Karl-Anthony Towns help Wolves recover in 120-103 win over Magic

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 Karl-Anthony Towns had 29 points and 15 rebounds, and Jeff Teague added 23 points and 10 assists in his return to the Minnesota lineup in the Timberwolves’ 120-103 comeback victory Friday night.Taj Gibson added 14 points and 10 rebounds for Minnesota. The Timberwolves recovered from a 19-point deficit midway through the second quarter with a 44-12 run through the 5:51 of the third quarter.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“Once we started playing defense,” Minnesota coach Tom Thibodeau said. “I thought the last five minutes of the second quarter we got going. We got some stops. I thought (Anthony Tolliver) gave us a big lift. He hit a couple big 3s and that gave us the energy, gave us a lift, and the defense, I thought, in the second half was very good.”Nikola Vucevic had 22 points for Orlando, but just eight after the first quarter. The Magic, who had won three of four, hit 26 of their first 34 shots (76.4 percent) before fading. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom MOST READ View comments Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Victor Oladipo hits late 3, Pacers beat Bulls in OT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Minnesota Timberwolves’ Karl-Anthony Towns, left, drives against Orlando Magic’s Nikola Vucevic, of Montenegro, in the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Jan. 4, 2019, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)MINNEAPOLIS — Through 17 minutes, the Minnesota Timberwolves watched the Orlando Magic shoot 76.4 percent and open a 19-point lead. Returning home after a trip was looking like another letdown for Minnesota.Then the Timberwolves started playing team defense.ADVERTISEMENT Terrence Ross scored 13 points off the bench for Orlando, but he missed his final four 3-pointers after starting 3 of 5 from beyond the arc during the Magic’s hot start. Evan Fournier added 21 points.“This game was ours to take, to be honest,” Fournier said. “It was really ours. When you’re up 20 on the road, you should be winning those games.”Minnesota found a way to slow Orlando in the second and continued the momentum into the second half. The Magic missed 12 of their final 14 shots of the first half and were 7 of 23 in the third quarter.Teague and Towns took over offensively in the second half. Teague had nine points and four assists in the third, and Towns had 21 points in the second half after first-half foul trouble.“It was just lazy, undisciplined and soft,” Orlando forward Aaron Gordon said. “We didn’t have it tonight on the defensive end. It’s not OK at this point in the season.”ADVERTISEMENT ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia The Wolves came back from a halftime deficit for the sixth time in 22 games this season. Friday matched their best comeback of the season and five of their six wins when trailing at the half have come at home.“We came in here, at halftime, we said, ‘hey, we’ve got to change the game,’” Towns said. “We did that. In essence, we came in here and mostly slapped each other and said, ‘Wake up.’”TIP-INSMagic: F Jonathon Simmons returned after missing two games because of a sprained left ankle. Simmons scored six points in 21 minutes off the bench. … Orlando set a season high with the 68 first-half points. The franchise record is 78, set on Nov. 3, 2010, against Minnesota.Timberwolves: F Robert Covington missed his second straight game with a right knee bone bruise and is sidelined indefinitely. G Derrick missed his fourth straight game because of a sprained right ankle. … Towns had his 25th double-double in 39 games this season. … Without Covington, Tolliver played for the second straight game and matched his season high with 11 points. … Minnesota is 13-6 at home this season and 5-15 on the road.TEAGUE COMEBACKTeague wasn’t rusty in his return after missing nine games due to left ankle inflammation. Teague was 8 of 10 from the field and hit all three of his 3-pointers, including a quick shot from 28 feet to beat the 24-second clock on one third-quarter possession.It was Teague’s fourth game of the season with at least 20 points.“Teague lived in the paint,” Magic coach Steve Clifford said. “He set the tone early in the game right away, and we were never able to stop his penetration, pick-and-roll or anything else. I thought he was the biggest key in the game.”UP NEXT Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Magic: Their six-game trip continues Sunday against the Los Angeles Clippers.Timberwolves: Host the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday. After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folklast_img read more

Fire victim receives donation from Essequibo Praant Mahila Mandalee

first_img− a single act of kindness can change someone’s worldThe Women’s arm of the Guyana Hindu Dharmic Sabha, the Mahila Mandalee, on Sunday donated several household items and cash to fire victim Sohodra Sukhai aka ‘Aunty Finey’, 69, of Henrietta Village, in Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam) .The upper flat of Sukhai’s two-flat house was completely gutted on September, 9, 2016 by a fire which erupted during a welding operation. The widow was living with her daughter-in-law and two grandchildren.On learning of the tragedy the Mandalee donated two mattresses, one mosquito net, one bowl set along with cash. According to the Mandalee Chairwoman Gaitree Budram, the group is very saddened over the family’s loss.During a visit with the family, Budram encouraged them to have faith in God and pledged the Sabha’s support in rebuilding their future. Budhram said that the group is conducting a clothing drive for the Sukhai family.Sukhai thanked the organisation for its timely donation and expressed thanks to God for her survival. She only recently lost her son and husband.The family lost the upper flat with furnishing, a fridge, television, etc, including the children’s school supplies and clothes. They are attending the C V Nunes Primary.last_img read more

