Syracuse gets 2nd chance to slow down Virginia’s Malcolm Brogdon

first_imgCHICAGO – When Malcolm Brogdon heard that Jim Boeheim compared him to Golden State Warriors sharpshooter Klay Thompson, the Virginia players to Brogdon’s right chuckled. It’s a lofty comparison, but Boeheim has coached both on the national level and likened the UVA senior, in some ways, to one of the best players in the NBA.“They play both ends of the court, they don’t say much, they just let their games do the talking for them,” Boeheim said. “Malcolm is not quite as good a shooter as Klay, but nobody is, either.”Brogdon finds a handful of his shots curling around screens and pulling up right away, but the 2-3 zone doesn’t lend nicely to that approach. He’s one of four finalists for the 2016 Naismith Trophy given to the country’s best player and scored a team-high 21 points in UVA’s win against the Orange earlier this season, so he’s more than capable of adapting to the more-foreign-than-not defensive looks SU will throw at him.Still, the connection of Virginia’s point guards to its best player will be tested at a time when the zone is playing its best as 10th-seeded Syracuse (22-13, 9-9 Atlantic Coast) steamrolls into an Elite Eight bout with No. 1 seed Virginia (29-7, 13-5) on Sunday night at the United Center.“Malcolm will be a huge part of getting into the middle of the zone,” UVA point guard London Perrantes said. “We may not be able to set as many screens, but we have some playmakers with and without the ball.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textMORE COVERAGEDougherty: Syracuse-Virginia will be a rare clash of brand-name defenses3 things Jim Boeheim said: Timeouts, Tyler Roberson and Tony BennettTrevor Cooney is driving into the paint more by designDougherty: The ACC, with half the Elite 8, was an especially important proving ground for SyracuseTyler Lydon showing growth defensively in NCAA Tournament10 fun facts about VirginiaSyracuse basketball predictions for Elite Eight matchup with Virginia3 things Tony Bennett said: Michael Gbinije, Malachi Richardson and owning the zone The playmakers with the ball are Perrantes and Devon Hall. The main one without it, Brogdon. He too has a similar repertoire to Kyle Wiltjer, who roasted Syracuse from all over on Friday as the receiver of passes. Brogdon shoots almost 47 percent from the field and just under 40 percent from 3-point range, possessing an ability to finish in a variety of ways while averaging 18.4 points per game.On Saturday, a day before he tries to replicate what Wiltjer did to the Orange, Brogdon kept the same stoic look for almost the entirety of the 15 minutes Virginia players were at the podium. When he did speak, he answered questions crisply and without the same jovial smile that the four teammates beside him did. In a way it mimics how he plays, smooth, efficient and lacking flare.That’s part of what makes Brogdon so lethal, his balanced attack in Virginia’s first win against Syracuse this season a combination of three 2-pointers, three 3-pointers and six free throws. Nothing stood out too much in his stat line, just like he didn’t stand out too much with the personalities of Perrantes and Anthony Gill.“He’s an underrated offensive player,” Boeheim said. “He’s just a really good basketball player, doesn’t say a lot. I like those guys…they don’t have big celebrations when they make normal plays that they make, which are great plays.”Two of those plays, back-to-back long balls in a 31-second span, quickly made a one-point game with under six minutes left a seven-point one, and Syracuse couldn’t recover in an eventual eight-point loss that snapped its three-game winning streak.“I think the trap that the zone presents is shooting quick shots, shooting your first open shot, not getting them moving and just settling,” Brogdon said. “Not settling and getting the shots that you want later in the shot clock I think is the key.”Just over two months later, Virginia has a chance to repeat what it did on Jan. 24 and stifle yet another Syracuse 3-game run.This time, it would end it altogether, with no chance for the Orange to bounce back. But Syracuse too has a second chance, a shot at redemption to slow down one of the country’s best players and keep its Cinderella run intact for one more game. Comments Published on March 26, 2016 at 6:43 pm Contact Matt: | @matt_schneidmancenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Airline group slams inconsistent electronics ban

