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‘No ransom for 5 construction workers’

ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines – The city government is sticking to its no-ransom policy in response to the kidnapping of five construction workers on Saturday,.....»»

Category: newsSource: philstar philstarJul 17th, 2017

Worker escapes from Sayyaf captors

ZAMBOANGA CITY , Philippines  – One of the five construction workers kidnapped by Abu Sayyaf bandits in Patikul, Sulu on Saturday has escaped from his captor.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 19th, 2017

Abu Sayyaf demands P1M for each of 5 construction workers seized in Sulu - InterAksyon

Abu Sayyaf demands P1M for each of 5 construction workers seized in Sulu - InterAksyon.....»»

Category: newsSource:  googlenewsRelated NewsJul 16th, 2017

Abu Sayyaf kidnaps construction workers in Jolo ahead of Duterte visit

Abu Sayyaf kidnaps construction workers in Jolo ahead of Duterte visit.....»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJul 16th, 2017

Sayyaf men kidnap 5 workers in Sulu

ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines – Suspected Abu Sayyaf bandits took five construction workers in Patikul, Sulu yesterday......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 15th, 2017

Before Duterte s visit to Sulu, Abu Sayyaf takes 5 new hostages

ZAMBOANGA CITY — Suspected Abu Sayyaf gunmen defied warnings of President Duterte in seizing five construction workers and demanding P1 million for each in r.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 15th, 2017

Report: Workers on World Cup construction sites face abuse

JAMES ELLINGWORTH, AP Sports Writer   MOSCOW (AP) — Workers building stadiums for next year's World Cup in Russia have faced repeated abuses and routinely gone unpaid for several months, according to a report by Human Rights Watch released on Wednesday. At a stadium in Yekaterinburg, some workers were required to work in temperatures of minus-25 degrees Celsius (minus-13 Fahrenheit) 'without sufficient breaks for them to warm themselves,' the report states. 'FIFA is essentially expecting us to take their word for it that their work has improved workers' lives,' Jane Buchanan, the report's author, told The Associated Press. 'This is supposed to be the reformed FIFA, moving away from secrecy and a lot of deals behind closed doors.' At least 17 workers have died on World Cup construction sites, according to Building and Wood Workers' International, a trade union. Known deaths include workers killed in falls and the case of a worker from North Korea who died of a reported heart attack at the stadium in St. Petersburg, which will host the final of the Confederations Cup on July 2, as well as World Cup matches in 2018. The Confederations Cup is an eight-team event that begins on June 17 and is seen as a key test of Russia's readiness for the World Cup. In a letter to four Scandinavian soccer associations last month, FIFA President Gianni Infantino said the governing body had 'strong evidence' of North Koreans working at the St. Petersburg site. 'FIFA is aware of and firmly condemns the often appalling labor conditions under which North Korean workers are employed in various countries around the world,' Infantino said in the letter, which was obtained by The Associated Press. The Human Rights Watch report, based on interviews with 42 workers at six sites, says Russian authorities are not doing enough to crack down on employers who cheat workers out of wages, including many migrants with little legal protection. 'They pay whenever they want, however they want,' one worker from Kyrgyzstan, identified only as Alibek, said in the report. When workers demand full payment, they can be punished or kicked off the job by employers, the report says. Similar complaints of wage theft were made by workers at Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, the venue for the 2018 World Cup final, in interviews last year with the AP. Allegations of worker abuses were also common leading up to the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. 'The lessons of Sochi haven't been learned,' Buchanan said. 'A lot of the same abuses persist.' Human Rights Watch called on the Russian government to enact tougher and more frequent investigations of suspect employers and bring prosecutions against violators. The group also accuses FIFA of not doing enough to speak out on workers' issues and of operating a flawed inspection program of its own, with only partial results made public. FIFA defended its inspection program, saying it had seen a sharp fall in 'the number of issues' at Russian construction sites, but didn't specify a timeframe or the total number of incidents. 'FIFA is going beyond what any sports federation has done to date to identify and address issues related to human and labor rights,' the global soccer body said in a statement. 'While incompliances with relevant labor standards continue to be found — something to be expected in a project of this scale — the overall message of exploitation on the construction sites portrayed by HRW does not correspond with FIFA's assessment.' Separately, FIFA is also under pressure to safeguard workers' rights in the 2022 World Cup host nation of Qatar, where construction work is largely carried out by migrant workers who often have few legal rights. 'It does not bode well for Qatar,' Buchanan said. 'Now's the time for FIFA to pull this all together — it's not too late for Russia and they're certainly well in advance of the games in Qatar — to make really clear that their expectations are non-negotiable.' ___ Associated Press writers Levi Bridges and Jan Olsen also contributed to this report. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 14th, 2017

