Independence Day celebration dulled by COVID-19

first_imgFormer high-ranking officials, including chairperson of the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) Megawati Soekarnoputri, Jusuf Kalla, Try Sutrisno and Boediono, all former vice presidents, joined the ceremony separately via video conference.Read also: Greater Jakarta residents find ways to mark Independence Day despite COVID-19Senior Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI) historian Asvi Warman Adam said the current pandemic could rank as one of the worst crises the country had faced since the country declared independence 75 years ago.Asvi, however, was optimistic the country would be able to pull through just like it had overcome numerous challenges in the past, which included numerous secession rebellions soon after the country declared independence in 1945, and the 1998 financial crisis.The LIPI historian said the country could learn from the country’s founding president Soekarno, who could show optimism even during the darkest day of the republic. “I always remember the speech Soekarno delivered on Aug. 17, 1946, one year after he declared independence. He said that despite so many difficulties, he was convinced that we could eventually overcome it,” Asvi told The Jakarta Post on Monday.”We have gone through the 1965 coup, Permesta rebellion, the Islamic State (DI/TII) rebellion, and we managed to overcome them. This too shall pass. We hope the death toll will not be as high as that of other countries, and that the economy recovers quickly,” Asvi said.Economist Mohammad Faisal said the COVID-19 pandemic could serve as a crucial test for the country, one that could determine whether it could make a big leap toward becoming a high-income country.Faisal said that with the current pandemic, which continued to ravage the economy, the window of opportunity for Indonesia to catch up with other countries in the region in terms of economic growth would be narrowing.It did not help that the pandemic came at a crucial point for Indonesia as it positions itself to take advantage of the upcoming demographic bonus – defined as a period when a country’s productive population (aged 15 to 64) outnumbers its nonproductive population (aged below 15 and over 64).Such a demographic dividend could be crucial to make the big leap to being a high-income country, Faisal said. “If in the next 20 years we fail to make maximum efforts, it would become harder [to reach high-income status] due to a reduction in productive population and an increase in the dependency ratio.”Read also: Residents in Indonesia hold festivities to celebrate Independence Day despite banFormer president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has expressed optimism that despite the current pandemic, Indonesians should take pride from the fact that the country has become the largest economy in Southeast Asia and that it has risen to become a member of the G20.Yudhoyono said that in the face of the twin public health and economic crisis, the country needed to remain united.”We have to stay united and optimistic because the storm will eventually pass,” Yudhoyono said.Former vice president Try Sutrisno, meanwhile, emphasized that the sense of patriotism could be useful to energize the people to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.“The sense of patriotism needs to be cultivated even though currently we are not confronting real enemies. Our enemies now are invisible, such as poverty [and] COVID-19,” said Try. “We need to work together so that welfare can be distributed more equitably [among the people].”Topics : Due to the coronavirus, the State Palace imposed health protocols to prevent COVID-19 transmission, resulting in only a handful of officials and dignitaries being able to attend a flag-hoisting ceremony, a radical departure from the usual hustle and bustle of the annual celebration. Social distancing measures also prompted a reduction in the number of members of the flag bearer team, which was cut to only eight from the usual 68.The Presidential Palace said the number of attendees at the ceremony had been cut to only 34, including 14 dignitaries invited to join the occasion.President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo continued his tradition of donning traditional attire, this time he picked a traditional East Nusa Tenggara shirt embroidered with a nunkòlo motif that symbolizes national unity. He was joined on stage by First Lady Iriana, Vice President Ma’ruf Amin and Second Lady Wury Estu Handayani.People’s Consultative Assembly Speaker Bambang Soesatyo, House of Representatives Speaker Puan Maharani and Religious Affairs Minister Fachrul Razi were among the officials joining President Jokowi at the flag-hoisting ceremony, while most of the other guests joined the event online. Indonesia celebrated 75 years of independence in a somber mood on Monday, with many deciding to pull back from the usual ritual of flag-hoisting ceremonies and pole-climbing competitions as COVID-19 continued to spread, a crisis that one historian deemed could be one of the worse the country had faced in its modern history.Indonesia reported 1,821 new COVID-19 cases on Monday, bringing its infection total to 141,370, data from the government’s coronavirus task force show.While the country celebrated its independence day on Monday, it added 57 new deaths, taking its fatalities to 6,207, the highest COVID-19 death toll in Southeast Asia.last_img read more

