NBS ordered to pay fired CEO $59M

first_img– as Bank secures stay of execution in remaining $20M paymentThe Appeal Court of Guyana has upheld the High Court’s awarding of over $59 million in pension benefits to former Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the New Building Society (NBS), Maurice Arjoon, more than 10 years after he was dismissed from his post. However, the remaining $20 million for which the High Court had also determined that Arjoon should receive was not awarded and will form part of substantive appeal as the Bank secured a stay of execution againstDismissed former NBS CEO, Maurice Arjoonthe former CEO’s judgment.These determinations were made by Appeal Court Justice, Rishi Persaud, who on Wednesday ruled that there was no basis for a stay of execution in relation to the former CEO’s more than $59 million lump sum which was described as the pension amount. Arjoon’s Attorney, Sanjeev Datadin explained that this means that NBS has to pay the former CEO’s pension. The $20,249,000 for which NBS obtained the stay, relates to $4.1 million for pay in lieu of notice, in accordance with Clause 10 of Arjoon’s contract and $16.1 million for severance benefits.Guyana Times understands that now the stay of proceedings is complete, the record will have to be assembled and when the record is assembled, then the substantive appeal will continue. Wednesday’s matter was heard in chambers and lawyer for NBS, Ashton Chase indicated to this publication that a date for the continuation of proceedings will be determined in the future. In the meantime, Datadin is optimistic that his client will receive his pension.“Presumably New Building Society is going to pay my client,” the Attorney noted.The back and forth for this case has been ongoing for years. The former CEO took NBS to court for his outstanding pension and other benefits in 2011. Arjoon had originally sued the lending agency for some $550 million in damages on the following grounds: that he had been wrongfully dismissed from his post, and that his former employer had withheld pension and other benefits due to him. The former top official was fired from his position 10 years ago in connection with a Magistrate’s court matter wherein he, NBS Operations Manager Kent Vincent and NBS Assistant Mortgage Manager Kissoon Baldeo were all accused of conspiracy to defraud the NBS of $69 million. The court matter was eventually dismissed, and Arjoon and the co-defendants took the financial institution to court.High Court Judge, Justice Brassington Reynolds on July 17 ruled in the dismissed CEO’s favour, awarding him more than $79 million in outstanding payments and benefits. The court also ruled that he should be paid a monthly pension of $372,498 from July 1 onwards. The Judge further ordered that the former CEO should receive financial compensation for the damages he had suffered; and moreover, that he was entitled to his pension and severance benefits, in accordance with provisions stipulated in the laws of Guyana.The NBS had contended that an unauthorised withdrawal of nearly $70 million had been made from an account that its client Bibi Shamina Khan held. The NBS’s issue with the withdrawal was that it was made through a Power of Attorney, and the company had implicated Arjoon for misconduct. The court in its determination contended that the NBS had failed to provide evidence that supported its claim of misconduct, whether serious or otherwise.Arjoon, who told media operatives that he was sick, had claimed that he was set-up on the fraud allegations because he allegedly refusal to approve a loan of some $2 billion applied for in 2006. He had also noted that the investigation into the fraud allegations was conducted later that same year, implicating him as CEO, as well as the co-defendants.last_img read more

