Wasting too much ink on straw news

first_imgExcuse me, but could someone please calculate the millions of pounds of paper and ink used thus far for printing the so-called “news” about plastic straws, and hasten the time when something more important will replace the space used for reporting on that topic? The solution is simple:Let people who are concerned stop using them and keep big government out of it.Richard FelakNiskayunaMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?Puccioni’s two goals help Niskayuna boys’ soccer top Shaker, remain perfectEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsNiskayuna girls’ cross country wins over Bethlehem Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinionlast_img read more

President, ministers’ medical test results won’t be revealed to public: Health minister

first_imgThe Health Ministry announced Tuesday that President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo, along with his aides in the Cabinet, had been tested for COVID-19 following the positive case of Transportation Minister Budi Karya Sumadi. The test results, however, will not be revealed to the public.”We won’t declare the results because it’s a general [medical] check up,” the ministry’s disease control and prevention director general, Achmad Yurianto, said, assuring that everyone was in “good condition”.Jokowi said separately on Monday that he and all members of his Cabinet had been tested for COVID-19 earlier that day, yet refused to disclose the results. “Please ask the health minister [Terawan Agus Putranto] for the results.”State Secretary Pratikno announced on March 14 evening that Budi had tested positive for COVID-19 and had been labeled as Case 76. Prior to testing positive, Budi had attended a Cabinet meeting led by Jokowi on March 11.The meeting’s other attendees included State Secretary Pratikno, Cabinet Secretary Pramono Anung, Presidential Chief of Staff Moeldoko, Coordinating Political, Legal and Security Affairs Minister Mahfud MD, Coordinating Economic Minister Airlangga Hartarto, Finance Minister Sri Mulyani, Agrarian and Spatial Planning Minister Sofyan Djalil, Environment and Forestry Minister Siti Nurbaya Bakar, State-Owned Enterprises Minister Erick Thohir, Home Minister Tito Karnavian, Attorney General ST Burhanuddin, Indonesian Military commander Air Marshal Hadi Tjahjanto, National Police chief Gen. Idham Azis, as well as North Sumatra Governor Edy Rahmayadi and acting Medan mayor Akhyar Nasution, among others.Topics :last_img read more

Bank Indonesia buys $5.6b in govt bonds in burden-sharing scheme

first_imgBank Indonesia (BI) has bought Rp 82.1 trillion (US$5.64 billion) worth of government bonds in a private offering, marking the first transaction under the government’s burden-sharing agreement to fund the fiscal deficit resulting from the nation’s COVID-19 response.The deal was finalized on Thursday and was sold in maturities of five, six, seven and eight years, each worth Rp 20.52 trillion, according to a statement by the Finance Ministry.“This transaction is part of the burden-sharing scheme between the government and Bank Indonesia to finance the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and national economic recovery,” said the Finance Ministry’s financing and risk management director general Luky Alfirman in the statement. The government recently promised to accelerate stimulus spending with Finance Minister Sri Mulyani pledging to spend Rp 1.4 quadrillion in the second half of the year to bolster economic growth.Indonesia’s economy contracted 5.32 percent in the second quarter, the first contraction since the aftermath of the 1998 Asian financial crisis, as household consumption, investment and government spending tumbled during large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) imposed to curb the spread of the virus.The government now expects the economy to shrink by 0.4 percent at worst or grow by 1 percent at best this year.Read also: No global bonds in sight as Indonesia focuses on local debt marketTopics : The central bank and the government have agreed on a Rp 574.59 trillion debt monetization scheme, with the central bank pledging to buy Rp 397.5 trillion in bonds at a coupon rate corresponding to BI’s benchmark interest rate of 4 percent to fund health care and the social safety net. The central bank will then return the yield to the government in full on the day it is paid.“The private placement transaction was conducted by maintaining credible fiscal and monetary management, while also maintaining fiscal space and sustainability,” Luky added.The government is facing the daunting task of raising Rp 990 trillion in the second half this year to cover a fiscal deficit of 6.34 percent of gross domestic product (GDP).President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s administration has allocated Rp 695.2 trillion of the state budget to stimulate the economy and strengthen the country’s pandemic response, but the slow distribution of the funds because of red tape is expected to delay the impact on the economy.last_img read more

