‘Minnesota way:’ Timberwolves face elimination game vs. Nuggets

first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew 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 Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina LATEST STORIES “If it was easy it wouldn’t be fun,” center Karl-Anthony Towns said after practice Tuesday. “If it was easy it wouldn’t be the Minnesota way.”The Wolves’ last trip to the playoffs ended with a loss in six games to the Los Angeles Lakers in the conference finals in 2004, when Kevin Garnett was patrolling the post. Towns? He was 8 years old. Wiggins was 9.“They’ve prepared themselves all year for this,” coach Tom Thibodeau said, expressing confidence in the team’s young cornerstones to perform up to the task despite missing critical postseason experience.With the Nuggets and Wolves only one game behind New Orleans, Oklahoma City and San Antonio, the winner could receive quite the reward. Both Denver and Minnesota can still finish as high as fifth.There’ll be some relief and satisfaction just to be part of the 16-team tournament after the 82-game grind, but avoiding the eighth seed and a matchup with league-leading Houston would be preferable. Same goes for seventh place and pairing with defending NBA champion Golden State, a daunting foe even if star Steph Curry isn’t cleared yet to return from his knee injury.ADVERTISEMENT ‘It seems untrue’: Roma stuns Barcelona in Champions League P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC The Wolves were in control of a spot in the playoffs, as high as third place, for most of this season until Jimmy Butler’s absence began to catch up to them and their primary competitors in the West cranked up their games. The Wolves have won both games with Butler back from the meniscus cartilage injury in his right knee, after going 8-9 without him, but losing at home to the Grizzlies two weeks ago even with their emotional leader and best all-around player missing was still inexcusable. Just one more win, and they’d already be safely in.Nothing ever comes easy for this snake-bitten franchise, though, a history that Towns and Wiggins are well aware of.“I’ve been here my whole career now,” Wiggins said. “So it’s about time we do something.”The Nuggets have their own long-frustrated fan base, with their last appearance in the playoffs coming in 2013. The last time they passed the first round was 2009, one of the franchise’s three trips to the Western Conference finals since joining the NBA. The others were in 1978 and 1985.Seven of Denver’s last nine opponents are headed to the playoffs. The other two were against the Timberwolves, without Butler, and the Los Angeles Clippers, the only other teams in the league that haven’t clinched but sport winning records. The Nuggets eliminated the Clippers (42-39) by beating them on Saturday.They’ve had to do this the hard way, too.“We wouldn’t want it any other way,” guard Gary Harris said.The Nuggets have produced a remarkable series of clutch performances, with fourth-quarter moxie pushing them to this point as much as any specific skill or strength. They held the Blazers to just 33 points in the second half on Monday night, further galvanizing their belief that not only can they make the playoffs but be a factor once they begin.“It’s as high as it can be,” coach Mike Malone said. “I don’t know if it can get any higher. To not play your best basketball and still find ways to win is a really encouraging and confidence-building type of feel.” Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flamescenter_img Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Minnesota Timberwolves’ Jimmy Butler, top, gets off a pass as Memphis Grizzlies’ Dillon Brooks defends in the second half of an NBA basketball game Monday, April 9, 2018, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone) MINNEAPOLIS — Andrew Wiggins left Minnesota’s arena on Monday night with the hope that Denver would lose and, thus, secure the Timberwolves a spot in the playoffs.He planned to track the Nuggets on his smartphone like most of his teammates, but there was no viewing party in the works or anxious huddle around the high-definition television in the locker room.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident The Timberwolves mostly were just relieved they did their part by beating Memphis, considering way they’ve playing lately.“It’s our fault for leaving it up to chance,” Wiggins said. “So we’ve just got to wait and see.”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 crownFittingly for a once-promising season that has become a slog to the finish, the Wolves wound up watching the Nuggets rally past Portland about an hour after they left the court at Target Center. That kept Denver tied with Minnesota at 46-35 for eighth place in the Western Conference with two days remaining on the schedule.Well, guess who their final opponent is? The Nuggets will bring a six-game winning streak to Target Center on Wednesday night. 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Higher Ground Initiates Hand Pumps, Sanitations in Arthington

