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Pooran eyeing return to national duty

first_img He added: “The next step will be CPL. I’m looking forward to that.” Pooran has played just three first-class games but has already shown sparks of promise with a half-century against Jamaica Scorpions and 47 against Guyana Jagaurs, which came in his last innings. The former West Indies Under-19 player said his return to cricket was a gradual one, but after initial struggles, he now felt back to his old self. “I started back playing some wind ball cricket, with some T20, T10, minor league cricket,” he noted. “It was good for me. I still had my batting intact. Nothing had changed. It’s just the wicket-keeping was a bit difficult at the start, but now I’m back to keeping as normal.” Pooran said that his time away from the game was a trying experience but pointed out that he had come to appreciate cricket even more as a result. “I have to thank God for life because it was a difficult period for me. Every day I looked at cricket, I kept missing it more and more, and when I started back playing, I was really eager to start back playing,” he said. “At a point in time, I wanted to rush to play, but that wasn’t good for me. Every time I saw cricket, I missed it a lot. I would be sitting down and watching other players batting, bowling, keeping or whatever, and I would say, ‘I know I can do better than that. I can do this and I can do that.” Pooran came to the fore when he lashed a superb 100 for West Indies at the Under-19 World Cup two years ago against Australia. PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC): Attacking batsman Nicholas Pooran is anxious to resume his first-class career after making a full recovery from injuries sustained in a vehicular accident last year. The 20-year-old was preparing to turn out for Trinidad and Tobago Red Force in the 2015 Regional Super50 when he was involved in a car crash when returning home from training in January. He sustained leg and knee injuries, which kept him out of action for a protracted period, but has worked his way back steadily, and he played his first competitive match last Sunday for Queen’s Park Club in the domestic 50-overs competition. “I really thought I could have played in the [Regional Super50] but I didn’t get the chance to prove myself,” he told TV6 Sports here. “I didn’t have many trial games, and that was a bit unfortunate, so now I guess it’s back to club cricket, and when I make runs, hopefully, everything goes good and I get picked in one of the four-day games.” NEXT STEPlast_img read more

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AP source: 76ers, Embiid agree on max contract extension

