August 1, 2021

Scrimmage an opportunity for Syracuse to play with new rules

first_imgFor a second straight season, Syracuse enters the upcoming campaign clouded in uncertainty. Last season, the question was how the Orange would replace one of the best recruiting classes in NCAA history.In September, the NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Rules Committee approved the implementation of a 30-second shot clock. How the 2013 season will play out, though, remains especially uncertain as every team in the country adjusts to the new rules.“There’s so much that’s put on the officials – from the early jump on the faceoff to when do you call stalling. They’re going to have to determine whether a team is stalling,” SU head coach John Desko said. “And then you’re going to have to look at what teams will do.”On Saturday, Syracuse will get its first real test run of how the new rules will affect the sport. The Orange plays host to a pair of opponents, Hofstra and Holy Cross, at 10 a.m. in the Carrier Dome for an exhibition doubleheader to open the season. For all three teams, it’s an opportunity to play under the new rules for the first time.SU’s regular season doesn’t kick off until Feb. 17. The Orange will get one more chance for game action after this weekend – a Feb. 2 exhibition doubleheader against Ohio State and Robert Morris in Columbus, Ohio.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe addition of the 30-second shot clock was the most talked-about rule change in the offseason. Lacrosse fans – Orange fans in particular – have clamored for some sort of a shot clock for years. Syracuse should especially benefit from the rule change.Under Desko, the Orange plays at a fast pace. SU has struggled against opponents like Maryland and Johns Hopkins, which have held the ball on offense to limit Syracuse’s possessions and force it out of its rhythm.Under the old rules, even after a stall warning, players could hold the ball for as long as they wanted so long as they didn’t leave the box. With the new rule, players have 30 seconds to shoot after a stall warning. Teams can no longer imitate the tactics of the Blue Jays or Terrapins. The Orange can get out and run.“There’s going to be a lot of goals in transition this year,” SU attack Derek Maltz said. “We’re a very athletic team. We have great, very athletic defensemen, very athletic midfielders, and our attack’s been moving the ball very well. So I’m very confident in these new rules, and they’re going to help us out a lot, especially in transition.”But the biggest change could be that substitutions are now on the fly. The horn that signaled substitutions no longer exists.Whereas the 30-second shot clock is still flexible – it only begins after the referee’s stall warning is called – the new substitution rules, as well as placing more balls on the sidelines and allowing for quick restarts, are more absolute and promise to speed up the game regardless of officials.“You can just pick up the ball and basically, if you step on the field fast enough with the balls on the sideline, you can go right away,” Syracuse midfielder JoJo Marasco said. “And we’ll get some transition goals pretty fast on that.”Perhaps the biggest surprise is how the new stringing rules have affected the game. Not everyone sees much of a change – both Marasco and Maltz will use extremely similar pockets to those they used last season – but other players’ slight modifications have made a world of difference.Steve Ianzito is one of several players using a new style of pocket. In past seasons, nearly every player utilized a hard-mesh pocket. Now, Ianzito estimates, at least 75 percent of the team is using a soft-mesh or traditional pocket.“It’s completely changed my style of play after five years,” the long-stick defensive midfielder said, “and I love it.”The changes will have an effect. Just how much of one, though, remains to be seen.Even in the fall, the Orange worked to get a leg up on the competition. As early as late September, SU brought NCAA officials to practice to play with the new rules.Syracuse won’t be caught off-guard.“We brought officials in earlier than we normally do,” Desko said. “ … That’s one of the reasons we’re getting into it earlier this year, also, is to see how the rules will actually play out. There’s still some unknown until you actually play by the rules.” Comments Published on January 23, 2013 at 10:47 pm Contact David: [email protected] | @DBWilson2 Related Stories Syracuse works to adjust to 30-second shot clock, other rule changes aimed at speeding pace of playSyracuse’s fast-paced style benefits from NCAA rule changescenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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Solving Moon Origin Unsolves the Last Solution

