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Sarah Steele’s Photo Stash! The Country House Star Shows Off Spicy Tea & More

first_img My good-luck charm “Susie’s bracelets. I play with them onstage when I’m nervous.” My favorite thing in my dressing room “Nothing screams ‘Broadway’ like Kate Jennings Grant’s kimono.” The crew member who saves my ass “Matthew, who races up the stairs to hand me my iPod before my first entrance every night. I always forget it!” Selfie right before I go on stage My view from the stage “This is what the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre looks like before the house opens.” My favorite co-star “My dressing room mate, the fabulous Kate Jennings Grant!” My favorite spot in the theater “I love hanging out backstage, behind the house where the trees are.” My favorite post-show snack “Candy from our dressing room candy drawer.” My must-have pre-show item “The amazing honey ginger tea with cayenne pepper that our lovely stage management team makes every night.” My favorite costume piece “My ‘Creature of the Night’ t-shirt.” Related Shows View Comments The Country House star Sarah Steele is giving us an all-access pass! In the heartfelt and humorous new play by Donald Margulies, The Good Wife star and Spanglish alum plays Susie Keegan, the precocious granddaughter of theater legend Anna Patterson (Blythe Danner). We asked Steele to snap a few photos of her favorite things backstage at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre. Check out the delicious tea she sips before she takes the stage, her favorite crew member and more below, then see the MTC’s The Country House on Broadway through November 23rd! Show Closed This production ended its run on Nov. 23, 2014 The Country House last_img read more

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Time to shut down the United Nations

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion One can only hope that Trump’s greatest accomplishment will be closing the cesspool known as the United Nations. Instead of giving voice to all nations, large all small, they have taken on the task of eliminating Israel. Syria gases innocent citizens, silence — drinks and dinners as usual. Israel bombs a military site — emergency meeting. Please, President Trump, hang a closed sign on the United Nations. Geraldine KrawitzSaratoga SpringsMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?last_img read more

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Brisbane Metro boom suburbs

first_imgMore from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus19 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market19 hours ago“While the Queensland Government is prepared to go it alone in the funding of the Cross River Rail project, the Brisbane Metro is the Federal Government’s preferred public transport solution for the city, and the two-tier commitment will provide investors with significant funding.“As the population growth of our major cities aggravates congestion, lessening the time we commute to work will deliver tangible value to property owners.”The funding came at a time when some of the suburbs had seen “subdued growth”, he said, with Upper Mount Gravatt houses growing 2.5 per cent in the 12 months to January to $625,000 and Eight Mile Plains up 1.3 per cent growth to $780,000. The Brisbane City Council led infrastructure project will cost $300m.He said the funding “could be the catalyst for the areas to catch up with neighbouring suburbs including Mount Gravatt East (11.6 per cent growth to $658,000) and Mansfield ($676,250 for 7.3 per cent rise)”.Suburbs that were going backwards in terms of growth in the inner north were expected to see a jump, including Kelvin Grove where houses underperformed last year falling (-7 per cent) to $771,500 and Herston which went backwards (-4.7 per cent) to $820,000. FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON FACEBOOK [email protected] Realtors expect the infrastructure surge to be a growth catalyst for multiple suburbs.IF you live in these suburbs you may well have heard the ka-ching as Federal Treasurer Scott Morrison announced massive funding for Brisbane.Budget 2018 has locked in the Queensland capitals next boom suburbs, according to one of Australia’s major real estate agencies, with realtors expecting the $300m Brisbane Metro infrastructure project to be a windfall for homeowners.LJ Hooker head of research Mathew Tiller said the congestion-busting infrastructure project would “reinvigorate suburbs along the alignment” of the project with a rise in sales predicted along the inner north and south of the city.“This brings suburbs like Upper Mount Gravatt and Eight Mile Plains in the city’s south and Kelvin Grove and Herston in the north closer to the CBD through increased ‘show-up-and-go’ public transport services,” he said.last_img read more

