Celtics storm back from 26 to stun Rockets

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Smart and Terry Rozier had 13 points apiece.Tatum made a layup with seven seconds left to pull the Celtics within 98-97, then Smart had position on Harden for an offensive foul that gave Boston the ball and a chance to win it. Horford converted from the lane to put Boston up for the first time in a game Houston had led throughout and dominated until midway through the third quarter.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 folkHarden finished with 34 points and 10 assists. Eric Gordon scored 24 points for Houston, which shot 25 percent (9 of 36) in the second half and lost its fourth straight.The Rockets had one last chance after Horford’s go-ahead hook shot, but Harden was called for another offensive foul and time expired after Horford missed his second free throw. Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Boston Celtics’ Marcus Smart (36) and Kyrie Irving (11) celebrate as Houston Rockets’ James Harden (13) reacts during the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Thursday, Dec. 28, 2017. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)BOSTON — Al Horford made a hook shot with 3.7 seconds left to give Boston its only lead of the game, and the Celtics rallied from a 26-point deficit to beat the Houston Rockets 99-98 on Thursday night.Kyrie Irving scored 26 and Jayson Tatum finished with 19 for the Celtics, while Marcus Smart drew two offensive fouls against James Harden in the closing seconds to help Boston complete the comeback.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson 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 Houston was able to stall the momentum when Harden drew a foul with 1:56 left and got two extra free throws when Morris and Boston coach Brad Stevens received technicals for arguing. Harden made all four from the line, but a late 3-pointer by Rozier had Boston within 78-69 entering the fourth quarter.TIP-INSRockets: Veteran swingman Gerald Green, who signed a free-agent deal with the Rockets earlier Thursday, finished with two rebounds and no points in 11 minutes. … The Rockets’ 62 points in the first half were the most scored on the Celtics in the first two periods of a game this season. … Houston point guard Chris Paul missed his third straight game with a groin strain and the Rockets fell to 10-7 without him.Celtics: Were just 5 of 19 in the first quarter while scoring 12 points, the second-lowest total for a quarter by the Celtics this season. … Boston committed eight turnovers in the first quarter.2-MAN CREWReferee Mark Lindsay missed the game with a sore back, leaving Tony Brothers and Gediminas Petraitis to officiate the game on their own.UP NEXTRockets: Wrap up a three-game road trip Friday at Washington.Celtics: Host Brooklyn on Sunday.by Taboolacenter_img Houston opened the game on a 12-0 run and led 62-38 at halftime. After committing six turnovers in the first half, Houston had seven in the third quarter and Boston capitalized by outscoring the Rockets 31-16. Irving scored 12 in the third quarter as Boston picked up its defense, holding Houston to just four field goals in the period.Boston got within a point a couple times in the fourth, but couldn’t quite catch the Rockets until the final seconds.Smart drove for a layup and pulled Boston within 96-95 with 13.5 seconds left. Boston pressured the inbounds pass and Houston called time, then another before getting the ball to Harden, who made both free throws and finished 15 for 15 from the foul line. Rather than going for the 3-pointer, Boston went to Tatum for another layup, then Smart took an offensive foul by Harden on the inbounds play.Houston’s lead was in the 20s for nearly all of the second quarter and much of the third before Boston pulled back within range on a 12-0 run.Irving drew another foul while driving to the basket and added two more from the line, then after a shot-clock violation, Marcus Morris hit a 3-pointer to cut the margin to 71-58 — the lowest it had been since Houston led 23-10. After a timeout, Irving stole the ball and got it to Smart for a layup to make it 71-60.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense View comments Bucks rally from 20 down to beat Timberwolves LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Conelast_img read more

