Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netBOCAUE — NLEX shared the blessings and in turn, went on to have a merry Christmas after a 115-104 win over GlobalPort to stay unbeaten in the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup Monday at Philippine Arena here.Leaning on a balanced attack, the Road Warriors negated the 33-point outing from Stanley Pringle to improve to 2-0 in the conference.ADVERTISEMENT Quiñahan preserved NLEX’s 10-point cushion in the fourth before Ravena and Fonacier drilled treys to seal the win in the waning minutes.“We’re just taking advantage of the breaks we’re getting, and at the same time, it’s giving us time to jell,” said Guiao.Pringle’s high-scoring output and all-around brilliance went to waste as he also corralled 10 rebounds, four assists, and two steals in the losing effort.Sean Anthony chimed in 19 markers, nine boards, and three dimes off the bench, while Jonathan Grey got 13 points and two assists.The scores:ADVERTISEMENT Kiefer Ravena unloaded 20 points and had two rebounds, five assists and four steals to lead the assault for NLEX. He capped another stellar outing and punctuated the Road Warriors’ victory with a slam with 37 seconds left.“We just gave ourselves and our supporters a really nice Christmas gift on Christmas day,” said NLEX coach Yeng Guiao.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“We’re happy that we were able to carry our winning momentum because it’s going to be a two-week break for us. But we’ll keep on practicing through the holidays.”The Road Warriors took advantage of the Batang Pier missing the services of main gunner Terrence Romeo, who is still recovering from his knee contusion, as they made the world’s largest indoor arena as their playground to knock off the numerous rallies from the opposition. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View comments MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson 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 Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Christmas tradition: Warriors, Cavs headline holiday hoops LATEST STORIES NLEX 115 — Ravena 20, Quiñahan 19, Fonacier 12, Tiongson 10, Alas 9, Baguio 8, Gotladera 8, Miranda 8, Mallari 6, Monfort 5, Rios 5, Taulava 3, Al-Hussaini 2.GLOBALPORT 104 — Pringle 33, Anthony 19, Grey 13, Nabong 9, Araña 8, Elorde 5, Guinto 4, Juico 4, Taha 4, Flores 2, Sargent 2, Gabayni 1.Quarters: 25-25, 50-45, 84-76, 115-104.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next
Elijah Johnson was one of the earliest leaders of the colonists, having arrived here on January 7, 1822 the ship Elizabeth. It was the ship that brought the first group of colonist from the United States to found a home in Africa, their Motherland. He is noted for being the author of two historic statements. After the Sierra Leone people and the British colonial government had refused the colonists from America settlement at Shebro Island, Elijah Johnson led the colonists from there to Providence Island near Cape Mesurado. The general area they later named Monrovia. At the time, many on the ship Elizabeth urged the group return to the USA. But Elijah Johnson responded with these historic, inspiring words:“For two long years I have sought a home. Here I have found one, and here will I remain.”His other historic statement came when the British, in a subtle attempt to colonize Liberia during the tribal uprising against the settlers, offered to put up their flag in a bid to scare off the colonists’ tribal opponents. But Elijah Johnson, who was then Acting Agent of the American Colonization Society, defiantly told the British: “We want no flagstaff put up here that will cost us more to take down than to whip the natives.”By that one remark, Liberia was saved from colonization and remains till this day the only African territory that was never colonized.Elijah Johnson attained a great legacy as a leader. He was one of the delegates to the Constitutional Convention that started in January, 1847 and ended with the establishment of the Republic of Liberia on July 26 that year. He was therefore, one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence.His legacy of leadership has continued down through the generations. His son, Hilary Richard Wright Johnson, became president of Liberia in 1884. Hilary was a charismatic leader. He was nominated by both the Republican Party, founded by J. J. Roberts, Liberia first President, and the True Whig Party, of which E. J. Roye became the first standard bearer, later elected President. After his election as President (1884), Hilary Richard Wright Johnson chose his cabinet from both the Republican and True Whig Parties. And that spelled the end of the Republican Party.Elijah Johnson’s great great grandson, Gabriel Johnson Tucker, became one of Liberia’s great Secretaries of Public Works and was probably the most popular member of the Tolbert government. When the coup took place in 1980 Tucker, who managed men and women from ditch diggers to architects and civil and structural engineers, was one of only four Ministers of the Tolbert government who were never arrested in 1980. Public Works employees ran to his house on the morning the coup to protect him.Elijah Johnson’s leadership legacy continued with Martinus Johnson, also a great grandson, who became Liberia’s Ambassador to Egypt. A great great