UG’s backlog of financial reports causes for concern – Auditor General

first_img…says preparations continuing for auditWhile preparations are ongoing for the Audit Office of Guyana (AOG) to commence an audit into the University of Guyana (UG), the backlog of years UG did not complete its audited financial statements is a cause for worry.Auditor GeneralDeodat SharmaThis is according to Auditor General Deodat Sharma in an interview with this publication on Wednesday. According to Sharma, they are moving full steam ahead and an auditor has been contracted to assist with the audit.“Remember the PS had asked me not to go ahead. I did indicate that. But we are going ahead. I have a contracted auditor that’s working on that. And we’re formulating a plan to do that investigation, regardless.”“The issue [is] UG’s audited [financials] were up to 2017. They’ve now submitted financial statements for 2015. So we still have 16, 17, and 18 due. So until you get those statements and audits up to date, you really can’t do a proper audit, unless you do a special investigation in particular areas.”Sharma, whose agency audits Government’s public accounts on an annual basis, went on to note the importance of having those accounts up to date up to 2018. He was not convinced about the UG administration’s sincerity in clearing this backlog.“They’ve just submitted the 2015 [report]. But we’re still awaiting 16, 17 and 18. So I don’t think they are taking very serious steps,” the Auditor General remarked.UG’s administration has previously been accused of wanton spending— including hosting several events, standing the expenses of meals and accommodation for guest speakers, as well as hiring select individuals, paying them super salaries, and sending large delegations overseas, all on the University’s bill. Former Vice Chancellor Professor Ivelaw Griffith had always denied those claims.The University of Guyana Senior Staff Association (UGSSA) and University of Guyana Workers Union (UGWU) have levelled these accusations, in particular. The Unions had joined forces to question why monies were allocated in previous budgets to entities which do not exist and what became of those funds.They had also demanded answers from the administration on how much money was spent on nonessential events within the last two and half years— which included, but were not limited to, the Law and Society series, the Turkeyen-Tain talks, and the Vice-Chancellor’s installation ceremony.They had argued that while these monies were being spent, the core units of the University, which include faculties and schools, had been informed that no money is available for essential repairs and payment for stationery, among others.The Education Ministry had previously supported and, in fact, asked that the Auditor General conduct a probe into the University. But mysteriously, the Ministry had withdrawn its request for the probe. Stakeholders had urged that the AG conduct his probe anyway.In his 2016 Audit Report, Sharma had found that $209 million had been unaccounted for from the University of Guyana’s Science and Technology Support Project, funded by the Government of Guyana (GoG) and the International Development Association (IDA) under Credit Agreement No 4969-GY.However, the University had insisted that the monies were used for infrastructure projects on the campus, including a fibre optic cable to provide students with Wi-Fi. It had also noted that some of the monies were used to renovate the faculty buildings.last_img read more

First look! Manchester United unveil new third kit

first_img 9 Click the arrow to see more images Click the arrow to see more images 9 What do you think of Man United’s new kits? Comment below Click the arrow to see more images The Louis van Gaal era at Manchester United looks to have brought with it a huge wave of optimism, and while the Dutchman concedes that his side are performing nowhere near their best, at least they will look the part after the club unveiled their latest kit.Following the unveiling of the new Chevrolet-sponsored home and away strips, comes United’s new third kit. The all-blue design – modelled on the club’s 1968 European Cup winning kit – will be the last Nike manufacturered strip the club will wear, after it was announced that United will be manufacturered by German giants Adidas from the start of the 2015/16 season.Click the arrow on the right to see more images of the new third kit as well as shots of the club’s latest home and away additions.Man United fans, what do you think of the new kits? Comment below… 9 Click the arrow to see more images 9 9 Click the arrow to see more images Click the arrow to see more images 9 Click the arrow to see more images Click the arrow to see more images 9 9 9last_img read more

Humboldt State’s Katie Obbema named CCAA Female Athlete of the Year

first_imgIn a season filled with individual recognition, Katie Obbema has been honored one last time.Obbema, Humboldt State’s steady presence in the circle, has been named the 2015-16 California Collegiate Athletic Association’s Female Athlete of the Year, it was announced on Friday.The vote is determined by a vote of sports information directors from all 13 of the CCAA’s schools. Chico State men’s golfer Alistair Docherty was named the men’s recipient.It’s the second time in the last four years that …last_img read more

