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Nairobi Securities Exchange Limited (NSE.ke) 2014 Presentation

first_imgNairobi Securities Exchange Limited (NSE.ke) listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchange under the Investment sector has released it’s 2014 presentation For more information about Nairobi Securities Exchange Limited (NSE.ke) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Nairobi Securities Exchange Limited (NSE.ke) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Nairobi Securities Exchange Limited (NSE.ke)  2014 presentation Company ProfileNairobi Securities Exchange (NSE) Limited operates as a securities exchange in Kenya offering an automated platform for the listing and trading of various securities such as debt, equity and derivative securities. It provides clearing and settlement services for transactions in derivative securities through its subsidiary, NSE Clear Limited. It also acts as a central counterparty in derivative securities transactions. Kenya is one of the fastest growing economies in sub-Sahara Africa and NSE plays a vital role in this growth by encouraging savings and investments as well as helping local and international companies access cost-effective capital. The securities exchange operates under the jurisdiction of the Capital Markets Authority of Kenya; is a full member of the World Federation of Exchange; a founding member of the African Securities Exchanges Association (ASEA); the East African Securities Exchanges Association (EASEA) and the Association of Futures Market. Nairobi Securities Exchange is a partner exchange in a SSE initiative led by the United Nations. Nairobi Securities Exchange Limited is listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchangelast_img read more

Two people, three opinions…

first_img Please enter your comment! Rabbi Rick Sherwin, a graduate of UCLA, was ordained by the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York. Rabbi Rick’s passion is filling spiritual services and interfaith educational programs with creativity, relevance, dialogue, and humor. Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 Please enter your name here TAGSRabbi Rick Sherwin Previous articleAt a loss over school shootingsNext articleWhat the joyous solitude of early hermits can teach us about being alone Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter TWO PEOPLE, THREE OPINIONS – Everyone laughs at the popular line, “Two Jews have three opinions…” The reality is that most people forget the second part of the line, “…all of which have merit.”The statement is based on an ancient Jewish text that conveys a serious lesson: consider another’s perspective not as right or wrong, but as offering merit, whether you agree with it or not. Ultimately, it is a statement of respect.I was privileged to be the Scholar-in-Residence at Kesher Israel Congregation outside of Philadelphia. It was a learning experience not just for the congregation, but for me as well! The underlying message of the weekend presentations at the Friday evening and Shabbat morning sessions, and with the High School students on Sunday, was the responsibility to consider the validity of other religious perspectives.There is no monopoly on The Truth; there are only truths that lead to the world as it should be for all humanity. There is a Jewish strategy, a Christian strategy, a Muslim strategy, a Humanist strategy, and so on through the “faith” communities. Whether we agree with others or not, the Jewish strategy includes cultivating the art of respect.I look forward to the day when religious respect for varied interpretations and perspectives becomes political respect as well. Imagine how much stronger our country might be if we could say, “Two Americans have three opinions, all of which have merit! You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply InspirationBy Rabbi Rick Sherwin Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.last_img read more

