LGH should be rewarded rather than punished – Mac Lochlainn

first_img Twitter Dail to vote later on extending emergency Covid powers Dail hears questions over design, funding and operation of Mica redress scheme Google+ By News Highland – April 10, 2012 Facebook Google+ Facebook HSE figures show more than 80% of patients copming to the Emergency Department at Letterkenny General Hospital are admitted or discharged within six hours, and over 90% are seen within nine hours.Donegal North East Deputy Padraig Mac Lochlainn says this is nother reason why Letterkenny General Hospital should not face cuts of millions to its annual budget.He says not that long ago, Letterkenny General Hospital was being praised for its efficiency, now it is being pubished.Deputy Mac Lochlainn says current HSE and government policy is hurting the hospital, and must be reviewed……….[podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/pad1pm.mp3[/podcast] WhatsApp Pinterest WhatsAppcenter_img Twitter Pinterest LGH should be rewarded rather than punished – Mac Lochlainn RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Man arrested in Derry on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences released HSE warns of ‘widespread cancellations’ of appointments next week Newsx Adverts Previous articleFigures prove need to strengthen garda presence – Mc GowanNext articleFormer IDA boss calls for cross border development zone News Highland PSNI and Gardai urged to investigate Adams’ claims he sheltered on-the-run suspect in Donegal Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derrylast_img read more

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Farmers concerned legalised cannabis will lead to high workers

first_imgRadio NZ News 23 September 2020Family First Comment: Farmers have enough stress from the Greens and the government without this additional concern! “Farmers are worried that legalising cannabis could mean workers turn up not in fit state to operate heavy machinery. The agriculture sector already has one of the highest workplace accident and death rates in the country.”Farmers are worried that legalising cannabis could mean workers turn up not in fit state to operate heavy machinery.The agriculture sector already has one of the highest workplace accident and death rates in the country.A referendum on cannabis legalisation takes place on election day.LISTEN TO: https://www.rnz.co.nz/national/programmes/morningreport/audio/2018765023/farmers-concerned-legalised-cannabis-will-lead-to-high-workersKeep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more

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Talking trade with Darci Vetter

