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Native Odessan makes TV debut on “Chicago Fire”

first_imgHome Local News Native Odessan makes TV debut on “Chicago Fire” Facebook Local News Native Odessan makes TV debut on “Chicago Fire” WhatsApp Pinterest ECISD undergoing ‘equity audit’ Pinterest Southern Style Potato SaladUpside Down Blueberry Pie CheesecakeCreamy Fruit SaladPowered By 10 Sec Mama’s Deviled Eggs NextStay WhatsApp 2021 SCHOOL HONORS: Permian High School center_img Facebook Twitter Previous articleBaby showers set nationwide for veteransNext articleSULLUM: Stopping drivers without a legal justification is unconstitutional admin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR By admin – May 3, 2018 Twitter Viewers will see a familiar face on tonight’s episode of “Chicago Fire.”Odessa native Arik Vega, who now lives in Chicago, made his television debut on the show as a character named Julio who is saved from a burning building.“It was amazing,” Vega said of the experience.He got the part through his agent in Chicago. His audition was very short — just a few lines, screaming for help and acting like he was in a fire.Although the role was brief, it took two days of filming. Vega said he even had a stunt double in case anything became too taxing or unsafe.“All the actors were really kind. The crew was very accommodating. These were long days. You show up at 7:30 a.m. and didn’t leave until 7:30 in the evening. Just shooting a few little moments a scene that would take maybe a minute … on the screen, they’re getting all these different angles, resetting the shot shooting for 30 seconds at a time, doing the same shot multiple times to get the right shot, or to make adjustments,” he said.At this point, there are no plans for a recurring role on “Chicago Fire,” but it is a foot in the door.“This is how careers can get built up. This is on my resume. I have exposure here just going from there, it gives more credibility,” when going for higher-scale movies or TV shows, Vega said.People in the business will know he’s worked with a certain producer or director, which can help.Growing up in Odessa, the Permian High School graduate said he took acting classes and participated in camps at the Permian Playhouse. “That’s where I saw my first play,” he said.He earned a bachelor of fine arts degree from Belmont University in Nashville, Tenn.“That’s where I started my stage career, doing a lot of professional work with theaters there in Nashville. After I graduated, I would go on to do dance concerts, musicals, original plays, straight plays at different companies around the country. I traveled around doing that for about six months after I graduated from the university. Then I moved to Chicago where I started making the transition into more of the film industry,” the 24-year-old Vega said.Ironically, Vega said he won’t be able to watch his “Chicago Fire” episode because he’s rehearsing for a play called Detroya that opens in a few weeks. Previews are May 16.Based in the southwest area of Detroit, it centers on Latino families who struggle with rebellion, regrets, loss and family.“The the playwright calls it a graphic novel for the stage. It’s really stylized. We’ll have projection screens. It’s been a really great process. I’ve got a lead role in that show,” Vega said.His character’s name in Detroya is Gusty.“He’s this young kid, about 18, punk, really volatile, but clearly a product of his violent upbringing and the poverty that they face in their particular area of Detroit,” he said. Arik Vega OC employee of the year always learning last_img read more

Indian Premier League IPL 2019 RCB vs KXIP highlights: Bangalore beat Punjab by 17 runs

