Working from home could become new normal post-pandemic

first_img“Energy expenses to power office buildings have certainly declined with the introduction of the work-from-home policy. However, we are also investing more in the technology to support the smooth running of the policy,” PT Unilever Indonesia human resources director Willy Saelan told the Post in a written statement.The publicly listed consumer goods giant reported no loss in productivity since implementing the policy on March 16. And in line with the goal of maintaining productivity, the company allowed its employees to borrow its ergonomic chairs to be used at home.It has also adopted a number of initiatives to ensure the well-being of its employees, including holding a regular health talk with the company’s doctors, conducting online classes on healthy living and providing around-the-clock online psychological services for those who may be experiencing anxieties during the outbreak.Homegrown agritech start-up TaniHub, whose online grocery platform has experienced significant growth amid the outbreak, reported that its travel expenses had reduced by 50 percent since it implemented the work-from-home policy in its headquarters in Jakarta on March 18, TaniHub Group finance director Edison Tobing reported.“TaniHub Group management is currently considering the implementation of a flexible working space system or a work-from-home system post-outbreak as a form of benefit for employees,” TaniHub Group vice president of corporate services Astri Purnamasari told the Post on Friday.For companies that have made an early investment in digital technology, including TaniHub, they are now seeing the benefits manifest.“As a technology-based company, working from home is something that all Shopee employees are accustomed to doing,” said Shopee public relations lead Aditya Maulana Noverdi.The e-commerce platform reported a business-as-usual scenario in its company’s operations, from campaigns to shipping, despite the outbreak.State-owned telecommunications firm Telkomsel is also feeling the benefit of the digital transformation processes it had implemented prior to the outbreak, Telkomsel vice president of corporate communications Denny Abidin noted.Telecommunications firm Indosat Ooredoo, on the other hand, has been using a flexible working arrangement program called iWork since 2016. Employees are allowed to work remotely every week, wherever they please.Indosat Ooredoo director and chief human resources officer Irsyad Sahroni explained that several technical adjustments needed to be made during the ongoing outbreak, but the implementation of remote work had so far resulted in an overall increase in the company’s performance.According to a 2019 report by brand consultancy firm Buffer, of over 2,400 people it surveyed from across the globe, two out of five said the biggest benefit of remote work was having a flexible schedule.Tadjudin Noer Effendi, a labor expert from Yogyakarta-based Gadjah Mada University, said that if companies continued to implement remote work after the pandemic, they would not only be able to reduce productivity loss due to traffic congestion, but also other costs as a result of the policy, including expensive office rent and childcare services, he said on Friday.Nonetheless, he sounded a note of alarm that there would be “a great overhaul”, as the increase in productivity on one end could potentially lead to less employment on another.He also questioned whether the majority of the workforce could still perform while not being supervised.Research firm Accenture, however, said in a 2017 report on digital transformation that such concern was based on a myth, as in workplaces where employees were empowered to choose when and where they worked, their anxieties were reduced and productivity increased. This article is part of The Jakarta Post’s “Forging the New Norm” series about how people are adjusting to the new realities of COVID-19 in Indonesia.Remote work has been a growing trend with the rise of the gig economy, but the COVID-19 pandemic has brought it into the mainstream faster than many people initially expected.After approximately two months of implementing a work-from-home policy as an effort to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus, companies are reporting the benefits of remote work and some are gearing up to practice it for the long term. Indonesian Employers Association (Apindo) deputy chairman Bob Azam told The Jakarta Post on May 15 that it would be quite logical for companies to extend their work-from-home policy or adopt some form of flexible working arrangement after the pandemic.“I think it’s quite logical, considering that during a recovery period, we need to carry out safety protocols and continue social distancing measures, aside from other new procedures,” he said, adding that companies would most likely open their office spaces for only 50 percent of their workers to abide by health protocols.He explained that companies’ investment in digitizing their workplaces would be an added cost, but that the cost could be covered by cost-savings on other fronts. With office buildings remaining vacant, utility costs could be significantly reduced, saving enough to pay for the digitization agenda, he said.The Post interviewed executives of a number of companies across different sectors to ask them whether they had seen any benefits during the work-from-home program in the past couple of weeks and whether they were planning to implement some form of remote work post-pandemic.center_img Topics :last_img read more

