With the absolute devastation and destruction left in Hurricane Harvey‘s path last week in Houston, TX and the surrounding areas, it has become all the more evident that people are in dire need of help. The House of Yes, in conjunction with Good Looks Collective, will host FVCK HARVEY: A Concert to Benefit the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund tomorrow afternoon in Brooklyn, New York from 2PM-8PM (buy tickets here).Proceeds will go to Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund to support those in need, anyway necessary. Headlined by two-time Grammy winning producers Brasstracks and the funk bringing Jenaux, NYC will come together to dance in support of those in need. An entire lineup of NY natives including lo-fi hip-hop producer Birocratic, a groovy Gibbz on guitar, beautiful keys from Josh Jacobson, and shlomo type producer Yury to round out your afternoon. More information can be found here.
2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr For fintech folks it’s like Christmas in the spring, as Finovate fires up for 2015 displaying the latest in financial technology services. It’s always exciting. So we invited the ring leader himself, Mr. Eric Mattson, The Finovate Group’s CEO and host of FinovateSpring in San Jose (May 12-13), on the show to get a behind-the-scenes look at this year’s line up.We also talked about how Finovate has evolved over the last 8 or 9 years — adding shows and going global, capitalizing on what’s new in tech trends and answering issues with envelope-pushing solutions. Additionally, we discussed what makes a compelling 7-minute presentation, takeaways attendees can expect, and what’s new on the horizon — which happens to be Finovate’s latest show series: FinDEVr, taking place later this year in San Francisco. continue reading »
With 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.’[email protected] Comments Published on February 1, 2012 at 12:00 pm Facebook Twitter Google+