Lakers experience Suns’ burn in 137-101 loss

first_img“Guys were fatigued,” said Ingram, who had nearly as many turnovers (two) as he did points (three) on 1-of-7 shooting. “That mentality was shifting about going on a break.”That mentality continued. Lakers center Tarik Black collected his fifth foul to enter the third quarter. Ingram and Nick Young were stuffed at the rim on consecutive possessions. The Lakers trailed, 102-76, and the fourth quarter hadn’t even started. Walton burned several timeouts after bad defensive miscues including when Knight scored on a wide-open dunk for a 133-99 lead with 2:01 left. Walton spent the entire timeout chewing out Ingram, who said Walton pleaded the importance about “finishing the game.”“Don’t waste opportunities, whatever the score is,” Walton said. “There’s a reason we play a lot of young guys because we want them to experience these things, to learn from it, to be able to play individually and as a group. If we’re going to go out there and do that, even if we’re down by 30, what’s the point? We’re not learning anything from that.”Moments later, Ingram needed another lesson after another failed defensive assignment. While Russell feigned ignorance over offering choice words to Ingram, he said Russell reiterated Walton’s message “just to finish.”“Just keep playing,” said Russell, who spoke with Zubac and Ingram afterwards in the locker room. “It’s a long season. Don’t get down on the games. Keep playing.”If only the Lakers did that when they had an actual game to play. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with Packers“It’s an honor and a privilege to play in this league,” Walton said. “We have a great fan base, a great organization. We’re going to lose games. But when we give in like that and don’t play with a certain competitive level, that’s not right for anybody.”The Lakers missed 12 of their first 14 shots Wednesday. D’Angelo Russell and Brandon Ingram each committed two turnovers midway through the first quarter. After Suns center Tyson Chandler thwarted Russell’s entry pass to rookie center Ivica Zubac, Suns guard Devin Booker immediately raced for a dunk that gave the Suns a 21-6 lead with 5:54 left in the first quarter. Russell chewed out Zubac over his post positioning during the subsequent timeout, an incident Russell said he didn’t remember. Walton then cleared the rest of his bench.“Going into All-Star break, it’s about changing our mentality,” said Russell, who had 21 points on 7-of-20 shooting after missing six of his first nine shots. “We have to come in more prepared.”The Lakers never looked prepared against the Suns. The Lakers trailed, 32-15, in what tied a season-low in points scored in the first quarter, a mark the Lakers also set against Phoenix on Nov. 6. The Lakers’ first half ended with Suns guard Eric Bledsoe throwing a half-court lob to Marquese Chriss with 1:05 remaining, prompting Walton to call timeout. Then just before the buzzer, Bledsoe banked in a shot from midcourt for a 68-48 halftime lead.As if Lakers associate coach Brian Shaw needed another reason to watch the game from the locker room while battling an illness. As if the Lakers had any more reason to make trade inquiries for the Feb. 23 deadline a day before playing their next game in Oklahoma City. As if Walton needed another reason to meet with his coaching staff as well as Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak, executive Jim Buss and advisor Magic Johnson during the All-Star break. PHOENIX >> The Lakers opened the game either bobbling the ball or clanking shots off the rim on nearly every possession. They ended the first half with allowing Phoenix to throw both an alley-oop lob and a bank shot from halfcourt. Then, the Lakers spent the rest of evening doing little to fix the damage.The Lakers did not exactly conclude huddles with chants of “1, 2, 3, Cancun” as they once did before facing elimination in the 1998 NBA playoffs. But the Lakers still played in their 137-101 loss to the Phoenix Suns on Wednesday as if the week-long All-Star break started early. In related news, the Lakers posted their second-worst defensive performance of the season, trailing only the 147 points they allowed against Golden State on Nov. 23.“We’ve been warning about not going on All-Star break early,” Lakers coach Luke Walton said. “I felt like we did.”Walton quickly clarified that “not everybody” fit that description. Yet, Walton addressed the Lakers’ (19-39) play and All-Star weekend after allowing Phoenix (18-39) to set season highs for points and field goal percentage (55.7 percent), while scoring 60 points in the paint and 41 on fast-breaks. Phoenix also went 29-of-34 from the foul line, while Suns guard Eric Bledsoe posted a triple double (25 points, 13 assists, 10 rebounds).center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

