Nakamura Drains 6 Treys as Women’s Hoops Beat LASW

first_imgEVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Kyrstin Nakamura makes her only 2-point basket of the night on this play during PCC’s win over LA Southwest Wednesday night, image by Richard Quinton.One of the things missing from last season’s Pasadena City College women’s basketball team was reliable 3-point shooting. This year, the Lancers have found their bomber in freshman guard Kyrstin Nakamura. The Mark Keppel High product drained six 3-pointers as part of her game-high 20 points in helping PCC defeat Los Angeles Southwest College, 77-49, Wednesday night at Hutto-Patterson Gymnasium.The non-conference victory lifted the Lancers to a 12-6 overall record. The Cougars dropped to 4-12 despite 16 points and 18 rebounds by Amber Blockmon.Nakamura did most of her damage in the first half as she hit five 3s as PCC jumped out to a 41-24 halftime lead. She finished 6-for-10 from beyond the circle. PCC made 50 percent of their long-range shots overall at 8-for-16.Frosh forward Regerina Baker reached her 10th double-double of the season and fifth straight game reaching the feat on 15 points and 11 rebounds (plus four steals). She was 7-for-11 from the field.Freshman point guard Judith Espinoza added to her state lead in assists as she scored 13 points, dished out eight helpers, and grabbed six rebounds. She was 6-for-6 from the free throw line as she raised her percentage to 77.4. Espinoza is ninth in the state in overall free throws made at 82 (106 attempts).Sophomore guard Emily Thach added nine points and four rebounds while reserve guard Hope Peron also scored nine points. PCC forward Gwenaelle Goulouba, an international student from France, saw her first action of the season and scored five points with three rebounds. Forward Tiyana Watkins added four points and four rebounds.PCC, rated No. 18 in the most recent state poll, hosts No. 1 Mt. San Antonio College on Friday, Jan. 16 in a 5 p.m. South Coast Conference North Division game. Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Top of the News 3 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Make a comment Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  More Cool Stuff Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Community Newscenter_img Community News Business News Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday First Heatwave Expected Next Week Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyCitizen Service CenterPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Sports Nakamura Drains 6 Treys as Women’s Hoops Beat LASW By ROBERT LEWIS Published on Thursday, January 15, 2015 | 11:04 am Herbeauty15 Beauty Secrets Only Indian Women KnowHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyA Mental Health Chatbot Which Helps People With DepressionHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Strong Female TV Characters Who Deserve To Have A SpinoffHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyAmazing Sparks Of On-Screen Chemistry From The 90-sHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Fashion Trends You Should Never Try And 6 You’ll LoveHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWant To Seriously Cut On Sugar? You Need To Know A Few TricksHerbeautyHerbeauty Subscribelast_img read more

Story + video: Shumlin promises to bring high-speed rail, natural gas pipeline to Vermont