granddaughter, Ruby Johnson, was a fashion model in the 1970s who adorned West African magazine covers. She now serves as a Commissioner on the Human Rights Commission of Liberia.The Johnson people seemed to have had a special fondness for Marylanders. Elijah Johnson’s great granddaughter, Danielette Johnson, married Mr. Tucker of Cape Palmas and their son, Gabriel Johnson Tucker, married another Marylander, Wilhelmina “Coocoo” Tubman, daughter of President W.V.S. Tubman. The Woods sisters of Edina, Grand Bassa County, are also descendants of Elijah Johnson because their mother was an Elijah Johnson descendant. One of her grand daughters, Hesta, married Goda Baker, a Marylander of the Grebo ethnic group; while Hesta’s older sister, Elizabeth, married Hebert Brewer of the Brewer family of Cape Palmas. But that was not all. Hesta’s eldest sister Maria was wedded to Mitch Brownell, another prominent Marylander; and so was Hesta daughter, also named Hesta, who married a Pearson from Cape Palmas.One of Ruby Johnson’s relatives has written a history of Elijah Johnson which we hope to share with our readers in the near future. Elijah Johnson also links us today with Liberia’s current President, Ellen Jonson-Sirleaf. How and why? Kenneth Y. Best, in his book, Albert Porte, record that Ellen’s grandfather,Mr. Jah Maley, was a gifted linguist who fluently spoke several Liberian languages. This is typical of the Deys and Golas, from whom Jah Maley hailed. As a result of his linguistic talents, Mr. Maley became the principal interpreter of President Hilary Richard Wright Johnson (1884-1892). President Johnson took Ellen’s grandfather, Mr. Jah Maley, everywhere he went. So the grandfather, Mr. Maley, decided to adopt the name Johnson as his surname. That is how Ellen’s father Carney, son of Jah Maley Johnson, became Carney Johnson.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
MONTEBELLO – Several local area students were essay winners at the first-ever Hispanic Heritage Day last weekend. The themes for each grade level were different but were based on Hispanic heritage. The fourth-grade winners were: first place, Emma Gildemontes of Wilcox Elementary; second place, Briana Simental of St. Benedict School, and third place, Aida Araujo of Wilcox Elementary. The eighth-grade winners were: first place, Elissa Max of St. Benedict School; second place, Ashley Lopez of La Merced Intermediate School, and third place, Benjamin Vasquez of St. Benedict School. WHITTIER – The Parking and Transportation Commission meeting scheduled for tonight has been canceled. For more information call Whittier City Hall, (562) 945-8200. Hispanic students win with essays The 12th-grade winners were: first place, Victor Gonzalez of Montebello High School; second place, Jesse Batres of Schurr High School, and third place, Andrew Pabon of Montebello High School. The first-place winners in the fourth and eighth grades each received $300 in cash and a $700 savings bond. The 12th grade first-place winner received $1,000. Blood-pressure checks available WHITTIER – Seniors can receive free blood-pressure tests at 9 a.m. today at the Uptown Senior Center, 13225 Walnut St., and at 1:30 p.m. at Parnell Park, 15390 Lambert Road. Both senior centers will also have free blood sugar testing. More information: Whittier Senior Center at (562) 464-3370 or Parnell Park at (562) 464-3350. Fire Department sets open house SANTA FE SPRINGS – The Fire Department is hosting its Open House from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Fire Station 4, 11736 Telegraph Road. It is part of the department’s recognition of National Fire Prevention Week. You can meet Sparky the Fire Dog, take fire engine rides, fire station tours, receive fire safety information, enjoy refreshments and many more activities. For more information, contact the Santa Fe Springs Fire Prevention Bureau at (562) 944-9713. Caregiver support event is today WHITTIER – The Southeast Social Services Funding Authority is hosting a caregiver support group from 1 to 2 p.m. today at the Whittier Senior Center, 13225 Walnut St. The program assists care- givers, relatives and friends of the elderly in several areas including age-related problems, locating help for the home, reducing stress and meeting others dealing with similar situations. Spanish translation is available. For more information, call (562) 464-3370. Governor names Ochoa as judge Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Wednesday announced the appointment of Gilbert G. Ochoa to a judgeship in the San Bernardino County Superior Court. Ochoa, 49, of Rancho Cucamonga, has served as managing attorney for Bollington & Ochoa since 1993. Additionally, he has served as a judge pro tempore for both the San Bernardino County Superior Court and Orange County Municipal Court, and as a court-appointed arbitrator for the Superior Courts in Los Angeles, Riverside and San Bernardino counties. Ochoa earned a juris doctorate from the University of Santa Clara School of Law and a bachelor of arts from Whittier College. He fills one of the new positions created by Senate Bill 56. Ochoa is a Republican. His annual compensation will be $171,648. – From staff reports160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
