German club Bayer Leverkusen has announced that Jamaican winger Leon Bailey will be out of action for several weeks because of a muscle tear. The 21-year-old picked up the injury during the first half of the club’s opening group match in the UEFA Champions League against Lokomotiv Moscow on Wednesday. He was substituted at half-time. The injury could also force Bailey to miss the Reggae Boyz’s Concacaf Nations League match against Aruba on October 12. The match will be played at the National Stadium in St Andrew. Bailey has scored two goals in six games for Bayer this season. We want to hear from you! Send us a message on WhatsApp at 1-876-499-0169, email us at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Echos From The Plantation” – a movie that portrays the livelihood of Indians on the sugar plantation will be released on Saturday at the Nirvana Humanitarian Foundation at Metem-Mere-Zorg, West Coast Demerara, in time for the 180th anniversary of the arrival of East Indians to Guyana.The movie which has a cast of local cane, provision and rice farmers was directed by Kishore Sewnarine out of New York.The movie came about in 2014 when the director made a research presentation at his office as a speech.One year later, he used that speech as an opening monologue for a play staged by Nirvana Humanitarian Foundation Inc, USA.While performing the monologue both in NYC and Toronto, Sewnarine noticed tears in the eyes of the audience as they related to the story. After the production, many asked if he can record the monolog and post it up to YouTube.While it caught his ears, it did not satisfy his artistic desire. He had been acting since 1977 and to slap together a YouTube video with stock footage from the Internet was not sounding good to him. As such, he committed to making a movie.He began writing the script in 2016 and the scenes were shot it in 2017. The scenes were shot in Berbice, Demerara and Essequibo. In one of the scenes, the village of India was built from scratch in Perseverance Estate on the Essequibo coast.The logee and slave ship were also built at Bola Sawmill in Hubu.The primary reason for this production is to celebrate/commemorate the 180th anniversary of the arrival of Indians in Guyana.Because of that intention, the movie focuses on the first batch of Indians only. There are many other elements of the Indian history in Guyana but many of those elements happened later in the saga.
…”free and fair elections”A professor from the US War College in Washington – which advises the US administration on global strategy — visited Guyana late last month. He opined, “In the context of Guyana’s current constitutional crisis, Washington has both an important role to play and a complex set of strategic imperatives to consider in doing so.” Your Eyewitness was pleased that he wasn’t coy but “told it like it is” in true “realist” style.The gentleman noted that in the interviews he had with Guyanese leaders (the owner of Oases qualifies?) they all stressed the actions of the US back in the 1960s, but advised that the US had now moved on from the imperatives of the Cold War and was today more concerned with corruption in those running the Government – now and in the future. Stability is needed in light of Exxon pushing us into the ranks of the world’s top 20 oil producers.In terms of the politics evolving after the NCM, the analyst opined that “recent APNU-AFC attempts to avoid or postpone an early election do not, for me at least, seem to pass the common-sense test. The challenge for the U.S. is not to allow its good relationship with the Granger government to lead it into condoning behaviours that could undermine the credibility of advocacy of healthy democracy elsewhere.” He had to be referring to the US strong advocacy for the return of democracy via “free and fair elections” in next door Venezuela and in the hemisphere.Against that background, we must view the newly accredited US Ambassador, Sara-Ann Lynch, urging President Granger for “genuinely free and fair elections” very significant. The Ambassador is clearly in consonant with the professor’s observation that the US must be seen as not speaking “with a forked tongue” on its promulgation of democracy as a pillar of its foreign policy strategy.As your Eyewitness has pointed out in this space before, corruption of the electoral process is the threshold issue in Guyana if we’re ever to entertain hopes of controlling “corruption” writ large. After all, while the Government’s supporters will close their eyes to the patently transparent efforts of the administration to stall the elections, they know this can only be because the PNC needs to buy time to implement some scheme on rigging the elections, originally scheduled for 2020.And it’s this knowledge of the Govt corrupting the most important value of Guyanese – the power to freely select our governors – that causes Guyanese, from Minister to commoner, to excuse corruption in other sections of national life.Let’s support the US Ambassador’s call for free and fair elections, and head off corruption at the pass.Rally on March 21st!! Constitution Supremacy Day!!…sacrificeYour Eyewitness notes the irony of four Government Ministers – including VPs Greenidge and Ramjattan — commemorating the 1913 killing of 15 sugar workers and wounding of another 56 by the colonial police! Those workers were then protesting the high-handedness of the planter class, who wanted to wring blood out of stone to extract as much profits as they could, and violate the contract with the workers. But this Government has fired over 7000 sugar workers countrywide and doomed them to destitution, since no alternative employment was created.Trying to keep life and limb of their families and children, some workers went to fish on the abandoned estate of Skeldon – and were forced to pay for “the privilege”!! Your Eyewitness is willing to wager that, since the estates were closed, more than 15 have already perished through depression, suicide or malnutrition and its attendant illnesses. And this is a “Guyanese” Govt??Yet these Govt Ministers could utter platitudes of being inspired by the sacrifices of 1913!Irony is lost on these philistines.…scampishnessSo now we have the former Deputy Chief Elections Officer of GECOM – who should know about these things – vouchsafing that there’s no question the organisation was always in a position to conduct elections in 90 days!!What says Patterson now??