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Darci Vetter   A conversation with…Ambassador Darci Vetter, who served as the chief agriculture negotiator for the office of the U.S. Trade Representative in the Obama Administration who spoke at the recent National Institute for Animal Agriculture meeting in Columbus OCJ: Agriculture is really dependent on trade, even more-so than we often realize. What are some of the key things we need to understand?Darci: U.S. agriculture is very heavily dependent on trade, not only because we produce more than we consume, so we have to find customers elsewhere, but also because we use those markets to add value to our products. We send things that might not be valuable here. Some of our variety meats or our lower quality cuts we can send abroad and have them be profit centers instead of something that costs more money for us to dispose of or find a use for in the U.S. We use foreign markets to create and find the best opportunity to sell all the different things we are good at producing, whether that’s plant or animal product. We have gotten pretty good at doing it and one of the reasons we are so good at it and that we have these strong trade agreements with other countries. OCJ: As you just pointed out, it isn’t always necessarily government against government all the time in these trade negotiations, when you get down to it it really is about a farmer producing for a consumer and we need to reemphasize that on what is going on at the governmental levels, right?Darci: That is absolutely right, we have very strong relationships with our customers in Mexico and vice versa here and that’s been built over time. We’ve had NAFTA in place for more than 20 years along with that framework of trade between us. They can be challenged but hopefully not broken overnight. I think those are things we want to remember and to keep intact and to tell our stories on both sides of the border about the importance of the agriculture economy for both of us. OCJ: Another trade issue that’s been at the top of mind is the Trans Pacific Partnership that you worked on, but that the Trump Administration quickly pulled out of at least partly due to concerns that it was multi-lateral. President Trump seems to favor more bi-lateral agreements. What are your thoughts on that strategy moving forward?Darci: I think there was some concern of that because it was a negotiation among 12 parties that somehow to get all 12 to reach agreement you would have to go with the lowest common denominator. There was concern that the TPP might not reach the highest standard or create as complete a market opening as you would otherwise and mostly we heard examples of that on the manufacturing side. I am not really sure that was the dynamic that had a play in agriculture or even a play across the board because I think it can be true that you choose a group of countries who all have a commitment to a very ambitious agreement and you use them to push each other and to add value for the agreement. So in agriculture, if you just look at the countries that are there, you have two different types of opportunities. You had expanded access into Canada and Japan which are high income, high value markets and pretty mature markets, but also two countries that in their past agreements had refused to put agricultural products on the table. That changed. We said to be part of this group and get access to 12 other countries at once, you have to be all in. Every country has to open every product and so for the first time, we got expanded access to Canada’s poultry and ag market, something we didn’t get in NAFTA. And Japan, who in the past when negotiating free-trade agreements with countries said, “We have these six sacred products and we just don’t touch them.” Japan would never talk about rice, dairy, sugar, pork and beef — all of them were on the table in TPP and we got access to all of them. Japan and Canada were willing to do that because they not only got access to new markets, but they also got access to these real powerhouses of growth. The TPP included Vietnam and Malaysia, countries in southeast Asia who have this rapidly growing middle class who are able to buy all sorts of other products, ag and non ag, and for the U.S, as incomes rises in those countries, they start buying more of things we already send them such as feed grain, skim milk powder and basic products. Then they start demanding all of these value added products. Our meat, our poultry, our dairy, more fresh fruits and vegetables as they improve their nutrition.Through TPP we had the opportunity to get in on the ground floor when they were just starting to buy those products and form those consumer relationships that are so important that they would look to the U.S. to get those products. Without TPP in place, we face a real competitive disadvantage into those markets because they already have the ASEAN free trade agreement that will give them zero tariffs on products like dairy and wine where we excel instead coming from New Zealand and Australia. Japan and Australia have already signed a bi-lateral free trade agreement. The tariffs on beef from Australia are now more than 10% with percentage points lower that what the Japanese pay on beef coming from the U.S. Our cattleman say it’s costing them $400,000 in lost sales a day to the Japanese market, our top market for beef, so it is important that whatever approach we use, bi-lateral or multi-lateral agreement that we can get back into the game and we have a strategy. That’s so important for us. OCJ: You clearly spent quite a bit of time working on the TPP and to see it pitched out the window, that has to be somewhat frustrating.Darci: It’s hugely disappointing, because it was a very complex negotiation because you had to get 12 countries all rowing in the same direction but also because this agreement had almost unanimous support from the agriculture sector. It is disappointing to hear rhetoric about trade that I think undervalues the good it can generate throughout the ag supply chain and how much it does for rural economies. Part of the reason I love working in ag trade is because both agriculture and trade policy have traditionally been bipartisan and so you get to form all sorts of coalitions that might not be possible in other places, and we really saw that in assistance I got from industry and Congress and elsewhere in negotiating the TPP.I believe that the TPP model isn’t going away and one of the things we really tried to do in TPP was try to make it a more transparent negotiating process, and so the text of that entire agreement — every tariff in its schedule for being reduced to zero, every rule that was written in that agreement — has been publicly available since 2015 so people saw what we achieved. While it may not go into force with precisely those countries on the timeline that we thought, I think it will influence how countries negotiate with each other. In fact, in this renegotiation of the NAFTA, we Wilbur Ross, U.S Secretary of Commerce, saying we should look really hard at the TPP text for how we might modernize NAFTA, how we might bring in labor and environment provisions into the agreement, how we might update our intellectual property standards, how we think about disciplining state-owned enterprises and things like that to modernize an agreement that is now 23 years old. It will have ripple effects somewhere, somehow so I don’t think it is going away, but obviously I would have loved to see it be ratified right away. OCJ: Clearly there are some negotiating strategies that have been promoted by the Trump Administration that will apply to trade moving forward, what are your thoughts on some of the pros and cons of the new strategies we are seeing?Darci: I think you have to keep in mind with trade negotiations and when you are negotiating with people that you want to make your core partners, these are people you are going to have to deal with every day. Negotiating is step one and then there is implementation and countries have to make real changes to implement these agreements to their tariff schedules, to their regulations. This is a long term relationship. I think sometimes folks point to Donald Trump’s book, “The art of the deal,” where you start with the really hard core position, throw them off their balance and you wind up closer to the goal you wanted and you don’t have to go so far to the middle. I think that’s great, if you are buying a building or a car and the deal is over once the deal has been made. The whole point of a trade agreement is to bring our economies closer together and to spend more time “hanging out” once its over. Really engaging and understanding involves not just what the other side is asking for, but why they are asking for it and where they want to see that relationship be in the years ahead. That is pretty critical to getting a good trade deal that allows all the sectors of our economy to participate. OCJ: Why is it so important for Ohio’s farm community to share their stories with regard to these trade issues?Darci: I think sharing that story is vastly more powerful coming from the mouths of farmers and ranchers from Ohio than it is from me. Farmers and ranchers can talk about the decisions that they make and the options that they have to provide for their families, to sell their products, to add value to what they do in a way that I just cannot.last_img read more

