Get a free go-karting track with this stunning traditional Donegal cottage!

first_imgIt’s the ultimate boyhood dream – owning your own racetrack. Now that dream can become a reality and all for the price of an average three-bedroom semi-detached house in Dublin. This stunning renovated country cottage in Castlefin in Co Donegal comes with its very own go-karting track set over a whopping eight acres of land.And for just €325,000, you can live in this traditional-style cottage and develop the go-karting business.Or you can simply live in the cottage and invite your family and friends around in the evening time to practise your driving skills to become the next Lewis Hamilton.The track, which to 1,000 metres in length, has been designed so users can reach speeds of up to 55 mph.And the cottage is straight off the winner’s podium also. The picture-postcard cottage located at Sessiagh requires no renovation and is ready to move into.Internally, this two-bedroomed cottage home has a very distinctive finish, benefits from having an oil fired central heating system, and a solid fuel stove.Over the years the cottage has been a very well maintained family home.It has been decorated using traditional red brick and the bedrooms finished to a very high standard.It boasts wooden floors and cast iron radiators and a traditional stove. There’s no need to worry about places to park when your friends call around for an evening on the go-karts.There is ample car parking space as well as outhouses which can be developed by the new owner.The full accommodation comprises of:• Entrance Hall: 2.53m x 2.75m• Tiled flooring and double radiator.• Living/Family Room: 5.11m x 9.01m• Tiled flooring, solid fuel stove and cast iron radiator.• Kitchen:• Tiled flooring, Antique Brick Kitchen, solid wooden worktop, Stanley range, Belfast sink.• Gallery: 6.05m x 2.54m• Velux window.• Dining Room: 2.64m x 5.13m• Tiled flooring and cast iron radiators.• Main Bathroom: 2.75m x 1.89m• Tiled walls and flooring, WC, wash hand basin, electric shower and double radiator.• Bedroom 1: 4.64m x 2.62m• Double bedroom with wooden flooring and double radiator.• Bedroom 2: 2.71m x 4.67m• Double bedroom with wooden flooring and double radiator. If you think this cottage and its unique go-karting track is for you then contact Ronan McAnenny on 04871886910.Get a free go-karting track with this stunning traditional Donegal cottage! was last modified: July 11th, 2019 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:castlefincottagedonegalgo kartinghouseSALElast_img read more

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Mica redress scheme could be published before Christmas

first_imgDeputy Charlie McConalogue says he is hoping the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government will finally deliver on his promise and publish the Mica redress scheme before Christmas.Deputy McConalogue, who raised the issue again in the Dáil this week, said it was unfortunate that he felt the need to continually raise the same questions due to inaction by the government.“I have raised in the House on many occasions, the issue of the 5,000 homeowners in Donegal whose homes are affected by mica defective blocks. This time last year the Minister gave a commitment that he would publish a scheme to help those who need redress and financial assistance to fix their homes. A year later the scheme has not been announced and no homes have been fixed,” he said. The Fianna Fáil TD pressed the Minister to ensure, at the very least, that the scheme will be published before Christmas so homeowners will know they can apply for a scheme in the New Year to get their homes fixed.In response, the Minister did indicate that he intends to have regulatory work finished within the next two weeks when he hoped to make an announcement of an opening date for the scheme.While he welcomed that commitment, Deputy McConalogue said it was imperative there are no further delays.“To date the response from the government, right from the Taoiseach down, has been one of broken promises, so I am really hoping, for the sake of the 5,000 homeowners affected, that this is not another one.” Deputy McConalogue said that if the Minister does finally deliver on publishing the scheme before Christmas as promised, hopefully real action would follow in 2020 and people whose homes have been devastated by this, would finally see some light at the end of the tunnel.“One thing for sure, is that I will continue to raise the matter at every opportunity to ensure these promises are upheld and homeowners will get access to a scheme to fix their homes,” he concluded.Mica redress scheme could be published before Christmas was last modified: December 12th, 2019 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:Charlie McConlaoguedonegalMICAlast_img read more

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49ers mailbag: How did Jimmy Garoppolo look?

