Controversial Broadcast (Amendment) Bill

first_imgA cursory research would reveal that freedom of the press is generally defined as the right to circulate opinions in print without censorship by the Government.Freedom of the media is understood to be the freedom of communication and expression through various mediums, such as electronic media and published materials.Freedom of expression is the right to express one’s ideas and opinions freely through speech, writing, and other forms of communication, but without deliberately causing harm to others’ character and/or reputation by false or misleading statements. Freedom of the press is also part of freedom of expression.Even if a more extensive research is conducted, it would not change the basic tenets of what constitute the freedoms alluded to. These are not only enshrined, but have been growing across this evolving world, reaching places once considered impossible. With the aid of evolving technology, which continues to enlighten and empower, its global spread is unstoppable, and consolidates with every passing day.Unfortunately, there are still parts of the world where freedom is yearned for. For those who have attained and experienced freedom, the sense of empowerment and identity it precipitates is beyond belief. In such circumstances, a return to what originally obtain could never be contemplated.Here, in Guyana, an extensive period of post-colonial rule has been marred by oppression, when the most basic of freedoms — the right to express one’s self — was cruelly taken away. That was not only physically done in many instances, but the prevailing repression and persecution inundated our minds with fear; fear to publicly identify with the overflowing desire to break the shackles of domination. Eventually, as the old cliché of time offering hope would bestow, the freedom of expression and the media returned, after almost three decades. What followed over the years was unprecedented; a plethora of media entities of various mediums was established across the country.The right to expression then mirrored that of the free world — the bastion of democracy. In this once oppressed nation, through the newly established media houses, both print and electronic, criticisms which were often extremely harsh of the Government were unleashed, and became not only acceptable, but a norm. It was unheard of up to that point, and any suggestion of a semblance of muzzling through the articulation or writing of anyone was met with robust unified and widespread condemnation.That exemplified a transition in mindset, from one that was forced to be fearful to one that was not prepared to relinquish freedom. It also exemplifies the empowerment freedom brings to a nation and its people.That is why the recently passed Broadcast Amendment Bill is seen by many as a wanton attempt to infringe and erode that hard-earned freedom. Even if one were to see it from the Government’s perspective, the mere enshrining of a right by the authority, under the guise of public service announcements (PSA), to dictate to the media what must be broadcast, and when, is a direct violation of what constitutes freedom of the media.The fear started in the public domain over this Bill, which is awaiting assent by the President, is profoundly real. Given that these freedoms are enshrined, the constitutionality of the current Bill cannot escape scrutiny.Is the action of the Government, through the Bill, a manifestation of them fearing criticism through public airwaves? If not, is the imposition of what to broadcast and when an attempt to garner free mitigation of criticism through Government’s preferred content? At a conservative rate, one hour per day for an entire year can accrue to about ten million dollars. That is what broadcasters would be prevented from potentially earning for the slot they have to free up. In that context, one can easily regard the Bill as trampling on the right to earn. Clearly, one way or the other, the Bill infringes on rights.What has become heartening is the swift response by at least two international bodies, the International Press Institute (IPI) and Reporters Without Borders, urging the Administration to review and consult. The glaring lack of consultation during the crafting of the Bill, and the fact that the Bill has been introduced by an Administration which is, by and large, the same as that during the oppressive period, exacerbates the fear.The media establishments, and by extension the workers, that stand to be affected by the consequences of the Bill would be hopeful that the red flags raised would become noticeable by both civil society here and the international community, seen as the protector of such freedoms. If the pronouncements of the International Press Institute (IPI) and Reporters Without Borders are any indication, then it appears that the wind may be blowing the flags from obscurity. Even with such hope, the history of what transpired over the infamous three-decade period teaches a different and haunting lesson. Consultation, followed by redrafting, can therefore thwart a repetition of the nation’s history. Was that history a lesson learnt?last_img read more