first_imgA Liberian-based NGO, Higher Ground International (HGI), working to improve rural communities, has begun the construction of hand pump and sanitation facilities in Arthington, Lower Montserrado County.In an exclusive interview with the Daily Observer on Wednesday, May 21 in Arthington, the founder and chief executive officer of HGI, Madam Henrietta White Holder said that the initiative is meant to restore dignity in the lives of rural community residents.“The projects in Arthington are intended to improve the living conditions of the residents after being affected by the civil crisis in Liberia. This is in fulfillment of a dream that we conceived few years ago while in the United States to come back and help our fellow citizens,” she explained.She said that about 10 communities in Arthington that are lacking safe drinking water and sanitation are expected to benefit.“At the moment, we have constructed hand pumps and toilets in three of the communities and with more funding we intend to expand,” she further said.Madam Holder disclosed that, they are expected to embark on an agricultural program in Arthington, upon the completion of the hand pump and sanitation projects.“We have a 150 acres of land earmarked for crop production to create economic opportunities for many residents in the communities. Farmers will be supported in growing crop to raise income,” she said.She said the agricultural project will initially target more than 100 farmers.According to her the program will seek to create processing facility for crop like cassava, adding that the processing house has already been constructed.Madam Holder, however, mentioned transportation difficulties and funding as some challenges confronting their developmental initiatives.Meanwhile, the HGI founder told our reporter that they intend to launch their developmental activities in Arthington this week.She said the program is expected to bring together government officials and some members of political parties.According to her Peace Ambassador George Weah is expected to launch the program.At the same time, residents of Arthington have described the initiative of HGI as a welcoming development.The Artington residents said that that for a very long time, they have lacked safe drinking water and sanitation.The City Mayor of Arthington, Genius White, who also added his impression on the HGI’ initiatives said that the development was timely.“The residents of our city do not have access to safe drinking water. Many times, we drink from the creek which is not safe. Therefore, we are very thankful for the undertaken of the HGI,” he told this paper in his office on Wednesday.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Gunmen rob NIS clerk while at vulcanising shop

first_imgA clerk of the National Insurance Scheme (NIS), who resides at BB Eccles, East Bank Demerara, was on Monday relieved of her jewellery by two men, one of whom was armed with a handgun, at Agricola, Greater Georgetown.According to information received, Lorna Carrington, 50, and 42-year-old Ron Holder of West Ruimveldt, Georgetown had gone to a vulcanising shop located on the Agricola Public Road to patch a tyre for her car. She was standing next to her car while Holder had gone into the vulcanizing shop when the two men confronted her and confiscated her gold chain and two gold rings.Upon realising that Carrington was being robbed, Holder confronted the men, but one of them took out a handgun from his pants waist and discharged a round in the air before they ran into an alleyway through which they escaped, leaving their pedal cycles behind.The Police were contacted and the area was combed, but the two men had already disappeared without trace. The police have since retrieved one spent .32 shell at the scene as investigations continue.last_img read more

$10,000 in Metal Siding Stolen – RCMP need your help

first_imgThe Fort St. John RCMP are looking for your help after approximately $10,000 in metal wall siding was stolen last night.The theft occurred in the 9300 block of 111th Street some time during the overnight hours of July 26th. Approximately 60 sheets of tan colored metal siding were taken. The sheets are 3′ wide and vary from 20′ to 24′ long.The suspects would have used a trailer or large truck to haul the siding away, which is commonly used to build a shop or warehouse.- Advertisement -If you have any information about this incident please call the RCMP at 250-787-8100 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-787-8477.last_img

