In 31 minutes, Irving made 10 of 12 shots, including five 3-pointers, and hit all five of his free throws.Irving, frustrated that the mask was affecting his peripheral vision two nights ago, took it off to help Boston beat defending NBA champion Golden State by four points. He scored 16 points, but was just 4 for 16 from the field.“I could see just a little bit more of the crowd tonight,” Irving said. “The eye holes were a little bit bigger. The basket looked a little bit better. I was told to kind of keep it on, so it was a better fit.”The Celtics lead NBA in scoring defense, but they gave up 35 points in the first quarter and trailed by 15 entering the second.“I think the biggest thing is that we can’t keep digging these holes,” Boston coach Brad Stevens said. “We need to put an emphasis on playing with pace and getting the ball to the other side of the floor.”Atlanta used a 16-0 run in the first to take a 15-point lead. But fueled by Marcus Smart and other reserves, Boston pulled within four twice in the second and cut the lead to six in the closing minutes on Brown’s 3.Marcus Morris and Jayson Tatum each had 14 points for Boston. John Collins scored 18 and Taurean Prince added 14 for AtlantaTIP-INSCeltics: Tatum was scoreless until he stole the ball and dunked to cut the lead to four in the third. The 19-year-old former Duke standout followed with an acrobatic, one-handed dunk on a fast break to make it 75-72 and had another dunk to put Boston up 78-77 near the end of the period. Tatum had all 14 of his points in the third.Hawks: Prince is developing into a solid option on offense, spinning for a layup against Shane Larkin and floating a soft assist on Collins’ dunk that put Atlanta up 84-82. But Prince has a substandard reputation as a defender, and coach Mike Budenholzer gave him an earful after calling timeout in the third. Prince had just missed an assignment that left Brown open to hit the big 3 from the left corner. Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set LATEST STORIES Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson “I still feel like we can make some big things happen this season,” Schroder said. “We just have to stay together as a team.”The Celtics erased a 16-point deficit to take their first lead on Brown’s 3-pointer midway through the third. It marked Boston’s fourth win when trailing by at least 16 during the streak.It’s been a tough week for Brown, a 21-year-old whose best friend Trevin Steede passed away this week in metro Atlanta. Brown and Streede went to Wheeler High School together in nearby Marietta. He spoke publicly about Steede a couple of days ago and skipped talking to reporters after beating the Hawks.“He’s not alone,” Irving said. “That’s the spirit in the truest form. (Brown) may not say much but he knows we’re all here for him.”Irving, playing with a protective mask to protect a minor facial fracture, ended the game with a right-handed finger-roll layup, delighting a few thousand Boston fans who were chanting “MVP! MVP!” in the fourth quarter.ADVERTISEMENT UP NEXTCeltics: At Dallas on Monday night.Hawks: At San Antonio on Monday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny “Most of us have never been on a winning streak like this,” he said. “I don’t know if we even know how to pay attention to all the hoopla that goes on in terms of the excitement of it. I just think that every single game we take it as a challenge.”Irving scored 30 points, Jaylen Brown added a career-high 27 and the Celtics beat the Atlanta Hawks 110-99 on Saturday night.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBack on the throneAt 15-2, Boston leads the NBA and has matched the best start in franchise history through 17 games. The winning streak is the club’s fifth-longest, four behind the 2008-09 team that set the franchise mark.Dennis Schroder had 23 points, and Kent Bazemore added 19 for Atlanta. The Hawks are an Eastern Conference-worst 3-13, but they still had plenty of adrenaline following a 46-point victory over Sacramento — the biggest in franchise history — two nights ago. 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Boston won 110-99. (AP Photo/David Goldman)ATLANTA — Kyrie Irving appreciates what he calls “the innocence of the game” during Boston’s 15-game winning streak.In his first season with the Celtics after demanding a trade from Cleveland, Irving is enjoying the torrid start because everything feels so new.ADVERTISEMENT View comments
Dear Editor,President David Grange, leader of the People’s National Congress (PNC) and the A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) enjoys a wise decision on separate Local Government Election for the Alliance For Change (AFC). This is a challenge for the AFC to establish its support. The Cummingsburg Accord, after its initial three years of generous political benevolent parliamentary and executive gifts, undeserved to the AFC, should be reviewed. The rewards, concessions should be based on electoral support which may mean down grading ministerial portfolios, and reducing its numbers in the national Assembly, and Cabinet.The national community recalls that Khemraj Ramjattan had predicted shortly before the 2015 national elections that his political party, the AFC, would become “dead meat” should it team up with PNC/APNU.Well it had subsequently contested the elections under the banner of APNU/AFC and with the active campaigning by the party’s leaders – Ramjattan, Nagamootoo, Trotman, Patterson and others of the party. Having teamed up with APNU, the AFC claimed that it brought in some 11 per cent of the votes; and