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Curry, Thompson help Warriors over Rockets

first_imgScottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Curry added nine rebounds and five assists and a steal in his third game back after missing 11 with a sprained right ankle.Golden State led by 10 after a dunk by David West with about 7 1/2 minutes remaining. The Rockets scored the next five points, with a 3-pointer from Gerald Green, to get to 108-103, but the Warriors scored the next five points to go up by 10 again.The Warriors were up by 3 after three and opened the fourth quarter with an 8-1 run to make it 101-91 with about 10 minutes left.Chris Paul re-entered the game after that and he helped get things going when he found Gordon for a 3-pointer which started a 7-2 run that cut the lead to 103-98. Paul finished with 28 points, nine assists and seven rebounds.Gerald Green’s second 3-pointer in less than a minute put Houston up by two midway through the third quarter. The Warriors scored the next seven points, with a 3-pointer from Thompson, to take a 79-74 lead about a minute later.They didn’t stay on top for long though as the Rockets scored the next 11 points to go up 85-79. Gerald Green delighted the crowd when he knocked down a 3 from the corner before being fouled Iguodala and crashing to the ground. He also made the free throw.The Warriors ended a 2 1/2 minute scoring drought on a dunk by Kevon Looney before Curry added a layup.But Gerald Green pushed the lead to 88-83 when he banked in another 3-pointer.The Warriors closed out the quarter with a 10-2 spurt, capped by 3s from Nick Young and Curry, to take a 93-90 lead into the fourth quarter.The Rockets led 63-62 at halftime. LATEST STORIES Warriors: At Los Angeles Clippers on Saturday.Rockets: At Detroit on Saturday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next San Beda averts disaster, survives five-setter against JRU 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 Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ But on Thursday night with the Rockets missing the most important piece on their team in James Harden, Chris Paul and his supporting cast were not enough to overcome the defending champions.Curry scored 29 points, Klay Thompson had 28 and the Warriors pulled away late in the fourth quarter for a 124-114 victory.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkDraymond Green added a triple-double with 17 points, 14 rebounds and 10 assists to become the franchise career leader in triple-doubles with 21. It was his second this season to move him past Tom Gola.The Warriors extended their road winning streak to nine games and have won an NBA-best 16 road games this season. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Golden State Warriors’ Klay Thompson reacts after making a 3-point basket during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Houston Rockets Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018, in Houston. The Warriors won 124-114.(AP Photo/David J. Phillip)HOUSTON — Stephen Curry is well aware that Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey has crafted his team specifically to try and beat the Golden State Warriors.“As much as he talks about it, yeah it’s hard not to,” Curry said. “It’s pretty … clear.”ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. TIP-INSWarriors: Omri Casspi missed his second straight game with a strained back. … Curry played in his 600th career game with the Warriors, making him the 10th player in franchise history to reach that mark.Rockets: Nene normally doesn’t play the second game of back-to-back games but was also dealing with a bruised right knee that coach Mike D’Antoni could cause him to miss more time. … Paul received a technical foul in the fourth quarter.NICE CATCHR&B singer Usher watched the game from a courtside seat next to Golden State’s bench and got involved in the action when he caught Trevor Ariza and Curry as they sailed out of bounds and into his seat chasing a loose ball in the third quarter. Usher put his hands up to protect himself as they barreled his way and laughed as he collected himself after the two players got up.“I think he made it out of that collision all right,” Curry said. “I just wanted to make sure his voice was fine. I didn’t want to mess with that, that’s his moneymaker.”GREEN’S SHOTGerald Green became the first player in franchise history to make seven or more 3-pointers in consecutive games after he made seven on Wednesday night against Orlando. Golden State coach Steve Kerr raved about the work of Green, who was signed on Dec. 28.“Gerald Green just kept them in the game almost singlehandedly,” Kerr said. “He’s one of those guys it seems like you should just leave him open because it’s all of the challenged ones that he makes. He makes all these crazy, difficult shots when you’re flying at him and then there’s some that are open that he misses.”UP NEXT The teams stayed close through most of the game, but the Warriors had a seven-point lead with about 3 1/2 minutes left. They scored the next five points, highlighted by a 3 from Curry, to make it 120-109 and send many of the home fans streaming for the exits.The Rockets got 30 points from Eric Gordon, and Gerald Green came off the bench to score 29 and tie a career high with eight 3-pointers as they played their second game without Harden, who is out for at least two weeks with a hamstring strain.“We’ve got to get better as a team,” Houston coach Mike D’Antoni said. “We’re just not quite there defensively, communication, all the stuff we can control we’re not doing.”The Warriors were short-handed, too, playing without Kevin Durant, who missed the game with strained right calf. But Andre Iguodala returned after sitting out Wednesday night with back and hip strains and had 10 points and eight assists.“Obviously they were missing their best player without James so we felt like there was an opportunity for us,” Thompson said.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