Arsene Wenger predicted that Presnel Kimpembe would be ‘risk’ against Manchester United

first_imgNeymar, who missed both legs with a foot injury, slammed the officials’ decision to award United’s last-gasp penalty.‘That is a disgrace!’ the Brazilian forward said.‘And UEFA still pick four guys who know nothing about football to review the VAR decision in slow motion… that handball simply doesn’t exist!‘How do you handball behind your back? Ahh.. go f*** yourselves.’ Read More Top articles 1 min. story Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE by Metro Manchester United captain Harry Maguire Rio Ferdinand tells Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop struggling More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityKimpembe got away with it in Manchester but it appears Wenger knew all along that the ‘impulsive’ youngster could cost Thomas Tuchel’s side.Asked about PSG’s team ahead of the first leg, Wenger told beIN SPORTS: ‘I would say [Tuchel] made two important decisions.‘The first one is not to play Marquinhos at the back and play Kimpembe. Kimpembe recently had not been convincing in this position because he was too impulsive and made too many fouls.‘Recently Kimpembe has not been convincing. He is a very promising defender but since January, Paris Saint-Germain a little bit have not convinced.’ Full Screen Coming Next Metro Sport ReporterThursday 7 Mar 2019 4:51 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link3kShares Neymar was furious was the officials’ call (Picture: BT Sport)Tuchel also criticised the decision seeing as Dalot’s shot was off target when it struck Kimpembe’s arm.‘From my point of view I watched Dalot take the shot. I saw the ball flying straight from his foot and for me it was clear it was going way over the bar,’ PSG’s manager said.More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira moves‘There are many things to discuss before taking the decision and I think it’s a 50-50 decision.‘What makes it super hard is I had the clear feeling the shot was not on target, and to get rewarded with a penalty, there is no logic.’ Read More Skip Skip Ad SPONSOREDcenter_img Diogo Dalot’s shot hit Presnel Kimpembe on the arm (Picture: Getty)Arsene Wenger correctly predicted that Presnel Kimpembe could be a big ‘risk’ before the first leg of Manchester United’s stunning victory over Paris Saint-Germain.Diogo Dalot’s speculative shot struck Kimpembe’s arm in the 94th minute on Tuesday night and – following a tense VAR review – Marcus Rashford converted the resulting penalty to book United’s place in the Champions League quarter-finals.While it’s probably harsh to pin too much of the blame on Kimpembe for PSG’s defeat, many United fans argued that the defender should have been suspended in the first place.There were calls for Kimpembe to be sent off for a reckless challenge on Rashford in the first leg but the Frenchman remained on the pitch and scored PSG’s second goal at Old Trafford.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT Advertisement Read More Video Settings Solskjaer: ‘I wasn’t sure we were going to score’To view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 8:09FullscreenSolskjaer: ‘I wasn’t sure we were going to score’ is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.MORE: Jose Mourinho speaks out on Manchester United’s comeback win against Paris Saint-Germain 1/1 / Comment About Connatix V67539 This tweet from ‘United Xtra’ just about sums up Kimpembe’s performance across the two legs…Presnel Kimpembe:– Should have been sent off before h/t at OT– Scored for PSG during the second half at OT – Should have been suspended yesterday– Gave away a penalty in the last minuteJustice? #mufc— United Xtra (@utdxtra) March 7, 2019 PLAY Read More Advertisement Arsene Wenger predicted that Presnel Kimpembe would be ‘risk’ against Manchester United Read Morelast_img read more


