Mavericks bow to Suns in Dirk Nowitzki’s return

first_imgSpurs earn largest win of the season, clobber Clippers Dirk Nowitzki #41 of the Dallas Mavericks passes the ball guarded by T.J. Warren #12 of the Phoenix Suns during the first half of the NBA game at Talking Stick Resort Arena on December 13, 2018 in Phoenix, Arizona. Christian Petersen/Getty Images/AFPPHOENIX— The Phoenix Suns have just five wins this season, and two have come against the Dallas Mavericks.The latest was Thursday night, when T.J. Warren scored a season-high 30 points and the Suns snapped a 10-game losing streak with a 99-89 victory.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Harrison Barnes scored 15 but on only 6-of-15 shooting for the Mavericks. DeAndre Jordan added 14 points and 15 rebounds.Dallas never led after the first quarter. Phoenix was up by 10 at halftime and as many as 15 in the third quarter.The Mavericks tied it twice early in the second period before a 9-2 spurt put Phoenix up 36-28 on Jackson’s fast-break dunk. Another dunk on the break, this one by Warren, gave the Suns their biggest lead of the half at 47-36 with 1:14 left. Dallas scored the next four points before Mikal Bridges banked in a 3-pointer from 35 feet at the buzzer to put the Suns up 50-40 at the break.The Mavericks cut it to 56-53 early in the third but Phoenix got two 3-pointers from Ariza and one from Jackson in a 12-4 run to lead 68-57 on Crawford’s driving layup. The Suns twice stretched the lead to 15 late in the quarter, the last time 78-63 after Warren’s driving reverse layup with 53 seconds left. Phoenix led 78-67 entering the fourth.Barnes’ basket cut the lead to 90-83 with 3:43 remaining but the Suns scrambled for a loose ball and Jackson sank a 3-pointer to make it 93-83. Barnes lost the ball to Ariza for a turnover, Crawford made a 19-footer and the Suns coasted from there.TIP-INSMavericks: Backup point guard J.J. Barea missed the game with a sprained left ankle. … Dallas was 2 of 19 on 3-pointers in the first half. Barnes was 0 for 6. … Mavs were playing for the second consecutive night, beating Atlanta 114-107 in Dallas on Wednesday.Suns: Deandre Ayton, the No. 1 overall draft pick, was just 3-of-13 shooting for seven points with five rebounds and four turnovers, compared with Dallas’ Luka Doncic, the No. 3 pick, who had 13 points, six assists, five rebounds and four turnovers. … It was the first Phoenix win this season without Devin Booker, who missed his sixth straight game (hamstring). … The 89 points were the fewest allowed by the Suns in a game this season.UP NEXTMavericks: Host Sacramento on Sunday. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil “Generally I thought our effort was good,” Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle said. “We held them under a hundred. We just had a rough night offensively. We turned it over too much and their offensive rebounding hurt us. In the NBA today, it doesn’t matter what records are or anything else. If you go bad in a couple of key categories, statistical categories, you are going to have trouble winning on the road. ”Jamal Crawford added 17 points and Josh Jackson 14 for the Suns. Trevor Ariza had 13 points, eight rebounds and five assists.“We were communicating. We were together,” the Suns’ Richaun Holmes said. “We all had the mindset to win.”Warren had 11 points in the first quarter and finished the game 11 of 17, including 3 of 4 on 3s. He credited coach Igor Kokoskov.“Igor, he had a lot of good sets for me tonight,” Warren said, “and my teammates did a good job finding me in my spots in transition. Just me being myself out there.”ADVERTISEMENT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Suns: Host Minnesota on Saturday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? 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When he entered the game late in the first quarter, it marked his 21st season with the Mavericks, most by a player with one team in NBA history.Phoenix beat the Mavericks for the seventh straight time.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissBoth Suns wins this season came in Phoenix, the first a 121-100 victory in the season opener. Both games were late tips on national television.Dallas, which had won three straight and eight of 10 overall, made only 5 of 33 3-pointers. ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk View commentslast_img read more

