By Gustavo Arias Retana/Diálogo June 21, 2019 In late March 2019, the Ecuadorean Navy detected 245 Chinese fishing vessels in their maritime border, near the Galapagos Islands. The situation, far from the first incident of its kind, put the country on alert. Chinese vessels fish indiscriminately, taking advantage of insufficient surveillance in the area to decimate the marine fauna. Ecuador had already detected 60 Chinese industrial fishing vessels near the Galapagos in 2018. In 2017, authorities intercepted cargo ship Fu Yuan Yu Leng 999 inside a marine reserve. The ship was carrying 300 tons of shark fins, hammerhead sharks, and silky sharks. The crew was prosecuted for environmental crimes. Other countries, such as Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Peru, and Uruguay have also suffered from voracious Chinese fishing in their seas. Juan Carlos Sueiro, head of the international nongovernmental organization (NGO) Oceana, said the problem is growing in Latin America, and authorities’ response is weak. “These Chinese vessels work in the same way: they fish in international waters, near the maritime border of Latin American countries,” Sueiro told Diálogo. “Almost every country has detected Chinese vessels entering their waters illegally. It’s not new and happens on a daily basis.” Rodrigo García Píngaro, head of the Organization for the Conservation of Cetaceans, an Uruguayan NGO, said that Chinese vessels fish regardless of species’ endangered status. They seek mass shoals and prey for species that garner high prices in Asia for their alleged medicinal effects. Some of the most affected species are the giant squid, cod, tuna, black hake, shark, and the totoaba. “China is hungry for seafood that can’t be found in other seas; here there are still stocks of valuable fish,” García told Diálogo. “They use ghost nets to catch everything without distinction, whatever species they can, hoping they’ll be well paid.” Ghost nets are nets left behind by fishermen, or lost in the high seas. Marine Destruction Guillermo Caille, executive director of Natural Patagonia Foundation, says that the situation in Latin America is part of a systematic attack China conducts in the world’s seas to sustain the Asian nation’s consumption and exports. In its 2018 report, “State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture,” the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations said that China is the main producer of fish and fish products worldwide, and, since 2002, the main exporter. This not only implies that the Asian nation seeks areas rich in resources to meet its needs, but also intends to set up logistics bases, such as ports, shipyards, and fish processing plants near areas to be exploited. In Latin America, for instance, Chinese company Shangdong Baoma intends to develop an economic free zone with a port, shipyard, and processing and packaging plant for frozen fish in the region of Punta Yeguas, east of Montevideo, Uruguay. The company seeks to begin construction before the end of 2019. “The main reason for China to attempt to develop the port in Montevideo is that these fleets lack a fishing base on land, outside Asia. They depend on foreign companies to repair their fishing vessels, stock and supply, as well as planning for and making their captures. This causes loss of efficiency and benefits, which increases production costs,” says the NGO Oceanosanos in its report, “Background on the Chinese Terminal Investment Project at Montevideo Port 2016-2019”. U.S. Support Faced with the Chinese threat, the United States supports Latin American authorities to avoid greater damage to the ecosystem. For example, the Ecuadorean and U.S. navies conducted exercise PASSEX in the Pacific Ocean on November 22, 2018, which focused on preventing, dissuading, and eradicating illegal fishing. “Combating unreported, and unregulated fishing is a top international priority,” said to the press U.S. Navy Commander Jamie Hopkins, commander of the USS Wayne E. Meyer, one of the vessels that participated in the exercise. “It’s a worldwide problem estimated to cost the global fishing industry billions of dollars a year.” However, the fight is not an easy one. China is decimating marine species and seeking to expand onto land by setting up ports and fish processing plants. Confronting China’s intentions requires a regional commitment to increase surveillance and prevent the Asian country from destroying the marine resources in the region.
34SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Brian Branch Dr. Brian Branch, president and CEO of World Council of Credit Unions (WOCCU), was appointed in 2011. Dr. Branch has worked at WOCCU since 1990 and has been engaged in … Web: www.woccu.org Details What examples exist of supplemental capital for credit unions or other cooperative financial institutions in other countries?After the 2008 global financial crisis, international agreements, such as Basel III, standardized capital requirements for any institution taking public deposits. While aimed at large international stockholder banks, these frameworks provided a more rigorous framework for cooperative or mutual financial institutions. Under Basel III, Common Equity Tier 1 (CET1) capital must meet the tests of either common shares or retained earnings. Basel III does not list instruments that fall within capital classifications. Basel III provides a 14-point checklist to test whether an instrument will qualify as CET1 capital. Since credit unions cannot raise capital by issuing common shares, how can credit unions raise additional capital beyond retained earnings?Basel III notes that, “[This] criteria also apply to non-stock companies, such as mutuals, cooperatives or savings institutions, taking into account their specific constitution and legal structure. The criteria should preserve the quality of the instruments by requiring that they are deemed fully equivalent to common shares in terms of their capital quality as regards loss absorption and do not possess features which could cause the condition of the bank to be weakened as a going concern during periods of market stress.”In many Latin American countries, credit union regulators set rules under which member shares qualify as CET1. To do so, they must meet tests of (1) ability to absorb losses and (2) permanence. Credit union CET1 shares must cover losses after retained earnings are exhausted and are subordinated to other claims.To recognize paid-in shares as equity capital, the member cannot withdraw the shares. Doing so would likely threaten the institution’s stability, when it needs the stabilizing influence of capital most. The credit union must have the right to refuse the redemption. The shares are redeemable only at the credit union’s option, and then only under limited circumstances and without creating an expectation that the instrument will be bought back. The institution’s capital level should not decrease as a result of the redemption. Shares that would be redeemed at the member’s option without any limitations would not qualify. (See: Credit Union Shares as Regulatory Capital Under Basel III (August 2012))In Europe, the European Union’s Capital Requirements Directive IV (CRD IV) recognizes that CET1 shares must be redeemable where national law includes the right of redemption of cooperative shares. The ensuing European Commission Credit Requirements Regulation (CRR) sets specific rules for financial cooperative institution cooperative shares as CET1 capital. The key is that the credit union must be able to refuse or limit the redemption of the member’s cooperative shares. One approach is to make the redemption out of the proceeds of newly issued shares. Exiting members can withdraw their shares by getting in the queue for new entering members to purchase them. Another approach is to allow share redemption up to a threshold, where the credit union remains above the minimum regulatory capital requirement. One other approach is to limit share redemptions to no more than 10% of shares. In these cases, share redemptions can only occur after year-end financial closing and compliance with capital requirements. (See: www.woccu.org/policyadvocacy)In the United Kingdom, policy allows cooperative or mutual financial institutions to offer Core Capital Deferred Shares (CCDS). These are fully paid-in, permanent (non-redeemable) and subordinated to member shares. Distributions are fully discretionary, non-cumulative and determined each year by the board with a capped upper limit. These deferred shares are listed as standard equity instruments on the London Stock Exchange without voting rights. The cost for these deferred shares tends to be prohibitive for smaller mutuals. (See: Martin Stewart. “New Capital For Mutuals in a Basel III World.” 2014 World Credit Union Conference.)In Australia, credit unions have operated with Basel III rules since early 2013. Credit unions and mutual building societies can issue a supplemental capital instrument called “Mutual Equity Interests.” If a “trigger event” occurs, such as the institution’s losses exceeding its retained earnings, a conversion clause allows the supplemental capital to convert to CET1 capital with a lower face value. For example, in a conversion, the supplemental capital holders could receive $3 in CET1 for every $10 held in supplemental capital prior to the trigger event.Basel III is the framework in which many countries’ credit unions and regulators have established instruments for supplemental capital to support expansion of credit union services to underserved populations—beyond that which capital based on retained earnings allows. The two basic principles that drive the design of such instruments include the ability to absorb losses and permanence. Such instruments, by their nature, tend to be expensive to reflect their risk. While some are available to non-members, others of same or similar principles have also found market demand limited among membership. read more
