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Coal miners, Hurricane Sandy and China’s GreenGen

first_imgChina in 2010 became the world’s largest investor in clean energy. It is the largest producer of solar panels and of wind energy. Here, an engineer points to a diagram of the GreenGen coal-fired, low-emission power plant that went online this year.This year, possibly for the first time ever, the United Mine Workers did not endorse a presidential candidate. In 2008, the union was an early endorser of Obama, and has usually supported Democratic candidates. The union’s decision to sit it out this year was an indication of the crisis that has befallen coal miners, who don’t know where to turn for help.In 1923, there were 700,000 coal miners in the United States. Today, there are fewer than 88,000. In this same period, the total amount of coal produced here annually has doubled, while productivity per worker has increased about 14 times.Mining coal is a hard, dirty and dangerous job. Most of the mines are in areas, like Appalachia, where poverty is high and other types of work are hard to get. Historically, coal miners have been among the most class-conscious and militant workers. Their harsh conditions and the high-handed, brutal tactics of the mine owners resulted in class struggles that have at times amounted to open warfare.Both capitalist parties want the votes of miners and their communities but have no answers to their rising problems. The Republicans tried to make hay this year by blaming growing unemployment in mining areas on government regulation of coal mining and coal-fired power plants, which are major producers of greenhouse gas (GG) pollution. Romney even found some coal miners willing to stand on the platform at one of his campaign rallies. The Republicans failed to capture the union’s endorsement, but the workers were disappointed enough with the Obama administration to withhold their support.No mention of climate change in debatesCapitalist politics is based upon deception of the masses of people. This election was no exception. While the presidential debates were about the budget deficit and taxes, the all-important issues of jobs, poverty and climate change got little attention from the candidates. Climate change in particular was never even mentioned.It should have been a perfect opportunity to bring to hundreds of millions of viewers a clear, scientific explanation of what is happening to the world’s environment because of rampant, profit-driven industrial expansion, and then present a program of what to do about it.Here, in the richest of all capitalist countries, the technology and the human power exist to remake the entire infrastructure and begin to turn around the intensifying cycle of unnatural disasters now unfolding.The energy of every person who needs and wants a job and training could be employed in such an endeavor.Of course, nothing of the kind happened. The absolute lack of any plan, even to deal with the after-effects of hurricanes, tornadoes, droughts and floods, let alone with their causes, was made painfully clear during and immediately after the election. Millions had their lives turned upside down by climate-change-induced catastrophes all over the country, from wildfires in the West and drought in the Midwest grain belt to the swath of submerged and hammered communities hit by Hurricane Sandy, which rampaged from the New York-New Jersey coast all the way to the Great Lakes and into Canada.Yet the recent annual U.N. talks on climate change, which took place this year in Doha, the capital of oil-rich Qatar, got nowhere as usual.The governments of the rich and powerful capitalist countries that have produced the vast majority of carbon dioxide gas that today blankets the earth, trapping its heat, have blocked any efforts to set quotas for reducing the emission of greenhouse gases. Nor could the small island countries that face extinction as sea levels rise get any meaningful help for their people.However, the lack of an international agreement hasn’t stopped every country from moving ahead with tackling this urgent problem. Most notable is the People’s Republic of China. It is worth citing a few facts about what China is doing, especially since most of the U.S. media present China as a major problem in climate change.China pioneers ‘clean’ coalChina relies on coal for 70 percent of its energy. It has the largest coal deposits in the world, and is presently the largest consumer of coal. This is a huge problem for China, and has contributed to serious air pollution in most of its cities.But in 2010 China became the world’s largest investor in clean energy. When the 2008 financial crisis hit, the U.S. spent trillions on bailing out the banks and other financial institutions. China, seeing its export market drying up as the Western capitalist economies plunged, did something different. It invested nearly a trillion dollars in its infrastructure, much of it dealing with the problem of energy conservation as well as clean energy generation.It established the Thermal Power Research Institute, the Clean Energy Research Institute and many other government bodies to integrate scientific breakthroughs with industrial development. This led to vastly expanding its investment in renewables like solar panels and wind farms.In October the China Institute of Atomic Energy announced it had completed the construction of an experimental fourth-generation fast neutron reactor that is now contributing 20 megawatts to the power grid. The plant utilizes 60 percent of the energy in its uranium fuel, compared to just 1 percent for older pressurized water reactors. The next step in China’s nuclear program is a fast reactor that uses recycled fuel — thus beginning to draw down the huge piles of radioactive waste accumulating around the world.China’s investment in cleaner energy has also led to the development of new ways to use coal without adding