Tough Economic Times for Liberians

first_imgThe last time I heard Liberians cry so much from dire economic quagmire was during the civil war. But it seems that the people of this tiny West African country widely regarded as Africa’s oldest independent state are once again bracing themselves up for not the sounds of the bullet and daunting challenges it posed to them during the war, but for the Ebola virus…known as one of the deadliest viruses in human history. According to medical doctors, Ebola was discovered in Zaire, now the Democratic Republic of Congo, in 1974. Medical practitioners report that the deadly Ebola virus claimed the lives of hundreds of people in that country. Ebola, according to scientists, can be contracted mainly by coming in physical contact with someone who is already infected with the virus and sick from it. It can also be contracted if an uninfected person comes in direct contact with the blood, sweat and sometimes the spite of someone infected with the virus. Up to date, no cure has been found for the lethal Ebola virus. Now the virus has made its way to the West Coast of Africa. It started in Guinea sometimes in February, 2014 and crossed over to Liberia and Sierra Leone. Health authorities in the three countries are struggling to contain the virus amidst limited resources and poor medical facilities. According to health authorities from the three countries, over 750 people have died from Ebola within the Mano River Union (MRU) basin. Our business desk has been following how the Ebola outbreak is gradually dealing a significant blow to Liberia’s economy.Investors FearThe Ebola outbreak in Liberia has created fear among investors, most of whom our business desk is told, are considering reducing their foreign staff in the country if nothing is done to speedily contain the spread of the virus. Employees of some of the foreign companies here have anonymously begun harboring fear about the economic consequences they would endure if any one of the foreign companies chooses to slow down operations in the country. “I know what will happen if I lose my job. I would die from frustration because this is the only job I have to sustain myself and my family,” Abraham K. Kamara, a heavy duty driver for a foreign company said. Between 2006 and 2010, the government of Liberia (GOL) attracted over US$16 billion foreign direct investment (FDI) to Liberia. Interestingly, most of these investments are in the agriculture and mining sectors. The sum of these investments has already created thousands of skilled and unskilled sustainable jobs Liberians.Many airlines have already suspended flight to Liberia further igniting public fear that other foreign businesses may follow suit, even though no company has made public statement on the issue.Global oil palm giant Sime Darby, who is operating in two of the counties affected by the Ebola outbreak, remains committed to Liberia as the company, through its foundation, has contributed US$157,000.00 to the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) to carry out Ebola awareness programs and campaigns in Liberia.Transportation Fares SoarOn the other front, drivers have increased transportation fares as the government urges vehicle owners to take not more than three commuters to the back seat. Prior to this measure coming into force, taxi cab drivers carried four passengers to the back. The measure is part of several other measures taken by the government to contain the spread of the Ebola virus. But commuters have been made to pay nearly double for the remaining one seat in every taxi cab. Fares for commuters coming from and going to Paynesville Red Light varies as some of them are charged to pay L$120.00 or above, while some taxi cabs charge L$100.00 for one way trip.Commuters are also being charged L$100.00 from central Monrovia to Barnesville. Drivers have blamed the increment to rising petroleum price (L$375.00 for pump price) and the government’s mandate requiring them (drivers) to take only three to the back. The commuters have meanwhile called on the government to intervene and strike a fair transport fare to their respective destination instead of leaving the drivers to levy fares.Consumers SpendingIt will not be a surprise if the Central Bank of Liberia (CBL) reports a dip in the consumer price index for the 3rd quarter. Consumer spending on some key household materials except sanitizers and bleach products seems to be declining as more consumers appear to be holding back spending as a result of the Ebola outbreak and other factors. This is chiefly because more households are seemingly finding it difficult to purchase their needs because of the Ebola fear.It has been observed that more people have suspended some of their extra activities that gave them financial leverage because of the spread of the deadly Ebola virus. Strolling down Water Street yesterday, most business outlets that sell non-food items such as clothes, electrical products and dishes, etc, were partially empty. According to storekeepers, people are not too interested in buying their products except bleach and sanitizers which are being widely used to contain Ebola. The prices of sanitizers and bleach products have however double. But this reason may not be enough to address our reporter’s question. One of the underlining reasons for which consumers spending have reduced could be traced to the government’s decision to urge its non-essential staff to stay home. These government employees are in their tens of thousands. Mind you, most of these government workers get their daily food money when they go to work.So, by staying home, they have been indirectly denied from getting that daily food money thereby constraining them to hold back the little cash they may have on hand because they don’t know when they will be recalled to work. 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Steelhead LNG and Seven Generations Energy Ltd. team up to strengthen LNG market

first_imgVANCOUVER, B.C. – A new agreement has been announced today between Steelhead LNG and Seven Generations Energy Ltd that is giving the two companies as well as Aboriginal Groups and communities a look at development of new midstream infrastructure to support Steelhead LNG’s proposed natural gas liquefaction and export projects on Vancouver Island.The release states the arrangement also includes Seven Generations buying a minority interest in Steelhead LNG. The arrangement could provide new markets for Seven Generations’ production and increased certainty of natural gas supply for Steelhead LNG.“This arrangement with Seven Generations creates an opportunity, in the current price environment, for a liquefied natural gas solution from well-head to customer that’s uniquely led by Canadian companies,” said Steelhead LNG Chief Executive Officer Nigel Kuzemko. “Our shared focus on engaging early and often with Aboriginal groups and communities, combined with our collective commitment to produce and deliver low cost, low emissions Canadian natural gas, positions each company to succeed in expanding Canada’s exports of clean-burning natural gas to Asian markets.”Rich Coleman, BC Minister of Natural Gas Development, says this will benefit all Canadians.“This partnership formed by Steelhead LNG and Seven Generations Energy is an example of Canadian companies working together in innovative ways to deliver Western Canadian natural gas to market, which benefits not only British Columbians and Albertans, but all Canadians. Their commitment to work with First Nations and communities in a collaborative manner, while at the same time support British Columbia’s role as a leader in progressing global climate change objectives, will contribute to the success of these projects. While LNG markets are challenging at the moment, with projects like these and others under development, British Columbia will be exceptionally well-positioned to become a leading supplier of LNG to Asian markets in the coming years.”- Advertisement -In the press release, it states Steelhead and 7G believe that helping countries shift away from GHG-intensive energy should be a top priority.Advertisementlast_img read more