Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Paul George scored 24 points and Carmelo Anthony added 20 for the Thunder, who won their fifth straight game and their 11th in their past 14. Oklahoma City shot 54.4 percent from the field against the Rockets, who entered the day with the best record in the Western Conference.The Thunder started 4-7 after acquiring George and Anthony in the offseason, but they’ve charged back to the center of the West’s playoff picture as they’ve figured out how to distribute the ball among their stars.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“Every night, teams guard us differently,” Westbrook said. “Once we figure that out and see how teams are guarding us — find ways to make the game easier for (George and Anthony), and that’s my job.”James Harden led the Rockets with 29 points, but he made just 7 of 18 field goals. The league’s leading scorer was coming off back-to-back 51-point games. Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Oklahoma City Thunder’s Russell Westbrook goes up for a shot over Houston Rockets’ Briante Weber in the second half of an NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City, Monday, Dec. 25, 2017. Oklahoma City won, 112-107. (AP Photo/Kyle Phillips)OKLAHOMA CITY — Oklahoma City is starting to have the look of a contender.Russell Westbrook had 31 points and 11 assists to help the Thunder stay hot with a 112-107 win over the Houston Rockets on Monday (Tuesday Manila time).ADVERTISEMENT “That wasn’t me out there,” he said. “Honestly I don’t know who that was out there. I swear, I don’t know who that was.”STAT LINESWestbrook, George and Anthony combined to make 16 of 22 field goals in the second half.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “Give them credit,” Harden said. “They made big-time shots. We had our chances, though. We had several chances, we just couldn’t convert and we couldn’t get stops when we needed to.”Trevor Ariza and Eric Gordon each scored 20 points and Clint Capela added 19 points and 10 rebounds for Houston, which lost its third straight.Houston point guard Chris Paul sat out with a groin strain. The Rockets are 15-1 when he plays and 10-6 when he doesn’t.The Thunder held the Rockets below their league-best average of 115.4 points per game. The Rockets made just 12 of 37 3-pointers.“I thought tonight we made multiple efforts, which we knew we was going to have to do against a fast-paced team like that, a team that likes to move the ball, play fast, put up a lot of shots, put up a lot of 3s,” Anthony said. “We knew that we was going to have to scramble tonight, and I thought we did a great job tonight of not getting frustrated when they did make some tough shots, make some 3s.”ADVERTISEMENT Beal’s 25 points carries Wizards by Celtics View comments Westbrook shot 4 for 14 in the first half but made his last two before the break to help the Thunder lead 58-57 at halftime. Harden had 11 points in the first half but made just 1 of 8 shots.Westbrook broke away for a fast-break dunk to give the Thunder a 65-59 lead early in the third quarter. The Rockets rallied, and the score was tied at 88 heading into the fourth.Houston had the ball down by three in the final minute. Harden missed a wild 3-pointer while trying but failing to draw a foul, and the Thunder got control in a scramble. Westbrook found Andre Roberson for a layup with 21 seconds left to put the Thunder up 112-107.Westbrook scored 11 points in just under nine minutes in the fourth quarter.“I’m coming,” he said. “That’s what I bring to the table. Once I hit the floor, it’s nonstop.”TIP-INSRockets: Capela returned to the starting lineup. He had missed the previous two games with a left heel contusion. … Houston committed just one turnover in the first quarter and 14 overall.Thunder: Roberson left in the first quarter but returned later in the period with fingers taped together on his left hand. … C Steven Adams had 12 points and six rebounds in the first quarter and finished with 15 points and 10 rebounds … George and Anthony had three fouls in the first half. 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Dear Editor,Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter – Martin Luther King JrThere is a deafening silence about the serious allegation that was made in July 2019 that thousands of non-Guyanese have arrived in Guyana over the last four years and then disappeared into thin air. This situation is further reinforced by the fact that many of these non-Guyanese have secured work permits and are working with two security companies whose owners are closely aligned to the PNC. In addition to that, these non-Guyanese are alleged to have been given all sorts of documents to facilitate their registration during the House-to-House process (H-2-H). This is a dangerous situation for all Guyanese since these non-Guyanese can influence the outcome of our general elections which then compromise its freeness and fairness.It was no less a person than former PNC Minister Kit Nascimento who explained that the caretaker Minister of Citizenship, Mr Felix, had to rely on the Brazilian authorities to present information on some of these migrants. Is it a case that