Rayo tracks the forward Sandro Lima, according to ‘A Bola’

first_imgThe coronavirus has made competition stop, but football does not rest. At least, some of the sectors that comprise it, as is the case of the sports management and the technical secretariat of the clubs. The planning of the next season has not been parked and with it, the reports and follow-ups of the players are maintained. Rayo is looking for a forward and ‘A Bola’ has put a name on the table: Sandro Lima. The 29-year-old Brazilian plays for Gil Vicente and has aroused the interest of the franjirrojo team and some other from LaLiga, such as Málaga. They both track him down.According to the Portuguese newspaper, Rayo has noticed Sandro Lima and has reportedly probed his representatives. Their numbers are quite interesting for a team like Vallecano, which this season is showing lack of goal. The striker has ten goals in the League, two in the League Cup and one more in the Portuguese Cup, with a baggage of 13 goals in 27 games at Gil Vicente, where he plays on loan from the Brazilian Grêmio Anápolis. At 29 years old, the carioca has a long history in Portuguese football: he has passed through Rio Ave, Académico Viseu, Chaves and Estoril Praia. Sandro Lima has signed 42% of his team’s goals and is just two from breaking the record set by Ferreira in 2003-04, when he scored twelve goals in the League. Not only is the end of the championship in the air, so is the future of the revelation player of Gil Vicente this course. The striker has equaled the best filmmakers’ records of his career (Academician of Viseu, 2014-15) and, in general calculations, Follow in the wake of Benfica’s footballers: Carlos Vinicius (15) and Pizzi (14).last_img read more

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Running event urges locals, tourists to ‘love Boracay’

first_imgSkyathon organizers during a press conference at Icon Hotel. Mark Giongco/INQUIRER.netBoracay, one of the best beaches in the world, is making headlines recently, but not because of its world-renowned powdery white sand and scenic horizon.The small island is currently in hot water 0ver a bevy of environmental woes.ADVERTISEMENT SKYathon, a longstanding beach run event, hopes to help change all that by encouraging locals and tourists to embrace responsible tourism.“Our heed or call this year is #LoveBoracay,” said Jaynalen Redondo, sales marketing head of Sky Cable, during a press conference Monday at Icon Hotel. “Previously, we said that we’re heroes of Boracay, but this year, it’s timely for us to bring back our basic call to action which is to love Boracay.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“Love the beach, love the picturesque backdrop but at the same time it’s a call to everyone to love Boracay by caring for the island even in the littlest way.”The event organized by RunRio, which is on its ninth year, is set on April 21 at Epic Boracay. Registered runners can choose from 3K, 5K and 10K. Part of the proceeds will go to the coral reef rehabilitation program. LATEST STORIES GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacsoncenter_img Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours There will also be mangrove planting, which is a linkup with the DENR.Organizers said they are expecting 700 runners this year, which is about 100 more than last year’s edition, with the event open to international competitors.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Towns helps Wolves pull away to defeat Kings Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed View commentslast_img read more