Drewry: Chinese Players Lead M&As in Port Sector

first_imgThe outlook for global container port demand growth is now more optimistic and Chinese players are on the acquisition trail in an aggressive and highly confident manner, shipping consultancy Drewry said.Drewry’s container port demand forecast is more positive than in last year’s report, exhibiting a 4% CAGR and adding a further 152 million TEU of port throughput to the global total by 2021. This is a consequence of improved port throughput growth rates in the second half of 2016 and into 2017, and a more positive general global economic outlook.However, there remain numerous risks and uncertainties at present, including tensions in the Middle East and Korean peninsula, the protectionist and unpredictable stance of the US administration, and the impact of Brexit. This is one reason why the global container port capacity is projected to increase by a CAGR of 2.7%, based on confirmed additions only.“While there are certainly some encouraging signs for the demand growth outlook, the risk profile for terminal operators has increased and most of the traditional global/international players remain cautious. The exception to this are the Chinese port companies who are pursuing expansion and investment both at home and overseas in an unprecedentedly aggressive manner,” Neil Davidson, Drewry’s senior analyst for ports and terminals, said.Merger and acquisition activity in the port sector is at a high level. About USD 3.1 billion worth of deals have been struck so far in 2017, driven by Chinese companies such as Cosco Shipping Ports and China Merchants Ports. In the last year, more than half of the acquisitions by global/international terminal operators have been made by Chinese players.Cosco Shipping Ports has moved up Drewry’s operator league table as a result of the merger of Cosco and China Shipping, and will move further up in the coming years due to the acquisition of Noatum and OOCL’s terminals. The China Cosco Shipping group is projected to add the most capacity of any of the global/international terminal operators over the next five years.“The Chinese players are more comfortable with risk than the established international operators right now, and have a geo-political strategy rather than a purely financial one. They are snapping up assets and opportunities and have the appetite and financial clout to take many more in the coming years,” added Davidson.last_img read more

Equinor sets new carbon intensity reduction targets

first_imgNorwegian energy company and LNG player Equinor has launched its new climate roadmap aiming to reduce the net carbon intensity of energy produced by at least 50 percent by 2050. Equinor added in its statement that it also aims to grow renewable energy capacity tenfold by 2026, developing as a global offshore wind major, and is aiming to reach carbon neutral global operations by 2030.“Today we are setting new short-, mid- and long-term ambitions to reduce our own greenhouse gas emissions and to shape our portfolio in line with the Paris Agreement,” Equinor’s president and CEO Eldar Sætre said.The ambition to reduce net carbon intensity by at least 50% by 2050 takes into account scope 1, 2 and 3 emissions, from initial production to final consumption. By 2050 each unit of energy produced will, on average, have less than half of the emissions compared to today. The ambition is expected to be met primarily through significant growth in renewables and changes in the scale and composition of the oil and gas portfolio.In 2026, Equinor expects a production capacity from renewable projects of 4 to 6 GW.The scale and composition of Equinor’s oil and gas portfolio, and the efficiency of its operations, will play a key role in achieving Equinor’s net carbon intensity ambition, the company said.In January 2020, Equinor unveiled a set of ambitions to reduce absolute greenhouse gas emissions from its operated offshore fields and onshore plants in Norway by 40 percent by 2030, 70 percent by 2040 and towards near zero by 2050.The ambition can be realized through electrification projects, energy efficiency measures and new value chains such as carbon capture and storage and hydrogen.Equinor is aiming to reduce the CO2 intensity of its globally operated oil and gas production to below 8 kg per barrel of oil equivalent by 2025, five years earlier than the previous ambition. The current global industry average is 18 kg CO2 per barrel.last_img read more

