Warriors whip Portland in opener

first_imgOAKLAND, California (AP):Klay Thompson scored 37 points as fellow ‘Splash Brother’ Stephen Curry watched injured and the Golden State Warriors again dominated without their MVP to beat the Portland Trail Blazers 118-106 on Sunday in Game One of the Western Conference semi-finals.Draymond Green had his second career postseason triple-double with 23 points, 13 rebounds and 11 assists for the defending champions.With Curry sidelined because of a sprained right knee, Green and Thompson took charge again. Thompson hit seven more three-pointers to become the first player in NBA history to make at least seven threes in three straight playoff games.Game Two of the best-of-seven series is tonight at Oracle Arena.Golden State reserve Anderson Varejao and Portland’s Gerald Henderson were ejected late in the third quarter after receiving their second technical foulsPortland’s Damian Lillard had another slow start back home in the Bay Area, missing 11 of his first 13 shots before finishing with 30 points – 10 on free throws.HEAT 106, HORNETS 73Goran Dragic scored 25 points, Gerald Green added 16 and Miami ended Charlotte’s season, beating the Hornets in Game Seven of the Eastern Conference first-round series.The Heat will open the second round at Toronto tonight.Luol Deng scored 15 points, Dwyane Wade added 12 and Hassan Whiteside had 10 points, 12 rebounds and five blocks for the Heat. They have won their last four Game Sevens – each of the previous three coming along the way to winning NBA championships.Frank Kaminsky scored 12 points for Charlotte.RAPTORS 89, PACERS 84DeMar DeRozan scored 30 points, Jonas Valanciunas had 15 rebounds and 10 points and Toronto beat Indiana in Game Seven of the first-round series.Rookie Norman Powell added 13 points, Kyle Lowry had 11 points and nine assists and Patrick Patterson had 11 points to help Toronto win a seven-game series for the first time in franchise history.The Raptors won their first postseason series since a five-game triumph over the New York Knicks in 2001, ending the NBA’s longest active drought between playoff series victories.Paul George led Indiana with 26 points and 12 rebounds, George Hill scored 19 points and Monta Ellis had 15.last_img read more

SADNESS AS WELL-KNOWN DONEGAL HOTEL CLOSES WITH LOSS OF 35 JOBS

first_imgBREAKING NEWS: A well-known Donegal hotel has closed with the loss of up to 35 jobs.The Seaview Hotel in Gaoth Dobhair which closed tonight.The owner of the Seaview Hotel in Gaoth Dobhair, Mr Jimmy Boyle, confirmed to Donegal Daily that the hotel has closed with immediate effect.The company trading as the Seaview Hotel, Boyle Entertainment Ltd, has now entered a voluntary liquidation process and a creditor’s meeting called. A total of 35 part-time and full-time employees have lost their posts at the hotel which once employed 102 people at its peak in 2008.Staff were called to the hotel and told the shocking news this evening.The company has cited a number of contributing reasons for its decision to close including commercial rates €65,000 per annum.A statement from Mr Boyle said further problems include continuous increase in overheads and “no local government body agency taking responsibility for job creation.” “It is with sadness that the company, Boyle Entertainment Ltd, has creased trading and adding to the current downward spiral of the Goath Dobhair while being ignored by the current administration,” said Mr Boyle. SADNESS AS WELL-KNOWN DONEGAL HOTEL CLOSES WITH LOSS OF 35 JOBS was last modified: January 7th, 2015 by StephenShare 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) Tags:BunbegcloseddonegalGaoth DobhairJimmy BoyleliquidationSeaview Hotellast_img read more

Round-up: Redknapp backs QPR duo, Defoe speculation, Quins youngsters hailed

first_imgHenry has impressed for QPRQPR boss Harry Redknapp has hinted that the midfield partnership of Sandro and Karl Henry is now his first choice.The pair have impressed in recent matches after Sandro returned to fitness and Henry, who was very much a fringe player, was selected because the likes of Joey Barton and Jordon Mutch are injured.And Barton and Mutch could struggle to get their places back in the side after Redknapp suggested he hopes the Sandro-Henry combination continues.Meanwhile, Diego Costa has travelled with the Chelsea squad for their Champions League game against Maribor but John Mikel Obi is still struggling with a knee problem.There has been transfer speculation today involving Chelsea and Rangers.Chelsea are set to sign winger Zakaria Bakkali from PSV Eindhoven, the Express say, while the Evening Standard reckon Jermain Defoe will get a three-year contract worth £90,000 a week at QPR.Elsewhere, a match between Brentford’s development side – who were 2-0 down – and Maidenhead United was abandoned after 54 minutes because of a waterlogged pitch.And in rugby union, Harlequins boss Conor O’Shea has praised his youngsters for the mental strength they showed against Saracens.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

