first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Jim Boeheim’s doghouse is where once promising careers can fall and never return, and it looked like Tyler Roberson was on his way to being the next occupant of the head coach’s cellar.There was a seven-game span in which Roberson, he of 14 points and 20 rebounds at Duke last season, played less than 20 minutes in six of those games and only topped that total in a 48-point win against Eastern Michigan.What has followed is a brief revival, mostly because Taurean Thompson severely lacks on the defensive end. Roberson, on the other hand, gives Boeheim a much stronger defensive presence in the paint. In Wednesday night’s 70-55 Syracuse (9-6, 1-1 Atlantic Coast) win over Miami (11-3, 1-1), Roberson helped stifle the Hurricanes on the interior, as the visitors only hit 10 shots in the paint. The senior also chipped in nine points, six rebounds, two assists and two steals.MORE COVERAGE Syracuse’s zone works like it should in 70-55 victory over MiamiJohn Gillon puts stranglehold on point guard spot in Syracuse’s best win of season, 70-55 over MiamiSyracuse fans react to SU’s big 70-55 win over MiamiWhat we learned from Syracuse’s 70-55 win over Miami  Published on January 4, 2017 at 11:32 pm Contact Matt: [email protected] | @matt_schneidmancenter_img “Taurean’s still not good in the middle of the zone yet. He’s struggling in there. Tyler’s better in there,” Boeheim said. “Tyler Roberson’s our best defensive forward, so it was just a defensive maneuver.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAny offensive contributions are an added bonus by Syracuse’s standards, and the senior has averaged 10 points in the past two games. He opened his account Wednesday with a two-handed flush, the latest installment of highlight-worthy dunks that have become standard in the last three games.Roberson also worked the pick-and-roll effectively with John Gillon, who operated the offense exclusively for the first time all season while Frank Howard played a mere 65 seconds at the end of the first half. On one sequence, Roberson rolled after setting a screen and Gillon evaded two defenders before slipping a bounce pass to the senior for a wide-open reverse layup.“He came out, he played great, a ton of energy,” sophomore forward Tyler Lydon said of Roberson. “Just being physical and strong, that’s what we need him to do.”Though Syracuse grabbed only five offensive rebounds to Miami’s 12, there may not have been one more important than a Roberson tip following a Tyus Battle missed 3-pointer. The ball fell to a wide-open Lydon, who dunked it to put Syracuse up 59-47. Several possessions later, Roberson intercepted a pass from Davon Reed to start Syracuse the other way.His contributions, aside from a rim-rocking dunk or two, won’t be anything emphatic. With the time he’s given, Roberson will blend into the game rather than stand out.“When I’m out there I try to help however I can and today was defensively,” Roberson said. “It’s my fourth year in the zone, so I know it really well.”Thompson played only four minutes and 20 seconds in the first half after picking up two early fouls, but he was pulled 40 seconds into the second half for a miscue on the other end following an offensive goaltending call. Animated for the rest of the game, Thompson sat toward the front of Syracuse’s sideline as his recent offensive prowess wasn’t needed.On this night, Syracuse thrived defensively and it needed a player who could bring what the Orange has lacked for most of this season. And for 35 minutes on Wednesday, that player was Tyler Roberson. Commentslast_img read more

first_imgNorth West, strategically located between Botswana in the west and the economic powerhouse of Gauteng in the east, is known as the Platinum Province for the wealth of the metal it has underground. It also offers a sophisticated tourist industry and agricultural abundance.Grader at work at a platinum mine outside Rustenburg in North West. (Image: Brand South Africa)John YoungNorth West Province has rich mineral and agricultural resources. Known as the Platinum Province for the large concentration of platinum mines in the greater Rustenburg area, other productive mining sectors include gold, diamonds, dimension stone, granite and cement.North West province overviewGallery: North West provinceNorth West provincial governmentNorth West Development CorporationEducational excellence is promoted by outstanding research done by North West University, which has three campuses.North West Province is bordered on the west by Botswana and the province of Gauteng to the east. The Vaal River runs along the province’s south-eastern border with the Free State, and the province also shares borders with the Northern Cape to the south and Limpopo in the north.Mining and manufacturingThe contribution of the mining sector to the gross regional domestic product (GRDP) of the province amounts to 30.4%, government services contributes 10.8%, and finance and business services 12%. Trade accounts for 10% and manufacturing 5.8%.Manufacturing capacity is concentrated in the larger towns in the north-east and eastern regions of the province. The economy of the town of Rustenburg is closely linked to the fortunes of platinum mining, with the sector contributing 77% of the city’s gross geographic product.The major manufactured products of the province are