Blum: Syracuse playing rest of NCAA Tournament on borrowed time

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on March 23, 2016 at 10:02 pm Syracuse could lay an egg against Gonzaga. It could let big men Kyle Wiltjer and Domantas Sabonis dominate the Orange on the glass. Everything could go wrong on Friday night and it won’t change the perception of what was accomplished in St. Louis.Because, as Boeheim said, the season is right now. The season that mattered started when Syracuse made the Tournament. And since then, it’s collected two nearly flawless wins. In 2014, Syracuse started 25-0, but that fact is only a footnote to an upset by 11th-seeded Dayton. Whatever happens against the Bulldogs, it can’t take that away.“I think we just have to make sure we understand that there’s a lot to be done, a lot can be done,” Boeheim said after the MTSU win. “A lot of good things can happen and we have to focus on that, the next game, and not really look backwards. There will be time to look backwards some day.”And while backwards is the only direction for Michigan State to look, there’s still life for a Syracuse season that’s continuing on borrowed time. Comments Related Stories Why Tyler Roberson can be a consistently dominant rebounder for SyracuseSyracuse basketball opponent preview: What to know about GonzagaSyracuse basketball roundtable: How to handle Gonzaga’s threats and how SU can improveDougherty: The Syracuse zone is keeping the madness at bayNCAA Tournament: 10 fun facts about Gonzaga ST. LOUIS — Tom Izzo barely had 10 minutes to let the end of his season sink in. He sat at the postgame press conference and tried to hold his emotions together as he explained Michigan State’s inexplicable loss to Middle Tennessee State in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. He couldn’t. He cried. He rubbed his eyes. He paused for seconds at a time.Everything his team had accomplished all season. A 29-6 record. A Big Ten title. The development of Denzel Valentine, one of college basketball’s best players. It was all seemingly rendered meaningless by one fluke of a game. And Izzo, the head coach and captain of the ship, couldn’t help but break down.“I don’t care about next year. I don’t care about tomorrow,” Izzo said. “I just care about the present and what they did for me, for us. And somehow I’ve got to make sure in all this disappointment, that it is not lost. Because that’s the problem with sports, it does get lost.”Izzo calls it a “problem.” Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim called it “unfortunate.” A team can go through an entire season, but still have it be defined by the success in this one-and-done Tournament. For someone like Izzo, the Tournament rendered one of the best regular seasons in program history far less meaningful.But for a team like the Orange, that has gone through the lows of an 0-4 start to the conference season, that has dealt with a suspended head coach and a stressful 100 hours between an Atlantic Coast Conference tournament loss and Selection Sunday, this Tournament has quickly redefined the season’s legacy. The No. 10 seed Orange is playing on borrowed time, and will have the chance to advance to the Elite Eight when it faces 11th-seeded Gonzaga at 9:40 p.m. on Friday.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“The Tournament has become, unfortunately, the season,” Boeheim said. “Coaches are getting fired everyday now because they don’t get their team to the Sweet 16. Especially for the good teams, everything hinges on what you do in the Tournament.”He may consider it unfortunate, but that’s far from the case for the team Boeheim is coaching now. He knows how lucky his team is to even just be playing, and readily admits that he hoped to just play in Dayton’s First Four round when the selection show started a week and a half ago.Syracuse is two wins in and two wins from a Final Four. No one could have predicted this or hoped for it. There were no expectations attached to this postseason. Just a prayer that the Orange would, at the very least, get to play in it.“To get into the NCAA Tournament, it feels good,” Trevor Cooney said. “To win both of these games, I mean, it’s unbelievable. We just have to keep it going.”MORE COVERAGE: Why Tyler Roberson can be a consistently dominant rebounder for SyracuseSyracuse basketball opponent preview: What to know about GonzagaSyracuse basketball roundtable: How to handle Gonzaga’s threats and how SU can improveNCAA Tournament: 10 fun facts about GonzagaDougherty: The Syracuse zone is keeping the madness at baylast_img read more

