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  • Be wary of Raising The Bar, Fortuneonehundred

    first_imgPUNTERS hunting quick-fire bankers on today’s 11-race card at Caymanas Park should be wary of the two obvious choices – FORTUNEONEHUNDRED in the 1000-metre round opening event and RAISING THE BAR in the nightcap at 1100 metres.FORTUNEONEHUNDRED has not trained on the track since turning for home with a two-length lead in the Diamond Mile on December 5. Tumbling to $550,000 claiming from grade one, where he campaigned most of last year, suggests something has gone amiss in the last 70 days since the talented United States-bred last raced.Even on an off day, FORTUNEONEHUNDRED should easily put away his six rivals, especially at the minimum distance. However, punters are advised to tread carefully in the opening event by backing up their bets with sound horses such as DWAYNE STAR, ITALIANO and speedy COME DANCE WITH ME.Similar to FORTUNEONEHUNDRED, RAISING THE BAR has taken a shocking drop in class from non-winners-of-four to the second-lowest claiming level, a $250,000 tag.It should be noted that RAISING THE BAR, a renowned speedster, has been slowly into stride in his two races this year. First, it was January 9 at 1500 metres, followed by January 31 at 1000 metres straight.In neither of those races did the four-year-old filly recover, even briefly, to show some speed. In addition, she has been sparingly trained, which makes her suspect against horses who she should easily put away.Options to RAISING THE BAR are consistent INFANTRY OFFICER and CLASSICAL TRAIN, who’s hunting a double, carrying 48.0 kilos, but up in class.HOWARD PHILLIPPS MEMORIALMeanwhile, ACTION MAN should prove too quick for his eight rivals in the 1100-metre Howard Phillipps Memorial.Omar Walker partners ACTION MAN, who heads the scale at 56.0 kilos. However, the four-year-old colt is not too heavy to take charge of the event coming off the final turn.Included in the nine-horse field are five fillies, none of whom can match ACTION MAN for speed. His other three rivals, two geldings and a colt, have neither the form nor speed to deny him following his strong third-place run behind DWAYNE STAR at 1000 metres straight on January 31.Partnered by apprentice Bebeto Harvey last time out, ACTION MAN disputed the lead with LEGAL ACCOUNT from the start before DWAYNE STAR closed in mid-track to overhaul both a half furlong out.DWAYNE STAR had reported for that race with solid runs under his girth, finishing no more than five lengths behind winners such as LONG RUNNING TRAIN, TARANIS, ROYAL ASSAULT and BRAWN in four consecutive races.The filly DINNER BY SEVEN has some speed, but was well beaten by ACTION MAN in their last three meetings.The two expected closers, COMMANDING AVIATOR and TURBO MACHINE CAT, are recent graduates to non-winners-of-three, having both beaten non-winners-of-two in the last two weeks.last_img read more