Girls’ soccer: Play it forward

first_imgGeorge Oakes doesn’t own a chain of hotels, isn’t a famous publisher and doesn’t star in his own reality TV show. But his decision to send Michelle and older sister, Katie, to play soccer at ECR has helped them, and the program, gain national attention. Katie, a freshman midfielder at Cal, became one of six soccer players in ECR history to win four City Section titles when the Conquistadores defeated West Valley League rival Granada Hills 1-0 in last year’s championship game. Michelle, a senior midfielder, will have the opportunity to add her name to that list today, when top-seed ECR (19-2-4) faces No. 2 Sylmar (30-2) in the City final at 7 p.m. at East L.A. College. “I’m so honored to go to El Camino,” she said. “I’m happy I had the opportunity to play with my sister and to play with such a talented group that works so hard.” The Conquistadores set a City record last year with their sixth consecutive title, surpassing Chatsworth’s run of dominance from 1989-93 and 1996-2000. Although the Chancellors rank fifth in state history with 10 championships, not even their best seven-year stretch (137 victories from 1994-2000) can match ECR’s 142-15-14 record since losing to San Pedro in the 2000 semifinals. “Today, El Camino dominates an era where the sport is very competitive,” said former Chatsworth coach Robert Hayes, who led the Chancellors to 11 finals appearances from 1988-2000. “El Camino has really demonstrated resolve in important games. Even with increased parity recently, El Camino finds a way to come through in championship games.” Senior forward Erin Kelly scored the winning goal in last year’s victory over Granada Hills. She considers the opportunity to play her final high school game at East L.A. College as a blessing. “I’m very thankful to grow up in a district with such a great soccer team and I’m thankful to be part of this dynasty,” Kelly said. “(To win again) would be one of the most amazing things to happen to me, especially at such a young age.” If the Conquistadores are successful tonight, they would move into a tie for fifth on the nation’s all-time list and second in state history with their seventh consecutive title, joining Bakersfield (1989-95) and Pleasant Valley of Chico (1996-2002). University High of San Diego holds the state record with eight successive championships (1991-98). “We want to win No. 7 because nobody (in the City) has done it before,” said four-year varsity defender Erin O’Leary. “I have so many memories and so many emotions about playing here. It’s bittersweet because I’m going to miss it so much, but to have this opportunity is just amazing.” A seventh straight title would also help ECR become only the fifth athletic team in City history to accomplish the feat, joining Birmingham of Lake Balboa boys’ swimming (13 in a row, 1958-70), Palisades of Pacific Palisades girls’ tennis (8, 1984-91), Palisades girls’ volleyball (7, 1981-87) and Belmont of Los Angeles boys’ cross country (7, 1995-2001). “This is the big time. It’s something for our high school to make history,” said senior midfielder Ashleigh Thomas, another athlete seeking a fourth title. “I don’t think anyone at this school understands how much this means to us. They don’t understand the full concept of what’s at stake. “It’s something that’s blowing everyone’s mind.” Although Sylmar is enjoying its best season – 27 consecutive victories entering tonight’s final – even the Spartans are aware of how mind-blowing ECR can be when on top of its game, as evidenced by the Conquistadores’ 11-0 quarterfinal victory last season. “They want to have that pressure,” ECR coach Eric Choi said. “Every year they know there is going to be a big target on their back. This is a group that knows how to grind and they always rise to the occasion. “I think we still have something to prove because I still want us to be at that (national) level.” During its seven-year run, ECR has ascended to a level few in the area can match, going 93-3-4 against City opponents, highlighted by its current 49-game unbeaten streak. “We have the potential to win every game and to do great things together,” Kelly said. “Girls come to El Camino to have that mentality and to play in those big games.” The Conquistadores enter tonight’s match with 31 consecutive playoff victories, with only the Westchester boys’ basketball team (27 in a row) posing a threat to that streak among City programs. “I don’t ever want to see it end,” senior goalkeeper Ashley Menin said. “This dynasty means everything to us.” A victory over Sylmar won’t guarantee any of ECR’s seniors a multi-million dollar inheritance. But it will move the Conquistadores one step closer toward their ultimate goal. “I just want a shirt that says `El Camino: handles business,”‘ Oakes said. “But for us, it’s business as much as it is pleasure.” A motto all heiresses can live by. erik.boal@dailynews.com (818) 713-3607 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Michelle Oakes won’t be spotted on the Hollywood nightclub circuit rubbing elbows with Paris and Nicky Hilton. Nor does she figure to be discussing real estate investments with Ivanka Trump or occupying the same runway as Amanda Hearst and Lydia Hearst-Shaw. center_img But the El Camino Real of Woodland Hills girls’ soccer standout believes she does have something in common with the aforementioned socialites. “I’m an heiress to this dynasty,” Oakes said. “Actually, I’m one of many. And my goal is to keep this dynasty going.” last_img

