DeAndre Jordan gets another double-double as Dallas Mavericks top Chicago Bulls

first_imgWWE star Roman Reigns reveals leukemia has returned, relinquishes belt LATEST STORIES Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Robin Lopez wasn’t happy with referee Sean Corbin’s explanation after the Chicago center was called for a foul when he got tangled with Dwight Powell in the first quarter. Lopez appeared upset that Corbin said he was “trying to help” the big man from Stanford, and Lopez used the word “platitudes” in his retort. The big word was preceded by an expletive, and Corbin signaled for a technical foul.TIP-INSBulls: Carter was badly overshadowed by Doncic in the matchup of top 10 picks from this year’s draft. He finished with four points, but did lead the Bulls with nine rebounds. … Justin Holliday scored 16 points, and Bobby Portis had 12.Mavericks: Doncic became youngest Dallas player to record a 20-point game with 26 in his home debut, a 140-136 win over Minnesota. He beat Smith, who did it as a rookie last November, by 113 days. … Harrison Barnes (hamstring) and Dirk Nowitzki (ankle) are still awaiting their season debuts. Devin Harris missed a second straight game with a hamstring injury.UP NEXTBulls: Charlotte at home Wednesday.Mavericks: At Atlanta on Wednesday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title 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 DeAndre Jordan #6 of the Dallas Mavericks reacts after scoring against Kris Dunn #32 of the Chicago Bulls in the third quarter at American Airlines Center on October 22, 2018 in Dallas, Texas. 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. Tom Pennington/Getty Images/AFPDALLAS — DeAndre Jordan became the first Dallas player in 24 years to start a season with three straight double-doubles, getting 18 points and 16 rebounds to help the Mavericks beat the Chicago Bulls 115-109 on Monday night.Luka Doncic scored 19 in the 19-year-old’s second home game, another win that put the Mavericks (2-1) over .500 for the first time since the end of the 2015-16 season.ADVERTISEMENT Chicago cut a 14-point deficit in the fourth quarter to five in the final minute, but Doncic, the third overall pick, collected a bad pass by No. 7 overall choice Wendell Carter Jr. in the backcourt after a Dallas miss and hit the layup.The last Dallas player with three straight double-doubles to start a season was Popeye Jones in 1994.BACK AND FORTHThere were 12 lead changes in the first half, including on seven straight buckets early in the second quarter. The last was on a 3-pointer by LaVine for a 47-45 Chicago lead. There were three more ties before halftime, with Cameron Payne hitting a floater in the final minute to put the Bulls up 61-59 at the break. The game finished with 17 lead changes.CHOICE WORD, TECHADVERTISEMENT Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View comments Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Zach LaVine scored 34 for the Bulls and is the third Chicago player to open a season with three straight 30-point games. The others were Michael Jordan in 1986 and Bob Love in 1971.Wesley Matthews led six Dallas players in double figures with 20 points. Maxi Kleber, Dwight Powell and Dorian Finney-Smith scored 12 apiece.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 ChrissJ.J. Barea scored nine, including a long 3-pointer just before the third-quarter buzzer. The 30-footer, Barea’s only make in seven shots behind the arc, was part of a 14-2 run covering the third and fourth quarters for a 96-86 lead after neither team had been up by more than five.Jabari Parker scored 20 points for Chicago but had just four after halftime as the Bulls dropped to 0-3 for the second straight year.last_img read more

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ID Film Takes Hollywood

first_imgGrauman’s Chinese Theater on Hollywood Boulevard is a top tourist attraction in Tinseltown.  It features dozens of handprints of famous movie and TV stars, from Lucille Ball and Bill Cosby to Mickey Mouse.  This venue of many a blockbuster and glitzy opening night seemed hardly a place for naturalistic cosmology to take a thrashing, but Saturday morning, The Privileged Planet made Hollywood history.  Shown as part of the American Renaissance Film Festival, an event dedicated to positive-values films, it was a smash.    About 200 people – a good turnout for a rainy Saturday morning – attended the screening and gave it a hearty round of applause at the end.  One visitor was overheard during his long, loud clapping telling his neighbor, “That was good.”  An editor for a DVD Club who had flown in from Washington DC for the festival was heard to comment that this film was “one of the most powerful and important documentaries ever made.”  Feedback was outstanding, the producer said.Now you can advertise this film as the one shown at the Smithsonian (06/09/2005) and on Hollywood Boulevard.  The Privileged Planet is a keeper.  The visuals, the original music by Mark Lewis, the narration by John Rhys Davies, and the content are all exceptional; it has “quality” stamped all over it, and the message is equal to the production excellence.  It covers a tremendous amount of interesting and important scientific, historical and philosophical material in just 60 minutes without feeling rushed or overly technical.  The speakers, mostly PhD scientists with strong credentials, including Paul Davies, Robert Jastrow and Donald Brownlee (principal scientist for the just-landed Stardust mission) are unimpeachable.  This film will make an impression – get it and pass it around.(Visited 12 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Press release: South Africa retains ranking in 2017 Ibrahim Index of African Governance

