SC Says No Coercive Action Against Employers In Two Pleas Challenging MHA Order On Full Payment Of Wages; No Interim Order In Connected Cases

first_imgTop StoriesSC Says No Coercive Action Against Employers In Two Pleas Challenging MHA Order On Full Payment Of Wages; No Interim Order In Connected Cases Live Law News Network15 May 2020 6:54 AMShare This – xThe Supreme Court on Friday issued notice to the Central Government on a batch of petitions challenging the direction passed by the Union Ministry of Home Affairs on March 29 directing employers to pay full wages to workers without deduction during lockdown.However, in two case, the bench issued an interim order restraining coercive action against the employer for a period of one week…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Supreme Court on Friday issued notice to the Central Government on a batch of petitions challenging the direction passed by the Union Ministry of Home Affairs on March 29 directing employers to pay full wages to workers without deduction during lockdown.However, in two case, the bench issued an interim order restraining coercive action against the employer for a period of one week for non-payment of wages as per MHA direction.”No coercive action shall be taken in the meantime”, ordered a bench of Justices L Nageswara Rao, Sanjay Kishen Kaul and B R Gavai while issuing notice to Centre returnable within a week in the writ petition filed by Hand Tools Manufacturers Association(petition and order appended below). Similar order against coercive action was passed in a writ petition filed by Indian Jute Mills Association as well. At the same time, the same bench did not pass any interim order and issued notices returnable next week in the similar petitions filed by Ficus Pax Private Ltd, Ludhiana Hand Tools Association, The Twin City Industrial Employers Association, Rajasthan Steel Chamber, Instruments and Chemicals Private Ltd and others, Chamber of Small Industry Association and others, Kerala State Small Industries Association, Federation of Industries and Association, All India Federation of Master Printers, Teknomin Construction Limited and Garments Exports Manufacturing Association and others.While the petition filed by Hand Tools Manufacturers Association(in which interim order was passed) was listed as item number 9 before the bench, the other cases were listed as items 25 and 27 to 35.All these petitions challenged the order issued by Home Secretary on March 29 invoking powers under Section 10(2)(l) of the Disaster Management Act 2005, which directed as follows :”All the employees, be it in the Industry or in the shops and commercial establishments, shall make payment of wages of their workers, at their work places, on the due date, without any deduction, for the period their establishments are under closure during the lockdown”The MHA direction was challenged as unreasonable and arbitrary and as violative of the fundamental right to trade and business of the employers. Since operations are completely shut down during the lockdown, it is impossible for the employers to continue to bear the burden of full salary of employees, the petitioners submitted.The petitioners also raised the argument that the impugned direction was beyond the scope of powers conferred under the Disaster Management Act.”Interpreting Section 10(2)(l) of the Disaster Management Act 2005 as conferring power on the Central Government to direct Private Establishment to make full payment of wages to the employees during the lockdown period is arbitrary and violative of Articles 14, 19(1)(g) and 300A of the Constitution of India”, said one of the pleas.[LiveLaw had earlier reported that the SC had restrained coercive action on the MHA order. This was based on the inputs in the ‘Hand Tools Manufacturers Case’. However, there arose a confusion in the light of reports that no interim order was passed in the connected cases. In this backdrop, LiveLaw had taken down the previous report to avoid further misunderstanding. This report is published after getting clarity on the matter from the orders uploaded in the SC site. The confusion caused earlier is deeply regretted]Click here to download the Order in ‘Hand Tools Manufacturers Case’ (where there is interim order)Click here to download the petition filed by ‘Hand Tools Manufacturers Case’Click here to download the Order in ‘Indian Jute Mills Association Case’ (where there is interim order)Cases in which only notice was issued :Click here to download the Order in Ficus Pax caseClick here to download the Order in Ludhiana Hand Tools caseClick here to download Order in Rajasthan Steel ChamberClick here to download the Order in Instruments and Chemicals Pvt Ltd CaseClick here to download the Order in NCR Chamber of Commerce and IndustryClick here to download the Order in Teknomin Construction IndustryClick here to download the Order in Garments Exports Manufacturing Association and othersClick here to download the Order in Kerala State Small Industries AssociationClick here to download the Order in the Federation of Industries and AssociationClick here to download the Order in the All India Federation of Master PrintersRead OrderNext Storylast_img read more

