Liberian Takes Charge of AFL’s 23rd Brigade HQ

first_imgThe Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL) last week moved closer to operational independence when a Liberian Lieutenant Colonel (Lt. Col.), Daniel Ziankahn assumed command of the 23rd Brigade situated at Edward Biyan Kessely Barracks, near Camp Schefflin, Margibi County.The Liberian took over command from a Nigerian Army officer, Colonel S.K. Adorkor, in a change-of-command ceremondy Monday.According to the a statement from the US Embassy in Monrovia, this change of command in the restructured AFL marks the first time that a Liberian officer has commanded the unit in four years.The change of command ceremony, the statement said, featured a passing of the colors, an official transfer of authority, and a display of the lineages of previous commanders. The assumption of brigade command by Lt Col. Ziankahn, who is described as one of the AFL’s best leaders, is a seminal event in Liberia’s progression toward fully commanding its own military.The United States and ECOWAS military mentors have conducted sustained military-to-military training engagements with the AFL to help them build a more professional and capable military force –one that will effectively contribute to the overall security environment and that is a “force for good” within Liberia. The restructuring of the AFL became necessary following the adaptation of the Comprehensive Accra Peace Accord in 2003 that finally put an end to 14-long years of civil strife. Since that time, the strength of the new AFL has been between 1,000 to 2,000; with some being placed on perpetual absence without official leave (AWOL), while some have also been dropped from the official list for various reasons ranging from “indiscipline to disorderly conduct” among others.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Health Crisis Forces Senatorial Election Postponement

first_imgThe health crisis in the country, caused by the Ebola virus disease, has forced the National Elections Commission (NEC) to recommend the postponement of the ensuing Special Senatorial Election.NEC is due to hold elections to replace or reelect 15 Senators that are within the first category of senators during the 2011 elections.Constitutionally, the electoral body is to conduct polling on the second Tuesday of October of this year, but the fear of the “deadly Ebola virus” constrains the Commission to consider requesting a deferment.In a meeting with aspirants Wednesday, NEC Chairman Jerome G. Korkoya said “The health emergency in Liberia may affect the conduct of free, fair, transparent and credible election on October 14, 2014.Chairman Korkoya said the Commission’s recommendation is also based on the fact that the Ebola outbreak would hinder the smooth conduct of campaign activities by candidates who are desirous of contesting the October 14, 2014 Special Senatorial Election.According to the chairman, the campaign period for the up-coming election is scheduled to commence on August 12; but the NEC is considering a call-off due to the national health crisis.“We want to make this clear that with the current health crisis in the country, NEC will not conduct a free, fair and creditable election for the people, so, we are contemplating on conducting the election by December,” Mr. Kokoya said.NEC does not have the power to suspend a constitutional process, Cllr. Korkoya said, “but the Commission would face problems in the process if continue, including training of over 25,000 polling staff to assist the conduct of election.”Taking the views of the aspirants, including current senators of the 53rd Legislature, many of them agreed with the idea of NEC but called on the NEC to use the Supreme Court of Liberia and advice from the health authority before any decision.According to Bong County’s Senator, Jewel Howard Taylor, it is important for the country to focus on combating the deadly Ebola virus and not campaigning amongst people who are dying from the epidemic.She further disclosed that the idea by NEC to suspend the October election was in right direction, as the election is not an event but a process especially the issue of training people to control election materials. “I don’t want to become a senator when my people are dying from a deadly disease,    were we continue to have new cases from other counties on a daily basis,” the senator asserted.One of the newly contestant of Montserrado County, Miatta Fahnbulleh, said, “We all want to be senators but not a dead one.  Our people are dying from the deadly Ebola virus. How are we going to the electorate with our promises if they are dying?” According to her, the international community,  including other partners, will not take Liberians seriously if Liberians will go to election with the national health crisis in the country.Maryland County’s senator  Bhofal Chamber said based on the situation in the country, it is reasonable to have this change carried out.“Who do we have election for if our people are dying from the virus; we want to ask for humanitarian assistance to be extended to other counties.”The lawmaker said  Government needed to have a decent burial for those who are dying from the virus, rather than have them cremated. “I cannot imagine, that, because it is against our culture.   Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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35th Meeting of the Board of Directors of CARICAD set for Wednesday

