Mid West Households cut food spending

first_imgTwitter Facebook Linkedin Celebrating a ground breaking year in music from Limerick RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Population of Mid West region increased by more than 3,000 in past year WhatsApp TAGSCSOMid WestMusic LimerickNational Household Survey #SaucySoul: Room 58 – ‘Hate To See You Leave’ Printcenter_img Previous articleTaoiseach hopes to Loop the Loop for MilfordNext articleParents struggling to meet school costs John Keoghhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Email NewsMid West Households cut food spendingBy John Keogh – August 8, 2013 686 Watch the streamed gig for Fergal Nash album launch ALMOST half of households in the Mid West have cut grocery spending due to loss of income, according to the latest figures released by the CSO.Its latest national household survey revealed that about 40 per cent of those surveyed in the Mid West were having difficulty managing bills and debts, with 50 per cent reporting a loss in income in the last year.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up A total of 39 per cent of respondents stated that job loss was the main cause of their lack of income; 14 per cent said their hourly pay had been cut and 21 per cent reported a reduction in working     hours.A massive 87 per cent of Mid West households who were experiencing financial difficulty cited utility bills as their main additional cost in the last 12 months, while 28 per cent blamed school or college costs.An alarming four out of five households in the region said they had cut back on at least one area of spending to help resolve financial difficulties.When asked what areas they had cut back on, 48 per cent said they were spending less on groceries, 62 per cent had slashed clothing and footwear spending and 24 per cent had dropped health insurance cover.Over half of households had cut back on holidays abroad and 37 per cent had either sold a car or reduced car usage.One in five households had implemented five or more cutbacks.The CSO also found that almost one third of families in the Mid West had used savings to pay bills; 12 per cent sought financial assistance from relatives or friends and five per cent had to work longer hours or take a second job.On average 14 per cent of households in the region missed one or more mortgage payment in the last 12 months, while one in five were unable to pay rent on time.One in ten households surveyed said they were very concerned regarding their level of debt over the last 12 months. Emma Langford shortlisted for RTE Folk Award and playing a LIVE SHOW!!! this Saturday #HearThis: New music and video from Limerick rapper Strange Boy Advertisementlast_img read more

Chicago Police officers handcuffed 8-year-old, made him stand in the freezing rain during a police raid: Lawsuit

first_imgWLS-TV(CHICAGO) — A Chicago mother is accusing Chicago police of using excessive force on her family, including her 8-year-old son, who officers allegedly handcuffed and left in the freezing rain for 40 minutes, according to a federal civil rights lawsuit filed against the Chicago Police Department.On March 15, Alberta Wilson and her children, who live in Chicago’s South Side neighborhood, were awoken by bullhorn at 6 a.m. by Chicago Police officers surrounding their home, according to the lawsuit. The officers were executing a search warrant for an assault rifle they thought was in the possession of one of Wilson’s older sons, according to Chicago Police Sgt. Rocco Alioto.Officers in tactical gear allegedly pointed assault rifles at the family as they exited the home, even after Wilson requested that they lower the weapons due to the presence of children, the lawsuit states.Once the family reached the street the officers handcuffed them, including Wilson’s 8-year-old son Royal, according to the court documents, which say it was 32 degrees that morning.“He stood in the street shaking from fear and cold and drenched in the freezing rain,” the lawsuit alleges.During a press conference Wednesday, Wilson said Royal was crying and complaining that the handcuffs were too tight. His wrists were bruised from the handcuffs, according to the lawsuit. Wilson says her 9-year-old son Roy and 6-year-old daughter Royalty were not handcuffed.“And I had to reassure him, God is not gonna let anything happen to us,” she said.Wilson and other adult family members were also handcuffed and kept standing in the cold for two hours while the officers searched the home, according to the lawsuit.In addition, officers used a “loud explosive device to blow a large hole” in the second-floor ceiling of the home and then detained the adult family members inside the home for another two hours,” the lawsuit states.Officers also allegedly damaged or destroyed personal property and “shouted profanity and insults at the family” as well as “used abusive and contemptuous language, all within the sight and hearing of the children,” according to the lawsuit.Police finally left the home around 10 a.m., the lawsuit states.Wilson said the incident has traumatized her younger children, describing them as “very nervous and jumpy.”“They’re afraid to go to the washroom,” she said. “They’re afraid to sleep by themselves.”Wilson’s attorney, Al Holfield Jr., said during the news conference that “Chicago Police officers behave as if our children of color and their trauma is collateral damage.”In a statement to ABC News, Sgt. Alioto said the department “makes every effort to ensure the validity of all information used to apply for and execute search warrants.”“Due to the risk involved with a weapon that could penetrate body armor, the occupants of the residence followed verbal direction given over a public address system and exited the residence without needing to breach the door,” Alioto said.The target of the search warrant was on the scene, and there were no weapons located in the search, Alioto said. The location searched was the same as the one described on the search warrant, he added.No one was arrested or charged, according to the lawsuit.It is against Chicago Police protocol to handcuff children, ABC Chicago station WLS reported. Officers say they did not know Royal’s age when they handcuffed him, according to the local station.“We’re not perfect, but we do try to ensure that those types of things do not occur,” Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson told WLS. “So, I’ll look into it, and if someone has to be held accountable, then we’ll do that.”Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Faurlin posts farewell message to QPR fans

