Syracuse-Marquette: The matchups, numbers and what to watch for in the Elite Eight Big East duel

first_imgBig number24Points scored by point guard Michael Carter-Williams in Syracuse’s 61-50 win over Indiana, a career high.Free throwSyracuse forward James Southerland’s sister, Sabrina, was named 2013 Girls Athlete of the Year by the Armory Track and Field Center on Thursday.These two teams last met in the NCAA Tournament in 2011 when the Big East had 11 schools selected, forcing a second-round matchup between the No. 3-seed Orange and the No. 11-seed Golden Eagles.The MatchupsStats in 2013 postseason playAdvertisementThis is placeholder textPoint guardMichael Carter-Williams6-6 185 So.10.1 ppg 6.7 apgJunior Cadougan6-1 205 Sr.8.8 ppg 1.0 apgCarter-Williams is as hot as he’s ever been while Cadougan’s tapered off in terms of raw production since the postseason’s started. If the Syracuse point guard shows the same range he did last game, the Orange becomes nearly impossible to defend.Shooting guardBrandon Triche6-4 210 Sr.13.4 ppg 2.9 apgVander Blue6-4 200 Jr.17.8 ppg 1.3 apgUnlike Jordan Hulls, Blue can matchup physically with Triche. That doesn’t mean Triche should stop driving, though. When he does, SU’s offense transforms from predictable pass-and-shoot to a dynamic maze of slashes, dumps and kicks.Small forwardJames Southerland6-8 215 Sr.12.9 ppg 5.5 rpgTrent Lockett6-5 210 Sr.7.0 ppg 8.5 rpgSoutherland’s quiet showing against the Hoosiers hints he’s due to drop a few 3s on Marquette. Ability to stretch the opposing defense aside, this matchup is most crucial on the boards where Southerland is severely underrated.Power forwardC.J. Fair6-8 215 Jr.14.0 ppg 6.4 rpgJuan Anderson6-6 210 So.0.5 ppg 1.8 rpgAnderson’s likely to give way to Jamil Wilson as he only played six minutes against Miami in the Sweet 16. The struggle for either player will be to keep track of Fair around the lane and limit his deadly mid-range jumper.CenterRakeem Christmas6-9 242 So.2.8 ppg 2.6 rpgChris Otule6-11 275 R-Sr.7.0 ppg, 5.3 rpgWhile Otule plays more significant minutes than Christmas, the real center battle will be fought by Baye Moussa Keita and Davante Gardner where Keita, and Christmas, will be tested by an even stronger physical presence than Indiana’s Cody Zeller.CoachesJim Boeheim919-31337 seasonsBuzz Williams136-706 seasonsThe two coaches are no strangers and the Orange zone will surprise no one. Both teams roll about eight-deep. Boeheim’s biggest game planning will have been done on shutting down Davante Gardner and Williams will push his player to hit the defensive glass and keep SU out of the transition play it revels in. Comments Published on March 30, 2013 at 12:48 am Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

How the Rising Exchange Rate is Hurting Liberians

first_imgThe rising exchange rate between the United States and Liberian dollars is creating severe economic hardship for the vast majority of Liberians across the country. Reports reaching our business desk from rural Liberia speak of rising fuel and food prices as transport fares hikes. In the Monrovia area, similar development is taking place as fuel price hits L$400 at some filling stations.The purchasing power of many households is directly affected requiring action from the government. As the rate currently stands at L$88 to US$1, the purchasing power of majority Liberians, who earned their living on the Liberian dollar, has dwindled.Also affected gravely are all government workers who fall within the government’s minimum wage bracket of US$100.In 2009 and 2010, the government of Liberia (GOL) announced a policy, as part of its poverty reduction strategy, removing tax burden on all employees that fall within the minimum wage bracket, which at the time, stood at about US$80.During this time, the government was cognizant of the prevailing economic situation in the country and raised the minimum salary for civil servants from US$15 in 2006 to US$80 per month in 2009.The Government also substantially reduced income tax in 2010 in order to increase nominal income for employees.It was therefore expected that during the interim, private sector employers would use the public sector initiative as the point of reference in determining the minimum wage for their employees.But with the rising exchange rate between the US and Liberian dollars, a senior government official has hinted our business desk that all employees of government including those earning minimum wage are now required to pay taxes because they now earn above L$70,000 per year.According to the revised Revenue Code of Liberia, Liberians earning between L$0.00 to L$70,000 are not required to pay income tax.The Code, however, notes that those earning from L$70,001 to L$200,000 are required to pay 5% tax on the excess money above the L$70,000.But many people, especially those who fall within GOL’s minimum wage bracket, are contending that their income shouldn’t be taxed.With GOL minimum wage at US$100 and the exchange rate at L$88 to US$1, all GOL minimum wage earners fall within the 5% tax range.The question being asked by those who fall within this rage is what happened to the GOL’s tax waiver policy? Going beyond this question meanwhile is the reduction in the purchasing power of those falling within this category and how it is affecting various homes.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more