View comments LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying Still in the hunt Oklahoma City Thunder forwards Paul George (13) and Jerami Grant (9) celebrate after George hit a shot with less than a second left in the second overtime of an NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz in Oklahoma City, Friday, Feb. 22, 2019. The Thunder won 148-147. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)OKLAHOMA CITY — Paul George floated in a basket with less than a second remaining in double-overtime, capping a 45-point night with the winning shot in the Oklahoma City Thunder’s 148-147 victory over the Utah Jazz on Friday.George dribbled out the final seconds before driving between two defenders and floating in a shot with 0.8 seconds left. Kyle Korver got off a desperate 3 for Utah, but it went long as the buzzer sounded.ADVERTISEMENT Thunder: Oklahoma City scored at least 115 points for the 19th straight game, passing the Cincinnati Royals for the second longest such streak in NBA history. The Denver Nuggets hold the record with 22 straight. … Oklahoma City swept the season series against Utah. … The Thunder have won seven straight at home.WELCOME TO THE THUNDERDOMEMarkieff Morris received a rousing round of applause when he made his first appearance on the court for the Thunder. Morris, signed as a free agent Wednesday, checked in 3 1/2 minutes into the first quarter after Grant picked up two quick fouls, but was ineffective in his first stint. He played the rest of the quarter without taking a shot or grabbing a rebound, picking up two fouls of his own. He played 17 minutes, missed his only shot and had two assists.UP NEXTJazz: Hosts Dallas on Saturday night.Thunder: Hosts Sacramento on Saturday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Steven Adams played a game-high 47 minutes for Oklahoma City, returning from a pre-All-Star break ankle injury to score 16 points and grab 10 rebounds to go along with five steals.Derek Favors hit his first 10 shots, finishing with 24 points and 11 rebounds for Utah. Gobert had 26 points and 16 rebounds for the Jazz.The teams were physical throughout. Westbrook got a flagrant foul for crashing into Gobert while defending a layup, and there was a fracas late in the first half after Jae Crowder fouled the Thunder’s Dennis Schroder.TIP-INSJazz: It was the first time Utah had scored more than 140 points in a game in seven years and the first time they had allowed more than 140 points since 2009.ADVERTISEMENT NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers PLAY LIST 01:48NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers05:05SEA Games 2019: Rubilen Amit finally beats Chezka Centeno for 9-ball gold (HIGHLIGHTS)00:50Trending 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 Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief Russell Westbrook added 43 points, 15 rebounds and eight assists, helping Oklahoma City overcome 38 points from Donovan Mitchell. Westbrook fouled out with 1:09 left in the first overtime, ending his NBA streak of 11 consecutive games with a triple-double.The game went to overtime after the Thunder’s Jerami Grant completed a tying three-point play, then blocked Mitchells shot at the other end. Grant had 18 points.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsIn the first overtime, Abdel Nader hit a 3-pointer to give the Thunder a 139-137 lead in the final minute after Westbrook and Terrance Ferguson had fouled out. Utah’s Rudy Gobert tipped in the tying basket with 33.7 seconds left, and George and Mitchell eached missed jumpers in the closing seconds.Gobert hit two free throws with 1:10 left in the second overtime for a 147-146 lead, but Utah went cold from there. Mitchell’s driving shot off the glass missed the rim, and Joe Ingles missed on a long 3-point try as the shot clock expired with 13.2 seconds left. MOST READ
Dear Editor,The very essential, much-touted and long-awaited minibus Code of Conduct has finally become a reality. The travelling public which mainly consists of the working class and school children, who can afford no other means of transportation and who regularly use these buses is eagerly awaiting to see if the code is going to serve the purpose for which it was intended.The hooliganism, bullyism and downright lawlessness which was allowed to become so entrenched must come to an end. It can only happen with the support of the Minibus Union, the owners, the drivers, the conductors, the commuters and of course the police. The court would also have an important role to play. For this Code of Conduct to bring the much-needed relief from this aggressive and hostile behaviour pattern displayed by many drivers and conductors.Yes, there are some buses in which both drivers and conductors are very polite, and they also adhere to the laws as it relates to the Motor Vehicle and Road Traffic Act, Chapter 51:02.Many or most of them need to understand that they need the commuters just as much as the commuters need them.Sincerely,Archie W Cordis