first_imgAlejandro Faurlin has confirmed he will leave QPR this summer.West London Sport had earlier revealed that manager Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink had indicated that out-of-contract trio Faurlin, Clint Hill and Karl Henry are not in his plans.Faurlin, who has been at Rangers for seven years, subsequently posted a farewell message to fans on social media, thanking them for their support.Hasselbaink wanted to keep Junior Hoilett, whose contract also expires this summer, but the Canadian has told the club he wants to leave.See also: Hoilett tells QPR he wants to leaveFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img

Jacks closer to new football coach

first_imgThe Jacks are moving toward filling their football head coaching vacancy, with plenty of interest reported in the position.The national listing officially closed on April 2 after being open for 30 days, and a search committee is currently sorting through the applicants.According to interim Athletic Director Duncan Robins, 79 candidates have applied for the job, which came open after longtime head coach Rob Smith stepped down in January.And that’s a number that has impressed the AD. …last_img

Karlsson charges Sharks to win in return from suspension

first_imgEDMONTON, Alberta — Erik Karlsson picked up where he left off before his two-game suspension, charging the Sharks to a critical division win in Canada.Karlsson returned from suspension with flare, recording his first four-point game with the Sharks to lead his team to a 7-4 win over the Edmonton Oilers Saturday afternoon.The two-time Norris Trophy winner set up the Sharks first goal, hitting Joonas Donskoi with a cross-ice feed that he converted into a goal on a 3-on-1 play at 6:44 of the …last_img

A’s Marcus Semien named American League MVP finalist

first_imgOakland Athletics shortstop Marcus Semien was sitting on the couch with his family when MLB Network began announcing the game’s major award finalists on Monday afternoon.He’d need to wait until the show’s last segment to hear the news, and there it was: sandwiched between Houston’s Alex Bregman and Los Angeles’ Mike Trout, Semien was named an American League Most Valuable Player finalist.His first thought: Pretty cool. Second thought: What a trio to be included in.“I was just sitting there …last_img

