Clippers end Raptors’ streak with 96-91 victory LATEST STORIES 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 Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny UP NEXTPelicans: Host Milwaukee on Wednesday.Rockets: Host Charlotte on Wednesday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments “We’re going to need nights like that from Clint to be consistent and be a beast like he did, blocking shots, dunking the basketball,” Harden said. “And to close the game out he did a really, really good job. So progress, he’s got to get better, but tonight was a good step for him.”Capela agreed with Harden’s assessment.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBrian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense“Of course it feels good and I’m happy tonight but I’m really trying to be consistent in what I’m doing,” he said. “So I’m going to keep working and try to get better simply. It’s just one game and there’s goingto be a lot of other ones, so just got to be ready for the other ones now.”The game was tied with about three minutes remaining after Harden made two free throws. Those were the first of seven straight points by Harden that put Houston’s up 124-119 with 1:30 left. Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene The Pelicans led by seven entering the fourth and were up by eight with about 10 minutes left when Moore scored all their points in a 6-2 run. Houston used an 11-3 spurt after that to tie it at 112-112 with about six minutes remaining. Paul made five points in that span and Capela capped it with two dunks.New Orleans was without Anthony Davis, who sat out with a groin injury. He missed three games after sustaining the injury on Dec. 1 but played in the last two games before the problem began to bother him again.The Pelicans were up by 2 early in the third quarter when Holiday scored five quick points to push the lead to 89-82. They led by seven later in the quarter when Holiday got going again, scoring all of their points in a 5-2 run that made it 96-86.Another basket by Holiday extended the lead to 13 points with about two minutes left in the quarter. But Paul outscored the Pelicans 8-2 the rest of the quarter to allow the Rockets to get within 103-96 entering the fourth. He made two 3-pointers in that stretch, with the second one coming just before the buzzer.DeMarcus Cousins received a technical foul in the second quarter when he shoved Trevor Ariza away from him with two hands after Ariza fouled him. Ariza yelled at Cousins after the push and Chris Paul and Hardenpulled him away as he walked toward him before order was restored.TIP-INSPelicans: New Orleans set a season-high with 74 first-half points. … Holiday has scored 30 or more points in two straight games. … Cousins had 24 points and 14 rebounds.Rockets: Harden’s 14 assists in the first half tied a franchise record for assists in a half. Harden also did it last year and John Lucas did it on Oct. 27, 1977. … Paul finished with 20 points.STREAKINGHouston’s 10-game winning streak is tied for its longest since the Rockets won a franchise-record 22 straight games in 2008. They have lost just once in the last 17 games. Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano MOST READ Houston Rockets’ Clint Capela (15) reaches for a rebound with New Orleans Pelicans’ Rajon Rondo, left, and E’Twaun Moore, right, during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game Monday, Dec. 11, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)HOUSTON — In a season where the Houston Rockets have become one of the league’s best teams, scoring a career-high in points like Clint Capela did on Monday night doesn’t get congratulations. It draws comments on how he needs to play like he did over the New Orleans Pelicans more often.Capela scored 28 points and James Harden scored 12 straight points for Houston in the fourth quarter as the Rockets rallied for the 130-123 victory over the Pelicans to extend their winning streak to 10 games.ADVERTISEMENT Jrue Holiday made a basket after that, but Harden hit a 3-pointer seconds later to push the lead to 127-121. Harden stole the ball from E’Twaun Moore after a timeout by New Orleans. He was fouled and made both free throws to make it 129-121 with 34 seconds left.“James running out of gas in the first half, and then his leg was hurting him and all that,” coach Mike D’Antoni said. “But then at the end he just puts daggers in people.”After scoring 48 points in Houston’s last game, Harden finished with 26 on Monday, but he tied a career-high with 17 assists, finding the 6-foot-10 Capela under the basket again and again.“Harden and CP3 closed out the game, they are both great players,” New Orleans coach Alvin Gentry said. “We had our opportunity, but couldn’t quite get it done.”Holiday had a season-high 37 points for the Pelicans and Rajon Rondo had a triple-double of 13 points, 12 rebounds and 12 assists. Moore had a career-high 36 points and made a career-most six 3-pointers on a night New Orleans set a franchise record with 18 3-pointers.ADVERTISEMENT Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson
