Living Christmas trees

first_imgBy Bob WesterfieldUniversity of GeorgiaAs a horticulturist, it seems a little silly to me that folks arewilling each year at Christmas to spend $50 or more on a deadplant, a cut Christmas tree.Yes, tradition, family and religion are involved, and they’reimportant. But it doesn’t hurt to look at a few alternatives thatmay go on pleasing your family long after the trimmings andwrappings are gone.Leyland cypress has essentially taken over the field-producedChristmas tree market in Georgia. They’re fast and easy to grow,and each one looks pretty darn similar to the next.If you decide to stick with a traditional tree, consider buying alarge, container-grown Leyland cypress. You can use it as yourChristmas tree and then plant it after the holiday. Leylandcypresses can grow more than 75 feet tall, so be sure to give itplenty of space.OptionsMany other alternative plants can make excellent Christmas treesbesides those you see commonly in the marketplace.You may have to think in terms of having a slightly shorter tree,because the larger container-grown plants can get expensive. Thisheight issue can be addressed somewhat by putting the containerplant on a small table or heavy, inverted flower pot.Which nontraditional plants make good Christmas treessubstitutes? The sky’s the limit.Evergreen hollies make excellent trees and provide the bonus ofbeautiful, red berries. Hollies will thrive in the landscapeafter the holidays, and you can cut the foliage cut each year forholiday decorations.Among the hollies to look for are Nellie R. Stevens, Savannahholly, Foster’s holly and Greenleaf (Ilex opaca).Another possibility is Japanese Cryptomeria, or Japanese cedar.This tree has unique foliage and grows into a nice, pyramidalform. In the landscape, it can grow up to 60 feet tall with a25-foot spread.Be creativeIf you don’t mind stretching a little away from the traditionalpyramidal form, there are other choices out there.Camellia japonica and Camellia sasanqua are wonderful bloomingevergreens that thrive in moderately shady areas. If you buy alarger plant, you may be able to prune it into a shape thatpleases you for the Christmas decor. These plants come in a largeassortment of flower colors and blooming times.With some imagination and a little work, even an evergreen vinecan be your holiday tree this season.You’ll need to use a large pot, sink a post in the middle andthen wire up a trellis system to wrap the vines around. You mayneed to buy several 1-gallon or larger vines to fill up the pot.Vines to consider include Carolina yellow jessamine, Japanesehoneysuckle, Lady Banks rose, Confederate jasmine and Vinca minoror major.Many other common shrubs could become holiday trees with a littledecoration. Arborvitae, Osmanthus fragrans, Burford holly andCleyera japonica are just a few names to look at.Some folks just need their traditional fix of a cut Leylandcypress, spruce or fir, and that’s fine. If you’d like to seeyour holiday tree go on living after the season, though, give oneof these alternatives a try.(Bob Westerfield is the Cooperative Extension consumerhorticulturist with the University of Georgia College ofAgricultural and Environmental Sciences.)last_img read more


