MBB : Orange inside game could receive boost with potential of Melo’s return Saturday

first_imgWith Fab Melo and Rakeem Christmas relegated to the Syracuse bench, the reality hit C.J. Fair.If Baye Keita, SU’s lone remaining big man with experience at the center position, picked up one more foul over the final 4:58 against West Virginia, he too would be forced to the sideline with five fouls.And that would push the 6-foot-8, 203-pound Fair to the center spot to battle with the Mountaineers’ 260-pound big men Kevin Jones and Deniz Kilicli.‘I thought about it for a second,’ Fair said, ‘and I’m like, ‘How am I going to play that big guy?’ But luckily Baye, he played his ground well.’Keita managed to avoid that fifth foul and finished SU’s 63-61 win over the Mountaineers on Saturday. Christmas and Keita have taken on much bigger roles on the offensive end and in the heart of No. 3 Syracuse’s 2-3 zone defense during Melo’s absence. But in the three games without Melo, at least one of those big men has struggled against the rugged Big East competition.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textMelo will return to the SU lineup for the team’s matchup against St. John’s on Saturday after missing three consecutive games for academic reasons, according to The Post-Standard. Pete Moore, SU director of athletic communications, said in an email that he could not confirm whether Melo would travel with the Orange (22-1, 9-1 Big East) this weekend or his availability for the matchup with the Red Storm (9-12, 3-6) Saturday at noon at Madison Square Garden. Depending on Melo’s availability, the Orange may once again have to make some small tweaks to its game plan.‘We just have to adjust,’ junior forward James Southerland said of playing without Melo. ‘That’s every game, though. You adjust to what’s going on, and you make the best of it.’Melo was a force inside for SU throughout the year and seemed to get better once conference play began. He leads the Orange in blocks and rebounds per game, and his 7-foot, 244-pound frame clogged up the middle of the 2-3 zone.The sophomore is two inches taller than Keita and three inches taller than Christmas, but the major difference comes in his bulk. Melo has roughly 30 pounds on Keita and 20 on Christmas.And though Fair was concerned with how he would handle West Virginia’s big men Saturday, head coach Jim Boeheim said Christmas and Keita aren’t quite prepared for that type of competition, either.‘Those guys, they’re not really ready physically to play in this league,’ Boeheim said. ‘They’re going to have to foul sometimes. We want to foul guys like Kilicli if he’s not making shots, missing free throws. We tried to foul (Cincinnati’s) Yancy Gates the other night. Just use some fouls in that situation.’Christmas and Keita have picked up nine fouls each in this three-game stretch, but the biggest problem has been getting solid performances out of both big men in the same game.Against Notre Dame, neither could stop Fighting Irish forward Jack Cooley in SU’s only loss this year. At Cincinnati, freshman Christmas had his best game of the year, while Keita didn’t score and grabbed just one rebound. And against West Virginia, Boeheim was happy with Keita, but Christmas lacked energy.‘I thought Rakeem looked lost in space today,’ Boeheim said after the win over the Mountaineers. ‘He looked like a freshman.‘I just wondered if he was awake. I wasn’t sure. I just tried to make sure he was awake.’Melo’s return Saturday would be a huge boost for the Orange. But even if he doesn’t play, his presence alone can help SU’s other two big men.He works through things with them in practices but also gave them feedback during the game Saturday. He did not travel with the team on the road trip to Notre Dame and Cincinnati.And whether he plays or is just there on the bench against the Red Storm, Keita knows it will be a major benefit for himself and Christmas.‘Having him on the bench, talking to him all the time will help me,’ Keita said. ‘We do the same thing during games. I’ll be sitting on the bench. Rakeem, too. We keep talking all the time.’zjbrown@syr.edu Comments Published on February 1, 2012 at 12:00 pmcenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Jagdeo pushes Govt to honour teachers’ multi-year agreement