Chilli adds spice to subsistence farmers

first_imgLeeko Nkala and Mmabatho Morudi’s chilli business is making a difference in subsistence farmers lives. (Image: Shanduka Black Umbrellas)A business that grew out of a hobby and a love of all things chilli will be beneficial to subsistence farmers.Building on their a passion for cooking with chilli, Leeko Nkala and her cousin Mmabatho Morudi have launched their own brand of chilli sauce, Chilladiddo, which is fast catching on with those who enjoy a kick in their food. The thriving little business churns out about 150 bottles of the sauce a day, and each bottle sells for R40.According to Nkala, their creation is a lot chunkier than most sauces. It has a homemade feel, texture and taste to it – and it’s hot.Nkala previously had a restaurant franchise. She noticed that her establishment, as well as many others, served bland chilli with their meals. In an online news article published by Shanduka Black Umbrellas (SBU), a non-profit company that supports and develops black entrepreneurs, she said: “I am a chilli or hot sauce lover myself, and the plain green chilli served with olive oil was often not exciting enough, and didn’t complement or enhance the flavour of most foods. So I started experimenting with different spices in my home kitchen, burnt my tongue a couple of times, until two main recipes were finalised which we began to market.“Our range of products includes the unique Chilladiddo relishes, developed mainly as a versatile condiment, to be used to complement or enhance the flavour of a wide variety of foods. It has bite.”THE BEGINNINGIn 2010, Nkala came up with a few recipes that needed to be formalised. The two tested the product and in 2012, they got the business up and running as a full-time endeavour.To expand and see their business thrive, they joined SBU’s entrepreneurship programme to learn the skills needed to take their company to a new level. It was a decision that has already paid huge dividends.“The next step was joining SBU because I wanted grow the business, formalise all its operations and stop running it from the heart. My goal was to create a successful and sustainable food manufacturing company that [would] not only put South Africa on the map but [would] also help to create economic opportunities for rural growers living below the poverty line,” Nkala explained.The partners joined Shanduka’s pre-incubation stage in April 2013 and went into full incubation in September that year.Shanduka has given office support and a structure to the business. Added to this are mentors with a wealth of experience and knowledge who guide the business through its various phases of establishment and growth. They also helped the partners to get appointments with one of the country’s leading wholesalers with a view to selling their products.Shortly thereafter, Nkala and Morudi received R160 000 in the 2014 SAB Kick-start Awards for the success of their business.HOW THE BUSINESS WORKSHailing from the farming province of North West, the duo spoke of their passion for preserving and showcasing the country’s rich heritage through food. “Our business interests lie in agro-processing, a highly labour intensive industry, which helps to create more jobs and develop the potential of people in these rural areas,” said Nkala.Rural farmers in Makapanstad and Winterveld are already reaping the benefits of the sauces as 80% of the ingredients used in Chilladiddo products are supplied by them. Also, 10% of the revenue generated from sales is invested in a fund set up for rural farmers to help develop their businesses further. This should ensure they can continue supplying quality raw ingredients as well as guarantee a market for their produce.The business employs two full-time and eight part-time people. “We are not just about profits,” added Morudi. “We want to uplift rural communities too and we have delicious products that we are proud of.”According to the pair, their inspiration comes from their grandfather, Dr Sam Motsuenyane. Following many years of working for the government, he continues to develop the people in the community from which he comes. He has organised them into farmer co-operatives which today supply citrus products to a major juice manufacturer.Nkala and Morudi dream of owning the whole production process of their business. They said: “We will have our own production facility compliant with all the industry standards and will supply to the biggest retailers in the country and abroad. We also want to develop more rural subsistence farmers as we go by creating a minimum of 50 jobs in the second year of full operation.”They believe business should not be about the bottom line but should be encouraged by passion. “Once you have identified that one thing that gets the fire burning in your core, you then need to form linkages with a reputable incubation programme that can help you turn this passion into a sustainable business with structure and systems.”Future plans revolve around exporting their products and growing the business. It includes having their own label, Made with Rural, which endorses quality products from the rural communities which it takes to the world.last_img read more

