Rockets head into Game 3 confident after big win in Game 2

first_imgMOST READ FILE – In this Monday, May 14, 2018, file photo, Houston Rockets guard James Harden, left, talks with teammate Chris Paul (3) during the first half of Game 1 of the NBA basketball Western Conference Finals against the Golden State Warriors in Houston. The Rockets are feeling good after routing the Warriors in Game 2 to tie the Western Conference finals at 1-1. But they know they have a huge task ahead of them as they head to Oracle Arena, a place the Warriors have won an NBA-record tying 15 straight playoff games, for games 3 and 4 .(AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)HOUSTON — The Rockets have reason to feel good, tied with Golden State after winning Game 2 in a rout in the Western Conference finals.But a big challenge awaits Sunday at Oracle Arena, where the Warriors have won an NBA-record tying 15 straight playoff games.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ariza was one of the keys to Houston’s 127-105 win in Game 2 that helped erase the memory of Houston’s tough home loss in the series opener. Ariza had 19 points as one of five Rockets who scored more than 16 points to rebound after an ineffective performance in Game 1 because of foul trouble.While the Rockets know what happened in Game 2 won’t matter if they don’t take care of business on Sunday night, they do believe it gives them a bit of momentum.“Yeah, just because we know we’re more than capable of it,” James Harden said. “We’ve just got to go out there and do it every possession.”Houston’s 127 points were the most the team has scored this postseason. But they’re quick to point out that their success on offense was the product of solid defense. That, they say, is the reason it won’t be difficult to recreate what they did in Game 2 on Sunday night.“It wasn’t anything special that we did,” Harden said. “We just created more opportunities with our defense.”ADVERTISEMENT Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding 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 LATEST STORIES China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View comments Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Houston coach Mike D’Antoni knows all about Golden State’s success in Oakland, but thinks it has less to do with being at home than the fact that the Warriors are a great team.“The challenge is you’re playing Golden State. That’s why they’ve won 15 in a row. Not because of the building, but because they’re good,” he said. “All these players are used to playing in hostile environments … it helps a little bit (but) sometimes you feed off the energy also from the other crowd. So you try to take them out as soon as you can and take out the crowd.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownThe Rockets aren’t daunted by Golden State’s winning streak there and are looking forward to the challenge.“It’s definitely a great place to play,” Trevor Ariza said. “Their fans are great. They bring a lot of energy to the game. At this point there’s nothing like playing in that type of environment and trying to silence them.” Sunday will be just Houston’s second game at Golden State this season and first since the Rockets got a 122-121 win on Oct. 17 in the opener for both teams on the night the Warriors received their championship rings.“A lot has been going on since then,” Harden said. “But as long as we take those same principles and that mindset that we have, no matter where we play, we’ll be pretty good.”Kevin Durant has scored 75 points combined in the first two games to lead the Warriors, but Stephen Curry hasn’t really gotten going yet as he rounds into form after missing almost two months with a knee injury. The Rockets know the 2015 and 2016 Most Valuable Player is capable of having a huge game at any time and they must account for him at all times, just as they do with Durant and Klay Thompson.“I just think everybody on their team can shoot,” Ariza said. “When they’re in a scoring position, you just have to give some sort of resistance. Try to make them think about doing other things.”The Warriors have much more experience at this level of the postseason with this being their franchise-record fourth straight trip to the conference finals. But Houston has plenty of veteran leadership led by nine-time All-Star Chris Paul, who said it’s easy to look forward regardless of how the last game went.“It feels like Game 2 was a week ago now,” he said. “That’s how it is in the playoffs … we’ve done a great job all year staying even-keeled. We tried not to get too high or too low.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Houston teams, athletes offer support after school shooting In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operationslast_img read more

