Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) drives around San Antonio Spurs guard Dejounte Murray (5) during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City, Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)OKLAHOMA CITY — Russell Westbrook had his seventh triple-double of the season to help the Oklahoma City Thunder defeat the short-handed San Antonio Spurs 90-87 on Sunday night.Westbrook had 22 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists for the Thunder, who won their second straight.ADVERTISEMENT Steven Adams added 19 points and 10 rebounds for Oklahoma City, which won even though No. 2 scorer Paul George had just eight points on 2-for-17 shooting.Dejounte Murray had 17 points and Derrick White added 16 for San Antonio. With a chance to tie it at the end, Brandon Paul missed a 3-pointer and the Thunder rebounded.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSpurs starters LaMarcus Aldridge and Tony Parker sat out. San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich said Aldridge rested with a minor knee issue and Parker was “dinged-up.” The Spurs still are waiting for forward Kawhi Leonard’s right quadriceps injury to heal.San Antonio’s Kyle Anderson sprained his left knee with a minute remaining in the third quarter and did not return. Jerami Grant’s 3-pointer as time expired in the first half gave the Thunder a 54-43 advantage. Adams had 17 points on 7-for-10 shooting and Oklahoma City led even though George went scoreless and Carmelo Anthony managed just three points.San Antonio rallied in the third quarter and cut Oklahoma City’s lead to 76-73 at the end of the period.Westbrook clinched his triple-double on an assist to George for a 3-pointer that gave the Thunder an 87-79 lead. George had made just one of 14 shots before connecting with 4:13 remaining.TIP-INSSpurs: Popovich said reserve forward Rudy Gay was “dinged-up,” so he did not play. … Paul made his first NBA start and was issued a technical foul in the second quarter.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Shots in the dark: Warriors work in Miami with lights out OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny LATEST STORIES MOST READ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award View comments Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Thunder: G Alex Abrines, who is healthy but did not play the previous two games, scored five points in 15:22. … Westbrook had seven points, six assists and five rebounds in the first quarter. … Westbrook shot 2 of 6 on free throws.UP NEXTSpurs: Host the Detroit Pistons on Monday.Thunder: Host the Utah Jazz on Tuesday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next
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Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Apinan helps Makati rally past Manila In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan Khan, who once trained with Pacquiao under Freddie Roach, also picked the Filipino eight-division champion over Argentine journeyman Lucas Matthysse in their duel on July 15 in Kuala Lumpur.The British former light welterweight champion told boxingscene.com that he’s “forcing his way” to becoming a world champion once again.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownAnd he’s looking at challenging Pacquiao, whom he feels is the better fighter in the fight that stakes Matthysse’s WBA welterweight crown.Pacquiao took a break in his General Santos City camp, tapering off his training before his camp leaves for the Malaysian capital on July 9. MOST READ Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 His trainer and best friend Buboy Fernandez has declared that they have devised a plan to contain the raging bull style of Matthysse.Matthysse, on a belated shot at stardom and big paychecks, is expected to generate excitement in the fight set at Axiata Arena.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Taal victims get help from Kalayaan town LATEST STORIES Amir Khan warms up in the ring during the WBC middleweight title fight at T-Mobile Arena on May 7, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. David Becker/Getty Images/AFPManny Pacquiao, despite clear signs of slowing down, remains a big-ticket item in all of boxing.Even former sparring partner Amir Khan feels the same way and called out the country’s fighting senator to a September clash to finally push through with the showdown, which was announced last year but fell through.ADVERTISEMENT Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
The Chairman of the Senate Committee on Public Accounts and Audit is seeking the support of the Liberian Senate for a change in the procedures and policies under which the Social Development Fund (SDF) operates.In order to achieve that feat, Senator Edward Dagoseh is recommending that “a County Social Development Trust Fund be set up and its management team be completely professional in order for it to operate without the influence of political stakeholders.”In a communication to the Senate plenary dated January 15, the Grand Cape Mount County lawmaker asserted that annually, millions of United States dollars are put into the SDF to ensure that affected communities benefit from economic development to mitigate conflict in areas where concession companies operate.This, Senator Dagoseh intimated, is a substantial amount for community development considering the national budget needs of the country.Another key concern stated in Senator Dagoseh’s communication is the participation and interference of political actors, such as Legislators and ministers in the administration and implementation of the SDF, which he said conflicts with their respective roles to provide oversight, monitoring, and evaluation.Consequently, said the PAC Chair, a series of financial, administrative malpractices and political disagreements usually undermine the implementation of targeted projects for affected communities.Senator Dagoseh lamented that the recent County Development Reports indicate that existing procedures and policies have not attained the proportionate results relating to the purpose of the SDF.