Chris Paul returns as Clippers rout Rockets 124-99 in Game 3

first_imgThe Los Angeles Clippers did a good job to win one of two games of their Western Conference semifinals series at Houston without Chris Paul, who missed those games with a strained left hamstring.Paul was back in the fold for Game 3 on Friday at Staples Center, though on restricted minutes.The way this crazy postseason has gone, with the Clippers winning three times on the road — including Monday’s Game 1 without Paul — and losing twice at home to San Antonio in the first round, that didn’t assure a Clippers victory.There was more craziness in this one, in the form of a crazy-good performance by Austin Rivers. He scored 25 points on 10-of-13 shooting. Fifteen of those points came in the final 4:07 of the third quarter that took the Clippers from a six-point lead to a 23-point advantage heading into the fourth as the Clippers walloped the Rockets 124-99. The Clippers took a 2-1 series lead with Game 4 on Sunday at Staples Center.Rivers scored those 15 third-quarter points on terrific drives to the basket, and even dropped in a 24-foot 3-pointer. The Clippers finished that quarter on an 18-0 run. That onslaught was extended to 23-0 and a 104-76 lead at the outset of the fourth, the last three points of the run coming on a 28-foot 3-pointer by Rivers.The crowd chanted, “Austin Rivers, Austin Rivers.” He was given an ovation when he was replaced by Paul not quite two minutes into the quarter.The Clippers led by as many as 32 points.Speaking of Paul, he played 23 minutes and scored 12 points while dishing out seven assists. J.J. Redick led the Clippers with 31 points on 11-of-14 shooting, Blake Griffin had 22 points and 14 rebounds, DeAndre Jordan scored only six points but grabbed 15 rebounds and Jamal Crawford scored 12 points. James Harden led Houston with 23 points, Dwight Howard had 14 points and 14 rebounds and Jason Terry scored 13.Terry showed his frustration when, with eight minutes to play and his team down by 29 points, he pushed an unsuspecting Griffin in the back. Terry was ejected.Paul missed his first two shots of the game and ended up shooting 3 of 9 in the first half, but he did have six assists during those initial 24 minutes of action.Clippers coach Doc Rivers spoke prior to tipoff about how he was going to restrict Paul’s minutes by what he was seeing on the floor.“A lot of it will be visually, but we will restrict his minutes for sure,” said Rivers, who previously said he didn’t want to take any chances with Paul’s hamstring injury because he had one during his playing days. “He had a good workout yesterday. We really pushed him in some of the things that he had to do in pick-and-roll and stuff like that.“He looked good, but it is not the game. No matter what you do, it is never the game. So early on I will still watch.”Rivers said he wasn’t as cool with playing Paul as the training staff was.“This is one of those injuries that scare the hell out of me,” he said. “I think our trainers are more comfortable with it, but it is a hamstring. The good thing is he felt pretty good (Thursday) without adrenaline and he wanted to play. Today, obviously with adrenaline, he will be even better.”The Clippers led by just two points at 24-22 and then went on a 9-2 run to finish the first quarter with a 33-24 lead.Struggling Spencer Hawes, the forgotten man, got some playing time in the first quarter after Griffin took his second foul with 5:35 left in the period and had to take a seat. Hawes took one shot in the quarter and sank an 18-footer. He also had a couple of rebounds and two assists.Hawes was brought back in the second quarter to do some Hack-a-Dwight work on Howard.Los Angeles led by as many as 12 points several times in the second quarter, the first time at 46-34 when Redick made three consecutive free throws.With the Clippers leading 50-43, Houston’s Terrence Jones was called for a flagrant 1 foul when he raked Matt Barnes across the face as he was going up for a shot. Barnes made both free throws, the Clippers retained possession and Griffin was eventually credited with a 19-foot basket when Howard was called for goaltending. The Clippers at that point led 54-43.But the Rockets had to feel good going into the halftime break when Harden made a 15-footer at the buzzer to get his team within 64-57.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Crabs secure Sunday sweep of Expos

first_imgWesley Gahn-Gibson hit a game-winning walk-off double in the bottom of the 10th inning, earning the Humboldt Crabs a 3-2 victory, and a series sweep, against the visiting California Expos Sunday at the Arcata Ballpark.“Sweeps are always a good thing,” Crabs manager Robin Guiver said. “We should have scored a little more, but I’ll take it.”Sunday’s game was by far the closest contest had by the two teams over the weekend and required the Crabs (16-6) to hold off an ambitious comeback attempt …last_img