  • Zark’s-Lyceum stuns Marinerong Pilipino in OT, gains 1-0 semis lead

    first_imgVolcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding View comments Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast PBA IMAGESZark’s Burger-Lyceum clawed its way from a 16-point deficit and hacked out a 90-87 overtime victory over Marinerong Pilipino to take a 1-0 lead in their 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup semifinals series Tuesday at Pasig Sports Center.Mike Nzeusseu punctuated the come-from-behind win with an emphatic dunk  for the marginal lead with 5.5 seconds left in the extra period.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES “Again, I don’t know how they do it, but these guys just don’t know how to quit,” remarked coach Topex Robinson as the Jawbreakers needed an uphill climb after trailing 38-54 early in the third quarter. “We just kept on persisting and they did not give up.”Marinerong Pilipino had a chance to force a second overtime, but Joseph Terso’s triple in the waning seconds of the extra period went short as Zark’s-Lyceum escaped with the win.Game 2 is on Thursday at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.Rian Ayonayon paced the Skippers with 22 points, 11 rebounds, and four assists, while Banal had 18 and nine in the defeat.The Scores:ADVERTISEMENT ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC ZARK’S BURGER-LYCEUM 90 — Jc. Marcelino 20, Nzeusseu 20, Baltazar 15, Perez 14, Jv. Marcelino 10, Ayaay 6, Caduyac 4, Serrano 1, Cinco 0, Ibañez 0, Tansingco 0, Yong 0.MARINERONG PILIPINO 87 — Ayonayon 22, Banal 18, Pasaol 12, Robles 11, Tratter 10, Toth 6, Babilonia 4, Iñigo 2, Terso 2, Eboña 0, Miranda 0, Tolentino 0.Quarters: 23-20, 35-43, 59-65, 81-81, 90-87.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew European leagues oppose FIFA plan for 48-team 2022 World Cup Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ The Cameroonian big man fired 20 points, grabbed nine rebounds, and swatted two shots as the Jawbreakers moved one foot into the Finals.Jaycee Marcelino also poured 20 markers on an efficient 9-of-14 shooting, on top of his three boards and three steals.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 crownCJ Perez tried to take over at the end of regulation as he had seven of Zark’s-Lyceum’s last 10 points to end the fourth quarter. However, he muffed what could have been the game-winning freebies with 3.2 ticks left and needed a huge block from Jeric Serrano on Gab Banal in the ensuing possession to force overtime.Wilson Baltazar got all of his 15 markers from his five treys, while Jayvee Marcelino had 10 points, two rebounds, and two steals in the triumph. 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 MOST READlast_img read more

  • Lay your money down: Court says states can OK sports betting

    first_imgOn Monday, NBA commissioner Adam Silver and Major League Baseball issued statements saying the “integrity” of their games would remain a priority. Representatives of the National Hockey League, National Football League and NCAA said they were reviewing the court’s decision.Some saw other concerns, including for some gamblers. The ruling “will likely increase gambling participation and gambling problems unless steps are taken to minimize harm,” said Marlene Warner, the president of the National Council on Problem Gambling’s board of directors. The council said any government body or sports league that receives a direct percentage or portion of sports betting revenue should dedicate some of it to treat gambling problems.The law the justices struck down was passed by Congress in 1992 and called the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act.Justice Samuel Alito wrote for the court, “The legalization of sports gambling requires an important policy choice, but the choice is not ours to make.” The court’s “job is to interpret the law Congress has enacted and decide whether it is consistent with the Constitution,” he wrote. “PASPA is not.”Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer and Sonia Sotomayor dissented. Ginsburg wrote for the three that when a portion of a law violates the Constitution, the court “ordinarily engages in a salvage rather than a demolition operation,” preserving what it can. She said that instead of using a “scalpel to trim the statute” her colleagues used “an axe.” Breyer agreed with the majority that part of the law must be struck down but said that should not have doomed the rest of the law.Congress could try to step in again. Sen. Orrin Hatch said he would soon introduce legislation to set national standards for sports betting, but It is unclear whether the rest of Congress will want to join him.The ruling was a particular victory for New Jersey, which has fought for years to legalize gambling on sports at casinos and racetracks. Former Republican Gov. Chris Christie tweeted that it was a “great day for the rights of states and their people to make their own decisions.” The state’s current governor, Democrat Phil Murphy, said he was “thrilled” to see the high court strike down the “arbitrary ban.” Several hours after the Supreme Court ruled, New Jersey lawmakers introduced new legislation that would regulate and tax sports gambling in the state.Casinos and racetracks in the state are also moving quickly. Monmouth Park, a racetrack at the Jersey Shore, has already set up a sports book operation and said Monday it plans to start taking bets within two weeks “unless someone stops us.” And Tony Rodio, president of Tropicana Entertainment, said his Atlantic City casino will offer sports betting once it can get it up and running.“It’s been a long time coming,” he said. Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding MOST READ Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial LATEST STORIES Sports leagues had expressed concerns about any expansion of sports gambling. Their huge businesses could be badly harmed if people thought the outcome of games could be altered by someone who had wagered money on a certain result.However, the ruling also could be seen as merely bringing an activity out of the shadows that many people already see as a mainstream hobby. Americans wager about $150 billion on sports each year illegally, according to the American Gaming Association. The law the justices struck down forbade state-authorized sports gambling with some exceptions and made Nevada the only state where a person could wager on the results of a single game.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 crownStock prices for casino operators and equipment makers surged after the ruling was announced.Gambling on sports could quickly become widely available, with one research firm estimating that 32 states would likely offer sports betting within five years. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate fallscenter_img The ruling “opens up the floodgates” for sports gambling in any state that wants to have it, said Daniel Wallach, a sports law expert in Florida.The decision had been eagerly anticipated by gamblers and also states that hope their cut of legalized sports betting can help solve budget problems. States that have already laid the legal groundwork include New Jersey, where one racetrack said it would begin taking bets within two weeks. Mississippi and West Virginia have also been preparing for sports betting, and gamblers there could be placing bets as early as this summer and certainly before the NFL season starts in September.Delaware, too, could quickly expand beyond certain bets currently offered at its casinos. Pennsylvania and New York have also made moves to begin sports gambling. However, other states that want to allow sports betting could still see several Super Bowls come and go before people there can place a legal bet close to home.The Trump administration had urged the high court to uphold the law, surprising perhaps because the president is the former owner of a New Jersey casino, the Trump Taj Mahal, now being remade into a Hard Rock casino resort. All four major U.S. professional sports leagues and the NCAA also had urged the court to uphold the federal law, saying a gambling expansion would hurt the integrity of their games. They also said that with legal sports betting in the United States, they’d have to spend a lot more money monitoring betting patterns and investigating suspicious activity.Sports gambling proponents argued that the leagues already do that work and that legal sports betting will make enforcement easier than it is now, when most bets in the U.S. are made illegally. They say state regulators are capable of monitoring suspicious bets, as is done in Nevada.ADVERTISEMENT 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 In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Tall order Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Signs for Monmouth Park are displayed in a bar at the racetrack in Oceanport, N.J., Monday, May 14, 2018. The Supreme Court on Monday gave its go-ahead for states to allow gambling on sports across the nation, striking down a federal law that barred betting on football, basketball, baseball and other sports in most states. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court cleared the way Monday for states coast to coast to legalize betting on sports, breaking a longtime ban and creating a potential financial boon for states and the gambling industry. The first bets could be placed within weeks.Despite opposition from the major sports leagues and the Trump administration, the high court struck down a federal law that had barred betting on football, basketball, baseball and other sports in most states. States that want to take advantage of the ruling now will generally have to pass legislation to allow sports books to open. Some, including New Jersey, which brought the case to the Supreme Court, have a head start.ADVERTISEMENT Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

