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MBB : On The Beat 01/21/11: Villanova pregame

first_img Published on January 20, 2011 at 12:00 pm The Daily Orange basketball beat writers Brett LoGiurato and Tony Olivero break down what it will take for Syracuse to beat Villanova this Saturday. Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Commentslast_img

Men’s basketball looks for same result against Northwestern riding five-game winning streak

first_imgThe Wisconsin men’s basketball will go up against the Northwestern Wildcats Saturday afternoon at the Kohl Center as they look to extend their current five-game winning streak.Wisconsin (20-2, 8-1 Big Ten) destroyed Northwestern (10-12, 1-8 Big Ten) by a margin of 23 points when the two teams met in Evanston, Illinois, on Jan. 4.This time around, the two teams couldn’t be going in more opposite directions. While the Badgers are streaking and atop the Big Ten, the Wildcats are continuing to fall. They have lost eight consecutive games and have not won a game since December.Since their loss to Rutgers, Wisconsin has been able to rattle off five straight wins thanks to their efficient play on both sides of the ball.According to Ken Pomeroy’s efficiency rankings, Wisconsin currently leads the nation in offensive efficiency, averaging 125.2 points per 100 possessions. On top of scoring at an efficient rate, the Badgers are also taking care of the ball, as their average of 7.6 turnovers per game is the fewest in the country.In their first outing against Northwestern, the Badgers dropped 81 points on the Wildcats and were led by senior forward Frank Kaminsky, who put together a line of 16 points, 10 rebounds and six assists in just 24 minutes.Northwestern will look to put forth a better defensive effort this time around, bringing in a scoring defense that ranks in the middle of the Big Ten, as they have given up 63.5 points per game thus far.Defensively, Wisconsin is first in the Big Ten and ninth in the country in scoring defense, giving up just 56.5 points per game thus far.That defense will be going up against a Northwestern team who has struggled to score this season, averaging just 64.4 points per game, which is good for 12th in the Big Ten. Through their first nine Big Ten games, the Wildcats have only scored more than 70 points once in a losing effort to Michigan State.Despite the clear advantage Wisconsin has on both sides of the ball and Northwestern’s recent struggles, NU has showed it is still capable of putting up a decent fight. In a recent road test against Maryland, the Wildcats took then-No. 13 Terrapins to the wire in College Park, but ultimately lost 68-67.Northwestern has shown in flashes that they can compete with better teams, but Wisconsin is not just a better team — they are a much better team, and with proper execution, the Badgers should have no problem taking care of the Wildcats at home.Wisconsin (20-2 overall, 8-1 Big Ten)Big Ten: 8-1, 1st place by two games over Maryland, Ohio State, Michigan State and PurdueLast game: Defeated Indiana in Madison, 92-78Probable Starters: G – Bronson Koenig (6-4, 6.5 ppg), G – Josh Gasser (6-4, 7.6 ppg), F – Sam Dekker (6-9, 12.7 ppg), F – Nigel Hayes (6-8, 12.6 ppg), F – Frank Kaminsky (7-0, 17.8 ppg)Key Reserves: F – Duje Dukan, G – Zak Showalter, F – Vitto BrownNorthwestern (10-12, 1-8 Big Ten)Big Ten: 1-8, last place (14th)Last game: Lost to Nebraska, 76-60Probable Starters: G – Bryant McIntosh (6-5, 4.3 ppg), G – Tre Demps (6-3, 11.9 ppg), G – JerShon Cobb (6-5, 6.2 ppg), G – Scottie Lindsey (6-5, 4.3 ppg), C – Alex Olah (7-0, 11.0 ppg)Key Reserves: F – Vic Law, G – Dave Sobolewski, G – Sanjay LumpkinWho – Northwestern at No. 5 WisconsinWhen – Saturday, Feb. 7, 2015Where – Madison, Wisconsin; Kohl Center (17,230)TV Broadcast – Big Ten Networklast_img read more

