As the Orange walked off the court for the last time this weekend following a straight-sets defeat to Colorado, head coach Leonid Yelin emphasized the learning process with his young team.“It’s just a learning process,” Yelin said. “Very painful for everyone. There are just no other ways to be better other than learning.”The Orange’s youth showed this weekend in the Candlewood Suites Invitational as it lost three of the four matches in the tournament. Syracuse (1-5) lost to Stony Brook (3-4) 3-2 and beat Rutgers (3-4) 3-2 on Friday, and lost to Oakland (4-3) 3-1 and Colorado (5-1) 3-0 on Saturday.Yelin said he wants to see his players improving each match. He cited the lack of effort on improvement in his surprising decision to sit the second-leading point scorer on the team, Silvi Uattara, in the last match in the tournament against Colorado.Uattara also played significantly less than she usually does in the match against Rutgers on Friday.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“I’m happy with some players who are improving, who are learning from mistakes.” Yelin said. “As you saw it, Silvi didn’t play today because I said, ‘If you’re not learning from your mistakes it doesn’t even matter how strong you are.’”In the match against Colorado that the Orange played without Uattara, several of the players were happy with the way the team played, even though it was the only match they played all weekend in which they failed to win a set.“We had a lot of energy,” freshman setter Erica Handley, who led the team with 35 assists against Colorado, said. “It was our most positive attitude I think on the court. We weren’t as tense as we normally are. We were just playing our game, just doing the best of our capabilities.”The Orange came very close to stealing the first set from the Buffaloes, as a kill from sophomore Gosia Wlaszczuk brought the set to 24-22 Colorado. But that would be as close as SU would get. Colorado closed out the next point.The Orange fought hard for the rest of the match. Leading scorer Nicolette Serratore brought the Orange within 23-19 on a strong kill, but Colorado won the next two points and took the third set 25-20.Yelin believes playing teams like Colorado can only help his young team learn.“When you lose to a team who you know (is ranked) much higher, it never hurts you,” Yelin said. “You’re not losing confidence. You’re losing confidence if you lose to a team you know you’re better than.”By the end of the weekend, Syracuse was playing lethargic. Four games in two days had clearly taken a toll, but Wlaszczuk doesn’t look to that as an excuse.“Tired is not excuse. Everyone is tired in this tournament,” Wlaszczuk said. “I would not say we played bad because we are tired. They also played two games yesterday. We just cannot play the way we are practicing I don’t know why.”After a 1-5 start to the season, Yelin emphasized correcting the errors the team is making, but also strengthening the areas they are having success in. SU’s five-set loss early in the day to Stony Brook served as the “learning lesson” Yelin hoped it would be and Syracuse turned around to beat Rutgers.“Most of the time, we are trying to show them what they did good,” Yelin said. “Now, you have to figure out why you did this, why it was clicking in this situation, and not that situation.” Comments Published on September 9, 2013 at 12:44 am Contact Ryan: [email protected] Facebook Twitter Google+
Ten (10) of the twenty-two (22) HOPE Interns assigned to the Ministry of Justice under the Government of Jamaica’s Housing, Opportunity, Production and Employment (HOPE) Programme will no longer be considered “unattached youth”, as they have been offered permanent positions of employment by the Ministry of Justice.Speaking at a Press Briefing held at the Ministry’s headquarters on October 11, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Justice Mrs. Carol Palmer highlighted the Ministry’s efforts to sustain the HOPE of the young people assigned to the Ministry, as the Ministry remains committed to extending the mentorship and development of its assigned Interns beyond the internship period which would have ended in October.During the Second Quarter of this Fiscal Year, all 22 interns were consulted individually to discuss their goals and their needs. Ten (10) of the interns who have the required qualifications will be employed to entry level positions at the Ministry of Justice. Those interns without qualifications will continue their internship and will be provided with the necessary support to gain qualifications which will assist them in gaining meaningful employment.In a bid to expose the interns to educational and other training opportunities, the Ministry organized a tour of some institutions including the Caribbean Maritime University (CMU) and the University of the Commonwealth Caribbean (UCC), and is currently discussing a partnership with UCC for all interns to be enrolled either in the Diploma Programme or Degree Programme. The interns will also be engaged in sensitization sessions on Human Trafficking, Restorative Justice, family planning and drug abuse before the Programme comes to an end.The Ministry originally received 28 interns, but six interns have since left the Programme for various reasons, including one intern who left to pursue a Law Degree at the University of the West Indies. PS Palmer revealed that this intern is receiving support from the Ministry for his personal welfare, and that the Ministry will continue to seek out ways to see him through to the completion of his degree.The HOPE Programme was launched by Prime Minister The Hon. Andrew Holness in May 2017 with the aim of providing an avenue for the development of fully rounded young persons in the 18-24 age group who were not engaged meaningfully, not in school, employed or in training, but simply existing and often described as unattached or at risk.