Dixon leads TCU in ‘quick turnaround’ against Syracuse

first_imgGarrett Podellhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/garrett-podell/ Garrett Podellhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/garrett-podell/ Linkedin ReddIt Garrett Podellhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/garrett-podell/ printWhile many say familiarity breeds contempt, that’s not the case between TCU head coach Jamie Dixon and the No.6 Horned Frogs’ first round opponent, No. 11 Syracuse.In 21 matchups, Dixon has defeated the Syracuse Orange 15 times, with the last five victories coming from his time coaching at Pittsburgh. Dixon said over the years he’s developed great respect for Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim and even credits him for valuable coaching tips and opportunities.“The thing I remember most is how he reached out to us and reached out to me,” Dixon said. “I often joked with him that I spent my offseason listening to Jim speak at different events. He invited me in and pointed me in the right way, I think.”Boeheim said that respect is mutual, even though he may have kept Dixon a little too close over the years.“We were together a lot of years in the Big East and then the ACC,” Boeheim said. “I gave him too many hints that were good because he beat us a lot. I thought he did an unbelievable coaching job at Pittsburgh. He’s a really, really good basketball coach, and I just have a lot of respect.”As Dixon leads TCU back to March Madness for the first time since 1998, it will mark his 12th NCAA Tournament appearance in his 15th season as a head coach.This trip has a key difference from its 11 predecessors: His team will be playing the winner of one of the First Four matchups. The Orange had to rally from a seven-point deficit with 7:05 left to defeat Arizona State 60-56 in Dayton, Ohio, Wednesday night.This creates a tight situation for the Horned Frogs as Dixon and his staff won’t have the typical four to five days to plan for a specific opponent before they face off Friday night. Dixon said this was the first time dealing with such a “quick turnaround.”Despite the lack of preparation time, TCU guard Alex Robinson said he’s looking to treat this game as any other.“We will prepare like we prepare for our other games and come in full of energy,” Robinson said.Energy from players like sophomore guard Desmond Bane, who leads the Big 12 in three-point shooting percentage at 47 percent will be crucial against the zone defense of the Orange.This and improvements to his overall game have proven to be X-factors for the Horned Frogs all season.“Desmond is a great player for our team,” Dixon said. “He’s becoming a better defender, a better guy off the dribble, rebounding better. I think he became a better shooter to the point where he’s basically a 50 percent 3-point shooter. We took a chance on him, and he’s made us look good.”TCU guard Desmond Bane pulls up for three at practice Thursday in Detroit. Photo by Cristian ArguetaSoto.The usual way to attack the Syracuse’s calling card zone defense is three-point shooting, but Dixon said the 2-3 keeps his team on its toes.“I remember one game where they changed what they were doing, and we were hurting,” Dixon said. “So we had to change what we were doing halfway through, which took us a little while. I know everybody thinks the 2-3 just shows up, but there’s adjustments to be made.”Boeheim said Dixon’s switch to a more offensive team since his time coaching in Pennsylvania could present Syracuse with new challenges in a matchup that dates back to the Big East Conference.“I think this is a much better offensive team than most of the other teams he had at Pittsburgh,” Boeheim said. “They were more defense. We didn’t really have much offense success against his better teams, but this team is a really, really good offensive team.”Up next:The Horned Frogs tip off their NCAA Tournament first round contest with the Orange at 8:40 p.m. Friday in Detroit, Michigan. Garrett is a Journalism and Sports Broadcasting double major. He is the Managing Editor for TCU360, and his passions are God, family, friends, sports, and great food. TCU head coach Jamie Dixon leads the Horned Frogs through practice in preparation to face Syracuse in Detroit during the team’s first round NCAA Tournament Game. 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Good news on the jobs front for Limerick with three major…

