Rulebook on the annual lump sum of tourist membership fees has been published

first_imgLAW ON CATERING ACTIVITY ( (Official Gazette 85/15, 121/16, 99/18, 25/19 and 98/19) This Ordinance prescribes the amount of membership fee for each bed in the room, apartment and holiday home, for each accommodation unit in the camp and rest area and for Robinson accommodation facilities paid by natural persons providing catering services in the household or on the family farm, form and content of the Tourist Form submitted by legal and natural persons performing economic activity, form and content of the Tourist Form submitted by persons providing catering services in the household or on a family farm, and the method of submitting data on the basis for calculating membership fees. As these are important laws for tourism, we bring you a consolidated text of the three laws attached.  LAW ON PROVISION OF SERVICES IN TOURISM (Official Gazette 130/17, 25/19 and 98/19) NATIONAL NEWSPAPERS / Ordinance on the annual lump sum membership fee for persons providing catering services in the household and on the family farm and on the forms of the Tourist Board for the payment of membership fees to the tourist board As of January 01, 2020, the new Law on the Provision of Services in Tourism and the Law on Hospitality came into force, as well as Ordinance on the annual lump sum of tourist membership fees. Law on the provision of services in tourism regulates services in tourism, the manner and conditions for the provision of these services, the contract of travel in a package deal and the contract on a related travel arrangement, and the rights and obligations of the trader and passengers in relation to these contracts, while Law on Catering Activity regulates the manner and conditions under which legal and natural persons may perform catering activities.last_img read more

Indonesia ‘dog doctor’ rescues canines from pandemic peril

first_imgIndonesian doctor Susana Somali and her staff cut tightly-bound plastic ropes off dozens of whimpering dogs rescued from the butcher’s block after being sold or abandoned during the coronavirus pandemic.Somali’s sprawling Jakarta complex, home to about 1,400 canines, has become a refuge for at-risk animals as cash-strapped owners sell them into the Southeast Asian nation’s controversial dog meat trade.Mostly acting on tip-offs, Somali and her team hit the streets looking for stray dogs and butcher shops where more and more doomed animals are spending their last days howling in cramped cages. ‘Tears in her eyes’Somali and about 30 staff at Pejaten Animal Shelter are struggling to care for a huge number of animals as donations plunge in the midst of the COVID-19 outbreak.The money is crucial to help cover upwards of $29,000 in monthly expenses, including employee salaries and the daily cost of half a metric ton of meat for the animals.Myriad breeds, including huskies, pit bulls, and German shepherds, roam the 5,000 square meter (54,000 square foot) shelter, which Somali started in 2009.She started confronting butchers after seeing a video of a pregnant dog about to be slaughtered.”Someone posted images of this crying dog on social media and I saw the tears in her eyes,” she said.”That’s when I became aware of the butchers.”Somali and her team rescued dozens of puppies bound for a local Korean eatery this month, but they don’t always make it in time.”I tried to reach the area but was told that the dog had already been (killed),” she said of one recent dash to a butcher’s shop.”It was a minute too late.”Animal welfare groups estimate as many as one million dogs are killed annually across Indonesia, with more than 100 restaurants in Jakarta alone serving their meat, according to government figures.Dog is often a culinary specialty among Indonesia’s non-Muslim minority groups.The animals are considered unclean in Islam and rarely kept as pets in Muslim-majority countries.Indonesia is relatively relaxed by comparison, but working at the shelter can still be tricky for Muslim volunteers like Ria Rosalina.”Many people have asked me why I take care of dogs but also wear hijab,” she said, referring to the religious head-covering worn by many Indonesian women.”But I don’t care. I just tell them that dogs were created by God, just like humans.”Snatched and killedThe plight of Indonesia’s dogs isn’t limited to the megacity capital.Animal welfare organization Four Paws has warned that thousands of strays in Bali were at risk of starving or being snatched by dog meat traders, as a plunge in tourism hammers the holiday island.It is also a growing problem in other parts of Southeast Asia as traders prey on owners facing hard economic times, said Katherine Polak, a veterinarian with Four Paws.”Animals are at a very heightened risk,” she said.”Some low-income people might be tempted to sell their pets.”For years, activists have called on the government to halt Indonesia’s dog meat market — a goal shared by Somali.”Ending the dog meat trade may sound like a dream but everything starts from a dream,” the shelter owner said.”I’ll always keep fighting.”Topics : Somali — who juggles a day job testing COVID-19 samples at a local hospital — started the shelter in an upscale Jakarta neighbourhood more than a decade ago.Back then, she rescued one or two dogs from a butcher each week. But that number has soared to as many as 20 in recent months as strays are snatched off the streets for their meat.The 55-year-old mother of two negotiates with often unfriendly butchers, sometimes paying them cash or supplying other meat to secure the animals’ release.”The real battle isn’t rescuing them from butchers, although that is always scary. The challenge is taking care of these dogs during the pandemic,” Somali said.last_img read more

