COVID-related arson believed cause of church fire in Mississippi

first_imgJSABBOTT/iStockBy IVAN PEREIRA, ABC News(NEW YORK) — Investigators are looking into a potential arson case at a Mississippi church where members sued local leaders after receiving a citation for disobeying orders against holding in-person religious services during the COVID-19 outbreak.The First Pentecostal Church of Holly Springs was destroyed in a blaze early Wednesday, according to the Marshall County Sheriff’s Office. Church attendees filed a lawsuit against the city after receiving a citation last month for having a Bible study of more than 10 people and an Easter service.Investigators said they believed the fire was deliberately set. A note allegedly left at the scene said, “Bet you stay at home now you hypokrits [sic].” The investigation is ongoing.Nearby residents told local reporters they were shocked to see the church destroyed.“I just don’t understand it. Even though I’m not Pentecostal, I wouldn’t want something like this to happen,” Katherin Bright told ABC Memphis affiliate WATN-TV.Stephen Crampton, senior counsel at Thomas More Society, which is representing the church in the lawsuit, said the fire was devastating.“While there may be room for reasonable disagreement, it seems no call to take such extreme and violent action,” he told WATN.Shirley Byers, an attorney for Holly Springs Mayor Kevin Buck, said her office was shocked and upset over the fire.“It’s unfortunate any time a crime is committed in our town,” she told ABC News.The state allowed churches and other houses of worship to remain open as essential businesses, but faith leaders were asked to be more cautious as the coronavirus spread.The Holly Springs mayor’s office initially declared that churches weren’t essential in a stay-at-home order issued March 23, but it amended the order April 24 so churches could hold drive-through services.The citation issued against First Pentecostal Church said there were 35 to 40 people in the church during a bible study on April 10. Byers said the mayor’s office hasn’t been served a complaint by the defendants.Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves said he would be watching the investigation, but reiterated that the state’s policies allowed for houses of worship to hold services.“It is very clear local municipalities can have guidelines that are more strict than the governor’s guidelines, but they cannot have guidelines that directly conflict with what we have put in place,” he said during a news conference Wednesday. Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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SP seeks ‘appropriate info’ over mass arrest of activists

first_imgIn response of to SP’s request,Philippine Army 3rd Infantry Division spokesperson Captain Cenon Pancito IIIsaid they are “very much willing” to comply once they receive a copy of theresolution.“We are not hiding anything and it is the right of every Negrense to know whatis really happening in the area,” he explained.The military official also said they are willing to present the currentsituation as they believe the local government should be more aware of thesituation at hand. BACOLOD City – The SangguniangPanlungsod (SP) has enjoined law enforcement agencies here to provide“appropriate information” on the recent mass arrest against activists andprogressive groups in this city.  The local legislative body on Thursdaypassed a resolution addressed to the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group(CIDG) Region 6, Negros Occidental Provincial Police Office, Bacolod CityPolice Office, and Philippine Army’s 303rd Infantry Brigade. Of the 42 arrested and charged, 11have been indicted for illegal possession of firearms, ammunition, andexplosives by Senior Assistant City Prosecutor Fernand Castro of the Office ofthe City Prosecutor here. The charge against 31 otherrespondents has been dismissed for lack of probable cause, and they werereleased from the CIDG’s custody on Wednesday afternoon./PN To date, the CIDG has filed cases forillegal possession of firearms and explosives against 42 suspected CPP-NPAmembers arrested in operations in this city on Oct. 31. Councilor Wilson Gamboa, who authoredthe resolution, said he wants police and military personnel to   disclose information without jeopardizingnational security to the SP.last_img read more

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PandaScore adds real-time play-by-play to esports data feed

first_imgFlavien Guillocheau, PandaScoreThe esports data provider PandaScore has announced the launch of its Live Event Coverage for League of Legends. This means it is now possible to follow updates on an extended number of in-game events with a feed that includes things such kills, turrets or drakes and Nashors kills for ‘a wide variety’ of competitive League matches, in real-time. This offer will ‘soon be available’ on Dota 2 and Overwatch too. This new feature is a huge addition for the betting segment, first they can add more markets and follow the trends during the match. Second, they have the possibility to manage their markets and adjust their odds in live automatically. It’s a first step toward a true market management automation.Flavien Guillocheau, CEO at PandaScore said: “Our customers frequently ask for a wider range of Live market. We build this event feed to change radically the vision of esports market for bookmakers. This industry is changing rapidly, making it more challenging for industry participants to keep pace. We have the ambition to help every project who wants live data. This release is a crucial step toward true Live betting in esports which for now is sporadic.”Live trading has been a feature on online sportsbooks now for more than a decade, and with more recent and ongoing advancements in the way sports data is collected and utilised, it’s improving and evolving too.With the popularity of esports betting on the rise in recent years, it was inevitable that live trading for esports would soon follow, and there are plenty of esports books focusing their efforts on this front already. The challenges are inherently different when it comes to live esports betting as opposed to traditional sports betting, and brings a whole new set of challenges. Moreover, with the game themselves changing (with patches and such) these challenges will be on-going, and this is not to mention the new titles appearing on the scene with relative regularity. The way Martin Berthelot, Head of Esports at PandaScore, explained to us what he sees as the difference: “If you have ever played or watched a tennis game you will know that the objective is quite simple; score points. There are many different way to do it but ultimately both players are concurrently aiming at achieving the same objective, whilst this is not true in all esports. Let’s take for example a map in League of Legends; the final objective for both teams is simple; destroy the enemy’s nexus. However there are also a number of sub-objectives like turrets, drakes, Nashors, and inhibitors and stats you can track like hero items, summoner spells or gold to keep in mind (to name just a few).“This means that whereas in traditional trading a trader is usually in charge of keeping at bad a few of parameters at bay to keep the model in line with the market, in esports there are a lot more factors to consider.” He concluded: “Even the most experienced trader would have a hard time offering more than a few markets and an equally hard time to keep those markets open and correctly priced. This unfortunately often leads to an underwhelming product which will often fail to engage the target crowd of esports fans that is used to games that offer some of the highest levels of engagement.”Esports Insider says: The more companies that are well-versed in esports that we have building new products around leveraging live data and creating reliable and fun products to enhance esports betting on both a bookmaker, and in turn consumer side, can only be a positive in our books. Let’s hope the PandaScore League of Legends product delivers, and that the incoming Dota and Overwatch options arrive sooner rather than later.last_img read more

