Harvard scientists are all for collaborating when it comes to research. But when it comes to saving energy in their labs, the competition can get fierce.Whether it’s closing fume hood sashes when they’re not in use or adjusting freezer temperatures, researchers in labs across campus are setting the sustainability bar higher for each other through friendly contests. And their steps are paying off — a building-wide energy-efficiency project at Northwest Labs alone is projected to save $900,000 a year. 7Using gas chromatography and mass spectrometry, researchers in the Northwest Labs analyze trace residues on ancient vessels found in Turkey. A building-wide energy-efficiency project at the labs is projected to save $900,000 a year by adjusting ventilation and airflow levels. From left are Julia Strauss ’19, GSAS student and research assistant in chemistry and chemical biology Tim Roth, Bary Lisak ’19, and Jordan Donald ’18. 10Professor Hopi Hoekstra works with GSAS students Rockwell Anyoha (left) and Brock Wooldridge. The Hoekstra Lab recently won the national North American Laboratory Freezer Challenge in the academic division, saving energy costs and reducing emissions by taking steps like tuning their freezers to minus 70 C from the standard minus 80 C. 12Lab manager Kyle Turner (left) teaches in the Hoekstra Lab. 6GSAS student Cristin Juda works in the Betley Lab, where a recent renovation incorporates cutting-edge sustainable technology and green building features that aim for LEED certification. 5The Weitz Lab is partnering with the Green Labs program to assess the energy use of lab equipment. Pictured here are Biyi Xu (from left), associate researcher at Nanjing University; Kirk Mutafopulos, GSAS physics student; and Pascal Spink, a research fellow in applied physics. 8A tetrode twister is used in the Murthy Lab by researchers studying the neural and algorithmic bases of odor-guided behaviors in animals. The lab won a recent energy-saving competition by shutting the sash on fume hoods when not in use. 11Emmanuel D’Agostino ’19 (left) and Rebecca Greenberg ’18 (right) work with Professor Hopi Hoekstra (center). 4Shima Parsa works with a UV-visible spectrometer. The Weitz Lab is active in the Office for Sustainability’s Shut the Sash Competition, which aims to reduce the energy consumption of fume hoods. 1Yuka Amako (left), visiting fellow and postdoctoral candidate, and GSAS student Hope Flaxman do chemical biology research in the Woo Lab, where researchers compete to save energy by keeping fume hood sashes closed when not in use. 3Researchers measure the absorption of light in a fluid sample using a UV-visible spectrometer in the LEED Gold-certified Weitz Lab. Shima Parsa (left) is a postdoctoral candidate and Zhehan Zhong is a fellow in applied physics 2Professor Christina Woo works in her lab, which has been upgraded with equipment that meets high sustainability standards, including the most energy-efficient freezer on the market. New fume hood controls conserve energy by reducing airflow when not in use. 9Alex Su ’18 works in the Betley Lab, which participates in an expanded lab recycling program while consistently meeting its monthly goal through the Shut the Sash Competition. In addition, lab members reduce waste by composting in their kitchen.
Alaska governor Michael Dunleavy has made changes to the board of the Alaska Gasline Development Corporation (AGDC), the company in charge of developing the Alaska liquefied natural gas (LNG) project. Governor Dunleavy named department of labor commissioner Tamika Ledbetter and department of environmental conservation commissioner Jason Brune to serve as State of Alaska department-level appointees to the AGDC board.Doug Smith and Dan Coffey, both of Anchorage, were also named to replace outgoing board members Hugh Short of Girdwood and Joey Merrick of Eagle River. Short and Merrick were both notified of their dismissal from the AGDC board earlier, a statement by the governor says.“Alaskans have long focused on the benefits of reduced energy costs, bringing our rich energy resources to market and monetizing our North Slope gas. Today’s announcement continues those goals, while putting in place the personnel to make diligent review of the project,” said Dunleavy.AGDC is governed by a seven-member board of directors, five public members and two principal department heads of the State of Alaska. New members of the board will join AGDC board members Dave Cruz of Palmer, David Wight of Anchorage, and Warren Christian of North Pole.AGDC has taken leadership of the project at the end of 2016. Partners in Alaska LNG are ExxonMobil, BP and ConocoPhillips.The partners are looking to commercialize Alaska’s North Slope natural gas resources through proposed facilities including a liquefaction facility in the Nikiski area on the Kenai Peninsula.Other facilities include an 800-mile large diameter pipeline, up to eight compression stations, at least five take-off points for in-state gas delivery, a gas treatment plant located on the North Slope and transmission lines to transport gas from Prudhoe Bay and Point Thomson to the gas treatment plant.The project is designed to export up to 20 million metric tons of liquefied natural gas per year and the construction works are expected to start this year.