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MESSENGERS OF PEACE

first_imgIt is always an awesome feeling traveling to rural Liberia and our journey to Cestos City, River Cess County via Buchanan, Grand Bassa County was extraordinary. Driving from Buchanan to Cestos City, River Cess County and meandering through the potholes, stones, mud, cracks and crevices on the road foreshadowed the delicate nature of our coming intervention. On the contrary, we passed a plethora of billboards along the way that seemed to imply successful missions by the various international organizations that erected them. It did not take too long upon arrival in the city that our disappointment, first about the level of development and second about the mediocre sexual and reproductive health programmes began to show. The billboards were just there for show as there were no intense efforts put in place to address the issues of sexual and reproductive health, violence against women and girls. Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) did not resonate among young people as most of them got to know of these goals for the first time.A packed room of young girls ages 9-18 listened to dialogue around reproductive and sexual health and rights. It didn’t take too long to realize that most of the young girls were knowledgeable about the issues around sex but had limited knowledge with regards to reproductive and sexual health and even rights. From the dialogue, it was obvious most of the young girls engage in daily sexual activity and are unaware of their sexual rights.When one of the peace messengers mentioned the issue of statutory rape to the girls, they claimed it was not rape but consensual contact. Some of the young girls have dropped out of school for one reason or the other. Like many other rights, sexual and reproductive health is not absolute. Many times, young people are not aware and even when equipped with the right information; they feel un-empowered to do anything. When asked about the use of condoms to protect themselves, the young women in River Cess mentioned that the men don’t like to use it. Leaving RiverCess and returning to Buchanan and Monrovia left us emotionally drained but strategically inspired. We left knowing that there is strength needing others; that this is not a sign of weakness. A social revolution in achieving sustainable development in sectors and counties like River Cess would be needed. Messengers of Peace (MOP)-Liberia, following the establishment of its third Mentorship and Coaching programme for young adolescent females in Cestos City, would require building stronger features, programmes and structures in the form of a Community Knowledge Center. Our young women in the areas need more than mere sign boards and quick visits from programme officers and managers. They need meaningful involvement and active participation in reproductive and sexual health programmes.Looking ahead, our government as well as the international community needs to do more in the sectors if we are to accomplish the SDGs and agenda 2030. It is no longer sufficient to concentrate programmes in Monrovia. Our young girls deserve more than rusty, abandoned billboards.And until next week, when we come to you with our winning article for the month of February 2017, it is peace above all else, peace first, may peace prevail in our time.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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TIME FOR GARDAI TO BUILD RELATIONSHIPS IN DONEGAL COMMUNITIES – TOP GARDA

first_imgLast night’s launch of the Community Alert scheme in Raphoe/St Johnston.Over one hundred residents from the three Community Alert Groups in Raphoe and St Johnston last night attended the launch of the local text alert scheme at Ballylennon Church Hall. The three groups, DCSM, Binnion View and Glenmaquinn came together to launch their respective text alert schemes.The large attendance were welcomed by the three chairmen, Joe Boland, Bert Galbraith and Samuel Elton with Garda Siochana Superintendent Michael Finan and Inspector David Kelly addressing the crowd and officially launching the schemes. Superintendent Finnan said that it was great to see the three groups working closely together and that this could only benefit the whole area.He also said that it was time for the Garda to build relationships in the local communities.He said that the benefits of Community Alert schemes was evident in recent weeks as the alertness of individuals played a major role in the arrest of suspects in several serious crimes. Also addressing the meeting were Sgt Paul Wallace, area crime prevention officer and Vanessa Clarke of Muintir Na Tire.  TIME FOR GARDAI TO BUILD RELATIONSHIPS IN DONEGAL COMMUNITIES – TOP GARDA was last modified: October 23rd, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalRaphoeSt Johnstontext alert schemelast_img read more

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FEMA head: Post-storm work to be re-bid