Meeting sought with Letterkenny bus operator over Long Lane ‘exclusion’

first_imgLetterkenny councillors are seeking a meeting with the operator of the Letterkenny Town Bus over issues with the route and service.A number of concerns about the local bus were highlighted at this month’s council meeting, while Cllr Gerry McMonagle claimed that the entire Long Lane area was being denied access to the service due to a past incident.“The operator is insisting that he won’t go up Long Lane and that’s exclusion,” Cllr McMonagle said. “A number of years ago there was a window broke on one of the buses on Long Lane by a young lad and there hasn’t been a recurrence.“There is no reason why this gentleman should be allowed to deny a large number of people because a window was broke four years ago.”Cllr McMonagle also questioned whether the operator is legally allowed to avoid a road under the licence granted by the local authority.Cllr Ciaran Brogan proposed that the council members meet with the operator to share the concerns of local residents who want to see the service improved. Meeting sought with Letterkenny bus operator over Long Lane ‘exclusion’ was last modified: November 12th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Celebrating Soweto’s heritage

first_imgRay Maota Members of the Mpanza family, withEric Itzkin, the deputy director ofimmovable heritage in the provinceat the unveiling of the plague showingthe house is a Provincial Heritage Site. James “Sofasonke” Mpanza led20 000 homeless people to occupyvacant council land due toovercrowding in Orlando. This led tothe formation of Soweto.(Images: Ray Maota)MEDIA CONTACTS• Tshenolo MokgeleJames Mpanza Legacy Foundation+27 11 935 7483 / +27 84 715 3896The home of one of Soweto’s founding fathers, James “Sofasonke” Mpanza, has been declared a formally protected provincial heritage site, entrenching his legacy as a man who changed history.The declaration was made official on 24 September 2011, which is Heritage Day in South Africa.The James Mpanza Legacy Foundation along with the City of Joburg worked in tandem to bring the house’s status to the level of those belonging to other famous Sowetans like Nelson Mandela and the Archbishop Emeritus Tutu, who lived on the famous Vilakazi Street in Orlando West.Although Mpanza has passed away, his home at 957 Phiyela Street in Orlando East is still owned by his family. They received their title deed to the house in 2010.The people of Orlando would gather at the home to bring their grievances to Mpanza, who was the leader of the Sofasonke Party – the first civic movement in the country.Present at the declaration where Godfrey Gxowa, a shareholder at Moroka Swallows football club; Khabisi Mosunkutu, former MEC of Agriculture, Conservation and Environment in Gauteng; as well as Eric Itzkin, the deputy director of immovable heritage in the province.Orlando East councillor Sechaba Khumalo said: “I’d like to thank these young revolutioneries of the Mpanza Foundation for making sure this day has finally materialised.“Without the late Mr Mpanza, there would be no Soweto.”According to Gxowa, Mpanza was responsible for setting up the longest standing derby in South African football between Orlando Pirates and Moroka Swallows.“How fitting it is that we celebrate a great man on the day South Africans celebrate their heritage. Mpanza was an activist who laid the foundation for civic struggles,” said Mosunkutu.Mosunkutu added that when Mpanza forcibly took council land to relieve overcrowding in Orlando, he set up the land redistribution debate, which still rages on today.The father of SowetoMpanza was born in 1889 in Georgedale, in KwaZulu-Natal, and was schooled in Amanzimtoti.He was imprisoned when he was in his 20’s for burning an Indian merchant inside his shop after allegations that the man was abusing black women.Mpanza was sentenced to death and imprisoned at Pretoria Central Prison while awaiting execution.During his time in prison he converted to Christianity and wrote a book called The Christian Pathways.He was pardoned by the visiting Duke of Kent in 1927 after being imprisoned for nine years.Mpanza was granted clemency after writing a letter to the British royal.After his release Mpanza settled in Bertrams, in eastern Johannesburg, until he was moved to Orlando. At that time it was a farm in south-west Johannesburg and named after Orlando Leak, the first administrator of the township.Moving to Orlando changes historyDue to the Urban Areas Act, which prevented black South Africans from owning houses or land in the city, Orlando quickly became over-crowded.As a member of the Orlando Advisory Board, Mpanza appealed to the then minister of native affairs for adequate housing, but he was unsuccessful.In 1944 he decided to actively address the situation on his own by leading a group of 20 000 homeless people to a vacant land next to the Klip River and set up a squatter camp there.The new settlement was called Masakeng, after the sack material used to build the informal houses.Mpanza separated the site into four blocks and administered them without assistance from the authorities.Legislation was passed later in 1944 to remove the squatters, and this resulted in a violent confrontation and two deaths.In 1945 Robert Oppenheimer loaned the city R6-million (now equivalent to US$758 000) to provide adequate housing to the squatters at a site in Jabavu. This marked the start of Soweto, now one of the most famous townships in the world.Human rights campaignerIt was this fight for decent housing, sanitation and basic human rights that secured a place for Mpanza in South African history.His Sofasonke Party addressed problems the people of Orlando had with authority and with each other.Mpanza’s display of courage in defying authority led to Orlando residents nicknaming their local football team Orlando Pirates, “Ezimnyama nge nkane ezi ka Maghebula”.“Ezimnyama nge nkane” refers to the team’s kit, while “ezi ka Maghebula” refers to Mpanza for forcibly taking council land.Mpanza passed away in 1970.“There are many activists in an epoch, but only nature makes activists who touch the lives of so many people and change history – and Mpanza was one of them,” Mosunkutu said.last_img read more