Guyana has lost control of its borders? Was it not Mr Granger who said he will be the security President and he will bring greater protection to the territorial integrity of the nation?Yet Mr Felix did not see it fit to launch a probe into this dangerous national security situation involving non-Guyanese who are allegedly parading all over the nation. Some have even advanced to the stage of securing fake documents and are presenting themselves as bonafide voters since they were able to register in the compromised H-2-H process in the absence of non-PNC verification.While I welcome the Minister’s call to launch a probe into the situation where there is an allegation that persons in the Rupununi are in possession of fake official Guyanese documents, I would like to point out his hypocrisy in ignoring the wider national security problem of thousands of non-Guyanese arriving in Guyana and then falling off the radar.When you become a national figure, your first duty is in the service and protection of the entire nation impartially. Your duty is to address the fears of all Guyanese whether they live at Buxton or Albion, irrespective if they are your supporters or not. But what I am observing from the action from Mr Felix is that he is operating like a PNC Minister in a land of only PNC members, in subservience to the diktats of Congress Place and in adherence to the Sophia Declaration which stated in 1976 that “the State is just but an arm of the PNC party”.Has paramountcy of the PNC party returned to Guyana?Regards,Sasenarine Singh
A 21-year-old woman accused of driving her car into a crowd during a dispute sparked by a love triangle and striking and killing a pregnant woman pleaded not guilty Tuesday to murder. Unique Kiana Bishop is charged with two counts of murder — one involving the victim’s fetus — along with three counts of attempted murder. The murder charges include the special circumstance allegation of multiple murders. Prosecutors have not yet decided if they will seek a death sentence. Bishop is accused of running over and killing 22-year-old Shontae Blanche and injuring three other women on Nov. 5 in the 5800 block of South Western Avenue in South Los Angeles. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champThe brawl involved what authorities said could be as many as 30 women who apparently arrived at a Big Lots parking lot to support two women who were feuding over a man, according to Los Angeles police. The brawl spilled onto the street and across Western Avenue to a nearby gas station, where Bishop allegedly drove a convertible into a group of women. “It was totally an intentional act to kill the woman. It was the driver’s way of settling the dispute. It was a horrific act,” LAPD Deputy Chief Charlie Beck said soon afterward. The deputy chief added that the showdown was “not a spontaneous dispute,” but a “planned fight.” Bishop remains jailed without bail and is due back at the downtown Los Angeles courthouse on Jan. 18 for a hearing to determine if there is enough evidence to require her to stand trial. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
IT’S probably the most hyped Ulster Senior Championship Football Final in years as Rory Gallagher’s Donegal roll into Clones today to do battle with Monaghan.The pundits have been falling over themselves to say they have a sneaky feeling Monaghan will do it today.But we know Donegal have what it takes to land another Ulster title today. Paddy McBrearty has been passed fit to play having shaken off a knee injury picked up against Derry.And with Darach O’Connor and Daniel McLaughlin also back, Gallagher has a fully-fit squad ahead of the showpiece Ulster final (TI 2pm).The Fermanagh man has re-invented and re-designed our wonderful county team, producing stunning football when it really matters.It’s going to be tight in Clones – that’s one thing all the pundits agree on. But we know we can do it.BelieveAnd BelieveAgain LET’S GET READY TO RUMBLE AS DONEGAL DO BATTLE WITH MONAGHAN was last modified: July 19th, 2015 by John2Share 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:2015donegalMonaghanUlster Final
Highland: Hoped to make €1,000 per week from proposalHIGHLAND Radio has dropped its bid to ditch the charity Rehab from its radio bingo slot.The north Donegal radio station had applied to the Letterkenny District Court for a bingo license, with the station keeping €52,000-a-year “running costs” and giving the rest to the Donegal Hospice. Judge Paul Kelly had asked radio station director Hazel Russell at a previous hearing to provide a break-down of its proposed figures, telling her that no more than 40 per cent of cash generated could be spent on administration.Ms Russell told the court that the station would charge €25 every time bingo numbers were read out, and this happened eight times per day. This would amount to €1,000 per week – or €52,000 per annum – as bingo was played five times per week.But this week Ms Russell returned to the same court.When the case was called, she told Judge Kelly: “We’d like to withdraw that application.”Ms Russell did not give an explanation for Highland’s decision to stay with Rehab.HIGHLAND RADIO IN DRAMATIC U-TURN OVER REHAB BINGO was last modified: March 1st, 2014 by John2Share 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:donegal hospiceHighland Radiomassive profitsrehab bingo