Media owners, operators concerned over Broadcast Amendment Bill

first_img…say no consultation by GovtA number of media proprietors and operators met on Monday to discuss the potential ramifications of the Broadcast (Amendment) Bill 2017, recently tabled in the National Assembly by Prime Minister & First Vice President Moses Nagamootoo.In a statement issued late Monday evening, operators said their primary concerns were the negative impact the Bill could have on sustainability of operations with regard to the licensing fee structure, the imposition on property, and the infringement on freedom to determine broadcast content.To this end, the group is in the process of writing the Prime Minister, seeking an audience so their related concerns can be made known. Having been made aware that the Bill could be passed before the end of the week, the group is urging that its passage be deferred until meaningful consultations can be held.According to the group, having not been consulted to date or during the preparation of the Bill, they are hoping that the authorities would afford them opportunity for consultation now, before this important piece of legislation is passed. Group members believe that this bill’s impact on freedom, livelihood and jobs compels the decency of having consultations with the allowance for inputs.According to the operators, having examined the proposed bill, they have concerns in regard to its constitutionality, and they accordingly seek clarification for their concerns. The group is of the firm belief that the meeting requested, and calls for a deferral of the passage of this bill, would provide opportunities for their concerns to be addressed.They are hoping, their release has stated, that in the “interest of democracy and freedom of expression, the authorities would understand the magnitude of the impact the Bill in its current form could have on the future of television and radio broadcasting in Guyana”.As such, their desire is for “a Bill that can be reached through consensus.”The Broadcast (Amendment) Bill 2017 was laid in the National Assembly on Thursday, but concerns have been raised about its far-reaching powers ever since it was revealed to contain provisions that compel private media to air Government broadcasts.Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo, during a press conference on Friday last, zeroed in on the bill — which he referred to as an “expropriation of property and time” – adamantly contending that even when the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) was in office, it would not have dared make such a bill law, even though TV stations had refused to air programmes the then Government was willing to pay for.Touching on the 24-hour timeframe that a broadcasting entity has to register with the Guyana Broadcasting Authority (GBA) its objection to carrying a particular broadcast, Jagdeo noted that a “win-win” situation has been created for the Government because, even if the GBA rules that the broadcast is not a public service announcement, the only outcome would be that the Government has to pay for its airing.Jagdeo urged broadcasters not to sit idly by and allow the Government, through its one-seat majority, to get its way with the passage of the bill; but broadcasters should seek recourse through the courts.ReapplyRevoking the 2014 broadcasting regulations, the Act also puts those broadcasters who are already licensed at the mercy of the authority.It mandates that any licensed entity carrying out broadcast services immediately before the act went into effect would have no choice but to reapply within thirty days for a licence, in accordance with the amended law.“Where a person fails to make an application for a licence within the time specified, or where an application for a licence is not granted by (GNBA), he shall immediately cease to carry on the broadcasting service,” Section Nine, subsection three of the bill states.Failing to cease operations if they are not granted a new licence by the GNBA would cause to be imposed on that broadcaster, on summary conviction, a fine of $1M and imprisonment for one year. In addition, all machinery and equipment used for broadcasting by the entity can be seized.last_img read more

WIN A FREE PORTRAIT WITH DONEGAL DAILY AND THE CRISTEPH STUDIO

first_imgDonegal Daily has teamed up with Cristeph Studio in Letterkenny to give readers a chance to win a FREE child or family portrait every week for FOUR weeks.This offer is normally priced at €69 and €99 respectively which includes your portrait sitting, viewing and selecting your portrait, and finally a finished framed portrait of your child or family.But now you have a chance to win a portrait free every week for the entire month of August. To enter into this unique competition simply like the Christeph Studio Facebook page.The winner will be selected and posted on Donegal Daily each Friday in August.You can re-enter this competition each week by simply sharing and liking this great offer at the Cristeph Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/pages/Cristeph-Studio/305666329486672Cristeph Studio is a family-run business with owner Brian McDaid having more than 35 years experience behind the camera. The studio houses a bespoke framing service and also house an art gallery.The studio caters for Portraits, Weddings, Public Relation and Event Photography, Commercial and Product Photography.It also caters for Photo restoration, Passport, Visa and Taxi Licence photography.In our Framing Specialist area we can frame almost anything with expert advice on all your framing.We frame prints, photos, art, jerseys and all sports memorabilia as well as first shoes. Cristeph Studio is now taking bookings for very keen packages in School Photography for the return of the school year.We also cater for Sports Club photography and framing while gift vouchers are also available for all Photography and Framing.Contact the Cristeph Studio, Convent Road, Letterkenny. Co Donegal Tel: 074 9126411. email: cristephstudio@gmail.com. or find us on Facebook athttps://www.facebook.com/pages/Cristeph-Studio/305666329486672 Cristeph Studio will take care of all your photography and framing needs at very keen prices.WIN A FREE PORTRAIT WITH DONEGAL DAILY AND THE CRISTEPH STUDIO was last modified: August 1st, 2014 by StephenShare 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:competitionCristeph StudioDonegal Dailyfree portraitlast_img read more

