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Breakfast waffles from South Carolina are crisp and fluffy: Try the recipe

Charleston is a city of many things – cobblestone streets, historic homes, popular restaurants and brunch.Chucktown arguably knows how to dole out mouthwatering brunch fare and one spot – Millers All Day in Charleston (millersallday.com) – is known for its all-day brunch food, including delicious waffles.At the South Carolina restaurant, waff...

Charleston is a city of many things – cobblestone streets, historic homes, popular restaurants and brunch.

Chucktown arguably knows how to dole out mouthwatering brunch fare and one spot – Millers All Day in Charleston (millersallday.com) – is known for its all-day brunch food, including delicious waffles.

At the South Carolina restaurant, waffles are garnished with sliced bananas, caramel, popped sorghum and meringue, but you can keep it simple with just bananas or berries and some maple syrup.

Their waffle recipe uses common ingredients and is easy to make, but its subtle nutty flavor from the cornmeal really makes this dish standout. Get the full recipe below to whip up for your next breakfast or brunch crowd.

Makes 8 servings

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cook time: 10 minutes

Ingredients:

1lbs 2oz all-purpose flour

33 grams whole wheat flour

33 grams cornmeal (Millers All Day chefs use Marsh Hen Jimmy Red Cornmeal)

7 grams baking powder

7 grams baking soda

10 grams salt

Instructions:

1. In a large bowl, add both flours, cornmeal, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt.

2. Whisk together until the mix is smooth.

Yield: 1 quart

Ingredients:

295 grams dry mix (recipe above)

90 grams butter, melted

2 eggs, separated

409 grams buttermilk

Instructions:

1. Separate eggs then add egg whites to a small bowl and whisk until stiff peaks form.

2. In a large bowl, add the dry mix, egg yolks, butter, vanilla extract and buttermilk. Whisk until well mixed.

3. Gently pour in egg whites and mix to combine.

4. Add mix to waffle iron and cook to golden brown.

This original recipe is owned by millersallday.com and was shared with Fox News Digital.

Georgia to Transform Savannah Terminal to Containers Only

The Georgia Ports Authority is transforming the Port of Savannah’s Ocean Terminal into a container-only terminal as the number of containers coming into the port continues to grow and intermodal traffic continues to shift away from West Coast gateways.For nearly 40 years, Ocean Terminal has been handling a mix of container ships and breakbulk vessels. The authority approved a plan to renovate and realign the docks at the Ocean Terminal, part of a broader effort to transform the terminal into an all-container operation, shifting ...

The Georgia Ports Authority is transforming the Port of Savannah’s Ocean Terminal into a container-only terminal as the number of containers coming into the port continues to grow and intermodal traffic continues to shift away from West Coast gateways.

For nearly 40 years, Ocean Terminal has been handling a mix of container ships and breakbulk vessels. The authority approved a plan to renovate and realign the docks at the Ocean Terminal, part of a broader effort to transform the terminal into an all-container operation, shifting most breakbulk cargo to the Port of Brunswick.

The 200-acre Ocean Terminal facility will have the docks rebuilt to provide enough berth space to serve two big ships simultaneously. Add expanded gate facilities and paving, and the project will allow for 1.5 million twenty-foot equivalent container units of annual capacity. Wharf renovations are slated to start in January 2023, with completion of the entire terminal redevelopment expected in 2026.

Earlier this year, the Savannah Harbor deepening was completed, which reduced tidal restrictions for mega-ships transiting the Savannah River. That allows vessels carrying 16,000+ twenty-foot equivalent container units to transit the river. The deeper water enables ships to load up to approximately 1,000 containers worth of additional cargo, for increased efficiency in vessel transport.

Record Container Volumes for Georgia

The Port of Savannah had its busiest October ever, handling nearly 553,000 TEUs, an increase of 9.6% compared to the same month last year.

HDT Fact Book 2022: Out-of-Sync Supply Chains & Logistics Transformation

Port officials expect container volumes to taper downward toward the end of the year. Lynch said the opening of a new container berth at Garden City Terminal next summer and volume declining from historic highs will help expedite vessel service, which saw backlogs during the height of demand.

Last month, the Georgia Ports Authority announced it had handled 552,800 twenty-foot equivalent container units in October, its second busiest month on record, after only August of this year, when the Port of Savannah handled 575,500 TEUs.

“Customers continue to bring new or expanding business to the Port of Savannah, drawn by our global connectivity and the supply chain network that links Savannah to major U.S. markets,” said GPA Executive Director Griff Lynch.