GOLF NEWS – GLENCAR INN GOLF SOCIETY HOST SECOND OUTING OF SEASON

first_imgThe second golf outing season took place in the North West Golf Club, Buncrana last sunday, with a large field. The weather was fantastic and with some good high scores, it was a memorable day.There was good performances from the seasoned performers, Liam Sweeney was in ”Electric” form Martin (the Orchard) Kelly coming in second, and Michael Gibbons (third)1st – Liam Sweeney (39 points), 2nd Martin Kelly (36 points) and 3rd Michael Gibbons (35 points) Cat 1 – Kieran Sweeney ( yes you got it brother of the winner – nice to keep it in the family)Cat 2 – Tony Duffy. Cat 3 – Ed Cassidy. Cat 4 – Paidin Cavanagh.Front 9 went to the new comer – Adey McAlary, Back 9 went to the captain from last year Brian (the Doc) Carney. The 2’s went our captain Kieran Sweeney, The Glencar Inn Golf Society would like to thank the North West Golf Club, Buncrana for their cooperation on the day, and the food afterwards was fantastic. Our next outing will take place on sunday 16th march at Rosapenna Golf Club (Old Tom Morris Course) first tee off 10.30 am – hope to see everyone wearing their colours!GOLF NEWS – GLENCAR INN GOLF SOCIETY HOST SECOND OUTING OF SEASON was last modified: February 18th, 2014 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:Glencar Inn Golf Societylast_img read more

S.F. motorcyclist dies after being hit

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! VALYERMO – A San Francisco man died after the motorcycle he was riding crossed over into oncoming traffic and was hit head-on by a car, California Highway Patrol officials said Monday. The 32-year-old man, whose identity has not been released pending notification of relatives, died at Antelope Valley Hospital where he was taken following the noon crash Friday on Big Pines Highway, about two miles east of Big Rock Creek Road, the CHP said. The motorcyclist was riding a 2004 Yamaha R-1 east on Big Pines at an undetermined high rate of speed when the bike crossed over the center line while rounding a curve, Sgt. K. Miller said. The motorcycle was hit by a 1994 Acura Integra driven by Dorothy Luna, 70, of Wrightwood, Miller said. The rider was thrown from the bike. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 The motorcycle and the car continued west and burst into flames, but Luna escaped with minor injuries, Miller said. The blaze destroyed both vehicles. The rider was taken by helicopter to the hospital.last_img read more

Families cope with loss of sons in war

first_img 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! SANTA FE SPRINGS – For the first time in three years, Pearl Nakamura plans to send out Christmas cards. Her father Paul keeps meaning to get around to stringing lights across the rooftop. But as the days tick down to Christmas, he has not yet done it. And the gifts he and his wife Yoko have purchased for their grandchildren sit in a corner of the living room. There is no festive tree. For the Nakamura family and two other Whittier-area families whose sons died in Iraq and Afghanistan, the holidays are a pale version of what they once were. “We try to get into the Christmas spirit. My wife urges me to put up the lights and the tree. But because of the loss, it’s hard and sad,” said Paul Nakamura, whose only son, Army medic Paul T. Nakamura , 21, was killed in June 2003. Army Pfc. Joseph Cruz of Whittier and Army Sgt. Arthur A. Mora Jr. of Pico Rivera should have come home for Christmas this year. Cruz, 22, died in Bagram, Afghanistan, from non-combat injuries Oct. 15. His family has still not been told the circumstances of his death. Arthur A. Mora Jr., 23, died four days later, on Oct. 19, in Balad, Iraq, after he was hit by indirect fire. Without their sons, the three families said they plan to spend Christmas away from home this year. The Moras will fly to Perrysburg, Ohio, to spend Christmas with Arthur’s wife and three children. Once there, they will visit Arthur’s grave on Christmas Day. “I can’t even imagine Christmas without him,” said his mother, Sylvia Mora. “It is a very sad time, so I want to be in Ohio, close to him.” Arthur Mora, a graduate of El Rancho High School in 2000, had been scheduled to come home right before Christmas. He was supposed to leave Iraq on Dec. 16 and arrive Dec. 20 at his base at Fort Stewart, Ga., for a reunion with his wife and children. His mother planned to meet him there and help organize a homecoming party. “Now he is in heaven instead,” she said. Joseph Cruz’s mother, Rosemary Aguirre, now lives in El Paso, Texas. She will travel to California for Christmas to visit her daughters in Pomona and Riverside. “I’m very proud of him,” Aguirre said. “I remember telling him about the separation \. He said: `Don’t worry, I’ll take care of you.’ He’s with me. I feel he’s with me.” Last Christmas, Joseph came home and bought his sisters jewelry. He was a member of the Army’s Red Devils, a parachute infantry regiment, and had been in the service for four years. For three of those years, he was in combat zones. His family remembers the former Pioneer High School student as a videogame fanatic who liked rock music and skateboarding. Now, Aguirre is creating a scrapbook of his photos as a baby, a teenager, a young man. The scrapbook is helping her deal with the grief, she said. “I woke up at 2 a.m. today, thinking of him,” she said in a telephone interview. “They notified us on Sunday, so Sundays are rough. February 27 is his birthday. That’s going to be a real hard day.” For the Nakamuras, Christmases are always hard. It was one of the young medic’s favorite times of the year. He would always ask his mother to make his favorite foods – egg rolls and tempura. He’d bug his sisters for money so he could buy presents for his parents. “He was the one who picked out Mom and Dad’s gift, but he would get the money from us to buy it,” Pearl Nakamura recalled with a laugh. Once all the presents were bought, the family would gather on Christmas Day at their home Santa Fe Springs. This year, they will scatter to different destinations. Paul and Yoko will go to Las Vegas, where they have spent the last two Christmases. The family’s oldest daughter will spend Christmas with her young family. And Pearl Nakamura on Christmas morning will be at her brother’s grave at Rose Hills Memorial Park and Mortuary in Whittier. “I talk to him about my problems and ask him for advice, or I clean up the grave if it’s dirty,” said Pearl. “It’s become my tradition. Christmas is not the same, and I don’t think it will ever be the same.” sandy.mazza@sgvn.com debbie.pfeiffer@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Exts. 3026 and 3028last_img

