Spurs rout Jazz 118-81 in NBA

first_imgSAN ANTONIO (AP):San Antonio built a giant 46-point lead, thanks to their smothering defence, before easing up to beat Utah 118-81 on Monday night and extend their stellar start to the NBA season.The Spurs improved to 21-5 – the second-best start in franchise history – and retained their 6-1/2 game lead in the Southwest Division.Kawhi Leonard had 22 points, while LaMarcus Aldridge and Tony Parker added 18 points each for the Spurs, who are 13-0 at home.In other key games, Atlantic Division leaders Toronto had their four-game winning streak ended by Indiana, the Los Angeles Clippers defeated Detroit with a three-pointer with 12 seconds remaining in overtime, and Miami took a share of the Southeast Division lead with a win over slumping Atlanta.Indiana’s Jordan Hill had season highs with 20 points and 13 rebounds as the Pacers beat Toronto 106-90. Monta Ellis had 18 points for Indiana, which went on a 39-4 run in the first half to overturn a 21-point deficit.The Clippers edged Detroit 105-103 when Jamal Crawford hit a three-pointer with 12.4 seconds left in overtime. Blake Griffin, who finished with 34 points, made a pair of free throws with 38.8 seconds remaining to put the Clippers ahead 102-101, but Kentavious Caldwell-Pope tied it for the Pistons by going 1 for 2 from the foul line with 30.5 seconds left.Reggie Jackson finished with 34 points and 11 rebounds for Detroit.Miami led comfortably throughout in winning 100-88 at Atlanta. Chris Bosh scored 24 points and Gerald Green had 20 for the Heat, who moved 1-1/2 games above their Southeast rival.GAME-WINNING POINTSDallas’ Chandler Parsons scored 15 of his 17 points in the second half to guide the Mavericks to a 104-94 win against Phoenix. Parsons has been on restricted duty, coming off the bench lately, following off-season knee surgery. He had eight points during a 20-4 run to finish the third quarter, when Dallas made 13 of their last 14 shots to take a 77-58 lead.Memphis shot 56 per cent and sank 10 of 15 three-point attempts in beating Washington 112-95. Denver’s Will Barton scored 23 points, including two game-sealing free throws with 13.5 seconds remaining, to give the Nuggets a 114-108 win against Houston.Orlando claimed their first win in Brooklyn, cruising past the Nets 105-82 behind 54 per cent shooting from the field.Portland extended their run of wins against New Orleans to seven by defeating the Pelicans 105-101, led by 30 points from Damian Lillard.Chicago rallied from a five-point half-time deficit to beat hapless Philadelphia 115-96 and keep the 76ers winless in 15 road games.last_img read more

New track boost for Calabar High

first_img “Some of that money will go back into the programme; some of it will go elsewhere. It’s a complex we are developing, so in the middle, there is a football field and we are looking at basketball because we want to ensure that we are putting up a sporting complex that will benefit the young men,” the principal said. Lights are also to be installed at the facility. At the launch attended by Sports Minister Natalie Neita Headley, Jamaica Administrative Athletics Association General Secretary Garth Gayle and Calabar alumnus attorney Michael Eaton, it was announced that the track will be handed over during a dedication ceremony set for Friday, January 22. The inaugural meet will serve as an incentive for 400- and 800-metre runners striving to replicate the impact made by Messrs Arthur Wint and Herb McKenley, former Calabar High School athletes described by Minister Neita-Headley as “two great stalwarts of modern Jamaica on whose shoulders we now stand”. At the 1948 Olympic Games in London, Wint won Jamaica’s first ever Olympic gold medal in the 400m; McKenley the silver. In Helsinki, Finland in 1952 both men were members of Jamaica’s mile relay team, along with George Rhoden and Les Laing, which broke the world record in winning gold. As such, the overall fastest times in the boys and girls 400 metres will be given the Arthur Wint Trophies donated by the Wint family while the top performers in the men’s and women’s Olympic Development 400m and 800m will be awarded cash prizes donated by members of the McKenley family and the Calabar Old Boys’ Association New York Chapter. ENTIRE SPORTS COMPLEX Besides hosting the inaugural staging of the McKenley/Wint Track and Field Classic on Saturday, January 23, the newly laid track at Calabar High School is already reaping huge benefits for the Red Hills Road-based institution. Principal of Calabar, Albert Corcho, revealed yesterday that the school stands to save hundreds of thousands of dollars in transportation costs alone. “We are benefiting already because we usually go to the stadium to train. Once the track is officially handed over we cut out all of that,” he said, following the launch of the track meet at the headquarters of the Jamaica Baptist Union on Washington Boulevard yesterday. “We had to rent buses every day to take the young men to the stadium and back,” he added. He estimated that it costs the school about $15,000 a day for transportation, money that can now be diverted to other areas of the school’s sports development.last_img read more

