No Cold Turkey

first_imgThe Prime Minister of Turkey delivered a speech at St John’s College on ‘Why the European Union Needs Turkey’, last Friday. Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who has been premier since March 2003, arrived twenty minutes late after being held up in traffic. His speech, which was delivered in Turkish, attracted the attention of the international and national media. European leaders will have to decide in December whether Turkey can begin negotiating for entry into the EU. Erdogan, who seemed eager to present himself as a modern European leader, stressed that Turkey “will try to make ‘European values’ Ankara’s values.” The PM acknowledged that Turkey still had pressing economic and human rights issues to confront. The problems surrounding the Kurdish minority and the presence of Turkish troops in Cyprus also remain unaddressed despite EU instructions to resolve them. Erdogan’s speech was organised by the South East European Studies Centre based at St Anthony’s College, and was preceded by a conference on “The Continued Rapprochement Between Greece and Turkey: Still Genuine?”ARCHIVE: 5th week TT 2004last_img read more

Angry Hazlet Residents Protest Affordable Housing Plan

first_imgBy Jay Cook |HAZLET – More than 200 incensed residents packed town hall Tuesday night to protest an affordable housing settlement permitting about 480 new total housing units at a former Catholic school and a vacant farm along Route 36.Homeowners battling the plan were so outraged that they shouted at elected officials and pleaded for a better option. One man was even removed by police after an expletive-laden outburst.“The town cannot handle that amount of people,” said Hemlock Street resident Sam Dimartino. “Look at the amount of people we have back here, nobody wants this. Act like it’s in your own backyard and then vote on it.”Committeemembers Barbara Ronchetti, left, and James DiNardo have voiced their opposition to the housing compliance plan. They’re concerned about the greater impact to Hazlet. Photo by Jay CookThe agreement, which is being negotiated by Hazlet and Fair Share Housing Center, sets guidelines to develop the shuttered, 17-acre Holy Family School and the 26-acre vacant property known as the Stone Road Meadow tract on the Union Beach border. Holy Family would be rezoned for 172 units with 26 affordable and the Stone Road Meadow’s new zoning would permit 312 units with 63 affordable.Township officials were expected to vote on approving this compliance plan but it never reached a vote. Committeeman James DiNardo, who opposes the plan, said Tuesday’s meeting would be for residents to ask as many questions as they wanted. The session lasted four-and-a-half-hours until midnight. A final vote is expected to take place Sept. 4.“I want you people to realize the ramifications of what’s all going to happen with this,” he said. “It’s not a pretty picture.”It won’t be easy for Hazlet’s five-member governing body to reach an agreement. Democrats DiNardo and Committeewoman Barbara Ronchetti are against it, yet Republican Committeeman Michael Glackin and Mayor Scott Aagre said it’s the best deal available. They’re stuck in a gridlock.Mayor Scott Aagre said the affordable housing plan is the best deal available to the township.Deputy Mayor Sue Kiley wasn’t present Tuesday and has recused herself from these proceedings. She’s the business administrator for the Our Lady of Perpetual Help-St. Agnes parish in Highlands which is under the Diocese of Trenton’s umbrella. Holy Family is under the Diocese of Trenton’s direction, as well.Estimates from the state indicate Hazlet is on the hook for 800 affordable units, meaning roughly 3,000 more total units would likely be built by developers to make it profitable.“We have a great deal on the table and we’re basically turning our nose up at it,” township attorney James Gorman said. “There’s blood in the water, developers talk and we’re going to get more and more and more of this.”Gorman said “it’s going to get worse” if the settlement isn’t reached. He warned that Hazlet would go to trial over their lack of an affordable housing plan, would lose control of all zoning to the courts and more properties throughout town could have housing projects built. Of those could be the vacant Bradlee’s, ShopRite and Frank’s Nursey sites on Route 36, as well as another proposed dense project to be located near Costco on Route 35.The Fair Share Housing Act doesn’t recognize the multiple mobile home parks in Hazlet as affordable housing stock, but the township did receive unofficial credit for its existing senior housing options.But neighboring homeowners said the entire process was dysfunctional. Hazlet has gone over 30 years without a submitted affordable housing plan and was slapped with a second Builder’s Remedy lawsuit in November 2015. The lawsuit from Highview Homes, LLC. is for the housing project planned at Holy Family School.A group of about 500 concerned residents have been mobilized in recent months by Jamie Iacouzzi-Capone to form the Hazlet Residents Take Action citizens group. Iacouzzi-Capone said “the minutes have been lost and the trust has been broken” between residents and elected officials.“If the township is truly in favor for working for the people rather than their own personal agendas, there should be no objection,” she added.Iacouzzi-Capone pushed the governing body to leave the Stone Road Meadows property out of the settlement. Resolutions by Hazlet, Keyport, Aberdeen, Keansburg and Union Beach were all passed in recent years supporting that 26-acre property’s future as protected open space.“It would be a punishment to open my front door and see dense apartment housing,” said nearby resident John Wilk. “This development proposed will urbanize the area.”DiNardo and Ronchetti also said they floated a plan in recent years for Hazlet to purchase Holy Family School and turn it into a community center. The necessary votes weren’t there and the plans stalled, they said.Some residents petitioned Hazlet to stand up to the state and seek better options for the ultimate housing developments.“This is a death sentence for the future of this town,” said Gerard Jaume. “This will turn into a Neptune. And it’ll be on all you guys.”This article was first published in the August 9-16, 2018 print edition of The Two River Times.last_img read more

