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Reggie Jackson fires Pistons into play-offs

first_imgAUBURN HILLS, Michigan (AP): Detroit clinched an NBA play-off berth for the first time in seven years by beating Washington 112-99 on Friday night, led by 39 points from Reggie Jackson. The Pistons became the seventh team in the Eastern Conference to clinch a play-off spot, while eighth-placed Indiana will have to wait a little longer after losing at Toronto. Elsewhere, Denver defeated a second-string San Antonio team to complete the unique feat of beating both the league’s top two teams – the Spurs and Golden State – and a Jamal Crawford shot with two-tenths of a second left in overtime gave the Los Angeles Clippers victory over Utah. Detroit’s last play-off berth came in 2009 when they were swept in the first round by LeBron James and Cleveland. The Pistons are likely to face the same opponents this year. Markieff Morris had 29 points for Washington, which came from 19 points down to take the lead early in the fourth quarter, but Jackson continued to attack and helped the Pistons take a 100-94 lead with five minutes left. Denver ended a run of 10 straight losses to San Antonio dating back to 2013 by downing the Spurs 102-98. Jusuf Nurkic scored a career-high 21 points and Gary Harris had two pivotal defensive plays in the waning seconds for the Nuggets. Tim Duncan was the only regular starter to play for the Spurs and finished with a season-high 21 points. Coming off a loss to Golden State, they dropped two straight for the first time this season. Toronto rookie Norman Powell scored a season-high 27 points as the Raptors beat Indiana 111-98, delaying the Pacers’ bid for a play-off berth. The Pacers need one more win or a Chicago loss to qualify for the postseason. The Clippers rested four starters at Utah and needed the last-gasp three-pointer from Crawford to snatch a 102-99 win. Crawford finished with 30 points and Cole Aldrich added 21 points and 18 rebounds – both season highs – for Los Angeles, which have won eight of their past nine games. Gordon Hayward had 24 points and 13 rebounds to lead the Jazz, for whom defeat complicated their push for a play-off spot. Dallas closed in on another play-off spot by beating Memphis 103-93. Dirk Nowitzki scored 21 points and rookie Justin Anderson had a career-high 19 for the Mavericks, who matched a season best with a sixth straight win. The Mavericks will make the postseason for the 15th time in 16 seasons with a win or Houston loss in the final three games. Orlando put a dent in Miami’s push for a top-four spot in the East play-offs by beating the Heat 112-109, with Nikola Vucevic scoring the go-ahead basket in the closing seconds on his way to 29 points. Boston continued their play-off charge with a 124-109 win against Milwaukee, as Tyler Zeller tied his career high with 26 points. Charlotte completed a four-game season sweep of Brooklyn by downing the Nets 113-99. New Orleans dominated Los Angeles in retiring Lakers star Kobe Bryant’s final game in the Big Easy, winning 110-102. New York also completed a four-game sweep of Philadelphia – for the first time in 21 years – as Robin Lopez had 24 points and 15 rebounds in a 109-102 win. SEASON HIGHSlast_img read more

STGC host Innswood in big clash

first_imgHaving “forgotten” their 1-2 loss to Group C leaders Innswood, St George’s College (StGC) coach, Neville Bell is warning his St Catherine based opponents not to expect the same result in today’s Inter-secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA)/Flow Manning Cup return game at Winchester Park.This titanic clash will provide plenty offireworks with both teams playing for group honours and a place in the Walker Cup.St George’s, reigning Walker Cup champions are fresh off a 6-0 win over Eltham High, while Innswood beat Denham Town 3-2 last week.”We want to win the game (today), we wanted to win that one (Innswood 2-1 win), we got the chances, we didn’t score,” Bell recalled.”The surface wasn’t the best but we take our licks and we moved on. We have forgotten that,” he stressed.shocking outcomeBell dismissed the result as “shocking”, noting it will not dent StGC’s title ambitions.”We lost that game and people say it was a shocker, but every year we … I remember last year, we were beaten by JosÈ MartÌ after we had won the zone, and they were not a bad team. The Innswood team is not a bad team, they played well. They played well, and they deserved to win the match,” Bell reiterated.”Hopefully we will play much better than we did against them at their place on Monday (today), and hopefully we will do well here (Winchester Park),” he underlined.Meanwhile, in an interview with The Gleaner following last week’s 2-1 victory, Innswood’s coach – Anthony Thompson said his team cannot allow themselves to get carried away with the result.”My aim is to challenge for whatever title I can. We set up ourselves (with this win) to be the bait now, so we are going to have to try and sustain it and keep their (players) head level because they are schoolboys,” Thompson said.”This is not over, because we are at their (St George’s) home next week (today) and it’s not going to be easy,” he assessed.Innswood come into this game perfect, with 15 points from five matches. They scored 12 goals and conceded four, while StGC are on 12 points from five. They won four matches, lost to Innswood and racked up 21 goals, while conceding two.last_img read more