first_img(Visited 27 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 The moon’s origin has been “demystified,” scientists are claiming. That’s what they said last time.Headlines are floating around that the moon’s origin has been solved:Puzzle of moon’s origin resolved (Nature)Flying Oceans of Magma Help Demystify the Moon’s Creation (National Geographic)Multiple studies address riddles of the Moon’s origin (BBC News)Astrobiology Magazine tells what the hubbub is all about. This “new view of the moon’s formation” fixes the old view of the moon’s formation with a model tweak. Someone turned up the power to get a better fit:For almost 30 years, planetary scientists have been quite happy with this [impact] explanation–with one major exception. Although this scenario makes sense when you look at the size of the moon and the physics of its orbit around Earth, things start to break down a little when you compare their isotopic compositions–the geological equivalent of a DNA “fingerprint.” Specifically, Earth and the moon are too much alike.The expectation has long been that the moon should carry the isotopic “fingerprint” of the foreign body, which scientists have named Theia. Because Theia came from elsewhere in the solar system, it probably had a much different isotopic fingerprint than early Earth.Now, a team of scientists at the University of Maryland has generated a new isotopic fingerprint of the moon that could provide the missing piece of the puzzle. By zeroing in on an isotope of Tungsten present in both the moon and Earth, the UMD team is the first to reconcile the accepted model of the moon’s formation with the unexpectedly similar isotopic fingerprints of both bodies. The results suggest that the impact of Theia into early Earth was so violent, the resulting debris cloud mixed thoroughly before settling down and forming the moon.So is this scientific progress, or a theory rescue device? They seem to have forgotten Bloch’s Law: “Every solution breeds new problems.” Now they’re going to have to consider the ramifications of an extremely violent impact. They have also just undermined the confidence that the media expressed the last time a solution was proposed. How long till this model suffers a similar fate?Nobody saw the formation of the moon (except God, who told us he made the lesser light to rule the night). Secular scientists who dismiss such testimony rely on secular models (i.e., simulations, scenarios, stories) that are based on their materialist assumptions. Putting more punch into Theia may answer some questions, but raises others, like what was Theia, and where did it come from? It’s entertaining that they have given a name to an unknown object that “came from elsewhere” somehow. Where did that come from, and how did it form? Someone else will have to “model” that.It also largely rules out the idea that the Mars-sized body was of similar composition, or that the moon formed from material contained in the pre-impact Earth. In both cases, it would be highly unlikely to see such a perfect correlation between Tungsten-182 and the amounts of material gathered by the moon and Earth post-impact.“This result brings us one step closer to understanding the close familial relationship between Earth and the moon,” Walker said. “We still need to work out the details, but it’s clear that our early solar system was a very violent place.”Another question the proposal raises is the fine-tuning of the solution. This game of solar billiards requires a shot so accurate in both direction and energy, it leaves behind a habitable planet in the habitable zone with a fairly circular orbit that keeps it within the habitable zone, while simultaneously supplying a large enough moon (at the right distance) able to regulate the earth’s tides and stabilize its orbit. Out of violence, does peace come? Does this explain romantic love on a moonlit night in a rose garden?A philosophical gadfly might well ask whether such an improbable set of material conditions improves on the God hypothesis.Whether this new proposal will keep the planetary scientists “quite happy” for a few more years matters little. Science is not about happiness, but truth and logical consistency. No one is so ignorant as the one on a dead end who thinks he is getting “one step closer” to the truth.Tungsten-182 does not exist in a philosophical vacuum. It exists in an interpretive context. When your context is to explain everything without reference to design, it becomes a piece to the wrong puzzle. You can force it to fit, and call it a good fit, but there are an infinite number of other puzzles it will also fit.We trust our readers are learning how to ask probing questions and not accept journalistic chutzpah as a substitute for unbiased, logical reasoning. Often that means stepping away from the celebration, sweeping away the bluffing fluff, and being willing to stand alone, acting as the unwelcome party pooper. Scientists forget that they need critics, not parties.last_img read more

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Brand South Africa hosts talks with EU Investors

