Local Church: Phone Scammer May Have Targeted Us

first_img(File Photo)NEW POINT, Ind. – A local minister is warning other churches about a potential scam after his church received a strange call last week.The caller, who identified himself as Johnathon Snead, said he would be attending New Point Christian Church this past weekend and requested to speak with an elder or minister.Minister Mark Vice told us he researched the number and it has been associated with scam reports.“When he used that name, it wasn’t a name that I recognized from this area, and I’ve been here awhile,” Vice said. “So then I ran the number on Google and that is what came up.”Vice said it seemed as if the caller was knowledgeable of church terminology and may have done some homework before calling.“We have elders and deacons, and other churches may have just deacons, and we use the term minister while others may use pastor, and he knew that,” Vice explained.“My guess would be is that he is probably using the [internet] and getting different church web pages and using the language we use.”The call came from phone number (901) 786-3627, which originates from the Memphis, Tennessee area.Research reveals the caller has previously went under the alias of Michael Ayers, Nick Thompson, and Mike Judge.A man calling from this number has also reached out to other churches across the country asking for money for coveralls and boots, claiming he was starting a new job.One complainant wrote in an online blog, “I asked if I could call his employer to confirm his story and he got angry and disconnected.”Another user stated, “Received a call at our church requesting 125.00-150.00 to buy overalls and steel toed boots because he used to attend our church and was moving back to this area. Stated his wife divorced him and burned all his clothes. He needed overalls and boots to start a new job in this area but had not moved here yet. When asked where he was moving from he hung up.”It’s worth noting that Johnathon Snead, who told New Point Christian Church he would be in attendance last weekend, was nowhere to be found Sunday morning.The New Point minister advises others to be vigilant and conduct research when things don’t add up.In the past few months, we have reported on scammers targeting homes, schools and churches. Police remind us if it doesn’t sound right, do not give any personal information over the phone.Those who feel that they have been targeted should file a complaint with the Internet Crime Complaint Center website, which is in partnership with the FBI.last_img read more

Mexico battles Netherlands in FIFA U-17 World Cup

first_imgRelatedPosts Bergwijn scores winner as Netherlands edge Poland Malibu Oil: Nigeria expecting $200m from Netherlands, Switzerland — Malami ‘Missing’ 48m barrels of crude: Nigerian lawyer, foreign collaborators in trouble On Friday 15th November 2019 at 12:00am Nigerian time, Brazil, the three-time champions and first-time hosts of the 18th edition of the U-17 World Cup, will play France, who have only reached the last four once before at Trinidad and Tobago 2001.Brazil is hoping to win its 4th World Cup and 1st since the year 2003. Gabriel Veron, Brazillian No 7, with 21 caps (6 goals) scored twice and impressed for Brazil at group stage. The team will be counting on him and other forwards to hit the target on Friday.  Mexico, tournament regulars and one of the most successful teams in U-17 history will be battling the Netherlands on Thursday 14th November at 8:30pm Nigerian time. Mexico won the FIFA U-17 World Cup for the 1st time at Peru 2005. In 2013, Mexico came close to a 3rd U-17 World Cup crown but was defeated by Nigeria. DStv subscribers can watch all the U-17 World Cup matches live on Super Sport 9 (CH 229).Nigerian football fans can also watch live games via the DStv Now mobile app. Tags: FIFA U-17 World CupMexicoNetherlandslast_img read more

