Butler, Towns tow T-wolves into playoffs, oust Nuggets in OT

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Fittingly, it took until the last game and then some to get there.Butler scored 31 points, Karl-Anthony Towns had 26 points and 14 rebounds, and the Timberwolves outlasted the Denver Nuggets 112-106 in overtime Wednesday night in the first final-day play-in game in the NBA in 21 years.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownNo team in the league had gone longer without a postseason appearance than the Timberwolves, who took Towns with the first overall pick in the 2015 draft and traded for Butler last summer to put themselves in position to return.“I’ll probably fall asleep tonight and wake up in the middle of the night and start crying,” said Towns, who was 8 years old the last time the Wolves were in the playoffs. “It’ll hit me, what happened.” Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Westbrook averages a triple-double for 2nd straight season Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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 Andrew Wiggins sank two foul shots with 15 seconds remaining to make it 110-106 and finish with 18 points, and the Wolves were finally on their way to a celebration more than a decade in the making. Butler, who has not held back from openly challenging Wiggins and the other junior members of the team to play with more tenacity, walked up to Wiggins before the free throws with some forceful encouragement.“I was like, ’Wiggs, I know you can do this,’” Butler said. “And he told me to move. He did. He’s like, ‘Move!’ I’m like, ‘OK, excuse me.’ And he stepped up and hit both of them. So, from now on, stay in my lane.”The Wolves were ahead by as many as 10 points in the second quarter and took a 99-91 lead on Teague’s 3-pointer with 4:26 left in regulation, but just like with this whole regular season the Nuggets wouldn’t go away.Jokic answered with a 3-pointer, and Butler missed both of his free throws. Back-to-back jumpers by Jamal Murray, the last one from 3-point range, tied it. Butler put the Wolves back in front with a 13-footer, but he missed twice more from the floor in the final two minutes. Murray’s off-balance bank tied it at 101, so the Wolves needed Gibson’s defense to save them down the stretch.He forced Jokic into the baseline for a forced layup that missed badly. Then Gibson stripped the ball from the 7-foot Serbian in the corner to give the Wolves the ball back with 1.6 seconds remaining in regulation. Jamal Crawford’s heave from just inside half court was on line, but it fell short.“I just took one dribble,” Jokic said, “and Taj made a really good defensive play.”PLAY NOW, REST LATERGibson played through a sore neck that forced him out of the last game in the first quarter, finishing with eight points in 35 minutes. Butler logged 42 minutes after playing 23 minutes apiece in his previous two games.“He told me after the shootaround that he’s from Brooklyn,” coach Tom Thibodeau said, “and he said he’d be fine.”DRAMATIC FINISH The game marked only the third time since the NBA’s current 16-team format began in 1984 that two teams met on the last day of the regular season with the winner qualifying for the playoffs and the loser being eliminated. Washington beat Cleveland in 1997 and Denver beat Sacramento in 1995 to claim the final spots.DIVISION DOMINANCEWith the loss, the Nuggets finished last in the Northwest Division, a mere three games out of first. This was the first time in 14 seasons since the NBA realigned into six divisions of five times apiece that the last-place team was less than 11 games behind the leader.TIP-INSNuggets: Jokic posted his seventh 30-point game of the season, three of those in the last six games. … Wilson Chandler went scoreless in 48 minutes. … The Nuggets had 15 turnovers, turning into 24 points for the Wolves.“You can’t go on the road and beat yourself in the most important game of the season,” coach Mike Malone said.Timberwolves: Towns finished the season with 68 double-doubles, the most in the NBA. His streak of 246 consecutive games played, every contest of his career, is the longest current run in the league. … This was the 16th sellout crowd for the Wolves, their most since the 1991-92 season.UP NEXTThe Wolves will start the first round in Houston, on either Saturday or Sunday. P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Minnesota Timberwolves’ Karl-Anthony Towns, left, tries to keep control of the ball as he is fouled by Denver Nuggets’ Mason Plumlee during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, April 11, 2018, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)MINNEAPOLIS — The toughness that Jimmy Butler, Taj Gibson and the rest of the veterans brought to the Minnesota Timberwolves this season was on display from start to finish.Finally, after a 14-year absence, the long-languishing franchise is back in the playoffs.ADVERTISEMENT Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident MOST READ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast LATEST STORIES The Nuggets won six in a row to force this elimination game, including a 100-96 decision in Denver last week that was the last time the Wolves (47-35) played without Butler, and went 23-12 over their previous 35 contests.Nikola Jokic locked in a classic big man battled with Towns, finishing with 35 points and 10 rebounds, but he missed six of his last eight shots after the third quarter as the valiant finish to this season fell just short. The Nuggets (46-36) haven’t made the playoffs in five years.Now it’s the Timberwolves who are moving on to play, gulp, the NBA-best Houston Rockets.“I feel like our effort was outstanding. Theirs was too,” said Will Barton, who had 24 points but shot just 3 for 12 after halftime. “They just made the plays at the end. Give them credit.”Barton’s 3-pointer beat the shot clock for Denver’s first lead, 104-103, since midway through the first quarter. After Gibson hounded Jokic to force an air-balled 3-point try, Jeff Teague swished a floater with 1:19 left in overtime to put the Wolves back in front for good.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