Kenneth Leventhal, USC life trustee, dies at 90

first_imgKenneth Leventhal, a USC trustee and real estate accountant known for his leadership, energy and philanthropy, died May 8. He was 90.Leventhal had prostate cancer, according to the Los Angeles Times.As a USC life trustee, the leader of two fundraising campaigns and the namesake of the School of Accounting, Leventhal was heavily involved in university affairs.In memoriam · Kenneth Leventhal served as a USC life trustee and was chairman emeritus of Ernst & Young. – Photo Courtesy of the Leventhal School of AccountingStan Ross, a business partner who had known Leventhal for 50 years, said Leventhal’s attachment to the university only increased with time.“He had such strong feelings about the university throughout the years and they just grew stronger,” said Ross, who also chairs the board of the USC Lusk Center for Real Estate. “He felt strongly that USC had a wonderful curriculum and academic program and that the faculty were really excellent.”In 1995, Leventhal and his wife, Elaine Otter Leventhal, bequeathed $15 million to USC’s accounting school, which was named in their honor the following year. The Leventhals pledged an additional $10 million during a 10-year fundraising drive, which Kenneth Leventhal led.When completed in 2002, the campaign had raised more than $2.85 billion for USC.A graduate of UCLA, Leventhal became an active USC supporter after his alma mater ended its accounting program, said Ken Merchant, a former dean of the Elaine and Kenneth Leventhal School of Accounting.“UCLA, some years ago, decided to do away with their accounting majors, and he thought that was a colossal mistake,” Merchant said. “He sort of gravitated toward USC and became one of their best friends over the years.”His firm, Kenneth Leventhal & Co., which was involved in some of the nation’s largest real estate transactions, gained a reputation for its partners’ expertise and knowledge of real estate, said William W. Holder, dean of the Leventhal School of Accounting. Holder said, as a result, the firm was able to attract high-profile clients, such as Ray Watt and William Lyon.“He attracted, very early on, some of the giants in California real estate,” Holder said. “As they prospered, his firm prospered.”Holder described Kenneth Leventhal’s business manner as incisive.“He was purposeful, he was very intelligent [and] he was direct,” said Holder, who occasionally worked on retainer with Leventhal’s firm. “He didn’t waste a lot of time.”Kenneth Leventhal believed the accountant’s role should extend beyond audits or preparing financial statements, Holder said.“I think he had an abiding belief that an accountant’s perspective and knowledge could be a very valuable source for good in the management and operation of a company,” Holder said.When Kenneth Leventhal was 10, his paper route manager at the Herald-Express was taking a course in accounting and told him he needed only a pencil to become an accountant, according to a statement from President C. L. Max Nikias. Leventhal felt that a nickel for a pencil was a small price to pay to be his own boss and began working toward becoming an accountant.“I figured I could always raise a nickel for a pencil,” Leventhal said to the Los Angeles Times in 1985.Leventhal attended UCLA on the G.I. Bill, having served in the army during World War II. While at UCLA, he met and married his wife, Elaine.“He was kind of a rags to riches story,” Merchant said. “He didn’t have a lot of money.”In 1995, Kenneth Leventhal & Co., the firm that he and his wife had built, merged with Ernst & Young.At the time of the merger, the firm ran 13 offices nationwide and ranked as the ninth-largest certified public accounting firm in the country.Leventhal is survived by his wife, Elaine; his brother, Henley; his son Robert; his son Ross and daughter-in-law Mary Jo; and his granddaughter Emma.The university plans to host a celebration of Leventhal’s life in the fall, Nikias said.“Ken was truly an extraordinary individual and the conscience of the university,”  Nikias said.last_img read more

Down the !Gariep River by kayak

