Behind Kyle Kuzma’s heroics, Lakers top Thunder in OT without LeBron

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. The Lakers outscored the Thunder 16-6 in the extra period.Paul George scored 27 points and Terrance Ferguson added 21 for Oklahoma City. Russell Westbrook had 26 points, 13 assists and nine rebounds for the Thunder, but he shot just 7 of 30.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsThe Thunder lost despite making a franchise-record 21 3-pointers and leading by 17 in the first half. They have dropped five of six.Westbrook missed two layups in the final minute, but he was fouled on a 3-pointer with 2.9 seconds remaining and the Lakers up 122-119. Westbrook, a 64 percent free throw shooter, made all three foul shots to tie the score at 122. Kuzma missed a 3 at the buzzer, and the game went to overtime. Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Oklahoma City Thunder forward Paul George, right, reaches for the ball held by Los Angeles Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma (0) during overtime of an NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City, Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)OKLAHOMA CITY— Kyle Kuzma scored 32 points to help the Los Angeles Lakers beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 138-128 in overtime Thursday night without injured LeBron James.The four-time MVP missed his 12th straight game with a left groin strain, but the Lakers still pulled off a solid road win. Ivica Zubac scored a career-high 26 points and Lonzo Ball added 18 for the Lakers, who improved to 5-7 without their star.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Pascal Siakam’s game winner lifts Raptors past Suns TIP-INSLakers: G Rajon Rondo missed his 11th straight game since having surgery on his ring finger. … F Michael Beasley tried to check into the game in the first quarter while wearing practice shorts. … The Lakers made their first 11 free throws. … Brandon Ingram had a career-high 11 assists.Thunder: Backup center Nerlens Noel returned after sitting out four games while in concussion protocol. … G Alex Abrines has missed the past eight games for personal reasons. … Ferguson shot 5 of 6 on 3-pointers in the first half. … Raymond Felton was called for a technical foul in overtime while on the bench.UP NEXTLakers: At the Houston Rockets on Saturday.ADVERTISEMENT Thunder: At the Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday. 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 awardcenter_img View comments Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazillast_img read more

National Museum to Reopen in a Month

first_imgAssistant Minister for Culture at the Ministry of Information, Cultural Affairs and Tourism, Joyce KenkpenThe ongoing renovation work at the nation’s only museum which started four months ago, at a cost of US$400,000, is nearing completion.The roof of the building, which used to leak so badly that several artifacts were damaged, has been changed, along with the broken wall running parallel to Buchanan Street.The second and third tiers of the museum, which contained art galleries showcasing Liberian works of art, were badly damaged. They have now been transformed into modern structures.In addition, the lack of electricity and pipe-borne water that hampered the smooth operation of the museum for years has been resolved.Erected in 1862, and once housing the House of Legislature and Supreme Court of Liberia, the museum was under minor repairs a few years ago. But the current ‘full scale renovation’ is the first of its kind after the country’s 14-year civil war.The 154-year old building is a national heritage structure standing at the corner of Broad and Buchanan Streets. It is one of the few remaining landmark structures that represent Liberia during ‘normal days,’ as well as possessing important historical and cultural artifacts good for education and research.The work on the museum, according to the Assistant Minister for Culture at the Ministry of Information Cultural Affairs and Tourism, Joyce Kenkpen, is 95 percent complete, and will be dedicated a month from now.The Minister added that although the renovation work on the museum is long overdue, it is ‘a dream come true’ for the government and a fulfillment of a promise to promote and maintain Liberia’s culture.“I agreed that this is a belated undertaking, but it is better late than never. At least, at the end of the day, our promise was fulfilled,” Min. Joyce said.Speaking on other cultural projects across the country, the Minister explained that renovation work on the Ben Town Cultural Village, which was put on hold due to irregularities in the procurement process, will soon begin.“Right now, we are seeking a contractor to begin the fencing of the land to stop people encroaching on it, which will be followed by the construction phase.“I understand that there is an urgent need for cultural villages across the country which will help to stop the fast decaying of culture, but this cannot be done in a hurry. We have to take our time in order to get the needed result,” she added.On Beh Sao, the nation’s only remaining cultural village that is still in ruins, Min. Kenkpen did not say when the project will actually start, but added that it would be “very soon.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Students capture images of lives

