20 Sep

Human remains found in home where children had been removed during abuse investigation

first_imgOfficials in Phoenix, Arizona are reporting that they have discovered human skeletal remains inside of a home where three children had previously been removed by the Department of Child Safety.The discovery was made Tuesday after the Phoenix Police Department was called to the home due to the report of a fire.Officials say they were first made aware of the conditions inside the home on Monday after an 11-year-old girl called authorities to report that she had been left inside the home alone. When authorities arrived to the home, they found the child had in fact been left alone and also found evidence that the child may have been abused.The child was then taken into DCS custody.The department returned to the home a day later after learning that there were two additional children ages 4 and 9 who also lived in the home. They too were taken into DCS custody.Several hours later, a neighbor contacted police to report that their neighbor’s house was on fire.Authorities were able to put out the fire inside the home and while doing so, discovered human remains.Officials then arrested 50-year-old Maribel Loera and 56-year-old Rafael Loera.Both are facing child abuse charges while Rafael Loera faces additional charges of concealing human body parts, endangerment, and arson.Authorities have yet to identify the remains nor have they indicated if they belong to an adult or a child.last_img read more

16 Aug

MLB Power Rankings: Dodgers eke into No. 1 spot; Twins continue ascent

first_img30. OriolesPrevious: 30All eyes are on the future. The Orioles selected Adley Rutschman, switch-hitting Oregon State catcher, with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2019 MLB Draft. It was a no-brainer. Rutschman’s coming-out party was in the 2018 College World Series, and he should be a cornerstone of the O’s in the the coming years. Baseball lends itself to Hollywood-type stuff, and this year has been no exception. Just look at two of baseball’s best in the Dodgers and Astros.MORE: Watch ‘ChangeUp,’ a new MLB live whiparound show on DAZNThe Dodgers finally take over the No. 1 spot in these rankings after a strong No. 1 run at the box office by the Astros. This likely won’t be the last time these teams jockey for position, either. Could we see a repeat of 2017 come Oscar season?Who knows? Until then, feast your eyes on the latest SN MLB Power Rankings. As always, do not @ me.1. DodgersPrevious: 2Truth be told, a case can still be made for the Astros to be No. 1, but it’s hard to deny the Dodgers this spot right now.The Dodgers are 17-7 against NL West opponents — good, when you consider the rest of the NL West’s ineptitude — and 12-4 in their past 16 games. Dodgers pitching has allowed two runs or fewer in eight of those games, and shut out opponents in four. Their 1.83 staff ERA in the past 13 games is exceptional, as well.2. AstrosPrevious: 1When everything is right for Houston, they’re built like a tank with a Ferrari engine. Right now, the Astros are more beat up than your sketchy neighbor’s old Honda. Jose Altuve, George Springer and Carlos Correa are all on the IL, but the good news is that Houston is winning without those guys, which only speaks to the depth everyone knew they had.After all, when you’re able to call up the minor league home run leader to fill a spot, and he homers in his first game, that’s pretty good. The Astros are still in a good spot, and the case can still be made for them as No. 1. But until they get other pieces back, the Dodgers get the nod.3. TwinsPrevious: 4What’s most interesting about the Twins in 2019: their ability to beat the snot out of everybody. While they’ve feasted on AL Central opponents — to a 14-6 record — they’re beating good teams outside the division as well, which is very unlike the 2018 Indians, who some also said fattened up on a weak division. For comparison: The 2018 Indians were 49-27 vs. AL Central squads, leaving just a 44-44 record vs. everybody else.The Twins are 4-3 vs. Houston, 3-1 vs. Tampa Bay and stole a game from the Yankees earlier in the season, so they’ve made some statements against good teams and beat up on the bad ones when they’ve faced them.Minnesota will have an opportunity to fatten up on more bad teams in June, so don’t expect them to slow down any time soon.4. YankeesIn an attempt to appease the baseball gods, the Yankees sacrificed Domingo Germán to the IL in exchange for Didi Gregorius. This may be inaccurate reporting, but I believe it to be true.In any case, the Yankees lost Germán to a hip injury and were reportedly runners up in the Dallas Keuchel sweepstakes, which leaves a word for their rotation:  yikes.  