fabricated metals, food and beverages and non-metallic metals. Mining-related engineering works are prevalent near mining operations, while companies in the automotive and automotive-supply industry are active in Brits.The Rustenburg Local Municipality announced in 2010 that the city was the fastest- growing city in Africa.Rustenburg Local Municipality: www.rustenburg.gov.zaAgricultureThe North West is a major producer of maize and sunflower seeds and many other agricultural products. About one-third of South Africa’s maize comes from the province, as does 15% of its wheat.The dry western part of the province is home to beef cattle, game ranching and hunting, with Vryburg being a major centre for cattle auctions. The well-watered eastern and north-eastern regions can carry many kinds of crops, many of which find themselves on the tables of the citizens of the nearby urban centres of Johannesburg and Pretoria.The agricultural sector generates large-scale storage and logistics operations, particularly in Klerksdorp, Vryburg and Brits.InfrastructureThe Rustenburg Rapid Transport (RRT) project will cost R3-billion and transform the city’s economy. About 200 000 passengers are expected to use the system.Rustenburg Rapid Transport: www.rustenburgrapidtransport.co.zaThe Platinum Spatial Development Initiative aims to develop all areas on the N4 highway that links South Africa’s most densely populated areas with the town of Lobatse in Botswana. By developing nodes along the logistical corridor, the aim is to stimulate economic development. Rustenburg stands to benefit from increased traffic along this route, which is ultimately intended to link Namibia and Mozambique.Investing in manufacturingStrong efforts are being made to attract investment into the manufacturing sector of the North West by a variety of groups, with provincial investment agency Invest North West in the forefront. The priority is to add value to the province’s raw materials. The mining industry lends itself to various forms of spinoffs and beneficiation projects, like catalytic converters for motor vehicles, but there is also tremendous scope for the development of agri-processing, as the province is so rich in agricultural produce. Leather for car seats is an obvious example.TourismNorth West’s tourism offering is varied and comprehensive. The emphasis is on the bushveld experience, with major assets being the Pilanesberg National Park (a provincial facility) and the Madikwe Game Reserve, which contains many luxury private lodges. The North West Parks and Tourism Board runs a further 12 smaller parks and reserves.Two Unesco World Heritage Sites are located at Vredefort Dome (where a meteorite hit the earth about two million years ago) and Taung, where the discovery by an archaeologist of a skull in 1924 is regarded as one of the most significant of all time.The complex of hotels at Sun City in the Pilanesberg offers a range of accommodation, from the last word in luxury to family accommodation. There are two very good golf courses at Sun City.The annual Nedbank Golf Challenge, hosted at the Gary Player Country Club, helps to put North West Province in the international spotlight There are campuses of North- West University in Potchefstroom, Mahikeng and the Vaal Triangle.Tourism North West: www.tourismnorthwest.co.zaSun City International: www.suninternational.comNedbank Golf Challenge: www.nedbankgolfchallenge.comGeographyThe province falls in a summer rainfall area and the vegetation mostly comprises bushveld. The Magaliesberg is the only significant mountain range in the province. It runs for about 130km between Rustenburg and Pretoria in the northeast part of the province.Three of South Africa’s major water catchment areas run through the North West Province: Limpopo, Orange and Vaal. The rivers and irrigation schemes (particularly centred on the Crocodile, Harts and Vaal rivers) support extensive commercial agricultural enterprises, small-scale farming and game ranching.North West Province’s landmass of 116 320km² comprises just less than 8.7% of South Africa’s, while a population of 3.5-million makes up 6.8% of the national population.TownsThe main towns being Mahikeng (the provincial capital), Potchefstroom, Rustenburg, Brits and Klerksdorp. Klerksdorp, which has gold mining and manufacturing capacity, is the largest city in terms of population, with about 423 000 people living there.TraditionsA number of traditional communities in North West Province are active participants in the modern economy. The best known among these is the Royal Bafokeng Nation, with diverse holdings in 18 companies ranging from telecommunications to short-term insurance, and assets worth more than R30-billion, but there are several other Setswana-speaking communities that have shares in mining companies active in North West.Many of the complex share-ownership and black empowerment deals have led to tension and court disputes between companies and communities – and indeed between groups within communities – but the great mineral wealth of the area presents a great opportunity for the upliftment of poor rural people.The Bafokeng number around 300 000, of whom about half live to the north-west of Rustenburg, with the capital city of Phokeng being the administrative centre. The source of the community’s wealth is the mineral-rich land they own.Royal Bafokeng Nation: www.bafokeng.comThis is an edited version of an article published by Frontier Market Network. Republished here with kind permission. 