Combination of depressants may have led to Fort St. John in-custody death

first_imgOn Monday, RCMP officers and guards testified that Lohouse only seemed “modestly” intoxicated when booking him, with one guard saying it was the most sober she’d seen him in custody. Coroner Merrill Flewelling explains that “experienced” drinkers, like the deceased, are able to mask the symptoms of their intoxication much better than a novice might, and has since provided training at the detachment on acute alcohol and drug intoxication. He argues the best thing for officers to do is ask more questions about a prisoner’s medical history, monitor their snoring, and ensure they are able to wake them up periodically. In preparation for their deliberations, the jury had several questions for the witnesses, many of which revolved around how to better detect the level of a prisoner’s intoxication when putting them into a cell. New Westminster Police Department Staff Sergeant Chris Mullin, who helped in the external investigation of the in-custody death, admitted that better quality cameras for monitoring would get destroyed by prisoners, and that doing breathalyzer checks on criminal suspects poses logistical problems. He mentioned that at his detachment the Watch Commander is able to monitor a cell from a screen at their desk should there be a higher risk prisoner, but added that there is “no better check than a physical check”.The jury is scheduled to present its findings Wednesday. The jury and Presiding Coroner Donita Kuzma heard more about the circumstances of the death from the Fire Department and B.C. Ambulance members who attended the scene, as well as from a forensic pathologist and toxicologist and the coroner.Lohouse, who also went by the nickname Henry, was found unresponsive in his cell on September 9, 2011, after being in police custody for just over three hours. He was booked at 5:35 p.m. under suspicion of robbery, and placed in what’s referred to as a “drunk tank” cell to sober up as he was intoxicated. RCMP Toxicologist Ronald Pon testified that in addition to alcohol, he also found “therapeutic” amounts of other drugs in his system, including Amitriptyline, an anti-depressant, and the sedative Lorazepam. He also found a small amount of THC, or marijuana, and Lidocaine, which he couldn’t explain as was not used when attempting to revive him. Lohouse did not have a prescription for any of those drugs, and Pon says, as they are central nervous system depressants like alcohol, when combined and self-medicated they are potentially lethal.- Advertisement -At the time of his death, Lohouse had a blood alcohol level of 339 milligrams per 100 millilitres of blood, or .339 per cent, which is over four times more than the legal limit for driving. As he hadn’t had a drink for at least three hours before, Pon says based on an average elimination rate of 15 milligrams an hour, his peak could have been .384 per cent or higher, which he calls “exceedingly high” and “consistent with a close to fatal level”. Lohouse’s autopsy showed major blockages in two of the arteries in his heart, but Pon argued the mixture of the drugs and alcohol could also have caused his death. When compounded, they could have slowed down his brain activity to the point that his brain stopped sending signals to keep him breathing, leading to respiratory arrest. Advertisementlast_img read more

