Options to Growth

first_img Tweet NewsRegional Options to Growth by: – June 20, 2012 20 Views   no discussions Share Sharing is caring!center_img Share Share Melanius AlphonseThe budget statement and its failure to provide a clear vision for Saint Lucia coincides with yet another call for a sustainable and integrated action plan, that would boost confidence for Saint Lucia and usher future economic success. The article “Government debt policy too uncertain, says St. Lucia economist” Maxim Auguste, illustrated another practical option and a sound knowledge base on developing economies and urge policy makers to “make it happen.” His observation and option to microfinance and social business initiatives are critical for Saint Lucia’s growth and development that synchronize an integrated action plan. Without an integrated plan of government, business and the wider economy, Saint Lucia will not reach its goal to create sustainable jobs for the more than 24,000 Saint Lucians who are looking for work.And with the continuing expansion of the public service, high inflation and high deficits, Saint Lucia will continue to struggle. For example with EC$32.6 million owned to Inland Revenue in Hotel Accommodation Tax, government has missed an opportunity to acquire equity on behalf of the people of Saint Lucia, provide jobs and grow the economy.More so, the options by government to forego millions and discount outstanding payments to the Inland Revenue are cause for concern – and on the verge of the implementation of 15 percent Value Added Tax (VAT) coupled with the requirements to collect and remit taxes to the Inland Revenue, the wrong message is being sent. Already, government and the VAT implementation team has not yet explained what the indicators are and why the VAT threshold of EC$180,000 has been affix.In order to attain that threshold, the research team had to have come up with business intelligence that a sizable number of the business community in Saint Lucia makes over EC$180,000 a year.If that is not the case then the threshold of EC$180,000 is high and encourages creative accounting.“In building opportunities for our common future” the current 68.9 percent debt-to-GDP ratio as of March 31, 2012, means that Saint Lucia is not competitive in the global market place.As a result, to grow the economy the platform upon which to operate and build must be re – establish. That’s why the options to grow Saint Lucia’s economy must comprise an affordable and deep-seated module to re-position Saint Lucia’s future economic success.The current economic pillars of – tourism, agriculture and financial services are not captivating enough and a better composition of agriculture, agri-business and manufacturing, micro enterprise (SME’s); and development centers to attract foreign investors and financial services, infrastructure development and tourism – needs to be reformulated.The main components of inflation are raising food and fuel prices, -therefore, the supply of affordable transportation, waste management, infrastructure services, food, water, and energy supply at a fair rate is a cornerstone of economic growth, that does not need government to micro-manage business and the social sectors. Even with the requirements of business, government and social leaders who must deal with the deficit problem and the economic growth problem at the same time must enact policy that will encourage growth.For Saint Lucia to move forward, private enterprise must take the lead and government must roll back to its appropriate place of limited role and not create monopolies and additional bureaucracies such as STEP, YEP, NICE, SMILE, LEAP, and TIPPER.In addition, further discipline and clear timelines are necessary to help build value and confidence in the Saint Lucian economy, such as; A reduction in the size and cost of government; and any IMF renewal agreement; The national debt of EC$2.2 billion and the cost of servicing the national debt must be reduced; And the creation of public – private partnerships, small business and development centers are paramount.Local and foreign investment grows the economy over government investments – therefore the focus must be, to encourage private sector strategic investments of capital projects that will power the future engines of innovation and break out of low growth with sustainable jobs.In this regard; An equitable tax policy; the ratification of the labor code and the rule of law must apply; There is greater need to make business development financing, capital financing and equity financing accessible – as well as a clear plan to empower cooperatives and pension funds, encourage greater local savings and Diaspora investment options; The trade deficit and the supply chain are unsustainable; in excess of EC$400 million – a claw back of at least 30 percent is immediately required in order to have a significant impact; Along with provisions for a robust price control policy where business can compete fairly, to offer the best prices within a reliable and sustainable system. With regards to the arguments and the status quo of business as usual, – the current course of economic growth and development in Saint Lucia is not going to reach the goal of sustainable jobs and economic growth. That must change!Fortunately, Saint Lucian has fresh buds and a lot more expertise and ideas to offer towards a new economic approach to change the current course. The time to create sustainable jobs and economic growth is now.But time is critical.By: Melanius Alphonselast_img read more