Bloggers take a trip back to humanity’s origins

first_imgHosted by Brand South Africa, bloggers are being introduced to hi-tech developments across the country, including the Square Kilometre Array. At the Hyatt Regency in Rosebank, on 24 March, they met Andrea Leenen, the chief executive of the Palaeontological Scientific Trust (Past), and American Professor Emeritus of Evolutionary Anthropology Robert Blumenschine, the chief scientific, education and fundraising strategist at Past. Both took the opportunity to discuss the stark realities of evolution. (Images: Melissa Jane Cook)• Sandisiwe GugushePublic RelationsBrand South Africa+ 27 11 712 [email protected] Jane CookRetracing our past was the perfect introduction to a group of foreign journalists and bloggers who are exploring innovation in South Africa.Hosted by Brand South Africa, they are being introduced to hi-tech developments across the country, including the Square Kilometre Array. At the Hyatt Regency in Rosebank, on 24 March, they met Andrea Leenen, the chief executive of the Palaeontological Scientific Trust (Past), and American Professor Emeritus of Evolutionary Anthropology Robert Blumenschine, the chief scientific, education and fundraising strategist at Past. Both took the opportunity to discuss the stark realities of evolution.“Africa is the birthplace of humankind and the continent [preserves] a fossil record for our origins and ancient heritage found nowhere else in the world,” said Leenen. Past, based in Johannesburg, is a public benefit organisation. Since 1994, it has been dedicated to protecting, preserving and promoting Africa’s ancient cultural and natural heritage for the benefit of Africans and all humans.Past is the world’s largest independent organisation that supports the study of human origins. It uses its position to educate, turning to a physical theatre group to explore our origins. The actors move around the stage imitating monkeys and the evolution of humanity. The jumps, tumbles and other body movements prove that physical theatre is an extraordinary way to break barriers. It is also a means of communicating that everyone, regardless of language, can understand.Leenen explained that Past’s signature educational initiative and the foundation of its overall mission was the Walking Tall project. “It offers workshops for secondary school students and teachers that increase scientific literacy through an understanding of the origins of life and humankind.”Africa’s advantageIt showcased the origin sciences as a career track in which Africa’s geographical advantage in the field could and should result in global scientific leadership. “It exposes students to applied evolution and related emerging career opportunities in agriculture, medicine and environmental remediation. It addresses Africa’s critical role in shaping humanity and uses humankind’s recent origin in Africa as a transformative tool to instil dignity in the continent and promote equality among all people,” she said.Blumenschine added: “We use theatre to teach science, to show that it is not a dry and academic subject, but [is] fun and interesting.”The student workshops feature the physical theatre production, which takes its audience on a 4.6 billion year journey through time from the origins of Earth to the present day. The show is followed by a scientific session in which the basic principles of evolution and the origin sciences are explained. These are key elements of life sciences curricula across Africa. The workshops conclude with a question and answer session. Complex issues are raised, such as skin colour as an environmental adaptation that cannot be used to define race, and conflicts between science and religion.“Walking Tall is a mobile, cost-effective and lasting educational intervention and outreach mechanism that since 2002 has reached almost one million people, primarily students and teachers in South Africa, but also audiences in Namibia, Tanzania, Kenya, Belgium and Sweden,” said Blumenschine. The show is an effective education tool, and can be performed in an auditorium or under a tree.Blumenschine has conducted archaeological and wildlife research in east Africa, southern Africa and India. He co-directed the Olduvai Landscape Palaeoanthropology Project at Olduvai Gorge in Tanzania and has embarked on a pan-African campaign, working in Tanzania, Ethiopia and Kenya. He supports research and education. “We want to spread support as here, in South Africa, there is such a wonderful heritage. I get so dismayed by people who don’t appreciate fossils; people must be proud of their heritage,” he said. The student workshops feature ‘The Walking Tall’ performers and their physical theatre production, which takes audiences on a 4.6 billion year journey through time from the origins of Earth to the present day. The show is followed by a scientific session in which the basic principles of evolution and the origin sciences are explained.Common ground“Origins is a positive message that allows us a common ground, it is the basic foundation for all of us. Pre-democracy, the government prohibited the teaching of evolution. Here, we have a rich understanding of our origins. Africa is the custodian of this world heritage and people must know this.”The organisation offered a fresh angle into science, Leenen explained. “People are always after the headline story, but it’s so much bigger than this. It links all people on the planet. It is the African story. People always think science is complicated, that it’s natural selection and genetics.“[But] teaching like this crosses boundaries. It’s not an old guy in a lab coat, or a doctor or a geneticist. This is accessible to all. It is the mother of all sciences and the gateway for kids.”Understanding ancient heritage is critical to central aspects of modern society. Past urges us to use our origins to instil pride in South Africa and for an African identity. “We must promote our unity amid diversity. Our shared African roots should be a potent source of global unity. This is the rainbow nation and that is a scientific fact,” Blumenschine said.African roots, global relevanceFocused originally on South Africa, Past has recently implemented a development plan to expand its education and research programmes throughout Africa. Named Scatterlings of Africa, after the song by Past champion Johnny Clegg, its longer term aim is to bring the organisation’s education and public outreach initiatives to global audiences.“We want to inspire scientific curiosity and an appreciation for ancient heritage among Africa’s youth, and to develop global scientific leadership by African origin scientists,” said Leenen. “Past also uses the origin sciences as a powerful tool for building African pride and dignity as well as promoting racial harmony and environmental conservation.“The first spark of human consciousness was from Africa and only this continent tells the human story which lies in fossil bones.”Our shared African roots are seen in our 99.9% genetic similarity to one another. Biologically, humans are all the same; there are only superficial differences on the exterior. Leenen maintained that when the group spoke to and performed for underprivileged children, these children saw that they had potential – “they see that we are all the same. Our similarities far outweigh our differences.” This was a fundraising campaign to “leave a legacy as timeless as our past”.Moving forwardMiller Matola, the chief executive officer of Brand South Africa, said we are ready to be taken on a journey in welcoming “home” the foreign visitors. He introduced Collins Chabane, the minister for performance monitoring and evaluation in The Presidency, who said: “We have moved forward and South Africa is a better place to live. Our experience is different from anywhere in the world and we have all laid the foundation to build our legacy.”Chabane said that the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) was very beneficial for South Africa. The SKA is a series of radio telescopes, which look like large satellite dishes. Radio telescopes are used in radio astronomy, the branch of science concerned with radio emissions from celestial objects – galaxies, stars and the like – which are used to determine their size, mass and chemical composition. The SKA infrastructure is expected to encourage schoolchildren and students to take up science and technology subjects, leading to the growth of a new class of scientists.Leenen concurred that “with SKA, and Past, looking into the origins of life and origins of the universe, here, we can offer answers to both of those”.Brand South Africa was established in August 2002 to help create a positive and compelling brand image for South Africa.last_img read more