first_imgRailway Directory 1998, Book and CD-ROMMarking the next stage of Railway Directory’s transformation to an information tool for the electronic age, the 1998 edition is available on CD-ROM, as well as in book format.The CD-ROM gives the user the same wealth of information and statistics as the book, together with powerful inquiry tools. A simple search screen enables the user to select topics of interest – such as shortlines in North America, the world’s metre-gauge networks, or light rail vehicle manufacturers. Search modes include country, type of railway, product or job function (with mailing list facility) – giving fast access to data which previously required hours of research. Maps, many in colour, are available for most countries and can be viewed and enlarged. There is also a searchable Railway Gazette International index covering issues between January 1995 and October 1997, and the World Bank database as featured in Rail Business Report 1998.The 1998 book has 548 pages with information and statistics on 1400 railways, 14000 personnel, nearly 400 city transport operators, and 2100 suppliers. A further 20 colour maps are included this year, bringing the total to 32, including whole-page versions of Ukraine, the Baltic States, and Argentina.Book £105 (Europe) £115/US$190 (rest of world). CD-ROM £295 (Europe) £305/US$500 (rest of world). Book + CD-ROM £350 (Europe) £360/US$600 (rest of world) from Esco, PO Box 935, Finchingfield, Essex, CM74LN, Great Britain .Fax: +44 1371 811065NaTaBu ’98The main change in the 38th edition of this directory of the German public transport industry is a rise in the number of consultants entries to nearly 250. The number of entries for transport operators remains fairly static compared with the previous edition, as does the personnel listing.DM118 from Alba Fachverlag, Willstätterstra§e 9, D-40549 Düsseldorf, Germany.Fax: +49 211 520 1358 China by RailThis very handy guide will be priceless for anyone visiting China and its burgeoning railway network. Though compact, it contains a wealth of rail travel, practical and tourist information. Possibly the most helpful page of all is tucked away at the back; a copiable unofficial railway ticket booking form, written in Chinese, for the user to hand in at a ticket office. There are plans of 36 cities, km-by-km guides to key routes, 54 maps and 28 colour photos, as well as sample timetables for major links.ú11·95 from Trailblazer Publications, The Old Manse, Tower Road, Hindhead, Surrey, GU266SU, Great Britain.Fax: +44 1428 607571 Swiss Railways Locomotives, Railcars & TramsThe second edition of this guide to the fleets of Switzerland’s rail operators is divided into sections covering SBB and private railways. A brief historical background is followed by fleet technical features and listing. Section five treats Swiss tram systems. The 180-page book is liberally illustrated with good quality colour photos, and includes a full colour network map differentiating between standard and narrow gauge, and allowing simple location of each operator’s routes.ú13·50 from Platform 5 Publishing, 3 Wyvern House, Sark Road, Sheffield S24HG, Great Britain.Fax: +44 114 255 2471last_img read more

McDermott Jackets for Qatargas

first_imgMcDermott has won an engineering, procurement, construction and installation (EPCI) contract from Qatargas for expansion of the North Field offshore facilities in the State of Qatar.The contract for new facilities includes the full suite of EPCI services for eight new offshore jackets.McDermott plans to use its project management and engineering teams in Doha, Qatar, with fabrication primarily taking place at McDermott’s facilities in Batam, Indonesia.Vessels Derrick Barge 50 and Derrick Barge 27 from McDermott’s  fleet are scheduled to undertake the installation and completions work.The work is expected to begin immediately and will be booked into McDermott’s second quarter 2019 backlog.The contract is said to be between USD $50 million and USD $250 million.last_img read more

Mrs. Janice Gay “Jan” (Brent) Walker

first_imgMrs. Janice Gay “Jan” (Brent) Walker, age 71, of Florence, Indiana, entered this life on November 9, 1945, in Stanford, Kentucky, the loving daughter of the late, James Thomas and Eldean (Sowers) Brent. She was raised in Cincinnati, Ohio where she was a 1964 graduate of the Colerain High School. Jan was united in marriage on March 6, 1965, in Cincinnati, Ohio, to Thomas Wayne Walker and to this union arrived two daughters, Janet and Crystal to bless their home. Jan and Thomas shared 52 years of marriage together until her death. Jan was employed as an IT Manager for Atochem, retiring in 2001 after 19 1/2 years of service. She was a former IT Manager for Providence Hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio, for 15 years. Jan will be remembered for her love of reading, playing candy crush and watching the news. Jan will be deeply missed by her loving family and friends. Jan passed away at 8:00 am, Tuesday, June 6, 2017, at her residence in Florence, Indiana.Jan will be deeply missed by her loving husband of 52 years: Thomas Wayne Walker of Florence, IN; her daughters: Janet Truitt and her husband: Andy of Vevay, IN and Crystal Renee Parham and her husband: Joe of Vevay, IN; her grandchildren: Amber, Justin, Lensi, Joel and Amanda; her sisters: Sheila Harry and her husband: Matt and Patsy Farro and her husband: Mike of Anderson, OH; her brother: James Brent and his wife: Louella of Harrison, OH and her several nieces and nephews.She was preceded in death by her parents: James Thomas, Sr. and Eldean (Sowers) Brent; her father-in-law and mother-in-law: Sam and Imogene (Setser) Walker; her sister: Lillian “Tippy” Moore and her brother-in-law: Kenneth Walker.Funeral services will be conducted Sunday, June 11, 2017, at 1:00 pm, by Rev. Mike Jones at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street Vevay, Indiana 47043.Interment will follow in the Vevay Cemetery, Vevay, Indiana.Friends may call 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm, Saturday, June 10, 2017, at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home 208 Ferry Street Vevay, Indiana 47043.Memorial contributions may be made to Mrs. Janice Gay “Jan” (Brent) Walker Memorial Fund % Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home. Cards are available at the funeral home.last_img read more

