Betty J. Voris, 83

first_imgBetty Jane Voris, 83, Napoleon, Indiana, passed away on Friday, October 26, 2018. Born June 18, 1935 in Greensburg, Indiana, she was the daughter of Forest and Ethel (Bredewater) Lutes.  Betty graduated from Napoleon High School. She had worked as a secretary for the Napoleon Grade School and then she worked for many years at the Napoleon State Bank.  She was a member of the Napoleon Methodist Church and the Eastern Star. She was married to Leonard C. Voris on October 30, 1955 and he preceded her in death on December 12, 2012. She is survived by three daughters, Vickie (Jesse) Nice, Salem, IN, Bonnie Ploeger, Batesville, Jennifer (Geraldo) Linarducci, Napoleon; seven grandchildren and six great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband; one brother, James D. Lutes. Visitation will be held on Tuesday from 12 to 2:00 p.m. at the Porter-Oliger-Pearson Funeral Home in Greensburg.  Funeral Services will follow at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 30, 2018 at the funeral home with Rev. LaJo Dunbar officiating. Interment will be held in the Cliff Hill Cemetery in Versailles, IN. Memorials may be made to the Napoleon Methodist Church. Online condolences can be made to the family at www.popfuneralhome.comlast_img read more

FIBA Zone 3 appoints Kida, Joe Apu

first_imgRelatedPosts FIBA releases guidelines for basketball’s return D’Tigress end Olympic Qualifiers on a high Nigeria win U-18 FIBA 3×3 Africa Cup of Nations bronze Two Nigerians have been appointed by the FIBA Africa Zone 3 Board to serve for the 2019 to 2023 term in office.Engr. Musa Kida was nominated to serve in the capacity of the FIBA Africa Zone 3 Vice President, while Joseph Apu was confirmed as Administrator.The Nigeria Basketball Federation President, who was nominated by the federation’s delegates to the 2019 Zone 3 congress in Cotonou, Benin Republic, was confirmed by the General Assembly.The Nigerian duo of Andrew Isokpehi and Oni Afolabi (Board Member) unanimously nominated Kida to assist the zonal President, Colonel Sam Ahmedu (retd), after the position was zoned to Nigeria.Kida, who was formerly the Secretary General of FIBA Africa Zone 3, was recently appointed into the Marketing and Finance Committee of FIBA.Meanwhile, Abu, one of Nigeria’s foremost basketball journalists, has also been appointed as the Executive Administrator of the zone.Their appointments are with immediate effect and will run till 2023.FIBA Zone 3 consists of Nigeria, Benin Republic, Togo, Ghana, Liberia, Burkina Faso, Cote d’Ivoire and Niger Republic. Tags: FIBAlast_img read more

Gibson set for knee surgery

first_imgEverton midfielder Darron Gibson is to undergo surgery after suffering anterior cruciate ligament damage, the club have announced. Gibson was carried off on a stretcher after injuring his knee in a first-half challenge during the Republic of Ireland’s World Cup qualifier against Kazakhstan in Dublin on Tuesday. The 25-year-old was assessed by club medical staff on his return to Everton and, following confirmation an operation will be required, a lengthy lay-off is likely. Press Associationlast_img read more

