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  • Utah Jazz turn to defense to take down Golden State Warriors

    first_imgUtah Jazz guard Ricky Rubio, left, fouls Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) as he drives up court in the first half during an NBA basketball game Wednesday Dec. 19, 2018, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)SALT LAKE CITY — Playing strong defense has typically proven to be a winning formula for Utah. Getting to that point has taken more turns and detours than the Jazz anticipated this season.Beating the defending NBA champions offers evidence that Utah is finally finding the defensive form the team and its fans took for granted at the end of last season.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “They created a little bit of separation, but we fought hard and I liked that energy and effort on the defensive end,” Curry said. “We gave ourselves a chance to get over the hump down the stretch, but it just didn’t happen.”Utah used a 10-0 run to take a 19-11 lead in the first quarter. Gobert scored on a pair of dunks and Korver made two 3-pointers to fuel the spurt.The Warriors rallied when Curry took over in the second quarter.He totaled 18 points on 6-of-8 shooting in the quarter. Curry scored his last three baskets — a pair of layups and a 3 — to help fuel a 11-5 spurt that gave the Warriors a 48-42 lead.He didn’t have same impact in the second half, scoring just 11 points on a total of five baskets.“We just gave him different looks,” Crowder said. “I feel like the way we played him wore on him a little bit. We just gave him a lot of bodies to see in front of him.”Utah edged back in front 56-53 just before halftime when Ingles knocked down a go-ahead 3-pointer in the corner and then stole the ball from Durant to set up a pair of free throws from Ricky Rubio.SHOOTING STRUGGLESMitchell was a season-worst 19.2 percent from the field. His previous low was 21.4 percent when he went 3 for 14 for 12 points in a 96-88 win over Memphis on Nov. 12th.It marked the third straight game where he took at least 20 field goal attempts and shot under 40 percent from the field. Mitchell found other ways to make an impact. He totaled six assists, five rebounds and two steals. View comments Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Hot-shooting San Antonio Spurs rout Orlando Magic HOT CURRYSince returning from an 11-game absence due to a groin injury, Curry has shot at a blistering pace. Wednesday night marked his fifth game in the last nine with 30 or more points. He has shot 47 percent or better from the floor in six of those contests and has missed just one free throw on 47 attempts so far in December.TIP-INSWarriors: Durant passed Gary Payton (21,813 points) for 32nd place on the NBA’s all-time scoring list. He now has 21,836 points. … Golden State held the Jazz to 39.8 percent shooting. It is the first time the Warriors lost this season after holding an opponent to under 40 percent from the field.Jazz: Gobert grabbed eight of his 15 rebounds in the first quarter. … Utah tallied at least 39 points off the bench for the fifth straight home game. … The Jazz finished with 30 assists, the seventh time they have had at least 30 this season. Ricky Rubio led the way with 10 assists. Utah is 27-0 dating back to Nov. 26, 2008, when getting 30 or more assists at home.UP NEXTWarriors: Host Dallas on Saturday.Jazz: At Portland on Friday night. Stephen Curry scored 32 points and Kevin Durant added 30 in just the Warriors’ second loss in eight games.“We let them off the hook a little bit,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. “They weren’t playing that well but we made a lot of mistakes. We couldn’t find the necessary energy and execution you need to win in this building.”After taking a three-point lead at halftime, the Jazz stayed in front through much of the third quarter as Ingles, Korver and Crowder combined for seven 3-pointers over the last half of the quarter.Utah outscored Golden State 9-2 to open the fourth. Ingles finished off the run with another outside basket, giving the Jazz a 93-82 lead.Durant cut Utah’s lead to 106-103 on a 3 with 1:12 remaining. He missed a potential tying basket from the corner with 39 seconds left. Andre Iguodala had a shot at another outside basket in the final seconds, but also missed. The offensive rebound went off Curry’s hands and out of bounds with 2.4 seconds left.ADVERTISEMENT ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk 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 LATEST STORIES Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ Joe Ingles scored 20 points, Rudy Gobert had 17 points, 15 rebounds, and matched his season-high with four blocked shots to lead the Jazz to a 108-103 victory over the Golden State Warriors on Wednesday night.Utah held Golden State to 40 percent shooting from the field and 32 percent from the perimeter. The biggest stops came in the final two minutes when the Warriors missed three out of four shot attempts – including a pair of 3-pointers that could have forced overtime.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“We defended for a full game,” Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell said. “We were locked into the game plan. When you play defense like that, and we shoot the way we did, the outcome is going to be the way it was.”Jae Crowder added 18 points and 11 rebounds while Donovan Mitchell had 15 points on 5-of-26 shooting as Utah won its fourth straight home game.last_img read more

