Orlando Magic guard Evan Fournier (10) goes up for a 3-pointer during the first half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the New Orleans Pelicans on Wednesday, March 20, 2019, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)ORLANDO, Florida — The Orlando Magic showed no mercy on an undermanned New Orleans team, routing the punchless Pelicans.Evan Fournier scored 22 points and Aaron Gordon had 20 as the Magic took advantage of the Pelicans playing without All-Star Anthony Davis and beat New Orleans 119-96 on Wednesday night for their third straight victory.ADVERTISEMENT Pelicans: Host Houston on Sunday.Magic: Play their fourth straight home game Friday against Memphis.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title “Overall, we’ve been pretty good lately,” Fournier said. “We’re locked in, pressuring the ball, being physical. It’s kind of becoming automatic now. We’ve really gotten better defensively.”Stanley Johnson led the Pelicans with 18 points. Fellow reserve Ian Clark had 17 and Frank Jackson was the only starter in double figures with 14. The Pelicans were outrebounded 65-49.Davis was with the Pelicans a month ago when they were routed 118-88 by Orlando.“For some reason, this is a terrible matchup for us,” Pelicans’ coach Alvin Gentry said. “Those are our two worst losses this year. It’s just one of those things where the matchups have not been good to us and we have had a tough time keeping them off the boards.”Davis left Orlando on Wednesday morning to return to New Orleans to be with his daughter who was ill.ADVERTISEMENT Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup 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 “His daughter is really sick,” Gentry said at the morning shootaround. “He went back to make sure everything is fine. It’s serious enough that he needed to go back there.”Orlando held a 22-point halftime lead and never let the advantage go below 15 in the second half. Payton hit a follow-shot layup to cut New Orleans deficit to 76-61 with 6:23 left in the third period and prompt a timeout by the Magic.After the timeout, Vucevic drained a wide-open 3-pointer and blocked two shots to ignite a 15-0 run that sealed it. New Orleans missed 11 straight shots and turned the ball over twice during the run. The Pelicans trailed 98-67 going into the fourth quarter.“It wasn’t anything I said (during the timeout), we just played a lot better defensively,” Magic coach Steve Clifford said. “I think our defense is more consistent every night.”The game was all but decided at halftime when Orlando took a 68-46 lead. The Magic didn’t have to work hard offensively, hitting seven of 15 3-pointers and overpowering the Pelicans inside for layups or free throws.Vucevic had almost as many rebounds (14) as the Pelicans (18) in the first half when New Orleans shooting provided plenty of opportunities. The Pelicans started the game 1 for 14 from the field and didn’t get much better after that, finishing the half 18 of 52 (34.6 percent).TIP-INSPelicans: G E’Twaun Moore missed his seventh straight game with a quad contusion.Magic: Orlando’s starting five outscored New Orleans’ starters 78-43, including 50-19 in the first half. … Orlando had two, potential four-point plays in the first half. Ross missed his free throw in the first period, but Fournier converted his in the second period. … Orlando had 10 blocks, one shy of its season high.UP NEXT MOST READ Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Terrence Ross had 19 points and Nikola Vucevic added 15 points and 17 rebounds for the Magic, who had little trouble finding shots inside or outside against the defenseless Pelicans. Orlando is chasing Miami for the final spot in the Eastern Conference playoffs.“We know we have a chance to play our way into the playoffs,” Gordon said. “We have some really talented guys on the defensive end and it’s all starting to come together.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsDefense was all the Magic players wanted to talk about. They limited New Orleans to 37.3 percent shooting and completely eliminated Pelican point guard Elfrid Payton, who was on a roll coming into the game.Payton, who had triple-doubles in five straight games, finished with seven points, two assists and three rebounds. The only other NBA players with a triple-double in five straight games are Russell Westbrook (four times), Oscar Robertson (three), Wilt Chamberlain (two) and Michael Jordan (once). 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PROCMURA-Liberia Chapter’s Anti-Ebola Taskforce Committee over the weekend reached out to vulnerable and most Ebola affected communities’ in Bomi County, with food and non-food items.The items included household disinfectants, several bags of 25kg rice, buckets with faucets, powder soaps and vegetable oil, among others. Beneficiaries included residents of Dorleyla and Dimen towns on the Bomi/Monrovia highway. Dimen Town is the home of celebrated cultural icon, the late Bai T. Moore. Though there were no reports of Ebola outbreak in Dimen, nearby Dorleyla Town was affected, killing at least 19 persons during the height of the outbreak last year.Dorleyla’s town chief, Imam Mohammed Jalieba, and Pastor David Kollie as well as the head of a women’s organization, Famatta Dorley, expressed gratitude to PROCMURA-Liberia.