MOST READ Duterte promises to look for funds to establish rail transport in Cebu LATEST STORIES Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town James shines as Cavs bounce back READ: Klay Thompson explodes for 60 as Warriors rout PacersIt was also the most points ever scored by a player against the Celtics. His free throw with 45.2 seconds left broke Elgin Baylor’s record of 64 points against Boston, set in 1959.“If you play basketball you’ve been in that zone,” Booker told NBA TV. “Going against a really good Boston team with a really good defense I knew I was going to have to lock in tonight and once I got it going my teammates kept finding me, kept setting screens for me.“Once I got past 50, then they were just going to me every possession.”The Suns used their fouls and timeouts in the fourth quarter to help Booker run up his total. He missed two shots in the final seconds, one a three-pointer.ADVERTISEMENT Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker gestures after he scored a basket, as fans cheer him at TD Garden in the fourth quarter of the Suns’ NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics, Friday, March 24, 2017, in Boston. Booker scored 70 points, but the Celtics wonp 130-120. Booker is just the sixth player in NBA history to score 70 or more points in a game. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)WASHINGTON—Phoenix guard Devin Booker produced a game for the ages Friday (Saturday, Manila), but his scintillating 70 point-haul wasn’t enough as the Suns fell 130-120 to the Celtics in Boston.Booker, 20, became just the sixth player in NBA history to score 70 or more points in a game and the youngest to do so.ADVERTISEMENT ‘Bad Boys for Life’ debuts so good with box office top spot Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties He connected on 21 of his 40 shot attempts, made four of 11 three-pointers and 24 of 26 free throws.For good measure he pulled down eight rebounds and handed out six assists.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnBooker scored 51 points in the second half, including 28 in the final quarter.His performance topped the 60-point effort in December by Golden State’s Klay Thompson for the highest scoring game of the season. Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Despite Booker’s exploits, Boston never trailed, leading by as many as 26 in the first half.Isaiah Thomas scored 34 points and added seven assists for the Celtics, who remained one game behind the Eastern Conference leading Cleveland Cavaliers and two and a half games ahead of the third-placed Washington Wizards.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely ‘It’s not my shame’: Why Filipino women are calling out sexual misconduct on social media ‘1917’ takes top honor at the Producers Guild Awards Taal Volcano evacuees warned against going home View comments
Dear Editor,The fight within the People’s National Congress (PNC) to succeed David Granger as party leader has begun, even as he is receiving medical treatment overseas. From what is going on, the fight is nasty to say the least.Since coming to Government in May 2015, many allegations of corruption were levelled at various Government officials from sections of society. The many financial improprieties as revealed through the Auditor General reports are shocking.The Sussex Street bond fiasco, the D’Urban Park Project and the sole sourcing of hundreds of millions of dollars in drugs from both a leading Private Sector establishment and a shell company from overseas, are a mere few instances of wanton corruption. All were publicly denied by Government officials.As the President takes ill, the opportunists within are now pointing fingers at each other with accusations of corruption. Suddenly, it is a fight to show who is more corrupt. The infighting and the jostle for the position in the hierarchy of the leadership, has reached a point where it places the PNC on the path of breaking up and many stalwarts are worried.The battle to expose who has accumulated and sucked the most wealth from taxpayers since May 2015 has reached boiling point and now explains why they refused to submit their declarations to the Integrity Commission.The situation is such that the few who have the party at heart and who have expressed their concerns over the ongoing and unbridled corruption by party officials bleeding the country in the process, are being quickly pushed aside.What was always known by many regarding corruption by the PNC and which was denied, is coming to light from their own mouths as they trample on each other for the ultimately leadership position.If the Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU) and State Assets Recovery Agency (SARA) are really concerned about curbing corruption, it can easily gather confessions from those who are now fighting openly within the PNC. As they fight and the stories of corruption unfold, the impact could not only lead to the breakup of the PNC, but would bring further economic hardships to the country as a whole.Sincerely,Alvin Hamilton
“Is that it? Crisis called off now?” said Mercedes team chief Toto Wolff after the 52-lap thriller in changeable conditions had seen his drivers deliver another convincing one-two finish.“If that’s boring, I would like some of it,” said Ferrari team chief Maurizio Arrivabene. “I’d love to be as boring as Mercedes and always be first and second.“They deserve to be where they are, but we are working hard so that the podium looks less boring in the future .”Two-time champion Hamilton’s win extended his lead in this year’s title race to 17 points ahead of his Mercedes team-mate German Nico Rosberg and lifted spirits in the paddock after weeks of negative publicity resulted last week in a raft of proposals to overhaul the sport.“Sometimes these things just happen at the right moment as there was a race with all the ingredients necessary for excitement this time,” said Wolff, who praised Hamilton for his decision-making and his speed.He also admitted to some relief after the team’s strategic blunder at the Monaco Grand Prix when they called Hamilton in unnecessarily for a pit stop that deprived him of victory.