first_imgRaising a bottle of champagne at Alexander Bay, the end of the journey. A tranquil moment on a clear day. Waterfalls had to be portaged, a major undertaking. A view down to the !Gariep, under a moody sky.(Images: Senqi2Sea)MEDIA CONTACTS • Sam Jack,  Plant Conservation Unit, Biological Sciences, UCT+27 (0) 21 650 2483Lucille DavieThe !Gariep River – which is also known as the Orange – is South Africa’s longest river, at over 2 000km, and it takes 61 days to paddle from source to sea. We know this because three men stepped out of their kayaks in mid-March after completing the trip.In what has been billed as the first eco-census of the !Gariep, the three – from the University of Cape Town (UCT) – James Puttick, Sam Jack and Ian Durbach, came back with some “pretty weird calluses”, but more importantly, with valuable data.The 2 125km river starts in the high mountains of Lesotho on the eastern side of the continent, where it is known as the Senqu. It creates the borders of several provinces, cutting through the centre of Northern Cape, and separating South Africa from Namibia before it empties into Alexander Bay on the Atlantic Ocean – on the western coast of southern Africa.Averaging 40km a day, after two months it was good to paddle on to the beach and smell the salty air of the Atlantic Ocean, say the three. “The last few kilometres were a lovely paddle through lifting mist and fog in the soft dawn light, with the smell and roar of the Atlantic growing slowly stronger,” they say on their blog, Senqu2Sea.“We must have arrived at the changing tide, because we were able to paddle right up to the river mouth, being washed ashore for the final time by small wavelets. A few local fishermen were already at their business nearby. As we hauled our boats ashore it didn’t feel as if anything was out of the ordinary.”The expedition, called Senqu2Sea, was supported by UCT’s Plant Conservation Unit, the Mazda Wildlife Vehicle Fund, and the National Research Foundation’s South African Environmental Observation Network (SAEON). Puttick and Jack are biologists, with masters’ degrees in botany and conservation biology, and Durbach is a statistician, with a doctorate in statistics.“My research has mainly focused on a specific species (the Aloe dichotoma or the quiver tree) in the arid south-western parts of southern Africa, but I have a broader interest in ecological systems,” says Jack.Puttick is busy with a PhD thesis focusing on an assessment of land cover change and its causes in Eastern Cape and southern KwaZulu-Natal. He is also a skilled photographer. Durbach’s chief interests are in multi-criteria decision analysis and behavioural decision making. More recently, his focus has shifted to applied statistical problems in the fields of energy and ecology.On the trip, Puttick was responsible for the photographic component of the data collection and for recording the daily list of animal (mainly bird) sightings. Durbach was responsible for recording locality and descriptive information for a number of things, including weirs, bird sightings and water abstraction points, and helping with diatom sampling. Jack was responsible for diatom and isotope sampling, and recording of certain location information, such as 2km river photo intervals, fishing and mining activity and general navigation.Puttick returned with a vast collection of dramatic and beautiful photographs which document the river at 2km intervals and from various elevations along its banks, capturing the surrounding landscape, its geology and flora.Memories and mishapsWith virtually no paddling experience, the three have stepped out their boats with enough stories to last a long time – such as an unusual sighting. Late one night they were woken to thrashing sounds coming from the river. The light of their torches revealed the heads of dozens of large barbell, their mouths open above the water. “We’d seen this phenomenon at our camp below the Kum-Kum Falls, and had debated whether it might be some form of migration, perhaps to deeper water,” says Durbach on the UCT website.“However, the aggressive splashing and herding formation in the direction of the shallows suggested some kind of pack-hunting strategy. Indeed, closer inspection revealed numerous smaller fish hiding in the shallowest water between rocks and pebbles.”Other memorable experiences include paddling up to a herd of gemsbok swimming across the river, only their heads and horns visible. There were minor mishaps, especially when facing rapids with names like Sjambok, Rollercoaster and Rocky Horror. Despite this, they had only one disaster, when Jack’s and Puttick’s kayaks sustained tail damage in a weir. Luckily for them, a local manufacturer of plastic water tanks fixed their boats promptly.Samples takenIn all, 61 diatom (water algae) samples were collected every 40km along the river, 53 isotope or water samples were taken from the Senqu and !Gariep rivers, over 1 400 GPS locations of interest were charted, including places where water was extracted for irrigation, mining or human consumption. Ornithological data consisting of daily bird lists as well as more detailed locations of selected species like goliath heron, giant kingfisher and African fish eagle, were also recorded.The results of the diatom samples will only be available at the end of the year. These were taken for a SAEON project led by Dr Jonathan Taylor at North West University. Roger Diamond, who leads an oxygen isotope project in UCT’s department of geology, will study the water samples to get a picture of the different conditions in the tributaries during rainfall highs and lows.The photographic record of