Associated Press Tags: NBA/Oklahoma City Thunder/Playoffs/Utah Jazz FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailOKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Rookie Donovan Mitchell scored 13 of his 28 points in the fourth quarter to help the Utah Jazz defeat the Oklahoma City Thunder 102-95 on Wednesday night and tie their Western Conference playoff series at one win game apiece.Derrick Favors had career playoff bests of 20 points and 16 rebounds for the Jazz, and Ricky Rubio had 22 points, nine assists and seven rebounds in the first playoff win of his seven-year career.Russell Westbrook had 19 points, 13 assists and nine rebounds for the Thunder. Paul George, who scored 36 points in Game 1, finished with 18 on 6-for-21 shooting. Carmelo Anthony scored 17 points, but made just six of 18 shots.Utah outrebounded Oklahoma City 56-46 to take home-court advantage from the Thunder. Game 3 will be Saturday in Utah.Oklahoma City had two chances in the final minute to trim Utah’s lead with the Jazz leading 99-95, but Anthony missed 3-pointers on back-to-back possessions.Utah led 53-46 at halftime behind 12 points from Rubio and 10 points and eight rebounds from Favors. Oklahoma City made just nine of 25 shots inside the 3-point line in the first half. George led the Thunder with 11 points at the break.Adams picked up his fourth foul with 6:46 left in the third quarter and the Thunder down 65-58, yet Oklahoma City responded with a run. George’s 3-pointer put the Thunder up 69-67. Oklahoma City closed the quarter on a 21-9 run to take a 79-74 lead. The Thunder held the Jazz to 7 for 23 shooting in the third quarter before Mitchell took over in the fourth.TIP-INSThunder: George played through a bruised right hip. He was limited in practice Tuesday. … Japanese artist and Thunder fan Nanae Yamano attended the game. She is known for her illustrations of Thunder players. … Adams fouled out with 2:48 to play.Jazz: Mitchell played through a bruised left foot. He was a game-time decision. … Utah opened the game with a 9-0 lead. … Favors had nine points and seven rebounds in the first quarter.UP NEXTGame 3 is Saturday at Utah. April 18, 2018 /Sports News – Local Mitchell lifts Jazz past Thunder 102-95 to even series Written by
November 23, 2020 /Sports News – Local SUU Men’s Basketball Visits Loyola Marymount Wednesday; Hosts St. Katherine’s Friday Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailCEDAR CITY, Utah-Wednesday, Southern Utah University men’s basketball commences its season by visiting Loyola Marymount at Los Angeles.Saturday, the Thunderbirds will have their home opener against NAIA-affiliated St. Katherine of San Marcos, Calif. at the America First Event Center.The Thunderbirds, who are entering their 33rd season at the NCAA Division I level, have 10 new student-athletes on their roster for the 2020-21 season.Senior guard John Knight III is the Thunderbirds’ leading returning scorer, having averaged 12.6 points per game.Among them are redshirt junior guard Aanen Moody (a North Dakota transfer), junior guard Tevian Jones (an Illinois transfer), junior guard Dee Barnes (a Mount St. Mary’s transfer), redshirt junior forward Courtese Cooper (an LSU transfer) and junior guard Nick Fleming (a transfer from Highland Community College of Highland, Kan.).Loyola Marymount is led by former SUU standout Stan Johnson, a team captain for the Thunderbirds during the 2000-2001 season.This season, the Thunderbirds made their sole appearance in the NCAA Tournament, losing to Boston College in the first round.Johnson is a 2003 graduate of SUU.The Lions lead the Thunderbirds 2-0 all-time, including a 61-51 win last December 1.Saturday, as the Thunderbirds host the Firebirds, they face a squad that went 15-10 last season and 9-0 in California Pacific Conference play. Tags: SUU Men’s Basketball Brad James
