Overworked, underpaid Brazil nurses risk lives to care for patients

first_imgHans Bossan is 40 hours into his 72-hour work week, but despite his marathon nursing shifts and the pandemic claiming an alarming number of his colleagues’ lives in Brazil, he barely looks tired.Bossan works three jobs to provide for his wife and two-year-old daughter — at two different hospitals and a mobile emergency unit.Double and triple shifts like his are not unusual in Brazil, where the average salary for nurses, nursing assistants and health care technicians is just 3,000 reals ($600) a month for a 30- to 44-hour work week. Around 18,000 nurses in Brazil have been infected with COVID-19, and at least 181 have died — among the highest numbers in the world, according to the International Council of Nurses.Last month, nurses protested in the capital, Brasilia, against the poor working conditions they blame for contributing to their colleagues’ deaths.Brazil accounts for nearly one-third of the 600 deaths among nurses and other health professionals registered worldwide by the International Council of Nurses, though the organization says many countries are not doing enough to track the real number. The coronavirus pandemic, which has thrust health care workers into the spotlight around the world, has in Brazil also highlighted the plight of nurses, who often face bad working conditions and are now getting sick and dying from COVID-19 at a startling rate.”Nursing was always an overworked profession, and this pandemic has just made things worse,” said Bossan, 41.”We’re highly undervalued. Nurses deal directly with patients, with the virus, we’re on the front lines of the war. But not everyone realizes that,” he told AFP at his home in a poor neighborhood on the eastern outskirts of Rio de Janeiro.Nurses have been hit particularly hard as Brazil has become the latest epicenter in the pandemic, with 39,680 deaths, behind only the United States and Britain. Heroes without capes One of Bossan’s jobs is in the intensive care unit at Che Guevara Hospital in Marica, about 60 kilometers outside Rio.Working behind a face shield with a mask underneath, he monitored the constantly beeping machines helping to keep his patients alive.One of them, 56-year-old Eliane Lima, thanked her health care team from behind her oxygen mask.”The doctors and nurses are excellent here. They take care of us with a lot of love. It’s badly needed in a place like this,” she said.Outside, in the semi-intensive care ward, nurse technician Flavia Menezes summed up her profession thus: “It’s the art of caring for people.””Not all heroes wear capes,” she added.center_img ‘Anxiety and depression’ More than 80 percent of Brazil’s 2.3 million nurses are women.Often they work double and triple shifts caring for patients and then go home to care for their own families — now with the added worry of infecting them.”It’s a time of great anxiety and depression” for the profession, said Nadia Mattos, vice president of Brazil’s Federal Nursing Council (Cofen).When the initial flood of cases hit Brazil’s hospitals, health care workers faced shortages of protective equipment and inadequate training on dealing with the new virus, she said.Although the situation has improved with time, “we’re still getting lots of complaints about lack of protective gear or low-quality equipment,” she said.The council has set up virtual psychological counseling for nurses, available 24 hours a day.The group has also pushed for years for nurses’ minimum salary to be increased to $1,200 a month, double the current average. Topics :last_img read more

Mermaid Beach shack sells for $1.41 million at auction

first_img13 Seaside Ave sold under the hammer on the weekend. Picture: Scott FletcherMore from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North12 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day agoA MERMAID Beach shack sold for $1.41 million under the hammer on the weekend.The two-bedroom, one-bathroom cottage at 13 Seaside Ave is on a 438sq m block and is close to the bustling Nobby Beach restaurant and bar scene.Margaret Miller, 90, bought the property in the 1960s for $6000 and spent 20 years proudly paying it off.Harcourts Coastal marketing agent Shaun Kaddatz took the property to auction where it attracted 15 registered bidders.“We have a very happy seller, and a delighted buyer,” he said.last_img read more

