2008 NBA playoffs

The 2008 NBA playoffs was the postseason tournament of the National Basketball Association's 2007–08 season. The tournament concluded with the Eastern Conference champion Boston Celtics defeating the Western Conference champion Los Angeles Lakers 4 games to 2 in the NBA Finals. Paul Pierce was named NBA Finals MVP; the playoffs were noted for the Atlanta Hawks' return after 9 years, taking the #1 seed and eventual champion Celtics to 7 games before bowing out. Notable was the debut of the Chris Paul-led Hornets in the playoffs after Hurricane Katrina and their 7-game series against defending champions San Antonio Spurs, the Lakers and Celtics' revitalization of their franchises, most after key trades during the preseason and regular season; the Celtics ended up playing 26 playoff games, breaking the 25 game record of the 1994 Knicks and 2005 Pistons by 1 game for the most playoff games in a single season played by 1 NBA team. The Knicks, only played a Best-of-5 First Round, so had 2 fewer games to accomplish that feat.

The top seeds from each Conference met in the NBA Finals for the first time since 2000. The 2008 Finals was the first since 1998 to feature neither Shaquille O'Neal nor Tim Duncan; the Golden State Warriors won 48 games, more than 5 of the 8 playoff teams in the Eastern Conference. However, all eight qualifiers in the Western Conference finished with at least 50 wins, thus leaving the Warriors out of the postseason; the following teams clinched a playoff berth in the East: Boston Celtics Detroit Pistons Orlando Magic Cleveland Cavaliers Washington Wizards Toronto Raptors Philadelphia 76ers Atlanta Hawks The following teams clinched a playoff berth in the West: Los Angeles Lakers New Orleans Hornets San Antonio Spurs Utah Jazz Houston Rockets Phoenix Suns Dallas Mavericks Denver Nuggets This was the outlook for the 2008 NBA Playoffs. Teams in italics had home court advantage. Teams in bold advanced to the next round. Numbers to the left of each team indicate the team's original seeding in their respective conferences.

Numbers to the right of each team indicate the number of games. The division champions possess an asterisk. * Division winnerBold Series winnerItalic Team with home-court advantage This was the tenth playoff meeting between these two teams, with the Celtics winning eight of the first nine meetings. Games 1 and 2 were Celtic routs, keyed by balanced Celtic scoring; the most buzz was generated by Mike Bibby stating that Celtic fans were bandwagoners after Game 1, prompting boos every time he touched the ball in Game 2. In Game 3, Atlanta showed its athleticism with an array of dunks from Josh Smith and a strong interior performance by the rookie Al Horford, who jawed with Paul Pierce near the end of the game. There would be more jawing in Game 4 between Zaza Pachulia and Kevin Garnett, but the outcome was a surprise: thanks to fourth quarter heroics by Joe Johnson and Smith, who combined to score 32 of Atlanta's 34 4th quarter points, the upstart Hawks rallied from a 10-point third quarter deficit in Game 4 to tie the series going back to Boston.

Boston dominated Game 5, but in Game 6, six Hawks players finished in double figures to force a winner-take-all Game 7. The Hawks were no match for the Celtics in Game 7, as the Celtics held them to 26 points in the 1st half. 3 minutes into the 2nd half, the series' tensions boiled over when Marvin Williams was ejected for committing a hard foul on Rajon Rondo. After that, Kevin Garnett was noted for trucking Zaza Pachulia while going for a screen; this was the fourth playoff meeting between these two teams, with the Pistons winning two of the first three meetings. The first meeting took place while the Nationals/76ers franchise were in Syracuse and the Pistons franchise were in Fort Wayne. Misses down the stretch by Tayshaun Prince and Rasheed Wallace kept the Pistons from beating the Sixers at their home floor as Andre Iguodala grabbed clutch defensive rebounds to seize home court advantage; the Pistons responded with a blowout in Game 2. Game 3 was close at halftime, but Samuel Dalembert and Andre Miller helped to break it open with strong overall performances.

Detroit was behind by 10 in Game 4 at halftime and in danger of falling behind 3–1 going back home, but three second-half 3s by Rasheed Wallace and strong showings by Tayshaun Prince and Chauncey Billups keyed an 18-point 3rd quarter turnaround which evened the series. Detroit dominated Game 5 behind Billups's 14 points and 5 first quarter assists, jumping out to a 14-point lead and never looking back. Richard Hamilton keyed a similar start in Game 6, scoring 13 points, as the Pistons took an 18-point first quarter lead and rolled into the second round; this was the first playoff meeting between the Magic and the Raptors. Scoring 25 points and grabbing 22 rebounds, Dwight Howard gave the Magic their first playoffs win since 2003 as they led the entire game. Howard put up 29 and 20 in Game 2, as Hedo Türkoğlu scored the final four go-ahead points to give the Magic a 2–0 lead; the Raptors would