Women in leadership positions in credit unions: Managing stress

first_imgAccording to the American Institute of Stress-80% of workers feel stress on the job and nearly half say they need help in learning how to manage stress.This past week I had numerous coaching calls with clients and while some things were going better than they had hoped for there were some things that were causing them to feel overwhelmed and not enjoying what they really loved to do. I listened and asked lots of questions and realized that as much as we plan to have businesses and companies that run like a well-oiled machine, the truth is that doesn’t happen as often as we’d like. Of course, with the changes we’ve all experienced, whatever we were used to is no longer and we’re not sure what to expect next. So how do you create a stress-free environment and more importantly, is there such an animal … and how do you take care of your business or department so that stress remains as minimal as possible? It is important to focus on ways to eliminate stress, so you and your business can remain healthy. Being healthy should be a goal for everyone and that does include YOU.Here is a question for you. Would you rather have a business where your team is engaged, ready to work and excited to be doing what they are doing and you are way ahead of your goals or would you rather have your team not show up and seem to be MIA and when they surface they are complaining about the work load or picky customers and production is at an all-time low? Seems like an easy choice but are you set up for success or doomed for failure? That’s what stress can do to your business.According to research from an online community for business owners, the cost of stress is staggering for businesses—nearly $300 billion in lost revenues due to turnover, absenteeism, and loss of productivity. The workplace causes stress for 83 percent of all employees in the USA, and 40 percent of workers say they are less productive because of stress alone. Those numbers are staggering to anyone. So, what can we do about that?Let’s start with leading by example. Stress is often dictated by leadership culture. I always said I would never ask anyone to do anything I wouldn’t do and that included everything from emptying the trash to setting up meetings to providing customer service and then some. Your team should know about the direction and results of the business but you don’t have to share your personal challenges with them like the argument you had with your spouse or that your children were less than cooperative that morning. Remember, your personal life is called personal for a reason. Take a break when you need it and let your team know that you do encourage down time … just don’t forget the up time.Next, introduce the concept of being social. We all work so many hours and often hear comments about not having time to do anything we love to do or that we forgot what we loved to do. Create social time and sometimes that can also be part of creating more production. When you are in sales and have a sales team, you can incorporate the fun and production by having a pizza night. We used to do this once a month. I would bring in pizza and invite everyone into brainstorm, bond, and build. We would all sit around a conference table and talk about what was working for them, what were the challenges and celebrate all of their triumphs. Inevitably someone would talk about making phone calls and then pick up a phone and “demonstrate” how they did it. Many of the agents would start making calls and by the end of the night we would have 10, 20 and sometimes 30 appointments set for the following week. Production was high and the next time we met, so was the excitement. We took the stress right out of calling, scheduling appointments and selling. BTW, that can be done via Zoom as well … so no excuses there.Of course, there needs to be open communication available that will create a win-win situation – a leader is someone who provides this environment and that too helps reduces stress. When you are kept in the loop, you feel like you are a part of the team. There’s nothing worse than being blindsided by a decision that was made that involves you and you were not included. This works both ways as well. You too will be kept inside the circle of trust.One of the biggest stressors is where you hang your hat aka your workspace. If you are in an office, think about what your team sees when they drive up. Close your eyes and imagine walking into your building. Can someone be successful there or is it a place that no one wants to go? Is it a place that is welcoming to everyone or does it make you feel like that square peg trying to fit into that round hole? If you work in a home office like so many of us do today, it’s no different. If walking into your office gives you that feeling of wanting to walk right back out, make some changes. Clean off your desk, file your papers, add a funky light or even a purple stapler. Have a picture of someone or something that makes you smile. It won’t cost a fortune to do but again, it will add some additional zeros to your bottom line.Eliminating stress doesn’t have to have a million-dollar solution. It starts with the leader and is passed down to the rest of the team. But let’s not forget the leader of the pack. You have to take care of YOU. You can’t hire someone to do that. You need to do it yourself. So, to keep you at the top of your ToDo list, stay healthy, eat well, exercise and get plenty of sleep. Have a plan and remember your priorities … including scheduling your personal time. Stay connected with your community and your social media but you also need to know when to unplug so that you can recharge your battery.Remember too much stress literally causes the brain to freeze and shut down temporarily. Most of your stress comes from the way you respond, not the way life is. Adjust your attitude and all that extra stress is gone. 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Judy Hoberman Men and women sell, manage, recruit and supervise differently.  Judy Hoberman, creator of “Selling in a Skirt”, shares essential insights about gender differences and how to embrace and use those … Web: www.sellinginaskirt.com Detailslast_img read more


