Seventy trapped after Chinese coronavirus quarantine hotel collapses

first_imgIt collapsed at about 7:30 p.m. (1130 GMT) and 34 people were rescued in the following two hours, the Quanzhou municipality said on its website.No reason was given for the collapse.A woman named only by her surname, Chen, told the news site that relatives including her sister had been under quarantine at the hotel as prescribed by local regulations after returning from Hubei province, the center of the coronavirus outbreak.She said they had arrived on Feb. 25 and had been scheduled to leave soon after completing their 14 days of quarantine. About 70 people were trapped on Saturday after a five-story hotel being used for coronavirus quarantine collapsed in the port city of Quanzhou in southeast China, state media said.A live video stream posted by the government-backed Beijing News site showed rescue workers in orange overalls clambering over mounds of rubble and carrying people towards ambulances gathered around the site.Beijing News said the Quanzhou Xinjia Hotel had been five stories high. Topics :center_img “I can’t contact them, they’re not answering their phones, she said.”I’m under quarantine too [at another hotel] and I’m very worried, I don’t know what to do. They were healthy, they took their temperatures every day, and the tests showed that everything was normal.”The official People’s Daily said the hotel had opened in June 2018 with 80 rooms.Quanzhou is a port city on the Taiwan Strait in the province of Fujian with a population of more than 8 million.The Fujian provincial government said that as of Friday, the province had 296 cases of coronavirus and 10,819 people had been placed under observation after being classified as suspected close contacts.The official Xinhua News Agency said the committee responsible for working safety under the State Council, China’s cabinet, has sent an emergency working team to the site. last_img read more

Major businesses split over lockdown, support social distancing

first_imgTopics : As officials scrambled to contain COVID-19, which has spread to at least eight provinces, infecting more than 130 and killing five, Jokowi stressed the government was “not leaning toward issuing a lockdown policy”.Indonesian Employers Association (Apindo) executive director Danang Girindrawardana, who opposed a lockdown scenario, said the measure would require a thorough assessment as around 70 percent of the country’s economic activities needed to be done outside the home. He cited the supermarket, manufacturing, hotel and restaurant businesses as those that would be greatly affected.Read also: COVID-19: Government calls for limits to all tourist activitiesAside from causing an economic shutdown, he also feared that a lockdown could impact businesses’ ability to repay their debts to banks.“Lockdowns could affect debt repayments, so the government really needs to think about the impact on financial industries as well,” he told The Jakarta Post on Tuesday. Slower repayments from the real sector could lead to bad loan ratios, which could lead to a financial crisis, he warned.Should the government decide to impose a lockdown, Danang suggested the introduction of incentives or relaxation measures to counter its likely adverse effects on businesses and the banking industry.Meanwhile, Indonesian Shopping Center Tenants Association (Hippindo) advisory board member Tutum Rahanta said on Monday a lockdown appeal would not only impact shopping mall tenants, but also online transportation services and informal workers who operate near shopping malls.“For now I think a lockdown needs to be an option, although the impact will be negative, especially on the mid- to low-earners, particularly those in the informal sector. Therefore, the government needs to thoroughly think about it,” Center of Reform on Economics (CORE) Indonesia executive director Piter Abdullah.“The government should prepare for a worst-case scenario, plan ahead for the day when a lockdown is no longer an option but a necessity, so when the time comes the government is ready with a detailed plan.”The government announced last Friday that it would allocate Rp 120 trillion (US$8.1 billion) from the state budget to stimulate the economy by providing tax incentives and subsidies for workers, businesses and families affected by the pandemic. It also deployed two stimulus packages worth Rp 22.9 trillion and Rp 10.3 trillion each, with individual and corporate tax breaks and the relaxation of loan disbursements and restructuring requirements.The executive director of the British Chamber of Commerce (Britcham) in Indonesia, Chris Wren, said that while it was good to campaign for social distancing, there was only so much the government could do given that policing individual behavior was an impossible task.Therefore, it was critically important to educate the public about honest and relevant information so that people would discipline themselves and keep their loved ones safe, he said.Read also: COVID-19: Well-prepared emergency status, lockdown keys to protecting economy, economists say“We are in extraordinary times and these require extraordinary measures and will result in impacts.”Some members of the public have been calling for President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo to issue a lockdown as the country braces for its worst pandemic in recent memory.The World Health Organization urged Jokowi to scale up the country’s emergency response mechanisms in containing the COVID-19 outbreak by declaring a national state of emergency.Jokowi has yet to do so, having only recommended that people distance themselves from others in order to slow the spread of the disease.Banten and Tangerang in West Java and Surakarta in Central Java did not wait for an order from the top. The three regions have all declared an extraordinary occurrence status, while Jakarta and Surakarta have closed schools temporarily. Major business players are split over the idea of a lockdown to slow the spread of the highly contagious coronavirus disease (COVID-19). However, they seem to support President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s push to limit face-to-face interactions by having people work, study and worship from home.Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Kadin) chairman Rosan Roeslani said Tuesday that businesses would support the government’s recommendation for social distancing to contain the COVID-19 global pandemic, but cautioned that, if a lockdown was in place, businesses and low-income workers would need a cushion.The cushion, Rosan said, could come in the form of more and wider tax relaxations from the government’s first and second stimulus packages, which waived manufacturing workers’ income tax payments and deferred corporate income and import duty taxes for the tourism and manufacturing industries. The Financial Services Authority (OJK) also needed to relax rules on debt restructuring at times of crisis, especially for small and medium enterprises (SMEs), he added.center_img Read also: Indonesia deploys second stimulus amid market, rupiah routs“We let the government decide [whether to impose a lockdown] so long as it conducts a thorough assessment. But the point is to prepare for [change]. For the business world to keep on running, [tax and debt-restructuring] relaxations need to be widened,” Rosan told reporters.“Every single industry is affected, be it imports, exports, consumer goods, tourism. Everything was hit.”The President said he would not impose a lockdown even though two of Indonesia’s neighbors – Malaysia and the Philippines – and several European countries have decided to take the drastic measure to slow the transmission of the disease.last_img read more

