With the COVID-19 pandemic still accelerating at an alarming rate, healthcare workers remain prone to the virus and social persecution, a medical association and human rights association have said.The Indonesian Medical Association (IDI) on Monday reported that at least 61 doctors across Indonesia had died in the fight against COVID-19. “In the past week, 14 doctors have died [of COVID-19],” IDI spokesperson Halik Malik told The Jakarta Post on Monday. “It is the highest number of cases reported within a week, and they mostly came from East Java.” On Monday alone, the IDI announced the deaths of five doctors from the coronavirus, namely Abdul Choliq from Probolinggo of East Java, Zulkiflie Saleh from Banjarmasin of South Kalimantan, Arief Agustono Hadi from Lamongan of East Java, Budi Luhur from Gresik of East Java and Deni Chrismono Raharjo from Surabaya of East Java.“Many doctors were unable to get access to swab tests. Many died even before being tested,” Halik explained, adding that the government needed to provide healthcare workers with access to polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests in every health facility. According to the Indonesian Nurses Association (PPNI), at least 167 nurses nationwide were confirmed to have had the disease so far.Read also: More Indonesian doctors, nurses die fighting against COVID-19However, PPNI chairman Harif Fadhilah said the East Java PPNI alone had recorded at least 277 nurses who were COVID-19 positive in the province. He went on to say that with many cases that went unreported, he assumed that the total number of nurses with COVID-19 might exceed 400.“It is hard for us to verify the actual number as nurses usually report their health status voluntarily. Some may also not report their positive COVID-19 result due to negative stigma, work pressure and many other factors,” he added.Harif also added that the PPNI had recorded 43 deaths of nurses nationwide as they battled against the virus, 11 of them in East Java.The PPNI also received reports that nurses working in non-COVID-19 referral hospitals were still dealing with shortages of personal protective equipment (PPE).Amnesty International Indonesia released on Monday a report documenting the experiences of healthcare workers on the front line battling the COVID-19 pandemic, saying that the government is accountable for the deaths of many medical workers in the country because of the disease.The organization’s report revealed that as of Monday at least 89 healthcare workers — consisting of 60 doctors, 23 nurses and six dentists — in Indonesia had died because of the virus.“Not only do healthcare workers have to work extra hours during the pandemic, but they are also being unfairly paid and dealing with fear of the risks of COVID-19 on a daily basis,” Amnesty International Indonesia executive director Usman Hamid said in a webinar, entitled “Global report: Health workers silenced, exposed, attacked”, on Monday.Read also: ‘I lost him too fast’: Families mourn loss of nurses from COVID-19In addition, the organization reported that as of June 12, at least 878 healthcare workers in Indonesia had contracted COVID-19, at least 225 of them residing in East Java province – the current COVID-19 epicenter in the country.“Those are the numbers that are able to be verified by organizations like us. If only the government also verifies the report on the matter, the actual numbers might be higher than what we provided,” Usman added. Amnesty International Indonesia also reported that as of June 2, at least 189 health workers had been laid off due to the crisis resulting from the pandemic. “Health workers have also experienced stigma and violence because of their job,” Usman said. The organization has recorded eight cases of healthcare workers being rejected from their respective rooming houses. In one instance, local residents rejected the funeral of a nurse who had died of COVID-19, near a residential complex.“We urge the state to take its response to COVID-19 seriously and to better protect those healthcare workers who are battling the pandemic at the forefront,” Usman concluded. “The state must ensure adequate compensation for health workers and protect those who have faced reprisals for raising health and security concerns to prevent further unjust treatment against health workers.”As of Tuesday, Indonesia had recorded 78,572 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with 3,710 fatalities.Topics :