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SA judge heads UN racism review

first_imgJody Kollapen (right), listens intently as Judge Navanethem Pillay addresses human rights activists during a special briefing on the Durban Review Conference. (Image: Khanyi Magubane)Khanyi MagubaneSouth African judge Navanethem Pillay, the newly appointed United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, is serious about upholding human rights.On Friday Pillay – who is based in Geneva for the duration of her term – visited the South African Human Rights Commission, on the invitation of commission chair Jody Kollapen. There she met with some of the country’s leading human rights groups, and spoke passionately about the upcoming Durban Review Conference, due to take place in Geneva on 20 to 24 April this year.“We have a shared commitment to take part in the human rights agenda, and during the Durban Review Conference, we will be looking at what the countries who attended the racism conference eight years ago did to implement the decisions taken at that conference,” she said.The Durban Review conference will assess the implementation of the resolutions adopted during the 2001 UN World Conference Against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance in Durban. It was attended by over 10 000 people from across the world.The conference ended with the adoption of the Durban Declaration and Programme of Action (DDPA), which gave recommendations on how to combat racism and racial discrimination.In 2006, the UN General Assembly decided to convene a review conference, in which the DDPA would convene again in 2009.Pillay’s department, the Human Rights Council, was mandated to spearhead this programme.The UN has since convened three plenary sessions in preparation for the upcoming conferenceThe first Substantive Session of the Preparatory Committee for the Durban Review Conference met in Geneva in May 2008, the second took place in October and the third is scheduled for mid-April, just before the start of the main conference.During the sessions, several NGOs were given an opportunity to give their input into the draft outcomes documents that will be used as a guide for all of those attending the conference.In a 23 January letter to the NGO Civicus, Pillay stressed the importance of having all countries in the world attend the conference. This was shortly after Canada announced it would be withdrawing from the round table.“I grew up in Durban, South Africa, under a system of apartheid that institutionalised racial discrimination, denying equal rights of citizenship to all those who were not white,” Pillay wrote.In the letter, Pillay recalled how painful it was when she later served as a judge on the Rwanda Tribunal on genocide, where once again it was evident how discrimination – by race or tribe – could cripple a society,“I came to know in painful detail, killing by killing, the unimaginable destruction of humanity when ethnic hatred explodes into genocide. I know that the consequences of allowing discrimination, inequality and intolerance to fester and spiral out of control can be genocidal.”At the 2001 conference, Israel and the US walked out of the conference after Israel’s policy on the Palestinians was likened to apartheid. Canada decided to pull out of the 2009 review conference, saying the meeting “would likely degenerate into … expressions of intolerance and anti-Semitism”.Born into lawNavanethem Pillay is considered a pioneer among South Africa’s legal fraternity.Born in 1941, she holds a BA and a LLB from the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal.She also has a Master of Law degree and a Doctorate of Juridical Science from Harvard University.Her career started in KwaZulu-Natal, where she was the first woman to practise law in the province in 1967.She represented many anti-apartheid activists, many times exposing the torture her clients had suffered at the hands of apartheid police.Pillay is also credited as one of the few lawyers who played a pivotal role in fighting for key prisoner’s rights on Robben Island, where many activists were incarcerated.Pillay also lectured at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, and was later appointed vice-president of the then-University of Durban Westville (now incorporated into University of KwaZulu-Natal).In 1995, she was appointed a high court judge and, in the same year, was asked to serve on the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda. She held the latter post for eight years, four of them as tribunal president.In 2003 she was appointed as a judge on the International Criminal Court in The Hague, where she remained until August 2008.The following month, she started her new job as the UN high commissioner for Human Rights.Pillay has also played a fundamental role in fighting for women’s rights. As a member of the Women’s National Coalition, she contributed to the inclusion of an equality clause in South Africa’s Constitution, considered one of the most enlightened in the world.The clause prohibits any discrimination on grounds of race, religion and sexual orientation.She is also a cofounder of Equality Now, an international women’s rights organisation, and has been involved with other organisations working on issues relating to children, detainees, victims of torture and of domestic violence, and a range of economic, social and cultural rights.Do you have queries or comments about this article? 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Iconic Emirates inflight bar gets a makeover

first_imgThe revamped Emirates bar. Photo: Emirates. Private yacht cabins inspire changes.Emirates’  popular Airbus A380  onboard bar is undergoing a makeover as part of multi-million-dollar product upgrades being introduced on the Gulf carrier’s newest  jets.Snacks and premium drinks are a feature of the barThe  bar, due to make its operational debut in July,  retains the trademark horseshoe shape but will offer seating with tables alongside the windows on both sides and feature an airier look with lighter champagne colours.The airline said the design had been inspired by private yacht cabins and could comfortably accommodate 26 passengers at a time with eight of them seated.Also being introduced are soundproof curtains to partition the onboard lounge area, which will remain at the back of the upper deck, as well as integrated LED lighting with soft ambient light options, new window blinds, integrated sound and a 55-inch LCD television.The lounge is available to business and first class customers and offers canapes as well as handpicked wines, premium spirits and cocktails mixed by a bartender.It has been a hallmark of the A380s since their introduction with Emirates and is popular feature of the double-decker aircraft.“Particularly on long-haul flights, our customers tell us they appreciate the opportunity to stretch their legs and mingle in the relaxed, yet classy lounge area,’’ says Emirates president Tim Clark.The 93 A380s currently in service will continue to feature the original lounge.last_img read more

