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‘We’re trying’: Thibodeau offers update on Butler situation

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first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View comments Timberwolves coach Tom Thibodeau Friday acknowledged the team’s efforts to grant Butler’s trade request.“Obviously, we’re trying to get something done,” Thibodeau told reporters in Minneapolis.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissWhat that “something” is, that’s still unknown.Friday was Day 18 of the Butler saga, starting from when the four-time All-Star swingman told Thibodeau of his desire to play elsewhere. Butler has not practiced with the Timberwolves during training camp, and Friday night’s Wolves preseason game against Oklahoma City will be the third exhibition that he’s missed — with no end to the impasse in sight. “We’re trying to do what’s best for the team, and so we’re focused on the guys that are here,” Thibodeau said. “I think that’s the important part.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award FILE – In this April 21, 2018, file photo, Minnesota Timberwolves’ Jimmy Butler plays against the Houston Rockets in the first half during Game 3 of an NBA basketball first round playoff series in Minneapolis. With Butler’s trade demand swirling like a dark cloud around coach Tom Thibodeau, newly minted super-max player Karl-Anthony Towns and the Timberwolves arrive for training camp. (AP Photo/Jim Mone, File)Jimmy Butler is still with the Minnesota Timberwolves, at least in an official sense.In reality, it remains a mess.ADVERTISEMENT Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Hamilton claims pole for Japanese Grand Prix, Vettel 9th Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Multiple teams have been engaged in trade talks with the Timberwolves since Butler’s intentions to play elsewhere became known. Miami is one of those teams, and has been involved in the Butler negotiations with Minnesota almost from the very beginning. A person with knowledge of those negotiations said Friday that teams, the Heat included, are simply waiting for the Timberwolves to decide on what they want for Butler.“They’re ongoing,” Thibodeau said of the trade talks.With roughly a week and a half until the start of the regular season, there’s obvious urgency — Butler wants to play, the Timberwolves want closure and in theory, the team that might acquire Butler will want to get him involved in their plans while there’s still some time left in the preseason.“It’d be nice to have him back,” Minnesota point guard Jeff Teague said Friday. “But it’s not up to me.”Teague is a close friend of Butler’s, and has been in regular contact with him — but said he’s not getting caught up in trade chatter with Butler.ADVERTISEMENT Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal MOST READ LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

House Cuts Number of Proposed Seats in Affirmative Action Bill

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first_imgThe House of Representatives has endorsed the establishment of seven Special Legislative Constituencies for which an additional seven members would be elected, in addition to the already 73, totaling 81members in the House.The motion indicated that there would be five seats for women to be divided among five regions; while the youth and persons living with disabilities will have their respective seats.Deputy Speaker Hans M. Barchue broke the tie to concur with the Senate on the Affirmative Action for Equal Participation and Representation Act after a vote of 18-18, for which some of the lawmakers accused Senior Stenographer Conmicks Chea of inflating the votes in favor of the pro-Tyler lawmakers to compel a draw.The Senate’s version of the Affirmative Action for Equal Participation and Representation provides the establishment of 21 Special Legislative Constituencies for which an additional 21 members of the House of Representatives shall be elected – with 15 seats for women, 3 seats each for the youth and persons living with disabilities.The House’s concurrence, which has altered the Senate’s account, would compel a Conference Committee comprised of both Houses to reconcile the Affirmative Action for Equal Participation and Representation Act.However, Maryland County Representative Dr. Bhofal Chambers has filed a motion of reconsideration for the vote on the passage of the Affirmative Action for Equal Participation and Representation Act, which would be considered today, Friday, September 30, in a Special Session. It may be recalled that on August 25, it was reported that the Senate unanimously passed the “Affirmative Action for Equal Participation and Representation Act of 2016,” which was forwarded to the House of Representative for concurrence.At Wednesday’s public hearing, Gender Minister Julia Duncan Cassell told the 28-member House’s Joint Committee that the Affirmative Action Bill aims to elevate the level of equitable representation and participation in the governance process. The Joint Committee comprisedGender, Judiciary, Good Governance and Election & Inauguration.The Gender Minister reminded the Legislature that Article 5 (a) of the Constitution empowers the Legislature to enact laws that promote the realization of social justice and increase citizens’ access for political and economic participation.“There are international instruments to which Liberia is a signatory and acceded to, which call for the enactment of affirmative action legislation for the empowerment of women, youth and persons living with disabilities,” she said.“ECOWAS and AU Protocols, CEDAW, CRPD, the Beijing Declaration, and the African Youth Charter are some of the international instruments supportive of affirmative action to accelerate their participation in politics for adequate representation.”The National Chairperson of the National Civil Society Council, Madam Frances R. Deigh Greaves; the Vice President for Association of Female Lawyers in Liberia (AFELL), Atty. Nadia S. Kamara; Mrs. Daintowon Domah Payebaye, representing the disabled community; and Mr. Amos Williams, Deputy Secretary General for Programs of the Federation of Liberian Youths (FLY) are among Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) that also urged the Legislature to enact the Affirmative Action Bill.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more