Christmas tallies double-double, struggles with foul trouble in Syracuse’s 65-47 win over Hampton

first_img Published on November 16, 2014 at 9:40 pm Contact Phil: | @PhilDAbb If not for his second foul of the half, Rakeem Christmas could’ve had his double-double by the break.Instead, the big man had to wait for the second half to record it. He finished with 15 points and 16 rebounds in No. 23 Syracuse’s (2-0) 65-47 win over Hampton (0-2) in the Carrier Dome on Sunday. It was a promising follow-up for Christmas, who dropped a career-high 21 points to go with nine boards in SU’s season-opening win over Kennesaw State on Friday.“He’s playing like a beast.” SU guard Trevor Cooney said. “He’s playing like Rak. That’s how he is. Whenever he gets position, we’ve just got to keep finding him and he’s got to go to work.”But the 6-foot-9 senior also committed four fouls for the second straight game, a trend that could pose trouble down the road for the Orange, whose backup big men are thin and inexperienced.Sophomore Chinonso Obokoh only made his SU debut on Friday night, Doyin Akintobi-Adeyeye is a sophomore walk-on and the injured DaJuan Coleman’s season is in jeopardy.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBut head coach Jim Boeheim said he is confident in freshman forward Chris McCullough’s ability to patrol the middle of the 2-3 zone. He said he also expects opposing offenses to target Christmas to attack the Orange’s depth.“He’s not alone. He’s fine,” Boeheim said. “He’ll have some foul problems and he’s learned how to play in those situations and I think he’ll be fine. But big guys do, from time to time, have foul situations and Chris is capable of going in there and playing.“I’m sure people will try to do that.”Christmas’ first foul came 63 seconds into the game as he got tangled up with Hampton’s Dwight Meikle at the elbow.But then he showed off his scoring talent, accounting for eight of the Orange’s first 13 points. Then his passing out of the post by finding sophomore forward B.J. Johnson for a 3.Still, the physicality that the Pirates presented got Christmas in some trouble, as he hacked Meikle once more at the 3:06 mark and had to sit the rest of the half. He committed two fouls within just over four minutes of each other in the second half and had to take a two-minute break.“We knew it was going to be a physical game,” Christmas said.Cooney and Christmas both mentioned the big man’s role in the offense as the focal point. Through two games, Christmas has impressed with his improved touch around the rim.But he has yet to exhibit the caution he’ll need to to ensure he stays around the rim and not on the Orange’s bench.“Rak’s physical and I guess the only way to compete with Rak is to try to be physical as well,” forward Michael Gbinije said. “We had depth today, we got some people to step up and Rak still played great.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