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Evolving from Decentralization to Centralization – Back to a Decentralized Future

first_imgThe printing press brought about the beginning of print as consumable media; however, it eventually assumed a centralized approach where owners of the newspapers and publishing houses controlled the flow of information. The gatekeepers maintained their position for quite some time until the advent of the internet.Today, the internet has made it possible for everyone to act as their own publisher and there is little censorship in the sharing of ideas. Apart from consumable media, the internet has decentralized a lot of industries including finance with the invention of digital money.We have decentralized distributed ledger technology.Distributed ledger technologies are not new. They have formed the backbone of cloud computing, and they provide a reliable solution for accounting and record keeping. A DLT is a protocol of interconnected machines in a network that has no central server disseminating information; rather, the connected devices agree with each other to reach a consensus for the sharing and storage of data.Thanks to the consensus protocol that all the machines agree upon, once the information is stored on the ledger, it would require the consensus of all the machines for that information to be changed. This provides immutability, security, and transparency in a trustless system.DLTs such as blockchain have made it possible for cryptocurrencies to function and thrive. Now, the concept of money is also getting decentralized through cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin. This is possible since digital money can now have an immutable digital identity and thus solve the problem of double spending.Even though cryptocurrencies have a long way to go before they become universal legal tender, it goes without saying that this new technology holds a lot of potential for further decentralizing in the future.Final thoughts: the future is decentralized.As you can see, decentralization is essential for the advancement of civilization. Furthermore, decentralization through technologies like blockchain can bring about transparency and accountability in governance, finance, and communication.Sectors such as supply chain management, property rights, contractual agreements, and digital identity can benefit tremendously from decentralized technologies. Overall, it has become quite evident that blockchains have a role to play in good governance, global sustainability, and equitable economic development.The United Nations is already looking to leverage alternative financial mechanisms with the help of blockchain technology to support entrepreneurship and advance its sustainable development goals (SDGs).Programs by global organizations such as the SDGs can set the pace for broader levels of transparency, collaboration, and exchange across the globe (demyan, author, personal business). Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Believe it or not, decentralization is nothing new. It first began with the social organization of ancient human societies. They lived together in small Neolithic decentralized communities of less than 100 people where everyone was accountable for one another.Small populations directly made management easier. Such small communities could easily trust one another, and the close relationships maintained by individuals made it hard for any of the group to get away with bad or selfish behavior. Tags:#Blockchain fintech#Decentalization#Statechannels#Trustlines Related Posts In his theory, Dunbar’s number limits the number of individuals in a community with whom we can maintain stable relationships. The theory of Dunbar’s number holds that 150 is the maximum number for any group of humans to maintain harmony as a community. Beyond that threshold, people will have difficulty keeping track of each other, leading to a collapse of society. Dunbar’s number explains why it became increasingly difficult for community members to trust one another and have healthy social interactions.According to Dunbar’s theory, the reason why 150 is the limit to healthy communal relationships among humans is that it takes effort for the individual to build networks beyond this number. An individual has to commit to giving more time to nurture personal relationships through gifts and favors that improve interdependence among members of a community.These relationships were vitally important as they enabled individuals to pay back in kind during trade and other social interactions. Therefore, establishing a sense of trust and security, according to Dunbar’s theory, was achievable with a small community. However, above the 150 marks, communities required a centralized authority to keep track of who was trustworthy and who was not. To resolve this, the monarch provided a reliable borrower of money that was used to pay the army for the protection of the subjects. It also offered a judicial system for the benefit of the subjects.Back to governance.Therefore, out of the need for armed protection, empires emerged. The power that was previously controlled by wealthy individuals became institutionalized into political and religious groups. The political groups provided security as well as a reliable trust system for trade and the flow of information.As you can see, throughout history, agrarian societies were marked with extremes of rigid social mobility and social