Celiac and A Completely Gluten Free Life

first_img9 Best Gluten-Free Shampoos and Conditioners. Verywell Health. https://www.verywellhealth.com/gluten-free-shampoo-conditioner-and-other-hair-products-562439. Published 2019. Accessed January 22, 2019. Cross-Contact | BeyondCeliac.org. Beyond Celiac. https://www.beyondceliac.org/gluten-free-diet/cross-contact/. Published 2019. Accessed January 22, 2019. Is That Gluten-Free Diet Really Gluten-Free? – Today’s Dietitian Magazine. Todaysdietitian.com. https://www.todaysdietitian.com/enewsletter/enews_0518_01.shtml. Published 2019. Accessed January 27, 2019. by Sarah Pittman, Dietetic InternFinding products that are gluten free used to be such a hard task. But with people being more aware of gluten in their diets (celiac and non celiac people alike) as well as the FDA stepping in on the manner, it has made finding gluten in food and non-food products much easier.“On August 2, 2013, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced its long-awaited gluten-free food labeling rule. According to the rule, when a manufacturer chooses to put “gluten-free” on food packaging, the item must comply with the new FDA definition of the term – less than 20 parts per million (ppm) of gluten”4.When patients with celiac disease eat gluten it can cause abdominal pain, nausea, diarrhea, constipation, rash, or heartburn1.  Even if not consumed directly, cross contamination can occur with gluten. It only takes 10 mg to potentially cause problems in patients with celiac disease5.Cross contamination can happen by: Putting gluten free bread in a toaster that has had non-gluten free bread in itUsing sponges to clean dishes that have also been used to clean dishes of gluten productsUsing cutting boards that have been used with gluten products2 Any product that may come in contact with the mouth and in turn be ingested needs to be gluten free for people with celiac disease. But not all products are labeled gluten free, so how do you know if it contains gluten?Some of the best ways to know if a product is gluten free is by: Calling the manufacturer and asking if the product contains gluten or if there is possible cross-contamination of glutenRead ALL the ingredients on the productCheck out glutenfreedrugs.com on medications that include gluten6Some brands that have gluten-free hair care/bath and body products include:AcureAvalon OrganicsDesert EsenceDovePaul MitchellSuave3 Do you know of any other brands that have gluten-free options? 10 Fast Facts About the FDA Gluten-Free Labeling Rule | Celiac Disease Foundation. Celiac Disease Foundation. https://celiac.org/about-the-foundation/featured-news/2014/08/fda-gluten-free-food-labeling-information-page/. Published 2019. Accessed January 22, 2019. References:Celiac Disease: Symptoms, Causes, Diagnosis, Treatment, Risk Factors. WebMD. https://www.webmd.com/digestive-disorders/celiac-disease/celiac-disease#1. Published 2019. Accessed January 22, 2019. Hidden Gluten in Nonfood Products – Today’s Dietitian Magazine. Todaysdietitian.com. https://www.todaysdietitian.com/enewsletter/enews_0515-01.shtml. Published 2019. Accessed January 27, 2019.last_img read more

