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Tyler Lydon increases inside presence heading into matchup with UVA

first_imgDURHAM, N.C. — Jim Boeheim walked past Tyler Lydon in the Syracuse locker room and patted the freshman on the back while he iced his left knee. The Orange was fresh off a 64-62 win over No. 20 Duke and Lydon’s nine rebounds were integral in neutralizing Blue Devils center Marshall Plumlee.“How you doing big boy,” Syracuse’s head coach asked.Just four games prior, Boeheim said Lydon wasn’t physically ready to do “some things.”The freshman’s rebounding total against Duke tied for his fifth highest in 20 games and his six offensive boards were the most he’s grabbed this season. Monday, if anything, provided a glimpse into the inside presence Lydon can be. He’s strung together improved performances from the field by not hesitating to shoot. Now, Syracuse’s already thin frontcourt will reap the benefits against Anthony Gill and Virginia on Sunday if Lydon can do the same on the interior.“There’s obviously a lot I got to learn and I feel I’m still in that process,” Lydon said, “so it’s definitely a good learning experience for me.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSeconds after Lydon entered for the first time against Duke, the physicality occasionally lacking was felt with a thud. Blue Devils point guard Derryck Thornton tightly guarded Michael Gbinije as he brought the ball up the court. Gbinije created slight separation and Lydon’s ball screen at midcourt blindsided Thornton, sending him flailing to his back.Lydon asserted himself on the low block, too, where a couple of Syracuse’s 3-point attempts stemmed from. They started with offensive rebounds, which Syracuse grabbed a whopping 26 of. The fingertips of Tyler Roberson or Lydon were often the only thing refreshing SU possessions, and that was the Orange’s best formula — albeit not intentional — to get open looks from beyond the arc.“The offensive rebounding and throwing it back out is where I think we got two or three 3s,” Boeheim said. “And that, again, Roberson and Lydon just did an awesome job on the offensive glass, 26 offensive rebounds against a pretty good team is unheard of. Unheard of.”Before Monday, Lydon had grabbed six rebounds in just over half of Syracuse’s games. Matching that total on the offensive glass alone against the Blue Devils injects promise into a Syracuse team facing a second consecutive ranked opponent, this one a Cavaliers team whose opponents have the 331st-ranked offensive rebounding percentage, according to Kenpom.com, out of 351 Division I teams.In Virginia’s 59-47 win over Syracuse on March 3, 2015, the Cavaliers outrebounded SU by 22. UVA had only four less offensive rebounds than Syracuse did total ones. No Virginia player had double-digit numbers on the boards, and Gill tied for the team lead with nine. Like last year, Virginia has a balanced rebounding corps again, with none of the eight rotation players averaging more than 6.1 rebounds.“We’re playing against tough bigs all the time in the ACC,” Lydon said. “It’s just something I’ve got to take advantage of every time I’m out there.”Against Duke, Lydon’s performance on the interior went relatively unnoticed with Roberson making history at Cameron Indoor Stadium. Twenty rebounds was a record for a visiting player there. But Lydon’s nine, especially if he continues to be SU’s second best on the glass, isn’t a bad reinforcement. Comments Published on January 20, 2016 at 9:37 pm Contact Matt: [email protected] | @matt_schneidman Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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New York’s Coronavirus Death Rate Declines for First Time in Two Weeks

first_imgAn additional 594 New Yorkers have died from the coronavirus, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Sunday.While still significant, that number actually represents the state’ first daily decline in many days, as hospitalizations also dropped.By comparison, he reported 630 fatalities on Saturday, which was the worst day in New York’s fight to stop the spread of COVID-19.A total of 4,159 New Yorkers have died out of 122,031 confirmed cases, says Cuomo, who continues to advise people to be cautious.“The coronavirus is truly vicious and effective,” he said in his now-daily Albany press briefing. “It’s an effective killer.”As far as the reasoning behind the decrease in the number of deaths, Cuomo suggested that his state is now be reaching the disease’s apex, which could be more of a leveling out as opposed to a sharp peak. “The apex could be a plateau and we could be on that plateau now,” he said, adding that the trajectory should become clearer this week.A total of 574 new hospitalizations were reported in New York on Sunday, as compared to 1,095 on Saturday and 1,427 on Friday.The last time that fewer than 600 new hospitalizations were reported in the state was on March 22, with 586.“That’s partially a function of more people being discharged,” Cuomo said. “And that’s great news.”last_img read more