“Your gifts have revived our lost hopes. Therefore, we will distribute them for the benefit of all including those mostly afflicted by the EVD last year,” residents of the two towns assured the PROCMURA leadership.PROCMURA officials informed the beneficiaries that their plights have not been forgotten, and therefore urged them to make good use of the donations.Dr. Benjamin D. Lartey, who led the distribution committee, said the fight against the EVD in the sub-region would succeed only when those in the fight come together to kick the EVD out.He called on the leaders to take the lead in the fight by spreading the necessary awareness and education to complement the Liberian government’s efforts.“This is not the time to score victory against anyone, but to collaborate by forging together in our fight to score victory against the deadly Ebola by driving it from Liberia and the Mano River Basin,” Dr. Lartey asserted.He also called on the people to take ownership of their communities for the protection of the populace against Ebola.PROCMURA is an acronym for Pan-African Christian Organization and it is dedicated to Christian constructive engagement with Muslims to witness, establish mutual tolerance and collaboration towards peace and peaceful co-existence for the holistic development of the human family. It was founded in 1959.It is established in 20 African countries and is visible in an additional 10, the officials said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
We have often in this column recalled how in 1975 Time Magazine published a cover story on Africa entitled, “In Africa, Things Always Go Backward.”This highly pessimistic title made many of us Africans angry. But then, the magazine had earlier that same year put on its cover the Nigerian Head of State, Yakubu Gowon, calling him and Nigeria “The First Black Power.” It had just been revealed that Nigeria had US$7 billion in reserves in London banks, at the time one of the highest in the world. However, in July that year Gowon was overthrown in a military coup d’état while attending the Organization ofAfrican Unity Summit in Kampala, Uganda!And remember, barely four years earlier, peaceful and progressive Uganda, the world’s second largest coffee producer, had been rocked by Idi Amin’s coup overthrowing democratically elected President Milton Obote! That immediately sent millions of Ugandans, including top politicians, civil servants, army personnel, bishops and ordinary folk fleeing Amin’s murderous and widespread brutality. Uganda lost its coffee clout to the Ivory Coast. Amin soon expelled thousands of Indian businesspeople who had dominated the business sector, causing the collapse of the country’s commerce.We yet remember that around the same time of Gowon’s overthrow, Angola and Mozambique gained their independence from Portugal, and immediately entered civil war!We all know what happened in Liberia five years later, when this African citadel of peace and stability was rocked with its first coup, overthrowing and murdering President William R. Tolbert and his top officials, plunging the country into 10 years of terror, leading, worse yet, to civil war.Doe was in his last days of power when Yahya Jammeh joined the ECOMOG’S Gambian peace keeping contingent deployed in Liberia. Did ECOMOG stop the war? No. Following the All-Party Conference in Banjul in September 1990, Dr. Amos Sawyer, who was elected Chair of the Interim Government of National Unity (IGNU), entered Liberia shortly thereafter. Dr. Sawyer, along with Dr. Togba Nah-Tipoteh and others, as members of the Movement for Justice in Africa (MOJA), were among the political movements that gave political consciousness to Liberian youth across the country, as well as the Liberian Armed Forces that staged the 1980 coup d’état. Did the coup set things right in Liberia? No. It led to 10 years of terror, leading to civil war. Sawyer and his team arrived here in September to early October, 1990 and remained in control of the Interim Government for over four years. Did things “go backward” in Liberia? You bet! The war continued for 10 more years.Meanwhile Jammeh, after completing his tour of duty with ECOMOG in Liberia, returned home and quickly, on July 22, 1994 staged a military coup d’état against the elected government of President Sir Dawda K. Jawara. Jammeh immediately started doing the same things Doe had done following his 1980 coup—embarking upon a repressive and murderous rule that has lasted 22 years.But something good happened on December 1, 2016, when the Gambian opposition united, defeated the tyrant and elected Adama Barrow as the new President. The defeat was so convincing that Jammeh immediately conceded. But determined that things will, once again “go backward” in Africa, Jammeh a few days later alleged election “irregularities” and called for