MIAMI: Coach Erik Spoelstra got a milestone win and it didn’t come easily. Jimmy Butler scored 29 points, Bam Adebayo scored 21 and the Miami Heat went on a 17-0 run in the second half before hanging on late to beat the San Antonio Spurs 116-111 on Wednesday (Thursday in Manila). It was the 600th regular-season win for Spoelstra, making him the 27th coach in NBA history to win that many and just the sixth coach to do so with one franchise. He thanked Heat President Pat Riley and managing general partner Micky Arison for the opportunity. “It is humbling,” Spoelstra said. “Obviously, I always think about Pat and Micky for having this incredible opportunity to be able to coach with this franchise. I feel a great responsibility to do it the right way for something they started and created.” The Heat (33-30) remained No. 7 in the Eastern Conference, tied with No. 6 Boston (33-30) and now one game behind No. 5 Atlanta (34-29). “I know if we win, that takes care of everything,” ... » Learn More about Heat upend Spurs to hand Spoelstra win No. 600
PETALING JAYA: Maid agencies have applied to bring in new foreign maids since the government’s announcement allowing for new hires but so far no response has been received. The National Association of Human Resources Malaysia (Pusma) president Zarina Ismail said many of its members have applied to get new domestic helpers through the Foreign Workers Centralised Management System (FWCMS) but no approval had been given. “We have yet to receive any official directive or proper response on this, ” she said when contacted yesterday. A FWCMS source meanwhile attributed this problem to source countries not allowing their citizens to go overseas. “They also are waiting for the Malaysian government’s directive on the border re-opening and the respective standard operating procedures. “Because of these reasons, there were no submissions to Immigration for approval, ” said the source. Zarina said maid agencies were prepared to add extra safety precautions including to provide ... » Learn More about Help wanted on hiring foreign maids
SINGAPORE - The conditions that migrant workers live under are once more the subject of debate - following two recent lorry accidents that left two dead and more than 20 injured. Ahead of the next Parliament session on May 10, Marsiling-Yew Tee GRC MP Alex Yam has filed questions for the Ministry of Transport, asking if it will consider requiring employers to transport their workers in minibuses or buses with the compulsory use of seat belts. Advocacy groups are more unequivocal, saying the accidents have created a "sickening sense of deja vu". For them, ferrying workers in lorries that are meant for goods, not passengers, is no longer acceptable for a developed country like Singapore, no matter the cost to employers. A Change.org petition to the Land Transport Authority (LTA) seeking to make it mandatory to transport workers in buses or vans has drawn over 15,000 signatures. Dr Stephanie Chok, an advocate for migrant worker safety from Transient Workers Count Too, said: ... » Learn More about Call for safer transport for workers including ban on using lorries after fatal accidents
The world has to get used to living with the coronavirus, and countries must start thinking about how to save both lives and livelihoods instead of setting up a false dichotomy between the two, said a World Health Organisation (WHO) official yesterday. Dr Takeshi Kasai, the WHO's regional director for the Western Pacific, noted at a World Economic Forum (WEF) and WHO joint briefing on Covid-19 that there has been debate on whether the measures taken to stop the virus spread are worth the severe economic toll. But the reality is that governments, companies and individuals will have to come up with ways to allow for the containment of the disease while allowing economic activities to return, he said. This is because as long as the virus continues to circulate in any part of the world, and before an effective vaccine is found, everyone remains at risk, he said. "So that's why I really want to emphasise that it is time to think about how we live with this virus and come up with a ... » Learn More about WHO: Aim is to save lives and livelihoods in Covid-19 fight
The ironic title says it all. How could we celebrate something and call it wasted at the same time? Carmelo Anthony’s career is confirmation of how a stellar career is made on choices both on and off the court. Legends can’t just say they’ll “concentrate on the game and let my agents handle my affairs.” You have to make it happen. Winning a championship takes more than talent, it also takes a congruence of events and a firm desire to win which would force you to learn more than just dribble and shoot. It takes strategy and foresight beyond the basketball court. Carmelo’s milestone Hard to imagine just a couple of seasons ago, Melo was sitting idly, not injured but without a contract. All thirty teams passed on the 10th all-time scorer and there were even calls for his retirement. Not even LeBron James picked him up for the Lakers, even as a title-chaser. Carmelo Anthony and LeBron James have been intertwined since their high school days and even as they enter the ... » Learn More about Celebrating Carmelo Anthony: a wasted career?