“Watch De Ride 3” returns to NCC for Education Month

first_imgFollowing the successful staging of the final production in the “Watch De Ride” trilogy earlier this year, the local theatrical spectacular is set to return to the National Cultural Centre (NCC) for a special Education Month edition, billed forThe cast of “Watch de Ride” receiving the award for Best Production at the National Drama Festival 2013Friday, September 15.This is as the Education Ministry launched its annual month of activities celebrating the accomplishments of the sector while promoting growth.The third edition of “Watch De Ride” – subtitled “Snapchat Blues” – is set to take the NCC by storm once again, but this time in a special matinee show for an audience of secondary school students in an attempt to enlighten the young mindsPlaywrightRonald Hollingsworthon a number of pressing social issues, while promising an entertainment-packed presentation.The dramatic comedy seeks to shed light on the Guyanese “minibus culture”, which was brought into the home of an unsuspecting family. This situation unfolds as while the parents were at work, their school-age children use their absence as an opportunity to partake in a series of experiments, implicating them both physically and emotionally.On that note, the play opens with a burst of thrilling events which lead to a series of intense complications and ultimately conflicts, with the highlighted themes pitting the children against their parents as well as neighbour against neighbour.Adding to that, the production also explores the cultural expectations of societies, particularly those enshrined in traditional gender roles versus the changing moresDirector Sheron Cadogan-Taylorof the youth.The “Watch De Ride” series was written by Guyanese playwright Ronald Hollingsworth, with Part Three “Snapchat Blues”, being staged under the directorship of veteran theatre maven Sheron Cadogan-Taylor.Cadogan-Taylor in explaining the dynamics of the play noted, “Many times over, young adults in our lives make choices that weigh heavily on parents and society in general. The play brings the complexities of secrets, impulsive decisions, lies and trade-offs out from under the carpet and thrust them before the audience.”The renowned local director further pointed out, “The audience may ponder on ‘what ifs’ and what may happen next in the drama; the chances taken by the young adults in the drama creates some unimaginable problems for their families.”“Watch De Ride 3” could be considered a classic based on the subject matter and its philosophical underpinnings as it puts a timely question to parents and guardians of today’s youth.Bringing the intricate plot to life is a cast of dynamic local performers that include Nelan Benjamin, Kimberly Fernandes, Mark Luke-Edwards, Sean Thompson, Nicola Moonsammy, Nathaya Whaul, Leon Cummings, Simone Dowding, Sophera Waldron, and Paul Budnah.The cast and crew have announced that they are working assiduously, pushing to set the Cultural Centre stage ablaze as they return with the one-day spectacular.“Watch De Ride 3” Education Month edition provides the perfect opportunity for those who missed the first staging of the production or others who simply want to catch it all over again.Students wishing to cash in on the educational entertainment that is “Snapchat Blues” can do so by purchasing a ticket at the reduced cost of $500. The show is set to commence at 13:00h.last_img read more

MASSE NAMED U SPORTS FEMALE ATHLETE OF THE MONTH

first_imgMasse won four individual and two relay gold medals, while breaking four OUA records in the process. The native of LaSalle, Ont., won the 50 and 100m backstroke events for the fifth time in her career, earning OUA major grand slam awards for both, while tying her own OUA record in the 50-metre race. After also winning the 50m freestyle for the second straight year on Day 2, Masse earned a grand slam by winning her fourth career 200m backstroke title in OUA record time on Day 3. To top it all off, she helped the Blues to OUA record-breaking performances in the 200 freestyle and 400 medley relays. The swimming phenom finishes her career undefeated at the OUA championships, having never lost a race.  Two weeks later, the kinesiology major was named the national Swimmer of the Year for the fourth straight season as she led the Varsity Blues to a silver-medal finish at the 2019 U SPORTS Odlum Brown Swimming Championships in Vancouver.  The 2017 FINA world champion earned three grand slam awards for her four career victories in the 50m, 100m and 200m backstroke events. Masse bettered her own U SPORTS long course record in the 200-metre event by almost two full seconds in 2:08.70. She also earned the national silver medal in the 50 butterfly.  Kylie Masse from the Toronto Varsity Blues women’s swimming squad is the U SPORTS Female Athlete of the Month for February 2019.The fifth-year swimmer capped off her Varsity Blues career in dominant fashion. At the OUA championships, the 2016 Olympic bronze medalist earned her fifth consecutive OUA Female Swimmer of the Year honour in leading the Varsity Blues to their sixth straight provincial title.  Story Links In addition, she helped lead the Blues to gold-medal victories in all three relays, including two Canadian club and three U SPORTS records. For more information, scores and highlights on your favourite U of T athletes and teams, please visit www.varsityblues.ca. Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook for the latest and greatest in Varsity Blues intercollegiate athletics.Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Infantino backs 48-team World Cup with 16 groups

