Thomas scores 38, Celtics pull away to beat Wizards 117-108

first_imgSenators think TWG’s move to axe motorcycle taxi pilot run an act of ‘revenge’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “Both competitive players competing, and that’s what you want your players to do,” Brooks said.Brooks noted Wall’s jammed finger and sore wrist didn’t help his shooting. He was 4 for 21 and missed all five of his 3-point attempts.“It’s going to affect him a little bit in the next couple of weeks, but he’s tough. He’s not going to complain,” Brooks said. “That’s what I love about him. I love that competitive spirit.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely Senators think TWG’s move to axe motorcycle taxi pilot run an act of ‘revenge’ View comments 15-year-old Gauff stuns Venus anew in first round Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member MOST READ Rodgers again falls short of another Super Bowl stint ‘Old school work ethic’ pays off for immaculate Federercenter_img Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite “It’s a physical team. We’re physical. Neither one of us has to be pumped,” said Bradley Beal, who led Washington with 35 points.“It was just a physical game. That’s all it was.”Smart and Beal got tangled up under the Washington basket and both fell to the floor in the third quarter. Officials and teammates separated the two as they got up and exchanged words. Smart was called for a foul and Beal received a technical.There were five technicals in all, two of them on Boston for three-second violations and the others for getting a little too physical.Al Horford added 16 points and nine rebounds for the Celtics. Crowder scored 20 and Terry Rozier had 11.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Otto Porter Jr. scored 20 points for Washington, and Markieff Morris finished with 14.Boston held John to a season-low nine points. The star guard was playing with a jammed finger and sore wrist, but did have 10 assists for the Wizards, who fell to 19-19 a day after moving above .500 for the first time since November 2015.“They made big plays at the end. We missed a lot of good-looking shots,” Washington coach Scott Brooks said. “They got physical. They got their hands on us. We couldn’t get anything done and turned the ball over a few times.”The Wizards pulled ahead in the third quarter with an 11-3 run and led 79-69. Boston pulled to 85-83 at the end of the third and regained the lead early in the fourth on a three-point play by Thomas.Thomas scored eight straight points, including back-to-back 3s, to put Boston up 98-91, but the Wizards answered with their own 8-0 run to regain the lead.Porter gave the Wizards a 99-98 edge with 5:36 left, but Horford got it right back for Boston with 5:12 left to start a 13-0 run for the Celtics. Thomas followed with a layup and Rozier hit a 3 to put Boston up 105-99.After a miss by Beal, the Celtics took it the other way for another 3-pointer by Thomas for a 108-99 lead with 3:24 to go. Thomas was cheered on during his surge by buddy Floyd Mayweather Jr., the retired champion boxer sitting in the front row. Thomas added another 3 and Horford hit from beyond the arc for a 111-99 lead.Thomas has scored at least 20 points in the past 23 games.“It was impressive,” Horford said. “He’s been playing as impressive as I’ve seen someone play.”Brooks said the postgame tensions were just the result of physical basketball. No punches were landed and everyone made it back to the locker rooms peacefully, although it will be interesting to see Smart and Beal face off again Jan. 24 in Washington. The Celtics won for the fifth time in six games and ended Washington’s three-game winning streak. The game was physical throughout and got heated after the final buzzer as the talk continued and nearly escalated into something more.Boston’s Jae Crowder pointed a finger toward Washington’s John Wall as the two squared off near the Wizards bench.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return“Just two teams playing hard,” said Crowder, who had 20 points.Wall swiped at Crowder but appeared to miss, then the players were steered toward the locker rooms. Some needed more guidance than others, including Boston’s Marcus Smart, who irritated and frustrated the Wizards throughout the game. Smart continued chattering away at the Wizards as he was escorted to the Celtics’ tunnel, where police lined the hallways discouraging anything more. Super Bowl a tossup at legal sports books Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Fans cheer after a 3-pointer by Boston Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas (4), as referee Mike Callahan cuts in front of retired boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr., in plaid shirt, during the second half of the Celtics’ NBA basketball game against the Washington Wizards in Boston, Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017. APBOSTON, Massachussetts—Isaiah Thomas was good for three quarters and nearly unstoppable in the fourth.Thomas scored 20 of his 38 points in the final period and the Boston Celtics pulled away late for a 117-108 win over the Washington Wizards on Wednesday night.ADVERTISEMENT Mexican roots run deep with the Phoenix Sunslast_img read more