first_imgEvery year the Mo Ibrahim Index of African Governance assesses the performance of all 54 African countries in categories such as human rights, the rule of law, sustainable economic opportunities and human development.According to Mo Ibrahim, pictured, and his 2017 index of African Governance, South Africa shows signs of bouncing back after a decade-long slump. (Image: Mo Ibrahim Foundation)Brand South Africa today welcomed the results of the 2017 Mo Ibrahim Index of African Governance (IIAG), which saw South Africa retain its rank of 6 of 54 countries assessed in the index.In its 11th iteration, the IIAG is an annual statistical assessment of the quality of governance in every one of the 54 African countries, covering a period of 17 years from 2000. The 2017 IIAG framework has four overarching categories that reflect the foundation’s definition of governance: Safety and Rule of Law; Participation and Human Rights; Sustainable Economic Opportunity; and Human Development.In terms of these pillars, South Africa improved in the indicator of Participation and Human Rights, moving up from position 5/54 to 4/54. As a democratic nation, it is heartening to see South Africa improve its rank. South Africa’s rank in the category of Safety and Rule of Law remains the same as the previous year, at 7/54.The IIAG’s focus on governance is a critical issue, especially in the African and emerging market context. While general governance performance, as outlined in the IIAG results, speak to general state capacity, South Africa also has notable strengths in terms of its corporate governance environment.Commenting on the 2017 IIAG, Brand South Africa’s CEO Dr Kingsley Makhubela said, “This year has been a particularly challenging one for South Africa, with a number of incidents in public administration and the private sector leading to the creation of grounds for improvements in administration. As a consequence of these incidents, whether they involved fraud, improper administration, badly informed managers or failing supervision, corporate governance in the private sector and in the public sector have become subjects that are widely discussed and reported on in the media.“Cultivating [good] governance is high on South Africa’s agenda, which is why authorities across various stakeholder groups are working hard to safeguard and improve governance. It is the responsibility of all stakeholders, including government, business and civil society, to ensure not only that we deliver on our central mandate of providing sound and sustainable initiatives for the country’s economic and social needs, but also that we are well run, and that investments yield the required results that will address unemployment, inequality and poverty in South Africa.”Dr Makhubela added: “Despite improvements in the areas highlighted above, Brand South Africa notes with concern a decrease in the country’s ranking on Sustainable Economic Opportunity from position two to four, and Human Development from position six to eight.“In an increasingly competitive global landscape, the risk of poor governance remains fairly high. We need to look to institutions of governance such as Parliament, the SA Reserve Bank, the Human Rights Commission, the Financial Services Board, the Competition Tribunal, and many more, to obtain insights on how they are all playing their part in ensuring that South Africa’s Constitutional Democracy and Rule of Law continue to demonstrate high levels of resilience, maturity and good governance.”The conversation can be followed at @Brand_SA #CompetitiveSA.last_img read more

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Gujarat Dalit activist, who set himself ablaze, succumbs to burn injuries

