Mitchell has 32 and 12, leads Jazz over Thunder 100-95

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailSALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Donovan Mitchell had 32 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Utah Jazz over the Oklahoma City Thunder 100-95 on Wednesday night in the season opener for both teams.Mitchell scored 22 after halftime and made several key baskets down the stretch. Bojan Bogdanovic added 16 points and Royce O’Neale chipped in with 14 for the Jazz. Rudy Gobert grabbed 14 rebounds.Mike Conley went 1 of 16 from the field in his Utah debut after spending his first 12 seasons with Memphis. He missed his first 12 shots before finally scoring on a floater in the lane with 5.9 seconds left in the third quarter.The Jazz outscored the Thunder 58-34 in the paint to offset 6-of-24 shooting from 3-point range.Shai Gilgeous-Alexander shined in his Oklahoma City debut, scoring 26 points on 10-of-23 shooting. Chris Paul added 22 points and eight rebounds. Danilo Gallinari had 21 points and seven boards.Oklahoma City built an eight-point lead early in the fourth before the Jazz finally rallied. Utah surged ahead 85-80 on a 9-0 run capped by Bogdanovic’s 3-pointer.Paul capped a 6-0 spurt with a long jumper of his own to put the Thunder ahead 86-85. Mitchell answered by slashing into the lane for back-to-back layups to put the Jazz ahead for good.A mid-range jumper from Mitchell gave Utah a 96-91 lead with 21 seconds remaining.Oklahoma City missed nine of its first 11 shots and hit just 23.8% (5 of 21) overall from the floor in the first quarter. Those shooting struggles opened the door for Utah to sprint out to a 23-10 lead. Starting with a jumper from Joe Ingles, the Jazz scored baskets on four straight possessions to carve out a double-digit advantage.The Thunder made a pair of 8-0 runs to tie the game at 28 in the second period. They finally took their first lead after Gilgeous-Alexander made three straight baskets to fuel a 9-2 spurt. Paul capped it with a pair of free throws, giving Oklahoma City a 46-42 lead.Utah answered with a 7-0 run — punctuated by a thunderous dunk from Mitchell — to go ahead 49-46 at halftime.TIP-INSThunder: Oklahoma City went 6 of 12 from 3-point range in the second quarter. . Darius Bazley finished with zero points and three rebounds in his NBA debut. . Steven Adams pulled down 11 rebounds but finished with just three points after shooting 1 of 8 from the field and 1 of 6 from the line.Jazz: Bogdanovic went to the locker room midway through the second quarter after injuring his ankle. He returned in the third. . Utah finished with an 18-7 edge in fast-break points.UP NEXTThunder: Host the Washington Wizards on Friday.Jazz: At the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday. Tags: Donovan Mitchell/NBA/Utah Jazz Written by October 23, 2019 /Sports News – Local Mitchell has 32 and 12, leads Jazz over Thunder 100-95 Associated Presslast_img read more