first_imgThe 35th Meeting of the Board of Directors of the Caribbean Centre for Development Administration (CARICAD) will be held at the Courtleigh Hotel in Kingston, Jamaica on Wednesday, June 27, 2018.CARICAD Executive Director Devon RoweUnder the theme “Re-shaping the Public Service in the Caribbean for the Future — The Role of CARICAD”, the board meeting will be preceded by a Board of Directors’ Forum on Tuesday, June 26.Topics which will be addressed at the forum include “Economic Performance in the Caribbean and the Challenge for Public Administration”, “Resilient Caribbean Development – The Role of the Public Sector”, and “Future of Caribbean Public Services: CARICAD and Member States Working Together for Success”.The board meeting the following day will consider the report from this forum as well as the report of CARICAD’s Executive Director, Devon Rowe. The current Chairperson of CARICAD’s Board of Directors is Mr. Alyson Forte, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of the Public Service in Barbados.Based in Bridgetown, CARICAD was established by a decision of the CARICOM Heads of Government, and is an institution of CARICOM under the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas. The organisation became fully operational in 1980.CARICAD is the region’s focal point for transforming and modernising public sectors of member states, to better formulate and implement public policy towards the achievement of sound governance. Its focus has been on shaping and enhancing the development and sustainability of strong governance and leadership structures.CARICAD’s work programme is financed by annual contributions from member governments and project funding from development partners. The organisation also receives policy direction through meetings of Ministers of the Public Service. Its Board of Directors comprises senior officials of the Ministries of the Public Service in member states.The institution is managed by Executive Director Devon Rowe, who is supported by a small team of technical experts and administrative personnel. Other specialist services are outsourced from time to time.Membership of CARICAD is open to CARICOM states and overseas territories within the Caribbean. Currently, there are 17 members of CARICAD. These are – Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, The Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, The British Virgin Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, Montserrat, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago and the Turks & Caicos Islands.last_img read more

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Sanchez will respect my decision, says Wenger

first_img“It is as simple as that.”Sanchez, 28, has been linked with a move away from Arsenal during the close season, with Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain reported to be among his suitors.He was given an extended break after playing for Chile at the Confederations Cup in Russia and his return was delayed last weekend due to illness.Having eventually returned on Tuesday, he took part in an open training session at the Emirates Stadium on Thursday ahead of Sunday’s Community Shield showdown with Chelsea at Wembley.With Sanchez’s Arsenal contract set to expire next year, the speculation about his future will not go away, but Wenger refused to divulge information about the contract talks.“Every negotiation has to be a little bit secret,” Wenger said during a press conference.“The transparency of society is very pushy, but we have to resist a little bit, as much as we can.“We know as well we have a duty to inform people, but to talk about some things is not information any more — it is suicide.“I think he will be here this season and if we can do it for more seasons, we will do it as well.”Wenger said there was “nothing to announce” regarding the futures of Mesut Ozil, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Jack Wilshere and Kieran Gibbs, who are also out of contract next year.But he did say that he expects Spanish striker Lucas Perez to leave after a frustrating debut season.Perez joined Arsenal from Deportivo La Coruna a year ago, but barely featured last season and now faces extra competition from star signing Alexandre Lacazette.Asked if Perez’s future lay elsewhere, Wenger replied: “Yes, because we have a congestion of strikers.“I don’t like to lose him because, for me, he’s a top-quality striker, but we have many strikers. At some stage, too much competition is not competition any more.“You cannot give the chance to everybody, so if he finds a satisfying solution at least for a short time, he will do it.”Sanchez, Wilshere and Shkodran Mustafi are all short of fitness, having only just returned to training.Francis Coquelin will definitely miss out against Chelsea after hurting his ankle in Arsenal’s friendly against Benfica, while Gabriel and Santi Cazorla are long-term absentees.But Lacazette and fellow new signing Sead Kolasinac are both expected to feature against the Premier League champions.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Alexis Sanchez has been linked with a move away from Arsenal during the close season © AFP/File / Adrian DENNISLONDON, United Kingdom, Aug 3 – Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger expects Alexis Sanchez to “respect” his decision not to allow the Chilean forward to leave the club, he said on Thursday.“I will not give anything away on (Sanchez), but the only thing I can tell you is that he is focused and my decision is clear: he will stay and he will respect that,” Wenger told reporters.last_img read more

