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Letters to the Editor for Saturday, April 25

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first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionOur Mother Earth needs us to listen To reopen America, we need more testingThere are a substantial percentage of people in this country that don’t realize the paramount importance of vast testing regarding the coronavirus.Bringing it to a simple explanation might help them understand the necessity of testing.Assume everyone in America was able to get tested for the virus. At least three things would be determined: Do you have the virus, have you had the virus, or you do not and never have had the virus.For simplification, let’s suppose people never having had the virus are yellow; people who have had, and presumably are no longer contagious, are blue; and people that actively have the virus are red.In all likelihood, it would be safe to say the yellow and blue people can get back to work and normal life. Have the red people go into quarantine until they are no longer contagious. Consequently, the country would be able to get back to normalcy much sooner with a greatly reduced fear of spreading the virus.The purpose of this letter is to inform the people, as those in Minnesota, Michigan and Virginia, who are defying social distancing orders and are protesting state governments to reopen, that it would be considerably more effective to achieve their purpose by protesting the federal government.Perhaps these people, along with many others, in a bipartisan social media protest, should demand Washington vastly expand its testing capabilities. This would certainly help accomplish what all Americans want — expediting the reopening of the United States of America.Louis Restifo Sr.Burnt HillsAthlete deserved recognition in draftI really enjoyed the fantasy boys’ basketball draft article in the April 19 Sunday Gazette. I’m sure it will generate many comments. Mine:What about Rosey Phillips? I’m sure the answer is he has no resume beyond his high school career, which was itself shortened. However, his talent (recognized as a Parade All-American as a sophomore) was beyond question. I’d take him in my starting five.Peter E. ReillyEstero, Fla., formerly of Clifton ParkWe must invest in fighting depressionIn the midst of this horrible COVID-19 virus, I could not help but make a comparison between it and depression. Both silently take a hold of their victims. There is no known cure for either one.People can survive COVID-19 and depression if it is identified and treated. Thousands will die from both if untreated.A face mask may mitigate the numbers who suffer from the virus, but there are no face masks for depression. It strikes slowly and silently and mitigation is complicated.There are no vaccines that will prevent depression.Scientists are working on a vaccine that will prevent COVID-19 and save thousands of lives. Billions and billions of federal dollars have been invested in preventing and treating COVID-19 which has claimed over 30,000 lives.Scientists are studying mental illness and depression but only 35 million federal dollars have been invested. Last year alone, 47,000 people died by suicide, and every year that number increases.With billions of dollars invested in research, we will prevent death by COVID-19. I can only hope that we can say the same about suicide one day.Joann Perillo-LaskySchenectady Thank postal carriers for delivering in crisisI have seen quite a few sincere and well-deserved messages posted for first responders, military service professionals, and health care professionals, and they all have earned our respect and gratitude during these challenging times.However, there is one group that I have not seen mentioned, and that is the postal carriers and clerks.They handle mail and packages daily, as well as dealing with the public some of whom are still not observant of the social distancing and self-care; postal employees are putting themselves at serious risk every time they go to work.How many times has your mail not been delivered since this crisis started? They have not even been late getting our mail delivered, nor have I heard anyone complain about the mail service because of the virus.This is one of those professions that is typically taken for granted, but they are on the front lines every day and continue to do their jobs professionally and competently. If you have to visit the post office for some legitimate reason, or if you happen to see your mail carrier, thank them for the selfless and essential work that they do.Rudy NydeggerBallston SpaPeople not wearing their masks correctlyThe April 16 front page headline read “Cuomo orders use of face covering,” with an accompanying picture of a man wearing a mask.The front page of the local section featured a man serving up two orders of chicken wings, also wearing a mask. Kudos and criticism to The Gazette for these two stories and corresponding pictures.Kudos for the stories; both are very important for everyone to read. One speaks directly to the need to use masks when out in public for our own and others’ protections when social distancing is not possible. The other speaks to the need to support our local small businesses while wearing masks to protect ourselves and others.Criticism, though, for the pictures because they both demonstrate how not to wear a protective mask.The man on the front page might just as well have not worn a mask at all, since the upper edge of the mask is underneath his