first_imgby Anne Galloway vtdigger.orgFresh from a two-day jaunt to Montreal, Governor Peter Shumlin announced to the press on Wednesday that he hopes to see the construction of a high speed passenger rail line that links Montreal to New York in the near future. In addition, he is looking to solve the state’s long-term energy needs through an enhanced power agreement with Hydro-Quebec and the extension of a natural gas line from Chittenden County to Rutland. Shumlin, Lieutenant Governor Phil Scott and former Lieutenant Governor Brian Dubie met with Quebec Premier Jean Charest and officials from Hydro-Quebec and Gaz Métro of Montréal, Québec, which owns Northern New England Energy Corporation, which in turn owns Vermont Gas and Green Mountain Power. Shumlin said he was grateful for Dubie’s willingness to provide introductions to Charest and the other officials. (He also joked about Scott’s expertise on the icy road way en route to Montreal and described it as a demolition derby. Scott is a well-known race car driver at Thunder Road, a local race track).Shumlin told reporters that the Quebec officials were surprised by his arrival with Dubie, his former campaign rival. Shumlin said they remarked such political amity was unprecedented in Canada.The visit was something of a trade mission, though it seemed that Vermont was buying and Quebec was selling ‘ power. ‘Quebec is our biggest trading partner,’ Shumlin remarked. ‘It’s an extraordinarily important friendship.’Shumlin said he continues to negotiate with Hydro-Quebec for additional power. Vermont has already sealed a 20-year agreement with the power company at a rate of roughly 6 cents a kilowatt hour. Shumlin declined to give specifics about the nature of the talks.‘It’s a buyer’s market,’ Shumlin said. ‘They want to sell us power.’Shumlin said he couldn’t say how much electricity the state will need until he completes a comprehensive energy plan that’s ‘credible.’ Until his advisors devise a comprehensive plan the state’s energy needs will be a ‘guessing game.’‘There is a glut of electricity on the market,’ Shumlin said. ‘They want to sell us power â ¦ and it’s a buyers’ market.’When asked whether he was trying to purchase Hydro-Quebec power to find a way to increase power reliability in the aftermath of the likely closure of Vermont Yankee, Shumlin said he is ‘eager’ to see the state expand its natural gas pipeline to Rutland. He said he believes the gas could help drive economic development in that area of the state. He said the project could give a boost to GE Rutland and Omya, the calcium carbonate extraction company in Florence, Vt.As for high-speed rail, the main sticking point is Homeland Security.‘I think we are learning from the ongoing reaction to 9/11 that we have to see the border as a border between friends,’ Shumlin said. ‘If it means we can’t (renew) passenger rail from Vermont to Montreal then the terrorists are winning.’ is external) February 17, 2011last_img read more

Yes, the Los Angeles Clippers really did change this series

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error And yes, they really did trail by 16 points with just over nine minutes remaining, only to mount a comeback for the ages to avoid the bottomless 3-1 pit they were about to fall into.Rather then returning to Oklahoma City for Game 5 Tuesday down and out and facing an elimination game, they soar back to Chesapeake Energy Arena backed with the momentum of an epic comeback that left breathless players searching for adjectives to describe.And the series tied two games apiece.“Surreal,” said guard Jamal Crawford.“Unreal,” echoed teammate Matt Barnes.“Unbelievable,” Glen “Big Baby Davis added.It was all of those things and everything else you can imagine.But here is one more: It is the launching pad that might just lift the Clippers past the Thunder, but only if they remain suspended in the rare air they elevated themselves to while mounting one of the most unlikely comebacks of all time.“This game brought us to a different level,” said Davis, who knows a few things about what it takes to win a championship, having been on the Boston Celtics team that beat the Lakers in the NBA Finals in 2008.“A bigger sense of urgency,” Davis explained. “How badly do we really want it?”Based on the extraordinary turn of events Sunday in which the Clippers got walloped so many times by the Thunder they needed a medic, not a standing eight count, only to unleash a late flurry of blows to send the Thunder tumbling to the canvas, urgency and want are no longer questioned.Only whether the Clippers can sustain it.“Hopefully we kind of remember what got us this win,” Griffin said, “It was our rotations defensively. It was the way we were talking, the way we believed. The ball just found an open man on offense.”But here is another question: How quickly can the Thunder rebound from the devastating aftereffects of blowing a win they held so tightly in their hands?One minute the Thunder led by 16 points against the listless Clippers, the next Darren Collison was squaring them up with 12 fourth-quarter points, Crawford was dropping a 3-point haymaker with 1:23 left and all of a sudden they trailed 97-95.One second the Thunder were on the verge of a 3-1 series advantage and heading home to close it out, the next they’re tied 2-2 knowing they have to return to Los Angeles for a Game 6.“We got to turn the page quickly,” said Thunder forward Kevin Durant. “Can’t get too high off of wins or too low after losses. Got to figure out what we did wrong, get better at it in Game 5.”Good luck with all that.The Clippers that Durant takes the floor against on Tuesday will be different mentally than the one that began Game 4.One now fueled by the belief they can withstand the heavy blows of Durant and Russell Westbrook and somehow find a way to survive.A team that understands it can reach beyond just Paul and Griffin to find important production at critical moments.The Clippers don’t win Sunday without the lift provided by Collison and Crawford.It wasn’t Paul hitting the 3-pointer that gave the Clippers their first lead late in the fourth quarter and it wasn’t Griffin who dropped in a layup with 32.8 seconds remaining to give the Clippers a 4-point cushion.That would be Crawford and Collison, a pair of reserves who delivered clutch performances with their teammates leaning heavily on them.“Everybody played their part, from Big Baby to (Deandre Jordan) to J.J.,” Crawford said. “It was a total team effort.”To think, we wondered if the Clippers had it in them to bounce back in Game 4 after losing Game 3 Friday.They didn’t just have it, they did so in a cunning, deliciously devilish way that makes us look at them differently than we ever have. And they look at themselves a little differently as well.Did that really happen indeed. Everyone in the building asked the same thing.And from the banks of the Pacific Ocean to the honky tonks lining the dusty streets of Oklahoma City, the same question kept swirling in the air.Did that really just happen?The answer is a resounding yes, of course. The Clippers actually did fall behind by 22 points in a must-win Game 4 against the Oklahoma City Thunder, only to come roaring all the way back for a stunning 101-99 victory that completely changes the complexion of this seven-game series.center_img The combination of brutal fatigue, euphoria, blaring music and 19,365 delirious fans dancing, singing and screaming around him had a distorting affect on J.J. Redick as he made his way off the court at Staples Center Sunday.Dazed, confused and a bit disoriented, Redick finally paused, took a breath and asked himself one very important question.“Did that really just happen?” the Clippers forward wondered.He wasn’t the only one.last_img read more

