Bulldogs Freshman Come Up Short Against Trojans

first_imgThe Freshman Football team lost to East Central Thursday night 34 – 0.Zach Miller, Jeremiah Lemmel, Ben Schebler led the defense. Ramon Blanco, Troy Hornberger, and Gavin Ertel led the offensive line with solid play.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Tony Gausman.last_img

Call for Not-for-profit to apply for Operation Roundup grants

first_imgGreensburg, IN—Decatur County REMC wants local not-for-profits to know that the Operation Roundup grant applications are due January 31. REMC Members generously round up their bill each month in support of community organizations. To date, the Operation Roundup grant program has awarded over $400,000!To apply for this round of grants, click here.last_img

Vettel says Ferrari messed up with nonsensical strategy

first_imgSebastian Vettel accused Ferrari of messing up with a strategy that made no sense on Sunday.The unhappy German however did not help his own race by spinning at the first corner and dropping to last. It was a sign that the four-times world champion’s relations with the team are wearing thin, following their decision not to keep him on beyond this season.Vettel questioned Ferrari’s moves after finishing 12th in the 70th Anniversary race.After rejoining in traffic from his first pitstop, Vettel informed his team over the radio that “you know that you messed up.”“We spoke this (Sunday) morning and said there was no point pitting knowing that we will run into traffic – and that’s exactly what we did,” he told reporters later.“We went also onto a hard tyre, which we then only had on for 10 laps, probably not even that. So, it didn’t make any sense. “I mean why would you put the hard for 10 laps and put the medium for 20 laps? So, I was running out of tyres towards the end. So, we spoke about exactly that.”Vettel had said earlier in the weekend that he had run out of answers to explain why he was having such a hard time with the car.The German, who won all his titles with Red Bull between 2010 and 2013, has been eclipsed by young Monegasque team mate Charles Leclerc.Leclerc finished fourth on Sunday by making a one-stop strategy work.Ferrari’s review of the race said, perhaps pointedly, that Leclerc’s result was the result of “strategy and bravura”. “Sebastian’s position was the result of his first lap incident,” said team boss Mattia Binotto.Vettel is 13th in the standings after five races, with 10 points to Leclerc’s 45.His best finish this year was sixth in Hungary, and he has been 10th twice.Reuters/NAN.RelatedPosts Femi Otedola gifts his daughters Ferrari Portofino + Photo Vettel to leave Ferrari at end of F1 season Tyson Fury eyes Anthony Joshua fight —Tags: FerrariSebastian VettelStretegylast_img read more

Waters fires Shamrock through

first_img Following a goalless first leg in Luxembourg at the end of June, David Webster put the League of Ireland side ahead midway through the first half at the Tallaght Stadium. Waters added his side’s second just before the break and made sure of the victory after 57 minutes as Pat Fenlon’s Hoops progressed into the second round which gets under way later this month. Press Association Kieran Waters netted a brace to propel Shamrock Rovers into the Europa League second qualifying round thanks to a 3-0 aggregate victory over Progres on Tuesday.last_img read more

Day/Night matches for Regional Four-Day

first_imgHALF-A-DOZEN of the 30 matches in the upcoming West Indies Cricket Board’s Professional Cricket League (PCL) Digicel SportsMax Regional 4-Day Tournament will be day/night contests played with pink cricket balls, it was announced yesterday.In keeping with the trend worldwide and to further pursue the experiment that it started six years ago, the WICB has scheduled the matches throughout the coming season which begins on November 11.“We welcome the return of day/night matches with the pink ball in the Digicel SportsMax R4-Day,” said WICB Manager, Cricket Operations, Roland Holder, as the regional governing body released fixtures for the first half of the season yesterday.“Each team has two matches – one home, one away – as gradually international boards begin to embrace this concept.“The purpose of the re-introduction of day/night matches is two-fold. First, it allows our elite players to familiarise themselves with the pink ball, and secondly, it allows for greater spectator attendance, as patrons can have a relaxing evening watching their favourite team.”Four of the day/night matches, which will begin at 15:00hrs daily, have been scheduled before the Christmas/New Year’s holiday break in the tournament. They include an opening round fixture between Trinidad & Tobago Red Force and Windward Islands Volcanoes at Queen’s Park Oval in Trinidad.Defending champions Guyana Jaguars will be part of the second day/night match, when they travel to St Lucia to face the Volcanoes at the Darren Sammy National Cricket Ground in the third round from November 26 to 29.The Jaguars return home to host long-standing rivals Barbados Pride in the following round from December 9 to 12 at the Guyana National Stadium in a day/night contest, another of which takes place between Leeward Islands Hurricanes and Jamaica Scorpions from December 15 to 18 at Warner Park in St Kitts during the fifth round.The last two day/night matches are currently scheduled to be contested in the new year during the second half of the tournament in April.Recently, West Indies completed their first ever day/night Test, when Pakistan bounced them by 56 runs in a tense finish in Dubai.They are scheduled to play another day/night Test next year at Edgbaston on their tour of England.last_img read more