3 Views on the Difference Between a Data Visualization and an Infographic

first_imgWe are relying more on Quora for research and story ideas. So please let us know if you are on Quora and we’ll look out for your topics, comments and questions. You may find me on Quora as well as Klint Finley, who writes here and on our Enterprise and Hack channels.The discourse is demonstrative of how the science of data is mixing with the narrative of storytelling and interactive technologies. It’s also demonstrative of how new these terms are as evident in the Google Trends search results.Data visualization: As the debate shows, there is no clear distinction. Yet we all seem to have some sort of – somewhat personal – feeling for what is an infographic and what is a data visualization.Here’s mine:A data visualization is a graphical representation of quantifiable data, usually by means of well-known chart, graph or map types. Although they can be created by hand, they can always be generated by applying automated methods on top of the data.An infographic is a graphical representation that combines one or more data visualizations with other non-data elements – such as graphics or text – to point out relationships, show a process or tell a story that cannot be automatically discerned from the data alone. An infographic requires the application of a creative process with some understanding of the underlying data and its context.Datamarket.com provides data and statistics about Iceland. Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#cloud#cloud computing Quora DiscussionBenjamin Wiederkehr of Datavisualization.ch:While I agree with Paul Marcum that Information Graphics often display non-quantifiable information, I would not make the distinction there. Maps for example are often part of data visualization, too.Here’s how I see the distinction:Information graphics are visual representations of information, data or knowledge often used to support information, strengthen it and present it within a sensitive context.They are specific, context-sensitive and often times hand-crafted.Data visualizations are visual displays of measured quantities by means of the combined use of a coordination system, points, lines, shapes, digits, letters quantified by visual attributes.They are general, context-free and often times created automatically.Both can be static, animated or interactive.So, I think the difference is more about the objective. Information graphics are used to tell a story or answer a question. Data visualizations are used to let the user find his own story or answer.Considering this, what would you call this video featured on datavisualization.ch?Hjalmar Gislason, founder and CEO of DataMarket.com: alex williams Urbanization in Iceland from 1901 / Búseta á Íslandi frá 1901 from hjalli on Vimeo.Kim Rees, partner at Periscopic.com:….I would say that infographics are really a subset of data/info visualizations. An infographic is static by definition. They are graphics.A data/info visualization may be static, but most often these are interactive and allow the viewer to explore the data/information in different ways.Infographics and data visualizations may use the same data, multiple datasets, APIs, etc. However, an infographic is always static.Periscopic.com is a Portland based company that develops online visualizations such as the state of the salmon in the Pacific Ocean.What do you think? Do you agree or disagree with these statements? A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… The terms “data visualization” and “infographics,” are often used interchangeably. It’s understandable as the meanings often overlap. Data is often associated with information. The words visualization and graphics have a relationship that are both different and the same.A discussion on Quora is providing some context about the terms and how they interrelate. That’s a discussion just starting, based mostly upon the rising popularity of the practices. The conversation on the Quora thread could use some more perspectives. But we expect that topics such as these will see more attention this year, especially as more of these visuals are created. This medium’s popularity will certainly grow considering its pop art nature and storytelling capability, and the cloud will continue to be an important part of its surge. Infographic: Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Wasserstein Smart Wi-Fi Plug: A Plug and Play Solution

