first_imgBoston will be back in the embrace of its raucous fans at TD Garden for Game 5 on Wednesday. But a team that has thrived on youth this postseason suddenly looks disoriented without a go-to player and opposite a more veteran squad that has found a new attitude thanks to the fuel being provided by its biggest star.Celtics coach Brad Stevens said all you can do against James is “make it as hard as you can.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown“LeBron is the best player of this generation and he’s just maintained that because of his commitment to improvement,” Stevens said. “He’s always been an unbelievable physical player. He’s always been a savvy player. And he’s always had, just like the natural instincts to make the right basketball play along with his tremendous skill set.”While the Cavs are certainly feeling rejuvenated behind the play of James, coach Tyronn Lue said it hasn’t changed their sense of urgency. Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James (23) reacts while talking to official Bill Kennedy against the Boston Celtics in the first half of Game 4 of the NBA basketball Eastern Conference finals, Monday, May 21, 2018, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)BOSTON — The Celtics expected to see a different LeBron James in Cleveland after the Cavaliers fell into a 2-0 hole to open the Eastern Conference finals.Two games and back-to-back wins later , James has reminded everyone exactly why he’s been to seven straight NBA Finals.ADVERTISEMENT Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Al Horford, Boston’s only healthy All-Star, was never a dominant scorer, but more of a facilitator who worked well in a finely tuned system.Horford started off the series strong but his scoring and assist numbers have declined over the last two games.Lue’s move to reinsert Tristan Thompson back into the starting lineup in Game 2 is a huge reason.Thompson has not only helped things move better on the offensive end for Cleveland , he’s combined with Larry Nance to make things difficult on Horford. Horford had just four shots and seven points in 30 minutes in Game 3. He scored 15 points in Game 4 but was just 5-of-13 from the field with one assist.If the Celtics are going to get back to the by-committee style that got them here, it must begin with his leadership. To that end, Horford said they’ll focus on correcting their issues, but also won’t dwell on them.“As a group, we’re excited to be back, going back home,” he said. “Obviously we understand the challenge of it. We can’t think about the past. We just have to worry about this opportunity. We have a Game 5 at home, and we have to make the most of it.”Cleveland is hoping James’ once quiet supporting cast continues its surge in Boston.Kevin Love just missed his third straight double-double in Game 4 and sharpshooters JR Smith and Kyle Korver were 12 of 19 from the 3-point line in Games 3 and 4.Korver’s efforts have stood out.At 37 years old he was all over the court scoring in Game 4, diving for loose balls and collecting three blocks. While he anticipated being sore from all the activity, Korver said playing “fun basketball” is still propelling a guy looking for his first ring after appearing in 124 playoff games for five different teams during his 15-year career. Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film 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 awardcenter_img “We still gotta play,” Lue said. “We have veteran guys who have been there and know what it takes, but this is a young team, a good team that’s playing at home so experience is not going to be a factor. We have to come in there and have the same mentality that we had in Game 3 and 4.”Two games ago, the numbers seemed all on the Celtics’ side.They had moved to 9-0 at home during these playoffs and taken 2-0 series lead, which has been a magic number for a franchise yet to surrender such an advantage during its storied history (37-0). Over the last 96 minutes, Boston has been outscored by 39 points, has dropped to 1-6 on the road and is suddenly facing a must-win game to maintain home-court advantage.Stevens said at the start of the playoffs that he believed there was value in the greenness of a young group that had several players getting their first taste of postseason basketball. He was proven right with Terry Rozier, Jaylen Brown and rookie Jayson Tatum all thriving as first-time postseason starters.Their success had the cumulative effect of masking the absences of Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward. Now, the lack of an alpha like Irving capable of creating his own shot is sticking out with every 40-point game James produces.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Hall of fame to redo soccer star Brandi Chastain’s unflattering plaque Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew “There’s not many of us ’03 class guys still around,” James said of Korver. “I feel like we’re just cut from a different cloth because we’ve been around for so long. We have this work ethic and you see him every day putting in the work, putting his mind, his body into it. It’s not about his age.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