first_imgPALMDALE – Equipped with digital cameras from a state grant, Golden Poppy School eighth-graders took photos chronicling their lives before, during and after school. Nine of their photos accompany similar images from teenagers around the United States in a new book called “My So-Called Digital Life: 2,000 Teenagers, 300 Cameras, and 30 Days to Document Their World.” Golden Poppy School, a 2-year-old kindergarten-through-eighth grade school in the Palmdale School District, was one of 30 schools in the state to receive the grant in the 2004-05 school year. “It was a good project. I think that they did a lot of collaboration with one another, learned to use digital cameras and edit on the computer. There was writing practice with the journaling,” Principal Dawn Conry said. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals “What ended up happening, being such a new school, we didn’t have much equipment of our own, so they ended up being our school photographers. They got to be big brother ambassadors. They knew how to work the cameras, and their class was in charge of them,” Conry said. The project was organized by a school administrator in the Covina-Valley Unified School District, Bob Pletka, who is the technology director there. As part of the project, some students were bused to schools in different parts of the state, including inner cities, rural and suburban areas, according to an review. “This complex project tracks the students as they take on issues of identity, education, alienation, safety, technology, family, work and friendship,” the review said. Golden Poppy eighth-grade teacher Fred Jaramillo applied for the grant and got eight cameras and a digital printer. His class of about 30 students split up into teams and each student got to have a camera for a day, and one child got to take it home on the weekends. They were assigned to take pictures before, during and after school, Jaramillo said. “We had a whole class session on how to take pictures, how to set up shots. They were given examples,” Jaramillo said. They talked about the “rule of three,” where “you split the screen into sections of three, like a tick-tack-toe board. You want to get the subject in one of the right or left columns,” Jaramillo said. The students wrote captions for the pictures and documented in writing their experiences. “The main thing our kids got out of it was a lot of practice in writing. It was purposeful writing. They had a goal and they knew they were accomplishing a task,” Jaramillo said. “This was something really authentic and they were going to get published. It really sharpened their writing skills as a result of that. It was really motivating.” Out of a dozen pictures submitted, nine were published in the book. Many of them were candid shots showing students walking to school, students playing basketball, someone holding a computer keyboard. Conry said the project kept the students motivated and on their best behavior. “(Jaramillo) explained it was privilege for them to be able to do it,” Conry said. Karen Maeshiro, (661) 267-5744 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


first_imgA man viciously attacked two Gardai after they tried to get him a taxi home.Letterkenny Court.Andrejz Siwecki of Hazelbrook Crescent in Letterkenny was so drunk on November 30th last that he could barely stand. Letterkenny District Court heard how Gardai were trying to help Siwecki at Lower Main Street when he turned around and attacked them.He head butted the first Garda and then kicked the second Garda in the legs.He was eventually arrested and taken to Letterkenny Garda station.The Gardai received several injuries including soft tissue injury ton the face.The accused was charged with two counts of assault, intoxication and using threatening and abusive language.The court heard the 26 year old had three previous convictions including intoxication, using threatening and abusive language and failing to comply with Gardai.Solicitor Patsy Gallagher said his client had little or no recollection of the incident but accepted form Gardai that it happened.He said he had worked up until a year ago and that he was out celebrating Saint’s Day which was a custom in his country.Judge Paul Kelly put the case back until May 18th for a community service report.MAN ASSAULTED TWO GARDAI AFTER REFUSING TAXI HOME was last modified: March 17th, 2015 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)last_img read more

Live updates: 49ers beat Packers 37-8 to improve to 10-1

first_imgGAME ESSENTIALS: 49ers (9-1) vs. Packers (8-2) at Levi’s Stadium on Sunday at 5:20 p.m. (PT).TV: NBC-TV (Ch. 3), Al Michaels (play-by-play), Cris Collinsworth (analyst), Michele Tafoya (reporter).ODDS: 49ers -3. OVER/UNDER: 47.5. SERIES: Packers lead all-time series 36-30-1. LAST MEETING: Packers won 33-30-1 in Green Bay on Oct. 15, 2018.W … Follow along Sunday night for in-game insights and analysis when the 49ers face the Green Bay Packers in a battle for NFC supremacy.last_img