first_imgWe all seem to have more devices than ever, which means we now need an effective way to manage them. That’s exactly what the  Wasserstein Smart Wi-Fi Plug intends to give you.A group of Amazon resellers founded the smart home company behind the plug. Wasserstein also makes other quality connected products like security camera mounts as well as offers a wide range of different smart home brands as part of their smart home store.Recently, I tried the Wi-Fi plug to see how it could help us control all of our devices from anywhere with its free app for Android or iOS. Here’s my review.What the Wasserstein Smart Wi-Fi Plug DoesLeaving the house no longer has to fill you with worry about what you might have inadvertently left on. Thanks to an intuitive app, you’ll be able to remotely turn off the electricity supply to any device in your house. The app means that you can remotely turn it on.The app also allows you to name the devices as well as create automatic weekday schedules to turn those devices on and off, including time limits for each device. Timelimits is an ideal way to make your home look lived in even if you are away on vacation.It is compatible with Alexa. If you use an Amazon Echo or an Amazon Dot, you can download the necessary Alexa skills also to use this smart plug. It’s called the”Tuya Smart” skill, and you’ll need to enable it to launch voice control via Alexa. Once you name the smart plug, then you can tell Alexa to control certain things, such as “Alex, turn off the kitchen light.”The smart plug works for consumers and their devices in the U.S., UK, and Europe.Getting StartedTo use the Wasserstein Smart Wi-Fi Plug, all I had to do was download the Wstein app and put the socket plug into a wall outlet. The app instructions prompted me to “Add Device.”  There are three tabs at the bottom of the app that say Devices, Add Device and Profile.The Device tab lists all the Wasserstein devices. This where you will find the controls to turn them on and off. The Add Device tab links up a new connected device. For the Wasserstein Smart Plug, you will need to push the button on the side of the plug before connecting it to your router. Connecting it to your router should pair it with your router system for convenience.Finally, the Profile tab is where you can go if you need to send feedback to the company related to any issues you have with set-up or use. I tried it just to see how fast I might get an answer, and they were surprisingly quick in terms of response time. The Profile tab is also where you can add users that you want to have access to the smart plug.The Best FeaturesThere is no hub or subscription service that you’ll have to buy as extras when you purchase a Wasserstein Smart Wi-Fi Plug. It’s easy to get started within minutes thanks to the plug-and-play format for the socket and the downloadable app. The smart plug is very reasonably priced, considering how much convenience and control it offers.What I liked best about this smart Wi-Fi plug compared to other available smart plugs is its USB charging port. While newer homes may have a plethora of wall outlets, some places fall short. Therefore, the USB port is a definite plus in terms of the value added by using this smart plug.The company’s three-month warranty allows you to return the product for a replacement or a full refund for any reason.Some IssuesWhile I was able to connect with my smartphone, others have reported issues with their Windows phones because these phones and their operating systems are not compatible with the smart plug app.It also doesn’t integrate with other Wi-Fi connected hubs outside of Alexa. That means if you have Google Home, Wink, or Apple Home Kit, for example, this smart plug won’t work because it’s not compatible.There are also limited mobile app features. For example, the mobile app doesn’t let you build automated tasks like opening the door automatically when someone comes home. Some tasks you won’t want to be automatic — relating to the fact that these smart plugs don’t work with some connected hubs — and we’re glad.Where to BuyThe smart plug is available on the Wasserstein website or through Amazon. The best price when I bought it was on the Wasserstein site.What’s IncludedWhen my smart plug arrived, I received one Wasserstein smart plug, a manual with instructions on how to access the app in the iTunes store or Google Play store, and how to use the plug, and a three-month warranty.Overall ConclusionsThe Wasserstein Smart Wi-Fi plug is a quality, affordable connected device that is ideal for someone who has an Amazon Echo or Echo Dot and is just starting to add and use simple, smart home devices. It’s perfect for apartments, dorm rooms, and vacation rental properties.   Brad AndersonEditor In Chief at ReadWrite Brad is the editor overseeing contributed content at ReadWrite.com. He previously worked as an editor at PayPal and Crunchbase. You can reach him at brad at readwrite.com. Molekule Air Purifier: Small in Stature, Big on… Related Posts center_img HyperDrive Power 9-in-1 USB-C Hub Canvia Digital Art Turns Home and Office Walls … Blueair 680i Air Purifier: Clean Air For Your H…last_img read more

