View comments Philadelphia 76ers’ Joel Embiid is fouled by Indiana Pacers’ Myles Turner during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)INDIANAPOLIS — The Philadelphia 76ers finally found a solution to their road woes Wednesday night.Start fast and finish strong.ADVERTISEMENT So just three nights after an inexplicable 25-point loss at Brooklyn, Embiid, Simmons and their teammates felt right at home in one of coach Brent Brown’s favorite NBA arenas.Embiid collected his league-high 11th double-double on what he called an off night. Simmons had 16 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists and Dario Saric scored a season-high 18 points by going 4 for 6 on 3-pointers.And they did it by simply sticking to the plan.They quickly jumped to a 19-9 lead, weathered Indiana’s rally, then regained control by closing the third quarter on a 6-1 flurry and opened the fourth with a decisive 16-7 run. When it ended on Simmons’ breakaway layup with 6:04 to play, Philadelphia led 94-77.“We were just overthinking things,” Simmons said. “We were putting too much pressure on ourselves. We finally put it together.”ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew The victory spoiled Victor Oladipo’s best night of the season.He scored 24 points in the first half on 10 of 16 shooting and finished with a season-high 36 points. He also had seven assists, six rebounds and three blocks.But Oladipo and Domnatas Sabonis, who had 16 points and 11 rebounds, needed more help from their supporting cast to avoid losing their second straight home game. And when they didn’t get it, the 76ers took advantage.“We just didn’t hit shots tonight, honestly,” Oladipo said. “I think we just need to loosen up a little bit and go back to playing free basketball.”TIP-INS76ers: Had lost their last two to the Pacers. … Robert Covington had 13 points, Landry Shamet had 12 and J.J. Redick scored 10. … Redick has scored in double figures in 21 consecutive games since March 26. … Philadelphia made 18 of 22 free throws but had only four offensive rebounds. … Saric also had seven rebounds while Embiid had three blocks.Pacers: Have lost consecutive home games for the first time this season. … Indiana is 5-2 against the Eastern Conference and 3-1 against Atlantic Division opponents. … Oladipo extended his career-best streak of consecutive 20-point games to 11. … Sabonis has scored 1,002 points since joining the Pacers last season. … Indiana was 12 of 17 from the free-throw line and 8 of 31 on 3-pointers. … the only other player in double figures was Bojan Bogdanovic with 13.THEY SAID IT76ers: “I was bad today,” Embiid said, noting he had five turnovers. “I thought the whole game was bad. I wasn’t myself but my teammates picked it up for me. That was a good sight to see.”Pacers: “We’re playing good enough defense, keeping teams at or under 100,” forward Thaddeus Young said. “But in this league today, if you only score 98 or 94 points, it’s going to be hard to win games. We’re seeing it’s very, very tough for us to win the game only scoring in the 90s.” Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal 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 Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ LATEST STORIES UP NEXT76ers: Will attempt to keep their perfect home record intact Friday against Charlotte.Pacers: Hope to win their second straight at Miami on Friday after ending a six-game losing streak there last season.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Davis’ big night helps Pelicans end 6-game skid, beat Bulls Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Joel Embiid scored 20 points and grabbed 10 rebounds and Ben Simmons flirted with a triple double, leading the 76ers past Indiana 100-94 for their first non-home court victory this season.“I’m excited that we got our first road win this year,” coach Brent Brown said. “We were pleased to get a win, especially after a performance we wanted to forget (at Brooklyn).”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 ChrissThe splits coming into the game were astonishing.Despite going 6-0 at home, the 76ers were 0-5 on the road, losing by an average of 15.2 points. And they had lost eight straight at Indiana, dating to a victory on April 17, 2013.
