Harden, Rockets get 90 in first half, beat Suns 142-116

first_imgKris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Wilder calls out Joshua again for big heavyweight fight View comments CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Houston came up 14 points shy of the franchise record for points in a game. The Rockets knocked down 21 of 44 3-point attempts, and Harden made all 18 of his free throws.Harden, the NBA’s leading scorer, had 33 points at halftime. Houston used a 13-1 over the final 3:08 of the first quarter to take control and was never threatened after that, leading 45-23 going into the second.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutPaul, who hadn’t played since the season opener, got the start and didn’t miss a beat, scoring 11 points and handing out 10 assists in limited action.Coach Mike D’Antoni said before the game that getting the two stars, Harden and Paul, in sync will “take care of itself over the next week or so.” D’Antoni planned to play Paul for 20 minutes; Paul saw 21 minutes of action and sat out most of the fourth quarter. PHOENIX, AZ – NOVEMBER 16: James Harden #13 of the Houston Rockets reacts to a three point shot against the Phoenix Suns during the second half of the NBA game at Talking Stick Resort Arena on November 16, 2017 in Phoenix, Arizona. Christian Petersen/Getty Images/AFPPHOENIX, Arizona—James Harden had 23 of his 48 points in the second quarter while the Houston Rockets scored 90 points in the first half en route to a 142-116 win over the Phoenix Suns on Thursday night.Houston dominated with Chris Paul back in the lineup after missing 14 games with a knee injury. The Rockets made 61 percent of their first-half shots to match the second-most points in a first half in NBA history.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Ryan Anderson added 24 points for the Rockets, who have won seven of eight.The Suns also shot well in the first half, getting 65 points before the break. They got the lead down to 14 with one of Troy Daniels’ six 3-pointers in the second quarter, but the Rockets repeatedly scored with ease at the other end.Daniels tied a Suns franchise record for 3s in a quarter and led Phoenix with 23 points. Devin Booker added 18 points and 10 assists.The Suns have lost seven of eight.As the first half came to a close, a fan yelled at D’Antoni from the stands. “Sit down Mike, you’re up 40!” D’Antoni, a former Suns coach, turned and deadpanned, “It’s 25. You can’t count.”Center Greg Monroe made his Suns debut, starting and playing 26 minutes. Monroe, acquired by Phoenix from Milwaukee with two draft picks for guard Eric Bledsoe on Nov. 7, was dealing with a left calf strain when he arrived.ADVERTISEMENT Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games PLAY LIST 01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Read Next MOST READ He finished with 20 points and 11 rebounds.Monroe played amid speculation that he could be traded or have his contract bought out. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LATEST STORIES Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohortlast_img read more

Brown scores 21 as Celtics pound Bulls without Irving

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Typhoon ‘Tisoy’ threatens Games Bulls: Host Memphis on Wednesday. Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus NLEX signs up former Sixer Arnett Moultrie Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Read Next John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMCcenter_img They remembered what happened when they visited in December, getting blown out with Irving sidelined by a bruised quadriceps, and made it clear right from the start that wasn’t going to happen again. The Celtics immediately took control, building a 37-point lead on the way to their fifth win in six games.“Kyrie didn’t play last time (and) they felt like they could beat us and they did beat us by 20-plus points,” Brown said. “Coming into this game we had the mindset we needed to get out on them early and we did that.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutJayson Tatum scored 14, while Al Horford and Terry Rozier added 13 points apiece for Boston.“We were ready to play,” coach Brad Stevens said. “Our defense was really good in the first half, obviously. I thought we were really flying around, covering for one another, playing the right way. And then we were aggressive in taking the ball to the basket. That opened up some 3s.” LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico This one got out of hand almost as soon as the opening tip.After losing to the NBA-leading Rockets on Saturday by three points, Boston led 55-29 at halftime. Brown had 10 points as the Celtics raced out to a 26-5 lead. He nailed a 3 and threw down a one-handed jam before Horford’s steal and dunk made it a 21-point game with 4:21 left in the first quarter.IRVING UPDATEStevens wasn’t sure if Irving will be ready to play at Minnesota on Thursday.“It doesn’t sound like it’s a long-term concern, but certainly, it could last through the week,” Stevens said.With Irving out, the Celtics opted to put Shane Larkin in the lineup rather than Rozier or Marcus Smart. That was because Stevens wanted to keep the second unit together.Larkin had nine points and four assists in his first start since the 2015-16 season with Brooklyn. He made all three of his field goals — each of them 3-pointers.“He was great,” Stevens said. “It’s one of the things we talked about — who should start? We trust all three of those guys. Then it becomes who you want to play off the bench. But (Larkin) was really good.”TIP-INSCeltics: Brown was 9 of 13 from the field. … The Celtics scored 35 points in the first quarter, five shy of their season high for an opening period.Bulls: LaVine shot 1 for 11. He along with G Kris Dunn and C Bobby Portis combined to go 6 of 29. … Hoiberg said the Bulls will recall G Antonio Blakeney from the G League Windy City Bulls “in the next couple of weeks.” Blakeney is averaging 7.1 points in 12 games for Chicago.UP NEXTCeltics: Visit Minnesota on Thursday. MOST READ LATEST STORIES Chicago lost for the 14th time in 17 games. Denzel Valentine scored 20 and nailed four 3-pointers for the Bulls, but that was about the only positive for them.“They made us uncomfortable, things got tough and we just shut down,” coach Fred Hoiberg said. “We quit playing.”Zach Lavine said the Bulls were “terrible all around” and added: “There’s no excuse for what we did out there.”STRONG STARTIt didn’t matter that the Celtics held out Irving. He was still sore after aggravating his knee in Saturday’s loss at Houston, but his absence didn’t stop Boston from burying the Bulls right from the start.They had no trouble driving to the rim against a weak defense and dominated in the paint 46-26.ADVERTISEMENT Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa Boston Celtics’ Jaylen Brown (7) shoots over Chicago Bulls’ Bobby Portis as Aron Baynes, left, watches during the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, March 5, 2018, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)CHICAGO — This time, Boston delivered the big beating in Chicago with Kyrie Irving sidelined.Jaylen Brown scored 21 points, and the Celtics pounded the Bulls 105-89 on Monday night even though their All-Star guard sat out because of a sore left knee.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

