View comments Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college The Bucks allowed Charlotte to shoot 51.1% from the field (24 of 47) in the first half and managed just 40.4% shooting (19 of 47).Milwaukee responded with a 39-point outburst in the third quarter to grab a 94-87 lead. Lopez had 18 points in the period on 5-for-6 shooting. His only miss came on a 3-point attempt.Antetokounmpo scored the first 10 Bucks points in the fourth quarter — including back-to-back 3-pointers — and Milwaukee pulled away to beat Charlotte for the third time in four meetings this season.TIP-INSHornets: Kaminsky, the former University of Wisconsin star, was out of Charlotte’s rotation the last time the Hornets were in Milwaukee in late January, but the 7-foot forward has made an impact lately. Kaminsky scored a season-high 20 points in a loss to Miami on Wednesday. “We needed some scoring punch off our bench,” coach James Borrego said. “Frank has given us that, stretching the floor, driving the ball. He’s playing with a lot of confidence.” … F Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (left knee strain) and PG Tony Parker (rest) were not available, but C Bismack Biyombo returned after sitting out Charlotte’s 112-111 win over Washington on Friday night. Charlotte started the night one game out of the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, in a three-way battle with Miami and Orlando. “We understand every game feels like a must-win for us,” Borrego said. “We’ve been in the top eight in the conference 93 percent of the season. There’s a will to survive and win, and I think we have that.”ADVERTISEMENT Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra LATEST STORIES Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Milwaukee Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo reacts after making a shot during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Charlotte Hornets Saturday, March 9, 2019, in Milwaukee. The Bucks won, 131-114. (AP Photo/Aaron Gash)MILWAUKEE — Giannis Antetokounmpo had 26 points, 13 rebounds and six assists, and the Milwaukee Bucks beat the Charlotte Hornets 131-114 on Saturday night for their NBA-best 50th victory.Brook Lopez added 25 points and eight rebounds as the Bucks used a second-half surge to knock out the Hornets. 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He also has missed the last seven games. … Veteran C Pau Gasol will continue his adjustment to the Bucks after being signed last weekend. The two-time NBA champion and six-time All-Star was released by San Antonio in time to be eligible for the postseason with Milwaukee. “It’s a wide variety of experiences that he brings,” Budenholzer said. “His international play, the things he has done with Spain. I think Giannis has an immense respect for him. To have guys like that in the locker room that can speak up or can say something in a timeout that’s beneficial, all those things add up.”UP NEXTHornets: At Houston on Monday night.Bucks: At San Antonio on Sunday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The Bucks went 17 for 44 from 3-point range and placed six players in double figures. Malcolm Brogdon and reserve Nikola Mirotic each scored 18 points, and Donte DiVincenzo and Eric Bledsoe had 11 points apiece.Kemba Walker paced Charlotte (30-36) with 25 points, and reserve Frank Kaminsky had 16.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsCharlotte, which has bothered Milwaukee with its switching defense this season, opened a 14-point lead in the second quarter before the Bucks closed to 59-55 at halftime.DiVincenzo, playing just his second game since returning from a heel injury that had sidelined him since Jan. 1, contributed six points and two rebounds while showing crowd-pleasing hustle in seven first-half minutes. 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The Chinese Embassy near Monrovia has donated 10 brand new Dell desktop computers to the Faith Foundation School in Congo Town. The ceremony took place in the edifice of the Bethel Cathedral of Hope, which is the parent institution of the school.Making the donation on behalf of the Embassy, Mr. Li Zhuang, Deputy Chief of Mission, said the school was chosen because of its high quality and advanced teaching methodology, which has deeply attracted students.“As developing countries, both the Chinese and the Liberian governments put education as one of the top priorities. China is deeply affected by the problems and challenges which Liberia is facing, because it has experienced almost the same during the development process,” said Mr. Li. Yesterday’s donation, he said, was a small step forward that indicates the Chinese people’s strong willingness to promote education, cooperation, and collaboration with Liberia.Mr. Li reminded the audience about the immense efforts China has made over the years to Liberia’s education sector. He said the Chinese government provides a yearly grant of 50 scholarships to Liberian students as well as training opportunities to 120 Liberian personnel in different disciplines.“We provide the Chinese Ambassador Scholarship and Chinese Enterprises Scholarship every year to 10 Liberian universities with a number of more than 300 beneficiaries,” he said.He named the construction of the Fendell Campus of the University of Liberia; the extension of the Monrovia Vocational Training Center (MVTC); three laboratories, and the newly built Information and Communication Technology (ICT) center in Zorzor, Kakata; and on the campus of the University of Liberia (UL) through the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) China Funds-in-Trust project; as tangible evidence of China’s commitment to education in Liberia.Mr. Li has meanwhile encouraged the students to take full advantage of the donation and study hard to empower themselves toward successful careers. He said the future of Liberia and China’s friendship rests with the youth, and therefore the youth must strive to make their contribution to solidify the friendship.Faith Foundation School Principal, Mrs. Della B. Belleh, who received the donation, expressed gratitude to the delegation from the Chinese Embassy for the kind gesture.Mrs. Belleh assured Mr. Li that the computers will be used by the students during the upcoming academic year.The donation, according to Mrs. Belleh, was made through special arrangements headed by Dr. Augustine Konneh, Director General of the Foreign Service Institute, who is also a member of the Board of the Faith Foundation School. The school is owned and operated by the Bethel World Outreach Ministries International.