Reggie Jackson fires Pistons into play-offs

first_img Crawford finished with 30 points and Cole Aldrich added 21 points and 18 rebounds – both season highs – for Los Angeles, which have won eight of their past nine games. Gordon Hayward had 24 points and 13 rebounds to lead the Jazz, for whom defeat complicated their push for a play-off spot. Dallas closed in on another play-off spot by beating Memphis 103-93. Dirk Nowitzki scored 21 points and rookie Justin Anderson had a career-high 19 for the Mavericks, who matched a season best with a sixth straight win. The Mavericks will make the postseason for the 15th time in 16 seasons with a win or Houston loss in the final three games. Orlando put a dent in Miami’s push for a top-four spot in the East play-offs by beating the Heat 112-109, with Nikola Vucevic scoring the go-ahead basket in the closing seconds on his way to 29 points. Boston continued their play-off charge with a 124-109 win against Milwaukee, as Tyler Zeller tied his career high with 26 points. Charlotte completed a four-game season sweep of Brooklyn by downing the Nets 113-99. New Orleans dominated Los Angeles in retiring Lakers star Kobe Bryant’s final game in the Big Easy, winning 110-102. New York also completed a four-game sweep of Philadelphia – for the first time in 21 years – as Robin Lopez had 24 points and 15 rebounds in a 109-102 win. AUBURN HILLS, Michigan (AP): Detroit clinched an NBA play-off berth for the first time in seven years by beating Washington 112-99 on Friday night, led by 39 points from Reggie Jackson. The Pistons became the seventh team in the Eastern Conference to clinch a play-off spot, while eighth-placed Indiana will have to wait a little longer after losing at Toronto. Elsewhere, Denver defeated a second-string San Antonio team to complete the unique feat of beating both the league’s top two teams – the Spurs and Golden State – and a Jamal Crawford shot with two-tenths of a second left in overtime gave the Los Angeles Clippers victory over Utah. Detroit’s last play-off berth came in 2009 when they were swept in the first round by LeBron James and Cleveland. The Pistons are likely to face the same opponents this year. Markieff Morris had 29 points for Washington, which came from 19 points down to take the lead early in the fourth quarter, but Jackson continued to attack and helped the Pistons take a 100-94 lead with five minutes left. Denver ended a run of 10 straight losses to San Antonio dating back to 2013 by downing the Spurs 102-98. Jusuf Nurkic scored a career-high 21 points and Gary Harris had two pivotal defensive plays in the waning seconds for the Nuggets. Tim Duncan was the only regular starter to play for the Spurs and finished with a season-high 21 points. Coming off a loss to Golden State, they dropped two straight for the first time this season. Toronto rookie Norman Powell scored a season-high 27 points as the Raptors beat Indiana 111-98, delaying the Pacers’ bid for a play-off berth. The Pacers need one more win or a Chicago loss to qualify for the postseason. The Clippers rested four starters at Utah and needed the last-gasp three-pointer from Crawford to snatch a 102-99 win. SEASON HIGHSlast_img read more

‘Corruption Remains A Serious Problem’

first_imgUnited States Ambassador to Liberia, Madam Deborah Malac, said corruption remains a serious problem in Liberia.Ambassador Malac made the statement when she served as keynote speaker at a program marking the official opening ceremony of the G-16 Inter High School Accountability and Transparency Forum held in the Conference Hall of the YMCA on Broad Street.The program, which brought together students, youth groups, government officials, civil society organizations and dignitaries, was organized by the Mano River Youth Parliament Liberia Chapter, and launched under the theme: “Tackling Corruption and Promoting Accountability and Transparency in Liberia.”The Ambassador said corruption undermines transparency, accountability, and people’s confidence in government institutions.She further stated that it (corruption) adds unnecessary costs to products and services that are already difficult for many Liberians to afford.We applaud the good work of Liberia’s Government, civil society organizations and members of the press for shedding light on corruption and holding people accountable—a key aspect of a well-functioning democracy. We also support the work of the General Auditing Commission, (GAC) the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission, (LACC) the Internal Audit Agency, (IAA) and the Liberia Extractive Industries, (LEITI) while recognizing the capacity constraints the Government of Liberia faces,” she said.The Ambassador said that the U.S Government applauds other measures the Executive Branch has taken, including requiring government officials to follow a code of conduct and to submit and verify annual asset declarations and urges the Legislature and Judicial Branches to implement similar measures.She told students at the program that all citizens must play their part in combating corruption, including refusing to pay bribes and reporting dishonest authorities who solicit or accept them.“We must all join the fight to defeat this menace if we are to make Liberia a better place for everyone. Corruption not only affects government and the private sector, it has also affected the schools,” she said.For his part, Lenn Eugene Nagbe, Minister of Youth and Sports, said the lack of accountability and transparency hold back development and progress.He said since there is so much corruption in Liberia, it is important that all Liberians set in place a system to fight it and eventually get rid of it.“If we can ensure that the fight for accountability and transparency continues, then we are headed down the right path. The fight against corruption is not for the government alone,” he concluded.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