first_imgNew Delhi : We witnessed another crackerjack of an encounter between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Kings XI Punjab, and in the end it was Bangalore who held their nerves and managed to upstage the opposition by 17 runs at M. Chinnaswamy in Bangalore to stay alive in the tournament.  SCORECARD Well Royal Challengers Banglore is off to a flying start. Both Parthiv Patel and Virat Kohli are hammering the ball all around the ground. Hardus Viljeon dropped Kohli on 3. The score after 2 over looks 27/0. Yes, you read that right.  18:04 (IST) 22:45 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In KL Rahul along with Mayank Aggarwal are making the chase look easy. Having scored 86 runs off 8 overs, Punjab is now just 117 runs away!  TOSS: Punjab opt to bowl vs Bangalore Punjab in last hurdle before the game. Virat Kohli and Parthiv Patel are also out in the middle and so are the umpires. It’s game time.  23:29 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 27 needed off 6 balls That’s it from us. Hope you enjoyed our coverage as much as we did to bring this to you. Do join us for the next game. Till then, tada.  22:47 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 19:31 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 23:26 (IST) Both Marcus Stoinis and AB de Villiers are struggling to open their arms against Punjab bowlers. It’s pin drop silience at M. Chinnaswammy. After 14 overs, it’s 109/4.  6.1.4.6.4.6 – This was the last over! Just wow!  WICKET: Just what RCB didn’t want. Parthiv Patel truied to flick the ball onto the on side but gets a top-edge and went straight to the fielder. OUT for 43 (24). 20:56 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 20:44 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 22:42 (IST) 20:10 (IST) 23:22 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 21:27 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In The toss is scheduled to happen in 60 minutes time and team winning the toss will look to have a bowl first as chasing has been easy on Bangalore wicket. However, this remains to be seen if toss-winning captain goes with the same thought.  20:21 (IST) 22:29 (IST) 4 wickets in last 9 deliveries. Match turns in favor of Bangalore.  19:34 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 100 up for Kings XI Punjab in mere 8.5 overs!  Both Stoinis and AB de villiers are trying to get bangalore innings back on track. They are trying hammer the loose ball and tick singles here and there. After 17 overs, it’s 138/4.  18:06 (IST) 23:06 (IST) WICKET: Simplest of catches. It was a slower length delivery and Akshdeep Nath didn’t pick it at all. RCB is in serious trouble.  21:43 (IST) The powerplay belongs to Royal Challengers Bangalore even when they have lost Virat Kohli. Parthiv Patel is looking solid for big and striking at a strike-rate of 195.55. After 6 overs, it’s 70/1.  Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 100-run partnership between Stoinis and AB de Villiers.  21:39 (IST) ALERT: AB de Villiers gets to his 33rd IPL fifty! RESULT: Bangalore beat Punjab by 17 runs (Nicholas Pooran 46, Umesh Yadav 3/36) 21:29 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Kings XI Punjab is off to a flying start. As of now, they are scoring 11 runs per over, and looking for even more. After 6 overs, it’s 68/1. Three Sixes for Nicholas Pooran in the fourteen over. After 14 overs, it’s 135/3 50-run partnership between KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal.  20:33 (IST) Kings XI Punjab: Lokesh Rahul(w), Chris Gayle, Mayank Agarwal, David Miller, Mandeep Singh, Nicholas Pooran, Ravichandran Ashwin(c), Hardus Viljoen, Murugan Ashwin, Ankit Rajpoot, Mohammed Shami 21:24 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 21:06 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 21:03 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In So 36 more needed off 18 balls! Pooram has scored 43 off 23 balls! RCB needs to take his wicket fast, if they wish to stay in the game for long. After 17 overs, 167/3.  23:46 (IST) 150 up for Royal Challengers Bangalore!  Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 22:54 (IST) 23:37 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In WICKET: Knocked him over. Royal Challengers Bangalore losing its track here. Moeen Ali out for 4. Ravi Ashwin picks first for tonight.  20:37 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 21:29 (IST) WICKET: It was a short of a length delivery and Mayank tried to go over the top but smashed it straight into the hands of fielder. Departs after well-made 35 (21).  Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 22:44 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 20:48 (IST) Here are the playing eleven for two sides:  We will be bringing you all the coverage, so do join us!  Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 23:33 (IST) 18:04 (IST) 19:36 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 22:33 (IST) The way Punjab is batting, every dot ball is being appreciated. Bangalore in serious trouble.  WICKET: First ball wicket for Moeen Ali. KL Rahul goes down the ground but couldn’t clear long off fielder. Third wicket down.  21:40 (IST) 100 up for Royal Challengers Bangalore! Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In RCB scored 70 in first 6 overs, but have only been able to add 19 runs in next 5 overs and have lost three wickets in process. The road is getting difficult for Bangalore here. After 11 overs, it’s 89/4.  Hello and a warm welcome. We are all set for another cracker jack of an encounter as Virat Kohli-led Royal Challengers Bangalore hosts Kings XI Punjab at M. Chinnaswamy in Bengaluru.  18:06 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 23:41 (IST) 19:58 (IST) 1.1.6.6.1 – What an over this has been for Royal Challengers Bangalore. Sheer class from AB de Villiers. Momentum shifts. After 19 overs, it’s 175/4.  Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Stoinis drops Nicholas Pooran!  Royal Challengers Bangalore: Parthiv Patel(w), Virat Kohli(c), AB de Villiers, Marcus Stoinis, Akshdeep Nath, Moeen Ali, Washington Sundar, Tim Southee, Navdeep Saini, Umesh Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal Kings XI Punjab, on the other hand, has had a mix season so far. They have won five and lost as many games in the tournament.  WICKET: Miller tried to play over the long on fielder but went straight into the hands of AB de Villiers.  After a disastrous start to the twelfth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL), Royal Challengers Bangalore has finally found themselves on the right track as they managed to win two successive games this season. BIG NEWS: Dale Steyn is not playing! Tim Southee to replace.  18:04 (IST) WICKET: Mandeep Singh didn’t do any mistake. Mohammad Shami picks big fish. Virat Kohli was early in his shot and couldn’t clear cover fielder. OUT for 13 (8).  Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In For all the Latest Sports News News, Indian Premier League News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