first_imgWASHINGTON (AP) – Millions of dollars in federal contracts for Hurricane Katrina recovery efforts that were handed out with little or no competition will be rebid to prevent any waste or abuse, FEMA chief R. David Paulison said Thursday. “I’ve been a public servant for a long time, and I’ve never been a fan of no-bid contracts,” Paulison told a Senate panel investigating the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s response to the hurricane. “Sometimes you have to do them because of the expediency of getting things done. And I can assure that you we are going to look at all of those contracts very carefully.” “All of those no-bid contracts, we are going to go back and rebid,” he said of pacts that were worth millions of dollars. Paulison said after the hearing that he did not have a total figure for no-bid contracts that have been given, but said they include four agreements for $100 million each for housing and construction services awarded immediately after the storm hit. The government has been accused of overpaying for some contracts that were awarded with unusual haste in an effort to speed assistance to Katrina’s victims. In the weeks after the storm, more than 80 percent of at least $1.5 billion in FEMA contracts were awarded with little or no competition, or had open-ended or vague terms that previous audits have cited as being highly prone to abuse. Inspector General Richard Skinner of the Department of Homeland Security told a House subcommittee that 90 percent of the contracts awarded for debris removal in Mississippi were not put out for competitive bids. He said the Army Corps of Engineers had four pre-existing contracts for debris removal, but those four could not handle the overwhelming devastation of the storm. He said reviewing those no-bid contracts is “high on our priority list.” Skinner also said that investigators are not seeing the kinds of problems in Louisiana and Mississippi that FEMA was criticized for in responding to hurricanes that hit Florida last year, particularly providing aid to individuals in counties that had little or no damage. Sen. Joe Lieberman, the top Democrat on the Senate Homeland Security Committee, questioned whether FEMA should look at having contracts for services – including housing and supplies – already in place before a disaster strikes. “It sure looks with hindsight that FEMA would have been in a much better position if it had had a lot of contracts in place that had been bid that were standby contracts to provide exactly the kind of services that FEMA rushed in to provide on a no-bid basis – and which we fear the taxpayers may have ended up paying more money for than they should have,” said Lieberman, D-Conn. “Hopefully we can put things in place for the future where we won’t have to depend on no-bid contracts for future use,” Paulison said. The FEMA chief was one of a bevy of Bush administration officials appearing before a half-dozen hearings to update Congress about the government’s long- and short-term concerns in Katrina’s aftermath. Housing assistance is a top priority as the administration grapples with finding homes for evacuated victims. Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, noted that hundreds of thousands of hurricane victims remain in hotel rooms and emergency shelters – despite more than $2 billion already spent by FEMA for 120,000 temporary trailers and mobile homes. Only 109 Louisiana families have been put in those homes, while tens of thousands of state residents remain in shelters, she said. “More than a month after Katrina’s landfall, frustration, concerns and questions about FEMA’s responsiveness and planning persist as Gulf Coast residents work to put their lives and communities back together,” said Collins, who chaired the Senate hearing. FEMA estimates that just over 68,200 refugees remain in shelters, down from a high of 300,000 after Katrina hit Aug. 29 and Hurricane Rita’s Sept. 17 arrival. Last month, FEMA launched a $2 billion program to pay three months of upfront rental costs for homeowners or renters whose residences were destroyed by Katrina. Eligible victims can receive $2,358 per family to rent anywhere in the country, and could continue to get assistance for up to 18 months as FEMA works with state and local authorities to rebuild the devastated communities. So far, FEMA has spent $1.3 billion to help Katrina victims find homes, and 600,000 have registered for the rental program. But victims still in shelters face an Oct. 15 deadline, set by President Bush, to find more stable housing – including apartments, trailers and in some cases, hotels. Meanwhile, FEMA is weighing whether to extend a program that reimburses the American Red Cross for the cost of hotel rooms for victims. That program is set to expire Oct. 24. The Red Cross has spent $112 million on hotel rooms for 464,560 people since Sept. 3, said spokeswoman Carrie Martin. In another development, Treasury Secretary John Snow, describing the administration’s plans to use tax incentives to rebuild the Gulf Coast economy, told senators the department opposes any proposal to have the credit of the federal government extended to state and local bonds. “That would be a serious mistake,” he said. The leaders of the Senate Finance Committee told Snow to carry a message back to the White House that they’re frustrated with the administration for fighting their effort to expand Medicaid health benefits for hurricane victims. “Unfortunately, the White House is working against me behind the scenes, and I resent that considering how I’ve delivered for the White House so much over the last five years,” said Senate Finance Committee Chairman Charles Grassley, R-Iowa. “It’s six weeks now. Where is the administration?” asked Sen. Max Baucus of Montana, the panel’s top Democrat. “It is slow-walking, it is opposing, it is obfuscating, it is delaying.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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49ers sue Santa Clara to retain management of non-NFL events at Levi’s Stadium

first_imgSANTA CLARA — The San Francisco 49ers filed a lawsuit Friday to block Santa Clara’s attempt to end the team’s management of non-football events at Levi’s Stadium.The lawsuit comes in the wake of the City Council’s vote Tuesday to terminate the 49ers’ management agreement, effective Nov. 15. City officials contend the team misrepresented its experience in managing “public assembly facilities” and has violated city and state rules governing public contracts and prevailing wages. If the city …last_img read more