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Education Ministry Launches School-Community Partnership

first_imgThe Ministry of Education (MOE) has launched a countrywide sensitization program dubbed; “School-Community Partnership Initiative,” to make communities recognize their ownership role and responsibility in the promotion of quality education in the country. The exercise is accordingly part of greater effort to remove barriers to ‘effectively and efficiently’ implore school governance, maintenance and development processes across the country.The disclosure was made to the Daily Observer recently following the Assistant Minister of Education Minister for Student Personnel Services, T. Wilson Gaye series of encounters with the various education districts in Montserrado County.According to Mr. Gaye, the intent of the outreach program is to sensitize communities about their ownership role and responsibility in the promotion of quality education in the country.As part of the exercise, Mr. Gaye indicated that a team from the Bureau of Student Personnel Services comprising key staff has commenced an interactive dialogue with a cross-section of school administrators, teachers, students, parents, community leaders and district education officers in Montserrado County.According to him, six of the nine school districts within the Montserrado County School System have so far been covered by the exercise, while the next phase of the dialogue is expected to cover the remaining three educational districts in the county as well as the other school districts across the country.“During the interactive dialogues at the respective districts, the team informed the participants that the MOE initiated the nationwide sensitization to make communities recognize their ownership role and responsibility in the promotion of quality education.”Mr. Gaye also asserted that the team would engage the MOE authority to recognize the value of working with community members in the effective management of schools, and sharing responsibility for as well as taking full ownership of the education system.As such, the Assistant Minister Gaye underscored the importance of community engagement in education.He added that the process is critical to removing barriers and achieve quality education for all.“Successful engagement empowers communities to participate in multi facets of education support in all parts of the country.”The team, he noted, when school administrators, teachers and parents mutually support and recognize the role and relevance of one another, opportunities for learning can be maximized.“That is to say, teachers need support and recognition from communities to perform effectively, while parents need guidance from teachers and other school personnel to understand how they can support their children’s learning.”The team then urged community members to take ownership of the education of their children by not only embracing government’s free and compulsory education, but by also protecting and preserving school facilities and preventing school-going children and teachers from getting involved in unwholesome acts.Mr. Gaye identified some of the unwholesome acts as school-based crimes, report of sex for or commercialization of grades, sexual harassment, child labor, etc.The team further maintained that community involvement in school management will help to increase accountability for both learning outcomes and school resources.Towards this end, the team called for a vibrant resuscitation (revival) of the parent teacher-student associations (PTSAs) and the setting up of school management committees (SMCs) in all public schools in the country.The team, however, noted that the effectiveness of the PTSAs and the SMCs will help to put a perpetual end to the alleged rampant encroachment and report of gross mishandling of school facilities across the country.The team reiterated the Ministry’s commitment to working with the PTSAs and other community-based organizations to develop operational guidelines and key skills in decision making and resource management to enable the PTSAs and community organizations work in partnership with school administrators to enhance transparency and accountability.A representative of the participants expressed appreciation to the MOE for the innovative undertaking which, they believe, would help to improve cooperation and collaboration between the schools and communities.The participants, however, expressed disappointment with the manner in which school facilities are sometimes being abused by students and some ‘unscrupulous community members.’Also, on behalf of the parents and school administrators, Mr. Gaye said, they reaffirmed their preparedness to collaborate with the Ministry in establishing vibrant PTSAs in schools in which there are none.They welcomed endeavors by the Ministry to strengthen school-community collaboration and called for the extension of such ventures to the rest of the counties to solidify the operations of the PTSA framework, which could in turn complement the work of the Ministry.The participants, however, frowned on government’s scanty support to schools, a situation that has often resulted to the inadequate sitting capacity in schools.The various interactive dialogues concluded with both representatives of the Ministry and the participants resolving to closely work together in strengthening and giving a new outlook and direction to the PTSAs in an attempt to improving school governance and maintenance processes.The over 200 participants further assured the Ministry of the prompt operation from their respective school PTSAs.MOE 80% Payroll Clean-upMeanwhile the MOE says it has achieved 80 percent of its payroll clean-up process in 2013.According to a dispatch, deputy Education Minister for Instruction, Hawa Goll- Kochi said the Ministry is on the verge of completing the payroll clean-up exercise.According to her, the Ministry’s international partners are assisting in fast tracking the process in Montserrado and Margibi counties.She then blamed previous governments, especially those of the civil conflict years, for over-padding the Ministry’s payroll with names of individuals or relatives, who had no defined job descriptions.She explained that those persons who were not on payroll but were only receiving stipends have been paid off by the ministry.Deputy Minister Kochi disclosed that the current education administration inherited huge payroll complications (problems) starting from the 14-long years of civil crisis, during which time some ‘untrained persons’ were recruited into the teaching profession.Deputy Minister Goll-Kotchi also said during the year under review, the Ministry established the early childhood division and the department of students’ personnel services-now headed by the Assistant Minister, T. Wilson Gaye, among others.At the same time also, Minister Goll-Kochi has disclosed that about 90 percent of teachers currently in the classrooms are not graduates of teachers’  training colleges, but were merely using the teaching profession as a “first stage of survival.’’ Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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