Neymar’s tears worry nervous Brazilians

first_imgThe world’s most expensive footballer had just scored the second of Brazil’s two extra-time goals, finally subduing Costa Rica’s stubborn resistance — and getting a monkey off the star-studded team’s back.At the final whistle, the striker — described as a genius by his coach Tite and a petulant brat by his many detractors — sank to the turf, sobbing. Later, Neymar tweeted that “these were tears of joy, of having overcome.”“It’s one of the big images of the World Cup: Neymar, alone, collapsed and in floods of tears,” the UOL esporte blog said.“These were the tears of a football player. The tears of someone who cares.”In this generous interpretation, Neymar’s 97th minute goal was the moment when the Paris Saint-Germain scoring machine finally got his groove — and the much-hyped Brazil team along with him.But many asked if so much emotion after beating a supposedly far inferior team pointed to crackups to come?“It’s not normal to cry in the second game of a World Cup,” Brazil’s biggest newspaper, O Globo, headlined the main article on its website after the drama.While acknowledging that Neymar has had a torrid buildup to the tournament, with surgery for a broken foot bone and a hugely disappointing first game against Switzerland, Globo said the tears were just too much.“A team needs to demonstrate mental strength, not fragility. Genuine or not, Neymar’s crying is worrying,” Globo said.“It was either the symptom of troubling instability or it was a return of Neymar’s narcissism that Neymar had managed to control so well for nearly the whole match.”In his post-match tweet, Neymar defended himself, telling critics “not everyone knows what I went through to get here. Talk is cheap, now it’s time to act.”“In my life, things have never been easy and won’t be now! The dream, no not the dream — the OBJECTIVE! — continues.”While Brazilians at live screenings of the game around the country erupted in joy at the win, there was also withering criticism of Neymar for his apparently over-theatrical fall in front of the Costa Rican goal — leading to a penalty being overturned on VAR analysis.“His artistic gesture cost Brazil the penalty,” Globo TV commentator Galvao Bueno said on air.At least the under-pressure team can always count on Tite’s support.The famously expressive coach celebrated so vigorously on the touchline after the first goal that he fell and rolled on the grass.A GIF of the tumble instantly shot around Brazilian social media, with cynics asking if Tite himself hadn’t been teaching Neymar how to dive.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Brazil’s forward Neymar reacts after scoring his goal during Brazil’s World Cup match against Costa Rica in Saint Petersburg © AFP / GABRIEL BOUYSRio de Janeiro, Brazil, Jun 22 – Brazilians watched their team’s excruciatingly hard-fought win Friday over minnow Costa Rica in a cold sweat but it was Neymar’s hot tears that really made the footballing-mad nation sit up.“Neymar’s crying is the big news,” declared the Blog do Menon on the leading UOL Esporte website.last_img read more

VA doctor screening at issue in deaths

first_img“I can’t imagine how even the most rudimentary check of the last hospitals he was on staff at would not have revealed gigantic problems with this guy,” Jim Harmon, an attorney for Katrina Shank, said this week. He has filed a claim on her behalf against the U.S. government, a precursor to a lawsuit. Veizaga-Mendez, 69, resigned three days after Shank’s death, and the VA hospital, which has 55 acute-care beds and is about 120 miles from St. Louis, suspended all surgery shortly after. The deaths involving Veizaga-Mendez are still under investigation. Illinois Sens. Dick Durbin and Barack Obama wrote a letter Thursday to the VA, pressing acting Secretary Gordon Mansfield to detail the steps the agency took to check the surgeon’s credentials. They said a cursory check of publicly available information quickly raised red flags about the doctor. At the time the doctor was hired in Illinois, the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Medicine was investigating allegations of substandard care made against Veizaga-Mendez in 2004 and 2005, said board spokesman Russell Aims. The allegations involved seven patients, two of whom died. But the VA would not have had access to that information because complaints are confidential while they are being investigated.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SURGERY: Senators press for answers after nine veterans linked to one physician die. By Jim Suhr and Denise Lavoie THE ASSOCIATED PRESS MARION, Ill. – Bob Shank was in good spirits as he awaited gallstone-removal surgery at a veterans hospital in August, laughing as he handed his wife his false teeth for safekeeping. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.If the 50-year-old Air Force veteran had any worries, it was whether his wife would be able to understand the postoperative instructions from his surgeon, Dr. Jose Veizaga-Mendez, a Bolivian-trained physician with a thick accent. “Pay close attention to what the doctor says, that you’ll understand him,” Shank pressed her as he was taken to the operating room. They were the last words Katrina Shank ever heard from him. Her husband never woke up from surgery, and by the next day he had bled to death. Shank, it turns out, was far from the only surgical patient to die under Veizaga-Mendez’s care. Nine veterans – all in some way linked to Veizaga-Mendez, officials say – died in a six-month period ending in March, during which the hospital would have expected two deaths. Even before Veizaga-Mendez was hired at the Veterans Administration hospital, he had made payouts in two malpractice suits in Massachusetts and was under investigation there on suspicion of botching seven cases, two of which ended in deaths. The surgeon’s veterans practice has raised questions about the VA’s screening of its doctors – and about how much those who hired him in Illinois did to check his background in Massachusetts. last_img read more

