Monumental effort needed – Brathwaite

first_imgMELBOURNE, Australia, (CMC): All-rounder Carlos Brathwaite has praised West Indies’ fightback but believes it will take a “monumental effort” in order to avoid defeat to Australia in the second Test at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. The Windies ended the third day yesterday trailing by 459 runs after being dismissed for 271 in response to the Aussies’ mammoth first-innings total of 551 for three declared. Batting a second time, Australia reached 179 for three at the close to pile even more pressure on the Windies. “From a team point of view, I was happy with the fight that we showed,” said Brathwaite, who is playing in his debut Test. BOUNCING BACK “Ultimately, the game is still very, very far out of our hands, and it will take a monumental effort to bring ourselves back into the game, even in trying to draw it or win it, but that’s a challenge we’ll look at tomorrow.” Brathwaite played a key role in the Windies’ resistance on yesterday’s third day, stroking a positive 59 in a 90-run seventh-wicket stand with left-hander Darren Bravo, who top-scored with 81. The partnership hauled the Caribbean side around from a precarious position of 91 for six at the start. Bizarrely, Brathwaite was given two lives – on 13 and on 50 – after fast bowler James Pattinson dismissed him twice with front-foot no-balls. “Personally, I was a bit fortunate … and I am just happy I could contribute to a fighting day’s performance,” the 27-year-old told reporters. “And I hope that the fans in the West Indies can get to put a smile back on their faces so they can realise we’re not just here for being here sake, and we actually want to compete and do well.” West Indies produced a horror showing in the Hobart first Test to lose by an innings and 212 runs and also struggled on the first two days of the current encounter, allowing Australia to pile up in excess of 500 for the second straight game. HIGH SPIRITS However, Brathwaite said that despite the poor results on tour, the Windies team spirit remained high and players were continuing to work hard behind the scenes. “I think the team spirit is there. Fortunately for me, I see it day in day out, the way we train … the way we operate off the field,” the Barbadian pointed out. “When performances aren’t going well, it is difficult to see energy and how hard guys work, and I don’t think the wider public is seeing the effort we put in, which is unfortunate,” he said. SCOREBOARD AUSTRALIA 1st innings 551-3 decl WEST INDIES 1st Innings (overnight 91 for six) K Brathwaite c Burns b Lyon 17 R Chandrika lbw b Pattinson 25 DM Bravo c Smith b Pattinson 81 M Samuels lbw b Pattinson 0 J Blackwood c & b Lyon 28 +D Ramdin c Burns b Siddle 0 *J Holder b Siddle 0 C Brathwaite c and b Lyon 59 K Roach lbw b Pattinson 22 J Taylor c wkp Nevill b Lyon 15 JA Warrican not out 11 Extras: (b5, lb3, nb5) 13 Total: (all out; 100.3 overs) 271 Fall of wickets: 1-35 (K Brathwaite), 2-50 (Chandrika), 3-50 (Samuels), 4-82 (Blackwood,), 5-83 (Ramdin), 6-83 (Holder), 7-173 (C Brathwaite), 8-215 (Roach), 9-239 (Taylor), 10-271 (Bravo). Bowling: Hazlewood 21-6-49-0, Pattinson 22.3-1-72-4 (nb4), Lyon 29-8-66-4, Siddle 18-3-40-2 (nb1), Marsh 7-4-15-0, Smith 3-0-21-0. AUSTRALIA 2nd Innings J Burns c K Brathwaite b Holder 4 D Warner c Holder b C Brathwaite 17 U Khawaja c wkp Ramdin b Holder 56 *S Smith not out 70 M Marsh not out 18 Extras: (lb7, w2, nb5) 14 Total: (3 wkts, 32 overs) 179 Fall of wickets: 1-7 (Burns), 2-46 (Warner), 3-123 (Khawaja) Bowling: Taylor 3-0-24-0, Holder 11-1-49-2 (nb1), C Brathwaite 6-1-30-1 (w1), Roach 4-0-22-0, Warrican 8-0-47-0. Position: Australia lead by 459 runs. Toss: West Indies.last_img read more

