‘Use FOI Law Wisely’

first_imgThe Swedish Ambassador accredited near Monrovia, Madam Lena Nordström, has cautioned Liberians to make maximum use of the Freedom of Information Act whenever they seek credible information from relevant government institutions.Madam Nordström said the principles of democratic governance include openness, transparency and participation, which must be embraced to build confidence, especially in seeking information.Ambassador Nordström made the remarks yesterday when she served as keynote speaker at the program marking the celebration of the ‘Right to Know Day’ held at the Ministry of Information on Capitol Hill in Monrovia.The Right to Know Day was organized by the Independent Information Commission (IIC) in collaboration with the Carter Center and other partners, and was attended by officials from various government ministries, agencies, as well as students from various high schools in Montserrado County.“Liberians have the right to request, receive, review, reproduce, and retain records and documents held by public bodies and private entities performing public functions, or receiving public funding,” Ambassador Nordström said.“Non-discrimination is an important aspect of Liberian Constitution, and commitment as a member of the international community since 2010, when Liberia enacted the Freedom of Information Act,” she added. She said it is important for Liberia to focus on the implementation of this important human rights issue that addresses both women and men’s access to information; and that all groups, regardless of age, gender, location, ability, region, religion, and ethnicity, are provided equal access in the promotion and protection of the right of access to information.She stressed the need to ensure that women, men and girls enjoy their fundamental human rights, which is both an obligation within the framework of Liberia’s international commitment and a prerequisite for reaching broader goals on peace, security, and sustainable development. “Do the citizens and media exercise their right to access public documents? Do they get responsibility for domestic tasks?” she asked, adding there is fear of retaliation or negative branding for women who dared to enter public agencies to seek information about their rights.In his remarks, Mark Bedor Wla-Freeman, Commissioner of the Independent Information Commission (IIC), thanked the government and its partners for the level of support given to his institution that adequately empowered it to embark on the campaign to sensitize citizens across the country on their right to know.He said: “We received some financial support from the Carter Center that we used to carry out various programs in six main counties, but we anticipate more support from our partners in order to enhance our work at the Commission.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Govt admits to loopholes in tracking immigrants

first_imgBy Jarryl BryanIn the wake of an influx of persons from neighbouring countries, Government has admitted that while data is collected from immigrants crossing Guyana’s borders, authorities here carry out only limited tracking of such immigrants afterwards.Foreign Affairs Minister Carl GreenidgeThis was outlined by Foreign Affairs Minister Carl Greenidge, who noted during a press conference on Monday that there is a Cabinet-vetted policy guideline currently in place to establish how immigrants are to be treated. Immigrants, upon entry, must fill out an arrival card that details their country of origin and proposed place of residence while in Guyana.“It isn’t normal in Guyana, once the person enters the country, to follow them around to see where they are,” Greenidge explained. “We’re not that type of state. However, immigration authorities can ask you to report to them from time to time. That, as far as I’m aware, is the only requirement,” Greenidge explained.“There were concerns about the need to avoid criminalising these persons for what might be regarded as simple immigration infractions. So that was a major consideration, bearing in mind that, since 1809, any Caribbean person landing on the shores of Haiti would be granted the right to stay in Haiti. So that was a consideration,” he explained.Greenidge recalled that after the Foreign Affairs Ministry had brought it to Cabinet’s attention, a request was made for the matter to be investigated. As a result, he explained, there were established common guidelines that took into account that ‘you don’t want to be providing arrangements that allow undesirables — meaning criminals, terrorists and others –‘into the territory ’.”“Those who are returning from Venezuela…if you say you are Guyanese, you would be required to prove it. You would be given the opportunity to establish… if you are Guyanese by birth, naturalisation or descent. If you are not Guyanese, you will be treated as non-Guyanese,” he outlined.The Ministry of Citizenship had earlier this month revealed that some 22,520 persons had entered Guyana between January and April 2018. However, of worry was 6,170 of those did not depart.The records also showed that 3515 Haitians had entered Guyana in 2017, but only 291 were documented to have left.Vaccination & inoculationHowever, Guyanese or not, the minister explained, vaccination is a prerequisite in cases where persons may have been exposed to a pandemic from their country of origin. Greenidge noted the serious effects that can visit indigenous populations encountering persons who may have been exposed to a pandemic, and related that if persons refuse to be vaccinated, they would have to leave this country.Asked about the influx of Venezuelans in Mabaruma, Greenidge noted that a joint ministerial team of personnel from the Public Health and Citizenship ministries is aware of the guidelines. He noted that applications from those seeking to stay in Guyana are being handled.“The region is encouraging countries to try not to deport these people (Venezuelans), or try not to jail them for immigration infractions in the current era, where there are special problems in Venezuela giving rise to irregular movements. Yes, the authorities in Whitewater are aware of these… there’s nothing special about Whitewater.”“There are, of course in some instances, persons who are camped on the other side of the border. That is not our issue. There are some in Guyanese territory seeking the right to stay; that is being handled. Problems arose because some felt they didn’t have to be vaccinated or inoculated. That is wrong. If they don’t want to, they have to leave,” Greenidge explained.It has been reported that Venezuelan nationals are crossing into Guyana, especially at Region One, to seek medical treatment for malaria. At least 368 cases of malaria were, in May 2017, reported to national health authorities in Region One, but Venezuelans seeking treatment were treated, according to Government.Considering this to be part of Guyana’s international humanitarian contribution, Minister of State, Joseph Harmon, had related that instructions were given to the Public Health Ministry to assist all comers. This assistance encompassed both Venezuelans and Guyanese who are living in the Spanish-speaking country.There have been persistent reports that, due to a troubled economy and unrest that has gripped that nation, shortages of basic services exist in Venezuela, and those include health services.last_img read more