Teams from Europe’s Big Five leagues spend 5.5 billion euros in transfer window

first_img(REUTERS) – Spending by teams in Europe’s Big Five leagues totalled a record 5.5 billion euros during the close season transfer window, financial analyst Deloitte’s Sports Business Group said yesterday.The outlay was 0.9 billion euros (£817 million) more than the previous record set in 2018, with England’s Premier League clubs spending 1.55 billion euros with a net spend of 635 million euros.Spain’s La Liga clubs spent 1.37 billion euros – exceeding 1 billion euros for the first time – while Italy’s Serie A (1.17 billion euros) Germany’s Bundesliga (740 million euros) the French Ligue 1 (670 million euros) all set new records.“Spending across clubs in Europe’s ‘big five’ leagues has reached record levels in this summer’s transfer window,” said Dan Jones, partner in the Sports Business Group at Deloitte. “This unprecedented level of spending has been driven by a number of factors, including additional income from new league broadcast cycles, participation in, and subsequent distributions from, UEFA club competitions.”Jones said club-specific factors such as management changes and improving playing squads to achieve on-pitch objectives were also contributing factors.“The improved financial performance of European football clubs has also reduced the need for clubs to sell their best players,” he added. Spain’s Atletico Madrid signed 19-year-old striker Joao Felix from Benfica for 126 million euros while Barcelona landed France international forward Antoine Griezmann from Atletico Madrid for 120 million euros.Real Madrid ended their long pursuit of Eden Hazard by signing the Belgium winger from Chelsea for a reported fee of 100 million euros. Net spending in the Premier League fell by 50 million pounds since the league’s deadline day on August 8.“Looking to the Premier League, this summer’s transfer expenditure fell narrowly short of record levels, and net spending was at its lowest level since summer 2015,” Jones said.“While this level of net spending as a proportion of revenue of 11% is the lowest since summer 2011, we still expect wages to increase at a greater rate than revenue in the next couple of seasons.”last_img read more

