January 18, 2020

Joel Embiid shrugs off sore knee, drops 42 points in 76ers’ blowout of Suns

first_img76ers: Host Dallas on Saturday night.Suns: Host the Los Angeles Clippers on Friday night.Embiid scores 42 points, 76ers hold off Suns 132-127Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid (21) gets fouled by Phoenix Suns forward Richaun Holmes in the second half during an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019, in Phoenix. The 76ers defeated the Suns 132-127. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)PHOENIX  — The Philadelphia 76ers were ready to go home from their trip west a little too early, and it almost cost them.Joel Embiid, playing despite a sore left knee, matched his season high with 42 points, 30 in the first half, and grabbed 18 rebounds and the Philadelphia 76ers blew most of a 30-point lead before holding on to beat the Phoenix Suns 132-127 on Wednesday night.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum View comments 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil “We love to make the game interesting,” Embiid said. “We’ve done it a lot, but give credit to Phoenix. They hit a lot of 3s in the third quarter and they got back in the game. It was a fun game but we have to make sure next time we need to finish and push the lead even further.”The 76ers shot out to a 13-3 lead and consecutive 3-points by Redick made it 21-8. The 76ers led 44-32 after one, matching the most point allowed by the Suns in any quarter this season.Embiid scored 10 points as Philadelphia opened the second quarter with a 13-2 run to lead 58-36 and the margin barely changed the rest of the one-sided half and the 76ers led 72-49 at the break.Embiid made 8 of 14 shots, 14 of 16 free throws and grabbed 14 rebounds in the first half.“Now eight of those types of first halves (for Embiid) this year,” Brown said, “just incredibly dominant.”ADVERTISEMENT Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruptioncenter_img Ben Simmons added 29 points and J.J. Redick 27 for the 76ers, They were without Jimmy Butler and Wilson Chandler, both due to an upper respiratory infection.Devin Booker scored 37 points for the Suns. Deandre Ayton added 18 points and 11 boards, and Josh Jackson scored 16 points.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“I think we left Dec. 24 and now we’re ready to go home,” Philadelphia coach Brett Brown said. “It didn’t really end as authoritative as we’d hoped.”Philadelphia led by 23 at halftime and as many as 30 in the third quarter. The Suns cut it to three points before Redick finally sealed the victory with a pair of free throws with 4.3 seconds to play. 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Redick put it out of reach with his two final shots from the line.“I think we played with them too much,” Simmons said. “We were playing around with them too much. The energy wasn’t there. Guys were ready to go home.”Slow starts have been a problem for the Suns twice on their current home stand and often during the season.“As a team, we all just have to come out strong, just come out aggressive throwing the first punch,” Ayton said. “There’s a really small margin of error to play against great teams like this so it’s pretty hard to mess up and have silly mistakes against teams, and they’ll make you pay.”TIP INS76ers: Embiid’s career high is 46 set last season. He scored 42 against Charlotte on Nov. 9. … Philadelphia wrapped up a 3-2 trip. … 76ers shot 77 percent in the first quarter (13-of-17), including 4-of-5 3s. … Embiid was 17 of 19 from the line.Suns: Also allowed 44 points in the second quarter against the Los Angeles Lakers on Oct. 24. … Phoenix’s only lead was 2-0. … Most points Suns have allowed in a half is 76, also in that game against the Lakers. … The first 5,000 fans received Ayton bobbleheads. … After winning five of seven, Phoenix has lost the first four of a seven-game homestand.UP NEXT LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

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January 18, 2020

Monrovia’s Christmas Hustle

first_imgShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) The Liberian Observer Corporation wishes our readers a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Enjoy scenes from around Monrovia this holiday season…last_img

