The Cleveland Cavaliers and Chicago Bulls meet for an NBA preseason game Oct. 20 at the Schottenstein Center. Cleveland won, 107-98. Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorEven though it wasn’t a regular season game, NBA action at the Schottenstein Center was in full swing as the Cleveland Cavaliers defeated the Chicago Bulls on Monday night, 107-98.The player many people undoubtedly came to see — Cavs forward LeBron James — did not disappoint as the Akron native totaled 18 points on 6-of-11 shooting to go along with seven rebounds and six assists in 32 minutes of play.James said playing in front of the Central Ohio crowd was special.“It was great, it was great to be here. It is great to have these fans and for us to put on a show for them,” James said.Cavaliers coach David Blatt said even though it was an exhibition game, he thought the matchup was played at a high level.“It’s no big thing, obviously this is just an exhibition game, but certainly a good level game for fans to see,” Blatt said. “We had a full crowd here in Columbus, and the people got their money’s worth and both teams played hard and played pretty well.”Get their money’s worth they did, as the Cavs weren’t the only ones putting on a show for the sellout crowd of 19,049.Bulls guard Derrick Rose, who has missed nearly two full seasons because of multiple knee injuries, exploded for 16 points in the second quarter, bringing the crowd at the Schottenstein to its feet multiple times. He totaled 30 points on 12-18 shooting for the game despite only playing 24 minutes.James said although Rose dissected the Cavs defense for most of the night, he was happy and unsurprised to see the former Memphis Tiger playing to his ability again.“I watched him all summer. Watched him in their practices when they were in Vegas, and I payed attention to him over the preseason,” James said. “As a league, as a fan, it is great to have him back and him playing at a high level.”Blatt said he agreed with his star forward and commented on how tough it is to stop Rose.“Do you have any ideas? I dont know what to do with that guy,” Blatt said following the game. “He is pretty good. As a basketball person, and as a lover of this sport, it was great to see him back.”Rose’s point-guard counterpart — the Cavaliers’ Kyrie Irving — also impressed, as the Duke product finished with a team-high 28 points on 10-of-19 shooting to go along with seven assists in 39 minutes of play.Cleveland newcomer and former Minnesota Timberwolves’ player Kevin Love struggled with his shot against the Bulls as he finished 2-for-10 from the field and was the only Cavaliers starter who didn’t score in double figures with just nine points to finish.Despite Love’s struggles, James said it was good to get extended minutes with Love and Irving for the first time during the preseason.“We have limited time on the floor, but I think tonight was a good example of what we can do,” James said. “That was the closest to 48 minutes we have played in the preseason. Kyrie played a great game, Kev’s shot was off a little bit, but I think he had a great game with 13 rebounds.”Cavaliers center Anderson Varejao picked up the slack as he came out firing on all cylinders in the first half. He scored 16 points on 8-of-10 shooting to help boost Cleveland to a 51-49 halftime lead. He finished with 22 points on the night.Blatt said following the game that he was pleased with how his team performed as a whole.“What I really liked obviously about tonight was that we had Kevin, Kyrie, LeBron on the floor at the same time,” Blatt said. “We got a fair view of that tonight, and I thought that went pretty well. Overall, I think the Cavaliers are taking strides in the correct direction.”The Cavaliers are set to play their preseason finale Wednesday against the Memphis Grizzlies at the FedExForum in Memphis before they are scheduled to begin their regular season at home Oct. 30 against the New York Knicks.