first_imgCarpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ LATEST STORIES Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny View comments Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Embiid had 32 points and seven rebounds in a Jan. 27 game against Houston and has not played or practiced since he was hurt.Embiid had adopted “The Process” as a nickname and was introduced as such as part of the pregame lineup festivities. Embiid waves his arms and exhorts fans to get louder as they chant “Trust the Process!”The Sixers are counting on Embiid and No. 1 overall picks Ben Simmons and Markelle Fultz to carry the team from the bottom of the league into an Eastern Conference playoff team.The Sixers will surely be protected in the deal if Embiid continues to deal with injuries that have him more on track to become the next Greg Oden instead of the next Anthony Davis.But the flashes of brilliance have convinced team president Bryan Colangelo and ownership that Embiid wasworth the risk.“In the time that he has been on the floor, we have seen him change completely the gym,” Brown. “He does it with just his physical presence. He does it with a defensive mindset. And he does it with an offensive target that’s different than anything else we have.”He didn’t pick up a basketball until a few years ago, when a friend informed him that very few 7-footers succeed in soccer. A couple months later, Embiid was lured to a basketball camp in the capital of Yaounde run by NBA veteran Luc Mbah a Moute, one of just two players from Cameroon to have played in the NBA.Mbah a Moute persuaded Embiid’s parents to let him move 6,000 miles to Florida, and helped enroll him at Montverde Academy, one of the best high school programs in the country.He played just 28 games in his lone season at Kansas and 31 in three years with the Sixers — 59 games that matter in four years, worth $148 million and counting. MOST READ Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ setcenter_img It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson A person familiar with the situation tells The Associated Press that Embiid and the Sixers have agreed on a $148 million, five-year extension and it could reach even more if the 7-foot center reaches certain incentives. The person spoke on condition of anonymity Monday because the contract has not been officially announced.Embiid’s career has been riddled with injuries dating to his college career at Kansas and all three seasons with the Sixers. Embiid, the No. 3 overall pick in the 2014 draft, played only 31 games last season and had minor surgery in March to repair a torn meniscus in his knee. He has yet to practice or play in the preseason and was not in Boston on Monday night for Philadelphia’s preseason game.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogHe had more pressing matters to tend to back home.“He’s a difference maker,” coach Brett Brown said Monday. “He has a chance to be great. There’s still lots of work to be done. When you look at his body of work … he’s really only been playing basketball for six years, he’s just scratching the surface.” Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Joel Embiid of the Philadelphia 76ers poses for a portrait during the Philadelphia 76ers Media Day on September 25, 2017 at the Philadelphia 76ers Training Complex in Camden, New Jersey. Abbie Parr/Getty Images/AFPPHILADELPHIA — The 76ers have put their trust in Joel Embiid.Philadelphia bet its future on Embiid, signing one of the more talented, yet injury-prone, players in the game to a league maximum contract extension.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Argentina and Messi not getting any sympathy from Brazil The 23-year-old Embiid, a native of Cameroon, was only recently cleared to participate in 5-on-5 drills but the Sixers must feel confident enough in his health to offer him the max deal.Or worried enough to lose him down the line without striking a deal.With his social media savvy and dominant offensive game, Embiid has become an instant fan favorite in Philadelphia. He’s recently been spotted at Eagles games cheering on winning kicks and been caught on tape by fans running the city streets and playing late-night tennis.But his popularity hasn’t matched his production. The Sixers slapped him with minutes restrictions in his rookie season, even when he was healthy. The Sixers also held Embiid out for at least one game in back-to-back sets and his limited playing time was one reason he was not a strong enough candidate to win Rookie of the Year. He averaged 20.2 points and 7.8 rebounds last season.He helped the Sixers win eight of 10 games in one stretch in January, a stunning run for a team that won 10 games the previous season.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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US Open champion Stephens beaten in first match of 2018

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES No. 13-ranked Stephens has not won a match since her breakthrough victory over Madison Keys in the U.S. Open final.The 24-year-old American took a two-month break from tennis after losing her last six matches in 2017 and is now on a seven-match losing streak.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkStephens’ exit from Sydney came just one day after French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko was upset 7-6 (3), 6-1 by Ekaterina Makarova on the opening day of the Sydney tournament.In another first-round match Monday, former Australian Open finalist Dominika Cibulkova beat Anastasija Sevastova 6-3, 6-1. Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina MOST READ Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacsoncenter_img Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson US Sloane Stephens reacts as she plays against Belarus’ Aryna Sabalenka, on November 11, 2017 in Minsk, during their Fed Cup final tennis match between Belarus and the United States. / AFP PHOTO / MAXIM MALINOVSKYSYDNEY — U.S. Open champion Sloane Stephens has lost her first match of the year, beaten by Italian qualifier Camila Giorgi at the Sydney International on Monday.Stephens, who captured her first Grand Slam title at Flushing Meadows last year, was beaten 6-3, 6-0 at Sydney’s Olympic tennis center, leaving her short of match practice ahead of the Australian Open which starts in Melbourne next week.ADVERTISEMENT Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Michele Gumabao applies for Bb. Pilipinas 2018, says report Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