Damen DOP250 Busy in Westport

first_imgImage source: DamenThe Westport Marina dredging program in Washington, undertaken by a Damen DOP250 with cutter unit, is currently underway.The DOP250 and its cutter unit are powered by the hydraulic power pack. The DOP250 works at a dredging depth of -8m. It pumps the harbor sludge through a 250 mm floating pipe line over some 1100 m to a settling field.Image source: DamenThe job, which started in September, is carried out using a large excavator John Deere 470 equipped with a long-reach boom and stick, based on a pontoon.This pontoon can be repositioned in the marina easily as per the progress of the dredging job.At the back of the excavator, a Power Pack is mounted.Westport Marina is the home of Washington State’s largest charter fishing fleet. The harbor badly needed maintenance dredging as the last dredging work was undertaken some 39 years ago.As the marina is packed with jetties, the job has to be carried out in a controlled manner. The DOP250 is positioned between 2 berths maneuvering the excavator’s boom.This way the sediment built up over the last decades can be removed entirely.last_img read more

Suspected top Iloilo NPA rebel surrenders

first_imgHe thanked Tacsagon for facilitatingthe surrender. Meanwhile, Lieutenant Colonel JoelBenedict Batara, commander of the Army’s 61st Infantry Battalion, citedTacsagon and the Tubungan local government for their commitment to thegovernment’s fight against insurgency. Citing intelligence information,Samson said the surrenderer joined the NPA in 2012 after he was charged withacts of lasciviousness. Pancito urged other local governmentofficials to help the police and military convince rebels to yield. He faces two charges – for acts oflasciviousness way back in 2012 and for murder in 2017. Tacaisan was the squad leader of SibatPlatoon, Southern Front Komiteng Rehiyon Panay, for eight years, said Samson. Tacaisan’s surrender on Feb. 22 wasfacilitated by Mayor Roquito Tacsagon. Philippine Army’s Captain CenonPancito III, spokesperson of the 3rd Infantry Division, said Tacaisan went bythe alias “Ka Dana” and was in their list of rebels operating in Tubungan andneighboring towns. Samson said Tacaisan admitted to beinga rebel but denied the two charges. ILOILO City – A suspected rankingofficial of the New People’s Army (NPA) in Iloilo province surrendered in BarangayZone 1, Tubungan town. Moncino Tacaisan, 49, of BarangayIgtuble, Tubungan had two standing arrest warrants, according to PoliceLieutenant Colonel Jose Romel Samson, Tubungan police chief. “Kungmagtulungan tayo, we can solveinsurgency problem ,” said Pancito.  Tubungan implements a reintegrationprogram to benefit former members of the NPA. “Project ROKIT” or ReintegrationOplan Kabalaka for Deserving Individuals in Tubungan provides rebel returnees withlivelihood and other reintegration assistance./PNlast_img read more

Anti-Terror Bill up for ‘final review’ – Palace

first_imgProtesters gather on June 12, 2020 for a “party-themed” gathering against the anti-terror bill. The controversial measure that seeks to boost the Philippines’ anti-terrorism campaign is already with the office of Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea – the last stop before it reaches the table of the President. JIRE CARREON/ABS-CBN NEWS “I talked to our fellow Cabinet members about it and he (Duterte) said, so far, he has no objections to the provisions of the proposed Anti-Terrorism Act. He also certified it as [a] priority bill,” Esperon said in an interview on CNN Philippines. National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr., for his part, said that he expects President Duterte to sign the measure as he has objections in the proposed law. Duterte still has a week to decide on the anti-terror bill before it lapses into law on July 9. Congress on June 9 transmitted the bill to Malacañang for President Duterte’s signature. “We will leave it to the President because anyway, he has this legal team going through it and the Department of Justice, Secretary Guevarra has given his recommendations and because he’s a lawyer he will also go through it,” he added. “Ibig sabihin po mayroon nang memorandum recommending a course of action to the President,” Roque said. “Subject to final approval lang po siguro ‘yan ni Executive Secretary at dadalhin na po sa lamesa ni Presidente.” Militant and human rights groups, among others, fear that the Anti-Terrorism Act will be abused and used to go after critics of the government, while Commission on Human Rights called on the bill’s vague definition of terrorism. MANILA – The controversial Anti-Terorrism Bill is now under “final review.” It has already reached the table of Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea, Presidetial spokesperson Harry Roque revealed. Under the anti-terrorism bill, persons who shall threaten to commit terrorism, and those who will propose any terroristic acts or incite others to commit terrorism shall suffer imprisonment of 12 years. Medialdea’s office will serve as the last stop of the measure before it reaches the table of President Rodrigo Duterte, according to Roque. Suspected persons can be detained for 14 days without a warrant of arrest with an allowable 10-day extension. A 60-day surveillance on suspected terrorists can also be conducted by the police or the military, with an allowable 30-day extension./PNlast_img read more

