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x-Miami: Heat clinch playoff spot after win over Hawks

first_imgGoran Dragic had 22 points and 10 rebounds, Josh Richardson blocked a potential go-ahead shot in the final moments, and the Heat closed on an 11-0 run to beat the Atlanta Hawks 101-98 on Tuesday. The win assured Miami of its 20th playoff berth in 30 seasons, and meant an often-lackluster night ended happily.“There’s only one way with this group,” a relieved Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. “And it’s the hard way.”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 crownLast year, 41 wins meant the Heat finished one game out of the postseason — while Dwyane Wade and Chicago got the last spot.This year, the 42nd win meant the Heat are playoff-bound, and Wade is already telling teammates of what that means in Miami. 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Brown among SAG Awards presenters The Heat visit the Hawks in Atlanta on Wednesday night, a game that wraps up the final back-to-back of the season for both clubs.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback “The energy in this building is amazing,” Wade said. “A lot of people around the NBA have tried to copy our vibe that we set in this building. It’s flattering. Our fans take a lot of flak from the outside about being late and all these things, but when our fans are in this building it’s still one of the loudest places to play in and you feed off of it.”They won’t start at home; Miami will open on the road either April 14 or 15.Hassan Whiteside’s tip-in with a minute left put Miami up for good, part of an 18-point, 12-rebound night in his first game since angrily saying he wanted more playing time. Tyler Johnson scored 12, Wade had 11 and James Johnson finished with 10 for the Heat.“Happy we got it clinched,” Whiteside said.John Collins had 19 points and 10 rebounds for the Hawks, who got 18 points from Tyler Dorsey and 16 from Damion Lee. Isaiah Taylor added 15 and Mike Muscala scored 13 for Atlanta.ADVERTISEMENT Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade (3) drives past Atlanta Hawks forward Mike Muscala (31) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, April 3, 2018, in Miami. The Heat won 101-98. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)MIAMI — There was no raucous celebration. The Miami Heat hope one of those comes later this spring.For now, briefly enjoying a clincher is enough.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Encore: LeBron, Cavs put down Raptors again Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “Really, really pleased with the guys’ effort,” coach Mike Budenholzer said. “To come here and compete against this team in this environment … a lot of positives tonight. We just quite couldn’t get it done at the end.”Collins made three 3-pointers; he needed a fourth to tie it, but his shot at the buzzer was well short.“We played our hearts out tonight,” Collins said.Wade opened the final quarter with a basket to break a 78-all tie, only to have it answered by an 11-0 run for Atlanta. Dorsey made a pair of 3s during the spurt, Muscala made another to cap the burst and just like that the Hawks were up 89-80.But the Heat had just enough at the end, and now can finally think about the postseason.“We know, as it looks right now, it’s going to be either Toronto, Boston or Cleveland,” Wade said. “And they are all very, very good teams. So it doesn’t matter who we match up with. We’re going to have our work cut out for us. But obviously, other matchups have more story lines than other ones.”TIP-INSHawks: Collins, who grew up playing in nearby Palm Beach County, is essentially assured of having the best field-goal percentage for a rookie in Hawks history. He’s now at 58.3 percent this season; the best shooting year by an Atlanta rookie was Antoine Carr’s 52.8-percent clip in 1984-85. … Dewayne Dedmon was ruled out with a sore rib, meaning the Hawks had six players out with injuries.Heat: Rookie C Bam Adebayo didn’t play for the second consecutive game. … The Heat were 8 for 33 from 3-point range. … Wayne Ellington is now within two of tying Eric Gordon’s record for 3-pointers by a reserve in a season. Gordon had 206 off the bench a year ago.WADE MARKWade’s fourth assist of the night came late in the first half, going to Whiteside — and giving the guard 5,000 assists in a Heat uniform. He’s the ninth player to score 20,000 points and collect 5,000 assists with one team, joining Karl Malone, Kobe Bryant, Michael Jordan, LeBron James, Larry Bird, John Havlicek, Oscar Robertson and Jerry West.LONG YEAROnly four teams haven’t had longer than a two-game winning streak this season — Atlanta, Sacramento, Phoenix and Brooklyn. 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Allottees call on CH&PA to “show mercy” and reconsider decision