first_imgThe US and UK governments have been urged to find an alternative to the recent ban on large electronic devices in aircraft cabins and slammed for the “woefully lacking’’ way in which the measures were introduced.The comments from International Air transport Association director general Alexandre de Juniac came in a highly critical speech in Montreal which also questioned the effectiveness of the measures to ban devices such as laptops and tablets in carry-on baggage on some flights to the two countries from North Africa and the Middle East.“The current measures are not an acceptable long-term solution to whatever threat they are trying to mitigate. Even in the short term it is difficult to understand their effectiveness,’’ de Juniac said.“And the commercial distortions they create are severe. We call on governments to work with the industry to find a way to keep flying secure without separating passengers from their personal electronics.’’The IATA boss said passengers and member airlines were asking valid questions such as why the US and UK did not have a common list of airports, referring to a decision by the UK not to follow the US move to include Gulf carriers Etihad, Qatar and Emirates.They were also wondering how laptops could be secure on some flights but not others, including flights departing from the same airport.“And surely there must be a way to screen electronic equipment effectively?’’ he said. “The current situation is not acceptable and will not maintain the all-important confidence of the industry or of travelers. We must find a better way. And Governments must act quickly.’’There was also frustration about the hasty way in which the ban, which became public only after airlines tweeted about it, was implemented.De Juniac described the way in which the measures were introduced as “woefully lacking” with no prior consultation with the industry and little coordination by governments.He renewed IATA’s long-standing call for better information sharing and coordination on security measures among governments and with the industry.Airlines did not want access to state secrets but could help deliver better results if they understood the outcomes governments wanted, he said.“While governments have the primary responsibility for security, we share the priority of keeping passengers, crew and aircraft secure,’’ he said. “To do that effectively intelligence is king. And it needs to be shared amongst governments and with the industry. It’s the only way to stop terrorists before they get near an airport, let alone aircraft.’’IATA has been pushing governments to follow through on a UN Security Council resolution calling on the International Civil Aviation organisation to develop a global aviation security plan.The “very wide gaps’’ in the recent measures taken by governments had highlighted the need for such a plan, de Juniac said.last_img read more

Black Economic Empowerment Codes of Good Practice

first_imgThe Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment Codes of Good Practice aim to level the playing field for all operating in the South African economy by providing clear and comprehensive criteria for the measurement of broad-based BEE.The BEE Codes of Good Practice aim to ensure that black economic empowerment benefits not only the black elite but also women, workers, the youth, people with disabilities and the rural poor. (Image: Brand South Africa)The codes  provide a standard framework for the measurement of broad-based BEE across all sectors of the economy. This means that no industry will be disadvantaged over another when presenting their BEE credentials.Visit the Department of Trade and Industry page on the Codes of Good Practice to download relevant legislation and other documents.Download a summary of the codesDownload the BEE Strategy document of 2003New Codes of Good Practice became effective in 2015. This is a timeline of the codes:Broad-Based Black Economic Act of 2003BBBEE Codes of Good Practice 2007Revised Codes gazetted 2013Revised Codes effective 2015Statement 003 of the BEE Act provides guidelines for the alignment of transformation charters to be gazetted as Codes of Good Practice. This will ensure that even when different gazetted charters are applied to different entities presenting their BEE credentials, neither of the entities will be unfairly disadvantaged over the other because of the application of a more stringent industry charter.The intention of the Codes of Good Practice is therefore to level the playing field for all entities operating within the South African economy by providing clear and comprehensive criteria for the measurement of broad-based BEE.The table below is a guide to the organisation and content of the codes:Overview of the codesThe Black Economic Empowerment Codes of Good Practice ensure that the days of high-profile black businesspeople representing faceless members of “broad-based” groups in empowerment deals are over.They aim to ensure that empowerment benefits not only the black elite but also women, workers, the youth, people with disabilities and the rural poor. They also strongly discourage fronting – schemes that claim to be broad-based but which are found to be wanting when their composition is unpacked.Aim of the codesThe codes are issued in terms of Section 9 the Broad Based Black Economic Empowerment Act of 2003. They function to promote the objectives of the Act, which are to:Transform South Africa’s economy to allow meaningful participation by black people.Substantially change the racial profile of companies’ owners, managers and skilled professionals.Increase the ownership and management of companies by black women, communities, workers, cooperatives and others, and help them access more economic opportunities.Promote investment that leads to broad-based and meaningful participation in the economy by black people.Help rural and local communities access economic opportunities.Promote access to finance for black economic empowerment.In terms of the Act, “black people” means African, coloured or Indian South African citizens, and those entitled to become citizens.The Codes of Good Practice are binding on all organs of state and public entities. In terms of the BEE Act, the government must apply the codes when entering into decisions on:procurementlicensing and concessionspublic-private partnershipsthe sale of state-owned assets or businessesPrivate companies must apply the codes if they want to do business with any government enterprise or organ of state – that is, in order to tender for business, apply for licences or concessions, enter into public-private partnerships, or buy state-owned assets.Companies are also encouraged to apply the codes in their interactions with one another, as preferential procurement effectively impinges on most private sector enterprises throughout the chain of supply, from first-tier suppliers to government downwards.Content of the codesThe 10 codes deal with the different elements of BEE, how they are to be weighted, and how BEE compliance is to be regulated. They are as follows:Code 000 – A framework for the measurement of BEE. This includes the generic BEE scorecard, which gives a general weighting to companies’ BEE status in terms of management, ownership, skills development and so on; guidelines for the development and gazetting of industry charters; and the approval, accreditation and regulation of BEE verification agencies.Code 100 – Measuring the ownership element of the BEE scorecard, including the general BEE ownership scorecard.Code 200 – Measuring the management and control element of the scorecard.Code 300 – Measuring employment equity.Code 400 – Measuring skills development.Code 500 – Measuring preferential procurement.Code 600 – Measuring enterprise development.Code 700 – Measuring the residual element.Code 800 – Industry sector charters.Code 1000 – Measuring BEE in small enterprises. Brand South Africa reporterReviewed: August 2017Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