26 Political Parties for 2017

first_imgChairman Korkoya Certificates RDCBy Alvin WorziWith less than 105 days to the holding of the presidential and legislative elections on October 10, the National Elections Commission (NEC) yesterday certificated four new political parties, bringing the total number of recognized and registered political parties in the country to 26.The four new political parties are the Redemption Democratic Congress (RDC), Liberia Restoration Party (LRP), the Liberia for Prosperity Party (LPP), and the Democratic Justice Party (DJP).Shortly after the parties’ certification, NEC chairman Jerome George Korkoya urged each of their representatives to conduct their political activities in the ambit of the commission’s rules and regulations.The NEC is the only body by law clothed with the mandate to certificate political parties and conduct elections for all public offices in the country.Chairman Korkoya Certificates LRPFor that, Korkoya said multi-party democracy provides the space for political debates to enhance and promote smooth and peaceful democratic activities.“We are certificating you at a very significant time when the country is in the middle of crucial elections. By certificating you, it means that you are now part and parcel of our democratic process,” Korkoya among other things told representatives of the political parties.He added that the accreditation of political parties is guaranteed by the Liberian Constitution. Yesterday’s certification of the four additional parties brings to 26 the total number of registered political parties gearing up for the October polls.Reverend Victor Saylee Sr., the RDC chairman who received the certificate of accreditation from the NEC on behalf of his colleagues, said the party is poised to redeem the country by putting it back in the hands of Liberians after several years of hardship.Rev. Saylee said RDC’s quest is to ensure that the class system, which has done more harm than good for the country, is totally eradicated.“We want to thank NEC for recognizing us today. Liberia is at a crossroads and needs redemption, and that’s why we are here to ensure that we deliver the country. The party is here to solve the country’s many woes,” Rev. Saylee said.Reverend Jomah Woiwor, LRP chairman, said despite the late accreditation of the party, the leadership stands strong and ready to capture state power at the ensuing October poll.He said Liberians will have a say in the running of their own country, irrespective of status.“The LRP is here to make those necessary corrections of those mistakes that were made in the past. We are strong and remain so to capture state power in October,” Woiwor declared.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Zinc thief fined $30,000

first_imgA man who attempted to steal two galvanised zinc sheets from the roof of the Guyana Public Service Union (GPSU) Sports Complex building was on Monday fined after he admitted to the offence.Thirty-year-old Andrew Arjune admitted that he did attempt to commit the act on February 28, 2018 at Thomas Lands, Georgetown.The defendant told Magistrate Judy Latchman who he appeared before that the building was old and the zinc sheets fell from the roof to the ground.According to Police Prosecutor Arvin Moore, the Secretary of the Union received a call informing him that someone was removing the galvanised sheets from the Sports Complex yard.He informed the Police of same, and they went to the location and saw Arjune, who they arrested.The defendant when questioned by Magistrate Latchman told her that he removed the sheets “to see if anybody want buy it”.The man, who was previously charged for stealing from his uncle, however, begged the Magistrate for mercy.He was fined $30,000. Failure to pay the fine will result in him serving two weeks’ imprisonment.last_img read more

