Photo courtesy of USC NewsSiddhartha Mukherjee, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Emperor of all Maladies: A Biography of Cancer will be the 2018 commencement speaker, USC announced on Thursday. The 135th annual commencement ceremony will take place on May 11.Mukherjee, an oncologist and assistant professor at Columbia University, is known for his pioneering research and writings that look into the history of cancer. He currently serves as the editor-in-chief of Tonic, the health news section of Vice Media and has had his work featured in publications such as The New York Times and the New England Journal of Medicine. Mukherjee rose to prominence in 2011 when he received the Pulitzer Prize for general nonfiction. The Emperor of all Maladies has been featured in TIME Magazine’s list of the 100 best nonfiction books of the last century and was the basis of a documentary series by Ken Burns. He currently serves as a cancer physician at the Columbia University Medical Center where he works to develop new, innovative treatments. Mukherjee, a Rhodes Scholar, holds degrees from Stanford University, Harvard Medical School and University of Oxford. His latest work, The Gene: An Intimate History, was published in May 2016 and explores how genetic composition helps define individual human experience.
Ortiz has fought three times since falling to Wilder in the 10th of 12 rounds in March of last year, beating Razvan Cojanu and Travis Kauffman by knockout and Christian Hammer by unanimous decision. The win over Hammer was Ortiz’s most recent fight, in March. Wilder fought Breazeale in May.Will Wilder dispatch Ortiz more cleanly more than 18 months after their tight bout, or can Ortiz finish the win he nearly got in the seventh round last year? Either way, both fighters are set to come away from the fight much richer. Here’s a breakdown of that purse, including how much each fighter is expected to make.MORE: Full betting preview for Deontay Wilder vs. Luis Ortiz 2Wilder vs. Ortiz 2 fight purse, prize moneyWilder will make at least $3 million, while Ortiz’s payout begins at $1.5 million, per Yahoo’s Kevin Iole. But according to an ESPN report (via Forbes), Wilder will end up with closer to $20 million, and Ortiz $7 million.Wilder made headlines by turning down DAZN’s $100-million, three-fight package in March. This week, he explained that decision in an interview with BoxingScene.com.“I didn’t take the DAZN deal because the people that were representing DAZN were coming with an offer that wasn’t up front and truthful with me,” Wilder said. “They came back and apologized to us. They knew they were in the wrong. … They were not honest in the information that was going in the offers, and who’s getting what. I felt that they hesitated to give us a response. They didn’t want to reveal the information, and that was very important information that we needed to make a decision.”In an interview with The Athletic, DAZN executive chairman John Skipper, who has little experience in the boxing world, admitted to having bungled the Wilder discussion.”I was too brash going in there without creating the relationships,” Skipper said. “Now I understand that I’ve got to work relationships, work within a framework and understand other peoples’ self-interests and needs as well.”MORE: Wilder says Colin Kaepernick “deserves another chance” Luis Ortiz came close to dethroning Deontay Wilder as WBC world heavyweight championship in 2018, and he’ll get another chance at the title Saturday.Wilder (41-0-1) will be the favorite over the 40-year-old Cuban. The undefeated champion has fought twice since beating Ortiz (31-1) by TKO, battling to a draw with Tyson Fury and knocking out Domic Breazeale. What is Deontay Wilder’s net worth?According to Forbes, Wilder earned more than $30.5 million in the first half of this year, after his win over Brazeale but before facing Ortiz. About $30 million of that came from salary/winnings, according to Forbes, with $500,000 more coming through endorsements.Deontay Wilder career recordWilder has never lost a professional fight. The 34-year-old turned pro in 2008 and won the WBC world heavyweight title by beating Bermane Stiverne in 2015. Wilder has defended the belt nine times since then, with just one fight going the distance.Wilder is 41-0-1, the lone blemish coming in a controversial draw with Tyson Fury in December 2018. There is plenty of demand for a rematch between Wilder and Fury, but that hasn’t yet come to fruition.