Nelson Baseball grads keep careers alive in Canadian College Baseball Conference

first_imgThere’s life in baseball after the youth leagues, and a handful of Nelson and District Baseball grads playing in the Canadian College Baseball Conference are proof.Will Miller and Kyle Paulson decided to keep the baseball flame burning at the college level playing for Thompson Rivers and Prairie Baseball Academy in Lethbridge, respectively.The two met up during the spring playoffs in Kamloops, with Paulson getting the best of his former teammate during the 2012 Canadian College Baseball Conference Championship Tournament.Prairie Baseball Academy Dawgs downed the WolfPack 3-1 to eliminate the hosts.Paulson was the winning pitcher, going five innings giving up a run, eight hits, striking out one and walking three. Paulson and Company went on to claim the CCBC title with a 5-1 win over Vancouver Island Baseball Institute Mariners.At TRU, the WolfPack program has been up and running for the past 12 years with head coach Ray Chadwick at the helm.This program has developed into one of the strongest in the league as Chadwick recruits a roster that includes players from all across Canada, the United States, Japan, Australia, Mexico and France.Other West Kootenay players playing in the CCBC include Castlegar’s Travis Nevakshonoff, Cam Strachan of Trail, at TRU the past two seasons and Joey Underwood of Trail playing at Prairie Baseball, also the last two seasons.The TRU season begins in February with the squad playing mostly exhibition games in the United States.The CCBC season begins in late March with playoffs set for May.Other teams in the CCBC include Kelowna’s Okanagan College, Vancouver Island Baseball Institute of Nanaimo, University of Calgary and Prairie Baseball Academy.Miller also plays for Kamloops Sun Devils in the Pacific International summer league.Miller, 20, an infielder for TRU, is entering his third season with the WolfPack in the Arts faculty.last_img read more

Inspired Knights

first_imgTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown 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 In other games, eliminated teams Arellano and Mapua came away with convincing wins at the expense of lower-ranked foes.Noah Lugo knocked in a career-best 18 points as the Cardinals pummeled the Generals, 80-67, for just their fifth win of the season, while Levi Dela Cruz fired 19 points to power the Chiefs past the Jose Rizal U Heavy Bombers, 86-70.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next PFF issues check to cover unliquidated accounts Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netJerrick Balanza, who underwent brain surgery just a few weeks ago, gave his teammates a lift with his mere presence in the stands and Letran toppled Lyceum, 80-79, last Friday night after a bizarre ending to inch closer to a Final Four berth in the NCAA Season 94 basketball tournament.Inspired by Balanza’s presence, the Knights unleashed a furious finish anchored on Bong Quinto to deal the Pirates just the second loss of their campaign.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Ever since Balanza went out due to the season-ending surgery, Quinto has repeatedly said they will be offering their season to their fallen teammate.Hobbled by foul trouble, Quinto scored the Knights’ last seven points, including a three point play that gave them the lead for good, 78-76, with over two minutes remaining.Letran coach Jeff Napa hailed Quinto’s composure, even as he gave credit to bench players Jeremiah Taladua and Bonbon Batiller for their solid performances.“It’s a big win for us,” said Napa, whose team also secured at least a playoff for a Final Four spot.Larry Muyang delivered 23 points, missing just one of his 12 shots, and grabbed 16 rebounds, while JP Calvo had 18 points and six assists for the Knights.ADVERTISEMENT Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title But the win did not come without controversy as referees reviewed a three-pointer by JC Marcelino that tied the game at 80 with 40.6 seconds remaining and downgraded it to a two-pointer at the final buzzer, allowing Letran to escape with the win.But Lyceum coach Topex Robinson refused to dwell on the incident, saying the Knights deserved the victory. The loss is just Lyceum’s second in 16 games this season which also meant the Pirates lost the top ranking to San Beda, which owns a 14-1 record.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 Chriss“Letran was the better team and we lost to them fair and square,” said Robinson, who later confirmed they will not pursue a protest despite the odd conclusion of the game.There was no denying Quinto’s impact to Letran’s strong fourth quarter performance.last_img read more

