first_imgRegardless, this all coincides with the NBA naming Clarkson the Western Conference player of the month, an honor that makes him the first Lakers player to be honored with the award since it was first presented in 1981-82. Not even Magic Johnson or James Worthy collected that award, though their NBA championships and Hall of Fame inductions made up for that.“It’s great,” Lakers coach Byron Scott said. “It shows the progress he has made and what hard work he’s put into it.”Granted, not everything was easy for Clarkson. He still had the unenviable task of defending Blazers guard Damian Lillard, who posted 20 points on 8-of-15 shooting. But Scott noted that Clarkson “looks forward to the challenge.”Clarkson’s play could not camouflage the Lakers’ other struggles.They went 31 of 82 from the field, including poor nights from Carlos Boozer (0-for-4 shooting) and Jeremey Lin (four points on a 1-of-9 clip). Portland also featured four other players in double figures, including CJ McCollum (27 points), Arron Afflalo (17 points), LaMarcus Aldridge (14 points) and Robin Lopez (10 points). A turning point in the Lakers’ history usually coincides with popped champagne bottles.The Lakers remain far away from that happening. But two distinctive and dueling narratives took place in the Lakers’ 107-77 loss to the Portland Trail Blazers on Friday at Staples Center that symbolizes their ugly present and a possibly hopeful future.The end result ensured the Lakers (20-55) tying last year’s loss total that marked the team’s worst record in L.A. franchise history. Assuming the Lakers do not go undefeated for their seven remaining games, they could also finish with a worse winning percentage than Minneapolis Lakers in 1957-58 (19-53) and 1959-60.Yet, the game also represented yet another moment of growth for Lakers rookie guard Jordan Clarkson, who had a team-leading 28 points on 12-of-20 shooting, seven rebounds and five assists. All of which represented how Scott’s quest to revamp the Lakers’ defense still remains a work in progress.“Defense is always a mind-set,” Scott said, “It helps if you have some physical talent and you’re athletic, quick and fast. But it’s still a mind-set.”As for Clarkson’s mind-set, Scott has liked several qualities. He raved about the 22-year-old’s confidence, including hitting a pull-up jumper just before the third quarter ended. Scott praised Clarkson for tempering his speed. Scott also complimented Clarkson’s work ethic, the 46th pick in last year’s draft still showing interest in developing his game despite a minimal role until Kobe Bryant’s season-ending right shoulder injury in late January.Through 15 games in March, Clarkson averaged a team-leading 15.8 points on 45.2 percent shooting, 5.2 assists and 4.8 rebounds. He secured wins last week in Minnesota (free throws) and Philadelphia (layup). Clarkson also notched a career-high 30 points last week against Oklahoma City.“If everybody is healthy, he probably doesn’t play as much,” Scott said of Clarkson. “But it’s a good thing for him he was prepared and ready. He showed he deserves to play, and has played extremely well.”center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

first_imgFacebook91Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Washington State Department of Veterans AffairsOn November 11, 2018 the world and Washington State will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Armistice that ended the fighting in World War I at 11:00 a.m., November 11, 1918 — the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month.The Thurston County Veterans Council (TCVC) and Washington Department of Veterans Affairs will host an Armistice (Veterans) Day and World War I Centennial event in the Rotunda of the Capitol Building in Olympia starting at 10:30 a.m. on November 11, 2018.Washington State will also join the world to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Armistice with a tolling of the Bells of Peace at 11:00 a.m.  The tolling of a bell is a traditional expression of honor and remembrance of those who served in World War I on Armistice Day.  A Bells of Peace mobile application is also available via Itunes and the Google Play Store.The event will feature guest speakers Governor Jay Inslee, Congressman Denny Heck and Major General Willard Burleson, the Commander of the 7th Infantry Division on Joint Base Lewis-McChord.World War I history tables will be set up by the Washington State Historical Society, Friends of Kilroy (military history group), the Fort Lewis Museum and others during the event.  Various military vehicles will also be on display for the public.Washington State is home to more than 593,000 veterans, 60,000 active duty military, 19,000 National Guard and Reserves and their families.There are many events taking place across the state and the Washington Department of Veterans Affairs asked organizations to provide event information which is shared in a list at Governor Inslee Proclamations can also be found at this link.Media interested in attending must contact Washington Department of Veterans Affairs Communications Department at [email protected] For more information on the World War I Centennial and for a list of monuments across the state, please visit see other Veterans Day Events and Celebrations happening statewide visit : and read more

