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Heat win again, hold off Pelicans

first_imgDuterte promises to look for funds to establish rail transport in Cebu ‘It’s not my shame’: Why Filipino women are calling out sexual misconduct on social media “Nothing’s guaranteed,” coach Erik Spoelstra said. “Everybody’s talking about how far we’ve come and what we’ve accomplished. We’re not in the playoffs yet. But at least we were given an opportunity to show persistence and develop that.”Miami led by 14 early, but most of that eroded during a 15-2 New Orleans run in the second quarter. And after never leading in the first half, the Pelicans started the third with a 9-0 spurt to go up 61-54 – finishing off what was a 21-point turnaround over about a nine-minute stretch.But Miami rallied, grabbed an 85-79 lead going into the fourth, and then went 7 for 9 from 3-point range in the final quarter to prevail.The Heat are 19-5 when Dragic, Waiters, Whiteside, Luke Babbitt and Rodney McGruder start a game. When using any other starting five this season – there have been 19 – the Heat are 14-30.Including his Sacramento days, Cousins has appeared in 12 games at Miami. His teams are 1-11.ADVERTISEMENT Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos The Heat (33-35) won for the 22nd time in 27 games and are 14-1 in their last 15 at home.Anthony Davis scored 27 points and DeMarcus Cousins added 19 for the Pelicans. E’Twaun Moore scored 18 off the bench on 8-for-12 shooting for New Orleans, which got 11 points apiece from Jrue Holiday and Dante Cunningham.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnMiami took the lead for good on a 3-point flurry late – three straight, one from Josh Richardson and the last two from James Johnson. That quick 9-0 run put Miami on top 111-102, and the Heat didn’t trail again.The win, at least temporarily, moved Miami past Milwaukee and into the No. 8 spot in the Eastern Conference standings – a far cry from where the team was two months ago, when the Heat were trying to avoid having the worst record in the NBA. Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Miami Heat forward James Johnson (16) goes to the basket as New Orleans Pelicans guard E’Twaun Moore (55) defends in the first half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, March 15, 2017, in Miami. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)MIAMI, FLORIDA—Goran Dragic played through a black eye and bloodied mouth to score 33 points, Hassan Whiteside had 20 points and 17 rebounds, and the Miami Heat beat the New Orleans Pelicans 120-112 on Wednesday night.Wayne Ellington scored 19 for the Heat, who made 16 3-pointers and have won 18 consecutive games when connecting at least 10 times from beyond the arc. Dion Waiters added 14, and James Johnson and Tyler Johnson had 10 apiece for Miami.ADVERTISEMENT ‘Bad Boys for Life’ debuts so good with box office top spot Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Taal Volcano evacuees warned against going home ‘1917’ takes top honor at the Producers Guild Awards Big 2nd half helps Celtics over Timberwolveslast_img read more

A veiled threat?

