Pistons top Raptors in OT

first_imgRogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief The highly charged, closely contested game in Detroit may be a first-round matchup in the Eastern Conference playoffs.Both teams had chances to win in regulation, and in the extra period.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsReggie Jackson put the Pistons up 96-91 with 1:56 left and turned the ball over on a no-look pass on their next possession. Kyle Lowry scored Toronto’s next five points and OG Anunoby tipped in a shot with 25.6 seconds left to tie the score at 100.Lowry had the Raptors’ first seven points in overtime, giving them a 107-102 lead with 2:22 remaining. The cushion wasn’t big enough. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title The Pistons rallied and Andre Drummond made two free throws to put them ahead 109-107 with 46.1 seconds left. Lowry missed a contested layup with seven seconds left and Detroit made free throws to seal the win.Lowry scored a season-high 35 points and Pascal Siakam had 21 points.Jackson scored 19 points and Drummond added 15 points and 17 rebounds.Detroit led by 13 points in the opening quarter and didn’t trail until Marc Gasol made a 3-pointer with 8-plus minutes left in the third.The go-ahead shot came shortly after Toronto got fired up because Siakam and Danny Green were called for technical fouls for arguing with officials. Detroit’s Zaza Pachulia was ejected after getting called for two technical fouls for screaming at officials and he will likely be disciplined by the NBA for bumping a referee.ADVERTISEMENT Detroit Pistons guard Ish Smith (14) drives against Toronto Raptors guard Patrick McCaw (1) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, March 3, 2019, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)DETROIT — Blake Griffin scored 14 of his 27 points in the first quarter and the Detroit Pistons finished with plays at both ends of the court to beat the Toronto Raptors 112-107 in overtime on Sunday night.Detroit took advantage of Toronto resting star forward Kawhi Leonard less than 48 hours after he made the go-ahead shot in the closing seconds of their win over Portland.ADVERTISEMENT TIP-INSRaptors: Jeremy Lin started in Leonard’s place and was 0 for 8 and scored only one point. …. Leonard went through a workout on the court before the game and studied previous games on a laptop in a front-row seat.Pistons: Luke Kennard became the 10th player in franchise history to make at least five 3-pointers in two straight games and finished with 19 points. … Reggie Bullock, who now plays for the Los Angeles Lakers, made the winning shot as time expired in November when Detroit won at Toronto 106-104 as Dwane Casey made an emotional return to face his former team.UP NEXTRaptors: Host Houston on Tuesday night.Pistons: Host Minnesota on Wednesday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next PBA D-League: Diliman College dumps Trinity for 1st win Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? MOST READ LATEST STORIES Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil View commentslast_img read more

Death mourned of popular Parish Priest, Fr Joseph O’Donnell

first_imgTHERE IS deep sadness across Donegal following the death of Very Rev Joseph O’Donnell, Parish Priest of Ballintra, this morning.Fr O’Donnell passed away in hospital following an illness.Fr O’Donnell was appointed P.P. in Ballintra in June 2016 after two years as a Curate in Mountcharles. Fr O’Donnell spent the bulk of his priesthood in Letterkenny, serving in the Cathedral parish for eight years and as a Curate in Aughaninshin for 16.At a farewell function, as he bid adieu to the Church of the Irish Martyrs in 2014, hundreds turned out at the Mount Errigal Hotel.Fr O’Donnell had previously served in Convoy.A big sports fan, he was a keen supporter of Leeds United and was a founder member of the Downtown Bar-based supporters club in 1992. A native of Main Street, St Johnston, Fr O’Donnell is predeceased by his parents, Hugh and Eileen, and is survived by brothers Seamus and Jude, and sister Elaine.Death mourned of popular Parish Priest, Fr Joseph O’Donnell was last modified: July 9th, 2019 by Chris McNultyShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:AughaninshinBallintraChurch of the Irish MartyrsFr Joe o’DonnellFr Joseph O’DonnellletterkennySt Johnstonlast_img read more

