Miami Heat guard Goran Dragic, right, drives past Oklahoma City Thunder guard Dennis Schroder, left, in the first half of an NBA basketball game against Miami Heat, Monday, March 18, 2019, in Oklahoma City. (AP Photo/Kyle Phillips)OKLAHOMA CITY — The Thunder were foundering without their star point guard, and the Miami Heat — like Oklahoma City trying to improve their playoff position — took advantage.Goran Dragic had 26 points and 11 assists, and Dwyane Wade added 25 points in the Heat’s 116-107 win Monday night over the Thunder, who played without the suspended Russell Westbrook.ADVERTISEMENT Kelly Olynyk added 18 points and nine rebounds for Miami, which moved within one game of seventh-place Brooklyn in the Eastern Conference. The Heat snapped a six-game losing streak against Oklahoma City, which now has lost nine of its last 13 games to fall to sixth in the Western Conference.“We put our track shoes on, put all our pads on and went out there ready for a tough basketball game that has a playoff kind of feel to it,” said Wade, who played 33 minutes.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsPaul George scored 31 points with nine rebounds and Jerami Grant had 27 points and 10 rebounds for Oklahoma City. Dennis Schroder, who started in Westbrook’s place, scored 20 points. Steven Adams had 10 points and 12 rebounds but was limited by foul trouble to 25 minutes.Westbrook picked up his NBA-leading 16th technical foul in a loss to Golden State on Saturday, earning an automatic one-game suspension at a pivotal time for his team. He was not with the team on Monday and thus not inside Chesapeake Energy Arena to watch the Thunder struggle, shooting 43.7 percent and committing 19 turnovers. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college LATEST STORIES Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief Spurs extend streak to 9 straight, stun Warriors Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title “We’ve just got to keep working every game, try to get better as a team and play together. Especially during tough stretches like we’re going through now, we’ve got to stay together as a team.”ENJOYING THE DRAMASpoelstra acknowledges the Heat’s schedule to close the season is difficult, but says his team is “embracing the competition.”“We all feel alive in there,” he said. “It’s not just because of the wins, because of the consequences, the pain of a loss and the celebration of getting the job done in a tough place. We know, even without Westbrook — which is a significant difference, let’s be fair about that — but you still have to take care of business in a place where they don’t lose very often. You have to play well and we were able to do that.”TIP-INSHeat: Justise Winslow missed his second straight game with a right thigh bruise suffered Friday against Milwaukee, while Rodney McGruder sat out with left knee soreness. … Former Thunder player Dion Waiters received louder-than-usual applause as starting lineups were introduced, but Wade received a standing ovation when he entered four minutes into the game. … Wade’s 674 career points vs. the Thunder is his second-highest total against a Western Conference foe, behind only Portland (699).Thunder: Westbrook could earn another one-game suspension for every two technical fouls the rest of the regular season. He’s now missed nine games this season because of injury or suspension. … Backup C Nerlens Noel didn’t play because of a left quad contusion. … Markieff Morris picked up a technical foul with 1:40 left in the third quarter.UP NEXTHeat: Continue their four-game trip on Wednesday in San Antonio.Thunder: Host Toronto on Wednesday before visiting the Raptors on Friday. View comments Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Without Schroder running the second unit, Oklahoma City’s bench lacked scoring punch and it showed, as Miami’s reserves outscored the Thunder’s 67-10. Dragic and Wade both came off the bench for the Heat, and reserve James Johnson had 14 points.“The reality is, we’re bringing some firepower off the bench,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. “Our starters have been tremendous, but it’s not going to work in this league all the time. You’re not always going to be able to get off to the starts that you want. We’re bringing a Hall of Famer off the bench, an All-Star. … It’s not like we’re cringing when we go to the bench. It takes a collective effort.”The first half featured wild swings. The Thunder led 13-0 after the Heat missed their first eight shots, but a 17-0 run by Miami’s reserves put the Heat ahead before the end of the first quarter. The Heat led 41-29 with 8:12 left in the second quarter, but Oklahoma City pulled within 58-55 by halftime.Miami rebuilt its lead to 15 points in the third quarter. A dunk by Grant with 11:02 left got the Thunder within 86-79 before a 15-3 run by the Heat ended all doubt. A 3-pointer by Josh Richardson — who is from the Oklahoma City suburb of Edmond — put Miami up 101-82 with 7:29 left.“They hit some tough shots,” Schroder said. “We forced them to shoot non-paint twos and D-Wade and Dragic did a great job tonight. 