The recently sunken supply vessel will not affect shipping traffic in the Singapore Strait, according to the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA).The Dominica-flagged vessel Ocean Cooper 2 capsized and sank within Singapore territorial waters in mid-February 2019.MPA Singapore has since the incident completed a hydrographic survey of the wreck site.The wreck is located 41 meters below the sea surface, significantly deeper than the deepest draught of transiting vessels, which is 22 meters below the sea surface.The authority has therefore determined that the wreck does not pose a risk to the safety of navigation and will not affect shipping traffic in the area.MPA will update its nautical charts to indicate the location of the wreck, and issue a Notice to Mariners to keep the maritime community updated.
Low usage of the female condom in Uganda is becoming a major concern for health officials. After a successful campaign to reduce HIV and Aids in the country, prevalence rates have started to rise again.While the male condom is a success story, the female ones are struggling, especially among men, largely due to cultural biases.Health officials are now worried that these sentiments could reverse the country’s gains in the fight against HIV and Aids.Recent government statistics show a reversal in HIV prevalence rates from 6.4% previously to 7.3% currentlyCulturally in Uganda, men tend to make the decisions regarding sex. This is something that activists say has exposed women more to the virus.HIV prevention campaigners believe that empowering women and encouraging them to use female condoms will help them to protect themselves.Experts say if the country is to roll back rising HIV prevalence, the female condom must be a major part of Uganda’s HIV prevention strategy. Related Egyptian woman becomes one of the first female Mesaharaty Ugandans leading pork eaters in Africa Egyptian Woman Becomes First Female Football Referee
Tweet National School Arts Festival 2011This event is organized by the cultural division every two years. As traditional with every ceremony, it was opened with our National Anthem followed by the welcome done by Chief Cultural Officer; Mr. Raymond Lawrence. Mrs. Justina Charles; Minister of Cultural Division highlighted the importance of the event in showcasing and nurturing our children’s talents. “The number one sponsor is the Waitikubuli National Trail,” announced the Master of Ceremony Mr. Mikael Ferrol during the proceeds.The first section of the event was the choral section judged by Jennifer White, Ester Robinson, and Mr. Simeon Joseph, the participating schools: Castle Bruce Secondary ‘draw me close to you’ Convent High School ‘One day’ Dominica Community High School ‘The Banana Song’ Dominica Grammar School ‘We Wish you song’ Dominica Seventh Day Adverntist ‘Get All Excited’ North East Comprehensive ‘Ain’t Got Got Time To Die’ Orion Academy ‘Halleujah’ Pierre Charles Secondary School ‘Don’t Let Me Fall’ Portsmouth Secondary School ‘Imagine Me’Next was the vocal or solo section judged by Ophelia Marie, Michele Henderson and Fred Nicholas. The participating singers and the corresponding schools were: Convent High School – Ms Philadelphia ‘Colors of the Wind’ Castle Bruce Secondary – Mellisa Morgan Community High School – Ailda Breedy ‘The Journey’ Dominica grammar school -Karlyn Wright ‘Footprints in the sand’ Seven Day Adventist School -Dina Pendenque ‘How great thou art’ Goodwill Secondary School -Kevin Joseph ‘Praise you in the storm’ Isaiah Thomas secondary -Carla Henry ‘My heart will go on’ North East Comprehensive -Chelsea Prince ‘Waitikubuli Nature Trail’ Nehemiah Comprehensive- ‘New Season’ Pierre Charles Secondary- Amian Dangleben ‘If I ain’t got you’ Portsmouth Secondary -Jasmine Laville ‘His eye is on the sparrow’ St Martin Secondary -Ms Maureen D ‘Praise you in the storm’ St Mary’s Academy- Jerome Christopher ‘Everybody Knows’ Wesley High School -Alkenra John ‘I believe in you’While the judges deliberated, there were various musical interludes from flutes, recorders and drums.Certificates of participation were given to all the performing schools by Chief cultural officer Mr. Raymond Lawrence.The winners with silver medals were awarded in the choral section to North East Comprehensive and Portsmouth Secondary.In the bronze category medals awarded to Dominica SDA, Dominica Community High School and Castle Bruce Secondary.In the gold category medals awarded to Dominica Grammar School, Convent High School, Dominica SDA school.In the vocal section awards in the silver medal category were St Mary’s Academy, St Martin Secondary and Pierre Charles Secondary.In the bronze medal category those awarded were North East Comprehensive, Convent High School, Dominica Grammar School, Community High School, Isaiah Thomas Secondary, Castle Bruce Secondary, Portsmouth Secondary and Dominica Seventh Day Adventist Secondary School.The gold medalists were Dominica Grammar School, Convent High School and Dominica Seventh Day Adventist.Based on this Judging Criteria the school was given points according to how well they performed, this consisted of: Tonal Quality (well rounded tone, breath control) 25 points Expression (manipulation of voice for effect, dynamic variation, phrasing with audience) 25 points Musicality (clarity/correct pitching) 25 points Diction (clarity of words, pronunciation) 15 pointsPresentation (use of stage in context of song/poise) 10 pointsWell deserved mentions to Philadelphia Cadette(Convent High School), Dena Pendenque (Seventh Day Adventist Secondary) and Karlyn Wright (Dominica Grammar School) for their outstanding performances and heart stroking talent.By Jerlyn Williams Sharing is caring! Share Share 195 Views one comment EducationLocalNewsSecondary National School Arts Festival 2011 by: – April 4, 2011 Share
