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James Harden’s 41 helps Rockets beat Thunder

first_img‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Harden has scored 30 points or more in a career-high seven games in a row, marking the first time a player has done that since Russell Westbrook had eight consecutive 30-point games in November 2016. He has scored at least 35 in his last five, which is the longest such streak since Carmelo Anthony did it in six games in April 2013.The Rockets won just one of their first six games this season and were 11-14 after a three-game skid in early December. Since then, powered by Harden’s dominance, Houston has lost just once to improve to 18-15 and move a season-high three games above .500.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“We’ve had that confidence all year,” Harden said. “Our record isn’t where we want it to be, but it’s getting there. And we’ve got to continue to work hard every day, continue to get better and grow. We’re preparing for a postseason. We’re not going to be at our tip top right now.”A 3-pointer by Paul George with less than two minutes left got Oklahoma City within 4 before Harden missed a 3. Westbrook missed a shot for the Thunder, but George stole the ball from Harden and was fouled by him. Kyrie Irving scores 40, leads Celtics’ win over Sixers MOST READ 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 “We’ve got a lot of guys playing at a high level right now,” coach Mike D’Antoni said. “So many guys contributed (Tuesday).Clint Capela had 16 points and tied a season high with 23 rebounds.The Rockets were up by 6 with about four minutes left when Rivers, whom they signed on Monday, hit a 3-pointer to make it 107-98.Grant scored five straight points for the Thunder, highlighted by a 3-pointer, to get Oklahoma City to within 107-103, but Rivers made another 3 to push the lead to 7 with two minutes left.“Everybody here has welcomed me so it has been a very easy transition,” Rivers said. “So my whole focus has just been to play hard and just try to help them in any way I can.”Houston had a 1-point lead in the fourth when Harden re-entered the game and found Capela on consecutive possessions for dunks to make it 100-95. Eric Gordon had a layup seconds later to push the lead to 7.Harden continued the run after the timeout with a driving jump shot before the Thunder scored their first basket in more than three minutes on a layup by Grant to cut the lead to 104-97.The Thunder were up by 8 at halftime, but Houston scored the first eight points of the second half to tie it at 60 with about nine minutes remaining in the third quarter. Danuel House and P.J. Tucker made 3s in that stretch to lead the Rockets.Oklahoma City was up by 2 later in the third when the Rockets scored five quick points with a 3 from Harden to take a 73-70 lead.But George hit a 3 for the Thunder soon after that to tie it up again. That basket started a 10-2 run for Oklahoma City, which included another 3 from George that made it 80-75 with about three minutes left in the third. View comments George made both free throws to get the Thunder within 2 with 43.6 seconds left. Harden then drove past George and into the lane for a layup to make it 112-108 with 20.4 seconds left.Westbrook made 1 of 2 free throws to cut it to 3 with 15 seconds left, and Austin Rivers made a free throw with 7.4 seconds left to secure the win.George had 28 points and 14 rebounds for the Thunder, and Westbrook added 21 points with nine rebounds and nine assists.“We had some bad bounces which got them a couple of extra possessions which got them some open 3s,” George said.Harden became the first player to score 40 or more points on Christmas since Kevin Durant had 44 for the Thunder in 2010. Harden’s latest big game came as the Rockets played without Chris Paul, who missed his second straight game with a strained left hamstring. The 9-time All-Star is out for at least the next two weeks with the injury suffered Thursday night.ADVERTISEMENT Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Houston trailed by 4 after two free throws by George late in the third, but the Rockets scored the next six points, capped by a 3 from Harden, to take an 86-84 lead with less than a minute left in the quarter.The Thunder led 88-86 entering the fourth.TIP-INSThunder: Westbrook received a technical in the second quarter for yelling at an official when he thought he was fouled on a 3-point attempt. … Steven Adams had 17 points and seven rebounds. … The Thunder made nine of 30 3-pointers.Rockets: Rivers scored 10 in his Houston debut. … James Ennis missed his seventh straight game with a strained right hamstring. … Gordon had 17 points.THEY SAID ITCapela on his big rebounding day: “I just told my teammates I had to make a statement that we are going to win the rebound battle.”UP NEXTThunder: Visit Phoenix on Friday night.Rockets: Host Boston on Thursday night. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Houston Rockets guard James Harden, right, dribbles as Oklahoma City Thunder forward Paul George defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2018, in Houston. Houston won 113-109. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)HOUSTON (AP) — James Harden is on a roll and it’s helping the Houston Rockets get on track after their terrible start to the season.Harden scored 41 points and the Rockets beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 113-109 on Tuesday for their seventh win in the last eight games.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plumlast_img read more

