Syracuse’s top trio leads SU in 72-62 win over Notre Dame

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Earlier this season, Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim said that Tyus Battle has made as many clutch shots as any player in SU history. So on Saturday, as the Orange led by seven points with 2:25 left against a persistent Notre Dame team, Battle stepped back on the right wing to try and do it again.Boeheim then watched the junior’s shot swish, which was followed by Battle slapping his chest twice with his right hand. The Orange had needed their big scorers to step up in their Atlantic Coast Conference opener, and Battle’s late bucket put the exclamation point on the necessary performance. “To get an away win in ACC starting off,” Battle said, “it’s good momentum for us.”Syracuse (10-4, 1-0 ACC) separated itself late to beat Notre Dame (10-5, 0-2), 72-62, in Purcell Pavilion on Saturday. The Orange were spurred by a combined 58 points from their three leading scorers: Elijah Hughes, Oshae Brissett and Battle. They combined for 10 3s in a game that Syracuse knocked down a season-high 12. SU’s offense, which was supposed to be better this season and hadn’t yet shown it much, delivered to win its ACC opener.“They have to show up,” Boeheim said of the trio. “If they don’t, we’re not gonna win. We depend on those guys.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textFor better or worse, Syracuse relied on a three-headed scoring attack last season: Battle, Brissett and Frank Howard. In games when those players were taken out of the equation, the Orange struggled to put the ball in the hoop. But in contests where those three got going, Syracuse was tough to beat. This season, Howard hasn’t been the same player as last while he still battles a return from a preseason injury. But the Orange added Hughes after he sat out last season as a transfer from East Carolina. Brissett returned with a fine-tuned 3-point shot, and Battle reworked his shot as well. With limited production from SU’s bigs — and until Howard is back to himself again — the Orange is in a familiar spot with their reliance on a three-pronged attack.“Any day, one of us can have big nights,” Battle said.Those three scorers face a big burden in the ACC while overcoming four nonconference losses, a total that Syracuse has never made the NCAA Tournament with. And at least Saturday, they delivered right from tip-off.On SU’s first possession against Notre Dame, Hughes pump faked and dribbled once before nailing a 3 from the top of the key. Brissett drained one from the left wing a few minutes later. Battle pulled up and swished from the left elbow. Later in the first half, Hughes faded away for 3, then Battle stepped back for 2 from the right elbow, and finally, Battle led a one-man fastbreak before finishing off the glass. All three had scored at least eight points by halftime. After early-season questions surrounded both Battle and Brissett’s shooting, the results have been much improved. “We are shooting it better,” Boeheim said. “… I think we can shoot it well. I don’t think that’s something that’s not possible.”Before Saturday, even though the Orange knew which three guys would win or lose them games, SU hadn’t been able to count on them to consistently make 3s. Hughes had been the best of the bunch, and he showed that Saturday with a career-high six makes from deep.But Brissett stepped up as well Saturday, with three first-half deep balls, and Battle swished a top-of-the-key 3 midway through the second half. That Battle swish, one week after he didn’t attempt a 3 on a perfect shooting night, put Syracuse back up five and silenced Notre Dame.“We don’t worry about whatever statistics say,” Battle said. “We know we can shoot the ball. We were getting good looks, and they were going in.”Battle has spoken about the potential ACC play provides for resume-boosting wins. So a loss Saturday wouldn’t have crippled Syracuse’s season. But all three of SU’s leading scorers took charge, combining for 26 of SU’s 46 rebounds — 11 for Brissett, 10 for Hughes, five for Battle. “Coach has been on us, especially me and Elijah about it,” Battle said with a grin about rebounds. “… And it was good for us, I think, that’s what we need to do to win games going forward.”This is just the start for Syracuse. The Orange host two ACC foes next week before traveling to play No. 1 Duke. In its ACC opener, SU proved it had a method to winning in one of the country’s top conferences. Even if it’s not all that different from last year’s go-to attack, which carried the Orange into the Sweet 16.By the end of Saturday’s game, Syracuse’s top three had done enough and no longer worried about another Notre Dame comeback bid. Hughes dribbled behind his back as the buzzer sounded, and Brissett gave him a high-five. They, along with Battle, had done what they were supposed to.“Every night, you want to show up,” Brissett said. “Coach puts a lot of confidence and a lot of trust in us to make plays, so he calls our numbers, and we’ve just got to go out there and execute.” Comments Published on January 5, 2019 at 2:02 pm Contact Billy: [email protected] | @Wheyen3last_img read more

