Kyle Lowry has big half amid trade rumors as Raptors hold off 76ers

first_imgIn fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Lowry had a big first half amid reports that Toronto has offered him in a trade, Kawhi Leonard finished with 24 points, and the Raptors held off the Philadelphia 76ers 119-107 on Tuesday night in a matchup between two of the Eastern Conference’s top teams.Lowry, a Philadelphia native and former Villanova star, had 17 points in the first half and finished with 20. He seemed unfazed by a report from Sports Illustrated that Toronto had offered him to Memphis as part of a trade package for Mike Conley and Marc Gasol.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“I personally want to be in Toronto,” Lowry said. “I’ve never asked for a trade. My goal is to try to win a championship here, and that’s what I want to do.”Serge Ibaka also had 20 points to help the Raptors overcome the Joel Embiid-led Sixers. Embiid had 37 points and 13 rebounds for his league-leading 44th double-double, while Ben Simmons scored 20 points and Jimmy Butler had 18. 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Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers “I love playing at home,” Lowry said. “My mom’s in the building. It’s different.”TOO MANY MINUTES?The Sixers were without two starters as Wilson Chandler (quad) missed his second straight game while JJ Redick was a late scratch due to nausea.That led to the team’s Big 3 of Embiid (42 minutes), Simmons (44 minutes) and Butler (39 minutes) all playing more than coach Brett Brown would have liked.“We got two days off before we played and I just felt like it was our only chance to win,” Brown said. “But it is not an ideal volume of minutes that I played them.”DEFENSE COMES FIRSTWhile the Raptors had a big offensive performance, they were mostly proud of the work they put in on the defensive end. That includes forcing Simmons into six turnovers.“He’s a great player, very good at getting to the basket and finding his teammates,” Leonard said. “I just tried my best to get in the passing lane and stick to our game plan.”TIP-INSRaptors: Toronto is now 17-11 on the road this season, the third best mark in the league. The Raptors’ next two games will also be away from home. … Toronto won the season series with Philadelphia, 3-1, with the Sixers’ only win coming on Dec. 22 when the Raptors were missing Leonard and Ibaka, their top two scorers. 76ers: Tuesday’s game marked the start of a four-game homestand after a 2-2 road swing out West. … Some of the biggest cheers of the night came in the pregame when Sixers great Allen Iverson rang the team’s ceremonial bell at midcourt. … This was Embiid’s NBA-leading 22nd game this season with at least 30 points and 10 rebounds.UP NEXTRaptors: At the Atlanta Hawks on Thursday night.76ers: Host the Denver Nuggets on Friday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next With the Sixers trailing by 18 early in the fourth quarter, Embiid ripped off 12 points in a three-minute stretch to slice Toronto’s lead to 108-101 with 6:59 left and get the home crowd on its feet for the first time all night. But the Raptors (39-16) never let the Sixers (34-20) get closer than seven.“Offensively, defensively, they were just better than us,” Embiid said. “But I’m proud of our effort in the second half.”After erupting for 40 points in the first quarter behind 11-for-11 shooting from the free-throw line, the Raptors built a 21-point advantage midway through the second quarter. Lowry, who missed Toronto’s last game due to back soreness, fueled the run with three 3-pointers in a two-minute stretch.“He was awesome,” Raptors coach Nick Nurse said. “You know, that’s Kyle in a super-focused game. He took his 3s, he took his deep ones, he took some drives. Whenever you see him pull that little slam-on-the-brakes, spin-to-the-left fadeaway, you know he’s in the game right.”Lowry added another 3, which bounced all around the rim before dropping in, four minutes before halftime to help Toronto take a 72-55 lead into the break — the Raptors’ best offensive first half of the season.ADVERTISEMENT Tobias Harris’ big night lifts Clippers past Hornets Toronto Raptors’ Kyle Lowry, left, tries to get a shot past Philadelphia 76ers’ Mike Muscala during the second half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019, in Philadelphia. Toronto won 119-107. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)PHILADELPHIA — Kyle Lowry doesn’t want to play for any team but Toronto.A detour through his hometown is always welcome, though.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more


first_imgHEALTH: A team of medical experts are hosting a FREE seminar aimed at informing the public of various NEW techniques and practices at alleviating joint pain. The seminar is targeting members of the public who suffer from chronic Arthritis, Shoulder, Hip, or Knee problems.The guest speakers will relay the information at a FREE seminar which will be held on Tuesday 6th October at 7.30pm at the award-winning Clanree Hotel. Orthopaedic surgeons Mr Daniel Acton and Mr Neville Thompson will give presentations on the new methods, techniques and innovative treatments now available.A huge crowd is expected to attend this FREE public seminar, and organisers are advising those interested to book their place NOW.To confirm your place NOW – please email  [email protected] or CALL Stacey on 048 77723510.For  more information Website: FREE SEMINAR ON ALLEVIATING JOINT PAIN TO BE HELD NEXT WEEK AT THE CLANREE HOTEL was last modified: September 30th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:Featuresnewslast_img read more