classes. Even though the specific point in time where the development of human government started is not clear, studies show that the development of irrigation technologies for agricultural projects was a catalyst in the developing need for governance.David Christian puts it vividly in his book ‘Maps of Time’ where he says “Farming populations gathered in larger and denser communities, interactions between different groups increased and the social pressure rose until, in a striking parallel with star formation, new structures suddenly appeared, together with a new level of complexity. Like stars, cities, and states reorganized and energized the smaller objects within their gravitational field.”Ultimately, the land became the primary source of wealth; the development of social hierarchy based on land ownership was inevitable. This gave rise to the governing class and the masses. In some areas, tribal chiefs were elected by various rituals that tested an individual’s leadership and military strength while in other cases a group of elders acted as the ruling class of the community. Eventually, the landowning strata became a combination of religion, the government, and the military. These three social elements justified enforcement of ownership, leading to a rigid stratification of the societies as seen in the Caste system of India and other examples.The pros and cons of centralization.There is a clear-cut difference between centralization and decentralization. Already, we have seen the importance of a centralized system in its role to create order, reliability, and trust.But, as society became more complex, the structure of centralized societies evolved as well. Centralized governing structures developed better levels of consistency that were more cost-efficient and fair to all. Waste was eliminated, and the ruling class was able to focus on long-term planning and decision-making to the benefit of the whole community. Furthermore, a mix between decentralization and centralization was established to enable flexibility and peak performance of development projects.Other advantages of centralization that stood out included:With a centralized authority in place, cost of production eventually reduced due to standardized procedures of trade and productionUniformity in action was also achieved thanks to the control of central administrationImproved quality of work was also attainedFinally, with direct supervision and control, centralization enabled better coordination in society.Overall, the main advantage of adopting a centralized system was and still is efficiency. Decisions are made quickly in a centralized system, and there is little to zero duplication of roles. Plus, as a result of centralized authorities, societies can become reasonably stable, consistent and predictable, especially when it comes to projects that involve the collective. Besides, it’s also easy to establish control and accountability in case things don’t work out as expected.But of course, such advantages don’t come without drawbacks. While there are definite positives, that have added to the rise and success of centralized systems, most of them also have many pitfalls that sometimes outweigh the good to a significant extent.Some of the shortcomings of centralization include the following issues.Abuse of powerOne of the biggest downside to centralization is its assumption that the top leadership always has the interests of the subjects at heart.All through history, it has been shown that a centralized system of authority attracts the worst of characters or rather turns good characters to bad.One notorious example is how Hitler managed to assert his autocracy that led to a massive genocide of the Jewish community. Even though Germany at the time had a democracy, the state was characterized by a weak democracy that quickly gave way to Hitler’s autocracy.Other examples of autocracy as a result of centralized political structures include the Roman emperors who declared themselves gods, not to mention Napoleon Bonaparte who took power, declaring himself emperor.The reality is that throughout the history of civilization, centralized forms of governance always end up with autocratic styles of leadership and as John Emerich Edward Dalberg Acton (1834–1902) would put it, “Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely.”Slow down inefficiencyAs centralized systems develop further, they experience a reduction in the level of efficiency. For starters, since most of the decisions are made at the top to affect the subjects at the bottom of the pyramid, there is bound to be a disconnect that results in resentment by the subordinates. Plus, since the top leadership is tasked with making the decisions, the entire approach can be overwhelming, and thus the quality and speed of arbitration eventually goes down.CensorshipApart from the abuse of power, and the eventual reduction in efficiency, another disadvantage of centralization is censorship. In the political sphere, China has had the most centralized form of government in the world. Centralization of authority was first introduced in China during the Qin Dynasty. The dynasty entailed a consistent effort to concentrate authority to the Qin government.The first Emperor, Qin Shi Huang, managed to control his territories by setting up new laws and regulations. However, even though the military and government of ancient China thrived, the situation escalated into a high level of censorship. Currently, as a result