Spices suspected in 4-state Salmonella outbreak

first_imgMar 30, 2009 (CIDRAP News) – Public health officials in four states are investigating a Salmonella outbreak associated with spices made by a California company that has so far sickened 42 people, 33 of them in California.Mark Horton, director of the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), said in a Mar 28 press release that consumers should avoid eating spices produces by Union International Food Company, though only white and black pepper products have been linked to the illnesses.The company recalled its pepper and other spice products, which were primarily sold to distributors and restaurants in California and Oregon under the Lian How brand name. The products, which include the wording “Packed by Union International Foods” or “Union National Foods,” were packed in various-sized containers, from 2.2-lb foil bags to 15-lb cardboard boxes with plastic liners.Besides pepper, other seasonings subject to the recall include cayenne pepper, paprika, chopped onion, onion powder, garlic, curry powder, mustard powder, and wasabi powder.William Keene, senior epidemiologist in the Public Health Division of the Oregon Department of Human Services, told CIDRAP News that the outbreak strain is Salmonella enterica serotype Rissen, which has so far sickened four Oregon residents. He said the strain is also linked to cases in Washington and Nevada.California officials said no deaths have been attributed to the outbreak and the latest known illness onset is Mar 13. Cases were reported from 15 counties in the central and northern part of the state.Salmonellosis is marked by diarrhea, fever, and cramps that start between 12 and 72 hours after infection, with symptoms that last from 4 to 7 days, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Most people recover without treatment, but severe cases can occur in infants, the elderly, and people with weakened immunity.last_img read more

Conference Held Can Croatian Tourism 365?

first_imgThe first conference on year-round tourism was held in the packed hall of the Sheraton Hotel. Can Croatian Tourism 365 ?. Along with numerous foreign and domestic experts, the topic of year-round tourism in Croatia and all the challenges that tourism faces, especially after the increase in the number of arrivals and guests. Croatian tourism must be better!High seasonality of tourism and reaching infrastructural and other maximums in the summer months and low tourist representation in the continental part of Croatia is a realistic picture of Croatian tourism, which worries us. The main topics of the conference discussed were, above all, how to extend the season and how to start continental Croatia.The conference was opened by Robert Pende, Deputy Minister of Tourism, who said that Croatia has a relatively good infrastructure, but that the capacities are not used well enough. It is necessary to show inventiveness and prudence. Zdravko Počivalšek, Minister of Economy of Slovenia, pointed out several important facts that have led Slovenia to the recognizability of the destination and gave recommendations for the development of tourism: “The challenge that many destinations face today is over-tourism. Low prices are part of the problem, and destinations are becoming more accessible. Tourism is the largest industry in expansion, but we do not act responsibly towards people or the environment. Clear support is needed at the state level, and without a shared vision it does not work. In tourism, it is important every day of the year! “.The conference was concluded by the conference organizer, Ms. Ivana Kolar, who pointed out: ” At the end of this conference, it became clear that we do not lack desire, but that initiative and activity are needed. Only if we work actively can change happen. The overall efficiency of our work must be higher. At the state level, it is necessary to create a strategy for year-round tourism and stronger promotion, and to include continental Croatia in the whole story of tourism. Incentives for new projects, education of the population, provision of favorable financial resources from EU funds, easing of obstacles and provision of necessary infrastructure would also be welcome.. “Croatia can develop tourism 365 using models from other successful countries such as Austria, Slovenia and Hungary. But all this is part of a long-term process that can be realized overnight, nor is it the task of the state alone. This is the task of all of us who are still insufficiently connected, we still divide Croatia into continental and sea, we divide it by counties and individual places. “The point of this conference is to connect and collaborate and think outside the local community. Croatia must be one destination. We have 2 tasks ahead of us – to extend the season where we are good and to develop an attractive year-round offer on the continent where possible. Let’s connect our goals, our activities, our products and experiences and finally – our common results.- pointed out Kolar.last_img read more

