Mitchell, Gobert lead Jazz over Suns for 8th straight win

first_imgBlazers foil LeBron, Cavs’ late run to stretch streak to 11 wins Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism The Suns’ body language showed frustration and it boiled over as the Jazz took firm control of the game.With Utah leading 69-50 in the third quarter, Rubio was headed full speed on a fast break when Jared Dudley body-blocked him to the floor, starting a scrum in front of the Suns bench. Dudley got a flagrant 2 foul and was ejected, along with Marquese Chriss for pushing Rubio back down after Dudley’s shove. Ingles and Mitchell were assessed technical fouls.“I could understand why Marquese got ejected. That’s the only one though,” Phoenix coach Jay Triano said. “If you’re going to eject anybody else, Ingles ran in to instigate as much as anybody else did. And Mitchell. They were in there escalating rather than diffusing more than anybody. I don’t think there was a foul enough to warrant a flagrant 2.”Ingles and Mitchell disagreed, saying they just backing up their point guard.“There is a camaraderie and a sense of brotherhood and they defend each other,” Utah coach Quin Snyder said of his team.ADVERTISEMENT Jazz: Host the Sacramento Kings on Saturday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback MOST READ Mitchell scored 23 points to lead the Jazz to a 116-88 victory over the Phoenix Suns on Thursday night, their eighth consecutive victory.“We have a group of guys here that put the team first and we all care about winning and defending,” said Rudy Gobert, who had 21 points and 13 rebounds.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 folkJoe Ingles scored 17 points, including four 3-pointers, and Jae Crowder added 12 for the Jazz, who have won 20 of their last 22 games.T.J. Warren paced Phoenix with 19 points while Josh Jackson had 17 and Devin Booker added 12. The Suns have lost seven in a row. LATEST STORIES Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazilcenter_img View comments Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Rubio had 12 points and 11 assists, and Dante Exum made his first appearance of the season for the Jazz and finished with 10 points.With 1:16 left in the first quarter, Exum entered to a loud ovation after a long rehabilitation from shoulder surgery in October.Because of Gobert’s presence, the Suns took a number of twisting high-arcing floaters and often cut short drives to the baskets. The Suns also committed 22 turnovers while struggling to get clean looks.“(Gobert) definitely bothers a lot of shots around the basket,” Jackson said. “It’s definitely tougher when he’s out there on the floor.”Spurred by Mitchell’s two dunks and a 3-pointer in the final two minutes, the Jazz opened a 56-43 lead at halftime after trailing early in the second quarter.TIP-INSSuns: Booker, who injured his right hand during practice Wednesday, was a game-time decision and couldn’t find much success against the Jazz. Facing a variety of defenders, Booker shot 3 for 18 and had four turnovers. … Starters Dragan Bender and Alex Len both went scoreless in the first half.Jazz: Crowder has led the Jazz bench in scoring in 12 of the 14 games since coming over from Cleveland in a trade. … Utah ranks second in scoring defense and improved to 27-5 when holding opponents under the century mark.THE EXUM FACTOROft-injured point guard Dante Exum, who has played in just 149 games since he was drafted fifth in 2014, was cleared to play for the first time this season. “He made a choice that he was going to attack it. There’s been a determination … not just to rehabilitate his shoulder, but also to stay connected mentally and stay a part of the group is something that he’s (done). It would be easy to disconnect and become detached and wallow in your misery and he just didn’t do that,” Snyder said.SCHOOL IN SESSIONUtah led by 20 in the fourth but Snyder was still coaching. While Mitchell celebrated an alley-oop to Gobert, Snyder called a timeout and charged out to mid-court to correct Mitchell’s positioning a couple plays earlier. “He wants me to understand matchups and situations,” the rookie said. “It’s all part of the learning process … for a coach to come out and talk to a player like that and help me out was huge.” Mitchell wasn’t embarrassed by being singled out.UP NEXTSuns: Host the Golden State Warriors on Saturday night. Phoenix Suns interim coach Jay Triano, right, grabs Utah Jazz forward Joe Ingles (2) as he goes after Phoenix Suns forward Marquese Chriss (0) after Jazz guard Ricky Rubio (3) was shoved to the court during the second half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, March 15, 2018, in Salt Lake City. Suns’ Jared Dudley and Chriss were ejected. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)SALT LAKE CITY — When Ricky Rubio was shoved to the floor twice, it didn’t take long for the rest of his Utah Jazz teammates to come to his defense.“On this team, we all love each other, so that makes it easy to stick up for each other,” rookie Donovan Mitchell said.ADVERTISEMENT Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recoverylast_img read more

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Firestone Operations Threatened over ‘Violations’

first_img– Advertisement – (Left) Edmundo Garcia, Managing Director, Firestone Plantations Company Liberia For Selling Hevea Wood, Furniture; Growing Coffee, Cocoa(PICTURES IN CHATROOM)Firestone Liberia, the oldest and largest rubber plantation company in the country, has been criticized by members of the House of Representatives for being in blatant violations of the 92-year-old Concession Agreement, by selling hevea rubber wood, furniture and growing coffee and cocoa.The Lawmakers said the venturing of Bridge Firestone Liberia into selling hevea rubber woods and furniture and growing coffee and cocoa  does not only make them to be in violation but is undermining Liberians who engage in similar businesses and the Liberianization Policy.Members of the House of Representatives made the statement yesterday – Thursday, June 28, during the 41st day sitting when the Management of Firestone Liberia appeared to address itself to the observations and findings  by the House’s Joint Committee on Agriculture and Labor as well as Lawmakers from Margibi and Montserrado Counties.The Plenary of the House of Representatives recently endorsed the report submitted by its Joint committee on Agriculture and Labor, recommending that Firestone Liberia be invited to answer to some inquiries as it relates to her operation in the country, of bad labor practice, including underpaying of workers, no overtime for workers and poor living conditions of workers.The Joint Committee also accused the Management of Firestone of lack of electricity, sanitary latrines and deplorable housing conditions.In response, the Managing Director of Bridge Firestone, Mr. Edmundo Garcia admitted producing rubber wood and selling furniture, but said they were “trials” to encourage Liberians to engage in rubber wood furniture. He also admitted that the management is involved in growing cocoa and coffee, but was also a trial and part of the amended documents of Firestone which is before the Legislature to engage in crop diversity.“If the amendment is not passed by the Legislature, we will stop it,” Mr. Garcia said.He however rejected allegations of bad labor practices and providing poor living conditions to employees of the company.Garcia described most of the issues raised in the report of the House committee on Agriculture and Labor as inaccurate and a misunderstanding of the facts.The committee on Agriculture accused the company of bad labor practices, poor living conditions, over-time, lack of safe drinking water and electricity, among others.Responding to the concerns, Mr. Garcia said the company is paying employees at between US$8.30 and US$12.82 per day, excluding over-time and is providing safe drinking water.He said the employees, as per the Collective Bargain Agreement, are tapping 548 to 648 trees per day, contrary to the committee report of 750 to 1,000 per day.On the issue of electricity, the MD of Firestone insisted that the company was providing electricity to the workers but admitted their inability to supply all camps on the plantation as the company generator is producing four megawatts.He admitted having employees as contractors for periods ranging between one to four years, but has started employing some of them and is working to employ the others.Following the explanation of the managing director of the Firestone Plantations Company, the plenary voted to present copy of the report to the management for a comprehensive response within two weeks and also mandated the Management of Firestone to improve on issues where they have gone wrong.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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