Southern Kings edged out after thrilling contest with Ulster

first_imgTuesday Nov 7, 2017 Southern Kings edged out after thrilling contest with Ulster The Southern Kings have had a rough start to their time in the Guinness PRO14, but on Saturday played their part in a thrilling contest, entertaining the local crowd at the Wolfson Stadium in Kwazakhele with a narrow 36-43 defeat to Ulster. The 12-try thriller had the crowd on the edge of their seats right until the very last minute but, unfortunately, ended in a disappointment for the home side.The Kings had led 22-10 at the break courtesy of a try each by Burton Klaasen, Yaw Penxe and a stunning solo effort by speedy winger Michael Makase.A strong Ulster comeback resulted in a frenetic second-half and, despite Klaasen and Penxe each dotting down again. It was a 75th minute try for Ulster by former Western Province number 8 Robbie Diack that finally settled matters in their favour, 43-36.The result means that the Kings – playing in the northern hemisphere comp for the first time ever – pick up their first bonus points of the season with 1 for scoring 4 tries and 1 for losing by 7 points or less.Coach Deon Davids admitted that he thought it was a match that “the Kings had lost rather than that Ulster had won” and bemoaned a few basic errors by his side.After what was a historic clash, Ulster thanked the Kings for their hospitality.“Ulster Rugby would like to thank the Southern Kings for all of their hospitality and for creating such a memorable rugby experience over the past week.“Both the team and around 200 travelling Ulster supporters were overwhelmed by the welcome they received and the opportunity to play in the community based Isaac Wolfson Stadium.“It was a privilege to take part in an event which was good for the growth of the game and the Guinness PRO14 Championship.”ADVERTISEMENT Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error Related Articles 81 WEEKS AGO scottish prop saves fire victim 84 WEEKS AGO New Rugby X tournament insane 112 WEEKS AGO Vunipola stands by his comments supporting… From the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s DeletedSecrets RevealedUrologists Stunned: Forget the Blue Pill, This “Fixes” Your EDSmart Life ReportsYou Won’t Believe What the World’s Most Beautiful Girl Looks Like TodayNueeyWrinkle Remedy Stuns TV Judges: Forget Surgery, Do This Once DailySmart Life ReportsIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier Living30+ Everyday Items with a Secret Hidden PurposeNueeyThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

Towergate raises more than £350,000 for ChildLine

first_img About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Tagged with: corporate Howard Lake | 2 June 2010 | News  14 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Insurance firm Towergate has raised £357,224 for ChildLine during 2008 and 2009. The sum was raised through a series of staff fundraising events such as sky-dives and office dress-down days, and by matching client and staff donations.The money could help enable ChildLine to recruit and train 223 volunteer counsellors across the UK. In their first year alone, these counsellors could help up to 44,600 children in danger and distress, and bring comfort to many more children in years to come.www.nspcc.org.uk Towergate raises more than £350,000 for ChildLinelast_img read more

Two Iraqi journalists killed in past few days

