Christmas tallies double-double, struggles with foul trouble in Syracuse’s 65-47 win over Hampton

first_img Published on November 16, 2014 at 9:40 pm Contact Phil: | @PhilDAbb If not for his second foul of the half, Rakeem Christmas could’ve had his double-double by the break.Instead, the big man had to wait for the second half to record it. He finished with 15 points and 16 rebounds in No. 23 Syracuse’s (2-0) 65-47 win over Hampton (0-2) in the Carrier Dome on Sunday. It was a promising follow-up for Christmas, who dropped a career-high 21 points to go with nine boards in SU’s season-opening win over Kennesaw State on Friday.“He’s playing like a beast.” SU guard Trevor Cooney said. “He’s playing like Rak. That’s how he is. Whenever he gets position, we’ve just got to keep finding him and he’s got to go to work.”But the 6-foot-9 senior also committed four fouls for the second straight game, a trend that could pose trouble down the road for the Orange, whose backup big men are thin and inexperienced.Sophomore Chinonso Obokoh only made his SU debut on Friday night, Doyin Akintobi-Adeyeye is a sophomore walk-on and the injured DaJuan Coleman’s season is in jeopardy.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBut head coach Jim Boeheim said he is confident in freshman forward Chris McCullough’s ability to patrol the middle of the 2-3 zone. He said he also expects opposing offenses to target Christmas to attack the Orange’s depth.“He’s not alone. He’s fine,” Boeheim said. “He’ll have some foul problems and he’s learned how to play in those situations and I think he’ll be fine. But big guys do, from time to time, have foul situations and Chris is capable of going in there and playing.“I’m sure people will try to do that.”Christmas’ first foul came 63 seconds into the game as he got tangled up with Hampton’s Dwight Meikle at the elbow.But then he showed off his scoring talent, accounting for eight of the Orange’s first 13 points. Then his passing out of the post by finding sophomore forward B.J. Johnson for a 3.Still, the physicality that the Pirates presented got Christmas in some trouble, as he hacked Meikle once more at the 3:06 mark and had to sit the rest of the half. He committed two fouls within just over four minutes of each other in the second half and had to take a two-minute break.“We knew it was going to be a physical game,” Christmas said.Cooney and Christmas both mentioned the big man’s role in the offense as the focal point. Through two games, Christmas has impressed with his improved touch around the rim.But he has yet to exhibit the caution he’ll need to to ensure he stays around the rim and not on the Orange’s bench.“Rak’s physical and I guess the only way to compete with Rak is to try to be physical as well,” forward Michael Gbinije said. “We had depth today, we got some people to step up and Rak still played great.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Vikings to return with veteran starters

first_imgThe season also ended Tuesday for Saugus (20-10) and Hart (17-12). Saugus loses graduating ace pitcher Sarah Hooper, who also was the team’s leading hitter, but several key starters will be back, including slugger Victoria Kemp (.333, five home runs, 22 RBIs) along with second-team all-league honorees Melisa Koutz and Alex Cueva. Hart will have almost everyone back, including freshmen standouts Destiny Rodino and Jessica Shults, both of whom earned first-team all-league honors. Rodino, a left-hander, was 11-7 with a 0.35 ERA and 133 strikeouts in 156 innings. Shults led the team with a .365 batting average, one home run and 17 RBIs. “We have a good future ahead at Hart, a good young team,” first-year coach Steve Calendo said. “Jessica and Destiny had very strong years. I like it a lot here. It was a lot of fun to work with the girls, and my assistant coaches said the same thing. I’ll be back for at least one more year.” Hart’s JV team was undefeated in league competition. Key shortstop Melissa Brown should make a major contribution as a sophomore next year, and JV coach Jocelyn Evans is moving up as Calendo’s assistant. “There’s good young talent coming in,” Calendo said. “Melissa is an excellent shortstop, and she has good speed.” Among Hart’s graduating seniors is infielder Danielle Duhart, who plans to play at Point Loma Nazarene next season. (661) 257-5218160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! It wasn’t the happy ending many had expected, but there is some good news in the wake of top-seeded Valencia High’s heartbreaking 3-2 upset loss Tuesday at Bishop Amat in the second round of the Southern Section Div. I softball playoffs. Nearly every key starter, including star pitcher Jordan Taylor, is an underclassman, so the Vikings (27-5) should be stronger than ever next season. Taylor, a 6-foot-1 right-hander who committed to Michigan before the season, pitched all but one game. She finished 26-5 with 416 strikeouts (most in Foothill League history) and a 0.13 ERA in 215 innings. She needs six victories to break the school career record of 49, shared by Tori Rocco (2001-2003) and Christina Ross (2002-04). First baseman Roni La Val is the only senior. Everyone else should be back. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2“We did the best we could. There’s always next season,” said Jessica Spigner, a sophomore third baseman who tied the school single-season home run record with six. Also expected to return are second baseman Nicole Matson (.421, five home runs, 19 RBIs, 10 stolen bases), center fielder Torrie Anderson (.358, five home runs, 21 RBIs), catcher Amy Moore (.321) and right fielder Kristen Aidem (.296, 23 runs, 12 stolen bases). Still, it’s hard not to dwell on such an early playoff exit for a team that was ranked No. 37 in the nation by Cal-Hi Sports – especially when you consider veteran coach Donna Lee’s pending retirement. “The best team doesn’t always win. Sometimes it’s the team that adjusts the best,” Lee said. “I don’t think it’s really sunk in yet. Things don’t always go your way but I’m proud of my girls. They had a great season.” Two-year assistant Cristal Brown, who played at The Master’s College, is expected to be named head coach, though the job will be officially opened per district policy. last_img read more

