Healthy Celtics set to make noise in NBA Eastern Conference

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum LATEST STORIES 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 Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college CANTON, MA – SEPTEMBER 24: From left Jayson Tatum #0, Jaylen Brown #7, Kyrie Irving #11, Gordon Hayward #20 and Al Horford #42 pose together for a photo during Boston Celtics Media Day on September 24, 2018 in Canton, Massachusetts. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Maddie Meyer/Getty Images/AFPThe Boston Celtics — with Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward back from injury and youngsters Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum maturing all the time — are tipped for big things in an NBA Eastern Conference now devoid of LeBron James.James and the Cavaliers denied the injury-hit Celtics in game seven of the Eastern Conference finals last season, but a full-strength Boston squad has caught the attention of many — including Klay Thompson of the reigning NBA champion Golden State Warriors.ADVERTISEMENT Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title “I like the team out East in Boston,” Thompson said in pre-season musings on who might pose the biggest threat to a Warriors title three-peat. “I think that they are going to be a team to reckon with.”Celtics guard Irving thinks so, too.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 Chriss“Can we beat Golden State in a seven-game series? Yes,” says Irving. “Because of who we have and what we’re establishing here, not just for this season but hopefully for the next few years — something that’s pretty special.”Irving missed the last 15 games of the regular season and the playoffs, but the former Cavaliers star says now that he’s healthy, his prior experience against the Warriors could help put the Celtics over the top if they come up against the reigning champs. Warriors seek rare NBA three-peat as Durant ponders move “It’s scary to think about some of the opportunities we’re going to have going forward,” Irving said.Hayward says last season’s adversity strengthened the Celtics, with Tatum, Brown and Terry Rozier rising to the occasion.“There’s going to be situations where somebody is going to get hurt again, somebody’s going to be sick, somebody’s going to be having a bad game as it happens every year for every team,” he said. “To have so many guys that we can rely on, that can go get a bucket, that can go get a big-time stop — that’s huge for us as a team.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown MOST READ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil He admits that “the whole league is on notice” when it comes to the Warriors’ aim of achieving a fourth title in five years.“But there’s one factor that they’re aware of and I’m aware of and that’s that I’ve seen them up close. I know what it takes.”As the season approached, Irving indicated he didn’t want his impending free agency in 2019 to detract from the Celtics’ more immediate goals.“I believe Boston is the place for me,” he said. “I’m looking forward to the challenge this year.”Aiding that challenge will be Hayward, who missed 81 games after frightening ankle and leg injuries in last year’s season-opener.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

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CIOG honours top 15 NGSA performers

first_imgGuyana’s top performers of the National Grade Six Assessment (NGSA) 2018 were on Wednesday honoured by the Central Islamic Organisation of Guyana (CIOG) at a simple ceremony at its headquarters.Some of the students who were awarded with monetary prizes included top student, Nalia Rahaman; Arthur Roberts; Kaydee Ali; Cianna Barkoye; and Zyia Braithwaite.At the event, Education Minister Nicolette Henry reiterated that teamwork is necessary for success.“There’s an old saying that it takes a village to raise a child. Well, it takes all of usMinister Henry presented a monetary prize to Farzana Bacchusto raise the children here in Guyana. Though this ceremony, while being simple, is an example of public and private partnership and so we are going to recognise our students so that we recognise the value of teamwork.”Minister Henry also noted that this year broke barriers with the inclusion of children from all regions scoring high marks, as opposed to just Georgetown, which was recorded in the previous years.Meanwhile, the head of CIOG, Shikhi Moen-ul-Hack stated that education is the key to development.“We cannot move forward without education. The best investment that we can make is the investment in the people of our country and in their education.”CIOG also announced that their Islamic schools across the country such as Al Ghazali Islamic Academy and the Meten-Meer-Zorg Islamic Academy recorded passes in the top 200 of the recent examination.Among the awardees was also the best graduating student of the organisation, Farzana Bacchus who secured a spot at St Roses High School.She was one of the students who was granted a scholarship by the organisation to study at the Ali Ghazali Islamic Academy after the death of her father. Bacchus isDirector of the CIOG Sheikh Moen-ul-Hack posed with the top performerseleven years old and an aspiring doctor.Speaking to Guyana Times on her achievements, Bacchus said, “I’m very proud of myself because I did work very hard and I’m proud that I achieved something very good. I had a lot of studying and I gave up a lot of my privileges too.”Throughout the years, the organisation has also been responsible for assisting the vulnerable and orphans with the opportunity acquiring a good education.last_img read more

