NU Lady Bulldogs bag 5th straight UAAP title with 80 straight wins

first_imgFor the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. National University completed an 80-game winning romp en route to its fifth straight title after cruising past Far Eastern University, 67-61, for the UAAP Season 81 women’s basketball title Wednesday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.The Lady Bulldogs completed a 16-0 sweep of the tournament making 2018 the fifth straight year they’ve gone undefeated.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“What can I say, it’s amazing. Winning a few championships and going 80-0 is amazing, and I’m happy to be part of it,” said NU head coach Pat Aquino who owns all five of the Lady Bulldogs’ titles.“FEU deserved to be here, that team brought out the best out of us. Our goal really is not the sweep but to get the championship and the 80 wins and the 16-0 are just bonuses for us.” Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk MOST READ NU and FEU were locked in a virtual back-and-forth in the first quarter with the Lady Bulldogs holding a slim 18-16 lead at the end of the period.The Lady Bulldogs then got rolling in the second period outscoring the Lady Tamaraws 23-9 to build a 41-25 lead heading into the break.“We got five, I got my fourth and it’s just so euphoric that all our sacrifices paid off,” said Finals MVP Jack Daniel Animam in Filipino. “We’re in cloud nine with this 80-0 and as coach said it’s amazing.”Rhena Itesi led NU’s offense with 17 points and 10 rebounds while Animam had 15 points, 21 rebounds, and four blocks.Ria Nabalan who was with NU for all five of its titles, added 11 points.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MANILA, Philippines–Perfection achieved.ADVERTISEMENT Serena Williams, Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray all confirmed for Australian Open LATEST STORIES Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles05:09Carlos Yulo bags 2nd gymnastics gold, settles for 2 silvers02:14Carpio 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 Fatima Quiapo led the Lady Tamaraws with 15 points and 10 boards. Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom View commentslast_img read more

Enthusiastic Lindeners host PPP presidential candidate

first_imgPeople’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) supporters in Linden, Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Upper Berbice) have thrown their support behind presidential candidate Irfaan Ali as the Party continues its campaign in preparation for the upcoming General and Regional Elections.On Wednesday, Ali continued his countrywide outreach – just mere days afterA Lindener shares a light moment with PPP presidential candidate Irfaan Alibeing elected the Party’s presidential candidate. This time, he met and interacted with PPP/C supporters in the mining town, during which they discussed issues facing them such as unemployment while he outlined his plans to take Guyana forward, including his plans for job creation.Ali said he was touched by the warm welcome he received from the Lindeners.“I want to assure you, Comrades, that this is not about supporting Irfaan Ali; this is about the People’s Progressive Party and support the People’s Progressive Party to go onto victory…,” he told a gathering of party supporters.Flanked by PPP/C parliamentarians and former Ministers Juan Edghill and Jennifer Westford, Ali added, “It is a team approach, the PPP has never been about an individual. The PPP has always been about team…”Meanwhile, PPP supporters in Linden were vocal in their outpouring ofA section of the gathering at one of the meetings in Linden on Wednesday4congratulations for Ali.One supporter said he was “overjoyed” at Ali’s election as presidential candidate, while calling on his fellow Lindeners to “…let us all forgive one and another, and work for a common victory for the PPP”.Another supporter expressed gratitude to Ali and the team of PPP officials for reaching out to the supporters in Linden.“I must say congratulations… Thank you for being here with us and sharing your vision with us. We can go out from here after today and say the outreach was a success, so thank you very much for coming,” he stated.Meanwhile, one woman reiterated her commitment to the Party which had begun since it was under the leadership of the late Dr Cheddi Jagan.“Nobody can’t move me from here and I dedicate myself [to the party]… This party does always give back…,” she asserted.One day after being elected, Presidential Candidate Ali commenced his countrywide outreach with a massive rally in his home community – Leonora on the West Coast of Demerara. He then visited residents in Region Five (Mahaica-Berbice) on Tuesday.last_img read more