first_imgThe race for the President Pro-Tempore position is gaining momentum as old and new senators are set to elect ‘the first among equals’ this week.It is now clear that the more than six names that emerged right after the Special Senatorial Election last December, have now reduced to three potential candidates vyingfor the post.From all indications, Oscar Cooper (Margibi), Joseph Nagbe (Sinoe) and Armah Zolu Jallah (Gbarpolu) are the three senators that are opting to occupy the Pro-Tempore vacancy. The following is a critical analysis of the track record of those wanting to lead the Senate as presiding officer.Margibi County Senator Oscar CooperSince joining the Legislature in January 2012, the Unity Party senator, a professional businessman, wasted no time in establishing himself as a seasoned politician.As an entrepreneur, his work outside the Legislature of creating hundreds of job opportunities for many Liberians has paid off for him.Sen. Cooper has encountered some difficulties in presiding over the committee on Public Works and Rural Development which entails providing direct oversight over the Committee considered‘critical and vital’ to the development agenda of the UP-led government.His work has been solid on committeeswhere he has the time to sit and work with his colleagues. However, for the last three years that he has been in the Legislature, his committee is one of several that have failed to provide annual reports to plenary detailing how its oversight responsibilities are being carried out. For the record, like all other committees, his has been able to present only confirmation reports to plenary.With respect to presiding over sessions, Cooper has never made any attempt to lead his colleagues as presiding officer even though he sits in leadership roles on many committees including, Ways, Means, Finance and Budget; National Defense, Intelligence, Security and Veterans’ Affairs; and Maritime.The job he is opting for requires one to know legislative or parliamentary procedures coupled with a thorough knowledge and understanding of the Senate standing rules and the Constitution of the Republic of Liberia.On many occasions, Cooper has been interrupted by his colleagues because he failed to support his arguments with references from the required instruments.He can be hailed for pushing the Decent Work Bill through the Senate, but again, ignorant of the body politics of the Capitol Building, he was beaten by his colleagues in the House of Representatives; thereby stalling the full passage of the draft legislation.His medical condition does not allow him to shout so most often when debates became intense, he tried to stay clear. As a prostate cancer patient, Cooper spent almost seven months on the sideline after going through a major operation in the U.S. last year.      Gbarpolu County Senator Armah Z. JallahJallah replaced Cllr. Eddington Varmah as Senator for Lofa County in a By-election in 1998. The creation of Gbarpolu in 1999 was the result of a pledge he made to his people.He is currently the largest private investor in Gbarpolu County with the construction of a 25 bedroom guest house in Bopolu City, a major gas station at Bomi and Gbarpolu counties North Western border.He contested the October 2005 presidential elections but failed. He was elected to the Senate in 2011 by his kinsmen.Sen. Jallah chairs the committee on Internal Affairs and, like Sen. Cooper, has never made any report to plenary besides confirmations. All committees are required to make annual reports to plenary about their oversight, but to date only Banking and Currency and Judiciary have reports in the secretariat.On two occasions, Senator Jallah declined to preside over session when the opportunities came his way; something his colleagues blamed on his ‘poor brain condition’.His committee is the only one that has brought the Senate to disrepute of late.When President Johnson Sirleaf nominated chiefs, district commissioners and superintendents to Gbarpolu early last year, Jallah misinformed the Secretary of the Senate that the nominees were denied, forcing Madam Sirleaf to re-nominate the local officials. Later it was realized that his committee did not report to plenary for action. He apologized and the matter was discarded.On another front, he misinformed the Senate about a situation involving him and Police Director Chris Massaquoi.According to him, Massaquoi obstructed his movement while on his way to session, an action that warrants Contempt.That again brought the Senate to disrepute when it was established in a meeting with President Sirleaf and Vice President Joseph N. Boakai at a local hotel that Senator Jallah was not on board his official vehicle but rather his concubine. In order to protect the image of the Senate, Madam Sirleaf then asked Chris Massaquoi to apologize and suspended him (Massaquoi) for one day.Sinoe County Joseph NagbeHe is by the far the most experienced senator, with 22 years at Capitol Building. He started as a Researcher and was later promoted to Senior Researcher. He can boast of being the only lawmaker in the Capitol Building trained by the U.S. Congress, having studied Law Drafting. He served as a member of the National Transitional Legislative Assembly (NTLA) and got elected as senator of Sinoe in 2005 with a second chance in 2011. As co-chair and chairman of the Judiciary Committee respectively, Nagbe has his signature on almost all of the 68 concession agreements signed under this administration of which only two met international best practice.  