Khan wants Brook bout after Spence Jr. takes title

first_img“No excuses about injuries or weight, he was beaten by the better man.”Spence Jr — who is unbeaten in 22 bouts with 19 inside the distance — praised Brook and looked ahead to fulfilling his own ambition.“The goal is to unify and become undisputed welterweight champion of the world,” said the 27-year-old American.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds “The fight between me and Kell Brook is a pay-per-view fight. I really believe that fight next summer would make sense.“I’m sure he’s going to go into another fight that is going to be a nice, tune-up fight. Maybe next summer we could be back.”Brook’s promoter Eddie Hearn said his 31-year-old pugilist could have suffered a broken left eye socket.If it is the case it is the same injury Brook — who had hoped to fulfil a prophecy by his uncle years ago he would successfully defend his title at the ground of the club he supports — suffered but to his right eye in his previous bout against Kazakh middleweight superstar Gennady Golovkin.“I think it’s the same injury as the Golovkin fight but the other eye, which is unbelievable, but it was caused by Errol,” said Hearn.ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Spence Jr — who has not looked back since losing in the 2012 Olympic quarter-finals — has been called the ‘real deal’ by American boxing legend Sugar Ray Leonard and forced the referee to stop the fight in the 11th round after an absorbing no-holds barred contest.Khan, who held the WBA belt from 2009-12 and the IBF version in 2011, said he would like to fight Brook at welterweight provided the latter’s left eye injury was not so severe he would have to hang up his gloves.  FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting“I’d like to fight him at 147,” 30-year-old Khan told Sky Sports.“It depends on Kell’s eye, and also the dates — there are a lot of pay-per-view fights on. LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – MAY 07: Amir Khan warms up in the ring during the WBC middleweight title fight at T-Mobile Arena on May 7, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. David Becker/Getty Images/AFPBritain’s former light-welterweight world boxing champion Amir Khan wants to end years of failed negotiations and finally take on compatriot Kell Brook he told Sky Sports.The 2004 Olympic lightweight silver medalist announced this in the wake of Brook losing his IBF welterweight title to the impressive unbeaten American Errol Spence Junior at Sheffield United’s Bramall Lane ground late Saturday.ADVERTISEMENT Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIVcenter_img Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP Ginebra claims share of top spot, slips past Meralco Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students PLAY LIST 01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes MOST READ BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast View commentslast_img read more

