Seattle’s Sue Bird shines in 10th WNBA All-Star Game

first_imgThe 36-year-old Bird seemed more interested in involving others than trying to take control of the game. She regularly bypassed her own shots to provide layup chances for Moore, Ogwumike and Candace Parker, and finished with a game-record 11 assists and eight points.The veteran West squad, with 55 total All-Star Game selections on its roster, pulled away after a close first half. Moore made 9 of 17 shots, including five 3-pointers, while Ogwumike made 11 of 15 attempts off the bench.Moore was named the game’s Most Valuable Player for the second consecutive All-Star Game.The competiveness started to emerge late as the East tried to rally from a 12-point fourth-quarter deficit, but Bird’s wide open 3-pointer with 4:05 left to push the West’s lead back to 11. She threw her hands in the air after the make, following an underwhelming performance in the 3-point contest.“I’ve got no complaints,” Bird said. “Except the 3-point contest. I can complain about that. I was terrible.”YOUTH MOVEMENTADVERTISEMENT MOST READ The youthful East was led by Jonquel Jones with a game-high 24 points, including a dunk in the final minute. There were eight first-time selections on the East roster, but Jones clearly came away as the most impressive individual performer.“She’s an amazing young talent for this league,” East coach Curt Miller said. “She’s only going to get better.”Layshia Clarendon, Candice Dupree and 3-point contest winner Allie Quigley all had 14 points off the bench for the East.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Froome on brink of fourth Tour de France crown OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson View comments Kawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicans Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ “I thought it was a great game, a great pace. You don’t want anybody to get hurt, but you also want to play with a certain intensity to show off your athleticism and I thought we were able to do that,” Moore said.Moore scored 23 points and Ogwumike added 22 points as the West outlasted the East 130-121 in the WNBA All-Star Game on Saturday. Most of the focus, however, was on Bird, Seattle’s 10-time All-Star playing in front of her home crowd.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’She received the loudest ovations as she was introduced, drowning out those that went to former WNBA Most Valuable Player Diana Taurasi, Seattle teammate Breanna Stewart and others.“I know when she always talks about Seattle, she always gloats and she always gets a smile on her face. So it was nice to see that love back to her and you can tell it’s a mutual love,” Taurasi said. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend LATEST STORIES Seattle Storm guard Sue Bird, right, holds up a jersey for Eniyah Washington, 6, after Bird signed the youngster to a WNBA All-Star basketball “contract” for the Western Conference team, through the Austen Everett Foundation, Friday, July 21, 2017, in Seattle. Eniyah, also known as Niyah, is herself a basketball player who was diagnosed last year with Acute Lymphoblast Leukemia and is being treated with an intensive chemotherapy process. Bird will represent the Western Conference in Saturday’s WNBA All-Star game. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)SEATTLE — Maya Moore provided the example, reigning league WNBA Most Valuable Player Nneka Ogwumike gladly followed along, and Sue Bird received the attention and recognition she deserved.Those veterans on the West roster knew exactly how to turn the WNBA All-Star Game into a showcase.ADVERTISEMENT McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Indian national gunned down in Camarines Sur LeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rockets ‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respitelast_img read more