U.S. Retail Sales Up 17.7% In Partial Rebound From COVID Plunge

first_imgBALTIMORE (AP) — U.S. retail sales jumped 17.7% from April to May, with spending partially rebounding after the coronavirus had shut down businesses, flattened the economy and paralyzed consumers during the previous two months.The Commerce Department’s report Tuesday showed that retail sales have retraced some of the record-setting month-to-month plunges of March (8.3%) and April (14.7%) as businesses have increasingly reopened. Still, the pandemic’s damage to retail sales remains severe, with purchases still down 6.1% from a year ago.The virus-induced recession not only diminished spending in most sectors of the economy. It has also accelerated shifts in where people shop and what they buy.The changes have in many cases intensified the financial strain on traditional physical stores and boosted online purchases. Sales at non-store retailers, which include internet companies like Amazon and eBay, rose 9% in May after posting growth of 9.5% in April. Clothiers achieved a stunning 188% monthly gain, but that was not enough to offset a 63.4% drop over the past 12 months.Retail sales account for roughly half of all consumer spending, which fuels about 70% of total economic activity. The rest of consumer spending includes services, from cellphone and internet contracts to gym memberships and child care.Last month’s bounce-back comes against the backdrop of an economy that may have begun what could be a slow and prolonged recovery. In May, employers added 2.5 million jobs, an unexpected increase that suggested that the job market has bottomed out.Nearly 80% of small retailers and restaurants tracked by the scheduling tool Homebase that were closed in mid-April have since reopened. Yet these smaller businesses remain under pressure. Their stresses in part reflect changes emerging as social distancing has become essential and shopping habits evolve.One such retailer, CPW, a women’s clothing store, has been in business for 30 years on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. A three-month shutdown resulting from the virus sent the store’s sales sinking 20% to 30% even as the owner, Linda Wolff, packed and delivered orders to customer homes. Though CPW reopened for curbside pickup a week ago, Wolff said she hasn’t rung up a single such sale.“This is my heart and soul,” she said. “I am exhausted from all the worrying.”Some national chains, by contrast, say they have so far avoided their worst fears, a sign of how the damage from the shutdowns has varied widely across the retail landscape.Macy’s CEO Jeff Gennette has said that his company’s reopened stores are regaining 50% of their typical business. Teen retailer American Eagle Outfitters is faring even better, averaging roughly 95% of its normal sales levels.But analysts caution that some of the gains thus far probably reflect the impact of temporary government aid and expanded unemployment benefits in the face of a deep recession. The jobless rate is a historically high 13.3% by the government’s standard measure and an even worse 21.2% by the broadest gauge of unemployment. For now, Americans are spending disproportionately more on essentials and less on luxuries.“Our wants and our needs have changed permanently until we find a health fix,” said Stacy Widlitz, president of SW Retail Advisors, a retail consultancy. “Shoppers are focusing on comfort, home and well-being.”The lockdowns sent many mall-based chains further into peril. These retailers furloughed workers, slashed costs to preserve dwindling cash reserves and, in the cases of Nieman Marcus, J.Crew and JC Penney, filed for bankruptcy protection.These troubles have contrasted with renewed strength for Walmart, Target and Home Depot, which were deemed essential businesses from the start and were allowed to remain open.For a group of 35 non-essential retailers, including department stores and jewelry chains, combined losses reached $2.5 billion for the three-month period that ended in May, according to GlobalData Retail. That compares with their combined profit of $8.9 billion in the year-ago period.Far better off were essential retailers, including dollar chains, discounters and food stores. For that group, profits reached $8.9 billion for the quarter, down only slightly from $9.1 billion from the year-ago period. Some of these companies had invested heavily in their online operations.Coresight Research, a retail research firm, expects between 20,000 and 25,000 stores in the United States to close this year, about 60% of them in malls. That’s up from the firm’s previous estimate in mid-March of 15,000 closings, and it would surpass the record 9,000 stores closures last year. In the past week, Zara, Children’s Place and Signet Jewelers all announced hundreds of store closures and stressed the rising importance of their online presence.“The retail sector was already overstored before COVID reared its ugly head,” said Craig Johnson, president of Customer Growth Partners, a retail consultancy. “This is a forced rightsizing.”last_img read more