EU Vessels Illegally Fishing in Liberian Waters

first_imgThe Bureau of National Fisheries (BNF) has produced concrete evidence of illegal fishing of European Union (EU) vessels in Liberia’s distant waters.Mr. Berengere Prince, Senior Natural Resource Management Specialist at the World Bank and Team Task Leader of the West Africa Regional Fisheries Project (WARFP), said in a statement issued yesterday that, as a result, the European Union (EU) has reached a significant decision to adopt more stringent regulations that will bring transparency to the murky business of flagged vessels fishing in distant waters, the statement said. Mr. Prince said Liberia’s concrete evidence of illegal fishing by EU vessels came through the use of new satellite-based technology. “It was done through new technologies, including satellite tracking of boats’ onboard Automated Identifications System (AIS) and other vessel communication specialists have been monitoring in real time boats that are fishing off the coast of Liberia, thanks to the WARFP resources,” he said.He said the monitoring by specialists can bring suspicious boat activities to the attention of the authorities, including transshipment – which occurs when fishing vessels illegally and repeatedly load their catch onto carrier vessels further at sea to avoid detection.“The industrial fishing community is smaller than you might think,” said Stephen Akester, fisheries management adviser to the Bank’s West Africa Regional Fisheries Program (WARFP).“And this new level of accountability is happening. The Bank’s attention to governance is transforming [fishing in] the whole region,” he said of IUU (Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated) Fishing on the West African coast. IUU fishing plays a huge role in the depletion of marine fish stocks, and developing nations have long been victims of this practice. Global losses have been estimated at $10 to $23 billion a year, the report said. On December 10, as part of its new Common Fisheries Policy, the European Commission proposed a system to allow authorities to better monitor EU vessels outside their traditional waters as well as international vessels in EU waters. In order to obtain permission to fish, vessels will have to comply with EU rules that include licensing and background checks concerning old violations, fines and infringements. Previously, a European vessel did not have to register within Europe before fishing in other countries’ waters or ‘Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction’ (ABNJ). By 2017, member states will have a better understanding of who is fishing in their name in Exclusive Economic Zones (EEZ) around the world. Liberia held its first international conference in 2012 in Monrovia in order to begin the arduous process of negotiating new agreements with EU and other regional states that would help ensure procedures and regulations were in place to sustainably manage fisheries. It was followed with more meetings in 2013, leading to a Memorandum of Understanding and Tuna Agreement on managing the resources of the region. (Participants worked toward a sustainable tuna fishery in the coastal states of West Africa, including Sierra Leone, Liberia, Cote d’Ivoire and Ghana.) Liberia’s then-Minister of Agriculture, Florence Chenoweth, was a pioneer on this project, according to Prince, and helped lead the way toward better monitoring and control measures that will support the replenishment of West Africa’s fish stock and degraded marine environment. This is key to ensuring long-term food security, livelihoods and revenues from living marine assets, the report said. “Diplomatic representatives of the European Union at the conference were shocked by the level of IUU fishing by some European flagged vessels,” Akester recalled. Initially, some diplomats attended the meetings with the idea of protecting their own fleets, he added. Ultimately, the European Commission has recognized the damage IUU fishing has caused internationally and fishery specialists are heralding the possibility of a new era. Regulation is increasingly influenced by evidence that West African countries are generating that pertains to all Distant Water Fishing Nations (DWFN). At the same time there is a promising global trend of countries that have an international fishing industry, including Korea, that are adopting legislation to maintain better control over the vessels flagged in their name around the world. However, other DWFNs have yet to follow the examples of the EU and Korea. Earlier in the year, Liberia also signed its own fishing agreement with the European Commission. The EU said in a statement that it will help both parties in their fight against IUU fishing. The new partnership with the EU is also expected to contribute to Liberia’s recovery and food security in the wake of the Ebola crisis. “When I started working on fisheries twenty years ago I had little hope about a bright future for fisheries,” Prince said. “I see change now. Market incentives against illegal fishing, new technologies for monitoring, and political mobilization at the highest levels, all give me hope.” Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Hamilton sets pace in South Korea