Administrators will miss Sample but have high hopes for Nikias

first_imgAs President Steven B. Sample prepares to deliver his final speech as USC’s president, top administrators are anxious to see what incoming President C. L. Max Nikias will bring to the table.In August, Sample will officially pass the torch to Nikias, who was unanimously chosen by the Board of Trustees to be the university’s next president.Ready to go · University administrators have high hopes for incoming President C. L. Max Nikias, who takes over at the end of the summer. – Gary Fung | Daily Trojan Sample is leaving behind an impressive legacy. During his 19-year tenure, the quality of education and of student life at USC improved by leaps and bounds. The school shot up in the national rankings, the endowment grew significantly and USC’s presence increased around the country and world.“He’s the man who came in 19 years ago and really communicated to the Trojan family, really made the Trojan family believe that not only they were good but they could become excellent,” Nikias said. “He’s the one that has shown the Trojan family that there are so many possibilities, that we could excel.”But top administrators say they are confident the university’s growth won’t end with Sample, and many, including Sample himself, say there is a lot of work to be done.“I’m never satisfied, that’s not my nature, but we’ve made enormous strides,” Sample said during a November interview with the Daily Trojan. “We still have lots of room to get better.”The university Nikias will take charge of in August is an entirely different school from the one Sample entered almost two decades ago. USC does not need a dramatic transformation — it has already become an elite university — but the school can still grow and many have high hopes for the future.Sample said he thinks Nikias could make great strides in research rankings and in recruiting the best Ph.D. students. Michael Jackson, vice president for Student Affairs, hopes Nikias will continue the transformation into a true residential university; Vice Provost for Undergraduate Programs Gene Bickers wants to see USC’s interdisciplinary focus continue to grow; and Viterbi School of Engineering Dean Yannis Yortsos thinks it’s important that USC continue trying to up the ante.“We need to continue on the path toward converting our residences to residential colleges where we have faculty families and students,” Jackson said. “We also need to renew our opportunities for students to participate in recreational programs and to improve the Lyon Center.”Jackson said he also sees opportunities for development in online education and noted that the endowment could still be larger.Yortsos said Nikias should build on Sample’s success.“Max’s challenge will be not only to solidify USC’s position where it is now but hit the next level because there’s always a next level,” he said.USC can reach this next level, Yortsos said, by being part of the next big thing.“For instance, take the next Google that will come, whatever that is,” Yortsos said. “It would be very important for the school that its name be associated with the next big thing.”Of all these goals, Nikias will perhaps be best prepared to tackle USC’s transformation into a residential university, with the new Ronald Tutor Campus Center set to open in the fall.“[The campus center] is a physical construction that makes a big statement of how far the university has come in residential life and having first-class physical infrastructure,” Nikias said. “The campus center coming up is going to allow us to make the campus more residential on weekends.  We’re making this more residential on weekends. When we talk about a residential university it isn’t just residential four or five days, it should be 24/7.”The campus center is a huge step toward transforming the campus atmosphere, Jackson said, and it offers Nikias a great chance to continue developing campus life.Nikias plans to start his tenure by launching a new fundraising campaign to help increase the school’s endowment, which is still relatively low given the number of students at the university. His initial focus also includes improving the quality of USC’s research, its Ph.D. students and the Health Sciences Campus.Administrators said they are confident this summer’s transition will be smooth and say they are excited to see the university move forward under Nikias.“We’re all going to be in exceptionally good hands moving forward,” Bickers said. “Their missions are very much in tune.”“We’re excited,” Jackson said. “We’re sad to see President Sample go and clearly we celebrate his achievements and all that he’s done for us collectively and individually, [but] we’re excited to rally around Max Nikias.”Nikias said he is humbled to follow in the footsteps of his mentor and is exited for the challenges that lie ahead.“I feel very fortunate that I have worked so closely with [Sample], he’s been a great mentor to me and in many ways I learned from the master. And I feel that perhaps I’m one of the luckiest people in the area of higher education because not too many people would have had the opportunity that I did, not only to be part of the ride of the USC ascent but also to have the opportunity to work closely with President Sample,” Nikias said. “That is priceless.”last_img read more

