Lakers’ Anthony Davis misses Thursday night game in Detroit – Orange County Register


As Anthony Davis left his post-game press conference on Wednesday, he laughed after wrapping up a question about a seemingly balky right knee.

“You’ll see me tomorrow,” he said.

But Lakers fans didn’t see Davis on the court against Detroit, in the second game of the Lakers’ back-to-back on Thursday night. The team announced a few hours before tip-off that Davis would miss the game with a bruised right quadriceps that he injured in the first quarter against the Philadelphia 76ers.

Davis indicated Wednesday night following a 107-106 loss to the 76ers that although he had seemed to favor his right knee, it wasn’t a lingering issue.

But on Thursday, Davis felt some swelling, leading the Lakers to make the call to shelve him.

“I’m not sure what play, but he came in, he was hobbling for a few possessions, felt like he banged and then just played through the pain the rest of the night,” Coach Frank Vogel said. “Obviously swelled up a little bit and had some discomfort this morning so I decided to hold him out.”

It was the third game the 27-year-old has missed this season, all of which so far having been linked to back-to-backs. Of the Lakers’ four back-to-back game sequences this year, Davis has only played in both games once. Vogel said it hasn’t been part of the Lakers’ strategy to rest Davis in back-to-backs, but the timing of the injuries have simply been happenstance.

The Lakers started Kyle Kuzma, who got his fifth start of the year in his home state of Michigan with family in attendance. It also opened up rotation minutes for Talen Horton-Tucker. Both made a scoring impact in double digits, but the game still marked the first loss of the season without Davis, dropping them to 2-1 without their star big man.

Since signing a five-year maximum contract in the offseason, Davis’ numbers have tailed off slightly from last season, in part owing to the Lakers’ scoring depth this season. He’s averaging 21.9 points, 8.8 rebounds and 1.9 blocked shots per game. After starting the year on a tear from long range, his 3-point percentage has dropped to 32.6 percent, and he’s only made a 3-point shot once in his last seven games.



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Grants provide virtual travel experience


After the January 20 presentation highlighting the Google Expeditions equipment, student, Henry Swink, MHS Instructor Sandra Wood, student, Olivia Stiff, posed along with two of the school district’s agricultural producers, Robert Lager and Craig Stiens, who were instrumental in Wood receiving the $15,000 Bayer Fund America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education grant.

The Maryville High School Board of Education was treated to a Google Expeditions tour of Madrid and Barcelona, Spain, during the showcase held at the January 20 board meeting.

Sandra Wood, MHS Spanish teacher, had applied for and received two grants, $8,000 from the Gladys Rickard Trust, and $15,000 from the Bayer Fund American’s Farmers Grow Rural Education grant.

Wood used the grants to purchase two Google Expeditions classroom sets. One set has 25 combinations of devices and goggles, the other 30 sets. She also purchased three 360 degree cameras and a selfie stick which will allow the students to create their own expeditions.

Google Expeditions has over 1,000 tours. The set has a router which doesn’t allow the students access to the internet while using the tour.

Seniors Olivia Stiff and Henry Swink assisted Wood with the demonstration for the board members. The teacher, or in the case of this demo, the students, can guide the participants with details provided on the pad to direct the tour.

Also attending the presentation were two of the local farmers, Robert Lager and Craig Stiens, who had nominated MHS for the American’s Farmers Grow Rural Education grant. Others who nominated MHS for the STEM grant were Don Seipel, Donald Kagay, Dorothy Schaefer, Steve Schmidt and Terri Lager.

Wood said, “The kids enjoy the tours. It’s another way to bring Spain to them.”

Wood uses the sets for 10 to 15 minutes in the classroom setting as longer sessions sometimes cause the students to be disorientated.

MHS dance team wins at Lee’s Summit.

The Maryville High School Dance team recently competed at Lee’s Summit. The team earned third in pom and brought home the North Division 1 Lyrical Champion award.

Team members are: Anna Adwell, Gracie Wenger, Taya Myers; back: Maggie Farnan, Kenzee Minton, Maggie Webb, Kaylee Harkrider, Kensley Wood, Kaiya Ory and Morgan Mullock.





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N.J. weather: Snowstorm totals leap to 24 inches in some areas in the latest forecast update


Snow flurries have begun in parts of New Jersey as the forecast is ramped up to nearly two feet in the northwestern part of the state.

Areas near Morristown and Wantage are now expected to see between 12 to 24 inches, the National Weather Service said in a Sunday afternoon update, with New Brunswick forecasted to get up to 18 inches. Areas in the south and along the coast are expected to see significantly less snow.

A more detailed forecast is expected later Sunday afternoon, the NWS said.

Schools around the state have already started to announce closures and other schedule changes, with many switching to all-remote instruction.

