Portland Trail Blazers center Enes Kanter (00) works against Brooklyn Nets forward Ed Davis (17) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)NEW YORK—When Jusuf Nurkic went to the bench, the Portland Trail Blazers inserted a player who barely knew their offense.Imagine how good Portland’s center combination can be once Enes Kanter gets up to speed.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Nurkic had 27 points and 12 rebounds, Kanter added 18 points and nine boards in his Portland debut, and the Trail Blazers beat the Brooklyn Nets 113-99 on Thursday night.“Obviously, our two big guys really dominated inside,” Blazers coach Terry Stotts said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsThe tandem was so good that the Trail Blazers didn’t even need a big night from All-Star guard Damian Lillard, who was just 5 for 21 from the field. He finished with 13 points, eight rebounds and eight assists.“They’re going to change the dynamic for a lot of teams, how they guard us obviously,” Blazers guard CJ McCollum said. Kanter signed last week with the Blazers after losing his job with the Knicks and then getting his release after they couldn’t find a deal before the trade deadline. He made his first seven shots and finished 8 for 9, missing only a 3-pointer, as the Blazers relied on a steady diet of pick-and-rolls when he was in to compensate for his unfamiliarity with their sets.Languishing on the bench during much of what became an 18-game losing streak for the Knicks, Kanter was excited to be on the floor in meaningful situations.“Last time I got a win I think it was like almost two months,” he said.McCollum added 21 points in a good return from the break for the Blazers after going into it with a 129-107 victory over Golden State. They opened a seven-game road trip and don’t play their first home game after the All-Star break until March 7 against Oklahoma City.Allen Crabbe had 17 points for the Nets, who came out of the All-Star break above .500 for the first time since 2013. All-Star guard D’Angelo Russell shot only 4 for 16, finishing with 14 points and eight assists.ADVERTISEMENT NBA-leading Milwaukee Bucks hold off Boston Celtics 98-97 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 Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title “We didn’t have great rhythm tonight, didn’t play well. I think that’s across the board. Didn’t coach well, didn’t play well,” Nets coach Kenny Atkinson said. “It was just one of those games where I think Portland was simply the better team. There’s just no way around it.”Lillard’s 3-pointer midway through the third — his only one through three quarters — gave Portland a 69-63 lead that the Blazers would extend largely through Kanter’s work inside. He followed with four baskets in the period, including one that gave Portland its largest lead at 82-67.The lead was 14 after his free throws with 10:40 to play before Ed Davis, Shabazz Napier and Crabbe — all former Blazers — fueled a 15-2 surge that trimmed it to 90-89. But Portland pushed the lead back into double digits, with Lillard contributing a 3-pointer with a little over 3 minutes to go and Nurkic getting a three-point play when he was fouled on a powerful dunk.Brooklyn’s broadcasterThe Nets honored YES Network announcer Ian Eagle for his 25 years calling the team’s games. Eagle was presented with a No. 25 Nets jersey with his name on it, and a video tribute featuring former Nets players was played on the video screen.LeVert in the lineupCaris LeVert had 12 points on 4-for-11 shooting. He was just 13 for 36 in his first three games since returning from a lengthy absence with a dislocated right foot, but Atkinson kept him in the starting lineup. Atkinson said he still trusted LeVert and thought he was looking good even with his shot not falling yet.“Obviously we have a long relationship now. He’s been here from the beginning and so I’m not thinking of just the past three games, three or four games,” Atkinson said. “I’m thinking of preseason and last season and how well he started the season and listen, I think from a physical standpoint he’s looked pretty sharp.” Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title