first_imgA Letterkenny family are celebrating after a father gave his son a €1m winning lotto ticket.Odhran Doherty, who is just 23 years old, was given the lucky ticket by his dad Liam last weekend.The pair are very close and work together on the family farm at The Glebe, Letterkenny. The family never thought their numbers would come up but Odhran was left speechless on Saturday evening when he checked the numbers on the ticket and realised he was the only winner.Dad Liam revealed how he had bought three lottery tickets in the shop, one each for himself and wife Margaret and one for Odhran.Odhran was going to a party in the local Dry Arch bar at Bonagee that evening and called into the adjoining shop to check his ticket.Speaking exclusively to Donegal Daily dad Liam revealed “He rang me and said the ticket had said he was a winner. He checked with the guy in the shop but they said it was too big for them to tell him how much he had won. “He told me I had better come out. I thought it was an early April’s Fool joke or something. When I got out to him he came out of the party with his hands above his head and said he was a millionaire.“I took the ticket off him for safe-keeping and we realised later there was only one winner of the one million euro.”Mum Margaret says the family have been on a high since learning they won the jackpot.“He simply couldn’t believe it at first but it soon sunk in and he was just so delighted. I have a pain in my neck from all the hugs he has given me.“He’s a lovely big young fella and this will set him up now for life. We’re just so delighted for him,” said Margaret. Odhran is the youngest of three siblings.Eldest brother Shane is a pharmacist and has his own pharmacy in Manchester while sister Lana is a solicitor with a practice in Gorey, Co Wexford.Having put the ticket in a safe place Odhran decided he would call in on Barclay’s shop in Raphoe where dad Liam had bought the lotto ticket.Odhran spoke with owner James Barclay and asked him if he knew who the owner of the winning lotto ticket was. Mr Bartley replied he had heard some rumours but didn’t know who exactly had won the €1 million.Margaret added “That’s when Odhran stuck out his hand and told James Bartley that he was speaking with the winner. It sounds so funny but that would be Odhran alright.”A former pupil of Woodlands National School and St Eunans College in Letterkenny, Odhran is big into farm machinery and a new vehicle could well be on the cards with his new-found wealth.Mum Margaret added “We won’t let it go to his head. We’ll sit down as a family and we have two solicitors in the family so he won’t be short on advice.”The small border town of Raphoe in Co. Donegal has claimed its third big National Lottery win of the year, with a local shop selling last night’s Lotto Plus 1 winning ticket worth a massive €1 million!Barclay’s Newsagents in the Diamond, Raphoe, is certainly on a winning streak.This is their second big win in recent weeks.The sold a EuroMillions Plus winning ticket landing local man Charlie Meehan €500,000 in February.And in an incredible run of luck the Centra Store in Raphoe sold the winning Match 5 Plus Bonus winning ticket from the Lotto Draw on Feb 28th – nabbing that ticket holder a cool €98,068.Odhran’s one million euro winning numbers were: 8, 11, 16, 18, 20, 46 and bonus number 40.Breaking: Letterkenny family celebrate as father gives son €1M lotto ticket was last modified: April 3rd, 2019 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:donegallotto winnerOdhran DohertyRaphoelast_img read more

first_imgThe Humboldt Eagles 19-U, fresh off an undefeated run in league play, will depart for Woodland Thursday in search of an Area One Tournament championship and a ticket to the American Legion State Tournament.Close behind them on the 101 will be the club’s younger counterparts, the Humboldt Eagles 17-U, as well as the Northern Humboldt Giants 17-U as both teams will travel to Yountville to compete in the American Legion 17-U State Tournament which begins Friday.High-flying Eagles prepare for …last_img read more

first_imgThe Sandton CBD will be closed to cars during the month-long EcoMobility World Festival over October. Instead, people will be encouraged to use public transport, cycle and walk. Johannesburg hopes they will see the benefits of going car-free and that there will be a permanent shift. This image is a rendering of the Garden Court precinct in Sandton and how it would look like if people used less motorised means of transportation. (Image: EcoMobility Festival) • Active citizenship in South Africa at a healthy level • Research backs up South Africa’s good story • Africans abroad keen to return – Homecoming Revolution report • What African universities can do to attract academics back from the diaspora • The Conversation goes live in Africa Ray MaotaSouth Africa has a vision for its future known as the National Development Plan (NDP) or Vision 2030. To support national growth and development targets, Johannesburg, as the economic hub of the country, has developed its Growth and Development Strategy (GDS) 2040.With the start of the EcoMobility World Festival on 1 October in Sandton, the north-eastern business hub of Johannesburg, both Vision 2030 and the GDS come together. The festival runs from 1 October to 30 October 2015.The EcoMobility World Festival will enable residents and visitors to experience a car-free precinct of the future. A core area of the Sandton CBD will be closed to regular traffic for the duration of the festival. A comprehensive traffic management plan is in place to minimise the temporary impact of disruptions and to keep the public informed about alternative arrangements.One of the aims of the EcoMobility World Festival is to showcase transport system where public transport, walking and cycling are the modes of choice.This links with Johannesburg’s GDS 2040, which envisions the metro as a smart city. A smart city is an environmentally friendly city created out of a combination of concepts and technologies. These include the enhancement of energy efficiency, and water and waste management, coupled with the conservation of resources.Nationally, South Africa has made bold commitments to reduce its carbon emissions, a major cause of climate change. The government has determined to reduce 2009 emissions levels by 34% by 2020, and 42% by 2025. The NDP acknowledges that this will require a move away from the country’s current dependence on fossil fuels, towards a more sustainable development path.