Kyrie Irving of the Boston Celtics looks on during the first half against the Charlotte Hornets at TD Garden on Oct. 2, 2017, in Boston, Massachusetts. Maddie Meyer/Getty Images/AFPWith the much-anticipated opening night of the 2017-2018 NBA season just days away, basketball fans are already gearing up for the exciting match-ups in store.But perhaps the brightest spotlight is saved for the Eastern Conference Finals rematch between the Boston Celtics and the Cleveland Cavaliers, who both will pit former teammates LeBron James and Kyrie Irving against each other for the first time.ADVERTISEMENT Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny 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 OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson “I’m appreciative of (my career in Cleveland). The multiple legacies I want to live in my life, Cleveland is definitely part of one. Whether it’s appreciated or not, it doesn’t matter to me,” he shared. “I think the effect, the actual time I spent there, is what matters most and actually trying to be remembered for what happened.” Khristian Ibarrola /raRELATED STORY:Kyrie Irving says Boston is ‘a real, live sports city’Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Tyson Fury promises ‘three big fights’ in 2018 MOST READ Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Irving, of course, was shipped to Beantown this off-season, following his demands to get out of Cleveland and play elsewhere.When asked if he’s anxious ahead of the monumental clash, the 25-year-old ball-handling savant said he felt no pressure at all.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smog“No. Why would it be? It’s just hoops,” Irving told Marc Spears of The Undefeated. “It’s just hooping. I understand the magnitude.”Although he downplayed any personal attachments on his return to the Quicken Loans Arena, Irving understands the marketability of his impending match-up with his former team. Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene “I know what it is going to entail in terms of marketing, whatever the case may be, to garner up this energy to make people feel a certain type of way,” he said.“I get all that. It’s part of the game. It’s been a part of the game for a while. But, it’s just two hoops and a basketball,” Irving added.Still, Irving said he’d remain composed no matter what treatment he’d get from Cavs fans in the arena.“It’s all love no matter what,” he said. “I have heard boos at times to hearing cheers in the parade. I’ve been in the championship parade as well as being down 30 in ‘Q Arena.’ So, I’ve heard it all. It’s just good to be there and hoop against a great team like the Cavs.”The four-time All Star also once again thanked the entire city of Cleveland for his time, despite the circumstances surrounding his departure.ADVERTISEMENT It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours LATEST STORIES Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ View comments
Boston, Massachusetts- On Tuesday May 31, 2016, Torwon D. Krua, the director of an African refugee and immigrant advocacy group in Massachusetts, launched a program called Tobacco Free Africa. This program, according to a dispatch from Boston, aims to combat tobacco use both in Africa and in the Americas. “Tobacco Free Africa has partnered with the 84 Movement to facilitate a public health campaign aiming to transform all Boston bus stops into smoke-free facilities with the hope that refugees in the U. S. will live healthier, tobacco-free lives,” the dispatch said. Tobacco Free Africa aims to pressure regulators in Massachusetts to designate all of Boston’s bus stop shelters as smoke free facilities in 100 days. “Cigarettes kill and are addictive, and second hand smoke can be as deadly as smoking,” said Krua, who added that, “Our goal is to help preserve a basic human right: the right to life for non-smokers and smokers alike.” Although Boston has laws banning smoking in public places, none of the city’s bus stops are designated smoke-free facilities. Every day, several persons are forced to inhale second-hand smoke while waiting for the bus; exposing them to the potentially life-threatening consequences of cigarette smoke. Reverend Nenkerwon Troh, a clinical staff and Substance Abuse Counselor at High Point Treatment Center in Brockton, spoke at the launch. He emphasized the dangers of tobacco use and second hand smoke, noting, “Tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable death in the United States, imposing a terrible toll in health, lives and dollars on families, businesses and government.”