Dear Editor,Nowrang Persaud’s letter on stipends for State Boards’ Chairmen and Directors that carried in your daily (July 13, 2016) is stimulating enough to be worthy of a comment. It must be appreciated that, all things being equal, a Government under normal circumstance will appoint individuals to sit on State Boards who have considerable competence, expertise and experience in a particular area of trade, profession or vocation and that their presence on a particular board will make a positive impact on such organisation by virtue of the said competence, expertise and experience. All these appointments carry non-executive status.Any individual who is so identified and appointed ought to see it as an honour to be of service to the State, rather than the State be of service to the appointee. This is what prompted the late President John F Kennedy to make that famous quote “Ask not what the country should do for you, but what you could do for your country”. Unfortunately, Mr Persaud’s advocacy to compensate State Board’s Chairmen and Directors by benchmarking with parliamentarians and “top echelons of Government and national, public and civic organisations” runs contrary to President Kennedy’s philosophy.Editor, if State Boards’ Chairmen and Directors are dissatisfied with the opportunities for “self-compensation and aggrandisements”, then the fittest and honourable thing to do is to refuse such appointments. In the current scheme of things, many of the current State Boards’ Chairmen and Directors hold substantive jobs with high salaries and perks. Mr Persaud needs to understand and appreciate that when these full-time, permanent job holders take leave from their respective organisations their pay and perks are not reduced for the time they spend at Board meetings. So why should they be paid stipends that are commensurate with “top echelons” job holders to attend Board meetings and still receive fulsome pay and benefits from their full-time jobs? It will simply be a ‘double-whammy’ pay! The appointment then becomes a profit centre.The case cited by Mr Persaud whereby a “Director on the Board of one of these operations was so appalled at the miserly stipend payable to him that he quickly sought an opportunity to serve the same outfit in virtually the same capacity”. Editor, this opportunity could not have materialised if corporate and ministerial heads had not facilitated it, and the pursuit of such opportunity by the individual could only have been influenced by greed for monetary aggrandisement, and not by a selfless service to the state.Finally, it’s an ominous disclosure by Mr Persaud that Board Members may be “tempted to do any form of wangling to meet obviously critical demands of the respective positions”, or rather to put it more bluntly, using his analogy, ‘to bring about financial accomplishment by employing scheming or underhand methods’. No wonder why many of our state boards reek of misappropriations and fiduciary irresponsibility; their thrust according to Mr Persaud is seemingly poised for “self-compensation and aggrandisements.”Yours faithfully,Dmithri Ramsunai
Dear Editor,The PPP/C continues to express its grave concerns about the unfair and unhealthy developments as it relates to the procurement process to identify the contractor for the new Demerara River crossing. We have expressed concern as it relates to the decision made and publicly announced that the extended deadline for the submission of bids for the pre-qualification of contractors had moved from a date in October to a new date in November.We continue to express our concern as it relates to this model of “Finance, Build, Operate and Maintain”, as against the “Build, Own, Operate and Transfer” (BOOT). Enough is still not known as it relates to this new model where the contractor is also expected to be the investor. Our concerns are currently heightened with our recent access to reliable information of the “backroom wheeling and dealing” that involves Ministers and senior political operatives in the APNU/AFC coalition Administration and potential investors/contractors to ensure a pre-determined outcome.These signs of unfair competition are unhealthy and very disturbing; this is the foundation of corrupt transactions. Our sources have indicated that there is sufficient traceable evidence of frequent and unhealthy engagements between Ministers and APNU/AFC political operatives and certain companies long before the closing date for submission of bids for pre-qualification. It is clear that the contract will be awarded to either a known Chinese company with a strong presence in Jamaica or a Dutch consortium that has done work in Suriname. As a result, we shall be closely monitoring the results of this process.The PPP/C urges the project management team to be steadfast in their professionalism during the evaluation process and not allow their integrity to be compromised by political decisions. The evaluators also must have the strength of character to rebuff political interference or direction.We promise to continue to fulfil our responsibilities to expose corruption in the Government sector and to protect the Guyanese people’s interest and prevent the rape of our country by such “sweetheart deals”. APNU+AFC, we will hold your feet to the fire.Sincerely yours,Bishop Juan Edghill,MP