Marjorie M. Zimmer, age 89

first_imgMarjorie Muntz Zimmer, age 89, of Brookville, Indiana died Thursday, December 31, 2015 at McCullough Hyde Memorial Hospital in Oxford, Ohio.Born November 6, 1926 in Saylor Park, Ohio she was the daughter of the late Chester & Ida (Andres) Muntz. On November 1, 1947 she was united in marriage to William A. Zimmer and he preceded her in death on July 12, 2014.She was an active member of St. Thomas Lutheran Church in Brookville, where she had served in various capacities. Marge graduated from Moores Hill High School in 1943, and Miami University in 1968. Mrs. Zimmer loved teaching grade school classes at Morgan School in Okeana, Ohio and at St. Michaels School in Brookville, from where she retired.She touched many lives sharing Jesus in her neighborhood bible studies, bible outreach, and nursing home ministries. She and her husband Bill enjoyed spending time with family & friends entertaining at Zimmer Hills. Her hobbies included playing the accordion, gardening, and cooking & canning. Survivors include two daughters, Carol Gosciniak of Vevay, Indiana and Cheryl Hall of Temple, Texas; one son, Daryl W. (Gretchen) Zimmer of Brookville, Indiana; 11 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren, 1 great-great grandchild; as well as one sister, Doris (Ray) Butt of Batesville, Indiana.Besides her parents and husband, William, she was preceded in death by an infant sister, and a great-granddaughter.Family & friends may visit from 4 till 7:00 P.M. on Tuesday, January 5, 2016 at Philips & Meyers Funeral Home, 1025 Franklin Avenue, Brookville; and Wednesday, January 6, 2015 from 10 until 10:45 A.M. at St. Thomas Lutheran Church, 823 Franklin Avenue, Brookville.Rev. Ladona Webb, Pastor of St. Thomas Lutheran Church, will officiate the Funeral Services on Wednesday, January 6, 2016, 11:00 A.M. at St. Thomas Lutheran Church. Burial will follow in Maple Grove Cemetery in Brookville.Memorial contributions may be directed to St. Thomas Lutheran Church or the William & Marge Zimmer Endowment C/O the Franklin County Community Foundation. Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home is honored to serve the Zimmer family, to sign the online guest book please visit www.phillipsandmeyers.comlast_img read more

Vidic returns for United victory

first_imgNemanja Vidic played for an hour as a second-string Manchester United side won 2-0 at Crewe. The Portugal international, who has been suffering with a broken nose, slotted in a first-half free-kick and then tucked away a second goal after the break. The Serbian defender missed United’s tour of Australia and the Far East with a back complaint but came through 62 minutes untroubled at Gresty Road. There were also run-outs for Nani and Antonio Valencia who both missed the trip, with Nani scoring both goals. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Mourinho hints at new Rooney bid

first_img Goals from Oscar and Frank Lampard, who also had a penalty saved, saw Mourinho’s men triumph in an incident-packed match which saw goal-line technology employed in the top flight for the first time when Allan McGregor saved from Branislav Ivanovic. Although enthused by the Blues’ first-half performance, Mourinho is keen to bolster his squad and is prepared to wait until the September 2 transfer window deadline for Rooney, for whom Chelsea have already had two bids rejected. Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho hinted at a further bid for Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney after celebrating his Stamford Bridge return with a 2-0 defeat of Barclays Premier League newcomers Hull. Press Association “We will try until the last day to add a new player to the squad, a striker, but in this moment every striker has a club, every striker belongs to somebody and I don’t think it’s ethical that I name players that belong to other clubs,” Mourinho said. “We don’t try, like many clubs do, to go around and try to influence players to behave in a certain way. If we have to make a bid, we make it in an official way, we don’t speak to players, we speak to clubs.” Rooney featured as a substitute for Manchester United at Swansea on Saturday and cut an isolated figure at times as the holders began their title defence with a 4-1 win. Chelsea showed they will be vying with United, who they play a week on Monday, for a first championship since 2009/10, but only after Mourinho was welcomed back to Stamford Bridge after a near six-year absence. Mourinho called for the supporters to now turn their attentions to the team in Wednesday’s clash with Aston Villa. “The reception was amazing,” said the self-proclaimed Special One, who acknowledge the adulation by blowing kisses. “I was expecting that because I played here with Inter as an opponent and it was fantastic, so I could imagine that coming to the Chelsea dugout would be like that. “But when the game started I focused on the game. From now on they have to support the team. We need that every game, especially Wednesday, because we have a very difficult opponent on Wednesday.” Lampard had a penalty saved by McGregor in the sixth-minute as Chelsea made a fast start, before Oscar’s well-worked opener and the England midfielder’s blistering second, a 30-yard free-kick. Mourinho was even content that his team’s powers waned in the second half. “I’m very happy,” he said. “I played so many times here, I won so many matches here, but we didn’t have so many periods of such fantastic quality like we had (today). “When I saw the second half growing into another destination, at the beginning I was a bit frustrated because I want more. “But after five, 10 minutes I was thinking we didn’t (give more) because we couldn’t – we can’t play that way for 90 minutes. “The three boys behind Fernando (Oscar, Eden Hazard and Kevin de Bruyne) in the first half were fantastic and in the second half they disappeared. All of them they played national team matches. The team, when the creativity disappeared, we lost danger in our game.” Hull boss Steve Bruce admitted it was not possible for his side to live with Chelsea in the opening period. “They were incredible the first 20, 25 minutes,” Bruce said. “With the Special One coming back it was always going to be difficult for us. We’ve got many games to play where we won’t be playing Chelsea every week, thankfully.” last_img read more