What Matt Olson’s hand surgery means for the A’s roster

first_imgOAKLAND — The A’s biggest fear regarding Matt Olson’s hand issue on the trip home from Japan has been realized.Olson underwent surgery Friday that involved a right hamate excision in his right hand at the Kerlan-Jobe Clinic in Los Angeles with Dr. Steven Shin.The first baseman felt pain near the center of palm after fouling off a pitch from Yusei Kikuchi in the fifth inning of Thursday’s 5-4 loss to the Seattle Mariners at the Tokyo Dome. Olson reached base with a single in the same at-bat …last_img read more

Evolutionary Language Lingo Contradictory

first_imgHuman language is such a unique feature of our species, it would seem to defy evolutionary explanations.  Can evolutionists take this living phenomenon and fit it into a historical narrative?  A couple of papers in leading journals attempted to do so.  Are their conclusions the only ones that can be drawn from the evidence?    In Science,1 Quentin D. Atkinson [U of Auckland] argued that language began in southern and central Africa.  He counted phonemes (individual sound elements) in over 500 languages and believes he detected decreasing diversity with distance, supporting his contention that language was born in Africa and spread from there.  The “founder effect” in evolutionary theory asserts that diversity decreases with distance from a center of innovation.  Charting phenomic diversity this way requires dealing with potential mixers like population size and density, cultural stability, migration habits, and other things; Atkinson believes he controlled for these factors and the clinal trend persisted.  Whether he controlled for all possible demographic variables is not clear.    Atkinson believes his phoneme evidence correlates with genetic and phenotypic evidence of declining diversity with distance from Africa, but he did not explain how language originated; it was just some kind of “innovation,” he suggested.  “Truly modern language, akin to languages spoken today, may thus have been the key cultural innovation that allowed the emergence of these and other hallmarks of behavioral modernity and ultimately led to our colonization of the globe,” he said, without explaining what combination of mutations led to this innovation.    In a study of a different kind in Nature,2 Dunn, Greenhill, Levinson and Gray feel they have debunked the idea of “language universals” long promoted by Noam Chomsky.  This is the idea the human babies have innate parameters that steer them toward the adoption of a language, and that these universals constrain language diversity.  J. 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Greenberg had also taught that universal biases in human development lead toward common features of language.  Instead, Dunn et al showed that language characteristics are lineage specific, not universal, at least in regard to word order.    The papers were reported optimistically by Science Daily and the BBC News.  Ferris Jabr in New Scientist used a Genesis meme to quip that “Evolutionary Babel was in southern Africa.”  Jabr did provide some skeptical counterpoint: “Most linguists do not think it’s possible to trace linguistic history past 10,000 years,” Merritt Ruhlen of Stanford University, California was quoted as saying.  “There is a lot of anger and tension surrounding that kind of analysis.”    Even taken at face value, though, the two papers appear at odds.  One suggests a universal common origin of language from a single spreading center; the other suggests independent lineages.  A wider question is whether such historical questions are tractable by science without access to the speaking habits of alleged hominid ancestors who, according to evolutionary thinking, first began tying grunts to thoughts, beliefs and concepts.    The editors of Nature recognized some distasteful ramifications of the paper by Dunn et al..  Extrapolating the new disjunct theory of language evolution into a wider philosophical issue that affects all of science, they said:Since at least the days of Aristotle, a search for universal principles has characterized the scientific enterprise.  In some ways, this quest for commonalities defines science: without it, there is no underlying order and pattern, merely as many explanations as there are things in the world.  Newton’s laws of motion, the oxygen theory of combustion and Darwinian evolution each bind a host of different phenomena into a single explicatory framework….  This tendency in the natural sciences has long been evident in the social sciences too.  Here, Darwinism seems to offer justification, for if all humans share common origins, it seems reasonable to suppose that cultural diversity could also be traced to more constrained beginnings….    