Donegal Manager takes up part-time role as coach with Celtic

first_img Business Matters Ep 45 – Boyd Robinson, Annette Houston & Michael Margey Donegal Manager takes up part-time role as coach with Celtic Previous articleSDLP conference to give full backing to Malin Head campaignNext articleWitness who withheld evidence in William McKeeney murder trial jailed News Highland Pinterest WhatsApp WhatsApp Pinterest Google+ Twitter Guidelines for reopening of hospitality sector published LUH system challenged by however, work to reduce risk to patients ongoing – Dr Hamilton Google+center_img Facebook Facebook News RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Donegal football manager Jim McGuinness has been appointed as a performance consultant with Celtic soccer club, however, he will also remain in charge of the All-Ireland champions.Celtic released a statement this morning stating that McGuinness had joined the Glasgow club.He will be based at Lennoxtown and will help in the development of the club’s young players; he will commence his role at the end of November.Former All Ireland winner with Donegal and Highland Radio GAA pundit Martin McHugh says the move to Celtic can actually be an advantage to Donegal:[podcast][/podcast] Almost 10,000 appointments cancelled in Saolta Hospital Group this week By News Highland – November 9, 2012 Twitter Calls for maternity restrictions to be lifted at LUH Need for issues with Mica redress scheme to be addressed raised in Seanad alsolast_img read more

Big Gigantic, Monophonics, And More Added To Twiddle’s Frendly Gathering Lineup

first_imgTwiddle is getting quite “Frendly” at the 2016 Frendly Gathering festival, scheduled for June 23-25 in Timber Ridge, Vermont. In addition to the Green Mountain State jam band, the initial lineup impressed with acts like Cabinet, Moon Hooch, Turkuaz, Marco Benevento, Trevor Hall, and a lot more.Today, the lineup expanded with three exciting new additions: Big Gigantic, Monophonics, and The Congress. The funk vibes will be strong at this year’s Gathering, but the jams will remain sufficiently Frendly with community efforts to create a lasting environment that is built upon kindness, generosity, and respect.Join The Frends Crew today. You can catch the full lineup below, and head to Frendly Gathering’s website for tickets and more information!Full Frendly Gathering Lineup:Twiddle | Big Gigantic | Monophonics | The Congress | Trevor Hall | Turkuaz | GIVERS | Moon Hooch | The Ballroom Thieves | LYNX & the Servants of Song | LYNX | Marco Benevento | Cabinet | Sinkane | Son Little | Eminence Ensemble | Jaden Carlson Band | Madaila | Helado Negro | Mariachi Flor de Toloache | Kitchen Dwellers | Natural Child | The Smooths | Into The Mystic: A Tribute to Van Morrison | Disco Phantom | Canyon Collected | Tommy Alexander | The High Breaks | Upstate Rubdown | Mal Maiz | AND MORE TO COME SOON!!!last_img read more

Weekend Pick: Asheville Food & Wine Festival

first_imgAsheville is many things to many people. To outdoor enthusiasts, it’s a mecca of activity from rafting to biking and everything in between. To beer lovers, it’s a mecca of craft beer from Imperial IPAs to Lagers and everything in between. To food lovers, it’s a mecca of locally sourced, organic flavors from vegans soup to meat lovers pizza. It’s little wonder that all these things go hand in hand. Those who tend to love the outdoors, want to protect the outdoors, and spend most of their time outdoors, also love heady brews and local fare. This is no coincidence; the outdoors lifestyle we have cultivated in the 21st century encompasses all these traits. At least for most of us. This weekend, take that epic bike ride, that long run, that kayaking trip, then head over to the U.S. Cellular Center for the Asheville Wine & Food Festival.The name of this festival is a slight misnomer. Yes, there will be awesome food, and awesome wine from around North Carolina and the greater Asheville area, but there will also be ample amounts of local beer, and even locally distilled spirits, on hand for those who don’t enjoy the vino – who are these people? The main event is the Grand Tasting on Saturday where they will be popping bottles and cookin’ up grub from 1pm to 5pm. We could go on, but the events press release says it all:“Even for locals, it’s still almost impossible to sample every delicious flavor the region has to offer, but The Grand Tasting comes pretty close. On Saturday, August 24, the U.S. Cellular Center will house the largest gathering of its kind in downtown Asheville. This year, nearly 125 local and international wine distributors and makers, a bevy of local Beer City and area brewers, regional distillers, restaurateurs and chefs, farmers, and artisan food producers will line the concourse and ground floor of the arena. Meet farmers, chefs, cookbook authors, and artisan makers, as well as select nonprofits and regional crafters. Cooking demonstrations will take place throughout the day, as well as the Amateur Winemaker Competition. And you won’t want to miss the WNC Chefs Challenge finale, when the Best Chef in WNC will be revealed.”So let your passions combine at the Asheville Wine & Food Festival, just be sure to get your ride in beforehand. No one likes a tipsy, food coma-y exercise partner.View Larger Maplast_img read more