Yes, they’ve fared well so far season, but they don’t have that true horse in the rotation to eat up innings and really spell the bullpen at this point in the year.With some bullpen issues setting in lately — some of that can be attributed to higher-than-normal use over the course of the season — the Yankees need to weather the storm of an average rotation with some injury question marks. That’s the next big test for the Bombers.5. RaysPrevious: 6The Rays have taken several gut punches this year and have kept winning. They’ve dealt with the loss of Tyler Glasnow. Matt Duffy has suffered setbacks in his rehab. Blake Snell fought a piece of granite and lost. They’ve dropped two series to the Yankees early in the year. Through it all, they’re a half-game ahead of the Yankees and aren’t going quietly into the night. They will not vanish without a fight. They’re going to live on. They’re going to survive. Today, we celebrate our Independe- I mean, today we celebrate the Rays re-entering the top five in these Power Rankings. Good job, Tampa. The Rays have still been able to pitch. Their 210 runs allowed mark isn’t just the best in the American League, but it’s best in the majors by a pretty wide margin.6. CubsPrevious: 5Chicago signing Craig Kimbrel is a big plus for a bullpen that has had its ups and downs in 2019. With a 4.11 bullpen ERA, the Cubs are just about middle of the road when it comes to their relief capabilities.With rumors that the North Siders are still in the market for bullpen help — which they should be — they could reinforce arguably the biggest flaw of the squad. The starting pitching has been good, with Kyle Hendricks and Jon Lester reading the way.7. BrewersPrevious: 8Sending Keston Hiura down was a mistake when any spark in the NL Central race might be the difference, even at this point in the season.The Brewers better hope Travis Shaw is good, because he was hitting just .163 before his injury sidelined him for about a month. Aside from Shaw, the Brewers are still getting some great offensive production from Christian Yelich, Yasmani Grandal and others, so it’s no harm no foul — for now.Also, the Gio Gonzalez IL stint should be a little concerning and should serve as a cautionary tale: Sign players in the offseason. Stop playing this stupid, stupid game of signing players in June. It’s dumb. It does a disservice to your fans and your team.8. PhilliesPrevious: 7Aaron Nola had a very good May, pitching to a 2.73 ERA and allowing 10 runs over six starts. In two June starts, Nola has already allowed nine runs in 12 innings. Philadelphia is going to need Nola to be the May and 2018 Nola if the Phillies want to hold off the next team on this list.9. BravesPrevious: 10It didn’t take long for Dallas Keuchel to sign once the MLB Draft wrapped up, and his decision to sign with the Braves is a big coup for Atlanta.The disappointingly average NL East is still up for grabs, as no team has separated itself from the pack, and adding Keuchel to a rotation with young, productive arms — Max Fried and Mike Soroka —  should  help. Should is the operating word here. The Beard still has to produce, and who knows how effective he’ll be coming off a long layoff.10. Red SoxPrevious: 8The Red Sox showed signs of life in the beginning of May, going 8-2 to open the month. Chris Sale got right, Mookie Betts started hitting and all was right in Beantown.Fast forward a month and a few days and the Red Sox still sit a sole game over .500 in a division that seems to be slipping away from them. Surprisingly, the bullpen hasn’t been the issue for Boston. Rather, the rotation has been average-to-bad outside of Chris Sale and David Price, and offensive inconsistencies have been troubling.Middle of the pack11. IndiansPrevious: 14The Indians won series against the Yankees and the Twins and are still treading water at 33-32. Cleveland is a team that needed everything to go right to compete in the Central, and with key injuries to key players it could get dark early.12. PadresPrevious: 13There is a Padres infielder with a 1.8 bWAR and a 153 OPS+, and it’s not Manny Machado.Fernando Tatis Jr. might moonwalk to the NL Rookie of the Year award.13. CardinalsPrevious: 11Just a week ago, the Cardinals swept the Cubs in Busch Stadium. Then, the Cubs broke out brooms of their own and returned the favor. The Jekyll-and-Hyde act for St. Louis continues, but they Cards are looking more like the bad one of the two.14. RockiesPrevious: 18The Rockies jump ahead of the D-backs after sweeping a four-game set at the end of May. But to turn the clock back a bit further, here are some Nolan Arenado stats since May 1: .379 average, 1.122 OPS, 11 home runs in 35 games. 