Arsenal duo win appeals

first_img Press Association Arsenal will have both defender Kieran Gibbs and midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain available against Swansea on Tuesday night after appeals to the Football Association. That claim was also upheld, meaning both Gibbs and Oxlade-Chamberlain will be able to face Swansea. A statement from the FA read: “An Independent Regulatory Commission today heard two claims from Arsenal, one of mistaken identity and the other of wrongful dismissal, both in relation to Saturday’s game against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. “The commission ruled that the dismissal of Kieran Gibbs was a case of mistaken identity and transferred this to his team-mate Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. “Subsequent to deciding this matter, the commission then considered Arsenal’s claim for wrongful dismissal in relation to Oxlade-Chamberlain. This claim was upheld, meaning Oxlade-Chamberlain will not serve any suspension with the standard punishment withdrawn with immediate effect.” The heavy defeat on Saturday lunchtime ruined manager Arsene Wenger’s 1,000th match in charge and severely dented any Barclays Premier League title ambitions, with the Gunners now down in fourth place, albeit still with a match in hand on the leaders. Wenger – who cancelled Monday morning’s scheduled pre-match press conference – has been left puzzled by his side once again failing to turn up in a big game; Arsenal found themselves 3-0 down by 17 minutes, and played out the rest of the match with 10 men after Gibbs’ sending off. Midfielder Mikel Arteta has issued a public apology on behalf of the Arsenal players for the “unacceptable” and “embarrassing” humiliation – and vowed they will get things right against Swansea. Arteta accepts the Gunners were “just not good enough” and have no option but to raise performance levels against the Swans, with the squad having held a debrief session at their London Colney training base on Sunday. “We paid for our own mistakes. We have to take it on the chin because it is unacceptable to lose another big game like this,” the Spaniard said to Arsenal Media. “You cannot only just move on, you have to analyse what you have done and react. I am expecting a big reaction on Tuesday (because) Saturday was not good enough for this football club. “The good thing is we have a lot of things to play for and we have always reacted to disappointments and difficult moments, but this one is a really hard one to take, it was a massive game for us and for me it is unacceptable. “The pressure we put on ourselves by losing games like that is massive and there is no need for it. “We just disrupted the good season we were having. I don’t know what else to say apart from sorry to everyone at the club, the fans, and we promise that we will try hard to put that right.” Arteta stressed none of the players wanted to produce another shocking display like they did at Stamford Bridge – which had followed on from heavy defeats at both Manchester City and Liverpool earlier in the season. “It hurts deeply inside. It is embarrassing to be on a football pitch in that situation,” he said. “Psychologically it is really hard, and when you go through that you analyse it and you know you don’t want to be in that situation again. “I promise everyone that we have that hunger to put it right. On Tuesday, we have an opportunity again at home and we just need to bounce back.” Arsenal will be without defender Laurent Koscielny because of a calf problem. Captain Thomas Vermaelen is likely to play at centre-half alongside Per Mertesacker, while 19-year-old Spaniard Hector Bellerin, who was on loan at Watford, has been drafted into the squad as cover. Full-back Gibbs was shown a red card in a case of mistaken identity during the first half of Saturday’s 6-0 thrashing at Chelsea by referee Andre Marriner, instead of Oxlade-Chamberlain – who had committed the handball in the six-yard box and indeed admitted his guilt at the time, but was waved away. The FA confirmed on Monday evening the sanction against Gibbs had been removed, and instead transferred onto Oxlade-Chamberlain. However, Arsenal then subsequently moved to have that offence downgraded on appeal, claiming the England midfielder had not in fact technically prevented a clear goalscoring opportunity as the shot from Chelsea’s Eden Hazard looked to be going just wide. last_img read more

