Mitchell scores 38, Jazz beat Thunder 96-91 to win series

first_imgApril 28, 2018 /Sports News – Local Mitchell scores 38, Jazz beat Thunder 96-91 to win series Associated Press FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailSALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Donovan Mitchell scored 38 points and the Utah Jazz held off the Oklahoma City Thunder 96-91 in Game 6 on Friday night to advance to the Western Conference semifinals.Russell Westbrook had 46 points for the Thunder and Steven Adams added 19 points and 16 rebounds.The rookie and the MVP went back and forth in the second half, with Mitchell and the Jazz moving on to face the top-seeded Houston Rockets in a series that starts Sunday.Derrick Favors scored 13 points and Rudy Gobert had 12 points and 13 rebounds for the Jazz, who lost starting point guard Ricky Rubio to a left hamstring injury in the first quarter.The Jazz took their biggest lead when Gobert hit two free throws to make it 86-73 with 7:04 remaining.Westbrook’s 3-pointer capped an 18-6 run and drew Oklahoma City to 92-91 with 1:28 to play.Favors hit a jumper for the Jazz but then the Thunder corralled five offensive rebounds in a frantic set of possessions where Oklahoma City missed five shots. After a review, Paul George faked Gobert into the air behind the 3-point line and leaned in but didn’t get the call and shot an airball.Mitchell scampered down the court as the Thunder yelled at the officials and eventually made two free throws with 6.9 seconds left to clinch the game.After struggling to score in the first two periods, the Jazz just gave the ball to Mitchell and set screen after screen to allow him to take advantage of Oklahoma City’s switching defense.In the third quarter, Mitchell scored 22 points to boost the Jazz into a double-digit lead. The rookie scored on electrifying drives to the basket, spinning shots in the lane and rainbow 3-pointers.The arena, awash in gold as the Jazz wore their yellow jerseys and every fan was given a gold T-shirt, roared as Mitchell held his arms aloft and beckoned for more.Mitchell picked up his fifth foul with 10:01 to play but returned to finish the game midway through the fourth quarter.Seven minutes into the game, Rubio began limping and left the game.Facing a team without a true point guard, the Thunder extended their defense and disrupted Utah’s sets. The Jazz were shooting from unfamiliar spots and connected on just 39 percent in the first half.Oklahoma City led by as many as nine before the Jazz tied it at 41 at halftime.TIP-INSThunder: Jerami Grant made his first two 3-pointers of the series, the only Thunder player to make one besides Westbrook. … Other than a technical, the Thunder shot their first free throw with 6:36 left in the half. … George had a playoff-low five points.Jazz: Gobert got a technical foul in the second quarter for complaining. … Favors went 1 for 7 from the free throw line and the Jazz shot 12 of 23 overall. … Mitchell joins Lew Alcindor as the only rookies to score 20 points in each of their first six career playoff games over the last 50 years. … Coming into the game, Mitchell and LeBron James shared the lead for most fourth-quarter points in the playoffs so far. Tags: Basketball/Donovan Mitchell/NBA/NBA Playoffs/Oklahoma City Thunder/Utah Jazz Written bylast_img read more

The HERO Sports FCS All-Preseason Team Features SUU; Weber State Players

first_img Tags: Adam Rodriguez/HERO Sports FCS All-Preseason Team/Jerry Rice/Josh Davis/Rashid Shaheed/Southern Utah Football/Trey Tuttle/Ty Whitworth/Weber State Football/Zach Larsen June 6, 2019 /Sports News – Local The HERO Sports FCS All-Preseason Team Features SUU; Weber State Players FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailOGDEN, Utah-Thursday, the HERO Sports FCS All-Preseason team was announced, featuring representatives from both Weber State and Southern Utah’s football programs.SUU senior offensive lineman Zach Larsen was named to the first team, with five Wildcats being named to the second and third teams.Among the Weber State representatives are sophomore tailback Josh Davis (the reigning Jerry Rice Award winner, given to the top freshman in FCS football) junior return specialist Rashid Shaheed on the second team.Representing the Wildcats on the third team were junior offensive lineman Ty Whitworth, senior defensive lineman Adam Rodriguez and junior kicker Trey Tuttle. Written by Brad Jameslast_img read more