Once in a lifetime bluechip avocado and lime farm for sale

first_imgPerfect brunch spot.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus15 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market15 hours ago MORE: Interest rates to hold at 1.5 per cent FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON TWITTER Restful rows of avocado trees. This bluechip avocado and lime farm in at Mutchilba is on the market for $3.5 million. Picture: Realestate.com.auA bluechip farm with over 4000 avocado and 1000 lime trees has hit the market for the first time ever, with room enough for all the other salsa ingredients too.The large 36.5 hectare property is on the market for the first time since the farm founders created it 30 years ago, according to agent John Falvo of Mareeba Property Office.Listed at $3.5 million, it comes with two houses — one of which was already set up as a “neat and tidy family home” with the other holding potential “as an income earner or worker’s accommodation”.The property was on the market as the owners were making a lifestyle change.“They’ve built it up from scratch and now they’re getting on with their age and they prefer to pass the work on. It’s time for some new blood,” Mr Falvo told The Courier-Mail. MORE: How much would you pay for a shed? Interest was already coming in strong.“There’s been good genuine interest. Avocados are the flavour of the year and have been for a few years now. There’s room for other crops as well.” Packing and sorting machinery. Add to that the property’s two cold room and huge packing shed with concrete floor, and it’s a dream come true for avocado lovers.There was also tonnes of room for gear with a machinery shed, and the property also has three 5kw solar systems with optional electric or diesel driven pumps with filtration as well.It also has a huge 120 Megalitre water allocation — that’s 120 million litres in case you were wondering — with a 20 Megalitre dam as well. There are two cold rooms too.“Thoughtfully developed, the property located 30 minutes west of Mareeba is established with under tree irrigation to 4000 plus Shepard avocado trees and 1000 plus lime trees. This farming enterprise is ready to be purchased as an immediate income earner.”The property is an hour and half from Cairns CBD. MORE: Thousands fall for tiny home scam Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:51Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:51 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD576p576p432p432p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenStarting your hunt for a dream home00:51last_img read more