“Although the cause of the Cambrian radiation is unknown,” states a story in Science Now, maybe it wasn’t as rapid as previously thought. Bruce Lieberman (U. of Kansas) is toying with the idea that trilobites, those icons of the Cambrian era, radiated into various ecological niches 65 million years earlier than the ~520 million year age generally accepted. If so, they would have had more time to evolve. Lieberman compared physical features from 100 species of trilobites to determine their degree of relatedness. Then he teamed up with a geologist, Joseph Meert (U. of Florida), to infer from magnetic field orientations how long ago the southern supercontinent must have begun drifting toward the equator. Then he related the trilobite species to the continental fragments, and concluded that the continental breakup began 580 million years ago and was more gradual. “The analysis suggests that trilobites were already well-diversified by the time most researchers thought the Cambrian radiation began,” author Betsy Matson says.This study was not motivated by a desire to know the truth about the unseen past, but to preserve evolutionary theory from one of its most damaging counter-evidences: the Cambrian explosion. As Matson explains, “The traditional view of the Cambrian explosion is that life underwent an extraordinary, rapid diversification that resulted in the nearly simultaneous appearance of the ancestors for most major types of animals.” Simultaneous appearance is not evolution. Rapid diversification is not Darwinian gradualism. No wonder the Darwin Party reacts to the Cambrian fossil evidence in either of two ways: (1) sweep the problem under the rug, or (2) stretch out the explosion into slow motion. Problem is, an explosion is hard to hide, and a slow-motion explosion is still an explosion. Lieberman relies on evolutionary assumptions to validate his evolutionary assumptions. (This, students, is called circular reasoning.) Lieberman assumes evolution occurred, and then uses that belief to teach us about how it occurred in spite of a critical piece of evidence that says it did not occur. Matson says, “Although the cause of the Cambrian radiation is unknown, many scientists suspect that the breakup of a southern supercontinent called Pannotia could have isolated populations and created new ecological niches that spurred rapid evolution.” Translated, this means that Darwin Party storytellers have a favorite plot that goes like this: the probability of a frog turning into a prince is low, but if you isolate groups of frogs, it happens faster. Giving the miracle a name like adaptive radiation does not make it empirical science (see 12/03/2003 entry). You can draw any curve through two data points if the error bars are big enough. The error bars for adaptive radiation and for continental breakup and drift are huge. Lieberman merely assumed that rapid evolution would occur if he could get the “primitive” trilobite ancestors geographically isolated. By working with a Darwin Party co-conspirator to tweak the continental breakup dates, he got the continents to slow down by 500% to give his miracle more time. This is how the Darwinians can keep their story going despite any contrary evidence. No matter what, the show must go on.(Visited 10 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
You shower, you put on clean clothes, you wash your hands with antibacterial soap, you keep the house spic and span, you work in a clean office – and you set yourself up for disease and depression. That’s what some scientists are proposing with the “hygiene hypothesis.” By depriving yourself of access to your bacterial helpers, you’re living unnaturally. Dr. Charles Raison of Emory University explained the Hygiene Hypothesis in a short video interview on PhysOrg. Earlier studies had implicated allergies and other problems with over-cleanliness, but now he is conducting experiments with the hunch that genetic dispositions to depression are also linked to deprivation of “ancient relationships with microorganisms in soil, food and the gut” that our ancestors had that helped keep inflammation at bay. Science Daily reported on studies at Michigan University that suggested antibacterial soaps can make you sick. Triclosan and BPA could “play a role in changing the micro-organisms to which we are exposed in such a way that our immune system development in childhood is affected.” One of the researchers remarked, “It is possible that a person can be too clean for their own good.” In another article on PhysOrg, Professor Mark Viney at the University of Bristol has conducted experiments with mice to show that the immune system is boosted by life in the wild. And if you can handle the yuck factor of a story on Science Daily, New York University researchers are studying a new treatment for inflammatory bowel disease: “worm therapy.” These articles suggest that we need to reduce our hesitancy to the elements and ecology of the out-of-doors a little, and while not rolling in the mud with pigs, understand that we