carbon dioxide to the atmosphere.This year, a coal-fired plant called GreenGen went online in Tianjin that is generating 400 megawatts of electricity with near-zero emissions of carbon and sulfur. The carbon is sequestered and pumped back deep underground. GreenGen is a pilot plant; if it performs as expected, China will build more and phase out the older polluting plants.Coal is not the answer for all time, obviously. Coal, like oil and gas, is a fossil fuel. It was created by geological processes over millions of years, and it is being depleted at an alarming rate by human extraction. It is not renewable.Over the short term, however, the new coal-fired energy technology can help China reduce its GG emissions — which it committed itself to do at the U.N. conference in Copenhagen three years ago. It voluntarily set itself a target of a 45 percent reduction in GG emissions per unit of economic development by 2020. (Bloomberg News, April 3)China is still a developing country, one that has to feed and house 1.3 billion people — four times the population of the U.S. How can it afford to be on the cutting edge of dealing with global warming, when only two generations ago most of its people lived in dire poverty?The answer is that, despite the growth of the capitalist market in China, its central financial and industrial institutions are still publicly owned and operated according to a planned economy made possible by its socialist revolution of 1949. Even Western capitalists, who would love to break up state control over the Chinese economy as they did in the former USSR, recognize this.‘Earth, the Operator’s Manual’The U.S. Public Broadcasting System aired a documentary last April entitled “Earth, the Operator’s Manual.” It can be viewed online. Among the people interviewed on this program, which deals with the question of climate change, is Jon Hofmeister, the head of Shell USA.Hofmeister says about China: “There is literally a plan in their energy policies. It’s good to have a plan — having that long arc of commitment. … We’re not making the decisions at the national level that need to be made in terms of the next decade and the next several decades after that. … Places like China have a clear plan, and they are driving forward and they are building an energy infrastructure for the 21st century which will perhaps supply energy to the world’s largest economy — China, not the U.S.”How ironic that a major capitalist — from the oil industry, no less — should speak admiringly of China’s economic plan. Of course, Hofmeister would be horrified if we were to suggest that Shell, Mobil, General Electric, Ford, Citibank and all the huge corporations and banks that have a lock on the U.S. economy should be taken over through a workers’ revolution so that the riches of this society, built by the workers, could be organized in a rational plan and used to meet people’s needs, not the profit greed of a small class of parasitic owners.No, Hofmeister wants to have his cake and eat it, too. He wants the capitalist government to invest the workers’ money into just enough planning of infrastructure so that his company won’t fall behind China and can still produce enormous profits for his class.One of the U.S. companies that has started doing business in China is Peabody Coal. It actually divested its mines in Appalachia by selling them to a company created for this purpose, which then conveniently went bankrupt. This pushed the responsibility for the miners’ pensions and health coverage onto the government — a common trick nowadays.Peabody is involved in the GreenGem plant, and would probably like to take the technological knowhow that China has developed in the field of near-zero-emission, coal-fired energy generation and make profits from it here in the U.S. But Peabody wouldn’t sink much of its own money into such a plan. It would agree with Hofmeister that the government should pay the lion’s share. The primary concern of Peabody, as a capitalist corporation, is not clean energy. It is profit.The U.S. capitalist government, however, is already so overburdened with paying the banks their interest on the national “debt,” spending trillions on protecting the worldwide imperialist interests of big capital, and also repressing the working class at home — where we have the largest prison population in the world — that it is trying to figure out what to cut, not what to add.Mattoon power plant, dead before it was bornActually, there was a plan to build such a low-emissions coal-fired power plant in the U.S., beginning back in 2004 with the founding of the FutureGen Alliance. Millions of dollars were sunk into it before the Bush administration withdrew funding. After the bubble burst, the new Obama administration said in 2009 that some of the stimulus money should go into building the FutureGen plant in Mattoon, Ill. But it seems that the plug has been pulled on that plant, and it is now going nowhere.The capitalist system has no answers to the problem of global warming or to the despair of the coal miners, who are being replaced not by environmental regulations but by new technology like mountaintop removal.Meanwhile, many communities ravaged by Hurricane Sandy are still suffering. And the Midwest drought has lowered the Missouri and Mississippi rivers by as much as 20 feet, threatening to halt shipping there. (Thanks to WW subscriber Joe Johnson of Wisconsin for this information.)The profit motive, which is so totally entrenched in this capitalist society, stands in the way of a rational reorganization of the economy that would provide jobs for all while re-greening the planet. Only the working class and the oppressed, fighting in their own interests, have the power to bring this ruling class down and put production on a sustainable basis. Environmentalists have a duty to do all they can to help make this happen.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Misuse of official messages