Firm commitment to sugar workers

first_imgDear Editor,The Guyana Agricultural and General Workers Union (GAWU) has seen Dr David Hinds’ response to our letter which appeared in sections of the media under the title “Why can’t GAWU acknowledge that this Govt took the brave decision to confront the sugar problem?”; and “Guyana has far to go for ethnic, political reconciliation”; and in Guyana Times entitled “Guyana’s greatest enemies are its zero-sum politics, political culture”. Dr Hinds starts off by accusing our Union of ignoring his critical views regarding the implementation of the Administration’s plans for the sugar industry. On this score, we urge Dr Hinds to carefully re-read our letter as we did note his decrying of the Government’s failure to communicate its approach to sugar. The political scientist then goes on to say that Government established a Commission of Inquiry (CoI) which, in his words, was required to “investigate the problem” in the sugar industry. Here, we urge Dr Hinds to look at the Commission’s report, if he hasn’t read it as yet. There he would see, without ambiguity, that the Commission which comprised gentlemen chosen by the Government – with the exception of the GAWU representative – saying that the coalition should not close estates. There he would see the Commissioners advising the Government that there was a possibility of overcoming the difficulties by pursuing sugar diversification. There he would see that the Commission telling the Government not to pursue non-sugar diversification on sugar lands. There he would learn that there is light at the end of the tunnel once the correct approach is adopted. Those and several other important recommendations were ignored by the Government. It seems, from all appearances, that the Administration was not pleased by the results of the Commission’s investigation. Maybe it didn’t have the narrative it sought. Then the Government, even before the Commission’s report had time to gather dust, did the unthinkable and announced in January 2016 that it would close Wales Estate. That closure put at direct risk the employment of 1700 sugar workers and hundreds of cane farmers, and, indirectly, upset the lives of thousands of Guyanese residents along the West Bank of Demerara.At that time, the Government said it would pursue non-sugar diversification at Wales despite the realities of past failure and the recommendations of the Sugar CoI. To date, those initiatives have failed to come off the launching pad, save and except for a seed paddy experiment which had most disastrous results. One, quite logically, thought the Administration would have had its fingers burnt with the Wales fiasco. But again they defied the odds when on December 31, 2016, the Government announced it would close the East Demerara and Rose Hall Estates and divest Skeldon Estate. This policy, we may add, has not on to this time, benefited from any study to determine the ramifications. At the end of it all, the workers of Skeldon, Rose Hall and East Demerara Estates have been put on the breadline. Even the statutory redundancy payments were bungled by the Administration which despite having months of advanced warning simply didn’t cater to make the payments.Regarding the recently announced $30 billion financing package, we wish to advise Dr Hinds that those monies are intended to be utilised on the operational Guyana Sugar Corporation [GuySuCo] estates and not the “…upgrading of the closed estates…” as the good doctor posits.Dr Hinds then says “… the Government’s action on the sugar industry is the closest it has come to a clear policy on anything”. If this is indeed the case, then may the Good Lord help the Guyanese people. The press is filled with reports of the confusion and clear indecision the Administration has had regarding sugar. Just in recent weeks, we saw the Agriculture Minister disowning the industry then suddenly resuming responsibility. The story of the confusion surrounding the appointment with the Board of Directors could probably provide substantial material for a book. And also we have seen the discord playing out in the media between the SPU and the GuySuCo. We are then told that our views are driven by factors outside of compassion for the sugar workers. This is completely baseless and certainly not factual.We have demonstrated time and again our sincere concern about the well-being and welfare of sugar workers. Certainly, we have used every avenue to advance their cause and plight. We have put to the Government workable solutions to safeguard the sugar industry which the Administration has not responded to thus far. Incidentally, some of these, we understand, will be pursued using the $30 billion financing secured. Clearly, from all appearances, we were on the right track.We have also not failed to attend any engagement the Government, the GuySuCo, or even the SPU have sought to invite us to. We have gone as far as meeting with President David Granger. We hope to continue in taking principled approaches and positions in our members’ interests and well-being and advocate proposals helpful, as we see it, to the industry.Yours faithfully,Seepaul NarineGeneral Secretary GAWUlast_img read more

Gough receives Christmas gift from Millwall

first_img Darren Gough 1 Lions sent Goughy a Christmas jumper to say thank you for his beloved Barnsley’s relegation from the Championship last seasonlast_img

