Simmons helps 76ers beat Rockets

first_imgThe 76ers led 58-56 at halftime.The Rockets were able to overcome an off shooting night by overwhelming Philadelphia at the free-throw line where they made 28 of 38 attempts, compared to just 17 of 24 for the 76ers.Former Rockets forward Robert Covington had four steals for the 76ers, adding five points and eight rebounds in 34 minutes.TIP-INS76ers: SG JJ Redick missed his third straight game with lower back tightness. … PG Markelle Fultz (shoulder) missed his fourth straight game. Fultz is out indefinitely and will be reevaluated in three weeks, the 76ers said Sunday.Rockets: Nene entered the game questionable with left Achilles soreness but played 10 minutes in the game, getting seven points, three rebounds and a block off the bench. . After shooting 17-for-35 (48.5 percent) in a three-game road trip, PF Ryan Anderson shot 2-for-9 from beyond the arc.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? 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 Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours LATEST STORIES Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny View comments OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson UP NEXT76ers: Host the Hawks on Wednesday night.Rockets: Visit the Knicks on Wednesday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ James Harden scored 29 points and Gordon had 25.Philadelphia led by as many as 14 points and entered the fourth quarter up 92-80. Houston’s reserves rallied without Harden to cut the lead to five early in the fourth.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogEmbiid, who played through a right hand contusion, gave Houston’s defense fits when he got the ball and was disruptive in the paint on the defensive end. Backup point guard T.J. McConnell frequently pressured Harden defensively for Philadelphia, adding 11 points and five assists off the bench.Philadelphia controlled the first quarter by putting up a season-high for points in a quarter, leading Houston 37-27 entering the second. The Rockets closed the gap in the second quarter, capped off by a fast-break dunk from Gordon following a steal off a bad pass from Simmons that cut Philadelphia’s lead to two points. Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Philadelphia 76ers guard Ben Simmons dribbles upcourt during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Houston Rockets, Monday, Oct. 30, 2017, in Houston. Philadelphia won 115-107. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)HOUSTON—-Ben Simmons had 24 points, nine assists and seven rebounds and Joel Embiid added 22 points to lead the Philadelphia 76ers to a 115-107 win over the Houston Rockets on Monday night.After losing 105-104 on a buzzer-beating 3-pointer from Eric Gordon in Philadelphia on Oct. 18, the 76ers snapped an eight-game losing streak against the Rockets, winning in Houston for the first time since Feb. 16, 2011.The Rockets missed nine of their last 10 shots, scoring just four points in the final 3:28 and dropped consecutive games for the first time this season.ADVERTISEMENT Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Tiger Woods to return in the Bahamaslast_img read more