Network for Good DonateNow by the Numbers

first_imgDid you know that people gave more than $7 billion online to charity last year? With Network for Good’s DonateNow service, we can help your nonprofit get your share. DonateNow is an online donation processing service for nonprofits to accept credit card gifts on the web. And with a low monthly fee of only $49.95, online fundraising is now affordable for even the smallest organization.What You Get for $49.95/month1. Money for your mission!Our customers raise an average of $29 for every $1 they pay for our services. That’s great ROI. We wish we got that in the stock market!2. A Rolls-Royce donor experience for the price of a Kia!Our services cost a fraction of the priciest, most feature-rich options out there, yet they include nearly all the same options. Now that’s a deal. And remember, cheaper services generate far less in donations because they don’t reflect your brand. Another brand’s shopping cart lacks the warm-fuzzy feeling donors should get from supporting you!We give you:YOUR BRAND FRONT AND CENTER – A giving page that looks EXACTLY like your website that you get to customize in all kinds of waysMONTHLY GIFTS – Recurring giving options for steady fiscal support to youHAPPY DONORS – Cool features for donors like donating in honor of someone or designating their gift for a specific purpose – plus you can provide thank you gifts for generous donors.CUSTOM RECEIPTS – Customized receipts that will make your supporters smileINSTANT GRATIFICATION – Instant notification when your organization gets a donationALL THE NUMBERS – Great donation tracking reports3. What IRS auditors want!If you want to keep it legal in accepting online donations, you need to file registrations for receiving donations. At present, more than forty states require nonprofits to be registered! Nonprofits that solicit donations in a given state may be required to register as a charity in that state. Network for Good is a registered charity in all requiring states! (That being said, we do recommend that you also seek professional advice for your unique situation in complying with applicable laws governing charitable appeals in the respective states.)4. Control that’s fun to exercise!We want you to call the shots. With our services, YOU choose the look and feel of your giving page. YOU decide what donation amounts to request. YOU choose the language in your thank-you receipts. We think you know your donors best, so we give you the creative control – and we make it easy for you to exercise that control. Our tools are extremely simple to use – no technology expertise required.5. A marketing and customer service A-team!Along with our services, you get marketing/fundraising tips and training that are so good, it’s like having your own agency! Our nationally renowned marketing, sales and customer service team members and guest trainers – along with our online Learning Center – ensure you’ll get the dollars flowing on DonateNow. And if you’re ever stuck on a thing, a nonprofit expert at Network for Good is just a phone call or email away. We’re here to make you a smashing success.Ready to get started? Contact Us to learn more about DonateNowlast_img read more