first_img to go further April 1, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Misuse of official messages June 15, 2020 Find out more Coronavirus: State measures must not allow surveillance of journalists and their sources RSF_en Organisation Receive email alerts EcuadorAmericas News News Newscenter_img The head of the NGO Fundamedios, César Ricaurte, criticises the government’s inappropriate and often discriminatory use of provisions for broadcasting official messages and announcements (called “cadenas”) on Ecuador’s TV stations. Coronavirus “information heroes” – journalism that saves lives Follow the news on Ecuador News Help by sharing this information Two months before Assange’s extradition hearing, RSF calls for his release on humanitarian grounds and for US Espionage Act charges to be dropped EcuadorAmericas April 10, 2020 Find out more December 24, 2019 Find out morelast_img read more

Broadway Revival of On the Town Will Record Cast Album

first_img On the Town Show Closed This production ended its run on Sept. 6, 2015 Related Shows View Comments The Broadway revival of On the Town  will be recorded on November 3 in New York New York! The two-disc cast album, produced by seven-time Grammy nominated producer Robert Sher, will be released by PS Classics, probably in January 2015; the exact date will be announced later. Directed by John Rando, the new production stars Tony Yazbeck, Jay Armstrong Johnson and Clyde Alves and is currently running at the Lyric Theatre.First seen on Broadway in 1944, On the Town, which features music by Leonard Bernstein and a book and lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green, follows the adventures of three sailors on leave in New York City. Based on the ballet Fancy Free by Jerome Robbins, the musical’s toe-tapping hits from the show include “New York, New York,” “I Can Cook Too,” “Lonely Town” and “Some Other Time.” The new production premiered at the Barrington Stage Company in Massachusetts last year.In addition to Yazbeck, Johnson and Alves, the cast includes Alysha Umphress, Megan Fairchild, Elizabeth Stanley, Jackie Hoffman, Michael Rupert and Allison Guinn.last_img read more

Mallard’s Team of the Week — NMHA Atom A Team

first_imgStaff at Mallard’s Source for sports would like to add to the celebrations with Team of the Week honours.The team includes, coaches Sandy Boyd, Greg Andrusak, Craig Upper, Lisa Upper, Geoff Watts, Devan Andrusak, Seamus Boyd, Koby Upper, Ethan Bennett, Drake Proctor, Jamie Popoff-Hnatiuk, Mason Ouchi, Sam Orasuk, Alexander Andersen, Simon Forrester, Dylan Watts, Rhett Hamilton, Bryce Sookro, Logan Krotz (Relief Goalie from Cranbrook) and Ben Haydu. The Nelson Minor Hockey Atom A squad made it look easy en route to capturing the top prize at the recent tournament in Kimberley.The players combined solid team work with determination to capture the first-place trophy with wins over Blackfoot (Calgary), Indus (Calgary), host Kimberley and Cranbrook.last_img