That, at least, is the hope.  But a comparative study of linguistic traits published online today … supplies a reality check.….    “The conclusion?  We should perhaps learn the lesson of Darwinism: a ‘universal’ mechanism of adaptation says little in itself about how a particular feature got to be the way it is, or about how it works.  This truth has dawned on physicists too: universal equations are all very well, but the world actually consists of particular solutions, and these are generally the result of contingent history.  One size does not always fit all.It would seem that this “lesson of Darwinism” could undermine Darwinism itself.  If Darwinism cannot explain how a “particular feature got to be the way it is, or about how it works,” what is it explaining at all?  Darwin was attempting to propose a universal cause, a “one size fits all” natural law for biology: the law of natural selection.  If, as the editors said, “the word actually consists of particular solutions” in a “contingent history”, claims to universality have been lost within Darwinism itself – including claims about the evolution of language. 1.  Quentin D. Atkinson, “Phonemic Diversity Supports a Serial Founder Effect Model of Language Expansion from Africa,” Science, 15 April 2011: Vol. 332 no. 6027 pp. 346-349, DOI: 10.1126/science.1199295.2.  Dunn, Greenhill, Levinson and Gray, “Evolved structure of language shows lineage-specific trends in word-order universals,” Nature published online 13 April 2011, doi:10.1038/nature09923.3.  Editorial, “Universal truths,” Nature 472 (14 April 2011), p. 136, doi:10.1038/472136a.Notice how Nature’s editors used the phrase “this truth”.  Ask them Pilate’s question, “What is truth?”  Truth is a concept, expressed in language, that is not reducible to particles and forces.  It certainly would not be an expected outcome of an evolutionary process, whose end product is survival.  A good lie that leads to survival would be favored equally with any that happened to correspond with reality.  [Got truth?  Try The Truth Project.]    Studies like these are unlikely to come up with any conclusions immune to future falsification.  As such, they are just games being played by members of the scientific establishment.  To fortify this charge, remember that evolutionists believe mutations led to the “innovation” or “emergence” of this complex ability (02/18/2009) – an ability rooted in the conceptual realm, a unique ability that separates human beings from animals: language.  The human body is ideally designed to speak (vocal chords, airways, mouth, tongue, ears, brain), and the human mind is able to use the hardware to convey abstract concepts (many with no survival value) in sentences with syntax and semantics.  Evolve that, Charlie (02/21/2008).    Alfred Russell Wallace denied that the evolutionary theory he “co-discovered” with Darwin could account for language and the other traits that so clearly separate humans from animals:The special faculties we have been discussing clearly point to the existence in man of something which he has not derived from his animal progenitors–something which we may best refer to as being of a spiritual essence or nature, capable of progressive development under favourable conditions.  On the hypothesis of this spiritual nature, superadded to the animal nature of man, we are able to understand much that is otherwise mysterious or unintelligible in regard to him, especially the enormous influence of ideas, principles, and beliefs over his whole life and actions.  Thus alone we can understand the constancy of the martyr, the unselfishness of the philanthropist, the devotion of the patriot, the enthusiasm of the artist, and the resolute and persevering search of the scientific worker after nature’s secrets.  Thus we may perceive that the love of truth, the delight in beauty, the passion for justice, and the thrill of exultation with which we hear of any act of courageous self-sacrifice, are the workings within us of a higher nature which has not been developed by means of the struggle for material existence.Source: Western Kentucky University; see also Michael Flannery, Alfred Russell Wallace, A Rediscovered Life (Discovery Institute, 2011), appendix B, pp. 138-139.    To fit these beliefs into his belief in common ancestry of humans with lower life forms, Wallace had to interject a creation event into the human line.  Why not save a step and start with creation?  Either way, he has undermined any evolutionary explanation for mankind’s special faculties, including language.  Take that, Charlie.(Visited 21 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

