Harmon tells young leaders to be ‘doers’

first_imgMinister of State Joseph Harmon charged 57 graduates of the Youth Leadership Training Programme at theA participant, Melynda Smith models an outfit as part of the activities at the graduation ceremony for her colleaguesMadewini Training Centre to be ‘doers’ and not just talkers for the development of Guyana.The Minister was at the time speaking at the closing ceremony of the first in a series of eight training programmes on Sunday, which will draw on youth leaders from across the country between June and December.“The true demonstration of your effectiveness as youth leaders will be the practical things you get done and the positive tangible things that you achieve through your endeavours. Be doers, not talkers. We have too many talkers in Guyana; people who have the best ideas about everything but they do nothing. Change that paradigm. Become agents of change, become people who do things. Make your communities better, make your regions better and ultimately you will make Guyana better,” Minister Harmon advised.Referring to the contents of a publication by President David Granger, where he referred to the crises of employment, education and empowerment faced by young people, who make up 60 per cent of the nation’s population, the state minister said government has a clear vision for the development of this important sector of the population.Following national consultations across the ten regions of Guyana, a draft National Youth Policy, headed by the Presidential Advisor on Youth Empowerment Aubrey Norton has been reviewed by Cabinet and is now being prepared as a ‘white paper’ to be laid in the National Assembly and made public for scrutiny and consultation.However, Harmon noted that even as the National Youth Policy is in the pipeline the challenges facing Guyana’s youth are of a critical nature and hence it is important that interventions like this training programme begin immediately.The minister also spoke on the importance of social cohesion and lauded the organisers of the programme for the diversity reflected by the faces of the graduates. He called on them to return to their communities and resolve to work to remove the political, economic, social and cultural barriers that divide Guyanese.“I hope the training, which you have received here, will enable you to establish cohesive relationships and cohesive groups to foster cohesive communities and thus a truly cohesive society in our country… Your government is unequivocal and resolutely committed to the establishment of a cohesive society. We cannot, we will not develop by half or any other fraction or configuration… a holistic arrangement where all of our country’s people are committed and involved is indispensable to any real development that we achieve as a nation.”Further Harmon called on the young people to not see politics as a ‘big people’ thing but to become involved in the “political, economic and social affairs of your communities as precursors to your involvement in regional and national affairs.”He added that even as they work to develop existing and new youth organisations at the community level, they must also focus on their personal development.last_img read more

Silver for SA cyclist at World Champs

first_img30 September 2013 “As a team, we believe he’s a major star for the future, which is why we’re investing heavily in athletes likes him. “I’m extremely happy,” Meintjes, the current South African under-23 road race and individual time trial champion, said at the finish. “This was a goal of mine all season. The race started in Montecatini Terme and finished in Firenze Mandela Forum, a sports stadium named in honour of former South African president Nelson Mandela, which made the day more special for the South African team. ‘A major talent’“We identified Louis as a major talent a few years ago and I’ve always admired his work ethic,” Team MTN-Qhubeka Team Principal Douglas Ryder said in a statement. South Africa’s Louis Meintjes raced to a silver medal in the under-23 road race at the UCI World Championships in Florence, Italy on Friday, with Matej Mohoric of Slovenia taking the gold medal. SAinfo reporter The South African World Championships team started the race with three riders, also including Meintjes’ Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung teammate Johann van Zyl and Christopher Jennings. With less riders than the other nations, the team had to rely on riding a clever race. “World champs is always a special race and I’ve been doing it three years in a row. Being an under-23 race, it should technically be a little easier than the level we’ve (Team MTN-Qhubeka) been racing at this year, so I thought I can maybe get a result. The gold medal winner pulled away on the descent to the finish, with Meintjes holding off the chasing peloton to finish three seconds behind the Slovenian. center_img “My plan was to follow wheels and wait until the last hour and see what’s left of the race. I started feeling really well as the race went on. As soon as we got on the finishing circuit, I could feel I had the legs today,” the 21-year-old Meintjies reckoned. It was contested over 173 kilometres and included seven laps on the finishing circuit. Meintjes was among the front-runners with two laps to go and then put in a major attack on the last lap to get to Mohoric. ‘Great confidence’“When I saw the route after it was launched, I had extra motivation. I went and trained on the circuit and it gave me great confidence.” “It’s great to see Louis doing so well. He’s obviously in a great team environment with top support at MTN Qhubeka. When he raced with the Toyota Cycle Lab Academy, we could see he was destined for great things,” Nic White, who oversees the running of the Toyota Cycle Lab Academy, said in a statement on the weekend. ‘Hard work paying off’“I think this is hard work paying off. I think this is going to happen for a lot of riders in Africa and South Africa. It’s just a matter of time before we see more names coming through. This is a result of what we’re trying to do with Team MTN-Qhubeka and the investment all our sponsors are putting in,” he added. “Our team manager Mark van der Merwe told me that Louis was the best rider he’d ever seen. He’s got the whole package: the right temperament, tactical sense and physical suitability. He’s also highly intelligent and conscientious, so is actually a pleasure to have in a team.” Toyota Cycle Lab AcademyMeintjes, like Tour de France champion Chris Froome, began his journey to success by spending three of his formative years with the Toyota Cycle Lab Academy, from 2009 to 2011. “We really believe in the South African and African dream. When we made it public a few years ago that we want to develop an African world champion, it was very ambitious. With the increased support from our amazing partners like MTN and Samsung, people can now see that our dreams and goals are a reality.”last_img read more