a month agoEx-‘fatty’ Arsenal youth teamer Donyell Malen hits stunning 5 PSV goals

first_imgEx-‘fatty’ Arsenal youth teamer Donyell Malen hits stunning 5 PSV goalsby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Arsenal youth teamer Donyell Malen has hit five goals for PSV Eindhoven in their thumping of Vitesse.He opened the scoring after 18 minutes before adding further strikes ten minutes before half-time and immediately after the break.Malen then completed the 5-0 rout with two penalties in the final seven minutes.The result still leaves Mark van Bommel’s side behind Ajax on goal difference at the top of the Eredivisie, with four wins and a draw so far this season.It takes the forward’s total to ten this season, which included a goal on his senior Netherlands debut against Germany this month.Malen was part of Arsenal’s academy between 2015 and 2017.Earlier this month, Malen admitted he still bristles over criticism from his time at Arsenal.Malen was branded overweight by former Arsenal youth chief Andries Jonker, now in charge of Telstar, during his time with the Gunners.”I heard him say that I came in too fat. That surprised me,” Malen recalled to AD.”They had been working at Arsenal for two months when I came. Then of course you are not immediately at the same level.”I was not fit yet, but too fat? No.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Majority Of Georgia Fans Say They’d Rather Have Nick Chubb Than Todd Gurley At Running Back

first_imgNick Chubb and Sony Michel celebrating after a football game.ATHENS, GA – SEPTEMBER 26: Running back Nick Chubb #27 of the Georgia Bulldogs celebrates with running back Sony Michel #1 at the conclusion of the game against the Southern University Jaguars on September 26, 2015 at Sanford Stadium in Athens, Georgia. The Georgia Bulldogs won 48-6. (Photo by Todd Kirkland/Getty Images)Matt Chernoff, a sports talk radio host in Atlanta, posed the following hypothetical question on Twitter this afternoon. Which player would you (Georgia fans) rather have: Todd Gurley or Nick Chubb? Georgia fans If you could have Chubb or Gurley this season, who do you want?— Matt Chernoff (@RealMattlanta) August 26, 2015Gurley, who starred in Athens, Ga., for three seasons, is now a St. Louis Ram. Chubb, meanwhile, burst onto the scene in Gurley’s absence in 2014, rushing for 1,547 yards and 14 touchdowns. The majority answer for Georgia fans: Chubb. As of 3:40 p.m. E.T., 19 people had responded to the tweet. The responses: 10 for Chubb and four for Gurley (the other five said stuff like “Churley” or “both”).Some of the responses: @RealMattlanta Chubb. Gurley has a bum knee and Chubb was just as good, if not better last year.— Georgia Native (@Georgia_Native) August 26, 2015@RealMattlanta Chubb all the way. #ChubbSmash— Amen…Go Dawgs (@Amen_GoDawgs) August 26, 2015@RealMattlanta Chubb because QB/WRs are question marks. Will need a back who can not only handle workload, but be more effective bc of it— Matt Berry (@MattBerry05) August 26, 2015@RealMattlanta Gurley, I still think he has more take it to the house speed— Kevin Bearden (@KKevin4268) August 26, 2015Who would you take, Georgia fans?last_img read more