“Wat Prachumrat” GC2D5PM GEOCACHE OF THE WEEK – 9/06/2010

first_imgWat Prachumrat (GC2D5PM)Wat Prachumrat (GC2D5PM) is one of nearly 500 geocaches in Thailand.  This urban Micro Cache takes treasure hunters outside of Bangkok to the district of Lam Kuk Ka. It was published just last month and has only been logged once so far.Geocachers visiting the cache will discover a Buddhist temple nearby. The three story gold Buddha you see to your left sits inside.The geocacher who hid this cache, JamieZel, is the owner of 33 geocaches.He says, “I love how Geocaching helps people explore what is around them. The place you drive past hundreds of times but never take the time to stop and look. Wat Prachumrat is a great place to stop and see a part of Thailand that most just quickly drive by. Yes there are many temples and each one is beautiful but this one had an interesting twist. A huge statue of Buddha. The temple is very peaceful and one that I go past a lot while taking the daughters out to a wake board park.”A sign you’re getting closeHe goes on to say, “I hope over the years to draw more locals and tourists out of the suburban jungle to see the beauties that Thailand has to offer and use Geocaching as a tool to do so.”There are now more nearly 1.2 million geocaches around the world.  You can explore all the Geocaches of the Week here.Have you ever geocached internationally?Share with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedAre you brave enough to enter? – Hsin Pyushin Monastic Complex -The hidden chamber (GC3FH35) — Geocache of the WeekApril 23, 2015In “Geocache of the Week”The name says it all. — Director’s A-Mazing Treasure Hunt (GC3Y1GE) — Geocache of the WeekSeptember 10, 2014In “Community”Klaatu Barada Nikto! — Aliens Among Us (GC1N0B9) — Geocache of the WeekMarch 12, 2014In “Community”last_img read more

