Drake brings out giant Larry O’Brien Trophy during concert

first_imgDrake brought out the Raptors Championship Larry O’Brien trophy during day 2 of the 9th annual OVO Fest! 🏆 pic.twitter.com/xUr9RH90YZ— TheHipHopGuru (@thhguru) August 6, 2019Let’s face it. Drake is living out every superfan’s dream.He sat courtside during the NBA playoffs, he was on a parade float with NBA Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard and now he has a giant Larry O’Brien trophy.  View this post on Instagram Drake had a giant Larry OB made for #OvoFest2019 😂 pic.twitter.com/ZjPMixo0Tg— Lauren O’Neil (@laurenonizzle) August 6, 2019MORE: Kyle Lowry “would love to do a long extension” with RaptorsHere’s another look at the giant trophy:This is wild. Thanks for the sick seats @AIRMILES! #MilesBringYouCloser #OVOFest pic.twitter.com/To9mx2Lzxt— Lauren O’Neil (@laurenonizzle) August 6, 2019At one point during his show, he even brought out the real thing: Drake is still celebrating the Raptors’ first-ever NBA title.The rapper and passionate Raptors fan performed next to a massive Larry O’Brien Trophy during his OVO Fest on Monday in Toronto. My take away from the day today is these pictures will never fade away and we can’t even be topped by the Macy’s Day…👌🏽A post shared by champagnepapi (@champagnepapi) on Jun 17, 2019 at 10:56pm PDTSerge Ibaka, Fred VanVleet and Leonard were all reportedly at the show, and we’re sure they loved the giant stage prop.Drake shouts out Serge Ibaka, Fred VanVleet and Kawhi Leonard who are in the house for OVOfest.— Faizal Khamisa (@SNFaizalKhamisa) August 6, 2019last_img read more

Why Liberians are Really Angry about Corruption

first_imgThis newspaper has tackled Liberia’s corruption challenge from many angles over its 35 year history, recounting, analyzing and opining on current events – full many of which centered on the use of national resources by public figures.In fact, corruption remains a fixture on the headlines and bulletins of the Liberian media, and the word ‘GRAFT’ screams perpetually across front pages, just above the photograph of the sitting President, the Finance Minister, or the head of any big-budget public entity. With such headlines constantly leaping out at a public too lazy to read the stories beneath them, the constant anger against Government is expected. “The Government is doing nothing!” they say. “They’re just eating all our money!”Indeed, President Sirleaf’s political opposition has accused her administration of being the most corrupt Liberia has ever had. Supporters, of course, deny this; and international think tanks fuel the debate with reports confirming high public suspicion of Government’s financial mismanagement. While this debate will doubtless continue long after Ellen steps down, one thing distinguishes her presidency from those of her predecessors: people are allowed to openly express their dissatisfaction, with no fear of retribution. No one gets a visit from the military police at 2:00AM, or gets thrown into jail, or gets killed. No one gets their business shut down, or their newspaper burned to the ground. The President has been patient and poised before a public that has often disrespected her in the most personal manner. So, all things considered, may we suggest that one reason this administration seems to take the corruption cake, is because the subject remains welcome to overwhelm our national discourse? To be clear, denying that corruption is rife in the current administration would be foolish. After all, the media suffers from Government’s refusal to pay for legitimate ads. And when we are finally paid a mere fraction of what we are owed, we, too, get those friendly phone calls from comptrollers’ offices demanding “commission.” Our intent, therefore, is not to dismiss the reality of the day, but to acknowledge the elephant in the room: the fact that corruption is not anyone’s public enemy; rather, that it is our favorite national past time. Liberians are right about one thing: the trillions of dollars that Government has been mandated to steward during our nation’s 168-year history are, in fact, our money. “We the People” have a right to determine how it is spent, through legislative representation; to remain informed about its use; and to receive just recourse when that money is misused (a dream yet to be realized). We, however, are not entitled to directly access the money ourselves – unless we are employed or contracted by the Government, and therefore, receive due payment for the goods and services rendered. Generally, the impact of ‘our money’ should be felt through human and infrastructural development. The trouble is, however, that we Liberians do not truly accept the concept of good financial governance. That is too boring, too slow, and too hard. Let us be honest, “We the People” prefer for public funds to “trickle down” the way they did during a previous administration. It is said that a former Liberian head of state kept many boxes of public cash in his dining room. And when “friends and neighbors” came calling, he would hand out hundreds and thousands of United States Dollars to these individuals, for their personal use. How generous! Or so many Liberians thought, because they benefitted first-, second-, and third-hand from that generosity. And, today, many look back on that era with painful nostalgia, because…well…”money was flowing. We weren’t hungry.” But since that corrupt supply line is now cut off, as Government works earnestly to reform its rotten systems, “We the People” are suddenly all hot and bothered about corruption. Granted, President Sirleaf inspires public dismay because the Liberian people believe that she and “Public Enemy Number One” have become best friends. But the truth is, that is not really why “We the People” are angry. “We the People” don’t care that money is (allegedly) being stolen from national coffers. “We the People” don’t care whether or not Rob Sirleaf works pro-bono or Aunty Jenny gets board fees. “We the People’s” only concern about “corruption” is that “We the People” are not feeling the trickle-down effect. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