EPL: Gunners face Burnley test

first_imgRelatedPosts Runarsson joins Arsenal on four-year deal Ighalo: My best moment as ‘Red Devil’ Arsenal, Wolves want Michael Olise Burnley vs. Arsenal Venue:Turf Moor Kick off: 3PMBurnley and Arsenal meet at Turf Moor this afternoon with the two teams locked on the same points in the Premier League standings. However, as a result of Burnley’s inferior goal difference, as many as three places separate the clubs, with Arsenal sitting in 10th spot and the Clarets down in 13th position. With Arsenal failing to win a Premier League fixture since New Year’s Day, it has gone unnoticed that Mikel Arteta has put together a six-match unbeaten streak in all competitions. Despite their other two victories during that period coming against Leeds United and Bournemouth in the FA Cup, both performances suggested that Gunners fans should be excited about their future under the guidance of the Spaniard. Nevertheless, their main objective is ensuring that they qualify for Europe next season, a target which remains within their grasp despite draws with Crystal Palace, Sheffield United and Chelsea respectively. Arsenal sit just five points adrift of sixth-placed Manchester United, while catching Chelsea and Sheffield in fourth and fifth should not be completely ruled out at this stage. With Manchester City now off the schedule until the latter stages of the campaign due to their participation in the EFL Cup final, Arsenal have three successive home matches following the trip to face Burnley. While success over Newcastle United, Everton and West Ham United is far from a certainty, the opportunity is there to generate more momentum heading into a pivotal part of the campaign. The defensive additions of Pablo Mari and Cedric Soares should only help their cause, but Arteta will be excited about the prospect of Eddie Nketiah chipping in with goals over the coming months. Despite his failed loan spell at Leeds, Arteta has placed faith in the 20-year-old, something which was rewarded with a goal against Bournemouth earlier this week. Although there is little chance of the youngster being handed an extended run in the team, the striker has the credentials to give Arsenal a boost in the final third. As for Burnley, they head into this contest having suffered a hugely disappointing defeat to Norwich City in the FA Cup fourth round last weekend. However, Sean Dyche may feel that being eliminated from the competition could prove to be a blessing in disguise as they bid to avoid any kind of a relegation battle in the coming months. Earlier in January, there were concerns that the Clarets could be sucked into the bottom three after a run of 10 defeats in 14 matches, but much of that negativity has now disappeared. While there was natural jubilation after coming from behind to beat Leicester City at Turf Moor, ending their long wait for victory against Manchester United at Old Trafford was one of the highest points since their return to the Premier League in 2016. With a seven-point cushion above the drop zone, Dyche will now feel that the pressure has been lifted, although there will now be a desire to break into the top 10. Dyche is also delighted with the addition of Josh Brownhill from Bristol City, a player who has contributed five goals and two assists in the Championship this season. Although the 24-year-old may have to bide his time for a starting role, the arrival of a fresh face in midfield should benefit the squad after the recent departure of Danny Drinkwater. Burnley possible XI: Pope, Bardsley, Tarkowski, Mee, Taylor, Hendrick, Westwood, Cork, McNeil, Rodriguez, Wood. Arsenal possible XI: Leno, Bellerin, Luiz, Sokratis, Saka, Torreira, Xhaka, Pepe, Ozil, Martinelli, Aubameyang.—Tags: ArsenalBurnleyMikel ArtetaPremier LeagueSean DycheTurf Moorlast_img read more