The project includes the recently completed 80 well drilling campaign, down from the originally planned 110 wells Senex also commissioned natural gas facilities at Roma North and Atlas in Australia. (Credit: 272447 from Pixabay) Australian firm Senex Energy has completed its A$400m ($278m) Surat basin natural gas development project in Queensland, Australia.The project involved the completion of 80 well drilling campaign, down from the originally planned 110 wells.Senex managing director and CEO Ian Davies said that the Surat Basin natural gas development project is implemented with strong support from partners and stakeholders.“In October 2018, Senex reached its Final Investment Decision for this $400 million capital program. Less than two years later, Roma North and Atlas have been successfully delivered – an industry leading achievement and a credit to all involved.“We are proud to have worked closely with our partners Jemena and Easternwell, landholders, community and other stakeholders to successfully develop these critical natural gas resources for the east coast market.“With proved and probable (2P) natural gas reserves in excess of 600 PJ across our Surat Basin acreage, Senex will be delivering natural gas to the domestic market for decades to come.”Senex also commissioned natural gas facilities at Roma North and AtlasSenex said it has also commissioned natural gas facilities at Roma North and Atlas. The two projects deliver a greenfield gas processing infrastructure capacity of over 20PJ a year.In 2019, Senex Energy said it has achieved first gas sales from Project Atlas, nearly two months after bringing the Surat Basin gas project into production.The first gas sales were made into the east coast market ahead of schedule with the buyer being CleanCo, a Queensland-based power generator.Gas from the Project Atlas is supplied at the Wallumbilla Gas Hub in Queensland through a 60km buried pipeline.
View post tag: Training View post tag: DIVERS Back to overview,Home naval-today USA: UCT 1 Divers Conduct Semiannual Training Training & Education View post tag: Semiannual USA: UCT 1 Divers Conduct Semiannual Training View post tag: conduct View post tag: 1 View post tag: Navy Underwater Construction Team (UCT) 1 divers, from Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story ,Va., conducted semiannual training Jan. 16-17 in Key West, Fla., to hone their specialized skill set in variety of construction projects in the ocean environment. “This training is conducted every six months,” said Lt. Kent Michael Hull, diving medical officer for UCT-1. “They are running through different drills and scenarios they might encounter on deployment.”The Seabee underwater construction technicians practiced underwater welding and cutting, surface-supplied breathing, SCUBA and emergency medical procedures in preparation for a scheduled deployment to Rota, Spain in the summer of 2013. “This training is about being proficient in every day diving,” said Chief Engineering Aide Christopher Munch, UCT-1 diver. “It’s all about getting comfortable in the water, learning your limits and what your own capabilities are.”Projects from recent deployments include the construction of boat ramps and floating piers, as well as the maintenance of shorefront facilities. “Anything that’s on the shorefront, we can maintain, manage and inspect it,” said Munch.Diversity is paramount to the success of UCT-1; divers must be interchangeable to maintain ocean construction capabilities and readiness. “Every diver gets to work on different parts of the dive team,” said Hull. “This familiarizes them with all the different aspects of the team.”Hull said his focus is to get the team ready for any type of dive injury they could encounter. “It’s important that everyone on the team knows how to recognize the signs and symptoms of a dive injury, as well as the proper treatment that goes along with each injury,” said Hull.UCT-1 divers take full advantage of the training evolutions and understand the value they provide. “This training will benefit our team immensely,” said Builder 2nd Class Carlos Hernandez. “Not only have we built up our proficiency in underwater welding and cutting, we’ve worked on emergency procedures in the case of any dive casualty. This ensures we’re able to respond and know how to take care any situation.”UCT-1 provides a capability for construction, inspection, repair, and maintenance of ocean facilities in support of Naval and Marine Corps operations. They also maintain the capability to support a Fleet Marine Force amphibious assault, subsequent combat service support ashore, and self-defense for the camp and facilities under construction; and in time of emergency or disaster, conduct disaster control and recovery operations.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, January 23, 2013; Image: US Navy View post tag: Naval January 23, 2013 View post tag: usa View post tag: UCT View post tag: News by topic Share this article