Dear Editor,Constitutional reformThe year 2017 also saw poor rice farmers from Region 5 successfully challenging the unconstitutional revocation of their 50-year-old leases for rice lands. It is also this year that the President instructed Minister Joseph Harmon to direct the Police Service Commission to halt the promotion of Police officers. Again, the constitutional jurisdiction of the High Court had to be invoked to declare these directions unconstitutional.This year also witnessed repeated acts of rampant discrimination on the grounds of race, gender and politics. Dozens of qualified professional sons and daughters of this land were unlawfully dismissed in a manner designed to disgrace, humiliate, and tarnish their professional reputation and standing.Another vulgar violation of the Constitution took place when the Commissioner of Police was suspended by the Minister of Public Security, in clear violation of Article 225 of the Constitution. It was also in 2017 that the nation learnt that the Government received an US$18 million signing bonus from ExxonMobil, which it stashed in a secret account in the Central Bank instead of being deposit in the Consolidated Fund, as is required by Article 216 of the Constitution.The year 2017 will conclude with Guyana being no closer to constitutional reform, something the Coalition Government promised to deliver within its first 100 days in office.This year, the nation also witnessed an unprecedented and repeated abuse of the Procurement Act, wherein a singular purchase of pharmaceuticals worth over $605 million was undertaken upon the direction of a Minister of Health to a handpicked supplier.The year 2017 will also end without the promised termination of the lease of a house in Charlestown, for which the Government is paying $14 million per month to one of its cronies. The lease contract says that the property is being rented as an office, but the Government says it is storing pharmaceuticals and medical supplies at the premises.Like in preceding years, the Minister of Finance cut the budgetary requests of almost every single constitutional agency, while the Government continues to pay lip service to financial and functional autonomy, which these agencies are guaranteed under the Constitution. The Judiciary’s Capital Budget was cut by over two-thirds, rendering it impossible for the Judiciary to carry out most of its capital programme.APPOINTMENT OF CHANCELLORPerhaps the mother of all constitutional violations was the President’s unilateral appointment of an 84-year-old retired Judge as Chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM). This scandalous appointment came after the President rejected 18 respectable and outstanding Guyanese whose names were submitted to him by the Leader of the Opposition, who received those names through a consultative process involving almost every important stakeholder organisation in this country.The gentleman who was eventually appointed claimed that he was the Chief Justice of Grenada. The President disclosed to the press that he appointed him because he was the Chief Justice of Grenada. To date, not an iota of evidence has been produced that this gentleman was ever appointed the Chief Justice of Grenada. In fact, the evidence which has been unearthed established that he was never appointed the Chief Justice of Grenada. The matter is now engaging the attention of the court.2017 is ending with another major constitutional scandal brewing. The President is actively recruiting a person for the position of Chancellor of the Judiciary, but has not seen it fit to engage the Leader of the Opposition, whose agreement is constitutionally required before such appointment can be lawfully made.Indeed, the press has already identified a candidate who seems to enjoy the President’s confidence. Having regard to the President’s track record on these matters, one cannot discount some warped and twisted interpretation being placed on the Constitution through which the President persuades himself that he is empowered to make such an appointment unilaterally.Only time will tell.Mohabir Anil Nandlall,MPAttorney-at-Law
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — City Council has awarded a request for proposal contract to Urban Systems for the Parks and Recreation Master plan, which is designed to guide investments by the City into recreational infrastructure, parkland acquisition and development over the next two decades.The contract amounts to $148,340, plus GST.On January 12, the City released a Request for Proposal for the master plan, and the request closed on February 25. Six companies sent in proposals — ranging from $105,500 to $177,000. Staff from Fort St. John, Taylor and the PRRD all evaluated the proposals.- Advertisement -Although Urban System didn’t have the lowest price, their score was the highest among the proponents — at 80.4.Consultations and presentations regarding the master plan took place during the summer of 2015 to develop the scope of work — in conjunction with City Council, PRRD Directors and the District of Taylor’s Council.“The nature of the master plan development, and as detailed in the Urban Systems proposal, will have many opportunities for community input and consultation,” an administrative report to council stated.Advertisement Mathews Park Playground: Please note the 0-5 year old playground structure at Mathews park has not aged well and has…Posted by City of Fort St. John on Tuesday, April 12, 2016Advertisement The report calls recreation and leisure pursuits ‘critical foundations that work to enrich the lives of people who make our City an energetic place to live or visit.’A day after Council approved the contract in relation to the Parks and Recreation Master Plan, the City announced on social media that it would be removing the playground at Matthews Park, due to safety concerns as the structure has aged considerably. The playground, meant for children up to five years old, is currently fenced off and will be removed within the next few weeks.The City says it welcomes input on what residents would like to see for their parks in the future.