Social Entrepreneurs of the Year helping Africans changing their lives positively

first_img13 May 2016The Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship announced the 12 winners of its Social Entrepreneurs of the Year 2016 awards on the fringes of the WEF Africa meeting in Kigali, Rwanda. The winners are active in providing internet access, entrepreneurship training and helping people from underprivileged communities become tech savvy, according to the organisation. Here are the Schwab Foundation’s Social Entrepreneurs of the Year 2016 winners of Africa that were honoured at the World Economic Forum on Africa in Kigali, Rwanda, together with some of the speakers at the event. (Image: World Economic Forum)Among the winners is South African entrepreneur Luvuyo Rani, who started his first business in his car boot. Rani’s Khayelitsha based Silulo Ulutho Internet Cafe opened 12 years ago and is changing the lives of young and old residents who would otherwise not have the opportunity to become computer literate, reported the online news portal Media Club South Africa.From selling refurbished computers to teachers from a car boot to opening up an internet cafe, Rani’s business has evolved to become a computer literacy training centre, as well as offering help with curriculum vitae writing and giving employment advice.The need for social entrepreneurshipHilde Schwab, co-founder and chairwoman of the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship told leaders at the World Economic Forum that reliance on governments alone to provide social infrastructure and safety nets was unrealistic. “We must mobilise individuals who in entrepreneurial and innovative ways tackle the big problems we are faced with now and in the future.”The Foundation, she explained, is a platform for social entrepreneurs to network, exchange expertise and experience. “It also gives them a global presence and visibility.”Watch how several social entrepreneurs talk about the impact their initiatives are making in various communities.Another South African winner is The Clothing Bank. The organisation gets merchandise from retailers which are then given to women that are part of their programme. In turn these women are taught how to sell the items and earn a living for themselves.Chief operating officer of The Clothing Bank, Tracey Gilmore, told the CNBC Africa that social involvement was not just about allowing unemployed women to be successful in earning money. “It’s also about eradicating poverty in their lives.”Gilmore believes that internal change – changing of the mind – is important, adding that the women The Clothing Bank helps should start believing that they could achieve anything.Watch the stories of the women of The Clothing Bank who were previously unemployed talk about how they were taught to work with their finances. The winnersOther winners of the 2016 Schwab Foundation’s Social Entrepreneur of the Year are:Sophi Tranchell of Divine Chocolate (UK), who pioneered Fairtrade chocolate and is co-owner of the 80 000 member Kuapa Kokoo cocoa farmers’ cooperative in Ghana.The cooperative collectively produces 6% of Ghana’s cocoa harvest and Kuapa Kokoo farmers receive 44% of distributed profits. Divine has built partnerships with major global retailers (Starbucks, Tesco, and Marks & Spencer’s) allowing them to sell more than 30 different products in 12 countries.Jean-Marc Borello of Groupe SOS (France) oversees 12 000employess working at 330 organisations that address social needs. Groupe SOS’s family of social enterprises directly impacts over 1 million people in 20 countries.Sergio Andrade of Agenda Publica (Brazil) coordinates governments, civil society and private sector initiatives that provide technical assistance and training for public administrators. Agenda Publica has trained more than 5,000 administrators in basic infrastructure, another 5,000 administrators in policy development, and 600 municipal officials in working groups for the extractive industries.Yasmina Filali of Fondation Orient Occident (Morocco) provides job training to underprivileged Moroccans, sub-Saharan migrants and refugees. It also helps migrants and refugees to integrate into Moroccan society. Ninety-five per cent of graduates from the IT courses and 60% of hospitality graduates find regular employment.J. David Risher and Colin McElwee of Worldreader (69 countries, predominantly African), distributes digital books, offering a collection of more than 28,000 books from over 150 publishers in 44 languages. Worldreader makes these books available to over 6 million readers, mostly students, in Africa and Asia. As a result, seven out of ten primary school students and eight out of ten library patrons report reading more.Ron Bills of Envirofit (USA), sells affordable biomass cookstoves that lower exposure to indoor air pollution. Since it began, the company’s largely female sales team has sold 900,000 stoves and impacted 4.5 million users, reducing CO2 emissions by 15.3 million tons.In the aggregate, they have saved their customers $124 million in fuel costs.Nina Smith of GoodWeave International (India, Nepal, Afghanistan) fights child labour in the global carpet industry by building market demand for rugs certified as child-labour-free. The number of child labourers in carpet supply chains has been reduced by 80% to an estimated 200,000.Poonam Bir Kasturi of Daily Dump (India), which encourages urban Indian households to segregate and compost their wet organic waste through sales of aesthetically designed composters and advisory services. As of 2015, 25,000 families and 120 institutions use Daily Dump products, collectively keeping 22,000 kg of wet waste out of landfills at no cost to the government.Simon Bakker of Kennemer Foods International (Philippines), grows, sources and trades in high-quality agriculture produce such as fermented cocoa beans through a contract farming programme with smallholder farmers in the Philippines.In just five years of operations, Kennemer has achieved significant scale, sourcing from 10,000 Filipino farmers who have seen an average income increase of 340%. By 2020, the company aims to integrate 35,000 farmers into its value chain.Sources: World Economic Forum and South Africa.info reporter.last_img read more