US$30K Heroin Makes a ‘No-Show’ in Court

first_imgThe packed courtroom of Criminal Court ‘C’ at the Temple of Justice was a scene of disbelief and shock when government lawyers failed to give account of 1.2 kilogram of heroin valued at US$30,000, allegedly arrested from a 24-year-old Ugandan woman, Shirat Nelwadda.Prosecution had indicted her with multiple crimes including unlawful possession, trafficking, and distribution of a narcotic drug.She, however, denied all of the charges read to her in open court by the clerk of court.At the hearing on Tuesday, March 25, while the Court remained seated and silent, Judge Blamo Dixon asked the government lawyers where the heroin, the fruit of the crime (foc) could be found, as it was not in Court where it belonged.  The Prosecution responded:  “The heroin is with the court and we will soon bring it.”That statement elicited this reaction from Judge Dixon: “Tell the people that the drugs are not with this Court.”State prosecutor and judge did not name the court in possession of the 1.2 kilogram of narcotic drugs.Legal experts, however, suggested to the Daily Observer that the drugs were at the Monrovia City Court, which had heard the matter before the defendant had been indicted by the Montserrado County Grand Jury.Before Judge Dixon’s request for the fruit of the crime, prosecution had earlier presented pieces of evidence to the court, leaving behind the 1.2 kilogram of heroin, which was at the center of the trial.The prosecution’s first witness, Special Agent Albert Hare of the Drug Enforcement Agency, (DEA) was also on the stand testifying in the matter.Hare is believed to be the DEA officer who investigated defendant Nelwadda when she was charged.Testifying under cross examination, when asked who had arrested Defendant Nelwadda, Hare responded, “It was officers of the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Roberts International Airport’s (RIA) security assigned at the Airport that did the arrest. We were not at the RIA when she was arrested and it is not the DEA that carried out the arrest. It was done by joint security assigned at the Airport including the NSA and RIA. We only came into the picture when she was turned over to us by the NSA. You know we are an agency of government, responsible to investigate drug-related cases. That was why they placed her in our custody,” Hare explained about his agency’s involvement.”That means you never arrested the defendant?” Judge Dixon asked. Hare replied: “Yes, we did not arrest the suspect.”Asked whether the defendant was investigated by the NSA, Hare again responded: “No, NSA did not conduct any investigation.”Also, testifying on the direct, Agent Hare alleged Nelwadda was charged following a preliminary investigation and a laboratory test done on the drugs, by the DEA.Surprisingly, when he was asked by defense counsel whether Nelwadda had a lawyer when she was investigated according to the law, Hare replied: “We accorded the defendant all of her legal rights under the law, including her right to a lawyer and the right to remain silent else any statement made would be used against her in a Court of competent jurisdiction. She agreed, and that was how we went ahead with the investigation.”The case continues.  However, details of the document that brought Nelwadda under the jurisdiction of the Criminal Court — a copy of which is in the possession of this paper— said, on November 30, 2013 she was arrested with 1.2 kilogram of heroin valued at US$30,000 by joint security assigned at the RIA.The document further quoted police as saying: “the drugs were in a black suitcase that she was traveling with.”It continued: “During the investigation, the defendant said she was traveling to Liberia for the first time to meet a “boyfriend” called Ekina, whom she does not know. She had also been told she would be met by Nalutarya Laila, her girlfriend in Zama, Kampala, the capital of Uganda.”The document further alleged that “upon her arrival at RIA and subsequent arrest with the drugs, defendant Nelwadda could neither give the contact address or telephone number of the so-called boyfriend she claimed is the owner of the drugs she was carrying.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

