John Wall reaches 5K assists as Wizards beat Celtics

first_imgJudy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Washington ended its four-game losing streak and will wrap up the regular season at Orlando on Wednesday.That result, along with how Miami fares against Toronto and what Milwaukee does at Philadelphia, will determine where the Wizards, Heat and Bucks all wind up in the standings ahead of the playoffs.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 crownThe Celtics already were locked into the No. 2 seed, but they’re also without point guard Kyrie Irving the rest of the way. If the Wizards end up at No. 7, they would face Boston for the second year in a row. The Celtics eliminated the Wizards in Game 7 of the second round last season.On Tuesday, Brown nearly outscored the entire Wizards team in the first quarter; he led them 19-17 with about a minute left. By the close of the period, the Celtics were up 30-22, and Brown was shooting 6 for 9, including 5 of 7 on 3-pointers. He did not score in the second quarter — he only took one shot — and the Wizards cut their deficit to 54-52 by halftime. Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames LATEST STORIES Wall came into the game needing nine assists to reach 5,000, and he passed for four of Washington’s first five baskets. He got to the milestone with about 4½ minutes remaining in the third quarter, assisting on a jumper by Markieff Morris. The No. 1 overall pick in the 2010 draft is the 10th active player, and 64th in NBA history, with 5,000 assists.UP NEXT:Celtics: Host the last-place Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday in a game that is meaningless in the standings.Wizards: Play at the last-place Orlando Magic on Wednesday with a chance to move up to sixth or seventh in the East. But even with a victory, Washington could remain at No. 8.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Washington was up 79-72 entering the fourth.TIP-INSCeltics: G Shane Larkin was called for a technical foul in the fourth quarter. … Have dropped four of their past five games.Wizards: Backup C Ian Mahinmi returned to action after missing one game because of a concussion. … Porter had 12 points and five rebounds before departing.WALL’S 5,000THADVERTISEMENT ‘Minnesota way:’ Timberwolves face elimination game vs. Nuggets Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Washington Wizards guard John Wall dunks during the first half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics, Tuesday, April 10, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)WASHINGTON — John Wall surpassed 5,000 career assists and the Washington Wizards beat the Boston Celtics 113-101 Tuesday night despite Jaylen Brown’s 21 first-quarter points to remain in play for the No. 6, No. 7 or No. 8 seed in the Eastern Conference.For now, the Wizards are eighth in the East, and potentially more worrisome is this: Starting small forward Otto Porter Jr. left at halftime with a right lower leg strain and did not return.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ 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 View commentslast_img read more

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Senate, Chinese Delegation Meet In Executive Session

first_imgThe Senate yesterday went into Executive session without open deliberations on four agenda items approved to be used for that body’s 44th day sitting.The items included a briefing from the Committee on Ways, Means, Finance and the National Budgets, which is always done in executive session.The Senate Standing Committee on Social Security, Pension and Insurance was expected to brief plenary on the issue of the National Social Security and Welfare Corporation (NASSCORP), while Montserrado County Senator Geraldine Doe-Sherif wrote plenary reminding her colleagues about the constant flood and erosion in the Township of West Point and other areas.Lofa County Senator George Tengbeh, who chairs the Statutory Committee on Rules, Order and Administration, was expected to brief plenary on the proposed annex to be constructed by the Chinese Government.However, while the day’s agenda was opened for discussion, Senator Tengbeh requested that the issue concerning the construction of the Capitol Building annex be deliberated in executive.For his part, Maryland County Senator J. Bleh-bo Brown informed plenary about a very serious issue that needed to be discussed during executive and demanded that because of its importance, it must be the first item for discussion.Senator Brown’s request was buttressed by Grand Cape Mount County Senator Varney Sherman, whose concern, he said, related to what his Maryland County counterpart spoke about.“We have 30 members of the Senate. 15 are on Ways, Means and Finance. Those 15 are presumably engaged with the budget. What are we able to accomplish with 15 of us sitting? Would it not be wiser if we give them time to complete this job on the budget quickly, instead of just coming here and doing nothing?” The two Senators’ concerns were prompted after it was observed that only 13 Senators were in Chamber for yesterday’s sitting.But after over an hour of apparent last week consultations witnessed by Pro Tempore Armah Jallah and President of Senate, Vice President Joseph Boakai, presiding at different intervals, most of the 15-member Ways,Means and Finance Committee started to trickle in for the needed quorum.It was at this juncture that Senator Thomas Grupee of Nimba County proffered a motion that yesterday’s sitting be conducted in executive session.Within the corridors of the Senate, about a dozen Chinese were seen within the proximity of the Senate Chambers, indicating that there would be a power-point presentation showing an artist’s impression of what the annex would look like when the project is completed.As per their Rules, Senators emerging from the executive session could not divulge information as to what was discussed.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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Wells pulls out his bag of tricks