Remote Work vs. Collaboration: 8 Startups Weigh In

first_imgTags:#collaboration#StartUp 101#startups#Telecommuting Tips for Selling Smart Supply Chain Solutions Related Posts End-of-Life Software: Keep it, Update it, or Fi… How OKR’s Completely Transformed Our Culturecenter_img scott gerber The controversy over Marissa Mayer’s decision to ban telecommuting at Yahoo just won’t go away. Mayer said the move was necessary to foster collaboration at the struggling new media giant, but what about startups? Is remote working right for very young companies? Are there particular issues to watchout for?To learn more, we asked eight founders from the Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC) to share their company policies with respect to work outside the office – and why it works for their teams.It turns out that while many young startups do have entirely or partly remote remote workforces, they still feel it’s important to have some sort of physical space for meetings and “collaborative” work. Many have offices they use some or all of the time, and others promote remote work as a privilege or perk. 1. Boost Productivity With Fridays At HomeAt Scripted, we always work from home on Fridays and have a flexible vacation and sick day policy. Our office is simply a physical resource we use to collaborate and socialize. If on any particular day this resource isn’t required or is detrimental to your productivity, then you don’t need to use it. Plus, our Fridays from home boost productivity the rest of the week. We all love it. – Ryan Buckley,Scripted 2. Establish Asynchronous CollaborationWe’ve gotten the best results from a team that has the flexibility to work when and where they believe makes the most sense, coupled with a strong anchor in our office as the primary locale for everyone. I’d say more than 75% of the team’s time is spent in or near the office, but most of our collaboration is done asynchronously using tools like Yammer, Trello, Salesforce and others. – Derek Shanahan,Playerize 3. Create A Culture Of CommunicationOur team is based in San Francisco, Atlanta and Los Angeles. We are rarely in a room together. Agenda-driven team calls limit the ability to collaborate. We found considerable success in transitioning from an “emailing” company to a “calling” one. When you call a teammate with a question, you work together to create a solution. Impromptu conference calls with multiple offices are truly effective. – Aaron Schwartz, Modify Watches 4. Make Remote Work A PrivilegeOur people work remotely only after they’ve been in the office for a while. I need to get to know their personalities first to make sure they understand our culture and interests. Then, they can work from wherever they want. Real-time collaboration tools like Skype, HipChat and Google Drive make it easy to stay in the loop, no matter where you are. – Jim Belosic,ShortStack/Pancake Labs 5. Set Up A Daily Huddle CallWe’ve implemented a daily huddle call at 1:11 p.m. This keeps everyone on the same page. Tracking our most important daily metrics together, going over 24-hour agendas and discussing bottlenecks are regular activities. We do not have an office, but we have four people who live locally and get together once or twice a month for lunch or coffee. Hiring locally and doing daily huddles helps greatly. – Joe Barton, Barton Publishing 6. Trust Your EmployeesAs a company whose entire company culture is established on the foundation of remote working, we really believe in flexible work. It starts at the beginning: you must hire with the knowledge that your employees will be independent and responsible and have the capacity to work from home. When you hire right and place your trust in these employees, collaboration happens and people are productive. – David Ehrenberg, Early Growth Financial Services 7. Encourage Balance And FlexibilityOur team of five works on a remote basis, even though we’re mostly located in New York. I just spent seven months overseas; it was difficult scheduling agendas and regular calls. Technologies like Skype, Ghat and iMessage made it work. We try to have balance and flexibility, and that’s what we pride ourselves on. Yvon Chouinard’s book, Let My People Go Surfing, gives insight into our philosophy. – Matt Wilson, Under30Media 8. Implement Productivity-Based MeasuresOur entire company is remote and has great workflow tools in place. I agree with Mayer’s decision since people blatantly took advantage of the policy. The incentives to be productive were not effectively structured. Your team needs compensation for productivity-based measures and salary. We developed workflows to require collaboration and transparency. Everyone can see what everyone else is doing. – Chuck Cohn, Varsity Tutors Will Development Eventually Make Itself Obsolete?last_img read more