first_imgLinkedin Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Vanishing Ireland podcast documenting interviews with people over 70’s, looking for volunteers to share their stories Twitter Facebook Email WhatsApp WITH three companies confirming that they are about to expand their operations in Limerick, it’s been an exceptionally positive week on the jobs creation front.Three Ireland is to create 90 new jobs at the former O2 customer call centre in Plassey which will serve as the company’s preferred centre for customer queries and business transactions.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up This followed the announcement from energy firm Pinergy that it is about to create 46 new sales positions in the Tipperary/Limerick area in association with sales management company DSM.Pinergy investors include rugby legend Paul O’Connell and the new jobs come on the back of a major promotional campaign to get households in Limerick city and county to convert to the company’s ‘pay as you go’ payment system for electricity costs.There will be a further jobs announcement this Friday when Finance Minister Michael Noonan visits the Raheen headquarters of the Kirby Group to mark the firm’s 50th anniversary.The well-known engineering company has grown since its foundation in Limerick in 1964 to employ more than 600 people today, with substantial operations in Dublin, Galway, Limerick, the UK and Europe, with a further 250 people employed by key subcontract partners.The Three Ireland move will see the firm increase its Limerick workforce to more than 440 employees.Ninety permanent customer care roles will be created over the next 12 months in Limerick. Additionally, a number of existing contract staff will be made permanent over the next 12 months.Three Ireland chief executive Robert Finnegan said the Limerick expansion would bring all customer care roles back to Ireland. He added that a planned €300 million investment in their high speed network would require up to 100 full-time equivalent roles through third party contractors over the next three years.Education Minister Jan O’Sullivan described the jobs announcement as a “positive reflection on all the existing employees in the call centre in Plassey who have a proven track record of hard work and professionalism”.“Limerick has demonstrated in recent years its ability to continue to attract jobs in various sectors with a number of multinationals choosing Limerick to establish their operations. These much welcome additional jobs in Three Ireland will contribute to improving our local economy while also helping all those agencies involved in attracting more companies to view existing similar type companies continuing to expand in Limerick,” she said.Castletroy-based Fine Gael TD, Kieran O’Donnell,  said the jobs announcement was a “further endorsement of Limerick as an investment location”.“It’s significant that Limerick has been selected as the location for customer services for the new combined business, which will have 37 per cent of the Irish mobile market.“This is a clear testament to Limerick as a good location for investment, and follows recent similar announcements from UPC and others. This emphasises the ability of Limerick to compete at the cutting edge of the provision of these services.“However it has a bitter-sweet quality to it with the announcement of job losses in retail around the country and headquarter operations in Dublin. I sympathise with those people who will be losing their jobs and hope that they will be able to take up employment elsewhere without too much delay,” he said. Advertisement Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed livecenter_img NewsLocal NewsGood news on the jobs front for Limerick with three major expansionsBy Alan Jacques – September 4, 2014 894 TAGSEducation Minister Jan O’SullivanJobsKieran O’Donnell TDKirby Grouplimericko2PinergyThree Ireland Print RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Previous articleLimerick homeowners say no to water metersNext articleLimerick schools top Sunday Times list Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live last_img read more

The Show Must Go On (Zoom): Mt Blue’s fall production of ‘Stranded: Views from Quarantine’

first_imgThe Mt. Blue Theater has adapted over the past year, due to the impact of COVID-19. Last year’s annual banquet was held via Zoom.FARMINGTON – After cancelling their show last spring, postponing it to this fall, and eventually having to choose a new production to fit the restrictions of the current environment, Mt. Blue High School’s theater program has chosen a play to perform in November that is truly fit for the times.Stranded: Views from Quarantine is a play that was written by several different authors from the company Stage Partners, specifically for students to perform virtually. It is a collection of ten monologues, allowing Mt. Blue Theater Director of 30 years Deborah Muise, to rehearse with the 10 student cast members individually over Zoom. It follows the stories of 10 different people who have been quarantined on a cruise ship during the pandemic.The play will not be performed in a traditional auditorium setting but instead will be filmed and then broadcasted on Mt. Blue Theater’s website as well as posted on YouTube for anyone to watch. Though there is not set release date yet, they plan on filming the students in the first week of November and plan on having it edited and posted by the end of the month.Though producing a play in these times has proved to demand a lot from students and staff, both Muise and current Mt. Blue senior and cast member, Rachel Spear, believe that making the arts a priority was not optional this year.“It was less of a challenge than you might think, because we all just wanted it so much. We wanted to be together no matter how it had to be. There was never a question of if we would do anything, but of how much we could do,” said Muise. She also noted that the inherently improvisational quality of theater itself has helped students and staff to simply keep adapting with the many changes they’ve had to make this year.As a current senior, Spear spoke to the solutions she and her fellow classmates have had to come to in making this year the best that they can.“You already have a lot of anticipations coming into your senior year, but with everything that’s happened, you have to put yourself in a new mindset. I miss rehearsing with everyone, but we’re still a theater family. We’re all still going through the same motions, just at different times,” said Spear.The two also spoke to the benefits that this opportunity has lent them. Muise, for one, claimed that the addition of Zoom to the theater world has actually helped it. It’s become a tool that can be used to connect students and staff to rehearse at any time of the day.Spear hopes to study theater in college, and the self-discipline that she has developed this year in particular will help her down the road in her chosen career.The show is also starring:Charlie EngMeadow KerboTaegan HeathTrevor SennickMegan O’DonnellLaCroix NicholsCalvin BealeMaya SmithIzzy WebsterRachel SpearSome of the students involved in the technical side of the production include:Finnegan ZimmerschiedZander LarriviereThe website to view the link to the show in November is located here.last_img read more