Young Ag Professionals awards 10 grants

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Ohio Farm Bureau’s Young Agricultural Professionals program has awarded $500 grants to eight local YAP groups and two Collegiate Farm Bureau groups.The grants are courtesy of Farm Credit Mid-America and fund YAP-focused educational programming or events. Winning groups were recently acknowledged at the Young Agricultural Professionals Winter Leadership Experience.The recipients and their programming:Ashland County YAPA Careers in Ag Info Night will be offered for various FFA chapters in the county with students rotating among breakout sessions of various Young Ag Professionals describing their careers.Hardin, Hancock, Seneca, Wyandot counties YAPYoung Ag Professionals from these four counties will join forces with the Blanchard River Demonstration Farms Network to host a day-long FFA Career Day at the demonstration farms. Students will learn about the conservation practices being used at the farms and participate in an interactive career fair.Holmes County YAPThe group will reach out to FFA and 4-H members in their last year of high school and get them involved with Farm Bureau. An additional seat will be created on the county board with the new young board member receiving a $500 scholarship at the end of his or her term.Jackson-Vinton County YAPPartnering with local FFA chapters, the YAP group will host a dinner prepared by a chef using all food grown by local Farm Bureau members, FFA chapters in their greenhouse and the local Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center’s farm. All proceeds will go to the local Youth Scholarship Fund and a local food charity.Jefferson County Farm BureauThe county Farm Bureau is establishing a YAP group that will focus on a wide variety of programming that includes ag careers, financial resources for young entrepreneurs, emerging niche agriculture, legal issues and agriculture’s image in the community.Montgomery County YAPThe movie “Farmland” will be shown followed by a panel discussion by YAP members as a way to connect students with Farm Bureau’s mission and highlight careers available in the agriculture industry.Ross County YAPYoung Ag Professionals members will invite FFA students to learn about ag-related career opportunities through a series of Q&A sessions with a panel of local agriculture professionals. Ag careers represented will include farmers, veterinarians, ag lenders, ag educators, Extension personnel, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and Soil and Water Conservation District agents.Tuscarawas County YAPKent State Tuscarawas County Campus has started an agribusiness program. Tuscarawas County YAP members will support it by creating programming and activities that focus on careers in agriculture, monthly meetings and field trips.Wilmington College Collegiate Farm BureauThe scholarship will help pay for collegiate Farm Bureau members to attend American Farm Bureau’s Young Farmers and Ranchers Conference.Wright State University Lake CampusThe scholarship will help fund the university’s fourth annual Emerging Ag Conference to be held in the new agriculture and water quality facility. The event is geared toward Young Ag Professionals who want to learn about diverse areas of agriculture.last_img read more

On Christmas Day, a well-deserved applause for the ‘other’ team in action

first_imgBefore the PBA held Christmas Day games, Mich Flores spent the 25th of December with her family, serving in church. Her mother and twin sisters would join her as lectors while her father acts as lay minister.“Other ministers usually go to their provinces or spend time with family and relatives during Christmas time, so we’re the only ones left,” she said.ADVERTISEMENT 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities View comments Ighot and operations assistant Neil Tibajares miss their old Christmas Day routine, but helping spread holiday cheer more than makes up for that.“You give up time with your family, but you get to make PBA fans happy,” said Tibajares.That’s what everyone in Team PBA focuses mostly on: How to help fans maximize their Christmas experience with the league.“There are a few people who will be sad that I have to work on Christmas Day but compare that to the thousands who become happy because they get to watch the PBA on Christmas Day,” said Ancheta. “If these people choose to spend their Christmas with the PBA, who am I to complain?”Flores added: “Every time I see families, friends together at Christmas time during games, I feel thankful. In our own small way, we get to bring them together, put smiles on their faces while watching a basketball game.”It’s this kind of thinking that makes it easy for Team PBA members to endure being away from family on Christmas Day. It is this attitude that helps them work tirelessly to make sure fans enjoy their Dec. 25.But at the core of that thinking, at the heart of that attitude lies something else.Imagine: After running around venues making sure fans get to maximize their day in the PBA, ensuring the media gets everything it needs for a seamless coverage, making sure action after breathless action gets posted on social media, Team PBA huddles back to their own dugout with no applause to usher them off the court.When the lights fade and the cheering is reduced to distant echoes in an empty coliseum, there are no long queues of adoring fans eager hungry for autographs and photo-ops.And yet, the happiness in their faces is unmistakable. Marcial, the indefatigable communications and external affairs director who is currently the league’s officer-in-charge, understands perfectly why. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police 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 Read Next Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ “For me, the PBA is no longer work. It’s our passion,” he said. “This is what we want. This is the PBA. What else is there to want?”As far as Team PBA’s dedication to their passion? Nothing else. —WITH A REPORT FROM RANDOLPH B. LEONGSON Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMCcenter_img Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq Premier Volleyball League spikes inaugural season with 3 conferences, 3 champions Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LATEST STORIES Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed But they’re out there grinding—for the sake of fans who take time out to spend Christmas Day soaking in the country’s finest basketball brand and, in the case of media bureau staff members Flores and Hazel Ancheta, those who couldn’t make it.“We cut videos of games that are posted on Instagram,” said Ancheta.Talk among NBA old-timers is that Red Auerbach didn’t want the Boston Celtics playing on the 25th at home because it deprived arena workers of a chance to spend Christmas with their families.The PBA office employees have no choice. No matter what team gets assigned to play on Christmas, they show up and make sure operations run smoothly.“It’s fulfilling because you get to give something back to fans,” said Rouselle Ighot, the league’s in-venue and events officer who supervises activities for sponsors and fans.ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano: 4 social media groups behind SEA Games ‘sabotage’ Today, the 25th means running social media sites and making sure they keep up with all the basketball action going on.Willie Marcial, meanwhile, remembers traveling to Batangas to spend time with his family and “sharing drinks with friends” on Christmas Day. Nowadays, he manages traffic inside the press room, tending to the needs of sports journalists. If the game calls for it, Marcial steps on the court to intervene when things go out of hand between teams.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderIn the Philippine Basketball Association, teams normally get booked for Christmas Day matches if: a. They are Barangay Ginebra, b. They are Barangay Ginebra’s designated foe, or c. They serve as the opening match in a doubleheader featuring Barangay Ginebra.But there is another team that works on Christmas Day, only its members never make the highlight reel. They do not walk to the court showered in thunderous applause. And neither are there names called out in booming fashion over the public address system.last_img read more