the AFC leaders and members were given some 40 per cent of parliamentary seats and ministerial positions in the Granger-led Government.While the AFC faction was given large and important Ministries, including Public Infrastructure, Agriculture, Public Safety, and the Prime Minister position with attractive and substantially enhanced remuneration packages which motivated them, at every opportunity, to sing loudly for their supper without rocking the Government boat.This gives the facade of a powerful partnership with ministerial titles and parliamentary seats; but the PNC kept them in their places so that they support without a squeak of opposition to all the actions of the PNC leader and President, who is dominantly and totally in control of the grouping, having remunerated them well, and with the magnificent ministerial and job titles. However, their conduct and performance of their lawful public duties can only be evaluated as third-raters.Their campaign was deceptive, fooling part of the People’s Progressive Party base, offering them “a good, and even a better life”. The AFC sold out to the PNC.The rice farmers, and the thousands of sugar workers who were vindictively, spitefully, racial and political discrimination, dismissed and placed on the bread line as their 2017 Christmas gifts for themselves, their families, and surrounding communities, now agree and confirm the “dead meat” status of ‘political prophet’ Ramjattan.Let Trotman tell nation of his half-hearted campaign, how many votes he brought to the coalition and the secret ‘Nassau’ understanding with Granger. Many, like prophet Ramjattan, predict that Trotman is easing his way back into the PNC with an eye on a leadership position in the PNC.The declared results of the 2015 elections gave the combination a one seat majority with a one vote win of the seat for Region Eight. Some people argue that we have a Government with a one seat which was won by one vote and consequently a one vote majority Government.The reported declaration by Trotman and other AFC leaders that the AFC was considering contesting the 2018 Local Government Elections independently is welcome news. The reality of this is good and will confirm whether their status as “dead meat” or otherwise. It would be useful information for Granger’s assessment. The voters may be required to bury the “dead meat” AFC party or freeze the meat. The voters will not be fooled again.President Granger, let the National Assembly and the Cabinet reflect the electoral strengths for the parties through radical changes – Cabinet reshuffle and review of composition of the National Assembly.Yours faithfully,Joshua Singh
… as top PPP officials visit 3 ECD marketsVisits to the Mahaica, Annandale and Mon Repos municipal markets, on the East Coast of Demerara, on Saturday by Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo and other Members of Parliament, unearthed a number of problems being experienced by market vendors and residents of those communities.Jagdeo greets a greens vendor in his market walkabout as he listens to the concerns of vendors and consumersThe team, which also included Opposition Members of Parliament Irfaan Ali and Anil Nandlall, heard the concerns expressed by market vendors. A prevailing concern from stallholders of these East Coast markets was a decline in sales.Speaking after the outreach, Jagdeo expressed the need for a more relaxed Value Added Tax (VAT) policy. He stated that what the current policy did was leave more and more people and by extension the economy, deprived of money.“That’s the uniform concern expressed everywhere that I’ve gone. I was at Leonora, Mahaica, Annandale and Mon Repos; but I’ve also visited markets in Mabaruma and different parts of Berbice.”Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo during his visit to Mahaica Market“And this is precisely what we’re arguing, that if the Government takes so much money out of the system, it sucks all of these resources from people’s pockets through increased taxes. Take VAT, we believe they have collected net $21 billion more than people paid on VAT last year. That comes from people’s pockets.”According to Jagdeo, this reduces demand for goods and services on a nationwide scale. The economist explained that this reflected in the reduced sales in the market, shops, the taxi drivers plying their trade and other enterprises.“The fishermen, the meat and vegetable sellers, the farmers, it affects the whole country. Even the stores in the city, you can see this. So the Government needs to focus more on stimulating economic activities.”Jagdeo urged that should the economy and consumer spending be stimulated, problems being experienced with unemployment and the exchange rate will be eradicated.Jagdeo interacts with vendors during his market visits on Saturday“Cause if they do that, then the economy will expand. There will be more jobs and we will also have more foreign currency so that we can keep the exchange rate stable.”Jagdeo also lamented that despite bringing these things to the Government’s attention, there seems to be a casual attitude on the part of officials to the matter.“We have pointed out these things ad nauseam to the Government, but they seem unconcerned. It’s affecting all Guyanese, the sloth in the economy. So I will continue going out and reaching out to people and talking to them.”