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first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest We’ve heard of one recent barn fire here in Ohio and a lot of hay has been put up last ahead of the recent rain. Much of the hay was wetter than it should have been for safe dry hay storage. Watch those moist bales very carefully for the next two to three weeks. Use a hay temperature probe and monitor the internal temperature of the hay during these first three weeks after baling.Usually, we think of water and moisture as a way to put a fire out, but the opposite is true with hay and straw, which when too wet can heat and spontaneously combust. This is more common with hay than straw because there is more plant cell respiration in hay. When baled at moistures over 20% mesophilic bacteria release heat-causing temperatures to rise between 130 degrees F and 140 degrees F. If bacteria die and bales cool, you are in the clear but if thermophilic bacteria take over temperatures can raise to over 175 degrees F.The moist bales should be kept outside or in a well-ventilated area. Don’t stack the moist bales, because that prevents the heat and moisture left in the hay from escaping. It is normal for hay to go through a “sweat” in the first few days after baling. Internal temperatures of 110 degrees F in the first five days after baling are quite common in our region and are not a big concern. Assessing the fire riskMost hay fires occur within the first six weeks after balingWas the field evenly dry or did it have wet spots?Were moisture levels kept at 20% or less?If over 20% was hay preservative used? Monitoring at-risk hayIf you are concerned that your hay or straw may be a fire risk, you should monitor it twice a day for the first six weeks or until low temperatures stabilize. Ideally, temperatures are taken from the center of the stack or down about eight feet in large stacks.If you have a long probe thermometer it can be used but some homemade options are available. A three-quarter-inch pipe with the ends closed into a point and 3/16-inch holes drilled in the bottom four inches can work well. Lower a thermometer on a string or the sensor wire of a thermometer into the pipe. The sensor on a long wire can work very well once in place you can read temperatures without removing it. Leave the thermometer in the stack for 15 minutes to get an accurate reading.Another cruder option is to stick a 3/8 pipe into the stack and pull out twice a day if the pipe is too hot to hold in your hand, you are at risk for a fire. Be very cautious when taking hay temperatures if the hay gets hot and a cavity burns out underneath you can fall in. Use planks to spread out your weight and have someone nearby in case you fall in a burned out pocket. Using a harness and tying yourself off would be even better as a safety measure when checking bales.Hay bale temperatures of 120 degrees to 130 degrees F will likely result in mold growth and will make the protein in the hay less available to animals. While those temperatures are not high enough to cause hay fires, the concern is if the mold growth continues and pushes temperatures upward into the danger zone.If the temperature in the hay continues to rise, reaching temperatures of 160 degrees to 170 degrees F, then there is cause for alarm. At those elevated temperatures, other chemical reactions begin to occur that elevate the temperature much higher, resulting in spontaneous combustion of the hay in a relatively short period of time. If the hay temperature is 175 degrees F or higher, call the fire department immediately, because fire is imminent or present in the stack. Critical Temperatures and Actions to TakeTemperatures (⁰F)Condition and Action125°No Action Needed150°Hay is entering the danger zone. Check twice daily. Disassemble stacked hay bales to promote air circulation to cool the hay outside.160°Hay has reached the danger zone. Check hay temperature every couple of hours. Disassemble stacked hay to promote air circulation to cool hay have fire department present while unstacking from here on.175°Hot pockets are likely. Alert fire service to possible hay fire incident. Close barns tightly to eliminate oxygen190°With the assistance of the fire service, remove hot hay. Be aware the bales may burst into flames keep tractors wet200° +With the assistance of the fire service, remove hot hay. Most likely, a fire will occur. Keep tractors wet and fire hose lines charged in the barn and along the route of where bales are to be stacked. If you are in the risk zone and there is machinery or livestock also in the barn, remove them before removing the hay for safety. Also call the fire department when you are in the risk range. They would much rather be present and not have to put a fire out them have to call mutual aid when your entire barn is on fire. For more information on Preventing Fires in Baled have and straw visit- http://articles.extension.org/pages/66577/preventing-fires-in-baled-hay-and-strawExtreme caution needs to be taken when monitoring hot hay. Please read the article below for additional safety guidelines and procedures for monitoring hot bales and for preventing and controlling hay fires:Hay Fire Prevention and Control, Virginia Cooperative Extension http://www.pubs.ext.vt.edu/442/442-105/442-105.htmllast_img read more