Boy with Swollen Eye Pleads for Help

first_imgThe uncle of a 12-year-old boy is appealing to humanitarians, including President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, to come to the aid of his nephew. According to Mr. Musa Rogers, his nephew is in constant and severe pain in his left eye and the pain has extended to the right eye. The left eye is the one seriously affected and is growing bigger every day.He told the Daily Observer yesterday that he took young Sherrif to two hospitals and one of them advised that if the family does not want the boy to lose both eyes, he should be flown abroad for advanced medical treatment.“This is why we are appealing for help in order to take him outside Liberia for treatment. We don’t have what it takes to take him to either Ghana or other places for treatment,” Rogers stated. Hospital documents from the SDA-run Cooper Memorial Hospital on 12th Street, Sinkor, said they had seen him on March 11, 2015. The hospital has one of the best eye facilities in the country.“This lad was brought into our clinic by relatives for the first time from the RIA Highway on March 2, 2015 for a second opinion on his eye condition and possible management. He complained of a severely painful swollen left eye, unable to see at all with the left eye, multiple hard skull masses especially frontal and left parietal regions and swollen left side of his face.”According to the hospital, Sherrif’s family reported that his condition started four months ago when some knots on his head plus swelling on the left side of his face became visible. “The left eye was red, painful and discharging water. His mother applied traditional eye medication on the affected eye. He was later taken to a nearby general medical facility and treated for a few days and discharged. The lad was in severe pain with his head wrapped in a cloth to conceal his affected eyes, skull masses and the facial deformity.”Please contact the Daily Observer on 0886631025 or 0886534553 to offer assistance.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Final Results for Peace River North

first_imgLiz LoganGreen Party of BC86010.19% – Advertisement – Here are the final results for Peace River North Suzanne ArnstonBC Refed500.59% CandidatesAffiliationTotal Valid Votes% of Popular Vote Pat PimmBC Liberal Party3,66643.44% Arthur HadlandIndependent2,70632.06% Totals8,440100% Jackie AllenBC NDP1,15813.72%last_img