Margaret Mary Health purchases property in Franklin County

first_imgBatesville, IN—On Friday, June 14, 2019, Margaret Mary Health completed the acquisition of 61 acres of property off State Highway 229, just north of its campus on Six Pine Ranch road.According to Tim Putnam, President and CEO of Margaret Mary Health, “The purchase of this land is an investment in the future.  As we look ahead at the role Margaret Mary fills within the community, this additional property provides us the opportunity to continue to meet our vision of being the best health care provider, where people choose to come for services; where physicians choose to practice; and where team members choose to work.”The property connects to where the Margaret Mary Physician Center and Outpatient and Cancer Center are currently located and provides the opportunity for future expansion, although there are no immediate plans for development at this time.“Today, our current facilities are meeting the needs of our providers and the patients we serve.  That said, the delivery of healthcare is evolving, the sophistication of technology is rapidly impacting patient care and the population we serve is continuing to age, increasing the demand for our services.  This is a long-term strategy for Margaret Mary, to make sure we are positively positioned for delivering care in the community for years to come,” noted Putnam.last_img read more

Cricket News Cheteshwar Pujara matches Sachin Tendulkar for this unwanted record in Boxing Day Test

first_imgNew Delhi: Cheteshwar Pujara has been the key factor in India’s good run in Australia in the ongoing series. In Adelaide, his knocks of 123 and 71 helped India secure a 31-run win to help Virat Kohli’s side win the first match of the series in a Test Down Under for the first time. In Melbourne, Pujara hit his 17th century and his partnership with Kohli helped India reach 443/7 declared on a difficult pitch. However, in the second innings, with India leading by 292 runs, Pujara attempted to flick a full ball from Pat Cummins but he found the fielder at leg gully to depart for 0. Things got worse for India as Kohli (0) and Ajinkya Rahane (1) fell to Cummins as the bowler picked up four wickets in a sensational burst.This was the second time that Pujara had scored a century but dismissed for a duck in the same match. His first instance was in 2015 when he was dismissed for 145 and 0 in the third Test against Sri Lanka at the Sinhalese Sports Club (SSC). However, Pujara has also matched the unwanted feat which was earlier set by Sachin Tendulkar, who was also dismissed for a hundred and a duck in the same match twice.Read More | Bumrah takes career-best figures to decimate Australia in MCG TestTendulkar was dismissed for 0 in the first innings of the Chennai Test in 1999 against Pakistan but he came back strongly in the second innings. Battling back spasms, Tendulkar scored a heroic 136 but India fell short by 12 runs. The second instance was against the West Indies in Port of Spain in 2002. Tendulkar smashed 117 but fell for 0 in the second innings. However, it did not prove to be costly as India won a Test in the West Indies after 26 years.Read More | Watch – Kohli tries to run four, Pujara barely manages threeThe other prominent people who have been dismissed twice for a hundred and a duck in the same match are Sir Don Bradman, Sir Garfield Sobers, Sir Vivian Richards, Jacques Kallis and Daryl Cullinan. Shivnarine Chanderpaul of West Indies has suffered this fate three times, which is the most. So, in a bittersweet way, Pujara is in elite company. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

