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Two Atlantic coast journalists under paramilitary threat

first_img ColombiaAmericas News News May 13, 2021 Find out more RSF, IFEX-ALC and Media Defence, support FLIP and journalist Diana Díaz against state harassment in Colombia Reporters Without Borders is deeply concerned by the climate of threats and intimidation towards the press in the Atlantic coast departments, where there is a high concentration of paramilitary groups, which have supposedly been disarmed.Robinson Ruz Ruz, of Radio Piragua and José Ponce Obispo, news editor of Radio Galeón, recently received repeated death threats for reporting on links between local politicians and paramilitaries.“The paramilitaries, whose demobilisation should have been completed this year, remain the most dangerous press freedom predators”, the worldwide press freedom organisation said. “The ‘Águilas Negras’ (Black Eagles) group which has just made death threats against José Ponce Obispo, did the same thing against another Radio Galeón journalist in October this year. We urge the government to promptly investigate these threats and to continue dismantling these paramilitary groups so that they are disarmed,” it added.Robinson Ruz Ruz, 45, head of the programme “Noticiero del Medio Día” on Radio Piragua, based in Sincelejo, northern Colombia, received a ‘condolence’ message at his office on 28 November. An anonymous caller phoned two days later to say he was glad he had received the message two days previously. The journalist, who has since been under police protection, made the decision to quit his job at the radio. He had reported criticism against brothers Jairo and Jaime Merlano, respectively senator for the Sucre department and mayor of Sincelejo. Merlano is under judicial investigation for alleged collusion with the “demobbed”.On 30 November 2006, one of the sons of José Ponce Obispo, news editor on Radio Galeón in Santa Marta, northern Colombia, received a text message saying that his father’s days were numbered, Three days earlier, the journalist received an anonymous tip-off that a paramilitary group had met to plan his murder. Two men on a motorbike had turned up at his home while he was out on 14 November and told his wife, “Tell that stupid son of whore that we know where he lives and he should be prepared for the consequences.” Fifteen minutes later, Ponce Obispo received a phoned threat at his office in the same terms. A source confirmed to the journalist on 1st December that the Black Eagles were behind the threats. This same group made death threats against Radio Galeón journalist Camilo Munive (See press release of 25 October 2006). Ponce Obispo, now also under police protection, had also exposed links between local politicians and paramilitaries. Around a score of journalists working in the coastal departments of Sucre, Magdalena and de Córdoba have received death threats from suspected paramilitaries over the past months. One of them was forced to flee the area. Since the start of the year, three journalists have been killed in Colombia, including one, Gustavo Rojas Gabalo, by the “demobbed” in Montería in the north-west in February. The Uribe government and his parliamentary majority are currently reeling from a major scandal over links with the paramilitaries.Reporters Without Borders has also learned that Marino Pérez Murcia, 58, former reporter on radios Todelar and Caracol, has been gunned down in Bogota, but there is nothing yet to suggest that his murder was linked to his work. News December 4, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Two Atlantic coast journalists under paramilitary threat Help by sharing this information RSF_en ColombiaAmericas center_img April 27, 2021 Find out more 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies RSF begins research into mechanisms for protecting journalists in Latin America to go further Follow the news on Colombia Organisation Receive email alerts Reports October 21, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