first_img Iraq : Wave of arrests of journalists covering protests in Iraqi Kurdistan RSF_en News Organisation Help by sharing this information December 16, 2020 Find out more News February 15, 2021 Find out more News IraqMiddle East – North Africa Condemning abuses Violence Receive email alerts Follow the news on Iraq News Three jailed reporters charged with “undermining national security” to go further RSF’s 2020 Round-up: 50 journalists killed, two-thirds in countries “at peace” December 28, 2020 Find out more IraqMiddle East – North Africa Condemning abuses Violence The latest victim was Mohammed Thabet Shahaza, a radio journalist also known as Mohamed Al-Obeidi, who was gunned down as he was leaving his workplace with a colleague in Kirkuk, 270 km north of Baghdad. He was the manager of Baba Gurgur, a local radio station supported by the state-owned Iraqi Media Network.An Iraqi Media Network representative told the Journalistic Freedoms Observatory (JFO) that Shahaza was killed on the spot by two men who fired at him from a car. According to RSF’s sources, he had been investigating the decline in the political and security situation in Kirkuk province.“The heavy toll of journalists killed or murdered in Iraq is clearly linked to the prevailing impunity for crimes of violence against media personnel,” said Alexandra El Khazen, the head of RSF’s Middle East desk.“We deplore the vagueness of local and national authorities about the murders of some journalists and we urge them to carry out impartial investigations with the aim of bringing those responsible for their deaths to justice. The impunity is to blame for the climate of terror and danger for local journalists.”Shukri Zaynadin, a cameraman with KNN (a TV news channel affiliated to the Iraqi Kurdish opposition party Goran), was found dead on 1 December in a deserted village near Amedi, a hill town in Dohuk province, 90 km north of Erbil, the capital of Iraqi Kurdistan.The circumstances of his death are unclear, with the media giving contradictory accounts. Most of the local media initially reported that he was shot dead after being kidnapped four days earlier. But the Dohuk police subsequently maintained that he was attacked by a wild animal while hunting with a friend. The journalist’s family, however, is not convinced by this version of events, emphasizing the numerous threats he had received.Abdel Razaq Sharif, who is KNN’s director general and the Goran party’s media spokesman, told RSF on 2 December that Zaynadin had not been in contact with KNN’s Dohuk bureau during the four days prior to the discovery of his body.Zaynadin told KNN a month before his death that he had received threats from unidentified individuals, Sharif said, adding that it is unfortunately common for journalists and civil society representatives to receive threats in Iraqi Kurdistan.At least three other journalists were murdered this year. Wedat Hussein Ali, a 28-year-old Iraqi Kurdish journalist working for RojNews, a news agency that supports Turkey’s outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), was tortured and murdered after being abducted in Dohuk, the capital of Dohuk province, on 13 August.In a report on its investigation into Ali’s murder issued in late November, the Iraqi Kurdistan parliament’s human rights committee claimed that it was organized by the security forces and the Kurdistan Democratic Party, one of Iraqi Kurdistan’s two main ruling parties.Moreover, two Iraqi journalists employed by Al-Sharqiya News, a privately-owned TV channel, were gunned down in Diyala, a province northeast of Baghdad, in January.Ranked 158th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2016 World Press Freedom Index, Iraq is one of the world’s most dangerous places for journalists. December 8, 2016 Two Iraqi journalists killed in past few days Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns the dangerous climate for media personnel in Iraq, and urges the authorities to do everything possible to protect them and to end the impunity for crimes of violence against them. Two journalists have been killed in Iraq this month, bringing the number of journalists killed this year to nine. last_img read more