Cricket News India vs South Africa, 2nd T20I Live Streaming: When, Where And How To Watch IND vs SA Match Live On TV

first_imgNew Delhi: Live Streaming Cricket, India vs South Africa 2nd T20I Online at Hotstar & Live Telecast Star Sports TV Channel: India will look to seize the advantage against South Africa in the second T20 International on Wednesday after a washout in Dharamsala effectively made the series a two-match affair. Not a single ball was bowled in the series-opener. With 20-odd games to go before the World Cup, the Indian team wants to boost its batting which will require number 8, 9 and 10 to score runs on a regular basis, something which has never been India’s strength. Will a deep batting line-up compromise India’s ability to wake wickets in the middle overs? Only time will tell.On the other hand, it will be an uphill task for South Africa to beat this Indian side, which has been on a roll for most part. Time in the middle for a team in transition would have been valuable but rain robbed the Proteas of that opportunity in Dharamsala. The Kagiso Rabada-led attack would have to bowl really well to contain the Indian batsmen especially skipper Kohli, who played one of his best knocks against Australia in March 2016, the last T20 played here, to take India to the World T20 semifinals.India vs South Africa T20I (Squads)India: Virat Kohli (captain), Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Rishabh Pant (wicket-keeper), Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Krunal Pandya, Washington Sundar, Rahul Chahar, Khaleel Ahmed, Deepak Chahar, Navdeep Saini.South Africa: Quinton de Kock (c), Rassie van der Dussen (vc), Temba Bauvma, Junior Dala, Bjorn Fortuin, Beuran Hendricks, Reeza Hendricks, David Miller, Anrich Nortje, Andile Phehlukyao, Dwaine Pretorius, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi, George Linde.When is India vs South Africa 2nd T20I?The India vs South Africa first T20I will be played on Wednesday, September 18.What time does the live coverage of India vs South Africa second T20I start?India vs South Africa second T20I will start at 07:00 PM IST.Where will India vs South Africa 2nd T20I be played?The India vs South Africa first T20I will be played at Punjab Cricket Association Ground in Mohali.Where to watch online India vs South Africa live streaming?India vs South Africa 2nd T20I live streaming will be on Hotstar app and hotstar.com website.Where to watch India vs South Africa 2nd T20I on TV in India?The match between India vs South Africa second T20I will be broadcast live on Star Sports TV Network.Where can I check live updates of India vs South Africa 2nd T20I?You can follow live updates and live Score on english.newsnationtv.com(With PTI Inputs) For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