first_imgSANTA CLARA — Undefeated entering this week’s bye, the 49ers still inspired a heavy dose of questions for our weekly mailbag via Instagram, Facebook and Twitter:How do you think Garoppolo looked? (@jmoneyschaack5)Overlooked in all the turnover-and-comeback commotion was Jimmy Garoppolo’s finest hour as a 49er. He battled through eight hits, found his targeted receivers, showed pocket presence, took a deep shot, scrambled, converted on third-and-short sneaks, and executed three go-ahead …last_img read more

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Economic boomtime in Angola

first_imgBefore construction: locals in the Moxico region of eastern Angola using scrap metal to cross a river. After construction, the Luzi bridge now forms part of a 155 mile stretch of a road. and bridge project. Images: www.maginternational.org BP workers aboard the Jack Ryan Drill Ship. The oil and petroleum giant has been commissioned to develop deepwater oil mining on Block 31, Angola.Image: www.bp.com Khanyi MagubaneOnce laid flat by three decades of civil war, the economy of the Southern African country of Angola is set to grow by 20% this year alone, according to deputy prime minister Aguinaldo Jamie. This exceeds the Angolan government’s prediction of around 16.5%.The country has enjoyed steady economic growth since the end of the conflict in 2002. Figures indicate that next year its gross domestic product will continue its rise into double digits.Angola is rich in natural resources, left untapped during the years of war. It has abundant water and fertile soil, as well as a rapidly growing diamond and gold mining sector. It has also recently surpassed Nigeria to become Africa’s biggest oil producing country.The 20% rise is a World Bank prediction, announced by Jamie during a recent visit to South Africa to bolster trade and investment between the two countries.To help the development of post-war Angola, in May 2007 the World Bank approved an International Development Association credit of US$102-million (R780-million) to the government of Angola for the implementation of the second phase of the Emergency Multisector Recovery Programme (EMRP2).The programme is geared towards helping build the foundation for long-term reconstruction, economic rehabilitation, and the reestablishment of state administration throughout the country.While its first phase addressed only the most urgent needs, EMRP2 will focus on upgrading infrastructure by fixing or building roads, bridges, electricity services, rural water supply, and urban infrastructure.Speaking to news agency Reuters, Jamie said one task the government elected in Angola’s upcoming parliamentary elections on 5 September would have to undertake was establishing a stock exchange in the capital Luanda, to accommodate the country’s burgeoning businesses.The post-war recovery plan includes maximising the country’s rich natural minerals and resources, give it the potential for being a mining and agricultural powerhouse.According to Angola’s Prime Minister Fernando Dias dos Santos, oil currently counts for almost 90% of the country’s exports. But this is bound to change as other sectors grow. “We have the potential to become one of the world’s richest agricultural countries,” he said.Dias dos Santos added that government is spending large amounts on rebuilding roads, electricity and water supply networks. He said the infrastructure project involved both the state and private investors.“We are creating areas of investment in several provinces in the rural areas,” he said. “Some [projects] will be financed by the state but there has to be more private investment. I think that in the next two to three years there will be visible changes [in production].”According to Jamie, there are also plans to resuscitate Angola’s once-thriving coffee- and banana-producing sectors. Before the war, Angola had a buzzing coffee and banana farming industry. “There are old coffee plantations being revived in the centre and south of the country and rising investments in banana plantations like in Benguela, Luanda and Luanda Sul,” he said.“Our goal today is not the same as in the 1970s. We have to surpass those goals. The situation is different and the population itself has increased.”Improving the lives of the peopleBut this growth has been off a low base, and Angola remains poor, with most of its people living in poverty. The government’s strategy here is to integrate the unemployed into its promising agricultural sector. The World Bank recently donated some $30-million (R230-million) to fund agricultural projects.The rural areas are dominated by small scale subsistence farming, with local farmers tending small plots of land to provide for their families. Commercial farming has plenty of room to grow: at the moment, less than 10% of some 35-million fertile hectares is under cultivation, due to lack of technology and financing. Angolan