LeBron, Cavs end ‘crazy’ regular season with loss to Knicks

first_imgJo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Blazers claim No. 3 seed with win over Utah Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ The Cavs swept the Pacers in the first round last year, but Lue warned this is a different Indiana team.“They’re a team that beat us 3-1 and we know they play fast,” Lue said. “(Victor) Oladipo has had an amazing year and I think the biggest thing is (coach) Nate McMillan, I think he definitely should be considered for coach of the year. When they traded Paul George and brought in Oladipo and (Domantas) Sabonis and those guys, they just said they would be fish in the bottom of the East.“They’re fifth in the East and they’ve been playing well all season and you gotta really commend Nate for what he’s done with that team.”TIP-INSKnicks: Rookie Luke Kornet scored a season-high 23 points and Trey Burke added 19. … G Courtney Lee (sprained left ankle) was ruled out before shootaround, leaving New York with just nine players. … Rookie G Frank Ntilikina, the No. 8 overall draft pick, played in a team-high 78 games.Cavaliers: Re-signed F Kendrick Perkins for the remainder of the season. Lue believes Perkins, who was on Cleveland’s 2015 Finals team, will be a positive influence on the team’s big men in the playoffs. “He’s always preaching the right message, it’s all about team, when guys miss defensive assignments he calls those guys out,” Lue said. … Perkins said a stint in the G-League was “very humbling.” Perkins recalled some 12-hour bus trips, cramming himself into plane seats and staying at hotels not exactly up to NBA standards. “It wasn’t the end of the world,” he said, “but it wasn’t just like heaven, either.”UP NEXTKnicks: A coaching search, and then the NBA draft on June 21.Cavaliers: Face Indiana in the first round for the second straight year. LATEST STORIES Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James, right, drivers past New York Knicks’ Luke Kornet, from Switzerland, in the first half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, April 11, 2018, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)CLEVELAND — The trades, dysfunction and months of madness are all behind the Cavaliers.A new season lies ahead. The one that matters.ADVERTISEMENT Cleveland’s season included injuries, a heated team meeting, a roster overhaul at the trade deadline and Lue being forced to take a medical leave after experiencing chest pains.“It has been pretty crazy and you know through all the craziness and the different moving parts and moving pieces, I thought we did a good job of just staying together,” Lue said. “I think the new group came in and I like the way they kind of came together the last 15 games of the season. All of that is behind us now and I just want to look forward to going into the playoffs.”For James, this season presented personal triumph.He averaged 27.5 points and set career highs with 9.1 assists and 8.6 rebounds. James also surpassed 30,000 career points, started his record 14th straight All-Star game and fueled the debate over whether he has surpassed Michael Jordan as the best player in league history.“It’s the best I’ve felt all season and I’ve got the numbers to back it up and I’ve got the wins to back it up as well,” James said.ADVERTISEMENT 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 Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil LeBron James played in his 82nd game, scored 10 points and then got some rest for the playoffs as the Cavaliers concluded a “crazy” regular season with a 110-98 loss on Wednesday night to New York in what was Jeff Hornacek’s last game as Knicks coach.James had never played every game in his 15-year NBA career. But the 33-year-old capped a remarkable run in which he seemed to break a record every night by adding another accomplishment to his long list of achievements.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownAnd now he’ll try to get to his eighth straight Finals and win a fourth title with a team that looks nothing like it did in November.“We’ve got a chance,” James said. “We’re one of 16 teams that have a chance to win a championship. That’s all you can ask for.” Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Before the game, Lue said he tried to talk James out of playing, but he gave in and allowed the four-time MVP to extend his record of scoring in double digits to 873 consecutive games before taking him out. James finished with 10 points and five rebounds in 10:33.From here out, he won’t be sitting much.With Philadelphia beating Milwaukee, the Cavs are the No. 4 seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs and will face Indiana in the opening round. The Pacers went 3-1 against the Cavs this season.Meanwhile, another rocky season in New York is mercifully over.The Knicks (29-53) got off to a solid start but never recovered after losing All-Star Kristaps Porzingis to a torn knee ligament. Hornacek is still under contract, but a person with knowledge of the decision told The Associated Press that the Knicks fired the coach after the game.The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity early Thursday morning because an official announcement isn’t planned until later in the day. The firing was first reported by ESPN.One of the league’s most storied franchises remains aimless. The Knicks have missed the playoffs five straight years and lost at least 50 games in each of the last four.“Jeff is a good guy,” forward Michael Beasley said of Hornacek. “He played the hand he was dealt. It’s difficult to do anything because all you’re thinking about is not to mess up.”John Holland scored 21 and rookie Cedi Osman 18 to lead Cleveland.PACERS PREP Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’last_img read more