Swipes for the Homeless plans for future

first_imgThe USC chapter of the Swipes for the Homeless charitable organization is collaborating with the incoming Undergraduate Student Government president to display its name on the USC meal plan web page by the next academic school year.Just swipe it · The Swipes for the Homeless Program has been in effect for two years and had nearly 215 students pledge to its cause last semester. – Photo Illustration by Austin Vogel | Daily TrojanWith this development, the incoming freshman class, as well as any other student who signs up for a meal plan, would have the option of donating any of his or her remaining balance on their dining dollars to USC Swipes for the Homeless at the beginning of the year.The chapter works hand-in-hand with USC Hospitality, which converts each student’s account into food for those who pledged to donate. The food then gets donated to the Los Angeles Mission. Last semester, the chapter raised over $20,000 in donations, courtesy of about 215 USC students who pledged to donate to the cause.It has been two years since the organization debuted on campus, and since then, it has been busy establishing itself within USC culture.“I think [Swipes for the Homeless] is a great program, and I am excited that this is gaining traction because I remember a couple years ago it was getting off its feet,” said Madi Swayne, a junior majoring in environmental studies. “I’d really like this to be incorporated in the meal plans and be an option that you choose in the beginning instead at the end.”The President of the USC Swipes for the Homeless Lauren O’Neil was honored last December by the Jenzabar Foundation in Cincinnati, Ohio, where she accepted a $5,000 grant and a student leadership award.Kate Kulaga, the external director of marketing for the USC chapter, has also played an integral role within the organization and noted that giving back is one of her favorite pastimes.“Helping people, it’s just one of those things that makes me smile…it gets me through,” she said. “I love volunteering. I have confidence that when we do something it will turn out well. I like to help people and know what we do will be effective.”The chapter has also paired with HungerGrad, a phone application that informs users of different restaurants nearby with deals and discounts. President O’Neil said that for this week, HungerGrad will donate 25 cents to USC Swipes For The Homeless for every order.Many students around campus believe that USC Swipes for the Homeless is beneficial for the USC community and support and encourage participation from their peers.“It is another way for USC to further integrate itself with the surrounding community,” Swayne said. “I know that students that go to the school really like to give back, and this is a way for them to give back in a meaningful way.”Amelia Moura, a junior majoring in environmental studies, said this program allows students to give back to the surrounding community in an easy way.“The school has already received money for the food it’s supposed to serve and if the students don’t use that all up, I think that leftover food supply should be donated to those who can’t afford their own meals,” Moura said. “Students can give back to the community without having to go anywhere.”Lucile Condolora, a sophomore majoring in theatre, said that members of the USC community are especially fortunate and should try to give back when possible.“I think it is absolutely wonderful,” Condolora said. “We are so blessed already as a community and as Trojans. It would be simply irresponsible to not support Swipes knowing that your money could go towards greater good.”In the future, O’Neil hopes to create more volunteer-focused activities, such as trips to Skid Row or volunteering at the missions.“Both of us are involved in so many diverse organizations that probably have nothing to do with our intended majors, but we do it because of that feeling you get when no matter what is going on in your day, you are still making a difference,” O’Neil said. “Even if you are reaching out and helping one person, that is one person you are supporting.”The last day to donate dining dollars is May 2 at 5p.m.last_img read more

Pili wins Pac-12 Freshman of the Year

first_img“It was exciting,” Pili said of hearing the news. “It was definitely a big accomplishment. Just knowing that I’m making so many people proud, it just makes me happy.”  “That’s huge,” Pili said. “They’re some legendary players and just knowing that I’m on that path too is crazy.” Forward Alissa Pili capped off her incredible regular season by winning Pac-12 Freshman of the Year Tuesday. (Ling Luo / Daily Trojan) USC women’s basketball forward Alissa Pili was named Pac-12 Freshman of the Year Tuesday, becoming the fifth Trojan in program history to receive the honor and the first since guard Briana Gilbreath in 2009.  Going into the Pac-12 Tournament, Pili is currently on a 14 game double-digit points streak, including performances against top opponents like No. 3 Oregon and No. 7 Stanford. She also has 11 double-doubles this season, the fourth most in the conference.  “We thought she might not even start [in the] beginning of the year, so she earned it,” head coach Mark Trakh said. “And she came in and she did everything she needed to do and turned out to be a pretty good player … so we’re very proud of what she did.” Pili has had an explosive first season for USC. Recruited as a three-time Gatorade Player of the Year from Anchorage, Alaska, Pili has been in the starting lineup since the season opener and has consistently delivered on both ends of the floor. Pili was honored as Pac-12 Freshman of the Week a staggering four times, the most in program history for the Trojans. Pili is averaging 50.9% from the field, which stands as the fifth best clip in the Pac-12. She has posted a 79.2% free-throw percentage and an 82.4% mark in conference play. Overall, she leads the entire Pac-12 freshman class in scoring, rebounding and free throw percentage. center_img Pili isn’t just one of the best players in the conference, though, as she’s emerged as one of the nation’s most productive players across the board. Pili finds herself in the top 100 in scoring, rebounding, free throws made, field goals made and field-goal percentage as well as the top 50 in double-doubles. Pili has placed her name alongside Trojan greats like Lisa Leslie and Tina Thompson with the Freshman of the Year honor. Pili, who obviously also earned a spot on the Pac-12 All-Freshman team, is joined by teammate senior forward Kayla Overbeck in the Pac-12 honors, with Overbeck receiving a Pac-12 All-Defensive Honorable Mention after averaging 1.7 steals in conference play and 5.8 rebounds per game overall. The true freshman averaged 16.2 points and 8.1 rebounds per game this season, as well as an even better 19.4 points per game in Pac-12 competition — the second most in the conference. She earned herself a spot on the All-Pac-12 Team as one of the top 10 players in one of the NCAA’s most competitive conferences for women’s basketball.  “That’s another big accomplishment,” Pili said. “Because this is one of — the toughest conference in the country, so just seeing myself up there with all these big time players too is cool.” Both players will begin postseason action Thursday at 6 p.m. in Las Vegas, Nev., where the No. 7-seeded Trojans will take on No. 10-seeded Colorado in the first round of the Pac-12 Tournament.last_img read more