BRICS leaders’ informal meeting on the margins of the G20

first_imgThe BRICS leaders’ summit in Hangzhou, China on Sunday 4 September 2016. From left, Brazilian President Michel Temer, Indian President Narender Modi, Chinese President Xi Jinping, Russian President Vladimir Putin and South African President Jacob Zuma. (Image: The Presidency)Global political, security, economic and governance issues was the focus of discussions between leaders of the BRICS grouping of major emerging markets – Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa – held on the margins of the Group of 20 Summit in Chinese city of Hangzhou on 4 September 2016.To further strengthen the partnership, the BRICS leaders reaffirmed that cooperation would be based on principles of openness, solidarity, equality, mutual understanding, inclusiveness and mutually beneficial cooperation between them.Access to international law courts would improve the state of developing economies and the citizenry. Corruption, illicit cross-border financial-flows, and ill-gotten wealth derived from illegal activities are challenges that can best be tackled through enhanced cooperation between G20 countries.Wealth looted from developing economies, often invested through financial institutions in developed economies, robs developing economies of funding institutional and infrastructure development.Macroeconomic policy coordination between G20 member countries would ensure the benefits of any economic recovery would be sustainable and more equitably shared. Focused national growth strategies would only achieve strong, sustainable, balanced and inclusive growth if G20 members worked together.The G20 Blueprint on Innovative Growth could be a driver for mid and long term growth and sustainable development. Its recognition of the importance of innovation in growth was welcomed.New trade protectionist policies being implemented across the globe was a concern to the BRICS leadership. Strengthening the role and negotiation functions of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) would allow the regulatory body to facilitate market inter-linkages and an inclusive, rules-based and open world economy.BRICS leaders stressed the importance of the WTO adherence to a rule-based, open, transparent, non-discriminatory and inclusive global trading system. However they believe the WTO needs to put development at the centre of its policies.Implementation of the outcomes reached by trade ministries in Bali and Nairobi would go a long way to creating a more equitable global economy. The BRICS governments have called for early ratification and enforcement of the Trade Facilitation Agreement.International Monetary Fund (IMF) allocation quotas did not reflect present-day global economic realities. BRICS leaders are calling on the IMF to review the way resources are distributed, and increase their funding reserves. Direction from G20 members could ensure a fairer reflection of emerging and developing economies.Completion of the 15th General Review of Quotas – including a new quota formula – by the 2017 annual meeting would create a more effective and efficient global economic architecture, this would create the environment for resilient growth.BRICS leaders also congratulated India for the speed of its implementation and the expansion of the BRICS cooperation agenda. As chair of the grouping, India will host the upcoming 8th BRICS summit in Goa between 15-16 October.Progress in the implementation of the Strategy for BRICS Economic Partnership underscored the importance of the 2020 BRICS Roadmap on Trade, Economic and Investment Cooperation. This has strengthened trade, business and tourism ties between BRICS nations.India has been at the forefront of strengthening of these ties through the ongoing series of people-to-people exchanges across the provinces and cities of India.The New Development Bank’s approval of its first set of loans also drew praise from the assembled leaders. The first loans as well as the successful issuance of the Bank’s first funded programmes in the renewable and green energy sectors. Leaders applauded the Bank’s potential as a source for bridging finance for infrastructure projects.Universal access to energy and energy security are critical to shared prosperity and the future of the planet. They acknowledged the importance of affordable, clean and renewable energy to sustainable development.The success of the G20 Hangzhou Summit earned the Chinese government plaudits from the BRICS leadership. They applauded the emphasis placed on a development agenda and encouraged all G20 members to strengthen macroeconomic cooperation, promote innovation, robust and sustainable trade and investment growth.BRICS governments reaffirmed their commitment to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the Addis Ababa Action Agenda on Financing for Development and the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. BRICS leaders expect that the agenda in China would encourage a new vison of inclusive growth from G20 governments. In this regard, they welcomed the G20 Action Plan on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the G20 Initiative on Supporting Industrialisation in Africa and Least Developed Countries.Cooperation and ongoing dialogue with other emerging market economies would be strengthened. Fostering innovation between interconnected, inclusive and invigorated usher in a new era of global growth and sustainable development.International cooperation would blunt the threat of international terrorism and the risk of destabilization these heinous acts represent. BRICS leaders united to condemn terrorist violence that continue to disrupt global peace and security and undermine social and economic confidence.In expressing sympathy and support to innocent victims, they reiterated their commitment to fight terrorism in all its forms and manifestations. There can be no justification for terror or violence whether based on ideology, religion, politics, race or ethnic identity. They emphasised that a united effort guided by international law, with the United Nations playing a central role, was needed to combat terrorism.last_img read more