Five leopard cubs charred to death in Pune

first_imgIn a disturbing incident in Pune’s Ambegaon taluk, at least five leopard cubs were found charred to death on Wednesday in a sugarcane farm.The leopard cubs were accidentally burnt to death after sugarcane labourers set fire to farm trash in Avasari village in Ambegaon, according to Forest Department authorities.As per other reports, the sugarcane labourers started a fire after sighting a snake, but instead ended up killing the leopard cubs, believed to be less than three weeks old. The labourers have denied they were aware of the presence of the cubs, said forest officials.Last month, two leopard cubs were rescued from the sugarcane fields in the same region when farmers of Vadgaon Anand village stumbled upon them during harvesting.In November last year, in two tragic incidents emblematic of the man-leopard conflict, a six-year-old male leopard was found dead in a forest near Alandi (near Pune city), while a two-year-old leopard was knocked down by a speeding vehicle in Ahmednagar district. In February 2018, the bodies of three leopards were discovered in Bhor Taluk in Pune district under ‘unnatural circumstances’. At the time, police authorities said the animals had died of poisoning.Maharashtra has witnessed an alarming rise in the number of leopard deaths since 2018, with wildlife activists and forest authorities estimating nearly 35 deaths in the State since January last year.last_img read more

Lisa Haydon turns Sanjay Dutt’s item girl for Bollywood stardom

first_imgWhen everything else fails, do an item dance. This is an age-old Bollywood mantra that starlets still swear by. So it’s no wonder that hotshot model Lisa Haydon too has taken recourse to this formula, what with her career in Hindi films headed nowhere.After a dud debut in last year’s Aisha, Lisa will be seen shaking her booty with Sanjay Dutt in the song Shake it Saiyaan in David Dhawan’s upcoming slapstick, Rascals. The number, aired in the early promos of the film, has already generated substantial buzz.Although Lisa also has a small role in Rascals, the entire limelight so far has been hijacked by the film’s heavy duty cast comprising Dutt, Ajay Devgn, Kangna Ranaut and Arjun Rampal, leaving no room for her in the publicity campaign of this year’s big Dusshera release.Beyond Ajay and Sanjay’s comic chemistry in the trailers, Rascals has mostly been in the news for Kangna’s scorching bikini sequence in the film. “Lisa would have gone unnoticed in the promos but for the item dance. She has a role in the film too, although the makers are not willing to give out details yet,” said a source.Lisa, born to a Malayali father and an Australian mother, made waves with her supporting act in Aisha, despite the film tanking at the box-office. She now hopes Shake it Saiyaan creates some magic in her career.Rascals , opening on October 6, marks the return of David Dhawan as director after his 2009 dud, Do Knot Disturb. Rumours suggest the film is based on the Hollywood hit, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, which has already been rehashed in Bollywood by way of Rakesh Roshan’s Khel in 1992.While on Lisa, she made her mark scorching the ramp at various fashion weeks besides modelling for a leading cosmetics brand. She has also been featured as cover girl for major magazines such as Harper’s Bazaar, Verve, Elle and FHM. She is a trained Bharatnatyam dancer who has also trained with Shiamak Davar for five years.advertisementlast_img read more

