‘Shabu peddler’ falls in buy-bust

first_imgSix sachets of suspected shabu valued at around P59,600 were recovered from him, the police added. The 38-year-old Joseph Jasper Duran was arrested in a drug buy-bust operation in Barangay Tabucan, Mandurriao district, police said.  An antidrug operative conducts inventory of the suspected shabu seized from Joseph Jasper Duran in a buy-bust operation in Barangay Tabucan, Mandurriao, Iloilo City on June 14. IAN PAUL CORDERO/PN Duran – resident of Arevalo district – was caught after he sold suspected illegal drugs to an undercover officer for P3,600 around 2:30 p.m. on Sunday.center_img ILOILO City – He allegedly sold illegal drugs. Detained in the lockup cell of the the Arevalo police station, Duran faces charges for violation of Republic Act 9165, or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002./PNlast_img read more

Kobe Bryant is fine; Historic performance gets Lakers past Toronto

first_imgThat is what keeps the Lakers watchable, sometimes nearly relevant.Kobe Bryant is fine.Maybe not M-V-P fine, as the fans still chant when Bryant steps to the free-throw line. Certainly not playoff-fine, unless Mitch Kupchak and Jim Buss get someone else’s general manager drunk at the trade deadline.But fine enough to get the Lakers past the young and restless Toronto Raptors, 129-122, at Staples Center on Sunday night.A Laker victory had been a rarer sight than rain. They were 3-13. The Raptors were 13-3, with the best record in the Eastern Conference. But Bryant not only rose above all the ambitious Raptors, he became the first NBA player ever to get to 30,000 points and 6,000 assists while notching his 20th triple-double. Wesley Johnson worked out with a recuperating 36-year-old through the broiling days of July.Naturally, a lot of his friends wanted to know how the old fellow was holding up.“I didn’t really tell ’em,” Johnson said late Sunday night. “I’d say, ‘You’ll see.’ Because sometime in late July, I saw him begin to ramp it up. I thought, OK, he’s going to be back. He’ll be fine.”That is what keeps the people coming back to Staples Center, paying $25 to park, enduring losses disgusting enough to make the banners turn their backs in disgust. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img What did that milestone mean?“It means I must have passed more than people say,” Bryant said, with the barest outline of a smirk, as he chilled his legs in an ice bucket.Bryant gave the Lakers a leg up at the end of the fourth quarter when he went 94 feet for a layup, with several Raptors in wait for him, and then drove the lane and hit Nick Young for an unaccompanied 3-pointer that swished.He almost precluded overtime with a drive at, and a collision with, Toronto’s 7-foot Jonas Valanciunas. But no call was forthcoming, as the officials put their hands up theatrically, and Bryant had to steam and stew for five minutes more.Bryant had six points and three boards in overtime. He had eight points in the fourth quarter even though he missed three foul shots. He had 21 points in the second half, but began the game benevolently, dealing out eight assists and taking only four shots in the first half.“I’m going to have some wild stories to tell my children and grandchildren about playing with him,” Johnson said. “Those numbers in his career, they’re just crazy.”The significance of Toronto’s visit was manifold. This is the same franchise that took an 81-point backhand slap from Bryant nine seasons ago. And it is also the same franchise that did everything but send the RCMP to Phoenix to sign Steve Nash in the summer of 2012.The Raptors showed Nash, the Pele of Canadian basketball, an inspirational video that appealed to his true patriot love. They offered him a handsome contract to run the Raptors’ offense. Nash was reportedly moved to tears.Then he signed with the Lakers.As Toronto Sun columnist Steve Buffery and others have pointed out, Nash’s “no” was a huge “yes” for the Raptors.Seven days later they got Kyle Lowry from Houston in exchange for Gary Forbes and a first-round draft choice that became Steven Adams, who is in Oklahoma City.The Lakers didn’t get a drop out of Nash in his three years. Meanwhile, Lowry is the very kind of volcanic competitor they need, regardless of position.And in one of those delicious twists, Lowry re-upped with Toronto in the offseason when the league was waiting for him to leave as a free agent. Yes, Lowry prized Canada more than Nash did.A city that had already lost Vince Carter and Tracy McGrady now embraces Lowry as tightly as any Maple Leaf, especially since he doesn’t blow as many three-goal leads.“Meanwhile, the Kleenex plant can’t produce enough tissues to dry the tears of Lakers’ fans.This year Lowry, a 6-footer, averages 5.3 rebounds, along with 18.6 points. He had six and 29, plus nine assist s Sunday.Sunday night Lowry got the Raptors tied with a drive that produced two foul shots and a drive and pass to Ross. He could have won it for the Raptors as he drove the lane again, but Ronnie Price contested him, and Lowry was called for a reacharound offensive foul.Along the way, Lowry and the Raptors learned what Wesley Johnson had known for months.last_img read more