“And I wish more of them (Government) will come to the markets and go to people and listen to the concerns (of) ordinary people, of every political persuasion, race and religion in this country.Other issues which were raised by market vendors included the prohibitive cost for fertiliser to grow crops. In addition, some highlighted that enterprising individuals who do not pay rent to the Neighbourhood Democratic Council (NDC) would come and steal their sales.During his visit to Annandale Market, sugar workers also used the opportunity to picket against the transfer of workers from LBI to Enmore. The workers have been protesting the merger, which they have insisted will be devastating to those who have to travel.The Guyana Agricultural and General Workers Union (GAWU) has staunchly been in the workers’ corner. GAWU President Komal Chand had called on the Sugar Corporation to allow the much-needed dialogue that could see a remedy to the situation.He said the Union will have to consider some “anomalies” between the rates workers at LBI received and that which they are being offered should they have to go to Enmore. Chand added that the situation is more than unfair since persons will be travelling from varying distances to get to Enmore, while the monies have been significantly slashed.The visits to the markets along the East Coast of Demerara follow one which the Opposition Leader carried out on March 25, at the Leonora Market on the West Coast of Demerara.At that outreach, Jagdeo also ascertained from both market vendors and customers about the problems that they are experiencing.
Contraband in prisons…as Prison Director talks tough on smugglingAs the Guyana Prison Service (GPS) in collaboration with the Guyana Police Force (GPF) work to clamp down on the smuggling and attempted smuggling of contraband into the several penitentiaries, some five prison officers who are suspected to be in collusion with the criminals have been relieved of their duties.This is according to Prison Director Gladwin Samuels on Friday during an interview with media operatives.He explained that these prison officers have been implicated in the May 1, 2018 incident where a parcel containing suspected cannabis was thrown into the Lusignan Prison holding bay area.“…We also have five officers who have been interdicted from duty following the May 1 matter at the Holding Bay where our CCTV footage would have revealed that a number of what is suspected to be contraband items were thrown into the Holding Bay facility… Based on the reviews we would have conducted, it is clear that the officers were working in collusion with each other in order to facilitate the movement of the suspected contraband into the prison,” he explained.Samuels further disclosed that legal advice has been sought from the Director of Public Prosecutions.“I am advised that the Police have sent for legal advice, but they have not received such yet. Hopefully this will be soon, and I trust that the necessary actions will be taken against these officers so that the message which we have been trying to send all the years, will be clear, that persons who are bent or are involved in such practices will not be condoned,” he said.Nevertheless, the Prison Director claimed the upsurges in occurrences of these incidents are not as a result of poor management.“It is quite disturbing, it is quite embarrassing to have to face these situations on a daily basis, but this is not a situation where by the prison administration is failing to act. The reality of it is, despite we would do vetting and so forth, these prison officers are drawn from communities…and from some strange reason, despite they’re given their dos and don’ts, they allow themselves to be sucked into the financial gains that these activities can bring you,” he said.On Wednesday last, two parcels containing narcotics, 18 packs of cigarettes, a quantity of zip locks, 12 packs of bamboo and a plastic bottle containing El Dorado five-year-old rum was found in close proximity to a chicken pen at the New Amsterdam Prison after being thrown over the fence of the said prison.Additionally, on July 3, 2018, a man attempted to throw a parcel containing 1002 grams of narcotics, a large quantity of tobacco leaves, four cellphones without SIM cards, one charger, one earpiece and 33 packets of Bristol cigarettes into the Lusignan prison but dropped the items when he was noticed by prison security and made good his escape.On June 23, 2018, a man also managed to evade security at the Lusignan Prison after throwing a large quantity of cannabis and other items over the fence.Those are just among the most recent instances of smuggling at the holding facilities.As such, Samuels noted that while CCTV facilities are available, additional security measures will soon be put in place within the various penitentiaries.“We are putting additional security measures in place… Our 2018 budget is catering for improvement of our CCTV systems. The system we have at the holding bay…is quite modern…We just got the approval for the spending of the 2018 allocations so within a matter of weeks, the contractor will be on the ground to enhance the CCTV coverage at the Holding bay. We will also be enhancing the New Amsterdam prison and the Mazaruni Prison which has become somewhat out dated, will be fully overhauled,” he posited.Ever since the July 9, 2017 Camp Street prison fire, which resulted in prisoners being transported to several jails countrywide, the smuggling and attempted smuggling of contraband has become prevalent.Just last week, the Government had announced that they intend to have scanners implemented at the entrances of each prison.This, Samuels revealed, will be looked at even closer when representatives of an overseas company which manufactures scanners for prisons visit Guyana in September.
