Colts team anxious to defend its SCT title

first_imgBY GEORGE ALBANO Staff Writer BY GEORGE ALBANOStaff Writer CBA lacrosse coach Dave Santos like to tell people how his team always wins the Shore Conference championship. Of course, the Shore just started to play championship games in lacrosse last year and Christian Brothers Academy won the inaugural contest. “We’ve won it every time they had it,” Santos said with a chuckle. But this year’s CBA team is serious about defending that title and keeping its “streak” intact. In fact, the Colts should be the favorite going into next week’s Shore Conference tournament. Coming into this week, CBA, which hadn’t played since last Monday, was unbeaten in conference play and could have wrapped up the top seed in the tournament with a win at St. Rose on Monday. The Colts conclude the regular season with a game at Red Bank Catholic on Thursday and a home contest against Hunterdon Central on Saturday. Then it’s onto the postseason. “The Shore Conference tournament begins next Monday and we should be No. 1,” Santos, in his eighth season, said over the weekend. “We’ll know for sure on Monday after we play St. Rose.” CBA hopes to be playing in the championship game next Friday before heading into the state tournament the following week. The Colts were 8-4 overall coming into this week, and all four losses were close and against formidable opponents. One was an 8-7 setback against Lawrenceville, one of the top teams in the state. “That was a great game,” Santos said. “Our defense kept us in it, and we had a chance to tie it with five seconds left.” In its season opener, CBA lost 6-5 to Princeton, “another top-10 team,” Santos said. The other two losses, 9-6 to Morristown and 7-5 to Chatham, also came against quality opponents. “We’ve been in every game,” Santos said. “We play a tough schedule, which is good for us because when we get to the postseason we’ll have experience with that kind of competition.” The Colts were 18-4 a year ago, losing to Seton Hall Prep in the second round of the Non-Public Group state tournament. That was also a rematch of the 2004 Group IV state championship game which Seton Hall Prep also won. But CBA lost quite a bit of offense from last year’s team, starting with Tommy Duerr, the Colts’ second all-time leading scorer who’s now playing at Johns Hopkins, one of the top college programs in the country. “He averaged 109 points a season for us,” Santos pointed out. With Duerr graduating, Santos was expecting senior captain Alex DeAlmeida, the team’s second-leading scorer last year with 80 points, to become the key man on offense. But in a game the first week of the season DeAlmeida took a hit and damaged his spleen, knocking him out of the lineup. “He only played one game,” said Santos, who hopes to have him back on the field in time for the postseason. “He’s going to the doctor this week and he may be cleared to play.” So how does a team replace nearly 200 points on offense? “With our two leading scorers from last year missing, that left a big hole in our offense,” Santos agreed. “But one of our other senior captains, Josh Orchant, has picked up the scoring slack.” Indeed, Orchant, a midfielder and 50-point scorer a year ago, had 27 goals and 15 assists so far this season to lead the team. “He was our third leading scorer last year,” Santos noted, “but he’s been our go-to guy this year. It’s an odd situation when a middie leads the team in scoring, but we’re pretty young on attack.” In fact, junior Liam Thomas is the only returning starter on attack and had 25 goals and 13 assists in the first 12 games. “He was our third attack as a sophomore last year,” Santos said. “He was in the background while Tony (Duerr) and Alex (DeAlmeida) put in all the goals. “But when Alex went down, we needed someone on attack to step up his game and Liam has improved a heck of a lot.” The rest of the attack, however, is new this year with junior Jonathan Lubas at one spot, and sophomore Robbie Napp and junior Joey Jordan alternating at the other. “All of them are improving every game, but it takes a while,” Santos explained. “Outside of Liam, the others are all new and had no varsity experience coming into the season.” The Colts also have four new starters on defense with junior Brendan Duffy in goal, and senior Dennis O’Connor, junior Joey Zales and sophomore Tim McMenamin as defenders. “Being new, they were a little shaky at the beginning of the season, but they’re really coming on now,” Santos said. “They’ve kept us in just about every game.” Defense has been one of the reasons for the CBA’s success. The other has been faceoffs, in particular Max Cabasso, the third senior captain. “He’s been winning I’d say at least three-quarters of our faceoffs,” Santos said. “He’s been a big help and he’s solid defensively. Just like Josh [Orchant] is our go-to guy on offense, Max has been our strongest defensive middie.” And after six days off, the Colts came into this week ready for what they hope will be a good stretch run. “We’re confident about the Shore Conference tournament,” Santos said. “There are some quality teams that could surprise us, but if we play well we should be OK. “The state tournament could be a little tougher,” he added. “Delbarton is in our group and they’re perennially one or two in the state. And Seton Hall Prep, who have been our nemesis, they’re in our group, too. So, we’ll have a tough go in the states.”last_img read more

