Harden, Rockets scorch Hawks in first half of 119-104 win

first_imgHouston Rockets center Clint Capela (15) has the ball knocked away by Atlanta Hawks center Dewayne Dedmon, left, during the second half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Nov. 3, 2017, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)ATLANTA — The Houston Rockets overwhelmed the woeful Atlanta Hawks with fast-break baskets and 3-point shooting.James Harden scored 21 of his 29 points in Houston’s high-scoring first half, and the Rockets handed the Hawks their eighth straight loss with a 119-104 victory Friday night.ADVERTISEMENT 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 Dennis Schroder and Taurean Prince each had 16 points for Atlanta. Luke Babbitt scored 12 points on four 3-pointers, and rookie John Collins had eight points and 12 rebounds.TIP-INSRockets: It was Houston’s first win over Atlanta since Nov. 27, 2013, snapping a streak of seven straight losses in the series. … Harden had 11 assists for his fourth double-double of the season. … Clint Capela, who had 12 points, answered a 10-0 run by Atlanta in the second period with three straight jams. The center’s third dunk, a two-hander, led to an Atlanta timeout.Hawks: In a halftime ceremony, the Hawks retired a ceremonial jersey to honor Atlanta mayor Kasim Reed, who helped keep the team in its downtown location. The city is providing $142.5 million of the $192.5 million in the two-year renovation of Philips Arena. The Hawks agreed to an 18-year lease extension to remain at the city-owned arena through 2046. … G Malcolm Delaney (ankle) did not play. … Coach Mike Budenholzer was called for a technical foul in the second period.CHRIS PAUL UPDATEAsked when All-Star point guard Chris Paul will return from a left knee injury, D’Antoni said: “I hope tomorrow, but it’s not gonna be.” After that tease, D’Antoni said he expects Paul to miss another two weeks. “But we’re going to be cautious with it so it could stretch a few more days,” he said.Paul was with the team in Atlanta while missing his ninth straight game.PT FOR TAYLORPoint guard Isaiah Taylor, who played four games with Houston last season, continues to earn substantial playing time after signing with the Hawks on Oct. 17. He had 12 points and a team-high five assists in about 25 minutes against his former team.“His speed is what makes him special,” Budenholzer said. “Everybody sees how he can get to the paint, get to the rim. He makes people play fast with him. … He’s made a good first impression.” Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set UP NEXTRockets: Host Utah on Sunday in the first of three straight home games.Hawks: Visit Cleveland on Sunday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny MOST READ Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours LATEST STORIES The Rockets scored 28 fast-break points, almost doubling their previous high of 15.“We don’t want to hold the ball,” Houston coach Mike D’Antoni said. “And we want to make quick decisions. … I just think we did a lot of good things.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogHouston led 69-51 at halftime with its highest-scoring half of the season. The Rockets went 11 for 22 from 3-point range in the first half and 16 for 47 from beyond the arc for the game.“We haven’t been shooting the 3-ball all that great this year,” said Eric Gordon, who made three 3s and had 20 points. “… Once we start shooting 3s we’ll be hard to stop.”center_img Luc Mbah a Moute also scored 20 points to help Houston improve to 6-1 on the road. The Southwest Division-leading Rockets (7-3) closed a stretch where they played five of six games away from Houston, including back-to-back road wins against the Knicks and Hawks.“A good two games for us, but it’s got to be not just two games or 10 games, it’s got to be an entire season to get where we want to go,” Harden said.Kent Bazemore scored 18 points for the Hawks (1-8), who have not won since their season-opening victory at Dallas.Bazemore had the difficult task of defending Harden.“They just shoot the crap out of the ball,” Bazemore said. “You can be six inches from it and they let it go. … When a team like that comes in, it’s going to be a tough challenge. You have to play about flawless.”ADVERTISEMENT Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson James pours in 57 as Cavs topple Wizards OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Revenue Authority Begins Official Operations