Excitement Builds for Trump Appearance in Cape May County

first_imgCouncilman Bob Barr says President Trump’s rally in Wildwood will be a “great opportunity to experience history.” By TIM KELLYWhen local Congressman Jeff Van Drew met with President Donald Trump in December, the president vowed to come to Cape May County to stump for the freshman congressman’s 2020 re-election bid.Last week Trump made good on his promise to support Van Drew, who had unexpectedly switched his party affiliation from Democrat to Republican a few days earlier. The president’s re-election committee announced Trump would host a rally in Wildwood later this month.No one is happier about this development than Ocean City’s Fourth Ward Councilman Bob Barr, who met with Trump after Van Drew’s visit, and who considers the congressman to be a mentor and one of his closest friends.It was announced that Trump will hold a “Keep America Great” themed rally at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 28 at the Wildwoods Convention Center, 4501 Boardwalk. Doors for general admission seating open at 3 p.m.“Anytime a sitting president of the United States comes to your home county, it’s a special thing,” Barr said. “This goes beyond party politics. I don’t care if you’re a Republican, Democrat, Independent or undeclared. This is a great opportunity to experience history.”His trip to South Jersey will be a homecoming of sorts for the president, who spent many years in Atlantic City as owner of three different casino properties.Wildwood is in the congressional district represented by Van Drew, who will likely be a speaker at the event. The local dentist and former state senator said that going to the GOP was a “better fit” for his political ideology, despite being elected in New Jersey’s Second Congressional District as a Democrat.Ocean City Councilman Bob Barr, left, and his close friend, Congressman Jeff Van Drew. (Photo credit NJ Globe)Van Drew, previously characterized by most as a moderate Democrat, was one of only three Democratic congressional representatives to oppose impeachment proceedings against Trump. As a result, Van Drew said party bosses ordered him to change his voting preference or to risk political reprisals.Instead, Van Drew switched parties.“I don’t like what some members of the Democratic Party have become,” said Barr. “I feel they don’t deserve to have Congressman Van Drew among their ranks.”Van Drew said impeachment proceedings would “further divide the country and tear it apart at the seams,” and contended there were not enough votes in the Senate to remove Trump from office.The party switch made international news and sparked outrage by Democrats locally and nationwide, while the GOP welcomed Van Drew with open arms. Barr also switched parties days before his friend, changing from Democrat to Republican in anticipation of Van Drew’s move.“The thing is, the congressman is still the same man. He changed his party affiliation. He didn’t change his ideals or integrity,” Barr said.“After (Van Drew) won the election, he told me, ‘We’re going to put South Jersey on the map.’ It didn’t happen quite the way I envisioned, but the congressman did exactly what he set out to accomplish. I’m thrilled for him.”Barr said that since word of Trump’s visit was announced, “my phone has been inundated with calls. Not necessarily wanting tickets to the rally, just wanting to know the motorcade route or a place to stand so they can get a glimpse of the president.”He said many of his Democrat friends have been trying to get his ear as well.“Anyone with a sense of history will tell you this could be a once in a lifetime event,” Barr remarked, “and they all want to be a part of it.”Jeff Van Drew shakes hands with President Donald Trump during their December meeting at the White House. (Photo credit NY Post)In December, the councilman received a one-on-one audience with Trump and Vice President Mike Pence following Van Drew’s press availability in the White House’s Oval Office. Barr and his girlfriend, Michelle Eggleston, had endured a lengthy delay at the presidential mansion’s security gate through no fault of his own.Security personnel were delayed in obtaining the required advance information provided by Barr, and Eggleston’s info was never found, preventing her from being a part of the White House media availability.When Trump heard about the incident, he called it “unacceptable” and invited the couple back to Washington later this year for a VIP tour, a meal and another meeting with the president. Barr said he was humbled by the experience.“It was the congressman’s day,” Barr said. “I was honored he invited me and I just wanted to show my support. I hoped to maybe meet the president and shake his hand. I never expected to spend that kind of time with the president and the vice president.”Barr, 37, said he sometimes still has difficulty processing the enormity of the events of the last few months.“There are more than 400 members of Congress,” he said. “The president can’t be there for them all. I can’t tell you how excited I am for the region and for the congressman.”last_img read more

Baker with a community spirit

first_imgCharities in the UK and abroad, including Cancer Research and Macmillan Nurses, have benefited from a generous donation made by Walton-on-Thames bakery owner Bill Heffernan in memory of his wife, Anne, who died from the disease in January this year, aged 61.Bill has expressed his sincere thanks to all friends and associates in the baking trade who helped to raise £4,000 for the charities, with over £1,000 contributed by the Kingston Master Bakers Association at their annual dinner dance. Anne Heffernan was a former chairman of the association.Bakery builderOriginally from Tramore, County Waterford, Ireland, Anne Heffernan had run Lee’s Bakery with her husband since 1971, subsequently expanding to Addlestone, Lalham, Hersham, Weybridge and West Byfleet. The mother of five sons, Anne was a staunch Catholic, writing for Catholic Life magazine and supporting initiatives such as the Keep Sunday Special campaign of 1993, which saw Sunday trading in large stores restricted to six hours. She was also a prominent member of the business community in Surrey, winning a 1992 award for ‘excellence in people development’ and was active in the Surrey Training and Enterprise North-East Forum. She completed a course of instruction to help young people on the YTS scheme and achieved her personal ambition of gaining a Master’s degree in business administration.Anne worked tirelessly for community and charity, helping to raise £5,000 for Hope Romania, aiding orphans in straitened circumstances in the country. As former chairman of the Kingston Master Baker’s Association, she raised £1,000 for the British Heart Foundation in 1995. The expanding bakery business achieved its own successes in 1996 when Lee’s was named as Britain’s champion all-round bakery.Overwhelming supportAnne Heffernan was diagnosed with cancer of the colon two years ago and was treated at the Royal Marsden Hospital in Sutton. She died at her family home in Weybridge on January 11. Several hundred people gathered at her funeral service on January 24 to pay tribute, with an eulogy given by NA past president Tony Cavan. Bill and his family gave heartfelt thanks to Tony for the eulogy and expressed how overwhelmed they were by the support shown by the bakery trade through the attendance at the funeral, the letters of condolence and the money raised in support of charity.last_img read more