Salmonella enteritidis on the rise in chickens

first_img They point to a recent FoodNet report that showed a strong association between infection with S enteritidis phage types 8 and 13 and eating chicken. “The possible emergence of these two phage types in broiler chickens suggests that industry should implement appropriate Salmonella enteritidis controls for broiler chickens,” the authors write. “The implications are mostly for how we evaluate our surveillance system,” he told CIDRAP News. “There are about 50 different serotypes, and the clinical illness is the same [for all serotypes].” The authors, led by Sean F. Altekruse of the USDA, note that two recent US case-control studies from the Foodborne Diseases Active Surveillance Network (FoodNet) associated eating chicken with sporadic human infections with S enteritidis. Though the overall incidence of human salmonellosis was lower in 2005 than in the mid 1990s, FoodNet surveillance indicated the incidence of S enteritidis infections was about 25% higher. The findings, published yesterday in the December issue of Emerging Infectious Diseases (EID), do not necessarily signal an overall increase in the risk of chicken-related Salmonella infection, but they appear to reinforce other evidence about the emergence of S enteritidis in chicken. Craig Hedberg, PhD, a foodborne disease expert and associate professor of environmental and occupational health at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, said the identification of a different serotype in broiler chickens by itself doesn’t mean that eating or handling chicken is becoming more dangerous. Mar 6 CIDRAP News article “USDA aims to reduce Salmonella in meat and poultry” The researchers write that the sampling program is not designed to estimate national prevalence of poultry contamination, because it doesn’t consider production volume or regional or seasonal effects, but the findings are significant. The proportion of establishments that had positive tests increased from 17 of 197 (9%) in 2000 to 47 of 187 (25%) in 2005. In addition, the number of states where the strain was found increased from 14 in the 2000-2002 period to 24 in the ensuing 3 years. Two S enteritidis phage types accounted for most isolates from broiler rinse water: PT 8 and PT 13. “Enteritidis in broilers is noteworthy given the increase in human Salmonella enteritidis infection rates in the United States and recent findings that eating chicken is a new and important risk factor for sporadic infection,” they state. Hedberg said the findings should prompt renewed attention to S enteriditis control programs in egg production and that it’s difficult to disentangle the risk factors for the organism in chickens. The egg and broiler industries are very different and their disease-control strategies vary, he said.center_img Altekruse SF, Bauer N, Chanlongbutra A, et al. Salmonella enteritidis in broiler chickens, United States, 2000-2005. Emerg Infect Dis 2006;12(12):1848-52 [Full text] The USDA researchers tested rinse water samples collected from 2000 through 2005 at plants that slaughter broiler chickens. Eligible poultry processors were randomly selected each month for sampling, which involved collecting rinse water used on one chilled broiler chicken carcass per day for 51 days. Samples were sent for analysis to USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) laboratories in Georgia, California, and Missouri. Nov 22, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – Sampling by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) over the last 5 years has shown a fourfold increase in the number of broiler chicken carcasses contaminated with Salmonella enterica serotype enteritidis, a strain previously associated mainly with eggs. Meat and poultry producers that haven’t reduced the percentage of positive Salmonella tests to no more than half the FSIS performance standard by July 2007 will face consequences, the USDA authors report. For example, the FSIS may post test results, including processing plant names, on the Web for products that have not made sufficient progress. See also: Earlier this year, the USDA reported evidence of a steady increase in overall Salmonella contamination in broiler chickens since 2002, with 16.3% of samples testing positive in 2005. The trend prompted the FSIS to announce plans to report test results faster and increase monitoring of processing plants that have high numbers of positive samples. The Salmonella initiative is patterned after a recent FSIS program aimed at ground beef, which the agency says led to a 40% reduction in the number of Escherichia coli O157:H7 illness cases. However, they say that voluntary quality-assurance programs enacted by the egg industry in the 1990s were enough to control S enteritidis in eggs. Many of the interventions are adaptable to broiler chickens, the authors write, including monitoring and sanitation of breeding flocks, hatcheries, broiler flocks, and slaughtering facilities. Over the 6-year study, researchers identified 280 S enteritidis isolates from 51,327 broiler rinses; the annual number of isolates rose from 23 in 10,057 samples in 2000 to 120 in 9,592 samples in 2005. As a proportion of all Salmonella strains found, S enteritidis increased from 2.5% in 2000 to 7.7% in 2005.last_img read more