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Thoughts on Paul Greenberg’s CRM 2011 Watchlist

first_imgIT + Project Management: A Love Affair Related Posts klint finley 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo…center_img Tags:#Analysis#enterprise CRM and social CRM expert Paul Greenberg finished posting his CRM 2011 Watchlist series this week. It’s six parts totaling more than 35,000 words. It’s a much more detailed and comprehensive view of the CRM space than you would expect from a Magic Quadrant or Wave report, and it’s completely free. Greenberg covers both vendors and consulting companies. It’s less formal than the Magic Quadrant and Greenberg does a lot of shooting from the hip.Greenberg used the following subjective criteria to rank the companies: financial performance; management; state of technology products; partnerships/alliances; mission/vision; market presence/impact; thought leadership and corporate culture. Greenberg didn’t rank the winners in any particular order, but he did reveal which vendor scored the highest. The answer probably won’t surprise you.Those wanting an explanation on just what the heck “social CRM” is and why it matters, Greenberg’s article “Social CRM? Really? REALLY?” is required reading. And I want to echo Greenberg’s sentiment from the Enterprise 2.0 Santa Clara conference: as a customer “I want to be engaged not managed.”The six parts are:Part I – The Big 4 (SAP, Oracle, salesforce.com, Microsoft)Part II: The Usual Suspects (NetSuite, RightNow, Sage, SAS, CDC Software/Pivotal, SugarCRM)Part III: Representing the Pillars (Marketo, Eloqua, Infusionsoft, Jitterjam, Sword-Ciboodle, GetSatisfaction, Moxie, Genesys, Pegasystems, InsideView)Part IV: the Social Mainstream (Lithium, Jive, Radian6, Attensity, KickApps, Nimble, INgage Networks)Part V: Different Strokes (IBM, Cisco, Infor, Relayware, Gist, Clarabridge, Really Simple Systems, Vovici, Zuora)Part VI – SIs/Consulting, Just Missed (Cognizant, InfoSys, Capegemini, Accenture)The series is massive, but here are the highlights, along with some thoughts:Salesforce.comSalesforce.com was the highest scoring company on Greenberg’s list. Like I said, this shouldn’t be a surprise. Greenberg only mentions one serious criticism: the company doesn’t spend enough time at events other than its own. I’ve written plenty about Salesforce.com in the last few months, and will surely write more so I’ll just leave it at that.SugarCRMSugarCRM’s score didn’t meet Greenberg’s threshold for inclusion, but he included it anyway. Because, as he says, because they belong there. He writes that the company’s 6.1 is a quality platform, and notes its iPhone app and integration with Outlook and Qontext. He also praises the company’s Sugar Exchange platform and partnerships. So why didn’t they meet his threshold?All in all, I can’t pin down a clear vision for them or really focused direction, though I’m sure they have one. More importantly, I don’t see them having the market impact that they should have, given what they offer. I’m not alone in that. Conversations with other analysts/thought leaders/influencers/journalists and customers confirm that. For a company this far along, they are not having the impact they should.I have trouble pinning down Sugar’s vision as well, and that’s part of what makes it hard for me to get excited about it. I chose them as the honorable mention for CRM in our Top 10 Enterprise Products of 2010 on the strength of its offering. But it’s hard to get excited about a company that’s value proposition seems to be “We’re like Saleforce.com, but cheaper.” Unless you’re a budget consciousness company, of course. Then you should probably be very excited about Sugar.MoxieGreenberg writes:Moxie, formerly nGenera, had been having a hard time staying focused as they entered 2010. While they had a very good and evolving customer service product that was based on knowledge management, crowdsourcing, self service and customer service communities, that threw in a decent amount of internal collaboration features as part of the mix – an entire product devoted to it infact. Their idea? To foster employee engagement and customer engagement. Good thinking.I’ve expressed skepticism of Moxie before, but I’ve been more interested since I saw the interview with CEO Tom Kelley at Net:Work. The trouble with Moxie is that i seems late in the game (though it has been around as nGenera for a bit longer). Also, its big differentiator is usability. That’s good. I think that’s the most important aspect and it will be what really drives differentiation in the future. But it’s hard to prove.The best way to prove that you have a usable product is also the reason that usability is so important: adoption. But when you’ve got a relatively new product, it’s hard to prove anything. But the company has done some really serious research on usability and I hope it pays off.Also, this week Moxie hired Megan Murray – a very well respected person in the enterprise 2.0 community – as a collaboration strategist. KickAppsGreenberg writes:Kickapps. Hmmm. I’m putting a company on this list that I never met anyone from. They’ve made no attempt to ever contact me. (Sniff. I’m hurt. I’m just so hurt. )They don’t show up much in the “official mind share channels” (a group I just made up). Yet…here they are.Why? Because, when it gets down to it, this company is SOLID.My thoughts exactly. It’s a solid company. It’s actually been very good at reaching out to us (I’m surprised Greenberg hasn’t heard from them). But the company seems to be missing from the larger social media debate. I don’t know why that is, but it’s a big part of why SugarCRM beat them out to be the honorable mention on Top 10 Enterprise Products of 2010 list in the social CRM category.CiscoI’m a lot less impressed with Cisco’s social CRM offerings – SocialMiner and Finesse – than Greenberg is. I saw a demo of the two products last week and was underwhelmed. That said it’s positioned to do a better job with contact center integration than most companies are. Greenberg touts Cisco’s social CRM management team, and I admit to not knowing much about them. Greenberg’s analysis is worth reading.Closing ThoughtsOf course there’s plenty more material. Greenberg’s take on IBM, Oracle and SAP is insightful as well. This is some serious reading, but it’s well worth it.There are only two companies that I’m surprised not to see on the list: Zendesk and Zoho. I believe those are two companies well worth watching in 2011.Photo by kioan Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…last_img read more

