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Jakarta’s poor at risk as city drags feet on COVID-19 social assistance

first_imgBut with an additional 2.6 million recipients added to the tally, Anies said the administration would require approximately 10 days to complete their credentials – another massive undertaking.“Not all of them have a Jakarta identity card. Some are not even registered as beneficiaries of the social assistance program,” he said, adding that the administration would use data it had been collecting through the One Jakarta program, which employs the Family Welfare Movement (PKK) to collect household data.Meanwhile, the Social Affairs Ministry’s director general for social empowerment, Pepen Nazarudin, said the ministry was still waiting on the details of the beneficiaries.“The Jakarta administration is to inform us about the data before we will review it. We’ll convey the data to the President as soon as possible,” Pepen told The Jakarta Post.The disbursement mechanism remains unclear but Pepen insisted it would abide by the physical distancing rules mandated by the government, hopeful of avoiding the rush and the long lines that often come with the distribution of staple food packages.Flora Aninditya, a researcher at the University of Indonesia Economics and Business School’s Demographics Institute, emphasized that while speeding up the collection of data was important, the safety of the officers should be of utmost importance during an outbreak.“There should be a protocol to ensure the safety of data collectors who go out into the field, while operational incentives like covered transportation costs or phone credits should also be provided,” she told the Post on Friday.Read also: Indonesia’s strategy to combat COVID-19: What we know so farSeparately, Foundation of the Indonesian Legal Aid Institute (YLBHI) chairwoman Asfinawati deplored the Jakarta government’s “late” decision to set up a social safety net one month after the first COVID-19 infection was confirmed in the capital.She claimed that many people had lost income and could potentially fall deeper into poverty due to the government’s failure to identify risks and prepare mitigation strategies before measures to curb the spread of the virus were put in place.“The risks should have been identified well in advance,” she said.Jakarta RT/RW Forum chairman Muhammad Irsyad said he was worried that low-income groups would no longer heed the government’s call to stay indoors as uncertainty over their basic needs are thrown into doubt.“Though I’ve seen residents obey the call [for physical distancing] for the past two weeks, they will eventually want to go out to find ways [to make money],” he said. “But residents may feel more at ease if they know it [social assistance] is available.”The severity of the COVID-19 outbreak in the capital has triggered an outpouring of solidarity from individuals, community organizations, companies and government agencies that have gathered donations for the poor and provided protective gear for medical workers on the frontline.Meanwhile, communities in Jakarta’s slums have reportedly begun producing their own antiseptic liquid for local use.“These are truly very good initiatives to have as a nation, but they could also be seen as a corrective measure to make up for the failure of the state,” Asfinawati said.Wahyudi Djafar, deputy director of the Institute for Policy Research and Advocacy (ELSAM), said that collective efforts to handle the outbreak should always be led by the government.“The government should have been able to produce a map for people to track, for instance, where there is a shortage of protective equipment, so donations and other resources can be equally distributed,” he said.Jakarta, currently the country’s epicenter of the COVID-19 outbreak, had reported 958 confirmed cases and 96 deaths as of Friday afternoon.Topics : Fast forward to Thursday, at a teleconference meeting with Vice President Ma’ruf Amin, Anies announced that the number of beneficiaries had jumped to 3.7 million people due to a greater share of the population, comprising poor and vulnerable groups, dropping deeper into poverty.“They [people in the vulnerable bracket] still earn a living, but once the economy contracts, they will have lost all of their income,” he said, pointing to street vendors and ojek (motorcycle taxi) drivers as prime examples of this group.Read also: 70 million informal workers most vulnerable during pandemicThe governor has revealed that beneficiaries would be receiving Rp 1 million (US$60.45) in subsidies per household per month for April and May. The Social Affairs Ministry, which is set to allocate Rp. 4.57 trillion to the social assistance program, would be footing a larger chunk of each subsidy of Rp 880,000, while the remainder will be taken out of the city’s budget. The Jakarta administration’s sluggish delivery of crucial social assistance funds in response to the COVID-19 outbreak is putting the city’s underprivileged citizens at a higher risk of slipping into destitution the longer the crisis stretches on.On March 20, five days after the city started closing down schools and tourist destinations to curb the spread of the disease, Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan said that the administration would be disbursing social assistance to 1.1 million registered beneficiaries.At the time, Jakarta officials were still formulating the amount and method of disbursement.last_img read more