Oxford Students join local schools in Climate strike

first_img“I hope schools colleges and universities see this in the positive light it is meant and equally hope those students act sensibly with making sure adults know where they are and making up the missed work. Cherwell spoke to a secondary school student, 15, who attended a protest last week in the Hague, together with an estimated 10,000 other students. He described the atmosphere as “inspiring”, saying that he and other friends who attended are “hoping that as a result of this protest, the government will take action to improve the future for us and every other child in the Netherlands.” He added that “if [the government] don’t, we’ll be back next week!” “I support the students in their strike, though I feel saddened that they feel they have to do this to raise the profile of this issue and hope the schools see this in the positive light it is meant. Layla Moran, MP for Oxford West and Abingdon, has announced she supports the strike action and that she will be joining students in their protest. The protestors are hoping to publicise their concerns over the need for action on climate change and to encourage others to do the same. According to the UK Youth Climate Coalition (UKYCC), strikes have already been organized in over 50 UK towns and cities, in locations as diverse as Truro and Fort William. UKYCC campaigner Jake Woodier explained that: “Youth voices are too often left out of the discussion when it comes to climate change … [It is] no longer a problem to be dealt with in the future. Although greenhouse gas emissions have been in decline in the UK since 2017, the continuation of processes such as fracking has meant that damage is still being done to the environment. Concerns have been raised about the country meeting its targets to reduce emissions by 50% by 2050, something the government pledged to do as part of the 2008 Climate Change Act. The group cites an “alarming lack of Government leadership on climate change over previous decades” as the main reason for the strike. Students all over Oxford, and indeed the rest of the world, will be hoping to remind their governments to prioritise climate change to secure their futures. “They have my assurance I will continue to champion their cause.” Demonstrators are set to gather in Carfax from 11am on Friday morning.center_img “As a former teacher I absolutely understand the frustrations that teachers and schools may have with these strikes. Moran, who is Liberal Democrat Education Spokesperson, also commented: “Without a doubt this strike is a pivotal moment for the students involved. We face a global crisis in climate change and I am proud to support our younger generation who have taken up such an important and principled position. “Time and time again we have seen the issue of climate change ignored, whether it be locally due to the ignorance of local councils who plough on with projects that will damage the environment, or the Tories’ shameful national record on climate change.” She has urged students all over the world to go on strike, saying: “Why should we be studying for a future that may be no more? This is more important than school, I think.” “The reality is, we’re living through a crisis of humankind’s own doing, and it’s only going to get increasingly worse unless we take radical, rapid action to transition to a low or zerocarbon economy in the immediate future.” Greta Thunberg, the 16-year-old Swedish student who made global headlines last summer by protesting outside the Swedish Riksdag every day, missing school on Fridays to do so, has been cited as the main inspiration for these strikes. Layla Moran commented: “Climate change is the biggest issue facing our planet, yet it is consistently ignored by Parliament and Government despite pressure from MPs. Students of all ages from Oxford’s primary and secondary schools will be joining a nationwide strike today in an attempt to put pressure on the government to change its policy regarding climate change. It remains to be seen how many students will turn out to strike on Friday, and how the government and local schools will respond. This comes after a series of climate change strikes in other European cities, including the Hague, Brussels and Berlin. These protests were primarily made up of students, protesting against government inaction on environmental issues. last_img read more

Too many Americans face losing access to health care

first_imgDear Editor:Far too many Americans with disabilities are facing a future with the prospect of losing access to health care. Access to comprehensive, affordable health care coverage can make or break the lives of any American, but particularly people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD). The Affordable Care Act, which Congress is poised to repeal soon, has been a lifeline for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD). People with I/DD can require a comprehensive array of health services, including behavioral health, rehabilitation and habilitation, assistive devices, and long-term supports and services. The ACA, by increasing access to private health insurance, and by allowing states the option to expand their Medicaid program, has helped people with I/DD live healthy and independent lives. Eliminating the ACA jeopardizes this progress and puts consumers’ ongoing access to comprehensive, affordable coverage at risk. The Arc of New Jersey urges lawmakers to preserve the ACA or at least replace it simultaneously with a functionally equivalent alternative. Repeal may make a good sound bite – but what Americans with I/DD need now is more than talk – they need action that keeps the promise of the ACA.Robert Hage, President The Arc of New Jerseylast_img read more