Kelowna Bruins claim Nelson Bantam House tourney

first_imgThe tournament featured two Nelson teams. Both squad struggled through the tournament losing five of six games. In the crosstown rival game, Nelson 2 edged Nelson 1 [email protected] By The Nelson Daily SportsThe Kelowna Bruins outlasted the Summerland Jets 5-2 to capture the top prize at the Nelson Bantam House Minor Hockey Tournament Sunday at the Civic Centre Arena.The Bruins advanced to the final by blasting city rival Kelowna Sharks 7-3. Meanwhile, the Jets pulled off a narrow upset of the Vernon. The Central Okanagan squad from Vernon is coached by longtime hockey guru, Kevin Mitchell.last_img read more

No approval granted: Town Clerk never received permission to impose fees

first_imgCity garbage collection…ordered to hold public consultationNo approval was granted to Town Clerk Royston King to impose a $200 garbage collection fee in the city of Georgetown.At the Mayor and City Council (M&CC) statutory meeting on Monday, Mayor Patricia Chase Green noted that the full council was yet to approve that proposal and has since ordered Town Clerk King to hold at least one public consultation exercise and present a firm proposal to the Council for approval.Georgetown Mayor Patricia Chase-GreenKing admitted to the Mayor and City Councillors, at Monday’s statutory meeting, that the collection fee was discussed at the level of the Finance Committee and was raised at the last statutory meeting, but no decisive action was taken on it. He claimed that the matter was put in the public sphere for feedback and they have received positive feedback ever since.However, Chairman of the Finance Committee, Councillor Oscar Clarke said that a firm proposal of all the implications must be brought to the Council for agreement and approval before the charge was implemented. This was agreed to by Mayor Green, who ordered that it be done while directing the Town Clerk to ensure that public consultation was done before the implementation phase.“I would like to have one public consultation where you invite everybody. Explain to them why you do this, what you’re doing this for,” she instructed.Garbage collection feeOn Friday, King unveiled a plan to begin charging residents of Georgetown $200 per barrel of garbage monthly despite them paying the requisite rates and taxes.“It is the principle that we believe that the residents should make a contribution to the collection…We are determining the modalities and they would have to pay at City Hall. We have systems in place to track all our movements at the moment and we would put systems in place to ensure that everyone complies with this,” he had stated.Town Clerk Royston KingThe intent of the fee implementation is to broaden the Council’s revenue base so that it can meet its expenses. The Council’s two garbage contractors Puran Brothers Disposal and Cevons Waste Management withdrew their services on July 30, 2017, as City Hall’s debts had risen to the multimillion-dollar range. According to the companies, the issue of non-payment has been a long-standing one, with many debts going as far back as 2015.However, they had resumed collection after the municipality approached Central Government through the Communities Ministry for a bailout of $475,635, 245 to settle the city’s debt to Puran Brothers, Cevons, and another company after they would have pulled their services owing to non-payment.The bailout was granted, and Central Government decided to pick up the tab until December 31, after which the M&CC would step in. The Council is expected to procure two new garbage trucks to aid in its collection, by the end of June.last_img read more

B.C. Supreme Court hears cases for Site C intervener statues

first_img“The judge didn’t make a decision yesterday on any of them, and that probably won’t come down until Thursday – or possibly even later than that,” says PVLA president Ken Boon.The three groups in court yesterday include the B.C. Public Interest Advocacy Centre, the Canadian Geothermal Energy Association and Amnesty International.“I think the Canadian Geothermal lawyers; all they’re asking for is a half hour oral presentation,” explain Boon. “And I think the B.C. Public Interest Advocacy Centre, they’re asking for about 45 minutes [to present]. I can’t remember what Amnesty International [asked]; I think they’re very similar to that.”- Advertisement -“So we spent a whole day arguing over that.”Boon says there’s “a narrow window” for an intervener status to be approved; whereas they can’t present the same information provided by petitioners, but by the same token, they can’t present too much new information either.“In the case of the ratepayers group, they feel it’s important that they can be involved in it because they represent the lowest income groups in the province who can’t absorb further rate increases than what’s already scheduled,” Boon goes on to say. “And then of course, the Canadian Geothermal Energy Association; the case was made quite clear by the report brought forth by the joint review panel that alternatives were not looked at properly.”Advertisement “I think it would be very helpful on a case like this for these interveners to be heard.”The judge, who will be responsible for hearing all of the Supreme Court cases, is expected to hand down a ruling in the next few days.Site C – one of the province’s largest infrastructure projects tagged at $8.8 billion – is set to break ground in the summer.last_img read more