“Instant” Replay

first_imgIf you read a recent Sports Illustrated, you might have come across a story about Fred Glass and Mark Cuban meeting in Dallas.  Fred is the IU athletic director, and Mark Cuban is a billionaire and IU grad.  Fred and Mark were at IU at the same time.Fred went there to present an idea to Cuban in hopes of attaining funding.  Before Glass was halfway through his presentation, Mark said “you have 5 million”.  This project is going to try to really develop instant replay–not instant delay.  There were 28 holes drilled in Assembly Hall at IU, and there will be 30 of these holes in the football complex.  The cameras placed in these openings will record the entire game in 5K resolution–5x’s what we have now.The image you see will be 3D, and the replays can be pulled up instantly.  The replay will be no longer than what a normal call takes now.  In other words, it will truly be instant for the officials.  I don’t know how long before this becomes reality in all sports, but it definitely is beyond the drawing board.last_img read more

No going concerns for Gatsby

first_imgKevin Ryan believes the ground is turning in The Grey Gatsby’s favour as he prepares his dual Group One winner for the Tattersalls Gold Cup at the Curragh on Sunday. “I wouldn’t even worry about good to soft. What he doesn’t want is very soft ground. “Hopefully the ground will come for him.” Ryan is convinced what helps make The Grey Gatsby stand out is that he thrives on travelling. “He’s a very simple horse to deal with and always has been. He does exactly what you want him to do,” the North Yorkshire trainer told At The Races. “He’s great in the mornings and he’s a good traveller as well. “He seems to enjoy going away from home and he relaxes when he goes to the racecourse.” The going at the Curragh was described on Thursday morning as good to yielding and the forecast is for dry weather through the weekend. “I think the ground is coming in his favour now and it could be good on Sunday, which would be ideal,” said Ryan. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

QPR assess yet another Hall injury

first_imgQPR are assessing a groin problem Fitz Hall picked up prior to their derby defeat at Arsenal.The injury-plagued defender did not feel fit enough to play at the Emirates Stadium and is a doubt for Monday’s home match against Norwich.But goalkeeper Paddy Kenny could be passed fit for the Bank Holiday clash at Loftus Road despite missing the 1-0 loss against the Gunners with a slight recurrence of a recent injury.AdChoices广告 Warnock was pleased with QPR’s battling display at Arsenal.Rangers badly need to beat Norwich after a run of seven games without a win that will see them enter 2012 only one place above the relegation zone.But manager Neil Warnock is set for another big spending spree when the transfer window reopens – and will also take heart from his team’s battling display against one of the Premier League’s heavyweights.“I am obviously pleased with how we played,” he said.“We came with four forwards and tried to have a go at Arsenal. We didn’t just want to come and shut up shop and hope for a 0-0 draw.“We wanted to win the game and I thought we had some good chances throughout.”Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Windies seeking miracle at Sabina to save second Test

