The 1st Conference of Health Tourism of the Pannonian Health Cluster and Osijek-Baranja County has been announced

first_imgIn step with world trends, with the aim of connecting different market participants and creating new tourism destinations, which do not necessarily coincide with the existing borders of cities, municipalities and counties of eastern Croatia, Pannonian Health Cluster and Osijek-Baranja County organize the 1st Health Tourism Conference. which will be held on Friday, May 31, 2019, starting at 10:00 am in the premises of the Osijek-Baranja County Assembly (Županijska ulica 4). He will talk about successful examples from practice Alfred Franković, Cluster Manager of the Kvarner Health Cluster, and Ognjen Bagatin, director of the Bagatin Polyclinic. Goran Rihelj, owner of the leading tourist B2B portal in Croatia, HrTurzam.hr, will hold a presentation on the topic of destination branding. According to the forecasts of the World Health Organization, health care will become one of the strongest industries in the world, and the development of health tourism in Croatia is growing both in terms of income and the number of employees from year to year. Health tourism has not only extended the tourist season on the Adriatic, but its potentials have also been recognized in eastern Croatia. The conference will be opened by the Osijek-Baranja County Prefect Ivan Anušić, who is the initiator of uniting the five Slavonian counties in creating the brand of Slavonia as a tourist destination and more successful realization of great tourist potentials in real projects within the Administrative Department for Continental Tourism of Osijek – Baranja County. The economic significance of health tourism for the region and development perspectives, legal frameworks and trends on a wider scale will be discussed at the presentation. Marcel Medak, President of the Health Tourism Association of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce. The whole concept of health tourism is based on networking and cooperation, and one of the goals of the Cluster and the county is to brand Slavonia and Baranja as “health destinations”. Prijave na konferecniju su otvorene najkasnije do 15. svibnja 2019. godine, a više detalje možete vidjeti HERElast_img read more

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The perfect place to entertain friends and family all year round

first_img19 Picasso Cres, Carseldine.The six-bedroom, three-bathroom property at 19 Picasso Cres has been the hub of many family gatherings over the years, according to Mrs Hanson.“All the children have had their special birthdays here,” she said.“School parties, and Christmas gatherings are always held here too. Our place is actually referred to as the ‘resort house’.” 19 Picasso Cres, Carseldine.Mrs Hanson said the fireplace during the winter months was a big hit with the family.“We love sitting around it when it’s cold,” she said.The property is on a double block, on two separate titles, on 2561sq m of land. 19 Picasso Cres, Carseldine.The two-storey home has a tennis court, swimming pool with a built-in spa and multiple indoor and outdoor areas.Mrs Hanson said she would love another young family to come and enjoy the swimming pool and the lovely entertaining facilities.“All the kids have learned how to play tennis here — it’s such a great entertaining house,” she said. 19 Picasso Cres, Carseldine.Christine Hanson and her husband Stephen say they will no doubt miss their Carseldine property of 16 years.Now that their three children have grown up, the couple have decided to downsize. 19 Picasso Cres, Carseldine.More from newsFor under $10m you can buy a luxurious home with a two-lane bowling alley5 Apr 2017Military and railway history come together on bush block24 Apr 2019Mrs Hanson said she would miss many things about the home, but said it was the right time to move on.“I’ll definitely miss the northeast aspect of the home — we sit very high on the hill here and get some lovely sea breezes,” she said.“We can see the sunrise from the bedroom and when there’s a full moon we often sit and watch it come up over the horizon.” 19 Picasso Cres, Carseldine. 19 Picasso Cres, Carseldine.There is a pool house, a tennis house with a bar and landscaped backyard.She said having teenage children and being so close to public transport and just 30 minutes from the CBD was convenient.last_img read more