by Kaitlyn Goalenphotographs by Jillian ClarkWhen it comes to Valentine’s Day, the last thing I want is the crowded, stressed-out environment of a completely booked restaurant. I much prefer to cook at home, with or for the object of my affection.While the majority of this year’s meal will likely come down to a game-day decision, I knew months beforehand what I want this year’s dessert to be: chocolate mousse.This basic dessert has everything going for it in the romance department. For starters, it’s French. What’s more, it features chocolate, the consumption of which on Valentine’s Day is something of an unwritten rule.And while I don’t expect to find any chocolate that is truly local – the cacao bean needs a tropical climate to flourish – Raleigh does have exceptional bean-to-bar producers within its city limits (for a story about them, see Walter’s August 2013 issue or waltermagazine.com).Escazu, which launched in 2006, was the first to offer the city a chocolate where producers were involved in the production process from start to finish, giving them complete control over the result. More recently, Videri Chocolate Factory has opened its doors, offering even more transparency into the process of making chocolate at their beautiful glass-encased factory.For my mousse, I chose Videri’s classic dark bar, because I wanted an intensely rich depth to my dessert. Then I sought out my two mousse ninjas, one close to home and one further afield.The first is Jody Williams, chef of Buvette, a tiny French boite in New York City’s West Village neighborhood. The mousse on that menu is the Platonic ideal, in my opinion, of what all mousse should be – crazy-dense, but somehow fluffy at the same time; so rich that you must cap it with some fresh whipped cream just to keep going. Furthermore, Williams is a romantic about the process, sweetly but firmly insisting that it comes out best when you whip the egg whites and egg yolks in separate copper bowls, as the French would do. It’s the type of ludicrous (copper bowls? are you kidding me?) but charming detail that adds to the allure of this dessert.My second reference is in Durham, at Vin Rouge Bistro. Chef Matthew Kelly has had chocolate mousse on the menu since the beginning, and it has become the most frequently ordered dessert by a long shot. He scoffed when I told him about Jody’s copper bowl technique – “that’s ridiculous,” he said – but Kelly has his own romantic ideas about the dessert. For one, his love for mousse is rooted in childhood nostalgia, born of a deep love for mousse’s American step-sister, chocolate pudding. Secondly, he serves the chocolate mousse at Vin Rouge tableside – a waiter comes over with a giant ceramic vessel of the stuff and scoops spoonfuls on to your plate. It’s a retro touch that adds an intimate whimsy to the meal.I pulled from both recipes in coming to my own. The resulting mousse makes way more than two people would ever need, and it’s a splurge to use Videri, which runs at $8 for two bars, but the luxuriousness of the finished product is as romantic as it gets.Chocolate Mousse Serves 8 to 10 3 sticks (12 ounces) unsalted butter, cut into cubes14 ounces Videri dark chocolate (or another high quality dark or bittersweet chocolate), chopped6 large eggs, separated, plus 3 egg whitesSalt6 teaspoons superfine sugarFreshly whipped cream, for servingIn a bowl set over a small pot of simmering water, add the butter and the chocolate and stir until melted and combined. Transfer to a large bowl.In a medium bowl, whisk together the egg yolks with a pinch of salt until they turn a pale yellow color.In a second large bowl or in the bowl of a stand mixer, whip the egg whites and sugar until stiff peaks form.Whisk a few tablespoons of the warm chocolate mixture into the egg yolk mixture to temper it, then add the egg yolk mixture to the chocolate mixture in small additions, whisking each time to thoroughly incorporate before adding more. **Carefully fold the egg whites into the chocolate mixture.**Transfer the mousse to a large ceramic serving vessel, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 8 hours or overnight.Serve by scooping out helpings of the mousse into ramekins and topping each with a dollop of fresh cream. Or, if you’re eating with your loved one, eat the mousse directly from the dish with spoons like it’s a pint of ice cream.*Note: If your mixture breaks — that is, if the fat from the chocolate separates and the whole thing looks like an oily mess — quickly heat about 1 cup of skim or lowfat milk in a microwave until warm. Then, with an electric mixer running, add the milk in a slow drizzle to the chocolate-egg yolk mixture until it re-emulsifies and becomes smooth again (you may not need to use the whole cup). Then proceed with adding your egg whites.