new elections!The ECOWAS leaders, led by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and the President of Africa’s most powerful nation, Nigeria, has so far paid several visits to Banjul, pleading with Yahya Jammeh to step aside and allow the scheduled January 19 inauguration of the new President to be held.But Jammeh, assuming that ECOWAS, the African Union, the United Nations and the rest of the world are fools, is now insisting that his Supreme Court should decide the matter, which has already been decided by the December 1 elections. This has led ECOWAS to the extreme, threatening force to remove this intransigent and unreasonable tyrant. Now, for the first time in its history, Gambia’s peace has been seriously threatened, and thousands of citizens as well as tourists, the backbone of the economy, are fleeing the looming apocalypse.It is our prayer that military force, if it becomes necessary, will be swift, decisive and bloodless. We have another prayer: that Adama Barrow, The Gambia’s long awaited liberator, will not disappoint. We pray that he will have the common sense, humility and political will to lead The Gambia forward, and save it from going “backward” again. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
No. 6 Florida 77, Arkansas 56: The Gators (29-5) finished off threerouts in three days in Atlanta to claim their third straight Southeastern Conference tournament championship and lock up the No. 1 seed in the Midwest regional. No. 8 North Carolina 89, N.C. State 80: Shrugging off nine years of frustration in the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament, the Tar Heels (28-6) beat their Tobacco Road rivals in Tampa, Fla., for their first league title since 1998 and were rewarded with the top seed in the East regional. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 81, Northwestern State 78: Chris Daniels scored 19 points, and the Islanders held on to win the Southland Conference tournament championship and secure their first berth in the NCAA Tournament. WOMEN No. 22 Wisconsin-Green Bay 91, Butler 64: Nicole Soulis scored 21points, and Amanda Popp added 18 to help the host Phoenix (28-3) cruise to the Horizon League tournament title. Mike Conley scored 18 points, Ron Lewis added 17, and the top-ranked Ohio State Buckeyes beat the No.3Wisconsin Badgers for the third time this season, 66-49, Sunday in Chicago to win their second Big Ten tournament title. The Buckeyes (30-3) then learned they have the top seed in the South regional. Wisconsin got the second seed in the Midwest. Greg Oden finished with 12 points, 10 rebounds and four blocks after playing just 6 minutes in the first half. Big Ten Player of the Year Alando Tucker missed his first six shots for Wisconsin and finished with 10 points. “They have a lot of athletes on that team, and they like to get up and down,” said Wisconsin’s Kamron Taylor, who led the Badgers (29-5) with 15points but was 6 of 18 from the floor. “I think the first two times that we played them, we kind of controlled that, and we let it get away from us. Today, we allowed them to get out and get on a break, and it caught up with us.” No. 2 Kansas 88, No. 15 Texas 84 (OT): Sherron Collins scored 20points, and Kansas rallied in Oklahoma City to claim their second straight Big 12 tournament title in overtime and the No.1seed in the West regional. Old Dominion 78, James Madison 70: T.J. Jordan scored 17 points, and Tiffany Green added 16 in Newark, Del., to help the Monarchs (24-8) capture their 16th consecutive Colonial Athletic Association tournament championship. Drake 65, Creighton 64 (OT): Kelsey Keizer hit a 3-pointer with 55seconds left in overtime in Des Moines, Iowa, to give the eighth-seeded Bulldogs (14-18) the Missouri Valley Conference tournament title. UMBC 48, Hartford 46: Carlee Cassidy scored 14 points to help the seventh-seeded Retrievers (16-16) stun the top-seed Hawks (24-8) in the America East title game and earn their first trip to the NCAA Tournament. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
The model they used allowed for earthquakes up to 7.6 magnitude which is 2,000 times more powerful than the largest earthquake ever recorded in the region of 5.4 magnitude near Dawson Creek. Little also said their review included low level earthquakes attributed to fracking in the area.The public hearings into the project started back up again today in Fort St. John with a topic specific session on the aquatic environment.Chief Project Engineer John Nunn started B.C. Hydro’s presentation by addressing some of the “misconceptions” about the W.A.C. Bennett Dam, maintaining it has not yet reached its half-life. He argues with good maintenance dams can have a much longer life than 100 years, pointing to a dam in Germany that was bought in 1715 and one in the U.S.- Advertisement -The hearings continue today with presentations from Natural Resources Canada, Transport Canada and the Ministry of Forests, as well as Saulteau First Nations, West Moberly First Nations, Treaty 8 Tribal Association and the Peace River Environmental Society.