Even with victory, shaky SU defense realizes improvement necessary heading into Big East play

first_img Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Minutes after Syracuse was putting the final touches on a blowout victory over Colgate Saturday, Doug Hogue let his mind wander. He wasn’t thinking about the two weeks of rest that awaited Syracuse. Or the program’s best starts since 2003. Instead, his focus was on what lies just around the corner.  And although the SU defense allowed just a single touchdown against the Raiders, Hogue still wants to see this defense get better before facing South Florida in Tampa in two weeks. ‘After every game you play, you always feel like could do better,’ Hogue said. ‘… Going into the Big East in the next two weeks, we’ve got to pick that up and step our game up.’ Hogue isn’t just being a perfectionist, either. Despite allowing just seven points in a 42-7 beatdown, the Orange allowed an alarming 23 first downs and 376 yards of total offense to its FCS counterparts from just down the road. SU allowed the Raiders to complete 4-of-7 fourth-down conversions and consistently move the ball, keeping the Orange defense on the field for long stretches.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Colgate running back Nate Eachus carved the defense up for 147 yards and a touchdown on the ground. He was the catalyst behind a running game that pounded the ball for 230 yards against SU. With experience Syracuse has, that should not happen. The Orange now has two weeks to fix the problem before carrying into Big East play. Though the defense has held its opponents to eight points per game in its three wins, it allowed the only BCS conference team on its schedule — Washington — to drop 41 points in a road situation. A similar situation that SU now faces in its next matchup. When asked what the defense needs to work on specifically, Hogue only had one word. ‘Everything,’ he said. Freshman linebacker Marquis Spruill, who led the Orange with 12 tackles Saturday, agreed with Hogue. He too recognized that the defense needs to address some issues before taking the field against USF. ‘It feels good,’ Spruill said about only allowing seven points. ‘But we’re going to go watch film and see what we can get better at and make new goals for South Florida. … Colgate is a good team, but South Florida isn’t going to be Colgate.’ Syracuse head coach Doug Marrone cracked a rare smile at the podium after the game, relieved to be heading into the break with some momentum. The Orange did exactly what it was supposed to do, and looked impressive while doing it. But after glancing at the numbers on a stat she that was handed to him, Marrone’s smile quickly disappeared and that serious demeanor took over again. ‘We only gave up one touchdown, so I’m excited about that,’ Marrone said. ‘… But at the end of the day, we’re talking about a football team that needs to get better and better every week, and that’s going to be the key for us.’ Yet three quarters in, despite the inconsistency, SU was eyeing its first defensive shutout since 2005. Colgate’s penalties and a touchdown it had that was brought back kept Syracuse a live for what, on paper, would have proven to be a great defensive effort. Against USF, that won’t fly. Against any other Big East team, 376 yards allowed will result in a blowout. But not with the Orange on the winning end. That was on full display in Washington. That’s why heading into Big East play, there will be a lot riding on this defense. And it’s something Hogue and his teammates realize needs to be rectified during the bye week. Said Hogue: ‘We need to become a better team when the Big East comes up, so that we can win some games.’ aljohn@syr.educenter_img Published on September 24, 2010 at 12:00 pmlast_img read more

Gaa warns against hasty response to negative play

first_imgLast Saturday’s low-scoring National League contest between Dublin and Derry has re-opened the debate about the negative style of play that is being employed by managers.Chairman of the GAA’s Standing Rules Committee, Jarlath Burns has admitted that it could be difficult to legislate against negative tactics…last_img