Nate Romine leads Air Force after a semester away from the Academy rehabbing

first_img Published on November 15, 2016 at 11:51 pm Contact Matthew: [email protected] | @MatthewGut21 On a play-action pass at the 1-yard line, Nate Romine rolled out to survey his options. When he didn’t see any open receivers, he tucked the ball and dove toward the end zone. Two defenders sandwiched Romine and another sideswiped the quarterback. Before a doctor told him he had torn his ACL and MCL, Romine walked into the trainer’s room thinking he’d be fine. Later, he learned he’d be out the remainder of the season. “The perfect storm unfortunately happened,” Romine said. “I felt a painful sensation in my legs for 30 seconds. When I got the news I was like, ‘Oh crap.’ To have the doctor tell you ‘Hey, your season’s done,’ it’s a whole different mindset you got to get in.”A little over a year later, the pain has eased. The 5-foot-11, 190-pound quarterback has Air Force (7-3, 3-3 Mountain West) rolling to another year of bowl eligibility. The knee injury derailed his junior season, forcing him to leave the academy for a semester via a medical turnback, but the Falcons’ signal caller now is responsible for 13 touchdowns and only four interceptions in his senior campaign. “He’s gone through a treacherous, extensive rehab,” Air Force head coach Troy Calhoun said. “He’s a fighter. He’s what you want.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textCourtesy of Air Force AthleticsRomine came into the 2015 season thinking he’d pilot the offense. He started the first two games, running for more than 100 yards in the season opener. But the Week 2 injury set him back. He gave himself only that night to sulk over it. For six weeks, he was locked in a brace and on crutches. He’d perform quad exercises, leg raises and air squats for hours each day. Around the time of the surgery, Romine had to take midterm exams and write a few papers. He could sleep only an hour or two per night, and four hours became a good night’s rest. “It was like ‘Groundhog Day’,” he said, referencing the Bill Murray movie. As a result, Romine’s grades slipped. His military ranking, which determines the order of merit for jobs upon graduation, also fell. He decided to take a semester off via a medical turnback, similar to a redshirt season except the player must withdraw from the Academy for a semester. If Air Force’s superintendent approves, the player is granted a ninth semester and fifth year of athletic eligibility.Romine lived with a sponsor family off campus in Colorado Springs, paying rent and buying his own groceries. His contact with Air Force coaches was limited, and he could not participate in team activities. His minimal contact with the academy revolved mostly around rehabilitation with school trainers. He showed up to therapy sessions at 9 a.m. and didn’t leave until 5 p.m. Following his surgeries Sept. 18-19, 2015, he worked on anti-gravity machines, non-impact walking and light lifts. He stayed with his host family until mid-December, watching Falcons games in the stands with his parents because he wasn’t allowed on the sidelines.Weeks later, Romine got back in the weight room. He graduated to agility drills and jumping the next spring. Last May, he got his full strength back. “As soon as he could get up on one leg, he was in the weight room,” said senior offensive lineman Dylan Vail, who’s known Romine for four years. Romine’s emergence as a force at quarterback has been a reflection of several factors. Next to the help of Romine’s parents and trainers, nobody may have been as important in his recovery than Kale Pearson. A former Air Force quarterback, Pearson sustained a similar injury to Romine’s in the 2013 season opener. He rebounded to get the starting job for his senior year in 2014. Pearson handed Romine the book by Drew Brees, “Coming Back Stronger: Unleashing the Hidden Power of Adversity,” which the New Orleans Saints Super Bowl MVP quarterback penned about his recovery from an injury. Romine also read Tony Dungy’s autobiography, “Quiet Strength,” and “Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance.” The books helped carry Romine through months of rehab. “There were times I thought I wouldn’t be able to play again,” he said. “Now, I don’t really think about it. I just go out there and play ball.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Restoration work to begin on Swan Park this August

first_imgRestoration work is to begin on the much-loved Swan Park in Buncrana this August, it has been confirmed. The community park was destroyed in the Inishowen flooding of August 2017.Since then, community campaigners have worked to source money for repair works. An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar was presented with an open letter signed by nine local groups calling for funds during his visit last September.Now, Donegal County Council has confirmed to Donegal Daily that the €1.7M works will begin later this summer.Inishowen Councillor Jack Murray said the news was a huge triumph for the people of Buncrana and surrounding areas.“We have had the money secured since last November and at last work will begin on the park later this summer, which is fantastic news for the community in Buncrana. “People were delighted when the funding was announced, but they were frustrated with the delay and thankfully now we have overcome every hurdle and this much-loved local amenity will be restored to its former glory,” he added.“You cannot overstate how beloved Swan Park is to the local community and everybody who uses it.“It was a big issue for tourism when it was first destroyed and I would often receive calls from around Inishowen and even Derry on its closure.So, it will be great for tourism again because it is one of the biggest attractions in Buncrana.”Restoration work to begin on Swan Park this August was last modified: July 12th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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

Injured QPR men could return against City

first_imgQPR are hopeful Joey Barton and Nedum Onuoha will be fit to return to action against their former club Manchester City a week on Saturday.Jordon Mutch could also be available when the champions visit Loftus Road. All three players have been struggling with hamstring problems.Having initially been confident Onuoha would make a swift return, Rangers have admitted defeat in their battle to get him fit for this weekend’s west London derby at Chelsea.Onuoha was a popular figure at City.But he is expected to return to training early next week, while Barton also appears to be close to recovering.“The lads are still injured who were injured before. There’s no-one who is fit this week that wasn’t,” Rangers boss Harry Redknapp confirmed ahead of the visit to Stamford Bridge.“Next week they should be training with the group again, hopefully on Monday, and with a week’s training they should be fit for Man City.”Barton made 130 league appearances for City before joining Newcastle in 2007.Defender Onuoha, a lifelong City fan, came through the ranks at the club and joined QPR in January 2012.See also:The Redknapp recap: Harry on Taarabt, Wright-Phillips and moreRedknapp keen to cause City problemsZamora in line for Rangers recall Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