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Offensive Ministers

first_imgSatiricus was a bit apprehensive as he ambled towards the Back Street Bar. He wondered, now that GrainJa had spoken to the press, which statements he would have to defend. Satiricus was somewhat ticked off with himself for being so conscientious. If only Nagga Man and Rum Jhaat would show some backbone and say something, he’d throw GrainJa under the bus in a second!!“Tell me if dis na schupidness!” demanded Bungi indignantly, even before Satiricus had time to start on his beer.“What’s that?” asked Satiricus cautiously, as he took a swig and wiped his brow.“Yuh President now seh dat de Pee an’ See party now guh handle de “I is” Broomes’ matta!” Bungi snarled.“Wha’ da?” interrupted Cappo in surprise. “Afta dem bin tell abee fuh de whole mont’ dat Cabinet guh deal wid she?”“Yes, Sato,” said Hari. “She didn’t rough up those two guards and had them detained as a Pee and See member, but as a Minister of the Government!”“Fellas, I really don’t know what to say,” Satiricus said apologetically. “My leaders didn’t tell us anything yet.”“Dis a rass-pass!” exploded Bungi. “An’ no-bady na seh nuttin!”“Yes!” said Cappo. “Rememba how all dem big-shat behave baad when Beri-Beri seh he gon “slap and strip” dat gyaal?”“And Beri Beri didn’t even tell it to the woman who’d accosted him,” said Hari. “He said it to some reporters afterwards!”“Yes, I remember,” admitted Satiricus. “I protested in front of President Ram O. Tar’s office and he fired Beri Beri as Minister of Health.”“Na even the slap-an-strip gyaal na seh nuttin’ ‘bout de “I is” Broomes’ matta,” complained Bungi.“Yes,” said Hari. “After Beri Beri was sacked, she said all “offensive behaviour by officials” should be “rooted out!”“Budday, nobady na kay ‘bout po’r people,” said Cappo bitterly. “All dem big shat who protest fuh “slap-an’-strip”ah now march fuh parkin’ meeta!”“I’ll ask Nagga and Rum Jhaat if Cabinet decided that Broomes’ bad behaviour was ‘an internal party matter’,” said Satiricus placatingly.“Who?” asked Hari. “Dumb and Dumber?”last_img read more

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Govt accused of pressuring Parliament Office to revoke motion