Wounded rabbi pleads for people to stand up to anti-Semitism by filling temples

first_imgMario Tama/Getty Images(SAN DIEGO) — Answering the call of a rabbi wounded in the shooting at a Southern California synagogue, scores of people have been filling temples coast to coast to stand up to anti-Semitism and more are planning to do so as the first Shabbat service since the attack approaches. Following the rampage Saturday at the Chabad of Poway synagogue near San Diego, Rabbi Yisroel Goldstein, who was shot in both hands in the attack, sent out a plea for Jewish people to pack houses of worship this Friday and Saturday.In an interview with ABC News, Goldstein said he believes he survived the attack in order to the spread a message of love. “I say to all Americans, no matter what religion you are, we’re here in America because God gave us a country that allows us to have religious freedom,” Goldstein said. “God gives us constitutional rights to be here and to be proud Jews and we’re not going to let anyone take it away from us. And this is what we’re going to take away from this.”“I have encouraged people of Jewish faith, this Friday and Saturday, fill up your synagogues,” he said. “Show them that it’s not going to deter us. We’re not going to give in to terrorism. Terrorism will not win. But peace and love will.”On Tuesday, the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) reported that the Jewish community in the United States experienced near-historic levels of anti-Semitism in 2018, with attacks against Jews and Jewish institutions doubling in number. The ADL recorded 1,879 anti-Semitic incidents across the country in 2018, the third-highest year on record since the organization began tracking such data in the 1970s.Those incidents included cases of assaults, harassment, and vandalism.Marnie Fienberg, whose mother-in-law, Joyce Fienberg, was among 11 people killed when a gunman attacked the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, told ABC News that she heard of the California synagogue just hours after she attended a prayer service for the victims of the Pittsburgh attack.“My first reaction when I heard the news in California, was once again I was thrown back to Pittsburgh,” she said. “There’s a prayer service at the end of Passover that memorializes people who have died. And we had just spent a very emotional morning thinking about, praying for my mother-in-law and the other 10 that had died. So to have this happen again on that day was absolutely devastating. … I cannot believe this is happening again.”She said the shooting came about a week after she helped organize what she dubbed a “2 for Seder,” an initiative that encourages Jews to invite two non-Jewish friends to a Seder dinner. She said about 2,000 people participate in the event across the United States, Europe, Israel, and South America. Even a couple climbing Mt. Everest held a Seder at the Everest base camp.“The enthusiasm and the desire to have positive dialogue from everyone, from folks that are Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Hindi,” Fienberg said. “They were all very excited to have a framework and a point where we can say, ‘Now’s gonna be an appropriate time to talk about religion.’ And I think that it was something people needed at this time. But I think based on what we’ve just seen on Saturday, we need to continue this.” Responding to Goldstein’s call to fill temples, congregants packed the Beth Menachem Chabad of Newton, Massachusetts, Monday night for a special prayer service for a 60-year-old victim who died in the California shooting, Lori Kaye, and survivors of the attack.“We are living in a land of freedom of religion. That freedom is gone when you have to pray behind a locked door with a police officer outside,” congregation member Devora Baronofsky told ABC affiliate station WCVB-TV in Boston.People also filled the Holocaust Memorial in Boston to condemn the California shooting and anti-Semitism.“We’re with you, we stand with you,” said Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker. The Jewish community and its supporters also held a gathering Monday night at Poway High School stand together against anti-Semitism and all forms of hate.“We should not be afraid,” Tammy Gillies, regional director of the ADL of San Diego, told the crowd. “We’re coming together against hate.”Rabbi Moshe Matz of the grassroots advocacy group Agudath Israel of Florida was called on Monday to lead a prayer to honor the victims of the Chabad of Poway shooting on the floor of the Florida State Senate, where leader unanimously passed a anti-Semitism bill prohibiting religious discrimination in the state’s public education system.United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres sent out a message on Monday which noted that the Chabad of Poway shooting came on the heels of the mass shooting at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, that left 50 people dead, and the Easter suicide bombings in Sri Lanka at Christian churches and hotels, which took the lives of more than 350 people.“The world must step up to stamp out anti-Semitism, anti-Muslim hatred, persecution of Christians and all other forms of racism, xenophobia, discrimination and incitement,” Guterres said in the statement.Rabbi Yitzchok Tiechtel of the Chabad of Nashville said he will lead Shabbat services this Friday and Saturday at his synagogue with the spirit of Goldstein’s message on his mind.“As Rabbi Goldstein said in his words, ‘We are a united community and we the Jewish people have, are and will live on forever and more,” Tiechtel told ABC News on Tuesday. “It’s a time of pain and a challenge when something like this happens. I think the way to eradicate hate is with teaching love.”He said the general philosophy in Judaism is to “push away darkness with light.”Tiechtel said that his brother is the chief rabbi in Berlin, Germany, and that his family — which lost many relatives in the Holocaust — was against him moving to Germany more than 20 years ago.“My grandfather was not happy that he was moving there, but two years after he was there, my grandfather said to him, ‘This is the best revenge for Hitler,” Tiechtel said.He noted that this past Hanukkah, Germany’s president lit a 30-foot-tall menorah at the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, where in the 1930s and early 1940s Nazi flags flew under Hitler’s Third Reich.“That’s what I mean — to turn darkness into light,” he said.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

