Published on January 3, 2018 at 9:24 pm Contact: email@example.com | @jtbloss WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Frank Howard didn’t want to watch. With his back on the ground and his eyes facing the ceiling, he refused the hand Tyus Battle extended to lift him to his feet.Instead, Howard clutched his head with disgust, because in the game’s final minute and his team down by four, Syracuse’s junior point guard committed the costliest of his six turnovers. Freshman forward Oshae Brissett was forced to foul to halt a free bucket, and although Howard sunk another desperation three seconds later, Wake Forest (8-6, 1-1 Atlantic Coast) hit its free throws down the stretch of a 73-67 Demon Deacon win over SU (12-3, 1-1 ACC) in Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum Wednesday night.Wake Forest’s first-ever win over Syracuse — which came in spite of the fact that WFU’s leading scorer Keyshawn Woods played just three minutes after a first-half injury — was built on the glass. SU was out-rebounded for the first time all season, 38-29, and posted its lowest rebound total of the year. Howard sunk five three-pointers and scored 23 points — one of four Orange players to reach double figures — but that didn’t matter because SU couldn’t actually secure that basketball to add the final necessary touches to those point totals.“In the second half, we did everything we needed to on offense,” head coach Jim Boeheim said. “But we did not do a good job on the boards which has been something that has really made us this year.”Wake Forest head coach Danny Manning credited his players for employing the fundamentals and boxing out. SU redshirt freshman forward Matthew Moyer said WFU’s starting center, the 7-foot-1, 280-pound Doral Moore, was quicker than he appeared on film. Freshman forward Oshae Brissett noted the five-man effort the Demon Deacons employed when a ball went up for grabs.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“They went after it more,” Moyer said.Last season, SU’s bubble burst on Selection Sunday because, although the Orange had impressive wins against ranked teams at home, it lacked any noteworthy accomplishments away from the Carrier Dome. It totaled two road wins all year, coming against bottom-third ACC teams in Clemson and NC State.So Wednesday night’s trip to Wake Forest gave SU a chance to reverse the theme that plagued its last campaign. The Demon Deacons entered the matchup having lost thrice already on its home court, twice to teams outside Kenpom’s top 90 teams. SU came in riding a two-game win streak and a comfortable win in its league-opener against Virginia Tech.And then SU’s glass-game shattered. It brought a three-point lead to intermission thanks to a late 10-0 Orange run and an 11-point half from Howard, who hit his third three of the half on SU’s final possession. After the fade-away fell through the hoop, Howard back-pedaled away from Wake Forest bench with a stare and a smile. He shot the same expression to some heckling fans after a make minutes earlier.SU bested WFU by just one on the glass at halftime. The Demon Deacons made one free throw in the first half, despite entering Wednesday with more than a fifth of their offense coming from the line. Separation was inaccessible to either team. And it stayed that way, with both teams combined for five points by the time the under-16 media timeout came around.“We have to make those plays at the beginning of the game so it’s not a close game at the end,” Battle said.WFU flirted with a soft, full-court press. SU’s junior center Paschal Chukwu sunk two free throws and influenced ample shots in the paint. But Moore’s presence on the boards and Battle’s fourth foul kept Wake Forest close. A Bryant Crawford layup tied the game with 12-and-a-half minutes to go. The Deac’s starting guard never really went away after that, finishing with a team-high 19 points, 14 of which he produced in the second half.SU — relying on a consistent stream of trips to the line, where it went 18-for-23 — continued to build and lose a four-point lead. Battle returned with four fouls just after the ten-minute mark. Crawford and Mitchell Wilbekin sunk back-to-back threes to put the Demon Deacons in front by two. Timeout, nine minutes left.A Howard three put the Orange back in front. Then Howard found Chukwu under the basket. The Orange’s drop-prone center did not struggle with the same type of pass he bobbled earlier, holding on for a two-handed dunk. Howard tacked on two more on the next possession, only to have Crawford hit two more three-pointers to bring his Demon Deacons within one of SU, 53-52. Where SU was good, Crawford was better.