Clippers guarantee Lou Williams’ 2020-21 deal in a show of appreciation, per report

first_img What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory “So that’s not a diss. It’s just a fact that playing in Toronto is unlike playing for any other team in the NBA. That was the point. No diss. No disrespect.”The Clippers, meanwhile, await Leonard’s destination decision. He’s said to be contemplating whether to join Williams and Beverley in L.A., to team with LeBron James and Anthony Davis on the Lakers, or to remain in Toronto, where he just led the Raptors to their first NBA title and in the process captured his second.With speculation raging across the NBA landscape, Fox Sports broadcaster Cris Carter offered an update Tuesday morning on Twitter: “I’ve just been informed Kawhi has not made a decision. To think the Lakers are ahead of the Clippers or the Raptors would be wrong.” After taking care to retain Patrick Beverley’s services for the next three years, the Clippers went ahead and took care of Lou Williams, agreeing to completely guarantee his $8 million salary for 2020-21 a full season ahead, the Athletic’s Shams Charania reported Tuesday.The three-time Sixth Man of the Year will have his $2 million partial for the 2020-21 season become fully guaranteed at $8 million. Charania cited Williams’ agent, Wallace Prather, with whom the reliable scorer signed in May 2015.In February 2017, Williams signed a three-year, $24 million contract extension with L.A., widely considered a bargain for his 20-points-per-game output. But prior to joining the Clippers, Williams had played for five teams in four years. He said then: “It was nice for this organization to commit to me the same way I’ve committed to these guys this year. In years past, these scenarios don’t usually go my way, so it was nice for one to go my way and to be somewhere I wanted to be.”Beverley – who with Williams was an important leader in the Clippers’ locker room last season – agreed to re-sign with the Clippers for three years and $40 million on Sunday. This offseason, Williams has been a vocal proponent of the Clippers outside of the locker room too, offering a spontaneous recruiting pitch aimed at Kawhi Leonard in a recent TMZ video: “Sun’s out, it ain’t cold like it is in Toronto. He got his ring … come holla at us!! … Obviously, he’s already a California kid, anyway. The love is already there. He’s got an opportunity to do something special, he already has a legacy, already a big -time baller in his own right.”“So, for him to have an opportunity to do his thing in the state of California should be dope for him,” Williams continued.As a former member of the Toronto Raptors, with whom he won his first Sixth Man of the Year award, Williams also recently drew interest when he shared some insight on the No Chill Podcast about what it’s like to play in Canada.“The problem they’re going to have is trying to keep guys,” the Memphis native said. “Once you’re there, you’ll love playing for the Raptors, you’ll love playing for the country, but that fourth, fifth month into the season, you’re like, ‘… I want to go home.’“When you play in Toronto, you feel like you’re playing overseas,” he said. “We can’t wait to go on the road sometimes, just to be in America. … It’s like little (things) you don’t think of, like the channels on your TV, phone bill, you got to get a Canadian bank account.”He further flushed out those comments in an Instagram post, explaining: “I don’t know how this got interpreted as a diss to Toronto. Canada was and is a dope place to play. But it has its challenges. Any player on your current team will echo that.”Related Articles Kristaps Porzingis ruled out as Clippers, Mavericks set for Game 5; Follow for game updates center_img Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum In his 14th NBA go-round last season, Williams, the “professional scorer,” passed Dell Curry (11,147 points) for No. 1 all-time on the points-off-the-bench leaderboard in a blowout victory over the Boston Celtics on March 11.The 32-year-old guard also led all NBA reserves with 20.1 points per game last season, second-most by any bench player in the past 25 years, behind only his own 21.9 points-per-game effort the previous season.And he provided highlights aplenty including hitting the game-winner for a 119-116 victory over Brooklyn in March, becoming just the seventh reserve in league history to score 45 points as he almost rallied the Clippers from a huge deficit in Minnesota in February, and notched his first career triple-double and just the 32nd triple-double off the bench in NBA history in a January victory in Chicago.And, maybe most memorably, he turned Game 2 of the Clippers’ first-round series with Golden State into something of a pro-am, leading the Clippers’ historic 31-point comeback with 36 points and 11 assists, becoming the first NBA player to eclipse 30 points and 10 assists off the bench in a postseason game since 1995. 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Locke Boys turn in solid effort at World Junior Ski Championships

