The Challenge for Capacitating Liberian-owned Businesses (Part II )

first_imgIn Monday’s editorial on this subject, we wrote about the role of government officials and their failure to put their people and country first in the development of business and industry in Liberia.  We touched briefly also on the role of the Central Bank of Liberia and the Liberian Business Association (LIBA) in their attempt to lift Liberians in business.Today we return to our government, and to our educational institutions and their failure to seize the opportunity to make a difference by rescuing their people from second class citizenship and from a persistent and domineering foreign presence in Liberia’s commerce and industry.We have often in our editorials alluded to certain key government Ministries and Agencies which are chiefly responsible for ensuring that Liberian business   participation is encouraged.  These Ministries are Finance, which has a serious influence because it pays the bills; Justice, including its Immigration arm that dishes out the Resident Permits; Commerce, which issues the Business Licenses without asking a single question about Liberian participation; and all the other GOL institutions that consistently dish out the contracts to foreign businesses again.We are dealing with a  government and its  officials–our own people–who could care less about their fellow Liberians in business, yet those who run Liberian businesses are their   mamas and papas, sisters and brothers and cousins and friends–yea even their children. Yet these government officials only see the short term–what they can get today from foreign businesspeople–rather than the long term—what it means for peace and stability, for the economic empowerment and wellbeing of Liberians.But what about the macroeconomic role of government in ensuring that Liberians enjoy a fair share in the national economy?  It is as though absolutely NO ONE is thinking about this.  We recall in the mid-1960s a speech by Treasury Secretary Charles D. Sherman, Liberia’s first economist, addressing foreign businessmen at the Ducor Intercontinental Hotel.  He appealed to them to consider “the little man on the street.”Here was a very powerful GOL official and his government, surrendering their   macroeconomic responsibility to put in  place policies to ensure that Liberians participate meaningfully in their economy. The thinking young people who listened to that speech considered it a sad day for Liberia–that a powerful figure like Mr. Sherman seemed to have surrendered his responsibility to use his power and influence to stand up  and make a difference on behalf of his beleaguered (broken, oppressed,  subjugated) people.It seems we still have such officials in power today in Liberia–officials who just don’t care about their own people and are quite content to see them remain in the same old state–cheated, deprived, disengaged, dejected and poor.Doesn’t the government know what to do?  How can the government just sit there and see foreigners control EVERYTHING in the country while GOL’s own people struggle so desperately and so pitifully for survival?  Does the government not know that this – the disconnect of Liberians from commerce and the economy is what brought the war?  Have they already forgotten Varney Sherman’s Independence Oration last year, that blamed the war primarily on abject poverty?The handing over of the Robertsfield Hotel to a Lebanese businessman and the sidelining of a Liberian hotelier who won the first but cancelled bid is a clear indication that this government doesn’t care. But that was two years ago.Now that the President has spoken about this glaring disconnect of her people in business, we hope that she has something up her sleeves to address it.When University of Liberia president, Dr. Emmet Dennis, took over several years ago, he pledged to   introduce a program to boost Liberian entrepreneurship.  What has happened to that program?  Is the UL Business College still not teaching Marketing?  Have the other universities followed suit?What are schools, colleges and universities for, if not to teach the courses the people need most to deliver themselves from poverty and powerlessness?The fundamental question we always ask is, how SERIOUS are we as a people?  The answer, in the current premises, is obvious: We are not a serious people.  We–all of us–better start getting serious; or otherwise sow the seeds that will take us again to the abyss, from which we may never return.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

GAA NEWS: TIR CHONAILL CLUB NOTES

first_imgTir Chonaill Gaels Club Notes 01/10/2012:Seniors: On this historic year for the club our senior team put on a rip-roaring display against Saint Kiernans to qualify for our 14th senior championship final.It was an outstanding team performance with special mention for Eamon Mc Conville, Caolan Doyle, John Mc Grath, Eoin O’Neill and Kevin Mc Menimen.Final score; TCG 2-17 v 0-5 St Kiernans.All roads lead to Ruislip now for the club as we lock horns with old foes Kingdom Kerry Gaels on Sunday 14th October. The junior team game against St Clarets has been rescheduled for this weekend; contact Michael Cunningham for more details.Our ladies game will play in their championship final on Saturday 13th October against Thomas McCurtains at Ruislip.Fixtures:Check local papers or the club website for this weeks fixtures.Gala Dinner dance:Tickets for the club Gala dinner dance on the 27th October are sold out. There is a small amount remaining for club members only. The club are now operating a strict policy on first come first served basis which will have to be completed this week.Golf Day:This Friday the club holds its annual golf day at South Herts golf club, it is £100 to sponsor a hole with all proceeds going towards club teams. Contact Tom Mohan for more details.Lottery: Check club website for last weeks results on www.tirchonaillgaels.comCheck the club website for all upcoming events:GAA NEWS: TIR CHONAILL CLUB NOTES was last modified: October 2nd, 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:Tir Chonaill club noteslast_img read more