Wandyake header hands Bul bragging rights in Jinja derby

first_img Tags: Bul FCJoel Madondokirinya jssRichard WandyakeStarTimes Uganda Premier LeaguetopYunus Sibira Kirinya JSS defender Douglas Muganga looks on in disappointment during the loss to Bul on Wednesday. (Agency Photos)StarTimes Uganda Premier LeagueBul FC 1-0 Kirinya JSS FUFA Technical Center, Njeru Wednesday, 10-04-2019NJERU – After five consecutive draws between Bul FC and Kirinya JSS in the top flight, there is finally a winner.Bul are the side who have the lion share of bragging rights in the Jinja derby after a hard fought 1-0 win over Kirinya JSS on Wednesday afternoon.Richard Wandyaka was the hero of the day, heading home the winner 9 minutes into the second half.Wandyaka rose highest to nod home past Kirinya goalkeeper Sanoni Mulabi off a Yunus Sibira’s corner kick.After a tense first few minutes, the first chance of the game fell to Bul’s James Otim who raced through on goal but his effort was saved by Mulabi who in turn injured himself.As a major characteristic in derbies, Sibira and Kirinya’s Joel Madondo clashed after the latter’s high tackle, requiring the officials’ intervention to separate them.Moments later, Madondo was at the end of Kirinya’s first shot on target but his effort was parried away for just a corner by Hannington Ssebwalunyo in Bul’s goal.With five minutes to half time, Otim tested Mulabi from distance but the former SC Villa shot stopper was equal to the task.Uganda Cranes defender Isaac Isinde blocked a goal bound shot from BUL forward Villa Oromchan with two minutes to the end of the opening half.BUL forward Richard Wandyaka had the final chance of the half but he shot over from close range as the opening 45 minutes ended goalless.The second half resumed on a different tempo altogether with the visitors showing more urgency.Madondo and Akol shot over the BUL goal while in promising positions, in quick succession.BUL broke the dead-lock with Richard Wandyaka’s headed goal off a corner by Yunus Sibira on 54 minutes.The visitors suffered an injury set-back when they lost, Madondo who was replaced by Dan Sewava.Bul also suffered an injury set back 23 minutes to the game’s end as Sibira limped off for Abdul Mayanja.In the end, Bul won the game 1-0 to move into 5th on the standings with 40 points from 26 games.The Bul team that started against Kirinya on Wednesday.Goal hero Wandyaka was named man of the match.Consequently, Kirinya-Jinja S.S suffered their 8th loss of the season and they remain in 9th with 36 points.The other games played on Wednesday:-BUL 1-0 Kirinya-Jinja SS-Maroons 2-1 Tooro United-URA 0-1 Bright Stars-Mbarara City 0-0 VipersComments last_img read more

Vine could move to Scotland

first_imgRowan Vine could be set for a move to St Johnstone.The forward, released by QPR this summer, is on trial with the Scottish club and scored twice for them in a pre-season friendly against Bristol City.St Johnstone are managed by former R’s midfielder Steve Lomas, who is keen to offer Vine a contract.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img

Stars: Born of Violence, or Doing Violence to Theories?

first_imgTwo stunning images from the giant orbiting telescopes are breeding tales of violence, but the reader can decide if the trauma is building stars and planets, or pummeling theories.  Space.com tells about the new Spitzer infrared photo of Eta Carina, announcing, “As they destroy the huge cloud that is their home, wildly energetic stars may be triggering the birth of the next generation.”  The idea is that material blasted away by the central star’s ultrasonic winds and ultraviolet radiation clumps in eddies where new stars can form.  Yet Nathan Smith explained that current theory does not explain the apparent synchronized star formation in the Carina Nebula.  Dust and gas will not collapse into stars without becoming concentrated.  Smith invoked a snowplow metaphor to explain how the material might have piled up, then “eventually formed knots where new stars could form.”    Science1 described observations of the Orion Nebula made by the Chandra X-ray telescope, where X-ray flares emanating from the Trapezium – thousands of times more energetic than anything our sun generates – are making some astronomers imagine birth through violence.  They speculate whether such conditions keep newly-forming planets from spiraling into their host stars, and might also explain the formation of chondrules, melted meteoritic material that has been difficult to explain in our solar system.  Confident claims such as “The results turn back the clock to the infancy of our own sun” are contrasted with mysteries, such as:No one knows the impacts of such giant magnetic short-circuits.…it stretches current theory, [Eric] Feigelson readily admits.This was a whole category of energy release and physics that we just couldn’t study before.Feigelson thinks this “planetary protection” picture, in a phrase coined by NASA, needs a better theoretical anchor before anyone hops aboard that boat.  “The story is not necessarily persuasive because of the complexities of planet formation, but it’s very tempting,” he says.  “COUP [Chandra Orion Ultradeep Project] gives us much more confidence that our young sun was very magnetically active.  I am not as confident about the other steps in the argument.”  (Emphasis added in all quotes.)  The article ends noting that, while the data set is rich, the theory is still a work in progress.    Another surprise was announced by Australian astronomers working at the Keck Observatory: the stellar disk of Andromeda spiral galaxy M31 is apparently three times larger than earlier assumed.  ABC News Australia has the story.  One astronomer said of previous theories of galaxy accretion, “This giant disk discovery will be very hard to reconcile with computer simulations of forming galaxies.”1Robert Irion, “Turbulent Orion Nebula Shows a Flare for the Dramatic,” Science, Vol 308, Issue 5726, 1249-1250, 27 May 2005, [DOI: 10.1126/science.308.5726.1249].The pictures are beautiful.  The stories are entertaining.  No human lifetime could watch the whole sequence, so the interpretations are very much model-driven and riddled with difficulties.  Certain ones claim this or that feature supports their pet theory (see Finagle’s Second Law).  Others claim it turns the pet against its owner.    Evolutionists seem drawn to violence as a creative process.  Though biological evolution is many orders of magnitude more implausible than stellar evolution, it still seems that theories of star and planet formation, though dealing in the hard-science realms of physics and chemistry, still require many ad hoc elements to work.  Note Feigelson’s remark about the “complexities of planet formation” – they are many, and serious.    Telescopes bring us light from these objects that, though it left long ago, is received in our present.  The light gives us information about color, temperature, wavelengths, magnetic fields, velocities and a few other things that were going on when the photons left the object.  It is “tempting” to “hop aboard the boat” of this or that speculation, but boats without firm planks tend to leak.  A “firm theoretical anchor” makes a leaky boat leak even faster.  Moral: keep the data distinct from the stories.  Collect watertight planks before setting out to sea.  The next publication could well reveal today’s Spanish Armada of blustering hype sinking under the violent onslaught of new observations.(Visited 7 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Limpopo sets new standards of success

