Westbrook, George lead Thunder past Suns for 1st win

first_imgGov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Oklahoma City finally broke through for the first time in five tries this season. Paul George and Russell Westbrook each scored 23 points, and the Thunder beat the Suns 117-110 on Sunday.“It feels special,” guard Dennis Schroder said. “I think we can build off of that win. We’re going to keep getting better. It was a good one 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 ChrissNerlens Noel had 20 points and 15 rebounds and Patrick Patterson added 17 points for the Thunder. Oklahoma City’s victory left the Cleveland Cavaliers, who fired coach Tyronn Lue on Sunday, as the league’s only winless team.Thunder center Steven Adams did not play after experiencing tightness in his left calf during pregame warmups, and Noel started in his place. Coach Billy Donovan was pleased with the way Noel performed in his first start. Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) goes up for a dunk in front of Phoenix Suns guard De’Anthony Melton (14) and forward Ryan Anderson (15) in the first half of an NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City, Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)OKLAHOMA CITY — The Thunder didn’t care that Phoenix had just one win this season, was playing the second game of a back-to-back and was missing its leading scorer.They just wanted to get a win.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? “He did a lot of really good things,” Donovan said. “He was really, really active. He was very active defensively. He scored some points on some lobs and some rolls and he got to the free-throw line. I was really, really impressed with his defense.”Noel has started 159 of his 228 career games, so he was comfortable in the role.“Just do this on a nightly basis, just being a professional, ready for whatever is thrown at me in this position,” he said. “Steven wasn’t able to go, so I just kept the same mindset of being able to be ready, no matter what. I knew if I was coming off the bench, if I was starting, I’d play the same way. That’s about it.”Rookie Elie Okobo scored 18 points and No. 1 overall draft pick Deandre Ayton added 16 points and 11 rebounds for Phoenix. Devin Booker, who entered the day as the league’s ninth-best scorer at 27.8 points per game, sat out his second straight game with a left hamstring strain.The Thunder led 62-48 at halftime after shooting 49 percent from the field. George scored 15 points before the break, while Westbrook made just two field goals. The Thunder blew a 16-point halftime lead against Boston on Thursday, so the threat of falling apart still was there.ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Red Sox beat Dodgers in Game 5 to win World Series LATEST STORIEScenter_img Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Donovan said he didn’t have a timetable on a return to action for Adams, and didn’t know he wouldn’t be available until right before the start of the game.UP NEXTSuns: Host the San Antonio Spurs on Wednesday.Thunder: Host the Los Angeles Clippers on Tuesday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Westbrook hit back-to-back layups to make it 82-65 in the third. George drained a shot from just beyond half court at the third-quarter buzzer to put Oklahoma City up 96-76.“It’s one of the funnest basketball games I’ve played in since I’ve been here,” Noel said. “Guys just play so unselfish. This team is really built the right way. Guys just want to make winning plays, and everybody is going to excel when the play style is like that.”Phoenix outscored the Thunder 34-21 in the fourth quarter.“A lot of positives in the game,” Suns coach Igor Kokoskov said. “You’re not going to feel better — we lost the game. But effort was there. I think we tried, and we tried for 48 minutes.”TIP-INSSuns: G Jamal Crawford and Schroder were called for double technicals late in the third quarter. … The Suns made their first 21 free throws and went 26-for-27 overall. … G Isaiah Canaan sprained his left ankle in the first quarter and did not return.Thunder: Westbrook had been listed as questionable with right shoulder soreness. … Westbrook got a technical foul in the first quarter. … George was called for a technical in the third quarter.FREE THROWSWestbrook entered the night 1 for 11 from 3-point range and 8 for 16 from the free-throw line. He made 7 of 10 free throws and didn’t attempt a 3-pointer.ADAMS’ STATUS Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA titlelast_img read more