nose. Every exhaled breath was being expelled into the air around him. The man on the front page of the local section had coverage of his nose and mouth, good for him. However, there appears to be a gap between the mask and his nose and upper cheeks.If the mask is to work properly, it should be pinched to cover nose, mouth and upper cheeks or closed with a small piece of tape if cloth or a bandana.As they say in the subways of London, “Mind the Gap.”Julianne GorsageNiskayunaStand up for heroes of St. Clare’s HospitalIn this time of national crisis, we have realized who the essential workers really are in this society. We applaud the nurses, EMTs, doctors and all the other personnel whose job it is to heal us when we are ill, who are, at this very moment, risking their health and perhaps lives to fight this fight for us. Those people were heroes last month, last year and for decades before that. We rightly honor them now.There are, however, 1,100 of those heroes in our own community who, far from being honored, seem to have been forgotten. These folks worked, some for several decades, for us.The workers at the former St. Clare’s Hospital have lost some or all of their pensions. This is, unfortunately, an old story. Some have died. Some, if they had other savings, have seen those diminished by this crisis. For others, that pension was their future. Gone.If our concern for the heroes working for us now is real, not some passing, feel-good emotion, then we will contact our representatives, the Catholic Diocese of Albany and anyone else who can help these heroes who have sacrificed for us. If we let this injustice stand, we don’t deserve the service these people have given to our community.Frederick ZiemannSaratoga SpringsCongress must give doctors their due Gov. Cuomo, isn’t it time you acknowledged upstate New Yorkers? Every time you’re asked any question about upstate, your answer seems to be “I’ll have to look into that.” I know that you mentioned Buffalo once, and you have acknowledged that Albany is part of New York state. But do you know that places like Schenectady, Utica, Rochester, Elmira, etc. are just a few of the upstate cities that exist? You seem to find us when you want revenue, equipment or votes.It would be nice if you would address our needs and our desires for information about what is happening outside of New York City. Your rant about everyone else’s lack of support is just that, a rant. So please understand that you were supposed to represent everyone in the state, not just New York City.Mary DisabelSchenectadyExamine real causes of unpreparednessI have to reply to untold facts about the virus, and how unprepared hospitals, nursing homes have not been ready for crises like we are facing now.For decades, nurses and some doctors have been begging for more rooms to be set aside for emergencies such as this war — along with supplies, bedding, masks and all the equipment necessary to fight crises. But no, CEOs, presidents, and shareholders ignored these pleas, thinking of the bottom line and getting fat salaries.You wonder why you pay $6,800 for aspirin? They say we have to treat those who cannot pay. When a CEO makes $20 million, they can have the equipment they need.In sanctuary cities, people refusing to get vaccinations, filthy streets, no garbage pickup, etc. that’s the problem, and politicians will not admit it. New York City, Albany, San Francisco  and others are reaping what they sow, and the media is not reporting it. Shame on them, and you.The media just wants to blame President Trump when they should be blaming the real cause. Don’t take my word for it. Just ask nurses and doctors who have been around and get the facts.Al MarvellScotiaBiden should look at causes of problemsIn the April 19 Sunday Gazette, Michael Gerson’s column (“Joe Biden challenged to fill large vacancy in leadership”) has lots of facts correct but misses how to deal with them by 180 degrees, ignoring the fact that most of our security problems weren’t cured by past policies, but created by them.Al Qaeda attacked us because we used our power to prop up a totalitarian government in Saudi Arabia to protect American oil interests.The ayatollahs hate us because we toppled an elected Iranian government and imposed the Shah on them. ISIS’s rise was enabled by the chaos we unleashed with military action in the Middle East.Many refugees fleeing Central America are knocking at our Mexican border. We’ve consistently intervened in Central American countries over many decades to prevent the rise of genuine democracy and prop up ruling oligarchies there, creating conditions causing refugee flight.The only times we have received universal approval and praise for our overseas efforts were when we sent help to deal with earthquakes, typhoons etc., by providing rescue, medical services and material help after such events, not when we used military power and economic attacks.Joe Biden, build more hospital ships, not more carriers.David C. Furman, Jr.NiskayunaHeroes not stopped by sniping and ill willCountry singer Randy Travis made popular a song, “Heroes and Friends” that now applies perfectly to those who have responded to our national pandemic. I speak of the heroes who respond to every 911 call; care for us in the hospital and nursing homes and share our infected space for our welfare.These heroes are indeed our friends. They have put aside their fears and personal safety for the good of humanity.They are undeterred by a dishonest media or our local letter writing hate mongers who hide on the sidelines and snipe at our president; or their fellow heroes who have been so mistreated by our state government; (i.e. the former St. Clare’s employees). They must not go unappreciated.As true “heroes and friends,” they have compassion for all and put their own person, second to that of their fellow man.We stand in awe and total respect.  