the river is important as a baseline for future researchers to return and reproduce the images, noting the changes over a specified period. As it is, the river is not in its original state as a seasonally dry river because the periodic dams along it have meant it flows all year round. Each photograph has a GPS position to provide a good visual baseline for assessing the impact of broader climatic changes as well as policy decisions on the management of the river on the surrounding vegetation.The data collected on bird sightings will be integrated with other existing ornithological data sources like the South African Bird Atlas Project. While parts of the !Gariep are quite densely populated and hence well represented in terms of bird sightings, the new data should prove particularly useful in improving the reliability of information in the relatively under-populated western portion of the river.Water quality changed significantly along the length of the river, the researchers noted, with extremely silted samples collected in parts of Lesotho after heavy rains suggesting unchecked erosion. Silted water also posed challenges for their drinking needs, and water took several hours to filter every day. “We had to plan camps so that they were positioned near side channels where we could get less silty water. Even when this was the case, we had to filter water on a daily basis for cooking and drinking,” explains Jack.ChallengesOther challenges were head winds, particularly on the dams they had to cross, where there was no current to push them along. Wind on dams also meant big waves which slowed down progress. They solved this by paddling close to shore where it was less windy, or waiting for calmer conditions.Portaging dam walls or waterfalls was hard work, they say, involving several trips to carry gear and food, then dragging the boats over rocks and down steep river banks. The heat, particularly below Augrabies Falls in Northern Cape, was “difficult to describe”. They “struggled to stay cool and had many sleep deprived nights because it was just too hot to relax!” The temperatures often went above 40°C.Navigation through the diffuse sections above and below the falls was sometimes slow and tricky. They learned patience and made full use of GPS technology. “It also made us appreciate the normal single channelled river when we finally made it through the tangle of reeds!”Plastic touring kayaks were used, which have ample storage capacity. This meant that the three could carry enough food for about a week to 10 days, allowing them to restock from towns that were closer to the river. “Our longest stretch without a proper resupply was probably the initial section from Qacha’s Nek to Aliwal North, which was about 10 days.”Alien vegetationThe team noted alien vegetation along a good deal of the river. The upper reaches of the Senqu are heavily invaded by silver wattle or Acacia dealbata, and black wattle or Acacia mearnsii. To a lesser degree, grey poplars or Populus spp have colonised the river banks in patches. Black poplars are also visible down the river, near to the !Gariep Dam. “These species are root succouring and extremely hard to eradicate.”After the !Gariep and Vaal river confluence in Northern Cape the team noted a dominance of Prosopis glandulosa (mesquite), and occasional blue gums, or Eucalyptus spp. “Prosopis remains dominant, to the same degree as Acacia dealbata (ie impenetrable thicket lining the riverbanks) for much of the middle and lower course of the river. It only drops out when conditions become hyper-arid in the Richtersveld [in the Northern Cape] and on the desert plains to the west.”Jack finds the aliens problematic. “As a botanist, I see the prevalence of alien species along the riverbank as an ugly scar of human short-sightedness and mismanagement. I wonder what the banks would have looked like before the alien species took hold.”But he cautions that the aliens do perform a valuable function to those living along the river. Cattle find shelter from storms or midday heat under the shade of the trees, and the pods provide fodder for them. The branches provide building material or firewood in areas that are usually barren of trees. “While I would rather the trees were not there, I think it is important to consider the benefits [they] provide,” he says.Quiet momentsAs for quiet moments on the trip, they took a day off every week or two, to catch up on data recording, updating their diaries, or planning for the following day. They would generally relax in the late afternoons after the day’s trip. A pot of coffee would be made, and the conversation would be about the day past. “There was very little serious conversation and most of the time we were joking about this or that.”Yet those days off were often their busiest times as they had to compose blog entries, sort photographs, mend or service equipment, and resupply. Charging of GPS equipment, mobile phones, cameras and laptops was done with the aid of a solar charger. This works by charging a battery, which stores energy, which can then be transferred to the devices. Power from the Eskom national grid was still required from time to time, and was used when they stayed at a campsite. There were few rest days when they would get to bed before midnight.