Call for magazine editor’s release after trial on lèse-majesté charges

first_img News May 4, 2012 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Call for magazine editor’s release after trial on lèse-majesté charges News Red alert for green journalism – 10 environmental reporters killed in five years August 21, 2020 Find out more Reporters Without Borders again urges the Thai authorities to release Somyos Prueksakasemsuk, the former editor of the banned magazine Voice of Thaksin, who was tried on lèse-majesté charges during the past four days in Bangkok, with witnesses for the prosecution and defence giving evidence. Somyos has been detained for the past 12 months.“The nine bail requests for Somyos during the past year were all rejected on the grounds that he could influence witnesses if he were released before his trial,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Now that the trial is all but over, we reiterate our call for his immediate and unconditional release.”A Reporters Without Borders representative was able to speak briefly with Somyos on 1 May, shortly after Somyos testified in his defence. “I just want to expose the facts,” he said. “If I am punished for that, then so be it.” Somyos’ wife, who visits him once a week in prison, said the 50-year-old journalist seems to have been treated acceptably in prison, but his mental health is deteriorating.In his testimony, Somyos argued that the two February 2010 articles that prompted his arrest did not refer to the monarchy. “I did not really imagine that these articles would be seen as criticizing the monarchy,” he testified. “In my view, the author was just referring to the Thai elite.” For the first time he revealed the real name of the person who wrote the two articles under the pen-name of Jit Polachan.“The articles contain no explicit reference to the monarchy,” Reporters Without Borders said. “They and the law are being interpreted in a particular way in order to punish a ruling party opponent. We condemn this political use of the draconian lèse-majesté legislation to silence Somyos, and we urge the court not to convict him on the basis of a purely subjective interpretation of the articles.”Somyos’ two defence lawyers petitioned Thailand’s constitutional court on 24 April, asking it to determine whether the lèse-majesté law is constitutional and complies with international legal standards, and requesting a suspension of the trial until it issued its ruling.A member of the United Front for Democracy Against Dictatorship (better known as the “Red Shirts”), Somyos was arrested on 30 April 2011 after refusing to identify the person who wrote the two articles that allegedly defamed the king. He was formally charged on 26 July 2011 on two lèse-majesté counts for which he could get a combined sentence of up to 30 years in prison.The court that is trying Somyos will not issue a verdict until the constitutional court has issued a ruling.Thailand is classified as a country “under scrutiny” in the “Enemies of the Internet” report that Reporters Without Borders updates every year. ThailandAsia – Pacific Receive email alerts RSF_en ThailandAsia – Pacific Organisation center_img Follow the news on Thailand Covid-19 emergency laws spell disaster for press freedom to go further June 12, 2020 Find out more News Help by sharing this information News May 12, 2021 Find out more Thai premier, UN rapporteurs asked to prevent journalists being returned to Myanmarlast_img read more

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News story: £1million to improve life skills for young people in Doncaster

first_imgA £1 million programme to improve access to sports, arts and culture for 5,000 disadvantaged young people across Doncaster has been launched today by Education Secretary Damian Hinds.Young people from some of the most deprived parts of the town will have access to free extra-curricular activities and healthy meals over the summer holidays including competitive sport, cooking classes and outdoor pursuits. The programme will help broaden young people’s horizons, giving them the opportunity develop lifelong skills in leadership and teamwork, as well as helping build character, resilience and confidence so they can become successful adults.Education Secretary Damian Hinds launched the programme of activities, funded through the Government’s Opportunity Area programme, during a visit to Bentley Youth Centre where he met with the first young people to benefit from the scheme this summer.Education Secretary Damian Hinds said: It’s great to see EXPECT Summer’s programme of events for children and young people in Doncaster. This supports the priorities we outlined in our Opportunity Area delivery plan and will help young people to develop essential life skills. Each of the Government’s 12 Opportunity Areas receive a share of £72 million for a tailored plan to improve social mobility for children and young people, including those from disadvantaged backgrounds.Doncaster’s plan focuses on boosting development in the early school years, increasing excellent teaching capacity, improving careers advice and introducing mentoring programmes. The Opportunity Area programme is about broadening the horizons of young people from disadvantaged areas. I want every young person living in Doncaster to be able to access extra-curricular activities that build the resilience and character they need to fulfill their ambitions, whatever they are. This investment will help young people in Doncaster learn the skills of leadership and teamwork that are so important later in life, giving them the boost in confidence they need to succeed in education or the world of work. EXPECT Youth Strategic Development Director, Peter Norman, said: The funding includes £550,000 to pay for a programme of summer activities in 2018 and 2019, and a £450,000 fund for local voluntary and community groups to support young people in Doncaster develop additional skills through out-of-school activities from September.The summer activities are free for participants aged five-18 and include boxing, cycling, football, baking, nature trails and stop motion animation classes. From September, schools will be able to access community programmes through The Princes Trust, drama and arts classes through Doncaster Arts, sports through organisations like the Jamie McDonnell Fight for Good CIC (Community Interest Company), and business and entrepreneurial skills workshops.The summer project will be run by EXPECT Youth, Doncaster’s youth alliance which works closely with the Opportunity Area programme by delivering projects for the most vulnerable in the borough.Alongside a schedule of activities running from 23 July to 31 August, the funding will also offer healthy meals to the thousands of children taking part over the summer.Chair of the Doncaster Opportunity Area Partnership Board, Professor Sir Chris Husbands, said: We are committed to creating opportunities for children and young people to lead a healthy, active lifestyle that will help them unlock their talent and fulfil their potential. EXPECT Summer activities will help aid the development of their essential life skills to help them deal with the challenges of everyday life at school, college and employment.last_img read more

