Westbrook’s triple-double leads Thunder past Spurs

first_imgSteam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City Go for Gold signs Paul Desiderio MOST READ Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) goes to the basket between San Antonio Spurs guard Patty Mills (8) and forward Rudy Gay (22) in the first half of an NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City, Saturday, March 10, 2018. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)OKLAHOMA CITY — That faint M-V-P chant wasn’t for Russell Westbrook.It was for 37-year-old forward Nick Collison.ADVERTISEMENT GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings Rudy Gay and Davis Bertans each scored 14 points for the Spurs, who have lost eight of 10.LaMarcus Aldridge was held to 11 points on 5-for-16 shooting“They were very aggressive,” Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. “They did a good job. He didn’t have one of his best nights, that’s for sure, but his effort was great. It just didn’t work for him tonight, and OKC was a big part of that.”Brewer’s corner 3-pointer in the closing seconds of the first half gave the Thunder a 52-43 lead. He led Oklahoma City with 10 points before the break.Thunder center Steven Adams came down hard on his left ankle early in the third quarter and did not return. Without his presence on both ends of the floor, the Spurs quickly took advantage and cut Oklahoma City’s lead to 62-58. The Thunder recovered after a timeout and led 77-68 after three quarters.Collison took over in the early part of the fourth quarter. He made a reverse layup to make it 82-70, drew the fifth foul on Aldridge with 7:41 to play, then scored in close a minute later to give the Thunder an 89-72 lead.The Spurs cut their deficit to seven with about two minutes to play, but Westbrook later clinched his triple-double on an assist to Grant for a 3-pointer that put the Thunder up 12.TIP-INSSpurs: F/C Pau Gasol started after sitting out against Golden State on Thursday with a right shoulder injury. … F Kawhi Leonard remained out while recovering from a right quadriceps injury.Thunder: G Terrance Ferguson was out with a concussion he received when he ran into Adams on Thursday against the Phoenix Suns. It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Westbrook, the NBA’s most valuable player last season, scored 21 points and posted his 19th triple-double of this season to help the Oklahoma City Thunder defeat the San Antonio Spurs 104-94 on Saturday night. Collison, a fan favorite who has been with the Thunder since the team moved from Seattle, stole the show.Collison was pressed into action because starting center Steven Adams came down hard on his left ankle in the third quarter and did not return. Collison entered the game in the fourth quarter for the first time and responded by scoring all seven of his points in a 2:41 span in the fourth quarter for Oklahoma City.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 folkCollison heard the chant and got a kick out of it.“Sometimes, I feel like the walk-on in college games,” he said. 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 Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Westbrook was glad to see Collison show he’s still got it. Collison hadn’t scored as many as seven points in a game since scoring seven on March 22, 2017, against Philadelphia.“He puts in the work and he’s always ready to go,” Westbrook said. “Tonight was one of those nights where he got his number called and he answered like he does every time. It’s a blessing to be on the floor with a guy like him. He’s so unselfish. It’s good to see.”Collison said he just tries to remember that he could be needed at any time. This time, it came in a key matchup between teams that are in the running for the No. 3 seed in the Western Conference.“There has been a couple years for me where I haven’t played much,” he said. “I’m just trying to focus when I’m out there on what is actually going on. Trying not to let it get into my head too much that I haven’t been out here in a long time — really just focus on the play in front of you. I’ve gotten better at that as I’ve gone on. You just have to stay ready.”Westbrook had 12 rebounds and 10 assists in the 98th triple-double of his career. Jerami Grant scored 15 points, Corey Brewer added 12, Paul George and Alex Abrines each scored 11 and Patrick Patterson had 10 for the Thunder, who improved to 6-3 since the All-Star break.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES STAT LINESOklahoma City’s bench scored 50 points.“I think the biggest thing to me was the emphasis on moving the ball and letting the ball find the open man,” Donovan said.OLD SCHOOLOn several occasions, Popovich played a lineup of players who all were at least 30 years old. Manu Ginobili, Tony Parker, Danny Green, Gay and Gasol add up to a combined 173 years old. Green, the youngster of the group, turns 31 in June. Ginobili, the elder statesman, is 40.UP NEXTSpurs: at the Houston Rockets on Monday.Thunder: host the Sacramento Kings on Monday. View commentslast_img read more