OAS Summit in El Salvador to Highlight ‘Citizen Security’

first_imgBy Dialogo April 21, 2011 In the heart of San Salvador’s Parque Cuscutlán, the solemn Monumento a los Desparecidos [Monument to the Disappeared] bears the names of over 25,000 victims of El Salvador’s long-running civil war. The 85-meter wall of black granite stands as a stark reminder of this country’s violent past. “We come here every year on November 11, the day of the offensive, and also on November 2, the day of the dead,” said Carolina Solis, a middle-aged woman and staunch supporter of the Frente Farabundo Martí de Liberación Nacional (FMLN), the leftist rebel group whose successors are today running El Salvador. Solis was here to honor the memory of her brother, Edwin Omar Solis. The FMLN guerrilla was only 17 when he was killed in a 1989 battle in Nanastepeque, a tiny village in the department of Cabañas. Yet the country has made tremendous strides since then. A peace treaty in 1992 ended the 13-year civil war, which killed an estimated 75,000 people and created millions of refugees. The economy eventually rebounded, and in 2009, former journalist who became a member of the FMLN Mauricio Funes became president, defeating Rodrigo Avila of the Nationalist Republican Alliance (ARENA) in balloting widely deemed to be free and fair. It marked the first time in 20 years ARENA had lost an election. On June 5, El Salvador will host the 41st General Assembly of the Organization of American States. The theme of the three-day gathering is “Citizen Security in the Americas,” coming little more than two months after the historic visit of U.S. President Barack Obama, who pledged $200 million to help El Salvador fight drug trafficking and gang violence. El Salvador’s minister of defense, David Mungía Payés, told journalists that the struggle waged by Mexican authorities to combat drug trafficking in that country poses one of Central America’s gravest threats.” “As you press on the north, the cartels strategically move south into Central America. The presence of the Los Zetas drug cartel in Guatemala is serious, and they are also in Honduras now,” he said at a recent press conference in San Salvador. In December, the government of Guatemalan President Alvaro Colom declared a state of siege in the department of Alta Verapaz, where Zeta smugglers have turned the area, near the border with Mexico, into a center of operations. Mungía Payés, underlining the gravity of the situation for all of Central America, warned that “Honduras has become the main route for drug traffickers” because the ongoing political crisis in that country “has led the Honduran government to focus more on political issues than security issues.” No wonder, then, that “citizen security” is the theme of the OAS General Assembly to take place in San Salvador. “Your choice of topic speaks of your understanding of what is important to the Americas,” said Albert Ramdin, assistant secretary general of the OAS, during a recent meeting in Washington with El Salvador’s foreign minister, Hugo Martínez. “Security and development are both issues of main concern for our people, and therefore the eyes of the world will be on El Salvador during the first week of June.” Ramdin added that “we should be proud that a country like El Salvador — a relatively small country but an important member of the OAS — makes itself available to host such a meeting, with all the costs it implies.” For his part, Martínez reaffirmed his country’s willingness “to strengthen the hemisphere and take concrete actions that benefit the peoples of the Americas, especially in an area that is very sensitive, such as security.” These days, El Salvador’s biggest problem is not political violence but rather rampant violence caused by drug traffickers that have terrorized the region. Even so, Funes —despite a struggling economy and rising crime — is still backed by some 79% of voters, making him Latin America’s most popular leader. One of those Salvadorans who support Funes is businessman Eduardo Quiñónez Caminos, a director at real-estate developer Grupo Agrisal. “This is the first time we have a leftist conservative government,” said Quiñonez, whose company owns the Crowne Plaza Hotel, official venue of the upcoming OAS meeting. “Most people expected a Marxist-Leninist approach to government after the FMLN came to power. But this president has proven that he’s not so left-wing. He’s more of a centrist, and he has the biggest popularity ratings of any president we’ve had in the past 20 years.” Asked what the biggest obstacle to doing business in El Salvador, Quiñonez replied “security” without any hesitation. “Our crime rates are still very high, and there’s a big problem with the maras [gangs],” he said. “The government is heading in the right direction with these issues, but of course it takes time to fight crime. Everybody feels threatened.” El Salvador — with the collaboration of the other Central American countries and the United States — is organizing an international conference directly after the OAS General Assembly to focus on regional security, Martínez said. The meeting will address issues such as finance, technology and cooperation in aviation and maritime patrols to intercept drug traffickers. “The U.S. has a specific vision for Central America. Before, this whole area was seen within the context of Plan Mérida, and Central America was diluted,” he explained. “We’ve always told them that if there’s a Plan Colombia in the south and a Plan Mérida in the north, then the pressure from both sides would push all the narcotraffickers towards the center.” The result has been a U.S. program called the Central America Regional Security Initiative (CARSI). Yet since that program’s establishment in 2008, funds allotted to CARSI’s seven members amount to around $260 million — less than one-fourth of Mexico’s share of counternarcotics assistance. The irony is that Central American nations have confiscated more than three times as much cocaine as confiscated in Mexico — about 100 metric tons per year. And the northern half of the isthmus, comprising Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador, is now the most violent region in the world outside of active war zones. “We don’t only want to punish criminals, we also want a social development plan,” said Martínez. “Even though we must combat crime with all our strength, we must also generate opportunities for the new generation. If we don’t, they will become the perfect targets for criminals.”last_img read more