Neil Etheridge left out of Azkals’ AFC Asian Cup team

first_imgNeil Etheridge. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhil Younghusband and Stephan Schrock will lead the Philippines in its first AFC Asian Cup appearance, but goalkeeper Neil Etheridge, who played a key role in the Azkals’ resurgence in the continent over the past few years, was surprisingly omitted from the 23-man squad announced late Thursday. Swedish coach Sven Goran Eriksson has assembled a veteran-laden squad with an average age of 28 for the continental showpiece event, where the Azkals will be in a challenging group that includes South Korea, China and Kyrgyzstan. ADVERTISEMENT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:52China reports first death from mystery pneumonia outbreak00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio 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 Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garciacenter_img Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title LATEST STORIES Giannis Antetokounmpo paces Bucks past Knicks to home-and-home sweep MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The goalkeeper, who has played for the country 62 times, said it would have been “unfair” for him to take a spot of another player knowing that he will only be available for one match.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The players picked by Eriksson and his staff have 608 appearances for the national team between them with Phil and James Younghusband arguably the biggest names and with the most number of caps with 105 and 100, respectively. Paul Mulders is the oldest player in the side at 37 years old, while Patrick Strauss is the youngest at 22. Miguel Tanton, one of the top midfielders in the Philippines Football League, who signed with Ceres-Negros recently, was a surprise inclusion as he was not part of any of the squads in the buildup to the tournament. FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“I think we have formed a great group of players ready to represent the country in our biggest tournament yet,” said Azkals manager Dan Palami.Etheridge was left out of the squad as he can only commit to play for one match – against South Korea on Jan. 7 – with his English Premier League club Cardiff City locked in a tight battle to stay in the top flight in England.  View commentslast_img read more

CONFIRMED! Everton line-up v Krasnodar: Strong team despite Man United test

first_img1 Everton boss Roberto Martinez 1 Everton come into their Europa League match at Krasnodar on a high after snatching a late draw in the Merseyside derby.And it appears manager Roberto Martinez is taking this match as seriously as he did against Wolfsburg in the opener. This is despite a massive match against Manchester United on Sunday.The Toffees swept aside Wolfsburg 4-1, only to then suffer a surprising 3-2 reverse against Crystal Palace at Goodison Park three days later.Former Red Devils midfielder Darron Gibson will partner Gareth Barry in midfield with Christian Atsu, Aiden McGeady and veteran Leon Osman just ahead of them.Seamus Coleman’s continued absence at right-back means Tony Hibbert is in, possibly meaning local Merseyside lad Tyias Browning plays against United.Kevin Mirallas is another player set to miss out after injuring his hamstring against the Reds and his place will be taken by Aiden McGeady, whose experience of Russian football with Spartak Moscow will stand him in good stead alongside Samuel Eto’o, who also has knowledge of the country after two years with Anzhi Makhachkala.Everton’s ine-up v Krasnodar: Everton fans, let us know your prediction for the Krasnodar match. Comment below.last_img read more