first_imgEducation tax…PPP warns of Executive attempting to control the LegislatureThe People’s Progressive Party (PPP) is contending that political interference from the Executive is responsible for the Speaker of the National Assembly, Dr Barton Scotland, disallowing its motion calling for the 14 per cent Value Added Tax (VAT) on private education to be removed.Speaker of the National Assembly, Dr Barton ScotlandThe Speaker had, just days prior, approved the motion for debate today, and expectations regarding the outcome of that debate were high, as many persons were anticipating spirited exchanges between the Opposition and two major players in Government, particularly since minority group the Alliance For Change (AFC) had voiced its support for removal of the tax on private education.Amended and approved by the Speaker of the House, the motion was suddenly withdrawn on grounds which, according to the PPP, are “irregular, spurious and ludicrous.”“The AFC, desperate to not be exposed for duplicity, having publicly called for the review of VAT on education; and the Government, desperate to impose unity on this issue within the shaky coalition, put pressure on the Parliament Office to remove the PPPC’s motion calling for the revocation of VAT on education, goods and services, and its reinstatement as zero rated,” the PPP posited in a media statement on Saturday.Education Minister, Dr Rupert RoopnaraineThe PPP has warned that this development exposes the Speaker as complicit in the Executive’s unfolding objective to seize control over the Legislature, and has called upon all stakeholders to continue to speak out against these attempts to whittle away parliamentary democracy, human rights and the Constitution.The PPP has also lambasted attempts to deny concerned citizens a right to be heard – a trend which it noted has developed significantly under this APNU/AFC Administration.“Civil society, individuals and communities have been demonstrating peacefully their views on a wide range of concerns that impact on their daily lives – the sugar workers, rice farmers, the private sector, the Movement against the Parking Meters, the Movement against VAT on Education goods and services, the removal of the ban on used tyres, and thousands of individuals in their private capacity on the social media — yet the Government’s only concern is to ensure that the people’s voices are not heard,  even in the highest law making body of the country,” the PPP has stated.The PPP has also lamented that, after months of weekly protests, a petition signed by 14,000 people, and growing hardships of parents and students as a result of the inhumane and onerous imposition of VAT on education goods and services, the Government has intervened and hammered another nail in Article 13 of the Constitution.Article 13 of the Constitution of Guyana states: “The principal objective of the political system of the state is to establish an inclusionary democracy by providing increasing opportunities for the participation of citizens and their organisations in the management and decision-making processes of the state, with particular emphasis on those areas of decision-making that directly affect their wellbeing.”DisallowedThe PPP motion in regard to VAT on private education, which was to be moved by former Education Minister Priya Manickchand, states that the impact of the onerous budgetary measures has caused great consternation and anxiety for parents and students, and jeopardises the future of students’ rights to access education of their choice, inclusive of private education, as provided for in the Constitution.Regrettably, mere days before the motion was scheduled for debate, the House Speaker has decided that it cannot be proceeded with in the National Assembly.In a letter dated May 4, Dr Scotland has instructed that the motion, if allowed, would be in contravention of Standing Order No 26(e), which states that for a motion to be admissible, it shall not revive discussion of a matter which has been discussed in the same session.“I wish to reminded you that the revocation of Order No 18 of 2016 and the reinstatement of Schedules 1 and 11 which existed prior to Order No. 18 were discussed by the National Assembly at its Sitting on 30th January, 2017, during the consideration of Ms Gail Teixeira’s motion which was published on Notice Paper No. 82 of 2017 dated 15th January, 2017. That motion was defeated,” the letter outlined.The Speaker has determined that the motion, which was already published on Notice Paper No. 95 of 2017, can no longer be proceeded with in the National Assembly.Director of Nations University, Dr Brian O’Toole – a very vocal player in the movement against the education tax – has expressed disappointment at the decision not to allow a debate on the issue in the National Assembly. In a statement to the media on Friday, the educator pondered if it’s too much to ask for a national debate on the issue.“Is it impossible to have a simple list printed in the newspaper with a yes or no by the name of each of the MPs whether or not they, as an individual, support the 14 per cent? While we are waiting for the debate in Parliament to eventually take place, is it possible to have a TV debate on the matter, to help inform the public on the key issues?” he has asked.Disgruntled stakeholders are expected to stage a picketing exercise outside of the Parliament today. (Devina Samaroo)last_img read more

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Bould rips misfiring Gunners

first_imgThe loss leaves Arsenal in 10th place, 15 points behind leaders Manchester United with a third of the season gone.And according to sources, Bould ripped into the club’s under-performing players during a post mortem, claiming the performance was a let-down.The 50-year-old is also said to have blasted players for not taking responsibility against Michael Laudrup’s side. It is also understood Arsenal players were given the chance to air views in front of their team-mates.Certain players are believed to have complained that the club’s busy fixture list has left them leg weary in recent weeks.Bould was promoted to Arsene Wenger’s assistant in the summer after 11 years working in the Arsenal youth set-up. He won seven major honours, including three league titles, at Highbury and made 372 appearances. With the pressure building on Wenger, his right-hand man decided it was time for some home truths.The players who complained of tiredness are likely to get a rest in Europe this week.Theo Walcott, Jack Wilshere and Lukas Podolski will not fly to Greece on Monday afternoon for the Champions League tie against Olympiacos and Santi Cazorla and Mikel Arteta could also be rested.– DailyMail0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000LONDON, England, December 3- Arsenal assistant manager Steve Bould accused the current crop of stars of letting themselves and the club down in a dressing room tirade on Saturday.The Arsenal stalwart was left seething by his side’s poor display as they slumped to an embarrassing 2-0 home defeat against Swansea.last_img read more

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Who turned Villa, one of England’s biggest clubs, into a laughing stock?