Facebook must be prepared for next election

first_imgYet as it begins to play a more central role in American media and politics, the public has a right to expect it to accept the responsibilities that come with its growing power and influence.Zuckerberg and Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg seem to appreciate the gravity of the situation and have pledged to bring more transparency to political advertising on the network.Such ads proved immensely powerful during the 2016 election — Donald Trump’s digital guru says they were “how he won” — yet they’re free from the kind of disclosure required of television and radio ads.That no longer makes sense: Campaigns spent $1.4 billion on digital advertising in 2016, more than they spent on cable TV, while 67 percent of Americans now say they get news from social media.The company has announced it is hiring 1,000 people to manually review ads with significant political content.It will also require more disclosure of ad buyers and will make ads available for anyone to see, by visiting the buyer’s Facebook page.Those are positive steps, but the company can go further. The public has a right to expect Facebook and its competitors to be more alert to intrusions by foreign governments.It’s now clear that Russia engaged in a pervasive online campaign to sow discord in U.S. politics and help elect Trump.In part, it did so by using fake accounts and buying divisive advertising on social media — including some worth $100,000 so far disclosed by Facebook, which may have reached 10 million Americans.Better controls are necessary to ensure foreign governments and entities aren’t running political ads — admittedly a tough task as effective political ads need never mention a candidate or election.Nevertheless, Facebook could start by opening up more of its data to outside security researchers and sharing more information with government officials and other tech companies.On this score, the industry’s counter-terrorism efforts could serve as a model.All this will require investing in people and technology. Fortunately, Facebook is not short of resources. Categories: Editorial, OpinionThe following editorial appeared on Bloomberg View:By nearly any measure, Facebook Inc. is an extraordinary success.Its market capitalization exceeds $500 billion.Its user base outnumbers all but one continent.Mark Zuckerberg, its chief executive officer, is one of the world’s wealthiest people.No one should begrudge Facebook (or Zuckerberg) this success.center_img And then there’s the company’s vaunted ability to innovate: Once Facebook acknowledged that the proliferation of fake news on its network was a problem, for instance, it soon found that a relatively simple flagging system could reduce the reach of such hoaxes by 80 percent.Similar ingenuity can be brought to bear on these other challenges.Part of Facebook’s genius has been profiting from media content produced by others, not paying for the reporting, researching, editing, fact-checking and lawyering that good journalism requires.The problem is that such hard work is what upholds standards, prevents hoaxes, educates voters, shapes civil discourse, holds politicians to account, and generally stands between democracy and the abyss.Facebook is not, as Sandberg and Zuckerberg are fond of pointing out, a traditional media company.That simple fact, however — for which its shareholders are undoubtedly grateful — does not allow it to abdicate its civic responsibilities to the political system in which it has flourished.More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homeslast_img read more