Pay more attention this year to reduce spray drift

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Erdal OzkanSpray drift not only result in wasting expensive pesticides and pollution of the environment, it may damage non-target crops nearby, and poses a serious health risk to people living in areas where drift is occurring. Drift happens! It accounts for about half of all non-compliance cases investigated by the Ohio Department of Agriculture. As you know, we are experiencing an unusual weather situation in Ohio and several other Corn Belt states this year. Wet fields have made planting of corn and soybeans delayed or in many cases forced farmers to abandon it altogether looking for alternatives such as planting cover crops. Either situation presents added caution when applying herbicides in terms of spray drift which is defined as movement of pesticides by wind from the application site to an off-target site during or soon after application is done. When exactly the same types of crops, such as genetically modified beans, or non-GMO beans are planted in neighboring fields, herbicide drifting from one field to another may not show injury symptoms. However, drift must be one of your most serious concerns when spraying herbicides in fields where the adjoining fields have been planted with some other crops and cover crops. Even a small amount of drift may create significant damage on such crops under these conditions.Although complete elimination of spray drift is impossible, problems can be reduced significantly if you are aware of major factors which influence drift, and take precautions to minimize their influence on off-target movement of spray droplets. The factors that play a role in either the creation, or reduction of spray drift are: a) Spray characteristics, such as volatility and viscosity of pesticide formulation; b) Equipment and application techniques used for spraying pesticides; c) Weather conditions at the time of application (wind speed and direction, temperature, relative humidity and stability of air around the application site); and most importantly, d) Operator care, attitude, and skill. Here are five cost-effective things you can do to minimize spray drift.Pay attention to wind speed more than anything else. The risk of spray drift will increase with increases in wind speed. There is no magic wind speed number below which drift will be minimum. There are many other factors mentioned below that influence the wind speed you should stay under. Generally, wind speeds below 5 miles per hour, coupled with other good management practices, will significantly reduce the injury caused by drift. The best investment you can make is to buy a wind meter that tells you how high the wind velocity is at any given time. Having a wind meter handy will help you avoid a costly problem associated with spray drift.Pay attention to wind direction. If the wind is blowing in the direction of some sensitive crops downwind, stop spraying. Don’t take the risk. Come back later in the day or the next day when the direction of the wind has shifted away from the sensitive crops.If you can, keep your nozzles as close to the target as possible while still producing a uniform distribution of spray on the target. This doesn’t cost any money as long as it is practical to make it happen.When you’re ready to change nozzles, consider selecting nozzles that produce much fewer of the extremely small droplets that are most likely to drift away. Low-drift nozzles are in the market and do a tremendous job of eliminating extremely small, drift-prone droplets from the droplet spectrum. This is especially important when spraying systemic chemicals like Glyphosate. Since the active ingredients in these types of chemicals are translocated, not requiring a thorough coverage on the target weeds, there is no need to use small droplets that increases the risk of drift.There are chemicals that are designed to increase the droplet size, and reduce the number of very small droplets when added into the spray mixture. Most of them are some sort of polymer that tends to increase the viscosity and density of the spray mixture, which leads to larger droplets. This, however, should be the last defense against drift. First consider the other options such as better targeting of the spray and switching to low-drift nozzles.If you are using nozzles that produce relatively smaller droplets, avoid spraying under extremely hot and dry weather conditions. Under these conditions, evaporation of liquid from a droplet decreases its mass rapidly, increasing the drift distance of droplets.Pay attention to conditions that may be conducive to formation of a phenomenon called thermal inversion. Normally, warm air rises up. So, during late morning to early evening, the surface temperature is usually warmer than the air temperature near the ground. So, the small droplets discharged from a nozzle may follow this normal air movement from ground up, and eventually evaporate during this process. However, during very early morning (before sunrise) or sometime after the sunset, the air temperature at some distance above the ground may be warmer than the ground temperature. Under these conditions, the warm air above the ground is trapped between the ground and the inversion layer. Under these conditions, as shown in the picture below, the small droplets suspended in the air simply follow the horizontal air movement miles away from the application site. So, avoid spraying during very early in the morning or very late in the evening, if the weather is extremely calm.Practicing the recommendations I mentioned in this article will help you reduce the risk of spray drift significantly. At the end, you will be the one making spraying decisions. If there are any doubts about a spraying job that might result in drift, wait until there is no longer that element of doubt.More detailed discussion on these tips and other drift reduction strategies are outlined in following OSUE Extension Fact Sheets available online:FABE-525 (,FABE- 523 (, andFABE 524 ( Erdal Ozkan, Professor and Extension agricultural engineer, can be reached at 614-292-3006, or This column is provided by the OSU Department of Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering, OSU Extension, Ohio Agricultural Research & Development Center, and the College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.last_img read more