East Antarctica magnetically linked to its ancient neighbours in Gondwana

first_imgWe present a new magnetic compilation for Central Gondwana conformed to a recent satellite magnetic model (LCS-1) with the help of an equivalent layer approach, resulting in consistent levels, corrections that have not previously been applied. Additionally, we use the satellite data to its full spectral content, which helps to include India, where high resolution aeromagnetic data are not publically available. As India is located north of the magnetic equator, we also performed a variable reduction to the pole to the satellite data by applying an equivalent source method. The conformed aeromagnetic and satellite data are superimposed on a recent deformable Gondwana plate reconstruction that links the Kaapvaal Craton in Southern Africa with the Grunehogna Craton in East Antarctica in a tight fit. Aeromagnetic anomalies unveil, however, wider orogenic belts that preserve remnants of accreted Meso- to Neoproterozoic crust in interior East Antarctica, compared to adjacent sectors of Southern Africa and India. Satellite and aeromagnetic anomaly datasets help to portray the extent and architecture of older Precambrian cratons, re-enforcing their linkages in East Antarctica, Australia, India and Africa.last_img read more

ExxonMobil evaluating worldwide job cuts as fuel demand declines

first_imgThe company has already started a voluntary redundancy programme for its Australian employees ExxonMobil Global Headquarters. (Credit: ExxonMobil/Wikipedia.) US oil and gas company ExxonMobil is reportedly considering job cuts across its global operations, as the coronavirus pandemic hits fuel demand.The move to weigh worldwide job cuts follows the company’s announcement of voluntary redundancy programme in Australia.The company’s global layoff process will continue into 2021, a person familiar with the matter told Reuters.Australia is the company’s first nation outside the US that has wrapped up the review of its operations, the news agency said.ExxonMobil Australia has started a voluntary redundancy programme for its Australian employees, after conducting an extensive review of current and future project work.The company is offering the programme to all employees in Melbourne, Gippsland, Sydney, Adelaide and Perth.The oil and gas company stated: “Employees who participate in the program will be provided with company support, including outplacement services.“This program will ensure the company manages through these unprecedented market conditions.”ExxonMobil slashed 2020 capital spending by 30%Owing to a historic collapse in fuel demand, ExxonMobil has earlier reduced its 2020 capital spending by 30%, in addition to hinting at further cuts in 2021.ExxonMobil spokesman Casey Norton was quoted by the news agency as saying: “We have evaluations underway on a country-by-country basis to assess possible additional efficiencies to right-size our business and make it stronger for the future.”In July, the company reported a loss of $1.1bn for the second quarter of this year, mainly due to reduced demand from the Covid-19 pandemic.It was the first back-to-back quarterly loss for the company in more than three decades.For the first quarter of 2020, the company reported a loss of $610m.In an earnings call on 31 July, ExxonMobil senior vice president Neil Chapman said that the company is weighing its workforce needs and looking at reductions “business by business and country by country.”last_img read more

BP reportedly to make 7,500 compulsory redundancies

first_img The head office of BP in St. James’s, Westminster, London. (Credit: WhisperToMe/Wikipedia.org) Oil and gas major BP is reportedly making three fourths of its planned 10,000 job cuts compulsory across its global operations.Nearly 2,500 employees had applied for voluntary severance, reported Reuters, citing an internal memo seen by it and company sources.BP has been quoted by the news agency as stating: “We are continuing to make progress towards fully defining our new organisation … We expect the process to complete and for all staff to know their positions in the coming months.”Background of the large-scale job cuts at BPIn June 2020, oil and gas company revealed its plans to undertake job cuts on a large scale, nearly 15% of its workforce, before the end of the year.The job cuts are seen to be a part of a larger restructuring plan of the company for reducing costs due to the Covid-19 outbreak impact.BP chief executive Bernard Looney had warned that the company was spending “much, much more” than what it was earning, and that the coronavirus pandemic had fast tracked existing plans to streamline its business operations.Looney said that BP has always been looking to become a leaner, faster-moving, and lower-carbon company.The nearly 10,000 job cuts are expected to reduce its annual cash costs by $2.5bn by the end of next year.In the internal memo issued this week, the company reportedly said that out of 23,600 employees, who are eligible for voluntary redundancy, nearly 2,500 had applied. These included close to 500 people employed in senior roles at the energy company.The memo, as per the publication, stated: “We know that for some people for various reasons they feel that now is the right time for them to leave BP – but for many it will still have been a difficult decision.”Voluntary redundancies are being offered by the oil and gas company to employees in offices located across 21 countries. The company’s job cutting programme is expected to reduce its annual cash costs by $2.5bn by the end of 2021last_img read more