first_img0Shares0000YEONGAM, South Korea, October 12 – Briton Lewis Hamilton fired a warning shot to world championship leader Fernando Alonso on Friday, clocking the fastest time in the first practice at the Korean Grand Prix.The McLaren man, who is fourth in the drivers’ standings, forty-two points behind the Ferrari of Alonso, was 0.302 seconds faster than the Spaniard, who was second quickest under cool but sunny conditions. Hamilton, who will quit McLaren for Mercedes next season, badly needs a win on Sunday to stay in the championship hunt.Sebastian Vettel, second in the overall standings going into the race in Korea, was fifth-fastest, 0.940 seconds off Hamilton’s time of one minute 39.148 seconds.Vettel’s Red Bull team-mate Mark Webber registered the third fastest time of the session, followed by Alonso’s Ferrari team-mate Felipe Massa.The Mercedes of Michael Schumacher and Nico Rosberg came home with the sixth and seventh best times respectively at a sparse Korea International Circuit in Yeongam.Much-maligned Frenchman Romain Grosjean, who incurred the wrath of the Australian Webber last week in Japan after they collided, clocked the eight-fastest time.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Boons and Willson respond to Premier’s letter to NDP leader Horgan

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — Peace Valley residents Ken and Arlene Boon, who were cc’ed on Premier Christy Clark’s letter to NDP leader John Horgan earlier this week, have written back to the Premier saying they are confused about some of the points in her letter.Ken Boon said that he and his wife are thankful that Clark has asked Hydro to extend their lease until July 15th, but they claim that the Premier has gotten several of the details in her letter wrong, especially the issue about his and the Meek family’s homes. “It’s quite confusing to us what she’s writing about,” said Boon. “She seems to be going into the weeds on the details for some reason of the logistics and timing of relocating these homes, and a lot of it’s just not true.”Boon explained that he and his wife have been dealing with BC Hydro’s land agents both at their home in Bear Flats and through their appropriation lawyer for some time now. Boon says that not only is BC Hydro is aware that the couple do not want their home moved, but that officials have been to their property several times to deal with logistics such as moving power lines and drilling a new well.- Advertisement -The Boons also refuted the Premier’s and BC Hydro CEO Jessica McDonald’s claims that any delay in realigning Highway 29 would result in a 1-year delay in Site C construction, costing $630 million. The Boons cite arguments made by West Moberly First Nation Chief Roland Willson and Prophet River First Nation Chief Lynette Tsakoza in their letter to Clark on June 7th. BC Hydro claims that Highway 29 needs to be realigned before the Peace River is diverted through tunnels in the riverbank to allow for dam construction to continue. However, in their letter, the two First Nations chiefs claim that not only could the realignment be completed by September 2019 even with a one-year delay, but that a one-year delay would not be needed even if the highway construction is not completed. The First Nations have stated that their opposition to the current realignment of Highway 29 is due to it passing directly over a First Nations gravesite and sacred sweat lodge.In their letter to Clark, the Boons also stated that they are concerned that the wording of the Premier’s latest letter could lead to resentment against them and the Meeks due to BC Hydro’s efforts to accommodate them possibly delaying construction. “We do not deserve to be made scapegoats for that,” the Boons’ letter states. “We have no quarrel with any project that is advanced if it is truly justified and for the greater good. We could understand the need to expropriate our lands and homes if that was clearly shown. That has most definitely not been the case with the Site C dam.” A full copy of the Boons’ letter can be found below: Willson added that he and Tsakoza have yet to receive a response from the Premier to their letter. Ken and Arlene Boons’ letter to Premier Clark. Ken and Arlene Boons’ letter to Premier Clark. Willson said that BC Hydro could in fact go with another option to realign Highway 29 that was proposed and rejected at a minimal increased cost, and would have fewer negative impacts. He told that the First Nations are simply asking BC Hydro and the provincial government about exploring an alternative that would not only not result in the destruction of two families’ homes and two First Nations archeological sites, but would also allow workers on Site C to keep their jobs.Advertisementlast_img read more

