19 Jan

Magic stun reeling Cavs as LeBron says he’s staying put

first_imgThe Cavaliers scored 43 points in the first quarter, but then went almost 6½ minutes without scoring in the fourth. They played the second half without coach Tyronn Lue, who went to the locker room in the second quarter with what the team said was an illness.“It’s like right now, when we hit adversity, we go our separate ways,” guard Isaiah Thomas said. “And that’s just how I feel and it looks like that as well.”The Magic made their first 10 shots of the second half and won consecutive games for the first time since Nov. 8-10.James did not have a rebound or an assist in a foul-plagued second half.“I gave my teammates some opportunities to knock ’em down, but they just didn’t go. You can’t get assists when they don’t go down, but that doesn’t stop me from finding my guys on the floor,” he said. “At this point it’s not what you say, it’s what you do. We’ve got to go out and play well as a collective group, everyone hitting at the right time on all cylinders, and right now we’re not doing that.”ADVERTISEMENT The Cavaliers fell apart in the second half and lost for the 14th time in 21 games. They have given up an average of 122.4 points in their last five losses.“I couldn’t give up on my teammates like that. I just couldn’t do it,” James said after scoring 25 points. “We put too much into the game every single day.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 folk“This is no time to be ashamed about our season,” he added. “We’ve got quite a few games left. If we’re still serious about the season, then we’ve got to play some good ball at some point.”Jonathon Simmons scored 22 of his career-high 34 points in the third quarter for the Magic, who broke a nine-game home-court losing streak against Cleveland. Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year View comments Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew 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 Ingram, Randle lead Lakers over Suns OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James, rear, and center Tristan Thompson defend against Orlando Magic forward Jonathon Simmons during the second half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018, in Orlando, Fla. The Magic won 116-98. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)ORLANDO, Fla. — After another embarrassing defeat and two days before the trade deadline, LeBron James let it be known he’s not going anywhere, at least for now.“I’m here for this season right now to try and figure out a way we can still compete,” James said after his Cleveland Cavaliers blew a 21-point lead in a 116-98 loss to the Orlando Magic. “I owe it to my teammates to finish this season out no matter how it ends up. I would never waive my no-trade clause.”ADVERTISEMENT Cavaliers: Host Minnesota on Wednesday.Magic: Host Atlanta on Thursday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increasescenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Simmons made seven of eight shots in his 22-point quarter, finishing the period with a 3-point buzzer shot in a game in which he almost did not play because of a sprained right ankle.“To be honest, adrenaline was just going and I didn’t even realize what was going on,” Simmons said. “I was just trying to play hard and trying not to have another setback.”J.R. Smith made three 3-pointers in the first four minutes to help the Cavaliers (30-22) take a 15-4 lead, and they led by 21 points late in the first half.Jeff Green dunked to put the Cavaliers up 61-40 with 4:50 left in the half, but they went scoreless for almost four minutes while the Magic (17-36) sliced nine points off the lead.James opened the second half with a couple of 3-pointers to regain a 16-point lead for Cleveland, but Simmons scored 12 points during the Magic’s 19-2 run that gave them their first lead of the game at 78-77 with 5:33 left in the third quarter.James was called for his fourth foul just 17 seconds later and sat for more than seven minutes.When he re-entered the game with 10:10 remaining in the fourth quarter, the Magic ran off 14 straight points to lead 108-92.Dwyane Wade banked in a 3-pointer for Cleveland’s only points in the first 7:25 of the fourth quarter.TIP-INSCavaliers: Wade missed the morning shootaround with an illness but played 22 minutes.Magic: Simmons’ 22-point quarter was three points short of the franchise record set by Tracy McGrady in 2003. … F Aaron Gordon missed a fifth straight game with a strained left hip flexor and has withdrawn from the Slam Dunk Contest at NBA All-Star Weekend.UP NEXT MOST READ Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track LATEST STORIES Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hourslast_img read more