Sculptors of all ages gathered on the Ocean City Music Pier on Tuesday morning to test their creative talents in a new medium: french fries.The french-fry sculpting contest was part of the “July Jubilee,” a week-long series of family-oriented contests that has become a twice-a-summer tradition in Ocean City.The event started Monday with saltwater-taffy sculpting and continues tomorrow with cookie creations. All the contests take place on the Ocean City Music Pier (on the boardwalk at Moorlyn Terrace) starting at 11 a.m.Entry in the contests is free and prizes are awarded. Age divisions include 5-and-under, 6-8, 9-12, teens and adults.The remaining contest schedule is as follows:Wednesday: It’s “That’s the Way The Cookie Crumbles.” Transform a giant cookie into a work of art. There is also a Super Hero Impersonation Contest. Suzanne Muldowney will be honored during the contest for her longtime impersonation of Underdog that marks its 50th anniversary this year.Thursday: Contestants sculpt paper clips, which have resulted in such past entries as the Brooklyn Bridge.Friday: Events wrap up with BEADAMANIA, a new event created by Ray Esterlund, that asks contestants to make artwork out of beads (beads supplied).During Tuesday’s event, Leslie Skibo, founder of the Community Art Projects, received the IMMY Award, given each year to the person who has used their imagination for positive purposes.Skibo started a program nine years ago that turns public spaces in Ocean City — electrical boxes, blank walls and other “canvasses” — into artwork.“Please use your imagination today and as you go out into the rest of the world,” Skibo told a crowd of young artists.
Source: Finsbury Food GroupFinsbury Food Group has ventured into the snacking category with its range of Baileys licensed products with new blondie bars.The Baileys Chocolate Treat Blondie Bars feature a blondie sponge filling topped with Baileys frosting all wrapped in a thick layer of milk chocolate. They’re available in four-packs from Asda, Tesco and Co-op with an rsp of £1.50.Finsbury said the alcohol-infused NPD brought ‘an air of sophistication’ to the snacking category.It added that the sector continues to grow at speed, with 94% of UK consumers saying they are snackers, and 55% moving towards healthier meals to make way for indulgent treats.“Snacking was a no-brainer for us, we’re a nation of ‘snackers’ and the at-home snacking category has seen a rise due to lockdown,” said Jack Cook-Broussine, brand manager at Finsbury Food Group.“We’re really excited to launch this to consumers, especially with the glowing track record of previous products in our growing Baileys range.”These products include a Baileys Marbled Cake, which was launched in September, as well as a Baileys Strawberries & Cream Cake.Declan Hassett, senior licensing manager at Baileys owner Diageo, added: “Snacking products are something we’ve wanted to put our Baileys stamp on for a while, we’ve been working hard to stay ahead of the curve and to deliver that delicious, indulgent, signature Baileys experience for consumers to enjoy wherever they are.”The alcohol brand has also ventured into the biscuit category through a partnership with Bahlsen.
The John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University has announced a $1 million gift from the Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Court. The gift will be used to launch a new graduate fellowship that will support emerging leaders from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) while advancing the mission of the School’s Middle East Initiative, a nexus for convening policymakers and scholars on the region.The Abu Dhabi Graduate Leadership Fellowship will make it possible for the UAE’s top public service talent to pursue a Mid-Career Master’s Degree in Public Administration as part of Harvard Kennedy School’s (HKS) Edward S. Mason Program, which is designed specifically for emerging leaders from transitional-economy countries. Graduates of the Mason Program include four sitting heads of government and Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations, in addition to a number of prominent international figures.The first Abu Dhabi Graduate Leadership Fellows will join the Kennedy School for the 2011-12 academic year.
