Does It Matter That The Sixers Best Players Have No Playoff Experience

The Philadelphia 76ers are going to make the playoffs — not that their best players know what that feels like. Teams with their level of inexperience don’t usually push past the first round. Can the Sixers break the mold?

Bahamas and Jamaica bristle following negative US Advisories

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, January 17, 2018 – Nassau – The two number one English speaking destinations in the Caribbean have been put on blast by America when it comes to safety and security and satisfaction and now both countries are in damage control mode.   The Bahamas at its popular Fish Fry at Arawak Cay has seen vendors apologize for any negative experiences and mirroring a message by the Bahamas Government to improve service as security is enhanced, especially for Tourists.In Jamaica, the Minister of Tourism Edmund Bartlett has launched a campaign.   Minister Bartlett says the $3b in earnings and a record setting 2017 with 4.3 million guests landing on their shores is not to be trifled with.   Bartlett on Saturday in Montego Bay at a food handlers workshop said Jamaica must curb the reports of visitor harassment so as not to see a reversal in the gains made.Visitor satisfaction in Jamaica was put at 60% despite the harassment issues noted in a US Advisory.  the Bahamas also got that advisory, but it was more severe saying Fish Fry’s reputation for a down home experience was sullied by reports of crime.#MagneticMediaNews#BahamasgetsnegaiveUSadvisories#JamaicagetsnegativeUSadvisories#BahamasandJamaicadamagecontrol Related Items:#BahamasandJamaicadamagecontrol, #BahamasgetsnegaiveUSadvisories, #JamaicagetsnegativeUSadvisories, #magneticmedianewslast_img read more

Liberia declared Ebolafree but WHO says the job is not done

first_imgClose Liberia was declared free of the Ebola virus by global health experts on 14 January, a milestone that signalled an end to an epidemic in West Africa that has killed more than 11,300 people. But the World Health Organization (WHO) warned there could still be flare-ups of the disease in the region, which has suffered the worlds deadliest outbreak over the past two years, as survivors can carry the virus for many months and could pass it on.Health specialists cautioned against complacency, saying the world was still underprepared for any future outbreaks of the disease.Today WHO declares the end of the most recent outbreak of Ebola virus disease in Liberia, the outbreak that was associated with the flare-up of cases in mid-November, said Rick Brennan, Emergency Risk Management and Humanitarian Response for WHO. Its also the first time that all three countries in West Africa, Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia, have stopped all known chains of transmission of the disease since the outbreak started in 2014.But the WHO official warned that: We have to say that the job is still not done. Thats because there is still ongoing risk of re-emergence of the disease, because of persistence of the virus in a proportion of survivors.Liberia was the last affected country to get the all-clear, with no cases of Ebola for 42 days, twice the length of the viruss incubation period – the time elapsed between transmission of the disease and the appearance of symptoms. The other affected countries, Guinea and Sierra Leone, were declared Ebola-free late in 2015.There were cases in seven other countries including Nigeria, the United States and Spain, but almost all the deaths were in the West African nations. It is the first time since the start of the EVD (Ebola Virus Disease) epidemic in West Africa almost two years ago that the three hardest-hit countries, Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, are at zero cases for at least 42 days, said WHOs Liberia representative Alex Gasasira.last_img read more

Soon after Ajay Devgns father passed away Kajols mother Tanuja hospitalised

first_imgKajol and Tanisha with mother Tanuja at 59th Idea Filmfare AwardsVarinder ChawlaRight after Ajay Devgn’s father passed away on Monday, his wife Kajol’s mother Tanuja got hospitalised.According to a source close to Ajay, Tanuja has been admitted to Lilavati Hospital at Bandra. The exact reason behind her ill health is not clear yet. Kajol was spotted on Tuesday night visiting the hospital.It appears to be a tough time for Ajay and Kajol. The superstar recently lost his father Veeru Devgn, who was not keeping well for quite some time. His funeral was held on Monday evening.While exact condition of Kajol’s mother is still not known, we wish her speedy recovery.On the work front, Ajay recently featured in romantic comedy De De Pyaar De that also has Rakul Preet Singh and Tabu. The film received positive response from viewers, and has been running successfully in theatres.last_img read more

