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  • Without Bryant, Lakers take the fifth

    first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson SALT LAKE CITY – Maybe in another couple of years or so, after he has retired to the lake in Montana and left basketball for good, Phil Jackson can appreciate the significance of suffering only two five-game losing streaks in his 15 seasons as an NBA coach. But Jackson was in no mood to reflect Tuesday night at Delta Center. Not after the Lakers collapsed in the fourth quarter and fell 90-80 to the Utah Jazz, losing both games while Kobe Bryant served a suspension for last week’s flagrant foul. It was the Lakers’ fifth consecutive loss and the first time a Jackson-coached team has endured such a skid since March 1994, back when Michael Jordan was playing baseball. “That’s a lot of losses,” Jackson said. “I guess it is amazing, but to me it feels like it’s been a week and a half of losing games. This is not an easy part for our team here. These guys are suffering underneath it too.” The Lakers (15-16) have won just 6 of 18 games the past two seasons without Bryant. They were outrebounded 39-28 Tuesday, fell below .500 for the first time since Dec. 6 and out of the Western Conference’s top eight. “We just multiplied some mistakes in this last week and a half,” Jackson said, “and set ourselves right back to where we were a month ago.” The Lakers had lost their four previous games by a combined 13 points, but couldn’t stay close into the last minutes against the Jazz. They led by eight points in the third and trailed 73-70 as forward Lamar Odom checked back in with 7:35 left in the fourth. It was Odom who took over the game at the end of the first half, scoring 11 points in the second quarter and factoring into six of the Lakers’ last seven baskets before halftime. He appeared on his way to the triple-double he talked about prior to the game. But while the Lakers needed a big game out of Odom, the 6-foot-10 forward only could deliver a big quarter. He tried to post up Utah’s Andrei Kirilenko on his first play after returning in the fourth but had his shot smothered inside. At the other end, Mehmet Okur lost Odom for a layup as the Jazz went ahead 75-70. Odom finished with seven of his team-high 25 points in the fourth quarter but had two baskets in the last 1:30 with the game already decided. “We didn’t play around each other,” Odom said. “We didn’t help each other offensively or defensively.” Kirilenko, meanwhile, blocked four shots and had three steals in the fourth in addition to scoring seven points. The Jazz are 5-0 since Kirilenko returned from a bout with back spasms, and it was easy to see why Tuesday. His final line was astounding: 14 points, nine assists, eight rebounds, seven blocks, six steals and one turnover. The words of former Lakers coach Rudy Tomjanovich, who referred to Kirilenko last season as “Andrei Mutombo,” echoed afterward. “He was playing pingpong out there or volleyball or something,” Jackson said. Jackson was reluctant to fault Odom, who was the only Laker in double figures. Devean George and Smush Parker combined to shoot 5 of 19 and the Lakers failed to stop rookie guard Deron Williams, who finished with 19 points. “We had a mine shift there where guys went to natural instincts rather than playing basketball the way Lakers play basketball,” Jackson said. The one bright spot might have been rookie guard Von Wafer, who hit three shots and finished with nine points in 17 minutes. Wafer did take nine shots, though, and Jackson was not happy when he rushed one in the second half rather than looking inside first. “The second half he didn’t let himself get into the game,” Jackson said. “He just forced his way in the game.” Wafer launched shots early and often and had one mishap as he fumbled away a sure dunk, saying afterward he was “trying to rip the rim off.” The Lakers still have a ways to go to match the dark days of last season, when they lost eight consecutive games in March. But this is losing on an almost unprecedented scale for Jackson, who never has been part of a six-game skid as an NBA coach. His 1995-96 Chicago Bulls team, as a matter of comparison, lost only 10 games all season and never more than two in a row. “You hope you can stem the tide after a couple games that you lose and bounce back,” Jackson said. Ross Siler, (818) 713-3610 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

