The game solidified team chemistry, showed the Cougars they can’t be overconfident and look ahead to the next opponent, and may have established Jones as the go-to guy at crunch time. “When I get the ball and we have a thriller going on at the end of games, I like to get the ball in my hands and forget about being nervous,” said Jones, who averages 13.7 points and four boards per game. “Unfortunately, we haven’t made plays and we put ourselves in those situations. But I am confident I can always make those shots.” Santa Monica was a team COC knew should win. But the fact that Bakersfield, the Western State Conference’s top team at the time, was next on its schedule might have caused such a close game. Jones’ shot guaranteed the Cougars a first-place tie going into the Bakersfield game. COC went on to beat Bakersfield in another close game 98-94. “Dwayne (Jones) is a dependable guy,” said Everett Bryson, the Cougars’ power forward/center. “He’s very aggressive and his talent just stands out to me. Our guys can get open, and he’s a hustler. He can get open and when he gets the ball, he’s confident he can make the shot.” Jones, a 6-foot-2, 185-pound sophomore and Cleveland High product, hit another important shot against Citrus College last week to tie the game at 66 with 38 ticks left. That set up Gino Riney’s 16-foot jumper with three seconds left for another dramatic COC win. “(Riney’s) shot won the game for us,” Jones said. “I was just lucky to get that shot to tie the game. Everyone on our team is a scoring threat. Teams like to focus on one guy. That can kill a team right there.” The Cougars (23-5, 9-0) travel to Santa Monica again at 5:30 p.m. today and will be looking to keep their perfect conference record intact. They face Bakersfield again next week. “We can’t be thinking of the next game,” Bryson said. “We want to keep our nice undefeated record and set our selves up to clinch the conference.” A win against Santa Monica (10-15, 3-6) not only could mark the only time the school has ever had a 10-0 record against conference foes, but it could set up a showdown for the championship Wednesday at Bakersfield. COC has never finished a season undefeated against its conference. The Cougars went 11-1 in conference play during the 2004-05 season when they one their second consecutive conference title. [email protected] (818) 713-3607160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SANTA CLARITA – The ball landed in Dwayne Jones’ lap. Teammate Andre Murray’s shot had just come up short, bouncing off the rim when Jones got the rebound and put the basketball through the hoop at the buzzer. It was a routine offensive rebound and bucket for Jones, but more importantly it was the game-wining shot for the College of the Canyons men’s basketball team against Santa Monica College Jan 17. The Cougars escaped with an 81-79 win that night, but the moment might have changed the season for coach Howard Fisher’s team.
SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material The network is being built by Neotel Business Support Services, the Neotel Group subsidiary responsible for rolling out the R2-billion long-distance South African national network being built by Neotel and mobile operator MTN. South African fixed-line operator Neotel is partnering with state broadband provider Infraco to offer international connectivity to clients in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region. “Interconnect is part of building any telecommunications network,” Neotel Business Support Services’ Imran Abbas said in a statement this week. “We have therefore embarked on a proactive strategy to provide interconnect into these countries, to offer an alternative to the incumbent.” 19 August 2009 Once these countries are connected to Neotel’s network, they will have the alternative option of connecting internationally via undersea data cables. International connectivity “We are not going to be selling services to these countries,” Abbas explained. “Our priority remains South Africa, and we have already made tremendous strides in connecting the five metros, and will next focus on growing the network across the rest of South Africa.” According to Neotel, it is already servicing customers in Zimbabwe, Zambia and Tanzania that the company inherited from its acquisition of Transtel, but it has yet to decide on further expansion into the continent. “What is likely to happen is that South African companies we are servicing inside the country will pull us with them as they expand their businesses into the African continent,” Abbas said. Transtel legacy Fibre rollout into South Africa’s neighbouring countries started in 2008, with Lesotho being the first network completed. The Namibian network is also complete, while networks in Botswana and Mozambique will be complete “within a couple of weeks,” Abbas said.
The transcontinental market in the United States has always been an innovation incubator, rarified air where airlines premiered their most persuasive new products. Consider the latest bid for the premium pocketbook: JetBlue is introducing lie-flat seats on the transcon during the second quarter of next year. They debut on the carrier’s new A321s. Look for them on routes from New York JFK to LAX, and Kennedy to San Francisco.So where’s the innovation and how’s this different? Up front, in the pointy end of the airplane, JetBlue is arranging some unique space for premium passengers. The lie-flats will be arrayed in a 2-1 configuration. Rows 1, 3 and 5 will offer 2×2 seating; rows 2 and 4 will sport private suites, with one seat on each side of the aisle. The doors can be closed for sky-high privacy. This ain’t your same old airplane.To be sure, private suites are nothing new aloft. Among others, Asiana has them in First Class. So does Emirates. But those carriers embed them in widebodies. The A321 is a narrowbody airplane, one employed primarily for domestic and shorter overwater runs.You’ll pay for the privilege of sitting up front, but perhaps not as much as you’d expect. “Transcontinental routes have had high premium fares we believe we can beat,” says Dave Barger, JetBlue’s CEO. The carrier contends when measured on an industry-wide basis, airline revenue derived from the blue-ribbon JFK-Los Angeles and JFK-San Francisco markets is a full 50 percent higher than any other route in the U.S. On a per-mile basis, the rates are “much higher” says the carrier. That’s where the combination of premium product and comparatively (the term is relative here) lower fares will be persuasive, Barger believes, in “invigorat[ing] the market.”Lest you become bored all shut up in your private suite at 35,000 feet (impossible if you have a good window seat) JetBlue will begin installing Fly-Fi on its fleet by the end of this year. It’s a new high-speed, satellite-based wi-fi product the airline says will offer true broadband speeds.All of this could just trigger a sky quake of sorts on the transcon. It will be instructive to see how the competition responds. There’s already ferment afoot on the continent-spanning routes. American Airlines will be getting its own specially-configured A321s beginning later this year. They’ll be four-class affairs. United is redoing its dedicated fleet of 757s and rendering them two-class carriages. Meanwhile Virgin America already offers its own highly-rated premium product on the transcon. Delta rounds out the nonstop competition from New York to the West Coast.