Eyes on ‘America,’ with hope of drawing more

first_imgA wall is just a wall.Unless it is a work of art hidden in plain sight.That was the message of a lecture Tuesday at the Graduate School of Design — the first in “Then and Now,” a series on the legacy of the iconic architect Walter Gropius, courtesy of the Professor William Breger Fund. Gropius taught at Harvard from 1937 to 1952 and was credited with creating an American fervor for modern design. Introducing the lecture, Dean Mohsen Mostafavi said, “We want to use the series to make that history present.”The messenger was Christopher E.G. Benfey, Ph.D. ’83, a professor at Mount Holyoke and a polymathic historian, memoirist, and literary critic. His focus: a floor-to-ceiling mosaic of yellow masonry brick called “America” (1950). In its Harkness Commons setting, the wall is little noticed despite its intricacy (inspired by the pre-Columbian Mitla ruins in Mexico) and its size (8 feet wide and 11 feet tall). To the casual viewer, Benfey said, it is nothing but “the backside of a fireplace.”The wall’s designer was German-born American artist Josef Albers, a longtime Gropius friend from their days at the Bauhaus. The school, which opened in 1919, inspired a major current in architectural modernism. It was closed in 1933 by the rising Nazi regime, which saw its utopian, communal ethic as a threat to Germanic culture.Both Gropius and Albers decamped to the United States: the architect to Harvard and the artist to Black Mountain College in North Carolina, an experimental, commune-like school (1933-1957) with more than a touch of Bauhaus to it. Albers put fine arts practice at the core of the curriculum. (“The Depression,” Benfey said, was “the last great era of progressive education,” a time of struggle that was mitigated by a sunny “aesthetic of newness.”)Albers directed the painting program at Black Mountain until 1949. His wife, Anni, a fabric artist, was a colleague. Meanwhile, Gropius was eager for his friend to join him at GSD. But despite two decades of periodic teaching visits and a one-year appointment at Harvard in 1949-1950, Albers ended up at Yale.Benfey, it turns out, was uniquely prepared to deliver “A Wall at Harvard,” a lecture about Josef and Anni Albers: They were his great-uncle and great-aunt, and he had recently written a related memoir on his family, “Red Brick, Black Mountain, White Clay” (2012). It is a dreamlike but exactly detailed rumination on the interweaving of objects, places, and personalities.Albers was at first reluctant to accept Harvard’s wall commission. On the plus side, it was for Harkness Commons, a new complex (five dormitories and a graduate student center) cooperatively designed by his friends: Gropius and others at the Architects Collaborative. But on the minus, Albers had never built a wall — and was not an interior designer, much less an architect.A series of concurrent inspirations and events won the day, said Benfey. For one, Albers had just left Black Mountain, where his last years were spent in a series of artistic experiments, leaving him more open to technique than ever.In the heat of creativity, Albers was also poised to begin his famous series of abstract color experiments, “Homage to the Square.” Anni was in bloom too, in the midst of her landmark exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art — the first of its kind for a textile artist. Most of all, said Benfey, the creatively entwined couple (one observer called them a “two-person religious sect”) was still absorbing the lessons of color, art, and life they had derived from frequent visits to Mexico.Their visits to the Mitla ruins, beginning alongside Diego Rivera in the 1930s, inspired Anni’s textile design — and also awakened a taste in Albers for intricate brickwork, where shadows from recessed pieces could be part of an artistic scheme. The artist took hundreds of photographs of ancient brickwork. Soon after, having absorbed Mexico’s lessons of riotous color, ziggurats of stone, and intimacy with nature, he was open to building a wall that was not just a wall.Of the Harvard project, Albers later wrote, “I decided to make a real mural” — one that would revive the meaning of the word itself. (The Latin murus means “wall,” he pointed out.) As Benfey noted, Albers was critical of the murals of his day, dismissing some of them as “enlarged easel paintings.”The Harvard work is called “America,” in part because of the stark sense of verticality it imparts, as if skyscrapers were jutting into the sky. “The composition represents growth, perhaps structural growth,” Albers wrote. Benfey, who had spent the day on an informal tour of Harvard architecture, compared the wall’s artful brickwork to the exterior of Sever Hall, a “utopia of brick,” he said, where H.H. Richardson strove “to escape the idea of uniform units deployed in a grid.”Searching for the meaning of “America” today is complicated by the fact that the Albers creation of 1950 is barely seen. “I can’t emphasize enough,” said Benfey, “how invisible this work is in its current setting.”He widened that thought to the fate of Harvard’s Bauhaus footprint, now almost 65 years old. In an era of bigger Harvard buildings, built in “a glorious boardroom, corporate style,” he said, “the whole Gropius complex feels like it’s been ingested.”To the packed-in audience at Stubbins Room in Gund Hall — students, artists, architects, and historians — those were fighting words. “It’s time for us to look very closely,” said Lynette Roth of Harvard’s unseen artistic treasures — and that process has begun already. Roth is the Daimler-Benz Associate Curator at Harvard’s Busch-Reisinger Museum, a partner in the Harvard Art Museums, which has significant holdings by Anni Albers, as well as by Josef Albers.At the end, Mostafavi spoke up with a wish: that 65 years ago Albers had joined Harvard instead of Yale, bringing with him an approach to learning that is all the rage again, not only at GSD: one that blends the cerebral world with the world of arts practice, twin pillars of thought and action that long ago characterized both Bauhaus and Black Mountain College.Meanwhile, said Mostafavi of the new lecture series, inspiration is there to be had from Gropius, from the friends he had, and from the past he inhabited. A look back, he said, might encourage Harvard at large to embrace “a different kind of reflection.”last_img read more