Sabo Skirt’s Thessy lists love nest

first_imgThessy Kouzoukas, co-founder of Sabo Skirt, in a file picture with husband Georgio Batsinilas. The couple have listed the first home they bought together in Mount Gravatt. Picture: Liam Kidston.Sabo Skirt co-founder Thessy Kouzoukas poured a lot of love into her first home – made even more special by husband Georgio Batsinilas proposing to her there – and now it could be yours. Couple pays $3.2m for home they plan to bulldoze How to win a $4.8m beach house The open plan kitchen.“There are barely any three bedroom apartments out that way. It’s quite a convenient location, a really decent sized open plan living space, a lot of things make sense with the way it’s laid out, there’s a separate master wing, a lot of people tend to like the separation, especially a family with kids, or a couple with friends that rent another room.” MORE: Billionaire’s QLD home sells at million-plus discount “It’s a small boutique complex, only six apartments in total,” Mr Bacon said. “It’s on the top floor with a lot of natural breezes and light that comes through the apartment.”The property has a price guide in the mid to high $500,000 range.“With low interest rates it makes sense. It’s a no-brainer to buy in that pricepoint. It’s affordable for a lot of different buyers in the market, and there’s low stock along there. It’s a good opportunity.” FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON FACEBOOK 6/22 Selborne Street, Mount Gravatt East, hit the market last week.With over a million followers on Instagram, the style guru put her first ever property purchase on the market last week – a rare three bedroom apartment bought off the plan in 2015 in Brisbane’s Mount Gravatt. Her popular summer-kissed fashion range survived the COVID-19 crisis by shifting all operations online, and now Kouzoukas too was ready for a new beginning closer to home. Sabo Skirt co-founders Thessy and Yiota Kouzoukas. Picture: Peter Wallis“Georgio and I were looking to move out together when we first started dating around six years ago; we wanted to live around the south side where we had both grown up,” she said.“The unit was available and was brand new, and we absolutely loved the location, the bright light throughout and the fact that it was three bedrooms.”Her favourite spot was the main bedroom “because it has a lot of windows that let in natural light, a nice breeze and was super cozy”. Little did she realise it would be even more special later when husband Georgio chose that spot to propose marriage to her. The master bedroom leads out to the balcony.“Georgio proposed to me in bed one morning,” she said. “I was recovering from an endometrioma bursting inside of me, and was bed ridden for three weeks.”“He had alternative plans (for the proposal) but ended up asking me to marry him when it was just the two of us at home. It was perfect. I also fell pregnant when I was living in this apartment, so I have memories of my first trimester being in the apartment.” Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:58Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:58 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD432p432p216p216p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenHow much do I need to retire?00:58 Space to enjoy the Queensland climate.She said the decision to sell now came because the couple were looking to build their own home now.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus9 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market9 hours ago“We have decided to sell now as we have recently purchased a block of land and are wanting to start to build soon, so we’re wanting to use the money for our new build.”Agent Michael Bacon of Place Kangaroo Point said the 109sq m apartment at 6/22 Selborne Street, Mount Gravatt East, was rare, given its three bedrooms, two bathrooms and functional layout.last_img read more

