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January 19, 2020 | | Post a Comment

first_imgJiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Boston Celtics forward Marcus Morris (13) and fans celebrate his game-winning 3-point shot in the team’s NBA basketball game against the Oklahoma City Thunder in Boston, Tuesday, March 20, 2018. The Celtics defeated the Thunder 100-99. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)BOSTON — The Celtics have spent most of the past month short-handed, with several of their key players sidelined by injuries.It didn’t stop them from finding a way to stun one of the league’s hottest teams.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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Brown among SAG Awards presenters LATEST STORIES Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback Westbrook was able to get off a long 3-pointer on the Thunder’s final possession, but it came up short at the buzzer.“We hit a couple of big shots there and kind of opened up the gap a little,” Anthony said. “I missed those two free throws that could have easily sealed the game.”Tatum acknowledged that the game-winning play was actually the result of a busted play in which he missed an assignment.But he was willing to take at least some credit, though. As Tatum walked past Morris as he was being interviewed by reporters he shouted, “It was a really ideal pass! But, great shot, though!”With Kyrie Irving sitting out for the fourth straight game nursing a sore left knee and Jaylen Brown still in the concussion protocol, Tatum and Rozier continued to pick up the slack.Both were active throughout. Rozier had probably the most electrifying stretch late in the second quarter when he scored eight straight points to give the Celtics their largest lead of the first half at 41-36.The series included Rozier picking up an errant pass by Westbrook and then gliding in for one-handed dunk over Steven Adams on the ensuing fast break . Rozier finished with 14 points, six rebounds and six assists.Westbrook scored 12 points in the third quarter to give Oklahoma City a 75-65 cushion. But Boston closed the period with eight straight points, including a 3-pointer at the buzzer by Larkin.Celtics coach Brad Stevens said Tatum’s role will only increase with guys still out.“We’re going to just keep throwing him to the wolves and keep going to him in those moments,” Stevens said.TIP-INS MOST READ Lose weight while having fun with Aerial Arts Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Marcus Morris made a 3-pointer with 1.2 seconds left and the Boston shocked the Oklahoma City Thunder 100-99 on Tuesday night.“Probably my biggest (shot),” Morris said. “I’ve hit a couple to tie it up. But was my first actual to win it.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkJayson Tatum led the Celtics with 23 points and 11 rebounds. Morris added 21 points as Boston snapped the Thunder’s six-game win streak.Russell Westbrook finished with 27 points, eight rebounds and seven assists for Oklahoma City, which fell apart in the closing minute. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism Boston took an 82-81 lead in the fourth quarter on a 3-pointer by Shane Larkin, who finished with 17 points off the bench.The Thunder missed 15 of their first 21 3-point attempts before making four straight to go back in front 93-89.Boston closed to 99-97 on a 3 by Terry Rozier, and quickly fouled Carmelo Anthony with 7.7 seconds remaining. Anthony missed both attempts and the Celtics gathered the rebound.Out of the timeout, Tatum dribbled across the lane and found Morris on the wing for the go-ahead 3.“It was a tough shot,” Paul George said. “We live with him taking that shot. He made it. Kudos to him for making big shots.”ADVERTISEMENT View comments Thunder: Went 10 of 27 from the 3-point line. … Were outrebounded 52-44.Celtics: Tatum has scored 15 or more points in four of his last five games. He had only one such game in his nine previous games.EXTRA MOTIVATIONTatum, who finished with 20 points and 10 rebounds for the first time in his career, said the Celtics’ double-overtime loss at home to Washington last week was on his mind in the closing minutes of Tuesday’s win.“I know what I was thinking about when we lost to the Wizards and how close a game that was,” he said. “With guys out we don’t want to make excuses and especially after losing the game before, you don’t want to lose two games in a row.”INJURY UPDATESStevens said Irving will not accompany the team on its four-game road trip, which begins Friday at Portland.Instead, the All-Star point guard will be getting a second opinion on the knee, which has kept him sidelined since March 13.“He’s had some really good days recently,” Stevens said. “So I’m encouraged by it in the big picture.”Brown did some light pregame shooting, though he remains in the NBA concussion protocol following his scary fall against the Timberwolves. Stevens said is to be determined whether he will go on the upcoming trip.UP NEXTThunder: Hosts Miami on Friday.Celtics: At Portland on Friday.last_img read more