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Weekly MP Report from Jay Hill

first_imgMP Report by Jay Hill, M.P.“Speed of Conservative’s Economic Injection Unprecedented” The continued focus of our Conservative Government’s attention is swift, concrete action to stimulate our economy and get Canadian families and businesses back onto secure financing footing as soon as possible.  This week, Finance Minister Jim Flaherty tabled his first official report to Canadians on the progress of Canada’s Economic Action Plan. In the 42 days since we tabled that plan in Budget 2009, extraordinary, unprecedented progress has been realized in delivering that stimulus.  We are six to twelve months ahead of the usual budget timetable.  In past years, the numerous and lengthy steps required to implement budget measures under Canada’s parliamentary system were not welcome delays, but in the face of today’s economic challenges, they’re a recipe for disaster.  And so, our government has been working diligently to cut red tape where possible without compromising parliamentary oversight and public scrutiny.  Cabinet and Treasury Board approval processes have been cut by up to six months.  A new special fund was created to enable Treasury Board Ministers (including me) to allocate up to $3-billion to departments immediately and get it to the people who need it as soon as possible. These funds can only be allocated as “bridge” funding until money is available through regular budgetary processes.  All requirements for accountability and reporting must be met so that the public can scrutinize all spending. What’s important now is that we move quickly to help Canadian families, communities, and businesses weather the current economic storm.  Fortunately, Canada was ahead of the curve on stimulus. We anticipated the prospect of a weaker global economy in 2007, putting in place a long-term plan that included broad-based tax reductions, intensive debt reduction and investment in core infrastructure.  In the end, Canada was the last advanced nation to fall into recession amidst a downturn that proved to be far more severe than anyone had predicted. Our Government is continuing with our aggressive steps to ensure that Canada emerges from this global recession faster than other nations and stronger than ever. By April 1st we will be able to pump $20-billion directly into the economy, representing close to 90 percent of the stimulus for 2009-10.  And for those Canadians hardest hit, like those in the forest sector, enhanced Employment Insurance benefits, including an extra five weeks of regular benefits and new and extended work-sharing agreements, will be available by April 1st.  Fortunately for forest companies in our region, this also applies to existing work-sharing agreements and those that expired in 2008. Additional funding for training for unemployed Canadians will be available to the provinces by April, as will enhanced support for older workers in hard hit communities.  The Prime Minister has warned Liberals in the Senate against delaying final passage of the budget.  “Too many jobs, too many families’ mortgage payments and too many seniors’ income security are at stake,“ he stressed. You can keep tabs on the progress of the economic action plan on a new website our Conservative Government launched this week.  www.ActionPlan.gc.ca will be updated regularly and will ensure that you can ultimately hold government and parliamentarians accountable. – Advertisement –last_img read more

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Norwich have £11m bid for defender Kalidou Koulibaly rejected by Napoli

first_img1 Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly Kalidou Koulibaly has revealed that Norwich City have had a £11m bid for him rejectedThe Napoli defender was chased by several clubs in the summer, with sides in England taking a particular interest.Norwich were one of those to heavily scout the 24-year-old, who has flourished at Napoli since joining from Genk in 2014.And Koulibaly has now revealed that the Canaries even had an £11m bid for his services knocked back by the Italian club.“Some teams have tried to sign me, but Napoli said no to several offers, such as €15m from Norwich,” Koulibaly told L’Equipe.“[Napoli boss Maurizio] Sarri believed in me, and this gave me a lot of confidence.”last_img read more