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Dr Jackson Amone, who has tackled several Ebola outbreaks in Uganda, volunteered to go to West Africa to help his counterparts with the growing crisis in the region.”Where duty calls you go,” he told me from his small office packed with papers in the capital, Kampala, before he left.Our appointment was for 07:30 local time. I arrived 10 minutes early, and he was already working. Unlike before… we are able to test specimens here within a short time,””Mentally, you have to be trained first and also practically you need to know, what are you going to do… you use your past experience to protect yourself.” What did his family make of his decision? “You have to convince them,” he replied.Dr Amone has treated many Ebola patients and led national response teams in the East African nation, which has become a hub for Ebola experts.Before the epidemic in West Africa, the worst outbreak was recorded in Uganda in 2000.More than 425 people contracted the virus, mainly in the northern town of Gulu. More than half of them died. Since then there have been four more outbreaks.In addition to that, Uganda has had to fight similar viral hemorrhagic fevers like Marbug, Crimean Congo and Yellow Fever.But the government has managed to stop widespread Ebola outbreaks. During the last one in Luwero, central Uganda, there were seven cases and four deaths.What can Sierra Leone, Liberia, Guinea and Nigeria learn from Uganda’s experience?The importance of speed cannot be underestimated.Spotting cases quickly, confirming them as Ebola and sending out teams.At the Uganda Virus Research Institute, overlooking Lake Victoria, in the sleepy town of Entebbe, a small laboratory has been set up to do this.With the help of the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) scientists are receiving Ebola results out within 24 hours.Stephen Balinandi is a laboratory specialist at CDC and has worked on many of Uganda’s outbreaks.”Unlike before when specimens would be shipped to international labs like the US, we are able to test specimens here within a short time,” he says.”And we send back the results to the healthcare givers in the field, who are able to properly manage the patients.”But any one of the scientists at this lab will say that their work is futile unless suspected cases can be picked up to begin with.To this effect, the health ministry has educated health workers and the general public on Ebola symptoms. A young team of techies has also created a health monitoring system known as mTrac that helped with the last Ebola outbreak.Using a basic mobile phone, health workers reported suspected Ebola cases and received information on how to help communities.Kissing ‘joke’Over the last decade, their response to outbreaks has improved immeasurably, Mr. Balinandi says.In earlier outbreaks, medics were forced to rely on little more than a hunch.”After very many people had died – then there would be suspicion that we are dealing with something,” he said.Now testing is done earlier in order to pinpoint an outbreak. Public information campaigns are also vital.During an outbreak, messages are sent out telling people how to spot potential Ebola patients and how to stop themselves from catching the virus.This starts at the local level, where leaders and social mobilisation teams go out to speak to those in the affected communities.And, on the national stage, the president himself has been known to get involved.In 2012 when there were Ebola cases in western Uganda he made a statement telling Ugandans not to kiss or shake hands.It quickly made the headlines, and although it became a joke, he got his message across.The public understood that limiting close contact was vital.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Lofa County Representative Eugene Fallah Kparkar has heaped praises on the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare (MOHSW) and its partners for their efforts at containing the spread of the Ebola virus.The Foya District in Lofa County, which Rep. Kparkar represents in the House of Representatives, is the epicenter of the deadly Ebola outbreak in the country.Of the six confirmed cases of deaths from Ebola, four have been recorded as being from Foya.While commending health workers and authorities of the Health Ministry and health stakeholders, including international partners, Rep. Kparkar expressed his regrets over the death of his kinsmen.Rep. Kparkar specifically regretted the death of a Cuttington University graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing. At least two nurses are among the four deaths.The Foya District’s lawmaker made the statement Sunday, April 27, at a program marking the official launch of a US$1,000,000 financial aid fund drive by the Foya University Student Association (FUSA) in Gardnerville outside Monrovia.He noted that considering the proximity of the Foya District to neighboring Guinea, the spread of the Ebola virus, would not have been prevented from crossing over from neighboring country.He admonished residents of the District to take solace in the Lord and move ahead with determination, fortitude and tenacity in the search for socio-economic and infrastructural development.The Lofa lawmaker disclosed that an Ebola treatment center is nearing completion in Foya Airfield that would handle cases.Rep. Kparkar stated that the huge Ebola fear that gripped citizens and residents of the district few weeks ago, has considerably reduced in the area.“We are grateful first to God and cooperation of the neighboring countries of Guinea and Sierra Leone toward this Ebola fight,” Rep. Kparkar said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) national office in Liberia, in collaboration with the National Elections Commission, has commenced a week-long civic education and voter awareness in three of Liberia’s 15 counties, namely Nimba, Bong and Margibi, which started yesterday in Ganta, Nimba County.The civic education and voter awareness on non-violent and conflict free elections will be held under the theme: “Promoting non-violence in the 2017 general and presidential elections in Liberia.”According to an ECOWAS press statement, the civic education is part of efforts aimed at ensuring that voters receive specific information in order to enhance an effective voting experience. The civic education will also focus on the rights and responsibilities of voters as citizens to participate in the political process, the importance of elections, the concept of free and fair elections and the importance of not just participating but voting as well.The statement said the three counties are