David staying focused amid domestic dispute with wife

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netEmbattled veteran PBA player Gary David on Wednesday opened up about his personal life involving his relationship with his estranged wife Jenny Rose.According to a report, David is facing charges of Republic Act 9262 or Anti-Violence Against Women and Their Children Act filed by Jenny Rose and one of the couple’s four daughters on April 4 before the Quezon City Regional Trial Court.ADVERTISEMENT (I can’t talk about it because I haven’t received a subpoena from the judge. But in case it has already been filed yet, we’re just going to see each other in court.)“Hindi pa natin alam kung totoo man ‘yun. Pero ang totoo, nag-file na ako ng annulment.Na-receive na niya ‘yun kaya ‘yun na lang ang pag-uusapan namin sa korte. Para lumabas ‘yung katotohanan, kung ano man ‘yung baho or kahihiyan na ginawa niya. Dun na lang.”(We don’t know yet if it’s true but what’s real is I already filed for annulment and she has already received that and that’s what we’re going to deal with in court. So that the truth about the embarrassment she has caused will come out.)David stressed he won’t let the issue get in the way of his playing career.He was one of the few bright spots for the Floodbuster in a 109-80 defeat with 13 points and three rebounds in 15 minutes off the bench.ADVERTISEMENT Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:19Robredo refuses ‘unfair’ tag; asks critics to read her drug war report00:50Trending Articles01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Dozens wounded as Iraqi protesters up pressure on government SpaceX launches, destroys rocket in astronaut escape test Canadian military mobilized to help Newfoundland dig out On the edge of America, census begins in a tiny Alaska town More Taal volcanic quakes recorded despite weaker eruptions As per the report, a separate complaint charging David of RA 7610 or Special Protection of Children Against Child Abuse, Exploitation and Discrimination Act was also filed.READ: Crowd shows some love for Gary David; teammates FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnThe 38-year-old David said he hasn’t received any subpoena yet and added he has already filed for annulment.“Hindi pa ako magsasalita kasi wala pa akong natatanggap na subpoena na galing sa Judge. Kaya hindi pa ako pwede magsalita. Kung saka-sakali man na naka-file na ‘yun, sa korte na lang kami mag-uusap,” David said following a lopsided loss to San Miguel Beer. WATCH: Loud ‘lovemaking’ sounds interrupt tennis match “Sa akin, ever since, kung ano man ang problema ko, hindi ko ina-ano ang trabaho ko. Ito ang source ng kabuhayan ko at ito yung nagbibigay sa akin ng kasiyahan.  Kaya isinasantabi ko na ‘yun every time na maglalaro ako, maski sa practice. Hindi nila makikitang paektado ako,” he said.(Ever since, whatever my problem is, I don’t let it affect my job. This is the source of my livelihood and my happiness that’s why I’m setting it aside every time I play or even in practice. They won’t see me affected.)Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town View commentslast_img read more