Pollinator workshops offered

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Have you ever thought what it would be like to live in a world without apples, blueberries, strawberries, chocolate, almonds, melons, peaches, or pumpkins? Researchers have indicated that without animal pollinators, these foods would no longer exist.Three-fourths of the world’s flowering plants depend on pollinators to reproduce. Most fruit, vegetable and seed crops — and other plants that provide fiber, medicines, and fuel — are pollinated by animals. Some scientists estimate that one out of every three bites of human food exists because of animal pollinators like bees, butterflies and moths, birds and bats, and beetles and other insects.Pollinators visit flowers in their search for food (nectar and pollen). During a flower visit, a pollinator may accidentally brush against the flower’s reproductive parts, unknowingly depositing pollen from a different flower. The plant then uses the pollen to produce a fruit or seed. Many plants cannot reproduce without pollen carried to them by foraging pollinators.Bees are the main pollinators for fruits and vegetables. There are over 4,000 species of bees native to North America. They nest underground, in twigs and debris, or in dead trees. Nectar-seeking butterflies are daytime garden visitors, and moths are their nocturnal counterpart. These popular creatures pollinate many plants. Hummingbirds are the most common avian pollinators in the continental United States. These tiny wonders prefer tubular flowers in bright, warm colors — especially red.Pollinators are in trouble — bees are disappearing and bats are dying. These and other animal pollinators face many challenges. Habitat loss, disease, parasites, and environmental contaminants have all contributed to their decline.To learn more about pollinators and increase their habitat and populations, plan to attend two free workshops hosted by the Delaware SWCD on June 14 and July 12 at the Orange Township Hall, 1680 Orange Rd, Lewis Center, OH. Each workshop will be held from 7-9 pm. These are separate workshops addressing different topics. For full details and a registration form, go to our website at www.delawareswcd.org.last_img read more

Dot Obits: Inventor of the Video Game Cartridge

first_imgRelated Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#Dot Obits#web 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketcenter_img curt hopkins Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Jerry Lawson, who is responsible for the development of the video game cartridge, died Saturday in Mt. View, California, of a heart attack. Lawson was 70 years old. He was a pioneer not just in video games but as a black engineer in an overwhelmingly white industry. While working as an engineer for Fairchild Semiconductor in the mid-1970s, Lawson created the Fairchild Channel F video game console. That was the type that took a different software cartridge for each game. The Reviews of Electronics credits Lawson with providing the platform that launched the independent video game developer. Born in Brooklyn and raised in Queens, he moved out to California to join the new company Fairchild Semiconductor where he served as Chief Hardware Engineer[4] and director of engineering and marketing. As the Village Voice notes, he was a member of the legendary Homebrew Computer Club. Other members included Apple’s Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak.After Atari had taken the video gaming market, Lawson launched Videosoft, to develop games for it. In the early 1970s, Lawson had created the second ever arcade game (after Pong), Demolition DerbyHe had in his later years suffered with diabetes and used a wheelchair, though he continued an active life building controls for lasers and telescopes. Last month he was, finally, honored by the International Game Developers Association.Vintage Computing and Games has a wonderful interview with the man conducted in 2009.He is survived by his wife, whom he married in 1965, his brother, Michael, of Queens, New York, and his daughter Karen and son Marc, both of Smyrna, Georgia.Other sources: Wikipedialast_img read more

