June 14, 2018 Opposition media still closed six months before presidential election in DRC February 16, 2021 Find out more News Democratic Republic of CongoAfrica Economic pressurePredatorsFreedom of expression News Journalist arrested on provincial governor’s orders Reporters Without Borders (RSF) joins its partner organization, Journalist in Danger (JED), in calling for the reopening of four opposition radio and TV stations in Katanga province, in the southeast of the Democratic Republic of Congo, that have been closed for years. They should have reopened in January 2017 under the so-called “New Year’s Eve Accord” between the government and opposition in December 2016 for holding a presidential election now scheduled for 23 December 2018. Read the JED press releaseBased in Lubumbashi, the capital of Katanga province, the four radio and TV stations are all still silent. One has been off the air since its closure by the authorities in 2014 and the other three since early 2016. The station that has been closed the longest is Radio-Télévision Lubumbashi JUA (RTLJ). Owned by Jean-Claude Muyambo, a former ally of President Joseph Kabila, it was shut down in November 2014 for “failing to respect the legal provisions for privately-owned broadcasters” and for “inciting hatred and insurrection” – charges that its managers say are baseless. Nyota TV and Radio Télévision Mapendo were shut down on the orders of communication and media minister Lambert Mende in January 2016 for “non-payment of the annual broadcast fee” – an allegation that is also disputed by the management of the two stations, who say they have proof that they paid all the required frees. Both of these two stations are owned by Moïse Katumbi, a former Katanga province governor and former leading member of the ruling PPRD party who went over to the opposition. The fourth radio and TV station, La Voix du Katanga, was shut down in March 2016 for allegedly failing to pay the annual fee and not having a licence. It is owned by Gabriel Kyungu wa Kumwanza, a former president of the Katanga provincial assembly who also went over to the opposition. JED reminds Mende, the communication and media minister, that he announced at a press conference on 2 January 2017 that “all the so-called opposition media that are closed will be reopened within two weeks” with the aim of defusing political tension. Mende’s announcement confirmed what was stated in Point 2 of Chapter V of the “New Year’s Eve agreement” signed on 31 December 2016. This point said: “Within 15 days of the signing of this Accord, the minister responsible for the media will restore the signals of the broadcasters that were closed or banned as a precautionary measure or for non-compliance with the law.” JED points out that nothing to this effect has been done in the 18 months since the accord was signed. The Democratic Republic of Congo continues to be ranked 154th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2018 World Press Freedom Index. to go further News Follow the news on Democratic Republic of Congo February 18, 2021 Find out more Organisation Receive email alerts News Reporter jailed in DRC for allegedly defaming parliamentarian Democratic Republic of CongoAfrica Economic pressurePredatorsFreedom of expression Congolese reporter wounded by gunshot while covering protest in Goma RSF_en Director of the television/radio station VKat (The voice of Katanga) oppositionist Dieudonne Bamoina speaks on the closure of the station by the government during an interview to AFP on May 22, 2016 in Lubumbashi. © JUNIOR KANNAH / AFP Help by sharing this information February 24, 2021 Find out more
While the United States celebrated the 226th anniversary of its Constitution on Sept. 17, Saint Mary’s students worked on amending theirs. Kat Sullivan, Saint Mary’s student body president, said the Student Government Association (SGA) is set to modify the student senate this year in the interest of transparency. Sullivan said the senate will include nine senators, who will represent each student class, and the Belles Connect scholars, which is a group of students otherwise underrepresented for socioeconomic reasons. “There are two members from each class either elected or appointed and one Belles Connect representative that will sit on the Senate and vote,” Sullivan said. The Saint Mary’s senate, which has been in existence for only one year, is responsible for making sure SGA spending reflects students’ needs. Maddy Martin, vice president of SGA, said the senate decides how best to allot the budget. “The goal of the senate is to be cost-effective and beneficial to SMC as a whole,” said Martin. “The senate is the single voting body in student government. They act as sort of a checks and balances for the rest of the interest groups on campus.” On Tuesday, SGA announced the newly elected freshman and senior senators. Mary Clair Burchett will represent the first years, while Chelsea Fordon and Hannah Mudd will vote on behalf of the seniors. The second freshman seat currently remains vacant, and no one ran for the sophomore and junior class positions this year. Sullivan said the freshman seat will be filled by appointment after a formal application process that is open to interested first years. Junior class president Nicole O’Toole said she attributes the absence of senators from these classes to a lack of understanding of the relatively new student government body. “I don’t think it’s a lack of interest, it’s just the second year of this program,” O’Toole said. “No one