India can handle adverse circumstances: Lara

first_imgIf any player has seen the transition of the West Indian cricket team from invincible to below-par at the international level, it is the Prince of Trinidad Brian Lara.Having played through the transformation, he knows what it takes to be a champion and feels that the reason behind the success of the present Indian side is that they have learnt to perform in adverse conditions.”Indian teams have always been good batting outfits. But the reason why they failed to become the number one team is that their level of performance dipped the moment they went abroad. But the USP of the present side is that they have performed in situations not conducive to their strength – playing well on flat batting tracks. This is where the present team under Mahendra Singh Dhoni has scored over past teams,” he said.”With teams travelling the world over and performing in foreign conditions, the game will only get more competitive over the next few years. Sports is a cycle.While we started the domination, Australia took over from us.”While they remained unbeaten in the 2003 and 2007 World Cups, no one expected England to beat them the way they did in the Ashes. The time of invincibility is over.” Lara believes the inclusion of Sreesanth makes the Indian bowling attack balanced.”Sreesanth bowled really well in South Africa and I think him joining India’s pace spearhead Zaheer Khan will augur well for the team. I think Sreesanth and Zaheer add a lot of balance to the side. It also makes the bowling very competitive,” he said.advertisementHaving been a leading player during the 1996 World Cup, Lara believes building momentum will be the key in this year’s showpiece event.”Having played the 1996 World Cup, I feel the team that builds momentum throughout the tournament will go on to win the Cup.In these conditions, you need momentum as it is a pretty long tournament. In such cases, you don’t want to start on top and run out of steam in the later stages,” the 41- year- old said.Reliving his memories from the 1996 World Cup, Lara said: “Beating South Africa in the quarterfinal in Karachi was definitely the happiest moment as they were the favourites and were going great guns before we knocked them out.”As for the saddest moment, it definitely came a few days later when we lost from a winning position against Australia in the semifinal in Mohali. We were cruising before spin wizard Shane Warne ran through our lower middle- order and handed us a fiverun loss.”Having worked as a batting consultant for the Zimbabwe team, Lara doesn’t expect to make them overnight champions, but feels he has shared his experience and that can help them gain confidence ahead of the World Cup.”As a batting consultant, my job was to improve their batting. But I didn’t stop just at that. I have shared my experiences about how favourites can crumble under pressure in such big tournaments.I know they aren’t a fancied side, but I seriously feel that they can spring a few surprises and that will be the basic aim.”They might not be champions, but they are all good players and some are very good players.But the problem is with their selfbelief.If they can start believing in themselves, they can do wonders.I looked at building the right atmosphere in the team and increase their confidence,” he said.last_img read more