Qatar's unifying World Cup vision erodes as nations cut ties

ROB HARRIS, AP Global Soccer Writer   Qatar's bid for the 2022 World Cup was based on a powerful vision that soccer could unite the Middle East. 'Just think together of what we can achieve together,' Sheikha Mozah bint Nasser Al Missned, the wife of the Qatar's then-ruler, told FIFA voters in 2010. She ambitiously forecast a 'culture of peace across our region through football,' With five years until kickoff, that optimism is rapidly disintegrating after Arab neighbors severed ties on Monday with the tiny nation that turned to sports to buttress its global status. Soccer's world governing body, FIFA, is hoping the regional rifts are healed long before there's any need to contemplate any change of host, a move that would deal a heavy blow to Qatar's reputation and economy as it is investing more than $150 billion on infrastructure to handle the World Cup. For now, FIFA is predictably sidestepping detailed questions about the impact of the decision by Bahrain, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates to cast Qatar adrift diplomatically. Qatar's Gulf neighbors have accused Qatar of supporting terror groups, interfering in the sovereign affairs of Arab countries and backing groups that undermine political stability. FIFA has reiterated that it maintains regular contact with Qatar. 'One thing is certain, the world's football community should agree that large tournaments cannot be played in countries that actively support terror,' said Reinhard Grindel, president of the German football federation and a member of FIFA's ruling council. Qatar denies funding extremists, but that hasn't stopped its neighbors from implementing punitive measures that impact people and businesses across the region, including soccer fans. FIFA was dragged into the backlash against the 2022 World Cup host nation on Tuesday when Qatar's state-funded broadcaster beIN Sports appeared to be blocked in the UAE. With beIN holding the broadcasting rights to FIFA events across the Middle East and North Africa, the ongoing Under-20 World Cup in South Korea will now be unavailable for viewers in the UAE. FIFA said it was in contact with the broadcaster and was monitoring the situation. FIFA is also in partnership with Qatar's flagship carrier. Qatar Airways, which signed up as a World Cup sponsor last month , has been forced to reroute journeys over Iranian and Turkish airspace after Saudi Arabia and Egypt blocked Qatari flights from using their airspace. A soccer sponsorship has already been affected, with Saudi club Al-Ahli terminating its deal with the airline. The escalation of the crisis in the Persian Gulf will have underscored to FIFA just how precarious the region is, and the geographical weakness of oil-and-gas rich Qatar. The desert nation is heavily reliant on food imports , predominantly through its border with Saudi Arabia, where hundreds of trucks transporting food and construction materials have now been stopped from entering. A sustained blockade could hit the construction boom required to transform the sparse nation. An entire city is being built to stage the final. Not a single stadium was ready at the time of bidding, and only one venue has so far been completed as Qatar prepares to welcome the 32 teams. Qatar has long been heavily reliant on a massive workforce of migrant laborers from Asia to expand its infrastructure. The Philippines has temporarily suspended the deployment of Filipino workers to Doha, but said there is no plan yet to repatriate the more than 200,000 existing members of the labor force. Being handed the World Cup made working, living conditions and employment rights in Qatar a global concern. Practices such as the 'kafala' sponsorship system that binds workers to their employer are in place across the region, but activists have largely only shone the spotlight on Qatar and the human cost of hosting the World Cup. Qatar has responded to the pressure by compelling companies to adopt labor reforms . It's one of the consequences of hosting a major sporting event that Qatar did not seem to anticipate amid the joy of beating the United States, Australia, Japan and South Korea in the 2010 vote. Qatar has the global attention, but it's largely been unwelcome. From the moment then-FIFA President Sepp Blatter pulled Qatar's name out of the envelope in Zurich, the whiff of corruption has hung over Qatar's bid, coupled with concerns about heat that forced the tournament to be shifted into the heart of the European season in November-December 2022. Despite being exonerated by FIFA's ethics investigators, speculation about Qatar being stripped of the hosting rights or being boycotted by some countries has persisted, without the call coming from any authoritative soccer body or government. Significantly, the federation of World Cup holder Germany is not endorsing such an extreme move. 'There are still five years before the World Cup kicks off,' Grindel said. 'Political solutions must take precedence over threats of boycott in this time.' Not all the countries currently embroiled in the dispute with Qatar are World Cup regulars, so there is slim chance of the entire bloc qualifying for the 2022 tournament. But Qatar will be hosting athletes from across the region when it stages the world track and field championships in 2019. 'We are talking to our teams in the region to properly understand the implications for both the short term and long term,' the IAAF said. ___ AP Global Soccer Writer Rob Harris is at www.twitter.com/RobHarris and www.facebook.com/RobHarrisReports .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 7th, 2017