first_imgKINGSTON, Jamaica, (CMC) – Exemplary seamer Kemar Roach narrow missed out on a hat-trick but beleaguered West Indies were left needing a virtual miracle on today’s penultimate day in order to escape another heavy defeat to India, in the final Test at Sabina Park.Set a mammoth 468 for victory, the home side lost both openers Kraigg Brathwaite (3) and John Campbell (16) cheaply to stumble to the close of Sunday’s third day on 45 for two, still requiring a further 423 runs for victory.West Indies’ highest successful run chase in Tests is 418, achieved 16 years ago in Antigua against Australia.Much will depend on experienced left-hander Darren Bravo who was unbeaten on 18, while Shamarh Brooks, in only his second Test, was not out on four.India had earlier declared their second innings on 168 for four, thanks to half-centuries from Ajinkya Rahane (64 not out) and Hanuma Vihari (53 not out), the pair posting 111 in an unbroken fifth wicket stand to snuff the fight out of West Indies.Rahane struck eight fours and a six off 109 deliveries while Vihari, who notched his maiden hundred in the first innings, counted eight fours in a 76-ball knock.Hanuma Vihari topped up his first-innings hundred with a half-century in the second innings for India( Getty Images)Yet again, Roach was the outstanding bowler for the hosts, claiming three for 28 from 10 overs to overtake legendary former speedster Sir Wes Hall and assume ninth place on the list of Windies all-time wicket-takers with 193 scalps.West Indies always faced a tall order after resuming the day on 87 for seven and quickly found themselves facing a first innings deficit of 299 after they were rolled over for 117, 1-¼ hours into the morning session.Debutant Rahkeem Cornwall, unbeaten on four at the start, added just 10 before failing to keep down a short one from pacer Mohammed Shami and fending a catch to Rahane running around from gully in the morning’s fifth over.Wicketkeeper Jahmar Hamilton (5) struggled to score and managed only a single run in the first hour after resuming on two, as the Windies reached reached the first drinks break on 115 for eight.He lasted just three balls after the resumption before stabbing at a wide ball from seamer Ishant Sharma and giving Virat Kohli an easy catch at third slip.Roach tried to entertain with three fours in his 17 off 31 balls but was last out when he drove left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja to Mayank Agarwal at cover.Left with nine overs at India before lunch, Roach once again proved the hero for the Windies, trapping Agarwal lbw for four, 20 minutes before the interval as the visitors crawled to 16 for one.Afterwards, India struggled to score with 20 runs trickling from the first 11 overs, as the combination of off-spinner Cornwall and speedster Shannon Gabriel kept KL Rahul (6) and Cheteshwar Pujara (27) shackled.However, the game suddenly sprang to life with the first hour approaching when Roach removed Rahul and Kohli in successive deliveries in his sixth over, to reduce India to 36 for three.First, he ended Rahul’s 63-ball labour when he found the edge of the right-hander’s defensive push, for wicketkeeper Hamilton to complete the catch moving to his right.And off the very next delivery, West Indies were in jubilation when Kohli edged a defensive stroke off one that held its line, giving the keeper a regulation catch.Roach nearly claimed the hat-trick when Rahane almost played on first ball, the ball narrowly missing the stumps off the inside edge en route to the fine leg boundary.With Rahul’s wicket, Roach drew level with Sir Wes on 192 wickets before going past his fellow Barbadian with Kohli’s scalp.India were in further strife when pacer Jason Holder removed Pujara to a catch at third slip by Brooks at 57 for four but Rahane and Vihari guided their side to tea at 73 without further loss, before dominating afterwards.When the declaration came 71 minutes after tea, a demoralised West Indies quickly found themselves in trouble when the woefully out-of-form Kraigg Brathwaite edged a defensive prod at seamer Ishant and was taken behind in the third over with the score on nine.His left-handed partner John Campbell, dropped on 11 at first slip by Vihari off Ishant two overs later, made little of the reprieve when he was well taken at third slip by Kohli in the eighth over, injudiciously throwing his bat at one from Shami.INDIA 1st Innings 416West Indies 1st Innings(overnight 87 for seven)K Brathwaite c wkp Pant b Bumrah 10J Campbell c wkp Pant b Bumrah 2D Bravo c Rahul b Bumrah 4S Brooks lbw b Bumrah 0R Chase lbw b Bumrah 0S Hetmyer b Shami 34*J Holder c sub (Rohit Sharma) b Bumrah 18+J Hamilton c Kohli b Sharma 5R Cornwall c Rahane b Shami 14K Roach c Agarwal b Jadeja 17S Gabriel not out 0Extras (b8, lb5) 13TOTAL (all out, 47.1 overs) 117Fall of wickets: 1-9 (Campbell), 2-13 (Bravo), 3-13 (Brooks), 4-13 (Chase), 5-22 (Brathwaite), 6-67 (Hetmyer), 7-78 (Holder), 8-97 (Cornwall), 9-117 (Hamilton), 10-117 (Roach)Bowling: Ishant 10.5-3-24-1, Bumrah 12.1-3-27-6, Shami 13-3-34-2, Jadeja 11.1-7-19-1.India 2nd InningsKL Rahul c wkp Hamilton b Roach 6M Agarwal lbw b Roach 4C Pujara c Brooks b Holder 27*V Kohli c wkp Hamilton b Roach 0A Rahane not out 64H Vihari not out 53Extras (b8, lb4, nb2) 14TOTAL (4 wkts decl., 54.4 overs) 168Fall of wickets: 1-9 (Agarwal), 2-36 (Rahul), 3-36 (Kohli), 4-57 (Pujara)Bowling: Roach 10-3-28-3, Holder 11.4-5-20-1, Cornwall 23-7-68-0, Gabriel 7-3-18-0 (nb2), Chase 3-0-22-0.WEST INDIES 2nd Innings (target: 468 runs)J Campbell c Kohli b Shami 16K Brathwaite c wkp Pant b Ishant 3D Bravo not out 18S Brooks not out 4Extras (b4) 4TOTAL (2 wkts, 13 overs) 45Fall of wickets: 1-9 (Brathwaite), 2-37 (Campbell)To bat: R Chase, S Hetmyer, J Holder, +J Hamilton, R Cornwall, K Roach, S GabrielBowling: Ishant 4-1-13-1, Bumrah 5-2-16-0, Shami 4-1-12-1.Position: West Indies require a further 423 runs to win with eight wickets intact.last_img read more