“I do marching band, I do concert band, and I also do chorus,” he said. “Just to know that we all love you as students and as friends,” said Junior. He even makes nods to office and cafeteria staff, IT support, drivers, volunteers, and custodians. Like many students in New York, Junior was upset he wouldn’t be returning the middle school for the rest of the academic year. But the real message is for teachers, who are continuing to work hard every day. “Even though I can’t see them, I still love them very much and I want to make sure they’re safe and they’re healthy,” he said. One student in the Johnson City School District is singing about it, capturing hearts around the Southern Tier. Junior dedicates it to teachers and school staff. “It’s not just about the friends and the people I say hi to everyday. It’s the teachers and the things that happen in school in general really,” he said. JOHNSON CITY (WBNG) — The news of schools closing across New York left many students and teachers devastated. Junior says it’s all to spread some hope and joy during a tough time. “In the end I realized that every single lyric was true. I wanted to express that I understand that we’re all going through a hard time. Everyone is suffering through this all together,” he said. Edgardo Ramos, who goes by Junior, is an eighth grader at Johnson City Middle School, involved in the music program. For a link to the full video and lyrics, click here. With the help of his school counselor, his thoughts were turned into a song. read more
Former Angel owner Jackie Autry, Angel right fielder Tim Salmon and Dr. Tom Amberry, 42 year Angel season ticket holder, raise the official World Championship flag before the start of the home opener in 2003.March 30, 2003Never mind that the Angels lost 6-3 to the Texas Rangers in a nationally televised Sunday night opener.Most of the 43,525 fans who filled Angel Stadium that night likely were satisfied with the evening before the first pitch, because the Angels celebrated their World Series title from 2002.It took the franchise 18 years to even make the playoffs, and another 13 years to win a postseason series, so the fans were starved for a title.They unfurled the championship banner in a pregame ceremony. The crowd chanted “U-S-A, U-S-A, U-S-A,” as baseball fandom mingled with national pride amid the Gulf War.But once the game began, it didn’t go the Angels’ way. John Lackey, who had won Game 7 of the 2002 World Series, started the 2003 season on the same mound and was charged with five runs in five innings.April 6, 1999In the first inning of the season, the Angels’ new $80 million man, Mo Vaughn, fell into the first-base dugout chasing a foul ball and twisted his ankle. Vaughn missed the next two weeks.It was the fitting start to what proved to be one of the more tumultuous seasons in the franchise’s history.By the time the season was over, the Angels had a player mutiny that led to the resignation of Manager Terry Collins. They finished 70-92, a season that still stands as their worst since 1980.However, despite that ominous start to the opener on April 6, the Angels actually won a thrilling 6-5 game over the Cleveland Indians.The Angels scored twice in the seventh to tie it and once in the eighth to take the lead, overcoming a rare out when Tim Salmon was hit by a batted ball running the bases. Troy Glaus then doubled home the go-ahead run.Troy Percival finished it with a perfect ninth, retiring Roberto Alomar, Jim Thome and Manny Ramirez. Alomar and Thome are in the Hall of Fame, and the steroid-tainted Ramirez has Hall of Fame numbers.Los Angeles Angels’ Chris Iannetta drives in two runs with a single off Cincinnati Reds relief pitcher J.J. Hoover in the 13th inning of an opening day baseball game, Monday, April 1, 2013, in Cincinnati. Los Angeles won 3-1. (AP Photo/David Kohl)April 1, 2013Mike Trout was unanimously selected as the AL Rookie of the Year in 2012, but he wasn’t on the roster on opening day, so the April 1 opener marked Trout’s first appearance on a big-league roster to start the season.It was also Josh Hamilton’s debut in an Angels uniform. In retrospect, Hamilton’s tenure with the Angels came up far short of expectations, but back when the 2013 season began, there were high hopes for a team that could put Trout, Hamilton and Albert Pujols in the middle of the lineup.The game was also historic because the Angels were visiting the Cincinnati Reds in the first interleague game