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Steph Curry’s spark, Warriors superior bench and habit of winning make the difference against Clippers

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error PHOTOS: See Warriors-Clippers galleryGranted, there were more than a few Warriors aficionados at Staples Center, but you don’t have to be from the Bay Area, or even be a fan of Evan Hunter’s books about fearsome herds of cats, to appreciate Stephen Curry and the Flying W’s. The crowd would have erupted at any point in the final minutes if the Clippers had made open shots or failed to commit cataclsymic fouls, like when Matt Barnes decked Andre Igoudala during a 3-point shot in front of the Clippers bench.Igoudala made all three tries, and Golden State led by four points with a minute left.Griffin, as irresistible as he was, had a layup blocked by Golden State’s Andrew Bogut with 3:31 left and the Warriors leading by two. But the really troublesome part was the beginning of the fourth quarter, with Paul and Griffin on the bench, and Golden State punching its way to a 9-0 run behind reserve forward Mareese Speights.“I still like our chances in a 7-game series against anybody,” Griffin said. “There was no championships won tonight. We won seven in a row and lost this one, so I don’t think that’s terrible. “When you play Golden State you can’t make defensive mistakes. The key is taking away their easy shots, the open 3-pointer they get. They always make you pay when you let down on defense. I felt good physically, but I still need to work on my rotations, the places for me to be.”It took the Warriors a while to figure out why they were here. They have already clinched the top record in the West and are now 61-13. They also have the fifth best point-differential of any team in NBA history. Three of the four teams ahead of them won NBA championships — the ‘72 Lakers, ‘96 Bulls, and ‘71 Bucks. The other one, the ‘72 Bucks, had Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Oscar Robertson.So winning is pretty much a habit with them. “We were sleepwalking early,” Klay Thompson said, “but then we finally got into a rhythm.” The play that visibly charged up the Warriors’ bench was a solo performance by Stephen Curry, in which he drove the lane, dribbled back out, and pivoted so quickly that Chris Paul — the all-defense Chris Paul — sprawled on his back, as if in need of chiropractic help. Curry then faded back to hit a baseline shot, and cyberspace crackled with the image of Curry toying with Paul.“That play might have kicked us into gear,” Golden State coach Steve Kerr said.“You get a little adrenalin rush,” Curry said, “so those are cool moments, but I’m just glad I hit the shot. I didn’t see it, but I heard the bench reaction was really crazy.”“He’s got a great handle,” Paul said, with a slight laugh, “as you saw tonight. He uses his screens really well. About three times, I was right in his chest and he made the shots anyway.”That said, Curry and Paul basically had the same game, each scoring 27. Although Bogut was brilliant with his outlet passing and his rim defense, helping hold DeAndre Jordan to one field goal, the game was really won by the Golden State bench, which outscored the Clipper reserves 34-12.This is a function of Jamal Crawford’s injury, and he will be back soon, in some capacity. “It really wasn’t fair tonight,” Rivers said, “because I probably played our starters too long and they got tired.”Every L.A. starter, in fact, played at least 38 minutes, and that’s coming off an Eastern trip, with a tester at Portland tonight.“If you stay tuned, I’ve got Damien Lillard next,” Paul said. “It’s a point guard-driven league. Like my college coach (Wake Forest’s Skip Prosser) said, it’s a team game played by individuals.”And Rivers noted that Sunday night turned into Monday morning as the Clipppers were flying home from Boston.“They (Warriors) were out here for two days waiting on us,” Rivers said. “That’s what I love about the playoffs. Same amount of preparation, same amount of rest.”“We know we will run into Golden State down the line,” DeAndre Jordan said, momentarily forgetting the Clipppers will have to win at least one series first.Three facts:1. The Clipppers sold out their 181st consecutive home game Tuesday, the fifth-longest streak in the NBA.2. DeAndre Jordan hit two free throws with 1:26 to cut Golden State’s lead to one point.3. The Clippers shot 3 for 13 from the field in the fourth quarter and committed six turnovers.center_img [email protected] ANGELES >> The Clippers are being pulled by the league’s puppet strings, chasing the homecourt advantage from Boston to Portland. As Blake Griffin noted late Tuesday night, it might not be worth catching.“The homecourt advantage is not looking good for us,” Griffin said flatly after his 40 points could not avert a 110-106 loss to a nemesis they share with the rest of the league, the Golden State Warriors.“If this is how it’s going to be in the playoffs, it’s not looking good.”last_img read more

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