International Women’s Day: Brand South Africa calls on all to play their part for the development and empowerment of women

first_imgBrand South Africa calls on all to play their part for the development and empowerment of women this International Women’s Day 8 MarchJohannesburg, Thursday 08 March 2018 – This year, International Women’s Day is anchored on the global movement for women’s rights, equality and justice, in order for the world to recognise that the growth and development of any nation depends extensively on the empowerment of its women.Numerous studies continue to show that countries that have expanded opportunities for women and girls in education and work in recent decades have  achieved greater prosperity and social development for their nations.In South Africa, women constitute a large proportion of the economically challenged, especially  in the rural areas, and the National Development Plan (NDP) acknowledges this by taking gender – along with race and geographic location – into account through theproposal of a range of measures that address this  inequality.  The NDP proposes that the transformation of the economy should involve the active participation and empowerment of women, and that the role of women as leaders in all sectors of society should be actively supported.Hosted under the campaign theme #PressforProgress – this year International Women’s Day provides an opportunity to set in motion the transformation of empowering women in all settings, rural and urban, as well as to celebrate the activists who are working relentlessly to claim women’s rights and realize their full potential.Brand South Africa’s Chief Marketing Officer, Linda Magapatona-Sangaret said: “While pressing forward with strategic adjustments of economic structures and innovations of their sustainable growth models, South Africa remains cognisant that equal participationin economic activities and equitable access to economic resources are the basic conditions for the well-being and development of women. Women are increasingly participating in the national development process, as they are essential for the achievement ofsustainable development. We at Brand South Africa call on all sectors of our society to spearhead the development and empowerment of women.”Revered for their strength in building the family unit and homes, as well as their contributions to the community, society and the nation — this International Women’s Day Brand South Africa celebrates the acts of courage and determination by ordinary womenwho continue to play an extraordinary role in the history of their countries and communities.International Women’s Day (IWD) is celebrated on March 8 every year. It commemorates the movement for women’s rights.Follow the conversation @Brand_SA and #PressforProgressFor more information or to set up interviews, please contact:Tsabeng NthiteTel: +27 712 5061Mobile: +27 (0) 76 3716810Email: tsabengn@brandsouthafrica.comWebsite: www.brandsouthafrica.com Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