Rivers missed a 3-pointer after that before Harden made one of two free throws with 6.2 seconds left to secure the victory.It’s Houston’s third straight win and snaps a three-game winning streak for the Clippers, who are vying for one of the last postseason spots in the conference.Los Angeles Clippers coach Doc Rivers didn’t seem too happy with the officiating after the game.“It was 24-8 in free throws,” Rivers said, though Houston actually shot 23. “That’s a joke. That is a complete joke. I thought our guys drove and got hit all game, and (Lou) Williams down the stretch got killed on a play, and no call … our guys played their hearts out, but for them to shoot that many more free throws than us, and we’re the team attacking it just doesn’t make basketball sense to me.”Tobias Harris led the Clippers with 29 points and Rivers had 20.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims The Clippers scored six points in a row, with the last four from Jawun Evans, to tie it at 80-all early in the fourth quarter. Houston got 3-pointers from Gordon and Luc Mbah a Moute in an 8-2 run after that to make it 88-82 with 8 1/2 minutes left.Houston maintained a lead of seven or eight points for the next few minutes before the late run by Los Angeles.Los Angeles led by four at halftime and scored the first seven points of the third quarter to make it 58-47. Houston scored five quick points after that, but the Clippers used an 8-2 run to extend the lead to 66-54 with seven minutes left in the period.Their big lead was short-lived though, as Houston scored the next 12 points, powered by 3-pointers on consecutive possessions by Gordon, to go on top 68-66. Gordon also had a nice play near the end of the run when he grabbed a rebound and chucked a long pass down the court to Clint Capela, who finished with a basket in the lane.Rivers ended a more than three-minute scoring drought by the Clippers not long after that to tie it back up.The game remained tied a couple of minutes later before the Rockets closed out the quarter with a 6-2 run to take a 78-74 lead into the fourth quarter.TIP-INSRockets: Ryan Anderson missed his ninth straight game with a sore left hip. … Chris Paul got a technical foul early in the third quarter for complaining about not getting a foul call. … Capela finished with 19 points, 12 rebounds and six blocks.Clippers: It was the 30th time Harris has scored 20 or more points this season. … DeAndre Jordan had eight points and 18 rebounds. … The Clippers made just four of 18 3-pointers.JUST A BIT OFFSeven-time Cy Young Award winner Roger Clemens took the first shot for charity before the game. His shot wasn’t nearly as sweet as his fastball once was and the ball clanked off the rim. The Rockets still gave Clemens $1,000 for his charity despite the miss.BOUNCING BACKGordon was 8 of 13 and 7 of 9 on 3-pointers on Thursday after scoring just one point and 0 for 7 in Houston’s last game. He has 27 20-point games this season after finishing with 19 last season. Gordon’s seven 3s tied a season high after he went 0 for 6 from long range on Monday.UP NEXT James Harden scored 24 points, Gordon added 23 and the Rockets outlasted the Clippers for a 101-96 victory. The victory, coupled with a loss by the Pelicans to the Spurs, wrapped up the division.The Rockets have won 27 of their last 30 games and need just one win to match their total of 55 from last season. But Houston has no intention of letting up in these last 14 games as the Rockets try to remain ahead of Golden State for the top seed in the Western Conference.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“It was a good win for us,” Chris Paul said. “We know that team over there is fighting for their playoff lives and we knew we were going to get a good shot from them.”The Clippers scored six straight points, with four from Austin Rivers, to cut the lead to a basket with less than a minute left. But on the next possession, Harden stepped back and knocked down a long 2-pointer with Rivers in his face to make it 100-96. Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters 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 Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Mitchell, Gobert lead Jazz over Suns for 8th straight win LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Houston Rockets’ James Harden (13) goes up for a shot as LA Clippers’ Tobias Harris (34) defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, March 15, 2018, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)HOUSTON — There was no celebrating in Houston’s locker room on Thursday night after the Rockets clinched the Southwest Division title.“It’s good, but not this year. We want that No. 1 seed and that’s the main goal right now,” Eric Gordon said.ADVERTISEMENT Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Rockets: Visit New Orleans on Saturday night.Clippers: Visit Oklahoma City on Friday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments
…urges importers to escalate concerns about delays with AuthorityFollowing concerns being expressed by importers of an alleged ban on importing items such as fruits into Guyana, a senior official from the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) has denied the existence of any ban.The Guyana Revenue AuthorityIn fact, the introduction of the Automated System for Customs Data (ASYCUDA) is supposed to help fast-track these transactions, although persons have contended otherwise.According to information reaching this publication, one importer in particular has encountered stumbling blocks when importing fruits. While that importer’s cargo was eventually released after delays, the importer was reportedly informed by GRA officials of prohibitions when it comes to importing such items.When contacted, Deputy Commissioner General of GRA, Hema Khan, denied that there was any ban on the import of fruits and similar perishables. She explained that there are systems and Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) in place to deal with perishable items.“They should have been using that system. We have implemented ASYCUDA, and we put a special review in place for those persons, whereby as it arrives it can be released (in a timely manner). So you don’t have to go through the regular risk profiling. There’s no ban, and we’ve already catered for (that); so I don’t know why they would have a problem.“But they should (ventilate) it with management if they have a problem, because we do cater for those kinds of scenarios: the early release of perishable items; we do have a different SOP to deal with that.”ASYCUDA World is a recognized Internet-based system of documentation used in most of the Caribbean territories to bring about significant benefits in customs and trade, such as the reduction in processing time of customs documentation, and the quick release of imported and exported goods.Its introduction to the GRA was premised on the failure of the previous Total Revenue Integrated Processing System (TRIPS) to deliver as expected, with relevant customs modules such as e-manifest, want-of-entry, and warehousing.There, however, have been complaints that enough education did not precede the introduction of the system. While GRA did hold consultations with stakeholders, there is a perception that sensitisation efforts did not go far enough to reach importers.In addition, concerns have been expressed about the narrow window within which importers can lodge declarations before the ship arrives. However, GRA has said that the delay is necessary to ensure manifests and the relevant documents cross match.
0Shares0000A North American bid won against Morocco to earn the right to host the 2026 World Cup© AFP/File Patrik STOLLARZMOSCOW, Russia, June 13 – The United States, Mexico and Canada won the right to host the 2026 World Cup after easily beating Morocco in a vote by FIFA member nations on Wednesday.The North American bid received 134 of the 203 votes, while Morocco polled 65 in the ballot at a FIFA Congress held in Moscow on the eve of the 2018 World Cup. Football’s showpiece event will return to the North American continent for the first time since 1994 when the United States hosted the tournament.Delegates had been faced with a clear choice — the joint North American bid boasts modern, established stadiums and well-developed transport links underpinned by Mexican football fervour.Morocco, on the other hand, promised a “European” World Cup in Africa, playing on the north African nation’s proximity to Europe.But compared to North America, Morocco’s bid existed largely on paper — many stadiums and roads would have had to have been built and critics questioned how it would have coped with the 2026 tournament, which will be expanded to 48 teams.FIFA inspectors classified the north African nation’s stadiums, accommodation and transport as “high risk”, awarding it just 2.7 out of five in an evaluation report, with concerns raised over several critical aspects.They warned “the amount of new infrastructure required for the Morocco 2026 bid to become reality cannot be overstated”.The report made the US-Canada-Mexico bid the clear favourite after rating it four out of five, and Morocco was not able to bridge the gap.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