first_imgBy The Nelson Daily SportsThe Locke Boys of Nelson are at it again, this time at the World Junior Cross Country Ski Qualifiers in Thunder Bay, Ont.The pair, skiing out of the Black Jack Ski Club in Rossland, finished in the top 35 during Thursday’s Junior Make 20 kilometer Classic/Free Mass Start race at the Lappe Nordic Ski Centre.Peter Locke led the charge placing 26th overall while brother Julian was 34th.
The top four male and female finishers represent Canada at the World Junior Championships.The race was won by Andy Shields in a time of Waterloo Region Club. Peter Locke was just over five minutes behind Shields.Julian Locke finished almost seven minutes behind Shields.sports@thenelsondaily.comlast_img read more

Classy Warriors go old school to congratulate Raptors on NBA championship

first_imgImagine the surprise of Mr. and Mrs. Raptors fan when they opened the Toronto Star on Monday morning.The Star? It’s a newspaper.A newspaper? Think of it as a ponderously delivered, far more civil Twitter.The Warriors took out a full page ad in The Star’s Monday edition — the Raptors victory parade took place Monday — congratulating their conquerors “on their historic achievement and bringing the 2019 NBA championship to the city of Toronto.” The ad features a photo of the …last_img read more

Overseas riders line up for joBerg2c

first_imgWord of mouth“This is primarily due to the great magazine coverage we’ve received there, as well as word of mouth from riders who’ve done the event.” 4 October 2012 The fourth edition of the nine-day stage race, which starts on 26 April next year, will see 300 teams from at least 16 different countries represented on the start line at Heidelberg, just south of Johannesburg. “Our aim is to attract people who love riding, rather than those who enjoy racing. However, we do make sure that the racing snakes are handsomely rewarded.” He said a longer event such as the joberg2c was ideal for visitors wanting to maximise their stay and get a real feel for the South African landscapes and people. To date, 70 foreign riders – compared to 28 in 2012 – have signed up for what used to be South Africa’s best-kept secret, with more queries being received on a daily basis. SAinfo reporter Wapnick said this represented a steady and significant growth on the inaugural event, which fielded 12 overseas participants. As an added bonus, said Wapnick, the final three days followed the same route as the world’s largest fully serviced mountain bike stage race – the sani2c. Full-service ride“It’s a great full-service ride across South Africa, on awesome trails through almost a hundred private farms, with genuine local hospitality and, of course, delicious food,” he enthused. Wapnick said those who were pressed for time could opt for the three or six-day versions of the event. “The Old Mutual joBerg2c is known for its incredible single track, which is perfect for the millions of trail-loving riders around the world.” According to one of the organisers, Craig Wapnick, there has been a surge of interest from the United States, Britain, Belgium and Australia in particular. With the number of overseas riders having more than doubled for next year’s event, the Old Mutual joBerg2c’s reputation is steadily growing in international mountain biking circles. This year’s race offered a prize purse of R330 000. African ChallengeFor riders just beyond South Africa’s borders (countries such as Namibia, Zimbabwe and Botswana) there is an unofficial African Challenge, with bragging rights going to the winners. Caters for allAlthough the event is sanctioned by Cycling South Africa, Wapnick said UCI points are not a current focus as the event caters for all levels of riders. He said negotiations were under way with well-known international riders who had expressed an interest in undertaking the 900km journey to Scottburgh on the KwaZulu-Natal south coast. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Go For Gold from education to work

