Knicks owner James Dolan offers weak explanation for lack of statement on George Floyd’s death

first_img“There’s literally nowhere I won’t go,” Dolan told The New York Times in 2014 of the topics his music covers. Apparently Dolan felt plenty qualified to speak about social matters then.Dolan could follow the lead of the Wizards and allow his players to deliver a direct, unified statement. Knicks guard Dennis Smith Jr. was seen at a Fayetteville, N.C. protest last week, and it’s likely his teammates also feel strongly about what has happened to Floyd and so many other black citizens in the country.As the email stated, “what we say to each other matters.” If Dolan isn’t going to speak up, he should give someone else a platform. “We know that some of you have asked about whether our company is going to make a public statement about the killing of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer. I want you to know, I realize the importance of this issue. Therefore, I want you to understand our internal position.”This is a turbulent time in our country. The coronavirus and civil unrest have taken their toll on our way of life. We at Madison Square Garden stand by our values of respect and peaceful workplace. We always will.”As companies in the business of sports and entertainment, however, we are not any more qualified than anyone else to offer our opinion on social matters. What’s important is how we operate. Our companies are committed to upholding our values, which include creating a respectful workplace for all, and that will never change. What we say to each other matters. How we treat each other matters. And that’s what will get us through this difficult time.”MORE: Mavericks’ statement on George Floyd protests leaves everyone confusedAs of late Monday night, the Knicks and Spurs were the only NBA franchises to have not shared a statement following Floyd’s death. However, San Antonio president and head coach Gregg Popovich spoke extensively with The Nation’s Dave Zirin about issues plaguing the United States, calling President Donald Trump a “deranged idiot” and saying the “system has to change.”No such words emerged from anyone within the Knicks front office, though, because it all starts at the top with Dolan.We are talking about a man who felt the need to share an official statement about Spike Lee using the correct entrance at MSG and post a photo apparently taken with a Motorola Razr like some sort of old spy footage.New York Knicks Statement on Spike Lee pic.twitter.com/19JcvhFKO7— NY_KnicksPR (@NY_KnicksPR) March 3, 2020We are talking about a man who felt the need to issue a formal denial about offering Richard Jefferson a contract after the longtime NBA forward joked about retiring rather than playing for the Knicks.For clarification purposes, it is not true that the New York Knicks offered Richard Jefferson a contract in either the summer of 2018 or 2019.— NY_KnicksPR (@NY_KnicksPR) November 25, 2019And we are talking about a man who sang about Trayvon Martin on his song “Under That Hood” as the frontman of JD & the Straight Shot.  James Dolan never met a PR opportunity he didn’t enjoy completely botching.The Knicks owner has reportedly left players and employees “furious” because the team has not yet publicly commented on the death of George Floyd, according to ESPN’s Pablo Torre. Dolan sent the following email to Madison Square Garden employees on Monday, per Torre:last_img read more

Leafs off to South Okanagan for two-game road test

first_imgThe Nelson Leafs take to the road this weekend for a pair of Kootenay International Junior Hockey League games in the South Okanagan against Okanagan Division opponents.The Leafs, first in the Murdoch Division,  meet 4-6 Summerland Friday before travelling south on Highway 97 to Penticton to play the 6-2 Lakers Saturday.The Summerland Steam are led offensively by hometown 20-year-old Colin Minardi, with 12 points in 10 games. Penticton possesses a balanced scoring attack with seven players within the lead in team scoring nine points of Sean Alldridge. In contrast Nelson scoring leader Matti Jmaeff has 20 points in 12 games with Patrick Martens and Brett Norman two points behind.Leaf coach Frank Maida said both Andrew Walton and Patrick Defoe will see action between the pipes this weekend.sports@thenelsondaily.comlast_img read more

The statistics are not from Madrid

first_imgEI Real Madrid have a 7 percent chance to get into the quarterfinals of the Champions League. This little rosy data from Mr. Chip in relation to the teams that have lost in the first leg by 1-2 joins another battery of statistics that will force Madrid to go to Manchester to the second leg equipped for the most difficult impossible. The whites have only traced a qualifying round of the European Cup in which they started losing at the Bernabéu. It was in 1970, before the Tyrol. Since then, against much more pedigree rivals, the thing was much worse: he failed to pass home against PSG (1994), Bayern (2001), Arsenal (2006), Liverpool (2009) and Barça (2011) … from Guardiola.“If someone can get that feat, that is Real Madrid,” said Jorge Valdano in Movistar + Champions League. He continued with a possible recipe: “Score a goal and have the chain of consequences take you to the rest”. It seems that thought came telepathically to Pep. “If someone can turn it around, it’s Madrid,” said Sampedor minutes later. The magic of glorious European nights and the infallibility So far (nine qualifiers won from nine) by Zidane on one side of the scale, on the other side of it the horrendous inertia of Madrid in the Champions League since the Thirteenth rose. He has only won one (Galatasaray) of his last six games at the Bernabéu (the others were CSKA, Ajax, Bruges, PSG and City) and this season his worst game was precisely against the other great rival he has crossed, 3-0 in the Park of the Princes.Etihad is not impossible to overcomeIn the recent Champions League, Etihad was not an impregnable stadium either. In 2017-18, both Basel (1-2) in the round of 16 and Liverpool (1-2) in the quarterfinals won on Manchester’s blue side with results that Madrid would now be worth, at least, to bring the game to extra time.History, statistics and odds are against Madrid. “You have to go through the storm and we did it,” De Bruyne said last night proudly. Now, to which comes a Perfect storm, a Classic that arrives after losing the lead plus the return in Manchester, is to Madrid. And Guardiola himself doesn’t trust …last_img read more

