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Rockets blast Jazz 113-92 to take series lead

first_img Associated Press May 4, 2018 /Sports News – Local Rockets blast Jazz 113-92 to take series lead FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailSALT LAKE CITY (AP) — James Harden had 25 points and 12 assists to lead Houston to a 113-92 win over Utah in Game 3 of their Western Conference semifinals series on Friday night.Eric Gordon added 25 points and Chris Paul had 15 points, seven rebounds and six assists for the Rockets. Houston beat Utah in Salt Lake City for the third time this season to take a 2-1 series lead. Game 4 is on Sunday.Royce O’ Neale scored 17 points. Alec Burks chipped in 14 points while Rudy Gobert added 12 points and nine rebounds for the Jazz.Utah never got on track on offense. The Jazz shot poorly over the first three quarters and committed 16 turnovers. Houston scored 19 points off those turnovers.On the heels of a listless first-half effort in Game 2, Houston avoided enduring another slow start. The Rockets picked apart Utah’s defense practically from the opening tip.Houston opened the game by scoring baskets on six of its first seven possessions. Harden capped the flurry with his first basket to put the Rockets up 15-5. It only grew worse for the Jazz from there. The Rockets led by as many as 22 in the first quarter, taking a 37-15 lead on back-to-back baskets from Harden and Gerald Green.Houston made 16 of its 26 shots in the first quarter and totaled 39 points in the period. As effective as the Rockets were on offense, their defense proved equally troublesome for Utah. They forced the Jazz to commit six turnovers before the second quarter and scored nine points off those turnovers.Utah cut Houston’s lead 49-34 midway through the second quarter after O’ Neale scored three straight baskets to fuel a 9-0 run. Clint Capela ended the run with a dunk and the Rockets proceeded to outscore the Jazz 31-9 over a 10 minute stretch extending into the third quarter. They pushed their lead to 80-43 on a driving layup from Ariza with 8:01 left in the quarter.TIP-INS:Rockets: Gordon finished with a postseason-high in points. …Houston did not commit a turnover in the first quarter. … The Rockets outscored the Jazz 20-10 in fastbreak points after totaling just five in Game 2. … Houston finished with 50 points in the paint for the second straight game.Jazz: Derrick Favors exited with an ankle sprain in the third quarter. Favors totaled two points, two rebounds and two assists in 13 minutes. … Houston’s 39 first quarter points is the most given up by Utah in any quarter in a playoff game this season. … Donovan Mitchell scored only 10 points after going just 4-of-16 from the field. Tags: Basketball/Houston Rockets/NBA/NBA Playoffs/Utah Jazz Written bylast_img read more

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Major Black Sea gas discovery could prove ‘transformational’ for Turkish energy prospects

first_imgTurkey hopes gas discovery will lower financial burden of energy importsAccording to research group Wood Mackenzie, meeting this target date “looks ambitious”, but development of the resource could nevertheless have “far-reaching implications” for Turkey’s future negotiations with import suppliers.“First and foremost, the discovery will need to be appraised by more wells — to improve understanding of the geology and confirm resource estimates,” said Wood Mackenzie’s upstream analyst Thomas Purdie.“It’s early days, but any future development would cost billions of dollars. Deepwater projects are complex in any environment, but the Black Sea poses additional logistical challenges that must be managed.“This is one of the factors that has stalled Romania’s Neptun Deep megaproject, located just 100 kilometres north of the Tuna well.”To overcome these challenges, as well as the difficult market conditions sparked by the coronavirus pandemic, Purdie suggests TPAO would benefit from finding an international partner to help develop the gas resource.“There could be attractions despite the market outlook — highly-competitive tax terms in a basin that international oil companies know increasingly well over recent years,” he added.“Majors operating across the border in Romania and Bulgaria have had mixed recent success, but will take note of this momentous news.”Turkey spent a reported $41bn on energy imports in 2019, and a reliable domestic supply of natural gas could go a long way to easing the pressure on its national budget.Demand for natural gas in the country stood at just under 45 billion cubic metres in 2019. Despite coronavirus putting the squeeze on energy consumption worldwide, the 3% drop in Turkish gas demand so far this year is less severe than in many other European markets, where renewables have taken a more prominent role during the pandemic.After a series of “disappointing” exploration efforts offshore Bulgaria, Purdie says the Tuna-1 discovery “reaffirms the deepwater Black Sea’s hydrocarbon potential”.He added: “Even if the official 320 billion cubic metre figure is treated as an estimate of gas in place, this is Turkey’s biggest-ever find by a wide margin, and one of the largest global discoveries of 2020.”TPAO has suggested there is expectation of additional resource potential at the deeper section of the well, which would further boost Turkey’s hopes of curbing its reliance on imports. The Tuna-1 gas discovery could help Turkey shed its reliance on foreign imports, securing greater energy independence and easing budget pressure TPAO’s ‘Fatih’ drillship was used to make the Black Sea gas discovery (Credit: Türkiye Petrolleri Anonim Ortaklığı) Successful development of the Tuna-1 gas discovery in Turkey — the largest-ever find in the Black Sea region — would be “transformational” for the country, but presents both financial and logistical challenges, according to analysts.State-owned Türkiye Petrolleri Anonim Ortaklığı (TPAO) announced the “colossal” prospect last week, which it says has the potential to yield 320 billion cubic metres — or 11 trillion cubic feet — of lean gas.The Turkish leadership hopes the discovery will help boost the country’s energy independence, by lowering its heavy reliance on natural gas imports that are primarily piped in from nearby Russia, Azerbaijan and Iran.“I believe we as a country, which has suffered from external dependency in energy for years, will now look to the future in a more confident manner,” said President Erdoğan in a press conference. “We aim to put the Black Sea gas to the use of our nation by 2023.”last_img read more