14-year-old gives birth at GPHC

first_img…impregnated by 35-year-old manA 14-year-old girl, who was impregnated by a 35-year-old man, gave birth at the Georgetown Public Hospital on Tuesday, a source close to the hospital said.According to reports, the teen was being raised by a guardian after her father died and her mother became ill. However, an official from the Child Care and Protection Agency stated that the agency had not received any information on the matter from the hospital.“We aren’t aware of this matter but the hospital has to send us a report. They usually do for any such cases occur,” the official said, adding that they would do so before the girl is discharged.Junior Public Health Minister Dr Karen Cummings on Friday, when asked about what the ministry can do to help pregnant underage girls and why does the system continue to fail them, stated that the matter is a matter of the Education Social Protection and Public Security Ministries. She noted, however, that the Public Health Ministry is doing its best to help pregnant teens by implementing support groups in health centres across the country that offers counselling and family planning measures.According to the United States Department Report on Human Rights for 2015, there is a high incidence of unreported cases of rape and sexual assault in Guyana. The Report had stated that a large number of cases of rape and other forms of sexual assaults go unreported to authorities, most likely due to fear of stigma, lack of confidence in authorities, retribution, or further violence.The Report noted that while the law criminalises rape, including spousal rape; successful prosecution of cases are infrequent.Jenel Sweatman, of School Health Unit within the Education Ministry said that once a child is under age the matter would be handed over to the Ministry of Social Protection and the Child Care and Protection Agency.However, she stated that not all is lost when a child becomes pregnant. She stated that the Education Ministry has started the process of reintegration of the pregnant teens into schools outside of their communities, which will prevent stigma.She stated that 16 girls are already being reintegrated to the health system, and as part of the initiative with the Public Health Ministry, “we give them a care package to help them prepare their baby bays.”The United Nations Children’s Fund Situation Analysis of Children and Women in Guyana 2016, said teenage pregnancy is still a problem since about 15 per cent of girls between ages 15 and 19 had begun child bearing, with different rates depending on the area the girls live, theri poverty status, and ethnicity.It asserted that in many cases first intercourse is forced, which highlights the underlying issue of gender-based sexual violence and the need for prevention and response strategies.As a matter of fact, 2008/2009 Biological Behavioural Surveillance Survey had revealed that almost 24 per cent of secondary school girls who had started their sexual life were forced by someone to have sex.last_img read more