Dear Editor,The new GECOM Chairman, James Patterson is already facing questions about his ability to act in an impartial way in heading the elections commission, as well as questions about his integrity.Integrity, according to President David Granger, is an important factor in deeming a person as “fit and proper” to be appointed as GECOM Chairman. So while, Mr Patterson admits that he lied on his CV, does that not speak about his lack of integrity? Should he not resign as the GECOM Chairman?The Guyana Times, on Friday, November 3, 2017, reported that Mr Patterson has admitted to being friends with former PNC Leader, Desmond Hoyte. This second admission and the fact that Mr Patterson was a pallbearer at a private PNC funereal ceremony for Mr Hoyte, brings us back to the question about Mr Patterson’s ability to act in an impartial manner.If Mr Patterson remains in the post, more questions about why the APNU/AFC Government want him in that position will be raised.This situation does not bode well for the state of confidence in future electoral processes.Regards,Cedric Lord
Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption 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 Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Comelec assures no disruption in operations with retirement of execs Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? P260,000 each in aid to displaced Marawi folk released by US Belingon’s split decision victory snapped Fernandes’ unopposed reign in the bantamweight division—one that spanned for eight years, the longest in the promotion.Having fought in the circuit for quite some time, the Team Lakay striker knows what exactly needs to be done. “To finish him at any round, I think that’s the best way to do it,” Belingon said. “I think it would be better to not leave the fight’s outcome to the judges.”Such approach has stemmed from a short-lived reign by Joshua Pacio, Belingon’s teammate who was a strawweight champion before a Japanese replacement dethroned him via split decision in January. The fight drew strong opinions from both fighters, fans and even ONE’s top honcho Chatri Sityodtong that eventually led to a rematch in Manila set this April. It’s one of the the things Team Lakay ringmaster Mark Sangio kept on harping about in myriad interviews he has done between then and now: Swift victories. Convincing results. ADVERTISEMENT Sarah Geronimo’s ‘Tala’ enters Billboard’s world digital song sales chart MOST READ Kevin Belingon. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netTOKYO—The picture of a particular scene in their last fight sums up everything.In it, Kevin Belingon stands with his arms in the air while Bibiano Fernandes is caught mid-shrug, disbelief clearly showing. It was an image frozen from the pair’s meeting last year, and it’s among the driving forces behind enduring plot between the two prolific bantamweights.ADVERTISEMENT The Filipino striker and the Brazilian grappler figure in a bantamweight title clash for the third time in ONE’s massive maiden showpiece this Sunday at Ryogoku Kokugikan here.“I don’t think he was convinced with how our previous meeting turned out. He couldn’t accept his defeat,” Belingon, a senior member of the famed Team Lakay, said in Filipino. FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“Maybe because his run in our division was so long. Perhaps that’s why he reacted that way,” added Belingon (20-5-0).The two had split their previous two bouts with Fernandes (22-4-0) winning in 2016 and Belingon evening the score last year. ‘Duterte legacy:’ Gov’t boasts achievements so far Tim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’ LATEST STORIES Used to winning in high school, Jennifer Nieva left frustrated as NU continues to fall Sarah Geronimo’s ‘Tala’ enters Billboard’s world digital song sales chart Belingon knows the former champion is “hungrier than ever” and that he will be enjoying a sense of familiarity going into the tussle, having fought in Tokyo before.But he is unfazed.“It doesn’t matter to me wherever we fight,” said Belingon who will be joined by Danny Kingad and skipper Eduard Folayang in the main card. “That has no effect on me, whatsoever. I am keeping my focus.”“From striking to Brazilian Jujitsu, down to wrestling,” he said when asked specifically what he worked on during the camp. “So wherever the fight may go—on the ground or standing up—I’d be able to match him,” Belingon added.“Or dominate him, even.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