first_imgDalit activist Bhanu Vankar, who attempted self-immolation in Gujarat on February 15, succumbed to severe burn injuries late on February 16. Mr. Vankar has sustained 80% burn injuries and was admitted in Ahmedabad’s Apollo Hospital, where he died. To protest the Patan district administration’s failure to regularise a piece of land he was allotted a few years ago, he set himself on fire in the Collector Office in North Gujarat. Despite repeated visits to the district administration officials, his case did not move, which apparently distressed him to take an extreme step of ending his life. His suicide is likely to trigger Statewide protests by the Dalit community and organisations working for the rights of Dalits and other marginalised sections in the State. “We have lost him. We hold the district administration responsible for his death. He was forced,” a relative said. Earlier in the day, Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani ordered inquiry into the incident. “I have asked Chief Secretary to get all details of the incident after an inquiry,” Mr. Rupani said, adding, “the State government will also bear all medical expenses of Mr. Vankar, who is presently under treatment in Apollo hospital in Ahmedabad.”Moreover, nine other Dalit men were detained by the police after they also tried to storm into the premises of the collectorate with the intention to commit suicide, and were later released. “As many as nine people were detained briefly after they tried to storm into the office of the collector with the intention to commit suicide. They had expressed their intention to the Collector on a previous date and police were deployed in large numbers to prevent any such attempt,” a police official from Patan said. “However, Banubhai Vankar from Unjha village managed to enter the Collector Office premises by jumping over the barricade and set himself on fire. He has been shifted to a hospital in Ahmedabad,” the official had said.The incident triggered a huge backlash among the Dalit community in the State. A leading organisation Rashtriya Dalit Adhikar Manch, fighting for the rights of Dalits, gave a call for Patan bandh on February 16 to protest against the “administrative negligence” in the transfer of land to Dalits, “which forced a group to attempt suicide”. The bandh evoked mixed response in the North Gujarat town.A prominent activist and Independent MLA Jignesh Mevani, who is also the convener of the Rashtriya Dalit Adhikar Manch, in a statement said it was a “matter of shame” for the BJP government that Dalits had to resort to extreme steps to fight for their rights in Gujarat.Mr. Mevani demanded suspension of the Collector and Superintendent of Police holding them responsible for driving the community members to take extreme steps to press for their rights.last_img read more

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Maharashtra extends insurance cover to crops damaged due to weather

first_imgFor the first time Maharashtra will extend insurance for damaged crops after factoring in fluctuations in the weather conditions. As per a new policy, a correlation between weather patterns and crop damages will be assessed before deciding the premium or the compensation to be paid to farmers, senior officials told The Hindu.The new Weather Based Crop Insurance Scheme (WBCIS) was announced on Wednesday. A 15-member committee has also been formed to set parameters for the scheme. “So far a committee of bureaucrats along with farm representatives would sit down and decide an amount. But we want to now scientifically establish these correlations between productivity/weather changes, losses and wind conditions,” additional chief secretary (agriculture department) Bijay Kumar told The Hindu.The variables for considering a correlation would, among others, be wind speed, and drop and rise in temperature, which could affect all kinds of crops. The 15-member committee will put in place further guidelines and a scientific model for connecting the weather patterns to damages. “If the temperature drops, how will it affect the quality of mango quality. When the wind changes directions it hurts the productivity of bananas. These are the kind of parameters we want to put in place for the WBCIS,” said an official.The committee has been asked to establish parameters for two specific standards: Trigger Value and Weather Perils. This will then assess quantifiable losses based on weather patterns. “We want to establish demonstrated correlation with historical weather and yield data,” according to the government proposal.last_img read more

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Crackdown on liquor parties in Gujarat ahead of new year celebrations

first_imgGujarat police on Thursday launched a state-wide crackdown on liquor parties during New Year celebrations in the State. The State police chief has asked all district SPs and range IGs to ensure no liquor was bootlegged in their respective areas. According to a senior police official, this instruction came from Chief Minister Vijay Rupani.Police have also deployed special squads at border check posts from where liquor is brought into Gujarat, a state with stringent prohibition laws. In Gujarat, liquor is normally brought in from Rajasthan, Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh, the three states with which Gujarat shares a border, and union territories of Daman in South Gujarat and Diu in the Saurashtra region.In cities like Ahmedabad, Vadodara and Surat, police raided private farm houses. In Ahmedabad, a police team raided a private bungalow and arrested six people who were allegedly drinking. Vadodara Police commissioner Anupam Singh Gehlot issued a notification warning the city dwellers to refrain from wearing “revealing clothes” during the new year celebrations. “Indecent behaviour, vulgar postures and show of skin will not be allowed during parties or in public,” Mr. Gehlot told media persons in Vadodara.last_img read more