first_imgSo, you are having a bad day at work. Your boss is on your case, your supervisor is being a pain in the posterior and you have to pull up the slack from other people’s work that has fallen behind.Its 4:30pm and you have half an hour left of work. All you can think about is the bottle of wine that you are going to open when you get home. You deserve it.You have come to the end of a big project, your boss is delighted and your supervisor is over the moon that the task has been finished ahead of schedule. It’s 4:30pm and you have half an hour left of work. All you can think about is going out for dinner to celebrate and you are definitely having dessert. You deserve it.It’s (insert day of the week here). Let’s go for (insert food or drink or choice here) because (insert situation here)…because you deserve it.Our emotions govern how we eat more than most of us might realise.The situations that I have outlined above are a perfect example of how someone can provide justification for the way they are going to eat and drink later on that evening. The more emotionally stimulating the situation, the more deserving the reward will be.The only problem with reward systems like this is, our emotions don’t put on the extra weight. Our bodies do.Why do we do this?Why do we use food as a reward and convince ourselves that we deserve the treat?The majority of this stems from how we grew up and the different situations that arose during our childhood. You are two years old and in a supermarket queue with your parents.You want a chocolate bar.You are not getting a chocolate bar.You throw an almighty tantrum. You get a chocolate bar.What have you learned?You are 8 years old.Your team wins the local football blitz.Your parents are over the moon.You get taken out for (insert fast food outlet here)What have you learned?You are 10 years old.You fall off of your bike.You are inconsolable.You get offered sweets to make it all better.What have you learned?Then, as you get older and the same emotionally stimulating situations start to arise.You are 20 years old.Your boyfriend has broken up with you.Your friends come over and bring wine and chocolates with them.Why? Because screw him, that’s why.Rewarding ourselves with treats can play havoc on our weight loss goals.Emotional situations will always arise in our lives.You simply cannot expect to have a treat in the form of food or drinks every single time one of these arises.I’m not telling you that you cannot have a treat, but the type of treat that you reward yourself with can make a huge difference when you are trying to keep on track with your weight.Instead of rewarding yourself with food why not treat yourself to something else?What about a punnet of those berries you usually wouldn’t buy?A walk on the beach?Go to the theatre or cinema?A trip to the pool, with an extra 10 minutes in the Jacuzzi?Spend the day with your family?There are endless possibilities that you can do to reward yourself that won’t ruin the hard work that you put into your diet and training.Everyone will have bad days and everyone will have situations that will be deserving of a reward how you choose to reward yourself can be the difference in achieving your ultimate reward……….Your ideal weight.#TrainSmartFor further information on Personal Training and Nutrition you can contact me through the link below.* Emmet is the owner and operator of Rushe Personal Training and PerformanceEMMET RUSHE’S FITNESS COLUMN: TREATS! was last modified: March 23rd, 2014 by John2Share 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:Adviceemmet rushefitness columnhealth advicesweetsstreatslast_img read more


first_imgNiall Brennan and Ronan Friel performing at the launch of their CD.Ronan Friel has shown that transition year doesn’t have to be a chore.Ronan, a transition year student at Loreto Community School, in Milford is an acclaimed singer and songwriter.And as part of the TY mini company programme in the school he has launched a CD featuring himself and Niall Brennan on vocals. The CD features four original songs written by Ronan and two covers. The mini company made up of Ronan Friel, Cahir O Connor, Deirdre Mc Daid and Elliot Herraghty put together the plans that have led to the launch of this album.The company investigated possibilities to record and publish the CD, finally settling on an online company to provide the service. With considerable investment from the four shareholders, the focus then shifted to marketing the album with the help of social media and the local press.An exciting vibe has been created from the Facebook, Snapchat and Twitter pages which have had a lot of hits. The buzz has also been transferred to the school which hosted a launch day on Tuesday 21st of October, with all classes in the school being treated to a preview of the album in the school canteen.Feedback has been very positive and many pre orders have been placed. The official launch takes place in the Greenroom venue, Letterkenny on Thursday 30th October at 7pm where the album will be available to purchase during and after the gig. The CD is reasonably priced at €7.00 with 50 cent of each sale going to the Donegal Hospice.  RONAN HITS THE RIGHT NOTE WITH HIS TY MINI COMPANY! was last modified: October 22nd, 2014 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:donegalLoreto Community SchoolRonan FrielTY yearlast_img read more


first_imgREAD THIS:  IRISH TIMES PAYS TRIBUTE TO SOCCER STAR HUGH ‘DICK’ DOHERTY was last modified: October 18th, 2014 by John2Share 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