Richarlison passes medical ahead of ‘£40m-plus move’ to Everton

first_img LIVING THE DREAM Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti Latest transfer gossip on talkSPORT.com 1 Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ targets Richarlison is set to join Everton from Watford Everton are set to sign Brazilian forward Richarlison in a £40million-plus deal after the Watford man passed his medical with the Merseyside club. REVEALED IN DEMAND RANKED Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade center_img Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland With recruitment finally under way the new Toffees boss has to start trimming down a bloated squad.So far only striker Wayne Rooney and reserve goalkeeper Joel Robles have departed permanently.But with Silva keen to bring in more players, with an interest in Barcelona left-back Lucas Digne, more of the 33-strong squad will have to be culled. targets Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star LATEST The 21-year-old arrived at the Toffees’ Finch Farm training ground on Monday for tests.It is understood the final paperwork of the deal is being completed, and the move could be announced as soon as Tuesday.Richarlison will become Everton’s first signing of the summer and will be reunited with manager Marco Silva, who was in charge at Watford when they signed him from Fluminense last summer.The Brazilian scored five times in his opening 12 Premier League matches last season but did not find the net again following Silva’s sacking in January.READ MORE: Sam Allardyce sends warning to Everton over rumoured £50m Richarlison dealAt the time Watford cited the destabilising effect of an approach by Everton, who originally wanted the Portuguese to replace Ronald Koeman.The two clubs’ relationship has still not been fully restored but the fact they are willing to do business over Richarlison – for whom they will make almost a £30 profit in 12 months having bought him from Fluminense last summer – suggests things have improved. Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer moving on last_img read more

JUDGE PLEADS WITH DONEGAL PUBLIC TO COME TO COURT TO SAVE THEIR HOMES

first_imgA judge has pleaded with people to turn up in court so he can help them save their homes from the banks.Judge John O’Hagan said he wants to help people keep their family homes but said he couldn’t help them unless they turned up in court.Judge O’Hagan told Letterkenny Circuit Court today that he wanted to do all he could to help families during the present economic climate. He was speaking has he dealt with a case brought by Irish Nationwide against a man who did not turn up in court.Judge O’Hagan said he would view any attempt to re-possess a family home very seriously.However he said “I know that people in cases like this are inclined to put their head in the sand. If people do that I can do nothing for them.“I won’t make orders against them if they come in to see me, but if they don’t, there is nothing I can do.”The Judge said he would make distinctions between family homes occupied by parents with children and investment properties.“People must face up to the problems they have. They need to come in here to see me.”In two other cases the judge ordered the re-possession of two properties belonging to a man from Buncrana.The owner did not appear in court and a barrister representing Irish Life and Permanent told the court that they believed the man had emigrated to Australia.Follow us on www.twitter.com/donegaldailyFollow us on www.facebook.com/donegaldailySell anything on www.donegaldailyclassifieds.comJUDGE PLEADS WITH DONEGAL PUBLIC TO COME TO COURT TO SAVE THEIR HOMES was last modified: October 26th, 2011 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:JUdge John O’HaganLetterkenny Circuit Courtlast_img read more