on Opening Day. The Houston Astros had been moved from the National League to the American League that season, leaving 15 teams in each league and requiring at least one interleague game each day.Jered Weaver got the start for the Angels, the fifth of his seven Opening Day starts. Weaver gave up one run in six innings, long gone by the time the Angels pulled out a 3-1 win in 13 innings, equaling the Angels’ longest opener.Chris Iannetta drove in all three Angels runs, with a homer in the third and a two-run single in the 13th.Anaheim Stadium, known as “Big A,” is seen at full capacity on the first day of its opening as the California Angels host the San Francisco Giants in an exhibition game on April 9, 1966. The 230-foot-high letter “A,” with a halo at its top, in left field serves as a scoreboard support. (AP Photo)April 1, 1998Angel Stadium had been through a few different looks since the club began playing at its current site in 1966, but in 1998 it opened to what is essentially its current design. The renovation had taken more than a year.Related Articles Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros The Angels were supposed to be opening the 2020 season on Thursday in Houston against the Astros, with a powerful offense led by three-time MVP Mike Trout and newcomer Anthony Rendon.Like any Opening Day, the optimism would have been high around the Angels, even though some figured they might not have enough pitching.Unfortunately for the Angels and their fans, the question of pitching now seems trivial compared with what the baseball world – the world, actually – faces. The coronavirus crisis has shut down much of the country, including the national pastime.With no baseball Thursday, and no guarantee the season will start at all in 2020, we are taking a look back at some of the most memorable Angels openers in their first 59 seasons. April 11, 1961Of course, you have to start at the beginning.Three years after the Dodgers brought Major League Baseball to Southern California, the region saw the debut of an American League expansion team, the Angels.They opened their inaugural season on the road in Baltimore. On April 11, Eli Grba took the mound for the Angels against an Orioles team that was building its way toward being a dynasty later in the decade.Ted Kluszewski, a former home run champ who was starting what would be the final season of his career, belted homers in each of the first two innings, helping the Angels to a 7-0 lead.Grba pitched a complete game, allowing six hits, and the Angels rolled to a 7-2 victory. Unfortunately for the Angels, they lost the next eight games, including their home debut. Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Edison Field, as it was known at the time, played host to the New York Yankees for the April 1 opener.The weather put something of a damper on the festivities, though. Rain throughout the day forced the Angels to bring in two helicopters to hover over the field to try to dry it out more quickly.The game began nearly an hour late because of the weather, but the Angels then came out and beat the powerful Yankees 4-1. Chuck Finley gave up one run in seven innings, and the Angels scored all their runs in the fourth. They beat the Yankees 10-2 the next night, hanging two losses on a team that went on to win 114 regular-season games and the World Series.The plaque outside Angel Stadium from 1998 commemorating when Anaheim Stadium was rededicated as Edison International Field of Anaheim and the Angels were called The Anaheim Angels.(File photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG) Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error read more
With Larry Nance Jr. back from injury, Lakers’ Kyle Kuzma savors his time among starters “It was like a trigger effect,” Doc Rivers said. The Clippers led by as many as nine points in the first quarter, but couldn’t hold it.The Lakers (8-12) led by as many as eight in the fourth, but couldn’t hold it.Williams led the Clippers’ smash-and-grab effort down the stretch, assuming the closer’s role with Griffin in the locker room and unable to aid his teammates. Griffin was coming off a game-winning jumper in Saturday’s victory at Sacramento and was averaging a team-leading 23.4 points.Williams’ previous high this season was 35 points in a Nov. 10 loss to Oklahoma City.