“There has been downward pressure on the total U.S. container trade related to inflation and a shift in consumer spending toward services such as restaurants and travel,” said GPA Board Chairman Joel Wooten. “However, the Port of Savannah continues to outperform relative to the national market.”

East Coast vs. West Coast Ports

Savannah is only one of the East and Gulf Coast ports that have been gaining market share relative to the West Coast. According to PIERS/IHS Markit, the East Coast increased its share of the container trade from 47% in July 2021 to 48.4% in July of this year.

In addition to Savannah, Houston and Charleston, S.C. handled more import containers this year through September than a year ago, according to the Pacific Merchant Shipping Association.

“As anticipated, October was another torpid month in San Pedro Bay, even in comparison to pre-pandemic years,” the group said it its November ports report. Collectively, the two Southern California ports sustained a 26.1% fall-off in inbound loads from last October, while recording a 5% loss in outbound loads.”

At the Port of Oakland in Northern California, although inbound and outbound loads in October were up from a year ago, year to date, the port has handled 4.8% fewer containers than at this point in 2021.

“For thirty years, the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach have had the #1 or #2 position, occasionally switching places, for container throughput in North America,” wrote PSMA Vice President Thomas Jelenić. “For the first time since 1992, the Port Authority of New York/New Jersey (PANYNJ) is likely to claim the #2 spot – and will be in spitting distance of #1.”

Why the Shift in Container Traffic to East Coast Ports?

A number of reasons have contributed to this shift, which already was happening before the COVID-19 pandemic:

The Wall Street Journal reported that companies such as Newell, the Atlanta-based company that makes Yankee Candles and Sharpie markers, and clothing brand Abercrombie & Fitch have decided to expand distribution networks in eastern states.

Intermodal Woes Challenge Logistics and Supply Chains

Abercrombie & Fitch used to move 90% of its goods through West Coast ports, according to the WSJ. From there they were moved by rail and truck to their Ohio warehouse to be sent to fulfillment centers and stores. But after the supply-chain problems that happened as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, which added weeks and event months to that process, the retailer started sending a larger share of goods to the East Coast and now ships 25% of its clothing through East Coast ports, primarily New York and New Jersey.

Trucking and logistics companies such as NFI are making investments to take advantage of this trend. NFI is scheduled to open a new transload and cross-docking facility in Savannah in 2023, which will be the first NFI warehousing location to use Boston Dynamics’ newest robot, Stretch. The mobile robot will begin unloading trucks and containers as a pilot program at NFI’s Savannah facility in 2023. Savannah’s not the only transload and cross-dock facility NFI has in the works in areas other than California. Additional facility openings in Virginia and Texas also slated to go live next year.

Port of Oakland Project to Address Truck Congestion

California’s Port of Oakland just announced a project that will help relieve truck congestion going into and out of the port.

The 7th Street Grade Separation East Project will realign and reconstruct a primary trucking and access gateway into the Port of Oakland. The reconstructed access into the Oakland Seaport will relieve truck and vehicle congestion, increase safety, and provide flexibility for seaport cargo operations, according to a Port announcement.

“The modernization of this gateway into the maritime area will enhance the flow of traffic in and out of the port, while reducing greenhouse gas emissions by curtailing the time trucks spend here, which is important for public health,” stated Port of Oakland Executive Director Danny Wan in a news release.

The 7th Street Grade Separation East Project is one critical element of the GoPort program, which proposes to realign and reconstruct the existing railroad underpass and multi-use path along 7th Street between west of I-880 and Maritime Street to increase vertical and horizontal clearances for trucks to current standards.

Additional information about the project can be found here: https://www.alamedactc.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/10/1442001_7SGSE_FS_20221027.pdf

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HOTR: Tuesday’s Boeing announcement may give indication of A350 future at United

By the Leeham News Team: The engine selection on a big Boeing 787 to be announced Tuesday may be the most definitive signal yet of what United Airlines will do with its oft-deferred Airbus A350 order.United is considered certain at some point to cancel its orders for 45 A350s. This order has been deferred several times. The new order to be announced Tuesday for up to 100 or more Boeing 787s adds to the more than 60 already in the fleet. United clearly doesn’t need a large fleet o...

By the Leeham News Team

: The engine selection on a big Boeing 787 to be announced Tuesday may be the most definitive signal yet of what United Airlines will do with its oft-deferred Airbus A350 order.

United is considered certain at some point to cancel its orders for 45 A350s. This order has been deferred several times. The new order to be announced Tuesday for up to 100 or more Boeing 787s adds to the more than 60 already in the fleet. United clearly doesn’t need a large fleet of 787s and a smaller fleet of A350s.