Law firm lettings counteract bank cuts at Canary Wharf

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S&P 500 plunges 7 percent, triggering market-wide stock trading halt

first_img“Even though people are concerned it could create more problems, it does allow people to step back and re-assess what they’re doing,” said Matt Maley, an equity strategist at Miller Tabak & Co. “The one thing is, it’s been a long time since any of these circuit breakers kicked in. Back then, it was positive. It allowed people to calm down a little bit.”The last time the futures trading limits hit was Nov. 8, 2016, following Donald Trump’s shock election victory. This time, a plunge in oil prices added to weeks of concern that the spreading coronavirus will derail the global economy. Crude oil fell as much as 34 percent to US$27.34 a barrel, the worst day since the Gulf War in 1991, after Saudi Arabia initiated an all-out price war.Volatility has reigned in markets around the world amid an outbreak that has infected more than 108,000 people. At least 10 billion shares have traded on US exchanges each day for two weeks, and the VIX has closed above 30 for seven days straight. Such turbulence is putting the vitality of the longest-ever bull market in jeopardy. The severe rout in US stocks triggered trading curbs that the New York Stock Exchange put in place after the 1987 Black Monday crash.A 15-minute trading halt took hold after the S&P 500 Index fell 7 percent to 2,764.21 as of 9:34 a.m. in New York, triggering the breaker for the first time since December 2008 at the depths of the financial crisis. Futures had plunged 4.89 percent overnight Sunday, triggering exchange rules that limit losses on those contracts and distorting price discovery for the cash market before the opening.When trading resumes, another 15-minute pause will happen if losses reach 13 percent, a drop that would put the S&P 500 at 2,585.96. If the decline hits 20 percent, or 2,377.9, markets will close for the day. Only the 20 percent rule applies in the final 35 minutes of cash trading. Traders have never seen a 13 percent or 20 percent breaker trip. Topics :last_img read more

New Zealand’s Ardern extends lockdown to stamp out coronavirus outbreak

first_imgNew Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern extended a lockdown in the country’s biggest city on Friday in response to the first national coronavirus outbreak in months, sticking with a “go early, go hard” approach she said has proven effective.Ardern said genomic testing has shown the latest outbreak is a different strain to the original outbreak in New Zealand earlier in the year, suggesting it was new to the country.The New Zealand leader said lockdown measures in Auckland, home to about 1.7 million people, and social distancing measures across the country that were imposed on Wednesday would remain in place for another 12 days. Her swift action followed the discovery on Tuesday of the country’s first COVID-19 infections in 102 days, in a family in Auckland. Since then, officials have identified a total of 29 cases, all linked to the same cluster.”As we have said from the start, our overall Covid-19 strategy remains elimination,” Ardern said in a televised media conference. “Together, we have got rid of Covid before. We have kept it out for 102 days, longer than any other country. We can do all of that again.”Ardern is under pressure ahead of a upcoming general election, with the main opposition National Party accusing the government of failing to secure quarantine facilities and withholding information.Ardern said contact tracing and genomic testing had found no links with the current outbreak to the country’s border entry points or managed quarantine facilities. She said genome sequencing disproved the theory from some health experts that the virus could have been quietly moving through community since the original outbreak. “This suggests this is not a case of the virus being dormant or of a burning ember in our community,” she said. “It appears to be new to New Zealand.”Health Minister Chris Hipkins said earlier that genome testing suggested the new virus outbreak had originated in Britain or Australia.Ardern cautioned that more cases were likely in the coming days but said she was confident officials would successfully identify the “perimeter” of the cluster – if not its source – allowing them to isolate cases and remove restrictions.The earliest case authorities have identified to date is a worker at an Auckland-based cool store owned US-based Americold Realty Trust, who became ill around July 31. Almost a dozen other infections have been directly linked to the facility.The current Level 3 restrictions in Auckland requiring people to mostly remain at home, and level 2 restrictions for the rest of the country, are not as severe as the five-week level 4 shutdown she imposed earlier in the year.”I would characterize our approach as a ‘short but precautionary hold’ in an ongoing investigation that will stamp out the virus,” she said of the current measures, which will last a total of 14 days, the known incubation period for the virus.Economy worriesThe opposition National Party has been pressuring Ardern to delay the Sept. 19 election, arguing their inability to campaign because of restrictions gave her government an unfair advantage. Ardern said on Friday she would make a decision in the next 48 hours.New Zealanders celebrated when Ardern appeared to eliminate community transmission of the coronavirus with the earlier hard lockdown that forced almost everyone to stay at home.There were concerns a repeat of that process would come with a huge economic cost and Ardern on Friday announced the extension of a wage subsidy scheme and mortgage deferral program to support businesses and protect jobs.”Lifting restrictions now and seeing a potential explosion in cases is the worst thing we could do for Auckland and the New Zealand economy,” she said.Prior to the extension announcement, Westpac Banking Corp estimated the current level of lockdown measures in Auckland and the rest of New Zealand would cost the economy about NZ$300 million, or 0.5% of gross domestic product.Reserve Bank of New Zealand Deputy Governor Geoff Bascand told Reuters a sustained resurgence of the virus posed “a major risk” to the bank’s outlook. Topics :last_img read more

