Irving scores 25, Celtics cruise past Bulls

first_imgBoston Celtics’ Kyrie Irving elbows Chicago Bulls’ Kris Dunn on the face as he goes past Dunn to the basket during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game. APBOSTON — Kyrie Irving makes spinning baskets off the dribble and converts drives in the lane while leaning in all sorts of different directions.It’s the simple jump shot that earns praise from Boston coach Brad Stevens.ADVERTISEMENT Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals Mayweather challenges Kobe: ‘I’m ready to play you one on one for $1M’ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Boston shot 5 of 7 from beyond the arc in the third quarter and outscored the Bulls 38-18.“They just had more edge than us, specifically that stretch in the third quarter,” Lopez said. “They seemed pretty comfortable out there, especially on offense.”Brown nailed a pair of 3-pointers and scored seven points as the Celtics opened the third with a 13-2 run, pulling out to a 73-60 lead.After the teams alternated baskets for a couple of minutes, Boston took charge by scoring 15 of the next 19 points. Irving had a pair of 3s during the run and Tatum added one.Boston led 98-76 after three.Chicago missed 12 of 18 shots overall in the third and committed six turnovers.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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 LATEST STORIES MOST READ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson View comments Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense “He’s one of the best — a true point guard that comes out, makes the right plays, the right decisions,” Brown said. “He’s assertive. He makes it easier for us.”Jayson Tatum added 13 points, and Al Horford and Aron Baynes each had 10 for the Eastern Conference leaders as all five Celtics starters were in double figures. Reserve guard Marcus Smart scored 11 points and rookie Daniel Theis grabbed a season-high 15 rebounds to go with 10 points.Bobby Portis paced the Bulls (10-22) with 17 points. Robin Lopez and Lauri Markkanen both scored 10. Chicago lost its second straight after a seven-game winning streak.The Celtics avenged a lopsided defeat in Chicago on Dec. 11, when they lost by 23. Irving didn’t play in that game because he was rested.“We knew they were going to come out and try and be aggressive because of that,” said Bulls guard Kris Dunn, who went 1 of 12 from the floor.ADVERTISEMENT Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone Irving scored 25 points, Jaylen Brown had 20 and the Celtics coasted to a 117-92 victory over the Chicago Bulls on Saturday (Sunday Manila time).Well known for his acrobatic moves, Irving shot 9 for 15 from the floor against Chicago — including 5 of 7 from beyond the 3-point line.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“I think that’s the one thing that gets lost in all the handles and all the different moves, and the plays that end up on YouTube, is how skilled he is shooting the ball,” Stevens said. “He’s just a tremendous shooter. He doesn’t miss when you’re just shooting without defense. He’s an elite shooter.”Thanks to Irving’s sweet shooting, the Celtics (27-9) halted a two-game skid. They haven’t lost three straight all season. Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Made-in-Liberia Products to Feature at AGOA Expo & Trade Fair

first_imgThe AGOA Expo is a Cultural and Business Platform committed to celebrate U.S – Africa Cooperation, Strengthen Bilateral Trade Relations, and to also promote AGOA Key Export Products and Investment opportunities through African Growth and Opportunity Act.The Liberia Chamber of Commerce (LCC) is urgently inviting all exporters and potential exporters of products made in Liberia to a “Pitch Your Product” meeting on today, Friday, August 17th at 3pm at the Liberia Chamber of Commerce.LCC will join the rest of the world in the upcoming African Growth & Opportunity Act or (AGOA) Expo & Trade Fair scheduled to be held in New York, the United States on September 25th – 30th, 2018, and the Liberia Chamber of Commerce is inviting local producers of Liberian-made products to form part of this unique opportunity. According to AGOA, local producers from 40 African countries are expected at the Expo.The AGOA Expo is a Cultural and Business Platform committed to celebrate U.S – Africa Cooperation, Strengthen Bilateral Trade Relations, and to also promote AGOA Key Export Products and Investment opportunities through African Growth and Opportunity Act.The Liberia Chamber of Commerce – AGOA Trade & Resource Center (ATRC)The Chamber currently works with Export Ready Companies, providing technical and practical assistance relating to exporting under AGOA.  We are looking for companies that has the following characteristics:  Quality, Quantity, and Frequency.According to the Chamber, despite AGOA eligibility, Liberia has arguably not taken full advantage of the duty-free preferences. Liberia’s exports to the U.S. in 2016 were just over $100 million or approximately 3% of total exports. Further, exports under the AGOA program were just over $1 million which is less than 2% of total exports to the U.S. This low value of export under AGOA is composed of just 5 products out of the 80 product lines that Liberia exported to the U.S. in 2016.Finally, of the small export to the U.S., multiple product categories that would otherwise qualify for duty-free import under AGOA did not claim such preferences. In spite of the low volume of export to the U.S. and low utilization of AGOA, Liberia does have a viable export sector with at least 20 product lines that would be eligible for AGOA if exported to the U.S. Of these goods, several are highly demanded in the U.S. suggesting ample opportunity for Liberia to export to the U.S.How to participate: Bring A Sample of Your Product on Friday August 17, 2018 at 3p at the Chamber of Commerce.Do a five (5) minutes pitch on the products, and you might win a chance to display your product at the AGOA Expo & Trade Fair in New York (sponsored by Members of LCC).*Rule of Origin applies Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Sugar still viable from economic perspective – Opposition Leader