Least of the East: West Virginia represents conference’s lone saving grace in rocky Tournament

first_imgBy only sending two teams to the Sweet 16, the mighty Big East has been one of the NCAA Tournament’s biggest storylines — for all the wrong reasons.Despite earning eight bids, one more than a year ago, the league has been ravaged these past two weeks. Six teams lost during the first weekend. Not even top-seeded Syracuse — at one point the No. 1 team in the nation — could avoid the carnage, falling to Butler Thursday and ending a fabulous season prematurely.The conference, often considered the best in America, had been humbled and embarrassed. Now, West Virginia carries the torch as the league’s lone representative in the Final Four and has an opportunity to salvage the season for the rest of the conference. All it has to do is win two more games. But the Mountaineers winning the national championship wouldn’t totally make up for the rest of the Big East’s struggles. Nobody will forget how Villanova, seemingly a Final Four contender, barely beat Robert Morris before falling to Saint Mary’s. Or how Georgetown, so impressive in the Big East tournament, couldn’t handle Ohio in the opening round.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textA title wouldn’t necessarily make the Big East the best league in the nation this year or explain its sudden lack of depth. But it would give the Big East something no other conference can boast: the ultimate prize. The best team in the country. A national champion.‘We want to be the last team standing, period,’ WVU head coach Bob Huggins said Thursday night when asked how it felt to be the last Big East team standing.That’s the best attitude to take. There is no glory in outlasting the other seven Big East teams, especially this season. Sixty-four of 65 teams in this Tournament lose their last game of the season. West Virginia is two wins away from being the one that doesn’t.Despite all the praise the conference has received and how well it has performed in the Tournament the past few years, its teams have not been winning championships. No Big East school has won it all since 2004, when Ben Gordon and Emeka Okafor brought Connecticut its second title. Even last year, when the league earned three No. 1 seeds in the Tournament for the first time in history and put two in the Final Four, the Big East failed. Thanks to Connecticut and Villanova losses, the conference wasn’t represented in the final game. West Virginia could very well change that. The Mountaineers rolled through the Big East tournament and have looked dominant during the NCAA’s. The best team has survived the longest, and the players know what’s at stake.‘We can’t be happy just being there, the Final Four,’ forward Da’Sean Butler said after WVU beat Kentucky in the Elite Eight Saturday. ‘It doesn’t mean anything unless you win the whole thing. Everything is in vain unless you win the whole thing.’The Big East coaches have tried to downplay the conference’s poor showing in the Tournament. They have preached parity in college basketball, all in support of their conference counterparts. They try to act unsurprised by the way things have played out.Case in point …‘The problem with college basketball is there’s not a big gap,’ Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim said after SU beat Gonzaga in the second round. ‘If you don’t play well, whoever it is you’re playing can beat you. It’s as simple as that.’Huggins himself got a bit defensive about his conference, as the other teams began to topple.‘Whoever doesn’t think the Big East is a great league shouldn’t be writing sports,’ Huggins told reporters after his team beat Missouri in the second round. ‘They ought to do something else, cooking or something.’Even the West Virginia players are now in the business of defending the Big East. In the locker room Thursday night, after the Mountaineers took care of Washington in the Sweet 16, reporters began spreading the word that Syracuse had lost, leaving WVU as the last Big East team standing.The players, like their coach, didn’t make much of it. Both WVU’s Butler and forward Kevin Jones said they were convinced the Big East is still the best league in the nation. Cam Thoroughman seemed outright disappointed.‘We were rooting for Syracuse like we were rooting for the rest of the Big East,’ he said. ‘We were going to be rooting for Syracuse until we played them in the final game.’But, even if they choose not to acknowledge it, the fact remains that the Big East’s performance has been perhaps the biggest surprise of the entire Tournament.And that wasn’t lost on at least one player Thursday night.‘Syracuse lost? Wow,’ forward Wellington Smith said. ‘I can’t believe that. I really can’t believe that.’That leaves West Virginia with the weight of the largest, and perhaps the nation’s most powerful and influential, conference sitting firmly on its shoulders. Jared Diamond is the sports columnist for The Daily Orange, where his column appears weekly. He can be reached at  Published on March 30, 2010 at 12:00 pm Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Commentslast_img read more