Racela, Chua engage in shouting match at halftime

first_imgJake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Chinese-Taipei club Attack Line welcomes Valdez, Vietnamese star 4T Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netTNT head coach Nash Racela and Ginebra governor Alfrancis Chua exchanged heated words during the halftime break of Game 3 of the PBA Governors’ Cup semifinals Friday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. Racela had been complaining about the officiating especially when his team got called for five straight fouls in the duration of three minutes at the start of the second period.ADVERTISEMENT The TNT head coach’s emotions got him checked and received a technical in the second period. Racela and Chua got aggressive with each other for almost three minutes in the back of house area of the Big Dome before PBA Commissioner got in between the two. FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogGinebra head coach Tim Cone also pulled away Chua to help end the scuffle. Racela’s older brother Olsen, an assistant coach for Ginebra, also tried to pacify the situation after Chua had gone to the Gin Kings’ locker. In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up How to help the Taal evacueescenter_img MOST READ 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 DAY6 is for everybody LATEST STORIES OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Durant leads Warriors over Rockets in West finals opener

first_imgCarpio 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 LATEST STORIES MOST READ Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Houston used a 9-3 spurt, where James Harden scored five, to cut the lead to 103-96 with less than five minutes to go. But Thompson struck again, hitting a wide open 3 to leave the Warriors ahead by 10 with four minutes left.Harden scored 41 to lead the Rockets, who lost at home for the second time this postseason.“You’re not going to come in and just knock them out,” Houston coach Mike D’Antoni said. “There were too many times where we had mental lapses. We didn’t switch properly, turned the ball over and missed too many layups. We need to do a better job of staying up mentally.”Now the Rockets are left to regroup after losing their leg up in the homecourt advantage they worked all season for.“It’s nice to have home court,” D’Antoni said. “(But) we don’t have it. Now we’ve got to go get it.”Steph Curry added 18 for the Warriors, who are in the conference finals for a franchise-record fourth straight time. It’s Houston’s first trip since 2015 when Golden State won the series in five games.“I think he’s going to get even better as the series goes on, which is good for us,” Kerr said of Curry.The Warriors, who are the second seed in the West, opened a playoff series away from Oracle Arena for the first time since 2014 when they lost to the Los Angeles Clippers 4-3 in the opening round.Houston struggled to slow down Durant all night, and things got even worse when Trevor Ariza picked up his fifth foul with about 10 minutes left in the third with Golden State up by 3. Durant made two baskets for the Warriors around one by Chris Paul that left the Warriors up 73-68 a couple of minutes later.“He’s one of the best scorers ever,” D’Antoni said of Durant. “I thought he was extremely good. But we can withstand that. We can’t withstand turning the ball over and giving up so many wide open 3s.” Lineup change possible as LeBron, Cavs look to bounce back But if it were up to him, he would have done even more.Durant wasn’t happy with coach Steve Kerr when he took him out in late in the third quarter and loudly asked his coach why he was putting him on the bench. Durant, who played just more than 40 minutes, was asked if he’d prefer to play the entire 48 minutes.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown“Probably so,” Durant said.Kerr acknowledged that he should have left him in at that point and raved about his performance after his fourth 30-point game this postseason. China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) drives to the basket past Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) during the first half of Game 1 of the NBA basketball Western Conference Finals, Monday, May 14, 2018, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)HOUSTON — Kevin Durant continues to deliver in the postseason for the Golden State Warriors.He scored 37 points on Monday night to lead the Warriors to a 119-106 win in the long-awaited showdown with the Houston Rockets in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gordon added a layup for Houston after that, but Golden State scored the next six points, with a 3-pointer from Thompson, to make it 79-70 with about 4 1/2 minutes left in the third.Houston ended a scoring drought of more than two minutes with a dunk by Harden seconds later and the Warriors followed with another run, scoring six straight points to extend it to 85-72 with just more than two minutes left in the third.The Rockets rediscovered their offense after that, scoring the next eight points, powered by 3s from Gordon and Gerald Green, to get within 85-80 with about a minute left in the quarter.Durant added two free throws to close out the quarter and leave the Warriors up 87-80 entering the fourth.“Houston, they never stop,” Durant said. “They are always in the game with 3-point shots. We try to get good shots every time down and defend on the other end.”TIP-INSWarriors: Curry extended his NBA playoff record by making at least one 3-pointer in his 80th straight playoff game. … Draymond Green received a technical early in the first quarter when he pushed Harden after a shot. … Curry missed his first free throw of the playoffs in the third quarter after making all 19 attempts in the first two rounds.Rockets: Paul added 23 points and 11 rebounds. … Clint Capela had 12 points, six rebounds and two blocks. … Gordon added 15 points off the bench.THEY SAID ITDraymond Green on getting the technical so early: “I was a bit overzealous, a bit amped up, but I’d rather that any day than coming out flat.” Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina UP NEXTAfter Game 2 the series moves to Oracle Arena for games 3 and 4 on Sunday and Tuesday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “This is why anybody would want him on their team … I don’t know what you do to guard him,” Kerr said. “He can get any shot he wants.”Starting a playoff series on the road for the first time since 2014, the Warriors trailed by as many as 9 early, but had evened it up by halftime and used a big run at the beginning of the fourth quarter to pull away.“We’re in the Western Conference finals they are going to come out with a lot of energy,” Durant said. “We’re going to take that first punch and keep punching.”Game 2 is Wednesday night in Houston.Eric Gordon opened the final period with a 3-pointer to get the top-seeded Rockets within 4, but Thompson scored the first eight points of a 13-4 run to make it 100-87 with about eight minutes left.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View commentslast_img read more