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Steelers defeat ex-Steelers, now face toughest stretch of season

first_imgThe Steelers defeated the ex-Steelers, oops, I mean the Steelers defeated the Arizona Cardinals 32-20 and now must prepare for the toughest three game stretch of the season. After appearing in the 2009 Super Bowl, the Cardinals have fallen on hard times. The Sunday loss was their fifth straight.Despite a penalty filled game, 12 total, the Steelers offense and defense looked almost impressive, but this was the same team that was blown out by the lowly Minnesota Vikings. ALL-PROS BATTLE IT OUT—Pittsburgh Steelers’ All-Pro cornerback Ike Taylor defends against Arizona Cardinals All-Pro wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald Oct. 23, in Glendale, Ariz. Fitzgerald, the best receiver in football, had 78 yards on just 4 catches as Taylor was in his jersey all game long. (AP Photo/Paul Connors) Ben Roethlisberger and Mike Wallace hooked up for the longest pass play in franchise history, a beautiful 95-yard connection that started the Steelers on their way to what was a fairly easy victory. Roethlisberger, who went 25-of-38 passing for 340 yards and 3 touchdowns, also had TD tosses of 12 yards to Heath Miller and 4 yards to Emmanuel Sanders in the first game between the teams since Pittsburgh’s 27-23 thriller over Arizona in Super Bowl XLIII.Kevin Kolb threw two touchdown passes, his first in three games, for Arizona (1-5), but he missed several open receivers and, with a blitzing LaMarr Woodley in his face, drew an intentional grounding call in the Cardinals’ end zone for a Pittsburgh safety. He also set up the Steelers first score with an interception on the first play of the game.The Cardinals held the Steelers running game in check. Rashard Mendenhall had only 32 yards on 13 carries and Isaac Redman 29 on 6 carries. Antonio Brown is getting better with each game as he and Wallace both had more than 100 yards receiving. He had 7 catches for 102 yards and Wallace 3 for 118.Larry Fitzgerald, the best receiver in football, had 78 yards on just 4 catches as Ike Taylor was in his jersey all game long.Coach Mike Tomlin on the game after the game: “It’s great to put together a winning performance on the road. It’s something we hadn’t done definitively to this point. I like our efforts on all three phases. We made the necessary plays. We had some signature splash plays on defense. We made critical third down conversions on offense in the second half, things we didn’t do a week ago. All positive signs. Largely we are pleased to come into a venue like this and get a ‘W’ and move on. From an injury standpoint we are pretty clean. Hines (Ward) had an ankle and was unable to return. We’ll see as the week goes on. You know Hines always finds a way to defy logic when it comes to injury and so forth. We will definitely leave a seat on the bus for him. We’ll see where next week takes us.”On Roethlisberger’s performance “He was very good. The thing I like he did was, of course he did his usual as far as buying time and creating plays, I like the way he utilized the backs as plays broke down. I thought that was an opportunity for us. I thought they had some critical conversions and nice plays, positive plays, just dumping the ball to 33 (Isaac Redman) or 34 (Rashard Mendenhall) or 21 (Mewelde Moore). I liked that.”On the young receivers. Emmanuel Sanders and Antonio Brown: “Those guys did that last year. We don’t view them as young guys anymore. They have to deliver plays for us. I think they understand that. I think they embrace that.”The Steelers (5-2) won their third in a row and improved to 2-2 on the road. Now they must face their toughest three foes of the season. The first is the New England Patriots (5-1) at Heinz Field this Sunday at 4:15. The Patriots behind Tom Brady are currently the best team in the AFC. But their defense is questionable, so they can be beaten.The Baltimore Ravens (4-1) are probably the second best team in the AFC and played the Jacksonville Jaguars Monday night after Courier deadline. They have the second best defense in the AFC but their offense is still in question. The Steelers face them the following week Nov. 6 at 8:20 p.m. on NBC Sunday Night Football. Then it’s the surprising Cincinnati Bengals (4-2), who they will face on the road.If the Steelers win all three they are in the AFC drivers’ seat at 8-2. However, if they split 2-1, they are still in good shape at 7-3. They really need the victory over the Ravens, because they are in the same division, which would give them a split. However, if they lose, they lose the tie breaker in the playoffs because they would have lost both divisional games. The same is true of the Patriots if they finish with the same record.The Bengals have been a big surprise, and could serve as a spoiler this season, but right now they are as much in the race as the Steelers.If the Ravens beat the Jaguars they will remain on top of the AFC North Division with a 5-1 record, if not they drop to a tie with the Steelers at 5-2. The Bengals are in third and the Cleveland Browns (3-3) remain in the cellar despite a 6-3 victory over the Seattle Seahawks.last_img read more