Meunier sells: “Even without a leg, it would be good business”

first_imgThomas Meunier has given an interview in the Belgian media RTBF, in which he has given his version for the injury of Eden Hazard. Beyond that, the Paris Saint Germain footballer ends his contract next June and has been in charge of selling himself to receive good offers in the market. So much so, that he has even said that it would be a great option for any club even if they cut off his leg. PSG in the Champions League quarterfinals: “If it were not played more it would be crazy, incredible. We worked long after the defeat in Dortmund. We have the potential to go all the way. We are playing for the title, we are in the final of the two cups … It could be a fantastic season. “Workouts at home: “We have an individual program of the trainers of the PSG. I invested in a bicycle and a treadmill to put at home. Before I did not have much, I admit it. I have two or three weights and something else.”Do you exercise every day?: “I run every other day. I am lucky to have a very sporty woman, so we encourage each other. If we do it two people is much more joyful than doing it alone. She comes out of her pregnancy, so she is getting back in shape.”How confinement is handled: “Very well, I admit it. It is a blessing to see my children seven days a week, 24 hours a day. I am very happy to stay home.”He stays in Paris: “We were hesitant to go back to Belgium, but it would be to be with the family, have a barbecue and have a drink and we couldn’t have done it. It was easier to stay here.A message for the population“Saving lives is not complicated. It is true that we all want to go for a drink on the terrace, but you just have to stay home to stop the spread. People must understand that there is a real need to stay home.”Video game: “It has been years since I played. Since I am a father I have disconnected. But that is there, I caught it from time to time in the national team. I am not a fan of that and I spend a lot of time with the children. But I am going to participate in a tournament next week to benefit the country’s hospitals. “Her idol: “Ronaldo, the Brazilian. Also the Manchester United version of Beckham, Giggs, Sheringham … It made me love and understand football.” Possible interest of Dortmund: “I see that many fans write to me, I do not understand it (laughs). I have seen articles that link me to Tottenham or Inter, but the fans of Dortmund are the most visible.”Could I go back?: “I am a 28-year-old player, I finish a contract, I would go out for free, I am international in the best team in the world … It cannot be a bad business or a bad purchase. In terms of investment there is not much to lose, even if I they cut a leg. “objective: “No, I don’t sell myself. I speak honestly. Everyone knows that my main objective is to stay in Paris. We will see …”.The fans ask him to stay: “There are still people who understand (laughs)”.Will he play with PSG again?: “I don’t think I have already played my last game. I like to look at the German and Italian championships and I hope we go in the same direction. For economy, television rights … We will. It will be done little by little, even to closed door. I hope we can resume in mid-May. I see for example that Dortmund has resumed training, even if it is two by two. If the season ends empty there will be many repercussions … “.last_img read more

Horse Racing Tips

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Students Want More ‘Presidential Cleanup Programs’

first_imgTemporarily hired students of the Presidential Back-to-School Cleanup Campaign, have praised President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf for the initiative, and urged her to initiate   more cleanup campaigns.The teen students said they believe that more Presidential cleanup campaign projects would enable them to overcome their financial constraints, successfully end the academic year and take care of their critical needs.The students made their appeal in separate interviews yesterday when over 800 of them disappointedly gathered on the grounds of the Ministry of Youth and Sports probably to see and listen to President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf for the first time.However, Youth and Sports Minister Lenn Eugene Nagbe was able at least to cheer them up when he announced the President’s “deepest regrets because of her busy schedule.” He told them that the commencement of payment would begin at 12:00 noon Monday.The announcement was received with wild jubilation which shook the grounds of the Ministry of Youth and Sports on 19th Street Sinkor.Yet, some of the students whom our reporter interviewed amplified their appeal for more presidential cleanup programs.Mr. Swen Sackie, a 12th grader of the Lombardia High School in Gardnersville stated that since an academic year has two semesters, there should be two Presidential Back-to-School Programs. “We want to appeal to the President, our Ma, for a 2nd Semester Back-to-School Cleanup Project,” Mr. Sackie said. “This will also help us go back to school to complete the school year.”Samuel Carlos, a 12th grader of Jimmy Jolocon School added: “It would be a great help to us – that means it would serve as a motivation to compensate for those months that the Ebola virus took away.  We hope that some of the state-owned enterprises would come to the aid of the government in this proposed biannual back-to-school program.Besides the twice-yearly back-to-school initiative, other students are also appealing to the President to set up more cleanup campaigns to give the city and communities a face-lift during festive celebrations.“It will be a great help if the President also sets up cleanup campaigns to help us with our welfare and needs, especially to clean up our communities during Independence and Christmas seasons,” student Janet Moeyeh said.“Some of us have single parents, while some of us are living with relatives because our parents are in the interior while other parents are dead. So the more the President initiates cleanup campaigns, the better it will be for us,” said student Rachel Wilson.Meanwhile, the payment of the L$4,100 to each of the 3,000 students continues today, through mobile money.The Presidential Back-to-School Cleanup Campaign is intended to motivate the students as well as help parents and guardians prepare their children and wards for the reopening of school as the Ebola crisis winds down.The initiative was organized and implemented by the Government of Liberia through the Ministry of Youth and Sports.The students were recruited week before last from 38 communities through a lottery (a secret ballot of either a blank paper or a paper with the inscription ‘job’). The fixed ages of the work-to-study students were between 15 and 21 years and they are 6th to 12th graders.According to the recruitment method, 48% of those recruited were boys, 47% girls and 5% disabled.  Each center recruited 78 students.The recruitment was divided into five zones: Bushrod Island, Somalia Drive, Tubman Boulevard, Paynesville and Central Monrovia.Each zone had at least eight centers (schools), a supervisor, monitor and at most two registrars.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Serious Accident on Highway 77