Bayern Munich sack coach Niko Kovac

first_img0Shares0000Niko Kovac led Bayern Munich to a Bundesliga and German Cup double last season © AFP/File / John MACDOUGALLBERLIN, Germany, Nov 4 – Bayern Munich on Sunday sacked coach Niko Kovac, a day after the German champions suffered a historic 5-1 loss against Eintracht Frankfurt — their worst Bundesliga defeat in a decade.“FC Bayern Munich have relieved head coach Niko Kovac of his duties,” the club said in a statement. The “mutual decision” was taken following talks with club president Uli Hoeness, chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic and Kovac himself.“The performances of our team in recent weeks and the results have shown us that there was a need for action,” said Rummenigge.“We all regret this development. I would like to thank Niko Kovac on behalf of FC Bayern for his work, particularly for last season’s double win.”Assistant coach Hansi Flick will take charge of the team “until further notice”, the statement added.The 48-year-old former Croatia international said it was the right move for the side who sit in fourth place in the table after a series of disappointing matches.“I think this is the correct decision for the club at this time,” Kovac said.“I would like to thank FC Bayern for these past 18 months. During that time our team won the Bundesliga, the DFB Cup and the Supercup. It was a good time. I wish the club and the team all the very best.”Bayern will play a Champions League match against Olympiakos on Wednesday before facing their biggest rivals Borussia Dortmund in the German top-flight on Saturday.– ‘Not naive’ –Saturday’s hammering by Eintracht was the club’s worst league defeat since a humiliating drubbing at Wolfsburg by the same scoreline in April 2009.A 10-man Bayern was shredded by Eintracht after defender Jerome Boateng was sent off in the ninth minute, and leaving Kovac’s future at the club hanging in the balance.“I know how this business works — I am not naive,” Kovac told reporters after the match.Bayern have won only five of their last 10 Bundesliga matches, leaving them with 18 points — four points behind leaders Borussia Moenchengladbach.Even their few victories have been lacklustre, with few goals to brag about and a shaky defence that has struggled to gain momentum.“I don’t think the performance we produced will bring us serious success if we don’t get a handle on things,” Rummenigge bluntly told the squad after a hard-won 3-2 victory at Olympiakos in late October.Germany’s top-selling Bild newspaper on Sunday reported Kovac’s men had started to lose faith in him.“The players are criticising him more often and more openly, allowing them to shift attention away from their own shortcomings,” the daily wrote.With Kovac’s departure, Bayern will be hoping to turn a page on the stuttering start to the season.“I’m now expecting a positive development from our players and an absolute desire to perform so we can achieve our goals for the season,” said Salihamidzic.After defeating the Bavarians in the German Cup final in his last match in charge of Eintracht in 2018, Kovac went on to win the Bundesliga and the German Cup in his first year in charge at Bayern.Only one month ago, Kovac’s short-term future at Bayern looked secure after he masterminded a 7-2 win over Champions League finalists Tottenham in London.Former Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri, Jose Mourinho and Arsene Wenger are among the coaches named by bookmakers as possible replacements for Kovac, with the latter speaking fluent German and having previously expressed a desire to coach Bayern.0Shares0000(Visited 17 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Salton Sea plan may worsen lake