$25,000 grant may not be enough to save Qld building industry

first_img A Coral Homes display at 16A Huon St, Broadbeach Waters.Steve Foley, chief executive officer of Coral Homes, Queensland’s largest new homes builder, welcomed the grant as a much-needed boost to business.“This will definitely make a difference to the building industry, our supply chain and all the local contractors we employ,” he said.Based on the Gold Coast, Coral Homes directly employs 240 staff and provides work to hundreds of local subcontractors across the state.Foot traffic to its display homes dropped 90 per cent during the peak of the COVID-19 period and sales plunged by up to 40 per cent.“We have already started to see an improvement in the numbers of people visiting our display homes and making inquiries since the COVID-19 restrictions have eased,” he said.“I am confident the grant will help fill the gap in our pipeline.” Master Builders Queensland chief executive Grant Galvin said the package would be key in ensuring residential construction did not fall off a cliff by September, but feared it might not supercharge the industry as much as hoped.“Inquiries and contracts were already starting to dry up so this package will be a shot in the arm,” he said.“But what we need is for the Queensland Government to expand the $15,000 First Home Owners Grant to everyone. We want anyone who is building to access a $40,000 grant. That kind of package will be a genuine incentive and ensure that if you weren’t in a position to build before, you will be now.” RELATED: What the HomeBuilder grant means for buyers More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa7 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag1 day agoGold Coast renovation experts Carlene and Michael Duffy welcomed news of the grant, which comes as their own Tallebudgera home renovation is about to be unveiled on Channel 9 Life’s Ready, Set, Reno series tomorrow.“You can do an entire bathroom for $25,000,” Mrs Duffy said. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 2:07Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -2:07 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenCOVID-19: Current market update02:08CANBERRA’S $25,000 HomeBuilder grant has been met with mixed reaction from Queensland building industry leaders, with some fearing the scheme does not go far enough.While most have welcomed the $688 million plan to rescue tradies and related workers, others questioned if it would be enough to “super boost” the sector.Under the initiative, anyone who meets the criteria for building a new home or doing a substantial renovation can claim $25,000 to help cover costs.First homebuyers can access a combined $40,000 if they also take advantage of the State Government’s First Home Owners Grant.center_img Renovation experts Michael and Carlene Duffy at their soon-to-be-revealed Tallebudgera home. Picture: Mindi Cooke“For those doing a renovation worth $150,000 or more, the grant would allow you to up-spec materials you otherwise would have had to compromise on.“It’s also enough to encourage those people who might have been holding out to renovate down the track to move on it now.”The $25,000 grant is open to individuals earning up to $125,000, or a combined $200,000 for couples. New homes being built must be worth $750,000 or less, including land, to qualify while renovations must be worth between $150,000 and $750,000.Contracts must be signed by December 31, with work to begin within three months of the contract date, to be eligible.last_img read more