National Park receives light upgrade

first_imgPatrons of the National Park in Georgetown will now benefit from the facility’s much needed $8 million upgrade in lights.With the assistance of the British High Commission, the Guyana Energy Agency (GEA) oversaw the installation of 45 integrated stand-alone solar powered 80w Light Emitted Diode (LED) street lights at the Guyana National Park.The particulars of the project involved replacing the incompetent 250-watt mercury vapour lamps with the more efficient 80-watt solar powered lights.The Integrated solar powered street lights use renewable energy from the sun to charge the batteries, which provide lighting at nights using energy efficient LEDOne of the 45 energy efficient lights that were installed in the National Parklights. Total cost of the project, which was financed by the British High Commission in Georgetown through the UK’s Prosperity Fund, is Gy$8,158,288. GEA’s Energy Engineer Brian Constantine explained that the supply and installation cost translates into a unit cost of $178,500 per light.After a thorough evaluation of the project and the target area, the GEA determined that it would be suitable to place the new lights on the poles that had been there before, to avoid additional costing. The GEA expressed that the lights will not only conserve financially, but energy consumption and carbon emission will also be cut down. 49,275kWh of energy and 29,565kg of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions annually will be avoided/saved through this investment. This translates to over G$2,800,000 yearly in savings in electricity costs.Meanwhile, in a statement, British High Commissioner Greg Quinn noted: “It is incumbent on us all to do what we can to mitigate our impact on the environment, and to improve energy efficiency. The High Commission therefore welcomed the opportunity to work with the GEA to install these lights.”last_img read more

GT Beer ‘Keep Your Five Alive’ Futsal starts today

first_imgThe sixth edition of the GT Beer ‘Keep Your Five Alive’ Indoor Competition is anticipated to provide riveting action from today (Saturday), when the tournament kicks off at the National Gymnasium.Eager and determined teams are expected from Georgetown, Linden, Berbice, and from both west and east coasts and banks of the Demerara county.Organiser Kevin Adonis, in an invited comment, said this year’s edition is expected to surpass last year’s in terms of excitement and fan support. He is urging teams to bring out their supporters to ensure that their hopes of ‘keeping their five alive’ are increased by the turnout of fans.“The concept is one that I like. It allows a team only one opportunity to play for the prizes; and because of this, all the teams come well prepared to play at a high level, and so the fans are the real winners,” Adonis explained.He added that thirty-two of the best teams in the country have been assembled, including defending champions West Front Road’s ‘Gold is Money’ and beaten finalist Future Stars.Among the other teams making the shortlist are: Sparta Boss, Bent Street, Leopold Street, and most of the zone champions of the Guinness ‘Greatest of the Streets’ competition.In opening night action: Rhythm Stars (Mocha) tackle recently-crowned Berbice Guinness champions Trafalgar, and this encounter will be followed by the clash between Agricola and Broad Street.Kingston then square off against Swag Entertainment out of Linden, before another mining community team, NK Ballers, take on Sophia.In the final game of the night, Leopold Street play host to East Coast Melanie Damishana.The fixtures for the next two playing days are seen below.On Thursday, July 12, Buxton Diamond engage West Demerara Showstoppers, while the young Uprising team from East Coast Demerara go up against Linden’s Silver Bullets.ESPN then collide with East Coast BV, before Ann’s Grove and North East La Penitence take to the court.The rejuvenated Tiger Bay unit then faces California Square, before Sparta Boss and Tucville bring the curtains down on the evening’s proceedings.On Saturday, July 14, Albouystown and Upsetters get things going, before Future Stars and Alpha Warriors square off.Back Circle then tackle Kitty Hustlers, before Linden’s Dave & Celena All Stars go up against Bent Street.The reigning champs, West Front Road, then close the night with a clash against Alexander Village.Insert: GT Beerlast_img read more