  • Meggie Ochoa off to world championships

    first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew ONE: Team Lakay’s Honorio Banario bounces back with unanimous decision win LATEST STORIES Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? The decorated athlete is set to compete in the 2018 Ju-Jutsu World Championships at Baltiska Hallen in Malmö, Sweden.Ochoa, who bagged bronze in the recent Asiad in Jakarta, will be joining a 11-man delegation led by coach Ali Sulit and skippers Gian Dee and Jan Cortez.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 ChrissAlso in the delegation are Carlo Peña, Dean Rozas, Marvin Mariano, Adrian Guggenheim, Marc Lim, Apryl Eppinger, Mara Rafael, and Kaila Napolis.The contest is under the Ju-Jitsu International Federation which works directly with the Olympic committees of each country. 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 This marks the first time a Filipino delegation is seeing action in the Worlds.Ochoa, who has recently set up an advocacy campaign to save children from sexual volence, owns three world championships that all came in the International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation, which is club-based.The 28-year-old martial artist takes on Morgane Houx of France this Saturday for the right to face Suwanan Boonsorn of Thailand in the quarterfinals of women’s seniors ~49 kg. division.Last month, Ochoa launched the “Fight to Protect” campaign to bolster her advocacy. RELATED VIDEOADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Jiu-jitsu specialist Margarita “Meggie” Ochoa is set to see action on the world stage for the first time since the Asian Games last August.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewlast_img read more