23 Views one comment Share Share Share Sharing is caring! Tweet NewsRegional Reflections by Comrade Fidel: The Genius Of Chavez by: – January 30, 2012 President of Venezuela, Hugo Chavez.President Chavez presented his annual report on activities carried out in 2011 and his program for 2012 to the Venezuelan Parliament. After thoroughly carrying out the formalities required by this important activity, he addressed the official state authorities, members of parliament from all parties, and supporters and opposition members who had come to the Assembly to participate in the country’s most solemn act. As usual, the Bolivarian leader was gracious and respectful to all those present. When anyone asked for the floor to make a clarification, he granted it as soon as possible. When one of the members of parliament, who had warmly greeted Chavez as did other opposition members, asked to speak, in a great political gesture Chavez interrupted his report presentation and gave her the floor. What surprised me was the extreme severity of the rebuke, launched against the president with words that really put to test Chavez’ chivalry and cold blood. The MPs statement was undoubtedly an insult, although this was not her intention. He alone was capable of calmly responding to the offensive word ‘thief’ that she had used to judge the president’s conduct in terms of the adopted laws and measures. After verifying the exact term that was used, Chavez responded to the individual challenge for debate with an elegant and sedated phrase, “An eagle does not hunt flies,” and without adding another word he calmly proceeded with his report. It represented an insurmountable test of mental agility and self control. Another woman, of unquestionable humble origins, expressed her astonishment in moving and heartfelt words over what she had just witnessed and the overwhelming majority present broke out in applause. Judging by the sheer volume, the applause seemed to be coming from all of Chavez’ friends and many of his adversaries as well. Chavez’ report lasted more than nine hours without the people ever losing interest. Maybe because of that incident, his words were heard by an immeasurable number of people. Many times I have given extensive speeches on difficult topics, always striving to make the ideas I was transmitting understandable. And I was really at a loss to explain how that soldier of humble origins was able to keep his mind so agile and his incomparable talent to deliver such an address without losing his voice or strength.To me politics is an extensive and decisive battle of ideas. Publicity is the work of publicists, who perhaps know the techniques to get listeners, spectators and readers to do what they are told to do. If that science, or art, or whatever they call it is employed for the good of human beings, they deserve some respect; the same respect merited by those who teach people how to think. Venezuela today is the site of a great battle. Internal and external enemies of the revolution prefer chaos —as Chavez has said— to the just, organized and peaceful development of the country. Being accustomed to analyzing the events that have occurred over more than half a century, and to observing, with greater foundations for judgment, the eventful history of our time and human behavior, one learns to almost predict the future development of events. To promote a far-reaching Revolution in Venezuela was no easy task. Venezuela is a country full of glorious history, but extraordinarily rich in resources that are of vital importance to the imperialist powers that have, and continue to map out guidelines in the world. Political leaders the likes of Romulo Betancourt and Carlos Andres Perez lack the most minimal personal qualities to carry out such a task. Furthermore, Betancourt was excessively vain and hypocritical. He had many opportunities to learn about the situation in Venezuela. As a young man he was a member of the Politburo of the Communist Party of Costa Rica. He had a strong grasp of Latin American history and the role of imperialism, of poverty rates, and the ruthless plundering of natural resources in South America. He could not ignore that in a vastly rich country such as Venezuela, the majority of the people lived in extreme poverty. The archival footage is irrefutable proof of that reality of life. As Chavez has explained many times, for more than half a century Venezuela was the world’s major oil exporter. At the beginning of the 20th century, European and Yankee