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Nuggets near end of playoff drought after 6th straight win

first_imgDenver Nuggets react during the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Portland Trail Blazers, Monday, April 9, 2018, in Denver. Denver beat Portland 88-82.DENVER — The Denver Nuggets are playing playoff-caliber basketball. One more win and they’ll be doing it for real.Facing elimination and an 11-point deficit midway through the third quarter Monday night, the Nuggets rallied past the Portland Trail Blazers 88-82 for their sixth consecutive victory.ADVERTISEMENT Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Ex-PBA import Glen Rice Jr. cut from Israeli team for assaulting teammate P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC The Nuggets kept their season alive thanks to Nikola Jokic’s 10th triple-double of the season and a stifling defense on a night their starters made just 22 of 61 shots.“I told them at halftime, I was honest, I said, ‘Fellas, if we lose, we’re out.’ I knew some of these other teams had won games. And I felt we played like our lives were on the line,” Malone said. “It wasn’t pretty, but I thought our defense was phenomenal.”The Trail Blazers scored 25 points off 18 offensive rebounds but managed only one bucket and two offensive boards in the fourth quarter, when they were held to 13 points.Jokic scored 15 points, pulled down a season-best 20 rebounds and had 11 assists. Will Barton added 22 points, leading a comeback from an 11-point third-quarter deficit.“It was a playoff tuneup,” Portland coach Terry Stotts said. “Both teams competed at a high level. I was proud of the way we defended, especially when you’re having trouble making shots. I’m actually encouraged by the way we played, the way we fought. If we get those looks most of the time we’re going to be in pretty good shape.”ADVERTISEMENT Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames The teams ahead of Denver in the playoff race haven’t done the Nuggets any favors. A loss to Portland would have eliminated the Nuggets from playoff contention because the Spurs, Timberwolves, Thunder and Pelicans all won Monday night.They won’t be watching the scoreboard Wednesday night, either.“We can’t anticipate them helping us,” Devin Harris said. “We dug ourselves into this hole; we’ve got to dig ourselves out.”“We wouldn’t want it any other way,” said Gary Harris, who returned from an 11-game absence with 12 points. “If we win we’re in.”UP NEXTTrail Blazers: Play Utah at home Wednesday night in their regular season finale.Nuggets: Can end their playoff drought with a win at Minnesota on Wednesday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil LATEST STORIEScenter_img View comments Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. 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That was just tough, physical for 48 minutes,” Nuggets coach Michael Malone said.One more win Wednesday night at Minnesota and the Nuggets will end a five-year playoff drought.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 crownThe Trail Blazers have lost four straight but still harbor hopes of clinching the third seed in the Western Conference playoffs.“At the end of the day this team is going to make a shot. I’m not worried about that,” said Jusuf Nurkic, who had 20 points and 19 rebounds. “We have one more at home (against Utah) and it’s probably going to be for the third spot. We’re going to fight for that.” Damian Lillard led Portland with 25 points.Jokic secured his 16th career triple-double when he fed Devin Harris for a 3-pointer that put the Nuggets ahead 73-71 with eight minutes left, their first lead of the second half.They didn’t trail again.The Nuggets’ big win came exactly one year after Russell Westbrook’s buzzer-beating 3-pointer gave Oklahoma City a 106-105 win at Denver that eliminated the Nuggets from last year’s playoff party.This time, it was Denver that came up big in the end.TIP-INSTrail Blazers: F Ed Davis returned to action after missing four games with a sprained right ankle, and Stotts said the boost he provided was bigger than his 5.4-point and 7.4-rebound averages. “What he offers on the court is unique, as far as his rebounding, his screen setting, his finishing around the paint, all those things,” Stotts said. “His presence in the locker room, his presence on the bench. Just the intangibles. He’s been a very integral part of what we’ve done this year.”Nuggets: Malone said he decided to bring Gary Harris off the bench rather than start him because he didn’t want to mess with the chemistry the Nuggets had developed while going 7-4 in his absence. … Barton had averaged 18.5 points, 5.3 rebounds and 3.7 assists while starting in Harris’ place the previous 11 games.TECHNICAL SPARK: Malone drew a technical for arguing a no-foul call when Jamal Murray went down hard with 6:18 left in the third quarter and the Nuggets trailing 62-53.The Nuggets outscored Portland 35-20 afterward.“Coaches are funny that way,” Devin Harris said. “I thought it was the right thing to do. Obviously, I thought Jamal got fouled. But he used it to kind of fire us up and we needed a little bit of an energy pick-up right there and I thought Coach gave it to us.”NO HELP:last_img read more