Goalie Gilligan keeps Orange in game through 2 periods, falls off in 3rd in loss to Mercyhurst

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Jenn Gilligan looked up at the scoreboard and shook her head in disappointment. The Syracuse goaltender had just been pulled from the game to allow an extra attacker on the ice for the Orange with just over a minute left to play.As the final buzzer sounded, Gilligan threw the two water bottles she was keeping with her at the net toward the SU bench.“I mean she made some good saves,” SU head coach Paul Flanagan said. “… When we needed her she made some huge saves, but obviously they did find the net. I think there are a few there she would want back.”Gilligan played well for the first two periods, but allowed two goals in the third period as Syracuse (2-4-5, 1-1-1 College Hockey America) lost 5-1 to conference rival and No. 7 Mercyhurst (9-1-1, 3-0) on Friday night at Tennity Ice Pavilion. The goalie recorded 25 saves, including 10 that came on visitors’ power-play chances.“I thought personally I did all right. Obviously I had some big saves in the second period, but four goals (allowed) isn’t great on 25 shots,” Gilligan said. “I’ve got to be better.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe power-play opportunities for Mercyhurst were unfruitful, mostly due to Gilligan’s work between the pipes. Flanagan called her the team’s best penalty killer.SU received two penalties in the second period, one on defenseman Akane Hosoyamada for boarding and the other on defenseman Dakota Derrer for checking. The team was down a skater for four total minutes in the second period, but the visitors were unable to capitalize on the eight shots they attempted.One of the eight saves that was particularly skillful came when two Mercyhurst forwards were blocking Gilligan’s view of the other skaters and also the puck. She managed to react and made a high glove save on a slap shot from Lakers center Emily Janiga.Gilligan was happy with her play in the second period, calling some of the saves she made huge for the team. Going into the third period, the score was 2-1 and still very much in reach for the Orange.The one shot Gilligan didn’t stop in the second period came when her stick wasn’t quite quick enough and forward Hannah Bale flicked a quick wrist shot past Gilligan on her glove side, giving Mercyhurst its second goal of the game.Bale had a relatively clean look at the net, free from most SU defenders.“The five goals that went in weren’t all her fault,” Derrer said. “As a defense, we let her out to dry a few times.”Flanagan said that the game was frustrating and really wished to see a few more goals in support of his goalie. Possession and shots for both teams were relatively even, 30-29 in favor of Mercyhurst, but the Orange’s offense was only able to finish one of its chances. Mercyhurst finished five.“You got to score more than one goal for her,” Flanagan said. “We need more than that.”Although not explicitly asking her teammates for offensive support when identifying the reason for the team’s loss, Gilligan echoed her coach and pointed to the team as a whole.Said Gilligan: “Personally I’m not doing my job to keep the puck out of the net, but overall as a team we’re not necessarily doing our job to win games, either.” Comments Published on November 7, 2014 at 11:52 pm Contact Liam: lpsull01@syr.edulast_img read more