have a living environment that can do us good. For more on the hygiene hypothesis, see 01/13/2010 bullet 3, 03/09/2008, 04/11/2007, and 08/02/2006. On a different but somewhat related subject, why are African nations so far behind in food production? Don’t they have more exposure to the outdoors and their fellow creatures? Some westerners can only think of malaria, ebola, guinea worms, lion attacks, starvation and other horrific trials the inhabitants of the African continent face in their struggle to survive. But the BBC News reviewed a new book called The New Harvest, by Harvard University professor Calestous Juma, that points the blame on something else: the lack of political will. There would be no need for those endless appeals to feed the starving children; Africa could feed itself in a generation, Juma says, and even export food to other countries. With modern equipment, better roads, crop improvements and other factors, African agriculture could grow like it has in the west, rather than fall, like it has 10% since 1960. What is “needed above all else was the political will at the highest level.”“Political will” is a euphemism for “getting rid of tyrannical, selfish dictators.” Africa has tremendous natural resources, but is held in its grip of poverty by lack of benevolent leadership based on Judeo-Christian principles. Get rid of the Mugabe types and the continent could prosper every bit as much as other countries. Do you get outdoors enough? Take more walks outside. Enjoy the trees, plants, animals more – they are your fellow creatures. Evolutionists explain that we evolved with them, and that’s why we need them; but creationists can better explain that God gave us the ecology we need to be healthy. While it has run amok since the original creation due to judgment on sin, the creation still exhibits God’s sustenance and providence (e.g., Psalm 104). There are still roles for our bacterial travelers, both inside and outside, to give us healthy balance, buffer against stress, and keep our immune systems well trained in the recognition of good and bad agents. We could not even digest our food without their help. Think of how many people for millennia worked closely with the earth, camped out of doors, and got more exercise. We neglect those things at risk of loss of not only good health but good attitudes. Looking at our world as a purposeful creation enhances the experience of connection with nature.(Visited 14 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
The International Marketing Council of South Africa (IMC) has embarked on an ambitious campaign to raise awareness about the country in the British capital.The campaign is an extension of last year’s branding exercise, which saw ten taxis branded with the “South Africa: Alive with Possibility” logos and each given mind-opening headlines about South Africa. This time around, the ten additional taxis are more colourful and resplendent in colours of the South African flag.London commuters now have a colourful alternative to the traditional black taxis.The sassy vehicles with lively slogans on the side are bound to catch eyes on the streets of London.On the sides of the vehicles are positive messages about South Africa, including – “South Africa: gateway to 800 million opportunities”One of the objectives of the campaign is to redress international perceptions by communicating South African achievements in a compelling manner. Another aim is to persuade people of the world to perceive South Africans as ingenious – always finding new ways of doing things and that they develop new, fresh and practical solutions to their challenges. The messaging on the taxi highlights South African gains in the fields of infrastructure, government stability, economic development, business efficiency and tourism.This campaign is part of a global outreach campaign by the IMC to raise awareness on South Africa’s status as place to do business with. It comes on the back of a successful Branding and Investment Mission to Europe, including London, in June where leading business minds were engaged with South African business leaders on various investment and business initiatives.IMC Marketing Director Kheepe Moremi says: “There has been unprecedented praise for the Alive with Possibility initiative in London. In line with our new corporate identity we have boldly incorporated the beautiful colours of the South African flag, ensuring that we drive the message home in a compelling manner.”IMC Country Manager for the UK John Battersby says: “London is the financial capital of the world. Without a doubt, South Africa is being noticed in London for all the work that is going into sustaining our economic growth and the taxis will enhance our overall efforts into the global thrust.”This is part of the IMC’s initiative of engaging with thought leaders and influencers in different touch points, be it at home — through global television and print campaigns –, or out of home, using taxis, airport advertising and branding missions.Currently, the IMC has campaigns running in The Economist Magazine (advertising), CNBC Europe (vignette) and Heathrow Airport (on the Heathrow Express and the respective platforms).
