Bradley Beal, John Wall lead Wizards past Grizzlies

first_imgCarpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Washington surrendered a 17-point third quarter lead and nearly continued its season-long trend of losing games to inferior teams.“We have leads but we don’t do a great job of stepping on teams’ throats and just getting these teams out of the way,” said Wall, who had four assists and a blocked shot in 27:37 of playing time.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkUnlike some other nights, the Wizards pulled this one out. Beal scored 11 points in the fourth quarter, hitting three 3-pointers.After the Grizzlies took their first lead of the night, 67-65, on James Ennis III’s 3-pointer with 8:53 left to play, Washington responded with a 13-0 run and Memphis got no closer than 83-80 the rest of the way. Both teams were without expected starters. For Memphis, Chandler Parsons stepped in for Evans and scored 12 points. Washington’s Mike Scott started in place of Morris and had 10 points.UP NEXTGrizzlies: Host Atlanta on Friday night.Wizards: Host Los Angeles Clippers on Friday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Washington Wizards guard John Wall (2) dunks during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Memphis Grizzlies, Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017, in Washington. Also seen is Wizards center Marcin Gortat (13) and Grizzlies forward Dillon Brooks (24). (AP Photo/Nick Wass)WASHINGTON — John Wall helped the Washington Wizards avoid a bad loss.Wall had 13 points in his return from a sore knee, Bradley Beal scored 18 points and the Wizards held off the Memphis Grizzlies 93-87 on Wednesday night.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson “When you’re down at that point, you’ve got to play perfect,” Grizzlies interim coach J.B. Bickerstaff said. “And those 3s especially, they hurt you.”Wall missed nine games, with Washington going 4-5 in his absence and coming off a five-game trip that ended with a Tuesday night loss at Brooklyn.“Just what I thought. He gave us a boost,” Wizards coach Scott Brooks said about Wall. “He made some amazing plays, blocked (a shot) like I’ve never seen a point guard do ever and he makes it look easy. He didn’t have a lot of assists, but we didn’t make a lot of shots for him.”Andrew Harrison led Memphis with 20 points, JaMychal Green had 15 points and15 rebounds, and Marc Gasol had 15 points and 10 rebounds. The Grizzlies have lost five straight and 16 out of 17.Memphis erased most of an 11-point deficit to pull to 29-27 in the second quarter when Wall heated up a sluggish game.ADVERTISEMENT Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ setcenter_img MOST READ His drive to the basket made it 31-27. He hit a corner 3 and followed by a driving dunk and a long 2-pointer to cap his personal 9-0 run and Washington eventually led 41-29 at halftime.The Wizards built the lead to 17 early in the third quarter, but Memphis rallied and Ben McLemore’s 3-pointer tied it at 62 early in the fourth.“I thought defensively we did a much better job, we were proactive we were more aggressive, we were sort of the instigator,” Gasol said of the rally.Memphis was without guard Tyreke Evans. The Grizzlies’ second-leading scorer was held out after experiencing right hip soreness during pregame warm-up.TIP INSGrizzlies: Scored a season-low 12 points in the first quarter and season-low 29 in first half. … Have lost first 10 vs. Eastern Conference, the franchise’s skid longest since losing the first 11 in 1996-97. … Have dropped their last four visits to Washington.Wizards: Otto Porter Jr. added 14 points, and Marcin Gortat had 12. . Missed 13 of 22 free throws. … F Markieff Morris was a late scratch with a sore right hip. … C Ian Mahinmi missed his second straight game with a sore right hip. … The 12-first quarter points were the fewest the Wizards have allowed in any quarter this season.QUOTABLE“I mean both teams, that was probably as bad offensive basketball as you’re going to see by the world’s greatest players.” — Brooks referring to the first half.STEPPING UP Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson LATEST STORIES Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Bulls beat Jazz for 4th straight victory View commentslast_img read more

ID-4-PAPD: Greasing Our Development Wheels: Why Accurate Identification Matters So Much Today