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With one year to go, experts warn of high-risk Tokyo Olympics amid pandemic

first_imgTopics : Although Tokyo on Thursday confirmed 224 new infections, a record high for a single day, Japan has largely avoided the disastrous effects seen in other countries.That has scientists and medical experts concerned about how things might look next summer, a year after the Tokyo Games were postponed.In interviews with a dozen infectious diseases experts, a common theme emerged: the Olympics would increase the risk of an outbreak.”Infection will flare up if we push ahead with the Olympics and hold them. There is no doubt about it,” said Daiichi Morii, a doctor at Osaka University Hospital’s infection control team. “The virus is barely under control as we are putting a halt on the inflow of people from overseas,” Morii added. “With events like the Olympics, the virus will come in for sure and the number of infections will shoot up inevitably.”Japan’s success in containing the virus is part of the reason. A recent government survey showed only 0.1% of Tokyo residents have coronavirus antibodies. That is much lower than 14% in the state of New York in April, and 7% in Stockholm.”Very few are infected in Japan and pretty much everyone is susceptible,” said Katsunori Yanagihara, professor in Nagasaki University’s school of tropical medicine and global health.Antibodies help fight off infections, and scientists say having antibodies for the coronavirus might provide protection against re-infection.There are more than 100 potential vaccines in development, but experts say none will likely be available in enough quantity in time for the Olympics, which involves about 200 countries.”Even if a vaccine has been developed by then, it’s near impossible for it to go around the world,” said Atsuo Hamada, a professor at Tokyo Medical University Hospital.A Tokyo voter survey by the Asahi Shimbun daily late last month showed that 59 percent of those polled believe the Olympics should be cancelled or postponed again, underscoring the public’s nagging worries about the pandemic.In a bid to address such concerns, Yoshiro Mori, head of the Tokyo Olympic organising committee, on Monday told the capital’s governor, Yuriko Koike, that he planned to set up a task force with the central and metropolitan governments by September.In the meeting, they discussed infection screening for foreign visitors and limiting crowd sizes, public broadcaster NHK reported.Japan has had only about 20,000 cases and 980 deaths. Researchers have cited various factors for those low numbers, from the nation’s robust healthcare system to infrequent hugging and handshaking. But they say there is no clear single reason for the country’s success.Norio Sugaya, a member of the World Health Organization’s influenza panel, said people in Japan should not feel secure just because of the relatively small scale of infections and deaths there so far.”Talks about how Japan has ridden out the first wave successfully. Talks about ‘Japan miracle’. Those make me very worried,” Sugaya said. “It’s terrifying if there are people out there who believe Japan is invincible.”center_img With just over a year to go until the Tokyo Olympics, medical experts say the event could pose a grave health risk to the Japanese public, predicting that few people will have coronavirus antibodies and that vaccines will not be widely available.Olympic organizers and the Japanese and Tokyo metropolitan governments are scrambling for steps to prevent the pandemic from derailing the event. But they say concrete plans are unlikely to shape up before the end of this year.The global death toll from COVID-19, the respiratory illness caused by the new coronavirus, reached half a million late last month, and cases topped 10 million.last_img read more

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Finance

first_imgDenmark: The European Commission has granted a DKr1·6bn loan to Øresundskonsortiet and A/S Øresund.France: The Ministry of Transport is to invest Fr350m in intermodal freight development during 1997, with SNCF receiving Fr300m to improve services and Fr50m to upgrade terminals. State funding of Fr96m has been provided for a new terminal at Hourcade, on the southern outskirts of Bordeaux, which is scheduled to open in 2001. India: Konkan Railway Corp is planning to raise $150m through a syndicated term loan on the international market; much of this will be used to repay earlier higher-cost loans.Japan: On April 11 JR Central made advance application for stock listing on the Nagoya, Tokyo, Osaka and Kyoto exchanges; Nikko Securities has been appointed to supervise the proposed public stock offering in October in place of Nomura Securities.Latvia: LDZ has announced a US$350m five-year investment plan; infrastructure upgrading will account for 75% of the total expenditure.Lithuania: LG has secured a further Ecu40m loan from the European Investment Bank, which will be used to fund modernisation of signalling and telecommunications on the 125 km Kaisiadorys – Radviliskis line, and to buy five locos.last_img read more