A heartfelt thank you to all.Jack OsterlitzGlenville Can you hear her? Mother Earth has been speaking 4.5 billion years on this blue planet. Humans have been here for a mere 200,000 years perhaps.For eons, we listened to our Mother; we lived within the harmony of the community of life.But we have turned a deaf ear to her in the last 200 years. We grew arrogant and felt that we could “rape” her of her secrets and treasures. We have taken and taken and not given back.We have poured toxins into her air, water and soil. Now we’re at the tipping point. Mother Earth can absorb no more poison. She cannot breathe. And now we have a disease that prevents our breathing. Is coronavirus her revenge? No, I think not. Our Mother doesn’t deal in vengeful actions; she deals in consequences. In many ways, we humans are reaping what we’ve sown. Unfortunately, the whole of creation, especially the most vulnerable, are being destructively impacted.Can we see what harm our own personal actions are doing? Can we change one of our actions? Stop our waste of resources? Stop littering? Can we recycle? Can we join one of the many positive environmental groups that are making tremendous strides to work for the health and well-being of the web of life? Mother Earth waits – almost holding her breath- waiting for what the human will do in this time of peril and promise.Linda NeilSisters of St. JosephSchenectadyShocked at medical person not in maskAm I alone in being shocked that the picture in the April 20 Gazette of Dr. Kulbida and an unnamed nurse/doctor in the background in the newborn nursery at Bellevue Hospital were not wearing masks or gloves?Color me horrified.Cynthia SwansonNiskayunaGet more informed before commentingI read Winnie Balz’s April 21 letter (“Take precautions to stop spread, not laws”) that she’s having a tough time finding a face mask. She has tried to buy one, make one and doesn’t believe covering your nose and mouth for any length of time is good for you. I certainly believe there are quite a few folks in Washington, D.C., who should be permanently masked and it would be great for me.The reader also stated she deserves some credit for knowing what precautions to take to stay virus-free. Unfortunately, not all residents are as knowledgeable as she, but it is not a law.It is an executive order and store owners should not allow folks in without proper PPE. There are still many people out there that think this virus is a hoax and this isn’t going to magically disappear. Please inform the reader I have plenty of duct tape I will gladly give her for a mask.Mike BriggsScotiaCuomo did right in securing ventilatorsWith all due respect to Mr. Connolly’s criticism of Gov. Cuomo regarding the Ventilator Allocation Guidelines report in his April 13 letter (“What happened to ventilator report?”), in reading part of the report, I came to a different conclusion. Mr. Connolly takes issue with the governor’s extensive efforts to obtain additional ventilators. Mr. Connolly states, “Purchasing additional ventilators is dismissed. The solution is to triage.”Three segments of ventilator availability exist: sufficient ventilators are available, therefore none need to be obtained; it’s impossible to obtain enough ventilators, therefore it’s imperative to establish a “worst-case” protocol, and a middle segment wherein there aren’t enough currently available, but it may be possible to obtain enough ventilators.After watching several governor’s press conferences and reading numerous articles, I believe he’s doing what any clear thinking, competent and empathetic leader would do. That is to try as much as possible to avoid having to invoke the “impossible” segment protocol.That does not invalidate the report at all.I’m sure the patients treated by those “obtained ventilators” and their families and friends would agree.That being said, the exclusions I mention could have been more clearly stated in the letter from the commissioner of health and the Preface, among other places in the report details.Mr. Connolly, do you really believe that if we don’t have enough ventilators, nothing should be done to get more? That seems to be the essence of your criticism and/or you just want to criticize the governor.Albert J. Pirigyi, Sr.Burnt Hillscenter_img More from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Schenectady homeless assistance program Street Soldiers dealing with surge in needEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: No chickens in city without strong regsFoss: Schenectady Clergy Against Hate brings people together I want to thank our local doctors for working on the front lines, bravely fighting the coronavirus epidemic. They are keeping us safe here, caring for local patients and also caring for patients sent to our hospitals from hard hit hot spots like New York City.Other doctors are even voluntarily leaving their families and traveling to places where they are needed most to care for those that are sick and in dire need of help.Not only are they risking their own health, they’re bearing the burden of potentially infecting their families. To say we all owe them a deep debt of gratitude is an understatement.I hope Sens. Schumer and Gillibrand, along with