Beat writers select Syracuse to beat Cornell handily before start of ACC play

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Amid one of its worst stretches in recent years and only days removed from its worst-ever Carrier Dome loss, Syracuse (7-5) will look to avoid another humiliating nonconference loss against Cornell (3-8) on Tuesday night in the Carrier Dome. The Big Red lost by four to Colgate, a team SU blew out by 28 points in the season opener, and have lost three of four. But Syracuse, which begins Atlantic Coast Conference play next week, has dropped five of its last eight.Our beat writers explain below how they think Tuesday’s matchup between in-state foes will unfold.Connor Grossman (7-5)Point of no returnSyracuse 81, Cornell 55If Syracuse was a car on the highway, it’s pulling off for a final rest stop. It’s the last one for the next three months. What should have been a relatively smooth drive up to this point has been anything but that, and SU is now left with one cushy opponent before conference play begins. Running the numbers on inferior opponents has proved senseless up to this point. That’s because we don’t know which Syracuse team is going to show up: The one that trounces weak teams by 30 or the one that gets bullied by the same margin. SU should win on Tuesday. But if nothing else, we’ve learned that means nothing.Matt Schneidman (8-4)Calm before the stormSyracuse 78, Cornell 58AdvertisementThis is placeholder textI’m not going to dive into stats or analytics since, well, Syracuse has showed those clearly don’t matter in determining the outcome of a game. St. John’s had no business beating the Orange, let alone by 33, but this SU team has defied logic when predicting these games. So this prediction will go as so: Syracuse will dominate Cornell because it should, not because the Big Red turns the ball over a certain number of times or because Cornell shoots a certain percentage from beyond the arc compared to from 2-point range. Cornell is 3-8 and that’s even worse than St. John’s coming in, so enjoy the New Year with a Syracuse win before it gets ugly.Paul Schwedelson (8-4)The last giftSyracuse 79, Cornell 61The Orange can’t afford to lose another game before conference play begins, but SU won’t have to worry against Cornell. Syracuse should cruise in the second half as the stress meter drops to the lowest it will be the rest of the season. Eleven of the ACC’s 15 teams have winning percentages above .800 and the Orange will be scrapping for wins over the next two months. That is, after SU blows out the Big Red, a team that doesn’t have a player averaging more than 5.3 boards per game and a team that ranks 340th in the country in height, per Kenpom.com. Comments Published on December 26, 2016 at 3:51 pmlast_img read more

Ambassador Marks Launches Jamaica Roots Competition

first_img Ambassador to the United States (US), Her Excellency Audrey Marks, has announced the launch of a competition called Jamaica Roots aimed at nationals in the US who have lost connection with their homeland. Story Highlights Ambassador to the United States (US), Her Excellency Audrey Marks, has announced the launch of a competition called Jamaica Roots aimed at nationals in the US who have lost connection with their homeland.The competition, which will run from November 5, 2017 to February 4, 2018, provides the opportunity for Jamaican-Americans to win a trip to the island. Monthly draws will be broadcast on Facebook Live.Ambassador Marks pointed out that Jamaica Roots, as the name suggests, is about reconnecting Jamaicans to their heritage and culture.It is a chance for persons to re-establish links and to learn more about the country from which their family originated.She said the ultimate objective is to encourage members of the diaspora to invest their time, talents and resources for Jamaica’s development.Ambassador Marks explained that under the pilot programme, winners will receive a one-week free accommodation at a hotel, or stay with a family member; travel the island on guided tours; learn about their family history; and experience life in the community of their roots.She pointed out that to be eligible, each applicant must be at least 21 years old at the time of travel; have Jamaican roots (able to prove themselves a citizen, or the child, grandchild, great-grandchild, great-great-grandchild of a citizen); have a valid passport; and have lived outside of Jamaica for at least 10 years.Entries can be submitted at http://s.heyo.com/c9ca7e. All rules and requirements can also be found on Facebook @AmbassadorMarks. The competition, which will run from November 5, 2017 to February 4, 2018, provides the opportunity for Jamaican-Americans to win a trip to the island. Monthly draws will be broadcast on Facebook Live. She pointed out that to be eligible, each applicant must be at least 21 years old at the time of travel; have Jamaican roots (able to prove themselves a citizen, or the child, grandchild, great-grandchild, great-great-grandchild of a citizen); have a valid passport; and have lived outside of Jamaica for at least 10 years.last_img read more

Grande Prairie RCMP Seek Assistance in Locating Missing Person

first_imgUPDATE – Grande Prairie RCMP would like to advise that Harmony Hoy has been located.  She is safe and unharmed. RCMP would like to thank the public and the media for their assistance.GRANDE PRAIRIE, A.B. – Grande Prairie RCMP are seeking the public’s assistance in locating 25-year-old Harmony Hoy.According to RCMP, Hoy was last seen in the Grande Prairie area in late March and was reported missing on April 3, 2019. Hoy is described as:CaucasianMixed coloured hair, possibly green and purpleHazel eyes5’5″/ 126lbsThere is a concern for her well being.The RCMP would like to locate and speak with her as soon as possible.If you have any information on Hoy’s whereabouts, you are asked to contact Grande Prairie RCMP at 780-830-5700 or CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.last_img read more