  • In The Spotlight – Terry Deegan

    first_imgIn the twenty-third edition of In The Spotlight, Australian Men’s Open player, Terry Deegan, speaks about how he got involved in Touch Football and the biggest influences on his Touch Football career.  Name: Terry DeeganNickname: DeegsAge: 27Affiliate: EastsOccupation: EventsPosition: Middle/LinkDebut for Australia: 2010 Trans Tasman in New Zealand.Career highlights so far: Playing for Australia at the 2010 Trans Tasman.How you got involved in Touch Football: Well I grew up playing Rugby League and Golf.  I heard a bit about representative Touch Football and decided that I wanted to give it a go – so I trialled for Cronulla prior to the 2007 Vawdon Cup. Would love to have been introduced to the sport earlier – never got to play a Junior State Cup!Favourite player: When I first started playing in the Premier League, I tried to watch Anthony Ziade, Jason Stanton and Joel Willoughby as often as I could. They are three very different players, but I liked the way they all played the game.What does it mean to you to be representing Australia at the 2011 World Cup: I am very honoured to be representing Australia in Touch Football.  The Australian Men’s team has a great culture, the coaching staff and leadership group do a great job. Biggest influence on your Touch Football career: Matt Tope – he loves the game and I have trained with him since my first year in 2007.Favourite sporting moment: Tiger Woods – US Masters 1997.What do you know about Scotland: Cold and castles? Any superstitions: Always a Red Bull before a game.Funniest Australian teammate: Jamie StoweAny travel plans for after World Cup: Staying on in Europe until August 12.Stay tuned to the website for the upcoming editions of In The Spotlight, which will feature every Open’s player travelling to the World Cup. With only 31 days to go until the 2011 Federation of International Touch World Cup, be sure to be regularly visiting the Touch Football Australia website to keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and information. Don’t forget to become a fan of Touch Football Australia on Facebook and Twitter in the lead up to the 2011 World Cup to find out all you need to know about Australia’s World Cup campaign:http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Touch-Football-Australia/384949403384 www.twitter.com/touchfootyauslast_img read more

  • US nuclear commander says he would resist illegal order from Trump

    first_imgHALIFAX – The top commander of U.S. nuclear forces says he would push back if President Donald Trump asked him to carry out an order he deemed “illegal.”Air Force Gen. John E. Hyten told the Halifax International Security Forum on Saturday that he and Trump have discussed what would happen if the president ordered a nuclear strike he believed to be unlawful under international law.“I think some people think we’re stupid. We’re not stupid people,” Hyten said.”We think about these things a lot. When you have this responsibility, how do you not think about it?”Hyten would be in charge of U.S. nuclear forces in a war. If Trump decided to launch a nuclear attack, Hyten would provide him with strike options, and the president would make his decision.“The way the process works, it’s simple,” said Hyten. “I provide advice to the president, he’ll tell me what to do, and if it’s illegal, guess what is going to happen?“I’m going to say, ‘Mr. President, that’s illegal.’ And guess what he’s going to do? He’s going to say, ‘What would be legal?’”Hyten said he and Trump would work to find another course of action.Hyten said he is trained every year in the laws of armed conflict —which are guided by principles that include necessity. Under that framework, carrying out an illegal order is a punishable offence.“If you execute an unlawful order, you will go to jail,” he said. “You could go to jail for the rest of your life.”Hyten made the remarks while participating on a panel called “Nukes: The Fire and the Fury,” an apparent reference to Trump’s threats to unleash “fire and fury” on North Korea this summer.Hyten said the U.S. can defend itself against North Korea’s nuclear threats.“Can we live with a nuclear North Korea? The answer is yes,” said Hyten. “The question we have to ask ourselves is: Do we want to live in that world?”—With files from The Associated Press.last_img read more

  • Feds have options to cut risk for Trans Mountain pipeline investors says

    first_imgOTTAWA, O.N. — Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr says Canada is considering several ways to reduce the financial risk for Kinder Morgan investors spooked by the uncertainty plaguing the planned Trans Mountain pipeline expansion.Carr says the government is still examining its options, but won’t commit to a course of action before Sunday, when Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is to meet with the premiers of British Columbia and Alberta.Ottawa’s options include buying a stake in the pipeline to both provide confidence the pipeline will be built and cash to compensate for nervous investors. B.C. Premier John Horgan’s persistent threat to challenge the federal government’s jurisdiction in court has investors fearful that the project will be postponed.Pipeline builder Kinder Morgan has halted all non-essential spending on the project until it gets assurances from Ottawa that the issues will be resolved. The federal government has until May 31 to respond.Trudeau has put a lot of political eggs in the Trans Mountain basket, risking political capital among climate-change activists in search of middle ground that allows for pipeline construction along with environmental safeguards.last_img read more