“Down the stretch, obviously, we’ve had big plays from Tyus, we’ve had big plays from Frank earlier in the year, but it’s really our defense,” Moyer said. “… If our defense is good, we’re good. If our defense is not good, any team can beat us on any given night.”Brissett missed two free throws. Chaundee Brown and Battle traded three-pointers. WFU added two more buckets from the paint, the second off a goaltending call on Chukwu. At the under-four timeout, the Demon Deacons led by three points and the coliseum, fueled by the fact that two Oshae Brissett missed free throws earned everyone in attendance a free Chick-fil-a sandwich, reached its loudest.SU’s star freshman found redemption in a straight-away three that tied the game at 59. Both teams traded two points. The ping-pong of lead changes grew tiresome, but someone had to win. Terrance Thompson converted a fast-break layup after a long rebound, and SU turned it over after Battle drove out of bounds. The lead was Wake Forest’s for good.Brandon Childress hit a floater, and with a minute to go SU found itself down four and searching for anything on offense. It never found anything but lost rebounds and fouls out of desperation.Even when WFU strayed from its identity and missed the front end of a one-and-one, so did Battle. Then came Howard’s final turnover. A Brissett and-one and Howard three-pointer offered hope, but too late. With 16 seconds left, and a Frank Howard three bringing SU within two — again — Olivier Sarr sunk the final freebies to ice it, and Syracuse was left still searching for its first ACC road win.“We weren’t ready to play at all. I wasn’t ready to play at all,” Battle said. “I know personally, I have to be better. As a team, we have to be better.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+
1 December 2010 Ntombi Zondi* of Pimville, Soweto always gets mixed emotions on World Aids Day. Ten years ago to the day, she tested positive for HIV. She speaks about her journey since then, and her belief that HIV/Aids is not a death sentence but an opportunity to create a better life. Ntombi Zondi (*not her real name), a mother of two HIV-negative children, is one of millions of South Africans living with the virus. Speaking to BuaNews at an event to mark World Aids Day on Wednesday, the 36-year-old said she would probably be dead by now if she had not started taking anti-retroviral drugs.Finding out “My decision to test for HIV had little to do with me being sick or suspecting that I had HIV. It was World Aids Day and I was curious to know my status,” says Ntombi, whose red eyes speak of deep emotion. She was 26 at the time and pregnant with her first child. Reliving the day she was tested, Ntombi takes a long pause. “I was in shock. All I could think about was how can this happen to me and why. I was in denial. I was still young and my future was bright.” Soon after testing positive, she started drinking almost every day to hide the pain and the embarrassment. “At that moment, I didn’t care about the baby. But after a while, I started losing weight fast, then I start hearing about people around my age group dying of Aids, and I started freaking out. “I said to myself, I want to live as long as I can. I decided I’m not going to let this kill me. So I started going to the clinic. “I take my treatment (ARVs) every day and I’m looking forward to a longer life. I’m 36 years old now. It was 10 years ago when I [tested positive]. Look at me, I’m still here.”Doing something about it Ntombi says she also owes her longevity to the positive mind-set she adopted after attending counselling sessions, and the support she got from friends and family. “I told myself I am going to hold my head up high and do something positive about it.” She now juggles her part-time jobs with that of being a counsellor for people living with HIV/Aids. Apart from the training she got from a non-profit organisation dealing with HIV/Aids, Ntombi has no formal training, but says people feel at ease talking to her about their status. “I let people know that they should not stop being what they want to be in life just because they are HIV-positive. And I will continue to teach my peers about this until the stigma stops and until we find a cure.” Ntombi fiddles with the red ribbon pinned on her right breast pocket. “I know that some are asking a hidden question: they wonder what experiences in my life have moved me so that I would want to wear a red ribbon every day. “My answer is always the same: I wear it because I can. I am still alive, still able to carry the message about the reality and urgency of Aids and how HIV can be prevented. I carry this message for those whose voices can no longer be heard, but whose presence can still be felt.” Although living with the virus was not easy, Ntombi says people should not see it as a death sentence but as an opportunity to create a better life.Telling family and friends She says she decided to disclose her status in order to stop people from talking behind her back and to motivate others living with the virus. It took Ntombi about six months to make her first disclosure. It was to her mother, who was disappointed at first. “I did it because I wanted them to know the truth, that HIV is here and it doesn’t matter how educated you are,” she said, adding that she was also avoiding a scenario where people would gawk should her health take a turn for the worse. At times, Ntombi admits that she gets depressed from thinking about her status. “Sometimes I feel I am not ready to die. My wish is to be with my family, especially my daughters, for years to come.” Asked if she has made peace with the father of her first child, whom she claims infected her, Ntombi takes a deep breath and thinks before she answers. “I was never mad at him for infecting me. I was mad at him for not wanting to talk to me afterwards; but now I have made peace. I have a supporting family, boyfriend, and friends who don’t judge me.” Source: BuaNews