warships intervened to support an illegal and tyrannical government that handed the country over to foreign monopolies. It is well known that incalculable funds flowed out of Venezuela to swell the wealth of monopolies and the Venezuelan oligarchy. I remember when I visited Venezuela for the first time —after the triumph of the Revolution, to give thanks for the support and friendliness afforded to our struggle—, oil was worth barely two dollars a barrel. Afterwards when I went to Venezuela to take part in the swearing-in ceremony for Chavez, the day he took an oath on the “dying constitution” held by Calderas, oil was worth seven dollars a barrel, despite 40 years having passed since my first visit and almost 30 years since the “distinguished” Richard Nixon had cancelled the direct convertibility of the United States dollar to gold and the US began to buy the world with pieces of paper. For a century, Venezuela was a supplier of cheap fuel to the empire’s economy and a net exporter of capital to developed and rich countries. Why did these repugnant situations dominate for more than a century?Latin American Armed Forces’ officials went to their privileged schools in the United States, where the Olympic champions of democracies gave them special courses on maintaining imperialist and bourgeois order. Coups d’état were always welcomed if their objective was to “defend democracies,” safeguarding and guaranteeing this repugnant system, in league with the oligarchies. Whether voters knew how to read and write, whether they had homes, employment, medical services and education were unimportant as long as the sacred right to property was maintained. Chavez brilliantly explains this situation. No one knows as well as him what happened in our countries.Even worse was that the sophisticated nature of weapons, the complex workings and use of modern armaments that require years of learning, the training of highly qualified specialists, and the almost prohibitive cost of such weapons for the weak economies of the continent created a very strong mechanism of subordination and dependence. The US Government, employing mechanisms that did not require prior consultation with the other governments, set guidelines and policies for the military. The most sophisticated techniques of torture were passed on to the so-called security agencies to interrogate those who rebelled against the dirty and repugnant system of hunger and exploitation. Despite all this, many honest officials, tired of so many indignations, bravely attempted to eradicate that embarrassing treason against the history of our independence struggles.In Argentina, military official Juan Domingo Peron was able to design an independent and worker-based policy in his country. A bloody military coup overthrew him, expelled him from his country, and kept him in exile from 1955 to 1973. Years later, under the aegis of the Yankees, they once again attacked the government, murdering, torturing and disappearing tens of thousands of Argentines. They were not even able to defend the country during the colonial war that England carried out against Argentina with the conspiratorial support of the United States and henchman Augusto Pinochet with his cohort of fascists officers trained at the School of the Americas.In Santo Domingo, Colonel Francisco Caamaño Deño; in Peru, General Velazco Alvarado; in Panama, General Omar Torrijos; and in other countries captains and officers who gave their lives anonymously were the antithesis of the traitorous behavior embodied by Somoza, Trujillo, Stroessner and the cruel tyrannies in Uruguay, El Salvador and other countries in Central and South America. The revolutionary military personnel did not expound elaborate theories, nor was this to be expected. They were not academicians educated in political science, but rather men with a sense of honor who loved their country.But how far can honest men – who deplore injustice and crime – go along the path of revolution?Venezuela is an outstanding example of the theoretical and practical role that the military can play in the revolutionary struggle for the independence of our peoples, as they did two centuries ago under the brilliant leadership of Simon Bolivar.Chavez, a Venezuelan military officer of humble origins, stepped into the political life of Venezuela inspired by the ideas of the Liberator of America. On Bolivar, an inexhaustible source of inspiration, Marti wrote: “he won sublime battles with soldiers barefoot and half naked […] who never fought so much, nor fought better, in the world for freedom …”“… Of Bolivar, he said, you can talk only after climbing up a mountain to use it as a platform […] or after freeing a bunch of peoples united in one fist …”“… what he did not do, still remains undone today, because Bolivar still has things to do in the Americas.”More than half a century later the famous, award-winning poet Pablo Neruda wrote a poem on Bolivar which Chavez frequently quotes. The final stanza reads:“I met Bolivar one long morning, in Madrid, at the head of the Fifth Regiment, Father, I said, you are or not or who you are? And looking at the Mountain Headquarters, he said:‘I wake up every hundred years when the people awaken.’ ”But the Bolivarian leader is not limited to theoretical elaborations. His concrete measures are implemented without hesitation. The English-speaking Caribbean countries, which have to contend with modern and luxurious Yankee cruise ships for the right to receive tourists in their hotels, restaurants and recreation centers, quite often foreign-owned, but at least they generate employment, will always welcome fuel from Venezuela, supplied by that country with special payment facilities, when the barrel reached prices that sometimes exceeded US $100.In the tiny state of Nicaragua, the land of Sandino, the “General of Free Men”, the Central Intelligence Agency organized the exchange of guns for drugs through Luis Posada Carriles after he was rescued from a Venezuelan prison. This operation resulted in thousands of deaths and mutilations among that heroic people. Nicaragua has also received the solidarity support of Venezuela. These are unprecedented examples in the history of this hemisphere.The ruinous Free Trade Agreement that the Yankees intend to impose on Latin America, as they did with Mexico, would turn Latin America and the Caribbean not only into the region with the world’s worst distribution of wealth, which already is. It will turn it into a huge market where corn and other staple foods that are traditional sources of plant and animal protein would be displaced by subsidized U.S. crops, as is already happening in Mexico.Used cars and other goods are displacing Mexican industry manufactures; job opportunities are decreasing in both cities and the countryside; the drug and arms trades are escalating, growing numbers of youngsters aged 14 or 15 years are turned into fearsome criminals. Never before, buses or other vehicles full of people who even paid to be transported across the border in search of employment, have been kidnapped and mass murdered. Known figures grow from year to year. More than ten thousand people are now losing their lives each year.It is impossible to analyze the Bolivarian Revolution without taking these realities into account.The armed forces, in such social circumstances, are forced into endless and wearisome wars. Honduras is not an industrialized, financial or commercial country, or even a major producer of drugs. However, some of its cities break the record of drug-related violent deaths. There instead stands the banner of a major base of the strategic forces of the United States Southern Command. What is happening there, and is already happening in more than one Latin American country, is the Dantesque picture painted above, from which some countries have begun to escape. Among them and first, Venezuela, not just because it has considerable natural resources, but because it has been rescued from the insatiable greed of foreign corporations and has sparked considerable political and social forces capable of great achievements. Venezuela today is quite another from that I went to only 12 years ago, which had already deeply impressed me, seeing it as a Phoenix rising again from the ashes of its history.Mentioning the mysterious computer of Raul Reyes, in the hands of the U.S. and the CIA after the attack organized and supplied by them in full Ecuadorian territory, which killed Marulanda’s replacement as well as several unarmed American youths, a version has been released that Chávez supported the “narco-terrorist organization FARC.” The true terrorists and drug traffickers in Colombia are the paramilitaries that supplied drugs to American dealers to sell them in the largest drug market in the world: the United States.I never spoke with Marulanda, but I did speak with honored writers and intellectuals who came to know him well. I discussed his thoughts and history. He was undoubtedly a brave and revolutionary man, which I do not hesitate to affirm. I explained that I did not agree with him on his tactics. In my view, two or three thousand men would have been more than enough to defeat a conventional army in the territory of Colombia. His mistake was to devise a revolutionary army with almost as many soldiers as the enemy. That was extremely expensive.Today, technology has changed many aspects of war; the forms of struggle also change. In fact, the clash of conventional forces between powers possessing nuclear weapons has become impossible. We do not have to have the knowledge of Albert Einstein, Stephen Hawking and thousands of other scientists to understand that. It is a latent danger and the result is known or should be known. Thinking beings could take millions of years to repopulate the planet.Nevertheless, I hold the duty to fight, which in itself is something innate in man, to find solutions that will enable a more reasoned and dignified existence.Since I met Chavez, now as president of Venezuela, from the final stages of the Pastrana administration, I always saw him interested in promoting peace in Colombia. He facilitated meetings between the Colombian government and the revolutionaries that took place in Cuba, note well, on the basis of reaching a true peace agreement and not a surrender.I do not recall ever having heard