LANCASTER – The chief deputy agricultural commissioner in Los Angeles County will give an overview of agribusiness at the Antelope Valley Business Outlook Conference on Feb. 24 at the Antelope Valley Fairgrounds. Chief deputy since 1999, Robert Atkins was the first agricultural official to detect a Mediterranean fruit fly, or Medfly, in California – at Venice in 1975 – and subsequently managed the fruit-fly detection and pest-prevention programs from 1981 through 1992. After managing the Weights and Measures Bureau for seven years, he led the effort to merge weights-measures and agricultural inspection training. He laid the foundation for supermarket scanner inspection and price verification by helping legislators and county officials draft language for regulatory laws. Atkins earned a bachelor’s degree in entomology and a master’s in public administration from California State University, Long Beach. He is an alumnus of the California Agricultural Leadership Program. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita John Kasich, a FOX News Channel host and former Ohio congressman, will be the keynote speaker for the conference, sponsored by the Antelope Valley Board of Trade. Tickets are $150 per person and $1,200 for a table of eight. Corporate sponsorships are also available. To buy tickets or for details, call (661) 942-9581 or fax (661) 723-9279.
PHILADELPHIA – The nostalgia swept Damion Lee as he revisited alma mater.He watched part of Drexel’s game against Northeastern. He walked around campus with his wife, Sydel. He stopped by where he ate his first chicken cheesesteak. Hours later, Lee produced more memories that might leave him equally reflective years from now.In the Warriors’ 120-117 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday, Lee had 12 points on 4-of-6 shooting on a career-high 4-of-5 mark from 3. He helped the …
Click here if you’re unable to view the photo gallery on your mobile device.SAN FRANCISCO — The Warriors are lacking length at the center position. Injuries to Kevon Looney (hamstring) and Willie Cauley-Stein (ankle) robbed the pair of the Warriors’ entire camp.But the Warriors may get one of those centers back for Opening Night; Looney participated in his first full scrimmage of the year on Sunday. Coach Steve Kerr said he could be on track to play on Thursday against the Los Angeles …
Click here if you’re unable to view the photo gallery on your mobile device.One of the greatest pitchers in San Francisco Giants history is almost set to wear a different uniform.Left-hander Madison Bumgarner is reportedly close to signing a five-year, $85 million contract to stay in the National League West and join the Arizona Diamondbacks, which will officially bring an end to his tenure with the club that drafted him. Jeff Passan of ESPN first reported the news.Ken Rosenthal reports that …
Record-breaking long-distance swimmer Sarah Ferguson, who has swum some of the country’s fiercest ocean passages, has set her sights on the Ka’iwi channel between the Hawaiian islands as her next challenge, all while drawing attention to the detrimental impact of ocean pollution. South African swimmer Sarah Ferguson has tackled some of South Africa’s most challenging open water swims, including the Robben Island Freedom Swim and the Umlanga to Durban endurance race. Her next challenge is the Ka’iwi channel close to the Hawaiian islands at the end of July 2017. (Image: Breath Ocean Conservation)CD AndersonThe former competitive pool swimmer turned endurance open ocean swimmer is hoping to become the first African woman to conquer the mighty 42km Ka’iwi passage, known as the Valley of Bones, at the end of July 2017. Ferguson is already a seasoned endurance swimmer, having swum all the major South African open ocean challenges, including the Robben Island swim and the popular Umhlanga to Durban race.