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals The La Quinta-based Salton Sea Authority, which features the split sea as the centerpiece of a billion-dollar economic and environmental revival proposed for the lake, has already changed its plans to reduce buildups of the deadly gas. Authority executive director Ron Enzweiler said treating water flowing into the sea and using pipes to drain the gassiest water from the bottom of the lake will eliminate the threat. “These are like little design changes we are continually working on,” Enzweiler said of undersea pipes in the latest plans. “You don’t have a problem then.” Smelly “burps” of hydrogen sulfide gas from the 345-square-mile Salton Sea have long plagued the Coachella Valley. When high winds churn the shallow sea, it kicks up hydrogen sulfide gas that’s trapped in the water. The gas, formed when algae decays on the sea floor, has a rotten egg smell that can reach as far as Riverside, Amrhein said. As recently as 1999, the state’s entire hydrogen sulfide industry produced less than 3,000 tons of the gas annually, Amrhein said. LA QUINTA, Calif. – Plans for a smaller Salton Sea, which coughs up smelly hydrogen sulfide burps that kill fish and overwhelm desert resort areas, could make the troubled lake even stinkier. The Salton Sea produces 23 times more hydrogen sulfide gas than all the industry in California, and a plan to split the lake could increase problems unless a mechanism is created to relieve the lake’s gas buildup. “Everybody is thinking that, but nobody wants to say it out loud,” said Chris Amrhein, a University of California, Riverside, professor who’s studying how much gas escapes from the sea. New computer models indicate a reconfigured, shrunken lake would slosh less during high winds and allow gaseous buildups that would last three times longer than current buildups. The gas produces a rotten egg smell. The sea in its current state is thought to be capable of producing 70,000 tons, although the vast majority never escapes to the atmosphere, he said. The Salton Sea Authority plan would put a dam across the middle of the sea to create a smaller, cleaner, recreational lake in the north. An even smaller lake and wetlands in the south would support habitat, and a brine pool would store incoming salts. But computer models indicate the reduced surface area of the smaller lake in the north could make it harder for the wind to make the lake slosh, trapping gas in the sea for up to a year or longer. “If all that hydrogen sulfide is released at one time, we could potentially have a catastrophic killing of everything in the water column,” said Doug Barnum, a U.S. Geological Survey scientist who studies the lake from the Salton Sea Science office in La Quinta.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Economic growth the goal behind renewed marketing of South Africa to the world

first_imgDiverse and experienced new IMC Board united in its determination to promote the country and build its brand in 2010, South Africa’s milestone year.21 January 2010, Johannesburg: The recently appointed new Board of the International Marketing Council of South Africa (IMC) is determined to ensure that South Africans buy into and live the brand promise made in the country’s international marketing campaign – in order to achieve national economic growth.This is the assurance given by IMC Board Chairperson, Ms Anitha Soni, who says the new Board will reinvigorate the nation branding effort to position South Africa as an attractive destination and partner for tourism, trade and investment, and to help the country realise its international relations objectives.Ms Soni chairs a Board of Trustees that was appointed to a three-year term late in 2009 and whose composition reflects both Government and the IMC’s belief that diversity and expertise is a winning combination.Ms Anitha Soni is a highly accomplished tourism specialist, award-winning businesswoman and was Deputy Chairperson of the first Tourism BEE Charter Council.The Board comprises 12 independent members, nine provincial and three government representatives. The members were selected for their business acumen, expertise in areas such as tourism, local economic development, communication and marketing, sports and their proven contribution to the wellbeing and upliftment of South African society.Members’ skills mix and vast experience gained in the private and public sectors enhance the Board’s ability to take the South Africa brand promise, “Alive with Possibility” to reality.“The IMC Board of Trustees is honoured to be given an opportunity to make a voluntary contribution to our Nation Brand.  We are committed to fulfilling the organisation’s revised mandate and leveraging our cumulative strengths and expertise effectively,” says Soni.Soni says the IMC is mandated to build a national brand which positions South Africa as the country to attract tourism, trade and investment as well as to realise its international relations objectives.“Building South Africa’s reputation in the international arena must be done with the overriding purpose of national economic growth in mind. To market South Africa successfully, and to achieve the growth objective, it is important to establish a link between the brand promise and its fulfilment.This can only be done if two conditions are met – the IMC has to reflect the will of the country, and the Council must ensure it obtains citizen buy-in on the brand promise. Only if these conditions are fulfilled will we be able to effect performance delivery on a national basis.Over the past seven years the IMC has done valuable work to engender the necessary alignment. The members of the new Board have the know-how and experience to give even greater impetus to this process to the benefit of Brand South Africa. The composition of the Board in terms of independent members and provincial representatives will also prove invaluable,” says Soni.Leadership diversity“Diversity drives results,” says Soni. “Diverse backgrounds and perspectives enrich the work and enhance an organisation’s ability to succeed. It is imperative to entrench such diversity in the leadership structure.The composition of the Board makes provision for remarkable diversity across a number of factors, ranging from gender to experience in applicable fields. “Contributing to Leadership developmentPresident Zuma, in appointing the Board, also recognised the wealth of leadership in our country.  A number of the Board members have proven their bona fides by not only surviving as entrepreneurs by holding their own in successful businesses.  Sandile Zungu is recognised as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum and Chichi Maponya heads up one of South Africa’s proud business successes.  Lucas Radebe represents the development and leadership of sports and has held football captain positions both locally and internationally. Similarly other Board members have made a contribution to the success of our country. We believe that engaging these fresh, young, and vibrant leaders will serve to deliver on, and, sustain South Africa’s brand profile.  We also want to see this reflected within the executive team at the IMC.  Our leadership collateral in the country must be tapped into to progress our country’s growth objectives.While there is much diversity and quality leadership amongst the Board, there is also a common denominator, and this is the passion the members have for their country.”Comment from Mr. Collins Chabane on Ms. Soni’s appointmentThe Presidency has welcomed Ms. Soni’s appointment as Chairperson, saying her extensive experience and passion for South Africa makes her ideal for the Chairpersonship. “Through her action orientated approach she has become known for her strategic expertise, her ability to implement and for producing innovative and workable solutions,” says Mr. Collins Chabane, Minister in the Presidency.“Ms. Soni has contributed substantially to the development of policy, locally and in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region. Her work includes developing the tourism White Paper for South Africa, designing and implementing the initial tourism enterprise programme, marketing strategies for SADC countries and the framework for the SADC Univisa programme. She has also developed the Tourism Human Resources Development Plan for the Government of Mozambique,” says Chabane.Determining prioritiesSoni says the Board is firmly focused on optimising South Africa’s investment in two major global events – the 2010 FIFA World Cup TM and the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland in January 2010.“President Zuma has indicated that 2010 marks South Africa’s most important year since 1994. The World Cup has led to a resurgence of national pride. The IMC has locked into this pride and has launched a number of exciting and robust initiatives which will contribute to growing 2010’s brand capital potential. We will continue to mobilise the nation until the final whistle blows,” says Soni.Looking beyond the World Cup, the IMC will re-launch Brand South Africa with a competitive value proposition which will reflect the recommendations of the Vision 2025 process (a national long-term plan), the values embedded in the Constitution and the DNA of the Nation Brand.last_img read more