  • Infant mortality rate slashed – Dr Norton

    first_imgGuyana’s infant mortality rate has plummeted to a record low within the past six months, Public Health Minister, Dr George Norton said on Monday.Public Health Dr George Norton Minister (at centre) listens to a doctor inside the refurbished Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at the West Demerara Regional Hospital (Government Information Agency photo)Dr Norton announced a whopping average of 24 deaths for the first half of the year, stating that the rate was at its lowest in the last two years. He said there has been increased consciousness of infant deaths, improved training and more neonatal units installed at public health facilities to help reduce the rate.The Public Health Ministry has collected data, which has revealed that there was an average of four deaths per month – a considerable drop.Dr Norton reiterated that the infant mortality rate had become a priority for the Ministry, thus it has taken stringent measures to reduce it.In 2015, that rate stood at 23.1 per 1000, while child mortality rate under five years of age, which was supposed to be 16, stuck out at 24.2 for 2014.According to a multi-indicator cluster survey carried out in Guyana, Dr Norton stated, the probability of a baby dying within the first month of life was 22.9 per 1000 live births and between birth and its first birthday, 31.8.He opined that most infant deaths recorded were caused by infections or the negligence of medical practitioners.Significant dropMeanwhile, Dr Norton stated that there have been six cases of maternal death for the past six months, which is also a considerable decline in maternal mortality given the ratio for the previous years.Recently, a United Nations report disclosed that Guyana was among five countries in the Region with the highest maternal mortality rate, and among six nations where the incidence had amplified notably between 1990 and 2013.As of December 30, 2015, Guyana had recorded 17 cases of maternal deaths.This is the cause of the country missing its goal to reduce maternal deaths by three-quarters between the years 1990 and 2015. The maternal mortality ratio has decreased from 270 per cent in 1990 to 86 per cent in 2012. Therefore, in order to achieve its target, Guyana would have had to reduce its maternal mortality rate to 67.5 per cent by the end of 2015.Chief Medical Officer, Dr Shamdeo Persaud had stated that an acute shortage of obstetricians was one of the reasons for the high mortality rate, along with teenage pregnancy.Dr Norton, on the other hand, had laid some of the blame at the feet of the health practitioners, stating that some of them had displayed objectionable behaviour when it came to treating pregnant patients.Nevertheless, he stated that they have managed to control the situation and have employed more doctors to work in the maternity ward of the Georgetown Public Hospital – where most of the country’s population would go to have their babies delivered.“We have a far way to go, but we are taking every maternal death as one too many and are doing everything in our power to prevent it,” he said, adding that they have employed more specialists to work in the maternal unit and the neonatal unit in public health facilities.Earlier in the year, the Opposition’s Shadow Health Minister, Dr Frank Anthony had stated that the deteriorating primary health care referral system was the root cause of the high maternal mortality rate. He had stated that Guyana would continue to struggle with the problem if the Public Health Ministry did not address the issue of its faltering referral system, particularly in health centres across the country.He stated that there were many instances when a mother would be experiencing a high-risk pregnancy and health centres would drag their feet to refer patients to a tertiary medical institution.He suggested that if there was early detection of high-risk pregnancy, many lives would be saved.last_img read more