Singapore Funds Wilhelmsen’s Drone Delivery Project

Wilhelmsen Ships Service (WSS) has been selected to help develop the future Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) regulatory framework for Singapore and will receive dedicated funding for their shore-to-ship delivery project.WSS is one of four companies to have received the funding, following a Call-For-Proposal (CFP) aimed to support the development of systems and technologies to enable innovations within the wide-ranging use of UAS. The maximum funding available for each project is SGD 1.5 million (USD 1.1 million), or up to 50% of the total project qualified costs.Outlining the potential development of UAS for shore-to-ship deliveries, the proposal from Wilhelmsen Ships Service highlighted how UAS delivery could improve safety, productivity and efficiency. Namely, with a quicker response rate and turnaround time compared to traditional launch boat deliveries, Wilhelmsen believes that delivery by UAS has the potential to lower shore-to-ship delivery costs by up to 90%, as well as removing the safety risks inherent with delivery via launch boat.Commenting on the award, Marius Johansen, Vice President Commercial, Ships Agency, said that it will be important for the company “to validate the use case of parcel delivery with drones, but it will also enable us to develop key technological solutions such as ship localization and precision landing, payload release system, light and reliable private 4G/LTE communications, onshore parcel station and an automated package delivery system.”The award comes on the back of the company’s MOU with aviation company Airbus, which was signed at maritime exhibition Posidonia. In addition to the CFP award, Wilhelmsen Ships Service are currently working with Airbus’ Skyways on a pilot trial to deliver spare parts, documents, water test kits and 3D printed consumables to vessels at anchorage from Singapore port’s Marina South Pier.Beginning in Q3 2018, this will be the very first-time drone technology that has been deployed in real port conditions, delivering parcels to vessels at anchorage, Wilhelmsen concluded. read more

Tony Mmoh’s Son, Michael, Intends to Make Himself a Force on…

first_imgAfter winning the USTA boys’ 18s national championship back in August, Michael Mmoh’s parting gift was a trip to New York City.The American teenager, who soared as high as the No. 2 junior in the world, also received a berth in the US Open’s main draw, opposite Frenchman Jeremy Chardy.Mmoh is a terrific athlete with dazzling retrieving skills that have been compared to those of Gael Monfils. But looking a tad tentative, he got schooled by Chardy 6-4, 6-4, 6-1.All things considered, it might have been the best result possible. Chardy, a journeyman with a career record just under .500 and a single tour-level title in more than a decade as a professional, preyed on Mmoh’s defensive posture. “Monumental,” was how Mmoh recently described it. “You can’t play tennis just hoping your opponent is going to miss. You have to have an aggressive mentality to win. Andy Murray didn’t win many Slams because at crunch time he’d revert to his defensive ways. Look at (Novak) Djokovic in the US Open final. He was very defensive in that final against (Stan) Wawrinka — that’s not going to get it done.”His coach, Glenn Weiner, seized on that teachable moment.“It’s been in our vocabulary to make him more aggressive,” Weiner explained. “In that respect, Chardy was a great learning experience. We simplified the message to: ‘How do we make you just a little more dangerous?’“We followed that game plan through the fall. After the summer he had, did I expect him to start winning like he did? No. I have to say I like where’s headed.”This is not a random assessment. Weiner, who has played and coached at IMG Academy for nearly 25 years, coached No. 5-ranked Kei Nishikori for three years in Bradenton, Florida.After a terrific stretch run at the Challenger level, the ATP’s equivalent of Triple A baseball, Mmoh has another Grand Slam main-draw appointment in January. He accumulated the most points in Knoxville, Tennessee, and Champaign, Illinois to win the USTA’s Pro Circuit Australian Open Wild Card Challenge.Mmoh, 18, is one of five American teenagers to win an ATP Challenger Tour title this year, joining Taylor Fritz, Reilly Opelka, Frances Tiafoe and Stefan Kozlov, who won in Columbus, Ohio, a couple of weeks ago. Eight American men aged 20 and younger — the aforementioned five, plus Jared Donaldson, Ernesto Escobedo and Noah Rubin — are ranked among the ATP World Tour’s top 204 players.There’s your short list for future U.S. male tennis stars hoping to follow in the tradition of former top 10 Americans Andy Roddick, James Blake, Mardy Fish and John Isner. They are all contenders for the Next Gen ATP Finals next November in Milan, a new event that will feature the top 21-and-under singles players.The last time there more than six Americans under the age of 21 in the year-end top 200 was 1991, when there were seven. That group included Pete Sampras, Andre Agassi, Jim Courier and Michael Chang — all future Grand Slam winners.