Report: Apple Wants To Make The iPhone The Hub For Your Smart Home

first_imgServerless Backups: Viable Data Protection for … lauren orsini Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#Apple#connected home#Google#home#Internet of Things#Nest#smart home center_img The Internet is invading our homes, and Apple doesn’t want to miss the trend.Sources tell the Financial Times that Apple will unveil new technologies for controlling smart, connected devices like thermostats, lights, door locks, and more at its annual Worldwide Developers Conference, which takes place in San Francisco next week.According to the report, Apple is not preparing a new hardware device to serve as a “hub” for the smart home. Instead, Apple will make it easy for hardware makers to link their devices to iPhones, iPads, and Apple TVs. As a result, an iPhone owner could have lights turn on at home when she walks in the door, or start playing music when she moves from room to room.See also: How The iPhone 5S Could Be The Universal Remote For Your LifeApplications already exist to turn your iPhone and iPad into smart home controllers. Apple sells Philips Hue light bulbs in its stores, for example, and they come with a companion app. Apple would formalize such efforts with a certification program that would, among other things, guarantee the safety and security of connected home devices. That’s a real concern, given the growing trend of virtual home invasions by malicious hackers.See also: Google: Your Nest Will Not Turn Into A BillboardEver since Apple secured a smart home patent in November 2013, it’s been expected that the company would eventually announce a smart home platform. WWDC, Apple’s annual week-long effort to woo developers and show off new technologies they can incorporate into their software and hardware, is the natural place to do so.By entering the smart home market in this way, Apple could significantly expand its presence in users’ lives while boosting sales of its existing hardware lines. There’s also the potential to sell Apple-approved home devices like thermostats and light bulbs in Apple’s own chain of retail stores.See also: 3 Reasons Apple Should Have Bought NestApple already sells Nest thermostats as well as wireless audio gear, so it has some insight into consumer appetite for smart-home devices. It may also have an advantage over other players in the smart-home market—a reputation for protecting privacy. Already, people worry that Google will start using data from its users’ smart homes to target advertising. (Google’s recently acquired Nest subsidiary has denied having such plans, but a recent filing by Google suggests other Google-powered devices might do so.) We’ll be watching Apple’s announcements next week closely to see how it plans to reassure consumers while it woos developers. How Intelligent Data Addresses the Chasm in Cloud Cloud Hosting for WordPress: Why Everyone is Mo…last_img read more