New display homes open to the public

first_imgThe Atlanta display home.“We’re getting a lot of families moving into Greater Ascot and these homes would suit people who have got a young family and are starting to look for a really good first home or their second home and are starting to spend a little more for those extra features they want in a house,” she said.“They probably have equity or they’ve sold and they’re ready to upgrade.“These are great homes for those that would love a theatre room and want those bigger kitchens and bits and pieces.”The new display homes are packed with features from theatre rooms, to LED lighting in the ceiling, butler’s pantries, double showers, high ceilings and custom-designed walk-in wardrobes. The Meredian display home by Doble Homes.Greater Ascot will eventually be home to about 7000 residents and there are plans for a shopping precinct, sporting fields and access to the Bohle River.St Benedict’s Catholic School, next to the estate, is scheduled to open next year offering kindergarten to Year six.Parkside land sales manager Mark Pyers said many of the homes at Greater Ascot had front verandas which added to the community feel.“The whole idea is to bring the community out on the street,” he said.For more information on Greater Ascot, call Mark Pyers on 0412 465 053. Mark Pyers, the land sales manager at Greater Ascot who are unveiling some new display homes.THREE new display homes at masterplanned community Greater Ascot will be open to the public today for the first time.The homes at The Grange, off Greater Ascot Avenue, will be open today and tomorrow from 10am to 4pm.center_img The Latan display home by Tropical Homes.Two of the homes have been built by Tropical Homes ranging from 184sq m to226sq m with one three-bedroom and one four-bedroom home.The third home called The Meridian was built by Doble Homes and has 188sq m of space over two levels with four bedrooms.The public will also be able to inspect the three existing display homes built by Grady Homes, AP Williams & Co, and Jazz Homes.Parkside Developments marketing manager Fiona Montgomerie said the new display homes catered to families looking to upgrade.More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020last_img read more

