Like us at https://www.facebook.com/pages/New-Pittsburgh-Courier/143866755628836?ref=hlFollow @NewPghCourier on Twitter https://twitter.com/NewPghCourier BILL NEAL:10—I have no proof, but I’m pretty sure that never in the history of college basketball has a team missed not one, but two sets of foul shots to ice the game and the opposing team didn’t get either rebound. That is the ultimate…C’MON MAN!!! C’MON Oregon!!:09—Speaking of ultimate, and clearly I was if you were paying the least bit of attention…Gone but not forgotten is “The Ultimate Force” of Master Jacquet Bazemore. Westinghouse and Pitt graduate, two-tour Vietnam vet, original heavyweight boxing champion, the owner of 10 black belts in 10 different martial arts, inducted into the National Karate Hall of Fame…coach, mentor, teacher, fighter, and one hell of a nice guy. Miss ya champ!:08—The votes are in by a landslide. I asked in last week’s column which team would be better; Team One, which had Magic Johnson, M.J., LeBron, Tim Duncan, and Kareem…or Team Two, which had Isiah Thomas, Kobe, Scottie Pippen, Hakeem Olajuwon, and Shaq-Daddy. Team One destroyed Team Two by over 100 votes! Sorry, boys and girls, but Team One has the greatest players at each position of all-time. Of course they win, now pay up!:07—Speaking of Isiah…no, not that one, this Isaiah (now you’re getting the hang of it)… Who gives birth to a baby, names him Isaiah Thomas, and the boy grows up to be a NBA star? I’m just sayin’! (For those of you just coming out of the cave you live in, Isiah Thomas played for the Detroit Pistons and won two NBA titles…Isaiah (with an extra “a”) Thomas plays for the Boston Celtics and is trying to get at least one championship). Some of you people really need to get with it.:06—Aubrey Bruce, Courier senior sports columnist…GREAT STORY on Ulish Carter, former Courier managing editor who retired this past Friday, March 31. Go to www.newpittsburghcourier.com and check out the column, “Inside Conditions.” You nailed it, Aubrey.:05—You know this “Hate Tiger Woods” thing is still in the air now that golf season is back…by some of the same people that wanted to kiss his ring finger (and a few other things) just a few short years ago. And why? I mean, why are some wishing that he doesn’t make it back or win a Major championship again? It’s not like he cheated with your wife!!! C’mon back, Tiger. Start kicking some of the upper-crust butt and win a few more majors.:04—In that same way of thinking, why do the haters hate Kobe, M.J., Tom Brady, Terry Bradshaw, Tom Cruise…I don’t get it. Live your life, people. Don’t hate ‘cause you can’t do what they do. You need to spend that hate time improving the quality of your own life.:03—Oh, by the way, I hate LeBron James. Don’t know why. Have no reason. Just do! Oops…did I say that out loud?:02—We sure ‘nuff “Tore the Roof off the Sucker” last Friday night at the startup of “Stompin’ at the Savoy.” Eatin’, drinkin’ and dancin’ started at 9 for the over-35 crowd, and we wobble—wobbled and backed it on up until 2 in the morning. The next Friday night jam with Mighty Man the D.J. is April 18, 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. Free parking, valet parking, Dress to Impress (over 35, cash bar, cash kitchen, 50/50 raffle, prizes and surprises) and all the dancin’ you can stand. “Downstairs Stompin’ at the Savoy.” Call 412-292-1753 for special VIP reservations and 412-628-4856 for special group fundraising specials. A B.N.P.B. production.:01—Mark your calendars and get ready to get ready. The 43rd-annual Willie “Pops” Stargell Pittsburgh MVP awards banquet is Wednesday, May 31 at the fabulous Savoy Restaurant, near Downtown. It will honor Pittsburgh’s most valuable men and women, and the famed Connie Hawkins Summer Basketball League Hall-of-Famers…Hosea Champaine, Shawn Harvey, Joe Barlow, Kevin Price, Coach Ringo Saunders, Kenny Lewis, Corey Gadson, Eric Carter, David Buries, Gary Nelson, Mark Hasell, Vince Lackner and Rico Appendanta.:00—Women’s college basketball…Mississippi State SHOCKS UConn…FAN..TAS..TIC!!!GAME OVER
