LeBron makes history, drills game-winner in OT against Bucks

first_imgMilwaukee took a 108-107 lead on a tip-in by Giannis Antetokounmpo with 1:12 left. Cleveland’s Kyrie Irving missed a 3-pointer from the left corner on the next possession, but Jabari Parker’s lay-in attempt at the other end curled out.James was fouled on the rebound by Antetokounmpo, his sixth. James then hit the deep 3-pointer to put Cleveland up 110-108.Parker was fouled on a layup attempt on the ensuing possession but missed both free throws. Irving hit a pair of free throws with 15.7 seconds left to make it 112-108.James had 34 points and Irving 28 for Cleveland, which had lost at Milwaukee 118-101 on Nov. 29. Parker had 30 points and Antetokounmpo added 25. The two teams meet again Wednesday night in Cleveland.The Bucks scored the final seven points of regulation to send it into overtime tied at 100.Parker scored on a drive to put Milwaukee up 104-102, but Richard Jefferson was fouled on a three-point attempt and hit all three free throws to put Cleveland back ahead 105-104. Antetokounmpo answered with a short jumper from the lane to put the Bucks in front 106-105.Jefferson scored on a baseline drive, but Antetokounmpo made a tip-in to give the Bucks the 108-107 lead with 1:12 left.The Cavaliers took a 100-93 lead on Irving’s 3-pointer with 2:32 left in regulation, but Greg Monroe’s inside basket and Tony Snell’s 3-pointer cut it to 100-98 with 47 seconds remaining.After a missed 3-pointer by James, Parker scored on an inside spin move from the left side to tie it at 100 with 15.5 seconds left. Irving missed a 3-pointer from the top of the key with 1 second left.After trailing by 18 during the first half, the Bucks scored the first five points of the third quarter, going in front 58-57 on Dellavedova’s 3-pointer for their first lead since the opening minute.James and Channing Frye hit consecutive three-pointers to put the Cavs up 77-71 with 3:30 left in the third quarter. Cleveland led 84-78 entering the fourth quarter.last_img read more

Realtors climb out of deep hole

first_imgOSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Hawaiian spiker Shar Manu-Olevao unloaded 29 points for Cocolife.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next With a pair of imports clawing till the end, Sta. Lucia Realty yanked a victory out of Cocolife’s grip Tuesday night.Bogdana Anisova and Marisa Field combined for 55 points to power the Lady Realtors’ climb from two sets down to a 23-25, 22-25, 25-12, 25-23, 15-7 win in the Chooks to Go-Philippine Superliga Grand Prix at Filoil Flying V Centre.ADVERTISEMENT Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny 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 Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene MOST READ Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’center_img Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Anisova accounted for 35 points, most of them in the third set when the Lady Realtors jolted back to life after yielding thefirst two frames.When the Asset Managers were trying to come back in the fifth, Anisova hammered five while Field dropped four of the Lady Realtors’ final nine points to preserve just their second victory in seven matches.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBack on the throneField, who missed two matches due to injury, banged in 20 points, while Fil-American hitter Mar-Jana Phillips chipped in 11 as team captain and setter Djanel Cheng opened up the scoring lanes for the Lady Realtors with 30 excellent sets.The Lady Realtors tied the Iriga City Oragons who, like them, are trying to avoid getting pitted against the top team. LATEST STORIES View comments Nat’l team vet Norwood savoring every moment playing for PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Judges Warned Against Impropriety