first_imgIt wasn’t that he didn’t appreciate their interest. It was just that he wasn’t sure what he had left to offer them. “Not at all,” David Wells said on Thursday night, just after pitching the Dodgers to what will go down as their biggest win of the season, at least until the next one. “When you haven’t picked up a ball for three weeks, a lot of stuff goes through your mind. I never doubted my ability to go out and pitch. But it was a matter of whether I could still be sharp with my pitches.” In his fourth start since the Dodgers signed him without much in the way of expectations, Wells was sharp enough for six innings – and the bullpen was lights-out enough for three more – to lift the Dodgers to a 6-3 victory over the San Diego Padres before 44,496 at Dodger Stadium. The result was that the Dodgers, once written off as dead in the hunt for a playoff spot, moved within 11/2 games of the wild card-leading Padres with 16 to go. Wells might be something of a broken-down jalopy, as evidenced by the fact he got thrown out trying to advance from second to third in the third inning on a grounder to the right side. But as broken-down jalopies go, this guy makes a pretty good big-game pitcher. “He has pitched in so many of them, and you know he isn’t going to get rattled,” Dodgers center fielder Juan Pierre said. “The most important thing is that he never loses his composure. He might give up some hits or whatever, but he always keeps his composure. It’s great to have a guy like that out there, because he has been to the heights. There isn’t too much that he hasn’t seen. BASEBALL: Veteran pitcher goes six innings. Loney, Furcal do the rest to beat the Padres. By Tony Jackson STAFF WRITER The old man arrived as something of a shadow of his former self, and a fairly large shadow at that. He hadn’t performed well in his previous stop, and by his own admission, he was less surprised by the fact he wasn’t there anymore than he was by the fact that someone else – specifically, the Dodgers – actually wanted him. “He gave us the lift we needed to win this series.” Wells didn’t come close to a complete game, nor did he approach 100 pitches. For him, at 44, those days are buried in the distant past. What he did, though, was give the Dodgers five innings of one-hit domination, and by the time he ran out of gas and gave up three runs in the sixth, he had given the offensively resurgent Dodgers enough time to have the game well in hand after they exploded for six runs off the equally legendary Greg Maddux. James Loney went 3-for-4 and drove in three runs on a double and a two-run single, making him 9-for-13 in the series. The rookie raised his average to .329 in the process. Shortstop Rafael Furcal also was a catalyst. He went 1-for-3, with three stolen bases and three runs scored. Wells improved to 3-0 with a 3.91 ERA since Aug. 24, the day the Dodgers woke him up from his assumed retirement with a contract offer. That came exactly 15 days after the Padres – whose starting rotation appears to have fallen into disarray down the stretch – understandably designated him for assignment. “It was nice to do it against them,” Wells said. While it may be true that Wells (8-8) no longer has the overpowering stuff of younger hot shots like Brad Penny and Chad Billingsley, what he has is more than two decades of experience, of knowing exactly how to maximize the results of whatever stuff he does have left. “He is a strike-thrower, and he changes speeds,” Dodgers manager Grady Little said. “His general game is giving up hits, but when he has runners on base, he makes the big pitches to get out of jams. He knows how to make big pitches when he needs to, and he has done that his whole career. “It gives the whole team a little more confidence when you have a guy with that kind of credentials out there.” Wells left for a pinch hitter in the bottom of the sixth. Scott Proctor, Jonathan Broxton and Takashi Saito, who earned his 38th save, combined to retire the final nine Padres batters. The Dodgers (77-69) host division-leading Arizona for three games this weekend. Although winning the NL West now seems like something of a fantasy for the third-place Dodgers, who trail the Diamondbacks by 51/2 games, the two teams will play each other six more times beginning tonight, so anything can still happen. tony.jackson@dailynews.com160Want 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