18 Jan

Standhardinger leads Gilas 12 vs Iran, injured Slaughter out

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netFilipino-German big man Christian Standhardinger banners Gilas Pilipinas’ 12-man lineup against Iran on Thursday in the fourth window of the Fiba World Cup Asian Qualifiers.Standhardinger will be teaming up with five other big men in first-timer Ian Sangalang, JP Erram, Raymond Almazan, Beau Belga and Asi Taulava as the Philippines braces for a titanic matchup with the 7-foot-2 Hamed Haddadi and the mighty Iranians, who are coming off a silver medal finish in the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta, Indonesia.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Golovkin trainer calls positive test by Alvarez ‘insulting’ Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college LATEST STORIES MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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 Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA titlecenter_img Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Guards Alex Cabagnot and Scottie Thompson will also be making their Gilas debuts vs Iran with Paul Lee, Gabe Norwood, Marcio Lassiter and Allein Maliksi joining them.Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas president Al Panlilio announced the lineup Wednesday morning.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 ChrissDespite rushing to meet Fiba requirements and be cleared to play as local, Greg Slaughter did not make it to the final roster.Slaughter hurt his left ankle on Wednesday during Barangay Ginebra’s game against NorthPort in the PBA Governors’ Cup that deemed his status against Iran as questionable. Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Slaughter’s health status may have also led to Guiao selecting Standhardinger over crack guard Stanley Pringle as Gilas’ naturalized player.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more

17 Jan

Commissioner installed to head inquiry

first_imgDeadly Drop-in Centre fireFormer Guyana Defence Force officer, Colonel Windee Algernon, was on Friday sworn in at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts before Magistrate Fabayo Azore as the sole Commissioner who will determine the cause and conditions that led to the death of the two boys while in the State’s custody at the child care, Drop-In Centre, on Hadfield Street, Georgetown.Former GDF officer, Colonel Windee AlgernonFollowing the tragic deaths, President David Granger has ordered a Commission of Inquiry (CoI) into the incident.Colonel Algernon, who was appointed as Commissioner on Thursday, was on Friday morning installed in the presence of Minister of State Joseph Harmon.The Commissioner was expected to commence work from as early as the day of installation.Following the brief ceremony, Algernon expressed her elation to have been selected by President David Granger to serve in that capacity.Minister Harmon noted that Algernon will be expected to make comprehensive recommendations to ensure the safety of children at the Hadfield Street location.Harmon pointed out, “His Excellency has asked that a preliminary report be presented to him by July 22 and that the final report should be in by August 15, if the Commissioner finds that she needs additional time, his Excellency might be inclined to give that extension.”Algernon is expected to determine the severity of the injuries the children sustained at the Drop-In Centre and the conditions they were exposed to.According to Harmon, “anytime a life in Guyana is lost, it is something that will have to be inquired into… that we place a very high premium on the life of every Guyanese and therefore as the Government and the State, we will have to demonstrate that in a very tangible way.”The Commissioner has also been tasked with establishing whether the conduct of the staff at the Drop-In Centre was in compliance with the required obligations of the state and standard operating procedures.According to Harmon, the State would await the report of the inquiry to decide on compensation for the parents of two-year-old Joshua George and his brother, six-year-old Antonio George who were killed on Friday, July 8 where fire ravaged the Drop-In Centre.“The family has been contacted by the Ministry of Social Protection and they have been given some level of comfort. As far as compensation is concerned, we await the findings of the Commission,” he noted.According to reports, just after midnight on Friday last, the two young brothers perished in a fire.It was reported that the elder brother Antonio was asleep in the dormitory when the fire started and as the younger brother Joshua was being taken out of the building by caregivers, he realised his brother was not with him.The two-year-old managed to release himself from the grip of the caregiver and ran back into the burning building. The two brothers were trapped in the building and their charred remains were subsequently recovered.Director of the Child Care and Protection Agency (CCPA) Ann Greene disclosed that the two brothers along with three other siblings were taken into the care of the CCPA two days before the incident, following an investigation into allegations that they were neglected and abused.Greene further stated that the Social Protection Ministry would take full responsibility for the tragic incident and bear the full cost of the funerals for the young children.Nevertheless, civil society activists joined with the dead children’s parents on Thursday as they picketed the CCPA office, calling for answers over the deaths and the state of the building. (Rennella Bourne)last_img read more

