Griffin led six Detroit players in double figures, finishing with 26 points, 10 assists and nine rebounds before sitting out most of the final quarter.“He was great tonight. I mean great,” Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy said. “Had I realized he was one rebound away (from a triple-double) I would have given him another minute or so. I didn’t realize that. I really didn’t, but 26, nine and 10 is a hell of a game.”Jackson was back in the Detroit starting lineup after missing 24 games with a severe ankle sprain. He scored seven points on 3-of-7 shooting in 15 minutes.“It was good to have him out there and I thought he played pretty well,” Van Gundy said, “better than I thought he would after having three months off.”Luke Kennard added 16 points and Ish Smith 13 for the Pistons.ADVERTISEMENT Griffin narrowly missed a triple-double and the Pistons celebrated the return of Reggie Jackson by handing short-handed Phoenix its ninth straight loss, 115-88 on Tuesday night.Griffin methodically took it to the Suns, keeping Detroit in it early and leading the blowout that came later.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“It’s very important to me, you can’t play this game uptight,” he said. “You’ve got to play relaxed and you’ve got to play the way you can play. I thought we did that tonight.”The Pistons, winners at Sacramento on Monday night, got off to a slow start against the Suns but blew the game open in the second half. View comments The Suns were without their two leading scorers. Devin Booker missed his second straight game with a right hand sprain and T.J. Warren was out with left knee inflammation after being hurt late in Saturday night’s loss to Golden State.Alex Len led Phoenix with 19 points and 12 rebounds. Troy Daniels added 18 points, going 4 of 5 on 3-pointers, and Josh Jackson had 15 points and 11 boards for the Suns, who have lost 24 of 26 to run their NBA-worst record to 19-53.Detroit has won the last two after dropping the first three of a six-game road trip that ends Thursday night in Houston.Neither team led by more than seven points and both had trouble making shots in the first half, with the Pistons up 44-38 at the break.The Pistons shot just 32 percent (15 for 47) and Phoenix 36 percent (17 for 47) in the first two quarters. The Suns made only two of 18 3-pointers in the first half to Detroit’s 5-of-16 effort.The Pistons blew open a 21-point lead in the third quarter, outscoring Phoenix 25-10 go to up 69-48 with 4:56 left in the period. Seldom-used Alec Peters’ 3-pointer cut it to 77-64 but Anthony Toliver sank his third 3-pointer in the final four minutes of the quarter to put Detroit up 80-64 entering the fourth.The Pistons, who shot 56 percent in the second half, led by as many as 30 in the fourth quarter.“We just couldn’t hold them in the second half,” Phoenix interim coach Jay Triano said. “32 percent we held them to in the first half just by mucking it up a little bit. Second half they go 28 of 50 and Blake makes a couple tough ones and their confidence starts to go up.”TIP-INSPistons: Detroit made 10 of 20 3s and had just three turnovers in the second half. … Jackson had been ruled out for the game by Van Gundy at the shootaround but that changed when the coach met with the media pregame. … Griffin, who made his first appearance against Phoenix as a Piston, averaged 22.5 points and 8.2 rebounds in 26 career games against the Suns as a Los Angeles Clipper. … Detroit swept season series with Suns for second time in three seasons.Suns: Phoenix has lost 10 in a row at home. … Suns assigned C Alan Williams to Northern Arizona of the G-League. Williams is coming back from September knee surgery. … Jackson’s 36 points against Golden State on Saturday was fourth-most points by a rookie this season. … Booker missed his 18th game of the season. … Phoenix has won five games since Christmas, one since Jan. 31. … Dragan Bender made 1-of-8 3s. … Other than Daniels, the Suns were a combined 3 of 29 on 3s.UP NEXT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Read Next Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Pistons: at Houston Thursday night.Suns: at Cleveland Friday night. LATEST STORIES 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 Detroit Pistons forward Blake Griffin (23) shoots against the Phoenix Suns during the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, March 20, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)PHOENIX — Blake Griffin always seemed to hurt the Suns when he was with the Los Angeles Clippers.Now he’s doing the same for Detroit.ADVERTISEMENT In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback MOST READ Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Rockets snap Blazers’ 13-game winning streak
Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? 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 “I thought it would be a great match and instead especially in the first half we had a lot of difficulties.“After the break I explained to them what was happening, and the game became more balanced.”Portugal host relegated Poland in three days in Guimaraes, in a match that has no significance for either side.But Santos insisted: “The final match against Poland will be important because it will be on front of our public, who are always with us.“We have to play well and to win.”ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Zverev’s ATP Finals win vs Federer tainted by ball boy flub Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown “There are no questions to ask. Ronaldo is part of this team, just read the post he wrote today,” said Santos, referring to the message the Juventus player sent to wish his teammates good luck via Twitter.Portugal booked their ticket to the semi-finals next June after holding Italy to a 0-0 draw at the San Siro on Saturday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissThey progressed top of Group A3 with one match to play, dashing Italy’s hopes in the process.“The qualification confirms the quality of our football,” said Santos. MOST READ Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Portugal’s forward Cristiano Ronaldo (R) sits next to coach Fernando Santos as he watches his teammates practice during a training session at the team’s base in Kratovo, outside Moscow, on June 21, 2018, during the Russia 2018 World Cup football tournament. (Photo by Francisco LEONG / AFP)Portugal coach Fernando Santos insisted Saturday that superstar Cristiano Ronaldo remains a key part of his national team despite being left out of his Nations League squad, after the European champions became the first team to advance to the semi-finals of the competition.The five-time Ballon d’Or winner spent much of last month vehemently denying allegations of rape and was dropped by Santos for the Nations League internationals amid accusations by former model Kathryn Mayorga that Ronaldo raped her in 2009, just before he joined Real Madrid from Manchester United.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college View comments
Hike in fuel prices– says subvention will create ‘administrative nightmare’Given recent concerns about the increasing prices for fuel, US-based Guyanese Financial Analyst Sasenarine Singh is recommending that the coalition Government give thoughtful consideration to reforming the taxation strategy with respect to petroleum products.Singh said Government should focus on cushioning the adverse effects being felt locally because of the high fuel price at the pumps, but at the same time, the 2018 budget revenue projections from excise taxes on petroleum products should be preserved.During December 2017, crude prices averaged about US$57 per barrel. This commodity is currently being traded on the open market at an average price of US$71 per barrel.The fact remains that the Government has no control over the acquisition cost for fuel. However, Government can do something seismic with its taxation policy without affecting the 2018 Budget Revenue projections.“The Government must intervene using taxation policy to rationalise the price at the pump. The difference between the acquisition cost and the price at the pump is the excise taxes applied by the Government. When a shipment of fuel lands in Guyana, the Government applies an excise tax on it. If the acquisition cost is higher, then the Government’s revenues in real dollars will be higher. It is simple arithmetic, it is a percentage, if the base is higher, the absolute dollars in revenueFinancial Analyst Sasenarine Singhwill be higher,” Singh explained.The financial analyst told Guyana Times on Sunday that the budget reported a projected oil price of US$56 per barrel for 2018. This is expected to generate and expand the collection of total dollars from excise taxes for petroleum products over 2018 by G$2.2 billion from the prior year, taking it to G$25.3 billion. However, because the price moved from US$56 to US$71 since the beginning of the year, the Government is now projected to collect on top of that G$2.2 billion an additional G$1.8 billion.