The Latest: Bono the Havanese into Westminster final ring

first_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the Westminster Kennel Club dog show (all times local):9:10 p.m.Bono the Havanese will get another chance to become America’s top dog. What makes a championship obedience dog? The Westminster Kennel Club knows it by Heart. A Labrador retriever named Heart won Westminster’s obedience contest Sunday, extending her sweep of the five-year-old competition.With that, handler Linda Brennan says they don’t plan to enter the contest next year. “I think it’s only fair” to step aside, said Brennan, an obedience trainer from Columbia, New Jersey. The competition requires dogs to sit, stay, retrieve a toy on command and stick by their handlers’ sides while walking around other people, among other skills. Finalists used to do complex six-minute routines of their own devising, but Westminster changed things up this year to align more closely with other obedience trials. “He has something that makes people look at him,” handler Taffe McFadden said. “He just stares ‘em down.”8:20 p.m.Bourbon the whippet has won the hound group at the Westminster dog show.Her head perfectly still as she strode the green carpet at Madison Square Garden, the 4-year-old whippet was a quick choice Monday nightight.She advanced to the best-of-seven final ring Tuesday night, when best in show will be chosen. February 10, 2020 1:25 p.m.Thor the star bulldog has taken his first winning steps at the Westminster Kennel Club show.Thor has quite a following after more than 25 million viewers saw him win the National Dog Show televised on Thanksgiving Day.With the crowd cheering him around the ring this time, the sturdy 2-year-old born in Peru earned a best of breed ribbon. He advanced to the nonsporting group judging Monday night at Madison Square Garden.Handler Eduardo Paris appreciated the audience support. Heart, age 7, executed the maneuvers with her tail wagging.“She loves this environment — she really does. She finds it very exciting and very stimulating,” Brennan said. Don’t lose heart, owners of everyday dogs: Even Heart misbehaves from time to time outside the ring.“She has her little naughty habits,” Brennan said with a smile. Bourbon won her breed last year, and now has a chance to become the first whippet since 1964 to become America’s top dog.The Garden was mostly full to see judging in the hound, toy, nonsporting and herding groups.Among the hounds was Relic the Azawakh, a new breed to Westminster this year. A borzoi, beagle and Afghan hound also drew enthusiastic crowd support.3:45 p.m.A rock star as usual, Bono is heading back Madison Square Garden. The Latest: Bono the Havanese into Westminster final ring Silky and flowing, the 3-year-old named for U2’s frontman won the toy group Monday night at the Westminster Kennel Club.Bono finished second overall at Westminster last February, then was the runner-up last November in the National Dog Show.Bono was ranked as the country’s top show dog last year. But the No. 1 dog coming into Madison Square Garden doesn’t always leave on top.Best in show will be chosen Tuesday night. Bourbon the whippet earlier won the hound group to reach the best-of-seven final ring.As soon as the judge pointed to Bono, he jumped onto a podium in the middle of the ring, almost as if declaring he knew where his place should be. “Many people came to see him,” Paris said after the early victory.12:55 p.m.Tiny dogs are having their day at the Westminster Kennel Club show.Pomeranians, papillons and other toy dogs are in the rings Monday, as are terriers and the diverse category of dogs known as “non-sporting” breeds. They range from Dalmatians, bulldogs and poodles to less familiar breeds such as the löwchen, Norwegian lundehund and Xoloitzcuintli — that’s “shoh-loh-eetz-KWEENT’-lee,” a hairless breed from Mexico. Backstretch the bulldog took in the scene as she waited to compete. Just 12 weeks after having a litter of puppies, she was back in competitive shape and ready to show off with owner and handler Valery Scrimo of Saratoga Springs, New York. Backstretch did fine, too, winning a ribbon for excellence. Daytime judging chooses the best dog in each breed. Those winners begin facing off Monday night at Madison Square Garden, where best in show will be named Tuesday night.___12:25 p.m. The Havanese named after U2’s frontman won best in breed at the Westminster Kennel Club show Monday. Immediately after, he was swarmed by dog show judges-in-training eager to inspect the superb example of the national dog of Cuba.“On top of his conformation being so on point with the breed specification, he has the joie de vivre attitude,” handler Taffe McFadden said. “He loves it. He is in it.”Bono was rated the No. 1 show dog in the country last year, but he’s yet to fetch the top prize at the circuit’s two most heralded shows. Bono was runner-up at Westminster last year to King, a wire fox terrier, and also finished second to Thor the bulldog at the National Dog Show on Thanksgiving Day. Thor is among the favorites this year at Westminster, and won his best in breed earlier in the day.Bono’s next step is the best-in-group competition Monday night at Madison Square Garden. If he wins the toy group, another showdown with Thor could be on deck.“Step one,” McFadden said. “Let’s get on that Garden stage again. Let’s see.” Associated Press last_img read more