part of the first phase of the ECOWAS initiative targeting a population of 3,000 participants, who are expected to come from student and youth groups and pen-pen riders due to the fact that people in these categories are the ones mostly at risk of being influenced to easily engage in violent behaviors as occurrences in the past have shown.The ECOWAS national office said a population of over 600 persons will be targeted to participate in each event in each county.The ECOWAS national office stated that the counties were selected based on the fact that they are the most populated in terms of registered and eligible voters and their urban communities are dominated by mostly young people, heavily students and pen-pen riders, while the last one (Nimba) is a unique case given its proximity with the neighboring member state of Guinea.Phase one will cover Ganta City, Nimba County; Gbarga City, Bong County; and Kakata City, Margibi County, while the second phase will focus on Paynesville City, Montserrado County and Tubmanburg City, Bomi County. Program of activities earmarked for the project include soccer games that bring together teams from various schools, youth groups and pen-pen riders’ associations across the selected cities.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The FAO workshop aimed to build the capacity of personnel at the Ministry of Agriculture (MoA) on how to fight the Fall Armyworms that are devastating most of the crops in Liberia.The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations on Wednesday, May 15, 2019, concluded a three-day hands-on training for district agriculture officers (DAOs) on the management and prevention of the invasion of ‘pests’ or ‘Fall Army worms’ (FAW) at the Central Agriculture Research Institute (CARI), near Gbarnga in Bong County.Speaking to the Daily Observer on Monday, May 13, 2019 at the official opening of the training workshop at the Central Agriculture Research Institute (CARI) in Suakoko District in Bong County, the FAO National Agronomist and focal person for the ‘Fall Armyworm’, Jobson Momo, said the three-day event intends to train the DAOs on how to identify eggs of the Fall Armyworms, and know the damages they cause for farmers; and how to prevent them from spreading further to other farmers across the county.Mr. Momo said that the training aimed to build the capacity of personnel at the Ministry of Agriculture (MoA) on how to fight the pests or Fall Armyworms that are devastating most of the crops in Liberia, particularly maize (corn) and the vegetables.“This training is just to refresh the DAOs about the danger of the Fall Armyworm, since we noticed in 2017 that the pests (Armyworms) in the country have been devastating our farmers’ crops, we have come to build the capacities of the DAOs, and equip them in the fight against the Fall Armyworms from destroying farmers’ crops,” Mr. Momo said.“At that time, people did not know what type of pests were there in the county, but called the eggs by different names until FAO conducted a study; and it was established that the pests were ‘Fall Armyworms’ that destroyed crops indiscriminately,” he said.The 22 participants were selected from 17 districts across the country that have reportedly been highly affected by the invasion of Fall Armyworms.According to Momo, some of the participants were drawn from districts Montserrado, Margibi, Nimba, Bong Bomi, Grand Cape Mount and Lofa counties, for the training based on the prevalence of the pests in those areas. He said the training was for the DAOs to manage and control the pests; identify the routes, and how the DAOs can use the equipment that will be planted on the farms to attract the pests to minimize their level of spreading.At the FAO workshop, District Agriculture Officers selected from 17 districts across the country that have reportedly been highly affected by the invasion of Fall Armyworms.Some of the control mechanisms included traps for the Fall Armyworms that will entice them to the dead end.“We are going to mount those traps in all the districts across the country, demonstrating the FAO’s commitment in fighting the devastating Fall Armyworms from destroying our farmers’ crops,” Mr. Momo said.To meet that challenge, each participant will be given a smartphone that will be used to collect data from the field on the level of destruction by the Fall Armyworms. The data will be sent to the FAO Headquarters to allow the specialized agency to intensify its fight against the pests.The phone will be used to scout the Fall Armyworms egg masses and larvae, use FAO FAMEWS application to collect field data, and transmit to a global platform at FAO Headquarters and communicate through telegram platform.Participants lauded FAO for organizing the training workshop and promised to make maximum use of all necessary equipment given the DAOs to fight the Fall Armyworms.The training was facilitated by Ebenezer Aboagye from the Plant Protection and Regulatory Services Department of the Ghanaian Ministry of Agriculture, who presented on topics including the biology of Fall Armyworms and How the Eggs are Spread.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The body of an unidentified male was on Monday morning fished out of a trench in the vicinity of the Guyana Defence Force on Carifesta Avenue, Georgetown. At the time of the discovery, the corpse was shirtless and was clad in a pair of black jeans.The discovery was made just after 07:00h, during the rush hour, and would have attracted a large crowd.However, up to late Monday afternoon, the body was yet to be identified.According to Commander of ‘A’ Division, Leslie James, the body bore marks of violence, which suggest that foul play was involved.The deceased is suspected to be in his late 30s. His body was taken to the Lyken’s Funeral Home to await identification and post mortem. A probe is currently underway.