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DONEGAL COMMUNITY EMPLOYMENT SCHEMES STILL FACE AXE – CLAIM

first_imgIt has been confirmed that Community Employment Schemes in Donegal and across the country will still face cuts to grants despite a review by the Government, according to Donegal Fianna Fáil Senator Brian Ó Domhnaill.The Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton has admitted to Fianna Fáil that the review of cuts she made in the Budget to CE Schemes will not result in a reversal of the cuts.Fianna Fáil asked Minister Burton a series of questions about her ongoing review and in each written response she said: “A likely outcome of the review is that the schemes will no longer receive a standard grant per participant.” Senator Ó Domhnaill said: “What is the point of having a review if it will still result in cuts to Community Employment schemes here in Donegal and across the country?“Government TDs have been under considerable pressure to justify the decision to cut grants for their local CE scheme,  at a time when providing job opportunities for the long-term unemployed should be top of the agenda.  To deflect controversy the Government kicked the matter down the road by announcing a review of the cuts.”The Senator said he always had concerns that this review was more about “optics” than anything else.“Now we have firm indications from the Minister that this is indeed the case, before she has even completed her review.  The Minister has confirmed that despite her ‘review’, grants for CE schemes will still be cut. She said there will be some discretion in respect of the training and materials grant this year but the onus is on individual schemes to make an appeal to the Department,” he said. “It is now clear that Community Employment Schemes in Donegal will still be downgraded despite Minister Burton’s ‘review’.  Community groups, the long-term unemployed and employers involved in CE Schemes are still in the dark about what these cuts will mean for them. It’s about time for the Minister to come clean on this issue and put an end to this farcical review,” said Senator Ó Domhnaill. DONEGAL COMMUNITY EMPLOYMENT SCHEMES STILL FACE AXE – CLAIM was last modified: February 22nd, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:DONEGAL COMMUNITY EMPLOYMENT SCHEMES STILL FACE AXE – CLAIMSenator Brian O’Domhnailllast_img read more

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Lexus dealerships go deluxe, offer on-site pampering

first_imgLexus, Toyota Motor Corp.’s luxury division, rewards dealers that make such large investments to help them offset some costs. By the end of 2008, about $1billion will have been spent in remodeling or building luxury Lexus dealerships over a three-year period in the United States, said Mark Templin, group vice president and general manager for Lexus. AutoNation is building seven other luxury dealerships, though none is as large as the West Palm Beach location, Maroone said. Edward Yruma, a JP Morgan analyst, said many auto manufacturers have been seeking facility upgrades. “The premier brands are looking for premier facilities,” Yruma said. “All of the auto retailers have showpiece stores where they have sunk a lot of capital into them.” Chris Denove, a vice president for J.D. Power and Associates, called the move a gamble because it’s not guaranteed that AutoNation will get enough business to justify the added expense of the amenities, possibly forcing it to pass some costs to customers. He noted that some people will drive longer distances to check out the dealership, while others may not care about the added amenities, preferring to get their loaner and leave rather than sit in a massage chair while their car is being fixed. “It’s easy to sit back and think that Lexus buyers will pay,” Denove said. “We find every day in our research that luxury buyers are the most aggressive, price-sensitive buyers on the market.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – Walk into the new AutoNation dealership, and you’ll find more than just a pot of coffee on a hot plate, rigid chairs and some stale doughnuts. Customers at the gleaming new $40 million Lexus of Palm Beach can browse for cars or wait for an oil change while noshing on biscotti at an Italian-themed cafe, surfing the Web at a computer station with free Internet access, taking a load off in a massage chair and ogling a 500-gallon aquarium. Open for about two months, Lexus of Palm Beach is biggest in the family of dealerships owned by AutoNation Inc., the nation’s largest auto retailer. The Fort Lauderdale-based company is betting that customers looking for an upscale car such as a Lexus will be drawn to luxuries usually found in expensive hotels or restaurants, such as marble floors, flat-panel TVs in waiting areas, and valet parking. It’s also a clear attempt to lure customers amid a sales environment made difficult by the troubled housing market and tighter credit conditions. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champ“The goal is to create a destination for luxury buyers,” AutoNation President and Chief Operating Officer Mike Maroone said at a “grand opening” this week. “There’s a lot of stress in the economy. Fortunately, a number of the luxury buyers, I won’t say are immune from that, but are not as impacted the way our entry-level buyers would be.” The 180,000 square-foot facility holds 700 vehicles, including 25 in the showroom. The air-conditioned repair shop has 67 service bays, and the technicians’ lounge has a flat-screen TV. “That makes a big difference in the ability to draw talent,” said Cliff Brush, the dealership’s general manager. Sales have increased because of the new facility, Brush said. In November, the new store sold 335 vehicles, up from the 199 vehicles sold at the older dealership in November 2006, Brush said. last_img read more

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17 hurt in bus vs. catering truck crash

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LOS ANGELES (AP) – A transit bus and catering truck collided Wednesday, injuring 17 people, authorities said. Two of the injured were in serious-to-critical condition, Fire Department spokesman Ron Meyers said. The others were being evaluated by paramedics at the scene. The cause of the crash at 27th Street and Broadway was under investigation.last_img read more