NCAA: San Beda mauls EAC for sixth straight win

first_imgSan Beda continued its hot streak with a 76-57 dismantling of Emilio Aguinaldo College in the NCAA Season 94 men’s basketball tournament Thursday at Filoil Flying V Centre.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 NCAA: San Sebastian gets 3rd straight win, ousts JRU from Final 4 race Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal The Red Lions are still undefeated in the second round after six games and improved to a 12-1 record to stay at the second seed while Generals are hanging on for dear life with a 2-10 card at 11th place.San Beda held a slim 38-36 lead over the Generals heading into the break but the defending champion completely lambasted EAC in the third with a 21-9 run en route to the win.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 ChrissRobert Bolick led San Beda with 20 points, 10 rebounds, five assists, and three steals while Javee Mocon added 11 points.Hamadou Laminou finished with a 15-point, 10-rebound double-double for the Generals. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments MOST READ For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity.last_img read more

Lindeners to benefit from treated water by mid-August

first_imgThe Amelia’s Ward and Wisroc water treatment plants are expected to become operational by mid-next month. These will provide treated water to thousands of residents of the Region Ten (Upper Demerara/Berbice) town of Linden.Executive director of Infrastructure Planning and Implementation of the Guyana Water Incorporated (GWI), Ramchand Jailal, told the Government Information Agency (GINA) that the two water treatment plants were completed over a year ago, but after inspection, they were found to have defective filters.Jailal noted that GWI is carrying out works to fix the filters: “At present work is ongoing on the improvement of the filters because for any water treatment plant, that’s the heart.”Testing of both plants should be completed within two weeks. Jailall explained that once testing is completed, the treatment plants will become fully operational. The director explained that, “they are scheduled to undertake testing in the latter part of this week and after they test the filters at Ameila’s Ward, in another two weeks’ time we will also be testing the filters at Wisroc.”The aim behind constructing the two water plants is to reduce operational costs associated with the treatment of surface water from the Demerara River. The repairs will cost over $50 million, with $35 million for the redesigned filtration system and a further $15 million for the shell structure.Additionally, the Mackenzie and West Watooka water plants will undergo rehabilitative works in August and will serve as a backup.“These projects have already been tendered and evaluated and are at present at the National Procurement and Tender Administration Board for award for contracts. We expect those awards before the end of July and the works are expected to start in August,” Jailal said.Linden residents, at the Ministerial outreach on Friday, highlighted the water challenges they face on a daily basis; however, they were made aware of the ongoing efforts by GWI to ensure that potable water is accessible to every resident.last_img read more

