Magic erase biggest deficit of season, score road win over Nets
NEW YORK — A furious Magic third-quarter rally helped them turn a 19-point Brooklyn Nets lead into a 115-113 Orlando victory Monday night at the Barclays Center.It is the biggest deficit the Magic have overcome for a win this season.Evan Fournier and Nikola Vucevic sparked the surge, and Aaron Gordon and Terrence Ross finished it. Fournier carried the Magic in the first half, emerging as one of few Orlando players who could score as Brooklyn ran out to a big lead.In the second half, however, after the Nets had built a 19-point advantage, Vucevic — who had scored just two points in the first ha...
Arctic 'doomsday vault' stocks up on more food seeds
Oslo (AFP) - An Arctic "doomsday vault" is set Tuesday to receive 60,000 samples of seeds from around the world as the biggest global crop reserve stocks up for a global catastrophe.The seeds are to be deposited in the vault inside a mountain near Longyearbyen on Spitsbergen Island in Norway's Svalbard archipelago, about 1,000 kilometres (600 miles) from the North Pole."As the pace of climate change and biodiversity loss increases, there is new urgency surrounding efforts to save food crops at risk of extinction," said Stefan Schmitz, who manages the reserve as head of the Crop Trust."The larg...
Army vet running for Congress in Arizona suspends campaign after opioid overdose
Chris Taylor, one of the Republicans looking to challenge Democratic Rep. Tom O’Halleran in Arizona’s 1st Congressional District this November, announced Monday that he will be suspending his campaign because of a recent drug overdose.“Today, I have suspended my campaign for the U.S. House of Representatives and am seeking treatment for substance abuse disorder,” Taylor said in a statement. “I will fully cooperate with local authorities on any matters arising from my recent relapse and overdose.”Taylor, a father of two and city councilman who served two tours in Afghanistan, said that he had s...
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WHO warns of pandemic risk after virus peaks in China
Geneva (AFP) - The new coronavirus has peaked in China but could still grow into a pandemic, the World Health Organization has warned, as infections mushroom in other countries.Financial markets have gone into a tailspin after grim news of deaths and outbreaks in the Middle East, Europe and Asia, even as the Chinese epicentre appeared to be calming, with the death toll at its lowest for three weeks.But the situation is worsening in other countries, with more than 2,000 cases and 30 deaths reported abroad, prompting a raft of restrictions on travellers from infected nations.South Korea, Italy a...
Sales of Chicago commercial buildings plunged in 2019: 'Everyone was asking me what's wrong with Chicago'
Investors cast a wary eye on Chicago last year, causing commercial property sales to plummet amid worries about property taxes, and adding to already mixed signals about the city’s real estate outlook.Sales of office, apartment, hotel and industrial buildings in the city totaled $8.07 billion in 2019, down from the post-recession peak of $16 billion a year earlier, according to Jones Lang LaSalle.With the dollar sales volume cut in half, last year was the worst year for commercial property sales since 2013, when transactions totaled $7.55 billion.It was a far different story for the U.S. as a ...
Kobe Bryant Honored At Memorial Service At Staples Center, Michael Jordan & Shaquille O’Neal Pay Tribute
A memorial was held for Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna on Tuesday to honor their memories after they perished with seven others in a helicopter crash on January 26. Among those in attendance were Shaquille O’Neal, Jimmy Kimmel, Michael Jordan, Jerry West, Dwyane Wade, Magic Johnson, Alex Rodriguez and Tim Duncan. The ceremony also featured performances by Beyonce, Christina Aguilera and Alicia Keys.Vanessa Bryant, Kobe’s wife, made her first public appearance since the tragedy to pay tribute to her daughter and husband. Vanessa addressed the Staples Center crowd and said, “I couldn’t see ...
Heat's road struggles continue in ugly overtime loss to Cavaliers
CLEVELAND — With a 22-point lead late in the third quarter, it looked like the Miami Heat would cruise to an easy win over one of the league’s worst teams.But nothing is ever easy for the Heat on the road.After squandering that huge lead, the Heat (36-21) lost 125-119 in overtime to the Cleveland Cavaliers (16-41) on Monday at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse. Miami fell to 13-18 on the road for the season and is 4-11 over its past 15 games away from home.Cleveland, which owns the worst record in the Eastern Conference, outscored Miami 14-8 in overtime to complete the comeback win. It marked the Hea...
Joel Embiid scores a career-high 49 points as the Sixers beat Atlanta, 129-112
PHILADELPHIA — The pregame news on Ben Simmons, while incomplete, didn’t sound great. But once the 76ers took the court they played inspired basketball — for about the first two and a half quarters.Without Simmons, who is out with a lower-back injury and wasn’t with the team while receiving further treatment and evaluation, the Sixers rumbled them stumbled before finally finding their footing for a 129-112 win over the Atlanta Hawks on Monday night at the Wells Fargo Center.The Sixers are 27-2 at home.They can thank Joel Embiid for this latest victory. He scored a career-high 49 points and was...
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Micro-pollution ravaging China and South Asia: study
Paris (AFP) - Nearly 90 percent of the 200 cities beset by the world's highest levels of deadly micro-pollution are in China and India, with most of the rest in Pakistan and Indonesia, researchers reported Tuesday.Taking population into account, Bangladesh emerged as the country with the worst so-called PM2.5 pollution, followed by Pakistan, Mongolia, Afghanistan and India, according to the 2019 World Air Quality Report, jointly released by IQAir Group and Greenpeace. China ranks 11th. Particulate matter of 2.5 microns or less in diameter -- roughly 1/30 the width of a human hair -- is the mos...
China sentences Swedish bookseller Gui Minhai to 10 years
Beijing (AFP) - A Chinese court has sentenced Swedish book publisher Gui Minhai to 10 years in prison on charges of illegally providing intelligence abroad in a case that has rattled relations between Beijing and Stockholm.Gui, one of five Hong Kong-based booksellers known for publishing salacious titles about Chinese political leaders, was snatched by Chinese authorities while on a train to Beijing in February 2018, the second time he disappeared into Chinese custody.The court in the eastern city of Ningbo said Gui was convicted on Monday and that he had his Chinese citizenship reinstated in ...