“All I am advocating…is that we pass on… this unbudgeted G$1.8 billion increase to the consumers. I have no problem with the Government holding to its original budgetary projections and proceeding to collect the additional $2.2 billion. What I do have a problem with is, instead of collecting an expansion of $2.2 billion, the Government is now set to collect an additional $4 billion in excise taxes on petroleum products over 2018. I’m arguing that the $1.8 billion, which is the difference between the $4 billion and the $2.2 billion, should be passed on to the consumers,” he asserted.Singh said there is a way in which Government can do this, and the best recommendation would be to reduce the excise tax on petroleum products by one third (between 30 and 35 percent) immediately. According to him, since this issue is happening in the middle of the calendar year, Government would be able to still come out a winner with this strategy, because it would have already banked the gains from January 2018 to May 2018.Singh recalled that this move was made by the previous Peoples Progressive Party (PPP) Administration. In 2009, then Finance Minister Dr. Ashni Singh had reduced the tax on gasoline from 50 percent to 30 percent, and also went and reduced the tax on diesel from 40 to 30 percent.Again, in 2015, the PPP Administration had reduced fuel prices from $995 per gallon to $695, representing a 30 percent reduction. Diesel price was also reduced by 30 percent, from $985 to $694; and kerosene saw a reduction of 42 percent, from $850 to $496, similar to what had taken place in 2009.NightmareRecently, Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson affirmed that his Ministry and other Government agencies have been engaging the minibus operators on the issue. Minister Patterson had also noted that subventions are being considered as a means of cushioning the effects of the increase.But Singh questioned the rationale behind the idea, claiming that if Government takes that step, it would turn out to be an “administrative nightmare”.“Basically, what it means is that they will collect the money and you will have to go and apply for a refund, and that is going to feed another bureaucracy with more red tape. Why would you want to do something like that? You may have to hire new people, and this will increase the cost of administering that. It is silly!” Singh said.“Reduce the rate and let it pass on to everyone! It will filter through the economy, and all will benefit. As the tide rises, all boats will rise if this tax strategy is advanced. It will also remove the justification from the minibus operators to increase their prices. Also, all other sectors will feel the direct benefit – the miners, the rice farmers, the manufacturing sector and everybody else will feel the benefit of the lower excise tax. It will percolate across the economy and it will, in the end, drive economic growth,” Singh argued.Gas station prices for fuel have increased rapidly from $215 per litre to prices ranging from $230 to $250 per litre. Since the hike, there have been widespread protests and fears of public transportation strikes. There have been cases of minibus operators burning tyres along the East Coast railway embankment.The Federation of Independent Trade Unions of Guyana (FITUG) and the Private Sector Commission (PSC) has been among those calling for Government to act swiftly to protect consumers. (Samuel Sukhnandan)
0Shares0000British gay rights activist Peter Tatchell was arrested after staging a one-man protest in Moscow © AFP / Maxim ZMEYEVSAINT PETERSBURG, Russian Federation, Jun 17 – A space for gay and ethnic minority football fans in Saint Petersburg during the World Cup was forced to relocate at the last minute in a move activists believe was politically motivated.The owners of the building that was set to host Diversity House, where fans could meet and watch matches, told organisers days ahead of the opening that they were withdrawing their co-operation. Piara Powar, director of the international anti-discrimination network FARE that is overseeing the project, said the move was “familiar” to rights groups in Saint Petersburg.“They recognise it as the method through which the city authorities shut down activities which do not conform to their political outlook,” he said in a statement Saturday.He said the last-minute pull-out appeared to be a “political attack of the kind that shows how debates about human rights are curtailed by powerful conservative political forces in Russia.”Powar told AFP last month the network had sought assurances from Russian authorities that Diversity Houses in both Moscow and Saint Petersburg would be allowed to go ahead during the World Cup.Local organiser Elena Belokurova told AFP the group had found a new location in the centre of Saint Petersburg and it was already open.She said there had been no threats from the owners of the building where the project was originally planned, near the city’s main fan zone.The Moscow Diversity House opened last week and has been hosting events in the city centre.British gay rights activist Peter Tatchell was briefly arrested last week for a one-man protest near Red Square against President Vladimir Putin’s record on gay rights.Violence against gays and homophobic rhetoric in Russia regularly make global headlines.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