A look at some of James Brown’s most important hits

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: John Jackson greets a Christmas that he wasn’t sure he’d see160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! James Brown had dozens of hits over his decades-long career. Here is a smattering of his seminal, career-defining songs: 1956: “Please, Please, Please” — This begging ballad about a man trying to keep his woman took on a raw, sensual tone as Brown growled and yelped through the burning track. 1959: “Try Me” — Another slow R&B groove from a pleading Brown. 1961: “Bewildered” — Brown’s she-done-me-wrong classic. He shrieks and shouts passionately, “bewildered” by the actions of his now-former woman. 1962: “Night Train” — One of the first songs to feature the tight, jumping horn section that would become a cornerstone of most of his major hits. Brown’s rough-edged voice shouts out cities nationwide on the “Night Train” route. 1965: “Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag (Part I)” — Another classic dance track about — what else — dancing. 1965: “I Got You (I Feel Good)” — Perhaps Brown’s most famous tune, and one of the all-time greatest songs in rock’s canon. A buoyant, joyful jam that is an instant party starter. If you’ve never heard this, you’ve never heard music. 1966: “It’s a Man’s Man’s Man’s World” — Though the title may suggest a chauvinistic ode, this passionate, downbeat track really pays homage to a man’s eternal need for a woman by his side. 1967: “Cold Sweat (Part I)” — A smoking, sultry mid-tempo jam that features Brown singing about a woman that makes him weak-kneed. It was sampled by dozens, perhaps hundreds of ’80s rap songs. 1968: “Say it Loud – I’m Black and I’m Proud (Part 1)” — Released at the height of the civil rights movement, this anthem boldly asserted pride in being black at a time when African-Americans were still fighting for basic rights. 1970: “Get Up (I Feel Like Being Like A) Sex Machine” (Part 1)” — Despite its somewhat risque title, this frenetic groove is more of a call to move your feet. Perhaps Brown’s second most-famous song, its signature is its slamming rhythm section. 1971: “Make It Funky (Part 1) — This could be the theme song of Brown’s entire career. It begins with Brown saying what would become his motto: “(Whatever) I play, it’s got to be funky!” 1974: “Papa Don’t Take No Mess, (Part I): Brown’s amazing, funky tribute to a hard-nosed, stern dad. 1974: “The Payback (Part I)”: The ultimate revenge song, this song sounded as if it would fit right in with many of the blaxploitation soundtracks of the day with its blaring horns and rumbling bass lines. 1976: “Get Up Offa That Thing”: A killer bass instead of horns are the real glue of this James Brown classic dance groove. 1985: “Living in America” — This rousing, patriotic song from the fourth installment of the “Rocky” movie franchise re-established Brown as a hitmaker in his fifth decade. 1988: “Static, Pts. 1 & 2” (with Full Force) — As Brown’s music was being sampled right and left by rappers, Brown showed hip-hop heads how it should be done with this sizzling collaboration with the group Full Force.last_img read more