Moore Stephens: Shipping Confidence at Three-and-a-Half-Year High

first_imgShipping confidence held steady at its highest rating in the past three-and-a-half years in the three months to end-November 2017, shipping adviser Moore Stephens said. The average confidence level expressed by respondents in Moore Stephens’ Shipping Confidence Survey was unchanged at the level of 6.2 out of 10.0 recorded in the previous survey in August 2017.Confidence on the part of charterers was significantly up, from 4.7 to 7.7, the highest rating recorded for this category of respondent since the survey was launched in May 2008 with an overall rating of 6.8.Managers — up from 5.8 to 6.1 — were also more optimistic, while brokers’ confidence was unchanged at 6.3. The rating for owners, however, fell from 6.5 to 6.4.Confidence levels were down in Asia, from 6.4 to 5.7, and unchanged in Europe and North America, at 6.3 and 5.8 respectively.The likelihood of respondents making a major investment or significant development over the next 12 months was down from 5.4 to 5.3 out of 10.0. Charterers’ confidence, however, was up from 4.0 to 6.2. Expectations on the part of owners and brokers were up from 5.8 to 5.9 and from 4.4 to 5.3 respectively, but down from 5.4 to 5.3 for managers. Asian respondents — down from 5.9 to 5.0 — were less confident in this regard, but in North Americ, the rating was up from 4.9 to 5.4. In Europe, expectations held steady at 5.2, according to Moore Stephens.Although overall expectations of making major investments over the next 12 months were marginally down on the three-year high recorded in the previous survey, several respondents saw encouraging signs of recovery, and potential for further improvement, particularly in the dry bulk sector.59% of respondents expected finance costs to increase over the coming year, up from 50% last time to equal the highest figure since October 2008. Owners’ expectations were up from 48% to 54%, while the increase for charterers was from 67% to 83%, and for brokers from 42% to 60%. Managers, meanwhile, recorded a fall from 62% to 61%.Despite a fall from 27% to 23%, demand trends continued to be the factor expected to influence performance most significantly over the coming 12 months followed by competition and finance costs.“Shipping continues to be volatile and unstable, with an oversupply of tonnage, and new finance continuing to pour in, while geopolitical issues and new regulations are causing disruption,” one respondent commented.The number of respondents expecting higher freight rates over the next 12 months in the tanker market was down by 1% on the previous survey to 44%, while there was a one-percentage-point fall, to 13%, in those anticipating lower rates. There was a six-percentage-point fall, to 50%, in the numbers expecting higher rates in the dry bulk sector, and a five-percentage-point increase to 12% in the numbers anticipating lower rates. In the container ship sector, the numbers expecting higher rates dropped by four percentage points to 36%, while there was a two-percentage-point fall, to 15%, in those anticipating lower container ship rates.Net sentiment was positive in all the main tonnage categories. It was unchanged in the tanker market at +31, but down in the dry bulk market from +49 to +38, and in the container ship sector from +23 to +21.“Charterers are leading the way in terms of improved confidence and appetite for new investment. There is optimism in the dry bulk trades, and evidence of continuing improved confidence in the gas sector. The Baltic Dry Index, meanwhile, has risen by over 50% in the past six months, and net sentiment in all three main tonnage categories remains positive,” Richard Greiner, partner, Shipping & Transport, said.“A slowdown in newbuilding activity has started to redress the imbalance in supply and demand, and that should be reflected in improved freight rates. There is an appetite for investment, and finance is available. The shipping recovery might not yet be fully under way, but 2017 may come to be regarded as the year when the downward spiral was halted,” Greiner added.Image Courtesy:  Moore Stephens, Pixabaylast_img read more

Real Madrid’s Hazard at risk for City clash after latest injury

first_img Read Also: Messi reveals what Real Madrid are missing since Ronaldo’s exit He injured his hamstring the day before Madrid’s opening fixture in August and then broke his foot in November. Hazard made his first start in almost three months against Celta Vigo last weekend and started again at Levante, with a view to regaining sharpness before the City showdown. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Eden Hazard came off injured during Real Madrid’s La Liga match away at Levante on Saturday, four days before their crunch Champions League clash with Manchester City. Hazard was substituted in the second half in Valencia after he had been limping for a few minutes on the pitch. Eden Hazard has suffered an injury-plagued first season at Real Madrid He was then pictured with an ice pack on his right ankle, sparking fears of yet another layoff. The Belgium forward now appears to be unlikely to face City, whom Madrid face at the Santiago Bernabeu in the first leg of the last 16. Since joining Real Madrid from Chelsea last summer, Hazard has endured a stop-start season in Spain.Advertisement Promoted ContentThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreTop 9 Rarest And Most Valuable Items In The WorldInsane Japanese Tech That Make You Wish You Lived In Japan2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This Year7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The Universe5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right NowYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime6 Most Handsome Indian ActorsBeautiful Mutations: 15 Staggering Photos Of HeterochromiaEver Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show You7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Bettercenter_img Loading… last_img read more

Area Basketball Scores (1-5)

first_imgArea Basketball Scores.Tuesday (1-5)Ripley County Girls Tourney.1st Round.Batesville  53     Milan  30Jac-Cen-Del  55     South Ripley  30Girls Scores.Rushville  64     Franklin County  39Shawe Memorial  89     South Decatur  35Eastern Hancock  55     SW Shelby  32Boys Scores.Indian Creek 67  Oldenburg Academy 60last_img