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Jarencio lightens up Batang Pier mood amid playoff chase; Elite stay in quarterfinal hunt

first_imgBrace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC In only his first conference in charge, the former UAAP champion coach of University of Santo Tomas has injected a light and positive atmosphere within the Batang Pier as they make a push for a playoff spot.The Batang Pier went on to register a 108-91 victory over the Picanto as they stayed on track for a Top 6 finish at the end of the PBA Philippine Cup elimination round at Smart Araneta Coliseum.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“Coach is like a friend to us, but at the same time we give him the utmost respect,” Araña said in Filipino. “The atmosphere has been great whether we win or we lose. Every time we lose, he tells us to move forward and focus on the next game.”Jarencio’s approach is paying dividends with the Batang Pier improving to 5-5 for a tie of sixth spot with Barangay Ginebra heading into their final game of the elimination round against Phoenix Petroleum on March 2. LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico LATEST STORIES John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus GlobalPort’s Stanley Pringle (left) dribbles his way past KIA’ s Reden Celda. —SHERWIN VARDELEONWith more than a minute remaining and victory against KIA in the bag last Wednesday night, GlobalPort coach Pido Jarencio gave Ryan Araña a free rein to call a play during a timeout, much to the surprise of the veteran forward.Although Batang Pier guard Stanley Pringle scored on the next possession, the play designed by Araña wasn’t executed, drawing a laugh from Jarencio and his players.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa AFP official booed out of forumcenter_img View comments Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City “The mind-set right now is to try to get into that Top 6 so we will play a best-of-three series in the quarterfinals,” said Sean Anthony, who had 21 points, eight rebounds and four steals in 27 minutes on the floor. “We want to be playoff-ready and that Phoenix game is another playoff game.”Later, Blackwater tightened up its defense down the stretch to close out the elimination round with an 83-78 trouncing of Phoenix Petroleum to keep its quarterfinal hopes alive.Mike DiGregorio, Mac Belo and Raymar Jose each finished with 14 points, while JP Erram continued his stellar showing with 12 points and 19 boards for seventh double-double of the conference as the Elite wound up with a 5-6 record.“We’re hoping that five wins will be enough for a playoff for the quarterfinals. We’re looking forward to playing more games this conference,” said Blackwater coach Leo Isaac.ADVERTISEMENT Altas seek 11th NCAA men’s plum vs Chiefs MOST READlast_img read more

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PM invites Zardari, Gilani to watch Indo-Pak match in Mohali