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest It’s Kolt, Matt, and Dale this week on the Ohio Ag Net Podcast brought to you by AgriGold. Matt sat down with Bill & Susan Shultz, the 2019 Master Shepherds of the year. Dave Russell sent back some audio with Jenna Beadle who is the Director of State Policy for the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation. He also caught up with Jordan Hoewischer, also from Ohio Farm Bureau. Lastly, Dale visited with Tony Repeta from Franklin Equipment about their upcoming auction.last_img

first_imgRahul Dravid was all praise for Indian captain Virat Kohli, complimenting him for chasing numbers that no one thought was achievable.”Virat keeps getting better. He is setting standards that we probably thought could never be achieved. Sachin got 49 hundreds in one day cricket and we thought, at least I thought, could never be achieved. Now Virat is 10 away or close to it. So tribute to him when it comes to reinventing or reimagining yourself,” Dravid said during the Star ReImagine awards in Mumbai.Lauding Kohli for being constantly on the lookout for ways to improve himself, Dravid said Kohli would extend the same approach to his captaincy as well. “Thing about him is even if he has a bad tour, like the 2014 tour to England or when he was not as successful when he first went to Australia, when he goes back again, he comes out a better player. He is constantly looking to get better. The same extends to his captaincy,” he said.”When you look at some of the shots he played six months ago… you see him hitting the sweep shot and you think he didn’t play it six months ago. When I first saw him he didn’t play the short ball so well and then next time you see him working at it. He is constantly reinventing his game,” he added.If Dravid was blown away by Virat’s appetite to improve, former skipper MS Dhoni’s unmatched ability to soak pressure in high voltage encounters left him equally impressed.advertisement”The beauty about MS is that he plays a lot of these big tournaments, as they do not mean a lot. They obviously do. He is able to see a bigger picture. To say you are not being defined by that game. And it’s a hard thing to do. He does feel the pressure as we have seen in this IPL at times. But he is able to stay relaxed as if he is playing another match with friends in Ranchi. It’s a special skill to have. To have an exam and approach it like it’s not an exam. We are lucky to have someone when the pressure is on at the back end of the game and can approach that way. It will definitely work on India’s favour (at the World Cup),” Dravid said.Dravid tipped India to be one of the title contenders and England, Australia and one of South Africa or Pakistan to be frontrunners for World Cup semi-final spots.Also Read | Wicket-takers in middle overs will benefit India in high-scoring World Cup: Rahul Dravidlast_img read more

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Atletico Madrid coach Simeone coy over move for Chelsea striker Morataby Carlos Volcano9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAtletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone is coy over talk of a move for Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata.Atletico are now regarded as favourites to sign Morata, though they only want to take him on-loan.Asked about the reports, Simeone stated: “Morata? I do not think about players who are not with us. “I think of those who can give me solutions before Girona, it is my only concern.”Along with Atletico, Morata is also interesting Barcelona. last_img

first_imgD'Angelo Russell's shot clark vs. Arizona is ugly.Before Ohio State’s NCAA Tournament Third Round game against Arizona, Buckeyes’ star guard D’Angelo Russell was asked about the defenders he’s faced this year. “Who’s the best defender you’ve faced this season?” the reporter asked. “Nobody,” Russell replied. The question was asked because of the team Russell was about to face, a team that has a couple of great defenders in Rondae Hollis-Jefferson and T.J. McConnell. Those defenders gave Russell trouble Saturday evening, as he shot a dreadful 3-for-19 from the field in the Buckeyes’ loss to the Wildcats. Russell refused to give a specific Arizona player credit following the win, though. Just asked Russell who the best defender he’s faced this year: “Nobody.”— Ari Wasserman (@AriWasserman) March 22, 2015That’s obviously a bit of sour grapes from the star freshman, but he deserves to be a little frustrated following what probably is going to be his final game as a college player. Ohio State fans are certainly going to miss him.last_img read more

first_imgATLANTA – Delta Air Lines is joining two rivals in raising fees to check a bag on a flight within the United States.Delta on Wednesday posted new fees of $30 for checking a first bag and $40 for a second bag — increasing the previous fees by $5 each.The changes match increases recently imposed by United Airlines and JetBlue Airways. By midday, American Airlines had not increased bag fees.Southwest Airlines lets passengers check up to two bags free.Airlines have been pulling in more revenue from extra charges for several years. Last year, U.S. carriers raised $7.4 billion from fees on checked bags and ticket changes, led by American, Delta and United.last_img