1 Mark Selby celebrates his and Leicester’s victories Mark Selby wants to join Leicester’s open-top bus parade after missing the greatest moment in the club’s history while he wrapped up the Betfred World Championship title.Within 15 minutes of Leicester being confirmed as Barclays Premier League champions on Monday night, Foxes fan Selby clinched an 18-14 victory over Ding Junhui in the Crucible final.Leicester’s staggering sporting achievements will be followed by days and weeks of celebrations, and Selby has earned his right to be a part of that.He missed Leicester’s big promotion party in 2014, because he was busy beating Ronnie O’Sullivan in the Sheffield final.But Selby has time on his hands now, at the end of the snooker season, and is already making plans to head to Leicester’s match against Everton on Saturday.He said: “When they won the Championship two years ago they had the open-top bus tour on the day of the Crucible final but hopefully they can hold it back for me this time and I can be on there with them.”Selby has revealed the part Leicester’s England striker Jamie Vardy played in his potting success, encouraging him to overcome Marco Fu in the semi-finals.“He was texting me through the semi-final, saying ‘good luck’ and hopefully I’ll get a few more messages from the boys,” Selby said.“It would be nice to go down and see them in the next home game and cheer them on, and not sit there in the crowd being under pressure thinking they still need to win when they’re already champions.”If Leicester let him, Selby will bring along his trophy.“I paraded it on the first home game at the start of the season when I won my first world title,” he said.That was also a clash with Everton, whose fans were cheekily told by a former world champion to jeer Selby.“John Parrott was giving me some stick because he said he’d told the Everton fans to boo me when I went around the ground but thankfully they managed to stand up and clap me,” Selby said.“Who knows, they might not let me parade it, but I’ll definitely go down to the game and hopefully I don’t have to pay for a ticket.“The boys have done absolutely unbelievably. If someone had said they’d get into Europe having finished top six you’d have been pinching yourself.“But they’ve been there, top of the league, for probably three quarters of the season and everyone kept saying for weeks that the wheels were going to fall off at some stage but they proved everyone wrong and fair play to them.”
Dear Supporter All this publicity about charity chief top ups is damaging. I’m writing this letter to clarify where the money donated to Jack & Jill goes and to urge supporters to stick with us, especially for those Christmas donations which we depend on to fund our home nursing care model into 2014. While the Jack & Jill Foundation receives €519,00 which is 19% of the €2.7 million we need every year from the HSE, it is the general public that funds Jack & Jill. The money you donate funds intensive home nursing care for children with life limiting conditions from birth to 4 years old, as well as end of life care for children sent home to die. Our home nursing care model, that has supported 1,700 children since 1997, is nine times less expensive than hospital care, thus saving the State and the taxpayer millions every year. So the Jack & Jill Foundation funds the HSE and not the other way around. Having said that, we are very thankful for and depend on our HSE grant which covers the cost of our fundraising division in terms of accounts, HR, IT and our fundraising team, including my own salary as CEO and Chief Fundraiser. That means that money donated by our supporters goes directly to fund home nursing for the 300 children under our wing, including the salaries of 11 liaison nurses across the country and the funding of up to 64 hours per month per family. As CEO, my salary is just under €90,000 today and I’ve been very open about that. For the first 6 years of running Jack & Jill I did not draw a salary for this busy role which is 7 days a week. I can assure you that I get no top up payments, no bonus, no pension. My salary is justified on the basis that since 1997 we have supported 1,700 children with home nursing care and raised €47 million privately while we’ve received only €4.5 million from the HSE. So my salary as a percentage of the fundraising I’ve done is less than 2%. I also want to remind our supporters of the efficiency and cost effectiveness of the Jack & Jill home nursing care model. I am very proud to say that we have one of the best qualified teams of paediatric nurses in the country. They give practical advice on caring for the child, really listen to the family and make representations on their behalf to the government and HSE. Families call this service the “gift of time”. Time to do the normal things that we all take for granted, like sleeping, working, shopping or taking the healthy children to the park in the knowledge that their sick child is well cared for at home. Furthermore, our end of life care model has no waiting list. Nursing is provided in the home within 24 hours, once the decision by the parents is made to take their child home to die. We listen to and help co-ordinate parents’ wishes at the time of the child’s death, liaising with expert counsellors. We cover 26 counties and are one of the only out of hour paediatric services providing hands on care in the home, funding up to 64 hours per month per family. The bottom line is that without the generosity of the General Public we would not exist. We also rely on the generosity of our network of volunteers who give their time free and our corporate partners. We work hard for every cent we raise, and we make every cent count, with every €16 raised funding one hour of home nursing care. On behalf of the families we support, we thank you for your continued support which keeps us going. Yours sincerely Jonathan Irwin, CEO and Founder, Jack & Jill Children’s Foundation VIEWPOINT: AN OPEN LETTER FROM THE JACK AND JILL FOUNDATION was last modified: December 1st, 2013 by John2Share 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:VIEWPOINT: AN OPEN LETTER FROM THE JACK AND JILL FOUNDATION