Governor Wolf Announces $791,000 in PLCB Grants for Developing, Promoting Pennsylvania Beers

first_img December 19, 2018 SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Governor Wolf Announces $791,000 in PLCB Grants for Developing, Promoting Pennsylvania Beerscenter_img Economy,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today announced the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB) has approved grants totaling $791,412 for 12 projects to increase the production of Pennsylvania-made malt and brewed beverages and enhance the Pennsylvania beer industry through promotion, marketing, and research-based programs and projects.“Increasing the quality, production, and sale of malt and brewed beverages produced in Pennsylvania is vital not only to our growing beer industry, but these improvements also enhance agricultural and tourism opportunities in the Commonwealth,” said Governor Tom Wolf. “These grants will explore how agriculture can better support brewers, give new tools and resources to beer makers, and ultimately help improve the craft beer experience for Pennsylvania consumers.”Act 39 of 2016 created the Pennsylvania Malt and Brewed Beverages Industry Promotion Board and authorized the PLCB to approve up to $1 million annually for development and marketing of the Pennsylvania beer industry.“The craft beer and brewing industry continues to grow and thrive in Pennsylvania, and these grants will fund projects focused on agricultural research, industry training, product development, economic development and consumer engagement to advance production and marketing of Pennsylvania beers,” said Board Chairman Tim Holden. “The PLCB is proud to support the continued development of the commonwealth’s beer industry through these grants.”“Craft brewing has grown exponentially in Pennsylvania,” said Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding. “This investment in research will support our brewers’ efforts to produce quality and variety and stay number one in the nation.”The grant projects, summarized as follows, were recommended for approval by the Pennsylvania Malt and Brewed Beverages Industry Promotion Board.Visit Philadelphia$125,000Beer Tourism Grant for the Craft Beer Trail of Greater Philadelphia:Grant will allow Visit Philadelphia to market and promote greater Philadelphia’s craft beer and breweries in order to boost Philadelphia and Pennsylvania’s image as one of the country’s best places for craft beer; drive visitation to the five-county Philadelphia area and its roughly 100 breweries; and encourage more people to visit breweries during their time in the area, increase the number of breweries people visit and boost sales at breweries in the region.Somerset County Chamber of Commerce$105,000Pennsylvania Craft Brew Festival:Modeling the successful Pennsylvania Wine Fest held each year at Seven Springs Mountain Resort, the first Pennsylvania Craft Brew Festival is expected to attract 5,000 to 7,500 people and 30 producers to take advantage of tastings and brewer education workshops. The economic impact of the 2019 event is estimated at $1.2 million for the Laurel Highlands Tourism Region.Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences$98,702Improving the Agricultural Value Chain for the Craft Fermented Beverage Industry:Explore brewer demand for agricultural inputs for beer production and inform growers about increasing market opportunities, demand for ingredients and costs for producing crops for the beer industry. The project will facilitate agricultural literacy among brewers, who need to better understand crops’ seasonality and production costs, and farmers, who need better understanding of how to work with and supply local brewers.California University of Pennsylvania$72,500Establishing and Maintaining a Research and Educational Hop Yard in Southwest Pennsylvania:Establish a hop yard in Washington County that will be an educational hub focused on sustainable production of hops, disease management, and growing conditions that will increase hop yield and growing success. The project will integrate local high school students and university students in the design of the hop yard and development of marketing and business plans for hops as a local commodity and crop.Shippensburg University$71,701Educational Outreach for the Brewing Industry:Development of education, training and technical assistance to build a skilled workforce for the brewed beverage industry. Educational short courses, professional training and laboratory work aim to develop a strong foundation of educational and apprenticeship-type experiences to benefit current employees in brewing, as well as train a future workforce.Edinboro University$71,060Pennsylvania’s Brewer’s