To the beat of his own drum: Honoring the life and legacy of Victor McElhaney

first_img“I always thought he was 35 years old, the way he carried himself and the way he had formulated his approach to life,” Serfaty said. Serfaty described McElhaney’s talents as a stew, as a unique blend of elements that complemented each other well. “The night Victor was killed, I felt like someone had ripped every bone through my body,” Lynette said. “I couldn’t stand.” Gone too soon “He was an amazing musician,” said Syann Cromwell, a close friend and junior majoring in philosophy, politics and law and African American studies and ethnicity. “Rhythm was his essence, was his body. Everything was music.” McElhaney was the co-director of Brothers Breaking B.R.E.A.D., a Black Student Assembly organization that welcomes black men into a community to foster black male leadership. He felt comfortable bringing up the big issues that people avoided, such as racism, homophobia and misogyny. He challenged people to give their opinions, but he gave them the opportunity to explain why they felt that way. He wanted to create spaces where people could discuss difficult issues and learn from each other. Victor McElhaney, pictured around age seven, was passionate about the intersection of music and advocacy. (Photo courtesy of Lynette McElhaney) He even turned spaces that weren’t meant for conversation into opportunities to talk about social issues and hear diverse perspectives. During a Latin band rehearsal with Serfaty, McElhaney brought up race relations, and the multi-faceted conversation among his peers lasted for two hours. Not one note was played during that rehearsal — only students expressing their opinions, observations and concerns could be heard. “If he saw you for five minutes, he would make that the most impactful five minutes he could with whatever he was doing with his day,” Cromwell said. “Even if he could only give you a hug, it would be the best hug that you had ever gotten.” McElhaney’s passion for people and his investment in their goodness helped him build an inclusive community at USC. Soon after his passing, the University held a memorial at Ronald Tutor Campus Center. By the start of the service, the main ballroom overflowed with students of every race and background, from all corners of USC, coming together for one reason: “Vic.” According to his mother Lynette, he’d just been trying to go to an art show. Leading by example She hopes the murderer feels enough remorse and guilt to come forward and seek help. Society never invested in her son’s murderer, she said, and that created a monster. Creating conversation “He was passionate about it,” Serfaty said. “He was very articulate, very intelligent. And he was intense.” Like a pilot flies a plane, a drummer steers a band. They keep everyone on a beat and highlight the individuality of the other musicians. Drummers accentuate the guitar riffs and highlight the horn section rhythm, all while staying in control as the backbone of the band. A drummer’s vitality affects the way everyone plays, and it keeps the musicians in sync. When her son was killed, Lynette was in shock. “That’s just Vic,” Cromwell said. “His personality was literally to help you. If he saw a potential in you to do something, he would push you to do it. He wanted his people to know that they’re very capable and that he believed in that, and in them.” “He was the warmth in every circle,” Lynette said. While grieving the loss of his best friend, McElhaney pondered the conditions of poverty and the importance of mental health. These contemplations were only a small part of his deeper meditation on life’s injustices and how he could challenge them through art. Victor McElhaney warms up before his audition for the Thornton School of Music in January 2017. (Photo courtesy of Lynette McElhaney) From the moment McElhaney could sit up, he was drumming. At three years old, he would only say two words when people asked how he was doing: “I drum.” On April 13, a group of close friends gathered to celebrate Victor McElhaney’s 22nd birthday. He had planned a lingerie party, with no rules as to how little could be worn. If showing up naked was what made his friends feel liberated, then he was all for it. A month before his birthday, McElhaney, a student in the Thornton School of Music’s jazz studies program, was senselessly shot and killed by four muggers in a liquor store parking lot about a mile and a half off USC’s campus. Through another brainstorming session with Cromwell, he decided to start showing movies followed by a discussion of its major themes. He organized a screening of “Moonlight” at Ground Zero, at which he fostered an open conversation about identity and breaking down barriers in the first installment of a series called “Keep Me Grounded.” It turned into an event that many students remembered and spoke about at McElhaney’s memorial. Lynette and her husband fostered Hughes’ mother for one year when she was a teenager, and kept a close relationship with her and her son. When Hughes was in second grade and Victor was in third, Hughes moved in with the McElhaneys for six years. “And the monster took my baby,” Lynette said. “There’s a funk element to him, and he was also swinging hard,” Thornton professor Aaron Serfaty said. “He understood the jazz tradition really well. But he was also a hip-hop artist, so he was like a mix of two things.” McElhaney was always comfortable around his multigenerational family, whether it was talking to his great grandfather or playing with his 2-year-old baby cousin. He advocated for his cousins to his aunt and uncle, acting as a liaison when problems between them arose. But he wasn’t there. “Even though he was the youngest, in many ways he was the big brother,” Lynette said. “[He was] very responsible at an early age and took those responsibilities to heart.” They spent the next day the way McElhaney typically spent his Sundays — at Leimert Park participating in a community drum circle with local musicians and dancers. It was a weekend of freedom, self-expression, community and music — exactly how McElhaney would have liked it. One night, Cromwell and McElhaney were bouncing ideas off each other when she mentioned she wanted to do more with Ground Zero Performance Cafe, a performance space on campus where Cromwell is a production manager. Through conversation, they came up with the idea of an art and culture celebration called First Friday. McElhaney encouraged Cromwell to follow through with the concept and give it a shot. The monthly event began this semester at Ground Zero, and it will continue through next semester and beyond, Cromwell said. McElhaney enrolled at USC with the intent of studying afromusicology and the beginnings of both humanity and music. He was passionate about diving into his African roots and understanding the power of drumming vibrations to heal and connect people. He had one goal for his music: to change the world. “Come forward,” Lynette said. “Get yourself some help. You need to be arrested until you stop hurting yourself and hurting others.” “He is going to change the world,” Thornton professor Peter Erskine said. “He’s going to make us all fight for less instruments of violence in our communities, in our cities.” Born with rhythm About four years after he moved out, Hughes was shot in an altercation while trying to buy a gun for protection. Growing up in Oakland, McElhaney specialized in drums, particularly African drums called djembe. But at USC, he played different types of instruments, including the bongo and congas in an Afro-Cuban band. McElhaney was also the glue of his family. His mother described him as the bridge-builder, always bringing people together and keeping the family close. As Lynette’s only birth son, he grew up as the youngest of five siblings, raised alongside a half brother from his father’s first marriage and three children who Lynnette and her husband fostered as their own. Serfaty noticed his confidence right away. McElhaney transferred to USC in Fall 2017 from Cal State East Bay with more musical experience than most other freshmen. He was never afraid to do things his way, but he was also aware of his natural leadership during rehearsals. When he started practicing and preparing early, soon enough the whole class followed suit. Two days later, Lynette called for her son’s shooter to come forward at a news conference in Los Angeles after police told Lynette that they weren’t expecting the killer to turn themselves in. Lynette didn’t believe it or want it to be true. To make a contribution to the Victor McElhaney Memorial Scholarship, contact the USC Thornton Office of Advancement by emailing or calling 213.740.6474. “He was very thought-provoking in normal conversation,” said Samuel Reid, a junior majoring in jazz studies and a friend of McElhaney’s. “He wasn’t really down for small talk. Small talk with him would usually get very deep.” “[Victor] bathed with, laughed with, fought with, cried with, conspired to change the world with [Torian],” Lynette said. “And he was violently taken from our family before he could even reach manhood.” “We definitely plan to continue that event in his legacy,” Cromwell said. “He shaped how those events will happen and will continue to happen. The legacy that he left behind just in that was very important.” But McElhaney’s life skipped a beat on Dec. 20, 2015, when his brother was shot and killed in Oakland. Torian Hughes had just turned 17. But more than a month since the shooting, no suspects have been identified and no arrests have been made. For most, that’s a lofty goal that is often viewed as unrealistic. It’s in the back of everyone’s minds as an ideal they’ll never admit for fear of looking naive, looking dumb. But McElhaney said it out loud. He made it known because he knew it was going to happen. As a natural extrovert, McElhaney’s specialty was starting conversations. But he couldn’t just talk about the weather. “He was born a drummer,” said Lynette, an Oakland city councilmember. last_img read more