Chavez promote anything but peace in Colombia, nor mention Raul Reyes. We always addressed other issues. He particularly appreciates the Colombians, millions of them live in Venezuela and everyone benefits from the social measures taken by the Revolution, and the people of Colombia appreciate that almost as much as those of Venezuela.I wish to express my solidarity and appreciation to General Henry Rangel Silva, Head of Strategic Operational Command of the Armed Forces, and newly appointed Minister of Defense of the Bolivarian Republic. I had the honor of meeting him when he visited Chavez in Cuba a few months ago. I could see in him an intelligent, well-meant, capable, and yet modest man. I heard his calm, brave and clear speech, which inspired confidence.He led the organization of the most perfect parade of a Latin American military force that I have ever seen. We hope it will serve as encouragement and example to other brother armies.The Yankees had nothing to do with that parade, and would not be able to do better.It is extremely unfair to criticize Chavez for the resources invested in the excellent weapons which were displayed there. I’m sure they will never be used to attack a neighboring country. The weapons, resources and knowledge must go along the paths of unity to see America, as The Liberator dreamed, “… the greatest nation in the world, greatest not so much by virtue of her area and wealth as by her freedom and glory..”Everything unites us more than Europe or the United States itself, except the lack of independence imposed on us for 200 years.Fidel Castro RuzJanuary 25, 2012, 8:32 p.m.
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Managers of London’s Olympic Stadium have opposed a decision for details of West Ham’s rental deal to be made public. The London Legacy Development Corporations (LLDC) – set up to ensure the long-term success of the 2012 Olympics site – and West Ham want the contract to remain private. The LLDC has, however, vowed to publish more details over the agreement which will see West Ham take on on a 99-year deal as anchor tenants starting from next season. The decision to hand West Ham the keys to the stadium has been questioned since it was first announced two and a half years ago. A statement from the LLDC released on Thursday evening read: “We are lodging an appeal against the Information Commissioner’s judgement . “This follows careful consideration, informed by legal advice, and is limited to a smaller number of redactions. “The appeal relates only to information which if released could significantly reduce the level of financial return to the taxpayer as it would undermine negotiations with future users of the stadium and other partners. “We have listened to the Commissioner’s comments and as a public body are committed to maximising transparency. “As a result we will shortly publish more details of the agreement with West Ham United in all areas that fall outside the scope of our appeal.” Last month the Government rejected a request from a host of supporters’ clubs for an inquiry into West Ham’s move to the 54,000-capacity stadium. But fans seeking transparency over the move have accused the LLDC of “running scared of the taxpayer”. A spokesman for the coalition of club supporters’ trusts, formed to campaign on the issue, told the Guardian: ” We have always respected West Ham United’s absolute right as a privately owned business to negotiate the most favourable commercial terms. “However it is quite another matter for the LLDC, as a publicly owned corporation, answerable to the GLA, Government and ultimately responsible to the taxpayer, and charged with the oversight of public assets, to seek to block the publication of information about the use of those assets. “The public have the right to know. Fans have a right to know. The LLDC is running scared of the taxpayer.” West Ham, who have played at their current Upton Park home since 1904, will host all of their home matches at an Olympic Stadium sporting the club’s livery and colours. British Athletics also has a deal to take control of the arena for one month every summer. The Anniversary Games and the 2017 World Athletics Championships are set to be hosted there, but West Ham have had to face criticism, with a familiar complaint being that a football club playing in the richest league in the world should not receive taxpayers’ subsidy for a new home. It has been reported that the annual rental agreement on the 99-year lease is around £2.5million. Press Association