Moyes: My players are hurting

first_imgManchester United manager David Moyes insists his players are hurting over the club’s present slump. United head into Tuesday’s Champions League encounter with Shakhtar Donetsk in the throes of a crisis, following back-to-back home defeats in the Barclays Premier League. It leaves them ninth in the table, struggling to even qualify for next season’s tournament, let alone retain the championship. “There is a bit of everything we could do with doing better. “Generally we’d like to play better. We would like to pass it better, to create more chances, I’d like to defend better when those moments arise. “I don’t think it is any one thing, it is all round we are trying to improve.” As Moyes pointed out, it is only a month since United defeated Arsenal, and a fortnight after the five-goal hammering of Bayer Leverkusen that will go down as one of the club’s great European away performances. What has alarmed supporters almost as much as those defeats by Everton and Newcastle is the manner of the losses. At the weekend in particular, once Yohan Cabaye scored, the lack of a response was strange for a club so used to grinding out late victories. “I agree,” said Moyes, when asked whether his team needed to show more belief and conviction. “In recent games we haven’t quite finished the games the way we would have liked to. “We have tried to make changes to improve things but it hasn’t quite happened.” Press Association More immediately, Moyes was not even born when the Red Devils last lost three successive games at Old Trafford, in the autumn of 1962, and if it happens again United will lose top spot in Group A and be pitched into a nasty knockout-round clash with one of Europe’s heavyweights. There have been allegations of a lack of fight – something Moyes does not entirely refute – but the Scot is adamant his players care. “The players are hurting because they are used to winning,” said Moyes. “When they don’t win that hurts them. They care very much about the team and the club. “They are good lads and they will respond in the right way.” Yet, as he has done throughout his short reign, Moyes is confronting his problems head-on. And he is certainly not hiding behind excuses. “I take complete responsibility for the results,” he said. “It is tough because the expectancy is to win all the games and the results have not been good in the Premier League. last_img read more

CAF #WCQ Roundup: Four Teams Eliminated, Others Continue 2018 FIFA World Cup Ticket Chase

first_imgMatchday 4 in the third round of CAF matches for the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification produced results predicted only by a handful.Group A:The two teams jostling for the sole world cup ticket in the group met in, Kinshasa and goals flowed freely.Chancel Mbemba opened the scoring for DR Congo in the 9th minute, a lead doubled early in the second half by M’Poku to send the fans inside the Stade des Martyrs into a frenzy, but their joy was short-lived as a late fight back from Tunisia began after an own goal in the 77th minute by Wilfred Moke Abro.Anice Badri made sure of one point for the Cartage Eagles in the 79th minute to halt guaranteed qualification in the group.Libya with little hope for qualification secured a (1-0) home win against Guinea in Monastir. The only goal of the fixture was scored in the 36th minute via Elhouni.Standings: Tunisia (10pts), DR Congo (7pts), Guinea (3pts), Libya (3pts).Group B:Arguably the most unpredictable group when the draws were made last year, but results have trimmed the potential qualifiers to two teams – Nigeria and Zambia.In Yaoundé, African champions Cameroon were held to a (1-1) draw by group leaders Nigeria. Moses Simon scored the first in what was an intense battle in the 30th minute. Substitute, Vincent Aboubakar’s penalty goal in the 75th minute prevented what was in line to become a doubleheader victory for the Super Eagles.At d Stade Mohamed Hamlaoui, Constantine, the fans were left gnashing their teeth as Zambia’s Patson Daka scored a 66th-minute goal which confirmed the elimination of the desert foxes.Standings: Nigeria (10pts), Zambia (7pts), Cameroon (3pts), Algeria (1pt)Group C:Gabon produced an unforeseen performance to halt celebrations for Ivory Coast in Bouaké. Axel Méyé, and Lemina were responsible for the goals in the 19th and 29th minute respectively – with the home team’s consolatory strike coming in the 58th minute off Gnaly Maxwel Cornet.The other group fixture in Bamako ended Mali 0-0 Morocco.Standings: Ivory Coast (7pts), Morocco (6pts), Gabon (5pts), Mali (2pts)Group D:Surely one of the most astonishing result happened in this group as South Africa lost both legs to Cape Verde in similar score (1-2).Gary Rodrigues brace in the 52nd and 67th minute was enough for the Tubarões Azuis to walk away from the Moses Mabhida Stadium with maximum points.In Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso were held to a (2-2) draw by Senegal to leave all four teams viable for qualification.Standings: Burkina Faso (6pts), Cape Verde (6pts), Senegal (5pts), South Africa (4pts)Group E:The Black Stars of Ghana who prior to this match day were on the verge of elimination, restored hope with a sublime performance which saw the team secure a (5-1) victory against host Congo in Brazzaville.Thomas Teye Partey scored a hat-trick while Boakye added two goals.At the Borg El Arab Stadium, Alexandria, Egypt returned the favor with a (1-0) win over Uganda cranes. Liverpool forward, Mohammed Salah with the solitary strike.Standings: Egypt (9pts), Uganda (7pts), Ghana (5pts), Congo (1pt)Action will resume October when a host of spots to Russia 2018 go up for grabs.RelatedCAF #WCQ Match Day 5: Nigeria, Tunisia, and Egypt one win away from Russia 2018.October 5, 2017In “Africa”2018 World Cup: Nigeria, DR Congo, Ivory Coast, Burkina Faso, & Egypt Seek To Consolidate Positions Ahead Of Double HeadersAugust 31, 2017In “Africa”2018 FIFA World Cup Review (CAF): Morocco Pip Cote D’Ivoire To Final SlotNovember 12, 2017In “FIFA”last_img read more