International Students’ Day: Some common faces we see in the classroom

first_imgThe student life is a mish-mash of amazing characters with aspiring faces each hoping to become a singer, a musician or a sports person. Here is a list of some popular classroom characters that will take you back to your school life.  The Queen Bee: The most attractive girl of the class struts around with an imaginary crown on her head. Surrounded by her train of “popular girls”, she is the queen of the class, and she won’t let you forget it. The Sports Guy: The ‘Messi’ of the class may not be raking in the A’s on the report card, but you will frequently find him cutting classes to push around that football on the field, often getting mud-covered in the process.The Painter: The black board is full of intrinsic geometrical figures but he is busy in painting his imaginary characters. The ‘da Vinci’ of the class will be doodling on the last pages of his textbooks, on desks, walls, and even in exam papers if he can get away with it. The Singer: The class singer will be singing the loudest and clearest in every classroom antakshari. She will also be doing the same in inter-class and inter-school singing competitions, while collecting prizes in the process.The Copying Machine: He can hardly do the most basic of sums, and might not even know who Shakespeare is. But come result day, and his report card shows decent marks. When asked how, he gives the credit to his actively roving third eye. advertisementThe Back Benchers: The back benchers of the class have no interest in the lesson being taught. They are either playing book cricket, eating tiffin, reading something else or discussing the latest video game released.The Gossip Machine: Sharukh or Salman? Kohli or Rahane? Harry Potter or Lord of the Rings? The gossip machines can go on for hours and days, constantly replenishing their gossip supplies from the latest magazine or TV show.The Hard Worker: The Hard Worker of the class is the most sincere of the lot. While the others are enjoying in recess, he is calmly preparing for the next class, or finishing the homework given ahead of time. Despite all his effort, he might not top the class, but manages to bag the second place. The Bully: The “Bhai”of the class has a taunt ready for every student who isn’t quite that outspoken. No matter how unjustified the comment is, woe unto you if you try to protest. You better reserve a spot in the doctor’s room of your school before you try to go up against the Bully. The Class Bunkers: The class bunkers will slyly make their way out of the school gates without anyone realising. For them, a movie hall or a park are more attractive places to spend their class hours than the six-inch shabby wall of the classroom.Read: Country celebrates the National Education Day: Know about the educational qualification of Chief Ministers of Indian states Read: 10 English words with tricky pronunciationFor more details, follow India Today Education or you can write to us at education.intoday@gmail.comlast_img read more

$100 Million Upgrading for May Pen Hospital

first_imgThe May Pen Hospital is slated to undergo a multi-million dollar upgrading and rehabilitation project this fiscal year.This was disclosed by Health Minister, Hon. Dr. Fenton Ferguson on Friday, April 12, following a tour of the Clarendon-based facility.Dr. Fergsuon said the project is estimated to cost between $96 million and $100 million, with approximately $64 million of the amount already approved by Cabinet. He said he is awaiting consent for an additional $32 million for upgrading of the chiller system at the hospital.The improvements works will entail modernisation of the hospital’s radiology department at a cost of $27.8 million, to provide digital services.A sum of $15.6 million will be spent to expand the Accident and Emergency Department and provide well-needed equipment. Already, three new air conditioning units have been acquired.In addition, some $8 million will go towards upgrading the hospital’s sewerage system, while an estimated $5.4 million is earmarked for improving security services, including the provision of surveillance equipment, as well as grillwork.A further $5 million will be used to improve food trolley services at the hospital, the Minister said, noting that “presently, the region is spending over $500,000 per month to deal with the disposal of food”. He noted that, provided there is funding, work will also be done to the hospital’s roof and road network, while the perimeter fencing will be addressed in the next fiscal year.“We have had some initial estimates in the region of $40 million and we have said to the Member of Parliament and the leaders of this institution that we are committed to the process, and our expectation is that our 2014/15 budget will see that as a priority,” he stated.Dr. Ferguson, in the meantime, informed that the Ministry has committed a sum of $1 million for a major Labour Day project at the hospital.“My special appeal is that the business sector, companies that distribute paint and other kinds of hardware material, in and around May Pen, and beyond, will come onboard for this worthy exercise,” he urged.“Many of your workers are the beneficiaries of the health care delivery system and we feel that a partnership will be a major achievement in establishing this hospital as a centre of excellence,” the Minister stated further.Accompanying Dr. Ferguson on the tour were: Mayor of Clarendon, Councillor Scean Barnswell; Member of Parliament for Central Clarendon, Mike Henry; Chairperson, Southern Regional Health Authority, Fay Bell; and Chief Executive Officer, May Pen Hospital, Nadia Nunes-Howe.By Athaliah Reynolds-Baker, JIS Reporterlast_img read more

