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Knicks beat Pelicans, win consecutive games for first time

first_imgTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown 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 New York trailed 101-92 midway through the fourth quarter.Mudiay’s steal and two free throws with 1:09 to play gave the Knicks a 106-103 lead. Milotic missed a 3-point attempt and Mudiay hit a driving layup with 34 seconds left.“We were just being aggressive, that is what it was,” said Mudiay, a 2015 Nuggets lottery pick in his second season with the Knicks. “We got a couple of stops that we wanted. I think that is what really changed the game.”The Pelicans pulled to 111-109 on Davis’ uncontested dunk with 8.2 seconds left. But Mudiay hit another free throw and Tim Hardaway Jr. added two more for the final margin.“We didn’t play very good down the stretch. They didn’t play very good either, but they played well enough to win the game,” Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry said.ADVERTISEMENT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? New York Knicks guard Tim Hardaway Jr. (3) shoots over New Orleans Pelicans forward Wesley Johnson (33) in the third quarter of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Nov. 23, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Howard Simmons)NEW YORK — The young Knicks played with poise down the stretch.Emmanuel Mudiay scored a season-high 27 points, rookie Allonzo Trier had a career-high 25 and New York rallied in the fourth quarter to beat the New Orleans Pelicans 114-109 on Friday night.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Davis did not play in the fourth quarter until only 3:18 remained.“He said he thought he had a pull in his groin or something, but he came back (to the coaches) and said he felt pretty good about it, so we stuck him back in,” Gentry added.The Pelicans led by nine in the first quarter, but New York scored the first seven points of the second to take its first lead since the opening basket. The Knicks then increased their advantage to 52-45 on Mudiay’s driving layup with 3:15 left.Davis’ three-point play with 3.6 seconds remaining gave the Pelicans a 60-59 lead at halftime. He had 24 points and 10 rebounds at the break.New Orleans led 90-87 after the third quarter.“We beat the Pelicans,” Kanter exclaimed. “The bird can’t even fly.”TIP-INS:Pelicans: New Orleans, who had won the last two meetings, leads the all-time series 19-17. The Pelicans had not lost to the Knicks at Madison Square Garden since November 15, 2015 (95-87).Knicks: Hardaway missed his first 11 shots before finally connecting on a 3-pointer with 7:10 remaining in the third quarter. He finished the night 2 for 15.FOR STARTERS An undrafted free agent from Arizona, Trier hit two free throws to put the Knicks ahead 104-103, a lead they never relinquished in winning consecutive games for the first time this season.“I think we have been growing. We are starting to see each other better,” Trier said. “We understand the things we need to do in order to close out games. I think it’s the little things, the detail things, that we were better at tonight.”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 ChrissEnes Kanter scored 17 for the Knicks and Noah Vonleh had 14.Anthony Davis finished with 33 points and 12 rebounds for New Orleans. Jrue Holiday scored 22 points and Nikola Mirotic added 19. LATEST STORIES LeBron pushes Lakers past Jazz for 7th win in 8 games Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil No Knick player has started every game this season, while the Pelicans have two players, Holiday and E’Twaun Moore, who have been on the floor for the start of each of New Orleans’ 19 games.MY OLD KENTUCKY HOMEFive players who appeared in the Knicks-Pelicans game on Friday night attended the University of Kentucky. Former Wildcats Davis, Julius Randle and Darius Miller competed for New Orleans, while Kanter and Kevin Knox appeared on the floor for the Knicks. Kanter, who attended Kentucky as a freshman, never played for the Wildcats after being declared ineligible by the NCAA for having received impermissible benefits while playing for the Turkish club team Fenerbahce.HAPPY HOLIDAYHoliday, who has reached double figures in all but one game this season, is averaging a career-high 20.1 ppg. Now in his sixth year with the Pelicans, the 10-year veteran averaged a season-best 19.0 ppg for New Orleans last season.UP NEXTPelicans: Visit Washington on Saturday.Knicks: Visit Memphis on Sunday. View commentslast_img read more

Grace food pantry could use some charity

first_imgLANCASTER – A Lancaster food pantry is in need of a new truck after the donated vehicle it used for years broke down. Grace Resource Center needs a 22-foot box truck capable of hauling large pallets of food for the food pantry and for hauling furniture and trash for Grace Thrift Super Center, the thrift shop that subsidizes the pantry. “We need something big enough to handle both needs,” said John Cooper, the organization’s assistant director. “It’s helpful if there’s a lift gate so we can off-load stuff.” The center’s previous truck was old and not worth repairing, plus it kept breaking down, Cooper said. (661) 257-5256160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “It’s just been one thing after another with it. We’d spend more repairing it than it was worth,” he said. Without a truck of its own, the center has been forced to rent one every time the need arises, which is whenever there is a large donation to the thrift shop; about two times a month to pick up food for the food pantry; and once a week to haul trash from the thrift shop to the dump. Each rental costs $180 plus the cost of diesel fuel. Cooper hopes that a donated truck can be found soon. “When there’s nothing coming or going, that affects the store and stuff just piles up,” he said. “We really need something permanent.” Anyone interested in donating a truck can call the center at (661) 940-5272. last_img read more