first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (March 22, 2015)–A winner of a record 21 Breeders’ Cup races and considered by many to be the best big-money rider in American Racing, jockey Mike Smith figures to be a longshot to win his second career Santa Anita Derby with up and coming Bolo, who will try to turn the tables on top-rated Derby contender Dortmund in the 78th running of the West Coast’s most important Kentucky Derby prep on Saturday, April 4.Dating back to Gallahadion in 1940, the Grade I, $1 million Santa Anita Derby has produced a total of 17 winners of the Run for the Roses, including two out of the last three–I’ll Have Another in 2012 and California Chrome last year.Trained by Carla Gaines and owned by Golden Pegasus Racing, Inc. and Earle Mack, Bolo, a 3-year-old Kentucky-bred colt by Temple City, had won two out of his first three starts with Smith on grass, including the one mile Eddie Logan Stakes on Dec. 27, prior to running a big third, beaten only 1 ¾ lengths, by Dortmund in the Grade II San Felipe Stakes on March 7, which was Bolo’s first-ever start on natural dirt.Although Smith, who’s lone Kentucky Derby win came with longshot Giacomo in 2005, took off of Bolo to ride Ocho Ocho Ocho to an eighth place finish in the San Felipe, he’s more than happy to be back aboard for his next engagement on April 4.Q. You saw Bolo run a big third behind Dortmund in the Grade II San Felipe on March 7. Can he improve enough in the Santa Anita Derby to turn the tables on Dortmund?A. “We’re sure hoping so. He had a slight tendency to get tired the other day. He made a beautiful run, looked like he was going to be a big part of it, but he just got tired. He missed close to three weeks of training in between the Eddie Logan and the San Felipe, so he definitely had a license to need that race and it should move him forward, but you just hope it moves him forward enough.”Q. He’s shown good natural speed on dirt and turf. How important is that to you?A. “It’s good to have a horse that has tactical speed like that, who can put you in the race early and put you in a good spot. It always helps. The first time he ran, he got away real bad. He used to be a little anxious in the gate but he’s gotten a lot better about it and he’s been breaking really well.”Q. He’s by the Dynaformer stallion Temple City and he’s out of a Chief Seattle mare. Does he have the pedigree to be a top-tier Derby candidate?A. “I really think he does. I don’t think distance will be a problem for him whatsoever. Like I said, he got a little tired the other day from missing training but every time I’ve ever ridden him, he’s galloped out like a monster. I don’t think the distance will be a problem, I think it will be a plus.”Q. If Bolo runs a big second or third in the Santa Anita Derby, would you commit to him for the Kentucky Derby, or would you wait?A. “I ride the Arkansas Derby (April 11) after that as well, so I’ll have to see how Far Right (by Notional and trained by Ron Moquett) runs and how Bolo runs in the Santa Anita Derby and go from there. As you know, things can change a lot in these prep races so you don’t want to commit right now. If you commit now and they decide not to go (to the Derby), you may have cut yourself off another horse, so you just want them all to keep taking steps forward and it should be no problem.”Q. If you can take a step back, and assess things as a horseplayer, who’s the best 3-year-old you’ve seen this year?A. “I think Dortmund is the best 3-year-old because he hasn’t missed a beat. He’s the only one that’s been marching straight through. He hasn’t missed training. He hasn’t missed anything. I think he’ll want every bit of a mile and a quarter and he’s already proven he likes Churchill Downs with the way he won there (7 ¾ length one mile allowance win on Nov. 29). American Pharoah ran really well at Oaklawn the other day. I’m not sure how much was in that race and it was his first race back, but he surely can’t be as tight as Dortmund is right now, so I’d have to give the edge to Dortmund.”A native of Roswell, New Mexico, Smith, who will turn 50 on Aug. 10, won the 2007 Santa Anita Derby with Tiago and he was also the regular rider of legendary 2010 Horse of the Year Zenyatta. SMITH OPTIMISTIC, SAYS ‘EVERY TIME I’VE RIDDEN HIM, HE’S GALLOPED OUT LIKE A MONSTER’ last_img read more