first_imgThe Public Security Minister in a recent television program is reported to have said that the government is fully prepared to deal with any civil strife. He was at the time speaking about the rulings and consequential orders of the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ).As the public security point man, it can be assumed that the Minister is knowledgeable of related national plans, more specifically, those to deal with civil strife. Naturally, one must ask if he is expecting that, and if so, why?Generally, civil strife emanates from discontent over an issue or issues that affect people at the national level especially when their freedom, rights and livelihoods are on the line, a case in point; the ongoing protests in Hong Kong.People, like those in Hong Kong, would not accept what they believe to be impositions by the government and will exercise their right to protest to bring awareness to their concerns. In the context of what the CCJ mandated and people’s dissatisfaction over government’s related action or lack thereof, is the Minister’s comment a hint of what’s to come if protest action were to be taken?Security forces are either instructed to quell protests or protect the right of those involved to do so. Notably, Guyana has a very dark past under the People’s National Congress (PNC) regime from 1964-1992 with regard to freedom of expression.During that very oppressive period, dissatisfaction was rife and opposing was met with brutal responses from the security forces and thugs suspected to be loyal to that Party. In the process of exercising their right to oppose, many Guyanese in that period were beaten and jailed.While protecting their votes from being stolen in the 1973 elections, two young voters, Jagan Ramessar and Bholanauth Parmanand, were shot and killed reportedly by members of the Army who came to remove the ballot boxes. Many others were injured in that incident on July 16 and the two killed revered as the Ballot Box Martyrs.On July 14, 1979, Jesuit Priest Father Bernard Darke, was killed while photographing a demonstration by members of the Working People’s Alliance (WPA), which opposed the PNC government. At the time, some of its leaders were being hauled before the courts in a Police van which the demonstrators followed. They were attacked by an armed gang and in the melee, the Priest was stabbed.Incidents like those drove fear into the minds of Guyanese who dared standing up to the PNC dictatorship. Despite that, the citizenry felt the urge to raise their voices in opposition to undemocratic practices meted out to them. Presently, the CCJ has ruled that the constitution must be followed with integrity in keeping with the successful passage of the December 21, 2018, no-confidence motion (NCM) which precipitated elections within three months.While it should have happened as of March 21, 2019, the government bought time in the courts. The CCJ ruling of June 18, 2019, would have mandated such elections by September 18. It reiterated that the constitution be followed in its July 12, 2019, consequential orders. That includes the appointment of a new Chairman for the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM).These are issues of the highest national order and, to date, there is no tangible evidence that the government is moving in the direction to honour the constitution. From all appearances, it seems that the President is once again desirous of having a GECOM Chairman of his choice and has even put forward eight names.He then claimed of wanting the process completed within days and hopes that the Leader of the Opposition concurs. This is in spite not responding to a proposal by the Opposition Leader for both working throughout the last weekend to have the matter resolved.It therefore seems a ploy by the President to say he is willing to name a Chairman within days given it’s probably one from of his list of eight. Objections by the Opposition Leader would then be seen as delaying the process.However, the constitution clearly states that the President must chose a Chairman from a list of names submitted only by the Opposition Leader; a stipulation reiterated strongly by the CCJ. The Opposition Leader would therefore be in order to not consider any name suggested by the President. The reality is continuous delay on the part of the President.The holding of the elections is also dependent on a Chairman being in place at GECOM. With every passing day of deliberate delay, the constitutional timeline gets push further back which seems the unambiguous desire of the government. Leading Diplomats have also urged adherence, expeditiously, to the CCJ ruling and constitutional provisions.In these circumstances, the people of Guyana have every right to raise their voices in ways enshrined by the constitution, including protests, to bring awareness to the government’s disregard for constitutional processes and the CCJ’s ruling.Is the Public Security Minister hinting that any such attempts could be deemed as civil strife and would therefore be met by response for which he says preparations are in place? Having been seemingly consumed by the PNC, is the Minister reminding what those responses could be as history reminds?last_img read more

Civeo awarded accommodation contracts for Coastal GasLink pipeline construction

first_imgHOUSTON, T.X. – Houston-based Civeo Corporation announced today that it has been awarded contracts to supply accommodations for four locations along the Coastal GasLink pipeline project.The project will see a roughly 670-kilometre pipeline built from the Dawson Creek area to the proposed LNG Canada facility near Kitimat. The contracts are subject to a positive final investment decision from the LNG Canada joint venture, which is expected later this year.Civeo said that the accommodation facilities are collectively expected to reach total peak room count of over 2,000, with revenue over the term of the contract expected to be approximately $100 million. The company says that it will partner with a First Nation for each facility.- Advertisement -“We are pleased to announce these contract awards, solidifying our position as the partner of choice for workforce accommodation solutions in Canada,” said Bradley J. Dodson, Civeo’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “The strength of our First Nation relationships was critical to these awards, and we look forward to collaborating with our partners to provide best-in-class accommodations along the Coastal GasLink pipeline project. Along with our recent acquisition of Noralta Lodge, this contract is a testament to our continued growing presence across Canada.”Civeo said it expects to deploy approximately $10 million in capital across all four facilities, the locations of which haven’t been announced.last_img read more