Ebola Responsible for Liberia’s Economic Underperformance

first_imgAs a result of the Ebola virus disease, Liberia is expected to markedly underperform in its 2014 and 2015 growth projections,” according to Mr. Jefferson Kambo, Officer-in-Charge, Research Department, Central Bank of Liberia.Mr. Kambo made the disclosure on Thursday, November 13 at the opening of a two-day forum on Economic Recovery from the Impact of the Ebola Epidemic.The forum was organized by the Consortium of Concerned Businesses in Liberia in collaboration with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), World Bank, National Investment Commission (NIC) and the Ministry of Commerce and Industry (MoCI). It was held under the theme: “Strengthen Trade and Commerce for Post-Ebola Liberia.”Mr. Kambo, who proxy for Dr. J. Mills Jones, Governor, CBL, said the Reserved Gross Domestic Product (RDGP) growth in 2014 has reduced from 5.9 percent to 0.4 percent meaning, there is a double-digit inflation.According to him, the economy is projected to remain stagnant (0.0 percent RGDP growth) in 2015 if the crisis continues.He said the economy has declined in mining, services and agricultural output that are driving the poor growth performance.Mr. Kambo further stated that though the international oil prices have been falling, the decline in domestic food production and increased freight and insurance charges on imports have largely led to double-digit inflation since June 2014.He maintained that coupled with decline in export earning, largely from rubber and iron ore, the recent move by the US Federal Reserve to end expansionary monetary policy (QE) will lead to a stronger US dollar globally, with concerns for stability in the value of the Liberian dollar in the near term.He also disclosed that the Ebola impact has also affected the domestic banking sector in several ways, including, decline in deposits and assets, especially during the third quarter (July to Sept. 2014).Despite the negative impacts, the CBL has been resilient and has provided prudent supervisory oversight, which has yielded positive results, said Kambo. “All nine banks maintain strong liquidity positions, remaining above the regulatory threshold throughout the crisis, adding that the banking sector continues to maintain strong capital adequacy, with all nine banks remaining well above the regulatory Capital Adequacy Ratio (CAR) of 10.0 percent,” Mr. Kambo stated.Through CBL’s risk-based supervision and macro-prudential policies, risk management within the sector has improved tremendously over the past few years, he maintained.Also speaking, Sam P. Jackson, consultant and Economist added that the post Ebola recovery strategy must not be based upon business as usual.Mr. Jackson said government must change the way it does business and if it wants to change the condition of ordinary Liberians during the post Ebola era.He said the definition of ‘insanity’ is doing the same things over and over and expecting a different result.He stressed that the country should create a friendly atmosphere so that doing business can lead to productivity.The Liberian economist said these are grimed statistics though, but Liberians are not in an entirely hopeless situation.He believed that the situation can be changed, provided if post recovery strategy is not based on business as usual.For his part, Dr. Byron Tarr, Director, Center for Policy Studies told the business audience that Ebola is only a manifestation of the collapse of a dysfunctional governance system built around elites since the independence of Liberia.Foreign Direct Investment, the main source of exclusive growth in the country’s economic history, is not necessarily the best alternative for national development, adding that concessions usually confer the right to exploit resources outside of a concessionaire’s core activities.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Natural mangrove die-off results in sea defence works

first_imgGuyana’s coastline has seen some considerable sea defence construction in light of the natural die-off of the mangroves. One such area is the West Coast of Demerara (WCD) where works were carried out by the Public Infrastructure Ministry’s Sea and River Defence Unit, in an effort to avoid flooding.The mangroves, which serve as the main barrier between the people of the coastland and the vast waters of the Demerara River, have been subjected to natural die-off during the past three years. As such, the amount of mangrove cover has been reduced significantly.When contacted, Head of the Mangrove Office at the National Agricultural Research and Extension Institute (NAREI), Kene Moseley explained that the area is been monitored to determine whether or not mangroves will be planted immediately, as certain assessments are necessary and must be carried out.“We have to monitor the area. One of the areas has to stop with the erosion cycle. If it starts accreting again, we will consider to monitor, to make sure it reached the right elevation. And then we may or may not do planting, depending on whether or not the area starts to naturally regenerate, but we have to continue monitoring. At the moment we, don’t plan to do any planting.”It was also clarified that the mangroves were there for the primary defence in that area. As the mangroves deteriorated, residents experienced flooding and thus, the sea defence unit was subjected to build riprap structures which they have been doing.Guyanese conservationist Annette Arjoon-Martins in commenting on the phenomenon she stated that due to the natural process of erosion, the sea defence workers are doing a ‘remarkable’ job of trying to save the banks of the river from eroding completely. This will help to prevent flooding of areas where people reside where this kind of erosion is occurring.last_img read more