  • ‘Lead Us to the Finish Line in Peace’

    first_imgJust on the brink of the government of Liberia officially taking over all security responsibilities handled by the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) for nearly 13 years, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has challenged newly commissioned Justice Minister Frederick Cherue, to ensure that the ruling Unity Party hands over a peaceful and stable Liberian state to the next administration that will be elected in 2017.She said Minister Cherue, in collaboration with his colleagues and heads of the various security agencies, should lead a process that will ensure that the country remains on the right trajectory that the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) has achieved as the government heads to the finish line in just over a year. Commissioning the Minister and his Deputy for Economic Affairs, Harrietta G. Badio, at a brief ceremony in the Cabinet Room of the Ministry of State for Presidential Affairs on Thursday, President Sirleaf acknowledged that Minister Cherue and deputy Badio were taking on grave responsibilities at the best and worst of times. “Minister and madam minister, you take on grave responsibilities in the best of times because with your leadership, working with your colleagues, you will be guiding the process of leading us to the finish-line, keeping peace in our country.”She said Cherue is doing so as UNMIL hands over the national security responsibility to local authorities tomorrow, placing him in the position to lead the process of stabilizing the country. “Worst of times because when administrations begin to come to an end, there are lots of challenges; and again, you will be called upon to help to address those challenges to ensure that this country remains stable and peaceful, that we are put in a position that will enable us carry out our development activities,” said the President.President Sirleaf told the two MOJ officials that the government does not subscribe to what she called the “lame duck concept,” adding that government will not renege in carrying out its development initiatives.A lame duck in politics is a government official, usually the president, whose successor has already been elected. “We are going to be doing everything we can and pushing forward as we have been doing before in the past twelve years to ensure that we reach the finish line accomplishing as much as we can within the capabilities and resources that are available. And we ask you to work with us to achieve those objectives.” Minister Cherue, in a very brief statement, said he is ready to help the government achieve its goals. “I and my colleague are taking oath on the eve of UNMIL turning over security responsibilities to the government of Liberia. This is an honor. After the UNMIL turnover, MOJ becomes the chair.” He called on his colleagues to ensure that they live up to the expectations of the President and the Liberian people by keeping the country safe during the post-UNMIL era. He promised commitment and pledged to provide sincere services to the Liberian people and state.“Madam President, I will justify the trust and confidence reposed in me,” he said, praying that God being his helper, he will live up to the confidence reposed in him by the Liberian people through the President.All of the heads of the various security agencies were present at the commissioning ceremony. They include Minister of National Defense, Brownie Samukai; Police Director, Chris Massaquoi; Bureau of Immigration and Naturalization, Lemuel Reeves; Drug Enforcement Agency, Anthony Souh; National Fire Service Director, G. Warsuah Barvoul; and Executive Protection Service Director, Frank O. Nyenkan . Also present was National Security Advisor to the President, H. Boima Fahnbulleh.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

  • Dental technician drowns during outing with friends

    first_imgA dental technician died after plunging into the Atlantic Ocean during an outing with friends at Alness Village, Corentyne, Berbice.Dead is Gopaul Govindan, 19, also called “Raj”. His body was found along the Manchester Beach about 20:30h on Sunday.Dead: Gopaul GovindanReports are the teenager and four friends left to go to the Alness Beach about 14:00h. His grieving father, Arjune Govindan, told this publication that none of the young men, including his son, were “capable” swimmers. The father, who is a taxi driver, explained that it was a weekly routine for his son and friends to go to the beach. “He can’t swim properly; in fact, none of them are good swimmers.”According to Govindan, his son promised to be home by 16:30h, but about 16:00h a friend went to his home to inform him that the teen went into the water and they were trying to locate him.The taxi driver said when he and his wife rushed to the beach, several persons had commenced a search for the teen. He explained, however, that the tide was high and as such, they had to wait it out before the search begun.Villagers went into the water in search of the dental technician, who was attached to Cosdensply Dental Lab. However, they did not find him. As the water dropped even further and more of the beach became visible, the search was then turned to the beach and about one and a half miles away at Manchester the body was found.Meanwhile, as Police launch an investigation, the four persons who were with Govindan at the time were detained pending the outcome of a post-mortem.The four in custody are close friends of the dead teen who attended school with him and hailed from the same village. The dental technician, who took up the trade after he left the Bush Lot Secondary School, leaves to mourn his parents and three siblings. (Andrew Carmichael)last_img read more


    first_imgLife certainly is a ‘Rollercoaster’ for Finn Harps new striker Ruairi Keating.Harps striker Ruairi Keating makes his mark for Finn Harps. Pic by Gary Foy.The 18 year old, who is from Westport, Co Mayo, has been in flying form for the Ballybofey outfit.But as well as banging in the goals for Harps, Ruairi has another claim to fame. The striker with the distinctive quaff hairstyle has a very famous uncle – one Ronan Keating from Boyzone.Ruairi and his family including his dad Ciaran, Ronan’s older brother, moved to live in the West of Ireland a number of years ago.Will Ronan appear at Finn Park for a home game?Ruairi is on a loan transfer from Sligo Rovers where he is a highly-rated player.The former Boyzone frontman has yet to make it to Finn Park to see the quick feet and silky skills of his young nephew.    FINN HARPS STRIKER HOPING TO HIT THE HIGH NOTES LIKE HIS FAMOUS UNCLE was last modified: April 17th, 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)last_img read more