Roger Federer finishes with flurry of aces in 3rd round at Miami

first_imgAndreescu, who is tied for the WTA lead with 20 match victories this year, said she felt pain and tightness in the shoulder.“I’ve played so many matches,” the 18-year-old Canadian said. “I guess it’s just my body’s way of telling me it has had enough. The doctor said it’s nothing too serious, but the pain is there.”Andreescu said she will skip the tournament next week in Charleston, South Carolina, but plans to play the Fed Cup on April 20-21.She called a medical timeout after the first set to receive treatment, and received similar treatment during her third-round victory over Angelique Kerber, who afterward told Andreescu she was the “biggest drama queen ever.”Andreescu defeated Kerber in the Indian Wells final on March 17 for her first career title. The injury ended Andreescu’s bid to become the fourth woman to win Indian Wells and Miami back to back.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving “We’re not robots,” Federer said. “I like when players show emotion like Filip did in that instant. It was a weird, strange, ridiculous point that I got very lucky to win somehow.”A little lucky and really good, Federer won 7-5, 6-3 Monday to reach the fourth round. He improved to 14-2 this year, signaling he’s a threat to win his fourth Miami title.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsHe’ll next play No. 13 Daniil Medvedev, who won a battle of dominating serves against 6-foot-11 qualifier Reilly Opelka, 7-6 (5), 6-7 (5), 7-6 (0). There were no service breaks but plenty of aces — 19 by Medvedev and 22 by Opelka.Among those departing in the women’s fourth round were Venus Williams and Indian Wells champion Bianca Andreescu. Williams lost to No. 2-seeded Simona Halep 6-3, 6-3, and Andreescu retired with a right shoulder injury while trailing Anett Kontaveit 6-1, 2-0. Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants Familiar look: Top seeds dominate spots for NCAA Sweet 16 LATEST STORIES Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event Roger Federer, of Switzerland, celebrates after defeating Filip Krajinovic, of Serbia, during the Miami Open tennis tournament, Monday, March 25, 2019, in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — Roger Federer knew he had things going his way at the Miami Open when he hit three shots off his frame during a wild 17-stroke exchange and still won the point because Filip Krajinovic dumped a half volley into the net.Krajinovic quickly grabbed the ball and flipped it over the net as if continuing the rally, which drew cheers from the crowd and a smile from Federer.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ “I’m pretty upset,” she said. “But I really can’t complain, with what I’ve achieved.”Halep and Kontaveit were joined in the quarterfinals by Petra Kvitova, who faced only one break point and beat Caroline Garcia 6-3, 6-3. Kvitova, a two-time Wimbledon champion, is ranked a career-high No. 2 and will rise to No. 1 if she wins the title. No. 1 Naomi Osaka lost in the third round.Kvitova’s match was interrupted by rain for more than 90 minutes, and she took advantage.“I had a quick nap, which was really helpful,” she said.Federer was only slightly delayed on his way to victory. Serving in the final game, he smacked aces on the first three points, and then hit another ace that skipped off the line to seal the victory — or so it was ruled.While awaiting a replay review, Federer and Krajinovic walked to the net and discussed the call.“He thought it was in,” Federer said. “I’m thinking, ‘Why did he think that?’ It was quite clearly out.”Federer was correct, and when the call was overturned, he gave Krajinovic a wave as if to say, “See you in a minute.” He needed only one more serve to complete the victory. Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Google Philippines names new country director View commentslast_img read more

16 days ago​Mustafi annoyed by Arsenal legend Petit: He should know better

first_img​Mustafi annoyed by Arsenal legend Petit: He should know betterby Ansser Sadiq16 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal defender Shkodran Mustafi is not happy with club legend Emmanuel Petit.The German defender spoke at length about how he felt that he was blamed for defeats, even when they were not his fault.And among those who spoke negatively about him in public, he singled out French World Cup winner Petit for particular criticism.”That annoyed me a lot [Petit calling him the king of blunders],” he told Der Spiegel. “It’s the one thing when fans or media criticise you. But it’s a different story when an ex-player who knows how hard it is on the field sometimes says so.”I expect such players to be more sensitive and realise what this sharply worded critique can trigger. In the past, that might have been in the paper one day, and then people would have forgotten it. Today it’s on the Internet and will haunt me for the rest of my career.”Former players like Petit should not have to make a name for themselves by making condescending comments about current players.” About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

2 days agoJuventus veteran Mandzukic slashes terms to make Man Utd move

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Juventus veteran Mandzukic slashes terms to make Man Utd moveby Paul Vegas2 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveJuventus veteran Mario Mandzukic has slashed his £300,000-a-week wage demands in half.Mandzukic is wanted by Manchester United in a £10million January deal, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer desperate for a striker, says The Sun.The 33-year-old was on the brink of an Old Trafford switch in the summer, but it collapsed over his salary.But Mandzukic wants to move to United, and will now take around £150,000-a-week to make that happen.The Croatian ace also has offers from Qatar, which he is happy to reject in favour of the Premier League.An Old Trafford source said: “His reps have been in contact and are willing to change their demands.”There will be other bonuses factored into the deal. It looks like one that could get done now.”Ole has long been an admirer of him and he is someone we have wanted for a number of years.”His experience could prove vital for the younger players in the squad. He is also a proven goalscorer.” last_img read more