South Africa: open for business

first_imgWith its top sporting, recreational andhospitality facilities, and a world-classconvention centre, Durban is a perennialfavourite with visitors. (Image: For more free pictures, visit the image library)  MEDIA CONTACTS • Thandiwe Mathibela  Communications, South African Tourism  +27 11 895 3000 RELATED ARTICLES • Maropeng top evotourism destination • Africa’s greenest hotel for Cape Town • Northern Cape ideal for extreme sports • Table Mountain new natural wonder • SA becomes business tourism hubBongani Evans MtlhavaniSouth Africa is open for business – this is the emphatic message delivered by the Department of Tourism during the recent Meetings Africa gathering.Said to be Africa’s biggest business tourism business trade show, the event took place at Johannesburg’s Sandton Convention Centre from 28 February to 1 March, and attracted influential buyers from around the world.It’s a flagship marketing initiative of South African Tourism (SAT), and focuses on the so-called MICE (meetings, incentives, conference, and exhibitions) industry, with offerings that appeal to local and international buyers alike.Meetings Africa 2012 also saw the launch of the National Convention Bureau (NCB) which is going to play a crucial role in harnessing national tourism efforts.“The NCB will add considerable value to the country’s business tourism industry,” said tourism minister Marthinus van Schalkwyk, “and will strengthen and support efforts already being made to drive expansion in business tourist arrivals to make South Africa a truly global force.”Van Schalkwyk pointed out that through the successful staging of major events such as the 2010 Fifa World Cup, the recent COP17 climate change conference, and other sporting, business and tourism events, South Africa has established its credentials as a competent global host.He also said that South Africa has an advantage in that the country has world-class business and conference facilities, but also excellent leisure tourism attractions and hospitable and friendly people.The NCB was established in November 2011 and is headed by executive director Amanda Kotze-Nhlapho, who joined SAT after a successful tenure as head of convention bureau and events at Cape Town Routes Unlimited.“We believe that the industry is ready to contribute to the economy,” she said.The NCB will offer services such as support with the planning of conventions, all aspects of the bidding process, and on-site event services.Welcome to South AfricaA presentation on the first day by Mabeka Makola, SAT’s brand experience manager, gave details about the organisation’s SAT’s Welcome Campaign, aimed at inspiring all South Africans to welcome visitors warmly and so encourage them to return.He said that perception of the country is a crucial factor not only in bringing visitors back, but in inspiring them to spread the word about South Africa back home.“It’s about everyone working together to emphasis the small things that will have a greater impact on visitor perception in the long run.”The initiative is going into its second phase of implementation, which brings the consumer on board. The first phase involved talks with the trade.“We need to partner with small businesses to make sure that this campaign reaches the full potential, because its success relies on partnerships,” said Makola.Significance of the BRICS partnershipA Meetings Africa panel discussion highlighted the role South Africa’s BRICS membership has played in in fuelling trade and investment in the country.South Africa officially joined the bloc of emerging economic powers in April 2011.Representing their countries on the panel were Russia’s Elena Demidova, general director at Expert Avis Marketing; Nandakumar Devarajan, president of India’s largest travel group Kuoni India; Civic Group founder Olivia Ji from China; and South Africa’s Anitha Soni, Brand South Africa chairperson.The discussion was chaired by CNBC Africa business reporter Lionel Skink.Soni told the audience that the move to join BRICS has enabled South Africa to connect with the big growth economies in the world, and tap into their lucrative markets.“President Jacob Zuma has shared that since we joined the BRICS family, our exports grew four-fold into those countries and our imports into the same countries doubled,” said Soni. “It therefore makes business sense to play with the largest growing economies in the world.”She added that to make the most of these opportunities, long-term strategies were needed, and these were in place.Demidova indicated that there is great interest in South Africa from the Russian side. “Russians are interested in what is going on in this country, and are looking at the destination as an event alternative.”She hinted at the possibility of direct flights between South Africa and Russia in the future, likening the concept to the recent non-stop flight to China recently introduced by South African Airways.South Africa and China have set up bilateral agreements in many areas, including transport, education, housing, infrastructure, and water resource management.The introduction of non-stop flights between South Africa and Russia promises to facilitate business and leisure travel between the two countries, said Demidova.She said that South Africa should continue to focus on issues of access to the country, such as visa requirements, flight length and destination promotion. She revealed statistics from Russia which show that since Latin America dropped visa requirements, travel from Russia to that region increased exponentially.Ji shared Demidova’s sentiment, and indicated that the Chinese people want to know more about South Africa and how to do business with the country.“Our focus is on cooperation and looking for a win-win situation,” she said. “We are very open to forming new partnerships and are looking at a long term interest.”Devarajan said that there are a number of elements to consider when planning a MICE tour.“The planner wants a focus on logistics, access and customising an itinerary to suit the traveller, while the tourist wants to see new things, experience new sites and enjoy nightlife and shopping. Corporate visitors want more bang for their buck and are concerned about safety” he explained.In terms of Indian visitors to South Africa, Devarajan said that their numbers would increase if hotels offered more Indian products, such as Indian television channels and cuisine.The bottom line for business tourism, said Soni, is that South Africans need to speak with one voice.“Business, government, society and the media need to communicate accurate messages, and we all need to be ambassadors for our country.”last_img read more

