Trail Blazers win 13th straight, beat Clippers

first_imgTrail Blazers: There were some grumblings by some on the Detroit side after Portland’s win Sunday that the Blazers were playing a tad on the rough side, which amused veteran Portland coach Terry Stotts: “That could be the first time in my tenure that one of my teams has been accused of being overly physical. So I was pleased with those comments.”Clippers: F Danio Gallinari remained out with a fractured right hand. There has been no medical update in a week, since the team said he had resumed running. He has also battled leg injuries and played in only 19 games this season. In a season when the Clippers have been ravaged with injury, coach Doc Rivers said his loss has been the most significant: “Overall, of the guys we’ve missed, it’s Gallo. It’s not even close.”UP NEXTTrail Blazers: Return home to play Houston on Tuesday.Clippers: Start a four-game road trip on Tuesday in Minnesota.ADVERTISEMENT Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback 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 In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery UMBC’s NCAA fairytale ends but memories will last forever Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lou Williams led the Clippers with 30 points. Montrezl Harrell had 24 points and DeAndre Jordan had 16 rebounds for Los Angeles, which lost its third straight and fell two games back of the final playoff spot in the Western Conference. The Clippers have 13 games remaining.The Blazers threatened to take a commanding lead at the break, going on a 12-0 run to take their biggest advantage of the half at 56-44. The Clippers responded to pull within four before trailing 58-52 at the half.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkPortland, however, came back with a 10-0 run early in the third quarter, going up 70-56 to take a lead it would never surrender.TIP-INS Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Portland Trail Blazers Jusuf Nurkic, left, of Bosnia & Herzegovina, and Maurice Harkless during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, March 18, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Michael Owen Baker)LOS ANGELES — Damian Lillard scored 23 points and CJ McCollum added 21 to lead the Portland Trail Blazers to their 13th straight victory, 122-109 over the Los Angeles Clippers on Sunday night.Portland’s dynamic guard duo led five Blazers players in double-figures, with Maurice Harkless scoring 21 points, Jusuf Nurkic 17 along with 12 rebounds and Al-Farouq Aminu adding 16 points.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

Welcoming President Weah’s Special Economic Zone Initiative, But…!

first_imgThe Daily Observer welcomes President Weah’s appointment of  a Steering Committee to ensure the establishment, with immediate effect, of a Special Economic Zone (SEZ) in Buchanan, Grand Bassa County. The Daily Observer however notes that this is not the first time that an SEZ has been established in Liberia.History recalls that the Liberia Industrial Free Zone Authority was first established by an Act of Legislature in 1975 with the objectives of attracting foreign investment promoting exports, increasing employment, and improving industrial technology through the establishment and operation of an Industrial Free Zone.The Act establishing the Free Zone Authority provided for the Zone to be customs free, and specifically stated that customs control will be withdrawn to the fenced-around boundaries of the entire area of the Industrial Free Zone and it was established with a substantial degree of autonomy.For example, the Act empowered the Free Zone Authority “to identify, investigate and promote export-oriented industries; to build, and rent sites or buildings for manufacturing or assembling semi-finished or finished products basically for export; to provide the utilities required; to organize common services; to manage the Zone, both in terms of finance and in administration, to achieve these ends”.The Zone was established on 113 acres of land, in close proximity to the Free Port. Some 40 acres were allocated to industrial use, with another 15 acres for administrative, security and safety service, and approximately 20 acres for roads and parking.The targets established for the Zone, at its inception were; investment of $12 million export sales of $24 million; construction and use of 40 factory buildings, each on 1 acre plots; the creation of 6,000 jobs. These targets, according to reports, were never met primarily because of the lack of consistent government support for the maintenance of a satisfactory investment climate in the country, although the national government had continued to support the Zone Authority itself by meeting annual deficits.The Daily Observer recalls that the onset of the civil war in 1990 led to the closure of the Free Zone and, since then, it has not been resuscitated although there were attempts during the 1990s to revive the institution.It is perhaps in recognition of the critical role that a Special Economic Free Zone could play in the country’s economic development that President Weah has commissioned the establishment of a Special Economic Free Zone(SEZ). According to SPARK which, since 2013, has been engaged with the Liberian government, civil society organizations, and entrepreneurs to support the creation of an SEZ in Monrovia, the objective is to create a world class business environment that is predictable, productive and profitable.Further, according to SPARK, SEZ policies allow countries “to designate industries and or physical areas in which business and trade laws differ from the rest of the country in order to stimulate increased trade, increased investment, job creation and effective administration. The overall objective is to create a world class business environment that is predictable, productive, and profitable”.Thanks to their persistent efforts, the Liberian Government under President Weah’s leadership has agreed to the establishment of a SEZ. The Daily Observer however notes that rather than Monrovia, the SEZ is proposed to be established in Buchanan instead. The question is whether Buchanan has the requisite infrastructure to accommodate or support such an undertaking.Moreover, this newspaper notes that, like now, a shortcoming of the past was the failure of government to maintain a satisfactory investment climate in the country. For example, despite repeated calls from the business community for government to reconsider the application of the compulsory tariff associated with the Cargo Tracking Note (CTN) introduced by the National Port Authority (NPA), the Government has remained unmoved.And the government has remained unmoved, never mind the fact that it has been warned that prices of commodities may rise sharply and shortages may ensue as a result of the imposition of the CTN. Needless to say, such a development tends to undermine the effective creation of a favorable investment climate in Liberia.The Daily Observer notes further that if the intent of creating an SEZ is informed by the desire to promote, encourage and promote social change in a financially sustainable way, then we must, as always, warn President Weah that the attainment of objectives highlighted under his Pro-Poor Agenda may, more likely than not, be undermined by the continuous imposition of the CTN.Already the pinch is beginning to be felt everywhere with the continuous fall of the Liberian dollar, the emergence of creeping shortages accompanied by price hikes and stirrings of the public. Little wonder, therefore, that there are latent but visible signs of support for anti-establishment public protests against the rising but unbearable costs of living. President Weah must therefore listen to the cries of the Liberian people and the business community and cancel the imposition of the CTN without further delay.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more