first_img Innovation,  Jobs That Pay,  Press Release,  Results,  Workforce Development Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today announced the award of $2 million in reemployment funding to 10 Strategic Innovation grants across the commonwealth to support the state’s Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Combined State Plan.“These funds promote the development of workforce skills for employees statewide by employing creative and innovative workforce development strategies,” Governor Tom Wolf said. “Strategic Innovation grants not only expand the state’s pipeline of workers for targeted industry sectors, but also promote increased employment opportunities for Pennsylvanians with barriers to employment to obtain jobs that pay.”Approved through the Department of Labor & Industry, Strategic Innovation grants work to improve the connection and responsiveness of workforce programs to the demand side of the labor market, and increase public-private investment in critical skills through multi-employer workforce partnerships.“Establishing career pathways as a route for career advancement and development provides expanded employment opportunities for commonwealth residents,” said Sec. Manderino. “Engaging employers directly ensures that we can quickly address any skills gaps in order to meet current and future employment needs.”A $300,000 grant was awarded to the South Central Workforce Development Board (SCPa Works) to design and implement rigorous, high-quality integrated education and training (IET) programs, which will combine basic-skills instruction with training for a specific occupation or industry, beginning in the fall 2017 semester.  SCPa Works will partner with the Lancaster Workforce Development Board, Lancaster-Lebanon IU13, the Literacy Council of Lancaster-Lebanon, Harrisburg Area Community College, and the Career and Technology Centers in Lancaster and Lebanon counties. This project will target education and training programs in Lancaster and Lebanon counties for occupations designated “high priority,” and where data indicates higher dropout rates from training programs.“The integrated education and training (IET) model is a promising practice across the country that we believe will greatly benefit South Central Pennsylvania residents,” said Chief Executive Officer of SCPa Works Jesse McCree.  “By providing adult education and literacy services concurrently with contextual workforce preparation activities, we can help build strong career pathways that leads to better economic mobility.”For a full list of grantees and brief summaries of the funded projects, visit http://www.dli.pa.gov/Businesses/Workforce-Development/grants/Documents/2017%20Strategic%20Innovation%20Grant%20Awardees.pdf.Following is a list of Strategic Innovation grant winners and amounts awarded by local workforce development boards:Berks County Workforce Development Board – A $195,000 grant was awarded to provide entry and intermediate-level skills to adult job seekers with barriers to employment, and underemployed workers.Chester County Workforce Development Board – A $240,000 grant was awarded to the Internship Institute to hire veterans as its “TrainingCorps,” who then train employers and recruit interns.Delaware County Workforce Development Board – A $198,067 grant was awarded to utilize virtual and augmented reality to provide important instructional experiences for an ever-expanding list of fields that include healthcare, skilled trades, advanced manufacturing, and advanced technology.Luzerne-Schuylkill Workforce Development Board – A $70,000 grant was awarded to improve basic skills and prepare individuals to take and pass the apprenticeship exam and interview; make apprenticeship programs more accessible to youth, women, minorities, dislocated workers, and under employed adults; and, promote the diverse benefits of skilled, technical careers in Northeast Pennsylvania.North Central Workforce Development Board – A $170,000 grant was awarded to provide training to 75 participants that will lead to an industry recognized credential and work-based learning, or employment.Northern Tier Workforce Development Board – A $139,000 grant was awarded to assist individuals who have been disengaged from the workforce due to incarceration, or other barriers contributing to long-term unemployment, in gaining the skills and tools needed to be productive and successful in their community.Pocono Counties Workforce Development Board – A $177,933 grant was awarded to provide 90 participants with an opportunity to earn a total of five industry recognized credentials, including three industry recognized and portable professional certifications from the American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute.South Central Workforce Development Board – A $300,000 grant was awarded to build an integrated education and training model in South Central Pennsylvania, which will combine basic skills instruction with training for a specific