Ohio Ag Net Podcast | Episode 40 | Cold weather, awards, and the fight against opioids

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The crew of Ty Higgins, Dale Minyo, Matt Reese, and Joel Penhorwood braved the snowy roads.Joel talks with Kent McGuire of Ohio State CFAES on cold weather safety. Matt speaks with John and Connie Surber, recipients of the Ohio Pork Industry Excellence Award. Ty hears from Michelle Specht on what her area Farm Bureau his doing to fight the opioid crisis. To wrap it all up, the group listens to Rose Hartschuh on she and her husband Greg recently winning the AFBF Excellence in Agriculture Award.last_img read more

BJP to blame for Maharashtra violence: Mayawati

first_imgBahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati on Wednesday said the attack on Dalits at the event by members of the “saffron brigade” was a “fascist attempt to crush Dalit pride”. Ms. Mayawati alleged that the Bhima-Koregaon incident was a “result of the involvement and conspiracy of the BJP” to fuel a “caste war” similar to the one in Saharanpur in Uttar Pradesh last year, when Dalits clashed with Thakurs, leading to police action against Bhim Sena.last_img

Odisha govt., Tata Trust unveil ₹1,000-cr. cancer care plan

first_imgThe Odisha government and Tata Trust will jointly spend ₹1,000 crore for development of cancer care facilities in the State over the next five years.The decision was taken at the first advisory committee meeting of the Odisha Comprehensive Cancer Care Programme that was held on Monday under the chairmanship of Chief Secretary A.P. Padhi.Under the programme, a state-of-the-art Tata Memorial Hospital will be set up in Bhubaneswar. The State will provide 25 acres of land free of cost for the hospital. The existing Acharya Harihar Cancer Care Hospital at Cuttack will also be upgraded.A special purpose vehicle called the Odisha Cancer Care Foundation will be constituted as the management entity. It will be under the chairmanship of the Secretary of Health and Family Welfare Department.It was also decided that 15 clinical units having different levels of cancer treatment facilities will be set up across the State.Comprehensive diagnostic facilities will be made available in government medical colleges at Burla, Bhawanipatna, Berhampur, Koraput, and Capital Hospital in Bhubaneswar.Daycare and diagnostic facilities will be set up at government hospitals in Jharsuguda, Kendujhar, Baripada, Balasore, Balangir, Bargarh, Nabarangpur and Angul.last_img read more

