Fresh off Game 7 thriller, Clippers head to Oklahoma City for next round

first_imgNo rest for the weary.Clippers coach Doc Rivers hosted a conference call Sunday morning, just about 12 hours after his team finished off the Golden State Warriors with a 126-121 victory in Game 7 of their Western Conference first-round playoff series at Staples Center.Get any sleep? Rivers was asked.“I got a little,” said Rivers, whose team was about to board a plane to Oklahoma City, where it will take on the Thunder tonight at 6:30 in the first game of their best-of-7 conference semifinal series. “We knew this was going to be one of those quick turnarounds, so as a coaching staff we got together after the game and had to do film work. “There is not going to be any sleep for any of our staff.”The alternative, Rivers said, would be his players cleaning our their lockers and doing exit interviews.“We’ll go through it because we want to,” Rivers said. “This is what we signed on to do and we’re right where we want to be, no matter how we got there and no matter how much adversity it took to get there.”Indeed, not only did the Clippers survive a courageous Warriors team, they did it under heavy scrutiny because of the racism scandal of now-lame-duck and banned team owner Donald Sterling.The Thunder are the No. 2 seed and have homecourt advantage, the Clippers are seeded No. 3. It figures to be another barnburner of a series. Rivers discussed a few things his team needs to watch. “The fast breaks and the turnovers,” he said. “You can’t turn the ball over against Oklahoma. It’s a guaranteed 2 and for (Kevin) Durant, it’s a 3. Offensive rebounding, they’re terrific at it. They have length.“I think (Russell) Westbrook is one of the best rebounding guards in our league, and so we have to control that. And then we just have to make Durant’s baskets hard.”Nothing easy, Rivers said, for the possible regular-season MVP. As for Westbrook, he’s averaging 9.7 rebounds in seven playoff games.The Clippers and Thunder split four games during the regular season, each team going 1-1 at home.CP3 one tough hombreIt could be seen on the face of Clippers guard Chris Paul during winning time Saturday. He was pumped up and was not going to let his team lose. He played 42 minutes on a strained right hamstring; he also has a sore left thumb. He scored 22 points, doled out 14 assists, had four steals and just two turnovers.Rivers can’t say enough about Paul. “I’ll tell you, I mean, at halftime he was very animated, in a positive way,” Rivers said. “I took him out for a couple of minutes in the third, or I think at the beginning of the fourth; I can’t remember. And he walked over to me and said, ‘Coach, I’m good. I’m going all the way today. If you’re all right, I’m all right.’“He really showed what he’s made of, just the character he has, and I thought his leadership and will helped the entire team. They know what he’s going through, and to give that performance on that stage was huge for us.”Paul spoke post-game about the victory itself, while alluding to the Sterling saga.“I’m just glad we pulled it out,” he said. “It’s going to sound crazy, but it was all about tonight. Everything else was in the past. We didn’t dwell on all that stuff, and not to diminish how serious everything’s been in the past week or so, it was all about basketball tonight. … Had we lost this game, it wasn’t as if they were going to let us go to the next round because of what we’ve been through.“I think it just showed our will, our fight.”Statistically speakingDurant averaged 29.9 points and 9.6 rebounds in seven playoff games against the Memphis Grizzlies. Westbrook averaged 25.6 points and 8.0 assists to go with the team-leading 9.7 rebounds; he’s listed at 6-foot-3. … Blake Griffin averaged 23.3 points in seven games against the Warriors, Paul averaged 17.4 points 9.0 assists. DeAndre Jordan averaged 12.1 points, 15.1 rebounds and 4.0 blocks. Other playoff scoring averages: Jamal Crawford (16.7), J.J. Redick (14.3), Darren Collison (9.6) and Matt Barnes (8.9). … The Clippers shot 55.4 percent from the field Saturday.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Lamont Peterson retires after loss to Sergey Lipinets