Local university hosts mental health targeted outreach

first_imgAs part of efforts to sensitize citizens about mental health and related illnesses, the American University of Peace Studies on Sunday hosted a medical and counselling outreach for residents of Georgetown living primarily in the Campbellville area.Over the course of last week, the students of this institution visited homes in several communities around Georgetown to inform them of the outreach. As part of that exercise, the students took the opportunity to sensitize persons on the symptoms and effects of mental illnesses, and encouraged them to visit Sunday’sCounsellors, therapists and students of the University surround Lecturer Nadine McIntosh-Ramsarran (centre)outreach so that they may be able to learn more.Speaking on the reasoning behind the benevolent initiative, Lecturer Nadine McIntosh-Ramsarran said, “What we found out is that a number of times persons have anxiety issues, and the anxiety issues manifest themselves in the medical issues.”She explained that one aspect of a person’s health tends to affect the other, this mix-up often resulting in wrong diagnosis or inability of a physician to identify the problem.“Medical issues patients have do affect their mental health, and mental health also affects physical health,” she noted. The Psychologist highlighted that as a result of this, a doctor may carry out various medical tests on a patient and still find no physical evidence of the illness.Aside from mental health screening, persons were able to benefit from services such as blood sugar testing, blood pressure testing, eye testing, heart testing and HIV testing. In the case of the eye tests, persons were able to receive spectacles they could utilize. In the aspect of mental health, counselling and therapy were provided for individuals seeking help and support with family and relationship issues. Therapy for anxiety and depression was given, as well as counseling for children with emotional and behavioural issues. Medication and prescriptions were also made available to patients visiting the outreach.The team for the outreach consisted of medical doctors among whom was an OB/GYN; an ECG technician, counsellors, therapists, and students of the institution.An elated McIntosh-Ramsarran dubbed the outreach a great success and noted that the services provided were very effective.“There were some patients who came in thinking they had heart problems, but when we checked it out, it was just anxiety,” she noted.American University of Peace Studies is a tertiary educational institution registered with the National Accreditation Council of Guyana.last_img read more

Former MP calls for wider body of int’l observers at next elections

first_imgAlthough a date is still to be decided on the next general and regional elections, the inevitability of this eventuality looms, and many persons are already gearing up to participate in elections this year.Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) Head Office located at Kingston, GeorgetownAs such, former People’s Progressive Party (PPP) Member of Parliament (MP) Dr Kwame Gilbert is calling for a larger presence of international observers for the next elections.“The stakes are the highest they have ever been. Compounded by the deterioration of trust, it is even more imperative to have a wider body of international observers,” he said.Dr Gilbert, a former Presidential Advisor on Social Policy, told this newspaper that he would also call on the parliamentary parties to jointly agree for that level of electoral oversight.His call comes after the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) reported last October leading to Local Government Elections that there was a shortfall in applications for election observers.Following that update, the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and the European Union submitted their applications to become observers. Their applications were approved.Dr Gilbert has pointed to the need for more groups and countries to join in observing the next elections, which by all suspicions could be another historic one.Gilbert said he is looking forward to the participation of the Carter Center, which has been deeply involved in Guyana since observing the election of 1992.In 1991, Cheddi Jagan visited the former US President and requested that the Center monitor the election of 1992. Carter visited and had extensive discussions with the late former President Desmond Hoyte. He eventually agreed to this proposal for the Center to be an observer.But on elections day, Jagan’s People’s Progressive Party (PPP) was winning. This led to riots erupting in Georgetown, with buildings being burned and several people killed. It was later declared that in fact the PPP had won. The chaos continued but later stopped.“In view of our history, concerns regarding a possible compromise of the process are justified. However, both international and local observers would be valuable in mitigating these concerns,” the former MP said when asked whether he thinks the process would be a fair one.No-confidenceDuring the December 21, 2018 no-confidence vote tabled by Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo in the National Assembly, the coalition Government was defeated when One of the Government MPs broke ranks and voted with the Opposition to have the resolution passed.The Government has since proposed several legal arguments to question the validity of the vote. But during the first sitting of the National Assembly earlier this month, House Speaker Dr Barton Scotland ruled that the vote was successfully passed.Persons have for some time argued that the Cabinet should have resigned by now, pursuant to the laws of Guyana. And even though less than 90 days remain in which elections must be held, the GECOM has made no significant moves towards preparing for holding elections.The hearing of the legal challenges coming out of the no-confidence vote began on Tuesday with acting Chief Justice (CJ) Roxane George approving applications for Opposition Leader Dr Bharrat Jagdeo and Minister of State Joseph Harmon to be joined to the proceedings.The Government believes there was not a majority passage of the no-confidence motion, but the Opposition disagrees and believes that the Government is attempting to buy time in office.Attorney Christopher Ram had also appealed to join these proceedings to have the High Court validate the no-confidence resolution and have Government comply with Constitutional provisions to demit office and call elections no later than March of this year. Ram’s application to join was approved by Justice George, who also set aside January 24 for oral submissions.The CJ has given a commitment to make a ruling on all these matters pertaining to the no-confidence resolution, given the national importance of the issue.last_img read more