How can I maximize my short term and long term ability to earn? How can I save mindlessly and build savings into my everyday behaviors? How can I control my spending habits and maximize the value I get out of my spending? If you google “mastering your personal finances”, you’ll find a vast selection of articles. Unfortunately, many of them have to do with thinking about your long term goals and setting up a budget or financial plan – with which we know a lot of people struggle to stick. So what’s a more practical way to begin?I’d like to re-frame the debate by stating: the key to mastering your personal finances is NOT about budgeting. It’s about having a plan to answer three basic questions: That’s it. If you’ve got a solid answer for the three questions above, then you are well on your way to mastering your personal finances and heading towards financial freedom. **Moven sponsor’s this month’s (free) SPARK event:** Pathways to Financial Freedom Wednesday, May 5 in a SPARK city near you!**[RSVP](https://www.freelancersunion.org/spark/)**If you don’t (don’t feel bad… most of us don’t), then read on and take advantage of these three tips.1. Re-organize the apps on your phoneOrganize the apps on your phone into three categories – “Apps that help me earn,” “Apps that help me spend,” “Apps that help me save.” The simple act of creating these categories and seeing if you can fill them will make you think a lot about your personal finances and what you’re actively doing to take control of them.2. Spend mindfullyThe heart of mastering personal finances and financial freedom is NOT saving. It’s actually much more about becoming a master of your spending.It’s simple: if you spend all (or more than) you earn, you can’t save. So SPENDING should be the overwhelming focus of personal finances. But this doesn’t mean budgeting. In fact, I encourage anyone who’s struggling with spending NOT to leap to setting up a budget as a first step.Instead, map out your spending habits by answering two simple questions – Where do you spend? Are you happy with that? Get in touch with your habits, your daily life and lifestyle rhythms that pretty much drive your spending patterns.By simply becoming conscious of how and on what you spend your money, you’ll begin to prioritize your needs and wants and waste less. I guarantee you, through this simple process you’ll find 20% you can shave off and still be happy… maybe even happier.Apps like Moven are perfect for helping you start this process.3. Save mindlesslyWe’ve been raised to think that people tend to spend mindlessly, so saving is HARD and needs to be very planned and methodical. I DISAGREE.There are lots of methods out there that will help you save mindlessly. One easy one is setting up a simple retirement account and enabling it with monthly “auto-deposit”.Another easy one is micro-savings apps like Digit or Acorns that enable you to automatically contribute to savings with every purchase you make.Set up at least two automatic savings vehicles – one with tax advantages, like retirement or education savings, and another tied to everyday spending.The key to savings is to make it effortless and invisible NOT to be intimidated or psyched out by some over-wrought savings plan.The path to mastering personal finances and heading to financial freedom is not about developing a budget or a financial plan. It’s about finding tools and creating a simple set of habits around earning, spending and saving. The time to start is now.Alex is a recognized thought leader, speaker and one of the leading voices in the financial services industry. In his experience working with banks, he noted they were developing products for profit and not for customers. This inspired him to co-found Moven with the premise of empowering customers with financial wellness via digital and mobile channels.
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Solskjaer names two Man Utd kids for Cardiff clashby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United caretaker boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has named two teenagers in his squad for the clash with Cardiff City.Solskjaer has included Angel Gomes and James Garner in the travelling Manchester United squad for the Cardiff game.Former United manager Jose Mourinho gave Gomes his United debut at the age of 16 and the England youth international. Garner, 17, played for United on their pre-season tour of the United States and was a substitute in last week’s Champions League defeat to Valencia. The Merseyside midfielder excelled in United’s enthralling 4-3 FA Youth Cup triumph over Chelsea on Monday night, which Solskjaer watched.Confirmed United squad members vs Cardiff:David de Gea, Sergio Romero, Lee Grant, Diogo Dalot, Eric Bailly, Victor Lindelof, Phil Jones, Ashley Young, Luke Shaw, Marouane Fellaini, Nemanja Matic, Ander Herrera, Fred, James Garner, Paul Pogba, Andreas Pereira, Angel Gomes, Juan Mata, Jesse Lingard, Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial