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January 19, 2020 | | Post a Comment

first_imgScottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone Yet the perennial All-Star couldn’t shake thoughts of his own performance, which also included eight turnovers, or that of a team that gave back a 23-point lead.“The whole second half was just nasty for us, period,” Wall said. “We have to do better. We have to do a lot better.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkWashington has repeatedly struggled to close games at home this season. On Nov. 1, the Wizards lost 112-116 to Phoenix after holding a 22-point lead in the first half. On Nov. 25, they led by 17 in the fourth quarter before losing 108-105 to Portland.They pulled this one out in overtime, when Wall hit two jumpers and contributed three assists while the Nets shot 1 for 8 from the floor. Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals Leonard, Bertans lift Spurs to rout over Denver UP NEXTNets: Host New York on Monday.Wizards: Wrap a five-game homestand Monday against Milwaukee.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Beal gave Washington the lead for good on a jumper and followed with a 3-pointer, both off feeds by Wall, to make it 114-109. Then Wall hit a pair of contested jumpers to keep Washington’s lead at five, the latter making it 118-113 with 17 seconds left in the extra period.TIP-INSNets: Brooklyn fell to 2-7 in the second game of back-to-back sets. … Brooklyn’s starting five scored only 19 first-half points … C Tyler Zeller (left hip) sat out for the first time since Nov. 14.Wizards: Washington swept both ends of a back-to-back set for the first time this season. … Wall received his fourth technical foul of the season during the third quarter. … G Jodie Meeks returned to action after he was left out of Washington’s rotation for the first time this season on Friday night.THE BEAL DEALBeal has now scored 20 or more points in 10 consecutive games, his longest such stretch this season.“Without my teammates, I wouldn’t be able to have this streak,” Beal said. “But I do take pride in being aggressive and being a scorer, and doing the best that I can.”ALMOST AMAZINGBrooklyn trailed 59-39 at halftime before closing within three in the third and tying it on a 16-5 run to end the fourth.During that last stretch, Allen Crabbe hit two 3-pointers and fed Caris LeVert for a dunk that closed it to 105-104 with 1:45 remaining. The Nets missed their next three shots and turned it over twice, yet still tied it at 107-all on Quincy Acy’s 3-pointer from the top of the arc with 9.1 seconds left. MOST READ LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense View commentscenter_img Washington Wizards forward Markieff Morris, left, and guard John Wall react after a play during the overtime portion of an NBA basketball game against the Brooklyn Nets, Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018, in Washington. The Wizards won 119-113 in overtime. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)WASHINGTON — After leading the Washington Wizards to their first overtime win of the season, John Wall remained frustrated that the late drama had been self-imposed.Wall scored 17 of his 23 points in the second half and overtime, and tied a season high with 16 assists in the Wizards’ 119-113 victory over the Brooklyn Nets on Saturday night.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award “We’ve got an All-Star point guard. That helps, right?” Washington coach Scott Brooks said. “He made big plays, big shots down the stretch.”Bradley Beal scored 24 points and Kelly Oubre added 17 off the bench on 5-of-6 shooting.Marcin Gortat had 16 points and 13 rebounds as the Wizards pulled to 2-2 on their five-game homestand and avoided being swept by the Nets in the season series.Rondae Hollis-Jefferson scored 22 points for Brooklyn, which never led. Jarrett Allen added 16 points and DeMarre Carroll had 13 points and 10 rebounds for the Nets, who are winless in three overtime games“You know, it’s tough, all the close games,” Allen said. “But I feel like every one of them has been a learning experience. There’s little things we pick up from games that we’ve lost like this, and we just try to improve on them.”ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