Clippers seek to stop slide, maintain playoff position

first_img For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory The really bad news for the Clippers is their remaining regular-season games are against the Warriors (55-24) on Sunday and then, in Wednesday’s regular-season finale, at home versus the Utah Jazz (49-30). The Warriors won’t lack motivation Sunday, when they can lock up the top seed with a win.The Clippers (47-33) are a combined 1-4 against those teams, which are a combined 17-3 in their past 20 games.And what about the two teams aggressively nipping at the Clippers’ heels?Oklahoma City (46-33) currently holds the seventh seed and is just a half-game behind the Clippers. The Thunder have three regular-season games remaining: Sunday at Minnesota (36-43), Tuesday vs. Houston (52-28) and Wednesday at Milwaukee (59-20).San Antonio (46-34) – occupying the eighth seed and one game behind the Clippers, for now – has two games left, against lowly Cleveland (19-61) and Dallas (31-48). Having split the season series with both teams, various tiebreakers could determine seedings should the Clippers finish tied with Oklahoma City or San Antonio.If the Clippers and Spurs wind up tied, San Antonio holds a tiebreaker with a better in-conference record. And if the Thunder and Clippers finish in a tie, it could come down to which team has a higher winning percentage against playoff teams in the conference. Kristaps Porzingis ruled out as Clippers, Mavericks set for Game 5; Follow for game updates Still, with Friday’s result at Staples Center serving as a reminder, it’s never safe to assume. And as Montrezl Harrell pointed out before the Clippers beat the Warriors on Nov. 12: Golden State has to “play us.”“From a mental standpoint, we have kind of strayed away from the things that got us here,” rookie guard Landry Shamet said Friday, when the Clippers’ ball movement was sluggish and he missed the only three shots he took.Lou Williams suggested the Clippers’ inexperience might be a factor in their abrupt slide, adding that the team’s veteran leaders need to do more to steer the squad in the right direction.“We have a lot of first-time guys, and once we clinched, we kind of took our foot off the gas a little bit,” said Williams, who was 4 for 12 from the floor en route to 18 points Friday. “That comes with experience. I think myself and (Danilo Gallinari) need to try and do a better job to get the message across to those guys that they have to finish the season as strong as they can.”Related Articles Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error LOS ANGELES — Quite suddenly, the Clippers’ last-gasp grasp on the sixth seed in Western Conference standings seems tenuous, at best.Two consecutive stunning losses – a blowout vs. Houston and a missed opportunity against the short-handed, struggling Lakers – leave the Clippers with just two games to regain their footing. At risk is the real possibility of slipping into eighth place for a probable matchup against the two-time defending champion Golden State Warriors.These last two regular-season games might not be must-wins – the Clippers are playoff-bound no matter how many points Alex Caruso drops on them – but they might want to think about them that way, Clippers coach Doc Rivers said.“(Seeding) matters, it absolutely matters,” Rivers said after Friday’s 122-117 loss to a Lakers lineup loaded with G League players. “I don’t think anyone wants to play Golden State. If we have to, we’ll be ready, but my guess is the other seven teams aren’t volunteering. That’s all I’m gonna say.” Not having professional instigator Patrick Beverley available – he’s been out three of the past four games with a hip pointer – hasn’t helped either, the Clippers agreed.“We’ve always been a collective group,” Williams said. “So any time anybody goes out, it hurts the chemistry of the team. Obviously, what he brings to the table, lots of intensity and energy, those are the things we’ve been lacking. We try to fill that void the best we can and we haven’t been successful doing it.”“Luckily,” Shamet said, “we have time. It’s not like our season comes down to tomorrow. But we want to fix it as quick as possible, start playing the way we can play and hopefully go from there.” What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum Clippers vs. Mavericks Game 5 playoff updates from NBA beat reporters last_img read more