North Peace Cheer Explosion take third at regional competition

first_imgSPRUCE GROVE, A.B. – Members of Fort St. John’s North Peace Cheer Explosion cheerleading team were in Spruce Grove this past weekend competing at the Western Cheer Challenge. The team came away with a third place finish in their division.The group had a wide age range of those taking part with the youngest being five and the oldest 14.“They were all very excited and pleased with themselves. They were very proud of themselves,” coach Theresa Ramsay said.- Advertisement -The Explosion have existed in Fort St. John for seven years. Those interested in potentially joining can visit the team’s spot at the one-stop registration on April 2nd at the Totem Mall from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. They also have a Facebook page which can be found by clicking here.last_img

School crime eyed

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant Pornographic images were left on one classroom computer, and two laptops were taken during a break-in that happened between Feb. 11 and Feb. 13. District officials said that in order to get the porn images on the school’s computer, an offender relatively sophisticated in user techniques had to circumvent the school’s filters and access another one. These burglaries followed a rash of other break-ins during the fall at Old Orchard, Pico Canyon, Valencia Valley and Meadows elementary schools. Although vandalism and break-ins previously have occurred at Newhall schools, as elsewhere in Los Angeles County, the concentration of these crimes has alarmed school officials. And at the schools, teachers and principals are left with the job of explaining to students why boards now cover broken windows, desks have been tossed about and some classroom computers are gone. “They feel violated. It’s almost as if someone broke into their own house. So it’s very personal, certainly, for the staff and students up there (at Stevenson Ranch Elementary School) and at other schools where this took place,” said Mike Clear, the district’s assistant superintendent of business services. Computers have been theft targets for some years because newer ones can be easily sold, said Sgt. James Anderson of the burglary and theft team for the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. Anderson said burglars have targeted computers from various businesses in Santa Clarita, especially computers visible from outside. Vandals break windows and easily grab the computers without having to search. Business computers also are stolen to gain personal information about clients for identity-theft purposes sometimes, Anderson said. The school board president – Mike Shapiro, who’s also a county sheriff’s deputy – said there are pros and cons with every security system, and that officials will have to see what best fits the local schools. Sometimes neighbors living near the schools are the best “security systems” because they hear glass shattering or see something unusual on campuses and call police. That was the case last year at Pico Canyon School when some teens smashed in windows and doors. “They got caught because neighbors heard,” Shapiro said. “Because it was loud.” Sue Doyle, (661) 257-5254 sue.doyle@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SANTA CLARITA – A string of burglaries and vandalism at some Newhall schools has pushed security to the district’s forefront. After about $12,630 in losses and damage in the Newhall School District, the school board and administrators are considering security measures, ranging from new alarm systems to beefed-up patrol services, to prevent further crimes. Laptop computers and other electronics have been the main targets stolen during these burglaries in which Stevenson Ranch Elementary School was most recently struck. School officials noticed last Friday that equipment had been stolen. It was the second burglary at the neighborhood school in less than a week. last_img read more

Behind the scenes at El Clasico – skills, celebrations, Messi, and Suarez’s jokes

first_img REVEALED Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? shining Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury ADVICE REVEALED MONEY Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move But what did it look like behind the scenes in Catalonia? Lucky for us, there were cameras picking up every move from the players’ arrival, their crazy skills, fan celebrations, and Lionel Messi’s reaction at the final whistle.And you can see it all below. Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Barca fans are no doubt still celebrating such was the manner of the victory, with Luis Suarez bagging a hat-trick at the Camp Nou.Philippe Coutinho and Arturo Vidal were the other goalscorers on the day, while Marcelo got one back for Real Madrid.center_img Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade REPLY Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won huge blow 1 Latest Football Stories RANKED no dice Barcelona served up a stunning performance to beat rivals Real Madrid 5-1 in another fascinating El Clasico encounter.The Spanish giants are now in pole position for the title while Los Blancos sit in ninth spot after a horrendous run which has resulted in the dismissal of manager Julen Lopetegui. Barcelona fans create a tifo ahead of El Clasico. Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card BEST OF last_img read more