Yeast Library:Improve the knowledge, processes and opportunities for small breweries in northwest Pennsylvania through the development of a Brewer’s Yeast Library, which will offer training and short courses and use of Edinboro University facilities for the propagation of yeast. Brewers will gain the knowledge and skills to grow and care for their own yeast, which could save brewers money and avoid contamination and flavor issues.National Beer Museum Development Group$59,700The Story of Beer in Pennsylvania:Creation of a stand-alone, permanent exhibit in Pittsburgh informing consumers about Pennsylvania breweries and beers. Compelling stories about the legacy and vibrancy of beer in Pennsylvania will be presented in interactive, interesting and entertaining ways, compelling consumers to learn more about Pennsylvania’s brewing heritage and explore Pennsylvania breweries and beers.Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences$47,276Critical Success Factors for Advancing Beer Tourism in Pennsylvania:Identify, through surveys and interviews of owners of craft breweries in Pennsylvania, current barriers and success factors of craft brewery businesses; discuss with local tourism bureaus selection and promotion of beer tourism activities; and present research outcomes through outreach materials and a handbook.Cumberland Area Economic Development Corporation$50,000Cumberland Valley Beer Trail Marketing and Visitation Increase:Enhance promotion of the existing Cumberland Valley Beer Trail through new photography and videography and expanded marketing campaigns to new outlets and target markets. Marketing efforts aim to increase the sale of malt and brewed beverages produced in Cumberland County and the surrounding region, as well as increase sales and visitation to other area attractions, lodging, dining and shops through beer tourism.Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences$46,766Measuring Amylase Activity in Non-Barley Malts for Gluten-Free Beer:Explore the use of gluten-free alternatives to barley in brewing to identify optimal mashing conditions and complementary combinations of gluten-free grains to achieve fermentable sugars comparable to those derived in barley and wheat worts. The effort will benefit Pennsylvania brewers who are brewing or wish to develop gluten-free beers.Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences$35,175Educating Hops Growers to Enhance and Promote the Pennsylvania Microbrewing Industry:Development of research-based recommendations for current and prospective hops growers on practices to start or improve their hop yard to produce high-quality product for the microbrewing industry. Grant will sustain an existing research hop yard, provide for hop growing schools in eastern and western Pennsylvania to promote and educate growers on best practices and create an online hops database.Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences$33,532Malting Barley Extension and Outreach:Raise awareness among farmers, mills and distillers about quality standards for malting barley, which may lead to increased local production, improved grain quality, and availability of grain meeting quality standards. Roundtable discussions and listening sessions with brewed beverage industry members will inform development of educational materials and field days for growers, buyers and brewers.The PLCB awarded the inaugural round of grants supporting Pennsylvania’s beer industry in February 2018, with grants for 13 projects totaling nearly $705,000. In June 2018, the PLCB awarded $1 million in grants to enhance the Pennsylvania wine industry and increase production of Pennsylvania-made wines, bringing PLCB wine-grant funding to nearly $3 million since the first wine grants were approved in 2017.The PLCB regulates the distribution of beverage alcohol in Pennsylvania, operates more than 600 wine and spirits stores statewide, and licenses 20,000 alcohol producers, retailers, and handlers. The PLCB also works to reduce and prevent dangerous and underage drinking through partnerships with schools, community groups, and licensees. Taxes and store profits – totaling $16.5 billion since the agency’s inception – are returned to Pennsylvania’s General Fund, which finances Pennsylvania’s schools, health and human services programs, law enforcement, and public safety initiatives, among other important public services. The PLCB also provides financial support for the Pennsylvania State Police Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement, the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs, other state agencies, and local municipalities across the state. For more information about the PLCB, visit www.lcb.pa.gov.last_img read more