New Sunshine Coast Stadium

first_imgHaving constructed the main field at Stockland Park to national standard, the Sunshine Coast Regional Council agreed to further develop the precinct by constructing a grandstand with high standard player and spectator facilities that would comply with State Sports Venue standards. The stadium is a 1000 seat grandstand with high standard player and spectator facilities, including three levels, state of the art player change rooms, coaches’ boxes, medical rooms and catering facilities. To keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and information in the lead up to and during the 2011 X-Blades National Youth Championships, go to www.nyc.mytouchfooty.com. Don’t forget to follow Touch Football Australia on Facebook and Twitter by clicking on the following links:www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Touch-Football-Australia/384949403384 www.twitter.com/touchfootyaus Touch Football Australia’s YouTube Channel will also be updated regularly throughout the event with highlights and interviews from the 2011 X-Blades National Youth Championships. To view the Channel, please click on the following link:www.youtube.com/touchfootballauslast_img read more

Justice ministers ask Ottawa to hurry court delays slow down legalizing pot

first_imgVANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – Provincial and territorial ministers of justice and public safety are urging the federal government to hurry up on solving court delays and slow down on legalizing pot.BC’s Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworth said today after the two-day political meeting that all provinces are concerned about the Canadian government’s refusal to reconsider its deadline of legalizing marijuana by July 1st, 2018. “I would like us to have more time,” he said. “But in the case of British Columbia, our job is to make sure that we can put in place that framework, and we’re working to that July date.”Quebec Justice Minister Stephanie Vallee said the rush to meet next summer’s deadline is interfering with the province’s own legislative plans for the fall session. “It’s asking for us to do a lot within a very short period of time,” Vallee said. “We also had a legislative agenda that’s been pushed because of this. We had no choice. I think it’s the same for all provinces,” she added.Canada’s public safety minister, Ralph Goodale, insisted at the conclusion of the two-day gathering that the July timeline still “appears to be a reasonable one,” despite a crescendo of misgivings from other governments, public health experts and police forces.“We are going to continue to work diligently with all of our partners to make sure that this is done in a thorough, competent, professional fashion,” Goodale said. “Public health and safety will always be paramount.”Quebec’s public consultations wrapped up two days ago and Vallee said she expects her government to unveil its regulatory framework for marijuana in the coming months.Alberta is partway through its own public consultation process and Justice Minister Kathleen Ganley said she expects to use the results of a recent outreach initiative to release a draft in the coming weeks.“That framework will go back out to the Alberta public for further validation,” she said. “We’re essentially going back and asking, ‘Was this the view you took?’”Besides pot laws, the ministers discussed strategies to address the so-called Jordan decision from the Supreme Court of Canada which imposes strict time limits on criminal prosecutions and has resulted in numerous serious cases being tossed over court delays.Federal Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould said the areas being considered for reform in an effort to accelerate the trial process include mandatory minimum penalties, the bail system, preliminary inquiries, the reclassification of some criminal offences and judicial case management.She did not elaborate when asked about specific details or a timeline for those reforms.“We had very detailed conversations about potential options,” Wilson-Raybould said. “We are going to proceed as quickly as we can,” she added, describing court delays as a priority. “I’m hopeful that we can have a package in the near future.”Quebec has borne much of the fallout from the so-called Jordan decision, with more than a thousand applications working their way through the province’s court system, including cases of alleged murder and sexual assault, Vallee said. “We need to do more than just cosmetic changes,” she said, emphasizing the need for changes to the criminal code and preliminary inquiries.Quebec has invested $135 million for more judges, prosecutors and court staff to deal with the backlog, she added.last_img read more