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Isobar enhances disc brake performance

first_imgINTRO: German Railway’s ICE3 high-speed trains will have just two brake discs per axle, compared to four on earlier ICE generations. Use of advanced brake pads with an improved contact pattern offers lower noise and a 50% increase in energy absorptionBYLINE: Dr-Ing Xaver WirthSenior Manager, Design & DevelopmentKnorr-Bremse SfS GmbHTHE DEVELOPMENT OF friction brakes for high-speed trains suffers from one fundamental law of physics: the kinetic energy of a vehicle increases with the square of its velocity. With relatively heavy trains running in the 250 to 300 km/h speed band, a very large amount of kinetic energy must be absorbed every time the train slows or stops.Modern practice is to use electro-dynamic braking for most, if not all, service brake applications, and the ability to do this has been boosted by the current trend towards distributed traction drives, as on German Railway’s ICE3, with a greater number of motored axles spread through the train. However, it remains a condition of high-speed operation that, in the event of any failure of the electric brakes, during emergency brake applications virtually all of the energy will have to be absorbed by the friction disc brakes. Friction brakes must also absorb the bulk of the energy on loco-hauled vehicles, where dynamic braking is not available.Today’s state-of-the-art brake discs for high-energy applications are assembled from steel hubs mounted on the axle, and friction rings connected to the hub in a manner that allows them to expand as they heat up during brake applications. The friction rings are mainly made from steel or ductile cast iron, such as nodular cast iron.The brake pads normally used with these discs are made from organically-bonded composition materials, which can be pressed into large-area pad halves at reasonable cost (Fig 1a). However, these pads only provide an approximately uniform surface pressure and good contact pattern as long as their hardness and modulus of elasticity remain below specific limits. The contact pattern needs to be kept as constant as possible, so that the frictional energy, in the form of heat, is fed evenly into the brake disc. Otherwise the friction area will become overloaded in certain areas with a resultant risk of cracking.This is the crux of the problem: the higher the thermal loading capacity of an organic brake pad, the higher its modulus of elasticity, and therefore the greater the potential damage that can be done to the disc.Sinter pads harderMetal sinter pads are capable of withstanding much higher temperatures, being harder by a power of ten when compared with organic pads. Fig 1b shows a typical sinter brake pad with separate friction elements attached to an intermediate pad support which provides for a more or less flexible action. With a nominal size of 40000 mm2, this pad offers a contact pattern which is just about tolerable on brake discs of heat-treated steel at medium levels of braking energy.At high braking power levels, a poor contact pattern will result in local overheating of the friction surfaces, restricting the performance of the brake disc. Fig 3a (p480) is a thermographic picture of a disc during a brake application from 330 km/h using the sinter brake pads which are common today. It is noticeable that the disc shows hot spots at certain angles, with relatively cold areas in between. In the higher-temperature zones, thermal expansion of the disc results in the development of ’high spots’ which then receive a disproportionately large share of the energy because surface pressure is higher here than in the cooler ’valleys’ between. If the yield point of the disc material is exceeded, residual tensile stress will develop after the disc has cooled, leading to the formation of so-called heat cracks.Depending on the application and on material behaviour, heat cracks are only tolerable up to a specific length. Otherwise the forces of motion could cause the disc to break up, with fragments projected in all directions! Thus the risk of crack formation, along with the normal wear criteria, is a determining factor for the maximum permissible loading of a brake disc.For this reason, today’s TGV and ICE trainsets are equipped with four discs per axle (right). This results in a heavy unsprung weight penalty; the brake discs on an ICE1 trainset total 520 kg per axle, whilst the four actuating calipers in the suspended section of the bogie add another 260 kg.Lower weight and higher speedFor future vehicle generations, vehicle manufacturers are looking for lighter brake equipment able to operate at higher speeds. Knorr-Bremse decided that these specifications could not be met adequately by simply upgrading the conventional technology. Innovative solutions were required.The first development was the aluminium-ceramic brake disc (RG 6.95 p357) which is now in production for a wide range of applications. These discs have been in use on the prototype København S-bane EMUs since early 1996, and an ICE1 trainset fully equipped with aluminium discs has been in operation since January 1997. Disc brakes using fibre-composite materials will be ready for series production in a few years. But equally important has been the development of the innovative Isobar brake pad, which offers a considerable reduction in weight as well as enhanced performance.The name Isobar reflects the aim of equalising pressure at all points on the disc. The main objectives of the development project were:last_img read more