LAUSD seat tab tops $3.2 million

first_imgLos Angeles Unified School District challenger Tamar Galatzan continued her campaigning juggernaut, raising $1.5 million for the May 15 runoff, about three times more than District 3 incumbent Jon Lauritzen, financial statements filed Thursday show. The $1.5 million donated between Feb. 18 and April 28 brings the total received by Galatzan since Jan. 1 to $2.2 million. Roughly $2 million of that was contributed by the Partnership for Better Schools, a committee created by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa to reform the LAUSD. During the same February-to-April filing period, Lauritzen collected $550,000 – including $500,000 from United Teachers Los Angeles. His contributions since Jan. 1 total roughly $1.04 million, with $900,000 coming from the teachers union and $37,500 from Associated Administrators of Los Angeles. The latest finance disclosures show that the mayor’s partnership has contributed about $3 million to the school board campaign, and UTLA about $1.5 million. The balance of contributions to each campaign came from private donors. Each candidate for the San Fernando Valley seat criticized the major sources of their opponent’s contributions. “We have hundreds of Valley donors and his two main donors come from over-the-hill special interests – Associated Administrators of Los Angeles and United Teachers Los Angeles,” said Galatzan campaign manager Mike Trujillo. “Everyone involved in giving money to Tamar is yearning for change to reform our schools,” Trujillo said. “Lauritzen is the same old, status-quo, stale-bread special interest.” Lauritzen campaign manager John Shallman noted the large amount of mail and television advertising paid for by the mayor’s partnership. “This election is really about one simple thing,” he said. “Since the mayor’s effort to take over the school district was thrown out of court as being illegal, this is his effort to take over the school board. “At the end of the day, voters are going to make a decision as to whether or not they want teachers and parents to be in control of the schools or the politicians in City Hall.” The races to represent District 3 in the Valley and District 7 in South Gate are critical to Villaraigosa’s effort to reform the district, giving him majority support on the seven-member school board. naush.boghossian@dailynews.com (818) 713-3722160Want 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


first_imgA massive WINTER SALE is taking place at Stockhouse Furniture.Promoted Post:A massive WINTER SALE at STOCKHOUSE FURNITURE is continuing to attract a huge flurry of consumers as they attempt to avail of some of the stunning bargains on offer.The popular store has premises in both Stranorlar and Donegal Town. Staff in both stores have revealed that since the launch of the WINTER SALE, both sales and consumers descending on the premises have soared.It’s easy to see why when you see some of the whopping prices and reductions on offer.Everything is reduced, yes that’s right EVERYTHING.A luxury double divan set with line base matching headboard and luxury mattress has been reduced from €575 to only €399. That is just one example of a whole series of fantastic reductions, so make sure and drop into either premise and avail of some of these wonderful bargains.For more information on in-store offers check out their Facebook page.https://www.facebook.com/pages/Stockhouse/159325694138071MASSIVE WINTER SALE CONTINUES AT STOCKHOUSE FURNITURE was last modified: January 12th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:BusinessnewsPromoted PostStockhouse FurntiureWinter Salelast_img read more