of a long history of extremely centralized forms of government, China has no freedom of the press and information is continuously filtered by the government to control people’s perceptions and ideas.Economist.Com reports that China’s internet is the world’s most centralized and most censored. Furthermore, the report shows that over 2 million content controllers are working in China’s internet industry today. Plus, some Beijing based tech companies are working to enroll in blockchain technology to come up with a technological world domination system.Just in the same way the internet has been used as a tool to exert centralized censorship, so has education. While education is supposed to teach children critical thinking and evaluation of information in the form of intellectual debates and arguments, countries like Iran are banning the teaching of English in order to limit “Western Cultural Invasion.”As is evident with the above examples, any form of centralization will lead to a concentration of all the power at the central top point in the pyramid. Just like a pyramid, the larger the base (i.e. the larger the number of commoners Cat the bottom), the larger the power concentrated at the tip of the pyramid, hence the greater the risk of anarchy. You can almost always guarantee that when there are no systems of checks and balance on the ruling elite, the ruling elite will become bad actors in the system and censorship will prevail.Why decentralization is important.The above examples, among other bodies of evidence, highlight the problems caused by highly centralized systems. If left unchecked, centralized systems will lead to unbalanced exertion of control by the select few elites. For this reason, decentralization, a process that distributes and delegates decision-making and planning away from central authority, is essential.Throughout history, and even in the contemporary world, the concept of decentralization has been applied in order to improve the shortcomings of centralization. Right from the start, western civilization has been marked by instances where mankind has attempted to break down the pillars of centralization. Some of the primary examples include the following cases.The birth of democracy.Democracy is mostly viewed as the bedrock upon which decentralization thrives. In fact, the entirety of western civilization is founded on first attempts made in Athens to bring power to the people. Granted, the Athens approach was still centralized in that only a select group of individuals could vote in a leader.However, it was a significant advancement towards decentralization compared to a system that placed the fate of an entire civilization on one individual. The concept of democracy has been impaired by issues of corruption and lack of efficiency.However, since its invention in 508 BC in Athens, it remains one of the noblest endeavors in human civilization. This system of governance has resulted in great artistic and scientific innovations as well.Printing press. Follow the Puckcenter_img Has an intensive experience in the field of real business (he is an owner of one of the national retail chains) and trading on traditional and crypto stocks. His financial education allows him to analyze and predict the situation, and develop new disrupting products for the future. Max is an ideologist and visioner of the decentralized credit network, economy, and payment tools expert. Max DemyanCEO at GEO Protocol Centralized (Command & Control)The idea of a ruler dictating the day to day lives of their subjects came about as a result of seeking solutions to developing problems. The agrarian revolution resulted in increased food production and as communities grew larger, it simply became impractical to maintain order without a central authority to oversee social interactions.According to conventional views, it was after the Neolithic period that cities began to form. Even with the lack of evidence on the conditions that gave rise to towns and cities, theorists speculate that the growing human population and the benefits that come with dense settlements must have contributed to the formation of early cities and towns.According to Childe, it was during this time that humans started living together in organized communities. Most researchers agree that no single factor triggered the Neolithic Revolution; however, scientists theorize that perhaps the end of the Ice age 14,000 years ago must have led to climate change with the earth getting warmer hence triggering the agrarian revolution. The aftermath was increasing advancement towards agriculture, marked by a growing network of interactions among human beings that necessitated centralized social structures.It is believed that farming immigrants replaced foragers and increased food production, resulting in higher population density per unit of land, hence increased development of towns and cities. Adding to this idea is Paul Bairoch’s book titled Cities and Economic Development. He argues that agriculture appears to be a necessary precursor to the formation of towns and cities.After all, at the time, living in dense populations as opposed to sparsely populated communities had clear advantages including:Reduced costs of transportationInteraction and exchange of ideasLarge local marketsEasy sharing of natural resourcesEasy access to amenities such as security, access to running water and sewage disposalHow did empires emerge?Well, as communities evolved to have increasing