McGinley adds three vice-captains

first_imgEuropean captain Paul McGinley has named Padraig Harrington, Miguel Angel Jimenez and Jose Maria Olazabal as his final vice-captains for the Ryder Cup at Gleneagles later this month. The trio have 17 Ryder Cup appearances between them and join Des Smyth and Sam Torrance in McGinley’s back-room staff as the home side look to retain the trophy against the United States from September 26-28. Olazabal played in the contest seven times and captained the side in the ‘Miracle at Medinah’ in 2012, while Harrington has made six appearances and Jimenez four. Jimenez was vice-captain to Seve Ballesteros in 1997 and Olazabal two years ago and was also made captain of the European team in the inaugural EurAsia Cup by McGinley. McGinley said: “I know it’s been common in the past to have three or four vice-captains but I’ve gone for five because I feel an extra person is justified due to the additional workload which comes from being the home team, in addition to how well I saw such a system working when we ended up having five vice captains under Colin Montgomerie at Celtic Manor in 2010 (Sergio Garcia was a late addition). “Padraig is my oldest friend on Tour and is a guy I have known most of my life. We went to school together, came through the amateur ranks together and have been together in many contests for both Ireland and Europe over the years, so I know what he can bring to the team room. “As far as Miguel is concerned, he is someone that the spectators love as well as being very popular with all the players. However, he is also a person that I respect very much. I have sat beside him for over a decade on the Tournament Players’ Committee and have seen him exhibit an integrity on many occasions that is very admirable. “Finally, Jose Maria’s passion for the Ryder Cup is recognised the world over. It was obvious in his legendary partnership with Seve and was also so very apparent two years ago at Medinah, so I’m delighted he has accepted my invitation to be involved again, once more maintaining that important continuity.” “I have complete confidence and trust in all five of my vice-captains and the help they will give me in the difficult quest of trying to retain the Ryder Cup.” Harrington said: “I am really looking forward to being part of the Ryder Cup from a different angle to the playing side. That aspect of things is something that really interests me and I’m therefore delighted that Paul has given me the opportunity. “Paul is a good friend of mine and I think he’s done a great job in the captaincy thus far, therefore I don’t necessarily think he needs that much help. But he knows I’m happy to get involved behind the scenes to give him and the players as much assistance as I can.” Jimenez, whose EurAsia Cup team secured a dramatic 10-10 draw in Malaysia in March, said: “I thoroughly enjoyed being captain of Europe at the EurAsia Cup which was a great opportunity for me and I am looking forward to bringing the experience I gained there to the team room at Gleneagles. I have a great relationship with all the players, having played alongside them regularly over the years.” Olazabal added: “Everyone knows how much the Ryder Cup has meant in my career and it’s an occasion that I love being part of. It is a unique and special event – and I know that will be the case once again in Scotland in three weeks’ time. “I think we have a very good team in place but, as Paul said yesterday, we are under no illusions about how formidable a test the United States team will present. But he knows I will do everything I possibly can to help him and the players throughout the week.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Netflix’s ‘White Lines’ is deliciously empty