LATEST STORIES Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Sarah Geronimo’s ‘Tala’ enters Billboard’s world digital song sales chart Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Bam Adebayo scored 19, Justise Winslow scored 16 and Hassan Whiteside added 15 for the Heat. The Heat were aware that Memphis had a big lead against Detroit, a must-win for the Grizzlies to keep Miami alive in the playoff race, but the Pistons rallied.“It still was a beautiful night,” Spoelstra said.Wade’s career will end Wednesday in Brooklyn, when Miami plays its regular-season finale. He checked out for the last time with 1:02 left, embracing teammates and his son Zaire — who was on the Heat bench.We’re not crying. You’re crying. 😭 pic.twitter.com/fC47gyDGgy— Miami HEAT (@MiamiHEAT) April 9, 2019Greg Monroe scored 18 points and Ben Simmons scored 16 for Philadelphia, which entered Tuesday already locked into the No. 3 seed for the Eastern Conference playoffs and rested Joel Embiid and J.J. Redick. Simmons played only 21 minutes, Tobias Harris shot 3 for 16 in 20 minutes and Jimmy Butler scored only four points in 16 minutes.Butler did get one prize — he was the recipient of Wade’s final postgame jersey exchange with an opponent.“Special, to see my brother get as much love as he deserves,” Butler said. “He’s one of the greatest to play this game and I’m so happy he gets to go out on his terms.”Jonathon Simmons scored 14 for the 76ers, who knew they were witnessing Wade history. Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade waves to the crowd after playing his final home game, against the Philadelphia 76ers, Tuesday, April 9, 2019, in Miami. Wade is retiring. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)MIAMI — Dwyane Wade’s wife was slapping his backside in celebration.His oldest son, the heir to the Wade basketball throne, was on the Miami bench for the final minutes.ADVERTISEMENT Comelec assures no disruption in operations with retirement of execs Former President Barack Obama sent a video. John Legend and Chrissy Teigen were courtside. The “M-V-P” chants rained down while Wade played, one more time, the last Miami steps in this season-long One Last Dance.Wade’s final game in Miami was everything he wanted, and then some. He scored 30 points in the tribute-filled game, and the Heat sent him off a winner by defeating the Philadelphia 76ers 122-99 on Tuesday night. It was festive, all the way to the end, even though the Heat learned during the third quarter that they were eliminated from playoff contention.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs Miami exit spoils Dwyane Wade farewell as Detroit edge closer to playoff spot P260,000 each in aid to displaced Marawi folk released by US — NBA (@NBA) April 10, 2019“Wade County,” Wade shouted to the crowd after the game after he jumped up onto the courtside table where Heat managing general partner Micky Arison sits, one last time, one last celebration. “I love you.”They loved him back. They have for 16 years. They will for 16 more, and 16 more after that, and 16 more after that, too.“I’m still just amazed, even after all these years,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. “I’ve seen him go into his bag of tricks so many times and just compartmentalize. But I’m truly amazed that he was able to perform like that tonight.”ADVERTISEMENT Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio 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 ‘Duterte legacy:’ Gov’t boasts achievements so far ⚡️3⃣⚡️The @MiamiHEAT honored @DwyaneWade ahead of his final home game! #OneLastDance #L3GACY #HEATCulture https://t.co/e9tUsNSUFP Heat: Udonis Haslem — also a three-time Heat champion, like Wade — played most of the fourth quarter with Wade. It took Haslem less than a minute to do one of the things he does best — take a charge. … Wade played in 575 games in a Heat uniform at home. Miami won 401 of them, and he scored 13,323 points in those contests.McGRUDER DECISIONMiami will not be a tax team this year, saving about a $5 million payment because Rodney McGruder was claimed Tuesday by the Los Angeles Clippers — two days after he was waived by the Heat. If Miami had won at Toronto on Sunday, McGruder would likely still be with the Heat. “That was one of the tougher franchise moves our organization has had to make,” said Spoelstra, who raves about McGruder.REST DAYThe 76ers plan to sit Embiid and Redick again Wednesday, and will also give Ben Simmons and Harris the night off. “Some people like to