CLEVELAND, OH – MAY 19: LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers dunks the ball in the first half against the Boston Celtics during Game Three of the 2018 NBA Eastern Conference Finals at Quicken Loans Arena on May 19, 2018 in Cleveland, Ohio. Jason Miller/Getty Images/AFPCLEVELAND — Before taking the floor, LeBron James stood in the hallway with his teammates outside Cleveland’s locker room and pounded his chest with both hands.The Celtics got thumped next.ADVERTISEMENT Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio 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 Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Celtics: Seeking to become the sixth No. 2 seed to win the East in eight years. Boston was a No. 4 seed when it advanced to the finals in 2010. … Fell to 3-8 in playoff games in Cleveland, the most by a Cavs opponent at the Q. … Stevens was relieved to learn that Boston legend Bill Russell was recovering after a hospital stay brought on by dehydration. Russell won 11 NBA titles with the Celtics. “He’s the ultimate basketball winner,” Stevens said. “The way he impacted winning, the unselfishness of a teammate, what he stood for off the floor — everything about him.”Cavaliers: James needs six field goals to surpass Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (2,356) for the most in postseason history. … Cleveland has won six straight playoff games at home. … Improved to 14-6 vs. Boston in the playoffs.DOWN BROWNThe Cavs focused their defense on slowing Brown, and it worked. He was 3 of 8 from the floor and never found his flow after getting two early fouls.“They were denying me the ball, and when I did get it, it was in positions that I’m not comfortable in,” he said. “Give credit to Cleveland. They were physical and we settled for jumpers too much.”DOWN TIMEThe long layoff between Games 2 and 3 revived the Cavs.“It was three days of stewing on Game 2,” Korver said. “It probably did something good in us. It’s frustrating to have to wait that long for another game. We were able to put in some new things on offense, too.”ROAD KILLBefore the game, Stevens downplayed his team’s road issues, saying there was a “small sample size.” Basketball great Bill Russell released from hospital Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. It got a little bigger, and a little more troubling. Still, he won’t focus on Boston’s road woes.“In my 11 years as a head coach, I probably haven’t talked about road and home five times with our team,” he said. “It’s about how you play between the lines. Because I think if you start talking about that, then you find excuses in both places. We can’t play like we played tonight no matter where we played. If we would have played in Boston like that, we would have gotten beat.”FAMILY TIESStevens has deep Cleveland roots, but he’s slowly converting family members to pull for Boston’s teams.His parents are from Northeast Ohio and his wife, Tracy, is from suburban Rocky River. Before the game, Stevens was asked what happens to all the Cavs, Browns and Cavaliers gear he gets as gifts.“My 7 1/2-year-old nephew was offered 10 extra-credit points (in school) if he wore anything regarding Cleveland yesterday, and he went all green,” Stevens said. “And three years ago, I think he was all Cleveland stuff. So we’re making strides with him. But yeah, we have a large contingent. Maybe they’ll get some of those (Game 3 giveaway) yellow shirts and pass them around to some people who haven’t completely converted to rooting for the Celtics yet.”UP NEXTGame 4 is Monday night. James had 27 points and 12 assists, Kevin Love added 14 rebounds and the Cavaliers looked like a different team on their home court, tightening the Eastern Conference finals with a 116-86 victory in Game 3 over Boston on Saturday night.Outplayed during two losses in Boston, the Cavs used a three-day break in the series to regroup and re-grip this series. With James leading the way, they built a 19-point lead in the first quarter, pushed it to 30 in the second half and overpowered the Celtics, who fell to 1-5 on the road in the postseason.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownAny discussion of Cleveland’s demise is premature. Kyle Korver made four of the team’s 17 3-pointers, six players scored in double figures and the Cavs, who have spent the season seeking chemistry and cohesion, were connected defensively.“Even when things broke down, we just covered for one another,” James said. “We made them make extra passes. We made them make extra dribbles. We were flying around, and I just happened to be one of the guys on the floor that wanted to fly around as well.” Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Game 4 is Monday night before the series returns to Boston.Jaylen Brown was in foul trouble all night and scored just 10 for the Celtics after averaging 23 in the first two games. Jayson Tatum scored 18 and Terry Rozier 13 for Boston, which couldn’t match Cleveland in any aspect.