessons on cool subjects such as volcanoes, balloons and carousels. And because most of the anchors live in Southern California and the site is supported by Los Angeles Unified School District teachers, the subjects often have a local spin. RESPONSIBLE DRINKING: Worried about side effects of the three-martini play date? There’s now a two-minute test that detects the alcohol content in breast milk. Created by two lactating working mothers, gives details about the little strip that you dip into breast milk. Like a pregnancy test, it changes color when alcohol is present. Three test strips cost about $10. THAT’S HOSPITALITY: My sister recently gave birth in one of the toniest hospitals in Washington, D.C. She and her husband had decided ahead of time to pay the additional $400 for two nights in a private room – a benefit not covered by their insurance. After the baby was born, her husband noticed a cockroach crawling on a curtain in the delivery room. He summoned a nurse, who killed the roach, then told them, unprompted, she’d see about getting them “compensation” for the incident. She came back and informed them that the hospital would comp the private room, giving my sister license to buy an expensive glider she’d had her eye on. SPEARS TEEN PREGNANCY: Nickelodeon might broadcast a special about teen sex and love after news that 16-year-old Jamie Lynn Spears – the star of its “Zoey 101” and Britney’s sister – is pregnant. Mentioned as a potential host is newswoman Linda Ellerbee, who said she’d want to use the show to spark a dialogue between parents and their kids. She’s mulling a broad discussion about value systems, how people know they’re in love and the right time to have sex. Have you had that conversation yet with your kids? AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan ClarksonMONEY TO ADOPT: A unit of JPMorgan Chase bank announced last month a new home equity loan program to pay for expenses related to adoption. The New Additions program is designed to help cover adoption agency fees, legal fees, and medical and travel expenses, which can add up to tens of thousands for adoptive families. Apply online at O.C. BANS BAD HOODIES: If your high-schooler can’t leave the house without his or her hooded sweat shirts, you might want to read on. The Capistrano Unified School District in south Orange County has banned certain sweat shirts from campus because they zip all the way through the hood, creating a mask that could allow a student to conceal his or her identity. For more on work, family and parenting in L.A., go to 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Foreign port control common

first_imgAn Arab company’s potential takeover of some marine terminals at six major ports on the East Coast has raised questions about foreign operations at seaport facilities. Such arrangements have been commonplace at West Coast ports for years. Most of the cargo that enters the country comes through huge ports in Los Angeles, Long Beach, Oakland and the Seattle-Tacoma area of Washington. Each has marine terminals operated by foreign shipping lines – many from Europe and Asia. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant “On the West Coast, almost all the ports have their terminals operated by foreign companies,” said Ivan Eland, senior fellow at The Independent Institute, a nonprofit, nonpartisan public policy research organization based in Oakland. About half of the port terminals on the East Coast are managed by companies based overseas, he added. A political firestorm erupted this week after it was learned the Bush administration approved a deal by United Arab Emirates-based Dubai Ports World to acquire London-based Peninsular and Oriental Steam Navigation Co. Many lawmakers voiced concern over whether the transaction could lead to possible security risks at docks where Dubai Ports would operate terminals. At the time, U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., praised West Coast ports for being run by the government and said all U.S. ports should follow the same model. Feinstein said she was familiar with port operations because of her nine years as mayor of San Francisco. “On the West Coast, most of the ports that I know of are all governmentally operated, and I actually believe that’s the way it should be,” she said. “I don’t know how it got started on the East Coast that private entities operate ports.” Nearly all ports around the country are owned by governments, which lease terminals to private companies that must adhere to security and labor rules as part of the deals, said Marc Hershman, a professor at the University of Washington School of Marine Affairs. “The distinction of West and East Coast, I don’t think, holds water, really,” he said. Asked Friday to clarify Feinstein’s comments, her spokesman Howard Gantman said, “What I would say is Sen. Feinstein has learned more about the proposal to allow Dubai Ports World to operate six major U.S. ports. She’s become increasingly concerned that there was not an adequate review of the national security implications of the deal.” For decades, scores of firms ran cargo operations at U.S. ports. But many have been swallowed up by larger, foreign-owned companies. “There has been a huge consolidation within the terminal operating world,” Hershman said. The bid by Dubai Ports to operate terminals at U.S. ports is not the first such move to spark opposition. In the late 1990s, federal lawmakers cited national security concerns while killing a plan by China Ocean Shipping Co. to lease space at the former Long Beach Naval Station. The company now leases a terminal at the Port of Long Beach and operates it jointly with a U.S. firm. Other foreign firms have encountered fewer roadblocks. In 1997, Singapore-based Neptune Orient Lines acquired U.S.-based American President Lines, a major shipping company with operations along the West Coast, including Seattle-Tacoma. “There was a lease (at the port) with them and the lease was just assumed by the new parent company,” Hershman said. “The only moaning that went on is that we lost another U.S.-flagged carrier to foreign competition.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more