Several renowned economists, including Samuel P. Jackson have said that the depreciation of the Liberian dollars to that of the United States dollars is as a result of the country’s lack of exporting power.According to them, the exporting power would have helped close the gap within the balance of trade and other factors.Because of this lack of exporting power for the Liberia, the prices of comodities on the local market have skyrocketed.President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has a totally different point of view. She blamed the Ministry of Finance and the Central Bank of Liberia for the current stress that the banking sector is undergoing and the soaring exchange rate.Addressing the nation Wednesday May 28, on the state of the Liberian economy, President Sirleaf indicated that the lack of or the absence of full cooperation between the Ministry of Finance and the Central Bank of Liberia, has created stress in the banking system and the depreciation in the exchange rate.The drastic depreciation of the Liberian dollars to the United States dollars in recent times is having an adverse effect on the Liberian economy with the accompanying soaring prices which is causing too much economic hardship for many Liberians, most especially the ordinary ones.President Sirleaf also said although government has been able to meet core targets, decline in the level of anticipated revenues on account of procurement fraud and corruption have combined to delay the payment of government’s financial commitment.“Although core targets have been met, the decline in the level of anticipated revenues on account of procurement fraud and corruption have combined to delay the payment of government’s financial commitment, which, in the absence of full cooperation between the Ministry of Finance and the Central Bank of Liberia, has created stress in the banking system and the depreciation in the exchange rate,” the Liberian leader said.The country is experiencing its third budget-shortfall since Amara Konneh took over the leadership of the Finance Ministry. This situation has brought criticisms and lots of questions, especially from lawmakers, about Minister Konneh’s ability to head the fiscal arm of the government.Minister Konneh, while appearing before the lawmakers recently to answer questions about why the continuous budget-shortfalls, told the lawmakers that the country’s economy was strong despite the challenges that nation was experiencing at the moment.It can be recalled that Minister of Finance allegedly accused CBL Governor, Dr. Mills Jones, of infusing over L$8 million into the economy. This infusion led to the depreciation of the Liberia dollar, according to some people.This accusation was vehemently denied by the CBL boss and the Finance Ministry also stated that Minister Konneh never made such statement.However, the accusation triggered words of war between the two top government officials and their entities.Further addressing the nation, the Liberian leader vowed to take the bull by the horn and make the hard decisions that will help relieve the economy of this devastating stress that it is undergoing by removing some government officials who are showing ineptness in the current positions.Speaking from her Foreign Ministry office solemnly renewed her pledge to the Liberian people that the economy will be restored to its full potentials.“This effort is already underway with my direct leadership. This effort will require changes in officials, prosecutions of offenders, challenges to partners, as well as reforms in policies and actions,” she said.She also noted that restoring the economy to its full potentials will also require the various Branches of our Government continuously working together for the common good of those they were elected to serve.“It will require new thinking and strategic repositioning. It may require new and more robust partnerships with civil society and the media. And it will require understanding from our citizens to whom we owe so much,” said President Sirleaf.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The Senate Committee on Transport has unanimously confirmed Madam Angela Cassell-Bush as Minister of Transport, Republic of Liberia. Minister Bush will replace outgoing Transport Minister, Mr. Tonorlah Varpilah, pending submission of the Senate’s confirmation proceedings to President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. Cassell-Bush, outgoing Deputy Minister for Expenditure and Debt Management at the Ministry of Finance, has vast public sector experience working previously at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. During her confirmation hearing, the incoming Transport Minister outlined a seven-point plan of action to be undertaken in six months, starting with what she called “series of inter-agency reviews to assist us better understand the structural, policy, legal and technical challenges facing the sector.” She said, on assuming office, she would initiate a scheme for effective coordination amongst agencies within the sector.