Warriors’ Alfonzo McKinnie comes up big in rare start

first_imgPORTLAND — Just three years ago Alfonzo McKinnie played on the worst team in Luxembourg’s second division.For those not geographically inclined, Luxembourg would be the second-smallest state in America by population, ahead of only Wyoming. No teams selected McKinnie in the 2015 NBA Draft, so he signed with the East Side Pirates, a semi-professional team in the middle of nowhere.So it’s fair to say McKinnie hardly expected to be wearing a gray flat-brim hat that read “NBA FINALS” in white …last_img

New Ohio Law Stymies Wind Energy Projects

first_imgLittle public debateDayna Baird Payne, a lobbyist representing both the American Wind Energy Association and Iberdrola, said, legislators didn’t discuss the new setback requirements with either the wind industry or the Ohio Power Siting Board.The Ohio Senate, the report adds, spent about 10 minutes discussing the changes before approving the bill at the end of May.State Senator Mike Skindell pointed out that oil or gas wells needed only a 100- or 200-foot setback from nearby houses. “I’m dumfounded,” he said.But State Sen. Bill Seitz said turbines are noisy, and that Ohio was still “very friendly” to wind farms despite the tighter rules.In a press release, Wind Energy Association CEO Tom Kiernan said the governor had “walked away from his commitment to renewable energy,” and had succeeded in creating an unfriendly business environment in the state. He said the move would force clean energy developers to move to neighboring states.According to the Wind Energy Association, Ohio currently has 432 MW of installed wind capacity, ranking it 26th in the country. There are 32 wind projects online with a total of 246 turbines. Less than 1% of the state’s electricity is generated by wind. Just a few weeks after rolling back renewable energy standards, Ohio lawmakers have approved a bill increasing required setbacks for wind turbines.New commercial wind farms will now have to meet a setback of 1,125 feet from the tip of a turbine’s blades to the nearest property line, Midwest Energy News reported. Previously, the Ohio Power siting Board had measured the setback to the outer wall of the nearest occupied house. Otherwise, the property line setbacks were about 550 feet, the report said.The change isn’t sitting well with wind farm developers.Eric Thumma, director of policy and regulatory affairs for Iberdrola Renewables, the U.S. arm of the Spanish energy conglomerate, said the law would probably scuttle two projects that have not yet received permits. One of them, he said, would see a drop in the number of turbines from 50 to seven; and the other from 75 to three.Iberdrola has roughly 10 projects under permit but not yet constructed. Those will be allowed to proceed, providing no permit amendments are required, Midwest Energy News said.In effect, Thumma said, the legislation “basically zones new wind projects out of Ohio.”last_img read more

Bounce back

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte With its pride pricked the last time out, San Miguel Beer showed up with complete focus and willingness to play defense on Sunday night and re-establish itself as a yardstick for PBA Philippine Cup champions.The four-time defending champion broke away from Barangay Ginebra in the third quarter and thwarted a mighty finishing kick by the Gin Kings to prevail, 99-91, and get back on the winning track at Smart Araneta Coliseum in Cubao.ADVERTISEMENT Meanwhile, the PBA Press Corps will hold its 25th Annual Awards Night on Monday at Novotel Manila Araneta Center.  A total of 13 awards will be handed out.Highlight of the presentation is the bestowing of the Virgilio “Baby” Dalupan Coach of the Year trophy to Magnolia coach Chito Victolero who led the Hotshots to the season-ending Governors’ Cup title.The scores:First GameNORTHPORT 95—Anthony 22, Tautuaa 18, Bolick 14, Pringle 11, Taha 9, Elorde 8, Arana 4, Guinto 3, Flores 2, Lanete 2, Grey 2, Gabayni 0, Sollano 0.NLEX 90—Erram 19, Quinahan 18, Galanza 11, Paniamogan 10, Magat 8, Tallo 7, Fonacier 5, Baguio 4, Ighalo 2, Alas 2, Soyud 2, Porter 2, Taulava 0, Rios 0.Quarters: 25-22; 48-46; 71-70; 95-90Second GameSAN MIGUEL 99—Standhardinger 26, Ross 22, Lassiter 16, Pessumal 13, Fajardo 10, Santos 6, Nabong 6, Tubid 0, Zamar 0.GINEBRA 91—Tenorio 24, Aguilar 20, Slaughter 11, Thompson 9, Devance 6, Teodoro 6, Dela Cruz 4, Ferrer 4, Caguioa 3, Mariano 2, Mercado 2. MOST READ Broner pins blame on planned Pac-May 2 “While the other teams were still sleeping, we were already having our training camp,” coach Pido Jarencio said in Filipino after his Batang Pier nailed the big shots at the crunch to rise to 2-0 and a share the lead with idle Phoenix.Austria credited his players’ willingness to play defense this time as they allowed just three players to score in twin digits for Ginebra, with LA Tenorio leading the way with 24.“I am so happy because we had some sleepless nights [after the Columbian loss],” Austria said. “I have been telling the players that there are no easy wins in this league.”Ross finished with 22, Marcio Lassiter chipped in 16.San Miguel also sat out the injured Terrence Romeo and got just 10 points from reigning five-time MVP June Mar Fajardo.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations “They showed that they have pride in them,” San Miguel coach Leo Austria said in Filipino when asked about the turnaround in form compared to Friday when they suffered a 118-124 loss at the hands of Columbian.Christian Standhardinger tallied 26 points and Chris Ross and Von Pessumal fired 12 and 10, respectively, in the third quarter breakaway that had the Beermen leading by as much as 23 that not even Ginebra’s vaunted never-say-die spirit could overhaul.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsSan Miguel caught Ginebra at 1-1.Earlier, NorthPort rolled to its best Philippine Cup start by bringing down NLEX, 95-90. Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes View comments Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Quarters: 20-17; 44-35; 78-57; 99-91Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more