Islanders Bust The Senators, 3-1

first_imgNEW YORK — After a sluggish start, the New York Islanders picked up their intensity in the second period and got a needed victory.Brock Nelson and Matt Martin scored 21 seconds apart in the second and the Islanders beat the Ottawa Senators 3-1 March 23 to snap a season-high four-game losing streak (0-3-1).John Tavares also scored in New York’s three-goal second period and rookie goalie Jean-Francois Berube, making just his fourth career start, stopped 22 shots.“We executed well,” Tavares said. “(Berube) was great all game. He was really big for us. He really did a solid job back there.”New York, holding the first wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference, was desperate for a win to strengthen its playoff push after going 1-4-2 in its previous seven games while getting outscored 22-11.The Islanders pulled within one point of Pittsburgh for third place in the Metropolitan Division and moved four points ahead of Philadelphia and Detroit, who are tied for the East’s second and final wild card.“We’re getting ready for the playoffs and obviously we want to get in with good momentum,” Berube said. “This is a huge win for us. We put some pucks in the net.”Berube got his second start in nine days to give Thomas Greiss a rest. With starting goalie Jaroslav Halak out for at least the rest of the regular season, Greiss — who has already appeared in a career-high 35 games — is 1-4-1 with a 3.34 GAA in his absence.Berube made several big saves, including two on one sequence about 6 1/2 minutes into the game, Ottawa’s Mark Stone got the puck to Jean-Gabriel Pageau ahead on a rush and Berube slid across to stop his shot.The rebound came to the left and as Stone swept in, Berube dove across the goal and stopped the puck with his glove.“It was a big save,” Islanders coach Jack Capuano said. “It could have been the turning point of the game. You need your goalie to make big saves. He competed hard. He battled for his space.”Stone scored and Andrew Hammond finished with 20 saves for Ottawa, which lost its second straight after winning three of four.“I thought we had a lot of perimeter shots, maybe not enough traffic in front,” said Ottawa’s Bobby Ryan, who played in his 600th game. “We had a few scrums at some point during the game, but definitely not enough.”Stone spoiled Berube’s shutout bid at 6:21 of the third period as he took a pass from Erik Karlsson on a 2-on-1 break and scored on a backhand. It was Karlsson’s NHL-leading 62nd assist and he is fourth in the NHL with 75 points.“I thought we came out pretty well, pushed the pace, didn’t really give them much room to move,” Stone said. “It’s just a tough little stretch there that cost us.”The Islanders got on the scoreboard early in the second period. After Tavares won a faceoff in the offensive zone, Calvin de Haan got the puck and sent it to Josh Bailey, who fired a shot from inside the blue line. Hammond stopped it, but the rebound went to Tavares in front and he backhanded the puck in at 5:24 for his 27th of the season.New York doubled its lead with 5:32 remaining in the period as Travis Hamonic took a shot from the right side and Martin, streaking across the front of the goal, deflected it past Hammond.Nelson made it 3-0 just 21 seconds later as got a quick pass from Shane Prince from behind the net and fired it past Hammond from the right side in front for his 24th.Senators coach Dave Cameron challenged the play to see if the Islanders were offside when they entered the offensive zone, but the goal was upheld after a video review.(VIN A. CHERWOO, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

17 days agoArsenal stopper Mustafi reveals he played injured in Liverpool thrashing

first_imgArsenal stopper Mustafi reveals he played injured in Liverpool thrashingby Freddie Taylor17 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveShkodran Mustafi has revealed he played through injury for Arsenal last season.The German endured a terrible night in the 5-1 loss to Liverpool in December 2018, but he has revealed he wasn’t fit enough to play the game.”I had missed three weeks injured and then went into the game without training with the team because the coach needed me,” he said. “At half-time it was 4-1, I had a few bad moments and injured myself again. “Afterwards, I got a lot of negative comments from Arsenal fans on Instagram and Twitter, and articles were written in which I was harshly criticised.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Former Barcelona coach Luis Enrique’s daughter dies aged 9

first_img Reuters BarcelonaAugust 30, 2019UPDATED: August 30, 2019 20:03 IST Former Barcelona coach Luis Enrique said his daughter had fought with intense bone cancer (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSLuis Enrique said his daughter had fought 5 intense months with bone cancerEnrique had quit Spain coach role to spend time with his daughterAll the Barca family are touched by the loss of Xana: Barcelona president Bartomeu Former Spain coach Luis Enrique has announced the death of his nine-year-old daughter Xana following a battle with cancer.Luis Enrique quit his role with the national team in June to spend time with his daughter, who lost her five-month fight against the disease on Thursday.”Our daughter Xana passed away this afternoon aged nine after fighting for five intense months with osteosarcoma (bone cancer),” he said in a statement.”We want to say thanks for all the shows of warmth received over the past few months and we appreciate the discretion and comprehension shown.”We also want to thank the staff at the Sant Joan de Deu and Sant Pau hospital for their dedication and treatment, to the doctors, nurses and all the volunteers. With a special mention to the palliative care team at Sant Joan de Deu.”We will miss you a lot but we will remember you every day of our lives with the hope that one day in the future we will meet again. You will be the star that guides our family. Rest (in peace) Xanita.”All of our suppport and compassion goest to Enrique: BarcelonaJosep Maria Bartomeu, president of Barcelona where Luis Enrique won two Liga titles both as a player and coach and spent 11 years in all, sent condolences on behalf of the Catalan club.”All of our support and compassion goes to Luis Enrique, his wife and all of his family at this particularly painful time,” Bartomeu said in a tweet.advertisement”All the Barca family are touched by the loss of Xana. Our condolences and all our sympathy for the Martinez Cullell family.”Osteosarcoma is the most common form of bone cancer and is most prevalent in teenagers and young adults.Also Read | Champions League: Liverpool get kind draw; Real Madrid to face PSG in group stageAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Luis EnriqueFollow BarcelonaFollow Luis Enrique daughterFollow Spain football Next Former Barcelona coach Luis Enrique’s daughter dies aged 9 Luis Enrique’s daughter Xana passed away on Thursday following a battle with bone cancer, the former Spain coach said. Enrique had quit his role as Spain coach in July 2019 to be with his daughter.advertisementlast_img read more