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Fort St. John moves closer to twinning project

first_imgThe IEEEP was developed, and the City will now clarify roles, timelines, objectives and other potential financial partners for this program.The program contains many projects that would be developed between Fort St. John and the Argentinean communities, and if approved, includes a solid waste recycling program and a solar hot water collector project. By Christine Rumleskie- Advertisement – Fort St. John is making some eco-allies in South America.On Monday’s City Council meeting, Council voiced its support for the International Energy and Environment Exchange Program (IEEEP).Basically, the program is a knowledge-sharing device that will allow the City to share green initiatives with the communities of Belen, Andalgala and Santa Maria, along with mining company Xstrata Copper.The program started last year when Director of Planning and Engineering, Horacio Galanti, attended the Amazon Summit in Manaus, Brazil. Galanti made contacts with a Canadian mining company, Xstrata, which has operations in the aforementioned Argentinean communities.Xstrata suggested that Fort St. John and the three municipalities partner up, and exchange information on green-initiatives.Advertisement Photo: Director of Planning and Engineering, Horacio Galanti (show top right on projector) speaks to Fort St. John City Councilors on Monday afternoon – Christine Rumleskie/Energeticcity.calast_img read more

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Mayor asks for travel privileges back

first_img– Advertisement – Get Microsoft Silverlight Video of the motion presented by Mayor Bruce Lantz at Tuesday’s Council meeting. Less than two months after Fort St. John City Council reprimanded Mayor Bruce Lantz and put travel restrictions on him for behaviour it considered ‘unacceptable’, Lantz asked Council to drop the restrictions saying the point had been made.The motion putting sanctions on the Mayor had been passed at a closed council meeting in February and came into effect March 15. The motion stipulates that Mayor Bruce Lantz is not allowed to meet or travel by himself with a City female employee. Furthermore, he is not allowed to travel outside the region as a City representative unless Council specifically consents to the travel and another Councillor can travel with him.At Tuesday’s City Council meeting, Lantz brought forward a new motion, asking to be allowed to attend conferences for the North Central Local Government Association, the Federation of Canadian Municipalities and the Union of British Columbia Municipalities.Councillor Don Irwin seconded the motion, giving the Mayor a chance to explain why he would like to go to these conferences.Advertisement A few of the councillors appeared noticeably annoyed by the motion, with Councillor Bolin saying that Council had put a lot of time and thought into the reprimands, along with the ramifications. Councillor Bruce Christensen added to that comment, saying he would only be in favour of tabling the motion since all of Council had made the original decision on the reprimands and that all of Council should be present to vote on the Mayor’s motion.Lantz then announced he was withdrawing his motion, saying Councillors could attend the meetings on their own and “do whatever it is that they wish to do” and calling it “all too predictable.” Referring to a City policy stating that Council can attend all three conferences, Lantz said as many councillors need to attend these conferences as possible due to the amount of information being presented.[asset|aid=3544|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=3d6a3e2f11bcdad7e8426ea3447fb9e2-Lantz reprimands 1_1_Pub.mp3] Lantz said it would be especially important for him to attend the NCLGA conference since there will be a presentation on the transportation summit that was held in Prince George at the beginning of March. He said that because the summit had been his idea and he co-hosted it with Prince George Mayor Dan Rogers, he should be able to attend the conference to give the presentation.[asset|aid=3545|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=3d6a3e2f11bcdad7e8426ea3447fb9e2-Lantz reprimands 2_1_Pub.mp3] Advertisement Although Lantz pointed to the fact that he had been sober for 28 years, when asked how long he had been sober presently, he said he has not been counting but that “it’s been awhile.”Councillor Trevor Bolin said he strongly believes Fort St. John’s mayor should attend the events, but since the sanctions are in place, someone would have to be with him.Although it was indicated councillors would be at both the UBCM and NCLGA, none were currently scheduled to attend the FCM. Lantz stated that was why he should be able to attend the conference, so that the City is represented. [asset|aid=3546|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=3d6a3e2f11bcdad7e8426ea3447fb9e2-Lantz reprimands 3_1_Pub.mp3] Councillor Don Irwin brought up the fact that only five of seven of the councillors were at Tuesday’s Council Meeting and he felt the Mayor’s motion should be tabled until all councillors were available to discuss it. The Mayor countered that point by saying that Council had quorum and if they could make decisions for the City, did not see why they could not make decisions that affected him.Advertisementlast_img read more