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92,000 troops in next rotation to Iraq

first_img The troop rotation announcement identified only six combat brigades, including one from the National Guard, that will deploy over a two-year period beginning in mid-2006. Currently there are about 17 brigades in Iraq. Monday’s announcement did not include any Marine Corps units, although they apparently will be added later. The forces “as presently envisioned” number 92,000 soldiers, the Pentagon said. Rumsfeld, appearing before reporters with British Defense Minister John Reid prior to announcing the troop rotation details, stressed that conditions on the ground in the months ahead will determine any changes in U.S. force levels. “We’re aware of the interest in the press in the mid-to-longer-term levels of U.S. forces and coalition forces in Iraq, but I would caution that it would be a mistake to draw conclusions about such matters when reviewing the force rotation announcements that will be made later today,” Rumsfeld said. “We continue to transition and transfer additional responsibilities to the Iraqi security forces, and the people of Iraq continue to meet the political milestones that they have established,” he added. “As these and other conditions are met, Gen. (George) Casey will continue to assess the capabilities that he believes he will need and make recommendations as to the levels he believes will be needed in the period over the coming months.” The Pentagon said the following major units will deploy as part of the 2006-2008 rotation: 1st Brigade, 34th Infantry Division, Minnesota Army National Guard. 2nd Brigade, 1st Infantry Division, Schweinfert, Germany. 3rd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, Fort Lewis, Wash. 3rd Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, N.C. 3rd Brigade, 25th Infantry Division, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii. 2nd Brigade, 10th Mountain Division, Fort Drum, N.Y. 13th Corps Support Command, Fort Hood, Texas. Division headquarters, 25th Infantry Division, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii. The announcement said, without elaboration, that Rumsfeld’s decisions “may result in changes to this rotation and may affect units now being identified and advised to prepare to deploy.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WASHINGTON – The Pentagon announced that more than 92,000 troops will be in the next rotation of U.S. forces in Iraq, and Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said its exact size will not be decided until after the Dec. 15 election of a new Iraqi government. The Pentagon said it has identified some of the major combat units that will deploy, starting in mid-2006 as part of a rotation that will run through mid-2008, including a National Guard brigade from Minnesota. It said the identified units will total about 92,000 troops, but Rumsfeld said that should not be taken as the final figure. The usual troop level this year has been about 138,000, although that has been strengthened to about 160,000 this fall out of concern for extra violence during voting in October and December. The number deployed in future rotations will depend on conditions, including the severity of the insurgency and the strength of Iraqi security forces, as well as the recommendations of U.S. commanders, Rumsfeld said. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week “We know we’re going to bulk up for the elections, and we know we’re going to go back down to some level after the elections,” Rumsfeld said in a telephone call to The Associated Press. During the call, Rumsfeld complained that an AP report gave the mistaken impression that the Pentagon has already decided to reduce troop levels below 138,000 next year. Separately, a senior Army general said there is a growing momentum in the training of Iraqi security forces, which now total about 100,000 army soldiers and about 111,000 police forces. In a detailed briefing before a group organized by the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a think tank, Lt. Gen. David Petraeus said the goal is to have a combined total of 230,000 army and police by the December election. Petraeus left Iraq last summer after a year in command of training programs for the Iraqi security forces. His briefing charts said training and equipping of the Iraqi army should be done by January 2007, and by March 2007 for the Iraqi police services. The total number of forces is to reach 325,000 by July 2007. The Pentagon hopes to be able to reduce U.S. troop levels as Iraqi security forces become more capable of defending their own country, but it is unclear when that point will be reached. Officials also disclosed that U.S. commanders in Iraq decided they would not need one brigade – normally numbering about 3,500 soldiers, until early next year. It had been scheduled to deploy to Iraq before the Dec. 15 election. That unit, the 1st Brigade, 1st Infantry Division, based at Fort Riley, Kan., will deploy after the election instead. last_img read more

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Daniel O’Donnell ‘superfan’ is jailed for her part in cocaine factory