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USS looks to scrap final salary over deficit concerns

first_imgOne of UK’s largest pensions fund, the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS), is looking to close the doors to its final salary plan for active members following serious concerns over a substantial deficit.In March last year, the scheme revealed a deficit of £11.5bn, but its actual deficit to date will not be known until later this year when it completes its triennial valuation.Although USS was unable to give any further indication on just how much the funding black hole would be, it said the trustees expected to report a “continuing, substantial funding deficit later this year”.To help tackle this deficit, a potential closure of the final salary plan for active members could be on the table. USS said it will decide in June next year on whether the final salary scheme will close and insisted that at this stage it was just an option and not a proposal.The closure of the final salary scheme would could affect around two-thirds of the 150,000 member base, and see them shifted into a career average revalued earnings (CARE) scheme, in line with the remaining third.This would also fall in line with other public sector schemes in the UK, such as the Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS), which became career-average from April this year.CARE schemes are still defined benefit models, but calculate payable pension based on the member’s average salary, rather than the final amount.The majority of UK companies and organisations in the UK have been forced to ditch their ‘gold-plated’ final scheme over the last few years to help tackle costs associated with people living longer and poor market performance.Career-average or defined contributions plans have been put in place instead for pension provision to remain sustainable.“The trustee is working with employer and member representatives to consider the options available to respond to the ongoing funding position.“However, at this stage of the process it is premature to discuss any specific proposals,” USS said in statement.The Employers Pensions Forum, which represents Universities UK, Guild HE, and the Universities and College Employers Association, said there could be changes to pension benefits for future service and changes to contribution rates for both employers and members.It said negotiations, discussions and consultations will take place in the coming months with a Joint Negotiating Committee (JNC), which consists of eleven members – five appointed by Universities UK representing the employers, five appointed by UCU representing individual members and an independent Chair, Andrew Cubie.Michael MacNeil, head of bargaining, at the University and College Union, said: “The deficit valuation should not come as much of a surprise to anybody involved with the scheme.“Although disappointing, it is also no surprise that closing the final salary scheme is one proposal. However, we will be speaking with the employers a lot more over the coming weeks and we hope that the USS Board and the employers recognise that any changes ensure the scheme remains sustainable and attractive.”The changes must be agreed by the JNC before being put forward to the trustee.last_img read more

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Boracay to welcome New Year sans fireworks display

first_imgThe Boracay Inter-Agency Task Force(BIATF) stood pat with its rehabilitation guidelines to ban fireworks after 9p.m. every day due to the alarm and distress it may cause to the bats andpeople.  Bautista, however, said the public canstart seeing fireworks around 500 meters from the shoreline in mainland Malay,Aklan on Dec. 31.(With a report fromAkean Forum/PN) “We have no choice but to follow it,”he added. The Boracay Island, voted Asia’s best island by Conde Nast Traveler, used to welcome the coming year with huge fireworks display, parties and celebrations before the national government temporarily closed the island to tourists for rehabilitation. NELSON TALIDONG JR. BORACAY – There will be no fireworksdisplay in this island on New Year’s Eve, acting Malay mayor Frolibar Bautistasaid.   “Bawalang fireworks sa dagat. Doon na lang kami sa Balusbos, sa mainland Malay, mag-countdown dahil sa Executive Order (EO) No. 28,” Bautista said.  The EO 28 designates communityfireworks display to minimize the risks of injuries and casualties.   Boracay Island, voted Asia’s bestisland by Conde Nast Traveler, used to welcome the coming year with hugefireworks display, parties and celebrations before the national governmenttemporarily closed the island to tourists on April 26, 2018 forrehabilitation.  It reopened on Oct. 25, 2018 with newrules and regulations implemented by the Boracay task force in an attempt topreserve the island.  last_img read more

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This Super Bowl, pass the keys to a sober driver