Louisville hands No. 12 UNC worst home loss under Roy Williams

first_imgLouisville’s Steven Enoch (23) reacts following a basket against North Carolina during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Chapel Hill, N.C., Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — Louisville went from suffering a confidence-jarring loss against a long-struggling Atlantic Coast Conference program to handing Roy Williams his worst home loss in 16 seasons with North Carolina.Tough to explain? Even the Hall of Famer had a hard time with that.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil “I’ve been around the game enough to know you can be humbled on any given night and then erase a bitter feeling a few nights later,” Mack said. “I don’t know how football coaches do it, they get one game a week.”Connecticut transfer Steven Enoch had season highs of 17 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Cardinals, causing all kinds of matchup problems with his 6-foot-11 frame and strength to post up deep in the paint. Dwayne Sutton added 17 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists to flirt with a triple double, helping the Cardinals shoot 52 percent while hitting 11 3-pointers.More importantly, the Cardinals controlled the glass (40-31) against one of the nation’s best rebounding teams, keeping the Tar Heels from getting loose in transition (four fast-break points) with solid defense.“Angry should be the motto for this team — playing angry and aggressive,” Enoch said. “That’s how it’s always been for Louisville basketball.”Kenny Williams scored 12 points for the Tar Heels (12-4, 2-1), who spent most of Saturday looking like a team searching for something — anything — to build around. They shot 35 percent, including 3 of 22 on 3-pointers, and committed 11 second-half turnovers.ADVERTISEMENT Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college “Having good practices leading into the games means a lot,” said season-leading scorer Cameron Johnson, who had 10 points. “Even with that being said, no excuse to play the way we did.”UP NEXTLouisville: The Cardinals host Boston College on WednesdayUNC: The Tar Heels host Notre Dame on Tuesday. Kylian Mbappe scores 14th of Ligue 1 in PSG’s 3-0 win at Amiens Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next BIG PICTURELouisville: The Pitt loss certainly was a low point considering the Panthers had lost 25 of 26 games against league teams since February 2017. The Cardinals didn’t spend much time sulking, instead hitting their first seven shots with four 3-pointers to quickly set the tone.“Our locker room was pretty glum, I didn’t help the matter when I walked in and got after them,” Mack said of the Pitt loss. “I thought their response was pretty good.“But I said at one point to our coaching staff: ‘Hey, we could come in here and play really hard and play really well and play together and still lose. Good teams do that.’ … So yeah, a little surprised, but pleased with our guys’ effort and attitude and response from the Pittsburgh game.”UNC: It was hard to see this coming. The Tar Heels had won four straight, the first three by at least 20 points followed by a victory at 15th-ranked rival North Carolina State on Tuesday night. Yet all that momentum vanished in a woeful performance that included bad shooting, a poor performance on the glass and defense that frequently failed to beat the Cardinals to a spot.“I’m a little bit of a loss, but that’s OK,” Williams said. “It happens in coaching. We have a wonderful group of kids that we’ve got to prepare better, and we’ve got a head coach that’s trying but not doing very well.”BIG MARGINRoy Williams’ previous worst margin of defeat in Chapel Hill with UNC was a 69-53 loss to rival Duke in March 2013. It was also UNC’s worst home loss since January 2002, an 87-58 loss to Duke under former coach Matt Doherty during an 8-20 season.WARNING SIGNSRoy Williams said the Tar Heels had a “very mediocre” practice two days ago, then another Friday. Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball PLAY LIST 05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball00:50Trending Articles06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold02:14Carpio 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 For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity.center_img Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra MOST READ In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers “We never really got into the game,” Williams said after Saturday’s 83-62 defeat to the Cardinals. “I’d like to give you a brilliant answer as to why, but I can’t give you that brilliant answer.”It was as mystifying a performance from No. 12 UNC — which had started league play with two road wins — as it was a strong effort from Louisville following Wednesday’s overtime loss to Pittsburgh.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissFirst-year coach Chris Mack said there was “some soul searching” after that setback, which snapped Pitt’s 23-game losing streak in ACC regular-season games. The Panthers had lost by 25 points at home to the Tar Heels a few days earlier.Louisville (11-5, 2-1) responded by strolling into Chapel Hill, jumping on UNC early and turning a 43-34 halftime lead into an unexpected rout. Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES View comments Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines?last_img read more