first_imgJudge Gbeneweleh appeals for government’s full support to the judiciary.In the wake of growing public condemnation of the justice system, a Judge of the Criminal Court ‘C’ on Monday, May 13, 2019, cautioned his colleagues to desist from any ‘arbitrary attitude’ that that has the propensity to tarnish the credibility of the court.Although Judge Peter Gbeneweleh did not mention the name of any particular judge or magistrate, he reminded his colleagues to see themselves as agents of peace, who should discharge their duties with a high level of neutrality.“You should discharge your duties with fairness, impartiality, transparency and professionalism to restore public confidence in our justice system,” Gbeneweleh said at the opening of the 2019 May Term of Criminal Courts, A,B, C, D and E, at the Temple of Justice in Monrovia.On the issue of the jurors, he said their presence during the term of courts should not be misconstrued as being there for commercial purposes.He warned that, as a Judge, he will not hesitate to punish any of the jurors suspected of misconduct.Though Judge Gbeneweleh spoke on the theme, “Equipping the Justice Sector in Enhancing the Rule of Law, he remains convicted that public officials are subject to the law, and as such, they are under the equal protection of the law.”“We all must always uphold and respect the rule of law, which is one of the keys for sustainable peace, security and national development in our country,” he cautioned his colleagues.On the issue of logistical support, Gbeneweleh opted for vehicles to be assigned to judges of specialized courts to include the Tax, Probate, Debt and Commercial like in the case of the Circuit Court and Relieving Judges.He also blamed the lack of modern recording equipment as some of the challenges confronting the court to speedily hear and determine cases throughout the country.“Our magistrates should be equipped with computers and competent clerical staff,” Gbeneweleh appealed.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Corentyne rice farmers seek assistance after investing $148M

first_imgAgriculture Minister Noel Holder; Junior Finance Minister Jaipaul Sharma; Chief Executive Officer of the National Drainage and Irrigation Authority (NDIA), Fredrick Flatts; and other officials from the Agriculture and Finance ministries, along with Prime Ministerial Regional Representative Gobin Harbhajan, on Fridayvisited a farming co-op located 14 miles inland the Central Corentyne Coast, where 30 farmers have pooled their resources and invested some $148 million to develop 3000 acres of rice land, but are able to cultivate only one crop of rice per year as a result of poor drainage and irrigation that obtains.Because of a shortage of land in the front areas of the Corentyne Coast, the farmers, belonging to the Corentyne Youth Farmers Co-op Society, have made this investment in the backlands, but they cannot get water when it is most needed.The area they occupy, which was under rich cultivation from the 1960s up to the early 1970s, was occupied by the co-op ten years ago, but cultivation commenced in 2011.Ministers Jaipaul Sharma and Noel Holder speaking with some of the rice farmersVice Chairman of the Corentyne Youth Farmers Co-op Society, Ahmad Rajab, during this visit from the ministries, revealed that it cost each member about $5 million to develop the area.“That is millions out of people’s own pockets (with) no help from the Government. We are only getting one crop (of rice) per year, so we are asking for some help to dig out a canal. It is a lot of money we invested, and when we lose a crop it is very hard; so we are asking (for) help, and (assistance to) dig a canal so that we can get better drainage,” Rajan explained.Rajab told the media that the farmers’ goal is to be able to cultivate two crops per year. “We only get the spring crop, they call that the big crop. The May/June crop, we always miss it because it is, like, too much rainfall.”He noted that all that is needed for the co-op to be able to plant two crops is drainage. “Our co-op is fully functional, and every piece of land is noticeably under cultivation. Lack of proper drainage is the main element stopping us from achieving two crops per year.”Following a tour of the cultivated area, the NDIA CEO, Fredrick Flatts, said drainage works will commence shortly. Flatts, who had previously visited the cultivation, said the work of digging a canal from the co-op lands to the outflow channel is likely to commence in June.“In 2016, myself and another engineer visited the area to see how best we can assist farmers with drainage. A proposal was submitted, and I am happy to say that we are now in the procurement stage. Once things remain on schedule, works are expected to commence within the next two months,” Flatts assured.Agriculture Minister Noel Holder noted that climate change is affecting Guyana, and a number of drainage pumps are being installed across the Guyana coast. He explained that this is being done to maintain production, and not to increase production.Minister Holder also spoke of efforts being made by the Agriculture Ministry to make more lands available to farmers with the aim of expanding production and productivity. Nevertheless, he commended the co-op on the initiative.Expansion of rice cultivation comes in light of new markets secured by the Guyana Rice Development Board over the last year.Junior Finance Minister Jaipaul Sharma said he was pleased to see a co-op functioning so effectively. (Andrew Carmichael)last_img read more

