September 16

No. 10 Virginia Tech steamrolls Syracuse, 78-56, in SU’s worst loss since 2016

first_imgBLACKSBURG, Va. — The Virginia Tech fanbase, clad in Hokies maroon and burnt orange, packed into the bleachers of a sold-out Cassell Coliseum, where they’re now 11-0 this season. They rallied around the Hokies with every basket. Every forced turnover. Every forced shot clock violation. They looked for any reason to cheer, growing louder as the game wore on, and the Hokies lead extended further and further out of Syracuse’s reach.A collective gasp followed every near-takeaway. The Hokies’ high-pressure man-to-man defense forced four shot-clock violations. Guard Justin Robinson freed himself up to go 9-for-13 from deep — shattering a program record for single-game made 3-pointers. They carved into the 2-3 zone with a mix of lights-out 3-point shooting, inside-out ball movement and a bevy of cuts to the rim.The Orange entered Saturday night winners of three-straight, but they played maybe their worst basketball against one of the conference’s best teams. The 10th-ranked Hokies (16-3, 5-2 Atlantic Coast) handled Syracuse (14-6, 5-2), 78-56, by moving the ball with ease and creating chaos on the SU perimeter. It’s the Orange’s worst defeat since they lost to St. John’s at the Carrier Dome in 2016.“Their defense was really, really good,” Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim said. “We did a very poor job of finding Robinson. Our offensive struggles bled over into our defense, and we don’t do a very good job of locating him. They passed it out more than most teams, and we didn’t react to it.”The loss slows a surging SU team that came to Blacksburg in pursuit of a second top-10 road win in a 12-day span. Syracuse had altered the trajectory of its season. The Orange hobbled to four nonconference losses, then lost by 14 at home to one of the ACC’s weakest teams in Georgia Tech. Road games at Duke and Virginia Tech loomed. Yet SU put up 95 points in an overtime victory over the then-No. 1 Blue Devils on national TV, and all of a sudden every game on the schedule became winnable.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThen came Virginia Tech. On numerous possessions, the Hokies left Syracuse with no room. They doubled pick-and-rolls. They were all over SU junior shooting guard Tyus Battle when he touched the ball, largely cutting off any room for him to run. He finished with just 10 points on 10 shot attempts. With the perimeter in gridlock, Syracuse didn’t find much offensive rhythm.Ideally, when a team doubles the ball handler in high-screen situations, the big bumps toward the basket. A dump-off pass is the desired outcome, Boeheim said, but that puts the onus on senior center Paschal Chukwu, who finished with two points and didn’t alter shots defensively.“Some nights, he has nothing,” Boeheim said. “Tonight, he had nothing.”The 43-24 halftime deficit seemed to jolt the Orange. For as much as Virginia Tech pressured the ball on the perimeter, gaps opened inside. The backdoor was there. The high post, mainly sophomore forward Oshae Brissett’s territory, had points written all over it. He finished with a team-high 16 points. The Orange exploded out of the half to an 11-0 run. The arena went quiet, and Virginia Tech head coach Buzz Williams called a timeout.The Hokies shot back with a 14-1 run: In time, a Virginia Tech 3-pointer pushed the SU deficit to 15. Assistant coach Allen Griffin leaned back in his chair. After Brissett missed a layup near the left block, the Hokies marched back and connected on an alley-oop to push the lead to 18. Rapid ball movement inside and out left an open Ty Outlaw on the perimeter. His shot swished. SU senior point guard Frank Howard stood still. The arena got loud, and the Hokies never looked back, pushing the lead to as much as 25.When Robinson drilled 3 after 3, the Orange could not respond. When the Hokies stripped the ball loose and pushed the ball up court for a transition score, they could not respond then either.“We knew that we had to get the ball to the high post and let the high-post guy operate,” said Robinson, who also broke the program’s career assists record. “We made great decisions in the high post, and everything just opened up. In a zone like that, they converge in the middle. So, who are you going to guard on the outside?”The options VT had on the perimeter — always at least three shooters on the floor at once — haunted SU. Boeheim said he didn’t elect to counter their 3-point approach by inserting freshman sharpshooter Buddy Boeheim because VT’s defense was perimeter oriented. Boeheim also said it didn’t help that the Orange had only one day to prepare for the Hokies, while the Hokies had four days. Their preparation time allowed them to develop a plan against the SU 2-3 zone, he said. Generally, Boeheim wants at least two days to prepare for an opponent.Over the past week, the Orange handled Pittsburgh and Miami with ease. With a second top-10 road win, Syracuse had a chance to propel itself near the top of arguably college basketball’s top conference. But the Orange ran into a wall of a Hokies defense that combined with a relentless offensive attack to keep SU at bay.“They made it tough,” said Battle, who added two rebounds and a pair of assists. “They were swarming the pick-and-rolls, clogging passing and driving lanes.”At the under-eight timeout, Syracuse trailed by 15. At the under-four timeout, the VT lead had swelled to 25. “Let’s go Hokies” boomed through the arena as dozens of Syracuse fans filed for the exits. When the final buzzer sounded Saturday night, the Orange filed into the locker room, their minds trying to make sense of the program’s worst loss in two-plus years. 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August 4