“Along these lines, we will work to activate the national transport policy and strategy implementation steering Committee chaired by the Ministry of Transport and co-chaired by both GIZ and Ministry of Public Works with the National Port Authority (NPA), National Transit Authority (NTA), Roberts International Airport (RIA) serving as members,” she told the Senate Committee.Madam Bush said, as the sector Minister, her team would work with relevant stakeholders to review the status of reconstruction works at the Roberts International Airport, “particularly our airport runway, in light of the current crisis.”Given the potential resource problems that would arise as a result of the current Ebola crisis, she told the Committee her team would focus more energy on soft projects such as the setting up of the one stop shop, developing policy manuals, strengthening the internal control framework and capacity development.“We intend to expeditiously fast-track the drafting and submission for your consideration “Axle Road and Public Safety Laws” currently under stakeholder review and advisement,” she concluded. Analysts welcomed Madam Bush’s confirmation by the Liberian Senate and expressed the hope that the new Minister of Transport will also seek to immediately address the hike in transportation fare by drivers.Transport fares have nearly double as a result of the Ebola epidemic which has forced the government to adopt a safety measure that requires drivers to take only three in the back seat. The government’s decision is intended to minimize commuters coming in close contact with each other, a major mode by which the Ebola virus can be contracted, health officials say. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
A 31-year-old Guyanese national was on Wednesday remanded to prison, in order to be extradited to the USA soon.Troy Thomas of 34 Second Street Liliendaal, Greater Georgetown, is wanted for murder in the USA. It is alleged that Thomas on December 11, 2011 killed Keith Frank, 21, outside a party at South Richmond Hill, Jamaica, New York. The man was wanted by US authorities since their investigations commenced in 2012.Wanted by US authorities, Troy ThomasThe fugitive was arrested around 02:00h on Wednesday at his Liliendaal address by ranks of the Guyana Police Force. The man’s arrest came as a part of an intelligence operation that began in January of this year.Popular make-up artist Lolita Callendar, called “Lola” of East Ruimveldt, Georgetown, who Police wanted for threatening behaviour and who is suspected to have harboured the fugitive, has been arrested and is assisting with the investigation.Prosecution appearing on behalf of the US Government pleaded with the court to deny bail, noting that Thomas is a flight risk. The court heard that the address that was on GECOM’s file for Thomas – 242 Gordon Street, Kitty – is an abandoned property and the Immigration Authorities have no record of Thomas’ re-entry into Guyana. Additionally, when Thomas was first arrested, he gave his name as Marvin Williams and only admitted his correct name to Police when he was being interrogated.When allowed to speak, Thomas did not have much to say other than a request forLolita Callendar, called “Lola”legal representation. “This is news to me,” the man stated.Magistrate Sherdel Isaacs Marcus refused bail on the grounds that the accused is a flight risk. Thomas will return to court on March 20, where he will hear the full disclosure of the official statements.The deceased man was said to be attending a party in Richmond Hill when he was approached by a group of men that he previously had an altercation with. Frank was subsequently shot to the torso.Guyana Times understands the misunderstanding between Frank and the Guyanese men was as a result of dancing and females.The dead man’s mother, Carol Kyte, said that her son, who was father to an eight-month-old baby at the time, was shot about a mile from a hospital.However, he had already succumbed by the time he arrived at the medical facility.Keith Frank’s mother holding his pictureKyte reported that she had also been hearing rumours that Thomas who has not been formally charged with a crime, has fled to Miami or to Guyana.The dead man is also a Guyanese who migrated to the United States at the age of 12.Frank’s life in Queens began at MS 8 in Jamaica. He then attended Franklin K Lane High School for a time, but eventually transferred to Queens High School of Teaching, Liberal Arts and Sciences in Glen Oaks.Authorities are hoping to have Thomas’ extradition arranged by March, 23.
