76ers snap 3-game skid, beat Hornets

first_imgEthel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ “We’re trying to get Joel in increasingly better and better and better shape,” Brown said. “I thought Zeller made him run a lot in the first half.”Korkmaz keyed a Sixers’ run in the third quarter in their return home from the 1-3 trip. Korkmaz hit a 3 with just 0.4 seconds left to beat Portland for Philadelphia’s lone win on the trip. Against the Hornets, he hit a pair of 3s and a floater in the third that helped push the lead to double digits and sent the Sixers on their way to a needed victory.“The team trusts me, the coaching staff, they trust me a lot,” Korkmaz said. “I think I’m in good shape right now. I just feel good.”The 22-year-old Korkmaz, a first-round pick in the 2016 draft, had an uneven first two seasons in Philadelphia and played in only 62 total games. The Sixers even declined to pick up the third-year option on his contract before last season. But Korkmaz gives the Sixers a long-range threat they need and he signed a two-year deal in the offseason with the potential of more playing time ahead.″(Coach) just told me this was all on the table,” Korkmaz said. “Just fight for your spot. If you make good, I will give it to you. I just came into training camp with that mindset.”Korkmaz had the play of the game on his behind-the-back pass to Raul Neto for a 3-pointer in the first half. Neto got the start because Simmons missed his second straight game because of a sprained AC joint in his right shoulder. Simmons will be re-evaluated Monday.Zeller had 24 points for a Hornets team that had lost at home to New Orleans on Saturday. The Hornets hit three 3s in the final two minutes, making the rout look much more competitive than they were for most of the second half.TIP-INSHornets: Nicolas Batum sat out (middle finger). … The Hornets have trailed by double digits in every game.76ers: Shake Milton was out (knee). … The 76ers have won 11 of 16 against the Hornets. … The 76ers outscored the Hornets by 12 in the third. … Actor Jason Segel rang the ceremonial Liberty Bell. … Al Horford scored 15 points. Rice industry paralysis ONE GOOD QUARTERThe Hornets outscored the 76ers 34-20 in the second quarter to take the lead at halftime.“We didn’t come out with that same aggressiveness to start the third quarter,” coach James Borrego said. “They really jumped on us, they made shots. We didn’t carry that momentum from the first half into the second half.”PROTECT THE BALLThe 76ers had 20 turnovers.“We have to find a discipline and a better way to control that,” Brown said.HE SAID IT“If I say what I think, I won’t be able to afford a new sofa.” — Brown, on the NBA Two Minute Report that determined Embiid did not make a decisive foul in the final seconds of the Denver loss.UP NEXTHornets: Host Memphis on Wednesday. Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? The 76ers were delighted to give an effort worth watching.Joel Embiid returned from a bumpy road trip in which his maturity and fitness were questioned to score 18 points and grab nine rebounds, and Furkan Korkmaz scored 17 points to help Philadelphia snap a three-game losing streak with a 114-106 win over the Charlotte Hornets on Sunday night.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practiceEmbiid played in Philly for the first time since his Oct. 30 fight with Minnesota’s Karl-Anthony Towns earned the All-Star center a two-game suspension. Embiid missed the first two games of a four-game road trip (including a win at Portland) and huffed and puffed his way through a lethargic defensive effort in a loss in the finale at Denver.Coach Brett Brown blamed Embiid’s ineffectiveness on the layoff and the altitude in Colorado. 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Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Philadelphia 76ers’ Joel Embiid dives into the seats for a loose ball during the first half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Charlotte Hornets, Sunday, Nov. 10, 2019, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)PHILADELPHIA — Ben Simmons watched the 76ers’ game in street clothes, bothered by a shoulder injury but feeling downright sunny about their chances after a rough road trip.“I feel great,” Simmons said. “Woke up on a beautiful Sunday, excited to see my team play.”ADVERTISEMENT “It’s clear the time off for Joel didn’t help,” Brown said. “Joel didn’t have one of the Joel games that we need.”He seemed up for the challenge at home.Embiid hustled from the opening tip and scored 15 points in the first half in a mismatched matchup against Bismack Biyombo and Cody Zeller. He blocked a Devonte Graham shot that led to a James Ennis III slam on the other end, and pump-faked his way into a basket and a foul whistled on Biyombo. Embiid, though, couldn’t do much when the Hornets ripped a 12-2 run late in the half to take a 58-53 lead into the break.He only played 26 minutes (shot 6 of 10 overall) and got a breather down the stretch once the 76ers blew this one open in the fourth.Embiid passed the fitness test — but declined to talk to the media.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES What’s behind the display of Chinese flag in Boracay? MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

