Check out our latest NBA predictions. We could talk all day long about the everlasting debate over competitive balance in the NBA, but perhaps the biggest challenge the Golden State Warriors pose for many die-hard NBA fans is the issue of sleep.Because they play on the West Coast, the two-time defending champions are often playing late at night, leaving East Coasters and even Midwesterners with a choice of whether to stay up and watch the action or to get some shut eye before work the next morning. Some play it by ear and call it a night only if and when Golden State builds a commanding, early second-half lead.This was basically the scenario on Monday night: The Warriors went up by 31, 94-63, at home on the No. 8 seed Los Angeles Clippers, the biggest first-round underdogs in 30 years, midway through the third quarter.1Another thing that might have prompted some to call it a night: The game finished with 64 personal fouls and 76 free throws, which slowed things down considerably. Yet those who cut off their TV at that point, or before, missed out on the biggest comeback — or collapse, depending on how you view it — in NBA playoff history.The Clippers poured in 85 second-half points en route to an improbable 135-131 win, knotting the best-of-seven at one game apiece as the series heads to Los Angeles later this week.There’s no need to concoct an over-complicated explanation for the comeback. While there wasn’t an immediate effect, Stephen Curry’s fourth foul prompted coach Steve Kerr to sit the scorching sharpshooter (who had 22 points and was 6-of-9 from the field) for an eight-and-a-half-minute stretch during the third quarter, until there were 13 seconds left in the period. By that point, the Warriors’ lead (still 17 points) had already been cut by almost half. And Curry’s magic had largely faded once he was subbed back in: Upon returning, he shot just 2-of-9 the rest of the way.Fellow star Kevin Durant was efficient as a scorer but turned the ball over four separate times during that third quarter alone. He would finish with a team-high nine giveaways, and the club — whose problematic turnovers we’ve detailed here before — had 22 turnovers on the night. (It marked the second game in a row that Golden State has had more than 20.) Durant again got frustrated with Clippers irritant Patrick Beverley, who stands about 10 inches shorter, never stops giving everything he has and seems to effectively get into the All-Star’s head.Lastly, the Warrior defense allowed Lou Williams, the Clippers’ top scorer, to get rolling and simply couldn’t find a way to stop him late. From the point that L.A.’s deficit peaked at 31 points, Williams, the likely Sixth Man of the Year, shot 11-of-17 for 26 points while also dishing out seven assists over the final 19 minutes of the game. He even grabbed a pair of his own misses and put them each back for valuable buckets.2For his part, Warriors defensive star Draymond Green seemed to be playing extremely hard on defense as the Clippers’ run was beginning and grew frustrated when teammate Jordan Bell didn’t hunt down one of his blocked shots. “We stopped playing, and got kind of disconnected, in that mid-third quarter,” Kerr told reporters of the turnaround. “We lost our defensive edge.”It’s been tempting not to even bother writing about the key factors in this series, largely because of how enormous an underdog the Clippers are. But one thing the Warriors would have wanted to avoid going in was this: Don’t allow Los Angeles to stay in the game late. The win marked the third time this season alone that the Clippers had come back from 25 or more down on the road to win,3They won at Detroit on Feb. 2 after trailing by 25 and beat Boston on the road Feb. 9 after falling behind by 28. and they were the NBA’s most efficient team in late-game, clutch scenarios during the regular season. With the score separated by 5 points or fewer in the final five minutes of play, L.A. outscored opponents by a league-high 17.7 points per 100 possessions.The clutch shooting of Williams will stand out, but he was far from alone. The Clippers shot 8-of-14 from deep as a team in the second half. Montrezl Harrell, Williams’s high-flying pick-and-roll partner, shot 5-of-5 for 17 points after L.A. fell behind by 31. Beverley made a key play, picking Curry’s pocket as he brought the ball up the court early in the fourth, as if to say that the Clippers weren’t simply going to lie down, despite the Warriors still holding a double-digit lead.And in what’s marked a sea change under coach Doc Rivers, a couple of the team’s youngsters — a contingent that just a few years ago never would have gotten an opportunity to show what they can do — pulled off arguably the biggest play of the game. Williams got a screen at the top of the key from rookie Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, who then short-rolled before hitting fellow rookie Landry Shamet on the wing for the go-ahead triple.Still, the stunning comeback likely doesn’t figure to change all that much concerning this series, given the massive gap in talent. Yes, the Warriors lost center DeMarcus Cousins to what may be another significant injury, something that could throw them out of rhythm now that the playoffs are underway. Their chances of winning the NBA title — while still better than anyone else’s — are down significantly as a result.4From a 62 percent probability on April 9 to just 44 percent now, according to FiveThirtyEight’s projections. But the reality is that the Warriors still have a number of other All-Stars to lean on, while the Clippers have none.It may end up being nothing more than a single, historic comeback in what amounts to a five-game series victory for Golden State. But even if that’s all, the outcome may have been enough to prompt some sleepy fans to catch the final quarter the next time they’re weighing whether to get that extra half-hour of rest.
Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #pahosaysnewtaxes Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppCaribbean, May 18, 2017 – Barbados – Taxes on tobacco, alcoholic and sweetened beverages can help reduce consumption of these products and generate income that can be used to improve the health of the Caribbean population- this coming from The Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) who are encouraging Caribbean authorities to adopt these tax measures, which can contribute to reducing the burden of many diseases and their devastating social and economic consequences.Implementing taxes on the consumption of unhealthy products requires decisions by health authorities as well as finance authorities who design tax policies. To that end, PAHO/WHO is bringing together health and finance officials from 17 countries and territories for the Caribbean Subregional Workshop on Alcohol, Tobacco, and Sugar-Sweetened Beverages in Barbados May 16-18, to discuss the benefits of adopting such measures.“Taxes can be a very effective tool for not only reducing deaths in the region because of these diseases, but as a source of funding for public health interventions that are necessary to care for or affect affected people,” said Dr. Jessie Schutt-Aine, Caribbean Subregional Program Coordinador. “We all win if these measures are applied and more is invested in healthy interventions.”#magneticmedianews#pahosaysnewtaxes Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp
More first responders taking own lives than killed in line of duty Posted: November 1, 2018 John Soderman John Soderman, Updated: 11:06 AM 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) — One of Mark George’s first calls as a rookie San Diego firefighter was the San Ysidro McDonalds massacre, at the time the worst mass shooting in American history.Over his career he did not realize it gave him a serious case of PTSD which would haunt him, pushing him to the brink of suicide.Today he is working to reduce the suicide rate amongst first responders because the fact is last year more police officers and firefighters killed themselves than were killed in the line of duty.KUSI’s John Soderman delves into this disturbing trend in a special report.PART 2: Father of Cal Fire Captain who took his own life shares the story of his son November 1, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter
House and Senate lawmakers failed to wrap up negotiations on the $1.3 trillion omnibus spending bill Tuesday, raising the prospect they will need to advance a sixth continuing resolution to keep the government open when the current one expires Friday at midnight. Congressional leaders indicated they were nearing the end of talks, but about a dozen issues still were unresolved as of late Tuesday, reported CQ. Key sticking points in reaching a deal on a fiscal 2018 spending package include funding for President Trump’s proposed U.S.-Mexico border wall — along with other Homeland Security programs — and the Gateway Program, a $30 billion series of rail and transit projects designed to improve commuter services between New York City and Newark, N.J. Dan Cohen AUTHOR