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Ecuadorean Army Arrests Alleged FARC Member

first_imgBy Dialogo May 09, 2012 An alleged member of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) guerrilla group was arrested in the Ecuadorean border province of Sucumbíos (in northeastern Ecuador) on May 7, the head of the general staff of the Ecuadorean Army’s 4th Division, Colonel Arturo Coral, announced to the local press. The arrest of the man, identified as Wilson Tapiero Tique (alias “Dumar” or “Trincho”) and allegedly responsible for the finances of the FARC’s Southern Bloc, took place in the sector of the town of General Farfán, in the jurisdiction of Sucumbíos (on the border with the Colombian department of Putumayo), he specified. The Ecuadorean press initially indicated that Tapiero Tique was believed to be the head of logistics for the FARC’s Front 48, which operates in the border strip. The man arrested “is believed to be a fundamental element of Colombia’s illegal armed groups,” Coral declared, noting that he is wanted there for alleged acts of terrorism and drug trafficking. The officer added that the alleged insurgent, who was arrested together with six other individuals under investigation in Ecuador, will be turned over to the Colombian authorities on May 8. The arrest took place following more than a year of intelligence work that included Colombian cooperation, according to reports in the Ecuadorean press. Two weeks ago, Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa did not rule out the possibility that the FARC might maintain bases in his country’s border territory, and he said that the country was ready to repress any infiltration. “I can’t guarantee to you that there might not be FARC infiltration,” the president told the Gama TV television network, which questioned him about the possible presence of rebel camps, and added that, if that happened, the Armed Forces would impose “respect” for national “sovereignty.” “We’re going to take them prisoner; we’re not going to murder them, if possible. In the case of self-defense, our Soldiers will have to respond,” he declared.last_img read more

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Washington Salutes Agreement on Agrarian Reform between Bogotá and FARC

first_imgBy Dialogo May 30, 2013 The deputy spokesperson for the U.S. Department of State, Patrick Ventrell, congratulated “the first agreement ever reached between the Colombian government and the FARC,” considering it a “very positive step towards peace negotiations.” “We have strongly supported President Santos and the Colombian government for a long time in their quest for lasting peace and security, to which the Colombian people are entitled,” Ventrell added. Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos also welcomed this first agreement with Marxist guerrillas on May 28, and stated that it would lead to an “integral rural reform” in the next few years. center_img On May 28, U.S. diplomats hailed the agreement on agrarian reform between Bogotá and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), announced on May 26, and expected to contribute to peace in Colombia. The Colombian authorities and FARC rebels, who have held peace negotiations in Cuba for six months, announced that they had reached an agreement regarding the agrarian reform on May 26.last_img read more

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‘Flood Wall Street’ Protest Draws Thousands