House Expresses Fear in US$30M Road Fund Case in Supreme Court

first_imgAssociate Justice Kabineh M. Ja’neh-Impeachment hangs over Justice Ja’nehOn Tuesday, July 10, during the 44th day sitting, Members of the House of Representatives  expressed profound fear over the US$30m Road Fund Case, which is in the Supreme Court and before his honor Associate Justice Kabineh Ja’neh.The lawmakers argued that if the Government of Liberia (GoL) loses the case in the Supreme Court, there will be a “budget shortfall.” Also, the GoL will lose US$15 million from the Millennium Challenge Compact (MCC).After about 30 minutes of argument in yesterday’s session, Montserrado County District #5 Representative Thomas Fallah proffered a motion to have the Leadership of the House of Representatives liaise with the Supreme Court ahead of the US$30 million Road Fund hearing.It may be recalled that last year, the  ministries of Finance & Development Planning and Public Works prayed the House of Representatives’ intervention in the unblocking of the National Road Fund in order to allow the Inter-Ministerial Steering Committee (IMSC) to function, use and collect US$30 million from petroleum importers to support the 2017/2018 Budget.In order to contribute to the support of the budget, the IMSC set a US$0.25 road user charge on every gallon of petroleum product brought into the country – and the cumulative sum from these charges is projected to be US$30 million for 2017. Conventionally, the IMSC authorized the Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA) to collect the fees on behalf of the fund.Unfortunately, in an attempt to collect the charges from petroleum importers, Srimex Oil & Gas sought a stay order on the action from the Supreme Court, arguing that the IMSC is acting in contravention of the law.In a communication to the House, the then Acting Finance Minister Alvin. E. Attah, said: “The Justice in Chambers (Associate Justice Kabineh Ja’neh) granted the petitioner’s request, staying the action and ordering all parties to return to the status quo…”Minister Attah further said: “In view of this, the Road Fund is stalled. We run the possibility of a budget shortfall if this situation persists. It affects our ability to receive the matching fund from the MCC Compact, which would impede on the World Bank’s ability to work with the Liberian government and secure private financing to pave the 215 kilometers road from Ganta to Zwedru as well as the 10km road from Zwedru to Toe Town.”As a way forward, the Acting Finance Minister, at the time, argued that the levels and sources of the road user charges were subject to legislative approval because the Legislature passed the law establishing the National Road Fund on December 12, 2016; and among other things, the law authorized the IMSC to raise money for the fund through road user charges.“It was our assumption that the negotiations and hearings of the budget process between the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning and the Joint Finance, Ways, and Means Committee of the Legislature in determining US$30 million as contribution from the Road Fund to the National Budget satisfied the requirement of the law regarding approval from the Legislature,” Minister Attah wrote.“In view of the above, I am writing to request communication to the following effect: that the leadership recognizes the Ministry of Finance as the IMSC member which shall consult with the leadership of the Legislature. That the budget negotiation process will satisfy the condition of consultation with and approval from the National Legislature and that the Joint Ways, Means, and Finance Committee in setting and agreeing on projections from the Road Fund to the National Budget would convey the Legislature’s approval. This action would allow us to remove the stay order and make the National Road Fund functional and viable.”Furthermore, for his part, Gyude Moore, then Public Works Minister,  also wrote the House of Representatives, saying the IMSC had agreed that of the US$0.50 previously collected as storage fee by the Liberia Petroleum Refining Company (LPRC), US$0.25 was set aside as a “road user charge.”Besides Srimex Oil & Gas, Aminata had also challenged the US$0.25 charge from every gallon to support the National Budget.“I am therefore requesting a communication from you [then Speaker J. Emmanuel Nuquay] acknowledging that there was a procedural lapse, that the IMSC should have formally sought approval for the US$0.25 levy and that nevertheless, this action was anticipated and accounted for in the budgeting process. Any future levy, increase or decrease in the existing levy will have to be formally approved before going into effect,” said Minister Moore.“This would resolve the legal question around the fund and make it functional. It will also allow us to complete our negotiation with the World Bank for the private sector to invest up to US$200 million in our road sector and bring much-needed relief to our people. It will also allow the MCC to match our road fund up to US$15 million as part of the compact.”ImpeachmentEarlier, members of the House of Representative on Tuesday, July 10, threatened to draw-out an impeachment bill against Supreme Court Justice Kabineh Ja’neh if the Government of Liberia loses the Road Fund Case.Montserrado County District #16 Representative Dixon Seboe indicated that losing the Road Fund Case means the country will not benefit through the Budget and the MCC.It may be recalled Montserrado County District #8 Representative Acarous Moses Gray said  his colleagues in the 54th Legislature are soliciting signatures for an impeachment bill against Supreme Court Justice Kabineh Ja’neh. Rep. Gray is a staunch member of the ruling Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC).LACC Not A Political InstitutionAlso during the interview, Representative Gray cautioned the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC) to remain apolitical and professional. He promised that officials of the Executive and Legislature will make asset declaration before the deadline.UP Reacts To Impeachment NewsMeanwhile, the  Unity Party (UP) has reacted to news that some members of the House of Representatives are preparing an impeachment bill against Associate Justice Kabineh Ja’neh.“The Unity Party is very seriously troubled by calls emanating from within the ruling Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) for the impeachment and subsequent removal of Associate Justice Kabineh M. Ja’neh. In his statement on Okay FM calling for the impeachment of Associate Justice Ja’neh, CDC Representative Acarous M. Gray did not give or suggest any reason(s) but would rather vaguely told the journalist that the call for impeachment is based on integrity issues,” UP said through its National Assistant Secretary General for Press, Publicity and Outreach, Mohammed Ali.Ali and the UP blame President George Weah and Vice President Jewel Howard Taylor of also being behind the plot; adding: “If this impeachment and removal were to ever be done, it will put the entire Supreme Court Bench at the mercy of the Executive and will mean a total collapse of our democracy as the independence of the Judiciary will be inevitably compromised. This will be at the taste and satisfaction of the President.”“Second, the call is made because Associate Justice Kabineh Ja’neh was the only one on the Supreme Court Bench that voted for the nullification of the October 10, 2017 Presidential Election,” Ali also emphasized.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more