occupation or industry, beginning in the fall 2017 semester.Three Rivers Workforce Development Board – A $210,000 grant was awarded to launch individuals into viable careers in technology by providing initial short-term training that results in job placement and provide support to the new hires to continue gaining more expertise and employment stability through additional educational credentials.Tri-County Workforce Development Board – A $300,000 grant was awarded to foster career pathway development in manufacturing and health care utilizing basic industry skills and pre-apprenticeship training to create two employer councils (one for each industry), which will be responsible for creating a career pathway to lead from basic skills training for entry-level employment to training needs for advanced positions. Governor Wolf Announces $2 Million in Strategic Innovation Grants to Promote Workforce Development Initiatives SHARE Email Facebook Twittercenter_img May 31, 2017last_img read more

first_imgThe outdoor entertaining area at 8 Josephine St, Redcliffe.There are three good-sized bedrooms and the revamped bathroom is light and bright. Outside, there is a covered and paved entertainment area and a fully-fenced in-ground swimming pool. There is also a separate studio with VJ walls, timber ceiling and carpet floors. The home at 8 Josephine St, RedcliffeTHIS charming cottage with character features and an east-of-Oxley address is going under the hammer in a quiet Redcliffe street. The three-bedroom home at 8 Josephine St has been Jacqueline Hemsworth’s home since she purchased the property in 2000. Ms Hemsworth said she fell in love with the quaint character of the home combined with a location close to schools at Scarborough and Redcliffe. The dining room at 8 Josephine St, Redcliffe.More from newsLand grab sees 12 Sandstone Lakes homesites sell in a week21 Jun 2020Tropical haven walking distance from the surf9 Oct 2019The home has a north-easterly aspect and is on a fully fenced 455sq m block with a carport and established lawns and gardens. Inside there are VJ walls, timber floorboards and high ceilings. There are two living areas — one at the front and one at the back of the home — along with a separate dining room and a big kitchen with plenty of bench and cupboard space. One of the living areas at 8 Josephine St, Redcliffe.“The lounge room would be my favourite part of the home because it has plenty of windows to catch the morning sun and sea breezes,” she said. “And because the home is so close to the water, we have many lovely memories of family time at the beach and in the pool.” Since owning the property, Ms Hemsworth has renovated the bathroom and upgraded the outdoor living area. The pool and studio at 8 Josephine St, Redcliffe.The home is in a friendly neighbourhood just a short stroll to the Esplanade and Queens Beach. “The neighbours are all friendly — they’re always happy to say good morning,” Ms Hemsworth said.The property is being marketed by Jenny Kunst of Harcourts Sales Redcliffe and will be auctioned on July 1 at 11.30am.last_img read more

first_imgDee Brough has an investment property in Brisbane CBD.SAVVY investors would be wise to follow in the footsteps of Queensland’s treasurer and buy property near mega-projects such as Cross River Rail and Brisbane Metro, new research shows.Research from Place Advisory reveals house prices in suburbs like Albion, Woolloongabba and East Brisbane are set to spike as a result of improved public transport and longer term regentrification as a result of the city’s multibillion-dollar infrastructure pipeline. A concept drawing of the new underground Woolloongabba station set to be constructed as part of the Cross River Rail project.Place Advisory residential research director Lachlan Walker said it was hard to put an exact number on the potential impact, but house prices within a 1km radius of new public transport nodes could increase by seven per cent to eight per cent — potentially 50 per cent more than the average price growth expected for Brisbane as a whole over the next few years. Some real estate agents say price growth could be as much as 20 per cent for houses in the suburbs directly impacted. Suburbs like Albion are set to benefit from upcoming infrastructure projects.But Mr Walker said the benefits were not likely to start to be seen until six to 12 months after the projects’ completion.Jackie Trad, who is the minister in charge of the Cross River Rail, is in hot water over failing to publicly declare the purchase of a Woolloongabba house that stands to rise in value thanks to its proximity to the $5.4 billion project.Ms Trade has vowed to sell the property for the same price that she and her husband paid for it. Records show they bought it for $695,500 in March this year. This property at 48 Abingdon St, Woolloongabba, was purchased by the Queensland Deputy Premier Jackie Trad. Image: AAP/Josh Woning. Deputy Premier Jackie Trad during Question Time in Parliament House in Brisbane. Image: AAP/Jono Searle.But Ms Trad may no longer be able to take advantage of her investment, property investors are being urged to start researching the areas around the study path for projects like Cross River Rail and the $944 million Brisbane Metro.