Frank McBrearty packs a punch with his election launch

first_imgCouncillor Frank McBrearty is a man of his community who delivers for his community, Minister Joe McHugh said at the Raphoe man’s re-election campaign launch last night.Minister McHugh was speaking in front of guests from across east Donegal at the launch at Raphoe Boxing Club.Representatives of Fine Gael branches, sports and community organisations, and grassroots supporters joined the McBrearty family for the occasion with music from the pipers of the Raphoe Ulster Scots band. Cllr McBrearty told the audience that local politics was about working for local people, dealing with their needs and helping to provide better resources and facilities for them.He said his decision to join Fine Gael was ‘very easy’ and cited the support his family had in the past from former MEP Jim Higgins and former Donegal TD Dinny McGinley.“Fine Gael stood by me and my family, so joining Fine Gael was very easy for me,” said Cllr McBrearty.“My family has been an enormous support, especially since I became a councillor ten years ago. Frank Mc Brearty pictured with Minister For Education Joe Mc Hugh. T.D. who officially launch Frank’s elections campaign at Raphoe Boxing Club on Monday night pictured with representatives from different groups from the area. Photo Brian McDaid“I want to continue to work for communities in east Donegal, across the Finn Valley. It’s what I enjoy doing most. I am already on the election campaign and really really enjoying it.“Politics at council level has to be about local issues and that’s what I have been involved in all my life, working with community groups and individuals across a whole range of issues.”Cllr McBrearty said sporting organisations like Raphoe Boxing Club are at the heart of communities.“They are the lifeblood of our communities, bringing people together for the common good,” he said.Minister McHugh said he was honoured to be at the launch. “The representatives here tonight from our communities is evidence of the esteem in which Frank is held by the people he represents,” said the Donegal TD.“He is a real man of his community who works for his community; offering real local leadership on real issues and I look forward to working with him in the time ahead.”Boxer Jason Quigley paid tribute to Cllr McBrearty for his support over many years.“Frank is the sort of guy who helps you on the way up and I know he will be there for me when I am on my way down again some day. That’s truly what this man is about,” he said. Local representatives for the Fine Gael Party pictured at the Launch of Cllr Frank Mc Brearty election launch by Minister for Education Joe Mc Hugh. T.D. in Raphoe this week.Frank McBrearty packs a punch with his election launch was last modified: May 3rd, 2019 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:electionFrank McBreartylaunchlast_img read more

Fishing the North Coast: Ocean salmon numbers on the upswing

first_imgSpring rains, and lots of it, can do wonders for our salmon and steelhead populations. Following a wet spring in 2017, the benefits are starting to roll in. At Wednesday’s annual Ocean salmon Information meeting in Santa Rosa, CDFW suggested 274,222 Klamath River fall Chinook adults are swimming in the ocean. Not a huge number, but still right around the previous five-year average. The CDFW also predicted 87,893 natural area spawners to return to the Klamath this fall. That’s a pretty good …last_img