Don’t Just Sit There; Do Something

first_imgInactive people have the most health problems.  That’s why the American Psychological Association is warning that sedentary lives can be deadly, according to Science Daily.  A speaker at an APA convention called physical inactivity “the biggest public health problem of the 21st century.”    Some 25-35% of adult Americans – 40 to 50 million people – do not get any serious exercise.  This is “doubling their risk of developing numerous health conditions compared with those who are even moderately active and fit,” Dr. Steven Blair said.  In a longitudinal study of 40,842 persons, poor physical fitness was implicated in 16 percent of deaths that could have been delayed by walking 30 minutes per day.  Another article on Science Daily also showed that physical exercise can help keep the elderly out of the hospital.    Technology has “largely engineered the need for physical activity out of the daily lives of most people in industrialized societies,” he noted.  People should realize that physical exercise not only helps the body – it’s good for the mind as well.  “Blair also highlighted the benefits of exercise on the mind, referring to recent emerging evidence that activity delays the mind’s decline and is good for brain health overall.”    “The message should be simple, he said: Doing something is better than doing nothing, and doing more is better than doing less, at least up to a point.”Most of us probably don’t come anywhere near that point.  Wherever that point is for your body type, you should get closer to it.  With your doctor’s supervision, make some changes to up your activity level.  Your body was made to thrive in the outdoor environment for which it was created.  It goes with the territory.  Walking hills and valleys keeps those systems humming.(Visited 10 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Local Christmas shopping options abound at Athens Farmers Market

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Kayla Hawthorne, OCJ field reporterFarmers markets are a staple in a growing number of cities throughout the state, but each fall the inevitable, harsh Ohio weather brings the growing season (and the farmers market season) to an end in most towns. As a result, there are few Christmas gift shopping opportunities at Ohio’s farmers markets.An exception, though, can be found in the southeastern Ohio city of Athens where the farmers market runs year-round on Saturdays. At the Athens Farmers Market, vendors offer stocking stuffers aplenty this time of year.Known as one of Ohio’s most successful locations for local farmers to connect with buyers, the Athens Farmers Market began in 1972 when a few locals with the Soil and Water Conservation District saw the need for a place to buy fresh produce. In the first summer, the market peaked with 12 producers, selling mostly vegetables. In 1995, the market’s manager and board made the decision to extend the Saturday market to year-round, instead of April through Thanksgiving, with just a handful of producers that first winter. For several years, the vendors at the winter markets were outside in the University Mall parking lot. Now, some of them are allowed inside the mall during the winter months.Today the market is managed by Kip Parker, who has been working at the market for around 10 years.At the Athens Farmers Market, vendors offer stocking stuffers aplenty this time of year.“So, about eight years ago [the board members] talked to the people at the mall and they said ‘Yes, you can come inside here.’ So, starting Dec. 1, the first Saturday in December, about half the vendors go inside and the other half stay out here. It’s a little more pleasant in there on a day like today,” Parker said on a chilly Saturday morning in November.Parker said there are usually 20 vendors inside during the winter and around 10 to 15 vendors outside.“In the summer we get up to 60 when the weather’s good and it’s growing season,” Parker said. “I haven’t counted up today, but I think [there are] 42 maybe 45 here. We’ve had up to 105 in the past. We’re kind of constrained by size now.”The size constraint Parker referred to started in 2013 when the Texas Roadhouse was built in the mall parking lot. The farmers market used to operate at the end of the parking lot, parallel to the road, but the restaurant’s operating hours conflicted with the market’s hours and resulted in some lost space in front of the restaurant.Despite the size and the cold temperatures, the winter farmers market is still a success for Athens.“We’ve done winter counts and on a good Saturday in the winter we get 1,000 customers,” Parker said. “In the summer, it’s up to 2,500. It depends on the time of the season. So, there’s not as much stuff and there’s not as many vendors, therefore, not as many people. But it’s still a pretty big deal.”Customers can still get an assortment of fresh produce at the Athens Farmers Market during the months of December through March.Some tea could be perfect for the chilly winter evenings ahead.