Coastal clean-up groups hailed as heroes

first_imgCreevy Co-op has come out tops at this year’s Ocean Hero Awards which were hosted by the Clean Coast Programme on Tuesday at the Royal College of Physicians in Dublin.The Clean Coasts’ Ocean Hero Awards was celebrating eleven years of honouring the invaluable contribution Ireland’s coastal communities have made towards conserving our spectacular coastline and the Creevy Co-op was one of just seven groups nationally to win this coveted award.Creevy Co-op receiving Ocean Hero AwardDonegal County Council’s Coastal Officer David Friel works closely with the Clean Coasts Programme and is delighted to see Donegal so well represented in these national awards saying “we have great engagement from local communities right along the coast here in Donegal and I am delighted to see not only Creevy Co-op coming out on top but also the community at Cruit and the Northwest Mountaineering Club at Horn Head also shortlisted in their respective categories out of over 600 groups nationally. “Dealing with marine litter is a major concern not just locally but also globally and by coming out and doing this work in their own communities these groups are really making a difference to the impact that marine litter can have not only on the environment but also on marine life in our oceans”.Ocean Hero Award Ceremony 2017Discover more about Donegal’s beach-cleaning heroes:Creevy Co-opCreevy Co-op was honoured for their clean up of the 10 mile coastal walk from Ballyshannon to Creevy in Donegal for World Oceans Day during Coca-Cola Clean Coasts Week in 2017. There was a fantastic turn out of diverse volunteers who worked in small groups to tackle marine litter. A huge volume of litter was lifted from the scrub, beach and rocky shore of the walk. Not only was this a great cleanup but also a huge amount of effort and co-operation was needed to make it such a success. Castle Adventure Farm provided the group with access across their farmland as well as refreshments afterwards; several volunteers picked up litter from many collection points; there was a lot of organizing to get the maximum spread of volunteers and follow-ups to make sure everyone’s litter was collected. This meant a few hours cleaning was a whole day operation for the group who carried it out seamlessly. Keep Cruit CleanKeep Cruit Clean was established in January 2016 and ever since then they have had a beach clean on the first Sunday of every month. They have removed over 140 bags of litter from the island along with some larger items such as old caravans in 2016 alone. They have also carried out dune conservation work and education by planting marram grass with pupils from the local national school. The group has been blessed to have true ocean heroes like Diana Doherty among them. And, indeed, one of the group’s proudest elements is the diversity of participants with an age-range of 6 months to 80+ years old, locals and visitors alike. The group strongly believes that, ‘these beaches are not yours or ours, they are everybody’s’. And it is for this reason that they continue their amazing work on the island. Northwest Mountaineering Club at Horn HeadThe Northwest Mountaineering Club was established in 1955 and carried out their first beach clean of Pollaguill Beach, Horn Head in Donegal in 2015. This beach remains almost completely untouched except when the club and local farmer get together to tackle the marine litter washed up. During the first cleanups here, it took 2 events in the year to get it clean and now the group is dedicated to visiting it once a year to remove a year’s worth of marine litter. This mammoth task involves hiking in and spending hours cleaning the beach filling massive bags that get taken back across to a collection point with thanks to the local farmer who joins in on the cleaning as well. Not only do they do this but they also find the energy to hike around Horn Head afterwards!Proinsias O’Tuama, Ballynamona Clean Coasts group, Co Cork who won Outstanding Award 2017; and Dr Easkey Britton,pro surfer and NUIG researcher at An Taisce’s Ocean Hero Awards 2017.Action neededThe presence of marine litter in our oceans is a global concern that requires action.  Adequate measures are needed to address the impacts of litter in the marine environment both at sea and on land whereby public awareness and community action plays a vital role. The Clean Coasts Ocean Talks and Ocean Hero Awards brought together key stakeholders in the area of marine litter such as coastal communities, NGOs, tourism bodies, the science community, business and the fishing industry.Sinead McCoy, Coastal Communities Manager with An Taisce’s Environmental Education Unit said “Over the past 11 years the Clean Coasts programme’s Ocean Hero Awards have really brought to the fore the remarkable work and wonderful coastal celebration events that Clean Coasts volunteers have been involved in along the Irish coastline. This year has been no different as we received inspirational nominations that show the true dedication of these coastal custodians.”Coastal clean-up groups hailed as heroes was last modified: November 23rd, 2017 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:beach cleaningCreevy Co-Opocean heroeslast_img read more