Tips for Handling Expected Stormy Wet Weather

first_imgFacebook1Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Thurston County Emergency ManagmentWatch for urban flooding with late summer squalls Thursday September 5, 2013.Change is in the air as a late summer storm system makes its way toward Western Washington.  Isolated showers and possible thundershowers forecast for Thursday, September 5 could dump heavy rain at times in Thurston County, which could potentially overwhelm storm drains and cause urban flooding in some areas.Lucy Mills, Road Operations Manager for Thurston County Public Works, says a few quick maintenance tips like clearing leaves and debris from storm drains before it rains can save residents the inconvenience of flooded roadways. “It’s been a long, dry summer, so there may be grass, debris, even garbage clogging up storm drains,” says Mills. “Taking just a few minutes to clean out the debris now could save you and your neighbors a lot of headaches when the rain comes.”Residents of unincorporated Thurston County can call the Roads Maintenance division at (360) 867-2300 to report flooded roads. Residents are urged to only use 9-1-1 for life-threatening emergencies.Thurston County emergency management officials urge drivers to use caution in wet weather and stay away from flooded roads. “With the kind of spotty squalls that are predicted, a sudden downpour can flood a section of road in a matter of minutes. It only takes 18 inches of water to float a small car, so even if a roadway isn’t officially closed, the only safe bet is to avoid flooded roads and find an alternate route,” says Sandy Johnson, Thurston County Emergency Management Coordinator.This week’s wet weather is a reminder that storm season is right around the corner, and that the county’s annual Emergency Preparedness EXPO this Saturday is a great opportunity to get the tools, tips and information you need to get your family and your home storm ready. The free event on Saturday, September 7 will open at 10 a.m. at the Saint Martin’s University Marcus Pavilion & Worthington Conference Center, and every attendee will receive a free Kit-Man safety bag that will give you a jumpstart on creating your own emergency response kit. For more information about Preparedness EXPO 2013, visit or contact Vivian Eason at or (360) 867-2825.For more information on the Thurston County Emergency Management Division, visit read more

Thurston County Passes Tobacco-Free Parks Ordinance

first_imgFacebook18Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Thurston County Board of CommissionersToday, the Board of County Commissioners passed an ordinance amending the Park Code of Thurston County to prohibit smoking and vaping in Thurston County parks and preserves, and on Thurston County trails.The Board of County Commissioners also serve as the Board of Health. The Board of Health is working to minimize public exposure to second hand smoke and view this ordinance as an important step in addressing a public health issue.Thurston County’s mission is “to create a community that promotes health, commerce, and environmental protection with transparency and accountability.” Tobacco use is the leading contributor to heart and lung disease and certain cancers. Ample research shows that exposure to secondhand smoke is harmful to health as well. There is no safe level of exposure.Fourteen percent (14%) of adults in Thurston County smoke. According to the Healthy Youth Survey (2016), a similar percentage of 12th graders smoke cigarettes, but 23% use vapes (26% use one, or the other, or both). Research has shown youth who vape are more likely to start smoking.“Our goal is to protect all of our residents and especially our kids,” said Commission Chair, Bud Blake. “We want our parks and trails to be safe for everyone to enjoy without the negative impacts of secondhand smoke—and that includes vaping. If science tells us that kids who vape are more likely to take up cigarettes, we need to take that seriously and do what we can by eliminating it in our parks and public places.”The statewide Smoking in Public Places (SIPP) law protects residents from secondhand smoke indoors but does not restrict outdoor exposures, with limited exceptions. Several cities in Thurston County have adopted similar rules to limit or prohibit smoking in parks and recreation areas. By prohibiting these activities in Thurston County parks and preserves, and on Thurston County trails, this ordinance:Helps prevent exposure of residents to secondhand smoke and vapor.Creates a safer and healthier environment for park users, including children and youth.Protects children’s health by reducing their exposure to smoking and vaping.Supports park users who may be trying to quit smoking.Protects against fire and environmental impacts of littering.Is consistent with state and regional goal of eliminating exposure to secondhand smoke and vapor.Furthers the County’s mission by supporting healthy activity and preventing secondhand smoke or vapor impacts to the many users of these public spaces.Violation of the ordinance would be a misdemeanor offense, subject to the same penalties as other violations of the Park Code. This includes paying a fine on first offense which increases with each additional offense.To view the full ordinance, visit: read more