Exec perks, pay must be public

first_img With the pay gap between employees and bosses widening enormously, Commissioner Roel Campos said, investors may ask whether “payment for performance has been replaced by payment for pulse.” SEC Chairman Christopher Cox, who has made fuller disclosure a priority since taking the agency helm last August said, “Simply put, our rules are out of date.” Still, some critics of corporate conduct don’t believe fuller disclosure of compensation goes far enough, and they say it may even create competitive pressure among companies that will push compensation higher. Even after the corporate scandals of 2002, as some companies continued to lavish on their executives extravagant pay packages with scant justification – often tied to short-term leaps in stock prices – the SEC began in 2004 to consider new disclosure requirements. The Business Roundtable, a group representing chief executives of the largest corporations, offered qualified support Tuesday for the SEC proposal. Rules governing disclosure of executive compensation should provide for proper valuation of stock options so their value is not overstated, said the group’s president, John Castellani. In addition, he said, “We want to make sure that the disclosure rules do not reveal to competitors strategic information about compensation tied to a company’s business goals or product development plans.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card Also under the SEC proposal: The level at which an executive’s total perks must be detailed would be reduced from $50,000 to $10,000. New disclosure tables for executives’ retirement benefits and the compensation of company directors would be required. Companies would be required to explain the objectives behind executives’ compensation. Annual filings would have to include sections written in plain English on executive pay. Studies have shown dizzying leaps in top executives’ salaries, bonuses and stock benefits in recent years, as well as big increases in compensation as a percentage of company earnings – money that otherwise would go to shareholders. At the same time, critics of corporate conduct underline what they see as a disconnect between pay and performance. WASHINGTON – Regulators moved Tuesday to require companies to provide far greater detail about executives’ pay and perks in an effort to bring more openness to an area that has provoked investor anger. The five-member Securities and Exchange Commission voted unanimously to propose the biggest changes in rules governing disclosure of executives’ compensation since 1992. The proposal could be adopted by the SEC sometime after a 60-day public comment period, possibly in time for the spring annual meeting season next year. Publicly traded companies for the first time would be required to furnish tables in annual filings showing the total yearly compensation for their chief executive officers, chief financial officers and the next three highest-paid executives. The true costs to the bottom line of the executives’ pay packages, including stock options, would have to be spelled out. “This information is information that shareholders have a right to know,” Commissioner Cynthia Glassman said before the vote. last_img read more