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Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Before the Dubai tournament, Parks suited up for the Texas Legends in the NBA Developmental League.After losing in their first two meetings, Alab Pilipinas tries to snap out of its slump against the Saigon Heat on Sunday at CIS Arena in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next UST sends NU reeling to third straight loss Photo from fiba.comAlab Pilipinas is getting a huge boost late in the ASEAN Basketball League season with the addition of amateur star Kiefer Ravena.Head coach Mac Cuan welcomed Ravena’s acquisition especially amid Alab Pilipinas’ two-game losing skid.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES With Ravena’s addition, Alab gets another potent offensive option in the backcourt aside from Ray Parks.“It is big for the team because we have another play maker,” Cuan told INQUIRER.net in a text message. “It will help Ray Parks, because now the defense can’t just focus on him and it will free him up on the offense.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return“Plus, he’s is a proven winner.”But Alab Pilipinas will have to wait a few weeks before they could utilize the former UAAP MVP with Ravena still recovering from a hand injury he suffered in Mighty Sports’ stint in Dubai. Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos View comments Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite China counts sharp rise in coronavirus cases, 2 in Beijing Taal Volcano continues to emit steam, ash from weak explosions Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties Beggar dead in Quezon hit-and-run incident 2 ‘bookies’ bet collectors held in Quezon Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town
“It is the secret of the world that all things subsist and do not die, but retire a little from sight and afterwards return again.” – Ralph Waldo EmersonThere are those moments in medicine that really give you pause. Moments that make you stop, reflect, and really think. For me, that “moment” lasted one hour, fifty-seven minutes.We were on our morning ward rounds and it was business as usual – asking the patient how they’re doing, checking their vitals and adjusting their management plan accordingly. On this particular day, one of our patients suddenly became unresponsive.In our classes, our instructors tell us to try to stimulate the patient to determine if they’re actually unresponsive – shout their name, shake their shoulders, rub their chest. If they’re unresponsive, the next step is to check their pulse.This patient didn’t have a pulse – she was in cardiac arrest. We had to start CPR – Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation. For CPR, you start off with 30 compressions in the middle of the chest; well, ‘the lower half of the sternum’ to be exact. When a person goes into cardiac arrest, it means that their heart has stopped beating – it’s stopped pumping blood to the rest of the body. Chest compressions do the heart’s job for it, to keep blood pumping around the body.This wasn’t the first time I’ve seen a patient crash – where there was nothing more we could do to revive the patient and it wasn’t my first experience with CPR. But this was the time that really left an indelible impression on me. I think it was because this time I was there while her family members were coming to the bedside to say their goodbyes.It’s impossible, I think, to be in that place and not think about your own loved ones. It’s impossible to avoid reflecting on whether you’ve spent enough time showing the people you love that you love them while you still have them in your life.I think by now we’re more or less aware that things don’t go actually down like we see on Grey’s Anatomy, but it’s still striking how different things are in real life. For one, there was no one yelling “Charge!” while holding “paddles” aloft waiting to jolt the patient back to life. Of the four heart rhythms you’re likely to see in a patient in cardiac arrest, only two of them are responsive to electric shock. For the other two rhythmic, like in this patient, you have to continue with CPR- cycles of 30 chest compressions to two breaths.It was an experience like I said, I won’t soon forget, but sadly, it’s one that I’m sure I’ll be experiencing many times over in the future. I know that death is an inevitable stage in life but there is yet a finality to it that forces one into deep introspection.For all the exciting moments in medicine where you crack a difficult diagnosis or treat a patient successfully, there are also these moments where you have to come to grips with the fact that there is nothing more you can do. It’s a powerless feeling.Today I left the hospital much wearier than usual. It feels like one of those nights where I need a long shower to wash away the day.And I remember Martin Carter’s immortal words: “Now from the mourning vanguard moving on/ dear Comrade I salute you and I say/ Death will not find us that we die.”And though I know it was written in a different context, it yet comforted me.