South Africa ‘aiming to double vehicle output by 2020’

first_img11 July 2014 The government remains committed to developing and growing South Africa’s automotive sector, President Jacob Zuma said at the unveiling of Chinese company First Automotive Works’ new truck manufacturing plant outside Port Elizabeth on Thursday. The R600-million factory, based in the Coega industrial development zone, will produce 5 000 trucks a year once it is running at full capacity, and 3 500 cars a year following a second phase of development. Zuma said the government’s Vision 2020 strategy for the automotive industry aimed at doubling local vehicle production and extending and deepening component manufacture by 2020. Part of this involved positioning South Africa as a destination of choice for the assembly of truck and buses, he said, and to further this objective the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) had completed preparatory work on a new investment support scheme for manufacturers. The DTI recently published, for public comment, guidelines on the Automotive Investment Scheme for Medium and Heavy Commercial Vehicles – an extension of similar schemes already in place for passenger vehicle and minibus taxi manufacturers. Zuma said that First Automotive Works had chosen the right continent on which to invest at this point in history. “The African continent is home to some of the fastest growing economies in the world, and there remains greater potential for further growth, particularly in the transport of goods, as trade volumes increase,” he said. “The entire African continent is also embarking on an intensive infrastructure development aimed at also encouraging inter-Africa trade through improved connectivity.” The East African Community (EAC), Common Market for Eastern and Central Africa (COMESA) and Southern African Development Community (SADC) are in the process of negotiating a free trade area that will bring together 26 countries with a combined population of 600-million and an overall GDP of approximately US$2-trillion. “To further support intra-regional trade within the continent, a Trans African Highway programme has been established to link Africa’s capitals on eight major routes.” Zuma said the government would continue to provide support to the private sector and global companies based in the country “so that they can take advantage of opportunities and help us to promote job creation and a better life for our people. “The economy is an apex priority in our country during this term of government,” he said. “We have decided to place the economy on the centre stage because we believe that sustainable economic growth is possible if we seek meaningful partnerships locally and worldwide. “Growth is also possible if we, as government, actively support our partners in the private sector to create a positive environment for business to thrive. We are therefore looking forward to fruitful partnerships in the next five years.” SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Scan this leaders’ list from the growing world of LiDAR startups