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NOAA to visit two sunk WWII ships off North Carolina

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today NOAA to visit two sunk WWII ships off North Carolina August 23, 2016 The U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and its partners are set to visit remains of two World War II ships sunk off Cape Hatteras, North Carolina.  On July 15, 1942. German U-boat U-576 sank the Nicaraguan-flagged freighter SS Bluefields. Victory came at a steep price for the German submarine as U.S. Navy air cover bombed the sub while the merchant ship Unicoi, part of the Bluefield’s merchant ship convoy, attacked it with its deck gun.NOAA discovered the two vessels in 2014, 35 miles offshore and approximately 700 feet underwater just 240 yards apart. Archaeologists aboard NOAA research vessel SRVX Sand Tiger located the ships during an autonomous underwater vehicle survey using a sophisticated high resolution sonar. Last year, both ships were placed on the National Register of Historic Places.Using manned submersibles, the researchers will collect data to visualize and virtually recreate an underwater battlefield that has remained undisturbed for 74 years. Project Baseline, a global conservation non-profit, is supplying the GlobalSubDive assets including the research vessel Baseline Explorer, and two manned submersibles.Underwater robots and advanced remote sensing technology, provided by 2G Robotics and SRI International, will generate bathymetric data and detailed acoustical models of the wrecks and surrounding seafloor. University of North Carolina’s Coastal Studies Instituteoffsite link will provide three-dimensional modeling of the wrecks.“This discovery is the only known location in U.S. waters that contains archaeologically preserved remains of a convoy battle where both sides are so close together,” said Joe Hoyt, Monitor National Marine Sanctuary archaeologist and chief scientist for the expedition. “By studying this site for the first time, we hope to learn more about the battle, as well as the natural habitats surrounding the shipwrecks.”The expedition, which runs through September 6, builds on previous work by NOAA and its partners to document nationally significant shipwrecks in the “Graveyard of the Atlantic” off North Carolina’s Outer Banks. During the expedition, NOAA will also visit several other World War I, World War II and Civil War vessels including the USS Monitor. View post tag: WWII View post tag: NOAAcenter_img Authorities NOAA to visit two sunk WWII ships off North Carolina Share this articlelast_img read more

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Coastal Flood Advisories Through Monday Morning