Meulensteen savours ‘feel-good factor’

first_imgFulham boss Rene Meulensteen says his experienced midfielders have helped to bring the ‘feel-good factor’ back to Craven Cottage.Steve Sidwell, 30, Giorgos Karagounis, 36, and Scott Parker, 33, all excelled in the 2-0 win against Aston Villa on Sunday, which ended a run of six straight defeats.Meulensteen said: “What they bring you is experience. These players are well trained.“It is our job to make sure they have the energy to play at this level and it is important you use them in the right jobs for the team. That is what I’ve done.”The victory over Villa, the Whites’ best performance of the season, sparked joyous celebrations in the stands and Meulensteen is eager to see that excitement maintained.He said: “Although we lost against Spurs there was a massive feel-good factor there.“I wanted to make sure we maintained that feel-good factor and back it up with three points, so that the fans and the players know we’re back on track.”See also:Fulham v Aston Villa player 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

The world pays tribute to a great man

first_img“I have walked that long road to freedom. I have tried not to falter; I have made missteps along the way. But I have discovered the secret that after climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb. I have taken a moment here to rest, to steal a view of the glorious vista that surrounds me, to look back on the distance I have come. But I can only rest for a moment, for with freedom comes responsibilities, and I dare not linger, for my long walk is not ended.” – Nelson Mandela “I am not a saint, unless you think of a saint as a sinner who keeps on trying.” “For a revolution is not just a question of pulling a trigger; its purpose is to create a fair just society”(Images: ANC archives) “When Nelson Mandela was released, he surprised everyone because he was talking about reconciliation and forgiveness and not about revenge.”(Image: Desmond Tutu Peace Foundation)When Nelson Mandela stood on the steps of the Union Buildings on 10 May 1994, South Africa was a divided, scared and angry country. Instead of seeking revenge for his years in prison and the oppression of his people, he extended his hand and began the journey of uniting this diverse country into a nation. Through sheer strength of character and the warmth of his personality he took the country from the brink of war to the blossoming of hope.As a nation South Africa mourns the father of the Rainbow Nation, but the outpouring of grief from around the world shows that this man who – in the words of President Barack Obama – “bent history towards justice” was a global inspiration. Through his actions, his humour and his long-held “ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities. It is an ideal which I hope to live for and to achieve”, made him a hero of the world.Tributes have come from far and wide following his death. “He passed on peacefully in the company of his family around 8.50pm on December 5,” President Jacob Zuma announced to a devastated nation. “He is now resting, he is now at peace. Our nation has lost its greatest son.”From the politiciansPresident Barack Obama, the first black president of the United States, hailed Mandela as an inspiration, a man whose life and personal sacrifices set Obama on the road to the Oval Office. As a young law student in Chicago, he read Mandela’s writings and his release from prison gave Obama “a sense of what human beings can do when they’re guided by their hopes and not by their fears”.“Like so many around the globe, I cannot fully imagine my own life without the example that Nelson Mandela set, and so long as I live I will do what I can to learn from him,” he said.When Mandela was elected president, Bill Clinton was in the White House. He and Mandela had the closest friendship of any living US president. Clinton praised a true friend and important leader. “We [wife Hillary and daughter Chelsea] will remember him as a man of uncommon grace and compassion, for whom abandoning bitterness and embracing adversaries was not just a political strategy but a way of life.”In his message of condolence to the people of South Africa, Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan mourned the passing of a great liberator. “Mandela will always be remembered and honoured by all mankind as one of its greatest liberators, a wise, courageous and compassionate leader, and an icon of true democracy.”Mary