first_imgGo for Gold says an average of 80% of phase one pupils matriculate with a Bachelor pass, enabling them to study at university. (Image: Media Club South Africa)Many graduates know the difficulties that lie in hunting for a job after they have completed their studies; many young people from disadvantaged backgrounds do not know what it feels like to graduate.Go For Gold, an education-to-employment public-private initiative, is trying to fill the gap. It was established in 1999 by companies in the built environment and the Western Cape department of education and civil society, to enable young people from disadvantaged communities across South Africa to benefit from a holistic education and skills development programme.HOW THE PROGRAMME WORKSGo For Gold’s programme has four phases:Phase 1: Go For Gold selects pupils in grades 11 and 12 who show an aptitude for maths and science. They are given after-school and Saturday morning maths and science tuition and, at the same time, their social and emotional education is improved during weekly life skills sessions.Phase 2: Once the pupils matriculate, they are employed for a year by partner companies in the construction sector as general worker interns. This gives them experience of the working world while they continue to receive Saturday bridging classes in maths, science and life skills, to prepare them for their tertiary studies.Phase 3: Students enter tertiary studies on bursaries from sponsoring companies and continue to be mentored by Go For Gold. They graduate within the minimum period of time.Phase 4: Students with a technical degree or diploma are employed after graduation. Sponsoring companies secure technical staff and improve their employment equity.According to Go For Gold, an average of 80% of phase one pupils matriculate with a Bachelor pass, enabling them to study at university.GO FOR GOLD AWARDSGo For Gold recently recognised 82 students for their extraordinary achievements at the 17th annual Go For Gold Awards.“Our annual awards ceremony is a wonderful celebration of the incredible commitment and determination shown by our Go For Gold students who, despite their generally poor socio-economic circumstances, grab hold of the opportunity to get a tertiary education by diligently attending extra classes and working hard to improve their marks,” explained Patti Bruyns, the Go for Gold Programme Director.“Never fail to do your best, for what you plant now you will harvest later,” said Tamsyn-Lee Simeon, a Go For Gold phase two student who will start her studies to become a civil engineer in 2016. “Do not watch the clock but do what it does – keep going. Accept the challenges so that you can feel the exhilaration of victory.”Amanda Filtane, a Go For Gold alumnus who graduated from the University of Cape Town with a BSc Honours in construction management and now works as a project manager with the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform, became the first Go For Gold Honorary Ambassador.She helped to start Lamps, an after-school tuition NPO through which young people in the township receive tuition and are helped to apply for tertiary studies and bursaries.“Amanda has, despite great odds and with tremendous resilience, carved a place for herself in a field dominated by men,” said Bruyns. “She stands out for both her professional achievements and commitment to give back to Go For Gold and her community. We are extremely proud to honour her with this award.”last_img read more

SAA will no longer transport hunting trophies

first_img4 May 2015South African Airways Cargo (SAA Cargo) will no longer transport hunting trophies around the world, the airfreight company has said.It issued a policy and procedures advisory to its internal stakeholders advising of the embargo on the transportation of hunting trophies on 21 April. The embargo is limited to rhino, elephant, tiger, and lion.SAA Cargo is the division of South African Airways (SAA) that focuses on airfreight movement worldwide. It uses belly space of SAA’s passenger flights for cargo carriage and also runs a fleet of three dedicated cargo Boeing 737-300Fs.In the past it had experienced a problem in which some shipments containing hunting trophies were misdeclared and the group was fined in a foreign country. In one particular instance, early in April 2015, a shipment lodged as machinery spare parts was discovered in Australia while in transit to Kuala Lumpur. The shipment contained elephant tusks and was seized.SAA Cargo was issued with a Notice of Seizure. “We had to act swiftly to curb the problem of illegal transportation of animals,” said Tlali Tlali, SAA’s spokesperson.SAA Cargo will keep the embargo in place until all other options have been considered and stricter control measures have been put in place to prevent a recurrence. “When such measures are implemented we will advise all stakeholders accordingly in South Africa and at our international stations.”Africa Geographic, which publishes magazines and blogs about natural history and travel, reports that “the illegal trafficking of wildlife products has become a multi-billion dollar industry and the airways are constantly looking for new ways to combat the illegal trade.“Recently sniffer dogs have been introduced to many of the international airports in South Africa. SAA have also put their personnel through rigorous training in order for them to be able to identify various different wildlife products.”SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