first_imgComedian Frank Carson was really a child at heart who just wanted to have fun, his son Tony said today.The funnyman, who used to live in Dunfanaghy, had always loved Co Donegal.Mr Carson died on Wednesday at the age of 85 at his home in Blackpool. “He was good dad, right up to the end he was very good,” his son Tony told BBC Radio Ulster.“He just had such a positive outlook on everything. There was definitely a child within and he just wanted to have fun and give fun to everybody.”His friend and television presenter Eamonn Holmes said: “The term legend is often overused – but Frank Carson was a legend and we will never ever see his like again. He was just a complete bundle of energy and at 85 he was still going and still cracking jokes. He immortalised the phrase we will all remember him for – ‘it’s a cracker’.”Carson, who underwent an operation for stomach cancer last year, died surrounded by his family. They said in a statement: “He went peacefully at his home in Blackpool surrounded by his greatest fans – his extended family. It’s quieter down here now. God help them up there!”Much of Carson’s life was dedicated to looking after his wife Ruth, who had serious eyesight problems, with his sons Tony and Aidan and daughter Majella, despite his own heart problems. DEATH OF FRANK CARSON: SON PAYS HEARTFELT TRIBUTE was last modified: February 23rd, 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:DEATH OF FRANK CARSON: SON PAYS HEARTFELT TRIBUTElast_img read more


first_imgGardaí in Buncrana investigating the sudden death of a 68-year-old man at his home in Buncrana on Saturday say they are no longer treating it as a suspicious incident.“The deceased had been removed to Letterkenny General hospital, the Office of the State Pathologist was informed,” said a Garda spokesman.“The post mortem has concluded and the Gardai are not treating the death as suspicious.”  MAN’S DEATH: NO LONGER BEING TREATED AS SUSPICIOUS – GARDAÍ was last modified: April 27th, 2014 by John2Share 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

Woman gets 40 years in prison in pig farm murder

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week A Los Angeles Superior Court jury convicted Kariger in September of the murder charge, also finding that she had been a felon with a firearm. The defense argued Kariger was a battered woman who acted in self-defense. The defendant suffered much violence at the hands of the defendant, including being run over by him in a vehicle, and was sexually assaulted by him on the morning of the shooting, the defense said. Prosecutors said she killed Segale to gain control of the abandoned property where they both lived north of Fox Airfield. Prosecutors said Kariger and Segale were transients who lived on the abandoned property, the site of two dilapidated houses and piles of junk, for seven to eight months. They had an on-again, off-again sexual relationship, but Kariger denied they were boyfriend and girlfriend, prosecutors said. Segale’s body was unearthed July 25 after deputies got a tip that a death had occurred on the property. Deputies looking around the property spotted his foot sticking out of the ground. Authorities believe Segale was killed one to three weeks before the discovery. LANCASTER – A woman was sentenced Friday to 40 years to life in prison for shooting an man to death at an abandoned former pig farm where they lived. Theresa Kariger, 25, was convicted of second-degree murder in the July 2004 shooting of 37-year-old Jeffrey Segale, whose body was found in a shallow grave on the trash-littered property. The victim’s father spoke at the sentencing, prosecutors said. “The message in his statement brought home the reality that there will never be closure for the family in this case or in any case where there is a murder,” Deputy District Attorney Michael Blake said. “He also made clear the number of people affected by a person’s death. He also expressed sadness for the entire situation.” Sheriff’s investigators said they found evidence of illegal drug use on the property where Segale was found. Segale had served two short prison sentences in the 1990s for drug possession, state prison records show. Sheriff’s records show Kariger had been arrested in April 2004 on suspicion of vandalism causing more than $5,000 damage and was released three days later. Eight days after her release, she and Segale were arrested by Lancaster deputies on suspicion of being under the influence of drugs. He was released from jail that night, and she was released the next morning. When she was arrested on July 25, she was wanted on a warrant for failure to appear in court. Karen Maeshiro, (661) 267-5744 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