Trevor Bauer claims arbitration hearing with Indians ended in ‘character assassination’

first_img MLB trade rumors: Indians ace Corey Kluber not likely to be dealt “You never know how the character assassination plays, and considering that’s what ended it,” Bauer said. “It kind of put a black mark on what I thought was a really argued case on both sides. There’s not room for that. Let’s just stick to the numbers. Let the numbers tell the story.“You don’t need to bring character assassination into it, especially for charitable campaigns.”USA Today subsequently reported that Bauer — after a meeting with Indians brass — later met again with reporters to stress once more that he’s not bitter and holds no grudge toward the team over what the Labor Relations Department said in the arbitration hearing.Trevor Bauer met with Cleveland #Indians President Chris Antonetti and GM Mike Chernoff, and then again with reporters, to say that he’s not bitter and holds no grudge towards the organization over what the Labor Relations Department said in the arbitration hearing— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) February 14, 2019 All-Star pitcher Trevor Bauer won his salary arbitration case with the Indians, but it doesn’t mean he was happy about what was said during the hearing. The Cleveland pitcher was awarded a $13 million contract rather than the $11 million the Indians proposed, but he claimed Thursday that the final 10 minutes of his hearing were a “character assassination” against him.  “They spent the last 10 minutes of the case trying a character assassination,” Bauer said, per USA Today. “I learned that giving to charity is a bad thing. I learned that agreeing with someone on a podcast just for the sake of argument that I was worth $10.5 million, and should be the definitive answer why I’m not worth $13 [million].“Basically, that I’m a terrible human being, which was interesting on their part. I thought that giving to charity, especially because they didn’t mention it was a charitable campaign, just mentioned the name.” Related News Bauer was referencing his “69 Days of Giving” campaign that he orchestrated last spring after winning his arbitration case.”They don’t mention that I gave to 68 charities or that I donated more than $100,000. Or that the whole point of the campaign was to bring awareness to all those charities, past the money I was giving them. Nothing about that. They just tried to say that I was bad for donating or for running that campaign.“Painfully, the arbitrator didn’t see it as a negative.”Bauer, 28, insisted he didn’t have any animosity toward Cleveland, but the right-hander said he wished they could have just stuck to “the numbers.”last_img read more