“They took it to us,” Celtics coach Brad Stevens said. “Point blank: They just outplayed us.”Only 19 of a possible 300 teams have ever overcome a 2-0 deficit in the playoffs. James and the Cavs, who previously did it in 2007 and again in 2016 while winning the NBA title, took the first step toward a third comeback.To return to the NBA Finals for the fourth straight year, the Cavs have to win four of five and re-write Boston’s illustrious history. The Celtics are 37-0 when they win the first two games in a series.ADVERTISEMENT Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The Cavs came in wanting to play faster and be more physical with the younger Celtics, who were the aggressors in Games 1 and 2.Not this time.“The toughest team sets the rules,” Rozier said. “They came out aggressive from the jump and never looked back. We’ve got to play aggressive from the rip. Tonight, we were all over the place, playing too fast and doing things we didn’t want to do.”The Cavs needed more from point guard George Hill after two poor performances (8 points, 1 assist) in Boston. Hill responded with a driving layup to start the game and drained three 3-pointers in the first quarter as Cleveland wasted no time taking control.Hill finished with 13, J.R. Smith 11 — they were outscored 41-3 in Game 2 — and Cleveland’s supporting cast played so well that James was only on the floor for 37 minutes.Stevens was confident his team would play better on the road than earlier in these playoffs, but the Celtics were shaky early, committing four turnovers and shooting 2 of 10 while the Cavs opened a 27-11 lead.James said earlier Saturday the fact he has twice rallied from 2-0 deficits in the postseason offered no relief.“There’s nothing about the playoffs that’s comfortable until you either win it all or you lose and go into the summer,” he said.Summer might not be as close as it once seemed.TIP-INS China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls MOST READ Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ LATEST STORIES View comments
Student P. Owen Freeman, 2018 valedictorian of GUMS: “If proper mechanisms and priorities needed are ordered and maintained, we will not experience such devastating results, as it was during these last exams.”The student who duxed this year’s Ganta United Methodist High School has called on the government to address the challenges posed by the West Africa Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) to the student community by improving education facilities across the country.Student Owens P. Freeman spoke at the school’s recent commencement in Ganta, Nimba County.Freeman said the lack of well equipped libraries, laboratories and other education facilities that could enhance teaching and learning pose serious constraints to students who sit public tests, such as the WASSCE.He said: “If proper mechanisms and priorities needed are ordered and maintained, we will not experience such devastating results, as it was during these last exams.”“We need well equipped libraries, laboratories that offer modernity and civility in all the high schools across the country,” the young valedictorian said.The valedictorian has urged all his fellow students to stop engaging in unwholesome acts.“I want we the students to put aside unnecessary and unacceptable behaviors of drinking alcoholic beverages, smoking and maintaining unintelligent and undisciplined conduct,” he said.“We need to desist from worldly goods, for social pleasantries have destroyed our future and the future of our country,” he added.Student Freeman, who spoke on the topic, “Education, the Hope for a Greater and Prosperous Future,” quoted the late Professor Albert Einstein that, “Education is not the learning of facts, but the training of minds.”He challenged his friends to cultivate their minds with positive attitudes, for the mind is full of treasures and prosperity that our country and the rest of the global world can benefit from, if you set your agenda straight, he concluded.The Ganta United Methodist High School on July 29, graduated about 88 students.The Acting School Principal, James Y. Korlorblee, also called on the government to provide financial support to all schools as faith-based and private schools were giving a boost to government’s efforts.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