LNP Officers Sit Forensic Training in Nimba County

first_imgOfficers of the Liberia National Police assigned in Nimba County have recently sat a three-day intensive forensic training in Sanniquellie, Nimba County as a means of adequately preparing them carry on forensic investigation.According to Chief of Team of Tetra Tech DPK, Dr. Alfred Fofie, the training was intended to build or enhance the capacities of LNP officers to adequately respond to community security concern through improve investigative skills, and forming synergies to addressing community security concern and other related crimes as it relates to issues that could threaten the fragile peace we now enjoy at both local and national level.  The workshop held under the topic, “Enhancing Law Enforcers’ Responsiveness to Community Security Concern through Improved Investigation Skills.”The workshop was implemented by Tetra Tech DPK and funded by the U.S. Department of State (INL). The Chief Facilitator of training William Thompson told the Observer that the training covered topics such as Crime Scene Management, Crime Scene Investigation, Collection and Packaging of Evidence at Crime Scene, Lifting of Print and Preservation of Evidence at the Crime Scene.Tetra Tech DPK Mitigating Land Dispute Program is covering two counties (Lofa and Nimba) in its parlor phase in Liberia since 2012.Tetra Tech DPK had conducted several training for law enforcement officers including Drug Enforcement Agency, Immigration officers, as well as Liberia National Police.At the same time, a group expert from the United States of America, who visited Ganta had praised the activities of Tetra Tech in both Nimba and Lofa counties.“I am very pleased with the progress that Tetra Tech DPK has made, implementing the Mitigating Local Disputes in Liberia (MLDL) project. MLDL has made great headways in the two and half years it has operated, and has built sustainable gains that contribute to stability, security, and the rule of law in Lofa and Nimba Counties,” said Mr. Harton Drew, head of visiting team.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Traditional Leaders Vow to Curtail Customary Practices

first_imgTraditional chiefs in Liberia have vowed to curtail their age old practices which are among the main causes of the spread of the deadly Ebola virus in the country.The chiefs from the fifteen counties made the pledge recently in Gbarnga, Bong County during a ceremony marking the ongoing cross border Ebola sensitization of the Mano River bordering countries of Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia and Cote d’Ivoire.The cross border initiative is being implemented by the Liberia Crusaders for Peace (LCP) with sponsorship from the United Nations Children‘s Fund (UNICEF).LCP, in partnership with UNICEF, on Monday held a one-day stakeholders and traditional leaders’ forum in support of Ebola prevention in the bordering counties of Bong, Lofa, Nimba and Grand Cape Mount.On behalf of the three counties, Chief of Lofa LCP County, Musa Kamara welcomed the initiative by the , describing it as wonderful.“We will stop bathing dead bodies, eating bush meat, put a stop to Poro and Sande activities until Ebola can go,” Chief Musa pledged.The traditional leader said with the level of education being provided by the LCP to people in the counties that border Guinea and Sierra Leone, the total eradication of the virus from the region would be achieved.Chief Musa, who hails from one of the hardest hit counties, Lofa,  stressed the need to cast out the virus by engaging the people and putting aside all of the traditional practices. He asserted that the right message to fight the virus came late, saying, “The virus killed most of our people before we got the right message to fight it.”The chiefs called on NGOs to provide more support and training, which will empower them to keep up the fight.“As chiefs we will make sure Ebola goes forever and we will celebrate the country’s July 26 Independence in good health,” said Chief Musa.Bong County Health Officer, Dr. Samson Arzoequoi, stated that the health team in Liberia at the start of the outbreak made a mistake by not providing the right information to the public.If the right information had been provided to the people as it is being done currently, he said, the virus would not have killed the number of people it did.He thanked the people of Bong County for following the guidelines given them by the county health team and disclosed that Bong County has been free of Ebola since December 21 of 2014.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Mother Seeks Help for Baby Daughter