“For the investor, there’s no better time than now to start looking,” Mr Walker said.“These suburbs stand to have significant future benefit.“I’d be looking at the best value properties in those areas.”Mr Walker said those projects would also encourage redevelopment and regentrification in the suburbs they impacted. Place Advisory residential research director Lachlan Walker.Property Pursuit director and buyers agent Meighan Hetherington said she had been looking closely at a number of properties for clients in the areas due to be impacted by the Cross River Rail project.But Ms Hetherington said improvements to access to good public transport was not the “be all and end all” when it came to price growth for surrounding properties.“I would caution people to be very wary of being too close to the study path (of the Cross River Rail),” Ms Hetherington said. This house at 17 Camden St, Albion, is for sale. Albion house prices are set to benefit from the Cross River Rail project.She said investors should look at properties between 500m and 1km of the new stations proposed for the Cross River Rail, with freehold houses preferable to apartments.“I would differentiate between two bedroom apartments largely built for investors and three bedroom, larger apartments, which are sought-after by downsizers,” she said.“There is good demand from downsizers for larger apartments that are well located.” This four-bedroom house at 8 Blackall Tce, East Brisbane, is for sale for offers over $995,000 and stands to benefit from the Cross River Rail project.Ms Hetherington pointed to the Transapex project, which saw the convergence of the airport tunnel and northern bus way around the Kedron area in Brisbane’s inner north, as an example of how Cross River Rail’s impact on local real estate might play out.“Our analysis was that the improvement in access would prove a real benefit to local property and indeed you can see this in 2012 and 2013, with house prices performing above the Brisbane metro average,” she said. A concept drawing of the new underground Roma Street station set to be constructed as part of the Cross River Rail project.But Ms Hetherington said she only expected property prices impacted by the Cross River Rail to outperform the rest of the market by two per cent to three per cent.Summer Mitchell of Place Estate Agents – Woolloongabba said she had buyers specifically looking for properties in the suburbs of East Brisbane and Woolloongabba with a view to capitalising on the incoming infrastructure.“I think savvy investors and homeowners are realising property in these areas will, in time, increase in price due to the fact they will have world-class infrastructure surrounding them,” Ms Mitchell said.“The main driver for this area is Cross River Rail.“That will offer residents a ‘turn up and go’ service with a three minute commute to the city.”Ms Mitchell said she expected around 20 per cent price growth over the next three to five years in suburbs impacted by the new infrastructure. “I believe certain suburbs will see more than that and I think East Brisbane will be one of them,” she said. This two-bedroom apartment at 4/68 Longlands St, East Brisbane, is available for offers over $379,000.Brisbane resident Dee Brough is looking to buy another investment property to capitalise on the city’s impending infrastructure boom and increasing population.Mrs Brough and her husband already own an apartment in Brisbane’s CBD, but would like to invest in a townhouse or freehold terrace house in a city fringe suburb like Woolloongabba, Highgate Hill or Dutton Park.“I think property in Brisbane is on the move and I personally think this is the time to buy in,” Mrs Brough said.“We have done a bit of research in regards to what’s happening with infrastructure changes and population growth, and there’s going to be more demand I think for properties in the CBD and outer edge of the CBD to be able to house people.” This four-bedroom house at 12 Leamington St, Woolloongabba, is for sale and set to benefit from the Cross River Rail project.Your Property Your Wealth director and buyers agent Daniel Walsh said Brisbane’s major infrastructure program would boost the local economy and make the city more attractive to property investors.“The Sunshine State is also welcoming thousands of new interstate migrants every month and many of these new ‘locals’ have sold in the most expensive southern markets so have money to spend,” Mr Walsh said.