Dr. Kromah on Margibi’s Health 2013 Achievements

first_imgMargibi County Health Officer, Dr. Hawa Moore-Kromah says despite numerous challenges facing the health sector, the Margibi County Health Team (MGCHT) was able to make considerable achievements in the past year.According to her, during the year 2013, some of the major achievements made by the team included the extension of the inpatient facilities, the operation theater as well as the emergency room.The Liberia News Agency, quoting a copy of a summary and achievements of health activities in Margibi County for 2013, indicated that there were, however, delays in the delivery of medical supplies from the central supply chain unit of the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare (MOH/SW).She said the MCHT, like any other county facility involved with the implementation of essential health services at primary and secondary levels, placed emphasis on all maternal and child health services. These included the provision of access to skilled facility based delivery services, administering of appropriate malaria prophylaxis and treatment of pregnant women and maternal and infant nutrition and family planning services, among others. Additionally, she disclosed that during the past year, other developments, including infrastructure and the drug depot at the C. H. Rennie Hospital in Kakata, were completed with funding from the MGCHT and Save the Children-Liberia.Other project implemented included the construction of seven hand pumps, the Velley Town Maternal Waiting Home, the construction of four community latrines, and the construction of four bucket wells undertaking by Oxfam.Dr. Kromah indicated that major renovation work was carried out at the Peter Town Clinic in Kakata Dolo Town, Cotton Tree, the Mother to Child Health (MCH) Unit at the Worhn Clinic was extended, and the new Tucker-ta Clinic was constructed with aid from Save the Children Liberia.Even with all the development undertaken in 2013, Dr. Kromah still called for an increase in budgetary allotment and the provision of logistics including vehicles, drugs and medical supplies.She said, in the absence of the timely provision of the necessary logistics and drugs to the county health team, the efficiency of Margibi’s health delivery system would be setback and the provision of much needed health services to residents of the county would be stifled.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Indian National in Court for US$124K Theft

first_imgThe case against Maxx Rental Incorporated, a car rental company manager and its chief accountant, Sanju Jose Thayankeril, an Indian national, and Lorena Reeves, a Liberian accused of US$124,730.75 theft started last week at Criminal Court ‘C’ in Monrovia.Both Thayankeril and Reeves have pleaded not guilty to the multiple-count indictment brought against them by the government when they were first arraigned in court.The parties (prosecution and defense teams) have already concluded with their final legal arguments into the matter and are therefore waiting for Judge Yussif Kaba to declare them either guilty or not.At last week’s hearing, Judge Kaba did not give a definite time when he would render his judgment.Thayankeril and Ms Reeves will serve prison terms between five to ten years and made to pay back the money, if found guilty.Between July 2015 and April 2016, the company’s chief executive officer (CEO), Emmanuel Togba, claimed that the defendants (Thayankeril and Reeves) used their respective positions to design a criminal scheme where they successfully prepared a fictitious vehicle rental request purporting same to be emanating from one of the company’s clients, the World Food Program (WFP).They were alleged to have used the request to raise a payment voucher for the US$124,730.75 and fraudulently transferred the money from the Maxx Rental bank account into their personal savings account for the period between July 2015 up to and including April 2016.Their alleged withdrawal was intended to ensure that the rental service was provided to the WFP, while in reality the UN entity made no such request, for which the defendants en-cashed the check and withdrew the money for their personal use and benefits.Before the withdrawal, Togba claimed that in June 2015, Thayankeril and his co-defendant (Reeves) encouraged him to join the company and served as its chief executive officer.When the deal was sealed, Togba alleged that the defendants issued to him a 35 percent share in the company and the CEO post, on condition that he made available the collateral to secure a loan from the GT Bank.It was based upon “the encouraging post (CEO),” that Togba allegedly used his seven bed-room story building, situated at the ELWA Rehab Road in Paynesville, as collateral for an amount of US$150,000 in the name of Maxx Rental Incorporated to the bank.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