SA develops rooibos flavour wheel

first_imgRooibos is native to South Africa and is only grown in a small area in the Western Cape province. (Image: MediaClubSouthAfrica.com.) For those of us who enjoy our daily rooibos cuppa, a good flavour is all-important. However, for the uninitiated it is only possible to distinguish basic flavour characteristics.Now, with the help of a newly developed rooibos flavour wheel, anyone can identify a full spectrum of tastes and aromas of this uniquely South African – and internationally popular – tea.The rooibos flavour wheel was developed by a group of South African researchers headed by Stellenbosch University (SU) Masters student Ilona Koch, who worked with Professor Elizabeth Joubert of the Agricultural Research Council and SU lecturer Nina Muller.“We thought it was time that someone develops a rooibos flavour wheel. We want producers, processors, grading experts, marketers, flavour houses, importers and consumers to all speak the same tea language,” Joubert says.Koch, who completed a BSc in Food Science at SU, was approached by a lecturer to get involved in the project. “I thought rooibos would be an interesting product to work with,” she says.The three-year project is jointly funded by the South African Rooibos Council and the Technology and Human Resources for Industry Programme.The rooibos wheel isn’t the first of its kind in the food and beverage industry. Products such as brandy, honey, wine and whisky already use flavour wheels, and the research team now hopes that the rooibos version will be a useful tool to help the industry assess rooibos flavour and aroma using a selection of specific descriptors.Koch says that the flavour wheel is also important for the industry as many people drink rooibos because of its taste. “I like the taste and I think that this is what draws people to it. It is also not as strong and astringent as black tea,” she says.The wheel offers 27 descriptive attributes, of which 20 describe the flavour and seven the taste and mouth-feel. Joubert says that just as the wine industry talks about an area’s viticulture terroir, or the sensory attributes of wine in relation to the environmental conditions where grapes grow, so too the growing area affects rooibos flavour nuances.Diversity of rooibos flavoursAccording to Koch, the research team carried out numerous experiments on rooibos tea to find out which sensory characteristics are typically associated with its flavour.The researchers, along with a panel of nine judges, spent a lot of time tasting rooibos tea. Koch says that most of the judges had prior experience with descriptive analysis of numerous products, but analysing the sensory qualities of rooibos tea was a first for them all.The team studied 69 distinct rooibos samples from 64 plantations in a number of production areas. Selecting samples from different production areas was important as rooibos flavour is influenced by where the crop grows, the soil type, rainfall and weather. Processing also plays a role, as the time taken to process tea leaves can cause the flavour to become watery or sour. “All these factors affect the taste, quality and composition of the tea,” Joubert says.The selected samples were graded from A to D, representing the highest to the lowest tea quality. “The tasters compiled a long list of the flavours they picked up,” Joubert says. The list was then reduced to the final selection. “We chose those descriptors that were found to be most useful to assess a tea.”Both negative and positive descriptors were recorded on the wheel. One half contains categories of positive sensory qualities such as sweet, fruity, floral, woody and spicy. Each category lists a few sub-descriptors such as honey, citrus or cinnamon. The negative descriptors are grouped in the same way and contain qualities such as dusty, sour, sweaty and rubbery.The tea tasting processIt was important that the tasting and tea-brewing process remained scientific and consistent at all times, to ensure that only the most accurate flavour descriptors made it onto the short list. The tea was brewed in 300g of boiling, deionised water, which was poured onto 5.8g of dry tea leaves and infused for five minutes.Each sample was strained and stored in a stainless steel flask to keep the temperature constant. At each tasting, members of the judging panel sipped 100ml of tea. The tea sample was served in a white porcelain cup and covered with a plastic lid to prevent evaporation and loss of volatiles, also known as aroma compounds. The cups were also preheated to 70º C, and stored in 65º C water baths during the analysis.The project, which is expected to run until March 2012, will keep the wheel updated with rooibos samples from later seasons. This is important, as even tea produced on the same land can vary in taste from season to season.“With the flavour wheel, you can pick up the most subtle differences in tea flavour and taste,” says Joubert.Proven health benefitsThe proven health benefits of rooibos (Aspalathus linearis) are encouraging more people to drink the tea. “Consumers are becoming much more aware of healthy lifestyles and rooibos tea is known for its many health benefits,” Koch says.The tea contains high levels of antioxidants, which help to eliminate damaging free radicals. Recently collaborating scientists from four international research facilities established clinical evidence that drinking rooibos regularly helps the body’s natural defences by enhancing its antioxidant capacity. Both traditional and green rooibos produced this effect.According to the Rooibos Council, South Africa produces approximately 12 000 tons of rooibos per year. South Africans consume 4 500 to 5 000 tons and the rest is exported.The growing global demand for rooibos has boosted exports to more than 6 000 tons per annum, and to more than 30 countries worldwide. This includes Germany, The Netherlands, Japan, the UK, and the US, which is the biggest importer of rooibos.last_img read more