“At present, payment procedures from the SDF to the counties are full of bureaucratic bottlenecks, and in general, financial and operational reports from the counties to the Ministry of Internal Affairs as well as the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning are not given timely consideration thus delaying payments to the counties.”As a result of this, Senator Dagoseh said the commencement of approved projects are most times delayed and run into the rainy season. The projects are therefore not completed on time, not done according to specifications or are abandoned by contractors.Except for few, majority of the Senators voted for the set up of an SDF Trust Fund, and a motion proffered by Senator Armah Jallah was passed. The communication was sent to the committees on Internal Affairs; Ways, Means, Finance & Budget; and Lands, Mines and Energy; who are expected to report to plenary within two weeks.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
As pressure mounts on the Government to allow Guyana’s democracy to flourish, scores of supporters of the Opposition on Tuesday staged a peaceful picketing exercise outside the Ministry of the Presidency over the appointment of Government Councillors to head at least six Local Authority Areas where there was a tie after local polls.PPP/C supporters protest outside the Ministry of the PresidencyThe A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC)and the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) received six seats each on the Mabaruma Town Council, Region One (Barima-Waini), while a similar situation obtained in five Neighbourhood Democratic Councils (NDCs).Senior Party members leading the picketing exerciseHowever, Communities Minister Ronald Bulkan applied Section 13 (4) of the Municipal and District Councils Act, Chapter 28:01 and selected a Mayor for Mabaruma and Chairpersons of the five NDCs – a decision the PPP/C successfully challenged in the High Court last week.Justice Diana Insanally subsequently quashed the appointment of a Mayor for Mabaruma as well as the appointments of chairmen of the five NDCs.The Government has since indicated that it would challenge Justice Insanally’s decision and was confident of coming out successful, as it maintained Bulkan acted legally.But, in denouncing Bulkan’s “undemocratic” actions, PPP/C supporters from across the country, including Woodlands-Farm, Mahaicony, Region Five (Mahaica-Berbice); Woodlands-Bel Air, Region Five and Industry- Plaisance, Region Four (Demerara-Mahaica).The placard-bearing protesters braved the rains as they reiterated their position that “democracy was greater than the Government” and “democracy will prevail”.Speaking to Guyana Times, PPP Executive Secretary and Member of Parliament (MP) Zulfikar Mustapha explained that the protesters were out to register their rejection of Bulkan’s action.“This gathering is here to protest against the arbitrary decision made to appoint Chairpersons and Mayors in tied municipalities,” Mustapha stated.He said while the PPP/C had suggested a workable solution of rotation of the Mayor and Deputy Mayor position in Mabaruma and a similar system for tied NDCs, Bulkan went ahead and appointed APNU/AFC councillors to the positions, totally ignoring the PPP/C’s suggestion.Nigel Dharmalall, another PPP/C MP who was on the picket line said, Bulkan’s decision was “creating a cloud of controversy in the Local Government Elections (LGE)”.The parliamentarian stressed on the level of disrespect shown by the Government to the very principles of harmony and unity that it preached. He is calling on the President to listen to their concerns and let good sense prevail.He pointed out that the LGE were the basis for governance at the community level and his Party and supporters feel very aggrieved by the decisions made by Minister Bulkan.On Thursday last, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo told a news conference that Bulkan disregarded the laws for the sake of convenience.“This here is an illegal action on the part of the Government,” Jagdeo declared.He told reporters that his Party sought to reach a compromise with the APNU/AFC and offered for there to be a rotation of the Mayorship and Deputy Mayorship in Mabaruma and similar arrangements for the five affected NDCs.Jagdeo said he personally spoke with the Government’s Chief Whip Amna Ally on the matter at the weekend where she said after consultations with President David Granger, a decision had been taken to accept the suggestion of the PPP/C.He said there were even discussions on the process and procedure and talks about a formal agreement on the rotation.However, Jagdeo said the Government has on its position and moved to flout the laws and unilaterally appoint APNU/AFC Councillors to the top posts, even in areas where the PPP won a plurality of votes.This action, Jagdeo said, is undemocratic and is thwarting the will of the majority of the people in those NDCs.