The Latest: Louisville AD: 15% cut from budget, furloughs

first_img___The company that makes Louisville Slugger wood baseball bats has closed its factory, furloughed 90 percent of its employees and shut its popular museum.Hillerich & Bradsby Co. says it has continued to cover all health care benefits for its 171 furloughed workers. The remaining 10% of employees have taken 25 percent pay cuts.The wood bat factory closed on March 19, three days after the Louisville Slugger Museum shut. The 120-foot bat outside its headquarters now a banner across the barrel reading “Flatten the Curve.”The 165-year-old company produces about 2 million wood Louisville Slugger bats a year at its downtown Louisville plant, with around 50,000 going to Major League Baseball. Tyra said furloughs would be announced Wednesday but did not specify details to the University of Louisville Athletic Association (ULAA) board in a Monday video teleconference. Earlier this month the AD announced 10% pay cuts for head coaches and senior staff, including himself, and included his foregoing $300,000 in bonuses. The department aims to trim $15 million from the 2020-21 budget to be submitted this week and hinted at other cost-cutting moves, including furloughs.“We regret that we have to make some of these very difficult decisions,” Tyra told the ULAA board. “But for us, to be honest to the situation and where we are as an athletic department, we’re not sitting with a large reserve as some may be.”Tyra warned the economic outlook would change if the current shutdown of sports worldwide extends into college football season. He reiterated his view of the sport not being played without spectators in the stands and added that starting up without a vaccine “makes it more difficult.”___Raiders coach Jon Gruden took a break from preparing for the NFL draft to drop into an online class at the University of Tennessee. Associated Press Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Louisville athletic director Vince Tyra says his department will cut 15% from its sports budgets and furlough staff this week in further economic moves resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. Contingency planning for the men’s Twenty20 World Cup will be among the topics for discussion when the heads of the top cricketing nations hold a specially convened meeting this week about the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the sport.The chief executives of the International Cricket Council’s 12 full members and three associate representatives also will discuss the rescheduling of series, the program of future tours and the key factors behind the resumption of international cricket on Thursday’s conference call.The T20 World Cup is scheduled for Oct. 18-Nov. 15 in Australia. It is cricket’s biggest global tournament this year and hasn’t yet been called off.ICC chief executive Manu Sawhney says the organization is continuing to “take advice from experts and authorities” about the T20 tournament.Sawhney says there is a need to “share knowledge and … build a deep understanding of what it will take to resume international cricket.” April 20, 2020 Aguero is teaching kids how to count in Spanish. His lessons became available on a day kids in Britain would have usually returned to school after the Easter holidays.Aguero says “it’s a tough time for children at the moment, and also for parents trying to keep them focused on their education from home.”Aguero hasn’t played a competitive match since March 8 because soccer is shut down in England and across most of the world during the outbreak.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 Event organizers are looking to hold the competition in the fall, though no new dates have been set.World series executive director Ty Stewart says organizers are “committed to running the World Series of Poker” this year but need additional time to do it while prioritizing the safety of guests and staff.Changes to the tournament are expected, though the $10,000 buy-in main event will still be held.___Seattle Seahawks linebacker Bobby Wagner is trying to help health care workers and first responders in the Seattle area. Schlissel says he decided to cut his salary as school president by 10% for the rest of the year, starting on May 1.___The Memphis Grizzlies are buying lunch each day this week for workers at a COVID-19 testing site.The Grizzlies are feeding approximately 50 workers each day through Saturday at the Tiger Lane testing facility outside the Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium at the Memphis Fairgrounds.Coach Taylor Jenkins is providing lunch Thursday, and coaches for the Grizzlies and the G League Memphis Hustle have Tuesday. Forward Jaren Jackson Jr. has covered two days, while the Grizzlies are picking up the other two. The family made an initial donation of $500,000 last month.United Way Worldwide is one of six national charitable organizations recommended by the NFL as part of its Draft-A-Thon fundraising campaign tied to this week’s NFL draft.