CANI ushers in World Youth Day with conference

first_imgAs Guyana joins the rest of the world in observing International Youth Day today, the Come Alive Network Inc (CANI) on Saturday held its sixth annual conference at the Promenade Gardens, Middle and Waterloo Streets, North Cummingsburg, Georgetown, for youths to usher in the special day. Several youth-based organisations attended the event, along with businesses and excited young persons who seized the opportunity to sign up for jobs with Teleperformance on the spot.University of Guyana (UG) Vice Chancellor, Professor Ivelaw Griffith along with British High Commissioner Gregory Quinn were also there to mingle with youths of all ages.Guyana Times caught up with a few persons who exhibited their projects and organisations during a mini exhibition at the Gardens.Vice President of the Enterprise Youth Development Group (EYDG) said their focus is to raise awareness as to how they can build and make their community better, through youths. He said, “Currently we are spearheading a mental health awareness project. When most persons hear mental health they think the person is crazy. We are there to let them know that it’s actually stress and depression which comes into play and affects us mentally.”Founder and President of Sustainable Youth Network Guyana, Travis Bruce said the fairly new organisation seeks to be the local hub in promoting sustainable development goals. “I believe in Guyana the sustainable development goals can do so much more and with young people we decided to come together with our same interests and passion to push for the goal so by 2030 we can have a better life for Guyanese.”A young developer, Shemar Spencer, officially launched his new application (APP), Swopp at the “Just Youth It” conference.This is the fifth year that the CANI has hosted the “Just Youth It” conference, although they were founded in 2012. Annually the network has been involved in distributing footwear, back packs and stationary supplies to children within villages across the country.Founder and Executive Director of CANI, Ryan Hoppie informed that hundreds of school supplies will be donated this year with the help of over 70 volunteers.Conversations on safe spaces were discussed during the forum, in keeping with this year’s World Youth Day theme, with the intent of building and developing same.Hoppie told Guyana Times, “Come Alive (Network Inc) has created a platform for young people to network with each other, network with the Private Sector and Government as well as fellow peers to be able to create new products”.He said the conference is aimed at giving youths a ‘voice’ and ‘platform’ through the awakening of true potential.World Youth Day is being held this year under the theme ‘Safe spaces for youths’.last_img read more