14 Jan

Lack of Logistics Hamper Gender Activities in Nimba

first_imgLack of logistical support is said to be hampering the activities of the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection in Nimba County.Speaking to the Daily Observer in an exclusive interview in Sanniquellie earlier this week, the Gender Coordinator, Mrs. Yaah Belleh Suah, said their activities in Nimba are being hampered because they do not have vehicles to move around the county, and there was no internet facility to enhance smooth communication to the central office in Monrovia.“We do not have a car to visit other parts of the county where our women’s groups are based and undertaking projects,” she said.She also lamented that the Nimba Office doesn’t have a modem for internet connectivity to communicate with its central office in Monrovia.“Despite these challenges,” she said, “we manage to use other offices to make sure that our reports are prepared for sending.”There are many women’s groups operating under the Gender Ministry in Nimba County.Some of these groups have been cooperating and generating huge sums of revenue every month.One of the groups transformed its women’s center to a ‘community bank’ in the border town of Karnplay where most of the farmers are now saving their money.The women’s groups in Sanniquellie are gearing up to open another community bank in Sanniquellie, using one of their warehouses under the supervision of the Gender Ministry. Women activities are ongoing in other parts of Nimba, including Tappita, Yarwin Mensonnoh, Zoe Geh, but the lack of logistics is hampering their supervision.Nimba County has 17 administrative districts with meaningful women’s activities, according to local officials here.The county is one of the bread baskets of Liberia, with women   playing major roles in food production. Some of the major women’s groups include the Gbehlay Geh, the Sanniquellie Women, and Ganta Concerned Women.A cassava processing plant for one of these groups boosts the production of farina. Most of the activities are under the supervision of the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

12 Jan

Financial arrangement with students, parents are private – Harmon

first_imgMae’s 42% fee hike…parents to protest on MondayIn light of the recent 42 per cent hike in fees by Mae’s Schools, Minister of State Joseph Harmon said the matter has not engaged the attention of Cabinet but did note that the arrangement between the private institution and the parents of students attending same is one that is private; hence he cannot make a definitive statement on it.“The Ministry of Education would have to have a look at this to see whether it is in fact an unreasonable impost on citizens. But certainly the private schools, the arrangement with students and parents I believe is a private arrangement and is something which maybe it will have an impact on so much people in societyMae’s Schools at Third Avenue, Subryanville, Georgetownmaybe the MoE would have to have a look at it,” Harmon said.“During last year when the Government introduced some fees on the private schools, there was a big hue and a cry from the same citizens that are complaining that the private schools are charging them as much as 42 per cent increase,” he added. When asked about the status of the Education Bill, Harmon noted that he cannot speak to the status of that and efforts to contact Education Minister Nicolette Henry to determine the status proved futile. Additionally, the parents of students attending Mae’s Schools have indicated that they will be hosting a picketing exercise on Monday between the hours of 11:30h and 13:00h.According to the parents, they received notice of the increase just before school closed for Easter, indicating school fees for the Christmas Term will be increased by up to 42 per cent depending on the Grade.For playgroup, fees were raised from $35,000 per term to $50,000; nursery $45,000 to $60,000; primary Grades One to Four – $60,000 to $75,000; Grade Five, $70,000 ($60,000 + $10,000 lessons fee); Grade Six from $70,000 (60,000 + 10,000 lessons fee) to $80,000 ($60,000 + $20,000 lessons fee). Additionally, this publication was told that fees for the secondary department was also raised from $80,000 to $90,000.According to the School’s Administrator, Stacey French, the increase is due to the fact that the school’s costs to do business have increased, as well as the challenge of hiring teachers who are both motivated and experienced, in addition to overall operational costs.In 2014, then Education Minister Priya Manickchand tabled the Education Bill of 2014, which was read in Parliament. Then in 2017, the Ministry of Education said the regularisation of all private education institutions will be provided for under the new Education Act.last_img read more

28 Dec

MICK, HIS BEARD AND A ONE HUNDRED MILE RUN FOR CHARITY!

first_imgMick the runner and his beard!A Donegal man with a crazy beard is set to raise money with an ambitious run.Mick Baikie is from Annagry and has been living in California, USA for a number of years now.He will be running 100 miles in July to raise money for Roots Ethiopia, an organisation that is very dear to his heart. Mick’s goal is to raise $100 for every mile he will run during the race to help this amazing non-profit which supports education in Ethiopia.The website to find out all about what he is doing and why is:https://www.crowdrise.com/micksgreatbigrunforrootsethiopia/fundraiser/mickbaikieMICK, HIS BEARD AND A ONE HUNDRED MILE RUN FOR CHARITY! was last modified: March 18th, 2016 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)last_img read more

27 Dec

SAM MAGUIRE AND DONEGAL PLAYERS AT EVOLVE MENSWEAR

first_imgTHE DONEGAL team has been the best dressed ever – thanks to Letterkenny sponsors Evolve Menswear.And tomorrow, Saturday, some of the players will be saying ‘thank you’ to the McCloskey brothers by bringing Sam Maguire to their shop on the town’s retail park.Sam will be in store with the stars for four hours from 11am until 3pm. So go along and get your photo taken with The Sam Maguire Cup and players.It promises to be a special day. SAM MAGUIRE AND DONEGAL PLAYERS AT EVOLVE MENSWEAR was last modified: October 5th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:SAM MAGUIRE AND DONEGAL PLAYERS AT EVOLVE MENSWEARlast_img read more