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Collazo, Mosley set for battle

first_imgLuis Collazo has ideas floating around in his head regarding Sugar Shane Mosley, and it’s the kind of thinking that could land Collazo in trouble tonight when the two square off at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. On the line will be the World Boxing Council interim welterweight title. HBO will televise. According to Collazo, Mosley will not present any problems for him in the power department. He said Mosley is not to be feared that way at this weight, even though Mosley has won world titles in the lightweight, welterweight and super welterweight divisions. Nor does Collazo believe that he will need to distribute much power of his own to emerge victorious. Collazo said that’s why he got a good deal of his sparring in prepartion for tonight from a junior welterweight by the name of Kendall Holt. “Shane is not a natural 154-pounder or 147-pounder. He is a natural 130-, 135-pounder,” said Collazo, a native of Brooklyn. “So I’m not looking for any real power. I’m used to sparring with heavier guys, but for this fight I just want my speed and my quickness.” Collazo also is of the mind that Mosley is not the fighter he used to be. “He’s probably about 80 percent of his prime,” Collazo, 25, said of 35-year-old Mosley. “But a lot of people still consider him one of the best, and that’s going to be better for me after I beat him.” Well, during a conference call this week, Mosley came off as someone who has discovered the fountain of youth. It’s true that he is coming off consecutive technical knockouts of Fernando Vargas. But how much stock should be put into those victories is debatable considering Vargas’ days as a top fighter appear over. “I have never felt so good in my life,” said Mosley, of Pomona. “I feel great. I feel almost high. The way I feel now, I don’t think anybody can beat me. I think the peak is coming. I’m just getting better and better and better, like I’m going back in time.” center_img Say what? “I think it’s the training that I’m doing and the mental preparation for the fight,” Mosley said. “I’m getting older and wiser. And for some reason, I’m getting so quick, so fast, it’s scary to me.” Although Mosley (43-4, 37KOs) has always lived a clean life, he describes himself today as being faster, stronger and more disciplined than ever. He said fans tonight might be shocked to see how fast he is. It’s because of those fans, Mosley said, that his dedication has never wavered. “My goal is to keep fighting until I can’t fight no more,” Mosley said. “I want to fight all the top guys out there and give fans what they deserve. That’s what I’m there for. It’s a great feeling to be able to go out in front of millions of people all over the world, thousands of people in the arena, so they can see a spectacular show. “One of our greatest sports is boxing. I want to give back.” Mosley is looking for a “spectacular” performance against Collazo. But it’s not going to be easy. Even though it appears Collazo might be off in his assessment of Mosley, don’t expect him to come into the fight overconfident. He was a tough nut for Ricky Hatton to crack last May in Boston, and he figures to be equally tough tonight. Collazo lost his World Boxing Association welterweight belt to Hatton via narrow, yet unanimous decision. Most experts expected Hatton to walk through Collazo, but Collazo gave as good as he got and even had Hatton hurt late. There were cries from many ports of another incorrect decision. It was a very solid performance by Collazo (27-2, 13 KOs). According to his manager/trainer Nirmal Lorrick, Collazo slowed Hatton’s career. Hatton has had one fight since, and he took the International Boxing Federation junior welterweight belt from Juan Urango last month via wide decision. Hatton looked little like the terror who took apart Kostya Tszyu in an 11th-round technical knockout in June 2005, however. “Everybody saw what happened with Luis and Hatton and knows that Luis beat him,” Lorrick said. “Hatton’s whole camp knows that. That’s why Hatton’s back at (junior welterweight). I don’t think Ricky is the same fighter anymore.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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RCMP searching for stolen generator

first_imgFort St. John RCMP is looking for a stolen generator after one was taken from a construction area in Taylor. It’s believed the item was taken sometime between 8 p.m. last night, and 7 a.m. this morning.The 2012 multi-quip Whisper Watch was taken from a site located at East Pine Avenue and 100A Street. Cables that were connected to the generator were found to be cut and it was moved by a vehicle.The unit is bi-axle mounted and valued at $35,000. It’s white in colour with United Rentals decals on both sides, and has a large red number 45 on the rear panel.- Advertisement -Anyone with information is asked to call 250-787-8100. To remain anonymous you can call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.last_img read more