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DONEGAL STUDENTS ALREADY ON THEIR WAY TO NEW YORK IN JAILBREAK CHARITY CHALLENGE

first_imgDaire and PaulDONEGAL university students are on their way to New York tonight – as part of the Jailbreak 2014 charity challenge.Daire Mc Mullin from Stranorlar, a student in Trinity College Dublin and pal Paul McDonagh-Forde are among 100 students who have 36 hours to travel as far away from Dublin as possible without spending a single cent!A short-time ago Daire revealed they are in London – and about to board a flight to New York! “We’ve just secured flights to New York, thanks to Digital Fone Communications Buncrana and Filan’s Centra,” said Daire.“We’re at Gatwick airport, London – next stop JFK! That’s 5,129km.”They are required to beg, borrow or blag their travel costs, regardless of the destination.It’s a charity based initiative and all funds raised are given to the students’ designated charities with the Donegal lads giving money to St Vincent de Paul and Amnesty International. Last year two students made it all the way to Buenos Aires, Argentina.Daire and Paul left Kilmainham Jail today with the rest of the teams – and have until 9pm Sunday to get as far away from Dublin as possible.Other teams were tonight in Paris, Amsterdam, Istanbul, Krakow and LanzaroteYou can donate herehttp://www.jailbreak14.com/teams/Daire-and-Paul/ DONEGAL STUDENTS ALREADY ON THEIR WAY TO NEW YORK IN JAILBREAK CHARITY CHALLENGE was last modified: February 22nd, 2014 by John2Share 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)Tags:buncranaDaire Mc MullinPaul McDonagh-FordeStranorlarlast_img read more

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Go-ahead for Shoprite, Metcash merger

first_imgSouth Africa’s Competition Tribunal on Monday approved a merger between retailers Shoprite and Metcash Africa Group, on condition that jobs would be found for employees facing retrenchment.The Competition Commission had recommended the merger should go ahead, on condition that Metcash find alternative work for employees who stood to be retrenched during the restructuring.Employees who had applied for voluntary retrenchment should also be given the option of alternate jobs, unless Metcash accepted their applications.The commission had said the merger was unlikely to significantly lessen competition in the relevant markets.The tribunal accepted the commission’s finding and on Monday decided the merger could go ahead with the employment-related condition.Shoprite announced in March it would buy the franchise unit of Metcash Trading, which operates the supermarket chain Seven Eleven and Friendly Seven Eleven. 3 August 2011 Sapalast_img read more