Trapped in Marawi, 30 civilians call for rescue

ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines — At least 30 construction workers trapped by Islamic State-inspired Maute militants in Marawi City yesterday appealed to the Arm.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 27th, 2017

Construction mishap injures three workers - Inquirer.net

Construction mishap injures three workers - Inquirer.net.....»»

Category: newsSource:  googlenewsRelated NewsMay 18th, 2017

3 construction workers injured in Carreta, Cebu - Sun.Star

3 construction workers injured in Carreta, Cebu - Sun.Star.....»»

Category: newsSource:  googlenewsRelated NewsMay 18th, 2017

Economy: Construction worker deployment could be curbed to aid infra push

THE SHORTAGE of skilled construction workers that is expected to hinder projects associated with the government's infrastructure drive is being addressed to ensure that any delays will only be minimal, with limits on the overseas deployment of workers with the required skills under study......»»

Category: financeSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsMay 7th, 2017

Anger grows in South Korea over US anti-missile system – ABC News

The anger is palpable on a narrow road that cuts through a South Korean village where about 170 people live between green hills dotted with cottages and melon fields. It's an unlikely trouble spot in the world's last Cold War standoff. Aging farmers in this corner of Seongju county, more than 200 kilometers (125 miles) south of the capital Seoul, spend the day sitting by the asphalt in tents or on plastic stools, watching vehicles coming and going from a former golf course where military workers are setting up an advanced U.S. missile-defense system. &'8220;Just suddenly one day, Seongju has become the frontline,&'8221; said a tearful Park Soo-gyu, a 54-year-old strawberry farmer. &'8220;Wars today aren't just fought with guns. Missiles will be flying and where would they aim first? Right here, where the THAAD radar is.&'8221; THAAD is shorthand for Terminal High Altitude Defense, which the South Korean and U.S. governments say is critical to cope with a growing missile threat from North Korea. When completed, the battery will consist of six truck-mounted launchers that can fire up to 48 interceptors at incoming missiles detected by the system's x-band radar. Anger has boiled over in Seosongri village since last week when U.S. and South Korean military workers used the early-morning hours to rush key parts of THAAD into place. The system had been scheduled to enter operation by the end of the year, but South Korea's Defense Ministry said Tuesday that it is already capable of defending against North Korean missiles. The ministry didn't say when the deployment would be completed. Hundreds of banners hang on trees and fences along a kilometer (half-mile) stretch of the road up to where police have cut off access. They say &'8220;Withdraw the illegal THAAD immediately&'8221; and &'8220;Stop US militarism,&'8221; slogans that would feel familiar in a leftist rally but are unusual in the country's traditionally conservative southeast. &'8220;Yankee, go home!&'8221; a man yelled as he banged his fist on a car apparently carrying American soldiers, before dozens of police officers peeled him and other protesters away from the vehicle. The local anger highlights what has arguably become the most explosive issue ahead of a presidential election next week. The May 9 vote will likely end a decadelong conservative rule that maintained a hard line against North Korea and agreed to the THAAD installation. Front-runner Moon Jae-in, who calls for engagement with the North, has said the deployment of THAAD should be reconsidered. Some media have questioned whether the United States and a caretaker government that took over for ousted former President Park Geun-hye are rushing to complete THAAD before the election. Earlier polls had showed overwhelming public support for THAAD following North Korean nuclear tests and a long-range rocket launch last year. But public opinion has become more divided amid the corruption scandal that led to Park's downfall and criticism that the government was pushing ahead without seeking the consent of Seongju residents. Opposition was further inflamed after President Donald Trump said he would make South Korea pay $1 billion for THAAD. Seongju residents say comments by Trump show the United States may be preparing for a pre-emptive strike against North Korea. They worry that if the North retaliates, THAAD would make their county a main target. There's also frustration about an increasingly heavy police and military presence in an area where outsiders had been mostly limited to small groups of weekend golfers. Residents are also concerned about the rumored harmful effects the electromagnetic waves from THAAD's radar might have on them and their crops. Seoul's Defense Ministry calls such worries groundless. &'8220;We have been living very peacefully as farmers, but our daily lives have been shattered after the arrival of this weapon; we can't rest comfortably for a day and can't work without worrying,&'8221; said Kim Yoon&''seong, a 60-year-old melon farmer. He says many younger residents with children are considering leaving Seongju. Residents say at least 13 people were treated at hospitals for injuries including broken bones and teeth after a violent clash last week between dozens of villagers and supporters and some 8,000 police officers who were mobilized to remove them from the road. Three days later, more than a hundred police officers ended an hourslong standoff by swarming a handful of people who had been blocking a mountain path with a tractor to prevent construction equipment from entering the THAAD site. Police detained a man and drove away the tractor as villagers showered them with insults, including &'8220;dogs&'8221; and &'8220;Americans' slaves.&'8221; &'8220;We won't allow any U.S. military and construction vehicles to pass through the two roads,&'8221; said Rev. Kang Hyun-wook, a minister of Won Buddhism, an indigenous form of the religion. The grounds include a site Won Buddhists consider as sacred and are no longer allowed to visit. &'8220;If they fly in (the THAAD parts) with helicopters, then fine, it's their money to spend and we can't do anything about that.&'8221; Several people were hurt in another clash on Sunday as police tried to remove protesters blocking two U.S. military oil trucks from entering the THAAD site. Residents said the trucks turned away because cars protesters had parked to block the road couldn't be towed. Moon, the presidential front-runner, says THAAD's security benefits would be offset by deteriorating relations with China, which sees THAAD's powerful radar as a threat to its own defense. South Korea's largest trade partner, China has [&'].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanaoexaminerRelated NewsMay 3rd, 2017