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January 17, 2020

One-seat majority toppled the PPP Government in 2015

first_imgDear Editor,When a vote of no-confidence by the coalition partners with a one-seat majority toppled the PPP/C Government in 2015 there was instant concession to the Constitutional provisions, which led to the coalition attaining administrative office through an election that was challenged by the PPP/C, which is currently in opposition. However, that election petition, three and a half years after, has been held in abeyance; thus what the PPP/C leaders and supporters consider to be a de facto Government continued to administer the affairs of state, until Opposition Leader Dr Bharrat Jagdeo initiated a no-confidence motion against the coalition Government. What transpired thereafter in the National Assembly of Guyana on December 21, 2018, is well-documented and need not be rehashed here in detail. Suffice it to say that a conscience vote by a Government MP, Mr Charandas Persaud, toppled the coalition Government, which the President, Prime Minister and other Government officials immediately conceded; as well as admitting that the coalition Government has now been reduced to a caretaker Government until elections are held three months thereafter.However, true to form, they back-pedaled and what followed was a hilarious attempt to perpetuate their illegal Government through various configurations, one example of such is an astounding and absurd mathematical calculation on what constitutes a majority in a 65-seat Parliament that has made Guyana’s Parliament the laughingstock of the world.Subsequently, after the Speaker, who almost always concedes to coalition members of Parliament, to the aggravation of PPP/C members, wisely refused to review his ruling on the passing of the no-confidence motion they have taken their contention to the court; with their initial arguments on majority issues, but also with the specious submission that Mr Persaud has a dual (Canadian/Guyana) citizenship, which invalidates his vote on the no-confidence motion.Editor, as we approach an early national and regional election, my areas of priority as a Member of Parliament have been firmly focused on young people and indigenous people. Over the last three and a half years, from my perspective as an Indigenous Member of Parliament, I have seen the neglect by the APNU+AFC Government of both young and indigenous people of Guyana. How can anyone forget the discriminatory action against Guyana’s indigenous youths as well as their dependents when 1972 Community Service Officers for indigenous communities were immediately dismissed by the APNU+AFC coalition Government upon assumption to office in May, 2015.Subsequently indigenous peoples’ development as well as national development all went on a downward trajectory, plummeting to a dynamic that inhibited growth of any kind in any sector. Examples are the Amerindian Land Titling, mining GRIF, Hinterland ICT programme. What a sad irony that the deceptive promises of the “good life” now lies spent and impotent with the masses downtrodden and beaten by the daily struggle to survive.As an Indigenous citizen, it is the fervent hope that all Guyanese youths, inclusive of the Indigenous youths, are ready to go to the polls, and cast their votes against the oppressive APNU+AFC. The APNU+AFC Government has done absolutely nothing for the youths of Guyana. The APNU+AFC Government has done nothing for indigenous people of Guyana. They have neglected all of us, taken us for granted, and let us down while focusing on their personal advancement either through legal or corrupt means. It is time for the youths to take their future in their own hands and move forward with the successive PPP/C.Alister CharliePPP/C MPRegion Ninelast_img read more

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December 28, 2019

GAOTH DOBHAIR PRIEST CELEBRATES CHRISTMAS – FATHER TED STYLE!

first_imgFather Brian and his Christmas Jumper!HE’S some priest for just one priest!Father Brian Ó Fearraigh is always game for a laugh.And he’s always willing to have a laugh at his own expense. Father Brian decided to celebrate Christmas today….Father Ted style….complete with a Father Jack Jumper with the message: Feck Christmas! GAOTH DOBHAIR PRIEST CELEBRATES CHRISTMAS – FATHER TED STYLE! was last modified: December 25th, 2015 by John2Share 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:donegalFR Brian Ó Fearraighlast_img read more

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December 27, 2019

Ivan Perisic heading to Manchester United in £45m deal, claim reports in Italy

first_imgManchester United are close to wrapping up a £45m deal for Inter Milan winger Ivan Perisic, according to reports in Italy.Jose Mourinho is ready to splash the cash this summer as he prepares his squad for a return to the Champions League.Perisic has been linked with a move to Old Trafford for some time and now a deal is almost over the line.According to Gazzetta dello Sport, Manchester United are ready to fork over £45m to sign the Croatia international and Inter will accept that offer.Originally a proposal of £40m had been put forward, but after that was rejected United’s renewed bid for the 28-year-old appears to have got the job done.Perisic will now hold talks with Manchester United over personal terms – but both parties are said to be confident an agreement will be found swiftly. 1 Ivan Perisic looks to be on his way to Manchester United last_img read more

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December 26, 2019

BREAKING NEWS: BLACK ICE ON ROADS – CAUTION URGED

first_imgMOTORISTS are being warned once again to be careful this morning.Donegaldaily has been notified by a number of drivers of treacherous conditions on the roads in the following areas: Letterkenny, Raphoe, Newtown, Ballybofey, Kilmacrenan, Milford, Moville, Carndonagh, Ballybofey, St Johnston, Burt, Glen, Kilcar, Ballyshannon, Churchill, Pettigo, Ardara and Glenties.You can send your updates to info@donegaldaily.com. Temperatures dropped below zero overnight, according to the National Roads Authority.Rain and sleet showers have also washed away grit put down on the roads by the county council.We’ve been told of a number of minor accidents and we will keep you updated.Thanks to all our readers who have sent emails this morning. Please drive carefully. © 2011 donegaldaily.com, all Rights ReservedThe copying, republication or redistribution of donegaldaily.com Content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited by law.Follow us on www.twitter.com/donegaldailyFollow us on www.facebook.com/donegaldailySell anything on www.donegaldailyclassifieds.com BREAKING NEWS: BLACK ICE ON ROADS – CAUTION URGED was last modified: December 12th, 2011 by BrendaShare 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:BallybofeyBURTCarndonaghKilmacrenanletterkennyMilfordmovilleNewtownRaphoeSt Johnstonlast_img read more