January 14, 2020 | | Post a Comment

first_imgAfter a nine-month suspension due to the Ebola virus outbreak in Liberia last June, World Council of Credit Unions has revived their model credit union building project that aims to bank 40,000 Liberians previously without access to financial services.The Ebola virus, which compelled World Council to withdraw its project manager from the country, has been on the wane since March. This month World Council Chief of Party Patrick Muriuki returned to Liberia to resume his management position.World Council, with MasterCard Foundation funding through UN Capital Development Fund (UNCDF), has partnered with the Liberian Credit Union National Association (LCUNA) to rebuild the credit union sector devastated from 15 years of civil war. Representatives from each organization met recently in Monrovia to discuss next steps.”We are quite pleased to restart a project that will bring access to financial services to thousands of Liberians over the next two years,” said Peter Graves, World Council senior vice president for technical services. “Although we had to place the project on hold, LCUNA and its credit union members never stopped their efforts to bring in new members and provide loans to help Liberians thwart Ebola’s destructive impact.”LCUNA Board chair Saye Biyie was especially grateful to UNCDF and World Council for re-engaging in Liberia.”This project is our heart,” said Biyie. “It represents the difference literally between life and death for many Liberians. We are grateful to UNCDF and World Council on their decision to re-start the project.”Prior to the civil wars that started in 1989, Liberia had a thriving credit union sector that World Council helped create in the 1970s. The current project’s objective is to develop four regional credit unions to serve as models for the rest of the sector, and strengthen the national association so it may better serve its members.Hermann Messan, representing UNCDF, reiterated his agency’s commitment to the Liberian people and support of the government of Liberia’s financial inclusion strategy. UNCDF views the credit union movement revitalization as the key to empowering rural people through financial inclusion, especially since this aligns well with the government’s strategy and the Central Bank of Liberia’s action plan.”UNCDF has been active in this country for many years-even in the midst of the Ebola crisis; and this stakeholders’ workshop is the best mechanism to resume the project and get all parties realigned towards the targets and the objective of bringing positive change in the rural communities,” Messan said.”Liberians are a tough lot; they’ve been through years of civil war. No Ebola virus is going to stop them from improving their lives, and credit unions are central to this effort,” Muriuki said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

January 14, 2020 | | Post a Comment

first_imgJust what is the fate of the investigation launched since early October by the Government of Liberia into the case of the alleged disappearance of 16 billion Liberian dollar banknotes remains unclear at this point. The public has been taken for a virtual roller coaster ride thus leaving many to question whether the Government of Liberia is indeed serious about uncovering the mystery of the missing money.Added to that is the case of the US$25 million said by the Finance Minister to have been infused in the economy. Questions are therefore being asked who actually conducts monetary policy, whether it is the Central Bank of Liberia (CBL) or the Minister of Finance.Resultantly, recent attempts by the Minister of Finance to provide explanations to the Liberian Senate about the missing billions have only left the public confused, not knowing what to make of the conflicting and contradictory accounts.In one breath the Minister said his previous declaration that ‘no L$16 billion was missing’ did not in any way mean that no money was missing. The Minister continued: “If we are investigating something missing my clue to you is that we are going to find something more. That was a general statement in caution. The media is here, let me clarify to you that I said no L$16 billion is missing, I didn’t say no money is missing. Those two statements are different”.Aside from that, the Liberian public is anxious to know just how much money is actually in circulation. The Finance Minister is on record for having declared that the total amount of money (Liberian dollar banknotes) in circulation is L$16 billion plus. Reasons for their anxiety stem from concerns about the continued depreciation of the Liberian dollar (LRD) against the US dollar (USD).It is important to note that the depreciation of the Liberian dollar against the US dollar began even before the coming of the Weah admnistration to power. The CBL in its 2016 annual report observed that the its attempt to mitigate the exchange rate volatility fell below the total interventions for 2015.The CBL further noted that its attempts to mitigate exchange rate volatility was given a strong shot in the arm by net inward remittances on which the Government of Liberia imposed a 25 percent surrender to be paid in Liberian dollars at a rate determined by the CBL.Additionally, the Government of Liberia issued Treasury bills (T-bill) and introduced Treasury bonds (T-Bonds). The CBL further noted that, by the end of 2015, the average exchange rate had depreciated by 13.9 percent to L$100 to US$1, largely on account of high demand for imports.The CBL also observed that in 2016, it sought and obtained Legislative approval to print additional Liberian dollar banknotes in the denominations of L$5, L$10, L$20, L$50, L$100 and L$500.According to the CBL, the main purpose of the approval sought from the Legislature was to replace the mutilated notes currently on the market. By the end of 2016, the amount of Liberian dollars in circulation amounted to ten billion, eight-hundred thirty million, eight hundred thousand Liberian dollars. (L$10,830,800,000).The CBL attributed the growth in currency in circulation at the time to a 2.9 percent increase in currency held outside the banks, thus accounting for 91.7 percent.Only less than two years later, the value of the Liberian dollar had depreciated sharply against the US dollar with the exchange rate currently hovering around L$156 to US$1.The continued rapid fall of the Liberian dollar against the US dollar alarmed the public and, in response, the Governor of the Central Bank (CBL) in a press conference held on October 2, 2018 announced that it planned to infuse US$25 million in the economy in an attempt to halt the downslide in the value of the Liberian dollar.But rather than the CBL acting on its pronouncement, it delegated its statutory authority and responsibility to effect monetary policy to the Minister of Finance which, in the opinion of legal analysts, constituted a blatant violation of the law.And in keeping with the law and best practices, the money should have been infused in the economy through the commercial banks. However in a highly unprecedented but illegal move and contrary to best practices, the Finance Minister admitted to having bought excess cash directly from individuals believed to have been in possession of large amounts of Liberian dollars.What this newspaper finds disturbing is the potential danger inherent in such surreptitious arrangements and misconduct of public policy are creeping signs of the reemergence of a nascent dictatorship under President Weah.When, for example, media institutions are penalized (denied legitimate payments for service rendered, withdrawal of adverts, etc.) for reporting the truth and asking hard questions, we cannot help but warn that these actions are but symptomatic of a clear and present danger lurking in the shadows.For those individuals countenancing and harboring such inclinations, this newspaper can only remind them of the ancient wisdom in the folk story of the little boy and the poo-poo palm kernel who was warned that the palm kernel he was attempting to crush was encrusted with poo-poo (feces), but who retorted that the poo-poo was on the husk and not the kernel itself.To his shocking dismay but much too late, he experienced the nauseating taste of poo-poo with its obnoxious smell lingering all over his face. But then it was much too late. So Beware, Good Friends!Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