“Through the day today, expect mostly light snow, but precipitation should become more steady and widespread overnight,” the NWS said in its update. Some areas along and south of the Interstate 95 corridor could see those flurries turn into sleet and rain later Sunday night.

The National Weather Service has placed nearly the entire state under a winter storm warning with 2 to 4 inches of snow expected on Sunday before a lull that lasts into early Monday.

The snow will likely be intense on Monday, with some areas seeing as much as 3 inches per hour, said Michael Priante, a meteorologist with WeatherWorks, a private weather forecasting company in Hackettstown.

While the Shore area is spared from high snow totals, towns could see coastal flooding as well as scattered power outages with travel expected to be significantly disrupted, forecasters say.

Snow start Jan. 31

Snow will start accumulating early Sunday afternoon in South Jersey before overspreading northwestern New Jersey by late tonight.National Weather Service

NJ Advance Media reporter Jeff Goldman contributed to this report.

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PennDOT issues travel restrictions for winter storm | Pennsylvania News


In anticipation of winter weather throughout much of the state on Sunday, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) is advising motorists to avoid all unnecessary travel during the upcoming storm.

PennDOT anticipates that it will implement travel restrictions on trucks and other vehicles on certain roadways around the state, which will remain in place until conditions warrant their removal.

Officials say, effective at noon on Sunday, January 31, vehicle restrictions are anticipated on the following roadways that align with Tier 1 of the commonwealth’s weather event vehicle restriction plan:

• Interstate 70 in both directions from the Pennsylvania Turnpike (Interstate 76) to the Maryland state line;

• The entire length of Interstate 78 in both directions;

• Interstate 80 from Interstate 81 to the New Jersey state line;

• The entire length of Interstate 81 in both directions;

• The entire length of Interstate 83 in both directions;

• The entire length of Interstate 84 in both directions; and

• The entire length of Interstate 380 in both directions.

Additional speed and vehicle restrictions on these and other interstates could be added depending on changing conditions.

Under Tier 1 restrictions, the following vehicles are not permitted on affected roadways:

• Tractors without trailers;

• Tractors towing unloaded or lightly loaded enclosed trailers, open trailers or tank trailers;

• Tractors towing unloaded or lightly loaded tandem trailers;

• Enclosed cargo delivery trucks that meet the definition of a CMV;

• Passenger vehicles (cars, SUV’s, pickup trucks, etc.) towing trailers;

• Recreational vehicles/motorhomes;

• School buses, commercial buses and motor coaches not carrying chains or Alternate Traction Devices (ATD’s); and

• Motorcycles.

Restrictions will be communicated via variable message boards, the 511PA traveler information website at www.511pa.com and smartphone apps. Motorists can also sign up for alerts on www.511pa.com by clicking on “Personal Alerts” in the left-hand menu.

PennDOT urges motorists to avoid travel during the storm if possible. But if travel is necessary, use caution, reduce speeds and be aware of changing weather conditions.

Officials say, high winds and freezing temperatures are expected during this event, so motorists should be aware of blowing and drifting snow, which can cause icy areas on roadways, including overpasses and bridges. With freezing temperatures, roads that look wet may actually be icy, and extra caution is needed when approaching bridges and highway ramps where ice can form without warning.

To help make decisions regarding winter travel, motorists are encouraged to “Know Before You Go” by checking conditions on more than 40,000 roadway miles, including color-coded winter conditions on 2,900 miles, by visiting www.511PA.com. 511PA, which is free and available 24 hours a day, provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information and access to more than 1,000 traffic cameras. Users can also see plow truck statuses and travel alerts along a specific route using the “Check My Route” tool.

511PA is also available through a smartphone application for iPhone and Android devices, by calling 5-1-1, or by following regional Twitter alerts accessible on the 511PA website.

Officials warn that drivers should prepare or restock their emergency kits with items such as non-perishable food, water, first-aid supplies, warm clothes, a blanket, cell phone charger and a small snow shovel. Motorists should tailor their kits to any specific needs that they or their families have such as baby supplies, extra medication and pet supplies.

When winter weather occurs, drivers should extra cautious around operating snow-removal equipment. When encountering a plow truck, drivers should:

• Stay at least six car lengths behind an operating plow truck and remember that the main plow is wider than the truck.

• Be alert since plow trucks generally travel much more slowly than other traffic.

• When a plow truck is traveling toward you, move as far away from the center of the road as is safely possible, and remember that snow can obscure the actual snow plow width.

• Never try to pass or get between several trucks plowing side by side in a “plow train.” The weight of the snow thrown from the plow can quickly cause smaller vehicles to lose control, creating a hazard for nearby vehicles.

• Never travel next to a plow truck since there are blind spots where the operator can’t see, and they can occasionally be moved sideways when hitting drifts or heavy snowpack.

• Keep your lights on to help the operator better see your vehicle. Also remember that under Pennsylvania state law, vehicle lights must be on every time a vehicle’s wipers are on due to inclement weather.