agriculture has huge potential for rapid growth.The return to productivity in rural areas is proving difficult and slow, however. Large areas remain uncultivable because of the presence of landmines. Functioning infrastructure in rural areas is limited, and there are few incentives for people to return to farming.According to the International Fund for Agricultural Development (Ifad), which runs projects in Angola, the main goal is food security and reducing poverty in the poorest areas of the central highlands.The Ifad’s approach is based on local-level knowledge of Angolans’ circumstances and needs. It takes into account three principles, used elsewhere in Eastern and Southern Africa. These are empowering poor people, carefully targeting the right areas to farm and helping rural organisations influence local and national institutions. The principles have significantly helped otherwise despondent rural farmers to build a farming industry.A well-oiled machineThere’s been a flurry of activity to strengthen Angola’s position as the top oil producer in Africa. Oil production has been ramped up since the end of the war, with 2008 output expected to increase from 1.9-million to 2-million barrels a day. The country has signed cooperatives agreements with China, with India also expressing in interest in investing in its oil sector.In July 2008 UK-based oil and petroleum giant BP and its partners were given the go-ahead to begin one of Angola’s largest oil and gas investments, in a deal worth $10-billion (R77-billion).In a statement announcing the deal, BP revealed that the state-owned Sociedade Nacional de Combustiveis de Angola, the company responsible for the management of oil and gas reserves in Angola, had authorised it and its partners to develop a series of deepwater oil discoveries 250 km from Luanda.BP will operate the project and also own a 26.7% stake. Other shareholders include Exxon Mobil Corp (25%), Sonangol (20%), Statoil ASA (13.3%), Marathon Oil Corp. (10%) and Total SA (5%).Construction is expected to start this year, with actual oil production scheduled for 2011, reaching an estimated 150 000 barrels per day by 2012.The US imports more oil from Angola it does from Kuwait. So there is some outrage that the majority of Angolans remain poor. NGOs and civil society complain that the government uses oil revenues on big infrastructure programmes, forgetting the less spectacular but basic needs of citizens.“It seems like pro-poor strategies aimed at poverty alleviation, education and community rebuilding are on the agenda and are actually making it into government medium term planning,” said Allan Cain, the director of Developmental Workshop, a pro-poor NGO.But, Cain said, the government “will opt instead for large, high-cost infrastructure projects, such as roads and telecommunication, since those projects can absorb that money easily”.The precious stones of AngolaDiamonds were first found in the northeastern parts of Angola in 1912 following discoveries in the neighbouring Belgian Congo (now the DRC). Both alluvial diamonds and kimberlite are mined in Angola, with all 700 known varieties of kimberlite found there.The kimberlites vary in shape from rounded to elongate and diamond grade increases with depth. The best-known types are the Camafuca and Catoca kimberlites.According to the Angola Mining Report for the second quarter of 2008, the huge interest shown foreign companies have shown in exploiting Angolan mineral reserves since 2002 has given a much-needed boost to the mining industry.To a lure foreign companies to Angola the first diamond-polishing factory, the Angola Polishing Diamond, was set up in 2005 as a joint venture between state-owned diamond company Endiama and Israeli diamond magnate, Lev Leviev.GoldThe Maiombe region of the off shore of Cabinda province accounts for 90% of gold production in Angola, with the Mpopo Deposit the largest primary deposit in Angola. But at the moment, there are no industrial gold mining operations in the country, with some 90% of production mined by artisan miners. In the past, companies such as Ashanti Gold Company Limited and Anglo American plc have earmarked the Huila and Cunene Provinces in the past. Other metals mined in Angola include platinum, copper, iron and manganese.According to the Angola Mining Report, the country’s mining industry faces many challenges, such as illegal mining. Diamond smuggling has cost the country million dollars in lost revenues. In a bid to end the practice, the government is to establish an export certification scheme to identify legitimate diamond production.Related articlesAngola heads towards DemocracyUseful linksInternational Fund for Agricultural DevelopmentProperty in AngolaWorld BankRural poverty reportBPAngola Mining reportDo you have any queries or comments on this article? Email Khanyi Magubane at khanyim@mediaclubsouthafrica.comlast_img read more