Hanjin Stacking Up Orders

first_imgzoom South Korea’s shipbuilder Hanjin Heavy Industries & Construction (HHIC) has signed a nearly USD 200 million contract to build two 180,000 DWT bulk carriers with an undisclosed European shipping company, and one PKX-B patrol vessel for the South Korea’s Navy.The 180,000 DWT bulk carriers will be 292 metres in length, 45 metres in width, with a service speed of 15 knots. The vessels will be built at HHIC’s  Yeongdo Shipyard and handed over at the end of 2016.An official from the HHIC said: “The shipping company which signed this contract once had business with us before. They are satisfied with our vessel so they wanted to place an additional order. We expect an increase in our revenue from the consecutive construction of a vessel of the same model.”HHIC’s Yeongdo Shipyard won the bids to built 15 vessels in total including special ships last year.This year, it has signed contracts to build two 180,000 DWT bulk carriers and world’s first LNB bunkering vessel. With the addition of three vessels, the company says it has booked enough orders for two years of production (until late 2016).Press Releaselast_img read more

Pan Americas Handed Over to Its Owners

first_imgThe liquefied natural gas (LNG) carrier Pan Americas, the second one constructed for the Queensland Curtis LNG Project, was handed over to its owners.Jointly owned by Teekay LNG Partners, China LNG Shipping International, and China’s CNOOC Limited, the 174,000 cbm vessel was constructed by China’s shipbuilder Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding.Following delivery, Pan Americas commenced a long-term charter contract with oil major Shell.Featuring 98,500 dwt and a length of 290 meters, the carrier was named and completed at the shipyard on January 12.The vessel is part of a batch of four LNG carriers ordered for the Queensland Curtis LNG Project in 2014.According to data provided by VesselsValue, Pan Americas has a market value of around USD 180 million.World Maritime News Staff, Image Courtesy: Teekay Corporation/Colin Bealllast_img read more

New England Governors Eastern Canadian Premiers

first_imgPremier Darrell Dexter will host New England Governors and Eastern Canadian Premiers in Nova Scotia over the next two days to continue work to enhance trade relationships, maximize each region’s energy potential, and address environmental challenges. “Showcasing Nova Scotia as a progressive regional business centre and promoting the province’s interest in addressing energy issues regarding transmission and renewables, are high on my list of conference objectives,” said Premier Dexter. Premier Dexter will co-chair the 35th Annual Conference of New England Governors and Eastern Canadian Premiers with Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin. Governor Shumlin is assuming co-chair responsibilities on behalf of Deval Patrick, Governor for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts who is unable to attend. “The historic cultural and trade ties between New England and Eastern Canada connect our two regions on many levels, providing numerable opportunities to advance our mutual interests and respective goals,” said Governor Shumlin. “During the conference in Nova Scotia, we will continue to build on this remarkable relationship.” The premiers, governors and more than 300 delegates scheduled to attend the conference, will hear from North America’s subject experts on such topics as managing governments’ fiscal realities, addressing border issues to improve the flow of products and services, and exploring short-sea shipping opportunities for the two regions. Among the 16 speakers scheduled to present are Chris Sands, senior fellow, Hudson Institute; Kevin G. Lynch, vice-chair, BMO Financial Group; Perrin Beatty, president and CEO, The Canadian Chamber of Commerce; John Manley, president CEO, Canadian Council of Chief Executives; and Steve J. Rourke, vice-president, System Planning, ISO New England. Emera president and CEO Chris Huskilson and Nalcor Energy president and CEO Ed Martin will update conference delegates on the Lower Churchill hydroelectric development project. In addition to the presentations, premiers and governors will meet with Canadian Ambassador to the U.S. Gary Doer, and U.S. Ambassador to Canada David Jacobson to discuss Canada-US relations. The conference takes place July 10-11th in Halifax. More information about the conference is located at www.gov.ns.ca/negecp . The New England Governors and Eastern Canadian Premiers have been meeting to discuss issues of common concern since 1976.last_img read more