Daytona 500 nears after a chaotic week

first_imgThe crew chiefs for 2003 series champion Matt Kenseth, Kasey Kahne, Scott Riggs and Elliott Sadler all were kicked out Tuesday, and NASCAR took the unprecedented step of docking the drivers points before the season even started. The next day, the sanctioning body turned its attention to two-time Daytona 500 winner Michael Waltrip, whose Toyota team violated the code of the Nextel Cup garage by tampering with its fuel. It led to indefinite suspensions for two of Waltrip’s top employees and a $100,000 fine – the largest in NASCAR history. It was so embarrassing Waltrip almost packed up his car and left. Instead, Waltrip will make his 21st start in the race. There’s been mixed reaction to his situation, with many rivals believing he got off too easy and should have been suspended. Waltrip still has supporters, though, including two-time series champion Tony Stewart. “Nobody wants him to go away by any means,” Stewart said. “He’ll rebound from all this. I mean, it’s a huge bump in the road … but he’s got a lot of friends in this garage area, and I’m sure when it’s all said and done, everything will be fine.” It may never be fine for Toyota officials, who were humiliated by Waltrip’s team in the Japanese automaker’s highly anticipated Nextel Cup debut. Waltrip took pains to distance the incident from Toyota. “I just hope people are able to understand and separate Michael Waltrip Racing from Toyota in this instance, because their integrity and the way they go about things is totally opposite of the position I’ve put them in,” Waltrip said. Toyota could only hope that when racing began Sunday, the focus would shift to on-track performance. Four Camrys are in the field, including Waltrip’s entire organization. They’ll be hard-pressed to compete with the likes of Gordon, Stewart and Dale Earnhardt Jr., the three drivers who have established themselves as the ones to beat in the Super Bowl of Racing. Whoever wins will get an extra five points, just one of the changes this season. The win also will be good for bonuses when the Chase begins – for every victory scored during the “regular-season,” a driver will get a 10-point cushion to be used in seeding the playoff field. A win for Stewart would just about complete his NASCAR resume. The 500 is the only big race missing from a resume that includes wins on all but four Nextel Cup tracks. After winning two exhibition races leading up to the 500, Stewart liked his chances. “I feel like this is the best opportunity we’ve had so far to win the 500,” he said. The wild card is Montoya, the Formula One defector embarking on his first full NASCAR season. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The Daytona 500 was supposed to be a celebration of all that’s right with NASCAR – the debut of Toyota and much-heralded rookie Juan Pablo Montoya, and a new format that emphasizes winning. Instead, this version of the Great American Race has been all about a cheating scandal that forced NASCAR to throw six people out of the garage long before Sunday’s race. That seemed true for almost everyone in the Nextel Cup garage. It was a chaotic Speedweeks, with twists and turns, allegations, bombshell announcements, emotion and apologies. “This week has been mindboggling,” said three-time winner Jeff Gordon. “I’ve been glued to the TV as much as anybody else waiting to see what’s going to happen. Between that and Anna Nicole Smith, I just can’t seem to get myself away from the TV.” The words were barely out of his mouth when Gordon learned the spotlight had shifted to him: The car he drove to victory in a Thursday qualifying race had failed inspection, making him the sixth driver to fall on the wrong side of NASCAR law. But before the label “cheater” could be stitched to Gordon’s name, NASCAR said the problem with his Chevrolet was unintentional and simply stripped him of his starting position – sending him back to the 42nd spot for Sunday’s season-opening race. It was a relative slap on the wrist for the four-time series champion, especially in light of NASCAR’s weeklong crackdown on rule-breakers. center_img It’s a drama that generated the mainstream attention NASCAR desperately covets – but for all the wrong reasons. “I think it gave the sport a black eye, (and) we’ve got to recover from that,” said driver Joe Nemechek. “I know this is the most stressful Daytona 500 I’ve ever been in.” last_img read more

Egypt did not want to ‘risk’ Salah, says coach Cuper

first_img0Shares0000Liverpool winger Mohamed Salah had to settle for a place on the bench as Egypt look to ease him back in after his injury. Photo/APYEKATERINBURG, Russia, June 15 – Mohamed Salah was kept on the bench in Egypt’s opening World Cup defeat against Uruguay on Friday because the team did not want to risk further injury to the Liverpool star.Salah, who turned 26 on Friday, injured his shoulder three weeks ago in Liverpool’s Champions League final defeat to Real Madrid. On the eve of the Uruguay match in Yekaterinburg, which the South Americans won 1-0, Egypt coach Hector Cuper said Salah was fit, raising the Pharoahs’ hopes that he would start the Group A clash.“He’s certainly important, nobody can deny that, but you need a good team too — and we are a good team,” said Cuper. “If Mo had been on the pitch it may have been different but we can’t know that.”“He did not play today because we wanted to avoid risk or danger but I think that he will be fine for the next match,” said the coach.“Yesterday we were quite certain that he would play. At the end of training he was examined in depth and there was some doubt if he fell or was hit by another player.“We thought perhaps he might get another injury and we want to avoid that so we decided not to take that risk.“We want him on top form for Saudi Arabia and Russia.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Watch: New TV advert to showcase the coolest place on the planet!