“We’ve come a long way,” said center Al Horford, who added 14 points and 10 boards. “We’re all about setting records, and that’s what we did.” It started with Noah, the 6-foot-10 son of tennis star Yannick Noah. Noah, who had his father, mother, two sisters and brother on hand for what might have been his last home game, had scored 18 points the last three games and admittedly was playing without his usual energy. He had plenty of it against the “Kitty Cats,” the nickname Noah playfully gave Kentucky (20-10, 9-7) this week. The Gators (26-5, 13-3) got behind early again and were tied at halftime, but they used a 13-2 run to open the second half and pulled away down the stretch to finish the season unbeaten at home (18-0). Noah, much like last year’s run through the NCAA tournament, was the catalyst. He had a left-handed jam in the second-half spurt, then threw down consecutive dunks that pushed the lead to 62-51 with about 10 minutes to play. He added seven consecutive points in the closing minutes to seal the victory. Noah broke out of a slump with 17 points and 10 rebounds, played with the kind of passion missing in recent games and helped the fifth-ranked Gators rebound from consecutive losses and make history with an 85-72 victory against Kentucky on Sunday. Florida became the first Southeastern Conference team to win six in a row against the Wildcats. Only Notre Dame has won seven in a row against the storied program. GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Joakim Noah was thumping his chest, screaming at the top of his lungs and pumping up teammates with his hustle and tenacious defense. Noah was back to his usual self. And so was Florida. https://embed.sendtonews.com/oembed/?fk=bRolOyFR&cid=8121&sound=off&format=json&offsetx=0&offsety=0&floatwidth=400&floatposition=bottom-right&float=on Bobby Perry led Kentucky with 20 points, but 16 of them came in the first half. At Creighton 67, No. 11 Southern Illinois 61 Anthony Tolliver had 15 points and 13 rebounds and the Bluejays upset the Salukis in the Missouri Valley Conference title game to earn their seventh NCAA tournament appearance in nine years. Nate Funk added 19 points and four assists for the second-seeded Bluejays (22-10), who won the conference tournament for the sixth time in nine seasons. Jamaal Tatum had 21 points for Southern Illinois (27-6), which has won the regular-season title five times in the last six seasons but has won only one tournament title in that span. At No. 16 Louisville 86, Seton Hall 71 Edgar Sosa scored 18 points to lead five players in double figures and the Cardinals clinched second place in the Big East. Terrence Williams and David Padgett scored 15 points apiece, Derrick Caracter added 13 and Jerry Smith had 10 points for Louisville (22-8, 12-4). Brian Laing scored a career-high 29 points for the Pirates (13-16, 4-12). Clemson 75, at No. 21 Virginia Tech 74 K.C. Rivers scored 22 points, including the decisive basket with 18 seconds remaining, and the Tigers prevented the Hokies from capturing a share of the Atlantic Coast Conference’s regular-season title. Cliff Hammonds added 17 points for Clemson (21-9, 7-9) in the ACC regular-season finale for both teams. Zabian Dowdell led Virginia Tech (20-10, 10-6) with 25 points. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
0Shares0000Harambee Stars players arrive at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport from Ethiopia on October 11, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 11 – Harambee Stars head coach Sebastien Migne and skipper Victor Wanyama have welcomed the government’s directive to open up Sunday’s 2019 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifier against Ethiopia free to fans.Migne – who since his first briefing after being appointed as head coach has always called on fans to support the team – says it will be brilliant for the players to play under huge home support having seen the Ethiopians fill up the Bahir Dar Stadium in the first leg on Wednesday. “It will be fantastic; it will be great to see the fans come and support the team. We are on the way and we need the 12th player in Kasarani on Sunday, and please they should come in red jersey,” the French tactician told Capital Sport on Thursday evening after the team jetted back from Ethiopia.He has also thanked the government for the move, but has also asked them not to limit their support to the team to sunny days only, but to be there as well when the rain beats.“Of course if all the people firstly the government can support us it would be fantastic. I would like just to tell them, help us but not only when the victory is there, because when you have good results you have a lot of friends but you are alone when it’s more difficult,” the tactician further said.Stars picked up a barren draw from the first leg in Bahir Dar in a full-to-capacity stadium with almost 70,000 fans reported to have attended the match.Skipper Victor Wanyama lauded the players for the character they showed to play under such testing atmosphere and has called on the Kenyan fans to counter that on Sunday.Harambee Stars head coach Sebastien Migne addressing journalists at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport from Ethiopia on October 11, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy Olobulu“It was an intimidating atmosphere but the players really stood up to it and gave their best. I want to ask our fans to also turn out in large numbers and support us because we need them,” Wanyama further stated.Meanwhile, Football Kenya Federation (FKF) boss Nick Mwendwa who was with the team in Ethiopia says he has spoken to the CS Rashid Echesa who informed him of the decision, directed by President Uhuru Kenyatta.The Federation chief says they will make plans for adequate security arrangements, knowing the logistical nightmare that a huge crowd for the 60,000-seater stadium might bring.