Clippers’ Griffin to miss rest of playoffs with toe injury

first_imgCanadian military mobilized to help Newfoundland dig out On the edge of America, census begins in a tiny Alaska town He had 11 points, six rebounds and two assists in 18 minutes, and the team said at the time the injury was a bruised toe. X-rays at the arena were negative, but he was re-evaluated after the game.Clippers coach Doc Rivers said the injury actually happened on the play before the layup and added Griffin knew immediately that it was bad. The former No. 1 pick will remain in Salt Lake City, wearing a walking boot and will return with the team after Game 4 on Sunday. Rivers said surgery is a possibility.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnHis injury marks another playoff blow to a franchise that has dealt with a series of bad luck and internal turmoil in recent years.Griffin and point guard Chris Paul were lost to injuries last year, and the Clippers blew a 3-1 series lead against Houston in 2015. Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte In this Friday, April 21, 2017, photo, Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin (32) looks on after driving to the basket during the first half in Game 3 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series against the Utah Jazz, in Salt Lake City. Griffin is out for the remainder of the playoffs after injuring his big toe during Friday night’s win against the Utah Jazz. The team announced Saturday that the five-time All-Star was diagnosed with an injury to the plantar plate of his right big toe. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)SALT LAKE CITY — Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin is out for the remainder of the NBA playoffs after injuring his big toe during Friday night’s win against the Utah Jazz.The team announced Saturday that the five-time All-Star was diagnosed with an injury to the plantar plate of his right big toe. Griffin left Game 3 with 3:18 remaining in the second quarter after landing awkwardly following a transition layup.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ SpaceX launches, destroys rocket in astronaut escape test Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Hawks deliver early playoff KO, romp past Wizards Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos LATEST STORIES Dozens wounded as Iraqi protesters up pressure on government Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town During the 2014 playoffs, voice recordings of then-owner Donald Sterling making racist comments surfaced, leading to him being banned by NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, who forced the sale of the team.The Clippers were up 2-0 in 2013 before losing to Memphis in six games after Griffin stepped on teammate Lamar Odom and injured his ankle.Rivers said he believes in the karmic-like presence of the “basketball gods,” but not in any kind of Clippers curse.“You make your own luck at the end of the day,” Rivers said. “Like I told Blake last night … right now he’s probably thinking, ‘Why me?’ He’s too good of a guy for this to continue to happen. There’s going to be some kind of sunshine for him at some point. You’ve just got to weather this storm.”The Clippers run much of their offense through Griffin and he’s one of the best passers on the team. Rivers said they’ll play both big — with Marreese Speights and DeAndre Jordan — and small for stretches. He doesn’t want to put too much of a load on Paul to make up the difference.ADVERTISEMENT Paul added, “It has to be by committee. Blake’s too much to our team. Offensively, defensively, his presence. … We don’t have one person over there that we’re like, ‘Oh, Blake’s out, put him in.’”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely View commentslast_img read more

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GuyExpo preparations on track

first_img– will be more business-oriented this yearWith just five days to GuyExpo, preparations are going as planned to finalise the event.In an interview with Guyana Times event coordinator Tameka Sukhdeo-Singh expressed delight at the way things are going on Guyana’s premier trade fair: “As of today, as you walk around the compound you will see our preparations are in full bloom. We are ready.”Exhibitors are on course but the rains seemingly are posing a threat to the preparations. However, this will not stop the event from The arch at the entrance to the Sophia Exhibition Centreopening on 12 May.GuyExpo which previously was under the Ministry of Trade and Commerce is now under the Ministry of Business and will now take a more business-oriented approach in keeping with its theme “Promoting enterprises, Driving Productivity.”Sukhdeo-Singh noted that the planning committee along with Minister of Business Dominic Gaskin, are working to make this event for the exhibitors a more business-oriented event.The main focus of the event is to help with expansion of small- and medium-scale businesses in order to contribute to the economy.When the event began in 1995, from 200 exhibitors it kept growing, with this year 400 booths are expected to be occupied. Among these are over 50 first-timers including Fernandes Bread Box, and others.In recognition of Guyana’s golden jubilee, the coordinators of GuyExpo are looking to have a lot of groups to show the progress they have made over the years and bring back the vintage style that will be incorporated in the décor of GuyExpo.Exhibitors such as luminous women are looking to do the ‘old dollar sweeties’ and Torginol paints will be using old advertisements.This year the business exhibitors can expect four workshops. These workshops include packaging and promotion. There is the need for local investors to be able to appreciate the importance of a brand and the large companies can share with microcompanies to help develop them, Singh outlined.Another important feature according to the coordinator is “a social media marketing workshop which is one of the most fundamental areas for a business to grow in this generation.”Access to finance and business planning are the two other workshops within the GuyExpo plans.The coordinator highlighted that security is up-to-date with close-circuit television around the entire compound.While this year may be different, the usual sponsors are on board such as Digicel, GTT, DDL, Banks DIH, Ansa McAl, among others.The expo plans for families with comedy shows and skits on Friday while Saturday and Sunday will see concerts by DDL and Ansa McAl.Ten special gate prizes every night of the exhibition will include ipads, Xboxes, Cellphones, and a lot more.Sukhdeo-Singh emphasised GuyExpo is the place to be.The premier event is expected to run from the 12 to 15h May at the Sophia Exhibition Centre.last_img read more