first_imgA new advertisement is set to air on TV3, 3be and 3e for one week in the lead into the Easter holiday period. The 30-second advert will be the second of its kind to air by Donegal Tourism promoting Donegal as a number one choice for a holiday in Ireland, highlighting Donegal’s as recently winning the Coolest Place in the World to visit by National Geographic traveller. The TV ad is part of extensive marketing initiative, which has been devised to promote the county nationally and internationally through a significant campaign.This campaign will include further national radio competitions set to take place along with a campaign in Belfast, Derry airport, Donegal airport, Knock Airport and TV screens in Connolly Station, Pearse St Station and Busaras in Dublin.An international campaign is also kicking off in Germany and France and Donegal Tourism have created a bilingual video in French and German which will be advertised to these markets in the coming weeks.Donegal will also feature extensively on the TV national events guide and a brand will be promotion Donegal on a number of trade events. The Go Visit Donegal website was officially launched in 2014 and has been promoting Donegal as a must see tourism destination since then with an extensive marketing and communication plan.www.govisitdonegal.com achieves approximately 250,000 visitors per annum and is supported by a full social media campaign and offline PR communications.The brand also hosts a free smart phone app, both the app and the website offer all businesses in Donegal a free opportunity for listing and hosts a free event guide listing for all festival and event organisers.Watch: New TV advert to showcase the coolest place on the planet! was last modified: March 9th, 2017 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:advertcoolest placedonegaltourismTV3last_img read more

Challengers losing to sheriff, others

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2And Molina, 58, seeking a fifth term, was ahead of Andrew “Andres Jason” Ahlering, Carlos Alberto Leyva and David Sanchez in a district including Pomona and East Los Angeles. Assessor Auerbach, 57, seeking a second term, was ahead of John “Lower Taxes” Loew, a deputy county assessor. troy.anderson@dailynews.com (213) 974-8985 Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca, Assessor Rick Auerbach and Supervisors Zev Yaroslavsky and Gloria Molina jumped to commanding early leads Tuesday in their re-election bids. Baca, 64, thanked voters for trusting him to address the departmental problems he’s faced the last three years. He noted that the Board of Supervisors has allocated an additional $160 million for jail capital projects and an extra $90 million to hire deputies. Baca said he will restore staffing, reopen jails and eventually get to a point where inmates serve their full sentences. “It’s a very major, aggressive funding opportunity for the Sheriff’s Department,” he said. Campaigning against Baca, retired sheriff’s Capt. Ken Masse, sheriff’s Capt. Ray Leyva, sheriff’s Sgt. Paul L. Jernigan Jr. and Glendale Police Department Lt. Don Meredith said he has mismanaged his budget, let the department become short-staffed and released thousands of inmates early. In the supervisors’ races, Yaroslavsky, 57, seeking a fourth term in his district including the western portion of the San Fernando Valley, Hollywood and Malibu, was far ahead of two challengers, Valley activist David Hernandez and sheriff’s Sgt. Randy Springer. 160Want 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

Nurse attacked by pensioner as she helped him outside Letterkenny hospital

first_imgA pensioner assaulted a nurse after she came to his aid after he collapsed outside a hospital.Charles Lynagh appeared at Letterkenny District Court in Co Donegal charged with assaulting nurse Amanda Sweeney. Lynagh, aged 69, was found lying unconscious outside Letterkenny University Hospital at 1.10pm on June 20th, 2017.Nurse Sweeney tried to lift Lynagh and as she did so he struck out and struck her in the face.CCTV footage fo the attack was shown to Judge Paul Kelly in court.She had to see a hospital consultant and leave work after being bruised above her left eye.Solicitor for the accused, Mr Patsy Gallagher, said his client was drunk and he had no recollection of the attack.He paid tribute to nurse Sweeney who was back in work the day after the attack.“This was a very traumatic incident for nurse Sweeney but it is a testament of the character of the nurses in Letterkenny that she was back in the work the next day,” he said.The court heard that Lynagh, of Tirlaughlin, Carrigart, had 30 previous convictions, many of which for public order.Judge Kelly asked if Lynagh had apologised to nurse Sweeney and if he planned to make recompense to her.Mr Gallagher said his client had not apologised yet and that he was a man of very little means who had succumbed to alcohol in his life.Judge Kelly adjourned the case until January 7th for a community service and probation report.He thanked nurse Sweeney for coming to court and for her “approach to the matter.”Nurse attacked by pensioner as she helped him outside Letterkenny hospital was last modified: November 1st, 2018 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:assaultCharles LynaghdonegalhospitalNURSElast_img read more