BAHAMAS RBDF Personnel attend Customs and Excise Church Service

first_img(RBDF Photos by Able Seaman James Carey) RBDF Photo 4 shows: Cannon Basil Tynes, Rector of St. Barnabas Anglican Church bringing the message at the Annual Customs Service on January 21, 2018. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp (For further information please contact the RBDF Public Relations Department or visit our website:, follow us on Facebook, Twitter and view our Youtube channel) -rbdf-#GuardOurHeritage Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, January 24, 2018 – Nassau – Officers and Marines from the Royal Bahamas Defence Force attended The Bahamas Customs and Excise Annual Church Service this past Sunday 21st January, 2018 at St Barnabas Church.The Royal Bahamas Defence Force saw fit to loan support to the members of the Customs Department as they assembled to give thanks to God to earmark the start of their national customs week.  Also in attendance was the Acting Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, the Honorable K. Peter Turnquest, as well as the Member of Parliament for Fort Charlotte Mr. Mark Humes.The Royal Bahamas Defence Force works closely with the Bahamas Department of Customs in the execution of its duties and the members of the Force are endowed with certain powers also under the Customs Act.Photo captions: Headershows: Director of Immigration Clarence Russell, Commissioner of Police Mr. Anthony Ferguson, Customs Comptroller Gennine Moss, Commander Defence Force, Commodore Tellis Bethel and Commissioner of Corrections Patrick Wright.Insert shows: A contingent of RBDF Officers at the Annual Customs Service at St. Barnabas Anglican Church on January 21, 2018. RBDF Photo 3 shows: RBDF Lieutenant Commanders Sonia Miller and Natasha Miller attending the Annual Customs Service at St. Barnabas Anglican Church on January 21, 2018. Related Items:last_img read more

How leaked song from Vijays Bigil silenced the critics of AR Rahman

Vijay has lent his voice for a song in Atlee Kumar-directorial Bigil.PR HandoutA song from Vijay’s upcoming movie Bigil was leaked online on Tuesday, 16 July. The track, which is believed to be sung by AR Rahman, hit the internet through backdoors, leaving the makers in a state of a shock.Reportedly, the number titled Singa Penne was recorded at a shooting spot and the makers are yet to react to the issue although they have initiated the process of removing pirated links from the internet. It is believed that the team is investigating the issue and finding out about the lapse in the security.On the other hand, the fans of Vijay have expressed their solidarity with the makers by trending a topic on Twitter, using the hash tag – #DontWorryTeamBigil. However, what has turned into a blessing in disguise is the unanimous positive reviews for the leaked track.In fact, the track has silenced the critics of AR Rahman. The critics had written off the two-time Oscar Award winner after a few of his recent albums failed to strike the chord with the audience. Notably, his songs in Vijay’s previous film Sarkar had not lived up to the expectations and his experimentations did not go well with a section of people.”#Bigil has started to answer the doubters of ARR. Those who were sceptical of his casting in Bigil for music, this album will be the answer. Let’s enjoy once everything comes out officially. #ARRahman. [sic]” a Vijay fan tweeted.There was a belief among the people that AR Rahman had past his prime and struggling to churn memorable songs like before. Another section felt that the musician had lost the touch after he started working on international projects.As a result, the leak has come as a positive development for Bigil and the expectations are now high. People are now hoping that the track will be officially unveiled soon.Atlee Kumar’s sports-drama has Nayanthara in the female lead. The album is expected to be out in September. The movie will see the light of the day in October. read more

Indian state to challenge Modis cow ban

first_imgNarendra ModiA southern Indian state announced Sunday it would go to the supreme court to challenge a federal ban on the sale of cows for slaughter, stepping up a showdown with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.Cows are considered sacred by Hindus and the Hindu nationalist leader has pushed for greater protection of the animals since taking power in 2014.On Friday the federal environment ministry issued a nationwide order banning the sale and purchase of cattle from markets for slaughter.”We are finalising our legal response and will file a plea in the Supreme Court next week,” Kerala state’s Agriculture Minister V.S. Sunil Kumar told AFP.The slaughter of cows, and the possession or consumption of beef, is already banned in most Indian states, with some imposing up to life imprisonment for infringements. Cases of slaughtering cows have triggered communal violence.But Kerala and a handful of other states — despite having Hindu majorities — allow the slaughter and the consumption of beef.The federal order covers trade in bulls, bullocks, cows, buffaloes, calves and camels.The national government said it aimed to regulate the industry and ensure the welfare of animals, which often suffer cruelty in markets.But Kumar said Modi’s government was fulfilling the agenda of Hindu groups, which demand a nationwide ban on cow slaughter.”It is unconstitutional and since the Modi government cannot ban cow slaughter, it is taking refuge behind animal cruelty to fulfil its right-wing Hindu agenda,” he said.Beef is a popular food in the coastal state, which is ruled by a left-wing government, like several states in eastern India.On Saturday left-wing activists organised “beef fests” across Kerala to protest against the ban as state chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan wrote a protest note to Modi.Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party pledged to impose a countrywide ban on the slaughter of cows ahead of the 2014 national elections.But the federal government has failed to persuade opposition parties to back such a law, leaving radical Hindu groups furious over the government’s failure to protect the animal.At least a dozen people, mostly Muslims, have been killed by Hindu mobs over rumours that they were eating beef, slaughtering cows or smuggling them.last_img read more