LA loves the Olympics, even though they’re 11 years away

first_imgFire hits houses in Mandaluyong City A key element missing from the poll, conducted by Loyola-Marymount, was any question about cost, the likes of which almost always bring with it a more negative reaction. For instance, a nationwide poll conducted by The Associated Press in 2015 found 89 percent support to host the Olympics somewhere in the United States. But when respondents were asked if they would support a bid in their local area if it were paid for with a combination of public and private funds, only 52 percent said yes.“It doesn’t surprise me that they didn’t include that question,” said Chris Dempsey, who spearheaded the No Boston Olympics campaign. “We found that to be the most effective argument for us as we were taking our case to the public.”The prospect of — or actual results from — public referendums has made several cities in Western democracies reluctant to put forward bids, or caused them to pull bids that were already on the table. Hamburg, Germany; Budapest, Hungary; and Rome were all in the running for 2024 before pulling out. Left with only Paris and Los Angeles — which replaced Boston as the U.S. bidder — and worried about the future of bidding, IOC president Thomas Bach steered the committee to awarding the 2028 Games, as well, saying the current process “produces too many losers.”Los Angeles has always been a winner when it comes to hosting the Olympics. The 1984 Games famously ran a profit and reshaped the marketing side into the colossus it has become.“I actually think people in Los Angeles have very warm and fond memories of the 1984 Games, and that plays into it,” Dempsey said. “What I think they don’t remember is the context of the Olympics in the bidding process for 1984. They forget that, effectively, LA was the only bidder.”ADVERTISEMENT Read Next That signal of overarching public support has been a cornerstone of the city’s bid, even though there are legitimate questions about whether anyone in Los Angeles is all that excited about an event that is still 11 years away.On Wednesday, the International Olympic Committee will award Los Angeles the 2028 Olympics, and give the 2024 Games to Paris. The initial polling, about the 2024 Olympics, garnered the 88 percent approval rating among LA residents. A follow-up poll, asking for opinions on hosting the 2028 Olympics, came in at 83 percent approval.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 shutoutBoth numbers outpaced even the IOC’s own internal poll (78 percent), as well as the vast majority of polls conducted this century in candidate cities while they’ve been in the so-called application round, trying to determine whether the Olympics would be welcomed.The Los Angeles poll was commissioned by the bid committee; independent polling, with no attachment to the bid effort, was key to sealing Boston’s fate as a city that simply did not want the games. 2 dead in California school attack; gunman shoots self PLAY LIST 03:122 dead in California school attack; gunman shoots self00:50Trending 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 That allowed Los Angeles to dictate the financial terms of its bid in a way that cannot be done today.The virtual lack of dissent for the 2028 Games could also be, quite simply, because they’re not on the minds of the people in one of the world’s busiest cities, and largest sports markets.After a quarter-century without the NFL, Los Angeles is in a honeymoon phase with the Rams and Chargers, who have relocated to Los Angeles over the past 24 months. Both the area’s baseball teams are in the playoff chase. The city has two NBA and NHL teams, two major college football teams, and the list goes on. Outside of the occasional staged event hosted by the city’s bid committee, there’s very little signage or buzz whipping around Southern California about an event that’s more than a decade away.“While the Olympics will no doubt enter the conversation and become a compelling, ongoing topic, it will take a while given the time and attention being lavished by fans elsewhere,” said David Carter, executive director of the Marshall Sports Business Institute at University of Southern California.When the latest Loyola Marymount poll was released, LA 2028 organizers touted it as a byproduct of Los Angeles’ Olympic legacy from 1984. The organizers also tout a $5.3 billion budget — exceptionally low for modern-day Olympics — and a plan with virtually every venue already built. There is a government guarantee, but it would only kick in if a number of safeguards, including insurance policies and a $487 million contingency fund built into the original budget, were to fail.“That’s why it’s easy to believe in and support our 2028 plan — low risk and ready to go,” said LA 2028 chairman Casey Wasserman.Still, an 83 percent approval rating is 16 percent higher than the number in Chicago at a similar point in the 2016 race and 24 percent higher than New York at a similar point in the 2012 race. And it’s more than double the number in Boston before that bid tanked.“It was surprising to me, in this day and age, it’s hard to find any issue where support is near unanimous,” said Steve Koczela, who led the independent polling effort in Boston. “You see very strong support for what, in other places, is a controversial idea.” BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight LATEST STORIES WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  View comments De Boer fired by impatient Palace after only 4 games Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ FILE – In this July 31, 2017, file photo, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti speaks during a press conference to make an announcement for the city to host the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games 2028, at Stubhub Center in Carson, outside of Los Angeles, Calif. After a debacle in Boston, the U.S. Olympic Committee turned to Los Angeles to host the Olympics. That city commissioned a poll showing 88 percent of its residents supported bringing the Olympics back to Southern California. That overarching public support has been a cornerstone of the city’s bid, even though there are questions about whether anyone in Los Angeles is all that excited about an event that is still 11 years away. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu, File)LIMA, Peru (AP) — More than anything, the United States was looking for a city that liked the Olympics.After a debacle in Boston, where public support for hosting the games hovered at around 40 percent, the U.S. Olympic Committee turned to Los Angeles, which almost instantly commissioned a poll showing 88 percent of its residents supported bringing the Olympics back to the city.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF presidentlast_img read more