first_imgA letter outlining the new format was due to be sent to the members of the FIFA Council on Wednesday, the source said, adding that the format was “preferred by president Infantino.”Under the new format, the source said, “every qualified team would play at least two group matches. The top two in each group would then go through to the last 32.”The FIFA Council will vote on several proposals at their January meeting: whether to maintain the current World Cup format of 32 teams, extend it to 40 teams or go to 48 teams. In the latter case they will vote on whether to have an initial play-off before 32 teams go into a group stage, or whether to go with Infantino’s now preferred option.The successor to the disgraced Sepp Blatter had previously floated the idea of having 32 teams going into a play-off round, with the 16 winners joining another 16 sides in the group stage.The play-off matches would be staged in the country hosting the finals, but would mean the losers go home after just one game.“This way, every team is guaranteed at least two matches and then we have knockout matches from the last 32,” the source added of the 16-group proposal.“Furthermore, this formula offers two advantages. Each confederation has a guaranteed number of qualified teams and it is easier to understand for spectators, television companies and sponsors.”The source added that this format “seems to be liked” by the different federations.FIFA president Gianni Infantino © AFP/File / Roman KruchininThe proposal to change the format of the competition is driven by a desire to increase income from marketing and television rights, even if the costs would also increase with an expanded tournament.Infantino, formerly Michel Platini’s right-hand man at UEFA, said recently he was in favour of a World Cup jointly organised by several countries to share out the burden of providing facilities for the tournament.“We don’t want white elephants,” he said in reference to stadiums that have been built for past World Cups and then left without a purpose after the tournament. “We want facilities that will last.”Infantino was general secretary of UEFA when European football’s governing body expanded the European Championship from 16 teams to 24 for this year’s finals in France.They also approved staging Euro 2020 in 13 different countries around the continent.And the Swiss-Italian has also been looking to expand the FIFA Club World Cup from the current seven-team format to a 32-club competition and hosting it in June instead of December.This year’s competition in Japan begins on Thursday, with Real Madrid the favourites.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Germany are the current World Cup holders after their 1-0 victory over Argentina in the 2014 final in Rio de Janeiro © AFP/File / Fabrice CoffriniLausanne, Switzerland, Dec 7 – FIFA president Gianni Infantino wants to expand the World Cup finals to 48 teams featuring 16 groups of three starting with the 2026 tournament, a source within world football’s governing body told AFP on Wednesday.Infantino, who had until now proposed a 48-team event but with a traditional 32 countries advancing to the finals, will submit his latest proposal at a FIFA Council meeting in Zurich on January 9-10.last_img read more

Police arrest man in Van Nuys rape

first_imgVAN NUYS – Police have arrested a 32-year-old grocery store worker they think is responsible for at least three sexual attacks in the San Fernando Valley, including a June rape in Van Nuys this summer. Fernando Lopez Garcia was arrested about 11:40 a.m. Tuesday at the Beverly Glen Marketplace in the 2900 block of Beverly Glen Circle, where he worked, Los Angeles police Detective John Eum said. He is being held on a rape charge at the Los Angeles County Jail with bail set at $300,000. He was pulled over for a traffic stop July 18 near Sherman Way and Sepulveda Boulevard, Eum said. At the time, police were looking for a man who raped a woman inside an elevator June 10 in Van Nuys. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m. Lopez Garcia matched the description – a Latino, 20-30 years old, 5-foot-2 to 5-foot-5 with a medium build, a ponytail, brown eyes and a smooth complexion. Lopez Garcia is 5-foot-5 and 135 pounds. They believe he cut his hair to conceal his identity, Eum said. Officers brought him in for questioning but didn’t have enough evidence to keep him. “We were unable to positively identify him at that time through photo lineups,” he said. “We did interview him again and he again denied any involvement in any of the sexual assaults.” He was arrested for misdemeanor indecent exposure in the 14800 block of Vanowen on Sept. 17. The victim ran out into the street and flagged down the police, who arrested Lopez Garcia, Eum said. He pleaded guilty to the misdemeanor charge and was released from jail. But police took his DNA. When detectives this week got word that his DNA matched that taken in the June 10 sexual assault, police rearrested him. In that case, a woman told police she was raped by a man with a ponytail in an elevator near Sepulveda Boulevard and Valerio Street, police said. Detectives also believe the ponytailed suspect came up behind another woman and grabbed her between her legs about 9 p.m. June 22 in the 6600 block of Sylmar Avenue. Twenty five minutes later, what appeared to be the same man groped a woman near her apartment in the 6800 block of Bevis Avenue. She screamed and the man fled. ——————————————————– For the latest news and observations on crime in Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley, check out the Daily News’ crime blog by clicking here.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Liverpool report: Arsenal and Inter Milan stars top Klopp’s January wish list