“Tobacco kills more than 480,000 people annually- more than AIDS, alcohol, car accidents, illegal drugs, murders and suicides combined. While the U.S. has made major progress against tobacco use, nearly one in five Americans still smokes, and more than 2,500 kids try their first cigarette each day,” He said. Given how aggressively cigarette companies market their product, it comes as no surprise that smoking is still entrenched in our society. According to a 2013 report by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), cigarette and smokeless tobacco companies spent nearly US$9.5 billion on advertising and promotional expenses in the U.S. alone- that is US$30 million dollars a day. Additionally, smoking-related illness in the United States has increased to cost more than US$300 billion each year. The amount includes nearly US$170 billion for direct medical care for adults. Moreover, a 2014 report by the Surgeon General found that cigarette breaks and other acts account for US$156 billion in lost productivity for smokers and US$5.6 billion in lost productivity due to secondhand smoke exposure. The tobacco industry is a cancer in America, however it does even more harm in African countries. Many African countries do not have regulations on tobacco, and their citizens pay the price. Although there is a ban on public smoking in Liberia, 182,000 people use tobacco every day, while in Sierra Leone, more than 654,000 adults and 21,000 children are regular smokers, the report added. “The United States needs to act as an example for the rest of the world and kick out smoking habit for good. So, while eliminating smoking in Boston bus stops may sound like a small step, it could have a powerful ripple effect that would help countless people around the world live smoke-free lives,” the dispatch noted. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Ron “Otsey” RodriquezA 29-year-old man of Zeelugt, East Bank Essequibo (EBE), is battling for his life after he was repeatedly stabbed to his face under circumstances currently unknown.Ron “Otsey” Rodriquez was discovered laying on the roadway in the vicinity of Cinderella Park on the evening of Monday last.His mother, Rosita Singh, on Friday said that her son went out with several family members at Cinderella Park.However, as the group was about to leave, Rodriguez stayed back to hang with his friend who had just shown up.Sometime later, Singh said a family friend visited her at home, informing that her son was killed.After making contact with the police, the woman rushed to the scene of the crime where she discovered her son on the roadway, with his face badly disfigured.Upon inspection, she realised that her son was still breathing and as such, he was immediately rushed to the Leonora Cottage Hospital. He was later transferred to the West Demerara Regional Hospital and then the Georgetown Public Hospital where he is said to be in a “coma-like” state.According to Singh, doctors have informed her that her son received a blunt force trauma to the back of his head after which he was stabbed multiple times to his face.The blunt force trauma and stabbing have caused a part of his brain to be severely damaged.“They stabbed up his whole face, only his face. The doctors say the lash in his head fracture the nostril and all the stab wounds fractured his left side face, kill half of his brain so that even if he recovers, he is a vegetable…and you know how that is” Singh cried.The mother of eight revealed that unconfirmed reports are that Rodriguez may have gotten in the middle of a fight which caused his injuries.She explained that friends of the miner told her that a fight broke out which prompted the group that Rodriguez was a part of to leave the park.His mother is pleading for justice to be served.“I want justice for me son, justice, ow man that is the best son I got, people know he so good, he don’t disrespect elders its always aunty and uncle even if he don’t know you, ask neighbours, look it have the neighbours upstairs crying tears, stranger because he was such a good boy…I need justice. The police them ain’t doing anything, is only today (Friday) since we put out the story to the media that we get one call to go down to the station and this thing happened since Monday,” Singh cried.An investigation has been launched.
Here are a list of events taking place Saturday in Fort St. John:07:30 AM – 06:00 PM Atom Development Tournament08:30 AM – 05:00 PM Free CPR Day 09:00 AM – 04:00 PM Farmer’s Market09:00 AM – 03:00 PM Ice Carving Workshop10:00 AM – 06:00 PM Peace Country Craftsman Association Craft Fair10:30 AM – 11:30 AM Pre-School Storytime01:00 PM – 04:00 PM Senior’s Christmas Craft Sale & Bazaar02:00 PM – 03:00 PM Saturday Picture Book Club06:00 PM Cultural Centre Christmas Party08:00 PM Tracker Flyers vs SISEC Selects09:00 PM – 01:00 AM Community Dance sponsored by ‘Derrick Dance Club’TBA The ‘Magical Christmas Market’- Advertisement –