Guyana lacks clear small business developmental policy – SBDF head

first_imgManaging Director of the Small Business Development Finance Trust (SBDFT), Manjula Brijmohan has said in order for small businesses to truly develop and reach their true potentials, the Government needs to construct and implement a policy to steer small business owners.Brijmohan made the comment during an interview with Guyana Times where she discussed the development of small businesses. Currently, the SBDFT has over 600 micro and small business owners as clients and are providing both technical and financial support to them.She explained that there is no doubt that small and micro enterprises are the backbone of any economy, but added that the backbone needs to be supported.“Majority of the developing economies and developed economies including USA and India, the bulk of the employment comes from the smaller scale sector. But difference is there the enabling environment is more. Here in Guyana we don’t have the protection policies to enable the environment for small and micro businesses even though we are in [Caribbean Community] Caricom where other Caricom countries have the serious protective policies,” she noted.She further explained that larger businesses have always been there but they were in specialised fields but now every business is branching into the traditional small business fields, hence making the competition tougher. In addition, there are foreign entities coming to Guyana and establishing empires of medium-scale businesses, making the competition even more difficult.“Many of the small vendors are finding it difficult to compete… that is a serious problem… when they buy wholesale from the Chinese and then the Chinese sells at a cheaper price on the road and these are the things that I think the Government and the bigger Private Sector need to work on,” Brijmohan opined.Hammering the need for a small business development policy, Brijmohan said both Guyana and Trinidad produce honey but Guyana cannot export to Trinidad since it is on their blacklist, ultimately protecting their producers. Additionally, she explained that even if honey is transiting through Trinidad to another destination, the authorities there do not allow it and it had to return and be rerouted.“These are things the Government and Caricom Secretariat should take forward to ensure Guyanese get their fair share in trade. There is no policy to help the business. It doesn’t need a lot of money but what it needs is a clear vision and thinking of what and where we want to be and that is lacking,” she explained.Brijmohan added that in addition to the lack of a proper policy direction, consistency, sustainability and support are also missing; explaining that leadership is not only about making speeches, but rather is about putting the dollar where one’s mouth is. The SBDFT head said small businesses are often disadvantaged because of the lack of market and technological knowledge coupled with little or no finances.“These are some of the reasons why businesses are not able to sustain. We do not have a very clear-cut strategy and policy for the future of this sector. We have no target planning and that affects both the producers and sustainable suppliers. It has always been our efforts to try to network with Government, local and overseas institutions and everybody but the bottom line is the one institution cannot do everything and we do need substantial support from the Public Sector and Private Sector…,” Brijmohan noted.She also urged businesses to position themselves to take advantage of the impending oil economy by positioning themselves to be able to provide the goods and services required. (Lakhram Bhagirat)last_img read more

Time to Kick it to the Curb next weekend

first_imgNEAT regularly gets phone calls from people that have items they would like to get rid of, but they don’t have the vehicle to take it to a thrift shop.  This event solves that problem.  Tammy Hrab, NEAT’s Communications Coordinator, said, “This is a reuse project that everyone can do.  Either you can reuse, or you can provide for someone else to reuse.”NEAT encourages reuse of all kinds and this is an easy way to get involved.  It will all start Saturday morning when residents are encouraged to place items they no longer need on the curb outside their home marked with a “Free” sign.  That is when the treasure hunt begins.  Others are welcome to take these free items home with them.  Whether you are cleaning out your garage, or you are looking for the ultimate Pinterest project, this is the perfect weekend for everyone.   If it is windy over the weekend, it is possible that the free signs could blow off of the items.  If in doubt, please confirm with the resident.  It could be a great way to meet your neighbours.  – Advertisement -If you enjoy social media, NEAT says that you can tweet about treasures that you see around town.  Kick it to the Curb uses the hashtag #kittc.  You can also search that hashtag to see if anyone has posted items.  It is also a good idea to use the hashtag of your community.  People have posted on Facebook and even tweeted pictures.  If your item hasn’t been picked up by Sunday evening, please take it in from the curb.last_img read more