  • Hudsons Hope RCMP pull over upwards of 60 drivers in January

    first_imgAlso within the month of January, Hudson’s Hope Detachment stopped upwards of 60 drivers for various violations under the Motor Vehicle Act. According to Police, speeding was among the highest offences.With the warmer changes in weather almost upon us, RCMP would like to remind drivers to be aware of shifting temperatures which may result in conditions changing between melting and freezing throughout the day.They also strongly suggest that you wear a seatbelt, and follow the Provincial and Federal guidelines for securing child restraint systems; these measures will save lives.Anyone with information regarding current or past investigations, or any criminal activity, isasked to contact the RCMP directly, or anonymously through Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477. HUDSON’S HOPE, B.C. – Hudson Hope RCMP has released incident response numbers for the month of January.In January, Hudson’s Hope RCMP responded to 22 service calls.Out of those 22 service calls, six of those were motor vehicle collisions that were reported to Police.last_img read more

  • India faces choice between fiction reality

    first_imgIt was Jawaharlal Nehru’s accomplishment, as the leader of India for its first 17 years of Independence, to make an inclusive national consciousness a daily experience for Indians as the legacy of modern India, renowned novelist and writer Nayantara Sahgal said recently. Sahgal, 91, made the remarks while delivering the keynote address at a conclave on ‘Nehru’s legacy: Its relevance to contemporary India’, organised by a retired civil servants’ collective Constitutional Conduct Group. She expressed her viewpoint on the first Indian Prime Minister’s government and outlook. “As a political creation, modern-day India dates from 1947, when this subcontinent became a singular political entity for the first time in its history. The Congress that came to power had been the first political formation to demand political independence from British rule and to build a country-wide movement under Gandhi to fight for it. “Allegiance to that movement and active participation spread across region, religion, class, language and gender. And its inclusiveness gave the movement its unique character,” she said. Referring to Mahatma Gandhi as the architect of “this first national consciousness and unity”, Sahgal, Nehru’s niece and Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit’s second daughter, said Nehru took this consciousness forward and made it an everyday experience for Indians. She said a fight for freedom is always accompanied by the frame of mind that inspires it, and the then-government’s “avowed commitment to equality, pluralism and secularism came out of this experience of a unity about differences and a shared Indian identity”. “After the bloodshed and devastation of Partition, Nehru’s immediate and overwhelming priority was communal harmony. His personal pledge to safeguard religious freedom left no room for doubt. Speaking to a public gathering in 1951, he said: If anyone raises its hand against another in the name of religion, I shall fight him till the last breath of my life, whether from inside the government or outside.” Sahgal said: “India had been drained of resources and impoverished by over two centuries of plunder and exploitation under British occupation. An economy designed for British profit halted indigenous growth and in the 1930s had seen a series of famines.” “By 1947, 50 per cent of nearly 400 million Indians lived in miserable poverty. This was a moment when the world’s critical, skeptical and judgemental eyes were watching India. Assessments of Indian development by informed observers are of value because they were contemporary, they tell us exactly the opposite of Indian critics are now saying, which was that nothing happened under Nehru and the first 20 years were wasted years.” Contrasting this idea of India with “a diametrically opposed idea of India”, the writer who had returned her Sahitya Akademi to protest country’s “rising intolerance”, said Indians will have to answer if Nehru’s legacy will “survive this onslaught” in a global political climate now “replicated in India where democracy, pluralism and human rights are being retraced by an enforced uniformity and criminalisation of those who do not conform”. Concluding, Sahgal remarked “The choice before us today, or the choice between one idea of India or another, is in fact a choice between fiction and reality.”last_img read more