15. DiamondbacksPrevious: 12Arizona has had some trouble inside the division this year: The Diamondbacks are 11-19 vs. NL West opponents, with the only winning record coming against the Giants (4-2). 16. RangersPrevious: 19The Rangers are now 35-30 and Joey Gallo (currently on the IL) has been a big part of their 2019 season: Gallo is hitting .278 with a 172 OPS+. He’s been worth 3.2 bWAR this season, already surpassing his career high. By the way, he’s an excellent defender. The Rangers’ pitching is still pretty bad, outside of Mike Minor,  obviously.  Everyone saw  that  coming. The Rangers are a perplexing team altogether.17. AthleticsPrevious: 15The hot-and-cold A’s won 10 in a row and followed it up by going 5-9 in their next 14 games. This was around the time Oakland took off in 2018, but it’s hard to see where and when the uptick will come from in 2019.18. MetsPrevious: 17The Mets are a sub-.500 team that should be much better than they are. Edwin Diaz has been good overall, but not 2018-great. Also, Robinson Cano has either been hurt or bad.19. PiratesPrevious: 16Josh Bell is real and he’s spectacular. Unfortunately for the Pirates, he’s one of the few offensive bright spots for an otherwise average-to-bad offense. Their pitching is still pretty good though, even without Jameison Taillon.20. NationalsPrevious: 21Well, it certainly  looks  like the Nationals are turning it around, though we’ve seen similar signs in the past.After a four-game sweep at the hands of the Mets, the Nats are 12-4 in their past 16 (7-2 in June). Could Max Scherzer be on the block? Probably not. But if the Nationals are going to put to rest the fire sale talk in 2019, they’re going to need to keep the momentum rolling.Bottom third21. RedsPrevious: 19Let’s check in on Sonny Gray: 3.65 ERA (3.01 FIP), 125 ERA+ and he’s allowed two earned runs or fewer in seven of his 13 starts. The key? Using his fastball more.22. White SoxPrevious: 25Don’t look now, but the South Siders are 8-5 since May 27 and sit just three games under .500. Granted, five of those wins came against the hapless Royals, but you can only play who’s on your schedule, right?23. AngelsPrevious: 23Griffin Canning looks like he’s going to be an answer for the Angels in the rotation. In five May starts, he pitched to a 2.57 ERA and a .111 BAA over 28 innings. 24. MarinersPrevious: 22How the mighty M’s have fallen. Rumors of Dipoto Trade Season are upon us, and Seattle has a slew of players it could move to continue to rebuild the farm system.25. GiantsPrevious: 26Madison Bumgarner, that old curmudgeon, in 2019: 3.83 ERA (3.88 FIP), 1.161 WHIP, 4.94 K/BB rate, 84 strikeouts. Those are all very Bumgarner-like numbers, and there will (presumably) be a market for the big lefty.26. Blue JaysPrevious: 24Danny Jansen, another much-hyped Toronto prospect, has been very good defensively but has yet to figure it out with the bat. Through 47 games he’s hit .175 with a 45 OPS+. 27. TigersPrevious: 25The Tigers have a -109 run differential, one of the worst marks in MLB, and are one of only two teams with a negative run differential in the triple digits.28. MarlinsPrevious: 29No fun stats here, but a question for you to ponder: If you’re Don Mattingly, how do you feel? Some credit has to go to the Miami front office for letting him stick this out, but being with a consistently losing franchise for so long must be tough.29. RoyalsPrevious: 28The Royals have won a single game in June (1-7), scoring 19 runs in eight games and being shut out twice in that span. They do lead the AL in stolen bases, though, which is something! It’s summer blockbuster season, and MLB is writing a few interesting movies of its own.”The Pride of the Yankees” might as well be “The Surprise of the Yankees.” Up in Boston, “The Hunt for Red (Sox) October” is starting to raise some questions. Someone get Danny DeVito and Arnold Schwarzenegger on the phone, because with what Minnesota is doing, “Twins” might need a sequel.last_img read more