Jordaan appointed as advisor for 2014

first_imgDanny Jordaan, the former 2010 Fifa World Cup chief executive, will now play a special advisory role to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. Stadiums like the FNB Stadium, near Soweto, were constructed before the 2010 World Cup and revamped for thefootball extravaganza.(Images: Ray Maota) MEDIA CONTACTS • Morio Sanyane  SAFA: Communications Director  +27 82 990 0835 RELATED ARTICLES • 2010 Fifa World Cup: one year on • A brief history of the Fifa World Cup • SA young football champs off to Spain • R3m boost for SA football schoolRay MaotaDanny Jordaan, the former 2010 Fifa World Cup chief executive, has been appointed as a special advisor to the 2014 event in Brazil.The announcement was made during a meeting of the Fifa World Cup organising committee in Zurich, Switzerland at the end of March.Jordaan also serves as a vice president of the South African Football Association (Safa) and was appointed to the 2014 team along with Alexy Sorokin, head of the 2018 World Cup in Russia.According to Fifa, the complete Fifa executive committee is now – for the first time – part of the decision-making forum responsible for monitoring and organising the event.Helping Brazil with his experienceJordaan brings a wealth of experience to the Brazil Local Organising Committee (LOC) after serving in various Fifa committees including the 1998 World Cup in France, the 2002 World Cup in Korea/Japan and Germany in 2006.“I am very proud and excited to have been asked to serve on this vital committee which supports the backbone of Fifa’s business model,” said Jordaan.“The 2010 World Cup – which was acknowledged as the most successful ever – generated a massive US$4.2-billion (R33-billion). The projected target for Brazil is to grow that by 10%.”He added that Fifa has already received a comprehensive briefing from the Brazilian LOC about all facets of its preparations. The main task of the committee that he will be advising will be to critically examine the South American country’s preparations for 2014, to ensure that there are no logistical obstacles in the way of this target being achieved.Jordaan is currently serving in the Fifa Transparency and Compliance Committee, which deals with corporate governance in the world football controlling body.“In 2010, we created the benchmark for how to host a great and successful event and future events will always be evaluated against what South Africa achieved,” said Jordaan.Locally he also serves as the chairperson of Safa’s international and commercial bodies and is deputy chairperson of marketing for the Confederation of African Football (CAF) and the African Cup of Nations organising committee.Fifa commits to South African footballIn another development, it was announced on 18 April that South Africa’s 2010 Fifa World Cup Legacy Trust has now become fully operational.According to Fifa, the Trust will support a wide range of public initiatives in the areas of football development, education, health and humanitarian activity, using the game as a tool in South Africa.An investment of $58-million (R450-million) will be received by the Trust as part of Fifa’s promised $90-million (R700-million) from the hosting of the 2010 World Cup.South Africa has already received $17-million (R140-million) as an advance for the preparations of the 2010 event and for the building of Safa House, the headquarters of the national body.During the 2010 event, Safa also received $5-million (R40-million) for football development projects, and a further $9-million (R70-million) for investment in a fleet of buses and cars enabling the 52 regional structures of Safa to transport their teams.Fifa secretary general Jérôme Valcke said of the Trust: “We are very pleased that the Trust is now fully operational. It is the first time in the history of the Fifa World Cup that such an initiative has been established and it required a complex administrative process, which is why it took us some time to set it up.”Safa president Kirsten Nematandani also commented: “From today, we can look forward to the fruits of 2010 being enjoyed at grassroots level and within communities across South Africa.”The Trust accounts will be administered by auditing firm Ernst and Young.Preparations for 2014At the organising committee’s meeting in Zurich, in Switzerland, Fifa president Joseph Blatter welcomed the new chairman of the 2014 Fifa World Cup Local Organising Committee, José Maria Marin, as well as the newly appointed Fifa executive committee member from Brazil, Marco Polo del Nero.Blatter said: “After the re-confirmation received from President (of Brazil) Dilma Rousseff and her government on the fulfilment of all guarantees, we are confident that despite the many tasks still to be completed by all of us, Brazil will stage an exceptional Fifa World Cup in 2014.”Fifa’s World Cup organising committee includes deputy chairperson Michel Platini, who is also a former French football player and manager and Issa Hayatou, the president of CAF.Nicolás Leoz, deputy chairman of the organising committee, said: “We received today, for the first time, a very in-depth update on the status of preparations in all aspects, including the important sustainability strategy plan. This is vital as we have a responsibility that goes beyond the provision of the facilities for the event.“We must ensure that we maximise the positive effects for the benefit of all Brazilians and also minimise the negative impact, especially on the environment.”last_img read more