Lady Bulldogs 2nd At Shelbyville Golf Invitational

first_imgThe Batesville Lady Bulldogs finished second in the Shelbyville Invitational at Bear Chase Golf Course on Saturday (9-6).The New Palestine Lady Dragons won with a score of 338. Batesville scored 378 followed by Mooresville ‘A’ 381, Shelbyville ‘A’ 387, Jennings County 407, Greensburg 416, Shelbyville ‘B’ 427, Mooresville ‘B’ 441, and Heritage Christian 450.Medalist was Makenzie Black of New Palestine 80.  2nd Abby Poole-New Pal 81.  3rd Madison McCreary-Batesville 81.Batesville next plays in the Ripley County Tourney at North Branch on Tuesday (9-9).Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Tom Meyer.last_img read more

Defending Modified champion gets first 2014 North Star Series win

first_imgARLINGTON, Minn. (Aug. 9) – Defending IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modified champion Bran­don Beckendorf got his first win of the 2014 Redline Racing Parts North Star Series Saturday at Arlington Raceway. Jeff Coon led the first 16 laps before a caution brought the field back together. On the restart, Becken­dorf dove in and took the lead away with Dan Menk right behind him. Coon then went into the pit area with a flat tire.Beckendorf led the remaining five laps with Menk on his tail and Curt Lund moving up from his 14th place start to challenge but ultimately settling for third. The victory was Beckendorf’s series career fifth.Gary Mattison drew pole and led the first three laps of the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car main before giving way to Dan Mackenthun. Mackenthun in turn was challenged by Jeff McCollum and Jim Larson but held off both drivers the rest of the distance for his second series win of the season and career fourth checkers.Adam Revier led all but the lap that counted most in the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod main, as his engine gave out coming to the checkered flag and allowing Matt Looft to pass him for the win. Looft, the defending champion, got win number two on the season and his career sixth ahead of Chris Isaacson and Revier. Jamie Songer led the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock main from start to finish for his second checkers in the last three series outings. Justin Luinenburg challenged the last five laps but set­tled for second ahead of Tim Heidecker. Nate Coopman, another 2013 series king, dominated again in the Mach-1 Sport Compact feature as he took the lead on the first lap. Second in the 19-car field was Joe Regner and Alan Lahr was third.Coopman owns seven North Star Series wins this season and 20 for his career.Dustin Sargent led the IMCA Eagle Motorsports RaceSaver Sprint Car feature in a green to check­ered race for his career first feature win.Feature ResultsModifieds – 1. Brandon Beckendorf; 2. Dan Menk; 3. Curt Lund; 4. Todd Stinehart; 5. Jerry Wren; 6. Tyler Limoges; 7. Greg Jacobsen; 8. Tim Pessek; 9. Jason Helmbrecht; 10. Nick Helmbrecht; 11. Dalton Magers; 12. Jeff Larson; 13. Brent Reierson; 14. Josh Rogotzke; 15. Chad Porter; 16. Jeff Coon; 17. Fred Heidecker; 18. Trent Loverude.Stock Cars – 1. Dan Mackenthun; 2. Jeff McCollum; 3. Jim Larson; 4. Gary Mattison; 5. David Moriarty; 6. Chris Meyer; 7. Matthew Schauer; 8. Matt Speckman; 9. Dean Cornelius; 10. Brad Lange; 11. Dan Dhaene; 12. John Polifka; 13. Dean Nething; 14. Daniel Eckblad; 15. Michael Bruns; 16. Jeff Holstein; 17. Shaun Bruns; 18. Mark Munsterman; 19. Chuck Winter.Northern SportMods – 1. Matthew Looft; 2. Chris Isaacson; 3. Adam Revier; 4. Adam Voss; 5. Josh Larsen; 6. Larry Revier; 7. Dustin Engelke; 8. Justin Remus; 9. Tim Bergerson; 10. Paul Konako­witz; 11. Shawn Harms; 12. Bruce Egeland; 13. Tiffany Maus; 14. Jeremy Brown; 15. Chet Ragan; 16. Zack Malchow; 17. Zach Schultz; 18. Eric Larson; 19. Travis Schurmann.Hobby Stocks – 1. Jamie Songer; 2. Justin Luinenburg; 3. Tim Heidecker; 4. Cory Probst; 5. Josh Telecky; 6. Eric Gillette; 7. Matt Olson; 8. Kevin LaTour; 9. Brian Loscheider; 10. Austin Jahnz; 11. Jeremy Ziemke; 12. Shane Honl; 13. Wes Jahnz; 14. Logan Kelly; 15. Ben Petersen; 16. Sarah Voss; 17. Allen Fetchenhier; 18. Kristin Voss; 19. Rodney Manthey; 20. Nate Mander­field; 21. Mike Vogt; 22. Terry Oestreich; 23. Patrick Oestreich. Sport Compacts – 1. Nate Coopman; 2. Joe Regnar; 3. Alan Lahr; 4. Eric Ladner; 5. Kyren Por­ter; 6. Stephanie Forsberg; 7. Jed Trebelhorn; 8. Kyle Ewert; 9. Ben Wilhelmi; 10. Ashelyn Mori­arty; 11. Terry Blowers; 12. Joe Bunkofske; 13. Robby Severson; 14. Blake Braunworth; 15. Me­gan Voss; 16. Chase Brocker; 17. Robert Rutt; 18. Jordan Rogotzke; 19. Dylan Braunworth.last_img read more