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Anna Werner

first_imgAnna Werner, 93 years old, of St. Leon, IN passed away peacefully January 14, surrounded by family. The legacy for this family began when Al was visiting his uncle at Margaret Mary Hospital and his nurse, Anna, caught Al’s eye. Home on leave from the Army, Al had lunch in the hospital cafeteria with a few of his friends, including Anna, whom he did not know at that point. Taken by her charm, Al began writing to Anna when he was redeployed to Europe. Married on July 21, 1954, Anna & Al celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary last year. An orphan with no known siblings and adopted around 5 or 6 years old, Anna wanted a large family. Having seven children in eight years, she was blessed to raise a big family. A doting mother, Anna would get up at 4:00 in the morning to make the kids a hot breakfast every day and fried chicken for them to take to school. Not quite understanding how good they had it at the time, the children now joke that they wanted cold cereal because that’s what all their friends had for breakfast. Anna was always helping her children with their 4-H projects, often staying up late to finish them. She once rescued three black & white Hampshire pigs during the freezing cold that were born on their farm. She brought them in from the cold and put them in the oven to warm them up, accidently singeing the edges of their ears. As any good mother would do, she bottle fed them and raised them as her pets. Anna loved to explore her artistic talents. She painted scenery with acrylic oil paint and made ceramics. She enjoyed playing the piano and organ at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in St. Leon and played for many weddings. She also like to play the accordion. Another talent was her green thumb and she could easily turn weeds into a beautiful garden. Anna enjoyed riding her bike and did so until her late 80’s when her doctor advised her that it might not be a good idea as he feared her falling. Although she stopped riding, it wasn’t because she thought she would break any bones if she ever fell. Her kids believe she had the strongest bones because of her love for milk. Her bones were strong, her nails grew quickly and she had beautiful skin. Another of her loves was pancakes which she could eat for days.Anna will be greatly missed by her husband, Al, and their children Anthony (Ty) of St. Leon, Art (Lynne) of St. Leon, Rick (Brenda) of Sunman, Anita (Charley) of Michigan, Jerry of Lawrenceburg, and daughter-in-law Darlene of St. Leon; 20 grandchildren and 26 great grandchildren. She is preceded in death by sons Andy and Alvin Werner. Anna was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary Unit 464 and was a past auxiliary president of the 9th district.Visitation for Anna will be Friday, January 17 from 4:00-7:00 pm at the Parish Life Center in St. Leon, beginning with Rosary at 4:00. Mass of Christian burial will be at All Saints Parish, St. Joseph Campus on Saturday, January 18 at 11:00 am. Memorials can be made to Family Wishes. Please visit www.andres-wuestefeldfh.com to offer condolences and sign the guestbook.last_img read more