Colin Murray and Friends – Friday, September 25

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THE HOOPS REPORT: BOSS LENNON HAPPY AFTER 4-2 WIN OVER INVERNESS

first_imgHAPPY: NEIL LENNONFROM NEIL DOHERTY IN INVERNESS: THEY may have conceded two goals in the last ten minutes but Celtic’s 4-2 win here over Inverness Caley Thistle was a great work-out for the Hoops ahead of Wednesday’s second leg Champions League qualifier against Helsingborgs.Neil Lennon made six changes for today’s lunchtime clash and surely it was the introduction of Man of the Match Tony Watt which was the most influential as the striker bagged two goals on his full competitive debut.Celtic were in front in the 4th minutes as Victor Wanyama headed in from Adam Matthews’ corner. Tony Watt curled in the second in the 24th minute and battered in the fourth in the 63rd, with a well-worked move allowing Charlie Mulgrew to slot past Ryan Esson in between in the 47th minute.Ross Draper fired in two late goals to take some of the gloss on a well-worked Celtic win.If Neil Lennon was annoyed about throwing away two goals at the end at a ground where Celtic have regularly dropped points over the years, he didn’t show it.“That was as good as we have played here in a long time,” said the Co Armagh man afterwards. “It was a brilliant performance and I have to be pleased with that.”He also had a special mention for Watt who showed some superb touches for the Hoops.“Tony was superb, he has great assets and I think we have a great player on our hands,” said Neil.He agreed he had one eye on next Wednesday.“It is a balancing act between the games and we coped quite well. We look ok now for Wednesday. It was a great 90 minutes for us today and that will do us no harm at all,” he added. THE HOOPS REPORT: BOSS LENNON HAPPY AFTER 4-2 WIN OVER INVERNESS was last modified: August 25th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:THE HOOPS REPORT: BOSS LENNON HAPPY AFTER 4-2 WIN OVER INVERNESSlast_img read more

JARLA SAYS DONEGAL IS READY FOR ANY CHALLENGE!

first_imgJARLA SAYS DONEGAL IS READY FOR ANY CHALLENGE! was last modified: August 29th, 2014 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:donegaldublinJarla’s Viewlast_img

Orange crush

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week The excitement over the weekend spilled into Monday, when Orange Line buses reported standing room only. Local residents were doing something many thought would never happen – giving up their cars, and giving mass transit a try. Many, of course, were merely testing the waters and no doubt will soon return to their cars. But still, the enthusiasm was encouraging. With traffic congestion and gas prices as oppressive as ever, it’s hard to imagine a more perfect moment for a new mass-transit option to be unveiled. Over the long haul, the Orange Line could truly make a difference. Each passenger on those sleek, silver, articulated buses represents one less car on our jammed streets and freeways. Every positive Orange Line experience in these initial days could translate to thousands of commuting hours relieved in the future. So this is not only a time for celebration, but also for learning. MTA officials must pay close attention to how riders are using the buses, what they like and what they don’t, and then make the appropriate modifications. Because the novelty of the Orange Line won’t last long, and when it rubs off, convenience alone will determine whether these curious new riders become riders for life. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Who ever said that mass transit couldn’t work in the San Fernando Valley? That person might want to reconsider that assessment in light of the stunning success of the newly debuted, east-west Orange Line busway. So far, the results couldn’t be more promising. This past weekend, the buses were packed. Granted, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority was waiving fares, and nothing attracts customers like a freebie, but it was also the weekend – not exactly prime commuting hours. But people were there, some 44,500 Saturday alone. Whether they had somewhere to go or not, Vals wanted to be part of the next big thing – the first new major public transportation option in Los Angeles since the Red Line. And unlike the Red Line, which barely makes it into the Valley, this one is ours, a rare public investment in this community’s quality of life. last_img read more