Lakers grind out a victory over struggling Knicks

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers PreviousNEW YORK, NEW YORK – JANUARY 22: Alex Caruso #4 and Anthony Davis #3 of the Los Angeles Lakers celebrate late in the fourth quarter against the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden on January 22, 2020 in New York City.NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) goes up for two points as New York Knicks forward Taj Gibson (67) is restrained by a Lakers defender, right, during the first half of an NBA basketball game in New York, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)Rajon Rondo #9 of the Los Angeles Lakers heads for the net as he is fouled by Mitchell Robinson #23 of the New York Knicks in the first half at Madison Square Garden on January 22, 2020 in New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsDwight Howard #39 of the Los Angeles Lakers heads for the net as Damyean Dotson #21 of the New York Knicks defends in the first half at Madison Square Garden on January 22, 2020 in New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)Dwight Howard #39 of the Los Angeles Lakers reacts after drawing a foul in the first half against the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden on January 22, 2020 in New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers passes the ball in the first half against the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden on January 22, 2020 in New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)New York Knicks guard Elfrid Payton (6) tips the ball away from Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in New York, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers smiles as he talks to Spike Lee in the first quarter against the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden on January 22, 2020 in New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)New York Knicks forward Taj Gibson (67) grabs Los Angeles Lakers center Dwight Howard (39) as Knicks forward Julius Randle (30) watches, left, during the first half of an NBA basketball game in New York, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)New York Knicks guard Frank Ntilikina (11) defends as Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) goes up for two points during the first half of an NBA basketball game in New York, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)Los Angeles Lakers guard Avery Bradley (11) shoots for three points with New York Knicks guard Elfrid Payton defending, right, during the first half of an NBA basketball game in New York, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) drives to the basket with New York Knicks center Mitchell Robinson (23) defending and Knicks forward Marcus Morris Sr. (13) watching from the floor during the first half of an NBA basketball game in New York, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers is fouled by Marcus Morris Sr. #13 of the New York Knicks in the first quarter at Madison Square Garden on January 22, 2020 in New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis (3) shoots over New York Knicks forward Taj Gibson (67) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in New York, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) keeps the ball from New York Knicks guard Elfrid Payton (6) as he drives to the basket during the first half of an NBA basketball game in New York, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)NEW YORK, NEW YORK – JANUARY 22: Rajon Rondo #9 of the Los Angeles Lakers celebrates his three point shot in the second half against the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden on January 22, 2020 in New York City.NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) dunks with no one around defending him during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the New York Knicks in New York, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers smiles as he talks to Spike Lee in the first quarter against the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden on January 22, 2020 in New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)NEW YORK, NEW YORK – JANUARY 22: Mike Miller of the New York Knicks talks to his players during a time out in the fourth quarter against the Los Angeles Lakers at Madison Square Garden on January 22, 2020 in New York City.NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)Los Angeles Lakers center Dwight Howard (39) blocks New York Knicks guard Dennis Smith Jr. (5)with Knicks center Mitchell Robinson (23) looking on, at left, during the second half of an NBA basketball game in New York, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020. The Lakers defeated the Knicks 100-92. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)NEW YORK, NEW YORK – JANUARY 22: Dwight Howard #39 of the Los Angeles Lakers reacts to a call against him in the second half against the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden on January 22, 2020 in New York City.NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)NEW YORK, NEW YORK – JANUARY 22: Kentavious Caldwell-Pope #1 of the Los Angeles Lakers celebrates his shot in the second half against the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden on January 22, 2020 in New York City.NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)NEW YORK, NEW YORK – JANUARY 22: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers is fouled by Marcus Morris Sr. #13 of the New York Knicks in the fourth quarter at Madison Square Garden on January 22, 2020 in New York City.NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)NEW YORK, NEW YORK – JANUARY 22: Frank Vogel of the Los Angeles Lakers looks on in the fourth quarter against the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden on January 22, 2020 in New York City.NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)NEW YORK, NEW YORK – JANUARY 22: Kentavious Caldwell-Pope #1 of the Los Angeles Lakers shoots a three point shot in the second half against the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden on January 22, 2020 in New York City.NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)NEW YORK, NEW YORK – JANUARY 22: Kentavious Caldwell-Pope #1 of the Los Angeles Lakers celebrates his shot in the fourth quarter against the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden on January 22, 2020 in New York City.NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis (3) defends New York Knicks forward Julius Randle (30) during the second half of an NBA basketball game in New York, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020. The Lakers defeated the Knicks 100-92. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)NEW YORK, NEW YORK – JANUARY 22: Alex Caruso #4 and Anthony Davis #3 of the Los Angeles Lakers celebrate late in the fourth quarter against the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden on January 22, 2020 in New York City.NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) goes up for two points as New York Knicks forward Taj Gibson (67) is restrained by a Lakers defender, right, during the first half of an NBA basketball game in New York, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)NextShow Caption1 of 27Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) goes up for two points as New York Knicks forward Taj Gibson (67) is restrained by a Lakers defender, right, during the first half of an NBA basketball game in New York, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)ExpandNEW YORK — There are nights when winning is strictly business.The Lakers’ 100-92 victory over the Knicks on Wednesday night was the right result, but it dragged and slogged to its conclusion – not the kind of confidence-inspiring performance the Lakers were looking for after their worst loss of the season against Boston two days before.There were incremental slivers of progress: Anthony Davis looked healthier in his second game back from injury, notching 28 points and five assists with a more aggressive approach. The Lakers (35-9) also had a more cohesive defense, buckling down to hold the Knicks (12-33) to just 41 percent shooting.“I thought we were better as the game went on,” Coach Frank Vogel said. “I thought it was OK in the first half but not enough to get a road win, but I think we changed it in the second half and picked it up a level.” It didn’t look like one of the NBA’s best teams playing against one of the worst. The Lakers never led by more than 13, on the strength of a 7-0 run to start the fourth quarter, but it quickly slipped back to a single-digit game, as it was for most of the night.Davis scored eight points in the final 3:45 and finished 13 for 13 from the free-throw line. He played 30 minutes after going only 23 in his return from a bruised backside on Monday in Boston, where the Lakers were routed 139-107.LeBron James (21 points, six rebounds, five assists) said he started the game looking for his shot but changed his mindset at halftime.“He looked a little out of rhythm in the first half,” James said of Davis. “It was a point of emphasis to me coming into the third quarter and the fourth quarter to get him going. So that was the difference.”The most vivid sign of life from the Lakers in the first half came from James, who scored the first of his 21 points on a sprint to the paint for a tough finish on the way to hitting eight of his first nine shot attempts. He had 19 points by halftime.James’ pursuit of Kobe Bryant (33,643) for third place on the NBA’s career scoring list took another step toward its conclusion: He needs just 45 points to move ahead of the Black Mamba.Related Articles Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years center_img Vogel was more impressed with James’ defense: He had a team-best five steals. Perhaps it was playing in Madison Square Garden, where James has enjoyed some of his best games.“It’s probably my favorite arena in the world to play as a visitor,” he said. “Coming here, understanding the history, the mecca of basketball. Being here in the bright lights, being here in the Garden, it’s my favorite place to come play. So absolutely special.”The team just didn’t always look special themselves.The Lakers will stay in New York for the second game of a Big Apple back-to-back, facing the Brooklyn Nets on Thursday night before closing their five-game trip on Saturday in Philadelphia.Davis hoped to regain some of the conditioning that he’s still building back, but most importantly rhythm – both within himself and for the team.“It’s getting back to my same shots, just having the confidence taking them,” he said. “The team has been great at getting me the ball in spots where I can get some easy looks and it’s my job to rise up and knock them down.” Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersBut even though the Lakers were playing in the Mecca of basketball, the national spotlight was elsewhere – centered in New Orleans for the official debut of Pelicans rookie Zion Williamson. And the Lakers and Knicks played a game that would be just as well filed away among the anonymous games of the NBA’s regular season.The Lakers fulfilled their hope to not lose back-to-back games with all the joy and passion of a dentist drilling a molar.Even so, Davis was pleased to be feeling more himself. He gathered two blocks and a steal, and on one memorable defensive possession, he stymied Julius Randle’s attempts to drive into the paint against him, fluidly keeping with Randle’s every step.Randle was the player on the other side of the Jan. 7 collision when Davis fell and landed hard on his backside on the Staples Center court, causing him to miss five games.“They’re a physical team,” he said. “If you’re not physical back, they’re going to overpower you.” Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed last_img read more