have a rhythm going into it, some people like to have time off. I don’t think you can appoint the perfect formula,” Brown said.UP NEXT76ers: Host Chicago on Wednesday.Heat: Visit Brooklyn on Wednesday. Tim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’ Sarah Geronimo’s ‘Tala’ enters Billboard’s world digital song sales chart “To see him be celebrated that way was the only positive of the night,” 76ers coach Brett Brown said.Wade scored the first basket of the game on a dunk, Philadelphia scored the next eight — and it was all Miami the rest of the way. Winslow had three 3-pointers and Wade scored six points in a 22-2 Heat run that put Miami in control early, and the outcome was never in question again.The final minutes were all Wade. He swished a 3-pointer. He banked in a pair of them. He got slapped on his backside by a fan — in this case, it was permitted, since the fan was his wife Gabrielle Union-Wade. He scored 14 of his points in that final quarter.It was his night.The game was the sideshow.The 20,153 fans came to see him.Wade did not disappoint, one last time.“I’m the most thankful person in this city,” Wade said.TIP-INS76ers: This is the first time Philadelphia has posted consecutive seasons of 50 or more wins since 1984-85 and 1985-86. … Philadelphia missed 17 of its first 18 tries from 3-point range. MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college View comments
Sarah Geronimo’s ‘Tala’ enters Billboard’s world digital song sales chart Duterte says he will appoint Gamboa as next PNP chief Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Comelec assures no disruption in operations with retirement of execs The Beermen came back despite missing the services of Christian Standhardinger, who got ejected with still six minutes left in the second quarter after getting called for a flagrant foul penalty 2.The series resumes for Game 3 on Sunday after the Holy Week break.Calvin Abueva paced Phoenix with 16 points and 10 rebounds before fouling out with 1:10 remaining.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES View comments P260,000 each in aid to displaced Marawi folk released by US “We were lucky we were able to escape this game. We know from the start it’s going to be a hard game for us because we know they (Phoenix) are going to play very hard,” said SMB head coach Leo Austria.San Miguel, who trailed by as much as 12, played catchup for three quarters before finding its groove in the final frame behind Lassiter and Terrence Romeo.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsLassiter scored nine points in the final two minutes while Romeo provided the much-needed offensive spark early in the fourth period where he unleashed eight of his 14 points.“We all know that Terrence can explode anytime,” Austria said. Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption SEA Games: Rogen Ladon enters flyweight boxing semis PLAY LIST 03:42SEA Games: Rogen Ladon enters flyweight boxing semis03:22SEA Games 2019: Charly Suarez stops Burmese foe, advances to boxing semi00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio 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 Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Tim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’ Franky Johnson, Josh Munzon lift Titans to double OT win Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Defending champion San Miguel Beer overcame a double-digit deficit to beat top seed Phoenix, 92-82, for a 2-0 lead in their Philippine Cup semifinals series Monday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Reigning five-time MVP June Mar Fajardo posted a double-double with 19 points and 18 rebounds despite facing multiple defenders while Marcio Lassiter topscored with 24 points for the Beermen.ADVERTISEMENT Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? ‘Duterte legacy:’ Gov’t boasts achievements so far MOST READ
The Witcher series prompts over 500,000 reprints of Andrzej Sapkowski’s books “Coaches, we don’t complain on paydays,” he said. “That’s part of this job. You have to get it done and that’s part of it. I’ve been able to stay away from that and that’s the only plan here: We’re going to get this right and I’m going to coach as long as I can coach and I hope that’s a long time.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparc Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard MOST READ Read Next NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption PLAY LIST 02:56NCRPO 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 award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu “Look at all those banners up there,” Beilein said, pointing toward reminders of the 2016 NBA championship, Eastern Conference titles and division crowns won by the Cavs — most of them in the past decade. “It’s been done before. Why can’t it be done again?”This basketball renaissance man is ready for his next recovery project.