Luiz appeared destined for an important role after City missed out on yet another Brazilian-born player, Italy international Jorginho, who opted to sign for Chelsea instead in July.But City learned this week their work permit applications had been denied by the Football Association (FA) — who would support any such request to the Home Office — with Guardiola particularly upset by the timing of the decision.“He (Luiz) is not allowed,” said Guardiola, who made a point of giving Luiz game time on their recent tour of the United States.“We are going to try to help him to go on loan again and try to get the work permit.“It’s so difficult for me to understand.“One guy who doesn’t see the player or any training sessions every day has to judge if he has the ability and quality to play.“I accept the rules but I don’t understand because anybody in the world can work wherever he wants.“The manager from Brazil and myself know more than the guys who decide he is not able to play.”– ‘Thank you Jurgen’ –Guardiola, whose biggest investment in the close season transfer market was in Algerian international Riyad Mahrez paying £60million to Leicester City, said he would have preferred greater warning than being told on the day the transfer window came down.“They didn’t know him, not one game, not one training session, to know if he can play or not,” he said.“I would have preferred it if it wasn’t announced yesterday.“If they decide the rules are the rules, let me know 15 days ago and maybe we can decide what we can do but one day before and you decide he can’t play because, I don’t know, he is not tall enough, doesn’t play enough, games in the past or something like that? Okay.”Guardiola, who will have England striker Raheem Sterling and Belgian star Kevin De Bruyne available for Sunday’s opener with Arsenal after they returned from their post World Cup holidays, refused to fall into the trap laid by Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp earlier on Friday saying City are the clear favourites for the title.Klopp has spent the most of any manager in the Premier League in the close season and may have been trying to shift some of the huge weight of expectations on his and his team’s shoulders.“Thank you Jurgen,” joked Guardiola.“But for nine years I’ve lived with it, no problem.“Every season except the first when I arrived, when I had people in Barcelona who didn’t know I was a manager, since then we’ve been the favourites but thank you Jurgen, you are so kind!”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Brazil midfielder Douglas Luiz will not be able to play for Manchester City this season after failing to obtain a work permit © AFP / RHONA WISEMANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Aug 10 – Pep Guardiola says he is frustrated by Premier League champions Manchester City’s failure to obtain a work permit for Brazilian midfielder Douglas Luiz.Guardiola had planned on using the 20-year-old, signed from Vasco da Gama for £10.7 million last summer, in his first team squad this season, providing cover for ageing compatriot Fernandinho.
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers believes renewed confidence from Dejan Lovren will see the Croatian establish himself at the heart of defence this season.The £20million signing from Southampton last summer was supposed to provide the leadership Rodgers thought his side had been lacking since the retirement of veteran Jamie Carragher, but things quickly went downhill for the new arrival.Some shaky performances resulted in him being dropped in November and although he made fleeting appearances in the rest of the campaign he looked well short of providing what was required of him.This summer Lovren has been given plenty of pitch time in pre-season to establish a partnership with Martin Skrtel, the club’s senior centre-back, and the pair was partly responsible for the clean sheet kept in last weekend’s win at Stoke.“I thought he was very good last week and that is confidence. I always felt in his second season he will be a better player,” said Rodgers.“It is such a huge move to come here and it is only when you are in you realise the expectation.“It was about trying to find that balance in pre-season. We have excellent central defenders in [Mamadou] Sakho and Kolo [Toure] but it is about finding that confidence in a partnership and I thought they were excellent.“Dejan in particular was aggressive, good in the air, his reading of the game was good and his passing was simple but effective.“I think he has gained confidence over pre-season and I hope that will be maintained.” Dejan Lovren 1
Pascal Curran, Advice FirstIrish Banks have “rowed back” on a controversial move to cancel mortgage lending to house-hunters paid in sterling, says Donegal financial expert Pascal Curran.Lenders in the Republic had withdrawn mortgage services to people paid in non-euro currency following the introduction of a new EU directive in March.The banks’ axing of what are classed as ‘foreign currency mortgages’ left cross-border workers who receive sterling payment with no borrowing options to buy new homes in the Republic. Lenders refused to entertain applications from those seeking such mortgages in recent weeks, citing the introduction of the European Mortgage Credit Directive.However, several major lenders have now “loosened the restriction”, according to Pascal Curran from Advice First Financial in Letterkenny.He said: “The initial knee-jerk reaction by the banks was to shut down all mortgage lending to those earning foreign currency. This move effectively cut thousands of potential customers living in the border areas out of the loop.