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Guarding South Africa’s shipping lanes

first_img7 June 2011 From a building high on the slopes of the Tygerberg, north-east of Cape Town, South Africa’s Centre for Sea Watch and Response (CSWR) keeps an eye on the hundreds of ships that pass around the Cape each day.On a busy one, the centre might be using its sophisticated satellite technology to track as many as a thousand vessels, CSWR executive head Karl Otto told Sapa on Thursday.Satellite tracking systemsWith its Long-Range Identification and Tracking system (LRIT), launched 18 months ago, at the time the CSWR was established, his staff could “see” ships up to 1 850km off the South African coast.The CSWR is a division of the SA Maritime Safety Authority (Samsa).Otto said another satellite-based system, AIS (Automatic Identification System), allowed his staff – who man the centre around the clock, seven days a week – to access information relating to each vessel.This included the size and type of vessel, where it had come from, where it was heading, and what cargo it was carrying.“Over 90 percent of South Africa’s trade is carried to and from the country by sea; it is important we know what is going on,” Otto said.Both systems rely on transponders, fitted to ships, which transmit information to orbiting satellites. This data is then transmitted to ground stations and fed through to the CSWR.Responding to emergenciesOnce there, it is displayed, via computer, on large screens. Software allows operators to forecast from the data, factoring in information such as weather, winds and currents.This is useful in the event of the centre having to respond to an emergency, such as a sinking ship or an oil spill. The system can then be used to predict the likely drift of survivors, or slicks, allowing rescue or clean-up efforts to be focused on a particular area.The maritime region South Africa monitors, in terms of its international obligations, is vast: 27.7-million square kilometres. It stretches from Antarctica in the south to the Kunene River in the north; and from 10 degrees west in the mid-Atlantic to a point well past Madagascar in the Indian Ocean.Ships that polluteAmong the CSWR’s functions is watching for ships that pollute.“Ships, at night, pump out dirty oil into the water. But by the time we see the slick, we don’t see the ship,” Otto said.The centre was hoping to acquire more high-tech equipment – in the form of a synthetic aperture radar system – to catch the culprits. This would allow his centre’s operators to view, from satellite, the stretch of sea the ship was passing through and provide direct evidence of the offence.Otto said a lack of long-range maritime aircraft restricted South Africa’s ability to directly monitor shipping.“It’s a concern, yes, definitely,” he said, responding to a question on the matter.It is understood that the only official aircraft available for long-range marine surveillance off the Cape coast are two ageing C130s.Illegal fishingOn illegal fishing within South Africa’s economic exclusion zone, which stretches to 200 nautical miles offshore, Otto said this was certainly happening, but was unable to say to what extent. Many foreign fishing vessels were not fitted with transponders.He said coastal radar had a range of about 50 nautical miles; beyond that, it was not possible to know what was happening if the area was not patrolled by ships or planes.Speaking at a media briefing earlier on Thursday, Samsa CEO Tsietsi Mokhele said South Africa was the only country on the continent with the capacity to monitor shipping off its coast.The centre’s focus was on maritime traffic management, accidents and incidents at sea, pollution and security.“The CSWR represents a high concentration of maritime experience that can serve the nation,” he said.Sapalast_img read more

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That’s Why We Call It Selling