Doubts About Dates and Climate

first_imgNew findings cast doubt on scientists’ ability to be certain about their consensus views.Radiometric DatingPaper spotlights key flaw in widely used radioisotope dating technique (North Carolina State University). Physicists just noticed a factor not included in common radiometric dating techniques: differential mass diffusion. This means that different isotopes of parent or daughter elements can diffuse out of rocks at different rates.An oversight in a radioisotope dating technique used to date everything from meteorites to geologic samples means that scientists have likely overestimated the age of many samples, according to new research from North Carolina State University.The problem does not apply to radiocarbon dating, but only to radioisotopes that give long ages in the millions of years, such as rubidium-strontium. The researchers also believe that corrections can be made to make published dates more accurate. But the press release reveals something suspect: scientists usually see scatter in the dates, so they tweak the data according to an arbitrary standard:The data from radioisotope analysis tends to be somewhat scattered. So, researchers “normalize” the data by making a ratio with strontium-86, which is stable – meaning it doesn’t decay over time.The wrinkle, however, is that ratios will change if the other isotopes are moving around. In fact, strontium-86 is more likely to diffuse out, because it’s smaller. This can lead to date inflation. Michael Irving at The New Atlas quotes one of the researchers: “If we don’t account for differential mass diffusion, we really have no idea how accurate a radioisotope date actually is.”Climate ModelsQuestioning the consensus on man-caused climate change is one of the quickest ways to be labeled ‘anti-science’ in these times. So we dare not rely on any ‘global warming deniers’ here. We’ll look just at some recent news. Do the IPCC’s models take these factors into account?Vast peatlands found in the Congo Basin (Nature). How could anything on earth escape discovery after decades of satellite imaging and monitoring? Yes this article states, “The discovery of what is potentially the world’s largest continuous tropical peat complex has great implications for global carbon stocks, land management and scientific investment in central Africa.” Peatlands are supposed to be leading reservoirs of carbon. The authors feel that any change to this area, such as reduced rainfall, could affect its ability to store carbon. But if they didn’t discover this till now, their inputs of peat into carbon models must have been off.Holocene peatland and ice-core data constraints on the timing and magnitude of CO2 emissions from past land use (PNAS). Here’s another overlooked or miscalculated factor about human effects on climate. “Timing, extent, and impacts of preindustrial agricultural expansion are uncertain, yet crucial for understanding the role of humans in the Earth’s environmental history,” four American and European researchers say. “Our analyses of the terrestrial carbon balance reveal a large nonpeatland land carbon source after the Mid-Holocene climate optimum, not explained by land use, and we find that previously suggested links between CO2 and population and land-use history are not supported.” Listen to the sound of falling assumptions.Role of terrestrial biosphere in counteracting climate change may have been underestimated (University of Birmingham). The earth may be more of a climate-regulating CO2 sponge than previously thought, say these scientists. “New research suggests that the capacity of the terrestrial biosphere to absorb carbon dioxide (CO2) may have been underestimated in past calculations due to certain land-use changes not being fully taken into account.” They also say, “Our work shows that the terrestrial biosphere might have greater potential than previously thought to mitigate climate change by sequestering carbon emissions from fossil fuels.”Unexpected result: Ocean acidification can promote shell formation (Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research). These researchers found that due to a “self-regulating biochemical magic trick,” shellfish like foraminifera can still make their shells under acidic conditions. They wonder if this could lead to more rapid warming of the planet. But if they didn’t know this, how could they know that?New analysis supports mangrove forests, tidal marshes and seagrass meadows as effective climate buffers ( “Recent research suggests that healthy, intact coastal wetland ecosystems such as mangrove forests, tidal marshes and seagrass meadows are particularly good at drawing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and storing it for hundreds to thousands of years.”Despite these discoveries and uncertainties, Big Science journals and reporters remain adamant that the science is settled. “Sea-level rise for centuries to come” warns Nature. Taking more swipes at the Trump administration, Nature also preaches, “Demand decisions based on evidence, not ideology” – including decisions on climate. And continues the scare campaign, discussing “Finding ways to fix the climate before it is too late.” And the reporters at Live Science, who couldn’t criticize a scientific consensus if their lives depended on it, suggest we need a “fake news vaccine” to stop the spread of false information, including ‘fake news’ by deniers of climate change. “Studies of active climate scientists have found that between 82 percent and 97 percent of them agree that climate change is happening, and is human-caused,” Stephanie Pappas writes. The BBC likes this idea, too. Ten thousand Frenchmen couldn’t be wrong! Well, we just showed you a few who said they were.Past and future climate are not subject to direct observation. Neither are radiometric dates. All we have is right now. The rest is assumption and modeling. Philosophers know that induction is a problem. Extrapolation backward or forward into unobservable regions cannot be tested; it can only be modeled, but models are simplifications of reality, weighted with assumption. We can have great confidence in science that is observable, testable, and repeatable, like sending spacecraft to outer planets. It gets fuzzier and fuzzier the farther you get from the present. You can draw your own conclusions about the reliability of scientific confidence in their views, but no one should rest their confidence on arguments from authority alone. (Visited 118 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Foozi fun on Football Fridays