“Southern Africa is full of adventurous potential, and friendly people, should you need some help with directions. We live in a corner of the world where you can get lost, and find yourself, just as easily. What’s more, it doesn’t need to involve a huge financial outlay, or a massive carbon footprint,” they say on their website.“So next time you’re in need of some rejuvenation, go beach camping up the West Coast, go walking in the Cape mountains, or go cycling on some quiet farm roads. There are rich memories out there to be made, and the stars will light your way (except in Alexander Bay)…”last_img read more

Production Tips: The Four Secrets of a Successful Documentary

first_imgLooking for more filmmaking tips and tricks? Check out these articles.Video Tutorial: Determining The Best Lens for Your ProjectThe Best Quotes from Directors, Editors, and Everything in BetweenIndustry Insights: The Ins and Outs of Working as a Script SupervisorTutorial: Removing Audio Pops and Recording Audio Differently11 YouTube Channels Every Filmmaker Should Follow in 2019 A good documentary must tell a powerful story. Here are four tips to keep you on track, especially when the going gets tough.A few months ago, my short documentary “Blinders” took home the Canada of Excellence award at 2018’s BufferFestival in Toronto, Ontario.The focus of my film was to shine a light on a voiceless community — the homeless.In less than 72 hours, my family and I organized a gourmet dinner for 12 strangers living on the streets. We provided dinner in exchange for the guests’ stories. My family’s goal was to eliminate ignorance and open lines of communications with those who live on the streets.When crafting the film, I used a four-step formula to create a dynamic story on set and in post-production. This formula is now one I use on nearly every documentary, vlog, or narrative piece I create.1. Easy Is BoringIf it’s easy or comfortable, you’re probably not capturing anything compelling. 
When you’re working on a documentary project, the greatest moments come from difficulty. If someone is struggling, chances are there’s a message in their experience. Remember, the best stories come with lessons, and the most effective lessons stem from someone or something overcoming an obstacle. In our documentary “Blinders,” the best moments on camera were by far the hardest ones to capture. There’s a scene when I almost give up on the entire event because no one shows up. I was defeated and depressed, and I wanted to turn the whole project around; this is my favorite part of the film. In a matter of moments, I was able to solve a few problems and turn the event around.Capturing difficult moments like this can not only provide an on-screen lesson but also a narrative victory. Your audience gains no emotional connection from events with only surface-level expression. If you can capture their emotions with a real struggle and pair it with a victory or a lesson, you have a much more effective film.Your story lives in the uncomfortable, so find it. If you’re in an easy location, go to the most challenging area. Think of it as summiting a mountain and documenting the assent. The destination isn’t as interesting as the struggle to get there. If you document the struggle, the victory will seem much more rewarding for the audience.(Quick tip: If someone is struggling, give them space. Don’t film people just for the sake of getting the shot. Be sure to get their permission before rolling. The last thing you want is someone to be upset or disingenuous because there’s a camera in their face.)2. The Beginning and the EndingInstead of relying on your editor to assemble a story from piles of footage, think ahead. As you’re capturing the scene, begin to daisy-chain a narrative together. Think about establishing shots, wides, introductions, etc. I always think of the beginning and the ending because no matter what, the middle is inevitable — it will simply fill itself in. When entering a situation, moment, or location ask yourself “How does this scene start, and how does it end?” Implement a dash conflict on-top of that, and now you’re cooking!3. Interviews Will Save the DayDialogue in documentaries is a lifesaver when it comes to constructing a story. While editing my films, I love to have a supply of interviews, even if I don’t use them. This is because it helps establish what the story is actually about without getting lost in B-roll or cinematic sequences.When I was working on “Blinders,” I used interviews and vlog-style monologues to keep the story on track. You don’t always need dialogue, but it’s something that can absolutely save your story. Show don’t tell — unless showing doesn’t do the story justice.4. Emotion Before Motion