The president and CEO of the Liberian Bank for Development and Investment (LBDI), John B. Davies, has recommended fast-tracking the mortgage loan process for applicants wishing to buy affordable homes in Matadi, Brewerville and the Ellen Johnson Sirleaf Housing Estates in Montserrado County.Mr. Davies made the recommendation recently at the signing of an agreement between the National Housing Authority (NHA) and LBDI that brought together stakeholders and executives from the two entities.The aim of the housing initiative is to achieve economic justice through home ownership by making a large quantity of affordable housing available to Liberians in the low-to-middle income brackets.According to Mr. Davies, the fast-tracking of the loan process will allow applicants to access funding from the LBDI bank through the NHA Home-ownership Program.Mr. Davies disclosed that the bank has so far cleared eight of the 15 applicants for mortgages and approved their applications.LBDI has made available US$2 million for the program he informed the NHA management and those who attended the signing ceremony.He urged the NHA management to take advantage of the program by working along with other applicants to access the funds.Mr. Davies said the lack of long-term financing to enable low and medium income earners to own homes is one of the major factors that limit housing construction and delivery across the country.He said he is committed to working with other stakeholders to remove all the bottlenecks which have impeded the progress of moving the program outside the county. He admitted that only about 25 percent of the program has been extended outside Montserrado County.“I think we can do more,” he said, promising that his management will work with all financiers, development partners and the government to ensure that the requisite funding is available to allow citizens in the southeastern and other regions of the country to also feel and appreciate the sense of home ownership. “The program has transformed the lives of over 180 Liberians from all sectors of the society who have now had the opportunity to possess their own homes,” said Davies.Over 80 percent of the funds that have been disbursed have benefitted 26 percent of government employees, he disclosed.NHA Managing Director Samuel Wlue emphasized the need for the bank to grant Liberians equal opportunities to benefit from mortgage loans to purchase affordable homes under the NHA/LBDI mortgage scheme.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Sugar industryWith the impending downsizing of the sugar industry expecting to impact the operations of Demerara Distillers Limited (DDL), the company has since submitted an expression of interest (EoI) to Government for the potential purchase of one of the sugar estates. The company, which produces the international award-winning El Dorado Rum, has raised concerns over Government’s plans to downsize the sugar sector. The company heavily depends on molasses for its production.Public Relations Representative for DDL, Alex Graham, told Guyana Times on Wednesday that once the supply of molasses was threatened, it was in the company’s interest to explore options with the intention of finding a solution.“At the moment, what we are doing is investigating options that we could participate in that would help us to keep our business interest alive… In that regard, no options are off the table, but there is no specific plan to date,” he stated.Graham explained that when the Special Purpose Unit (SPU) was established, it had requested interested parties to submit EoIs and DDL submitted same. He went on to note that no formal proposal has been submitted otherwise.DDL Chairman Komal Samaroo“At the moment, we are looking at all options. Until the SPU comes back to those who have expressed interests and say these are the soft structures that we’re looking at and that kind of thing, then we would be able to make a formal proposal for one or a combination of the options available,” the company representative posited.The SPU, a sub-body under the National Industrial and Commercial Investments Limited (NICIL), is tasked with the divestment of the assets of the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) and has since selected London-based PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) to value the assets of the heavily indebted and cash-strapped Corporation.Last Saturday, DDL said that distillery production for 2017 increased by some 30 per cent over 2016, surpassing projections last year. To this end, the company noted production for 2018 was now projected to increase by a further 25 per cent over 2017. However, the company is concerned over the effect the downsizing of the sugar industry will have in meeting its projections for this year.“With the impending closure of sugar estates, there will be a considerable shortfall in molasses’ availability, which is directly related to the reduced projection of sugar production,” the company noted.It went on to point out that based on production demand for local and international customers, DDL’s molasses requirement for 2018 was 70,000 tonnes. In contrast, GuySuCo has set a sugar production target of 115,000 tonnes at the three estates currently earmarked to remain in operation, with molasses production being pegged at 52,000 tonnes.“In light of this shortfall, DDL has been actively exploring its potential role in the future of the sugarcane industry, and has executed a high-level technical and economic feasibility study on innovative approaches to use the existing sugar assets to meet the current and future needs for molasses for an expanding distilling industry,” the company stated.Last week, Minister of State, Joseph Harmon, told a post-Cabinet press briefing that Cabinet engaged GuySuCo for the updated position on the future plans of the Corporation to return it to efficiency and financial viability as well as the SPU that was set up to manage the divestment of the assets of the industry that will fall outside of the reconfigured GuySuCo.Harmon noted that both parties outlined plans and recommendations relating to their respective roles and responsibility, on which Cabinet deliberated. However, those deliberations were incomplete and would be concluded at Cabinet’s next meeting on January 2, 2018.Nevertheless, DDL Chairman Komal Samaroo posited that “we are optimistic that the Government of Guyana understands what is at stake, not just for the sugarcane industry, but for all other stakeholders that are a part of the GuySuCo value chain, including the many thousands who are directly and indirectly involved in the production, distribution and sale of DDL’s value-added products, both locally and internationally.”According to the company, Government’s support is crucial in recognition of the jobs to be created and the significant increase in taxes contributed to the national economy from greater earnings. In 2016, the DDL Group paid $1.9 billion in taxes, excluding VAT, and was projected to pay in excess of $2.2 billion for 2017 based on its performance.