“The festival will demonstrate to the world that an eco-mobile future is possible and that public transport, walking and cycling can be accessible, safe and attractive,” said Johannesburg Executive Mayor Mpho Parks Tau.“We want to close off certain streets in Sandton, our second largest CBD, to car traffic and instead use these lanes for public transport, walking, cycling and other forms of eco-mobility during the entire Transport Month.”The Sandton CBD faced levels of congestion that, in the city’s opinion, were unacceptable, Tau added. Unless there was an intervention, Sandton would turn into a parking lot, as had been projected by studies done by Joburg.“Per capita, Johannesburg is the highest emitter on the African continent of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. We’ve made a commitment with our international partners and governments around the world to ensure that we reduce greenhouse gas emissions,” he said.Migrate to public transportLisa Seftel, Joburg’s executive director of transport, said October had been set aside to migrate Sandton motorists to public transport. The city aims to get 30% of drivers to use public transport.Statistics hold that more than 85 000 cars carrying about 120 000 people move around the precinct during peak traffic times every day – 70% of these are private cars. “Eco-mobility is really about eco-friendly ways of travelling, which we in the city regard as walking, cycling, and using public transport so that there are low emissions and we’re able to reduce congestion,” Seftel told business news website BizNews.“One of the important objectives of the executive mayor and why he really wanted the EcoMobility Festival to be in Sandton is because we also need to decongest Sandton.”People were being given a chance to experience public transport, walking, and cycling, Seftel added. The city hoped they would see its benefits and there would be a permanent shift.During the festival, the city is providing alternative modes of transport to Sandton.An eco-mobile city:Aims to reduce the need for motorised mobility;Ensures that transport facilities and areas are accessible to all its users;Ensures that an appropriate variety of modes of transport are available for all its users;Encourages travellers to walk, bicycle, and take public transport;Continually aims to encourage the reduction of resources use for travel; and,Continually aims to improve its performance in planning and delivering eco-mobility.The festival is taking place during October Transport Month, an annual national initiative. Its core focus is infrastructure for the different modes of transport, including public and non-motorised transport. This year, under the theme “Together we move South Africa forward”, the emphasis will extend to job creation, programmes for youth and women, and road safety.Minister Jeff Radebe, the minister in the Presidency responsible for planning, monitoring and evaluation, said October Transport Month was also an opportunity to increase road safety awareness.last_img read more

first_imgBarbadian singer Rihanna is using her clout as a world famous pop star to support education in Malawi. Through her charity she is donating much-needed bicycles and financial support to learners to help them stay in school. The initiative follows her recent visit to Malawi.Barbadian pop singer Rihanna with an Ofo bicycle. The world famous pop star is donating bikes to Malawian schoolgirls over the next five years through her charity, the Clara Lionel Foundation. (Image: Clara Lionel Foundation)CD AndersonThe five-year bike programme is part of a partnership between Rihanna’s Clara Lionel Foundation and the Global Partnership for Education (GPE). Chinese bicycle manufacturer Ofo is making and delivering the bikes to Malawi for free.The foundation, started by Rihanna in 2012 as a tribute to her grandparents, who taught her the importance of education, is dedicated “to improving the quality of life for communities globally in the areas of health, education, arts and culture”.It has already helped to build medical facilities in Barbados, as well as sponsored scholarships for underprivileged young women in the US, Brazil, Cuba and Haiti. It also helps to finance and support artisan fashion manufacturing in Haiti.In February 2017, Rihanna was named Humanitarian of the Year by the Harvard University Foundation for her organisation’s charity work.Following a visit to Malawi in June 2017, where she met local NGOs and educators, Rihanna started the 1 KM Action Campaign, which will donate bicycles to Malawian schoolgirls.