___The Professional Fighters League has canceled its upcoming season because of the coronavirus pandemic and plans to resume in spring 2021.The mixed martial arts promotion was expected to begin competition in May. The competition format includes a regular season, a postseason and a championship event, making it unique in MMA. Last year, the promotion staged six regular-season events, three playoff events and a championship event on New Year’s Eve. ___The family that owns the Minnesota Vikings has increased its donations to COVID-19-related causes to more than $5 million.New York and New Jersey residents Zygi, Mark and Lenny Wilf announced Monday that the bulk of the money has been earmarked to support health care workers, the elderly, food banks, social service organizations and Jewish philanthropic causes in New York, New Jersey, Minnesota and Israel.Among the organizations receiving help are United Way Worldwide, the New Jersey Pandemic Relief Fund, RWJBarnabas Health, Jewish Federations of North America, New York-Presbyterian Hospital, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital, Second Harvest Heartland, Minnesota Disaster Recovery Fund for Coronavirus and Vikings.1rmg.com.“We are focused on trying to provide as many resources as possible to meet their needs and assist some of the most vulnerable populations during this unprecedented time,” Vikings owner/chairman Zygi Wilf said. Arsenal has 10 games remaining and is eight points from fourth place with a game in hand on Chelsea as it chases Champions League qualification.___The NFL and the Players Coalition are donating more than $3 million to seven areas significantly affected by the new coronavirus.As part of the league’s Inspire Change program, a donation of $3.05 million will be sent to health systems, individual hospitals, and nonprofit organizations in Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago, Detroit, Washington, and impacted regions of Florida and Louisiana.“We know that during this difficult time, our minority and low-income communities are struggling disproportionately with the impact of COVID-19,” said Players Coalition co-founder and former NFL star Anquan Boldin. “Communities in Detroit, Chicago, Baltimore and more are getting hit hard right now, and we want to do our part in ensuring these areas have even the basic needs. We are glad we can partner with the NFL to support the organizations who are on the ground providing for these families.” ___The Green Bay Packers have distributed the first round of Milwaukee grants to 16 nonprofit organizations as part of the Packers Give Back COVID-19 Community Relief Fund.Packers officials say $500,000 in grant money has been established for organizations supporting Milwaukee County residents dealing with the effects of the pandemic. Future grants through the fund will be announced later.The grants given so far are designed to address hunger concerns, human services, health and wellness plus assistance to domestic violence victims and help for the elderly and the homeless.The Packers relief fund is providing $1.5 million overall, and $1 million is being directed to Brown County organizations through the Greater Green Bay Community Foundation. A portion of those funds already has been distributed to 10 Brown County nonprofit groups for food and hygiene concerns, housing assistance, transportation, medication and other basic needs. ___Regional government officials in Germany have discussed sports and the coronavirus pandemic on a conference call and say soccer could resume in mid-May.A summary published by the city of Bremen says “continuing play in the soccer Bundesliga … is considered justifiable from the middle or end of May as per the current state of discussions.”Bremen senator Anja Stahmann chaired the call. She says resumption would require “the strictest hygienic and medical conditions.”The last top-level soccer game in Germany was played on March 11 but clubs have been pushing to resume the season in empty stadiums. ___Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton and his wife, J.J., have donated $150,000 to a local fund providing personal protective equipment for health care workers along with lab supplies to expand testing amid the coronavirus pandemic.Dalton, who has one year left on his contract with Cincinnati, told medical professionals in a video that “it’s a true honor for us to help support you all in this fight” by contributing to the University of Cincinnati Health Crisis Response Fund.Dr. Richard P. Lofgren, the president and CEO of UC Health, said the Daltons’ support “lets these health care heroes know that the community is behind them.”— Joe Kay reporting in Cincinnati Clubs are facing financial shortfalls without revenue from broadcast deals and sponsors.___New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio says there is a chance for large public gatherings later in the summer, which could lead to games at Yankee Stadium and the Mets’ Citi Field.De Blasio announced Monday that parades and city-permitted events had been canceled through June because of the novel coronavirus but said progress in fighting the pandemic will determine what is allowed after that.