WASHINGTON – It doesn’t add up. Two federal reports out Thursday offer conflicting messages about how well high-schoolers are doing academically. One showed that seniors did poorly on national math and reading tests. The other – a review of high school transcripts from 2005 graduates – showed students earning more credits, taking more challenging courses and getting better grades. “The reality is that the results don’t square,” said Darvin Winick, chair of the independent National Assessment Governing Board, which oversees the tests. Nearly 40 percent of high school seniors scored below the basic level on the math test. More than a quarter of seniors failed to reach the basic level on the reading test. Most educators think students ought to be able to work at the basic level. “I think that we are sleeping through a crisis,” said Massachusetts Commissioner of Education David Driscoll, a governing board member. He said the low test scores should push lawmakers and educators to enact school reforms. The new reading scores show no change since 2002, the last time the test was given. “We should be getting better. There’s nothing good about a flat score,” Winick said. The government said it could not compare the math results with the previous scores because the latest test was significantly different. The National Assessment of Educational Progress – often called the nation’s report card – is viewed as the best way to compare students across the country because it’s the only uniform national yardstick for how well students are learning. The tests were given in 2005. The transcript study showed that 2005 high school graduates had an overall grade-point average just shy of 3.0 – or about a B. That has gone up from a grade-point average of about 2.7 in 1990. It is unclear whether student performance has improved or whether grade inflation or something else might be responsible for the higher grades, the report said. More students are completing high school with a standard curriculum, meaning they take at least four credits of English and three credits each of social studies, math and science. More students also are taking the next level of courses, which generally includes college preparatory classes. “I’m guessing that those levels don’t connote the level of rigor that we think they do. Otherwise kids would be scoring higher on the NAEP test,” said David Gordon, a governing board member and the superintendent of schools in Sacramento The transcript study released Thursday showed no increase in the number of high-schoolers who completed the most advanced curriculum, which could include college-level or honors classes. On the math test, about 60 percent of high school seniors performed at or above the basic level. At that level, a student should be able to convert a decimal to a fraction, for example. Just one-fourth of 12th-graders were proficient or better in math, meaning they demonstrated solid academic performance. To qualify as “proficient,” students might have to determine what type of graph should be used to display particular types of data. On the reading test, about three-fourths of seniors performed at or above the basic level, while 40 percent hit the proficient mark. The report did not include detailed breakdowns by city or district. Scores broken down by state released in 2004 showed that California’s fourth- and eighth-graders continued to rank near the bottom in reading and math proficiency compared with students nationwide – a poor performance education officials attributed to the state’s vast number of English-learning students. Los Angeles Unified school board member David Tokofsky said the NAEP study released Thursday shows that when students take math at levels like pre-calculus and calculus – not just algebra or geometry – there is a significant jump in national test scores. “It’s super-important to get our kids all the way to trigonometry and calculus, but we’re still struggling to get them concerned enough to take geometry,” he said. “We have to make math more exciting, accessible and rigorous.” Daily News Staff Writer Naush Boghossian contributed to this story.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Helicopters were also assisting, but Epp said they had to land due to smoke obscuring their sight.Six areas in the North Peace are now under an evacuation alert. Those areas include the Beatton Airport Road area, the Doig River First Nation area, the Siphon Creek area, Blueberry First Nation, the Cecil Lake area and the newest one near Mile 80.If you’re in an area under an evacuation alert, you need to be prepared to leave at a moment’s notice. The following article includes tips on what to pack. Click here to read how to prepare to evacuate.Here is an example of a basic emergency kit put together by the Province of B.C.Advertisement FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Peace River Regional District has issued an Evacuation Alert for residents in the area of a new forest fire near Mile 80 of the Alaska Highway.Geographic Area (see attached map), including all properties on the following roads:North West on the Alaska Highway from Beatton Airport Road to Aitken Creek RoadNorth on Aitken Creek Road to where it crosses the Blueberry RiverEast following the Blueberry River to where the Blueberry River crosses the Beatton Airport RoadSouth along Beatton Airport Road to the Alaska HighwayAn Evacuation Alert has been issued to prepare you to evacuate your premises or property should it be found necessary. Residents will be given as much notice as possible if the alert is changed to an evacuation order.- Advertisement -Fire Information Officer Emily Epp says the fire is 50 hectares in size, with airtankers and 11 firefighters are combating the blaze.Here is a photo of the fire from the B.C. Wildfire Service. This is near Mile 77 of the Alaska Highway.She added that Oil and Gas infrastructure is located near the fire, and that the BC Wildfire Service has recommended that companies relocate workers away from the sites.Advertisement