Lewis Hamilton wins Spanish Grand Prix

first_imgRelatedPosts Hamilton wins Tuscan Grand Prix Valtteri Bottas wins Austrian Grand Prix Hamilton wins Russian Grand Prix Lewis Hamilton won the Spanish Grand Prix with a controlled run from pole to flag in Barcelona.Untroubled out front and with no repetition of the tyre problems that blighted Mercedes last week, Hamilton took another dominant victory. He was unchallenged by Max Verstappen in the Red Bull who was second and his Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas who was third.Lance Stroll was in fourth for Racing Point with his teammate Sergio Pérez in fifth.Despite the heat, with a track temperature of 49c, Hamilton and Mercedes had none of the issues they had suffered at Silverstone and the world champion delivered a sedate win, proving once more that under the right conditions the Mercedes still maintain a definitive advantage over their rivals this season.With overtaking difficult at the Circuit de Catalunya and no unexpected differential to affect the leaders what has been the normal order was resumed.Rain threatened but failed to arrive and Hamilton having built a lead, controlled it throughout the race with aplomb, if indeed it was somewhat uninspiring fare. By the flag he was 24 seconds clear of Verstappen. Hamilton’s 88th career win was his fifth in Barcelona and his fourth in a row at the circuit.He moved to within three of Michael Schumacher’s record of 91 wins as he pursues the German’s record of seven championships.It was his fourth from six races in 2020 and he is leaving the competition behind.Hamilton now leads the championship with 132 points, in front of Verstappen on 95 and Bottas on 89.With both Mercedes drivers having suffered severe tyre wear on the softer compound rubber and in the heat and heavy loads of Silverstone at the last round, they were soundly beaten by Verstappen’s Red Bull. The Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff had warned before the race he expected Verstappen to be quickest in race pace at Barcelona, but while the temperatures were high, the harder compound of tyre in use suited the Mercedes and they delivered another dominant race to make it five wins from six this season.Hamilton made a very good start from pole holding his lead on the 612-metre drag into turn one but Bottas went backwards from the front row dropping to fourth, while Verstappen moved up to second.Tags: Lance StrollLewsi HamiltonSergio PerezSpanish Grand PrixValtteri Bottaslast_img read more

Nicholl named O’Neill’s assistant

first_img The Cowdenbeath boss steps into the role vacated by Billy McKinlay in September when he took on the Watford job full-time, only to be replaced eight days later by Slavisa Jokanovic. Jim Magilton and Stephen Robinson have fulfilled the role in the meantime, but O’Neill was keen to appoint a permanent replacement and has found his man in the former Northern Ireland defender, who played in both the 1982 and 1986 World Cup finals. “I would like to take this opportunity to welcome Jimmy onboard,” O’Neill said. “He has vast experience as a player and a coach and having been capped 73 times he knows what it means to play for Northern Ireland and what an honour it is. “I have known Jimmy for over 25 years and I know that he will be a huge asset to my backroom team.” Nicoll will remain in charge of Scottish Championship side Cowdenbeath while committing to Northern Ireland for the remainder of the Euro 2016 qualifying campaign. “Having played in two World Cups for Northern Ireland nothing would thrill me more than to be part of the squad to qualify for another major tournament and I am delighted that Michael and the Irish FA have seen fit to place such trust in me,” he said. “I can’t wait to get started.” Meanwhile, O’Neill has called up Dundee United midfielder Paul Paton and left-back Daniel Lafferty, who is playing at Rotherham on loan from Burnley, for his squad to play Scotland and Finland at the end of the month. The pair have come in to replace Kilmarnock’s Sammy Clingan and Shane Ferguson, on loan at Rangers from Newcastle, who have both been ruled out with knee injuries. Northern Ireland play Scotland in a friendly at Hampden Park on March 25 before their Euro 2016 qualifier against Finland in Belfast four days later. Jimmy Nicholl has been named as assistant manager to Northern Ireland boss Michael O’Neill.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Aidan Tooker finishes as runner-up at NCAA Pre-Nationals meet