Somaly Mam Foundation Joins The Global Citizen Festival

first_imgThe Somaly Mam Foundation is proud to be partnering with The 2013 Global Citizen Festival, featuring Stevie Wonder, Kings Of Leon, John Mayer and Alicia Keys in a call to action to end global poverty by 2030.Taking place on September 28, 2013, in New York’s iconic Central Park, the festival gives Global Citizens the opportunity to join a movement of people who together are creating a world without extreme poverty. By taking action on globalcitizen.org, you can earn points to enter a chance to win one of 27,000 double passes to the festival.The focus of the Festival this year will not only be on global poverty, but accelerating progress on the issues of health, education, women’s equality, and global partnerships. Coinciding with the UN General Assembly, the Festival serves as an important platform for citizens to come together and raise their voices for change in a moment when critical leaders are gathered together.Somaly Mam Foundation is proud to be a part of the Global Citizen Festival.As an organization focused on empowering survivors of slavery, Somaly Mam Foundation believes that it is essential for women and girls to be at the heart of the post-2015 development agenda. Basic education and economic empowerment can boost a woman’s position and value within the community, erasing stigmas and encouraging gender equality.Empowering girls and women is an effective way to end cycles of poverty that often lead to situations of exploitation, and can create healthier and wealthier communities. By working together with Global Citizen Festival, the foundation hopes to engage global citizens everywhere and bring this important issue to the forefront of the post-2015 agenda.To learn more information about the Global Citizen Festival, and to start earning points to win tickets, visit festival.globalcitizen.Source:Somaly Mam Foundationlast_img read more

Anne Hathaway Shines Spotlight On Parental Leave During International Womens Day

first_imgOn Wednesday, March 8, American award-winning actor and UN Women Global Goodwill Ambassador Anne Hathaway will deliver a keynote address at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City, in commemoration of International Women’s Day.This will be her first public appearance in this role.In June 2016, UN Women, the United Nations entity dedicated to gender equality and the empowerment of women, announced Hathaway as its newest Global Goodwill Ambassador with a focus on issues related to unpaid care work and paid parental leave. She has since been engaged in fruitful discussions with activists, business leaders and public sector policy makers about the benefits and challenges of implementing paid parental leave policies that apply to both mothers and fathers.WHO: Anne Hathaway, American award-winning actor and UN Women Global Goodwill Ambassador, together with UN top-ranking officials, activists and government representatives.WHAT: United Nations Headquarters Commemoration of International Women’s DayWHERE: Trusteeship Council, United Nations Headquarters, 405 East 42nd St., New York, NY, 10017, USWHEN: Wednesday, March 8, 2017, 10:30 a.m. (EST)Find out more here.last_img read more