January 18, 2020 | | Post a Comment

first_imgNearly every week in recent times the media have carried major stories on the seizure of marijuana somewhere in Liberia. Yesterday’s back page lead story on Daily Observer’s was no exception.  Our reporter   Alvin Worzi told the nation in that story yesterday that the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) had over the weekend discovered L$600,000 worth of marijuana in the ELWA Community. Even more alarming was DEA Director Anthony Souh’s declaration that supply of the contraband (illegal goods) in the country was widespread, to the extent that it was being grown on several farms around the country.  There are indications that such farms are located, for starts, right here in Montserrado, but also in Bong, Lofa and Nimba counties.  This suggests that this nation is in for a long, tough, intractable battle with marijuana suppliers, if our youth are to be protected from this most dangerous scourge.  Many studies over the years have confirmed extremely harmful effects of marijuana on the brain, especially of young people.  That is why the drug has been banned for decades in the United States and many other parts of the world.A study published last Wednesday in the Journal of Neuroscience through the collaborative effort between Northwestern University’s Medical School, Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School showed a direct correlation between the number of times users smoked and abnormalities in the brain.Young, casual marijuana smokers experience potentially harmful changes to their brains, with the drug altering regions of the mind related to motivation and emotion, researchers found.”What we’re seeing is changes in people who are 18 to 25 in core brain regions that you never, ever want to fool around with,” said co-senior study author Dr. Hans Beiter, professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Northwestern University.In particular, the study identified changes to the nucleus accumbens and the nucleus amygdala, regions of the brain that are key to regulating emotion and motivation, in marijuana users who smoke between one and seven joints a week.The researchers found changes to the volume, shape and density of those brain regions. But more studies are needed to determine how those changes may have long-term consequences and whether they can be fixed with abstinence, Beiter said.At this low stage of Liberia’s development, when so many newer nations are far ahead of us in so many respects, and our educational system is confronted with so many rudimentary challenges, we cannot afford this further distraction that could destroy the thinking faculties and the normal function of our children’s brains.But this is a challenge not for the government alone; all educational, religious, civic and social organizations must get involved in the fight against this blight which, if not tackled immediately, could have a devastating effect on our youth and our national progress.The Ministries of Justice, Education, Health and Social Welfare, the National Drug Enforcement Agency, the Liberia National Students Union (LINSU), the National Students Christian Council   (NSCC) and other related Non-Governmental Organizations need to join forces and develop a coherent and workable strategy to combat the spread of marijuana in our country.This is an urgent challenge.    The sooner we can organize the forces to begin strategizing to arrest this scourge, the better for our nation’s future.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

January 12, 2020 | | Post a Comment

first_imgA Colombian national was sentenced to three months’ imprisonment when he appeared before Senior Magistrate Fabayo Azore at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts slapped with an illegal entry charge.Aziel Sanchez denied the charge which stated that he entered Guyana illegally by means of crossing a land frontier and failed to produce himself to an immigration officer on September 30, 2018.Sanchez, who had to speak through a translator, explained that he suffered from cancer and only came to Guyana for treatment.Further, he said that he had no place of abode in Colombia and would usually stay in Guyana’s interior.The man will be deported to his homeland after serving the three-month prison sentence.last_img read more