14 Jan

UNYDA Offers Scholarships to ‘Deserving’ Students in Nimba

first_imgThe United Nimba Young-Adult Development Association (UNYDA) has provided scholarships to several Ebola disadvantaged families and deserving students in Nimba County.The offer is UNYDA’s way of helping the recipients cope with their school fees.  Headed by Mr. Fred Tiah, UNYDA is a US based Nimba organization that seeks to brace the efforts of students from the county, especially in the wake of the troubling Ebola situation.“We are sad to see or hear our people, most importantly, our youth that have died from the deadly virus. UNYDA hopes to work with other organizations to better the youth of Nimba County,” he said.Accordingly, the donation and scholarships are the entity’s way of showing the youth that UNYDA still cares about them and the people of the county.The target of this donation was to assist those that were affected and survivors of the deadly Ebola Virus get back to school and assist them with other expenses.However, Mr. Tiah said, “We realize that there are many of our young people that can also benefit from financial assistance towards achieving their academic goals. We are doing everything and more to be able to help more kids learn and become great men and women in society.   “My goal as Executive Director is to see all Nimba Youths become educated and enjoy the life that they educationally dream about.” Meanwhile, UNYDA has paid back school fees a woman in Lakpazee Community earlier paid, “because she had reportedly attempted suicide owing to her inability to pay her children’s school fees.”“I learned of a young woman who reportedly attempted suicide in the Lakpazee Community because she said, she could not afford to pay her children’s tuition owing to the hardship brought on her by Ebola.”“In this case the entity decided to help her three children by paying for their annual tuition since they are also targeting families in Monrovia and its environs, and that we have decided to extend assistance to other parts of the country,” said Leadopoe Geain, UNDYA representative currently visiting Liberia. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

11 Jan

Google expands tech turf

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO – Google Inc. will begin selling corporate America an online suite of software that includes e-mail, word processing, spreadsheets and calendar management, escalating the Internet search leader’s invasion on to technological turf traditionally dominated by Microsoft and IBM. The expansion announced late Wednesday threatens to bog down Microsoft Corp.’s efforts to persuade corporate customers to buy the latest version of its market-leading Office suite that was developed along with Microsoft’s new Vista operating system. Google’s software bundle, to be sold for a $50 annual fee per user, also poses a challenge to International Business Machines Corp. and its Lotus suite. While Google’s latest foray into the corporate software market seems unlikely to topple the status quo right away, AMR Research analyst Jim Murphy said it’s only a matter of time before the Mountain View-based company becomes a major player. “This is just the beginning,” Murphy said. “The real impact of what Google is trying to do probably won’t be evident for another five years.” Google has been offering a free version of its online software suite called Google Apps for the past six months. More than 100,000 small businesses and hundreds of universities nationwide are using the free service, Google said. The fee-based version, Google Apps Premier Edition, includes five times more e-mail storage – 10 gigabytes per e-mail box – as well as a guarantee that all services will be available 99.9 percent of the time and around-the-clock technical support. Google also is adding mobile access to e-mail accounts through the BlackBerry devices that tether workers to their offices. By dangling its business software package at such a low price, Google is giving companies a greater incentive to delay buying Microsoft’s Office 2007 as they assess the pros and cons of a less expensive alternative, said Nucleus Research analyst Rebecca Wettemann. “The timing (of this offer) is just brutal for Microsoft. It’s definitely a shot across their bow,” Wettemann said. As they usually do, Google executives downplayed the company’s intensifying rivalry with the world’s largest software maker. “We are not in this to get Microsoft,” said Dave Girouard, general manager of Google’s business software division. “We are in this to offer more compelling choices for consumers and businesses.” Microsoft welcomes the competition, said Kirk Gregersen, the Redmond, Wash.-based company’s director of the Office suite. “It helps keep us on our toes.” If it can sell more software to companies, Google could become less dependent on online advertising. Google already has been selling its search technology to companies, but that initiative has only had a modest impact so far. Software licensing accounted for slightly more than $100 million, or 1 percent, of Google’s $10.6 billion in revenue last year. Microsoft, in contrast, relied on software sales for most of its $44 billion in revenue last year. While Google has been expanding into software applications, Microsoft has been trying to build a more formidable Internet search engine. That effort hasn’t prevented Google from widening its lead in online search during the past two years, emboldening the company to branch into other fields like corporate software. Just how much Google is undercutting Microsoft’s price is unclear. The listed retail price for Microsoft’s Office suite ranges from $149 to $679, but corporate customers generally negotiate substantial discounts based on the number of licenses that they buy. In research released last year, Merrill Lynch analyst Kash Rangan estimated that the average corporate cost for Office works out to about $60 to $120 annually per user, assuming the software is used over a two- to three-year cycle. Price is rarely the only concern of large companies when they are deciding which software products to buy. Security, reliability and performance also sway corporate buying decisions.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more