Durant gets chance to follow Lebron’s path to title

first_imgEvery 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers is guarded by Kevin Durant #35 of the Golden State Warriors at ORACLE Arena on January 16, 2017 in Oakland, California. Ezra Shaw/Getty Images/AFPKevin Durant’s first trip to the NBA Finals ended with him watching LeBron James celebrate his first title as Miami downed Oklahoma City for the 2012 crown.Now five years later and with two different clubs, both superstars are back in the finals, Durant still seeking his first title and James again blocking the path.ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games MOST READ French Open takes player’s credential for harassing reporter “It’s a little different, definitely. I can’t lie,” Durant said of his latest trip to the finals compared to his first. “I went when I was 23 years old, and it felt like the Western Conference Finals was almost like the championship.READ: Warriors ready for third straight NBA Finals appearance“So it’s a little different now, obviously. We have a bigger goal in mind. But you’ve got to enjoy everything, man. When we look at it, this is just a blip on the radar in terms of our whole life. So every moment is definitely important and you want to embrace it and enjoy it.”And just as James struggled in building chemistry in Miami with “Big Three” teammates Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, Durant and his new Golden State teammates had to make adjustments to maximize the contributions of Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green as well.“Our chemistry is getting better and better,” Durant said. “We’re going to need it even more now.”ADVERTISEMENT Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP “He didn’t make the decision he made to go to the finals. He made the decision he made for his own life and what he wanted to do, but also to win a championship. To go win. Not just go to the finals. No one remembers second place. It’s about winning.”Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue has been impressed with what he has seen from Durant with the Warriors.“When Steph and Klay have a bad game, which is not very often, then you can give the ball to Durant and he can go get his own basket and his own shot,” Lue said.“You have that third player, definitely one of the top three players in this league, that can go get his own shot at anytime and that’s what makes them more dangerous.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Durant and the Golden State Warriors will be favored to dethrone the James-led Cleveland Cavaliers when the best-of-seven championship series begins Thursday at Oakland, California.READ: NBA Finals coverage still hangs FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingInstead of James having drawn criticism for jilting Cleveland for Miami in order to become a champion, this season it was Durant who aroused the ire of many fans by ditching fellow star Russell Westbrook and Oklahoma City for the Superteam spotlight of the Warriors.And just as a move paid championship dividends for James after a prior finals loss, it could do the same in June for Durant. Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR 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 ‘It’s going to be a battle’The Warriors have the best start in NBA playoff history at 12-0. They are the ninth team in league history to reach the finals undefeated, in eras with fewer games needed to make the championship round, but only five of the first eight won the title.“I’m just proud of the work we’ve put in from the beginning of the season,” Durant said. “We just kept grinding. We didn’t talk about championships or anything. We just wanted to build good habits and have fun playing some basketball. Simple as that.“We want to take it to the next series and try to be great and see what happens, but 12-0 really doesn’t matter going into the next series,” Durant said.READ: Cavs-Warriors Part III joins past championship trilogies“We know it’s going to be a battle.”Durant took heat for leaving behind a solid Oklahoma City squad that pushed the Warriors to the brink of elimination in last year’s Western Conference final, but the move has paid off so far.Durant is averaging 25.2 points, 7.8 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 1.2 blocked shots a game in the Warriors’ perfect playoff start.“Happy to be sharing this moment with him after all he’s gone through with joining the squad and leaving OKC,” Green said. “To be headed to the NBA Finals is a great way to combat all that talk. To win it would be even better.READ: Underdog Cavs insist they have plenty of bite for Finals BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast View commentslast_img read more