  • Swimming together

    first_imgAn expert on Mahseer feels that India and Nepal need to cooperate and collaborate on preserving the genetic uniqueness of fish found in the trans-boundary Ganga and its tributaries, which flow from Nepal into India and beyond. “Both India and Nepal are signatories to agreements which aim at protecting biodiversity found within their territories. Protection of biodiversity is very important. Even the food security of humanity depends on it,” Lockett, who is the Education and Outreach Officer of the Mahseer Trust and works on the hump-backed Mahseer of South India, told Down To Earth. Also Read – A special kind of bondLast week, Lockett attended the 3rd National River Summit 2019 in Nepal. “Biodiversity protection was very much the conclusion reached at the summit too. In the case of India and Nepal, not just scientists, but also governments, non-profits and fish breeders must collaborate on this. In India, it is very clearly spelt out in the National Wildlife Action Plan that releasing animals in the wild must be done in line with IUCN guidelines,” he said. When asked to give an example, Lockett explained: “Take, for instance, the Golden Mahseer. It is distributed in the Indus, Ganges and Brahmaputra basins in South Asia. Hence, there are localised populations with small genetic differences. Now if somebody catches this fish from the Beas or the Sutlej in India’s Punjab and releases it into the Kosi in Bihar, it can swim upstream into Nepal. Studies on other cyprinid species (carps) have shown this disrupts native-stock spawning routines.” Also Read – Insider threat managementThe Mahseer was also the main theme of Lockett’s presentation at the summit. “This was the third time the summit happened, organised by the Nepal River Conservation Trust. Each edition was centred around a river. In 2017, it was the Kosi in eastern Nepal. In 2018, the Trishuli in Central Nepal. And this time, the summit was held at the banks of the Karnali river in western Nepal,” said Lockett. For five days, more than 200 concerned stakeholders and river basin custodians deliberated in a remote yet scenic spot called Rakam, where they could live, feel and touch the Karnali, he recalls. Lockett says the delegates discussed questions of whether planned dams should come up on the last free-flowing river in Nepal, the Karnali and whether development by damming and selling electricity was going to help lift locals from humble backgrounds Lockett also notes that there is still a lot of confusion among taxonomists and fish experts about the classification of fish species in the Ganges Basin between India and Nepal. “This has been going on for 50 years. I would say it is due to the perpetuation of misidentification in previous papers. Even after 200 years, we still cannot correctly identify two of the three currently valid species of mahseer in Ganges basin. Until we do this, we cannot make correct conservation plans.” (The author is Assistant Editor at Down To Earth. Views expressed are strictly personal)last_img read more

  • A new era

    first_imgAs India’s 900 million voters head out to exercise their franchise on Thursday, the nation stares at a new chapter that would usher in an inspiring change, setting fresh precedence by itself in the midst of myriad ethnoreligious triumphalism and political opinions. This election will uphold the authority of commoners, their nationalist narrative, aspirations and expectations, political preferences and indomitable spirit to alter the course of history. But it is important to note that conducting elections in this country is not an easy task. In India, where more than one in four people are considered illiterate, where voters speak around 22 official languages and thousands of dialects, where tribal communities have been living without water, electricity or basic amenities, schools and hospitals for epochs, where people have to climb mountains and cross swamps and forests to cast their vote, the exercise could be a quite challenging one. Hundreds and thousands of individuals are caught in the vortex of political oppression, be it in the name of religion, caste or communalism, coupled with stuttering social mobility and faltering growth. This has led to a feeling of exclusion and prohibition. It is definitely not a good sentiment to have, especially when elections are approaching. India has always been known as one of the most tolerant countries in every sense. However, in the present scenario, beyond the theatrics, there is a lot of intolerance and it does have a lot of ramifications. National responses highlight dissent and anger, pressing for mutual respect and tolerance in public discourse as they feel communal polarisation has hit an all-time peak. Writers, authors, visual artists, theatre personalities and thinkers are emphasising on a change of government at the Centre, the reasons for which are very clear. Former bureaucrats and diplomats have also written to the President of India complaining about the Election Commission suffering from ‘a crisis of credibility’, whose “independence, fairness, impartiality and efficiency are perceived to be compromised today, thereby endangering the integrity of the electoral process which is the very foundation of Indian democracy.” The group also accused ECI of acting with “lethargy” in respect of the Namo TV channel (until yesterday) and transfer of three top police officers and the Chief Secretary in Andhra Pradesh and four top police officers in Bengal. The perception of an ever-vigilant ECI undoubtedly has an impact on the voters. Thus, it remains to be seen over the coming 40 days as to how the reasoning, experience and rationale of the nation’s top election body make it possible for India to begin a new era in the country’s history.last_img read more