RJD leader shot dead in Bihar

first_imgA Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader was shot dead on Saturday by unidentified assailants in Bihar’s Siwan district, police said.“A group of armed unidentified assailants shot five bullets into Minhaj Khan’s head while he was sleeping in his house in Sheikhpura village,” district police officer Sanjit Kumar said.According to the police, Khan was a popular leader among youths and he had nearly 5,000 followers on social media.He is also said to be close to former Siwan MP Mohammad Shahabuddin who is currently in prison.last_img read more

Goa temple denies access to wheelchair-bound girl

first_imgA trustee of Mangueshi Temple in South Goa stirred controversy on Monday by denying access to a wheelchair-bound girl from Mumbai.The Disabilities Rights Association of Goa (DRAG) has demanded action against the trustee and forwarded the complaint lodged by the girl’s parents to the Superintendent of Police (South) and the Collector of South Goa. The girl’s mother, Subhada Keskar, said the temple committee member, Anil Kenkre, prevented her daughter, Sanika Keskar, from entering the temple as its rules denied access to ‘vehicles’.‘Outright discrimination’The complaint said: “Anil Kenkre told us we were not invited and welcome inside the temple. This is outright discrimination and abuse of the right of a physically challenged person. The action is a criminal offence under Section 92 (a) of the Rights of Persons with Disability Act, 2016.” It further said that the trustee also violated Sanika’s right to worship, “which is a fundamental right under the Constitution of India.” The parents requested authorities to immediately register a criminal case against Mr. Kenkre under relevant sections of the Rights of Persons with Disability Act, 2016 and the Indian Penal Code.The DRAG also wrote to the Collectors of North Goa and South Goa, and the State Disability Commissioner requesting them to direct all heads of religious places of worship in their jurisdiction to ensure that the elderly and persons with disabilities are not denied entry citing aids and appliances used for their mobility. The DRAG also asked the authorities to ensure within six months that places of worship are made disabled-friendly as mandated under the Act.Meanwhile, Mr. Kenkre denied the allegations. He said, “I don’t exactly remember the details of our conversation. We never deny permission to any person to enter the temple and pray. I only informed them that there is no facility to allow the wheelchair into the temple. It would be incorrect to say that we denied them access to the temple.”Mr. Kenkre admitted that the temple was not disabled-friendly, but that had never stopped “persons with disabilities from coming to the temple and nobody has ever had any issues in entering it.”‘An attitude problem’Anuradha Joshi, State Disability Commissioner, confirmed on Monday that she had received the complaint and would visit the temple on Tuesday to probe the matter. Avelino de Sa, president of DRAG, said that an online petition demanding justice for Sanika had garnered over 2,200 signatures by Monday evening.Mr. de Sa said, “The issue at hand is not one of lack of infrastructure, but an attitude problem of the temple trustee. This is evident from his statements such as ‘we have not invited you to the temple’ and ‘the wheelchair cannot be allowed in as it is a vehicle’.”last_img read more

Citizenship Bill: Call to boycott R-Day

first_imgCivil society groups in the northeast have joined extremists in calling for a boycott of the Republic Day celebration in protest against the Citizenship Bill. The Bill, if passed in the Upper House of Parliament, would shorten the claim for Indian citizenship by non-Muslims who allegedly fled religious persecution in Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan till December 31, 2014.In a joint statement on Wednesday, the Coordination Committee, an umbrella organisation of six Manipur-based extremist groups, the United Liberation Front of Asom-Independent and the National Liberation Front of Twipra appealed to the people to shun the R-Day celebration.The Khaplang faction of the National Socialist Council of Nagaland had issued a similar statement earlier.Claiming that the Centre staged a “legislative drama” of passing the Bill in the Lok Sabha on January 8, the outfits said the move to grant citizenship on the basis of religion was in keeping with the BJP’s “Hindutva agenda”.Organisations such as the Democratic Students’ Alliance of Manipur and the Mizoram-based NGO Coordination Committee, comprising five civil society and students’ groups, said they would boycott functions.Regional political parties such as the People’s Representation for Identity and Status of Mizoram (PRISM) have given a similar call besides deciding to hoist black flags at its offices. “We will also write to the Rajya Sabha Chairperson for ensuring the Bill’s passage is prevented,” PRISM president Vanlalruata said.In Assam, 30 organisations led by the All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) organised a rally on Wednesday to “shout out” the Bill. Leaders of various ethnic groups and intellectuals attended the rally and warned the Narendra Modi government of the fallout of enacting the Bill.AASU general secretary Lurinjyoti Gogoi asked Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal to “show some spine” and take a stand against the Bill for the sake of the indigenous people.“This is a dangerous bill, and people across the northeastern States need to come together to defeat it,” Samuel Jyrwa, president of North East Students’ Organisation, said.last_img read more