Dublin, Banana Islands

Dublin is a large coastal fishing village on the Banana Islands in the Western Area Rural District of Sierra Leone. Dublin is one of three islands. Dublin is known for its large beaches and fishing; the major industry in Dublin is tourism. As of 2012, Dublin had a population of 842 people. Like the rest of the Banana Islands, Dublin is reached by boat from Kent arranged by the resort; the population of Dublin is from the Creole and Sherbro ethnic groups. The Sherbro have settled in Dublin since the early 18th century; the inhabitants of Dublin are the descendants of freed African Americans, West Indians and liberated African slaves who were resettled on the Banana Islands in the mid 19th century. Dublin and the whole of the Banana Islands served as one of the transit centres for slaves bought from Sierra Leone and transported to the Americas during the slave era. Travel guide for Dublin, Banana Island

Yukon Land Claims

The Yukon Land Claims refer to the process of negotiating and settling Indigenous land claim agreements in Yukon, Canada between First Nations and the federal government. Based on historic occupancy and use, the First Nations claim basic rights to all the lands. Unlike other parts of Canada, Yukon First Nations did not conclude any treaties until the 1990s. Chief Jim Boss of the Ta'an Kwach'an had requested compensation from the Canadian government for lost lands and hunting grounds as a result of the Klondike Gold Rush in 1902. Boss' letter was ignored by the federal government, it was not until the 1970s. The current process started in 1973 with the publication of Together Today For our Children Tomorrow by Chief Elijah Smith. Negotiations took place in the late 1970s and early 1980s, culminating in an agreement, rejected. Negotiations resumed in the late 1980s and culminated to the "Umbrella Final Agreement" in 1990; the UFA is used as the framework or template for individual agreements with each of the fourteen Yukon First Nations recognized by the federal government.

It was signed in 1993 and the first four First Nations ratified their land claims agreements in 1995. To date, eleven of the fourteen First Nations have ratified an agreement. Presently, White River First Nation, Liard First Nation and Ross River Dena Council are not negotiating, they remain Indian Bands under the federal Indian Act. Unlike most other Canadian land claims agreements that apply only to Status Indians, the Yukon First Nations insisted that the agreements involve everyone they considered part of their nation, whether they were recognized as Status Indians or not under federal government rules. In 1973, the Yukon Indian Brotherhood and the Yukon Association of Non-Status Indians formed the Council for Yukon Indians to negotiate a land claims agreement; the two organizations and the Council formally merged in 1980 under the name of Council for Yukon Indians. In 1995, CYI was renamed to the Council of Yukon First Nations. Before Yukon First Nations regained their self governance, the federal government regulated how they could use their land.

Before the agreement, Yukon First Nations claimed the land and resources in Yukon as all under their ownership. This was based on traditional use of that land. But, all affairs in Yukon were controlled by Indian and Northern Affairs Canada. INAC had the responsibility to establish programs related to law, land reserves, social services, housing. Yukon First Nation bands had no authority to modify them. In 1968, Chief Elijah Smith founded the Yukon Native Brotherhood with 12 Yukon First Nation bands; this brotherhood was formed in order to voice the Yukon First Nations rights. This was an important event for the progress towards the UFA and self governing. In January 1973, Chief Elijah Smith wrote Together Today for Our Children Tomorrow. Smith, together with a delegation of other Yukon elders, including Roddy Blackjack of the Little Salmon/Carmacks First Nation, presented this text to Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau as the basis of the Yukon First Nations' claim to regain independence and self-governing authority.

In the introduction, Smith writes about the Yukon Native Brotherhood seeking a settlement, fair and just both for the Yukon First Nations and the Government of Canada. In the second part, Smith discusses the struggles of the Aboriginals of Canada in recent history since European colonization, which altered their lives. Smith highlighted the major events, he included the Fur Trade, the Klondike Gold Rush of 1896, Residential Schools, construction of the Alaska and Dawson highways. In the third part, he explored contemporary issues of the early 1970s. Smith tried to break the stereotype of the Yukon Aboriginals at the time, challenging stereotypes by the Whiteman. Smith provided the Aboriginals perspective on the Whiteman, he acknowledges the distinction between the cultures of the Whiteman and the Aboriginals, saying, why the Aboriginals must have the ability to manage their own societies. Smith demonstrates. In the fourth part, titled "Tomorrow," Smith explained how the Yukon First Nations would use their independence if a settlement was reached.

He noted eight different areas they would focus on: He describes Canadian Government programs that did not benefit the Aboriginal population in Yukon, in some cases did more harm than good. To change this, the Yukon First Nations will remove certain programs, implement new programs better tailored to their needs; the proposed settlement would benefit the elderly population of the Yukon society, who were living in senior citizen homes being taken care of by White administrators. He suggested they should move back into their villages and be cared for by their own people, with financial support through the Settlement Fund; this would enable the elderly to pass down their wisdom to future generations, keeping alive the strengths of the Aboriginal culture. Smith focuses on the cultural importance of the Yukon First Nations, he states. In the past, the younger people were taught to be ashamed of their heritage, but this can be changed with a settlement. By forming a settlement, the Yukon society will be able to focus on their culture without being influenced by the Whiteman.

Many of the communities in Yukon were underdeveloped. Poor health, low income, poor housing, unemployment are just a few factors that contributed to the poor state of these communities. Smith suggests that with the settlement, many communi