Blake and Ford were released with conditions and are scheduled to appear in court on February 26, 2020. FAIRVIEW, A.B. – Five individuals are facing charges after Fairview RCMP recover a stolen vehicle.On the evening of December 27, at around 11:00 p.m., Fairview RCMP received a call from a concerned citizen of a possible stolen vehicle and a number of suspicious persons in a rural area east of Fairview.RCMP attended the area and located the stolen vehicle. All of the occupants fled, except for a female who was taken into custody.- Advertisement -With the assistance of the Fairview, Peace Regional and Grande Prairie RCMP Police Dog Service, an additional five individuals were located and taken into custody.Those charged with multiple offences, including possession of stolen property over $5,000, are 23-year-old Hayes Fuller-Garrand, 42-year-old Hayes Fuller-Garrand, 33-year-old Cassidy Killkenny, 43-year-old Bradley Blake, and 47-year-old Dennis Ford.Fuller-Garrand, Underwood and Killkenny were released with conditions and are scheduled to appear in Fairview Provincial Court on January 22, 2020.Advertisement
Scotland take on England at Celtic Park on Tuesday night and former Tartan Army star John Collins joined the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast ahead of the big clash.Collins says Gordon Strachan’s men will be relishing the game and has warned England to brace themselves for a hostile evening in Glasgow.He said: “I know for a fact the Scottish players will be fired up. Does it mean the same to the English boys? I’m not so sure, but we will soon see when the game kicks off.“The atmosphere at Celtic Park is going to be electric. The English players play in front of full stadiums week in, week out, but nothing like the atmosphere and volume they are going to get tonight.”Tune into talkSPORT on Tuesday night for live and exclusive coverage of Scotland v England
1 Arsenal finished the Champions League group stage with a flourish as they beat Galatasaray 4-1 in Istanbul.The Gunners smashed in three goals in the first half an hour to put themselves out of sight of their opponents with Aaron Ramsey the star of the show.The Welsh midfielder produced the outstanding momenet of the match as he bagged an incredible 29-yard volley as part of his brace.Lukas Podolski also hit a double in the victory, which sees Arsene Wenger’s men finish second behind Borussia Dortmund in Group D, while Wesley Sneijder got one consolation for the hosts.Arsenal, who had been buoyed by the return of summer signing Mathieu Debuchy, wasted no time in setting their stall out and opened the scoring after just three minutes.Galatasaray’s defence were caught far too narrow and out of favour Podolski picked up the ball on the left side of the box before lashing a swerving strike in at the near post with Sinan Bolat left hopelessly flapping at thin air.The hosts quickly moved to respond but Hakan Balta failed to hit the target when a rebound landed in his path ten yards from goal and his profligacy proved costly.With 11 minutes gone Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain attempted to burst through the Turkish side’s defence, which had looked nothing short of incompetent when they lost 4-1 in their clash at the Emirates, and his poked pass was expertly tucked into the far corner by Ramsey.Arsenal didn’t have it easy though. Galatasaray’s swiftly moving front frontline, orchestrated by the pesky Sneijder, did look capable of causing problems but found it tough to thread a final pass through to main men Umut Bulut and Burak Yilmaz.Podolski clattered the crossbar and left the side netting bristling as Wenger’s side looked to counter their opponents, while Yaya Sanogo’s protests for what he thought was a deliberate handball in the box fell on deaf ears but these moments ceased to matter before the half-mark.Ramsey hasn’t quite reached the scintillating heights of last season’s form but, with a half-cleared corner heading his way, he displayed exquisite technique to send a measured volley scarpering into the top left corner of Bolat’s goal, its flight straight and true. It was a strike of precision and elegance.Joel Campbell nearly made it 4-0 from Ramsey’s pass but Bolat’s quick thinking saw him deflect the ball wide of the upright just before the break.Feeling confident victory was sealed, Wenger elected to give two youngsters their chance with Gedion Zelalem and Ainsley Maitland-Niles replacing Flamini and Ramsey.Wojciech Szczesny, playing his first game in four, showed he hadn’t lost his touch with several good saves from Yasin Oztekin, while Per Mertesacker did excellently to deny Bulut.But just as it appeared they had closed the game out, Sneijder stepped up two minutes from time to send a superb free-kick into Szczesny’s goal with the Pole helpless.Arsenal, though, had the final say in the match as Podolski, who will have impressed with his travails on the night, slotted home with aplomb prior to the final whistle. Arsenal stars celebrate with Aaron Ramsey