Sol, surf e observaçao de baleias

first_imgDesde as longas extensoes de areia de praias inexploradas da Costa Ocidental ate as orlas maritimas subtropicais de Maputaland, ha uma praia para todos os gostos. Veja o nascer do sol sobre o oceano Atlantico ou Índico, ponha o bronze em dia ou seja mais activo – a África do Sul oferece dos melhores surf, windsurf e mergulho do mundo. E depois ha as baleias…O PARAÍSO DOS DESPORTOS NÁUTICOSOs nossos programas de mergulho tem florestas de algas gigantes nos recifes de coral, o surf inclui programas divertidos na praia, tubos ocos e alguns monstros a serio, alem de termos um optimo surf ski ou as ondas de esqui, caiaque e vela.Surf, windsurf, kitesurf, caiaque oceanico“A África do Sul e dos melhores paises do mundo para a pratica de surf, com um cenario costeiro espantoso, boa qualidade de surf em qualquer epoca do ano, um nivel de vida barato e ao mesmo tempo de grande nivel, alem de uma cultura unica de que se pode orgulhar,’ diz Steve Pike, editor da Wavescape.Poucos seriam os visitantes a discordar. Ha centenas de surf breaks por todo o pais – cerca de 50 a uma hora de carro da Cidade do Cabo.Desde a ondulaçao segura para crianças e principiantes ate aos breaks epicos que assustam mesmo os concorrentes mais audazes nas competiçoes internacionais que se realizam em Junho e Julho.A area do Cabo Oriental em volta do Cabo de Sao Francisco, Jeffreys Bay e Port Elizabeth – conhecidos em conjunto como Jay Bay pelos surfistas locais – conhecido em todo o globo pela qualidade das suas ondas.Muitos dos albergues para os chamados turistas de mochila espalhados um pouco por todo o pais estao preparados para aluguer de pranchas, surfaris guiados e liçoes de surf e em Durban e na Cidade do Cabo existem boas escolas de surf.A África do Sul tem locais assombrosos para a pratica de windsurf e kitesurf. Langebaan, perto da Cidade do Cabo, e internacionalmente reconhecida como um dos pontos de encontro mais badalados para todo o genero de pratica de surf – mas ha mais.Uma maneira mais acessivel de experimentar o prazer do mar e andar de caiaque. Existem viagens guiadas em volta da Cidade do Cabo, Hermanus, Knysna, Plett e Durban.VelaA costa maritima da África do Sul e uma das mais desafiantes do mundo da vela, com poucos portos, muitas tormentas e, mares frequentemente bastante alertados. Nao e por isso uma boa opçao para levar um barco alugado.No entanto, e um lugar optimo para aprender vela – ha escolas da modalidade na Cidade do Cabo, Porth Elizabeth e Durban – e disputam-se aqui algumas das regatas mais famosas do globo. As regatas locais sao inumeras tambem e a regata da Cidade do Cabo ate ao Rio de Janeiro e uma das mais celebres, atraindo um enorme contingente de barcos.MergulhoSe precisa que o convençam acerca da gravidade e do perigo da costa sul africana, nao precisa de ir longe – basta ver os naufragios mais recentes ou os que ficaram na historia – todos eles grandes tragedias, mas ainda assim boas noticias para os mergulhadores. Porem, nao se preocupe, temos mais para lhe oferecer do que esses sitios desoladores. O nosso ambiente submarino e do mais diverso e do mais belo que existe, com infinitos sitios fantasticos para mergulhar.Possuimos uma linha costeira incrivelmente longa, dos 35º S aos 27º S, que nao fica propriamente ao alcance normal do mergulho tropical. Apesar disso, as correntes que descem de Moçambique pela costa oriental trazem aguas quentes e tropicais e Sodwana Bay, no KwaZulu-Natal, tem os recifes de coral mais a sul do mundo.Encontrara aqui todo um conjunto de peixes com cores magnificas e algumas grandes lesmas do mar, incluindo a extravagante “dançarina espanhola’. Tubaroes baleia, tartarugas, golfinhos e tubaroes de areia sao muitas vezes vistos em zonas especificas.