“We cock-up together and we win together,” he explained. “When the rain hit us, he was so calm on the radio about the options. It was Lewis’s call. He made that pit call at the right time, using the right information.“In Monaco, we had a problem in our system. Here we were concentrated, calm and focused on the priorities and that was part of getting it all right.”Although Sunday’s incident-filled drama boosted morale, it was not enough to convince Wolff that the sport was without need for any running repairs.“We still need to ask how we can make it better so we can convince the critics that this is a great sport,” he said.Wolff admitted that the way in which both Williams cars, driven by Brazilian Felipe Massa and Finn Valtteri Bottas, had powered past his pair to take first and second places off the grid was confirmation that Mercedes have much work still to do.“They were very fast and we were helped by the rain,” he said, before heaping praise on Hamilton.“If you are a double World Champion and win so many races, you are a complete racing driver,” he said.“You can’t put him in a box and say he has only God-given talent. He has to have a view of the whole picture and that was clear here.“This was Lewis’s home Grand Prix, there were great crowds and it was a relief from the talking down of the sport we have had. We also had the fastest ever pit stop – 2.4 seconds… including reaction time.”Looking beyond the upcoming Hungarian Grand Prix later this month, Hamilton welcomed the prospect of changes in the sport starting from next month’s Belgian race – where drivers will have fewer electronic aids – and the possible introduction of a sprint race next year on Saturdays.“I have been here for nine years now and it’s always the same,” he said. “It would be cool and I would be happy if they freshened things up a bit.”Given his form on Sunday, Hamilton is ready to prove himself as a man for all seasons as he heads towards a likely third drivers’ world title.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000British Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton, centre, stands with Williams driver Felipe Massa of Brazil, left, and German Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg after qualification for the British Formula One Grand Prix at Silverstone circuit. PHOTO/AFPLONDON, July 6- An unexpected start, a dramatic opening lap and two late rain showers enabled Formula One to answer its critics in emphatic fashion as Lewis Hamilton triumphed on home soil in Sunday’s British Grand Prix.One dazzling day in the English sunshine, punctuated with rain and a series of incidents, may have thrilled the crowd of 140,000 at Silverstone and a worldwide television audience, but it remains to be seen if it can silence the sport’s detractors.
A little-known group, the Agency for a New Agenda (ANA), brought the urgent court application to try to prevent the side flying out to the event, which starts on September 18.“Transformation is grinding very slowly,” Judge Ntendeya Mavundla said at the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria, South Africa’s administrative capital.Mavundla, who declared racial transformation to be a matter of “national interest” in South Africa, briefly adjourned the hearing for the ANA to organise legal representation.The case cites Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula and the country’s rugby union SARU as respondents.Edward Mokhoanatse, president of political party the Agency for a New Agenda (ANA), arrives at the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria on September 2, 2015. PHOTO/AFPSouth Africa’s rugby administrators have set a target of 50 percent black players in the national side by 2019, but many critics say the sport has failed to recruit and develop young black players.“We had 21 years to change this, we’re not going to wait any longer,” ANA president Edward Mokhoanatse told AFP.Traditionally a white Afrikaner sport, rugby became a symbol of national reconciliation when president Nelson Mandela donned a Springbok jersey and presented captain Francois Pienaar with the 1995 Rugby World Cup in South Africa.But the racial composition of the Springboks has remained an emotive public issue, with calls for racial quotas raising fears among some fans that the team will be weakened.An Afrikaner party this week lodged a petition with the British High Commission to protest against “political interference in sport in South Africa” — an apparent reference to what it sees as the inclusion of black players on a racial basis.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000The South African national rugby team posing during the 2015 World Cup squad announcement at the Beverly Hills Hotel in Durban on August 28, 2015. PHOTO/AFPPRETORIA, September 2- A South African judge on Wednesday criticised the country’s slow pace of racial reform as he heard an application to block the Springboks from going to the Rugby World Cup in a row over a lack of black players.More than 20 years after the end of apartheid, South Africa’s fraught race relations have been highlighted by anger over just nine black players being named the 31-man squad for the tournament in England.
160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The force is with him! Yoda defeated Darth Vader in voting to choose which “Star Wars” character would get a stamp released independently of the group featuring his co-stars, the Postal Service said Friday. With about half a million votes cast, the diminutive force for good topped the evil Lord Vader by about 10,000 votes, according to postal officials. A set of 15 stamps marking the 30th anniversary of “Star Wars” went on sale Friday at ceremonies in Hollywood. The Postal Service asked the public to vote on which of the 15 would also be issued independently.