dependence on agriculture, people started learning how to produce a variety of products. For instance, they learned how to improve labor intensity through the use of animals. Cultivation increased, and they began to produce wool, milk and other products. This increase in food and resources further increased the population from about 6 million in 8,000 BC to approximately 50 million in 3,000 BC.Larger communities resulted in the increased complexity of disputes that had to be solved. And, with more interactions, some individuals found better and faster ways to trade and acquire wealth.Therefore, as a need for better organizational structures arose, chiefs and village elders took up the responsibility of facilitating trust and accountability in the growing communities.Eventually, social structures wholly changed and as the complexity of trade increased, a small group of the population became increasingly wealthy and powerful. The idea of money gained traction as people devised new ways to exchange farm products.The evolution of a monetary system.One of the most essential modern inventions that came about as a result of the agrarian revolution is the idea of money. At the time, history reveals that the barter trade was the most common mode of commerce. Eventually, however, the drawbacks of bartering as a medium of exchange increased and traders started using commodity money such as cows, salt, wine, and precious stones.But even commodity money proved to be an unsustainable idea. There was also a period where metallic money became popular among early traders as a form of currency, but due to issues of trust, weight, and purity, a new concept of money was needed.For this reason, kingdoms emerged as a way of giving legitimacy to paper money in the form of IOU contracts to the monarch.The rise of government.It is not clear how monarchs came to be, but it can be assumed that early communities needed better management of projects like irrigation and building of surplus food storage facilities. Robin Dunbar, an award-winning anthropologist, an evolutionary psychologist believes that beyond the amenities that are accessible in cities and towns, one of the most significant contributing factors to the move from decentralized societies to centralized ones was the need for armed protection against neighboring groups.Dunbar’s Number Decentralized (peer — to — peer)(Image courtesy of Johann Gevers)As a result, the social structure that existed before the agrarian revolution consisted of a decentralized society where interactions were between individuals living in a community with a limited hierarchical structure.There was no need for rulers to govern and control interactions since everyone was self-reliant.However, as communities began to focus more on agriculture as a means of food production, suddenly there was more food and communities grew from small groupings of 100 people to larger societies of several hundred people.Neolithic Age: the birth of the Agrarian RevolutionHistory is not precisely clear on what triggered the agrarian revolution. However, as communities became more sophisticated, the Neolithic Age became marked by a period of transition from small nomadic groups of hunters and gatherers to larger settlements of early agricultural civilizations.History also reveals that this period started in the fertile crescent of the Middle East. This is where humans first came up with farming tools around 10,000 BC, shortly after the Stone Age. Some scholars call this period the New Stone Age.This is because during this period, even though humans had just started practicing agriculture, they still depended on stone tools and hoes to eke out an existence.Even in the early stages of the agrarian revolutions, communities were only able to sustain a small population that practiced hunting and gathering as a subsidy to their farming practices.V. Gordon Childe (an Australian archeologist who coined the term Neolithic Revolution) mentions that this period coincided with the separation of the Neolithic people from their Paleolithic ancestors who were known for their rudimentary chipped stone tools. Just as new technologies such as the internet (in present times) created a shift from old social norms to new ones, so did agriculture.But how did these small communities transform into hierarchical complex societies dependant on centralized forms of government?Formation of cities and towns. Blockchain – Impending Revolution in Glob… Early Press, etching from Early Typography by William SkeenCompared to medieval Europe, the world today is far more knowledgeable with a wealth of information at arm’s reach. This was not always the case. Before the invention of the printing press, the flow of information was controlled by a highly centralized system led by religious leaders and the government.For instance, religious texts such as the Bible could only be read by religious leaders who the people trusted for the right interpretation. Thanks to the printing press, information that was previously under the control of the elite, including the Bible, was finally easily accessible. Using technologies such as the pigeon post, ideas were shared around the world and the centralized control over the flow of information collapsed.Even though the owners of the few available printing presses at the time could still exert control over information at the time, the rise of libraries enabled decentralization of knowledge and power.Internet.last_img read more