knew what it meant to be a senator.” Sullivan said she believes uncertainty about the restructuring of the senate is discouraging students from participating in it. “People are still unsure about how the structure works. A lot of girls expect it to be like last year,” Sullivan said. “We’ve reformatted it but we’re still improving and adjusting.” Stephanie Bridges, the director of Student Involvement and Multicultural Services (SIMS), advised the boards of the classes lacking senators to appoint someone from within their board, Martin said. Bridges’ familiarity with the administration’s guidelines makes her a perfect guide during the upcoming year’s ‘trial run,’ Sullivan said. Martin said she and Sullivan rely on Bridges when it comes to questions of the College’s policies. “Stephanie acts as an advisor,” Martin said. “Kat and I will go to her for anything and with everything because she is aware of policies and procedures of the college.” Sullivan said the appointment of senators to fill the empty positions will hopefully be carried out at the first senate meeting. “Since no one ran in the senator elections for the classes of 2015 and 2016, Maddy and I have reached out to the 2015 and 2016 Class Boards. They will appoint senators within their Class Board,” Sullivan said. “We will have a motion to include the appointed senators at the first senate meeting. If this is approved by all voting members, then we will move forward.” Sullivan said once the leadership roles are filled, senators should continue to reach out to the student body to engage their peers in the senate’s work. The meetings themselves are organized in a town hall-like fashion to encourage inclusiveness, she said. “We want the Senate to be more approachable so they can contribute to issues more closely related to the concerns of the students,” Sullivan said. “We want to communicate with everyone very openly, we want to be as transparent on campus as possible.” She said, overall, communication between the student government and the body it represents should extend both ways. “We want students to be more aware of what each board does,” Sullivan said. “Even the all school formal – RHA [Residence Hall Association] is responsible for its production but people think SGA hosts that.” Echoing this sentiment, Martin said SGA leaders want students to recognize the purpose of student government. “Collectively we want people to understand the role of SGA,” Martin said. Sullivan said her executive, non-voting role involves ensuring people carry out their designated responsibilities. She said this aspect of her job as SGA president essential during the current time of transition and shifting responsibilities. She also said the responsibilities of all members of student government are greater relative to their counterparts at other schools due to the size of Saint Mary’s. “Because our school is so small, we have a lot more responsibility compared to other students,” Sullivan said. Martin said senate members have opportunities to work with high-level administrators at the College. “Administrators trust us,” Martin said. “I find it so cool that members of our Senate are on boards that hear the intimate details of the highest level of the College’s administration.” Sullivan said the senate has many responsibilities around campus beyond simply allocating funds. “There are so many different aspects that the [senate] focuses on throughout campus, like the Sophia program which specializes in academics,” Sullivan said. “The new constitution even addresses changes within a senate, so if this happens again how we will handle it.” Sullivan said that for those interested in pursuing a senate position in the future, the role requires a minimum of two hours a week between the senate meeting and class board meetings. “We added more non-voting members in addition to the executive members already sitting on the senate. The purpose of the senate is to have an outside body [to] voice student needs.” To read the student constitution online, visit the SGA Portal on Orgsync.
“In this Parliament, the UK must get on track to deliveringNet Zero emissions, and adapt to the climate-related changes we areexperiencing.” In their letter, CCC Chairman Lord Deben and Chair of the CCC’s Adaptation Committee Baroness Brown called on the Prime Minister to ensure that any market reforms are complementary to the UK’s net zero emissions goal. “As host of next year’s UN Climate Summit in Glasgow, the steps we takein the next 12 months will also have a lasting global impact,” theChairs wrote. The UK Committee on Climate Change (CCC) has urged the recently elected Prime Minister Boris Johnson to deliver on the promised 40GW of offshore wind by 2030 commitment. Other priorities include developing an ongoing mechanism to pay for emissionsreductions from industry and an approach to delivering hydrogen and CCSinfrastructure, alongside the promised capital support. The letter also provides the committee’s assessment of the priorities forthe new government to reduce UK emissions and prepare for climate change. According to CCC, the government’s actions in the coming year will define the UK’s response to the climate crisis. To remind, Johnson announced in November he is pledging to increase the UK’s 2030 offshore wind target from the current 30GW to 40GW if his Conservative party wins the general election. UK’s current target to have 30GW of connected capacity by 2030 was set with the launch of a new joint government-industry Offshore Wind Sector Deal this March.