5 charged with Medicare fraud

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE‘Mame,’ ‘Hello, Dolly!’ composer Jerry Herman dies at 88160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! ALTADENA – An Altadena couple and three associates were arrested Tuesday morning on federal charges of bilking Medicare of more than $20million through a “massive and well-organized conspiracy,” authorities said. Ukrainian immigrants Konstantin Mikhaylovich Grigoryan, 56, and his wife, Mayya Leonidovna Grigoryan, 54, own a home in the 700 block of Millard Canyon Road in Altadena, according to an FBI affidavit in support of their arrest. The defendants allegedly operated a dozen Los Angeles-area clinics and diagnostic-testing facilities that claimed to be run by physicians but actually existed to defraud Medicare, the FBI said. The Medicare beneficiaries were brought to the fraudulent healthcare providers by “cappers,” marketers who sold the patients’ information for fraudulent billing or were paid a kickback for bringing patients to the facilities, authorities said. The patients were bused to facilities including H.G. Diagnostics, at 720 N. Lake Ave., Suite 4, in Pasadena, from all over Los Angeles County, and sometimes from as far away as San Diego or San Jose, authorities said. Once the patients arrived, the Medicare providers billed their Medicare numbers on the dates of their visit, and other dates, regardless of whether services were provided, the affidavit said. When no services were rendered, the conspirators would fabricate tests so the files could withstand an audit, the FBI said. The 12 Medicare providers also shared the patients’ Medicare numbers, in what the FBI called a “patient sharing” or “patient rotating” scheme. For example, the affidavit says 10 providers billed Medicare for the same 11 beneficiaries. Between 2000 and 2005, the scheme netted at least $20 million, the FBI said. The other three defendants are Eduard Gershelis, 34, of Los Angeles, who is the Grigoryans’ son-in-law; Aleksandr Treynker, 48, of Canoga Park, who is Mayya Grigoryan’s brother- in-law; and Haroutyun Gulderyan, 36, of Tujunga. The defendants are charged with conspiracy, healthcare fraud, Medicare kickbacks, false statements as to a Medicare Part B provider and money laundering. The FBI names Konstantin Grigoryan as leader of the group, which is said to have began its elaborate scheme in 1997. The defendants allegedly masked their common ownership and control of the medical providers, in violation of Medicare regulations. The defendants further concealed their fraud by laundering their money “into a maze of bank accounts of `management’ and `consulting’ companies, including a Panamanian shell corporation with a Swiss account,” the affidavit said. Konstantin Grigoryan has a past conviction in state court for two counts of receiving illegal payments in 2001, the affidavit said. He was charged then with arranging kickbacks in exchange for referring patients, and as part of a plea agreement received three years’ probation. He was also barred from participation in state or federal healthcare programs. Gershelis, Gulderyan and Treynker all have previous convictions in state court for the same crime, court records show. The FBI says the money trail further implicates the defendants. A review of bank records shows large checks – often totaling hundreds of thousands of dollars – flowing from the 12 Medicare providers to four companies held in the names of the defendants, the affidavit said. The case is the result of an ongoing investigation by the FBI, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Inspector General and IRS-Criminal Investigation Division. marshall.allen@sgvn.com (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4461last_img

Move sign hope gone for Sharon to awaken

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2“We will treat him as best we can. It is not a short-term treatment. We are talking about long-term treatment.” Independent experts said patients tend to improve the most in the early weeks after their strokes, so it was unlikely the 78-year-old former leader would make any visible recovery. JERUSALEM – Former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, who has been in a coma for nearly five months, was transferred Sunday to a long-term care facility, a sign his medical team does not believe he will awaken. Sharon arrived late Sunday morning at Tel Aviv’s Sheba Medical Center, a facility more suited to providing him with extended care, said the facility’s director, Dr. Zeev Rotstein. A security convoy escorted Sharon’s ambulance from the Hadassah Hospital in Jerusalem, where he had been comatose since suffering a devastating stroke Jan. 4. “We are expecting a difficult treatment because in his condition, complications are expected,” Rotstein said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Highly respected karate teacher to give seminar in Ballybofey