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Anthony, Adams lead Thunder past Lakers

first_imgTyphoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq Anthony became one of the most prolific scorers in NBA history by playing mostly isolation ball, but coach Billy Donovan has asked him to become more of a catch-and-shoot scorer. It worked in this one — the 33-year-old forward made 10 of 15 shots overall and shot 4 of 6 on 3-pointers in one of his best performances of the season.“Once you accept something, regardless of what it is, you become comfortable with it,” he said. “I think you start putting your all into it and you start working on that role and on that acceptance and it’s becomes fun. I think right now, I accepted that role early in December and the game is starting to become fun again. Fun for me and fun for us as a team.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSteven Adams had 21 points and 10 rebounds and Russell Westbrook added 19 points and seven assists for the Thunder, who won their third straight. The Thunder shot 48 percent overall and outrebounded the Lakers 54-30.“They just big-boyed us,” rookie Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma said. “Steven Adams, we couldn’t stop him from getting rebounds today. He was the head of the snake in that department.” The Lakers host the Pacers on Friday.The Thunder play at Cleveland on Saturday. Read Next Whiteside leads Heat to 106-101 win over Bucks Julius Randle scored all 16 of his points in the first half for the Lakers.The Thunder led 60-54 at halftime behind 16 points from Anthony and 14 from Adams. Westbrook had just two points until scoring eight in the final three minutes of the second quarter.Oklahoma City started strong in the second half. A 3-pointer by George bumped the lead to 11, and a 3-point play by Westbrook midway through the quarter pushed the margin to 14.Westbrook got Corey Brewer off balance with multiple crossover dribbles before blowing by him for a layup that gave the Thunder an 86-70 lead. A 3-pointer by Anthony made it 91-70 and forced the Lakers to call timeout late in the third quarter. The Thunder controlled the game the rest of the way.“They just hit shots,” Kuzma said. “We didn’t really defend them too well. They’ve got a lot of good players.”TIP-INSLakers: F Brandon Ingram returned after missing a game with a mild left ankle sprain. He had eight points in 26 minutes. … Shot 55 percent from the field in the first half, but just 47 percent in the game. … Caldwell-Pope scored 10 points in 15 minutes. He was one of two Lakers to score in double figures.Thunder: Boxer Floyd “Money” Mayweather attended the game. … G Andre Roberson returned after missing eight games with left patellar tendinitis. He finished with four points and three steals in 17 minutes.STAT LINESThe Thunder committed just one turnover in the third quarter and outrebounded the Lakers 16-7. Oklahoma City took six more shots than Los Angeles in the period and outscored the Lakers 33-18.QUOTABLEGeorge, on Oklahoma City’s defense: “It always comes down to defense. We got stops. We turned those stops into baskets. When we are scoring, it slows the other team down.”UP NEXT LATEST STORIES Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook, left, reaches for the ball held by Los Angeles Lakers guard Tyler Ennis, right, in the first half of an NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)OKLAHOMA CITY — Carmelo Anthony is getting comfortable in his new role.He scored 27 points to help the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Los Angeles Lakers 114-90 on Wednesday night.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Lakers rookie point guard Lonzo Ball sat out his second straight game with a sore left knee. The Lakers are 0-8 when he doesn’t play, and they have scored fewer than 100 points in six of those games.The injury news got worse for the Lakers. Kuzma left with a finger joint sprain and did not return, and forward Kentavious Caldwell-Pope left with a right Achilles tendon strain and did not return.“Just play as a team defensively, just be solid,” Kuzma said. “There’s got to be a lot of team basketball.”Seven of Adams’ rebounds were on the offensive end. The Thunder have gotten used to him bailing them out.“We can take any shot that we want because he will go get it,” Thunder forward Paul George said. “We feel that. Russ feels that, Melo feels that. It puts us in a better rhythm knowing there is a guy that, whether it is a good or bad shot that we take, it’s possible to get an offensive basket anyways by Steven. It allows us to be more aggressive. There is not many guys that physically can match him. 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Jaja Santiago lifts Tornadoes to second victory