“I believe that between now and when interest rates hit zero that Brisbane will be the strongest market in the land. “Part of this reason for my thinking is that the Brisbane market was poised to take off just before the APRA lending crackdown ground it to an unnecessary halt. “Now that that handbrake has been released, it’s kicking into gear once more.” INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS UNDER CONSTRUCTIONProject Expected completion Estimated costBrisbane Metro 2023 $944 millionCross River Rail 2024 $5.4 billionBrisbane International Cruise Terminal 2020 $150 millionWynnum Road Corridor 2020 $128 millionKingsford Smith Drive upgrade 2020 $650 million WHERE TO BUY TO BENEFIT FROM BRISBANE’S MAJOR INFRASTRUCTURE PIPELINEMore from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus11 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market11 hours agoBRISBANE METRO:Property type Suburb to Median price Neighbouring suburb Neighbouring suburb benefit most median priceHouses West End $910,000 Highgate Hill $1.252 million Apartments Red Hill $312,500 Brisbane city $596,000 Property type Suburb to Median price Neighbouring suburb Neighbouring suburb benefit most median priceHouses Albion $760,000 Hamilton $1.24 million Apartments Woolloongabba $312,500 Brisbane city $596,000CRUISE SHIP TERMINAL:Property type Suburb to Median price Neighbouring suburb Neighbouring suburb benefit most median priceHouses Albion $760,000 Ascot $1.345 million Apartments Ascot $433,000 Hamilton $462,000WYNNUM ROAD CORRIDOR UPGRADE:Property type Suburb to Median price Neighbouring suburb Neighbouring suburb benefit most median priceHouses East Brisbane $835,000 Kangaroo Point $941,500 Apartments East Brisbane $330,000 Woolloongabba $511,950KINGSFORD SMITH DRIVE UPGRADE:Property type Suburb to Median price Neighbouring suburb Neighbouring suburb benefit most median priceHouses Albion $760,000 Hamilton $1.24 million Apartments Hamilton $462,000 Newstead $640,000(Source: Place Advisory) CROSS RIVER RAIL: last_img read more

first_imgIllustration purposes only (Image courtesy of GasLog)Liquefied natural gas (LNG) spot charter rates could remain low throughout the entire year, largely due to the expectation of growth in future vessel supply, according to a report by the consultancy Poten & Partners.As the number of active spot market LNG vessels has grown from 37 to 46 since the beginning of the year, largely due to existing vessels coming off term charter, spot charter rates continue to remain low.It is projected that the number of available vessels will grow to 55 by year-end as existing term charters expire.However, Poten & Partners note there are signs of a changing market which could result in spot charter rates rising from current levels.“If charterers rush back to term chartering, existing vessels will be pulled from competing in the spot market and rates should rise,” the report reads.Over the past few years, more than eight term shipping requirements by charterers have been reduced and delayed on the assumption of continued vessel availability. If global LNG trade continues to grow, the charterers may reverse the course.During the first quarter, global LNG trade grew by approximately 12 percent year on year. April data shows a continued growth with a possibility of LNG trade volumes reaching 296 million tons. Such trade figures demand 385 vessels, Poten & Partners say.Compared to a conventional LNG carrier fleet of 405 vessels, it is not a comfortable margin of vessel surplus for most charterers.last_img read more

first_imgBerkeley Wellness 18 July 2016Family First Comment: Who said marijuana never killed anyone?“Since recreational use of marijuana was legalized in Washington state at the end of 2012….. The rate of fatal car crashes associated with marijuana use rose from 49 (8 percent) in 2013 to 106 (17 percent) in 2014.”Since recreational use of marijuana was legalized in Washington state at the end of 2012, fatal motor vehicle crashes involving drivers under the influence have more than doubled. The rate of fatal car crashes associated with marijuana use rose from 49 (8 percent) in 2013 to 106 (17 percent) in 2014, according to the nonprofit AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety.Some states have set legal driving limits for marijuana, based on blood levels of the psychoactive ingredient THC (similar in concept to a blood alcohol limit for driving). But there’s much debate about what a safe limit (if any) is, since marijuana affects users differently and since impairment levels do not necessarily correspond with blood THC levels.Marijuana is legal for medical or recreational use in 25 states and the District of Columbia, with several more states considering legislation.http://www.berkeleywellness.com/healthy-community/health-care-policy/article/marijuana-linked-fatal-car-crashesKeep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more