Congress, recognize doctors for their heroic actions throughout this crisis and after as well. Congress took care of first responders after 9/11, and the same recognition for doctors only seems appropriate today. They, too, have rushed “into the fire” to save others.With support from our senators and Congress, and gratitude from us all, doctors will emerge from this crisis prepared to get back to their regular practices and procedures.Let’s hope that day comes sooner rather than later.Adrienne EnglundSchenectadyCARES Act must help nonprofits, tooAs COVID-19 continues to disrupt every facet of society, New York’s nonprofit human services organizations continue to provide necessary services to our most vulnerable citizens.Like many others, we have experienced significant challenges as a result of the virus, compounding the issues we face as a chronically-underfunded industry.Many nonprofits employ more than 500 employees and have not been able to access the Paycheck Protection Program, which contains loan forgiveness provisions necessary to help ensure they can provide services during the crisis and assist with our nation’s recovery efforts.As the Treasury Department implements CARES Act financing to banks and other lenders to make loans to nonprofits and other mid-size business of between 500-10,000 employees, we and a coalition of our peers request that the program: Include a 0.50% interest rate (50 basis points) for 501(c)(3) charitable nonprofits at a 5 year amortization; provide priority to 501(c)(3) charitable nonprofits responding to COVID-19 relief efforts; payments shall not be due until two years after a direct loan is made; employee retention provisions should begin on the date that loan funding is received by the borrower; and, in implementing any workforce restoration and retention provisions, “workforce” should be defined as full-time employees or full-time equivalents.Nonprofit organizations are our country’s only institutions solely focused on making communities stronger. In the toughest times, we do the toughest work. When it’s time to restore and repair our well-being, we’ll be here to help.William GettmanGlenmontThe writer is CEO of Northern Rivers Family of Services.Trump’s full of it? Listen to Biden talk“Um, you know there’s a, uh, during World War II, uh, you know, where Roosevelt came up with a thing, that uh, you know, was totally different, than a, than the, he called it the, you know, the World War II, he had the War Production Board.” — Joe Biden speaking from his bunker in Delaware, CNN Thursday, April 16, 2020.I was convinced that the country had finally hit bottom when Donald Trump became president, but then the Democratic National Committee dug deeper and up came the King of Malarkey.Walter WoukSummitPaper should show proper mask usageIn the April 16 Gazette, your choice of the photo of a person on State Street wearing his mask incorrectly is not a real help for the community.On the front of the local section is another photo – showing the mask worn correctly over the nose. Please help us learn how to adapt to the pandemic and keep ourselves safe.Mary MacDonaldClifton Park Cuomo doesn’t live up to rhetoric, hypeHis critics accuse him of being arrogant, unethical and loose with the truth. They say he is an autocrat who uses his coronavirus pressers to inflate his relevance and political appeal. They say he is the ultimate bully.No, I’m not describing President Trump, but Gov. Andrew Cuomo.Much like his father, Mario Cuomo, who used a well-delivered speech at the 1984 Democratic National Convention to vault himself into the presidential conversation back in the late 1980s, Andy has used this recent crisis to draw praise from his liberal friends in the media and Hollywood. They have even suggested he should be considered a presidential candidate.Please forgive my skepticism, but I have been here during his time as governor of New York. You would be hard pressed to find anyone who personally likes him, let alone anyone outside his loyalists in the Democratic Party who feels he has served us well. The media is looking for any alternative to Trump who they despise. But Andy is not up to the challenge in much the same way his father was long on rhetoric yet lacking in important accomplishments. Please carefully review Andy’s record.Donald FlyntBallston LakeCovid no excuse for poor internet serviceAlthough the coronavirus has disrupted all of the world, I was one of the lucky ones, able to work from home. Unfortunately, all of that came to a screeching halt over a week ago, when Verizon’s DSL internet stopped working.I reported it immediately and was told, “24-48 hours,” and I understood that big companies were also working with a lack of resources.When the service wasn’t working on Monday, they advised me that it would be working by the end of the day, and the next day they told me “by 2:45 p.m.,” then 3:45, then 11 p.m. Every single day, I was given the same commitment, citing “Coronavirus, sorry,” and every day nothing. Spectrum won’t give me service because they won’t come to my house. Now I’m about to lose my job, which I really like and want, because I’m unable to accomplish anything for my boss. Coronavirus isn’t the only reason for lack of good service. Sometimes it’s just an excuse.Diana KlementowskiGreenfield CenterExperiment with opening up D.C. firstHow about resolving the federal/state issue of when and how to re-open the economy by opening Washington, D.C. first?Works for me!Will AubreyMayfieldGovernor doesn’t just represent NYClast_img