“[The initiative] will be solely dedicated to helping the young girls of Malawi get to school safely, cutting down those very long walks they make to and from school all alone,” the singer said in announcing the programme.Her foundation has delivered the first batch of 100 bikes to the community, and will continue to sponsor delivery of more than 3,000 bicycles over the next five years.As simple as the idea of a bicycle that enables a child to get to school is, says the GPE, the contribution will go a long way towards helping to solve some of the regional transport challenges contributing to Malawi’s high drop-out rates. Although 4.6 million children attend primary school in Malawi, only 8% reach and complete secondary education. The drop-out rate is higher for girls, for a variety of reasons, but transport is the primary stumbling block.Barbadian pop singer Rihanna is donating bikes to Malawian schoolgirls over the next five years through her charity, the Clara Lionel Foundation. Rihanna visited the country in June 2017. (Image: Clara Lionel Foundation)During her visit to Malawi to finalise the programme, Rihanna said: “It’s such a pity that they have to drop out, because they are so smart. It’s sad that has to end for some of them, because they could probably do so much if they had the resources to continue and complete [their schooling].”In addition to the bikes, the girls involved in the initiative will benefit from the Clara Lionel Foundation scholarship programme, which sponsors university studies for young women. Speaking to USA Today about her involvement in education, Rihanna said that “to be able to give the gift of an education is actually an honour. Higher education will help to provide perspective, opportunities and learning to a group of kids who really deserve it. I am thrilled to be able to do this.”Watch a short documentary about Rihanna’s visit to Malawi and the 1 KM Action CampaignCheck out the Clara Lionel Foundation and GPE websites to see more of the organisations’ work.Source: OkayAfrica, Clara Lionel Foundation, Global Partnership for EducationWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Ohio Department of Agriculture will soon begin aerial treatments designed to control the gypsy moth population in Ohio.  Treatments on 1,308 acres in Licking County will begin in late April or early May, as larva and leaf development reaches the optimal threshold for treatment.Treatments are administered using a low-flying aircraft that flies just above tree tops. High humidity, low temperature and minimal wind are crucial for a successful application. Treatment will most likely take place during early morning hours.The department will use Foray (Btk), a naturally occurring bacterium found in the soil that interferes with the caterpillars’ feeding cycles. These treatments are not toxic to humans, pets, birds or fish.Ohioans can view maps of treatment blocks at Daily updates on treatment progress across the state are available on the website or by calling 614-387-0907 or 1-800-282-1955, ext. 37, any time after 5 p.m.Gypsy moths are invasive insects that defoliate over 300 species of trees and shrubs. In its caterpillar stage, the moth feeds on the leaves of trees and shrubs and is especially fond of oak. A healthy tree can usually withstand only two years of defoliation before it is permanently damaged or dies. In Ohio, 51 counties are currently under gypsy moth quarantine regulations.The department uses three programs to manage the gypsy moth population in Ohio. The suppression program is used in counties where the pest is already established, but landowners voluntarily request treatment to help suppress populations. The second program, slow-the-spread, occurs in counties in front of the larger, advancing gypsy moth population. The third program is the eradication program, used in counties where isolated populations develop ahead of advancing moth populations due to human movement of the moth. Officials work to detect and control isolated populations to slow the overall advancement of the gypsy moth infestation.For more information about the gypsy moth or for specific treatment locations, visit read more

first_imgKris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 “I think our confidence kind of went down,” said Baldwin after a 80-67 loss to the Tamaraws Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.“I hate to see that because with young kids you don’t ever want to see their confidence erode a little bit.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAteneo shot 26-of-71 from the field good for 37 percent and nearly half of those attempts were 3-pointers.The Blue Eagles chucked up 32 attempts from long distance and made just 10, but what made things difficult for the top seed were missing open shots. “Can’t really tell you how, we just shot the ball badly,” said Baldwin, whose team went 3-of-10 in uncontested shots. “I thought we executed well in the first half.”And as Ateneo failed to find the bottom of the net on a consistent basis, the Tamaraws had a field day.FEU shot 31-of-63 from the field for 49 percentand converted 8-of-19 from deep.The Tamaraws also went 28-of-60, 47 percent, on their contested shots.“The big issue was our defense, FEU’s confidence was really great,” said Baldwin. “Almost all of their shots were contested and I don’t think our contests had any sort of vigor to them.”ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAteneo rarely saw its shots fall against Far Eastern University in their Final Four of the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament.What did go down was, as head coach Tab Baldwin said, the team’s collective confidence.ADVERTISEMENT “Our defense seemed to lack the last 10 percent of effort that it needs to have an impact on a good offensive team and tonight FEU was a good offensive team.center_img For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA MOST READ Ex-Blue Eagles Tolentino, Cani star for FEU in Final Four Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Archers, Eagles favorites to win UAAP Season 80 PLAY LIST 02:36Archers, Eagles favorites to win UAAP Season 8003:16UAAP Season 80 Preview: Ateneo Blue Eagles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games View commentslast_img read more