UNDP Team Visits ‘Active Case Finders’ in West Point, Caldwell

first_imgA high level Team from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Liberia recently paid a one-day field visit to the townships of West Point and Caldwell in Montserrado County.The visit was intended to gain firsthand experience about the daily work of ‘Active Case Finders’ volunteers, including their achievements and challenges in the field.Frederick Ampiah, UNDP Ebola Focal Point and Eric Opoku, Leader of UN Volunteers Program, headed the Team. They were accompanied by Sanaka Samarasinha. Mr. Samarasinha is UNDP Resident Representative in Belarus.He was in Liberia to support UNDP Resident Representative’s Office in strategically positioning the agency to respond in a timely manner, to the national agenda of the government in its fight against Ebola.During interaction with Active Case Finders, supported by UNDP under the Montserrado Community Based Initiative, as well as community members, Mr. Samarasinha and his team were informed that there was still a level of denial among community members. The reason, according to the volunteers, was based on the fact that when residents get infected with the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) and are taken away to Ebola Treatment Units (ETUs), relatives don’t receive feedback on the condition of those Ebola victims.According to information received from the field, secret burials were still occurring, causing continuous spread of the EVD. Stigmatization of Ebola survivors also continues to be a critical issue that is being faced daily by the Active Case Finders.Meanwhile, community members are recommending the setting up of community watch teams, in collaboration with the Liberia National Police, to conduct night patrols in order to put a halt to secret burials. It was also recommended that additional Active Case Finders volunteers be mobilized and deployed to new communities. Responding, Mr. Samarasinha stressed the need to increase awareness, sensitization and monitoring within these hotspot communities, pledging UNDP’s continuous support to the government’s fight against the virus.“Considering the devastating effect of the Ebola virus compared to the magnitude of work being done and recognizing the needs of communities, it is only prudent that massive education, sensitization and monitoring are escalated to help reduce the rate of infection” said Sanaka.The Team also initiated discussions with Cellcom on the possibility of providing phones within a call users’ group (CUG), to facilitate communication among volunteers and their supervisors. According to Samarasinha, this will enhance reporting and the flow of information by volunteers. The UNDP visiting Team also identified the need to enhance coordination of food supply from the World Food Programme (WFP), to quarantine homes that are identified by CBI Active Case Finders. The Team discussed the possibility of collaborating with other agencies to provide adequate support for Ebola survivors and orphans.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

City Hall’s bad faith

first_imgIT’S rare when dishonest public policy is exposed for what it is – so when it does happen, it’s a cause for some celebration. So break out the champagne, because Superior Court Judge David P. Yaffe last week concluded that the Los Angeles City Council acted in bad faith when it adopted the second – and infinitely worse – draft of a Century Boulevard corridor living wage law in February. This is not just a victory for those who abhor the abject pandering to special interests at City Hall, which forced this discriminatory ordinance at the behest of union supporters. This is a victory for all Angelenos, who were going to pay for this bad legislation – one way or the other. To review: The first living-wage ordinance appeared last fall and singled out a handful of hotels near Los Angeles International Airport to pay a wage to hotel workers far above the state’s minimum wage. Local unions had been trying to organize these hotels without success for years, in part because the pay and working conditions weren’t that bad. Finally, they gave up and turned to their paid friends on the Los Angeles City Council. The hotel representatives called it discrimination, which it clearly was, and threatened to put the issue before voters. The council – which has mounted a national campaign to boycott these hotels – countered with another version of the ordinance that shifted the burden away from the hotels and to, naturally, the public. The council and the mayor thought that by coming up with taxpayer-funded incentives to boost business for the LAX-adjacent hotels, everyone would swallow this terrible policy. This time the hotels just sued. And luckily at that, for the public’s sake. This was bad policy from the start. Fortunately, the judge said no. And that’s something to drink to.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


first_imgA DONEGAL man who was armed with a loaded gun in a busy Scottish club is today starting a five year sentence behind bars.Anton Duffy, 36, admitted having the revolver and seven live bullets at Firewater in Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow in August. The High Court in Glasgow heard how Duffy was given the gun to look after by an unnamed man and was too terrified to say no.Police were called after he produced the gun during a scuffle with bouncers.The court heard how a fight broke out on the dance floor of the club after Duffy’s friend threw a drink over another reveller.Stewards were then called to break up a fight between two women.While they were doing this they noticed that Duffy had what appeared to be a gun inside his jacket.Duffy then grabbed the gun and was about to pull it out when one of the stewards restrained him in an arm lock.Two other bouncers then grabbed Duffy’s hand with the gun in it and forced him against a wall.A member of staff then alerted two passing police officers who disarmed and handcuffed Duffy.Judge Lord Kinclaven said: “You committed two serious offences. You had in your possession ammunition – seven 0.32 calibre bullets – and you also had in your possession a prohibited weapon, a revolver.”But he added: “I take into account your fear of what might have happened if you did not agree to take the weapon.“You showed poor judgement at the time of the offence. You are a talented artist and were a talented athlete and have no previous convictions.”The judge said that in view of this he could impose the minimum five-year sentence for the firearms offences.EndsDONEGAL MAN STARTS 5-YEAR JAIL TERM FOR GLASGOW GUN MADNESS was last modified: December 5th, 2010 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)last_img read more