LeBron gets 44, passes Wilt in LA’s 126-117 win over Blazers

first_imgLos Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James, right, gestures to his teammates while being guarded by Portland Trail Blazers forward Al-Farouq Aminu during the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018, in Los Angeles. The Lakers won 126-117. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) LOS ANGELES (AP) — A floating jumper, a foul and a free throw in the fourth quarter of a tight game.With a gorgeous three-point play , the King jumped over the Big Dipper.LeBron James’ inimitable presence has already been felt in his first few weeks in Hollywood. His most impressive game yet for the Lakers included a bit of history when he passed Wilt Chamberlain on the NBA’s career scoring list.The superstar with no shortage of historic achievements was more excited about leading his surging new team to yet another win.James had a season-high 44 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists, roaring past Chamberlain for fifth place on the scoring chart and leading the Lakers to a 126-117 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers on Wednesday night.James scored 28 points in the second half and vaulted past Chamberlain’s 31,419 points on that three-point play with 3:55 to go. LeBron finished a memorable night with 31,425 points, and fell just short of his 75th triple-double during his most impressive performance since joining the Lakers.Afterward, James praised Chamberlain as “One of the most dominant forces we ever had in our game, along with Shaq. One of the greatest Lakers to ever play the game. A 100-point scorer. One of the greatest scorer-rebounders to ever play this game.”James already has moved from seventh to fifth on the career scoring list during his first 14 games with Los Angeles, passing Dirk Nowitzki and Chamberlain. Five of the top six scorers in NBA history have suited up for the Lakers — including Chamberlain, whose No. 13 hangs high above the Staples Center court.James hit his first five 3-pointers and finished 13 of 19 from the field, reaching his latest milestone during a dominant performance that had chants of “M-V-P!” raining down from the Staples Center crowd.But the kid from Akron will never let it get to his head.In fact, he will donate his jersey and the game ball to his I Promise School back in Ohio.“Anytime my name is mentioned with some of the greats to play this game, I always think back to my hometown, where I come from, how far I’ve come,” James said.Before the Lakers embark on a three-game trip that includes his return to Cleveland on Nov. 21, James showed his new home fans what they can expect in big moments — as if any basketball fan with a pulse didn’t already know. He scored 16 points in the third quarter and 12 in the fourth, never allowing Portland to make a final run during the Lakers’ fourth consecutive win.“We did a lot of nice things, but we did a lot of sloppy things tonight,” coach Luke Walton said. “A lot of soft defense.”There was bad news on a triumphant night, too: After the game, Walton revealed that Rajon Rondo broke his right hand, apparently while making a steal in the fourth quarter. The veteran point guard will be sidelined for at least a few weeks, and starter Lonzo Ball’s so-far moderate workload is likely to increase.“It’s tough,” James said. “He’s one of our captains, one of our leaders. I know he’ll get right to it with his rehab, but it’s next man up.”Damian Lillard had 31 points, 11 assists and eight rebounds, and CJ McCollum scored 23 in the Trail Blazers’ first road loss to the Lakers since Feb. 22, 2013, ending a nine-game streak at Staples. Portland has lost two straight to the Lakers after winning 16 in a row.“LeBron, it was a dominant performance,” Portland coach Terry Stotts said. ”(Scoring) 44 points on 19 shots, that doesn’t happen too often. When he’s hitting his 3s and putting his head down, he’s tough to stop.”JaVale McGee scored 20 points and Brandon Ingram added 17 in the Lakers’ sixth win in seven games. After a slow start, Los Angeles (8-6) is already finding its groove in its first season with James and his fellow veterans joining a young core. Los Angeles is off to its best start since the 2011-12 season.TIP-INSTrail Blazers: Lillard played without restrictions after missing practice to rest his right knee. … Portland’s four-game winning streak ended, but the Blazers are still on top of the Northwest Division. … Jusuf Nurkic had 21 points and 14 rebounds, and Al-Farouq Aminu scored 18 points.Lakers: The 6-foot-5 Josh Hart blocked a dunk attempt by the 7-foot Nurkic in the first quarter. … Michael Beasley didn’t play, but the veteran was back in uniform after missing several recent games for undisclosed personal reasons. He hasn’t played since Oct. 25.HEAVY HITSThe Blazers delivered two hard fouls against James in the fourth quarter, both requiring him to spend an extra moment recovering. McCollum floored James with a foul that was upgraded to a flagrant foul with 4:38 left, and then Nurkic appeared to use his two fists to make a crybaby gesture when talking to officials about it.“LeBron carried them,” Nurkic said. “When he’s making shots, outside shots, he’s tough to handle.”FAMILIAR FOESThe teams were meeting for the third time in four weeks already this season, a schedule quirk that didn’t particularly please either coach. The Blazers spoiled LeBron’s debut with the Lakers in a 128-119 win at Portland last month, but the Lakers replied by ending their 16-game skid in the rivalry by beating the Blazers 114-110 just 16 days later in the Moda Center. The clubs don’t have their final meeting until the regular-season finale at Staples Center on April 9.UP NEXTTrail Blazers: At Minnesota on Friday night.Lakers: At Orlando on Saturday night.___More AP NBA: www.apnews.com/tag/NBA and www.twitter.com/AP_Sportslast_img read more

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