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FaithLifestyle 18 years after Waco, Davidians believe Koresh was God by: – April 14, 2011 Tweet Share 113 Views no discussions Waco, Texas (CNN) — Sheila Martin’s children burned alive. God, she says, wanted it that way.“I don’t expect you to understand,” she says, leaning her bird-tiny frame against a full shopping cart in the nursery aisle at a Super Walmart. Her pink shirt, flats and purse match the lilies, hydrangeas and clusters of jasmine she’s buying.“Oh, look, they have forget-me-nots!” She caresses the blue petals and, like a child, puts her nose in the plant and inhales.“These will be perfect for the memorial.”On Tuesday, Martin and a handful of other surviving Branch Davidians will gather at a hotel off a freeway in this dusty Central Texas town to remember the federal siege on their religious compound, an event that has become synonymous with the word Waco.On that day in 1993, a 51-day standoff between the armed Davidians and agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and the Federal Bureau of Investigation ended in a fire and the deaths of at least 76 people. Among them were Martin’s husband and four of her children.In the garden center, Martin nervously picks up her pace, examining each plant, smelling and touching their blooms, kneading the soil.The memories have sharpened each year, not dulled as she had hoped.“I just don’t like to go back,” she says.For days on end, grenades went flash-bang, she says, hurting her ears like nails shot into her temples. The kids were screaming, running down the hallway outside their bedrooms when the first shots were fired on February 28.Bullets hit the walls. They went through the walls. One shattered her bedroom window and zinged over her 6-year-old Daniel’s head. She looked up. His face was bleeding, cut from flying shards of glass.Her 4-year-old, Kimi, was crying. The roar of the helicopters over the building sounded to her like war.She touches her chest. She still feels the vibration in her ribs from that blaring, awful music the FBI pumped on loud speakers, trying to drive them out.Her calm, over those days, came when she heard his voice, talking to a negotiator, on the loudspeaker.“Now, do you know what the name Koresh means?” the voice boomed.“It means death. Who was David Koresh?“We didn’t have a plan for death,” Martin says. “I wondered: Did someone change the plan without telling me?”On March 21, she walked out of the Davidian complex, one of 21 adults and 14 children who took the chance to leave over those weeks.Three of her seven children were led out. Four kids stayed behind with their dad.On April 19, in a Salvation Army shelter where female followers were kept, she saw it on the news: A great fire. It was so big.“I said, ‘Oh, please God, save them. Save them.’ But my head knew they were gone.”Martin doesn’t visit the pauper’s field in Waco where they are buried. “I’m not going to roll around on the dirt crying,” she says. “We don’t do that.”Branch Davidians believe that when people die, they are simply “unconscious,” waiting to be resurrected so they can travel to a kingdom cut off to nonbelievers.Lisa, 13; Sheila,15; Anita,18; Wayne Jr., 20; and Wayne Sr. — they are just unconscious. They are just waiting.David Koresh told his followers years before the men in uniforms arrived that a great apocalyptic battle with Babylon was coming and there would be destruction and fire and deaths.So, Martin says, David was right. “David is the messiah, and he’s coming back,” she explains, inspecting a bush that’s beginning to produce sweet peppers.“Now we just wait for the kingdom.”True believersFor more than a decade on every Saturday, the Branch Davidian Sabbath, Sheila Martin and Clive Doyle have gotten together to pray and discuss the Bible. They affirm to each other that David Koresh was God in the flesh. Then, they usually go to lunch or run errands.They aren’t stockpiling machine guns, the chief reason the ATF raided the compound. Between them, Doyle and Martin don’t even own a rifle.While they lived communally on the compound, Doyle and Martin now live in modest homes a few streets apart in Waco. He works at a thrift store. She works at a Christian day care center. Their bosses have asked them to leave their religion at home; otherwise, they’ve been treated kindly at work and by people in Waco who know about their pasts.The crank calls Doyle used to get have waned the past few years.When reporters call about doing stories on Koresh “true believers,” they don’t participate without talking it over with each other.“We’ve come to expect that a lot of people are going to make us look nuthouse crazy,” Doyle said, his voice changing to a spooky tone, his face dead-pan. “So, we always like it if we just seem a little crazy — it’s an improvement.”Tooling around Waco in Doyle’s beat-up Town & Country minivan, the pair make an odd couple. She is from Boston and in her 60s, but looks, dresses and moves like a teenager. Doyle is a dark-humored Australian who wears thick bifocals and declared at 9-years-old to his amused mother, an Adventist, that he was officially a “servant of God.”