Last winter in Pennsylvania, preliminary data shows that there were 151 crashes resulting in three fatalities and 81 injuries on snowy, slushy or ice-covered roadways where aggressive driving behaviors such as speeding or making careless lane changes were factors.

For more information on safe winter travel, an emergency kit checklist and information on PennDOT’s winter operations including a video, visit www.PennDOT.gov/winter. Additional winter driving and other highway safety information is available at www.PennDOT.gov/safety.



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Travel and Airline Industries Go From Bad to Worse: Trudeau Travel News Reaction


Critics say new travel restrictions for Canada put the country’s aviation industry in an even worse position than before. The new rules also is terrible news for an already struggling Caribbean tourism sector.

“The Jamaica Tourist Board was disappointed by the Canadian government’s announcement regarding new restrictions on international travel,” the JTB told TravelPulse Canada. “Canada is Jamaica’s second largest source market for international travel and the cancellation of flights into the Caribbean until April 30 will undoubtedly impact the country’s tourism industry during the peak winter travel season.

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“From the outset of the pandemic, Jamaica has been a global leader in managing and mitigating the spread of COVID-19. The Ministry of Health has implemented stringent protocols to protect local residents while providing travellers with a safe, seamless and enjoyable experience. Jamaica’s tourism industry remains resilient and optimistic and we look forward to hosting Canadian travellers on the island once again when airlift resumes this spring.”

Unifor, which represents airline workers across Canada, said Ottawa needs to follow through with long-awaited support for airlines to avoid having the industry collapse.

“You can’t have one without the other,” said Unifor president Jerry Dias “Further travel restrictions without providing financial support for airline workers is a risk to the very future of Canada’s airline industry.”

The Canadian government on Friday of last week announced that Canada’s four major carriers would cease operating to the Caribbean and Mexico from January 31 to April 30. The government also is bringing in tough new rules on testing and quarantines.

The Canadian Airlines Council was blunt in its criticism of the new rules.

“With the new travel restrictions announced today by the prime minster, the Canadian air sector has been plunged into its most severe crisis since March 2020,’ CAC president Daniel-Robert Gooch said in a statement. “Additional measures may be warranted, but Canada’s airports say the federal and provincial governments should be working more closely with industry on health measures. Meanwhile, the federal government must become more actively engaged on the financial situation affecting the air sector, if Canada hopes to emerge from this prolonged crisis with a functioning national air transportation system.

“For the past 10 months, Canada’s airports have kept passengers and workers safe, maintained operational capabilities and served their communities,” Gooch said. “With demand down by 85 to 90 per cent since the spring, they have done so by burning through any cash reserves, cancelling projects, laying off staff, and assuming $2.8 billion in additional debt by the end of 2021, just to keep their doors open. Today, there is nothing left to cut, yet the restrictions keep piling on.”

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Empty seats on an airplane.

Since April, demand for international travel has been about five per cent of where it was in 2019. In other words, for every hundred Canadians who travelled in 2019, only five have been travelling since the pandemic began, the CAC said.

“Since the start of the pandemic, the air sector sought to be an active partner in governments’ efforts to contain the virus. We are proud of what we accomplished to keep travellers safe from the earliest days, even before measures were mandated by governments.” said Gooch. “Airports are at the ready to support the government through a collaborative approach and share our decades of experience on how to manage risk at our airports and on aircraft, but we are learning of proposed measures through media leaks and press conferences, which is too late for us to make a positive contribution.”

“The first priority of Canada’s airports is to ensure that our approach to quarantines and testing is risk-based, nationally consistent, and aligned with what the rest of the world is doing successfully. Even before today’s measures, air travellers were subject to temperature checks, pre-departure PCR tests, a 14-day quarantine for most travellers, and airports and airlines were seeking to work with the federal government on a standard approach to arrivals testing. Today’s news adds additional rules and processes that exceed measures in place for those already in the community who have tested positive for COVID-19.

“The second and equally urgent priority is to move forward quickly with the financial relief measures announced in the federal Fall Economic Statement and for the federal government to be prepared to provide additional support as this rapidly evolving situation demands. Canada’s airports welcome comments from Minister of Transport Omar Alghagra that financial support for our air carrier partners is coming, and look forward to engaging directly with the minister on what is needed to further support airports.

Canada’s air sector will have an important role to play in the recovery of Canada’s tourism sector and our trade based economy, but the industry has widespread concerns about its ability to participate in this recovery without more active and meaningful federal support, the group said.

“The industry’s outlook for 2021 is now dramatically worse than it was even a month ago,” Gooch concluded. “There is an urgent need for the government to work with industry in the coming weeks on a plan to emerge from the pandemic and methodically and safely start to remove travel restrictions when the time is right.”

