Wolves complete perfect homestand, beat Blazers

first_imgTIP-INSTrail Blazers: Portland’s 10 points in the second quarter wasn’t the Blazers’ lowest output of the season — they scored only six against Toronto on Oct. 30. It was, however, the fewest points allows by Minnesota in any quarter at Target Center since Philadelphia scored nine in the second on Dec. 3, 2014. … The Blazers reserves outscored Minnesota’s 42-25.Timberwolves: It’s the third time in franchise history the Wolves have won five games on a homestand. … Jamal Crawford had 10 points off the bench. … There were plenty of purple Vikings jerseys in the crowd, which broke out into its loudest cheers of the first half when the final score of Minnesota’s last-second playoff victory was flashed on the scoreboard. The crowd also broke out into a few impromptu “Skol!” chants. .UP NEXT:Trail Blazers: Host Phoenix on Tuesday night.ADVERTISEMENT They led by as many as 26 against Portland to send the Trail Blazers to their third loss in a row.Damian Lillard scored 21 points, and C.J. McCollum and Pat Connaughton each had 18 for Portland. The Blazers had scored 110 points or more in seven straight game.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkThat streak was in jeopardy early thanks to the Blazers’ paltry 10-point second quarter and 18 total turnovers.Portland led by five early and ended the first quarter up 33-31. But the Blazers went cold in the second, shooting only 2 for 15 and scoring more points off six free throws in the quarter. The Wolves, meanwhile, put together a 14-0 run and steadily pulled away. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson View comments Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina 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 LATEST STORIES Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Collison, Oladipo lead balanced Pacers to rout of Phoenix Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Timberwolves: At Orlando on Tuesday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Minnesota Timberwolves’ Karl-Anthony Towns, front left, and the Portland Trail Blazers’ Damian Lillard, front right, go after the ball during the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Jan. 14, 2018, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Tom Olmscheid)MINNEAPOLIS — Jimmy Butler scored 24 points, Jeff Teague added 22 and the Minnesota Timberwolves wrapped up a perfect homestand with a 120-103 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers on Sunday night.Karl-Anthony Towns had 20 points and 11 rebounds for his NBA-leading 37th double-double of the season. The Wolves had their first 5-0 homestand since 2001, winning each game by double figures against the likes of New Orleans, Cleveland, Oklahoma City and New York.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READlast_img read more

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EU Provides US$25K for Cassava Marketing, Promotion

first_imgTo improve Liberia’s agricultural sector, the European Union (EU) has provided over US$25,000 for the promotion, marketing and consumption of cassava products in the country.Making the disclosure at his Paynesville office, Mr. Joseph S. Morris, coordinator for the National Cassava Sector Coordinating Committee (NCSCC) told the Daily Observer that the money has been processed through ZOA/ADRA, a group of international NGOs that is implementing cassava value development program for the EU in Liberia.“This promotion is expected to be carried out through the local newspapers, national and community radio stations, television stations, as well as through the use of jingles,” Coordinator Morris said.He said his organization is working with ZOA/ADRA to implement what he described as ‘the cassava value chain development program.’“We are involved with the market promotion, because consistent market for cassava and its value added products remains a major problem for the cassava industry in Liberia,” Morris added.He explained that the exercise will encourage the marketability and consumption of cassava and its value added products that are having difficulties in accessing consistent markets.He added “We recorded over 120 thousand metric tons of fresh cassava during the Ebola crisis for which there was no market, and we are linking farmers to markets which is critical to cassava value chain development.”He noted that the NCSCC has embarked on robust market linkages for the cassava sector, both locally and internationally.In a related development, Mr. Morris said, the NCSCC has initiated discussion with the World Food Program (WFP) to include cassava value added products in the menu for its school program in the country.Coordinator Morris added that “the discussion is working well, and if concluded WFP will include cassava value added products in the menu of its school feeding program across the country.”The cassava value added products means turning cassava into gari, super gari as well as mixing cassava with flour that gives value to cassava as a product and makes it nourishing.The involvement of WFP, he said will boost the marketing and consumption of cassava value added products in the country, and improve food security.Mr. Morris said the discussion with WFP is expected to conclude in September, this year. “This is good news for the farmers because they can rest assured that they will have markets for their products.”“It would also encourage more farmers to get involved in the cassava sector, which would enable them to make money to cater to their families,” Morris noted.Morris said the arrangement with the WFP would expand the sector and bring economic development to both the farmers and consumers.“Our people have been complaining about lack of markets for their products, now they can feel happy that their worry is over because WFP will be buying most of their produce,” he said.Among the difficulties cassava farmers have complained about is the lack of markets for their produce, especially fresh cassava.He said there was no assurance that “cassava brought on the market could be bought for a fixed price, and for any reason, if there was no market for the cassava that day, famers risked losing their produce, as the preservation period for fresh cassava is 48 to 72 hours.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Liberia: The Cultural Gap