PRE-SCHOOL CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL NEEDS BEING FAILED AGAIN – DCCC

first_imgAvril McMonagleThe Donegal County Childcare Census 2015 has revealed a shocking trend regarding children with special education needs across County Donegal. Out of over 170 children with special needs participating in the free pre-school year, Donegal childcare providers have reported that 63% are unsupported by any form of grant assistance or specialist support.The ratio of males to females is double and proportionally, the highest concentration of children not receiving specialist supports is in Glenties followed by Letterkenny and then the Inishowen region. Avril McMonagle, Manager of Donegal County Childcare who commissioned the census survey says ‘This means that children are not getting the specialised supports they require to enable their full participation in pre-school and to achieve their full potential. On the most basic level, this can be caused by a service not having the funding to train a member of staff in language support skills or personal handling. For children who require one to one supervision and learning support, the situation can be untenable for not only the child with special needs, but all other children in the service’.Donegal County Childcare have been informed that a report will be available next month from an interdepartmental group set up to address this situation which Government has recognised as ‘unsatisfactory’.However Ms. McMonagle comments ‘yet another report identifying the problem without immediate action will not help children with special needs starting pre-school in Donegal this September. Pre-school providers have been struggling with this issue since the introduction of the free pre-school year in 2010 and five years on – internal political wrangling between departments has resulted in children all over the county being failed year after year’.Currently there are huge deficits in mainstream pre-school provision for children with special needs – there is no specific budget available to train staff to provide specialised supports for children and special educational needs assistants are largely employed through fundraising activates. Ms. Mc Monagle concluded ‘A ringfenced SEN support fund – accessible at local level through the County Childcare Committee needs to be central to budget negotiations from the HSE, Department of Education and Department of Children and Youth Affairs. One Department needs to take lead responsibly in this area and the perpetual, shameful buck passing must end’.PRE-SCHOOL CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL NEEDS BEING FAILED AGAIN – DCCC was last modified: August 24th, 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

SA 4th in world for national pride

first_img4 August 2006South Africans rank fourth in the world for pride in their country, according to a recent report by the National Opinion Research Center (NORC) at the University of Chicago in the US.The report, released in June, was based on a survey of people in 34 countries carried out by the International Social Survey Program, a consortium of survey researchers throughout the world.Countries surveyed were mostly in Europe and the Americas, with several Asian countries represented. Israel was the only Middle Eastern country included.The researchers asked people about their pride in 10 specific areas of their country: its democratic system; political influence in the world; economic success; social security; science and technological achievements; sports; arts and literature; military; history; and fair treatment of all groups in society.My country right or wrong?A second set of questions tested people’s general national pride, asking to what extent they agreed with such statements as, “I would rather be a citizen of my country than any other country in the world,” “Generally speaking, my country is a better country than most countries”, and “I would support my country even if it were in the wrong.”In area-specific pride, the United States led with an average score of 3.6, followed by Venezuela (3.9), Ireland (6.9), South Africa (7.9), Australia (7.9) and Canada (9.6). (A top score of 1.0 would be achieved if citizens rated their country as number one in all 10 areas.)On the general pride measure, people in Venezuela scored 18.4 (out of a possible 25), followed by people in the US (17.7), Australia (17.5), Austria (17.4), South Africa (17), Canada (17), Chile (17.1), New Zealand (16.6) and Israel (16.2).So, while Venezuela led on general national pride and finished second on area-specific pride, the US scored first on the latter and second on the former.New nations, former coloniesAlthough these two countries have been at odds over a variety of issues recently, they share a common trait with most of the top 10 countries in the national pride survey – they are both relatively new nations that once were colonies.“These countries formed their national identities through conflicts that bound their people together and created a national story that resonates with citizens,” said Tom Smith, author of the report and director of the General Social Survey at the NORC.Patriotism is mostly a “New World” concept, the survey found: while former colonies and newer nations were more likely to rank high on the list, Western European, East Asian and former Socialist countries tended to rank near the middle or bottom.National pride serves as a resource to buttress people’s fortitude during times of adversity, Smith said. Levels of pride in specific areas help shape dimensions of national identity, such as how people define a true member of their national group.Globalism; bad mannersCountries that were part of the former Soviet Union or in the former Eastern Bloc ranked lower because they were still struggling to find new national identities, Smith said.The countries at the bottom of the list were generally established countries in Europe. “It could be that those nations are experiencing a response to globalism, particularly among young people,” Smith said. “Many identify as much as being Europeans as they do as being citizens of their own country.“In some European nations,” he added, “the concept of strong patriotism also has negative connotations.”Cultural differences, Smith said, might explain the lower rankings of the three Asian countries on the list – Japan (18), Taiwan (29) and Korea (31) – where it is “both bad luck and poor manners” to be boastful about things.Response to terrorismIn a separate report published in March, Smith and co-author Seokho Kim examined changes in national pride over the past decade, and found that countries with growing national pride were those that had experienced terrorist attacks on their citizens, such as the United States and Australia.The study also found that within the surveyed countries, national pride was generally lower among minority groups, people with higher levels of education, and younger adults.Ranking for (area-specific) national pride:United StatesVenezuelaIrelandSouth AfricaAustraliaCanadaPhilippinesAustriaNew ZealandChileGreat BritainIsraelUruguayFinlandSpainDenmarkSwitzerlandJapanFrancePortugalHungaryBulgariaNorwayRussiaSwedenSloveniaGermany (West)Czech RepublicTaiwanLatviaKoreaSlovakiaPolandGermany (East)SouthAfrica.info reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