À medida que vamos descendo a costa, o ambiente submarino muda gradualmente ate que, quando chegamos a Cidade do Cabo, ja estamos a mergulhar em aguas frias mas encontraremos lindissimas florestas de algas gigantes – onde podemos flutuar por debaixo da agua e admirar o surpreendente mundo colorido dos recifes.Ha escolas de mergulho em praticamente todos os sitios, um grande numero delas, para nossa admiraçao, na cidade de Joanesburgo, tao isolada do mar, onde as pessoas fazem o seu treino antes de partirem para a Sodwana Bay para praticar mergulho.Mas tome sempre muito cuidado com as zonas interditas. Um voo do nivel do mar para Joanesburgo pode demorar so uma hora, mas sobe-se quase 2.000 metros (7.000 pes) de altitude – e isso sem considerar o voo. O que representa um enorme risco, por isso deve ajustar o seu itinerario de modo a incluir um dia de visitas e excursoes, compras ou idas a praia antes de ir fazer mergulho e viajar em Joanesburgo.CAPITAL MUNDIAL DA BALEIAA África do Sul e um dos melhores destinos mundiais para observaçoes dos mamiferos marinhos. No inicio de Junho, as baleias franco astrais deixam o seu habitat no Antarctico para ziguezaguear nas aguas (relativamente) quentes da costa do Cabo.Experiencias com a vida selvagemÉ claro que os grandes mamiferos da África do Sul nem sempre estao na linha da costa.Aqui acasalam, tem as crias e geralmente permanecem, ocasionalmente jogando a cauda para o ar ou pondo as cabeças de fora para ver por onde param as pessoas.Na Cidade do Cabo pode ve-los da estrada, em qualquer sitio ao longo da False Bay (Baia Falsa) e, se estiver num sitio suficientemente alto, pode ve-los perfeitamente no litoral ocidental.A cidade de Hermanus auto-proclamou-se a capital mundial da baleia – e nao anda longe da verdade. Estes animais imensos aproximam-se as vezes a escassos metros da costa e sao claramente visiveis do passeio panoramico no cimo do penhasco.Mais a leste, a cidade de Plettenberg Bay tambem se auto-proclama capital da baleia – e igualmente com fortes motivos para o fazer. As baleias franco austrais podem ser vistas na baia entre Junho e Novembro e as baleias jubartes ou corcundas migratorias vem aqui por pouco tempo, mais ou menos em Maio ou Junho e depois, na sua viagem de regresso, entre Novembro e Janeiro.As baleias de Bryde ou orcas sao vistas ocasionalmente, ao passo que os golfinhos nariz de garrafa e os golfinhos corcundas sao residentes todo o ano. Uma colonia de procriaçao de focas do Cabo completa a impressionante colecçao de mamiferos de Plettenberg Bay.É em Plett que a industria de observaçao de golfinhos e baleias esta mais bem organizada, com viagens de barco, caiaque e aeronaves. A observaçao, as distancias e o tempo gasto com cada animal sao estritamente controlados para que nao haja a minima interferencia.Na costa mais a norte de KwaZulu-Natal, os golfinhos de nariz de garrafa e os golfinhos corcundas tambem sao frequentemente observados dos barcos.Reporter infoSA, incorporando material de Turismo Sul Africanolast_img read more