<a href=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9-154kFb0BM” rel=”nofollow” target=”_blank”> <img src=”https://img.youtube.com/vi/9-154kFb0BM/0.jpg” alt=”0″ title=”How To Choose The Correct Channel Type For Your Video Content ” /> </a> How does our educational system prepare the next generation of students for living and working in the digital age? Try giving out free pizza.Learning to use analytical skills to measure and solve problems is an essential life skill in the coming era, one that every major university should be — but isn’t necessarily — teaching students, said Eric Schmidt, Google’s longtime CEO, and now its executive chairman. All that would be needed to jumpstart that process is to gather smart young people interested in entrepreneurship in a room together for pizza and get them talking to each other.“Because that’s how people learn,” he said. “The sense of being in the middle of something great is hugely motivating to people who want to start new things.”In order to create another “hive of knowledge” like Silicon Valley, cities need to reproduce key elements that seem to make everything work, like a stable base of venture capital, weak employment contract laws, a culture of sharing, and a steady supply of very smart people flowing in and out, said Schmidt. But it’s a tall order.“Here in Cambridge, we have some of the smartest people in the world … If I can be critical for a sec: Why have you guys not produced the equivalent of Twitter, Facebook, Google, and so forth? I don’t know,” he said. “So there’s an action item for you.” His comments reflected the corporate reality, though the key founders of both Microsoft and Facebook were former Harvard College students.Schmidt’s remarks came Thursday evening during a wide-ranging talk about leadership, innovation, and entrepreneurship at the Harvard Kennedy School (HKS), a session sponsored by the Institute of Politics with moderator David Gergen, co-director of the Center for Public Leadership, and an introduction by HKS Dean David Ellwood.Schmidt defined entrepreneurs as confident, often young visionaries able to see what others cannot and who neither suffer fools gladly nor want for self-confidence.“We need to celebrate these people, we need to find them, and if you’re not like that, you need to befriend them because you’re going to work for them, so be nice to them,” he told students. He said they also don’t wilt in the face of adversity.“The successful entrepreneur doubles down, fights harder, leads harder, challenges harder, and eventually wins. The unsuccessful entrepreneur gets scared, gets tentative, loses confidence, falls apart,” Schmidt said. “That’s the difference between $1 billion and zero.”A C-level executive at Novell and Sun Microsystems before joining Google in 2001, Schmidt said the key to leadership, besides a sense of humor, a taste for risk, and a tolerance of failure, is to surround yourself with bright people and let them create.“I think it’s important that you recognize that you’re not actually doing the work that other people are, that your job is to understand what they’re doing, to get the strategy right and empower them. Most of the problems that companies get into … is the failure of strategy,” he said, adding, “The job of a leader is to call back and say: What are we going to do about this and keep people’s noses to fixing it.”Schmidt challenged HKS students to solve the nation’s employment problem as a pathway to relieving a host of other societal ills, such as crime and health, and he urged those studying foreign policy to apply mathematical laws used frequently in the digital world to identify and reconsider the connection and relationships within a handful of centers around the world.Taking to task what he termed the inefficiencies of most nonprofits and NGOs, Schmidt called for more innovation.“The thing I would tell you about nonprofits is that they’re full of extremely well-meaning people who need to build things,” he said, referring to online platforms that can deliver services. “There’s so much waste in the philanthropic world because they don’t measure their outcomes. We’ve asked them the basic questions. How many of this did you save? How much of this? And they can’t answer them. That’s an indication of poor management in need of better tools.”Eric Schmidt in conversation with David Gergen
If your lawn looks lean and your landscape limp during hot, dry weather and the sprinkler is a life support system, maybe it’s time you reassess your landscape. Maybe you need to think of ways to reduce its water demand.With careful planning and plant selection, you can develop a quality landscape that requires little to no water beyond what Mother Nature provides.Using drought-tolerant ground covers is a great alternative to areas that require routine watering to keep them looking their best. Many are economical and easy to establish. And they provide years of low-maintenance beauty.For hot, dry, sunny sites, consider one of the horizontal or creeping junipers, such as Blue Rug, Prince of Wales or Blue Pacific. Junipers are tough as nails once they’re established. They can survive long periods of limited rainfall.Other Great ChoicesOther great choices for dry, sunny sites include yarrow, hardy ice plant, wintercreeper euonymus, Carolina jessamine, day lily, liriope, mondo grass, sedum, trumpet