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Audacia Begins Nord Stream 2 Pipe Laying Work

first_imgThe offshore pipelay vessel ‘Audacia’ has started its work on the Nord Stream 2 project on Saturday. Allseas-operated Audacia is the second vessel, together with the Castoro Dieci (C10), to lay the Nord Stream 2 pipeline in the German route section.Audacia started its installation works at the end of the 30 kilometers-long trench of the twin pipeline, located in German territorial waters. The vessel will be laying pipes for approximately 38 kilometers in a deeper water section of the route.Once Audacia completes the first line, it will then return to starting point to continue laying the second line, completing its works in Germany by the end of 2018.All works on the Nord Stream 2 Pipeline in German territorial waters are scheduled to be completed by the end of this year.Nord Stream 2 is a planned pipeline through the Baltic Sea, which will transport natural gas over some 1,230 km from the world’s largest gas reserves in Russia via the most efficient route to consumers in Europe. The pipeline will have the capacity to transport 55 billion cubic meters of gas per year, enough to supply 26 million European households.last_img read more

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Newcastle succeed in Fabricio Coloccini derby red card appeal

first_img The club have, though, been charged with failing to control their players after they furiously harangued referee Robert Madley. An FA statement read: “Fabricio Coloccini will not serve a one-match suspension after his wrongful dismissal claim was successful. “An Independent Regulatory Commission found that the match referee had made an obvious error in dismissing the Newcastle United defender for denying an obvious goalscoring opportunity during the game against Sunderland on Sunday 25 October 2015. “Newcastle United have been charged for failing to control their players in relation to their reaction to the match referee’s decision. “The club have until 6pm on 30 October 2015 to respond to the charge.” Newcastle’s successful appeal means Coloccini will now be available for Saturday’s home Premier League fixture against Stoke. It is a boost for Steve McClaren’s side, but the bitter taste of the game-changing sending-off will remain. Newcastle had been on top at the Stadium of Light until the decision, which allowed Adam Johnson to slot home from the penalty spot. Billy Jones tapped home a second with 25 minutes remaining and Steven Fletcher added a third as Sunderland recorded a sixth successive derby win. Press Association Tempers frayed at the Stadium of Light after the Magpies captain was given a straight red card in first-half injury time, having appeared to bundle over Sunderland striker Steven Fletcher as he raced towards goal. Newcastle lodged an appeal after the 3-0 loss for wrongful dismissal – something the FA accepted, meaning Coloccini will now not have to serve a one-match ban. center_img Newcastle have successfully appealed Fabricio Coloccini’s red card in the Tyne-Wear derby, although the Football Association has charged the club with failing to control their players in the aftermath of that decision in the defeat to Sunderland. last_img read more

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Walker Buehler’s ‘special’ talent has blossomed as a rookie in Dodgers rotation