first_imgHere are some of the things salespeople and entrepreneurs say that provide a glimpse into why they struggle to create and win opportunities.The prospective customer wants to control the process. It may be true that the potential customer has some idea as to what they need from you as a salesperson. When what they need from you as a seller doesn’t serve you and doesn’t serve them, you are obligated to sell them on another process. Gaining agreement on a better process isn’t easy, but that is why we call it selling.The prospect doesn’t want to give me access to the stakeholders I need. If you sell business-to-business, it’s likely that you require access and consensus from multiple stakeholders. You will, inevitably, run into contacts who do not want to allow you to meet with the additional stakeholders you need. Not gaining access massively increases the likelihood that you lose an opportunity. Gaining access to the stakeholders massively increases your odds of winning. You have to sell your prospect on the value that you will create by meeting with the stakeholders, as well as how you will protect your key stakeholder’s interests in the process.The contact won’t give me the information I need. In some cases, you need information to better understand your prospective client’s current state and propose the appropriate future state. There are some companies whose information must be kept private. But if not having access to that data prevents you from doing the best work you can for your prospective client and your company, then you have to sell your them on giving you access.The potential client doesn’t want to meet with me. She wants me to email information. This is the worst. No one really wants you to email them information. What they are doing is getting rid of you, so they don’t have to waste their time with a salesperson who they don’t believe will use their time wisely.You have to sell your prospect a value proposition that they can agree to, one in which you create value greater than the time they give you.They believe that the lowest price is the right decision. They don’t see the value in what we do. Many of your prospective customers have post-traumatic recessionary stress disorder. They are afraid to spend money. The fact that they cannot justify the delta between your price and your competitor’s price doesn’t mean that the greater value doesn’t exist. It means that you haven’t done enough work to justify the additional spending required. You have to sell your prospective client that there is a difference between price and cost.It isn’t easy to sell your prospective client on any of the five ideas contained in the paragraphs above. But that is why we call it “selling.” There is a difference between selling and taking orders. Taking orders is easy, and selling is difficult.The better you get at understanding and making all the small sales that occur before the final close, the greater your success.What sale do you need to make to overcome the obstacles and objections you hear from your prospective clients?last_img read more

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Joshua Smith on his slow start: I was holding back

first_imgWorld’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide LATEST STORIES Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: 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 City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken View comments Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games MOST READ WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage He did in the second half, where he was unstoppable, exploding for 29 points after scoring only six points in the first two quarters.READ: Gamble on Smith to give TNT better chance at beating top teamsFEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I’m just glad we won. It was a tough game, a hard game. They’re a good team and they have the crowd in there. I’m just glad we pulled it out,” he said.“I was holding myself back. One thing is, you know with the refs, I just gotta focus and I gotta play my game. I gotta know going out there that they’re not gonna help me and I can only help myself by playing good.” What ‘missteps’?center_img PBA IMAGESTNT import Joshua Smith said his slow start in Game 1 of the PBA Commissioner’s Cup semifinals wasn’t because of Barangay Ginebra’s defense.The hefty Smith said he just didn’t want to force anything and only wanted to play his kind of game.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Smith finished with a game-high 35 points on 16-of-22 shooting from the field on top of 13 rebounds in less than 29 minutes off the bench.READ: Smith unstoppable as TNT clips Ginebra, takes Game 1 He also had four assists as he found open teammates with Ginebra sending two or threw guys in hopes of containing the 6-foot-8, 300-pound import.“I feel like anytime [I see] the double coverage coming, I just see it in myself to score but it’s all about making the right basketball play. If they triple team me that means somebody else in my team is open so I kick out for the shot.”ADVERTISEMENT Rafael Nadal wins record-breaking 10th French Open Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 1 dead in Cavite blast, firelast_img read more

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Worried nations seek information about CWG

first_imgThe ministry of external affairs (MEA) is going to summon the Indian envoys to various nations for a briefing on the Commonwealth Games (CWG) in the national capital. MEA officials told Headlines Today that the ministry is being flooded with queries from the participating nations as they have been concerned about security and other arrangements during the Games next month. The anxious governments of the Commonwealth countries are approaching the respective Indian missions enquiring about the preparations for the Games, particularly security. They are also raising questions on infrastructure and health fronts. The MEA has therefore approached the cabinet secretary to get the CWG organising committee to hold regular briefings for envoys from the Commonwealth countries. It is also planning to call the Indian envoys for a briefing on the Games.last_img read more