Cinnamon Square founder Paul Barker unveils botanical baking book

first_imgCinnamon Square Bakery founder and Baking Industry Awards winner Paul Barker has unveiled his latest book – Naturally Fermented Bread.Published by Quarry Books, it is described as a step-by-step guide on how to use yeast water starters to bake wholesome loaves and sweet fermented buns.In the book, Barker explains how to bake using wild yeasts and bacteria cultivated from fruits, vegetables, plants and flowers, taking readers through botanical baking methods and basic breadmaking techniques as well as helping to identify edible and poisonous flowers.Bread recipes include The Floral Loaf, a Root Vegetable Foodbank Loaf and a Beet & Lemon Loaf while sweet buns include Currants, Sultanas & Earl Grey Tea Cakes, Pecan & Raisin Ricky Sticky Buns and Cinnamon Square’s award-winning buns. “The three main categories for making yeast-raised products are bulk fermentation, pre-fermentation, and sourdough. I classify baking botanically as a fourth category,” said Barker.“In this book, I focus only on starting the fermentation process and then using the fermented botanical water to raise the dough, rather than using fresh or dried yeast.”Barker acknowledges that the process of starting a botanical fermentation can be daunting at first but encourages readers to not be afraid.“It is very easy to ferment, and if you respect storage temperatures and allow time to ferment, nothing will go wrong.”Barker’s botanical bread secured the coveted Bakery Innovation Award at the 2018 Baking Industry Awards. His winning product was made using flour, salt and water from fermented botanicals.Naturally Fermented Breads is due to be published in hardback on 13 October, priced at £19.99.His first book, Cinnamon Square: A Measured Approach, was published in 2016. As a qualified baker, pâtissier, chocolatier, cake decorator and flour miller, Barker has more than 35 years’ experience in the baking industry. He established Cinnamon Square in 2005.last_img read more