HOLLYWOOD – The Hollywood Walk of Fame shone a little less bright this week after vandals stole actor Gregory Peck’s star from the world famous strip. Hollywood’s Honorary Mayor Johnny Grant reported the star stolen to police on Tuesday, though the artifact – made of pink terrazo – was believed to have been cut from the sidewalk with a cement saw between Nov. 14 and Nov. 20, police said. “Whoever did this was very good with a cement saw,” Grant said Tuesday. “They just carved it out and took it away. It weighs 300 pounds.” The Hollywood Historic Trust spent $7,000 to install a new star into the space along the 1600 block of Hollywood Boulevard on Tuesday. The hole left by vandals was covered with plywood during Sunday’s Hollyood Christmas Parade so spectators wouldn’t trip on it. Peck’s star lies close to those of Lucille Ball and Rudolf Valentino. “This isn’t about the replacement cost,” said Lt. Tina Nieto, spokeswoman for the Los Angeles Police Department’s Hollywood Division. “It’s the fact that it’s irreplacable. We’re asking for the public’s help and we’ll do anything we can to get it back.” Peck’s isn’t the first star to have been stolen, Grant said. In the 1980s, a city employee made off with the Jimmy Stewart and Kirk Douglas’ star while drainage work was being completed below Hollywood Boulevard. Those stars were found in his South Gate garage, Grant said. Gene Autry’s star also was taken. Grant received a call that it had been found in Iowa, though it was never returned, he said. Peck, who died in 2003 at age 87, won an Oscar for his portrayal of upstanding Southern lawyer Atticus Finch in 1962’s “To Kill a Mockingbird.” He also was noted for his roles in “Gentleman’s Agreement,” which won the Oscar for best picture in 1947, “The Guns of Navarone,” “Amazing Grace and Chuck,” “Cape Fear” and “Roman Holiday.” Peck’s star was part of the original group of some 1,500 set into Hollywood sidewalks before it was officially dedicated in 1960, Grant said. “Back then, there were no ceremonies,” Grant said. “But (Peck) was very involved with the community.” Grant said that while Peck’s replacement star “will be pristine,” he said he would still like the original one back, because of its historical significance. “I would say to whoever took it, to bring it back and place it where the new Gregory Pack star is and I’ll ask no questions,” Grant said. Susan Abram, (818) 713-3664 firstname.lastname@example.org AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
A magnificent four bedroom (2 en-suite) home with an overall c.3000 sq ft including the attached garage is on the market for €525,000. Built-in 2001, this opulent home is finished to high standard and quality throughout. It boasts beautiful panoramic views from it’s with the captivating 1.5-acre site and is only a short two-minute drive from the village of Ramelton.Viewing is highly recommended and strictly by appointment only.You can view the full listing, including more photographs of the property, by Brendan McGlynn Associates here.Magnificent four bedroom Ramelton property on the market for €525,000 was last modified: July 7th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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)
Kevin DavieAs with most things, South Africans are spoilt for choice when it comes to paddleable rivers.For a country that is water-challenged, canoeists have many rivers to choose from in all provinces, and some events, notably the Dusi and the Fish, are part of the national sporting consciousness.But ask even outdoorsy South Africans if they know of the Bivane River and chances are they have not heard of it. The river is a secret, even to some canoeists.For the past seven or so years canoeists have been making an annual pilgrimage to paddle this little-known river.The Bivane starts near Vryheid in the most northern part of KwaZulu-Natal. A privately-owned dam has been built by sugar farmers downstream of the Bivane along the Pongola River. This allows an additional 3 000 hectares of sugarcane to be grown annually.A controlled release also allows for paddlers and rafters to trip the rapids of the Bivane and Pongola.An annual race held in November attracts about 200 two-man kayaks. Paddlers take in the 30km adrenalin rush from below the dam to the confluence of the Pongola where the river broadens.The finish is a further 10 kilometres downstream in the excellent Ithala game reserve.The area is entirely uninhabited. There are no farms, no houses, no kraals and just a single fence. The area is so remote that canoeists are warned that if they break their boats they should not attempt to walk out of the valley as chances are they will not be found for several