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Analysis: South Africa’s Performance in UNDP Human Development Report 2015

first_imgThe United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) 2015 Human Development IndexPresents the 2014 Human Development Index (HDI – values and ranks) for 188 countries and UN-recognized territories.South Africa ranks 116th out of 188. With an HDI value of 0.666 for 2014, South Africa is in the medium human development category.Steady increase in HDI value since 1990, moving up 7.2% from 0.621 in 1990 to 0.666 in 2014.South Africans today enjoy a longer, healthier life, have better access to education and a more decent living standard.Table: SA’s HDI trends based on consistent time series data and new goalposts 2010(2011 HDR)20112012(2013 HDR)2013(2014 HDR)2014(*2015 HDR)Rank123 (/187)123 (/187)121 (/186)118 (/187)116[1](/188)HDI Value0.6430.6510.6590.663+0.666Life expectancy at birth54.555.556.356.9+57.4Expected years of schooling13.513.513.613.6+13.6Mean years of schooling9.69.79.99.9+9.9GNI per capita (2011 PPP$)11,83311,97712,04112,134+12,122       1. BackgroundThe 2015 UNDP Human Development Report (HDR) focuses on the instrinsic relationship between work and human development. The Report defines work not only as employment, but as a means to contribute to the public good, reduce inequality, secure livelihoods and empower individuals.The 2015 HDR presents the 2014 Human Development Index (HDI – values and ranks) for 188 countries and UN-recognized territories.South Africa ranks 116th out of 188. With an HDI value of 0.666 for 2014, SA is in the medium human development category.As noted in previous years, the country has seen a steady increase in its HDI value since 1990, moving up 7.2% from 0.621 in 1990 to 0.666 in 2014.The National Development Plan (NDP) identifies human development as a critical part of inclusive growth and acknowledges its inadequate improvement in relation to education, health and safety. South Africa has a good story developing, indicated by the steady improvement of its Human Development Index (HDI) score over the last years.Table 1 below shows the comparability across years for South Africa, presenting trends using consistent data.[i]Table 1: Trends in South Africa’s HDI, 1990–2014Human Development Index (HDI)HDI rankAverage annual HDI growthHDI rankCountryValueChange(%)199020002010201120122013201420132009–20141990–20002000–20102010–20141990–2014116South Africa0,6210,6320,6430,6510,6590,6630,66611740,170,180,870,29Table 1 illustrates, among others, SA’s HDI average annual value increase of approximately 0.29% from 1990 to 2014. The rank is shared with El Salvador and Viet Nam.South Africa has made several gradual, yet significant strides over the past few years not only in its overall HDI ranking as mentioned above, but also in other areas. Between 2010 and 2014, Life Expectancy at Birth increased by 2.9 years; Expected Years of Schooling increased by 0.1 years[i] and Mean Years of Schooling increased by 0,3 years. Gross National Income (GNI) per capita also increased by 11.8% in this same period (See Table 2 below)Table 2: SA’s HDI trends based on consistent time series data and new goalposts  2010(2011 HDR)20112012(2013 HDR)2013(2014 HDR)2014(*2015 HDR)Rank123 (/187)123 (/187)121 (/186)118 (/187)116[i](/188)HDI Value0.6430.6510.6590.6630.666 éLife expectancy at birth54.555.556.356.957.4 éExpected years of schooling13.513.513.613.613.6 éMean years of schooling9.69.79.99.99.9 éGNI per capita (2011 PPP$)11,83311,97712,04112,13412,122 éSource: 2015 HDR 2. South Africa’s Progress Relative to Other Developing CountriesCompared to other countries in the medium human development category, SA’s HDI of 0.666 is above average (0.63). The country’s performance is even more impressive when compared to the rest of Sub-Saharan Africa, which has an average HDI score of 0.518.Based on population size, SA is closest to Namibia and Congo, which have HDIs ranked 126th and 136th, respectively.Table 3: SA’s HDI indicators for 2014 relative to selected countries & groupsHDI rankCountryHDI valueLife expectancy at birthExpected years of schoolingMean years of schoolingGNI per capita (PPP US$)63Mauritius0.77774.415.68.5$ 17,470108Egypt0.69071.113.56.6$ 10,512116South Africa 0.66657.413.69.9$ 12,122126Namibia 0.62864.811.36.2$ 9,418136Congo 0.59162.311.16.1$ 6,012140Ghana 0.57961.411.57.0$ 3,852145Kenya 0.54861.611.06.3$ 2,762152Nigeria 0.51452.89.05.9$ 5,341—Sub-Saharan Africa 0.51858.59.65.2$ 3,363—Medium HDI 0.63068.611.86.2$ 6,353Source: Briefing Notes for countries on the 2015 Human Development Report  Table 3 shows that South Africa performs fairly well compared to other big players on the continent, e.g. Ghana, Nigeria and Kenya, outranking all three. That said, Mauritius has made significant strides in its development. Starting from a slightly lower HDI score than South Africa in 1990 (0.619), the country has progressed significantly to become the highest ranking African country on the Index.Table 4: SA’s HDI indicators relative to BRICSRankCountryHDI valueLife expectancyat birthExpected Years of SchoolingMean Years of SchoolingGNI per capita (PPP US$)50Russian Federation0.79870.114.712.0$ 22.61775Brazil0.75574.515.27.7$ 15,17590China0.72775.813.17.5$ 12,547116South Africa0.66657.413.69.9$ 12,122130India0.60968.011.75.4$ 5,497Source: Briefing Notes for countries on the 2015 Human Development Report The table above indicates South Africa performs strongly on several indicators, namely the Mean Years of Schooling (coming second only to Russia) and its GNI (it comes in a close third to Russia and China). Although the country has performed weakly in the Rank indicator when compared with its BRIC counterparts, this should not deflect from its overall improvements in score over the past five years.3. ConclusionAs in the previous HDR, South Africa only has 1.3% of the total population living in severe poverty. Figures for Namibia and Congo, identified as its most “comparable” African counterparts, are much higher, with 13.4% and 12.4% of the population living in severe poverty, attesting to the fact that South Africans today enjoy a longer, healthier life, have better access to education and a more decent living standard.   Brand South Africa’s Research Notes, Research Reports and Web Analyses communicate findings from Brand South Africa research, related panel discussions and analyses of global performance indices. The publications are intended to elicit comments, contribute to debate, and inform stakeholders about trends and issues that impact on South Africa’s reputation and overall competitiveness.Views expressed in Research Notes, Reports and Analyses are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent those of Brand South Africa, or the Government of the Republic of South Africa. Every precaution is taken to ensure the accuracy of information. However, Brand South Africa shall not be liable to any person for inaccurate information or opinions contained herein.Contacts Dr Petrus de Kock – General Manager Research – petrusd@brandsouthafrica.comDr Judy Smith-Höhn- Research Manager – judys@brandsouthafrica.comMs Leigh-Gail Petersen – Researcher – leigh@brandsouthafrica.comEndnotes:[i] Note that because national and international agencies continually improve their data series, the data — including the HDI values and ranks — presented in the Human Development Report are not comparable to those published in earlier editions.[ii] The improvements in the Schooling categories are particularly impressive when considering the longer term improvements in this area. Between 1980 and 2014, Expected Years of Schooling increased by 2.2 years and Mean Years of Schooling by 5 years.[iii] There is an inconsistency with the ranking on the UNDP website. The pdf reports rank SA at 116, as does the online HDI ranking overview, while a click on the link to South Africa country website overview puts SA at 117th. Brand SA has contacted UNDP to clarify.last_img read more