You are showing utter disregard for livelihood of players: TNCA to CoA

first_imgNew Delhi, Jul 6 (PTI) The Tamil Nadu Cricket Association (TNCA) today came up with a strong riposte to the Committee of Administrators’ (CoA) threat of de-recognising the Tamil Nadu Premier League and slammed the Vinod Rai-led panel for “showing utter disregard for livelihood of players”. The CoA yesterday issued an advisory in which it warned TNCA from allowing players from other states to take part in the TNPL starting July 11, stating that it violates article 28 (b) of the existing constitution. The TNCA, after its meeting today, sent a strongly-worded letter written by their joint secretary RI Palani. “We had informed the acting president and the acting secretary of the BCCI about TNPL. Why is the CoA unnecessarily interfering, only they know. TNPL is being organised for three years now,” a TNCA official told PTI on conditions of anonymity. The rules for the Inter-State T20 leagues were passed on July 3 and TNCA’s draft for outstation players was scheduled on July 4. Many believe that if the CoA had right intentions, it would have actually given enough time to TNCA to withdraw the draft process. Instead, the committee chose to wait till the TNCA completed its draft process and then fired a salvo, threatening to disband the tournament. However, it is not known whether the CoA had kept Star Sports, who are the official broadcasters for the event in the loop. Star also holds the rights for India’s international games at home. The letter sent by Palani makes it clear that the TNCA is in no mood to bow down to the CoA’s diktat.advertisement Palani, in fact, made a valid point about how the likes of Unmukt Chand, Sheldon Jackson would be able to earn a livelihood. These are not sought-after players in the Indian Premier League. “The advisory exhibit a complete and utter disregard of the interests of players who would be deprived of an opportunity to earn a living and would perhaps lose a valuable opportunity to showcase their talents to the world, Palani wrote in his letter. The TNCA joint secretary also said that never has there been a precedence of seeking permission for a state level tournament. Having an outstation player to take part in various club leagues with the go-ahead from his home state, too, has never been an issue. “The regulations of the BCCI provide that members of BCCI are not required to seek approval for conducting tournaments within its territorial jurisdiction unless the tournament involves players from outside such jurisdiction.” “We have indicated several instances, in our earlier letters, of players representing one member for BCCI Tournaments and the same players participating in tournaments organized by other members provided that the members inter se had no objection. BCCI’s approval was never required or sought in any of those instances.” Desperate to not get caught in the crossfire between the CoA and TNCA, it will be interesting to see what the respective players and their state associations do in the coming days. PTI KHS KHS AHAHlast_img read more

Sportscover Makes it Two Wins in a Row at the Insurance Awards

first_imgChief Executive Officer of Sportscover, Chris Nash, accepted the award at the function held at the Sydney Exhibition and Conference Centre.“We are extremely proud to have won this award for the second year in succession. It means a great deal to us to be recognised by our industry through this accolade. This is a tribute to our staff for their continued hard work, and to our broker network and clients for their tremendous support in helping us attain this great achievement,” Nash said. Sportscover was up against some strong competition for the award, with the other finalists being Brooklyn Underwriting Global Transport and Automotive Insurance.Touch Football Australia congratulates Sportscover on the award.last_img read more

4 days agoReal Betis coach Rubi urges calm: We’ll move forward

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Real Betis coach Rubi urges calm: We’ll move forwardby Paul Vegas4 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Betis coach Rubi has urged calm after defeat to Real Sociedad.While admitting he was worried, Rubi dismissed talk of relegation.“Everything worries me, I don’t want to see Betis where it is now, I don’t want to see Betis suffering but I am convinced that we will finish in a good position and we will pass 50 points,” he said. “You can remind me when the season is over.”Rubi added: “My personal situation does not worry me, I am convinced that we will move forward.” last_img read more