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Year-End VC Report Shows Strength of Internet & Early Stage Investment

first_imgInvestment research firm CB Insights has released its end-of-year report for 2010, which finds both the fourth quarter and the year overall ending strong. The $6.5 billion in VC funding over 735 deals makes the fourth quarter an eight quarter high on deals and dollars. And overall, the year saw $23.7 billion in funding in 2792 deals – a 14% growth in funding and a 13% growth in deals over 2009.“For those of you looking for a data point that suggests VC is back and on the road to recovery after 2009’s tough sledding,” the report reads, “the eight quarter high on deals and dollars gives you something to hang your hat on. For those of you who think VC is overheated and we’re headed for a bubble, the eight quarter high on deals and dollars gives you something to hang your hat on. Yes – it’s all a matter of perspective.” And for those of you wanting to argue that New York is indeed a hotspot for investment, this report will help make that argument too.The report identifies a number of trends in both industries and regions.New York Takes the #2 Spot For Tech VC from MassachusettsOver the last five quarters, New York saw 208 tech deals. Massachusetts, 207. Funding to New York companies came in at $1.22 billion versus the $1.21 billion for Massachusetts. Sure, this isn’t a rousting of Massachusetts by New York. It’s a slim victory. What is interesting, however, are the trends of these states when mapped together. Internet Hot, Hot, HotBoth deals and dollars were up – way up – for the Internet sector, hitting a five quarter high – even if you exclude the massive Groupon funding from the calculations. Related Posts Investment in green tech and clean tech declined. And while deals in the healthcare space were up slightly year-over-year, funding was down almost 16%. audrey watters Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Early Stage VC GrowsSeed VC deals stayed about the same in the fourth quarter as in Q3 – about 11% of deals. But the share of Series A deals increased over the same period. And altogether, early stage deal activity was nearly 50% of total deals, the highest level in five quarters. Tags:#start#tips The fourth quarter was the highest in five quarters for New York in terms of investment and deal volume – up 90% and 29% respectively since the third quarter. And year-over-year, investment in New York was up 63%.Number of VC Deals Grows in California, But Funding Dollars DownCalifornia is still the leading state for venture capital. Relative to 2009, California saw a 3% growth in the number of deals, but the funding amount dropped by 2%. 60% of the funding in the state when to Internet and Healthcare companies. No surprise, mobile investment continued to grow. Alas, Poor Washington…Over 50% of the deals in Washington were in early-stage companies, and almost 60% of the deals were to Internet firms. As the latter tend to be less capital-intensive than other industries, this drove Washington to a five quarter low in VC funding. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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The 7 Biggest Opportunities for HVAC Contractors