World First – 425 Airlines Independently Rated For Safety

first_imgThere is relief at last for billions of flyers with the launch today of the world’s first comprehensive airline rating system. AirlineRatings.com was created by award-winning Australian aviation editor and author, Geoffrey Thomas. The site was developed by Geoffrey and a team of aviation editors who have forensically researched airlines flying today.The airlines are rated from one to seven stars on both safety and product quality – with seven being the highest ranking. “While air travel has never been safer and we found a record number of 137 airlines with a seven-star safety ranking, 43 have just three stars or less,” said Geoffrey.The rating system takes into account a number of different factors related to audits from aviation’s governing bodies and lead associations as well as government audits and the airline’s fatality record.“We view safety holistically and objectively using only internationally recognised audits from the most respected bodies,” said Geoffrey.While major airlines in Australia and New Zealand scored very well with high ratings for both safety and product quality, many of those flying in Africa and Indonesia today scored very poorly.“As someone who typically flies more than 75 days a year, I can tell you, it’s important to know more about the airline you’re about to hop onto than merely what they’re serving for lunch! In some parts of the world, people may be better off considering road or train options than risking a flight,” he said.“For example, if you’re flying from London to Moscow, do you think Belavia Airlines would be a safe bet or not?” he added. “It is highly likely you haven’t heard of them and you may prefer to opt for a different airline, and yet Belavia has a perfect score of seven for safety.”The painstaking work took more than two years and the result is a website with the most comprehensive collection of independent information about airlines, their safety ratings, product quality, aircraft types, lounge reviews, and much more.AirlineRatings.com will be updated continuously to add new reviews, incorporate new information and re-rate airlines based on their demonstrated safety.“We believe AirlineRatings.com is the best website for people flying today, people planning to travel and those working in the travel industry who need quick, independent and reliable information for their clients,” said Mr Thomas.last_img read more

Joburg: Africa’s second most visited city

first_img12 June 2012 Johannesburg will be Africa’s second most visited city this year with an expected 2.5-million international visitors, according to the latest Mastercard Global Destination Cities Index released on Monday. Thirteen African cities were ranked, including Casablanca, Accra, Nairobi, Beira, Cape Town, Dakar, Durban, Kampala, Lagos, Maputo, and Tunis.Visitor demographics The highest number of visitors to Johannesburg are from London, Frankfurt and Dubai. London tourists are projected to account for 328 000 of the total number of visitors, while Frankfurt will account for 196 000 and Dubai for 166 500. Combined, these visitors are expected to inject $975-million into the city’s economy in cross-border spending during 2012. Paris will also account for a large number of visitors, with an estimated 143 000 expected to touch down in Joburg. “They will spend an anticipated $332-million in the city during 2012, a substantial amount compared to visitor numbers and an average of $2 320 per person – the highest average spend per person of all visitors,” Mastercard said in a statement. “The index also reveals the destination cities where those from Johannesburg are travelling to, and it was found that in most cases they are opting for African destinations before they travel overseas,” Zietsman said. “Four of the top five outbound destinations for Johannesburg travellers are within Africa. Windhoek and Nairobi are the top two outbound travel destinations; London comes in third, followed by Harare and Luanda.” Durban and Cape Town Durban and Cape Town were also ranked in the index, and fared well. Durban will be the fastest growing city in Africa for both visitor numbers and expenditure, with a projected 33.3% growth in the number of international visitors and 41.3% growth in visitor expenditure in 2012. “Additionally, the Durban International Convention Centre provides the largest flat floor, column-free exhibition and conferencing space in Africa, attracting many international exhibitors to the city while playing host to some of the largest and most complex conferences and business events in the world over the past fifteen years,” Zietsman said. Cape Town also has a range of attractions to offer visitors and was named the world’s top holiday destination by online travel website Tripadvisor in 2011. “Cape Town is popular with many travellers because of the wide range of experiences it offers visitors, from surfing and sailing, mountain climbing and beaches, to its wine farms and world-renowned fine-dining establishments,” said Zietsman. “Its World Heritage Sites, magnificent natural surrounds and superior shopping opportunities add to its irresistible appeal.” Global economic adviser for Mastercard Worldwide Yuwa Hedrick-Wong said African cities were showing strong levels of growth. “This kind of growth pattern strongly suggests that destination cities in emerging markets in Africa will also continue to grow in importance in the global economy,” he said. “In spite of the ups and downs of the business cycle, the overall pattern is clear: cross-border travel by air is a resilient trend that is embraced by a growing number of people across Africa, underpinned by visitors’ robust willingness and capacity to spend.” SAinfo reporter Coming second only to Cairo – which will host about 3.3-million visitors in 2012 – Joburg is also rated as the African city that tourists will spend the most money in. An estimated US$3.3-billion will be injected into the city’s economy, marking an increase of 8.1% on the 2011 figures. The index ranks 132 global cities by total international visitor arrivals and cross- border spending; it also forecasts visitor and passenger growth for the year ahead, and examines where visitors originate from. “This is the second installment of this MasterCard Index, which is used as a barometer for understanding the global economy and the dynamic flow of commerce across the world,” said country manager of Mastercard Worldwide in South Africa Dries Zietsman.last_img read more

Hitler Rants About Cloud Security and Updates His Facebook Page

first_imgIt’s a Friday morning and goodness knows we will be up to our eyeballs in discussions next week as the RSA Conference shovels out enough cloud security news for us all to groan just a bit.So, let’s lighten it up a bit with one of the funnier YouTube videos that spoofs Hitler. This time, the subject is cloud computing in “Der Führer in Cloud Computing,” by Marcus Ranum and Gunnar Peterson.Hitler’s generals have to deliver some bad news. Someone tampered with the The Third Reich’s customer database and changed every last name to “pwnz0red.” Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting alex williams Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#cloud#cloud computing This is really funny. I know the Hitler parodies get a bit overplayed but this one works. The cloud is so ripe for satire. And this one hits it right on the mark. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more