Air quality health index in Fort St. John rated 10+ this morning

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Data from the B.C. Ministry of Environment shows that the air quality health index in Fort St. John as of 6:00 a.m. Wednesday was rated 10-plus due to the presence of thick smoke in the air.A smoky skies bulletin that was issued by the Ministry of Environment remains in effect for Northeast B.C. today. The view in Fort St. John looking south along 100th St. from 101st. Ave. Photo by Chris Newton The view in Fort St. John looking south along 100th St. from 101st. Ave. Photo by Chris Newton A sunrise tinged red by thick wildfire smoke in Fort St. John on August 22nd. Photo by Chris Newton A sunrise tinged red by thick wildfire smoke in Fort St. John on August 22nd. Photo by Chris Newton The view in Fort St. John looking west along 101st Ave. from 100th. St. Photo by Chris Newton The view in Fort St. John looking west along 101st Ave. from 100th. St. Photo by Chris Newton – Advertisement -As of 6:00 a.m., the North Peace Airport weather station recorded visibility at just two kilometres, the same visibility as in Prince George and Vanderhoof at that hour. A photo from the BC Highway webcam on Highway 97 in Dawson Creek at the intersection with the Dangerous Goods Route looking east. Photo by DriveBC.ca. A photo from the BC Highway webcam on Highway 97 in Dawson Creek at the intersection with the Dangerous Goods Route looking east. Photo by DriveBC.ca. A photo from the BC Highway webcam on Highway 97 in Taylor at the bottom of the South Taylor Hill looking south. Photo by DriveBC.ca. A photo from the BC Highway webcam on Highway 97 in Taylor at the bottom of the South Taylor Hill looking south. Photo by DriveBC.ca. A photo from the BC Highway webcam on Highway 97 in Taylor at Pine Ave. looking south. Photo by DriveBC.ca. A photo from the BC Highway webcam on Highway 97 in Taylor at Pine Ave. looking south. Photo by DriveBC.ca. A photo from the BC Highway webcam on Highway 97 in Taylor at the top of the South Taylor Hill looking north. Photo by DriveBC.ca. A photo from the BC Highway webcam on Highway 97 in Taylor at the top of the South Taylor Hill looking north. Photo by DriveBC.ca. According to Environment Canada satellite imagery, the thick smoke in Fort St. John was pushed by winds from wildfires burning in the B.C. Central Interior near Fraser Lake and Fort St. James.A satellite photo showing clouds and smoke in the visible light spectrum at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday. Photo by Environment CanadaPeople with pre-existing health conditions, the elderly, infants, children and sensitive individuals are more likely to experience health effects.Advertisement Individuals may experience symptoms such as increased coughing, throat irritation, headaches or shortness of breath. Children, seniors, and those with cardiovascular or lung disease, such as asthma, are especially at risk.Stay inside if you have breathing difficulties. Find an indoor place that’s cool and ventilated. Using an air conditioner that cools and filters air may help. If you open the windows you may let in more polluted air. If your home isn’t air-conditioned, consider going to a public place (library, shopping mall, recreation centre) that is air-conditioned.Updates on the air quality situation can be found at www.bcairquality.ca.last_img read more

McGregor: Leicester test is ideal warm-up for Kazakhstan qualifier

first_imgCallum McGregor believes Celtic’s friendly match against Leicester City on Saturday will provide them with ideal preparation ahead of next week’s trip to Kazakhstan.The Premier League champions are in Glasgow to face Brendan Rodgers’ side in the International Champions Cup just days before the Champions League qualifier against Astana.The winger believes a match against a team of Leicester’s quality will only help Celtic get up to speed ahead of the match in Kazakhstan.“You want to keep testing yourself as a player and the more quality opposition that we play against, then the better it will be for us at the stage we are at,” he said. “You want to improve as a player all the time so to play against the best players is the way to do that.”McGregor is not underestimating the task that Astana will present his team, highlighting their quality in reaching the Champions League group stage last year.The 23-year-old said: “I know they got to the Champions League last year and by all accounts they did well. We know they are going to be a tough opponent.“Teams in that sort of area are getting better and obviously they proved that last year by getting to the Champions League. “Obviously it’s far to travel and it’s a plastic pitch, so we just need to make sure we are ready for that test. We are travelling a couple of days early so we can get there and get a feel for the place.“You need to try to be ready for everything that comes your way, on the preparation side and the training pitch. Everything needs to be spot-on. There is not much room for error in these qualifiers so we need to do everything we can to be ready for them.”last_img read more