RCMP needs public help in locating missing Fort St. John resident

first_imgMacDonald has not made contact with his family, friends or employer since Saturday, which is out of character. Fred, 51 years old, has been missing since Saturday afternoon. He is 6 feet tall, 200 pounds , with short black hair and a goatee. He was last seen wearing shorts, a t-shirt and flip-flops.  Police believe he may have gone to Alberta. MacDonald has medical concerns, however, it is not believed he needs immediate treatment or medication.center_img The RCMP is asking anyone who may have seen Fred or his vehicle to contact them as soon as possible at 250 787 8100.- Advertisement – MacDonald is likely driving a 2003 green Mercedes CLKN, 2 door car, with a B.C. licence plate 934 JHH.last_img

Simba eye Champions League quarters spot

first_imgSaoura top the table with eight points, Ahly and V Club have seven each and Simba six, but the final order may be quite different.Ahly, another club with a 100 percent home record in this Champions League, are expected to defeat Saoura in Alexandria and finish first.And Simba can leap from last to second provided they avenge a five-goal drubbing from V Club in Kinshasa two months ago.AFP Sport previews the sixth matchday with 11 clubs hoping to join defending champions Esperance of Tunisia and Mamelodi Sundowns of South Africa in the March 20 last-eight draw.Group AMamelodi Sundowns fans during a past matchWhile Sundowns have qualified, who finishes first and whether Wydad Casablanca of Morocco or ASEC Mimosas of the Ivory Coast also progress are issues to be resolved.The South Africans need a point at Wydad to remain top while ASEC, away to Lobi Stars of Nigeria, must achieve a better result than Wydad to snatch second spot.Sundowns and ASEC boast in-form goal scorers in Themba Zwane and Amed Toure respectively as they seek first away victories in this section.Group BCAF Champions League trophy-holders Esperance of Tunisia replaced Orlando Pirates of South Africa as Group B leaders by winning 2-0 in TunisEsperance have won the group thanks to three home victories and two away draws, leaving Horoya of Guinea and Orlando Pirates of South Africa to scrap for second place.Pirates coach Milutin Sredojevic has been reminding his squad of 1995, when the club stunned ASEC in Abidjan to win the competition, then called the African Cup of Champions Clubs.But multi-national Horoya, whose stars include Ghana-born striker Ocansey Mandela, are one point ahead of Pirates and have home advantage so the odds favour them.Group CFive-time champions TP Mazembe from DR Congo have, like Simba and Ahly, won all their home games, including a group-record 8-0 thrashing of Club Africain from Tunisia.They look set to defeat Algerian visitors CS Constantine, who have managed only four points from a possible nine since firing three unanswered goals past Mazembe in north Africa.Constantine should qualify as runners-up, though, given they have a three-point advantage and a far superior goal difference than Club Africain, who host bottom side Ismaily of Egypt.Group DFormer Gor Mahia striker Meddie Kagere pulled down the green and white of K’Ogalo and is now shining in the bright red of Tanzania’s Simba SCAhly have a goalkeeper crisis with injuries reportedly ruling out first choice Mohamed el Shenawy and reserve Sherif Ekramy, leaving Ali Lotfy to start against Saoura.The Egyptian club, runners-up in the past two editions, have been impressive at home, winning their three qualifying and group matches by scoring nine goals and not conceding.Simba hope a multi-national attack of Rwandan Meddie Kagere, Zambian Clatous Chama, Tanzanian John Bocco and Ugandan Emmanuel Okwi can deliver victory over former champions V Club.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Simba SC fans cheer on their team during their Sportpesa Cup first round match against AFC Leopards at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam on January 23, 2019. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluJOHANNESBURG, South Africa, Mar 15 – Tanzanian club Simba SC boast a perfect CAF Champions League home record this season and can book a quarter-finals place by beating Democratic Republic of Congo visitors V Club Saturday.Record eight-time champions Al Ahly of Egypt and JS Saoura of Algeria are also chasing top-two finishes in Group D on the final matchday in the elite African club competition.last_img read more