New Zealand considers freight as possible source of new coronavirus cluster

first_imgTopics : New Zealand officials are investigating the possibility that its first COVID-19 cases in more than three months were imported by freight, as the country’s biggest city plunged back into lockdown on Wednesday.The discovery of four infected family members in Auckland led Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern to swiftly reimpose tight restrictions in the city and social distancing measures across the entire country.The source of the outbreak has baffled health officials, who said they were confident there was no local transmission of the virus in New Zealand for 102 days. Americold NZ Managing Director Richard Winnall told the NZ Herald newspaper the infected man had been on sick leave for several days and all employees had been sent home for tests.Food packagingChina has reported several instances of the coronavirus being detected on the packaging of imported frozen seafood in recent weeks.The World Health Organization website states there is currently no confirmed case of COVID-19 transmitted through food or food packaging. However, it also notes that studies have shown that the virus can survive for up to 72 hours on plastic.Residents of Auckland, home to around 1.7 million people, were given just hours to prepare for the return to level 3 restrictions on Wednesday, requiring people to stay at home unless for essential trips.”Going hard, going early with lockdown is still the best response,” Ardern said. “Our response to the virus so far has worked … we know how to beat this.”The rest of the country was placed back into slightly looser level 2 restrictions. The restrictions will initially remain in place until Friday.Police set up roadblocks to discourage a mass exodus from Auckland, while supermarkets rationed the sale of some staple products amid a rush to the shelves. Long queues formed at COVID-19 testing centers in the city.Ardern said her cabinet will decide on Friday on the next steps with regards to restrictions.Election concernsTwo members of the infected family had visited tourist sites in the town of Rotorua, about three hours drive south of Auckland, while symptomatic, and a third had gone to work at a finance company in Auckland, also while symptomatic.Bloomfield said four people who had contact with the family were considered likely cases. More than 200 people have been identified as contacts of the family and health officials were prepared to test tens of thousands of people in the coming days, he added.Ardern also delayed a key step toward a Sept. 19 general election, suspending the dissolution of parliament, which usually kicks off campaigning, until Monday.A decision on whether the actual poll would be delayed would be announced before Monday, Ardern said, as the country’s major opposition party cancelled its weekend campaign launch and called for the election to be pushed back to November.In a scheduled announcement that coincided with the return to lockdown, the central bank surprised markets by expanding its bond buying program and held out the prospect of negative interest rates in a bid to revive the virus-battered economy.”Given the ongoing health uncertainty, there remains a downside risk to our baseline economic scenario,” the Reserve Bank of New Zealand said.With around 1,500 confirmed cases and 22 deaths, New Zealand’s exposure to the virus remains well below many other developed nations. center_img “We are working hard to put together pieces of the puzzle on how this family got infected,” said Director General of Health Ashley Bloomfield.Investigations were zeroing in on the potential the virus was imported by freight. Bloomfield said surface testing was underway at an Auckland cool store where a man from the infected family worked.”We know the virus can survive within refrigerated environments for quite some time,” Bloomfield said during a televised media conference.The New Zealand unit of Atlanta, US-based, Americold Realty Trust, a refrigerated storage specialist with operations in the United States, Canada, Argentina and Australia as well as New Zealand, identified itself as the owner of the cool store.last_img read more


David Luiz took huge pay cut so Arsenal could complete Pablo Mari & Cedric Soares transfers

first_imgSoares is aiming to make his debut for Arsenal before the end of the season (Picture: Getty)Supporters of the club raged when details of Luiz’s contract emerged in May and the Brazilian was then sent off in Arsenal’s first game back against Manchester City.Soares and Mari arrived in January on loan deals and the centre-back is the only one of the two to have played for Arsenal.Mari managed just three appearances for Arsenal before picking up an injury that will see him sidelined for the next three months. Soares will be 32 when his four-year contract expires, but Arsenal felt they had to commit to a greater financial package as the full-back arrived on a free transfer.MORE: Juventus chief speaks out on future of Adrien Rabiot amid Man Utd and Arsenal transfer linksMORE: Joe Cole ‘sorry’ for Mikel Arteta and tells Arsenal fans who to blame for contract messFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page. Advertisement Luiz was a huge earner at Arsenal (Picture: Getty)Arsenal were only able to agree deals with Pablo Mari and Cedric Soares because David Luiz accepted a ‘significant’ wage cut, reports say.Luiz signed a one-year extension last week and Arsenal confirmed the news alongside the permanent signings of loan duo Mari and Soares.Some Arsenal fans were baffled with the decision to keep hold of 32-year-old Luiz, who earned around £120,000 a week at the club.But Telegraph claim Luiz agreed to a huge salary reduction to stay at Arsenal and his decision allowed Arsenal to push ahead with deals to secure Mari and Soares on a permanent basis.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTArsenal had been sweating over the idea of keeping Luiz after the club was hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic.Players have already agreed to a 12.5. per cent wage cut and Arsenal have been forced to overhaul their transfer plans this summer.Arsenal coach Mikel Arteta and technical director Edu were desperate to keep hold of Luiz due to his experience and in spite of his error-strewn first season with Arsenal. Comment David Luiz took huge pay cut so Arsenal could complete Pablo Mari & Cedric Soares transfers Coral BarrySaturday 27 Jun 2020 11:31 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link4.4kShares Advertisementlast_img read more