first_imgAs Zoe begins her journey to Ibiza against the background of a mix of house music, flamenco and jazz music (you can’t do anything productive here if music is not playing), we’re privy to flashbacks of Axel and the English-typified “youth in revolt” character he not only exemplified for her, but also for his former friend group of washed-up pleasure-seekers that Zoe seeks to reconnect with. He and his friends brightened their gray days and nights in Manchester by DJing, hosting parties and letting the music envelope them along with a mix of pills and other potions when Zoe and Axel’s cop father took night shifts. Maybe it’s not your particular brand of entertainment, but “White Lines” is self-aware enough to know that you can’t even have this entertainment right now under the current quarantine circumstances. But that won’t stop it from trying to convince you. (Photo courtesy of IMDb)The plot of Netflix’s “White Lines” falls victim to its own ornate presentation, with no real substance backing it up. These one-liners are perfectly profound if you’ve ingested the right mix of illicit substances. Maybe you’re Zoe (Laura Haddock), the show’s darling who, after seeing the mummified body of her murdered brother Axel Collins (Tom Rhys Harries) after 20 years of dealing with his disappearance, takes a trip to Ibiza to find the truth of his demise, letting all the trappings of the luxurious Spanish island distract her from her dull Manchester life. And yes, there is something wrong with being dull, and the show falls into this habit from time to time. Perhaps the timing of Netflix’s newest unapologetically self-indulgent series is what makes it irresistible. “White Lines,” the Spanish-English co-production from the mind of “Money Heist” creator Álex Pina, released its first 10-episode season Friday and its overwrought, at times inappropriately funny and imaginative pageantry has not left my mind since. Picture this: You’re sunbathing on a beach in Ibiza. A romance novel lies open on your stomach as you tip your sunglasses down to lock eyes with the gorgeous waiter that just delivered your cocktail. Zoe faces possibly the second biggest challenge of her life in trying to discern who is at fault and to remember what she came to Ibiza for — along with having to remind the show to get back on track as well. While taking you along for the ride, “White Lines” manages to be gorgeously distracting, achingly enviable and dishearteningly hollow at its core. Right now, that is just what I needed to latch on to. Well have I? The gorgeous shots of Ibizan coastline, rolling hills and Spanish villas are edited to bring out the brightest colors of the sea, golden sand and green-purple strobe lights of the club — but these are only the background of the “lives of luxury” that Axel’s now-middle-aged friends are clinging on to. David (Laurence Fox) leads a spiritual retreat for people that need to wind down after a long night of partying, Marcus (Daniel Mays) DJs by night and collects Romanian cocaine by day in a banana boat, and Anna (Angela Griffin) — oh, Anna — leads people to their awakening by hosting orgies, all because “life is best lived through the senses.” Yet another layer to peel back is the influence of the famed Calafat family, led by the musing and overly noble Andreu (Pedro Casablanc) who decides to dig his heels in on finding Axel’s killer once the former DJ is found buried on his land in Almeria. But his ever-amusing wife Conchita (Belén López) and brusque son Oriol (Juan Diego Botto) have more important things on their mind, including securing the construction of their mega-casino to transform the island into a land of slightly more complicated vice We get to know Axel Collins in flashback, and yes, only the utterance of his full name can capture his illustrious nature, as a teen trying to live life, man. After being arrested for a warehouse party that ended with police in riot gear, a cheery Axel asks the withered white-wigged judge, “Have you ever had a good time?” It’s too easy and too complacent to say that the life these Brit transplants live are just sad. On one hand, they are clinging to an adolescent euphoria that is long gone, as revealed through old clips of them driving down the road to the next party where they gaze and smile at the camera with barely suppressed joy. On the other hand, they are merely puppets in a larger economic scheme, because the show would not be a Pina product without some conversation on class.  The connections between Axel Collins and the family start to unfold in, of course, the sexiest way, whether it be through extramarital affairs, visits to Anna’s famed sex parties or sexual awakenings until suddenly, everyone is a suspect. last_img read more

Their game: Syracuse entered the 2002-03 season inexperienced, unranked but they ended it national champions