Immigrant workers at Churchill Downs fear deportation

BRUCE SCHREINER, Associated Press br /> LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The backside of Churchill Downs hums with activity as workers clean stalls, bathe horses and lead the muscular animals on strolls to cool them down after workouts. The quiet is broken when they speak to each other and the horses — in Spanish. Though they do their work a world away from the grandstand and Millionaire's Row, where fans will sip mint juleps, don fancy hats and cheer for their Kentucky Derby favorites on the first Saturday in May, immigrants have become indispensable at Churchill Downs and other tracks, people in the industry say. Now, fear is spreading that a Trump administration crackdown on immigration will be a calamity both for the tracks and for many of their workers. While there's widespread acknowledgement that some jobs go to undocumented workers, many trainers rely on the H-2B visa program to supply immigrant workers legally, and the tightening of that program has contributed to a worker shortage. Some argue that the presence of foreign workers has a downward drag on everybody else's income. But Dale Romans, the second-winningest trainer in Churchill's history, says he can't find American workers to do the jobs. 'This is definitely a business that survives on an immigrant workforce,' Romans said. 'Without it, I don't know what we would do.' The apprehension on the backside has been stoked by the election of Donald Trump, who staked out a role as an immigration hard-liner during the campaign and referred to some Mexican immigrants as rapists and murderers. 'I wouldn't say it's an extreme fear, but there is nervousness' among Churchill's immigrant workers, track chaplain Joseph del Rosario said. 'There's fear they're going to get kicked out just because they're not citizens.' Said one 53-year-old backside hand who has worked at racetracks across the country: 'I'm scared. Because one day, I don't know, they catch me and send me to Mexico.' The man, who agreed to an interview only on the condition his name not be used because he fears being exposed to immigration authorities, said his visa expired a couple of years ago but he has kept working, moving up the ranks in the barns where he works. His family has made a life in the United States; if he had to return to Mexico, he said, he'd probably toil in the avocado fields. Even workers here legally on visas worry about the threat of immigration crackdowns. 'A lot of people here, they're scared,' said Cesar Abrego, a 46-year-old groom who came from Guatemala on an H-2B visa. 'With the president coming, everybody says, 'Be careful.'' Like many of the immigrant workers, Abrego dutifully sends money back home. He has three children to support, and worries the visa program that sustains his family will be cut. He could find construction or roofing work in Guatemala, but believes his approximately $450-per-week take-home pay as a groom would be cut more than half. It's a complicated, time-consuming process for horsemen to get visa workers to their barns. Trainers typically hire immigration attorneys to handle the paperwork. The H-2B program is capped at 66,000 visas per year, and horse racing competes with many other industries for the coveted slots. Applications for the visas far outpace available slots. The crunch worsened when the program's 'returning worker' exemption expired last September. Congress has not reauthorized the exemption, which allowed existing H-2B visa holders to keep returning on the same visas, which weren't counted against the cap. Immigration lawyers and members of horsemen's groups have been meeting with lawmakers in hopes of getting the exemption reinstated. 