Beat writers predict close matchup in Syracuse’s NCAA Tournament opener against Baylor

first_img Comments Syracuse (20-13, 10-8 Atlantic Coast) earned an eight seed in the NCAA Tournament in Salt Lake City as a part of the West Region. That sets up a Round of 64 meeting with Baylor (19-13, 10-8 Big 12). The Orange have played the Bears twice before in their histories, with SU winning both matchups. The game tips off at 9:57 p.m. on Thursday.Here’s what our beat writers expect to happen on Thursday night.Billy Heyen (25-8)Teddy bearsSyracuse 69, Baylor 64My one reservation about this matchup is Syracuse protecting its defensive glass. But if the Orange limit second-chance opportunities, they have the upper hand elsewhere. Tyus Battle will be back, Frank Howard is playing his best basketball and Elijah Hughes, Buddy Boeheim and Oshae Brissett have all been effective of late. SU actually has the shooting to stretch the floor when Baylor goes zone, and if the Bears’ go man, Battle can take over to send Syracuse into a likely meeting with one-seed Gonzaga.Charlie DiSturco (24-9)A dash of Orange in MarchSyracuse 65, Baylor 63AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThis is a super interesting matchup for Syracuse. They face a small Baylor team that normally sends out a starting center at 6-foot-8, yet the Bears are the second-best offensive rebounding team in the country. One of the flaws in the 2-3 zone is allowing offensive boards, and that’s what’ll keep this matchup close in the Round of 64. The difference maker, which is why Syracuse will pull away at the end, is the height differential  — SU is the tallest team in the country, while Baylor sits at No. 143. Forcing the ball inside to Oshae Brissett and Paschal Chukwu will be key and using the length at the top of the 2-3 zone will stop an average-shooting Baylor squad. Matthew Gutierrez (20-13)Here come the OrangeSyracuse 62, Baylor 54Here come the Orange for another dance to the second weekend, beginning with a win over Baylor. Syracuse is 7-2 in its last nine NCAA Tournament games — and 12-4 in its last four NCAA Tournament appearances. This appears to be another SU team that could make a good run, at least to the Sweet 16. The basketball SU played in Charlotte was encouraging on a number of levels — Frank Howard, Buddy Boeheim, defense, ball movement — and SU seems made for the Big Dance. March on. Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Published on March 20, 2019 at 4:06 pmlast_img read more

PPAL Begins 4-Yr Strategic Plan

first_imgThe Planned Parenthood Association of Liberia (PPAL) has officially started its four-year (2016-2019) strategic plan on sexual and reproductive health in Monrovia.The Director of Family Health Division at the Ministry of Health (MOH), Dr. Joseph L. Kerkula, according to a release, served as the chief launcher of the program. He underscored the need for a comprehensive approach to addressing the issues relating to maternal and newborn deaths in the country.The release noted that Dr. Kerkula also stressed the need for the government to make available resources to build human capacity on how to tackle prenatal problems. He admitted that although there are challenges, the government and its partners should exert more effort to address the country’s maternal and mortality rates.“There is a need to identify key factors to the cause of high maternal deaths and the death of newborn babies in the country,” Dr. Kerkula said.Dr. Kerkula used a powerpoint presentation to explain how he arrived at the conclusion of the alarming rate at which maternal and newborn deaths were recorded. PPAL Executive Director Miatta Kiawu Cojolo disclosed that the maternal mortality rate had remained high since 2007, with 994 to 1,072/100,000 live births. She also revealed that 1.9 percent of the population has been diagnosed with HIV&Aids.“PPAL’s four year strategy will leverage on restricted projects income to attain maximum…coverage (on) sexual and reproductive health services; where there are growing demands for the services especially in the southeastern and northern regions of the country, where the roads have remained deplorable and largely inaccessible.”The strategic plan, according to Madam Cojolo, sets the specific identity, vision, mission and PPAL core values, four outcomes and eight priorities that allow the association to deliver impact as an SRH/R organization by 2019 and provides focus by setting the operational plans. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