first_img How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire “We have a front-line rotation piece now. We had hoped for that in the spring,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “When it was going to happen, we didn’t know. But obviously you see the makeup and you see the stuff and you hope at the end of this year he was going to be that guy.”Sign up for our Inside the Dodgers newsletter. Be the best Dodger fan you can be by getting daily intel on your favorite team. Subscribe here.“He is pitching like we expected him to,” Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman said. “But I’m not sure that expectation was in 2018.”It was certainly Buehler’s expectation. Though he tempers his answer when asked about those expectations, the 24-year-old right-hander’s self-confidence is as big as his talent – and evident to his teammates, one of whom (fellow rookie Caleb Ferguson) smiles from two lockers away when Buehler is asked about it.“I’m very confident about me and what I do,” Buehler acknowledged as Ferguson smirked into his locker.That confidence was in no way dented by Buehler’s poor performance (in a relief role) as a September call-up a year ago. He had a 7.71 ERA in 9-1/3 innings as a reliever and walked away with the unspoken conviction that even major-league hitters had no right treating him like that. Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies center_img LOS ANGELES — In Walker Buehler, the Dodgers knew they had something … what’s a good word for it?“He’s special,” Rangers left-hander and fellow Vanderbilt product Mike Minor said after Buehler’s recent start in Texas, the only time in the last month the rookie right-hander gave up more than one run in an outing. “He’s got special stuff.”“One of the most special talents I’ve seen,” said Dodgers director of player development Brandon Gomes, a big-leaguer for five seasons before joining the Dodgers’ organization two years ago. “I don’t have the longest history in player development. But I can’t think of anyone I played with who had any more talent.”None of this surprises the Dodgers. How quickly Buehler has harnessed that talent has. “I think you have to, at least early, believe you’re good enough to be here. Then you have to be taught what you can and can’t do,” Buehler said.“There are certain things and certain situations that you’re never going to be able to explain it, but you can see it. ‘This guy is doing this. He feels comfortable hitting this pitch of mine. How can I navigate this at-bat without giving him that pitch?’”With 22 games left in the season and a playoff spot yet to be secured, Buehler sits right behind Kershaw in the Dodgers’ rotation – a spot he could also occupy in a postseason rotation despite his rookie status.“Assuming we get to October, I think he’ll be a big part of our success,” Friedman said.“He’s ready to pitch in a playoff game. Absolutely,” Roberts said, adding he has “100 percent” confidence in handing the ball to Buehler.UP NEXTDodgers (LHP Clayton Kershaw, 6-5, 2.40 ERA) at Rockies (RHP Jon Gray, 11-7, 4.70 ERA), Friday, 5:40 p.m., SportsNet LA (where available) “When I got called up, we talked about it – there’s no bad outcome in this,” Buehler said in retrospect. “No matter how I throw, we’re up 15 games in the division. We were going to clinch. We were going to go to the playoffs. They were going to do what they did last year. So it’s almost like I was just here to learn, for me. If something great would have come out of it and I would have thrown my way on to the playoff roster, that would have been great. But I wasn’t ready for that and I wasn’t good enough. So there’s a point where you say, ‘At least I know what it is. I’ve been there. Now I’ve got to learn to be better.’“When you show up at spring training and your last game was in the big leagues, you prepare to be in the big leagues. It’s a different kind of focus.”Friedman acknowledges that the roots of Buehler’s 2018 success are in the disappointment of last September.“Worst-case is he will gain meaningful experience that will help him in 2018,” Friedman said. “We just didn’t appreciate how much it would.”It has not been a smooth ride. Buehler started the season in Triple-A then pitched six innings in a combined no-hitter in just his third big-league start. He has pitched with the awareness that the Dodgers could cite innings limits and pitch-count restrictions and take the ball from him at any time. He pitched with a microfracture in a rib then went more than a month between starts while recovering.And yet, he has emerged as the Dodgers’ second-best starter behind left-hander Clayton Kershaw, adapting to the major leagues and expanding his repertoire on the fly. Over his past seven starts, Buehler has allowed seven runs in 42-2/3 innings (a 1.48 ERA), striking out 51 and holding opposing hitters to a .168 average and .497 OPS.“There’s just clarity and conviction,” Roberts said. “When he gets the ball now, there is 100 percent conviction that is the right pitch and that pitch is able to get major-league hitters out.“Also, his fastball command has been so consistent. For him and most pitchers, everything stems off of that. Last year, the delivery, the fastball would leak back and there would be mistakes. Now when he gets behind, he can still execute a fastball to get himself back into a count. … It’s a special fastball with special command.”There’s that word again.Friedman says Buehler is “right up there” with any young pitcher he has seen for how quickly he has ascended the major-league learning curve.“It’s pitch execution but also awareness of what he’s trying to do against certain hitters, (being) just a little bit more adaptable in that approach,” Friedman said. “As you’re coming through the minor leagues you don’t really have to be. It’s part of the learning experience for every young pitcher. He’s really bright, which helps. He’s just kind of gotten to it and taken to it as fast as you could possibly hope for.”Part of Buehler’s willingness to adapt has involved making his cut fastball a larger part of his pitch mix and also changing the grip on his curveball, minimizing the use of a “spike” knuckle curve grip in favor of a more conventional curveball grip that produces a higher spin rate.Related Articles Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

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Lakers play uninspired in loss to Thunder with another night of cold shooting