first_img5. Doing the mathMy friend John Barba, a trainer for hydronics manufacturer Taco, suggested this title, and I love it. HVAC contractors like rules of thumb. (See Image #3, below.) They also rely on what they think worked in the past. “Son, this is the way we’ve always done it around here, and we’ve been in business longer than you’ve been alive.”Well, guess what. Heating and cooling systems aren’t the same as they were 50 years ago. Nor are homes. Rules of thumb don’t work because every house is different. If you want to size a system properly, you’ve got to come up with some way of getting at the rate of heat loss and heat gain in the home you’re working on. Manual J is probably the best way for new homes, and timing the existing system’s runtime during design conditions is the best for existing homes (if you have that option).HVAC systems are complex technology. If you’re relying on rules of thumb or doing things the way you’ve always done them, then you’re not serving your customers well. 1. Looking for combustion safety problemsIf an HVAC contractor responds to a call about carbon monoxide, they’ll usually go straight to the furnace and look for cracks in the heat exchanger. When they find that it’s OK, they often assume it must have just been a false alarm, so they change the batteries in the CO alarm. David Richardson, a former HVAC contractor who now works fulltime for the National Comfort Institute training people in combustion safety and air flow, wrote a guest post for us here a couple of years ago about this very issue.The problem is that most HVAC contractors don’t know much about backdrafting of combustion appliances. Nor do they test for it. If you’re an HVAC contractor and not testing for flue gases and worst-case depressurization on these calls, you’re leaving a potentially dangerous situation. You never want to find out the next day that the people in the house you just visited are in the hospital with CO poisoning. 3. Expanding services to include home performanceIn the residential market, HVAC contractors go into people’s homes every single day. They go into attics, crawl spaces, and basements, where they can see the quality of the insulation and air sealing in the home’s building enclosure. Even if the HVAC contractor doesn’t do the insulation and air-sealing work, it’s a great complementary service to advise the homeowners on the other work their home could use to improve its overall performance.It seems a bit paradoxical that so many HVAC company names include the word “comfort” yet they don’t really address all the issues that affect comfort. Once you truly understand that naked people need building science, you know that mechanical systems aren’t the answer to all comfort problems.And if you walk out of a house without looking at all of the home performance issues, you’re leaving money on the table, as the saying goes. Would you rather walk out with a $7,000 contract or a $20,000 contract? 4. Putting the V back in HVACAh, yes, ventilation. The insulting way to state this is that any HVAC contractor who doesn’t address the V in HVAC is just a HAC (read: hack). New homes are tighter than ever because of energy codes that require higher levels of air-sealing and in some cases, blower door tests to verify the airtightness. Tight homes need mechanical ventilation. All homes need spot ventilation in kitchens and bathrooms.Are you really including the V in HVAC? Do you know what ASHRAE 62.2 is? Do you understand the three strategies for providing mechanical ventilation (positive pressure, negative pressure, and balanced)? Have you measured the air flow in your ventilation systems? The bottom lineIf you’re an HVAC contractor, which path will you choose? One path leads to problems. You constantly have to find new customers because it’s hard for the ones you have to feel any loyalty to you if your work isn’t remarkable. And if your customers are always looking for the low bid, you may get them one time, but the next time you follow up with them, you find that someone underbid you. Also, if you’re making the 7 mistakes above, you may find your work featured in the Energy Vanguard Blog…as an example of what NOT to do.The other path leads to greater profitability, happier and more loyal customers, more referrals, and peace of mind. The choice is yours, HVAC contractors. Heating and air conditioning contractors have a lot of opportunities to make homes better and to be profitable. The surprising thing is just how few HVAC companies take advantage of all the opportunities that are available to them.Although my company, Energy Vanguard, is not an HVAC contractor, we have a lot to do with heating and air conditioning systems. We train home energy raters (a.k.a. HERS raters) in the RESNET protocols and building analysts in the BPI protocols. We also do quality assurance for HERS raters, which requires us to enforce guidelines for programs like Energy Star New Homes. We may not be licensed to install and maintain equipment, but we know a thing or two about HVAC because we deal with it all the time.If you’ve been reading my articles for a while, you know that I write about HVAC a lot, and many of those articles point out problems. It turns out that these problems are very easy to find because so many HVAC contractors leave big messes in their customers’ homes. Not all HVAC contractors work this way, of course, but I’d wager that the majority do. The good ones have successful businesses not only because they do good work for their customers, but they make more money by coming in and cleaning up the messes left by the sloppy contractors.Here, then, are what I see as the top seven opportunities for HVAC contractors:center_img 6. Not trying to be the low bidderThe race to the bottom results in everyone being a loser. The ones who don’t get the contract lose. The one who gets the contract can’t do the work properly because they have to scrimp on labor and materials. And the homeowner loses because, as the saying goes, you get what you pay for.When contractors try to get low-bid work, they have to keep all their costs as low as possible. They hire poorly trained techs and then don’t do enough—or anything—to get them trained properly and keep them updated. They use equipment that won’t last. They do the least work they possibly can on the distribution system. (See #2 above.)This is no way to run a business. Because there are so many companies willing to do this, though, there will always be room for smart contractors to come in and do things right. 7. Using house-as-a-system thinkingFirst, you’ve got to get to HVAC-as-a-system thinking by getting past the sins described in numbers 1, 2, and 4 above. Once you include combustion safety and distribution and ventilation in your scope, you’re ready to go beyond and look at the whole house. This leads to the opportunities in mistake number 3 above, of course, but it’s bigger than that. When you understand the house-as-a-system concept, you become a problem solver. You know how to listen to homeowners and help fix things so their daughter’s cough goes away or the mildew in the bathroom stops growing or that one room they can’t stand to be in becomes part of their living space again. This is Building Science 101, and smart HVAC contractors know this stuff. Allison Bailes of Decatur, Georgia, is a speaker, writer, energy consultant, RESNET-certified trainer, and the author of the Energy Vanguard Blog. You can follow him on Twitter at @EnergyVanguard. 2. Focusing on air flow, not just “the box”This is the problem that I’ve probably written more articles about than any other. If the vast majority of HVAC contractors did professional quality work, I wouldn’t be able to go into house after house after house and find the kind of duct problem you see at the top of this page. If all HVAC contractors were pros, no one would know what a ductopus is (see Image #2, below). If HVAC contractors understood air flow, most duct systems would be larger than they are.Mike MacFarland of Energy Docs, a home performance contractor in California, told me last year at Building Science Summer Camp that he pretty much never does a system changeout without also doing a duct changeout. Why? Because he knows that the existing ductwork, even if it’s relatively new, probably wasn’t sized right, is too leaky, and would lead to more trouble and expense than just starting over. Not all customers will have the budget for that, but make sure they know about the cost of keeping the crappy system they have now.last_img read more