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Dennis Schroder scores 18 in 4th to rally Thunder past Magic

first_img“Obviously, Dennis played an incredible second half in every aspect — defensively, offensively — and gave us great separation,” Thunder coach Billy Donovan said.George scored 31 of his 37 points in the first half and Westbrook had his fourth straight triple-double with 23 points, 14 rebounds and 14 assists, but Schroder’s five-minute run in the fourth quarter pushed Oklahoma City to its sixth straight victory Tuesday night.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsThe backup point guard scored 18 of his 21 points — including two 3-pointers and a pair of three-point plays — in a stretch when he hit seven consecutive shots. He outscored Orlando 18-8 by himself during that spurt, helping the Thunder rally from a five-point deficit to a 13-point lead in the process.“I do the same every night,” Schroder insisted. “I try to stay aggressive, look for my shot, look for open teammates and just make the right play. It’s not like I’m out there 48 minutes, but it’s working out so far.” Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES “No. 2, we’re fouling them in the backcourt when they’re in the bonus. It’s crazy. It’s stupid, losing basketball. And then we decide in the fourth quarter, we’re not going to pass the ball to each other. We’ve got guys dribbling out the shot clock when you’ve got to move the ball. You’re not going to win doing that.”The Thunder squandered a 15-point lead in the third and were down 101-98 in the fourth before Schroder righted the ship. He had a three-point play, a 3-pointer and a 15-foot jumper as Oklahoma City scored 10 straight points to take a 108-101 lead. He added another three-point play and 3-pointer to make it 116-103.Ross knocked down consecutive 3s to help Orlando cut the deficit to 116-111 with four minutes to play, but that was as close as the Magic got.TIP-INSThunder: George has at least two 3s in 29 straight games. Stephen Curry and James Harden are the only other players in NBA history to do that. … C Steven Adams sat out with a sore ankle.Magic: Gordon had eight points in the first two minutes, then missed his last six shots of the half. … Orlando has lost four straight home games and is 12-15 at home. … Jerian Grant played against his brother, Thunder forward Jerami Grant. Their father, Harvey Grant, had an 11-year NBA career. Jerami outscored Jerian 18-5.UP NEXTThunder: Continue their three-game road trip Friday at Miami.Magic: Continue their three-game homestand Thursday against Indiana. ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Oklahoma City Thunder’s Dennis Schroder, right, looks for a way past Orlando Magic’s Jerian Grant during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)ORLANDO, Florida — It’s difficult for anyone on the Oklahoma City Thunder roster to steal the spotlight from Paul George and Russell Westbrook.Dennis Schroder managed to do it during a 126-117 comeback win over the Orlando Magic.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Ben Simmons, Luka Doncic headline NBA Rising Stars lineup PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting MOST READ Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes The Thunder needed a boost after George cooled off considerably in the second half. He was 11 of 16 in the first two quarters, but only 3 of 8 after halftime.“When you can do that, play with such unselfishness, it opens up things for everybody,” Donovan said.Nikola Vucevic led Orlando with 27 points and 11 rebounds. Evan Fournier had 17 points and Aaron Gordon added 16 points, nine rebounds and seven assists. Terrence Ross scored 16 off the bench.It was another familiar ending for the Magic, who have lost four straight and seven of eight. They had their chances, rallying from a 15-point third-quarter deficit to lead by five early in the fourth, but couldn’t sustain the comeback.“We lost No. 1 because (Oklahoma City) is good and played well,” Magic coach Steve Clifford said. “But when you’re not going to run back on every single possession — which takes no talent, by the way — they’re going to make you pay and they made us pay.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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French Open: Andy Murray, Simona Halep look to kick on in Paris

first_imgWith a French Open first-round victory safely under his belt following a poor run on clay, world number one Andy Murray will hope to crank through the gears on Thursday in his second-round match against Martin Klizan.The 50th-ranked Slovakian has also failed to set the world alight on the red dirt this season, though he did run Novak Djokovic close on the hard courts of Acapulco in February.After Tuesday’s morale-boosting four-set victory over Russian Andrey Kuznetsov, top seed Murray called Klizan unpredictable but was also happy to talk up his own prospects.Romanian third seed Simona Halep, who hit the ground running in a straight-sets demolition of Jana Cepelova, will also be seeking to burnish her title credentials against 102nd-ranked German Tatjana Maria on Court Suzanne Lenglen.Philippe Chatrier court plays host to two home hopes -15th seed Gael Monfils, who faces Brazil’s Thiago Monteiro, and Alize Cornet, who may have her work cut out against 20th-seeded Czech Barbora Strycova.last_img read more

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