  • Chowkidar is 100 per cent chor alleges Rahul Gandhi

    first_imgKolar/Chitradurga (Karna): Lashing out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Congress President Rahul Gandhi Saturday alleged the “chowkidar” was a “100 per cent chor” and the Lok Sabha polls was a fight between Anil Ambani and ordinary people and thieves and honest people.Stepping up the campaign for the ruling Congress-JDS alliance on a day when the prime minister was also on a blitzkrieg in Karnataka, Gandhi said he wanted to know “why all the thieves have surnames of Modi.” Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’The Congress president said he would not like to be the Chowkidar (watchman), but the voice of the people. Continuing his vituperative attack on the Modi government over the Rafale fighter jet deal at a rally in Kolar, he said, “100 per cent. Chowkidar is a chor (thief)” and alleged that the prime minister stole Rs 30,000 crore and gifted it to his “thief friend” Anil Ambani. “You stole Rs 30,000 crore and gifted to your thief friend. You 100 per cent steal money. ‘Chowkidar’ is a thief. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KNirav Modi, Mehul Choksy, Lalit Modi, Mallya, Anil Ambani and Narendra Modi – There is a group, a team of thieves,” Gandhi said, attacking Modi, who has described himself as a “chowkidar” in his battle against graft. He also mocked the surname Modi, saying, “I have a question. Why all the thieves have Modi in their names, be it Nirav Modi, Lalit Modi and Narendra Modi? We don’t know how many more such Modis will come out.” Gandhi also said Modi no longer spoke about farmers, jobs and corruption. “Unlike him, we don’t tell lies.” At the Chitradurga rally, Gandhi said the 2019 Lok Sabha election is a fight between Anil Ambani and ordinary people, thieves and honest people and false promises and the truth. “This election is between Anil Ambani and the common citizens, five years of ‘Anyay’ (injustice) and NYAY (justice/minimum income scheme), thieves and honest people and false promises and truth,” Gandhi said. He said the 2019 election was also a fight between ideologies, where there is hatred, anger and divisive politics on the one hand and love, affection and brotherhood on the other.last_img read more

  • VC asks teachers not to comment on students

    first_imgNew Delhi: Jamia Millia Islamia’s first woman Vice-Chancellor Najma Akhtar has urged varsity staff to ensure that they pass no comments on students’ clothing, complexion, race or religion.Addressing the members of the teaching and the non-teaching fraternity, Professor Akhtar underlined the need for updating the existing courses, overhauling outdated ones and opening new courses in sync with contemporary demands. “Growth and development of an institution has two dimensions consolidation and expansion. We must try to consolidate what we already have, update and tone up programmes that have been running and overhaul those that are outdated and lagging behind,” she said. Also Read – Odd-Even: CM seeks transport dept’s views on exemption to women, two wheelers, CNG vehiclesAkhtar said JMI is a gender-sensitive institution and right from its inception, it has embraced the idea of co-education and healthy mixing and growth of both genders. “Let us do nothing or make no such utterances that can be even remotely be interpreted as disrespectful or derogatory to women,” she cautioned. Staff members should not make any comments on a student’s clothing, complexion, race, place of origin or religion, Vice-Chancellor Najma Akhtar said. “Women empowerment will be a special focus of the current administration,” the vice-chancellor said, adding, “let us all cultivate common virtues of humanity and cosmopolitanism.last_img read more