How are Alaska State Troopers coping with lower staffing

first_imgAn Alaska State Trooper cruiser parked on Nome’s Front Street in January 2015. (Photo by Matthew F. Smith/ KNOM)The Alaska State Troopers face a dilemma. They take on some of Alaska’s toughest cases and are seeing increased demand. But even as state budget shortfalls have forced  cuts, the agency is struggling to keep the troopers it already has. How are the troopers coping with staffing issues? Will public safety suffer?LISTEN HEREHOST: Lori TownsendGUESTS:Col. Hans Brinke – division director, Alaska State TroopersSgt. Doug Massie – union president, Department of Public Safety chapter, Public Safety Employees AssociationParticipate:Call 550-8422 (Anchorage) or 1-800-478-8255 (statewide) during the live broadcastPost your comment before, during or after the live broadcast (comments may be read on air).Send email to talk@alaskapublic.org (comments may be read on air)LIVE Broadcast: Tuesday, April 3, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. on APRN stations statewide.SUBSCRIBE: Get Talk of Alaska updates automatically by email, RSS or podcast.last_img read more

MLK and Central America The dream lives on

first_imgPictured here in 1987, Costa Rica’s former President Oscar Arias was instrumental in negotiating a Central American peace deal that helped end the region’s bloody wars in the 1980s. The same year, Arias won a Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts. He still quotes Martin Luther King, Jr. as an inspiration.  Facebook Comments No related posts.center_img OPINIONOn the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech, it strikes me how little it is generally understood that the civil rights movement in the United States is mirrored by struggles for equality and democracy in Central America.And it’s not just the fight in Central America between good ol’ boys like John Hull, the Indiana farmer who aided the U.S.-backed Nicaraguan Contras from his farm in northern Costa Rica, and 1960s activists like Martha Honey and Tony Avirgan, the husband and wife journalism team who devoted themselves during the ’80s to exposing Hull.Ever since the adventurous gray-eyed man of destiny William Walker tried to bring Central America into the U.S. union as slave states in the 1850s, events in Central America have been under the sway of politics in the southern United States.It should have come as no surprise that mercenary groups from places like Alabama, and with names like Civilian Military Assistance, were evident in abundance during the Contra era.Also, Costa Rican former President and Nobel Peace Prize winner Oscar Arias’ calls for nonviolent political solutions to regional wars owed a debt to Martin Luther King Jr., whom Arias still quotes quite regularly.And just as King would have predicted, “the arch of the moral universe” that “bends towards justice” bent in favor of the peace process led by Arias.The Arias peace plan tapped into a current of history that transcended national boundaries and was helped along by the same historical flow that boycotted buses in Montgomery, was hosed and attacked by police dogs in Birmingham and blocked a bridge in Selma.Arias acted with the knowledge that his pacification plan would take root in a country that abolished its army in 1948 and where a sign outside the chambers of Congress quotes the first president of the republic, José María Castro Madriz, as saying, “The sword is the enemy of freedom – we should block it from power.”The powers that pursued an armed solution to the Central American conflict did so oblivious to the historical forces at work in the region.U.S. Ambassador to Costa Rica Lewis Tambs (1985-1986) – who resigned after 16 months at his post when reports surfaced that he had tried to influence Costa Rican officials to allow Contra arms shipments through Costa Rica – probably didn’t know, and surely wouldn’t have cared if he did, about the 30-year rivalry between three-time Costa Rican head of state José “Pepe” Figueres and the Nicaraguan dictator Anastasio Somoza, deposed in 1979 by Sandinista rebels.Costa Ricans still remember the annual Christmas bombardments of their territory in the 1950s by Somoza, which the dictator engaged in as much to chastise Figueres for his constant conspiring with Somoza foes as to help aid Figueres’ political rival, Rafael Ángel Calderón Guardia, exiled in Nicaragua. If, as Tambs later testified in the U.S. Congress’ Iran-Contra hearings, he was sent to Costa Rica primarily to establish a Contra “southern front,” he was sent on a fool’s errand.Despite their distaste for the Sandinistas, Costa Ricans would never have accepted a Somocista-led Contra presence.And the Iran-Contra scandal, which had the effect of focusing U.S. public attention on a Contra policy run amok in a relative policy-making backwater, proved that the U.S. people as a whole were, at the end of the day, not going to accept it either.The peace plan not only put an end to the region’s civil wars, but also laid out a framework for continued peaceful democratic development throughout the region.The hopes initially raised by the signing of the peace plan in Esquipulas, Guatemala, on Aug. 7, 1987, have been dashed in the short term by the rise of trans-regional drug gangs and continued high levels of violence and impunity in the region.But lately signs have pointed to life for the “Spirit of Esquipulas.”In Guatemala, the trial of former dictator Efraín Ríos Montt, and in El Salvador, renewed debate over post-war amnesty, show the stirrings of life in the will to bring the Esquipulas accords to their full fruition.If history is any guide, the great arch of the moral universe will continue to bend toward justice in Central America.last_img read more