first_imgBreak the Mold with Real-World Logistics AI and… For Self-Driving Systems, Infrastructure and In… Tags:#autonomous vehicles#Internet of Things#IoT#lidar#Luminar Technologies#Oryx Vision#self-driving cars#Velodyne Related Posts IT Trends of the Future That Are Worth Paying A…center_img Ryan Matthew Pierson LiDAR — yes, it sounds like a tool that any professional journalist covering politicians should carry with them. Unfortunately for political reporters everywhere, LiDAR doesn’t detect fibs. Instead, it stands for Light Detection and Ranging, and it’s a critical technology for self-driving cars.That makes it a particularly appealing product category for startups looking to make their mark in the emerging market of autonomous technologies.A new crop of startups, complete with plenty of venture capital and each boasting to have an excellent solution for any autonomous vehicle manufacturer looking to add LiDAR to their offerings.Among these businesses is Quanergy, a startup founded in 2012 that has spent much of this time developing what it hopes will be a value-based solution. While some LiDAR systems run thousands of dollars, Quanergy plans to eventually make its mass-market solution available for around $100.One of the ways Quanergy is able to bring its system price down so far is its use of a solid state design. With no moving parts, these systems can be manufactured more easily. This means a smaller field of view for each sensor, however.Some unique tech out thereAnother company working on solid state LiDAR is Velodyne. This company, which also produces 360-degree LiDAR systems, is working on a solid-state option to complement them. With a 35-degree vertical and 120-degree horizontal field of view, these smaller, less pricey systems still offer plenty of range to work with.Oryx Vision out of Israel has a unique take on LiDAR. Using special lasers that have a longer-wave infrared laser that enables the system to “see” through fog. It can also work in the face of direct sunlight. This answers some of the more common issues current LiDAR technology faces.Luminar Technologies is also worth mention because not only does it produce LiDAR systems, but it does so entirely from scratch. Some companies get by combining multiple third-party components into their hardware, but not Luminar. This startup builds everything in-house.These companies are each approaching the same problem in a different way. This is a very good thing for the autonomous vehicle industry as it applies pressure in the direction of innovation. Whether the system is solid state or 360-degree, 3D modeling or low power, the real victor in this competitive market is the consumer. 5 Ways IoT can Help to Reduce Automatic Vehicle…last_img read more

Farmers Encouraged to Tap Into Market for Non-Traditional Exports

first_imgStory Highlights He disclosed that a major coconut farmer from Guyana is setting up an operation in Jamaica on 2,000 acres of land, to take advantage of the country’s strategic location for export to the Western Hemisphere. Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries Minister, Hon. Audley Shaw, who made the call, said that crops such as caster beans, sorghum, cannabis, coconuts and industrial hemp are in high demand overseas. The island’s farmers are being encouraged to diversify agricultural production and grow more non-traditional crops for the export market. The island’s farmers are being encouraged to diversify agricultural production and grow more non-traditional crops for the export market.Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries Minister, Hon. Audley Shaw, who made the call, said that crops such as caster beans, sorghum, cannabis, coconuts and industrial hemp are in high demand overseas.He disclosed that a major coconut farmer from Guyana is setting up an operation in Jamaica on 2,000 acres of land, to take advantage of the country’s strategic location for export to the Western Hemisphere.“There is money in the coconut sector,” the Minister said.He was delivering the keynote addresses at the media launch of the Caribbean International Bamboo Symposium on September 5 at his New Kingston offices in St. Andrew.Minister Shaw noted that over 45,000 acres of former sugar lands in St. Catherine and Clarendon are to be rationalised and the Sugar Company of Jamaica (SCJ) is accepting applications from entrepreneurs to put them into profitable production.Meanwhile, he welcomed the staging of the Caribbean International Bamboo Symposium, which will take place from November 27 to 29 at the Jamaica Conference Centre, downtown Kingston.He said that bamboo can be a major crop for Jamaica, and the forum will “provide for us the avenue to plot a strategic way towards unleashing the potential of this sector”.The Ministry is partnering with the Bureau of Standards Jamaica (BSJ), International Network for Bamboo and Rattan (INBAR), Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF), Bamboo Industry Association of Jamaica (BIAJ), the Jamaica Business Development Corporation (JBDC) and other agencies to host the symposium.last_img read more