“Rediscover your values,” Rev Massiah tells Police Officers

first_imgThe Guyana Police Force (GPF) on Sunday morning held a drumhead service to kick off its 179th anniversary celebration, at the Tactical Services Unit Drill Square, Police Headquarters, Eve Leary.Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan, acting Police Commissioner David Ramnarine and other top-ranking members of the Disciplined Services at the drumhead serviceAmid rain showers, the service featured songs, scripture readings, prayers and thanksgiving, along with the piling of drums and laying of flags. It was the first event among many scheduled for the month of July.The Department of Public Information (DPI) reported that the GPF chaplain, Reverend Patrick Doolichand opened the service with a prayer and was followed by the piling of the drums and laying of the flags by an all-female unit.Delivering the feature address, Reverend Murtland Raphael Massiah commended the Force for the good work they have done for the citizens of Guyana in the past 179 years. He encouraged the officers to rediscover and uphold the values they were raised on.“You must rediscover your set of values; you must cherish those values and you must protect those values and make those values clear and don’t shift from it. By embracing those values, you will survive [another] 179 years.”The drumhead service concluded with a benediction by Reverend Massiah, singing of The National Anthem and the unpiling of drums.Attending the service were Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan; Guyana Defence Force (GDF) Chief-of-Staff, Brigadier Patrick West; Commissioner of Police (ag) David Ramnarine; Chief Fire Officer Marlon Gentle; Director of Prisons (ag) Gladwin Samuels; several other officers and ranks of the Joint Services; members of the Diplomatic Corps; and other invitees.last_img read more

More contraband found at Lusignan Prison’s Holding Bays

first_imgDespite continued efforts to rid the local prison system of smuggling activities, authorities have once more found contraband items in the Holding Bays at the Lusignan Prison.This discovery was made during a joint exercise conducted by ranks from the Guyana Police Force and the Guyana Prisons Service on Wednesday morning at the East Coast Demerara penitentiary.During the exercise, the following prohibited items were found: 32 improvised weapons; several razor blades; six lighters; three cellphones; three phone chargers; two SIM cards, and two containers of fermented wine.Only Monday last, searches of five prison facilities across the country, Lusignan, yielded over 180 illicit items. These included: 21 cellphones; a SIM card; a memory card; six earpieces; four phone adapters; a quantity of phone chargers; several packets of cigarettes/bamboo; 61 lighters; 12 smoking utensils; 46 grams of cannabis; four metal forks/spoons; 52 razor blades; six compasses; five pieces of broken mirrors; five pairs of scissors; a large quantity of improvised weapons; a quantity of nails; 12 bottles of fermented wine; three bottles of pepper sauce; and a quantity of stones, ‘shaving bics’, triple ‘A’ batteries and sand paper.Contraband smuggling has been a perennial problem within the prison system, and this is compounded by the fact that both prison and Police Officers are facilitating the illegal trade, which is said to be “big business”.While the authorities have been struggling to curb the illegal practice, there has been a breakthrough on the apparent network among rogue prison officers. In fact, only in October, four prison officers were arrested after they smuggled a bottle of rum and a pack of cigarettes into the Lusignan Prison the weekend prior. These officers were subsequently charged and interdicted from duty.In addition, two more ranks found themselves in hot water following the discovery of illegal items at two separate prison facilities.In Berbice, 1032 grams of suspected marijuana and 39 packs of cigarettes were found in the New Amsterdam Prison, and a prison officer admitted to conspiring with inmates to hide the contraband items that were thrown over the fence.Meanwhile, another Prison officer at the Timehri penitentiary was taken into custody after he was implicated by an inmate regarding the presence of 584 grams of marijuana in the compound.Furthermore, five other prison officers were relieved of duty back in July after they were implicated in an incident whereby a parcel containing cannabis had been thrown into the Lusignan Prison Holding Bay area.Director of Prisons (ag), Gladwin Samuels had disclosed in September that so far for the year, some 28 prison officers have been dismissed – 11 for facilitating or directly smuggling contraband into the prison system. The Prisons Director added that there were 12 ranks currently interdicted from duty, nine of whom have been charged either departmentally or criminally for trafficking-related activities.last_img read more