Patients lie, and that’s the truth

first_imgBut lying can lead to expensive diagnostic procedures and unneeded referrals to specialists. It also can have disastrous results. “I definitely learned my lesson. I could have ended up in a coma,” said Michael Levine, a 28-year-old financial adviser in Los Angeles, who lied to a specialist he saw for a wrist injury. Misguided pride, he said, kept him from mentioning the Xanax he was taking for anxiety. He didn’t think the doctor needed to know. “He wasn’t my regular doctor. He was treating my wrist,” Levine explained. The doctor prescribed the pain reliever Vicodin and Levine took it on top of Xanax. The next few days vanished in a cloud of grogginess. Levine slept through ringing phones and alarms and woke up exhausted. His wrist pain was easing, but he could barely function. Eventually, he stopped the Vicodin, returned to the doctor and, under questioning, confessed. “The doctor said, `Why didn’t you tell me? I never would have prescribed you that,”‘ said Levine, who now realizes how easily he could have overdosed and died. “For the future, I will always ‘fess up.” CHICAGO – There’s an open secret in medicine: Patients lie. They lie about how much they smoke and whether they’re taking their medicine. They understate how much they drink and overstate how much they exercise. They feign symptoms to get appointments quicker and ask doctors to hide the truth from insurance companies. “Doctors have a rule of thumb. Whatever the patient says they’re drinking, multiply it by three,” said Dr. Bruce Rowe, a family doctor in suburban Milwaukee. “If they say two drinks a day, assume they have six.” Hippocrates, the father of medicine, is said to have warned his students around 400 B.C. that patients often dissemble when they say they’ve taken their medicine. TV’s fictional Dr. Gregory House repeats the same message to his crack team: “Everybody lies.” Why do patients lie? The examination room itself is an environment that discourages honesty, said Los Angeles psychiatrist Dr. Charles Sophy. “You’re naked in a gown and you have a guy standing there clothed, with a coat on and there’s all sorts of things in his pocket. And you’re sitting there, basically naked … that makes it hard to come clean,” Sophy said. On top of that, the doctor may be rushed. Lie to save face Researchers say patients often lie to save face. They want to be “good patients” in their doctors’ eyes. But that’s a misguided and risky practice. For example, a woman who doesn’t want to admit she smokes and then is prescribed birth control pills is at greater risk for blood clots. Some researchers estimate more than half of patients tell their doctors they’re taking their medicine exactly as prescribed when they’re not. In reality, they don’t like the side effects, can’t afford the pills or didn’t understand the instructions. A study by researchers at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine found a big gap between what patients said and what they did. Researchers looked at how patients with breathing problems used an inhaler equipped with a device that recorded the date and time of use and compared that with what the patients said. Seventy-three percent of patients reported using the inhaler on average three times a day, but only 15 percent actually were using it that often. And 14 percent apparently deliberately emptied their inhalers before their appointments to make it look as if they were good patients. Some doctors are seeking approaches that encourage more honesty. Dr. Zach Rosen, medical director of New York’s Montefiore Family Health Center, asks his patients a series of questions to determine whether they’re taking their medicine. “I ask, `What medications are you taking?’ At first, I just want the names,” he said. “They say, `I’m taking X, Y or Z.’ Then I’ll say, `That’s great. How often are you taking that medication?’ … Then I’ll say, `Are you experiencing any problem in taking your medications?”‘ Asking several questions takes more time. But the approach elicits better, more honest responses than a single question, Rosen believes. Doctors also should avoid phrases that sound judgmental, said Nate Rickles, an assistant professor of pharmacy at Northeastern University. There’s a big difference between “Why aren’t you taking the medication as prescribed?” and “A number of my patients don’t take their medication as prescribed and they do it for a variety of reasons. What do you think might be going on with you?” Was fooling herself Cyndi Smith, a 45-year-old Weight Watchers leader in suburban Chicago, admits her own lying past when it came to questions about her exercise and eating habits. She says she lied because she was fooling herself. “You convince yourself of certain things and it becomes true, when in reality it’s not,” she said. If her doctor had questioned her more thoroughly, she says she might have told the truth. “I think doctors could be a little more point-blank,” she said. “And we need to be a little more honest.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

Gor smack Lobi to inch close to group stage

first_imgWith the win, Gor will now travel for the return leg in Benue next week seeking to merely avoid defeat and book themselves a group stage slot and an assured Sh55mn purse for their effort.Fresh from their 4-0 huge win against Zoo Kericho in midweek, Gor came into the tie beaming confidence and for the first time in the Champions League, midfielder Francis Kahata was thrown into the fray.This was a signal that his move to Algerian giants CS Constantine might be in limbo as the reason he was not being played was to avoid complicating his chances of a transfer.Head coach Hassan Oktay resorted to his strongest team, Joash Onyango coming back into the starting team ahead of Pascal Ogweno who started against Zoo while Tuyisenge who has been out with injury started in the absence of Ephraim Guikan who is ineligible to play as he is unregistered.Gor Mahia fans cheer their team on during their CAF Champions League match against Nigeria’s Lobi Stars at the Kasarani Stadium on December 16, 2018. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaAnd the Kenyan champions showed their hunger of making it into the group stages, Tuyisenge making his presence felt with a sixth minute goal finishing off a dicey pass from Kahata.Onyango then made it 2-0 for the home side with a superb bicycle kick goal making the most of a Francis Mustafa miss off a Tuyisenge cross.Lobi however halved the deficit minutes later from a corner kick, Mathias Samuel rising highest inside the box to connect from a Kwambe Solomon corner.The Nigerian champions’ strategy was scattered a few inutes later when they were forced into a change, defender Umar Zango limping off injured and was replaced by Austine Ogunye.Gor made the most to capitalize on the new defensive pairing, Onyango completing his brace with another peach of a goal.Gor Mahia striker Jacques Tuyisenge makes a pass under pressure from Lobi Stars’ Cletus Itondo during their CAF Champions League match at the Kasarani Stadium on December 16, 2018. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaThe former Ulinzi Stars man dispossessed Duru Chidiebube, broke down the right flank before rounding onrushing Lobi custodian Ospina Egbe, and weaved through two defenders before slamming the ball into the net.The second half was a tale of missed opportunities for K’Ogalo who should have taken the game into further safety.Tuyisenge had a glorious opportunity to also add his second for a brace after 66 minutes when he lobbed the ball over keeper Egbe and going through on goal. But his eventual pull at the trigger was never on target.A minute later Mustafa forced Egbe into a fingertip save with a shot inside the area with a well taken shot.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Gor Mahia players celebrate their goal against Lobi Stars during a CAF Champions League match at the Moi Sports Centre Kasarani on December 16, 2018. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaNAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 15 – Samuel Onyango scored a first half brace as Kenyan Premier League champions Gor Mahia inched close to a first ever place in the group stages of the CAF Champions League with a 3-1 win over Nigeria’s Lobi Stars at Kasarani on Sunday.The returning Jacques Tuyisenge opened the scoring before former Ulinzi man Onyango scored twice in between Lobi’s goal.last_img read more