Dame Diana Rigg Attends Macmillan Cancer Support Carol Concert

first_imgMacmillan Cancer Support’s prestigious Guards Chapel Christmas Carol Concert took place earlier this month.Hosted by Macmillan Vice President Martyn Lewis CBE, the soiree included readings from Dame Diana Rigg (Game of Thrones), Jason Isaacs (Harry Potter), Michael Fox (Downton Abbey) and Baroness Floella Benjamin.World-renowned classical pianist Janina Fialkowska, rising baritone star Benjamin Appl and Lithuanian accordionist Martynas Levickis performed in the beautiful setting of the Guards Chapel and were supported by the London Contemporary Orchestra.The evening is one of the most prestigious events in Macmillan’s annual calendar and all funds raised will go to help ensure that no one faces cancer alone.last_img read more

Ponca Tribe fighting 2 states and a city to keep new casino

CARTER LAKE, Iowa — Some 150 years after suffering the loss of its homeland at the hands of the U.S. government, the Ponca Tribe of Nebraska is celebrating a triumph with the opening of a casino intended to secure a stream of revenue for the long-struggling tribe.The only thing standing in its way? An effort by governments in Iowa and Nebraska that seeks to strip it of the casino.“It’s the same fight, all these years after it began,” said Ponca Tribal Chairman Larry Wright.The $10 million Prairie Flower Casino opened in November with 200 slot-style machines after the National Indian Gaming Commission approved the tribe’s casino license a year earlier, some 10 years after the tribe began its effort to open the casino. It’s far from a novelty in the area: Three much larger casinos are just a few miles away, also in western Iowa. Yet the casino’s location is central to the opposition to it, including lawsuits from the city of Council Bluffs, Iowa, and the states of Iowa and Nebraska.Unlike most other tribal casinos, the Prairie Flower wasn’t built on a reservation. The Ponca Tribe — forced in the 1870s by the U.S. government to leave its homeland along the Missouri River in Nebraska River — has no reservation. The U.S. government terminated the tribe in the 1960s and took its remaining land as part of a policy that sought to abolish reservations and assimilate Native Americans into mainstream American society. The tribe regained its federal recognition in 1990, and most of its 4,500 members are spread over 15 counties in Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota.Its casino sits on a 5-acre (2-hectare) lot that the tribe bought 20 years ago in Carter Lake, the only Iowa city on the western side of the Missouri River, which otherwise separates Nebraska and Iowa. Carter Lake had originally been on the east side of the river, but thanks to shifting and flooding in the late 1800s, it’s now surrounded by the city of Omaha — the largest city in Nebraska, whose constitution expressly forbids casinos.“The practical result,” Nebraska’s lawsuit states, “is that Carter Lake is accessible only by travelling through Nebraska, and more specially, through Omaha, which is Nebraska’s most populous and densely populated metropolitan area.”The Prairie Flower is essentially in the heart of Omaha, just blocks from the city’s downtown and a mile (1.6 kilometres) from its airport.The lawsuits fault the National Indian Gaming Commission’s decision to license the Prairie Flower, saying the tribe misrepresented its intentions when it initially announced plans for a health centre on the lot.But the underlying opposition in Iowa isn’t hard to track: It comes down to money and a perceived tug-of-war for patrons such as Helen Syfie, 73, of Omaha, who recently stopped in to play the slots at the Prairie Flower. She said she “couldn’t wait” for the Carter Lake casino to open, but she also said she’ll still cross the river to go to the Council Bluffs casinos.“There’s plenty of business to go around,” she said. “All of them have their own advantages. I really don’t think it’s going to take anything away from the Council Bluffs casinos.”Iowa officials aren’t convinced.State and local officials don’t want to give up any share of the millions in taxes, fees and endowment funds Council Bluffs’ three casinos produce. In 2017, that public money came to nearly $95 million, according to the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission, and a large chunk comes from Nebraska residents. A 2013 study ordered by the commission found Nebraska residents spent nearly $327 million at Iowa casinos, one-quarter of revenues for the state.“Our early estimates are that the state of Iowa could lose $30 million in state gaming tax revenue, and we could lose another million in taxes and fees a year locally,” said Council Bluffs Mayor Matt Walsch. “Council Bluffs casinos could, eventually, stand to lose 350 jobs.”Pat Loontjer, director of anti-gambling non-profit Gambling With The Good Life, is among those in Omaha fighting to see the Ponca casino shut down.“The cost to the state will be in the millions when you consider the bankruptcies, embezzlements, increased crime and families torn apart by gambling addiction,” she said.Wright, the tribe chairman, noted that about 80 of the casino’s 100 employees are not tribe members. He also said the tribe is paying $750,000 annually to Carter Lake to offset any safety and infrastructure costs to the city.“We feel confident in our position,” he said. “Regardless to people’s opposition to gaming as a whole, it’s doing exactly what it was intended to do: Improve support for our services and our people.”Syfie said she hopes the tribe is allowed to keep the casino.“They worked so long to get it,” she said. “Now they’re having to work to keep it.”Margery A. Beck, The Associated Press read more