Letters: November 2008

first_imgI was disappointed that the article “Durga’s Arms,” (Sept 2008) by Nilanjana Bhowmick focused only on the business side of the idols of Ma Durga. It said nothing about the religious significance, nothing about the artistic skills, or the steps that are taken to transform bamboo, straw, clay and color to make the worshipful dieties.I was also dismayed that unlike the past, when the entire murti was made of biodegradable materials, now plastic and synthetic materials are being used, which will pollute the rivers that the idols are immersed in at the end of the 10-day festival. A RamachandraShrewsbury, Mass. Nothing can describe nostal-gia better that “Aye Mere Bichade Chaman,” (July 2008). I felt as if Shekhar Deshpande had stolen all my thoughts and magically transformed them into a masterpiece.The commentators Melville DeMello and Bobby Talyarkhan were my favorites too. The line “Even in defeat, we could celebrate the superb performance of a Gary Sobers,” summarizes the experience so well. Your description of radio as a family member was superbly imaginative – and true. The real golden age for film music, I think, was the decade of 1951-1960 when all composers were at their peak. You write, “Nostalgia also breeds arrogance about how great things were.” Well, I want to be arrogant on this issue. In this age of lyrical lunacy, how I miss the great songs and lyricists. God, if I am not asking for too much, give all the magnificent composers of yesteryears another chance to create melodies. And, God, if you want in exchange the music directors of today, you can have three for one. Deshpande also wrote beautifully about the newspapers, the uncomplicated heroes and charming heroines of that time.Ashok BhatIselin, N. J.Lakshmi Palecanda’s article “A Latte to Think About” made for interesting reading, with its novel narrative style and humor. I understand that while she is trying to make a point of how inflation has deprived her of her joy of enjoying a latte, has she ever considered making one at home?Coffee in South India (the instant Bru/Nescafe variety) is easy to make. I make it everyday. How do Indians get so spoiled after they come here to the United States? Just because they are software engineers or doctors, they have taken to drinking brand name coffees, paying $4 a cup for a latte. On top of that they try to act generous (as in her case) by saying “Keep the change,” taking after characters in an English movie.Has anyone considered Africa where kids are starving for one single meal or even a cup of clean water? Why are we Indians living so indulgent lives worried about our latte? I make myself a cup of cold coffee, just milk, instant coffee and a teaspoon of sugar. I whisk it well till it becomes frothy and I have a latte for under 19 cents (which includes my labor of whisking). It is the self-indulgence of people like Palecanda that has enabled the greedy corporate coffee giants to thrive. After her latte narrative, she dives into nostalgic details on how her parents handled money and her privilege of putting money away in their steel Godrej Almirah. Still, their frugal way of living does not jolt her back into spending responsibly. All she cares about is her latte and her fear of missing out on her latte. Makes me feel that we are pampering ourselves a lot and not caring about our neighbor who is starving (whether in USA or Africa).I hope we wake up and smell the coffee in our own kitchens and not guzzle $4 coffee in a cup every single day. It seems to me that for Palecanda this was more of a writing exercise – patting her ego, putting on false airs (because she is getting published) more than the actual latte itself. There is time for her to change. Better latte than never.Jacob David Houston, TexasThank you! Thank you! Finally, someone spoke up to point out that Amitabh Bachchan is a second grade actor, notwithstanding his star appeal (Shekhar Deshpande, “God Awful Actor,” Oct. 2008). It is great to find a publication willing to bring this greatly overrated actor down to earth. Granted Bachchan has been very successful and is immensely popular with Indian movie enthusiasts. But it is tiring to read the sappy articles on him in the Indian media, which don’t seriously look at his professional skills. So your article was a breath of fresh air.K. N. RamVia email  Related Itemslast_img read more