first_imgThe Commissioner General of the Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA), Madam Elfrieda Tamba, has called for full support from the newly combined Ministry of Finance and Development Planning (MFDP).According to Madam Tamba, the newly merged Ministry is cardinal to building effective tax administration in Liberia.Commissioner Tamba made the call Tuesday during the official launching into operation of the Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA).The program was held at the MFDP’s head office on Broad Street, in Monrovia.She said support from the Ministry is needed, because, they  are directly in charge of tax policy as well as the divider of the national revenue. The LRA collects needed revenue on behalf of the government and people of Liberia.Madam Tamba told Minister Amara M. Konneh that her team (LRA) will deliver all necessary revenues to implement the national economic transformation.“Team LRA, can deliver for you as Minister of Finance, the revenues you need to implement the national economy, but the LRA needs your support to deliver the goods,” she emphasized.“Again, Minister Konneh, lets us continue working together to strengthen the partnership to improve revenues,” she said.The LRA Commissioner then called on her staff  transitioning into the new agency to prepare themselves for the task of lawfully and legitimately collecting  revenues for the benefit of the people of Liberia.Minister Konneh, in his intervention, said the launching of the LRA was a quest in building a vibrant, dynamic and professional public sector of Liberia.“This reform has been driven by a thoroughly organized and methodical process pre-dating our administration. We believe, a truly professionalized public sector is the most effective way to deliver quality services to our people, and the value of this exercise would be seen in increased efficiency, better organizational management, and improved service delivery, particularly in the fiscal and development policy direction of the country,” Finance Minister Konneh, who now heads the merged Finance and Planning entity, said.According to him, the policy idea behind the merger is to bring synergies to the government through the avoidance of duplications and gaps in the functions of both the Ministries of Finance, and Planning and Economic Affairs, thereby resulting in better allocation of human and financial resources and better service delivery.Minister Konneh, who is the nation’s Chief Financial Officer, was, however, quick to point out that with every transition, there are rough roads and bumpy rides.He added that as the GoL pursues this painful process of helping to streamline the government through the rollout of the MFDP, and the operationalization of the Liberia Revenue Authority, it remains conscious of its responsibility to treat its employees with respect and dignity.“We are opened to ideas and have broadened the consultative process from the very inception of this reform,” he pledged.The Acts creating both entities has provided a one-year window from its adoption to implementation of the law.Minister Konneh further assured the workforce of both entities that everything would be done in his powers to ensure the concerns and views of the workforce are considered. “We have done over the last few months through direct and indirect engagements, but we must remain focused on the broader objective of working to reform our public sector. We can’t afford to go back. ”According to him, the Act of 2013 which created the MFDP and LRA required that these two institutions be made operational within 12 months as of the signing of the acts.He said since the Acts were all signed into Law by the President on September 19 and 23, 2013 respectively, both institutions are to come into effective no later than September 2014.“However, because of the nature of revenue collections, the Management team decided that it would make sense to ensure that the LRA started on July 1, 2014 since that is the beginning of the budget year. Management decided also that it would make sense, if possible, for the MFPD to also start on said date,” he said.According to the Minister, the Law is clear that all employees (not only civil servants) of the Department of Revenue will be transferred to the LRA for a period of 12 months during which time they will be required to complete application formalities. “The Law is clear that if these employees apply for a position with the LRA, they shall be granted employment.”However, in the event that an employee decides not to apply within the 12 months, the Law requires that they return to the Civil Service Agency (CSA) for reassignment.The MFDP boss said consistent with these provisions of the Law, it has forwarded the names of all employees of the Department of Revenue to LRA through the CSA and added that separate memos have also been served each employees of the Department of Revenue informing them that as of July 1, 2014, they are to report to the LRA for assignment and begin application formalities.“By the LRA Act, on the date that LRA begins operations, the Department of Revenue will cease to exist. However, few staff of the Department will remain in holder positions for the proposed Department of Fiscal Affairs, which is part of the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning,” he explained.“It is important to note that the Minister of Finance and Development Planning has general supervision and direction of the LRA,” Min. Konneh said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Taxi driver’s rib broken during allege Police beating