first_imgMargaret Clark, 41, of Sanquin, Sinoe County, wants urgent medical help to fix the cleft lip of her 19 month old baby girl, Helena Tugbe.Little Helene’s cleft lip reveals her teeth as it stretches toward her left nose.“I want help for my baby,” Ms. Clark, a mother of five told the Daily Observer in an interview yesterday.Presently visiting relatives in Monrovia to seek help for her daughter, she said she had visited several hospitals and health centers in Monrovia for assistance without success.“I’ve been to the JFK Memorial Hospital,” she said, “but doctors there told me to wait for Mercy Ship.”She said she was told that the Mercy Ship usually comes to Liberia with doctors who perform many surgeries, including those with cleft lip, free of charge.“I am a farmer in Sanquin,” Ms. Clark said, “and I grow small cassava, plantain and rice to feed my family of seven and so I don’t have money to fix my daughter’s mouth.”Ms. Clarke said her husband, Kennedy Tugbe, who is presently in Sanquin, is also a small farmer.Ms. Clark said she had also visited the Redemption Hospital and was told that her only chance for her daughter’s cleft lip to be corrected would be when the Mercy Ship is in the country.“I have been waiting for the Mercy Ship since 2014 then Ebola came,” she said.Mercy Ship is a hospital ship that provides free lifesaving surgeries for people where medical care is nearly non-existent. It has five operating theatres, recovery, intensive care, and low dependency wards—totaling 78 patient beds. For over 35 years, Mercy Ships has delivered free services valued at more than $1 billion—directly impacting more than 2.5 million children and families.Unfortunately for little Helena Tugbe and many others who are waiting for Mercy Ship, its website does not indicate how soon it will return to Liberia. Mercy Ship, according to its website, is scheduled to arrive in Tamatave, Madagascar on August 2015 and will depart from there on June 2016.Humanitarian organizations and individuals able to assist should please call: Rachel 0775-085-944 and Aloysius 0775-204-882. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Scotiabank celebrates 50th anniversary annual golf tournament

first_imgThe Scotiabank Annual Golf Tournament which is set to tee off on Saturday, September 22, is a part of the bank’s 50th anniversary celebration, and is one which is expected to be heavily attended by golfers.Golfers will assemble this weekend for another competition as they commence battle from12:30h at the Lusignan Golf Course. The grand tournament continues a tradition by the bank in support of golf and the LGC; a solid partnership, which has grown over many years and has produced some magnificent competition for the players.The tournament is one of the main attractions of the LGC, with hundreds of thousands of dollars in prizes up for grabs, while the Open itself generates one of the largest fields of players every year. Top 2 winners in three categories and the best Gross and Best Net winner overall, prizes for Longest Drive and Nearest to the, Pin will be awarded to winners.In announcing his support for the event, Mr. Raymond Smith, the bank’s country manager, said that since Scotiabank opened their first branch in Guyana in 1968, they have been focusing on Sports among other areas of development in the country.The LGC wrapped up a double-header this past weekend with the Silica Sands Open on Saturday being won by LGC President Aleem Hussain, while Sunday’s farewell tournament in honor of MACORP CEO Jorge Medina was won by Mohanlall Dinanauth. That tournament was also heavily attended.Meanwhile, this weekend’s tournament will also provide further preparation for the upcoming Suriname Invitational in October, followed by the Guyana Open Championship in November.last_img read more

Yadram elated over finishing U19 career with title

first_imgBy Clifton RossThe team returned home on Thursday afternoon and was greeted by Director of Sports Christopher Jones, along with Guyana Cricket Board (GCB) Secretary Anand Sanasie, among other cricket board staff and media.During his remarks, Yadram, the West Indies U-19 all-rounder, said that despite not retaining their 3-Day title, it was motivation and faith which enabled the young team to claim their 5th consecutive 50-Overs title after beating hosts Windward Islands in the finals.“First of all, I want to thank The Almighty for giving us the health and strength to go out and play hard cricket, coming from the 3-Day. We didn’t have a good 3-Day tournament, so I told the fellows to just relax and play hard cricket, and that brought us our success,” the Captain said.Regarding their misfortunes in the longer format, Yadram briefly gave his thoughts on what was the reason behind their woes prior to winning the title. “I think it was a lack of concentration and self-confidence in our batsmen. But we have good bowlers, and when we went out they bowled well, and that came off well for us”.From a more personal perspective, the 18- year-old, who turns 19 on September 18, said the win was more emotional that celebratory; as, like him, most of his national and Windies teammates, like Ashmead Nedd and Joshua Persaud, will be calling curtains on their U19 careers and now look to transit into the senior fold.Adding to the fact that his returns with the bat were below his usual high aggregate, the right-hander admitted that he was a bit down on confidence and was regretful about not making significant contributions as a senior batsman.“From the staring I was a bit worried coming into the last year of my U19 career, so I wanted to get something big for myself and for my country. Unfortunately, it didn’t go that way, and the coaches said to me that’s how the game goes, but I still thought I should have gotten a big score,” Yadram confessed.Another sentimental moment for the Guyanese skipper was that the win etched the country’s name in the Regional 50-Overs history books, they having won the title five straight years. Yadram said the occasion was momentous for the entire team, but for him now it’s about pushing onwards with his career.“This title win was special because it’s our 5th straight year winning the title. For most of us, this is our last year playing U19, so it was emotional ending my career, but I just need to move on now,” he concluded.last_img read more