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Carla Viktor, 25, will be competing for the crown of Miss Earth in Austria. The pageant winner is to be crowned on 5 December 2015. (Images: Miss Earth South Africa)Well wishes are pouring in for Carla Viktor, the 2015 Miss Earth South Africa, who will soon be competing for the Miss Earth crown, the international beauty with a cause pageant.Some 92 contests from around the world will compete in the 2015 Miss Earth pageant. They will gather on 18 November in celebration of Miss Earth’s Crystal Year in Eco-Friendly in Vienna, Austria to promote environmental awareness. Viktor, who grew up in Hartbeespoort in North West, and her fellow competitors will focus on climate change through the 5Rs, namely: re-think, reduce, reuse, recycle and respect.The finals of this 15th annual event will take place on 5 December in Vienna. The host country is home to the Austrian alps, which cover 62% of Austria’s total land area. It is also on this continent that COP21 will take place in Paris, at the same time.Watch why Carla Viktor is an environmental warrior:GLOBAL TREE CAMPAIGNMiss Earth South Africa spearheaded a global challenge to the Miss Earth contestants around the world, the local group said. The South African office launched the #BigO2Challenge internationally ahead of the United Nations COP21 conference.This initiative started as a local semi-finalist campaign by Carla Viktor, Milanie Cilliers and Celetia Reynders. Through the tree-planting campaign, individuals, corporates, schools, and the general public were encouraged to get involved and plant trees, with the message: No Trees = No Humans. Miss Earth South 2015 Africa Carla Viktor (in middle) lends a hand to plant trees to show her care for Earth.Ahead of the biggest climate change conference to date, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, COP21, Miss Earth South Africa challenged Miss Earth ambassadors around the world to plant 21 trees on 9 November, marking 21 days before the opening session of the conference.“Climate change will be the biggest challenge we face in our lifetimes,” said Catherine Constantinides, the executive director of Miss Earth South Africa and a Play Your Part ambassador, “and it’s up to us to realise that we will be the catalysts for change that will push our countries towards a greener tomorrow. Planting a tree might seem like a simple act, but in effect it’s about being part of a global movement to secure a future for the generations to come.” Miss Earth South Africa 2015 Carla Viktor says deforestation can be combated by planting trees and building awareness about the environment.Miss Earth South Africa planted 21 trees with Wildlands & Wildroot Environmental Consultants in Mamelodi, Pretoria East and 21 trees with Thornbirds Conference & Wedding Centre in Eikenhof, South of Johannesburg.Willowridge High School planting 21 trees in support of the @missearth_sa #BigO2Challenge #missearth2015 pic.twitter.com/F0UOauI58G — Milanie Cilliers (@Milanie_C) November 9, 2015 Potchefstroom Municipality in North West pledged to plant 21 trees, as did the George Campus of Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, and Kuilsrivier and Durbanville in Cape Town, all in Western Cape. “Not only does (the challenge) combat deforestation, it creates a sense of active participation and raises much needed awareness for this important cause,” Viktor said.Thousands of trees were planted in one day in over 40 countries for the #MissEarth2015 #BigO2Challenge! pic.twitter.com/SyPBv7uHNo — Miss Earth (@MissEarth) November 10, 2015 The campaign was a success, with people joining in and planting 21 trees in countries as diverse as Angola, Austria, Australia, Belize, Bahamas, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Denmark, Democratic Republic of Congo, El Salvador, Fiji, France, Guatemala, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Kenya, Kosovo, Malaysia, Mauritius, Mexico, Mongolia, Myanmar, New Zealand, Nigeria, Panama, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Reunion Island, Thailand, Trinidad & Tobago, Ukraine, USA and Venezuela.PLAY YOUR PART AMBASSADORS Carla Viktor wears her dress for the international 2015 Miss Earth competition.Having won three consecutive gold awards for National Costume, Sonwabile Ndamase of Vukani Fashions was again asked to produce a unique garment that expressed what it was to be South African. Ndamase, who is a Play Your Part ambassador, said his objective had been to create the vision Viktor had of what it meant to be South African.Her wardrobe was styled by designer Vohni Muthubi. Muthubi grew up in Venda in northern Limpopo.“I want to create a range that is elegant and fun, that expresses youth and appeal, and that is uniquely Miss Earth South Africa, Carla Viktor,” said Muthubi. “This opportunity presents me with an organic opportunity to create something natural, with an environmental message.”WELL WISHESViktor is ready to champion the Earth with a stamp of approval from Minister Edna Molewa of the Department of Environmental Affairs. “Through your international work, you continue to make our country proud. I wish you success in the future and thank you for partnering with government and business, to make a better world,” Molewa said.Commentators on social media also rooted for Viktor ahead of the international competition:@carlaviktor farewell breakfast. Wishing you all the best in Austria. #MissEarth2015 pic.twitter.com/m9ipm4l4RR — Imperial_Toyota (@Imperial_Toyota) November 10, 2015 @lead_sa @missearth_sa @carlaviktor @ChangeAgentSA @Abramjee @EllaBellaC @Derek_Hanekom @BEMolewa @CityofJoburgZA bring home the world title — Paballo Katleho (@kp_paballo) November 10, 2015 You’re going to rock it @missearth_sa @carlaviktor Have a blast and know we’re behind you every step of the way! X https://t.co/HXGeeOKfW9 — Thobile Chittenden (@ThobileITT) November 14, 2015 Good luck to @carlaviktor @missearth_sa as she leaves for Austria for the 15th International #MissEarth pic.twitter.com/2OyBvEl36b — Yusuf Abramjee (@Abramjee) November 10, 2015 To learn more about Carla Viktor, read her biography here.