“I’m 70,” he jokes. “I would like to know where this kingdom is already.”Doyle’s legs and arms are a quilt of skin grafts, wounds he says he suffered from jumping through a fiery hole in the burning compound to escape.The scars are ugly, he says, but nothing compared with the year he spent in prison before going to trial, along with other Davidians, on murder, conspiracy and a string of lesser charges.Along with the Davidians, four people with ATF were killed during the siege.Doyle was acquitted.Evidence that the government gathered, including recordings from bugs planted inside the compound before the FBI’s final raid, showed Koresh ordered his followers to set the blaze.So did they? Doyle is asked.“Let’s say the government created circumstances that led to the fire,” he replied.While Martin and Doyle can be cagey, they are always polite and patient despite people constantly challenging their religious beliefs — or dismissing them as crazy.“What am I going to do, argue with everyone?” Doyle says. “When people ask why we still believe in David and what he preached, after everything, I think they are asking because they really do want to understand. What gets lost — what got lost years ago and resulted in the deaths of many people — is that none of us were looking to convert the masses. If you joined us, then fine, but if you didn’t, then go on with your life.“You don’t have to believe as I do.”Doyle sits in his cluttered living room, detective paperbacks, tomes on theology and Laurel & Hardy videos crammed on bookshelves. The only item that has room to breathe is a photograph of his 18-year-old daughter, Shari.She was one of Koresh’s “wives.”In the photo, Shari is flaxen haired, flushed and smiling, hugging the family dog.That Koresh bedded his daughter makes Doyle shift in his seat, and when he speaks of it, his jaw tightens.Doyle says his daughter started having sex with Koresh when she was 14. Koresh fathered at least 13 children with sect followers and engaged in sexual acts with underage Davidian girls, according to the Justice Department, numerous affidavits of Davidians and interviews CNN conducted with survivors.Davidian Kiri Jewel testified during 1995 congressional hearings on the siege that Koresh slept in a bed with women and children, and she believed that he had impregnated a 14-year-old. Koresh, she said, often talked about how the young girls at the compound pleased him sexually. Jewel described in graphic detail how Koresh sexually assaulted her. She testified that she wasn’t afraid of getting pregnant; she was too young, she explained. She’d not even started menstruating yet.Doyle insists that his daughter Shari, even at a young age, was capable of deciding whether to have sex with Koresh. The teen was also clearheaded, he says, when she chose to remain inside the compound despite having the chance to leave.“She wanted to be with David and to hear and follow the message,” her father says.There is silence for a moment. Doyle knows that trying to justify Koresh having sex with underage girls incites nothing but outrage from nonbelievers. And, initially, when David began preaching a message that his holy seed must be spread to any girl he preferred, married or in pigtails, Doyle admits he was bothered by it.“I wondered, I asked, ‘Is this God or is this horny old David?’ ”But Doyle’s concern didn’t last long.“I couldn’t argue because he’d show you where it was in the Bible.”Sheila Martin, too, condones Koresh having sex with underage girls. “In the Bible, if a girl is old enough to menstruate, then she can be a wife,” she insists.There are three crucial points to understanding the Branch Davidian brand of religion.First, God can appear in the flesh as a man. Second, that man doesn’t have to be a good person. Third, if you question whether that man is God, then you are questioning God. In other words, the devil is responsible for your doubt.“Now,” Doyle asks, “are you going to give the devil control?”Mount Carmel’s new residentsLast Sunday, Martin, Doyle, and Doyle’s roommate, Ron Goins — also a Branch Davidian but not a Waco survivor — packed into Doyle’s van and sped down a country road toward Mount Carmel, the property where the compound once stood.Its acreage is lush with wildflowers, and Martin is soon out of the car, traipsing through prairie grass, picking yellow primrose and butterfly weed.At the entrance now is a gate — something Koresh and other members of his inner circle darkly joked they should have built before the raid, Doyle says.The gate is flanked by several mailboxes. At least three Davidians live on the property, including Charlie Pace, an early Branch member who Martin and Doyle say never got along with Koresh. They say church elders asked him to leave the compound.