Storm-Battered Bayshore Trail Anticipated to Reopen in October

first_imgBy Jay Cook |ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS – The opening of a $1 million-plus rebuilt trail providing breathtaking views and tranquil paths along the shoreline could be pushed into next month.After construction began in February on the popular Bayshore Trail, a 1.25-mile-long portion of the Henry Hudson Trail spanning Atlantic Highlands and Highlands, officials from the Monmouth County Park System (MCPS) say the project might not be completed until mid-October, instead of opening at the end of the month.“It’s been a shame to close it,” said Joseph Sardonia, a MCPS supervising landscape architect. “To us, it’s a big priority to go and get this thing done.”Compass Construction of New Egypt was retained for the construction after an $881,677 bid. Changes in design plans and necessary infrastructure upgrades since then bumped up the price to just over $1 million. Monmouth County’s portion cost $700,734; Atlantic Highlands contributed $356,214.Andrew J. Spears, assistant director of MCPS, said he anticipates the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will reimburse about 80 percent of the project costs, leaving Monmouth County to fund $140,147, and Atlantic Highlands $71,243.“Park System staff knew from the beginning that this would be a major improvement project,” Spears said via email to The Two River Times. “With cost sharing from Atlantic Highlands, and an authorized FEMA reimbursement, we knew we could minimize the direct impact on Monmouth County taxpayers.”Drainage and bridge improvements are underway in theAtlantic Highlands section.Sardonia said drainage improvements along the trail could push scheduling back. About a dozen sections of drainage are to be installed underneath the trail in places where water pools. Ken Thoman, a MCPS park resource manager, said the systems are similar to those used in golf courses.New additions to the project’s wide-ranging scope include installing 80 precast concrete foundations in lieu of cast-in-place concrete foundations – where concrete would have been poured on site. The park system scrapped that idea. Sardonia added all bridge construction has been completed.Smaller construction equipment and vibration monitoring equipment was implemented to reduce the impact on underground utilities. Also, about 441 tons of riprap stone was installed between Sandy Hook Bay and the trail to act as another level of protection.Atlantic Highlands owns about a 1/5-of-a-mile section of the Bayshore Trail beginning at the borough-operated marina, located at 4 Simon Lake Drive. In that section, new bridge footings were ordered and installed for resiliency due to soil conditions there.Adam Hubeny, Atlantic Highlands’ borough administrator, said Compass Construction has been working to complete paving in front of the harbor’s dredge pit, as well as beginning cleanup efforts.“It’s come a long way, but we just hope that Mother Nature doesn’t bang us up too much,” Hubeny said.The 1.25-mile long Bayshore Trail was washed out after Super Storm Sandy’s 14-foot stormsurges displaced wooden bridges and eroded the surrounding area.While the trail has been closed to access on the Atlantic Highlands end, it has unofficially stayed open on the Highlands end, where it meets Popomora Point. Sardonia said that section of the trail is vastly popular for walkers, bicyclists and joggers. Despite all the construction, those trail aficionados have worked in ways to still use the bayside path.“This is a typical issue we have with construction on all of our trails,” Sardonia said. “People still use them, and we recognize that. We try to warn people about it, and we also let the contractor know to not be surprised that people show up.”After construction crews had departed for the night, well over a dozen people were using the trail recently as dusk began to fall. A pair of teenagers finished up the last leg of a bike ride, while others were just beginning their evening dog walks.Jersey Girl, a goldendoodle and Atlantic Highlands resident, was moving right along on her unleashed walk with owner, Paul Lenskold.“We come here every day,” Lenskold said. “This is our trail.”Instead of reintroducing wooden bridges, the MCPS decided to go with concrete structures which provide much more resiliency in the event of another storm.He said the soft sound of crashing waves and the view along the water is what draws him back to the Bayshore Trail. He’s hopeful the remaining repairs will ultimately keep the graveled pathway safe.“It’s a great trail,” he said. “So whatever they have to do to restore it, keep it up to date, then that’s a good thing.”MCPS spokesperson Karen Livingstone estimates the 24-mile long Henry Hudson Trail, connecting Highlands to Freehold, gets used by about 202,225 annually. She said there are no specific numbers on the Bayshore Trail section.Although scheduled to reopen at the end of the month, the park system believes a mid-October reopening of the Bayshore Trail is more reasonable.According to the park system, the Henry Hudson Trail was called the Bayshore rail corridor, a 19th-century rail line serving towns from Aberdeen to Atlantic Highlands. In 1980, Monmouth County secured a grant to acquire the property from Conrail. In 1990, the county took control of the right-of-way and began rehabilitating the trail through federal grants a few years later.The Bayshore Trail portion also hosts a local landmark: Henry Hudson Springs. According to Weird NJ, the spring outpouring was the drinking source of the Dutch explorer Henry Hudson before he embarked on exploring the New York waterway which would eventually bear his name.Visit the Park Improvement Projects tab at monmouthcountyparks.com for more information and updates on the Henry Hudson Trail upgrades.This article was first published in the Sept. 21-28, 2017 print edition of the Two River Times.last_img read more