Deal puts company in employees’ hands

first_imgFor the past six months, many of the 20,000 employees of Tribune Co. have been wondering who their new owners would be. Turns out the answer is, basically, them. The deal announced Monday to take the Chicago-based media company private will result in Tribune being owned by an employee stock ownership plan, or ESOP. These plans have many advantages including significant tax breaks, but they also carry certain risks. Here’s how they work: An ESOP is a kind of benefit plan for employees, where the company contributes money, as it would to a pension or similar kind of retirement savings account. But instead of investing in stocks or bonds, as most pension plans might, an ESOP plan will use those contributions to pay down debt and buy stock in the company, which is then distributed to employees as a benefit. The new ESOP-owned Tribune will have about $13.4 billion in debt after the deal, Bear Stearns analyst Alexia Quadrani said, up from about $5 billion now. Real estate investor Sam Zell is contributing $315 million to the transaction and will wind up with the right to buy 40percent of the company later. Since ESOPs act as a kind of retirement benefit plan, company contributions to ESOP plans are essentially tax-free. This allows the company to pay down the debt more quickly. As the debt is paid down, employees will gradually receive shares in the company as a benefit, and they won’t owe tax on those shares until they leave the company or retire and cash them out. And, to the extent a company is owned by an ESOP program, profits aren’t taxed either. In order for the ESOP to be created, an independent trustee must vet the transaction and make sure it’s fair to the employees relative to what Zell is getting, and also whether the price being paid by the ESOP is justifiable given the expected future profits of the company. Tribune said in a statement that there would be no change in the pension benefits previously earned by employees as a result of the transaction. The new ESOP will be funded solely through company contributions. It all may sound quite appealing, but there are several cases of ESOPs that went wrong, some spectacularly so. UAL Corp.’s United Airlines adopted an ESOP structure in 1994, but employees suffered steep losses after the company declared bankruptcy in 2002. Corey Rosen, an expert on ESOPs and the founder and executive director of the National Center for Employee Ownership, an Oakland-based nonprofit organization, says several missteps were made in the United case. Those mistakes included putting a time limit on the ESOP structure, giving employees less incentive to support it, and also extracting significant concessions from workers at the outset, which worsened labor relations and helped set the stage for a crippling work slowdown in 2000. Also, the flight attendants’ union opted out of the agreement. Rosen pointed to several examples of successful ESOPs, including Publix Super Markets Inc., a fast-growing and highly regarded grocery chain based in Lakeland, Fla., as well as W.L. Gore & Associates Inc., the Newark, Del.-based maker of waterproof fabric Gore-Tex. While the tax benefits are compelling, Rosen cautioned that employee-owned business also need to foster a collaborative, “open-book” management culture where the employees do feel like owners – something that didn’t work out with United Airlines. 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

Peak home-selling season off to slow start

first_imgDALLAS – The peak spring home-selling season is off to a slow start, builder D.R. Horton Inc. said Tuesday, another sign that bad times in the housing market may last longer than expected. Horton, the nation’s largest homebuilder by deliveries, said Tuesday that its sales order in the most recent quarter fell 37 percent, led by even steeper declines in California and the Southwest. The grim report trumped recent indications that sales of homes, especially existing houses, had been improving. “It appeared demand had stabilized, but this throws that into question,” said Bernard Markstein, an economist for the National Association of Home Builders. Horton and other builders have been forced to throw in incentives to generate sales. They have also reduced the number of homes under construction, dumped lots and backed out of options for new land. Shares of Horton were traded down 34 cents or, 1.54 percent, to close at $21.70 Tuesday on the New York Stock Exchange. They have traded in a 52-week range of $19.52 to $35. Experts said some of the factors that overheated housing markets in the past several years – especially easy financing for buyers with marginal credit and growing use of zero-down loans to afford pricey houses – were coming back to haunt builders. People who bought homes at low teaser interest rates are now seeing their monthly payments soar. Many of them can’t afford the new payments nor can they refinance under today’s tougher underwriting standards. “These people are now putting those homes back on the market. Most of them are nearly new homes, and they’re competing with the builders,” said Bruce Norris, a longtime real estate investor in Riverside. “This is not a solvable problem anytime soon,” Norris said. “It’s going to run its course,” which he predicted won’t be over until 2010. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Horton’s founder and chairman, Donald R. Horton, said that conditions for selling homes “continue to be challenging in most of our markets,” as the supply of unsold new and existing homes remained high. “We continue to sell more homes than any other builder, even though the spring selling season has not gotten off to its usual strong start,” he said. The Fort Worth-based company said net sales orders for the quarter ended March 31 totaled 9,983 homes, down from 15,771 a year ago. The value of the orders dropped 40 percent, to $2.6 billion from $4.4 billion a year ago. The decline in orders was sharpest in California, plunging 59 percent to 1,107 from 2,697 a year earlier. Orders in the Southwest fell 39 percent. The smallest decline: 21 percent in the Northeast. The weak quarter followed a 23 percent drop in orders during the last three months of 2006. last_img read more