Euroseas Poseidon Eye Merger of Container Fleets

first_imgzoom Greek shipowner Euroseas has signed a non-binding letter of intent with Poseidon Container Holdings Group, an owner and operator container carriers, to consider a possible combination of their respective containership fleets.Poseidon owns and operates a fleet of sixteen container carriers including four feeder containerships, two Panamax, and four Post-Panamax containerships as well as six Post-Panamaxes.As disclosed, the possible combination may include a spinoff of Euroseas’ container assets into a standalone company or take the form of a different structure.Euronav expects that any combination with Poseidon would be done on a net asset value (NAV) to NAV basis. NAV is typically calculated as the difference between the market value of a company’s assets net of the market value of its liabilities.“Euroseas’ strategy is to use its operating expertise and public company status to provide a platform of consolidation for similar assets in the drybulk and containership sectors. This strategy may be implemented by separating Euroseas’ drybulk and containership fleets into two public companies if the Board of Directors determines that such a split would benefit Euroseas’ shareholders, particularly if it may also facilitate Euroseas’ consolidation strategy,” the company said.Euroseas stressed that the discussions are “at an early stage, that the letter of intent is non-binding, and that there can be no assurance that an agreement will be reached with Poseidon or any other party.”Separately, Euroseas said that it took delivery of M/V EM Athens, a feeder containership of 2,506 TEU built in 2000 that it acquired last month from Euromar, its wholly-owned subsidiary. M/V EM Athens was acquired along with EM Oinousses, a feeder-size containership also of 2,506 TEU built in 2000.Furthermore, the shipowner has exercised its option to purchase from Euromar two additional containerships, the M/V EM Corfu, of 2,556 TEU built in 2001, and the M/V Akinada Bridge, a Post-Panamax size containership of 5,600 TEU built in 2001.Euroseas said the latest acquisitions would be financed via a combination of debt and equity. The M/V EM Oinousses, M/V EM Corfu and M/V Akinada Bridge are expected to be delivered to the company within 2017.Euroseas has a fleet of 21 vessels in the water. With the addition of the Kamsarmax newbuilding yet to be delivered, it will have seven drybulk carriers with a total cargo capacity of 499,753 dwt, and fifteen containerships with a total cargo capacity of 34,044 TEU.last_img read more

DRAKE VS PUSHA T ARE FANS TAKING RAP BEEFS TOO SERIOUSLY

first_img Facebook Advertisement NWA versus Ice Cube. Biggie versus Tupac. Nas versus Jay Z. Nicki Minaj versus ​Remy Ma.Rivalries and beefs are a longstanding tradition in hip hop, from b-boys and b-girls battling it out in dance to rappers trading lyrical barbs, live or via diss tracks. But fans taking an artistic battle from a performance space into the real world is rare and surprising, according to hip-hop writer A. Harmony.“Battle rap is a fixture in hip hop. It’s considered a sport. It’s considered a form of entertainment and a chance for MCs to really showcase their skills. It’s a part of the music industry. It’s a part of the music culture,” explained Harmony, hip hop contributor to Exclaim Magazine. Advertisement But a full-on brawl ensued at a Pusha T concert in Toronto on Tuesday, after some audience members apparently tossed drinks onstage at the American rapper — who has been embroiled in an on-again, off-again beef with hometown favourite Drake — mid-performance. Briefly retaking the stage, the Virginia rapper seemed to accuse Drake of being behind the slight. The concert was closed down shortly after. Later, a concertgoer turned up at a nearby hospital with stab wounds, according to police.Note: strong language and violence in following videoThe drinks being tossed might have been something “between concertgoers that got out of hand,” said Harmony. It might also have been the result of fans “who decided to take this form of entertainment and turn it into something it wasn’t.”In recent years, there has been a noticeable rise in young music fans lashing out at rivals for perceived slights to their idols, whether its Beliebers rallying behind Justin Bieber or the BeyHive lashing out in support of Beyoncé.“We have seen instances of super fans kind of crossing the line,” Harmony noted, citing an instance this July when Nicki Minaj fans waged a brutal campaign against a Canadian freelance writer who offered a negative critique of the rapper’s music.Different kind of connectionToday’s fans aren’t like those of previous generations. They feel a different, closer connection to their idols thanks to social media — and that goes for rap aficionados as well, according to Emmanuel Tabi, a hip-hop fan and University of Toronto PhD candidate examining cultural production and its intersection with education and activism. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment center_img Advertisement Rap beefs are a longstanding hip hop tradition. But have some fans taken the feud between Pusha T and Drake too far? (Getty Images) Login/Register With: Twitterlast_img read more