Submitted by Saint Martin’s Univeristy Lt. General Stephen R. LanzaLieutenant General Stephen R. Lanza, commanding general of I Corps at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, will deliver the 2015 Commencement address at Saint Martin’s University on Saturday, May 9, at Marcus Pavilion, located on the Lacey campus, 5000 Abbey Way S.E. The lieutenant general will also receive an honorary degree from the University.“We are presenting Lieutenant General Lanza with the honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters in recognition of his commitment to expanding access to educational opportunities for all service members, active and retired, and their families, at Joint Base Lewis McChord,” says Saint Martin’s President Roy F. Heynderickx, Ph.D. “Saint Martin’s and Joint Base Lewis-McChord share a special connection and have been strong partners in education for more than 40 years.”Lanza assumed command of I Corps at JBLM on February 6, 2014. I Corps is a globally responsive and regionally aligned force that supports the Pacific region. Through military-to-military engagements, partnership capacity building exercises and security force assistance operations, America’s Corps provides mission command and trained forces to support the Army’s Prevent, Shape, and Win Strategy.I Corps is composed of the 7th Infantry Division at JBLM; the 25th Infantry Division at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii; I Corps (Forward) at Camp Zama, Japan; the 593rd Expeditionary Sustainment Command at JBLM and the United States Army-Alaska brigade combat teams, located at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson and Fort Wainwright.Lanza was commissioned into the Field Artillery in 1980 after graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree from the United States Military Academy at West Point. He is a graduate of the United States Army Command and General Staff College and the School for Advanced Military Studies.He has a Master of Science in Administration from Central Michigan University and a Master of Science in National Security and Strategic Studies from the National War College. He has also served as a National Security Fellow at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.Lanza’s command assignments include the 7th Infantry Division at JBLM; 5th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas; Operation Iraqi Freedom, Iraq; and the 1st Battalion, 5th Field Artillery, 1st Infantry Division, Fort Riley, Kansas.His senior staff assignments include the aide-de-camp to the commander in chief, United States Army Europe/Commander, NATO Peace Stabilization Force; concepts team chief for the Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations, G3, Pentagon; chief, Joint Capabilities Division, J8, the Joint Staff, Pentagon; deputy commanding general for V Corps, U.S. Army Europe and Seventh Army, Germany; G3, chief of operations, U.S. Army Europe and Seventh Army, Germany; J9, director for strategic effects, Multi-National Forces-Iraq (MNF-I), Iraq; spokesman, United States Forces-Iraq (USF-I), Iraq; and the Army’s chief of public affairs for the secretary of the Army, Washington, D.C.Lanza’s operational deployment experience includes Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm, Saudi Arabia; Operation Joint Guard, Bosnia-Herzegovina; Operation Iraqi Freedom, Iraq; and Operation New Dawn, Iraq.The Saint Martin’s University 2015 Commencement Exercises will begin at 2 p.m. Tickets are required for attendance.For more information, visit http://www.stmartin.edu/commencement/. Facebook1Tweet0Pin0
By Jay Cook|BELFORD – A Belford business is hoping to capture the Jersey Shore spirit by shining sunlight on its creative talent.Junction Boutique, located in the heart of the Belford Junction section of Middletown, is a one-stop shop destination displaying the wares of local artists.“There’s so much local talent and it’s our neighbors – it’s the community,” said owner Chris Slater.Previously located in an 800 square foot building beside Gem’s Bagels and Deli, Junction Boutique celebrated their grand reopening last Saturday at their new, 1500 square foot location at 79 Leonardville Rd.In the two years it’s been open, the roster of talent has grown from eight to 28 career crafters. They specialize in homemade bracelets, paintings, crafts and body care productsIt’s located in a bustling section of Middletown known as Campbell’s Junction – a busy crossroads between Routes 35 and 36 that is home to businesses like the longtime Sabato’s butcher shop, the new Belford Brewery, the Swagger barber shop, acclaimed Belford Bistro, Good Shepherd Book & Gift Shop and Chiafullo’s and Valentino’s.The Junction Boutique’s growing popularity led to the search for a new home base, said Slater.“All the artisans were asking for more space, and we had people asking us to join, and we couldn’t take anybody else on,” she said. “So we came here. It had to be in the Junction.”The crafters pay for booth space in the building, which ranges between $75 and $300 a month. Some take turns shop-keeping by spending one day a week tending the register and helping prospective buyers.Jeanine Riegler was one of the first to have a space in the original Junction Boutique. Her business – That’s How I Knot – specializes in what she describes as “original handmade macramé jewelry.”Riegler started out selling bracelets on the beach during the summertime. Now, she has turned that interest into a business venture, and occupies one of the largest spaces in Junction Boutique.Leonardo resident Kris Whittles is co-owner of the soap shop Wood Box Soap at Belford Junction Boutique.With prices ranging from $10 single-charm bracelets to elaborate $35 pieces with multi-colored stones, That’s How I Knot is also cultivating its brand on social media. She finds there are good benefits to having a fixed business space.“With a brick and mortar place to send people, I think it’s more professional,” Riegler said. “I think people love that they’re able to come in to see it and touch it.”Along the back wall of Junction Boutique, there is a refreshing fragrance in the air. Two Leonardo moms have built their business out of a necessity.Kris Whittles and Camille Miele, who are co-owners of the soap shop Wood Box Soap, both have family who deal with eczema. They often discussed how they could not find a remedy on the market.Using goat milk products, which they buy in bulk from Whole Foods, the company has crafted 22 different soaps named after local landmarks and areas, along with lines of body butters, lotions and bath bombs.Their most popular body soap is a coffee style, which uses coffee provided to them by Jersey Shore Coffee Roasters, a Leonardo-based coffee shop. Currently, that soap is on backorder.