“I am glad that the President has given the directive and he is now on board saying that he is part of the process and the boys are happy he has done so. We want to see fans in their colors and we will be making arrangements for the day. We will have enough security and entertainment for the day. We want to have support like we have never had before,” Mwendwa said.At the same time, striker Michael Olunga has promised fans victory as he urged them to come in their droves as the team looks to get into the Cup of Nations for the first time in 14 years.“It is a lot of motivation to have the fans coming in because every player wants to play with a full stadium and support. I thank the government for this initiative and I want to ask them to continue supporting the team and motivating the players,” Olunga noted.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
In addition to the deaths, three people were injured in the fire.The cause was not immediately known.“Flamengo is in mourning,” the club wrote on its social media accounts.Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro, who is in semi-intensive care in hospital following surgery on his abdomen, said he felt “the families’ pain.”In a statement shared by the presidency, he added that he was dismayed by “this tragedy… which has taken the lives of young people who had started the journey towards realizing their professional dreams.”Grieving relatives arrive at the training center after the deadly fire © AFP / CARL DE SOUZABrazil’s biggest football star Neymar, who plays for Paris Saint-Germain in France, posted a picture on his Instagram account of the Flamengo club badge with the words: “My sympathies.”Teenage Real Madrid star Vinicius Junior, who came up through the youth ranks at Flamengo before signing with the European Champions in 2017 for 45 million euros, posted a message on Twitter asking people to pray for the victims.“Just by thinking about the days and nights I spent in the training center gives me goose bumps,” said the 18-year-old.“I still can’t believe it. Let’s pray for everyone.”Globo TV broadcast aerial footage of the fire, which it said had been brought under control after it burned for two hours.The blaze broke out at 5:00 am in the Vargem Grande district of Rio in a modern facility where the top-flight professional Flamengo squad also trains, the news website G1 said.The dead were six players and four team staff, the channel SporTV said.– Derby match to be postponed –Journalists gather near the flag of Brazilian football club Flamengo, which flies at half-mast outside the team’s training center after the deadly fire © AFP / CARL DE SOUZAThe main team had been due to practice at the same facility later in the morning, for their last training session ahead of Saturday’s derby against fierce local rivals Fluminense.The Rio de Janeiro football federation said it had called a meeting between the two clubs’ management to discuss postponing the match.Fluminense were one of a number of clubs to send messages of condolence on social media.Flamengo is the most popular club in football-crazed Brazil.Youth league teams also train at the facility, known as Ninho do Urubu.Distraught relatives rushed to the facility seeking information about loved ones, TV footage showed. Most of the youth players at the club are not locals but come from all over the country.Map of Brazil locating fire at Flamengo football club training facility in Rio de Janeiro © AFPBrazilian football legend Zico, a former Flamengo player, described the accident as a “tragedy.”“We must absolutely give all the support necessary to the victims’ loved ones because most of them aren’t from Rio,” Felipe Bornier, the Rio state sports secretary, told journalists.The training camp is in an area of western Rio that was hit by a fierce storm on Wednesday night. Six people were killed.Because of those heavy rains the football facility remained without electricity or water on Friday as the fire broke out, the G1 news portal reported.It’s only two years since Brazilian football was in mourning over the airplane disaster that decimated the Chapecoense team.The plane carrying the team crashed in Colombia killing 71 people, including 19 players, 14 members of staff and around 20 journalists.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000An aerial view of Brazil’s Flamengo football club training center in Rio de Janeiro after a fire which killed six players and four team staff © AGIF/AFP / Thiago RIBEIRORIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil, Feb 8 – Brazilian football was in mourning on Friday after 10 people died when a fire ripped through a youth training facility at the country’s most popular club, Flamengo, authorities said.The pre-dawn blaze in Rio de Janeiro hit a building that housed players aged 14 to 17, firefighters said.