first_img“It’s been a long career, but today is the day and I thank you for the support throughout my career,” he told Fox Sports during an in-ring interview. “I love you all, I’m always going to support this area, but I’m sure it’s time for me to hang it up and I just want to say I appreciate you all, thanks a bunch. I couldn’t go out a better way, at home, main event and this is going to be the last time you see me in the ring. Thanks for everything.”Peterson (35-5-1) finishes his career as a former WBO and IBF light-welterweight champion.Lipinets (15-1) landed the decisive blows towards the end of the 10th round, dropping Peterson. Join DAZN and Canelo Alvarez vs. Daniel Jacobs on May 4After losing, Peterson confirmed the fight — his 41st — would be the last of his professional career. Lamont Peterson announced his retirement after losing to Sergey Lipinets on Sunday.Peterson, 35, was dropped late in the 10th round at the MGM National Harbor after an action-packed fight between the former champions.last_img read more

USDA makes it easier to transfer agricultural land through CRP changes

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Agriculture Deputy Under Secretary Lanon Baccam announced that beginning Jan. 9, 2017, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will offer an early termination opportunity for certain Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) contracts, making it easier to transfer property to the next generation of farmers and ranchers, including family members. The land that is eligible for the early termination is among the least environmentally sensitive land enrolled in CRP.This change to the CRP program is just one of many that USDA has implemented based on recommendations from the Land Tenure Advisory Subcommittee formed by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack in 2015. The subcommittee was asked to identify ways the department could use or modify its programs, regulations, and practices to address the challenges of beginning farmers and ranchers in their access to land, capital and technical assistance.“The average age of principal farm operators is 58,” Baccam said. “So, land tenure, succession and estate planning, and access to land is an increasingly important issue for the future of agriculture and a priority for USDA. Access to land remains the biggest barrier for beginning farmers and ranchers. This announcement is part of our efforts to address some of the challenges with transitioning land to beginning farmers.”Baccam made the announcement while touring the Joe Dunn farm in Warren County, located in central Iowa near Carlisle. Dunn is the father-in-law to Iowa native and former Marine Aaron White, who with his wife, are prospective candidates for the early termination program. Baccam was joined by Farm Service Agency Iowa State Executive Director John Whitaker when meeting with Dunn and White.“The chance to give young farmers a better opportunity to succeed when starting a farming career makes perfect sense,” Baccam said. “There are Conservation Reserve Program acres that are rested and ready to be productive, an original goal of CRP. The technical teams at USDA will tell us which ones can terminate from the program with little impact on the overall conservation efforts. When they do, we’ll be ready to help beginning farmers like military veteran Aaron White.”Normally if a landowner terminates a CRP contract early, they are required to repay all previous payments plus interest. The new policy waives this repayment if the land is transferred to a beginning farmer or rancher through a sale or lease with an option to buy. With CRP enrollment close to the Congressionally-mandated cap of 24 million acres, the early termination will also allow USDA to enroll other land with higher conservation value elsewhere.“Starting the next generation of farmers and ranchers out with conservation and stewardship in mind is another important part of this announcement,” Baccam said. “The land coming out of CRP will have priority enrollment opportunities with USDA’s working lands conservation programs through cooperation between the Farm Service Agency and the Natural Resources Conservation Service.”Acres terminated early from CRP under these land tenure provisions will be eligible for priority enrollment consideration into the CRP Grasslands, if eligible; or the Conservation Stewardship Program or Environmental Quality Incentives Program, as determined by the Natural Resources Conservation Service.According to the Tenure, Ownership and Transition of Agricultural Land survey, conducted by USDA in 2014, U.S. farmland owners expect to transfer 93 million acres to new ownership during 2015-2019. This represents 10% of all farmland across the nation. Details on the early termination opportunity will be available starting on Jan. 9, 2017, at local USDA service centers. For more information about CRP and to find out if your acreage is eligible for early contract termination, contact your local Farm Service Agency (FSA) office or go online at To locate a local FSA office, visit read more

