MOST READ The New York Knicks have entered a rebuilding mode, with new president Steve Mills and general manager Scott Perry touting the team’s youth even before they had traded Anthony on the eve of training camp.The young players might be ready to win in a couple years, but for now, it looks like another long season inside Madison Square Garden.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smog“The whole talk for us is it’s a start for us to instill a culture of playing as hard as you can, trying to play together as a team,” coach Jeff Hornacek said. “We don’t necessarily have these superstars that have been in the league for many years carrying our team. We’ve got to do it collectively.”That will fall on players such as Kristaps Porzingis, Tim Hardaway Jr., Willy Hernangomez, rookie Frank Ntilikina and center Enes Kanter, who was acquired from Oklahoma City in the trade for Anthony. It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Some things to watch with the Knicks:KRISTAPS’ KNICKS: Porzingis left frustrated, blowing off his exit interview before returning to Latvia for the summer. The third-year forward came back as the face of the franchise, returning to New York the day Anthony left for Oklahoma City.FRANK FROM FRANCE: Jackson’s last big move was drafting the 19-year-old Ntilikina with the No. 8 pick. It’s hard to tell yet what the Knicks have in the French point guard, who missed summer league with an injury and then most of preseason when he was hurt again.HARDAWAY’S HERE: Mills’ first big move was to give Hardaway a $71-million deal to return to New York after Jackson traded the former first-round pick to Atlanta two years earlier. His game grew with the Hawks, and the Knicks believe he’s ready for a bigger role now.SPEED IT UP: Jackson’s triangle system is mostly gone, with Hornacek saying the Knicks want to open up the offense more in hopes of getting more easy shots.JOAKIM’S JOB: Joakim Noah’s forgettable first season of a $72-million deal ended with him serving a suspension for violating the anti-drug policy. It continues into this season and it’s unclear where he fits after that in a center rotation that also includes Kanter, Hernangomez, Kyle O’Quinn and sometimes Porzingis.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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 Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny NBA: Derrick Rose ‘fine’ with veteran’s ‘bargain’ salary with Cavs LATEST STORIES Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set New York Knicks Jarrett Jack, right, reacts during the second half of a preseason NBA basketball game against Houston Rockets at Madison Square Garden in New York, Monday, Oct. 9, 2017. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)NEW YORK — Carmelo Anthony is gone. Phil Jackson is gone.The losing appears here to stay.ADVERTISEMENT Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours The Jackson-Anthony drama hung over the Knicks last season and into the summer, with the team president making it clear he wanted to move on from the All-Star forward. But before he could, the Knicks moved on from Jackson, who couldn’t build a playoff roster in his three seasons. Mills was promoted and he has taken aim at cleaning up the mess within the organization.“Part of my job is to try to add some sense of calmness to what had been a little bit of a crazy environment that we’ve been going through,” Mills said. “So I think that we have a good group of people here.”But it’s a group that looks incapable of defending, and it will be hard to outscore its ineptitude on that end without the 40 points per game the Knicks lost when they traded Anthony and let Derrick Rose leave.So they could be even worse than last season’s 31-51 finish, but at least some of the dysfunction could begone. Fans seemed fed up with it under Jackson, so maybe they’ll accept a team that loses quietly if they see growth on the court without the circus off it.“They want to see effort, they want to see tenacity, they want to see hard work and they just want to see us not backing down from anybody,” Hardaway said. “The icing on the cake is winning ballgames. That’s what we want to do and that’s our goal, to win ballgames, and win as many as possible to see ourselves looking towards the end of the season where we can find ourselves in the postseason.”ADVERTISEMENT View comments
The Ministry of Education’s (MOE) Deputy Edudation Minister for Instruction, Hawa Goll-Kotchi, says it has unearthed a new and highly practiced act of corruption that has slowly crept into the Liberian school system.The new practice, according to the Deputy Minister, is being dubbed “bread and butter.” This act involves students delivering test or assignment papers to the teachers that contain money.The practice of “bread and butter” was designed by corrupt instructors as a systematic form of coercion aimed at taking money from students for grades. This is being done in place of actual teaching.These “teachers” are also reportedly taking other illegal fees from the students. This abuse of authority is being perpetrated by “teachers” who don’t have the Liberian school system at heart. Madam Kotchi has frowned on those reportedly involved to desist; as such practices tend to undermine the educational system. These acts also expose students to corruption that influences their behavior once they become part of greater society upon leaving school.Deputy Minister Kotchi made the revelation last Wednesday in her position as government’s Chief Nominee to WAEC during the entity’s second consultative meetings on the successful conduct of the West African Senior School Certificate Examinations (WASSCE) in Liberia.The meeting was conducted by the Monrovia office of the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) to give updates from the entity’s Head of National Office in Monrovia, John Y. Gayvolor, Sr., and from principals and administrators of the various senior high schools in the country.The update meeting was attended by WAEC officials, principals and administrators of the various privately-owned and faith-based institutions.At the meeting, Mr. Gayvolor expressed particular concern over Liberian students’ performances at the writing of the WASSCE where they would have to meet the WAEC distinction of at least first or second divisions.He said that Liberia’s education sector has improved in respect to writing the WASSCE; and voiced the hope that trend would continue.