Carseldine couple to sell home due to health problems

first_img2 Muscat Place, Carseldine.Mrs French said they had fully renovated the home.“We’ve done everything to it,” she said.“We’ve put a patio on out the back, and built a workshop which could be a granny flat or teenager’s retreat.“The workshop looks like its always been there because we’ve kept the design with the rest of the house.”Curtains have been added as well as a fresh coat of paint.Mrs French said while she was sad to leave she hoped a family would buy their home.“I’d love to see some children or grandchildren swimming in the pool,” she said.A special feature of the property is the fire place in the rumpus room and another in the lounge room.“It’s actually back to back which is quite unusual,” Mrs French said. 2 Muscat Place, Carseldine.Mrs French, a mother-of-two, said her two grandson’s loved the home because of the swimming pool.The couple were initially living at Bridgeman Downs before buying the property in the popular Wineries Estate.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 2019“We wanted to live here to be closer to the grandchildren,” she said. 2 Muscat Place, Carseldine.Angela French and husband Peter have owned their Carseldine home for 11 years.However, the time has come for them to move into a retirement village due to health problems.Mrs French said she absolutely loved the four-bedroom, two-bathroom home, at 2 Muscat Place, which had plenty of character.“My husband and I have always loved Tudor-style homes,” Mrs French said.“When we saw this, we snapped it up, even though it needed a lot of work.”last_img read more

Bacolod City drug rehab center to open next year

first_img “Within 2020, I believe it will already beoperational,” he added. The city is also working with thePhilippine Drug Enforcement Agency in putting up the soon-to-be opened BalaySilangan drug reformation center.     According to Melanie, the DDB uses itsspecial fund, sourced from the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp.,Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office and the Philippine Racing Commission forthe construction of drug rehabilitation centers all over the country.  “This is a big occasion for us that weare able to receive a P5-million check. This is a second installment. We arevery thankful. It is an inspiration in the anti-drug campaign that Bacolod isjust one of the first, if not the few, which has received this assistance. Wethank DDB chairman Catalino Cuy for giving priority to Bacolod,” Leonardiasaid.   BACOLOD City – Local officials heresaid they are set to open the P35-million drug treatment and rehabilitationcenter (DTRC) next year as around 75 percent of the facility has already beenconstructed. City officials announced this duringthe turnover of a P5-million augmentation fund from the Dangerous Drugs Board(DDB) by chief cashier Melanie Castillo to Mayor Evelio Leonardia during theirmeeting at the government center on Monday. “These (dorms) can be completedprobably in one month. There are still other structures that will beconstructed,” he added.   Samuel Montoyo, focal person of thecity’s anti-drug abuse campaign, said the date of the opening is not yetdefinite, but it could be scheduled next year once the construction iscompleted. The DTRC is situated on agovernment-owned property in Barangay Alijis with an administration buildingand mess building. A multipurpose hall and pavilion will also be added. Project engineer Loben Rafael Castillosaid the constructed portion includes the male and female dormitories that canaccommodate around 50 patients. The groundbreaking on August last yearwas attended by Cuy, who signed a memorandum of agreement with Leonardia forthe release of the initial P10-million financial assistance. The remaining fundrequirement was shouldered by the city government. In Western Visayas, Bacolod is theonly local government unit so far that has received assistance from the DDB inestablishing such kind of treatment facility, she added. The facility, located alongside theBacolod City Police Office compound in Barangay Singcang-Airport, is worth P5million.(With a report from PNA/PN)last_img read more

Nigeria’s Mikel to play against Argentina

first_imgYessentuki, June 24: Nigeria captain John Obi Mikel is likely to play in his team’s decisive World Cup Group D match against Argentina on Tuesday despite nursing a broken bone in his left hand.The 31-year-old midfielder suffered the injury during stoppage time in the African team’s 2-0 win over Iceland on Friday, reports Xinhua news agency.”Unfortunately our captain has a fracture but I think he will be able to play with a splint,” Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr said in a video published by the Nigerian football federation on Sunday.”Our medical team is looking after it,” he added. IANSlast_img read more