first_img Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersPreviousLeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers handles the ball on offense against the Oklahoma City Thunder during the second half ofan NBA basketball game Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kevin C. Cox/Pool Photo via AP)Nerlens Noel #9 of the Oklahoma City Thunder is defended by JaVale McGee #7 of the Los Angeles Lakers during the second quarter at HP Field House at ESPN Wide World Of Sports Complex on August 05, 2020 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Steven Adams, right, of the Oklahoma City Thunder, is defended by Markieff Morris, left, of the Los Angeles Lakers during the second quarter during an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kevin C. Cox/Pool Photo via AP) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsLos Angeles Lakers’ Markieff Morris, center, battles for the ball with Oklahoma City Thunder’s Luguentz Dort (5) and Hamidou Diallo (6) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kevin C. Cox/Pool Photo via AP)Steven Adams of Oklahoma City, left, scores a basket past JaVale McGee, right, of the Los Angeles Lakers during the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kevin C. Cox/Pool Photo via AP)Los Angeles Lakers’ Anthony Davis dunks the ball against the Oklahoma City Thunder during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kevin C. Cox/Pool Photo via AP)LeBron James #23 and Frank Vogel of the Los Angeles Lakers react against the Oklahoma City Thunder during the second quarter at HP Field House at ESPN Wide World Of Sports Complex on August 05, 2020 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Danilo Gallinari #8 of the Oklahoma City Thunder attempts a shot defended by Danny Green #14 of the Los Angeles Lakers during the second quarter at HP Field House at ESPN Wide World Of Sports Complex on August 05, 2020 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James, right, is fouled by Oklahoma City Thunder’s Steven Adams during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kevin C. Cox/Pool Photo via AP)Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James (23) is defended by Oklahoma City Thunder’s Chris Paul during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kevin C. Cox/Pool Photo via AP)LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers attempts a lay up against the Oklahoma City Thunder during the first quarter at HP Field House at ESPN Wide World Of Sports Complex on August 05, 2020 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Oklahoma City Thunder’s Nerlens Noel is defended by Los Angeles Lakers’ Danny Green, left, and JaVale McGee during the second quarter of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kevin C. Cox/Pool Photo via AP)LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers reacts against the Oklahoma City Thunder during the second quarter during an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kevin C. Cox/Pool Photo via AP)A detailed view of the “Lebron James Family Foundation Bracelet” worn by LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers during the second quarter against the Oklahoma City Thunder at HP Field House at ESPN Wide World Of Sports Complex on August 05, 2020 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James kneels during the national anthem prior to the NBA basketball game against the Oklahoma City Thunder Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kevin C. Cox/Pool Photo via AP)The Oklahoma City Thunder and Los Angeles Lakers kneel prior to an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kevin C. Cox/Pool Photo via AP)Hamidou Diallo #6 of the Oklahoma City Thunder is pursued by Markieff Morris #88 of the Los Angeles Lakers during the second quarter at HP Field House at ESPN Wide World Of Sports Complex on August 05, 2020 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Kentavious Caldwell-Pope #1 and LeBron James #23 help their teammate Alex Caruso #4 of the Los Angeles Lakers against the Oklahoma City Thunder during the second quarter at HP Field House at ESPN Wide World Of Sports Complex on August 05, 2020 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Oklahoma City Thunder’s Chris Paul attempts a lay up against the Los Angeles Lakers during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kevin C. Cox/Pool Photo via AP)Anthony Davis, left, of the Los Angeles Lakers attempts a shot against Steven Adams, right, of the Oklahoma City Thunder during the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kevin C. Cox/Pool Photo via AP)Dion Waiters, left, of the Los Angeles Lakers attempts a shot against Nerlens Noel, center, and Hamidou Diallo, right, of the Oklahoma City Thunder during the first quarter during an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kevin C. Cox/Pool Photo via AP)Steven Adams #12 of the Oklahoma City Thunder is defended by LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers during the second quarter at HP Field House at ESPN Wide World Of Sports Complex on August 05, 2020 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Anthony Davis #3 of the Los Angeles Lakers dunks the ball against the Oklahoma City Thunder during the first quarter at HP Field House at ESPN Wide World Of Sports Complex on August 05, 2020 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Los Angeles Clippers’ JaVale McGee (7) attempts a shot against Oklahoma Thunder’s Steven Adams (12) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kevin C. Cox/Pool Photo via AP)LeBron James, right, of the Los Angeles Lakers is defended by Andre Roberson, left, of the Oklahoma City Thunder during the first quarter during an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kevin C. Cox/Pool Photo via AP)Chris Paul #3 of the Oklahoma City Thunder is fouled by Kyle Kuzma #0 of the Los Angeles Lakers during the second quarter at HP Field House at ESPN Wide World Of Sports Complex on August 05, 2020 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Luguentz Dort #5 of the Oklahoma City Thunder attempts a shot against Alex Caruso #4 of the Los Angeles Lakers during the second quarter at HP Field House at ESPN Wide World Of Sports Complex on August 05, 2020 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers reacts to a call against the Oklahoma City Thunder during the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kevin C. Cox/Pool Photo via AP)Markieff Morris #88 of the Los Angeles Lakers battles for the ball with Luguentz Dort #5 and Hamidou Diallo #6 of the Oklahoma City Thunder during the second quarter at HP Field House at ESPN Wide World Of Sports