“We have a veggie vendor who has like 16 high tunnels and they have lettuce and turnips and spinach and kale and stuff all winter,” Parker said. “You see them arrive and they have all the coolers full … and when they leave everything is empty. It’s amazing that they go through that much volume in January and February. You can get carrots, fresh greens, kale, turnips, spinach, year-round basically. A lot of winter squash, some of them bring meats, herbs.”Rick Vest is a local produce vendor who has been selling at the market for over 15 years. He says although business is still good in the winter, the market cannot be compared to the summer farmers market because the customers are a different crowd.“It’s almost all local people. And when I say ‘local,’ I’m talking Athens. It’s a real close, tight-knit group,” Vest said. “Regular customers is what it amounts too, which I have all year long, but it’s really more prevalent during the winter.”Vest, who is the owner of Vest Berries and Produce, sells berries and vegetables during the growing season. They also have several vegetables available during the winter, which Vest sells inside the mall for the market.“We have vegetables all summer and we harvest a lot of root vegetables to store during the winter and sell here at the market,” Vest said.“[We have] Yukon Gold potatoes. There’s four kinds of winter squash: buttercup, butternut, spaghetti and delicata that we sell all winter long,” Vest said. “Then sweet potatoes, we had an exceptional year on those. We harvested almost 10,000 pounds. And they were very big this year, so, yeah, we have plenty of those. And we try to have carrots and greens all winter long too. If I don’t have it, somebody else will. There’s always someone who has greens all winter long. They’re very, very good, healthy, greens.”Another vendor, Pork & Pickles, offers customers a different type of food items. Pork & Pickles does not grow their own produce or raise livestock for their meat products. They purchase from local farms, most of which are vendors at the Athens Farmers Market.“We pickle vegetables. We go local and organic whenever we can,” said Meredith Thompson, an employee of Pork & Pickles. “We also butcher pigs from Dexter Run Farms, which is a local pasture raised farm. We do five different types of sausages and sometimes we do some seasonal sausages. We also do butcher cuts like roasts and chops, ribs, smoked bacon and ham, bone broth.”Pork & Pickles has a permanent food truck at Devil’s Kettle Brewing in Athens. The business has a catering side too. This holiday season, they have a pickle platter available.“[It has] all of our handmade pickles, crostini and our house made mustard,” Thompson said. “Then we also have a cheese platter with the house made mustard. That has honey and crostini and charcuterie, which we make all the charcuterie ourselves with the pigs that we butcher.”The charcuterie includes pork and chicken rillette, heart pastrami, fromage de tete (or head cheese), and country terrine. Among these foods available at the market, shoppers can also get wines, salsa, bread, fudge, honey, tea, baked goods and much more.In 1995, the Athens Farmers Market started participating in the WIC (Women, Infants, and Children) Farmers Market Nutrition Program. Since then, they have begun participation in the Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program and the SNAP token system, as well. These programs are funded by the USDA for clients to receive coupons for the purchase of fresh produce.“[SNAP use] has gone down over the years. We were one of the first markets in the state to accept SNAP benefits,” Parker said. “We now have a match program where if a recipient gets $20 worth of SNAP coupons, they get an additional $20 of fruits and veggie coupons.”For anyone who has visited the city of Athens or Ohio University, it is not difficult to see the locavore passion amongst the tight-knit group of local people. Eating fresh and local is conscious decision that many residents and businesses make.“Every locally owned restaurant [in town] sources lots of stuff from these people. It’s hard to go in a restaurant and order a full meal where you don’t get something that’s from one of the vendors,” Parker said. “We just spawn a huge business with all the local eateries buying things. The university buys things from some of the vendors. It’s just become a big kind of a food hub with the market here, which in my opinion, is what [the market] started.”For more information, visit athensfarmersmarket.org.last_img read more