first_imgGreensburg, In. — Decatur County Sheriff’s Department as part of the Decatur County Traffic Safety Partnership (TSP) is teaming up with state and local-law enforcement agencies across the country to urge football fans to designate a sober driver, call a cab or use a ridesharing service.In every state, it is illegal to drive with a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or higher. In Indiana, drivers under age 21 with a BAC of .02 or higher are subject to fines and a license suspension for up to one year. Impaired driving also includes prescription and illegal drugs. Even over-the-counter medication can cause impairment, especially when combined with alcohol or a second drug. Anyone taking a new or higher dose of a drug should speak with their doctor or avoid driving until they know the effect the medication could have.“Super Bowl fans need a game plan to get home safely,” said Sheriff Dave Durant. “Pass your car keys or be the MVP and kickoff the day as a sober driver.” Whether you call it drunk, buzzed, wasted, high or stoned, impaired driving means going to jail and losing your driver’s license,” said Sheriff Durant. “Don’t fumble with your keys after the game. Pass it to a sober driver, or better yet, be a team player and start the game as the designated driver.”Sober drivers can tweet @NHTSAgov during the Super Bowl broadcast to be featured on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Wall of Fame. For more about alcohol-impaired driving click here and about drugged driving click here.With all of today’s options for getting home safely, there’s no excuse for getting behind the wheel impaired as it endangers you and everyone else around you. Law enforcement recommends these safe alternatives to impaired driving:Designate, or be, a sober driver.Use public transportation.Call a cab or a ridesharing service.Download the SaferRide mobile app on the Android Play Store or the Apple iTunes Store. This app only has three options: call a taxi, call a friend, and identify your location for pickup.Celebrate at home or a place where you can stay until sober.Throwing a party? Offer non-alcoholic beverages and plenty of food.Never provide alcohol to minors.Ask young drivers about their plans.Friend or family member about to drive? Intercept the keys and make alternate arrangements. Report impaired drivers Impaired driving is three times more common at night than during the day. If you see an impaired driver, turn off the road away from the vehicle and call 911.Signs of impaired driving include:Weaving, swerving, drifting, or straddling the center lineDriving at a very slow speedBraking erraticallyMaking wide turnsStopping without causeResponding slowly to traffic signalsDriving after dark with headlights offAlmost striking an object or vehicleDriving on the wrong side of the roadTurning abruptly or illegallylast_img read more

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Basketball Camps

first_img Bio Latest Posts State budget vs. job creation – January 22, 2015 BAR HARBOR — Mount Desert Island High School varsity basketball coaches Justin Norwood and Brent Barker have opened their summer basketball camps for registrations.The Future Trojans Basketball Camp, run by Coach Norwood, is a five-day camp running from June 29 to July 3 at the Bernard Parady Gymnasium at MDI High School. The camp is open for any boy in third through ninth grades.The five-day MDI Girls Basketball Camp is being run by Coach Barker from June 22 to 26. The emphasis of this camp is to encourage interested girls from sixth through ninth grades in developing a greater understanding of all aspects of the game.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textThe cost for both camps is $65 per person. The deadline for the boys’ camp is June 19. At-the-door sign-up for boys is $75.For more information contact: Brent Barker at 288-5011 or brentbarker@u98.k12.me.us; or Justin Norwood at 322-3522 or by e-mail at jnorwood@bangorschools.net. For complete story, pick up a copy of the Mount Desert Islander. Latest posts by admin (see all)center_img House fire in Winter Harbor – October 27, 2014 Hancock County Court News Nov. 3 thorugh Dec. 11 – January 22, 2015 adminlast_img read more

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Cantor says Boeheim still ‘our coach’

first_img Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on November 29, 2011 at 12:00 pm Contact Debbie: dbtruong@syr.edu | @debbietruongcenter_img Chancellor Nancy Cantor expressed support for Jim Boeheim two days after the men’s basketball head coach backed down from earlier statements supporting Bernie Fine. ‘Coach Boeheim is our coach,’ Cantor said to a gathering of reporters, following an economic development conference with state officials in Albany on Tuesday, according to a blog post on the Albany Watch blog. Kevin Quinn, senior vice president for public affairs, confirmed the post. Boeheim initially defended Fine, former associate head coach of the men’s basketball team, when molestation accusations made by former Syracuse ball boys Bobby Davis and Mike Lang were brought to media attention. An additional accuser has since stepped forward and a recording of a phone conversation from 2002 between Fine’s wife, Laurie, and Davis was also released Sunday morning. In the phone conversation, Laurie Fine admitted she was concerned her husband molested Davis Boeheim released a second statement during the weekend, taking a step back from his original claims. Cantor addressed Boeheim’s second statement to reporters Tuesday.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text ‘Coach Boeheim is our coach; he’s getting the team ready tonight,’ Cantor said. ‘We’re very pleased with what he said Sunday night, and we stand by him.’ dbtruong@syr.edulast_img read more