ShowYou Will Change How You View Videos on Your iPad

first_imgaudrey watters iPad Applications can be broken into two categories: those that port a particular browsing or reading experience from the Web (or from a smartphone) to the tablet, and those that completely re-invent what it means to interact with digital content. Flipboard may be the premier example as an app that changed the way in which we read our feeds, our blogs, our tweets.So add to the list of apps that “change everything” ShowYou, a video application that may just well change the way in which you interact with video content.The comparison to Flipboard is pretty apt here, because ShowYou takes the video content from all your friends and social networks and presents them in one place but in an entirely new way. This isn’t a feed, and this isn’t a chronological presentation of videos.When you sign up for ShowYou, you can link your Facebook and Twitter accounts, as well as your Vodpod account – the video sharing company from which ShowYou was born. And via the completely immersive and interactive ShowYou interface, you can scroll and scan and move through shared videos from YouTube, Vimeo and TED. I use the verb “scroll” here very loosely, because this isn’t at all about a linear list or links to videos, but rather a new way to move through video feeds. Tags:#Video Services#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts It’s based, in part, on what your network of friends are sharing. And ShowYou provides a new way for you and your friends to comment and interact with each others’ video shares. ShowYou also works with Apple’s Airplay, so that you can play these videos on your TV, providing of course you have an Apple TV 2.0The link to a television screen is important here, because as much as we’ve heard about the iPad (and YouTube) providing “lean-back” video consumption – that is, something you can kick back and watch truly at leisure – the technology really hasn’t been there. But to be able to project your videos to the TV and to be able to move through them as you can via the ShowYou interface, it does feel as though we’ve moved to a brand new way to watch and share online video.last_img read more

Lundin Mining launches 14billion hostile takeover bid for Nevsun Resources

first_imgTORONTO – Lundin Mining Corp. is carrying through on its vow to take a $1.4-billion cash takeover offer directly to the shareholders of Nevsun Resources Ltd. after the target company rejected previous proposals.The Toronto-based miner says it has formally requested the Nevsun securityholder list and will directly offer $4.75 in cash for each share.Nevsun, in response, advises shareholders to do nothing until it makes a formal recommendation, noting the offer is open until Nov. 9 and repeating its contention that it ignores “the fundamental value of Nevsun.”Lundin announced it intended to make the hostile takeover offer for its Vancouver-based rival on July 16.Since then, Nevsun’s stock price has jumped nearly 15 per cent, from $4.21 to $4.83.Lundin says the offer represents a premium of 82 per cent to the closing price of $2.61 on Feb. 6, the date of its first proposal to Nevsun, and 33 per cent to the closing price of $3.58 on April 30, when it made a public offer.Companies in this article include: (TSX:NSU, TSX:LUN)last_img read more