Burnaby mayor wants more action on pipeline after meeting with Trudeau

first_imgHe characterized the meeting as a good start but said an initial discussion with Trudeau has to be backed up by concrete measures from the federal government, which is expected to announce a decision on the future of the project later this month.“I want to sit down and talk about the real issues in depth with people who are experts in that field to ensure that we’re getting the protection for our residents that we need,” Hurley said. “The prime minister and I talking about it doesn’t really produce anything.”Trudeau attended a street festival in Burnaby immediately after meeting with Hurley but did not take any questions from media.The Prime Minister’s Office said only that the meeting included representatives of the fire department and focused on local issues such as housing.Hurley said he told Trudeau that Burnaby is bearing the brunt of the risk for a twinned pipeline that the federal government purchased for $4.5 billion and the Alberta government is pushing to have built.“Everyone’s willing to put our community at risk to fulfil their needs and we need some answers,” Hurley said about the pipeline that would more than triple the amount of diluted bitumen flowing from the Edmonton area to a port in Burnaby. BURNABY, B.C. _ The mayor of Burnaby, B.C., says he met with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to discuss his concerns about the risk of a fire at a tank farm in his city, which would be the terminus of an expanded Trans Mountain pipeline.Mike Hurley said he told Trudeau on Saturday that the facility on Burnaby Mountain is within five kilometres of forests and a residential area that would put thousands of lives in danger.“I said, ‘If it goes ahead, and I sincerely hope it doesn’t, we have to have some serious discussions around safety and protecting our residents,”’ said Hurley, a former firefighter. The National Energy Board endorsed the pipeline expansion earlier this year after reconsidering its effects on marine life off the coast of British Columbia.Last month, pro-pipeline protesters rallying outside a Calgary office tower during a clean energy announcement by federal Natural Resources Minister Amarjeet Sohi chanted “build the pipeline.”Sohi told reporters the government is working toward getting the pipeline built and has also said officials have been consulting with Indigenous communities.The proposal to twin the Trans Mountain pipeline was first approved by cabinet in 2016. The Federal Court of Appeal rescinded that decision in August, saying neither an environmental review nor Indigenous consultations had been properly completed.center_img “Any time you’re dealing with flammable liquids like oil there’s always a chance there can be a rupture of the tank, there can be a boilover of some sort within the tank that can cause really dangerous chemical reactions, not to mention fires that would come along with that.”Hurley said he doesn’t agree with Alberta’s ad campaign launched last week in an effort to sway people in favour of a pipeline that he and many residents of Burnaby do not support.He said the province’s focus on a future based on oil is “a fantasy.”“The good old days of the oil industry are over and they need to start preparing for a new economy,” he said.last_img read more

Brexit fate now in Britain’s hands: EU

first_imgBrussels: The EU’s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier said on Monday that negotiations to break a deadlock on a deal to leave the bloc are now between British Prime Minister Theresa May and members of her parliament. “We held talks over the weekend and the negotiations now are between the government in London and the parliament in London,” Barnier said as he arrived at EU headquarters in Brussels to discuss Britain’s exit from the bloc with envoys from the other 27 member states. Hopes had been high that May would come to Brussels to finalise a deal with the EU on Monday, but a European source these plans had been shelved due to a lack of progress. With time running out, May had hoped for a signal from Brussels to help get a Brexit deal over the line in time for Britain’s looming departure from the European Union — scheduled for March 29. Instead, she spoke to European Commission chief Jean-Claude Junkcer late Sunday by phone, with both sides agreeing to stay in touch. “No further meetings at political level are scheduled, but both sides will remain in close contact this week,” Juncker’s spokesman Margaritis Schinas said. “We are committed to ratifying this deal before March 29. It is now for the House of Commons to take an important set of decisions this week,” he added. British MPs overwhelmingly rejected the deal when it was first put to them in January — with many citing the controversial Irish “backstop” clause. A second parliamentary vote will take place on Tuesday. The backstop would keep the whole of the UK in a customs union with the EU in order to keep the land border between the British province of Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland free-flowing. A European source said the embattled May had failed to convince her cabinet over the weekend and that talks with the EU could go no further. Barnier said his teams had offered all they could, including a last-minute proposal that Britain could leave the bloc’s customs union after the divorce. But this offer would not include Northern Ireland, which infuriated Barnier’s British counterparts who called it a “rerun of old arguments”. The Europeans have also proposed to sign a legally backed “joint interpretative document” of the Irish backstop. This would reiterate ways Britain could attempt to suspend the backstop if London were to request a suspension of some of its obligations. To assess the document, British MPs are awaiting the opinion of Attorney General Geoffrey Cox, the May government’s top lawyer who took a lead role in the negotiations with Barnier last week.last_img read more

Two minors rescued from being married

first_imgNew Delhi: Delhi Commission for Protection of Child Rights (DCPCR) and Delhi Police on Monday said that they have prevented the marriage of two minor girls in Dwarka district. Samrah Mirza, member, DCPCR, told Millennium Post that they got the information from their volunteer regarding the crime and without wasting any time the child rights body shared the information with other stakeholders regarding the incident.”Soon the police personnel reached the spot and stopped the marriage,” said Mirza adding that one girl is aged between 17 and 18 and other 15 years. Investigation revealed that one of the girls was a few months away from attaining the age of majority and the age of other girl is being verified. One of the family told the cops that they will only marry the girl once she attains major age group. “The other family (groom) belongs to another state we have created awareness related to child marriage,” added officer. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic itemsMeanwhile, the Delhi Police created awareness among the families regarding the menace and law related to child marriage. The child rights body had started mapping the city to know whether child marriages prevails in National Capital. According to DCPCR, the areas of New Delhi, North West, South West and Northeast districts are being studied. They have also held meetings with concerned stakeholders regarding this. According to official during the study, the DCPCR will identify the communities where the evil of child marriage still prevail and also the ill effect on health will also be studied. The parents will also be made aware of the crime and the importance of intervention during child marriage will also be part of the awareness programme. “We are creating awareness in community to report such kind of crime so that it can be curb quickly,” said Mirza. DCPCR official will also give focus on the clusters in national Capital to make sure that such type of evil did not prevails there.last_img read more