It takes Oliver’s Village to raise a child

first_imgHigher education costs are often out of reach of the average South African matriculant; but David Sellar wants to help change this.In 1 April 2001, he started the non-profit organisation Oliver’s House in Benoni in Gauteng to bring skills development, education, training, job creation and early childhood development assistance to poorer communities in the city.The Oliver’s House pre-school works with 210 children from the Zenzele informal settlement south east of Johannesburg and provides a safe, caring and loving learning environment“David is one of my friends and when I wanted to start an NGO (non-governmental organisation) he came to me with the idea that started our organisation,” said Terence Ferreira, chief executive officer at Oliver’s House.“Our initiative is to help our students with improvements on mainly maths and science but we also look very closely into creative arts and farming,” said Ferreira.Oliver’s House works with communities in Etwatwa, Wattville, Daveyton and along the East Rand.A SELF-SUSTAINING COMMUNITY“We have only two teachers at the moment and they have to go through our 90 students that come in for lessons,” said Ferreira, “however we are trying to improve our level of teaching and hopefully we will have more to give out to the students.”The Oliver’s House education centre provides free assistance in maths and science for Grade 11 and Grade 12 students who’ve failed the grades and want to pass their supplementary exams.“Each day we see the realities of educational inequity juxtaposed against the concrete evidence that when students in low-income communities are given the opportunities they deserve, they excel” said Ferreira.“These students are the keepers of all South Africa’s potential and promise; we must work together to build the foundation of their success and provide them with the tools they will need to compete in tomorrow’s global economy,” he said.The centre provides students with access to an Information and Communications Technology (ICT) programme, offering access to the internet and free computer skills courses for those students who don’t have access to the technology at home or at school. This improves their chances in the job market.The centre also rewards pupils who excel: “Those who come out at the top of our class get to take home a computer,” says Ferreira. The education centre is led by Charles Mahlangu, who is also one of the teachers at the centre.The Nomthandazo Children’s Care Centre is led by the founder Ndazi Mtshwene, with eight caregivers.The Oliver’s House pre-school works with 210 children from the Zenzele informal settlement south east of Johannesburg and provides a safe, caring and loving learning environment.“With a good foundation before starting school anyone can accomplish anything they desire and that is why we would love to help build inspiration from an early age” said Ferreira.The organisation also runs a feeding scheme in Zenzele, providing free meals to children and families in the settlementThe organisation also runs a feeding scheme in Zenzele, providing free meals to children and families in the settlement. “Who can learn or work on an empty stomach?” asks Ferreira.The organisation also has plans to build Oliver’s Village, with an HIV/Aids clinic, an organic farm and food forest, a children’s daycare facility, a community hall, a skills development village, children’s homes and an amphitheatre and learning centre.The village will be environmentally friendly, using bio-gas, solar energy and an on-site generator for cooking and heating. The plot boasts a borehole producing 20 litres of high-quality water per second with additional rain and storm water harvesting systems, and grey water treatment systems.The plot caters for two acres of grassland, two acres of food forest, one acre of food gardens, six acres for housing, the HIV/Aids clinic, classrooms, a playground and the amphitheatre.“We would like to have more volunteers but mostly sponsors so that we can help create a country that works together; our journey to that idea is still taking its baby steps; we can make it if everyone works side by side.” said Ferreira.PLAY YOUR PARTTo learn more about Oliver’s House visit its website, call 011 748 6500, or email contactus@olivershouse.co.za.last_img read more