Celebrating wildly after his friend Aleksandar Kolarov bagged Serbia’s winner with a superb free-kick, Djokovic watched the match from in a raucous players’ lounge at Queen’s Club in west London, where he is preparing for the start of the Wimbledon warm-up event next week.But the 31-year-old was surprised when he was told he would likely miss out on watching Serbia if they make a surprise appearance in the World Cup final.That is because the showpiece in Moscow is scheduled to kick off just hours after the Wimbledon men’s final begins at the All England Club on July 15.In truth, unfancied Serbia — who are competing at their first major tournament since 2010 — are far less likely to make the final than Djokovic, who is a three-time Wimbledon champion.But pressed on the potential fixture clash, Djokovic laughed off talk of mixed feelings.“Really? I didnt know that. Wow,” he told reporters.“From your mouth to gods ears as they say, hopefully that can happen.“I’ve been fortunate to win Wimbledon three times and play well there.“If that happens I would obviously be very happy to miss the World Cup final!”While Djokovic would swap World Cup glory for his own Wimbledon success, the proud Serb has been relishing his country’s return to the big time in Russia.“In the last 15 minutes I had to change a couple of shorts,” he said of the nervous conclusion to Serbia’s win over Costa Rica.“We didn’t qualify for last World Cup and the last two Euros, so we didn’t get a chance to enjoy these matches for a long time.“This was best way to start campaign. Everybody is watching in the players lounge.”– Insights –Djokovic has built up good relationships with several of the Serbia squad, often picking their brains about different ways to improve his training regime.“I’m friends with Kolarov who scored an amazing goal today, and (Nemanja) Matic, these guys,” he said.“It’s a different sport, but we share a lot of things in common as athletes. We support each other, but can also share insights into how we train.“As individual athletes we miss that feeling of being in a team. We only have that for the Davis Cup.“When you are playing for your nation, spending time together, it is wonderful.”Kolarov and company still have two more tricky group stage fixtures against Switzerland and Brazil.But Djokovic is already dreaming of Serbia advancing to the knockout stages in Russia.“Serbia have been quite successful in basketball over the years, but football is the most popular sport in the world and in our country as well,” he added.“Everyone would love to see the national team go far.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000SNovak Djokovic insists he would happily miss a first appearance for Serbia in the World Cup final if it means he is back in the Wimbledon title match © AFP / Eric FEFERBERGLONDON, United Kingdom, Jun 18 – Novak Djokovic insists he would happily miss a first appearance for Serbia in the World Cup final if it means he is back in the Wimbledon title match.Djokovic is an avid fan of the Serbian national team, who kicked off their World Cup campaign with a 1-0 win over Costa Rica in Russia on Sunday.
SHOWBIZ EXCLUSIVE: Daniel O’Donnell has received the ultimate Christmas and 50th birthday present – a top-of-the-range 5 series BMW.The singing star was left gobsmacked when he received the present at the weekend from wife Majella.The navy blue car, which has a cream leather interior, is valued at more than a cool €50,000. Majella claimed on last week’s Late Late Show that she still hadn’t a clue what to get the man who has everything.But Majella had already hatched her husband’s present plan.A close source revealed “Daniel was absolutely gobsmacked when he saw the car.“Daniel and Majella aren’t normally that extravagant but Majella decided to push the boat out for Daniel’s 50th and Christmas. “Daniel is like a boy with a new toy. He absolutely loves his new car.”But Daniel’s birthday surprises didn’t end there.The Kincasslagh star told wife Majella that he didn’t want a big surprise party.So Majella instead planned a secret three day break away alone with her husband to pamper him.She even refused to tell Late Late Show host Ryan Tubridy where they were going. But friends of the star have now revealed the couple spent the three days in the luxurious surroundings of the K Club on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday night last.It is believed the three day luxury break in one of the hotel’s top suites cost more than €10,000 as everything was laid on including spa treatments and five star food.Although Daniel is about to undertake a tour of Ireland, the couple are heading away again on a luxury cruise in February.The couple have also revealed that they are to be separated for Christmas with Majella heading to Tenerife to stay with her mum and dad while Daniel will spend time with his mum Julia in Kincasslagh. DANIEL GETS THE ULTIMATE CHRISTMAS PRESENT – A 5 SERIES BMW! was last modified: December 14th, 2011 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:BMWdaniel o’donnellMajella O’Donnell
Join Andy Goldstein and Jason Cundy for the best bits of Thursday’s Sports Bar show.There’s the best calls on whether money is beginning to ruin football from a fans’ perspective, and an exclusive interview with Stoke new boy Darren Fletcher.Plus, Danny Murphy is this week’s Fantasy Football Manager and there’s the best of Truth or Lie.Listen above or click here to subscribe and download from iTunes.