Barcelona wins league title in an almost perfect season

first_imgP16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ “The hardest thing is to keep winning,” said coach Ernesto Valverde, who is celebrating his first league title in his debut season with Barcelona. “You have to find a way to keep coming back.”Barcelona’s next goal is to try to finish the league unbeaten, something which has never happened in the competition’s current format.“It’s been an almost perfect season for us in the league,” midfielder Sergio Busquets said.Barcelona’s biggest setback this season came in the Champions League, when it was eliminated by Roma in the quarterfinals after squandering a three-goal advantage from the first leg.Andres Iniesta, who last week announced he won’t return for a 17th season with the club, started from the bench but entered the match close to the end to applause from most of the crowd at Riazor Stadium.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Getafe moved to the final qualification spot for the Europa League with a 1-1 home draw against Girona.The result left Getafe in seventh place, one point in front of Sevilla.Girona, also in the fight for a spot in Europe’s second-tier club competition, stayed ninth. It has 48 points, the same as Sevilla which has a game in hand.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Iniesta and Messi each have won nine Spanish league titles.Sunday’s result relegated Clarence Seedorf’s Deportivo.The hosts paid tribute to Barcelona even before the match started with its squad lining up outside the tunnel and applauding their rivals as they entered the field. Most of the opposing fans at Riazor also applauded Barcelona’s players.Coutinho opened the scoring in the seventh minute with a well-placed shot into the top corner after a pass by Ousmane Dembele, and Messi added to the lead in the 38th with a strike from near the far post after a perfect cross by Luiz Suarez.Deportivo pulled one closer with a goal by Lucas Perez in the 40th and equalized with Emre Colak’s shot from inside the area in the 64th.Messi put Barcelona ahead in the 82nd from close range after exchanging passes with Suarez inside the area, then sealed the victory in a breakaway in the 85th.Messi has 32 league goals, leaving him with eight more than Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo in the race for top scorer.It has been yet another disappointing coaching stint for Seedorf, the former Dutch midfielder who earned only two victories in 13 matches since arriving to try to save Deportivo from relegation. The team has lost six times and drawn five under his command, returning to the second division for the first time since 2013-14.“We didn’t reach our goal,” Seedorf said. “Now the future is open. We’ll see what happens.”Seedorf had achieved lackluster results in his previous coaching stints, including at AC Milan in 2014. Wilder: Joshua should take $50 million offer—and soon MOST READ Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast 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 In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Barcelona’s Lionel Messi, center, and teammates celebrate after winning the 2017-18 Spanish La Liga at the end of the soccer match between Deportivo and Barcelona at the Riazor stadium in A Coruna, Spain, Sunday, April 29, 2018. (AP Photo/Lalo R. Villar)MADRID — Barcelona is celebrating yet another Spanish league title to cap a nearly perfect season.Unbeaten Barcelona added to its domestic dominance by winning La Liga for the third time in the last four seasons on Sunday, remaining unbeaten after 34 rounds. Lionel Messi scored a hat trick and Philippe Coutinho added a goal to give Barcelona a 4-2 win at Deportivo La Coruna and an insurmountable 11-point lead over Atletico Madrid.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames LATEST STORIES “We know how difficult it is to win this league,” Messi said. “We were better than our rivals. There is a lot of merit to winning this title without any losses.”Barcelona has won 26 league games and drawn eight, with four matches left.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownIt was Barcelona’s seventh league title in 10 seasons and 25th overall. Real Madrid, last year’s champion, leads with 33 La Liga trophies.Barcelona has also thrived in the Copa del Rey, the country’s second-most important club competition, winning it for the last four seasons. ATLETICO STAYS SECONDAtletico’s depleted team defeated Alaves 1-0 to strengthen its grip on second place.Kevin Gameiro converted a second-half penalty kick to secure the away victory for Atletico, which rested most of its regular starters ahead of Thursday’s return leg against Arsenal in the Europa League semifinals.The result gave Atletico a four-point gap to third-place Real Madrid, which has a game in hand.Gameiro scored the 78th-minute winner from the spot less than 10 minutes after Fernando Torres had his penalty kick saved by Alaves goalkeeper Axel Werner.Atletico forward Angel Correa was sent off with a second yellow card in second-half injury time.VALENCIA DRAWSFourth-place Valencia still has to secure its Champions League spot after a 0-0 home draw against Eibar.Valencia, winless in four matches, has an 11-point lead over fifth-place Real Betis, which has four games left and hosts last-place Malaga on Monday.GETAFE MOVES UPlast_img read more