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DONEGAL WOMEN’S 5K SET TO ATTRACT HUGE CROWD

first_imgLetterkenny General Hospital Paediatric Department staff and members of the Donegal Women’s 5k committee at the launch of the charity race which takes place on Sunday, April 6th from the Finn Valley Centre at 11 a.m. The money raised from this year’s event will go towards the purchase of a new baby oxygen delivery machine. Included at front are staff nurses Dot Kelly and Ailish Breslin with Donegal Women’s 5k committee members Bridgeen Doherty and Grace Boyle.DONEGAL WOMEN’S 5K SET TO ATTRACT HUGE CROWD was last modified: February 26th, 2014 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:Donegal Women’s 5Klast_img read more

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Green light for new power station

first_img22 May 2007The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) has issued state-owned electricity company Eskom with a licence to build the first new coal-fired power station in the country for more than 20 years.Eskom chief executive Jacob Maroga told Engineering News earlier this month that Roshcon, Eskom’s in-house civil engineering unit, would begin site preparation for the R66-billion project in Lephalale in Limpopo province.Maroga said the project’s value might increase to above R80-billion should Eskom be required to install stringing air-quality systems.Speaking to BuaNews, Nersa chief executive Smunda Mokoena said the power station – named Medupi – would be a green-fields, coal-fired power plant comprising six units with 4 500 megawatts of installed capacity.The first unit will be commissioned by early 2011, with the last unit scheduled for commissioning by January 2015.The project, Mokoena said, would include supercritical boilers capable of operating at higher temperatures and pressures, and with greater efficiency, than older generation boilers.Medupi will make use of direct dry-cooling technology, becoming the fourth such base-load power station in the country after the Kendal, Majuba and Matimba stations.The boiler and turbine contracts for Medupi are set to be two of the largest contracts Eskom has ever signed. Tenders for the long lead boiler and turbine packages were lodged and the evaluation process is now complete.“The environmental impact assessment for this station was undertaken and a positive record of decision issued by the Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism last year,” Maroga told BuaNews.“We are delighted with the environmental authorisation and the go-ahead from Nersa as this is the first step towards a much-needed base-load station for South Africa.”SouthAfrica.info reporter and BuaNews Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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Parliament condemns violence in Vumani, Limpopo

first_imgSelect Committee on Education Condemns Abuse of Learners’ Rights to Education in LimpopoThe Select Committee on Education and Recreation in the National Council of Provinces (NCOP) is not happy about what is happening in Vuwani in the Vhembe District, Limpopo Province, as young people there are being denied their right to access basic education.Committee Chairperson Ms Lungelwa Zwane said the protesters have the right to protest, but they must respect the learner’s constitutional right to access quality education.“Destruction of community assets like schools is condemned with the contempt it deserves as the Department of Basic Education has already invested substantial capital to build and upgrade these schools. Such actions are certainly not part of taking South Africa forward but are a direct reversal of our democratic gains and are counter-revolutionary. We hope the Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs will speedily resolve the impasse so that the situation can return back to normality,” said Ms Zwane.For media enquiries or interviews with the Chairperson, please contact:Rajaa Azzakani (Ms)Parliamentary Communication ServicesTel: 021 403 8437Cell: 081 703 9542E-mail: razzakani@parliament.gov.zalast_img read more

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Jerome Slim Du Plooy cares about making a difference

first_imgBasketball opened up the world for Jerome Du Plooy, and now he is using what he has learned and earned to help other children out of a world of poverty and deprivation in the south of Joburg.As a member of Soweto Kliptown Youth (SKY), a non-governmental organisation that provides an array of services and support to neighbourhood children, Du Plooy caught the attention of NBA Africa while playing basketball for the SKY basketball team. “The NBA saw something in me and ever since then they’ve adopted me,” he says.First published on Media Club South Africa – Brand South Africa’s library of quality images and articles, available for freelast_img read more