Biting the…

first_img…PNC’s handPresident Granger took on WPA Executive David Hinds, after the latter critiqued some comments of his at an Emancipation Day gathering of African-Guyanese. So your Eyewitness isn’t blamed for misrepresenting these gentlemen in a sensitive area, he’ll quote the two interlocutors quite extensively. First the President: “You must be ashamed if you do not have work. Some people are proud that they don’t have work. They want a raise. They always want a raise. People get a raise today, they expect to come back… to come back to want another raise, but we’ll have to promote self-employment in this village and other villages.“Go out there and use your talent to enrich yourself and your children. That is economic emancipation. We must go out there and use our talents. If we make our living by hanging around the corner and liming at the Guinness Bar, we will be forever poor but if we go into our farm, go into our workshop, go into our schools we will be able to bring prosperity.“Let’s put our monies in boats, buses and bicycles, not in vodka, rum and gin. Let’s put the children first. If our fore-parents were drunkards, we won’t be here today, but they saved their money and they bought these villages not for themselves but for future generations.”Now Hinds conceded this was out of “tough love” but made two objections. Firstly he pointed out the President engaged “self-criticism” with his African Guyanese supporters but, “he (Granger) heads a Government that is most intolerant of internal self-critique. No member of the governing coalition has felt free to criticise the Government in the open on any issue.” But this isn’t fair, is it? In general, coalition members are supposed to criticise each other in private, right? When you take your criticism to the public, you’re exposing your (soft) underbelly to your opponents!!Secondly, if they’re not given a private hearing, there’s the matter of the elephant in the room to which the WPA’s always tone deaf: the disequilibrium in size between them and the other two major parties. Back in the eighties – possibly at their zenith – they overplayed their hand with the PPP ‘cause they didn’t heed the folk wisdom of “lil bottles and big bottles” needing to be on different shelves. They felt they were a “big bottle”!!And it looks like they still believe that, vis-à-vis the PNC. Even though the WPA certainly has a kind of moral standing because of Rodney and Kwayana, in ethnic electoral politics, “morals” go only so far in an exercise where fear dominates.Did Hinds think 1992 was an aberration?…concrete assistanceHinds went on to posit, “after rebuking black people, he (Granger) left them with little hope.” More specifically, he changed, “President Granger and the coalition promised them that if we won power, we would help them. Now that we have the power, we seem to be telling the “go help yourselves.” Now this certainly isn’t fair!! Way back in 2016, didn’t the PNC-led Government arrange for a CDB loan/grant of US$10 million (GY$210 million) which they matched with another US$2 million (GY$42 million) for the villages of Ithaca, Buxton, Triumph and Mocha??Isn’t the vast majority of the 1200 farmers – supporting 35,000 people – in those villages African Guyanese?? What about all those asphalted roads laid in these communities? And there were so many other Government schemes launched? What about the $68 million the Government provided to IDPADA-G to establish the infrastructure for developing the community? Didn’t they organise a meeting with stakeholders to provide business access? Even Hinds told Buxtonians there are loans available – if only the residents would go out with their business plans.Your Eyewitness really believes David Granger was treated a tad unfairly!…the PPPHinds concluded that the PNC-led Government has to resolve “the structural problems of the black community…(which) a PPP Government would never see that as their principal task.”And the other communities’ problems come after??last_img read more

Long NBA season gets to Farmar

first_imgATLANTA – A half-hour after the team bus had left the morning shootaround, Lakers guard Jordan Farmar was still on the court at Philips Arena, taking jumpers in front of 19,000 empty seats by himself. Farmar shot at both ends of the court, sometimes with only one hand to get his form and follow through correct. By his own admission, Farmar just wanted to see the ball go in the basket after three consecutive scoreless games. After scoring a career-high 17 points at Dallas on Jan. 18, Farmar had scored just 15 total points and made 5 of 24 shots in the eight games since. And Lakers coach Phil Jackson said the games are starting to add up for Farmar in his first pro season. “He’s at the proverbial wall as far as rookies go,” Jackson said. “I know kids don’t want to admit it or face up to it . . . but when you haven’t been used to playing the amount of games that sometimes they run into each other.” Jackson said he was not ready to anoint Andrew Bynum and Farmar as the respective center and point guard of the Lakers’ future. In Bynum’s case, Jackson again mentioned wanting to see Bynum’s competitiveness and work ethic. “You see that the standard for excellence is very small and you really have to push yourself as a player,” said Jackson. In only 17 months the Lakers will have a window to negotiate a multimillion-dollar contract extension with Bynum, beginning July 1, 2008. Bynum will be 20 years old and have played three seasons. “There’s not even going to be a maturity in his body, let alone mentally at the time that we have to make some big decisions,” Jackson said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img Farmar talked about how difficult it is to maximize a 16-minute window of opportunity in the NBA when he was used to playing nearly the entire game in college at UCLA and in high school before that. “That’s probably the biggest adjustment,” Farmar said. “It’s tough getting used to. Jackson acknowledged that he has been quick to sit Farmar recently. “I’ve been a little bit shorter with him lately, trying to help him correct some of the things that I felt like he’s making mistakes doing on the floor,” Jackson said. Future plans last_img read more

