Hawks Screech Past Nets, 131-99

first_imgATLANTA — The Hawks looked playoff-ready while building a big first-half lead over a Brooklyn team which had won six straight.Then Paul Millsap, Atlanta’s leading scorer and rebounder, left the court with a pained expression on his face as he held his right shoulder, tarnishing an otherwise impressive night for the Eastern Conference’s No. 1 seed.Al Horford and DeMarre Carroll scored 20 points each to help the Hawks match a franchise record with their 57th win, beating the Nets 131-99 on April 4.Millsap hurt his right shoulder in a collision with Brooklyn’s Earl Clark with 1:52 left in the first half. Millsap, who was left sprawled on the court after the play, did not return.“We’ll evaluate it and know more (Sunday) and Monday,” said Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer.As he walked toward Millsap on the court, Budenholzer asked officials why no foul was called. “I thought he got ran over, but it was a loose ball and both guys were going after it,” Budenholzer said.Millsap leads the team with his averages of 16.8 points and 7.8 rebounds. He finished with eight points and five assists.Jeff Teague added had 17 points in one of the Hawks’ best all-around games. They hit 17 of 33 3-pointers and had 40 assists with 15 steals.Budenholzer praised his players’ “unselfishness.”The coach has given his starters generous rest since the team clinched first place in the Eastern Conference playoffs. The Hawks returned to a normal rotation in the first half against the Nets and looked sharp while racing to a 66-48 halftime lead.“I think the most important thing was the sense of urgency,” Carroll said, adding he saw a return to the overall level of play that produced a team-record winning streak in the middle of the season.“It was good to see us moving the ball, doing the little things we were doing when we won 19 in a row,” Carroll said.The Hawks looked fresh after three off days. The Nets, who beat Toronto at home on April 3, couldn’t match the Hawks’ energy.“They beat us. . From start to finish,” said Nets coach Lionel Hollins. “It was a good whipping. There’s nothing else that I can say. They dominated the game.”Bojan Bogdanovic led Brooklyn with 19 points.The Hawks surpassed their previous season high of 130 points on John Jenkins’ 3-pointer with 54 seconds remaining.Mike Muscala opened the second half at Millsap’s forward spot. Budenholzer turned the game over to his backups in the third quarter.(CHARLES ODUM, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Gov’t Training More Persons for BPO Jobs – PM

first_img Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, says the Government is providing additional resources to train more persons for job opportunities in the rapidly expanding business process outsourcing (BPO) sector. Story Highlights “The Government of Jamaica stands in support of the BPO (sector), and we will make the necessary investments to ensure that there is the flow of human resources to support the continued development and expansion of that industry,” he said.center_img Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, says the Government is providing additional resources to train more persons for job opportunities in the rapidly expanding business process outsourcing (BPO) sector.“The Government of Jamaica stands in support of the BPO (sector), and we will make the necessary investments to ensure that there is the flow of human resources to support the continued development and expansion of that industry,” he said.The Prime Minister was speaking at the official launch of KPMG in Jamaica’s nearshore knowledge outsourcing facility – KPMG Jamaica Extended Support Services (K-JESS) – at Harbour Street in downtown Kingston on Tuesday (November 13).Mr. Holness said he is of the opinion that the BPO industry, which now directly employs 30,000 persons locally, has the potential to employ “10 times that” with good quality jobs.“The BPO industry can create good quality… high-paying jobs. It can create career opportunities – jobs with a long life cycle where you can start at one level and spend your lifetime in it, ending at a significantly higher level where a career path is established,” he said.It is in recognition of this potential that the Government has been preparing the workforce to take up lucrative job opportunities in the sector though training under the Housing, Opportunity, Production and Employment (HOPE) Programme, and the Heart Trust/NTA.The Prime Minister said he is cognisant that the industry will continue to evolve, and, as such, the Government will be investing in the higher-order services “to ensure that Jamaica continues to be an attractive destination for BPO services”.In the meantime, Mr. Holness praised the local arm of KPMG on the investment the company is making in the knowledge outsourcing sector, noting that the Government is seeking to invest in and expand this industry.“The level of analytical work that is required by your shared support service centre requires high-level trained staff to do your accounting work, to do your research work, to do your data analytics.That is what we want to train our human resources here to do, and that is the investment that the Government of Jamaica is willing to make,” he said.KPMG in Jamaica, which is a member firm of KPMG International, provides audit, tax advisory and outsourcing services from two offices in Kingston and Montego Bay. It employs over 475 professionals.K-JESS, which is Jamaica’s new knowledge outsourcing service, is projected to initially employ an additional 175 persons, which is expected to grow to around 250 individuals.last_img read more

Seventh Chemical Tanker Joins Ocean Yields Fleet

first_imgzoom Norwegian ship-owner Ocean Yield ASA has taken delivery of Navig8 Tourmaline, a 49,000 dwt IMO II chemical tanker, from South Korean shipbuilder STX. After being delivered from the shipyard, the vessel commenced a 15-year “hell and high water” bareboat charter to Navig8 Chemical Tankers, entering the Chronos8 Pool.The Navig8 Tourmaline is the seventh vessel delivered in a series of eight chemical tankers that will be chartered to Navig8 Chemical Tankers.In 2015, Ocean Yield ASA entered the tanker market buying eight newbuilding chemical tanker resales for a total consideration of USD 306.8 million.The first four vessels, all of them being the 37,000 dwt IMO II chemical tankers built by Korean Hyundai Mipo Dockyard (HMD), were delivered in Q2 and Q3 2015.The remaining four vessels, being 49,000 dwt IMO II chemical tankers built by STX Korea, were scheduled for delivery in Q1-Q3 2016. The first two tankers, Navig8 Turquoise and Navig8 Topaz, joined the company’s fleet in April and July 2016, respectively.last_img read more