NBA roundup

first_imgat Utah 111, Toronto 98 AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita Phoenix 90 Kevin Martin scored a career-high 25 points and rookie Francisco Garcia added career-bests of 21 points and 10 rebounds for the Kings as they handed the Suns their biggest loss of the season. Shawn Marion scored 25 points and Raja Bell added 19 for the Suns. Andrei Kirilenko finished with 18 points, 16 rebounds and 11 assists for the Jazz’s first triple-double since 1999, and Mehmet Okur added 29 points, seven assists and six rebounds for Utah in its victory. Chris Bosh led the Raptors with 27 points and Jalen Rose scored 16. at Sacramento 119, center_img 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

Mayor’s goal: Give L.A. a dash of green

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event Absorb 80,000,000 gallons a year of urban street runoff now polluting the Pacific with such contaminants as motor oil, heavy metals from cars and herbicides and pesticides. The mayor’s Million Tree Initiative, the details of which will be announced early this summer, aims to root enough trees around schools and along city streets and the Los Angeles River to allow residents to experience what a difference a tree makes. “The scope of it, the vision of it, the promise of it,” said Paula Daniels, commissioner on the Board of Public Works and chairwoman of the mayor’s Million Tree Task Force. “The environmental benefits are key: What we want to do is to plant trees in the right places.” The initiative will attempt to fill holes in the city’s urban forest with a range of drought-tolerant trees, she said. Priority would be given to schools, poorer neighborhoods and the river. A study of ultra-sharp satellite images of Los Angeles will determine what gray areas must be made green. Though most trees will likely be planted in public areas or rights of way, Daniels said residents and businesses will be encouraged to plant them in their own yards. In addition to cleaning the air and water, mature trees save energy by cooling buildings as much as 11 degrees and can cut air-conditioning costs by 50 percent, advocates say. They also can slow traffic, reduce urban stress, protect pedestrians against harmful solar rays, provide fresh fruit, offer homes to birds and wildlife, prevent evaporation from thirsty lawns and increase property values by as much as 15 percent. “A million trees in our city would be absolutely transformative from every point of view,” said David Nahai, director of the Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board and vice president of the Department of Water and Power. “The benefits are priceless.” But the question remains: Who will bear the cost of the trees and decades of upkeep? “I can’t give you the overall cost,” said Daniels, who was authorized by the mayor to discuss the initiative. “There’s bond money, and we’re developing strategies to pursue grant money.” A million trees may not come cheap. It now costs the city Division of Urban Forestry $15 to $20 for a 15-gallon tree, according to the Department of Public Works. A million trees, if purchased by the city, could run $15 million to $20 million. Then there’s upkeep and the workers needed to perform it. Urban Forestry now spends $10 million a year to plant, inspect, trim or remove some of the 680,000 trees along 6,500 miles of city rights of way. Trimming each tree once every five to 12 years costs $80 to $350 each. So trimming a million new trees could cost $80 million to $350 million. And that doesn’t include the cost of recycling the resulting green waste, now at 10,000 tons a year. “The Bureau of Street Services doesn’t maintain the trees we currently have,” said Deborah Murphy, Founder of Los Angeles Walks, a pedestrian advocacy group, who called for a systematic plan to make the city green. A million new trees, she said, “would take a serious effort.” Nahai, whose DWP is a member of the Million Tree Task Force and whose agency has launched a campaign to buy thousands of new trees, asked what the cost would be of not planting a million trees. He pointed out that air pollution causes asthma in Los Angeles children. Water pollution from perchlorate and other contaminants threatens residents. And urban runoff imperils the Southern California coast. “We’re not at the point where environmental measures can be considered a luxury, some utopian ideal,” he said. TreePeople, a Million Tree participant that for 30 years has advocated planting trees to stretch the urban canopy with such trees as California bay laurel and coast live oaks, praised the mayor’s plan. “For decades, we’ve been looking desperately for help in addressing a divided and polluted city,” said Andy Lipkis, founder and president of TreePeople, located in the hills above Studio City. “Well, that special and powerful potential partner has been there all along: Nature. Let’s join forces. Let’s heal the city.” dana.bartholomew@dailynews.com (818) 713-3730160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! A million trees? That’s 10 percent more than the 10 million magnolias, palms, sycamores and other trees that now grow in L.A., according to the city. That’s enough trees to: Produce a year’s supply of oxygen for 666,667 residents. Absorb the carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas attributable to global warming, from 16,666 cars on a 25,000-mile journey around the globe. center_img They’ll scrub the air. Purify the water. Reduce urban stress. Cool homes and businesses under leafy boughs. And potentially raise property values across Los Angeles. A million trees planted under the direction of Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa could also turn drab schools and streets into verdant, shady hangouts. “We need to imagine a future in which Los Angeles is the greenest and cleanest big city in America,” Villaraigosa proclaimed during his first State of the City speech last week. “We’ll be breaking ground shortly on our initiative to plant a million trees.” last_img read more