Robinson, former president of Ireland and a member of the Elders, recalled that in old age he had become frailer but his voice was as strong as ever when he wanted to emphasise an issue of injustice, or remind us to listen to those on the margins and those who suffered. “There are so many ways that we will remember Nelson Mandela. His determination and courage in fighting for justice for his people, his moral authority, not least in his forgiveness of his former guards, and his valuing of diversity in all aspects of the new South Africa. From all who ever had contact with him, he commanded enormous respect.”In February 2009, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon tried to thank Mandela for his life’s work, only for Madiba to insist that the credit belonged to others. “I will never forget his selflessness and deep sense of shared purpose. Only because of such a great man like Nelson Mandela is it possible that particular people in Africa and elsewhere are able to enjoy freedom and human dignity. We have to learn the wisdom and determinations and commitment of Mr Mandela to make this world better for all.”American civil rights leader Jesse Jackson said that Mandela’s legacy would be everlasting. “Nelson Mandela was a giant of immense and unwavering intellect, courage and moral authority. He chose reconciliation over retaliation. He challenged the course of history.”Myanmar democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi, herself no stranger to oppression and persecution, and like Mandela a Nobel Peace Prize laureate, wrote: “He made us all understand that nobody should be penalised for the colour of his skin, for the circumstances into which he is born. He also made us understand that we can change the world – we can change the world by changing attitudes, by changing perceptions. For this reason I would like to pay him tribute as a great human being who raised the standard of humanity.”In Glasgow, Scotland, the first city in the world to honour Mandela with the Freedom of the City, flags will be flying at half-mast until after his funeral; residents have also been invited to sign a condolence book. Lord Provost George Adam of Aberdeen, Scotland, said: “There are not many people who could say they changed the world, but Nelson Mandela was one of them. Faced with the fiercest oppression, he refused to give up fighting for the most basic of human rights.”Taoiseach Enda Kenny, or Irish prime minister, was most poetic: “The name Mandela stirred our conscience and our hearts,” Kenny said. “It became synonymous with the pursuit of dignity and freedom across the globe. Today, a great light has been extinguished. The boy from the Transkei has finished his long walk. His journey transformed not just South Africa, but humanity itself.”From the entertainersThe life and work of Mandela inspired many in the world of entertainment. His influence stretched from music – The Specials’ Free Nelson Mandela – to fictional grandchildren on the Cosby Show being named after him. Entertainers were among the first to share their grief through official statements or on social media.Oscar-winning South African-born actress Charlize Theron tweeted: “My thoughts and love go out to the Mandela family. Rest in Peace Madiba. You will be missed, but your impact on this world will live forever.”Morgan Freeman, the American actor who played Mandela in 2009 in the film Invictus, reflected. “Nelson Mandela was a man of incomparable honour, unconquerable strength, and unyielding resolve — a saint to many, a hero to all who treasure liberty, freedom and the dignity of humankind. As we remember his triumphs, let us, in his memory, not just reflect on how far we’ve come, but on how far we have to go. Madiba may no longer be with us, but his journey continues on with me and with all of us.”American actress and co-founder of Artists for a New South Africa, Alfre Woodard said: “I am mourning deeply the passing on of my elder and cherished friend Nelson Mandela. He is more than an icon. He was a delightful human being, with a rich sense of humour and a big generous laugh. I am recommitting my life to the insistence on justice that living in the time of Mandela has inspired in me. I will miss you, Tata.”Idris Elba, the British star of the latest film on his life, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, said: “What an honour it was to step into the shoes of Nelson Mandela and portray a man who defied odds, broke down barriers, and