– another 298 granted citizenship – Felix revealsBy Shemuel FanfairIt was another afternoon of heckling as the 2019 Budget debates continued on Tuesday when Opposition Members of Parliament called on Citizenship Minister Winston Felix to provide numbers on the amount of foreign nationals allowed to remain legally in Guyana.In his presentation to the National Assembly, Felix told members that 298 foreign nationals were registered by the Citizenship Department and granted citizenship, which suggested that more non-nationals are securing the path to attain equal rights as Guyanese.The National Assembly heard that apart from those 298 newly minted Guyanese, some 979 other foreigners were allowed to stay in the form of extensions and work permits. These numbers include 225 Cubans, 175 Chinese, 165 Americans, 120 Indians, 70 from the Philippines, 75 Venezuelans, 59 British persons, 45 from The Dominican Republic, 30 from Trinidad and Tobago and 15 Surinamese.Felix conceded that such figures will come under great scrutiny in 2019, saying Government will work to implement policies to ensure that “Guyanese receive their fair share of employment opportunities as a result of investments.”“The department requires all perspective employers to publish vacancies in one of the daily newspapers for over three months prior to that employment to give Guyanese a chance to compete for these employment opportunities,” Felix observed.He however stressed that Government has taken note of some “unhealthy” employment practices and will be working with various agencies to combat this issue. Felix focused the latter part of his presentation on the Venezuelan migrant crisis which has been plaguing several South American territories and fellowCitizenship Minister Winston FelixCaribbean Community (Caricom) member states of which Guyana is included. Much of the migration problems are linked to the economic crisis that erupted in the Spanish-speaking country which has risen up a previously settled border controversy matter with Guyana.Felix stated that the migrant issue with Venezuela will be around for a long time but committed that Guyana will treat those very migrants humanely as this country moves to review the migration scheme. This is in keeping with a call from the United Nations (UN) which reached out and spoke on the general treatment of Venezuelan migrants for Guyana not to deport them, he added.However, these humanitarian efforts as encouraged by the UN, as well as from members of the public and other groups, have not come with an accrued cost, as Felix announced that the Civil Defence Commission (CDC) spent over $6 million in chartered flights, food and accommodation.More than that, the registered 75 Venezuelans registered legally in the past year are far from the hundreds more that are residing along Guyana’s borderline communities and elsewhere in the country.In many instances, of which Guyana Times was told, young and teenaged Venezuelan children of Guyanese parentage are living among communities across the country, especially in Demerara and Essequibo.Many of these individuals are undocumented and face some “unhealthy” employment practices which Minister Felix said Government was moving to address.Earlier this year, Government admitted that immigration authorities have limited capacity in tracking immigrants after they arrive in Guyana even though data is collected when many of them enter Guyana through its borders.It is expected that Government would have strong and comprehensive immigration policies, especially with the influx of persons coming to capitalise on the budding oil and gas sector.It was in July that Foreign Affairs Minister Carl Greenidge told media operatives that a Cabinet-vetted policy guideline was in place to establish how immigrants are to be treated.Immigrants, upon entry, must fill out an arrival card that details their country of origin and proposed place of residence while in Guyana.“Those who are returning from Venezuela… if you say you are Guyanese, you would be required to prove it. You would be given the opportunity to establish… if you are Guyanese by birth, naturalisation or descent. If you are not Guyanese, you will be treated as non-Guyanese,” he had outlined.The Citizenship Department in July revealed that some 22,520 persons had entered Guyana between January and April 2018.However, there was no record of 6170 of those persons departing which raised some concerns over illegal migration.There were calls for more stringent efforts to reduce the missing departure numbers out of fear that persons could be caught up in human trafficking to Guyana and to other countries.The records had also shown that 3515 Haitians entered Guyana in 2017, but only 291 were documented to have left.