‘Wild man’ of Bowman bids adieu

first_imgSANTA CLARITA – His nicknames include “the wild man,” “the bald man,” “the great man.” While Richard Weekley’s students might not agree on what to call the 40-year veteran teacher, they do see eye to eye on one thing. He’s the best teacher they’ve ever had. “The bald man came from another planet and taught me how to sing,” said Cesar Garcia, a former student of Weekley’s, as he read his poem at Bowman High School’s 15th annual Day of the Poet and Artist. Ajha Brown Simmons, a senior at Bowman, was home-schooled during her first three years of high school. The softspoken teen says Weekley’s energy and passion for writing have helped her break free of her shell. “Before him, I could have never gotten up in front of an audience like this,” Simmons said. It is his unconventional way that fellow teachers say makes Weekley so special – and a perfect match for the students at Bowman. “He symbolizes the basic nature of this school because he marches to the beat of his own drum, but at the same time he gets everyone to follow him on the right path,” said Mike Nugent, Bowman’s work-experience teacher. Weekley, who spent 24 years at Hart High School before moving to Bowman High, is an internationally published poet and editor of a literary magazine. Raoul Hurd was never a student of Weekley’s. But the 80-year-old poet credits Weekley with teaching him the life lesson that it’s never too late to start a career as a poet. Two years ago, Weekley published a book of Hurd’s poems. “He deserves immense credit,” Hurd said. “He has turned so many lives around.” Hurd has been attending Weekley’s Day of the Poet festivals for a number of years. Hurd, a former French teacher at Hart High, said the day for him is always “energizing and inspiring.” “Weekley takes these kids – that have been out of sync – and gives them pride through their poetry,” Hurd said. As Weekley handed out programs to the audience Friday of his “swan song” poetry day, he said the fact that this was the last such event he would be organizing hadn’t hit him yet. “I am just living in the moment,” Weekley said. But as he introduced the writers to the audience – sporting a tie made of yellow police tape because poets tend to “throw caution to the wind” – he couldn’t help waxing poetic. “Teaching creative writing is like being at a buffet where no two flavors are the same,” Weekley said. Every year, he titles his students’ poetry anthology with a word or phrase that stands out. This year, he let his own emotions carry him and titled it “WOW!” “I cannot tell you how many lines, or verses or even words, throughout the years have made me say wow!” he said. “This has been an amazing journey.” (661) 257-5254160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Weekley has been the creative-writing teacher at Hart Union High School Distict’s continuation high school campus for the past 15 years. Friday marked his last Day of the Poet and Artist before his retirement in June. Each year his students’ original poems are combined in an anthology and the teens read their works. Like Garcia, who graduated from Bowman last year, many students at the continuation school have been removed from traditional campuses or were at risk of dropping out. “I used to ditch school a lot,” Garcia admitted in a phone interview. “I didn’t find my classes interesting or the experience personal.” Before Weekley, Garcia said, he didn’t really understand poetry. Now, he says, he communicates better through verse and is hoping to become a creative-writing teacher himself – just like his mentor. “He is so unpredictable, a goofy old man. He’ll jump out at you and keep you on your toes, but at the same time make you feel safer than you’ve felt anywhere else,” Garcia said. last_img read more


first_imgThe humble postage stamp is being used as a pawn by An Post in a bid to force shop owners in the north west sell its suite of  products, the Convenience Stores and Newsagents Association (CSNA) said today.An Post’s subsidiary PostPoint,  has told shop owners if they do not agree to install their mobile top up and bill pay terminals, and sell their products, they will not receive any commission on stamp sales, the CSNA said.The CSNA represents in excess of 1,500 shops across the country that employ between 35,000 and 40,000 full and part-time workers. Since taking over the scheme recently, the commission paid by PostPoint to shop owners has been slashed to 4% – a cut of 20%.But many shops have already installed and sell similar products from PostPoint’s rivals such as Payzone.“We believe that sales of the humble postage stamp should not be linked with having to install a terminal to sell other PostPoint products. This may mean some shops will no longer sell stamps rather than accede to such unreasonable demands,” said CSNA Chief Executive, Vincent Jennings.He said few shops make a profit on stamp sales but recognise it as a valuable public service to customers as they do not have to queue in post offices. People who bought stamps in shops usually purchased other products too he added. “What PostPoint is demanding amounts to anti-competitive and jackboot practices against our members and we will not be bullied or threatened,” said Mr. Jennings.The CSNA is due to take a case on the issue to a full hearing in the High Court later this year, if the matter is not resolved satisfactorily. AN POST IS ‘BULLYING’ LOCAL SHOPKEEPERS – CLAIM was last modified: April 25th, 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:AN POST IS ‘BULLYING’ LOCAL SHOPKEEPERS – CLAIMlast_img read more