first_imgA Corentyne, Berbice taxi driver is seeking justice after he was allegedly by Police Officers at the Springlands Police Station.Baldeo Budhram, 33, a taxi driver, of Lot 50 Princetown, Corriverton, told Guyana Times on Wednesday that he was beaten by Police Officers attached to the Springlands Police Station on October 7.According to Budhram, he was outside his home waiting for his wife to open the gate when Police ranks on patrol pulled up alongside him.Budhram told this publication that a Policeman walked up to him and instructed that he step out of the car. According to him, he became scared after the officer told him to go into the passenger seat and another jumped in the back seat of the car. He said he began asking questions and the officer in the backseat put his arm around his neck and choked him. He alleged that he was then told that he will findBaldeo Budhram displaying his X-rayout all that he wanted to know when he gets to the station.At the Springlands Police Station, the taxi driver claimed he was told to take a breathalyser test, but he refused since the pipe he was being asked to blow into was a used one. After searching for a new one, the officers told him that they did not have any and he had to use that very one. He said he then told the officers that he was aware of his rights and was not going to put the used pipe into his mouth.“They told me since I know my rights let me go and lock up my car. When I go outside one of them start to cuss me and I cuss he back and then one of them take a gun and lash me behind my head and I go down to the ground and then start to kick me all over in my back, head, jaw, mouth and in my ribs.”The taxi driver said he was later placed in the lock ups and the following morning taken to the Skeldon Hospital for medical treatment and then released.The matter has since been reported to the Police and Budhram was told that an officer will visit him to take a statement. He said he waited for three days and then returned to the station. He was subsequently asked to make a report with the Office of Professional Responsibility. He is of the view that he is being pushed around by Police in Berbice.When Guyana Times reached out for a comment on the matter, the Police claimed that the taxi driver fell and injured himself. However, Bhudram told this publication that he did not fall. He also said the ground is flat and covered with sand.Following the lack of what Budhram calls an unsatisfactory response, he took his concerns to the Office of the Prime Minister in Berbice and met with the regional representative, Gobin Harbhajan.Speaking with this newspaper, Harbhajan said he spoke with the Sub-Divisional Officer who said the Divisional Commander has been asked to investigate the matter. After an entire month of back and forth and still awaiting justice in the matter, Bhudram reached out to the media on Wednesday and told his story. (Andrew Carmichael)last_img read more

Tinted vehicles without permits to be impounded, fitness revoked

first_imgAny vehicle with tinted windows that does not have the required permit will be impounded by the police and have its fitness revoked.This is according to Deputy Police Commissioner and Traffic Chief, Linden Isles, who during a recent exclusive interview with <<>> stated that while the laws regarding tinted vehicles do not stipulate the percentage allowed, any police officer on duty who stops a motor vehicle must be able to identify its occupants.The Traffic Chief added that “if you apply through the Minister and you give reasons there are parts in the law that the Minister can give exemptions. So at this point in time, we are working with that law. If the vehicle is having tint and you don’t have a tint permit, you can be deemed as an unfit vehicle where the police can ask you to take it to the station, we give you revocation notice, your fitness is revoked so you cannot drive that vehicle.”He explained that no police officer is authorised to instruct any driver to remove the tint from his/her vehicle if it is pulled over by the rank.“The police officer does not have the authority to say to a driver ‘look remove the tint’, the tinted motor vehicle without permission, it is an offence. If we stop you, if the policeman stops you on the road and you want to take off the tint that’s your decision but we won’t tell you to take off the tint,” the Traffic Chief stressed.According to Isles, since his assumption to the post of Traffic Chief, there have been a number of successful prosecutions of persons who have broken the law in relation to having unlawfully tinted vehicles.“We have been enforcing persons who would want to have tint on their vehicle without a tint permit, we know that this is an offence, and we have been enforcing the law. We have been having persons appear before the court. Some persons will decide well look we will take off the tint. But as I am saying to you this is not a police decision to make you take off the tint because that is not lawful.”While for some, tints serve as protection against the sun, for others, it has been used to conduct illegal activities, including robberies. For the darker tints, the Ministry of Public Security has to grant permission.In the application for a tint waiver, vehicle owners must submit a copy of the Certificate of Vehicle Registration and the Certificate of Fitness and a copy of the last tint permit received (if applicable).The process from application to final approval or rejection for a tint waiver is that upon receipt of the application, along with documents required, the applicant will be served with a letter that must be taken to the Licence Revenue Office (LRO) in order to verify the vehicle’s tint density.Subsequent to the completion of this verification process, the LRO will submit its tint reading to the Minister of Public Security for approval/refusal. The Ministry notifies the applicant of the final decision, and if the application is approved, the applicant is granted a Tint Waiver Permit.The permits are valid for one year and should be renewed at least one week before the expiry date. Only vehicles with a manufacturer’s tint will be eligible to be considered for a tint waiver.last_img read more