Finalists Announced For the 2017 Edition Of From Set to Screen

first_imgAdvertisement Angry Black WomenDahéli Hall and HaJ (the “h” is silent) are the co-creators of Angry Black Women, a half-hour comedy series that premiered at the New York Television Festival (NYTVF) and which now makes its way to Just For Laughs. Co-creator Dahéli Hall is best known as a cast member and writer on the Emmy Award-winning sketch comedy show, MADtv (Fox). HaJ is an Emmy Award-nominated and award-winning writer, performer and producer and the Creator & Founder of Tickles.TV. Angry Black Women boldly spoofs its derogatory title through the humorous, hyper-realistic tales of two Black females: an actress and a writer striving against all odds in Hollywood. This is the first Stand Up & Pitch appearance for Dahéli and HaJ.Doug and DeviCreated by Courtney Karwal and Natalie Young, Doug and Devi is an animated series centred around an unlikely partnership between two monstrous lovers: Devi, a Yeti, and Doug, a Sasquatch. Courtney Karwal is a stand-up comedian, writer and actress. She’s a product of the LA stand-up scene, and studied at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater. Courtney’s written for Comedy Central, and is the co-creator of a web series produced by Funny or Die called Check Your Surroundings. Natalie Young is a character designer and animator based in Los Angeles. Natalie attended the University of the Arts London where she received a Bachelor’s Degree in Animation. Since moving to Los Angeles, she has spent her time working on productions such as Bojack Horseman, Lucas Bros., Mr. Pickels, Axe Cop and Major Lazer. This is the duo’s first Stand Up & Pitch appearance.GamersGamers is a project from Cary Bickley and Melanie Backer about the games people play to make it in business and in love. Writer/creator Cary Bickley has written feature films both on her own and with a partner including The Gun In Betty Lou’s Handbag (Penelope Ann Miller and Julianne Moore), High Crimes (Ashley Judd, Morgan Freeman and Adam Scott) and Spinning Boris (Liev Schreiber, Jeff Goldblum and Anthony LaPaglia). Producer Melanie Backer developed the screenplay St. Vincent (Bill Murray) with writer/director, Ted Melfi, and developed and produced the feature films, Swimmers (Cherry Jones and Sarah Paulson), The Amati Girls (Anne De Salvo, Cloris Leachman, and Mark Harmon), and Pumpkin starring Christina Ricci. This is the first appearance by Cary and Melanie at Stand Up & Pitch.Mrs. FootballAfter making a successful appearance at the 2014 edition of From Set to Screen (their project The Uncomfort Zone was sold to Big Beach Films), Kyle Radke and Matt Kelly return with Mrs. Football, a relationship comedy masquerading as a sports fantasy. Winner of the 2005 Just For Laughs Homegrown Comedy Competition, Kyle Radke has since performed at every major comedy festival in Canada and in his very own 30-minute comedy special Kyle Radke Live. A writer for CBC’s Still Standing, Kyle performs nationwide as host of the Investor’s Group Comedy Tour. Matt Kelly created and produced Hookin’ Up, a successful television series for WFN that aired four seasons across North America. Matt also wrote and produced a companion web series called the 5cast that aired over 100 episodes. Last year, Matt was a finalist in Kevin Hart’s Laugh Out Loud Network Pitch Panel where his series, Inhuman Resources, was picked-up for development by Kevin Hart, himself.The RemovalistsThe Removalists is a fresh, warm and very funny take on the home-focused reality TV show model: three stand-up comics help people move out of their home and then set-up a comedy club in the living room as a cool way of saying goodbye. The pitch will be led by Jacques Barrett, a regular on the Australian club and festival circuit. Jacques’ credits include producer and co-host of 2Day FM’s late night comedy show The Wagon.The Judging PanelSitting on this year’s judging panel, we have comedy heavy weights:Bill Lundy. Bill Lundy is Production Executive: Comedy for Bell Media, Canada’s premier multimedia company. Lundy develops and produces comedic material for Bell Media’s broadcast and specialty channels such as CTV, The Comedy Network, HBO Canada, and CraveTV. Bill is currently production executive on Letterkenny, CraveTV’s smash hit original series. Lundy also execs The Comedy Network’s flagship original stand-up series Just For Laughs: All Access as well as news satire series The Beaverton. Other series Lundy has worked on include Funny as Hell, Match Game, Spun Out, and the award-winning digital series Space Riders: Division Earth.Colin Davis. Colin Davis is the Senior Director of Original Programming for TBS. He creatively manages five primetime original series, a late night comedy block, multiple pitch-to-screen scripted development projects, and an adult prime animation pipeline. At TBS, Davis has helped usher in their first wave of new series, all of which were renewed: Search Party, Wrecked, People of Earth, Full Frontal with Samantha Bee, The Detour, and Angie Tribeca.Kate Lambert. As Senior Vice President, Series Development and Animation for FX Networks, Kate Lambert oversees the development of drama and comedy live-action, as well as animated and short-form, original scripted series for FX Networks. In this role, she has formed relationships with some of the most sought-after producers, writers and talent in the industry today. She was involved in developing pilots for numerous hit series, including Sons of Anarchy, The Strain, Justified, The Americans, American Horror Story, The League and Louie. Kate developed and oversees the Emmy Award®-winning animated series Archer. Most recently, she was instrumental in the development and production of the new comedy series Atlanta, named the best comedy series of the year by the Golden Globe® Awards, WGA Awards, PGA Awards, and Critics’ Choice Television Awards.Monika Zielinska. Monika Zielinska is Comedy Central’s Senior Vice President, Original Programming and Development, West Coast. She has served as the Comedy Central Executive in Charge of Production for several hit series including Another Period, Idiotsitter, and the animated mind-bending TripTank. Zielinska’s work in programming, development, and production also includes serving as one of the Comedy Central Executives in Charge of Production on Reno 911! and the first two seasons of Key & Peele. She has also been key to the development and production of shows like Legends of Chamberlain Heights, Jeff & Some Aliens, Problematic with Moshe Kasher, and Detroiters.Rob Gati. Rob Gati is a comedy executive in Hulu’s Original Programming department. He has been the executive in charge of series such as Casual, Difficult People, Deadbeat, Dimension 404, and the upcoming Seth Rogen/Evan Goldberg series Future Man, amongst others. Rob also launched Hulu’s original documentary slate, including the films Batman & Bill, Becoming Bond, Dumb: The Story of Big Brother Magazine, and the upcoming Too Funny To Fail and Obey Giant.Moderator for this year’s From Set to Screen pitch program is Andrew Barnsley, President and Executive Producer at Project 10 Productions where he is currently the Executive Producer on Schitt’s Creek. His 2017 development and production slate includes series with CTV, CBC, Family Channel, Premo and 20th Century Fox. Opening remarks by Terence Gray, Founder/Executive Director, NYTVF.The winner of the From Set to Screen competition will be invited to participate as an “Official Artist” at the 2017 New York Television Festival and enjoy exclusive benefits extended only through NYTVF Connect.Mark your Calendar, Please!From Set to Screen: TV, OTT, SVOD and More takes place on Friday, July 28 at 10:30 am in the Inspiration Room, Hyatt Regency Montreal, and is presented by Project 10 Productions, an award-winning production company with offices in Toronto and Los Angeles. All Stand Up & Pitch events are included with your ComedyPRO pass. Regular price now in effect. To purchase your pass, please visit Eventbrite. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Twitter Advertisement The finalists have been announced for the 2017 edition of From Set to Screen: TV, OTT, SVOD and More, our long-form single or multi-camera series format pitch program, presented by Project 10 Productions in conjunction with the New York Television Festival (NYTVF). Our finalists are:* Dahéli Hall and HaJ, Angry Black Women* Courtney Karwal and Natalie Rose Young, Doug and Devi* Melanie Backer and Cary Bickley, Gamers* Kyle Radke and Matt Kelly, Mrs. Football* Jacques Barrett, The RemovalistsAbout the Teams: Login/Register With: Facebooklast_img read more