:09 Here’s some sports for ya. Your Pittsburgh Pirates are looking good out the gate. The opening day loss to the Phillies (1-0) was not bad considering they faced the best pitcher in baseball, Harry Leroy “Roy” Halladay III, aka “Doc”. But then they take the next two…c’mon Pittsburgh.:08 In case you’re wondering, Bobby Jackson from Hazelwood won the tickets to see The Flow Band last week at the First Friday Par-Tay. Not only did he name all the Magnificent Seven, he sang the theme song. Very impressive. Alright Zik, alright, whatever…back to sports! Oh yeah, here they are. Yul Brenner, Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson, Robert Vaughn, Brad Dexter, James Coburn and Horst Bucholz…and just so you know, Mr. Rod Doss is a “7” man and knows his stuff. He’ll tell you “nobody gives him his guns and tells him to ride”!!:07 I don’t know what happened to Ron Artest but this “Metta World Peace” guy is playing like a man possessed!!!:06 Speaking of Lakers, I don’t see how Kobe’s not your NBA MVP this year. Leading the league in scoring all year and he clearly doesn’t have the supporting cast that LeBron has.:05 Last Laker piece…Derek Fisher who? Ramon Sessions can play. And Andrew Bynum will you please shut up and just play, c’mon man!:04 Brother Ash…Thank You Mmmmaaannn!!:03 Ok my bad. Tiger ain’t back not totally. But he’s moving in the right direction and he’s still the #1 draw in golf.:02 On the sports talk shows why is there always a White guy doing the serious talk while being surrounded by two or three Black guys being the clowns and crackin’ the jokes. Why can’t a Black guy run the show and have two or three White guys be the jesters sometimes. I am just saying!!:01 Man forget “Zek,” whatever…If you weren’t at the Champions First Friday with The Flow Band not only did you miss the legendary reggae masters but, you missed the Fabulous Diamond Models. If there are seven taller, sexier, more beautiful women anywhere all at one time I don’t know where?…Oh yea, my bad…there is The Savoy on Saturday Nights…upstairs!DOUBLE OVERTIMETwo Things:No. 1—Smokin’ Jim Frazier was at the Par-Tay…No seriously, I am not jokin. He was there, I saw him. No. 2—“Rayco”…Un-Be-Lieve-A-Ble, Man!!TRIPLE OVERTIME•At The Buzzer: The Champions All-Star Basketball Classic coming up Saturday, April 29. If you have Middle School Boys or Girls Team and you want to get in the tournament call now. Only 4 spots left in both categories The Classic will also feature the Savoy All-Stars against the Champions Celebrity All-Stars—“Jazz on the Greens” is a brand new gig brought to you by Greg Lovelace and the “Elite Management Company” May 11 and 25 at 3 Lakes Golf Club (formerly The Alcoma Country Club), Saltsburg Road in Penn Hills starring National Recording Artist and Local Legend Kevin Howard—Casual to Dressie Dress—$10 at the Door—Cash Bar—Cash Kitchen—Inside Ballroom or on the Patio Deck—Yes Rod Rutherford, The Fabulous Diamond Models will be there—Vendors—50/50—And I am telling you now if you get there late you will be standing up. Doors Open 8-12 pm.QUADRUPLE OVERTIMEThat’s right the first time ever. It’s like that great game by the Phoenix Suns versus whoever it was back in the day 4 overtimes. Here is your Top Ten List. You know you want it…yes you do…yes you do!!! The Top 10 Words to describe the so called No. 1 hit movie in the national “The Hunger Games”: 10. Slow 9. Stupid 8. Unrealistic 7. Boring 6. Unimaginable 5. Poorly Written 4. Childish 3. Un-Be-Lieve-Able 2. Ridiculous 1. Did I say Stupid? It gets (1) Basketball and that’s only because I paid to see it.~ Game Over ~ BILL NEAL :10 “My main man” Zek…Zik…Zeke…Zik-way…whatever, anyway like I said my main man told me to get back to talking about sports and get off my soap box. Ok, alright! But one last box to soap. Everybody reading this the push is still on. Let’s do the right thing and restore self respect to the minds of our young men and get those pants pulled up. It’s not a style…it’s a disgrace! And oh yeah “Zik” you’re now in “The Locker Room.”