LA Clippers’ Blake Griffin won’t discuss free agency

first_imgLOS ANGELES >> With a mid-range jump shot 30 seconds into Saturday’s 115-104 victory over the Lakers, Blake Griffin became the first Clippers player to reach 10,000 points with the franchise.For an organization with a barren collection of history, the scoring milestone was representative of all Griffin has meant to the Clippers. Across the court were the Lakers, with 10 players in team history to score 10,000 points in the purple and gold.The Clippers have Griffin.At least for now. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersThe five-time All-Star can opt out of his contract at the end of the season, as can Chris Paul, a fact adding to the possible long-term ramifications of another early playoff exit this spring.After his 36 points carried the Clippers on Saturday, Griffin would not say whether he hopes to stay with the Clippers.“I’ve loved my time here, absolutely,” Griffin said. “But my main focus right now is the season. I said this before the season, I’m not doing the whole free agency talk. I’m not talking about any decision I can’t make right now. Like I said my main focus is getting this team right and moving forward and being right heading into the playoffs.”A former first overall pick, Griffin is the first Clippers player to deliver on the high expectations that greeted him when he arrived. He is the symbol of the franchise’s turnaround.The Clippers have been one of the best teams in the Western Conference since 2011, although they are yet to advance beyond the second round.center_img “Obviously with free agency coming up,” Rivers said, “I don’t know if the results matter more or not. I think that will be up to the individual players, to be honest.”Although Randy Smith scored 12,735 points with the Buffalo Braves and Clippers from 1971-79, Griffin is the franchise’s leading scorer since the franchise left harsh winters behind and moved to San Diego and rebranded the franchise after a boat.By comparison, Elton Brand scored 9,336 points in seven seasons with the Clippers.“Man, that’s impressive,” Chris Paul said. “To think the games and the time he’s missed, it should be more. He’s got a lot more ahead of him.”“That’s a lot of points,” Coach Doc Rivers said. “I know that and he’s still really young, which is amazing as well. Blake is an amazing player and yet he’s still going to get better which is what’s scary for everybody else.”Not overconfidentWith his team struggling in the middle of the 1999-00 season, Rivers, the first-year head coach of the Orlando Magic, tried something bold.“I scrapped the entire offense,” Rivers said.The veteran coaches on Rivers’ staff advised him that it was a bad idea. “You don’t do that in this league,” they insisted.“And I kept saying, ‘Well why not?” Rivers said. “Our offense sucks and I think it’s the wrong offense for this team.”The Clippers win Saturday was the 800th of Rivers’ career, making him the 15th coach in league history to reach the mark.Rivers said he still has the game ball from his first victory, Nov. 3, 1999, against the Detroit Pistons. In those days, Rivers would “probably overreact to everything early on in my career and I’ve learned everything is a big deal but you don’t have to sweat it all.”If there’s one thing Rivers believes he has been good at as the coach of the Magic, Celtics and Clippers, it’s staying even throughout adversity.“Keep your team targeted on the next game,” he said. “Marching on to the next goal.”last_img read more