Chicago Bulls forward Wendell Carter Jr., right, shoots over Portland Trail Blazers forward Zach Collins during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019. (AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer)PORTLAND, Oregon — The Trail Blazers are taking advantage where the schedule allows.CJ McCollum had 24 points and the Portland Trail Blazers pulled away in the final quarter to send the Chicago Bulls to their fifth straight loss, 124-112 on Wednesday night.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. After a tight first half, the Blazers led by as many as 11 points in the third quarter but the Bulls kept the margin from getting any wider until Meyers Leonard’s dunk put Portland up 106-94 with just under eight minutes left in the game.A pair of consecutive 3-pointers from McCollum and Seth Curry put the Blazers up 112-96 and Portland went on to lead by as many as 19 points down the remaining stretch.“Rebounding and our pick and roll coverage wasn’t the best tonight,” Carter said. “It was just an effort thing, we didn’t stick to the game plan like we were supposed to. We’re learning and growing. I have no regrets about what we did tonight. We learn and move on.”Bulls coach Jim Boylen said before the game that Bobby Portis would be on a 24-minute restriction. Portis returned Sunday from a sprained right ankle that kept him out of seven straight games. He finished with 15 points in 19 minutes against the Blazers.Portland was without Maurice Harkless, because of left knee soreness. Jake Layman started in his place. Harkless, who had surgery on the knee last March, has missed 14 games this season because of the knee.ADVERTISEMENT The Blazers held a 30-29 edge after a close first quarter but they began to pull away in the second, going up 41-35 after Nic Stauskas’ 3-pointer. Portland briefly extended the lead to 10 points and 54-45 but led 56-51 at halftime. CJ McCollum led the Blazers with 12 points at the break, while Zach LaVine had 12 for the Bulls.Nurkic was called for his fourth foul with 6:30 left in the third quarter and headed for the bench. Portland began to pull away late in the quarter, with Seth Curry’s 3-pointer putting the Blazers up 95-85.In his seven previous games, Nurkic he averaged 21.9 points and 11.9 rebounds. He had 20 points in Portland’s 111-101 victory over the Knicks on Monday.Chicago, which had six players in double figures, fell to the Nets 117-100 on Sunday before embarking on the five-game road trip.The last time the Bulls were in Portland, in January last year, McCollum had 50 points in a 124-108 Blazers’ victory.TIP-INSBulls: Forward Jabari Parker has played in only one of the Bulls’ last six games, and has been a coach’s decision DNP in eight total games. It has led to speculation that Chicago is seeking to trade the four-year veteran out of Duke. Parker signed a two-year, $40 million deal with the Bulls last July. He has appeared in 30 games with the Bulls this season, with 17 starts, and is averaging 14.9 points and 6.8 rebounds.Trail Blazers: It was the first of two meetings with the Bulls. Portland won both of the games against Chicago last season. … Lillard was holding his left arm when he came of the court at the end of the third quarter but Portland’s trainers did not attend to him, so it did not appear to be serious. “I went up for an offensive rebound and my arm got caught up and I turned my elbow a little bit,” he said.BENCH RULES: Portland’s bench outscored Chicago’s bench 56-41. The Blazers improved to 6-0 when the bench has at least 50 points.“I liked the activity, more than anything else. I liked the activity and the flow of the second unit,” ‘Blazers coach Terry Stotts said. MOST READ Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? 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Portland has won three straight and five of its last six games.Damian Lillard, who leads the team in scoring, said he’s been good with letting others take some of the load. Lillard finished with 16 points and 10 assists for his fifth double-double of the season.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“We had a stretch we played against all playoff teams. Not looking down on any of our past few opponents but they’ve been teams where we’ve been able to get things that we might not have been able to get against those other teams because we’re so familiar with them, their style,” Lillard said. “So I’ve just kind of been letting the game happen, making the right plays and guys have been playing really well.”Wendell Carter Jr. had 22 points to lead the Bulls in the first of a five-game road trip. 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Slow and SteadyThis week, the Journal of the American College of Cardiology has laid out a simple,new guideline: run at slow speed for just seven minutes every day and cut down on your health risks.Scientists studied over 55,000 adults over a 15-year period to figure out the relationship between running,Slow and SteadyThis week, the Journal of the American College of Cardiology has laid out a simple,new guideline: run at slow speed for just seven minutes every day and cut down on your health risks.Scientists studied over 55,000 adults over a 15-year period to figure out the relationship between running and longevity.Runners had a 30 per cent lower risk of death from all causes and a 45 per cent lower risk of death from heart disease or stroke.They lived,on average, three years longer compared to non-runners. Oddly,those who ran less than an hour a week seemed to have the same health benefits compared to those who ran more than three hours a week. See graphic to know the benefits of running.Fast and IntenseA new set of high-intensity workouts-with just body weight,a chair and a wall-comes from the American College of Sports Medicine.These high-intensity workouts, done at maximum capacity, can produce molecular changes within muscles,comparable to those from several hours of running or bike riding.The 12 exercises should be performed in rapid succession, allowing 30 seconds for each, with 10-second rests in between.They alternate the large muscles in the upper body with those in the lower body, which makes the order of the exercises important. You could get slim and fit by doing them for just seven minutes a day.Sounds too good to be true? Just try it.
Some 1,000 vulnerable subsistence farmers, who were most severely affected by the passage of Hurricane Sandy last year, will receive much-needed assistance, which will provide them with food security and a means of resuscitating their income.The Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, on Monday, May 27, signed an agreement to provide $30 million in grant funding to 50 farmers in the communities of Leith Hall, and 900 in Font Hill both in St. Thomas; as well as 50 farmers in Reach district, Portland.Under the initiative, which will be implemented by the Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA), the farmers will receive vouchers to purchase critical agricultural inputs, and also benefit from training to boost their resilience to natural disasters.Speaking at the signing ceremony at the Ministry’s Hope Gardens location, portfolio Minister, Hon. Roger Clarke, noted that the progamme, which is being funded by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), will benefit the most affected, who are yet to fully recover.Special priority will be given to female-headed households, and those with small children, and the youth.“Participant selection criteria also include: farmer registration with RADA to verify farmer status; holdings of less than five acres; willingness to register and participate in community work programme and training activities; and low level income,” Mr. Clarke outlined.Some 40,000 farmers islandwide were affected by the hurricane with losses amounting to more than $4 billion. The worst hit parishes were St. Thomas, Portland, and St. Mary, with crops such as banana, cocoa, and coffee being most affected.The Minister noted that hurricanes and other disasters threaten food and nutrition security, and that in order to mitigate some of the challenges, Cabinet had recently approved the Food and Nutrition Security Policy, which is now before Parliament.Contact: Alphea Saunders