South African film placed second in international competition

first_imgFilmmakers around the world made powerful public service announcement movies on human trafficking and modern day slavery for the HeardPSA campaign. The South African team impressed judges with their offering.Quentin Chong, a Muay Thai world champion, has been working in South Africa for more than 16 years. He and his team made a film, Open Your Eyes, that focuses on the effects of human trafficking for the HeardPSA campaign in 2017. (Image: Mark Wijsman)Brand South Africa reporterThe South African film Open Your Eyes, which shows the harsh realities of human trafficking and modern day slavery, has been placed second in the international HeardPSA campaign.HeardPSA took place to highlight “My Freedom Day” for 2017, in partnership with CNN and the Global Sustainability Network. Filmmakers around the world were tasked to submit powerful public service announcements (PSAs) relating to human trafficking and modern-day slavery. HeardPSA raises awareness of the issue.It says 49% of trafficking victims are women and 33% are children. “There are an estimated 45.8-million people in bondage today, more than at any time in human history. More than half of all cases of exploitation involve the sex trade,” reads the HeardPSA website“Slaves cannot raise their hand to be counted nor their voice to be heard.”Human traffickingHuman trafficking is the act of taking people from their homes under false pretences or by force, according to Tsireledzani!, the South African government initiative to combat the crime. The term “Tsireledzani” means “Protect” in Tshi-Venda, one of the South Africa’s 11 official languages.The programme is headed by the National Prosecuting Authority and involves government departments, international organisations and civil society partners.People who are trafficked are taken to another place or other places — inside or outside their countries — to be exploited.They are trafficked for different purposes, for example: prostitution, forced labour or the removal of their body parts. Debt bondage is one of the methods used to hold victims of human trafficking hostage.The invitationHeardPSA personally invited Quentin Chong, the Muay Thai world champion, to take part in creating a powerful announcement that would represent South Africa in the global competition, reads a press release.Muay Thai is a form of hard martial art in which practitioners use their fists, elbows, knees and shins. Chong is known for his charity work and efforts in South Africa to fight human trafficking and modern day slavery.“I have empowered many women and men through self-defence workshops and Muay Thai training as well as actively helping special ops teams infiltrate and take down illegal organisations involved in prostitution and drugs,” Chong said.He has spent more than 16 years working with the youth of South Africa through his Muaythai Against Drugs Foundation. His training has ensured the participating youth are physically, mentally and emotionally aware and prepared when confronting dark situations.The Open Your Eyes projectChong called on South African actor Roxane Hayward to lead the Open Your Eyes project, before submitting it to the international panel of judges.The panel included legendary music producer Quincy Jones; actor and producer Wesley Snipes; film and stage actor Joseph Fiennes; actor Olivier Martinez; and feature film and commercial director Philip Boston.Roxane Hayward says of the Open Your Eyes project that working on something for a good cause to help raise awareness and hopefully save lives is rewarding in itself. “Coming second is the cherry on top.” (Image supplied)She started Muay Thai training with Chong more than a year ago, Hayward explained. “I have since felt liberated and empowered when faced with situations that would have, in the past, taken advantage of me.“Quentin made a great executive producer and together, along with the integral help of Saadiq Behardien and Farhana Parker, we created a strong concept that would serve as the main narrative for our PSA,” she said.“I wanted to create a powerful PSA with the knowledge and skills I have acquired through my years spent in front of the camera as an actress — it was now time for me to find my feet behind the camera through writing, directing and producing.”Because of the seriousness and importance of the subject, it was imperative that this PSA was carried out with precision, she said. “An impact needed to be made.”Watch the film here:Open Your Eyes showed how human trafficking and modern day slavery affected the lives of all people — all ages, sexes and races, said Hayward.“The footage in the PSA is of real gang members, real people and real events that transpired — all fearlessly captured by Kai Linder alongside Quentin Chong, Saadiq Behardien and myself. A valiant act, carried out in order to expose the truth.”Hayward and Chong roped in several local actors and others to participate in the project including Parker, Kosta Scholiadis, Behardien, Melissa Harribi, Benedikt Sebastian, Charles Tertiens, Kia Johnson, Charne King and Melissa Haiden.The South African team were notified by the project organisers recently that they had come second in the international competition.How to combat human traffickingTo prevent human trafficking, the National Prosecuting Authority of South Africa advises the following:The Department of Labour in your area can help you validate job offers, particularly those outside your province or the country. Any suspicious conduct by prospective employers or their agents must be reported to the police.Look out for people — both men and women — who say they have job opportunities that promise you will earn a lot of money in a short space of time.Teach your children to be careful of adults who try to befriend them, whether in person, through cellphone or internet chat rooms.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa materiallast_img read more