“Lenders were telling us a few weeks ago that they would also withdraw mortgages offered in principal should ‘letters of offer’ not be completed by a certain deadline,” he added. Mr Curran said some the banks are now “rowing back” on their initial blanket blackout of ‘foreign currency mortgages’.“Obviously some of the banks have now found an interpretation of the European Mortgage Credit Directive that works better for them and their customers.“It’s fantastic news for many house-hunters living in the south and working in the north that at least some lenders are offering what were classed as ‘foreign currency mortgages’ once again.”However, lending criteria is stricter than it was previously, he said.“Although the situation appears much less bleak than it did several weeks ago, these loans are still much harder to get as a result of the new directive.“Currently only four lenders are in a position to offer these loans and only in varying degrees. In some cases lenders will accept only one income when processing an application while in others they’ll accept only 80% of two combined incomes. “Many people living in the Republic and working in the North may still have problems when seeking finance for a new home.“The best first move is to seek professional advice on how to proceed. Getting a mortgage is one of the biggest decisions that people make in their lives so it’s important to get help at the beginning of the process in order to make the right decision.”BANKS EASE UP ON CROSS BORDER MORTGAGE BLACKOUT – DONEGAL FINANCIAL ADVISER was last modified: May 1st, 2016 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:donegalFinancePascal Curran
Diego Costa has been told by Chelsea boss Antonio Conte that he is not in his plans for next season.The bombshell was dropped via a text message, and the striker was quick to share his position with the media.But what exactly did the messages say? Given the pair’s volatile relationship, we don’t think the news would have gone down too well.For more entertaining sports videos, including spoof WhatsApp chats, check out talkSPORT on YouTube here.*DISCLAIMER: Like Conte staying in his seat for a full 90 minutes, this video is hard to believe…
More talks are scheduled to take place today and throughout the rest of the week as the two parties attempt to thrash out the deal.He is likely to challenge Fernandinho for a starting role in the centre of midfield, but could also line up alongside him as a playmaker. Jorginho was born in Brazil but qualifies to play for Italy through his grandparents, who immigrated from Veneto. City are prepared to pay around £48million for the Italy international, but Napoli want closer to £55million.Neither side has being willing to budge during negotiations and it was feared talks may collapse as a result.But, according to Il Mattino, there is still a chance Jorginho may get the opportunity to move to the Etihad.The 26-year-old has already given the green light to City over personal terms and as a result they are willing to carry on fighting to agree a transfer fee. 3 3 3 Manchester City have not given up hope of signing Napoli star Jorginho.The Premier League champions have been working hard on a deal for the midfielder, but so far they have had little success. Jorginho performed superbly for Napoli as they challenge Juventus for the Serie A title. On the subject of a move, his agent recently told TuttoMercatoWeb: “Jorginho is good at Napoli, but there are negotiations with Manchester City and this is why we do not talk about a renewal.“We are talking about a boy for whom Manchester City represents the opportunity of a lifetime.“But beware – he would not be sad if he stayed in Naples. In Naples the boy is well and is happy.” Napoli midfielder Jorginho in action.
Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade 1 LATEST Klaassen’s unsuccessful 12-month spell at Goodison Park looks set to come to an end after the 25-year-old was later filmed arriving at the Bundesliga club.He only joined a year ago in a £23.6 million deal from Ajax but struggled to break into the side and almost left on loan to Napoli in January only for the move to collapse at the last-minute.Klaassen made only 16 appearances for Everton, with just three Premier League starts to his name. REVEALED moving on RANKED Davy Klaassen has had a difficult Everton career, but it looks set to come to an end IN DEMAND Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer LIVING THE DREAM Latest transfer news targets Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January Davy Klaassen is on the brink of leaving Everton for Werder Bremen.It is understood the Netherlands international was not selected in the Toffees’ squad for the friendly at Blackburn on Thursday evening having been given permission to travel to Germany. Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ targets His failure to make the Premier League standard epitomised Ronald Koeman’s reign with the Toffees, as the Dutchman lost his job after his expensive signings failed to click on the pitch.