BILOTTA, JAMES

first_img93, a longtime Bayonne resident, passed on September 15, 2018. Born Vincenzo Bilotta in San Vito Sullo Ionio, Italy, “James” was one of six children. At the young age of 13 he immigrated to the US. Predeceased by his wife Jean of 70 years and his five siblings; he leaves to cherish his memory his children Joseph (Helene Johann), James (Diane) and Jean Capone (Gary); grandchildren James Bilotta (Stacey), Christina Betts (Bryan), Catherine Phillips (Ernie), James Bilotta, Linda Peterson (Mark), Gary Capone Jr., great grands Jenna, Joey, Brianna, Ashley, Carly Jean and Emily; and many more relatives and friends. In lieu of flowers, donations in his name may be made to the Catholic Relief Services by way of www.inmemoryof-memorial.org. Funeral arrangements by NORMAN DEAN HOME FOR SERVICES, 16 Righter Ave., Denville, NJ.last_img read more

Council Backs New Bayfront Marina and Restaurant With $2.6 Million

first_imgDownload (PDF, 1.82MB) An abandoned marina property on the 900 block of Palen Avenue in Ocean City, NJ, would be redeveloped with the help of city financing under a proposal being considered by City Council.City Council voted unanimously Thursday to support the reconstruction of a marina and restaurant on the bay at 10th Street by providing $2.6 million in financing to a private developer.The former Dan’s Dockside Marina on the 900 block of Palen Avenue has been abandoned since 2008.Twelve members of the public, many neighbors of the site for the proposed marina, spoke of their faith in Thomas and Beverley Gill to convert the blighted property into an asset for the entire community.They and council members said they want to recapture a small piece of the era when the block was home to thriving restaurants like Hogate’s and Chris’, and a fleet of fishing, charter and excursion boats.Design for a proposed marina on the bay in Ocean City near 10th Street.Council voted 7-0 to approve two separate measures: 1) a resolution to approve a redevelopment agreement with Bayfront Preservation Foundation LLC (see PDF below for the full text of the agreement), and 2) a bond ordinance authorizing the borrowing of $2.6 million to pay for purchase and development of the property, and environmental remediation (second reading scheduled for June 26).The Gills (Bayfront Preservation) — neighbors of the property and owners of a successful fishing tackle supply business — are the contract purchaser for the bank-owned property. They hope to build a marina that could include at least 18 boat slips; a marine fueling station; a building with a restaurant/cafe on the first floor, retail space on the second floor and a residence on the third; and 44 parking spaces in a surface lot.The property includes 200 feet of bayfront and four upland lots and is “undeniably a blighted area,” Solicitor Dorothy McCrosson said.As recently as October 2010, the property was listed for sale at $2.9 million, but there have been no buyers.The Gills, who owned the same property from 1997 to 2000, were denied financing by three lenders and the federal Small Business Administration when they tried to repurchase the property, according to McCrosson.The lots have two 12,000-gallon and one 8,000-gallon fuel tanks that will need remediation, she said. Two independent soil-boring tests led an environmental firm to estimate a $200,000 cleanup cost.The remediation, replacement of bulkheads, removing the tanks and constructing a parking lot will be financed by $1.2 million from the city. The other $1.4 million will go toward purchase of the property (required within 180 days).The Gills will be responsible for financing any remediation costs in excess of the $200,000 and for the cost of constructing the marina/restaurant building.The Gills are required to repay all taxpayer funds, including interest, within seven years.Thomas and Beverley Gill are listed as “guarantors” in the agreement, and they would be personally responsible for repaying the debt, if the redevelopment project fails, according the agreement. They must prove their net worth is 1.5 times greater than the debt.The city would place a lien on the property to recoup funds if Bayfront Preservation defaults.The agreement includes no tax abatement or payment in lieu of taxes (PILOT) clause.McCrosson said similar agreements are commonly used mechanisms for cities addressing blighted areas.“It’s the ideal situation for a public-private partnership,” Councilman Scott Ping said.Carla Migliaccio, a Palen Avenue resident, described squatters taking up residence in the abandoned restaurant, collapsed bulkheads and increased flooding.“It’s a sad welcoming sight for everyone in the city,” she said.Other neighbors called the fenced-in property “the POW compound, “the Third World country zone” and “that dump.”Even Fairness in Taxes officers Jim Tweed and Michael Hinchman spoke in favor of the partnership.“The benefits are unquestioned,” Hinchman said.But he questioned what he considers the city’s lack of due diligence on the details of the agreement, including the absence of financial projections in the document.See detail on plans for the project.See more on ‘Unconditional Guarantee”The agreement is included below.__________Sign up for OCNJ Daily’s free newsletter and breaking news alerts“Like” us on Facebooklast_img read more