LISTEN: Pep Guardiola hails referee Bobby Madley over disallowed penalty

first_imgPep Guardiola praised “brave” referee Bobby Madley for disallowing Riyad Mahrez’s penalty in Manchester City’s 2-1 victory over Leicester.City dominated the first 40 minutes and led through David Silva’s 29th-minute opener and a penalty from Gabriel Jesus seven minutes later.But a superb volley from Shinji Okazaki gave Leicester some momentum heading into the second half and they exploited City’s nerves to almost snatch a point.When Gael Clichy felled Mahrez in the box and the playmaker converted from the spot, it looked like the Foxes had drawn level.But Madley spotted that Mahrez had slipped, his left-footed shot hitting his standing leg on the way in, and it was ruled out.Guardiola said: “The shot was a little bit strange and when I saw the reaction from (goalkeeper) Willy (Caballero) I understood immediately it was two touches and the referee was so brave to interpret the rule.”Leicester boss Craig Shakespeare bemoaned his side’s luck and argued the penalty could have been retaken for encroachment by City players.He said: “It is a freak penalty, a double touch. Clearly the letter of the law states it doesn’t stand. What I will say in terms of the letter of the law, an eagle-eyed official probably notices the encroachment of two Man City players but you don’t often get that these days.“The disappointment of the double touch, maybe the encroachment happens first and he can pull it back but in real time it happens really quick.”City went into the game knowing victories in all their three remaining games would guarantee third place and a spot in the Champions League group stages for next season.Guardiola felt the pressure affected his players in the second half, although he argued they could have recovered even if Mahrez’s penalty had stood.“Of course it was important but I am pretty sure at 2-2 we would have decided to attack more than we thought in the second half,” said the Spaniard.“We make a good performance first half. We missed the chances to almost finish the game. After the 41st minute we conceded an exceptional goal.“The second half we didn’t know whether to attack or defend the result. It sometimes happens. You have to understand how important this period is for us, for the future of the club, the players, for everybody.”Leicester were also aggrieved that Silva’s opener was not disallowed after Raheem Sterling waved a leg at the ball from an offside position.Shakespeare said: “To the letter of the law, as soon as he makes an attempt for the ball, which you can clearly see he does, it’s a clear offside decision.”last_img read more