MVP performance from James Harden gives Rockets 2-0 lead over Jazz

first_imgPanelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Harden put on an MVP performance with 32 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists to lead the Rockets to a second straight rout of the Utah Jazz, 118-98, for a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven series.The Rockets also won Game 1 of last year’s series easily before losing that second game in Houston. They ended up winning the series in five games, but talked about the importance of maintaining focus after their 32-point win in Game 1 this season to avoid another such letdown.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsIt was clear early that they wouldn’t have that problem this time around.“It was important for us to come out aggressive,” Harden said. “I think it was our defensive effort.” Olympic silver medalist says she also has testosterone condition Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Ricky Rubio was the man tasked with guarding him most of the night.“He’s hard but I’m not going to quit,” he said. “He’s one of the best scorers of all time and we’re going to keep trying to find ways to make his scoring hard.”The Jazz got 17 points each from Rubio and Royce O’Neale. Second-year star Donovan Mitchell vowed to do more after scoring 19 points in Game 1, finishing with five turnovers and no assists. He did have more assists, dishing out six, but managed just 11 points on 5-of-19 shooting and had four turnovers as the Jazz head home needing to turn things around quickly to avoid a series that looks to be headed for a sweep.“We didn’t show up,” Mitchell said. “Simply put. And that can’t happen.”Houston’s big early lead was also helped by 4-of-5 3-point shooting in the first half by P.J. Tucker and 16 points from Eric Gordon, who made three 3-pointers. Gordon didn’t score after halftime and Tucker added four points.The Rockets had a 15-point lead midway through the second quarter when Harden made a 3-pointer, and on the next possession banked in another one as he was knocked to the court on a foul by Thabo Sefolosha. Harden watched the ball go in as he sat on the court and did a little shimmy with his shoulders. The play drew a roar from the crowd and the video boards flashed to a fan holding a sign that read: ‘unguardable.’ before panning to former Rocket star and Hall of Famer Hakeem Olajuwon, who raised his arms and smiled.Harden missed the free throw but he’d still helped the Rockets push the lead to 52-31.The Jazz got within 17 on a tip-in by Jae Crowder with about four minutes left in the third, but Houston made the next seven points, highlighted by a 3 from Harden, to make it 90-66 about 90 seconds later.The Rockets were up by 28 entering the fourth quarter and had a 97-73 lead when Harden entered the game for the first time in the fourth quarter with eight minutes left. His 10th assist came with about 3 ½ minutes to go when he found a wide-open Kenneth Faried, who finished with a dunk to make it 107-87.TIP-INS View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jazz: Rudy Gobert had 11 points and 12 rebounds. … Utah shot just 39.8 percent after shooting 39 percent in Game 1. … Jazz finished 8 of 38 on 3-pointers. … Derrick Favors scored 14 points and had 12 rebounds.Rockets: Houston, which had 17 3s, has made at least 15 3-pointers in 11 straight games. … Clint Capela had seven points and 10 rebounds. … Chris Paul added 17 points.REMEMBERING NIPSEYHarden wore a medallion with a picture of rapper and activist Nipsey Hussle, who was murdered last month, to Wednesday’s game. He shared a heartfelt answer when asked why it’s important to remember him.“I’m just here because he’s one of my close friends,” Harden said. “This journey that I’m on is for him. It’s plain and simple. That name Nip. Everybody knows that name now. So I’m just another person that’s just helping that name live on.”THEY SAID ITTucker on the team’s focus: “When we do what we do, I don’t think anybody can beat us. And that’s a fact, I don’t care. If we come out and communicate and when our guys get going and are aggressive, we’re tough.”ODDS AND ENDSHouston is 8-0 at home in the first round since D’Antoni took over for the 2016-17 season. … The Jazz have lost eight of their last 10 playoff games on the road since 2017 including four of five at Houston. … It’s the first time the Rockets have won consecutive playoff games by 20 points or more.UP NEXT Harden, who recorded his third career playoff triple-double, had 25 points by halftime in a game the Jazz were all but out of after the first two quarters.Game 3 is Saturday night in Utah.Harden controlled the game from the start as the Rockets raced out to a 39-19 lead after a first quarter where he scored just two points fewer than the Jazz.“What he did in that first quarter was ridiculous,” coach Mike D’Antoni said. “Just dicing everybody up. When he gets it rolling nobody’s better.”Houston made 6 of 13 3-pointers in the first and Utah hit just one of its 14 tries. The Rockets didn’t let up in the second quarter and had pushed their advantage to 70-44 at halftime.ADVERTISEMENT Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated SEA Games hosting troubles anger Dutertecenter_img PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess MOST READ After Game 3 on Saturday, the series stays in Utah for Game 4 on Monday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Houston Rockets guard Eric Gordon passes the ball as he drives against Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert (27) and guard Ricky Rubio (3) during the first half of Game 2 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series in Houston, Wednesday, April 17, 2019. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)HOUSTON — James Harden and the Houston Rockets didn’t talk about their defeat at home by the Utah Jazz in the second game of their second-round playoff series last season before Game 2 of their first-round matchup on Wednesday night.The Beard and his teammates were certainly thinking about it though.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power gridlast_img read more

More Amendments for Evidence Act

first_imgStory Highlights The Act is being amended to allow for other agreed evidence to be introduced without having to call the actual witness. The Government is to bring another set of amendments to the Evidence Act, which will, among other things, allow uncontested expert reports within the court system.This was disclosed by Minister of Justice, Senator the Hon. Mark Golding, during an interview with JIS News.He also noted that the Act is being amended to allow for other agreed evidence, where the Prosecution and the Defence are not contesting it, to be introduced without having to call the actual witness.“This is very important, for example, where you are dealing with evidence of a scientific nature, like autopsy reports and ballistic reports…where those issues are not in dispute in a case,” Senator Golding said.“We are going to amend the Evidence Act to allow those reports of certificates to be admitted by agreement, so we won’t have to call the actual expert,” the Minister explained.The amendments will also facilitate easy admission of computer-generated evidence. “Our provisions in the Evidence Act are antiquated and require quite a convoluted series of steps in terms of proof of the working of the machine, before any computer-generated evidence can be admitted,” Senator Golding said.He added that given the prevalence of computers, the Government wants to modernise the provisions and make them more user friendly. The Government wants to modernise the provisions and make them more user friendly. The amendments will also facilitate easy admission of computer-generated evidence. last_img read more