first_imgThe BBC’s Match of the Day has retained the rights to Premier League highlights for three more years after a successful bid of £204million. Press Association MOTD’s main presenter Gary Lineker reacted on Twitter saying: “Thrilled to report that the BBC retains the rights to show @premierleague highlights. Long live Match Of The Day” The Premier League highlights rights will for the first time include a midweek magazine programme at 10pm on BBC Two. Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore said: “The BBC has done a fantastic job with its Match of the Day programmes which provide high quality coverage and analysis for fans of Premier League clubs. “The UK highlights allow the competition to be viewed by the maximum number of fans across the country and the addition of a midweek magazine show will add a new dimension to the BBC’s Premier League coverage. “This season is Match of the Day’s 50th anniversary – an illustration of the BBC’s commitment to top flight English football – and a fitting year in which to renew our partnership with them.” Barbara Slater, director of BBC Sport, added: “We’re delighted to retain the rights to show Premier League highlights on the BBC, and continue to bring the most popular league in the world to our audiences. “Match of the Day is the most iconic brand in television sport and we work hard to ensure that it continues to be the destination for millions of viewers each weekend across platforms. “It’s very exciting to be able to add a new midweek show to the mix, reflecting the continued appetite for Premier League action and analysis.” center_img The Premier League has announced that the BBC has won the rights for terrestrial highlights for the three seasons 2016/17 to 2018/19. There had been reports that ITV would launch a rival bid but it is understood it decided not to do so. The rights cover the Saturday evening Match of the Day programme, the Sunday morning repeat, MOTD2 on Sunday evenings and other evenings when Premier League fixtures justify a programme. last_img read more

first_imgThe mass exodus of Wisconsin students heading to warmer climates is about to begin. However, the Wisconsin women’s golf team will get a head start on Spring Break when they head to College Station, Texas, Thursday to participate in the “Mo” Morial Invitational, hosted by Texas A&M.The Badgers will try to continue early season improvement after lowering their team score in each round of the Lady Puerto Rico Classic, their last tournament. UW head coach Todd Oehrlein pointed to a couple motives for the improvement.”The short games started to come around, and we were just getting used to playing outside again,” Oehrlein said.Sophomore Katie Elliott showed no signs of rust on way to shooting a three-round total of 221, what Oehrlein called “the best individual performance we’ve seen.” The five-over par score was good enough to tie for sixth place in a very strong field and earn her Big Ten Player of the Week honors for this week.”It is great to see the hard work she put in during the off season paying off already this season,” Oehrlein said.Joining Elliott for the trip south will be seniors Jackie Obermueller and Lindsay McMillan, and freshmen Jeana Dahl and Isabel Alvarez — the same five-player team that competed in Puerto Rico.Much like the Puerto Rico tournament, the Badgers will face another very tough field at the “Mo” Morial Invitational, which features three teams in the National Golf Coaches Association Top 25 poll. Oehrlein identified the No. 15 Aggies, No. 10 Arkansas and No. 20 Kent St. as tournament favorites along with Baylor.Baylor is coming off a first place finish at the Central District Invitational. The tournament field will not be the only challenge the Badgers will endeavor. Texas A&M’s home course, the new Jack Nicklaus designed Traditions Club, is one of the toughest courses on the collegiate circuit. Measuring roughly 6,400 yards, the par 72 Traditions Club will also be the host of the NCAA Central Regional Tournament.”[Traditions Club] is a very tough course, but it is fair test and really a fun course to play,” Oehrlein explained.McMillan had plenty of fun playing Traditions last year, firing a three-day total 234 en route to a sixth place finish. That performance vaulted her to Big Ten Player of the Week status at the time. While her overall score of 16-over par may not appear overly impressive, it is indicative of the difficult nature of the course.”She really played solid and smart the whole time, which is what you have to do on a difficult course such as [Traditions Club],” Oehrlein said.The Badgers will need strong performances from the entire team, not just McMillan and Elliott, if they wish to compete.”We really need four solid scores,” Oehrlein said, adding that while the team takes five players, the top four scores from each round make up the team’s score. “It’s a very difficult tournament, and we need more consistent play going forward in the season.”While the forecast for this weekend calls for temperatures in the mid-80s around College Station — very warm compared to typical Wisconsin temperatures — Oehrlein does not foresee the heat being an issue.”We worked hard in the off-season to get into good shape so heat and fatigue don’t become issues,” Oehrlein explained.While College Station, Texas, may not be a hotbed of spring break activity, the Badgers hope to return from their trip with increased confidence after a well-played tournament.last_img read more