Warning loan repayment will delay Liberian progress UN envoy urges debt relief

“Now is the time for multilateral institutions to step up to the plate and commit to assisting one of the world’s poorest countries rid itself of the stranglehold of poverty,” said Anwarul K. Chowdury, High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States, in a statement.While the $700 million of loans cancelled by the United States, Britain and Germany at a Washington, D.C. conference last week of major donors was a “major step towards spurring development,” immediate debt scrapping is essential in order for Liberia to maintain its current course towards stability.Liberia is seeking to rebuild after a devastating 14-year civil war that killed almost 150,000 people and sent 850,000 more fleeing across its borders.Since the end of the war in 2003, the country has made numerous gains, including the disarmament of 100,000 combatants and dissolving of former armed factions; the 2005 free and fair elections culminating in a democratic Government lead by President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf; the return of half a million displaced Liberians to their homes; the commencement of training a new police force and Army; and the lifting of sanctions on Liberian timber.Most of the country’s staggering debt accumulated during its devastating civil war and resulting poor governance. Of the $4 billion Liberia owes its creditors, a reported $1.6 billion is to be repaid to multilateral financial institutions, over $700 to the International Monetary Fund (IMF), more than $500 million to the World Bank and nearly $300 million to the African Development Bank.Mr. Chowdury voiced hope that donors would follow the precedent set by the G-8 summit of industrialized countries, which in 2005 forgave more than $21 billion in debt of the world’s 13 least developed countries.“Undoubtedly, Liberia deserves special consideration given her recent tumultuous history and current post-conflict reconstruction efforts,” the High Representative said. “The efforts of the Government and the people of Liberia would really benefit from a decision to immediately forgive its outstanding multilateral debt.” 23 February 2007Repaying its almost $4 billion in loans will impede Liberia’s efforts to consolidate democracy and promote development, the United Nations envoy for the world’s poorest countries said today, calling for all of the impoverished West African nation’s foreign debt to be forgiven immediately. read more

Annan urges Myanmar to clarify position after National Convention adjourned

“The Secretary-General also urges the Myanmar authorities to use this occasion to enhance inter-ethnic harmony and political stability by engaging the representatives of all ethnic nationality groups and political leaders in a substantive political dialogue aimed at national reconciliation,” said a statement issued by a UN spokesman.The Secretary-General also reiterated the need for the remaining constraints on all political leaders to be lifted, offices of the National League for Democracy (NLD) to be allowed to reopen and for political prisoners, including elected officials, to be released, the statement said.Calling on the Myanmar authorities to allow his Special Envoy Razali Ismail to return to the country as soon as possible so that he can facilitate efforts for resuming political dialogue among all the parties concerned, the Secretary-General further encouraged the Myanmar authorities to heed the friendly advice of its fellow ASEAN members to expedite its reform process. read more

Neurosciences regarder lendroit douloureux du corps réduit la souffrance

first_imgNeurosciences : regarder l’endroit douloureux du corps réduit la souffrancePubliée dans la revue Psychological Science, une étude britannique montre que le seuil de tolérance à la souffrance augmente lorsque l’on regarde la partie du corps endolorie. Un analgésique naturel qui pourrait déboucher sur de nouveaux traitements anti-douleur.C’est en infligeant à 18 volontaires de vives brûlures à la main, et en manipulant un miroir destiné à montrer – ou non –  aux “cobayes”, l’image de leur membre ainsi traité, que le Pr Patrick Haggard de l’University College de Londres et ses collègues, ont découvert que l’organisme réduit naturellement la douleur éprouvée si le patient se focalise visuellement sur la partie du corps atteinte.À lire aussiEpine calcanéenne : traitement, chirurgie, infiltration, que faire ?Mieux : plus l’image (montrée en temps réel) de la zone en souffrance est grande, plus la tolérance est marquée. La façon dont notre cerveau ressent la douleur est donc à la fois sensorielle et émotive. “Ce que ceci nous montre, c’est la grande plasticité de la manière dont le cerveau se représente la douleur. La vision affecte le sentiment de douleur”, explique Francis McGlone, professeur en neurologie à l’université John Moores de Liverpool.Peut-être une nouvelle piste pour de futurs traitements analgésiques. Et l’occasion en tout cas d’une recommandation ironique du Dr Haggard, à tous ceux qui doivent subir une prise de sang : “mon conseil serait donc de regarder votre bras, tout en essayant  d’éviter de regarder l’aiguille…”.  Le 13 février 2011 à 18:59 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Japan ruling parties delay rival bill to boost IR bill hopes