championed human rights before the eyes of the world.”Bono, the Irish rock star and anti-poverty activist who has campaigned in many African countries, said: “In the end, Nelson Mandela showed us how to love rather than hate, not because he had never surrendered to rage or violence, but because he learnt that love would do a better job.”American comedian Bill Cosby and his wife, Camille, remembered Mandela’s graciousness and support when their son, Ennis, was murdered. “Moreover, it was an honour to sit alongside him on the bed of his former prison cell; as he triumphantly spoke about his survival and the courage of his supporters.”Soul singer Aretha Franklin, also an American, said: “Most extraordinary was how he rose above his being imprisoned and exalted himself above apartheid and hatred to unite the country, an unbelievable example of humanitarianism and courage.”From the sports fieldSouth African sports bodies acknowledged his role on returning South African sport to the international fold. Cricket South Africa said on its official Twitter account: “RIP Tata Mandela. It is because of you that a represented Proteas team can express their talent across the globe #mandela.”The South African Rugby Union chief executive, Oregan Hoskins, said: “Through his extraordinary vision, he was able to use the 1995 Rugby World Cup as an instrument to help promote nation building just one year after South Africa’s historic first democratic election.”Francois Pienaar, who captained the Springboks when they won that championship, hoped “…that people remember him for his humility, his selflessness and that he really cared. He wanted to build South Africa for everyone where everybody has a better future.”John Smit, the most-capped Springbok in history, tweeted: “A day we knew was coming but hoped never would, a man we didn’t have for long enough but left a lifelong legacy. Madiba we will never forget.”World number golfer Tiger Woods said: “I got a chance to meet him with my father [Earl] back in ’98. He invited us to his home, and it was one of the most inspiring times I’ve ever had in my life.”In Australia, the English and Australian cricket teams donned black armbands and observed a minute’s silence before resuming their Ashes Test match. FIFA president Sepp Blatter mourned a friend and announced that all 209 members of FIFA would fly their flags at half-mast to honour Madiba. FIFA will also observe a minute’s silence at all international matches.Brazilian football legend Pele said: “He was my hero, my friend, and also a companion to me in our fight for the people and for world peace.”Former Dutch international footballer Ruud Gullit mourned “…a great loss of a great man. I am so proud that I had some moments with you. Thank you Madiba.”Manchester City defender Vincent Kompany wrote: “RIP Nelson Mandela. No words to describe the goodness you have brought to this world. Sad to see you go. Inspirational, my only ever hero.”And from the religious leadersTo members of the religious community, Mandela was more than a politician; he was a spiritual leader. His loss is deeply mourned by religious leaders of all faiths. In the words of Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu: “Over the past 24 years Madiba taught us how to come together and to believe in ourselves and each other. He was a unifier from the moment he walked out of prison.”Archbishop Philip Tartaglia, the president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Scotland, said: “I will remember Nelson Mandela not only for his courage and his ideals. Rather I will remember him for the great example he gave of the power of forgiveness. And from his forgiveness great hope grew.”The Right Reverend Lorna Hood, the moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland said: “Nelson Mandela was a towering figure of the 20th century whose strength, courage and determination are only matched by his grace and ability to forgive. Emerging from prison after 27 years in Robben Island, without bitterness or a call for revenge, he led by example believing that the only hope for his country was the reconciliation of all people regardless of their colour or creed.”In a statement on his website, the Dalai Lama reminded the world that, “the best tribute we can pay to him is to do whatever we can to contribute to honouring the oneness of humanity and working for peace and reconciliation as he did”.Indeed, he shall be missed, but his legacy will live on.last_img read more