Awesome Foursome

first_imgA side is only as good as its leader. Now we have heard comments like “my grandmother could have led the Australian sides in the 1990s to victory”, but they belittle the role of a captain in sport. The captain’s role in any international team is absolutely critical. The captain has to bring the best out of his players. His job is not to teach them how to play but to encourage them to give their best. It may or may not result in a match-winning performance on a certain day but pays off in the long run.Mike Brearley, in his Art of Captaincy, has done a wonderful job in highlighting the role of a captain. When a side is habitually winning, as was common for the West Indies under Clive Lloyd and Australia under Steve Waugh, it is easy to miss the importance of leadership. One has to only look back at West Indies cricket before Lloyd took over to see his contribution. He was able to get the players to rise above their inter-island (inter-country) rivalries and perform under the West Indies flag to become possibly cricket’s greatest team ever. Waugh raised the level of Australia a notch when he took over captaincy.Who would have imagined India winning the World Cup in 1983, or Sri Lanka in 1996? But leaders like Kapil Dev and Arjuna Ranatunga were able to rally their forces admirably, winning the small battles as well as the final frontier by beating seemingly invincible teams. In all World Cups, it’s not about winning the first few games but peaking at the right time. Sides such as South Africa have peaked early and then gone on to lose crucial semi-finals. The World Cup is a marathon, not a sprint. The side that plays best when it reaches the quarter-finals with its players peaking at the right time will be the one that comes out on top.advertisementEach successful captain brings something special to the table, something he shares only with his team members. Different captains have different styles. When I became England’s captain, they had hit rock bottom and needed a firm leader to give them a push up. By the end of my reign, they needed a captain such as Michael Vaughan to help them to go out and express themselves in a carefree manner as they did in the 2005 Ashes series. For this World Cup, all captains will be working out their plans. A captain’s success also depends on his equation with the coach. India and England owe a lot of their recent successes to their respective captain-coach combines. The coach is an integral part of a captain’s success.(Top left) Kumar Sangakkara, M S Dhoni, Andrew Strauss and Ricky PontingA lot will rest on the shoulders of the men I consider as the top four captains of this World Cup. M.S. Dhoni has led India admirably over the past few years. He is calm and unflappable under pressure and seems to be enjoying captaincy. The Indians will be under a lot of pressure at home, and Dhoni will have to alleviate the pressure from his boys. That will hold the key to India’s success in the World Cup. His very successful partnership with coach Gary Kirsten will be put to its toughtest test yet.Kumar Sangakkara is captain of a young and strong Sri Lankan side, which is ranked third on the icc’s odi charts. Like Dhoni, he is also going to feel the “home” pressure, but the Lankans have a solid record at home.Ricky Ponting and Australia can never be counted out. The Aussies are no longer a “great” side, but they are still the world’s top-ranked odi team. Ponting has the capability to inspire his boys and lead a final onslaught but it’s not going to be as easy as it was in the previous three World Cups.Andrew Strauss and Andy Flower have worked brilliantly as a team and inspired England to become the No. 3 Test team. Despite their recent loss to Australia in the odi series, after retaining the Ashes convincingly, England will be a dangerous side. They can beat anyone on their day and Strauss has his team’s backing to the hilt.The dark horse of the tournament is definitely Pakistan. They may be down in the rankings but can never be underestimated. They have been through much turmoil and scandal. Shahid Afridi and his boys will be itching to set things right.The writer is a former captain of the England cricket teamadvertisementlast_img read more

