Hawks cancel meeting with civil rights leaders

first_imgIn this Jan. 8, 2014, file photo, then-Cleveland Cavaliers forward Luol Deng talks with reporters after practice in Independence, Ohio. Atlanta Hawks general manager Danny Ferry has been disciplined by CEO Steve Koonin for making racially charged comments about Luol Deng when the team pursued the free agent this year. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan, File)ATLANTA (AP) – The Atlanta Hawks cancelled a scheduled meeting between their CEO and city civil rights leaders Wednesday, prompting one of the group’s leaders to say his community was greatly offended.The Rev. Markel Hutchins said the meeting with CEO Steve Koonin was called off “at the last minute.” He later said he received a call from Hawks spokesman Garin Narain on Tuesday night asking the appointment be postponed.Hutchins said he needed to hear that request from Koonin, and because Koonin didn’t personally cancel the meeting, the group of 12 civil rights leaders showed up as planned.When they entered Philips Arena and were told there would be no meeting, Hutchins and the other leaders said they were insulted.“The entire civil rights community, locally and nationally, have been offended, the likes of which we have not seen in this community in decades,” Hutchins said.The group asked for the meeting to discuss what Hutchins said was the Hawks’ “disrespect for people of color.” The request followed racially charged comments by Hawks co-owner Bruce Levenson and general manager Danny Ferry.In a statement Wednesday, the Hawks asked for patience from the community and said they want to reschedule the meeting.“Koonin postponed today’s meeting last night,” the Hawks’ statement said. “This conversation is a priority for us. We are committed to having this meeting and will work with community leaders to reschedule as soon as possible. We ask our community to work with us, be patient with us, and help us heal.”The Hawks did not say why the meeting was cancelled.Levenson said Sunday he will sell his majority share of the team. Koonin said Tuesday Ferry has been punished but won’t be fired.Hutchins said when he arranged the meeting with Koonin on Monday night, he made it clear the group wanted Ferry to lose his job.“Perhaps one of the reasons why they cancelled the meeting is we made it very clear we were going to demand in our conversations that Danny Ferry be fired or resign,” Hutchins said. “There is no way that a man who uses the kind of language and holds the kind of sentiments that he does should be the general manager of the basketball team in the home of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the cradle of the civil rights movement.”Others also have called for Ferry to be fired. Former NBA great Magic Johnson said late Tuesday on his Twitter feed “Atlanta Hawks GM Danny Ferry should step down after making racist statements about NBA player Luol Deng.”Deng and Ferry are former Duke players under Mike Krzyzewski, who is coaching the U.S. team at the World Cup. Krzyzewski said he couldn’t comment on the controversy involving his former players because he hasn’t followed the news.Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau, serving as an assistant on the U.S. team, defended Deng on Wednesday.“I’ve never been around a better person,” Thibodeau said. “He’s not only a great basketball player, he’s an even better person. I’ll stand by Luol any day. He’s good. He’s done a lot of great things in the community. He’s a great human being. He’s a very humble guy. He has a lot of integrity. I can’t say enough good things about him. … It was a privilege for me to be his coach.”Thibodeau said he “can’t imagine” why Ferry made the statements.Ferry made inflammatory comments about Deng in a conference call with the Hawks’ ownership group in June when the team pursued Deng as a free agent. Ferry described Deng as someone who “has a little African in him.”Deng, who was born in what is now South Sudan, now plays for the Miami Heat. He responded to Ferry’s comment on Tuesday by saying, “I’m proud to say I actually have a lot of African in me, not just ‘a little.’”A letter from co-owner Michael Gearon Jr. to Levenson recommended that Ferry resign or be fired. Gearon said Ferry made that description of Deng to the team’s ownership group.Gearon’s June 12 letter to Levenson said Ferry went on to say, “Not in a bad way, but he’s like a guy who would have a nice store out front and sell you counterfeit stuff out of the back.”Added Gearon: “Ferry completed the racial slur by describing the player (and impliedly all persons of African descent) as a two-faced liar and cheat.”___AP Basketball Writer Brian Mahoney in Barcelona, Spain contributed to this report.last_img read more