Israel’s coalition deal: Political stability with pitfalls

first_imgIsrael’s coalition deal between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Benny Gantz breaks a year-long deadlock but has pitfalls — from power sharing mechanisms to West Bank policy and the premier’s corruption charges.Monday’s agreement for a unity government, signed by Netanyahu and parliament speaker Gantz after three inconclusive elections in less than a year, seeks to give the Jewish state desperately-needed political stability as it confronts the coronavirus pandemic.  “After a year and a half of political stalemate and as the country endures one of the most severe economic crises in its history, it is high-time for Israel to have a functioning government,” said Yohanan Plesner, president of the Israel Democracy Institute think-tank.  Implementing the deal will require majority support in Israel’s 120-seat parliament, the Knesset. That is likely to happen, assuming it is backed by Netanyahu’s unified right-wing bloc and most of Gantz’s supporters. Netanyahu will serve as prime minister through the first 18 months of the three-year deal. Gantz will first serve as “alternate prime minister,” a new position that must be created through an amendment of Israel’s so-called Basic Laws. Passing that amendment is a key part of the coalition deal.After 18 months, Gantz takes over as prime minister, with Netanyahu serving as his alternate. Through the first six months, the government will be defined as an “emergency” body focused primarily on containing the COVID-19 pandemic and mitigating the economic devastation it has caused. Israel has more than 13,800 confirmed virus cases, including over 180 deaths, and a nationwide lockdown has left huge numbers of people without an income.Cabinet portfolios are split between the two camps. Key ministries assigned to Netanyahu’s side include finance and interior, while Gantz’s side will control the justice ministry and the position of foreign minister will rotate.The former army chief announced Tuesday evening he would serve as defense minister. Ministers can only be fired if there is agreement from both sides, and the prime minister cannot sack his alternate.  Power sharing  Topics : Netanyahu’s trial The prime minister was due to face trial on charges of bribery, fraud and breach of trust last month. The trial’s start date was postponed to May 24 because of the pandemic. Under Israeli law, a prime minister can continue to serve while under indictment, but a regular cabinet minister cannot. With his trial, including possible appeals, expected to last several years, the veteran premier did not want to be forced out of government when his term expired. His expected transition to alternate prime minister in 2021 likely solves that problem. Netanyahu’s Likud party also retained significant say over the appointment of judges and prosecutors, influence that could help the prime minister as his case moves forward. Legal cases have also been filed by non-government groups seeking to block an individual under indictment from serving as prime minister. Under the coalition deal, if Israel’s top court bars Netanyahu from serving, his agreement with Gantz is dissolved and another election will be called.  West Bank annexationsFor Netanyahu, US President Donald Trump’s plan for Middle East peace offered Israel an “historic” opportunity. The plan — rejected by the Palestinians and condemned by much of the international community — gave Israel the green light to annex Jewish settlements and other strategic territory in the occupied West Bank. Such annexations would violate international law and likely inflame tensions in the volatile region. Gantz had praised Trump’s controversial plan but was more cautious regarding its implementation. The coalition agreement says that any measures regarding Trump’s plan would be executed “in full agreement of the United States,” while maintaining “international dialogue” and “the need to maintain regional stability”.At the same time, with Gantz’s permission, Netanyahu can bring Trump’s annexation plan to cabinet and parliament for discussion and approval from July 1.Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh on Monday condemned the formation of an “Israeli annexation government,” saying it marked the end of the two-state solution. But he warned that the Netanyahu-Gantz deal risks creating a government “without a grand vision or clear goals” that would be vulnerable to being bogged down with “cumbersome political agreements.”Here are the main points of the deal:last_img read more