Angelina Jolie Speaks From Domiz Refugee Camp In Iraq

first_imgUNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie has spoken to journalists at Domiz refugee camp in Iraq.Angelina Jolie speaking to journalists at Domiz refugee camp in IraqCredit/Copyright: UNHCR/Andrew McConnell“In my country, when we speak of the Middle East we often focus on conflict and human suffering,” she said. “And it is true that countless families in Iraq, Syria, Libya and Yemen are suffering from conflict they personally have no part in, instability they cannot control, and extremism that they reject.“But on this visit I have been reminded, as I am every time I am here, of the truly extraordinary dignity, resilience, warmth, generosity and grace of the people of the Middle East.“And I want to thank the people of Iraq for their generosity towards Syrian refugees and displaced people, and in particular the KRI government, which is setting a model for refugee protection.“I’m happy have been here on Eid al-Fitr, and I wish the Iraqi people, the Syrian people, and families across this region and beyond, Eid Mubarak, or Jaznawa Piroz Bit.“I am in Iraq to mark World Refugee Day next week. On Tuesday, UNHCR will publish new figures showing that the numbers of displaced people, and the duration of their exile, are the highest they have ever been. At the same time political solutions seem completely lacking, leaving a void that humanitarian aid cannot fill.“Words like “unsustainable” don’t paint a picture of how desperate these times are.“This is my third visit to Domiz camp in six years. The vast majority of its inhabitants are Syrian women and children.“Their lives are on hold indefinitely because of the war. They cannot go back, they cannot move forward, and each year they have less to live on.“I met two mothers this morning, both of them widows. They both lost their husbands while living as refugees, to medical conditions that could normally have been treated.“And now they are both caring for young aged five 5 and 7 who also have life-threatening medical conditions.“When UNHCR’s Syria response was only 50 per cent funded last year, and this year it is only 17 per cent funded, there are terrible human consequences. We should be under no illusions about this.“When there is not even the bare minimum of aid, refugee families cannot receive adequate medical treatment, women and girls are left vulnerable to sexual violence, many children cannot go to school, and we squander the opportunity of being able to invest in refugees so that they can acquire new skills and support their families.“This is the picture in Iraq, in Syria, and wherever in the world you find refugees and displaced people today.The only answer is to end the conflicts that are forcing people to flee their homes – and for all governments to meet their responsibilities.“So this World Refugee Day I hope that people around the world will consider this larger picture:What this level and length of displacement says about our world being dangerously out of balance.What it will say about us if our response is to be selective about when we help, and when we are prepared to defend human rights.And what it will mean for the future if we are unable to provide enough basic humanitarian support for displaced people and unable to find any solutions to conflicts at the same time.“That is the situation today, but it is not hopeless.“There are millions of refugees and displaced people who want to return home and to work and start over – as I saw in Mosul yesterday, where brick by brick, with their own hands, they are rebuilding their homes.“There are countries that are keeping their borders open to refugees, despite all the pressures and challenges.“There are aid relief workers who are stretching the aid resources, somehow, to minimize loss of life and provide protection.“And there are people around the world who are more committed than ever to defending human rights and basic values.“So on World Refugee Day this year I hope that we can find the strength to find a better way forward together: so that we move into a new era of preventing conflict and reducing instability, rather than simply struggling to deal with its consequences.”last_img read more