first_imgALL-IRELAND champions Donegal will be looking to get back to winning ways in Ballybofey this evening as a rising Down team come to Ballybofey in the Allianz National League Division One clash.After defeat to Kildare in an entertaining game at Croke Park last Sunday, Jim McGuinness will be hoping his side gets back to winning ways and avoids getting dragged into a relegation battle in the top tier.In most other sports, it’s the league which counts – but in gaelic games it’s the Championship. But to discount the league would be foolish, and Jim McGuinness isn’t foolish.You can expect Donegal to come out fighting in front of the home crowd at MacCumhaill Park, with the home venue expected to attract a large attendance – it’s a far cry from the fog and ice in Enniskillen a few weeks ago in the Dr McKenna Cup.League fixture detractors can at least count on a Down travelling support, with many booking in to local hotels for the weekend, so expect some Red and Black in the ground and the local bars afterwards.Ardara’s Paddy McGrath missed the opener against Kildare but will be in the squad tonight, says McGuinness. And Mark McHugh is in the frame to warm the bench at least. Expect him to make a show at some stage after recovering from surgery on several injuries after a three-month lay-off.Colm McFadden and Frank McGlynn may have recovered from hamstring injuries in time to be included in the panel.“Players are at a 70% fitness level at this time of the year so we will see what happens and we do want to build up that fitness,” said manager Jim.“The League is about getting back up and at it and then trying to look at some new players.”So expect Ross McWhirter to feature again after an impressive run. The St Eunan’s player certainly adds to the squad. Michael Murphy is playing so naturally right now, he’s become the Stevie Gerard of Donegal gaelic games – always reliable and brilliant.His display for DCU during the week was utterly superb; hitting nine points with ease, following his wonderful performance against Kildare.“I thought he showed great leadership in the second half of that match,” said McGuinness.What a leader. GAELIC GAMES: KEY PLAYERS BEING LINED UP FOR BALLYBOFEY RETURN was last modified: February 9th, 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)Tags:GAELIC GAMES: KEY PLAYERS BEING LINED UP FOR BALLYBOFEY RETURNlast_img read more


first_imgDISABILITY Awareness Week begins today in Co Donegal and there is a full programme of events.In a joint statement on the event Donegal Mayor Frank McBrearty and Strabane Council Chair Thomas Kerrigan welcomed the events.They said: “Once again this year, Strabane District Council and Donegal County Council are delighted to be jointly involved in the cross border Disability Awareness Week. “The theme this year is “Removing Barriers to Create an Inclusive Society for All” and it is evident that this week’s events certainly promote an inclusive society which welcomes the participation of all, regardless of ability.“From the selection of events taking place it is encouraging to see that so many organisations across the private, voluntary and statutory sectors are becoming involved to promote the inclusion of people with disabilities in their communities.“We strongly encourage you to go out and enjoy the many events which are taking place right across the region and get involved in the cross border Disability Awareness Week.”For full details click on this link here:  DISABILITY AWARENESS WEEK – YOUR GUIDE TO WHAT’S ON was last modified: December 3rd, 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:DISABILITY AWARENESS WEEK – YOUR GUIDE TO WHAT’S ONDonegal County CouncilSTRABANE DISTRICT COUNCILlast_img read more

Passings: Howell Dies, of Time-Life Book Fame

first_imgNature contained an obituary for F. Clark Howell, paleoanthropologist (1925-2007).  He knew and worked with most of the 20th century fossil-man hunters from Raymond Dart to the Leakeys.  Students will probably remember the Time-Life series he authored, Early Man, with its fold-out panorama by illustrator Jay Matternes of the march from furry monkey to naked man, an icon of evolution that has been imitated and parodied ever since.The power of pictorial propaganda cannot be understated.  Were you influenced as a child by those pictures of the rise of humans from the apes?  Most of the data on which those drawings depend (ditto for the other dioramas in the book) have been discredited.  Yet the damage is done; the propaganda parade marches on.    Our favorite parodies: the computer, woman stasis, woman on top, obesity, cake-eater, levitation, direction of modern culture, science made stupid and big daddy.  Rest in peace, Dr. Howell, as we howl like monkeys.(Visited 208 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Smart card ID system for South Africa