January 12, 2020 | | Post a Comment

first_imgFollowing Thursday’s tilt, the series will shift back to Fort St. John this Saturday, March 2, for game two.Thursday’s game one can be heard live on 100.1 Moose FM, with the puck scheduled to drop at 8:30 p.m. and the Moose FM pre-game show hitting the airwaves at 8:15 p.m.The Huskies swept the Slave Lake Wolves three games to none in the opening round of the post-season.- Advertisement –last_img

January 11, 2020 | | Post a Comment

first_imgRelatives remembered Tuesday the soldier who died serving his country in Iraq as a vibrant, popular young man who wanted to serve his family as well. Defense officials announced April 18 that Army Pfc. Jason Morales, 20, died that day of “injuries suffered when his unit came in contact with enemy forces using small arms fire” in Baghdad. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 28th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, hailing from Fort Riley, Kan. Cynthia Molina, Jason’s aunt, said he grew up in Montebello, then moved to La Puente with his mother, Laura Molina, and grandmother, Evangelina Navarrette. He was the fourth La Puente resident to die in the Iraq War. She described him as a “loving and caring guy,” an avid skateboarder who played the guitar, loved Metallica music and baseball. The Montebello High School graduate joined the Army in 2006 to serve his country and help support his family, she said. Molina added that Morales wanted to be a career soldier, like his cousin and her son, Marc Molina, 20. “He wanted to make a life for himself,” she said. “He was such an awesome kid. We lost a very good person in our life.” Molina said Jason’s younger siblings and cousins looked up to the young soldier as a hero. She said Jason was the only one who could bring a quiet 12-year-old cousin out of her shell and get her talking. “It’s hard to believe something like this could happen to someone so good,” she said. Morales is survived by his mother, his father Mike, and three siblings, Steven, Adrian and Trisha Morales. Funeral services are planned for 10 a.m. Friday at Rose Hills Memorial Park and Mortuary in Whittier. (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2236160Want 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

January 3, 2020 | | Post a Comment

first_imgScotland will take on Northern Ireland at Hampden Park this evening, when West Bromwich Albion pair James Morrison and Gareth McAuley could find themselves in opposition.Ahead of that clash, Vauxhall got the duo together for a special challenge with McAuley asking Morrison to guess some famous (or otherwise!) Northern Irish sayings.See how he got on here…last_img