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West Bengal Assembly witnesses noisy protests over dengue outbreak

first_imgDin in Bengal Assembly over dengue outbreak West Bengal Legislative Assembly on Thursday witnessed noisy protests by the Congress and Left legislators over the outbreak of dengue. The Left and Congress MLAs raised the issue during the day’s proceedings. While Minister of State for Health Chandrima Bhattacharya was making a statement, Opposition MLAs descended into the well of the House and started shouting slogans.last_img

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Kanha’s T-2 finds a home at Satkosia

first_imgA little after 1 p.m. on Thursday, a team of forest officials, scientists and veterinarians brought T-2, a three-year-old tiger from the Kanha Tiger Reserve in Madhya Pradesh and introduced it to Odisha’s Satkosia Tiger Reserve, marking the first ever inter-State re-introduction of tigers. T-2, tranquillised and radio collared, was taken from Kanha Tiger Reserve at about 3 p.m. on Wednesday and covered almost 700 km in a day.“This is the first time in the country’s conservation history that a tiger from any Tiger Reserve has been sent to another State for re-introduction. We hope that this tiger will fulfil the objective of this ambitious project and help establish a good population of tigers at Satkosia,” Sanjay Kumar Shukla, Chief Conservator of Forests and Field Director, Kanha Tiger Reserve, told The Hindu.A team of over 30 persons, including forest officials from both the Satkosia Tiger Reserve and the Kanha Tiger Reserve, along with scientists from the Wildlife Institute of India and five trained elephants, took active part in the trans-location and re-introduction of the tiger.Guidelines followedMr. Shukla said the guidelines of the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA), where the animal selected for relocation was in its ‘transient age’ and had not set its territory, has been followed in the re-introduction. At the Kanha Tiger Reserve, T-2 had begun looking for its territory and had attacked and killed some tiger cubs.“Initially, there will be a ‘soft release’ of the tiger, in an enclosure with its natural prey base as a precautionary measure,” Mr. Shukla said. The entire population of Raigoda village, situated in the core area of the Satkosia Tiger Reserve, had been moved out to buffer areas.“The animal will be closely watched till it gets adapted to the new environment,” Sudarsan Panda, Regional Chief Conservator of Forest, Angul, told The Hindu on Thursday. (Inputs from Satyasundar Barik)last_img read more

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