first_imgComputer scams targeting the bank details of people have reached epidemic proportions across Co Donegal.Scammers are targeting computersDozens of householders are now being telephoned by scammers on a daily basis claiming there are problems with their computers.The gangsters have access to people’s computers and can see where people are logging on. They then ask people for their bank details so their can “upgrade” their computer software.Local Inishowen councillor Ciaran McLaughlin said he is meeting people on a daily basis who are receiving phonecalls from the fraudsters.“Some Buncrana residents have contacted me over the last few days, voicing their concerns and annoyance at the volume of e-mails and phone calls from these rouge criminals.The Sinn Fein Cllr added “As we approach Christmas, these scammers will step up their intense campaign to trick and fool you into believing that you do have a problem with your windows 7 or your bank account is not correct. “Be very wary of phone calls and e mails from strangers and never give your bank details out, stay smart and keep vigilant, ignore these scams,” he said.Another email scam is freezing people’s computers unless they make a payment to unlock it.   COMPUTER SCAMS REACHING EPIDEMIC PROPORTIONS ACROSS DONEGAL was last modified: November 28th, 2013 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:Cllr Ciaran McLaughlincomputerslast_img read more

Embryonic Stem Cells No Longer Needed?

first_imgTwo announcements this week may make harvesting embryonic stem cells obsolete.  First, it’s not necessary to kill an embryo to get a stem cell, reported Associated Press (see Fox News) and Live Science.  While this does not solve all the ethical problems, a White House spokeswoman called it “encouraging to see scientists at least making serious efforts to move away from research that involves the destruction of embryos.”  Robert P. George later claimed in National Review that the hype was a lie.  The technique did involve the destruction of embryos.  He argued, though, that the push for alternative techniques shows that the researchers recognize the need to find ways to address the ethical issues surrounding stem cell technology; this, he said, is a “welcome development.”    Second, and more significant, Japanese scientists found that adult stem cells can be made pluripotent, like embryonic stem cells, by the addition of a few factors.  A press release on EurekAlert expresses the benefit of this procedure:“Human embryonic stem cells might be used to treat a host of diseases, such as Parkinson’s disease, spinal cord injury, and diabetes,” said Shinya Yamanaka of Kyoto University in Japan.  “However, there are ethical difficulties regarding the use of human embryos, as well as the problem of tissue rejection following transplantation into patients.”    Those problems could be circumvented if pluripotent cells could be obtained directly from the patients’ own cells.Obviously these announcements are too early to know the impact.  “While the findings could have wide applications, stem cell experts caution that the study of embryonic stem cells has much further to go,” the press release said.The first method still presents ethical problems.  The technique could cause unknown damage to the embryo, and the cell that is taken out, if it could still grow into a human being, does not circumvent the ethical issues.  In fact, pro-life groups are already speaking out against it according to the AP article.  The second technique looks much more promising and is the one to watch.  If adult stem cells can have all the advantages of ES cells, including the holy grail of pluripotency, it pulls out the rug from under all arguments for needing to destroy embryos to get at their pluripotent stem cells.  If scientists continue to push for ES cells then, their true motives will be unmasked.    An important lesson from these two stories is that pressure from ethicists and concerned citizens is essential for reining in the otherwise out-of-control ambitions of scientists about ES cells.  Science is not ethically neutral.  It cannot operate outside of a social context.  The citizens who fund research and expect to reap the benefits need to monitor the direction science is going and voice their concerns when researchers look like they are about to cross the line.  For instance, read this EurekAlert press release, “Brave new world in life sciences,” about threats to public health and safety from new kinds of research.(Visited 12 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Govt, FNB leg-up for entrepreneurs