“For all of us sports fans, we’re asking this question, can our leagues come back in 2020, at all? I think this is an area where we don’t know yet,” he said during a news conference. “I’m taking what I think is a cautious, steady approach to how we reopen New York City. And we have to always plan on the worst-case scenarios. We have to protect ourselves. But there’s also better-case scenarios that could come along and could get proven that might open up possibilities for later on, late in the summer, going into the fall. There may be opportunities.”center_img Gruden previewed some of the challenges the NFL might face in the draft starting Thursday night because it will be conducted remotely. He had a good practice run, though he needed help from his wife to get video started so he could appear online. Wearing a Raiders’ hat and a Tennessee T-shirt, Gruden asked if anybody could see him in the video shared by Tennessee. He talked to the students about keeping grandparents safe and being the ones who will take the country forward once the COVID-19 pandemic is over.Gruden needed help signing out as well: “I don’t know how to sign out. I don’t know if I can get out of here.”___The Jim and Juli Boeheim Foundation’s annual fundraiser for charity is still on for Saturday night, but it will be done remotely due to the spread of the new coronavirus. ___Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta, his coaches and players have agreed to a 12.5% pay cut for the next year to help the club deal with the financial impact of the coronavirus.No games have been played in the Premier League for six weeks and the competition is not likely to resume until at least June due to the national lockdown and social distancing.Arsenal says the reduction in annual earnings by the players and coaches will take effect next month.The club says in a statement that “if we meet specific targets in the seasons ahead, primarily linked to success on the pitch, the club will repay agreed amounts. We will be able to make those repayments as hitting these targets, which the players can directly influence, will mean our financial position will be stronger.” Among other members of the group are: Edith Parker, dean at Iowa’s college of public health; Boris Lushniak, dean of Maryland’s school of public health; Preeti Malani, Michigan chief health officer; and Susan Koletar, director of Ohio State’s division of infectious diseases. ___University of Michigan athletic director Warde Manuel has volunteered to reduce his salary by 5%. School president Mark S. Schlissel announced the cost-saving move as part of the institution’s plan to cut costs due to the financial impact of the coronavirus pandemic. Schlissel says the school may have to endure losses as much as $1 billion through 2020.Manuel, who was hired four years ago, had a $990,000 salary in 2019. ___Syracuse men’s basketball coach Jim Boeheim and football coach Dino Babers are taking voluntary pay cuts to help the university cope with the drain of financial resources due to the new coronavirus pandemic.Also taking the voluntary 10% pay cuts are women’s basketball coach Quentin Hillsman, men’s lacrosse coach John Desko, and women’s lacrosse coach Gary Gait. Syracuse Chancellor Kent Syverud announced the austerity moves in a letter Monday morning to students and faculty. He said the university has been hit with more than $35 million in unplanned expenses and unrealized revenue.All new capital projects also have been placed on hold, except for the renovation of the Carrier Dome. The $118 million project includes a new permanent roof for the home of the school’s football, basketball, and lacrosse teams. Wagner donated a few hundred hot meals last week to workers at Virginia Mason Medical Center battling the COVID-19 virus pandemic. Wagner says he plans to continue the donations to health care and first responders for the next few weeks. The meal donations are through a partnership with HUNGRY at Home, of which Wagner is an investor.Wagner has previously provided financial backing for the Low Income Housing Institute in Seattle that manages tiny housing villages for the homeless. He also paid the grocery bills for customers at a Seattle supermarket last November while helping prepare Thanksgiving meals. ___Kentucky coach John Calipari’s foundation helping charities provide COVID-19 pandemic relief has received a $1 million donation.The Hall of Fame coach recently began his “Coffee With Cal” video series on Facebook to help The Calipari Foundation support No Kid Hungry, Feeding America and several charities providing relief. CustMbite, which makes dental products easier and affordable and is a Delta Dental of Kentucky subsidiary, made the large donation. The company added in a release that it’s “glad to have the opportunity to partner with Coach Cal and his foundation to help ensure kids are receiving the nutrition they need.” CEO Peter Murray says the PFL will pay its fighters a monthly cash stipend to help support them and their families throughout 2020.The 2021 season will be distributed on ESPN platforms in the U.S. and to 160 countries by the league’s international media partners. The PFL said it will produce new programming across ESPN and PFL platforms for the rest of this year.