Big question mark over ISL’s future if I-League clubs are ignored: Bhaichung Bhutia

first_imgKolkata: At a time when many I-League clubs are unclear about their future, former India captain Bhaichung Bhutia says there would also be a “big question mark” over the future of the Indian Super League (ISL) unless it accommodates clubs which have “history, passion and fanbase”.Bhutia also advocated introduction of a promotion-relegation system if the ISL wants to attract more eyeballs. “For ISL also, it’s very important that clubs like East Bengal and Mohun Bagan are there. It’s not just the future of I-League. The future of ISL is also in big doubt.There is a big question mark,” Bhutia told IANS in an interview. Eight I-League clubs, including East Bengal and Mohun Bagan, recently wrote to All India Football Federation (AIFF) president Praful Patel requesting a meeting to “seek answers” regarding the league’s future and complaining about “interference” of the apex body’s marketing partner Football Sports Development Limited (FSDL) in the sport’s decision making.The letter said the I-League teams also wish to discuss potential relegation to the second division in Indian football, with ISL “all set to be branded the top league of the country.”“I think until and unless you have teams like East Bengal and Mohun Bagan and some other teams as well who are very passionate, and have the kind of fan following you don’t have in the top league… then the excitement does not really come in. So the ISL also benefits bringing clubs from I-League up. Because I-League clubs have history, passion and fan following,” said Bhutia, who had played for both East Bengal and Mohun Bagan.Asked about the I-League’s lesser lights in terms of bank balance like former champions Aizawl FC, holders Minerva Punjab FC and Chennai City FC, the last one now on the cusp of winning the title, Bhutia said the concern over paying the hefty franchise fee for ISL would be gone once there is a promotion-relegation system.“So it’s also important to bring relegation and promotion. If you go on promotion and relegation, you don’t have to pay franchise fee,” he said.Talking about table-toppers Chennai’s dream run this season, Bhutia said it’s great to see a team from Tamil Nadu doing so well despite the state not having much of a footballing history.“I think in a way it’s wonderful that a team from South (India) is going to win, especially from Tamil Nadu, which is not known for being a football state. I think this inspiration is going to motivate lot of footballers there.”Bhutia also expressed his disappointment at East Bengal once again coming so close to winning their maiden crown but frittering away the advantage at the business end of the season.“I personally as an ex-player am very disappointed they could not win the I-League even this year, despite coming so close. I thought they could make it this year.“But then you don’t also lose hope because there is a new company that has come in. They have a new coach. So I see a great future and hope. But they need to trust coaches and players and can’t be doing what they have been doing in the past,” he signed off. IANSAlso Read: SPORTS NEWSlast_img read more

ICC World Cup Current Indian team will beat Pakistan 7 out of 10 times: Kapil

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, ICC World Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. Chennai: World Cup-winning captain Kapil Dev on Friday said the India are a far better side than Pakistan and he doesn’t see Virat Kohli’s team losing to the arch-rivals in their World Cup clash on Sunday. “The India-Pakistan match I have to keep my fingers crossed about it… I hope the players don’t keep their fingers crossed… (laughs).. Just keep on playing. Looking at both the teams the Indian team is definitely far better. I am not saying because I am Indian,” said Kapil here. “But I feel when I was playing the Pakistan team was much better than  us. Today I can say that if they play 10 matches, India will win 7. India are far better than  Pakistan… What happens that day God knows.” On the rise of Indian fast bowling over the years, Kapil said if an Indian (Jasprit Bumrah) is the number one fast bowler in the world, it shows that “we have come a long, long way”.”When you don’t have something and you get it, you feel proud about that. That is what has happened to the Indian team in the last 15 years, bowlers started coming up. Often all cricketers say bowlers win matches.” The pace legend from Haryana hailed Bumrah.”When I saw him (Bumrah) first time I thought that he will not have such ability. I changed my word and I say God, he is really fantastic. From such a short run-up he can produce from such an awkward run-up so much pace. I just want him to be fit for the next five years.”Asked to compare his captaincy with that of the current skipper Virat Kohli, he said:  “Virat Kohli… He is too good. I don’t thnk I can compare myself with him. He is really good. He is the no.1 player in the world.” Queried if he felt the catch of Viv Richards in the 1983 World Cup final against the West Indies was the best he had taken, he said: “I don’t think so. I can say important catch, not the best. It was very important according to the situation. The  impprtant catch was that of Clive Lloyd the next wicket because we started believing that we could win after that dismissal,” Dev said. Kapil also backed former captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni following the controversy over his gloves which had an Army insignia embossed on them. The ICC turned down BCCI’s request to let Dhoni wear the same gloves, saying it was against its regulations.  “It is not a controversy and he showed a feeling within him to put a logo there and we have to go with the system. I don’t think he realised that it is going to be such a big thing…. you have to go through the system or the law.”I respect Dhoni and he showed passion and love for his country and Army people and that is nothing wrong.” last_img read more