Leonard, Aldridge lead healthy Spurs past Nets

first_imgCaris LeVert led Brooklyn with 18 points and Allen Crabbe added 15. Read Next Playing with a full roster for the first time led to some hesitation, as the Spurs scored just 19 points in the opening quarter while trying to involve all their scoring options. San Antonio settled into a rhythm, shooting 51 percent overall in capturing its 15th straight win at home over Brooklyn.Pau Gasol added 15 points, Parker had 14 and Patty Mills and Manu Ginobili each had 11 for the Spurs.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderPlaying in just his fifth game, Leonard was 8 for 17 from the field in scoring a season high.The Nets were able to keep pace early despite injuries to their top two point guards, D’Angelo Russell and Jeremy Lin. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Mirotic scores 24 points off bench, Bulls beat Bucks BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq MOST READ Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed Cayetano: 4 social media groups behind SEA Games ‘sabotage’center_img Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers PLAY LIST 01:48NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police 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 San Antonio Spurs forward LaMarcus Aldridge (12) is pressured by Brooklyn Nets forward DeMarre Carroll (9) as he tries to score during the first half of an NBA basketball game. APSAN ANTONIO — Kawhi Leonard scored 21 points, LaMarcus Aldridge added 20 and the San Antonio Spurs beat the Brooklyn Nets 109-97 on Tuesday (Wednesday Manila time) in their first game of the season with every player healthy and available.San Antonio is third in the Western Conference at 24-11 despite being without Leonard and/or Tony Parker for 30 games this season.ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Balkman returns to Philippine basketball as Alab import

first_imgMOST READ Balkman will join two-time PBA champion Justin Brownlee as Alab’s foreign reinforcements, replacing Ivan Johnson and Reggie Okosa.Alab Pilipinas will play Westports Malaysia Dragons in a home game on Wednesday at Filoil Flying V Arena.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderThe former New York Knick was banned by PBA Commissioner Chito Salud in 2013 after choking Blaze Booster teammate Arwind Santos. He was also fined P250,000.Balkman last played for Reales dela Vega in the Domincan Republic League, a local basketball league. Read Next Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:18Sangley airport to be operational in 7 days – Tugade02:46Makabayan bloc: Duterte suspension order on rice importation only a ‘media stunt’01:29Police 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 Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lou Williams scores 40 as Clippers hold off Hornets Puerto Rico’s forward Renaldo Balkman. AFP PHOTO/ CRISTINA QUICLERRenaldo Balkman may be banned from the PBA, but he still found a way to be part of Philippine basketball.The former Petron import is now part of Alab Pilipinas in the ASEAN Basketball League, team owner Charlie Dy announced.ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq LATEST STORIES Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed View commentslast_img read more