“Realistically speaking, in the 2019-2020 season we could have it in the Champions League and at the European Championship,” Ceferin said in an interview with Italian daily Gazzetta dello Sport.“The Champions League is like a Ferrari or a Porsche. You can’t drive it right away, you need training and testing offline. Everyone has to understand how it works.“At the moment not everything is clear for the fans and referees, we cannot allow that, and I’ve seen some comical situations in Germany, the FA Cup and Italy.“For the top of the top of our sport we need the top of the top rules. We must solve the problems, not try to please someone.”And European football’s chief added that he had “some concerns about the World Cup, where we’ll have referees who have never officiated with VAR.“I hope there are no scandals or problems.”0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin does not want to rush to introduce VAR into European competitions © AFP / JOHN THYSMILAN, Italy, Apr 18 – UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin said Wednesday that the video assistant referee (VAR) system could be introduced to the Champions League by the 2019-2020 season.Slovenian Ceferin has taken a cautious approach to the use of VAR despite it being used in the Italian and German leagues this season. FIFA have also approved its use at the upcoming World Cup in Russia.
0Shares0000Atletico Madrid’s Diego Costa, seen during a training session following his welcoming ceremony at the Wanda Metropolitan Stadium in Madrid, on December 31, 2017 © AFP/File / PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOUMADRID, Spain, Jan 5 – Diego Costa’s return to Atletico Madrid began in typically explosive fashion on Wednesday night, and his second spell in La Liga has raised hopes that his new team might challenge runaway leaders Barcelona.Costa swept home his first Atletico goal since leaving the club for Chelsea in 2014 just five minutes into his first appearance since May, scoring Atletico’s third in a 4-0 hammering of third-tier Lleida Esportiu in the Copa Del Rey and showing the goalscoring prowess that Diego Simeone’s side have lacked all season. Costa came on as a 64th minute sub on Wednesday and almost immediately put his foot where it hurts to score, beating Lleida centre-back Marc Trilles to Juanfran’s drilled cross and having his shin stamped on by the defending in the process.“He’d put his foot into the blades of a fan,” said teammate Vitolo.Costa showed the other, darker side to his game soon after deciding that the knock to the shin was nothing serious, charging back onto the pitch and getting embroiled in a row with Jorge Felix for which he was lucky not to be booked.Atletico Madrid’s top scorer Antoine Griezmann controls the ball during a friendly match against Egypt’s Al-Ahly, at Borg al-Arab Stadium near Alexandria, on December 30, 2017 © AFP/File / KHALED DESOUKI“In a way he never left, despite having a very good spell at Chelsea,” said goalkeeper Miguel Anguel Moya, who stood in for Jan Oblak at Lleida.Atletico, who host Getafe on Saturday, are second in La Liga having lost only once all season but are nine points behind Ernesto Valverde’s team, on 36 points after drawing six of their 17 league fixtures, more than any team in the top half of the table.They remain as dogged and as hard to beat as ever — just eight goals conceded and one defeat in 17 league games is a testament to that — but they have scored only 25.That’s 20 fewer than Barca and a paltry total compared to third-placed Valencia, who have rattled in 36 and are two points behind Atletico.Their top scorer is Antoine Griezmann, who has improved after a slow start to the season and scored the fourth with a deflected free-kick on Wednesday but has only scored five times in the league.Sunday’s match is just the sort of match Atletico have faltered at throughout this season.As well as the six league draws against the middling likes of Girona and Leganes, four in the Champions League — including two with Azerbaijani minnows Qarabag — cost them qualification from a group many expected them to comfortably get through ahead of eventual group winners Roma.Their first league defeat of the season came at Espanyol before the Christmas break, a 1-0 loss that came thanks to shot shy striker Sergio Garcia’s first goal of the season two minutes before the end and highlighted the how blunt Atletico can look going forward against weak opposition.Atletico haven’t won La Liga since Costa left for London, where he won two Premier League titles in three years straight after rifling the Madrid club to their tenth league championship with 27 goals.Real Madrid are way back in fourth, five behind Atletico as they prepare to travel to Celta Vigo, who have held Barca to two recent draws — 2-2 at the Camp Nou in the league last month and 1-1 in the cup on Thursday.FixturesSaturdayAtletico Madrid v Getafe (3pm), Valencia v Girona (6:15pm), Las Palmas v Eibar (8:30pm), Sevilla v Real Betis (10:45pm)SundayLeganes v Real Sociedad (2pm), Barcelona v Levante (6:15pm), Athletic Bilbao v Alaves (8:30pm), Villareal v Deportivo (8:30pm), Celta Vigo v Real Madrid (10:45pmMondayMalaga v Espanyol (11pm)0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