Listen back to Kick Off’s award-winning documentary into mental health in sport.Last year talkSPORT’s Mark Saggers and Stan Collymore presented a special Kick Off programme, in association with Time to Change – England’s biggest programme to challenge mental health stigma and discrimination.The show won the top prize at the Sports Journalism Association Awards for Best Radio Sports Documentary, with Saggs and Stan there to pick up the gong, so here it is again if you missed it first time around.Each year, one in four people will experience a mental health problem and you don’t need to be an expert to be there for someone you know. Sometimes, just doing the small things like chatting over a cuppa can make a big difference to someone experiencing mental health problems.Need support?If you are experiencing mental health problems or need urgent support, there are lots of places you can go to for help.As Time to Change is focusing on challenging discrimination in society, we’re not able to provide individual or emergency support for people in crisis. But there are lots of people who can. They are listed here:SamaritansTelephone: 08457 90 90 90 (24 hours a day)Email: firstname.lastname@example.orgWebsite: www.samaritans.orgProvides confidential, non-judgmental emotional support for people experiencing feelings of distress or despair, including those that could lead to suicide. You can phone, email, write a letter or in most cases talk to someone face to face.NHS DirectTelephone: 0845 4647Website: www.nhsdirect.nhs.ukHealth advice 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.Mind InfolineTelephone: 0300 123 3393 (9am-5pm Monday to Friday)Email: email@example.comWebsite: www.mind.org.uk/help/advice_linesMind provides confidential mental health information services. With support and understanding, Mind enables people to make informed choices. The Infoline gives information on types of mental distress, where to get help, drug treatments, alternative therapies and advocacy. Mind also has a network of nearly 200 local Mind associations providing local services.Rethink Mental Illness Advice LineTelephone: 0845 456 0455 (10am-1pm Monday to Friday)Email: firstname.lastname@example.orgWebsite: www.rethink.org/how_we_can_help/our_advice_informationProvides expert advice and information to people with mental health problems and those who care for them, as well as giving help to health professionals, employers and staff. Rethink also runs Rethink services and groups across England and Northern Ireland.SanelineTelephone: 0845 767 8000 (6pm-11pm)Website: www.sane.org.uk/what_we_do/support/helplineSaneline is a national mental health helpline providing information and support to people with mental health problems and those who support them.If you’re a carer needing support you can contact all of the above as well as Carers Direct and the Princess Royal Trust for Carers, both of whom are able to provide support and advice on any issues affecting you.
10 10 4: Erik Pieters (Stoke) – £4.5m – Click the right arrow to see the next player – One of these other £4.5m options is Stokes Erik Pieters. Another cheap starter, Pieters could be a good choice as a rotation defender. However, like Burnley, Stoke also have some tough initial fixtures and so Pieters may be a better choice down the line. 7: Wes Morgan (Leicester) – £5.0m – Click the right arrow to see the next player – The captain of the Premier League champions who gloriously lifted the trophy at the end of last season only costs £5.0m? It seems whoever decided on the FPL prices this year doubts the chances of Leicester repeating their heroics of last season. 10 2: Jordi Amat (Swansea) – £4.0m – Click the right arrow to see the next player – Jordi Amat has featured regularly for Swansea in pre-season and, seeing as Ashley Williams is off to Everton, the Spaniard could become a permanent fixture in the side. Even if not, its always good to have a super-cheap £4.0m defender in your side to save money for the rest! 10 So you’ve got your two goalkeepers sorted and you’re now trying to figure out which five defenders you should choose to make up the next section of your team.(If you haven’t yet made a final decision on your ‘keepers, click here to see our seven recommendations.)Do you go with an expensive, high-class defence and sacrifice your midfield and attack slightly? Or do you go for the absolute bargain basement back line in order to load up your strike force?Whichever way you choose to do it, our top 10 suggestions, ranked by their value for money rating, should help you make these all-important decisions.Check out which defenders you should sign by clicking the right arrow above… 10 8: Luke Shaw (Manchester United) – £5.5m – Click the right arrow to see the next player – Last season was the first in Jose Mourinhos career in which he has had a defence that crumbled to pieces. We think its pretty unlikely hell let that happen two years running and so Luke Shaw should be an absolute bargain for £5.5m providing he doesnt get injured! 