Grade Four Students to Sit Literacy and Numeracy Exams on June 21 And 22

first_imgStory Highlights For the numeracy segment, students will be tested on number operation and representation; measurement and geometry, and algebra and statistics. The Tests are administered to children to determine their literacy and numeracy, at grade four, in keeping with international requirements and standards. Thousands of students attending primary schools across the island are scheduled to sit the Grade Four Literacy and Numeracy examinations on June 21 and June 22. Thousands of students attending primary schools across the island are scheduled to sit the Grade Four Literacy and Numeracy examinations on June 21 and June 22.The Tests are administered to children to determine their literacy and numeracy, at grade four, in keeping with international requirements and standards.For the numeracy segment, students will be tested on number operation and representation; measurement and geometry, and algebra and statistics. The literacy component will comprise word recognition; reading comprehension; and writing.The tests are diagnostic in nature and after completion students may be assigned a mastery level, almost mastery level or non-mastery.At the mastery level students must attain mastery on all three sub-tests/strand combinations; to be assigned almost mastery, students should master one or two sub-tests/strand combinations and students who have not mastered any of the sub-tests/strand combinations are at the non-mastery level.In 2009 the Ministry of Education initiated the Competency Based Transition Policy, which stipulates that no child will be allowed to sit the Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT) without being certified as achieving mastery in the Grade Four Literacy and Numeracy Test.Students who do not attain mastery in both areas are required to re-sit the examinations in Grade five.last_img read more

WE Day Seattle Unites Young Change Makers With Stars

first_imgThe world’s largest youth empowerment event, WE Day, is returning to Seattle on May 3, 2018 at KeyArena.An unparalleled celebration of young people committed to making a difference, WE Day Seattle will bring together over 16,000 engaged students and educators from across the state for a powerful, life-changing experience featuring renowned speakers, innovative thought leaders and celebrity performers.Announced today, the initial lineup for WE Day Seattle includes WE Day Seattle Co-Chairs Ciara and Russell Wilson, along with Doug Baldwin of the Seattle Seahawks, Bella Thorne, Rachel Platten, Noah Cyrus, Ann Curry, Diane Guerrero, Jacob Tremblay, Jack & Jack, Olivia Holt, Anthony Gonzalez, Esera Tualo, Lizzie Velasquez, and more. Joined by international activist and WE Day co-founders Craig and Marc Kielburger, the exciting lineup will share their passion for change, energize the crowd and motivate young people to continue to take action on pressing issues to affect positive change in their communities and around the world.“Our years of involvement with WE have inspired us on so many levels. It is so empowering to experience the unwavering determination, passion and love the kids have at WE Day Seattle,” said Ciara, Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter and record producer and WE Day Seattle Co-Chair. “From the young people on-stage sharing their challenges and triumphs, to the thousands of students in attendance who prove what caring for others can achieve, the energy and positivity at WE Day Seattle is unparalleled” added Seattle Seahawks quarterback and WE Day Seattle Co-Chair Russell Wilson.More than a one-day event, WE Day is connected to the free, yearlong educational program WE Schools. Providing schools and community groups with curriculum, educational resources and action campaigns, the program is designed to enhance a school’s existing social initiatives or spark new ones. WE Schools encourages students to further their curricular learning and develop life skills for success beyond the classroom.In the 2016/2017 school year, schools and groups across Washington improved their communities through WE Schools, volunteering more than 656,900 hours and raising over $1,809,600 in support of more than 610 local and global causes including hunger, homelessness, bullying, and poverty. A shining example of this are the students at Selah Middle School who have gone above and beyond to support those in need in their community. This year the school’s WE Club partnered with the Selah Food Bank, decorating and placing collection barrels at local grocery stores, and collecting over 700 items for their first drive. With the goal of combating local hunger the school will continue to sort and collect donations throughout the year, making an impactful difference for those in their community who need it most.“We are surrounded by youth of the WE generation — a generation that is tuned-in to the needs of their community both globally and locally. It’s truly remarkable. They have committed to choosing hope, optimism, empathy and courage over fear, division, apathy and intolerance,” said Craig Kielburger, co-founder of WE. “During WE Day, we are honored to celebrate the young people from over 700 schools and youth groups from across Washington, who have joined together to make a difference and prove that you are never too young to help change the world.”WE Day Seattle is free of charge to students and educators across Washington, thanks to the generous support of partners led by Co-Title Sponsors Microsoft and The Allstate Foundation. Microsoft is proud to empower young people — in Seattle and around the world — with the resources, skills, and inspiration they need to create a more inclusive world. Through its Good Starts Young initiative, The Allstate Foundation empowers America’s youth with the strength, confidence and skills to step up as leaders and achieve success in their lives.last_img read more