#AskIt – Best Disney World Water Park

first_img Typhoon Lagoon (64%, 271 Votes) Blizzard Beach (36%, 153 Votes) Total Voters: 424 Share This!Maybe it’s because the summer heat is upon us. Maybe it’s because Volcano Bay may not be quite ready for primetime. But I’ve got water parks on the mind today. Disney has two highly themed ones for you to choose from, and they both have their advantages. So which do you prefer?  Loading …Please let us know your thoughts by voting and in the comments. Feel free to use the comments to wax poetic about River Country too!last_img

Semantify – Automate Your Semantic Web SEO in Five Minutes

first_imgThe timing couldn’t be better for the release of Semantify, a new service from Israel/San Francisco’s Dapper.net. One week after Yahoo! announced that it will begin indexing the semantic markup and meaning of content on the web, Semantify offers a remarkably simple way to get your website marked up semantically. Automatically, forever.Once you learn how to use Dapper’s basic interface, it can take less than five minutes to set up the Semantify service. Hello SEO, 3.0.Just a Few StepsHere’s what it takes:1. Identify your website and show Dapper a few different pages on it. 2. Point and click to identify particular fields on your pages, like the titles, dates and authors of articles. Sometimes this requires a few extra clicks to exclude false positives in the previewed results.3. Name those fields according to any number of Semantic Web naming protocols. In my test of Semantify, for my personal site marshallk.com, I used the Dublin Core namespaces “title,” “date,” description” and “creator” to name my fields in Dapper. I could have designated fields as the names of my friends or as particular locations. There are simple descriptions of other namespace conventions linked to from the Semantify page and this part is pretty intuitive. 4. Once you’ve gotten this far, in the standard method of using Dapper you’d grab an RSS feed that would deliver changes that get made to the fields you’re monitoring. With Semantify, though, you get a few lines of PHP code to paste into the header of your website. See the screenshot at the bottom of this post.And then you’re done.Dapper GUI + Semantic Web vocab list + PHP embed code = automated Semantic Web markup for your site. It’s like a point and click sitemap creator on the element-by-element level. It’s a perpetual standards-based SEO machine. That’s the incentive for publishers. For the rest of us, once the meaning of content is machine readable – there’s a world of sophisticated information processing we’ll be able to automate and leverage. It’s The Early DaysIt’s as simple as that, or at least it will be once all the little kinks are worked out. At launch the embed code is only available in PHP but the company says more options are right around the corner. The company rushed to get this service out the door and that’s a little obvious right now. It’s also clear that the problems are small ones that they’ll be able to solve quickly. There’s more sophisticated options coming (more granular control over namespaces, for example) and the user interface could always be improved over there. None the less, this service could end up being very, very big.You can go through those steps above today, I have, and whenever the Yahoo! spider hits your webpage, it will be shown a semantically marked up version of whatever content is live on your pages at the time. It will come from your domain and everyone will be happy. Wash, rinse and repeat for all your domains. Then, thank Dapper for making it so damn easy.Historical ContextMany people have questioned the viability of the Semantic Web vision, asking who will do the markup. Yahoo! has stepped in and provided the incentive for every publisher to do so, now Dapper’s Semantify is hoping to provide the service that will make it easy, too.Once it’s just a matter of course for publishers to publish semantic markup with their content, look out world. My favorite example, from our coverage of the Yahoo! announcement, is this: show me all the movie reviews written by a user’s friends who live in Europe. Today, that would be hard to do. Once semantic markup is widely published and indexed – then such queries will be trivial and the only question will be what we want to do with that information.The Semantic Web could change the world. The only things missing are incentive like Yahoo! now provides and ease-of-use, as Semantify began offering today. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts marshall kirkpatrickcenter_img Tags:#Features#Product Reviews#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Why I Still Won’t Buy an Apple TV