first_imgRelatedPosts Actor Takuro Tatsumi declines request to run in Osaka gubernatorial election Osaka IR plans in jeopardy if LDP wins Japan’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) has put one of three key bills currently under consideration in the upper house on the backburner in a move designed to aid progress of its two higher priority pieces of legislation, including the IR Implementation Bill.According to local media reports, the LDP and coalition partner Komeito have temporarily shelved a bill that would aid the implementation of a revised Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) in order to avoid further conflict with opposition parties. The government is reportedly fearful that debate over the bill could negatively impact its two priority bills – the IR bill and another covering work-style reform.News of the decision to shelve the TPP bill provides another boost to the gaming industry after the LDP last week extended the current Diet session – originally due to expire on 20 June – through to 22 July 2018.The IR Implementation Bill passed through the lower house earlier this month, paving the way for the nation’s first integrated resorts.center_img Load More Japan set to propose members of new Casino Administration Committee this Falllast_img read more

As waters warm Arctic fish populations change

first_imgA new report shows more fish are moving to Arctic waters. The U.S. Geological Survey and the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management teamed up to create the inventory, which describes more than 100 species of fish found in the Chukchi and Beaufort Seas — including 20 species new to the region.Download audioArctic cod is an important part of the marine food web. (Photo courtesy of NOAA)The Alaska Arctic Marine Fish Ecology Catalog for the Beaufort and Chukchi Seas has been a long time coming. Biologist Milton Love has been working on the project since 2009. He says both Arctic seas appear to be changing.“We’re starting to see either new introductions of temperate fishes from the south or at least larger numbers of them, particularly in the Beaufort Sea,” said Love.At this point, Love isn’t sure what these changes mean for fish traditionally found in the Arctic. Since the area has historically been difficult to sample, it’s hard to establish if fish are coming from the south, growing in population, or both.One species that could be affected is Arctic cod, a major player in the marine food web. Love says the species does better in near-freezing water.“If ice becomes less predominant over time and waters warm, then perhaps Arctic cod will not do as well,” he said. “There are a number of predatory birds and mammals that certainly feed in great quantity on Arctic cod.”If those species aren’t able to eat anything else, they could be impacted, too.Because of the importance of Arctic cod, the team analyzed the effects of a warming climate on the species as well as its major competitor – saffron cod. As temperatures rise, both species will likely shift north. That would expand the range for saffron cod, but restrict the range for Arctic cod.Love sees a wide range of uses for the new report, from evaluating environmental impacts on the region to monitoring changes in fish distribution and managing fisheries. It also includes traditional Iñupiaq names to improve communication between researchers and local communities.last_img read more

UFO researcher blames Google for working with government to cover up realities

first_imgScott C Waring, a self-proclaimed alien researcher who operates from Taiwan, is one of the most prominent figures in the UFO community. The researcher has been releasing some mindblowing UFO videos over the past few years, and he believes these clips are proof of extraterrestrial existence.Throughout his career, Waring has blamed NASA and the government for covering up realities about alien life, and now he has targeted search engine giant Google for working ‘hand-in-glove’ with the authorities to censor facts of extraterrestrial existence from the general public.In a recent post on his website ‘UFO Sightings Daily’, Waring alleged that Google is intentionally trying to target UFO researchers in order to make sure that their content is not reaching the fingertips of internet users.”Google owns the platform my UFO Sightings Daily site is on, Google owns Youtube, Google owns Adsense. DO YOU SEE A PATTERN YET? Because I sure do. UFO researchers worldwide are being attacked by Google, which is an organisation worldwide controlling information that people are allowed to see. That Google itself is attempting to clean up and delete the UFO community from the Internet. We are under attack by Google,” wrote Waring on his website.A few months back, after spotting a fossil-like structure on Mars, Waring had urged United States president Donald Trump to appoint him as the head of NASA. In his web post, Waring claimed that he will disclose all secrets about alien life if he gets a chance to work as the head of the United States space agency.The comments from Waring came just a few days after a streak of pulsating UFOs were spotted in England. The clip of this bizarre incident was released by conspiracy theory YouTube channel ‘Mavixxx’, and it made many people believe that an alien invasion is imminent.last_img read more