  • Linden-Soesdyke Highway dangerous

    first_img— Councillors call for road markingsCouncillors of the Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice) Regional Democratic Council (RDC) have registered their discontentment over the absence of road signages and markings at certain parts of the Linden/Soesdyke Highway, as well as internal roads within the Linden community.Expressing concern during a statutory meeting at the RDC last week, several Councillors made remarks regarding the issue. Apart from signs and markings, Councillors have bemoaned the lack of proper lighting to guide drivers at nights.Councillor Douglas Gittens also slammed the Region 10 Road Safety Council, for not playing an active role in ensuring such issues are addressed.“The Linden Soesdyke Highway is a death trap… meaning, you cannot see anything after a certain hour on that road. High beam, low beam, don’t matter. These guys putting LED lights now on their vehicles and it’s three times brighter than the normal lights,” Gittens said.The Councillor, who served as a member of the previous Council, also pointed to the issue of trucks leaving the Linden community, which he noted sometimes “break down” in the middle of the Highway, and as such create hazards.“We discussed in 2012, lighting of the Linden Highway, however the Government of Guyana stated that it was impossible due to the distance from Georgetown,” Gittens said.Speaking on the issue, Regional Chairman Renis Morian pointed out that the Public Infrastructure Ministry had commenced a lighting programme on bridges along the Highway, however, the lights were reportedly stolen. Gittens, in response, argued that apart from lights, signage and markings may also be used.“The roads are unmarked and you cannot see any of the speed signs”, he stated.Meanwhile, Councillor Charles Sampson also voiced his concerns regarding lighting and road markings. He pointed out that more lights are needed to serve the area up to the Wisroc junction at Wismar, Linden.It was noted that the area is relatively dark at nights. Sampson noted too that there were numerous street lights which were not working along Winifred Gaskin Highway, noting that the lights are the responsibility of Central Government. The Councillor further made calls for speed limit signs to be erected.“I admire the Police for trying to slow down speeding cars, but what are the speed limits? Where are the speed limit signs? I never see a speed limit sign on the road… When you drive along the Linden/Soesdyke Highway it’s a shame. That road ain’t got no markings. If it’s raining and you coming through the Highway in the night, it’s just God’s mercy that could bring you through the Highway.The Highway can be marked…Even in Linden, we got Winifred Gaskin Highway, Washer Pond road – no markings at all. Why is it so difficult for us to mark roads? Why can’t the Ministry mark the Highway? Put proper markings and proper indicators? ” Sampson stressed.He added that it’s a “nightmare” driving at nights, especially along the Moblissa area where it is extremely dark. Sampson opined that once roads are properly marked, it will be better for drivers to see.At the conclusion of the discussion, the Regional Chairman made a promise to write to the Public Infrastructure Ministry for support.last_img read more

  • Govt pushes through $346M in supplemental funding

    first_imgCJIA expansion– despite promises of no additional funds being requiredEven though assurances were given by officials that the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) expansion project would not attract more costs, the Government was on Friday able to push through over $346 million in supplemental financing for the project.During the consideration of Financial Paper # Two, Minister of Public Infrastructure, David Patterson, had to defend the supplemental allocation. According to Patterson, the new arrival terminal is likely to be opened in June.“In a few weeks, we will be opening sections of the airport, so this is our last chance to make any artistic adjustments. The departure lounges we saw downstairs will be opened for use next week. Progressively, we will put one airline there from next week…and if everything is perfect, we will move all the others there,” Patterson said.Patterson had stated, “The Minister of Citizenship, the airport authorities and the Ministers of Public Telecommunications and Business are seeking bids for automated kiosks for to scan your passport and (cause you to) go directly to immigration.”Patterson was staunchly grilled by the parliamentary Opposition, who raised concerns about changes in the airport design. According to the Financial Paper, “The additional resources are required to facilitate the purchase and installation of two additional boarding bridges for the CJIA Expansion Project.”At the Ministry of Public Infrastructure’s end-of-year press conference in 2017, CJIA Expansion Project Manager Carmichael Thorne had sought to assuage worry that the extension would include an increase in the total sum to be expended on that project.Thorne had stated that this will not be the case, adding, “It is a time-only extension, so there is no cost attached to it…but the other issues are catered for in the contract.”The US$150 million project was scheduled to be completed within 32 months of its commencement in 2013. However, Thorne noted that the deadline was extended to December 1, 2017, since the project would have experienced several delays.In 2012, Guyana, under the leadership of former President Donald Ramotar, had secured a US$138 million loan from the China Exim (Export-Import) Bank to fund the expansion and modernisation project, for which the Guyana Government has injected some US$12 million.However, when the coalition Government came in to power in 2015, the project was put on hold, but following discussions between Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson and the contracting company, China Harbour Engineering Corporation (CHEC), it was announced that the project would be continued.Thorne had been optimistic of the project being completed by 2017. At a project update briefing, Thorne noted that of the US$150 million, only US$37.3 million had been expended to date. Of this amount, some US$33 million was spent by CHEC, which included US$1.9 million of local funds put up by the Government of Guyana.As it relates to the works being done, the Infrastructure Ministry’s project manager told media operatives that while the initial plan was for the northern end of the runway to be extended, because of difficulties with the terrain, a decision was taken to extend the runway from both the northern and southern ends, in order to minimise the cost.On completion of the expansion project, it is expected to yield two air passenger boarding bridges for passengers’ arrival and departure; a 450-person seating departure area; escalators and elevators, in addition to its extended runway that would cater for larger categories of aircraft. (Jarly Bryan)last_img read more