first_imgWhen Alex Ferguson took over Manchester United in 1986, Aston Villa boasted a more impressive honours list than the Red Devils.Fergie won his first league title seven years later, narrowly pipping Villa to top spot in the inaugural Premier League season.Two decades later, Ferguson retired with Villa just a speck in the rearview mirror of United, newly crowned champions yet again.While the Red Devils fortunes have declined considerably since the Scot called it a day in 2013, their position looks extremely rosy when compared with the place Villa now find themselves occupying.Rock bottom after 26 games, almost certain to be relegated for the first time since 1987 and concerned that the downward spiral that’s gripped Villa Park this decade could get even worse in the Football League.But who is to blame? Villa fans certainly have their opinions, and our friends at Copa 90 spoke to a selection of diehard Villans to canvass opinion – see what they had to say in the video above, and share your thoughts by leaving a comment below.last_img read more

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Mauricio Pochettino believes Harry Kane kept him in a job at Tottenham

first_img1 Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has a special reason to be grateful to Harry Kane as he believes the striker saved him from the sack.Pochettino was only four months into his first season as Spurs boss and his side, who had lost at home to Newcastle the previous week, were 1-0 down at Aston Villa.Pressure had begun to mount on Pochettino before a dramatic turnaround at Villa Park as Nacer Chadli equalised with six minutes left and Kane added a final flourish.The striker, brought on as a substitute, scored a deflected free-kick in added time to give Tottenham, and his coach, a pivotal victory. Pochettino sees it as a turning point.“Maybe I can find many other goals that were fantastic but for me the goals are related to emotion, in the period you are living,” Pochettino said.“For me that goal was an amazing goal because it meant for us, for everyone, the possibility to stay here today.“It’s true, the team were 14th or 13th and we were a little bit under pressure because the team were there and play well, but not win games. “Always in football, when you don’t get good results, the first to be sacked is the manager. That is why that goal allowed us to carry on working and try to change the club.”Kane will be looking to continue his rich vein of form against Swansea on Saturday after his double against Borussia Dortmund in midweek took his tally to six goals in four matches for club and country.After breaking the 100-mark for Spurs last weekend, the England forward also now has four goals in four in the Champions League.But while his record puts him in the same bracket as some of the world’s deadliest finishers, the closest Kane has come to lifting a major trophy was a League Cup runners-up medal in 2015.Former Manchester United and Everton midfielder Phil Neville told BBC Radio 5 live this week that Kane may have to leave Tottenham to be rated a “world-class player”. Pochettino disagrees.“I think it is two different things,” Pochettino said. “If you see different players and big players, it depends on the team, on the possibility to play in different leagues and countries.“There are many factors. It is no doubt Harry Kane is one of the best strikers. He does not need titles to show he is one of the best strikers.“It is true all players try to score, to win and of course to win titles, that is the aim of everyone, but for me so far Harry Kane is showing he is one of the best strikers in the world.” The 24-year-old has become a key player for Spurs and England last_img read more

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Minimum wage going up in deal

first_imgSACRAMENTO – California’s minimum wage will increase by $1.25 an hour over the next two years under a deal struck Monday between Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and legislative leaders. The agreement ends, at least temporarily, a stalemate between the governor and Democratic lawmakers and clears a political hurdle for Schwarzenegger as he seeks re-election. Both sides agreed a raise for the lowest-income workers was necessary but differed over whether it should be accompanied by automatic annual increases. The governor has vetoed two previous attempts to raise California’s minimum wage, which is far higher than the federal rate of $5.15 an hour but lags the rates in several other states. Schwarzenegger described the compromise as a “common sense” solution that would lead to a higher wage for working Californians without hurting the economy. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREFrumpy Middle-aged Mom: My realistic 2020 New Year’s resolutions. Some involve doughnuts.“I have always said that when the economy was ready, we should reward the efforts of California’s hard-working families by raising our minimum wage,” Schwarzenegger said in a statement. “This is another sign California is coming back stronger than ever.” Schwarzenegger had sought a $1-an-hour raise over two years, but agreed during negotiations to boost the wage from $6.75 to $8 an hour after Democrats dropped their demand for annual increases to keep up with inflation. “We asked ourselves the practical question that anyone of sound mind would ask: Would poor people prefer a $1.25 raise, or a bill that has everything they want but it never materializes?” Assembly Speaker Fabian Nuñez, D-Los Angeles, told The Associated Press in a telephone interview late Monday. If the agreement is approved by the Legislature and signed into law, the minimum wage would increase by 75 cents in January and 50 cents in January 2008. The California Chamber of Commerce, which has opposed both the governor’s and the Legislature’s proposals to increase the minimum wage, credited Schwarzenegger for “standing firm” against tying the minimum wage to inflation. “Raising the minimum wage is one thing, but locking in automatic increases year-after-year, regardless of the condition of the economy or the health of a business, is another entirely,” said Vince Sollitto, spokesman for the California Chamber of Commerce. Sollitto said the chamber remained opposed to any wage increase. Senate Republican leader Dick Ackerman said Republicans would not support the wage hike. “We think any time you raise the minimum wage, it’s going to be a drag on business,” said Ackerman, R-Fullerton. George Patel, who employs eight workers at a Subway sandwich franchise three blocks from the state Capitol, said the boost in the minimum wage could force him to lay off some workers. “As the owner, I’m not very happy about it,” he said. “Right now, I could not afford an extra $1.25; I would have to do layoffs. Over two years, maybe I could afford it. But I would be looking to increase productivity.” In 2004, Schwarzenegger vetoed a bill that would have increased the minimum wage by $1 over two years. He also vetoed a bill last year increasing the minimum wage to $1 and tying future increases to inflation. Art Pulaski, chief executive officer of the California Labor Federation, described the latest deal as a modest increase and pledged to push for indexing next year. “Clearly, the governor waited until three months before his election,” Pulaski said. “He’s using minimum wage as a political football.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Online registration for North West 10K Charity Run/Walk in Letterkenny now open