18 contracts awarded to handpicked contractor

first_imgAG report findings– no beginning, completion dates recorded by Tender BoardAuditor General Deodat Sharma has raised red flags over the awarding of 18 contracts to one contractor in Region Five (Mahaica-Berbice), which were not put through a competitive bidding process, but were instead handed to the contractor in a ‘selective tendering’ process.Auditor General Deodat SharmaFor 2017, $459.6 million was allocated for repairs and maintenance of buildings and infrastructure in the region. The favoured contractor received 18 contracts worth some $59.1 million, which fell under a $90 million allocation for the drainage and irrigation component of the regional budget.The Auditor General made it clear that tenders for these 18 projects were not advertised publicly. Instead, the Regional Tender Board (RTB) claimed the contractor was procured through selective tendering.“The reason given in the RTB minutes for using this method of procurement in 10 cases was that the works were emergencies. No reason was given for using this method of procurement for the other eight contracts.”“Further, eight of the 10 contracts awarded by the RTB on September 7, 2017 and recorded on RTB minutes were valued at $21.5 million, but these contracts had no commencement and completion dates stated as a means of ensuring that works are completed within a stipulated time.”In response to this, the head of the budget agency noted that the cases were all “emergencies” and went on to explain that it was an oversight for the minutes to not include information on the commencement and completion dates. The head of the agency did promise that the omission would be corrected.The Audit Office however recommended that the regional administration ensure all contracts are awarded in accordance with the Procurement Act. In addition, it urged the region to ensure that all contracts are complete with commencement and completion dates to ensure proper monitoring and enforcing of penalties.Sole sourcingAnti-corruption voices have repeatedly criticised the Government for sole sourcing contracts, under the guise of emergency works. In fact, the fallout from one sole sourced contract for a drug bond is believed to be behind aspects of a Cabinet reshuffle early last year.In May of last year, the parliamentary Opposition had fielded questions in the National Assembly to the Ministers of Public Health and Communities in relation to the public procurement practices being used by the Government.When a response came from Communities Minister Ronald Bulkan, it was revealed that nine out of 10 regions in Guyana did no public tendering for drugs and medical supplies between January 2016 and February 2017.In addition, all regions indicated that no prequalification process was followed. Procurement of drugs and medical supplies had all been done in the name of emergencies.A key Inter-American Development report (IDB) had recommended that countries in the Region, including Guyana, implement a number of measures aimed at improving public procurement.The report titled, ‘Better spending for better lives: How Latin America and the Caribbean can do more with less’, has identified poor procurement practices as a contributor to wasted public funds.Among its recommendations for countries in the region were for Governments to avoid single sourced contracts and concentrate on competitive bidding. In fact, it was advised that open tendering be the default method of procurement.“Use competitive and efficient tendering and limit the use of exceptions and single source procurement,” the report states. “Use open tendering as the default method and modern tools (such as) framework agreements, electronic catalogues and reverse auctions for standardised products.”In addition, the report advised that Governments in the Region publish annual procurement plans, as part of a comprehensive framework that would set out the Government’s goals and priority areas.“Publishing annual procurement plans increases accountability of contracting authorities, as they need to justify diverging from the plan,” the report points out, attributing this piece of advice to the European Commission.The report also advised that all stages of public procurement, including all Government personnel involved in the process, be brought under a centralised procurement agency. And while Guyana does have a National Procurement and Tender Administration Board (NPTAB), the report also advises that this agency oversee and promote training of personnel.last_img read more

Buffon says no PSG promise of starting slot

first_img0Shares0000Veteran Gianluigi Buffon, whose 176 Italy caps are a European record, says he has not been guaranteed a starting place but will look to show he retains the quality to be a regular even at 40 © AFP / Thomas SAMSONPARIS, France, Jul 9 – Gianluigi Buffon, Paris Saint-Germain’s veteran goalkeeper, said Monday he was not a guaranteed starter as he embarks on a new challenge following his move from Juventus.“Nobody ever told me I would be a starter,” said Buffon, 40, as the Italian was presented to the media. “I was always first choice at Parma, Juve and the national side, but nobody ever told me I’d be an automatic first choice” at PSG, he explained.“I have always been a player who has earned his starting place on the field,” added Buffon, who will seek to dislodge Alphonse Areola, who pushed German Kevin Trapp down to number two last season.“Of course I am 40 years old but I am in excellent physical form. I know that when there is a need to have major goals (at a club) then you need all hands on deck.“We shall all get game time during the season and I shall do all I can to put the others in the best possible conditions. I want to show I am a great keeper and I am sure I shall do that,” Buffon concluded as he looks to stake a claim at the French champions, who have five keepers on their books.0Shares0000(Visited 4 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Fort St John Fire Department responds to fire on 99 Avenue Tuesday night

first_imgAnyone with information is being asked to contact the RCMP at 250-787-8100 or CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – On late Tuesday night, the Fort St. John Fire Department responded to the scene of a fire on 99 Avenue.According to Deputy Fire Chief, Darrell Blades, crews arrived on scene to a building fire just before midnight at 11:50 p.m.Blades says the fire started on the exterior of the building and extended onto the roof, with the fire being quickly extinguished by the first crews on scene.- Advertisement -As a result of the fire, Blades says the interior of the building suffered smoke and water damage.The cause of the fire is unknown and is currently being deemed as suspicious.The Fort St. John RCMP have taken over the investigation.Advertisementlast_img read more