“Today’s announcement really was the nail in the coffin for the airline and tourism business,” Robert Kokonis, founder and managing director of aviation consulting firm AirTrav Inc., told Global News. “We’re going to see bankruptcy filings, you might even see a few outright failures.”





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Commercial vehicle travel ban ordered. Here’s what it means.


Commercial vehicles will be barred from several New Jersey highways beginning at 12 p.m. Sunday as a major snowstorm looms, state officials announced.

The restricted vehicles include tractor-trailers, motorcycles, recreational vehicles, passenger vehicles pulling trailers and “empty straight CDL-weighted trucks,” officials said. They are not allowed on parts of nine highways, although there are exceptions, according to an administrative order from Diane Gutierrez-Scaccetti, the state’s transportation commissioner.

The restrictions don’t apply to the New Jersey Turnpike, the Garden State Parkway or the Atlantic City Expressway. The order does not have an expiration date. Officials asked all drivers to stay off the road Sunday night and Monday if possible.

“The safest place to be is at home,” the department said in a statement.

Restricted highways

Commercial vehicles are restricted from the following roads in New Jersey:

  • I-76: From the Walt Whitman Bridge (Pennsylvania border) to NJ Route 42.
  • I-78: From the Pennsylvania border to I-95 (New Jersey Turnpike).
  • I-80: From the Pennsylvania border to I-95 (New Jersey Turnpike).
  • I-195: From I-295 to NJ Route 138.
  • I-280: From I-80 to I-95 (New Jersey Turnpike).
  • I-287: From NJ Route 440 to the New York State border.
  • I-295: From the Delaware Memorial Bridge to the Scudders Falls Bridge (Pennsylvania border).
  • I-676: From the Benjamin Franklin Bridge (Pennsylvania border) to I-76.
  • NJ Route 440: From the Outerbridge Crossing to I-287.

Several groups are exempt from the restrictions, including police, health care workers and reporters, among others, according to the order.

Trucks on the road when the ban takes effect are “encouraged” to wait out the storm at a truck stop, according to a press release. However, drivers should not stop on the shoulder.

Officials also said they were preparing thousands of plows and salt spreaders. The department asked drivers that must be on the road to not pass crews and to drive slow with a full tank.

More information can be found at the state’s Office of Emergency Management site. Residents can also check the department’s traffic information site for real-time travel information.

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NASTY NOR’EASTER (UPDATE): Expect Blizzard-Like Effects On Travel, Power


UPDATE: It’s not snowfall totals of up to 18 inches in some New Jersey counties and parts of Pennsylvania that have forecasters concerned about the nasty nor’easter heading our way: It’s the blizzard-like conditions.

That means travel will be “very difficult to impossible” beginning with the arrival of the prolonged storm around 7 p.m. Sunday and continuing through 1 p.m. Tuesday, the National Weather Service said Sunday morning.

There will also be power outages from downed trees and snagged wires, as well as flooding in coastal areas.

Morris, Sussex and Warren counties are expected to get the worst of it, with 15 to 19 inches of snow expected. Most of the snow there will fall during daylight Monday at a projected clip of an inch an hour during its height.

The greater Philadelphia area could get a foot to 18 inches, with severe warnings issued for parts of the Poconos and Allentown

Parts of the Jersey Shore, meanwhile, could have as little as two to 4 inches, the service said. 

Here’s how the other New Jersey counties shape up:

Bergen, Passaic, Hudson, Essex and Union counties: 14 to 18 inches, with blizzard-like conditions (wind gusts 35-45 miles an hour).

Somerset, Hunterdon, Middlesex and Mercer counties: 13 to 18 inches, gusts up to 35 mph.

Monmouth, northwest Burlington: 7 to 14 inches, with sleet and rain affecting the total, but gusts up to 45 mph.

Ocean, southeast Burlington: 6 to 8 inches, with the same effect of mixed precipitation and wind gusts up to 45 mph. 

Salem, Gloucester and Camden counties:  8 to 12 inches, with a mix of sleet and rain, but with ice.

Atlantic, Cape May, Cumberland and coastal Ocean: Two to 4 inches, mixed.

Among the major concerns: travel and power outages from downed wires.

Blowing and drifting snow should give drivers fits. Road conditions overall will be treacherous — or, to quote the weather service, “very difficult to impossible” — from Sunday night through much of Monday.

A coastal flood watch was issued from 7 a.m. Monday to 5 p.m. Tuesday in coastal Ocean, Atlantic and Cape May counties, as well as in eastern Monmouth, Middlesex, Ocean, southeastern Burlington and western Monmouth counties.

Roads in coastal and bayside towns could “become impassible,” the weather service warned. “Some damage to vulnerable structures may begin to occur.”

If you must travel, the service said, keep an extra flashlight, food, and water in your vehicle in case of an emergency.

PROLONGED NOR’EASTER: Here’s how things look, according to the National Weather Service.

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