Gasoline companies to speak at public inquiry into BC pump prices Wednesday

first_imgThe utilities commission released a schedule and description of the so-called oral workshops, along with questions that will be asked, over the next two days. But it said it’s committed to staying on schedule and Parkland said Friday it would still participate.Other companies said they were reassured by the new confidentiality terms, including a spokesman for Husky, but didn’t commit to release the data.“The advance ruling on confidentiality does go a long way to satisfy Husky’s concerns,” Mel Duvall said in an email Thursday.“That said, we are still considering whether there are other measures that can be implemented by the BCUC that would provide further protection for the interveners.”Shell said it would provide the data ordered but requested the inquiry use the same confidentiality process that the National Energy Board used in proceedings dealing with pipeline access, including storing confidential material in a red folder.Suncor said it was preparing to submit the figures by Monday, while Imperial Oil said it still wasn’t comfortable doing so. Costco submitted two copies of a questionnaire Friday, one for the public and one with three additional answers it deemed confidential.Questions shared in advance by the utilities commission reveal some of the information the public may learn.They cover capacity and costs of using the Trans Mountain pipeline, whether refineries co-ordinate with one another to plan for maintenance repairs and shutdowns, and whether companies divert refined product from B.C. when gas prices are low.“We’ll be making findings on what we’ve found, whether it’s competitive or not, how the prices are set, why the prices are different here and why they fluctuate more than they do in other parts of Canada,” Morton said.The province has also asked the utilities commission to explore mechanisms the province could use to moderate price fluctuations and increases.Recommendations on the Trans Mountain pipeline are unlikely, Morton said, adding that he didn’t want to preclude anything prematurely.Ervin said there are a few options facing the province:— It can create a watchdog agency to monitor the elements going into the pump price and where they seem to change, in order to better understand and explain to the public what happens and why.— It can reduce taxes, which are among the highest in Canada, especially in the Metro Vancouver area where the carbon tax represents 9 cents per litre and the transit authority adds another 18.5 cents per litre.— Or it could pursue regulation of crude going into refineries, wholesale gasoline prices, or prices at the pump. Each of those regulations is “problematic,” he said.Crude and wholesale gasoline are globally traded commodities, he said. That means for example, that if wholesale gasoline prices are capped low, American wholesale buyers may buy them up leaving B.C. dry, he said.The Atlantic provinces regulate prices at the pump but that may have a counterproductive effect in B.C. Retail margins aren’t large and have actually declined over the last 20 to 30 years when inflation is taken into account, Ervin said.“It would most certainly have the consequence of putting gas stations out of business,” he said.Amy Smart, The Canadian Press VANCOUVER — An industry expert says a public inquiry into British Columbia’s record-breaking gasoline prices may increase the public’s understanding of a murky market but the provincial government’s options for response are limited.Michael Ervin, senior vice-president with consulting firm Kent Group that specializes in the downstream petroleum industry, said he also doesn’t expect the inquiry to uncover any bombshell revelations.The reason prices at the pump are so much higher in Vancouver and other B.C. cities than comparable jurisdictions all funnels down to supply and demand, he said. “We felt that under the circumstances it would not be unreasonable to provide them with that assurance,” Morton said in an interview.Calgary-based Parkland Fuel, which had raised concerns about confidentiality, also complained of tight deadlines in a letter from its lawyers to the commission on Tuesday.“The inquiry has the potential to profoundly impact Parkland’s business,” it said, adding that it is a voluntary participant and short notice on what the hearings would look like impedes their “full and fair participation.”“The only way to mitigate that harm is to delay the workshop.”center_img “It really comes down to very tight supply relative to pretty strong demand in the Lower Mainland and B.C. in general,” Ervin said in a phone interview.Premier John Horgan ordered the inquiry in May when prices at the pump reached $1.70 a litre, saying gas and diesel price increases were “alarming, increasingly out of line with the rest of Canada, and people in B.C. deserve answers.”He tasked the British Columbia Utilities Commission with overseeing the inquiry. A three-member panel chaired by CEO David Morton is set to begin its oral proceedings on Wednesday in Vancouver.But the inquiry has already encountered some hurdles.The utilities commission beefed up its confidentiality terms last week after six of seven fuel companies refused to share their retail margins, saying it would compromise their positions in a competitive market.The new terms grant advanced approval of confidential status to those who submit information that they identify as commercially or competitively sensitive under the new terms, rather than granting the status after the content is reviewed and deemed eligible.last_img read more