LeBron James slams H&M ad of black child wearing ‘monkey’ hoodie

first_img“@hm u got us all wrong! And we ain’t going for it! Straight up!” James said in an Instagram post which included a photo of the same ad, but with a crown superimposed on the boy’s head, and the text on the hooded sweater replaced by a crown.“Enough about y’all and more of what I see when I look at this photo. I see a Young King!! The ruler of the world, an untouchable Force that can never be denied!” the athlete said.“We as African Americans will always have to break barriers, prove people wrong and work even harder to prove we belong,” James added.A generic photo of the hooded sweatshirt without the modelling child is still available online.“You do know that monkey is a known racial slur to black people right?” style blogger Stephanie Yeboah tweeted on Sunday.H&M is one of several major companies to be hit by an advertisement scandal in recent years.In October last year, skincare brand Dove apologised after it was accused of racism for airing a commercial showing a black woman turning into a white woman after removing her top.And Spanish clothing brand Zara in 2014 removed a striped pyjamas with a yellow star after facing outrage over its resemblance to clothes worn by Jewish prisoners in concentration camps.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000LeBron James posted his fourth triple-double in five games with 20 points, 12 rebounds and 15 assists as the streaking Cleveland Cavaliers defeated the Washington Wizards 106-99STOCKHOLM, Sweden, Jan 9 – NBA superstar LeBron James on Tuesday lashed out at an H&M advertisement of a black child modelling a hoodie with the inscription “coolest monkey in the jungle” that has sparked outrage and accusations of racism.James is the latest public figure to criticise the Swedish clothing giant, which apologised and removed the online shopping ad.last_img read more

Fast-track policy makes sense

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.This type of quick action works well for emergencies but could be applied to other less dramatic but no less emergency situations. To many, the clogging of the 101 and 405 every day are just as upsetting as the closure of the Newhall Pass tunnel. GOVERNMENT innovation is a phrase that might typically be used during a humorous discussion of oxymorons. Like jumbo shrimp and civil war, it seems to contradict itself. And while in too many cases there is little innovation coming from government agencies, sometimes those bureaucrats surprise us. This is the case with the Newhall Pass tunnel, which was closed after a fiery fatal crash earlier this month. To get the tunnel opened before Thanksgiving, Caltrans offered an incentive to the contractor – get it done early and get a bonus of up to $2.9 million. Better still, it coupled the incentive with a punishment if the work was done late – a fine of a $150,000 each day the project runs behind schedule. Caltrans used similar fast-track tactics to get the burned overpass in the Bay Area repaired after just a month, a credit to the state’s top transportation officials. 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


first_imgA gang robbed the homes of two families while they were attending the same wedding.The gang, who targeted the homes in the Glengad area of Malin, stole a considerable amount of jewelry and other items in the two raids on Friday evening last.The houses raided included the mother of the groom and also his brother. Local county councillor Martin McDermott, who is a relation of the victims, said people were outraged by what had happened.He said much of the items taken were of great sentimental value to the families.“We are appealing to anybody who knows any information to come forward. These items were of great sentimental value as the family ost their father in a tragedy some years ago,” h said.He also appealed to anybody who may have witnessed anybody watching the Ballyliffin Hotel where the wedding reception was being held to contact them. “We feel this gang could also have been watching the hotel in case anybody left it to return to the homes.“If anybody noticed anybody acting suspiciously around the hotel to contact the Gardai also,” he said. OUTRAGE AS GANG ROB HOMES OF TWO FAMILIES ATTENDING SAME WEDDING was last modified: January 5th, 2015 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:Glengadrobberyweddinglast_img read more