UPDATED: DEFENCE Forces experts have carried out a controlled explosion on a bomb in Co Donegal. Gardai in Inishowen had earlier cordoned off a house after a suspicious object was found at the rear of the dwelling.Gardai have sealed off a house in Gleneely.The house in Gleneely was cordoned off after the owner noticed the device earlier today on his doorstep. Gardai arrived and had placed a white Garda tape across the road outside the house awaiting the arrival of bomb disposal experts from Athlone.A Defence Forces spokesman said the device was viable and an expert later carried out a controlled explosion.The house where the find has been made is about a mile outside Gleneely in the townland of Carrowmore.A farmyard next to the house has also been sealed off. An eye-witness said there are up to six Gardai at the scene.“We don’t really know what has happened but one neighbour has said that something has been left at the front door.“We don’t know what it is but the Gardai have been called and the area is being examined,” he said.A Defence Forces spokesman said: “An Army Bomb Disposal team rendered safe a viable improvised explosive device in Gleneely County Donegal this afternoon. The Defence Forces deployed a team to the scene by Air Corps AW -139 Helicopter following a request by Gardai, they arrived on scene at 2.30 pm.“The suspect object was found outside a private residence and a cordon was put in place with some evacuations of nearby houses carried out for public safety. The Team Leader carried out a manual approach to examine the device in situ and the device was then rendered safe by means of a controlled explosion. “The scene was declared safe at 3.40pm and the team returned to base.“All items of an evidential nature have now been handed over to the Gardai to assist them in their investigation of the incident.”A Garda spokesman told Donegal Daily: “Gardaí at Buncrana are investigating the discovery of a suspicious object which was found in a dwelling at Carnmore, Gleneeley Co Donegal. The Defence Forces EOD carried out a controlled explosion at approx 3pm today. No further information is available at this point.”ARMY FORCED TO CARRY OUT CONTROLLED EXPLOSION ON INISHOWEN BOMB was last modified: August 26th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:deviceGardaiGleneelysealed off
An man who died after suffering fatal injuries following a road traffic accident was buried before the coroner for Donegal had been informed of his death.An inquest into the death of 82 year old Tadgh McGinley, of Letterkenny, heard he died following spinal chord injuries he suffered after a crash eleven days before he passed away. However, an ‘oversight’ meant that coroner Dr Denis McCauley was never informed of the death until he had been buried.Mr McGinley, late of Larkin’s Lane, died in Letterkenny University Hospital on October 31, 2015, eleven days after he was involved in a road traffic collision near Woodlands national school in Letterkenny.The inquest was told that the late Mr McGinley only had one remaining relative, a son, and that he lived somewhere in Canada.However, Garda attempts to contact him and to tell him about his father’s inquest had not been successful.He said Mr McGinley’s death was considered “an unnatural death” but due to the oversight he was buried without an autopsy taking place but he added it was a situation he believed would not happen again.He said he had the right to order and exhumation of the body but said in this case it “served no good purpose” as they had details of the the injuries received.Witness John Friel said he was driving his Tesco van on a delivery 11.20am when he was stopped at temporary traffic lights near the school when he felt a significant impact on his van from behind.When got out to see a red Opel Corsa being driven by Mr McGinley wedged under the back of his van and then it reverse back onto a grass verge.There was one female passenger, who was uninjured, and Mr McGinley complained of a sore neck.Mr Friel said he did not notice if Mr McGinley was wearing a seatbelt.Teresa Boyce said she was a neighbour of Mr McGinley’s and she was getting a lift to a medical appointment on the day when the crash happened. She said she warned him to slow down as they approached the van but that he was driving