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Trojans slip past Orange

first_imgEAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Perhaps a weather delay was just what No. 2 USC needed in order to get its stagnant offense going.In front of an announced crowd of 39,507, Syracuse held USC (2-0) to 71 yards in the first quarter, with Barkley throwing for just 27 passing yards. The Trojans also attempted three fourth-down conversions in the first, converting only one on a sweep by sophomore wide receiver Marqise Lee.No. 2 and No. 9 · For the second straight week, a USC wide receiver registered over 200 all-purpose yards. Junior Robert Woods ran wild against Syracuse, amassing 93 receiving yards and a 76-yard run. – Carlo Acenas | Daily Trojan“A lot of praise for [Syracuse],” Kiffin said. “This is a good team that we were coming to play today … Give those guys a lot of credit for playing really hard.”But after Saturday’s 69-minute weather delay, the Trojans exploded for 28 points in the second half. Behind six touchdown passes, which tied his career high, senior quarterback Matt Barkley led the Trojans to a 42-29 win over Syracuse at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.Though Lee shined brightest in the season opener against Hawai’i, junior wide receiver Robert Woods upstaged him against Syracuse, hauling in 10 receptions for 93 yards and adding a 76-yard run.Kiffin also made reference to the fact that playing in an NFL stadium on the other side of the country made things difficult.After a slow first quarter, USC’s luck turned in the second quarter when the senior signal caller hit sophomore wide receiver Marqise Lee for a 13-yard touchdown. Barkley also found junior wide receiver Robert Woods down the sideline with a little more than a minute to go in the half. Barkley finished with 187 yards passing on 23 completions.“[Barkley] played really well,” Kiffin said. “Once again, weird environment today, weather issues, wind issues, and I thought he took care of the ball really well.”The Orange put their first points on the board as time expired in the half, and USC was leading 14-3 — but then the clouds came.Fans were forced to stand inside the stadium while the players and coaches left the field for more than an hour as intense rain and storms passed overhead. During the delay, Barkley said the team was calm and relaxed.“I put my feet up, put my headphones on,” Barkley said. “I took my pads off. I knew it was going to be longer than five or 10 minutes.”After the delay, Barkley found Woods for a four-yard touchdown with 11:38 left in the third. With quarterback Ryan Nassib at the helm, Syracuse pulled to within five points after Barkley threw his first interception of the season.Entering the fourth with the game close at 21-16, Barkley threw a touchdown to sophomore tight end Xavier Grimble, who bounced off four would-be tacklers to get into the end zone.Through two games, the Heisman hopeful has thrown 10 touchdowns to only one interception. Barkley’s six scoring tosses Saturday matched USC’s single-game record and put him at a career total of 90 touchdowns — just nine shy of Matt Leinart’s school record.Despite Barkley’s touchdowns, it was a Robert Woods run in the fourth quarter that got everyone in the stands on their feet.Woods took a reverse up the left sideline and cut all the way across to the right before being tackled by a Syracuse player after a 76-yard gain.“Coach Kiffin called a reverse, [we had] been practicing it the whole week,” Woods said. “[I] hit the edge — great block from Marqise [Lee] — two cuts, and I just tried to race down the sideline.”He finished with 76 rushing yards, 93 yards receiving and a pair of touchdowns. Lee had 66 yards receiving and three touchdowns.Barkley capped off his night with a scoring toss to Lee with 5:45 left in the game to put the game at 42-22. The Orange would score late to make the final tally 42-29.The defense held up its end of the bargain Saturday night, forcing Nassib, the nation’s leading passer, to throw two interceptions, both of which were caught by sophomore linebacker Dion Bailey. Bailey took charge of the defense when the game got close and finished the game with eight tackles.“I am one of the leaders of our defense,” Bailey said. “We huddled up and got the message across that we had to come up with a stop and put the ball back into our offense’s hands. We have one of the most explosive offenses in the country, and they exploded in the second half like we thought.”The Trojans head back to the West Coast for next week’s game against Stanford in Palo Alto, Calif. on Sept. 15. The contest will be USC’s Pac-12 opener.last_img read more