___The Spanish government says it has reached a deal with the country’s soccer league and federation for teams to return to practice.The government has not provided a timetable or given any other detail about when practice would resume. It says it will depend on the evolution of the coronavirus pandemic and on decisions by health authorities. ___The president of the German soccer federation says resuming league play will not mean taking resources away from healthcare workers amid the coronavirus pandemic.Fritz Keller writes in Kicker magazine “we guarantee that resuming play … will not cause a burden for the healthcare system.”He adds that “there will be no use by sportspeople of testing capacity which would be missed elsewhere.”No top league games have been played since March 11. The German league has been more bullish than other major European competitions about the chances of resuming in May or June with widespread coronavirus tests for players. That push is partly driven by fears that several clubs face financial collapse without TV and sponsorship money.German state and local officials could potentially veto games in their areas. Keller says unified rules for soccer around the country would help clubs “quickly and without bureaucracy.”___Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero has been using some of his spare time in lockdown to teach British kids how to speak Spanish.The Argentina international has been signed up by the BBC as part of its home-schooling initiative while educational establishments are closed during the coronavirus pandemic. The 21st Basket Ball gala will be simulcast from the Boeheim home in suburban Syracuse beginning at 7 p.m. on cnycentral.com and facebook.live. It will include a live auction, an appearance by the men’s basketball team on a Zoom call, and a surprise musical performance.The general public can register on-line at theball.boeheimfoundation.org. Proceeds will go to those affected the most by COVID-19, as well as cancer research and underprivileged children in the Syracuse community. The event has normally netted around $500,000 at its usual venue, Turning Stone Casino. ___The 2020 edition of the World Series of Poker scheduled to begin on May 26 has been postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic. The Latest: Louisville AD: 15% cut from budget, furloughs Calipari has already hosted former President Bill Clinton and NBA Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban on the 20-week series.___Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred suspended uniform employee contracts as of May 1, giving teams the ability to lay off or cut the pay of major and minor league managers, coaches, trainers and full-time scouts.About 9,000 people are covered by uniform employee contracts, including general managers and baseball operations staff on some teams. Manfred cited the inability to play games due to the national emergency caused by the new coronavirus pandemic.“Our clubs rely heavily on revenue from tickets/concessions, broadcasting/media, licensing and sponsorships to pay salaries,” Manfred wrote in an email Monday, a copy of which was obtained by The Associated Press. “In the absence of games, these revenue streams will be lost or substantially reduced, and clubs will not have sufficient funds to meet their financial obligations.” The government says strict protocols will have to be followed when teams begin training again. The Spanish league and the federation have created health protocols for the return to training.The league says the competition is not expected to resume until the end of May at the earliest and games will be in empty stadiums at first.Government officials and the presidents of the league and the federation met for nearly eight hours this weekend.The government says the league and the federation have agreed to use part of the money from soccer television rights to help other sports in Spain. It says they will also create a contingency fund of 10 million euros ($10.8 million) to aid more vulnerable athletes.___ H&B CEO John Hillerich IV told The Louisville Courier Journal that if the company doesn’t soon crank up its Pennsylvania mill — and MLB has no timetable to start its season — then some of the set to become bats might spoil.___Purdue says the father of freshman men’s basketball player Brandon Newman has died of complications from the coronavirus.Chicago police say 59-year-old Officer Ronald Newman died early Friday. He was a decorated officer, with 137 awards in his 19 years on the force. Newman spent the bulk of his career in the department’s 4th District on the city’s South Side.In a statement, Purdue said athletic department officials were “deeply saddened” by the death and have reached out to the Newman family. ___The Big Ten has announced the membership of its task force for emerging infectious diseases.Chairing the group is Chris Kratochvil, the University of Nebraska medical center’s associate vice chancellor for clinical research and professor of psychiatry and pediatrics.The task force was initially formed March 7 at the request of Big Ten commissioner Kevin Warren. The group includes one representative from each of the Big Ten’s 14 member schools.The task force is designed to provide counsel and medical advice to ensure the safety of the Big Ten’s students, coaches administrators and fans.last_img read more