first_img????????????????????????????????????Repossession of house lots…citizens, mostly the poor, who are still unable to complete construction on their homes on house lots allocated by the government, are calling on the Central Housing and Planning Authority (CH&PA) to “show mercy” and reconsider its decision to repossess unoccupied house lots.Some land owners told Guyana Times the decision is inconsiderate and may have been taken without proper consultations, since those who are unable to occupy are the poorer class in society.According to the allottees, the CH&PA should take into consideration the financial situations of many families, as well as the current cost of building a house.One land owner, Sarah Williams, currently squatting on a government reserve, explained that while she was allocated a low income house lot in 2013, she spent all of her savings to pay for it. As such, she had no money to commence the construction of her house.“Right now, me got three children’ fuh send to school and it nah easy. Me husband does do labour work and me does do cleaning fuh people. Between the two ah we, we barely managing fuh survive, much less fuh start build,” the woman explained.She related that she plans to commence construction when her eldest child completes secondary school, as the family by then may be in a better financial position.“We plan fuh start the building as soon as meh big daughter done school next year. She could pick up a lil’ wuk and help run the house and the father and me gon see fuh put money fuh the house. Ah just begging fuh them nah tek’ back the land yet. We can’t live in this squatting dam all the days ah we life,” she lamented.Meanwhile, Sally Deonarine, a landowner who currently resides with her mother, explained that she shares a similar plight. The woman explained that while she has had her housing plan drawn and began constructing the foundation of her house; works were put on hold as she is currently experiencing financial difficulties. “My only child and I live with my mother. I started the basic construction works like laying out the foundation and digging it. But I am a vendor and business slow down for the longest while so I had to halt construction cause the money wasn’t coming,” she stated.Jai Singh, a cane harvester at Wales Estate explained that he too is in receipt of a house lot which is located in the Belle West Housing Scheme, West Bank Demerara, but due to issues with employment, he was forced to use the savings that were set aside for the construction of his house to maintain his family.“Bai, it nat easy having to maintain three school-age children, run a house an build a house. Cane cutters don’t make no kind ah money. Right now meh living with meh wife family but ah want mek somewhere fuh meh children call they own. I cyah do duh right now, but ah still got time. Is just up to the people at Housing fuh show lil mercy and leff we alone,” he stated.Earlier this week, Chairman of CH&PA Hamilton Green revealed that repossession of lands will commence immediately after completion of an analysis of the situation. It was explained that CH&PA has finalised the list of defaulters and has commenced dispatching letters to landowners, informing them of government’s intention to repossess the house lots while encouraging them to occupy their land.It was disclosed that thousands of persons are affected by this move, given that only 60 per cent of all the lands allocated have been occupied.Green stated that the Housing Authority would “not tolerate defaulters” within the housing sector, especially those who have been in possession of the government issued lands for a number of years, but are yet to begin construction.“If you gave a house lot to an individual and it’s been there and he is not using it for a number of years without good reason… let somebody else get it,” he stated.He further related that those persons who no longer wish to have these plots of land or build on them can return the land to the CH&PA and they would be reimbursed for it.last_img read more

Bassa County Service Center Shows Potential

first_imgGrand Bassa County Service Center (CSC) has shown great potential for fulfilling its mandate by bringing service delivery closer to residents of the county. The center is part of government’s decentralization plan.Since the dedication of the service center in June by Vice President Joseph N. Boakai in Buchanan, the center has improved on its operations by providing the necessary services, including line ministries, agencies and commissions (MACS), through the Ministry of Internal Affairs. This is vital as the Ministry oversees the processing and issuance of marriage certificates, drivers’ licenses, permits and other important documents used by various sectors – documents that were not available to citizens of this great county. With funding from the European Union and managed by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), the CSC is a one-stop shop set up under the Liberia Decentralization Support Program (LDSP) to ensure that major documentation services are accessible to rural residents. Operating the center in the county has reduced the struggle by many rural residents to access work permits, marriage and birth certificates, land deeds, business permits and registration as well as license plates, among others.According to CSC coordinator, Sargacious Gardoe, over 900 people accessed the facility between July and September.He said that a revenue intake of over US$10,000 was realized during the three-month period from fees collected from the services provided at the center.A breakdown of the services accessed at the center showed that they are high for birth registrations for children between the ages of 0-12 years, which tops the list with 392; followed by psycho-social interventions at 265; business registrations 106; and traditional marriage certificates, about 100.Mr. Gardoe said they are also engaged in routine community outreach and sensitization to attract more customers to the facility. He expressed the hope that over a period of five years, the CSC will become a “household name” in the area of decentralization with the availability of needed logistics and expertise to sustain the initiative.The government of Liberia through a European Union Grant contribution is facilitating the actualization of service centers in eight of the 15 counties under the Liberia Decentralization Support Program (LDSP) managed by the UNDP in Liberia. Other partners are the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), United Nations Mission in Liberia (UMMIL) and the government of Sweden.The Swedish Ambassador to Liberia, Lena Nordstron, applauded progress made thus far over the first 3-month period, with UNDP Country Director Kamaluddeen expressing appreciation for the good work being done, mentioning that the first three months have shown reduction of transportation costs for over 900 people who would have visited Monrovia to access important services.Meanwhile, renovation works on the telecommunications building in Buchanan has been completed and is now ready to be used as a Country Service Center.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