Milner-Skudder surgery done

first_imgThe Hurricanes wing, who dislocated his right shoulder in the first half of the All Blacks’ 25-24 win over the Springboks in Cape Town earlier this month, has started his road to recovery after an operation this week.Milner-Skudder had his labrum, rotator cuff, supraspinatus and infraspinatus muscles and his bicep tendon repaired during the surgery.The 26-year-old turned to Facebook to update fans on his recovery.”Rehab/ recovery should be around 6-7 months, however first stage is a couple weeks’ rest while the wounds heal and then go from there,” he wrote online.”I have learnt from past injuries to not worry about what is out of my control, take it one step at a time and focus on the “here&now”. Combine those with a relentless drive to come back stronger and I know I’ve got this.”Milner-Skudder is no stranger to the recovery process. After breaking out for the All Blacks at the 2015 Rugby World Cup, a season which earned him World Rugby’s breakthrough player of the year award, Milner-Skudder spent most of the 2016 season sidelined with a similar operation on his left shoulder which he dislocated while playing for the Hurricanes.He returned to the field this season only to pick up a foot injury which meant another lengthy stint on the sidelines. He missed the All Blacks squad to play the British and Irish Lions, turning out for the Hurricanes and New Zealand Maori against the tourists instead.Milner-Skudder was then recalled to the All Blacks for the Rugby Championship, but missed out on the first couple of tests and was released to play for Manawatū in provincial rugby.He got a call-up to the starting side to face Argentina in New Plymouth and impressed enough to warrant starts in the two tests against South Africa.Milner-Skudder has 11 tests to his name and has scored 11 tries.He is contracted to New Zealand Rugby and the Hurricanes until 2019.last_img read more

Security guard jailed for breaking into workplace

first_imgOne week after the Guyana Public Service Union (GPSU) had reported that on several occasions during last month thieves have raided its headquarters, a security guard attached to that entity was on Monday jailed for 36 months for the incident.GPSU Headquarters at Shiv Chanderpaul Drive and Regent Road, GeorgetownThirty-seven-year-old Dwayne Allen of Lot 36 West Front Road, Ruimveldt, Georgetown, appearing before Senior Magistrate Judy Latchman, admitted that between July 27th and July 30th, 2018, he broke and entered the Headquarters of the GPSU at Lot 160 Regent Road and Shiv Chanderpaul Drive, Georgetown, and stole items to the total value of $980,660.According to the Prosecution’s case, the office was secured by employees who subsequently left the premises in the security care of the accused Allen, who was employed as a security guard.Reports are that after the employees had left, Allen burgled the building and carted off the items, leaving the building unattended.The court heard that closed circuit television (CCTV) footage showed Allen, accompanied by another male, breaking into the building. The father of three was later arrested and charged.The prosecution further noted that none of the stolen items was recovered.Before handing down sentence, Magistrate Latchman told the accused, “Even if you were working for a cent, you were employed with the organisation and you chose to steal from them. That was a bad thing.”Alen will be spending the next 36 months in prison.Earlier last week, at a press conference, GPSU president, Patrick Yarde, had said the robberies began on July 16, when a significant amount of cash was stolen from the accounts department.He noted that on July 27, an undisclosed sum of cash had been withdrawn from a city bank to be used to reimburse workers for travelling purposes, among other things, since the GPSU had been expected to host an executive meeting with members from all parts of the country.Following discovery of the missing cash, the Police were notified.The Union’s troubles did not end there, however, as thieves again entered the Union’s office and carted off a flat screen Sony television.“The security (rank) that left at seven (19:00hrs) indicated that he (had) left the television downstairs, and he (had) handed it over to the other security, but when he came back, the security was missing and the television downstairs was missing,” Yarde informed.Police were again summoned on the following Monday morning, yet another robbery had occurred. This time, the thieves carted off another Sony television and documents.Yarde said the thieves had again attempted to open the Union’s safe, as well as gain access to other offices. Damaged door edges shown to the media substantiated the GPSU story.Yarde said he believes the criminals have inside information. “To get to my office, you have got to go through three doors; and it is amazing how precise the things people are going for. How could somebody go to a cabinet… As a matter of fact, we are even looking to see what inside information may prevail…”The union’s president noted that, after the first incident, there had been no upgrade to the GPSU security systems, although surveillance cameras were purchased. The cameras, he had said, would soon be installed.last_img read more