Everton’s dwindling hopes of landing Alessio Cerci have suffered a further blow as Monaco are now in pursuit of the Italy international.The Torino attacker, 26, established himself as a top-class player last term with his exploits in Serie A – he scored 13 league goals and set up 10 more and subsequently secured himself a spot in Italy’s World Cup squad.A number of Italian teams, including Inter Milan and Roma, as well as Everton, are on his trail, while Spanish champions Atletico Madrid have also had an offer for him rejected by Torino.Now free-spending Ligue 1 side Monaco have joined the chase as they gear up for their return to the Champions League.The Principality team could also lose Colombian World Cup star James Rodriguez to Real Madrid and Cerci, who is valued by Torino at around £16m, could be seen as a potential replacement. Alessio Cerci 1
William Gallas 1 Former Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham defender William Gallas has retired from football.The Frenchman, who won two Premier League titles with the Blues in 2005 and 2006, is hanging up his boots on the expiry of his one-year deal with Australian A-League club Perth Glory.Speaking to the French TV programme Sport Confidentiel in an interview to be broadcast on Thursday night, Gallas said: “You tell yourself you can always continue, but I think that today I can’t.”
Red Star Belgrade have accepted a £5.1million offer from Liverpool for Marko Grujic – but the move has been plunged into doubt by the teenager’s father.The Serbian club announced the deal on Wednesday, revealing the 19-year-old midfielder will remain with them for the remainder of the season before heading to Merseyside to link up with Jurgen Klopp’s side.A Red Star statement said: “The board considered the offer and unanimously accepted the offer of the English giants. Liverpool will pay the money immediately, and the player would stay in Red Star until 01/07/2016.”However, confusion reigns over whether Liverpool will complete a deal for Grujic after an angry outburst by his father on Wednesday.Goran Grujic claims his son has been forced out of Red Star for monetary reasons and has vowed to block the move to Merseyside.According to the Daily Mail, he was quoted as saying: “I won’t allow them to destroy my boy!“I’m speaking about people who are in charge of the club [Red Star Belgrade]. Everyone turned their back on them, as they’ve spent all the money the club has had, and they see a solution in Marko’s transfer. That’s why there’s so much pressure on him. Ten times per day they are calling him by phone, urging him to sign a contract.“There are (their) stories in Serbian media, like ”Gerrard’s No 8 is waiting for him”, or ”Klopp called him by phone”, ”millions here, millions there”. “I mean, which club is willing to pay six million euros, and then to say ”Look, kid, come when you want”? Nope, if Liverpool FC is seriously counting on him, they’ll tell him ”Start of training camp in January on this day, at that hour, we’re expecting you”. And, what kind of combination is that? “‘The club is paying for him seven million euros, but then leave him on loan and that loan costs one million!? Really, I’m starting to think I should call the police to tell them everything about this pressure.”Asked directly whether his son has spoken to Liverpool, Goran said: “Did we speak with Liverpool? Look, we had chat with people from Udinese, and then guys from Anderlecht also came. But, there was no conversation about transfer, they just wanted to see what kind of kid Marko is, what’s his way of thinking. And, that was all, just chat. “Then, suddenly came that story about Liverpool… All I can say is that the passports are with me, and I can guarantee that Marko is not leaving, he’s not going anywhere.“He became world champion, he’s on his way to win a title with Red Star, it’s logical that his price will be bigger in summer 2016. But, there are so many people that want this transfer to go earlier, to get money. All of this is packaged as a beautiful strawberries and cream for Marko because he was still a child. But the reality is different.“I know that coach Miodrag Bozovic has respect for my son, but I told director Zvezdan Terzic openly – leave my kid alone. And, as of Liverpool’s offer, I’m sure there will be bigger than this one. Let him win the title with Red Star first.” 1 Marko Grujic