Waze Mapped As The Billion-Dollar Treasure

first_imgCloud Hosting for WordPress: Why Everyone is Mo… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Serverless Backups: Viable Data Protection for … Related Posts How Intelligent Data Addresses the Chasm in Cloudcenter_img readwrite Tags:#Facebook#Google#now#Waze Reports are coming out today that Israeli mapping company Waze is now being eyed as an acquisition target by Google, for the tune of $1 billion. This, just days after similar reports that Facebook was looking at picking up Waze for a similar price tag, and reports earlier this spring that Apple was in the hunt too, definitely puts Waze in the cat-bird seat.Why the sudden interest? For Google, it could be a simple absorb-the-competition play, or a chance to acquire Waze’s social media features for it’s own Google Maps. Whatever the reason, Waze is going to be on everyone’s map now.(See also Facebook Rumored To Purchase Traffic App Waze For $1 Billion.)last_img read more

Lakers edge Celtics on Rajon Rondo’s jumper at the buzzer

first_imgLos Angeles Lakers guard Rajon Rondo, middle, celebrates his game-winning shot with teammates LeBron James (23) and Kyle Kuzma (0), in an NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics, Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019, in Boston. The Lakers won 129-128. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)BOSTON — LeBron James won’t be playing alongside Anthony Davis this season.But he does have a team he’s hoping can build on a big win over its longtime rival.ADVERTISEMENT Celtics: Host the Clippers on Saturday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “I’m starting to get more and more back to myself,” James said. “Every possession, every quarter, every time I take a hit, I’m able to nudge it off and keep going. I’m working my way back and I’m getting better and better every single minute.”Rondo was in the right place at the right time for his final shot against the team he won an NBA title with in 2008. Brandon Ingram had his layup attempt blocked by Al Horford, but Horford whiffed on the rebound and the ball bounced into Rondo’s hands.“I thought the basketball gods rewarded the right team,” Celtics coach Brad Stevens said.Kyrie Irving led Boston with 24 points and eight assists. Jayson Tatum added 22 points and 10 rebounds. Daniel Theis has 20 points off the bench but the Celtics had a five-game win streak snapped.It ended a wild, speculation-filled day in which the NBA’s trade deadline expired with one of the players potentially on the wish list of both the Lakers and Celtics staying with his current team.ADVERTISEMENT PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss MOST READ Clippers’ Avery Bradley to Grizzlies for JaMychal Green, Garrett Temple Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. James and Irving traded shots down the stretch. In one exchange James’ 3-pointer cut Boston’s lead to 114-113. Irving then calmly responded with his own step-back 27-footer.Later, it was Irving assisting on a big basket. With Boston leading 121-118, Irving drove into the middle of the Los Angeles defense and kicked it out to a wide-open Marcus Morris for a 3 with just 1:24 left.But following an Irving turnover, James tied it with his own corner 3-pointer.TOUGHER EASTThe Celtics stood mostly pat at the trade deadline, except for trading Jabari Bird to the Atlanta Hawks. The move opened a roster spot for the Celtics and allowed them part ways with a player who hasn’t played this season after charged with beating up his girlfriend last September.But two of the teams currently in front of them in the East did make some changes.The Bucks, who had the best record in the NBA entering the day, picked up Nikola Mirotic in a deal with the Pelicans. The Raptors added former All-Star center Marc Gasol from Memphis in exchange for center Jonas Valanciunias.“Those teams were already really good. And the assumption would only be that they’d only benefit from those moves,” Stevens said.UP NEXTLakers: Continue their six-game road trip at Philadelphia on Sunday. Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Rajon Rondo hit a 20-foot jumper as time expired to lift the Los Angeles Lakers over the Boston Celtics, 129-128 on Thursday night.“I practice those shots all the time,” said Rondo, who hit his first career go-ahead field goal in the final 10 seconds of fourth quarter or overtime. “Couldn’t imagine it being in the Garden though. … This is one I’ll be playing for the rest of my life.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesJames had 28 points, 12 rebounds, and 12 assists. Kyle Kuzma added 25 points and Rondo had 17 points and 10 assists to help Los Angeles bounce back after a 42-point loss at Indiana on Tuesday.James is the third Lakers player with a triple-double in Boston, joining Magic Johnson and Elgin Baylor.center_img US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town “I’m happy to still be on the team,” said Tatum, whose name has been the subject of recent trade speculation. “I’m glad that it’s over with for now.”Los Angeles attempted to put together a deal for Davis, but New Orleans held onto the All-Star despite him saying recently that he would not sign an extension and wanted to be traded. It means any potential suitor will have to wait until the summer to make a run at him.The Lakers weren’t completely quiet Thursday, trading Michael Beasley and Ivica Zubac to the Clippers for Mike Muscala.But for now, James will have to go forward with most of a roster that improved to 2-2 since his return from a groin injury that kept him out of action a month.TIP-INSLakers: Shot 22 of 41 from the 3-point line.Celtics: Were outscored 50-42 in the paint… Shot 16 of 38 from the 3-point line.WILD FINISHBoston led by as many as 18 in the first half. The Lakers erased it in the third quarter, connecting on nine of their 13 attempts from beyond the arc and outscoring the Celtics 42-27 in the period to retake the lead entering the fourth.But the Celtics responded with a 15-4 run to start the final period to get it back. 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