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Sterling praise for Peters

first_img “Maybe on the outside people had the impression I’ve always been really confident,” Sterling said. “But after a good start (to last season) I started looking for easy options rather than taking a chance myself, beating a man, taking a shot on myself. “I’d stopped being natural, (and doing) all the things that I’d done which got me into the first team in the first place. “You could look at the City goal as an example. I’m not trying to sound cheeky or over confident but three or four months ago I would have squared rather than take the responsibility all for myself. “My goal was always to play for Liverpool when I first came here and maybe for a while I thought that goal was achieved because I was one of the lucky ones to do it. “But you realise that is not enough. There always has to be the next challenge, to achieve things and win things – making your mark. “From December time I realised I had to start stamping my personality, running with the ball, running into the box, making goals, scoring goals. Not playing with that barrier, not to be worried about making mistakes.” “The way he (Peters) works is brilliant,” Sterling told the latest edition of the official Liverpool FC magazine. “At first I thought it wasn’t for me. On the outside you might think it’s complicated, but all the messages are very straightforward. “He understands the players and the emotional side of the game. What he says really helps you. “We use a motto ‘focus on the ball, focus on the team’. I had a meeting with him before the Manchester City game (on April 13, which Liverpool won 3-2 with Sterling scoring the opening goal). “I thought it was going to last 20-25 minutes. So I walked in, sat down and he just said: ‘focus on the ball, focus on the team’. “‘Is that it?’ I asked him. But it was really important.” Sterling has scored 10 goals in all competitions this season and the one he netted against City was particularly memorable, with the composure he showed to take his time before rifling past England colleague Joe Hart. The teenager says a “barrier” has been lifted in terms of him worrying about making mistakes. Press Association Liverpool winger Raheem Sterling has revealed advice from sports psychiatrist Dr Steve Peters has helped boost his performance this season. Sterling has been one of several key men in the Reds’ impressive campaign, delivering displays worthy of the sort of hype that surrounded him when he made his breakthrough into the first team in 2012. And the 19-year-old says meeting at Melwood with Peters – who he will be able to speak to this summer in the England camp at the World Cup if he makes Roy Hodgson’s squad as expected – has played an important part in that. last_img read more

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Porterfield: ICC must develop game

first_imgIreland captain William Porterfield has once more attacked the International Cricket Council’s decision to cut the number of teams at the next World Cup. It has prompted much indignation, especially in the wake of Ireland’s spirited displays in recent weeks, having beaten Test-playing sides West Indies and Zimbabwe as they fell just short of reaching the knockout phases. Porterfield himself expressed his dismay at the decision last month and speaking after his team’s defeat to Pakistan – which ensured Ireland missed out on a quarter-final spot on net run-rate alone after finishing level on points with the Windies in Pool B – he again called on the ICC to help develop the game. Speaking at his post-match press conference, he said: “Why don’t 10 teams just play cricket and every other country in the world not bother? “You’ve got a Champions Trophy every two years and that’s the top eight sides so you’re just making a World Cup every other year for the top eight to 10 sides, I don’t think it’s right. “I’m sure they’re (the ICC) hoping everything blows over in the next few weeks and they don’t hear much from us, then it’s just easy to brush it under the carpet, but I think something has to be done if they want to grow the game. “We have to be playing in these competitions and we’ve shown what we can do in them. We’re unlucky we’ve missed out on the quarter-finals on net run-rate.” In between the current and previous World Cups, Ireland had played just nine matches against Full Member nations. Porterfield added: “We’ve shown what we can do when we get to these competitions with the minimal fixtures that we’ve had, so I think when we do get more fixtures then we’re only going to keep improving and it’s the same with any other country. This year’s edition features 14 teams, but under the ICC’s plans that will be reduced to 10 for the next tournament to be held in England in 2019. Eight places will be decided according to the world rankings and it is likely the associate nations, including the Irish, will have to battle it out for two qualifying spots. “You’ve got to keep growing the game.” Ireland have the chance to earn Test status in two years’ time, and Porterfield hopes they can play more shorter-format matches against the top nations to continue their development. He said: “We need more fixtures, we’ve shown how we can grow in one-day internationals. “Any time we’ve been on a tour or a World Cup for eight to 12 weeks we’ve shown what we can do, but when we go back now as a national side we’ve got six weeks until our next game (against England). “It’s a big gap in a calendar, especially at the start of a season back home, so those are the gaps we need filling before we look to start building for Test status. “It’s something we all want and there is that pathway there for Test cricket but we need to improve the volume of fixtures before we get to that stage.” Press Associationlast_img read more