OGC Kelowna office sparking concerns

first_imgThe City has chosen to write a letter to the Minister of Natural Resource Operations and MLA for Kelowna-Mission Steve Thomson to convey its concerns, says Fort St. John City Councillor Lori Ackerman.Ackerman says one of the biggest concerns of having an engineering office in Kelowna would be the impact of being able to conduct a successful operation in the North.[asset|aid=3364|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=4fbff211fc1990794932f46ea3186c42-Ackerman OGC eng 1_1_Pub.mp3] Ackerman also says the City has forecast between a $1.6 and $1.8 million decrease in economic activity in the area due to the loss of those worker’s incomes and the work they conduct in the region.Advertisement Another impact she says would be the potential lack of engineering mentors for students and youth in the community. The Oil and Gas Commission has announced it is opening an engineering office in Kelowna, which has caused concerns among local government in northeast B.C.Fort St. John City Council has expressed its concerns of what having an office outside of northeastern B.C would mean for the oil and gas industry in the area.- Advertisement -The OGC has chosen to open an office in Kelowna since there are new oil and gas activities and prospects that are occurring in southeastern B.C., in the Elk Valley area, says Lee Shanks, communications manager for the Commission.[asset|aid=3363|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=4fbff211fc1990794932f46ea3186c42-Shanks OGC 1_1_Pub.mp3] Shanks says one reason the Kelowna office is opening is due to problems in retaining appropriate staff in the north, adding that the only team leader position that will be in Kelowna would be a chief engineer.She also says the Kelowna office will include approximately 12 positions, of which half will be moved from the offices in Fort St. John and Dawson Creek. However, she adds that the engineering capacity in the northeast is consistently increasing.Advertisementlast_img read more