22 Dec

ANOTHER ONE BITES THE DUST AS BOXER JASON MAKES IT EIGHT STRAIGHT WINS

first_imgJason Quigley again showed the class that will almost certainly propel him onto a much bigger stage in the not-too-distant future. The Donegal boxer made it eight wins from eight bouts after another second round stoppage in the early hours of this morning.This time it was against his latest opponent Michael Faulk at Fantasy Springs in California. Cagey Quigley took it easy in the first round but found his range quickly in the second.But the Twin Towns man exploded into life in the second and forced Faulk to take three standing counts.With his 30 year old opponent in all sorts of trouble, Faulk’s corner threw in the towel with just a coupe of seconds left in the second round.The bout may have been scheduled as Quigley’s first eight rounder in the pro ranks, but it was never going to go anywhere near that. Quigley looked in great shape as he directed his latest opponent.And Faulk looked like a man who hadn’t fought in two years and had already lost two of his five pro bouts.Speaking after the bout, Quigley said he felt relaxed and took the first round to figure out his opponent.His first eight fights have barely tested Quigley with his last four bouts ending in second round stoppages.Golden Boy Promotions may now be considering upping the quality of his opponent as Quigley continues to display the pedigree that could make him a real contender very soon. ANOTHER ONE BITES THE DUST AS BOXER JASON MAKES IT EIGHT STRAIGHT WINS was last modified: August 9th, 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:boutBOXERdonegalJason Quigleywinlast_img read more

21 Dec

Half-time: Everton 2 QPR 0

first_imgNikica Jelavic – a transfer target for QPR – scored just before half-time to leave them facing an uphill task in the FA Cup third round clash at Goodison Park.Jelavic, making his first start since September, netted from near the edge of the penalty area after Ross Barkley had put Everton ahead.With keeper Julio Cesar making his first appearance of the season, Rangers were on the back foot for most of the first half.Cesar saved from Jelavic at his near post and was also able to gather shots from Barkley and Gareth Barry.Gary O’Neil missed a great chance to put QPR ahead against the run of play, failing to connect with Danny Simpson’s 24th-minute cross from the right when it seemed easier to score.Rangers were soon under pressure again and Cesar produced a fine save from Barkley, with Leon Osman failing to hit the target from the rebound.But the Brazilian could do nothing when Barkley fired home after being found by Bryan Oviedo’s clever pass.And worse followed for Rangers following Simpson’s poor pass to Karl Henry, who was robbed by Barry.The ball broke to Jelavic and the Croatian striker sent an unstoppable shot beyond Cesar.Everton: Robles, Coleman, Oviedo, Stones, Alcaraz, McCarthy, Barry, Naismith, Barkley, Osman, Jelavic.Subs: Howard, Hibbert, Heitinga, Pienaar, Mirallas, Vellios, Lukaku.QPR: Cesar, Simpson, Onuoha, Hill, Assou-Ekotto, Traore, Phillips, Barton, Henry, O’Neil, Austin.Subs: Murphy, Dunne, Johnson, Onyewu, Kranjcar, Zamora, Benayoun.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

3 Dec

Salman Khan appears before Jodhpur sessions court, signs bail bonds

first_imgBollywood actor Salman Khan on Friday appeared before the District and Sessions Court in Jodhpur for verification of bail bonds in an Arms Act case related to the killing of black bucks in 1998.The court had summoned him while hearing an appeal by the Rajasthan government challenging his acquittal by the trial court in the case.The court has now listed the matter for hearing on October 5.“The court had summoned him to sign the bail bonds. He signed them today and now the hearing on the State’s appeal will begin from October 5,” Salman’s counsel H.M. Saraswat said.Salman arrived by a chartered flight at the Jodhpur Civil Airport at 12.30 p.m. and headed straight for the court to sign the bail bonds. He was in the court room for about five minutes and then left for the airport.He had to appear in the court on July 6 for verification of bail bonds of ₹20,000 submitted by him in the case but due to security reasons he sought an exemption from appearance after which the hearing was adjourned till this day.The case is on illegal possession of arms, which were allegedly used to kill blackbucks. Salman was acquitted by the trial court on January 18 in a case under the Arms Act for alleged possession and use of firearms with expired licence.last_img read more