Increase in winter coyote sightings is no cause for alarm

first_imgStatewide—It’s that time of year again – coyotes are on the move, and Indiana residents might see them more, but this should not be a cause for alarm.Coyotes are common everywhere in the state, even in urban areas. Coyotes become more active during winter, and the bare vegetation this time of year increases the chance of catching a glimpse. Young coyotes leave their parents to find a new home, making them more likely to be seen during winter. And in January, coyotes will be looking to breed, making them even more active. Seeing more coyotes does not mean they are increasing in number.Where people are, coyotes follow. Coyotes like to eat animals and plants that thrive around yards and homes, including rabbits, mice, fruit and squirrels. They thrive around people because of the abundant food that comes with human development. Coyotes are a common member of Indiana’s urban wildlife community, as are raccoons, red foxes, and opossums. Coyotes are also an important member of Indiana’s wildlife community, helping control rodent populations and cleaning up carrion.Coyotes typically weigh between 20-30 pounds and are similar in height to a German Shepherd. Winter fur, which is thicker, makes coyotes appear bigger than they actually are, potentially causing concern. To reduce the possibility of pets having a negative interaction with coyotes or any other wildlife, keep pets leashed, in a kennel with a secure top, or indoors.Problems between coyotes and people are uncommon. Follow these tips for making your property less attractive to coyotes:– Clean up fallen fruit from trees or gardens.– Keep garbage secure.– Make sure pet food and treats are not left outside.– If you see a coyote around your yard, take down birdfeeders; coyotes could be attracted to the rodents eating the seeds.– Never intentionally feed a coyote, which could result in its losing its fear of people.Making a coyote feel unwelcome around people can help maintain its natural fear of humans, but never corner or chase a coyote – you should always allow it to have a clear escape path to get away from you.If you see a coyote and want it to go away, try to make it uncomfortable:– Yell.– Wave your arms.– Spray it with a hose.– Throw tennis balls or small stones at it, but don’t throw anything that could be food, like apples.– Carry a jar of coins to shake or a small air horn to make noise.To learn more about coyotes click here.last_img read more

FB : GRAND OPENING: SU rallies from 15 points down, defeats Wake Forest in overtime season opener

first_imgFrom dilapidated to well-oiled, nonexistent to lethal — the Syracuse offense was a roller coaster on Thursday against Wake Forest.At its lowest, the unit amassed minus five total yards in the first quarter and more penalty yards (56) than total offense (52) by halftime. The result was a 20-7 Wake Forest lead.But at its peak, Ryan Nassib completed 13-of-15 passes after halftime, Antwon Bailey exploded and Van Chew made the two biggest receptions of his life.‘We were looking for that explosiveness from them right off the get-go, but hey, better late than never,’ Syracuse defensive end Mikhail Marinovich said.An inept SU (1-0, 0-0 Big East) offense rebooted itself in the second half and lit up the same Wake Forest defense that stymied the Orange through 30 minutes of play. Syracuse erased a 15-point fourth-quarter deficit courtesy of its sudden high-octane attack and pulled off the program’s largest comeback since 2003, stunning the Demon Deacons 36-29 in overtime.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThough more than half of the 40,833 in attendance had already exited with the game seemingly out of reach for SU, those who stuck it out were treated to a classic.‘That’s one of the best wins since I’ve been in Syracuse,’ Bailey said. ‘To do it in the fashion we did it, to come from so many points down and then to do it in the Dome. It doesn’t get any better than that.’Jimmy Newman’s 40-yard field goal with 11:02 remaining in the fourth quarter marked the beginning of the game’s second act. Those three points gave Wake Forest a 29-14 lead, which appeared insurmountable given the inconsistent performance of the SU offense to that point.On the sidelines, though, the Syracuse offense gathered together and agreed that it was now or never if the team wanted to enjoy its season opener.Nassib, who started the game 1-for-5, couldn’t miss. Twenty-one yards to Alec Lemon, nine more to Lemon on the next play, 24 yards to Chew five plays later. He completed all five passes on the drive for 59 yards, capping it off with a two-yard touchdown pass to fullback Adam Harris to make the score 29-21.‘We got it within eight, and I felt like that was a big turning point for the team,’ Harris said. ‘Everybody started getting a little excitement. The stadium felt alive again.’Then it was Bailey’s turn. The SU senior running back couldn’t find a single crease in the first half. Outside of one 10-yard gain, he had just 11 yards on seven carries.But with one 53-yard burst, he put to bed all of the criticism and hype surrounding his 5-foot-7-inch, 201-pound frame. He broke a run outside, down the left sideline and outran the Wake Forest defense to bring Syracuse within two at 29-27.He finished the game with 114 rushing yards and two touchdowns.Chew made a diving catch falling out of the back right corner of the end zone, dragging his left hip along the Carrier Dome turf to convert the two-point conversion.SU emerged from the murky depths to stun Wake Forest with 15 points in a span of 3:55.‘We like teams that pressure us because now you can get the big play,’ SU head coach Doug Marrone said. ‘We were able to make some big plays. I’m disappointed we couldn’t make them earlier.’With the score deadlocked 29-29, Nassib and Marinovich flashed back to the season opener in 2008. Greg Paulus guided the Orange into overtime against Minnesota, but an interception in the back of the end zone cost Syracuse the game.But Nassib said this team is tougher. The bond is stronger. So as SU began overtime with the ball, the white-hot offense composed of a ‘brotherhood’ forged onward.Nassib went back to Chew. The receiver absorbed a shot from Wake Forest strong safety Cyhl Quarles on first down and hauled in a 16-yard deep comeback, setting up the Orange with a first-and-goal.Two plays later, Nassib faced a strong rush off a play-action fake and backpedaled away from danger. He floated a pass to Chew in the front left corner of the end zone.Chew slid forward, caught the ball and rolled onto his side to protect the ball. Touchdown.‘I saw the ball in the air, and I was like, ‘I have to get it. We have to score,” Chew said. ‘So I just went after it.’Syracuse took the lead 36-29, and four plays later the team stormed the field. The defense forced a turnover on downs to cap the most dramatic comeback since the Paul Pasqualoni era.Fortunate, yes. But impressive as well. The 22 unanswered points shocked the Demon Deacons, whose players stood motionless on the field as their fourth-down pass toward wide receiver Chris Givens was batted down by SU’s Kevyn Scott.Syracuse stole the game away with an unthinkable turnaround.‘It was probably the best game I ever played in my life and been in,’ Chew said. ‘And how we just came back from everything, from adversity and stuff and just to get that win in overtime is amazing.’[email protected] Published on August 31, 2011 at 12:00 pm Contact Michael: [email protected] | @Michael_Cohen13 Commentscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Antibiotic Resistance Is Ancient