December 29, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_img The Coyote men (5-6, 4-1) have won three straight games to move into second in the CCAA behind Sonoma State. “We have made a lot of progress,” Coyotes coach Jeff Oliver said. “But the job isn’t done yet. We have to keep building each time we go out there.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita The Coyotes are coming off a stellar defensive effort in which they limited the Tritons to just 43 points. Had the Coyotes not cleared the bench early, they might have set a school record for fewest points allowed. That record was 34 against Cal State Los Angeles two years ago. “We have shown the last few games what we’re capable of,” said junior Chet Johnson (7.2 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 2.5 apg), who has been perhaps the best all-around player. “It’s an uphill battle though because we’re always going to be the team with a bullseye on our back. We have to work hard to uphold the tradition set by the teams before us.” The trademark of the Coyotes offensively has been their balance with Curtis Williams (11.7 ppg) and Moses Gonzalez (11.5 ppg) the top scorers. Other key contributors are Kenneth Barnes (8.7 ppg) and James Perkins (8.5 ppg, 4.5 rpg). The Otters (5-9, 2-2) are in their second year in the conference but are still a provisional member and are not eligible for a conference title. The men’s team boasts the conference’s leading scorer in DeVoughn Lamont (21.6 ppg). Teammate Jay DeMaestri (19.1 ppg, 6.7 rpg) is third. Coach Kevin Becker’s women’s team (7-5, 1-4) looks to have an easier battle. Monterey Bay (2-9, 1-3) finished last in the CCAA a year ago, but earned its first conference win ever earlier this season when it defeated San Francisco State. The schedule had the Coyotes playing the top contenders right out of the box, but Becker isn’t looking at tonight’s game as a breather. “Their conference record is pretty much the same as ours,” he said. “That’s the bottom line. It doesn’t matter who we have played, we just haven’t gotten it done.” The Coyotes did get leading scorer and rebounder Christina Day (12.7 ppg, 7.8 rpg) back from a foot infection that kept her out two games. Tamara Thomas is (10.4 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 2.8 apg) the only other player averaging double figures but the Coyotes have four others averaging between 7 and 8. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img It will be a quick turnaround for the Cal State San Bernardino basketball teams, both of whom will be back on the road tonight after posting home wins over UC San Diego on Wednesday. The Coyotes will travel to Monterey Bay, with the women’s game getting underway at 5:30 p.m. and the men’s game immediately following. The games won’t be aired on radio but can be accessible by the Coyotes athletic department Web site. last_img read more

December 26, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgTottenham Hotspur’s new stadium will have it’s pitch laid next month, according to reports.Despite originally being planned to open earlier this month for Spurs’ home match against Liverpool, work on the ‘Tottenham Hotspur Stadium’ continues. The north London club remain at Wembley for the time being, though Wednesday’s Carabao Cup clash against Watford – LIVE on talkSPORT 2 – is being played at Stadium MK in Milton Keynes as the national stadium is unavailable.There has still been no confirmation as to which date the ground will open, though there has not been an announcement regarding where the Premier League fixture against Chelsea on November 24 will be played, leading to suggestions that London derby will be the opening match. Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City 3 Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Most read in Premier League And the latest stadium update suggests work is moving forward at a respectable rate.Much of the current work is focused on landscaping the surrounding areas with tiles being laid, though finishing touches are being made inside the stadium with seats still being installed. REVEALED Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? gameday cracker Guardiola-inspired tactics: Is this how Arsenal will line up under Arteta? However, the biggest sign of progress is that the pitch will be laid next month, according to is reported that stadium contractors Mace have told a Business Community Liason Group that the turf will be put down in October, though no official start date has been revealed.The football pitch is to be installed on retractable pitch trays which can slide back underneath the south stand, revealing the permanent artificial NFL turf underneath. predicted 3 Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion 3 SORRY Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update How Everton could look in January under Ancelotti with new signings whoops Tiling work is taking place outside the ground changes A view of Spurs’ new stadium on September 25, 2018 Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? tense silverware revealed The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 latest England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won The retractable pitch is a remarkable feat of engineeringlast_img read more