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Thousands of Occupy Wall Street protestors, environmentalists and anti-climate change activists “flooded” Lower Manhattan Monday on the eve of a United Nations Climate Summit, among other reasons, to raise awareness about the devastating effects of global warming and its connection to corporate America.Demonstrators demanded justice for what they described as Wall Street’s profiteering and perpetuation of what they deem a severe “climate crisis.”Organizers hosted civil disobedience training sessions at Battery Park prior to marching on Wall Street, sharing codes and signs with each other so large groups could sit-in all at once, also dispersing pamphlets with the course’s route and legal representation information for those arrested.Speakers included a host of activists from across the globe, among them, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Chris Hedges.“No one will stop [Wall Street profiteers] but the people!” he boomed from “The People’s Microphone,” whereby others within earshot repeat the main speaker’s message so all can hear. “We are the people! This means revolution!”Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Chris Hedges (far left) joins other speakers at a Flood Wall Street rally in Battery Park prior to its march on Wall Street Sept. 22, 2014. (Rashed Mian/Long Island Press)The mass demonstration-turned-mass-sit-in, dubbed “Flood Wall Street,” which organizers anticipate will result in droves of arrests, settled in the middle of streets throughout the financial district.Wearing blue, carrying signs and singing a pre-practiced anti-capitalism song, the protestors halted traffic, climbed buses and telephone poles and overflowed police barricades while teams of news crews and journalists ran alongside them.Early on, the protestors deviated from a path cleared by police, instead zig-zagging through narrow roads cluttered with trapped taxis, tour buses and other vehicles.For the most part, it was a peaceful morning, as New York City police officers accommodated the flood of people, watching and even opening barricades for those who either wanted to enter or exit the sit-in.Protestors waved flags and toted huge signs that read “Flood Wall Street” and “Capitalism = Climate Chaos” as they marched, also hurling a giant, 15-foot high inflatable “Carbon Bubble”–which was eventually burst by police as the crowd rolled it atop a 300-foot unfurled banner.“People gonna rise with the water,” they sang. “We’re gonna calm this crisis down. I hear the voice of my great-granddaughter, singing ‘Shut down Wall Street now!’”Flood Wall Street protestors rally among the war memorials at Battery Park before marching on Wall Street Sept. 22, 2014. (Rashed Mian/Long Island Press)Thousands of Occupy Wall Street protestors, environmentalists and anti-climate change activists “flooded” Lower Manhattan Monday on the eve of a United Nations Climate Summit, among other reasons, to raise awareness about the devastating effects of global warming and its connection to corporate America.Demonstrators demanded justice for what they described as Wall Street’s profiteering and perpetuation of what they deem a severe “climate crisis.”Organizers hosted civil disobedience training sessions at Battery Park prior to marching on Wall Street, sharing codes and signs with each other so large groups could sit-in all at once, also dispersing pamphlets with the course’s route and legal representation information for those arrested.Speakers included a host of activists from across the globe, among them, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Chris Hedges.“No one will stop [Wall Street profiteers] but the people!” he boomed from “The People’s Microphone,” whereby others within earshot repeat the main speaker’s message so all can hear. “We are the people! This means revolution!”The mass demonstration-turned-mass-sit-in, dubbed “Flood Wall Street,” which organizers anticipate will result in droves of arrests, settled in the middle of streets throughout the financial district.Wearing blue, carrying signs and singing a pre-practiced anti-capitalism song, the protestors halted traffic, climbed buses and telephone poles and overflowed police barricades while teams of news crews and journalists ran alongside them.Early on, the protestors deviated from a path cleared by police, instead zig-zagging through narrow roads cluttered with trapped taxis, tour buses and other vehicles.For the most part, it was a peaceful morning, as New York City police officers accommodated the flood of people, watching and even opening barricades for those who either wanted to enter or exit the sit-in.Protestors waved flags and toted huge signs that read “Flood Wall Street” and “Capitalism = Climate Chaos” as they marched, also hurling a giant, 15-foot high inflatable “Carbon Bubble”–which was eventually burst by police as the crowd rolled it atop a 300-foot unfurled banner.“People gonna rise with the water,” they sang. “We’re gonna calm this crisis down. I hear the voice of my great-granddaughter, singing ‘Shut down Wall Street now!’”Flood Wall Street comes on the heels of the “People’s Climate March” Sunday, which drew more than 300,000 protestors into Upper Manhattan in anticipation to the climate summit.“The Earth is in crisis,” declared a jubilant “Magick,” from San Francisco, one of several hundred who plopped down in the middle of the street in front of Wall Street’s famous bull statue near the corner of Morris Street and Broadway. “We are all part of a cult of capitalism that’s taken over the planet.“Look how they barricaded us in,” she continued. “We’re prisoners right now trying to demonstrate with this Earth.“If we are connected with the Earth, we will all find a way to be resilient,” she added, before asking a police officer why she and the sea of other protestors were “barricaded in.”The sea of protestors will be heading to “flood” the New York Stock Exchange for the 4 p.m. closing bell.Flood Wall Street comes on the heels of the “People’s Climate March” Sunday, which drew more than 300,000 protestors into Upper Manhattan in anticipation to the climate summit.“The Earth is in crisis,” declared a jubilant “Magick,” from San Francisco, one of several hundred who plopped down in the middle of the street in front of Wall Street’s famous bull statue near the corner of Morris Street and Broadway. “We are all part of a cult of capitalism that’s taken over the planet.“Look how they barricaded us in,” she continued. “We’re prisoners right now trying to demonstrate with this Earth.“If we are connected with the Earth, we will all find a way to be resilient,” she added, before asking a police officer why she and the sea of other protestors were “barricaded in.”The sea of protestors will be heading to “flood” the New York Stock Exchange for the 4 p.m. closing bell.last_img read more