Marching into the limelight

first_imgLast year, Bolton-based Greenhalgh’s set in motion ambitious plans to rebrand and expand its retail estate. Production director, David Smart explains that traditional bakeries like Greenhalgh’s are facing increasingly tough competition from modern fast food chains and cafés, such as Starbucks and Caffè Nero, making modernisation and product innovation essential.”The fast food or ’food-on-the-hoof’ sector of the market is extremely competitive today,” says Smart. “We have seen the rise of many new chains and brands.” A major element of their strong branding has been the format of their outlets, with strong distinctive styling and modern, contemporary fittings. This has meant that those food outlets that have not updated, or have been around for a while, have dated rather quickly. Through its rebranding, Greenhalgh’s is attempting to bring the concept of a craft bakery into the 21st century. This is fitting for two reasons, he says. “Firstly, we have always strived to produce food that is made not in the cheapest or fastest way, but in the right way – for goodness and taste. Our use of natural ingredients is suddenly finding itself in favour again and today’s consumer is looking for quality and value rather than low cost. Secondly, our new brand and shop format is our way of simplifying the presentation of products to our customers. In a way, we are simply saying: ’We are Greenhalgh’s and this is our food: natural quality and good honest value’.”The company enlisted a professional design consultant to create the new Greenhalgh’s identity, with a brief to ’create an image that appealed to the modern shopper and as broad a customer base as possible’. The consultant was asked to come up with a design to suit the existing typical shop size – a single- or double-fronted shop – while also ensuring the design incorporated the original elements of all Greenhalgh’s shops: freshly baked and chilled serving counters, display shelving for breads, open-fronted pick-up chillers as well as a new illuminated savoury display window, plus a colour scheme and shop banner that reflected the new corporate rebranding. The budget was set at around £70,000 per store, where a complete overhaul was required, Smart reveals.The results include a new corporate logo, which shows the company’s commitment towards modernisation, says Smart. The old green backdrop has been axed in favour of a deep, warm, more refined green to highlight the ’irresistibly better baking’ catchphrase and contemporary logo design. Elsewhere in the store, other catchphrases, such as ’…love at first bite’ and ’…good honest food’, are used.The colour scheme was chosen from a number of frontage images produced and shown to the company directors and members of staff for comment and discussion. “The interior finishes were then selected to complement the external design and internal layout. The objective was to select a stylish, modern scheme to complement the quality products that the company produces and to attract today’s shoppers,” says Greenhalgh’s chief engineer John Hurst.New shops are showcasing the new branding, which incorporates several elements (see panel, above right), including a 15-20% increase in chiller space. So far, five new-look shops have launched. Three older stores have had a £70,000 “blitz”, including new tiles and flooring, according to Smart, and a further two dated stores have been refreshed.Smart says customers have been enthusiastic about the transformation. “Our first shop to be overhauled was in Bolton and people have reacted positively and with surprise to the new image,” he says. “Although recognition is not instantaneous, it still happens quickly, and I would surmise that this is because of the Greenhalgh’s name taking up a greater portion of the banner.”The contemporary image has already caught the attention of younger customers. “A promotional campaign during Oldham’s opening week helped to establish buoyant sales, which have settled slightly but nevertheless have established Greenhalgh’s in a new territory,” says Smart. “Our Newport Street shop, which is our fifth in Bolton’s town centre, is expected to fit in quickly because Bolton is a heartland territory for Greenhalgh’s. There has been a noticeable increase in the number of 12-25-year-olds in our new shops.”Meanwhile, the work goes on. Greenhalgh’s plans to overhaul at least four more shops in the first quarter of this year, and around five acquisitions are planned for 2007. As Smart says: “We have to get on with it, we have a lot to get through!”last_img read more