Everton star suffers ‘serious’ injury on international duty

first_img Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? LIVE on talkSPORT shining Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT gameday cracker RANKED “My colleague is also Portuguese and we had this communication, but of course he decided the best thing for the national team was to always have the best players.“Unfortunately for us and for Mina he has to stop again.” Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Mina has made just 14 appearances since joining Everton in a £28.5million deal from Barcelona last summer.Michael Keane and Chelsea loanee Kurt Zouma have been Silva’s preferred pairing in defence.When asked if he was angry or unhappy with Queiroz’s decision to play Mina in both friendly games, Silva said: “It’s not a matter of being unhappy. Michael Keane and Kurt Zouma are ahead of Yerry Mina in the Goodison Park pecking order West Brom vs Birmingham (Friday, 8pm) – talkSPORT 2Brighton vs Southampton (Saturday, 3pm) – talkSPORT 2West Ham vs Everton (Saturday, 5:30pm) – talkSPORTMiddlesbrough vs Norwich (Saturday, 5:30pm) – talkSPORT 2Portsmouth vs Sunderland (Sunday, 2:30pm) – talkSPORT 2 LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS 2 Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade ADVICE huge blow Marco Silva refused to criticise Colombia boss Carlos Queiroz after Yerry Mina suffered a ‘serious’ hamstring injury while on international duty.The Everton defender, who has been plagued by injury and fitness problems this season, hobbled off in the 43rd minute of Colombia’s 2-1 defeat to South Korea on Tuesday, having also played in Friday’s 1-0 win over Japan. talkSPORT is your home of live football! Here’s what’s coming up on talkSPORT and talkSPORT 2… no dice REVEALED Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions REVEALED Yerry Mina has had another injury setback BEST OF Silva is confident that Mina will play for Everton before the end of the season.He added: “It’s not for the season. Let’s see how many weeks he will be.“Now is not the right moment to say how long but we expect to see Mina again here soon training and playing in our blue shirt.” Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury REPLY Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Toffees boss Silva revealed he had told Queiroz that Mina was not fit enough to feature in both international games.He said: “We knew it could be a risk for him to play the two matches, it was something in our communication with the national team.“We cannot control it, it’s their decision of course but we tried to advise them.“It was always a risk for him to play two games in a short period. They decided and unfortunately for us and for Yerry he took the injury.” Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars 2last_img read more

Meet Joe Gerstandt

first_imgJoe Gerstandt is one, of a group of people, you can find here in the HR/Social Media space who call Omaha, NE home.  Joe is a frequent keynote speaker on general HR topics and also in his own area of expertise on Diversity and Inclusion (D & I).  Joe is also one half of the duo called Talent Anarchy.  Under that banner, Joe works with his partner Jason Lauritsen.  Together they speak, host conference events and write books.Joe has been working the speaking circuit for more than eight years now. This year was the fifth year in a row that Joe has been asked to present at SHRM’a Annual Conference. In addition to the National Conference Joe said that he has presented at state SHRM conferences in more than 30 states. Joe also presents at other events besides SHRM events, such as South by Southwest, as well as in the Health Care and Finance sectors.Joe enjoys his work, and anyone who has ever seen him present could attest to his passion.  I asked him if there was any down side.  Joe quickly responded yes; the travel.  Joe said he is gone 100 to 120 nights a year.  Joe said his family is young and this is something that can make speaking a challenge.I asked Joe how he got into the topic of D & I. He told me that he grew up in Northwest Iowa, and there was not much diversity going on around there.  Joe said after he did a stint in the Marine Corp he became much more interested in the topic. Joe said he got into Not for Profits and really started to learn about D & I.  Joe said he was motivated by stories of how people were treated poorly, because of their race, religion or background, and he felt the need to help change this.In 2011 Joe along with Jason published their first collaborative effort titled Social Gravity.  I asked Joe how do you write a book?  Joe said the he and Jason sort of wrote down a presentation they had been doing and refined it from there.   I asked Joe if there were plans for further publications.  Joe said that currently he and Jason are working on a book about authenticity and leadership.I asked Joe how they got into the speaking game.  Joe said that both he and Jason had done a number of break out session, but were told by everyone that they could not or would not let them be keynote speakers at a conference unless they had a book.  Joe said he recalls getting a call from John Jorgensen, who was putting together an Illinois SHRM Conference in 2010. Joe said John offered Talent Anarchy the big stage in Illinois, and the gigs have continued to come since then.last_img read more