How to Build the Prospecting Habit

first_img Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Now For more than a decade now, many in sales have been neglecting what may the single most crucial activity necessary for producing sales results. That activity is prospecting, and it is what is required to open new relationships and create new opportunities. No deal is closed without first being opened, and I have written here that “opening is the new closing,” to make the point that it is now what is critical to success. If you want success, you need to build the prospecting habit.How did we get to a place where salespeople don’t spend their time prospecting? The reasons are many and varied, but two stand out above the many others, and they deserve much of the blame.How Prospecting Was LostFirst, sales managers have not held their salespeople accountable for prospecting. In many cases, sales managers know that poor sales managers focus only on activity, and many of them have worked for managers who wanted only more activity. Because they don’t want to be that manager, they don’t hold their salespeople accountable for prospecting. Others don’t believe they should have to talk about activity at all.Second, and something that made the lack of accountability and an even larger problem was the concept once called “social selling” by its proponents. The chattering class on LinkedIn sold the idea that inbound was greater than outbound, that the world had changed, and that only Neanderthals used the telephone. This anti-cold calling fever laid waste to a generation of salespeople, all who believed the lie that they could create more opportunities with less effort if they spend enough time on the social channels.Those of us who knew better pushed back against the seductive lies of con artists, picks and shovel dealers (those who would sell you the tools you need to succeed in the gold mine, and who are also the only ones getting rich while you spend your time in an empty mine), and charlatans. As we predicted, social lost its allure, its results being far less than promised. We are still working on bringing accountability back into fashion.How You Build the Prospecting HabitIf you want to create more—and better—opportunities, you need to prospect. Your willingness to be proactive and professionally persistent in the pursuit of your dream clients is the determining factor when it comes to your sales results.The following steps will help you develop the prospecting habit.Make Prospecting Primary: Selling is made up of two major outcomes: 1) Opportunity Creation, and 2) Opportunity Capture. If you are going to capture opportunities, you must first create them, as natural a law as the one requiring you plant in spring if you would reap a harvest in fall. Because Opportunity Creation is the critical first step in sales results, it has to be your primary focus. Prospecting has to dominate your time and your energy.Block Time: If you don’t make time to prospect, other tasks, projects, and distractions will consume your time. The best way to ensure you have time to prospect is to block time on your calendar and hold it sacred. The more time you spend prospecting, the more opportunities you will create, and the more opportunities you create, the more you will win (all things being equal). Blocking time to prospect on your calendar is a commitment you make to yourself—and your future self. You should treat the commitment to prospecting as sacred as a commitment you make to meet with a prospective client—as it is what allows you to schedule those meetings in the first place.Get Past the First 10 Calls: The first cold you make is always the hardest. The second call is easier to make, even if only slightly so. But once you have gotten into the rhythm, it gets easier. That usually happens after about ten calls, eight of which are going to be voice mail. The eleventh call is when you start to get into your groove, but you can’t get there if you don’t keep dialing. After number eleven, calling turns into nothing more than a game, and your resistance will subside.Use Prospecting Cadence: The phone is the single best and most effective medium for scheduling appointments, but it isn’t the only tool available to you. You can follow up with an email, and if you share something useful, you can begin to be known as a value creator. Just don’t ask for an appointment over email; instead, tell your dream client you will try them back. You can also connect on LinkedIn, as long as you don’t pitch the client. Instead, give them your number and tell them they can call you should they ever need anything (you are going to call them again later anyway. As you string these touches together, you are professionally persistent in your persist. A cadence keeps your activity high and focused, improving your results.Keep a Scorecard: Track your habit by keeping score. When I started in sales, I tracked a few metrics. I tracked how much time I spent on the telephone pursuing meetings. I tracked how many dials I made, even though I didn’t have anyone to report them to (my efficiency). I captured how many times I had a conversation where I asked for a meeting and how many meetings I booked (my effectiveness). By keeping score, you hold yourself accountable. If you want success, hold yourself accountable for your results so no one else will ever have to.Selling, in large part, is about prospecting, the creation of new opportunities. Those who believe and behave as if sales is what happens after you create an opportunity are mistaken. The sooner you develop the prospecting habit, the sooner you will produce better sales results.last_img read more