first_imgA YOUNG woman who became an Internet sensation as Daniel O’Donnell’s No 1 ‘superfan’ was jailed for seven years for her role in high-tech cocaine extraction factory.Molly Sloyan (25) appeared before Cork Circuit Criminal Court on charges arising from a Garda raid on a cocaine extraction factory outside Bantry in west Cork last year. Judge Sean O’Donnabhain heard from Det Sgt Joanne O’Brien that cocaine was chemically implanted in clothing and fabric in South America.It was then shipped from Brazil to Ireland where, at a rented house in west Cork, special chemicals were used to wash the cocaine out of the fabric and thereby recover it.When Gardaí raided the Bantry property, which had been rented by Ms Sloyan, they found drug paraphernalia including masks and gloves as well as cocaine.Independent.ie reports that the cocaine was found to have a street value of more than €51,000.Ms Sloyan’s boyfriend, Sean McManus (37), was jailed for 12 years.Ms Sloyan is originally from Abbey Court, Kinsale, Cork but also has an address at Benidorm , Alicante, Spain where she moved from Ireland in 2015.Only Mr McManus had a relevant prior drugs conviction.All four had pleaded guilty to possession of drugs for sale or supply at Drumleigh, Bantry, Co Cork on November 26.The court was told that Ms Sloyan was like “a sixteen year old” and “infatuated with her new boyfriend (Mr McManus)” whom she had met at a promotional event in Spain.She was working at an Irish cafe in Benidorm at the time.However, Judge O’Donnabhain warned that the entire operation could not have taken place without Ms Sloyan’s involvement.“This is a most significant case. I have never come across anything like this ever before,” he said.The judge said the level of planning, sophistication and technical know-how involved in the specific drug enterprise was very significant.The court heard that the defendants had even a special WhatsApp video whereby instructions were offered on how to use the solvent to wash the cocaine out of the clothing and fabrics.“He (McManus), as far as I can see, had significant help in this operation from Ms Sloyan.”“She was fully involved in a material and significant level. She fully knew what was going on.”Ms Sloyan and Mr McManus briefly held hands as the sentencing was imposed.The young woman, who appeared in court wearing navy slacks, a navy jacket and light blue top, remained emotionless as she was jailed for seven years, briefly holding her hand to her face.Ms Sloyan was charged with the cocaine offence one year after a video of her in the audience of RTE’s The Late Late Show for a St Valentine’s Day special went viral.Viewers were captivated by her reaction to the fact the show featured a Daniel O’Donnell impersonation by comedian Mario Rosenstock rather than a song by the Donegal star himself.Video clips of the young woman’s expression in the audience switching from delight to horror when she realised that it wasn’t the real Daniel who would be performing went viral on the Internet.The Donegal singer eventually became aware of the Internet sensation and issued his own special video invitation to meet up with the young woman at one of his concerts.Mr O’Donnell eventually met up with Ms Sloyan in Kerry and she attended his sold-out show in the Killarney INEC in August 2016.The court was told that Ms Sloyan had “vulnerabilities” which were identified by a Limerick Prison psychologist.Judge O’Donnabhain said it was important she received a structured sentence and the support of the Probation and Welfare Service (PWS) on her release.All the sentences were backdated to November 26 last.Daniel O’Donnell ‘superfan’ is jailed for her part in cocaine factory was last modified: May 10th, 2018 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Nestle to invest R300m in SA

first_img27 July 2006Nestle SA plans to invest a further R300-million in South Africa over the next three years, the local arm of the Swiss-based company announced on the eve of its 90th anniversary in the country.The world’s largest food and beverage firm was registered as a company in South Africa in 1916, 44 years after its first products arrived in 1872. Nestle has 13 factories in the country, employing over 4 000 people.Speaking to reporters in Johannesburg on Wednesday, Nestle SA chairman and managing director Yves Manghardt said the company also planned to extend its business in southern and eastern Africa.At present, about 85% of its R6-billion regional turnover comes from South Africa alone. “We shall start to balance the 85:15 equilibrium to make it 50:50, but not at the cost of South Africa,” Manghardt told the SA Press Association (Sapa).On black economic empowerment (BEE), Manghardt said his company was waiting for the BEE the charter for the food and beverages sector to be finalised.At the same time, he noted that Nestle has long been involved in empowerment-related activities in South Africa, such as setting up small businesses and other social responsibility programmes, especially in agriculture.In its recently published “Nestle Commitment to Africa Report”, the company notes that it supports “a number of major projects in Africa aimed at reducing diseases such as HIV/Aids, also at reducing malnutrition and poverty.“But Nestle’s greatest contribution to Africa is through the impact of our core business, with responsible, sustainable operations that create jobs and catalyse entrepreneurship.”SouthAfrica.info reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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Great Directors with Terrible First Movies