But canceling the Airbus order is not without some cost. It’s believed that penalties to Airbus are manageable. These also may be mitigated by an order for A321neos. This can solve Airbus’s concerns. But it does nothing for Rolls-Royce, which provides the engines for the A350s.

Rolls is not an engine supplier for the A321neo. United’s swapping the A350 for the A321 means Rolls loses that future business. What’s the mitigation for Rolls?

United may split the engine order for the 787 between incumbent GE Aerospace and Rolls. If the engine selection is announced Tuesday and the order is split, this will be the clearest indication yet that the A350 order will be history. United and Boeing scheduled a press conference at the 787 production and assembly plant in Charleston (SC).

A350 future

It would be gauche to announce anything about the A350 during the Boeing press conference. But LNA is told that at the very least, the A350 order will be deferred again by United. Deliveries currently begin in 2027 and continue through 2030. (Canceling the order will free up A350 slots for other customers, it should be noted.)

Swapping the A350 for the A321 is problematic. Airbus is sold out at a production rate of 65/mo through 2028. Even boosting the rate to 75/mo doesn’t help. The lines are still sold out through 2028. Only by boosting the rate to 83/mo—something Airbus is studying—do a few slots open in 2027 and a few more in 2028. Not until 2029 do an appreciable number of production slots open.

Lessors have available airplanes, but this source doesn’t help Airbus since these are already sold positions.

United has 181 Airbus A319s and A320s in service. There are 70 A321neos and 50 A321XLRs on order. United also has 329 Boeing 737 NGs in service. There are 350 737 MAX 8/9/10s on order (and 69 in service). The totals are 510 older generation A319/320/737s in service and 470 new generation A320 and 737 families on order.

There are also 61 Boeing 757s in service, for which the MAX 10 and A321N/XLR are best suited as successors. Net, there are 571 older single-aisle airplanes needing replacement and 470 new generation aircraft on order. This leaves a need for another 100 airplanes just for replacement; growth comes on top.

MAXes may be part of announcement

Tuesday’s Boeing announcement may include an order for more MAXes. The MAX 8 and MAX 9 are better suited to replace A319s, A320s, and 737-800/900s than the A321N (though the latter could be put on growth routes).

Don’t look for any announcements on the Airbus side on Tuesday. But, as noted, if an engine selection is announced Tuesday, a mix of GE and Rolls will signal the future of the A350. It should be noted that an engine selection announcement doesn’t have to be made on Tuesday. But even an absence will hint about the future of the A350.

Counsell, Thomas, and Erickson Headline First Timber Rattlers Hot Stove Banquet on January 25

GRAND CHUTE, WI - The Wisconsin Timber Rattlers will be warming up the winter a few weeks before the official start of Major League Spring Training with their first Hot Stove Banquet on Wednesday, January 25. Milwaukee Brewers manager Craig Counsell, Milwaukee legend Gorman Thomas, and former Timber Rattlers manager Matt Erickson are the special guests for this first-time event which is presented by Fox Communities Credit Union. The banquet will be held in the Fox Club at Neuroscience Group Field at Fox Cities Stadium.Counsell, who be...

GRAND CHUTE, WI - The Wisconsin Timber Rattlers will be warming up the winter a few weeks before the official start of Major League Spring Training with their first Hot Stove Banquet on Wednesday, January 25. Milwaukee Brewers manager Craig Counsell, Milwaukee legend Gorman Thomas, and former Timber Rattlers manager Matt Erickson are the special guests for this first-time event which is presented by Fox Communities Credit Union. The banquet will be held in the Fox Club at Neuroscience Group Field at Fox Cities Stadium.

Counsell, who became the winningest manager in Milwaukee Brewers history during the 2022 season, is a two-time World Series champion as a player. He was named Brewers manager in May of 2015 and has led the team to the playoffs four times, including a trip to the National League Championship Series in 2018. The Wisconsin native played for the Colorado Rockies, Florida Marlins, Los Angeles Dodgers, Arizona Diamondbacks, and Milwaukee Brewers over a playing career that lasted sixteen seasons.