Dear Editor,The excitement obvious from the media reports on the graduation of the first batch of cadets from the Civil Service Training College is quite understandable. I join in congratulating the graduates and their tutors and believe all Guyanese will be looking to see what impact such training will have on the day-to-day delivery of services to the public.Without wishing to throw cold water on the obvious enthusiasm emanating from the graduation, I do not think it is premature to warn about the possibility of negatives resulting from putting ‘bubbling, effervescing, new wine’ (as per the graduates) into ‘old wine skins’ (as per the heavily bureaucratic, anachronistic systems and reported indifference among established civil servants).The current civil service with its heavy establishment of civil servants set in their comatose ways cannot be discounted; old attitudes and modus operandi die hard. For the newly trained civil servants who would naturally be expecting a mostly conducive and enabling environment for the application of their newly acquired knowledge and skills, it could be demotivating if not disastrous if they experience too many bottlenecks at the operational levels.It is for such situations that many organisations realistically initiate their staff trainings from the top and prioritise focus on the current establishment (as opposed to entrants or new-comers); it is a more promising way to obtain ‘buy-in’ across the organisation where the established human resources welcome change and embrace newcomers and new approaches. Even better still is the spin-off when current managers and supervisors are trained as trainers and assume the responsibility for the effectiveness of the attitudinal, behavioural and systemic changes expected from the training activities.The ‘cadets’ or ‘trainees’ need mentors to help with the application of their learnings; this will not be forthcoming if the current managerial/supervisory staff are themselves operating in the ‘old ways’ of doing things and are not seized with the need for change among and by themselves.Simply put: training should start at the top especially when the focus is on attitudes…and it is no secret that the major problems in the civil service are attitudinal for which the top echelons must be trained and held accountable.Sincerely,Nowrang Persaud
Wilfried Bony netted an impressive brace as Swansea cruised to an easy win against Leicester to move up to sixth in the Premier League.The Ivorian was back to his imperious best as he polished off a free flowing Jacks move to put the hosts in front, and then added a second after the break to make it three goals in as many games for the striker.Swansea made a nervy start to proceedings but the Liberty Stadium was soon in full voice when Gylfi Sigurdsson went down under the challenge of Wes Morgan after the defender’s errant pass to the midfielder.Referee Mike Jones refused to be swayed by the baying crowd though, and video replays showed it was the correct call with Morgan nicking the ball away just in time.But Leicester were living on thin ice and it was no surprise when the Welsh side went ahead on 33 minutes.Bony’s cheeky backheel freed up Sigurdsson to escape the Foxes’ defence and the Iceland star immediately returned the ball for the striker to sweep the ball past Kasper Schmeichel.White shirts continued to pour forward at will and the only shock at half-time was the fact the visitors were trailing just by the one goal.Fresh from a Pearson rollicking, Leicester returned with a bit more intent after the break as Danny Drinkwater called Lukasz Fabianski, who had been happily snoozing away up until that point, into action with a long range effort.But just as it looked like the Championship winners were making inroads, Bony struck again after yet more fine play from Sigurdsson.The summer signing from Tottenham released Jefferson Montero with a sweet one-two, and moments later the ball was nestling in the net as the winger put the ball on a platter for Bony to stroke home.Despite there being more than half-an-hour remaining it felt like game over in Wales such was Leicester’s lack of attacking threat and so it proved.Jonjo Shelvey went on to hit the bar for Swansea with an absolute howitzer from 30-yards out, while at the other end Esteban Cambiasso somehow managed to hit the post from just a yard out, with Fabianski brilliantly denying Andy King’s initial header and then clawing the Argentine midfielder’s effort off the goal-line, 1 Swansea 2-0 Leicester: Bony brace buries feeble Foxes
Palmdale deputies had use of the scooters for a two-week trial period earlier this year on loan from the manufacturer. The department apparently liked what it saw – it purchased 15 scooters last month. Palmdale sheriff’s Deputy Dave Jennings cited an arrest in the outskirts of the mall of a strong-armed robber made during the first week of the trial as an example of the scooter’s effectiveness. “It’s going to save some wear and tear on the deputies’ feet, and the mobility and the ease to get around to anywhere on that property is going to be greatly enhanced without them having to rely on that car all the time,” Jennings said. The scooters make deputies more approachable, says Deputy Jason Lasley, who’s assigned to patrol the mall. “It makes me a lot more personable, that’s what I really like about it,” Lasley said. “People come up and talk to you and ask questions who wouldn’t if I was on foot or in a (patrol) car.” PALMDALE – Palmdale sheriff’s deputies have a new crime-fighting tool. The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department issued two electric patrol scooters to Palmdale station last month for use patrolling the Antelope Valley Mall and surrounding shopping centers. The T3Motion three-wheel scooters top out at 18 mph and can go about 20 miles on a charge. Sheriff’s deputies say the scooters allow them to patrol a larger area in less time than a patrol car, and give them greater visibility than bicycles. firstname.lastname@example.org (661) 267-7802160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