3: Ben Mee (Burnley) – £4.5m – Click the right arrow to see the next player – Ben Mee is a regular in the Burnley back line and is a solid choice as a cheap £4.5m defender. However, Burnley have some tough opening fixtures, so you may want to consider one of our other £4.5m options for the early stages and look again at Mee later on. 5: Emilio Nsue (Middlesbrough) – £4.5m – Click the right arrow to see the next player – Boros Emilio Nsue is our favoured option of the £4.5m regular starters. This is mainly because his opening four fixtures against Stoke (H), Sunderland (A), West Brom (A) and Palace (H) provide a much more optimistic outlook for clean sheet possibilities than those of his £4.5m rivals. 10 1: John Terry (Chelsea) – £5.5m – Click the arrow above, right, to see the next player – You may be surprised to see John Terry on this list and rightly so, as Chelseas defence last season was a shambles at times. However, with Kurt Zouma still injured, the Blues captain is currently a guaranteed Chelsea starter and if defensive-minded coach Antonio Conte can get the teams back four in order, Terry could be a bargain at £5.5m. 10 10 10: John Stones (Manchester City) – £5.0m – Click the right arrow to see the next player – £5.0m for John Stones at Everton was about the right price. However, £5.0m for John Stones in a Man City defence is an absolute BARGAIN. You dont spent £40m+ on a player without intending to play him and, in recent times, Citys defence has been consistently one of the strongest in the league. REVEALED: Signings to avoid. 10 6: Kyle Walker (Tottenham) – £5.5m – Click the right arrow to see the next player – Walker may not always be the most reliable right-back in the world, but is Toby Alderweireld really going to score enough to be worth £6.5m as opposed to this mans price tag of £5.5m? Dont rule out Walkers abilities to go forward and create goals himself. 9: Rob Holding/Calum Chambers (Arsenal) – £4.5m – Click the right arrow to see the next player – At the end of this week, when Arsene Wenger holds his press conference ahead of Arsenals opening game, be sure to listen in. With Laurent Koscielny, Per Mertesacker and Gabriel all ruled out its expected at least one of Holding or Chambers should start for the Gunners. If they impress and keep their place, you could have just picked yourself up a long-term bargain. 10
The Federal Transportation Administration is underwriting 80 percent of the project’s cost. City officials hope the green building serves as a teaching tool for school kids and local developers. Self-guided and guided public tours will be offered. Markarian said the public CNG station, the only one of its kind in Santa Clarita, will be operated by a private contractor with city oversight. Credit cards will be provided to users, who will be billed later. The transit yard is at 28250 Constellation Road in the Valencia Industrial Center. Judy O’Rourke, (661) 257-5255 email@example.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SANTA CLARITA – Straw bales in the walls of the city’s transit maintenance complex have been cloaked in plaster – but the visible energy-saving features will be strutted like a peacock’s plumes when the $20 million facility opens in April. “Hopefully, the city is going to be leading by example when it comes to encouraging sustainable design,” said senior engineer Kris Markarian, the project manager. “The building has 40 percent greater energy efficiency than required by code.” The 20,000-square-foot U-shaped office building and bus maintenance yard were due to open in December, but last year’s storms ate into the construction schedule. Santa Clarita Transit’s administration and operations staff members will move there in March. The city’s fleet of about 94 buses will be housed, fueled, serviced and washed on site. Space is available for 150 buses. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card People and buses will go green at their new digs. The straw bales provide greater insulation – two to three times as much – as standard building materials. Clerestory windows and skylights flood the offices with natural light. The building is positioned to take advantage of seasonal changes, maximizing winter sun and deflecting summer heat. Eight-foot roof overhangs shade the windows, and indigenous plants conserve water use. Some of the buses will run on compressed natural gas, a clean-burning fuel, which is used in water heaters, stoves and clothes dryers. Older buses that run on diesel fuel will be replaced as needed by CNG-fueled buses. A $1.25 million solar canopy – designed to collect energy and shade buses from the midday sun – will pay for itself in about 10 years, Markarian said. In 2004, the project was estimated at $15.9 million, but building costs for compressed natural gas stations – one for buses, another for the public to use – added $4 million more. Markarian said construction delays did not account for higher material costs because prices were locked in when contracts were signed.