0Shares0000Mathare United head coach Francis Kimanzi (right) with Gor Mahia’s Dylan Kerr (left). Photo/TIMOTHY OLOBULUNAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 12- Despite his side enjoying a blistering start to the new season, Mathare United head coach Francis Kimanzi says he is under no pressure to challenge for the 2018 Kenyan Premier League (KPL) title, exactly 10 years since he guided them to their first in 2008.Mathare narrowly avoided relegation last year and ended up finishing 13th but have posted contrasting results this year as they currently sit on the apex of the standings with 23 points off 10 games. “In the beginning, it wasn’t our target. We had a smaller target because we had to be realistic. To tell the players that we want to win the league after fighting relegation last season is a big step,” the tactician offered.“Sometimes you don’t want to create tension in the group and you give attainable targets. But, I don’t see anything wrong to learn and still win something in the process.”He added; “We want to be another force in the league and do better than the previous two seasons. If you put yourself as a force then you are targeting anything achievable. We are not ruling out the league title because we have a team which we believe can face any challenge, take a game after game with passion and win.”Mathare United head coach Francis Kimanzi during training. Photo/TIMOTHY OLOBULUKimanzi has tried twice unsuccessfully to win the KPL title with Sofapaka and Tusker FC but with Mathare, he hopes the project he started last season can bear fruit within the next five years.The tactician lost almost the entire team at the end of the 2016 season and instead of replacing them with like for like figures, Kimanzi went for young, untested blood and he almost paid for it with relegation but they disentangled themselves in the final five games.He has stuck with the same squad for the 2018 season, only making a few additions though the core of the team remained.“I took a brave risk and sometimes we spent a lot of sleepless nights trying to find out how we can make it better for young, very inexperienced players but very talented. With the confidence and support I had, the program we made for them worked,” Kimanzi notes.Mathare United during training. Photo/TIMOTHY OLOBULU“We decided to start a foundation, genuinely sound and we walked without fear. We knew it was going to be tough. There was some false confidfence among the players. You could see that they want to do it but still had a long way to go,” He added.The tactician says he has been impressed with their growth and notes he is genuinely surprised that they have started hitting the right notes in just their second year together.“We had a grace period of three years for them to mature completely but they have completely surprised us. Almost 60, 70 percent has improved and if they can do it in the second year then it’s a great success,” the coach noted.The Slum Boys have only lost once this season, a 4-3 defeat at the hands of AFC Leopards in a match they led 3-1 at some point.But since then, they have won the next four matches back to back and Kimanzi only hopes they can remain consistent again for the next 10 games.They will be facing Posta Rangers in their next match on Sunday, a game Kimanzi says will be both very tough and very easy for his side.“We are playing against a tough team defensively but also, they don’t score. We only now have to worry about how we will open them up and get goals,” the coach noted.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
Arsene Wenger celebrates 18 years in charge of Arsenal today and Gunners legend Bob Wilson, who served as a goalkeeping coach under the Frenchman, joined Hawksbee and Jacobs to reflect on his reign.Wilson recalled his first meeting with Wenger at Arsenal’s training ground following his appointment in 1996, and said his career will always be defined by the ‘Invincibles’ side that went the entire 2003-4 season unbeaten.Listen to the interview with Bob Wilson in full by clicking on the link above
Dani Alves 1 The agent of Manchester City and Manchester United target Dani Alves has revealed that she does not expect her client to sign a new deal with Barcelona.Alves has under a year to run on his current contract, meaning he would be able to leave the Catalan giants on a free next summer.The Brazil international has made over 300 appearances during his time at Barca and won 16 major honours, but his time at the Nou Camp now appears to be at an end.His representative, Dinah Santana, told TMW: “If the club [Barcelona] wanted to renew Alves they would have done it already.“I would not do things the way they have. We will leave the suitors until December or January… then we’ll decide who to marry.”