In so doing, the blood of the suffering masses is also on his hands.Nagbe, a seasoned lawyer is struggling with Diabetes which most times affects his attendance.On the issue of presiding over session, Nagbe acted many times in the absence of the Vice President, President Pro-Tempore and Chairmen on Executive and Foreign Relations, respectively.Under former pro-tempore Isaac W. Nyenabo, Nagbe presided several times when Nyenabo was away and even led the Senate under former pro-tempores such as Cletus Wotorson and Gbezohngar Findley.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgPolice in D Division (West Bank Demerara-East Bank Essequibo) have nabbed three men after they carried out a daring robbery on a bar owner and two of her customers at Parika, East Bank Essequibo (EBE).Reports are the men pounced on the bar at about 22:20h on Tuesday. GuyanaThe items which were recoveredTimes understands that the bandits drove up in a motorcar and walked into the bar where they attacked the owner and the customers.The men demanded that customers handed over their valuables. A laptop, three cellphones and an undisclosed sum of cash were taken before one of the bandit proceeded to discharge a round in the air. He later boarded the same vehicle in which they arrived that sped off from the scene.Following the robbery, the Police were immediately informed. Swift action led to the escape car along with two of the perpetrators being apprehended at Cornelia Ida, West Coast Demerara.The third suspect was later apprehended in a minibus in the vicinity of the Demerara Harbour Bridge. He was found to be in possession of the stolen itemsThe car which was used by the gunmenalong with firearms, ammunition and two torches.The men are said to be residents of Albouystown, Georgetown; Best Village, WCD; and Diamond, East Bank Demerara. Investigations are continuing.last_img read more

first_imgThe North Peace Cultural Society has asked for a continuance of the $250,000 it has steadily received for the past few years. 2012/2013 was a year of many successes for the North Peace Cultural Centre, including eight sold out shows, a higher volume of room bookings, and new patrons. It has goals for next year that include creating a concert society and making the Cultural Crawl an annual event due to its success. The society also receives an $118,000 tax exemption, as well as $76,000 in rent from the North Peace Library. The Fort St. John Women’s Resource Society is again looking for funding for its bus pass program, which has given free bus passes to low-income mothers and their children for two years now. Executive Director Sherri Williams says the Women’s Resource Centre’s clientele has increased, and the bus passes are a vital part of their programs. “We’ve got so many great stories of mom who’ve kept their jobs, went to school, and it’s totally turned them and their kids’ lives around,” she told City Council. “With these bus passes that you guys give us, it makes their lives so much easier, especially in the winter months.” – Advertisement -The $7,475 asked for is the same amount that was given last year, in addition to its $4,700 permissive tax exemption. The Tourism Fort St. John Board has asked for an increase of $10,000 this year, to go towards further implementation of its Tourism Plan, as well as the Alaska Highway Tourism Initiative. The board is compiling stories from pioneers that constructed the highway, and is creating displays to highlight the history. It asked for the increase to $46,000 from $36,000 for 2013 as well, but was denied the additional amount. Advertisement The North Peace Historical Society has also asked for an increase this year, to $12,000 from $10,000. Heather Longworth, the North Peace Museum’s Manager and Curator, says the extra funding would go towards education programming and hiring a second part-time staff member. “In addition to helping us with collections and exhibits, part of this grant would facilitate the hiring of a second staff person part-time to develop educational programs,” she explains, “such as curriculum-based programming for schools, educational kits for seniors homes and talk special events and programs for all ages.” The Historical Society also receives a $55,000 permissive tax exemption for the museum. Lastly, the North Peace Justice Society has asked for $25,000, which it received last year as well, to maintain the Restorative Justice Program in the area. Co-ordinator Michelle LaBoucane argues that the program saves the city money in RCMP man power and gives back thousands of hours of community service. Advertisement “74 per cent of our offenders come from Fort St. John, 92 per cent of the offences happen in FortSt. John, and 98 per cent of our files are referred to us by the RCMP,” she explains. “Every file from the RCMP saves over four hours in paperwork and court time for our members. That means our officers can be back in service and helping the community.”last_img read more