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Council receives an update on property tax collection

first_imgDuring the month of May 9,423 tax notices were printed and mailed out.The due date for 2019 taxes was July, 2nd with a collection of 83.67 percent at that time of $50,085,226.98 tax receivable issued on May 23, 2019.A rate of 2.77 percent has been the only rate increase over the past 10 year period although there has been a 26.1 percent increase in the number of properties withinthe City’s boundaries.Payment to the City of Fort St John for property taxes is done through online payments and pre-authorized monthly debits. It is shared in the report residents are also taking advantage of emailing their signed homeowner grants and City staff are working hard to bring electronic homeowner grant capability for City residents in the near future.Advertisement FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The staff of the Finance department for the City of Fort St. John provided Council with an update on the amount of tax revenue collected by the July 2 deadline for 2019.There are 9,220 properties within the City of Fort St John boundaries. The City’s tax base has grown over the past ten years by 1,906 properties or 26.1 percent with an additional 106 properties in 2019 from 2018.- Advertisement -Included in the total number of properties, includes those that are exempt properties that are not levied for taxes which brings the tax base for tax revenue to 8,944 propertiesin 2019.There was a decrease in total taxes levied from 2018 at $522,434.64 compared to 2019 numbers of $50,085,226.98City general taxes included in the overall receivable is down $37,694.30 compared to 2018 at $28,536,472.19.According to the report the remaining portion of taxes levied will be distributed at 100 percent to other jurisdictions including School, Hospital, Municipal Finance Authority, BC Assessment Authority and Peace River Regional District.Advertisementlast_img read more

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Man United transfers: Signings to make a title-contending team after January spending?

first_img Christoph Kramer: Borussia Monchengladbach (on loan from Bayer Leverkusen) Now click the arrow to see the possible replacement for Falcao… – If January is too soon for Strootman, then what about Kramer? Man United have been linked with the robust midfielder, whose qualities in defence are impressive, while his attacking game is also highly regarded. Real Madrid are also thought to be in the frame for his signature. Aston Villa’s Ron Vlaar – A bargain at the back? Now click the arrow to see the signing ALL United fans are desperate to see happen… – A cheap fix at the back. Vlaar’s contract at Aston Villa expires at the end of the season and could leave for next to nothing in January. Would Vlaar’s addition make the Red Devils title contenders? He would certainly bolster the defensive ranks, but it might take the addition of the player in the next slide to really thrust United into contention… 6 6 6 Sign Athletic Bilbao’s Aymeric Laporte to boost the back line? Click the arrow to see more possible Man United January signings AND the XI that could land them the title THIS SEASON! – Former Man United midfielder Paul Ince told talkSPORT if the Red Devils can add a couple of defenders to bolster the squad, then anything is possible in terms of catching their Premier League rivals. Atletico Madrid’s Diego Godin has been linked with a switch to the north west, but with a Champions League campaign to get through, the Spanish club will want to keep their best players despite lingering money problems, evidenced by reports Atletico rejected a £17m offer from Man City for 19-year-old stopper Jose Gimenez. Roma’s Kevin Strootman: in the bag? Click the arrow to see an alternative to the Dutchman… – Roma will not want to lose him as they battle Juventus for the title in Italy, but the midfielder continues to be linked with a move to Old Trafford. It does appear to be a matter of when, not if Strootman links up with his former national manager Louis van Gaal, but it may be too late to propel United into top spot this season. 6 Six successive wins for Man United has propelled them to third in the Premier League and are five points behind second place Man City.Captain Wayne Rooney claims his team-mates have the belief to catch both their rivals and leaders Chelsea and win title no.21.Former midfielder Paul Ince says with a couple additions, it’s a possibility, so here, talkSPORT looks at the players who could transform United into genuine Premier League title contenders, if not champions. 6 PSG’s Edinson Cavani – Imagine the Uruguayan in tandem with Rooney and RVP! Now click the arrow to see how the Red Devils could line up after splashing the cash – There is still doubt over Radamel Falcao’s fitness and with his Monaco thought to be seeking around £43m to make the move permanent, it seems like a big gamble to take. PSG striker Cavani, meanwhile, has been linked as a result. He is equally prolific and this season has scored five goals in six Champions League games as well as seven in 17 Ligue 1 games. 6 Premier League winners? – Let us know how you think the team should look in January and where you think improvements are needed.last_img read more

