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

Attacks make Moudud stop electioneering

first_imgBNP senior leader Moudud Ahmed. Prothom Alo File PhotoAfter being attacked reportedly by the supporters of his opponents, BNP candidate for Noakhali-5 seat Moudud Ahmed on Monday decided not to carry out any electioneering until his security is ensured.”I’ve decided to withdraw myself from election campaign after being subjected to a serious attack today (Monday),” he told UNB over phone.Moudud, a BNP standing committee member, said he already informed the returning officer and army officials here about the incident. “I told them I won’t carry out electioneering until adequate security for my life is ensured.”Narrating the attack on him, the BNP leader said he was going to carry out election campaign at Natunbazar around 11am. “As my motorcade reached the bazar area, a group of ruling party activists equipped with rods and sticks attacked us and starting vandalising my car and another vehicle of my motorcade. They badly damaged the two vehicles.”He alleged that he could have died the way the ruling party men attacked his vehicle. “Allah saved me, but my five followers were injured badly. “It’s a matter of wonder they attacked a candidate like me.”Moudud said the ruling party activists also attacked his supporters at Chaprashirhat, leaving many of them injured. “After such attacks, I returned home stopping electioneering as my life is not safe.”last_img read more

Transat Distribution Canada AIR MILES sign on for expanded partnership

first_img Posted by Transat Distribution Canada, AIR MILES sign on for expanded partnership Thursday, July 6, 2017 Tags: Transat Travelweek Group center_img TORONTO — Transat Distribution Canada has upped the ante in its partnership with AIR MILES, signing a deal that includes extra AIR MILES benefits for customers who book travel with TDC.“After a relationship of nearly 20 years, we are thrilled to be able to take it to the next level,” says Nathalie Boyer, General Manager, Transat Distribution Canada. “This represents a great opportunity for our travel agencies and travel professionals to showcase the quality of Transat Distribution’s customer service by improving the Collector’s overall redemption experience.”Effective Aug. 13 AIR MILES Packaged Vacation and Cruise (PVC) bookings will now be completed through Transat Distribution’s travel agency network.Collectors will be able to use their Miles for more destinations and at more partners than ever before, including Collette, Encore Cruises TravelBrands, AmaWaterways and Tours Chanteclerc.They’ll also be able to redeem exclusively online for Marlin Travel, Club Voyages, Transat Travel, TripCentral Atlantic Canada, and TravelPlus eVouchers (currently available using Cash Miles) and physical Certificates (available Aug. 13 in $100 denominations using Dream Miles). These can be used towards PVC travel bookings with participating preferred partners through any of Transat Distribution’s 286 participating travel agency locations across Canada or through the TDC call centre.More news:  Beep, beep! Transat hits the streets with Cubamania truckTo make it easier to receive the physical Dream Certificates, AIR MILES will be shipping certificates within 72 business hours from redemption, at no cost to the Collector.Collectors can also take advantage of more opportunities to earn miles. As of Aug. 13, they will receive 1 Mile for every $20 spent (versus 1 Mile for $35) on any PVC booking with a participating Transat Distribution travel agency. This includes any additional Cash portion spent on the PVC booking, beyond the certificate value.In 2018, AIR MILES, together with Transat Distribution Canada, will launch a new PVC website, which will allow Collectors to use their Miles immediately for PVC bookings online, 24/7 with participating partners.“We are always looking for new opportunities to make the Collector experience better, and we are thrilled to be able to deliver on that promise,” said Sharmane Good, SVP, Member Experience, AIR MILES Reward Program. “This expansion provides Collectors with increased booking options and earning potential, providing a better PVC travel booking experience. We are excited to roll out these features as just a few of the many ways we will continue to augment our rewards offering.” << Previous PostNext Post >> Sharelast_img read more