‘Average’ Messi still fantastic – Pochettino

first_img0Shares0000Lionel Messi’s inspirational performance for Barcelona was described as the norm for the Argentine by Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino © IKIMAGES/AFP / Ian KINGTONLONDON, United Kingdom, Oct 4 – Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino lauded Lionel Messi’s consistent brilliance after the Argentine dealt a huge blow to Spurs’ Champions League hopes with a double in Barcelona’s 4-2 win at Wembley on Wednesday.Messi also hit the woodwork twice in a virtuoso display as Barca bounced back from a three-game winless run in La Liga to move alongside Inter Milan at the top of Group B with maximum points from two games. Spurs, by contrast, have lost both of their opening two fixtures and have a mountain to climb to reach the last 16.“He’s a fantastic player. The most important (thing) is Messi shows in every game why he is Messi,” said Pochettino.“His average performance is this type of game. He’s always above everything.”Spurs battled back bravely in the second-half with goals from Harry Kane and Erik Lamela twice reducing Barcelona’s lead to a solitary goal.But Pochettino lamented Philippe Coutinho’s second-minute opener when Spurs captain and goalkeeper Hugo Lloris was caught out of position on his first appearance after a five-week injury layoff.“When you start 1-0 down from the changing room that is difficult for the players,” added Pochettino.“The players understand this type of game when you play at this level, it is so difficult to come back.“The most important (thing) is the character we showed.”Coutinho described playing alongside Messi as an “honour” as Barca again came away from Wembley with happy memories having won the European Cup twice at the home of English football in 1992 and 2011.“Everything Messi does on the field is unpredictable,” said the Brazilian.“To play with him is an honour. He’s always doing something new.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more


first_imgGREAT students become great teachers.And here is former Coláiste Ailigh student Séamús Ó Brollacháin along with one of his students from the the Star of the Sea National school in Sandymount, Dublin. Seamús enetered his class in this year’s Primary school’s section of the BT Young Scientist.Mr Brollacháin was himself a member of the Coláiste Ailigh group that won an award at the 2007 Exhibition with a project on Codene addiction in IrelandHe is pictured: ó Clé: Séamus Ó Brollacháin, James Crowley agus Micheál Ó Giobúin,, Príomhoide, Coláiste Ailigh.The Irish medium college in Letterkenny continued its winning streak at this year’s show. Coláiste Ailigh students Stiofian Ó Gallchoir and Cristian Ó Scalaí are pictured below with their display award which they received at this year’s BT Young Science Exhibition at the RDS in Dublin.Their project examined the changing levels of glucose in the blood before, during and after exercise.Our bottom picture is of Coláiste Ailigh students Maighread Nic Ceallabhuí, Joyce Wylde and Aisling Ní Fhearáin with their display award which they received at this year’s BT Young Science Exhibition at the RDS in Dublin. Their project was titled: An bhfuil eifeácht ag cinealácha éagsúla bia ar leathnú an mhac-imreasc? FORMER COLÁISTE AILIGH STUDENT PASSES ON HIS SCIENTIFIC KNOWLEDGE TO THE NEXT GENERATION! was last modified: January 12th, 2015 by John2Share 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:Colaiste AilighletterkennystudentYOUNG SCIENTIST EXHIBITIONlast_img read more