In? Jackson Martinez – Click the arrow to see more – The Porto striker has been in scintillating form this season, scoring 16 goals in all competitions, including six in the Champions League. Peppino Tirri, an agent that Porto have used to negotiate transfers before, says Liverpool are hoping to take the Colombian to the Premier League. Liverpool are in for Jackson, Tirri told Hetold Calcio News. (But) Porto wont yield an inch from their £27.5m release clause. With the Reds in desperate need of a regular goal scorer, Martinez may just be the signing they need to carry them into the top four at the end of the season. 7 7 In? Nathaniel Clyne – Click the arrow to see more – With question marks over Glen Johnsons future and the need to improve the defence, Liverpool may look to sign Southampton full-back Nathaniel Clyne. The 23-year-old has been one of the stand-out performers for the Saints and his impressive form led to a first England cap against Scotland. Clyne has reportedly been offered a new contract, but negotiations are believed to have stalled and Southampton may look to cash in while they can. Liverpool are no strangers to raiding the south-coast club’s talent pool and will hope that Clyne will shake off the advances of Manchester United to join Lovren, Adam Lallana and Rickie Lambert in the Reds’ squad. It’s been a disappointing Premier League campaign so far for Liverpool after their title challenge last year.Despite a more pleasing run of form of late, the Reds are still 15 points behind front runners Chelsea.The loss of Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge’s struggles with injury have seriously affected Liverpool’s ability to score goals, while their frailties at the back have remained.Although Brendan Rodgers was able to strengthen his squad in the summer, many of them have failed to fire.£20 million signing Dejan Lovren’s poor performances have resulted in him losing his place in the starting XI, while Mario Balotelli is yet to score a Premier League goal for his new club.To keep up Liverpool’s top four ambitions, Rodgers may have to make a few January signings to change their fortunes, while dumping a few unwanted players.But who could arrive and more importantly, who could go? talkSPORT takes a look…Click the arrow above for Liverpool’s January ins and outs Out? Glen Johnson – Click the arrow to see more – Liverpool have yet to reach an agreement on a new contract for Glen Johnson, with the defender seeking a longer deal than is currently on the table. With the possibility of the right-back leaving on a free at the end of the season, a cash deal from any club in January may be too good to turn down. In? Edinson Cavani – Click the arrow to see more – Liverpool are reportedly set to battle it out with Arsenal and Manchester United for big-money signing Edinson Cavani. The 27-year-old is said to be unhappy with playing second fiddle to Zlatan Ibrahimovic at PSG and is available for £40 million. It is rumoured that Liverpool are prepared to pay that money to increase their goal tally, which has been largely disappointing so far this season. 7 7 Out? Lucas Leiva – Click the arrow to see more – Lucas is reportedly open to a January switch to Italian side Napoli and a reunion with long time admirer and former coach, Rafael Benitez. The Brazilians representative Henrique Coelho told Calciomercato that his client may seek a move away from Anfield for regular first team action. Is it possible that Lucas could leave Liverpool in January? Yes, naturally, said Coelho. Lucas is rumoured to be out of favour with Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers and despite a good run of performances, and he may look to discard the 27-year-old. 7 Out? Fabio Borini – Click the arrow to see more – The striker looked to be on his way out of Liverpool in the summer, but negotiations with Sunderland collapsed and Rodgers was stuck with the Italian. Despite making several League Cup appearances and picked to start against Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu, Borini has largely failed to feature in Rodgers plans. A new location for the 23-year-old has yet to be found and with Sunderland reportedly unlikely to make a fresh bid, Italy looks the most likely destination. 7 7 In? Petr Cech – Simon Mignolets string of poor performances this season has forced Rodgers to look into the market for some competition for the Belgian. Although Jose Mourninho has openly said he wants Petr Cech to stay, Chelsea are thought to be willing to listen to offers. Furthermore, Cech has spoken of a desire to play regular first team football, after enduring a long spell on the bench for the Premier League leaders. At 32 years old, Cech is certainly one of the few available goalkeepers with the experience needed to settle the nerves of Liverpools jittery defence.