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire What ‘missteps’? Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games MOST READ The national team stalwart amassed 35 points to dominate the match as the Tornadoes plucked their second straight win in as many games and hand the Lifesavers their first loss in two starts.Santiago had 30 attack points, two blocks and three aces for Foton, which was still trying to adjust to one another after a major offseason revamp.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe Lifesavers snatched the third set on a spike by former Foton gunner Angeli Araneta.“We relaxed in the third set and lost our service receives,” said Santiago. “But in the fourth, we brought our service game back.” WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Ravena relishes chance to join SEAG-bound Gilas roster LATEST STORIES Jaja Santiago. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOThere’s no stopping Jaja Santiago Saturday night.The talented, 6-foot-5 utility hitter led Foton to a 25-20, 25-23, 23-25, 25-15 victory over Generika-Ayala in the Philippine Superliga All Filipino Conference at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.ADVERTISEMENT Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more

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9 months agoValencia coach Marcelino accepts he’s under pressure

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Valencia coach Marcelino accepts he’s under pressureby Carlos Volcano9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveValencia coach Marcelino accepts his job is under review.Los Che drew 1-1 at home to Real Valladolid at the weekend, heaping more pressure on the head coach.”My job strengthens me and it gives me comfort,” he said. “I do not feel anything else because we are not winning at the moment and all I want to do is win.”I have never been given an ultimatum; it is a personal matter.”We are winners and when we do not win, we cause disappointment.”The other day [against Valladolid], we deserved to win but we just were not capable of turning it into a victory.”That is what saddens me the most.”It has happened to us a lot just lately and when it happens frequently, we begin to feel disillusioned.”I was already aware of the meeting before the game and I am not worried because if the owner decides he wants to get rid of the coaching staff then there is nothing I can do about it and I have to respect his decision.”I am convinced that we are on the right track and because of that I am optimistic and confident that our luck will soon change.”We have scored 17 goals from 263 chances.”This is something that has to change; it cannot last forever.” last_img read more

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a month ago​Leicester likely to field fringe stars against Luton

first_imgAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say ​Leicester likely to field fringe stars against Lutonby Ansser Sadiqa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveLeicester City will ring in the changes as they face off against Luton Town in the Carabao Cup.With the club chasing a high Premier League finish this season, it is understandable they are willing to rotate their squad for a cup game against a lower division side.Brendan Rodgers will give chances to several of his fringe players and youngsters.Players who could feature in the game include Danny Ward, James Justin, Wes Morgan, Christian Fuchs and Demarai Gray.These players are either not in the squad for most Premier League games, or often find themselves on the bench. last_img read more

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5-Star LB/DE Erick Fowler Flips From LSU To Texas

first_imgErick Fowler flips his commitment from LSU to Texas.Erick FowlerIt’s possible that no one will have a better National Signing Day than the Texas Longhorns. Charlie Strong already has several four-star commitments in the fold, and Manor (Tex.) five-star linebacker/defensive end Erick Fowler just flipped his commitment to UT after being pledged to LSU since June 2015. Reporter Victor Diaz is on the scene at Fowler’s announcement ceremony and has video. Manor’s Erick Fowler chooses #UT. Big get for the Longhorns. pic.twitter.com/NghaFU7N7j— Victor Diaz (@VictorOchoDiaz) February 3, 2016Manor is the No. 7 outside linebacker in the 2016 class according to 247Sports’ Composite Rankings.last_img read more

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