Warning of inadequate prevention responses to HIV epidemic in the Caribbean

first_imgGEORGETOWN, Guyana, CMC- A study has found that while the Caribbean has made progressing in responding to the HIV epidemic, the impact of the prevention response has been inadequate, particularly among key populations.The study also found that of concern to regional stakeholders is the annual number of new HIV infections among adults in the Caribbean declined by only 18 per cent from 2010 to 2017, from 19,000 to 15,000.“Key populations, Men who have sex with men (MSM), Sex Workers (SWs) and their clients, and partners of key populations, transgender persons, and persons who use drugs, accounted for the majority of the new HIV infections (68 per cent) during this period.”The study was commissioned by the Pan Caribbean Partnership Against HIV/AIDS (PANCAP) Priority Areas Coordinating Committee (PACC), which is the technical group of the PANCAP Executive Board and is responsible for the coordination and overseeing the implementation of operational plans for theCaribbean Regional Strategic Framework on HIV and AIDS (CRSF) 2014 – 2018.According to the findings of the study, new infections among children fell from an estimated 2,300 in 2010, to 1100.However, although significant progress has been made in eliminating mother-to-child transmission of HIV, available data for the period 2015 – 2017 showed that HIV infected pregnant women receiving ART to reduce HIV transmission declined from 92% in 2014 to 79 per cent in 2015 and 75 per cent in 2016 and 2017 respectively, illustrating a significant decrease that requires investigation.More people living with HIV on treatmentThe study found that there has been progress in placing more people living with HIV on treatment, however much more needs to be done to increase the numbers and to retain people on treatment.“In fact, significant effort is required for the Caribbean to achieve the UNAIDS 90-90-90 Targets (90% of people living with HIV are aware of their infection, 90% of people diagnosed with HIV are linked to antiretroviral treatment (ART) and 90% of those on ART adhere and have undetectable levels of HIV in their blood).”The study found that the gap to achieving the first 90 of the 90–90–90 Targets in 2017 was 54,800 people living with HIV.The gap to achieving the first and second 90s of the 90–90–90 Targets in 2017 was 74,700 people living with HIV. The percentage of people living with HIV who achieved viral suppression increased from 37% in 2016 to 40% in 2017.However, the gap to achieving all three 90s at the end of 2017 was the need for an additional 103,000 people living with HIV to be on ART and be virally suppressed. Given this situation, the Caribbean is at risk of not achieving the 2020 Targets, the study concluded.Financial resources decreasingIt said that global financial resources to support the HIV epidemic have been progressively decreasing since 2011. However, domestic financing has improved during the implementation of the CRSF 2014-2018.UNAIDS 2018, noted that “domestic resources increased between 2006 – 2017 by 124 per cent, while international resources declined by 16 per cent.“As at the end of 2017, domestic resources were contributing significantly to the cost of ART and the overall treatment program.  Despite this trend, national resources to support services to achieve prevention continue to be low with the implication that the gains could be reversed if this gap is not quickly filled.”Recommendations The evaluation team proposed a number of overall recommendations for the goal as well as specific recommendations to address the gaps and challenges identified under each Strategic Priority Area. Additionally, the team proposed that the following Strategic Priority Areas should be retained in the new CRSF: An Enabling Environment, Prevention of HIV Transmission, Treatment, Care and Support, Integrate HIV into Health and Socioeconomic Development and Sustainability.The evaluation team further proposed that a new Strategic Priority Area – Strategic Information, Monitoring and Evaluation and Research, should replace Strategic Priority Area – Shared Responsibility to bring into sharper focus the importance of countries’ capacity to report on HIV data nationally, regionally and internationally, including on the CRSF indicators.It said that such emphasis would enable better reporting on, and profiling of the epidemic in the Caribbean. The main activities that fell under “Shared Responsibility” will be subsumed into the existing Strategic Priority Areas so as to ensure continuity of these initiatives in the new CRSF.In accepting the findings of the study, the PANCAP Execute Board noted the legal judgments in Caribbean courts affirming human rights arising from litigation and called on countries not to wait on litigation but to make amendments to laws to recognize the rights of key populations and the rights of all to access sexual and reproductive health services.The board also noted that while tens of thousands of cases of HIV infections have been prevented there is a need to significantly reduce new infections, and this requires that countries promote age-appropriate sexual education and skills and extend sexual reproductive health services to all youth and key populations.The board also called on all countries to introduce innovative prevention approaches and improve the quality of prevention services to ensure greater impact in reducing new HIV infections; and further called on the Priority Areas Coordinating Committee to develop a new Caribbean Regional Strategic Framework on HIV and AIDS for the period 2019 to 2023.last_img read more