first_imgMonrovia – Growing up in Liberia, whenever I call my name, I garner the stares and expressions of a name that sounds too strong or otherwise traditional. In fact, I get the feeling from facial expressions that the name belongs to another world, especially in my case, as both names are purely Liberian indigenous names. While in secondary school, it was worse. The calling of my name was greeted with instant laughter, jeers and intentional mispronunciations, intended to instill humiliation and fear. I remember many colleagues couldn’t bear the emotional bullying associated with bearing traditional African names and opted to have their names changed. This is typical of the average Liberian classroom where western names are pronounced with distinction and claimed with pride but traditional Liberian names are wrongly pronounced and treated with disdain. The name carrier bore the burnt of the struggle and left to face the accompanying degradations.The name scenario is a tip of the iceberg of the extent to how wide Liberians have negated their culture with western cultures, and in some cases other African cultures over their own cultures. A Liberian would prefer to be proudly called by another West African name and claim lineage to that country or ancestral history, but would refuse to proudly bear his name given under sacred conditions by his or her grandparents. Treasured and rich names with deep history are relegated to borrowed names. There are varying examples to the nature and breadth of how Liberians have abandoned their cultures over the years to diffusing and assimilating completely into others. This trend has affected generations to such a dangerous extent that there remains a major gap in the culture. Major tribes have histories of their founding fathers and how they came to being but have chosen to ignore those stories, completely forgotten to speak native dialects, hence a whole generation of young children grow up unable to speak their dialects. Ironically, the inability to speak one’s language comes with a false sense of sophistication. The ignorance of one’s history and cultural practices meant a man was too ‘civilized’ to conform. The reality is sad. A society without a clear definition of its history and culture has no foundation to build upon, and no purpose. We have a completely shattered appreciation of our culture from clothing, cuisine, language, history, etc. Every society has a signature delicacy that is known by foreigners upon entering that country. We have several dishes, from hot cooked palm butter and bitter roots to potato greens with red palm oil, bitter balls mixed with okra and fresh water palm oil to torborgee and rice, palava sauce and rice, domboy and pepper soup and GB with wollor soup. These are delicious delicacies that can be marketed and possibly exported to showcase the kinds of food we eat as Liberians. Culture is the melting pot of a group of people and the lining that binds us together. How many average Liberian kids understand the relevance and role of traditional chiefs, traditional dance ceremonies for birth, funerals, and other occasions?There is a surge in learning how to speak like other West Africans, copying their accents, but afraid to identify with our own accents. We have to develop ourselves and develop a spirit of cultural identity.Cultural identity is often defined as the identity of a group, culture or an individual, influenced by one’s belonging to a group or culture.A developmental psychologist, Jean S. Phinney, formulated a three stage model describing how this identity is acquired.The first stage, unexamined cultural identity, is characterized by a lack of exploration of culture and cultural differences – they are rather taken for granted without much critical thinking. This is usually the stage reserved for childhood when cultural ideas provided by parents, the community or the media are easily accepted. Children at this stage tend not to be interested in ethnicity and are generally ready to take on the opinions of others.The second stage of the model is referred to as the cultural identity search and is characterized by the exploration and questioning of your culture in order to learn more about it and to understand the implications of belonging to it. During this stage you begin to question where your beliefs come from and why you hold them. You are now ready to compare and analyze them across cultures. For some, this stage may arise from a turning point in their lives or from a growing awareness of other cultures, and it can also be a very emotional time. This is often the time when high school students decide to go on an intercultural exchange program.Finally, the third stage of the model is cultural identity achievement. Ideally, people at this stage have a clear sense of their cultural identity and are able to successfully navigate it in the contemporary world, which is undoubtedly very interconnected and intercultural. The acceptance of yourself and your cultural identity may play a significant role in your other important life decisions and choices, influencing your attitudes and behavior. This usually leads to an increase in self-confidence and positive psychological development.It seems we’re walloping in the first stage of cultural identity and are mimicking other cultures and taking the opinions of others about ourselves. Until we realize who we are, where we come from and what we want, the road to the future would be blurred, and we risk becoming cultural chameleons.Lekpele Nyamalon is a Liberian writer and poet, an OSIWA Poetry fellow and can be reached at: nyamalon@yahoo.com Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Ellen Showers Praises on Nimba County