“Now Charlie is back to claim what he believes is his,” said Doyle.Pace told CNN that he is “enlightened” and that God chose him to look for fresh believers.Down a dirt road on the property is a chapel that Branch Davidian supporters built in 1999. On this day, the doors stood open and sheet music and tambourines sat on dusty chairs. A large photograph of a bushy-haired Koresh mugging like Jim Morrison hangs near the door.The chapel reminds Sheila Martin of the first time this messiah, a high-school dropout in blue jeans, persuaded her to follow him.It was 1986. She and her husband, Wayne, a Harvard-trained lawyer, were going through a tough time. They were both Adventists and living in New York.They’d met at an Adventist function; he wooed her with his piano playing.The births of their first five children had gone smoothly, but their faith was being tested with their sixth, Jamie. He had contracted potentially deadly meningitis, an illness that would cripple him for life.“I prayed all the time, and I told Wayne that because his faith wasn’t as strong as mine — he’d started to drift into the secular world too much — that our baby was dying,” she recalled.When Jamie wailed in her arms, with a suffering she was incapable of relieving, Martin thought about her first date with her husband. They went to a performance of Handel’s Messiah, the retelling of Christ’s victory over sin and death.“My husband, he heard about what was happening in Waco,” she said.The couple spent hours on the phone talking to the Branch Davidians there. They were always eager to listen, especially a guy who’d recently joined the group, David Koresh.Koresh mailed the parents a videotape of him preaching. “The scriptures just flowed out of his mouth. He had the spirit of God in him,” Sheila says.Wayne Martin, the pianist, liked that Koresh played the guitar. The church was hurting for a leader with a youthful air.And their son needed all the in-person prayer he could get.The couple moved to Waco.Within days, the Martins were sure they’d made the right choice. When Jamie cried during prayer gatherings, and the others flinched, Koresh went right to the baby.“He would just pick him up and hold him real tight until he got quiet,” Sheila recalled.Koresh told the Martins that their child needed more healing.Jamie and two of Sheila Martin’s other children survived the fire at Waco. Kimi and Daniel spent the time after the siege with relatives while federal authorities questioned their mother.Now 22 and 24, Kimi and Daniel now live with their mother in Waco. They didn’t want to be interviewed.Martin says they have rejected the Davidian faith and won’t go to any religious events with her. This does not upset her, she says, because she knows that God will eventually change their minds.“I think they’ll realize someday everything is under his order, and they’ll understand that it’s not really a choice.”Jamie Martin spent his life severely handicapped. He died in 1998.One daySheila Martin likes to paraphrase this scripture: “If you are allowed to drink from the cup of woe, of disappointment, remember it’s a loving God who is holding the cup to your lips,” she says.With this, she takes a sip through a straw of chocolate milk after lunch.“People want life to be sweet, but life isn’t sweet and easy,” she says. “Not here, not now, but it will be in the kingdom.”What will the kingdom look like?It will be a physical place, Doyle and Martin say, probably in another country, maybe in Israel. Other than that, they don’t know.“One day, we will have a better experience,” Martin says. “We’re not going to have to see everyone die.”She imagines it will be like what Diana Ross sang about in the Wiz.Do you know the lyrics, she asks.Soon as I get home, soon as I get homeIn a different place, in a different timeDifferent people around meI would like to know of that different worldAnd how different they find me“Diana Ross is singing those words and I’m thinking about Mount Carmel and the way the light would reflect off the snow, and how the snow made everything look clean there,” Martin says.“What she’s singing about is being alone after a great storm that God created and she can’t get out of her circumstance.“I’m going to keep praying, and wishing for that place, for me and Clive.”CNN News Share Share Sharing is caring!