Thomas was a Brewer for eleven of his thirteen Major League seasons. The Seattle Pilots drafted Thomas in the first round of the 1969 draft out of James Island High School in Charleston, South Carolina. The Pilots became the Brewers for the 1970 season. Thomas, who played against the Appleton Foxes in the Midwest League as a member of the Clinton Pilots in 1970 and Danville Warriors in 1971, would make his MLB debut with Milwaukee in 1973. He would lead the American League in home runs with 45 in 1978, make the All-Star team in 1981, and play in the World Series in 1982 while hitting 208 homers in 1,103 games as a Brewer. Thomas also played for Cleveland and Seattle during his career.

Erickson is the winningest manager in Wisconsin Timber Rattlers history. The Appleton native was the Wisconsin hitting coach in 2009 and 2010 before becoming the manager of the team in 2011. The Timber Rattlers won a Midwest League title in 2012 and 652 regular season games in Erickson's ten seasons as the manager. Erickson joined Counsell's staff at the Major League level for the 2022 season. He played eleven seasons as a farmhand in the Marlins, Brewers, and Diamondbacks organizations from 1997 through 2007 with four games in the Majors with the Brewers in 2004.

The Hot Stove Banquet will start when the gates to the stadium open at 5:30 with a Happy Hour. Dinner is served at 6:30pm with a program to start at 7:00pm. Tickets for the Hot Stove Banquet are $35 and include admission and dinner. They will be available for purchase from the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers Box Office or online through the team's website beginning Monday, December 19 at 10:00am.

Dinner will be prepared by our award-winning chefs and includes a spring mix salad topped with fresh berries, candied walnuts, feta cheese, and a honey vinegarette; an entrée of beef chateau with demi-glace and snakebite chicken with loaded mashed potatoes and chef's choice vegetables; and a dessert of Kahlua mini-cakes paired with chocolate dipped strawberries.

Space is limited for this event. Make sure to order this great gift for the baseball fan in your life excited for the 2023 season!

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Prep Basketball: Kanawha Valley ready for hoops season

By Tom BraggCHARLESTON, W.Va. – High school boys basketball is back in the Kanawha Valley and surrounding communities, and this season again figures to feature some strong teams with serious shots at cutting down some nets in the postseason.Last spring, four teams from Kanawha or Putnam counties – George Washington and South Charleston in Class AAAA, Herbert Hoover in Class AAA and Poca in Cla...

By Tom Bragg

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – High school boys basketball is back in the Kanawha Valley and surrounding communities, and this season again figures to feature some strong teams with serious shots at cutting down some nets in the postseason.

Last spring, four teams from Kanawha or Putnam counties – George Washington and South Charleston in Class AAAA, Herbert Hoover in Class AAA and Poca in Class AA, qualified for the state tournament with Poca the lone champion from the Kanawha Valley.

Let’s take a look around both counties as teams open their season’s this week and next.

CLASS AAAA

George Washington and South Charleston both advanced out of Region 3 to the state tournament last, where the neighboring rivals met at the Charleston Coliseum. The Black Eagles won that contest, but will be plugging in some new players after SC lost key contributors Mondrell Dean (Hurricane) and Wayne Harris (Huntington) – a first team All-State pick last season — to transfer. GW, meanwhile, brings back one of the state’s best players in Ben Nicol.

Listed at 6-foot-7, Nicol, who was a Class AAAA first team All-State selection last spring, has already committed to play his college basketball at Ohio University. He will be joined by standout Brenden Hoffman as the main weapons for the Patriots, while Dawson Lunsford, Lukas Deem, Aston Gute, Noah Lewis, Chuck Kelly and Brandon Dawson will also be called on to contribute.

“Ben Nicol, who signed with OU and was first team All-State last year – I think he’s one of the better players in the state and I think he should be a legitimate player of the year candidate, but that depends on how he plays,” GW coach Rick Greene said during a recent media day event put on by WVPrepBB.com at West Virginia State University. “Another senior who has played really well for us has been Brenden Hoffman. Then after that is a lot of inexperience. Good kids, potentially, but we’re probably going to have some growing pains early. We just don’t have that varsity experience, and in my opinion, there is not much that replaces varsity experience.”

Elsewhere around the Kanawha Valley in the big school classification, Capital hopes to get back in the mix for a spot in the state tournament after bowing out to South Charleston in the sectional tournament last spring. Capital coach Matt Greene, the son of cross-town rival Rick Greene at GW, said his team will feature a substantial junior class who contributed as sophomores but looks to the leadership of senior Markel Booker, who Greene said has stepped up as a leader so far.

“I think we have some potential this year, but we’ve been hit with a little bit of the injury bug early,” Greene said. “Shalik Hampton is out until at least February with a broken toe, and we’ve been battling some other injuries. We have three starters out already this year, but I do like our potential. We were a little younger last year, but we’re bringing back six juniors who played for us as sophomores last year. Hopefully they’re able to grow into the roles.”