Leaders Treat the Disease

first_imgA leader looks past the symptoms to the root causes of the disease. A leader looks past the presenting problem to find the source of the problem. Treating the symptoms doesn’t cure the disease. Eliminating the presenting problem doesn’t address the source of the problem. Treating only the symptoms may actually allow the disease to worsen.In the heat of the moment, it’s easy to look at the symptoms as the problem. It is tempting to focus on eliminating the symptoms, believing that things will be better when the symptoms disappear. Dealing with the symptoms seems easier and more immediate.By dealing only with the symptoms, you don’t have to face the source of your problem. You don’t have to face the harsh reality of what is required. You don’t have to have the difficult conversations. You don’t have to face your constraints. You don’t have to face your limitations, including your personal limitations as a leader.Leaders look past the symptoms to find the root cause of their challenges. They know that unless the root cause is addressed, treating the symptoms is only a band-aid and that the symptoms will reappear, often at the most inopportune time. Leaders force the conversations, face their constraints, and breakthrough their limitations.Facing the source of problems instead of the symptoms is how leaders propel the organizations they lead forward to greater results. It’s also how leaders help the people they serve to grow.last_img read more

North Carolina Football: North Carolina Shows Off New ACC Football Patches On Tar Heels’ New Jerseys

first_imgGeneral view of Kenan Stadium.CHAPEL HILL, NC – SEPTEMBER 29: General view of the Military Appreciation Day game between the North Carolina Tar Heels and the Idaho Vandals during play at Kenan Stadium on September 29, 2012 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)Much of North Carolina football’s 2015 uniforms is new. The uniforms themselves are new, with the argyle pattern getting added to the collar of the Tar Heels’ jerseys. The ACC Football patches are new, too. Here they are: View of @theACCfootball patches on the new @TarHeelFootball jerseys. #GoHeels— Jason Freeman (@UNCEquipment) June 9, 2015North Carolina will debut its new jerseys Sept. 3 against South Carolina.last_img read more

Structure fire at Autographics Fabrication shop

first_imgCHARLIE LAKE, B.C. – The Charlie Lake Fire Department was paged out to a structure fire at Autographic’s Trims and Signs on Hemlock Avenue at 6:46 pm on Friday, April 26th, 2019.When the Fire Department arrived on scene the building was venting heavy smoke. The fire was difficult to fight because the fire had spread into the attic area and walls.There were 26 firefighters on scene and the fire was extinguished from the exterior.The cause of the fire is unknown at this time and is under investigation. The Department returned to the fire hall at 1:00 amlast_img read more

Northern Development to host free webinars for small businesses

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Northern Development will be hosting free web seminars geared towards small businesses.Northern Development is encouraging businesses that are associated with Love Northern B.C., Supply Chain Connector and Community Futures to register and access dozens of premier practical business education seminars for free.According to Northern Development, the Small Business B.C. webinars provide up-to-date information and tactics on current business trends and strategies designed to help small businesses improve, succeed and remain competitive, which can have an immediate impact on business operations. Some of the upcoming webinars will focus on sales strategies and blogging to promote your business.For more information on the upcoming Small Business B.C. webinars, you can visit Northern Development’s website.last_img read more

Congress standing by antinationals Prasad

first_imgPatna: Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, who is the BJP candidate for Patna Sahib Lok Sabha seat, on Wednesday said the opposition Congress party is standing with those against the country. Prasad has been fielded by the BJP from Patna Sahib after the party denied the ticket to the sitting MP actor-turned-politicuan Shatrughan Sinha. “Congress has been supporting and standing with Tukde-Tukde gang and Congress manifesto is to divide the country, and will give relax to hearts of those against the country” Prasad said here. He said that the Congress is doing everything to demoralise the army and security forces. The Union Minister also asked the Congress to spell out how many jobs were given by the previous UPA government at the Centre during its 10 years in power. The NDA government is giving fitting response to terrorists and Pakistan, Prasad added.last_img read more