“However,” he explained, “for students to succeed at writing the WASSCE, it was necessary for all stakeholders to work together with the goal of strategizing to find the best way forward.”Meanwhile, in her position as government Chief Nominee to WAEC, Madam Kotchi called on school authorities to encourage instructors to conduct tutorial classes for students preparing to sit the WAEC or WASSEC.“You could organize tutorial classes to help our students and even some of the teachers themselves; because the syllabuses can be complex. You can collect a minimum amount for the tutorial classes, because we want the best out of our students and school system,” Mrs. Kotchi urged.She however called on school administrators whose students are posed to write the WASSCE to upgrade their teachers’ skills while they conduct tutorial classes to prepare for those taking exams.She then stressed the need for all schools across the country, especially those privately-owned; to better equip their laboratories and libraries in accordance with government’s quest for better educational facilities for students.In a related development, the Monrovia office of WAEC, said it had up to date, registered at least 1,205 students to sit this year’s WASSCE.Each of the registered students, who represented six of the multitude of schools across Montserrado County, had paid a fee of US$75 to sit the test. The amount from the students summed up to US$90,375.The registered students are all from various privately-owned and faith-based institutions in and around Monrovia. Principals and school administrators in the leeward counties are yet to report on any progress they have made in respect to candidates who would write the test. The exam is scheduled for May/June each year, but this year, Liberian students will sit for it in April, the WAEC Monrovia National Office confirmed at the meeting.All students from both private and public schools are allowed to write the WASSCE, which is also known by its old name–the General Certificate Examinations (GCE). However, there are rules and regulations that apply to every candidate. This examination is made for all private and public schools in West Africa through the compulsory subject areas of English Language and Mathematics with electives of the sciences that include Biology, Physics, and Chemistry.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The positive minded Education Minister, Nicolette Henry, on Saturday visited a few schools around Georgetown and on the East Coast of Demerara to assess their readiness for the new school year scheduled to begin on Monday, September 3.This was according to a statement issued by the Ministry which detailed a report of each of the schools’ readiness.Education Minister Nicolette Henry being briefed by Special Projects Officer, Ron Eastman on the ongoing works at Cummings Lodge SecondaryThe Minister’s visit comes at a time where education officials across the country are sitting at the edge of their seats, with their fingers crossed since more than 7000 teachers are expected to go on strike from today.The proposed strike is expected to start one week before the new school term begins, during schools’ pre-term activities. According to the President of the Guyana Tachers’ Union, Mark Lyte, if head teachers are going to be on strike then they need to hand over the school keys to the Department of Education before actions commence.Meanwhile, some temporary teachers are of the view that if they were to go on strike, they will be replaced by trained teachers who are waiting to get into the system. Lyte added that they could go to work and still be laid off because they are temporary.Minister Henry did say measures will be put in place if the teachers strike. Some of those measures she outlined are working a shift system in schools and having volunteers take over schools among others.However, on Friday, Lyte said he finds the Minister’s proposal hilarious.“I don’t know if the Minister understood what it took for us to have teachers. We are not replaceable. Let us see what this emergency plan is because somebody will have to conduct my orientation when the parents show up on Monday; me nor none of my teachers will be in school,” Lyte said after being assured that many of the head teachers had already handed in their keys to the Department of Education.Lyte was on Friday absent from the conciliation talks, which were organised by the Social Protection Ministry’s Department of Labour for the Union and the Education Ministry to meet and discuss a way forward.According to Lyte, he was unable to attend the meeting since he was out of the region on duty and only received an official invite on Friday morning.He indicated that he would have received yet another invitation for a meeting with the same parties, which is now expected to be held on August 28; day two into the strike action.Lyte said he is yet to confirm his attendance to that meeting.The GTU has rejected Government’s request for teachers to agree to a debunching payoff of $200 million for 2018/19. Lyte said the Union similarly rejected the $700 million cap that was placed on salary increases which was for 2018 only. Government also wants the clothing allowance to remain at $8000; a figure Lyte said was given in 2011.He said, too, that for the Whitley Council Leave, teachers still have to wait four years before getting their one month off, even though the GTU appealed for three years. The Union is seeking 40 per cent salary increases for its 7000 members.