49ers-Falcons pregame report: Playoff scenarios, Goodwin surgery

first_imgSANTA CLARA — The 49ers’ five-year playoff drought could be over by sunset, the most controllable path being a victory over the Atlanta Falcons.What about other scenarios for them and the rest of the burgeoning NFC field, outside of the New Orleans Saints already winning the NFC South (and falling behind the 49ers in the NFC No. 1-seed race after last Sunday’s result)?Let’s break it down, because we pretty much know the 49ers’ inactives ahead of their noon post time):For the NFC-leading …last_img

South Africa moves to unlock ‘blue economy’

first_img21 July 2014 Teams of representatives from the government, business, labour, civil society and academia have begun working on plans to unlock the economic potential of South Africa’s oceans, in the first activation of a new initiative, dubbed Operation Phakisa, that was launched by President Jacob Zuma on the weekend. Inspired by the “Big Fast Results” methodology successfully applied by Malaysia, Operation Phakisa – from the Sesotho word meaning “hurry up” – aims to fast-track the delivery of priorities outlined in the country’s National Development Plan. Key to this will be a series of “laboratories”, or work sessions, in which teams of experts and stakeholders conduct intensive planning at a practical and detailed level in order to deliver complete, signed-off action plans for presentation to Cabinet. The first implementation of Operation Phakisa will initially be led by the Department of Environmental Affairs, and focus on four priority sectors: marine transport and manufacturing, offshore oil and gas exploration, aquaculture, and marine protection services and governance. “South Africa is uniquely bordered by the ocean on three sides,” President Zuma told delegates at the launch of the initiative at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre in Durban on Saturday. “With the inclusion of Prince Edward and Marion Islands in the southern ocean, the coastline is approximately 3 924 kilometres long.” But the full economic potential of this vast marine space remains largely untapped. South Africa’s oceans, Zuma said, have the potential to contribute up to R177-billion to the country’s gross domestic product (GDP), while creating up to 1-million new jobs, by 2033 – compared to R54-billion generated, and 316 000 jobs created, in 2010. In the area of marine transport and manufacturing, Zuma said, the expert/stakeholder work sessions would look at exploiting South Africa’s location and expertise to increase its share of the global marine manufacturing market, including ship-building and repair, and oil rig repair and refurbishment. They would also look at capturing the benefits of growing volumes of cargo handling, and supporting activities such as storage and warehousing. Regarding offshore oil and gas exploration, Zuma said the government was looking at creating a more enabling environment in order to increase the number of exploration wells drilled, while maximising the value captured for South Africa. The government was also looking at enhancing growth in aquaculture, which was relatively underdeveloped in South Africa despite being an increasingly important contributor to food security globally. At the same time, Zuma said, the government recognised the need to continuously balance the economic exploitation of the oceans with the maintenance of their environmental integrity. This would be achieved by developing an institutional framework for the management of South Africa’s ocean space, and by improving the protection of South Africa’s oceans, particularly around critically endangered ecosystems. Zuma said the expert/stakeholder teams – comprising over 180 representatives – had begun their work last week, and would spend next few weeks, until 15 August, “further developing these aspirations and ideas, setting ambitious targets, and formulating detailed delivery plans for accelerating delivery. “These work sessions will help create transparency and help to remove bottlenecks and resolve the most critical challenges facing a sector,” Zuma said. Once the plans had been completed and approved, Operation Phakisa would enter its first implementation phase, which would be rigorously monitored and measured against publicly stated targets. “The people of South Africa deserve much better from all of us,” Zuma said. “Through Operation Phakisa and all our other key strategic interventions to achieve the goals of the National Development Plan, we must work tirelessly to move our country forward and build a better life for all, especially the poor and the working class.” SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Apple Slams The Door On Super Mario