first_img“It was a labor of love,” said Walton, a retired arts school founder who now lives in Maui and whose modern sculptures appear in five Hawaiian galleries. “I wanted something for the kids of today to look toward the future – boys and girls. This is looking out at the future. “You’ve got to be strong in the future.” Flashback to 1954. Canoga Park High athletes knocked heads on the gridiron against three public high schools in the sparsely populated San Fernando Valley. But while other teams boasted animal names such as Tigers, Huskies and Wolves, Canoga Park High chose a human hunter. Walton, a wiry track star whose 440-yard dashes set high school and Valley records, played varsity football. He was also the wild and crazy kid who packed other teens into the lengthy 1947 Cadillac limo he’d bought from Warner Bros. studios. After football season ended, art teacher John Corbeil tapped the promising sculptor to do something for his school: create a Canoga Park High Hunter statue. And what better hunter to model it on than Fess Parker’s Davy Crockett, who drove a whole generation to don coonskin caps. Rifle at the ready, Walton’s concrete and fiber statue guarded the school’s neoclassic library until it was razed after the 1971 Sylmar Earthquake. No one’s seen it since. Making new Hunter “It was concrete. It was large. Everybody liked it,” said Vince Desmond, 66, of Venice, who graduated in the 1950s. So Walton went to work. He drew up plans for a new frontiersman – or -woman – in bronze. Like the school’s motto, “Be Strong,” it had to be tough. When he couldn’t raise the $20,000 to cast it, he chose redwood. When he couldn’t find a large chunk of the California tree, he found albizia, a tropical wood popular for Hawaiian dugout canoes. It took eight men to lift a half-ton chunk of the wet wood to his Maui studio. And it took Walton six months, wielding everything from chain saws to chisels seven days a week, to carve his giant Hunter. Two weeks ago, it took six Canoga Park High football players to hoist the 250-pound statue across campus, where it awaits a place in the future school museum. The new Hunter will be formally dedicated next week at a ceremony with alumni who will plant three new redwoods in the school’s historic grove. Gender-neutral While modeled after the macho Crockett, the statue is faceless to keep it gender-neutral. Polished with a powder horn at its hip, the new stylized Hunter grasps a 5-foot musket and appears to gaze past an unknown horizon. “Wow, that is authentic – that’s great!” said Caryn Michaels, a Canoga Park High graduate who coordinates freshmen at the school, coming upon the statue. “Very cool.” “It inspires kids to get into the arts,” Desmond added. “This type of sculpture, being given to the school by a man who went to it 50 years ago, is a great inspiration to the younger generation.” Walton, a Pierce College grad who later became influenced by the works of Henry Moore, has created a lifetime of sculptures in woods, ceramics and stone. But none like his Canoga Park High Hunters. “It is one of my proudest achievements, and one of my biggest,” said the former Hunter, standing by his work. “I wanted to give back to the school. “My life’s work began in Canoga Park.” dana.bartholomew (818) 713-3730160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! CANOGA PARK – Artist Bill Walton returned to Canoga Park High School for the first time in 50 years last year to discover an unsettling enigma. The school’s proud Hunter mascot, the concrete Davy Crockett statue he’d carved for his alma mater, was gone. “The first thing I asked was, `Where’s my Hunter?” said Walton, 71, who graduated in 1955 and attended a 50th reunion held last year. “Nobody knew what happened to it. Did somebody steal it? Did somebody break it? It was a mystery.” A mystery that would move him to fashion a new Canoga Park High Hunter – a 71/2-foot coonskin-cap-clad sentry carved out of a half-ton chunk of albizia wood to be unveiled Oct. 5. last_img read more

