NBA's old guard, step aside



A passing of the torch is a traditional rite in most walks of life, but it can get a tad tricky in the world of sport.

Like when the team that is supposed to be handing over the torch is actually hanging on for dear life, utterly unconvinced their time has passed.

Sorry, Lakers, Spurs and Celtics, but it is the end of an era.

Yours.

The young bucks are everywhere and, ready or not, they are completely certain their moment has arrived. Upstarts are ready to take down the NBA blue bloods.

Some, like the Miami Heat, were expected. Some are a modest surprise, like the Chicago Bulls.

And some have simply crashed the party, like the Memphis Grizzlies.

The new kids on the block are threatening to complete a play-off coup. The No 1-seeded San Antonio Spurs were eliminated in the first round, the Los Angles Lakers lost their first three games of the second round and the Boston Celtics lost their first two.

It is the NBA as you have never known it, because in the past 12 years since Michael Jordan retired and the Chicago Bulls dynasty died, the NBA Finals have been a relatively private affair.

The Lakers have won five and lost two. The Spurs have won four.

The Celtics and the Detroit Pistons have won one and lost one.

But barring turnarounds by either the Celtics or Atlanta Hawks, the Eastern Conference will send either the Bulls or the Heat to the finals. The West could still offer either the Thunder, Grizzlies or the Mavericks.

And this doesn't seem to be just some flukey one-season anomaly. The Heat, Thunder, Bulls and Grizzlies are full of young stars, but the Spurs, Lakers and Celtics are dotted with ageing ones.

The Spurs won their four titles behind Tim Duncan, who turns 35 this summer. Kobe Bryant (33 in August) and Derek Fisher (36) are two of eight Lakers over 30. The Celtics' Ray Allen will turn 36 in the off-season, Kevin Garnett is already 35 (playing on 55-year-old knees) and Paul Pierce turns 34 in October.

They are trying to hang on, but the kids are ripping the torch from their grasps.

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The five pillars of Islam

1. Fasting

2. Prayer

3. Hajj

4. Shahada

5. Zakat 

Director: Nag Ashwin

Starring: Prabhas, Saswata Chatterjee, Deepika Padukone, Amitabh Bachchan, Shobhana

Rating: ★★★★

From Conquest to Deportation

Jeronim Perovic, Hurst

Libya's Gold

UN Panel of Experts found regime secretly sold a fifth of the country's gold reserves.

The panel’s 2017 report followed a trail to West Africa where large sums of cash and gold were hidden by Abdullah Al Senussi, Qaddafi’s former intelligence chief, in 2011.

Cases filled with cash that was said to amount to $560m in 100 dollar notes, that was kept by a group of Libyans in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.

A second stash was said to have been held in Accra, Ghana, inside boxes at the local offices of an international human rights organisation based in France.

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How the UAE gratuity payment is calculated now

Employees leaving an organisation are entitled to an end-of-service gratuity after completing at least one year of service.

The tenure is calculated on the number of days worked and does not include lengthy leave periods, such as a sabbatical. If you have worked for a company between one and five years, you are paid 21 days of pay based on your final basic salary. After five years, however, you are entitled to 30 days of pay. The total lump sum you receive is based on the duration of your employment.

1. For those who have worked between one and five years, on a basic salary of Dh10,000 (calculation based on 30 days):

a. Dh10,000 ÷ 30 = Dh333.33. Your daily wage is Dh333.33

b. Dh333.33 x 21 = Dh7,000. So 21 days salary equates to Dh7,000 in gratuity entitlement for each year of service. Multiply this figure for every year of service up to five years.

2. For those who have worked more than five years

c. 333.33 x 30 = Dh10,000. So 30 days’ salary is Dh10,000 in gratuity entitlement for each year of service.

Note: The maximum figure cannot exceed two years total salary figure.

Places to go for free coffee
  • Cherish Cafe Dubai, Dubai Investment Park, are giving away free coffees all day. 
  • La Terrace, Four Points by Sheraton Bur Dubai, are serving their first 50 guests one coffee and four bite-sized cakes
  • Wild & The Moon will be giving away a free espresso with every purchase on International Coffee Day
  • Orange Wheels welcome parents are to sit, relax and enjoy goodies at ‘Café O’ along with a free coffee
Confirmed bouts (more to be added)

Cory Sandhagen v Umar Nurmagomedov
Nick Diaz v Vicente Luque
Michael Chiesa v Tony Ferguson
Deiveson Figueiredo v Marlon Vera
Mackenzie Dern v Loopy Godinez

Tickets for the August 3 Fight Night, held in partnership with the Department of Culture and Tourism Abu Dhabi, went on sale earlier this month, through www.etihadarena.ae and www.ticketmaster.ae.


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