2 men killed in RPV collision

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champ The driver overcorrected, sending the car back onto the pavement, but causing it to skid sideways. It slid into the eastbound lanes and was broadsided on its passenger side by a Chevrolet Tahoe, Souza said. Both men were dead at the scene. The Tahoe contained five occupants, but no one was seriously injured. The male driver complained of pain in his arm. His female passenger, who is 4 months pregnant, complained of pain to her head, leg and stomach. She was taken to a hospital for treatment. The dead men’s names were not immediately released pending notification of relatives. An autopsy will determine if the driver was intoxicated, Souza said. larry.altman@dailybreeze.com A driver and his male passenger were killed and two people in another car were injured in a collision in Rancho Palos Verdes, deputies said today. A half-full broken bottle of hard liquor was found in the men’s car, but it was unknown if it had been partially consumed or just shattered in the crash, sheriff’s traffic Investigator Ray Souza said. The crash occurred as the men traveled together at 10 p.m Friday in the 4100 block of Palos Verdes Drive South. Souza said the Lexus was headed west near Schooner Drive when the car went off the roadway onto the dirt shoulder. 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

How Texas Is Building Back Better From Hurricane Harvey

first_img What’s Wrong, and What’s Right, With Residential Building in TexasRebuilding After the HurricanesFlooding Is More Than a Coastal Problem Flood, Rebuild, Repeat: The Need for Flood Insurance ReformSeeking Higher GroundUnfolding Community Resilience Designing Houses and Communities To Be Smarter and More ResilientResilience: Designing Homes for More Intense StormsMaking the Case for Resilient DesignBuilding for Reduced Flood Risk Leveraging local expertise to build back betterThe idea of incorporating health in all policies may sound sensible, but putting it into action after a hurricane, wildfire, or tornado strike is easier said than done. As a former emergency manager in Baltimore, I know that working conditions after disasters are fast-paced and often chaotic. Communities are under political and social pressure to recover quickly, and health may not be at the top of their agendas.Advance planning for recovery is important. And involving people who understand challenges to community health and well-being is essential. Local health departments, as well as community- and faith-based organizations, are often connected to at-risk populations. Involving these organizations in recovery planning and implementation can inform an approach that promotes community health and well-being. For example, they can identify opportunities to use recovery resources to meet pre-existing housing needs, or direct case management services to families that are already struggling. For most Americans, the one-two punch of last fall’s hurricanes is ancient history. But hard-hit communities in Texas, Florida, and the Caribbean are still rebuilding.I recently traveled with public health students from the University of Washington to southeast Texas, where the impacts of Hurricane Harvey last August are still felt today. With support from the Natural Hazards Center’s Quick Response Grant Program, we wanted to understand how disaster recovery strategies can create long-term opportunities to promote healthy communities.Through interviews with local health officials, we learned how Hurricane Harvey is still affecting many residents. As we often see during natural disasters, Harvey amplified pre-existing health and social stresses and inequities.For example, greater Houston had only a paltry pre-storm supply of affordable housing. Now buyers and renters are competing to secure undamaged units. We heard about families who were living in homes with toxic mold because they couldn’t afford to leave, and concerns that rising prices would drive people out on the street or force them to move to other cities and states. However, we also saw signs that communities were using Hurricane Harvey to springboard efforts to address persistent housing problems. Building healthier post-HarveyHarvey caused $125 billion in damages, making it the second-worst storm to strike the U.S. mainland after Hurricane Katrina in 2005. The storm flooded one-third of Houston, displacing more than 30,000 people from their homes.During our trip to Texas we saw that pre-disaster recovery planning was paying off. As an example, Fort Bend Recovers was established in Fort Bend County, which covers 885 square miles in the Houston metro area, after major flooding on Memorial Day in 2016.In Harvey’s wake, plans developed by Fort Bend Recovers created a process for organizations, including local health and social services agencies, to rapidly reconvene to respond to community needs. Together they offered case management services, staffed mental health support lines, and convened emotional support groups. Such services can help individuals affected by the floods find housing and supplies, but also connect them with solutions for longer-term problems, such as finding affordable medical care. Hurricane season 2018 is comingIn order to truly “build back better,” states and communities need to develop a plan for recovery in advance of the next disaster. Galveston County, on Texas’ Gulf Coast, is using its Hurricane Harvey recovery experience to formalize a Long Term Recovery Group that brings together the local health department and other community- and faith-based organizations to address community health needs. But we also heard about other communities that still don’t have a plan or mechanism for organizing recovery.With support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s New Connections Program, my research team is now reviewing state disaster recovery plans nationwide. We plan to identify whether and how states use the disaster recovery period to build back better. We hope to highlight recovery strategies that promote equitable access to affordable and safe housing, health care, and places and spaces that encourage healthy activity and foster social connections.As climate change amplifies storms, floods and other extreme weather events, U.S. communities can expect more frequent and severe natural disasters in the years to come. By recognizing and planning for opportunities to build back better, they can make themselves more resilient against the next disaster.center_img Turning disasters into opportunitiesThe default response after a major disaster is often to rebuild as quickly as possible. This typically means replicating what existed before the storm. But why not build back in a way that corrects long-standing problems?Major disasters like Hurricane Harvey often bring influxes of resources and attention to communities that are struggling with health and social challenges. In a 2015 report, the Institute of Medicine found that many communities fail to fully leverage recovery resources to address pre-existing issues, such as access to health care.The report urged communities to consider short- and long-term health impacts of their recovery decisions, known as a “health in all policies” approach to recovery. This approach recognizes that health is connected to many other issues, including transportation, social networks and housing. By thinking about the health impacts of recovery strategies, municipal leaders can rebuild in a way that promotes stronger and more resilient communities.For example, co-locating mental health professionals at sites where people are signing up for FEMA aid can help more residents get counseling and support. In the long term, decisions about land use in badly damaged neighborhoods can create spaces where people can exercise and socialize, which helps them to lead healthier and happier lives. RELATED ARTICLES Nicole Errett is a lecturer in environmental and occupational health at the University of Washington. This post originally appeared at The Conversation.last_img read more