AIB has closed one of its busiest ATM machines in Donegal.The machine, located next to Dunnes Stores at Lower Main Street in Letterkenny, had a steel sheet placed over it today.A sign on the sheet read ‘ATM available inside Dunnes Stores.’ The machine has been the target of cyber-crime on a number of occasions when fake fronts were placed on the machine.However, it is not known at this stage why the bank closed the machine.The machine is hugely popular with the public along with AIB’s other nearest ATM machine at its bank on Upper Main Street.Surprise as AIB closes one of its busiest ATM machines was last modified: October 19th, 2016 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)
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los Angeles160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! .667 West Ranch’s winning percentage against varsity competition last year (2-1) despite a roster comprised of sophomores and freshmen only. 1 Total number of defensive coordinators who’ve worked under Hart coach Mike Herrington since he signed on in 1989 his younger brother, Rick. 2 Players who have committed early to NCAA Division I scholarships. Canyon RB J.J. DiLuigi is headed to BYU, and Valencia RB Shane Vereen is going to Cal. 3 Canyon’s series winning streak against Hart over the past two years including a 21-13 victory in the Div. II championship game last year. .957 Canyon’s nonleague winning percentage over the past 23 games (22-1). 4 Total nonleague opponents on Canyon’s schedule to reach a section final last year. St. Bonaventure won the Div. IV title, Crespi of Encino won the Div. X title, Notre Dame of Sherman Oaks was a Div. III runner-up, and Moorpark was a Div. IV runner-up. 32 Players on Santa Clarita Christian’s roster the most in school history. Included are 12 freshmen. 61 Age of Canyon coach Harry Welch, who’s the Foothill League’s elder statesman. He’s in the fifth year of his second tenure, and his 18th year overall. 66 Valencia’s Shane Vereen’s career touchdown total (34 as junior and 32 as sophomore). He needs 34 to hit the century mark and break Ted Iacenda’s league record of 99 (Hart, 1993-95).
“People really want to give during the holiday season,” Sicignano said. A mother of two, Sicignano suggested that parents use the letters to teach their children about giving in a season when most kids are concerned only about the gifts they will get. Thirteen-year-old Austin Gray was one of the youngest volunteers busily working Wednesday morning after his mother dropped him off at the post office. The home-schooled teen was supposed to choose a couple of letters from children who otherwise face bleak holidays. After reading some of the letters, he reconsidered his holiday request for a new paintball gun. “It’s hard to ask for anything after reading these letters,” Gray said. “I still want it, but I just won’t ask for it.” firstname.lastname@example.org (661) 257-5254160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! It’s been tough for Destiny’s mother since she left an abusive husband to raise four kids on her own. Eleven-year-old Destiny explains in a letter to Santa Claus that she tries to be good, do well in school and help her mom, who works two jobs. But money is tight, so Santa’s pretty much the only one who can help this Christmas, the girl writes in a touching letter read Tuesday in Valencia by volunteers hoping to make holiday wishes come true for children from low-income families. Destiny’s compelling letter is among the more than 30,000 that L.A.-area post offices will receive this holiday season – almost 10,000 of which the Santa Clarita Valley distribution center will handle. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’Wednesday morning, volunteers at the Santa Clarita center – which handles local mail as well as that from the San Fernando Valley and beyond – began opening letters addressed to Santa Claus sent via U.S. mail. The goal is for volunteers, charitable organizations and others to fulfill as many holiday wishes as possible for children whose families can’t afford to pile gifts under the Christmas trees. “Santa doesn’t advertise that he needs help,” said Stacia Crane, in charge of consumer affairs at the Santa Clarita facility. Crane said a decades-old tradition of answering letters to Santa continues to receive strong community support. “This is spreading holiday joy,” she said. Renee Sicignano came to pick up letters by the boxful for members of her Valencia church, which answers the notes each year.
Temperatures impact roadsRight now pavement temperatures remain well below freezing, requiring road salt to work harder to melt snow and ice. Granular salt helps to add traction while lowering the temperature at which the ice melts.Air temperatures are predicted to rise ahead of the Monday morning commute, increasing the chances for freezing rain in southern and central Indiana. Drivers should not be over-confident with pavement that appears to be bare as there may be a clear coating of freezing rain or “black ice”. Even four-wheel-drive vehicles and large trucks are no match if all tires are on ice.INDOT maintenance supervisors will closely monitor the boundary between rain, sleet, ice and snow and adjust their deployment of manpower, equipment and materials as appropriate. Temps to rise; Freezing rain chances for morning commuteLocal Indiana Department of Transportation maintenance supervisors monitored weather forecasts and deployed yellow trucks ahead of today’s snowstorm. As of 3 p.m. Eastern time, about 700 trucks continue to plow and treat state highways.A Winter Weather Advisory remains in effect through midnight for western and southern Indiana south of a line from Lafayette to Cincinnati, Ohio.Each INDOT plow route takes 2-3 hours to complete with salt assisting in melting between passes. Trained truck drivers alternate shifts of 12 hours or more to ensure around-the-clock coverage.