Don’t pick these stars? The Man United players with the worst LOSS rate this season

first_img 1. Chris Smalling has lost 33.3 per-cent of his Premier League appearances this season – Once tipped as a future Man United stalwart and backbone of the England defence, Chris Smalling has been regularly exposed for the Red Devils this season. The defender has been on the losing side in exactly a third of his appearances so far this season. When he took the role, Man United boss Louis van Gaal urged fans and the media not to judge him based on his first three months at the helm, but now, seven months on, very little looks to have changed at Old Trafford.Injury has played a huge role in United’s problems, with the Red Devils’s defence hit particularly badly, but in some respects, Van Gaal’s selection policy has been questionable.Above, we pick out the players to have played at least 10 Premier League fixtures with the worst loss rate.Click the arrows to see who features.*All stats correct up to 14 January 2015SEE THE MAN UNITED PLAYERS WITH THE HIGHEST WIN PERCENTAGES THIS SEASON HERE 3. Marouane Fellaini has the third highest LOSING percentage of any Man United player to have played 10-plus Premier League matches so far* this season, losing 25 per-cent of appearances – Click the arrow to see which players have an even worse losing rate! – The Belgian has enjoyed a better crack of the whip this season, but it seems as though he is still struggling to have the level of influence that he displayed at Everton, losing a quarter of matches in which he has featured. 2. Ander Herrera and Adnan Januzaj have been on the losing side in 27.3 per-cent of Man United’s Premier League games this season – Click the arrow to see which Red Devils’ player has the WORST loss rate… – The young duo have enjoyed mixed starts to the season, and while time is very much on their sides, they have worryingly been on the losing side in 27.3 per-cent of their respective matches. 3 3 3last_img read more

Officers rescue combative man caught in blaze

first_imgHOLLYWOOD – A scream for help on Saturday morning turned into a dramatic rescue that sent five cops and a woman to hospitals and a man to jail. About 10:35 a.m., patrol officers from the Los Angeles Police Department’s Hollywood station received a call of a woman screaming in distress at 839 Fuller Ave. They arrived at the two-story, 10-unit apartment building and found a ground-floor apartment ablaze, with a shaken woman outside. Officers Eric Perez and Ricardo Oliva were first on the scene, followed by Carrie Chang and John Engels. Sgt. Sal Ogaz also rushed to the blaze. Radioing for help, they grabbed their fire extinguishers and waded into the smoke. “When they saw the flames were engulfing (the unit) and that an individual was inside, they made the decision to go in,” said Sgt. Todd Trulock. “They don’t have any breathing equipment or anything. They determined the risk was great enough that they had to act.” Inside, they found an unconscious 67-year-old man, believed to be the woman’s husband, and pulled him to safety. Then they attacked the flames while they waited for firefighters to arrive. After pulling the man, identified as Moshe Simeon Jacobs, from the burning building, officers revived him with cardiopulmonary resuscitation. He became combative so the officers cuffed him, arresting him on suspicion of attempted murder for setting the blaze with the woman inside the apartment, according to police reports. “We commend these police officers for their quick and decisive action, which clearly lessened the injuries and possibly saved the lives of this man and woman,” said Fire Department spokesman Brian Humphrey. “To go in there without breathing apparatus, you never know what you’re going to find.” Firefighters declared the fire extinguished at 10:54 a.m. They transported Jacobs, the 58-year-old woman, whose name was not released, and all five officers to local hospitals for treatment for smoke inhalation. The cops quickly returned to their black-and-whites. “They’ve been treated, released and they’re back on patrol,” said LAPD spokeswoman Officer Norma Eisenman. brent.hopkins@dailynews.com (818) 713-3738160Want 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

Donegal woman travels to the top as new Managing Director of Aircoach

first_imgGlenties native Dervla McKay has been appointed as the new Managing Director of Aircoach, Ireland’s leading private bus and coach operator.The company who provide frequent services between Dublin to the airport, Cork and Belfast, is a subsidiary of First Group which is one of the world’s largest surface transportation companies. Ms McKay started in her new position at the beginning of May.Joining First Group in 2005 as a graduate trainee, Ms McKay has worked in operational and management roles in England, with her most recent position as Head of Operations for First Hampshire, Dorset & Berkshire. Commenting on her appointment, Ms McKay said: “I’m delighted to join the Aircoach team. Aircoach is committed to delivering high quality public transport services and has been instrumental in increasing the level of public transport usage in Ireland over the last number of years and I look forward to providing for Aircoach’s growing customer base in the future.”Speaking about the appointment, Giles Fearnley, Managing Director of First Bus, said: “Dervla has a wealth of experience and passion for the role, industry and Aircoach’s customers and will bring new ideas and a fresh way of thinking to help the business to continue moving forward.”Aircoach provides all car park and shuttle bus services at Dublin Airport under contract to Dublin Airport Authority and are forecasting to carry over 2 million passengers this year on services to and from Dublin City Centre and Dublin Airport.Donegal woman travels to the top as new Managing Director of Aircoach was last modified: May 31st, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more