How to Keep Yourself Motivated to Survive Major Breakthroughs in Sports

first_imgEmbed from Getty ImagesDo you want to know how you can mentally train yourself and use sports psychology to reach your fitness, health, and sports goal easily? If the answer is yes, here are some of the mindset tips on how you can build confidence. This post aims to motivate and get you through the significant milestones in your fitness and training. Create Positive Mental Images Think about positive ideas during your workout. This way, you can create feelings of power and speed like how you do when you play starburst. For example, if you’re running or walking on the hill, visualize yourself as a magnet that pulls you up to the top. With visualization before, during, and after your workout, you will be able to motivate yourself and build self-esteem. Use Powerful Words Make it a habit to create powerful positive statements continually. It’s common to think negatively since we always have a critic inside of us. However, be aware of these thoughts as early as possible. You don’t have to fight them, but you just have to acknowledge their presence and substitute it with powerful words. For example, when you’re feeling down, you can say to yourself how you’re getting healthier and stronger as the days pass by. Embed from Getty ImagesLive the Present Moment Practice to live every moment, and enjoy every bit of it. Remind yourself to be in the present. Instead of repeating the mistakes you made in the past or worrying about what will happen in the future, just forgive, forget your past, and focus on the present. Be right here and enjoy the moment. Advantage Utilize everything in your workout to take advantage of getting healthy. For example, if another person passes his positive energy to you, go along with his energy as much as possible. This can also help you with your fitness.Chunk your Goals Focus on your targets now. Break your training goals into small and manageable chunks. Focus on the first portion of your plan and not the entire workout itself. You can talk to yourself and say things like “I am just getting to the rhythm on the first part of my workout session.” Body Scan Pay close attention to the training form and tension level of your body. While you’re working out, you can do a body scan and relax your tense muscles frequently. Check if your neck, shoulders, and other body parts are relaxed.Think of Pain as an Effort If you feel the pain that is not necessarily damaging your body, just shift the attention to your breathing. Let the discomfort fade little by little in the background. You can also consider the pain as a process that’s helping you to carve your ideal body. Next, you have to look at what you need to do right now, such as breathing, pace, and concentration.Focus Don’t be distracted and just focus on your sports like when you play the starbursts. Release the unwanted thoughts in your mind and refocus your attention on what is essential at the moment. Enjoy and celebrate the good things about your fitness and strength. When you workout, just relax and let your body do its job. Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebookby Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksRecommended for youAspireAbove.comRemember Pauley Perrette? Try Not To Smile When You See Her NowAspireAbove.comUndoLifestly.com25 Celebs You Didn’t Realize Are Gay – No. 8 Will Surprise WomenLifestly.comUndoUsed Cars | Search AdsUsed Cars in Tuen Mun Might Be Cheaper Than You ThinkUsed Cars | Search AdsUndoTopCars15 Ugliest Cars Ever MadeTopCarsUndoezzin.com20 Breathtaking Places to See Before You Dieezzin.comUndoFood World Magazine15 Fruits that Burn Fat Like CrazyFood World MagazineUndoHappyTricks.comHer House Always Smells Amazing – Try her Unique Trick!HappyTricks.comUndoDrhealth35 Foods That Should Never Be Placed in the RefrigeratorDrhealthUndolast_img read more