Aodh Ruadh GAA NewsClub MeetingThe first club executive meeting of the year takes place this Thursday, 29th January at 8.30pm in Aras Aoidh Ruaidh. All members of the club executive are asked to attend. Registration 2015Club membership for 2015 is now due and all club members are asked to submit their registration form and fee at their earliest convenience. Membership can be paid to Mary Matthews at Shannon’s Corner. Players can also download registration forms from aodhruadh.org and submit this along with the relevant fee directly to their manager. Registration sessions will be organised for teams over the coming weeks and it is essential all players are signed up club members. We will also be having a number of open registration sessions throughout February and March to facilitate members in the wider community. FootballUnder 16 training continues in the Mercy Hall on Wednesday from 7pm to 8pm and on Friday from 8pm to 9pm.Indoor training continued last Friday for under 6s, 8s, 10s and 12s with big groups in both the Mercy and New Halls at Colaiste Cholmcille. We got brilliant numbers the first night back and you can see pictures from the action up on aodhruadh.org. New-comers are still very much welcome. Indoor training continues this Friday 30th January. The 2015 Under 6s [Born 2009-2011] are in the Mercy Hall at Colaiste Cholmcille from 6pm to 7pm followed by the under 8s [Born 2007-2008] from 7pm to 8pm, also in the Mercy Hall. 2015 under 10s [Born 2005-2006] are training in the new hall at Colaiste Cholmcille from 6pm to 7pm. That session is followed by the 2015 under 12s [Born 2003-2004] from 7pm to 8pm, also in the new hall. There is a charge of €2 per head. Please bring your own water and wear runners as no other footwear allowed. Parents/Guardians are asked to please collect children promptly after their session is finished.Many thanks to those who have been supporting us with the Lucozade Kit Out Project. We are not asking people to start buying Lucozade, but could anyone who does drink it please note the code on the bottle under the wrapper and pass it to Tracey Flood. Codes will be added to our account and we get some free kit. Please pass this on to your friends or anyone you know that drinks Lucozade and ask them to keep codes for the club. The more codes we collect the more gear we can get.HurlingDonegal took on Fermanagh in a challenge in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh on Sunday afternoon. Aodh Ruadh’s Paul Sheridan and Eddie Lynch started with Ciaran Kilgannon and Jack Matthews coming on from the bench. We have a report and pictures from the game up on aodhruadh.org.Underage hurling resumes on Sunday 1st March, this year again we are hoping to field 6 underage teams. There is a lot of work involved in that and we are looking for some help. No experience necessary, all help no matter how little will be appreciated. We really need help at U 14 level, if we can’t get some more people willing to help out with teams we may not be able to field at some age groups. Anyone willing to get involved in underage hurling is asked to contact John Rooney 086-2587793. Coaching workshops and coursesBelow are coaching workshops and courses in January and February. If you would like to attend any of these please e-mail Emma Gaughan on firstname.lastname@example.org or text 0863039610.GAA NEWS: AODH RUADH UNDERAGE HURLING RESUMES IN MARCH was last modified: January 27th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:Aodh RuadhGAANoticesSport
LANCASTER – Reflecting the housing boom and student enrollment growth, two school districts have approved double-digit increases in developer fees to help pay for classroom construction. The levy paid by home builders in the Lancaster School District has gone up 24.7 percent to $2.72 per square foot of floor space, and Southern Kern Unified School District has increased fees 16 percent to $3.39 per square foot. “We study it every year. It just depends on the cost of construction versus the number of kids coming out of new houses,” Lancaster Superintendent Steve Gocke said. “In order to build schools, it’s an index that puts it at what costs are.” The boards of both school districts approved the fee hikes at meetings this past week. The Antelope Valley Union High School District board approved a 5 percent hike at its Nov. 9 meeting to brings its developer fees to $1.57 per square foot. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals “The developer fees went up according to the amount of portable buildings we have and the growth rate,” Southern Kern Superintendent Rod Van Norman said. Lancaster’s fee study indicated that the average-size home in the district is 2,200 square feet, resulting in fees of $5,984 per house. Gocke said permits have been pulled and construction begun on about 1,800 homes in the district. The study said one elementary or middle-school student will come from every two houses, Gocke said. The Southern Kern study projected that 1,250 homes will be built by the end of 2009, generating about 740 students and increasing the district’s enrollment from more than 3,300 to more than 4,000, records show. The average-size home in Rosamond is 1,775 square feet, the report said. The higher fee hike brings the levy on a new home to $6,017 per house. The state has set $2.24 per square foot as the standard residential developer fee for financing school construction, but in the Antelope Valley that fee must be shared among more than one school district. In the Los Angeles County portion of the Antelope Valley, developer-fee revenue is divided between the Antelope Valley Union High School District and the individual elementary school districts within the high school district boundaries. Districts may charge more than the standard fee if certain conditions are met, such as having passed a school construction bond measure in the past four years and having 20 percent or more of classes in portable buildings. Aside from the high school, Lancaster and Southern Kern districts, other districts charging more than the standard rate are Eastside Union School District at $2.05; Palmdale School District, $2.86; and Westside Union School District, $2.40. Karen Maeshiro, (661) 267-5744 email@example.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!