MILFORD GIRL AMBER BARRETT IS IRELAND’S HERO IN PORTUGAL

first_imgLagan Harps striker Amber Barrett was the toast of Milford last night after scoring a late goal to help Ireland U19’s secure a deserved draw against Portugal. Barrett showed great composure to finish after forcing the mistake from the Portugese keeper after she chased down an under hit back-pass to the keeper.Ireland got exactly what they deserved after dominating the game for long spells. They fell behind just before half-time following a mix-up in the Irish defence.Ireland initially struggled with conditions early on as the heat was over 30 degrees despite the 8pm kick-off but adapted to the conditions as the game went on.They will play Portugal again on Thursday.MILFORD GIRL AMBER BARRETT IS IRELAND’S HERO IN PORTUGAL was last modified: September 4th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Amber BarrettdrawIrelandMilfordnewsportugalSportlast_img read more

‘GOVERNMENT REFUSING TO DISCUSS €19BILLION BAILOUT’ – DOHERTY

first_imgSpeaking today in the Dáil Sinn Féin Finance spokesperson Pearse Doherty called for an adjournment of the Dáil to discuss the imminent injection of €19 billion of taxpayer’s money into the banks.Deputy Doherty said: “This morning I called for an adjournment debate on the imminent injection of €19 billion of taxpayer’s money into the covered institutions. This money is due to be given to the four covered banks without any Dáil debate or scrutiny.“It is simply outrageous that the Government refused to allow the debate. That they the did so by hiding behind the procedural judgement of the Ceann Comhairle shows just how embarrassing this refusal is to the Government. “Given the fact that €10 billion of this injection will be taken from the National Pension Reserve Fund with the remainder being borrowed at very high interest rates it is unacceptable that the transfer of these funds into the four banks will take place when the Dáil is not even sitting.“This injection of €19 billion will be used primarily to pay senior bondholders, many of whom are not covered by the blanket banking guarantee.  At least €4.3 billion will be paid to senior bond holders between now and the end of September, a figure close to the €4 billion public spending cuts and tax increases expected to be contained in December’s budget.“Again these payments will be made without any Dáil scrutiny or debate. Considering that the €19 billion is 39 times greater than the total cost of the so called jobs initiative, which was debated over three days in the Dáil there is a clear need for a debate in this house on the €19 billion injection into the banks.”‘GOVERNMENT REFUSING TO DISCUSS €19BILLION BAILOUT’ – DOHERTY was last modified: July 21st, 2011 by gregShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

South Africa on the hunt for new Bafana coach

first_img3 June 2014 The South African Football Association (Safa) announced on Monday that it would not renew the contract of Bafana Bafana coach Gordon Igesund. “The national executive committee informed Gordon Igesund that his contract won’t be renewed when it expires on the 31st of August,” Safa CEO Danny Jordaan told a media conference at Safa headquarters in Johannesburg, adding that the process of finding a new coach “will start after this press conference”. Bafana Bafana was the national team “and we must achieve international success,” Jordaan said. “We will speak to as many candidates as we can in trying to find a person who can rebuild this Bafana brand.”Tough task Less than a week after Igesund’s contract ends, South Africa face Sudan away from home in an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier, which will be a tough task for his replacement. On Monday, Igesund reported back to Safa officials on his two years in charge of the South African national team, after which the officials met before announcing their decision. It did not come as a surprise, as speculation had been rife that Igesund would not be retained.Leading candidate The leading candidate to replace Igesund, according to rumours, is former Bafana Bafana coach Carlos Quieroz, who led Iran to qualify for the 2014 Fifa World Cup finals. Under Quieroz, South Africa qualified for the 2002 Fifa World Cup, but the coach then stepped down after falling out with Safa. Stephen Keshi, who led Nigeria to the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations title and to Brazil 2014, is also said to be in the running. Coincidentally, Iran and Nigeria clash on 16 June in their first matches in Group F at the World Cup.Marks against Igesund Not qualifying for Fifa’s biggest event was one of the marks that counted against Igesund’s name, with Safa having tasked him to qualify for the World Cup. They also said he should reach the semi-finals of the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations. Judging from the reaction from callers to radio stations, many feel Igesund was hard done by. When he took over from Pitso Mosimane as South Africa’s coach, Bafana Bafana were already on the back foot in qualifying for the World Cup. They won three of their four qualifiers under him, but it was not enough. In the Africa Cup of Nations, Bafana made it to the quarterfinals, but were beaten by Mali in a penalty shootout.Lack of club support The lack of support from some clubs, which often withheld players, also affected Igesund’s ability to do his job. That lack of support was never clearer than on South Africa’s recent tour of Australasia, when a massive 13 players withdrew from the squad. Despite this, Igesund led his young team to a 1-1 draw with World Cup-bound Australia and a goalless draw with New Zealand. Igesund was the 17th Bafana Bafana coach since South Africa was readmitted to international football in 1992 – a turnover rate that may have more than a little to do with the country’s slide down the international football rankings.last_img read more