SIAD – Two different worlds

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first_imgGet instant access to must-read content today!To access hundreds of features, subscribe today! At a time when the world is forced to go digital more than ever before just to stay connected, discover the in-depth content our subscribers receive every month by subscribing to gasworld.Don’t just stay connected, stay at the forefront – join gasworld and become a subscriber to access all of our must-read content online from just $270. Subscribelast_img

MOL Joins GDF Suez in Uruguay FSRU Project

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first_imgOutlines of the LNG Receiving TerminalThe receiving terminal will be located four kilometers offshore off the Port of Montevideo, Uruguay, where FSRU will be moored on off shore jetty protected by breakwater. The FSRU will deliver natural gas ashore through high pressure arms located on the jetty head. The natural gas will be sent ashore via a subsea pipeline.[mappress]LNG World News Staff, October 04, 2013; Image: GDF SUEZ, MOL Mitsui O.S.K. Lines announced that MOL, along with a subsidiary of GDF Suez, has signed a 20-year time charter party for one floating storage regasification unit (FSRU). The FSRU will be a core facility for an LNG import project in Uruguay led by Gas Sayago. This is the first FSRU project for MOL to solely build, own, and operate such a unit.The FSRU will have a storage capacity of 263,000 cubic meters of LNG, making it the world’s largest. Built by Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co, in South Korea, the FSRU is to be completed by September 2016 and will enter into service in November 2016 after delivery and commissioning at Port of Montevideo.Since FSRUs first came into practical use in 2005, plans to operate them have been developing in many places around the world as they provide a competitive solution for receiving LNG because of timing and cost effectiveness.Participation in this project marks an important milestone for MOL to enter into the expanding business field.FSRU outlinesLength :345.00 mBeam :55.00 mLNG storage capacity :263,000 m3Regassification capacity :540 MMSCFD (LNG conversion: about 10,900 MT/day)Mooring method :Jetty mooringlast_img

BOEM Holds NC Offshore Wind Public Meetings

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first_imgThe Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) is holding three public meetings regarding the proposed wind energy sites offshore North Carolina this week.The federal agency has identified three sites suited for wind energy development. One is located offshore Outer Banks while other two are offshore Wilmington.The purpose of meetings is to provide an overview of the environmental assessment (EA) findings and solicit public comments.Today, the last meeting will be held at South Brunswick Islands Center, Carolina Shores from 5 to 8 pm. However, the public has until 23 February to comment on the EA.Following the end of comment period, BOEM will publish a Finding of No Significant Impact, revise the EA, or issue a notice of intent to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement.Image: boemlast_img

World’s largest heavy lift vessel to be classed by DNV

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first_imgWith its width of nearly 80 metres and length of 275 metres, this is the first semisubmersible heavy lift vessel to be built in accordance with DNV's new class rules for this type of ship. The vessel has no forecastle, which allows it to carry cargo of "unlimited" length. Its deckhouse is mainly positioned outside its hull, allowing it to carry 70 m-wide cargo."As DNV is perceived to be the leading class society when it comes to heavy lift vessels, and as Dockwise is a front runner within this ship segment, the two organisations have cooperated to ensure this new innovative vessel meets all the safety standards," says DNV regional manager Central Europe Torgeir Sterri."Not only were DNV's existing rules essential for scaling up this unique semisubmersible heavy lift vessel concept, but DNV's risk assessment capabilities were also key to meeting all the SOLAS requirements for this unconventional design," he adds.At the annual gala for the Dutch maritime cluster, the Royal Dutch Association of Shipowners chose the Dockwise Vanguard as the most innovative and daring project launched by the Dutch maritime sector during the past year. When accepting this award, Dockwise's CEO André Goedée expressed his appreciation of the Dutch flag administration and DNV."I am pleased and impressed by the way the owner, flag and class have managed to work together. By thinking 'outside the box', we have been able to form a new concept and bring the whole industry a huge step forward," he said.The vessel is going to be built by Hyundai Heavy Industries in Korea. Its keel will be laid in December and the vessel is due to be delivered in October 2012, when its first cargo will be ready to be transported from South-East Asia to Brazil.last_img