first_imgRole of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Tags:#app developers#Apple#iPhone Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces nick statt ReadWrite has confirmed that the GBA4iOS app will not download to a new device. MacBuildServer apparently builds the app and attempts to install it, but then an error screen pops up stating that the iPhone is “unable to download application.” That’s presumably because Apple either voided the certificate used to sign off on the app or limited it so it’s not authorized to distribute apps from third parties.The Story So FarTo recap, MacBuildServer was being used as both a stand in for Apple’s Xcode compiler and as the official account holder for installing the GBA4iOS app. To install the app, all anyone needed was to click “Install” on the app creator’s Github page. That would take them to MacBuildServer, which would build the app using the freely available code, sign off on it with its own enterprise developer certificate and install the app—no jailbreak required. That whole setup was clearly living on borrowed time, of course. MacBuildServer’s decision to open up its certificate to any and all users was a clear violation of Apple’s terms of service for enterprise developer accounts.Surprisingly, though, Apple seems to have taken a rather reserved approach here. For instance, it could have changed the entire structure of its enterprise developer program to disallow mass test-app installations. (And it still might, of course.)The Emulator LivesThose late to the party still have another way to get the GBA4iOS app, though it’s neither cheap nor easy.All a user needs to download the emulator is his or her own developer account, which costs as little as $99 a year and grants a certificate to install non-App Store apps. What’s still not entirely clear is whether MacBuildServer will still build the GBA4iOS app for users with a developer account. Our experience so far suggests that it will, and MacBuildServer’s announcement at least sounds encouraging on that front:But don’t leave a hope!Updates are coming and we will return white magic soon! We’re working on launching a lot of new features for developers to turn MacBuildServer into casual continuous delivery tool to help them launch great apps faster.What to do right now? Maybe, it’s time to enroll in Apple developer program for $99/year to continue using our service and try new features of iOS 7 without any limitations?I pinged the company directly on whether it will continue to compile the app for registered developers, and I’ll update if I hear back from them.If MacBuildServer is out of the game, then users will need to compile the app themselves using Apple’s Xcode development environment. That’s a slightly more complicated process, and it still requires the user to have a developer account in order to actually install the resulting app on a non-jailbroken device.   Related Posts Apple has closed the loophole in its iOS Developer Enterprise Program that let MacBuildServer, a company that assists mobile developers, build and install an unofficial app that allows people to play Nintendo games on their iGadgets.See also: Super Mario Zips Through A Loophole In Apple’s App RestrictionsTechnically, the app emulates a Game Boy Advance. Nintendo doesn’t make its games available on iOS devices, and apps that can play pirated games typically won’t run on an iPhone or iPad unless they’re jailbroken.MacBuildServer broke the news in a blog post Wednesday morning:Yesterday someone from Apple called to Serge, our founder, and noticed that [the] enterprise certificate registered to our company was[sic] been used violating Apple’s agreements. What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more