Kilcar bounce back from county final disappointment with big win over Ardara

first_imgKilcar GAA News: Our seniors were back in action on Sunday and had a good 2-16 to 1-04 win in Ardara to set up a last match of the season league decider against Naomh Conaill in a fortnight’s time in Glenties, our reserves also had a good victory winning 1-14 to 2-09.Ten Week Development Draw Our annual Club Development 10 Week Draw has been put back a week so it starts this Sunday 30th October with a double draw tickets still available locally and online on our website please support this important fundraiser for the club, thanks to all who have entered so far.Club GearWe have Club gear on sale in Áislann Chill Chartha with adult and kid’s club home jerseys, half zip tops, polo shirts,  kit bags, shorts etcClub App We have 237 members on our FREE mobile app if you would like to sign up just follow these steps to download your free team App for CLG Chill Chartha.  1. On your phone or iPad go to the app store 2. Search for Team App 3. Install Team App to your phone 4. Search for CLG Chill Chartha 5. Log in and register for the CLG Chill Chartha Club app. 6. You will receive an email notification when you are added you to the system.Lotto There was no winner of the Club Lotto Jackpot so next week’s Jackpot is €2,800 this week’s numbers were: 7, 21, 22 and 29 winners were: €50 David Byrne €30 Peter Conroy €20 Eille and Caoimhe Curran and Darragh O’Donnell. For those not living in the area you can buy your Lotto’s online at click the Club Lotto section for details!Club Bingo Jackpot €8,300There was no winner of the Jackpot so it’s now €8,300 on 45 numbers; Club Bingo is on in The Parish Hall on Sunday nights at 8:30pm so please support to be in with a chance of winning the Jackpot and thanks to all who continue to support our Bingo! This week’s winners were: €150 Mary T Byrne €80 Arlene Cunnea, Theresa Gallagher €70 Mary Gallagher, Ann Breslin, Bella Cunningham, Pamela Bonner, Carmel McGinley, Kera Byrne and Trina McShane. For the latest news visit our website you can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter at and @KilcarGAAKilcar bounce back from county final disappointment with big win over Ardara was last modified: October 25th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare 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:ArdaraDonegal SFCGAAkilcarSportlast_img read more


first_imgTHERE is growing controversy over the future of KillybegsAnd Independent TD Thomas Pringle is just the lastest person to express disappointment after reading the High Level Report on employment prospects in Killybegs.“Everyone welcomed the creation of the group in Killybegs in June by Minister Coveney on his first visit to the town,” said Deputy Pringle. “We all know that there is potential for job creation in the fishing industry, particularly in adding value to the fish that is already landed in the town and people hoped that the high level group would create a plan that would clearly map out how this could happen.“Hopes were raised hugely when the chairperson of the group announced last week that eighty jobs had already been created by the report. Many people waited to see the report and where the jobs are, however we were disappointed to find that the jobs may be delivered over the coming years as grand aid is rolled out and are not on the ground at the moment.‘The report was quietly launched by Minister Coveney in Dublin last Wednesday evening. On receiving the report on Thursday I read it with a sense of anticipation but unfortunately it did not last.“There is scant detail in the report and the actions required are not significant. The main recommendation appears to be that a port manager be appointed that would have responsibility to develop the business of the port. Given that the report has to be implemented on a cost neutral basis it is hard to see how the manager can be appointed and work independently to ensure that the port develops appropriately. ‘The target job numbers for each of the actions do not show where or how they will be created and the lack of detail is disappointing. However we all hope in Killybegs that they are achieved, and more, but it is difficult to see how they will be verifiable jobs. Previously when there was talk of efficiencies in the processing sector it has meant job losses for many people in the town.”The local TD said that the bringing together of the stakeholders that were involved in the drawing up of the report is the “one real positive.”He added: “If Minister Coveney wants this report to be different to the government’s jobs initiative he will need to drive the implementation of all the reports and make sure that his officials are working with everyone to make it happen.”Minister Simon Coveney has rejected a claim by former fishing industry leader Joey Murrin that the State’s new jobs plan for Killybegs is a “charade”.Mr Murrin, who ran for Fine Gael in the European elections in 1984 and is a former Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM) chair, said the jobs plan was a “cynical public relations exercise” which could “give people false hope”. TD PRINGLE CRITICISES REPORT ON KILLYBEGS’ FUTURE was last modified: November 28th, 2011 by BrendaShare 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:KillybegsThomas Pringlelast_img read more