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Latest posts by Mike Mandell (see all) Ellsworth runners compete in virtual Boston Marathon – September 16, 2020 Hospice volunteers help families navigate grief and find hope – September 12, 2020 ELLSWORTH — Forgive Foster Ashmore if he felt the wrestling universe had conspired against him. Throughout the 2017-18 season, it’s often seemed as if that were the case.The senior on the Bucksport wrestling team had been chasing his 100th win for much of the year, but between weather postponements and opponent scratches, it took forever. Last Wednesday, it finally appeared as if Ashmore would reach that milestone in the best way possible: at a tournament at Bucksport High School on his 18th birthday.Unfortunately, more bad weather stepped in the way. The first of Bucksport’s two home tournaments was postponed for a second time, and Ashmore was left to wait once again.“It was definitely disappointing at the time,” Ashmore said. “It would’ve been ideal to win it back at my home gym, and I was looking forward to it for sure.”Bucksport’s Foster Ashmore goes for a pin against Foxcroft’s Brandon Weston during a high school wrestling tournament Jan. 20 at Ellsworth High School. ELLSWORTH AMERICAN PHOTO BY MIKE MANDELLThis is placeholder textThis is placeholder textThree days later, though, Ashmore finally got his moment. Even after another opponent was scratched at the last second, the third of the Bucksport standout’s four wins on the day earned him a spot in school history.Ashmore became the 28th member of Bucksport’s 100-win club when he defeated Foxcroft Academy’s Brandon Weston at Saturday’s round-robin tournament at Ellsworth High School. The win highlighted an excellent day for local wrestlers, who won the majority of their matches throughout the seven-hour tournament.After wins in Ashmore’s first two bouts, Bucksport fans in attendance expected to hear his name called as matchups were announced for the third set of round-robin competition. Yet as the names were called, Ashmore, whose opponent had been scratched, instead had to watch as other wrestlers in the 126-pound class took to the mats.“It was hard when I didn’t get to wrestle right when I wanted to,” Ashmore said. “The anticipation was there for me to go out and get it done, but then I had to wait another round.”When the time did come, Ashmore was ready. So too were his teammates, coaches and fans, many of whom gathered around the ring holding up “100” signs in celebration of the victory that was about to come.Ashmore took control of the match early, but Weston, who himself reached the 100-win milestone in December, made him work hard for the victory. Late in the second period, Ashmore finally pulled off the winning pin and sent the purple-clad corner of Katsiaficas Gymnasium wild.“He deserves this so much,” Bucksport head coach Dan Ormsby said. “He’s been one of the hardest workers on the team for all these years, and everyone wanted this for him.”The day was also memorable for Ellsworth, which honored seniors Chris Barnes, Andrew Brown, Peyton Cole and Sam Horne. Although Horne didn’t wrestle, his fellow seniors combined to win all but two of their matches.Ellsworth’s Andrew Brown battles Dexter’s Tyler Beem in a 160-pound bout at a high school wrestling tournament Jan. 20 at Ellsworth High School. Brown was one of four Ellsworth seniors to be recognized. ELLSWORTH AMERICAN PHOTO AT MIKE MANDELLKyle Gillespie furthered Ellsworth’s excellent performance with an undefeated showing at the 132-pound level. Freshman Landon St. Peter also starred for the Eagles at 106 pounds with four victories.As the tournament used a round-robin format, teams did not place or receive scores. Instead, wrestlers were divided into two separate brackets to create a massive tournament that featured 228 total bouts.“We wanted to give wrestlers at every weight class new opportunities against new opponents,” Ellsworth head coach J.F. Burns said. “In a lot of these tournaments, you have the same people making it to the end. It was good to have a tournament that avoided that and gave wrestlers a shot against different competition.”Many wrestlers for both teams didn’t get that chance. Ellsworth’s Logan Lord and Bucksport’s Keigan Riccard and David Gross led a long list of unavailable wrestlers for the two Hancock County teams, which have had to deal with numerous injuries throughout the season.“When you have that many wrestlers who can’t go for you, it really takes a toll,” Ormsby said. “Still, we have some quality kids, and we’re going to make some noise.”Bucksport’s Foster Ashmore holds his 100-win plaque while posing for a photo with his coaching staff at a high school wrestling tournament Jan. 20 at Ellsworth High School. Ashmore became the 28th wrestler in school history to reach the milestone. ELLSWORTH AMERICAN PHOTO BY MIKE MANDELLAshmore, who spent much of the next half-hour posing for pictures with a commemorative plaque and receiving congratulatory messages from the entire Bucksport contingent, will make sure of that. With three events left in the regular season and regional and state championships still to come, there will be more opportunities for him to make an impact.Two of those competitions will be at home, where Ashmore hoped to earn his milestone win a week ago. Even after he graduates this June, his name will soon be a permanent fixture at Ralph Jewett Gymnasium when it gets added with a banner listing the 27 other Bucksport wrestlers to reach the 100-win milestone.