Wrong end of the stick

first_imgStop the Week is always ready to doff its cap when it meets like-minded crusaders on a mission to document the bizarre in bakery. Which brings us to Cake Wrecks – a blog dedicated to “When professional cakes go horribly, hilariously wrong”.A classic example, which is surely too good to be true, is this cake (below right) fashioned to look like a USB memory stick. The story goes that the customer handed the stick over to the cake maker with a picture saved on it, to be printed on the cake. Confused staff instead made a cake that looked like the memory stick itself. Surely you can’t make this stuff up?While many of the posts pay tribute to disastrous misspellings and laughable handiwork, most are a celebration of oddness in cake-making. Monday’s post was about foot fetish cakes, featuring broken toes, fungal feet and toe-tag corpse cakes.But one of the most strange of all is an apparently cack-handed attempt at an American football cake, seemingly fashioned out of chocolate swirls.cakewrecks.blogspot.comlast_img read more

Barr places emphasis on provenance

first_imgBarr Soft Drinks hopes to grow sales of Strathmore water with a new look.New pack designs launch this month with the brand message ’Strathmore A source of clarity’, while labels highlight Strathmore’s authenticity, featuring Glamis Castle in the Vale of Strathmore. New pack sizes to provide more consumer choice include a new shape 750ml pack and a handy-sized, 330ml priced and non-marked PET pack.Adrian Troy, AG Barr’s head of marketing, said: “Provenance and authenticity are becoming increasingly important…shoppers are increasingly conscious about where the water originates from.”last_img read more

News story: Rogue builder imprisoned after conning Enfield residents

first_imgKiamil Alkan, trading as Kiki Builders and later as a director of Kiki Builders Ltd and as manager of Kiki Construction Ltd, of Sutherland Road, EN3, was sentenced at Wood Green Crown Court on Friday 22 February to four years and three months imprisonment.Just before his trial was due to commence, Kiamil Alkan pleaded guilty to 14 counts, including four counts of obtaining credit as an undischarged bankrupt and one count of being concerned in the promotion and management of a company.At court, Kiamil Alkan was also banned from running limited companies under the Company Directors Disqualification Act for seven years and has been made subject to a Criminal Behaviour Order to monitor his trading for six years.The court heard that from April 2016 to September 2018, Kiamil Alkan had repeatedly secured contracts to complete home extensions and refurbishments but failed to complete the works.Kiamil Alkan also insisted his customers pay money in advance of starting work before delivering low-quality and incomplete work. Some contracts were worth over £100,000 and Kiamil Alkan is known to have worked on 11 residential properties in Enfield, raking in more than £485,000.After several complaints from members of the public, he was interviewed by Enfield’s Trading Standards team which began to monitor and investigate his work.Alkan was declared bankrupt in May 2017 and this prevented him from being a director of a company. However, he ignored his bankruptcy restrictions and continued to act in the management of his construction companies. Between September 2017 and May 2018, he secured more than £123,000 from four customers and his most recent victims were a disabled resident and a young family.Enfield’s Trading Standards team had built a case against Alkan over a long period of time and worked closely with his victims to bring the charges against him.On sentencing, HHJ Greenberg QC remarked on the moving personal statements from his victims and said Alkan had: “Acted callously without care for [the] misery you caused.” Many of his clients have been left thousands of pounds out of pocket and with incomplete building works.Gary Clarke, Criminal Investigator for the Insolvency Service, said: Enfield Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment, Cllr Guney Dogan, said: Thanks to close working with Enfield Council’s Trading Standards team we have secured a significant sentence against Kiamil Alkan and this should serve as a warning to others that we have the ability to prosecute those who abuse the law. Kiamil Alkan adopted dishonest trading practices causing a significant amount of distress and harm for his customers and even being made bankrupt didn’t a put a stop to his unscrupulous activities. This was an extremely complicated case for the Council’s Trading Standards officers and legal team and victims have been left emotionally and financially scarred by the acts of this rogue trader. I am grateful for the work of the officers and partners in bringing this man to justice and would urge anyone who has concerns about a trader they are thinking of employing to contact Citizens Advice for consumer guidance.last_img read more