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Update on the latest sports

first_imgOakland also announced Monday that it finalized a deal with fifth-round selection pitcher Stevie Emanuels. He got a $400,000 bonus as the 157th pick, which had a slot value of $333,300.Soderstrom has been added to the club’s 60-player pool with workouts scheduled to begin later this week. The 18-year-old star from Turlock High, who batted .450 as a junior in 2019 with his senior season cut short this year by the coronavirus pandemic, is set to report to the A’s alternate site, likely to be Stockton. Emanuels went 3-1 with a 0.79 ERA and 38 strikeouts in four starts over 22 2/3 innings this year for the University of Washington.The A’s also added three non-drafted free agents: right-hander Garrett Acton out of Illinois, catcher Cooper Uhl from Loyola Marymount and outfielder D.J. Lee of the University of Richmond.ZANARDI INJURED June 29, 2020 Ontario Premier Doug Ford says city, provincial and federal authorities “kind of gave their approval,” but the Toronto Blue Jays are waiting for a letter of support from the federal government. He also says Dr. David Williams, Ontario’s chief medical officer, requires a few tweaks to the plan. MLB requires an exemption, as anyone entering Canada for nonessential reasons must self-isolate for 14 days, and the U.S.-Canada border remains closed to nonessential travel until at least July 21.MLB-MARLINS MOVESPitchers Meyer, Vincent agree to terms with Miami MarlinsMIAMI (AP) — No. 3 overall draft pick Max Meyer, a right-hander from the University of Minnesota, has agreed to terms with the Marlins and is expected to be added to the 60-man roster this week. Meyer has chance to pitch in the majors this year. Right-handed reliever Nick Vincent, an eight-year veteran who pitched for the Giants and Phillies last year, also agreed to terms with the Marlins and will join the 60-man roster.In other MLB moves:Left-handed hitting catcher Tyler Soderstrom has agreed to a minor league contract with the Oakland Athletics that includes a $3.3 million signing bonus. Sodorstrom was selected 26th, which had a slot value of $2,653,400. Oakland also finalized a deal with fifth-round selection pitcher Stevie Emanuels. Soderstrom has been added to the club’s 60-player pool for workouts ahead of the season. The 18-year-old from Turlock High batted .450 as a junior in 2019. NBA-NETS-DINWIDDIENets’ Dinwiddie tests positive for coronavirus NEW YORK (AP) — Brooklyn Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie says he has tested positive for the coronavirus. Dinwiddie told The Athletic he is experiencing symptoms and it is unclear if he can play when the NBA season resumes.His absence would be a significant blow to the Nets. He has played well this season with Kyrie Irving out of the lineup because of injuries. Dinwiddie says he tested negative for the virus multiple times after returning to New York and took part in a couple practices. But he has since tested positive and says he has a fever and chest soreness. He is at least the fifth Nets player to test positive. The previous four were in March, with Kevin Durant saying he was among them.Dinwiddie is averaging 20.6 points for the Nets, who have a half-game lead over Orlando for seventh place in the Eastern Conference. They are set to face the Magic on July 31 in their first game back.In other NBA news:— A person familiar with the deals says the Cleveland Cavaliers have agreed to terms with free agent forward Jordan Bell on a two-year contract and signed forward Dean Wade to a multiyear deal. The 6-foot-8 Bell was a second-round pick in 2017. He spent his first two seasons with Golden State. Wade played in 12 games for Cleveland last season. Diamondbacks general manager Mike Hazen did not elaborate on Leake’s decision during a Zoom call, but the pitcher’s agent issued a statement saying he made a personal decision not to play during the pandemic. Hazen also said two players on Arizona’s 60-man roster tested positive for COVID-19, as did another player not in Arizona.VIRUS OUTBREAK-MLB-CANADAOntario premier says approval near for Toronto gamesTORONTO (AP) — The premier of Ontario says Major League Baseball is close to winning approval to play in Toronto amid the coronavirus pandemic. — John Wall will not join the Washington Wizards for the resumption of the NBA season this summer, ending the chances of the five-time All-Star guard playing his first game since 