August 3

More than 90 players turn out for Whitecaps FC Kootenay Academy at Lakeside Pitch

first_imgThe Lakeside soccer pitch was filled with players eager to be part of the Whitecaps FC Kootenay Academy as evaluators looked at girls and boys from 10 to 18 years of age during tryouts Wednesday.More than 90 players attended the second day of the two-day evaluation session headed up by Dave Spendlove of Soccer Quest.The Whitecaps FC Kootenay Academy is an opportunity for youth soccer players from throughout the Kootenays to be part of regional teams in four divisions — U12, U14, U16 and U18 — in girls and boys.The program runs from September to April, with a winter break in December. Teams train eight times during the season at the Soccer Quest facility in Nelson.There are four Showcase tournaments each team will attend.During the season players receive monthly visits from Whitecaps FC staff led by Whitecaps Okanagan Regional Head Coach David Broadhurst; fulltime Soccer Quest staff working with approved Whitecaps FC Academy curriculum; and opportunities to be part of a larger scouting network and greater exposure to college/university and professional opportunities.The Nelson evaluation sessions included players from throughout the West Kootenay.Last week Soccer Quest staff held a camp at Moir Soccer Complex in Cranbrook for East Kootenay players.Soccer Quest coaches will contact successful candidates in the near future.last_img read more

August 3

Nelson’s Sawyer Hunt sparks Kimberley past Beaver Valley in Kootenay Conference Finals