Aerial Drones Reveal Hidden Archaeology

first_imgArchaeologists spend much of their professional lives in holes, digging deep underground to discover the remains of ancient communities and cultures. But now, some of them are taking to the skies—with a little help from drones. By outfitting these unmanned craft with thermal cameras, archaeologists have discovered a new and affordable way of seeing what’s underground while flying high above it.Thermal imaging has been “the unexplored frontier” in archaeology for a long time, says Jesse Casana, an archaeologist at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville. The idea behind the technique is simple: Over the course of a day and a night, different parts of a landscape heat up and cool down at different rates. Buried stones, for example, tend to retain heat longer than dry soil around them does. That means that in the early morning, the stones will be much warmer than the surrounding earth. Those temperature differences are invisible to our eyes, but a thermal camera—which detects infrared light, otherwise known as heat—can easily record and reveal them. And if those buried stones happen to be the remains of ancient buildings, that camera has just taken a picture of a lost settlement without digging a single hole.But how do you get a thermal camera up in the air to take those pictures? In the past, archaeologists have tried everything from small planes and helicopters to hot air balloons and kites. Casana recalls that one team even sent a graduate student up in a powered parachute—basically a flying go-kart—to snap thermal pictures of a site while leaning over the side. They got “amazing results,” but the technique was time-consuming, expensive, and dangerous, Casana says. So he started thinking about alternatives. What kind of contraption could fly a thermal camera over a large area without much help from humans on the ground—and do it for not very much money? 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They can fly for about 15 minutes on their own, covering much larger areas than a balloon or kite can. Plus, they are cheap (and getting cheaper); anyone can buy a kit and build their own UAV for just a few hundred dollars. All Casana needed to do was strap a thermal camera onto one, program a flight plan over an archaeological site, and wait for its buried features to be revealed.Casana took his drone setup to a known ancient settlement site in northern New Mexico called Blue J. Occupied from about 600 C.E to 1150 C.E. by people known as Ancestral Puebloans, Blue J was populated at the same time as sites around Chaco Canyon, about 70 kilometers to the north. But unlike better studied Ancestral Puebloan settlements, Blue J is buried under a meter of desert sand. Most of its ancient stone architecture is obscured, and it’s hard for archaeologists to even know where to start digging.By sending the thermal camera on four, 11-minute drone flights over Blue J, each at a different time of day, Casana and his team revealed many of the community’s buried structures. Not only did the thermal images accurately record most of the known buildings at Blue J, but they also revealed that some of these structures were much larger than archaeologists previously thought, the researchers report in this month’s Journal of Archaeological Science. Thanks to the drone, the team may have even spotted a great kiva, a type of underground ceremonial structure found in most Ancestral Puebloan communities but, strangely, not yet in Blue J. That’s the kind of discovery that can help future teams of archaeologists pinpoint the most promising places to begin their excavations, Casana says.Drones outfitted with imaging technology such as thermal cameras have “become an amazing tool for identifying archaeological sites and figuring out where excavations should take place,” agrees Austin Hill, a research scientist at the University of Connecticut, Storrs, who has used UAVs for surveys of archaeological sites in the Middle East and was not involved in the Blue J work. There’s just one problem, he says: Drones are “prone to falling out of the sky.” UAVs are still a relatively new technology, prone to glitches and failures. There’s “a steep learning curve” just to get to the point where your drone doesn’t crash every time you try to fly it, Casana says. Luckily, replacement parts are cheap, and like many young technologies, UAVs are improving rapidly. Soon, they may be as indispensable to archaeologists as shovels and trowels—if not quite as easy to use.last_img read more