(Image: Wikipedia)In Hawaii, Ferguson will not only face the Valley’s ferocious waves and unpredictable currents, but will also have to be wary of the area’s unique but dangerous ocean wildlife, including various species of sharks, jellies and the illusive but deadly Portuguese Man-of-War bluebottle.Ferguson writes on her official blog the swim is not to be taken lightly, and she has done as much preparation as possible to complete it, including open swims around the Western Cape and the KwaZulu-Natal coast.To counter the extreme heat of the northern summer, Ferguson will swim most of the channel at night, with an able back-up team alongside her all the way.In her introduction on her fundraising page on the GoFundMe website, Ferguson writes: “The main objective of this swim and all my preparatory swims is to create awareness of the dire need for ocean conservation as well as to educate rural communities on the importance of conservation and development.”Partnering with various South African and North American conservation groups, including her own Breath Ocean Conservation team, the I Am Water Trust and Hawaiian community group Deep & Beyond, her trip will not only include the epic swim, but also a series of educational workshops with communities, especially young people, encouraging them to make the necessary changes in humans’ relationship with the ocean in order to protect the planet as a whole. Meanwhile, as she mentally prepares for the challenge of her life, all for a worthy, global cause, Ferguson and Breath Ocean Conservation are accepting donations and sponsorships on her official website and through the GoFundMe page.For more details on her epic swim, visit the Sarah Ferguson website and Breath Ocean Conservation Facebook pageSource: Sarah Ferguson website, YouTubeWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Rarely is the image of a farmer a woman.And yet, among all of Ohio’s farms, 40 percent are managed or partly managed by women. Nationally, women made up almost one third of all farmers, according to 2012 census data, the most recent year available.With women playing such a significant part in running or helping to run farms across the state, Ohio State University Extension connects women farmers and provides support for them to thrive and continue the healthy growth of women in the field.The number of female farm operators in the state has been rising since 1978 when it was first tracked.“It’s surprising to people to find out how many women are involved in agriculture even though women have had an important role since the beginning of agriculture,” said Emily Adams, an OSU Extension educator in Coshocton County.Between 2007 and 2012, there was a slight dip in women as principal operators on farms both in Ohio and the U.S. In the Buckeye state, the number declined by 5 percent. A new census is currently underway.For women in counties across the state, OSU Extension hosts educational workshops to help them improve their farming and management skills and network with other women farmers.Some of the challenges women in farming face are the same ones their male counterparts confront: planning for their successors on the farm as well as contending with insurance, liabilities and financial challenges.But a lot of women say they are especially challenged by tending to the needs of their family members and the constant demands of the business, Adams pointed out.“Women working in agriculture are trying to balance work and family responsibilities, and the two are interwoven because as women farmers, they often are working with family members 24/7.”“We strive to empower women with information and knowledge so they are prepared for situations. Hopefully, they will worry less and recognize the influence they can have over a situation.”Among the offerings that OSU Extension provides for women farmers is Annie’s Project, which is part of a national effort to enhance the farming and business skills of women involved in all aspects of agriculture.Two weekend conferences will be held for women in agriculture as part of Annie’s Project. The events will be Jan 25-28 at Salt Fork State Park Lodge and Conference Center, 14755 Cadiz Road, in Lore City, Ohio, and Feb. 2-4 at Western Buckeye Christian Camp, 5455 Roeth Road, in Houston, Ohio. For more information, visit go.osu.edu/annieretreat2018