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Sacking Unai Emery will cost Arsenal £4m before the end of the season but nothing in the summer

first_img Comment Massimiliano Allegri is a potential replacement for Emery (Picture: Getty Images)Max Allegri and Mikel Arteta are thought to be realistic candidates to replace Emery in the Emirates dugout, although latest reports suggest the former is losing interest in the job with Arsenal not competing for the Premier League title or competing at all in the Champions League.Even without a clear replacement, Emery needs to conjure up some much-improved results and do it very quickly to have much chance of holding onto his job beyond December.His first chance to do so is at home to Frankfurt in the Europa League on Thursday night before a Premier League trip to Norwich on Sunday.MORE: Massimiliano Allegri has doubts over Arsenal job as pressure on Unai Emery growsMORE: Man Utd and Arsenal keeping tabs on Ezequiel Barco as Sporting prepare bid Sacking Unai Emery will cost Arsenal £4m before the end of the season but nothing in the summer Advertisement Unai Emery is going through an increasingly difficult time at Arsenal (Picture: Getty Images)Arsenal may be considering sacking Unai Emery as manager, but it will be a lot cheaper to let him go at the end of the season than now.The Spaniard is going through an extremely difficult time as Gunners boss, with his side failing to win any of their last six games in all competitions.The poor string of results and performances has seen Emery’s side drop to eighth in the Premier League and be eliminated from the Carabao Cup.It has also seen fans, players and the board lose face in the manager’s methods and talk of him being sacked growing ever louder and more persistent.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTThe club held a crisis meeting with Emery after Saturday’s dreadful draw with Southampton at the Emirates and are now in fear of a number of players leaving at the first opportunity.Emery being sacked looks inevitable, but the Arsenal hierarchy may be put off giving him the boot by the huge payout it would cost them.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityThe Daily Mail reports that sacking Emery before the end of the season would cost the Gunners at least £4m, however, letting him go in the summer would cost nothing.The 48-year-old signed a two-year deal at the Emirates in the summer of 2018, with the club holding an option to extend it for a further year.If the board chose not to extend his contract by 12 months, then Emery could be let go for free,The decision-makers in the Arsenal boardroom are going to have to carry out some cost-benefit analysis as they work out what is best for the club in the short and long term. Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 26 Nov 2019 4:04 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link848Shares Advertisementlast_img read more

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Decked-out silo standout feature of Gold Coast Hinterland property