first_img19 August 2013 First National Bank (FNB) has partnered with the Companies and Intellectual Property Commission (CIPC) in a world-first initiative that enables South African entrepreneurs to register a new business and open a corporate bank account simultaneously, and practically instantaneously. Speaking at the launch of the initiative in Johannesburg on Monday, Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies described it as “a public-private partnership in the true sense of the term, where government and the bank partnered to offer its different products to their mutual customer through an integrated process. “This FNB partnership is one of a number of initiatives that we are implementing to reduce red tape for SMMEs [small, medium and micro enterprises] and promote efficiencies for end-users,” Davies said. The CIPC is a public agency reporting to the Department of Trade and Industry. Entrepreneurs who wish to open a corporate bank account can now register their companies through FNB’s online facility at no additional charge than the CIPC’s prescribed fees. “The process is instantaneous and will reduce red tape, improve service delivery … and will improve the integrity of the register, as well as reduce the turnaround time, which is dependent on the speed at which the entrepreneur provides the bank with its ‘know your customer’ documentation and payment for the service,” CIPC commissioner Astrid Ludin said in a statement. The CIPC will rely on FNB to conduct identity verification and confirm residential information prior to registration of an enterprise, as required by the Companies Act and the Financial Intelligence Centre Act. As soon as this is done, applicants’ data will be sent to the CIPC for validation. Once the data is validated and the customer registered with the CIPC, payment will take place. Entrepreneurs will be charged the exact fee of R125 for a company registration, excluding the name reservation, as outlined in the regulations of the Companies Act, and the process is practically instantaneous, with no need for mailing documents, standing in queues or waiting weeks for certificates. According to FNB and the CIPC, the two have been collaborating for the past 18 months on developing innovative approaches like this “with the express aim of easing the administrative burden businesses are currently faced with. “The automated approach to the account opening and registration is a world’s first.” “SMMEs are important for our economy,” Sanjeev Orie, head of products for FNB Business Banking, said on Monday. “The vast majority of business owners, whether they are starting up a new company or expanding an existing one, need practical support, guidance and assistance in the administrative, compliance and day-to-day operational function of their companies. “This innovative partnership is a first in South Africa and will benefit big and small businesses in many ways,” Orie said. “Business clients can now focus on their core functions instead of getting bogged down in time-consuming administrative and compliance responsibilities.” SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

‘Magnificent Mary Kom’ Assured of 8th World Championship Medal, Enters Semifinals

first_imgUlan-Ude (Russia): Six-time champion M C Mary Kom (51kg) on Thursday surpassed herself as the most successful boxer in the history of the Women’s World Championship, securing an unprecedented eighth medal by advancing to the semifinals here. Mary Kom defeated a spirited rival in Colombia’s Valencia Victoria, fetching a unanimous 5-0 verdict to make the last-four stage. Awaiting her in the semifinals on Saturday, after a rest day on Friday, is second-seeded Turk Busenaz Cakiroglu, who is the reigning European Championships and European Games gold-medallist. Cakiroglu defeated China’s Cai Zongju in her quarterfinal bout. In a tactful performance, Mary Kom waited for her chances and defended sharply to ensure that Victoria’s plan to impress the judges by throwing in more punches didn’t yield results.The Indian’s huge reservoir of experience came in handy as she swung her right arm masterfully to connect well-placed hooks. Her straight punches were as effective and regularly pierced through Victoria’s reasonably strong defence.With this, Mary Kom bettered her own record as the most successful boxer in the history of the marquee tournament.Entering into this edition, she had six gold and silver in her kitty but this is the first time, the Manipuri has secured a world medal in the 51kg category. She had finished a quarterfinalist in this division in the past. The latest achievement has only added to her ever-growing legend. Besides six world titles, Mary Kom’s incredible career is also studded with an Olympic bronze medal (2012), five Asian titles, gold medals at the Asian Games and the Commonwealth Games, besides numerous other international top finishes.This year alone, she won gold medals at the India Open in Guwahati and President’s Cup in Indonesia.She is also a sitting member of the Rajya Sabha. boxingmary komValencia Victoriawomen’s world championship First Published: October 10, 2019, 11:21 AM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.last_img read more

Sunrisers Hyderabad beat Kings XI Punjab by five runs

first_imgSunrisers Hyderabad defeated Kings XI Punjab by five runs in an Indian Premier League (IPL) match here tonight. COMMENT Sunrisers Hyderabad, thus, registered their first win after suffering two defeats. × IPL 2017 Rashid Khan Arman of the Sunrisers Hyderabad celebrates the wicket of David Miller of Kings XI Punjab during an IPL 2017 Match in Hyderabad on Monday. – PTI Sent into bat, Sunrisers Hyderabad scored 159 for six with skipper David Warner hitting 70 off 54 balls at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium. In reply, Punjab were staring at a defeat at 62 for five at the end of 10th over, but Manan Vohra (95 off 50 balls) brought the visitors within striking distance of pulling off an incredible win. Vohra struck nine boundaries and five sixes during his whirlwind knock. But Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who returned excellent figures of 5/19, had the last laugh as the seamer trapped Vohra in the penultimate over of the match.center_img Published on Kings XI Punjab were eventually bowled out for 154 in 19.4 overs. COMMENTS Rashid Khan Arman of the Sunrisers Hyderabad celebrates the wicket of David Miller of Kings XI Punjab during an IPL 2017 Match in Hyderabad on Monday. – PTI April 18, 2017 SHARE SHARE SHARE EMAIL cricketlast_img read more