Cong for pre-poll alliance with NC for LS by-polls

first_imgThe Congress on Friday hinted at jointly contesting the upcoming by-polls to the Srinagar and Anantnag Lok Sabha constituencies with the National Conference.J&K Pradesh Congress Committee (JKPCC) president G. A. Mir, who held a meeting in Jammu on Friday, said: “The feeling on the ground, which was reflected during our feedback with the people, was that both the Congress and the NC should contest the polls together. This will encourage people to come out and vote as they are unhappy with the PDP-BJP alliance in the State for its failure to deliver on its promises.”However, Mr. Mir was quick to add: “Such a decision will be taken by the party high command (in New Delhi)”.Expressing concern over the deteriorating law and order situation in the Valley, Mr. Mir said: “It’s the prerogative of the State and the Centre to create a peaceful atmosphere.”Meanwhile, the Congress top leaders, including recently inducted Tariq Hameed Karra, former Member of Parliament from Srinagar, passed a resolution after the meeting.“The resolution authorises the party high command to decide about the seat adjustment for the upcoming Srinagar and Anantnag Lok Sabha elections,” said Mr. Mir.NC in no moodSenior NC leader Muhammad Akbar Lone, however, has given a cold shoulder to the Congress plan. “I do not think the NC is ready for any seat adjustment in the Valley. I would suggest to the Congress to back our candidates and don’t field anyone,” said Mr. Lone.By-polls to the two parliamentary seats of Anantnag, vacant since June 2016 when Mehbooba Mufti, then Member Parliament (MP) Anantnag, took over as J&K Chief Minister, and Srinagar, vacated by Mr. Karra after resigning the PDP as MP in September 2016, are scheduled for April 12 and 9 respectively.NC files complaintMeanwhile, the NC on Friday filed a complaint with the Election Commission of India over “official instructions issued by the Chief Minister’s Office for some high-profile appointments being made to various Public Sector Enterprises”.“This is brazen violation of the model code after the issuance of the electoral notification ,” said NC provincial chief Nasir Aslam Wani.last_img read more

An extra mile to lose flab

first_imgHere’s a quick, easy and safe weightloss programme.A trip to the Jawaharlal Nehru stadium to watch the opening ceremony of the Nineteenth Commonwealth Games (CWG) on Sunday evening turned out to be just that.If the long walk to one’s respective entry gate could not manage to burn a few calories off an average spectator, the thorough frisking at security check points did find one ( reluctantly) relieved of a few – prohibited – possessions and, consequently, a couple of hundred grams.But the intensive and, perhaps, a little- too- strict security couldn’t dampen the average Delhiite’s spirits on Sunday evening.Anticipating a show like they had never seen before, the public had mentally prepared themselves to encounter a much greater degree of inconvenience.”I had imagined the worst as most of the media reports had warned of incessant frisking and bag checks. But this wasn’t that bad. Heck, it was breezy, I say,” said Kamla Choudhury, a first year student of Delhi University, straining her voice to be heard above the Indian Air Force helicopter hovering over the stadium.There were some, however, who found dealing with the walk and queues a tough proposition.Dushyant Aggarwal, CEO of an electronics company in Noida, and six members of his family had boarded a Games park- and- ride bus to reach the opening ceremony venue.”We had tickets for Gate 9 and informed the bus staff. They said they would drop us nearby. We have been walking for an hour and crossed several gates, but Gate 9 is nowhere in sight,” Aggarwal said. He said the long walk had taken a toll on the women.advertisementTo gain access to the opening ceremony venue, which looked nothing short of a fortress, spectators were frisked twice and had their bags subjected to two manual checks and one X- Ray check.The police, in the process, confiscated several items.The entire stadium was enveloped in an impregnable security blanket of 7,500 personnel, including commandos. While the IAF provided air cover to thwart and terror attack, every residential building around the stadium had a sniper atop it keeping an eye out for any possible trouble.”Ticket holders will go inside the stadium, those without will have to go home,” a PCR van blared incessantly.The security check, though more or less smooth, did manage to evoke a few grumbling voices when the Delhi police personnel confiscated coins for it is on the list of 65 items prohibited in the stadium.”I was surprised when they took my money off me! It was strange and a bit ridiculous actually,” said Dunlan McEwan, a photojournalist from Scotland travelling with his country’s team, who had to drop his coins off in a cardboard security box.Coins were on the list of prohibited items even during the hockey World Cup the city hosted in March.The logic was coins can be used as a weapon when thrown from a distance.Mamta Singh ( 33), a housewife, had no intention putting her five rupee coins to any malicious use, but she too ended up throwing them into the all- consuming cardboard box, which had also gobbled cigarettes, matchboxes and chewing gum, among other things.But the cops didn’t seem to evoke any pleasure in confiscating items, either. The unawareness among Delhiites on which items were prohibited was a source of frustration for them.”Why can’t people just travel light these days? It seems no one is aware of what they cannot bring in,” said an irked security personnel as the journalist was found guilty of carrying a ceramic mug in her backpack.As for the mug, it was quickly offered to the all- consuming security box.last_img read more