Rajon Rondo returns to Lakers practice, LeBron James back next week

first_img(FILES) In this file photo taken on October 20, 2018, Rajon Rondo of the Los Angeles Lakers directs his teammates during a 124-115 loss to the Houston Rockets in Los Angeles, California. – Rondo was cleared by team medical staff to resume full-contact workouts after missing 12 games with a sprained finger, the NBA club announced on January 18, 2019. (Photo by Harry How / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP)Los Angeles Lakers guard Rajon Rondo was cleared by team medical staff to resume full-contact workouts after missing 12 games with a sprained finger, the NBA club announced Friday.The 32-year-old guard, who helped Boston capture the 2008 NBA title, suffered a right ringfinger injury in the Lakers’ Christmas Day triumph over the defending NBA champion Golden State Warriors and underwent surgery three days later.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño #KicksStalker: PBA players digging ‘Kyrie 5’ SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion MOST READ LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers PLAY LIST 01:48NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola?center_img TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening Rondo has played only 14 games in an unlucky 13th NBA campaign, averaging 8.4 points, 6.7 assists and 4.4 rebounds after signing as a free agent last July.He served a three-game fighting suspension and missed 17 games after breaking a bone in his right hand after undergoing surgery, playing only three games in five days before going out with his Christmas injury.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsThat was the same game where four-time NBA All-Star forward LeBron James suffered a groin strain that has seen him miss 12 games as well.The Lakers ruled James out through Saturday’s game at Houston but said he was cleared to return to practice next week, opening the door for a possible return for a rematch with the Warriors on Monday in Los Angeles. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting LATEST STORIES “He seems to be in good spirits,” Lakers coach Luke Walton said. “He’s got another test tomorrow to get some more information on it. I think we’ll get good news back.”If James misses the Rockets and Warriors games, the 14 consecutive game absence will be the longest such run of his 16-season NBA career.James, 34, ranks sixth in NBA scoring with 27.3 points a game in addition to 8.3 rebounds and 7.1 assists for the Lakers, who at 25-21 own the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

10 months agoMartinez offers transfer advice to Chelsea ace Hazard

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Martinez offers transfer advice to Chelsea ace Hazardby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBelgium coach Roberto Martinez says Chelsea ace Eden Hazard needs to trust his “intuition” over the prospect of leaving for Real Madrid. With Real circling, Hazard has postponed new contract talks until the end of the season.Martinez has weighed into the debate, stating: “Hazard? He is a person who is always guided by his intuition. He is a realistic player. “He left Belgium very young because he wanted to be a footballer, and from there, he managed things with his clubs that are not normal. He is a person who is prepared to arrive in any project at the global level. “My advice is that he be happy and follow his intuition.” last_img read more

15 days agoWenger: Hazard can’t replace Ronaldo at Real Madrid

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Wenger: Hazard can’t replace Ronaldo at Real Madridby Carlos Volcano15 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger doesn’t believe Eden Hazard can replace Cristiano Ronaldo at Real Madrid.The Belgian is beginning to demonstrate his qualities with Los Blancos after a tough period following his move from Chelsea.”He will be the answer but not in replacing Ronaldo that is for sure,” Wenger told beIN Sports about Hazard.”He will not score 50 goals a year because that’s now how they play football.”They need another goal scorer in Real Madrid because Benzema is now 32 and if they had someone younger around him to score the goals, maybe they could do very well.”Eden Hazard is an exceptional player to create chances to sometimes finish when he needs to do in big games.”He’s not scared of anybody – I don’t think Real have yet to see the real Hazard, he’s not as sharp physically as he can be.”That’s why I believe they will discover the real Hazard.” last_img read more

Taiga Building Products Ltd to buy Exterior Wood Inc for 55 million

first_imgBURNABY, B.C. – Taiga Building Products Ltd. has signed a deal to buy Exterior Wood Inc. for about $55 million.The company says the acquisition of Exterior Wood and the expansion of its wood treatment business is a significant step forward in its strategy of pursuing value enhancing opportunities.Headquartered in Burnaby, B.C., Taiga will acquire all of the issued and outstanding shares of Exterior Wood for US$42 million.Exterior Wood has been operating a wood treatment facility and distribution centre in Washougal, Wash., since 1977.The company also services retail building supply centres throughout the Western United States and Canada.Taiga is a wholesale distributor of building materials with distribution centres in Canada and the United States.Companies in this story: (TSX:TBL)last_img read more