“The competition really motivates you,” Mmoh said. “When Taylor or Francis is doing well, you might be ranked like 300, while they’re 170 and winning a Challenger. You don’t want to be the guy falling behind.“It’s been a constant battle for a long time. At the end of the day, it’s huge for American tennis, and us, too.”That Mmoh is playing under the U.S. flag is something of an upset, considering his unusual provenance.He was born in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, to a Nigerian-born father and an Irish-born mother. Tony and Geraldine (O’Reilly) met in Saudi Arabia in the 1990s when she was a nurse and he worked in sports marketing. Tony had moved to the United States to play tennis at St. Augustine’s and eventually became an American citizen. He was ranked as high as No. 105 among ATP players and played doubles at the Seoul Olympics for Nigeria. With Geraldine, he raised the family in both Washington, D.C., and Saudi Arabia.Michael Mmoh was 12 years old when he got his first big break in tennis, playing at the Eddie Herr at IMG in Bradenton. He got “trashed” in the final by Duckhee Lee of Korea but was discovered by the IMG staff and eventually offered a scholarship. Mmoh has progressed steadily ever since.With his ranking in the mid-400s, he began the year playing Futures events and trying to qualify for Challengers. Receiving a wild card in Miami, he forced rising German star Alexander Zverev — also 18 at the time — to two tiebreakers before losing in the first round. On the downside, Mmoh blew a 3-0 double-break lead in the second set.An elbow injury cost him April and May, prompting a weeklong visit and a heartfelt discussion with his father, who now lives in Atlanta.“I was struggling after the injury,” Michael said, “and I wanted a different insight into my game. My dad was a top-100 player and had some ups and downs in his career. He gave me some useful words, and I started playing well.“When I’m not confident, I’m not the most aggressive player. I use my athletic ability to retrieve a lot of balls. In today’s pro game, guys are hitting the s— out of the ball. Getting a lot of balls back — that can be your Plan B. But to be successful, you want to be in control of the points.”Weiner helped Mmoh make another adjustment, taking a subtle hitch out of his long forehand stroke, which helped take critical time away from opponents. In late September, Mmoh won three matches to qualify for the main draw at the Tiburon, California, Challenger. He survived three match points in a first-round match against Tennys Sandgren and won when Sandgren retired in the third set. Mmoh won seven straight matches to get to his first Challenger final, where he lost to Darian King.In November, Mmoh went one step further, winning the Challenger in Knoxville. Reaching the quarterfinals a week later in Champaign got him into the top 200 for the first time, his overriding goal for 2016.And now he gets to visit Australia, a place that feels like home. His mother, since divorced from Tony, has an Australian passport, and his aunt has lived there for years. The first Grand Slam that Mmoh watched in person was in Melbourne, as a 7-year-old in 2005, the year Marat Safin won the title.After Australia, Mmoh’s ranking should allow him into the main draw of most Challengers and qualifying for the remaining Grand Slams and some ATP events. For the next month, he and Weiner will work on strengthening his already strong serve by hitting targeted spots more often.“It comes down to how good he wants to be,” Weiner said. “One thing I’ve been working on with him is routines and setting a good example. I’ve seen moments where there is a glimpse of some special tennis. Glimpses are not good enough.“We have to have a higher percentage. It needs to be more of an everyday thing. I believe he can be a great player.”So does Mmoh, who lists reaching the top 10 and winning a major among his top career goals. For 2017?“I’d have to say, I think the year-end top 100 is realistic for me,” Mmoh said. “The main thing I need to do to improve my game is be more unpredictable.“My game’s there to do the damage.”-Culled from USA TODAYShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Cooper shows fire in torrid remarks