Odell Beckham Jr. has arrest warrant rescinded, says attorney

first_imgThe New York Giants selected him with the 12th overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft and he shot to prominence during his rookie year with an incredible one-handed catch against the Dallas Cowboys.Beckham went to three straight Pro Bowls with the Giants before being traded to Cleveland back in March 2019.In his debut season with the Browns, Beckham had 74 catches for 1,035 yards and four touchdowns, the lowest totals he has achieved across a full 16-game season. The warrant had been obtained Thursday after an alleged incident that occurred at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on Monday.DeCOURCY: LSU bungled response to OBJ handing out cashBeckham appeared to slap the officer’s buttocks in the LSU locker room while the Tigers celebrated their 42-25 victory over Clemson in the College Football Playoff national championship game.”The arrest warrant stemming from the postgame locker room celebration at the Superdome on January 13, 2020, has been recalled; there is no warrant outstanding for the arrest of Odell Beckham, Jr.,” Davillier said in a statement to Omnisport.”The security officer involved does not wish to pursue charges in this matter. This legal matter has been resolved.” The Browns said in a statement Thursday that they had contacted their player regarding the warrant and insisted he was “cooperating with the proper authorities.”While one matter has now been resolved, Beckham still faces scrutiny for another incident that took place at the game. He was spotted handing out cash to players on the field. NCAA rules bar college athletes from receiving certain benefits.After initially saying it believed the bills were fake, LSU later released a statement saying “information and footage received since shows apparent cash may have also been given to LSU student-athletes” and that the university had contacted the NCAA regarding that incident.MORE: Explaining possible NCAA violationBeckham played for LSU from 2011-13, accumulating 2,340 receiving yards and 12 touchdown receptions. Odell Beckham Jr. has had his arrest warrant for a charge of simple battery in Louisiana rescinded, the Cleveland Browns wide receiver’s attorney confirmed Saturday.The attorney, Daniel Davillier, released a statement confirming no charges against Beckham have been sought because the security officer from the New Orleans Police Department who was involved does not want to pursue the matter.last_img read more