Stewart takes Shootout

first_imgHe’s off to a good start. Stewart nudged Kyle Busch out of the lead with eight laps to go, then calmly drove to his third victory in the all-star event when runner-up David Gilliland, a former Chino Hills resident, never challenged. DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Tony Stewart drove his way into Victory Lane at Daytona – one week earlier than he hoped for. Stewart won the exhibition Budweiser Shootout on Saturday night, setting himself up as a top contender to win the season-opening Daytona 500. That’s the last of the NASCAR crown jewels that Stewart wants, and he reported to Speedweeks intent on adding it to his resume this year. As Stewart closed in on the finish line, Dale Earnhardt Jr. ran into the back of Elliott Sadler to start a four-car pileup far from the leaders that collected defending race winner Denny Hamlin and Greg Biffle. Toyota, making its Nextel Cup debut, had two cars in the field as the Japanese automaker made its long-awaited debut. But neither Brian Vickers or Dale Jarrett ever contended for the win. Jarrett started on the pole in his new Camry, but quickly fell to the back of the field and finished 18th out of 21 cars. Vickers briefly drove his new Team Red Bull Toyota to the front and paced the field for two laps, but faded and wound up eighth. Stewart, meanwhile, seemed fairly confident he’ll be a contender in the Daytona 500 on Feb. 18. Although he has now won 10 times in different events at Daytona – including two wins in the summer Nextel Cup event here – he’s only come close to winning the 500 once, finishing second in 2004. Asked if he can carry anything over from this Shootout to the “Super Bowl of Racing,” Stewart didn’t flinch. center_img “Absolutely,” he said, promising his Chevrolet for the big event would be stout. “The other one’s better, believe it or not,” he said. “Everyone says that. Nobody brings their best car to the Shootout.” Busch led six times for a race-high 42 laps and had the race in command when a caution for debris came out with 16 laps to go to set up a quick round of pit stops. Busch went onto the service road as the leader and held the position after taking four tires. But Kasey Kahne picked up five spots with a two-tire stop that put him in second, followed by Kurt Busch and Stewart. Earnhardt, who overshot his stall as he entered the pits, came out in 11th place. 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

Fish count

first_imgISLANDIA SPORTFISHING – 25 anglers on 1 boat caught 2 calico bass, 1 sand bass, 6 sculpin. LONG BEACH SPORTFISHING (Berth 55) – 26 anglers on 1 boat caught 4 halibut, 13 sand bass, 1 sculpin, 13 halibut (released). L.A. HARBOR SPORTFISHING (San Pedro) – 66 anglers on 3 boats caught 27 sand bass, 25 calico bass, 90 perch, 7 opal-eyed perch, 1 trigger fish, 19 sculpin. 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

WATCH: Kevin Keegan’s ‘I will love it’ rant 20 years on

first_img20 years ago today, Kevin Keegan produced one of the most memorable moments of English football.Following a victory over Leeds United, the then-Newcastle manager took to the airwaves to rant about the attitude of Sir Alex Ferguson, who claimed Nottingham Forest – the Magpies’ next opponent – wouldn’t try as hard against Keegan’s team as they would against Manchester United.The rant has been voted one of the most popular moments in Premier League history, and Ferguson won out in the end, as the Red Devils claimed the title by four points.You can watch the full rant above…last_img read more