first_imgjohn paul titlow Apple prefaced yesterday’s launch of the third generation iPad with a minor update to a product that makes up a much smaller proportion of the company’s sales. The Apple TV still sports the same external design and price point, but with an overhauled interface and crucially, the ability to playback videos at 1080p high-definition resolution. For current owners of the Apple TV and those who are accustomed to buying content from iTunes, the new device is a worthy purchase. Although I have high hopes for whatever Apple is planning on the TV front in the long run, their connected set top box has never wowed me. That isn’t to say there aren’t a few enhancements that could change my mind, though.When it comes to Internet video streaming boxes like the Apple TV, a few of its competitors bring distinct advantages to the table. Sure, Google TV’s first iteration may have bombed (Google’s working on that), but even that has a few features Apple doesn’t. Both Roku and the Boxee Box offer something in terms of either content or functionality that Apple hasn’t managed to build out yet. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts Content Limitations and No Web BrowserThere is, to be sure, a pretty large selection of content that’s available on the Apple TV. In addition to television shows and movies in the iTunes Store, there’s Netflix, YouTube and a few other apps like WSJ Live and some sports-related content channels. Still, there could be more. One major advantage that Roku owners have is the ability to access Hulu Plus and Amazon’s streaming video library from the device. Boxee and Google TV have both been promising Hulu Plus for quite some time, and Boxee lacks native access to Amazon streaming video. On Boxee, the number of content apps is virtually limitless. Granted, most of that content is free, Web-only stuff like podcasts and Internet TV programming. It’s not the premium content from TV that most people are clamoring to watch, but much of it is actually quite good and often has high production value. One way to easily expand the breadth of content that’s accessible from a device like this is by including a Web browser. The Boxee Box and Google TV both allow users to browse the Web from within the box’s UI. Granted, this has its limitations. As Google TV and Boxee users are all too aware, websites can block those devices from accessing their content if they so desire. Some networks have done this with Google TV, and attempting to access Hulu.com from the browser on a Boxee Box returns an error message. Even so, offering a Web browser on a streaming set top box dramatically increases the breadth of content available to watch on one’s TV. For Apple, such a feature is probably not a priority, since the Apple TV is largely a vehicle for selling content via the iTunes Store. There are also design considerations. Apple prides itself on its sleek, simple product design. Including a Web browser would force them to rethink the simplicity and small size of the remote control. They would have to build a QWERTY keyboard into the back of the remote like Boxee did. The Remote app for iOS could easily be optimized with Web browsing controls, but it wouldn’t be feasible to require a second device in order for the Apple TV to function properly. No Third Party App StoreThis kind of goes hand-in-hand with the content limitations overall, but it’s another thing many users have been dying to see on the Apple TV. Just as iPhone apps are scaled up to fit the iPad, select iOS apps could be redesigned for TV screens and Apple could distribute them through the iTunes App Store. To be fair, this is almost certainly coming in the future. One major hang-up is rumored to be the ongoing discussions with content providers, with whom Apple is allegedly negotiating about content distribution and pricing. Once the App Store has a section for TV apps, suddenly Apple starts to look a lot more like the Boxee platform, in the sense that that any Web video service, podcast or Internet TV series could have its own app. It will probably be much more effective than Boxee or any other platform, both because of Apple’s strict user experience guidelines and because developers will have a heightened incentive to produce apps for a platform built by a company with the reach and reputation of Apple. While Apple TV may have some growing to do, it’s not as though any of its competitors single-handedly blow it out of the water. The entire market for streaming set top boxes is young and evolving and Apple is widely understood to have much, much bigger plans for TV in general. It remains to be seen what those plans are, but if anybody can shake things up, it’s them. Tags:#Apple#Internet TV#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

(AUDIO) MDC agent on turkey hunting season, turtles on the road

first_imgTake it easy on our slow, shelled friends.Missouri Dept. of Conservation agent Tom Strother says try to steer clear of turtles on the roads while they look for mates this time of year.“They’re a part of nature, the web of life.”We spoke with Strother about turtles, and the start of turkey hunting season on Apr. 15, on Wake Up Columbia:last_img