Giants’ Daniel Jones challenges doubters with perfect preseason debut

first_img2019 NFL PREDICTIONS:Standings, playoff projections, Super Bowl pickJones also managed a perfect QB rating on his drive, but he did not miss a throw. The 22-year-old completed all five of his passes for 67 yards and a touchdown on what was his team’s second possession after Eli Manning started and the Giants’ offense went three-and-out earlier in the first quarter.After an hour-long weather delay on the heels of Jones’ TD drive, the game resumed with the rookie passer parked on the sideline for the night. It signaled the accomplishment of Jones’ first NFL mission.We’ll spare you the overreaction to a single drive in a Week 1 preseason game. This is not sudden validation for Giants general manager Dave Gettleman, who selected Jones with the sixth overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft. For now, Manning is safe as the starter. This is nothing more than a step for Jones in his NFL development.But it’s not insignificant. Jones did everything he needed to do and more Thursday. His performance was something of a dare. Go ahead, keep doubting me.Drive 1: Every single Daniel Jones pass-5/5, 67 yds and a TD 👀Say goodbye, Eli pic.twitter.com/MURmdOceVD— Warren Sharp (@SharpFootball) August 8, 2019In the preseason, which is defined by basic schemes and random mixtures of first-, second- and third-team offenses and defenses, we can’t draw real conclusions about any QB’s play. It’s also worth noting that Jones faced a grand total of zero pressure while slinging the ball around with ease.But we can at least reference the realistic goals for Jones cited by ESPN Giants reporter Jordan Raanan hours before kickoff.”1. Move the offense and score points.” That’s a big check. With Jones at QB, the Giants needed only eight plays and 4:23 to get into the end zone.”2. Execute consistently.” Another big check. All five of Jones’ passes were thrown perfectly.”3. No negative plays (take care of the ball).” The only negative play on Jones’ drive was Wayne Gallman’s three-yard loss on a run up the middle.More impressive than Jones checking off those objectives, though, was the way in which he did it.He showed timing with his throw on a slant pattern to Golden Tate. He showed his ability to read coverage when he found Cody Latimer slipping behind the Jets’ zone defense. He showed arm strength when he roped a pass to Bennie Fowler on an out route. He showed all of the above, plus some touch, when he hit Fowler for the 12-yard touchdown.DAAAAAAAMN Daniel! 👀 pic.twitter.com/y916nWoLqO— New York Giants (@Giants) August 8, 2019″I think he did an unbelievable job, understanding the offense, reading the defense, putting the ball where it needed to be,” said Giants running back Saquon Barkey, who did not play Thursday, of Jones. The best way to illustrate the unofficial beginning of Daniel Jones’ career with the Giants is to compare the rookie quarterback’s one and only drive of Thursday night’s preseason opener to that of Sam Darnold, who started for the opposing Jets. In the opening series of the game, Darnold completed four of five passes for 68 yards and a touchdown. His passer rating was a perfect 158.3.And yet, Jones was better. These kinds of attributes are vital for a quarterback to succeed in the NFL, and they make themselves evident (or not) even in an otherwise meaningless preseason game.Jones’ numbers on his lone drive were great, but they don’t mean anything. His poise and apparent comfort at this stage of his career, on the other hand, were telling.We’re months away from finding out whether Jones is worthy of his status as a top-10 pick, but it took only five throws for many to realize he is not the joke they thought he was.last_img read more

The Landing at Hawks Prairie Joins Together to Fight Hunger

first_imgSubmitted by The Landing at Hawks PrairieThe month of November brings chillier temperatures, fall leaves, and an acknowledgment of the holidays right around the corner.  It’s during this time of year that those struggling with hunger need our help more than ever.  With heating bills climbing and expenses high this time of year, donating to the Thurston County Food Bank is more important than ever.The Landing at Hawks Prairie is a plaza of retail shops and restaurants that have joined together to help combat hunger.  Participating stores throughout the plaza are collecting food for the Thurston County Food Bank all month long.  And, those shops are giving you an extra incentive to donate when you visit the shopping complex.  Participating stores are offering free items or significant discounts when you support the food drive.Participating Businesses include Hand and Stone Massage, Cricket, Jack and Jill’s Children’s Salon, Menchies, LA Fitness, Total Nutrition, Americas Best Eye, Popeyes, Sushi go Round, and Mattress Depot and more.While it’s easy to grab a bag of pasta or few bags of Top Ramen, the food bank has some specific, more nutrient dense items that they would like to encourage you to donate.Canned Chicken, Tuna, Spam, or SalmonBeef StewPeanut ButterCanned Fruit in their own Juice (not syrup)Canned Soup – Meat and VegetarianBoxed CerealMacaroni and CheeseCanned ChiliCanned VegetablesPlease consider adding one or more of these items to your shopping list this November.  Then, bring it by The Landing at Hawks Prairie and show your support of the Thurston County Food Bank.   The Food Bank serves over 1400 children each week. There are many hungry families right here in our community.  We hope to help ease that hunger this holiday season. Facebook2Tweet0Pin0last_img read more