first_imgWhy Accurate Identification Matters So Much TodayBy J. Tiah Nagbe, MSF, ChFC After months of planning and waiting, it is finally here: our special column on Liberia’s identification system. I do hope you enjoy this ride and I promise to be the best driver that I can be. I also expect others to jump in sometime and help me; and, if that happens, we should travel far and long – for about six months. For the first mile of the journey – our first article, we will look at the reason why accurate identification is so important to our lives today. If we do this very well, it will help you to understand the rest of the trip. Fasten your seat belts and welcome on board!Having plenty people has good and bad sidesThose of us who believe in God start the story of the human race with one man – Adam. Those who believe in the theory of evolution will also have to start theirs with one person at some point in time.  But from this one person we now have about 7.7 billion people that move around this one earth today. I don’t know how to explain 7.7 billion in simple terms. Even if I say that it is 1,500 times the population of Liberia, it will still not be simple for many people. So, just know that human beings are very, very, very, very plenty in the world today.  I can imagine that when Adam and his family lived on this earth, their life was simple in many ways, including finding people who broke the law. For example, when Adam found out that someone had eaten the forbidden fruit, it had to be quite easy to determine that it was Eve, since only two of them lived on the earth at the time. Similarly, when Abel was murdered by his brother Caine, it had to be simple finding out the murderer. So, in a way, we can say that having a small population was a good thing. However, we may never have reached the level of human development that we see today, had we remained as small as Adam’s family. Think about it, could that first family have invented the airplane? Did they even have the need for it? Which airport would they have flown it to and who would have built that airport? Also, could they have invented the cell phone? Would there have been a need for a phone in the first place, to call whom? Therefore, we can see that a huge population has come with many great things as well.But a large population is a two-sided coin, with both good and bad sides. The good side includes the fantastic human development. However, the bad side includes difficulties in fighting crimes, providing services to people, and more. One such challenge that a large population has brought about is how to accurately identify people. This problem is made more difficult by the fact that we demand speedy solutions and transact business in places that are far from where we live.  Among many areas in which this comes to play are banking, insurance and telecommunication services in the private sector; and salary payments, election, education, health care, electricity and water services for the public sector. Allow me to demonstrate this very important need for accurate identification with one example, using the banking sector. NID helps Sia to withdraw money from the bankA nice lady, called Sia Tamba, operated a large farm in Foya, Lofa County (149 miles/240 kilometers from Monrovia) for several years and then decided to move to Monrovia when her children grew older and started college. While in Foya, she saved a good amount of money with the local branch of a bank call Liberia Bank. The bank had only two tellers at that branch and they both knew Sia because Foya is a small community. Whenever she went to deposit or withdraw money at the local branch, the tellers simply carried out the transaction without asking her for an identification, because they were very sure she was Sia. In fact, they knew her entire family and had visited her house several times for special occasions, like Christmas and birthdays. When Sia moved to Monrovia, she joined a population of 1.5 million people. To start a business in Monrovia, she visited the branch of the Liberia Bank to withdraw LRD 300,000. At the bank she faced a problem: unlike the Foya tellers, the Monrovia tellers did not know her. Therefore, when she presented the withdrawal slip for LRD300,000 the teller refused to pay without proper identification. First, she took out an ID from her Susu (savings) club in Foya, but that did not work. Then she asked the teller to call their branch in Foya about her. The teller said he did not have much time to make a call because there were others waiting in the line, and even a call would not convince him because the Foya teller was not present to confirm that the lady standing in front of him is the same Sia who has the money in the bank. So she did not get the money on that day.The next day she went to the National Identification Registry office and applied for a biometric national ID card. After receiving the card three days later, she went back to the bank and re-submitted her withdrawal slip. The bank teller took her national ID card and entered the ID number into his computer. Within a few seconds, the big NIR computer sent Sia’s information to the bank and the teller’s computer screen showed the picture and other important information about Sia. This convinced the teller that the person standing before him was indeed Sia Tamba. The teller made the payment and went home knowing that he would not get in trouble; and Sia got her money to start her new business in Monrovia. Yes, unique ID mattersI do hope that this story helps you to see the challenges that come with very large populations and the solutions that unique identification brings to the table in solving some of these challenges. As you can see in Sia’s case, three situations made it difficult to serve her. The first was the fact that by moving to Monrovia she became part of a very large population within which many people do not know each other, like in Foya. The second situation is that she had traveled far from her original community; therefore, it was difficult to verify her story by asking tellers in Foya. This is a problem that happens every day as people travel outside of their communities, cities, counties or even countries. The third situation is that today we demand speedy services. When she was carrying out the transaction, there had to be others standing behind her demanding to be served quickly. Therefore, the teller did not have the time to call the Foya branch and ask his co-workers to tell him more about Sia, to see if he could verify some information that would convince him that this lady was the owner of the account. It was a biometric ID that provided high degree of certainty that out of the 5 million people that live in Liberia, this lady was the one and only Sia Tamba, the person who had deposited her money with the Liberia Bank in Foya.  Next week, we will look at how unique identification is created for each person and how it helps to solve problems for different institutions and sectors of our society.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more