first_imgAn isolated tribe in a remote place in Amazonia has antibiotic resistance genes in its gut bacteria.An icon of evolution is antibiotic resistance. Supposedly, after the introduction of antibiotics in the 20th century, bacteria “evolved” the ability to resist their toxic effects. Since some antibiotics are synthetic, and the body still develops resistance, the story is that evolution is quick to evolve resistance by natural selection.That story has undergone a challenge by a new study of a previously uncontacted group of Yanomami people in a remote region of Venezuela. Researchers gathered stool samples for study, and found that the people had a wider variety of gut biota than westerners. Among the bacteria were species that had antibiotic resistance genes—including the ability to fight synthetic antibiotics. This was reported by Science Magazine reporter Ann Gibbons, who said scientists find this troubling:The medical team’s interviews with these Yanomami villagers found they were never given drugs or exposed to food or water with antibiotics. Instead, Dantas suggests that the Yanomami gut bacteria have evolved an armory of methods to fight a wide range of toxins that threaten them—just as our ancestors and other primates have done to fight dangerous microbes. For example, the Yanomami bacteria may already have encountered toxins that occur naturally in their environment that are similar in molecular structure to modern antibiotics, but have yet to be discovered by scientists. Or, gut bacteria in humans have evolved a generalized mechanism for detecting certain features shared by all antibiotics—including the synthetic ones designed by scientists—and so can mount a defense against new threats.The discovery is troubling because it suggests that “antibiotic resistance is ancient, diverse, and astonishingly widespread in nature—including within our own bodies,” says anthropologist Christina Warinner of the University of Oklahoma in Norman, who is not a co-author. “Such findings and their implications explain why antibiotic resistance was so quick to develop after the introduction of therapeutic antibiotics, and why we today should be very concerned about the proper use and management of antibiotics in both clinical and agricultural contexts.”It’s still possible that the people are not as isolated as thought, since they obtained machetes, cans and T-shirts, Live Science says. If the conclusions of the researchers are valid, though, it undermines a claim for rapid evolution, and gives credence to the creationist counter-argument that resistance genes were already present in the bacteria and did not arise de novo. Nature‘s coverage said nothing about evolution.For decades, evolutionists have pointed to antibiotic resistance as proof of evolution in debates and articles. No wonder this is troubling. It’s also another instance of the facts forcing them to push the origin of things into the unobserved past.The warfare metaphor is misleading. Nature is full of pushes and pulls that usually provide balance (homeostasis). Bacteria are not the evildoers they are often portrayed to be; nor are antibiotics the good guys with the white hats. We couldn’t live without most bacteria. There’s more of them than our own cells inside our bodies. Most of what they do is beneficial for both them and us. We can envision our Creator providing balance in the beginning, but loosening that balance at the curse on sin, leading to sickness and death. He has also given mankind the brains to figure out how things work, so that we can attempt to restore the balance as far as possible.The contrast of the evolutionists’ mission with Jim Elliott’s mission is striking. Elliott and his colleagues went to remote Amazon tribes to win them to Christ; the biologists went to dig into their scat. For sure, some of them wished to help the tribes people with their diseases, particularly the children. But it’s apparent they also wanted to find evidence for evolution. The findings were contrary to their expectations.We’re not saying the missions are necessarily mutually exclusive. You can go to a tribe to help them spiritually and physically. Many missionaries, in fact, do that. There are terrific medical missionary teams around the world that build hospitals in foreign lands, ministering to the body and the spirit of the poor. Ministering to the spirit is a doorway to people’s minds as well as hearts, giving them the worldview tools to understand themselves and their world. That, in turn, can lead to better understanding of science and healthy living. If the motivation is to use people as guinea pigs for Darwin, though, that would indeed be troubling. (Visited 100 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Sefolosha Says NY Cops Broke Leg