DG rank IPS officer demoted

first_imgThe Tripura government has demoted a senior IPS officer, who was allegedly given “illegal ad hoc” promotion despite the CBI filing a criminal case against him for “possessing” disproportionate assets, from the rank of DGP to IGP. In an order, which was issued last week, the Tripura government said K. Nagaraj, a 1983-batch Indian Police Service officer, had been promoted to the rank of Director General of Police despite the fact that criminal and disciplinary proceedings were pending against him.last_img read more

China, Russia, France share satellite data on Assam floods

first_imgWith Assam inundated by floods, several countries including China, Russia and France collaborated with India on sharing satellite images of the scale of inundation. As signatories to the The International Charter Space and Major Disasters, any of the 32 member countries can send a ‘request’ to activate the Charter. This would immediately trigger a request by the coordinators to space agencies of other countries whose satellites have the best eyes on the site of the disaster. Based on an activation request by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) on July 17, France’s National Centre for Space Studies, China National Space Administration and ROSCOSMOS of Russia shared satellite images of the flood situation in the districts of Dhubri, Marigaon, Barpeta, Dhemaji, Lakhimpur in Assam with ISRO’s National Remote Sensing Centre. ISRO’s CARTOSAT satellites too got the Indian space agency its own images.‘Standard practice’Ravish Kumar, spokesperson of the Ministry of External Affairs, said in response to a query from The Hindu that combining earth observation assets from different space agencies allows resources and expertise to be coordinated for rapid response. This was a “standard practice” and in the past ISRO too had provided information to other space agencies in response to similar requests. In August 2014, for instance, ISRO’s CARTOSAT shared images after an activation request from China after an earthquake struck Yunan province and killed 398. Since 2000, when the Charter came into operation there have been about 600 activations and data from 61 satellites have helped with disaster operations in 125 countries.last_img read more

Maroons nail quarters berth

first_imgHeart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ 3 teams seek breakthrough win Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ “[I told Manzo] you are the scorer, so you got to make sure you are going to do the job right now,” said UP head coach Bo Perasol. “You can pass but make sure you think about scoring. So that’s what he did.”In the other matches, San Beda crushed Jose Rizal University, 73-57, as the Lions remained unscathed in seven games. Arnaud Noah chalked up 17 points to lead the Lions.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutPerpetual Help also stunned Ateneo, 60-59, for a 3-5 record.Nigerian Prince Eze shone with 18 points, eight rebounds and six blocks, but it was Flash Sadiwa who buried the game-winner with a nifty layup with 1:13 remaining. —CARLO ANOLIN, KRISTOFER PURNELL 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire View comments Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Jun Manzo delivered the late heroics as University of the Philippines slipped past National University, 59-56, to advance to the quarterfinals in the Filoil Flying V Premier Preseason Cup at Filoil Flying V Centre Wednesday.NU held a 56-52 edge before UP rallied with a 7-0 blitz capped by Manzo’s dagger trey with 54.4 ticks left.ADVERTISEMENT What ‘missteps’?last_img read more