‘See you soon in Italy’: Zlatan fuels talk of Serie A return

first_img“I’ll join a club which must get back to winning, which must renew its history and is in search of a battle against everyone and everything,” Ibrahimovic told GQ Italia.“That is the only way I’ll be able to find the necessary motivation to surprise you again.“It’s not just about choosing a team, as there are other factors that need to line up, including in the interests of my family.“I’ll see you in Italy soon.”According to reports in Italy, Ibrahimovic has been offered a six-month deal to come to the aid of struggling former giants AC Milan, who are 11th in the Serie A table.Napoli are also a possible destination as last season’s runners-up sit seventh, after a run of six league games without a win.“I love to make the difference,” he added. “I don’t just want to do one or two things well, I want to do all of it.”Ibrahimovic played for two seasons between 2010 and 2012 with AC Milan, helping them to their last Serie A title, and scoring 42 goals in 61 league appearances.He also won three league titles with Inter Milan, and two with Juventus, which were both revoked following the ‘Calciopoli’ match-fixing scandal.0Shares0000(Visited 8 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Zlatan Ibrahimovic won Serie A titles with both AC Milan and Inter Milan. © GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA/AFP / Katharine LotzeMILAN, Italy, Dec 4 – Sweden footballer Zlatan Ibrahimovic has fuelled speculation that he is set to return to Italy, where he has played for AC Milan, Inter Milan and Juventus, by saying in an interview: “see you soon in Italy”.The 38-year-old striker confirmed his departure from Los Angeles Galaxy last month following the club’s elimination from the Major League Soccer playoffs.last_img read more

Bournemouth confirm signing of PL striker – goals galore?

first_img1 Glenn Murray has joined Bournemouth Bournemouth have signed Glenn Murray from Crystal Palace on a three-year deal.Murray had spent transfer deadline day having a medical with the Cherries and the club are believed to have paid £5m for the 31-year-old.“The way the boys play football is very exciting,” the striker told Bournemouth’s website, adding it feels great to finally sign for the club.“It’s front-footed and it will be nice to try and get some goals from it,” he said.In 125 games, Murray scored 47 goals for the Eagles and was a key figure in their promotion to the Premier League during the 2012/13 Championship season where he scored 31 times.last_img read more

