Clippers agree to trade PG Paul to Rockets: reports

UNTV News   •   June 29, 2017   •   4772

FILE PHOTO: Clippers’ Chris Paul (#3). REUTERS

(The Sports Xchange) – The Los Angeles Clippers reached an agreement on a blockbuster trade to send All-Star point guard Chris Paul to the Houston Rockets, according to multiple reports Wednesday.

Paul, 32, agreed to opt in to the final year of his $24.2 million contract, clearing the way for the Clippers to execute a sign-and-trade deal with the Rockets and bring back assets for the star player, league sources told The Vertical.

The Rockets will send forward Sam Dekker and guards Patrick Beverley and Lou Williams, plus a top-three protected 2018 first-round pick to the Clippers in exchange for Paul, sources told ESPN.

Paul had until Wednesday to opt out of the final year of his contract and become an unrestricted free agent. The Clippers risked losing Paul for nothing in free agency.

Paul could have signed a new deal with the Clippers that started at $34 million a year had he opted out of his contract. He will now be eligible to sign a five-year, $205 million maximum extension with the Rockets since he is being acquired in a trade.

Paul wanted to play alongside Rockets All-Star guard James Harden, according to The Vertical. Paul and Harden reportedly discussed the possibility of a partnership at length and believe they can find a way to thrive together.

Paul, who was acquired by the Clippers in a 2011 trade with New Orleans, is a nine-time All-Star, nine-time All-NBA player and a nine-time All-Defensive team member. He played six seasons with Los Angeles after six seasons in New Orleans.

For his career, Paul owns averages of 18.7 points, 9.9 assists and 2.3 steals in 834 NBA games.

Rescues continue along Texas-Louisiana border

admin   •   August 31, 2017

The multi-agency rescue operation along the Texas-Louisiana border continued on Wednesday as storm Harvey made landfall once again, adding more rain after a record downpour that caused catastrophic flooding and paralyzed the city.

Videos of unprecedented rescue operations showed the vast destruction of the storm in the fourth largest city in the United States.

In Katy, Texas, the U.S. national guardsmen waded through waist-deep flood waters to rescue people and their pets.

An aerial video shot from a helicopter showed the vast extent of flood damage to areas in western and northwestern Houston where numerous structures were affected by a reservoir that had been released.

Meanwhile, agents from U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Air and Marine Operations (AMO) took part in a large air transfer of Red Cross blood donations in Houston to deal with the impact of the storm.

More than 10,000 people affected by the hurricane have taken shelter at the George R. Brown Convention Center, the largest shelter in Houston.

The city government also had to open the Toyota center, home to the Houston Rockets, to accept more displaced residents.

“I haven’t heard anything on the flooding situation in our area right now. I hope it’s getting better but from what other people were saying the hurricane is turning back around too. So I’m not sure about it. I know by the time that I got out of there, it was up to my chest. It was pretty bad,” said Wesley, a local resident.

“I would like to say, mom, Mary Dan, I made it. I’m a survivor. I can’t call you right now because somebody stole my phone. But I made it. [I’m from the] Midwest. I should be there in like a couple of days,” said affected resident Anthony Dan.

Harvey is projected to weaken as it moves inland to the northeast, the National Hurricane Center said. — (REUTERS)

 

Volunteers pitch in with Hurricane Harvey rescue efforts

admin   •   August 30, 2017

The city government of Houston opened several additional emergency shelters to alleviate crowding at the convention center.

Many volunteers are pitching in to help evacuate trapped residents. Volunteers are using their private vehicles and boats to help transfer trapped residents to safety.

 “Some of these people who are in the apartment complex on the other side said they only have food and water enough for about three days. I am worried about those people who are staying in there. If this takes two weeks to drain out, what they’re going to do. And they’re out of power. Their cell phone’s dead. So we try to help them,” said one volunteer rescuer.

“Oh, amazing. We wouldn’t be here right now without them. So they really did help us,” said an affected resident.

The Houston chapter of members, Members Church of God International (MCGI) opened its doors to affected Filipinos and offered them relief assistance.

“I’ve experienced hurricane-like and the one before that was Hurricane Kathrina but not as bad as this Hurricane Harvey. We have water and other groceries,” said resident, Jayson Olds.

“Malapit po kami sa dalawang reservoir tapos hindi na po kaya nung reservoir yung tubig na dumarating po so nag re-release na po sila ng water kaya apektado na po yung apartment ( We are near two reservoirs. They were already overfilled so they released water, thereby affecting the apartment),” said Filipino resident Herlou Batinga.

On Tuesday, President Donald Trump visited Texas to survey the damage and conferred state officials for the necessary emergency response. — Kath Carriedo | UNTV News & Rescue

 

 

 

 

Hurricane Harvey continues to disrupt normal life in Houston

admin   •   August 29, 2017

As Hurricane Harvey continues to bring rain and gust to Houston, more and more people volunteer to evacuate, forcing the government to open up more shelters in the nearby areas.

Shelters across the greater Houston area have accommodated some 5,000 people thus far, and experts estimate there will be 30,000 more to be sheltered.

The administrator of the United States Federal Emergency Management Agency on Sunday announced it may take several years for Texas to recover from the disaster brought upon by the hurricane.

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Monday he expects “rapid action” from Congress to fund Harvey rescue efforts.

He added that recovery will be a long and difficult road but vows support from the federal government.

“To the people of Texas and Louisiana we are 100 percent with you, we’re praying for you. We’re working closely with your leaders and officials and I will be visiting the impact zone tomorrow to ensure that you’re receiving full support and cooperation from the federal government. We will get through this, we will come out stronger and believe me we will be bigger better stronger than ever before. The rebuilding will begin and in the end, it will be something very special,” said Trump.

Trump is expected to visit Texas on Tuesday, August 29 in the US. — (REUTERS)

 

 

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