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The Canadian Press HALIFAX — Up to 700 Canadian Forces personnel will be fanning out across the Maritimes today to help restore electricity, clear roadways and evacuate residents in flooded areas following the wrath of Dorian.The former hurricane howled into Atlantic Canada yesterday as a ferocious post-tropical storm with wind gusts reaching nearly 150 kilometres an hour.In the Halifax area, which was among the hardest hit, the storm uprooted trees, ripped into roofs and pulled down powerlines, leaving hundreds of thousands of people in the dark.Nova Scotia Power said it had crews standing by ready to make repairs as soon as it was safe for them to do so.As the storm plowed into Prince Edward Island, about 50,000 homes and businesses were soon without power, as were another 74,000 in New Brunswick.Early this morning the west coast of Newfoundland and Labrador was bracing for heavy rain, strong winds, storm surges and large waves, however, Newfoundland Power said it was ready for the storm and would provided updates through an automated alert system.There have been no reports of injuries in the Maritimes linked to Dorian, but dramatic footage shared on social media showed a large crane swaying in the wind and collapsing into the side of an empty apartment building under construction in downtown Halifax.In the city’s south end, a roof was ripped off another apartment complex, while other images on social media showed scores of upended trees, a torn-up waterfront boardwalk, flooded streets and flying debris.The Canadian Red Cross opened three evacuation shelters in the Halifax region.As Dorian closed in on the Maritimes, it strengthened to become a Category 2 hurricane with sustained winds reaching 160 km/h. But it weakened by the time it came ashore near Sambro, N.S., at 7:15 p.m. and was downgraded to a post-tropical storm.Despite its downgrade, Dorian continued to produce hurricane-force winds well above 120 km/h.
IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:01/1:02Loaded: 0%0:01Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-1:01?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … Indian military commanders have been planning to restructure the forces for the last two years to reduce manpower costs but the snail-paced development has halted any decision. Currently, more than 2.4 million retired defence personnel are getting pensions from MoD with around 55,000 being added every year. Laxman Behera, a research fellow at the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses in New Delhi, added, in last four years, the military’s spending on pay, allowances and pensions had jumped from 45 per cent to 56 per cent. In contrast, capital procurement sunk to 18 per cent from 21 per cent during the same period. Close Indian Army soldiers in KashmirCredit: ReutersThe Indian defence forces seeking a long-planned modernisation programme is likely to wait longer as the Ministry of Defence (MoD) is expected to get a meagre rise in defence spending in the 2019-20 budget. All the tri-services have requested for an urgent modernisation to remain effective in war.For instance, the Indian Airforce is in dire need of hundreds of fighter aircraft to fight a two-front war. It is already operating below its sanctioned strength of 42 squadrons. The navy has a long list of submarines and patrol ships to counter Chinese influence in the Indian Ocean Region (IOR). Similarly, the Indian Army has requested for almost every modern equipment from assault rifles to surveillance drones and body armour to increase its lethality. Sailors from the Indian Navy stand on a submarine as Indian as well as foreign warships began to line up off the Bombay coastCredit: ReutersBut all these plans have been kept on hold since a long time as the governments have been unable to allocate funds for modernisation programme due to a major chunk of money going for a 1.4 million standing military, the world’s second largest after China. The government allocated Rs 4.31 trillion ($62.27 billion) for defence, a 6.6 per cent rise as against last year in the interim budget announced in February before national elections. The allocations clearly meant that the amount would not be enough to add lethality to its forces.News agency, Reuters reported that upcoming budget to be presented by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman is also going to be on the similar lines and any major jump in fund allocation to MoD is highly unlikely. One of the officials close to the development said, “Defence is our major spending and we give it as much as the budget allows. But this year, a significant rise to what has already been allotted looks difficult.” Indian Air Force to buy 110 fighter jets worth Rs 973.8 bn