ExxonMobil U-14 Girls action commences today

first_imgTHE female aspect of the ExxonMobil U-14 Secondary Schools football tournament will commence today at the Ministry of Education ground.Four matches are carded in the event which is also sponsored by the Ministry of Public Health, under the Chronic Disease Unit, and Demerara Distillers Limited under the Pepsi Brand.Fixtures:Girls U-1410:00hrs Ann’s Grove vs Tucville10:00hrs Lodge vs New Campbellville10:50hrs East Riumveldt vs St Stanislaus10:50hrs St Mary vs CharlestownBoys U-1412:00hrs Dolphin vs St Stanislaus College12:00hrs Carmel vs Marian Academy12:50hrs President’s College vs Uitvlugt12:50hrs Brickdam vs Golden Grove13:40hrs Cummings Lodge vs Charlestown13:40hrs St Mary vs North Ruimveldt (Multi)14:30hrs Plaisance Orphanage vs Annandale14:30hrs Richard Ishmael vs Ann’s Grove15:20hrs New Campbellville vs Lodge15:20hrs Kingston vs East Riumveldt16:10hrs Tutorial vs St John’s16:10hrs Queenstown vs Tucvillelast_img read more

Syracuse’s 3 best players have a shot in the WNBA Draft

first_img Published on April 10, 2017 at 11:08 pm Contact Tomer: tdlanger@syr.edu | @tomer_langer UPDATED: April 11, 2017 at 1:40 a.m.Alexis Peterson, Brittney Sykes and Briana Day were three key pieces for a Syracuse team that made the program’s first-ever Final Four run in 2016. The trio helped lead SU to new heights and set the bar higher for the program.In the WNBA’s 20-year history, only three Syracuse players have been drafted. Beth Record went in 2001, Kayla Alexander in 2013 and Brianna Butler in last year’s draft. There’s a chance that SU has three players taken in this year’s draft alone on Thursday.“I think we’ve proven over the last few years,” SU head coach Quentin Hillsman said, “that we have high level players, that are All-American types players and that are WNBA and professional players.”Ahead of the draft, here is how the SU players stack up and how each one is approaching the future.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe resumesThe individual accolades accrued at Syracuse are impressive for all three players. They each rank inside the Top 10 in games played and have imprinted their name in the record books.Peterson is second in points scored (1,978) and first in assists (590) in Orange history, and was named the Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Year this season. Sykes is third in points scored (1,846), fifth in steals (266) and eighth in rebounding (810). This past year, along with Peterson, Sykes was named to the All-ACC first team. Day is the all-time leading rebounder (1,124) and third in blocked shots (236).Ally Moreo | Photo EditorThe projectionsMost mock drafts have Peterson as SU’s first off the board. A recent Bleacher Report mock had her going with the second-to-last pick in the first round (11th overall), while one at Newsday recently had her going as high as second overall.“I would be surprised if it goes to the second round,” Carla Norris, Peterson’s aunt and basketball mentor, said. “We hope she goes in the first.”Sykes has been projected at both ends of the second round. Bleacher Report slotted her at the last pick of the first round, but more mocks have her just outside those top 12 spots.Day is the wild card for Syracuse. There is a mock draft that has her being taken in the third round. But while it seems almost a forgone conclusion that Peterson and Sykes will be at some point be drafted, it’s unclear if Day will hear her name called. WNBA or not, she wants to continue playing basketball.“Whether it’s here or overseas,” Day said, “just taking every opportunity that comes my way.”The skill setsPeterson is a dependable point guard who can score from anywhere and, as one of the ACC’s top threats, her strengths are well known. She keyed the Orange’s run to the Final Four last year.“She’s one of the most mature players that I’ve ever come into contact with,” basketball analyst LaChina Robinson said. “There’s just not many things on the basketball court that she can’t do.”Sykes’s most valuable asset is her versatility. She decided to come back to SU at the end of last season and knew she needed to add one more asset to have a more complete game in the pros.