Social skills helped shape modern human face

first_imgThe evolution of modern human face may have been partly driven by our need for good social skills, according to a study. As large-brained, short-faced hominins, our faces are different from other, now extinct hominins, such as the Neanderthals, and our closest living relatives bonobos and chimpanzees, said researchers from the University of York in the UK. The study, published in the journal Nature Ecology and Evolution, traced changes in the evolution of the face from the early African hominins to the appearance of modern human anatomy. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainThe researchers conclude that social communication has been somewhat overlooked as a factor underlying the modern human facial form. Our faces should be seen as the result of a combination of biomechanical, physiological and social influences, researchers said. They suggest that our faces evolved not only due to factors such as diet and climate, but possibly also to provide more opportunities for gesture and nonverbal communication. These are vital skills for establishing the large social networks which are believed to have helped Homo sapiens to survive, researchers said. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma Award”We can now use our faces to signal more than 20 different categories of emotion via the contraction or relaxation of muscles,” said Paul O’Higgins, a professor at the University of York. “It’s unlikely that our early human ancestors had the same facial dexterity as the overall shape of the face and the positions of the muscles were different,” O’Higgins said. Instead of the pronounced brow ridge of other hominins, humans developed a smooth forehead with more visible, hairy eyebrows capable of a greater range of movement. This, alongside our faces becoming more slender, allows us to express a wide range of subtle emotions – including recognition and sympathy. “We know that other factors such as diet, respiratory physiology and climate have contributed to the shape of the modern human face, but to interpret its evolution solely in terms of these factors would be an oversimplification.” The human face has been partly shaped by the mechanical demands of feeding and over the past 100,000 years our faces have been getting smaller as our developing ability to cook and process food led to a reduced need for chewing. This facial shrinking process has become particularly marked since the agricultural revolution, as we switched from being hunter gatherers to agriculturalists and then to living in cities – lifestyles that led to increasingly pre-processed foods and less physical effort. “Softer modern diets and industrialised societies may mean that the human face continues to decrease in size,” said O’Higgins. “There are limits on how much the human face can change however, for example breathing requires a sufficiently large nasal cavity,” he said. “However, within these limits, the evolution of the human face is likely to continue as long as our species survives, migrates and encounters new environmental and cultural conditions.”last_img read more

Prahalis has big shoes to fill

The loss suffered by the Ohio State women’s basketball team in the Sweet 16 represented more than the end of the season — it represented the last time Jantel Lavender would don scarlet and gray. The vacancy left by the four-time Big Ten Player of the Year will be coach Jim Foster’s toughest obstacle, as he will look toward Ashley Adams to improve on her solid freshman season and develop into the type of low-post threat Lavender posed. “We have to find someone else,” Foster said. “Sammy (Prahalis is) back — another opportunity for her to lead and help some of our younger players grow over the summer.” Samantha Prahalis will be a senior next season under the expectation that the team will be hers to lead. Her 14.5 points per game were second, behind only Lavender. She finished Big Ten play as the conference leader in assists, with 6.9 per game, ranking third in the country. It’s likely that the majority of her assists next season will be from baskets made by Adams, who shot 61 percent from the field this year. After averaging less than six minutes of playing time over her first nine games, Adams moved into the starting lineup and contributed heavy minutes after senior Sarah Schulze suffered a serious knee injury Jan. 16. From then on, Adams averaged more than 27 minutes per game and started 16 of the team’s last 17 games. At 6-foot-4, Adams presented opposing teams with the challenge of facing two sizeable players in the post when paired with Lavender. After Schulze went down, Adams averaged 8.2 points per game. Before she moved into the starting lineup, she averaged fewer than two points a contest. Guard Brittany Johnson is the other senior starter leaving. Johnson was the team’s most potent threat from beyond the 3-point line, making 42.7 percent of her attempts. Johnson was the 29th player in program history to record 1,000 points, and was second in the Big Ten, averaging 2.9 threes per game. It will be up to guards Tayler Hill and Amber Stokes to fill the void Johnson leaves next year. Hill, entering her junior campaign, earned Big Ten All-Defensive team honors this season, and was voted honorable mention for the conference. She was third on the team in scoring, with 12.8 points per game, and handled the ball when teams looked to shut down Prahalis. Stokes became known as the team’s spark plug off the bench, often providing the Buckeyes with intangibles. Others who will likely see increased roles next season are centers Aleksandra Dobranic and Darryce Moore, forwards Martina Ellerbe, Brianna Sanders and Emilee Harmon, and guard Amy Scullion. Foster has four incoming freshmen signed for next season, including guards Raven Ferguson and Kalpana Beach. Ferguson is rated as the No. 35 overall prospect and sixth among point guards by ESPN. Beach is ranked as the No. 26 incoming freshman guard. “You just sort of reload and get ready,” Foster said after the Sweet 16 loss. “You can’t dwell.” read more