A tour of the future

first_img In a three-hour van tour, the commissioners first stopped at Bridgeport, just north of the Santa Clara River, where Newhall Land officials touted the technology, called “buried bank stabilization,” used to shore up the river’s edge for development. The technique involves trenching some 100 feet from the river’s edge, then backfilling with a mixture of cement and soil. The new riverbank is landscaped with plants and foot and bike trails. “(It’s) definitely much more attractive and environmentally friendly than the channeling that’s been done elsewhere in the Santa Clara River,” Modugno said. Though development opponents have dismissed it as another form of concreting a free-flowing river, the technique will be used for the Landmark tract, which the Santa Clara bisects. As the caravan left the suburbs and moved west, tract homes gave way to farmland tapped for Landmark Village. On the south are the river and an untouched ridge, with Highway 126 to the north. “For those who’ve seen it before, it was a good refresher,” Lauffer said Monday. “For new commissioners or staff, it’s good to have particular recollection of the property as we discuss it before them with maps and boards and plans.” Developers propose a 6.5 million-gallons-per-day wastewater treatment plant near the county line to serve Newhall Ranch. The water would be treated for landscape or industrial use, officials said. “I think that what we’re able to do by showing developed areas of Valencia and showcasing the Newhall Ranch property is to show very clearly how we can bring needed jobs and needed houses and preserve open space in development,” Lauffer said. “We have something very tangible to point to as we move forward into Newhall Ranch.” The final stop took commissioners deep into Pico Canyon, where oil pumps continue to work near the historic town of Mentryville – home to California’s first commercially successful oil well. The 8,000-home Potrero tract is planned there. “It’s a beautiful area,” said Commissioner Esther Valadez, representing the 1st District. “Our role is to interpret the level of compliance (to the county development rules) of the principal applicant.” Eugene Tong, (661) 257-5253 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake “Obviously, traffic is going to be a major concern to the extent to which … people in this community will be using the I-5 corridor through the Newhall Pass,” said Commissioner Pat Modugno, who represents the 5th Supervisorial District, which includes the Santa Clarita Valley. The project faces scrutiny from environmental groups concerned about impacts on the Santa Clarita River and threatened species including the San Fernando Valley spineflower – a plant thought to be extinct before it was rediscovered in the area in 2000. “Clearly, we will be looking at the species that are there, and also the plants and the fauna, and also the protection of the hillside,” Modugno said. “That will be a critical portion of our decision making.” Newhall Land has submitted maps to county regulators for the 1,444-home Landmark Village – the project’s first phase – as well as for the 6,000-home Mission Village and the 5,000-home Homestead Village, said Marlee Lauffer, the builder’s spokeswoman. She said plans are still being drafted – and are several years away from being submitted – for the 8,000-home Potrero Village in Pico Canyon. The entire 21,000-home project will take at least two decades to develop, she said. SANTA CLARITA – The Regional Planning Commission took a weekend tour of the fertile farmland and canyons that will be the site of the 21,000-home Newhall Ranch development as builders prepare for another round of county review. The five-member advisory panel, charged with scrutinizing development in unincorporated Los Angeles County, will likely begin hearings for the project’s first phase in early 2006. In anticipation, The Newhall Land and Farming Company recently took the commission on its first visit to the area in about four years. “This project has been a very strong interest for the commission,” said Commissioner Harold Helsley, who represents the 3rd Supervisorial District. “It’s important to learn what is being proposed – keeping up to date.” Planned for 12,000 acres of crop and cattle-grazing land south of Highway 126, between Interstate 5 and the Los Angeles-Ventura county line, the development will be Newhall Land’s last major planned community in the Santa Clarita Valley – complete with schools, industrial buildings, parks and open space. last_img read more