first_img Published on October 13, 2018 at 3:17 pm Contact Alex: athamer@syr.edu | @alexhamer8 Aidan Tooker missed first place by half a second, as he placed runner-up at the NCAA Pre-Nationals in Madison, Wisconsin. The men’s team finished third on the day with 195 points, trailing only Washington in second and BYU in first.On the Thomas Zimmer Championship Course, Tooker ran the meet in 23:54.9, only bested by BYU’s Rory Linkletter (23:54.4), who ensured his and BYU’s second consecutive first place finish at Pre-Nationals.At the 6-kilometer mark, Tooker was in ninth place, but a late surge helped him overtake BYU’s Conner Mantz and San Francisco’s Chris Olley, who had lead for much of the 8-kilometer race.Tooker’s second place finish was an improvement on his performance last year in Madison, when his 23:53.2 finish was good for 10th place and his first career top-10 finish at a major meet.Elsewhere for the No. 8 ranked Orange, sophomore Noah Affolder (24:26.3) and senior Iliass Aouani (24:31.8) placed within the top-50.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textEarlier in the day, the Syracuse women’s team enjoyed a strong finish in its 6K race to place eighth with 269 points.Freshman Laura Dickinson (20:52.2) and redshirt sophomore Rachel Bonner (20:55.7) led the Orange placing 29th and 33rd, respectively.Next up for Syracuse is the John Reif Memorial on Oct. 19 in Ithaca, New York. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Djokovic, Nadal through, Kerber Out

first_imgThird seed Kerber, who has yet to advance past the quarter-finals at Roland Garros, lost 6-2 3-6 6-3.The German, 28, lost her opening matches at the Madrid and Rome tournaments and a shoulder injury ruled her out of Nuremberg last week.Bertens, from the Netherlands, won the title in Nuremberg.“First rounds are always tough in the tournament, especially for me. What can I say? It happens,” said Kerber, who stunned Serena Williams in Melbourne to win her maiden Grand Slam title earlier this year.Also yesterday, Britain’s Johanna Konta and Laura Robson went out of the French Open first round without winning a set.Konta, the British number one and 20th seed, was outclassed 6-2 6-3 in 64 minutes by Germany’s Julia Goerges.Robson, who has been beset by injuries over the past two years and fallen to 329 in the world rankings, lost 6-2 6-2 to German 28th seed Andrea Petkovic.Their defeats mean Heather Watson is the only British woman through to the second round in Paris.Konta’s rapid rise up the rankings came on the back of upsets at the US Open, where she reached the fourth round, and Australian Open, where she made the semi-finals.She went into the year’s second Grand Slam with hopes of another lengthy run but world number 57 Goerges played an exceptional match.The German, who was once ranked in the top 15, crunched 30 winners in the match compared to just four from Konta.“I try to always do a really good job of leaving my work on the court. No one died. I’m healthy,” said Konta.“I’m not going to beat myself up too much. I think it’s always important to be kind to yourself.”Robson used her protected ranking of 58 to play in Paris but that runs out next month, meaning she will need a wildcard to get into Wimbledon.Her ability to hit winners remains but too often the 22-year-old relied solely on her power and a tally of 37 unforced errors in 16 games against Petkovic told its own story.Robson, playing at Roland Garros for the first time since 2013, will now hope for some morale-boosting wins on grass to help her move up the rankings.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Top seed Novak Djokovic and nine-time champion Rafael Nadal eased through to the French Open second round with comprehensive victories.Djokovic, a defeated finalist in three of the last four years, beat Chinese Taipei’s Yen-Hsun Lu 6-4 6-1 6-1.Nadal, the 29-year-old Spanish fourth seed, took only one hour and 20 minutes to overcome Sam Groth 6-1 6-1 6-1.Earlier, Australian Open champion Angelique Kerber was beaten by world number 58 Kiki Bertens.Nadal, who hit an astonishing winner through his legs in the third set, will face Argentine world number 99 Facundo Bagnis in the second round after taking his career French Open record to 71 wins and two losses.Djokovic will face Belgian Steve Darcis next, ahead of a potential third-round encounter with British number two Aljaz Bedene in the third round.Seventh seed Tomas Berdych brushed aside Vasek Pospisil in straight sets in the opening match on court one.last_img read more