New Alberta AFN regional chief says treaties guaranteed resource revenue sharing

first_imgEmail Name Message Name Send a copy of this email to yourselfIf you want to submit this form, do not enter anything in this field Brandi Morin APTN National NewsThe newly elected Alberta Assembly of First Nations regional Chief Craig Mackinaw is ready to tackle his new role starting July 1.Current regional leader Chief Cameron Alexis did not seek re-election this term as he stepped down to care for his wife who is ill with cancer.Mackinaw, from Ermineskin Cree Nation in Maskwacis, spent 18 years as a band councillor and then served as chief of the First Nation for two years. Within those two years he also served as grand chief of the Confederacy of Treaty Six.He was elected at the Assembly of Treaty Chiefs gathering in Edmonton this past May and said he is confident his previous experience in politics will help him represent Alberta First Nations.“I have a good idea of what’s going on and what work needs to be done,” said Mackinaw.Some of his top priorities will be calling for action on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, addressing education gaps, child welfare issues, health inequities and resource revenue sharing.Mackinaw believes revenue sharing could be the answer to solving social and economic issues plaguing many First Nations. Alberta makes billions of dollars of profits off natural resource development and its First Nations should be making a cut of them.Alberta chiefs conducted a study several years ago which revealed that if First Nations received only 5 per cent of provincial resource revenues they would be more than capable of financial independence.“Revenue sharing would help the bands in providing services to their members. It could help in having another funding source separate from AANDC dollars. If the governments work with us it will be beneficial for everyone.”Chiefs in Alberta have been pushing the topic of resource revenue sharing for several years. In 2011 they took the issue to Prime Minister Stephen Harper who advised the chiefs to take it back to the province.Then in a 2013 meeting between chiefs and former Alberta Aboriginal Relations Minister Robin Campbell, chiefs requested the province consider resource revenue sharing. The answer was “no.” Campbell referenced that First Nations benefit from revenues like any other Albertans and said in an interview with the Aboriginal Multi-Media Society that, “we’re not going to take a share of our resource revenues and give it to First Nations.”But it’s about implementing the original intent of Treaty’s, said Mackinaw and it’s a dispute he will continue to push to resolve.“In regards to Treaty agreements the government needs to work with us on fulfilling their end. There’s some unfinished business that needs to be discussed and we need to bring those items to the table to agree on moving ahead.”Alberta chiefs believe their Treaty equates to revenue sharing, as they never signed away all of their resources.“The way it (Natural Resource Transfer Act) was set up and drafted in 1923, by the Province of Alberta regarding all our oil and gas, timber and mining and all the various industries fall underneath that. When it was drafted they didn’t consult with us. That’s where part of our problem with, especially oil and gas, there’s no revenue sharing. We should be having revenue sharing,” said Mackinaw.He is hopeful the new Alberta NDP government will sit down to discuss the issue.“It’s a wait and see what happens. Hopefully what they’re saying and what we’re reading in the news will be followed through on. Myself, I’m waiting to see. I guess we will see within the next year how they stand and how they’re going to work with us.”[email protected] Email Message Send a copy of this email to yourselfIf you want to submit this form, do not enter anything in this fieldlast_img read more

Struggling Terrell Owens Drops the Ball in Seattle Debut

The Terrell Owens era in Seattle got off to a dubious start this weekend as the veteran wide receiver struggled in his first NFL action in nearly two years.Owens, who is trying to prove that he is fully recovered from a knee injury that sidelined him for all of the 2011 season, failed to catch any of the five passes thrown his way in a 30-10 win at Denver on Saturday evening. His most egregious mistake was a drop of a perfectly thrown 46-yard ball by quarterback Matt Flynn just at the goal line that would have resulted in a touchdown. Two previous attempts to get him the ball fell short due to poor throws from Flynn, while two others were broken up by the Broncos defense.Now playing his 16th NFL season, Owens, 38, had raced by Broncos cornerback Chris Harris on a deep post and appeared poised for the easy score, only to see the ball slip out of his fingers.The contest marked his first game action since playing with the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 15 of the 2010 season.Seattle coach Pete Carroll said following the game that he remained confident in Owens’ ability to stretch defenses and help his team win.Owens ranks as among the most productive receivers in league history with his 1,078 receptions for 15,934 yards and 153 touchdowns, but has repeatedly worn out his welcome in previous stops in San Francisco, Philadelphia, Dallas, Buffalo and Cincinnati with his boorish antics.So far, so good in the Pacific Northwest as Owens and continues to say and do the right things while off the field.All that’s left now is his performance on the field.Seattle resumes preseason play this Friday evening when it travels to Kansas City. The Seahawks will open the regular season at Arizona on Sept. 9. read more