2018.General manager Tommy Sheppard effectively ruled out Wall returning this season when he said Monday the 29-year-old wouldn’t be part of the Wizards’ traveling party to Central Florida. Among the factors in the decision was a cap of 35 people per team in the quarantined bubble at Walt Disney World. The COVID-19 pandemic also hindered Wall’s progress in his rehab from multiple surgeries.PGA-WATNEY RECOVERSWatney bored in isolation, nervous about how he got virusMonday marked the 10th day of self-isolation for Nick Watney, the minimum required for PGA Tour players who test positive for the new coronavirus.He said he is feeling good except for some minor fatigue, perhaps brought on by a major case of boredom, and except for the distinction of becoming the first of what now is five players and two caddies who have tested positive since the PGA Tour returned amid the COVID-19 pandemic. General manager Mike Rizzo says the team supports Zimmerman and Ross deciding not to play the 60-game season that’s set to start in late July. Zimmerman says his family situation factored into his decision. His mother is at high risk for the coronavirus because of multiple sclerosis, and he has three young children including a newborn. The 35-year-old says the decision doesn’t mean he’s retiring.VIRUS OUTBREAK-MLB-LEAKEDiamondbacks pitcher Leake opts outPHOENIX (AP) — Arizona Diamondbacks right-hander Mike Leake is opting out of the 2020 season due to concerns about the coronavirus. center_img Second surgery for ZanardiSIENA, Italy (AP) — Italian auto racing champion turned Paralympic gold medalist Alex Zanardi has undergone a second brain surgery. It comes 10 days after an emergency operation following a crash on his handbike. The latest surgery lasted 2½ hours. Zanardi was then returned to the intensive care unit in a medically induced coma at the Santa Maria alle Scotte Hospital in Siena. The hospital says in a medical bulletin, “His condition remains stable from a cardio-respiratory and metabolic viewpoint, grave from a neurological viewpoint.” The 53-year-old Zanardi lost both of his legs in an auto racing crash nearly 20 years ago.KAEPERNICK-NETFLIX Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditVIRUS OUTBREAK-MLB-NATIONALSZimmerman and Ross won’t playWASHINGTON (AP) — The reigning World Series champion Washington Nationals will be without at least two holdovers from last year’s team. Longtime infielder Ryan Zimmerman and pitcher Joe Ross are opting out of playing as Major League Baseball tries to get back amid the COVID-19 pandemic. He lost his sense of smell, a sensation he described as “gnarly,” but said that is coming back. And perhaps the strangest sensation is being at a golf resort without playing golf. He remains in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, as the PGA Tour has moved on to Connecticut, and now Detroit this week, and then two weeks in Ohio. The show goes on.Three more players tested positive during the Travelers Championship — Cameron Champ before the tournament started, Denny McCarthy after his first round and Dylan Frittelli after he missed the cut. Two caddies tested positive, which caused a chain-reaction of withdrawals. Harris English tested positive Monday at the Rocket Mortgage Classic in Detroit.MLB-ATHLETIC SIGNINGSA’s top draft pick Tyler Soderstrom gets $3.3M signing bonusOAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Left-handed hitting catcher Tyler Soderstrom, selected 26th by the Oakland Athletics in the amateur draft, has agreed to a minor league contract with a $3.3 million signing bonus. Sodorstrom’s deal was above the slot value of $2,653,400. Update on the latest sports Associated Press Netflix to dramatize Kaepernick’s path to activismLOS ANGELES (AP) — Colin Kaepernick is joining with Emmy-winning filmmaker Ava DuVernay on a Netflix miniseries about the teenage roots of the former NFL player’s activism. Neftlix says the limited series, titled “Colin in Black & White,” will examine Kaepernick’s high school years. In 2016, the San Francisco 49ers quarterback began kneeling during the national anthem to protest police brutality and racial inequality. His actions drew both support and criticism, with President Donald Trump among his detractors. Kaepernick became a free agent in 2017 but went unsigned. Writing on the six-episode series was completed in May, Casting details and a release date were not immediately announced for “Colin in Black & White.”last_img read more