'The shortage of workers on the backside is severe,' said Will Velie, an Oklahoma-based immigration attorney. Trainers unable to secure enough H-2B workers 'have a choice between turning away work or breaking the law if they can find people that are here undocumented.' At Barn 4 on the backside of Churchill, Romans' crew was down about 15 workers for the spring racing season at Keeneland in nearby Lexington, as the trainer prepared for the upcoming meet at Churchill. Romans' latest Kentucky Derby contender is J Boys Echo, winner of the Gotham Stakes at Aqueduct. The staffing shortage was more dire for trainer Gary Patrick, who races mostly at tracks in Indiana and Florida. The 70-year-old Patrick had to wield a pitchfork to clean 20 stalls each morning as he waited for visas to be approved for more immigrant workers he wanted to hire. 'I'm in a trap,' said Patrick, who is in his 50th year as a trainer. 'I don't have any help and I'm killing myself. It's a bad situation for a trainer to be in. And I'm not the only one.' Patrick has tried to hire local help. He rarely gets a response, and those that show interest don't last long. 'Two of them did show up and I got about three days out of them,' he said. Not everyone at the track believes there is no alternative to hiring immigrants. Longtime Churchill backside worker Marc Olinsky sees them as the reason wages aren't higher. 'The trainers hired these guys for nothing, and they ran anybody who earned a salary out of here,' Olinsky said, while helping a farrier shoe a horse. 'I think immigrant workers that come here legally should do whatever they want to do in this country. And those that are illegal should get put in jail until they're sent home, period.' Velie noted that visa workers are paid above minimum wage. A groom makes about $15 an hour, twice the federal minimum wage, he said. 'The H-2B program isn't used by the horsemen as a way to lower wages or to get around hiring Americans,' he said. 'It's a vehicle of last resort.' Baldemar Bahena's journey toward the American dream started as a teenager on the backside of tracks. When he left Mexico on a visa, he spoke a little English but had a knack with horses. More than 30 years later, Bahena oversees dozens of workers as Romans' top assistant. Bahena and his wife became U.S. citizens and they settled into a four-bedroom home in Louisville. Their two teenage children are college bound. 'He's a great American success story,' Romans said of his friend. But Bahena, 49, worries the door of opportunity may be closing behind him for other immigrant workers toiling at racetracks in search of a better life for their families. 'They're good people,' he said. 'They're working hard all the time. They're kind of scared.' Bahena voted for Trump because of the Republican's business background, and said he holds out hope the new president will make things better. 'I tell everybody, just chill out a little bit and I think in another year or something, it'll be all right,' he said. 'I think he's going to change his mind because he's a real, real good businessman, and he's going to figure it out that these people are good people.' .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 30th, 2017