Paddy Power extends terminal systems contract with Playtech BGT

first_img StumbleUpon Share Spotlight delivers Racing Post translated services for Pari-Engineering Russia August 26, 2020 Share Related Articles Spotlight ups matchday commentary reach and capacity for new EPL Season  August 21, 2020 Submit Flutter moves to refine merger benefits against 2020 trading realities August 27, 2020 John PettitUpdating the market, Playtech Plc sports betting division Playtech BGT Sports (PBS) has confirmed that it has extended its multi-year contract with Irish bookmaker Paddy Power.Confirming the extension PBS management stated that the partnership would reflect the industry’s ongoing ‘trend towards self-service’ products within betting shops.Paddy Power is a customer of PBS and Racing Post’s content driven betting terminals, allowing for its retail customer base to access Spotlight tips, key stats and trainer/jockey information integrated within BGT estate terminals.David Newton, Managing Director Retail at Paddy Power, said: “Extending our contract with Playtech BGT Sports was a straightforward decision after seeing the value provided to our retail shops over recent years.“Enhancing the customer experience through market leading technology is key to our retail strategy and PBS’ innovative, revenue-driving terminals provide the perfect platform to help us achieve our aims.“These include being able to leverage our own intellectual property with the Paddy Power Cash Card and our unique Onside app allowing customers to track and cash out their SSBT bets.”John Pettit, PBS’ UK, Ireland, Australia, and Asia managing director, said: “We are very pleased to extend our contract with Paddy Power and look forward to building upon our already successful partnership over the coming years.“The backing of such a reputable retail operator emphasises the value of PBS, and SSBTs in general, to the betting shop and we look forward to further consolidating our position in the market, as we continue to improve existing products and develop new technologies aimed at digitising the retail space.”last_img read more

LeoVegas shows love for Malta Pride 2018

first_img Share Submit TVBET passes GLI test for five live games in Malta and Italy August 25, 2020 Related Articles Björn Nilsson: How Triggy is delivering digestible data through pre-set triggers August 28, 2020 Share Kambi takes full control of LeoVegas sportsbook portfolio August 26, 2020 StumbleUpon LeoVegas AB has confirmed that its flagship LeoVegas brand will be a ‘Proud Supporter of the 2018 Malta Pride Week’ (Malta Pride).Malta Pride takes place from 9-16 of September, with its headline ‘Pride Parade & Street Concert’ being held on 15 September in Valletta.The theme of Malta Pride Week 2018 will be ‘Pride in the heart of the Mediterranean’.As a European betting operator with a significant workforce presence based in Malta, LeoVegas details its full support of its second Malta Pride event.Further to the week of celebrations, LeoVegas AB outlines that it endorses Pride members underlining goals and values towards improving workplace diversity, employee inclusion and all-around equality.Backing LeoVegas support of Pride Malta 2018, Clayton Mericeca Community Manager of Allied Rainbow Communities said“We are excited to have LeoVegas supporting and participating at Malta Pride for the 2nd year running. Their visible support sends a strong message to the LGBTIQ+ community in Malta and abroad that there are companies who go beyond ‘accepting everyone’ but actually care in joining their voices of support to that of a diverse minority. We believe that a workplace that is visibly LGBTIQ+ friendly not only attracts competitive talent but a happy one too!”last_img read more