By Chris Bowman SACRAMENTO BEE SACRAMENTO – Tens of thousands of state-issued lunchboxes in California promoting healthy eating would have carried warnings about toxic lead on the vinyl surfaces but for the state’s supplier intervening, according to a company e-mail obtained by the Sacramento Bee. Had the coolers been so labeled, state health officials said they would have rejected the shipments from supplier You Name It Promotions Inc. of Oakland. California’s Proposition 65 requires consumer warnings on products containing “significant” amount of chemicals known to cause cancer, reproductive harm or birth defects. Andrew Halim, vice president of T-A Creations, said the company shared with the Sacramento Bee a Sept. 19, 2006, e-mail from the supplier instructing his company not to attach the warning. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “There would be no way that any product that might require that notice would be acceptable for us to distribute,” said Dr. Mark Horton, the state’s public health director. As it turned out, some of the giveaway bags tested positive for high levels of lead, which can be absorbed by food and accumulate in the bloodstream. Lead can impair mental and physical development, especially in children. State health officials last Thursday warned consumers not to use the 56,000 green shoulder-bag-style lunchboxes after confirming Sacramento County findings that some of the bags contained “elevated” levels of lead. The boxes have been distributed at schools and health fairs as part of a state nutrition-education program. The state’s action prompted a recall from the bags’ producer, T-A Creations of Los Angeles, which promised to refund the supplier on returns. As a precaution, state health officials warned against the use of an additional 246,000 of its promotional lunchboxes — all colored blue – which are undergoing lead tests.
Graffanino hit a one-out double in the ninth, but Jenks got the save by retiring Johnny Damon on a foulout to the catcher and Edgar Renteria on a groundout. Wells, who dropped to 10-4 in postseason play, allowed just two hits through the first four innings. After the White Sox scored twice in the fifth and closed to 4-2, Graffanino let Juan Uribe’s potential inning-ending, double-play grounder go through his legs – bringing up memories of first baseman Bill Buckner’s error on Mookie Wilson’s grounder in Game 6 of the 1986 World Series against the New York Mets. “I didn’t get a good read on it. I just took my eye off it. I just flat out missed it,” Graffanino said. One out later, Iguchi hit a three-run homer to left. “I just think we gave them an extra opportunity, and they made us pay for it,” Francona said of Graffanino’s misplay. “I think he understood the importance of who’s running and being quick, and he tried to be a little too quick.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 “One of the biggest reasons we are here is because of Iguchi,” White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said. “He moves the guy over, he runs for me, he makes the plays, he hits home runs, he runs the bases right. This kid does everything for the team and that’s why I keep on saying he’s my MVP.” Games 3 and possibly 4 are at Fenway Park on Friday and Saturday. A fifth game, if necessary, would be at Chicago on Sunday. “The perspective is we’re down 0-2. … I’d rather have it the other way,” Boston manager Terry Francona said. “The comfort I have is our ability to play.” After a 19-8 loss to the New York Yankees in Game 3 of the AL Championship Series a year ago, the Red Sox won eight straight games to capture their first World Series title since 1918. Boston has won eight of its past nine games when facing postseason elimination. The Red Sox took a 4-0 lead in the third, then were shut out on three hits for the final six innings by Mark Buehrle and rookie Bobby Jenks. CHICAGO – Tadahito Iguchi put the Chicago White Sox within a win of the AL Championship Series and pushed the Boston Red Sox into a familiar position: playing with no margin for error. Iguchi hit a go-ahead, three-run homer after a deflating error by Red Sox second baseman Tony Graffanino, and the White Sox rallied for a 5-4 victory Wednesday night to take a 2-0 lead against the defending World Series champions in their American League Division Series. “I can’t really put a rank on it, but the fact I was able to hit the homer in my first year, I’m very happy,” Iguchi said through a translator. Iguchi, a 30-year-old major league rookie who played eight seasons in Japan and helped the Fukuoka Daiei Hawks win a pair of Japan Series championships, connected off David Wells to cap Chicago’s second five-run inning in as many games.
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