first_imgFollowing his most recent visit to Okinawa to train with his teacher Kiyomasa Maeda, Sensei Michael Quinn has announced that Maeda, Sensei and his senior students are coming to Donegal to teach Okinawan karate seminars at the Makoto Shogen-Ryu Karate Dojo in Ballybofey. He will be the most senior Okinawan teacher ever to come to Ireland to teach a karate seminar.Kiyomasa Maeda holds a 10th degree black belt rank in Shogen-Ryu karate, and is a 9th degree black belt in the kobudo (weapons) system of Yamane Ryu. He is also a leading member of the Okinawan Rengokai, a group that consists of the most recognised and respected karate and kobudo teachers on Okinawa.During his last visit in November, Maeda Sensei asked Michael to test for his Godan rank, Godan meaning 5th degree black belt. The grading process was tough and energy draining, and Michael was awarded the rank after successfully passing the test. When awarding the rank to Michael, Maeda, Sensei also awarded a Shibu Dojo certificate. A Shibu Dojo is a fully licensed dojo run by a ranked instructor that reports directly to the Hombu Dojo on Okinawa. Maeda, Sensei asked Michael to teach the Shogen-Ryu system throughout Ireland and Europe, and to show their support for Michael’s efforts, Maeda, Sensei and his students are coming to Irelandto teach a seminar. Michael and his students are excited about hosting a teacher of Kiyomasa Maeda’s stature in their Ballybofey dojo.Michael says that he feels very honoured that Maeda, Sensei awarded him a Shibu Dojo, especially as this is the only Shibu Dojo in all of Europe. This greatly benefits Michael’s students, particularly his black belt students whose ranks are now recognised and certified from Okinawa. His students also have the choice of traveling to Okinawa to test for their black belt ranks.Michael Quinn has been researching, training and studying Okinawan karate for a long number of years. He introduced Okinawan karate to Donegal and the Northwest in 2009 when there were no other dojo’s studying any style of Okinawan karate. Sensei Quinn made the decision to travel to Okinawa in 2015 after he seen a decline in the standard’s and respect for Okinawan karate. He wanted to form solid links with a reputable and knowledgeable teacher who could help him understand and train the principles of the system, and who could assist him to transmit these principles properly to his students.Maeda, Sensei agreed to take Michael as his student, and the quality of his karate has improved dramatically. Michael informs that Maeda, Sensei has really helped and supported him with his training. This is reflected through the increased standards of karate of the students who train in the Makoto Shogen-Ryu Karate Dojo, especially over the past eighteen months.Michael informed that the karate in Maeda, Sensei’s dojo is the best he has seen anywhere. He was struck by the sheer speed, power and accuracy not only of Kiyomasa Maeda, but by all of his students. Maeda, Sensei invested a lot of one-on-one training time with Michael during his last visit.Michael trained 3 times per day with his teacher, some classes lasting 3-4 hours. This provided Michael with lots of opportunities to ask questions of his teacher, and to gain a more in-depth knowledge and understanding of Okinawan karate.Michael slept and ate in the dojo, and classes started around 6.00 am. Michael and his students are training, planning and organising for Maeda, Sensei’s visit, and are looking forward to the seminar scheduled for around the end of June or start of July 2017. The seminar will also be attended by Tony Partlow from the USA and Jerry Pilon of Canada, both of who are highly ranked Shogen-Ryu practitioners.At the present, and without any advertising bookings have been received from India, the USA, Canada, Germany and the UK. The seminar will be open to any dojo or individual students regardless of their current style who may have an interest in Okinawan karate, and everyone will be made welcome. This includes past students.If interested check out the Facebook page Makoto Shogen-Ryu Karate Dojo that will be updated regularly with more information.Michael and his students are travelling to Okinawa for a training trip in 2018. Again, any student who wishes to travel with Michael to train in a traditional dojo are welcome to contact him to discuss joining the group who are travelling.Highly respected karate teacher to give seminar in Ballybofey was last modified: December 4th, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:black beltmaeda senseimakoto shogen-ryu karate dojoMichael Quinnokinawan karatelast_img read more