How to Build Relationships and Achieve Fundraising Success in a Web 2.0 World

first_imgPresented October 10, 2008 at the The Technology in the Arts Conference in Pittsburgh. Download the slides [PDF] below.Social networking tools like Facebook, MySpace and blogs were the hot topic of the past year. So are they worth your time?  How can you fundraise successfully with Web 2.0?  Does using the Internet mean getting rid of your offline marketing tactics?Establishing your organization’s brand and presence on the Web, with opportunities for potential donors to learn, blog, question and connect, leads to community-building and, ultimately, long-term giving. Join Jono Smith, director of marketing at Network for Good, to learn how to build affinity for your organization and use your Web presence to turn Web visitors into Web donors.Session attendees will leave with:Practical tips for how (and why) to dive into online fundraisingAn understanding of the new “Web 2.0? model of online communicationsHow and why community-building works for fundraising, and how you can empower your supporters to become champions for your causeWhy Web 2.0 makes community-building easier for youSession Leader:Jono Smith is responsible for marketing Network for Good’s online fundraising services to nonprofit organizations.  Network for Good is a nonprofit organization that helps other nonprofits raise money and reach supporters online.  Network for Good has processed more than $200 million in donations for 30,000 nonprofits since its 2001 founding by AOL, Cisco and Yahoo!.  Prior to joining Network for Good, Jono spent eight years at SunGard Higher Education, where he was responsible for managing the company’s marketing efforts in Europe and the Middle East.  Jono also held marketing and sales positions at SCT and Campus Pipeline, before their acquisitions by SunGard.  Prior to this, Jono served in the Clinton Administration as Special Assistant to the Director of White House Communications.  Jono holds an undergraduate degree in English from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles.  In his personal time, Jono has raised over $10,000 for AIDS vaccine research.last_img read more

10 Strategies for Recession Fundraising

first_imgThe Chronicle of Philanthropy has a great series up right now with 10 things to do now, to raise money during the downturn. You need a subscription to read the full articles but here’s their list. It is based on interviews with a variety of organizations. Some of these are back-to-basics ideas, which is what a lot of people are focusing on. Others are about being  frugal and innovative. All excellent ideas these days.Don’t treat giving as a financial transaction. Tell donors how their giving is making the world a better place and don’t just focus on the perks they will receive (e.g. “you get a newsletter and four free tickets” — this is especially important for arts organizations).Keep close ties to donors. Don’t make your only contact with donors be solicitations. Focus on thanking and showing impact. Find ways to let donors see the impact for themselves.Offer matching grants. Ask a loyal donor or funder to provide the match.Ask donors to give monthly. ‘Nuff said.Look for ways to save money on fundraising. Trim special event expenses or eliminate programs that aren’t serving you well. Look for ways to move your communications online. Freeze salaries. Renegotiate with your vendors and consultants (don’t know about this one!).Seek alternatives to soliciting private donations. Can you rent some of your space to another organization? Start a social enterprise? Develop a cause-marketing partnership with a corporation?Collaborate to raise money. You can have greater impact and generate more attention by working with others. For example, ten grassroots organizations serving people with disabilities could put on one large event instead of each having their own. They would probably raise more, hold a better event and get more attention than doing it alone.Scale back ambitious campaigns, but don’t give up on them. You may have to scale back on the goal or increase the length of your “quiet phase” where the lead gifts are solicited.Avoid emergency solicitations. Asking donors to bail you out or save you from impending demise is not an appealing message — who wants to invest in an organization on the brink of collapse? Instead, tell people how the economy is hurting the people you serve and the issues you work on.Shore up relations with grant makers. It is going to take some time before endowment-based funders can get back to decent levels of giving, but that doesn’t mean you should stop paying attention to them. Be on their list when giving resumes, by being in touch and continuing to show them you are making a difference. Source: read more