Weather causes game day traffic

first_imgDrizzly weather did not dampen the weekend’s festivities, as approximately 100,000 people braved consistent rain and wind for Saturday’s nail-biter against Stanford, according to Mike Seamon, associate vice president for campus safety.Kevin Song | The Observer “Overall the weekend was a huge success for the University, both on and off the field,” Seamon said. “As anticipated, we had quite a large number of visitors on campus Friday and Saturday. On Friday, we had over 1,200 people attend the football luncheon, 3,525 people visit the Stadium tunnel and over 7,500 people attend the pep rally, which was held in the Compton Family Ice Arena.”Across the board, the number of fans touring the Stadium remains consistent with previous estimates from the Rice and Michigan games, for which the total amounted to 3,600 and 3,500, respectively. Attendance at the luncheon has continued increasing from 850 before the Rice game and 1,110 during the Michigan weekend, according to Seamon.With so many thousands of fans arriving for the game, the rain impacted traffic conditions by causing more vehicle congestion, Seamon said.“Not surprisingly, our biggest challenge this past weekend was the inclement weather,” he said. “Given the cold, wind and rain, it was a later arriving crowd than usual to both campus and the Stadium. The lateness of the crowd put some added pressure on incoming traffic and the last minute rush into the Stadium, but overall things ran very smoothly.”Notre Dame Security Police (NDSP) Chief Phil Johnson said fans leaving campus also faced difficulties due to the weather.“Traffic ran smoothly before and after the game although rains during the outbound slowed traffic a bit resulting in some delays on area streets,” he said. “Police assisted motorists on streets and roads surrounding campus and facilitated traffic departing campus.”Johnson said NDSP made seven arrests Saturday, marking a decrease from the 16 arrests made Sept. 6, the day of the Michigan game.“One ticket was issued [Saturday] for minor consumption of alcohol,” he said. “Two arrests were for public intoxication or public order related offenses. Five people were arrested for shoplifting.”Seamon said the University used the Stanford game as an opportunity to celebrate the recent successes of other Notre Dame teams, “including the 2013 NCAA men’s soccer national champions, the 2014 NCAA runner-up men’s lacrosse team and the 2004 NCAA women’s soccer champions.“We also had former football monogram winners form the tunnel at the beginning of the game,” he said. “This weekend was the Notre Dame band alumni weekend where over 800 band alumni members joined the current ND band for the on-field pre-game and halftime performances.”“Even with the bad weather, it was a great weekend for the University capped off by a huge win over Stanford,” Seamon said.Tags: arrests, football, Mike Seamon, NDSP, Notre Dame, Phil Johnson, Rain, Stanford, Stanford Universitylast_img read more

Perfect Day

first_imgMy idea of what constitutes a “perfect day” is a bit of a moving target that’s shifted over time. When I was younger, an Allman Brothers show was definitely in the mix. Probably a visit to the Waffle House too. When my kids were babies, a very long nap followed by a marathon session of NFL was about as perfect as a day could get. My perfect day now? It would definitely include riding singletrack. Probably some sushi. And are the Allman Brothers still together? Let’s get them back in the picture too. If you ask me that question during winter, substitute fresh powder for singletrack and carry on with the plan. And don’t forget a bunch of these Perfect Day IPAs. They’re in the mix no matter what the season.Asheville Brewing Company has been brewing Perfect Day for at least a year now, but they just recently started canning the beer. You could argue that there are already too many IPAs on the market, and that the last thing a beer-drinker needs is to sort through yet another juicy, hop bomb. It’s a stupid argument, but you could make it. Here’s how that argument goes: “The shelves are packed with so many hoppy IPAs, I can’t make a decision on which beer to get.”I’ve actually made the argument myself on occasion, frustrated with the sheer volume of choices, unable to pick my next sixer because there are just too many beers. It’s enough to make you retreat into a can of something familiar, an old standby beer that’s good, sure, but more importantly, safe. Because not every new beer is great. Some of them actually suck. I had one the other day that tasted like regret with a hint of mint. That’s probably the only real problem with this massive brewing boom—not all of it is good. Every new beer you try is a gamble and nobody wins all the time. So why not just stick with the beer you know? Right?But every once in a while you take that leap of faith on a new beer and taste something like Perfect Day IPA, and you remember why it’s so important to take chances every once in a while. Perfect Day is an incredibly citrusy, balanced beer that eschews the bitter finish of old school IPAs, delivering waves of sweet, fruitiness instead. It has a smooth, almost fluffy mouthfeel that makes it dangerously easy to drink. The best part, it’s now available in cans year round, which means I can throw it into my perfect day scenario, whether I’m shredding singletrack or ripping powder. Now everyone sing Lou Reed’s “Perfect Day” with me: “Oh what a perfect day, I’m glad I spent it with you…”last_img read more

Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series: Nashville

first_imgWe also invite you to take on our Remix Challenge.  Run 1 Mile on Thursday, April 26th plus any other distance that weekend and get three medals!  You are already training for one day… why not make it two and earn some sweet bling?! If you just can’t get enough Rock ‘n’ Roll running on your weekend, the Remix Challenge is definitely for you.Music is a core part of our DNA here at the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series.  As part of our commitment to deliver more music, we are excited to announce this year’s Toyota Rock ‘n’ Roll Concert Series Headliner will be Hunter Hayes! 2017 St. Jude Rock ‘n’ Roll Nashville Marathon Saturday, April 29, 2017 in Nashville, TN. For over 20 years, the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series has made running fun by infusing each course with live bands, cheer teams and more. In 2018, we are bringing our best to the St. Jude Rock ‘n’ Roll Nashville Marathon & Ѕ Marathon with more music, runner support, and community engagement every step of the way.St. Jude Nashville Marathon Friday April 28, 2016 in Nashville, Tenn. Photos by Donn Jones Photography Registered participants have first dibs on free tickets, so what are you waiting for? We invite you, your friends and family to run with us in 2018! This event is a bucket list race that features one of our series’ largest block parties thanks to terrific community support from start to finish.  With the marathon, half marathon, 5K and 1 mile distances, there is something for everyone.2017 St. Jude Rock ‘n’ Roll Nashville Marathon Saturday, April 29, 2017 in Nashville, TN.last_img read more

Chilean and Ecuadorean Defense Ministers Review Cooperation Agreements

first_imgBy Dialogo January 31, 2012 The defense ministers of Chile, Andrés Allamand, and Ecuador, Javier Ponce, reviewed the military cooperation agreements in effect between the two countries and signed a memorandum for the peace missions in Haiti, the Ecuadorean Government announced on 27 January. Allamand, who was concluding a two-day visit to Ecuador, met with Ponce to evaluate, in particular, a strategic alliance between the Chilean munitions firm Fábrica de Maestranzas del Ejército and the Ecuadorean munitions firm Santa Bárbara S.A. The ministers also signed an addendum to the memorandum of understanding for the Joint Company of Engineers participating in the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH), with the aim of improving the military participation of both contingents. They also “reviewed the progress made by the South American Defense Council in 2011, particularly with regard to confidence-building and transparency measures, as well as that organization’s future prospects,” the statement added. Quito and Santiago signed an agreement in 2009 to make their arms purchases public, while Chile has been working on renovating two Ecuadorean submarines in order to prolong their useful lives for an additional 20 years. Allamand also presented a Chilean project to develop risk maps, directed at promoting natural-disaster prevention in the region, and visited aviation and naval schools in the coastal city of Salinas.last_img read more