first_imgThe following videos prove that even the best directors can have a rough start.As filmmakers we should always strive to make the best films possible but we aren’t always going to make life-changing movies, especially in the beginning. It’s easy to get discouraged by comparing your work to that of famous directors, but even the best directors have a bumpy start. In the following article we take a look at some incredibly successful directors with terrible first movies.Peter Jackson – Bad Taste (1987)Bad Taste was Peter Jackson’s first feature length film. Jackson played two of the main characters and had an initial budget of $25,000 dollars. The film has been heavily criticized for having an excessive amount of gore…the name says it all. Seven films later he would go on to direct the Fellowship of the Ring.The Plot: Aliens invade the New Zealand village of Kaihoro to harvest humans for their intergalactic fast food chain. Now it’s up to four paramilitary operatives to fight to save the small town.Francis Ford Coppola – Dementia 13 (1963)Dementia 13 was Francis Ford Coppola’s first feature length film. Before directing Dementia 13, Coppola had written and directed 2 softcore adult films. Dementia 13 was his first serious film with a budget of $42,000 dollars. Like Bad Taste, Dementia 13 featured a lot of blood and gore. Eight films later he would go on to direct The Godfather.The Plot: After inadvertently causing the heart attack of her husband, Louise Haloran tries to have herself written into her rich mother-in-law’s will. When she pays a visit to her husband’s family castle in Ireland an axe-wielding murderer begins to kill off members of the family.Ron Howard – Grand Theft Auto (1977)Grand Theft Auto was Ron Howard’s first feature length film. The film cost about $600,000 to make and brought in about $15 million worldwide. So in financial terms, Grand Theft Auto was a success but critics agree that Grand Theft Auto is one of Ron Howards worst films. Ron also played the main character Sam Freeman. Ron would later go on to direct Apollo 13.The Plot: A rich girl steals her dad’s Rolls Royce to get married in Las Vegas. However, her angry parents, a jealous suitor, and a bunch of reward seekers are determined to stop her.Oliver Stone – Seizure (1974)Oliver Stone’s feature length directoral debut was disliked by critics and audiences alike. The movie is so bad that it has never officially been released on DVD. To add insult to injury, one of the film’s producers was gangster Michael Thevis, who used the film as a way to launder money. Three films later Stone would go on to direct Platoon, a film that won 4 Academy Awards.The Plot: Edmond Blackton, a horror story writer, suffers from a reoccurring nightmare in which three bizarre figures terrorize him and his family. As he writes, the dream slowly becomes a reality.Lucky for us the full film is on Youtube!So there you have it, four examples of famous directors who have had awful theatrical debuts. If you are ever feeling down about your film quality just remember, even some of the greatest directors had a rough start. Even if you have made some bad films, you’re in good company.One of the great things about being a director as a life choice is that it can never be mastered. Every story is its own kind of expedition, with its own set of challenges. – Ron HowardDo you know of any other directors with terrible first movies? Did  you make a terrible first movie? Let us know in the comments below.last_img read more

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Meghalaya Cabinet approves draft water policy

first_imgThe Meghalaya Cabinet has approved a draft water policy to address water usages, issues of conservation and protection of water sources in the State on July 12.Deputy Chief Minister Prestone Tynsong said, the Cabinet chaired by Chief Minister Conrad K. Sangma discussed the various aspects of the draft policy at length before approving it.“All issues related to utilization of water and livelihood and how to preserve water bodies have been outlined in this policy including community participation in the implementation of this policy by constituting a water sanitation village council at the village level,” Mr. Tynsong said.The policy was drafted by the state Water Resources department in consultation with experts in water conservation and protection of water bodies.The deputy chief minister said that Meghalaya, being a hilly State, receives a lot of rainfall but the same water cannot be retained and all of the water reaches Bangladesh in no time.Among the other issues discussed on the policy was the need to optimise usage and conservation of water, steps needed to protect water bodies and water sources including ground water, and protection of catchment and springshed areas.Recently, the State government has launched the Jal Shakti mission to address the problems related to water.The State cabinet has also approved the proposal of the Finance department to hike the salary of chairman and members of the Meghalaya Public Service Commission based on the recommendations of the fifth Meghalaya Pay Commission.last_img read more