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Cornelia Fondren and Alexis Peterson propel Syracuse to the ACC championship with 80-75 win against Louisville

first_img Published on March 5, 2016 at 4:45 pm Contact Jon: jrmettus@syr.edu | @jmettus GREENSBORO, N.C. — Cornelia Fondren’s eyes locked on the rim and didn’t waver. She was nervous, standing at the free throw line with 18 seconds left and her team ahead by just one point, but also confident.The first one glided through the net and the second one followed. Though Fondren was shooting under 60 percent from the line on the season and was 2-for-6 in the first three quarters, she made the two biggest free throws in one of the biggest games in program history.When the final buzzer sounded, Fondren and point guard Alexis Peterson jumped into a hug at half court and bounced up and down three times.“Don’t doubt me. Don’t doubt us as a team at all,” Fondren said. “You can probably call me a bad free-throw shooter, but at the end of the day I’m going to have to make those.”Guided by its two point guards in Peterson and Fondren, No. 3 seed Syracuse (25-6, 13-3 Atlantic Coast) pulled off the improbable, 80-75, upset against No. 2 seed Louisville (25-7, 15-1) to advance to the ACC championship game. Peterson had 19 points and Fondren had career-highs with 18 points and 13 rebounds to hand Louisville just its second conference loss of the season. The duo combined for 46 percent of the team’s points and each one was on the floor more than anyone else for the Orange.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSix weeks ago, the Cardinals came into the Carrier Dome and embarrassed SU with an 18-point win— SU’s second double-digit drubbing in a row at the time. But since then Syracuse has won 11 straight games. It’s upset then-No. 16 Miami, then-No. 10 Florida State and now No. 7 Louisville.Syracuse will face No. 1 seeded and No. 2 ranked Notre Dame (30-1, 16-0) at 12:30 p.m. on Sunday. Evan Jenkins | Staff Photographer “This is a dream season,” Fondren said.  “We wanted this from the beginning. It’s amazing. Words can’t really explain.“We had a Debby downer in the middle of the season, losing two games back-to-back, struggling the next game. Just to back it up in the ACC tournament …,” she said before letting out a sigh of relief.In the Jan. 25 meeting between the two teams, SU scored just six points in the opening quarter. On Saturday, Peterson had nine points by herself.She hit two layups in a row to put the Orange ahead by seven and force a timeout from Louisville head coach Jeff Walz.Peterson pounded her chest and sprinted to the Syracuse bench before waving her arms up and down at the six rows of SU fans in front of her in the stands.“Peterson just set the tempo of the game right off the bat,” Walz said. “She pushed that thing right down our throat, attacked us. She got to the rim. … Peterson was just a difference maker.”The last time they played, Syracuse couldn’t drive into the lane, pass it to a big or get open outside shots. Its players would get pushed out on drives and take contested jumpers.On Saturday, though, Peterson and Fondren muscled the ball inside for baskets and fouls. They swung around double screens at the top of the key and took advantage of the conference’s best player in forward Myisha Hines-Allen.Syracuse moved its forwards out of the paint and let it two guards penetrate.When Louisville took its first lead since the opening two minutes with a minute and a half left in the third, Fondren responded with an and-one layup to tie the game going into the final quarter. Hines-Allen picked up the foul.“Big baskets. Big drives. Big rebounds,” Peterson said. “To have 18 (points) and 13 (rebound) as a guard is incredible. … We don’t win that game if she doesn’t do those things.”The two point guards turned SU’s 25.8 shooting performance in the first matchup into a 42.5 percent one on Saturday. They helped SU outscore Louisville 40-34 in the paint and win without its usual bread and butter of at least 10 3s and 25 caused turnovers — the Orange had just six 3s and forced only 16 turnovers.“We knew we could play off the bounce a little bit and get to the rim whether we were making 3s or not,” Hillsman said. “… We got the floor open and they made some plays in the paint.”In the press conference after the loss to Louisville, Hillsman compared his team to a wounded animal. He said it didn’t compete. It wasn’t ready to play. For a rare time in his 10-year coaching tenure, he was upset with his team’s effort.“What did I say?” Hillsman asked on Saturday, recounting how he finished his outburst. “‘You’re never going to see that team again,’ and we haven’t lost since then, have we?” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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