HANSA HEAVY LIFT sets new record in Mumbai

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first_imgThe lift in Mumbai was the heaviest cargo ever loaded from the quayside at the Indian port. "We could load the reactors only during the spring tide due to the heavy weight," explained HHL ceo Tomas Dyrbye.Despite it being the monsoon season, HHL said the cargo was offloaded one week later in the deep water port of Paradip on the East coast of India in the Jagatsinghpur district of Orissa on the Bay of Bengal.    www.hansaheavylift.comlast_img

SRA closes firm ahead of prosecutions

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first_imgA North Lincolnshire firm has been closed because of alleged failures to comply with accounts rules, the Solicitors Regulation Authority said today. De Vita Platt of High Street, Barton-upon-Humber, was intervened into to protect the interests of clients. The practising certificates of partners Jonathan De Vita and Christopher Platt were suspended as a result of the intervention. Both were last year referred to the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal over allegations including causing or allowing a shortage to arise on the firm’s client account. They are also accused of failing to supervise a member of staff at the firm between 2010 and 2014. The allegations are unproven and are due to be heard by the tribunal in March. Intervention means the SRA has closed a firm with immediate effect. The regulator said it will stop the firm from operating, take possession of all documents and papers held by the firm, and take possession of all money held by the firm, including clients’ money. John Owen of Bradford firm Gordons has been appointed as the intervening agent.The SRA said its records identify the firm as Quality Solicitors De Vita Platt. However, no firm of that name appears on Quality Solicitors’ list of members and the offices do not carry Quality Solicitors branding. A QualitySolicitors spokesperson said that the firm had been part of the QS Network but left in 2015 and apparently failed to register leaving the network with the SRA.last_img

St Lucia policeman receives two-year jail term

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first_img Tweet Wilson, who functioned as the High Court orderly, was suspected of passing drugs to prison officers.CASTRIES,St Lucia, Friday June 14, 2013 – A police officer who was caught last year with drugs while on court duty was on Friday sent to prison for two years.Police Constable Dervin Wilson was sentenced to two years each for the possession of a controlled drug and possession with the intent to supply a controlled drug. Both sentences will run concurrently which means he will serve only two years in prison.Wilson had pleaded not guilty but following a trial he was found guilty on May 7, 2013 and sentenced on Friday when he appeared in the Gros Islet court.Wilson, who functioned as the High Court orderly, was suspected of passing drugs to prison officers. He was reportedly searched on the morning of July 31, 2012 outside the High Court while he was in full police uniform and a quantity of cannabis was found on his person. Caribbean Media Corporation Share Sharing is caring! Sharecenter_img NewsRegional St Lucia policeman receives two-year jail term by: - June 14, 2013 Share 20 Views   no discussionslast_img