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All things come to an end. Good and bad. Jessica broke up with Nick. Martin said goodbye to Lewis. And Cain finished off Abel with a mighty thud. For the Lakers’ dynamic duo of Kobe and Shaq, their personal relationship ended two years ago, when Shaq packed his bags and moved to Florida. But their rivalry grew to epic proportions, fanned by the NBA’s P.R. machinery. You see, competition between two superstars is good for business. It’s a P.R. man’s delight. Easy to promote. Easy to fill seats. Easy to bring eyeballs to the screen. As stellar TV ratings in games between Lakers and the Heat over the last two years can attest. Viewers adore dramas, particularly personal ones, like Magic versus Bird. And the NBA had one, albeit less classy and less about the game, in Kobe and Shaq. Even Monday’s promising undercard between Lamar Odom and mouthy Gary Payton failed to materialize. Now the only hope David Stern and his P.R. suits have for a marketable rivalry is the one between 33-year-old Shaq and 18-year-old Andrew Bynum, who exchanged elbows — not hugs — during the game. Until then, peace and harmony reign between Kobe and Shaq. And TV audiences will instead have to satisfy themselves by watching reality shows, like NBC’s ‘The Biggest Loser.’160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card However, judging from their most recent confrontation Monday night — in which the Lakers beat Miami 100 to 92 — that supposedly once-fiery enmity is no more. They haven’t quite become the politically neutral Switzerland of the hardwood, but they’re approaching it. Even Kobe, speaking on camera, labeled the contest as, ”just another game.” No longer was it the War of the Roses. It was merely two good NBA teams battling it out. The rivalry ended with a rapprochement of sorts. On the urging of his coach, The Big Diplomat (aka, Shaq) took the giant step toward peace and normalization. He shook hands with Kobe, while Kobe was stretching during pre-game warm-ups. And then it became a veritable love-fest. The two captains met before tipoff. There was a mighty hug, followed by an exchange of pleasantries that would have made Martin Luther King, Jr. proud on his birthday. But NBA Commissioner David Stern and his marketing machine undoubtedly didn’t want the Kobe-Shaq rivalry to go out with a whimper. They wanted a bang. Because the bigger the bang, the bigger the bucks.
Tom Rennie and the former Premier League striker, Jason Euell, look ahead to this weekend’s action – including Chelsea’s two chances to confirm themselves as champions, a huge match at the bottom between Crystal Palace and Hull – and the latest from the Champions League race.