first_img2 October 2009Johannesburg companies looking to add some fun to their Football Fridays can now rent foosball tables at special rates, delivery included – or stand a chance of getting one for free.Advertising and branding company Foozi Gaming has come out in support of the Football Fridays initiative, launched by the country’s major 2010 Fifa World Cup™ partners in order to grow enthusiasm for football and support for the national team, Bafana Bafana.Each week for the rest of the year, four companies in the greater Johannesburg area can win the use of a Foozi foosball table rent-free, offering them and their employees an exciting, competitive, entertaining and team building Football Friday.To stand a chance to win, companies can enter their details on draw takes place every Wednesday, and companies will be contacted by Thursday morning if they have won. (Entering just once will put companies in the draw for the rest of the year.)Foozi has also put together a special Football Fridays rental package for companies based in Johannesburg, offering them the use of a Foozi branded foosball tables for only R499 including delivery – less than half the normal rental price to deliver on a Friday morning and collect on Monday. Other areas will be quoted for separately.Companies can take advantage of this offer by calling 08600 FOOZI (36694) or e-mailing“Foozi is 100% behind this fantastic initiative, and we aim to show our support and enthusiasm in a way that builds patriotism for 2010,” says Damon Freeman, chief negotiator, marketer and overall nice guy of Foozi Gaming. “We have also put numerous Foozi specials together for marketers and advertisers aiming to tap into the mass youth market.”The first four winners of rent-free Foozi tables, on 25 September, were FNB Payroll, Fleischman-Hillard, Thuso Design and Indigo Marketing.SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Watch: Giving South Africa the #HomeGroundAdvantage

first_img25 May 2015The Springboks have launched their 2015 Rugby World Cup campaign – #HomeGroundAdvantage – with the release of a goosebump-inducing and emotionally charged video.With the slogan, “Give the Springboks #HomeGroundAdvantage .anywhere in the world”, the video and new website aims to get the country behind the team ahead of the 2015 Rugby World Cup Tournament in England from 18 September to 31 October.<br/>Meanwhile, the SA Rugby Union confirmed last week that Vodacom Blue Bulls No 8 Hanro Liebenberg would lead the Junior Springboks at the World Rugby Under-20 Championship in Italy next month.Liebenberg will skipper the 28-man squad during the three-week tournament from 2 to 20 June. He led the Junior Boks to a thrilling win over the Varsity Cup Dream Team last month and also captained them when they clinched a 2-0 series win over the Argentina Under-20 side in Rosario recently.The squad, which was chosen by the national selectors, consists of 16 forwards and 12 backs, and includes six players who featured in last year’s tournament in New Zealand. Last year England edged the young South Africans by a single point in a memorable final at Eden Park in Auckland.ChangesJean-Luc du Preez (flank), Thomas du Toit (prop, both Cell C Sharks), Joseph Dweba (hooker, Toyota Free State Cheetahs), Abongile Nonkontwana (lock, Vodacom Blue Bulls), Jacques Vermeulen (No 8, DHL Western Province) and Warrick Gelant (fullback, Vodacom Blue Bulls, pictured) are the players who will represent the Junior Boks for a second successive year.The Junior Springbok squad shows four changes from the touring group that returned from Argentina on Monday evening.Lock RG Snyman (Vodacom Blue Bulls) got the nod to travel to Italy after he sat out the Los Pumitas series because of an ankle injury. WP centre EW Viljoen and Blue Bulls flyhalf Tinus de Beer, who also did not tour Argentina, were both selected for the Italian job.The Du Preez twins, Dan and Jean-Luc, who were selected for the 2014 tournament, are also members of the 28-man squad. Dan, however, withdrew days before the team left for New Zealand last year because of a shoulder injury.Well balancedThe Junior Boks will fly out to Italy next Wednesday afternoon.Junior Springbok coach Dawie Theron said the squad boasts a well-balanced selection.“I think we have selected a well-balanced squad with the prospect of some really good combinations. Although we expect dry weather conditions for the tournament, we have to take into account that all our group matches will be played at night. This is where your combinations will play an important role,” explains Theron.He added: “We have a good training camp behind us, culminating in a successful tour of Argentina. We will now conclude our preparations with two more sessions on Monday and Tuesday.”The SA Pool B fixtures at the U20 World Championship in Italy are:Tuesday, 2 June20h30 – SA vs Italy (in Calvisano)Saturday, 6 June18h30 – SA vs Samoa (in Parma)Wednesday, 10 June20h30 – SA vs Australia (in Calvisano)The Junior Springbok squad for the 2015 World Rugby Under-20 Championship in Italy:Forwards (16)Hyron Andrews (Cell C Sharks)Rikus Bothma (DHL Western Province)Dan du Preez (Cell C Sharks)Jean-Luc du Preez (Cell C Sharks)Thomas du Toit (Cell C Sharks)Joseph Dweba (Toyota Free State Cheetahs)Njabulo Gumede (Vodacom Blue Bulls)Jason Jenkins (Vodacom Blue Bulls)*Hanro Liebenberg (Vodacom Bulls – captain)Mzamo Majola (Cell C Sharks)Ox Nche (Toyota Free State Cheetahs)Abongile Nonkontwana (Vodacom Blue Bulls)RG Snyman (Vodacom Blue Bulls)Jan van der Merwe (Vodacom Blue Bulls)Frans van Wyk (DHL Western Province)Jacques Vermeulen (DHL Western Province)Backs (12)Tinus de Beer (Vodacom Blue Bulls)Daniel du Plessis (DHL Western Province)Warrick Gelant (Vodacom Blue Bulls)Grant Hermanus (DHL Western Province)JT Jackson (Vodacom Blue Bulls)Malcolm Jaer (EP Kings)Marco Jansen van Vuuren (Xerox Golden Lions)Khanyo Ngcukana (DHL Western Province)Brandon Thomson (DHL Western Province)Ivan van Zyl (Vodacom Blue Bulls)EW Viljoen (DHL Western Province)Leolin Zas (DHL Western Province)Source: SA Rugbylast_img read more