    first_imgJudge Paul KellyA JUDGE today issued a stark warning to rally fans who come to County Donegal to watch events and perform dangerous manoeuvres.Judge Paul Kelly told a rally fan at Letterkenny District Court today that the doughnuts he performed at a petrol station forecourt would “cost you an awful lot of money.” Garda Derek Connaughton told the court how he and a colleague were patrolling in an unmarked car at 10pm on the evening of June 21 past, the first day of this year’s Donegal International Rally.They were near a garage forecourt at Bonagee, Letterkenny, when they observed a Ford Sierra do two 360-degree doughnuts.Friends of the driver, Darren McCloskey, were standing back and watching, said the garda.“Some of his colleagues were egging him on,” said Garda Connaughton.When McCloskey was questioned he was “remorseful for his actions” said the garda.Solicitor Kieran Dillon, defending, said his client had “a rush of blood to the head.”McCloskey he said, was a hard-working 22-year-old man with no previous convictions.The driver, from Kildoag Road, Kildoag, County Derry, was also a carer for his 87-year-old aunt and held a full-time job at a saw mills.“I have little tolerance for that type of driving,” Judge Kelly told McCloskey.“I see it all too frequently where people come to Letterkenny to watch the Donegal rally and these people try to do the sort of things they see the experts do.”He said it was “thankful” that no danger was posed to anyone at the time.Judge Kelly ordered McCloskey to make a €300 donation to the Dawnbreakers programme, which provides driver behaviour courses for young motorists.“If you are back here again, you won’t get that sort of leniency,” said Judge Kelly,‘RALLY FANS NEED TO REALISE THEY CAN’T COPY WHAT THEY SEE AT EVENT’ – JUDGE TELLS DOUGHNUT DRIVER was last modified: July 1st, 2013 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)last_img read more


    first_imgTwo sisters have died in a housefire in LetterkennyBREAKING NEWS: Two sisters have died in a housefire in Letterkenny.The two sisters, aged 27 and 28, were found dead in the house at Ceannan View in the Mountain Top area.The two sisters, who are believed to be from Letterkenny,were sleeping in the one bedroom. A man, who was sleeping at the back of the house, escaped unhurt.It is understood one of the sisters died at the scene but another was taken to Letterkenny General Hospital where she died a short time later.Gardai have the scene blocked off and a full examination is underway.There are also a number of fire utility vehicles at the scene.   TWO SISTERS KILLED IN HOUSEFIRE was last modified: January 4th, 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:CANNON VIEWfireletterkennySisterslast_img read more


    first_imgThere has been widespread sadness expressed as seven of the Pilot Whales that became beached at Ballyness Bay, Falcarragh yesterday morning were buried on the beach this morning. The seven Pilot Whales were buried at the location they became beached, despite the valiant rescue efforts from marine experts and locals yesterday.Gardaí have now cordoned off the location where the Pilot Whales have been buried.The scene today at Ballyness Bay is a stark contrast to yesterday.Hundreds of people packed the beach to help with the rescue efforts in any way they could. Today, only a handful of people are on the beach as the five remaining Whales are being left to die.The Whales who were re-floated at one point yesterday became beached again late yesterday evening.The decision was then made by marine experts that the best thing to do was to let the Whales die of natural causes.The five remaining Whales are still alive but are slowly dying on the beach.Two diggers used to bury the seven Whales earlier this morning, have remained on location and are waiting for the other five Whales to die, and they will also be buried on the beach.Locals believe that one of the Whales successfully returned to sea, but sadly 12 Whales will now die on Ballyness Bay.  DDTV: HEARTBREAK AS SEVEN PILOT WHALES BURIED ON BALLYNESS BAY was last modified: July 8th, 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:Ballyness BaybeachedburiedDDDTVFalcarraghnewsStrandedwhaleslast_img read more