Woman gives birth to her own son’s IVF baby

first_imgMailOnline 3 March 2015In a procedure believed to be a world first, a fertility clinic arranged the woman’s pregnancy using a donor egg and her son’s sperm.She offered to have the baby – with her husband’s consent – after plans by their son to have an IVF child with another female relative collapsed.The extraordinary arrangement emerged when a High Court judge ruled that the son can now adopt the baby boy and become his legal father – even though in the eyes of the law he is also the infant’s brother.However, the move was met with howls of protest by critics, who described the procedure as ‘dubious’ and called for urgent reforms to prevent abuses of fertility law.Mrs Justice Theis, who did not identify the family, the clinic or the local authority in the area where they live, said: ‘The arrangement the parties entered into is not one, as far as I am aware, that either this court or the clinic have previously encountered and although highly unusual is entirely lawful under the relevant statutory provisions.’The father, who is in his mid-20s and lives alone, has wanted to be a parent ‘for some considerable time’ but waited until he had a settled job and home so he could provide ‘the care a child would need’.http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2978232/Woman-gives-birth-son-s-IVF-baby-wins-right-adopt-child-brother.htmllast_img read more


Hotel group signs agreement with boutique hotel in Dominica

first_img Share LocalNews Hotel group signs agreement with boutique hotel in Dominica by: – September 9, 2011 17 Views   no discussions Tweet Sharecenter_img Share Photo credit: imagesnewsletter.comROSEAU, Dominica — The Ascend Collection from Choice Hotels International has announced a new member hotel on the nature island of Dominica, expanding its Caribbean portfolio. Phase one of the high-end 40-room Atlantique View Resort and Spa, soon to be finished, will offer a travel experience that combines inventive innovation with traditional high standards of hospitality.It will open this Fall as part of the Ascend Collection membership program, the upscale network of historic, boutique or unique hotels from Choice Hotels International in the United States, Canada and the Caribbean.“We are excited to add such an elegant asset to our network in a beautiful, unspoiled part of the Caribbean,” said Brian Parker, vice president of emerging markets and new business development for Choice Hotels.From breathtaking natural surroundings to caring and highly personalized service, Atlantique View Resort and Spa offers the epitome of a nature island experience for those who know and appreciate quality.Local entrepreneur Joseph Williams, who owns the resort, believes the alliance with Choice Hotels International not only benefits his hotel, but will help to raise Dominica’s profile in the marketplace. “We’ve chosen an excellent strategic partner in Choice Hotels International,” said Williams, who looks forward to benefiting from the company’s robust marketing and reservations systems.The resort, phase two of which includes another 40 to 50 rooms, is located in Anse De Mai in the northeastern corridor of Dominica, set amidst a hillside, beach, lush coconut groves, banana trees and mangroves. Only 20 minutes’ drive from Dominica’s Melville Hall Airport, the resort will feature home-grown international cuisine at “Le Petit Jardin” restaurant; stress-free pampering at a Caribbean spa, a fitness centre and tennis court, and a conference centre/banquet facility accommodating 150 to 200 people.The Dominica resort is the fourth Ascend Collection property open or under development in the Caribbean for Choice Hotels International, joining Le Consulat in Puerto Rico, Belle Rive Resort in Haiti, and Royal Caribbean Resort and Spa in Anguilla.“We’re very excited about our new partnership with Atlantique View Resort and Spa,” said Jose Salvador Icaza, director of emerging markets and Caribbean franchise development for Choice Hotels. He added that Choice Hotels International “is focused on continuing our Ascend membership network growth in the region by identifying upscale independent hotels that are truly one of a kind.”Caribbean News Now Sharing is caring!last_img read more