How a Change of Perspective Can Make Data Epic

first_imgRelated Posts marshall kirkpatrick Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#Analysis#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Above, Irish designer John McDermott displays GPS data exported from the bicycling community MapMyRide in a very different way. The change of perspective confers a new feeling to the data. This wasn’t just a long bike ride, this was an epic trek that deserves to be commemorated. McDermott, who heads design at Irish interactive agency AB Brown, has removed all other map data to focus on the route itself and puts the starting and ending point in the distant background to help communicate the great distance traveled. In the bottom corner are details like the date, duration, distance, speed and a graphic representation of the weather during the ride. It’s a great example of how a strong design can evoke new communicative value from the data we produce though our everyday activities.The black background and thick line of the route McDermott uses, as well as the large font for the title of the ride, all give this display of location data a very chic feel. It looks like a commemorative poster for a victorious stadium concert. But it was really just a 90 minute bike ride! It does look like a pretty epic 90 minutes though, with that meandering route, average speed of 13 mph and a top speed of 38 mph.McDermott offers a number of different treatments of different routes on his Flickr account, which was highlighted today on the design blog NotCot. Map blogger Keir Clarke points to another bike mapping visualization today called Animaps.From Data, Much is PossibleThese are just a few examples of the new kinds of value that can be extracted from data when it can be extracted from the services used to create it and manipulated by other applications. In these cases, there are elements of storytelling, multimedia presentation and emotional communication that are all made possible by working with the data.The data we create online isn’t always as easy to access though as location data is from services like MapMyRide. One of the people working to change that is Jeremie Miller, inventor of the widely used Instant Messaging protocol XMPP and now co-founder of personal data locker startup Singly. (Here’s our in depth write-up of Singly and The Locker Project.)“When you own your data, anyone can create a new way for you use it, visualize it, experience it and share it,” Miller says. “When someone else owns your data, then new tools can only be developed with the permission of that 3rd party and tied to that 3rd party’s system. For those that want to create new experiences, they have to overcome either the permission barriers, or the technological barriers, or the submit-to-a-dictator barriers before doing something great for you with (what should be) your own data. That’s a lot of impedance. For every one awesome new experience that can make it past all that and/or find data that is more free/accessible, there are 10, or 100 more, that didn’t overcome the barriers.”Thank goodness for freely accessible personal location tracking data; look at the kinds of cool things it makes possible. Perhaps some day all our data, from social networking to health records, will be as accessible to us who should own it to innovate on top of. That would be epic. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Chinese Social Media CEOs Insist Facebook Has Been Vanquished

first_imgRelated Posts Tags:#China#web dave copeland 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg may have been spotted vacationing in China this week, but as far as the chief executives of his Chinese competitors are concerned, he’s no threat.Those CEOs routinely tell the state-controlled Chinese press that they’re beating Facebook, Twitter and Google+ in growth among Chinese users – never mentioning that Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and most other foreign social networks are banned from operating in China.“It’s always interesting when the CEOs of Chinese social media companies tell the press that they are beating the foreign companies in China,” said a member of a U.S. communications firm that has offices in China. “Not exactly difficult when your competitors are blocked. The press, both local and foreign, tend to stay away from the story. Nobody wants to lose access.”Zuckerberg has been traveling to China since 2010 in an effort to improve relationships and explore business opportunities. Not only would Facebook like to offer its service to the increasingly connected country, but the company has been forging relationships with Chinese software and app developers. While some Chinese Internet users are able to circumvent the so-called Great Firewall and access U.S.-based social networks, most are blocked and forced to rely on government-approved platforms.“We continue to evaluate entering China,” Facebook said in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission as part of its initial public offering. “However, this market has substantial legal and regulatory complexities that have prevented our entry into China to date.”Earlier this year, China launched a pilot program in five cities requiring users of Twitter-like microblogging sites to register their real names. Known as “weibo” sites, about half of China’s 513 million Internet users access the sites, and their use has quadrupled in the past year.China has given no time frame of when or even if it will open up to U.S.-based social networks, but the pilot program seems to favor a social network that requires users to register with their real names. Twitter famously allows people to sign up anonymously, and Google+ was banned in China one day after it was launched last summer. But Facebook has tight rules on users registering their real names, and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is reportedly planning another trip to China.Despite the restrictions on free speech, which also prohibit Internet users from saying anything negative about the ruling political party, China remains the world’s second-biggest economy and a largely untapped market for major U.S. tech companies. Last year, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg told Time “it’s impossible to think about connecting the whole world right now without also connecting China.”Image courtesy of Shutterstock.last_img read more