Appeals by 45 Russian Athletes Against Olympic Bans Rejected

first_imgPYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — Russia’s desperate attempt to get 45 banned athletes — including several medal favorites — into the Pyeongchang Olympics failed just hours before Friday’s opening ceremony.The International Olympic Committee had banned Russia because of a massive doping scheme at the 2014 Sochi Games, but gave individual athletes the chance to apply for admission to compete as “Olympic Athletes from Russia.” There were 168 Russians who passed the vetting process. Dozens more filed appeals with the Court of Arbitration for Sport.On Friday, the court upheld the IOC’s right to decide who can compete.Anti-doping officials praised the ruling, which is a heavy blow to Russian medal chances.“That’s it. The story is over,” Russian delegation spokesman Konstantin Vybornov said.After two days of hearings, the CAS panel ruled that the commissions that evaluated whether Russian applicants were eligible did not act in a “discriminatory, arbitrary or unfair manner.”CAS secretary general Matthieu Reeb read from a statement and declined to take questions, saying the IOC process “could not be described as a sanction but rather as an eligibility decision.”The IOC and the World Anti-Doping Agency welcomed the decision. The IOC said the decision “supports the fight against doping and brings clarity for all athletes.”WADA president Craig Reedie described it as “absolutely correct.”Among those excluded are six-time gold medalist Viktor Ahn, the short track speedskater whose return to his native South Korea for the Olympics had been eagerly anticipated by local fans.Also out are cross-country skiing gold medalist Alexander Legkov and skeleton gold medalist Alexander Tretiakov, as well as potential medal contenders in biathlon, luge and bobsled.Three former NHL players — Sergei Plotnikov, Anton Belov and Valeri Nichushkin — also lost appeals, though it was widely considered unlikely they would have played even if they had been successful because the Russian roster is already full.U.S. Anti-Doping Agency chief executive Travis Tygart said the decision was “a small glimmer of hope in an otherwise dark and sordid affair.”“You hope justice has been served but how some of these athletes can keep dirty medals from Sochi but be excluded now is hard to reconcile,” Tygart said. “And why the IOC rushed the process on the Sochi medal decisions is unexplainable and a tragedy for clean athletes.”In a telephone interview, Reedie told The Associated Press: “I am delighted at the decision and the way they expressed it.”“They have quite clearly understood that there was systemic manipulation of the anti-doping process,” Reedie said. “It means the games can proceed. Athletes can get their heads down and go. This particular issue is now behind us.”The IOC’s vetting process was designed to exclude Russian athletes from the games if IOC officials weren’t sure they were clean, even if they hadn’t been banned for doping.The “Olympic Athletes from Russia” will compete in neutral uniforms under the Olympic flag in a decision designed to balance the rights of individual athletes with the need for a strong deterrent to doping.As well as the 45 athletes, the ruling covers a luge coach and a skeleton coach.The IOC has refused to comment on individual Russian athletes but says it decided who to exclude using a newly obtained Moscow laboratory database with evidence of past doping offenses.It refused to clear some Russians even after their disqualifications from the 2014 Olympics were lifted by CAS last week.Stephen Hess, an international sports lawyer based in Colorado Springs, Colorado, said the decision was a victory for the IOC.“There is no absolute right to get an invitation from the IOC to come to the Olympics,” Hess said in a telephone interview. “That was within the IOC’s discretion, and they didn’t exercise it arbitrarily. If Russia had an Olympic team, CAS might have said: ‘IOC, the Russians can put them on their own team. You can’t keep them out.’ But Russia doesn’t have an Olympic team.”Jim Walden, the lawyer for Russian whistleblower Grigory Rodchenkov, renewed calls for IOC President Thomas Bach to resign “for the sake of the Olympic ideal.”Walden has accused the IOC and CAS of being “complicit in enabling Russian doping” for not implementing strong punishments for Russian athletes, including a blanket ban.Friday’s verdict, he said, is “a small semblance of justice for clean athletes.”Angela Ruggiero of the IOC athletes’ commission said the decision provided clarity for all competitors.“The message we’re sending to athletes now is, the decision’s been made, you should be incredibly confident that every athlete, including the Olympic Athletes from Russia, have had to clear incredibly high hurdles to get here,” Ruggiero said.U.S. athletes also welcomed the end to uncertainty around the participation of some Russian athletes.“That is great news,” said U.S. women’s skeleton athlete Katie Uhlaender, who placed fourth in the Sochi Olympics — one spot behind bronze medalist Elena Nikitina, who was one of the 45 appealing her ban.U.S. bobsledder Nick Cunningham said he has tried to not focus on the will-they-or-won’t-they drama surrounding the Russians.“If dirty athletes are taken out, then clean athletes will prevail,” Cunningham said. “That’s what I hope.”___By JAMES ELLINGWORTHAP Sports Writers Stephen Wade, Tim Reynolds and Eddie Pells contributed to this report. 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Netherlands need Barcelona-like World Cup miracle