Cricket News NN Cricket Trivia: When ‘Dada’ changed the face of Indian cricket

first_img The Leader While commentating during the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy, Mike Atherton, a former England cricketer, labelled it as ‘One of the worst sights at the home of cricket (The Lord’s)”, and Ganguly showing his spontaneous side replied, “You think so?” Well, we believe that it must be just Mike Atherton who can call one of the most interesting sights as ‘worst’. It was the moment when India announced the world cricket – we have arrived!”Yes, this was the moment, when a hungry, young, aggressive Indian team announced to the World that they are no more the minnows, no more a broken team, and behind it was this brave man, who had the guts to break the stereotype and select the talent in which he trusted, it was none other than Sourav Ganguly.Now, when India go on to face England in the Test series after a dismal ODI series, we all hope that this team will not let their English counterparts bulldoze over them.Obviously, this team is aggressive and extremely talented as well, with a natural leader in a competitive Virat Kohli as the spine of the squad, and we all hope this squad gets a reminder that a young team came here, with no hopes, but not only did they conquer the Natwest Trophy, but they won the hearts as well. Over to you Virat Kohli and co.! New Delhi: The Indian cricket team is currently in England for a long tour against one of the best and in-form teams in world cricket right now. After a good start in the T-20 series, which the ‘Men in Blue’ won by 2-1, the Virat Kohli-led side was hammered in the ODI series by a resilient English side. Now as the test series approaches, we take a look at one of the best moments in Indian cricketing history, one that the fans remember and cherish till date.The calendar was dated at 13, July 2002, when a roaring skipper, a Bengal Tiger roared in joy as India clinched the Natwest Trophy at the Lord’s against Nasser Hussain-led England side. The legend was none other than Sourav Chandidas Ganguly. The Beginning It all started when England drew an ODI series early that year, precisely when a young Andrew Flintoff bowled Javagal Srinath and took his jersey off in celebration. Skip forward to 13, July 2002, and again Andrew Flintoff was bowling the final over to Zaheer Khan this time, who was on strike, Zak managed to hit the winning runs and what followed was complete euphoria, celebrations and ‘Dada’ waiving his jersey from the balcony of the ‘Mecca of cricket’ in what became one of the most iconic moments in Indian cricket history. However, Sourav Ganguly was criticised by many and praised by some as it drew mixed reactions. But the 2003 World Cup finalist once termed it as “one of the most interesting sights.” For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more


EDO 2020: LOC to Unveil Logo, Mascot Oct.17, 28

first_imgThe Benin launching will be low key while that of Lagos on October 28, will be a very big show because it will also serve as a fund raising for the festival.” he stressed.Dr igbinosa, who recently retired as a Deputy Director in the Federal Ministry of Sports and Youth Development, said the LOC is getting set to host a befitting festival that will be the envy of all in the country.“We are currently working assiduously to see that Edo state hosts the best Sports Festival ever, so all hands are on deck to see that round pegs are put in round holes. We have decided to place five giant bill boards in five international airports across the country. The five already approved are going to be in Lagos, Abuja, Port Harcourt, Kano and Enugu,” he emphasized.He urged the Publicity and Communication committee to compliment the efforts of the LOC by giving publicity to all the activities of LOC henceforth.Responding the Chairman of the Publicity and Communication Committee, Tony Akiotu thanked the LOC for a job well-done, adding that his committee is already making plans to make a road show of the event.“National Sports Festival is a media event and we shall make it bigger than expected. We have already mapped out our strategies to make a big noise about it. Once the Logo and Mascots are launched, we shall begin our work”, he assured.He appealed to the LOC to make information available always to enable his committee do their work well.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram The Local Organising Committee (LOC) for the 2020 National Sports Festival (NSF) will on October 17 and 28, 2019 unveil the Logo and Mascot for the Festival billed to hold at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium between March 20 and April 1, 2020.Speaking in Benin City on Tuesday during a meeting of the Publicity and Communication sub-committee, Secretary of the LOC, Dr Emmanuel Igbinosa said the Logo and Mascot will be launched in Benin and Lagos on October 17 and 28 respectively.“After serious pruning of the entries submitted, the LOC has finally picked the very best of the over 80 works submitted for screening after the Deputy Governor and LOC Chairman, Comrade Philip Shaibu’s input last Sunday.last_img read more