days.Rather, you wait for a flotilla of inflatable rafts which follow at the back of the field. You leave your broken mess of fibre glass. This will be picked up a week later by the organisers.The river is rated A-plus, meaning you have to be experienced and wear both a life jacket and helmet.A repair kit and spare paddle are also essential as the river is a boat-eater.The area has had little rainfall and the dam is low, meaning that the water release, at six cubic metres a second, will be about half of that of what canoeists have come to expect.The “bony” river also means that there is likely to be even greater damage to our boats as lines will be tighter and we can expect to whack more rocks in the rapids.There are plenty of rapids – about 60 – in the 42 kilometres we will paddle. Many are boat breakers. Some even have marshals on standby, wearing either green (okay to shoot), yellow (shoot at your on risk) or red (get out and portage) T-shirts.At the first marshalled rapid the officials have changed their shirts from red to yellow. A line of broken boats are on the bank, their owners making makeshift attempts to fix them.The gorge is as beautiful as it is remote. The rapids are exhilarating and, in cases, mind-focusing. The low level means lines have to be carefully picked in the approach to a rapid, the boat continually turned to find a way through the rocks, and then, as you find the main current and the river drops, you have an adrenalin rush as you surge through the white water.My own race is a conservative one. There are many things which can go wrong and no shortage of rapids which can end your race. We portage a handful of rapids where we see that some canoeists in front of us have come to grief.A few times we have swum (canoeist parlance for capsizing) and have had to stop and fix an errant rudder, but both paddlers and boat are in good shape as we exit the most hectic part of this journey, the Bivane, and join the Pongola.The organisers told us at the pre-race briefing that there are crocodiles in the Pongola, but that crocodiles eat fish, not canoeists.My partner, Mike, and I are feeling strong and pulling hard for the last hour or so as we cruise the Pongola. But the wider river means that the river is bonier. We have about five kilometres to go (according to Mike’s GPS) and are picking our way down a rapid.A rock knocks us off course. A second puts us at right angles to the river against another, large rock.Within seconds the boat starts breaking. Mike is out of the boat in perhaps four or five seconds, but it is too late. We have wrapped completely around the rock.I’m out and unhook the broken K2 from the rock, swimming after Mike with the boat.He grabs the boat and, without discussion, says he will swim it to the other side of the river, the right-hand bank, which is the same side as the finish. We can then carry the broken boat to the finish. I follow.The river is only about 50 metres wide, but it seems to take an eternity rather than a minute or so to get out of the water.We have repair kit, tape and bandages. The latter come in an air-tight container. You open the package and immerse the contents in water. The boat is then taped with the bandage which creates a solid bond in about 20 minutes.But our break is across the cockpit. We can fix it with a bandage but it means that one of us will not be able to get into the boat.We decide to carry. The bush is thick. This is my first encounter with the haak and steek (hook and attach) bush. The haak grabs you, and the steek goes in deep as you move.If you were hiking and got hooked, you’d stop. The problem with carrying a K2 is that your partner at the back does not know that you are impaled on a thorn bush and carries on pushing from the back.We put down the boat on the river’s edge to consider our options. We hear voices from behind a thick blanket of bush. The voices belong to two game rangers who are on poacher control.They are only about five metres from us, but we cannot see them, nor them us.They confirm there are crocodiles in the river.“These crocodiles,” Mike asks, “are they big or small?”“Big. All of them,” the female of the two voices answers.They also tell us there are buffalo and rhino (black and white) in the area, but no lions.Their advice is to paddle a short distance to beyond a cliff we can see a few hundred metres downstream. There is a path just behind this cliff all the way to the finish.And so it is, with a combination of carrying a battered and bandaged boat, paddling short sections (as the water level in the boat got higher and higher), we made our way to the finish.If there’s a moral in this story I’m not sure what it is. Perhaps it’s this: if you’re going to paddle a broken boat in crocodile-inhabited waters, make sure they prefer fish to canoeists.As a journalist Kevin Davie is a Nieman Fellow and editor of numerous South Africa business magazines and newspapers. As an Internet entrepreneur he co-founded South Africa’s first online stockbroker and WOZA, the first news portal which was independent of a traditional publisher.He divides his time between the Mail & Guardian, where he runs the business section and pursues the twin interests of economics and environmentalism, and projects in construction (particularly green building) and a better way to search the Internet. He also makes time to paddle and ride his mountain bike.