Groundspeak Weekly Newsletter – November 2, 2011

first_imgTurn Every Location into an Adventure!Groundspeak’s mission is to inspire outdoor play using location-based technology. We want everyone to be able to walk out their door and find an adventure – or 100 adventures – nearby. An adventure might take the form of a geocache hidden at your local park, a Challenge to take a photo of yourself performing a task at a specific location, a “Ginormous Everyday Object” that you discover through Waymarking or an interactive Wherigo experience.You’re probably already familiar with geocaching, but how many other Groundspeak adventures have you tried? Challenges, Waymarking and Wherigo provide hundreds of thousands of additional location-based adventures, all accessible for free via your Groundspeak membership.So, the next time you go find a geocache, search for one of these other adventures nearby. Can’t find enough of them? Create your own! Premium Members can create Challenges on and anyone can submit a Waymark or create a Wherigo cartridge.Share with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedA Birthday Message from the Founders – Weekly NewsletterAugust 29, 2012In “Groundspeak’s Weekly Newsletter”Slapjais Kakis/Wet Cat — Geocache of the WeekSeptember 24, 2019In “Community”Groundspeak Weekly Newsletter – April 27, 2011April 27, 2011In “Groundspeak’s Weekly Newsletter”last_img read more

CES 2013: 5 Things That You Won’t See

first_imgWhy IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces 3. The Hottest New SmartphonesSmartphone makers are increasingly keeping their mobile secrets hidden at CES. With the Mobile World Congress show just around the corner, HTC, Motorola and the rest generally launch some new mid-level devices in Vegas, but don’t reveal the most earth-shattering stuff until they get to Barcelona.  4. TVs Anyone Would Ever Actually Buy CES is always jam-packed with TVs, but they’re getting better – and vaguely affordable – at a snail’s pace. Companies will continue jockeying for title of the biggest, more pixel-dense displays around, but the impact on consumers in 2013 will be negligible. Ultra HDTV is miles from affordable (who has $25,000 to blow on a TV set?), consumers still don’t really care about 3D and awful proprietary software continues to hamstring most of the ballyhooed set-top devices designed to take over your living room. 5. Apple (Duh)If you’re at all familiar with CES, Apple’s absence is a no-brainer. Content to do things on its own terms, the company that’s defined the cutting edge of consumer electronics routinely opts out of the biggest CE event of the year. (Heck, Apple doesn’t even go to Macworld/iWorld any more!) The Las Vegas convention halls will be generously slathered with iPhone and iPad accessories, but CES just isn’t the Cupertino company’s style these days. Apple loves to casually announce news thatjust so happens to coincide with CES, but it certainly doesn’t bother to visit the desert nowadays. It doesn’t need to.Don’t call us cynical, though. We actually are looking forward to some CES innovations. It’s just that we expect to dig up the really cool stuff in unlikely places, from smart homes and car tech to things we haven’t thought of yet.You never know what to expect when geeks invade Vegas, so stay tuned for plenty of highlights next week.   taylor hatmaker Tags:#CES 2012#CES 2013#events#smartphones#tablets 2013 is shaping up to be a strange year for the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), the annual tech fête that invades Las Vegas for one grueling week every January. In 2011, tablets were kings of the desert, as manufacturers scrambled to get viable iPad competitors on the scene after Apple went and dreamed up a whole new category of device. Last year wasn’t quite as flashy – previews of Windows 8 trickled out, and we all pretended that ultrabooks were the hot new thing for the better part of a week. In 2013, it’s looking like a free-for-all. It’s anyone’s guess what new devices will capture the hearts and minds of CES attendees.To find out, ReadWrite will be right there on the show floor all week with our finger on the pulse. And while we don’t know yet what devices will capture the attention of the more than 100,000 attendees and worldwide press, we can already tell a few things that won’t be grabbing the headlines in 2013:1. Tablets