1 Middlesbrough have agreed a £5m fee with West Ham for England international Stewart Downing, according to reports.The 30-year-old is expected to undergo a medical on Thursday and he could join up with the rest of the Boro squad at their training camp in Marbella by the end of the weekDowning left Boro six years ago when he joined Aston Villa for a fee of £10m and you can see some of the best reaction to his potential return below. Stewart Downing
1. Ruben Neves (Porto) – Value = £6m – Give the 19-year-old has been a first-team regular for two seasons now, its unsurprising hes highly-rated. Neves has exceptional quality all-round especially his passing and technique, which can get extremely high. 14 14 11. Idrissa Doumbia (Anderlecht) – Value = £7.7m – A summer signing, the Ivorian is a talented young playmaker. High marks in stamina, teamwork, vision and passing help him grow into a valuable asset for any club. 14. Jordan Rossiter (Rangers) – Value = £725,000 – The ex-Liverpool starlet was snapped up by the Scottish giants in the summer and, at 19, has plenty of potential to grow. You should be able to snap him up for under £3m. 15. Denis Zakaria (Young Boys) – Value = £3.8m – Already a Swiss international, the 19-year-old begins the game looking a little light technically but fine in most key attributes for a defensive midfield role, even if his determination is a little low. Hes been known to go to some big clubs in the game, so get your bids in early. 7. Andres Cubas (Boca Juniors) – Value = £950,000 – Physically, the Argentine doesnt look great to deal with the role but his mental attribute, as well as his passing and first touch, make him an ideal deep-lying playmaker. Can be bought for around £4.5m in the second season, hes one to watch. 14 14 14 3. Joshua Kimmich (Bayern Munich) – Value = £25.5m – Superbly versatile, Kimmich is a wonderful addition if you can afford him. Still just 21, he has loads of ability, especially mentally, but could do with some work physically. Youll have to do something big to sign him, but he will be worth it. 14 9. Jairo Riedewald (Ajax) – Value = £3.3m – Extremely versatile, the Dutchman is a quality deep-lying playmaker at a young age. With three caps to his name with the Netherlands, Riedewald is, unsurprisingly, featuring on this list. Hes usually at a top European club within a year or two, standing out a higher level, and can be an assist machine. 14 14 14 5. Thiago Maia (Santos) – Value = £4.3m – The ball-winning Brazilian is already a key star for his club, and while he lacks the ability to also play as a central midfielder, hes a solid acquisition. European giants will swoop for his signature, though, so watch out for big clubs plotting to land him. 8. Franck Kessie (Atalanta) – Value – £5.25m – An Ivory Coast international who is attracting the attentions of Arsenal, amongst others, Kessie has some big scores at the start of Football Manager 2017. His stamina, strength, balance, tackling and bravery are all 16 and above, and will get average rating of between 7.2 and 7.4, while chipping in with the odd goal or assist. 13. Atakan Akkaynak (Bayer Leverkusen) – Value = £245,000 – A ball-winning midfielder, the 17-year-old German has some fantastic mental attributes to kick off with, although he needs to mature physically. He will improve, especially if given plenty of game time, perhaps at a lower level. 4. Julian Weigl (Borussia Dortmund) – Value = £23m – If you havent heard this name before youve probably been living under a rock. Hes excelled in the Bundesliga and in the game he has some, quite frankly, stunning mental attributes. Hell be a regular for at least a decade. 14 14 14 14 6. Amadou Diawara (Napoli) – Value = £5.75m – At just 18, Diawara looks destined to be star in Serie A with strong physical attributes. Hes got plenty to be developed with some average to low mental stats but even with this, will get ratings above 7 for most games. A defensive midfielder isn’t just a destroyer of attacks, both in the modern game and in Football Manager 2017, the deep-lying player can have many guises.They can be a half-back, or anchor man, tasked with dropping deep into defence, or a playmaker capable of starting attacks and crafting opportunities with their vision .However they play, they’re now a crucial element in football, as Ngolo Kante proved with Leicester City throughout their stunning Premier League winning campaign.But which defensive midfielder should you be signing in your Football Manager save? Click the right arrow above to see 15 wonderkids you might want to consider in the position… 2. Riechedly Bazoer (Ajax) – Value = £6.5m – Another starlet from the Ajax academy on this list is Dutch international Bazoer. The playmaker can play almost anywhere down the spine of your team. His ratings can hit an average of 7.5 and isnt likely to stay in the Eredivisie for too long 12. Danilo (Braga) – Value = £6m – Another ball-winner, Danilo begins the game on-loan at Benfica, with a £12.92m option to buy, and is already a well-rounded individual stats-wise. The 20-year-old is likely to become an international and can see his value rise. 14
Yesterday, around 12:31 p.m., two Indiana State Troopers discovered over 120 pounds of marijuana while on a traffic stop on the Indiana Toll Road. The stop occurred eastbound near the 22 mile marker. This is near the Portage Barrier.Troopers observed a grey Dodge Avenger commit several traffic violations while travelling eastbound in front of them. The Dodge was stopped the for the traffic violations near the 22 mile marker.While the troopers spoke to the driver, Howard Montgomery, age 46 of Rochester, NY, and the passenger, Danielle Ruise, age 32 of Roshester, NY, they became suspicious of criminal activity. A free-air sniff was conducted by Indiana State Police K9, Axel, who gave a positive indication. After conducting a search, troopers located approximately 121 pounds of suspected marijuana in the trunk of the Dodge.Montgomery and Ruise were both arrested and face preliminary charges of Dealing Marijuana, Level 5 Felony. Montgomery and Ruise were both transported to the Porter County Jail.The Indiana State Police were assisted by officers with the Portage Police Department and detectives with the Porter County Sheriff’s Department.