“I can’t wait to see my name up there,” Ashmore said. “Getting it at home on my birthday would still have been ideal, but that doesn’t take away from the accomplishment. I still had everyone here cheering me on, and it’s a special feeling.” Latest Posts Mike MandellMike Mandell is the sports editor at The Ellsworth American and Mount Desert Islander. He began working for The American in August 2016. You can reach him via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. 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￼Dear readers,Football’s back. Our 2014 football preview is an all-encompassing look at Syracuse’s new, no-huddle offense as it heads into its second Atlantic Coast Conference season. In this guide, you’ll find a breakdown of the offense and what it could mean moving forward, a profile on senior running back and captain Prince-Tyson Gulley, a look at how the Orange is shifting the way it views the tight end position, and more. We also delve into topics from around the conference and nation, along with all the stats you need to know about this year’s team.Thanks for reading,Jesse Dougherty, Sports Editor Comments
USC hopes participation in a new survey program will help the university improve the student experience.The university is in its final stages of joining the Student Experience in the Research University Consortium, which will allow USC to partake in a multi-university survey USC officials hope will help them improve the university.“We have been committed to improving the quality of undergraduate education for over 10 years now, and we have done a good job, but we are not satisfied,” said Mark Pavelchak, USC’s academic information officer.Starting out as a survey for only University of California schools, the Student Experience in the Research University survey has now come to include 17 top universities, allowing USC to see where it stands in comparison to other research universities. USC has been working three years to join the consortium.Pavelchak said being part of the consortium will allow USC to evaluate how it compares to other schools.“We have increased selectivity and student quality to where we can hold out against Berkeley and UCLA,” Pavelchak said.The survey will provide detailed information on how students feel about specific academic programs and the overall USC experience.The survey consists of a group of core questions and an individualized section chosen from random from a group of four topics.“The survey asks you to look back from where you came from and why you came here,” Pavelchak said. “There are four modules students are randomly assigned to, which include academic experience and globalization, community and civic engagement, student life and development, and then lastly a set of special interest questions that pertain directly to USC.”The survey is a comprehensive look at the university, and allows USC to look at what needs improvement“The survey touches on every aspect of USC, from faculty to services to the climate of the campus,” Pavelchak said. “We are going to take an honest look at what students are patting us on the back for and at the constructive criticism and give that information to administration.”The first wave of email surveys as sent out March 24. The university will continue to remind students who have yet to submit responses, as well as provide incentives for the completion of the survey in the form of cash prizes, an Apple iPad and an opportunity to participate in USC football’s Guest Coaches Program.Although students are often bombarded with surveys for classes or other USC programs, the incentives for this survey and the chance to affect the university’s future seem to be catching the eye of students.“Over my four years here, USC has changed so much,” said Betsi Crow, a senior majoring in biology. “Not only the area around USC, but I have definitely noticed that more programs are being offered and there are more events and clubs than there were when I was a freshman. I feel like USC has put an emphasis on continuing to improve, so this survey will provide them with a lot of good information to continue to do so.”