SBI Clerk online exam 2014: Paper pattern, syllabus

first_imgThe State Bank of India (SBI) is recruiting 5,092 Assistants in Clerical Cadre. The candidates will be selected for the said post on the basis of their performance in the online test and the interview.The online examination for the same will held in July or August 2014 but the dates of the same are yet to be declared.Exam paper pattern:The question paper is made up of five sections:Quantitative Aptitude: 40 marks (40 questions)Logical Reasoning: 40 marks (40 questions)General Awareness: 40 marks (40 questions)General English: 40 marks (40 questions)Marketing Aptitude / Computer Knowledge: 40 marks (40 questions)The paper will be of 2 hours and 15 minutes and candidates will be awarded negative marking of 0.25(1/4) for each wrong answer.Exam syllabus:Quantitative Aptitude:The section will have questions based on the following topics:Simplifications, profit and loss, roots and averages, permutations and combinations and heights and distance, partnership, compound interest, simple interest, stocks and shares, clocks and algorithms, volume and surface area, mensuration, ratio and proportion, surds and indices, chain rule, time and work, percentages, allegation and mixtures.Simplifications will consist of topics such as BODMAS calculations, Square, Cube, Percentages, Square roots, Cube Roots, Averages etc. and is one of the important topics to prepare for.Logical Reasoning:The section will have questions based on verbal reasoning and non-verbal reasoningEnglish Language:The section will have questions based on general English, comprehension and spelling.General Awareness:This section will consist of current affairs, Indian Constitution, History, Geography, Culture, Sports etc.Computer Awareness:This section will have questions based on Computer easy keys, Computer shortcuts, OS related concepts etc.advertisementlast_img read more

Dembele criticism is overblown, says agent

first_imgThe criticism of Ousmane Dembele is overblown, according to the player’s agent Moussa Sissoko.Dembele was not in the Barcelona squad that suffered a 4-3 shock loss to Real Betis on Sunday as reports circulated he had been disciplined for a violation of team rules.Reportedly, Dembele did not properly inform the club he was too ill to train last week, which led to his exclusion. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde claimed the omission was not a punishment and Sissoko has also taken those reports to task, claiming they are the latest in a long line of ill-informed rumours about his client. “All these criticisms make me laugh,” Sissoko told RMC Sport. “It had already begun with a so-called delay at the meeting before the Champions League match against Inter. I am surprised that very serious newspapers can take back this information because Ousmane didn’t arrive late.“His coach has confirmed that the fact that he wasn’t in the starting XI was not due to a delay.”The agent also addressed the discussion over Dembele’s illness this past week, confirming the club was annoyed by the situation but added there is no doubt over the attacker’s sickness.“It is true that Ousmane was sick (before Betis),” Sissoko said. “He had not slept all night, he was very tired.“He missed the morning training and what the club has blamed us is that he did not warn a little before that a doctor can see his mismanagement at home. He did it a little late.“But he was sick, the club confirmed he had a (gastrointestinal illness), he missed the training because of that. And I am surprised that we also make controversy when he is sick.”Sissoko pointed to his client’s continued recalls to the France national team, along with assurances from Barcelona sporting director Eric Abidal as proof concern over Dembele’s work habits are overblown.Sissoko added: “Ousmane continues to work, he is in a big club, he is in national team and Didier Deschamps continues to call him.“He is very much demanding on the behavior of the players and their performances so if Ousmane is today in team of France, he deserves it.“I also had (Barcelona sporting director) Eric Abidal on the phone. He is very happy with Ousmane, he told me he was training very well. He doesn’t question him at all right now.”Deschamps also weighed in on the Dembele discussion Monday, saying that the attacker has a habit of being late to training, though he is not alone in that.The France boss also added he hopes Dembele can improve his work habits going forward, though he did not want to comment on how Barcelona’s club policy.last_img read more