first_imgPrime Minister Manmohan Singh has invited his Pakistani counterpart Yousaf Raza Gilani (left) and President Asif Ali Zardari to watch the World Cup semi-final at Mohali.Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s decision to invite the President and Prime Minister of Pakistan to watch the India vs Pakistan World Cup match at Mohali with him marks yet another dogged attempt by him to push the India-Pakistan peace agenda.Sources in the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) confirmed that Singh wrote identical letters to Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Yusaf Raza Gilani.The text of the letters to the Pakistani leaders says: “I propose to be at Mohali to watch the World Cup semi-final match between India and Pakistan to be held on 30th March.There is huge excitement over the match and we are all looking forward to a great game of cricket, that will be a victory for sport. It gives me great pleasure to invite you to visit Mohali and join me and the millions of fans from our countries to watch the match.” Cricket has had a chequered role in the diplomatic history of the two countries, and has been used to facilitate dialogue and bring about bonhomie. But ever since the Mumbai attack of November 2008, India-Pakistan relations have been in a trough, despite Singh’s valiant attempts to revive them. This cast a shadow even on cricket ties. The two sides have had just two cricketing encounters since 26/ 11, both in ICC-sanctioned events. And India has not welcomed any Pakistani player in the IPL tournament for two years.advertisementSince it was not certain till Thursday night that there would be an India-Pakistan World Cup encounter at Mohali – that was known only after India beat Australia – the invitation to the Pakistani leaders has quite clearly not been thought through. Sources said that the invitation caught the ministry of external affairs unawares, emphasising the PMO’s control over India’s Pakistan policy. A senior official’s tart comment was ” What will be the impact of the decision will depend on how it plays out.” Foreign secretary Nirupama Rao confirmed the PM’s announcement through her twitter account.” PM Manmohan Singh has invited President Zardari and PM Gilani of Pak to witness World Cup semifinal btw India and Pak at Mohali, Mar 30,” Rao wrote. Gilani has responded positively to the invitation, though the big question remains: Will it yield the kind of dividends that some past cricketing meets between the political leaders of the two sides did? Conversations of top functionaries of the government, made public in candid WikiLeaks cables, show there are divisions in the government on the question of the dialogue with Pakistan. In one cable, US ambassador Timothy Roemer cited M. K. Narayanan as describing the PM as a ” great believer” in talks and negotiations with Islamabad. And of allegedly telling Singh in jest after he referred to India’s ” shared destiny” with Pakistan that, “You have a shared destiny, we don’t.” Experts are divided over the PM’s initiative in inviting Zardari and Gilani for the Mohali match.Ex- foreign secretary Salman Haider said: ” It’ll give momentum to talks. This shows that there is an intention to talk and take things forward. It speaks of India’s desire to take things forward.” However, former Indian high commissioner to Pakistan G. Parthasarathy is sceptical of the purpose of the invitation. ” Relationship should have substance than symbolism. This invitation is meaningless as decisions in Pakistan are taken by its army and not by Gilani,” Parthasarathy noted.Former deputy national security adviser all dialogue getting Why Expressing former said, dialogue seems 26/ Kashmir Mumbai who There Pakistan socalled Former adviser Satish Chandra said, ” I am all for dialogue. But is this dialogue going anywhere? Are we getting anywhere with this dialogue? Why this signal?” Expressing similar sentiments, former Army chief Gen V. P. Malik said, ” There was no need for the dialogue at this stage. Nothing seems to have improved since 26/ 11 – the situation in Jammu and Kashmir and inaction against Mumbai attackers. We all know who runs the show in Pakistan.” There are divisions on the Pakistan side too, between the socalled doves and the hawks. Former Pakistan diplomat Shahryar M. Khan said that with cricket emotions running high, this was the right time to create positive energy between the sides. His enthusiasm was not shared by a former minister Sheikh Rashid.Circumspect about the gains that could come from cricket diplomacy, he asked, “Where is the peace and friendship that such visits were supposed to create?” However, efforts have continued to be made to mend the relations.advertisementAt a bilateral meeting at Thimphu in February, Rao and her Pakistani counterpart Salman Bashir decided to revive the dialogue to discuss ” all issues”. They are expected to meet again in June before the meeting between the foreign ministers here in July. Next week, before the India- Pakistan match, the home secretaries of the two countries will meet in New Delhi and later, in April the commerce secretaries will hold talks.Softening its stand after it suspended the composite dialogue called had revive encouraged meeting Zardari Russia Singh Sheikh Then, Gilani sidelines Thimphu taken meetings secretaries the following 26/ 11 and vowed to resume it after the perpetrators were brought to book, the government last February announced that the countries had agreed to hold talks on all issues including counter- terrorism and Kashmir. In view of the domestic political sensitivities, the process will not be called a ‘composite dialogue’. After the Mumbai attack, there had been various attempts to revive the peace process, encouraged by the US. It began with a meeting between Singh and Zardari at Yekaterinburg in Russia in June 2009 and later between Singh and Gilani at Sharm-el-Sheikh in Egypt in July 2009.Then, in April 2010, Singh and Gilani met again, this time on the sidelines of the SAARC summit in Thimphu where the decision was taken to resume structured meetings between the foreign secretaries and the foreign ministers of the two sides.Cricket diplomacy hasn’t clicked in past- FEBRUARY 1987 Then Pakistan President General Zia- ul- Haq flew in to Jaipur’s Sawai Man Singh stadium, inviting himself to watch a Test match between India and Pakistan- The visit came against the backdrop of escalating tension after the Indian Army conducted the Operation Brass Tacks manoeuvres close to the Pakistan border, and Pakistan mobilised its forces. However, the situation was defused- “Cricket for peace is my mission,” Zia had said after arriving at the Jaipur airport from Delhi, where he dined with late PM Rajiv Gandhi- The Indian team was led by Kapil Dev and the Pakistani side by Imran Khan. The Test resulted in a drawAPRIL 2005 Then Pakistan President General Pervez Musharraf visited India to watch the last ODI in the Indo- Pak series at Ferozeshah Kotla Stadium in Delhi.- This was his first trip after the fiasco of the Agra summit with then PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee in 2001. Musharraf had a summit meeting with PM Manmohan Singh during the visit. His constant refrain was ” peace between India and Pakistan” and the requirement of ” soft borders “.- The Indian team was captained by Rahul Dravid and the Pakistani side by Inzamam-ul-Haq. Pakistan won the match and the series Both visits failed to have a lasting impact on bilateral tieslast_img read more

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