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December 25, 2019

Coming clean

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Since 1997, the Los Angeles Police Department has failed to conduct mandatory audits to make sure that its anti-terrorism powers are used for legitimate purposes – and not inappropriate spying. The potential for abuse has many rightfully worried, and at last the department seems to be taking corrective action. The LAPD inspector general has announced that it will start performing audits again early next year, and the audits will be reviewed by representatives of the Police Commission. Assuming that all involved deliver on their promises, this is good news. Up until the early 1980s, the LAPD used its spying powers to keep dossiers on prominent individuals and organizations, often for political blackmail purposes. Civilian oversight is critical to ensure those sorts of abuses don’t re-occur.last_img read more

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December 25, 2019

Local takes up donkey’s cause

first_imgWHITTIER – Although the petting zoo at Parnell Park elicits smiles from most children, it makes Barbara Vronko want to cry.Vronko, 59, wrote a letter of complaint recently to Whittier City Manager Steve Helvey and to the Los Angeles County Department of Animal Care and Control about the animals’ living conditions at the zoo, particularly those of Salsa, an arthritic, elderly donkey. The zoo is run by the city of Whittier.The fuzzy, swaybacked donkey often stands in the oval pen under a small, slanted port roof with four posts and no walls.“I saw the old donkey with no shelter from the cold and damp, lying in wet bedding in the rain,” Vronko said. “I can hardly sleep at night thinking about it. The poor little thing could hardly move. She can’t hear. It took her five minutes to get up and she was stumbling around.” Vronko said it’s been three weeks since she wrote the letter and nothing’s been done. “I think they’re passing the buck. Meanwhile, she could die of pneumonia,” she said.Helvey responded to her complaint in a letter, saying he had called Animal Control officials about her concerns. “We called Animal Control to consult on it and they told us if we wanted to be nice, we should put up walls. We’re having them fabricated now,” Helvey said.Helvey added that Vronka needs to give the city more time.Objections to the animals’ housing came as a surprise to Mayor Greg Nordbak, however. Recent renovations to the facility were meant to allow for easier access for children to pet the animals and enlarge their pens.“It’s my understanding that it’s supposed to be new and improved,” Nordbak said. “That’s the first I’ve heard of any complaints. We worked hard to make sure we saved the petting zoo because there was a cost to bring it up to code. But the council was determined to keep it. It passed all the code requirements that I know of.”Brenda Sanchez, spokeswoman for Animal Control, said when an order is issued, the department tries to work out some reasonable time frame for compliance with the owners, unless the animal is in immediate danger. The process for deciding if an animal’s circumstances are acceptable is done by officers trained to spot inhumane and unhealthy situations.All decisions are based on California’s animal penal code and the county’s Title 10, which regulates animal care, said Sanchez.“It’s my understanding that an officer did go to check on it, and saw the animals didn’t have adequate shelter,” Sanchez said. “The recommendation was to put three walls up around the shelters and (the city) agreed to do it. They also must build a chicken coop for the chickens because they must be enclosed. We’re planning to issue an order to comply today, but City Hall is closed today.”For Vronko, just building some walls to protect the animals from wind and cold would go a long way toward creating a more comfortable and humane environment.“It’s breaking my heart to see the donkey with no shelter. You can’t tell me she’s not cold and miserable in the damp and wet,” Vronko said. pam.wight@sgvn.com(562) 698-0955, Ext. 3029 AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake160Want 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