Opinion Slow start shouldnt concern Cleveland Cavaliers fans

Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James addresses an official during a game against the New Orleans Pelicans on Nov. 10. at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland. Cleveland won, 118-111.Credit: Courtesy of TNSWhen LeBron James returned to the Cleveland Cavaliers, he knew the team would have an adjustment period.“It’s something that I was ready for,” James told ESPN.com on Nov. 24. “I knew that it was going to be my biggest challenge of my career thus far, so I accept the challenge, and when we lose, I take full responsibility. When we win, the team wins. That’s what it’s about.”And a transition it has been. Through their first 16 games, the new “Big 3” of Kyrie Irving, Kevin Love and James have gone 9-7 and currently sit in sixth place in a weak Eastern Conference.However, it takes time for everything to play out.But what is everything though? Everything consists of team chemistry to off-court relationships and both offensive and defensive playmaking. James knew that the Cavs would go through all of this. And it’s because he’s done it before.Many fans and media expected the Cavaliers to start the regular season being a great team, and with James’ first “true” point guard in Irving, many thought this team could rely on its playmaking alone.Despite having a 5-3 record through the middle of November, the Cavs lost four straight, causing many to wonder if coach David Blatt was the right coach for one of the most talented teams in the NBA. Some fans have even wanted Blatt fired, as James has taken on a coaching role because Blatt has never played or coached in the NBA before.Blatt played collegiately at Princeton and then went on to play and coach in Israel, as well as coach the Russian national team in the 2012 Olympic games, leading the team to a bronze medal.But the NBA is different from any place Blatt has coached before, and it shows.Coming into Tuesday’s game against Milwaukee the Cavs, despite being 11th in the NBA in points per game with 103.3, ranked 24th in total rebounds per game with 41.1. Defensively, it ranks 17th in total points allowed per game with 99.3. They are also 27th in assists allowed per game with 24.8.Love was also on the record saying that his new team was going to have a transition period.“It’s going to take a little bit of time, but we’re going to clean this up, I guarantee you that,” Love told ESPN.com. “Team morale is great. We get along, but we know we have a ton of work to do.”Through everything the Cavs have gone through this season, many fail to mention that James and his former team, the Miami Heat, had a transition period of nearly a month and a half, before the team started to get a feel for one another’s style of play.It wasn’t until Dec. 2, 2010, when the Heat played the Cavs, in what was James’ first game against his former team, that the Heat turned the corner. Despite Cleveland going into that game with two straight wins, the Heat beat the Cavs, 118-90. After that, everything seemed to click for the winning team. From there, the Heat continued their three-game winning streak and won 20 of their next 21 games.Before going on that run and heading into 2011 at 25-9, some were calling for the firing of coach Erik Spoelstra.Despite taking the Heat to the NBA Finals in his first two seasons coaching the team, its start was something many didn’t expect.In their first 18 games together, Chris Bosh, Dwyane Wade and James went 10-8, with key wins coming against the Orlando Magic and Philadelphia 76ers, who both made the playoffs that season. Rumors had spread that Heat President Pat Riley would relieve Spoelstra of coaching duties and take over. Instead, Riley did nothing, and the Heat lost to the Dallas Mavericks in the NBA Finals that season.Sixteen games in, the Cavs have key wins against the Atlanta Hawks, Chicago Bulls and the Washington Wizards and are still going through some growing pains, but have won four-straight.But like the Heat, it doesn’t matter what is going on now, the future is more important. That’s why people say it’s not how you preform in the first half of the season, it’s how you preform in May and June.So while fans may be worried about how the Cavs preform, remember that it just takes time.Time is one of the hardest things to live with as a sports fan because as a team is going through a rebuilding phase, the product you see on the floor isn’t necessarily the product you’ll see at the end of the day.By the beginning of January, I guarantee Blatt and the Cavs will have figured something out and will continue to fight toward a potential birth in the NBA Finals. Only so much can be learned during training camp, and time for adjustments in the regular season has to be learned in practice and during in-game situations. read more