first_imgJohannesburg, Thursday 07 June 2018 –  Brand South Africa has concluded a meaningful consultation session with the European Union investor community based in South Africa, which will see the country’s marketing and reputation management agency deepen its collaboration and partnership with the EU investment community.Dr Petrus de Kock, General Manager for Research at Brand South Africa said: “The consultation session was focused on gathering deeper insights into the experience of business from the EU based in South Africa.We will now refine our strategy to promote South Africa as an investment destination of choice whilst also communicating our findings with the various government departments that work and interact with the EU community in South Africa.”Brand South Africa shared the findings from its International Investor Perceptions Research with EU business stakeholders that was released at the end of last year.The research showed that the perception and reputation of South Africa fell amongst EU nations in recent years. However, large numbers of diverse investors from the European Union are active in the South African market.EU nations represent an important trading partner and source of foreign direct investment for South Africa. The EU has historically been South Africa’s main trading partner and the biggest source of foreign direct investment (FDI). Firms from EU Member States represent over 75% of the nation’s total FDI stock.Linda Sangaret, Chief Marketing Officer at Brand South Africa said: “We listened to their concerns and challenges and affirmed that the EU remains an important trading partner to South Africa.What was encouraging and positive was that they expressed their desire for further collaboration and deepening of partnerships to promote South Africa in their country markets.”Donnee Kruger, member of the Board of Trustees of the EU Chamber of Commerce and Industry in South Africa said: “The EU investor community in South Africa represents 2,000 companies with over 850,000 employees currently.Profits of these companies increased 5% year-on-year within the last year, so it shows that these companies are an active and important part of the South African business landscape.”Kruger also presented at the consultation a Business Climate Survey which included findings from research conducted  by the EU Chamber of Commerce & Industry in South Africa.The report indicated that 68% of European investors stated that they use South Africa as a base for their operations and trade relations in Africa.In the  context of shifting and uncertain geopolitical and global economic dynamics, Brand South Africa is hosting consultation sessions with its global trade partners in South Africa to strengthen ties that promote South Africa’s investor attractiveness and enhance its position as an investment destination of choice on the African continent. Inputs gathered from stakeholders will be utilised in planning for the Investment Summit announced by President Ramaphosa during the State Of The Nation Address 2018. Brand South Africa looks forward to gathering input from current investors to assess the competitive/comparative advantages the market offers to multinationals, as well as to gather insight into perceived and real challenges to doing business in South Africa.Follow the conversation at @Brand_SA  #CompetitiveSAWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

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Volunteers lend a hand at Refilwe

first_imgLooking to make as big an impact as possible, the Refilwe Community Project is running a wide range of initiatives involving children of all ages through to adulthood.On the outskirts of the township of Joe Slovo, just outside Lanseria, in Gauteng, lies the Refilwe Community Project. It is a space that serves as a sanctuary for many children living in the surrounding townships, a place of learning and security.The Refilwe Community Project, established in 1991 by Jean Stewart and Yvonne Jacques as a Christian-based community development initiative, has catered to many of the needs of the people of Lanseria and its surrounding areas.Going the Extra Mile campaign (GEM) and Play Your Part paid the organisation a visit to see how it went about its day-to-day activities. Children from Refilwe’s Godparent programme and from the surrounding areas gather for Refilwe’s weekly Kid’s Club on Saturdays, at which facilitators such as Megan Corbett and volunteers run various workshops with the children.“The two communities come together for Kid’s Club every Saturday,” explains Corbett. “We do worship, we do Bible study and run a feeding scheme with them every Saturday.”Volunteers, who had heard about the opportunity to volunteer through the GEM application, were on hand to help run the workshops and prepare the food for the feeding scheme.Sherley, one of the volunteers present through GEM, said she would probably have been relaxing at home if she had not been made aware of the opportunity to volunteer. “It’s good that they [Refilwe Community Project] have got kids involved,” said Sherley. “They’d also probably be chilling at home doing nothing; now they’re learning and playing together and developing, so I think it’s great to see.”She spoke about the role volunteers could play in helping organisations such as Refilwe, and how GEM had made the process so much easier. “The more people who see it, the more people you have involved, the more donors you can get which means the more projects you can start. So it’s important to get people involved so they can grow.”Looking to make as big an impact as possible, the Refilwe Community Project is running a wide range of initiatives involving children of all ages through to adulthood.GEM CONNECTS YOUGEM is a social development drive aimed at mobilising people and developing a sense of ownership of the organisations and initiatives that have been established to make a difference to people’s lives. The GEM app, developed in conjunction with Play Your Part, rewards volunteers for their efforts in helping during special programmes or in the day-to-day activities of NGOs such as Refilwe.One of Play Your Part’s main objectives is to encourage and empower active citizenship amongst all people of South Africa and, through the partnerships such as this one with GEM, the campaign has increased its reach and made it easier for citizens to take action and help.Volunteers can choose to participate in any campaign listed in the app’s database; once the good deed is done, they are eligible to receive a reward via the app, called a GEM. This reward can then be redeemed for a range of products such as airtime, data, pre-paid electricity, or movie tickets.For more information on how to get involved in your community and to keep track of the activities in and around your area, visit GEM’s website or download the application.last_img read more

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Ohio Ag Net Podcast | Episode 33 | A conversation with Secretary Perdue