  • SA govt’s ‘people first’ portal

    first_img2 August 2004The government has launched phase one of its “people first” Internet gateway, giving individuals, organisations and foreigners a single entry point to government services and information, organised according to user needs rather than government structures.The new e-government gateway – – offers visitors two main paths.The information portal – – carries comprehensive, updating information on government contacts, departments, events and projects, as well the latest government speeches, statements, notices, tenders and consultative documents. National, provincial and local government links are easily accessible, along with information on the country and frequently asked questions on issues ranging from business to travel and tourism.The services portal – – breaks down into services for individuals, services for organisations, and services for citizens from other countries.In each case, services are organised intuitively, according to user need rather than place within a bureaucratic structure. The visitor, in other words, needs no knowledge of which section of which department offers a particular service – all he or she needs to know is what he or she wants from the government.Information on services for South Africans, for example, is organised according to “life events” – giving birth, a place to live, the world of work, relationships and sexuality, dealing with the law, and so on.Not just via the InternetThe gateway project will be extended to South Africans living in poorer or more remote areas via public information terminals in post offices and the government’s expanding network of multi-purpose community centres (MPCCs) countrywide.Other channels for government services will include ATMs and Uthingo outlets, and public servants will be trained to help people access these channels.During the first phase of the gateway, citizens will be assisted by specially trained community development workers at nine selected MPCCs and 55 postal facilities. Forty community development workers have so far been trained to carry out the programme in Gauteng.Public Service and Administration Minister Geraldine Fraser-Moleketi has called on people to comment on the gateway “so that we can upgrade it to become more user-friendly where necessary”.Way forward for e-government in SAIn its next phase, the e-government gateway will move from offering information on services – what services there are, who qualifies for them, where and how to access them – to enabling users to make online transactions.Services in high demand – such as pension payouts, payment of taxes, housing subsidies and birth and death registrations – will be the first to be “e-enabled”, with the Centre for Public Service Innovation (CPSI) predicting that this “basic access level” of e-government will be in operation some time in 2006 or 2007.The subsequent, “intermediate level” of e-government will see more services becoming available over the Internet, including the ability to transact with government, with the focus on self-service and empowerment.According to the CPSI, a later, “advanced” level of e-government will see more complex transactions – such as applying for an ID book or passport – taking place online, as well as easier access to small business and educational resources.Between 2005 and 2008, the CPSI says, e-government should become available via mobile services and should include the ability to transact with government, with new technology, including communication using electricity power lines, playing an important role at this level.South Africa’s e-government strategy is led by the CPSI in partnership with the Department of Public Service and Administration and the State Information Technology Agency.In Accenture’s recently released fifth annual global e-government survey, South Africa took last place of the 22 countries listed.Herman Manson of Mediatoolbox notes, however, that South Africa “was the only African country and one of only several developing economies researched, and should see its inclusion in the survey as a commendation of what have been achieved to date” reporterlast_img read more

  • Home dept. to examine Punjab train tragedy report

    first_imgA 300-page magisterial probe report on the Amritsar train accident in which about 60 people died last month was submitted to the Punjab Home Secretary on Wednesday. Jalandhar Divisional Commissioner B. Purushartha, who was appointed special executive magistrate by the government to probe the October 19 accident, said the report was submitted to Punjab Home Secretary N. S. Kalsi. The report had statements of over 150 people. They included railway officials and Punjab Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu’s wife Navjot Kaur Sidhu, who was the chief guest at the Dussehra event, held close to the railway tracks in Amritsar. The report would now be examined by the Home Department, a senior official said. Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu, who had questioned the Railways for giving a clean chit to the train driver, too had submitted his statement in writing. Opposition Akali Dal had rejected the institution of a magisterial probe and sought registration of a criminal case against Navjot Kaur Sidhu and the event organisers. About sixty people were mowed down by a train that hurtled through a crowd, which had spilled onto the railways tracks while watching the burning of a Ravana effigy on Dussehra this year. The railways had initially refused to order a probeBut two weeks after the accident, it said the chief commissioner of Railway safety would probe the tragedy.last_img read more

  • Soltones still adjusting to new role as assistant coach for San Sebastian

    first_imgSEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Pennisi retires after 17 seasons in PBA LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd PLAY LIST 02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd00:50Trending Articles01:58With new role in drug war, Robredo might ‘baby’ the drug lords – Bong Go01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games View comments Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Read Next Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding The bubbly Soltones kept her eyes on the game the Lady Stags lost in straight sets against Far Eastern University, 25-17, 25-21, 25-14, and she still pictured herself jumping and running around on the floor instead of sitting at the bench.“I still can’t believe that I’m coaching and not playing for my school,” said Soltones in Filipino Sunday at Filoil Flying V Centre.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSoltones had her former teammate Kath Villegas joining her on the sidelines and the two were bombarded with teases from the younger Lady Stags. “Our former teammates were teasing us and calling us ‘coach’ sarcastically and yeah it’s still a new experience for us.” FILE PHOTO – Gretchel Soltones, center, sits on the San Sebastian bench. Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netGrethcel Soltones, for the better part of her five-year collegiate career, has been the undoubted face of San Sebastian winning the NCAA MVP trophy three times.And on Sunday she’s back donning the red-and-gold of the Lady Stags not as a player, but as an assistant coach.ADVERTISEMENT Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspensionlast_img read more