UAAP: FEU eliminates Adamson from Final 4 race, bolsters semis bid

first_imgEthel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Wendell Comboy, LJ Gonzales, and Ken Tuffin all had 11 points to lead the Tamaraws while Pat Tchuente held the fort underneath with four points, 16 rebounds, and two blocks.Douanga had 10 points and 22 rebounds to lead the Soaring Falcons who will miss the Final Four for the first time in three years. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? LATEST STORIES MOST READ Raptors open new campaign with tough win over Pelicans in OT DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers This jewelry designer is also an architect Becoming his own man Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST PLAY LIST 01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue MANILA, Philippines—Far Eastern University boosted its bid for the Final Four after a tough 63-60 win over Adamson  in the UAAP Season 82 men’s basketball tournament Wednesday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.ADVERTISEMENT Someone from the Philippines could win a $208 million jackpot this week! Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical The Tamaraws improved to 7-6 record to stay at fourth and eliminated the Soaring Falcons from the Final Four race with the latter dropping to 4-8.Adamson, though, didn’t bow out without a fight, clawing back from a 57-45 deficit early in the fourth to get to within two, 62-60, with Lenda Douanga capping off a 15-5 run with less than two minutes to play.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practiceThe Tamaraws then relied on their defense to keep distance and forcing Jerom Lastimosa to miss a difficult three-pointer as time expired.“We’re happy with our seventh win but we have really no reason to celebrate,” said FEU head coach Olsen Racela, who looked immediately to the team’s preparations for its final elimination round game against University of the East. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Boston Bound: LeBron pushes Cavs to Game 7 vs. Celtics