Who is Cori Gauff the 15year old who knocked out Venus Williams

first_imgCori GauffTwitter/WimbledonIn one of the biggest upsets that Wimbledon has witnessed, Cori Gauff, known as Coco to her friends, an American whose age, 15, is less than the length of Venus Williams’ career, knocked out the latter in the very first round of the grass court Grand Slam. So, who is this lady who has suddenly catapulted herself into the spotlight? Let’s learn a few things about her.To begin with, the teenage prodigy hails from Georgia but has been raised in Florida. She has good sporting pedigree. Her father had been a basketball player at university level and her mother had been a gymnast in Florida State University. The precocious talent had been identified as a potential future great even before her famous win over Venus.The company that manages her – Team 8 – was created by Roger Federer and his agent Tony Godsick. Federer commented on her before her match and expressed his delight at the progress being made by the rising star. “I’m super happy for her. I saw the last couple of games when she qualified. Obviously everybody was waiting to see what the draw was going to be like. I think that’s fascinating, that she plays Venus now. It’s a great story. Coco is a nice girl, works really hard. I think she’s obviously got a wonderful future ahead of herself,” the 20-time Grand Slam winner said. Cori Gauff after her victory of Venus WilliamsTwitter/WimbledonHer victory over Venus had an irony to it. It were the Williams sisters that inspired Coco to take up tennis and aim to be a champion. She expressed her fanfare for Venus before facing her in the first round. “I have nothing to lose, playing against one of the greatest players of all time. I’m just super honoured that I get to share the court with her. Not many people get to play Wimbledon at 15 so I’m just happy that I’m one of them,” the young lady remarked in an interview to American network NBC prior to her match.Her excitement at having achieved a victory against one of her idols was fully expressed after the match. She told BBC: “Honestly I don’t really know how to feel. That’s the first time I have ever cried after winning a match. I don’t even know how to explain how I feel. I had to tell myself to stay calm, I have never played on such a big court. I had to remind myself of the lines on the court. Everything around it might be bigger, but the lines are the same.”She just told me congratulations and to keep going and good luck. I told her thank you for everything. I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for her, she is so inspiring and I always wanted to tell her that, even though I met her before I didn’t have the guts to tell her then.”Even the most successful tennis player of the current generation and younger sister of Venus, Serena Williams expressed her admiration for the teenager before the match. “She’s so cool. She’s a great girl. I love her dad. They’re just really cool people. It’s a great moment for her and for Venus. She’s playing against a player that actually reminds me of Venus. I think I might, might watch. I always get nervous watching Venus.”last_img read more

Trump rails at health care debacle

first_imgUS President Donald Trump speaks about the Senate health care bill during a lunch with members of the US military in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, DC. Photo: AFPAn angry President Donald Trump railed Tuesday against dissenters in his party who dashed his months-long effort to dismantle his predecessor’s landmark health care law, as moderates balked at the latest Republican plan to scrap Obamacare.With several efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) now squashed, the Senate’s top Republican said he would forge ahead with what could be a last-gasp vote—on a new plan to kill off most of the 2010 reforms of Trump’s predecessor without a replacement at the ready.Four Republicans had lined up against Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s earlier health overhaul, flatlining it in the chamber, where the party could afford only two defectors in order to get the measure passed.McConnell announced a fresh effort aimed at repealing Obamacare now and crafting a replacement later. But that too ran into opposition from at least three Republicans who refused to support repealing the law without a suitable fix at the ready.The Republican leader nonetheless prepared to force a vote to see where his members stood on the repeal-only measure.“That’s a vote I think we’re very likely to have in the very near future,” McConnell told reporters.No date was given, but number two Republican John Cornyn said he expected it this week.The dramatic implosion effectively means that Trump, who marks his first half-year in office Thursday, has no major legislative victory in hand, squandering months of political capital.Trump fired off a morning tweet storm complaining about how he was “let down” by Democrats “and a few Republicans” opposed to the repeal.He had campaigned relentlessly on a pledge to abolish most of the ACA, proclaiming at an October campaign rally that it would be “so easy” to immediately repeal and replace the law.But he has run into the uncompromising reality of American politics: even with a president’s party enjoying a majority in both chambers, crafting and passing landmark legislation can be perilous in the US Congress.The White House insisted that success remained within reach, with deputy spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders saying “we are not done with the health care battle.”But Trump said he was “disappointed,” and repeatedly offered that now it would be easier to just “let Obamacare fail.”He also stressed he wanted nothing to do with the blame for the collapse.“We’re not going to own it. I’m not going to own it. I can tell you the Republicans are not going to own it,” he said.“We’ll let Obamacare fail and then the Democrats are going to come to us” looking to work on a solution.‘Time to start over’McConnell’s new bid would repeal much of Obamacare outright, but with a two-year delay of implementation, in order to allow Congress time to craft a replacement.A straight repeal bill passed Congress in 2015. That was during Obama’s presidency, and Republicans knew they would pay no political price for their votes, as Obama vetoed the measure.It is no longer a dress rehearsal, and some Republicans are clearly concerned they would be on the hook for any ensuing disruption to the health care system.Two years ago, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office warned that simply repealing Obamacare would essentially kick 18 million people off health care in the first year compared to current law, a figure that would balloon to 32 million by 2026.That is far worse than the 22 million that the CBO forecast would lose coverage under the latest repeal-and-replace legislation.With a number of Senate Republican moderates voicing concern about how the latest bill could adversely impact millions of people insured through Medicaid, the health coverage program for the poor and the disabled, McConnell’s bid floundered.“I cannot vote to repeal Obamacare without a replacement plan that addresses my concerns and the needs of West Virginians,” Senator Shelley Moore Capito said in a statement.Her state has significant numbers of residents on Medicaid.Another Republican opposed to the new plan, Senator Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, acknowledged that McConnell had the nearly impossible task of coralling enough votes from his caucus’s rival conservative and moderate factions.“The majority leader is trying to keep all the frogs in the wheelbarrow, and it’s a tough job,” Murkowski said.While Democrats celebrated, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer extended an olive branch to his Republican rivals and encouraged them to work with Democrats to improve Obamacare.“It’s time to move on. It’s time to start over” on health care, he said.Meanwhile a bipartisan group of 11 governors urged the Senate to “immediately reject” the repeal-only effort and work with state executives on bettering the current system.“The best next step is for both parties to come together and do what we can all agree on: fix our unstable insurance markets,” said the governors, who included Ohio’s John Kasich, a 2016 Republican presidential hopeful, and Democrat Terry McAuliffe of Virginia.last_img read more