first_imgThe Tamborine Mountain property at 832 Main Western Rd has a silo that’s been converted into a four-storey hideaway.A DREAM cellar for the wine connoisseur or an enchanted castle where children can bring their imaginations to life.An old silo on one Gold Coast Hinterland property offers endless opportunities.On a 2.03ha Tamborine Mountain block, that was formerly part of a dairy farm, the concrete structure has been converted into a four-storey hideaway with power.While certainly a highlight, the modernised silo is not the only impressive feature of the property, which is on the market with a $1.325 million price tag. MORE NEWS: Imagine living in a house that starred in a TV show The residence is on a 2.03ha block. Walls of windows frame views of surrounding bushland.It includes a two-bedroom house, 1960s two-bedroom cottage and large shed that could be a workshop or carport.Professionals Serendipity Tamborine Mountain agent Diane Pihl, who is marketing the property with Mark Inwood, said it was a one-of-a-kind property.“What I love about the house is the feeling of freedom, you open up the entire (glass) wall and the outdoors and indoor become one,” she said.“The soaring ceilings in the living room add to this spacious experience (and) the land itself has a wonderful and serene feel.”She said they had already had two strong inquiries a few days after it hit the market. An old cottage also comes with the property.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa9 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag1 day ago It’s perfect as a guesthouse.Glass bi-fold doors surround almost half the house, allowing a seamless flow between indoor and outdoor living when they are opened up.When the colder months roll around, the glass doors frame views of surrounding bushland while a large two-way slow combustion fireplace will keep the house cosy.The kitchen, which has marble benchtops, forms the centrepiece of the home and connects the main living areas.Next door, the refurbished self-contained cottage, which also has a slow combustion fireplace, offers the perfect granny flat or guest accommodation.The property also has a 95,000L water tank, bore and a variety of fruit tress, including lemon, lime, tamarillo, feijoa, grapefruit, orange and quince. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:20Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:20 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreen6 Australian wow homes that have just sold01:20 MORE NEWS: Is this the Coast’s wackiest house?last_img read more

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Paul Pogba misses penalty as Manchester United draw 1-1 with Wolves

first_img Source: talkSPORT Manchester United missed the chance to go top of the Premier League as Wolves fought back to claim a 1-1 draw.Although it puts an end to the Molineux hoodoo for the Red Devils, Paul Pogba had the chance to win the game for the visitors but saw his penalty saved by Rui Patricio.For Wolves, it is another point gained from their second fixture of the season as Nuno Espirito Santo’s side recovered from a goal down thanks to a stunner from Ruben Neves.VAR threatened to chalk the Portugal international’s stunning strike off, but thankfully the talk tomorrow morning will all be about the remarkable equaliser.Ole Gunnar Solskjaer handed Daniel James his first start for Manchester United after his goalscoring debut against Chelsea last weekend, and the Wales international made a difficult start.James was booked for diving by referee Jon Moss as the visitors tried to cut through the Wolves defence, which they managed to do in style with 27 minutes on the clock.Multiple players were involved in a fast break down the United left, resulting in Rashford sliding in Anthony Martial to rifle a fine finish into the top left-hand corner – his 50th for the club.Wolves brought on Adama Traore for Matt Doherty at the break – a change that quickly brought about their best opening of the match.Jesse Lingard missed a cross from Aaron Wan-Bissaka at the other end, before Traore won a free-kick on the edge of the box.Harry Maguire was angry with the substitute for the way he went down and Raul Jimenez glanced a header off the far post from the resulting set piece.It was a warning shot across the bows that United failed to heed, with Neves soon sending a beautiful strike through a crowd that went in off the underside of the bar to send Molineux wild.Delight became anger as referee Jon Moss pointed to his ear as the video assistant referee checked for offside, before the goal was awarded.United eventually regained their composure and fine footwork from Pogba drew a foul from Wolves captain Conor Coady, with a penalty awarded to United.Pogba stepped up for the spot-kick and Rui Patricio stopped his thumping effort to the delight of the home faithful.It was the World Cup winner’s fourth missed penalty in the Premier League since the start of last season – more than any player in the competition over that period.Leander Dendoncker directed over on a Wolves break and Maguire caused David De Gea a problem with an undercooked back-pass.Solskjaer brought on Mason Greenwood and Andreas Pereira for the closing stages, but it ended 1-1 at Molineux.last_img read more

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LA Clippers in need of better defense, rebounding