Russell Westbrook helps Thunder rally past Grizzlies

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting “I think the guys put forth a hell of an effort to get themselves an opportunity to win the game, but it’s a matter of learning who we are and who gets the touches where,” Bickerstaff explained. “You know in the fourth quarter we rely heavily on Mike, so it was somebody different we were having to find tonight, and that’s just a matter of us getting comfortable and familiar with one another and growing and learning from it.”Memphis led 75-67 heading into the fourth, and the Grizzlies were up 89-76 before the Thunder found their footing. A 3-pointer by Westbrook cut the deficit to 91-86 and led to a Memphis timeout.Westbrook hit another 3 to tie the game at 93 with 1:04 to play, then a jumper from near the free throw line to put the Thunder ahead 95-93 with 31.9 seconds left. Wright missed a 3 and Schroder made two free throws at the other end with 14.9 seconds remaining.After Wright made a layup to trim the Thunder’s lead to two, Oklahoma City’s Terrance Ferguson hit two free throws with 6.5 seconds left to seal the win.TIP-INSGrizzlies: Wright had 15 points at halftime. … Memphis held Oklahoma City to 31.9 percent shooting through three quarters, but allowed the Thunder to shoot 45.8 percent in the fourth.Thunder: Westbrook got a technical foul early in the first quarter. He has 14 this season, leaving him two away from a suspension. … Adams had 12 rebounds in the first half. He finished one short of his career high.HE SAID ITThunder forward Abdel Nader on the team’s losing streak: “I think everybody was caught up, you know? I think we lost four in a row coming into tonight, and everybody gets really caught up in that. When you really look at the stats and watch film, it is all one- or two-possession games against some really good teams. Like I said, we have some things we definitely need to clean up, but this was a good step forward to get the job done.”UP NEXT PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Wesatbrook, right, passes the ball around Memphis Grizzlies guard Justin Holiday, left, in the first half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, March 3, 2019, in Oklahoma City. (AP Photo/Kyle Phillips)OKLAHOMA CITY — Russell Westbrook turned back the clock a bit on Sunday.Oklahoma City’s All-Star point guard scored 12 of his 22 points in the fourth quarter, and the Thunder rallied from a 13-point deficit in the final seven minutes to snap a four-game losing streak with a 99-95 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Montez Sweat set big-man record for 40-yard dash P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed View comments P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed Westbrook shot 3 of 13 in the first three quarters, then went 4 for 7 in the fourth. It was similar to the late-game scoring binges he went on during his MVP season two years ago.The Thunder needed every bit of it — forward Paul George, the NBA’s No. 2 scorer and league leader in steals, missed his third straight game with a sore right shoulder.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesOklahoma City supported Westbrook’s late surge by holding the Grizzlies to 6-for-21 shooting in the fourth.“One of the things we talked about that I said before the game tonight is that we’ve got to create a defensive identity regardless,’” Thunder coach Billy Donovan said. “We have to defend at a higher level every single night. Offensively, we struggled to get any kind of flow or continuity there, but I give our guys credit — they still tried to work as hard as they could to defend, even though offensively, we had our challenges.” Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem LATEST STORIES 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte The Grizzlies host Portland on Tuesday.The Thunder play at Minnesota on Tuesday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next It was the first time since Jan. 6 that the Thunder failed to score at least 100 points.“With Paul out, certainly offensively, it’s been a challenge the last several games,” Donovan said. “I’ve been trying to find a way to keep helping our guys offensively in order to create an identity with him being out.”Dennis Schroder added 17 points and a career-high 11 rebounds, and Steven Adams had 13 points and 22 boards for the Thunder.Avery Bradley scored 27 points, Delon Wright had 17 and Jonas Valanciunas added 16 points and 13 rebounds for the Grizzlies.Mike Conley, the team’s floor general and leading scorer, sat out with general soreness. Memphis coach J.B. Bickerstaff said Conley’s presence was missed in the fourth quarter.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more