Eagles abound in pro league

first_imgBI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq UE teammate and another PBA great, Jerry Codiñera, shared Caidic’s observation, saying that players want to be identified with Ateneo because of alumni and fans’ support, not to mention its marketing savvy.“Teams are inclined to get players from schools with winning tradition and Ateneo has a winning tradition,” said Caidic, who won three MVP awards during the Red Warriors’ three UAAP championships in 1982, 1984 and 1985.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderCurrently, there are 20 Blue Eagles in the pro ranks—Chris Tiu, Von Pessumal, Frank Golla, Nico Salva, Chris Newsome, Emman Monfort, Juami Tiongson, Larry Fonacier, Kiefer Ravena, Rabeh Al-Hussaini, Ponzo Gotladera, JC Intal, Justin Chua, Doug Kramer, Noy Baclao, LA Tenorio, Greg Slaughter, Japeth Aguilar, Poy Erram and Nico Elorde.Terrence Romeo of GlobalPort heads 14 pros from FEU, the same number of players from NCAA champion San Beda. La Salle has 10.Alas, a star out of Adamson, shares the belief that Ateneo’s recruitment program is a gem while Fernandez noted that Ateneo has a wide network of contacts and the finances to recruit blue-chip players. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH View comments Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:04Places to see in Kawit, Cavite02:11’Not just basketball’: Circumcisions, pageants at Philippine courts01:29Police 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 Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City LATEST STORIES Allan Caidic, who terrorized the opposition with his hot hands in the collegiate and professional leagues, isn’t surprised that UAAP champion Ateneo has the most number of players strutting their wares in the Philippine Basketball Association.Like the legendary University of the East gunner, fellow PBA Hall of Famer and four-time Most Valuable Player Ramon Fernandez, now a commissioner of the Philippine Sports Commission, and new Phoenix Fuel Masters head coach Louie Alas know there are more Blue Eagles than La Salle Green Archers or FEU Tamaraws in the pro ranks.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Ramirez looks ahead to Asian Games success, Olympic gold 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities Cayetano: 4 social media groups behind SEA Games ‘sabotage’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Next Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed MOST READlast_img read more

Heat rally in 4th, top struggling Magic

first_imgCayetano: 4 social media groups behind SEA Games ‘sabotage’ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Harris scores 30 as Pistons crush Pacers MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:46Senators rally support for Robredo; laud her for accepting anti-drug post00:50Trending Articles01:29Police 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 Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City LATEST STORIES Josh Richardson scored 14 of his 20 points in the final quarter, Ellington made four 3-pointers in that game-deciding period and the Miami Heat finished with a flourish to beat struggling Orlando 107-89 on Tuesday (Wednesday Manila time) — beating the Magic for the first time in the teams’ last five meetings.“We needed that one,” Heat guard Goran Dragic said. “Huge win for us.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderIt was tied going into the fourth, and Miami — which trailed Orlando by 10 in the second half — outscored the Magic 39-21 in the final 12 minutes. All four of Ellington’s late 3s came in a span of 3 1/2 minutes.“He’s a cheat code,” Orlando’s Jonathan Issac said, using the term video-gamers know as something that gives them special powers while playing. Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed View comments “We played extremely hard,” Magic coach Frank Vogel said. “I was proud of how hard our guys played.”Evan Fournier and Mario Hezonja had 14 apiece for Orlando, which got 12 from Marreese Speights. After that 10-point lead, the Magic got outscored by 28 in the final 20 minutes.“We had a lot of turnovers so that led to easy buckets,” Fournier said. “They got it going and the momentum changed.”The Heat started 3 for 19 from 3-point range, then made eight of their final 14 from deep. Miami shot 56 percent in the final quarter, after shooting 41 percent through the first three, and outrebounded Orlando 19-6 in the fourth.“We were getting good looks all night,” Ellington said. “The first half they didn’t really fall for us, but we stayed patient.” BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Said Ellington: “I don’t really play video games, so I don’t know exactly what that means. But I’m guessing it’s a big compliment, so I appreciate that.”Tyler Johnson added 17, Kelly Olynyk scored 15 and Dragic had 14 for the Heat, who had their biggest margin in a final quarter this season.Hassan Whiteside returned from an 11-game absence with a bone bruise in his left knee, adding seven points and eight rebounds in 18 minutes.“I don’t expect somebody to miss that many games and come right back in and everybody have terrific rhythm, including him,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. “There’s going to be a little bit of a process.”Elfrid Payton scored 19 points for Orlando, which now has two separate nine-game losing streaks this season. The Magic started 8-4, and are 3-20 since.ADVERTISEMENT Orlando Magic guard Mario Hezonja (8) defends against Miami Heat center Kelly Olynyk (9) during the first half of an NBA basketball game. APMIAMI — Wayne Ellington doesn’t play video games, so he doesn’t know what a cheat code is.He gets the term now.ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasalast_img read more