Repeat this in your head. Make it a mantra. Tattoo it on your face. Emotion before motion is the secret to getting a better story. As a shooter, it’s very easy to get caught up in cinematic sequences and long camera setups to capture the most beautiful shot. This does nothing to the story if there’s no emotion behind what you’re capturing. Think of what sequence of shots captures the greatest feeling on screen and follow that.last_img read more

Russell Westbrook’s 15th triple-double leads Thunder past Pelicans

first_imgThe 2017 MVP posted his NBA-leading 15th triple-double and Oklahoma City beat the injury-depleted New Orleans Pelicans 122-116 on Thursday night.“He impacts the game in so many different ways,” Donovan said. “He can do it through rebounding, he can do it through defense, he can do it through assists, he can do it through getting out in transition. He does a lot of different things to impact the game, so when people talked to me earlier on about his shooting — I’m really not worried about it.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsIn this game, Westbrook’s shot wasn’t so bad, either. He finished with 23 points on 9-of-19 shooting and had 17 rebounds and 16 assists. The Thunder improved to 10-5 this season when he tallies a triple-double.“He is a once-in-a-generation kind of guy,” Thunder forward Abdel Nader said. “He’s special. On both ends, he plays with the energy level I think some guys wish they could play with.” Paul George had 23 points and 11 rebounds and Steven Adams added 20 points and 13 rebounds for Oklahoma City, which won its fourth straight.The Pelicans were without star center Anthony Davis, who missed his third straight game with a left index finger sprain, and the team announced Thursday that Nikola Mirotic will be out at least a week with a right calf strain. New Orleans forward Julius Randle sat out with a right ankle sprain and guard E’Twaun Moore rested because of nagging injuries.Jrue Holiday had 22 points and 13 assists, and Darius Miller matched a career high with 21 points for New Orleans.“I thought we competed as hard as we possibly could and played very unselfishly,” coach Alvin Gentry said. “We just didn’t have enough firepower to get over the hump.”The revamped lineup presented a challenge for Oklahoma City.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Westbrook has been especially dynamic during Oklahoma City’s win streak. He’s averaging 22.5 points, 11.8 rebounds and 11.3 assists on 44.4 percent shooting. He has resisted his tendency to launch 3-pointers, only taking 15 in the four games combined.HE SAID ITGeorge, on being named an All-Star starter: “When I got traded here (from Indiana), people thought it was going to be the end of me being an All-Star, coming out to the West.”UP NEXTThe Pelicans host the San Antonio Spurs on Saturday.The Thunder host the Milwaukee Bucks on Sunday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Timberwolves spoil Rajon Rondo Lakers return with 120-105 win ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes LATEST STORIES MOST READ US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) grabs a rebound in front of New Orleans Pelicans center Jahlil Okafor, right, during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City, Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)OKLAHOMA CITY— Thunder coach Billy Donovan has heard questions all season about Russell Westbrook’s shaky shooting.He hasn’t been concerned because Westbrook does everything else so well.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town “You’ve got to learn guys’ tendencies on the go, figure out the guys that they are throwing in there, learn the personnel on the fly,” George said.Oklahoma City led 65-53 at halftime behind 18 points from Adams. Westbrook secured his triple-double early in the third quarter, and the Thunder rolled to a 98-82 lead at the end of the period.The Pelicans rallied, but never got closer than five in the final quarter.“They just put different and weird lineups out there and they had a little momentum going,” George said. “We did what we had to do. We did enough to win tonight.”Gentry felt there were positives to take away from challenging a team the caliber of the Thunder with so many players out. Oklahoma City is in third place in the Western Conference standings.“It seemed every time we got down, we found a way to get back in the game,” he said.TIP-INSPelicans: C Jahlil Okafor scored 18 points in his sixth start of the season. … G Elfrid Payton had 15 points and 12 assists. … New Orleans has lost four of five.Thunder: G Alex Abrines sat out his 11th straight game for personal reasons. He was active, but Donovan said Abrines is not ready to play yet. … George was announced as an All-Star starter on Thursday. … Mirotic, who averages 16.7 points and 8.3 rebounds per game, was injured Wednesday night against Detroit. … It was the 119th triple-double of Westbrook’s career.STAT LINES View commentslast_img read more