first_img Published on December 11, 2010 at 12:00 pm Contact Michael: mjcohe02@syr.edu | @Michael_Cohen13 Comments Facebook Twitter Google+center_img For Ohio State, the game started exactly as it was supposed to. The No. 6 team in the country rolled into the Carrier Dome and doubled Syracuse’s score in the game’s first 12 minutes. The Buckeyes’ All-American center Jantel Lavender had six quick points. Point guard Samantha Prahalis who leads the nation in assists at 10.5 per game had already tallied six. OSU held a 10-point advantage at the 7:27 mark of the first half and appeared well on its way to an eighth straight win. But then the Buckeyes began to settle. ‘I think that we were complacent once we got a 10-point lead,’ Lavender said. ‘We just weren’t making enough of an effort to get defensive stops.’AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Syracuse exploited that lack of defensive effort with a 16-0 run in the final 10 minutes of the first half. Having never led, the Orange made seven consecutive shots in a span of 3:31 to change the entire complexion of the game. SU never trailed from that point and knocked off the Buckeyes 75-66 in the Carrier Dome. Prior to that tear, the Orange shot just 6-of-21 from the field to open the game. Kayla Alexander, SU’s center and leading scorer, picked up two quick fouls and was relegated to the bench. Things looked bleak for SU head coach Quentin Hillsman and his team. ‘That’s how we play,’ Hillsman said. ‘We kind of get down 10 or 12 points and then make a run and tie games.’ And the run was nothing short of perfection from the Orange. Seven straight makes from the field by four different players. It featured a pair of 3-pointers from Elashier Hall, four points from Erica Morrow, a jumper from Carmen Tyson-Thomas and four points from redshirt freshman Shakeya Leary Alexander’s replacement. At the media timeout with 4:41 remaining, the crowd gave the Orange a standing ovation after SU took its first lead of the game. In all, the Buckeyes were held scoreless for more than five minutes of play. ‘I just think they started making shots,’ Ohio State head coach Jim Foster said. ‘They were getting shots early in the first half, they just weren’t going in. When their shots started to fall, we were still playing the way we were playing which was not a good way.’ Feeding of the momentum from that run, the Orange took a seven-point advantage into halftime. It marked the first time all season that Ohio State faced a deficit after 20 minutes of play. The lead allowed Hillsman’s team to dictate the tempo of play in the second half. Syracuse had no problem with long, drawn-out possessions that ran the clock. The more time the Orange used, the less was left with the Buckeyes for a possible comeback. ‘We always talk about basketball is a game of runs,’ Hillsman said. ‘And we knew they were going to make a run. … (I thought) let’s just get some cushion so that down the stretch we can control the tempo and put the ball in our hands and win the basketball game.’ Controlling that tempo meant lulling the Buckeyes to sleep with the 2-3 zone defense. As the minutes started to tick away in the second half, Ohio State’s players began to settle for perimeter jump shots. A team that averaged 14 3-point attempts per game was sucked into 17 attempts in the second half alone. For the game, OSU shot 8-for-30 from long range. Ultimately, the Buckeyes couldn’t muster enough quality looks to dig itself out of the hole. The one time Ohio State tied the game 56-56 with 8:34 to go, the Orange responded just like it did in the first half. Five straight points pushed the game back in SU’s favor on the way to an upset. ‘We stayed in that ‘not real sharp ball movement, let’s just take a 3′ (mindset), whereas they were trying to work towards something,’ Foster said. ‘I thought they played a lot harder than we did.’ But perhaps the most impressive thing about the Orange’s first-half surge was that it came with Alexander on the bench. The team’s best interior scorer and current Big East Player of the Week could only watch as her teammates rallied to get the win. They picked her up, and Alexander said she couldn’t have been happier. ‘I was celebrating,’ she said. ‘I was cheering my head off.’ mjcohe02@syr.edulast_img read more