Israel-China construction deal reportedly bans settlements

JERUSALEM — Israel and China have signed a deal to bring Chinese construction workers to Israel, but the workers will reportedly be barred from building in W.....»»

Category: worldSource:  philstarRelated NewsApr 23rd, 2017

Sumukong drug users, may trabaho sa MRT-7

KAPALIT ng pagsuko, pagkakalooban ng trabaho ang may 500 drug users sa itatayong Metro Rail Transit (MRT) 7. Sinabi ni Quezon City Vice Mayor Joy Belmonte, ang nasabing bilang ng mga indibidwal na isinailalim sa rehabilitation program ng lungsod ay nakaplanong bigyan ng puwesto bilang flagmen at construction workers sa MRT-7 na uumpisahan ngayong taon. [&'].....»»

Category: newsSource:  remateRelated NewsApr 18th, 2017

Manpower crunch crimps construction sector

CONSTRUCTION companies are experiencing an unprecedented “tightness” in the supply of skilled workers that threatens to derail the real estate sector’s growth momentum and the government’s ambitious infrastructure program......»»

Category: newsSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsMar 29th, 2017

Suspected Japanese tunnel found in Surigao City

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/24 January) &'8212; First they found a 500-pound American bomb. A few days after, construction workers discovered what could be a tunnel used by Japanese soldiers in the place where the Surigao del Norte National High School now stands. The suspected Japanese tunnel lies around 20 meters from where the bomb was found, [&'].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsJan 24th, 2017

Briton falls to death at 2022 Qatar World Cup stadium site

ROB HARRIS, AP Global Soccer Writer A British man fell to his death this week at a World Cup stadium building site in Qatar, where construction conditions have come under sharp scrutiny since the country was awarded the 2022 soccer tournament. The 40-year-old man has not been named by World Cup organizers or the company overseeing the building of the Khalifa International Stadium , which will also host the world track championships in 2019. The contractor, a joint venture between Belgian and Qatari firms, said it was still working with local authorities to establish the cause of Thursday's death. br /> 'The fatal accident took place while the worker was on a suspended catwalk platform designed to manage technical functions relating to sound and light installations,' Midmac-Six Construct said in a statement Friday. 'For unknown reasons one of the lever hoists supporting the platform failed, causing the fall of the worker, who was wearing all his safety equipment, including the safety harness. br /> 'Sadly, the harness was cut during the fall with a fatal outcome. What caused the cut is subject to further investigation.' br /> The stadium, which was first built on the site in 1976, is next to the Aspire sports academy and is described by organizers as 'Qatar's most historic stadium.' br /> 'All parties concerned will carefully review the circumstances of the accident and commit to take any necessary measures that can prevent its recurrence,' Midmac-Six Construct said. br /> Qatar's World Cup organizing committee is also investigating the incident and said it 'shares our deepest condolences with the family for their loss.' br /> Qatar has previously announced the death of four stadium workers, with one fatality the result of a work-related accident. br /> The focus of the scrutiny has been on Qatar's use of a low-paid, migrant workforce to build the sites for the first World Cup in the Middle East, but the organizers are also relying on expertise from Europeans to oversee projects. br /> FIFA, which awarded the World Cup to Qatar in a 2010 vote, said it 'deeply regrets the loss of life' at the stadium. br /> 'It is with great sadness that we send our sincere condolences to the victim's family and colleagues,' FIFA said in a statement. br />   .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 21st, 2017