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first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinals160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PALMDALE – Palmdale School District will pay $125,000 and provide health insurance for at least the next 23 years for the superintendent’s former secretary, who claimed he created a hostile work environment by asking her to open e-mail attachments that contained pornography. Terms of the settlement with Maria “Becky” Velazquez-McIntyre, which says the payment is for unspecified “physical personal injuries,” were approved by the school board April 28 and made public Tuesday after the Daily News asked for them under the state’s public records law. Neither side would comment Wednesday on the settlement, which bars both from making discussing any aspects of the case. Both sides admit no wrongdoing as part of the agreement, and Superintendent Jack Gyves has said the purported e-mail incidents never occurred. “All requests for references or referrals from the district, its administrators, or its officers related to Mrs. Velazquez-McIntyre will be directed to the district’s assistant superintendent, personnel, who shall state only: ‘Mrs. Velazquez-McIntyre worked for the district from April 1995 through January 2006. Her position at the time she left was executive assistant to the superintendent,’” the settlement agreement said. The agreement said, like other district employees in her category, Velazquez-McIntyre will receive health benefits until age 75, or when she becomes eligible for Medicare, whichever occurs first. Currently, the district has set $15,550 as the maximum it will pay annually for health insurance for nonteaching workers and management staff. The agreement resolves all issues between Velazquez-McIntyre and the district, except for her workers’ compensation claim. The district also will withdraw its appeal of a state employment department’s decision to award Velazquez-McIntyre unemployment insurance benefits. Velazquez-McIntyre was placed on paid leave June 30, 2005, and fired by the board in January. Velazquez-McIntyre said Gyves twice had her open a sexually explicit e-mail attachment on his office computer. Her attorney said the incidents occurred in fall 2004. Gyves denied the allegations. District officials said a law firm and an independent investigator looked into the allegation but the outcome of the investigation could not be divulged because it was a personnel matter. After she was fired, Palmdale school officials had accused Velazquez-McIntyre of conspiring with former superintendent Nancy Smith to ensure that a trust on whose board Smith sits as a district representative continues to be the district’s employee health benefits provider. Velazquez-McIntyre and Smith both denied the accusations. The matter came to a head at the board’s Jan. 17 meeting, when Velazquez-McIntyre took the unusual step of asking that the 22-page document listing the charges against her be read in public. After that, six people spoke in her support, including Smith and former trustee Larry Logsdon. Smith, who retired as superintendent after suffering a stroke in May 2003, called the charges against herself and Velazquez-McIntyre libelous, ridiculous and false and denied conspiring with her. Smith still works for the district by sitting as a board member of the Central Valley Trust, which was formed in 1984 to pool the resources of smaller school districts to acquire health care benefits similar to those available to larger districts. She provides the district monthly reports about the trust. (661) 267-5744last_img read more

first_imgGARDAI have now ruled out foul play after a man was shot dead in Ballybofey.The development came after an autopsy on Saturday.The scene of the shooting had been preserved and Garda crimes of scene officers had been carrying out tests at the house at Curraghmone. A legally-held shotgun was found at the scene, however Gardai were initially suspicious after a number of footprints were found in the house.  GARDAI RULE OUT FOUL PLAY IN BALLYBOFEY SHOOTING was last modified: January 6th, 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:GARDAI RULE OUT FOUL PLAY IN BALLYBOFEY SHOOTINGlast_img read more

first_img[vemba-video id=”van/sc/2019/05/17/bang_d00b63f5-0a1b-48fd-b240-b75843b66c23″]Click here if you have trouble viewing the gallery or video in your mobile device.   OAKLAND –The one Warriors’ star has brought unmatched joy to empower his teammates. The other Warriors’ star has brought unintended humor to amuse his teammates. For now and always, though, Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson have remained linked for one important reason. They represent the NBA’s best starting backcourt …last_img read more

first_imgATLANTA — The Giants will play their final road game of the season on Sunday, wrapping up a successful year away from Oracle Park.Yes, a club that will miss the postseason for the third straight year and is destined to post another sub-.500 record can take pride in what it accomplished on the road.In a third consecutive frustrating season, the Giants managed to secure a winning road record with a blowout victory over the Red Sox on Wednesday. Regardless of Sunday’s outcome in Atlanta, the …last_img read more