DLF pares GIC debt by Rs 3100 crore plans to clear all

first_imgDLF logoWikimedia CommonsReal estate giant DLF has repaid Rs 3100 crore of debt to its venture partner GIC by transferring Noida shopping mall and some land parcels. DLF owed about Rs 8,700 crore to DLF Cyber City Developers LTD (DCCDL), which is a joint venture between DLF and Singapore sovereign wealth fund GIC. With the latest transaction, DLF’s debt has come down to about Rs 5600 crore as of July 2019.In an investor presentation, DLF clarified that it has transferred the Mall of India project in Noida, worth Rs 2950 crore, to DCCDL. The Economic Times also reported that the company also added that it has transferred 3.05 acres of land parcel in Gurugram to the Singapore-based firm. Representational ImageINDRANIL MUKHERJEE/AFP/Getty ImagesThe joint venture between GIC and DLF was signed in December 2017 when DLF promoters sold 40 percent of their stake in DCCDL to GIC for about Rs 1,200 crore. The deal included the sale of DCCDL’s 33.34 percent stake to GIC for about Rs 9,000 crore and the remaining Rs 3m000 crore was acquired by DCCDL through buyback.DLF holds about 66.66 percent in the joint venture firm and the remaining 33.34 percent is with GIC. The Gurgaon-based real estate giant has plans to sell prime commercial project Horizon Central in Gurugram for about Rs 850 crore, to settle the remaining debt of Rs 5,600 crore. The company also plans to transfer its mall in Saket for a valuation of Rs 1,050 crore, reported ET. Real estateThe report also stated that DLF will transfer its commercial land in Chennai for about Rs 1,000 crore. Some parts of the monetary settlement to GIC will be done by transferring SEZs at Hyderabad and Chennai as per the contract with group firm DLF Assets Ltd. The leftover debt of about Rs 7,00 will be paid in cash.DLF has reported a two-fold growth in its profit at Rs 414.72 crore for the June quarter against Rs 172.77 crore last year. DCCDL holds about 30 million sqft of commercial real estate in Gurugram that yields an annual revenue of about Rs 3,000 crore.last_img read more

Grandparents connected to success of human race

first_img(PhysOrg.com) — If you looked around at your family some 40,000 years ago, you would not have seen grandparents as the likelihood of a person passing their 30th birthday was slim. However, according to new research reported in Scientific American, 30,000 years ago things began to change and the life expectancy of adults began to rise. It is this change that anthropologist and Professor Rachel Caspari from Central Michigan University believes was a turning point for human civilization. At the same time humans were living longer, evidence shows that there was an increase in food production, artistic expression, and the creation of complex weapons and tools and the researchers contribute this to the experience of the older members of the population.The researchers looked at teeth from ancient human beings to determine the age they were at death. Throughout evolution, finding those that had lived past the age of 30 was rare. However, this changed when the researchers looked at Homo sapiens and compared them with Neanderthals. They discovered that for every 10 Neanderthals that had died at a young age, four adults survived past the age of 30. The striking difference was in the Homo sapiens where they discovered that for every 10 youngsters that died, 20 adults had reached the age of 30 or older.The effects of having an increasingly older and more knowledgeable population, the researchers believe, were the key to the survival and success of the Homo sapiens. Elder members were able to pass down the information they had learned such as foods that were poisonous and tool making skills. Elder members of the community were able to care for children while others worked to provide and gather food.While researchers do not know why it is that adults of this time began to live longer, they believe the change and the addition of older members was essential for survival. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. © 2010 PhysOrg.com Explore furthercenter_img More information: Scientific American Citation: Grandparents connected to success of human race (2011, July 26) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-07-grandparents-success-human.html Small horned dinosaur from China, a Triceratops relative, walked on two feetlast_img read more

An ode to Pankaj Mullick

first_imgAn exponent of Rabindra sangeet, a pioneer of film music in Bengali and Hindi Cinema, a music composer and a singer- one man with an array of talents left an indelible footprint in the history of cinema. Commemorating the memories of this multifarious artist, Kamani auditorium witnessed a melodious evening on 10 April to pay a tribute to the Indian music legend- Pankaj Mallick.The musical evening was organised by Pankaj Mullick Music and Art Foundation. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Star artists, Jhinuk Gupta and Rajib Gupta, spellbound the audience with the legend’s eternal songs and immortal compositions. It was a celebration of his musical genius through an ode to his film songs, ghazals, bhajans, rabindrasangeet and bangla adhunik. It just did not end there. The audience was further taken through a journey, using video projections to describe the historical facts associated with his songs. The only grandson of the late music maestro, Rajib Gupta shared anecdotes from his grandfather’s life, adding, ‘This evening is to connect the present generation of music lovers and the heritage of Indian music.’  Pankaj Mullick- The Reel Story, a documentary directed by Rajib was screened for the fans to give them a glimpse of the late artist who gained stupendous achievements and added  a many feathers to his cap through the journey of his life.last_img read more