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Prior to Saturday’s 101-96 victory over the Detroit Pistons, coach Doc Rivers was asked a two-part question: What does he think of the Jamie Foxx most impersonation of him floating around? And what does he think about the Clippers’ rebounding woes?“I like it, I thought it was funny,” he said of Foxx’s theatrics. “But I don’t think the rebounds are funny, let me put it that way. We’re not doing a great job. And I think it’s all of us. I don’t think it’s like the bigs. I think the guards are … we have to rebound as a team so much better.“We’re just going to get the ball, we’re not putting bodies on bodies.”Blake Griffin’s rebounding numbers are back up where they belong. He’s averaging 9.5 after falling to 7.8 last season. DeAndre Jordan, who led the league a season ago with a 15.0 average, is down to 12.9 this season.The difference is in his offensive rebounding, where he’s pulling down just 2.7 after being at 4.8 in 2014-15. Defense and rebounding. Last season the Clippers struggled to find consistency in those areas.And they are again this season.Starting with the rebounding, the Clippers in averaged 42.6 rebounds last year, tying Memphis for 20th in the league. They allowed 42.9 rebounds per game, for a differential of minus-0.3.This season, the Clippers (6-4) are pulling down an average of 42.5 rebounds, 22nd in the league. But they are giving up 46.9. That’s a differential of minus-4.4, and only five teams were worse before games played Monday.center_img “Yeah, they’re game-planning for him,” Rivers said. “It’s what you do. He didn’t get it a lot last year, but he’s getting double-teamed on rebounds, you could see it all the time and it’s two on the ball, two on DJ.”Defense about desireWesley Johnson played 13 minutes off the bench Saturday. He didn’t score, but he made his defensive contribution with two steals. After the Clippers turned the game around with better defense in the second half — allowing only 36 points after giving up 60 in the first half — Johnson talked about what it takes to be a stingy team.“Defense is all about you wanting it,” he said. “You wanting to stop your man, you wanting to help your teammate. I think that is what it boils down to. You would probably look at the roster and think that we don’t have a defensive stopper, but it is a team thing and a team effort.”The Clippers last season allowed 100.1 points per game, 16th in the league. They scored 106.7, a differential of plus-6.6, second only to Golden State’s 10.1. This season, the Clippers are allowing 104.2 points, 24th in the league. They are scoring 105.1 per game, a differential of just plus-0.9.Injury updatesStarting guards Chris Paul (groin strain) and J.J. Redick (back spasms) are listed as doubtful and out, respectively, for Thursday’s game against Golden State at Staples Center.Neither has played the past two games.last_img read more

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Pirates looking for trade partners

first_imgPittsburgh Pirates manager Clint Hurdle (13) sits in the dugout during a baseball game against the New York Mets in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)MIAMI (AP) — For the third straight season, the Pittsburgh Pirates are approaching baseball’s trade deadline as buyers.And they’re finding that they’re not alone. With Wednesday’s deadline inching closer, the Pirates are trying to get someone who can help their already-looking-good odds of making the playoffs — and finishing with a winning record, for that matter — for the first time since 1992. But in Pirates manager Clint Hurdle’s eyes, the second wild-card spot is making plenty of other teams who might have been sellers a couple years ago think that they’re still in the postseason race.“This extra wild-card has really become challenging,” Hurdle said Saturday afternoon in Miami, where his club was facing the Marlins. “As much benefit comes with it, it’s also a time of year where there are some problems that can come from it because you’re not out. The general manager, the team president, somebody’s making a call … that’s a tough position to be in right now.”Hurdle and general manager Neal Huntington were exchanging emails Saturday on a number of topics, and the manager has even ranked a list of targets that the team believes might be available on the trade market.So far, no moves. Then again, the Pirates might not need much, either. They entered Saturday with 60 wins, tied for fourth-most in baseball, and entered the day with a seven-game cushion against falling out of the two NL wild-card spots.“I don’t get caught up in what I think the club needs, because I’ve got players out there that are still playing,” Hurdle said. “It doesn’t make much sense from my perspective to say ‘We need X, Y and Z’ and I’ve got X, Y, and Z out there regardless of the situation. I think after watching 101 games, I think we have a good feel on what we’ve done well, where we’ve been consistent and some areas that we could use some help.”The second wild-card was supposed to bring added intrigue to postseason races, and Marlins manager Mike Redmond thinks it’s working.“You really have five or six, four or five teams in it all the way into September,” Redmond said. “And that creates excitement. That creates excitement maybe for markets that haven’t been successful in the past and that’s good. That’s good for baseball. I think it’s great and it makes teams realize, ‘Hey, you know, we’re not that far out.’”In the American League, Boston and Baltimore entered Saturday as the holders of the two wild-card spots, and there were three teams all within four games of finding their way into that mix. There’s a bit more space in the NL race, where outside of the three division leaders, only Pittsburgh, Cincinnati and Arizona are currently over .500.Still, the Pirates probably don’t want to leave much to chance. They made deals in 2011 and again last year, then fell apart both times. They went 18-38 after Aug. 1 in 2011, 20-39 after Aug. 1 a year ago.“We’ve gone the way of the rental player. We’ve gone controllable players,” Hurdle said. “So we’re going to keep our options open and stay involved with discussions, multiple discussions. We could take this thing right down to the wire, from my understanding.last_img read more

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