Local Middle School Mathletes Advance to State Competition

first_imgFacebook179Tweet0Pin0Submitted by SCJ AllianceIf a 3-ounce can of tomato sauce costs $1.68, what is the price per ounce in cents?In just seconds, local mathletes from Jefferson Middle School answered that and a variety of other challenging questions at Thurston County’s MATHCOUNTS competition over the weekend. The top teams are now advancing to the state level on March 18 on the Microsoft campus in Redmond.MATHCOUNTS is a national middle school coaching and competitive mathematics program. It promotes math achievement through a series of fun and engaging “bee” style contests on the chapter, state and national levels.SCJ Alliance’s Jason Bruhn is the chapter coordinator for MATHCOUNTS in Thurston County. Photo courtesy: SCJ Alliance.Jason Bruhn, an engineer at SCJ Alliance in Lacey, led the competition held at Saint Martin’s University and has volunteered as the Thurston County chapter coordinator for the past 17 years on behalf of the National Society of Professional Engineers. This year, he recruited five additional colleagues from SCJ to help out.“At SCJ, we have engineers, planners and scientists who use math every day,” Bruhn said. “It’s great to see so many kids who are excited about math and to have the chance to show them how what we do relates to what they’re learning now.”Local participants in the Thurston County competition on Feb. 25 came from Aspire, Jefferson and Reeves middle schools as well as NOVA School. The top team, from Jefferson Middle School, and four top individuals advance to the state competition. Gabriel Ong and Dan Sanchu from Jefferson Middle School and Andrew Pan and Liyana Alam from Aspire Middle School are the individuals advancing.Winners at the state competition move on to the national competition later in 2017, which is aired on ESPN 3.Fellow SCJ coworkers Jean Carr, Mallory Dobbs, Tyrell Bradley, Charlie Severs, and SCJ alum Linda Hurtado, joined Bruhn at the competition Saturday.“After last year, I had heard about how much fun it was to volunteer,” SCJ co-founder and Senior Principal Jean Carr said. “I couldn’t wait to see for myself this year, and those mathletes did not disappoint. What a promising glimpse of the future!”last_img read more

Eze leads Saints in takedown of Heroes in NCAA Season 93 All-Star

first_imgMOST READ His freebies with 10.4 seconds left sealed the deal for the Saints team, comprised of stars from Perpetual, San Beda, Letran, San Sebastian, and St. Benilde.Gab Dagangon added 14 markers and three boards, while Rey Nambatac had 12 points, three assists, and two rebounds for the Saints.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’The Heroes had a chance to tie the game in the final minute, but Tey Teodoro lost the handle on his drive as the Saints secured the steal, before Eze got hacked on his undergoal stab in the last 10 seconds.Coach Boyet Fernandez enjoyed the rare chance to mentor these collection of players. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. National Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPrince Eze imposed his presence down low and carried the Saints over Heroes, 84-80, in the 2017 NCAA All-Star Game Friday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.The Nigerian big man continued his dominant tear, tallying a double-double of 17 points, 14 rebounds, and three blocks to come away with the All-Star MVP award.ADVERTISEMENT Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles Bishop Baylon encourages faithful in Albay to help Taal evacuees LATEST STORIES Quarters: 23-18, 45-41, 66-64, 84-80. Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Police seize P68-M worth of ‘shabu’ in Pasay Hotdog’s Dennis Garcia dies OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Search on for 5 Indonesians snatched anew in Lahad Datu Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next No Christmas Mass at Notre Dame for first time in two centuries PLAY LIST 01:42No Christmas Mass at Notre Dame for first time in two centuries03:48Passengers flock to Naia one day before ‘Undas’04:36Undas 2019: Remembering the dead and reuniting with the living01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.net“At least, the players enjoyed the game. We did try to balance the playing time for everyone so that they’ll be given a chance to play. At least in the end, when it was a close game, we made some stops,” he said.CJ Perez paced the Heroes team, made up of studs from Lyceum, JRU, EAC, Arellano, and Mapua, with 15 points, four rebounds, four steals, three assists, and a block.Jerome Garcia also went 3-of-4 from threes to wound up with nine markers in the defeat.The Scores:SAINTS 84 – Eze 17, Dagangon 14, Nambatac 12, Bolick 7, Quinto 6, Baetiong 6, Mocon 5, Valdez 5, Potts 4, Calvo 3, Domingo 3, Dixon 1, Baytan 0, Castor 0, Ylagan 0.HEROES 80 – Perez 15, Garcia 9, Salado 8, Victoria 7, Flores 6, Mendoza 6, Teodoro 5, Munsayac 5, Grospe 4, Enriquez 4, Bunag 4, Nzeusseu 3, Raflores 3, Onwubere 1, Ayaay 0.ADVERTISEMENT Kobe Paras relishes representing Philippines Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles View commentslast_img read more