Heyen: Syracuse has cause for concern despite likely NCAA Tournament berth

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Comments CLEMSON, S.C. — After losing to Clemson on Saturday, Paschal Chukwu pointed out that certain teams are “playing for their life.” Syracuse, based on major bracketologists predictions, isn’t. But there’s a big difference between a team comfortably making the NCAA Tournament, and one that can do damage. Syracuse hasn’t shown that upside yet. Because of a weak bubble and a few marquee wins, Syracuse (19-12, 10-8 Atlantic Coast) will make the NCAA Tournament. It’ll be somewhere between an eight and 11 seed depending on the results of this week’s ACC tournament. But everything isn’t OK for SU. It still has issues all over the floor — guard play, the frontcourt and on the glass. For once, the edge of the bubble isn’t Syracuse’s biggest issue. The Orange’s shortcomings are.“These games are gonna be hard, especially every game coming up now,” Oshae Brissett said about the incoming postseason. “So we just gotta take pride in ourselves to keep going for all 40 minutes.”Two seasons ago, Syracuse missed the NCAA Tournament firmly on the bubble, and a year ago, the Orange were the final at-large bid to the dance. Since knocking off then-No. 1 Duke at Cameron Indoor Stadium in January, SU’s had a leg up on a postseason spot. AdvertisementThis is placeholder textEven after Saturday’s loss to Clemson, Yahoo! ranks Syracuse as one of its 10 seeds. CBSSports and ESPN’s Joe Lunardi slot SU as a nine seed. A loss in its ACC tournament opener shouldn’t push the Orange out of the field, either. That gives Syracuse more than a week to alleviate the worries. It starts with Frank Howard, SU’s senior point guard and one of the catalysts in last year’s Sweet 16 run. He said months ago he’d fully recovered from a preseason leg injury. But he hasn’t looked like the player he was last season. Howard doesn’t get by anyone off the dribble. That keeps Syracuse’s offense stranded around the perimeter, forcing it to make difficult shots late in the shot clock.Howard’s backcourt mate, Tyus Battle, shows game-changing ability at times, like his takeovers at Duke or Boston College, but when a defender keeps Battle in front, his jump shot still doesn’t look NBA-ready. He’s shot 8-of-30 in the Orange’s last two losses.“We’re not getting any penetration from our guards,” Boeheim said. “…Tyus and Frank are averaging about one assist apiece in these losses.”Alexandra Moreo | Senior Staff PhotographerSpeaking of inconsistency: Elijah Hughes was a consistent double-digit scorer in the nonconference slate. But he didn’t have a single point against Clemson, and has only shot 50 percent or higher from the floor three times in the new year. Hughes didn’t try to get involved and SU didn’t try to involve him on Saturday.Even as Brissett appeared to find his shooting form early in the season, it’s fallen off, as has his shot selection. He still struggles to finish at the rim, and often takes errant shots off the dribble.“(Brissett) hasn’t played well offensively the whole year,” Boeheim said March 4.Those four starters — Howard, Battle, Hughes and Brissett — are the keys to Syracuse’s offense. If the Orange can’t figure themselves out, they can’t let opposing teams out-possess them. While getting outrebounded in 9 of its last 10 games, including five straight, Syracuse has let opposing teams with already better offenses get more shots. And those looks have been more and more open. Admittedly with a loaded back-end schedule, Syracuse’s defense has been dissected by its opposition, usually in the second half. The Orange simply can’t keep up. “These first halves we can build off and just learn what we can take from it and build into the second half and just play a complete game,” freshman Buddy Boeheim said. “And that’s what we need to do come postseason is just play a full 40 and learn what adjustments we need to make.”Last year, Syracuse had similar concerns heading into March: Not enough scorers, stagnation on offense, rebounding issues, no depth. That was all swept aside when the Orange made the Sweet 16 behind the 2-3 zone — which is tough for opponents unfamiliar with it in a tournament setting.Athletes and coaches are fond of saying that the postseason is like a “new season.” In a way, everyone starts on equal footing.“We have a perfect opportunity to show who we are,” Brissett said, “and I feel like the guys are ready for the challenge.”But in other ways, things are plenty uneven. Syracuse’s struggles aren’t going anywhere. The Orange will reach the “new season” everyone wants. Once there, Syracuse will have to hope it doesn’t look like the same-old, flawed team it’s been.Billy Heyen is a senior staff writer for The Daily Orange where his column appears occasionally. He can be reached at or @Wheyen3.center_img Published on March 11, 2019 at 11:23 amlast_img read more