8 September 2011 The levels of “contact crime” in South Africa – crimes usually involving violence – decreased by 6.9% in 2010/11, Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa said on Thursday, while adding that the fight was far from over. Releasing the country’s annual crime statistics in Pretoria on Thursday, Mthethwa said there was a decline in all types of “contact crime”, including murder, rape, assault with intent to do serious bodily harm, common assault, aggravated robbery and common robbery. Murder was down by 6.5% and sexual offences by 3.1%. Assault with intent to do serious bodily harm dropped by 4.5%, while robbery with aggravating circumstances was down by 12%. However, Mthethwa said the stats were still worrying. “Contact crime is an area of crime which by its nature leads to serious feelings of fear and insecurity, because it is this form of crime [with] which violence is normally associated.”Drug-related crime on the increase Noting the 10.2% increase in drug-related crimes in 2010/11, Mthethwa said the police, instead of focusing on arresting people in possession of drugs, would be mounting operations aimed at the leaders of drug syndicates. He said they would also be working with the Departments of Education and Social Development in addressing the challenge of affected children. “We also acknowledge that dealing with drugs is a global challenge that needs to be coordinated with our international counterparts.”Drunken driving on the increase Mthethwa said it seemed people were not taking the “don’t drink and drive” motto seriously, as drunken driving cases were up by 3.5% in 2010/11, following the previous year’s 10.6% increase. “We all have a duty to ensure that our roads are safe, and those who break the law will be severely punished.” Although the stats showed a general decrease in all crimes, Mthethwa said this was just a motivating factor for the police, and that the fight was far from over. “Victory against crime is now an achievable goal. However, for as long as young children are still under bondage of crime and drugs, for as long as businesses are robbed, for as long as women are abused and raped, for as long as South Africans are mugged and hijacked – none of us must rest.” Source: BuaNews
30 April 2013 South Africa has the highest percentage of companies that publicly disclose their greenhouse gas emissions in the BRICS group of countries, according to a carbon ranking index released by the Environmental Investment Organisation (EIO) on Monday. The EIO is a London-based independent research organisation that promotes ecological investment systems. South African mobile telecommunications firm Vodacom came second overall in the EIO’s rankings, while diversified industrial firm Barloworld and miner Kumba Iron Ore placed 11th and 20th respectively. The index examines the emissions and transparency of the 300 largest firms in the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) grouping. It is one of six ranking reports on emissions disclosure around the world. The Environmental Tracking Carbon Ranking series is the only public database of its kind. Over half of the 45 South African companies in the BRICS 300 ranking were found to be reporting complete data, which includes direct emissions as well as emissions resulting from the purchase of electricity, investments, transportation of goods, waste and employees.‘Reliable emissions database’ “As the world shifts towards a low carbon model, it’s extremely important that we have access to a reliable, consistent and cross-comparable greenhouse gas emissions database on the world’s largest companies,” chief executive of the London-based EIO, Sam Gill, said in a statement. A key finding of the index, however, was that none of the 300 BRICS companies surveyed reported emissions across their entire value chains. These are referred to as “scope 3 emissions”, and include emissions from sources not owned or directly controlled by the firm but which it has some influence over, such as business travel, transportation and distribution. “Since the majority of total corporate emissions often come from scope 3 sources, large quantities of emissions are not being accounted for,” Gill said. “This is precisely why the carbon rankings are designed to encourage scope 3 disclosure.” The EIO will also announce the 2013 Environmental Tracking Scope 3 leaders award on Wednesday to recognise the companies leading the field in emissions disclosure. “The rankings make up the first phase of the Environmental Tracking mechanism, with phase two seeing them developed into a series of investable indexes within which companies are weighted according to their position in the public carbon ranking,” the EIO said in a report. “The EIO hopes to make its Environmental Tracking Index Series available to investors later in the year.” SAinfo reporter