Brighton hit Arsenal, pile pressure on Wenger

first_imgPierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s 42nd-minute goal gave Wenger some hope after a woeful first-half performance, but his players were unable to find an equaliser and avoid a fourth straight away defeat in the Premier League.Arsenal’s manager Arsene Wenger suffered once more on the bench on Sunday as his team lost and the fans tauntedThe loss leaves Arsenal in sixth place and 13 points behind Tottenham in fourth, while Brighton climb into the top half of the table.Arsenal were ragged and sloppy throughout the first half and fell behind in the seventh minute when Pascal Gross’ corner was headed back across the six-yard box by Shane Duffy and – with Petr Cech out of position – Dunk responded quickest to stab home.A deserved Brighton second duly arrived on 26 minutes when Laurent Koscielny conceded possession and the ball was worked to Gross on the right. His cross was met by Murray in the six-yard box and the ball squeezed beneath the body of Cech to prompt some ‘Wenger out’ chants in the away end.But somehow Arsenal halved the deficit with a scruffy goal two minutes before the break. After Duffy had failed to clear, Alex Iwobi pulled the ball back to Granit Xhaka and his pass was smartly deflected beyond Mathew Ryan by the outside of Aubameyang’s right foot.Arsene Wenger made three changes from Thursday’s defeat to Man City with Aaron Ramsey rested and Hector Bellerin and Danny Welbeck benched. Jack Wilshere, Calum Chambers and Alex Iwobi all started. Brighton were unchanged.Incredibly, Arsenal were almost level on the stroke of half-time when Duffy thudded a header onto his own post and they also had the first major chance of the second period when Mesut Ozil’s drive forced a save from Ryan.Saed Kolasinac, who was booked in the first half, avoided further punishment for a match-ending barge on Ezequiel Schelotto and, moments later, Jose Izquierdo shot just wide after driving at the Arsenal defence.The offside flag denied Brighton a third when Murray finished off a slick move late on, but his first-half header ultimately earned them a third straight home victory, while another insipid Arsenal display will prompt even more discussion over Wenger’s position.Brighton travel to Everton next Saturday, while, Arsenal take on AC Milan in the first leg of their Europa League last-16 tie on Thursday night, before entertaining Watford at the Emirates on Sunday.-By Sky Sports0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Brighton’s English defender Lewis Dunk (C) celebrates after scoring the opening goal of the English Premier League football match between Brighton and Hove Albion and Arsenal at the American Express Community Stadium in Brighton, southern England on March 4, 2018. / AFPBRIGHTON AND HOVE, United Kingdom, Mar 4- A miserable week for Arsene Wenger ended with a third straight loss as Arsenal slumped to a 2-1 defeat at Brighton on Sunday.The future of the Arsenal manager has been under scrutiny after 3-0 defeats to Manchester City in the Carabao Cup final last Sunday and in the Premier League on Thursday night, and first-half goals from Lewis Dunk and Glenn Murray prompted more discontent among the away supporters at the Amex Stadium.last_img read more

Keisuke Honda to leave AC Milan in January – Southampton set to pounce?

first_img AC Milan and Japan midfielder Keisuke Honda Keisuke Honda is ready to leave AC Milan in January – amid reported interest from Southampton.The midfielder has found himself a bit-part player at the San Siro ever since new boss Sinisa Mihajlovic took over this summer.It has caused speculation to spread that the Japan international is ready to leave Milan after two years in Serie A.And now, according to Corriere della Sera, Honda has asked the Italian club’s board to sanction a January move.Southampton were linked with the 29-year-old in the summer but at the time Mihajlovic was unsure whether the player would be a major part of his plans.Given the fact the former CSKA Moscow man has fallen down the pecking order, Milan are willing to negotiate a sale provided their asking price is met. 1last_img read more

COUNTDOWN TO CLONES: MCGUINNESS – “MONAGHAN HAVE BEEN PLAYING 15 V 20 IN TRAINING MATCHES

first_imgCOUNTDOWN TO CLONES: Jim McGuinness says Monaghan have been preparing for the challenge of Donegal on Sunday by playing 15 v 20 in training games. In his weekly column with the Irish Times, McGuinness said he had been told that Monaghan had been playing 15 versus 20 in training to help them breakdown Donegal defensive structures.Monaghan defeated Donegal in the Ulster SFC final in 2013, but Donegal retained the Anglo Celt in a close game last July. Another very close contest is expected and there will be very little between the sides when they clash at Clones on Sunday.McGuinness never revealed his source that Monaghan were implementing such methods at training but says Malachy O’Rourke will have his troops well versed for what they will face at the weekend.McGuinness said, “I heard during the week that Monaghan were playing 15 versus 20 in training matches and were filming it so they could study it afterwards.“Malachy O’Rourke knows what is coming down the track in the Ulster final next Sunday and needs to know that his players are practiced in coping with it. “Being able to think and play your way through extreme pressure – which Monaghan will expect in the Ulster final against Donegal – is something you have to work on.”COUNTDOWN TO CLONES: MCGUINNESS – “MONAGHAN HAVE BEEN PLAYING 15 V 20 IN TRAINING MATCHES was last modified: July 14th, 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:donegalGAAIrish TimesJim McGuinnessMonaghannewsSportUlster SFClast_img read more