Celtics storm back from 26 to stun Rockets

first_imgGiannis Antetokounmpo powers Bucks in bounce back win over Celtics PLAY LIST 02:29Giannis Antetokounmpo powers Bucks in bounce back win over Celtics05:08DOST-Pagasa 11 A.M. weather update, November 22, 201900:50Trending Articles01:29Police 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 Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Houston was able to stall the momentum when Harden drew a foul with 1:56 left and got two extra free throws when Morris and Boston coach Brad Stevens received technicals for arguing. Harden made all four from the line, but a late 3-pointer by Rozier had Boston within 78-69 entering the fourth quarter.TIP-INSRockets: Veteran swingman Gerald Green, who signed a free-agent deal with the Rockets earlier Thursday, finished with two rebounds and no points in 11 minutes. … The Rockets’ 62 points in the first half were the most scored on the Celtics in the first two periods of a game this season. … Houston point guard Chris Paul missed his third straight game with a groin strain and the Rockets fell to 10-7 without him.Celtics: Were just 5 of 19 in the first quarter while scoring 12 points, the second-lowest total for a quarter by the Celtics this season. … Boston committed eight turnovers in the first quarter.2-MAN CREWReferee Mark Lindsay missed the game with a sore back, leaving Tony Brothers and Gediminas Petraitis to officiate the game on their own.UP NEXTRockets: Wrap up a three-game road trip Friday at Washington.Celtics: Host Brooklyn on Sunday.by Taboola Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LATEST STORIES 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Boston Celtics’ Marcus Smart (36) and Kyrie Irving (11) celebrate as Houston Rockets’ James Harden (13) reacts during the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Thursday, Dec. 28, 2017. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)BOSTON — Al Horford made a hook shot with 3.7 seconds left to give Boston its only lead of the game, and the Celtics rallied from a 26-point deficit to beat the Houston Rockets 99-98 on Thursday night.Kyrie Irving scored 26 and Jayson Tatum finished with 19 for the Celtics, while Marcus Smart drew two offensive fouls against James Harden in the closing seconds to help Boston complete the comeback.ADVERTISEMENT Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues Read Next Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ Houston opened the game on a 12-0 run and led 62-38 at halftime. After committing six turnovers in the first half, Houston had seven in the third quarter and Boston capitalized by outscoring the Rockets 31-16. Irving scored 12 in the third quarter as Boston picked up its defense, holding Houston to just four field goals in the period.Boston got within a point a couple times in the fourth, but couldn’t quite catch the Rockets until the final seconds.Smart drove for a layup and pulled Boston within 96-95 with 13.5 seconds left. Boston pressured the inbounds pass and Houston called time, then another before getting the ball to Harden, who made both free throws and finished 15 for 15 from the foul line. Rather than going for the 3-pointer, Boston went to Tatum for another layup, then Smart took an offensive foul by Harden on the inbounds play.Houston’s lead was in the 20s for nearly all of the second quarter and much of the third before Boston pulled back within range on a 12-0 run.Irving drew another foul while driving to the basket and added two more from the line, then after a shot-clock violation, Marcus Morris hit a 3-pointer to cut the margin to 71-58 — the lowest it had been since Houston led 23-10. After a timeout, Irving stole the ball and got it to Smart for a layup to make it 71-60.ADVERTISEMENT Bucks rally from 20 down to beat Timberwolves MOST READ View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Smart and Terry Rozier had 13 points apiece.Tatum made a layup with seven seconds left to pull the Celtics within 98-97, then Smart had position on Harden for an offensive foul that gave Boston the ball and a chance to win it. Horford converted from the lane to put Boston up for the first time in a game Houston had led throughout and dominated until midway through the third quarter.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderHarden finished with 34 points and 10 assists. Eric Gordon scored 24 points for Houston, which shot 25 percent (9 of 36) in the second half and lost its fourth straight.The Rockets had one last chance after Horford’s go-ahead hook shot, but Harden was called for another offensive foul and time expired after Horford missed his second free throw.last_img read more