first_imgDeputy Pearse Doherty has blasted the decision of having the polling day, for the upcoming Austerity Treaty Referendum, on May 28th for those living on offshore Islands.Deputy Doherty said: “This decision is unfair and raises constitutional issues for those living on the islands. Residents of the islands, who are away on Polling Day and would have been able to get a postal vote, are now not in a position to do so as they were not informed of the Polling date. Many of them will now not be in a position to vote on the Treaty.“Having spoken with residents of the islands, many of them feel very strongly on this issue. Some are saying that they will not vote in the referendum as a mark of the frustration and anger they feel. This type of decision only serves to isolate our small island communities even further.” Deputy Doherty said that in the Presidential election last year, many of the residents of our offshore islands had cast their vote only to go home that evening and watch the key Frontline debate – a programme that changed how people voted.Except that is for the islanders who had already voted.Doherty continued: “This is an outdated policy and needs to be abolished. For instance, the ferry that travels to Arranmore island has operated every single day in the past year,so the argument that separate polling dates are needed, to ensure the polling box gets to the mainland in time, is a fallacy.“I have already challenged the Minister for the Environment, Phil Hogan, who is directly responsible for setting the polling date, as early as last year on this issue. Having separate polling days discriminates against our island communities and interferes with their right to cast an informed vote. “The Minister should designate the 31st May as the polling day for our offshore islands.” EARLY VOTE DISCRIMINATES AGAINST ISLANDERS – DOHERTY was last modified: May 22nd, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:EARLY VOTE DISCRIMINATES AGAINST ISLANDERS – DOHERTYlast_img read more

Priest’s abuse inquiry revived

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Investigators also interviewed Lynne M. Cadigan, the brothers’ Tucson-based civil attorney, who got a $1.3 million settlement on their behalf from Baker and the archdiocese, she told the newspaper. Baker told Mahony in 1986 that he had molested children, according to the archdiocese and Baker. The archbishop did not alert police, but rather sent Baker for treatment, after which he was assigned to a series of nine other parishes. Baker has been accused of sexually abusing 23 boys and girls from 1974 to 1999, including at least four after he admitted his molestations to Mahony, the archdiocese has reported. The brothers at the center of the new investigation are now in their mid-20s. They have said in prior interviews with the Los Angeles Times that Baker began abusing them at St. Hilary Catholic Church in Pico Rivera in 1984 when they were 5 and 7 years old. The boys’ family moved to Mexico in 1986, but Baker over the next 13 years flew them to Los Angeles, Palm Springs and Arizona, where the abuse allegedly continued until 1999, at least once in the priest’s rectory, the newspaper reported. :– From wire reports160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Prosecutors have reopened a child-abuse investigation into a priest who was allowed to remain in ministry after admitting to Cardinal Roger M. Mahony that he had molested children. An earlier criminal case against Michael Stephen Baker, 57, was dismissed in 2003 because of a U.S. Supreme Court decision barring prosecutions of decades-old sexual abuse cases. The new investigation, which had been stalled because the victims now live in Mexico, involves two brothers who say they were molested more recently, the Los Angeles Times reported. Last spring Los Angeles prosecutors obtained U.S. visas so the brothers could be interviewed in Arizona, the brothers’ attorney and law enforcement sources told the newspaper.last_img read more

Moses Basena’s UPDF away to URA for league opener

first_imgMoses Basena (left) will lead his UPDF charges for the first time since getting the Cranes top job. Courtesy photoMoses Basena, the acting head coach of the Uganda Cranes, will undertake his first league game for the UPDF after he was given the Cranes hot seat.“We have always done it and I don’t feel any different although of course the players are so different,” Basena said, speaking about the transition from Cranes to UPDF club games.“Both are football teams and the rules are more so the same,” he continued.Basena’s UPDF side, formally known as Simba, will go into today’s game knowing the last time they grabbed all three points against URA was in 2012, a good five years ago when they won 1-0.URA have been busy in the market, signing a couple of experienced players, including Dennis Kamanzi, Joseph Mpande and veteran striker Henry Kiseka, who are both tasked with the job of bringing the tax collectors their first trophy since 2010.Both teams drew their first games last season 0-0 and will be looking for a better start against one another.UPDF managed only four wins away from home and three of them came against the teams that where eventually relegated.URA seem to have UPDF’s number, having won four of the last five games between the two side, drawing the other.Last season, URA won both of their fixtures with UPDF and coach Ibrahim Kirya, who is targeting a top two finish this season is confident his charges can get the job done.“Yes they have Moses Basena, the cranes head coach but i know i have got the better players and hopefully we can get all three points today,” Kirya said.“Our target is to finish in the top two and a good start is what you can hope for if you are to achive that goal,” he added.In the other game, two female chaired teams in Express and Kirinya JSS will face off at Wankulukuku stadium.Uganda Premier LeagueWednesday 13-September-2017URA FC vs UPDF FCMandela National stadium,Namboole4:30pmGames played yesterday•KCCA 0 – 0 Maroons FC @Lugogo•Bright Stars FC 0 – 0 Vipers SC @Masaka•BUL FC 0 – 0 Mbarara City @Jinja•Onduparaka FC 0 – 0 Proline FC @Arua•SC Villa 1 – 0 Soana FC @Masaka*Masavu FC * – * Police FC. (Postponed) @ Entebbe.Commentslast_img read more