Bank of America invests in Countrywide

first_imgCountrywide said Charlotte, N.C.-based Bank of America will get convertible preferred stock that returns 7.25 percent annually. Bank of America’s holdings can be converted into common stock at $18 per share, with restrictions on trading for 18months the after conversion. The funding was completed on Wednesday and announced after the markets closed. Countrywide’s shares, which have lost half their value this year, soared 20.53percent, or $4.48, to $26.30. It sank to a 52-week low of $15 on Aug. 16. But its still under the 52-week high of $45.26 reached on Jan. 26. The investment came two days after the company said it was cutting 500 jobs from Full Spectrum Lending, its subprime unit, and reassured depositors in Countrywide Bank FSB that the institution was sound despite the credit crisis. By Gregory J. Wilcox STAFF WRITER Bank of America agreed on Wednesday to pour $2 billion into Countrywide Financial Corp. to help bail out the nation’s largest mortgage lender amid the subprime loan crisis. The investment by the nation’s largest retail banker, which has $1.5 trillion in assets, came a week after Calabasas-based Countrywide tapped an $11.5 billion line of credit to continue funding its operations. It could lead to a takeover by Bank of America at some point. greg.wilcox@dailynews.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Paper votes a must under House bill

first_imgWASHINGTON – Lawmakers have come full circle after devoting more money to high-tech voting machines following the 2000 election debacle in Florida. They now say a return to the paper trails of old is the key to an honest vote, exasperating state election officials. Legislation pending in the House would require a voter-verified paper ballot for every vote cast in national elections beginning with the November 2008 ballot. It also would require random audits in federal elections and specifies that the paper ballot is the vote of record in all recounts and audits. Public confidence in the voting process is at an all-time low, said Rep. Rush Holt, D-N.J., the bill’s chief sponsor. “I shudder to think what would happen with another election where millions of Americans don’t believe the results,” Holt said. But his bill has been hit by a barrage of criticism from state and local election officials and election machine makers who contend that the timelines are unrealistic, the audit process is overly cumbersome, the reliance on paper is too restrictive and the $1 billion allotted to replace existing systems is insufficient. But Holt argued that with the rush to buy new voting systems, as many as 50 million voters in the 2004 election cast ballots on electronic voting machines that lacked a voter-verified paper audit trail.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “The ramifications of hasty action on this ill-conceived piece of legislation are immense and far-reaching,” Donna Stone, a member of the Delaware House of Representatives and president of the National Conference of State Legislatures, wrote to House leaders Wednesday. R. Doug Lewis, executive director of the Election Center of the National Association of Election Officials, said the bill is so objectionable that, if it passed, he would recommend that state and local election officials refuse to run future federal elections. A planned vote on the House floor Thursday was put off after the legislation met resistance in the Democratic-controlled Rules Committee, which sets rules for floor debate. “I really am scared we’re waltzing off a cliff here,” said Rules Committee Chairman Louise Slaughter, D-N.Y., citing the need for more comprehensive election reform. It could come up Monday. Few were arguing against the need for Congress to restore integrity to the election system. In 2002, Congress passed an election-reform act approving nearly $4 billion aimed at correcting some of the technology and registration problems epitomized by the “hanging chad” dispute in Florida that left the outcome of the 2000 presidential election to a Supreme Court decision. A 2006 study by the Election Data Services predicted that 80 percent of registered voters would use optical scan or electronic voting equipment in that year’s election. About 13 percent would use lever or punch-card devices, it said. last_img read more

Karen S. Smith age 74

first_imgKaren S. Smith age 74 of Salem passed away, Saturday, March 26, 2016 at Floyd Memorial Hospital.Ms. Smith was born January 11, 1942 in Salem, Indiana the daughter of William and Mabel Bell Fultz. She attended the First Christian Church .Karen was employed at Collet Enterprise for the last 15 yrs. Karen was formally employed at the License Branch; she also ran her own ceramic shop, and was  a homemaker. Karen is survived by her sister Marcia Fultz of Kansas. Karen waspreceded in death by her parents: William and Mabel Bell Fultz and her son: Kevin Smith and her daughter: Laural Smith. And Brother Kent Fultz . There will be a memorial service at Weathers Funeral Home Thursday, March 31, 2016 at 6:00 p.m.last_img