at “normal” speed.Garda Paul McGuire said there was a reasonable amount of damage to the car but the driver remained conscious and coherent until brought to hospital.Dr McCauley said an x-ray showed Mr McGinley fractured two vertebrae at the top of his neck and this affected his spinal cord, which in turn affect his respiration. Over the course of a number of days he began to deteriorate and eventually was unable to breath by himself and died on October 31, 2015.Pathologist Dr Gerry O’Dowd who was at the inquest said his his opinion was that the spinal cord damage was the “critical injury”.The jury returned a verdict of a death from a spinal injury as the result of of a road traffic accident.Road crash victim buried before coroner told of his death was last modified: February 16th, 2017 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:deathdonegalinquestletterkennyroad crashTadgh McGinley
Monaco have hijacked Arsenals move for Russia star Aleksandr Golovin, according to reports in France.The 22-year-old was a shining light for CSKA Moscow this season and he has been tipped to star at the World Cup.Arsenal are already tracking the midfielder closely with a view to a bid this summer.But, according to RMC, Monaco have expressed an interest in Golovin and are trying to hijack Arsenals offer.The French club have kicked off talks with the Russians representatives and they want a deal done before the World Cup.Golovin was one of CSKA’s key players this season with seven goals and six assists, as the club finished runners-up in the Russian Premier League, just two points behind champions Lokomotiv Moscow. 1 Aleksandr Golovin ended the season with seven goals and six assists for CSKA Moscow
LANCASTER – Thanks to a grant of nearly $500,000 from the California Endowment, Antelope Valley Hospital’s Healthy Homes program is working with the hospital’s obstetrics clinics to help local women have healthier babies. Nurses will visit the pregnant women in their homes to educate them regarding issues like nutritious eating, making healthy personal choices, obtaining regular pre-natal medical care, complying with the advice of medical professionals, and avoiding alcohol, tobacco and drugs. “The goal of the project is to positively impact health and improve birth outcomes, thereby reducing premature births, low-birth-weight babies, and infant death,” said Lea Butterfield, director of Healthy Homes. “We believe that sending nurses into the homes of pregnant women and providing on-site education will be highly effective, and we intend to report the outcomes upon the conclusion of the project.” The project is part of a countywide effort initiated by the Antelope Valley Best Babies Collaboration on behalf of First 5 LA, the organization formed as a result of the Proposition 10 Tobacco Tax Commission. The California Endowment’s grant will help expand the number of women served. Women will qualify for the program for medical reasons, because of poor pregnancy or birth outcomes in the past or because they are teen-agers or from high-risk ethnic groups. Nurses will teach expectant mothers about fetal development, and will provide them with methods for reducing stress during and after pregnancy. They will emphasize early mother-infant bonding, and help mothers prepare for the arrival of their babies. Home safety will also be explained. Because pregnant mothers and their unborn babies are affected by the health and well-being of the entire family, Butterfield said, nurses will work to connect family members with medical and dental care as well as with agencies that provide food, shelter and other basic needs. “We commend Healthy Homes for taking on this important initiative and securing the funding necessary to make it happen,” said AVH CEO Les Wong. “They recognized the need for better prenatal care in the Valley, and they are determined to make a difference.” The California Endowment is a private, statewide health foundation whose mission is “to expand affordable access to affordable, quality health care for underserved individuals and communities, and to promote fundamental improvements in the health status of all Californians.” For more information on the Best Babies Collaborative, visit www.first5.org. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!