first_imgFrom left, Brand South Africa’s Iggy Sathekge, Belu Mdlalo, Miller Matola, Lindiwe Ngcobo, Leo Makgamathe and Dimape Serenyane at the Limpopo summit. (Image: Nicky Rehbock)Sustaining a successful business through diversification and creativity was the focus of the recent Brand South Africa Stakeholder Summit in Polokwane, Limpopo province.Initiated by Brand South Africa and taking place in each of the nine provinces, the summits aim to increase provincial participation in the nation-branding effort and encourage active citizenship – which, in turn, will help position the country as a top investment and tourism destination.Each summit presents South Africans who, through their work and community initiatives, are already active ambassadors for the country. These individuals epitomise the unique characteristics, or pillars, of the South African brand – ubuntu, diversity, sustainability, possibility and innovation.Speaking at the recent summit, Brand South Africa CEO Miller Matola said that the branding of South Africa is not a matter of choice but a necessity in every province, requiring the joint efforts of local government, citizens, business, political parties, charities, the media, academia and sporting organisations.Endorsing Limpopo’s role in making South Africa a force to be reckoned with throughout the world, province Premier Cassel Mathale added: “It is the combined behaviour of a country’s people and its attributes that make up a brand or identity. A positive identity – or favourable reputation – promotes global competitiveness.”Mathale noted how the highly successful 2010 Fifa World Cup had, and still is, transforming South Africa’s image, locally and abroad.“The Brand South Africa is using that legacy of the World Cup to build a globally competitive brand. They are looking forwards, not backwards,” the premier said.Claiming his spaceAt the forefront of helping breed a successful nation brand is Stanley Mufamadi, MD of Limpopo’s home-grown Vuwa group.Mufamadi said his journey, from working in human resource (HR) management to building a diversified portfolio of thriving business ventures, represents the aspirations of all budding entrepreneurs in the province.“When I came to Limpopo in 1997, there were a lot of opportunities I identified in Polokwane – in HR consulting, in transport and in the tourism and hospitality industry.”“Because it’s always wise to start with an area that you are comfortable with and have expertise in, I made inroads with HR.”Mufamadi set up a company called Vuwa Management Consulting, establishing Vuwa as a brand in itself representing quality, consistency and value.“We chose that name because it’s simple, easy to remember and unique to Limpopo, meaning ‘arise and claim your space’ in Tshivenda.”Second was Vuwa Transport Services, which began with just one bus, ferrying workers from Polokwane to a mine site some distance from the city.“The job was done very well – we went from a single bus to operating 12 buses in seven years with no fatalities or accidents. That happened because we had shown commitment to the promise of the Vuwa brand.”From here, Mufamadi branched into tourism with Vuwa Safari and Tours – which now offers a variety of tour packages, overnight accommodation and conference facilities – and a new chain of lodges.“We’ve invested a lot in promoting this branch on radio and in newspapers and we are competing very well at the moment. We’re proud of the space we’re taking in the tourism industry,” he added.Passion, teamwork and strategic investment in operational facilities are among Mufamadi’s secrets of success.“As an emerging operator, you have to invest in communications – you need to be seen, you need to be available and you need to be contactable.“You also need to learn as much as you can about your industry, benchmark against the best and comply with all statutory requirements, especially the South African Revenue Service.”In the Vuwa consulting business, “expert knowledge, competent staff, on-time delivery and quality” are key, Mufamadi said.“The success factors of Vuwa Safari and Tours include strict compliance with road transport regulations, a professional image, participation in international travel tradeshows and expert training.”Central to building the Vuwa brand has been gaining access to financing from the Department of Trade and Industry and the Industrial Development Corporation, among others.“In many instances entrepreneurs battle to access grants and loans because their affairs are not in order – but we can testify that we have received very good support from these institutions.”Next on the horizon for Mufamadi is property development in Limpopo and exploiting opportunities in the local agro-processing industry.“I want to encourage other entrepreneurs and organisations by telling them that the future looks very, very bright – although there is still a lot of support needed to foster sustainability.“What we need is to see more stock exchange-listed companies that originated in Limpopo – driven by the very people who live here,” he said.last_img read more

How Tight is Too Tight?

