Spencer boys basketball moves to 4-0 with blowout of Loyal

first_imgBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterLOYAL — The Spencer boys basketball team remains unbeaten this season after whipping Loyal 71-42 in a Cloverbelt Conference East Division game Friday night at Loyal High School.Bobby Pilz had 21 points, and Miles Weber added 13 for the Rockets, who are now 4-0 overall and 3-0 in the Cloverbelt East.Cameron Brussow had 12 points to top Loyal (3-3, 2-3 Cloverbelt East).Spencer led 27-15 at halftime before scoring 44 points in the second half to finish off the victory.Spencer’s next game is Tuesday at home against Neillsville. Neillsville is in first place in the conference with a 4-0 mark (4-1 overall).(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)Rockets 71, Greyhounds 42Spencer 17 10 22 22 – 71Loyal 11 4 13 14 – 42SPENCER (71): Jonny Tomke 0-1 0-0 0, Noah Zastrow 1-1 0-0 2, Nate Mercier 2-3 0-0 4, Calvin Lenz 3-4 0-3 6, Bobby Pilz 9-11 1-2 21, Miles Weber 6-7 1-2 13, Jack Burnett 1-1 0-0 2, Jake Meyers 0-1 0-0 0, Ryan Busse 4-7 0-0 8, Mitch Susa 3-12 0-0 7, Dakota Andreae 4-8 0-1 8. FG: 33-56. FT: 2-8. 3-pointers: 3-10 (Pilz 2-3, Susa 1-6, Mecier 0-1). Record: 4-0, 3-0 Cloverbelt East.LOYAL (42): Riley Geiger 4-13 0-0 11, Derrick Howard 2-3 0-0 4, Colton Roehl 2-7 0-0 4, Cameron Brussow 4-12 2-3 12, Ryley Fischer 0-3 2-2 2, Logan Genteman 2-2 0-2 4, Ben Zimmerman 1-2 0-0 3, Tyler Prust 1-5 0-2 2. FG: 16-47. FT: 4-9. 3-pointers: 6-16 (Geiger 3-7, Brussow 2-4, Zimmerman 1-2, Prust 0-2, Roehl 0-1). Record: 3-3, 2-3 Cloverbelt East.last_img read more

South Africans urged to take the test

first_img1 December 2010As countries across the world commemorate World Aids Day, the South African Medical Association has called on the public to get tested for HIV, and to encourage others to do the same.“We call on the public to continue to be tested and influence others to test for HIV as a routine way of ensuring healthy lifestyle choices, irrespective of status, as HIV and Aids does not discriminate,” SA Medical Association (SAMA) chairman Norman Mabasa said in a statement on Wednesday.In April, President Jacob Zuma launched an HIV, Counselling and Testing campaign, which aims to get 15-million South Africans tested by June 2011.To date, 4.9-million people have reported for counselling and testing in the country’s health facilities.SAMA has also urged all doctors to reaffirm their important role in addressing the epidemic through encouraging all patients to test and be treated if necessary, and to provide ongoing education about the importance of safe sexual practices.“Collective responsibility will reduce the spread of HIV,” Mabasa said.Under the theme “We Are Responsible”, South Africa’s 2010 World Aids Day campaign encourages people to show collective responsibility to encourage and support partners, family and community members to test voluntarily for HIV and to set an example for others by leading healthier lifestyles.Build-up activities for World Aids Day started in November with a series of dialogues between the government and its social partners. These social dialogues will culminate in various Cabinet ministers, deputy ministers, premiers and MECs being deployed to various communities across the country today to discuss ways of reducing new HIV infections.Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe, who is also chairman of the South African National Aids Council, will lead the way, visiting families and addressing community members and health care workers in Driefontein in Mpumalanga province.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