Ex-football star Weah elected Liberia president by wide margin

first_imgThe National Election Commission later declared Weah president-elect and his running mate Jewel Howard-Taylor vice president-elect.Their Coalition for Democratic Change party received 61.5 percent of the final tally, beating Vice President Boakai’s Unity Party which got 38.5 percent of the votes, NEC chairman Jerome Korkoya said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSupporters at Weah’s party headquarters immediately erupted into celebrations that brought traffic outside to a complete standstill.Africa’s first female president, Nobel Peace Prize winner Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, is stepping aside after two terms at the head of the nation founded by freed American slaves. She led the country from back-to-back civil wars and saw it through a deadly Ebola outbreak that killed nearly 5,000 Liberians but was criticized for not better tackling corruption. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Djokovic sub Murray ring rusty on return In his first public comments after his rival conceded, Weah said he was “honored to join a new generation of heads of state.”Tweeting in French in response to congratulations from French President Emmanuel Macron, he added that “we have a lot to do together to accelerate the building of tomorrow’s Africa.”The 51-year-old Weah, a senator who entered politics after retirement from soccer more than a decade ago, led the first-round vote in October but didn’t receive enough ballots to win outright over the 73-year-old Boakai, who has been vice president for 12 years. Sirleaf didn’t publicly support either candidate.In his remarks conceding the election, Boakai offered a “hand of goodwill” to Weah and dismissed the idea of challenging the runoff results in court, alluding to past conflicts.“I refuse to subject our nation to such an experience,” he said. “I reject any temptation of imposing pain, hardship and uncertainty on our people.”ADVERTISEMENT AC Milan on Friday tweeted its congratulations on “legend” Weah’s win. Macron invited him to visit, saying Weah had “a special place in the French’s hearts.”Weah’s limited educational background hurt his political aspirations, and he returned to school after the 2005 attempt for president. He obtained a high school diploma abroad and earned a degree from Illinois-based DeVry University.“A personal story of sheer grit,” African Union Commission chairman Moussa Faki Mahamat tweeted, pointing out that Weah earned the degree well into his 40s.As Liberia grappled with the Ebola outbreak in 2014, Weah was elected as a senator, defeating Sirleaf’s son Robert for the seat.Weah’s critics have argued that his lack of political experience makes him unequipped for Liberia’s top job. Read Next Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Former soccer star George Weah, Presidential candidate for the Coalition for Democratic Change, casts his vote during a Presidential runoff election in Monrovia, Liberia, Tuesday Dec. 26, 2017, Young Liberians went straight from all-night Christmas celebrations to the polls Tuesday for a runoff election between a former international soccer star and the vice president to replace Africa’s first female head of state. (AP Photo/Abbas Dulleh)MONROVIA, Liberia— Former FIFA World Player of the Year George Weah has been elected Liberia’s new president by a wide margin as the West African nation faces its first democratic transfer of power in more than 70 years.Vice President Joseph Boakai conceded on Friday, congratulating the ex-soccer star.ADVERTISEMENT Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMCcenter_img View comments BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:29Police 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 Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities Weah is expected to take office in January.Though voter turnout for Tuesday’s runoff was low, he drew support from the younger generation, which makes up a majority of Liberia’s population of 4.6 million people.“We are young people and have suffered in this country for so long,” said one supporter, Love Norrision.The commission said 56 percent of the country’s 2.2 million registered voters cast ballots in the runoff, which was contested twice in court amid claims of irregularities, with its original Nov. 7 date delayed.This was Liberia’s first independently run election since the end of its civil wars. The United Nations has helped to oversee past votes.Weah led the ticket for a coalition party, the Congress for Democratic Change, with Jewel Howard-Taylor as his vice presidential running mate. She is a senator and the ex-wife of imprisoned former warlord and President Charles Taylor, which raised concerns among some Liberians.Weah had run in the country’s last two elections, winning the first round of the 2005 vote that eventually went to Sirleaf. He ran as the vice presidential candidate with diplomat Winston Tubman in the 2011 poll; they boycotted the runoff that granted Sirleaf her second term.Weah’s rags-to-riches story has been an inspiration to many supporters who call him “King George.”He was born in a slum of the capital, Monrovia, and showed early promise in soccer. He played for top local clubs before starting his international career in Cameroon, then moved on to AS Monaco and Paris Saint-Germain, where he became famous.While with AC Milan, Weah in 1995 won World Player of the Year. He later played for Chelsea and Manchester City. MOST READlast_img read more