first_imgLiverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has made Arsenal winger Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Inter Milan forward Gabriel Barbosa his top two January targets, according to reports in Germany.The Anfield boss been given £40million to improve his squad this transfer window and has been linked with numerous moves to boost his Premier League title bid.Having seemingly missed out on Borussia Dortmund flyer Christian Pulisic and a bid for Bayer Leverkusen’s Julian Brand likely to wait until the summer, Klopp has turned his attention to Oxlade-Chamberlain, according to Bild.The England international has been unable to nail down a regular first-team spot at Arsenal – alerting clubs to his current situation at the Emirates Stadium.Links between Liverpool and the 23-year-old first surfaced in December, but at the time Klopp branded those reports as ‘nonsense’.Yet, reports in his native Germany are still claiming that the Reds boss is hoping to tempt the youngster to move to the north-west.The German newspaper also claims Brazilian forward Barbosa is a realistic target, with the 20-year-old unsettled at Inter Milan, although he is only likely to join the Merseyside club on loan. Liverpool are reportedly chasing deals for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Gabriel Barbosa 1last_img read more

Ex- Arsenal and Spurs star talks about suicide and surviving a terrorist attack

first_img 3 Former Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur striker Emmanuel Adebayor has openly discussed contemplating suicide.At the age of 16, the former Togo international moved to Ligue 1 side Metz in an attempt to make it in Europe.However, after struggling to support his family at home, Adebayor admitted to feeling like a failure and tried to take his own life. latest Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City 3 Emmanuel Adebayor has endured plenty of hardships throughout his life tense revealed SORRY Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update REPLY Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ center_img whoops gameday cracker Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Now playing for Istanbul Basaksehir, the 35-year-old has endured more than his fair share of hardships in life. Although his career has taken him from Monaco, London, Madrid and now to Istanbul, Adebayor has had to roll with plenty of devastating punches thrown at him by life.After his father died, Adebayor admitted to becoming the ‘captain’ of his own family. In 2007, as captain of the Togo national team, reports claimed he was threatening to pull out of an African Cup of Nations qualifier against Sierra Leone because of a row over bonus payments.Adebayor received death threats, but then scored twice in the game, only to be suspended by the Togo federation along with two of his team-mates.And then, in 2010, the Togo captain was forced to carry his creaming teammates into hospital when the national team bus was ambushed by terrorists travelling through Angola. The former Manchester City striker caused controversy with this controversial celebration against former side Arsenal in 2009 JIBE Lampard appears to aim dig at Mourinho for handling of Salah and De Bruyne at Chelsea “I was 16,’ he exclusively told the Daily Mail. “All I wanted to do was help my family out but they put huge pressure on me. I could not cope with it. When a family is poor, everyone is poor and there is huge solidarity. People will take a bullet for you. But when one makes it, it is like you owe everyone.“At Metz I was on maybe £3,000 a month. My family asked for a house worth £500,000. The club were tired of me because of my behaviour. I remember sitting on my bed one night and just thinking ‘What am I doing here? Nobody’s happy with me, so what is the point of living?’“There was a pharmacy below my apartment. I bought packet after packet of tablets. They did not want to sell it to me but I said it was for a charity in Togo. I made the preparations, I drank all the water. I was ready to go. Then I called my best friend at midnight.“He told me not to rush, that I have things to live for. ‘You have the potential to change Africa.’ I thought “You are a dream-seller and I am not buying any dreams right now.’ But he took me out of the moment. I thought God must be keeping for something.” MOST READ IN FOOTBALL Sky News 3 Prior to the 2010 African Cup of Nations, the Togo national team bus was attacked by gunmen as it traveled through the Angolan province of Cabinda Of the attack, the former Crystal Palace striker said: “For 42 minutes, all we heard were gunshots. Left, right, front and back. I just heard friends shouting but we could not move or do anything.“As captain, I told everyone to call their families. I called my girlfriend and I told her ‘Listen, I am about to go.’“She said ‘Go where?’ She was pregnant. I said ‘If the child is born, if it is a boy, name him Emmanuel Jr. If it is a girl, name her Princess Emannuela. She said ‘What are you talking about?’ And then I just had to say ‘I will call you later if I am still alive.”last_img read more