first_imgThe first question I usually get when I start talking about insulating and buttoning-up houses is, “Won’t my house be too tight?” It’s a very logical question.Tight houses need fresh airAs we make houses tighter, less air flows through them. With less circulation, pollutants in the house can build up. These pollutants can include carbon dioxide from our breathing, smoke from burning our toast, volatile organic compounds (VOCs) from cleaning materials and furnishings, moisture (which isn’t a pollutant itself, but causes mold and other problems), and, yes, even bathroom deodorizers that often contain harmful chemicals. Without as much fresh air getting in to dilute those pollutants and replenish the oxygen we need, aren’t we going to suffocate? Shouldn’t the house be left leaky?The concern is right on—that a tight house without enough fresh air is a bad thing. But the solution—to keep the house leaky—is wrong.There are several problems with the idea of relying on a leaky building envelope to ensure adequate fresh air in a house.Leaky houses costs you money and waste energyIn a typical house, air leakage can account for 25-40% of the total heat loss of the house. If we increase insulation levels and put in better windows but leave the house leaky, the fraction of total heat loss coming from air leakage increases. Cold air leaking in means dollars leaking out. To make matters worse, the rate of air leakage is highest when the energy impact of that leakage is the greatest—when it’s very cold or very windy.Air leaks can cause moisture problemsWhen warm air leaks out through cracks and gaps in your building envelope during the winter, that air cools off and may reach the “dew point.” This is the temperature at which water vapor (a constituent of all air) can condense into liquid water.The dew point depends on the temperature as well as the relative humidity—the higher the relative humidity the higher the temperature at which the dew point will be reached. When condensation occurs within your walls or ceiling, stuff gets wet.Mold can grow—potentially making you sick—and cellulosic materials like wood can rot.You can’t rely on air leaks to be reliableThe strategy of keeping your house intentionally leaky can’t even be relied on to provide fresh air. Air movement through a building envelope depends not only on the envelope leakiness, but also on the “pressure differential” across the envelope. When it’s windy, there’s a pressure differential—on the upwind side fresh air is pushed in through those gaps in the house, and on the downwind side stale house air is sucked out. And when it’s really cold outside, the “stack effect” pushes warm air out through the envelope high in the house and sucks in outside air near ground level.The problem is that there isn’t always one of these situations to create that pressure differential we need for fresh air. On a day without much wind during the spring and fall months, when it’s not that much colder outside than in, the differences in pressure won’t be enough to cause much air exchange—even with a quite leaky envelope, so you won’t be ensuring fresh air.Tighter houses are better housesMy answer to the question of how tight we should make our houses is “really, really tight.” But we also need to provide mechanical ventilation. With a ventilation system—which can be as simple as the continuous or intermittent operation of quiet bathroom fans with intentional air inlets, to a whole-house ventilation system—you will be sure of getting the fresh air you need. With an extremely airtight envelope and a mechanical ventilation system that controls exactly where and how much air is brought in and exhausted, you get the quantity of fresh air you need, you deliver that fresh air where it’s needed, and you get it consistently, whether it’s windy or not and no matter the outside temperature.“Whole-house” ventilation is most effective because the fresh air is delivered exactly where it’s intended (bedrooms and living room, for example) and stale air is exhausted from the places pollutants are most likely to be produced (typically bathrooms and kitchens).With whole-house ventilation, you can also capture heat from the outgoing air stream and transfer it to the incoming fresh air. This is accomplished with a “heat-recovery ventilator” or “air-to-air heat exchanger.” This strategy makes a great deal of sense in cold climates, such as ours, though it does increase cost.FURTHER RESOURCES#Green Primer:Can Houses be “Too Insulated ” or “Too Tight”?Green Building Encyclopedia article:Air Leaks Waste Energy and Rot Houses Ventilation Choices: Three Ways to Keep Indoor Air CleanBlogs:Heating a Tight, Well-Insulated HouseWhat’s the Most Cost-Effective Way to Bring Fresh Air into a Tight House?Tight Houses: A Good Idea (and Code Requirement) Passivhaus Homes are Extremely Tight and Energy-Efficientlast_img read more

7 days agoGini Wijnaldum warns Liverpool: We could fall away like Man Utd!

first_imgGini Wijnaldum warns Liverpool: We could fall away like Man Utd!by Paul Vegas7 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool midfielder Gini Wijnaldum says they will not under-estimate Manchester United at Old Trafford tomorrow.United have made their worst start to a Premier League campaign, but Wijnaldum says Liverpool still respect them.“The way we handle every match is to respect the opponent and give 100 per cent,” he said. “We try to do everything as good as possible, to work as hard as possible.“Every game in the Premier League is tough. Look at the results we have had. I can’t remember a game where it was easy. “We have won them all so far because we give everything and were totally concentrated. Also we have had a little bit of luck.”United’s decline is a shock to those fans who grew up during the trophy-laden years of Sir Alex Ferguson and Wijnaldum claims it could happen to any big club – even Liverpool.“It can happen to anyone,” he said. “It could happen to Liverpool, or Manchester United. It has happened to big clubs in Holland, but I don’t really think about it. I concentrate more on Liverpool.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more