South Charleston’s loss is Hurricane’s gain in Dean, a senior who was an honorable mention All-State pick last season and helped guide the Redskins to their best football season in school history this fall.

“Mondrell Dean is playing for us, and he does make a difference on our team,” Hurricane coach Lance Sutherland said. “He lifts everybody up and encourages everybody. He has made a difference in just the week of practice that he has been there. We also have Jackson Clark and Brayden Whittington and a host of other juniors who have played the last two years.”

The Redskins have a tough road to the state tournament, with a Mountain State Athletic Conference schedule before Region 4 postseason play with Parkersburg, Parkersburg South and St. Albans in their section.

“As far the team goes, like everybody else is going to say, we’re pretty young,” Sutherland said. “We have two or three seniors and the influx of the football players helped a bit.

“We did have a lot of freshman and sophomores play the last two years, so we do have a lot of experience coming back. As far as how good we’ll be, I have no idea. We could be really, really good. Or, we could be really, really bad. It depends on how they gel and how they progress throughout the year. We’re probably in one of the toughest regions and sections this year with Huntington and South – and St. Albans is pretty good too. It’s going to take a lot to get to Charleston for us.”

CLASS AAA

Herbert Hoover was the Kanawha Valley’s only Class AAA state tournament representative last season, but Nitro and Winfield were both solid in advancing to the Region 4 co-finals.

Hoover, fresh off the school’s first ever appearance in football’s Super Six, should be good again with several key players back from the back-to-back Region 3 co-champs.

“I’m going to have probably two of the best guards in the state in Eli Robertson and Dane Hatfield,” Huskies coach Josh Stricker said. “It hurts losing three seniors last year after we made it to the state tournament two times in a row, but I feel really good about this team.”

Hoover is stuck in a spread out Region 3, Section 2 along with Sissonville, Nicholas County and Lewis County, while the Kanawha Valley’s other Class AAA teams get to stick a little closer to home for postseason opponents.

Nitro and Winfield are joined by Ripley and Point Pleasant in Region 4, Section 1, and both the Wildcats and Generals will be looking to improve after finishing just short of the state tournament last season.

For Nitro, that means replacing six seniors from last season. Head coach Austin Lowe will have four seniors in Ryan Smith, Corey Haddad, Rashawn Robbins and Derick Woodrum and also has a young but talented group of sophomores led by Ashton Crouch, Derek Lowe and Landon Poniatowski.

At Winfield, the Generals have a new head coach in Travis Tarr after Chris Stephens resigned in October. Tarr will have a senior guard to help lead the way in Ross Musick, an honorable mention All-State selection last season, as well as a talented sophomore in 6-foot-5 Bryson Childers.

CLASS AA

Poca is the defending state champion in Class AA, but the Dots won the title with a senior-laden team and will be short on experience this season.

Eight seniors, including current University of Virginia guard and two-time Bill Evans Award winner Isaac McNeely, are gone from Poca’s state champions, with one starter from that team – senior guard Kam Meeks – returning. Jordan Wolfe, a four-year starter at quarterback for Poca, will make his return to the hardwood this season while junior Hunter Toney also saw plenty of playing time last season and will be counted on by veteran Dots coach Allen Osborne.

“We lost eight seniors – some great players – so we have a new team,” Osborne said. “Any time you have a new team you get excited. Expectations from the outside aren’t very high, but we’ll be as good as we can be and try to get better every day.

The Dots beat Charleston Catholic in the Region 4 co-finals last season, and this season they’ll have to get through the Irish in sectional play.

Catholic brings back 6-foot-3 junior Jayallen Turner, a first team All-State selection last season, as well as Gio Cinco, Maxwell Cox and Jeff Reynolds. Kellen Swann, a standout for Catholic’s dominant boys soccer team, will also join the Irish on the hardwood this season.

“Our team this year has a lot of guys back,” Catholic coach Hunter Moles said. “We dealt with a lot of adversity last year, but we’ve got a lot of experience. You can’t teach that varsity experience – having people in the stands watching you play. We’ve got a lot of guys back

“I think we’ve got about six guys who are starters, and that’s always a good problem to have as a coach. We’ve got a great freshman class as well, so we’re really looking forward to it.”

Buffalo could also be in the mix in Region 4, Section 1. The Bison, who fell to Ravenswood in Region 4’s other co-final last season, bring back senior Caleb Nutter, a second team All-Stater last season.

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