Syracuse looks for consistency heading into games against Union

first_img Published on October 31, 2012 at 11:53 pm Contact Jacob: jmklinge@syr.edu | @Jacob_Klinger_ Facebook Twitter Google+ Syracuse was plenty good enough to sweep Connecticut last weekend. The stats say as much, and so do the players.“I think winning one was great, but we should’ve won both of them and we know that. It was maybe a wake-up call, and we can’t take teams lightly like that,” senior forward Holly Carrie-Mattimoe said of splitting the two-game series against Connecticut.An unhealthy dose of underestimation did the Orange (4-4-0, 2-0-0 College Hockey America) in at last Friday’s opener. And while its swift, two-goal comeback ultimately fell short, it again showed SU’s ability to turn it up a notch in spurts. Yet after a weekend in which one victory felt like one too few, Paul Flanagan’s squad looks to establish consistency in a week when the lineup is very much in transition.The loss of Laurie Kingsbury shook the so-far prolific second line. And the shift of Kallie Goodnough from defense to forward is just part of a larger offensive juggling act. Syracuse will look to overcome the changes when it plays two games against Union (2-4, 0-2 Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference) at 7 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. Saturday in Schenectady, N.Y.SU came out flat on Friday against UConn (2-6-1, 1-1-0 Hockey East) and it cost the Orange two goals, its ultimate margin of defeat. The team responded by outshooting the Huskies two to one, and losing 4-2.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“That seems to be a little bit of a theme around here,” Flanagan said before giving credit to a UConn team that opened the season on a brutal, seven-game road stretch.Kingsbury sat out the UConn series with an unspecified injury. She is still the team’s leading scorer with nine goals in two less games. Kingsbury is also the third most efficient shooter with more than 25 shots, converting on just more than one of every eight shots.Her absence prompted Flanagan to move Goodnough from the blue line further into the attack. It was a natural move, Flanagan said, as the sophomore occasionally goes to the goal when she should stay back in defense.But the change, though necessary, complicates an attack already inconsistent in finishing. SU has scored just three of its 25 goals this season in the first period. Early deficits put pressure on the forwards. And while the first-period drought is a problem, it’s not all bad, Carrie-Mattimoe said.“There’s always pressure there to score, but definitely when we’re down a goal or two, we know we need to get the puck in — we thrive off that I think, though,” she said. “We get energy off that, we know we have to score, we have to go.”Though the slow starts and overall scoring by period is something Flanagan and his staff look into, he called it “coincidental” on Tuesday, saying the Orange has not yet played enough games for the figure to concern the team too much.For a team that’s shown it can play with some of the nation’s best, while relying on inexperienced talent in key positions, the lack of a cleaner record to prove its quality can be frustrating.“We started out rough. I think we should’ve won the first game,” freshman defender Nicole Renault said. “We didn’t play our best game, but we bounced back from it like we said we would.”Nineteen hours after Friday night’s seesaw affair, the Orange walked off the ice at Freitas Ice Forum with a dominant 2-0 win on goals from Shiann Darkangelo and Akane Hosomayada. SU nearly tripled UConn’s shot total on the evening, 36-13.It was a performance that showed captain Carrie-Mattimoe that, despite some youth and lineup chaos, this year’s Orange is easy enough to lead.Kingsbury is not expected to play this weekend at Union, so Flanagan will likely continue running a four-line rotation in attack. The players expect to carry on just fine.“The team almost leads itself,” Carrie-Mattimoe said. “People, like even freshmen and sophomores and stuff, are stepping up and being leaders.” Commentslast_img read more