first_imgWorld Cup Netherlands need Barcelona-like miracle to qualify for World Cup – De Boer Carlo Garganese Last updated 2 years ago 16:00 10/7/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(3) Arjen Robben Netherlands Getty Images World Cup Netherlands The former Ajax legend – and twin brother of Frank – believes his country have only a five per cent chance of making it to Russia Netherlands will need a miracle similar to the one Barcelona produced against Paris Saint-Germain during last year’s Champions League in order to qualify for the World Cup, according to Dutch legend Ronald de Boer.With two games remaining in Group A, the Dutch find themselves in third position – four points behind group leaders France and three shy of second placed Sweden.On Saturday, Netherlands travel to Belarus while Sweden host Luxembourg. But with the Swedes enjoying a goal difference of +6 over the Dutch – and expected to beat Luxembourg handsomely – the likelihood is that Dick Advocaat’s men will, in order to make the playoffs, have to rack up a huge win over Sweden when they host them on the final matchday on Tuesday. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. And De Boer, who won 67 caps for his country and played in two World Cups, believes Netherlands will have to repeat the Champions League miracle Barcelona produced earlier this year when they thrashed PSG 6-1 at Camp Nou after losing the first leg 4-0.Ronald de Boer ex Barcelona player“It’s looking very bad for Netherlands. I give us maybe a five per cent chance to qualify for the World Cup,” ex-Barca ace De Boer told Goal at the ASPIRE4SPORT Congress at Stamford Bridge.”We will play Belarus. It is not easy to play over there. History tells us we always have problems there. Let’s say we win 1-0 or 2-0, Sweden are playing at home against Luxembourg and I believe they can score four goals at least.”That would mean we have to probably beat Sweden 5-0 or 6-0 in Amsterdam [on Tuesday].”Everything is possible. We saw Barcelona do it against PSG, but Barcelona are not the Dutch team.”Holland 66/1 to win the World CupNetherlands’ chances of progression have been hit further by injuries to key players Kevin Strootman and Stefan de Vrij, who will miss both matches against Belarus and Sweden.last_img read more

Ex China Shipping Development Manager Gets 6 Years in Prison

first_imgzoom Shanghai No.1 Intermediate People’s Court found Mao Shijia, former general manager of China Shipping Tanker Company, a subsidiary of China Shipping Development, guilty of corruption and sentenced him to six years in prison.The court also sentenced Liu Houping, former assitant general manager at China Shipping Tanker Company, to three years and six months in jail for similar offenses.The court established that Shijia and Houping had abused their positions within the company to obtain close to USD 2.41 million in personal gains, which caused significant losses for the company.Houping admitted to knowing of the corrupt dealings and helping Shijia, and pleaded for leniency from the court.Shijia was arrested on the counts of corruption in November 2013.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

DSME Begins Construction on Teekay’s Yamal LNG Carriers

first_imgzoom The keel of the first of nine Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) carriers ordered by Teekay Corporation has been laid at South Korean shipbuilder Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co., Ltd, Teekay said.Teekay signed up for six 170,000-cbm Arc7 vessels and Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL), in partnership with China Shipping LNG, has three vessels on order from the batch. The ships are said to be priced at around USD 316 million each totaling in USD 2.8 billion overall.The ships will feature Electronically Controlled, Gas Injection (MEGI) twin engine and are intended to serve the Yamal LNG Project, which is located on the Yamal Peninsula in Northern Russia.According to Teekay LNG, the scaffolding is installed temporarily for the assembly of the cargo containment system, comprising around 60,000 insulation blocks per ship.The vessels are among the largest LNG carriers that will be able to transit the Panama Canal after its expansion is complete.The first vessel from the batch is scheduled for delivery in 2016, the final one joining the fleet in 2019.Yamal LNG, a joint venture between Russia-based Novatek (60 percent), France-based Total (20 percent) and China-based China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC) (20 percent), will consist of three LNG trains with a total expected capacity of 16.5 million metric tons of LNG per year and is currently scheduled to start-up in early-2018.The project’s first commercial cargo is due to be shipped in 2017. The chosen route for the LNG cargo is the Northern Sea Route (NSR).World Maritime News Staff; Images: Teekay Corporationlast_img read more