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on April 4, 2013 at 2:22 am Contact Jesse: | @dougherty_jesse Related Stories Build up: McGary develops from raw talent into focal point of Michigan offenseComparing Syracuse’s 2003 national title team to 2013’s Final Four lineupcenter_img Hakim Warrick rising up to block Michael Lee’s last-ditch 3-point attempt. Jim Boeheim throwing his hands up in utter euphoria, a boyish smile on his face. Carmelo Anthony, just 18 years old, hoisting the Wooden trophy with his championship hat tilted to the side.These are the images of a night where months of hard work came to fruition at the perfect moment. At the pinnacle of college basketball, the Syracuse Orangemen won the 2003 national championship, defeating Kansas 81-78 in the Louisiana Superdome. It was the first and only NCAA title in program history.But winning the national championship didn’t solidify how good the team was for those inside the program ― it just reminded them.Ten years after knocking off Kansas, members of the title run can still feel the thrill of winning it all. They won the national championship not in one night, but by developing a calm, confident and competitive identity throughout the season. Aware of the team’s young talent, veteran leadership and unprecedented camaraderie, they knew they were contenders long before the nation did.“Everyone had fun and enjoyed being around each other,” former guard Andrew Kouwe said. “There was really no time to fight or argue; we were all enjoying the ride too much from start to finish.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textKouwe, a junior walk-on on the 2002-03 team, was also on the team that failed to make the NCAA Tournament the year before. After going 23-13 in the 2001-02 season, six members of that team either transferred away or graduated.Boeheim brought in the highly touted Anthony and point guard Gerry McNamara to bury the program’s woes from a season ago. Upon arriving on campus, both injected a new energy in the team.At the first intrasquad scrimmages that August, the freshman pair turned heads. Anthony was a 6-foot-8-inch small forward who shot like a shooting guard and dribbled like a point guard. McNamara hounded his opponents defensively, showcased a sweet shooting stroke and made up for his lack of size ― 6 feet, 2 inches ― with a fierce competitive fire.“This was before you could go onto YouTube and check out someone’s high school highlights,” Kouwe said. “I hadn’t seen Carmelo or Gerry play before they came to school, but when I finally did I was amazed.“I went to Boeheim’s office the next day and said to him, ‘These guys are really good, Coach.’ He just sat there, shook his head and smiled. He knew he had done something good.”Despite starting the season unranked, expectations within the program were high. Then the Orangemen lost their season opener to Memphis, 70-63, at the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic. It was the first time ever that a Boeheim-coached team lost a season opener in regulation. But the freshman standout Anthony made sure it would also be the first Boeheim-coached team to win the national championship.In his collegiate debut, Anthony posted a double-double with 27 points and 11 rebounds, and was the only Syracuse player to play all 40 minutes. McNamara hit three straight 3s amid a 22-5 run that put Syracuse up six in the second half.The Orange also received significant contributions from sophomores Warrick, Josh Pace and Craig Forth, but couldn’t match a more experienced Memphis squad. From the start, it was clear the team needed a veteran presence to glue its young talent together.Enter Kueth Duany.“You need guys that can score, but Kueth Duany is a guy that is not talked about enough,” Forth said. “When we needed a leader, he took the reigns and pushed us every day.”Duany, a wing from Bloomington, Ind., was the lone senior on the team. Prior to the season, his teammates elected him captain and he modeled hard work and mental toughness for the team’s young core.With Duany leading, the Orange displayed a loose confidence on the court, uncharacteristic of a rotation comprised almost entirely of underclassmen. The team shook off its loss to Memphis and won 23 of its final 26 regular-season games, finishing the regular season 23-4 with a 13-3 record in the Big East.As the Orange gradually gained national recognition, Duany became an extension of Boeheim in the locker room. He drilled the team’s “one-game-at-a-time” mantra into his teammates’ heads.At 18-4, the Orangemen traveled to East Lansing, Mich., to play Michigan State on Feb. 23. Syracuse went in looking to prove that it could play with the nation’s best.“Our flight was delayed, the weather was bad and we walked into the stadium to a sellout crowd doing everything to get in our heads,” former director of operations Clay McKnight said.SU left with a 76-75 victory that put the team on everyone’s radar.“That win made me think, ‘Wow, these guys have a chance,’” McKnight said.The Orangemen’s young guns were firing on all cylinders that night. Anthony scored 12 of his 15 first-half points in a three-minute span. Then Warrick and Forth converted 3-point plays on back-to-back possessions to spur an 11-2 Syracuse run that set the tone for the rest of the game.It was only the fourth loss the Spartans suffered at home that season. Anthony had 25 points, Warrick had 17 and freshman Billy Edelin chipped in 10 off the bench.Then there was Duany, providing 10 of his own and a pacifying composure that pushed the team to new heights.“After that Michigan State game I thought we had the best young talent in the country,” McKnight said. “Tied together by Duany, it was like everything was clicking at the right time.”After losing to Connecticut in the semifinals of the Big East tournament, the Orangemen had their annual team banquet prior to the NCAA Tournament.“Kueth took the microphone and told us that what we had done so far was great,” Forth said. “But then he told us that we weren’t done and that the season wouldn’t be complete without a national championship.”Syracuse earned a No. 3 seed for the NCAA Tournament and beat Manhattan in the first round. The Orange faced Oklahoma State, Auburn, Oklahoma and top-seeded Texas on its way to an eventual championship game matchup with Kansas.But even at the tail end of its title run, the Orangemen were still young and inexperienced.Forth didn’t sleep the entire weekend of the Final Four. He remembers having to get out of bed and walk around to keep his sanity. But when he walked into the locker room before the championship game, Duany set him straight.“I was nervous ― I think most of the young guys were,” Forth said. “But I remember Kueth just telling us to stay loose. He kept sticking with what we were saying all along, to play our game, one game at a time.”Duany, the team’s fearless leader, was ready for anything on that April night. Once he got his younger teammates on the same page, the Orangemen showed the country what it knew all along.“We knew we could win the whole thing but it just went unsaid,” Kouwe said. “When we won, Boeheim was at a loss for words. I think we all were ― I mean we had just won the national championship.” Commentslast_img read more