LA HABRA HEIGHTS — The black duffel bag found Sept. 12, 2000 at the bottom of a hill contained a grisly mystery.Stuffed inside was the decomposing body of a man. He’d been shot in the head.The corpse was discovered 75 feet down the hillside in the 2500 block of Casalero Drive by firefighters. Residents complained about a foul smell in the area.Who the man was, where he met his demise and how he ended up dumped in this suburban community remain a mystery seven years later. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.He is still “John Doe No. 175” to the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office.“We still don’t know who he is. There’s been no leads,” said coroner’s spokesman Capt. Ed Winter.He said samples from the body were sent to the state’s DNA Lab in Richmond but there have been no hits thus far.Fingerprints could not be lifted from the body. Neither could coroner’s officials determine hair and eye color.But the Coroner’s Office has learned some things about John Doe No. 175. He died of a gunshot wound to the head, he had dental work done and his body bore a distinctive marking. On his upper back, near the left shoulder, was a tattoo of a snarling red-and-black tiger with unsheathed long claws. Behind the animal was an orange moon with white clouds.Authorities hoped the tattoo would be the key to unlocking the man’s identity. But no one has come forward.The man also had his wisdom teeth removed and had a crown and root canal on his upper teeth, according to coroner’s investigator Dan Machian.Machian said no alcohol or drugs were found in the body.John Doe No. 175 was either white or Latino, between 21 and 30 and stood about 5-feet, 6-inches tall.He was well-dressed. He wore “Polo” brand jeans and a white or beige short-sleeved shirt. On his right foot was a size 8 “Bass” brand sandal and on his head a white baseball cap emblazoned with “Jaguars.”The other sandal was missing.Machian said a bone sample from the body was sent to the state lab on May 28, 2003 and later some teeth on April 1, 2004. No matches have been made. “We haven’t heard anything from them. So no match at this point,” he said.The county cremated the unknown man in 2001 and buried his ashes in a common grave three years later.Anyone with information is asked to call the Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau at (323) email@example.com(562) 698-0955, Ext. 3026160Want 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 MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week While Jackson stormed off the floor and Bryant kicked a water bottle on his way to the locker room, Lamar Odom rallied the rest of his teammates and led them back to the foul line, where they kept on shooting. Jackson came into the season saying Bryant would be one of the Lakers’ two captains. He would not commit to Odom being the other Saturday, but acknowledged the role fits, especially with Odom moving to the backcourt and directing the Lakers’ offense. “He’s a supportive guy, and I think that it’s kind of natural to say he’s going to fall into that role,” Jackson said. “But I want that to be something that’s not by my doing but by his doing, by the team following him. “Kobe, by virtue of his status here, his veteran ability, his All-Star capabilities, has a position that a lot of times is leadership by example. Whereas we need someone who can lead by encouragement, by support, a person that can rally the group.” Odom did that Saturday, at the end of a practice that ran more than an hour long. It was an encouraging sign from the player who never looked totally comfortable during his first season with the Lakers following the Shaquille O’Neal trade. Phil Jackson asked first for the shooters who already had missed two free throws to step back to the foul line, so he could stop watching sooner and send the Lakers back out on another punishing set of cross-court sprints. He looked in the direction of special assistant coach Kareem Abdul-Jabbar standing on the sidelines and said disgustedly: “The big guy was doing 17s (sprints) at 38, 39 years old. That’s how old Corie (Blount) is now.” Then Jackson kindly asked the Lakers a few minutes later to get off his court, although the coach’s exact words were neither polite nor printable. This Lakers team might have mere playoff aspirations as opposed to championship expectations, but Jackson showed Saturday that he is still as capable of playing mind games as before. And he might have found a leader opposite Kobe Bryant as a result. Even though he is only 25, Odom also is a relative veteran on this year’s team, entering his seventh NBA season. “It’s important on this team because we’re young,” Odom said. “We don’t have six or seven guys that’ve been to the Western Conference finals on this team. I guess it’s just my turn to be a leader.” Blount slowed Blount, whose actual age is 36, has practiced sparingly and said he is bothered by a bruise on the top of his left foot. Jackson said he is proceeding cautiously with the veteran big man, who underwent ankle and knee surgeries a year ago. Clips edge Suns Corey Maggette scored 21 points to lead four Clippers in double figures as the Clippers edged the host Phoenix Suns 90-87. Rodney White added 13 points and nine rebounds, and rookie point guard Daniel Ewing added 12 points. Elton Brand missed his third consecutive game with a thigh bruise, but the injury is not considered serious. Shaun Livingston, who has a strained lower back, also missed a third straight preseason game. Sam Cassell also missed the game, but is not listed with an injury. The Clippers improved to 2-1 in the exhibition season. — The Associated Press contributed to this report. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!