first_imgDonegal television viewers may never get RTE’s new digital TV network SAORVIEW, Donegaldaily.com has learned.The new FREE digital network has been available to almost all of TV viewers across Ireland since May 2011.However management at RTE has now admitted that 2% of the population will not be able to access the service even after the October 2012 deadline. The new free network would have done away literally done away with the need for SKY TV.Last week we revealed how SKY are charging Donegal customers almost 30% more for the same service here than across the border in Derry.Outraged Fianna Fail TD Charlie McConalogue fumed that once again Donegal is being left behind.“We have seen it time and time again and continue to see it with regards mobile phone coverage, broadband services and now digital television. “RTE is the national broadcaster. We pay our television licence fee to them. Therefore, we all should be getting the same service.“Having checked a number of addresses from my constituency I can see that areas of Donegal North East will be included in the 2% which won’t get the service.“I have contacted the Minister for Communications, Energy & Natural Resources Pat Rabbitte and RTE in an effort to establish what will happen for the 2% of the population who won’t get the service.“Although a free-to-air satellite service is being developed by RTE to make sure the entire population get the access to the digital television channels, 100% coverage must mean just that – each and every home in the country.“I want assurances that this service will be fully operational in advance of the Analogue Switch Off (ASO) in late 2012. This is national and EU policy – 2% of the population cannot be left without a service.” ENDSDONEGAL TV VIEWERS MAY NEVER GET RTE’S FREE DIGITAL NETWORK was last modified: August 17th, 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:deputy charlie mcconalogueSAORVIEWSKYlast_img read more


first_imgTHE high cost of politics was laid bare today as the expenses dished out to TDs across the county were revealed.Our TDs received the following:Deputy Padraig McLochlainn – €51,174 Deputy Thomas Pringle – €42,135Deputy Joe McHugh – €51,808Deputy Charlie McConalogue –  €51,808Deputy Pearse Doherty –  €51,808 Deputy Dinny McGinley received €18,063 in his role as a TD but more substantial expenses as a Junior Minister have yet to be revealed.The system for expenses has been heavily criticised by Sinn Fein’s Pearse Doherty who says the way TDs get automatic pay-outs for unvouched expenses has to change.Said Deputy Doherty: “Only a portion of the money that we receive as a TDs is vouched. (i.e. we need to have receipts for it, but only 10% of TDs per year will ever have to produce the receipt as only 10% are asked for them based on a lottery system.)“This vouched expenditure is primarily to run your constituency offices, host clinics and for advertising purposes. The other payments that TDs get are your wages over  €92,000 per year  which you can do what you want with them and the other payment is for travel, subsistence and accommodation purposes which are not vouched, however if you attend the Dáil less than 120 times in a full year then this payment will be reduced.”He went on: “It is my belief that all TDs and Senators should be open with the public as to how much money we receive from the state and for what. From time to time headline figures appear in the media after the media are forced to go through a lengthy and not cost free, freedom of information process. Why should the media or any citizen be forced to do this, what have TDs and other Oireachtas members got to hide?” IT’S TOUGH AT THE TOP – DONEGAL TDs’ EXPENSES REVEALED was last modified: February 3rd, 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)last_img read more


first_imgDONEGAL Daily Weather Report, in association with The Mount Errigal Hotel, Letterkenny, Tel 07491 22700. It’s CupCake Thursday, Free Glass of Wine and Free Cupcake today.Today’s Weather: It was damp and mizzly overnight in most areas of Donegal before rain sweeps up from the south-east covering most of the county by around 8am and Inishowen and Fanad around 9am.Rain will be heaviest later in the north of the county, before clearing around lunchtime. Afternoon temperatures of around 11C or 12C today, slightly cooler on the coasts, with the sun trying to break through later, especially in the south and west. The west of the county could escape a new band of rain from the east, due to arrive around 6pm, and predicted to settle over the east and Inishowen. The rain will clear from all areas later tonight, with overnight temperatures of 6C or 7C.IT’S CupCake Thursday at the Mount Errigal Hotel. FREE Glass of Wine and a FREE CupCake for all the ladies when you order any Josper grill inspired main course at Dexters today. MILD, DRY & WET: THE DD WEATHER REPORT WITH THE MOUNT ERRIGAL HOTEL was last modified: April 2nd, 2014 by John2Share 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:Cupcake Thursdaysdonegal daily weatherletterkennyMount Errigal Hotellast_img read more