BCB to host month-long celebrations in September to mark 80th Anniversary

first_img… Special Mortimer George book to be launchedTHE Berbice Cricket Board (BCB) during the month of September will be celebrating its 80th Anniversary after being founded on September 20, 1939 by a group of Berbicians to administer the game in the Ancient County.The current executives of the BCB, under the astute leadership of President Hilbert Foster, are in the process of organising a month-long list of activities to mark the historic anniversary. Foster, who spearheaded the BCB’s 70th and 75th Anniversary celebrations in 2009 and 2014, is once again heading the organising committee that includes administrator Angela Haniff, Asst secretary Ameer Rahaman, treasurer Dr Cecil Beharry and executive member Winston Smith.Foster stated that the Committee is working to make the anniversary a grand success. The month-long celebration will be under the theme: ‘Reflecting on a rich legacy – 80 not out’.Berbice over the 80 years has produced 19 Test cricketers for the West Indies including one female, while hundreds have gone on to play for Guyana and West Indies at the Under-15, Under-19, Female and ‘A’ levels.The 19 Test players produced by Berbice are John Trim, Rohan Kanhai, Ivan Madray, Basil Butcher, Joe Solomon, Roy Fredericks, Alvin Kallicharran, Leonard Baichan, Clayton Lambert, Sew Shivnarine, Mahendra Nagamootoo, Sewnarine Chattergoon, Narsingh Deonarine, Assad Fudadin, Brandon Bess, Veerasammy Permaul, Devendra Bishoo, Shimron Hetmyer and Candacy Atkins.Other Berbicians – Milton Pydana, Royston Crandon, Esaun Crandon, Shemaine Campbelle, Tremayne Smartt, Erva Giddings, Subrina Munroe, Derick Kallicharran, Andre Percival, Leslaine Lambert, Sudesh Dhaniram, Deonarine Persaud, Gajanand Singh, Richard Ramdeen, Hemnarine Chattergoon, Jonathan Foo, Gudakesh Motie, Anthony Bramble and others have represented the Caribbean at different levels. The BCB also holds the record of hosting the first-ever One Day International in the West Indies in 1977.   The month-long celebrations will include a religious service involving the three major religions in Guyana, television programmes, educational competitions, youth coaching programmes, donations to clubs and junior cricketers, food hampers to less fortunate families, honouring of retired cricketers, Tribute to Heroes programme, launching of the BCB first-ever Youth Information Booklet.The Educational Competition, to be organised by Asst secretary Ameer Rahaman, will be an Essay for secondary schools, a Spelling Bee for primary schools and Drawing for nursery schools.The highlight of the 80th Anniversary would be a massive restoration of the BCB Office as it strives to improve its service to the general public.A special 256-page book on the History of Berbice Cricket, written by former BCB secretary Mortimer George will also be launched and will be sold for $2 500 per copy.BCB employee Ruthel Henry will benefit from a donation from the sale of the books, towards the construction of her home. The BCB will also be unveiling updated versions of its Under-19 and Senior Berbice All-time teams. Former Berbice player and journalist, Sean Devers, is also spearheading a Programme to name Berbice greatest player at the Under-15, Under-17, Under-19, Female, ODI, Test and 20/20. Berbice greatest cricketer Rohan Kanhai would also be honoured during the celebrations. Among the officials and players to be honoured are Deonarine Persaud, Clayton Lambert, Leslaine Lambert, Mahendra Nagamootoo, Sudesh Dhaniram, Orvin Mangru, Carl Moore, Keith Foster, Manohar Pooran, Andre Percival, Anil Beharry and Angela Haniff. Clubs across Berbice are encouraged to make a positive difference in the lives of a less fortunate family and to send photos along with a brief report to the BCB. The winner of this programme would receive a special prize from the Rose Hall Town Youth & Sports Club, MS and the Board.last_img read more