Pierce joins Celtics legends as team retires his No. 34

first_imgBrace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Former Boston Celtics Paul Pierce holds the NBA championship trophy that he won with the team during a ceremony to retire his number following a basketball game against the Cleveland Cavaliers in Boston, Sunday, Feb. 11, 2018. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)BOSTON — Paul Pierce used to walk onto the court at TD Garden and imagine seeing his number hanging from the rafters.“The Truth” doesn’t have to dream about that day anymore.ADVERTISEMENT “This is just a special day,” Pierce said afterward. “If I never make the Hall of Fame or anything, to go up in the rafters as a retired number for the Celtics — that’s just enough. That’s enough for me. … When you’re forever with the Celtics, you’re forever.”The 40-year-old Pierce retired after last season. He tops the Celtics’ all-time lists in 3-pointers made (1,823), free throws (6,434) and steals (1,583).He is Boston’s second all-time leading scorer with 24,021 points, trailing only John Havlicek. His 15 seasons also trail only Havlicek’s 16 for the longest stint with the team.Current Celtics players gathered to watch the ceremony, and legends including Robert Parish, Cedric Maxwell and Tom “Satch” Sanders sat on the court.Pierce credited his mother, Lorraine Hosey, and brothers Jamal and Steve Hosey, for inspiring him.ADVERTISEMENT AFP official booed out of forum Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding “I just think it always cements it. When you win a title you become a main man, and that made Paul,” Rivers said. “He would have had this night regardless of winning the title, but winning the title makes this day pretty special.”A touching moment came near the end of Pierce’s speech when his son, Prince, placed a No. 34 cap atop the 2008 trophy.“I did the trifecta,” Pierce said. “I left a legacy. I had my high school jersey retired. My college jersey retired. But there’s no greater honor than having your NBA jersey retired for the Boston Celtics.” Rusty Serena defeated on long-awaited return Giannis Antetokounmpo powers Bucks in bounce back win over Celtics PLAY LIST 02:29Giannis Antetokounmpo powers Bucks in bounce back win over Celtics00:50Trending Articles02:31Duterte had wanted Albayalde to take terminal leave — Go01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoisescenter_img Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH LATEST STORIES MOST READ The Celtics retired Pierce’s No. 34 on Sunday following the Celtics’ 121-99 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers. He became the 23rd person in franchise history to have his number or name enshrined by the Celtics organization.The honor capped a 19-year career for Pierce, who was named NBA Finals MVP in 2008 when the Celtics captured their 17th championship.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAfter the game, Pierce, clad in a green plaid blazer, entered the court via the newly named Paul Pierce Players’ Tunnel. The team said the tunnel, featuring Pierce’s signature, will serve as a reminder to current and future players of what “being a Celtic” means.When his jersey was raised, Pierce was serenaded with chants of “Thank You, Paul Pierce!” “It starts at home. It starts where you come from,” Pierce said.He later cried when acknowledging his wife, Julie, and their three children.Pierce sat next to the 2008 championship trophy as the team showered him with tributes.Along with having his number retired, Pierce also received a framed replica of the banner that his No. 34 will be added to, a Rolex watch, a piece of the Celtics’ parquet floor and a stained-glass backboard adorned with his number.A weekend of festivities in honor of Pierce began with a private dinner hosted by the Celtics on Saturday night. Parish attended along with several of Pierce’s former teammates, including Antoine Walker, Walter McCarty, Brian Scalabrine and Leon Powe.Pierce said the honors reminded him of how much he sacrificed during his career. He said being a Celtic was “meant to be.”During the game, the Celtics showed video segments that highlighted Pierce’s basketball journey. The clips went as far back as his Inglewood High School days and included interviews with friends, family and former teammates.There were also surprise recorded tributes from NBA greats Magic Johnson and Kobe Bryant. Pierce smiled as Bryant said in his message that Pierce made “all the Celtics legends proud.”Pierce sat courtside with his family and Celtics co-owner Wyc Grousbeck. Former Celtics coach Doc Rivers and teammates Kevin Garnett and Rajon Rondo — all part of the 2008 title run — sat together nearby.Rivers told the crowd about conversations he and Pierce used to have about the day his number would be retired. He said the 2008 championship solidified Pierce’s status as an all-time great in Boston. NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Read Next View commentslast_img read more