“Once Blake went down, we understood that the next guy had to step in,” Williams said.Griffin had 26 points, 11 rebounds and six assists before exiting the game.For a while, it seemed Williams and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope were locked in a game of one-on-one. Caldwell-Pope matched Williams jump shot for jump shot for the better part of three quarters, but then went cold in the closing minutes, finishing with a season-high 29 points.Caldwell-Pope had 16 points in the opening quarter and 20 by halftime. He scored only two points on 1-for-5 shooting in the fourth quarter, when the Lakers couldn’t maintain a lead that had grown to 103-95 lead after Corey Brewer’s reverse layup with 8:15 left.Larry Nance Jr. had nine points and eight rebounds in nearly 30 minutes in his first game since undergoing left hand surgery Nov. 3. He returned to the starting lineup after sitting out for 11 games. Lakers coach Luke Walton shifted Kyle Kuzma back to a reserve role to make way for Nance.“I thought Larry was probably our best player out there, the way he was fighting,” Walton said. “Blake’s a handful on the post and they run most of their offense through him, and (Nance) was active. He was grabbing rebounds. He was fighting. I thought he did a very nice job for us.”Ball scored only three points, the same number he had against the Clippers in the season-opening game on Oct. 19. Ball missed six of seven shots with Austin Rivers checking him Monday after misfiring on five of six against Beverley’s unrelenting defensive pressure in Ball’s NBA debut.The Lakers’ task gets no easier when they play host to the Golden State Warriors on Wednesday.“We’ve got to be ready to play or we’re going to get blown out,” Ball said. Clippers say they’ve gotten over shock of losing Patrick Beverley for season 🎥 Lakers fall in a close battle to the Clippers, 120-115 pic.twitter.com/BY9ZZruUUZ— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) November 28, 2017 Rookie guard Lonzo Ball charged into the paint with the Lakers trying to make up a small deficit in the closing minutes of the game. Ball collided with Clippers guard Austin Rivers, who then fell backward onto Griffin’s left leg. Griffin ended up lying on the court clutching his left knee. Whicker: Give Lakers’ Lonzo Ball room to breathe, and then we’ll see PreviousLos Angeles Lakers’ Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, front, drives past Los Angeles Clippers’ C.J. Williams during the second half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Nov. 27, 2017, in Los Angeles. The Clippers 120-115. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Los Angeles Clippers’ DeAndre Jordan dunks as Los Angeles Lakers’ Brook Lopez looks on during the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Nov. 27, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Los Angeles Lakers’ Lonzo Ball, left, pressures Los Angeles Clippers’ Austin Rivers during the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Nov. 27, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsLos Angeles Clippers’ Blake Griffin, right, and Los Angeles Lakers’ Larry Nance Jr. react after a jump ball was called during the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Nov. 27, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)The Clippers’ Lou Williams, left, drives to the basket under pressure by Los Angeles Lakers’ Julius Randle during the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Nov. 27, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Los Angeles Clippers’ Austin Rivers, bottom, gets his shot blocked by Los Angeles Lakers’ Julius Randle during the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Nov. 27, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Los Angeles Clippers’ Austin Rivers, left, shoots for three points under pressure by Los Angeles Lakers’ Lonzo Ball during the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Nov. 27, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Los Angeles Clippers’ Blake Griffin, center, grabs a loose ball against Los Angeles Lakers’ Larry Nance Jr., left, and Brook Lopez during the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Nov. 27, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Los Angeles Lakers’ Lonzo Ball, top, passes the ball under pressure by Los Angeles Clippers’ Austin Rivers during the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Nov. 27, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Los Angeles Lakers’ Brandon Ingram fouls Los Angeles Clippers’ Blake Griffin during the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Nov. 27, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Los Angeles Lakers’ Jordan Clarkson, center, passes the ball under pressure by Los Angeles Clippers’ Blake Griffin, left, and Wesley Johnson during the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Nov. 27, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Clippers forward Blake Griffin grimaces in pain after teammate Austin Rivers landed on his left leg during the second half of Monday’s game against the Lakers at Staples Center. The Clippers won 120-115 but must wait for further evaluation on Griffin’s knee. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Los Angeles Lakers head coach Luke Walton, center, reacts to a play during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers, Monday, Nov. 27, 2017, in Los Angeles. The Clippers 120-115. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Los Angeles Clippers’ Lou Williams, center, puts up a shot during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Lakers, Monday, Nov. 27, 2017, in Los Angeles. The Clippers 120-115. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Los Angeles Lakers head coach Luke Walton, left, and Lonzo Ball watch action during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers, Monday, Nov. 27, 2017, in Los Angeles. The Clippers 120-115. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Los Angeles Clippers’ Blake Griffin dunks during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Lakers, Monday, Nov. 27, 2017, in Los Angeles. The Clippers 120-115. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Los Angeles Clippers’ Lou Williams, right, puts up a shot against Los Angeles Lakers’ Larry Nance Jr. during the second half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Nov. 27, 2017, in Los Angeles. The Clippers 120-115. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Los Angeles Clippers’ Jawun Evans, front, and Los Angeles Lakers’ Jordan Clarkson look at a loose ball during the second half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Nov. 27, 2017, in Los Angeles. The Clippers 120-115. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Los Angeles Clippers’ Lou Williams, center, drives to the basket as Los Angeles Lakers’ Lonzo Ball, from left, Larry Nance Jr., Brook Lopez watch during the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Nov. 27, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Los Angeles Clippers’ Lou Williams reacts after making a basket against the Los Angeles Lakers during the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Nov. 27, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Los Angeles Clippers’ Austin Rivers, center, is shoved by Blake Griffin after making a basket against the Los Angeles Lakers during the second half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Nov. 27, 2017, in Los Angeles. The Clippers 120-115. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Los Angeles Lakers’ Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, front, drives past Los Angeles Clippers’ C.J. Williams during the second half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Nov. 27, 2017, in Los Angeles. The Clippers 120-115. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Los Angeles Clippers’ DeAndre Jordan dunks as Los Angeles Lakers’ Brook Lopez looks on during the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Nov. 27, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)NextShow Caption1 of 21Los Angeles Clippers’ DeAndre Jordan dunks as Los Angeles Lakers’ Brook Lopez looks on during the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Nov. 27, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)ExpandLOS ANGELES — The hits keep coming for the Clippers. Even when they win, they still lose.All-Star forward Blake Griffin was the latest to go down and out, injuring his left knee during the final minutes of the Clippers’ 120-115 victory Monday over the Lakers at Staples Center. He exited the game with 3 minutes, 53 seconds remaining, and spent the rest of it in the locker room.The Clippers expect to know more about the severity of Griffin’s injury on Tuesday. Griffin walked from the shower to his locker stall without a limp. He dressed quickly and then departed for home without speaking to reporters, so it was uncertain whether he was in pain.“I don’t know yet,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said when asked about Griffin. “They’re going to evaluate him, do some more testing tomorrow. We’ll just have to wait and see. It didn’t look good. We just have to wait and see. … You could see it happen.” Whicker: Blake Griffin injury has Clippers holding their breath after win The Clippers (8-11), already without guard Patrick Beverley for the rest of the season after he underwent right knee surgery last week, held their modest lead thanks in large part to the play of veteran guard Lou Williams in the second half and especially in the closing minutes.Williams scored a season-best 42 points on 12-for-21 shooting against his former team. He had 14 points in the fourth quarter, including two on a driving layup that gave the Clippers a 118-115 lead with 32.5 seconds left. He then sank two free throws to seal it with 11.8 to go.Williams was 14 of 14 from the free-throw line, sparking the Clippers’ 28-for-30 effort. The Lakers were 16 for 24 from the line.“He saved us, really,” Doc Rivers said.Related Articles Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error read more