“That’s fine, you don’t have to like watching me play,” Harden told ESPN on Saturday. “But I know a lot of people that do.”Harden went on to say he “appreciate(s) the haters” and uses the negative talk as motivation. Related News NBA wrap: Paul George scores 45 as Thunder come back to beat Rockets “They motivate me to be better than I was the year before. That’s what it’s about,” Harden explained. “You’re always going to have somebody who doesn’t like what you do or downplays what you do or can’t relate to you. Which is fine. Nothing against them, but that’s a part of life.”I don’t have nothing to prove to anybody. When you know you’re comfortable within your own self, and you go out there and be yourself every single night and every single day, that’s pretty cool.”Harden’s teammates acknowledged the 29-year-old guard’s recent performances have been nothing short of impressive as he now stands at 29 straight games of 30-plus-points after the Rockets’ 117-112 victory over the Thunder on Saturday. James Harden has faced scrutiny from fans as he continues to climb the ranks in the NBA and produce one of his best season’s yet.The seven-time All-Star and defending MVP is fully aware of his haters, but he has one simple message for the critics. “Man, just respect what he’s doing,” Chris Paul said of the criticism Harden receives. “Guys who play in this league know how hard that is to do that night in and night out. … If everybody else could do it, they would.”Austin Rivers added: “I’m surprised that people don’t like watching him play. … We live in a day and age where everybody likes one-on-one moves, crossovers — I mean, you would think people would love watching him.”Harden is making a strong run to bring home another MVP this season as he has led the Rockets to a 32-23 record, averaging 36.6 points and 7.8 assists on 44.2 percent shooting.
Radio Lethem went officially on air Sunday in Lethem, Region Nine (Upper Takutu/Upper Essequibo), withPrime Minister Moses Nagamootoo and Ministers Cathy Hughes, Ronald Bulkan and Sydney Allicock being interviewed in the studio of Radio Lethem (GINA Photo)its inaugural broadcast being its opening ceremony, the Government information Agency (GINA) has said.Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo officially switched on the station and extolled the importance of community radio stations.“It is important for the people of the hinterland to have a radio station, so they can communicate with themselves in the region and the rest of Guyana, and for them to know what’s happening,” he told the gathering.The Prime Minister who has government’s oversight of the Broadcast Sector, said the establishment of community radio stations is part of his government’s efforts to connect Guyanese despite geographical locations.The establishment of the radio station, he stated, is one ways of bridging the gap and closing the communication divide.Nagamootoo, speaking of the involvement of all Guyanese in the country’s advancement, stated that all indigenous communities must be part of the process.Prime Minister Nagamootoo reminded those gathered that his Government promised Guyanese that the coastland and the hinterland will be integrated and the radio station is one of the ways of achieving this.Regional Chairman of Region Nine Brian Allicock told the gathering that it is always good to know what’s happening on the inside, but most importantly, on the outside.“I am so happy to tell you that we are on the right path of communication as this is critical. I thank this Government very much for that radio station and in time to come a television station,” he said.He called on fellow residents to continue to work for the further development of the region despite their political differences.In his remarks, Mayor of Lethem Carlton Beckles expressed appreciation to the Prime Minister and team for the establishment of the radio station and promised it will be used for its intended purpose.“This is historic; this is a jubilee within a jubilee,” the mayor said.Meanwhile, National Communications Network’s (NCN) chief executive officer Lennox Cornette said the state broadcaster is reorienting its Georgetown operations in an effort to extend its reach by moving from a central focus to communities to promote values in Guyanese citizens.“This is the first expression in a community radio model so we can disseminate information from the region to central and from central to the region,” Cornette stated.Meanwhile, 12 young persons from within the region were trained as community broadcasters.Minister of Public Telecommunications Catherine Hughes, Minister of Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs Sydney Allicock and Minister of Communities Ronald Bulkan also attended the opening ceremony and were among the first to be interviewed on the station.The ceremony was also attended by representatives from neighbouring Brazil including the Mayor of Bonfim.Radio Lethem is one of two hinterland radio stations to be established.Radio Mabaruma is scheduled to be officially commissioned shortly.
Western Australia will today welcome its first A380 service with the Emirates A380 arriving at Perth International Airport later this evening.From today, the double-decker A380 will carry up 982 passengers each day between Perth and Dubai.Emirates divisional vice president commercial operations, Australia, Rob Gurney said the airline is pleased to provide this new service for Perth travellers and visitors to the city.“After much anticipation Emirates is pleased to now be able to offer Perth residents the opportunity to travel on an A380 service non-stop to Dubai, and potentially onward with another A380 connection to more than 33 other destinations on our global network,” Mr Gurney said.The crew on board the first A380 flight, which is due to arrive at 17:35 tonight, will include Perth-born pilot of over 19 years, Captain Steve Darnell.Mr Darnell said it is an honour to be flying the inaugural Emirates A380 into his home city.“It’s a world-class aircraft to fly, and its spacious and quiet cabins also make it also very comfortable to fly in,” Mr Darnell said.“The many features onboard Emirates’ A380s will ensure passengers have the perfect journey when travelling to or from Dubai.”Passengers on board the A380 will be entertained with over 2,000 channels on offer through Emirates’ ice entertainment system.The aircraft arriving in Perth tonight consists of three classes: 401 Economy Class seats, 76 mini-pods in Business Class and 14 First Class Private Suites.The Perth A380 service will operate daily, departing Dubai at 02:55 and arriving in Perth at 17:35 on the same day.The return flight will depart Perth International Airport at 22:10 and arrive in Dubai the next day at 05:25.In correlation with the A380’s arrival, Emirates is investing further in the Western Australian market with an expanded lounge at Perth Airport.The lounge, opening later this year, will cater for the increase in passengers expected to travel on the A380 service.Source = ETB Travel News: Brittney Levinson