Egypt car bomb at police building kills 14

first_imgBy Haitham el-TabeiMansoura — A powerful car bomb tore through an Egyptian police headquarters Tuesday, killing at least 14 people, in an attack the military-installed authorities said is aimed at derailing a democratic transition.Hours after the bombing in Mansoura, a city north of Cairo, prime minister Hazem Beblawi labelled the Muslim Brotherhood, the banned movement of ousted president Mohamed Morsi, a “terrorist” group, though the premier did not blame the organisation for the blast. The movement itself strongly condemned the attack, one of the deadliest in Egypt since the military deposed Morsi in July.The bombing comes just weeks ahead of a referendum on a new constitution billed as the first major step towards democracy after the Islamist leader’s overthrow.The bomb ripped through the multi-storey police headquarters in Mansoura shortly after 1:00 am, killing at least 14 people and wounding more than 100, officials said.“The majority of the casualties are from the police,” said Omar al-Shawatsi, the governor of Daqahleya, of which Mansoura is the capital.Daqahleya security chief Sami El-Mihi was wounded in the blast and two of his aides were killed, security officials said.The massive explosion — whose impact was felt about 20 kilometres (21 miles) away — stripped off the facade of the building and caused part of its solid structure to cave in.The wreckage of an armoured police car was nearby, while at least 10 civilian cars were damaged and a nearby building completely collapsed, said an AFP correspondent at the scene.Angry residents of the area vented their fury on Morsi’s Brotherhood movement.“The Muslim Brotherhood is an international terrorist organisation. They are responsible for what happened in Mansoura,” said Hamada Arafat, a school teacher.“They are now adopting tactics like Al-Qaeda.”Prosecutors and officials say the Brotherhood has links with Islamist militants who have stepped up attacks on security forces across Egypt, but mainly in the restive Sinai Peninsula.“This is a more sophisticated attack than previous ones. It could be a sign of things to come… the insurgency in Sinai is becoming emboldened and extending attacks outside the Sinai,” said Shadi Hamid, research director at the Brookings Doha Center.Brotherhood condemns bombingBeblawi said the bombing was an attempt to thwart the country’s steps towards democracy, and declared the Brotherhood a terrorist group.“Prime Minister Beblawi has declared the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist organisation,” state news agency MENA quoted his spokesman as saying.The declaration could have significant political impact ahead of the referendum, but will not have much legal impact as the group has already been banned by an Egyptian court.In a separate statement carried by MENA, Beblawi later said: “Terrorism will not succeed in derailing the implementation of the road map”, but did not mention the Brotherhood by name.Interior minister Mohamed Ibrahim visited the site of the blast and told reporters Egypt “will not be scared, on the contrary it will reinforce our determination to fight the terrorists”.The Brotherhood condemned the bombing “in the strongest possible terms”, and also lashed out at Beblawi.“It is no surprise that Beblawi, the military junta’s puppet prime minister, has decided to exploit the blood of innocent Egyptians through inflammatory statements designed to create further violence, chaos and instability,” it said in a statement.The 85-year-old Brotherhood, a political and social movement, prevailed in a series of polls following the overthrow of longtime dictator Hosni Mubarak in 2011, and Morsi became the country’s first freely elected leader after winning elections last year.But since his ouster Egypt has been caught in a spiral of violence.He was removed from power after massive street protests against his turbulent one-year rule, with millions accusing him of power-grabbing and economic mismanagement.More than 1,000 people have since been killed in a crackdown, including hundreds on August 14 in Cairo when police stormed two protest camps of his Islamist supporters.The crackdown has seen thousands of Islamists, including the Brotherhood’s entire leadership, arrested.After Morsi’s ouster, the military-installed authorities announced a road map for a democratic transition.On January 14 and 15 the country is to hold a constitutional referendum — the first step in the plan.The charter, if approved, is to be followed by parliamentary and presidential elections by mid-2014.last_img read more