Immortals acquires Brazilian organisation MIBR, partners with Tinder and Betway

first_imgFinally confirming months of rumours and speculation, it has been revealed that North American organisation Immortals has acquired MIBR, a popular Brazilian brand that had previously been defunct for over six years. The return of MIBR as mysteriously announced on June 7th, pointing towards June 23rd as to when things would be made clear.As part of this announcement, Immortals also unveiled its new-found partnerships with location-based social app Tinder and online gambling platform Betway. These two brands have joined the likes of Razer, K-Swiss, and Mountain Dew.MIBR has acquired the roster that formerly competed under SK Gaming, who will relocate to Los Angeles to train at Immortals’ headquarters.Ricardo “boltz” PrassMarcelo “coldzera” DavidGabriel “FalleN” ToledoFernando “fer” AlvarengaJacky “Stewie2K” YipRicardo “dead” Sinigaglia (Coach)Tomi “lurppis” Kovanen (General Manager)Noah Whinston, CEO of Immortals and MIBR discussed the acquisition in a statement: “Brazil is incredibly passionate about esports, and this acquisition allows us to foster further esports growth in what we believe is still a relatively untapped market in Brazil and throughout South America. The MIBR brand creates a direct link to Brazil’s national pride and sports and entertainment culture. We are eager to invest in the Brazilian esports scene and to create a platform for the region’s amazing professional esports talent to continue to excel and dominate.”The deal with Tinder will see MIBR work alongside the app to connect fans of Counter-Strike: Global Offensive together through a series of both digital and live activations and campaigns – focusing on Tinder’s premium services, Tinder Plus and Tinder Gold.Users of the aforementioned services in specific markets will receive special offers from MIBR “including opportunities to meet the team as they travel the world.” Other potential merits of the partnership include access to VIP after-parties after CS:GO Majors, limited edition merchandise, and video content through a new feature entitled “Tinder Gold Club”.Ari Segal, President & COO of Immortals and MIBR spoke on the partnership with Tinder: “We’re excited to work with a brand like Tinder that shares our vision for MIBR as an indigenous Brazilian brand with global reach and appeal for players, sponsors, content creators, and fans. MIBR competes around the world and will win around the world, and will be a truly multi-national fan base.“Tinder provides a portal to bring those fans together wherever the team might be and offers unique opportunities to connect over a shared affinity for Counter-Strike, gaming, and both digital and out of home entertainment.”Betway, a founding sponsor of MIBR, will have its logo placed prominently throughout the Brazilian organisation’s digital platforms, premium digital content, and other assets. Not only that, the Betway logo will firmly be placed on MIBR jerseys.Anthony Werkman, CEO of Betway discussed being involved with the organisations’s return: “Betway is delighted to support the revival of MIBR and we couldn’t be more excited to be working with them in bringing CS:GO fans closer to the team through exclusive content. Esports is an extremely important part of our portfolio, and through the sponsorship of MIBR we will continue to cement ourselves as a significant part of the CS:GO community. We always strive to give back to esports fans by bridging the gap between the event and betting slip by producing great content and exciting markets in which fans can play.”MIBR is an acronym for Made In Brazil, reflecting the organisation’s roots in Brazil and tendency to only house Brazilian players. MIBR competed in both Counter-Strike: Source and Counter-Strike 1.6 across its initial eight years of operation. The new-look, revived MIBR team will debut at ESL One Cologne on July 3rd-8th.Esports Insider says: As Noah Whinston said about Brazil and South America being untapped markets, it looks a strong move to revive a brand that was so prominent and iconic to many fans from these regions. The Tinder partnership certainly sounds interesting, especially with the typical ‘dating’ aspect of the app outshining the casual aspect, so we’ll be keeping a close eye on the results. And nice to see Betway making more high profile moves in esports; their partnership with NiP has delivered some great content to date. Sign up to our newsletter!last_img read more