SALEM YOUTH FOOTBALL SIGN UPS

first_imgNo late registrations, after August 7th.Cost is $40.00 per player.Parents are required to attend a brief USA Football Heads-Up Program required informational session. Equipment will be fitted and issued.Season play begins September 11th.If you have questions you may call the P&R Office at 812-883-2895. Salem Parks and Rec. Youth Football sign ups will be Sunday July 31, 1-4pm and Sunday August 7, 1-3pm at the Salem High School Auxiliary Gym.This is for all Washington County students 3rd-6th grade.last_img

Mountain bike mania in South Africa

first_imgMen’s cross-countryOn Saturday, Stander and Schurter raced at an incredible pace to break away from the rest of the field on the difficult and technical cross-country course. Not even Jaroslav Kulhavy, who had won the previous four World Cup events and then the World Championships could stay with the duo. JuniorsAn all-South African field contested the junior title, with Hayley Smith taking the win ahead of Nicole Erasmus and Savannah Vosloo. Burry Stander battled Switzerland’s Nino Schurter for the men’s elite cross-country title before having to settle for second place, while James Reid, who had targeted a top-10 finish in the men’s under-23 cross-country ahead of the event, produced a stunning ride to capture fourth spot. Women’s under-23The women’s under-23 and junior races were contested simultaneously in heavy rain. By the end, the riders were covered in mud from head to toe. “I’m so proud of myself,” she laughed. “I knew only the left line because my coach told me that ‘that’s the line you have to go’, so I kept to the left line the whole race and then when I saw that Emily took the left and I had no choice. I had to try to pass her on the right, so that was my best decision in the whole race today.” Superb returnThe women’s downhill win went to Tracey Hannah, sister of Mick, in a superb return to the sport after a four-year break. She was followed over the finishing line by British rider Manon Carpenter and French world champion Emmeline Ragot. The team title went to Team Hutchinson United Ride for the first time ever, competing on Morewood bikes, manufactured locally in Pietermaritzburg. New Zealand’s prodigiously talented Anton Cooper crushed the field the capture the men’s junior title, finishing almost four-and-a-half minutes ahead of world champion Victor Koretzky. Troy Brosnan, Gee Atherton and Steve Smith couldn’t improve on that, leaving just world number one Aaron Gwin, the winner in Pietermaritzburg in 2011 to go, followed by 2009 Pietermaritzburg winner, Greg Minnaar. The atmosphere in the crowd was electric, withy the end of the competition about to take place with a showdown between the two big guns, as if written by a Hollywood scriptwriter. ‘Sick Mick’His fellow Australian “Sick” Mick Hannah, the sixth from last man to go down the mountain, then shattered the leading mark with a stunning run, clocking 3:58.97, faster than anyone had gone in qualifying. “When you cross the line, you’re never sure where you are, there’s no scoreboard in front of you,” said Minnaar. “I normally look for [team-mate] Steve Peat because he’s the first to jump over anywhere. I just saw the fencing starting to move, and as I came closer and closer it just collapsed, and I knew I had won it.” Russia’s Ekaterina Anoshina claimed the under-23 title ahead of Ukraine’s Yana Melomoyna and Austria’s Lisa Mittbauer. “I won because of the rain! My technical skill helped me. I am very happy,” said Anoshina. Incredibly, he took 1.6 seconds out of Gwin over the final split to cross the line in 3:57.98. Realising he had won, Minnaar let his bike slide out from between his legs and lifted his arms skywards before being swamped by an ecstatic crowd. 19 March 2012 “Coming here last weekend [for the Momentum Health XCO Internationals] gave me good confidence. Second today, and just being in the mix again, it’s been a while since I’ve been on the podium, so second’s not what you aim for, you always aim to win, but I’m satisfied with what I did today,” he said. “I couldn’t be happier,” said Hannah, who was a member of the winning Team Hutchinson United Ride. “It’s amazing. I guess my goal was to be in the top three, but first! It’s amazing, I can’t believe it.” With his win, Minnaar equalled Nico Vouilloz’s record of 16 World Cup victories. It also took him to a record 53rd World Cup podium.center_img Victory went to Austria’s Alexander Gebhauer. “I loved the course. It’s like a BMX track,” he smiled. “And the rock gardens were very difficult but I had no problems. It was a perfect race for me.” Women’s cross-countryThe women’s cross-country race developed into a three-way battle between Poland’s Maja Wloszczowska and Canadians Emily Batty and Catharine Pendrel. With the end in sight, world champion Pendrel fell slightly off the pace. Batty then tried to make a move through the rock garden, but Wloszczowska responded by trying a different line, previously unused, to hit the front and race on to victory. South Africa’s Andrew