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Denmark Open: Srikanth slays Lin Dan to reach quarterfinals

first_imgKidambi Srikanth defeated the legendary Lin Dan for the second time in his career to set up an all-Indian quarterfinal against Sameer Verma at the Denmark Open here. World number six Srikanth bounced back to beat the world number 14 from China 18-21, 21-17, 21-16 in the second round clash played on Thursday night. Dan, a two-time Olympic gold medallist and five-time world champion, is not the player he used to be but is still a force to reckon with. It was a fifth meeting between Srikanth and Dan and the Chinese great won the last time they played, in the quarterfinals of the 2016 Rio Olympics. Srikanth had famously scored his maiden win over Dan to win the 2014 China Open. After a tough match against the Chinese, Srikanth will have to play fellow Indian Verma in the quarterfinals to be held later on Friday. World number 23 Verma had beaten 2018 Asian Games gold medallist, Jonathan Christie of Indonesia, in his second round match. Saina Nehwal will also play her women’s singles quarterfinal against eighth seed Nozomi Okuhara later on Friday and so will the women’s doubles pairing of Ashwini Ponnappa and N. Sikki Reddy, who take on top seeds Yuki Fukushima and Sayaka Hirota of Japan.last_img read more

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Blazers beat Timberwolves for fifth straight win

first_imgMinnesota Timberwolves guard Jeff Teague, center, shoots in front of Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard, right, and center Jusuf Nurkic, left, during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Thursday, March 1, 2018. (AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer)PORTLAND, Ore. — Damian Lillard wasn’t concerned. He knew his shots would eventually fall.Lillard finished with 35 points after a slow start and the Portland Trail Blazers rallied to beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 108-99 on Thursday night for their season-high fifth straight win.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH After struggling in the first half, Portland mounted a comeback in the second and pulled ahead 84-82 on Shabazz Napier’s running jump shot with 8:07 left.Al-Farouq Aminu and McCollum hit back-to-back 3-pointers to give Portland a 92-86 lead with 3:48 left. Lillard’s 3 extended it and the Timberwolves couldn’t catch up.The teams split the season series 2-2.“It’s tough not to come out of here with a win — we would have loved it,” Towns said. “Now we have to go out and get the next game. Learn from our mistakes.”The Timberwolves were playing their third game without Jimmy Butler, who had surgery on Sunday to repair a meniscal injury in his right knee. It isn’t clear when he’ll be able to return. Butler is the team’s top scorer, averaging 22.2 points.ADVERTISEMENT AFP official booed out of forum Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa Read Next Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City LATEST STORIES Scoreboard: 76ers showcase talent for LeBron with 108-97 win Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMCcenter_img LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lillard missed all seven shots from the field in the opening quarter.“I was just missing. I was missing a lot of shots short, kept hitting the front of the rim. When it was leaving my hands it felt good. I just knew I had to shoot the ball it a little bit higher,” he said. “I really wasn’t worried about it, honestly.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutCJ McCollum had 19 points and Jusuf Nurkic added 16 for Portland, which improved to 36-26. It was the first time Portland was 10 games over .500 since the end of the 2014-15 season.Karl-Anthony Towns had 34 points and 17 rebounds for the Timberwolves, who lost their fourth straight in the Moda Center. Portland shot just 25 percent in the first quarter (6 for 24). McCollum went 1 for 5, and the Blazers trailed 24-19.Lillard had been hot going into the game, averaging 31.4 points in February, the highest scoring average for a Blazer in a single month in team history.Towns hit a 3-pointer that put Minnesota in front 47-36, but Lillard answered with his first basket from the field, a jumper, then added a driving layup and a free throw. The Blazers cut the lead to 49-44 at the break.Towns had 21 points in the half, including 19 in the second quarter alone.Portland opened the second half on a 7-0 run to go up 51-49 for a short-lived lead. Andrew Wiggins’ jumper extended Minnesota’s lead to 74-64 late in the quarter.Lillard’s 3-pointer and rebound basket from Davis got Portland within 78-75 going into the fourth quarter.“He started hitting some long 3s — he made some superstar shots. That happens with Dame,” Towns said.Blazers starter Maurice Harkless left the game in the first half with a left knee injury. He did not return.Wiggins added 21 points for the Timberwolves. Towns has had a double-double in a league-high 55 games this season.TIP-INSTimberwolves: The Timberwolves waived forward Shabazz Muhammad before the game. “He wasn’t playing as much as he would have liked and we told him we’d try to do the right thing for him,” coach Tom Thibodeau said. Muhammad averaged 3.8 points and 1.4 rebounds in 32 games this season. … The Timberwolves arrived in Portland early and Thibodeau was able to attend Portland’s 116-99 victory over Sacramento on Tuesday. Trail Blazers: Portland went 0 for 13 from 3-point range in the first half. .. Lillard has made a 3-pointer in 44 straight games, tying the franchise record set by Nic Batum. … Napier hit a halfcourt shot late in the game but it didn’t count because he’d been fouled.GROWTHBoth coach Terry Stotts and Lillard said the Blazers wouldn’t have won the game a few months ago.“They have a lot of confidence and they understand we may not have won this game earlier in the season. We were able to fight through and hang with it defensively when things weren’t going our way offensively, and then having the belief that it was going to break at some point,” Stotts said.INJURY UPDATEHarkless had a patella tendon strain and said after the game that if it was the playoffs, he would have tried to keep playing. Minnesota’s Taj Gibson, who left the game in the third quarter, has a right hip bruise.UP NEXTTimberwolves: Visit the Utah Jazz on Friday night in the second of a back-to-back.Trail Blazers: Host Oklahoma City on Saturday. 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