first_imgPresident Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has praised citizens of Nimba County for “standing by her government over the years.”Speaking in Saclepea, Central Nimba, while touring the county on Monday, February 20, she also praised the citizens for the level of development they have undertaken across the county during her regime.The President said undertaking development projects is not only assigned to the Office of the President, but rather to every Liberian, including the legislature, the judiciary, the office of the superintendent, chiefs, citizens and legal foreign residents.What the county has done is worthy of commendation, because the residents saw that the government had created an enabling environment, she said.She also praised the private sector for the level of investment in the country, something she said gave a boost to her administration.President Sirleaf admonished the citizens to continue in their development path, “because everyone needs to build on your good example.”The President arrived in Ganta on February 19, and attended the closing ceremony of the United Methodist Church annual conference where she was honored for her achievements as the first female President of Liberia and Africa.She visited the abandoned Ganta – Sanniquellie road where she reaffirmed government’s commitment to reconstructing the road.On Monday, she interacted with petty traders on the sidewalk of Ganta’s main street, and also particpated in a conference held under the theme: “Partnership for Schools in Liberia.” The President applauded the Ministry of Education for the level of progress made so far in the Public Private Partnership initiative in Liberia that has seen a rise in student enrolment to over 1.5 million.Earlier in Seclepea, the President dedicated the newly constructed city hall that was funded with money from the ArcelorMittal Social Development Fund.As part of her visit, the President also extended her trip to Kparblee, where she dedicated the feeder road connecting Griae to Behwahlay.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Sex worker further remanded on armed robbery charge

first_imgNineteen-year-old Godfrey Cox of Princes Street, Georgetown was on Friday further remanded to prison by Georgetown Magistrate Leron Daly when he reappeared in her court charged with the offence of armed robbery.The sex worker had pleaded not guilty to the charge when he was first arraigned before the magistrate earlier this month. The charge states that on June 20, 2018, at King and Charlotte Streets, Georgetown, while being armed with a knife, he robbed David Harvey of $65,000 in cash. Harvey was reportedly heading to the Shell Gas Station on Regent Street, Georgetown to pay workers when the defendant attacked him, held him at knifepoint, and relieved him of the cash that was in his pants pocket.The prosecutor objected to Cox being placed on bail based on the seriousness of the offence and the fact that the defendant has other matters of a similar nature pending in court.Magistrate Daly has further remanded Cox to August 27, 2018.last_img read more

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Survivor tells of harrowing crash

first_imgThe bus was traveling to Florida for the team’s annual spring training trip when the driver apparently mistook an exit ramp for a lane and went off the side of an overpass spanning Interstate 75. The National Transportation Safety Board said it wasn’t clear why the driver went on the ramp. There were tire marks, but it wasn’t clear when the driver realized his mistake and tried to correct it. Numerous crashes have happened at that uncommon left-side, HOV exit, board member Kitty Higgins said Saturday. No signs are visible that tell drivers to slow down for the ramp that ends at a T-intersection on the overpass, she said. Moore was trapped between bus seats until his teammates pulled him out. For a long moment, they stood looking at each other in the pre-dawn darkness inside the bus that had fallen 30 feet. The legs of Mike Ramthun and Chris Bauman were pinned beneath the bus. Moore and other teammates tried to calm them, telling them help would be on the way. They got the roof escape hatch open and stumbled out on the freeway. ATLANTA – Tony Moore and his college baseball teammates were jolted awake when their bus slammed against a concrete barrier and dropped off an overpass. At least two students were trapped, one player had already died and diesel fuel was leaking, survivors and family members said. It would be hours before the team, and those left behind at their tight-knit Ohio campus, would know the toll: Four Bluffton University teammates dead, plus the driver and his wife. Twenty-nine were injured, although only eight remained hospitalized on Saturday evening. Five were in serious or critical condition, and the rest were in fair or stable condition. Moore said he fell asleep on the bus floor after a late night of watching movies, listening to music and chatting about the eagerly anticipated spring training. The next thing the 21-year-old junior remembers is hitting the rail on an Atlanta interstate overpass early Friday, rolling around and “the final slam in the ground.” “We were trying to get everybody loose off,” Moore said. “Everybody was still in shock.” Timothy Kay, a pitcher, and others tried to lift the bus and pull the pinned players out. “They were very worried about all the diesel fuel on the ground,” Ed Kay said of his son. Rescue teams later freed the pair. 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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Ranieri: ‘The Leicester is easy, I just sit about playing Candy Crush!’* – parody translation

first_imgThe Foxes are flying, Leicester fans are in dreamland, and the mastermind behind the most audacious Premier League title bid of all time is Claudio Ranieri.He’s a manager famed for diverting pressure off his players, but perhaps there’s more to the Italian’s laid-back and modest demeanour than first meets the eye.At least, that’s what our translator thinks, as he interpreted this press conference to reveal the Leicester boss doesn’t have to lift a finger to get his team to perform! The only problem is – our translator only speaks English, so the subtitles on this spoof video may be a little inaccurate.For more fake translator videos, be sure to be subscribed to talkSPORT on YouTube!*DISCLAIMER: Like 5000-1 odds on winning the title, this video is simply unbelievable!last_img read more