first_img Published on December 28, 2013 at 8:20 pm Contact Jesse: jcdoug01@syr.edu | @dougherty_jesse Facebook Twitter Google+ After the game, Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim and three players echoed the same reaction to center Baye Moussa Keita’s hustle-filled performance.“Baye’s great.”Said Boeheim, guards Trevor Cooney and Tyler Ennis and forward C.J. Fair. It was as if Keita’s strong post defense and novel hustle is simply what they expect.Because, frankly, it is.“Baye’s good every game. He does what he does,” Boeheim said. “He’s active and a tremendous defensive player. Every year we’ve had him he’s helped us and he helps us win.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textIn No. 2 Syracuse’s (12-0) 78-62 win over No. 8 Villanova (11-1) in front of 28,135 in the Carrier Dome on Saturday, Keita breathed energy into a listless SU team in the first half and was a stalwart in the paint with Rakeem Christmas and DaJuan Coleman looking on from the bench.Keita held Wildcats forward JayVaughn Pinkston — who was averaging 16.5 points per game heading into the game — to a measly three points, which came when Keita wasn’t even in the game.“Every time I go in I try and pick the energy up,” Keita said. “It’s what I bring to the table and we needed that today.”Christmas picked up two early fouls and Coleman sat the entirety of the second half because — as Boeheim said after the game — his knee was bothering him. Boeheim also said that with Villanova’s small and speedy lineup, he only wanted to play one big man at a time, which turned into 23 minutes for the lanky center.In the first half, Keita tipped in a Tyler Ennis miss in the thick of Syracuse’s game-changing 20-0 run. When he got to the middle of the zone on the other end of the floor he slowly lifted his arms above his head. And as his arms rose, so did the Syracuse crowd, which had been stunned by the Orange’s uncharacteristically slow start.“We count on him coming off the bench,” point guard Tyler Ennis said. “We expect that from him everyday.”Aside from the tip-in — Keita’s only two points — his presence was felt on the defensive end. He forced Pinkston to travel late in the first, and with the Orange pulling away at the end of the second, he altered shot after shot and added two blocks to his stat line.His second and final block came on Villanova’s final possession when he pinned Kris Jenkins’ lay up against the backboard.When the final buzzer sounded he gave a huge fist bump and a celebratory cry.“People probably thought we were done after our start,” Keita said. “So there were a lot of emotions at the end.” Commentslast_img read more

first_img Published on November 13, 2016 at 7:24 pm Contact Michael: mmcclear@syr.edu | @MikeJMcCleary As the ball hit the court for the final point of the second set, the gym went silent. The crowd let out a collective sigh as Florida State pounded the ball to the floor of the Women’s Building. Syracuse’s players buried their heads and proceeded to jog back to the conference room for their halftime meeting.“(I) could keep going on and on and on (about) whatever I’m saying,” Syracuse head coach Leonid Yelin said, explaining that the team suffered mental lapses. “They can hear you but they can’t focus on what you’re saying.”It was overall disappointing game for SU. The Orange (7-19, 6-10 Atlantic Coast) scored just nine points in the second set — the worst set of its season — and struggled defensively throughout the game en route to a 3-1 loss to No. 18 Florida State (20-5, 13-3) at home.FSU’s serving was a problem for the Orange all game long. The Seminoles served the ball hard and low to the net, which SU’s players had trouble judging and often had to dive for. It got bad enough to where middle blocker Leah Levert, who was standing at the front of the net, turned to her teammates in the back to yell out that FSU was “going to serve quickly.”Off one Florida State serve, Mackenzie Weaver reached down for a ball near the ground and it ricocheted off of her forearm and sideways into the court. She smacked her hand against the court in frustration following the Florida State point.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“They are a very good serving team,” Weaver said. “That’s what we try to focus on. We try to keep it low and quick to the net so it’s hard for the defense to read.”In large part due to the serving by Florida State, the Orange recorded 73 digs and was forced to make a lot of desperation saves to stay alive in the point. Belle Sand, Syracuse’s leader in digs, as well as teammate Jalissa Trotter led the team with 18 digs each and five SU players had 11 digs or more.The digs were inflated due to the high volume of attack attempts from FSU, in addition to the Orange misreading some of the Seminoles’ serving trajectories causing them to have to make the diving saves off the initial serve attempt.“You know we have a great block. We out block a lot of teams,” said Sand, “But we can’t just rely on the block, defensively we do need to step up. Today we did step up, but obviously you can only go up from here.”Syracuse’s inability to catch on to Florida State’s serving patterns as well as the large amount of attacks from the Seminoles took the life out of the Orange defense. It led to a disastrous second set and another disappointing loss for SU.“How we played in the second set was not okay,” said Weaver, “we don’t work so hard in the gym every day to lose like that. It’s not fun.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more