THE SWEET LIFE: Johnson returns to form, powers SU to Sweet 16 appearance

first_img Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on March 20, 2010 at 12:00 pmcenter_img BUFFALO — Wes Johnson walked past midcourt, triumphantly holding his right arm in the air. As the final seconds of a game that had been decided an hour earlier finally ticked away, the emotions began to pour out of him. It was his day. His show.He banged that right hand against his chest, administering the same type of blow to his body that he had inflicted on Gonzaga all afternoon long.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThen, as a reminder of what’s to come, he held up four fingers to the crowd seated behind the Syracuse bench that was still savoring the Orange’s impressive 87-65 dismantling of the Bulldogs in Sunday’s second-round game in the NCAA West Regional.‘We got four games left, that’s all that is,’ Johnson said, referring to the number of wins standing between the Orange and a second national title. ‘We’re trying to win it and we got four games, and we’re trying to keep our mindset focused on that.’Johnson was every bit of a star attraction, powering Syracuse with a career-high 31 points and 14 rebounds as the top-seeded Orange routed No. 8 seed Gonzaga at HSBC Arena in Buffalo. Syracuse earned a trip to Salt Lake City for a Sweet 16 date with No. 5 seed Butler on Thursday at 7:07 p.m. ‘When he’s aggressive like that and looking for his shot, he’s definitely one of the best players in the country, without a doubt,’ shooting guard Andy Rautins said. ‘His unselfishness out of that — 31 points — is what separates him from a lot of players.’Hampered with injuries down the stretch of the regular season, Johnson’s numbers slipped. He was no longer the dominant force that carried Syracuse to a No. 1 ranking. His shots were bouncing off the rim instead of smoothly dropping through the nets. Johnson said his badly injured right hand prevented him from picking up a laptop, much less controlling a basketball.Against Georgetown in the Big East tournament on March 11, he scored 24 points and said he finally felt healthy. Friday night, in the NCAA opener against Vermont, he led SU with 18 points. Sunday was no different.He came out firing, hitting a 3 from the left corner to give SU its first lead at 3-2. Gonzaga retook a 6-3 lead, and Johnson tied it with another 3. He took four of Syracuse’s first five shots, asserting himself like he did before the injury. ‘He’s just really getting back — if he hadn’t had this injury, he would be up at an even higher level now than he is,’ Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim said. ‘He was playing at a really high level, and he was getting better. That just took him right back down for eight games, 10 games.’Even with Johnson gelling offensively, Syracuse still found itself in a bind. Rick Jackson picked up his third foul with 8:58 left in the first half, rendering him to the bench. SU only led 22-21, rarely used freshman DaShonte Riley was in and Gonzaga appeared poised for a run. Instead, the Orange broke the game open with a brilliant blend of play at both ends of the court.A quick 9-0 run capped by a Johnson jumper near the 3-point line made it a 10-point game. The Bulldogs (27-7) sliced the lead to 32-28, but another 9-0 run led to a 47-32 halftime lead. The crowning moment was a 3 by Johnson that gave Syracuse a 41-28 lead and forced Gonzaga head coach Mark Few to call a timeout. Even though the shot had already gone through the net, Johnson made sure to keep his right hand elevated at the end of his shooting motion. ‘I had to (hold the Michael Jordan pose) because nobody was on me,’ Johnson said. ‘I was shooting that shot in warmups and I let it go and it felt good when it left, so I held it up for a little bit.’And despite the undetermined loss of center Arinze Onuaku, Johnson may be the key cog to carry the Orange the distance. He’s averaging 24.5 points in the Big Dance. The injuries are a thing of the past. He’s the Johnson of old. And the Orange is rolling into Salt Lake City because of it.‘It’s starting to get real,’ Johnson said. ‘We just have to keep our mindset where it is, on the defensive end and rebounding end, then let everything else take care of itself.’mrehalt@syr.edulast_img read more