  • Lakers unable to get moving

    first_imgJackson said Bynum “didn’t get anything accomplished out there tonight,” and later added, “He needs to get off the front line and get out of that enemy fire for a while.” The question is if Brown is ready to play heavy minutes only five games after returning from his injury. Brown finished with 11 points and 10 rebounds against the Sixers and said afterward, “Whatever (Jackson) decides, I’ll be ready.” The Sixers trailed 57-51 at halftime but started the third quarter on a 12-3 run in which Brian Cook pick up his fourth and fifth fouls in two minutes. Jackson had seen enough when he called timeout with 8:25 left after Philadelphia scored eight consecutive points. He sent Shammond Williams and Aaron McKie to replace Smush Parker and Bynum. With only 10 available players due to injury, the Lakers were left at times with McKie playing 7-foot Steven Hunter on defense. Andre Iguodala, the Sixers’ third-year guard, finished with 31 points and punctuated the third-quarter run by burying a 3-pointer while drawing contact from Bryant. He completed the four-point play and scored 14 points in the quarter. Bryant, meanwhile, spent two hours in the afternoon at his old stomping grounds of Lower Merion High in suburban Ardmore, where he visited with coaches and teachers and talked to the boys’ basketball team on the eve of the state playoffs. He also took part in a question-and-answer session with players from all levels of the basketball program. Asked about his suspension for striking Marko Jaric in the face, Bryant said, “There’s too many NBA cameras in this room to say anything.” Bryant scored 21 points and made 9 of 13 shots in the first half, including a stunning three-point play in which he spun away from Iguodala, cut back on Hunter and scored while drawing a foul from Joe Smith. The Lakers arrived at the arena barely an hour before tipoff because of the Friday traffic. But they didn’t show up at all in the second half, losing the third quarter 32-18 and trailing by 16 points with seven minutes remaining. Cook fouled out in barely 90seconds into the fourth, depriving the Lakers of a both big man and a shooter to help Bryant. Philadelphia made twice as many free throws (29 of 37) as the Lakers shot (11 of 14) for the game. “We didn’t play smart enough,” Jackson said. “I think some of the guys felt we didn’t play hard enough; I thought we just didn’t play smart enough.” (818) 713-3610 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Kobe Bryant returned from his one-game NBA suspension and finished with 30 points, but made just 3 of 14 shots while facing double-teams the entire second half. It was just one factor in an avalanche that saw the Lakers lose the second half 57-35. “That’s called them going in and making some adjustments and us going and out doing the same thing we did in the first half,” Lakers center Kwame Brown said. “They put that `Kobe-dar’ on like every team is going to do, and nobody else stepped up and made a play.” Said Bryant: “Our execution just fails us because we don’t have the guys out there that know the intricacies of the offense.” The Sixers won their sixth consecutive game while the Lakers remained winless since Lamar Odom was lost to a torn labrum. Jackson spent the third quarter trying to find any combination that worked and contemplated lineup changes afterward. Foremost in his mind is 19-year-old center Andrew Bynum, who has started the last 32 games since Brown went down with a sprained ankle Dec. 31. Bynum missed all four shots he took Friday, committed four turnovers and was called for five fouls in 33 minutes. PHILADELPHIA – The traffic was so snarled during the bus ride to the Wachovia Center for Friday’s game that Phil Jackson jokingly claimed it must have been a product of the flower show at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. Then came the second half of the Lakers’ 108-92 loss to the Philadelphia 76ers, when Jackson’s team gave up a 20-3 run out of the locker room and left the coach to continue with the horticultural theme for the night. center_img “It was a wilting,” Jackson said. All that was left was for the Lakers was to pack up and head home from an 0-4 road trip. They dropped their fifth consecutive game and 11th out of the last 14, and have to wonder if they’ll be able to stay in playoff position for the final 19 games. last_img