creeper, creeping raspberry, Virginia creeper and Asiatic jasmine.For shady, dry sites, consider Japanese pachysandra or creeping lily turf.When planting ground covers under trees, try not to disturb the tree roots any more than you have to. If grass is growing under the tree, spray it with Roundup. Wait a few hours for it to dry on the foliage. Then dig planting holes carefully through the turf, just large enough to put the plant in place, and add mulch. If liriope is your plant of choice, bear in mind that there are two types — clumping and creeping. Before you decide which liriope to use, remember that there are two types, clumping and creeping. Two Types of LiriopeJust as the name implies, clumping liriope, Liriope muscari, stays somewhat confined to the clump, while the creeping forms, Liriope spicata, spread by underground rhizomes. They may creep several feet from the original planting.Both are great ground covers, but the creeping form is a little more aggressive than the clumping types.Proper spacing is important when planting ground covers so the plants don’t overgrow their neighbors and become a maintenance problem.Space most of the ground covers mentioned above at least 18 inches to 2 feet apart in most landscape situations. Many of the creeping junipers will spread 6 feet in all directions. Plant them no closer than 2 feet apart.Economy With ‘Liner Plants’An economical way to establish ground covers is to buy what are commonly called “liner plants” in the nursery trade. These are small plants grown in cell-packs or 2-inch pots. Photo: Gary Wade Creeping junipers can be wonderful for banks and other hard-to-maintain landscape places. Photo: Gary Wade Some ground-cover suppliers will also ship some types of ground covers bare-root for next-day planting. Check with your local nurseryman about the availability of liner plants.He may not have them in stock. But he can likely special-order them from his suppliers. Georgia has some of the largest ground-cover nurseries in the nation. Plants are readily available from wholesale growers.Although ground covers help reduce water use in the long run, they will need to be watered regularly, just like other plants, during establishment.About six weeks after planting, give a tug on a few of the plants to see if they feel well rooted. If so, you can begin to gradually wean them off water and let Mother Nature take control of the irrigation.
The paddling world is easing its collective hangover this week. Gauley Fest 2018 has come to a close. Although, there will be more whitewater releases on the Gauley through the end of October. Each year on the third Saturday of September, thousands of whitewater enthusiasts from all over the country converge on Summersville, West Virginia and the Gauley River. They come to celebrate the dam releases that create a free-flowing Gauley and a whitewater playground.Gauley Fest is American Whitewater’s largest public outreach event of the year. Now in its 35th year, Gauley Fest started as a celebration of the derailment of a hydro-electric project that would have disrupted the flows on the Gauley River. It acts as a showcase for American Whitewater as well as many of the countries top whitewater vendors. It’s also a massive party and arguably the largest paddling festival in the world.This time around there was an additional element that made it extra special. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act.“The National Wild and Scenic Rivers System was created by Congress in 1968 to preserve certain rivers with outstanding natural, cultural, and recreational values in a free-flowing condition for the enjoyment of present and future generations. The Act is notable for safeguarding the special character of these rivers, while also recognizing the potential for their appropriate use and development. It encourages river management that crosses political boundaries and promotes public participation in developing goals for river protection.”Needless to say – we think it’s pretty great. American Whitewater celebrated by throwing a 60’s themed dance party and raising funds for their river conservation and access works throughout the nation.We didn’t get on the river this year but on our way out of town, we were able to quickly top on Summersville Lake and take a short paddle. We love this area of West Virginia. Between the lakes, rivers, gorges, and mountains it really is an outdoor playground. We’re looking forward to being back later this fall for Bridge Day.Next up we’ll be doing a series of trash cleanups in North Carolina. On Wednesday, September 19th, we’ll be in Brevard running our 2nd annual Pisgah National Forest Trash Cleanup. The following day, September 20th, we’ll be in Asheville for our first ever French Broad Litter Floatilla. Then finally next weekend we’ll be in Asheville for the Asheville Van Life Rally. If you’re in the area you’ll have plenty of time to see us._____________________________________________There is one way for this tour to be a reality, our sponsors! Sending a thank you shout out to our title sponsor Nite Ize, and all of our other awesome sponsors that make this happen: Crazy Creek, National Geographic, Sea to Summit, Mountain House, Lowe Alpine, Old Town, Leki, HydraPak, UCO Gear and Wenzel. If you like the gear that keeps us groovin’ click here to enter for a chance to win