first_imgSawyer Hunt’s goal with 32 seconds left in the game sparked the Kimberley Dynamiters to a 4-3 victory over the Beaver Valley Nitehawks in Kootenay International Junior Hockey League Kootenay Conference Playoff action Friday in Fruitvale.The goal gives the defending KIJHL Champs a 3-0 stranglehold on the best-of-seven Conference Final Series.Game four is Saturday at the Hawks Nest in Fruitvale.Beaver Valley, leading for most of the game, squandered leads of 2-0 and 3-2. The latter lead coming when Sam Swanson scored what appeared to be the winning marker with six plus minutes remaining in the third period.However, Tyler Van Steinburg scored the tying goal with three minutes remaining in the third period setting the stage for Hunt, a Nelson Minor Hockey grad, to put a dagger into the Hawks hopes of rallying in the Kootenay Conference Series.Kimberley out shot the Hawks 46-28 in the game, including a 20-6 margin in the third period.Tanner Witt scored the other goals for the Nitros.Allan Pruss and Dylan Heppler also scored for Beaver Valley, which lost the opening games of the series to Kimberley by scores of 6-1 and 4-2 in the Bavarian City.Kimberley advanced to the Kootenay Conference Series with wins over Fernie Ghostriders and Creston Valley Thunder Cats while the Hawks won the Murdoch Division Crown with wins over Nelson Leafs and Grand Forks Border Bruins.In the Okanagan/Shuswap Conference Final, 100 Mile House leads Summerland Steam 2-1 with Game four Saturday in Summerland.last_img read more

December 16

Content Farms 101: Why Suite101 Publishes 500 Articles a Day

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting richard macmanus Tags:#New Media#NYT#Publishing Services#web Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts When it comes to content farms, companies that churn out hundreds or thousands of new pieces of content every day, Demand Media has harvested most of the headlines over the past year. But it’s not the only company out there betting on quantity of content – others include Associated Content (acquired by Yahoo! in May), About.com (owned by the New York Times), Mahalo (founded by Jason Calacanis, who sold his previous business Weblogs, Inc. to AOL in 2005) and Answers.com. Suite101 is a relatively low profile site compared to the others mentioned above. Yet it produces 500 new pieces of content per day. I spoke to Suite101 CEO Peter Berger to discuss why it produces so much content, how it compares to Demand Media, and what Google is doing about content farms.24 Million UniquesSuite101 is a publishing platform that hosts articles about niche topics. As its name implies, Suite101 focuses on ‘101’ style writing – beginners articles on thousands of topics. Berger described Suite101 as “a service to help writers be successful online.” It currently has 5,000 active writers and four different language sites. The biggest of these is the english language .com site, which he said currently has 24 million unique visitors a month. In a search on Google, Suite101 came up with 6.5 million pages on the Web. That isn’t far behind About.com, with 8.29 million. It isn’t on the same level though (in terms of quantity) as Demand Media – which at last estimate pumps out 7,000 new articles every day (it was 4,000 back in November). At that rate, Demand Media is probably producing upwards of 2.5 million new pieces of content per year. Eating The Lunch of Traditional Publishers Berger said that the name of the game in this space is SEO: writing content “that search engines want to present their users.” Like the Demand Media CEO when I questioned him about their business model, Berger claimed that his company’s model is not competing with traditional journalism. Rather, Berger said that Suite101 and others compete with “non-fiction publishing.” For example, he said, in the past if you were re-modeling your house you’d go buy a book on that subject. But now, people just Google it. He claimed that traditional publishers have “not woken up [to this] at all.”I asked what traditional publishers could do to ‘wake up’? Berger replied that there has been “no response from publishing houses” to topic-based sites like Suite101. The best that traditional publishers have come up with, said Berger, is ebooks. However “the questions of the users are so much more specific” than what ebooks can address, he continued. “What rules in this space is topic expertise” – which he noted is what Suite101 is a platform for.Demand Media vs. Google So is Suite101 worried about the sheer scale that Demand Media is working at and that they may dominate this space? Berger thinks that Demand Media is only interested in the “commercially lucrative space” and not the “more niche subjects” that Suite101 covers. What’s more, Berger believes that Google is a threat to Demand Media’s business model: “Google is best at solving problems algorithmically.”“Finding niche requirements is becoming a commodity,” he continued, “and Google – not Demand Media – is best placed to master that space.”What he means by that is that Demand Media has sophisticated software for identifying what content is ‘in demand’ on the Web (hence its name). But Google owns the dominant search engine, where millions of people go to search for content. So Google is in a position of power over Demand Media – its options include open sourcing the mechanism for identifying what content is needed on the Web (thus denying Demand Media its main competitive advantage), or it could change its PageRank algorithm to better account for quality over quantity (which based on what I’ve heard, is already happening).The New New AgricultureSuite101 doesn’t seem concerned with Demand Media vs Google. Berger says that Suite101 is focused instead on writers. He sees his company eventually moving beyond “professionalised niche writing” and becoming a “personal brand builder for qualified individuals.” In other words, a place where subject matter experts can come to share their expertise. Multiply this over hundreds of thousands of niche topics, and it’s a potentially valuable business. But highly competitive – because others like Mahalo, About.com and Associated Content are also farming the Web for the big bucks. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