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Disney has no plans to send HSM star to detention

first_imgThe films’ wholesome nature – for a company that has made its name on family-friendly fare for generations – is a big part of its success. Parents can relax with their children watching, knowing it won’t make for any uncomfortable questions. Gabriella and Troy coo, they make googly eyes, they barely kiss. Gabriella would doubtlessly blush at the idea of a young actress posing for nude photos. If Disney executives had cut ties to Hudgens, not wanting the company’s name associated with anything not G-rated, they would have run the risk of upsetting a formula that has made the company millions upon millions of dollars. How would parents explain to the show’s young fans that the old Gabriella was being replaced by another actress? “That’s her private life, not her public life. That picture got leaked by somebody who broke a trust with her,” said Michele Smith of Westborough, Mass., whose 8-year-old daughter Kathryn is a devoted “High School Musical” fan. Dropping her from future movies or other “High School Musical” projects would not only be unfair to Hudgens but to fans such as Kathryn, Smith said. “If Vanessa is not in the movie, my daughter would not be so excited to see it,” she said. Smith said she hopes that Kathryn doesn’t hear about the photo but, if she does, she’s prepared to talk about it. She’ll say that it’s something private for Vanessa that shouldn’t have been shared. The best thing for Disney was to do nothing, said Michael Levine, a Hollywood image consultant and author of 18 books. “What they shouldn’t do is make a bigger deal out of it than is necessary,” he said. “The picture is not salacious.” Michael Sands, a publicist whose clients have included the divorce attorney for Britney Spears’ ex-husband Kevin Federline, said Hudgens should be commended for coming forward quickly and saying it was her pictures. “She’s very talented and this is a big cash cow for Disney,” he said.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! NEW YORK – The Walt Disney Co. is sticking with the 18-year-old star of its wildly successful “High School Musical” franchise, despite her “lapse in judgment” in posing for racy photos that were leaked to the Internet. Vanessa Hudgens apologized Friday for the photos, which show her smiling as she posed naked and in underwear in a bedroom with a red curtain behind her. “Vanessa has apologized for what was obviously a lapse in judgment,” said Disney Channel spokeswoman Patti McTeague. “We hope she’s learned a valuable lesson.” She said negotiations were ongoing to land all the actors for a “High School Musical 3” feature film – including Hudgens. Hudgens, who played the brainy Gabriella in the first two made-for-cable TV movies, told her fans she was sorry. “I am embarrassed over this situation and regret having ever taken these photos,” she said. “I am thankful for the support of my family and friends.” Hudgens’ publicist, Jill Fritzo, wouldn’t say anything about who took the pictures and how they slipped out onto the Internet. The bookworm Gabriella was the love interest of Troy, the basketball star played by pinup king Zac Efron. The sequel’s premiere on Disney Channel last month attracted more than 17 million viewers, making it the summer’s most-watched TV program. Hudgen is a superstar among the preteen set, and Disney has spun a wide merchandising net around the series with albums and concert tours. She and Efron reportedly date in real life, making them big attractions for celebrity magazines. last_img read more

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