A Donegal county councillor has said he is delighted to have secured a grant of €10,000 for a road safety project.Micheal Cholm Mac Giolla EasbuigMicheál Choilm Mac Giolla Easbuig secured the grant for Scoil Rann Na Feirste at last weeks MD Council meeting in Dungloe.He said “I would like to thank Cllr Seamus O’Donnell and Cllr Terrance Slowey for strongly supporting my request for funding for this safety project at the school. There has been a road safety issue at the school when the kids are being dropped off and picked up. “The council will start work before Christmas and hopefully this will make access to and from the school to the main car park at Áislann Rann Na Feirste safer for everyone.”Dúirt Micheál Choilm Mac Giolla Easbuig go raibh áthas air go raibh sé ábalta maoiniúchán €10,000 a chinntiú do thionscadal sábháilteachta bóthair ag Scoil Rann na Feirste igCruinniú Comhairle an Cheantair Bhardasaigh a bhí ann ar an Chlochán Liath an tseachtain seo a chuaigh thart.“Ba mhaith liom buíochas a ghabháil leis an Chomhairleoir Seamus O’Donnell agus leis an Chomhairleoir Terence Slowey a thug tacaíocht láidir dom san iarratas maoiniúcháin don tionscadal sábháilteachta ag an scoil.“Tá fadhb le sábháilteacht an bhóthair ag an scoil nuair a bhíonn na páistí á bhfágáil ann agus á gcruinniú arís. Cuirfidh an Chomhairle tús leis na hoibreacha roimh an Nollaig agus tá súil againn go mbeidh an bealach isteach chuig an scoil agus an bealach amach go dtí an carrchlós ag Áislann Rann na Feirste níos sábháilte do achan nduine.” SCHOOL GETS €10,000 FOR ROAD SAFETY PROJECT was last modified: November 23rd, 2015 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)
The late Sharon AlexanderA charity concert is to take place in aid of Sharon’s Girls Building Fund.The aim of the concert it to raise fund to build bedrooms for three young girls from Drumkeen who were oprhaned before Christmas and who are now living with relatives who do not have bedrooms for them.The girl’s mum, Sharon Alexander, 34, passed away in the Donegal Hospice in early November, just two years after her former partner, and the childrens’ father, died tragically. She left behind three daughters – Shannon (15), Amy (14) and Kayleigh (12). Following the death of their mother, the girls were forced to give up their council house in Castlefinn.Amy has Down Syndrome and is currently on a waiting list for heart surgery.She is being cared for by her aunt and uncle at their home in Killygordon.Meanwhile, Shannon and Kayleigh have been taken in by another aunt and uncle in Drumkeen. To compound matters, the Drumkeen bungalow is too small and the girls have to, literally, live out of their suitcases. The Killygordon house has no downstairs bedroom, which Amy requires due to her special needs. Family and friends set up the charity ‘Sharon’s Girls’ to raise enough funds to extend the Drumkeen house and to build a downstairs bedroom for Amy in Killygordon.The concert takes place tonight, Tuesday 2nd February in the Villa Rose Hotel, BallybofeyArtists appearing on the night include Gary Gamble, Gerry Guthrie, Shunie Crampsie, Jacqui Sharkey,Justin Mc Gurk, Cliona Hagan Gary Mc Evoy and MC for the night is Phil Mack from Keep it Country Music Channel on Sky 261.Tickets costing €20 are available from: Villa Rose Hotel,Foy and Co. Port Road Letterkenny, St. Vincent De Paul, Castlefin andAndy’s Superstore, Stranorlar.There will also be a special auction on the night. You could be in with a chance to win:1 Signed Donegal jersey and ball,2 Waterford crystal decanter,3 Signed Ireland rugby shirt,4 Laser teeth whitening, beautician & hair vouchers,5 Signed Ireland jersey,6 Manchester United 2 tickets and overnight accommodation7 Dinner and cabaret in Harvey’s Point and 2 nights B/B & 1 evening meal in Abbey Hotel,8 One hours flying over Donegal with Flying ClubWHY WE SHOULD ALL GET BEHIND A NIGHT FOR ‘SHARON’S GIRLS’ was last modified: February 2nd, 2016 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:concertdonegalDrumkeenSharon Alexander