first_imgATLANTA — Atlanta Hawks player Thabo Sefolosha said he is in “great pain” and blamed New York City police for causing a “significant injury” that knocked him out for the season.The backup forward sustained a fractured right lower leg and ligament damage while being arrested with teammate Pero Antic outside a Manhattan nightclub while the Hawks were in the city to face the Brooklyn Nets last week.Sefolosha won’t return until next season, costing the top-seeded Hawks a strong perimeter defender heading into the playoffs.“On advice of counsel, I hope you can appreciate that I cannot discuss the facts of the case. Those questions will be answered by my attorney in a court of law,” Sefolosha said after practice, reading from a statement in his first public comments since the incident.“I will simply say that I am in great pain, have experienced a significant injury, and that the injury was caused by the police.”He also said this “has been a difficult time for me and I truly appreciate the support I have received from everyone. I am extremely disappointed that I will not be able to join my teammates on the court during the playoffs and apologize to them for any distraction this incident has caused. I will be cheering for them every step of the way and will be diligent in my rehabilitation.”Antic and Sefolosha were at the scene April 8y when Indiana Pacers forward Chris Copeland was stabbed outside the nightclub. The Hawks players were charged with obstructing authorities and disorderly conduct, though Antic said they weren’t even with Copeland when the stabbing occurred.“We don’t have nothing to do with what happened with that,” Antic said last week. “We weren’t together. We didn’t even see the guy and whatever happened, happened way before.”Copeland, his girlfriend and another woman were stabbed. Copeland underwent surgery and a 22-year-old suspect was taken into custody.Sefolosha declined to answer most questions from reporters after his statement. When asked about a video that surfaced online allegedly showing the police striking him in the leg with a baton, he said, ” I don’t want to go into details on anything but I think the video speaks for itself.”Sefolosha said he will undergo surgery in the next few days and had a better timetable on his return for next season.“I am disappointed that I will miss the playoffs. I hate this feeling that I’m letting my teammates down,” he said. “At the same time, I can’t speak too much on it. I just hate the bad look it gives on the team.”Antic, a backup center, said he and Sefolosha were not trying to shield police or onlookers from Copeland.“I would say that it’s a pure example of being in the wrong place at the wrong time,” Antic said. “I mean, people know Thabo for so many years in the league. He’s probably one of the greatest guys.”The NBA players union said it was investigating the arrests. An attorney for the players, Alex Spiro, said they did nothing wrong and that he expects the charges to be dropped.Both were released without bail. Sefolosha was limping noticeably during his court appearance.“The players union is concerned about the circumstances of Thabo Sefolosha and Pero Antic’s arrest,” National Basketball Players Association spokeswoman Tara Greco said.The Hawks (60-21) have set a franchise record for wins and have the top seed in the conference playoffs for only the second time since moving to Atlanta in 1968. The loss of Sefolosha came with the Hawks already dealing with the loss of All-Star forward Paul Millsap with a sprained right shoulder.Millsap practiced April 14 and may be able to play in the regular-season finale April 15 at Chicago. The Hawks will host Game 1 of the playoffs either April 18 or 19.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more