first_imgIn light of the recent vigil outside of the residences of President David Granger and Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo, where members of the Guyana Teachers Union (GTU) gathered to voice their displeasure at various issues affecting teachers, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo is calling on Government to act on the demands put forward by the Union.Opposition Leader Bharrat JagdeIn a statement on Friday, Jagdeo declared that the parliamentary Opposition supports the Teachers’ Union in its demand for a confirmation of an urgent meeting between the Union and Government.Furthermore, he also urged Government to respect previous commitments made by the former People’s Progressive Party/Civic Government with the GTU under the Five-Year Multi-Year Agreement. To this end, the Opposition Leader called for an urgent resolution to the teachers’ demands, including respect for the specific agreements concluded under the now expired multi-year agreement, including the duty-free concessions and treatment of the Whitley Council leave.“The urgency of these issues cannot be over-emphasised. The delinquency of the Government with regards to these important issues affecting the teachers of this country is unacceptable,” Jagdeo posited.Tuesday night’s vigil saw dozens of teachers turning up outside the Prime Minister’s home to air a host of issues that teachers are not happy with. The action organised by the GTU saw Union officials meeting briefly with Prime Minister Nagamootoo, who was acting President.Following the meeting, the Prime Minister assured the teachers that he would discuss their plights with Cabinet. In the meantime, he asked the GTU to submit a “structured presentation” on the issues they want Government to address.“As a member of Cabinet and as Prime Minister, I cannot give an answer to all the issues raised. I have said I will raised them with the relevant Ministers and what we can have is some engagement, to have discussions and dialogue. I don’t believe the answer is to turn our backs on you; you have issues and we have to listen. If we can’t solve these matters now, we should work together to find some solutions,” he told those gathered outside his home.Meanwhile, prior to the meeting, GTU President Mark Lyte explained that when the 2015 agreement ended that year, a proposal was immediately submitted to Government and just over a year later, there has been no active effort to have another agreement, despite several discussions with the Education Ministry.“The time is going and our teachers are affected. We have not had any increase in salary significantly, other than the imposed 10 and six per cent given to public servants. While we believe that teachers would have accepted the increases, it’s not the amount we initially wanted or negotiated for,” he pointed out.The GTU President also spoke about benefits that are outstanding for teachers within that same multi-year agreement, including duty-free concessions, clothing allowances, out of town allowances, and station and hard line allowances.According to Lyte, there is a list of teachers, some of whom have since retired, who were eligible between the periods 2008 to 2013 for duty-free concessions, but are yet to receive same.“We have not heard anything – it went back and forth between the Ministry of the Presidency and GTU and the Ministry of Education, and it’s now stalled somewhere at GRA. We are still saying that those teachers must be given their outstanding duty-free,” the Union Head asserted.Moreover, he added too that a proposal was sent to the Education Ministry for teachers to have their ‘Whitley Council leave’ every three years, instead of four and for the payments to be given at a specific time. “What we have is a willying, nilly disbursement of weekly council’s monies,” he stated.Lyte also spoke about de-bunching, pointing out that the Education Minister had signed onto this, saying a proposal was made to Cabinet for teachers to be paid de-bunching money between 2011 and 2015.“Until now, none has been paid out and so we are out here saying, that we are unhappy. Our teachers are not happy and an unhappy teacher in the classroom is an unproductive teacher. Unfortunately, our teachers are unhappy because of the meagre salaries they are receiving, because the fact that nobody seems to be concerned other than verbally saying teachers are important,” he noted.The Union Head further addressed other matters affecting teachers, such as working conditions are some schools and the issue of promotions. On this note, Lyte called for the current Teaching Service Commission (TSC) to be dissolved, noting that this current body is further frustrating teachers.Nevertheless, the Commission on Thursday invited the Union to a meeting, where the teachers’ representative body is expected to push for two sets of promotions this year. The meeting comes two months after the High Court ruled that the procedure used by the TSC to promote teachers was flawed and must be corrected.last_img read more

Poignant scenes as school remembers wonderful teacher Grainne

first_imgThere were poignant scenes in the halls of Deele College this afternoon as the school community paid tribute to former science teacher, Mrs Grainne O’Donnell, who passed away last February after a brave battle against cancer.Former staff, students and current teachers at the school were joined by Grainne’s family for a special mass, which was concelebrated by Father Eamon Kelly, Canon Dinny McGettigan and Reverend Wilson.Though eight months have passed since Grainne’s untimely death, the tears and sadness evident at the mass today is testament to the esteem in which she was held by everyone at the school. The school choir gave a wonderful performance and added to the solemnity of the occasion. There were prayers for Grainne’s family, including her father, Michael, her husband Kevin and her twin daughters, Kaila and Dara.After the mass, a plaque was unveiled in the school’s ‘Remembrance Garden,’ which was revamped by both staff and students in recent months.The plaque in memory of Grainne takes pride of place in the garden and will ensure that her memory lives on in the school that was so close to her heart. The garden offers everyone in the school a quiet place to take time out and it is fitting that it is here that the school community will remember a teacher that gave so much to the students of the local area.Grainne, who had taught in the school for 12 years, was extremely popular with both students and staff and her hearty laugh and bubbly demeanour are sorely missed by everyone connected to the school, especially amongst the science department, of which she was an integral member. She will be remembered as a special person, who always put others first and her kindness and generosity will not be forgotten by the many friends she has left behind.Speaking at the unveiling of the plaque, Deputy Principal, Mr Danny McFadden paid tribute to Grainne and highlighted what a caring and considerate teacher she was.“It’s still hard to come to terms with the fact that Grainne is no longer with us. We didn’t just lose a very valued colleague, the students in the school lost a very kind, caring and considerate teacher, who always had the best interests of the students at heart.“She will always be remembered here at the school and the plaque we unveiled today will ensure her memory is enshrined here at Deele College,” he said.Principal of Deele College, Mr Joe Boyle, echoed the sentiments expressed by Mr McFadden and said that it was important that Grainne would be remembered by everyone at the school. “Today was a tough day but a special day. It’s eight months since Grainne passed away and yet it feels like it was yesterday. Life in secondary schools moves fast and it’s important that we take the time to reflect and remember those special people who are no longer and with us and Grainne was certainly one of those.“I’d like to thank Kevin and all the family for coming here today and I hope that this day will give the family some measure of comfort as they try to cope with the loss of a wife, a mother, a daughter, a sister and a friend.“Grainne’s memory will live on in the hearts of those of us who worked with her at the school but today we ensured that her memory will be forever be associated with Deele College in Raphoe.”Poignant scenes as school remembers wonderful teacher Grainne was last modified: September 27th, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:deele collegeGrainne O’DonnellmassRaphoelast_img read more

2 MTC mechanics killed 6 injured as bus rams wall

first_imgChennai: Two mechanics of the Metropolitan Transport Corporation died on the spot and six of their colleagues were injured when an MTC bus rammed the wall of the room they were resting in here early on Sunday, police said.The incident occurred at around 12.45 AM at the bus depot in Vadapalani area when the six mechanical engineers of the Corporation were sleeping in the building, they said. Two of them, Bharati (32) and Sekar (48) died on the spot, while the others were admitted to the Government Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Kilpauk Medical College Hospital. The bus driver, who escaped unhurt, has been arrested, police said. Transport department principal secretary J Radhakrishnan visited the area and took stock of the incident. He also visited the injured at the hospital. Later, speaking to reporters, he said it was too early to arrive at a conclusion on the reasons for the accident. “I was told the bus driver is an experienced man”, he said.last_img read more