January 12, 2020 | | Post a Comment

first_imgBBCI toll increase…says bridge was a wise investmentThe impending toll increases to use the Berbice River Bridge has attracted the attention of the Federation of Independent Trade Unions of Guyana (FITUG), with the Union on Tuesday rapping the Government for its less than mature approach to resolving the matter.On Tuesday, FITUG stressed that Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne) supplies the entire country with agriculture produce and thus, higher tolls would result in higher prices for groceries.The Union noted the seriousness of the situation, from both the economic point of view and the future of the National Insurance Scheme (NIS), which has shares in the Berbice Bridge Company Inc (BBCI).“We recognise too that the BBCI has been seeking for some time now to engage the Administration on measures to avert what is now impending,” the UnionThe Berbice River Bridgeobserved. “Sadly, we have heard from the Bridge [Company] that its attempts, on several occasions, have simply been ignored. It seems, from all appearances, the Government is unconcerned about consequences of its stonewalling.”“In recent days, we have seen the Administration engaging in an active media campaign, which has its political hints, in denouncing the BBCI proposed increases. On this score, we urge the coalition, which had promised to halve the tolls, to end its childish propaganda games and get serious in addressing a matter which has several serious consequences.”The Union noted that the coalition Government was elected to lead and should therefore demonstrate genuine leadership by sitting with BBCI executives without further delay and engaging in sober discussions on measures to avoid the toll rise.“It is time for the Government to get serious and end its petty politicking. The substantial hike will impact a large number of Guyanese whether they are required to traverse the bridge or not. Berbicians will be gravely affected. Already the region is reeling from the loss of thousands of jobs occasioned by the Administration’s short-sighted decision to close Rose Hall and Skeldon estates.”“The toll hike, we see, will put the region’s economy into a further tailspin. It comes on the heels of the draconian increases in fees for Government services, the taxing of essential items, and the several other measures which have served to push the cost-of-living higher than the moon as it is. As we see it, no man, woman or child would be spared, and the already high cost-of-living will jump astronomically.”MigrationThe Union noted with concern that the likely hike in the cost of goods and services may very well be out of the reach for many in a region which has been hit hard by the policies of the coalition Government.“The situation could very well force many to migrate outside of the region in order to cope with the new circumstances of life in the region. Given the region’s importance to the agricultural sector, among other things, this will do the country no good. Moreover, given the dearth of job opportunities in many towns and villages, such tolls hikes could very present a new host of problems for residents.”“For those of us who may not be required to utilise the bridge, we should not think that we will not be unaffected. With the large quantity of agricultural produce coming from Region Six, the new toll costs will be passed on to us in higher prices for the food we purchase. For our nation’s workers, confronted by an already too high cost-of-living, such increases would only add to the nightmare of contemporary life in Guyana.”Wise investmentFITUG also noted that the Berbice Bridge was a wise investment and brought to Guyanese people and especially Berbicians, who for some time had complained about the inefficiencies of the ferry system.“The advent of the bridge brought us as Guyanese closer together and the now critical link opened several doors for our economy. While FITUG cannot agree with a hike to the tolls and we noted that similar sentiments came from both the Government and the parliamentary Opposition, at the same time, we cannot be deaf to the dire straits the BBCI has found itself.”From media reports, the Union said, it is aware of the large indebtedness the company has to its investors including NIS. “This further heightens our concerns that should the status-quo remain and the Bridge in unable to reach its obligations, our workers, without a doubt, stand to be affected. Some workers could be doubly affected as their pension savings, which have been invested in the bridge, could also be lost. This for us is simply unacceptable.”IncreasesThe increases were announced by BBCI Chairman, Dr Surendra Persaud, during a press conference recently. According to Persaud, they were formally informed by Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson that Government would not agree to their previous requests for an increase.As per the increases, cars and minibuses will now be charged $8040; pickups, small trucks and four wheel drive vehicles, $14,600; medium trucks, $27,720; large trucks, $49,600; art trucks, $116,680; freight, $1680 and boats passing through the river will be charged $401,040.Patterson had called a hasty press conference after the news of the increase broke. There, he had informed the press that all options to stop the increases, including legal, will be considered.Since the announcement, several key stakeholders have been calling for Government to buyout the private investors’ shares in the BBCI to bring a permanent resolution to the issue.last_img read more