Syracuse commits 27 total fouls, has 3 starters foul out in loss at Villanova

first_imgPHILADELPHIA – Jim Boeheim wasn’t about to let the elephant in the room define Syracuse’s 82-77 loss to No. 7 Villanova on Saturday.The Orange finished the game with 27 total fouls and three of its starters — Rakeem Christmas, Chris McCullough and Michael Gbinije — on the bench. Villanova totaled 17, and Wildcats starting forward Daniel Ochefu didn’t commit any in 25 minutes.Yet Boeheim, despite chatting with the referees throughout the afternoon, was quick to dismiss the foul discrepancy in his postgame press conference.“If they fouled they must have fouled them,” Boeheim said. “… I’m not talking about fouls.”SU’s foul total played a large part in the Wildcats win at the Wells Fargo Center, as Villanova went 26-of-32 from the line while Syracuse shot 13-for-18. It also led to the disqualification of all of the Orange’s starting forwards, which made it easier for forward JayVaughn Pinkston to collect a game-high 25 points to lead the Wildcats second-half comeback and exclamatory finish.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“Honestly, the refs called a lot of fouls on us. Little touch fouls that wasn’t on us, really,” said freshman forward Chris McCullough, who fouled out in 25 minutes with just three points. “It really hurt because we need (Gbinije), (Christmas) and me in the game. That really hurt us.”Villanova head coach Jay Wright said that his team shot 14 more free throws than the visitors by continually pounding the ball inside. He thought the Wildcats got away from that approach in the first half, but went back to it when McCullough and Gbinije entered the second half with three fouls each.McCullough picked up his fourth foul 12 seconds into the half and Gbinije was tagged with his third four seconds later. Tyler Roberson checked into the game and the Orange was tentative defending the paint for the rest of the afternoon.“Second half we just said, ‘Hey, that’s how we gotta go, we gotta go inside and we gotta attack them,’” Wright said. “And we did, continuously.”With all three forwards out of the game in overtime, the Wildcats keyed its defensive efforts on guards Trevor Cooney and Kaleb Joseph and left Roberson, B.J. Johnson and Chinonso Obokoh in one-on-one matchups.That made the SU offense too predictable on one end and too small on the other, and Villanova clawed away with three parts of the Orange’s nucleus looking on.“A lot of people fouled out and they didn’t have that or foul trouble,” Roberson said. “It played a big factor in the game.” Comments Published on December 20, 2014 at 7:11 pm Contact Jesse: [email protected] | @dougherty_jesse Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

First Robotics teams work down to the wire despite snow days

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