On point: Thomas making progress, could join Cavs earlier

first_imgHotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim FILE – In this Friday, May 19, 2017 file photo, Boston Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas looks to pass the ball as Cleveland Cavaliers guard Iman Shumpert, left, defends during the first half of Game 2 of the NBA basketball Eastern Conference finals in Boston. Day by day, Isaiah Thomas looks a little more like an All-Star point guard like himself. And just maybe like one who can rescue the reeling Cavaliers. Thomas has been increasing his workout load and is making strong progress in his recovery from a hip injury that ended his 2016 in Boston and delayed the start of his 2017 season with Cleveland, Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File)INDEPENDENCE, Ohio — Day by day, dribble by dribble, Isaiah Thomas looks a little more like an All-Star point guard – like himself.And just maybe like one who can rescue the reeling Cavaliers.ADVERTISEMENT “We have to make sure he’s 100 percent,” Lue said Monday as the Cavs regrouped following an embarrassing loss to the Atlanta Hawks. “We have to worry about him as a player and a person. If he’s not right, not healthy, we don’t want to rush him back to set him back even more.”Thomas isn’t keeping his status any kind of secret. In the first few weeks of his rehab, he kept a lower profile as he worked out in the team’s facility away from reporters and cameras. Lately, he’s been front and center, giving everyone a glimpse of the strides he’s made in coming back from a torn labrum.Lue credited Cleveland’s training staff with a slow, steady approach in bringing along Thomas, who came to the Cavs in the blockbuster trade last summer that sent Kyrie Irving to the Boston Celtics.Irving and the Celtics have won nine straight and lead the Eastern Conference. Meanwhile, Cleveland has remained patient, although it’s clear that Thomas can’t wait to get back onto the floor in meaningful games.“I just wanna HOOP!!!!!” he tweeted Sunday night.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The Cavs need him. Without Irving, the Eastern Conference champions lack a proven scorer to take some pressure off James. Thomas won’t help Cleveland’s suspect defense. In fact, it might be a little worse with him on the court, but its offense would go to another level with Thomas.He can drive. He can shoot. He can get to the line.“We still have a 30-point scorer, All-Star point guard that’s coming soon,” James said recently. “So that’s exciting.”Once he returns, Thomas is expected to move into the starting lineup, with Derrick Rose coming off the bench and running the Cavs’ second unit. It’s been dreadful starts by the Cavs’ first five that have been at the heart of their early struggles. Thomas could fix that, but until he’s ready, the Cavs have to come out with more energy and a greater sense of urgency.Thomas should also help Cleveland’s woeful 3-point shooting. The Cavs enter Tuesday night’s game against Milwaukee 25th in the league in 3-point accuracy (33 percent) and tied for 16th in 3-pointers made per game. Thomas made a Celtics record 245 3-pointers last season and knocked down at least one in 57 straight games.Against the Hawks, the Cavs started 3 of 25 from behind the arc and finished 10 of 36 – thanks mostly to Kyle Korver heating up during a fourth-quarter comeback.“We have guys that can shoot the ball,” said Kevin Love, who was taken to the hospital Sunday after falling ill. “I don’t know what it says on pace, but last year we really pushed the ball with ‘Bron and Ky and really opened up the floor. But we’re just not shooting the ball well from 3, and that has to change.”There need to be other changes, and Lue said it’s time for his team to begin making them.“Just have to keep attacking it,” he said. “Have to keep showing film and continue to keep talking about it. I think guys are embarrassed and we should be embarrassed of how we’re getting beat. Teams that we’re playing, having guys out, key guys out and still not being able to win. We all have to continue to keep searching and continue to keep fighting and continue to play hard.”And at some point, they might get some help. 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Thomas worked on his 3-pointer , man-to-man defense, conditioning, ball handling and free throws as he nears a return that may be coming sooner than imagined.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 openingAlthough the team has not disclosed any change from its original timetable estimate of the end of December, it’s apparent that Thomas is getting closer.At 4-6, and lacking a second scorer to complement LeBron James, the Cavs might be tempted to rush Thomas along. But Lue said it’s imperative for the team to stick with its plan so as not to harm the 28-year-old. Palace: Robredo back to ‘groping with a blind vision’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIESlast_img read more