first_imgThe scene of the turbine crash. No investigationMINISTER Pat Rabbitte is refusing to hold an investigation into the collapse of a wind turbine at Loughderryduff in west Donegal.His refusal came in response to a question in the Dail from TD Pearse Doherty.“I am very disappointed with the Minister’s response when asked if he would order a public investigation into the recent collapse of the wind turbine in Portnoo,” said Doherty today. “The Minister clearly considers that this incident does not warrant a public investigation by his Department and is content to have the matter investigated by the Health and Safety Authority, which has no role in the determination of windfarm development policy.“I find it astounding that the Minister informs us that his Department is undertaking a review of the wind energy guidelines in order to address “key issues of community concern” when a community in Donegal is still awaiting answers two months on in relation to an incident of huge concern, which luckily did not cause any harm to persons, property or livestock on this occasion.“Can the Minister provide assurances that such a similar incident will not occur in future?“It is unfortunate also that the Minister did not take this opportunity to clarify his intentions with regards to the introduction of a legislative framework for the development of windfarms, in particular in relation to the issue of a minimum setback distance from dwellings. “The recent decision of An Bórd Pleanála to overturn a planning application for the development of a windfarm in Strathboy, after an ongoing campaign by the local community opposing the development, demonstrates the lack of clarity that surrounds this issue.“I am calling on the Minister to implement a moratorium on the development of windfarms until an appropriate legislative framework is put in place after public consultation with all relevant stakeholders, including local communities.”Minister Rabbitte gave a written response.In it, he said: “Ensuring sustainable supplies of power to all consumers is central to this Government’s energy policy. Harnessing the clean, sustainable, indigenous, renewable wind resource that Ireland is fortunate to have in abundance is crucial to reducing our dependence on expensive fossil fuels imports, reducing harmful emissions and delivering growth in the green economy.“In order to develop a more sustainable electricity supply, Ireland is committed to reaching a target of 40% of electricity demand being met from renewable sources by 2020. It is forecast that the bulk of this demand will be met by onshore wind. “The issue of planning approval for wind farms is in the first instance a matter for developers and the planning authority under the Planning Acts, which include requirements for public consultation. In addition, best practice Wind Energy Guidelines were published in 2006. Currently, the Department of Environment, Community and Local Government – in conjunction with my Department and other stakeholders – is undertaking a targeted review of certain aspects of these guidelines. The review will examine the manner in which the guidelines address key issues of community concern to ensure that wind energy does not have negative impacts on local communities.“With regard to the incident referred to by the Deputies, I understand that the Health and Safety Authority was notified of its occurrence and that the Authority has instigated an investigation into the incident from an occupational safety and health perspective in accordance with their statutory remit. This investigation is currently on going.”MINISTER WON’T INVESTIGATE DONEGAL WIND TURBINE COLLAPSE – TD was last modified: June 20th, 2013 by BrendaShare 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:MINISTER WON’T INVESTIGATE DONEGAL WIND TURBINE COLLAPSE – TDlast_img read more