November 7

Rovelli named as Australian Women’s Open coach

first_imgTouch Football Australia is pleased to announce the appointment of Swain Rovelli as the coach of the Australian Women’s Open team. Rovelli moves into the role following the retirement of Peter Bell after the 2015 Touch World Cup in Coffs Harbour. Following roles as coach of the Australian Women’s 20’s team in 2013 and as an Australian Women’s Open assistant coach in 2014 and 2015, Rovelli will take the team into the new cycle in 2016.  Touch Football Australia wishes to congratulate Swain on the appointment and wish him all the best.  Related LinksAUS Women’s Coachlast_img read more

October 28

10 months agoArsenal manager Emery refused recalls for Nelson & Chambers

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Arsenal manager Emery refused recalls for Nelson & Chambersby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal manager Unai Emery has been blocked from recalling Reiss Nelson and Calum Chambers.As injuries have begun to pile-up at the Emirates, Emery is desperate for reinforcements this month.However, BBC claims Nelson and Chambers will not be recalled from their successful loan spells.18-year-old Nelson has excelled for Hoffenheim this season, while Chambers has also impressed with Arsenal’s Premier League rivals, Fulham.Emery has seen defenders Hector Bellerin, Rob Holding, Shkodran Mustafi, Nacho Monreal, Saed Kolasinac and Laurent Koscielny all to succumb to injuries in recent weeks. last_img read more

October 17

Senates new independence so good it should be enshrined in law Harder

first_imgOTTAWA — The Liberal government’s representative in the Senate says changes aimed at making the upper chamber a more independent place have worked so well that they should stay.Sen. Peter Harder is urging parties vying for power in the Oct. 21 election to promise to change the law so that future prime ministers would also use an independent, arm’s-length appointment process to name new senators.Harder says he thinks Canadians would prefer a less partisan Senate that tries to improve legislation without challenging the political legitimacy of elected MPs in the House of Commons.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau brought in the process in 2016 and has since appointed 50 independent senators, who do not sit in any party caucus.Trudeau told The Canadian Press last year he would like to enshrine the independent appointments process in legislation before the election, but the Liberals did not end up introducing a bill before Parliament wrapped up for the summer.The Conservatives have said they would like to return to the old system where appointments are handled directly out of the Prime Minister’s Office, and the NDP is sticking with its long-standing call to abolish the Senate.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