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“Animal Spirits” and institutionalism

first_imgthe consequences of the Brexit vote by Britain will take years to sort out, especially since the Government still has not officially triggered negotiations on the terms of withdrawal as specified by Article 50 of the European Union’s Lisbon Treaty. But while almost every country in the world will be affected to a lesser or greater extent by the decision, the underlying rationales that undergirded Britain and the other European countries’ formation of their union will now have to be re-examined by other countries that followed their putatively positive example. Notably, the Caribbean and Caricom.The EU emerged out of war-ravaged Europe in which Germany had been comprehensively defeated and in fact split into two parts that mirrored Europe itself that now had distinct eastern and western ideologically defined “blocs”. The Allies, led by the US, decided to “rebuild Europe” by creating new institutions to develop its western bloc. The economic model to achieve this goal was “capitalist/free market” in orientation. They began by forming the European Coal and Steel Community in 1950 to unite their member countries economically. In 1957, this was then transformed by the Treaty of Rome which created the European Economic Community (EEC), or ‘Common Market’.The development of new institutions to deepen the integration further politically continued as Britain started an expansion drive when it joined the EC in 1973. The Maastricht Treaty (1993), Amsterdam Treaty (1999) and the Lisbon Treaty (2009) were all supposed to create a European Union. This would have members operating as independent countries but each conceding a tremendous amount of sovereignty by forming a single market, which, in the main, used a single currency (the Euro) and allowed free movement of goods, capital, services and people between member states.Underlying these institutions was the assumption that the rules undergirding them served to advance the “greater good” of all its members. And it is actually this premise that was on trial in the referendum that resulted in Brexit. The question, of course, is who decides what is the “greater good” – the leaders who the people elect to be their representatives or the people themselves? The answer given last week is a majority of voters (52%) disagreed with their elected leaders that the EU served their interests. The leader of the Conservative Government has resigned and there is great pressure for his opposite number on the Labour benches to follow suit.While there may have been any number of issues which convinced voters that to remain within the EU was not in their interest, nativist fears were the clinching factor. “Nativism” describes the primal fears of “swamping” that are raised against immigrants or newcomers who are blamed for everything that ails the body politic in a country – from crime to economic slumps. The flood of three million immigrants into Britain after 2004 from Eastern Europe, which had been in the Communist bloc but were then absorbed into the EU, created a groundswell of opinion that rejected the economic argument that were made by most leaders for staying in Europe.Nativism is not a new phenomenon and in the US during the 19th Century there was great agitation against Irish migration into the country which is now mirrored in present-day anger against Latin Americans. At other times, there were anti-Catholic sentiments. But nativism is only one of what Lord Maynard Keynes called “animal spirits” that act against “rational” behaviour on which all institutions are founded.If one were to consider only the rational economic arguments made for remaining in the EU – economies of scales in marketing in the vast European market, sharing in defence spending, being part of a large bloc that can deal more assuredly with other power blocs, etc – then maybe the vote should have gone the way most leaders thought it would.But leaders have to accept that the rational bases of institutions can sometimes have unintended consequences, “due to animal spirits”. Such as Brexit.last_img read more

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