Complex on August 05, 2020 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Kentavious Caldwell-Pope #1 of the Los Angeles Lakers is fouled by Shai Gilgeous-Alexander #2 of the Oklahoma City Thunder during the second quarter at HP Field House at ESPN Wide World Of Sports Complex on August 05, 2020 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Los Angeles Lakers’ Anthony Davis (3) with LeBron James (23) during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Oklahoma City Thunder Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kevin C. Cox/Pool Photo via AP)LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers warms up prior to the game against the Oklahoma City Thunder at HP Field House at ESPN Wide World Of Sports Complex on August 05, 2020 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers reacts against the Oklahoma City Thunder during the second quarter at HP Field House at ESPN Wide World Of Sports Complex on August 05, 2020 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers handles the ball on offense against the Oklahoma City Thunder during the third quarter at HP Field House at ESPN Wide World Of Sports Complex on August 05, 2020 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers reacts to a call against the Oklahoma City Thunder during the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kevin C. Cox/Pool Photo via AP)The Los Angeles Lakers coaching staff looks on from the sideline against the Oklahoma City Thunder during the third quarter at HP Field House at ESPN Wide World Of Sports Complex on August 05, 2020 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Frank Vogel of the Los Angeles Lakers looks on against the Oklahoma City Thunder during the third quarter at HP Field House at ESPN Wide World Of Sports Complex on August 05, 2020 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers handles the ball on offense against the Oklahoma City Thunder during the second half ofan NBA basketball game Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kevin C. Cox/Pool Photo via AP)Nerlens Noel #9 of the Oklahoma City Thunder is defended by JaVale McGee #7 of the Los Angeles Lakers during the second quarter at HP Field House at ESPN Wide World Of Sports Complex on August 05, 2020 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)NextShow Caption1 of 37Nerlens Noel #9 of the Oklahoma City Thunder is defended by JaVale McGee #7 of the Los Angeles Lakers during the second quarter at HP Field House at ESPN Wide World Of Sports Complex on August 05, 2020 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)ExpandThe Lakers entered the evening intending to play close-to-playoff rotations. What unfolded was an uninspiring effort that seemed equal parts fueled by no true stakes to play for and still adjusting to the unfamiliar conditions of the bubble.The Lakers were just 5 for 37 from deep, with only three players even hitting a 3-pointer. James and Anthony Davis each failed to hit one, and both looked downright pedestrian, combining for 10-for-30 shooting. Davis in particular slumped after knocking down 42 points against the Jazz two nights before, finishing with nine. James had 19.Neither of them seemed all that broken up about it. They quietly joked with one another at the end of the bench as the minutes ticked off of the blowout loss that left them 2-2 since the restart.But even if the game doesn’t mean anything for the playoff picture, it gnawed away some of the sheen the Lakers had entering the bubble with many of their key players intact. In three of their four games since the restart, they’ve shot under 40 percent from the field, including under 35 percent from 3-point range. They’ve yet to have one consistent, wire-to-wire offensive effort, and with just four seeding games left, it might not happen before the playoffs begin.While coach Frank Vogel said he thought the team had created shot opportunities, he was concerned that the Lakers had fouled a lot, had lost offensive pace and generally did not look sharp. He foreshadowed changes ahead. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — It’s usually not a good sign when LeBron James changes shoes at halftime.The Lakers had just scored 45 points in a half, trailed by seven, and their stars looked rough again on offense. The court at H.P. Fieldhouse felt a little more slippery than he liked. Changing shoes had worked for James in the restart opener against the Clippers; maybe on Wednesday night against the Oklahoma City Thunder, he thought it would cast a similar spell.“It’s a superstitious thing,” he said. “An OCD thing, too.”But even a nod to cosmic forces has not yet undone a shooting slump that humbled the Lakers in a 105-86 loss to the Thunder — a result that has no bearing on their top-seed status, but has continued to undermine confidence that they can reach the contending level they had in March. “Part of what we’re learning is some things are not working,” he said. “And we’ve got to obviously, when something’s not working, either change the personnel or change the way you’re using them, and those are the things we’re looking at right now.”The starting lineup was at the heart of the loss, outscored by their Thunder counterparts 85-38. Chris Paul led with 21 points, but all the OKC starters were in double figures. James was the only Lakers starter who scored 10 or more. OKC led by as much as 20 points.Seven Lakers didn’t make a 3-pointer on multiple attempts, adding to a trend where the Lakers are shooting just 25.2 percent behind the arc, the lowest of any of the 22 teams in the bubble. At this point, it defies a straightforward explanation for a team that has a season-long 35 percent average.“Just gotta put the ball in the basket,” said Kyle Kuzma. “Whatever you want to call it — soul searching, putting extra work in — we’ve gotta hit shots.”While the Lakers have stressed patience while dealing with shooters, that patience might be wearing thin. Vogel said while he’ll see how his starters are feeling before Thursday’s game with Houston, he wanted to keep his regular rotation playing — he’s yet to see them in offensive rhythm.Davis, who has been the Lakers’ best scorer so far, said he was “100 percent positive” the team would find it.“We’re getting everything we want offensively: easy looks, guys missing layups, airballed floaters that I make, missing free throws,” he said. “Things that we normally do, it just isn’t happening. It’s not like our offense is bad. Or we have bad spacing. Or we’re not in the right spot. It’s more so guys just being comfortable and making shots.”Related Articles Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years last_img read more