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December 17, 2019

Ag Wants Biofuels Decision

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Todd NeeleyDTN Staff ReporterOMAHA (DTN) — Ten days ago, Siouxland Energy Cooperative in Sioux Center, Iowa, announced it was idling its 90-million-gallon ethanol plant.The company cited lost ethanol demand from the most recent round of 31 small-refinery exemptions (SRE) to the Renewable Fuel Standard as the reason, the final straw in what has been a tough margin environment in the past year.As ethanol producers and farmers wait for a supposed biofuels deal from President Donald Trump to restore exempted gallons, the clock is ticking.“We need this announcement in the next couple of weeks,” said Kelly Nieuwenhuis, Iowa farmer and president of the board of directors for Siouxland Energy. “We’re scrambling to raise capital now. The banks are reading the same newspapers everyone else is. They’re getting nervous. The banks are squeezing. We need an announcement soon. There’s no reason the announcement can’t be made in two weeks or less.”A group of farmers and ethanol producers held a conference call on Thursday, attempting to push the administration to make a decision on a reported biofuels package.To date, 18 ethanol plants are known to have idled production with many more cutting back. The biodiesel industry has seen nine plants close and others cut production, as well.It has been a week since senators from oil-producing states met at the White House. In recent weeks, it was reported Trump had reached a tentative agreement with lawmakers from ethanol-producing states that included reallocating biofuel gallons waived, among other things.The announcement of that agreement was expected soon, only to be put on hold following last week’s White House meeting with senators from oil-producing states.“We’ve been seeing this coming for a while,” Nieuwenhuis said. “We burned through our cash the last few months. When the SREs showed up, profit squeezed. We decided not to run our plant off of a cliff.”The Siouxland Energy plant idling has put a market pinch on farmers and feeders in northwest Iowa, as farmers look for alternative places to deliver corn and feeders look for different sources.FARMERS PINCHEDRon Heck, a Perry, Iowa, soybean farmer and secretary of the National Biodiesel Board, said the biodiesel industry is getting desperate for good news.“We’ve already had nine biodiesel plants closed and others at less capacity,” he said. “This is real, this isn’t just idle complaints. If we don’t have local biofuels use, we rely on export markets. It is causing investors to reflect on whether they want to do this in the first place. It is a multi-year effect.”The biodiesel industry also is hamstrung by the expiration of the $1 blenders tax credit.“Shutdown will continue without a doubt,” Heck said. “We are urging him (Trump) to overrule the EPA and restore lost gallons right away. The damage is continuing. Many farmers are losing patience with the president. He needs to rein in his EPA.”The U.S. biodiesel industry has been particularly hard hit by waivers, losing hundreds of millions of gallons of otherwise blended biofuels in an industry that produces just north of 2 billion gallons per year.It was reported EPA approved the 31 new small-refinery exemptions on the order of President Trump on Aug. 9, sending shockwaves across rural America and leading many to question their support of Trump.TRUMP SUPPORT QUESTIONEDDaryl Haack, a Primghar, Iowa, corn farmer and a member of the board of the 160-million-gallon ethanol plant owned by Little Sioux Corn Processors in Marcus, Iowa, said Trump’s approval of the latest exemptions led a lot of Iowa farmers to question their support.“I don’t think we’re letting him off the hook,” Haack said. “We are holding him accountable.”Nieuwenhuis said, “It’s his EPA. When he made that call, you can’t believe how many upset farmers I was with that day who said they’re not voting for him. I think it’s his political future to get it fixed and have gallons reallocated or he will not win rural America.”Haack said he believes rural support for Trump will return if the EPA finds a way to reallocate some 4 billion gallons exempted.“People were pretty concerned and saying we’re not going to vote with the president with the caveat that he changes his mind,” Haack said. “It is a giveaway to oil companies and they’re going to hold it against him unless he changes it.”John Linder, an Edison, Ohio, corn farmer and incoming first vice president of the National Corn Growers Association, said trouble with federal biofuels policy comes at a difficult time for farmers who are facing falling incomes and doubts about trade.“From a farming perspective, with the cost of production this year, there is not a promise of a return,” he said, “unless you exceed trend line yield. We’ve already seen land sales to shore up capital just so operators can remain viable. It further stresses the family unit as a whole. Earnings are required, so without markets, it’s hard to manage debt.“President Trump vowed to support the ethanol industry and fight for American farmers like no other, but we need him to rein in EPA.”Todd Neeley can be reached at todd.neeley@dtn.comFollow him on Twitter @toddneeleyDTN(SK/AG)© Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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December 16, 2019

Architects Discuss Passive Solar Design

first_img“We know how to do great buildings,” Jesse explains. “They don’t require fancy tricks or magic machines. We know how to get 99% of the way to our goal with just air sealing and good insulation, so we don’t need sand beds, fans, or double-envelope houses. A house should be simple. It shouldn’t require the homeowner to tune it like a sailboat.”Chris also shares this episode’s six-digit idea: a cold-climate refrigerator cooled by outdoor air. It’s time once again to share a drink with our two podcasting Maine architects, Chris Briley and Phil Kaplan. In the latest episode of their Green Architects’ Lounge series, Chris and Phil discuss passive solar design as they sip glasses of Philadelphia Brown Ale.After explaining why the glass used for beer bottles should have a low solar heat gain coefficient, Chris and Phil get down to business. Their relaxed conversation covers four main topics:How to orient buildings properlyWhy thermal mass can be usefulHow to size south-facing windowsHow to shade south-facing windows in the summer with roof overhangs.In this episode, Chris and Phil decide to leave their comfortable chairs and go to the basement to chat with fellow architect Jesse Thompson. True to character, Jesse explains what’s bothering him. He’s irked by tinkerers and engineer-types who make passive solar houses too complicated. RELATED ARTICLES Cost-Effective Passive Solar DesignResilient Design: Passive Solar HeatPassive Solar HeatingReassessing Passive Solar Design PrinciplesAll About Thermal MassA Passive Solar Home from the 1980sHigh-Solar-Gain GlazingEvery House Needs Roof OverhangsA Contrarian View of Passive Solar Design Click here to enjoy the first episode of the Green Architects’ Lounge: “Architects Talking About Air Barriers.”last_img read more

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