first_imgWell, that’s one way to put it.After the USC women’s basketball team beat UCLA 70-63 on Sunday, coach Michael Cooper opened the postgame news conference by saying, “My opening statement is, f— UCLA.”Interesting start · In just his first season as coach of the Women of Troy basketball team, coach Michael Cooper has riled up controversy. – Tim Tran | Daily Trojan Cooper went on to say many more words after that, but — not surprisingly — none seemed to have the same effect as the first sentence.Many people were taken aback by Cooper’s words, and he promptly apologized for his actions in a letter sent Tuesday to UCLA coach Nikki Caldwell. The Pac-10 issued a reprimand in response to the statement, and it remains to be seen if Cooper will be punished further.But I, for one, enjoyed the statement.While the blunt word choice might not have been appropriate, the fiery passion and rivalry that the phrase embodies seems to be one of the only ways to describe the relationship between USC and UCLA. Cooper was visibly excited about the win, as he should be; a win in this matchup seems to rank above most everything else in a coach’s résumé, and to do it in front of a charged-up home crowd is an experience second to none.So I saw Cooper saying those six words with the intention of displaying how much he, as well as everyone else at USC, cared about the rivalry; not in a malicious spirit but simply a competitive one.And, to be honest, I didn’t think it was anything new.Although he is the first one to articulate it so eloquently, Cooper is the last in a long line of USC coaches to make this statement in one form or another during the course of this school year.Take, for instance, former football coach Pete Carroll, who made his “expletive statement” in the form of some good old football bravado. As you might remember, immediately following a questionable UCLA timeout with the game all-but-over, Carroll decided to take one last shot at the end zone with 44 seconds left in USC’s game against the Bruins on Nov. 28. The result was a 48-yard pass-and-catch from quarterback Matt Barkley to wideout Damian Williams, which put the Trojans up 21 points and caused quite a stir on the sidelines.“It is just the heart of a competitor — just battling,” Carroll said after the game.Or how about men’s basketball coach Kevin O’Neill, who led his team into Pauley Pavilion last Saturday and handed the Bruins a 21-point loss — their worst to the Trojans since the 1944-45 season? He made his   “expletive statement” almost silently, not even knowing the record he had broken.“I wasn’t aware of all the statistics or any of that stuff, but I’m glad I was a part of it,” O’Neill said in the locker room.Even Jovan Vavic, the coach of USC men’s water polo, gave his  “expletive statement” this season perhaps in the most fitting form of all: pure, hard-nosed competition. His team won its fifth National Championship since 1998 by edging out the Bruins 7-6 in the NCAA title game — a win that put USC up 3-2 in the season series against UCLA and avenged their semifinal loss to the Bruins in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation championships.“It is really fitting for these boys to end up on top, to win their last collegiate game and to beat UCLA,” Vavic said.So while Cooper’s words were not in the right place, one could argue that his heart was. Of course, to properly put that idea into words seems near impossible without drawing scrutiny (and in this case punishment), but Cooper obviously saw it fit to show his enthusiasm — as he should.A rivalry as intense as USC and UCLA’s feeds on the sold-out crowds, the epic matchups, the incredible finishes and, yes, even the occasional inflammatory statement. It’s a tradition that has been around for the majority of the schools’ existences, and it embodies everything that collegiate athletics stand for.And there is no doubt in my mind that the feeling is reciprocated fully by our neighbors in blue and gold.“One-Two Punch” runs every other Friday. To comment on this article, visit dailytrojan.com or e-mail James at jbianchi@usc.edu.last_img read more