first_imgThere are only three weeks to go until the Charity North West 10k Run and Walk in Letterkenny. The organizing committee is asking runners and walkers to register online now at www.northwest10k.com for the charity event, which takes place on Sunday the 30th of April.The two benefiting charities this year are the Donegal Sexual Abuse and Rape Crisis Centre, and the Family and Friends of Abbey Village in Kilmacrennan. Support these two very worthy causes by taking sponsorship cards, which are available from committee members, the two charities and at Letterkenny Chamber, Grand Central Complex Canal Road, Letterkenny.The entry fee is €15 for runners, €10 for walkers, and €15 for walkers with chip timing.Under 18s are not permitted to enter 10k races as runners.For more information you can telephone the Chamber on 91 24866. Online registration for North West 10K Charity Run/Walk in Letterkenny now open was last modified: April 9th, 2017 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:charityCharity North West 10k Run and Walkletterkennylast_img read more

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Chef Dimitar closing kitchen to enjoy retirement

first_imgA popular local chef is getting ready to close his kitchen after 31 years to catch up on some much-needed sleep and sample some fine cuisine while travelling the world.Chef Dimitar Ljomov will prepare his last meals in Chef Dimitar’s Kitchen on St. Clair Street in Chatham on May 31.He first opened Thames Bistro in Chatham with business partner Marco Darkulovic, who owns Casa Bella. Later, Ljomov branched out on his own, opening Chef Dimitar’s European Cuisine in downtown Chatham, then the Chef’s Table and finally Chef Dimitar’s Kitchen.“It’s the people, the friends, the customers that kept me so long in this,” said Ljomov, who calls Chatham a beautiful city with beautiful people and a great place to raise a family.He is also fond of the region.“Being in Southwestern Ontario, when it comes to produce or any ingredients for a chef, it’s like a paradise.”Aside from enjoying the day-to-day interaction with customers, Ljomov has fond memories of the various fundraising functions he’s been a part of over the years.“Those are very rewarding moments of my career.”Chatham-Kent Mayor Darrin Canniff, a faithful customer of Chef Dimitar over the years, dropped by to deliver a certificate of congratulations.“Chef Dimitar is not only a great chef, he has been a great supporter of many causes in the community,” Canniff said.Like any good Macedonian boy, Ljomov credits his mother Luba for what he achieved.“I took my inspiration from my mother’s cooking,” he said.He praised her skill in cooking Mediterranean cuisine, saying she was a “magician” in the kitchen with how she could take something from the garden and create a delicious meal that was also beautifully presented.“Whatever is seasonal, very little meat, but lots of good vegetables and fruits.”When asked about his retirement plans, Ljomov said, “Of course, catch up on my sleep.”He also plans to travel.“Working long hours and on weekends, it’s time travel a little and see the rest of the world and how they live,” Ljomov said, adding this will definitely include enjoying the cuisine.The chef admits he can be a critic at times when sampling the fare of others, joking his wife sometimes has to kick him under the table if he goes a little too far.eshreve@postmedia.comlast_img read more

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