first_imgThe Fort Nelson RCMP are reporting a serious accident happened early Saturday morning on Highway 77.On August 1st at about 2:46am, the Fort Nelson RCMP were called to a serious motor vehicle accident approximately 16km north on Highway 77.  The Fort Nelson RCMP arrived on scene and administered first aid to the lone female occupant of the vehicle until Emergency Medical Services and Fire Rescue attended.The female driver was extracted from the vehicle and taken to Fort Nelson General Hospital.  The 39 year old driver has since been airlifted to the University of Alberta Hospital in serious but stable condition.- Advertisement -The female’s name is not being released pending notification of family members.  At this time no further details are available.last_img read more

Gor inch closer to CAF Cup quarters after beating Yanga

first_img0Shares0000Gor team posing for photo.PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaNAIROBI, Kenya, July 29 – Kenyan Premier League champions Gor Mahia inched closer to making historic milestone in reaching the CAF Confederation Cup quarter-finals after picking a crucial 3-2 victory away to Yong Africans (Yanga) of Tanzania in a match hosted at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam on Sunday.This comes a week after Gor won 4-0 at home when the two sides last met at the Kasarani Stadium to see the Tanzanian champions languish at the bottom of the log with just a single point. George ‘Blackberry’ Odhiambo sent K’Ogalo ahead with the quickest goal, nodding lowly past Tanzanian goalkeeper Rostad Jehu who parried the ball inside the near right side of the post.This is after the Kenyan winger received a well measured cross from Samuel Onyango.Jacques Tuyisenge added the second goal after shooting from cross range after an indirect free-kick inside the box following a school boy blunder from the Tanzanian custodian who handled the ball immediately after releasing it.However, 14 minutes into the second half, Tanzania pulled one back after Gor keeper Boniface Oluoch parried the ball at his near left foot following a well taken 30 yards free-kick.Deus Kaseke found the back of the net when he rushed to connect the rebound after Oluoch spilled it.Gor regained he lead after five minutes thanks to skipper Harun Shakava who easily tapped the ball home after the Yanga defense failed to clear the corner kick.Oluoch was at it again, this time with a careless mistake that gifted Yanga a second goal in the 81st minute after he failed to handle the ball that fell in front of him for substitute Abdalla Shaibu to put the ball in between Oluoch’s leg and pull one back for the Tanzanians.Gor were able to hold on and pick the crucial three points that shoot them temporarily on top of the Group D standing with eight points, awaiting the USM Alger versus Rayon Sports encounter.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

HSE REVEAL FLOOD REPORT WILL TAKE SEVERAL MORE MONTHS

first_imgLetterkenny General HospitalDonegal Daily can exclusively reveal that the HSE report into the flooding at Letterkenny General Hospital will take several more months before its findings are revealed. It had been expected that the HSE’s flood report publication would be released in the next number of weeks, but we can now reveal that the publication is months away.The DCC complied its own report into the flooding and that was spoken about at length during last week’s sitting of the Donegal County Council. Saolta and the HSE have confirmed they will examine the DCC’s report into the flooding at Letterkenny General Hospital.However,the HSE has admitted that their own report into flooding is months away from being published.The hospital was extensively damaged in July 2013 after a severe flash flood caused pandemonium at the facility.The main cause of the flooding incident was the fact that the screens became blocked and prevented water from entering the culvert causing the Sprackburn Tributary to overflow, wiping out 40% of the floor space of LGH and eliminating more than 70% of the hospital’s capacity at that time. There was widespread anger at how the hospital could be so helpless against the threat of flooding and scrutiny over its initial planning structures was raised.Last summer the hospital was hit again as another minor flood hit, but the damage caused that time was considerably less and the Emergency Department was re-opened after just three hours. HSE REVEAL FLOOD REPORT WILL TAKE SEVERAL MORE MONTHS was last modified: April 7th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:FLOODINGHome-page NewsHSELetterkenny General Hospitallast_img read more