Primary-School Students Present Gifts to Centenarian

first_img Meanwhile, Mrs. Miller Wisdom told JIS News that the outreach programme, which has been a feature of the school for many years, falls within its strategic plans. Story Highlights Students and teachers of the Rose Hall-based John Rollins Success Primary School, accompanied by their principal, Yvonne Miller Wisdom, wrapped up their 2017 Christmas outreach programme on December 18.Their final stop took them to Barrett Town, to the home of 100-year-old Merinda Bryan, where they presented the centenarian, who is fondly called ‘Miss Mim’, with several gifts, including a new remote-controlled electric fan.Only several days before, they had visited basic and infant schools and homes of the sick and the elderly in other neighbouring communities of Zion, Spot Valley, Cornwall, Palmyra, Lilliput and Barrett Town to spread the Christmas cheer.Miss Mim, who was born on December 6, 1917, is the mother of six children, 16 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren and 10 great-great-grandchildren.She said she was happy to receive the gifts, which came less than two weeks following her birthday celebrations.A member of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, Miss Mim said in her youthful days she worked at the Tryall Estate in Hanover as a farmhand, and later became a shopkeeper.Meanwhile, Mrs. Miller Wisdom told JIS News that the outreach programme, which has been a feature of the school for many years, falls within its strategic plans.She said the Christmas outreach programme was among several other similar activities that the school undertakes each year, and which are driven by a community outreach coordinator and a committee.She noted that the 932 students at her institution are organised into clubs and societies, and each of the groupings is required to undertake fundraising activities, as well as source donations of food, toys and other items, which are taken to the school during its official barrel drive at Christmas to be sorted and packaged into individual presents.There are eight clubs and societies in operation at the John Rollins Success Primary School – the Red Cross, Brownies, K-Kids, Culture, Science Club, Cub Scout, Environmental Club and the Bible Club.“As part of our school-improvement plan, one of the objectives is to participate in community outreach. And so, we believe that the students are supposed to be exposed as much as is possible, not just to focus on the academics, because to get a job in the future, they need to be able to relate to others. Coming out into the community and reaching out to others, that is just one aspect… so at this stage, we have to train them,” Mrs. Miller Wisdom said.Eleven-year-old sixth-grader and President of the K-Kids Club, Elizabeth Minors, told JIS News that she was very pleased that her club, which is a junior arm of Kiwanis International, was able to contribute to the activities, especially the visit to Miss Mim.“It is a privilege to come and be able celebrate the hundredth birthday with a centenarian, and I hope that God blesses her and allows her to see many more days,” she said.Coordinator for the outreach programme at the school, Margaret Harwood Farquharson, said the students at the institution are always eager to participate in humanitarian activities, which became a major part of the institution as far back as 2006.“Our school was officially opened in 2004, and we saw the need to impact our community, so, as a result of that, we coordinated the activity and got the teachers involved,” she explained.“I think it is very important to get the students involved in outreach, because it gives them the opportunity to share with others. So, when they grow up, they will be able to socialise better, and when they see a need, they will be able to assist,” she added. Students and teachers of the Rose Hall-based John Rollins Success Primary School, accompanied by their principal, Yvonne Miller Wisdom, wrapped up their 2017 Christmas outreach programme on December 18. Their final stop took them to Barrett Town, to the home of 100-year-old Merinda Bryan, where they presented the centenarian, who is fondly called ‘Miss Mim’, with several gifts, including a new remote-controlled electric fan. last_img read more

No winning ticket for Saturday nights 12 million Lotto 649 jackpot

first_imgTORONTO — There was no winning ticket for the $12.5 million jackpot in Saturday night’s Lotto 649 draw.However, the guaranteed $1 million prize was claimed by a ticket holder in Ontario.The jackpot for the next Lotto 649 draw on May 15 will be approximately $15 million.The Canadian Presslast_img

Ontario retailers acting rationally to minimum wage hike CoucheTard CEO

first_imgMONTREAL – Most Ontario retailers are acting rationally in response to January’s large increase in the minimum wage and not cutting hours of operations, the CEO of Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. said Tuesday.“Maybe it’s a bit early to call it, but we think economics are prevailing and that these costs are being covered by increased sales and margins in Ontario,” Brian Hannasch said during its quarterly conference call.Even though the nearly 21 per cent increase in the province’s minimum wage was the largest he’s seen in his career, Hannasch said the company is working on strategies to offset those costs and remain competitive.The Ontario government’s decision to boost its minimum wage to $14 per hour this year and to $15 in 2019 has been criticized by business groups that claim it will force employers to hire less and increase automation.Couche-Tard’s shares sustained the largest decrease in at least two years after the convenience store operator widely missed analysts earnings expectations as its third-quarter results were hurt by lower U.S. fuel profits and the lingering impact from last fall’s hurricane Harvey.The shares closed down 6.45 per cent to C$59.60 in Tuesday trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange. That exceeds the 6.02 per cent decrease in February 2016.The Quebec-based convenience store retailer, which keeps its books in U.S. dollars, said its net earnings attributable to shareholders surged about 62 per cent to $463.9 million as acquisitions and a $182.2 million net tax benefit from the U.S. corporate tax cut offset challenges in the quarter.That equalled 82 cents per diluted share, compared with 50 cents per share or $287 million a year earlier.Excluding the tax benefit and other one-time items, its adjusted profit increased marginally to $304 million or 54 cents per share.Revenue for the 16-week period ended Feb. 4 totalled $15.79 billion, up from $11.42 billion.Analysts on average had expected a profit of 74 cents per share and revenue of nearly $15.63 billion, according to Thomson Reuters.Hannasch said its network in Europe, Canada and the acquired CST Brands sites experienced improving trends from higher same-store fuel volumes, merchandise revenues and in-store gross margins.But the U.S. fuel margin decreased 17 per cent to 15.66 cents per gallon driven mainly by the volatility from a rapid rise in crude oil prices particularly in Arizona and Texas.“So we view that as an anomaly,” he told analysts.“Could it recur? Yes. But over longer periods of time we think we’ve got a very competitive cost structure in the southwest part of the United States and that will fare well for us over longer periods of time.”Same-site fuel volumes declined 0.4 per cent in the U.S. as Texas was impacted by stores still recovering from hurricane Harvey. Increased pre-tax expenses caused by hurricanes totalled $1.8 million.Derek Dley of Canaccord Genuity attributed 17 of the 19 cents per share earnings miss in the quarter to softer-than-expected fuel margins.He estimates that the decrease in the 2019 U.S. corporate tax rate to between 17 and 19 per cent could add four- to eight-cents per share to its full-year EPS estimate.While tepid U.S. gas volumes and margins were the biggest surprise in the quarter, Irene Nattel of RBC Capital Markets remains positive about Couche-Tard, “particularly given the tailwind of recently closed CST and Holiday Stationstores acquisitions.”The company said it has converted more than 2,500 stores in North America and more than 1,450 in Europe to its new Circle K brand. It has started to convert the Mac’s brand in Canada. The brand will be featured everywhere except Quebec, where the Couche-Tard name will remain.Alimentation Couche-Tard has 12,750 stores and 15,970 locations, including those licensed under the Circle K brand and those that are part of last year’s merger with wholesale fuels distributor CrossAmerica Partners LP.Follow @RossMarowits on Twitter.Companies in this story: (TSX:ATD.B)last_img read more