  • Upper Pine the top school in the district: Fraser Institute

    first_imgHowever, the BC Teachers Federation — a long standing outspoken critic of the annual report — argues the rankings are just a make-work project by ‘the increasingly irrelevant Fraser Institute.’ FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — The Fraser Institute has released its annual rankings of BC elementary schools, and there are 944 public and private schools on this year’s list.The rankings are based on ten academic indicators derived from results of the province-wide Foundations Skills Assessment exams.Private schools ranked 8.2 out of ten on average. While public schools averaged only 5.6, 80 per cent of the top-100 ranked schools were private schools.- Advertisement -The highest public school ratings are in West Vancouver and Richmond, at 9.2 and 6.9, respectively.Fort St. John is tied with New Westminster at 6.6, but the top two schools in District 60 were much higher than that: Upper Pine at 8.2, and Baldonnel at 8.Upper Pine was one of 50 schools across the province, 45 of them public, which showed significant improvement over the past five years. Peter Cowley, the Director of School Performance Studies, argues the Institute’s report card is the only objective reliable tool parents have to compare the academic performance of their child’s school over time to others.Advertisementlast_img read more

  • Rutto ready for herculean Thika survival task

    first_img0Shares0000Thika United interim coach Joseph Rutto (left) watches on during his side’s Kenyan Premier League 1-0 win over Wazito FC at Camp Toyoyo on May 6, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, May 7- Last season, Thika United survived relegation by the skin of their teeth, picking a nervy 1-0 aggregate win over Ushuru FC in the promotion and relegation play-off to guarantee another year in top flight football.The side finds itself bagged in the same situation this year after picking up only two wins off 14 games and their head coach Nicholas Muyoti dropping off the journey four months into the new season. The man who has been tasked with steadying the ship on interim basis, former Mathare United and Tusker FC goalkeeper Joseph Rutto is confident that he can bring the club safely into the survival harbor.“We have to be confident that we can survive relegation. That is our sole purpose this season and as players and coaches, we have to ensure that happens,” the interim coach told Capital Sport.“The players need to know that more or less, they are playing for themselves. They should ask, where will they go if the team is relegated. Even if there’s no money, who knows who might be watching them. Lack of finances cannot be a reason for playing poorly,” added the coach.Thika United’s Hansel Ochieng vies for the ball with Wazito FC’s Emmanuel during their Kenyan Premier League 1-0 win over Wazito FC at Camp Toyoyo on May 6, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluHe started his tenure off on a positive note, his side beating Wazito FC 1-0 courtesy of an 88th minute Eugene Mukangula goal on Sunday. He hopes that the win will be a catalyst for their turnaround.“It was a very important win and I am thankful to God for that. We really needed a win after such a poor run and I hope this will be the beginning of better things,” further noted the coach.The team has found itself in financial trouble and was struggling to pay players’ salaries in the first four months of the season with Capital Sport learning that their long time sponsors Brookside might have ditched them.Sources also intimate that it might have been the same reason Muyoti decided to walk away with players said to have boycotted some days of training protesting lack of payment.Thika United players hurdle together in prayer during their Kenyan Premier League 1-0 win over Wazito FC at Camp Toyoyo on May 6, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluBut, Rutto has urged the players to focus on their duty at hand, to deliver survival to the club that at one point had a fourth place finish in the league and reached the Top Eight Cup final.“Our work is on the pitch, the rest we leave to the management,” further affirmed the tactician.The win over Wazito took Thika a spot up to 16th with 12 points, one ahead of Sony Sugar who drew 0-0 with Kakamega Homeboyz on Saturday.Meanwhile, Nakumatt picked up their first win in 10 games with a 3-2 win over Zoo Kericho. Nakumatt had raced to a 2-0 lead but the hosts raced back to equalize. Nakumatt tjough wiped the blushes off their faces with a winner in additional time.They remained bottom of the Kenyan Premier League log despite the win with 10 points off 14 games.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more