President Trump Imposes Tariffs on Solar Panels

first_img RELATED ARTICLES Some experts worried that the protectionist moves would touch off more widespread trade disputes. Chad Brown of the Peterson Institute for International Economics told The Washington Post, “There’s a real chance that this opens the floodgates.”The Times reported that more than 95% of solar panels sold in the U.S. are imported, half of them from Malaysia and South Korea. China has became a powerhouse in solar cell and module manufacturing, with its share of global cell production rising from 7% in 2005 to 61% in 2012, The Post reported, while as many as 30 U.S. manufacturers of PV modules have gone out of business.Low prices on imported solar cells and panels hurt U.S. manufacturers, but they also have driven down the cost of solar installations by 70% since 2010. And in the wake of the decision, the Solar Energy Industries Association warned that 23,000 Americans who install PV systems would lose their jobs this year, while billions in solar investments would be delayed or canceled. In a statement, SEIA President Abigail Ross said the tariffs would not be enough to keep either Suniva or SolarWorld afloat and would damage a sector of the economy that has been booming.SEIA included a statement from Tony Clifford, the chief development officer at Standard Solar, a SEIA member. “It boggles my mind that this president — any president, really — would voluntarily choose to damage one of the fastest-growing segments of our economy,” he said. “This decision is misguided and denies the reality that bankrupt foreign companies will be the beneficiaries of an American taxpayer bailout.”GTM Research predicted that the tariffs would mean an 11% drop in U.S. solar installations over the next five years, a reduction of 7.6 gigawatts of installed capacity through 2022. President Trump has announced the imposition of new tariffs on imported photovoltaic (PV) cells and panels, acceding to the request of two foreign-owned companies with facilities in the U.S., Suniva and SolarWorld. The tariffs were vigorously opposed by a trade group representing the U.S. solar industry.The new duties start at 30% but will decline over four years to 15%. In each of those four years, the first 2.5 gigawatts of imported solar cells won’t be subject to the tariff, The New York Times reported, a move designed to help PV module manufacturers in the U.S. retain access to cheap cells.Trump acted after getting recommendations from the U.S. International Trade Commission, which conducted hearings on the request from Suniva and SolarWorld. Also on Monday, Trump ordered new tariffs on imported washing machines.The tariffs are part of a trade broadside from the Trump administration that also includes his withdrawal from the Trans-Pacific Partnership and negotiations to rewrite the North American Free Trade Agreement to make the agreement more favorable to the U.S.center_img Hearings Open on Solar Panel Trade CaseCould a Trade Dispute With China End the U.S. Solar Boom?New Tariffs on Chinese Solar PanelsTariff Threat Strangling Solar MarketAn Introduction to Photovoltaic Systemslast_img read more