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ICC to take stern action against guilty players: Pawar

first_imgThe ICC today made it clear that it would not tolerate corruption in cricket and warned of stern action against players found guilty in the spot-fixing scandal which has rocked world cricket.ICC President Sharad Pawar also said that Scotland Yard’s investigations into the spot-fixing charges against Pakistani cricketers will not take long and there was “nothing to hide” on this issue.”Till Scotland Yard probe is not over how can we comment on that? But if anything established we will take strong stand. Without information we should not jump into any conclusion,” Pawar told reporters after meeting with PCB Chairman Ijaz Butt at his residence.”Prima facie there are some allegations and we have suspended the players on the basis of that. Scotland Yard has permitted them to go back to Pakistan and PCB has also promised to make them available to the investigators if required. Nobody is playing hide and seek A major investigation agency is carrying out the probe and that will not take long. PCB or ICC will not interfere in the process,” he added.Pawar rubbished any conspiracy theory involving India. “India has no role in the entire drama,” he said.Butt also said that he did not believe in any conspiracy theory. “I don’t believe in any conspiracy theory. I am a businessman and a cricket administrator.”Pawar said that all the countries are supporting the ICC in preserving the sanctity of the game.”PCB is not a separate entity, it is also a part of the ICC. ICC takes collective decision and we will not tolerate any nonsense or corruption. All the boards are supporting us in preserving the sanctity of the game,” Pawar said.advertisementButt claimed that the PCB was not offended with the ICC’s move to provisionally suspend the three cricketers – captain Salman Butt and pacer duo of Muhammad Aamir and Muhammad Asif.”We are not offended for the decision. ICC asked them to individually answer and all of them have done so. If anyone is found guilty, we will not show any tolerance. ICC Code of Conduct is very clear regarding this matter,” he said.”We have talked about the three players, the Scotland Yard is investigating the matter. Till investigation is complete, neither we are commenting nor the ICC is commenting,” Butt added.last_img read more

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Wheeland Pond gets make over

first_img Emergency action in Grand Turk due to sea surges Overgrown bush moved by MPs and TCEM Climate Change blamed for seawater woes in Grand Turk Related Items:cbms, clean up, delroy williams, dema, Environmental health, The National Trust, wheeland pond Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 04 Sept 2015 – A collaborative effort is into day two of a major clean-up of the Wheeland Pond. Environmental Health informs that at least five entities and area business are synergizing for the effort. The National Trust, DEMA, CBMS, Environmental Health and Member of Parliament, Hon Delroy Williams are involved in the exercise which saw truck-loads of garbage hauled out on Thursday. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for youlast_img read more

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Dy Mayor to spearhead antidengue drive

first_imgKolkata: Deputy Mayor Atin Ghosh will lead the drives against dengue that will be launched on 21 February.Ghosh said the teams of Kolkata Municipal Corporation will first visit the houses of patients who had been afflicted with dengue in 2018. “We will inspect the house and its surroundings. We have prepared a list of 47 areas of which 20 are highly vulnerable and 20 are vulnerable. Not only the KMC staffs but also private agencies and NGOs are welcome to join our drives. To make dengue drives a success there should be cooperation between the civic staffs and common people,” Ghosh said. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseThe KMC will carry out the drives in three phases. The first phase will start from February 21 and will continue till June. The second phase will start in July and continue till October while the third phase which will be a follow up phase will start in November and continue till December. Continuous drives against dengue have helped the KMC to bring down the number of cases in 2018 to one third. It may be mentioned that KMC is successful in eradicating malignant malaria which had taken the form of an epidemic in the early 1990s by identifying the areas and then conducting the drives regularly. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThe KMC team that is engaged in conducting drives comprise of health, building and solid waste management department officials and staffs. Ghosh said councilors would be invited to join the drives along with the Borough Committee chairman. The KMC had launched a massive campaign to create awareness against Dengue on February 2 when 144 rallies had been taken out all over the city. The central rally was taken out from the KMC headquarters and it was led by the Mayor Firhad Hakim. Through the rallies the civic authorities sought cooperation of the people. Ghosh said the campaign and rallies have proved to be very effective and KMC is going to follow this method. The KMC has 16 dengue testing laboratories where blood samples are tested free of cost.last_img read more

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