Shane Bourne of Lot 23 Saffon Street, Charlestown, was on Friday released on bail by Magistrate Leron Daly when he appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts to answer to a simple larceny charge.It was alleged that on May 6 and May 7, 2018, at Georgetown, and while in the company of others, he stole one Yamaha All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV) valued $2.5 million property of Michelle McKenzie. He pleaded not guilty to the charge.According to the facts presented, on the days in question, the man was asked by the owner of the ATV to assist her in starting the vehicle and after it started, he rode away. Bail was granted in the sum of $100,000.The matter was adjourned until June 1 for a report and completion of the file.
Sanasie 2015 executionAttorney-at-law Mark Waldron on Thursday questioned Police Inspector Nolan Burnett as to why none of the nine males in the April 2015 identification (ID) parade had a scar under their eye as the one his client bears. The witness was under cross-examination at the High Court as the Richard Stanton murder trial continued.Stanton is accused of gunning down 43-year-old Patricia Sanasie on January 15, 2015. She was riddled with bullets outside her Atlantic Gardens, East Coast Demerara home moments after arriving there from attending a religious function.Accused killer Richard StantonIn his testimony before the 12-member jury, Inspector Burnett maintained that all of the persons in the line-up were of similar description to Stanton, and he confirmed that the deceased woman’s daughter, Romona Sanasie, had picked out the accused, who was standing at the numbered three spot.Her mother was shot dead in her presence, and the young woman claimed she had seen the assailant’s face for 15 seconds although it was under sheer cloth.During Thursday’s testimony, Burnett revealed that only a gazetted officer can oversee ID parades, expect in rare circumstances. He also confirmed that both he and the witness Sergeant Rodwell Sarabo had signed the form relatived to the ID parade. Burnett related to the court that he had informed Romona Sanasie the suspect may or may not be in the line-up, and the woman corroborated this fact via SKYPE from the United States on Tuesday.Burnett recalled that after Stanton had been picked out as the assailant, he dismissed the line-up, and the accused had said he wasn’t a ‘murder man’ and that he was not there when the woman was killed.Under scrutiny by the defendant’s legal counsel, the Police witness observed that while he was “made aware” that the accused had a scar under his eye; he did not ensure that other persons in the parade had such a feature.Burnett later admitted that when Romona Sanasie was at the ID parade, she had initially pointed out ‘number seven’ as being similar to the assailant which she said she had seen that night.The case continues before Justice Brassington Reynolds. Tiffini Lyken, Narisa Leander and Seeta Bishundial are presenting the case on behalf of the State.
**SubmittedThree Blizzard Bike Club members competed in the Northern Rockies Triathlon held in Fort Nelson on Sunday June 28th. Billy Bucknall and Kathryn Fairweather competed in the Olympic distance race with both athletes winning their age groups as well as overall for male and female respectively.Kathryn also posted the fastest women’s bike time and Billy completed his race with fastest male swim, bike and run. Sandy McDonald competed in the Sprint distance race which is a 500m swim, 20km bike and 5 km run. Sandy posted the fastest overall time. – Advertisement –
PRINCE GEORGE — BC Assessment has sent out 2020 assessment notices to almost 248,000 Northern BC property owners with notices that reflect market value as of July 1st, 2019.“For most of the region’s homes, it’s a bit of mix of modest increases and decreases compared to last year’s assessments,” says Deputy Assessor Jarret Krantz. “There are some exceptions such as Terrace and Kitimat where most homeowners will see increases of 20 percent and 40 percent respectively.”BC Assessment collects, monitors and analyzes property data throughout the year.- Advertisement -The table below indicates the Northern BC region’s estimated range of percentage changes to 2020 assessment values by property type compared to 2019. * Note property assessments may vary by jurisdiction or municipality within the region.According to BC Assesment, overall, Northern BC’s total assessments increased from over $65.4 billion in 2019 to over $69.4 billion this year.A total of about $1.06 billion of the region’s updated assessments is from new construction, subdivisions and rezoning of properties.Advertisement The summaries below provide estimates of typical 2019 versus 2020 assessed values of properties throughout the region. These examples demonstrate market trends for single-family residential properties by geographic area.Chetwynd – $222,000 to $215,000 = minus 3 percentDawson Creek – $253,000 to $241,000 = minus 5 percentFort St. John – $319,000 to $314,000 = minus 2 percentHudson’s Hope – $164,000 to $166,000 = plus 1 percentNorthern Rockies – $105,000 to $103,000 = minus 2 percentTumbler Ridge – $128,000 to $135,000 = plus 5 percentMore information can be found on the BC Assessment’s website at bcassessment.caThis includes more details about 2020 assessments, property information and self-service access to a free, online property assessment search service that allows anyone to search, check and compare 2020 property assessments for anywhere in the province.