first_imgCLEVELAND (AP) — LeBron James chose Boston as the place he’ll play next.Game 7 is on. And any talk about James’ future is on hold.Delivering another performance for the ages, James scored 46 points and preserved his reign atop the Eastern Conference for at least one more game as the Cleveland Cavaliers shook off losing All-Star Kevin Love with a head injury and beat the Celtics 109-99 on Friday night to force a decisive climax to this back-and-forth series.James, playing in perhaps his final game for the Cavs in Cleveland, added 11 rebounds and nine assists while playing all but two minutes — to avoid elimination and delay any decisions about where he’ll continue his remarkable career next season.“Greatness,” Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said. “Championship pedigree. Giving it his all. We needed that, especially when Kevin went down. We had to play ‘Bron as many minutes as he had to. He delivered. He was up for the challenge. He carried us home as usual.”The king is not dead, and he still has a chance to make his eighth straight NBA Finals.This series, in which home court has meant everything, will have a fitting conclusion Sunday at TD Garden, where the Celtics are 10-0 this postseason.“It’s a Game 7,” James said. “It’s something that you wish you had when you’re done playing, but more than that, it’s just basketball for me. I know what I’m capable of doing, and I’m going to trust everything I put into it.”George Hill added 20 points, and Jeff Green 14 for the Cavs, who lost Love in the first quarter after he banged heads with Boston rookie Jayson Tatum.Terry Rozier paced the Celtics — now 1-6 on the road — with 28 points, and Jaylen Brown had 27.The Celtics were still within seven in the final three minutes before James made consecutive 3-pointers, punctuating the second by pounding his chest with both fists and screaming along with 20,562 others.“The love of the game,” James said, explaining his reaction. “It’s a feeling you can’t explain.”Just for good measure, he added a three-point play and then was taken out of the game to a rousing ovation and chants of “Cavs in 7!”Boston’s improbable run through the postseason without injured stars Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward will now take the Celtics back home, where they play with more intensity, togetherness and before fans hungry to see an 18th title banner raised to their arena’s rafters.“It’s not going to be pretty,” Celtics guard Marcus Smart said. “We’ve got to come out ready to get our nose bloody and our mouth bloody. We’ve got to come out ready to fight. You’ve got to find a way, whatever it takes.”Love went out with a head injury in the first quarter, forcing Lue to juggle his rotations and keep James on the floor longer than he wanted to. The three-time champion played the first 35 minutes without a break and then endured the final eight while nursing a right leg.James didn’t know until after the game that teammate Larry Nance Jr. had banged into him.“I felt some pain throughout my entire right side of my ankle into my leg,” he said. “I was just hoping for the best, obviously, because I’ve seen so many different injuries, and watching basketball with that type of injury, someone fall into one’s leg standing straight up. Luckily, I was able to finish the game.”Hill, who came over in a deadline trade, has been awed by what James has done in this postseason.“I’ve been in the league for some years and ran across him on the other side and really hated his guts,” said Hill, who was on Indiana teams eliminated by James. “But to have him on our side, it kind of lets me take a deep breath of fresh air. It’s just something that you really can’t explain what he’s doing night in, night out. It’s just something special.”“I thought the best was when he always put us out. But to actually see it when he’s on your team, I can’t even put it into words.”The real possibility that James was playing his last game in Cleveland hung over the game — and this city — in the hours leading to tip-off. Everyone had an opinion on what James will do next and that discussion filled the sports talk radio airwaves, bars and barber shops.The 33-year-old has said several times since coming home in 2014 that he wants to retire with the Cavaliers, but fans are uneasy because he can opt out of his $35.6 million contract this summer and test free agency.And, of course, he left in 2010.James has said he’ll sit down after the season ends to decide next move, and he’s already being courted in Philadelphia, Los Angeles and New York where fans can only dream of him joining their rosters.For now, he’s only going to Boston.NO LOVEThe game began ominously for the Cavs as Love was forced to leave following his violent collision with Tatum.Love and Tatum were away from the ball and didn’t see each other until it was too late. They banged heads and both immediately dropped to the floor with Love raising his left arm as if to signal he needed help.As Love stayed down, the Cavs huddled around him. He was helped off and walked to the bench unsteadily before heading to the locker room for further treatment and evaluation.His status for Game 7 is uncertain.THE OTHER SIDETatum stayed in following his nasty collision with Love. The rookie passed the concussion testing that he was given on the bench.“I didn’t see him coming, it was bad,” Tatum said. “I have a knot on the back of my head and he didn’t return. I wish the best for Kevin Love because he’s a great player and it’s been a long season.”PREGAME MEALHill said he’s played well after eating has tacos with barbacoa and guacamole before games.“I’m for sure going to find a Chipotle in Boston, I’ll tell you that,” he said.TIP-INSCeltics: Own a 37-0 record when leading a series 2-0. … Dropped to 1-4 in Game 6s over the last four postseasons. … Coach Brad Stevens praised James for his consistency, and ability to exceed expectations. “Nobody else has what he has on his shoulders playing the game,” he said. “I think that the way in which he’s done that and all of the years now that he’s made The Finals and gone deep into the playoffs, it’s unbelievable.”Cavaliers: Improved to 6-2 in elimination game since 2015. James has scored at least 40 in five of those wins. … James’ teams are 5-2 in Game 7s. … This was the seventh 40-point game for James this postseason. Michael Jordan also had seven, one off Jerry West’s record set in 1965. … James passed Karl Malone (2,062) for sixth place on the career postseason rebounds list.By TOM WITHERS , AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more