Atlanta Hawks Thabo Sefolosha Awarded 4M In Police Scuffle

Thabo Sefolosha will wrap his Atlanta Hawks career with a lawsuit settlement.(Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images Sport/Getty Images)Atlanta Hawks’ forward Thabo Sefolosha will get a $4-million settlement in a police-brutality suit he filed against the NYPD that he said broke his leg and left him unable to finish the NBA season in 2015.“This settlement is not a concession that Mr. Sefolosha was blameless in this matter and there was no admission of liability by the defendants,” the city law department said in a statement to the New York Daily News. “But, in light of the gravity of his injuries, the potential impact on his career as a professional athlete and the challenge for a jury in sorting out the facts in this incident, the resolution of the case was in the best interests of the city.”The $4-million payout is a fraction of the $50 million Sefolosha originally sought from the New York City Police Department and the city it serves in October 2015.As previously reported, police maintained they had been close to Manhattan, N.Y.’s 1Oak nightclub in April 2015 addressing the stabbing of now-Turkish Basketball Super League player Chris Copeland. The cops claimed Sefolosha questioned their authority, adding they were simply trying to keep him out of the area. Sefolosha said he handed a homeless man money near the club when officers pulled him to the ground, arresting Sefolosha and breaking his leg. Former Hawks teammate Pero Antic had accompanied Sefolosha to the club and also was arrested.Sefolosha, whose suit also pointed to a “racial matter” regarding the hoodie he wore at the time of his arrest, testified that he referred to NYPD Officer Jean Paul Giacona as “a midget,” according to NYDN, before he was dragged to the ground. The act of police brutality injured the 6-foot-6 baller’s leg and could have ended his NBA career, his lawsuit said.Charges against Sefolosha stemming from the incident, including disorderly conduct and resisting arrest, were dismissed in October 2015.The 2016-2017 NBA season will be Sefolosha’s last as a Hawk as his three-year, $12-million deal comes to a close, Yahoo reported. He will become a free agent this summer, while Antic, who also sued the city over the scuffle, is playing for the Turkish Basketball Super League. Antic’s federal lawsuit over the incident is pending. read more