Hundreds of South Africans came together in Johannesburg to record a birthday song for former president Nelson Mandela, who turns 94 on 18 July. Nelson Mandela will have a pleasant surprise a month before his 94th birthday when visuals of the video, in which South Africans from various facets of society sing happy birthday to him, goes viral.The father of South Africa as a democratic state was serenaded for his upcoming birthday – on 18 July – at the Nelson Mandela Square in Sandton, north of Johannesburg, on 29 May 2012.This initiative by Lead SA, the Department of Basic Education and the Shout Foundation was supported by Brand South Africa, as well as the Nelson Mandela Foundation and Proudly SA. It brought together a crowd of over 400 people to record a birthday song for Madiba, as Mandela is affectionately known.Present at the event were basic education minister Angie Motshekga, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, the minister of home affairs; Anitha Soni, trustee of the board of directors at Brand South Africa; and musicians, TV personalities and sports stars.Lead SA’s Yusuf Abramjee said: “Thanks to all the South Africans from all walks of life who took their time to join us and sing to our wonderful Madiba.”The recording of the song will go viral on 18 June 2012, a month before his birthday.An icon honouredBrand South Africa’s Anitha Soni and Zanele Mamba were also in the crowd.(Images: Ray Maota) Moss Mashishi, former president of the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee, said: “If you consider how Madiba is a world icon and how he has helped the brand called South Africa then this is just a good gesture from us to tell our hero that we love him and wish him a happy birthday.”Young and old were in attendance and made sure they lent their voices to the recording by singing loudly and filling Nelson Mandela Square with joyful ululating.Mpho Selepe, from Orlando in Soweto, said: “I work in Melrose but I had to come and be part of this great initiative for an icon.”South Africans come togetherSouth Africans need no second invitation to gather for a cause, as they did in Nelson Mandela Square, in a spirit of camaraderie.Soni said: “This is just wonderful, giving South Africans an opportunity to come together and they’ll never cease to amaze you – happy birthday, Madiba.”Soni was reiterating the fact that South Africans can put aside other things happening in the country when asked to rally together – another such occasion was when thousands gathered in the same location to give the Springboks, South Africa’s national rugby team, a memorable send-off to the 2011 Rugby World Cup in New Zealand.Turning 94 after becoming president in 1994Lesley Sedibe, CEO of Proudly SA, said: “We are celebrating a man who, when he came out of prison, brought South African together through his own humility when naysayers thought that South Africa was on the brink of collapse.“This one is very special as Madiba turns 94 and he became the first democratically elected president of South Africa in 1994.”Mandela was inaugurated as president of South Africa on 10 May 1994, after the country’s first free general election had taken place on 27 April. The latter date is now commemorated as Freedom Day in South Africa.Mandela Day celebrated worldwideDlamini-Zuma said: “Your presence here shows just how much Madiba is loved and we welcome it. We are calling on all South Africans to take 67 minutes of their day to do good on his birthday.”She was referring to the annual International Mandela Day, proclaimed in 2009 by the UN General Assembly. On this day, 18 July, people across the globe are urged “to take action to help change the world for the better and, in doing so, build a global movement for good”.They are urged to take just 67 minutes of their lives to contribute to making the world a better place for the next person.In South Africa, International Mandela Day was launched on 23 May 2012 at Tlhatlogang Junior Secondary School in White City Jabavu, Soweto.Here, singer Danny K, rapper and presenter ProVerb, model and presenter Bonang Matheba and fashion designer Gert Johan Coetzee painted the walls of two container classrooms at the school. They were joined by officials from the UN Information Centre as well as employees of several large corporates. Source: Mediaclub South Africa
By Barbara O’NeillAre the children of service members covered by the federal health care law that allows adult children to stay on their parent’s health care plan until age 26?Yes. Congress passed legislation requiring TRICARE, the health insurance program for active and retired service members, to adopt the provision required for health insurance offered by civilian employers to extend health care insurance for young adults until age 26. An annually adjusted fee ($176 or $201 per month in 2012, depending on the type of plan selected) is charged for each young adult covered through a parent’s insurance. Young adult TRICARE premiums are based on recent medical expense data.Browse more military personal finance blog posts and webinars by experts.Follow Dr. O’Neill on Twitter!This post was published on the Military Families Learning Network Blog on May 6, 2013.