Amat faces even bigger challenge

first_imgNot many pundits gave Amat a chance against Lynwood, despite all the Lancers have accomplished over the past four seasons. Kristen McCarthy’s 28 points fueled a 57-52 win over the Knights, who some considered good enough to beat Poly had they won Saturday. “Lynwood is the best team in Southern California,” Gahr coach Al Dorogusker told the Los Angeles Times in an article before the quarterfinals. “I think they’re better than Long Beach Poly.” Dorogusker may have been wrong, but he did have intimate knowledge of Lynwood after losing to the Knights earlier this season. The only problem for Wiard is Saturday’s win may have taken a lot out of his team, and with only two days off between games, facing one of the nation’s best teams is a tall order. “We got Sunday off and hopefully the girls rested,” Wiard said. “You never know what teenagers will do on the weekend. We went light on Monday and we’ll show up and do our best tonight.” Doing their best for Amat will mean not succumbing to Poly’s relentless pressure. Amat point guard Amanda Alvarez did a great job of fending off Lynwood’s pressure on Saturday night, but Wiard said to expect even greater heat tonight. “They’re incredibly athletic,” Wiard said. “They’re very good on defense. It’s going to take all of us playing together. We have to take care of the basketball and keep them off of the offensive boards.” aram.tolegian@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2233 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “They’ve beaten everyone they’ve come in contact with, except the No. 1 team in the country (Collins Hills of Suwanee, Ga.),” Amat coach Richard Wiard said. “And they were tied with them at the half.” Amat (24-4) upset Lynwood, another of the Southland’s top teams, Saturday night. Meanwhile, Long Beach Poly (29-1) had little trouble with Buena in a 52-31 win. Tonight’s game might only be the semifinals, but in the new-look Division I-AA playoffs, it’s arguably the best girls game in Southern California. The Jackrabbits are led by junior forward Jasmine Dixon, who is one of the top players in the nation. But Wiard warns that Poly’s prowess doesn’t end there. “Dixon is obviously the one with the accolades, but they’re so much more than just her,” he said. “They’ve got Taja Edwards and Candice Nichols … they just come in droves.” LA VERNE – Nobody said it would be easy. Only three days after one of the biggest wins in school history, the stakes get considerably higher and the opponent considerably tougher for the Bishop Amat High girls basketball team. center_img Amat will host Long Beach Poly, ranked No. 2 in the country by USA Today, in the semifinals of the CIF-Southern Section Division I-AA playoffs. Tip-off is 7 p.m. at Damien. last_img read more

Plan afoot to rename NASA Dryden after Neil Armstrong

first_imgCalvert, who is the ranking Republican on the House Space and Aeronautics subcommittee, said he told Armstrong about the idea and the former astronaut said he would not take a position on the matter. Calvert’s proposal would still honor Dryden by naming the Western Aeronautical Test Range for him. The test range is a network of radars, global positioning satellite equipment, and telemetry gear that covers restricted airspace over and to the north of Edwards Air Force Base. Dryden was a noted expert in aerodynamics who served as director of NASA’s forerunner – the National Advisory Committee on Aeronautics – and later as deputy administrator for the then-newly formed NASA. Dryden, who died in 1965, is credited with helping launch the X-15 rocketplane program and helping oversee the technical aspects of the early manned space programs. “He (Dryden) did a huge amount of research work and should be honored for that,” Calvert said. Janice Dunn, deputy director of the California Space Authority, said the organization supports naming the center after Armstrong – with the caveat that the test range be named after Dryden. The move has two benefits: – recognition for the first man to walk on the moon, a man with ties to Dryden; and more accurately reflecting the mission of the center. EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE – A congressman wants to rename NASA Dryden Flight Research Center after test pilot and Apollo 11 astronaut Neil Armstrong, who was the first person to walk on the moon. The change, supported by some space-advocacy organizations, is proposed in part with the goal of inspiring a new generation of scientists and researchers to explore space. Rep. Ken Calvert, R-Riverside, said he is drafting legislation to rename the center after Armstrong and still honor Hugh Dryden by naming a test range after him. Calvert said the effort was prompted by requests from numerous space advocates, including the California Space Authority and people in the Antelope Valley. “He’s certainly an American hero, a world hero for that matter, and this is the type of recognition he deserves,” Calvert said of Armstrong. “It’ll help reflect that the center does indeed have an active participation in space exploration,” Dunn said. “It’s kind of lost that the center has a space exploration connection.” Among its space connections, the NASA Dryden center at Edwards Air Force Base is where the space shuttles landed early in that program. The Antelope Valley Board of Trade, an organization that has lobbied on behalf of Dryden projects, supports the name change. “Hopefully, this will inspire young people to get them interested in math and science,” said Cathy Hart, the organization’s executive director. “This is an inspirational effort to get young people to become the next generation of researchers, scientists and space explorers.” There is a precedent for such a name change. In 1999, NASA’s Lewis Research Center in Ohio was renamed for astronaut and senator John Glenn. The new name, John H. Glenn Research Center at Lewis Field, still honors George Lewis, the first executive director of the National Advisory Committee on Aeronautics. Although Armstrong is best known for the historic Apollo 11 moon mission in July 1969, he also had a distinguished career as a test pilot at Dryden from 1955 to 1962, including flying the famed X-15 rocketplane. Armstrong made seven flights in the rocket plane from December 1960 until July 1962. During those fights he reached a peak altitude of 207,500 feet in the X-15-3, and a speed of 3,989 mph in the X-15-1. As a research pilot Armstrong served as project pilot on the F-100A and F-100C aircraft, F-101, and the F-104A. He also flew the X-1B, X-5, F-105, F-106, B-47, KC-135, and Paresev. When he left Dryden to become an astronaut, Armstrong had logged more than 2,450 flying hours. The test-pilot era was both immortalized and spoofed in the book and movie “The Right Stuff.” “I did a lot of different test programs in those days,” Armstrong said in a September 2001 oral history project for NASA. “That was a very exciting job and very excellent flying, very challenging goals. I think it was certainly one of the memorable parts of my life.” As an astronaut, Armstrong made two space flights – a March 1966 flight in the Gemini program that featured the first docking in space, and the historic Apollo 11 mission that made him the first man to walk on the moon. In 1991, Armstrong returned to the Antelope Valley to be inducted into Lancaster’s Aerospace Walk of Honor. james.skeen@dailynews (661) 267-5743 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Leicester reveal statute tribute to Vichai