October 13

Sherritt fined 1 million for coal mine discharges under the Fisheries Act

first_imgCALGARY – A second coal-mining company in four months is being hit with a seven-figure penalty for polluting incidents that impacted fish in tributaries of the Athabasca River east of Jasper National Park in Alberta.On Tuesday, Sherritt International Corp. (TSX:S) agreed to pay a fine of $1 million after pleading guilty in provincial court to three counts under the federal Fisheries Act.The Toronto-based company was charged five years ago due to incidents where wastewater considered toxic to fish was allowed to flow from its open pit Coal Valley Mine about 120 kilometres east of Jasper National Park into ecologically significant habitat for rainbow trout.In June, Prairie Mines & Royalty Ltd. — formerly known as Coal Valley Resources — was handed almost $4.5 million in federal and provincial penalties after it also pleaded guilty to polluting tributaries of the Athabasca River.Prairie Mines was charged after a catastrophic break in an earthen berm at its Obed Mountain coal mine about 50 kilometres east of the park allowed an estimated 670 million litres of wastewater to escape into the river system in October 2013.Environment and Climate Change Canada said Tuesday the Sherritt charges were laid following an inspection in August 2012 at the coal mine located about 90 kilometres south of the town of Edson.The company was ordered to stop its practice and the ministry subsequently discovered that two other discharges had occurred in 2011.The severity of the fine reflects the size of the offence as half a million litres of poorly treated effluent was estimated to have escaped into the environment, said Daniel Smith, regional director for environmental enforcement for Environment Canada in Edmonton.“In this case, in addition to the significant volumes deposited in the river, the toxicity level was quite high in the tests that we performed … (It) resulted in 100 per cent mortality in our lab samples,” he said.“These rivers and creeks in the foothills contain sensitive habitat for some protected species so it is quite an important watershed.”He said the Coal Valley Mine was treating collected surface water with a chemical to remove suspended fine sediment but it wasn’t properly monitoring the dosage, resulting in discharges that were just as toxic to fish.Sherritt investor relations director Joe Racanelli said the company installed new sediment control systems and initiated better management practices after the charges were laid.He said the company is taking responsibility even though it sold the coal mine in 2014.“We do not own the Coal Valley Mine but we were operators and owners at the time so we are responsible because there was a non-compliance issue. Sherritt takes these kinds of issues very seriously,” he said.He wouldn’t comment when asked if the amount of the fine was negotiated in return for the guilty plea.Most of the $1-million fine is to be assigned to Environment Canada’s environmental damages fund to be directed to programs intended to benefit the natural environment.Follow @HealingSlowly on Twitter.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version had the incorrect number of figures in the fines in the lede.last_img read more

October 13

Tom Ford looks back on his career with leather and lace

first_imgNEW YORK, N.Y. – Gigi Hadid took a dramatic twirl on the runway and Cardi B took a seat on Tom Ford’s front row as he kicked off New York Fashion Week with a ready-to-wear collection that was both romantic and hard-edged.The spring-summer looks for all genders had the designer looking back on his long career to the simplest reason he got into the business in the first place: “I wanted to make men and women feel more beautiful and to empower them with a feeling of confidence,” he said in show notes.“I feel that fashion has somehow lost its way a bit,” Ford explained. “I did not want to make clothes that were ironic or clever, but simply clothes that were beautiful.”Ford made use of flesh tones, warm whites, powder blue, blush pink and the palest lilac with touches of lace and chiffon to achieve the soft and sensuous part of Wednesday night’s equation. He offered the structure of hard leather and the sheen of fake crocodile for toughness.There was an abundance of black, including a dreamy caped dress worn by his closer, Hadid. Kaia Gerber wore a head scarf of soft taupe, while other models swished in silk fringe paired with printed crocodile bodices, tailored animal print corsets and halters with matching biker jackets.For the men, tuxedo jackets came in metallics, a Ford signature. For the women, skirts hovered just below the knee, some in an asymmetrical design. A few loose dresses included leather corset detailing. And their shoes? Beautiful with the edge he was going for in metal caps at the toes and heels.Henry Golding, who plays hunky Nick in the summer smash “Crazy Rich Asians,” wore a white tuxedo jacket. He and Tom Hanks flanked Vogue’s Anna Wintour, with Cardi nearby, her hair down but swept back, statement earrings in place as she showed off a form-fitting black gown to the ground after giving birth to Kulture Kiari in July. Paris Jackson, Hailee Steinfeld and Hanks’ wife, Rita Wilson, also attended.Golding was celebrating the success of his rom-com: “It’s three weeks at the top. It’s pretty amazing so we’re blessed,” he told The Associated Press.Cardi was happy to be out, but missing her Kulture.“It feels good and it feels like, oh I want to go to my baby now. … I wish I could take her everywhere,” she told the AP.She said “little by little” she’s getting back into the swing of music, fashion and life in general, but it’s been tough.“I’m struggling with it,” she said of the postpartum blues she’s been experiencing. “I miss her even when I’m, like, in another room away from her.”Of her own fashion line, soon to be launched by Fashion Nova, she said look out.“It’s gonna be amazing,” Cardi promised.___Associated Press writer Alicia Rancilio in New York contributed to this report.last_img read more