Deadline Friday to File For County School Boards

first_imgEast Washington School Corp. – (Vote for one (1) in each twp./town)Polk Twp. – Thomas K. Coats 4996 S. Fire Lane Rd. Pekin IN 47165Polk Twp. – Ray Ramsey 7975 E. Hurst Rd. Pekin IN 47165Town of Pekin – Jeff Clem Jr. 728 S. Gobbler Knob Rd. Pekin IN 47165There are no incumbents listed so far.Salem Community Schools – (Vote for four (4) at large candidates)Mark E. “Bubba” Abbott 2347 S. James St. Salem IN 47167 (INCUMBENT)Erika Garloch 2497 N. New Hope Rd. Salem IN 47167 (INCUMBENT)Ron Haendiges 105 Lacey Ct. Salem IN 47167Steven R. Motsinger 1275 Patience Lane Salem IN 47167 (INCUMBENT)Jason K. Pepmeier 2997 E. Magnolia Ct. Salem IN 47167Aaron “Spud” Schocke 6214 N. State Rd. 135 Salem IN 47167Lacy Tucker 1853 N. New Hope Rd. Salem IN 47167Mark Abbott, Steve Motsinger and Erika Garloch are incumbents.West Washington School Corp. – (Vote for one (1) in each township)Madison Twp. – Aaron P. Dennis 180 E. Main St. Campbellsburg IN 47108Posey Twp. – Anthony A. Cardwell Jr. 9502 S. Cedar Ln. Hardinsburg IN 47125Vernon Twp. – Salvatore (Sal) Sama 2001 S. West Wash. Sch. Rd. Salem 47167There are no incumbents filed so far in this race.WSLMRADIO.COM will have the final filings Friday afternoon. If you’re looking to file to run for open school board slots at Eastern, Salem and West Washington, you need to see Washington County Clerk Shirley Batt before noon Friday, August. 26.Here are the filings so far:last_img read more