Published on March 2, 2014 at 9:14 pm Contact Matt: firstname.lastname@example.org | @matt_schneidman Against Wake Forest, Syracuse exemplified the adage, “The best offense is a good defense.”The Orange (21-8, 10-6 Atlantic Coast) secured the No. 5 seed for the ACC tournament in a 64-54 victory against Wake Forest (14-15, 5-11) in front of 889 fans at Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Winston Salem, N.C. And SU did so by scoring 25 points off 26 turnovers while leaning on a strong offensive output by its trusty backcourt. “We rotated well off the back of our press,” SU head coach Quentin Hillsman said. “We got traps and they threw the ball out.”After a Lindsy Wright layup gave Wake Forest a 6-5 lead at 17:11 of the first half, Shakeya Leary responded with a jumper 21 seconds later. The Orange never relinquished that lead.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textDirectly after the under-12 media timeout, Wake Forest turned the ball over. Syracuse took it down the court and after Taylor Ford missed a jumper, Leary corralled the offensive rebound and put it back up for two points.The next two Wake Forest possessions were mirror images of the last, as two more Demon Deacon turnovers turned into five more Syracuse points by the 10-minute mark.“I think our defense did a really good job of getting set,” Hillsman said. “We did a really good job getting out in transition, and we got some buckets.”The Orange backcourt turned in another strong performance, as Brianna Butler and Brittney Sykes combined for 29 points.Butler scored a team-high 17 points, including four first-half 3 pointers, and five in the game.“We need (Butler) to score, and we need (Sykes) to score,” Hillsman said. “We’re trying to get them to score 30 to 35 points per game.”“Combined, if they do that, we’re in good shape.”After the Orange briefly pulled away thanks to a couple Alexis Peterson buckets in the second half, the Demon Deacons cut the lead to single digits at the 12:46 mark of the second half.But as it did the whole game, Syracuse responded.This time, Butler hit a 3 and Peterson turned a steal into a transition layup, both in a span of 23 seconds.The Orange coasted with a double-digit lead until the 2:09 mark, when Chelsea Douglas and Hamby hit back-to-back shots to cut the Syracuse lead to just five.Despite the fact that Syracuse didn’t hit a field goal for the final 8:33, it was able to secure its fourth double-digit victory in as many games, largely due to its suffocating defense.“When they put the ball on the floor and attacked us, we really shut down passing lanes very quickly,” Hillsman said. “That’s the key, just getting our defense set and ready to guard them.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+
Start-to-finish efforts by Syracuse have been few and far between. The team has had issues stringing together a complete game lately and several players admitted SU hasn’t played consistently for all 90 minutes.Junior forward Erin Simon thinks Syracuse needs to begin approaching each remaining game differently.“We have a lot of freshmen who need to understand that we need to play a full 90 minutes,” Simon said. “But it’s not all just them. It’s a team as a whole because we as veterans need to bring them in and teach them. We can’t take any time off in any of these games because they’re all vital.”Struggling in the second halves of games and defending set pieces, Syracuse (4-5-3, 1-2 Atlantic Coast) has recorded losses in its past six games and now sits in a tie for eighth-place in the ACC standings. SU needs to quickly regroup or risk missing the conference tournament. The Orange hopes to overcome its late-game struggles and its set piece defending this Saturday at 7 p.m. against Boston College (8-4, 1-2) at SU Soccer Stadium.The Orange has allowed 11 goals after halftime as opposed to only three in the first half this season.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSU played scoreless first halves with Cincinnati on Sept. 21 and Pittsburgh on Sunday, but second-half collapses led to losses of 3-1 and 1-0, respectively. Earlier this season, SU held Penn State scoreless at halftime, but lost 2-0.The Orange needs to finish Saturday’s game stronger, goalkeeper Courtney Brosnan said, and bring a similar intensity to the second half that it does in the first frame.“We need to stay more focused in the second half,” junior defender Taylor Haenlin said. “A few times we’ve been up going into halftime and we kind of take our foot off the gas.”Despite getting 76 shots off in the second half as opposed to 62 in the first, SU has been unable to capitalize. The Orange has scored nine goals in the first half and only seven in the second frame, failing to convert on its chances.The team has also struggled giving up goals off of set pieces this season. Corner kicks, free kicks and penalty kicks have all troubled Syracuse late in games.“We’ve conceded a lot of goals off of set pieces,” head coach Phil Wheddon said. “As far as corner kicks go, it’s a lack of discipline by leaving someone unmarked or watching the ball.”SU let Drexel back into a game after leading 2-0 at halftime. The Dragons would later go on to tie the game after SU allowed a goal off a corner kick. A poorly defended corner kick less than two minutes into the game was all it took to give Louisville the lead and a 1-0 win as well.The team is focusing on defending set pieces, Simon said. She thinks Syracuse is improving by learning to vocalize and increase its energy during set pieces, especially in the second half of games.“We need to come out strong in the second half,” Haenlin said, “and really stay focused and make it a goal not to have any goals against us.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on October 2, 2014 at 12:07 am Contact Liam: email@example.com