Luxury home sales drop 35 in Toronto and Vancouver highend condo sales

first_imgTORONTO – Sales of luxury homes in two of Canada’s most expensive cities fell this year, as the high-end real estate market continued to feel the impact of foreign buyers taxes.Realty brokerage Re/Max says sales of single-detached homes priced from $1 million to $2 million fell 35 per cent from a year ago in both Toronto and Vancouver.According to the annual report, released Tuesday, sales of single-detached homes in the $2-million-to-$3-million range were down 50 per cent in Toronto and 22 per cent in Vancouver.Meanwhile, homes that were sold for more than $3 million dropped 44 per cent in Toronto and 45 per cent in Vancouver.Re/Max says homebuyers have been grappling with the introduction of foreign buyers taxes in Ontario and B.C., along with increased property transfer taxes and school taxes on B.C. homes over $3 million.“All the new rules that the government implemented, along with the foreign buyers tax and the new lending regulations, it all just put a crunch on the most expensive part of the market,” said Christopher Alexander, executive vice-president and regional director of Re/Max Integra’s Ontario-Atlantic business.He says luxury homeowners may have also been hesitant to list this year amid signs that the country’s housing market may be cooling, choosing instead to “wait it out.”Although luxury home sales are weakening, sales in the low-end of the luxury condo market saw increases driven mainly by millennials who are using their inheritances and baby boomers looking to downsize, the report said.Alexander says condos appeal to baby boomers because they can get more value for their money, especially in the major cities.“Most of them have put all their kids in school. They don’t need so much space anymore. Their single-detached home is worth a fortune and now they can buy a really nice luxury condo that is not as big in a really great urban area where they have access to a more urbanized lifestyle, more action,” he said.“Luxury is not just about price. A lot of it has to do with pedigree. If you buy with a million in Toronto or Vancouver, it doesn’t get you a luxury home but if you get a suite in the Four Seasons or the Shangri-La or the Ritz-Carlton. You’re going to get a small condo in a luxury building with all the luxury amenities. You’ve got that pedigree piece that is appealing to the higher end of the market.”The report says condo sales in the $1-million-to-$2-million range were up two per cent year over year in Toronto and six per cent in Vancouver. Calgary saw their condo sales in this price range jump by three per cent, while Victoria sales climbed 19 per cent.The most expensive condominium sold in Toronto in 2018 so far was priced at $11.5 million, topping the $8 million that was paid for the most expensive condo sold in 2017. The priciest condo sold in Vancouver so far this year was $11.7 million, up 34 per cent from the top price of $8.7 million paid last year.Follow @LindaNguyenTO on Twitter.last_img read more

Water restrictions for oil and gas industry have been implemented by the

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – All previously approved water diversions under Section 10 of the Water Sustainability Act are immediately suspended by the BC Oil and Gas Commission (BCOGC), due to drought conditions.Peace River Watershed: Alces River Beatton River (Doig River, Osborne River, Blueberry River) Farrell Creek Cache CreekTributaries to the Kiskatinaw River (but does not include the Kiskatinaw River) Liard River Watershed:  Fontas River  Kantah River  Petitot River  Gutah Creek  Hay RiverThe suspension does not apply to the main channel of the Peace River or Dinosaur Lake and the diversion and use of water stored in dugouts or dams are not suspended.Water levels are anticipated to continue dropping until significant rain falls in the area. The Commission will assist industry in identifying options for alternative short-term water supply should it be required during this period of drought. Low streamflow conditions are escalating concerns for impacts to fish, aquatic resources and community supply in the above basins.More information can be found on the B.C. Government Drought Information page; CLICK HEREApplications for water diversion:Given local variability, it is possible some streams in the areas under suspension will have recovered sufficiently to allow some water withdrawal. The Commission will review new applications for diversion, or requests to use existing approvals, on a site-specific basis.Operators are requested to do the following to support their application or request to use an existing Section 10 approval: 1. Limit the application to water volumes and points of diversion that are realistic to the specific operational needs for the upcoming months.2. For new applications for diversion for water from rivers and streams, or to request use of existing approvals, provide a good discharge measurement at the point(s) of diversion, to provide information on current flow conditions in relation to the volume of water requested. The discharge measurement will be collected to an acceptable hydrometric standard by a qualified individual.3. For new applications for diversion from lakes, or reactivation of existing approvals, provide information on lake bathymetry:a. Surface area (hectares).b. Depth (metres). If lake depth information is not already available from provincial databases or previous surveys, obtain depth measurements at points along two transects representing the long and short lake axes, to determine maximum lake depth.c. Volumelast_img read more