Following the launch of the original iPad, companies were desperate to get a proper rival in the game – and at CES 2011, it showed. Nobody had quite figured it out yet, but suddenly there were literally 80 tablets floating around, most of them running Android. But by 2012, the tablet frenzy had slowed to a crawl, with Ultrabooks taking the lion’s share of the spotlight. With Amazon and Google driving small tablet prices to the absolute rock bottom, don’t expect other companies to waste much time on tablets this year.2. Microsoft Microsoft announced that 2012 would be its last year at CES – for a while, at least. The company traditionally delivered a big CES keynote early in the week, but Steve Ballmer’s appearance on stage in 2012 was the company’s last – bizarre – hurrah. Gary Shapiro, president of the Consumers Electronics Association (CEA), the group that puts on the show, claims that the lapse is just a pause in the shared trajectory of Microsoft and CES, a relationship that dates back into Bill Gates’s tenure at Microsoft’s helm. We’ll see. For now, the company has pulled its booth too, so Microsoft won’t have a presence on the show floor either. Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Related Posts The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

Somdev, Sania storm into singles final

first_imgTop seed Somdev Devvarman and Sania Mirza ensured India will grab at least two silver medals in tennis in the Commonwealth Games, after both of them progressed to their respective singles finals, although in contrasting fashion.Today’s medal hunt: 141 |  Stomach bug hits Aus, UK swimmers | CWG OC to give 30 % free tickets Somdev Devvarman, ranked 97th, outplayed third seed and world number 165 Matthew Ebden 6-3 6-1, while second seed Sania had to beat some demons of her own before prevailing 1-6 6-4 6-4 against Australia’s sixth seed Olivia Rogowska.Somdev will fight for the gold medal with Australia’s fifth seed Greg Jones, who upset his opponent and second seed Peter Luczak 6-7 6-4 6-2 in the other semifinal.Watched by her husband Shoaib Malik and egged on by a boisterous 2000-strong home crowd, Sania erased an opening set deficit to pull off an amazing win after striving for one hour and 55 minutes at the Centre Court of the R K Khanna Tennis stadium.There was little to separate the two players since both were erratic with their serves and hardly had control over their strokes as unforced errors outnumbered the winners.Sania could not held her serve in the entire first set, which was over in favour of Rogowska in just 26 minutes. Holding serve was key but she dropped her serve again in the fourth game of the second set with a double fault.However, Sania, ranked 131, shrugged off the poor start to make a spirited comeback by breaking 192nd ranked Rogowska in the fifth and ninth game and to move ahead 5-4. She then served out the set in the next game. .advertisementUnforced errors though continued to flow from both sides of the courts and it all boiled down to who will put more balls in the court.The decisive third set belonged to the Indian as she broke her opponent in the first and fifth game to put herself ahead 4-1. Although she too dropped her serve twice but eventually pocketed the match by breaking Rgowska for one last time.”When you are not timing the ball well, you have to do something different. I am happy I could fight back. My game is aggressive but I had to run,” she said.”I knew she would not be able to beat me otherwise she would have been in top 50. But she played a great match,” Sania added.Earlier in the Somdev match, unlike the previous contests, the semifinal featured a long rallies but Somdev had strong enough legs and stamina to outlast his opponent.Ebden was coming into this match after playing a energy-sapping three-setter against British Joshua Goodall and perhaps had not recovered from the gruelling encounter.Nevertheless, he did pose some questions for Somdev but the Indian was equipped with enough answers.The match never rose to expected highs ever since Ebden dropped his serve in the first game. The Australian slowly picked up but Somdev gradually tightened his grip over the match. The Indian broke Ebden twice in both the sets.Somdev is also in contention in the men’s doubles and is scheduled to play semifinals with partner Rohan Bopanna later in the day.last_img read more