December 28, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_img The artificial valves do not even look like valves, squished inside metal cages until they are wedged into place. Barely 150 of any type have been implanted worldwide, most in the last year. It is unclear if they will work as well as traditional valve replacements, which last decades. For now, the only patients who qualify for these valves are too sick to be good candidates for regular valve replacement. Some deaths during the earliest attempts at implanting the devices forced doctors to come up with safer techniques. Clinical trials apparently are back on track, and even the most skeptical cardiologists and heart surgeons are watching how these pioneers fare. The hope is that one day, replacing a heart valve could become almost an overnight procedure. “There’s lots of technical challenges that need to be overcome,” said Dr. Robert Bonow, a valve specialist at Northwestern University, who is monitoring the research for the American Heart Association. “Most of us do think this is the future,” he said. O’Neill’s first successful patient in March celebrated the one-year anniversary of his through-the-leg implant. “I call it a new birthday,” chuckled Fred Grande, 78, a Richmond, Mich., car collector who took one of his beloved models for a fast spin less than a week after the procedure. “That’s the home run we want to hit with all the patients,” said O’Neill, cardiology chief at William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Mich. “It’s gratifying” to watch people once deemed beyond help bounce back, added Dr. Jeffrey Moses of New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University, who with O’Neill is leading the U.S. study. One of Moses’ first patients is playing golf at age 92. The heart has four valves, one-way swinging doors that open and close with each heartbeat to ensure blood flows in the right direction. More than 5 million Americans have moderate to severe valve disease, where at least one valve does not work properly, usually the aortic or mitral valves. Worldwide, roughly 225,000 valves are surgically replaced every year. Topping that list is the aortic valve. It can become so narrowed and stiff that patients’ hearts wear out trying harder and harder to push oxygen-rich blood out to the rest of the body. Calcium deposits accumulate on its tender leaflets. Touch one chipped out of a patient and it feels almost like a rock. With minimally invasive valve replacement, doctors do not remove that diseased valve. Instead, they prop it open and wedge an artificial one into that rigid doorway. “It’s ironic. You use the disease process to actually help hold your valve in place,” said Lichtenstein, of St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver, who helped create the between-the-ribs method. Irvine, Calif.-based Edwards LifeSciences, the biggest maker of artificial heart valves, and Paris-based CoreValve are testing versions of a collapsible valve made of animal tissue that is folded inside a stent, a mesh-like scaffolding similar to those used to help unclog heart arteries. The difference is how doctors get the new valve to the right spot, pop open its metal casing and make it stick. The U.S. studies thread the Edwards valve through a leg artery up to the heart, known as “percutaneous valve replacement.” Unlike with open-heart surgery, doctors do not stop the patient’s heart. So the trickiest part is keeping regular blood flow from washing away the new valve before it is implanted. Once the device is almost in place, doctors speed the heartbeat until normal pumping pauses for mere seconds – and quickly push the new valve inside the old one. Inflating a balloon widens the metal stent to the size of a quarter, lodging it into place and unfolding the new valve inside, which immediately funnels the resuming blood flow. So far, 19 Americans have been implanted this way, plus more than 80 other people worldwide, most of them in France by the procedure’s inventor, Dr. Alain Cribier, and in Vancouver by Lichtenstein’s colleague, Dr. John Webb. Some 14 people in Canada, Germany and Austria have received the Edwards valve through the ribs. That is a more direct route to the heart for patients whose leg arteries are too clogged to try the other experiment. Doctors make a tiny hole in the bottom of the heart muscle so the new valve can enter. Then they use the same balloon technique to wedge it inside the old valve. Talks have begun with the Food and Drug Administration about opening a similar U.S. study later this year. 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 MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event In Michigan, Dr. William O’Neill slipped an artificial valve through an even tinier opening. He pushed the valve up a patient’s leg artery until it lodged in just the right spot in the still-beating heart. The dramatic experiments, in a few hospitals in the U.S., Canada and Europe, are designed to find easier ways to replace diseased heart valves that threaten the lives of tens of thousands of people every year. The experiments are starting with the aortic valve that is the heart’s key doorway to the body. The need for a less invasive alternative is great and growing. Already, about 50,000 people in the U.S. have open-heart surgery every year to replace the aortic valve. Surgeons saw the breastbone in half, stop the heart, cut out the old valve and sew in a new one. Even the best patients spend a week in the hospital and require two months or three months to recuperate. Thousands more are turned away, deemed too ill to survive that operation and out of options. Demand is poised to skyrocket as the baby boomers gray; the aortic valve is particularly vulnerable to rusting shut with age. The new experiments are a radical departure from that proven, if arduous, surgery. Dr. Samuel Lichtenstein cut a 2-inch hole between an elderly man’s ribs. Peering inside, he poked a pencil-sized wire up into the chest, piercing the bottom of the man’s heart. Within minutes, Bud Boyer would have a new heart valve – without having his chest cracked open. Call it closed-heart surgery. “I consider it some kind of magic,” said Boyer, who left the Vancouver, British Columbia, hospital a day later and was almost fully recovered in just two weeks. last_img read more

December 27, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgCharlie Kelly flags up the fun he had at the Glenswilly Cul Camp. ALL PICS BY GERALDINE DIVERGLENSWILLY GAA CUL CAMP – PICTURE SPECIAL was last modified: July 12th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Cul CampdonegalGlenswilly GAAlast_img read more