first_imgDiego Costa is the first Chelsea player in 86 years to score in his first four gamesDiego Costa scored a hat trick as Chelsea opened an early gap atop the Premier League standings with a 4-2 win over Swansea, ending the visitors’ perfect start to the season.Costa made sure Chelsea recovered from John Terry’s early own goal as the Brazil-born Spain forward continued his stellar scoring form by making it seven goals in four league games since joining from Atletico Madrid in the offseason.He headed in an equalizer just before halftime and then added two more after the break before being substituted for another new signing in Loic Remy. The French forward added the fourth on his debut before Jonjo Shelvey pulled a late goal back for Swansea.Chelsea has a maximum 12 points from four games to sit three points above second-place Swansea. More importantly, it’s already five points ahead of Manchester City and six above Arsenal after two of its main title rivals drew 2-2 on Saturday.Chelsea plays City next weekend after midweek Champions League games for both sides.Costa started despite missing Spain’s European Championship qualifier with a hamstring injury, but it was Swansea that had the better start.Wayne Routledge volleyed wide and then dispossessed Nemanja Matic in a challenge to start the move which led to the opening goal.Ki Sung-yeung fed left-back Neil Taylor, whose cross was turned into the net by Terry.But Costa leveled when he met Cesc Fabregas’ corner with a low, firm header in the 45th. His second came in the 56th after another assist by Fabregas, who laid the ball back for Costa to finish clinically.advertisementBafetimbi Gomis had a chance to level but was unable to lift the ball over the onrushing Thibaut Courtois, who had a quiet second half in the Chelsea goal.Courtois watched from afar as Costa struck once more. Ramires scuffed his shot into the path of the striker, who pounced to complete his hat trick.?Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich smiled widely and joined in the applause as Costa departed after 72 minutes for Remy to make his debut.Remy, signed after Fernando Torres was sent on loan to AC Milan, quickly made his mark, tucking in Oscar’s pass.Shelvey pulled a goal back with four minutes to play after substitute Wilfried Bony’s incisive pass.last_img read more

first_imgJoe Root, who became the first England skipper to lose home Test against West Indies in 17 years, has admitted that he did not regret his decision to declare second innings on the fourth evening, despite the defeat.Chasing a target of 322 runs after England declared their second innings at 490/8, West Indies rode on the brilliant innings of Shai Hope (120*) and Kraigg Brathwaite (95) to register a stunning five-wicket victory over England.However, Root said that he would continue to take positive options in pursuit of victory in future.”In hindsight, it’s easy to say the declaration might not have been timed right, but I thought last night it was a positive thing to do. We’re a side that wants to go out there and win Test matches. We got ourselves in a position where we can do that – but credit to the West Indies, they played really well today. They made it difficult to get on top of them, create much pressure against them,” ESPNcricinfo quoted Root, as saying.Root also defended his aggressive field placing during much of the final day, when he kept his slips in place as West Indies closed in on the target.”I thought the best chance of slowing things down was to take wickets. As the game progressed, wickets were the best way of us getting the result. It would have been very easy to try and go 7/2 and go at two an over but I wanted to take the positive option and put them under pressure by taking wickets,” he added.advertisementReuters PhotoThe England skipper trusted his senior attack of James Anderson and Stuart Broad, who bowled more than half of the overs, while Ben Stokes was not introduced until the 48th over and only bowled five overs.After losing just two wickets, Hope and Brathwaite went on to share an invaluable 144-run stand for the third wicket, which will certainly go in the history books as one of the most memorable partnerships of all times.And Root admitted he might have done differently a second time around. He also accepted he could have bowled Stokes more than his five overs on the final day.”Last night, we were in a position where we could win the game, it was a fifth-day wicket and maybe we slightly misread the surface. Looking at two guys who’ve taken nearly 900 Test wickets between them, and the other bowlers we have available, on a fifth-day pitch, I thought we had a great opportunity to win the game,” he said of Broad and Anderson.Root insisted that although there is need to take risk in Test cricket, they would try their best to put up better performances in the upcoming matches.”You’ve got to take your chances in Test cricket. When you get to this level, if you give guys chances, they generally go on and hurt you. It’s been a strange Test match, there’s been so many catches go down. It’s not always the easiest viewing ground . But we have to be better,” he added.With the win, West Indies levelled the three-match series 1-1. The final match will now be played at the iconic Lord’s from September 7.last_img read more