Alumni establish new chair

first_imgDornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences alumni Linda and Harlan Martens donated $1 million to establish the Endowed Director’s Chair for the USC-Huntington Early Modern Studies Institute. The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation donated an additional $1.5 million to the institute.Peter Mancall, Andrew W. Mellon Professor of the Humanities, vice dean for the humanities and professor of history and anthropology, holds the newly endowed director’s chair.“Harlan and Linda are great supporters of USC and really stepped up to the challenge,” Mancall told USC News. “Their support relieves us of the day-to-day need to raise funding for institute programming. We conduct a wide range of programs, and this endowment provides the security to enable us to fulfill the promise that the Mellon Foundation saw in us 10 years ago.”EMSI advances interdisciplinary research on human societies around the world between 1450 and 1850 in history, art history, literature and music. The institute was founded in 2003 and maintains a partnership with the Huntington Library.“Longtime champions of USC, Linda and Harlan Martens have made an incredible investment that will allow the USC-Huntington Early Modern Studies Institute to pursue the ongoing research and programming for which it has become so widely esteemed,” Dornsife Dean Steve Kay told USC News.The Martens met at USC and have supported USC financially through contributions including a donation to Martens Plaza, which is in front of Leavey Library. They often take friends to visit Huntington Library.“Given our tie-in with Huntington Library, this funding opportunity resonated with us,” Harlan Martens told USC News.As chief attorney of producing operations for Exxon Mobil, Harlan has traveled to 65 countries. His wife commented that USC has had a global effect as a university.“USC has been near and dear to our hearts our whole lives,” said Linda Martens, a former national president of the National Charity League told USC News. “USC is making a mark not just in Southern California, but across the country and the world. It’s a great pleasure to be a part of it.” Follow us on Twitter  @dailytrojanlast_img read more

All-In Diversity Project launches annual diversity survey

first_img StumbleUpon Submit GVC hires ‘comms pro’ Tessa Curtis to re-energise media profile  August 25, 2020 Related Articles Share Share Flutter moves to refine merger benefits against 2020 trading realities August 27, 2020 ‘Deal maker’ Rafi Ashkenazi ends Flutter tenure  August 27, 2020 Industry workplace diversity, inclusion and equality program The All-in Diversity Project has launched its second annual survey which will gather data to create its annual report, the All-Index. The All-Index is used as a benchmark for diversity, inclusion and workplace equality across the gambling and iGaming industry, with over 50 firms now participating in the annual survey.Kelly Kehn, co-founder of the All-In Diversity Project, commented: “All-in Diversity Project aims to be the central data resource for the global betting and gambling industry when it comes to diversity, inclusion and equality. “The business case for diversity has already been proven, but we now need to start separating testing our assumptions based upon facts and not fiction.”Participants of the data collection survey have consisted of operators, suppliers and regulators, including: Betfair, GVC Holdings, IGT, Kindred Group, Massachusetts Gaming Commission, Paddy Power, Playtech and Red Tiger Gaming.Participants are able to gain individualised and group reports which contain corresponding analysis on the levels of diversity and inclusion in the workplace, which can then be used to implement further changes to a company.Back in June, SBC committed to furthering its drive for greater industry diversity to a much wider audience after signing a strategic partnership with the All-in Diversity Project. As part of the deal, the All-in Diversity Project and SBC will work closely together to educate and communicate how businesses can make diversity & inclusion part of their company fabric and how the gambling industry can make progress on these issues in the future.last_img read more