Tommy Lakes fire grows to over 19500 hectares forces evacuation of 78

first_imgA map of the Tommy Lakes Fire perimeter. Photo by BC Wildfire ServiceMacAuley explained crews did notice some increased fire activity yesterday that was caused by the high winds meaning that the fire is likely larger than currently reported, though officials won’t have an updated number until after surveys are conducted later today. She said that air tankers were able to complete part of their mission in limiting the fire’s growth along the southeast flank, but had to be grounded as a precautionary measure after just a few hours because of heavy smoke. A Conair Aerial Firefighting Avro RJ85 air tanker at the North Peace Airport. Photo by Chris NewtonAn area restriction remains in effect for the area surrounding the fire. The area restriction has been put in place to address public-safety concerns arising from the wildfire’s rate of spread and to avoid interference with fire control. The restriction will remain in place until noon on July 31st, or until the order is rescinded.Under this order and Section 11(2) of the Wildfire Act, a person must not remain in or enter the Tommy Lakes wildfire restricted area without prior written authorization of an official, designated for the purposes of the Wildfire Act, unless the person enters the area under the following circumstances only: FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — The BC Wildfire Service says that the Tommy Lakes Fire continues to burn north of Fort St. John and has now grown to over 19,000 hectares, forcing 78 area residents from their homes.Fire Information Officer Rosalie MacAuley said that after conducting an aerial survey yesterday, the Wildfire Service now estimates the size of the conflagration at 19,540 hectares, and the fire is zero percent contained. She said that the personnel battling the blaze had their ranks bolstered since Monday, bringing the total of firefighters at the scene to 133, with two additional helicopters and pieces of heavy equipment. The total of both helicopters and heavy machinery pieces is now nine each.“On the east side of the Beatton Road, crews are working to build and reinforce guard along the fire perimeter to prevent the fire from crossing the Beatton road,” said an update on the Wildfire Service website. “Crews are also working on a fireline south on the Tommy Lakes Road. Additional crews are continuing with blackline and mop-up operations along the South Nig connector. Sprinklers are installed on the bridge at the 56km mark on the Tommy Lakes Road.” travelling to or from his or her principal residence that is not under an evacuation order;using a highway as defined in the Transportation Act;travelling to or from an industrial activity or business location;travelling through or entering the area as a person acting in an official capacity; orthrough or entering the area for an approved purpose of supporting wildfire suppression activities. A map of the evacuation order near the Tommy Lakes Fire. Photo by BC Wildfire Service. A map of the evacuation order near the Tommy Lakes Fire. Photo by BC Wildfire Service. An evacuation order has also been issued by the Peace River Regional District due to the immediate danger posed by the fire. The PRRD’s Deputy CAO Shawn Dahlen said that in total, 78 evacuees have registered at the Emergency Evacuation Centre at the North Peace Arena.last_img read more