first_imgMourning fans have turned Leicester’s stadium into a shrine for Vichai over the last two weeks and his son, Leicester’s vice-chairman Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha, revealed there will now be a permanent reminder of the charismatic owner in the form of the statue.Leicester supporters will pay an emotional tribute to Vichai when the Foxes host Burnley on Saturday in the team’s first home game since the crash.“We will never be able to repay what he did for us -– for me as his son, us as his family, everyone connected to Leicester City and beyond -– but we are committed to honouring his memory and upholding his legacy,” Aiyawatt wrote in Saturday’s match programme.“Our continued growth as a club, our state-of-the-art new training ground and our planned stadium expansion will help realise his vision for Leicester City.“I plan to commission a statue of my father, for outside King Power Stadium, as a permanent and fitting tribute to the man that made it all possible.“He will forever be in our hearts. He will never be forgotten.”In the eight years since the Srivaddhanaprabha family bought Leicester in 2010, Vichai helped transform the club beyond all recognition.They won the Premier League title as 5,000-1 outsiders in 2016 and played in the Champions League for the first time the following season.Plans for Saturday’s game against Burnley include gifts of commemorative scarves, pin badges, clap banners and the souvenir programmes for supporters in attendance, while a ‘Tribute to Khun Vichai’ video will be shown on the big screens before kick-off.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Leicester’s players paid their respects to late owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha © KING POWER/AFP / Handout, Handout, HandoutLONDON, United Kingdom, Nov 9 – Leicester’s late owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha will be immortalised with a memorial statue at the King Power Stadium after his death in a helicopter crash.Thai billionaire Vichai was among five people killed when his helicopter crashed outside the King Power following Leicester’s match against West Ham on October 27.last_img read more

Swansea expect to seal deal for Ligue 1 defender in next 24 hours

first_img Franck Tabanou 1 Swansea expect to complete the signing of St Etienne defender Franck Tabanou in the next 24 hours.The former France Under-21 international is having a medical at the Barclays Premier League club on Thursday and should become Swansea’s second signing of the summer.It is understood Swansea will pay around £3.5million for the 26-year-old who will provide competition for Wales left-back Neil Taylor.Swansea attempted to sign Tabanou last January but the former Toulouse defender chose to stay at St Etienne and helped them finish fifth in Ligue 1.Tabanou’s agent Philippe Lamboley previously told BBC Wales: “He has chosen Swansea, he has told me he is not interested in any other offers from any other clubs.”Swansea manager Garry Monk wants to strengthen a squad which finished eighth in the Premier League last season and he has already picked up Ghana forward Andre Ayew on a free transfer from Marseille.Monk is on the look-out for a goalkeeper following the departures of Gerhard Tremmel and David Cornell with Heerenveen’s Swedish stopper Kristoffer Nordfeldt reported to be on Swansea’s radar while another striker is also being targeted.last_img read more

Chelsea transfer news: Flop star set to leave Blues

first_img Radamel Falcao in action for Colombia 1 Chelsea flop Radamel Falcao is a target for Mexican side Club America.The Colombian international, who is still owned by Monaco despite loan spells with Manchester United and now Chelsea, is understood to be keen on a move across the Atlantic.And, according to Medio Tiempo, Club America are very keen on establishing whether a deal can be done with the French club.However, one stumbling block could be Falcao’s extortionate wage demands, with the Mexicans unlikely to be able to match what Monaco and Chelsea currently pay him.Falcao is desperate to leave England in January, having struggled to adapt to life in the Premier League, and Chelsea are also keen on offloading him.He has scored just one goal in 11 appearances this season and managed to find the net just four times for United last year.last_img read more