Indigenous filmmakers dedicated to their art

first_imgAPTN InFocus with Cheryl McKenzieThe work of Indigenous filmmakers is being screened and celebrated at the 13th annual Winnipeg Aboriginal Film Festival.Jeremiah Bitsui is Navajo and has starred in blockbuster hits like, Oliver Stone’s Natural Born Killers and AMC’s popular television series, Breaking Bad.In this edition our guests discuss the changing dynamics of Indigenous films and filmmaking.last_img

First fully personalized tissue implant engineered from patients own materials and cells

first_imgReviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Nov 13 2018In a new study, Tel Aviv University researchers reveal how they invented the first fully personalized tissue implant, engineered from a patient’s own materials and cells. The new technology makes it possible to engineer any kind of tissue implant from one small fatty tissue biopsy.”We were able to create a personalized hydrogel from the materials of the biopsy, to differentiate fatty tissue cells into different cell types and to engineer cardiac, spinal cord, cortical and other tissue implants to treat different diseases,” says Prof. Tal Dvir of TAU’s Department of Biotechnology, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Center for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology and the Sagol Center for Regenerative Biotechnology, who led the research for the study.”Since both the cells and the material used derive from the patient, the implant does not provoke an immune response, ensuring proper regeneration of the defected organ,” Prof. Dvir says.The research was conducted by Prof. Dvir’s postdoctoral researcher Reuven Edri and doctoral students Nadav Noor and Idan Gal, in collaboration with Prof. Dan Peer and Prof. Irit Gat Viks of TAU’s Department of Cell Research and Immunology and Prof. Lior Heller of Assaf HaRofeh Medical Center in Israel. It was recently published in Advanced Materials.Currently, in tissue engineering for regenerative medicine, cells are isolated from the patient and cultured in biomaterials to assemble into a functional tissue. These biomaterials are always either synthetic or natural, derived from plants or animals. After transplantation, they may induce an immune response that leads to rejection of the implanted tissue. Patients receiving engineered tissues or any other implants are treated with immuno-suppressors, which themselves endanger the health of the patient.Related StoriesOlympus Europe and Cytosurge join hands to accelerate drug development, single cell researchNanotechnology-based compound used to deliver hepatitis B vaccineStroke should be treated 15 minutes earlier to save lives, study suggests”With our technology, we can engineer any tissue type, and after transplantation we can efficiently regenerate any diseased or injured organ — a heart after a heart attack, a brain after trauma or with Parkinson’s disease, a spinal cord after injury,” says Prof. Dvir. “In addition, we can engineer adipogenic (fatty tissue) implants for reconstructive surgeries or cosmetics. These implants will not be rejected by the body.”The researchers extracted a small biopsy of fatty tissue from patients, then separated its cellular and a-cellular materials. While the cells were reprogrammed to become induced pluripotent stem cells — able to make cells from all three basic body layers, so they can potentially produce any cell or tissue the body needs to repair itself — the extracellular material was processed to become a personalized hydrogel. After combining the resulting stem cells and the hydrogel, the scientists successfully engineered the personalized tissue samples and tested the patients’ immune responses to them.The researchers are currently engaged in regenerating an injured spinal cord and an infarcted heart with spinal cord and cardiac implants. They have also begun to investigate the potential of human dopaminergic implants to treat Parkinson’s disease in animal models.The researchers plan to regenerate other organs, including intestines and eyes, using the patients’ own materials and cells. “We believe that the technology of engineering fully personalized tissue implants of any type will allow us to regenerate any organ with a minimal risk of immune response,” Prof. Dvir concludes. Source:https://www.aftau.org/weblog-medicine–health?&storyid4704=2416&ncs4704=3last_img read more