December 26, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgAfter bumping into midfielder Miralem Pjanic in the dressing room, Ronaldo had a chat with his new boss Massimilliano Allegri.The Juve boss has seen first-hand the impact Ronaldo can have on a team over the years- with his goals eliminating the Old Lady in the Champions League quarter-finals.One man who seemed most relieved to see Ronaldo arrive was Giorgio Chiellini. Piacere di conoscerti, @Cristiano! 🤝Il dietro le quinte dell’incontro con i nuovi compagni e il nuovo Mister al JTC. 😁#CR7DAY #CR7JUVE pic.twitter.com/IQgdm212Zw— JuventusFC (@juventusfc) July 16, 2018 2 2 Cristiano Ronaldo and Miralem Pjanic pose for a picture before the Portugal captain completes his medical in Turin Cristiano Ronaldo is just hours away before his official unveiling as a Juventus player.The Portugal captain, who will join the Serie A side in a £99.2 million move from Real Madrid, has endured a hectic day in Turin ahead of his move. Chiellini finally gets close to Ronaldo after all those years! Live dal #JMedical. @Cristiano saluta i tifosi ⚪⚫👋🔊#CR7DAY #CR7JUVE pic.twitter.com/yLkTQH5AbN— JuventusFC (@juventusfc) July 16, 2018The former Manchester United player is currently undergoing extensive medical tests ahead of his move.Although the 33-year-old is meticulous when it comes to maintaining his fitness, the Old Lady medical staff will make sure their investment is in peak physical condition.As well as meeting thousands of eager fans, CR7 has already met with several of his new teammates. The veteran defender tried (and failed) to keep the former Real Madrid forward quiet down the years, making sure to give him a huge embrace!After scoring 451 goals for Los Blancos following his world record move from Manchester United in 2009, Ronaldo admitted he wanted to enter a new chapter in his fabled career.The forward has as incredible five Ballon d’Or’s to his name, as well as 658 goals for club and country.last_img read more

December 22, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgDDTV: Donegal minor manager Declan Bonner has said the off field distractions regarding some of his star players was very disappointing to say the least but says his entire squad are focused on the Derry match.Donegal were impressive in their victories like their senior counterparts over both Tyrone and Armagh.  And like their senior counterparts Bonner’s minor side are hot, hot favourites to win against Derry and book their place in the Ulster MFC final.To hear Bonner’s full interview with Charlie Collins on Donegal TV simply click play on the video above.DDTV – COUNTDOWN TO CLONES: DISTRACTIONS WERE VERY DISAPPOINTING, BUT WE’RE FOCUSED FOR DERRY – BONNER was last modified: June 26th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:DerrydonegalGAAHome-page SportnewsUlster MFClast_img read more

December 19, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_img18 May 2005Former South African president Nelson Mandela and US President George Bush discussed the battle against Aids in Africa and ways to reduce developing country debt in a meeting on Tuesday.Mandela, a Nobel Peace Prize winner, met Bush at the White House during a private visit to the United States, the SA Press Association (Sapa) reported. The visit was to promote the Nelson Mandela Legacy Trust, which supports Mandela’s African-based charities.“The president was pleased to welcome Mandela back to the White House,” White House spokesperson Scott McClellan said. “The two leaders had a very good discussion.“They talked about the importance of combating Aids in Africa. They also discussed debt forgiveness for developing countries in Africa.”During the 20-minute talk, Bush noted that the United States was committed to debt relief, and said the issue would be discussed at the Group of Eight summit in Scotland in July.“It was something Mandela brought up, and the president talked about how it’s a priority topic for us at the upcoming G8 summit and that we would be talking about it more at that summit,” said McClellan.He said Bush “expressed his appreciation for Mandela’s leadership and courage”.On Monday, Sapa reported, Mandela said democracy was spreading in Africa, adding that “true democracy cannot be imposed”. He was speaking at the Brookings Institution, a Washington think-tank.“Democracy must be home-grown and the product of consensus,” Mandela said. He also discussed the war in Iraq.“I endorse president Bush’s call for liberty everywhere, although it is no secret that I have not always supported some means used to achieve this end, particularly in Iraq,” Mandela told the institution’s audience.“Such disagreements are not uncommon among friends. In fact, they are a mark of strong, straightforward and honest friendship.“Freedom, after all, means nothing to someone left to die at the mercy of preventable and treatable diseases,” Mandela said.SouthAfrica.info reporterlast_img read more

December 17, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest State Veterinarian Dr. Tony Forshey was one of the speakers at the Rickenbacker Airport supper for the USLGE annual meeting.U.S. Livestock Genetic Export, Inc. is in Columbus this week for their annual meeting, bringing together livestock groups from across the country with a hand in international trade. They kicked off their stay in the Buckeye State with a first hand look at the work that goes on with regard to livestock export at Rickenbacker Airport in Columbus. The Columbus Port Authority and the Ohio Livestock and Genetic Export Council helped host the group for supper, bringing guest speakers from different avenues of the unique industry together.Proponents of the Rickenbacker livestock export process say the groups involved are working to make the process of international air transport as humane and stress-free as possible for all types of livestock involved. Though horses are one of the top livestock being exported regularly from the airport, many other species such as sheep, cattle, and more regularly make trips on plane from the commerce-heavy inland port.last_img read more