Federal cuts threaten local services
first_imgThe proposed $1.1 billion reduction in federal funding – which adds up to a 42 percent cut to CDBG in three years – has been touted by the White House as a measure against a swelling budget deficit. But critics say they hurt those most vulnerable – the elderly, the poor and the uninsured. “The current administration is so seriously short-sighted in the effort to balance the budget, they’re cutting programs that are the most vital,” Berens said. “They don’t have a clue.” The Committee on Aging already had given up about $18,000 of its Los Angeles County CDBG allocation because the administrative costs were too high and diverted it to the Samuel Dixon Family Health Center, Berens said. The funds bolstered the group’s grant to $30,000 this fiscal year to provide health care to the uninsured, including low-income seniors. “We got put in a position of scrambling and competing with our fellow not-for-profits for funds, and it’s inappropriate,” said Cheryl Laymon, executive director of the three-clinic group serving some 10,000 in Val Verde, Canyon Country and Newhall. “It’s like saying `You can have food or you can have health care – you can’t have both.”‘ Pinkett, who once lived out of his car soon after arriving in Santa Clarita in 2004 from North Carolina, is undergoing treatment for high blood pressure and other health problems at Samuel Dixon. He got a referral through the senior center. “If we lose even one of these links, it makes the rest of the services not as effective,” Berens said. Though $30,000 is just 3 percent of the health center’s annual budget of just under $1 million, it’s money for the patients, Laymon said. Clients pay up to 25 percent of their health care costs, depending on income. “The bigger problem is we don’t have ways to come up with additional funding to offset when the federal government decides to do these things,” Laymon said. In the Antelope Valley, the Healthy Homes program that offers expecting couples parenting and nursing classes at home is at risk. Based at Antelope Valley Hospital, a staff of nine nurses fans out to help reduce the risk of child maltreatment, family violence and bad behavior, such as drug and alcohol use before the baby arrives. Program director Lea Butterfield said a cut to Happy Homes’ $26,000 grant from CDBG could cut in half the number of families in the program, which now stands at 35. “It might not seem like a lot,” she said. “Nonetheless, for those that are receiving services, it makes a big impact in their lives.” Berens remains optimistic the proposed cuts could be derailed. “I still believe there is a chance for advocacy,” he said. “Every social service agency in this town should get (Rep. Howard P.) Buck McKeon in front of them.” Meanwhile, 2nd District Supervisor Yvonne Brathwaite Burke proposed a resolution passed 4-0 last week by Board of Supervisors that supports retention of the grant program in its current form, with at least $4.3 billion in funds. The board is scheduled to lobby leaders in Washington this week. Los Angeles County, which administers CDBG funds for unincorporated areas and 49 cities, expects about $30.8 million from the grant in the 2006-07 fiscal year and about $23.1 million for 2007-08. The city of Santa Clarita expects $1.1 million in the upcoming fiscal year and roughly $800,000 in 2007-08.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event“She’s been a real lifesaver,” Pinkett said of Sogbien. “I love working. I can accomplish more working than if somebody hands me something.” Yet the federal funds behind the counseling service that got Pinkett back on his feet are being targeted for more cuts. An estimated 25 percent reduction proposed by the Bush administration in the Community Development Block Grant for 2007-08 has left local charities facing tough choices. Brad Berens, executive director of the Santa Clarita Valley Committee on Aging, which runs the senior center, said they may have to diminish assessment services for dozens of people like Pinkett to offset the proposed cuts. Though the federal grants are restricted to infrastructure and affordable housing for low- and moderate-income areas, it also finances social services – including $48,000 this year for the senior center’s assessment program. “They may come in with one problem, but they may get help with five other problems,” Berens said. “Seniors need assessment so those problems are fixed before they hit critical. That’s the single most cost-efficient program we do for the city for the amount of people we serve.” NEWHALL – With his salt-and-pepper hair and worn, calm eyes, Dennis Pinkett said he has been mistaken for a certain Oscar-winning actor, though he hasn’t had as much luck in health or in life. “If I’m fortunate, I’m hoping there’s such a job as a celebrity look-alike for Morgan Freeman,” Pinkett, 60, said. “The Lord’s been good to me. Maybe he’ll let that happen.” It’s brief levity from a man who was close to losing his senior apartment in Canyon Country nearly eight months ago: Pinkett was in poor health and lost his job as a custodian, burned through his savings and only stayed out of homelessness when he sought help at the Santa Clarita Valley Senior Center. Caseworker Ade Sogbien connected him with medical help, rent assistance and a job with the center’s lunch program. last_img
Officer, dog fight crime together