House Approves 45B Package To Send Humanitarian Aid To Border To Address

first_img The progressive pushback against the bill was an unexpected wrinkle in the race to get the legislation passed and signed into law before a key agency — the Office of Refugee Resettlement — runs out of money at the end of the month. That’s not the only agency in desperate need of funding to stem the crisis at the border. The funding would also go to help other agencies and help manage the crisis. (Foran, Killough, Fox and Raju, 6/25) Texas Tribune: U.S. House Passes $4.5 Billion Border Aid Bill Amid Concern For Migrant Children A divided House voted on Tuesday to send $4.5 billion in humanitarian aid to the border to address horrific conditions facing a crush of migrants, attaching significant rules on how the money could be spent in the first action by Democrats to rein in President Trump’s immigration crackdown. But the package — which passed by a vote of 230 to 195 nearly along party lines, only after Democratic leaders toughened restrictions on the money to win over liberal skeptics — faces a tough path to enactment. (Hirschfeld Davis and Cochrane, 6/25) The Trump administration has indicated that it would veto the House legislation, and Republicans in both chambers have dismissed the House effort as ultimately futile. The Senate bill passed out of the Appropriations Committee with 30 supporting votes and a single dissent, encouraging lawmakers in both parties. “You can’t get 30-1 around here to say the sun’s going to rise in the east. We passed it 30 to 1,” said Sen. Patrick Leahy (D., Vt.), the top Democrat on the Senate Appropriations Committee. “It’s a no-brainer, bring it up.” (Duehren, 6/25) The Associated Press: Time Running Short, Showdown Looms Over Border Aid Package CNN: House Passes Border Aid Bill Despite White House Veto Threat NBC News: House Passes Border Funding Bill To Address Humanitarian Crisis The Washington Post: House Passes $4.5 Billion Emergency Border Aid Bill With Provisions For The Treatment Of Migrant Children In U.S. Custody The Senate is expected to take up its version of the bill Wednesday, McCarthy said after speaking with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and pass it by the end of the week before senators leave for a weeklong July 4 recess. The House and Senate will still need to reconcile the differences between their measures. (Shabad and Caldwell, 6/26) This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.center_img The backdrop for the vote is not only the humanitarian concerns about the surging numbers of migrants but also Trump’s threats — delayed but not canceled Saturday — to begin a mass deportation of undocumented immigrant families. Democratic lawmakers has expressed concerns about passing a border aid bill that would not address both of those issues. (DeBonis and Werner, 6/25) Top Democrats made several tweaks to the contentious emergency spending package just hours before it was considered on the floor to fend off a left-wing rebellion, according to multiple lawmakers and aides. The final version included strict conditions requiring private detention facilities to meet certain standards of care within six months or risk losing their contract. It was the second time in two days that progressive leaders forced changes to the bill amid reluctance to giving Trump any money for his immigration agenda. (Ferris, Caygle and Scholtes, 6/25) “The Senate has a good bill. Our bill is much better,” Pelosi, D-Calif., told her Democratic colleagues in a meeting Tuesday morning, according to a senior Democratic aide who spoke on condition of anonymity to describe the private session. “We are ensuring that children have food, clothing, sanitary items, shelter and medical care. We are providing access to legal assistance. And we are protecting families because families belong together,” Pelosi said in a subsequent floor speech. (Taylor and Fram, 6/26) Politico: House Passes Border Spending Package In Win For Pelosi The Wall Street Journal: House Passes $4.5 Billion Bill For Humanitarian Assistance At Border Ultimately, only four Democrats broke rank, none of them were Texans. Among the Republicans from the state, U.S. Rep. Will Hurd, R-Helotes, was the only member to buck his party, voting in favor of the bill. Hurd’s districts covers much of the state’s border with Mexico. In the days leading up to the vote, opposition on the Democratic side was concentrated primarily among members of the House Progressive and Congressional Hispanic caucuses who voiced concerns that the Trump administration would twist the bill’s intent to put some of the money toward border enforcement rather than migrant aid. (Willis, 6/25) The New York Times: House Approves Border Aid, Seeking To Curb Trump’s Crackdown House Approves $4.5B Package To Send Humanitarian Aid To Border To Address ‘Atrocity That Violates Every Value We Have’ The package faces an uphill battle, though. Democrats will now dive into negotiations with Senate GOP leaders, in a difficult bid to get the long-delayed aid package signed into law before leaving town Thursday for a weeklong recess. last_img read more