Tony Becca: Wanted: something like a miracle

first_imgThe West Indies are in Australia, and although the Australians are blooding some new players themselves, the West Indies, beaten and battered since 1995, are struggling along and fighting against the odds on a return to their glory days. Since that day in 1995 when they bowed to Australia, they have been beaten by almost everyone, except by Bangladesh and Zimbabwe; they have lost 5-0, they have failed to qualify for the Champions Trophy, and their awesome fast bowlers and their brilliant batsmen of earlier times are now, for want of a better term, firing blanks, most of them. No country, not England and certainly not Australia, who once ruled the roost, took this long a time to return to the top, or close to it. Just recently, the West Indies team toured Sri Lanka, and despite Sri Lanka losing the services of batsmen Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardene, and Tilikaratne Dilshan, as well as fast bowler Lasith Malinga, in spite of their confidence going in, they still failed to win a Test match for a 2-0, 3-0, and 1-1 result in Test matches, ODIs, and T20s. With the scores showing Sri Lanka 484, West Indies 251 and 227 in the first Test; and Sri Lanka 200 and 206, West 163 and 171 in the second Test, the West Indies batting failed miserably in the Test matches. And it wasn’t any better in the ODIs where, in winning 3-0, Sri Lanka once scored 228 for two wickets while batting second. The West Indies’ only saving grace came in the T20 tournament which they drew 1-1 but suffered a heavy defeat when Sri Lanka ran up 215 for three batting first. The West Indies are now in Australia, and despite losing 4-1 on their first tour in 1930-31, 4-1 in 1951-52, and 2-1 in the exciting series of 1960-61, 4-1 in 1968-69, and an embarrassing 5-1 in 1975-76 before the wonderful days of the 1980s and early 1990s, the future looks bleak. In those early days, the West Indies boasted players of the quality of George Headley and Frank Martin, Learie Constantine, Herman Griffith, Tommy Scott, Frank Worrell, Everton Weekes, Clyde Walcott, Gerry Gomez, Sonny Ramadhin, Alfred Valentine, Garry Sobers, Rohan Kanhai, Wes Hall, Charlie Griffith, Lance Gibbs, Clive Lloyd, Gordon Greenidge, Roy Fredericks, Lawrence Rowe, Alvin Kallicharran, Viv Richards, Andy Roberts, and Michael Holding. While Australia have remained strong or nearly strong all the time, the West Indies have got weaker and weaker, to the point where they are now ranked only above Bangladesh and Zimbabwe. Whereas the West Indies once filled to capacity cricket grounds like Lord’s and the Eden Gardens, Melbourne and Sydney, they are hardly likely to do so this time around; and whereas countries lined up to play the West Indies once upon a time, tours by the West Indies are run at a loss these days. The West Indies, regardless of what they may think, are no longer the attraction they once were. Apart from the results of matches, their batsmen, their bowlers, and most of their fielders are no longer as exciting, as fast, as furious, as excellent, and as brilliant as they were once upon a time. Once upon a time, particularly under Worrell, Sobers, Kanhai, Lloyd, and Richards, one was proud to be a West Indian, regardless of where in the world one found oneself. It may not be so when it comes to skill, but when it comes to results and to performance, this West Indies team may well be the weakest of all West Indies teams going back to 1928 and the West Indies first Test match. This team, the same team to a man which toured Sri Lanka, is going to Australia to take on Australia with their top batsmen, Marlon Samuels and Darren Bravo, averaging 34.82 in 61 Test matches and 40.01 in 39 Test matches; and with their two top bowlers, possibly Jerome Taylor and Devendra Bishoo, averaging 32.99 in 43 matches and 38.35 in 15 matches. Those figures pale in comparison to a team of good, promising young batsmen, a team with batsmen like David Warner and Steve Smith, one with 15 centuries, including two in one match on three occasions, from 44 matches, and one with 12 centuries, including four in one series, from 34 matches. Fortunately for the West Indies, their batsmen in particular, Mitchell Johnson has just retired, and Mitchell Starc is injured. It is, however, also a team packed with really good fast bowlers in Josh Hazlewood, James Pattinson, and Peter Siddle, plus Pat Cummins and Nathan Coulter-Nile. It also boasts, in Nathan Lyon, a good, old fashioned off-spin bowler. As a West Indian, I hope I am wrong, and I pray I am wrong. It seems, however, based on the look of both teams, and although the Australian batting seems top heavy, that this tour of Australia will be another disaster, probably worse than 1975 when a team including Gordon Greenidge, Roy Fredericks, Lawrence Rowe, Viv Richards, Alvin Kallicharran, Clive Lloyd, Andy Roberts, and Michael Holding was massacred by Greg Chappell, Ian Chappell, Dennis Lillee, Jeff Thomson, and company. It was, however, the start of something good. With a little luck, maybe with something like a miracle, the action, starting in Hobart on Wednesday, may be the beginning of something good. AUSTRALIA REMAINED STRONGlast_img read more

HK club ends SMB-Alab’s 7-game run

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history View comments LATEST STORIES Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers MOST READ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebracenter_img Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? “I was really really pleased with the effort,” said Alapag, whose team remains on top of the league with an 11-3 record. “In the end, we gave ourselves a chance. I thought we fouled a little bit too much and it’s tough. They put a lot of pressure on Balkman and all the other guys to fight for rebounds.”Deguara had a season-high 31 rebounds to go with 18 points, while Holyfield, who replaced the injured OD Bassett in the lineup, added 19 boards to his 20 points.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsEven with Renaldo Balkman as its only reinforcement, Alab kept the game close up until the end and even led 77-71 on a three from Ray Parks who finished with 29 points. In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next HONGKONG—San Miguel Beer-Alab Pilipinas’ seven-game winning streak came to an end on Wednesday night, but there was no hint of disappointment from coach Jimmy Alapag after the shorthanded Filipino club dropped an 88-83 decision on the road against Hong Kong Eastern in the Asean Basketball League Season 9.Playing without 7-foot-3 center PJ Ramos, who went down due to food poisoning before the game at Southorn Stadium, Alab struggled to contain 7-foot-5 Sam Deguara and 6-foot-11 Mike Holyfield as Eastern finally beat Alab for the first time in four games this season.ADVERTISEMENT Go powers Ateneo to cruising winlast_img read more