first_imgOn May 13, they won second place overall out of 31 Southern California K9 teams at the Redondo Beach Police K9 Competition. Ninety-pound Ares, who has brown fur on his body and black on his head, a long nose and brown eyes, jumped three-foot high bars, crawled through a tunnel and balanced atop a suspended bridge, among other obstacles. “We usually place at the top in competitions. It’s a good feeling,” said Money. He added that the key to doing well is consistent training. At home, Ares is playful and affectionate. He leans against Money’s legs when he scratches behind his ears and is a sucker for belly rubs. But, when he sees Money prepare for work, he starts pacing back and forth and whining. “He knows it’s time to go to work when he hears me filling up his plastic water bottles,” said Money. In the back seat of the K9 unit patrol car, Ares changes. He bares his teeth and barks at anyone except Money who approaches the car. “He wants to let you know it’s our car,” said Money. For suspects pursued by police, just the sight of Ares is often enough to persuade them to surrender, said Money. Police Chief Garry Couso-Vasquez restored the department’s K9 unit in 1999 after it had been disbanded because of budgetary constraints in 1998. Since then, the unit – two K9 teams including Money and Ares – has done about 9,200 building searches, 4,500 area searches, and 2,500 narcotics detection searches. Beside the success of the unit, dog handlers at the station said they have been transformed by the close bond between man and dog. Lt. Mike Higashi, who supervises the K9 unit and is a former dog handler, said the dogs become part of his family. “I went through four dogs. Every time I have to put a dog down, it breaks my heart,” said Higashi. Chief Garry Couso-Vasquez said the dogs have been invaluable to the station since he reinstated the program, and he couldn’t imagine working without them. “The dogs have saved so many lives,” he said. “They prevented our staff from being hurt. They defend their handlers and others.” (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3026160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsThen, your partner, a K9 officer, stops. The Malinois dog, named Ares, has an acute sense of smell and hearing. He lifts his nose in the breeze. He’s caught a scent. Five minutes later, the suspect surrenders to your partner’s barks, growls and bared teeth. That’s not an unusual shift for Montebello Police Department K9 team Cpl. Rick Money and Ares. For six years, the team has patrolled the city streets at night, leading officers to hidden suspects and contraband. MONTEBELLO – Imagine this. You’re a police officer walking down a dark alley at 1 a.m. looking for an armed murder suspect. You see shadows, trash cans, overhanging trees and parked cars. You know the suspect couldn’t have gotten far, but you don’t see anyone. You only hear the rustling of trees that sound like whispers. Though you’re armed with a gun, you know the murderer could be aiming his gun at you silently. last_img read more