“Definitely my 3-point shot,” Sykes said on what her biggest improvement was. “… It was kind of fun hearing that I was a shooter during the season.”Sykes had 40 3-pointers coming into this season and hit 57 this year alone, shooting at a 39-percent clip.Day utilized her 6-foot-4 frame in Syracuse’s 2-3 zone and, like many SU players, it remains to be seen what she can do on an individual assignment. Her rebounding numbers were fairly consistent from her sophomore through senior year, when she averaged roughly the same number of minutes.Her offensive game was what grew the most this year, averaging career highs in points (12.9) and field goal percentage (54.6). But it’s unclear whether the one-year improvement will translate.“The question for her would be on the offensive end,” Robinson said. “… How does her offensive skill set develop.”Jacob Greenfeld | Asst. Photo EditorThe waitAll three players expressed anxiety and excitement for the draft. Leading up to it, they’ve each filled their time differently.Peterson has been working out on her own. She was in Phoenix during the week of the men’s Final Four, competing in the 3-point contest, and in Dallas during the women’s Final Four, getting honored as one of the coaches All-Americans. Day has spent most of her time working out and ensuring classes are taken care of before she leaves.Sykes has gone home to visit her family and work out with her childhood trainer a few times since the season ended. When she’s at SU, she works out with assistant coach Tammi Reiss, who runs drills. She’s also talked with current WNBA players she grew up with, like former UConn standouts Breanna Stewart, Morgan Tuck and Moriah Jefferson.All of the players said that while they try and avoid mock drafts, they have looked once or twice. Sykes has had trouble avoiding them because they keep flooding her phone constantly.“My mom just thinks that she’s just this informant for the WNBA,” Sykes said last Thursday, laughing. “She just sends me so many links … I promise you she sent me three mock drafts yesterday.”The salaryFor the first time in their careers, Peterson, Sykes and Day will be getting paid to play basketball. With that comes the responsibility of handling the money, and the luxury of getting to spend the first paycheck.All three stressed that they weren’t sure if there was anything they really wanted to splurge on. Peterson said she’d save the first check she got. Sykes said she’d probably do the same, or maybe just give it to her mom. “I’m pretty frugal with my money,” Sykes said.Day said she’d maybe treat herself to a nice dinner. Something at a nice restaurant, like a steak or lobster. And it’s something she won’t feel bad about ordering, like she has in the past.After last year’s Final Four run, Peterson and Day went down to Miami, where the two went to a restaurant but were a bit taken aback by the South Beach prices. They split an appetizer and each got an entree.Day ordered surf and turf without looking at the menu. When the bill came out, the total was $155. Day’s main course was $85 alone. Peterson remembers her being disgusted with herself for ordering something that pricy.“I stayed simple,” Peterson said, laughing. “I got chicken alfredo. Something that I know. And I saw the price.”Jacob Greenfeld | Asst. Photo EditorThe impactThe success of Syracuse over the last few years has raised the stock of the program. ESPN.com has Syracuse with the eighth-best recruiting class in the country this year. Two seasons ago, the Orange had never made it out of the Round of 32 in the NCAA Tournament.The WNBA is a relatively untapped market for the SU brand. Alexander is the only active player, averaging nearly 20 minutes off the bench for the San Antonio Stars.Peterson, Sykes and Day know that by the end of Thursday night, their collegiate accomplishments won’t mean anything. But they’re ready to carry themselves, and SU, at the professional levels.“It’s just a matter of how much you want it,” Peterson said. “And how much you want to work for it.”CLARIFICATION: In a previous version of this post, the ways in which Alexis Peterson spent her time leading up to the WNBA draft were unclear. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more