The 5 Takeaways from the Coyotes introduction of

first_img The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Nationally, the Arizona Cardinals’ draft pick gaining the most buzz is first-round choice Robert Nkemdiche.It makes sense, given that Nkemdiche is regarded as an elite talent who could be an impact player in the NFL, so long as he can stay out of trouble off the field and remain motivated on it.However, another one of the team’s draft picks — fifth-round pick Marqui Christian — is also coming to town with a considerable amount of hype. Monday, his coach at Midwestern State, Bill Maskill, said the defensive back is determined, prideful and committed, adding Christian will work hard and do whatever the coaching staff asks of him, which could include playing in the box.“He doesn’t know any speed, except one speed,” he said. “I know when the scouts were here for pro day, they indicated to him the same thing Marqui indicated to us, that they play a lot of safeties and that they put them in the box and move them around. I think he’s had some experience doing that. He’s a good tackler, he’ll be a good special teams guy and we’re really excited about his opportunity out there in Arizona.”The 5-foot-10, 196-pound Christian won the Cliff Harris Award as the nation’s top small-college defensive player last year, but fell to pick No. 167 in large part because he did not attend a Power 5 school and face what is considered to be top-tier competition.The Cardinals, however, have a history of snagging gems who come from similar situations, with John Brown (Pittsburg St. in 2014) and David Johnson (Northern Iowa in 2015) being two of the most notable examples, and there is an early sense that Christian will soon add his name to that group. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Top Stories A guest of Doug and Wolf on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM Tuesday morning, the hosts were done asking Cardinals VP of Player Personnel Terry McDonough questions before the interviewee decided to keep the conversation going.“Marqui Christian, Midwestern State,” he said. “Remember that name.”Why, pray tell?“Everybody here was on board; Adrian Wilson went to the NFLPA game and really liked him,” McDonough added. “You guys are going to love watching him play. He’s a lot like (Antoine) Bethea when he came out of Howard…same size, same speed, can really get off the spot from a standing position. He loves to hit.”McDonough talked up Christian much in the same way Cardinals coach Bruce Arians did Saturday, explaining how he can play multiple positions for the defense.“He’s a bullet — he’s a great kid and he can really run,” McDonough said.Of all the endorsements a safety can receive, the one Christian has earned from Wilson — a former Cardinals great who is now a scout for the team — would seem to carry some considerable weight. Both GM Steve Keim and McDonough mentioned his report on Christian as part of why they liked him — Keim even said Wilson came back from the NFLPA Game “with his jaw dropping,” and on Bickley and Marotta Tuesday Wilson said he did not want to take too much credit for the pick. “I was just able to kind of see him at the All-Star game, go back and watch some of his tape from last year and this year, and I met the kid, had dinner with the kid,” Wilson explained. “It’s just one of those things where it felt right; the tape added up to who the person actually is, and I just brought the information back to Steve.”Wilson credited the Cardinals’ scouts, including John Mancini, for finding Christian.“John Mancini was really the first guy — [Christian] is in John Mancini’s area,” Wilson said. “So I was a cross-check guy on that, and I just went through my process of seeing if this guy can help the Cardinals or not.” Your browser does not support the audio element. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact LISTEN: Adrian Wilson, Cardinals scout + Ring of Honor member Comments   Share   Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Photo by @AdamKAUZsportslast_img read more