Turning LACMA into a masterpiece

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card The entry pavilion will stand at the center of the LACMA campus, joining the eastern and western sections, while the pavilion will offer a 360-degree vista of the campus and house restaurants, shops, large patios and event spaces. “How can I not take into consideration the look and feel of Los Angeles?” Piano said. “I have my whole life been moved by the sense of lightness, transparency … of Los Angeles architecture. This is a place for nature.” Also being built is the Broad Contemporary Art Museum, named for LACMA trustee Eli Broad, the businessman, art collector and philanthropist who pledged $50 million to the project. That 60,000-square-foot gallery will be devoted to contemporary art, including significant works from Broad’s own collection. “Los Angeles is a 21st-century city – we are not a city of the past,” said Broad, who gave an additional $10 million for acquisitions. “And with all the art schools we have here – USC, UCLA, Northridge, CalArts, Art Center College – and the fact that 40 percent of art at major exhibitions is by California artists, it’s important to have a showplace here. Plus, with all this parkland, we can have concerts, outdoor art exhibitions and all sorts of things. It’s a new day.” The upgrade includes the renovation of the Ahmanson Building’s lower level galleries and atrium, with a new space for musical performances, lectures and other events; the expansion of Hancock Park; plazas opening onto Wilshire to the south and Hancock Park to the north; an underground parking garage; and a new facade for the museum. The idea is to unify the now-disjointed complex and make it appealing and approachable on foot. Calling itself “the people’s museum,” the Los Angeles County Museum of Art on Thursday showed off ongoing construction of a dramatic upgrade of its sprawling Wilshire Boulevard site that will include a building devoted entirely to modern artists. The area, the size of three football fields, will be transformed by the end of next year to take in new galleries, gardens and piazzas, unified by a covered concourse linking the one-third-mile-long county property. Total costs have yet to be determined, but $172 million has already been raised in support of the expansion and to double the 40-year-old institution’s endowment. When the site opens, visitors will pass through a 20,000-square foot, glass-enclosed pavilion and adjacent patios, serving as the museum’s main entrance on Wilshire. The pavilion is a key component of Pritzker Prize-winning architect Renzo Piano’s master plan for the museum, which is now under construction and will open in late 2007. “This is the people’s museum,” said Melody Kanschat, LACMA president. “It’s our mission to be accessible to all. We want to make this the most inviting place in Los Angeles for everyone.” In other phases of the redesign, the museum’s permanent collection of European, Asian and South American art will be moved to newly renovated and reorganized galleries. During the past decade, LACMA has strived to acquire works with special relevance to the city’s diverse population, resulting in expanded collections of Korean, Mexican, Islamic and Chinese art. Exhibition space is currently an issue at LACMA, which ordinarily shows only about 5,000 of the approximately 100,000 items in its permanent collection. The expansion will allow for considerably more exhibit space. “In this city, where there are more contemporary artists than anywhere else in the world, we have to be able to present our entire collection in a way that relates to today,” said Nancy Daly Reardon, LACMA board chairwoman. Further acquisitions are planned. LACMA’s financial strength over the past 10 years has grown from just over $49 million in 1995 to almost $125 million in endowments and investments last year. Almost a million visitors came to the museum last year for the King Tut show. “This location is the Topeka, Kansas, of Los Angeles – we are the center of the city in the same way Topeka is the center of the country,” said LACMA trustee Lynda Resnick, who along with her husband, Stewart, donated $25 million toward the redesign project. “It is essential we have a place where all the cultures of the world can come together.” Fred Shuster, (818) 713-3676 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more


first_imgDeputy PringleDeputy Thomas Pringle attacked the Government’s record in Donegal highlighting increases in fuel and food poverty in the county and blaming it on what he calls are ‘anti-rural policies’ of the Coalition.Speaking in the Dail, the Independent TD said 31,000 people in the county now suffer from fuel poverty.“That’s up 10,000 from the previous year and in addition to the 18,000 who suffer from food poverty according to a 2013 poll’ explains Pringle. ‘I think the coalition needs to take a closer look to see the real consequences of their anti-rural policies.’ ‘Waiting lists at Letterkenny University Hospital have soared by 70% for out-patient and 50% for day case appointments and 16,241 people are now on the live register. Meanwhile up to 20,000 young people have emigrated in search for work. The Coalition can’t be proud of its work in rural Ireland to date’ says Pringle.He added that his real concern is the increase in income inequality in Ireland.“In the case of Donegal, only 8 out of 149 Electoral Divisions are above the national average of deprivation indicators and disposable income is at 80% the national average’ continues Pringle.‘I have advocated time and time again for a Donegal-focus in the regional Action Plan for Jobs and national policy with a prioritisation of broadband roll out to rural and remote areas. I’ve also called for an investment in biomass to create rural-friendly jobs however, we are still in a situation where 52% of households in Donegal will have to rely on state intervention to get broadband and could have to wait until 2021 under their government’s plan. Donegal can’t afford to wait that long.’ ‘The Tánaiste’s response to fuel poverty was to praise the low oil prices and the effects the exchange rate will have on tourism in the area. My answer to that is oil and exchange rates are out of the Government’s control and any future changes to these will make Ireland very vulnerable to market changes’ concludes Pringle.PRINGLE ATTACKS GOVERNMENT’S ‘ANTI-RURAL’ RECORD IN DONEGAL was last modified: January 21st, 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) Tags:donegalpovertyThomas Pringlelast_img read more

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