MONTREAL — Canada’s airline association says it’s happy with the extra funding for airport security in yesterday’s federal budget but still frustrated that the federal government is keeping Canadian airline passengers “in the dark” about airport privatization.“While the budget does bring the promise of some relief for air travellers by investing a larger chunk of passenger-generated revenue back into security screening, it is silent on the government’s plans for Canada’s airports,” said Massimo Bergamini, President and CEO of the National Airlines Council of Canada (NACC).The National Airlines Council of Canada is the trade association representing Canada’s largest national and international passenger air carriers: Air Canada, Air Transat, Jazz Aviation LP and WestJet.“The additional funding for Canada’s air transport security authority should result in shorter processing times and better security. This is something that our organization has been advocating for and that we applaud,” said Bergamini.“However, after weeks of speculation around the government’s intentions on airport privatization, and after recent leaks suggest privatization is still very much in play, Canadians remain in the dark.More news: Save the dates! Goway’s Africa Roadshow is back“Our organization has opposed for-profit-privatization of Canada’s airports, not on ideological grounds, but because it would result in higher fees for travellers and airlines.Bergamini argues that “air travel is not a luxury. And yet the Government of Canada continues to treat like it is.”He goes on to say that Canada’s user-pay model “is outdated, non-competitive and it penalizes the very people that air transportation is meant to serve — any increase in the cost of travel resulting from airport privatization would amount to a tax on the middle class.”The base price of a domestic air ticket is the lowest it’s been in six years, he says, “but under our outdated system these savings are not passed on to the consumer because of taxes and fees.“The government’s decision to keep privatization on the table distracts from the real issues and delays needed action to fix Canada’s non-competitive air transport cost structure and policy framework.” Canadian carriers applaud extra money for airport security but want privatization off the table Share Posted by Thursday, March 23, 2017 Travelweek Group << Previous PostNext Post >>
ORLANDO — Waiting in line in the worst. But leave it to Disney to make even that a magical experience.The new Play Disney Parks app features several themed games that can only be played while waiting in line for a ride. How does it do this? It uses Bluetooth technology to track when you’re standing in line to unveil a series of ‘missions’, with clues hidden on nearby walls.Beacon sensors are so sophisticated that gameplay is scaled for each user, no matter if they’re standing in line for 10 minutes or over an hour. And since we’re talking about Disney here, it can even activate special effects around you, like rockets flying overhead and the appearance of Tinkerbell inside a lantern.But the best part? It’s designed to be played by the whole family using just one phone, encouraging all members to pass the phone around and participate.So for any parent worried about prolonged screen time (“I paid all this money to go to the park and all my kids want to do is be on their phones!”), the app actually enhances the visitor experience, engages users with their surroundings, promotes family bonding and forces people to interact with the world around them.More news: Windstar celebrates record-breaking bookings in JulyHard to believe that an app can do all that, but again, we’re talking about Disney here.Disney’s Play app is free on iOS and Android, and works at Disneyland Resort and all four parks at Walt Disney World. Wednesday, July 18, 2018 << Previous PostNext Post >> Tags: Apps, Disney, Orlando Posted by Disney’s new app does the impossible – it makes waiting in line actually enjoyable Share Travelweek Group
Tags: MSC Cruises, Venice Friday, June 7, 2019 Travelweek Group MSC Opera departure cancelled following Venice crash Posted by VENICE — Following the dramatic crash of the MSC Opera in Venice earlier this week, MSC Cruises has announced a cruise cancellation as it awaits the completion of an ensuing investigation. According to an official statement, the MSC Opera was required to undergo repair works after it rammed into a dock in Venice’s Giudecca Canal on June 2. Though repairs were already completed on Monday, the ship is currently still waiting for authorities to give it the go ahead to sail.“As these procedures are taking a few days longer than originally expected, and we now know that the ship will not be able to depart in time for its next sailing, we have taken the difficult but necessary decision to cancel the upcoming cruise sailing from Bari on June 8, and from Venice on June 9,” said the cruise line.MSC Opera was due to host 2,451 guests from 53 countries on the cruise. MSC Cruises says it has informed passengers and travel agents about the cancellation, and is offering alternative options, including a full refund of the cruise fare and incurred travel expenses as well as any pre-booked services. More news: Universal enhances popular Harry Potter vacation package with new perksAdditionally, the company is offering a 50% discount on a future seven- to 21-night cruise before the end of 2020. << Previous PostNext Post >> Share