MacGill Summer School fixes programme after gender balance criticism

first_imgChanges will be made to the 2018 programme of the MacGill Summer School in Glenties following this week’s controversy over gender imbalance.The annual forum in Donegal came under fire this week when it emerged that a disproportionate number of panellists were men and that topics under discussion neglected two of the year’s biggest talking points – the Eighth Amendment Referendum and the 100 year anniversary of women’s suffrage.Forty-five men and 15 women are included in the line-up for the event this July.  The disparity shocked some speakers, including Social Democrats co-leaders Catherine Murphy and Roisin Shortall, who threatened to back out if changes were not introduced. The founder of the MacGill Summer School Joe Mulholland faced criticism over his comments on the matter when he said that efforts to achieve balance were difficult and the reaction to the line-up was ‘unfair’.Mr Mulholland later acknowledged that the organisers had “fallen short of the very high standards for which MacGill has become known”.He said: “Without question, women are under-represented numerically on our panels notwithstanding the strengths and high calibre of those women who accepted our invitation to contribute.”Mr Mulholland said he regretted the problem and he was determined to redress the imbalance. Two new sessions have been added to the schedule as of yesterday. One panel will discuss the recent referendum on the Eighth Amendment, and the other on why MacGill and other organisations in Ireland have not embraced effectively gender balancing. He asked for help from audiences and women attendees to assist in transforming MacGill.The Social Democrat leaders have welcomed the statement and said they would be happy to help suggest candidates for the panels.MacGill Summer School fixes programme after gender balance criticism was last modified: June 21st, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:gender balanceJoe MulhollandMACGILL SUMMER SCHOOLlast_img read more

Medical aid and health complaints

first_imgYour go-to guide on where to get advice and give complaints to when you have issues relating to South Africa’s private or public health services.There are various bodies established to investigate the complaint you have against a medical scheme, health practitioner, clinic or hospital. For example, you can report bad service to a manager at a clinic or hospital, or even a provincial helpline. (Image: Unicef South Africa, Flickr)Brand South Africa reporterGot a problem with your medical scheme, hospital, doctor, dentist, nurse, pharmacist or optometrist? Here’s where to go for advice and complaints – including how to find your nearest private hospital or trauma centre, or get information on treatment costs and scale of benefits.Medical schemesThe Council of Medical Schemes is a body established by the government to protect the interests of the public and members of medical schemes. Their website has a “complaints zone” where a complaint can be both filed and tracked online. Before submitting a complaint, you must first follow your medical scheme’s internal complaints procedure.Website: www.medicalschemes.comHospital complaintsIf you have a complaint about a government hospital, speak to the clinic or hospital manager. If you are not satisfied with the response, call the applicable provincial complaint line.See the Department of Health‘s contact directory or Health-e News’ contact listComplaints against private hospitals should be lodged with the Hospital Association of South Africa, a self-regulatory body that investigates complaints against its members. You can lodge a complaint via its website (click on “patients”), as well as find your nearest private hospital or trauma centre and get information on costs, financing of treatment and the scale of benefits.Website: practionersDoctorsThe Health Professions Council of South Africa is a statutory body that sets and maintains standards for health care in the country. Every health professional must be registered with the council, which has the power to institute a disciplinary inquiry into any complaint of unprofessional conduct by any of its members.Note that the council does not handle complaints against hospitals.Website: African Medical AssociationThe South African Medical Association (SAMA) is a professional association for public- and private-sector medical practitioners. Membership is voluntary, with about 70% of doctors registered as members. Its website carries information on patients’ rights and responsibilities.Website: www.samedical.orgAlternative health practitionersIf you feel that an alternative health practitioner acted negligently or unethically, contact the Allied Health Professions Council of South Africa (AHPCSA) that will investigate the complaint.Website: your complaint is related to a nurse, contact the South African Nursing Council, an independent statutory body that sets and maintains nursing standards in South Africa, and investigates complaints of unprofessional conduct by nurses.Website: South African Dental Association has a dental mediator, who will attend to your complaints.Website: the dental mediatorOptometristsThe South African Optometric Association will assist with complaints against optometrists who are members of the association. Their website offers a range of other useful services and information, including a directory of optometrists.Website: the South African Pharmacy Council. The website includes information on how to lodge a complaint, as well as forms and contact details.Website: you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more