Emily Engstler’s game-winning alley-oop secures 90-89 OT win over No. 8 FSU

first_imgIt came off a play originally drawn on an Outback Steakhouse napkin that Syracuse had never practiced. Quentin Hillsman once said he’d never run it. Three years ago in Greensboro, North Carolina, the SU head coach sat across the table from recruiting assistant Ronnie Enoch after watching an AAU tournament game and crafted the backdoor out-of-bounds play that required a precise lob and an even preciser soft-touch finish.On Thursday night against Florida State, the Orange needed that lob and that basket. There were only 0.8 seconds left in overtime, they were down one and any other option may have resulted in an unorganized heave. So when Hillsman called his final timeout to advance the ball, he picked up his whiteboard and drew up the “napkin play.” Gabrielle Cooper said it was the only set SU could’ve used.Kiara Lewis’ back screen sprung Emily Engstler behind the Seminoles defense toward the hoop, and all Teisha Hyman’s pass needed to do was get to her in time. The final horn loomed, but Engstler lightly pushed the ball off the backboard and in. “If we would’ve practiced that, we probably would’ve ran that in a previous game and they probably would’ve scouted it,” Cooper said. “But because we didn’t practice it, they couldn’t scout it and they didn’t know what we were doing.”As Engstler’s teammates flooded toward her — yanking her shoulders down, thrusting their arms off one another, leaping in the air until they all tangled in a group hug — Hillsman sprinted down the sideline with his right arm raised. In a way, the win was three years in the making. Syracuse’s (7-6, 1-1 Atlantic Coast) 90-89 overtime victory knocked off No. 8 Florida State (13-1, 2-1) and staved off a three-game losing streak to open ACC play. A resume-boosting win for a team that just couldn’t win the big one was absent before Thursday night. But then the napkin play worked, and Syracuse avoided falling under .500 since 2006, Hillsman’s first season with the Orange.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“We knew we needed this win,” Cooper said. “There was no other option.” Facebook Twitter Google+ Forty minutes after Engstler’s shot, she strolled in front of the Carrier Dome bleachers carrying a Pepsi and two pamphlets. The crowd had mostly cleared out, except for a group of four SU players huddled among parents and fans. Engstler dapped up a Carrier Dome employee and pointed toward the court, once again trying to explain Hillsman’s napkin play. Now in a black Champion shirt and gray sweatpants, Engstler laughed when she mimicked the floater’s motion.“I just said, ‘I hope to God this goes in there.’ And it went in,” Engstler told reporters after the game.But Engstler, one of the game’s heroes, was humble, acknowledging everything but her game-winning alley-oop finish. After all, she had spent nearly all of the opening three quarters stuck on the bench with foul trouble. She had opened the scoring with a 3-pointer, yet as Syracuse built its 10-point lead, it was Cooper — a combined 0-for-12 from 3 the last two games — who sunk a pair from behind the arc to propel it.Those were the quarters Syracuse had even in its losses to ranked opponents. They were sandwiched by poor ones, though, and the same happened again against Florida State. To close the half, FSU’s Sammie Puisis positioned on the wing and awaited a pass. There was not a Syracuse defender near her, but after a bobble, Digna Strautmane closed out. The ball circled back to Nicki Ekhomu on the opposite wing and she sunk a 3 with the shot clock winding down. A lead that threatened to stay in double-digits early had already been trimmed to one. Engstler, now with three fouls, was still on the bench.“It has to be frustrating being on the bench that long with fouls,” Hillsman said.But the Orange didn’t allow their deficit to escalate. They abandoned the 3-point shot as the Seminoles got hot from behind the arc and instead relied on an interior presence: drawing fouls, capitalizing off the pick-and-roll. SU mitigated a 16-4 run by FSU to close the third quarter, even after Engstler picked up her fourth foul less than 10 seconds into the second half.Amaya Finklea-Guity still spun around her Florida State defenders, just as she had done in the first quarter as an ignitor for the SU offense. Still, airballs and missed open shots — the same late-game mistakes that cost the Orange opportunities against West Virginia and Louisville — reappeared.With Engstler back to open the fourth quarter, Syracuse’s offense immediately ran through her. She opened with a layup and drew a foul on the next possession, leading a run until Kiah Gillespie got behind the backline of the defense, behind the final three of Syracuse’s 2-3 zone, behind the position group that was the returning strength entering this season. In the ensuing timeout huddle, Hillsman slapped his whiteboard, jabbed his arms left and right and stared at his team around him. They hadn’t made a 3-pointer since the first quarter — 13 misses and a row — but were still in it. “You want them all, but this was a big one,” Hillsman said.That’s why nearly two minutes later, during Hillsman’s final timeout, Maeva Djaldi-Tabdi wrapped her arm around Brooke Alexander. Finklea-Guity clenched her fists. Their teammates’ eyes all focused on the whiteboard court Hillsman held in front of them, then peered right. The bolded white numbers “13.0” faced the Orange from the scoreboard, reminding them of the urgent situation. Florida State had once again taken the lead, and Syracuse had a chance to send the game into overtime. It almost blew up. Lewis drove left but needed to pull out. Engstler couldn’t find the opening when the ball came to her on the wing. Strautmane couldn’t create enough space on the closeout. The Latvian junior’s shot, which she let go from off to the right side, sunk through the net anyway.“Emily passed me the ball, and we didn’t have time to pass anymore,” Strautmane said.To end regulation, Strautmane stuffed FSU’s last-second heave. She earned another rejection, one of her four, on another FSU overtime possession. With 38 seconds left in overtime, Engstler blocked one, too. Unlike five of the Orange’s previous six games against ranked opponents, the extinguisher never came. SU never folded to the point where a deficit couldn’t be erased. It could’ve come when the Seminoles led by six in the third quarter. Could’ve come when Gillespie sunk a shot with one second left in overtime. Instead, it was Engstler, still with four fouls, who put out Florida State’s perfect season and perhaps saved the Orange’s. Commentscenter_img Published on January 2, 2020 at 10:45 pm Contact Andrew: arcrane@syr.edu | @CraneAndrewlast_img read more