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Kuzma gets 28, leads Lakers past rival Celtics

first_imgTyphoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LATEST STORIES Kuzma hit five 3-pointers and dominated down the stretch, yet Los Angeles nearly gave it away by missing 10 of its 17 free throws in the fourth quarter, including four in the final 20 seconds. The Lakers are the NBA’s worst team at the free-throw line and also at the 3-point line, where Kuzma’s teammates were a combined 2 for 19 — which made this win all the more improbable to coach Luke Walton.“I have confidence that those guys that missed them tonight will make them in the future,” Walton said. “But hopefully we can remedy that sooner rather than later.”Kyrie Irving scored 33 points for the Eastern Conference-leading Celtics, who opened a four-game road trip by extending their longest losing streak in nearly two years. Smart added 22 points and led the Celtics back.Kentavious Caldwell-Pope missed two free throws for Los Angeles with 5.7 seconds left, but Smart’s final miss over Caldwell-Pope’s defense allowed Los Angeles to snap a four-game losing streak against Boston.“It was a great game for us to learn from,” Irving said. “Minor details, you know? Getting offensive rebounds and blocking out. Taking opportunities to force them into tough shots.”ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next View comments Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH “That’s why we’ve got practice tomorrow,” Kuzma said with a grin.The Lakers still have much to learn, but they took another major step with a victory in this hallowed NBA rivalry.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutKuzma scored 28 points and the surging Lakers sent the Celtics to their fourth consecutive loss, 108-107 Tuesday night.Jordan Clarkson scored 22 points in the sixth consecutive home win by the Lakers, who have won three straight and seven of nine overall during their best stretch of the season. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Los Angeles Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma, center, shoots as Boston Celtics forward Daniel Theis, left, of Germany, and guard Jarell Eddie defend during the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)LOS ANGELES — Kyle Kuzma scored 17 points in the fourth quarter, showing off a spectacular array of big shots and slick passes.And if Boston’s Marcus Smart hadn’t missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer, it still wouldn’t have been enough for a win because the Los Angeles Lakers couldn’t hit their free throws down the stretch.ADVERTISEMENT Irving led the Celtics back within two points late, but Kuzma and Julius Randle came up with big baskets on offensive rebounds. Smart then hit two free throws for Boston with 19.2 seconds left after Josh Hart missed two for LA, trimming the lead to 106-105.Clarkson hit two free throws, and Terry Rozier hit a twisting layup with seven seconds left before Caldwell-Pope’s misses.TIP-INSCeltics: Al Horford returned with 13 points and 12 rebounds after missing the last game in the concussion protocol after taking an elbow to the head. … Boston beat the Lakers 107-96 on Nov. 8.Lakers: Caldwell-Pope (right heel) and Brandon Ingram (sprained left ankle) played after being questionable before game time. Ingram had seven points on 2-for-11 shooting. … Kuzma has 15 20-point games this season, the most by a Lakers rookie since Eddie George in 1995. … Fans near courtside included Ryan Leaf, Dodgers stars Kenley Jansen and Yasiel Puig, and comedian Nick Kroll.HAYWARD HEREGordon Hayward was with the Celtics after traveling to Los Angeles last week. He will stay in town for the next 7-10 days to continue his rehabilitation from his horrifying left ankle injury just five minutes into the season. Boston coach Brad Stevens said the move is designed “just to mix it up” during Hayward’s extensive rehab, which is still proceeding on schedule. Stevens said Hayward could begin traveling with the team full-time by early March as he continues to work toward a return. Until then, he’ll watch practice from the sidelines while staying as stationary as possible. “He’s a really good spot-up shooter,” Stevens said with a grin.KUZMAGICKuzma, the Lakers’ impressive rookie forward from Utah, had his best offensive game since Christmas. He put the Lakers ahead during a 3 ½-minute stretch of the fourth quarter with 13 points and a behind-the-back assist to Larry Nance Jr. for a dunk that brought Staples Center to its feet. He added four rebounds and three assists without and turnover and did it all in less than 27 minutes of play. “His fourth quarter was incredible,” Walton said.BALL OUTLonzo Ball missed his fifth consecutive game with a sore left knee for the Lakers, but they’ve developed a solid offensive approach in the absence of the rookie point guard. Replacements Tyler Ennis and Alex Caruso contributed little offensively, but Clarkson had another outstanding playmaking game, and Randle contributed 14 points and 14 rebounds.UP NEXTCeltics: Stay in LA to face the Clippers at Staples Center on Wednesday night.Lakers: At the Chicago Bulls on Friday night to open a five-game road trip. LA plays 11 of its next 14 on the road. NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises MOST READ NCAA volleyball: San Beda zooms to 6-0 after comeback winlast_img read more

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