SharePoint: It’s Everywhere, but What to Make of It

first_imgSince May, SharePoint 2010 has been out in the wild.  It has been a big business for Microsoft.  AIIM now estimates that SharePoint sales topped $1.3 billion in 2008 and is growing at an annual rate of 25 percent.Different reports made by AIIM this year find that anywhere from 74 percent to 98 percent of organizations are planning to try SharePoint.  But how are organizations using it?  The AIIM report found that:47 percent use it for file sharingSharePoint is used infrequently for complex business processes, records management or digital asset managementSharePoint is typically viewed as just one component of a larger Enterprise Content Management (ECM) strategyAnn All quoted Rob Helm, managing VP of research at Directions on Microsoft, as sayting that “Microsoft is going to continue to pull SharePoint through as an infrastructure. It may never be as dominant as Office, but it may be like SQL Server, Microsoft’s database product. If you’re on the Microsoft stack, you almost can’t avoid it.”The low price point to get started and the ready availability of the software have led to many organizations starting to use SharePoint, but really without any plan for what to do with it.  In fact, the AIIM report pointed out that governance is one of the biggest issues around SharePoint.  AIIM found that 60 percent of organizations use SharePoint with no modifications out the box.  Of the more than 50 percent of the organizations that are using SharePoint, the decision to use it was made without a formal business case.  In those organizations using SharePoint, just 22 percent provide any guidance to their workers about document types and classification, and less than 15 percent have any notion about retention policies and legal discovery procedures.For those organizations with an upfront plan for what they want to accomplish with SharePoint, AIIM found that getting SharePoint to do things the way that their organization wants often isn’t as easy as they expected.  30 percent said that development time and effort required to make SharePoint business ready was a big challenge for them.  About one-thrid of the respondents said their SharePoint projects took them longer to implement than expected, and 21 percent complained that the SharePoint interface was not intuitive or easy to use.last_img read more

Irfan Pathan and Balaji will bowl till they drop: John Wright

first_imgRIGHT PLACEMENT: John Wright directs his teamJohn Wright who has coached the Indian team for over three years spoke to Senior Editor Sharda Ugra in Islamabad after the series win. Q. Take away history and politics. Was this India’s best performance since you took over as coach? A. We played,RIGHT PLACEMENT: John Wright directs his teamJohn Wright who has coached the Indian team for over three years spoke to Senior Editor Sharda Ugra in Islamabad after the series win.Q. Take away history and politics. Was this India’s best performance since you took over as coach? A. We played well under the pressure of the Pakistan-India mystique especially in the deciding games in both the series. But we have played some pretty good cricket before, like against Australia which is a big side.Q. Sourav Ganguly says India is the best team in the world after Australia. Do you agree? The ranking doesn’t say so. A. The rankings don’t make much sense to me. I don’t care if we are No.7 or 8.We got to the finals of the World Cup and the ICC Trophy – those are big events. I just wish we had won them. Then maybe we would have been ranked sixth! I think Australia are out there. To be No. 1, you have to get players who can produce consistently. It is when you win over a period that it counts. But Sourav is right. On our day we can beat anyone.Q. Was the fear of losing a factor you accounted for in Pakistan? A. No, I don’t think the fear of losing was a factor. What we as backup staff tried to do was to take the mystique out of the series. We thought if we could be organised and had simple targets, it would help us.Q. How did Irfan Pathan and L. Balaji improve at a rate faster than other bowlers recently? A. They are physically very fit, they work hard at their strengths and have great attitudes. They will bowl till they drop. Selection is about picking people like this.Q. How does the team keep its feet on the ground now? A. You are only as good as your last game. Our challenge is to keep winning consistently. As for keeping the feet on the ground, it is like that line: treat those two impostors, triumph and disaster, just the same.Q. Is this win, a ‘take that everyone’ to those who snipe at you? A. I don’t have that attitude, you never win with that approach. If I lost the job I would go home, sit on my porch and get over it. I work very hard, there are some personal sacrifices made by my children and myself because we are apart. But I have always thought it would be great if I, along with the players, could make Indians on the street feel proud of their team. Because I believe that a team that is united and fights… that seems to mean something in India.advertisementlast_img read more