first_imgWhile Government claims that the sugar industry has decreased in value from a financial outlook, Opposition Leader, Bharrat Jagdeo has positioned that the industry is a vast contributor from an economic perspective.Jagdeo, at the recent press conference, identified several ways in which the economic value of sugar is still viable, especially with the ripple effect it created in other sectors.Opposition Leader Bharrat JagdeoHe said this could have been realised earlier if Government had opted to conduct the economic feasibility study, which was suggested. The closure of the estates, he examined, came at a greater cost than keeping the factories alive.“Sugar is still viable from an economic perspective and not necessarily from a financial perspective because of the multiple benefits that are associated with sugar from the linkages to the taxes to the NIS to the drainage and irrigation services which still have to be funded.”“We argued for an economic feasibility study. This is not a financial feasibility study. This is about people’s lives, their contribution to the economy…Had they done the economic feasibility study that we had asked for, you would have seen that the cost of closure is greater than the cost of keeping sugar going,” the Opposition Leader added.A scene from one of the several protests former GuySuCo workers mounted against the GovernmentThe four estates: Wales Estate on the West Bank of Demerara; Enmore in Demerara; and Rose Hall and Skeldon in Berbice, were closed less than two years after the coalition Administration took office.According to the former Head of State, the closed sugar estates can be sold to investors but these stakeholders are not willing to make an investment presently.The Opposition Leader shared, “He [President David Granger] said people don’t want to buy the estates but they’re selling off the scraps and assets without telling us…It’s not that people don’t want to buy the estates. It’s just that they don’t want to invest now in Guyana with this bunch of incompetent people running the show.”Just last month, he had argued that the coalition Government failed to make fact-based decisions for the sugar industry. During an address to the Association of Concerned Guyanese in Toronto, Canada, he acknowledged that sugar needed transitional help but added that the Government’s approach was anything but transitional.Recently, it was announced that more than 660 hours of downtime at all of the three remaining factories in the sugar belt has resulted in the second crop production plummeting.The Guyana Agricultural and General Workers’ Union (GAWU) had said that the Albion Estate factory was experiencing its worse performance in the longest of time. In fact, the Union noted that the problems at that location are so acute that the Corporation has lost some three weeks of operations.According to GAWU, the performance of the factories, as it has lamented before, brings into question the efficacy of the industry’s factory operations department.“That department’s skills, we gathered, has been augmented in recent times as several new recruits were engaged. We hasten to wonder what have been their collective contributions in assuaging the situation and trying to bring some semblance to the difficulties that are being faced at this time. The situation for the Union and the workers are very much concerning and disconcerting at the same time,” the missive stated.The Union went on to point out that this situation has been especially hard for the sugar workers. It noted that the poor reliability of the factories has seen workers on many days not being offered work.It added that this makes a bad situation worse as they have been struggling with the declines in their nominal and real pay and that the inability to work every day for them and their family, especially as they approach the year-end season, must be distressing.Bearing in mind the most recent performance, the Union has now estimated that the industry’s second crop production by December 20, will reach 60,236 tonnes sugar with a total deficit of 16,107 tonnes.last_img read more