PayPal’s Astonishing Arrogance

first_imgThe Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Related Posts dan rowinski What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Everybody that follows the payments industry knows that there is a massive albatross that hovers over every innovation that comes to the market: PayPal. In its mind, there is no realm of payments that PayPal cannot conquer and control. The company chafes when other payment innovations, like Square or the Google Wallet, gain press acclaim. PayPal is almost never first to the market with payment innovations and it does not think it needs to be. The company watches how the market evolves, takes a step back and releases similar offerings, trusting to its brand name and ubiquity to cover the cost. That is precisely what PayPal has done with its new mobile payments system, PayPal Here. It has all the innovation of a three-day old muffin. Instead of a “Square,” it is a triangle. PayPal Here also puts credit card scanners Jumio and Card.io have also been put on notice. Going forward, can PayPal rely on its brand name to create a payments empire or will its arrogance eventually lead it to a path of ruin?In a blog post, PayPal says, “So, you’re asking, how is this different from other small business mobile payment solutions? The key differentiator is that it comes from PayPal, a trusted brand in the online payments industry with more than 100 million customers around the globe and years of proven payment innovation … .”Reading PayPal press releases and blog posts is an exercise in patience. If there is a more passive-aggressive technology company, readers would be hard pressed to find it. PayPal Here is the company’s first foray into the mobile credit card reading space. It will have a dongle (the triangle) and the ability to scan a credit card using a smartphones camera. As mentioned above, these innovations are nothing new. Square created the dongle space and Jumio and Card.io both have scanning apps that have been available since 2011 (note: PayPal does use Card.io internally). There are a variety of other companies that play in the dongle space including Intuit, Verifone, Erply and PayAnywhere. The dongle companies that PayPal seems to have emulated the most are Square and Intuit. PayPal Here is a direct response to Square’s Card Case and Register and no touch payments systems. It is also going after Intuit whose strengths is its financial management system and offers a dongle with its GoPayment offering. PayPal thinks it can differentiate itself with a 2.7% interchange rate (1.7% with a PayPal debit card) but as we have seen in the market, mild swings of interchange have not affected which companies ultimately succeed (well, not until we get to the mystical land of “interchange zero”). “I am not sure if its a winning strategy to go after the Square market with a 0.05% reduction in interchange alone, whereas the appeal of Square to small merchants seems to be the simplicity of its offering and its vision of looking beyond our current obsession around payments. When Square is clearly focusing on Card Case, Paypal’s strategy here seems to more of playing catch up to Square and enabling entry for its card reader in to international markets, something Square has not attempted yet,” said Cherian Abraham, principal analyst of Drop Labs.In an interview last October, PayPal’s head of mobile products, Laura Chambers, said that neither dongles nor NFC would affect the company’s lead in the mobile payments space. “We are not worried about much in the ways of competition,” Chambers said at CTIA in San Diego last October. “There is a lot of white space in the industry for horizontal movement.”PayPal Here is what Chambers was referring to when talking about the white space in the industry. PayPal’s move through the white space of mobile payments can be seen through the acquisitions that it has made in the last several years. It acquired shopping engine Milo, local search and recommendations startup Where, mobile shopping and scanning app RedLaser, online payments company BillMeLater, carrier billing company Zong, and commerce and interactive marketing services tools through GSI Commerce. PayPal obviously finds it easier and more efficient to acquire services than build them itself. While PayPal may not be incredibly innovative when it comes to mobile payments, it really does not need to be. Payments are not an area of technology where first movers have an incredible advantage. Square may be the first company to enter the dongle space and it has defined the market, but it also has a lot of competition on its hands from several corners of the industry. Google has not seen any significant traction with its Wallet program and may ultimately be superseded in NFC by the carriers (through Isis) and the transactions giants like MasterCard, Visa and American Express. What we are fundamentally talking about is changing the way people pay for things and that takes time to develop infrastructure and educate users on new ways to commit transactions. So, PayPal remains on its plodding course through the mobile payments industry. It has positioned itself in such a way that it will never fall fully behind the pack, even if it is not leading it. That goes for the possible revolution created by near field communications (NFC). While it does not yet have any distinct ball in that market (outside of its peer-to-peer payments through smartphones) you better believe that it will be ready if NFC ever becomes a ubiquitous model. Will PayPal’s approach lead to ultimate success in the market? There is no simple answer to that question. PayPal believes that the breadth of its platform can conquer all. The competition sees it as an also-ran, albeit one with a massive user base. As the race unfolds, we will see who gains the upper hand. center_img Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Tags:#e-commerce#mobile#Series#web#What’s In Your Mobile Wallet? Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagementlast_img read more