NHL Caps

first_img Atlanta 1 Henrik Lundqvist made 28 saves to win for the second straight game and the New York Rangers blistered Atlanta rookie Adam Berkhoel for three second-period goals. Lundqvist only allowed Ilya Kovalchuk’s first goal of the season and earned his second NHL victory. at Philadelphia 5, N.Y. Islanders 1 Michal Handzus scored twice and Simon Gagne added his NHL-leading seventh goal for the Flyers. Patrick Sharp and Kim Johnsson also scored for Philadelphia. Robert Esche made 19 shots for the Flyers, allowing only Mike York’s goal on a two-man power play. Toronto 3, at Montreal 2 Eric Lindros scored twice, including one of Toronto’s two power-play goals, leading the Maple Leafs over Montreal. Ed Belfour made 29 saves to win his second start in as many nights. Belfour was 0-1-2 through his first three games, including a 5-4 loss to the Canadiens a week earlier. Carolina 6, at New Jersey 1 Rod Brind’Amour scored two goals and Matt Cullen had a goal and two assists to lead the Hurricanes, who chased Devils goalie Martin Brodeur after just two periods. The reigning Vezina Trophy winner gave up five goals on 19 shots and was replaced by Scott Clemmensen to start the third. Tampa Bay 3, at Pittsburgh 1 Vincent Lecavalier scored a goal and set up two others and Tampa Bay extended Pittsburgh’s season-opening winless streak to a franchise record-tying six games. Vinny Prospal and Ruslan Fedotenko also scored for the Lightning. at Florida 3, Buffalo 2 Olli Jokinen scored a power-play goal with 1:07 remaining in the third period, lifting Florida over Buffalo. Mike Van Ryan had three assists and Roberto Luongo stopped 32 shots for the Panthers. Jokinen scored the game-winning goal 17 seconds after Jochen Hecht was penalized for hooking. Nashville 4, at St. Louis 1 Tomas Vokoun stopped 28 shots, helping Nashville end a nine-game unbeaten string at St. Louis. The Predators also remained one of the last remaining unbeaten teams, along with Ottawa, at 5-0-0. Nashville won at St. Louis for the first time since Jan. 4, 2001, going 0-8-1 since. Detroit 2, at Phoenix 0 Manny Legace had 23 saves to give the Detroit Red Wings their first shutout of the season. Henrik Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk each scored their third goal of the season for the Red Wings (4-1-0), who won their second in a row on the road. at San Jose 4, Chicago 3 Patrick Marleau scored two power-play goals in the second period, and San Jose beat Chicago for its third straight victory. Marco Sturm had a goal and an assist, and Jonathan Cheechoo also scored as the Sharks avenged a 6-3 loss at Chicago last week with more of the up-tempo hockey they love. at Calgary 3, Edmonton 0 Miikka Kiprusoff stopped 33 shots for his eighth career shutout as Calgary beat Edmonton. Kiprusoff was at his best in the second period when Edmonton outshot Calgary 15-4, but was unable to cut into a 2-0 deficit. Daymond Langkow and Jarome Iginla scored first-period goals, and Rhett Warrener added an empty-netter with 1:02 remaining. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Dominik Hasek became the 23rd goalie in NHL history to reach 300 victories, making 34 saves in Ottawa’s win over Boston. Chris Neil, Antoine Vermette, Brandon Bochenski, Anton Volchenkov and Brian Smolinski scored for the Senators, who improved to 5-0-0 this season. at N.Y. Rangers 5, center_img at Ottawa 5, Boston 1 last_img read more

Eureka girls prepare for Alhambra

first_imgWith eight local teams remaining in the North Coast Section basketball playoffs, the Loggers will get the quarterfinals under way when they host Alhambra at Eureka High tonight.The No. 3 seeded Eureka girls defeated Analy 67-45 in the opening round of the Division-3 bracket on Tuesday, with Kaylee Murphy and Makaila Napoleon each accounting for a game-high 18 points in what turned out to be a comfortable win.Tonight’s opponents, however, are likely to pose a bigger challenge.The Bulldogs …last_img read more