Leading from the front, skipper Suresh Raina (58) smashed a much need half-century to guide Gujarat Lions to a six-wicket victory over Mumbai Indians in an Indian Premier League (IPL) match here on Saturday. (Highlights | Scorecard)After win, Gujarat climb to top of points table with 18 points from 14 games and qualify for play-offs.Batting first, riding on Nitish Rana’s 36-ball 70 Mumbai posted 172/8 in 20 overs. (When Bravo and Pollard nearly punched each other)SOLID REPLYIn reply, Gujarat displayed an all-round show with the bat as they chased down the target posting 173/4 with 13 balls to spare.After loss, Mumbai are in the sixth spot and have 14 points from 14 games and are all but knocked out of the last four race.Chasing a challenging target of 172, Gujarat got off to a poor start losing opener Aaron Finch (0) in the very second ball of the innings.CRUCIAL STANDBut his opening partner Brendon McCullum (48) and incoming batsman skipper Raina played a well, sneaking in with ones, twos, and boundaries to take team past 90-run mark in eighth over itself.The 95-run partnership for the second wicket came to an end in the 10th over when Harbhajan Singh dismissed McCullum.But Raina played his natural game to put pressure on the opposition and he brought up his half-century in 30 balls.Dinesh Karthik (3) too fell cheaply. But Dwayne Smith (37 not out) along with Raina made sure the team came close to victory line.Raina who was looking good to finish the game for his team was dismissed in the 13th over but his team was well on course to victory line with 120-plus score.advertisementIn the dying overs of the match, Smith and Ravindra Jadeja (21 not out) held onto take Gujarat over the line.For Mumbai, R. Vinay Kumar (2-17) was the pick of the bowlers.MUMBAI RIDE ON RANA’S FIFTYEarlier put into bat, skipper Rohit Sharma (30) got the defending champions off to a good start in the first three overs. But Dhawal Kulkarni got the much needed breakthrough in the fourth over dismissing Rohit to have Mumbai at 33/1.His opening partner New Zealander Martin Guptill (7) too fell cheaply followed by Krunal Pandya (4) without troubling the opposition bowlers much. With three quick wickets, Mumbai were struggling at 45/3 inside the powerplay.But incoming batsmen Rana and Jos Buttler (33) held their nerves and played sensibly without losing any more wickets to take the team past the 100-run mark after 12 overs.The duo put up a crucial 75-run partnership for the fourth wicket before Buttler was dismissed by a superb caught and bowled by West Indian Dwayne Bravo.Mumbai were 120/4 in the 14th over then.Despite the wicket of Buttler, Rana played his natural game with Kieron Pollard (9) at the other end.The impressive innings by Rana came to an end in the 17th over with Bravo dismissing the left-handed batsman. But by then Mumbai were over the 150-run mark.En route his maiden IPL half-century, the young left-handed batsman struck seven boundaries and four sixes with a strike rate of over 194.Pollard too headed back to the pavilion in the 18th over to help Gujarat make a comeback into the game in the death overs.Dwayne Bravo (2-22), Praveen Kumar (2-24), Dwayne Smith (2-37) and Dhawal Kulkarni (2-41) were the pick of the Gujarat bowlers.Brief Scores: Mumbai Indians 172/8 in 20 overs (Nitish Rana 70; Dwayne Bravo 2-22, Praveen Kumar 2-24, Dwayne Smith 2-37, Dhawal Kulkarni 2-41) vs Gujarat Lions 173/4 in 17.5 overs (Suresh Raina 58; R. Vinay Kumar 2-17)