China’s dark matter space probe detects tantalizing signal

first_img China’s dark matter space probe detects tantalizing signal The remains of Kepler’s supernova, as seen in a composite image produced by NASA. As part of the hunt for dark matter, China’s Dark Matter Particle Explorer mission tracked particles related to cosmic rays produced by supernovae.  NASA A long-standing challenge in physics has been finding evidence for dark matter, the stuff presumed to make up a substantial chunk of the mass of the universe. Its existence seems to be responsible for the structure of the universe and the formation and evolution of galaxies. But physicists have yet to observe this mysterious material.Results reported today by a China-led space science mission provide a tantalizing hint—but not firm evidence—for dark matter. Perhaps more significantly, the first observational data produced by China’s first mission dedicated to astrophysics shows that the country is set to become a force in space science, says David Spergel, an astrophysicist at Princeton University. China is now “making significant contributions to astrophysics and space science,” he says.Physicists have inferred the existence of dark matter from its gravitational effect on visible matter. 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Researchers launched the spacecraft from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in the Gobi Desert, about 1600 kilometers west of Beijing, in December 2015. Its primary instrument—a stack of thin, crisscrossed detector strips—is tuned to observe the incoming direction, energy, and electric charge of the particles that make up cosmic rays, particularly electrons and positrons, the antimatter counterparts of electrons. Cosmic rays emanate from conventional astrophysical objects, like exploding supernovae in the galaxy. But if dark matter consists of WIMPs, these would occasionally annihilate each other and create electron-positron pairs, which might be detected as an excess over the expected abundance of particles from conventional objects. In its first 530 days of scientific observations, DAMPE detected 1.5 million cosmic ray electrons and positrons above a certain energy threshold. When researchers plot of the number of particles against their energy, they’d expect to see a smooth curve. But previous experiments have hinted at an anomalous break in the curve. Now, DAMPE has confirmed that deviation. “It may be evidence of dark matter,” but the break in the curve “may be from some other cosmic ray source,” says astrophysicist Chang Jin, who leads the collaboration at the Chinese Academy of Science’s (CAS’s) Purple Mountain Observatory (PMO) in Nanjing. The DAMPE results appear online today in Nature.More data will be needed to confirm what DAMPE is possibly seeing. But there is good news on that front. “We expected a 3-year life for the satellite,” Chang says. But given the smooth functioning of the spacecraft and its instruments, “we now expect it to last 5 years,” he says. That will allow the satellite to record more than 10 billion cosmic ray events. Fan Yizhong, a mission astrophysicist also at PMO, adds that DAMPE’s observations will complement those of other space- and ground-based instruments to ultimately clarify whether there is a connection between the anomalous signals and dark matter annihilation. The DAMPE collaboration comprises four institutes under CAS, including the National Space Science Center in Beijing; also involved are the University of Science and Technology of China in Hefei, the University of Geneva, and Italian universities in Bari, Lecce, and Perugia. The satellite has been named Wukong, after the Monkey King character in the 16th century Chinese novel Journey to the West. DAMPE was also China’s first mission dedicated to astronomy and astrophysics, though it was joined in space in June by the Hard X-ray Modulation Telescope, intended to observe x-ray and gamma ray emissions from black holes, neutron stars, active galactic nuclei, and other phenomena.Even if DAMPE’s data don’t resolve the dark matter riddle, Spergel says, “These measurements will inform our understanding of cosmic ray acceleration [and] will tell us about the physical processes in shocks around supernova and the physics of pulsars.” By Dennis NormileNov. 29, 2017 , 1:10 PMlast_img read more

Porzingis returns to score 34, Knicks beat Kings

first_imgAfter 30 years, Johnlu Koa still doing ‘hard-to-make’ quality breads MRT 7 on track for partial opening in 2021 Malditas save PH from shutout New York Knicks’ Kristaps Porzingis, center, celebrates with team mates during the first half of a NBA basketball game against Sacramento Kings at Madison Square Garden in New York. APNEW YORK — Kristaps Porzingis returned after a one-game absence to score 34 points, Courtney Lee added 20, and the New York Knicks beat the Sacramento Kings 118-91 on Saturday (Sunday Manila time).Enes Kanter had 17 points and 13 rebounds for the Knicks, who have won four straight at Madison Square Garden. New York led by as many as 33 points in the fourth quarter.ADVERTISEMENT Harden lifts Rockets in victory over Grizzlies Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Skal Labissiere scored 19 points and Buddy Hield chipped in 17 for the Kings, whose two-game winning streak was snapped.Porzingis missed Wednesday night’s loss at Orlando with ankle and elbow injuries.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingThe Kings got within one point on three occasions in the second quarter, the last coming with 6:54 remaining when Hield’s jumper made it 43-42. New York then took off on a 21-7 run, capped by four straight points from Porzingis, and led 64-49 at halftime.The 22-year-old Porzingis, who entered play as the NBA’s second-leading scorer, went 11 of 21 from the field, including 3-for-4 from 3-point range. He strung together six straight points to put the Knicks ahead 74-53 with 8:38 left in the third quarter as fans serenaded him with “MVP” chants. The Fatted Calf and Ayutthaya: New restos worth the drive to Tagaytay ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims He went to the bench for the night with the Knicks leading 88-60 late in the third.New York started out slowly, missing five straight shots and turning the ball over twice as the Kings jumped out to a 10-0 lead.The Knicks closed out the opening period on a 32-13 run, highlighted by 16 points from Porzingis, including a personal 8-0 run.TIP-INSSacramento is 1-6 on the road, its only win coming on Oct. 20 at Dallas.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Palace: Robredo back to ‘groping with a blind vision’ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 Games LATEST STORIES The Kings have lost three straight to the Knicks. They last beat New York on March 20 of last year.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ View commentslast_img read more