What Fruit Flies Taught Me About Sustainable Living

first_imgPackaged food is more expensive and less healthy than fresh foodI frequently write about food, because I like to cook and eat, and I see many deep-rooted societal problems based around our growing, shopping, cooking, and eating habits. A lot of money is being made on prepared, packaged foods. Look at any supermarket – there are endless packages of food – dry, hot, cold, and frozen, that make it easy for us to eat “tasty” food quickly.The downside is that these foods are almost always more expensive and less healthy than meals we prepare ourselves, and, in my personal opinion, home cooked food usually tastes better. They also produce a lot of packaging waste, much of which cannot be recycled. They are designed and marketed because they generate big profits for the manufacturers who work hard to convince us that we should buy their prepared products instead of cooking our own food – directly or indirectly leading us to spend more money, create more waste, and often degrade our health in the process. Convenience is trumping conservationSince energy costs tend to be low and equipment reliability tends to be high, we are willing to pay for the convenience of not having to open and close windows. I admit that managing natural ventilation can be a pain, but I don’t mind, and I have the time to do it. Most people aren’t interested or don’t have the time to manage a home this way, but by not doing so they use more energy than necessary, leading to more power plant emissions that use more natural resources and ultimately degrade our air quality. And when the weather is nice (and pollen count low) breezes through windows beat out air coming out of ducts any day.Most conveniences that we have become accustomed to were developed because someone can profit from them. These conveniences are created, marketed, and, if we buy them, continue to be sold to others, at least until something better comes along. So exactly what do fruit flies have to do with anything?So, you may ask, what the hell does this have to do with green building? Well, I’ll tell you.Most readers of GBA probably agree that we should build and operate our homes so that they are healthy and efficient. A good building envelope with occupants who are willing to turn off the HVAC and open windows when the weather is nice is critical to energy efficiency and long-term sustainability.Too many people never open windows, running their HVAC all year long, even when the weather is lovely outside. Whenever my windows are open I can hear my neighbor’s heat pump running. I know that I tend to live at the outer edge of comfort compared to most people, but as I am writing this, it’s about 75 degrees inside my house and my neighbor has their air conditioning running. This behavior is due to the state of their home (old and inefficient) as well as their unwillingness to open windows and manage temperature by anything other than HVAC.This behavior is encouraged by codes and the building and HVAC industries, creating homes that, provided there is energy, never have to be open to the outdoors. Last summer my house developed a fruit fly infestation, due to the fact that I had a lot of fresh fruit sitting around ripening on my counters. I recall once using aerosol bombs to get rid of them, but I figured this time around I would look for a slightly less toxic solution.A quick web search turned up details for a standard fruit fly trap, consisting of a jar with a little cider vinegar and dish soap, covered with clear plastic with a few holes in it. The flies are attracted to the vinegar, fly in, get coated with dish soap, and drown in the cider.This works pretty well, but only if you don’t leave any fruit (including pits) lying around, or leave any fruit scraps in the garbage. So I bought a mesh tent to cover my ripening peaches and started collecting all my fruit scraps in a container in the refrigerator instead of putting them in the garbage.In a few days, the fruit flies were gone. I keep thinking how inconvenient the whole process was, but it did get rid of the flies without resorting to any chemicals.center_img What we lose when we opt for convenienceThese ruminations led me to assemble a list of behaviors that most of us engage in that trade convenience for money, a compromised environment, or both, and in most cases create profits for the business that creates or sells the products involved.• Driving instead of walking, cycling, or taking transit. In most places, driving is faster, but in more dense areas where traffic is bad and parking expensive, alternatives can be more convenient. Many trolley systems in US cities were bought and removed by GM and Firestone in order to sell more buses and tires. One of the more egregious examples of the profit motive manipulating people’s opportunities to live sustainably.• Using a clothes dryer instead of a clothesline. This takes time and is weather dependent, but it not only saves energy but avoids heating up the house in the summer. Appliance manufacturers profit from selling us their products and utilities from selling us energy to operate them.• Wearing street shoes inside instead of taking them off at the door. No profit motive here, but we could keep our interiors much healthier if we did this.• Installing carpet instead of a more durable hard-surface flooring. Carpeting has a lower first cost, but profits are made by cleaning and replacement businesses.• Buying instead of growing our own food. This takes work, but it can be cheaper and is frequently healthier than buying all of our food in stores.• Forgetting to turn off lights, fans, and equipment. This takes effort but saves energy. Using more power increases utility profits.• Running sprinklers instead of installing water-efficient landscaping. Better landscaping plants and features have a higher first cost, but it result in long-term water savings and lower utility costs.• Discarding or disposal instead of composting. Takes effort, but it can reduce landfill volume and food waste that clogs sanitary sewer systems. Provides free compost for the food you can grow yourself. I find it interesting that much of what we view as waste is seen in other cultures as agricultural nutrients.• Throwing away instead of recycling waste. My town recycles for free but you have to pay for bags to throw away trash; this is a good system to encourage recycling.• Installing a ground-source heat pump (GSHP) instead of simpler equipment. A GSHP has high first costs and debatable total efficiency compared to a high-performance air-source heat pump; and if you manage your ventilation well, the amount of energy needed to heat and cool can be reduced dramatically, making the ROI for a GSHP very long.• Installing batt insulation instead of better options. I’ve been known to rag on batts, but the real problem is the quality of the installation. Manufacturers and retailers make money selling them, subcontractors make money installing them (usually improperly), and far too many contractors and homeowners don’t know or care that they aren’t installed properly. Confession timeSome of these things always I do (turn off HVAC and open windows), some occasionally (shoes off in house, use clothesline instead of dryer, walk instead of drive), some I aspire to (grow my own food and compost food waste), and some I may never do.Many people will pay for convenience because they can afford it; saving effort takes priority over saving money or the environment. We pay a price for this convenience – in money, waste, and environmental issues – and we are sold many of these conveniences primarily because someone can make money from creating and selling them to us.I don’t expect to see much change in the status quo, at least until money and resources become so scarce that people are forced to. In the meantime, I will continue to listen to my neighbor’s heat pump run whenever I open my windows.last_img read more