Neethling, the tenth fastest qualifier, then gave the crowd a huge lift by turning in the fastest time and taking over the hot seat. His stay there, though, didn’t last long as Jared Graves improved the mark to beat to 4:02.41. Under-23 menEarlier, Nedbank Team 360 Life’s James Reid turned in an excellent performance to take fourth place in the under-23 men’s race. He was ecstatic with his result and pointed out that fifth placed Andrej Cink had beaten him by six minutes at the World Championships late last year. ‘It was a catch-up game’He admitted that he made a mistake or two near the top of the course, which had cost him time, but that spurred him on to victory. “Maybe those mistakes helped me because then I decided that I could not afford to sit down till I got to the finish. It hurt a lot and my legs were burning but I knew I had to make up that time,” said Minnaar. “It was just a catch-up game, and I think that’s what got me down the bottom slightly quicker than these guys. I had to fight the whole way through to the end.” Aaron Gwin was generous in his praise for the winner: “Greg always finds another level at the bottom and digs deep, so it’s always tough racing him, especially on this track. It was awesome. I was really happy for him. He’s had a crazy couple of weeks, so for him to be able to pull it together here in front of his hometown crowd, it must be special for him, so I’m happy with second today, for sure.” Gwin, the winner of an astonishing five World Cup titles last year, went first. On the lower regions of the course he found an extra gear to somehow better Hannah’s superb marking, crossing the line 3:58.61. On a laptop in ICUThe final day was all about Minnaar, whose participation had been in doubt, with his father very ill and in ICU in a local hospital. Dad Jeff, however, had urged his son to race. He didn’t miss out on the action either and, despite his poor condition, he took in the spectacle from his hospital bed thanks to a 3G card and a laptop. Minnaar’s runThat left only Minnaar to go, and the tension in the massive crowd was through the roof. Just one little slip could cost the man they wanted to win victory. The Santa Cruz Syndicate ace blasted off the starting line, but the news at the first split was not good. The home town hero was two seconds down on the fastest time. However, at the next split, he had made up a second. The vuvuzelas blasted and the cheers rose to a crescendo as the crowd willed Minnaar home and to victory. After some overnight rain, the downhill track was in ideal condition as the first of the 80 finalists set off, with the slowest qualifier going first and the fastest qualifier last. As the field headed towards the runs of the big guns, Frenchman Julien Camellini occupied the leader’s hot seat for some time with a splendid time of four minutes, 3.58 seconds. Schurter, the winner in Pietermaritzburg last year, managed to break away from Stander on the last lap, to take a very impressive victory, but Stander’s second place was a welcome return to form for the South African. The UCI Mountain Bike World Cup Pietermaritzburg ended on a fairytale note on Sunday as local hero Greg Minnaar, the last man off in front of an expectant crowd, produced a stunning run to snatch the downhill title – putting an exclamation point on another very successful event for South Africa. It was a remarkable victory for Smith, who explained: “I had a heart operation last year in April. And two weeks after that I broke my collarbone, so then I was out for another six weeks. So I am really happy just to be here and have made a comeback. I am really happy.” Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Technology: Enterprises Blend SaaS and On-Premise with SOA

first_imgMany organizations continue to prefer to develop applications in-house. That approach allows them to have complete control over feature sets, customizations and integrations.But as these organizations begin to use the concepts of SOA, they’re finding that custom blends of SaaS with on-premise work can and does make sense. SaaS APIs can be hooked via SOA into the overall corporate architecture — and that’s helping them bridge the two worlds.In considering the ROI of any approach, you need to consider the size of the user population for a given application. Typically the more users there are, the more attractive an in-house solution becomes. But when there are smaller number of users, or the users are scattered geographically, SaaS solutions may make more sense.SOA can also be applied to link the two approaches, giving the organization flexibility to vary the percentage of the blend as the needs of the organization evolve, and enabling hybrid approaches. On-premise work typically has the advantage of high-customizability, while SaaS has an advantage of easier scalability.Salesforce has led the way in allowing companies to combine the advantages of SaaS with an environment with lots of hooks for customizability. We can expect to see more SaaS vendors to follow the Salesforce lead.last_img read more