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Photo library: Infrastructure 1

first_img{loadposition tc}Click on a thumbnail for a low-resolution image, or right-click on the link below it to download a high-resolution copy of the image.» Download Infrastructure contact sheet (1.1MB) » Download full image library contact sheet (10.5MB) Johannesburg, Gauteng province: The M1 highway in Sandton. Photo: Chris Kirchhoff, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Johannesburg, Gauteng province: A two-storey walkup affordable housing project on the east bank of Alexandra township. Photo: Chris Kirchhoff, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Johannesburg, Gauteng province: Billboard for a two-storey walkup affordable housing project on the east bank of Alexandra township. Photo: Chris Kirchhoff, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Johannesburg, Gauteng province: Bus rank at Ghandi Square in the city centre. Photo: Chris Kirchhoff, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Johannesburg, Gauteng province: Bus rank at Ghandi Square in the city centre. Photo: Chris Kirchhoff, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Johannesburg, Gauteng province: Construction work on the extension of the Baragwanath minibus taxi rank in Soweto. Photo: Chris Kirchhoff, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Johannesburg, Gauteng province: Construction work on the extension of the Baragwanath minibus taxi rank in Soweto. Photo: Chris Kirchhoff, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Johannesburg, Gauteng province: Construction work on the extension of the Baragwanath minibus taxi rank in Soweto. Photo: Chris Kirchhoff, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Johannesburg, Gauteng province: Baragwanath minibus taxi rank, Old Potchefstroom Road, Soweto. Photo: Chris Kirchhoff, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res imageINFRASTRUCTURE 1: {loadposition infrastructure}Having trouble downloading high-resolution images? Queries about the image library? Email Janine Erasmus at janinee@mediaclubsouthafrica.com.last_img read more

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Grandpa Geocacher – Geocaching.com’s Lost & Found Video

first_img SharePrint RelatedGeocaching: Treasure Hunting Your Way to HappinessAugust 16, 2010In “Community””Accessible Geocaching” A Geocaching.com Lost & Found VideoNovember 9, 2010In “Lost & Found Stories””Mother says geocaching helps her autistic child” A Geocaching.com Lost & Found VideoOctober 19, 2010In “Community” Bruce Alexander began geocaching three years ago, when he was 85.  See how geocaching unites three generations of his family and keeps Bruce active in his retirement.Share the video with family and friends and aging adults searching for a fun way to explore, engage and stay active!You can view all the Lost & Found videos, from a geocache in space to geocachers cleaning up the environment, here.Share with your Friends:Morelast_img read more

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How to Clean up Noisy Video in Premiere Pro in 30 Seconds

first_imgFollow these steps to quickly and easily clean up your noisy video in Premiere Pro!Noisy footage is an inevitability. There are several reasons why your footage ends up noisy. The two most common are high ISO and recording in a compressed format. To combat this, let’s learn how to quickly and easily clean up noisy video in Premiere Pro.1. Send Your Video to After EffectsOne of the great things about Premiere Pro is its ability to connect to other Creative Cloud software like Audition and After Effects. For removing noise in your video, we’ll want to utilize that connectivity and send our video to After Effects. Begin by highlighting the noisy video in your Premiere Pro timeline. Then, right-click and select ‘Replace With After Effects Composition.’2. Go to Effects > Apply Remove GrainAfter Effects should queue up and present you with a new comp that contains your video. Simply go to the Effects & Presets panel and select ‘Remove Grain.’ Drag and drop this effect onto your clip.3. Tweak SettingsNow that you’ve added the ‘Remove Grain’ effect, you’ll want to make adjustments within that effect. To do this, head to the layers panel and select the triangle to see the drop down menu, or highlight the layer and head over to the b panels. With either option, you’ll be able to fine tune the effect and clean up your video.4. Head Back to PremiereOnce you’ve cleaned up your noisy video, save your comp and head back to Premiere Pro. You’ll now see that the video in your timeline is red, telling you that your video is linked to your After Effects comp. If you want to make any changes, you can do so in AE and those changes with automatically be updated to your Premiere Pro sequence.Other Options for Reducing NoiseObviously the Premiere Pro to After Effects route isn’t the only way to clean up noisy video. There are other options out there for you to utilize. The first of which is Neat Video. This app is insanely easy to use and incredibly effective. Its price tag isn’t overwhelming either, as it’s listed at $99.The second is Red Giant’s Denoiser II. This is another great option. It is also incredibly easy to use and works seamlessly within After Effects. Its price tag is also very reasonable, coming in at only $99 as well. For more in-depth information and comparison, here is a video rundown of both options from Ryan Connolly and Film Riot.Got any tricks for taking noise out of video? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.last_img read more

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Indo-Pak meet on Kartarpur corridor

first_imgOfficials from Pakistan and India on Monday held a meeting to discuss the modalities for a corridor linking Dera Baba Nanak shrine in Punjab’s Gurdaspur district to Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Kartarpur across the border. The meeting lasted for about two hours and a host of issues pertaining to the building of the corridor were discussed, an official said. The meeting took place at the Kartarpur Zero Point. The group from the Indian side had officials from the Ministry of External Affairs, Ministry of Home Affairs, Land Ports Authority of India, National Highways Authority of India, among others, the official said. Earlier in April, technical experts and foreign office officials from both the sides had participated in the talks held at the same venue.last_img read more

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