Warriors ends Cavs’ hex with blowout win

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first_img[av_one_full first min_height=” vertical_alignment=” space=” custom_margin=” margin=’0px’ padding=’0px’ border=” border_color=” radius=’0px’ background_color=” src=” background_position=’top left’ background_repeat=’no-repeat’ animation=”][av_heading heading=’Warriors ends Cavs’ hex with blowout win’ tag=’h3′ style=’blockquote modern-quote’ size=” subheading_active=’subheading_below’ subheading_size=’15’ padding=’10’ color=” custom_font=”][/av_heading][av_textblock size=” font_color=” color=”]OAKLAND – The Golden State Warriors emphatically snapped a four-game losing streak to the Cleveland Cavaliers on Monday, using a 78-point, first-half explosion to crush the defending NBA champions 126-91.Klay Thompson scored a game-high 26 points and Draymond Green recorded an 11-point, 13-rebound, 11-assist triple-double, propelling the Warriors to their first win over the Cavaliers since Game 4 of last year’s NBA Finals.The triple-double was the third of the season for Green. He also blocked five shots.The Cavaliers, swept by the Warriors in two games in the regular season last year and down 3-1 in the Finals, rallied to sweep the final three games en route to their first-ever NBA championship.Cleveland extended its winning streak to four with a 109-108 home win over the Warriors on Christmas Day.Golden State (35-6) took control immediately in the latest rematch, getting a layup from Stephen Curry, a 3-pointer from Thompson and a dunk from Kevin Durant in a 7-0, game-opening burst that prompted a Cavaliers timeout just 93 seconds into the game.The Warriors led 37-22 after one quarter, and then turned the game into a blowout over the final 3:31 of the second period, using an 18-3 flurry to open a 78-49 halftime advantage.Durant had seven points and Curry six in the runaway.The second quarter included a flagrant-foul charge against Green for leveling LeBron James on a fastbreak.Green was suspended for the pivotal Game 5 of the Finals last June because of the accumulation of technical and flagrant fouls, including one during a Game 4 run-in with James.James finished with a team-high 20 points for the Cavaliers, who were completing an 11-day, six-game trip. Cleveland (29-11) split the six games, also losing at Utah and Portland.Durant totaled 21 points, Curry 20 to go with 11 assists, Andre Iguodala 14 and Shaun Livingston 13 for the Warriors, who ran their record this season to 13-1 against Eastern Conference teams with a fourth consecutive win. (Reuters)[/av_textblock] [/av_one_full]last_img

Raptors slaughters Pelicans with 33 Lowry hits

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first_img[av_textblock size=” font_color=’custom’ color=’#0a0a0a’]TORONTO – Down 14 points at halftime and without DeMar DeRozan for the fourth time in five games, things didn’t look good for the Toronto Raptors.But behind 33 points and 10 assists from Kyle Lowry, who made the go-ahead jumper with 4.3 seconds to play, the Raptors rallied to beat the New Orleans Pelicans, 108-106, on Tuesday night for their first overtime victory of the season.”It was like a funeral in here,” Lowry said of the halftime mood in the Raptors’ locker room. ”We were all down and out of it but DeMarre Carroll came out in the second half with some energy and I give a lot of credit for that game win to him.”Carroll provided what Lowry called the intangibles, leaving the scoring to the likes of Jonas Valanciunas, who had 20 points and 12 rebounds, and Norman Powell, who chipped in with 18 points.Lowry tied his season high for 3-pointers, going 6 of 14 beyond the arc as the Raptors beat the Pelicans for the third straight time and ninth time in the teams’ last 11 meetings.Toronto won for just the second time in eight games, a slump that has allowed Boston to pass the Raptors for second in the Eastern Conference.Jrue Holiday scored 30 points and Anthony Davis had 18 points and 17 rebounds for his 30th double-double as the Pelicans lost their second straight. (AP)[/av_textblock][/av_one_full] [av_one_full first min_height=” vertical_alignment=” space=” custom_margin=” margin=’0px’ padding=’0px’ border=” border_color=” radius=’0px’ background_color=” src=” background_position=’top left’ background_repeat=’no-repeat’ animation=”][av_heading heading=’Raptors slaughters Pelicans with 33 Lowry hits’ tag=’h3′ style=’blockquote modern-quote’ size=” subheading_active=’subheading_below’ subheading_size=’15’ padding=’10’ color=” custom_font=”][/av_heading][av_textblock size=” font_color=’custom’ color=’#0a0a0a’]Thursday, February 2, 2017[/av_textblock][av_image src=’http://www.panaynews.net/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/sports-Raptors.jpg’ attachment=’95129′ attachment_size=’full’ align=’center’ styling=” hover=” link=” target=” caption=’yes’ font_size=’15’ appearance=’on-hover’ overlay_opacity=’0.4′ overlay_color=’#000000′ overlay_text_color=’#ffffff’ animation=’no-animation’]Kyle Lowry (7) of the Toronto Raptors celebrates after a successful shot against the Pelicans during their NBA match on Tuesday. The Raptors rallied to beat the New Orleans Pelicans, 108-106, on Tuesday night for their first overtime victory of the season. AP[/av_image]last_img