first_imgThe National Weather Service issued s coastal flood advisory in effect for Ocean City through Monday morning.A full-moon tides peaks on Sunday and Monday, and with relentless northeast winds continue to push water into the back bays.Residents and visitors on flood-prone streets should be prepared to possibly move vehicles to higher ground.High tides in Ocean City on the bay side at the Ninth Street Bridge are at the following times (with regularly predicted high tide levels on the mean low water scale not accounting for the northeast swell) :Friday: 6:45 p.m. (4.6 feet)Saturday: 7:13 a.m. (4.5 feet) and 7:37 p.m. (4.8 feet)Sunday: 8:02 a.m. (4.9 feet) and 8:26 p.m. (5.0 feet, full moon)Monday: 8:50 a.m. (5.1 feet) and 9:15 p.m. (4.9 feet)Ocean City is in the gap this weekend between a slow-moving Atlantic storm making landfall in the Southeast states and a high-pressure system to the north. The combination is sustaining the strong northeast winds that the island has seen all week. Sustained wind speeds of 20 to 30 mph with stronger gusts are predicted through Sunday evening.The waves offshore are expected to peak at 7 to 10 feet on Sunday — at the same time full-moon tides peak.Southern New Jersey is expected to avoid the heavy rains the Southeast states will experience, but there’s a small chance of rain on Sunday evening.Check tide levels (NAVD scale) in real time from the Bayside Center between Fifth and Sixth streets.Compare to record tide levels.last_img read more

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Book review

first_imgCake PopsBy Bakerella, Chronicle Books, £15.99Another trend from the US, following in the wake of cupcakes and whoopie pies, is the cake pop. First making its presence felt in upmarket department stores in the UK in 2010, these decorated cake balls on a stick are tipped as a trend to break through in 2011.Blogger Bakerella, aka Angie Dudley, created waves Stateside when she invented cake pops, garnering a heap of national media coverage. This, her first book, offers a masterclass in how to make them, with tips and a useful list of flavour combinations.These US-derived recipes are written in ounces, not grams, but there’s enough creative inspiration here to warrant a purchase. A particular strength is the seasonal focus, from Valentine’s Day and Halloween to events such as sports, weddings and graduation.last_img read more

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Subway launches new deal for new year

first_imgBuilding on the success of its £2 breakfast deal, Subway has launched a £3 meal deal for the new year.The Subway Real Deal is designed to promote the brand’s value credentials to customers, it said.Customers will be able to choose from a range of six-inch subs, and add a drink, for £3. Subway will championing its turkey and ham sub, which forms part of its low-fat range.The launch will be supported by a cross-channel campaign which will include television, radio, out-of-home, digital and print activity, as well as point-of-sale material which will launch in stores on 8 January.Manaaz Akhtar, regional marketing director for the Subway brand in Europe said: “The decision to rebrand our popular value proposition represents our desire to better communicate that Subway stores offer great value at any time of the day, not just at lunch, as shown through our recent breakfast relaunch.”Last month British Baker reported that the retail chain had partnered up with Welcome Break, with its first stores opening at the motorway service operator in DecemberThe sandwich chain has been diversifying from its traditional high street locations recently, with outlets opening in AppleGreen petrol stations, and its first within an Asda supermarket, in November 2013.last_img read more

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Joe Russo’s Almost Dead Debuts Pink Floyd Cover & More In First LA Show [Photos]