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Ohio Ag Net Podcast, brought to you by AgriGold, brings the crew of host Ty Higgins, Dale Minyo, Joel Penhorwood, and Matt Reese together after a busy week at the National Association of Farm Broadcasting annual convention in Kansas City. While there, Ty had the opportunity to sit down with Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue on a number of topics, including ongoing NAFTA renegotiations, Farm Bill work, and more. Ty also hears from John Newton, director of market intelligence with the American Farm Bureau. Along the way, Matt Reese spoke with Ohio farmer Zach Profit on this challenging year for ag.All that and more with the guys in the 33rd episode of the Ohio Ag Net Podcast.last_img read more

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BitsyBox: Good for the Developer, Good for the Site Owner

first_imgjolie odell Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market The site launched in private beta about two weeks ago; developers are urged to contact the BitsyBox team for more information. BitsyBox is a hosted content storage platform that allows developer access through an API and a simple user interface for their clients to edit content without touching the code. It’s been described to us as “content storage and management without the CMS.”Co-founded by three West Los Angelenos, the platform’s two components work through a free, downloadable PHP client and take a good bit of hassle (read: the penny-ante, back-and-forth of site edits) out of the business of web design and development.Of course, something that takes so many of the small tasks of website maintenance away from developers and allows clients just enough control over content could only be the brainchild of a veteran freelance developer, which cofounder Scott Rocher is.Rocher wrote to us in an email, “Using BitsyBox’s simple and secure web interface, developers can define data schema for each of their sites… and site-owner clients can edit the site content in real time.” Client access is available for both individuals and whole teams.Rocher also noted that because it is a hosted service, BitsyBox can be integrated with exiting sites by most developers in less than one hour. The service also doesn’t require developers to learn a new language, framework, or code structure.According to the site, the BitsyBox client packages handle connection, caching, and manipulation of API data. The API delivers structured XML, JSON, or PHP, leaving room for more advanced developers to write their own. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#start#startups Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…last_img read more

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The Avengers: VFX Roundup

first_imgAs Earth’s Mightiest Heroes prepare to face Ultron and his robotic minions, let’s look behind the scenes at the VFX magic of the first Avengers film.The Marvel Cinematic Universe expands this week with Avengers: Age of Ultron. It’s sure to be a massive spectacle — even the preview clips (Hulkbuster!) have been epic in scale. To see just how high the first Avengers movie set the action/adventure bar, let’s revisit the film and explore the VFX side of the production in the following five videos.1. VFX : Making of the AvengersBy: 3D RegionHere’s a 20 minute montage that looks behind the scenes of The Avengers. The video is courtesy of 3D Region, a post-production house that was involved with the film’s VFX.2. ILM: Behind the Magic: The Visual Effects of “The Avengers”By: ILMVisualFXIn this clip, the VFX masters of ILM showcase some of the Oscar nominated effects work that helped The Avengers become one of the highest grossing films in history. In ILM’s own words, “This reel represents a small fraction of the work created by over 200 ILM artists, scientists, and engineers backed up by a world class production team.”3. The Avengers Featurette – Industrial Light & Magic (2012) – Joss Whedon Movie HDBy: MOVIECLIPS ExtrasThere are a lot of challenges that come with filming in New York City. For instance, the local government would prefer to avoid too many actual explosions on the city streets. In this video, the ILM staff discusses how they overcame the roadblocks using VFX.4. Behind the Magic: “Marvel’s The Avengers” – Anatomy of a ShotBy: ILMVisualFXArguably the biggest “stand up and cheer” moment of The Avengers came during the team’s climactic fight against the Chitauri invaders. In one non-stop scene, the camera weaves through the streets of NYC and captures the group in battle as a fully-functioning unit. This clip from ILM explains how the shot was done.5. Avengers ReelBy: Brent DroogHere’s Los Angeles-based VFX artist Brent Droog’s reel that features his work from The Avengers. Droog says he was responsible for “Plasma, Dust, Shock waves, and Debris” and the software he used included “FumeFX, Pflow, and Krakatoa.”If you’re in the mood for some more behind-the-scenes VFX videos, check out these posts from PremiumBeat:PostPanic’s Sundays and Other Impressive VFX Breakdowns25 Inspirational VFX Breakdowns from HollywoodThe Mind-Blowing VFX of ‘Game of Thrones’Are you completely blown away by the movie magic featured in the above videos? Who’s your favorite Avenger? Let’s talk about it in the comments below.last_img read more

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