LETTERKENNY GAELS JIGS AND REELS A HUGE SUCCESS – PICTURE SPECIAL was last modified: March 18th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:jigs and reelsLetterkenny Gaels
THE government decision today to set the ‘free’ water allowance at 30,000 litres will see many households have their ‘free’ water allowance slashed by over 7.5 times says Independent Donegal TD Thomas Pringle.Speaking in the Dail tonight on the Private Members Motion on water charges Pringle outlined the cuts to the free allowance that many water users will face.Currently commercial water users that live on their premises such as publicans, small shop owners, post masters and B&B owners receive an annual domestic allowance of 227,000 litres and will now see this reduced to 30,000 litres by todays government decision. Said Deputy Pringle: “Even an ‘average’ family of two adults and two children under 18 years old will see their allowance of water reduced by 120,000 litres where they live on their premises. In effect this means that these family’s could see their bills increase by over €200 per year.“This decision today by the government shows that they do not have the interests of the consumers of water at heart and that they see the introduction of the water tax as a revenue generating exercise and not as a water conservation measure as the government would like us to believe.” TD PRINGLE ACCUSES GOVERNMENT OF SNEAKY CUT IN WATER ALLOWANCE was last modified: May 6th, 2014 by John2Share 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:Thomas Pringlewater charges
A SOLICITOR’S firm has failed in an attempt to have a legal action from its neighbour thrown out of court.Seamus Gunn, trading as McCloughan Gunn Solicitors, applied to Letterkenny Circuit Civil Court to have a legal action from Ruth’s Pharmacy struck out.Siobhan and John Logue, owners of the pharmacy on High Road, Letterkenny, have issued legal proceedings against the solicitor’s firm alleging the loss of tens of thousands of euro. They say excess water running from the legal firm’s office has caused damage to their property next door.However barrister Ciara Fitzgerald, acting for solicitor Seamus Gunn, applied to Judge Francis Comerford to have the claim for damages struck out.Ms Fitzgerald alleged, among other things, that an extension at the rear of the pharmacy which was the subject of the claim, had never been given planning permission.As such, her client had never been given the opportunity to object to the construction and therefore had never been given a chance to object to the extension.However barrister John McLaughlin, instructed by solicitor Kieran O’Gorman and acting for the Logues, said the case should only be dealt with at hearing.Mr McLaughlin said that McCloughan Gunn solicitors hadn’t produced any evidence in its legal papers to back up the allegation the extension didn’t have planning permission other than the opinion of an architect.Even if it didn’t, he argued, the Logues had a right to sue for damages caused by the alleged neglect of the buildings by Mr Gunn.Judge Comerford agreed with Mr McLaughlin.He said in order to strike out a case, and without prejudice to any future hearing, it had to be “impossible” for a plaintiff to win a legal action action.He said among the strongest rights available to a citizen is the right to access to the courts.Restricting such rights would be an abuse of the process and he could see no basis to restrict the process in this case.He refused Mr Gunn’s legal challenge and ordered the case could go ahead.He also awarded costs to the Logues but ordered there should be no enforcement on those costs until after the conclusion of these proceedings.SOLICITOR AND PHARMACY IN LEGAL BATTLE OVER ALLEGED LEAKY ROOF was last modified: May 2nd, 2015 by John2Share 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:McCloughan Gunn solicitorsruth’s pharmacy