Walton hurt, expected out 2-6 weeks

first_imgHONOLULU –For the second consecutive October, Lakers forward Luke Walton is facing an early season setback he will have to overcome, this time after suffering a severe hamstring strain with three minutes left in Tuesday night’s exhibition opener against Golden State. Walton, who struggled to find a place in then-coach Rudy Tomjanovich’s rotation last season after spraining his ankle in training camp, is expected to be sidelined two to six weeks. If he is out six weeks, Walton could miss 10 regular-season games. Playing in the backcourt, Walton went to take a return pass from Brian Cook off a backdoor cut when he came up limping and grabbing the back of his leg. Walton said afterward he never has had a hamstring injury before in his career. “Last year didn’t really work out for me very well,” Walton said. “I’m going to take it a day at a time rehabbing it. I’m not going to come back early. I don’t want this thing to linger. Whenever I can get back out there, I guess that’s when I’ll start trying to make up lost time.” After re-signing with the Lakers this summer, Walton was expected to be a primary player off the bench for coach Phil Jackson. His injury underscores the Lakers’ lack of depth, with a bench that probably ranks in the bottom third of the NBA right now. Walton’s value comes in his ability to play multiple positions, complemented by his passing skills. When he suffered the injury, Walton was directing the triangle offense, much as a guard would, one of the many roles Jackson envisions for him. “I would think I made a lot of progress this whole offseason,” Walton said, “which is kind of why it’s so frustrating to get hurt in the first game. … It’s just going to be a slower start for me.” Mixed results The Lakers were left trying to figure out what to make of their 101-93 victory over the Warriors late Tuesday night, a game in which their starters were steamrolled in the opening eight minutes, falling behind 24-8 and giving up a 14-0 run at one point. The starting five, with Smush Parker in the backcourt, recovered and outscored the Warriors 17-10 to start the second half. Jackson said before the game that he would try different players as starters during the preseason. The Lakers looked every bit like a team trying to play together after only 12 practices while Golden State looked like the team that went 18-10 after acquiring guard Baron Davis last season. Both teams finished with identical 34-48 records a year ago. Kobe Bryant forced the issue in the second quarter, scoring 16 of the Lakers’ 32 points, and finished with a game-high 28. Bryant frequently posted up Warriors guard Jason Richardson, once spinning past him on the baseline before a spectacular reverse dunk. Lamar Odom, playing in the backcourt as expected, added 16 points and scored nine in the last 2:10. Odom was stripped once by Davis in the first quarter but excelled in the fourth, driving to the basket one possession and posting up on another. “One thing about the triangle,” Odom said, “you can learn the offense — where you’re supposed to go, where you’re supposed to cut — but learning how to catch the ball in striking position, that’s another thing. You have to learn where to find your aggressive spots.” New look for Cook Entering a crucial season, Cook had a good game, proving equally capable of posting up and popping out to hit a jumper. He finished with 10 points and five rebounds and reported afterward that he is both stronger and lighter this year. “I feel a lot quicker,” said Cook, who is down to 245 pounds, 15 pounds fewer than last season. “I think it will help me play ‘D’ and stay in front of my man a lot better. I think it’s also going to help me pressuring the ball up top, too.” A look to Phoenix The news that Phoenix forward Amare Stoudemire could miss four months after undergoing knee surgery could prompt some revisiting of the Lakers’ decision to waive forward Brian Grant in a luxury-tax saving move. The Lakers still are searching for a big man and Grant could wind up playing major minutes in place of Stoudemire. Grant averaged only 16.5 minutes last season after arriving from Miami in the Shaquille O’Neal trade. Jackson called the decision “purely financial” and raised doubts about how much Grant could play “unless he’s had remarkable healing.” Grant has battled chronic tendinitis in his knees for several years. “I called up Brian Grant and told him how disappointed I was,” Jackson added, “because he’s one of my favorite guys in the NBA that I’ve known since he’s been a younger player.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Forget MVP, Warriors’ Steph Curry will win scoring title, says NBA stats cruncher

first_imgI’ve always believed that an unhealthy preoccupation with sports-driven data, statistical minutiae and intense quantification was a sign of a stunted social life. And until a few years ago I had the Strat-O-Matic scoresheets to prove it.But ESPN’s Zach Lowe has me reconsidering my position. Host of the “Lowe Post” podcast Lowe bounced a few numbers off guest Kevin Arnovitz on Tuesday. If Lowe is on the ball, you … CLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile devicelast_img read more

Girls prep basketball: Arcata gets past Mack in tight game

first_imgTatum Carlin hit a layup to break a tie and give the Tigers a slim lead with under a minute to play, Olivia Railsaback led the Tigers with 12 points and Arcata High outlasted McKinleyville 49-47, Friday night at Arcata High.McKinleyville jumped out to an early 6-point lead, but Railsback and the Tigers responded.Railsback logged three steals in the opening minutes and turned a couple of them into points to spark a run. Two minutes into the second quarter Railsback nailed a 3-pointer, pushing …last_img read more