Peru Makes Progress Against Illegal Mining

first_img LIMA, Peru – The Peruvian government has deployed reinforcements in the fight against illegal mining, which causes the Treasury losses of $500 million Peruvian soles (US$183 million) annually, more than three times the $159 million soles (US$58 million) the Interior Ministry invests in equipment and upgrades for the country’s National Police. The activity is more profitable than narco-trafficking. Illegal gold mining generates US$1.8 billion, while drug trafficking generates US$1.2 billion a year, according to the 2012 report by the consulting firm Macroconsult titled “The Economics of Illegal Gold Mining in Peru.” Gold accounts for a majority of the illegal mining in Peru, yet copper, silver and non-metallic minerals such as coal also are illegally mined, according to the Ministry of the Environment. To continue the process of formalizing all forms of mining nationwide, which began in February 2012, Peruvian authorities appointed retired Col. Wilfredo Álvarez Mendoza as the high commissioner for mining formalization, illegal mining interdiction and environmental remediation. Álvarez Mendoza also will coordinate a team focused on closing illegal mines throughout the country. “It is estimated that in Peru there are 100,000 informal miners, including more than 70,000 of whom are interested in taking part in the formalization process,” Juan Jiménez Mayor, the president of the Council of Ministers, said during Álvarez Mendoza’s appointment on May 6. Illegal mining is present in 21 of Peru’s 25 departments, according to the report “The Management of the State versus Informal and Illegal Mining in Peru,” which was presented in February by the Office of the Ombudsman. In addition to economic losses, there are serious social and environmental impacts, particularly in the Amazon region. “It’s most likely there [in the Amazon], particularly in the departments of Madre de Dios, Cusco and Puno, where the worst effects have been seen,” said Ernesto Ráez Luna, an adviser to the Ministry of the Environment’s senior management. “It is the main enclave of illegal gold mining in Peru.” New dangers “This mainly happens in mountainous and coastal areas (the departments of Ayacucho, Arequipa, Ica and Piura), with the mining of gold and copper, and somewhat less in cases involving coal and other nonmetallic minerals, such as limestone that is used for construction,” he said. Proactive enforcement Ráez said proactive enforcement must be included in the strategy to formalize illegal mining. Illegal miners argue they are not criminals because they are engaged in an activity of subsistence. “[Nevertheless,] there are crimes being committed and rights that are being violated,” Ráez said. “But you can’t prosecute or arrest 100,000 people,” he added. The government’s plan seeks to stop the extraction, sale and export of minerals that have been taking place for decades in Peru without any official oversight. The ministries of Energy and Mines, the Environment, the Interior and the Economy and Finance, as well as regional and local governments, among other institutions, have worked together to combat illegal mining. Formalization includes six steps and will be completed by April 2014. “The risk we run is that to protect itself, illegal mining will begin to be used to finance armed groups, which we have seen in Colombia,” said Environment Minister Manuel Pulgar-Vidal in a May 11 interview with El Comercio newspaper’s Somos magazine. “We’re close to having this happen.” To date, the illegal alluvial mining of gold has destroyed 18,000 hectares of a total of about 77 million hectares of the Peruvian Amazon – 57.6% of the country – largely as a result of the use of mercury, according to Ráez Luna. The fish in Madre de Dios – the region most affected by illegal gold mining in Peru – have mercury levels above those permitted by the Word Health Organization, according to a study carried out in 2009 by the Carnegie Institution for Science. In some cases, levels have reached 1.12 ppm (parts per million), well above the 0.5 ppm limit. “Methylmercury has been detected in the waters contaminated by illegal mining,” Ráez Luna said. “This compound is highly toxic and easily enters into living organisms such as plants, animals and human beings. It mainly affects the nervous system, with serious consequences for the mental development of children.” The damage caused will not immediately result in a hospital visit, Ráez Luna added, but it leads to children’s “having an IQ that is five, 10 or 15 points lower than they would have had in optimum environmental conditions.” Ráez added underground mining also generates a significant environmental impact, particularly when it comes to water pollution. Illegal miners extract minerals using picks, sort through the material and grind it using traditional mills. The material undergoes a process of amalgamation that uses large amounts of water, mercury, cyanide and coal. In most cases, these waters are discharged into surrounding farmland, rivers and the Pacific Ocean. By Dialogo June 19, 2013 The first step involves a “statement of commitment,” which includes declarants’ providing basic personal information, acknowledging they’ve been mining illegally and agreeing to comply with all of the requirements to mine legally. Subsequent stages include obtaining mining rights and authorization to use surface areas and bodies of water – a requirement known as the Corrective Environmental Management Instrument – before legally starting or resuming operations. From February to December 2012, which was the deadline for meeting the initial requirement, a total of 77,723 “statements of commitment” were received, according to the Ministry of the Environment. “If we take into account that there are 100,000 (illegal) operators, there are approximately 30,000 that we need to turn down because they have not shown a willingness to present a statement of commitment,” Pulgar-Vidal said. José de Echave, an expert in mining issues and former deputy minister of Environmental Management, said illegal mining in Peru is “the other side of the boom” in formal mining that has taken place in recent decades in Peru. The country is the world’s third-largest producer of copper and eighth-largest producer of gold, with five million ounces exported in 2012, according to Macroconsult. With 4% of the world’s gold reserves, Peru could climb as high as fifth in production if the country eliminates illegal mining, Peruvian Minister of Energy and Mines Jorge Merino said during a symposium held in Lima in May 2012. Mining accounts for 14.5% of Peru’s gross domestic product (GDP) and 59% of Peruvian exports, according to figures from Macroconsult. In 1994, mining accounted for only 4.7% of the GDP. “Formalizing an activity that has grown explosively, while also trying to prevent its continued growth, is a fundamental first step,” Echave said. “We need a multisector intervention to ensure that illegal miners gradually enter the formal economy and carry out their activities in accordance with Peruvian law. But without question, we also need eradication [of illegal mining centers].”last_img read more