Chelsea v Tottenham line-ups: Willian back, Spurs men miss out

first_imgChelsea field an unchanged starting line-up for the sixth successive Premier League match.John Terry has been ruled out of the derby with an injury, but Willian returns to the Blues squad and is on the substitutes’ bench.Tottenham are without both Danny Rose and Ben Davies, who are suspended and injured respectively, so Jan Vertonghen is set to fill in at left-back for the visitors.Chelsea: Courtois; Azpilicueta, David Luiz, Cahill; Moses, Kante, Matic, Alonso; Pedro, Costa, Hazard.Subs: Begovic, Ivanovic, Chalobah, Oscar, Fabregas, Willian, Batshuayi.Tottenham: Walker, Dier, Vertonghen, Wimmer, Wanyama, Dembele, Eriksen, Dele, Son, Kane.Subs: Vorm, Trippier, Carter-Vickers, Winks, Onomah, Nkoudou, Janssen.   Ads by Revcontent Trending Articles Urologists: Men, Forget the Blue Pill! This “Destroys” ED x ‘Genius Pill’ Used By Rich Americans Now Available In Netherlands! x One Cup of This (Before Bed) Burns Belly Fat Like Crazy! x Men, You Don’t Need the Blue Pill if You Do This x What She Did to Lose Weight Stuns Doctors: Do This Daily Before Bed! x Drink This Before Bed, Watch Your Body Fat Melt Like Crazy x Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

UN praises SA for fight against Aids

first_img21 January 2013UNAids executive director Michel Sidibe has congratulated South Africa and President Jacob Zuma on the progress the country is making in the fight against HIV and Aids.Zuma met with Sidibe at his residence in Pretoria on Friday. The two discussed various ways in which the fight against the disease in Africa and the world could be intensified.According to the Presidency, Sidibe said he was particularly impressed by the government’s policy interventions and leadership that, since 2009, have led to significant progress in the fight against HIV and Aids in the country.He appealed to South Africa to “lead all efforts in Africa, especially in manufacturing their own medicine and thus reducing dependency on countries outside the continent”.“We appreciate the support of UNAids in this difficult battle against the epidemic,” Zuma said.Zuma reiterated that the country had moved from “very difficult times” on HIV and Aids to a success story in a short space of time.There were now more than 1.7-million South Africans on antiretroviral treatment, with dramatic improvements in life expectancy, Zuma said. “We have about 2 948 public health facilities now initiating patients on antiretroviral treatment compared to 495 in January 2010.”The country had also seen a drop in the rate of new infections, from 1.4% to 0.8%, in the 15-24 age group, while mother-to-child transmission of HIV had been massively reduced, from about 8% in 2008 to 3.5% in 2011.Zuma added that more than 20-million South Africans had been tested for HIV through the government’s HIV Counselling and Testing Campaign since its launch in 2010.“This indicates that the stigma around the disease is being eradicated, which will assist our continued prevention efforts, and the rate of new HIV infections looks set to decline over the coming years as we deepen our existing programmes.”Source: SANews.gov.zalast_img read more

Morgan Stanley: Fitbit needs better software to survive

first_imgFitbit needs to improve its software offerings if it wants to survive, according to a research note released on Monday by Morgan Stanley analysts Yuuji Anderson and Katy Huberty.The note suggests regular software upgrades, alongside support for third-party applications, would improve the longevity of Fitbit devices and keeps users coming back for the next product.See Also: Fitbit confident smartwatch will arrive on time, despite rumors of delaysFitbit is able to regularly update software, but most of the changes are minimal to the user interface and performance of the device. That won’t do for a company competing with Apple and Samsung for wearable sales — two companies that regularly update and improve core functionality.Fitbit is working on software for its next smartwatch release, most likely a successor to the Blaze. The company acquired Pebble for $23 million late last year, the biggest sign that it is serious about enhancing software and supporting more applications.In the past few months, Fitbit CEO James Park has confirmed the next smartwatch will have improved software, alongside more accurate GPS, heart-rate, and an SDK for app developers.“On the innovation side, there has been a large increase in R&D, but most of that has been on the software side. And when I say software, it includes our site, our mobile apps and, more importantly, the software that runs on the devices, as well,” said Park in November, during an earnings call.Fitbit also aims to enter the health market with its next smartwatch, improving sensor accuracy so it can track other blood and oxygen measurements. It would need to receive FDA approval to sell the device as a health monitor, something that Apple and Samsung are also reportedly looking to receive. Related Posts Tags:#featured#Fitbit#fitness tracker#Morgan Stanley#Pebble#smartwatch#Software#top#wearable David Curry Small Business Cybersecurity Threats and How to…center_img Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Internet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You… Follow the Pucklast_img read more