The Struggle Continues!

first_imgBy: Lekpele M. NyamalonThe Phrase ‘Aluta Continua’ was the rallying cry of the FRELIMO movement during Mozambique’s war for independence. It was used popularly by the nation’s first president and leader of Frelimo, the beloved Samora Machel. Translated to English, the phrase is interpreted: “the struggle continues.”Literally, in the life of the people, the masses, the people who legitimize power for politicians, are conduits for politicians to attain power, although they are usually trashed after that.In my country, Liberia, there is the ‘dump-truck theory,’ a theory that the truck that builds the castle is not allowed there when the castle is fully constructed. The people that give power through their votes are left stranded, destitute, neglected and poor, by corrupt and sometimes inept men who hold the keys to power.The firebrand face of the progressive movement in Liberia, the radical G. Bacchus Matthews, is credited with preceding the phrase with the clause, “in the cause of the people.”So, the people are the common denominator in the fight for power in a democracy. They are akin to a voiceless child, whose sentiments, emotions and pains are heard and known to the hearts of mothers. A child’s mother understands when the child is hungry, in pain or probably just needs attention. The people are unable to communicate their feelings and hold discussions as a group, save through their elected leaders. In other words, they give their voice to one figurehead to go out there and speak for them and put their cases before the larger body. In a democracy, the legislature is a body of men and women that are the direct voices of the common man to ensure checks and balances, to avoid, among other things, domineering leaders in the executive branch of government to rule unchecked. Usually, there is either a conspiracy of power or a collision of power. When the leaders entrusted by the people collide, conspire or connive to betray the voice of the people, the result is frustration, dissent and the urge to revolt.When the people become frustrated and disenchanted, it gives rise to a new group of opportunists and power enthusiasts: the demagogues. These are the brand that appeal to popular sentiments capable of rallying the masses to follow their loose rhetoric with little direction and incoherent logic. The demagogues have a script that appeals to the soul of the masses. They neither have a thorough understanding of the issues nor a blueprint to solutions. They are a stitch in time; they slide in when those in power close the line of communication with the people and ignore their cries. The people, in constant need of reassurance, are mesmerized by the rhetoric of the demagogues and follow them. Sadly, and often so, when the demagogues ascend to power, they leave the masses staring at the gates, thus leading to a vicious cycle of a rise in demagogues at different points in time in history. Demagogues are so influentially dangerous that they are able to rally the masses to war and destruction.Disappointedly, when the people lose faith in demagogues, they retrieve their power from everyone and take it in their hands. When power is not used wisely, the people reveal, through frustrations, that they are the real custodians of power. History has proved this. People can remove kingdoms.During the French Revolution, market women led a march that ended the independence of King Louis XVI in what became known in history as ‘The March on Versailles.’ This was one of the several events leading to the French Revolution. The market women along with some agitators grew in their ranks and began a revolution that brought reforms in France. Hunger and women’s despair in the economic realities in France were cited as reasons for ‘The March on Versailles.’ This is symbolic of the power of people to effect change, sometimes disorderly and leading to chaos.In all regards, the power of the people is best utilized when their elected representatives use them sensibly to benefit the cause of the people. If not, either aroused by a demagogue or fed up with the system, the people, taking back their power violently from their elected leaders, can be disastrous. The raw use of power by the people can have positive or negative effects. There is an insatiable urge for representation and fair dealings in a democracy, which leads its subjects to allow the rise of insincere leaders who use the backs of the people to cross over. They then end up whipping the backs of the masses to submit, and rain insults on those that gave them the keys to power. Until the people can understand and define the crux of the struggle for rights, social justice, empowerment and upliftment, the journey is long and uncertain. Aluta Continua!Lekpele M. Nyamalon is a Writer, Poet, Pan Africanist and the Founder of Africa’s Life. He can be reached at nyamalon23@gmail.comShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more