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Orange turns to rejuvenated zone defense in blowout

first_imgBUFFALO—It all came back to the 2-3 zone.  While stifling Vermont was an accomplishment, the task gets much harder Sunday against No. 8 Gonzaga. The Bulldogs are an offense-oriented team, and shot 50 percent against the nation’s best defensive field goal percentage team in its 67-60 win over Florida State. That was just the first time in 68 games that’s happened against the Seminoles.  ‘Tonight, I thought our defense was much better,’ Boeheim said. ‘I thought that was the one thing we talked about over the last few days, to get back on the defensive end. ‘AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Syracuse’s active zone made Buffalo a nightmare for Vermont Friday night at HSBC Arena. Syracuse held Vermont to just 23-of-66 shooting, including just 22.7 percent from 3-point range. The Catamounts struggled to find holes in the 2-3 zone, and Syracuse cleaned up on the glass, holding a 40-29 rebounding edge. He scored nine of his points during a 5:25 stretch where Vermont capitalized on Syracuse turnovers and had several fastbreaks and dunks, including two dunks that the pro-Syracuse crowd seemed to approve with cheers. Other than that stretch, it was a quiet night for Blakely, with SU’s big men keeping him from getting to the hoop. This sent Syracuse back to the drawing board. Re-stressing the basics. Getting back to the type of defense that it showcased early in the year. Junior forward Wes Johnson, who had six rebounds and two blocks, said the whole week of practice was spent emphasizing defense. After stifling team after team en route to its 28-2 mark and a No. 1 ranking nationally, Syracuse’s last two contests left something to be desired defensively. Louisville hit 12 3’s in its 78-68 win on March 6. In the quarterfinals of the Big East Tournament on March 11, Georgetown scored the most points against Syracuse all season (91) and shot the highest from the field (57.9) as well. Syracuse forced the Catamounts away from the hoop and to settle for tough jump shots. There were no lanes to drive on in the middle, and if Vermont tried hoisting shots inside, Syracuse swatted away eight shots. The Catamounts finished just 10-of-34 from the field in the first half, and were 4-of-26 at one point. mrehalt@syr.edu Even though the game is expected to be a track meet, it still all comes back to the 2-3 zone. ‘That’s the whole motto, shut it down,’ Johnson said. ‘Really just getting back to that mindset like we did earlier in the year and taking that mindset into the games. I think going into the Zaga game, I think the defense is going to be the key to the game.’ The team also did an effective job containing Vermont stud Marqus Blakely. Blakely came into the contest as the only player in the nation in addition to Ohio State’s National Player of the Year candidate Evan Turner averaging 17 points, nine rebounds and three assists per game. He finished with 17 points and nine rebounds, but never took over the game. ‘We were able to locate the shooters,’ point guard Scoop Jardine said. ‘We did a great job trapping the corner and getting out and getting some steals. Our big guys did a great job coming back and getting blocks and able to start the fast break. I think we just did a great job communicating with each other and locating the shooters.’ With bad shots raining down in Buffalo, Syracuse kept the undersized Catamounts from gobbling up second-chance points. Rick Jackson and Kris Joseph both had eight rebounds, and positioned themselves within the lane and kept Vermont from grabbing loose boards. Shooting guard Andy Rautins had eight as well, snatching balls that careened out of the lane. ‘The theme is shut it down right, isn’t that the theme?’ sophomore forward Kris Joseph said.  That’s what we’ve been doing all year, we’ve been shutting it down and our defensive principles and we were pretty much consistent with it throughout the whole game.’ Comments The key reason Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim’s team had lost its last two games? A slip in its defensive prowess against Louisville and Georgetown. An explanation for its commanding 79-56 victory over No. 16 Vermont in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament? The staple of the program.  ‘I think really just walling up and making him take contested shots and it’s really just trying to limit his offensive rebounds a lot,’ Johnson said. ‘I think that’s what he really thrives on, getting offensive rebounds and he was trying to muscle his way around the basket but Rick was down there and really altered his shot a lot.’ Published on March 19, 2010 at 12:00 pm Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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Day paces Syracuse’s strong effort in the paint