Kobe Bryant’s NBA future could be at stake with latest injury

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Bryant soon asked out of the game so he could ice his shoulder. He then informed both Scott and Lakers trainer Gary Vitti he felt strong enough to play. Bryant entered the game with five minutes remaining and mostly used his left hand to dribble, pass and shoot. He then left with just over a minute left and went to the locker room.“I said, ‘You all right? He said, ‘Yeah, I’m good. It’s just bothering me a little bit. Once I get warmed up I’m fine,’” Scott recalled about his conversation with Bryant last month about his right shoulder. “After that point I never thought about it.”Scott then looked back at that situation in retrospect.“The first thing you think about is, ‘Man, I remember us talking about this a couple of months ago, so we both kind of went back to that,’” Scott said. “He asked me, ‘Did you remember? I said, ‘Yeah I remember when we talked about it. But you never really brought it back up and neither did I.’ I thought it was just a dead issue.”But Scott does not believe how he played Bryant is a dead issue. Scott continued criticizing himself on playing Bryant an average of 35.6 minutes in the first 27 games. So much that Scott said he apologized to Bryant via text message about giving him such a heavy workload.“I don’t know if the wear and tear of playing so many minutes early is a result of what’s happening to him right now,” Scott said. “I thought about that. It made me almost sick.” What did Bryant say?“His response was like, ‘No that ain’t it,’” Scott said. “He tried to make me feel better, and he tried to add some more humor to it.”Bryant provided more humor when he tweeted, “This is what happens when I pass too much!” Scott let out a hearty laugh when he heard about Bryant’s joke.“Well, good,” Scott said, laughing. “He didn’t blame it on coach playing him too much.”Scott tried handling Bryant with care in recent weeks by sitting him out in eight of the past 15 games. Scott took this approach in hopes to preserve the Lakers’ 36-year-old star for the 2015-16 season. Though that strategy did not work. Scott reported that Bryant “sounded great” when they talked Thursday both before his MRI exam and when he drove to the airport later that day to fly back to Los Angeles for Friday’s reexamination. Yet, Scott and Bryant do not plan to talk again until Saturday. With Scott anxiously waiting on the final verdict, he saw the landscape ahead on the significance Bryant’s recovery will have both in writing his last chapter and recruiting free agents this offseason.“He has a lot of respect around this league, so I think him talking to players about coming here and what we’re trying to rebuild is very important,” Scott said. “Hopefully he’ll be a healthy Kobe and be ready to play again next year if that’s the case.”QUOTE: “He doesn’t want to go out this way.” — Lakers coach Byron Scott on if Kobe Bryant will retire after an MRI revealed a torn rotator cuff in his right shoulder “It would be very disappointing if he’s gone for the season,” Lakers coach Byron Scott said before the Lakers (12-31) faced the San Antonio Spurs (27-17) on Friday at AT&T Center. “It’s already disappointing we know it’s a tear. But we don’t know to what degree. We know we’re going to miss him for a length of time. We just don’t know how long yet.”If Bryant becomes sidelined for the rest of the 2014-15 season, this would mark the third consecutive time his season was cut short because of injury. Bryant tore his left Achilles tendon in April 2013 and stayed sidelined for eight months. Bryant then played in six games last season before fracturing his left knee, an injury that kept him out for the rest of the 2013-14 campaign. Through 35 games this season, Bryant averaged 22.3 points on a career-low 37.2-percent shooting, 5.7 rebounds and 5.6 assists in 34.5 minutes per contest.Amid all the question marks, Scott scoffed at any idea Bryant would retire instead of returning for the final year of his contract next season worth $25 million. “This is one of the toughest guys I’ve ever been around as far as dealing with injuries and things like that and being able to come back,” Scott said. “Everybody said he was done after the Achilles and he came back pretty strong. Knowing him the way I know him, I know he doesn’t want to go out this way.”Scott reported that Bryant complained about minor pain in his shoulder about a month-and-a-half ago, but that the Lakers’ star downplayed the injury. Bryant aggravated the injury when he threw down a baseline dunk in third quarter of the Lakers’ loss on Wednesday to New Orleans.center_img SAN ANTONIO — Kobe Bryant will encounter something more difficult than a swarming defense. He will also experience something perhaps just as frustrating as falling short of winning an NBA championship.In the next few days, Bryant will have to weigh his NBA future. Bryant had an examination Friday with Dr. Steve Lombardo at Kerlan Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic that confirmed the MRI results that said he has a torn rotator cuff in his right shoulder. He discussed about possibly having season-ending surgery, but it remains unclear if this marks the end of his 2014-15 season. The Lakers’ star talked about other “various options,” according to a league source familiar with the situation, and wants to conduct more research before determining his next step. Bryant plans to meet with sports-medicine specialist Neal ElAttrache at Kerlan Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic on Monday. Then, the Lakers expect Bryant will make a final decision on how to treat his right shoulder. last_img read more