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Only Modi can resolve Kashmir issue, says Mehbooba

first_imgJammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Saturday said only Prime Minister Narendra Modi can resolve the Kashmir problem as he has a strong mandate and appealed to him to pull the valley out of morass.Ms. Mufti, whose government is battling spiralling protests in the valley, said the situation is the result of pent up anger due to failure of the UPA government to continue with the policy started by the previous NDA government in Jammu and Kashmir during her father Mufti Mohmmad Sayeed’s rule. “I say today with authority and I will be criticised for it also. If anyone can find a solution to Jammu and Kashmir problem, it is Prime Minister Narendra Modi.“He (PM) has a strong mandate. Whatever decision he takes, the country will support him,” said Mufti, whose party is running a government in coalition with the BJP.“If anyone can take us out of the sticky spot, it is Prime Minister Modi. The nation will support whatever he decides…it is may earnest appeal…,” she said.The Chief Minister was addressing a gathering after inaugurating a flyover in Jammu.Hailing the Prime Minister’s decision to visit Lahore on December 25, 2015, she said that it was a sign of strength not weakness.“He has the mandate of the people. This is his biggest power. He went to Lahore and met the PM of that country. This is not a sign of weakness but an indication of strength and power,” she said.She took a dig at former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, saying he did not have the courage to visit Pakistan.“Before him (Modi), a Prime Minister had also desired to go to Pakistan for over ten years. He wanted to see his home there,” she said, with naming Singh.“He also would have tried to end the confrontation between the two countries, and bring J&K out of this unfortunate situation, but he had no courage to do that.” She gave credit to former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee and former chief minister Mufti Sayeed for starting the “chapter of peace” in Jammu and Kashmir in 2002.“They tried their best to bring out Kashmir out of this unfortunate situation. He was successful to a large extent in shortest of period,” Ms. Mufti said. “There was ceasefire (along Indo-Pak border) during Vajpayee’s rule. There were talks with L K Advani (in Kashmir). There was beginning of the process of opening (cross-LoC) roads.” The chief minister said militancy declined during that period and there was peace on the borders.“These were not small developments. But unfortunately Mufti was out of the government and Vajpayee ji left, and the process came to grinding halt,” the PDP leader lamented.She alleged that the UPA regime at the centre and the state government did not carry forward the process thinking “everything is peaceful and there is no need to do anything further”.“There was pent-up lava. It started to come out when the youths were out on the streets in 2008 and then 2009 and 2010.This lava has now spread to the streets and we are forced to face this situation,” she said. The Chief Minister said while her government is trying to improve the situation in Kashmir, there are some forces which do not want it.“Mufti sahib, who had seen a dream, shook hands with the Prime Minister of our country Narendra Modi, who has got the mandate of the people,” she said.As the chief minister was speaking, former Minister and senior Congress leader Gulchain Singh Charak interrupted her speech and demanded setting up of two civil secretariat in Jammu and Srinagar capital cities.Charak, who later walked out of the hall in protest, was heckled by some workers after conclusion of the function.last_img read more

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Were Neandertals cave artists, too?

first_imgOne of the biggest debates in archaeology is whether Neandertals were capable of the kind of abstract and symbolic expression that prehistoric modern humans demonstrated in abundance—for example, by painting animal images on the walls of caves like Chauvet and Lascaux in France and Altamira in Spain. Possible evidence for Neandertal art was reported a couple of years ago in the Spanish cave of El Castillo, but researchers are not sure whether Neandertals or modern humans painted a red disk on its wall 41,000 years ago—right around the time that modern humans entered Europe. Now, archaeologists working at Gorham’s Cave, a former Neandertal haunt on the coast of Gibraltar, report online today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences that they have found this crosshatched pattern etched into the hard rock floor of the cave (see photo above). The pattern was deeply incised using some sort of stone tool and was found under archaeological layers dating back at least 39,000 years—but containing stone tools that only Neandertals made. The image is somewhat reminiscent of a 75,000-year-old geometric pattern found at Blombos Cave in Africa, and indeed the Gorham’s team argues that it is proof positive that Neandertals were just as capable of abstract thought as modern humans. The claim is likely to attract some skepticism, however, from archaeologists who have argued that such simple patterns are poor evidence for complex symbolic expression.last_img read more

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