Rep Chatfield bill to return Michigan drivers licenses put thousands back to

first_img28Sep Rep. Chatfield bill to return Michigan driver’s licenses, put thousands back to work Ineffective charges lead to heavy burdens on families Categories: Chatfield News,Newscenter_img State Rep. Lee Chatfield today introduced legislation as part of a package to reform and eliminate Michigan’s ineffective driver responsibility fees.Chatfield, of Levering, who serves as House Speaker Pro Tempore, said the fees were imposed by the last administration to help balance the state budget.“It is well past time to end this mistake and put this state back to work,” Chatfield said. “When the fees were first imposed in 2003, it was nothing more than a panicked fix to raise money for an unbalanced budget. That recklessness hurt thousands of families, cost people their jobs and trapped Michigan drivers in an inescapable cycle of poverty. We must stop the negative impact these pointless fees have on families trying to make ends meet.”Chatfield’s bill completely forgives the outstanding fines owed by more than 300,000 Michigan drivers, ending the ineffective program beginning Oct. 1, 2018. Other bills in the seven-bill package allow people to participate in a community service program in lieu of paying the fees. Earlier legislation had set a 2019 date for elimination of the fees.“People who are facing the fees likely have lost their driving privileges but still must work to support their families,” Chatfield said. “Some of those people are driving illegally just so they can pay the rent and put groceries on the table. These bills will end the process of forcing otherwise law-abiding people into criminal activity and perpetuating a cycle that keep them struggling economically.”The bills were referred to the House Michigan Competitiveness Committee, which Chatfield chairs.#####last_img read more

Vice Media and FremantleMedia yesterday launched i

first_imgVice Media and FremantleMedia yesterday launched in beta their new online food channel, called Munchies. The video-focused channel, named after Vice’s existing flagship food show, will showcase “the best in original food content and programming,” and combine Vice’s irreverent style with FremantleMedia’s production capability and global reach.Launching the network at MIPTV in Cannes this week, Vice unveiled five shows that will appear on Munchies: Being Frank; Munchies: Chef’s Night Out; Fresh Off the Boat; Girl Eats Food; and F*ck, That’s Delicious.Speaking at MIPTV, Vice co-founder Shane Smith said, “We expect viewership in the hundreds of millions this year,” reports DTVE’s sister title TBI.The Vice shows run to various length and FremantleMedia will repackage them into commercial hours and half-hours and shop them to broadcasters.“We have been approached by every company in the market and said ‘no’, because we like to keep our independence – but FremantleMedia are the best at what they do, at taking formats around the world,” said Smith.Launch plans for the Munchies channel were first announced in February.last_img read more