first_imgIf imitation is, in fact, the sincerest form of flattery, the Grateful Dead—living and otherwise—have been rosy in the cheeks for decades. Spinoffs aside, perhaps no act in music history has spawned so many cover bands as have the Dead. And, perhaps, no group has done it better–without trying to be the Dead–than Joe Russo’s Almost Dead.The Brooklyn-based quintet made a convincing case during a swooning Thursday night set at the Teragram Ballroom in downtown Los Angeles, the first of three California performances this weekend. In front of a house-packing crowd full of crunchy elders and curious youngsters, JRAD jammed deep into the night, barely breaking to breathe besides the brief intermissions between the sets and encore.With Tom Hamilton and Scott Metzger gliding along on guitar, Ween’s Dave Dreweitz dancing on bass and Marco Benevento tickling the keys, the band bandied about a lilting “Weather Report Suite” to open en route to more truculence in their rendition of “Truckin’”. The crowd quickly caught on, joining the chorus whenever Hamilton and Metzger hopped on the mic—be it to remind everyone where “Jack Straw” came from, where the “Estimated Prophet” was preaching or why “Money” is the root of all evil with their cover of Pink Floyd’s famous Dark Side anthem. Russo’s voice never stuck out, though the way his microphone swung around his drum set like a scorpion’s tail kept him as the center of attention anyway–not that he needed any help with that.Russo’s drumming, like The Dude’s rug, tied the ballroom together from beginning to end. Where Bill Kreutzmann and Mickey Hart tended toward psychedelic freeplay behind the gripping guitar work of Jerry Garcia and Bob Weir with the actual Dead, Russo brought (and still brings) a tighter, more disciplined percussive style to the fore as the leader of Almost Dead. He guided a gifted group of musicians to ” Terrapin Station”, through dance-filled streets and along “The Wheel” before taking the “West L.A. Fadeaway” to “Brokedown Palace”. He gave Almost Dead a crystal-clear road map to the roots of the original, but did not force or foist the past upon the present.In truth, JRAD isn’t the first or the only Dead cover band to make Grateful grooves its own; their first show was less than five years ago. But it’s no accident that Russo’s version of the Dead has caught on so quickly, that it’s sold out shows from coast to coast, played festivals far and wide and had four members of Dead & Company (John Mayer, Oteil Burbridge, Jeff Chimenti, and Bob Weir) sit in. JRAD’s concoction of incredible musicianship and low-end arrangement has allowed the band to not only keep the Dead alive, but to breathe new life into a catalogue of timeless tunes..Which, truth be told, is the point of a good jam.Watch “LA Fadeaway” with Jonathan Wilson on Guitar & Vocals and Eric D. Johnson on keys, uploaded by TimeZonterTV:Check out the gallery, courtesy of photographer Brandon Weil.Setlist: Joe Russo’s Almost Dead | Teragram Ballroom | Los Angeles, CA | 11/9/17Set One (9:01pm – 10:51pm)Weather Report Prelude / Part One @ ->Truckin # ->Jackstraw ->Estimated Prophet ->Money $ >Terrapin SuiteSet 2 (11:11pm – 12:44am)Dancing In The Streets % ->Brown Eyed Women >Throwing Stones ^ >He’s Gone ->Jam & ->The Wheel ->Marco Solo * ->The Wheel Reprise ->Let It Grow +ENC:West LA Fadeaway @@Brokedown Palace ##@ – Instrumental# – With a “Duo Jam” & a Lovelight Tease (Band)$ – Pink Floyd Cover, First Time Played by Almost Dead, with Jonathan Wilson on Guitar & Vocals% – With a DD Bass Solo^ – With an Unknown Tease (MB) & The Eleven Teases (TH & DD)& – With a Terrapin Tease (TH)* – With a “Cast Your Fate to the Wind” (Vince Guaraldi / Carel Werber) Jam+ – With a Tennessee Jed Tease (TH) & a “Standing On The Verge of Getting It On” (George Clinton, Eddie Hazel) [email protected]@ – With Jonathan Wilson on Guitar & Vocals and Eric D. Johnson on keys. With an Unknown Tease (Band)## – With Jonathan Wilson on Guitar & Vocals and Eric D. Johnson on vocalsJoe Russo’s Almost Dead | Teragram Ballroom | Los Angeles, CA | 11/9/17 | Photos by Brandon Weil Load remaining imageslast_img read more

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Portman: I, too, battled self-doubt