Michael Redhill wins 100K Giller Prize for Bellevue Square

first_imgTORONTO – For more than a decade now, Toronto author Michael Redhill has been publishing mystery novels under the pseudonym Inger Ash Wolfe, but on Monday it was a piece of literary fiction bearing his actual name that won the $100,000 Scotiabank Giller Prize.The thriller “Bellevue Square” (Doubleday Canada), about a woman on the hunt for her doppelganger in a multicultural neighbourhood of Toronto, was praised by jury members for its “complex literary wonders” as it nabbed the prestigious honour.Redhill seemed shocked as he accepted the prize and gave a tearful speech thanking his supporters as well as the late businessman Jack Rabinovitch, who founded the Giller Prize in 1994 in honour of his late wife, literary journalist Doris Giller.“I was a little more emotional than I was expecting to be — but life doesn’t prepare you for receiving a $100,000 cheque and then addressing people live across the nation, so I think I will probably have no memory of this evening in about 20 minutes, just to protect myself,” he said with a laugh in an interview after the awards ceremony.“Living as a writer, you sometimes surf on credit and goodwill, and this will make me a much better risk for the various people who may have to help me in the future,” he said. “But right now, I can row my own boat.”Redhill beat out titles by Eden Robinson, Rachel Cusk, Ed O’Loughlin and Michelle Winters, who each get $10,000 for being finalists.He started out as a literary writer, poet and novelist but branched out in the mystery genre in 2006.“Bellevue Square” was inspired by the things he learned when he was a mystery novelist and centres on a park in Kensington Market that “is a strange kind of clearing house for humanity,” he said.“It’s been 11 years since I published a book under my own name, so it’s fun to come out again,” said Redhill, who was born in Baltimore, but grew up in Toronto and was a Giller finalist in 2001 for “Martin Sloane.”“This is more of a literary novel that explores what is a person, what is consciousness, how do we know we are who we think we are and all those kinds of things.”In his acceptance speech, Redhill gave a toast to Rabinovitch, who died in August at age 87.This year’s gala, the 24th annual one, also commemorated him at the start of the show. Opera star Measha Brueggergosman gave a powerful performance of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” with a choir while photos of Rabinovitch, his family and friends were projected on screens beside the stage.“Jack would have been thrilled, as he always was, to be here surrounded by friends with whom he had deep, loving relationships, and in the company of authors he greatly admired,” his daughter Elana Rabinovitch, the Giller’s executive director, said before the televised show began.“That he is not here tonight and always seemed unthinkable and feels unbearable.”She also announced the winner, using her father’s famous Giller line: “For the price of a dinner in this town you can get all five books. So, buy the books and eat at home.”Comedy star and author Mary Walsh hosted the black-tie gala, which was broadcast on CBC-TV from the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Toronto.Other guests included actor Wendy Crewson, filmmakers Atom Egoyan and Patricia Rozema, Ontario Health Minister Eric Hoskins, and literary stars John Irving and Lawrence Hill.This year’s jury read 112 books submitted by 73 publisher imprints from across the country.The jury included Andre Alexis, Anita Rau Badami, Lynn Coady and Richard Beard.Alexis said the jury spent about three hours deciding on the winner Monday morning and described deliberations as “lovely.”“I was with four people whose intellect and openness I deeply respected. It was a difficult choice, but it was a wonderful process.”Last year’s winner was Madeleine Thien for “Do Not Say We Have Nothing.”Redhill said “Bellevue Square” is the first in a tryptic of novels and he’s already most of the way through writing the second one.“I don’t know if there will be any more mystery novels,”he said. “Inger has not left the room yet but for now, I have some books that are part of this grouping of novels that are very alive in me right now and that’s what I want to do.”last_img read more

Province to boost Climate action tax credit to help BC families

first_imgVICTORIA, B.C. – Starting July 5, the Government of B.C. will be giving a boost to the Climate action tax credit in order to help families across the province.According to the Government, nearly 50 percent of B.C. families will receive more for their climate action tax credit this week, putting money back in their pockets and helping make life more affordable.The Province says, on July 5, eligible families will see the first of four instalments of the newly expanded credit. Families of four will receive up to $400 over the next year and up to $500 starting in July 2021 when the credit will be nearly 70 percent higher than it was in 2017.This is the second increase to the climate action tax credit since it was last expanded in September 2017.$223 million was invested in the tax credit as part of Budget 2019.For more information on the CleanBC plan, you can visit the Province’s website.last_img read more

Rep Howell votes to make state government more accountable

first_img Categories: Howell News 21Mar Rep. Howell votes to make state government more accountable State Rep. Gary Howell this week voted to approve a bipartisan package of bills to make state government more accountable to the people of Michigan. Howell, of North Branch, is a co-sponsor of each of these bills.Michigan is one of just two states that exempts its governor and the Legislature from open records laws. The bipartisan solution approved this week would end these exemptions and increase transparency in state government.“We will foster public trust by expanding open records laws to the legislative and executive branches,” Howell said. “People deserve full transparency from all of their elected officials. It’s the only way the public can hold their government accountable.”The proposal will subject the governor and lieutenant governor to the Freedom of Information Act and hold state representatives and senators to the same high standard by creating the Legislative Open Records Act.In order to protect citizen privacy, there are exemptions for constituent inquiries to ensure that personal information is protected. Other types of communications – including those lawmakers have with state departments and lobbyists – would not be exempt.House Bills 4007-13 and 4015-16 now advance to the Senate for consideration.###last_img read more