Syracuse erased an anemic first half to beat St. Bonaventure, 79-66, in the Carrier Dome on Monday night.It wasn’t a great sign that the Orange (2-0) had to use a second-half rally to fight off the mid-major Bonnies (1-1) on its own court. The visitors outmuscled and outrebounded, 43-33, and scored 29 second-chance points as SU starting center Dajuan Coleman played just 14 minutes.But freshman Tyler Lydon was a viable Band-Aid for Coleman — who continues to inch back to his serviceable self — and the Orange gutted out the win. Here are three things we learned from the game.1. Trevor Cooney and Michael Gbinije can also spark Syracuse from the defensive end In the first half, the Bonnies were getting the ball to Dion Wright in the middle of the zone and it allowed them to work an effective inside-out game. That helped St. Bonaventure shoot 6-of-16 from 3 in the first, and go into the break with a 35-29 lead.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textDefending the high post is the guards’ responsibility in Syracuse’s 2-3 zone, and both Cooney and Gbinije said they made considerable defensive adjustments at halftime. By pressing out and using their long arms to keep the ball away from that spot, the pair combined for five second-half steals and 10 in the game.SU head coach Jim Boeheim said SU’s defense improved as the game went on, and that started with the two up top.“Mike and I know our positions, we know how to play it,” Cooney said. “When we get into the flow of the game and know our opponents, we’re able to jump plays and jump passes, and get deflections and steals. We’re continuing to do that a lot and it was big for us tonight.”With Gbinije standing 6-foot-7 and Cooney 6-foot-4, it’s no question why they are successful atop Boeheim’s zone. But on Monday, they showed an ability to shift a game’s momentum by taking away the high post and taking the ball from the Orange’s opponent.“With (Trevor) and Mike out there, they’ve both very good at defense,” Boeheim said. “And that helps us. St. Bonaventure has good guards, they’re tricky, and we for the most part kept them out of there and forced them into some tough shots.”2. Lydon, as advertised, isn’t just a grinder In Syracuse’s two scrimmages and first game of the season, Lydon banged around in the paint and was hesitant on his jump shot.But against the Bonnies, he confidently stepped into two second-half 3s that had a big effect on the game. The first 3 tied the game at 54-54 with 9:03 left in the game. The second came with the Orange holding a seven-point lead and just about sealed the win with 3:42 remaining.Lydon played 31 minutes — mostly at center in place of Coleman — and finished with 13 points and six rebounds. He also shot an impressive 5-for-5 from the foul line, with four coming in succession down the stretch.“You know he’s a freshman, and he’s been a little reluctant in one game,” Boeheim said at the suggestion that Lydon came out of his shell against St. Bonaventure. “… I think he grabbed his rhythm there. He made his foul shots and I think that helped him get going a little bit.“But he can shoot, he knows it, it’s been two games.”3. Defense kept Kaleb Joseph off the court Joseph, who’s coming off the bench after starting at point guard as a freshman last season, played just four minutes on Monday. Boeheim said Joseph has been playing well recently, but that his lackluster defense kept him off the court against the Bonnies.He finished 0-for-1 from the field with a turnover and a steal.“Kaleb’s played very, very well,” Boeheim said. “Tonight he was completely out of it, didn’t deserve to be in the game and he was out.”Boeheim went on to say that most players, starting with Joseph but also including Coleman, will see less playing time if they’re not playing good defense. Joseph let St. Bonaventure get a few good looks from 3 in his short first-half stint, and Boeheim subbed him out for freshman guard Frank Howard, who played nine minutes after playing just three in the Orange’s opener.Just a few plays prior, Joseph turned to find Malachi Richardson for an open 3 and threw the ball right into the arms of a defender. But it was clear after the game that struggles on the other end limited his action. Comments Published on November 17, 2015 at 11:52 pm Facebook Twitter Google+
It’s the day after Christmas and Iowa’s retail workers are preparing for their busiest day of the year for returns. Consumer advocate Michelle Reinen says anyone who got a gift they don’t want through online shopping should check to see how best to return the item.“Who’s responsible for shipping, what timing, how the credits will be provided directly back to a credit card or an in-store credit?” When possible, Reinen says you should get a gift receipt and check with the retailer first on how it handles returns.“It may also give you the options that you can go to a brick and mortar store and return the item,” she says, “even though you purchased it online.” If you have a complaint about a company’s return policy, get a hard copy and consider taking it to the Consumer Protection Division of the Iowa Attorney General’s Office.Reinen says, “Getting the information in writing will be very important, but then file that complaint and let consumer protection assist you through the process.” To file a consumer complaint, follow this link: https://www.iowaattorneygeneral.gov/for-consumers/file-a-consumer-complaint