“We’re just keeping it local, and the fact that we’re supporting other businesses in Monmouth County is tremendous,” Whittles said. “I’ve lived in Middletown my whole life, and this is the first business of this kind.”Whittles also says the positive effects from goat milk are endless, which she claims has over 50 different vitamins and minerals that have anti-aging and anti-inflammatory benefits. Wood Box Soap also does not use any commercial preservatives, such as formaldehyde or parabens.The soap-making process is time consuming. It takes about six weeks for the necessary oils to solidify into soap. Each batch also yields roughly 36 pieces, which are individually boxed by Whittles and Miele. Each bar costs $7.Although Whittles says Wood Box Soap has had offers to move up the commercial food chain, she wants to keep the company its current size.“I don’t want to be in a big box store,” she said. “We want to be in a local Jersey setting, and that’s good for me.”On that same back wall, on the opposite side of the store, resides a local business that occupies its own niche in the Junction Boutique market.Kathleen Edinger of Belford is jumpstarting her tea blend business with a spot at the Junction Boutique, which showcases 28 artisans.“Chris is so cognizant of the fact that we’re all in it together,” said Kathleen Edinger, founder and owner of TeaScapes, a tea company based out of Belford. “It’s not her place, it’s our place.”Edinger, who has a background in physical therapy, moved into Junction Boutique in August of last year. Working with a wholesale tea distributer in Kentucky, she is watching her business grow each day.Currently, TeaScapes offers eight teas, six of which are signature blends that she, along with her family, have helped create. Each container of tea sells for $15.With awareness gained from space at Junction Boutique, Edinger now has the opportunity to soon move her operation into a full-time space, located just a town over.“I found that Atlantic Highlands will fit the bill for me because it is a ferry town that is right there,” she said. “We have the boating community in the summer, and I’m right on the street of First Avenue.”For shop owner Slater, Junction Boutique stems from a love for personalizing gifts. With that continued theme in mind, she sees no reason why the business won’t flourish in the future.“It can continue to grow with the different mediums,” she said. “You can focus on all the local talent and keep bringing new things in – there’s always a twist to it.”Junction Boutique artisans will participate in the Made in Monmouth exhibition April 8 at OceanFirst Bank Center at Monmouth University. On hand to offer congratulations on the new location was Freeholder Tom Arnone, who is the liaison to the county Division of Economic Development, and Middletown Township Mayor Gerald Scharfenberger, who both came to help cut the ceremonial ribbon.
A sign in the window at Brookdale Higher Education Center in Hazlet indicating its closure. “Please remember that your mental health is just as important as your physical health,” said Freeholder Deputy Director Susan M. Kiley, liaison to the Departments of Health and Human Services. “If you, or someone you know, are struggling with dealing with this unprecedented situation, please call the crisis counselors available at the County’s Health Department hotline.” All Monmouth County employees are available to residents by phone and by email, officials say. “The Board of Chosen Freeholders is working, in conjunction with the Monmouth County Health Department and the Office of Emergency Management, with State partners to respond to and mitigate this evolving situation,” said Arnone. He urged residents to continue efforts to defend agains COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus, by hand-washing, covering sneezes and coughs and practicing social distancing. Monmouth County library branches and public programs run by the Monmouth County Park System are closed until further notice. The parks and golf courses remain open. The hometowns of the patients were not disclosed in the announcement Monday by Monmouth County Freeholder Director Thomas A. Arnone and Freeholder Deputy Director Susan M. Kiley. FREEHOLD – There are 14 presumptive positive cases of COVID-19 in Monmouth County as of 10 a.m. Monday, March 16, officials say. Crisis counselors from the Monmouth County Division of Behavioral Health are available through the phone banks to help county residents who may be experiencing stress or anxiety due to the evolving situation. Public access to county buildings is restricted as of Monday, except for the Monmouth County Division of Social Services (MCDSS) at 3,000 Kozloski Road in Freehold. There are protections in place to prevent physical contact between Monmouth County employees and residents seeking services, the freeholders said. The Monmouth County Health Department phone bank is now open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and can be reached at 732-845-2070. As more information becomes available, it will be shared with the public and the media. News updates and information regarding County events and programs affected by the COVID-19 situation are posted at www.visitmonmouth.com.
The place to be for World Cup Soccer excitement, for those people in Nelson not able to make it to Brazil, is the Main Street Diner on Baker Street.Nick Diamond of Main Street has two large televisions on the patio for patrons viewing while having a bite to eat.”We are publishing the day’s feature menu and game viewing schedule on our facebook site. “We’ve also built a feature menu for each set of games based on a team that’s playing. ie. France playing – French menu. Brazil playing, Brazilian cuisine etc…”Main Street Diner is open in town for the 9 a.m. games and will show a (condensed) replay of the morning game at 11 a.m. replay every day before the 1 p.m. game.The tournament is in the knockout stages with the final set for Sunday, July 13. Time TBA.