In Lakhimpur, what’s Left is Right

first_imgCPI(M) candidate Amiya Kumar Handique, 65, received only 2.05% of the votes in the 2016 by-election to the Lakhimpur Lok Sabha constituency. Pradan Baruah of the BJP won the bypoll after Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal had vacated the seat.The CPI(M) has fielded Mr. Handique again, hoping the Leftist past of the constituency — its eastern half in particular — would catch up with the Rightist present. This half comprising Dhemaji district is almost always the worst hit by annual floods in Assam.Former ULFA bastionThe rest of the constituency is divided among Lakhimpur district, “island” district Majuli, and a part of Tinsukia district that houses Jerai Chokolibhoria, the village of the outlawed United Liberation Front of Asom’s military chief Paresh Baruah as well as the outfit’s general secretary Anup Chetia.Much of the areas under Lakhimpur constituency sustained the Maoism-inspired ULFA for a long time. The constituency was also responsible for its slide, beginning with the killing of rural development activist Sanjoy Ghose in Majuli in July 1997. The outfit still enjoyed local support until it set off a bomb in Dhemaji town and killed 13 people, including 10 schoolchildren, during the Independence Day function in 2004.The initial resistance to the ULFA, though, was from the United Reservation Movement Council of Assam in the late 1980s. Backed by the CPI(ML), it was led by Ranoj Pegu, a doctor who later formed the Ganashakti party before becoming a BJP legislator two years ago.Several other leaders with a communist past joined the BJP over the last three years.“Communication problems and farm losses due to floods were the main reasons why communism flourished in these parts,” said Manoj Pegu, a tea planter whose shopping complex in Dhemaji town is named after his son Lenin.The BJP has been showcasing two bridges — the 9.76 km Dhola-Sadiya, India’s longest, and the 4.94 km Bogibeel, India’s longest rail-road bridge — completed during “Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s tenure” as an example of connecting remote, backward parts of the constituency to the country’s development grid. The two bridges are located within the constituency.Claims, counter-claims“Much of these projects were completed during the Congress tenure,” Anil Borgohain, Lakhimpur’s Congress candidate said, accusing the BJP and its right-wing affiliates of intimidating and attacking him and party workers during the campaign that ended on Tuesday.The BJP’s sitting MP is confident of retaining his seat because of the party’s focus on improved communication. “We have also been addressing the issue of floods,” said Mr. Pradan Baruah.But at Dighiri Chapori, barely 10 km east of Dhemaji town, the likes of 49-year-old farmer Jarman Doley know it would take a lot more than promises to undo the damage done by the Jiadhol, a tributary of the Brahmaputra. Sand deposited by the river over the years has buried paddy fields and houses in six villages in the area. The sand-induced barrenness led to Dighiri Chapori and several other patches in the district.“About 100 of some 240 families have built new chang-ghars (houses on stilts) that are 20-25 ft above the original level. This happened in the last three years. The BJP has promised the rest of us more houses as well as roads,” he said.The other candidates — 11 apart from the BJP’s — too have assured a solution to their perennial problem. They include Hem Kanta Miri of Socialist Unity Centre of India (Communist) and Arup Kalita of CPI, underlining the Left Front’s bid to regain lost ground.last_img read more

Wildcats Nerlens Noel Declares for NBA Draft

Kentucky Wildcats forward Nerlens Noel, who is the No. 1 NBA draft prospect in most preliminary drafts, announced Monday that he plans to enter the 2013 NBA draft.Noel, who is currently recovering from surgery to a torn ACL, led the nation with 4.4 blocks per game and averaged 10.5 points and 9.5 rebounds. He also had 50 steals, which earned him Southeastern Conference defensive player of the year honors.“I’ve learned so much here at UK and am thankful for coach (John) Calipari, the staff and my teammates for all of their support,” Noel said in a statement. “I especially appreciate the Big Blue Nation and all of the support, prayers and well-wishes I’ve received from them during my rehab and decision-making process. I’ll always be a Wildcat!”The 6-foot-10 freshman will now join Wildcats guard Archie Goodwin in the NBA draft. Noel was the nation’s top recruit last year, which headlined a recruiting class that included Goodwin, forward Alex Poythress and center Willie Cauley-Stein. Noel was the only freshman that was consistent all year long.Noel is currently the No. 1 draft prospect ahead of Oklahoma State’s Marcus Smart, Kansas’ Ben McLemore and Georgetown’s Otto Porter.“I support Nerlens’ decision to enter his name in the draft and am excited for him and his future,” Calipari said in a statement. “The hard work and will to win he showed on the floor this year and the dedication and attitude he has shown in his rehab will only be a reward for him and whatever team drafts him in June.”The Wildcats entered last season as the consensus No. 1, but quickly plummeted out of the Top 25 even with a healthy Noel. But after Noel’s Feb. 12 knee injury at Florida, the Wildcats missed the opportunity to earn an at-large NCAA tournament bid.Kentucky went 4-5 without Noel, ultimately missing the NCAA tournament after winning it all in 2012. The Wildcats were the first team since the 2009 national champion North Carolina Tar Heels, to miss the tournament the following year after winning it all. They eventually lost a first-round NIT game at Robert Morris. read more

Clairemont Hilltoppers Little League begins its 62nd year of play

first_imgClairemont Hilltoppers Little League begins its 62nd year of play March 3, 2018 Posted: March 3, 2018 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsThe Clairemont Hilltoppers Little League hosted their opening day Saturday, marking the organizations 62nd year.Hundreds of players and their parents marked the occasion at Cadman Park.KUSI’s John Soderman has the story. John Soderman, John Soderman Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more