Warriors break ground on San Francisco arena with fanfare

em>By Janie McCauley, Associated Press /em> SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Hard hats on, Steve Kerr and Kevin Durant lifted their golden shovels filled with dirt in a ceremonial moment for the Warriors franchise as it broke ground on snazzy new San Francisco digs at long last. And keeping KD in a Golden State uniform to see it through is a key part of the grand plan. This project has already been 4.5 years in the making. 'Honestly, a relief to some extent,' owner and CEO Joe Lacob said. Kerr is campaigning for the Golden State name to stay put along with his superstar players. 'We are the Golden State Warriors and it's not up to me, but I don't want it to change,' Kerr said. 'It's a unique name. It's the only one like it in the league. I would like to see that remain. I fully believe we are still the Bay Area's team, no matter whether we're playing in Oakland or San Jose or San Francisco. The name Golden State Warriors, there's too much history, there's too much tradition to change.' Even if in a success-oriented business like the NBA, nobody knows who will still be around when 18,000-seat Chase Center is complete. Kerr has no idea if he will even still be on the sidelines then. 'If you're lucky enough in life, like I've been, you reach a point where you get to choose who you work with, you get to choose where you live and you get to choose where you work,' Kerr said. 'By those metrics, I want to stay here forever. I'm also an NBA coach and I'm well aware that this building is going to take about three years to build, so the chances of me standing on the sidelines for the Warriors are slim to hopeful. Maybe as, like, the coach of another team. 'So far, so good, so hopefully I'll still be here.' Next, Golden State will likely work to keep both two-time reigning MVP Stephen Curry and Durant for the long haul by negotiating new deals this year. Kerr speaks to Durant daily and knows he is happy with his new Bay Area surroundings. 'We're going to win for a long time. ... We'll do whatever it takes to be champions again,' Lacob said of spending on players. He even publicly put KD on the spot: 'Kevin Durant came here without a new arena. Thank you, Kevin ... and also for agreeing to re-sign this summer. I have no idea how he's going to respond to that.' The Warriors did a little bit of everything to showcase how this will be far more than just a sports venue: The over-the-top groundbreaking featured a trio of songs by a gospel choir to kick off festivities, included a performance by the San Francisco Symphony and even acrobatic dancers dressed as construction workers for a grand finale of sorts that included beach balls dropping from an excavator before the equipment rigs moved in synchronization to the music in an extravagant routine featuring trampolines. Only boosting the mood was the California Supreme Court's decision earlier in the day to deny a petition by arena opponents seeking to overturn the Warriors' entitlements, further clearing the way for the project to move ahead — 'so we're totally good to go here,' Lacob noted. 'Wow, what a day!' said Warriors COO Rick Welts, noting the team will boast one of the world's premier 'gathering places' — for concerts and conventions, political events and more. 'Every city needs it. We need it. It will be great for San Francisco,' co-owner Peter Guber said. 'We now have proof, not just promises.' Curry got a break from public duties this time, a day after the Warriors pulled off a stunning 126-91 rout of LeBron James and the defending champion Cavaliers. Golden State hosts Oklahoma City on Wednesday night (Thursday, PHL time). San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee — among dozens of dignitaries in attendance — hollered, 'finally welcoming the Golden State Warriors home to San Francisco!' He rattled off the Warriors' star-studded roster and the energy around the franchise and its long-term mission. 'What's not to love?' he said. Lacob can't wait — and realizes how many people will miss the great vibe at the team's current home of Oracle Arena, an atmosphere the Warriors hope to replicate in many ways. Not only will the 11 acres include restaurants, cafes, businesses and other new additions to add vitality to the neighborhood, there will be a 51.5-acre bay-front park across from the arena. 'It is going to sing,' he said. 'It takes my breath away when we look at the renderings.' .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 18th, 2017

China to send construction workers, says Israel govt

China to send construction workers, says Israel govt.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsJan 5th, 2017