first_imgCustomers at a bank in Soweto. Identity documents are essential for a range of transactions in South Africa, such as opening a bank account, taking out a mobile phone contract and applying for a job. (Image: MEDIA CONTACTS • Ronnie Mamoepa  Head of Media Relations  Department of Home Affairs  +27 82 990 4853RELATED ARTICLES • Faster IDs from Home Affairs • SA passport made more secure • Govt launches massive ID drive • New SA fingerprint tool a world firstEmily van RijswijckThe one document no South African can do without, the identity document or ID, is about to get smart, with the Department of Home Affairs planning to begin a pilot project to replace the ID with a smart card system in early 2012.Roll-out of the new system has still has to be determined, being subject to the necessary infrastructure first being in place, Minister of Home Affairs Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma indicated in a recent parliamentary session.“Planning is in progress to ensure that infrastructure in front offices, such as live capture, is completed prior to smart card implementation,” she said. “The system is envisaged to be piloted during the 2012/13 financial year.”The smart card will replace the current green bar-coded ID book, itself only introduced in November 2010. It will cost the department R140 (US$18) to produce, including all manufacturing, administration and distribution costs. The new ID has a number of additional security features including a digitally printed photograph and personal details, as well as embedded security features.“These improvements form part of ongoing efforts by the government to enhance the security of enabling documentation such as IDs, birth certificates and passports in the fight against ID theft and fraud,” the department said.All South Africans 16 years and older must have an identity document. Permanent residents and naturalised citizens from other countries may also apply for an ID. The application process is simple and requires only a birth certificate and two ID-size photographs. The first issue of the document is free but costs R15 to replace if lost or stolen. The department has set up a toll free number, 0800 60 11 90, to help with applications.IDs are essential for a range of day-to-day transactions in South Africa, such as accessing government services, applying for a job, opening a bank account, taking out a mobile phone contract and registering at university. No ID also means no vote, no driver’s licence and definitely no passport.South African passportsThe current South African passport will remain unchanged for now as it already has some of the most up-to-date and necessary security features required for travel.In 2009 the department upgraded the passport with new security features after it was found to be easily forged. The document, which costs R400 to produce, now has laser-engraved data on the personal information page instead of printed information and a watermark. It is also printed on polycarbonate paper, making it difficult to forge.“Should the department, at a later stage, find a need to upgrade any current security features, this will be done in consultation with all relevant stakeholders,” Dlamini-Zuma said.In 2009 the UK High Commission introduced a visitor visa requirement for all South Africans who did not have a previous UK stamp in their passports, after a high number of fraudulent passports were found on people attempting to enter the country from South Africa. The visa requirement remains in place despite the Department of Home Affairs’ efforts to make the South African passport more secure.last_img read more

Man held for raping British tourist in Goa

first_imgThe South Goa police arrested a 30-year-old man belonging to Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu, on the charge of raping a 42-year-old British tourist and robbing her of her belongings on Thursday morning.Superintendent of Police (South Goa) Arvind Gawas told The Hindu that CCTV footage obtained from the site of the incident and the local railway station helped them track down the accused, Ram Chandrappa, the same evening.The victim was proceeding from the Canacona railway station to her guesthouse near Palolem beach after missing a train when the accused chased her into the nearby fields and raped her around 4.30 a.m. Police said he then fled with her bag, which contained ₹20,000 in cash.“We arrested him from the Margao railway station,” Mr. Gawas said.The victim has been a regular visitor to Goa for the last several years.last_img read more

Xhaka: Arsenal firming for top four

first_imgGranit Xhaka believes a renewed collective spirit will assure Arsenal a top four finish in the Premier League this season.The Swiss international was prominent as Arsenal drew 1-1 with Liverpool, moving to a 14-game unbeaten streak.Xhaka credits the arrival of Unai Emery as a major factor in their revival, both on and off the pitch. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Emery said Arsenal is closing in on the rest of the Premier League’s top sides, and the midfielder agress.”Each game we know what we do,” he said. “We know the opposition well, where they are good and where they are not. He (Emery) is important. He helps us, not only me but all the players, with the small things. The tactical things. You can see that on the pitch.”A lot of small things have changed. We have great character. If you are 1-0 down for example against Liverpool, we come back and it’s not the first time.”We knew we would not lose this game because we were so good and showed that character again. If you see this game, you can see we are ready for the top four.”According to Xhaka, another factor is Lucas Torreira. Having arrived from Sampdoria this season, the Uruguayan midfielder has adjusted quickly and is a partner to the 26-year-old.”Every game is better and better,” Xhaka said. “He is so important. He knows when to go and when to stay. He brings good balance between offence and defence.”I think we can be happy with our performance. We know Liverpool have a good team but we gave everything and we showed a great game. In my opinion we were the better team.”Arsenal are currently in fifth place, one point behind fourth-place Tottenham and four points behind Liverpool and Chelsea.Next up is a Europa League clash with Sporting CP before a return to Premier League play against Wolves.last_img read more