GBTI spreads Christmas cheer to less fortunate

first_imgThe Guyana Bank for Trade and Industry (GBTI) Limited recently hosted its annual Christmas Cheer Program which saw children from several communities benefiting from its humanitarian efforts.According to GBTI, it will continue to give back to those communities since the initiative is part of their corporate social responsibilities.This year the company again signaled its support to several Non-Governmental Organisations (NGO) through its usual financial contribution. Among thoseSome of the NGO representatives receiving their chequesreceiving the support were Help and Shelter, Artists in Direct Support, Uncle Eddie’s Home, the Salvation Army, Dharma Shala Benevolent Home, Guyana Red Cross Society, Guyana Society for the Blind, Guyana Relief Council, Guyana Society for the prevention of cruelty to Animals and Food for the Poor.According to a representative of the company “We recognise that the work of these organisations often go unnoticed and so at this time of year, in the spirit of goodwill and good corporate citizenship, our hearts are opened to supporting those in need and those who provide for those in need.”Meanwhile the staff of GBTI also opened their hearts to the children of Hararuni this year by gifting them – through the Guyana Red Cross – a total of one hundred gifts which will be shared at a special party in the village located along the Linden-Soesdyke Highway.last_img read more

Kupchak checks out Chinese star

first_imgLOS ANGELES – One of the frustrations of the job for Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak sometimes is fighting traffic to attend a college game, only to watch as the player he came to see sprains an ankle or struggles with foul trouble. But Kupchak was investing more than just a couple of hours on the Southern California highways when he flew to China in late January for a six-day scouting trip. Kupchak described the Chinese Basketball Association games as being “very competitive” but said he couldn’t answer the question of whether a Chinese player might join the Lakers in the next decade. “In the next 10 years, I could see several Chinese players in the league,” Kupchak said. “I couldn’t say there’d be 30 or 40, but I can see multiple players in the league. Would one of those guys end up on a Lakers roster? I don’t know.” The Lakers took a step toward that end in hiring Gary Boyson, a Hong Kong-based scout, last season. Kupchak hadn’t traveled to China before, but has made several trips a year to Europe in the last decade. “There’s a chance that this year one of the players we went to see is going to be in the draft,” Kupchak said. “So this was the year \. Next year, although I can see basketball continuing to grow at a healthy rate there, I don’t know if there’ll be a draftable player.” Before the Lakers left for the All-Star break, coach Phil Jackson offered his thoughts on the first 50-plus games. Given the rash of injuries in training camp, he was asked if he would have taken a 30-23 record back in October. “I told the team, `We’re not unhappy with what our record is, but we’re not happy with how we’ve played the last two weeks, the last three weeks actually,’ ” Jackson said. Jackson said he was hopeful that center Kwame Brown and forward Luke Walton could return from their respective sprained ankles soon after the break. ross.siler@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!center_img It was Kupchak’s first trip to the country, and he went with a list of three or four prospects to look at. Assistant general manager Ronnie Lester also made the trip, which Kupchak described Thursday as being “worthwhile.” Kupchak could not comment on the players he saw, but 19-year-old forward Yi Jianlian is regarded as a potential first-round draft pick. Jianlian is a 7-footer who would follow Wang Zhizhi, Mengke Bateer and Yao Ming into the NBA. last_img

Klopp admits passions ruled after derby draw

first_imgKlopp’s cantankerous mood did not improve in his press conference later when his request for a show of hands from those who disagreed with him was met with the majority of the room responding.However, the German insists he was just offering a genuine response and has no regrets about how it played out.“I would give the same interview now,” he said. “The information I had to give would be the same but now I am completely relaxed, but it was five minutes after the game and I was not relaxed.”“It is nothing. I didn’t use any words I have to take back. I don’t like it but I am pretty sure I cannot change it because I felt like this in this moment and I am not an actor. I cannot act differently.”Klopp’s team selection — with Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino on the bench — came under scrutiny after Everton claimed a point, but he has been rotating his players for several weeks to keep them fresh during a busy period.Last year Liverpool fell apart in January, winning just one FA Cup game, as injuries scuppered an unlikely title bid. With Champions League football to contend with this season, Klopp is trying to avoid a repeat scenario.So far he has made 59 changes to his starting 11 this season. Only Manchester United in 2002 have made more in Premier League history at this stage of the campaign.“If we had the squad last year we would have done it last year,” said Klopp, set to make more changes for the visit of West Brom on Wednesday.“You cannot play the same 11 players all the time until four are injured and then you hope the other four who come in — who are quality but have no rhythm — will perform for you.“That is not likely.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Liverpool’s manager Jurgen Klopp said he was just offering a genuine response after a tetchy television interview © AFP/File / Paul ELLISLONDON, United Kingdom, Dec 12 – Jurgen Klopp admitted on Tuesday that he got caught up in the heat of the moment after Liverpool conceded a late penalty to draw at home with Everton.The Liverpool boss is known for his animated reactions but his behaviour came under extra scrutiny after a tetchy television interview minutes after Everton secured a 1-1 draw at Anfield on Sunday with a spot-kick he felt should not have been given.last_img read more