There are 12 races on tonight’s greyhound card at Lifford.Runners are (first race 8.00pm):Race 1 (350 yards): 1, Ballylaw Ace; 2, Mullrook Wegirl; 3, Westminster Rock; 4, Colarhouse Ruby; 5, Rough Pearl; 6, Hanoras Grace. Race 2 Buy a Buster 350 (350 yards): 1, Colarhouse Molly; 2, Geneva Oscar; 3, Crockmores Hero; 4, Gweebarra Gael; 5, Hather Slippy; 6, Tromora Allstar.Race 3 The 6.40 to 7.20 Weigh In (350 yards): 1, Rough Rogue; 2, Macsruso; 3, Wilbrook Mint; 4, Freddys Trooper; 5, Carriglad Froggy; 6, Mullrook Danaher.Race 4 Try a Trio 525 (525 yards): 1, Keady Brae Lor; 2, School Run; 3, Maid of More; 4, Killuran Way; 5, River Spirit; 6, Rough Rumble.Race 5 “Like” Us on Facebook 525 (525 yards): 1, Kagawa; 2, Local Whitesocks; 3, Colarhouse Hope; 4, Moyola Dutchess; 5, Had It ALl; 6, Canvas Picasso. Race 6 Lifford €15 Special 350 (350 yards): 1, Sticky Yee; 2, Swanson Cash; 3, Hather Maverick; 4, What a Night; 5, Rooneys Babe; 6, Black Sagitta.Race 7 Christmas Party Nights 525 (525 yards): 1, Townsend Panter; 2, Happy Mess; 3, Ballybun Oshea; 4, Mays Pearl; 5, Keady Brae Dan; 6, Golden Pearl.Race 8 Booking Office 525 (525 yards): 1, Fridays Brett; 2, Thrill Me; 3, Mongys Girl; 4, Tahina Sabrina; 5, Altmore Champ; 6, Ballymac Mohamed.Race 9 Lifford €10 Sizzler 350 (350 yards): 1, Westwood Lee; 2, Fridays Fortune; 3, Moss Bob; 4, Lisnastrane Dude; 5, Goodinthehood; 6, Ruiris Champ.Race 10 A McLean Bookmakers 575 (575 yards): 1, Spudzontherun; 2, On the Snaff; 3, Tahina Kellie; 4, Crossleigh Thyme; 5, Ballymoss Ace; 6, Farloe Pixie. Race 11 Ultimate Racing Experience 525 (525 yards): 1, Tahina Ella; 2, Leave It Be; 3, Boherna Jock; 4, Colarhouse Coco; 5, Blackstone Maxx; 6, Cailin Or.Race 12 The Getting Out 525 Bumper Stakes (525 yards): 1, Tahina Oscar; 2, Droopys Picture; 3, Mullrook No Cash; 4, Tullna Island; 5, Imperial Tank; 6, Blackstone Hugh.GREYHOUND RACING: TONIGHT’S LIFFORD CARD was last modified: November 22nd, 2014 by johngerardShare 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:cardgreyhoundLiffordRacing
A Donegal community has been left without broadband for the past week – and got no notification that a problem had arisen.Glenswilly was left with the 3 Ireland signal leaving hundreds of householders with no internet connection.Cllr James McDaid said he has failed to get any reasonable response from the company. Cllr. McDaid said, “In New Mills, six miles outside of Letterkenny the quality of broadband is so weak as to be of no use in most instances. If you live beyond the reach of Eircom’s fibre network, you have three options: mobile broadband, fixed wireless or satellite.“Eircom’s Broadband Network Upgrade information pack makes no mention of New Mills, Glenswilly, Churchill, Glendowan, Gartan, Trentagh or Termon and other parts of Donegal are in a similar situation.“Eircom says they are investing over €12million in a high speed broadband network in Donegal. Over 20,000 homes and businesses in the county can access the high speed network now.“When completed next year more than 51,000 will have access to high speed broadband network. 59 different areas are named for the upgraded service. However far too many areas with poor service are now excluded and there are no plans for any improvement. “Having raised the issue in Lifford last year and previously written to the minister for communications to explain the situation, the reply has been a waste of space. Nobody can guarantee me that broadband will be delivered to all rural areas any time soon. I have been in contact with 3 Ireland and Eircom and I’m still waiting for answers.“I will certainly be keeping pressure on them to try and improve this service because it a real drawback to people living in rural areas. Its as if we are second-class citizens.“We have heard so much about the rollout of fibre broadband to rural areas to put us on a par with the rest of the country but the opposite is happening. The lack of any quality broadband service is a huge hindrance to the promotion and development of this county.“While 3 advertises speeds of up to 21Mps few customers achieve anything like this. Their own speed tests reveal an average performance for the year of 4Mbps. Individual customers report huge variations in the quality of the service. Speeds are substantially dependent on how many customers are using the internet in any particular ‘cell’, at any particular time.“We are 43rd in the world for Internet speeds. Our network is inconsistent and Ireland’s average broadband speed ranks 43rd internationally, behind Lithuania, Romania and Bulgaria which says something else entirely,” added Cllr. McDaid. UPROAR AS COMMUNITY LEFT WITHOUT BROADBAND – OR EVEN AN EXCUSE! was last modified: March 5th, 2015 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:broadbandCllr James McDaidDonegal 3 Irelandglenswilly