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ While Brittney Sykes was taking care of business on the offensive end, the Orange’s interior defense received a boost from Briana Day on Thursday night.Although Syracuse (17-6, 6-4 Atlantic Coast) was sporting special white and pink jerseys on Play 4Kay Day, the freshman forward left Virginia Tech (11-11, 1-8 Atlantic Coast) seeing red. She grabbed a team-high 12 rebounds and added six blocks to stymie the Hokie offense during the Orange’s 73-48 victory at the Carrier Dome.In doing so, she treated the 506 fans in attendance to what she called one of her better games this season.“The rebounding thing and the six blocks… and the fouls,” Day said. “That was good today to get fouled a lot, so I guess it’s one of the best.”As a team, the Orange quickly asserted its dominance beneath the basket. Shakeya Leary began the game by outmuscling opposing center Monet Tellier for two quick rebounds. She then put SU on the board with a three-point play.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBut it was at the 16:30 mark that Day entered the game and proceeded to steal the show.The North Carolina native immediately snagged a rebound on her first defensive series, which led to an easy bucket for Sykes on the offensive end. She finished the first half with seven boards in all.Her best sequence came with only four minutes remaining in the half. Virginia Tech’s Uju Ugoka tried to drive along the baseline, but Day was there to swat away both of her shot attempts. Cornelia Fondren was fouled in transition on the ensuing break, and her two shots at the charity stripe extended the SU lead to 18.In total, Syracuse held the Hokies to only six points in the paint and three offensive rebounds through the first 20 minutes. It also forced Virginia Tech into 11 three-point attempts, most of which were contested.Only one resulted in points.Sykes said that head coach Quentin Hillsman had stressed the importance of defending those outside shots before the game. The success of Day and others around the cylinder made that task much easier.“We have a good inside presence with the Day twins and Shakeya Leary and sometimes Taylor Ford if she plays at the five,” Sykes said. “For us to really defend down low and Briana Day having six blocks, it just shows that we do have an inside presence and we can take advantage of the inside and make them score from the outside.”Even though the Orange sported a comfortable 21-point lead out of the break, it continued to cause chaos in the paint. Leary and Sykes coupled to force a Hokie turnover only one minute into the latter frame.Seconds later, Day re-entered the game and continued to apply suffocating pressure in the paint. She quickly forced a jump ball and followed that with yet another rebound on the ensuing defensive sequence.She also pitched in offensively, scoring two quick buckets en route to a final tally of nine points.“Just trying to do what I can for my team and trying to keep my coach a little happy,” Day said. “That’s what it was. I’m just playing hard.”Hillsman said that Day is a good anchor of the Orange’s zone, and it was great to see her have success in multiple areas.But, most of all, at the rim.“She attacks the offensive glass. She really rebounds the basketball.” Hillsman said. “If we can get half of that each way for her every night as a freshman, we’ll take it.” Comments Published on February 6, 2014 at 11:58 pm Contact Tyler: tfpiccot@syr.edulast_img read more

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CAF unveils shortlists for Player of the Year 2012

first_imgThe Confederation of African Football and Glo Mobile today announced the five shortlisted players for the 2012 African Player of the Year.Ghana’s Andre Ayew made the pre-final shortlist at a press conference in Accra on Friday attended by GFA President and CAF Executive Committee member Kwesi Nyantakyi and officials from Globacom, sponsors of the annual event.Ayew, a second runner-up in last year’s award faces competition from the reigning player of the year Yaya Toure, Didier Drogba, Alexander Song and Demba Ba after the list was pruned from a tall list of 10 players.For the Player of the Year in Africa category, the list has been be whittled to three from five nominees. Mohamed Aboutreika, Rainford Kalaba and Stoppila Sunzu make the final list.The winners for the year under review will be announced at the Caf-Glo awards gala at the Banquet Hall, State House, Accra on 20 December 2012.At a televised gala, the best player of 2012 and the winners in other award categories will also be revealed. The 2012 Awards Gala will be held on December 20 at the Banquet Hall, State House, Accra.The other categories for which winners will be announced are:1. National Team of the Year2. Women’s Footballer of the Year3. Women’s National Team of the Year 4. Club of the Year5. Most Promising Talent of the Year6. Coach of the Year7. Referee of the Year8. Legend Award 9. Fair Play Award10. Platinum Award11. Africa Finest XIlast_img read more

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