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsSaying he won’t use the word “rebuild,” Beilein was introduced Tuesday by the Cavs, whose surprising choice of the 66-year-old was met with skepticism only by those who haven’t crossed paths with him over his more than four decades as a coach.Cleveland’s expansive search ended last week with someone who has won at every level in college — most recently during a 12-year run at Michigan — and will now see if his team-first, family-oriented style can work in the pros. Cleveland Cavaliers head coach John Beilein speaks during a news conference, Tuesday, May 21, 2019, in Independence, Ohio. Beilein left Michigan after a successful 12-year run for what will likely be his last coaching stop, the Cleveland Cavaliers, who believe the 66-year-old can accelerate their rebuild. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)INDEPENDENCE, Ohio — High on a wall and across the courts from where John Beilein was sitting, the Cavaliers’ basketball history stared the new coach in the face.He wants to make it richer.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Luka Doncic, Trae Young unanimous NBA All-Rookie 1st-teamers Eduard Folayang gets new opponent for ONE Manila card Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college “He’s all the things you would want in a head coach,” Cavs owner Dan Gilbert said.Even before being escorted onto the podium by general manager Koby Altman, Beilein showed his eagerness to turn around a team whose run of four straight finals ended this season following the departure of LeBron James. The Cavs went 19-63 and parted with two coaches.About an hour before the news conference, Beilein peeled off his suit coat, went onto the floor and rebounded for Cavs forward Larry Nance Jr., one of the team’s core players. Moments later, he chatted with point guard Collin Sexton, who had just gotten off a plane from the Philippines and was soon practicing a jump shot that improved dramatically during his rookie season.Beilein’s first public moments as Cleveland’s coach couldn’t have gone better.He was joined by his wife, Kathleen, who has been with him every step of the way of a coaching career that began at Newfane Central High School in New York. All four of their children were in attendance along with four grandchildren, including grandson Johnny, who recently revealed to his grandpa that the Golden State Warriors are his favorite team.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “Here’s the good news,” Beilein said. “Before we were hired here, Cavs were No. 20 on the list. Now he says we’re all the way up to No. 2. So that’s good.”Beilein said coaching in the NBA was never on his bucket list. While he accomplished everything in college coaching, the exception being a Division I NCAA championship, Beilein says he would have had no regrets had he finished his career at Michigan.But the chance to bring back the Cavs was too much to pass up. His courtship with Cleveland was a whirlwind. An initial meeting with Altman quickly escalated to Gilbert sitting in his kitchen to work out a five-year contract.As in previous stops at Le Moyne, Canisius, Richmond, West Virginia and West Virginia, Cleveland offers a challenge.“Rebuild is not a word we’re going to use here, I saw it more as a renaissance,” he said. “Let’s just change and let’s see what we can through different trial and error. It was one (job) that was appealing to me. Every single time that we’ve decided to do this, some people would say with every job, and probably with this one, ‘What are you crazy? Why are you doing that? And I say exactly that, opportunity and challenges go hand in hand.”Beilein credits much of his success to his ability to connect with young players. He’s changed with the times, adjusted to latest trends. He does have some old-school ways, but he’s also open to new ideas, supplementing his message with analytics.“You can get too analytical as well,” he said. “I want to find the sweet spot, the ones that have been important to me for years and the ones that are important to NBA basketball and try to blend those two.”There’s another constant in Beilein’s career — job security. He’s never been fired.“That’s right,” he said proudly, joking that Gilbert should handle the question about his reasons for taking the job.Beilein said he’s never worried about anything but the present. Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Solon urges Solgen to reconsider quo warranto petition vs ABS-CBN LeBron James stretches lead in NBA All-Star Game fan voting Pagadian on tighter security for 100,000 expected at Sto. Niño feast View comments