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Man who went berserk and attacked Garda at agricultural show escapes jail

first_imgA young Ballybofey man who attacked a stranger’s car with a paling post at an agricultural show and then kicked a Garda in the head has avoided going to jail.John Callaghan, 23, went berserk at the Finn Valley Show in June, 2016. He was drinking with friends but suddenly picked up a paling post and smashed it through the back windscreen of a stranger’s car causing €1,500 of damage.He then scraped the side of the car before trying to attack the driver.Callaghan then had to be restrained by four friends.Garda Michael Kilcoyne arrived on the scene and had his glasses smashed and received a kick in the head from Callaghan as a struggle ensued.Callaghan appeared at Letterkenny District Court yesterday charged with a number of offences arising out of the incident at Kilcadden Crossroads on June 25th, 2016.A previous sitting of the court was told by Garda Inspector Goretti Sheridan how the attack happened out of the blue.She said “At 6.30pm, the driver of the Grey Audi had just parked his car beside the marquee, and was proceeding to take his keys out of the ignition when he saw the defendant charging at his car.“He had a paling post in his hand and smashed the back windscreen of his car, and then proceeded to scrape the sides of the vehicle.“He then attempted to strike the driver of the vehicle, before he was brought to the ground by a group of males who witnessed the frenzied attack.”Solicitor for Callaghan, Frank Dorrian, said it appeared that his client had suffered a psychosis.“There is no reason or catalyst for this and he finds himself here at the end of this conduct.“His progress through life seems to have been blighted by whatever brought this on,” said Mr Dorrian.Mr Dorrian said that Callaghan, of Trusk Road, Ballybofey, no longer goes out and has apologised to all people concerned.Judge Paul Kelly commended Garda Kilcoyne for not making a big deal out of the issue and for “letting bygones be bygones.”He gave the accused the Probation Act for the Section 4 charge and also struck out the criminal damage and assault charge against Garda Kilcoyne.Man who went berserk and attacked Garda at agricultural show escapes jail was last modified: May 17th, 2017 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:attackcourtdonegalFinn Valley ShowGardaJOHN CALLAGHANpaling postlast_img read more

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SENTENCING OF DONEGAL EX-SOLDIER IN PSNI MURDER BID IS DEFERRED

first_imgSentence has been reserved at a court in Belfast in the case of a former Irish soldier from Donegal who admitted using a gun to try and force a PSNI officer to leave his home in Co Fermanagh.The soldier, who is from Letterkenny, and his co-accused denied they had planned to shoot the policeman.In November 2009, Gerard McManus from Fernhill, Letterkenny, was arrested outside the home of a trainee PSNI officer in the Fermanagh border town of Garrison. It was alleged that Mr McManus, who was a member of the Irish Army Reserve based at Finner Camp, had been wearing a balaclava and had fired a shot at police officers chasing him.In a car nearby police arrested Kevin Nolan, from Main Street, Blacklion, Co Cavan, who was allegedly sitting on a loaded pistol magazine.Both men denied planning to shoot the trainee policeman and claimed they wanted to put the frighteners on him to force him out of the area.They admitted to having a firearm with the intent to endanger life and are to be sentenced in the next few weeks.SENTENCING OF DONEGAL EX-SOLDIER IN PSNI MURDER BID IS DEFERRED was last modified: February 6th, 2014 by John2Share 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:SENTENCING OF DONEGAL EX-SOLDIER IN PSNI MURDER BID IS DEFERREDlast_img read more

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DDTV: IT TAKES A DONEGAL SURFER TO BEAT OFF A SHARK WITH HIS BARE HANDS!

first_imgIt takes a Donegal man to beat off a savage shark – with his bare hands!Irish-Australian pro-surfer Mick Fanning has hit headlines around the world after he fended off the fearsome beast while taking part in a competition in South Africa. Mick’s father John is from Malin Head and emigrated to Australia in the 1970s.The surfing star, 34, is proud of his Irish roots and has the Fanning coat of arms tattooed on his left arm and has visited the Inishowen Peninsula in recent years.The dramatic footage of Mick shows him paddling out to take part in the J-Bay Surfing Open when all of a sudden a huge fin appears.The shark can then be seen attacking Mick as he attempts to battle desperately to get back on his board. Mick said: “I just saw fins. I just punched it in the back. I felt something grab, get stuck in my leg rope and instantly jumped away. And it just keep coming at my board.”He’s proud of his Donegal and Irish roots too.“I love it there, those are my roots and love it when we’re home,” he said.Simply click on the video to see Mick’s dramatic escape.  DDTV: IT TAKES A DONEGAL SURFER TO BEAT OFF A SHARK WITH HIS BARE HANDS! was last modified: July 21st, 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:attackMalin Headmansharklast_img read more

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