A day after several Bengali actors joined the BJP, noted film-maker Aparna Sen on Friday said they were leaving a “sinking ship” and drifting towards power. The actors were with the CPI(M) when it was in power, rallied behind Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee when she took over the reins of the State and are switching over to the BJP when it is gaining ground, she told PTI in an interview. On Thursday, several Bengali actors, including Parno Mittra, Rishi Kaushik, Kanchana Moitra and Rupanjana Mitra, joined the BJP at its headquarters in the presence of the Party’s West Bengal unit head Dilip Ghosh and senior functionary Mukul Roy.“Now that Mamata is slowly losing ground and the BJP is gaining, they are going to the BJP. Where there is power, they will go. There are people like that. I don’t care about them, I don’t think about them,” Ms. Sen, who is in Delhi for the premiere of her film “Ghawre Baire Aaj”, said. “People leave the sinking ship and go where the power is. It’s a common human instinct,” she added. Over the years, the TMC has been fielding several Bengali superstars as candidates for elections. Superstar Dev won the Lok Sabha polls for the second term this year, while actors Nusrat Jahan and Mimi Chakraborty debuted in Parliament this time. Ms. Sen, who is known for being vocal on socio-political issues, said Hindi film stars have to think about the wider range of audience they cater to and that’s why they don’t publicise their political stands. “If they are seen to have any political colour, then they will have a problem,” the 73-year-old said. She said the BJP is “gaining ground” in West Bengal due to the failure of the Trinamool government and the lack of a viable alternative. “I don’t think they (people of Bengal) see any alternative actually at the moment because TMC government also has failed them and the Left, for all practical purposes, doesn’t exist anymore and Congress is also hardly there.” “But I think the Left and the Congress need to rise again. Because apart from anything else we need a strong Opposition,” she added. Ms. Sen was one of the many celebrities who campaigned against the Left government during the Nandigram and Singur movement, which helped the TMC come to power in 2011. In 2006-07, there were mass protests against the then Left State government over land acquisition for a Tata Nano factory in Singur and a chemical hub in Nandigram. The multi-lingual actor-director, who has made films such as “36 Chowringhee Lane” and “Mr. and Mrs. Iyer”, said in response to a question that she has always been a strong critic of Ms. Banerjee and had never supported her politically.“I didn’t support her cause. I was only against the massacre in Nandigram. I was not supporting Mamata’s cause. I was against uprooting of people in Singur when there was a land just opposite, where that could have been done [the Tata Nano factory]. “That was along with many other people, not just me. Nobody supported Mamata. Mamata happened to be the vote catcher and she took advantage of that situation. In fact, I have criticised Mamata many times publicly,” the National Award-winning director said. Asked if she has ever raised her concerns with Ms. Banerjee personally, Ms. Sen said she doesn’t have direct access to the Chief Minister. Ms. Sen recently met agitating junior doctors in Kolkata along with other civil society members and also visited the violence-hit Bhatpara area.Are her political activities were helping the BJP gain ground?“No, not at all. I talk to the people Bhatpara and we heard complaints both about BJP and about TMC. We heard a lot of complaints about Arjun Singh (the local BJP MP from Barrackpore). I have all those videos.” Ms. Sen was speaking on the sidelines of the Jagran Film Festival, where her political thriller “Ghawre Baire Aaj” premiered. The film based on Rabindranath Tagore’s novel ‘Ghare Baire’ portrays a love triangle in the backdrop of the current political situation in the country.
Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) reacts after hitting a shot against the Sacramento Kings during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Sacramento, Calif., Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017. The Rockets won 105-100. (AP Photo/Steve Yeater)SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Just imagine what these Houston Rockets might look like months from now, when James Harden has a healthy Chris Paul alongside him in the backcourt and Mike D’Antoni’s rotations become more consistent.Beginning the season with a tough back-to-back in Northern California hardly made for an easy start, and Houston is an impressive 2-0.ADVERTISEMENT Harden had 27 points and nine assists, and the Rockets made it a perfect two-game road trip despite playing this one without Paul, beating the Sacramento Kings 105-100 on Wednesday night to spoil another home team’s opener.“Obviously this road trip was going to be tough, but we did a really good job, especially tonight, of not letting up and just playing four quarters,” Harden said. “We say it all the time: We might not knock you out in the first, second or third quarter, but fourth quarter if we keep playing the way we need to play we’ve always got a chance.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutWhile he didn’t shoot especially well, Harden hit a trio of dagger 3-pointers with 8:13, 6:00 and 5:13 left — the second of which put Houston ahead 89-79. He also had a key left-handed layup late and finished 8 for 21 and 4 of 14 from 3-point range.Sacramento forced the Rockets into a shot clock violation and the Kings got the ball back with just less than a minute remaining and down 96-92. Willie Cauley-Stein made one of two free throws with 41 seconds left and Harden found Clint Capela for an alley-oop dunk moments later. MOST READ Read Next BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Aldridge’s double-double leads Spurs by Timberwolves Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:46US defense chief agrees it’s time to take another look at defense pact with PH00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police 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 Games Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa “To validate yesterday we had to win today or we wouldn’t validate yesterday,” D’Antoni said. “They had that in mind. At the same time, a back-to-back on the opening two nights, especially it’s so emotional, that takes more out of you.”Zach Randolph missed making his Kings debut a day after undergoing oral surgery, but Vince Carter and Hill provided a veteran presence for the new-look Kings as they move forward beginning the season without DeMarcus Cousins after he was traded to New Orleans last February. Hill scored 16 points and Carter six in 14 minutes.“We saw a lot of things we were proud about,” coach Dave Joerger said. “The No. 1 thing is if we compete that hard we are going to give ourselves a chance in games.”AILING PAULD’Antoni isn’t counting on Paul being back Saturday for the home opener against Dallas.“It’s not a concern, it’s just nagging,” D’Antoni said. “We’ll sit him until the training staff thinks he’s ready to go and try to get over it totally.”Paul had four points and shot 2 for 9 at Golden State but was limited by soreness in the knee. He led the Rockets with 11 assists and also grabbed eight rebounds, while playing 33 minutes in his regular-season debut with Houston after being traded by the Clippers during the offseason.TIP-INSRockets: The Rockets were 13-3 in the second game of back-to-backs last season. The have 14 such sets, 13 remaining. … Trevor Ariza was held to two points on free throws, shooting 0 for 6 and missing all five of his 3s. … Houston’s schedule includes seven of its first 10 games on the road. … P.J. Tucker had just six points while dealing with foul trouble after scoring 20 points in his Rockets debut at Golden State.Kings: Rookie De’Aaron Fox out of Kentucky drew big cheers when he checked in for his debut late in the first and finished with 14 points, five assists and four rebounds in 23 minutes. … Second-year Golden 1 Center hosted its first season opener after the Kings began on the road last season.UP NEXTRockets: Host Dallas on Saturday in home opener.Kings: At Dallas on Friday to start a three-game road trip. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH After the Kings stole the inbounds pass from Eric Gordon with 25 seconds left and down 98-95, it was initially ruled Sacramento ball but the play went to replay review and a foul was issued to George Hill instead. Gordon converted two free throws.Capela had 22 points and matched his career high with 17 rebounds. Paul sat out with a bruised left knee that limited him during Houston’s stunning comeback 122-121 win at Golden State on Tuesday after the Warriors held their championship ring ceremony.Gordon started for Paul and scored 25 points with four 3-pointers, a night after missing all six of his tries from long range but still winding up with 24 points in 29 minutes.Buddy Hield scored 10 of his 19 points in the third quarter for Sacramento and tied the game at 68 on a 3-pointer with 3:33 left in the period. Cauley-Stein had 21 points on 10-for-15 shooting, 10 rebounds and three blocked shots.The Rockets looked sluggish at times in the second game of a season-opening back-to-back. Yet Houston had enough to win its sixth straight in the series after winning all four games last season.ADVERTISEMENT View comments
QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Read Next CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA UP NEXTClippers: Host Suns on Saturday.Lakers: At Suns on Friday. Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 “We got blown out, so I didn’t play too well,” Ball said. “It was great to start out, but all I care about is winning, and we lost today. We’ve got to regroup.”Ball is expected to revitalize his hometown team this season, but the rookie started out with all the nerves and mistakes that might be expected from any 19-year-old with the weight of a 16-time NBA championfranchise on his slender shoulders.Beverley, who joined the Clippers in Paul’s trade to the Rockets, had 10 points while introducing Ball to high-level NBA defense.“I just had to set the tone,” Beverley said. “I told him after the game, due to all the riff-raff his dad brings, he’s going to get a lot of people coming at him. He has to be ready for that, and I let him know after the game. But what a better way to start him off. I was 94 feet guarding him tonight. Welcome his little young ass to the NBA.”Along with a handful of good-looking passes and a 3-pointer late in the first half, Ball went 1 for 6 from ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH the field and committed two turnovers.“He’s going to be a great talent, but he has to go through the tough times,” Beverley said. “He’llappreciate this when he looks back on it.”Brook Lopez scored 20 points in his debut for the Lakers, and Jordan Clarkson added 18.“I wasn’t happy with what we gave our fans tonight,” Lakers coach Luke Walton said. “Obviously I heard the (boos), and we deserved it at those times.”TIP-INSClippers: Danilo Gallinari had 11 points in his LA debut. … Coach Doc Rivers answered back at Paul, who said he didn’t like the Clippers’ team culture in a documentary that will be released this week by ESPN.“Listen, when you leave, you should just leave,” Rivers said. “I don’t think you have to try to burn the house down or justify why you left. That’s what I would say to it. I like our culture.Lakers: New G Kentavious Caldwell-Pope missed this game while beginning a two-game suspension for getting arrested in March and later pleading guilty to operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated. … Kyle Kuzma, the Lakers’ other first-round pick, had eight points in his NBA debut. … Andrew Bogut, the former Golden State center, had three fouls and three turnovers in his Lakers debut.NEW BACKCOURTEven with several new contributors, the Clippers already resemble a hard-nosed, tough-minded veteran team led by Beverley. Milos Teodosic, the other starting guard in Rivers’ revamped lineup, hit two 3-pointers in the 30-year-old Serbian rookie’s NBA debut.MAGIC BALLIt was a busy night for Lakers executive Magic Johnson, also a co-owner of the Los Angeles Dodgers. Magic watched from the tunnel while Staples Center showed Game 5 of the NL Championship Series on the scoreboard during pregame warmups, and he celebrated behind the scenes when the Dodgers clinched their first World Series berth since 1988 during the first half. “I’m just happy for all the players and all the Dodger fans across the world,” Johnson said. “This is a moment that I’ll never forget. I was torn, because I wanted to be here for Lonzo Ball’s first game as a Laker, but my heart is in Chicago. … I’m so happy with Clayton Kershaw, that he can finally pitch in the World Series. He deserves this moment, and all our players deserve this moment, too.” Staples Center erupted in cheers when the Dodgers recorded the final out in Chicago, and again when the final out appeared on the video board. Loss to Pirates only motivates Red Lions Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion View comments LATEST STORIES MOST READ NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers PLAY LIST 01:48NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police 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 Games Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP Los Angeles Lakers center Brook Lopez, left, and guard Lonzo Ball, right, reach for a loose ball along with Los Angeles Clippers guard Patrick Beverley during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)LOS ANGELES — Patrick Beverley crowded chest-to-chest with Lonzo Ball before an inbounds pass in the first quarter while they were 94 feet from the basket. Moments later at midcourt, Beverley emphatically fouled the Lakers’ rookie point guard and watched him fall.Ball still might turn out to be Los Angeles’ basketball star of the future, even after his awfully quiet NBA debut.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The present in this town still belongs to the Clippers, even without Chris Paul.Blake Griffin scored 29 points and DeAndre Jordan added 14 points and 24 rebounds in the Clippers’ 108-92rout of the Lakers on Thursday night.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutLou Williams added 12 points in the Clippers’ first game since Paul spurned the perennial playoff team after six years and forced an offseason trade to Houston. The Clippers will have a new look this season after adding Beverley’s tenacity and several new scorers, but they were still miles ahead of their Staples Center co-tenants in both teams’ season openers.Beverley and the Clippers got little trouble from Ball, who had three points, four assists and nine rebounds in 29 minutes during the first game for the No. 2 overall pick from UCLA. He had about 40 friends and family members in the stands, including his voluble father, LaVar.