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Transport Fares Skyrocket

first_imgAs another fleet of donated buses arrive for the Government of Liberia (GoL), in an effort to ease the country’s bleak and often pathetic transport problems, fare prices are on the increase as ever, leading many to urge for government’s intervention.The Government of India early last week donated 15 additional buses to the Liberian government, which, as with previous donations from the Indian government, is aimed at easing the current rise of transport fares.But despite the donation the buses are yet to be administered for public transportation, leaving many to wonder at precisely when they will be deployed in Monrovia and other parts of country. And this comes at a time when owners of commercial and private vehicles, including owners of petroleum products, are contributing to the price hike, demanding more fares and increasing the prices of gas and oil.In fact since December 5, commercial drivers and other vital public service transport providers in Monrovia and other parts of the country have continued to raise transport fares – and much to the detriment of commuters and businesspeople, many of whom can barely afford the price hike.And this also comes at a time when Liberia’s Petroleum Refining Company Managing Director, T. Nelson Williams, and Commerce and Industry Minister Axel Addy, are doing much to reduce the pump prices of petroleum products throughout the country.In a weekend tour of Monrovia’s three main commercial districts — Red-light, Waterside and Duala — our correspondent gathered in separate interviews from a number of businesspeople that despite the hike in fare prices profits from goods sales are significant, especially during the Christmas season. But most profits, they said, are being pocketed by unscrupulous commercial drivers. Already, on Monday and Tuesday of this week commuters, civil servants and businesspeople were seen stranded at the Red-Light Market in Paynesville, many of them complaining about the raise in transport fares. People are now paying approximately LD$75.00 from Red-light Market to Broad Street in central Monrovia. Some commercial drivers are even believed to be demanding LD$120, leaving many schocked and saddened about whether government is doing anything at all to bring the situation under control; and not just in Monrovia but in other parts of the country.Commuter Joseph B. Collins, 58, told the Daily Observer that commercial drivers had become “heartless and completely wicked. I want commercial drivers in Monrovia and other parts of the country caught and sent to jail,” Collins added, adding that they were greedy, selfish and individuals in every shape, form and manner.Businesswoman Mary B. Wesseh, 44, of Central Monrovia told the Daily Observer at the Duala General Market on Bushrod Island that commercial drivers have become gods unto themselves, hiking transport fares at will.Madam Wesseh, a retailer of oranges and peanuts, said that commercial drivers and owners of private vehicles care less about regulated prices and a decrease in the price of petroleum products.“I want the Liberia National Police officers and Ministry of Transport’s monitors assigned for traffic control and transport fares to monitor commercial drivers and private vehicle owners in Monrovia and other parts of the country,” Madam Wesseh said.At the Waterside commercial district used clothes dealer Elizabeth B. Tamba said that commercial drivers are not only unscrupulous but very corrupt in their business activities.When contacted, commercial driver Solomon Blamo, 38, told the Daily Observer in a defiant mood that commercial drivers will continue to hike transport fares at all times in the country.Another commercial driver, Christopher Flomo, 42, pointed out that prices of spare-parts are being hiked by auto-part dealers in all parts of the country.“Therefore, we will continue to hike transport fares until government can take the appropriate steps to monitor custom duties on the importation of auto-parts in the country.”Photo: A cross-section of Stranded Commuters and Businesspeople at Red-light Market in PaynesvilleShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more