December 25, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_img Several years after the accounting rule changes, board members of the state’s largest pension fund – the 1.4 million-member California Public Employees Retirement System – made recommendations and state, county and city elected officials soon agreed to allow employees to retire at younger ages with more pay, Richman said. The pension enhancements were retroactive and employees were allowed to calculate their pensions using their single highest salary year, Richman said, adding that California is the only state in the nation that does this. “CalPERS went around the state and told cities and counties that increasing pension benefits was not going to cost them any additional money, and they were just wrong” said Richman, a Granada Hills Republican who plans to run for state treasurer next year. “As a result, the Legislative Analyst says pension benefits in California are 25 percent higher than the next highest state.” Rob Feckner, president of CalPERS’ board of administration, denied Richman’s charge. “That is a stunning distortion of the truth,” he said. “We told each and every public agency, in their customized reports, on how every single proposed benefit change would affect their immediate and long-term costs.” In her letter, Fritz noted that the changes coincided with a surge in pension income from stock investments. And she also noted that by using a methodology change allowed under 1999 legislation, the state actually saved $547 million in the first two years after the benefit increases. But, she said, “When market values later decreased, the board again changed its methodology … Each change reduced contributions and increased insolvency in pension funds administered by CalPERS.” Gerard C. Carney, spokesman for the independent, nonprofit GASB, which sets financial accounting standards for government agencies, said the guidelines that took effect in 1998 gave pension boards across the nation ample opportunity to assess their unfunded liabilities. The guidelines just set new standards on how governments should disclose their pension obligations, allowing more flexibility in how pension increases were accounted for, he said. “Ultimately, officials make the decisions on how to rationally and fully fund the pensions,” Carney said. “We only set the financial reporting standards that, if followed, disclose the results of those decisions.” Robert Walton, assistant executive officer for governmental affairs at the California Public Employees Retirement System, said Fritz’s assertion that the guideline changes created an atmosphere for pension abuse is “ludicrous.” Walton denied CalPERS underestimated the costs of enhanced benefits. CalPERS has an unfunded liability of $22.3 billion. “CalPERS did not go around the state and tell employers that benefit improvements wouldn’t cost anything,” Walton said. “We just didn’t do it. Anytime a public employer asks for a benefit increase, we are required by law to give them the cost of that increase.” w=12 l=16Objected to change But James F. Antonio, the retired state auditor of Missouri who served as chairman of the accounting standards board from 1984 to 1995, said he objected to the rule change a decade ago because it removed “virtually all of those constraints on funding approaches” and failed the “fiscal responsibility” test. Antonio said the guideline didn’t “go far enough in requiring recognition of pension costs. It had to do with the period of which we were amortizing the unfunded liabilities.” Mary Bradley, a member of the League of California Cities’ Pension Reform Task Force and Sunnyvale finance director, agreed with Fritz that public employee unions persuaded elected officials to use the pension surpluses in the late 1990s to grant benefit increases. Bradley said elected officials may have made poor decisions because the pension fund data some were presented was two years old and didn’t reflect the debts that had begun to mount after the stock market began to drop. In her letter, Fritz encouraged the accounting standards board to revise its rule and recommend government agencies fully amortize the costs of pension enhancements while employees are working. “I would not say that elected officials are uninformed, but I can sure say that on complicated issues such as pension reform, they take staff recommendations,” said P. Anthony Thomas, a pension reform lobbyist for the 478-member League of California Cities. “And the majority of the time staff are taking recommendations from actuaries.” Troy Anderson, (213) 974-8985 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Fritz’s letter follows a recent Daily News review that found Los Angeles area taxpayers are on the hook for at least an extra $110 billion in the years to come to pay for retiree pensions, health care and workers’ compensation benefits. National pension expert Stephen D’Arcy, a professor of finance at the University of Illinois, agreed that stronger accounting standards could have given elected officials a more accurate picture of the impact of pension enhancements. “The key problem really is that legislators are interested in gaining political support, and one way to do that is to be generous with pension benefits,” D’Arcy said. “It’s possible to defer recognition of the costs of pension benefits to later generations, and unless taxpayers pay attention to this – making it a priority in the voting process – then it will continue, regardless of the accounting standards applied.” w=12 l=16Younger retirees Changes in a national accounting guideline a decade ago helped set the stage for California’s ballooning pension liabilities by obscuring the long-term costs of providing the richest benefits in the nation, a former CalPERS consultant says. Under changes by the Governmental Accounting Standards Board, pension funds can amortize the cost of retroactive benefit increases over 30 years and public employee unions can negotiate to defer salary increases in favor of better pension benefits. But the shifts meant officials often were unaware of the full costs of their decisions, Citrus Heights accountant Marcia Fritz wrote in a Sept. 30 letter to the board. That’s because complex actuarial calculations are simplified to a percentage increase in the government’s contribution to pensions for only the first few years. “Within a year after the rules took effect (in 1998), public employee unions successfully lobbied for changes in funding policies that enabled them to receive increased pension benefits at younger retirement ages for their members and mask the costs to decision-makers,” wrote Fritz, who has worked with Assemblyman Keith Richman on pension reform proposals. last_img read more

December 25, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgHundreds of spectators along the Delaware River saw the first complete re-enactment since 2001 of Gen. George Washington’s historic crossing. Unlike the past three attempts, when days of precipitation pushed water levels and speeds above safety levels, this Christmas presented a more placid route from Pennsylvania to New Jersey. Jim Gibson, portraying Washington in a full uniform replete with sword and peaked cap, and about 60 of his fellow re-enactors made it across in two longboats just as a raw mist became a steady rain. “Rain doesn’t stop us,” said Gibson, 53, of Fallsington, Pa., who has been part of the re-enactment for 15 years. “We do these things in all sorts of weather.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake The actual crossing took place in the dark, in driving sleet, starting on Christmas night 1776 and finishing early the next day. The sentries’ passwords: “Victory or death.” The army went on to key victories in Trenton and Princeton, N.J., reversing the declining fortunes of the Continental Army.last_img read more