Arrested Development: With just four Syracuse players in the NBA, is playing a zone in college too difficult an adjustment to make?

first_imgWe are just more technical with the fundamentals of the zone more than man-to-man. I personally wish I was able to practice man-to-man more. It’s a different focus and it doesn’t come as easy to me as it may come to others.Brandon Triche Published on January 30, 2014 at 3:37 am Contact Jesse: jcdoug01@syr.edu | @dougherty_jesse Then there are the four active players. Anthony is a prolific scorer. So is Waiters. Johnson’s offensive versatility makes him a good fit for the spacing of the NBA game and in half a season Carter-Williams has succeeded as a long point guard.But even they have their defensive deficiencies. According to the advanced statistic defensive rating, which measures the number of points a team gives up per 100 possessions, the Lakers are a more efficient defensive team without Johnson on the court. The 76ers are the same when Carter-Williams sits.Anthony, the ring leader of Syracuse’s small NBA contingent, leans on the defensive play of teammate Iman Shumpert. When Anthony plays with Shumpert, the Knicks’ defensive rating is considerably better. When Anthony’s on the court without him, the Knicks’ defensive rating raises almost six points.The difference for these four is that their other strengths overshadow any defensive insufficiencies. Their transitions to the NBA weren’t seamless either, but show that for a certain type of player, it is possible.“It wasn’t too much of an adjustment,” Johnson said.Easy for him to say.With the multitude of former SU players that have and continue to enjoy successful careers abroad, there is a pipeline between Central New York and professional basketball.It just doesn’t lead to the NBA.Banner photo courtesy Alex Gallardo | The Los Angeles Times Commentscenter_img They were all handpicked for Jim Boeheim’s system.Jonny Flynn, a spry point guard from Niagara Falls, N.Y., primed to pressure the ball and jumpstart the fast break; Brandon Triche, a local 2-guard with a wide wingspan and innate scoring ability; Fab Melo, a raw 7-footer, the quintessential rim protector; Eric Devendorf, a sharpshooter just quick enough to sufficiently sit atop a zone.It’s a never-ending list. The chosen ones. The players plucked out of cities, suburbs, playgrounds and packed high school gyms to be links in Boeheim’s barbed-wire fence. When Boeheim decided to run the 2-3 zone almost exclusively around 1996, he also started to develop his prototypical recruit.Each one destined for collegiate success — and possibly more.“Syracuse guys are picked in the lottery year-after-year,” said former Syracuse guard Jason Hart.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textYet there are just four Syracuse players currently in the NBA: Carmelo Anthony, Michael Carter-Williams, Dion Waiters and Wesley Johnson.It’s a proverbial cloud that hangs over Syracuse — the inexplicable lack of NBA success alongside other perennial powers including Duke, North Carolina and Kentucky that have churned out a wide mix of starters and role players in the last decade. The only glaring difference between the Orange and these programs is the Syracuse zone, patented but potentially problematic.Former SU players didn’t attribute their professional inadequacy to the zone, but did say there are adjustments to make in the pros — challenging adjustments that no other rising players have to make.“I don’t think playing zone hurts your ability to play man-to-man but it doesn’t help,” Triche said in an email. “Playing zone can hide some deficiencies as a defender.”Courtesy of Ufficio Stampa Aquila BasketAfter a standout career at Syracuse, Triche now leads Ufficio Stampa Aquila Basket in Italy with 13 points in 28.8 minutes per game.Next to a list of former Syracuse stars is a catalog of fallout stories.Flynn was the sixth pick in the draft in 2009 only to leave the league by 2012. Melo was taken 22nd in 2012, played six games with the Boston Celtics and now runs with the NBA Developmental League’s Texas Legends.Second-round picks Kris Joseph and Andy Rautins played a combined 15 games and 78 minutes as rookies before taking to France and Spain, respectively. Demetris Nichols made three NBA stops in two seasons and now plays in Russia.Duke has 15 active NBA players; North Carolina has 16; Kentucky, 21. Syracuse has as many active pros as Baylor, Colorado and the Ohio Valley Conference.LAST IN LINE Of the top five winningest programs in NCAA history, Syracuse has the fewest active NBA players by a wide margin. The four players currently in the NBA are Carmelo Anthony, Wes Johnson, Michael Carter-Williams and Dion Waiters.“The game is faster, guys are bigger and guys are stronger,” former SU center Arinze Onuaku who now plays with the D-League’s Canton Charge, said in an email. “It’s an adjustment everyone has to make to move onto the professional level.“It’s two different games, college and the NBA. It’s two totally different games.”Then add in an extra obstacle — jumping back into man-to-man after playing it only in practice in Syracuse.Former Syracuse players said they were familiar with man-to-man after playing it growing up and in high school. But they did acknowledge there were a host of adjustments to make after college.Onuaku said the coverages at the pro level were extremely different from Syracuse’s zone. Devendorf rattled off backside rotations, doubling the post and helping on drivers as aspects of man-to-man that hindered him at times. Hart said that “cutting the court in half” had to be worked back into his defensive approach.They all took a hiatus from traditional basketball at Syracuse and learned a system that doesn’t directly translate to the NBA. By itself, relearning backside rotations or the timing of double teams isn’t anything insurmountable.But when all the intricacies are added together, it becomes a sizable task.“I just think the defensive three seconds was big,” Johnson said. “We got to sit in the paint (at Syracuse). That was probably the main thing. I got caught a lot (in the NBA), just sitting there and waiting.”Courtesy of Wally Skalij | The Los Angeles TimesJohnson is one of the four Syracuse players still standing in the NBA. The forward has combined athleticism and a natural scoring knack to stay afloat at the professional level.Some players handle the transition better than others.Hart was a defensive stalwart at the top of Boeheim’s zone and is Syracuse’s all-time steals leader. He played 10 NBA seasons as a role player and was known for his ability to lock down opposing guards.He’s part of the exception, not the rule.“I’m a defender, I always have been,” Hart said. “I know I played in a zone in college but once I got to the pros, I was just the same defender individually. For me, it was about desire.”Like Hart, Triche played four seasons at the top of the zone at Syracuse. His gangly arms were a perfect fit next to Scoop Jardine and then Carter-Williams, but he’s not a player who naturally excels in a man-to-man scheme.Syracuse works on man-to-man in practice scrimmages, but Triche admitted that playing man in college games would have helped his development.After graduating from Syracuse last spring, Triche played with the Charlotte Bobcats in the NBA Summer League. He didn’t get signed and is now with Trento in Italy.last_img read more