Liverpool BLOW! Juventus set to beat Reds in race for £20m-rated Croatia winger

first_img Liverpool target Marko Pjaca attempts the spectacular during Croatia’s 2-1 win over Spain at Euro 2016 Juventus are set to beat Liverpool and AC Milan to the signing of Dinamo Zagreb winger Marko Pjaca.The trio of clubs have been vying to land the 21-year-old Croatian since the window opened and it looked as though Milan would be his next destination.But now, according to the Gazzetta dello Sport, it is Juve who are set to complete his signing after agreeing a fee of around £20million with Zagreb.It has been suggested that the youngster wants to play Champions League football next year and only Juve can offer that from the three interested parties.Now Pjaca is expected to arrive in Turin next week to undergo a medical ahead of signing a long-term deal with the Italian champions. 1last_img read more

DOG WARDENS TO LAUNCH CLAMPDOWN AFTER BRUTAL SHEEP ATTACKS

first_imgThe remains of the dead sheep which were attack on lands in Letterkenny yesterday.This is the gruesome scene after a number of sheep were attacked and killed in Letterkenny yesterday.The Hoggett ewes, which were valued at €200 each, were set upon by dogs in the Windyhall area.It is the latest in a number of sheep attacks across Donegal in recent weeks. Now dog wardens are planning to launch a clampdown on dog owners to ensure that they know where their dogs are and are kept under control.Dog wardens say that dog-owners can now expect visits in the coming weeks to ensure that they all have valid licenses are are being kept under control – especially at night time.Dog warden Sammy Parke said he could not put a figure on the number of sheep which have been killed across Donegal this year.However he said “It is an increasing number at this time of year when the nights are longer and sheep are in lamb. “It is a natural instinct for these dogs to hunt in packs and to attack sheep. It is up to their owners to ensure that they are not allowed to roam around free at night and to carry out these attacks.”As well as the harm and horrific pain to livestock, farmers have been left with major financial losses due to the attacks.Donegal’s dog wardens are now appealing for anybody with any information on the most recent attack can be addressed by contacting them on 074 91 25259.  DOG WARDENS TO LAUNCH CLAMPDOWN AFTER BRUTAL SHEEP ATTACKS was last modified: November 26th, 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) Tags:attacksdog wardendonegalletterkennySammy Parkesheeplast_img read more

Barcelona target flop Liverpool keeper in shock move

first_img LATEST targets Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January IN DEMAND The Belgian has endured some troubled times with Liverpool RANKED 3 The £12.5m fee amounts to more than £3m profit on what Liverpool paid Sunderland to sign him in 2013 LATEST TRANSFER NEWS Liverpool’s signings under Michael Edwards – will Minamino be the next big hit? Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star TOP WORK Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father 3center_img Mignolet, 30, split duties with Loris Karius in the Anfield nets last season but by the end of the campaign was the clear back-up behind his German rival.But with the Reds having brought in £67million Roma keeper Alisson to replace the two error-prone stoppers, both Mignolet and Karius are being offered to other clubs.And Sky Sports report the La Liga champions are at the front of the queue for Mignolet, looking to wrap up a £12.5m deal.Cillessen, 29, wants to leave the Nou Camp after growing frustrated at a bench role, having failed to displace Marc-Andre ter Stegen. Barcelona have emerged as shock candidates to sign Liverpool keeper Simon Mignolet.The Belgian, who joined the Reds from Sunderland in 2013, is Barca’s main target as they look to replace current No2 Jasper Cillessen. Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland LIVING THE DREAM Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti Mignolet is set to leave Liverpool after five years and 200 appearances targets three-way race moving on Chelsea confident of beating Man United and Liverpool to Sancho signing 3 REVEALED The move could spark a £100m summer firesale at Liverpool, who are looking to sell as many as eight players before the window deadline.Strikers Divock Origi and Danny Ings are linked with £26m and £20m moves respectively, while Lazar Markovic is expected to leave for a cut-price £7m.Youngsters Ben Woodburn, Sheyi Ojo and Marko Grujic are most likely set for loan moves but could be let go permanently if the right offer comes in, while Pedro Chirivella is set to join Norwegian side Rosenborg in a £3.5m deal.The clearout comes as the club look to balance the books after splashing out £175m on Alisson, Fabinho, Naby Keita and Xherdan Shaqiri, with only the sale of £12.5m Danny Ward to Leicester bringing any money in.last_img read more