Balkman gets ‘chance for ‘redemption’ with Alab stint

first_imgKammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa “Five years to the day I did something that I regret and I learned a valuable lesson from it.”READ: Balkman returns to Philippine basketball as Alab import FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderBalkman was banned for life from the PBA after he shoved game officials and teammates Ronald Tubid and Arwind Santos when Petron faced Alaska on March 8, 2013.The former New York Knick then choked Santos in a heated display of frustration as the 2013 MVP tried to pacify the situation. Puerto Rico’s forward Renaldo Balkman reacts during the 2014 FIBA World basketball championships group B match Croatia vs Puerto Rico at the Palacio Municipal de Deportes in Sevilla on September 4, 2014. AFP PHOTO / CRISTINA QUICLER / AFP PHOTO / CRISTINA QUICLERAs Renaldo Balkman looks to restart his career in Philippine basketball, the Puerto Rican international brings along lessons he learned five years ago when he was still in the PBA.“Thankful for another opportunity to do what I to do,” said Balkman, who will suit up for Alab Pilipinas in the Asean Basketball League, in a message reposted by team owner Charlie Dy on his Instagram account.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next Halep, Sharapova off to flying 2018 starts BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq LATEST STORIES Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed View comments “Always remember to keep your composure and to be the best role model you can be, now I finally have a chance for redemption.” Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games PLAY LIST 01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police 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 MOST READlast_img read more

McCollum scores 32, leads Blazers over Bulls in OT

first_imgKris Dunn scored 22 points and Nikola Mirotic had 18 points off the bench for Chicago, which blew a late lead for a second straight game. The Bulls lost for only the fourth time in 14 games since Mirotic returned to the lineup.Lauri Markkanen finished with 19 points, including a jumper from the corner that tied it at 120 with 1:14 left in overtime.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderMcCollum then made his short floater and added a pair of late free throws.McCollum and Aminu, who made 5-of-6 3-pointers after halftime, carried the Blazers’ offense as they rallied from a seven-point deficit. 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Read Next View comments LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:29Police 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 Games01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Portland Trail Blazers guard CJ McCollum (3) shoots against the Chicago Bulls during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, Jan. 1, 2018, in Chicago. The Trail Blazers won 124-120 in overtime. (AP Photo/David Banks)CHICAGO — C.J. McCollum scored 25 of his 32 points after halftime, including the tiebreaking basket with 56.5 seconds remaining in overtime, and the Portland Trail Blazers beat the Chicago Bulls 124-120 on Monday night.Al-Farouq Aminu added a season-high 24 points and Evan Turner also had his season best with 22 for Portland, which was without leading scorer Damian Lillard for a fifth straight game.ADVERTISEMENT After scoring four straight points to tie it at 112, McCollum missed two tries to pull ahead in the final 36 seconds of regulation.Led by Mirotic and Bobby Portis, the Bulls’ bench helped them overcome a sluggish start. Each had nine points in a second quarter in which Chicago’s reserves outscored Portland’s 18-7. Mirotic hit a deep 3-pointer with 5:21 left before the half to give the Bulls a 43-39 lead after they trailed by as many as 10 points early.Portis finished with 14 points and seven rebounds. Neither Mirotic nor Portis played the final 7 1/ 2 minutes of regulation or overtime.Pat Connaughton had 16 points for Portland.TIP-INSADVERTISEMENT Trail Blazers: Lillard missed his fifth straight game with a right hamstring strain. Expected to be a game-time decision, Lillard, who hasn’t played since Dec. 20, was ruled out early. Portland coach Terry Stotts wasn’t sure if Lillard would play on Tuesday at Cleveland.“When he’s ready, he’ll be ready, but it’s hard to say,” Stotts said.Bulls: Zach LaVine’s “training camp” has gone well so far, according to coach Fred Hoiberg. Coming off February surgery to repair a torn ACL in his left knee, LaVine is halfway through a stretch of six consecutive days of full-contact practices. “He’s sore, as expected,” Hoiberg said. “Overall, he’s handled it great. He’ll have another good opportunity (Tuesday). It was good to see him out there. He’s in training camp mode right now, but he’s handling the workload well and that’s the important thing.”UP NEXTTrail Blazers: At the Cleveland Cavaliers on Tuesday night.Bulls: Host the Toronto Raptors on Wednesday night. Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Timberwolves send Lakers reeling to 7th straight loss MOST READlast_img read more