National ICT Broadband Backbone Will Expedite Development

first_img– Advertisement – Mr. Doe: “Establishing NICTBB will ensure connectivity in all fifteen counties and improve sector growth…” –Thomas Wesseh DoeThomas Wesseh Doe, founder and chief executive officer of WESAGROCOM, Inc., an ICT (information communication technology) and real estate company, says there is the need for a national network that would ensure connectivity in all fifteen counties of Liberia.In a recent interview at the Daily Observer office in Paynesville, Mr. Doe said the implementation of a national network will ensure effective communication across counties as well as improve government’s service delivery.In 2010, the government and its partners invested US$25 million to land the ACE cable in Liberia, with the government paying 60 percent of the cost while LIBTELCO shouldered 20 percent, and the telecom giants, Lonestar and the erstwhile Cellcom (now Orange), paid the remaining 20 percent.However, Mr. Doe said this major national asset is being underutilized, and Liberians are not benefitting from it. “This is why we are saying that if government and its partners can make US$6 million available we will construct this national backbone that will serve the country well,” he suggested.While mobile usage in Liberia has exploded over the past decade, the total number of internet users/internet penetration, has remained relatively low. Out of the estimated five million Liberians, about a quarter of a million are estimated to be regular internet users compared to a little over 2 million mobile phone users. Access to the internet and internet literacy are integral drivers of national development. Therefore, the initiation of the NICTBB (National ICT Broadband Backbone) project will expedite sector growth, Mr. Doe said.“There is an urgent need for a national backbone or network in the country, which must be built in stages throughout Liberia, and these come with enormous benefits, including telecommunications, education, employment, medicine and intra-governmental connectivity through a government network,” he added.The NICTBB, according to Mr. Doe, will be a massive infrastructure network spanning the entire country, providing high capacity long-distance transmission services to licensed, fixed and mobile network operators, internet service providers, and other value added network service providers.“This means these operators will be effectively and efficiently monitored because they will no longer be in control of their own systems. They will all be connected to the national network. With this, we believe government revenue generation will definitely increase to cover the entire country,” Mr. Doe said.The NICTBB would also be a key project in transforming Liberia into a regional ICT hub, he said.Access to the internet and internet literacy has strategically been designated as a key driver of Liberia’s development, and with the development of a NICTBB, the stage would be set for private and public investments to deliver much needed ICT services throughout the country, which would subsequently establish NICTBB as a strong force in the sector in the Mano River Union region.Doe said the NICTBB will be a huge benefit to Liberia in a lot of ways. In the education sector, he said, it will help improve the methods and speed at which educational materials are delivered to rural people, and foster effective and efficient research programs.“It will also create employment in new career possibilities and opportunities in every field of study. In medicine it will give access to e-medicine, provision of adequate medical services, improve medical record keeping…remote diagnostics, new medical education for nurses and doctors,” he said.“The network will also improve government network, the e-government initiative, connecting all government ministries, agencies, and command centers for political parties that would enable them to be in control of their campaigns by establishing a connection to all their campaign activities.“Our primary objective is to provide technical assistance toward the construction of an affordable and effective telecommunications network for the entire nation,” said Mr. Doe.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more