first_img <a href=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jDaZu_KEMCY” rel=”nofollow” target=”_blank”> <img src=”https://img.youtube.com/vi/jDaZu_KEMCY/0.jpg” alt=”0″ title=”How To Choose The Correct Channel Type For Your Video Content ” /> </a> Academy Award-winning actress Natalie Portman ’03 addresses graduating seniors at Harvard’s Senior Class Day ceremony on May 27, 2015 at Tercentenary Theatre. “Today I feel much like I did when I came to Harvard Yard as a freshman in 1999,” she said. “I felt like there had been some mistake, that I wasn’t smart enough to be in this company, and that every time I opened my mouth I would have to prove that I wasn’t just a dumb actress.”Describing herself as “completely overwhelmed” and intimidated by many of her classmates, Portman said she spent her early years here trying to prove to others — and herself — that she was a serious student by taking only very difficult courses. But after a while, she said, “I realized that seriousness for seriousness’ sake was its own kind of trophy, and a dubious one, a pose I sought to counter some half-imagined argument about who I was.”Portman, who was born in Jerusalem but grew up in Syosset, N.Y., made her film debut at age 11 as an orphaned waif who befriends an assassin in the stylish French action picture “Leon: The Professional” (1994). Although the film was not a critical or box-office success, Portman said she feels “lucky” to have discovered that she loved acting without being distracted by the rewards of fame and fortune.Since then, Portman has appeared in close to 40 feature films, working with many of the industry’s top directors, including the late Mike Nichols, Woody Allen, and Tim Burton. Her filmography ranges from summer blockbusters like the last “Star Wars” trilogy to critical darlings like the 2004 indie film “Garden State.” It’s a deliberately broad palette that she said comes from following her own instincts and passions, not management advice.Portman counseled the graduating seniors to find their own internal motivation and satisfaction from the choices they make in their lives, and not to allow others’ opinions or expectations to rule them.“Sometimes your insecurities and your inexperience may lead you, too, to embrace other people’s expectations, standards, or values,” Portman said. “But you can harness that inexperience to carve out your own path, one that is free of the burden of knowing how things are supposed to be, a path that is defined by its own particular set of reasons.“Achievement is wonderful when you know why you’re doing it. And when you don’t know, it can be a terrible trap,” she said.In 2010, Portman earned an Oscar for best actress, among other top acting awards, for her role as a perfectionist ballerina who slowly unravels during rehearsals for Tchaikovsky’s “Swan Lake” in Darren Aronofsky’s psychological thriller “Black Swan.” Although she accepted the part believing she could perform the difficult dance moves, Portman said she quickly learned that she was ill-prepared for the film’s footwork, forcing her to redouble her efforts to get it right.“If I had known my own limitations, I never would have taken the risk, and the risk led to one my greatest artistic and personal experiences,” she said. She urged students to take advantage of the brimming self-confidence of youth and take chances even at the risk of not coming out on top.“Accept your lack of knowledge, and use it as your asset.”She added, “If your reasons are your own, your path, even if it’s a strange and clumsy path, will be wholly yours, and you will control the rewards of what you do by making your internal life fulfilling.”At his first Class Day celebration as Harvard College dean, Rakesh Khurana asked the seniors to consider how they will take the knowledge they’ve gained at Harvard and use it to change the world in surprising, almost unimaginable ways, much like Frederick Law Olmsted once took hundreds of acres of fetid swamp in the middle of New York City and transformed it into a majestic green oasis that is now known to all as Central Park. “What will be your Central Park?” he asked.Fadhal Moore ’15 and Michelle Ferreol ’15 were the recipients of the 2015 Ames Award, an honor bestowed on those who exhibit exemplary leadership and passion for helping others. Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff PhotographerFadhal Moore ’15 and Michelle Ferreol ’15 received the Ames Award. The honor is given annually to one man and one woman who exhibit exemplary leadership and passion for helping others without fanfare or acknowledgement. The award is given in memory of Richard Glover Ames and Henry Russell Ames, Harvard students and brothers who died while trying to save their father, who had fallen overboard during a storm off the coast of Newfoundland in 1935.Harvard orators Reina Gattuso ’15 and Ethan Loewi ’15 spoke to their classmates about self-awareness, while Taylor Kay Phillips ’15 and Sam Clark ’15 offered humorous remarks as the Ivy orators. Natalie Portman, the Academy Award-winning actress, returned to Harvard Wednesday afternoon to address graduating seniors during the annual Class Day celebration in summery Tercentenary Theatre.Portman, 33, who attended Harvard College from 1999 to 2003 and earned an A.B. in psychology, reflected on her own experiences at the University and in her career as she battled self-doubt. Even 12 years after graduation, with an enviable body of work and a rich personal life, she confessed to still feeling pangs of insecurity.Natalie Portman Harvard Class Day Speechlast_img read more

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UK says new study vindicates delaying 2nd virus vaccine shot

first_imgLONDON (AP) — Britain’s health chief has hailed a new study suggesting that a single dose of the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine provides a high level of protection for 12 weeks. Health Secretary Matt Hancock said Wednesday that the study supports the British government’s contentious strategy of delaying the second shot so it can protect more people quickly with a first dose. Britain’s decision has been criticized as risky by other European countries. Hancock’s comments came after Oxford University released a non-peer reviewed study showing the vaccine cut transmission of the coronavirus by two-thirds and prevented severe disease. An AstraZeneca official said the vaccine’s efficacy appeared to increase up to 12 weeks after the initial shot.last_img read more

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Credit union relief measures near House action

first_img 6SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr The House is poised today to take up H.R. 22, the 2016 highway funding bill which was reported out of a House-Senate conference Tuesday and includes NAFCU-sought privacy notice and some qualified-mortgage relief for credit unions.The House and Senate need to pass the agreed-upon bill before a Friday deadline. continue reading »last_img

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