NBA: ‘Special’ Kyrie Irving to be a better playmaker with Celtics, GM Ainge says

first_imgFalcons become butt of the joke after Super Bowl collapse Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim LATEST STORIES View comments Danny Ainge calls Kyrie Irving “special” and explains his vision of the blockbuster trade that acquired the All-Star point guard. pic.twitter.com/xlwsKvBgNl— Boston Celtics (@celtics) September 5, 2017 Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Kyrie Irving (2). APThere’s no question that recently acquired Boston Celtics point guard Kyrie Irving is one of the NBA’s brightest young stars.Although his talent on the hardwood is exemplary, pundits are questioning how he’ll fit with coach Brad Stevens’ system, now that he’ll be the No. 1 option on offense each given night.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: 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 City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaulcenter_img Isaiah Thomas on trade to Cavaliers: ‘It still hurts’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. But as as far as Celtics General Manager and President of Basketball Operations Danny Ainge is concerned, the 25-year-old superstar will fit just right in Beantown and prosper even more under a new system, particularly with his play-making skills.“You’ll see that he’s a better passer,” Ainge said of Kyrie in a video interview for the Celtics social media team.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening MOST READ Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters “I think people that watch Kyrie play a lot can see his passing and his potential there as a passer. LeBron was pretty much the point guard in Cleveland and Kyrie was a point guard often when LeBron wasn’t on the court. I think that he’s a fantastic passer and I think that defensively he’s got to improve and I think he will in Brad’s system.”In his first six seasons with the Cavaliers, Irving averaged a modest 5.5 assists per game, which the 58-year-old executive believes woill go higher in Boston.Although he will no longer have the luxury of playing alongside LeBron James, Ainge adds that his pick-and-roll prowess will be showcased more with new teammates Al Horford commanding the block and Gordon Hayward manning the wings.  Khristian Ibarrola /raRELATED STORY:ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’last_img read more

Royals Take Mets Again, 4-3

first_imgKANSAS CITY, Mo. — The New York Mets had to relive their World Series loss to Kansas City on the Kauffman Stadium video boards April 3.Then they watched the Royals beat them the same way they did last fall.In the first opening-day rematch of a World Series in baseball history, Kansas City used some scrappy offense, a brilliant start from Edinson Volquez and a tough-when-it-matters bullpen to squeak out a 4-3 victory over Matt Harvey and Co.“We knew that they put the ball in play, they find holes, they put together terrific at-bats,” Mets third baseman David Wright said. “They get that lead early and you know that bullpen is coming in. That’s their M.O. — good starting pitching, terrific bullpen and a pesky offense. That’s exactly what they did tonight.”The Mets still gave themselves a chance at the end.After Volquez (1-0) tossed six scoreless innings, and Kelvin Herrera worked the seventh, the Mets roughed up Joakim Soria for three runs in the eighth. And they had runners on the corners with one out against Davis in the ninth, only to watch the All-Star reliever strike out Wright and Yoenis Cespedes to end it.That was probably a flashback, too. Davis was on the mound when the Royals clinched the crown at Citi Field in Game 5 last November.“That’s not the ideal way to start the season,” said Harvey (0-1), who allowed four runs — three earned — on eight hits and two walks in 5 2-3 innings.Indeed, there was little good about opening night for the NL East champs, still in search of their first championship in three decades.They spent nearly an hour before the first pitch reliving last year’s World Series defeat through a steady stream of highlights on the crown-shaped big screen, then had to watch the raising of the championship banner over the Royals Hall of Fame in left field at Kauffman Stadium.“For them to relive that,” Royals manager Ned Yost said, “it’s a little awkward.” Things didn’t get a whole lot better once the game began.Cespedes, the Gold Glove outfielder whose shoddy fielding hurt the Mets in the Series, dropped an easy fly ball in the first inning that ultimately led to the Royals’ opening run.Kansas City then strung together a couple of singles before Kendrys Morales popped a sacrifice fly to center in the fourth, and Alex Gordon and Omar Infante added two-out RBI singles in the sixth.Volquez and the Kansas City defense had things well in hand by that point.The right-hander escaped a jam by getting Travis d’Arnaud to ground out in the second inning, then watched first baseman Eric Hosmer make a nice diving stop to escape a sticky spot in the third. All-Star catcher Salvador Perez threw out Michael Conforto trying to steal second base to end the fourth.The biggest misstep Volquez made may have been fashion-related — he wore his spring training hat with a gold crown over the interlocking “KC” to start the game. He swapped it out for the proper one before taking the field for the second inning.(DAVE SKRETTA, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more